AMI Updates and WiFi
Alyssa Jenkins
Friday, March 27, 2020


Below is information which will help to answer some of the most frequently asked questions with regards to school closing.  This information is current as of March 26, 2020.

AMI Work for the Week of March 30 – April 3

Students brought home AMI folders in the fall.  Students should have already completed work from Days 1, 2, and part of day 3 during the week of March 16 – 20.

Please use the following schedule for the week of March 30 – April 3.

  • March 30 – Students will complete the second half of their Day 3 AMI work.
  • March 31 & April 1 – Students will complete Day 4 of their AMI work.
  • April 2 & April 3 – Students will complete Day 5 of their AMI work.

If your child’s AMI folder has been misplaced, you may access the same documents online using the following links:

AMI Work for the Week of April 6 – 10

Below are learning options for students beginning the week of April 6.  More information including web conferencing schedules through Google Hangouts and Google Classroom will be posted by April 2.

Smackover Preschool

  • Smackover Preschool students will be using plans that support Arkansas PBS television programming.
  • Learning plans will be posted weekly on The Buckaroo Blog.
  • Arrangements will be made for parents to pick up printed copies of the learning plans on Friday, April 3. If picking up a packet you will be asked to sign In so the district can begin possibly mailing packets to you weekly.

Smackover Elementary School and Norphlet Middle School

Parents will be able to choose one of two options:

  • Students will be able to web conference with teachers using Google Hangouts and Google Classroom.  More information including web conferencing schedules through Google Hangouts and Google Classroom will be posted by April 2.
  • Students will be able to use printed plans that support Arkansas PBS television programming. Arrangements will be made for parents to pick up printed copies of the learning plans on Friday, April 3. If picking up a packet, you will be asked to sign in so the district can begin possibly mailing packets to you weekly.

Smackover High School

Parents will be able to choose one of two options:

  • Students will be able to web conference with teachers using Google Hangouts and Google Classroom.  More information including web conferencing schedules through Google Hangouts and Google Classroom will be posted by April 2.
  • Students will be able to use printed plans that support instruction. Arrangements will be made for parents to pick up printed copies of the learning plans on Friday, April 3.  If picking up a packet, you will be asked to sign in so the district can begin possibly mailing packets to you weekly.

SouthARK

Students enrolled in concurrent credit classes through SouthARK will continue doing their classwork online.  Please watch for emails being sent directly from SouthARK to student’s gmail accounts for further information.

Virtual Arkansas

High school students enrolled in courses through Virtual Arkansas will continue to complete their coursework online.  Students without online access will need to complete print copies of work which were distributed the week before spring break.

Communications with Families

  • The Buckaroo Blog and the district website will continue to be updated as we receive information from the state and federal government.
  • Teachers will be monitoring emails and will respond to parent and student questions regarding school work, etc.
  • Parents will be able to pick up hard copies of student assignments on Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  More information about the location of the pickup will be posted by April 2.
  • After the conclusion of spring break, school phones will be monitored remotely and phone messages will be returned.

WiFi

WiFi hotspots will be available in designated Smackover-Norphlet School District parking lots beginning April 6.

Please stay in your vehicle at all times if a hotspot is being used.

Meal Programs

School Meal Service will resume on Monday, March 30.

  • Time – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Smackover Location – Between cafeteria and pavilion
  • Norphlet Location – Norphlet City Park

Senior Activities

The district is reviewing options and plans for senior activities including prom and graduation.  More information will be given as updated guidance is provided from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education.

Closing Thoughts

We are so grateful to our parents, students, and community members throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.  We know how hard parents and guardians are working right now to provide for the basic needs of their families.

We believe that the three most critical things that students need during this time are food, shelter, and love.  While instruction is important, nothing is greater and more important than your family at this time.  The lessons that our students learn from parents and guardians about character, life skills, and social skills are greater than reading, writing, and math.

With that said, the teachers, staff and administrators of the Smackover-Norphlet School District are here to support families with instruction during this time no matter which instructional plan you choose.  We will be flexible, understanding, and supportive of the decisions you are facing.  Remember:  You are not alone.  We are your partners through this pandemic.

May all of our Buckaroo family and community stay well and safe!