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November 2008 Archives

breakin3.pngCheck out the Thanksgiving episode of Breakin' the Leash, a show by FHS Advanced Television students which covers issues of interest to teens.  Students leave the television lab to research and interview people in the community to create multi-dimensional projects.

For more information about the student TV program, click here.

"A Christmas Carol" @ the WAC

Posted by Alan on November 21, 2008 1:31 PM | Filed in News |

Christmas_Carol_lg.pngStart the holiday season with the University Theatre's production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," directed by Michael Landman.  This one-of-a-kind University Theatre production, best for ages 6 and up, features UA actors and local children and is filled with dancing and an original score. Co-produced by the Walton Arts Center, the show will feature four public performances: Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $14-$22 and are available by calling the Walton Arts Center at 479-443-5600 or online at waltonartscenter.org.

The 30 member cast includes 11 children, ranging in age from 8 to 12.

FHS Band Heads to NYC for Macy's Parade

Posted by Alan on November 21, 2008 11:53 AM | Filed in News |

spongebob.pngThe Fayetteville High School Band will be loading up and heading for New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow morning, Saturday, Nov. 22.

Students will arrive at the high school Saturday morning by 9:30 a.m. to check in their luggage and begin boarding the buses.

The winner of the Caribbean Cruise drawing will be announced at 9:45 a.m.   

Buses are scheduled to leave at 10 a.m., and arrive in New York Sunday afternoon at about 2:00 p.m.    Total travel time for the band will be around 28 hours.

The band is still some $10,000 short of  their fundraising goal.
For information on how you can help the band with their expenses for the trip, visit the band's web site at www.fayettevilleband.com.  There you'll find an address to send donations.

(Note:  Band boosters will begin loading the new trailer to transport instruments, uniforms and other equipment around noon today (Friday) by the band room.  The trailer will leave around 8 a.m. Saturday morning.)

FHS Senior to Sign with Razorback Baseball Team

Posted by Alan on November 18, 2008 3:53 PM | Filed in News |

baseball.pngFAYETTEVILLE, Ark.--Fayetteville High School senior Franco Broyles will sign an NCAA letter to play baseball for the University of Arkansas during a signing ceremony on Thursday, November 20 at 3 pm in the FHS Baseball Complex at Harmon Field.

Broyles was an 2008 All-State and All-Tournament player for the Bulldogs and was a member of state championship teams at FHS in 2007 and 2008. He will be a senior for the 2009 Bulldogs. 

Elementary Rezoning Criteria on Board Agenda

Posted by Alan on November 18, 2008 7:56 AM | Filed in News | Comments (9)

CrossingGuardJMullins_LG.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education will discuss the district's current criteria on the distribution of elementary students at their regular meeting on Thursday, November 20. Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Here's a link to the current criteria, which were adopted in 2005.

FHS Senior to Sign with Razorbacks

Posted by Alan on November 17, 2008 9:59 AM | Filed in News |

razorgolf.pngFayetteville High School senior Emma Lavy will sign an NCAA letter to play golf for the University of Arkansas during a signing ceremony on Wednesday, November 19 at 3 pm in the FHS Gym.

Lavy was a member of each of the FHS Lady Bulldog's four consecutive state championship teams, she was the medalist in the 2008 state championship tournament, and she won the 2008 Girls Overall Golf Championship. A four-time all-state golfer, Lavy also won the Overall Championship as a freshman.

Special School Board Meeting

Posted by Alan on November 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Filed in News |

Schoolboard3.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education met today in a special meeting at 11 am. The Board approved a proposed distribution of uncommitted carryforward funds from the 2007-08 school year and discussed a plan to develop a 21st Century learning plan for the district.

For more information, see From the Board.

Pancake Breakfast to Benefit FHS Band

Posted by Alan on November 14, 2008 2:06 PM | Filed in News |

spongebob.pngThe Fayetteville High School Band's Pancake Breakfast to raise money for the band's trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is this Saturday.  The breakfast will be held Saturday, November 15, at the Steak N Shake by the Fayetteville Mall, 4074 N. Mall Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the door.

The band will receive $3 for each breakfast.  Money raised will be used to help pay for students' meals on the road traveling to and from New York City.  Road meals will cost approximately $70 per student or a total of $14,000.

The Fayetteville High School Band still needs to raise some $42,000 before they leave for New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

More than 40 members of the FHS Band still don't have enough money in their accounts for the band's trip to New York to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.  Together, those students need about $10,000 to fully fund their accounts.

On top of that the Band Boosters still need to raise about $32,000 to pay for
travel expenses not covered by the money students were asked to raise.

That makes a total of $42,000 the band still needs to raise to cover costs of the trip.

For information on how you can help the band meet their expenses for the Macy's Parade, visit the band's web site at www.fayettevilleband.com

FHS Choir Presents the Madrigal Feast Dec 11-13

Posted by Aimee on November 13, 2008 9:43 AM | Filed in Events | Comments (2)

choirmadricgal.jpgThe FHS Choir will present the 4th annual Madrigal Feast on December 11-13th from 6:30 -9:30 pm.  A Madrigal Feast is a form of dinner theater often held during the Christmas season which is set in the Middle Ages.  The meal is divided into courses, each of which is heralded with a traditional song.  A concert of choral music follows the dinner. 

This performance is not to be missed.  Tickets are now on sale, and may be purchased by contacting a choir member or emailing madrigalfeast@fayar.net

Direct line to the Choir Room: (479) 445-1168.

Artmobile at Ramay Jr. High

Posted by Alan on November 13, 2008 8:52 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

artmobile-creative vision.pngThe Arkansas Art Center's Artmobile is spending the week at Ramay Jr. High, after making stops at Washington and Vandergriff Elementary Schools earlier this semester. Ramay hosted a Family Art Night on November 12, as part of the Artmobile's visit.

Parents are welcome to visit the Artmobile anytime during the school day, except during lunch (11:15 am - 12:45 pm).

Click here for the link to the story in the Northwest Arkansas Times.

Three FHS Seniors to Sign Today

Posted by Alan on November 12, 2008 1:11 PM | Filed in News |

NCAAenhancedlogo.pngThree Fayetteville High School seniors will sign NCAA letters to participate in collegiate athletics during signing ceremonies on Wednesday, November 12.

Lauren Caldwell will sign to play softball with Rollins College of Tampa, FL, and Amanda Summerford will sign to play softball for the University of Arkansas during a signing ceremony at 3:45 pm at Lady Dawg Field.

Fred Gulley will sign to play basketball for Oklahoma State University during a signing ceremony at 4:30 pm in the Bulldog Gymnasium. 

More Families Seek Reduced-Cost School Lunches in US

Posted by Alan on November 11, 2008 11:47 AM | Filed in News |

school_lunch.pngNational Public Radio reported on the national trend toward higher use of the school lunch program as a way to help families cope with the deepening economic crisis.

Here's the link to the story.

sprintcampus.jpgThe following  was written by FHS broadcast teacher Peggy James about a field trip she took on November 5th to the Sprint Campus in Kansas City.  The trip was part of a district scouting mission for ideas for building the new high school.  For more information about places that have been or will be visited, click on "Reveal Complete Story" at the bottom of the blue "Feature Story" box on the FPS home page.

The most important thing I saw was the "campus" feel. If we want small communities within a large school - then there is a lot to learn from Sprint.

Employees could take care of their life while at work. They came to work - but could also deal with life.  Why shouldn't we try and strive to make our school a place where kids can deal with more than just school affairs. Now, I am not talking Dr's offices or the cleaners - but the common grounds where we can hang out and be together and enjoy what teachers and students do share. The big open areas between buildings, seating to accommodate small and large groups, cafe's, breakrooms, peaceful landscaping. All things to help reduce stress and encourage interaction with those also in this "community of workers - or learners."

Is there a way to have walking trails in and around our building where teachers and students could exercise at lunch - together?
Can we have computer access in a variety of areas using their "POD" concepts so kids could meet and work before and after school.
Can there be coffee bars (or something healthier) located around the building to make our campus feel more user friendly.

To me the lesson at Sprint was not technology - it was community and personal responsibility. The surroundings made the employees more relaxed, comfortable, less stressed and responsible to their product by creating an environment that promoted and supported them.

FHS Band to Perform at VA Hospital

Posted by Alan on November 10, 2008 2:16 PM | Filed in News |

salute_flag_alt.pngThe FHS Band will perform at the Veterans' Hospital on Tuesday, November 11 as part of the Veterans' Day ceremonies.

The band also needs additional funds to help finance its trip to march in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

More details in the news release

Another Teacher of the Year!!!

Posted by Alan on November 8, 2008 8:37 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

great-job.pngHolcomb Elementary School teacher Helen Eaton will be named the 2008 Arkansas English Teacher of the Year for Elementary School at a ceremony in Little Rock on November 13.

Here's the story in the Northwest Arkansas Times:

Congratulations, Helen!!

School Board Round Table Meeting

Posted by Alan on November 7, 2008 2:39 PM | Filed in News |

roundtable1.pngThe next School Board Round Table will be held on Tuesday, November 11 at 6 pm at Woodland Jr. High School. The topic of the meeting will be high school size and future growth. Fayetteville School District staff members will present information on current enrollment and enrollment trends, and Dr. Kathy Deck, director of the University of Arkansas' Center for Business and Economic Research, will also present information on regional growth projections.

All district patrons are welcome and invited to attend!

Holcomb to Host Multi-Cultural Celebration

Posted by Alan on November 5, 2008 4:38 PM | Filed in News |

multicultural-children-thumb886934.pngHolcomb Elementary School will host it's 5th Annual Holcomb Around the World Multi-cultural Celebration on Monday, November 10, 2008.  There will be a performance at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The media and public are invited to attend.

Adult Ed Named Extraordinary Workforce Partner

Posted by Alan on November 5, 2008 12:51 PM | Filed in News |

thumbs-up.pngThe Fayetteville Adult & Community Education program has been named a 2008 Extraordinary Workforce Partner by the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board at their annual conference. Adult Education director Kathy Spigarelli accepted the award on behalf of the program on October 30 in Little Rock.

Click here to see a photo of the state honorees.

FHS Students Volunteering at the Polls

Posted by Alan on November 4, 2008 8:06 AM | Filed in News |

vote.pngThirty-six Fayetteville High Schools students will serve as volunteers at Fayetteville polling places today. FHS social studies teacher Steve Adams arranged for the opportunity for his students to get an up close and personal look at democracy in action.

Thanks to Steve and Nancy Varvil, Washington County Election Coordinator, for making this happen. If you see one of the students today while you're voting, thank them for their service!

vfiles17081.pngThe following is in response to an editorial in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on October 30, 2008:

Dear Editorial Board:

As chief information officer for the Fayetteville Public Schools, I  wanted to bring to your attention some information resources that can provide you with more details regarding School Board members' deliberations about the new High School. On the school web site you can  view any of the meetings in their entirety. (http://www.fayar.net/).  The October 23rd meeting is the one I believe you were referring to in your editorial comments yesterday. In that meeting the board decided unanimously that the architects and professionals involved in the design criteria will determine whether it is feasible to make use of any existing structures. Your editorial portrayed that a different decision had been made and did not accurately reflect the decision-making process.

Additionally, we have reported our plans for public input and they are extensive. This was discussed at the special board workshop on October 21 and reported in the Northwest Arkansas Times (http://www.nwanews.com/nwat/News/70310). There will be a process for bringing the new 21st Century curriculum to the public as well as a facilities design charette. "School board members plan to gain feedback from teachers before presenting the data to members of the public during a community charette. The charette process has been used by the city of Fayetteville in the past to help develop plans for area neighborhoods. "The idea for the charette is to get the community and the University of Arkansas involved to determine where things will lie along the 40 acres," Norton said. 'It will probably be an eight-weeks process.' "

Susan Norton
Chief Information Officer

The editorial may be viewed at this link.

FHS Band Needs Your Help to Get to NY

Posted by Alan on November 1, 2008 8:09 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

image001.pngTough economic times are having a negative impact on the Fayetteville High School Band's fundraising efforts for their trip to NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band need to raise about $46-$58,000 to cover all the expenses the boosters are paying for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade trip. More information in the news release . .

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