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February 2010 Archives

FHS Lady Dawgs Begin Softball Season

Posted by Alan on February 26, 2010 3:51 PM | (Not Filed) |

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FHS Lady Dawgs open the 2010 softball season on Tuesday, March 2 at 5 pm at Lady Dawg Yard.

Also, the Lady Dawg Fastpitch Hitting Clinic will be held on Saturday, March 6th at Lady Dawg Yard in the Asbell Sports Park. Cost is $30 per player.

2010-11 Kindergarten Registration Begins April 1

Posted by Alan on February 24, 2010 9:27 AM | Filed in News | Comments (6)

kindergarten.pngKindergarten registration for the 2010-11 school year will begin at all Fayetteville School District elementary schools on Thursday, April 1 from 8 am until 6 pm. To register your child for kindergarten in the 2010-11 school year, your child must be 5 years of age on or before August 15, 2010. The only exception to this is if your child is currently attending a state-approved pre-kindergarten program and will be 5 years of age on or before September 15, 2010. Those children are eligible to enroll.

To enroll your child for kindergarten, please bring the following items to the school:
  • proof of immunization (immunization record)
  • child's social security number
  • proof of residence (utility bill or rental agreement)
  • proof of age (birth certificate)
If you do not know which elementary school your child should attend, please contact our administrative office at 444-3000 or our transportation department at 444-3095.

FHS Student to MC National TV Convention Ceremony

Posted by Alan on February 23, 2010 2:14 PM | Filed in News |

MK_Harrison.pngFor the second time in three years, the mistress of ceremonies for the closing ceremony of the Student Television Network (STN) Convention in  Anaheim, CA, will be a Fayetteville High School student. Mary Kate Harrison was selected to be the 2010 STN mistress of ceremonies, following after former FHS student Haven Nutt, who served in the same role in 2008. The 2010 convention will be held March 3-6.

Also, FHS student Aundrea Sheeler is one of four students selected from across the nation to receive a CNN STN Convention Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to broadcasting.  Written entries were reviewed by STN and CNN staff. The winners of the scholarship will be guests of CNN at the STN Convention.

For more information on the convention, click here.

Root Students Donate Books to Children's House

Posted by Alan on February 23, 2010 10:48 AM | Filed in News |

root-donate.pngOne of the many service projects performed by the Root Elementary Leadership Team was to donate books to Children's House. The team raised money by hosting a book fair at school and helping wrap presents at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

The books were donated to Children's House on Monday, February 22. Michelle Marsh, a pre-K teacher at Children's House, accepted the books.

For more information on Children's House, click here. To see the photo of the the books being presented to Ms. Marsh by the Root Leadership Team, click here.

FHS Graduate Named Judge Advocate General of US Air Force

Posted by Alan on February 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Filed in News | Comments (2)

harding_rc.pngOn 2 February 2010, University of Arkansas graduate Lieutenant General Richard C. Harding was confirmed by the United States Senate as the 16th Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force.
On 15 December 2009, the President of the United States nominated then-Brigadier General Richard Harding to serve as The 16th Judge Advocate General (TJAG) of the United States Air Force.  On the same day as the announcement, the President submitted Brigadier General Harding's nomination to the Senate for confirmation.  The nomination was referred to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) for consideration.  On 2 February 2010, SASC endorsed Brigadier General Harding's nomination and forwarded it to the United States Senate.  That evening, the Senate voted to confirm his nomination.
A formal promotion and investiture ceremony will be held at Bolling AFB, DC, on 23 February 2010.
As The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, Lieutenant General Harding serves as the Legal Adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force and all officers and agencies of the Department of the Air Force. He directs all judge advocates in the performance of their duties and is responsible for the professional oversight of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian attorneys, 1,400 enlisted paralegals and 500 civilians in the Total Force Judge Advocate General's Corps worldwide. He oversees military justice, operational and international law, and civil law functions at every level of command.
Lieutenant General Harding is a Fayetteville High School and an University of Arkansas graduate.  He graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1971, from the University of Arkansas in 1975, and from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1979.  He is the nephew of Arthur Harding, president of the University of Arkansas from 1941 to 1947.
Lieutenant General Harding and his wife reside at Bolling AFB, DC.  They have two children and one granddaughter. 

Tuesday, Feb. 23 Deadline to Register for AP Exams

Posted by Alan on February 19, 2010 1:39 PM | Filed in Events |

The deadline to register for Advanced Placements exams is Tuesday, February 23. All registration forms and fees must be received in Ms. Caver's room, which is room number 2309, by the end of the school day on Tuesday. The Advanced Placement exams will be given in May.

3,600 Wordigo Games Donated to FPS

Posted by Alan on February 19, 2010 12:45 PM | Filed in News |

Wordigo.pngRiverEdge Gaming Company, the Fayetteville-based company that created the award-winning Wordigo board game, has donated 3,600 copies of the game to the Fayetteville School District. Every fifth and sixth grade student in the district will receive a free copy of the game. The retail value of the donated games is $72,000.

Philip Zweig, the CEO of RiverEdge and the inventor of Wordigo, is an active parent in the Fayetteville School District, having twice been named volunteer of the year by his son's elementary school. Zweig also created "Zero the Hero," a character who visited school classrooms to talk about math and science in fun and creative ways.

For more about Wordigo, click here.

Thanks to RiverEdge and to Philip for the generous gift!

June 17 Last Day for Asbell & Happy Hollow

Posted by Alan on February 18, 2010 4:08 PM | (Not Filed) |

lastday.pngDue to the use of three snow days, the last day of school for Asbell and Happy Hollow will now be Thursday, June 17, if no more snow days are used. Asbell and Happy Hollow use the Continuous Learning Calendar, which has three "intersession" weeks built into the calendar. 

Snow Days Create Calendar Changes

Posted by Alan on February 18, 2010 9:02 AM | Filed in News |

Snow-Clad-Trees-thumb.pngFive snow days have created significant changes in the 2009-2010 district calendar. The last day of school is now set for Monday, June 7, if no more snow days are used. If additional snow days are used, alternate make-up days, such as Saturdays, might be considered. As of now, there are no plans to use Spring Break for make-up days.

Also, the 3rd nine weeks grading period has been extended by one week. It will now end on Friday, March 19, and the 4th nine weeks grading period will begin on Monday, March 29.

AP Scores of FHS Graduating Seniors Rise

Posted by Alan on February 17, 2010 4:02 PM | Filed in News |

test_taking.pngLast week the 6th Annual College Board AP Report to the Nation was released showing state-by-state and national performance percentages.  Last May over 800,000 2009 high school seniors had taken an AP exam during their high school career, almost twice the number taken by the class of 2001.  


            Fayetteville High School students took exams last May in 22 subject areas.   Over a third of the FHS enrollment took an AP exam last May.  In the Equity and Excellence portion from the Report to the Nation, an important piece of data is the percentage of the graduating class that has earned an AP exam score of 3 or higher during high school.  That percentage for last year's FHS graduating class was 42.4%.  The percentage for 2008 exams was 37%, both above the national and state percentage average. The national percentage was 15.9 % and the Arkansas percentage was 11 %. The states with the highest state-wide percentages were Maryland: 24.8%, New York: 23.8%; Virginia: 22.9%, Massachusetts: 22.1% and Florida: 21.3%.   Even for students not obtaining scores of 3, 4 or 5 Jean Robinson, Indianan University associate dean of education states, "I think AP does provide those students with a sense of the kinds of skills and critical thinking that college will require from them."


            The large FHS participation in the AP program and strong achievement results on AP exams can be attributed to a number of things working in concert said Barbara Prichard, AP Exam Director.   "We have a strong and dedicated AP faculty at FHS.  It takes extra work and continuing training to bring that success into the classroom and they "go the extra mile".  We have more students arriving to 10th grade from Pre-AP classes with the skills and strategies necessary for the AP curriculum.  The success of students taking their first AP class in 10th grade (the majority-over 150 this year- in AP US History/Pre-AP English) builds a sense of confidence which translates to continued enrollment in multiple AP courses during the 11th and 12th grades. We have over 20 years of survey data from former FHS AP students that has validated the importance of their AP coursework in college.  Finally, there is an understanding from most parents and students that the most critical aspect for both admissions and scholarship selection is the strength of the high school coursework. That translates directly to having taken AP classes, among the other strong offerings at FHS."




13 FHS Seniors Named as Finalists

Posted by Alan on February 16, 2010 9:50 AM | (Not Filed) |

nat_merit_4.pngThirteen Fayetteville High School seniors have been named as finalists in the 2010 National Merit scholarship competition. The seniors are Mathias Bellaiche, Sue Marie Breden, Pete Brooks, Ben Costrell, Zoe Curlee-Strauss, Mary Guthrie, Kate Ivey, Yibo Jia, Melissa Richardson, Gabe Trumbo, Annie Wang, California Wang, and Rachel Yeager.

The finalists will be eligible for the National Merit scholarship that will be awarded nationally in April.

Judges Need for Science Fair

Posted by Alan on February 15, 2010 8:17 AM | Filed in Events |

mad_scientist.pngFayetteville High School is looking for judges to help with the 2010 FPS Science Fair on Saturday February 20, 2010. If you would like to serve as a judge we will need your help from 8:00 am until you are able to finish judging your category (no later than noon). Judging the projects will include interviewing the students about their research and examination of their display and paperwork.

We need judges in the following categories: Animal Sciences, Behavioral & Social Science; Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Medicine and Health; Microbiology, and Plant Science.

Contact the FPS Science Fair Co-Directors - David A. Young or Bill Rosser at FHS for more information.
Fayetteville High School
1001 West Stone Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

FHS vs. Springdale BB Game Rescheduled

Posted by Alan on February 11, 2010 6:35 AM | (Not Filed) |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngThe Fayetteville High School vs. Springdale High School basketball game that was postponed due to winter weather has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 20. Varsity girls will play at 6 pm, followed by varsity boys. No JV games will be played. 

Fayetteville Schools Open on Wed. Feb. 10

Posted by Alan on February 9, 2010 4:24 PM | (Not Filed) |

All Fayetteville Public Schools will be open on Wednesday, February 10. Limited bus service will be available on some routes, due to icy road conditions. Click here to the the limited bus service list. 

Last Day of School now Monday, June 7

Posted by Alan on February 9, 2010 8:47 AM | (Not Filed) |

lastday.pngWith the addition of another snow day (Tuesday, February 9), the last day of school for the 2009-2010 school year is now Monday, June 7 (IF no other school days are used).

Click here to go to the district calendar.

Fayetteville Schools Closed on February 9

Posted by Alan on February 9, 2010 4:51 AM | (Not Filed) |

All Fayetteville Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 9 due to icy road conditions. 

Ramay vs. Woodland Games Canceled

Posted by Alan on February 8, 2010 2:31 PM | (Not Filed) |

The Ramay vs. Woodland basketball games scheduled for Monday, February 8 have been canceled due to the winter weather. The games will be played on Saturday, February 13, with the 8th grade games beginning at noon. The girls games will be held at Ramay Jr. High, and the boys games will be played at FHS.

Adult Ed. Evening Classes Canceled for Feb. 8

Posted by Alan on February 8, 2010 2:25 PM | (Not Filed) |

All Fayetteville Adult & Community Education evening classes are canceled for Monday, February 8, due to the winter weather.

School Board Votes 7-0 to Adopt Plan 1

Posted by Greg on February 4, 2010 5:44 PM | Filed in 21st Century High School, News |

fhs.jpgThe School Board Wednesday voted 7-0 to accept Option 1 for the FHS Project, as developed by Hight Jackson/DLR Group/Marlon Blackwell architects, the firm responsible for design for Rogers Heritage High School.

You can view an abbreviated presentation illustrating the proposed design and phases of the Option 1 plan by clicking here.

To learn more about the future of the new FHS, click here.

Sign up for the Bulldog Baseball Clinic

Posted by Alan on February 3, 2010 4:22 PM | (Not Filed) |

youngplayer.pngThe Fayetteville High School State Champion Baseball tean will host a baseball clinic for kids grades K-5 on Saturday, Feb 13th from 1-4 pm for Grades 3-5, and Sunday February 14th from 1-4 pm, for Grades K-2 at Bulldog's indoor facility at Harmon Field.

The clinic fee is $40 and includes t-shirt and autographed ball.

Information and registration form can be found on the FHS Baseball website. Click here.

Registration Deadline:  Feb 4th.

Steak N Shake to Host Fundraiser for Boys Soccer Team

Posted by Alan on February 3, 2010 4:17 PM | (Not Filed) |

pancakes.pngCome out on Saturday, February 13, from 7 to 10 a.m. for a pancake breakfast fundraiser to support the Fayetteville Boys Soccer Team. Join us at Steak N Shake restaurant on Mall Avenue just south of the Northwest Arkansas Mall. Tickets are $5 person for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and drinks. Come out tomorrow from 7 - 10 and support Bulldog Soccer!

Ark. First Lady to Visit Washington

Posted by Alan on February 3, 2010 8:46 AM | Filed in News |

Ginger_Beebe.pngThe First Lady of Arkansas, Ginger Beebe, will visit Washington Elementary on Tuesday, February 9 at 1:30pm.  Washington will be the first of several schools from around the State that the First Lady will visit to raise awareness of childhood obesity and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  She will address Washington's second graders about healthy habits and the importance of staying active.

Learn more about First Lady Ginger Beebe on her official Web site.

FHS BB Games Rescheduled for Feb. 11

Posted by Alan on February 2, 2010 5:06 PM | (Not Filed) |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngThe Fayetteville High School vs. Bentonville basketball games have been rescheduled for Thursday, February 11. Jr. varsity boys and girls will begin at 4:30 pm, varsity girls at  6 pm, and varsity boys at 7:30 pm. This is a change from the blog posting yesterday. Sorry for any confusion!

Fayetteville Schools Open on February 2, Limited Bus Service

Posted by Alan on February 1, 2010 6:19 PM | Filed in News |

All Fayetteville Public Schools will be open on Tuesday, February 2 with limited bus service. To see the routes affected, click here

School Board Rescheduled for February 3

Posted by Alan on February 1, 2010 1:58 PM | (Not Filed) |

The January 28th Fayetteville school board meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 3 at 5 pm in the Adams Center. 

Last Day of School now Friday, June 4

Posted by Alan on February 1, 2010 10:34 AM | Filed in News |

last.pngFour days have been added to the 2009-2010 district calendar, and the last day of school is now Friday, June 4 (IF no additional snow days are needed). 

Woodland BB Games Canceled for Feb. 1, Set for Feb. 3

Posted by Alan on February 1, 2010 10:01 AM | (Not Filed) |

snowy_basketball.pngThe Woodland Jr. High School basketball games scheduled for Monday, February 1 have been canceled due to icy road conditions. The games have been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 3 at 5:30 pm. 

Schools Closed on Feb. 1, Board Meeting Postponed

Posted by Alan on February 1, 2010 7:58 AM | Filed in News |

Snow-Clad-Trees-thumb.pngAll Fayetteville Public Schools will be closed on Monday, February 1, due to icy road conditions. The school board meeting that had been scheduled for 5 pm on Monday, February 1 has been postponed. It will be rescheduled at a later date

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