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Archive: November 2022

Audric Browning, Jackson Browning, Kyler Hargis, Blake Rasmussen, and Braxton Staggs competed in the first ever NAESC Fall Rocket League Tournament in Melbourne. These boys went head to head with nine other teams from ICC, Salem, and Mountain Home high schools and placed 2nd in the tournament. Through hard work and determination they have qualified to be in the PlayVS Fall State Tournament! Let's cheer these boys on and wish them good luck for their games to come!

CRES Christmas Music Concert Tonight

The Christmas Music Concert is tonight at 6:00.  Elementary students need to be in the auditorium by 5:45.

Izard County Tournament Brackets

The Izard County Tournament will be held at Cave City, December 3-10, 2022.  Attached are the brackets.  All four of CRHS teams will begin play on Saturday Dec 3rd.  


Thanksgiving Holiday

The Calico Rock School District will not be in session November 21-25 as we will be enjoying the Thanksgiving Holiday that week!


Be safe and enjoy the holiday!

Congratulations Calico Rock Elementary

Dear Principal Whiteaker,

Congratulations! Calico Rock Elementary School has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as a school where students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire!

As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards where we recognize schools with high student academic growth. We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.

In our Elementary School Level report published today, Calico Rock Elementary School received the following awards:

High Overall Growth (Northeast region)

High Math Growth (Northeast region)

Awards are based on the 2022 content growth score calculated by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2021 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. We recognize schools based on Overall growth, as well as for growth in Math and English Language Arts separately. To learn more about how we determined the OEP award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the report here.

We congratulate you on this accomplishment and hope that you will share this good news with teachers, students, and others who contributed to your school's success.

For updates and insights, follow our blog at, and to be added to our weekly updates and roundup of education news, send an email to with the subject line "Sign me up!"

Congratulations again on your OEP Growth awards!


Sarah McKenzie, PhD

Executive Director
Office for Education Policy
University of Arkansas

Basketball Games today and tomorrow.

Today's Games at Viola

Order of games:  Start time for games is 5:30 p.m. This is different than the schedule (not 5:00)

Junior B Girls

Junior Girls

Junior B Boys

Junior Boys


Tomorrows Games at Home (Homecoming)

Order of Events

5:00 p.m.   Junior Boys Game

                 Homecoming Ceremonies (Dance Team then Royalty)

                 Senior Boys Game

                 Senior Girls Game



Lunch Today


Both campuses will have the option for 2 hot lunches today.  Turkey or chicken patty with mashed potatoes and gravy, hot roll, glazed carrots, fresh fruit and a pumpkin bar.  


No salad or OPPA to go today.

Ball games for tonight are still ON.

Tonight's scheduled ball games are still ON.  Come out and cheer on the Pirates!


First EVER Cross Country Meet at Calico Rock High School

Calico Rock Host 1st District Cross Country Meet

Calico Rock hosted its first ever cross country and first ever 1A-2 District Cross Country meet on October 18th at Calico Rock High School. The meet featured seventy eight runners from four area schools all competing to be  individual and team cross country champion. 

Timbo, Norfork, Viola, and host school Calico Rock all competed over a 1.55 mile course that encompassed the Calico Rock High School Campus and Earl King Park. 

The Jr. High teams competed at 1.55 miles while the Sr. High teams competed at 3.1 mile races. 

In Jr. Girls, Viola was District Champion with Calico Rock Jr. Girls placing District Runner Up. In Jr. Boys, Timbo won the District Championship by just 3 points over Calico Rock. Timbo also won the Sr. Boys District Championship as well.  The Sr. Girls Division only individual awards were awarded as no schools had enough participants to qualify for team Awards. Grace Hudson of Calico Rock was the 1A-2 Sr. Girls District Champion with a time of 24:45 over 3.1 miles.

"In discussions with the Athletic Director Alex Skidmore We thought it would be great for our runners to try and host a meet and that is how the idea to host this meet began. " stated Coach Chip McDonald

 " I felt the meet ran very smoothly. I'd like to thank all the other athletes, coaches, and parents here that volunteered so that we could put on this meet. Also, I am very proud of our runners who ran their best times of the year. I hope we can make this an annual event and grow the number of schools that come. " Coach Chip McDonald

 "We had six runners place in the top 5 in their races. Emma Brickell 3rd, Kaylee Galloway5th  (Jr. Girls);  Grace Hudson 1st (Sr. Girls);  Aiden Harris 2nd, Aden Otto 3rd ( Jr. Boys);  and Luke Moody 5th (Sr. Boys). Our Jr. Teams won the schools first ever District Runner-up team Plaques. Along with the record number of runners we had this year this has been a very good year for Cross Country at Calico Rock. My hope is we can keep building on this success next  year and in the future." Coach Chip McDonald 


Photo Credits: Angela Sanders (thanks!)


Make-Up Pictures/Fall Sports

Wingard Photography will be here on Monday, November 14 to retake photos and fall sports.

Mid Term Reports

Mid Terms were distributed for the 2nd quarter yesterday at the elementary and today at the high school. Please check folders or with your students to see how they are progressing this nine weeks! If there are any questions, please feel free to contact your child's campus/teachers.  

No Tutoring at Elementary Today

There will be no after school tutoring at the elementary today, Thursday, November 10.


Angel Tree is UP!

Our angel tree is up in the lobby of the high school! If you are interested in sponsoring one of our students, please stop by and grab a name. The "B" and "G" on the envelope indicate boy or girl if you have a preference. It will be available at tonight's home ballgame. You can also stop by during school hours if that's better for you. Thanks to our community for supporting our kids each year! 

Veteran's Day Celebration!

Congratulations to Shayna Staggs! Our pirates can RODEO!

Shayna Staggs is the 3D Barrel Racer Champion for 2022!  She received this saddle this weekend at the finals and we couldn't be more proud of her.  She's a member of the FFA and a hard worker.  We want to show her some PIRATE PRIDE!

Attention parents of Basketball, Baseball and softball players.

   Updated Concession stand worker Schedule!

Please check the schedule to see the day/time you are scheduled to work and let the coaches or Jessica Moser know if you need to switch nights. The schedule is attached but also posted on the school's website under the Sports section.

Thank you and GO PIRATES!!

Harvest Supper is finally here!! Now for traffic info.

Tonight is the night!  Harvest Supper will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  tonight at the HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA.  Come enjoy a great meal with your community while supporting our FFA club.


Drive thru dining will need to enter the campus at the school sign and your will be directed into the drive through line.

Dine in dining will need to enter campus through the park and come to the top parking lot.  This will keep dine in customers from having to wait in line with the drive through customers. 

Come out and enjoy a great meal and good fellowship.



Angel Tree

Angel Tree forms were sent home last week. If you want your child to be included, please make sure that you send the information sheet back to school with your child by tomorrow. We want to give those that sponsor gifts for our students plenty of time to shop. If you need another form, please contact the school office and we will get it sent home with your student. 

If you are willing to sponsor a child, they will be available starting Friday evening at the Harvest Supper at the high school campus. 

Social Media Awareness Campaign

Please share ...

Calling all parents and families! You're invited to join the Social Media Awareness Campaign (SMACtalk) for a series of evening webinars about social media and internet safety.
Our first event will be Monday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. Sign up at to receive the Zoom link. Our guest speaker will be Ebony Mitchell, Miss Arkansas 2022, whose platform is A Responsible Digital You.
We encourage schools and districts to share this information with families in your communities. #SMACtalkAR

Veterans Day Assembly

Calico Rock School District will host  a Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11.

The assembly will be at the elementary auditorium starting at 9:00 AM.

All Veterans are invited to attend.

Veterans Reception to Follow.

For more information, contact Kish Pool @ 870-297-3745

Harvest Supper Friday

The FFA will host their annual harvest supper on Friday, November 4 at the high school.

Tickets will be available at the door or through the drive-thru Friday.

Cost will be $13.

The time will be from 4:30-7:30 with the option to eat in or pick up meals.