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Bismarck School District
11636 Hwy 84
Bismarck, Arkansas 71929

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7:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m.,

Monday - Friday

Phone: 501-865-4888
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Dear Parents/Guardians:

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will experience an eclipse of the sun. For about three hours, the sun, moon and Earth will be aligned in such a way that the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, temporarily blocking out some or all of the sun—depending on where you're watching from. In Bismarck, the event starts at approximately 11:46 a.m. Maximum coverage of the sun will happen for around 2 minutes at approximately 1:16 p.m. The eclipse will end in our area around 2:45 p.m. Total coverage will be a little greater than 90%. This will not be enough for it to get completely dark, but it will be noticeably gray in color.

Safety during the eclipse is our top priority. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. Because the sun will never be totally covered during our eclipse experience, individuals should wear special eclipse glasses during the entire time they are outside. Solar filter glasses, welding safety glasses, or an indirect projection are the only safe ways to view the eclipse.  

Because of these safety concerns, the following precautionary measures will be taken to protect our students:

  • Each building will develop schedules to eliminate any outside transitions during the period of the eclipse.
  • Classes normally held outside, such as athletic practices, will be inside.
  • Students will have indoor recess during the time of the eclipse.

As an alternative to an outside viewing of the eclipse, all students will have the opportunity to view a livestream of the event being provided by NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive. In addition to the livestream, staff will use resources provided by NASA as part of the broadcast. Resources can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/k-12-formal-education. We will return to our regular schedule at 2:30 p.m. and buses will run on schedule. 

Parents who want their children to experience the event live under parental supervision will be allowed to check out their child by 12:00 p.m. We are requesting that students being checked out for the remainder of the day in order to avoid being outdoors during the most dangerous time of the eclipse. Absences will not count against the student.  

This will be a special event and a great learning experience for our students. Our goal is that by taking these steps, we will ensure an enjoyable and safe learning experience. Please contact your child's school if you have additional questions.  

Thank you,

Susan Stewart


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Our 10th grade math students ranked 3rd in the state

Welcome to BHS!

It is an exciting time here at Bismarck High School, both in the academic and extracurricular realm. I am happy to report that this past year, our 9th and 10th grade students scored better than 98% of all schools in the state on the ACT ASPIRE exam.  

Our 10th grade math students ranked 3rd in the state and our 9th grade math students ranked 6th. In Literacy our students also did very well as we ranked 33rd in 10th grade and 14th in 9th grade.  I am very proud of our students and teachers for the great job they have done to earn this distinction, as one of the best high schools in the state.  

We are also very proud of our progress in the extra-curricular areas.  This past year, we saw many of our student organizations compete and win awards in the areas of agriculture, FCCLA, FBLA, band, and sports.  I am looking forward to seeing our students compete again this year and I wish them lots of luck.  As one can see, things are going very well here at Bismarck High School and our future promises to be even brighter.



 Larry Newsom

High School Principal


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