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November 2009 Archives

UA to Hold Info Tech Day for Parents & Educators

Posted by Alan on November 30, 2009 10:36 AM | Filed in Events |

information-technology.pngIT Day for Parents & Educators
Thursday, December 3, 2009
6:00-8:00 pm
Walker Hall Seminar Room 203 University of Arkansas

Hear what the Sam M. Walton College of Business is doing in the field of Information Technology, as well as how the industry and Bill Holder, CIO of Dillard's, views the IT field.
Also hear about financial aid, general & Walton scholarships, and career development services offered to Sam M. Walton College of Business students.

Dinner will be provided and begins at 5:45 pm.

Free parking in Harmon Parking Deck & 2 hours teacher continuing education credit
RSVP with Carlan Pine: cpine@walton.uark.edu or 479-575-4261

Thousands of Census Workers Needed

Posted by Alan on November 30, 2009 10:20 AM | (Not Filed) |

2010_Census_logo.pngThe U S Census Bureau will hire thousands of people throughout the Kansas City Region for the six states of Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas between now and next spring.  This strong economic shot in the arm is like having a factory open up in each of the region's states!  Up to a total of 35,000 people will be on staff during peak times.

"This is the largest civilian mobilization of workers in the history of the United States," said Dennis Johnson, Regional Director. "These are good paying, temporary jobs that range from $11.50 to $20.00 per hour plus mileage for the field positions of Recruiting Assistants, Crew Leaders, Crew Leader Assistants and Census Takers."  The pay for Census Clerks range from $7.50 to $12.75 per hour depending on location.

There may be some opportunities for advancement. Positions are available in every community. Those hired will work out of Census Offices located in:

Fayetteville-Springdale, AR  
Little Rock, AR    
Jonesboro, AR
Pine Bluff, AR       

Dodge City, KS   
Wichita, KS   
Cape Girardeau, MO
Columbia, MO   
Crestwood, MO                                                         
Kansas City, MO   
Springfield, MO        
St. Charles, MO                                                       
St. Louis, MO                                                         
St. Joseph, MO                                                        
Enid, OK                                                              
Oklahoma City, OK                                                     
Tahlequah, OK      
Tulsa, OK                                                             
The U. S. Census Bureau encourages interested persons to apply for
these jobs by calling the Toll Free Jobs Line at 1-866-861-2010.


Annual FHS Homeless Vigil Set for Dec. 3

Posted by Alan on November 24, 2009 1:46 PM | Filed in Events | Comments (1)

fire_barrel.pngThe annual FHS Student Council Homeless Vigil will be held on Thursday, December 3, beginning at 5 pm. The fund raising goal for the 2009 vigil is $11,000, and all proceeds go to help families in need in the Fayetteville School District. The students will sleep outside in makeshift shelters, warming themselves by a fire in a barrel. Donations of cash and non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the vigil, which will be held in front of the FHS gym on Stone Street.

You may make a pledge to the vigil by sending an email to alan.wilbourn@fayar.net. Please include the amount of your pledge and a mailing address to which a pledge statement may be mailed.

FPS Receives $99,550 Grant Award for Math Technology

Posted by Alan on November 18, 2009 3:51 PM | Filed in News |

about_sacred_geometry_3.pngThe Arkansas Department of Education has selected the Fayetteville School District to be a recipient of an Enhancing Education Through Technology grant for 2009-2010. This award, worth $99,550, will be used to increase the academic performance and technological literacy of all geometry students and will be focused on closing the achievement gap for Mathematics in all secondary schools.  

Congratulations this hard-working team of secondary teachers, especially Dona Brady and Pamela Baker. They continually seek out training and new technology to better their teaching methods and thus benefit the learning of our students.  At the conclusion of the 2009-2010 school year, the team will also be participating in a project showcase held at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. 

Your Help Needed in Curriculum Audit

Posted by Alan on November 16, 2009 3:19 PM | (Not Filed) |

focusgroup-main_Full.pngPhi Delta Kappa, a international service organization for educators, will conduct a curriculum audit of the Fayetteville School District during the week of November 16-20. Parents and district patrons can help with the audit by participating in focus groups on Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, in the Fayetteville High School cafeteria. Your input is very valuable as we examine what works well and what could be better in our curriculum in the Fayetteville School District.

For more about Phi Delta Kappa, click here.

Annual Food Drive to End Thursday

Posted by Alan on November 16, 2009 1:04 PM | Filed in Events |

CannedGoods-01.pngOur annual student food drive to benefit those less fortunate will end on Thursday. Please consider making a donation of non-perishable food items and send them to school with your student before Thursday. All of the food collected will be donated to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.

Thanks for your help with the very worthy cause!

Agenda for Nov. 19 School Board Meeting

Posted by Alan on November 16, 2009 11:13 AM | Filed in Events |

Schoolboard3.pngThe agenda for the November 19 meeting of the Fayetteville Board of Education may be viewed at this link.

The meeting will be telecast live on Cox Channel 14 in Fayetteville and on streaming video at www.fayar.net.

Bulldogs to Host Conway in Playoff Game

Posted by Alan on November 11, 2009 9:47 AM | Filed in Events |

bulldog small.pngThe Bulldogs will host the Conway Wampus Cats in a first-round playoff game on Friday night at Harmon Field. Kickoff is at 7:30 pm. The game will be telecast live on Cox Channel 14 and on streaming video at www.fayar.net. The game will also be broadcast on The Hog 105.3 FM.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be an AAA sanctioned playoff event. Admission is $5 for students and adults, and NO PASSES will be honored.

Go Purple Dogs!!

"A Night in Italy" at Woodland on Thursday Night

Posted by Alan on November 10, 2009 10:38 AM | (Not Filed) |

spaghetti.pngWoodland Jr. High Student Council and Yearbook Fall Fundraiser "A Night in Italy," catered by Geraldi's in Fayetteville.

Woodland cafeteria, Thursday, November 12, 5 - 8pm

Tickets $10 each (tax deductible)
Classic piano and violin performances

Tickets Available for 5th Annual Madrigal Feast

Posted by Alan on November 10, 2009 9:52 AM | Filed in Events |

Madrigal 8 copy.pngTickets for the FHS Choir's Fifth Annual Madrigal Feast are now on sale.  The Feast will be held on Dec. 10, 11, 12 in the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Seating begins at 6:45 PM,  dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.  Tickets may be purchased from any choir member, by using this order form, or by emailing madrigalfeast@fayar.net.  Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 30.  The cost is $30 each.

Asbell School Garden Produces Whopper Sweet Potato

Posted by Alan on November 9, 2009 8:58 AM | Filed in News |

sweet-potato.pngThis sweet potato was grown in Asbell Elementary School's garden. It weighs 12.8 lbs!  Over the summer the staff harvested 3 cases of lettuce, several pounds of squash and cucumbers, as well as numerous tomatoes, peppers and carrots.  All of the food was donated to the Seven Hills Homeless Shelter in Asbell's name.  An Asbell parent will be using the huge sweet potato to make as many sweet potato pies as she can to take to the Boys and Girls Club for the Thanksgiving feast.

Click here to see a larger photo of the sweet potato.

Big Lots Donates $2,500 to Butterfield Trail Elementary

Posted by Alan on November 6, 2009 10:38 AM | (Not Filed) |

Big_Lots_check.pngDuring a grand opening ceremony this morning at the new Big Lots store in Fiesta Square in Fayetteville, the Big Lots company donated $2,500 to Butterfield Trail Elementary School, which is in the neighborhood of the new store. Butterfield principal Joey Folsom happily accepted the check. Click here for a photo from the grand opening.

Many thanks to Big Lots! Welcome to Fayetteville!

Holcomb's 6th Annual Multicultural Celebration

Posted by Alan on November 5, 2009 3:06 PM | Filed in Events |

multicultural.pngHolcomb Elementary School will hold it's 6th Annual Multicultural Celebration on Monday, November 9 from 6:30 to 8 pm. The Parade of Continents and performances will begin at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. The international booths and restaurant "Tastes from Around the World" will begin in the gym at 7:30 pm.

Over the past three weeks, international parents from Holcomb and students from the International Cultural Team at the University of Arkansas have been presenting cultural information about their countries to Holcomb students.

Vandergriff to Celebrate Blue Ribbon Designation

Posted by Alan on November 5, 2009 10:05 AM | Filed in Events |

p1242322399_585.jpgVandergriff Elementary School will celebrate their designation as a National Blue Ribbon School during a school assembly on Friday, November 6 at 8:30 am. The plaque and flag that Vandergriff principal Dr. Bert Stark received earlier this week in a ceremony in Washington, DC, will be presented to the school. Former superintendent Dr. Bobby New, current superintendent Vicki Thomas, former superintendent Harry Vandergriff, members of the Fayetteville School Board, and former Vandergriff staff members will be present for the assembly. 

FHS National Merit Semifinalists Offered UA Chancellor's Scholarships

Posted by Alan on November 4, 2009 2:11 PM | Filed in News |

nat_merit_4.pngThe fourteen National Merit Semifinalists from FHS were offered Chancellor's Scholarships from the University of Arkansas Honors College during a luncheon today at the Adams Center. The semifinalists are Mathias Bellaiche, Sue Breden, Pete Brooks, Benjamin Costrell, Zoe Curlee-Strauss, Mary Guthrie, Robert Hills, Kate Ivey, Yibo, Jia, Melissa Richardson, Gabe Trumbo, Annie Wang, California Wang, and Rachel Yeager.

The Chancellor's Scholarships are for $8,000 per year, for four years, for a total of $32,000.

Only Little Rock Central High School had more semifinalists than FHS.

Phone Message to Parents Regarding Jimson Weed

Posted by Alan on November 3, 2009 1:11 PM | Filed in News |

jimson.pngThe following message will be automatically phoned to the parents of our students in grades 6-12:

The following message is from Fayetteville Public Schools and is for the parents of our students:

Five of our students ingested jimson weed during the school day yesterday, causing three of them to be hospitalized. The three students were kept overnight, two of them in intensive care. Fortunately, they are improving today.

According to the National Institutes of Health, jimson weed is a poisonous plant that grows throughout the U.S. Jimson weed poisoning occurs when someone sucks the juice or eats the seeds from this plant. You can also be poisoned by drinking tea made from the leaves. Its street names are thornapple, stinkweed and locoweed. It is most often used by young people who are unfamiliar with its reputation and unprepared for its side effects, which include dry mouth, dilated pupils, high temperature, blurred vision, confusion, euphoria, and delirium. In some cases, it can be fatal.

Please talk with your student about this plant and the very real dangers it presents. More information on jimson weed is available online.  Teachers and staff members at our schools will be extra vigilant during the next few days to make certain our schools are safe places for students. Thank you.

Calling All Woodland Alumni!

Posted by Alan on November 3, 2009 8:42 AM | Filed in Events |

woodland_cowboy.pngAll alumni of Woodland Jr. High School are invited to attend the Woodland vs. Ramay football game on Thursday, November 5. Woodland alums will participate in a decades walk before the kickoff of the 9th grade game. Please check in under your decade banner when you arrive at Harmon Field. The 8th grade game kicks off at 5:30 pm.

The celebration is part of the 50th Birthday of Woodland Jr. High. Learn more at http://wjhs50.ning.com

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