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PHS Announcements - Thursday, February 13th
Dianna Johnson
Thursday, February 13, 2020



Thursday, February 13, 2020

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

Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Seasoned Corn, Green Beans, Pears, Hot Roll, and Milk

Character Traits: Patriotism - May we think of freedom, not as the right to do what we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” -Peter Marshall


Reminder:  Students are not allowed to bring knives to school. 

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  State law prohibits all motorists from using a cell phone while in a school zone or passing a school building when children are present. The law prohibits both talking and texting while driving in those areas. School zones encompass each building campus and parking area as well as the road in front of and extending well beyond school building campuses in the upcoming weeks.  If you do not want your child to be measured, please send a note to the school nurse.


UAMS HPREP is an outreach program that provides Arkansas high school students with the opportunity to prepare for college, gain exposure to various career paths in health and interact with students, faculty and staff of this academic health center. HPREP accomplishes the mission of supporting current and future health professionals from underrepresented backgrounds. Event will be Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 from 9:00am to 4:00 pm. Transportation is not provided, and it is up to the student to get to Little Rock and back.  Click the link to find out more and how to apply: 


The Clothing Closet is in need of clothing for younger children.  If you have any child clothing you would like to donate please get in touch with Amy Lynch or a member of the closing closet. Thank you! 

Students in grades 6-12 that are interested in shooting sports we have sign up sheets in the office for the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program.  Sign up forms will not be accepted after March 1st.  For more information or if you have any questions please contact Desiree Bailey at 


Miss Redskin Pageant: The Miss Redskin Pageant is March 7, 2020.  Application forms are in all school offices.  Deadline is March 2nd. Contact Kim Nead at the junior high if you have any questions. 


Girls Go CyberStart Initiative - Registration Open

Open to female high school students, the Girls Go CyberStart initiative encourages participants to explore their interests in cyber studies, learn core cybersecurity skills, and build confidence in problem-solving.

Girls Go CyberStart is a free, online game open to all female students in grades 9 through 12, regardless of their prior knowledge or experience with cybersecurity and information technology. Playing alone or on teams, participants solve challenges to gain points and advance through levels, earning prizes along the way. In addition to individual prizes, such as trips, gift certificates, and computers, the three in-state schools with the most participants win monetary prizes.




SENIORS!!!  The Local Scholarship Application has been sent to your email by Mrs. Hampton. Deadline is Friday, February 28th. 


UCA's privately funded scholarship application is now available. Deadline is March 13th


Rotary scholarship application available for those students in Rotary/Interact Club or who have a parent/step-parent who is a member of Pocahontas Rotary. See Mrs. Stewart or Mrs. Hampton for application. Applications are due February 28th. 


If you are planning to attend BRTC, the Foundation/Private Scholarship Application is now available online!  Applications are due by March 1st. Follow this link to complete:


Seniors looking for scholarship opportunities should visit the following link  (Mrs. Stewart updates this on a regular basis to add the most recent scholarships.)


Seniors, if you have any kind of disability (learning, physical, emotional, etc.,) you may qualify for assistance through Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS.)  Their mission is to prepare Arkansans with disabilities to work and lead productive and independent lives through a variety of services. Please let Mrs. Hampton know if you would like to visit with her to find out more and if you qualify.


Project Graduation is organized by the parents and the students of the graduating class. If you plan to graduate in May of 2020, we encourage you to participate by attending some or all meetings and events. You will receive incentive points.


Project Graduation will be hosting a concert by Zack DeClerk & Emily Weisenbach at BRTC on March 7th, 2020. 


Senior NHS members need to check the list on the wall across from Mrs. Steimel's room to verify their membership status and the spelling of their name.  This is very important so that they are correctly called during senior night at the end of the year!!

Josten's Senior deliveries will be Tuesday, March 3rd @ 9:00 in the cafeteria.  Balances must be paid in full before you can receive your order.  You can pay online at beforehand or bring cash the day of. 


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 6th 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 sheets are in Mrs. Casillas & Mrs. Baltz’s room. Deadline to sign up is Friday, February 21st.  



A/V Club: PHS and PJHS are starting an A/V Club.  In this club you will be streaming events that happen on and off campus, sporting events, and a whole lot more.  If you are interested in joining the A/V club, please check your email or fill out this form

PALSS: Reminder that PALSS meets each Thursday at noon, in the student center.  We are accepting new members at any time.  (This is the former “Circle of Friends”)

NHS: Any member wanting to run for an office for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, please see Mrs. Steimel for a nomination form.  Nominations will be closed February 14th. NHS members need to check the list on the wall across from Mrs. Steimel's room to verify their membership status and the spelling of their name.  

LINK: High School old LINK members and new LINK members, please go see Mrs. Cox about teaching on Feb. 26. She needs the high school student's help to reach all the classes at Alma and M.D. 




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       

Google Classroom Code: rcwb5il 


ONLINE BULLYING REPORT FORM - Students, parents, and staff members can now complete an online bullying report form to report alleged bullying or harassment that occurred on school property; at school-sponsored activity/event off school property; on a school bus; or through social media, text messages, or email in the current school year by clicking this link or by visiting the districts website.  

Common APP - Seniors, do you want to complete only ONE application for over 900 colleges, including AState, UCA, Hendrix, U of A, Lyon, and more? Check out the Common App!  

Parents and students, please enjoy this issue of Your Teen.  It has very helpful information about next steps in the college admissions process and what students should focus on in their junior and senior years of high school. This issue contains information about


🎓 Preparing for the ACT/SAT 

🎓 Developing a list of potential schools for students 

🎓 Crafting winning essays

🎓 Application do’s and don’ts 

🎓 Applying for financial aid and scholarships

🎓 How to handle deferral, wait-list, or rejection (it happens)


All visiting reps will set up a table in the student center during lunch (11:45-12:27) on the appointed date.

Tuesday, February 18  AState, Cindy Rector

Monday, February 10   Marines, Gunnery Sgt. Ski

Monday, February 24   University of Central Arkansas, Conway - Mallory Watson

Thursday, February 20  AR Air National Guard, TSgt. Vicki Wray

Mrs. Stewart’s Career Coach Google Classroom has been updated with current  opportunities and scholarships. Check your class folder to see what is offered for your current grade. These will be updated on a regular basis.


Upcoming ACT’s 

Saturday, April 4th - Register by February 28th 

Saturday, June 13th - Register by May 8th   

Saturday, July 18 - Register by June 19th  



Fee waiver- If you receive free or reduced lunches, see Mrs. Hampton! You can get a waiver for two different tests!

Registration- Register @ See Mrs. Hampton or Mrs. Stewart if you need help registering. 


- Remember, Jr. 's & Sr's can get up to 2 (3 credit) concurrent credit courses covered each semester by the Concurrent Challenge Scholarship at BRTC. (This is completely different than (and will not affect) the AR Academic Challenge Scholarship.  

- If you receive free or reduced lunches, you could also get up to 6 credits covered by the school district.  Ask Mrs. Hampton about this!


Test Prep-

1.) 2019-2020 Preparing for the ACT Test booklets - free in Mrs. Hampton's office! The booklet contains general information about the ACT tests and practice tests with answers for each subject section.

2.) Chromebook App - Before logging into a Chromebook, click on Apps at the bottom of your screen. Select TestNav.  You may need to “select a different customer” to switch to the ACT login page. No login is needed. On the login page, click on Practice Test. There are timed and untimed practice sessions.


Photo ID - If you do not have a photo ID, see Mrs. Hampton for an ACT ID form. They will not admit you to your ACT session without your ACT test ticket AND either a photo ID or the ACT ID form.


FUTURE AGENTS IN TRAINING (FAIT) is a relatively new program initiated to provide exposure of FBI investigative experiences to young motivated minds.The FAIT program is a gateway into a future with the FBI.  The course is held in Fort Smith, Arkansas, usually on three consecutive Fridays in April. Students who are at least 16 years of age and have not graduated high school yet are eligible to attend. See Mrs. Stewart or Mrs. Hampton for an application.




The Local Scholarship Application has been sent to your email by Mrs. Hampton.

Deadline is Friday, February 28th. 


Applications are now available for the St. Bernards Jr. Volunteer Summer 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 10-July 31. You can download the application packet by clicking here or pick one up from Mrs. Stewart. Please note that the deadline for applying is Friday, April 17.


The BRTC MASH camp date has been set for June 8th - 18th.  Students must be currently in the 10th or 11th grade to apply.  Applicants will be selected based on GPA, an essay describing their desire to attend M*A*S*H, recommendation letters, extracurricular activities and community service, as well as awards and accomplishments.  Those selected into the program will shadow in a variety of health care locations, learn medical terminology, take part in hands on activities to learn medical procedures, tour local hospitals and learn more about the opportunities in our area!  See Mrs. Stewart or Mrs. Hampton for applications. 



Does Clay County Electric power your family's home? If so, you could have the opportunity to participate in a week-long trip to Washington D.C.! Download the application here:   Deadline is Friday, February 28th. 




Thursday 2/13

  • There will be a Farm Sale meeting at lunch. 

  • Anyone interested in joining track needs to see Coach Casey at lunch in the student center.

  • FBLA will be selling Hershey Kisses for Valentine’s Day in the concession stand during lunch! Please release all FBLA Officers today at 11:45 to set up. 

  • Swim @ District/Conference (HOME) 5:00 pm: Please dismiss swimmers at 2:30. 

  • No GT all day today.

  • Student Council Members: Ms. Hackworth needs 2 workers for Friday nights girls game. Please go by her room and sign up to work. 

Friday 2/14

  • Anyone interested in joining track needs to see Coach Casey at lunch in the student center. Today is the last day to join. 

  • NHS Officer nominations close today for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

  • Boys Basketball  vs Gosnell @ AWAY - 5:30

  • Girls Basketball  vs BIC @ HOME- 6:00

  • No GT all day today.

Saturday 2/15

  • Regional Chess Tournament at ASU!


Miss Redskin Pageant: The Miss Redskin Pageant is March 7, 2020.  Application forms are in all school offices.  Deadline is March 2nd.  Contact Kim Nead at the junior high if you have any questions.  

Josten's will be here for Senior deliveries Tuesday, March 3rd @ 9:00 in the cafeteria.  Balances must be paid in full before you can receive your order.  You can pay online at beforehand or bring cash the day of. 

The Starburst talent show is having auditions MARCH 3RD AND 4TH after school at THE PJHS GYM.  Pick up an application in the school offices and BRING IT WITH YOU TO TRY-OUTS. Do not turn it into the office.  Talk to Mrs. Nead for more information.  

Seniors: Zac and Emily Concert for Project Graduation - If students checked out tickets from Mrs. Steimel, they must return tickets and/or money as soon as possible so other students have the opportunity to sell

Feb 20 - PHS Quiz Bowl at NEA Co-op

Feb 29 - Regional OM here


March 6 Ready, Set, Graduate @BRTC - All seniors can sign-up. Deadline to  

                     sign-up is Feb. 21st. 



March 20 - 6th Period 

April 30 -  2nd Period 


Feb 17-22 - Senior High District Tournament 

Feb 26-29 - Regional Tournament 

March 2-7 - State Tournament 


Feb 17-22 District Tourney @ Southside 

Feb 26-29 Regionals 

March 4-7 State Tourney

March 7-9 State Championship 


Feb. 28-29 - @ Bentonville - State Meet


Feb. 29-  Benefit game / Away V TBA

March 3- @ Nettleton / V 4:30 p.m

March 5- @ Corning / Away V,JV 4:30 p.m

March 6- @ Riverside / Home V,JV 4:30 p.m