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January 2009 Archives

Status Update on Fayetteville Schools

Posted by Alan on January 30, 2009 2:17 PM | Filed in News |

18update.pngAs of Friday afternoon, Asbell, Ramay, and Woodland are the only Fayetteville schools without power. All of the other schools have power, though with limited phone and Internet access in some cases. Power is also out at the district's warehouse, maintenance building, bus garage, administrative annex, and the fitness center.

We plan to have school on Monday, February 2 at every school, with the possible exceptions of Asbell, Ramay and Woodland, since restoring power at those schools may be the most difficult. We will use the automated calling system to inform all district parents and students over the weekend that we do intend to have school on Monday, as well as using email lists and posting on the district website.

A determination will be made on Sunday afternoon as to which schools will not able to open on Monday, and the media will be notified and the district website updated. Phone systems and email lists will be used to call the parents of the affected schools.

Phone service at our schools may be sporadic on Monday, and we ask parents and patrons to please be patient.

Also, the Transportation Department has inspected many of the district's bus routes, and they report that many roads have only one open lane, which could force the bus routes to be behind schedule on Monday.

The power to the main district freezer has been out since Tuesday. Tyson Foods provided two freezer trailers that are parked at the warehouse, and the perishable frozen foods were moved to the trailers. The potential loss to the school district could have been as high as $100,000, and we are very grateful to our good friends at Tyson Foods. 

Saturday GT Events Canceled

Posted by Alan on January 30, 2009 1:02 PM | Filed in News |

P3040789.pngThe Ancient Cultures and Renaissance Museum and Photomania exhibitions by our elementary and middle school gifted and talented students that were scheduled for Saturday, January 31 at The Owl Creek School have been canceled. The exhibitions will be rescheduled at a later date. 

Get Warm and Clean @ FAC

Posted by Alan on January 30, 2009 9:51 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

mode_showerhead.pngThe Fayetteville Athletic Club at Zion and Crossover Roads is open and providing free showers, steam, a game of hoops, etc. Escape the cold and dark at home and get warm for a while!

Tyson Foods to the Rescue!

Posted by Alan on January 29, 2009 2:03 PM | Filed in News |

tsn-l.pngThe Fayetteville School District warehouse lost power on Tuesday, including power to the district's perishable food freezer. Tyson Foods is providing two freezer trucks to temporarily store the frozen food until power is restored. The potential loss could have been as high as $100,000.

Many thanks to our good friends at Tyson Foods!

Fayetteville Schools Closed Thursday and Friday

Posted by Alan on January 29, 2009 10:33 AM | Filed in News |

ice_storm2.pngDue to downed trees and power lines, all Fayetteville Public Schools will be closed Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30. Most of our schools are still without power. 

Admin Offices Closed

Posted by Alan on January 27, 2009 9:36 AM | Filed in News |

All Fayetteville School District administrative offices will be closed today, Tuesday, January 27 due to the winter weather. 

Fayetteville Schools Closed

Posted by Alan on January 26, 2009 6:25 PM | Filed in News |

All Fayetteville Schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 27 due to the winter weather. 

Fayetteville Schools Closing Early

Posted by Alan on January 26, 2009 12:15 PM | Filed in News |

ice_storm2.pngFayetteville Schools will be closing at 1 pm today (Monday, January 26) due to the impending winter weather. Elementary and middle school buses will run at 1 pm, and secondary buses will run at 1:30 pm

1st Book Read Postponed to February 2

Posted by Alan on January 26, 2009 10:45 AM | Filed in News |

ice_storm2.pngThe first community book read session of Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap that was scheduled for Monday, January 26 has been postponed to Monday, February 2, due to the impending winter weather. The session will begin at 6 pm, will conclude at 7 pm, and will be held in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library.

The second session will be held on Tuesday, February 3 from 6-7 pm. The third session will be held on Thursday, February 5 from 1-2 pm. These sessions will also be held at the library.

For more information on the community book read, visit our website at www.fayar.net/community/project21c.html.

Where's Yo-Yo Ma?

Posted by Greg on January 23, 2009 10:06 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

Photographer David Bergman stitched together 220 images of Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration, an amazing enough feat--except that he took the photos with his Gigapan-mounted Canon G10 clamped to a railing, allowing the robotic mount to photograph the entire scene. Bergman then processed the captured images on his Macbook Pro with Gigapan software, creating a 2 gigabite, 1,474 megapixel TIF file. Incredible!

Click here to try to find Yo-Yo Ma taking a photo of President Obama with his iPhone.

Call for Science Fair Judges

Posted by Alan on January 23, 2009 9:45 AM | Filed in News |

1470273289_4dd4ba87e2.pngFayetteville High School is looking for judges to help with the 2009 FPS Science Fair on Saturday February 21, 2009. If you would like to serve as a judge we will need your help from 9:00 am until you are able to finish judging your category (no later than noon). Judging the projects will include interviewing the students about their research and examination of their display and paperwork.

We need judges in the following categories: Animal Sciences, Behavioral & Social Science; Earth and Planetary Sciences, Energy and Transportation, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Medicine and Health; Microbiology, Physics and Zoology.

Contact the FPS Science Fair Co-Directors - David A. Young or Bill Rosser at FHS for more information.
Fayetteville High School
1001 West Stone Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Bonds Approved for Happy Hollow Project

Posted by Alan on January 22, 2009 5:59 PM | Filed in News |

hard_hat1.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education unanimously approved the authorization of second lien bonds for the Happy Hollow project. More details later in From the Board. 

You Can Now Follow the FPS Community Blog On Twitter

Posted by Greg on January 21, 2009 4:25 PM | Filed in News | Comments (5)

press-bird.jpgWhat's Twitter?  It's an increasingly popular micro-blogging platform that allows people to share their thoughts, ideas--anything--140 characters at a time.  President Barack Obama twittered during his campaign.  Representative John Boozman also twitters.

The FPS Community Blog can be found on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fayar.

Do you follow people on Twitter?  If so, list a few of your favorite tweeters in the comments.

Former Bulldog Honored by USA Today

Posted by Alan on January 21, 2009 1:22 PM | Filed in News |

6535.pngFHS alumnus Mike Brisiel has been named to the 17th Annual All-Joe Team by USA Today. "The 17th annual All-Joe team honors the overlooked, the overachievers, the hard-working guys named "Joe" (but not the Plumber) who don't grab the headlines."

Brisiel plays offensive guard for the Houston Texans in the NFL. He was an All-State player for the Bulldogs and graduated from FHS in 2001.

Here's the link to the story:

Guitars Needed for Student Practice @ Home

Posted by Alan on January 16, 2009 9:46 AM | Filed in Feature Stories |

dustyguitar.pngIf you have an old guitar in the attic or in a closet at home, why not donate it to the alternative learning program in our schools? Richard Wiseman has started a guitar class for students, and the program received a grant from the Starr Foundation to purchase guitars for use at school. However, many students don't have access to a guitar at home to practice.

If you would like to donate a guitar, contact Wiseman at rwiseman@fayar.net.

Mobile Devices Key to 21st Century Learning

Posted by Alan on January 15, 2009 9:50 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

apple-iphone-keyboard.pngAn article on edweek.com talks of the importance of mobile technology devices in the lives of today's students and the impact it could have on their learning. Click here for the link to the story.

Peanut Butter Crackers Recalled

Posted by Alan on January 15, 2009 8:30 AM | Filed in News |

calories-in-peanut-butter-crackers-s.pngKellogg Company today announced it has taken the precautionary measure of putting a hold on Austin and Keebler branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers.

Here's the link to the Food & Drug Administration advisory.

UPDATE: Dates Set for Community Read

Posted by Alan on January 14, 2009 8:57 AM | Filed in News | Comments (4)

Global_Gap_Cover.pngThree dates have been set for the upcoming community read of The Global Achievement Gap by Harvard professor Dr. Tony Wagner. Each discussion session will last an hour. The dates are:

Monday, February 2, 6-7 pm*
Tuesday, February 3, 6-7 pm
Thursday, February 5, 1-2 pm

All sessions will be held in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library. Copies of The Global Achievement Gap are available at the Fayetteville Public Library, all Fayetteville Public Schools libraries, and at your local bookseller.

Click here for more information on Project 21C.

*The first community read, originally scheduled for Monday, January 26, was postponed to Monday, February 2 due to inclement weather.

Martin Luther King Day Events Schedule

Posted by Alan on January 13, 2009 8:29 AM | Filed in Events |

mlkjr.pngA full slate of events is scheduled in Fayetteville on and around Monday, January 19, which is the official Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here's the full schedule at this link.

Next Round Table Meeting to Focus on Testing

Posted by Alan on January 12, 2009 1:39 PM | Filed in News |

roundtable1.pngThe Fayetteville School Board will hold it's next Round Table meeting on Tuesday, January 13 at 6 pm in the Woodland Jr. High Library. The primary topic for the meeting will be testing in the district, why it's done, and how the data are used.

There will also be a discussion on whether or not to suspend the round table meetings, due to the number of special and public meetings set for the spring semester. 


Posted by Alan on January 9, 2009 2:39 PM | Filed in Events | Comments (1)

jared20square.pngJared Fogle, the national spokesman for Subway Restaurants, will visit The Owl Creek School on Tuesday, January 13 at 10 am. Fogle became a national celebrity when he lost 245 pounds through exercise and eating two Subway sandwiches per day.

Fogle travels the country speaking to students about the importance of diet and exercise. For more information on Fogle, here is a link to the Subway website.

Downtown Rotary Donates $1K to Ramay

Posted by Alan on January 8, 2009 3:12 PM | Filed in News |

Ramay-Rotary.pngRamay Jr. High received a check for $1,000 today from the Fayetteville Downtown Rotary Club for the school's Snack Pack program for disadvantaged students. The program provides  non-perishable foods to students each Friday who might not otherwise have nutritious meals over the weekend.

New Twist to Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted by Alan on January 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Filed in Feature Stories | Comments (1)

971191-Parent-Teacher-hmed-12p.hmedium.pngAccording to a story in the December 28, 2008 edition of the New York Times, student-led parent-teacher conferences are gaining ground at elementary and middle schools nationwide, in part because of the rapidly shifting demographics at public schools.

Here's the link to the story.

Reward Offered

Posted by Alan on January 6, 2009 9:54 AM | Filed in News |

IMG_1184.pngThe Fayetteville School District is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire at Fayetteville High School this morning in principal Jim Price's office. Please contact the FHS office at 479-444-3050 with any information. 

FHS Girls Win Texas Tournament!

Posted by Alan on January 5, 2009 4:14 PM | Filed in News |

Lady_Bulldogs.pngThe FHS Lady Bulldogs became the only the second non-Texas team to win the 58th Saundra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX.

Senior Cassie Clarke was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, and Kourtni Williams, Elizabeth Nagel and Sierra Shipley joined Clarke on the All-Tournament Team.

The Lady Bulldogs are now 14-0 and ranked #21 in the nation by USA Today.

Click here for a larger version of the team photo.

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