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April 2009 Archives

FHS Project Graduation Needs Help!

Posted by Alan on April 30, 2009 11:09 AM | Filed in Events |

graduate.pngThe following is from Libby Combs, the FHS faculty sponsor of Project Graduation:

Each year for the past 21 years, Fayetteville High School seniors have celebrated at Project Graduation, an all-night celebration which is held at the HPER Building at the U of A.  I was a sponsor for the first one in 1987, and I've been involved in more than I like to think about since then!!   All of the teachers, parents, and community members who work on this event are VOLUNTEERS ........ even me.  Since we have so many new teachers in our building, I wanted to explain the program to everyone.

This year I am hoping that some of you would like to get involved in the planning process and on the night of the event.  We want/need faculty. staff, students to all be involved in this worthwhile event.  I always tell the community that this is the one event that has the potential to effect every student who graduates from FHS.  Some people ask why I continue to be involved every year.   The students deserve this from our community, as a congratulations for a job well done... a thank you from the community& the schools.  Also, to me it is worth all of the months of hard work to keep the kids safe on what traditionally is one of the leading nights where teenagers drink, drive, and die in our country.

We open the doors on graduation night at 10:00 pm and "make everyone leave" by 5:00 am.  Sometimes the students want to just sit outside and talk after the event, because they have realized that this is the last time they will be together as a group.  It truly is more memorable for the students when the faculty are involved.

In the past we have tried to provide a door prize for every student ranging from a few really large items to gift certificates worth at least $10-15.  Students pay $20.00 for a ticket; this entitles the graduate to a tee shirt, drawings for door prizes, and (If a student is on free or reduced lunch a ticket is comped.) During the evening graduates can participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, basketball, racquetball, wally ball (like Volleyball but in a racquetball court), mini golf, karaoke, a dance, Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero,X-box tournaments, and a casino ( Black Jack, Roulette, Craps table, Poker, Texas Hold'em, etc)  We also have a wide variety of foods are  provided.

We have had wonderful corporate sponsorship over the years Hiland Dairy and Tyson have participated every year.  This year, however,  I'm a little worried about being able to keep the event at the level FHS graduates deserve. If you would like to participate at any level, the Project Graduation Committee meets in my classroom (room 1003) on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.  Please consider helping with this event. If you want to participate but are unable to attend the meeting, please e-mail me at ecombs@fayar.net or call 445-1195.   Graduation is Thursday, May 21.

Thank you .
Libby Combs

Celebrating Connotations XXVI

Posted by Alan on April 29, 2009 3:26 PM | Filed in Events |

connotations.pngThe 26th edition of Connotations, Fayetteville High School's national-award winning student literary magazine, will be celebrated at a signing party on May 7 at the Bank of Fayetteville from 5:30 to 7 pm.

Connotations is nationally known in the student literary world, having garnered a total of 106 awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association (including induction into their Hall of Honor in 2005), the Southern Scholastic Press Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Arkansas High School Press Association since its inception in 1988.

Drop by on May 7th and browse through this latest edition of amazing work!

FHS Choir Wins @ Festival Disney

Posted by Alan on April 29, 2009 11:27 AM | (Not Filed) |

The Fayetteville High School A Cappella Choir recently traveled to Orlando, FL to compete at Festival Disney.  The choir received all Superior ratings, the Best-In-Class award and they also won 1st place overall. Twenty-six choirs from around the nation were invited to participate.

Click here to see a photo from the trip.


Statement on Public Comment

Posted by Alan on April 28, 2009 4:11 PM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

Given the media coverage of events in the last few days regarding a teacher at Woodland Jr. High, you might wonder why the school district has not commented on the situation. The answer is quite simple: due to Arkansas law, we cannot comment.

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is very clear about the items in an employee's personnel record that are subject to disclosure, the items that are not, and the items that may be disclosed only at the final administrative resolution of the issue. Here is the exact quote:

    (c)(1) Notwithstanding subdivision (b)(12) of this section, all employee evaluation or job performance records, including preliminary notes and other materials, shall be open to public inspection only upon final administrative resolution of any suspension or termination proceeding at which the records form a basis for the decision to suspend or terminate the employee and if there is a compelling public interest in their disclosure.

According to this Arkansas law, the school district may disclose employee records identified above only after final administrative action by the school board.  Thus, it follows that there cannot be any disclosure or comment by the school district on the records until the final administrative resolution, which will be the decision by the school board to either uphold or deny the administration's recommendation.

Also, the Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act states that "the hearing shall be private unless the teacher or board of directors shall request that the hearing be public." This also indicates that there should be no comment prior to the hearing, since it is intended to be held in private.

The school board has the final decision in all personnel issues, and they have to decide each situation based solely on its merit, not public opinion. We would ask that you give them the opportunity to judge each case with open, unbiased minds and let the due process system run its course. 

Demographic Study Presented to Board

Posted by Alan on April 24, 2009 2:23 PM | Filed in News |

demograph copy.pngDr. Jerome McKibben of McKibben Demographics presented the results of his demographic study of the Fayetteville School District. He noted that the population of students in grades 9-12 will decrease through the 2013-14 school year before returning to the current level. To see his presentation, click here. 

Thank You Cookout Set for April 24

Posted by Alan on April 23, 2009 1:41 PM | Filed in Events |

Thank-you-2.pngRicky and Dede Spencer will host an all-day "Thank You Cookout" at the Bulldog Pavilion at Harmon Field on Friday, April 24. The Spencer's son, Beau, died in a fire earlier this school year, and the Spencers are hosting the cookout to thank the Fayetteville community for the support they received. They invite anyone in the community to stop by.

The menu will include smoked turkey, smoked chicken, turkey ham, and pastrami sandwiches, hot Bulldogs, Bulldog Baked Beans, and Coke and Pepsi products.

There will also be door prizes and giveaways.

Bedtime Stories @ Washington on Wed. Night!

Posted by Alan on April 21, 2009 1:11 PM | Filed in Events |

JimHensonsBedtimeStoriesBinder.pngJoin Us for a Family Event: Bedtime Stories @ Washington
Wednesday, April 22
Begins @ 6 pm
Washington Elementary School
425 Highland Avenue


Children must be accompanied by and adult.

    * Wear your pjs,
    * listen to stories read by local celebrities,
    * watch a Readers' Theater presentation starring our own Washington celebrities,
    * chow down on milk & cookies, and

Thanks to our community sponsors who helped with the door prizes!!

For more information, contact Ashley Garcia (agarcia@fayar.net) or Tara Lechtenberger (tlechtenberger@fayar.net) at 444-3073.

fpeflogo.pngOn Monday, the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation held its annual Celebration of Education and handed out grants and scholarships totalling $126,738.  46 teachers will receive a total of $111,754 in classroom grants for resources and programs that can't be funded through the district budget. Scholarships totaling $14,984 will be presented to six graduates of Fayetteville High School.

Click here for the Morning News article with a full listing of grant and scholarship winners.

FHS Baseball On the Air!

Posted by Alan on April 21, 2009 9:14 AM | Filed in News |

bulldog small.pngThe FHS Bulldogs baseball game today (April 21) with Springdale Har-Ber will be broadcast live on The Hog (105.3 FM) at 4 pm. The second game will be broadcast via the Internet at http://www.hogsnow.com/.

You may also down the Radiolicious application from iTunes and listen to The Hog on your iPhone!

Creek Dedication @ Root Today

Posted by Alan on April 20, 2009 8:35 AM | Filed in Events |

youngbd.pngThe dedication ceremony for the newly named Ni-O-Ka-Ska Creek will be held on Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 1:00 pm.  The formerly unnamed Mud Creek tributary that originates along Root Elementary School was recently named Ni-O-Ka-Ska Creek in honor of the Osage Indians.  Ni-O-Ka-Ska, which means "Little Ones (or children) of the Middle Waters", is the ancient term used by the Osage when they referred to themselves.

The Root Elementary School Green Team began the creek naming project in September 2008 to educate students and the community about basic watershed management.  Root Elementary 4th grade students made a successful presentation to the Fayetteville City Council in February 2009, and a resolution to officially name the creek was passed.

Students of Root Elementary, and city and school officials will be on site during the dedication ceremony.  John D. Red Eagle, assistant chief of the Osage Nation, will also be in attendance as an honored guest.    

For more information please contact Cathy VonHatten at 479-444-3075 or cvonhatten@fayar.net.  

Master Plan for FHS Presented

Posted by Alan on April 17, 2009 9:53 AM | Filed in News |

masterplan.pngConcordia LLC of New Orleans presented the master plan for FHS to the Fayetteville Board of Education on April 16.  To see their presentation and the master plan, click here. 

Summer Camp Listings

Posted by Alan on April 16, 2009 8:50 AM | Filed in News |

cutie.pngDon't look now, but spring is here, which means summer is already in transit! If you are looking for summer camp opportunities for your students for the summer, look no further! Click here for a great list on our Community Activities Bulletin Board!

That Choir Thing This Weekend Coming Soon!

Posted by Alan on April 15, 2009 5:38 PM | Filed in Events |

tcttw.pngThe FHS Choirs will hold their final show of the year on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 7:00 PM, in the FHS Auditorium.  This year's theme is "That's Entertainment" and features the selections:  "Freeze Frame," "Change the World," "Free Fallin'," "Fever," "I Walk the Line" and more.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.  They may be purchased by contacting a choir member or by calling 445-1168. 

Johnson Named AD of the Year

Posted by Alan on April 9, 2009 3:04 PM | Filed in News |

Dick Johnson.jpgDick Johnson, who serves as assistant superintendent and athletic director for the Fayetteville School District, has been named the 2008-2009 Arkansas Athletic Director of the Year by the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association. Johnson was recognized for his major role in the development of the Fayetteville Bulldog athletic program, as well as his numerous contributions to the development of high school athletics in Arkansas.

Johnson also received the Athletic Director of the Year award in 2000-2001.

Congratulations, Dick!!

Fundred Dollar Bill Project at Leverett & Washington elementary schools

Posted by Aimee on April 9, 2009 10:10 AM | (Not Filed) |

fundred.pngLeverett & Washington elementary schools will be participating in the Fundred Dollar Bill Project the week of April 20th, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Art Department.  The Fundred Dollar Bill Project is raising local and national awareness of the hidden problems of lead pollution in New Orleans through the production of "Fundred Dollar Bills" - original interpretations of US one hundred dollar bills hand drawn by school children and community members across the US. 

The Fundred Dollar Bill Project is an innovative artwork made of millions of drawings.  This creative collective action is intended to support Operation Paydirt, an extraordinary art/science project uniting three million children with educators, scientists, health care professionals, designers, urban planners, engineers, and artists.  Together they are working to make safe the lead-polluted soil of New Orleans that places thousands of children at risk for severe learning disabilities and behavioral problems, including violent crime.

Leverett Elementary will also be a collection center for Fayetteville.

For more information: http://fundred.org

Student Art Show & Sale

Posted by Alan on April 7, 2009 10:48 AM | Filed in Events |

studentart.pngArtwork by Fayetteville Public School students will be on display at Arsaga's on Crossover from April 6 thru May 2. An artists' reception will be held on April 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Stop by and see the show at your convenience or drop by the reception and have a snack!

State Champs to be Honored by Governor, Legislature

Posted by Alan on April 6, 2009 9:48 AM | Filed in News |

S3-201.pngThe 2009 undefeated state champion Fayetteville High School Boys and Girls Basketball teams will be honored in Little Rock today. The teams will dine in the Capitol cafeteria at 11 am, followed by tours of the Capitol at noon and a meeting and photo opportunity with Governor Mike Beebe. The teams will be introduced to the Arkansas House of Representatives at 1:30 and the Arkansas Senate at 2 pm.

To the best of our knowledge and research, no other high school in the nation has had two undefeated state championship boys and girls teams in the same sport in the same year.

State Champs to be Honored

Posted by Alan on April 1, 2009 4:58 PM | Filed in News |

Bulldog_perfection.pngThe undefeated state championship boys and girls basketball teams from Fayetteville High School will be honored on Monday, April 6 in Little Rock and on Tuesday, April 7 in Fayetteville.

On Monday, the teams will bus to Little Rock, arriving at 11 am to have lunch in the Capitol cafeteria. They will divide into two groups for tours of the Capitol at noon, followed by a meeting and photo opportunity with Governor Mike Beebe at 1 pm.

The teams will be formally recognized by the Arkansas House of Representatives at 1:30 pm, followed by the Arkansas Senate at 2 pm. The teams will then return to Fayetteville

On Tuesday, April 7, the teams will be recognized by the Fayetteville City Council and Mayor Lioneld Jordan at the City Council's meeting at 6 pm in the Fayetteville City Hall. The meeting will be televised live on the Fayetteville Government Channel (channel 16 on Cox Cable).

To the best of our knowledge and research, no other school in the nation has had its boys and girls teams complete undefeated, state championship seasons in the same sport in the same year. 

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