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February 2009 Archives

Facebook for Parents

Posted by Alan on February 28, 2009 10:41 AM | Filed in News |

facebook2.pngStanford University has created a new web site to help parents get the most out of Facebook and better understand their children. Check it out here. 

Board Votes to Hire Thomas

Posted by Alan on February 26, 2009 5:34 PM | Filed in News |

Thomas Photo.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education voted to hire Vicki Thomas of Pasadena, TX, as superintendent, effective July 1, 2009. She will replace Dr. Bobby New, who will retire on June 30.

For more information and an additional photo of Ms. Thomas, see this story from the Northwest Arkansas Times

and this story from the Morning News.

Design Charette Culminates Today

Posted by Alan on February 26, 2009 9:11 AM | Filed in Events |

The final two opportunities to participate in the design charette for new Fayetteville High School are today (Thursday, February 26).

design-charette.pngThe last informational meeting will be held at 1 pm in the Judy Mackey Center in the Bates Annex of FHS. At this meeting, the facilitators will go through the planning process, discuss different types of schools, talk about the challenges of the site, and the standards that are necessary to do the master plan for the school. Finally, they will explain what will be expected of the community during Thursday night's Community Congress.

The Community Congress will be held tonight at the Fayetteville Town Center from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. At this meeting, the facilitators will confirm goals and strategies that have been developed over the previous two weeks, conduct participatory exercises, gather demographic information on attendees, and present and prioritize different ideas for the school.

Please join us at these meetings and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!!

Special Board Meeting

Posted by Alan on February 25, 2009 9:17 AM | Filed in News |

The Fayetteville Board of Education decided to continue to pursue both candidates for the superintendent position, Brian Binggeli of Fairfax, VA, and Vicki Thomas of Pasadena, TX. Additional background checks will be performed, and the Board hopes to make a decision very soon.
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Participate in our Design Charette!

Posted by Alan on February 23, 2009 1:07 PM | Filed in Events |

charrette.pngThe charette is a participatory design process structured around community engagement and building a design consensus. It is important for the public to develop shared goals and visions for the exterior design of the high school buildings and how they occupy the existing 40 acres. The Concordia Group of New Orleans will facilitate the charette process. For more information on Concordia, click here. Note that Concordia Group is not designing the new high school, but rather is helping to develop a design concept with which architects will work.

Note: if you can only attend one of the following events, try to attend the Community Congress on February 26th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, at Fayetteville Town Center. More information below.

Public Visioning Meetings

These meetings will be held in the Judy Mackey Center, Bates Annex of FHS.

Wednesday February 25th, 10 - 11:30 am and 6 - 7:30 pm

Thursday February 26th, 1 - 2:30 pm

At these meetings, Concordia will go through the planning process, discuss different types of schools, talk about the challenges of the site, and the standards that are necessary to do the master plan for the school. This will also be an "open mic" night for community members to voice thoughts and concerns. Finally, they will explain what will be expected of the community during Thursday night's Community Congress.

Community Congress February 26th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Fayetteville Town Center

At this meeting, Concordia will confirm goals and strategies that have been developed over the previous two weeks, conduct participatory exercises, gather demographic information on attendees, and present and prioritize different ideas for the school.

Join the conversation on the design of the new FHS!

Jason Moore @ FHS

Posted by Alan on February 20, 2009 3:58 PM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

MOORE2.pngBroadway director Jason Moore spoke to drama students at FHS this afternoon. A 1989 graduate of FHS, Moore told of his experiences in Chicago, California and New York City working in the theater and television. Here are some snippets from his talk:

  • Moore was in a University of Arkansas production of "Peter Pan" when he was six, and FHS drama teacher Warren Rosenaur portrayed a dog in the show.
  • Moore said "Avenue Q" was originally intended to be a 30-minute TV show, but the producers of "Rent" bought the rights to the show and asked Moore and company to expand it to a full stage production.
  • Moore said the puppets in "Avenue Q" keep the mood lighter among the cast during rehearsals. 
  • Moore said his time as an actor makes him a more empathetic director, knowing what the actors are experiencing
  • Moore said he enrolled in the film program at Northwestern University because of his love of movies and TV and the dramatic productions in which he appeared in Fayetteville. He switched majors five times while he was a student at Northwestern University. He said he didn't know anyone when he first arrived but made lots of friends.
  • Moore also worked on "Les Miserables" when it appeared in Fayetteville several years ago.
  • Moore performed in "Grease" and "West Side Story" while he was a FHS student.
  • "Avenue Q" is being performed in England, and Moore will be dropping in on them soon. He is also reading scripts
  • Moore was student council president, editor of Connotations, a drama student, member of the honor society, and a quiz bowl team member while a student at FHS.
  • Moore said he goes to the theater 3 to 4times per week to stay current.
  • "It's hard to be a good actor if you don't have any knowledge of how difficult it is to light a stage or build a set. High school productions are great for giving you that broad experience."
  • Moore encouraged the students to "put themselves out there." Write letters and offer your services. That's how I got most of my first jobs. Go to auditions. Do it again and again and again."
  • "Billy Elliot," "In the Heights," and "August: Osage County" are among his favorite shows currently running on Broadway.
  • "Every actor is scared while they are acting, no matter what they say. Being vulnerable to others can help your acting"

Reception for Brian Binggeli

Posted by Alan on February 20, 2009 8:50 AM | Filed in Events |

Binggeli Photo.pngAll district patrons are invited to a public reception to meet Dr. Brian Binggeli, one of the two finalists for the superintendent position. The reception will be held on Monday, February 23 at 4:30 pm in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery in the Walton Arts Center.

Go here for more info on the supt. search.


FHS Basketball Teams Undefeated, Nationally Ranked

Posted by Alan on February 19, 2009 1:50 PM | Filed in News |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngBoth the boys and girls FHS basketball teams continue to be undefeated and nationally ranked. USA Today ranked the FHS girls team at #11 in the nation, while the FHS boys teams comes in at #25.

Only a couple of regular season games remain, so get out to see these two great teams!

Public Reception for Vicki Thomas

Posted by Alan on February 18, 2009 10:56 AM | Filed in Events |

Thomas Photo.pngAll district patrons are invited to meet Vicki Thomas, one of the two finalists for the superintendent's position in our district. The public  reception will be held on Thursday, February 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library.

For more information on the finalists, go to this link: http://is.gd/jPg1

Open Line: Project 21c

Posted by Greg on February 17, 2009 10:35 AM | Filed in 21st Century High School, Open Line |

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Did you catch Alan's post about the Adams 50 school district in Denver?  In an attempt to improve its students' performance, the district is dropping grade levels as part of an innovative approach to restructuring its curriculum.

Fayetteville Public Schools are looking at building a stronger curriculum for the 21st century as part of Project 21c.  To that end, the district is considering a number of imaginative approaches to teaching.

Earlier this month, the district held three community reads to discuss The Global Achievement Gap by Dr. Tony Wagner.  Dr. Wagner himself addressed the community in an event last night at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Did you attend one of the community reads or last night's event?  Have you read Dr. Wagner's book?  Have you visited the Project 21c pages?  If so, let us hear from you in the comments below.  Whether you have comments regarding any of the events, the book, a different book you'd like to recommend--whatever--let your voice be heard.

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

Science Rules!!!

Posted by Alan on February 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Filed in Events |

Bill Nye.pngOn Saturday February 21st, Fayetteville High School will host the 2009 FPS Science Fair. Almost 90 projects will be on display in the Auxiliary Gym with public viewing starting at 10 am. Rewards will be presented at about noon. Approximately 25 judges from the Fayetteville community will be evaluating the projects. Top winners earn entry into the 2009 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on Friday, March 13.

For more information contact FPS Science Fair Co-Directors -
David A. Young or Bill Rosser at FHS
479-444-3050
Fayetteville High School
1001 West Stone Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
dyoung@fayar.net
brosser@fayar.net 

Denver School District Drops Grade Levels

Posted by Alan on February 16, 2009 2:31 PM | Filed in News |

lightbulbhead.pngSchool districts across the United States are trying to improve student performance. But few have taken as radical an approach as Adams 50 in Colorado. Here's the link.

Two Finalists Named for Supt. Position

Posted by Alan on February 16, 2009 9:32 AM | Filed in News |

The Fayetteville Board of Education voted to continue the interview process with Brian Binggeli and Vicki Thomas as part of the superintendent search process. The board interviewed six candidates last week.

Binggeli Photo.pngBrian Binggeli is currently an assistant superintendent in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, VA, where he oversees 29 sites and 22,000 students. He has previously served as a middle and high school principal, middle school director, and executive director of curriculum & instruction. Binggeli received his doctorate from Virginia Tech in 2001. He also holds a masters degree in education from Virginia State University, and a bachelor's degree from Miami (OH) University.



Thomas Photo.pngVicki Thomas is currently a deputy superintendent for the Pasadena Independent School District in Pasadena, TX (enrollment: 51,388). She has spent the past 28 years in the Pasadena School District, serving as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and associate superintendent for campus planning and development. Thomas has her superintendent's certification from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She also holds a masters degree in education from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas.

The two finalists will return to Fayetteville for additional interviews with the school board, as well as meetings with the district staff, parents, and patrons. Those dates and times will be announced ASAP. 

Share Your Thoughts

Posted by Greg on February 15, 2009 6:48 PM | Filed in Events |

More than one hundred and fifty people helped make the three community book reads of Dr. Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap a success.  Sincere thanks to all who attended the event and special thanks to our volunteer facilitators as well.  Also, we truly appreciate the support of the Fayetteville Public Library staff and the use of the Walker Community Room.

Did you attend any of the community reads at the Fayetteville Public Library?  If so, please take a moment to share your thoughts regarding the event in the comments below.

And remember:  Join us for Dr. Wagner's keynote at the Fayetteville Town Center on Monday, February 16th.

Design Charrette to Begin Next Week

Posted by Alan on February 13, 2009 4:02 PM | Filed in News |

charrette.pngThe schedule has been released for the design charrette for the new Fayetteville High School that will be facilitated by the Concordia Group of New Orleans.

Click here for the schedule and info!

New Ed. Secretary's Take on NCLB

Posted by Alan on February 13, 2009 8:04 AM | Filed in News |

duncan.pngSecretary of Education Arne Duncan has some thoughts and ideas about revamping No Child Left Behind, including fewer, better tests. Here's the link to his interview with U.S. News. 

If you read the article and have any thoughts you'd like to share, feel free to do so in the comments.

The FPS Community Blog: Now Everywhere You Want to Be

Posted by Greg on February 12, 2009 10:46 AM | Filed in News |

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Follow the FPS Community Blog on the go!  Read the latest posts on your mobile device by pointing your mobile browser to http://web.fayar.net/mt/community/mobile/.

The mobile-specific version of the blog does not yet include the ability to comment, but we plan to add that ability in the near future.

Also:  Remember that you can now follow Fayetteville Public Schools on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fayar

FHS DECA Fashion Show Set for Thursday

Posted by Alan on February 10, 2009 2:41 PM | Filed in News |

fashion_show.pngFayetteville High School DECA Marketing Association would like to invite you to our 7th Annual Fashion Show, this Thursday, Feb. 12th, 6:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Town Center.  This event features DECA's partnership with our community businesses and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

The students have done a great job planning this event, and would love to see you there.  Children are welcome, and would enjoy the show.

There will be a silent auction with items donated from community businesses and parents.

All proceeds from the show are donated to Arkansas Children's Hospital. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students and children. 

Support FHS Choirs @ Chick-Fil-A Tonight!

Posted by Alan on February 10, 2009 10:07 AM | Filed in News |

music-notes.pngCome by Chick-fil-A  for dinner before the Bulldog basketball game
or any time tonight and support the FHS Choir as they earn money to sing at Disney World.  

From  5 - 8 p.m., you can play plinko, bean bag toss, and wheel of fortune for $1.00 and win great prizes of free drinks, fries, and brownies.

You can drive thru or come inside anytime this evening,  When you order, be sure to mention you're supporting the FHS Choir!

See you tonite at Chick-fil-A!

Snow Days Will Not be Waived

Posted by Alan on February 9, 2009 2:50 PM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

Contrary to a prevalent rumor in town, the designation of the ice storm as a Federal disaster area has no effect on the three days of school missed by the Fayetteville School District. The determination on how to make up those three days will be made after Spring Break when the threat of winter weather has passed. 

All-State Band & Choir Announced

Posted by Alan on February 9, 2009 10:23 AM | Filed in News |

All_state.pngCongratulations to the 18 FHS students who were selected to the Arkansas All State Band. Those selected are....

Tyler Kennamer - 1st band, 1st chair percussion
Joseph Rulli - alto sax
Joe Boyle - alto sax
Carissa Smardo - flute
Jose Bonilla - bari sax
Kahlilah Fleming - bassoon
Eric Hall - tenor sax
Jared Sherwood - percussion
Lindsay Williams - french horn
Joe Rennegar - trombone
Anna Hall - flute
James Glenn - trumpet
Caleb Steiner - percussion
Jen Mayes - clarinet
Emily Erickson - percussion
Evan Ballowe - alto sax
Jonas Reagan - percussion
Tyler Woessner - percussion

In addition to being selected for the band, Tyler Kennamer and James Glenn were also named to the Arkansas All State Jazz Band. Emily DeLong was also named as an alternate to the band on clarinet.

Congratulations to those selected to the 2009 All-State Choir.  Students competed against over 700 of the state's finest musicians.  These students will attend clinic and perform a concert in Hot Springs February 19-21.  Those selected are....

Katie Eastlack
Allison Bolin
Andrea Love
Mary Kamilos
Maggie Ferran
Chelsea Kendrick
Kailey Miller
Sarah Morrison
Jeric Bautista
Garrett Oden
Mike Smith
Cable Hogue

Root Students Research Leads to Creek Naming

Posted by Alan on February 7, 2009 9:08 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

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The Fayetteville City Council followed the advice of Root Elementary School students and named Niokaska Creek that flows past the school in honor of the Osage Indians.

Here is the link to the Northwest Arkansas Times editorial.

Six Finalists for Supt. Named

Posted by Alan on February 5, 2009 2:50 PM | Filed in News |

binoculars.pngIn a special meeting today, the Fayetteville Board of Education voted to narrows the search for a new superintendent to six finalists:

  • Brian Binggeli, Asst. Supt., Fairfax VA Public Schools
  • M. Diane Cox, Asst. Supt., St. Louis, MO Public Schools
  • Nicholas Gledich, Chief Operating Officer, Orange County, FL Public Schools
  • Bradley Schoeppey, Area Supt. Tulsa OK Public Schools
  • Elizabeth Duran Swinford, Asst. Supt. for HR, East Baton Rouge LA Parish Schools
  • Vicki Thomas, Deputy Supt. Pasadena TX ISD
  • Interviews with the finalists will begin on Monday and continue through Wednesday.

National Signing Day @ FHS

Posted by Alan on February 4, 2009 10:47 AM | Filed in News |

bulldog snarl small.pngFayetteville High School seniors Colby Berna, Elizabeth Brady, Cody Hammer, and Bobby Petrino will sign NCAA letters of intent during a signing ceremony on Wednesday, February 4 at 3 pm in the Bulldog Field House.

Berna will sign to play with the University of Arkansas, Brady will sign to play soccer with the University of Central Arkansas, Hammer will sign with Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, and Petrino will sign to play football with the Air Force Academy.

Best Is Constantly Evolving

Posted by Alan on February 3, 2009 10:41 AM | Filed in 21st Century High School |

bestinclass.pngAs today's Northwest Arkansas Times points out: "The idea of what's 'best' is always evolving. Residents needn't get carried away with the theories proposed in one book by one author."

We couldn't agree more.

The Fayetteville School District's research that formed the foundation of Project21C did not start and stop with Tony Wagner. Over two years ago, a secondary school reform committee made up of teachers, principals, and administrators were assigned to do independent research. This committee's research and outcomes (Profile of a 21st Century Student) and Fayetteville community leader's feedback (community.leaders.21c.doc) are located on the R3 web site at http://schoolcenter.fayar.net/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=3249.

The newly formed committee assigned to Project21C http://www.fayar.net/community/project21c.html is using the relevant pieces of prior research in its new charge.

Here are some additional sources of information on 21st Century skills:
http://www.21stcenturyskills.org, and specifically, a rebuttal they wrote.

Additional information:

Metiri Group

American Association of School Libraries standards for the 21st century learner

Share Your Thoughts Regarding the Community Reads

Posted by Greg on February 3, 2009 9:40 AM | Filed in Open Line |

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More than fifty people helped make last night's community read a success. Sincere thanks to all who attended the event.

Did you attend last night's community read at the Fayetteville Public Library?  If so, please take a moment to share your thoughts regarding the event in the comments below.

Also:  If you missed last night, you have two more opportunities to attend.  The second community read takes place tonight at the Fayetteville Public Library from 6:00 to 7:00.  A third community read will be held Thursday afternoon at the library from 1:00 to 2:00.

Asbell to be Open on Tuesday

Posted by Alan on February 2, 2009 2:45 PM | Filed in News |

Power has been restored to Asbell Elementary School, and classes will resume on Tuesday, February 3. 

Memorial Funds Established

Posted by Alan on February 2, 2009 1:12 PM | Filed in News |

A memorial fund has been established for Beau Spencer, an FHS student  killed in the fire yesterday. Donations may be made at any Arvest branch in Beau's name. This fund will be available for family expenses.

A memorial fund has been established for Forrest Turner, FHS student player killed in the fire yesterday.  Forrest Turner Memorial Fund, Arvest Acct# 38547344.  The fund will available for expenses for the family, but also they wish to have it be a source for a future scholarship for a FHS baseball player in the future.

First Book Read Tonight!

Posted by Alan on February 2, 2009 9:33 AM | Filed in News |

Global_Gap_Cover.pngThe first community book read session of Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap will be held tonight, Monday, February 2. 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. Copies of the book are available at the Fayetteville School District administrative offices and all Fayetteville Public School libraries.

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

Asbell Only School Closed on Monday

Posted by Alan on February 1, 2009 7:45 PM | Filed in News |

Asbell Elementary will be the only school closed in our district on Monday, February 2. Power was restored to Woodland Jr. High late today, and classes will be held.

Many families are still without power or phone service, so we would ask that you pass this information along to them.

Thanks!

Status Update on Fayetteville Schools

Posted by Alan on February 1, 2009 2:54 PM | Filed in News |

18update.pngAlmost all Fayetteville Public Schools will be open for school tomorrow, Monday, February 2, according to superintendent Dr. Bobby New. Asbell Elementary School will not be open, and a decision on Woodland Jr. High will be made tonight.

Power has not been restored to Asbell, and problems with a transformer have delayed the restoration of power at Woodland. If the power at Woodland can be restored tonight, school will be held tomorrow. Woodland parents will be notified by phone tonight, the media will be contacted, and the district website updated.

New added that phone service at schools may be sporadic on Monday and asked parents and patrons to please be patient. Bus routes may also be delayed on Monday, due to the continuing cleanup around town.

"We are asking everyone to help spread the word about our schools being open tomorrow," said Dr. New. "We know there are still homes with out power, cable or phone service. If you know someone with school-age children who might not know that all of our schools except Asbell and possibly Woodland are open tomorrow, please help us get that word to them."

Several events that were affected by the ice storm have been rescheduled.

  • The first session of the community book read of The Global Achievement Gap will be held on Monday night at 6 pm at the Fayetteville Public Library. The second session will be held on Tuesday, February 3 at 6 pm, and the final session on Thursday, February 5 at 1 pm.
  • The "Ancient Cultures and Renaissance Museum" and "Photomania" exhibitions by the elementary and middle school gifted and talented programs will be held on Saturday, February 7 at 9 am at The Owl Creek School.
  • The Fayetteville High School baseball camps will be held on Saturday, February 14 from 8:30 am to noon for grades 3-5 and Sunday, February 15 from 12:30 to 4 pm for grades K-2.

Complete List