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PHS Announcements - Friday, Friday, February 8th
Dianna Johnson
Friday, February 08, 2019



Friday, February 8th

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

LUNCH : Nachos, Lettuce/tomato, Salsa, Seasoned Corn, Fresh Fruit, Sherbet, Milk

CHARACTER TRAITS: Patriotism- “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”- John F. Kennedy


A-State is hosting an AP Prep Boot Camp July 9-12 for Chemistry, Calculus, Biology and English Language. Anyone taking these classes next year are encouraged to attend. There is no charge. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided. Door prizes will be awarded as well. Registration deadline is March 30. For more information, see Mrs. Kercheval .


The Pocahontas Choirs are selling ValenGrams again this year.

* For $10 you get 2 chocolate roses, a personal note, and have a song from the ValenGram list, sung by the choir, delivered to someone special.

* Delivery day will be February 14th.

* You can purchase them during lunch in the student center or come by Mrs. Moffett's room in between classes from now until Feb. 12th.


Project Graduation will be selling Crush sodas for Valentine's Day through Wednesday, February 13th.  See Heather Fletcher, Emily Hausman or Karen Johnson to send a Crush to your Valentine for $1.00. Find out who sent the Crush after Valentine's Day for $1.00, see Karen Johnson in the library at PHS!   


JUNIORS AND SENIORS!  We will be taking students to tour American Railcar Industries in Paragould on Wednesday, February 27th. If you would like to learn about a potential career at this industry, please come by Mrs. Stewart's office and sign up before Friday, Feb. 8th. The sign up sheet is located on my office door.  


Seniors--- Please start choosing your pictures that you want on the Senior slide show and email them to Please put your first and last name in the subject line. You may choose up to ten pictures (from birth to present day) to put on your personal page. You may also send group pictures (friends, sports, band, clubs, kindergarten, etc.). If you are unable to email them, please take the pictures to Mrs. Baty. They MUST be in an envelope with your name on it.


Student Council members who have not worked basketball concession stand need to go by Mr. Phelps room and sign up for a time slot. Student Council is working concession on February 8th and February 14th. We need all time slots filled. All Student Council members who work basketball concession stand will be eligible to go to the Memphis Red Birds game on April 8th.

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

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! :)

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 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

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 :)

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 January Edition online at



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.



LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION:  Seniors, check your PHS e-mail!  Mrs. Hampton has sent you a fillable 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.)

Deadline February 22

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

On June 15-20, 2019 Arkansas’ 17 electric cooperatives will

provide an all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital for a selected group of high school juniors from Arkansas. Qualified applicants will be selected for interviews to determine the two winners for the tour.


Deadline March 29th

Applications for High Voltage Lineman Training at ASU-Newport

Open to individuals who may want to pursue a career as a Lineman. This is a great opportunity for individuals in our area and this career is one of the few fields which has a higher earning income potential. Apply online:


Deadline March 1st  - Project H.E.A.R.T (Health, Education, Advocacy, Reflection and Training) is a 4-day, 3-night residential medical camp on the Arkansas Statue University campus June 11-14, 2019. It is open to students entering the 11th or 12th grade with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  This camp will further the mission to develop Arkansans for service in the Mississippi Delta Region. There is no cost to the student. See Mrs. Hampton for more information.



.  * 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 login 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!



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, 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

Tuesday, February 19            BRTC

Wednesday, February 20      University of Arkansas Fayetteville  


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.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies summer program (in California) is now accepting applications for various summer residential camps/institutes in arts, humanities, science, and math for students in grades 8 and up. Deadlines to apply are approaching quickly. Admission is very competitive, and there is limited financial aid available. For more information, visit

Deadline February 8th              2019 Future Agent in Training

FAIT is a relatively new program initiated to provide exposure of

FBI investigative experiences to young motivated minds.

-The course is held in Fort Smith, Arkansas, usually on three

consecutive Fridays.

-Letters can be provided to your school to document your


-Students who are at least 16 years of age and have not graduated

high school yet are eligible to attend.

-The program will never place a student in a dangerous situation. All simulations are staged and all participants are trained law enforcement personnel.

-The class has an enrollment of 28 students. These students were put to the test in the following capacities: interview skills, forensic investigation and live arrest scenarios.

Requirements to apply:

□ Student must be 16 to 19 years old at the time of the

Future Agent in Training course (April 12, 2019).

□ Student has a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. (or Student may request special consideration with documentation from school official)

□ Student has completed two essays (see section VII).

□ Student understands they must be present each day of the FAIT program and they will be responsible for their transportation to and from the FBI Fort Smith Resident Agency. (FAIT program hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

□ Student is not currently involved in ANY criminal

proceedings (not to include traffic violations).

(see Mrs. Hampton for entry form and information sheet)

2020 Census Jobs:  A variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff are available to graduating seniors (must be 18 before you start.)

Hey guys! Are you 18 years old? Have you registered with Selective Service?  Selective service isn't the draft. There is no draft and hasn't been for nearly 40 years.  Selective Service is important for our country, and it's the law! It's adding your name to a database to be used only in a national emergency.  By registering, you stay eligible for college loans, job training, jobs with the government, citizenship for male immigrants, and a driver's license in most states.  It only takes 2 minutes, and you can register online.


Friday 2/8

  • Culture Fest Day - High school will report to JR High Gym at 10:30 am for presentations and Islander Club dances.  The program will take about 50 minutes.

  • There has been a change in the number of games tomorrow night.  We will only have two games (Senior girls and Senior boys). The girls will play first at 5:00.  Senior NIght will be immediately after the Senior Girls game. We are asking parents to be in the gym by 5:45.  The parents and athletes are to line up in the lobby with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter.

  • Deadline for 2019 Future Agent in Training. See counselors section for more details.

  • The Pocahontas Choirs are selling ValenGrams again this year.

* For $10 you get 2 chocolate roses, a personal note, and have a song from the ValenGram list, sung by the choir, delivered to someone special.

* Delivery day will be February 14th.

* You can purchase them during lunch in the student center or come by Mrs. Moffett's room in between classes from now until Feb. 12th.

  • Progress Reports will go out today.

  • Deadline to turn in a signed Esports permission slip is next Friday, Feb 15th, 2019. We will not accept any forms after the deadline.



Apr 27 Prom at BRTC


Feb 11-16 Sr District Tournament @ Pocahontas

Feb 20-23 Regional Tournament

Feb 27-Mar 2 State Tournament

Mar 7-9 State Championship


Feb 11-16 Sr District Tournament @ Pocahontas

Feb 20-23 Regional Tournament

Feb 27-Mar 2 State Tournament

Mar 7-9 State Championship


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


Feb. 26 @ Highland Feb. 28 @ Southside