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



Friday, March 8th

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

LUNCH : Fish Sandwich, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Cupcake, Fruit, Milk

CHARACTER TRAITS: Cooperation - "Unity is strength, when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” -Mattie J.T. Stepanek



St. Bernard's is now accepting applications for this summer's Jr. Volunteer Program. The program allows students (ages 15 – 18) an opportunity to volunteer in a hospital setting where they will explore careers and gain experience in helping others. Participants will gain hands on experience in surgery, laboratory, nursing, radiology, rehabilitative services, exercise science, pharmacy and more! It will be a three-week session where we will accept 16 students into the program. The session will be held from July 12-August 2. *Remember, all High School students that are 15-18 years of age are eligible to apply.

See the nurse for an application.


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!


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!  Sign up with Mrs. Casillas or Mrs. Baltz.  Deadline to sign up was March 6th.


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.

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! :)

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 :)

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!



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.



The ACT Scholarship Giveaway for Sophomores & Juniors

Eligible sophomores and juniors that register for the April, June, or July, 2019 US national test date (and opt-in to the giveaway during registration) have a chance to win. It’s just that easy!

One lucky student will win a $40,000 scholarship + a bonus $5,000 tech package! Three winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship + a $5,000 tech package.


Deadline March 8

Pocahontas Rotary Scholarship

All students can apply. You get points awarded for being in Interact, having a family member in Rotary, your community service, jobs you have held, GPA, extracurricular activities, etc.

(See Mrs. Hampton or Mrs. Stewart to pick up and return applications)


Deadline March 8th Young Leaders Summit (YLS)

Administered by a consortium led by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, YLS is a free, four-day,overnight college empowerment conference for top-performing, Pell Grant—eligible, high school juniors. It's designed to give a diverse group of students the tools to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to financial aid opportunities, and set a course for success. YLS will take place August 8–11, 2019, at the University of Chicago.


Deadline March 14:  

My Favorite Teacher Contest for 9th-12th grade students. Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, and submit it online at the website below) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. The winning student will receive $100 Barnes & Noble gift card. The winning "Teacher of the Year" will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well!


Deadline March 15th

Girls Who Code is a FREE 7-week summer immersion program for 10th–11th grade girls to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Classrooms are hosted at influential tech companies, such as Twitter, Amazon, Walmart, and AT&T, where girls will be exposed to mentors and role models. Stipends of up to $1400 to cover transportation and living costs are available to those who qualify.


This is the first year the the Summer Immersion Program is being hosted by companies in Arkansas.  Walmart will be hosting a program site in Bentonville and P&G will be hosting a site in Fayetteville. The program dates are June 10-July 26, 2019.

Learn more:


Flyers for students and parents


Deadline March 15th   

Martha Ahrent Scholarship (1st Choice Healthcare)

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a higher education in the medical field.  

(See Mrs. Hampton for application)  

Deadline March 15th

2019 Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls (11th grade)

In partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas - Girls of Promise Initiative and JM Associates, the Arkansas Cinema Society presents the Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls. This lab is for high school junior girls who dream of following in the footsteps of Ruth Carter, Kathryn Bigelow, Sally Menke, Reed Morano, and other female directors, cinematographers, costume designers, editors and screenwriters.

This lab will provide an opportunity for high-school junior girls between the ages of 16-18 to experience all aspects of the filmmaking process, from screenwriting to production to editing. No prior filmmaking experience is necessary and the lab is FREE. Guided by seasoned filmmakers the participants will develop a 3-5 minute short film with an emphasis on women’s empowerment and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) over the course of the eight-week program.The finished short films will be screened at the end of the program and during ACS’s annual FILMLAND in August.

Class Dates: March 26 - May 14

Classes meet MOST Tuesdays and Sundays (see below)

Tuesdays from 5 pm - 7 pm

Sundays from 2 pm - 5 pm

Production Dates (Mandatory):

Sat., April 27 from 8 am - 7 pm

Sun., April 28 from 8 am - 7 pm

Location of classes: JM Associates, 1200 Scott Street, Little Rock, AR 72202



Deadline March 15th

Arkansas Soul is a (FREE) two-week summer travel writing program for minority high school students (Juniors and Seniors only) with interests in digital writing, videography, social media, and photography at U of A in Fayetteville. We want to teach you all the things you need to go into journalism and pursue a career in writing, photography, advertising and so much more! The 10 selected students will be notified by April 1. The dates for the program are June 16 - 30, 2019.

  • Must submit a sample blog post or 2-minute video about an interesting destination in your hometown.

  • Must include a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or mentor with your application.

  • Students of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


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 for applications is March 29

ATTENTION:  High School Seniors!!

Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation is seeking High School Seniors who are interested in pursuing a career as a High Voltage Lineman.  Clay County Electric Cooperative offers a sponsorship for the High Voltage Lineman training at ASU Newport.

Applications may be downloaded at  

Deadline - March 31st -

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

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


Deadline is April 22nd.

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  

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


.  * 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

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, 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)

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


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

NAIA in the counselor’s office.


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.


Friday 3/8

  • SR. Quiz Bowl tournament at NEA Co-op

  • No GT today

  • No chess at lunch

  • Deadline Today! Pocahontas Rotary Scholarship

All students can apply. You get points awarded for being in Interact, having a family member in Rotary, your community service, jobs you have held, GPA, extracurricular activities, etc.

(See Mrs. Hampton or Mrs. Stewart to pick up and return applications)

  • Deadline Today! Young Leaders Summit (YLS)

Administered by a consortium led by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, YLS is a free, four-day,overnight college empowerment conference for top-performing, Pell Grant—eligible, high school juniors. It's designed to give a diverse group of students the tools to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to financial aid opportunities, and set a course for success. YLS will take place August 8–11, 2019, at the University of Chicago.

  • Travel & Tourism Field Trip: The following students will be out all day: Devon Adams, Danica McClintock, Jordan Menard, Leslie Stacy, Heather Throesch, Madyson Williams, & Jamie Wilson.

Saturday 3/9

  • Regional Senior Quiz Bowl



Mar 11 The local FFA scholarship application will be available and is due back April

12th. Also, chapter officer applications will be available and due back the 12th

as well.

Mar 12 Any 8th-11th grader interested in being on the golf team, please come to

Coach Hausman's room @ Junior High (Room 209) on Tuesday, March 12

@12:10 for a team meeting.

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

March 6th

Mar 31 Deadline to submit pictures for Prom Slideshow.  If no pictures are submitted by this date, only your Senior composite will be used. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Apr 6 State Senior Chess

Apr 27 Prom at BRTC


Mar 11 Home vs Harrisburg

Mar 12 @ Brookland: Players are released at 2:00

Mar 14 Home vs Valley View

Mar 19-20 Best of the West @ Covington, TN

Mar 26 @ Blytheville

Mar 28 Home vs. Highland

Mar 29-30 Ozarks Classic @ Harrison

Apr 2 Home vs Batesville Southside

Apr 4 @ Westside

Apr 5 @ Walnut Ridge


Mar 12 @ Brookland 4:30

Mar 14 Home vs Valley View 4:30

Mar 15-16 @ Brookland Tournament

Mar 26 @ Blytheville

Mar 28 Home vs Highland

Apr 2 Home vs Southside

Apr 4 @ Westside