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December 2009 Archives

Live Video of FHS Boys BB Game

Posted by Alan on December 29, 2009 2:39 PM | Filed in Events |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngLive streaming video of the Fayetteville High School boys basketball game in the Arby's Classic in Bristol, TN will be available tonight at 8:30 CST at this link


1st Annual Bulldog Angel Tree Great Success

Posted by Alan on December 17, 2009 3:24 PM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

angel-tree.pngFayetteville High School EAST (Environmental And Spatial Technology) Students organized the first annual Bulldog Angel Tree Project.  From left to right, students Syndney Conley, Cheye Wolfe, Michelle Tate, Giovvana Razo, and Nicole Reed planned, organized, and executed their project to help the FIT (Families In Transition) at FHS during the holiday season.  With assistance from Marian Riner (FIT), Leigh Hudson (FHS Counselor), Pam Richardson (FHS), and Julie Liter (FHS) they collected hundreds of wrapped and unwrapped gifts that were generously donated by FHS students, faculty, families, and members of the Fayetteville community.  On Friday December 18th, these gifts will be delivered to the Families In Transition. 

FHS EAST would like to thank all of those involved who made this project an overwhelming success, the generosity and kindness displayed by the community of Fayetteville is truly remarkable.

Click here and here to see photos of the tree and students.

Administration Office Hours During Holiday Break

Posted by Alan on December 17, 2009 2:24 PM | Filed in News |

Happy_Holidays_Crystal_Penguin.pngThe Fayetteville School District administration offices will be open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on the following days during the holiday break:

Monday, December 21, Tuesday, December 22 , Wednesday, December 23, Monday, December 28, Tuesday, December 29, and
Wednesday, December 30

The offices will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, January 4.

FHS Students Excel Again on AP Exams

Posted by Alan on December 16, 2009 1:12 PM | Filed in News |

smart-kid.pngOne hundred eighty-five students at Fayetteville High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement exams. Fayetteville's AP Scholars constitute 12% of the total number of AP Scholars in Arkansas.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.  About 18 percent of the more than 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student's performance on AP exams.

At Fayetteville High School:

Twelve students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.  These students are: Emma Britain, Dillon Buckner, Benjamin Costrell, Emily Delong, Kyle Erf, Quinn Kelly, Jacob Purcell, Joseph Rossetti, Katherine Soerens, Daniil Tchakhalian, Belgie Wang.

Fifty-three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  These students are:  Rebecca Allen, Zachary Ash, William Axtell, Colton Baker, Madison Baxter, Annemarie Beck, Mathias Bellaiche, Raven Bough, Emma Britain, Pete Brooks, Madeline Brown, Dillon Buckner, Natascha Bunner, Jordan Burns, Corrie Byers, Benjamin Caffrey, Austin Campbell, Cecilia Chickillo, Benjamin Costrell, Rose Courteau, Zoe Curlee-Strauss, Emily Delong, Kyle Erf, Birch Griesse, William Harmon, Brendan Ho, Kate Ivey, Jordan Janawitz, Edward Jenner, Yibo Jia, Clancy Jones, Thomas Jones, Quinn Kelly, Payton Lea, Rebecca Lindsey, William Meadows, Caitlin Murphy, Matthew Owens, Jacob Purcell, Joseph Rossetti, Joseph Rulli, Jared Sherwood, Katherine Soerens, Gayatri Suresh Kumar, Daniil Tchakhalian, Turner Tomlinson, Christopher Tucker, Annie Wang, Belgie Wang, California Wang, Jonathan Weed, Yuhao Wu, and Kenneth Young.

Forty-two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.  These students are:  Allison Barber, Hillary Benton, Michael Black, Samuel Bondurant, Joseph Boyle, Sarah Brady, Sue Breden, Savannah Clay, Lisa Covington, Sloan Cross, Charles Denny, John Erwin, August Eubanks, Devin Fell, Sioi Feng, Skyler Gambert, Joseph Garon, James Glenn, Katharine Gueubel, Mary Guthrie, Jessie Hargis, Alexandria Hightower, Robert Hills, Millie Hogue, Kelsey Hurlbut, Nikhil Kamath, Cathryn Klusmeier, Casey Kraichoke, Nikki Lippert, Erin Moody, Morgan Morris, Shelby Morrison, Meghan Oleary-Kelly, Brij Panda, Sarah Pfitzinger, Melissa Richardson, Kristin Salmon, Caleb Steiner, Julian Thomas, Ryan Trovillion, Brandi Weaver, Rachel Yeager.

Ninety students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher.  The AP Scholars are:  Stephanie Bakewell, Evan Ballowe, Joseph Bell, Dwight Bibbs, Elizabeth Brady, Anna Buckley, Jonathan Carothers, Andrew Chu, Robert Coffin, James Collins, Charles Corke, Sarah Correll, Emily Culver, Elizabeth Davis, Brooks Dawson, Lauren Delano, Katherine Eastlack, Kyle Elmore, Emily Erickson, Kelsey Ferguson, Margaret Ferran, Emily Fisher, Kevin Fitzgerald, Kahlilah Fleming, Emily Flores, Laura Florick, Ross Fondren, Michael Freund, Ethan Frye, Lindsey Gerke, Elliott Grissom, Anna Hall, Landry Harlan, Fuad Haydar, Hannah Hefner, Mollie Ironside, Felicity Johnson, Dwight Jones, James Keen, Tyler Kennamer, Robert Korth, Adam Krug, Daniel Laughlin, Matthew Lester, Joanna Libby, Andrea Love, Morgan Mansour, Allyson Martin, Emily Mashie, Joseph McCain, William Meyer, Ayla Middleton, Kailey Miller, Ryan Mitchell, Ashley Mix, Jordon Molesso, Joanna Moore, Katelyn Moore, Kelcie O'Donnell, Brooke Overbey, Katherine Owens, Samantha Pearson, Robert Petrino, Erin Piepenbrok, Brandon Pohl, Nathaniel Ponder, Ashleigh Price, Jason Rakes, Christina Rencis, William Richardson, Nicholas Savin, Tyler Scogin, Adam Servies, Jon Sexton, Savannah Shelby, Kelsey Shumate, Brandon Sikes, Carissa Smardo, Casey Steward, Julong Su, Kevin Tejada, Sara Tenison, Alison Thoma, Alison Tims, Gabriel Trumbo, Lauren Vermilion, Elizabeth Watt, John Williams, Douglas Wolf, Sara Yingling.

Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process.  Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that the exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation's leading liberal arts and research institutions.  AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam grades.  This includes more than 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States.  Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect student to college success and opportunity.  Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,600 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.  Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.  Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).  The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

Ramay Penny Drive Raises More than $4,100 for Less Fortunate

Posted by Alan on December 15, 2009 3:16 PM | Filed in News |

lincoln_pennies.pngThe Ramay Foreign Language Club sponsors a "Penny drive" each Christmas to benefit a local charity selected by the Club's members. Each homeroom class is given a container where they can put the pennies they collect, as well as other coins and dollar bills. The classes compete to see which class can raise the most money during the three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Club members collect the donations every two or three days and then come in during their lunch period to count the money for their assigned homeroom. The winning homeroom is rewarded with a pizza party during the last week before Christmas.

Ramay students presented their donations to Amy Michaud from Peace at Home Family Shelter today at Ramay. Click here to see photo of donation presentation.

The first "Penny Drive" was part of a campaign to raise money for the Northwest Arkansas Free Health Clinic in 1991 and raised over $750. The Foreign Language Club then decided to make the Penny Drive an annual event. Over the last eighteen years, Ramay students have donated over $35,000 to charities such as the Rape Crisis Center, the Salvation Army, Peace at Home family shelter, and the Children's House. This year's Penny Drive proceeds will donate about $3200 to the Peace at Home family shelter, $250 to the Special Emergency Fund in the Ramay Counseling Office to benefit Ramay students in need of jackets, good shoes, etc., $250 to provide Christmas food baskets for two Ramay families with special needs this holiday season. In the homeroom competition this year, Mr. Hale's class won honors for the highest total donations and for highest donations per person. Mr. Hale's homeroom will display the Penny Drive Generous Heart Trophy until next year's competition.

Homerooms winning a Silver Certificate for $25 or more in donations: Mrs. Browning, the combined classroom of Mrs. Koenig and Mrs. Ethridge, Mrs. Renfroe, Mr. Stewart, Mrs. Williamson, Mr. Wilson

Homerooms winning a Gold Certificate for $50 or more in donations: Mrs. Anderson, the combined classroom of Mr. Childress and Mrs. Hevin, Mrs. Esry, Mrs. Gayón

Homerooms winning a Diamond Certificate for $75 or more in donations: Mrs. Allen

Homerooms winning a Platinum Certificate for $100 or more in donations: Mrs. Erwin, Coach Foringer, Mrs. Givens, Coach Hale, the combined classroom of Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Keeley, Mr. Morningstar, Mrs. Shreve, Mr. Thomas

Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Lady Dawg Soccer Team

Posted by Alan on December 14, 2009 3:35 PM | Filed in Events |

bulldog_hungry.pngThe FHS Lady Bulldog Soccer Team is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee's across from the Northwest Arkansas Mall on December 19th from 8-10am. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased from any team member or at the door. Please join them for breakfast before heading out to complete your holiday shopping.

Thank you for your support! GO BULLDOGS! 

2008-09 District Annual Report Now Available

Posted by Alan on December 10, 2009 10:53 AM | Filed in News |

Annual_Report_cover.pngThe Fayetteville School District's 2008-09 Annual Report is now available online. Click here to see it!

Homeless Vigil Total Tops $14,000

Posted by Alan on December 7, 2009 12:04 PM | Filed in News |

FHS Homeless Vigil tops $14,000! Weekend pledges pushed the total past the goal of $11K. Thanks to all for supporting this great event!

FHS Homeless Vigil Needs Help to Reach Goal

Posted by Alan on December 4, 2009 10:21 AM | Filed in News |


The FHS Homeless Vigil has raised $6,400 as of 10 am, and the goal is $11,000. The same students who stayed out in the cold all night are now helping with a blood drive. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Holt Teacher Selected to National Advisory Board

Posted by Alan on December 2, 2009 10:26 AM | Filed in News |

scholastic_red_180_logo.pngHolt 6th grade teacher Janice Ferguson was recently selected to serve on the Read 180 national advisory board. She traveled to New York City in November to meet with the Read 180 product development teams, discuss the program, and give feedback on upcoming enhancements.

READ 180 is a comprehensive reading intervention program proven to meet the needs of struggling readers in transitional Grades 3-12. The program directly addresses individual needs through differentiated instruction, adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature and non-fiction, and direct instruction in reading, writing, and vocabulary skills.

FHS Honored by ACT for College Readiness

Posted by Alan on December 1, 2009 3:59 PM | Filed in News |

gr_act_home_50.pngFayetteville High School has received the 2009 College Readiness Award from the Arkansas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the last five years ans significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness. Karen L. Pennell, assistant vice president and ACT southwest regional manager, said "This can only happen as a result of the high school's faculty and staff efforts and the dedication of Fayetteville High School students and parents to focus on college readiness and raise the level of the college readiness for all students. Less than 10% of all high schools in Arkansas were honored for this superior level of achievement."

Spigarelli Receives National Certification

Posted by Alan on December 1, 2009 3:51 PM | Filed in News |

great-job.pngKathy Spigarelli, director of Adult & Community Education for the Fayetteville Public Schools, has become a Certified Manager in Program Improvement (CMPI) in adult education and literacy. To receive this credential, participants must meet the requirements of an intensive two-year training program and complete a program improvement project within their organization. Arkansas is one of only nine states in which adult educators have achieved this national certification.

Congratulations, Kathy!

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