Entertainment for Patriot Marketplace

The following is a list of the tentative times for entertainment performances at the Patriot Marketplace this Thursday and Friday, December 4th and 5th.  Please note that the schedule below is tentative:  times may vary according to performance lengths.

Thursday, Dec. 4
1:30 - Band II Students & Beginners
2:00 - JV Cheerleaders
2:20 - Pewee and Termite Cheerleaders
2:30 - PLAS Choir Students
3:00 - Near Light
3:15 - SheBang Dancers

Friday, Dec. 5
1:30 - Band II Students & Beginners
2:00 - Varsity Cheerleaders
2:20 - Pewee and Termite Cheerleaders
2:30 - PLAS Choir Students
3:00 - SheBang Dancers


Report Cards

Report Cards will remain on Achieve through Friday, November 7, for the parents who have recently received their Achieve information.  Report Cards will be taken off of Achieve on Saturday morning, November 8.


Spirit Day Friday at Hardees

Pike Liberal Arts School will have a Spirit Day this Friday from 4 am until 11 pm at Hardee's in Troy.  They will donate 20% of all pre-tax sales made during this time to PLAS.  Please cut out and submit one of the attached Spirit Day cards to the cashier when ordering at Hardee's either through the drive-thru or inside the restaurant.  The cashier will need to staple the card to your receipt and retain it so that the sales can be totaled at the end of the day.  It is an easy way to help PLAS earn money for classroom resources we desperately need.  Please cut out and give the other cards to friends and family to use on Friday.  Contact the school if you need more!  Thanks in advance for your help.  Go Pike!

Amy Garrett

Assistant Headmaster


Homecoming Mums

The cheerleaders would like to encourage everyone to share in the spirit of Homecoming by purchasing a mum for the daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, teacher, or any special lady in the Patriot family.

Mums will be white with red and blue ribbon. Cost is $15 for a plain mum with ribbon or $20 for a mum with ribbon, a football # or name.

If you would like to order, please call, text or email whether you would like the plain mum or special order mum (with detailed info) to Natalie Lankford 672-3301 ( or Angie Grice 205-789-6218 (

Orders MUST be received this Friday before 5:00. Mums will be available for pick up next Thursday afternoon.

Thanks, Happy Homecoming, and GO PIKE!


PLAS Red Ribbon Week

Due to homecoming festivities the last week of October, we will hold our Red Ribbon Week at PLAS next week.  Each day's theme is listed below.

Monday, October 20 - I'm too Bright for Drugs! (wear neon or bright colored clothing)

Tuesday, October 21 - Red Ribbon Day (wear red...ribbons will also be provided)

Wednesday, October 22 - Sock it to Drugs! (wear red, crazy, or mismatched socks)

Thursday, October 23 - Happy, Happy, Happy to be Drug Free! (wear camouflage)

Friday, October 24 - "Team Up" Against Drugs! (show your Patriot Pride...wear a PLAS shirt)

Report Cards

Report Cards are now available on Achieve.  They will remain available through Friday, October 31.

There will be a menu option entitled Report Card which will redirect you to your child's report card.

You may view, print, or download the report cards.

They do NOT have to be signed and returned to the school.

The report cards will be removed from Achieve on Saturday, November 1.


PLAS T-Shirt Order Form

Gun Raffle

Band Fundraiser

We would like for you to consider supporting our school band by purchasing a case or more of Pepsi products from one of our band students or by seeing Mrs. Trecy in the school office.  This is the second year we have had band at PLAS, and this will be our first fundraiser.  Our students have to purchase/provide their own musical instruments and pay for their music books, but there are many other items that are needed to keep our band successful now and for years to come.  Sheet music can cost $60 or more per song.  As you know a band needs to learn more than one song per year.  Our goal is to eventually be able to perform at half time during football games and during other school events.  We appreciate any support you can give to our band now and in the future.  If you do not drink soft drinks you can donate to the band through cash donations.  No amount is too small to help our band.

Listed below are the options you have to purchase from the students.  Keep in mind each case is $20 and contains 24 – 24 ounce bottles of your choice of one kind of soft drink.

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Sunkist

All orders are due by Wednesday, September 24.

Thank you for supporting the band,

Mrs. Amanda Ford, Band Director

PLAS Band Students and Band Parents



One percent of Target purchases can be designated to Pike Lib.  We are already signed up.  Contact the office for more details.


Traffic Flow Letter

Click the picture below to enlarge and read.  As always, thank you for supporting our school and your children.

Monday, September 1

There will be no school on Monday, September 1, due to the holiday.


Supply Lists

Click on the appropriate link below for supply lists for the 2014-15 school year.



1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th/6th Grades

Robotics Class

We are offering a robotics class this year and we are in need of some items for this class.  If you have any of the following items that you would like to donate for this class we will be very appreciative:

Small remote control cars
Small tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.)
Empty 2 liter bottles
Hex bug robotics
Building rocket models


Patriot Pride Work Days

We will be having Patriot Pride Work Days on Saturday, July 26, and Saturday, August 2.  We will use this time to spruce up the outside of the school beginning at 8:00 am.  Please join us for one or both of these days.  As always, thank you for supporting your children and our school.


Volunteers to Paint


If you are willing to volunteer to come help paint the Cafetorium and a couple of classrooms, please contact Mrs. Baggett at 334-566-2023.  We can paint several rooms if we have volunteers to help.

Thank you for supporting our school and your children.


Summer Workout Schedules

Below you will find links to a Parent Letter for Athletics regarding Summer Workouts as well as the June, July, and August Schedules for Summer Workouts.  The June, July, and August Schedules are also on the school calendar which can be accessed by clicking on the Calendar option on the school's website (  The letter and workout schedules also have links on the Athletics website.

Letter to Parents and Form regarding Summer Workouts

June Workout Schedule

July Workout Schedule

August Workout Schedule


A Letter from the Chairman

Pike Liberal Arts School Parents:

With the school year ending and summer officially beginning, we would like to this opportunity to wish all of our students and families a great and safe summer. We will be working hard this summer to get ready for next year and we are looking forward to new things happening at Pike Liberal Arts. As our new headmaster, Mrs. Baggett is already hard at work adding to our staff. New staff members to date are:

· Mr. Jason Williams: High School Math, Junior Varsity Baseball, Varsity Baseball Assistant, and Junior Varsity Football Assistant

· Mrs. Janice Waldrop: Physics and Math

· Mrs. Amy Allen: Biology, Anatomy, Forensics, and Tennis

· Coach Allen Ponder: Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Junior Varsity Baseball Assistant, Strength and Fitness Coach, Basketball, Health and History.

· Coach Arlton Hudson: Assistant Football Coach, Physical Education, Junior High History

Each of these teachers will be working hard this summer as they prepare for next year.

The latest hire was made the last week of school. Mrs. Amy Garrett will assume the duties of assistant headmaster beginning today, Monday, June 2, 2014. I would like to take this opportunity to properly introduce Mrs. Garrett:

Mrs. Garrett is an alumnus of Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, AL and attended Troy “State” University and Alabama State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Elementary Education.

She is proud to say that she began her career at PLAS teaching third grade. After two years at Pike, Mrs. Garrett transitioned into the Ozark City School System where she taught fourth grade for two years. She married Micah Garrett and moved to Madison County, where she taught fourth grade and sixth grade for the Madison City and Madison County School Systems. While in Madison County, Mrs. Garrett attended Alabama Math, Science, and Technology (AMSTI) training and began teaching science and math utilizing the materials provided by this program. AMSTI promotes learning by engaging students in hands-on, inquiry-based lessons. Upon moving back toward Pike County, Mrs. Garrett became an AMSTI Science Specialist at Troy University, working primarily with 3rd-5th grade science teachers for eleven counties in the Troy in-service region. She has trained many teachers on AMSTI science modules and has had the opportunity to coach teachers on a variety of topics.

After three and a half years at AMSTI in Troy, Mrs. Garrett had the Education as an Education Specialist in the Office of Student Learning. She specifically worked with 3rd-5th grade AMSTI Science Specialists in eleven AMSTI regions in the state.

Over the years, Mrs. Garrett has had numerous opportunities to work with people of all ages…elementary, middle school, high school, and college students as well as adults.

Mrs. Garrett is excited to return to the school where she began her career and we are equally excited to have an educator with such credentials join the administration of Pike Liberal Arts School.

Please stop by anytime this summer and meet Mrs. Garrett.

The summer office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with the office closed for the week of July the Fourth. You may also set up an appointment for another time if necessary. Please check the website for registration information. The first day of school is Friday, August 8, 2014. Enjoy your summer!


Maria Strother, Chairman

PLAS Board of Trustees


School Dismissal

Due to the possibility of severe weather, school will dismiss at 2:00 pm today.


The pageant for tonight has been cancelled due to the weather.  It will be rescheduled at a later date.


Severe Weather

Due to the possibility of severe weather overnight and into the morning, school will be postponed until 9:00 am tomorrow.  Faculty and staff should arrive by 8:30 am.

Please use caution tonight and tomorrow and stay tuned to weather updates as the night progresses.


Board of Directors Announcement

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Pike Liberal Arts School, we are pleased to announce Mrs. Becky Baggett as the new headmaster. A proven educator and administrator, Mrs. Baggett has served 26 years as a teacher and 8 years as a headmaster. Mrs. Baggett will begin her duties on June 1, 2014. Until then, Mrs. Sikes remains the headmaster, and she and Mrs. Baggett will be working together to make the transition as easy as possible for everyone. We look forward to the continued success of Pike Liberal Arts School as Mrs. Baggett begins her term as headmaster.

Maria Strother


Baseball/Softball Games

All Baseball and Softball games for today have been cancelled.

Open House

The Open House tentatively scheduled for tonight, April 14, will not be held.  It will be scheduled at a later date.


"Night of the Stars" Talent Show

We are so excited to announce the upcoming "Night of the Stars" Talent Show!

Every grade at PLAS is invited to participate in the talent show.  Students may plan a one-person act or a group presentation.

The focus for the show is on talent.  This will not be a competitive event; rather, it will be an opportunity for students to share their strengths.

Some examples of appropriate activities are:  gymnastics, athletic routines/dance, magic acts, martial arts, stand-up comedy, singing, skits, or instrumental performances.

The talent show will take place in the Cafetorium on Thursday, May 15, at 6:30 pm.

Forms are available in the front office.

If you have any questions please contact Natalie Lankford or Charlotte Walden.

PLAS Beauty Pageants

The PLAS Beauty Pageant for K4 through 8th grade will be on Monday, April 28, at 6:00 pm, in the PLAS Cafetorium.

The PLAS Beauty Pageant for grades 9 through 12 will be on Tuesday, April 29, at 6:00 pm, in the PLAS Cafetorium.


Fundraiser at Zaxby's

Tuesday, April 8, from 5 pm to 9 pm, is our fundraiser night at Zaxby's!  Come to Zaxby's and help raise money for Pike Liberal Arts School just by eating delicious Zaxby's chicken!

10% of total sales during fundraiser night will be donated to the school.

We hope to see you there!!

Movie under the Stars

PTO will be having their Movie under the Stars on Thursday, April 17.  The movie will be Madagascar.  The gates will open at 6:45 pm and the movie will begin at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $1 through the office.  Bring your own chairs and blankets.  Concessions will be sold.

Thank you as always for supporting our school and your children.

Friday, April 11

Due to prom, there will be a noon dismissal on Friday, April 11.


Severe Weather

There is severe weather potential in our immediate area later tonight and Monday morning.  Stay alert to changing weather conditions.  Use caution in getting to school.


Draw-down Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the PLAS Draw-down:

Warren Galimore
Frankie Sarris


Dance Team 2014-15

Congratulations to the 2014-15 PLAS Dance Team!

Lauren Johnson
Taylor Spivey
Megan Starling
Josie Sullivan

Santa Fe Giveback Night - TONIGHT

Tonight, Thursday, March 13, 2014, is Giveback to Pike Lib Night at Santa Fe Cattle Company on Highway 231 North in Troy.  Print the flyer from the link below and take it to Santa Fe between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 13, and they will donate 10% of the proceeds to Pike Liberal Arts to benefit technology advancements.  All you have to do to help is print the flyer, give it to your waiter/waitress, and enjoy a night eating at Santa Fe.

Print multiple copies and give them to your friends and family who might be eating at Santa Fe on Thursday, March 13.  There is no cost other than the cost of your meal.

As always, thank you for supporting your children and our school!!

Click here for the Santa Fe Giveback Night Flyer.

SGA Officers for 2014-15 School Year

Congratulations to the newly elected SGA officers for the 2014-15 school year!

Jeffrey Saunders - President
Adam Grice - Vice-President
Cailyn Barron - Secretary
Hayes Lee - Treasurer
Megan Johnson - Chaplain


Santa Fe Giveback Night

Thursday, March 13, 2014, is Giveback to Pike Lib Night at Santa Fe Cattle Company on Highway 231 North in Troy.  Print the flyer from the link below and take it to Santa Fe between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 13, and they will donate 10% of the proceeds to Pike Liberal Arts to benefit technology advancements.  All you have to do to help is print the flyer, give it to your waiter/waitress, and enjoy a night eating at Santa Fe.

Print multiple copies and give them to your friends and family who might be eating at Santa Fe on Thursday, March 13.  There is no cost other than the cost of your meal.

As always, thank you for supporting your children and our school!!

Click here for the Santa Fe Giveback Night Flyer.


Jonah McWaters Tournament: Ribs Sale

In conjunction with this year's Jonah McWaters' Tournament, the Booster Club is selling St Louis Style BBQ Ribs. To reserve your ribs pick up a ticket in the PLA office or send the attached form with payment to the office. They will be available for pick-up in front of the school beginning at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 14th. There will be a limited number of extra ribs outside of the number of pre-orders available at the pick up point. During the tournament, we will be selling rib plates that will include baked beans, potato salad and a roll for $8.00

All pre-ordered must be turned into the PLA office by Tuesday, March 11th


Baseball Monday, February 24

The time of the baseball game scheduled for Monday, February 24, has been changed to 6:00 pm.



Congratulations to our Regional Science Fair winners:

Amanda Finlayson - 1st Place Sr. High Biological

Ridge Knotts - 2nd Place Jr. High Biological

Reed Jinright - 3rd Place Jr. High Physical

Hannah Helms - 2nd Place Elementary Biological


2014-15 Cheerleaders

Varsity Squad:

Anna Adams
Cailyn Barron
Anna Laura Cobb
Laura Lynn Davis
Patsy Ann Davis
Leigh Ann Gilbert
Madison Gilmore
Kelli Grant
Jessica Knotts
Toni Sarris
Carter Senn
Mia Smith
Elaina Strother

Junior Varsity Squad:

Ansley Adams
Parish Adams
Gracie Blair
Jordan Grice
Caroline Kirk
Porter Lankford
Anna May
Bailey McKnight
Eden Mobley
Hailey Sasser
Isabella Saunders
Emma Strickland
Emmy Stevens



Congratulations to our High School and Middle School Math Teams for each earning 2nd Place at the District Math Competition.

High School Math Team:
     CJ Allen
     Robbie Calk
     Chandler Cox
     Caleb Gray
     John Stephen Grice
     Hayes Lee

Middle School Math Team:
     Austin Allen
     Jensen Garrett
     Caroline Kirk
     Eden Mobley
     Nicholas O'Brien
     Emma Strickland

Caroline Kirk will compete at the State Math Competition as Individual High Scorer.


Congratulations to the following winners of the PLAS Science Fair:

Elementary Biological -
     1st - Hannah Helms
     2nd - Ivy Clark
     3rd - Peyton Sasser

Elementary Physical -
     1st - Nicholas O'Brien
     2nd - Porter Lankford
     3rd - Payne Griffin

Jr. High Biological -
     1st - Ridge Knotts
     2nd - Jordan Grice
     3rd - Riley Ramage

Jr. High Physical -
     1st - Reed Jinright
     2nd - Wood Jinright
     3rd - Reed Johnson

Sr. High Biological -
     1st - Amanda Finlayson
     2nd - Hayes Lee
     3rd - John David Cox

Sr. High Physical -
     1st - Elaina Strother
     2nd - Scout Buffy
     3rd - Kiegan Simmons


Congratulations to four of our 7th graders who were honored by the city of Troy for "Mayor for the Day".  These students were recognized for their essays with more than 80 entries city-wide.

Councilmen were:
Caroline Bish
Cody Hollis
Jackson Thomas

The mayor was:
Kaylee Ferraro

These students are to be commended for their work and their service on February 11.  The teacher is Mrs. Corrie Carroll.


Congratulations to Sarah Sanford for winning the Pike County DAR essay contest.


K4 Program for 2014-2015

If you have a child that will be entering the K4 program for the school year 2014-2015, please notify the office.


Road Conditions

Troy and Brundidge Police Departments are reporting ice on some bridges/roadways this morning.  Please use extreme caution when driving this morning.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Pike County EMA has informed us that we might be dealing with some more wintry precipitation tomorrow afternoon from around 3pm until 9pm.  The precipitation will likely begin as rain and transition to a wet snow.  No ice is expected with this event.

As of now, the school day will commence as scheduled, beginning at 8am and continuing until 2:58pm.  If weather becomes a concern as the day progresses, a determination will be made at that time as to the rest of the day and beyond.

Please watch your emails and continue to monitor the announcements page of the website for further communications regarding this weather event.

Thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Mrs. Sikes

At the board meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014, Mrs. Sikes read her letter of resignation effective May 30, 2014, in order for her to pursue another opportunity.  There will be no change in the normal school routine as the board enters into a selection process for her replacement.  Mrs. Sikes has been a part of the Pike Liberal Arts Family for 8 years and we appreciate her hard work and dedication to our school.  Pike Liberal Arts is a better place for her efforts and we wish her good luck in the future.

Pike Liberal Arts School Board of Directors

Maria Strother, Chairman


UPDATE: Friday, January 31, 2014

After further evaluation of late afternoon road conditions and evening updates with EMA regarding road/bridge conditions/closures, as well as this evening's road/bridge conditions in surrounding counties that our students and faculty/staff travel, we feel that it is in the best interest of safety to remain closed Friday.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in this matter.

Please disregard all previous communications regarding tomorrow's schedule.

Friday, January 31, 2014 - School Resuming

We will attempt to resume normal operations on Friday, January 31, 2014, with a 10:00 am start time.  Please continue to use extreme caution on the road as there are still outlying areas that will continue to have ice melt and refreeze.

Contact the school office if you are in an area where you find it not passable.

Please err on the side of caution.  Thank you and be safe.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Due to the likelihood of roads still being iced in the morning, school will not resume until Friday morning, January 31, 2014.  Please stay off the roads as much as possible and be safe.


UPDATE: Tuesday, January 28

Due to the possibility of inclement weather and subsequent hazardous driving conditions, there will be no school on Tuesday, January 28, or Wednesday, January 29.

All school related activities for these two days are also cancelled.  Basketball has been postponed until Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Tuesday, January 28

With the possibility of inclement weather tomorrow, we are keeping an eye on reports as they are released.  However, at this time, no determination can be made as to the school being open or closed tomorrow.

As we receive more information, a decision will be made.  Please continue to monitor the announcements page of the website for more information.  When a decision is reached, we will post it to the website and send an email to parents.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

ASF Trip Wednesday Cancelled

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival trip for Wednesday, January 29, has been cancelled.

Refunds will be forthcoming.


District Spelling Bee Winners

4th Grade:  Tre Holmes - 3rd Place

5th Grade:  Hunter Keenan - 2nd Place

7th Grade:  Bryant Hussey - 3rd Place

8th Grade:  Caroline Kirk - 2nd Place

Congratulations to all of the PLAS representatives on a great job at District!


School Program

With the growing concern regarding a number of social issues that impact our children today, there will be a program that is scheduled for Thursday, January 23, in the school cafetorium.  The program will be for students in grades 7-12 and will begin at 9:00 am.  This program will deal with topics such as internet safety, sexting, and cyber safety/bullying.  The program will be presented by Brent Cosby, M.S., from Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center in Dothan, Alabama.  Parents are cordially invited to attend.  If you choose for your child not to attend, please contact the school office at 566-2023.

Read Across America

Read Across America will take place on March 3, 2014.  Mrs. Dianne Bentley, First Lady of Alabama, will read to K4 through 4th Grades.

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the Spelling Bee Winners and Alternates for Grades 4-8.  They will participate in the District Spelling Bee Tuesday at Enterprise Prep.

4th Grade Winner:  Tre Holmes
             Alternate:  Gage Young

5th Grade Winner:  Hunter Keenan
             Alternate:  Olivia Barron

6th Grade Winner:  Davis Allen
             Alternate:  Miranda Black

7th Grade Winner:  Bryant Hussey
             Alternate:  Kaylee Ferraro

8th Grade Winner:  Caroline Kirk
             Alternate:  Bailey McKnight

Winners of the Gun Raffle

Winners of the gun raffle:

          Lynn Foster - 270

          Peggy Cox - 12 Gauge

          James Helms - 410 22 Combo


Washington D.C. Chaperon Meeting

Parents who are acting as chaperons on the Washington D.C. trip will have a meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 5:30 pm in the PLAS Library.


Pike Liberal Arts Spirit Jerseys

If you are interested in ordering the red Pike Liberal Arts Spirit Jersey, please contact Taylor Jinright at

They are $50 each.

There must at least 12 orders to reorder.

Basketball Games tonight

The basketball games tonight versus Crenshaw Christian Academy have been cancelled.

Tuesday, January 7

Due to extremely low temperatures and the dangerous driving conditions that could result therefrom, there will be no school tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

School will resume at the regular time on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.


Delayed Start Time for Monday

Due to the possibility of dangerous weather conditions, school will not start until 10:00 am Monday, January 6, 2014.  Parents, if the weather still is dangerous at 10:00 am, please use your own judgment as whether to send your children out on the roads.

Teachers need to be at school by 8:30 am (as weather safely permits).  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

A decision will be made about Tuesday's start time by the end of school Monday.  An announcement will be posted on the website by 4:00 pm.