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October 2009 Archives

FPS Named #2 District in the US in Technology Performance

Posted by Alan on October 27, 2009 2:58 PM | Filed in News |


Winners of the sixth annual Digital School Districts Survey have been announced by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education, the National School Boards Association and Converge Online magazine.  The Survey's purpose is to recognize school districts and school boards across the nation whose use of digital technology in interfacing with students, parents and community, district governing, and bettering of operations proved exceptional.

Participation in the survey was open to all U.S. public school districts which were placed in three categories based on size of enrollment.  Those districts which demonstrated the most comprehensive use of digital standards were chosen as the top ten-ranking districts.

The Fayetteville School District was named the #2 district in the U.S.  in the medium-sized district category.

View the full list of winners at   http://www.centerdigitaled.com/ and http://www.convergemag.com, or www.nsba.org/tln.

Ginger Beebe on Childhood Obesity

Posted by Alan on October 27, 2009 1:36 PM | Filed in News |

Ginger_Beebe.pngArkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe has written the following letter to parents to encourage healthy eating habits as the holidays approach:

October 27, 2009

Dear Parents:

As the First Lady of Arkansas, I feel I have a responsibility toward the children of our state. They are our future. We must teach them how to lead healthy, productive lives, and encourage
nutritious habits at home and at school.

Childhood obesity continues to be a major problem in Arkansas. Almost 38 percent of Arkansas children and teens are overweight or obese, compared to 29 percent nationwide. Being overweight not only contributes to other health problems, it also affects academic performance. Overweight and obese children have lower grades and test scores. The obesity epidemic is not something we can ignore; fighting it requires a persistent focus and daily efforts to reform our eating and fitness routines.

The holiday season is quickly approaching. As you prepare snacks and treats for your children's school parties, I encourage you to send healthy foods. Consider recipes high in fruits, trail mix, or vegetables with low-fat dip, and serve water, milk and juice instead of soda.

It's essential that we celebrate students' successes and achievements, but we must be sure to do so in ways that are beneficial, not harmful, to their health. When your children are home for the holiday break, make sure they remain active. Take family walks or utilize facilities at local community centers, gyms or Boys and Girls Clubs.

Keep an eye on my Web site, www.arkansasfirstlady.com. In a new section, "Healthy Habits,"
I'll share easy-to-prepare recipes that your children can bring to class celebrations, as well as
other tips for healthy living.

It's up to you, parents. We must be role models and set examples for our children they will carry with them their entire lives. I hope you'll join me as I urge parents and teachers to be mindful of the foods you are feeding your children, and to promote exercise all year long.


Ginger Beebe

Board Selects Nabholz for Construction Manager for FHS

Posted by Alan on October 27, 2009 1:07 PM | Filed in News |

The Fayetteville Board of Education voted to enter into contract negotiations with Naholz Construction Company to be the construction manager for the FHS project. 

Board Selects Hight-Jackson for FHS Architect

Posted by Alan on October 26, 2009 1:42 PM | Filed in News |

The Fayetteville Board of Education voted to enter into contract negotiations with the Hight-Jackson architectural firm to be the architects for the FHS project. The Board will select a construction manager for the project, following interviews of selected construction firms on Tuesday. 

Woodland Volleyball Team Completes Perfect Season!

Posted by Alan on October 26, 2009 8:38 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

volleyball.pngThe Woodland Jr. High Volleyball team completed a undefeated season on Saturday by winning the 2009 7A West Regional championship over Springdale Southwest. Congratulations to the team, coach Jennifer Taylor, and assistant coach Curt Rom!

FHS Bulldogs on the Air Tonight!

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

tv_camera.jpgYou can watch the live TV broadcast of the FHS Bulldogs vs. Rogers game tonight on Cox Channel 14 at 7:30 pm. FHS students will produce the live broadcast!

You can also watch the game online by going to this link on the district website:


www.HogsNow.com will webcast the audio from the game. Also, The Hog FM will join the game in progress at approximately 8:30 on 105.3 FM and 97.9 FM.

The game will also be broadcast on KURM-FM at 100.3.

Go Bulldogs!

Chili Dinner tonight at FHS

Posted by Alan on October 22, 2009 1:11 PM | Filed in Events |

chili-734671.pngSteak - n - Shake Presents The 2009 Bulldog Chili Dinner

Thursday, October 22
Fayetteville High School Cafeteria

Come eat with the Bulldog Football Team and their coaches
Cheer on the Bulldogs in the gym for a community PEP RALLY

Chili, toppings, drink and cookie
$2.50 for students and children
$5.00 for adults

FHS Choir Annual Poinsettia Sale

Posted by Alan on October 21, 2009 8:18 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

poinsettia.pngThe Fayetteville High School Choirs are holding their annual Poinsettia Sale. These beautiful traditional holiday plants are only $10! Order some for your home or business by emailing dawnelle.fincher@fayar.net. Payment must be received with the order. Payments may be mailed to:

FHS Choir
1001 West Stone st.
Fayetteville, AR  72701

All proceeds benefit the FHS Choir program

TLX 2010 Class Introduced

Posted by Alan on October 20, 2009 4:39 PM | (Not Filed) |


The 2010 Teen Leadership Xperience Class was introduced today at a news conference at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce by chamber president and CEO Steve Clark. Now in its 11th year, TLX identifies and develops leaders at Fayetteville High School.

Class members include: Madelyn Bagwell, Cameron Baker, Jackson Been, Alex Bodishbaugh, Caroline Bowman, Nick Boyle, Hannah Breden, Halsey Brooks, Melanie Chandler, Pete Chollapand, Emma Clay, Lisa Darden, Elizabeth Gorman, Hannah Hairston, Eric Hall, Shannon Harris, Mary Laurel Horan, Chloe Jone, Rachel Roenfeldt, Eric Salazar, Zach Stolz, Laurence Tan, Austin Wilkins, and Emily Wilson.

Click here to see a photo of the class!

Listen to the Bulldogs vs. Southside Tonight!

Posted by Alan on October 16, 2009 2:17 PM | Filed in News |

bulldog small.pngYou can listen to the FHS Bulldogs vs. Southside game tonight by going to this link on the district website:


or going to www.HogsNow.com for the webcast. The Hog FM will join the game in progress at approximately 8:30 on 105.3 FM and 97.9 FM.

The audio from the game and a scoreboard will also be aired on fayar.tv on Cox Channel 14.

Go Bulldogs!

Woodland Volleyball to "Dig Pink" on Monday

Posted by Alan on October 15, 2009 8:34 AM | Filed in Events | Comments (1)

Pink-Ribbon.pngPlease join the Woodland Cowgirl Volleyball team in their effort to raise breast cancer awareness on Monday October 19 at their match against Siloam Springs at the Woodland gym. Fans will be able to make donations throughout the match and are encouraged to wear pink.

Girls in grades 7 and under will get in FREE to the match if they are wearing pink.

The matches begin at 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

FHS Drama Dept. to Present "Harvey"

Posted by Alan on October 13, 2009 2:46 PM | Filed in Events |

harvey.pngFayetteville High School will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, "Harvey," on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 in the Fayetteville High School auditorium. This delightful comedy has been pleasing audiences for over sixty years.

Curtain time for "Harvey" is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for students and $8 for non-students. For more information or tickets, please call the FHS Drama Dept. at 479-445-1193.

Bus Routes May Be Delayed

Posted by Alan on October 9, 2009 7:26 AM | (Not Filed) |

Fayetteville Public School bus routes may be a little late this morning (Friday, Oct 9), due to street closings. 2 drivers can't get to work due to flooding

Update on Flu Shots at School

Posted by Alan on October 8, 2009 3:35 PM | (Not Filed) | Comments (4)

sick.pngThe following is from Molly Lloyd, our director of nursing:

Dear Parents-There has been some confusion about the distribution of the seasonal flu vaccine and the availability of the H1N1 vaccine.  The Arkansas Department of Health is providing seasonal flu vaccine, which will be given with your consent to students in the first week of December.  However, I highly encourage everyone to go ahead and get a seasonal flu vaccine now if you possibly can.  As to the H1N1 vaccine, the Department of Health has not released information on its availability for our schools as yet but has indicated that IF it becomes available, it will be administered at the same time as the seasonal flu vaccine.

The flu shot runs about $25 at area clinics and the expense is reimbursable if you have health insurance with a wellness plan.  If your child receives the seasonal flu vaccine now, he or she can receive a booster in December when the district receives their supply.

Extra precautions are being taken throughout the school district to ensure cleanliness. Our custodians are wiping door handles, handrails, and desks in every building during the day and after hours with sanitizers to help further minimize the spread of germs. Restrooms are being cleaned and disinfected regularly.  Parents, we need your help too.  Please look for flu-like symptoms and do not send your child to school if fever or other symptoms are apparent.  Any student or staff member who is determined to have flu-like symptoms is sent home and is instructed to see a doctor and to stay at home until all symptoms have been relieved for 24 hours without the use of medication.

The Arkansas Department of Health's web site, http://www.healthyarkansas.com/flu.html, provides links to information sheets, "What you need to know," about the flu vaccines.

We will continue to keep you updated. Rest assured, the well being of our students and staff is our highest priority. Thank you in advance for your efforts as we work through this very sensitive influenza issue.


Mollyanne Lloyd, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Fayetteville Public Schools

Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day on Oct. 14

Posted by Alan on October 8, 2009 1:38 PM | Filed in News |

Beatles_-_Abbey_Road.pngThe 6th Annual Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day will take place in Fayetteville on Wednesday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It's Not a Choice, It's the Law!

 The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the general public that it is both a state and a city law that a motorist must yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  Also, it is just as important to increase awareness to pedestrians that it is their responsibility to look both ways and make sure the cars are going to stop before entering the crosswalk.

 The event is sponsored by the Community Policing Division of the Fayetteville Police Department and was inspired by participation in both the first Fayetteville Citizen's Police and Fire Academies.  Both the University of Arkansas Police Department and the Fayetteville Police Department have noted that the event has made a difference in increasing awareness and aiding the safety of both pedestrians and motorists.

 In addition to the annual event there is ongoing focus on intersections and crosswalks that need attention.  The biggest physical contribution was the mutual efforts that led to the new stop signals and crosswalks at the intersection at the southwest corner of the Fayetteville High School campus.

 The event is open to groups to sponsor a crosswalk.

 For more information call Paula Marinoni at 444-6170

Springdale Game Rescheduled for Saturday

Posted by Alan on October 2, 2009 7:11 PM | Filed in News |

The Fayetteville vs. Springdale football game has been rescheduled for 2 pm on Saturday, October 3 at Harmon Field. The coronation of the Homecoming Court will be held at 1:30 pm.

Fund Established to Help Family After Accident

Posted by Alan on October 1, 2009 1:24 PM | Filed in News |

A fund has been established at Arvest Bank to help the Valle family after an auto accident injured family members last Saturday. Two of the family members attend Happy Hollow Elementary School. One of the children was seriously injured and will probably be hospitalized for quite some time. Their mother is also still hospitalized.

The Valle Family Fund account number is 0029686036. Deposits can be made any any Arvest Bank.Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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