PHS Announcements - Friday, January 18th
Dianna Johnson
Friday, January 18, 2019



Friday, January 18th

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

LUNCH : BBQ Pork Sandwich, Sweet Potato FF, Broccoli n Dip, Cole Slaw, Fruit, Milk

CHARACTER TRAITS: Compassion/ Kindness- “Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.”-Anonymous


MASH applications are now available.  If you are interested, please see the nurse.

Students are not to have sunflower seeds in the classroom or in the cafeteria due to several occurrences with the shells being spit in the floor.

The Smoke Signal is looking for topics to cover in upcoming editions.  We would love to have pictures and information about what PHS Clubs are doing, trips our students take over breaks, or any other information you would like to see in our PHS Smoke Signal.  Please email or speak with on of the Smoke Signal Staff. Thank you! :)

Elite Welding Academy will be visiting the Agri Dept Jan 22nd during 6-7th hour. Greenway Equipment will be visiting the Agri Dept jan 24th at 9:00. Students who are interested in visiting with the representatives need to sign up with Mr. Hogan.

The next Project Graduation meeting will be Sunday, February 10th at 2:00 pm in the high school student center. Monica Brewington will be there to discuss the basketball fundraiser with us. We need as many people as possible at this meeting. This is one of the biggest fundraisers for PG and will require lots of help.

Seniors please see Mrs. Inman or Mrs. Dianna to get your raffle tickets for the island raffle. Each senior needs to sell a minimum of 25 tickets in order to receive incentive money for the night of Project Graduation.

Seniors who have applied to BRTC, please stop by Mrs. Stewart or Mrs. Hampton’s office to pick up an application for private/foundation scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 1st

Class song: Tattoos on This Town by Jason Aldean

Motto: We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.

Flower: White Rose

Colors: Red and White

Any high school student interested in running track needs to see Coach Chester any time during lunch in the high school study hall room over the next two weeks.

PHS Clothing closet has coats and new shoes for use… Visit the closet if you have any clothing needs and take what you need. Please leave it organized :)

Tip-Off shirts are still available for $10. See Monica Brewington at MD Williams or email her at to get yours today.   

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.

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!

Smoke Signal - The Pocahontas High School Smoke Signal website is now up and running!  Be sure to check out the November/December 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. Money must be turned in by January 30th!

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.



Friday, January 25 - PAC meeting in counselor's office at 11:30

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION:  Seniors, check your PHS e-mail!  Mrs. Hampton has sent you a fill-able copy of the local scholarship application to complete, print, and turn in to her by 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2019. (You only have to complete this one application to be considered for all local scholarships.)


.  * 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!



         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.


he following students will be taking the ASVAB in the library on Thursday, January 24th.  They will be testing into 4th period.  

1.       Basaya, Theresa

2.       Baxley, Rhet

3.       Brown, Tyler

4.       Cook, Braden

5.       Cummings, Eric

6.       Dilday, Nicholas

7.       Endicott, Jakob

8.       Foreman, Will

9.       Hart, Jeffrey

10.   Hurst, EmmaJenn

11.   Johnson, Ethan

12.   Louise, Paul

13.   McEntire, Drake

14.   Molik, Johnty

15.   Ovalle, Alex

16.   Reed, Braden

17.   Roberts, Chandler

18.   Rogers, Kira

19.   Smith, Carley

20.   Smith, Eli

21.   Smith, Levi

22.   Stalnaker, Keith

23.   Steimel, Colton

24.  Ward, Alexandra

25. Barnard, Bailey     

26. Crawford, Caleb

27. Crow, Preston

28. Shearman-Chester, Madigan

29. Smith, Alec

30. Snow, Michael

31. Hilton, Sara





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

Important A-State Announcement for all high school seniors planning to graduate in 2019!

Due to inclement weather December 8th, the December National ACT was cancelled at several testing sites in the region.  In recognition of this, A-State will accept the February National ACT score for Institutional Scholarship consideration up to the A-State Excellence level.  

To be considered for an offer or scholarship upgrade, the student must be a current high school senior (will graduate in 2019) who is admitted to A-State as a Fall 2019 incoming freshman by the Institutional Scholarship deadline, February 15, 2019.  Also, students must list A-State as one of the institutions to receive the ACT score before taking the test.

Test Dates                                                   Registration Deadline

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

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

Wednesday, January 30 Williams Baptist University  


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'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 11/18

  • Good luck to the FFA Livestock Show Team who will compete at the Ag Expo Livestock show in West Monroe, Louisiana Today and Saturday!

  • Girls and Boys basketball games @ home vs. Batesville Southside

  • Mrs. Kercheval will not be here. There will be no GT

  • FBLA Members who are competing need to meet in Mrs. Hall’s room today during lunch to pick up permission slips and discuss Spring Conference trip next Thursday.

  • MASH applications are now available.  If you are interested, please see the nurse.

Saturday 11/19

  • Livestock show in West Monroe for FFA Livestock Show members

  • Swim meet @Batesville 10:30 AM start



Jan 21 Pocahontas Public Schools will closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

School will resume regular schedule on Tuesday, January 22nd

Jan 24 FFA Application night has been rescheduled for the 24th at 6 PM in the Ag building

Apr 27 Prom at BRTC


Jan 21 @ Brookland

Jan 25 Valley View @ home

Jan 29 @ Blytheville


Jan 22 @ Brookland

Jan 25 Valley View @ home

Jan 29 @ Blytheville

Jan 31 Cave City @ home


Jan. 19 @Batesville

Jan. 24 @Paragould 5:00 PM start

Feb. 2 @Batesville 10:30 AM start

Feb. 7 Districts @ Pocahontas 5:00 PM start

Feb. 22-23 State at Bentonville starting at 8:30 AM