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PHS Announcements - Thursday, February 14th
Dianna Johnson
Thursday, February 14, 2019



Thursday, February 14th

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

LUNCH : Chicken Nuggets, Seasoned corn, Green Peas, Fruit, Hot Roll, Milk

CHARACTER TRAITS: Patriotism- “A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country.”-Charles E. Jefferson



This week, Teachers may park in regular teacher parking this morning, but you will need to move your vehicle by 2:30 if you park in the row closest to the main building or to the side of the cafeteria. Seniors should not park in the first row of senior parking unless they leave by 2:30.  


PHS Relay for Life Team!

Select teachers have jars set up in their classroom to collect change for the Relay for Life.  Like last year, the class that collects the most change between now and April 30th will win a free soda and snack! If you do not have a teacher with a jar in their room, you can put your change in your class jar in the office.  We all know someone who is battling cancer or who has lost their fight to cancer. Let’s all come together and help raise money for this great cause!


4A-3 District Tournament- Pocahontas High School will Host the 4A-3 Sr. High District Tournament the week of February 11-16. Games will be played Monday, tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with four games occurring on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday starting at 4 PM The finals will be held on Saturday with the girls’ final starting at 6:00PM and the boys’ final starting at 7:30 PM. ticket prices will be $5 per person as set by the 4A-3 District by-laws. In addition , the only passes that can be accepted will be Arkansas Activities Association passes and 4A-3 District passes.


Senior Group Picture - February 19th - 5th Hour

Group and Club Pictures - February 20th 5th-7th Hour


The nurse will begin conducting BMI screenings on 10th grade students during the next few weeks.  If you do not want your child to be weighed and measured, you must send a written note to school for the child's file.  If you have any questions, contact the school nurse.


Ready, Set, Graduate!

Do you have the skills it takes to make it on your own after graduation?  If so, come challenge those skills at the “Mall of Life” for a chance to win money and several different door prizes.  If not, come learn how to manage your money and survive after high school.

This program will take place on Friday, March 15th at BRTC.  We will leave around 8:00 am and return back to school around 2:45 pm. Ready, Set, Graduate is a program developed specifically for seniors.  During this program students will choose a career that best fits them. Students will be put into groups and will attend three short classes discussing finances such as banking, owning a home, and insurance.  Lunch will be provided for all students who attend. You will have a choice between a taco bar or fish with drinks and dessert. After lunch, students will attend the “Mall of Life,” which is made up of different businesses in our community.  Students will be given a card with items listed that they have to purchase. Students will go to each business and purchase an item of their choice such as a car and a house. At the end of the program, the students will budget using the given income from their chosen career and the items they purchased in the “Mall of Life.”  This is a fun and interacting program and I encourage all of you to attend!  Deadline to sign up is March 1st.


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 .


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 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! :)

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.  Prom dresses are also available! 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

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.

The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) is offering two summer programs:

Deadline - March 31st - The Summer Seminar program enrollment is now open for students entering the 12th grade who are interested in attending the USNA or any service academy. This week-long event will give students a taste of the academic and athletic programs offered at the USNA.

Deadline - April 15th - The Summer Stem program is a vibrant week of problem-solving, exploratory learning, critical thinking, and team building for rising 9th - 11th graders interested in a future in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math. You can find more information at

2019 Student-View Scholarship Program

The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors. It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need.  Visit  Deadline is April 22nd.

Student Insights will award the following prizes:

  • One (1) individual prize of a $4,000 scholarship.

  • Two (2) individual prize of a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Ten (10) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each


Thursday 2/14

  • Sr District Tournament @ Pocahontas

  • Library will be closed all day today.

  • Senior Group Picture - February 19th - 5th Hour

  • Group and Club Pictures - February 20th 5th-7th Hour

  • The following students will be completing CPR on Thursday, February 14th in the science lab across from Mrs. Bass' room from 8:30-11:30

    • Theresa Basaya

    • Taylor Kingery

    • Collin Marlin

    • Victoria Pike

    • Anna Poisso

    • Matthew Stowers

    • Nicholas Abner

  • The following students will be attending the Colts and Alumni Contest in DeQueen and Hot Sprince today through Saturday:

    • Madelyn Holt

    • Sara Hilton

    • Destiney Arnt

    • Erian Hankins

    • Morgan Shelton

    • Preston Dutchkie

Friday 2/15

  • Sr District Tournament @ Pocahontas

  • 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. today. (You only have to complete this one application to be considered for all local scholarships.)

  • FBLA State Leadership packets and deposits must be turned in today or you will not be allowed to attend the Conference!



Mar 15 Ready, Set, Graduate @ BRTC for Seniors Deadline to sign up is March 1

Apr 27 Prom at BRTC


Feb 20-23 Regional Tournament

Feb 27-Mar 2 State Tournament

Mar 7-9 State Championship


Feb 20-23 Regional Tournament @ Highland

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