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December 2008 Archives

Column on Facilities Funding

Posted by Alan on December 29, 2008 11:35 AM | Filed in News |

logo.pngDoug Thompson of The Morning News of NWA interviewed Representative-elect Uvalde Lindsey on state funding for school facilities. The current state funding formula provides the Fayetteville School District with ZERO dollars for facilities.

Here's the link to the story:

Dr. Bobby New also interviewed Lindsey on the same topic. Click here to view the video.

Rooms for the Night

Posted by Alan on December 22, 2008 12:48 PM | Filed in Feature Stories |

holidayexpress.pngThe Holiday Inn Express in Fayetteville has donated five rooms on Christmas Eve to the Families in Transition program of the Fayetteville School District in response to the FHS Student Council's annual Homeless Vigil. All five rooms were immediately filled by grateful families.

Thanks to Tyler Wilson and the good people at  Holiday Inn Express for this very generous gesture!

Leverett Elementary Students Win GAC Youth Poster Contest

Posted by Aimee on December 19, 2008 10:58 AM | Filed in News, Student Achievement |

Fifth graders Heather Osburne and Kambre Whisenhunt won first place and third place respectively, in the Great Arkansas Cleanup Youth Poster Contest, sponsored by Keep Arkansas Beautiful and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.  John Pope, Vice Chairman of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, presented the students with awards in Leverett's library.  The purpose of the contest was to involve students, increase awareness and to educate the public that litter and using illegal dumping sites have a harmful effect on the environment and Arkansas' quality of life.

New Shows from FHSTV

Posted by Alan on December 18, 2008 9:47 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous | Comments (1)

studio-2.pngFHSTV, the student produced TV from Fayetteville High School, has two new shows available for viewing online:

Breakin' The Leash -   Advanced Television Production II - Monthly news show

Dog House TV  Advanced   Television  Production  I - Weekly News Show

McNair Honored Again!

Posted by Alan on December 17, 2008 2:20 PM | Filed in News |

irpstar.pngMcNair Middle School received word today that they have been chosen as only the 5th School to Watch in Arkansas by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. McNair was named the 2008 Arkansas Middle School of the Year, and McNair principal Michelle Hayward was named the 2008 Middle Level Principal of the Year.

McNair will be officially honored at a ceremony at the school in late February.

For more information, here's the National Forum website.

Ramay Games Canceled

Posted by Alan on December 15, 2008 11:35 AM | Filed in News |

snowy_basketball.pngAll Ramay Jr. High Basketball games scheduled for Monday, December 15 have been canceled due to the winter weather.

Fayetteville Schools Closed Today

Posted by Alan on December 15, 2008 5:54 AM | Filed in News |

Snow-Clad-Trees-thumb.pngAll Fayetteville Public Schools are closed today, Monday, December 15, 2008, due to the winter weather. 

Board Tours Butterfield Trail Elementary

Posted by Alan on December 11, 2008 2:31 PM | Filed in News |

IMG_1178.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education went on a tour of the newly constructed portion of Butterfield Trail Elementary School today. The new section will be turned over to district staff member to begin the process of moving classes to the new section for the beginning of the second semester on January 5.

Here's a photo of Butterfield principal Joey Folsom, the school board members, district administrators, and construction officials touring one of the new classrooms.

FHS Girls Ranked in Nation's Top 25

Posted by Alan on December 11, 2008 1:04 PM | Filed in News |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngThe FHS Lady Bulldog Basketball Team is ranked as the #1 team in Arkansas and the #24 team in the nation, according to the latest edition of USA Today.

Click here to see all the Top 25.

FHS Knowledge Master Team Takes 1st Place

Posted by Alan on December 10, 2008 2:42 PM | Filed in News |

Einstein_tongue.pngCongrats to the FHS Knowledge Master Open team for winning 1st place in Arkansas in the high school division with a score of 1,464. That represents 182 correct answers out of 200 and places FHS in the top 100 teams in the nation. 

Open Line

Posted by Alan on December 10, 2008 2:38 PM | Filed in Open Line | Comments (1)

open.jpgAs part of our continuing effort to drive conversation in the community, we plan to occasionally post an "open line" for our readers to share their thoughts about certain topics in the comments.

The future of Fayetteville High School remains an important topic for everyone in our community.  We thought today we'd ask our readers to describe their ideal school facilities.  No idea is too crazy.

Note:  As always, all comments are subject to moderation in an effort to keep inappropriate material off our site.

Get on the List for School Closing Notification!

Posted by Alan on December 10, 2008 10:06 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous | Comments (1)

Snow-Clad-Trees-thumb.pngJoin the list to be notified via email in the event Fayetteville schools are closed due to inclement weather. Click here to go to the signup page!

If you're already on the list, pass this along to your friends and neighbors.

Designing a 21st Century Learning System

Posted by Alan on December 9, 2008 3:24 PM | Filed in 21st Century High School, News |

computerkid.pngThe Fayetteville School District has embarked on an ambitious goal: create a new 21st Century learning system to better equip or students for a highly fluid, rapidly changing world they will face after graduation. The district has created a 21st Century Team that will spearhead the effort. More information in the news release:


Next Round Table Meeting

Posted by Alan on December 8, 2008 5:34 PM | Filed in News |

roundtable1.pngJust a reminder: The next School Board Round Table Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9 at 6 pm at Woodland Jr. High. The topics for discussion include a look at the "laundry list" of items currently under consideration by the School Board, as well as the Round Table Meetings themselves and patrons' expectations for the meetings.

FHS Student Finalist for State Award

Posted by Alan on December 5, 2008 8:58 AM | Filed in News |

clintonschool.pngFHS Senior Kate Gruebel is one of 12 finalists for the Daniel Cayce Award, given by the Clinton School of Public Service. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10. Click here for the link to their news release.

Congratulations, Kate!

District Annual Report

Posted by Alan on December 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Filed in News |

07-08_Annual_Report.pngHere's a link to the 2007-08 Annual Report. Hard copies will be available next week.

Thanks to all those who helped make it possible, especially the wonderful photography of Cary Pollock!

Annual FHS Homeless Vigil Set for Dec. 4

Posted by Alan on December 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

barrelfire.pngThe annual Homeless Vigil by the Fayetteville High School Student Council will be held on December 4 at FHS. Student Council members will spend the night in makeshift shelters and warm themselves with only a fire barrel. The Student Council raised more than $13,000 to help homeless students in our district last year, and donations are welcome and encouraged for this year! Donations of non-perishable food items are also welcome. You may bring your donations to the FHS office before the vigil begins. During the vigil, students will be stationed on the front lawn of FHS to receive donations.

FHS Band Plays in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Posted by Aimee on December 1, 2008 10:28 AM | Filed in News |

fhsband.jpgCongratulations to Barry Harper and the students in the FHS band for their performance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The FHS Band was one of 10 total bands and six high school bands selected to attend.  Band students got up between midnight and 1 am to get ready for their appearance.  About a minute of their performance was featured in the national TV broadcast of the parade.
Photo courtesy groupphotos.com

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