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October 2008 Archives

Message from FHS Principal Jim Price

Posted by Alan on October 30, 2008 3:57 PM | Filed in News |

rumors-thumb.pngTo the Parents of Fayetteville High School Students:

Over the past three days, numerous rumors have circulated about incidents that occurred at a private residence over last weekend.  These rumors have been investigated by the FHS administration and resource officers.  There has been no conclusive evidence that substantiates any of these rumors.  We will continue to monitor the environment surrounding our school and scheduled events in an effort to continue to provide a safe and orderly environment.  Parents please assist us in discussing with your young people how unsubstantiated rumors will grow if they continue to be discussed, and this becomes a major disruption at school.

With our continuing partnership this current situation will pass without further incident.  We have announced that Halloween costumes will not be allowed at school tomorrow and strict monitoring will occur at the game tomorrow night.

Thank you for your support and assistance.

The Bulldogs Are On the Air & the Web!

Posted by Alan on October 30, 2008 10:38 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

tv_camera.jpgLive streaming video of the Fayetteville High School vs. Springdale Har-Ber High School football game will be available on the district's website at www.fayar.net on Friday, October 31. Coverage will begin with the pre-game show at 7 pm, followed by the kickoff at 7:30 pm. The game will also be aired live on channel 14 of Cox Cable.

The Bulldogs next home game against Rogers Heritage High School on November 7 will also be broadcast live on TV and the Internet.

Assistant superintendent and athletic director Dick Johnson noted that FHS is probably the only high school in Arkansas to provide live video broadcasts of their football games.

FHS Students Receive Commendations from National Merit

Posted by Alan on October 29, 2008 9:36 AM | Filed in Student Achievement |

taking_test.pngFour FHS students have been named Commended Students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are Jordan Burns, Birch Griesse, Quinn Kelly and Jonathan Weed.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2009 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2009 competition.

Flapjack Fundraiser for FHSTV

Posted by Alan on October 28, 2008 5:18 PM | Filed in Events |

pancakes.pngOn Saturday the 1st on November, FHSTV will join with Applebee's for a Flapjack Fundraiser . Applebee's will do all of the cooking and Television students at FHS will serve them. Proceeds from the event will supplement the $1,000.00 per student cost to attend the STN National Convention in Orlando, Florida. Students will participate in contests, attend educational sessions and learn from the pros about many things related to the TV and Film industry.

We will begin serving pancakes at 8:00 and end at 10:00. Pancakes and your choice of coffee, juice or milk will be served. Students will serve the food and act as host and hostess at the restaurant.

Tickets can be purchased through any FHS television student or from FHS faculty advisor Peggy James at 530-5744 or pjames@fayar.net

Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Donations will also be accepted! 

Web Site Wins Technology Know How Award!

Posted by Alan on October 27, 2008 11:40 AM | Filed in News |

DigSchlDists_Wnr08 4clr.pngThe Center for Digital Education (Center), the National School Boards Association and Converge Online magazine announced the winners of the nation's fifth annual Digital School Districts Survey. The purpose of the survey is to showcase exemplary school boards and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations.

Click here for the news release!

FHS Band to Hold March-a-Thon

Posted by Alan on October 26, 2008 1:17 PM | Filed in News |

image001.pngTuesday, October 28th, the Fayetteville High School Band will host a two-and-one-half mile March-a-Thon" at Harmon Field on the from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The band will march around the track to prepare for the New York parade.  The "March-a-Thon. will also give students an opportunity to raise money for their trip.  Students are asking for pledges  of at least $2 per mile or $5 per person, but they would be happy to accept more.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the FHS Band's first trip to the Macy's Parade.  In 1998, they were the first Arkansas band to appear in the Thanksgiving Parade.  And they are the only Arkansas band to march in the parade twice.  The Fayetteville band is one of only ten bands selected from 300 applicants.  The band also performed in the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade, the 2004 Fiesta Bowl Parade and the 2001 Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Each of the 201 band members must raise $1250 to cover most of their individual expenses for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade trip.  The final installment of that total is due at the end of this month.

The band must raise additional money for expenses such as transporting instruments and uniforms. The total fund-raising goal for the New York trip is nearly $450,000.   For information on how to help the band, visit the band's web site at www.fayettevilleband.com.

Heil Elected School Board President

Posted by Alan on October 24, 2008 11:09 AM | Filed in News |

heil.pngSusan Heil was elected to serve as president of the Fayetteville Board of Education for the 2008-09 school year. Her election came as part of the annual reorganization of the Board, as required by Arkansas law. Tim Hudson will serve as vice president, and Dr. Tim Kring will serve as secretary-treasurer.

Board members expressed their appreciation to Steve Percival, who has served as president of the Board since 1999. Percival will remain a member of the Board. 

Adult Ed Selected for Pilot Project

Posted by Alan on October 22, 2008 10:43 AM | Filed in News |

gateway.pngFayetteville Adult Education has been selected to participate in a pilot project in distance education. Distance education is a formal learning activity where students and instructors are separated by geography, time or both. It is not homework, but rather self-study
facilitated by a certified teacher.

More information in the news release.

GED Graduate Wins State Scholarship

Posted by Alan on October 22, 2008 10:31 AM | Filed in Student Achievement | Comments (1)

Ayadi.pngAdil Ayadi, a GED graduate from Fayetteville Adult and Community Education, was awarded the Luther H. Black Scholarship on October 1, 2008. This prestigious award is given each year to one Arkansas High School Diploma (GED) graduate who demonstrates outstanding leadership, citizenship, and professional promise. Recipients are awarded $l000 per year and can be renewed up to four years to help with costs of higher education.

More info in the news release. Click here!

FHS Seniors Win National Recognition

Posted by Alan on October 22, 2008 8:59 AM | Filed in Student Achievement | Comments (2)

rulli_kelly2.pngFAYETTEVILLE, Ark.--FHS seniors Quinn Kelly and Joe Rulli have received Achievement Awards in Writing from the National Council of Teachers of English in the 2008 NCTE national competition. NCTE recognized only eight students from Arkansas.

More information in the news release. Click here!

FHS Again Leads State in AP Scholars!

Posted by Alan on October 20, 2008 4:54 PM | Filed in Student Achievement |

Einstein_tongue.pngFayetteville High School students once again dominated the AP Scholar exams given in May of 2008. One hundred and seventy-three FHS students earned AP Scholar recognition, which represented 11% of the state's total number of AP Scholars.

More information in the news release here.

FHS Band Wins Big!

Posted by Alan on October 20, 2008 1:42 PM | Filed in Student Achievement |

image001.pngThe Fayetteville High School Band scored a major victory Saturday at the Ozarko Marching Contest at Missouri State University in Springfield. The band ended the prelims with a first place finish in the top class and advanced to the evening finals where the top two divisions
were combined. In the finals competition, the band held on to first place and finished as Grand Champions in the Gold division of the contest.
The band also received the high music award in both the prelims and finals. Soloists Joe Rulli, Joseph Boyle, and Carissa Smardo earned the band the outstanding soloist award in both prelims and finals. Considering the reputation and competition at this contest, this was a major accomplishment for our band.

UPDATE: The FHS Band received top ratings from all judges at the Region One Marching Contest/Assessment last night in Springdale.

David Pryor Talk & Book Signing

Posted by Alan on October 17, 2008 10:31 AM | Filed in Events |

davidpryor.pngU.S. Senator David Pryor will speak and sign copies of his new book, A Pryor Commitment, at the Fayetteville Public Library on Sunday, October 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Walker Community Room of the Fayetteville Public Library.

A Pryor Commitment details Pryor's more than 30 years in politics, beginning in 1960 with his first race that opposed the political machine of Gov. Orval Faubus.

Pryor is the only person in Arkansas history to serve as state representative, U.S. Congressman, Governor and U.S. Senator. After retiring from the U.S. Senate, Pryor became the first dean of the Clinton School of Public Service.

Now retired from the Clinton School, Pryor serves on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Pryor's talk will be followed by a short question and answer session. Books will be available for purchase, and Pryor will sign copies of his book following his talk.

Annual Public Meeting

Posted by Alan on October 17, 2008 8:47 AM | Filed in Events |

its_your_school.pngThe Fayetteville School District will hold it's Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 23 at 5 pm in the Adams Leadership Center at 1000 W. Stone St. District staff members will make presentations on progress made toward district goals,  Federal programs, accreditation, student performance, Gifted & Talented education, and meeting other state requirements. There will also be a time for public comments and questions.

The meeting will be broadcast live on fayar.tv, which is channel 14 on Cox Cable.

School Bus Safety Week

Posted by Alan on October 15, 2008 2:16 PM | Filed in Events |

buses.pngDid you know that the most precious cargo in the world travels our streets every day?  It's not in an 18-wheeler or an armored car.  It's on a school bus.  Nearly 325,000 Arkansas students travel to and from school each day.
We must do our part to make sure this precious cargo safely reaches its destination.  In Arkansas, it's a crime to pass a stopped school bus when the red lights are flashing.  
Arkansas School Bus Safety Week is October 20 through 25.  Help protect our children. Observe Arkansas School Bus Safety Week - every week. 

Flapjack Fundraiser for FHS TV

Posted by Alan on October 14, 2008 8:30 AM | Filed in Events |

pancakes.pngThe Television Production classes are having a Flapjack Fundraiser on November the 1st from 8-10:00 a.m. at Applebee's Restaurant in Fayetteville. Proceeds will assist students defray the cost of travel to their National Convention in Orlando Florida. Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased from TV students or by contacting Peggy James at pjames@fayar.net They can also be purchased at Applebee's on the morning of the event.

Students will be serving, while the Applebee's staff does the cooking. 

This Day in History: October 13th

Posted by Greg on October 13, 2008 12:07 PM | Filed in This Day in History |

whitehouse.pngHere's a look at this day in history:

1792:  Freemasons lay the first cornerstone for the White House.  The building earns its nickname due to the light-colored sandstone used in construction, but the name doesn't become official until President Theodore Roosevelt orders stationery engraved with "The White House."

1903:  The Boston Americans win baseball's first World Series by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1983:  The first cellular phone network is launched in Chicago.

The Propoganda of Hate

Posted by Greg on October 13, 2008 10:51 AM | Filed in Events |

The 17th Annual Holocaust Education Conference will be hosted at the Jones Center on Friday, November 7th, from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Jeffery Herf, Professor of Modern European and German History at the University of Maryland in College Park, and Mrs. Dina Balbien, a Holocaust survivor.  Mrs. Balbian was ten years old when German Nazis invaded her hometown of Radom, Poland.  She was liberated six years later by English forces from Bergen Belsen.

The registration deadline is October 31st.  For more information, contact Grace Donoho at 479-756-8090.

The Week Ahead: October 13th

Posted by Greg on October 13, 2008 10:39 AM | Filed in The Week Ahead |

Here's a quick look at the week ahead:

Monday:  Holcomb's PTA meeting starts tonight at 7:00 tonight.

Tuesday:  There's a School Board Round Table Meeting at Woodland Jr. High.  Starts at 6:00 in the cafeteria.

Thursday:  Ramay tackles Central on the football field Thursday while Woodland battles Elmwood.

Friday:  Fayetteville High School battles Southside.

You can always find events like these and many more on our District Calendar.

PBS Host to Speak @ FHS on Parenting

Posted by Alan on October 6, 2008 1:11 PM | Filed in Events |

Milton Creagh, the nationally known host of the Parenting Works series on PBS, will speak at Fayetteville High School on Tuesday, October 7, at 7:00 pm in the FHS Auditorium.  Creagh's presentation, "Parenting is Prevention," features straight talk on the important issues facing today's students, families, and schools.

For more information on Mr. Creagh, visit his website:  www.miltoncreagh.com

FHS Homecoming Court Announced

Posted by Alan on October 3, 2008 1:40 PM | Filed in News |

The 2008 Fayetteville High School Homecoming Court was announced today during at pep rally at FHS. Alex Canfield will be the 2008 Homecoming Queen. Maid of Honor will be Sarah Brady, and Clancy Jones, Lexi Keaton, and Johnna Watson will also serve as maids in the court.

Homecoming_courtj.jpgPhoto (left to right): Johnna Watson, Clancy Jones, Alex Canfield, Sarah Brady, and Lexi Keaton.

Queen Alex will be crowned during the Homecoming game on Friday, October 10 at Harmon Field. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 3 pm that day and end with a pep rally on the Fayetteville Square.

Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day

Posted by Alan on October 2, 2008 4:13 PM | Filed in Events |


The 5th Annual Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day will take place in Fayetteville on Wednesday, October 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the general public that it is both a state and a city law that a motorist must yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Also, it is just as important to increase awareness to pedestrians that it is their responsibility to look both ways and make sure the cars are going to stop before entering the crosswalk.

The event is sponsored by the Community Policing Division of the Fayetteville Police Department and was inspired by participation in both the first Fayetteville Citizen's Police and Fire Academies. Both the University of Arkansas Police Department and the Fayetteville Police Department have noted that the event has made a difference in increasing awareness and aiding the safety of both pedestrians and motorists, but the effort is ongoing.

On the day of the event, volunteers will stand near crosswalks around town with orange vests and bright yellow and red signs that simply say, "Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day".

The event is open to groups to sponsor a crosswalk. The groups could represent families, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, PTAs, campus living groups and organizations. The effort could be in memory, or in honor, of someone. All groups may have one sign at the crosswalk to identify who they are. A minimum of five people would be needed to adopt a crosswalk.

For more information or to adopt a crosswalk call Paula Marinoni at 479-444-6170.

Also media contact: Cpl. Craig Stout, Community Policing Division of the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-575-8338.

Principal to Be Honored in Washington

Posted by Alan on October 2, 2008 7:56 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

McNair Middle School principal Michelle Hayward will be honored in Washington, DC, on October 17th as one of the National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the US Department of Education.

You can read coverage of this story at The Morning News here.

Hayward was named the 2008 Arkansas Middle Level Principal of the Year, and McNair Middle School was named the 2008 Arkansas Middle School of the Year.

GT Program Praised by State Dept. of Ed.

Posted by Alan on October 2, 2008 7:52 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

The Fayetteville School District's Gifted & Talented program was evaluated yesterday by auditors from the Arkansas Department of Education, who found that the program meets and exceeds state and federal guidelines.

You can read The Morning News coverage here and the Northwest Arkansas Times coverage here.

Ozark Heritage Month

Posted by Alan on October 1, 2008 1:25 PM | Filed in Events |

The Fayetteville Public Library is celebrating Ozark Heritage Month by showing a historical pictorial collection from Bob's Studio of Photography.

These photographs will be on display Sept. 12 through the month of October.  Approximately 50 photographs will cover Fayetteville's history from 1880's-1940's.  The stories and history of the photographs presented at this exhibit have been collected for many years by David Huff, 2nd generation owner of Bob's Studio.  This is a great opportunity for citizens of Fayetteville and the area to see and hear history of our community.

FHS teacher Mark White and his students have started a website featuring vintage photos of Fayetteville.  Here's the link to their site:  http://fhseast.googlepages.com/.  If you have vintage photos of Fayetteville and would like to contribute to the site, please email them to fhseast (at) gmail (dot) com.

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