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PHS Announcements - Monday, April 23rd
Dianna Johnson
Monday, April 23, 2018


Monday, April 23rd

LUNCH:   Chili/Cheese Cubes, Broccoli & Dip, Crackers, SideKick Slush & Milk

*** PLEASE NO CHARGING MEALS IN MAY ***  (However, please know no child will ever be refused a school meal)  This allows us to close out the school year in a timely fashion.  We ask all outstanding charges be fully paid prior to the end of school, please contact Patty Moore if you need to discuss your account.   


CHARACTER TRAIT:  Cooperation - “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.  Working together…. Is Success.”


Pocahontas Public Schools will conduct SEGP “Student Education and Graduation Program” conferences for students in grades 7-11 on Tuesday, April 24th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday, April 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Parents of Junior High and Senior High students are encouraged to meet with their child’s advisor.

Because of the conferences, school will be dismissed early for all students K-12 on Tuesday, April 24th only due to starting at 3:00.  Alma Spikes car riders will dismiss at 1:55 and bus students at 2:10. All other students in grades 3-12 are dismissed at 2:25.

The Randolph County Health Department will be on campus April 27th to administer the meningitis vaccination to those students who need a booster.  Consent forms will be sent home this week and will be due back April 20th. Please see the nurse with any questions.

2018 Sr. High Volleyball tryouts will take place Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3 from 3:45 to 4:45 pm.  This includes all current 9th - 11th graders.  You must attend both days to be considered for the team.  I must have a copy of your current physical in order for you to tryout.  Free Sports physicals will be offered at the Football Complex on Wednesday, April 18.  Please see Coach Brooks with any questions.

PHS Senior Breakfast from 7:15 to 7:55 a.m. on Friday, May 4th.  Biscuit & Gravy, Sausage and Scrambled Eggs, Milk & Juice.  $2.10 for an adult/extra items are an additional charge. Parents and Grandparents are invited to enjoy breakfast with their Senior student!  Please enter the building through the stairwell and sign in.

For the end of the year, students who have library books checked out should be sure to begin turning those books back in the library starting the week of April 27th and ALL Library books should be turned in by May 11th.

2018-19 PHS Student Council Officer Elections will be Wednesday, April 25th.  Deadline for paperwork is Friday, April 20th @ 12:30 p.m.

Student Council Representative Elections will be Friday, May 11th.  Paperwork will be available Monday, April 30th.  Deadline for paperwork is Wednesday, May 9th.

Class Officer Elections will be Friday, May 4th.  Paperwork will be available Monday, April 23rd.  Deadline for paperwork is Wednesday, May 2nd.

AP Exam Test Schedule:

May 7th - AP Chemistry

May 9th - AP English Lit

May 11th - AP US History

May 14th - AP Biology

May 15th - AP Calculus

May 16th - AP English Lang

May 17th - AP World History

Senior Semester Test Schedule:

May 9th - 6th & 7th periods and any missing assignments

May 10th - 3rd, 4th & 5th periods…. Makeup tests for 6th & 7th and any missing assignments

May 11th - 1st & 2nd periods… Makeup tests for 3rd, 4th & 5th and any missing assignments

Semester Tests for Sophomores & Juniors:

May 17th - 6th & 7th periods and any missing assignments

May 18th - 3rd, 4th & 5th periods…. Makeup tests for 6th & 7th and any missing assignments

May 21st - 1st & 2nd periods… Makeup tests for 3rd, 4th & 5th and any missing assignments

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Notes for absences (dr appts, parent notes, court, etc.) should be turned into the office first thing in the morning on the day you return.  This will help eliminate calling you out of classes to take care of this.

Project Graduation is selling chances on a $200 gift certificate to Vision Care in Pocahontas towards the purchase of a pair of Costa or Ray Ban sunglasses.  Tickets are $1.00 each. See Kinley Johnson to purchase. The voucher will be given away at the last jr high home baseball game on April 30th.

Attention Seniors! Senior walk forms and Prom Guest forms (need to fill out if you are bringing someone who does not attend PHS, this includes a PJHS student) are located at the bulletin board across from the office. These need to be completed and turned in by April 13th to Mrs. Baty, Mrs. Bass or Mrs. Bryant.

There will be a meeting for any 10th or 11th grade students who are interested in the TOPSS program. The meeting will be April 16 at 9:00 in the library. There will also be a meeting that night for students and parents who want to learn more about TOPSS  (Technical Opportunities and Pathways for Secondary Students).

These are programs in Healthcare, Industrial Electricity, Welding, and Machine Tool. Students will receive various certifications through these programs as well as earning high school and college credit. This program is free to students. Students must meet requirements to enter the program.

St. Bernards Jr. Volunteer Summer Program-Now Accepting Applications!The session will be held from July 6th - 27th.  Check your email to download the application. Deadline for applying is May 4th.

Driver's Education - Driver's Ed will be offered at PJHS for Students at PJHS and PHS. on the following dates:  Tuesday, May 29th, Wednesday, May 30th,Thursday, May 31st, Friday, June 1st, and Saturday, June 2nd (and/or Monday June 4th).  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m (1 hour lunch break). Only 15 seats available. Must have driver's permit and $200.00 paid to the PJHS office to be place on the Class list.  (checks should be dated May 29th and will be deposited on the first day of class). Please see Mrs. Bandy in the Jr. High Office.

Mrs. Hogan has applications for the Upward Bound Math - Science program.


PHS Clothing Closet ~~~~~ Visit The Clothing Closet!!

Students may take whatever they need. The closet is frequently refilled with new/used things so visit often! "The Closet" is located in the Kitchen Home Economics Building. One door remains open for student convenience. Many coats & scarves have been recently donated! If students or parents need to visit the closet before/after school or on the weekend, please contact Mrs. Steimel –  Names are kept confidential!!

**** Check out Mrs. Stewart's Career Connections website for upcoming dates/deadlines related to college and events being held on the PHS campus.

Tutoring has begun: Literacy with Mrs. Bass (includes all other areas) on Tuesday and Thursday each week. Tutoring is after school from 3:30-4:30.

Please note the adjustment to the math tutoring schedule… Mrs. Steimel will only tutor as needed.  Mrs. Murray and Mr. Helms tutoring sessions are the same.

Math Tutoring 3:30-4:30 Tuesday-Thursday of each week!

Murray: Monday *****  Helms: Tuesday & Thursday *****  Steimel: as needed

Attention:  Please remember that students are not to have pocket knives in their possession while in school or on or about school property.

*** REMINDER:  Students are not to be on the parking lot during the school day without prior approval and signing out in the office.  Also, once you arrive on campus students are to exit their vehicles and come into the building. Students are not to sit out in their cars once on campus. ***

REMINDER to Students & Staff:  If students arrive on campus after the tardy bell at 8:00 a.m. they are to check in at the office.  Students should have a tardy slip/pass from the office if they come into class after the bell; if not send them to the office to sign in.

***Please remember to use caution when walking to and from buildings.  Students should use the crosswalks especially of the mornings and the afternoons when traffic is the busiest.  Drivers please use caution and be aware of students walking around campus.


FFA:  State FFA Convention will be April 22nd-25th

The FFA Banquet will be May 3rd at 6 pm in the Jr High Cafeteria

Any eighth grade student going into 9th grade wanting to show a livestock animal for the summer and fall show seasons.  Please see Mr. Washburn by no latter that May 4th 2018.

Any 10th-12th grade students want to show a livestock animal for summer and fall see Mr. Washburn by no later than May 4th,2018.  

LINK meetings are every Monday in Mrs. Moffett's room from 12:10-12:30. Contact Mrs.Cox for more details.

S.W.A.T. will meet on every Tuesday in Mrs. Baty's room.  Everyone is invited. You can bring your lunch.

Key Club  meets every Wednesday in Mr. James Room (#19)

NHS meetings will be announced prior to meeting days. NHS REMINDERS:  (PHS NHS REMIND101:  Text : @pokeynhs to:  81010)


REMINDER:  If you are taking a College Day (college tour, interview, etc. you must get a form from the office and have it signed by Mrs. Hogan and a parent. The form must be turned into the office prior to the day of your visit.  You also must bring back a note from your college day for verification. IF A COLLEGE DAY FORM IS NOT TURNED IN PRIOR TO THE VISIT IT WILL NOT BE AN EXCUSED ABSENCE.

Remember as you are applying to attend post-secondary schools you must complete a PHS Transcript and Records Release Form to schools you are considering.  Mrs. Hogan has attached this document and sent to your email account. Please remember

Just a reminder that if you have received a scholarship from a 2 year, 4 year, or educational assistance from having joined the military I need your form no later than April 9th.  This form is needed for end of the year activities if you want to be recognized. If you lost your form or did not get one during the senior meeting you may stop by or email me for one.

American Legion Auxiliary has Scholarships Available for High School Seniors!  See your email for details.

More than 200 scholarships are available for eligible Arkansas students through Arkansas Community Foundation.  Go to to apply.  Requirements for applying to these varies with each.  Check to see if you fit some of the requirements.

The application for the Music For Lifelong Learners deadline is Wednesday, April 26th.  

The Notes for the Future Scholarship Program is open.  Details and application in your email. Deadline for application is April 27, 2018.

If you plan to attend Harding University, ASU - Searcy Campus, ASU- Beebe Campus, or ASU - Heber Springs Campus please note the opportunity to for a $250 textbook scholarship, a $150 book rental scholarship, and $100 book rental scholarship.  Details are in your email. Forms must be received by May 31st.

$2000 Accuplan Scholarship….visit for more information..  Must apply by May 31, 2018.

BRTC will now be offering the Academic Incentive Scholarship to students who have a composite ACT score of 19-23.  This scholarship will be in the amount of $250 per semester and is renewable up to four semesters provided the recipient completes a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester and maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.0.  In order to receive the Academic Incentive Scholarship, the student will need to complete the Application for Admissions and Scholarships and be accepted for admissions at BRTC.

News from the Counselor…

Just a reminder to each of you, the PHS Counselor webpage is up being updated daily. -  Information contained within the site contains: Announcements, Senior Timelines, ACT Information, Applying for College, Financial Aid, Links to Arkansas Colleges, Helpful Tips for Students, NCAA Registration, Scholarship Info, and Selective Service .    The link to the site is:

JUNIORS:  A-State offers campus visits twice a day Monday- Friday.  Sign up for a campus visit at  See what it is like to be a Red Wolf.

PHS GT Students:  The University of Central Arkansas in Conway is hosting the Arkansas and the World: Model United Nations Summer Camp for GT high school students entering grades 10 - 12.  The camp will be held on July 15-20, 2018. Application deadline for the camp is May 15th.

To learn more about it at:


Mrs. Hogan has sent out BRTC Concurrent Credit applications (online, on PHS campus/  BRTC campus) & TOPSS applications to your email. Please complete with your SEGP advisor and have application complete prior to April 24th.  BRTC will be present during SEGP Conferences in the counselor’s office to accept applications. Deadline for application will be the evening of the 26th .

MONDAY  4/23

State FFA Convention  April 22nd - 25th…. Good Luck !

Special Olympics volunteer permission slips due today!

Softball District Tournament @ Highland- vs Trumann @ 6:00…. Release the team at 3:00

Baseball District Tournament @ Highland - vs Westside @ 2:30 … Release the team at 11:00

Students interested in Emergency Management or plan on pursuing a career in a related science (fire science, EMT/paramedic, etc.)  please see Mrs. Hogan or Lindsay Stewart for applications to join the Randolph County Youth Preparedness Council. Applications are due to Mrs. Hogan or Mrs. Stewart by the end of school  Tuesday, April 24th


ACT Aspire testing - 10th grade (English, Reading, Writing).  Check your email for your room placement assignment. Go directly to your testing room at the bell.

SEGP Conferences for grades 7-11 starting at 3:00-6:00… Students are dismissed at 2:25.  Parents are encouraged to attend to verify class selections and schedules for next school year.

4A-3 Sr High Conference @ Home


Student Council Officer Elections


ACT Aspire Testing - 10th grade (Math, Science).  

Accuplacer for Seniors in the DISTRICT MEETING ROOM (in the business building)  from 8-10:30 a.m.

SEGP Conferences for grades 7-11 starting at 4:00-6:00… No early dismissal today.  Parents are encouraged to attend to verify class selections and schedules for next school year.

FRIDAY  4/27



May 1st - State Track Meet @ HOME…. $6.00 admission and only AAA passes will be accepted.

May 4th - PHS Senior Breakfast from 7:15 to 7:55 a.m. Biscuit & Gravy, Sausage and Scrambled Eggs, Milk & Juice.  $2.10 for an adult/extra items are an additional charge. Parents and Grandparents are invited to enjoy breakfast with their Senior student!  Please enter the building through the stairwell and sign in.

May 8th - Arkansas Civics Exam for Juniors

May 14th - SpEd Track & Field Day

May 14th - Athletic Banquet

May 15th - Senior Honors & Awards Program - 7:00 p.m. at MD Williams

May 18th - Graduation 8:00 p.m. @ Schoonover Stadium (weather permitting) …..

Graduation practice 9:00 a.m. - Bring cap and gown for class photo

May 21st - SpEd Track & Field Day