PHS Announcements - Friday, December 7th
Dianna Johnson
Friday, December 07, 2018


Friday, December 7th

***Announcements presented to you by the Senior Technology Seminar Class***

LUNCH : BBQ Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Potato Wedges, Applesauce, Hot Roll, Milk

CHARACTER TRAITS: Citizenship - “Every good citizen adds to the strength of a nation.” - Gordon B. Hinckley


Students may purchase basketball passes from the high school office.

Students may make purchases at the coffee house during lunch and after. Coffee house items are not allowed out of the library. You must stay in the library until you finish your drink.

NHS: We still have about 15 slots for children gifts that need filled.  Please sign up on the sheet outside Mrs. Steimel's room by Friday!  

SENIORS VOTE for your class song, motto, and flower by the poll Diana sent you in your email.

Reminder: Please remember once a student has reached 6 absences in any given class period that a parent note will not excuse that absence. After 6 absences, the only notes that excuse students are doctor notes, death or serious injury in the immediate family, an appt with government agency, participation in FFA, FHA, or 4H activities, or exceptional circumstances with prior approval of the principal/assistant principal. Please also remember excuse notes must be presented to the office within 5 days of returning to school. Notes presented more that 5 days may not be accepted. Notes should be turned into the office first thing in the morning, (for more

details see page 27/28  of the District Pupil Policies handbook.)

Project Graduation 9 Pin No-Top Bowling Tournament - twice monthly now until April!

For the month of December, there is only going to be one tournament instead of the normal two. This is due to the holidays and we apologize ahead of time for any inconvenience to those who want to participate. The December tournament will be held on December 16 at 1:30 pm, fee is still $10 dollars and Merry Christmas because there will be no late fee applied for the month of December. Also in the spirit of Christmas, while the 1st place winner will receive the cash prize, there will also be door prizes given to the 2nd and 3rd place winners!! So come on out for some family fun and let's bowl! For more information, please speak with Bryanna Lewis or Orianna Massey, or go out to the bowling alley and speak with Paula Lewis.

Smoke Signal - The Pocahontas High School Smoke Signal website is now up and running!  Be sure to check out the October Edition online at

FBLA - FBLA is selling chocolate covered pretzels. Cost is $1.00 each.  Funds will be used to help students pay for State and National Competitions.

Key Club - Meetings are every Thursday at lunch in Mr. Smith’s room.

11th and 12th graders: They are offering an extra chance for you to take the ASVAB if you missed the school offering or if you just need to retake it. They offer it twice or so a year in addition to the school offering.

The ASVAB CEP is made up of three components:

ASVAB: The aptitude test estimates your performance in academic and vocational


FYI: The interest inventory measures your work-related interests.

OCCU-Find: A career catalog provides activities to help you put a plan together.

High school students in grades 10-12, and first and second year post-secondary

school students can participate. Participation in the CEP is voluntary, but the future is mandatory. So, be ready!

How it works...

ASVAB CEP helps you figure out what you’re good at, what is important to you, and the jobs that match your skills and interests. After you take the test, you will

participate in a series of activities to help you understand your scores, yourself, and

your options.



Parents and students! Please follow Mrs. Stewart's Facebook page, BRTC Career Coach. The

site will be updated regularly with special events and important information regarding college

and career planning


Parents and students! Please follow Mrs. Hampton’s Remind updates for specific grade


Seniors        Text @phs18-19sr          to the number 81010

Juniors        Text @phs18-19jr           to the number 81010

Sophomores    Text @phs18-19so         to the number 81010.



.  * Please do NOT use your PHS student e-mail address for ACT, FAFSA, YOUniversal, college applications, etc.  You will not have access to it after you graduate.


  1. (ONLINE) Complete FAFSA - If you are considering going to college, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) form online @
    (You may pick up a FAFSA ID Worksheet from Mrs. Stewart or Mrs. Hampton to record your log-in information. You WILL need this every year.)  

  2. (ONLINE) Complete YOUniversal Scholarship - Complete the YOUniversal Scholarship application online @ (to qualify for the Academic Challenge Scholarship)

  3. (ONLINE) Apply to Colleges – Complete online applications as an incoming, undergraduate freshman for any potential colleges you are considering attending

(Some colleges charge an application fee.  If you receive free/reduced lunches, you may be able to obtain a fee waiver.  See Mrs. Hampton for more information.)

  1. (COUNSELOR) Submit Transcript Request – Obtain a transcript request form (list all colleges for which you completed an online application) from Mrs. Hampton or Mrs. Stewart, and return it to Mrs. Hampton.  

(This allows your listed colleges to receive your official transcript and ACT scores. You may also need to complete a shot-record release form with Mrs. Gholson.)

  1. (ONLINE) Check Regularly – Make sure you check your email, FAFSA account, YOUniversal account, and college application accounts for any messages or tasks that still need to be completed.  You will have to ‘accept’ financial aid awards. WATCH DEADLINES!


Arkansas Civics Exam

Teachers and students, please remember that the AR Civics Exam (required for graduation) will be administered at 8:00 a.m. on the following days this week for all PHS students who have not yet taken it.  Students may pick up a study guide on the table in front of the counselor's office. All teachers have been e-mailed a copy of the rosters with specific testing rooms in the social studies wing. This is not a timed test, and once students are finished testing, they will be released to their regular classes.  

Tuesday, December 4th - Juniors

Wednesday, December 5th - Sophomores

Thursday, December 6th - Seniors



         We have added another section of the ASVAB on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 8:00-11:30 in the high school counselor's office.  The ASVAB is NOT just a military test. You do NOT have to commit to the military to take the ASVAB. It is a great test to help you explore which careers would best suit your abilities and interests.  Sign up in the counselor's office by January 16th if interested.



Applications are now available for the Spring semester of BRTC concurrent

credit, online, and dual credit (BRTC campus) courses.  ALL applications

must be returned to and approved by Mrs. Hampton by December 7,

2018. DO NOT take applications directly to BRTC. You may pick up

applications from Mrs. Stewart or Mrs. Hampton.


Online Courses through BRTC - If you wish to take an online course

through BRTC, you must have a period in your PHS schedule to complete

the course work in the computer lab/study hall.  You will be counted absent if

you do not attend that class every day, just as your other PHS classes.


Dual Credit Courses (on BRTC Campus) - These courses must be pre-

approved by Mrs. Hampton.  If you wish to take a course on the BRTC

campus during the school day, you must provide the days and times the

course meets and have it pre-approved by Mrs. Hampton.  If the course will

not allow you to have 6 credit-classes in your PHS schedule per day, you will

not be approved to take the course.



If you are in 11th or 12th grade and receive free or reduced lunches, see Mrs. Hampton for one

fee waiver each school year.  To register, visit

Test Dates                                                   Registration Deadline

Saturday, December 8, 2018 Friday, November 2, 2018

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Friday, January 11, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019 Friday, March 8, 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019 Friday, June 14, 2019

Tuesday, December 4 AR Civics Exam (All 11th grade students)

Wednesday, December 5 AR Civics Exam (All 10th grade students)

Thursday, December 6 AR Civics Exam (Makeups/12th who has not taken)

Wednesday, February 20 ACT (All 11th grade students)

1st-4th periods

Wednesday, April 17 ACT Aspire Summative (All 10th grade students)

Morning & Afternoon (English, Reading, and Math)

Thursday, April 18 ACT Aspire Summative (All 10th grade students)

Morning only (Science and Writing)

11th Grade Students: You will all take the ACT online, provided free of charge, at the high school on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. You will NOT register online for this test. Mrs. Hampton will set up all testing and lead you through the pre-test activities prior to the test date.

Reminder: To take the ACT, you MUST take your ticket, a photo ID, a calculator, and pencils. Photo ID’s can be made at the DMV for $5.00


11th Grade – 1 day in Spring Semester

12th Grade – 1 day in Fall Semester

                 – 1 day in Spring Semester

If you are planning to take a College Day, please remember you must not have exceeded the

allowable absences in a semester and you will need to get a form from the office prior to the

visit. The student must meet with the school counselor and have the form signed by the

counselor and a parent; then turn into the office the day before visit. The student must provide

written verification of the visit to the office upon returning to school.


All representatives will set up in the student center during lunch.

Monday, December 10 Black River Technical College  

Thursday, December 13 University of Central AR, Conway


10th-12th grade students, do you plan to play college sports? Pick up info about NCAA and

NAIA in the counselor’s office.


       A-state Connection is a FREE overnight diversity recruitment program (April 26-27, 2019) for jr’s and sr’s from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. Juniors that have over an 18 ACT score and a 3.0 GPA or seniors with a 19 ACT score and a 2.75 GPA may apply. The weekend will be filled with fun and informative sessions to connect students to all aspects of academic and campus life at A-State. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

Please join Mrs. Hampton’s Google Classroom titled Scholarships/Contests to get information

and updates about available scholarships and contests! To join, go to Google Classroom and

enter the class code: ip32r8… or you can stop by the counselor’s office to pick up a paper copy of the list.

ASTATE will be accepting the December ACT again this year for scholarship purposes as long as you are admitted to their college by December 1st. Deadline to register for the December ACT is November 2nd.

The ACCUPLACER admissions test will be given on December 6th in the library for interested seniors. The ACCUPLACER can be used to qualify for the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship and to prevent remedial classes at some colleges.  Please check your e-mail for an invitation from Mrs. Stewart. Only the first 20 seniors to register will be tested.

ASTATE's Privately Funded Scholarship application is now open!!  Seniors planning to attend ASTATE next fall are eligible to apply for a variety of privately funded scholarships administered by Arkansas State University and the ASU Foundation Inc. Complete the application and submit supporting documentation (resume, letter(s) of recommendation, essay, etc.) by February 1st.


Friday 12/07

  • Sr, Jr Redskins will play Thayer, MO away.  Games start at 5:30

  • Last Day for Seniors to vote for your class song, motto, and flower by the poll Diana sent you in your email.

  • NHS: We still have about 10 slots for children gifts that need filled.  Please sign up on the sheet outside Mrs. Steimel's room by Friday!

  • FBLA Members need to stop by Mrs. Hall or Mrs. Blalock’s classroom by Friday to sign up for our Adopt- A- Family.  Students who bring an item on the list will be invited to attend a gift wrapping/pizza party at lunch Friday, December 14th.

  • FBLA District II Spring Leadership Conference deadline for sign-up is December 12th.  Please see Mrs. Debbie Hall for Competitive Events or the Talent Show no later than December 12th, 2018.



Semester Test Schedule:

Dec. 13 - 6th and 7th periods tests
Dec. 14 - 3rd, 4th, and 5th period tests - also any make-up tests for 6th and 7th or any make-up or missing assignments to be completed. (Students can attend throughout the day to complete missing assignments.)
Dec. 17 - 1st and 2nd period tests - also any make-up tests for 3rd, 4th and 5th or any make-up or missing assignments to be completed. (Students can attend throughout the day to complete missing assignments.)
Dec. 18 - Grades due by 8:00 - make-up tests for 1st and 2nd hours and any missing assignments.

Jan 7 There will be a meeting with the Josten's representative for all athletes in grades 7-12 for presentation of Letterman's jackets in the high school gym at 10:00.  All athletes (band, cheer, swim, golf, tennis, football, softball, baseball, track, cross country, basketball, volleyball) are invited to attend!


Dec 11 Blytheville @ home

Dec 14 @ Southside

Dec 18 @Batesville

Dec 21 Doniphan @ home

Dec 27-29 Berryville Tournament


Dec 11 Blytheville @ home

Dec 14 @Southside

Dec 17 @Batesville

Dec 27-29 Berryville Tournament


Dec. 6 @ Home

Dec. 8 @Batesville

Dec. 10 @ Cabot

Jan. 3 @ Home

Jan. 12 @ Conway

Jan. 14 @Paragould