Students are assigned a counselor according to the first letter of their last name as follows:
Katie Mankins: A-K
Sherri Gauger: L-Z
Important Test Dates!!!
Interim Assessment Sept 25 - 27
Interim Assessment Nov 28 - Nov 30
Interim Assessment Feb 26 - Feb 28
NAEP Exam TBA
7th Grade ACT Aspire May 1 - 2
8th Grade ACT Aspire May 3 - 4
9th Grade ACT Aspire May 8 - 9
"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving" Oliver Wendell Holmes
Check out these websites:
Tasseltime has multiple resources available to students and parents about college, scholarships, careers, and financial aid. Call the counseling office for the username and password. www.tasseltime.com
Arkansas Challenge Scholarship information is available at: http://acs.adhe.edu
Arkansas Career Planning... this website provided a gateway to lifelong career planning that allows individuals to store personal & academic information; search & save educational and occupational data; build resumes; and access assessment progress. https://navigator.kuder.com/account/login-register
Occupational Outlook Handbook This website allows a person to discover earnings, growth, and activities related to over 100 different types of jobs. http://www.bls.gov/oco/
4 units of English 3 units of Math (Class of 2008) or 4 units of Math (Class of 2009 and beyond) 3 units of Social Studies 1 and 1/2 units of Physical Education (one unit can be JROTC or Marching Band with 1/2 PE required) 1/2 unit of Health 1/2 unit of Oral Communication 1/2 unit of Fine Arts (Band, Choir, Orchestra, Music Theory, Drama, Art, or Survey of Fine Arts) Only 2 units of PE can count toward graduation, with the maximum of one unit per year. *Beginning with the class of 2009, all graduate in Arkansas public schools will be required to have 4 units of mathematics. Therefore, graduates of Fort Smith Public Schools will be required to obtain a minimum of 23 units. Honors Diploma - A student must meet requirements for graduation, maintain a 3.0 grade average, and pass eight units of Pre-AP or AP courses, six of which must be earned in grades 10, 11, 12.
Arkansas Scholars Curriculum
An Arkansas Scholar is a student in grades 9-12 who is committed to achieving and maintaining the following criteria: at least 95% attendance annually completion of Smart Core Curriculum earn no grade lower than a "C" completion of high school in eight consecutive semesters Scholars are recognized by the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce and local employers through a system of awards and incentives, culminating with a luncheon for 12th graders who have maintained Scholar status and with placement of a special seal on the Scholar's transcript. Employers who recognize the seal have agreed to give priority in hiring to Arkansas Scholars. Scholars may be eligible for a scholarship at UAFS. Courses may be re-taken to qualify.
"Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve."
ADE Memo pertaining to scholarship information!
Smart Core Curriculum Requirements
4 units of English
4 units of Math including Algebra I and II, Geometry, and an advanced math course above Algebra II
3 units of Science with laboratories, chosen from Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
3 units of Social Studies including one of US History, one of World History, and at least 1/2 unit of Civics or American Government
If parents choose to have their child participate in a less rigorous curriculum for graduation, they must contact their child's counselor.
1-800-54-STUDY or visit
To contact us:
Chaffin Jr. High
3025 Massard Road
Fort Smith, AR 72903
firstname.lastname@example.org (Counselor's secretary)