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April 2010 Archives

FHS Lady Bulldogs Win 7A State Track Championship

Posted by Alan on April 30, 2010 9:01 AM | (Not Filed) |

bulldog small.pngCongratulations to the FHS Lady Bulldog Track team for winning the 2010 7A State Championship at John McDonnell Field yesterday! The Lady Bulldogs were led by Sydney Conley, who took first place in the long jump, triple jump, and 100 meter dash.

Congrats, also, to Laurn Brown, who won 1st place in the shot put, and Macy Manning, who took first in the 300 meter hurdles

Ground Broken for New Happy Hollow Elementary

Posted by Alan on April 28, 2010 3:07 PM | (Not Filed) | Comments (1)

HH_grnbrk.pngThe official ground breaking ceremony was held today at 1 pm for the new Happy Hollow Elementary School. All of the Happy Hollow students attended the ceremony, which was held in the field that will become the new school.

Superintendent Vicki Thomas welcomed the crowd, and school board president Susan Heil and Fayetteville mayor Lioneld Jordan also spoke. Happy Hollow principal Sharon Pepple got to operate one of the earth moving machines and scooped a large bucket full of dirt.

The site preparation has begun on the new school, which will open in August of 2011.

Click here to see a photo of the students walking to the ceremony.

Click here to see the Happy Hollow Choir performing at the ceremony.

Click here to see Susan Heil addressing the crowd.

Click here to see a mural created by the Happy Hollow students that features the handprint of every Happy Hollow student.

Click here to see the shovels turning dirt. 

Woodland Pancake Breakfast on May 1

Posted by Alan on April 28, 2010 2:12 PM | (Not Filed) |

pancakes.pngThe 3rd Annual WJHS Stu Co and Yearbook Pancake Breakfast fundraiser - Ruby Tuesday, Fayetteville, May 1, 8-10am.

All you can eat pancakes, sausage and beverages, pancake eating contest, live music by Reese Neal, student waitstaff, lots of fun for a great cause!!

Tickets are $5 and are available from WJHS YB and Stu Co members and sponsors. Contact Shay Hopper @ WJHS for info. shay.hopper@fayar.net

7th Annual Washington Tour of Homes

Posted by Alan on April 26, 2010 3:43 PM | Filed in Events |

tour-of-homes.pngWashington Elementary PTO announces the 7th Annual Tour of Homes fundraiser to be held on Saturday, May 8th, 2010.  The tour showcases the unique and varied neighborhoods located in the downtown Fayetteville area. All homes are in the Washington attendance zone and include homes of differing eras and styles. 

Open for viewing between 12:00  and 5:00 will be the homes of Travis Brooks, 308a North Willow; Katie and Mark Zweig,  534 N. Willow; Karen and Warren McDonald, 435  N. Washington; Debi Smith, 312 E. Lafayette; Mona and Tom Jones, 70 S. Kestrel Dr.; Brad Beach, 225 E. Lafayette.  Again this year French Metro Antiques on Dickson Street located at 200 West Dickson will be hosting a reception and serving refreshments during the tour.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at French Metro Antiques on Dickson, The Gift House on Mission, DT Bank of Fayetteville and at the Washington Elementary School office.  Tickets may also be purchased May 8th at any of the tour of homes for $25.

Photos courtesy of Hudson Photography Inc.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Lewis at 871-4139 or jandjlewis@aol.com or call the school office at 444-3073.

FHS Bands to Present Spring Concert

Posted by Alan on April 26, 2010 10:30 AM | Filed in Events |

fhs-band.pngThe Fayetteville High School Band will present their annual spring concert and awards presentation on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held at the Walton Arts Center and the cost $3.00 per person.

All three concert bands will perform (Varsity Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band). Featured soloist is senior flutist Carissa Smardo. Carissa will be featured on "Concertino for flute and band" by Cecile Chaminade. Other selections to be performed include "Stars and Stripes Forever," "Rollo Takes a Walk," "Midway March," "To Dream in Brushstrokes, music from The Beatles "LOVE," and "Triumphs."  

     The concert will also recognize award winners and the twenty eight band seniors from the Class of 2010. The public is invited to attend this special concert.  


Don't Miss the FHS Band's Jazz Coffee House

Posted by Alan on April 22, 2010 8:03 AM | Filed in Events |

java.pngThe Fayetteville High School Band's 4th Annual Jazz Coffeehouse and Silent Auction will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the FHS Cafeteria.

Bid on Great items donated by the following local businesses!
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Co.
Auto Zone
Barnes & Nobles
Best Buy
Blockbuster Video
Bradley S. Huff Massage Therapist
Charlies Chicken
Gator Golf
Golf USA
Russ Greene
High Maintenance Hair Studio - Cathy Blake - Stylist
Hugo's Restaurant
Johnny Carson's Hair Care
Kraft Foods - Denise Richards
Laura Jones - Popcorn Basket
Lewis & Clark Outfitters
Logan Moyer - Beach Fun
Lokomotion Family Fun Park
Lowe's Home Improvement Store
Malco Movie Theater - Kathy & Jill Thomason
Noodles Italian Kitchen
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ozark Lanes
Pack Rat Outdoor Center
Penguin Ed's Barbeque
Pizza Hut Restaurant
Procter & Gamble
Red Robin Restaurant
Richard's Country Meat Market
Rick's Bakery
Rockin' Chicken Restaurant
Rover Oaks Pet Grooming
Salon Professionals Hair Care
Sassy's Red House Restaurant
Shake's Frozen Custard
Starbucks Coffee
Steak 'N Shake Mall Ave
Wal-Mart Stores
Walton Arts Center
Whole Hog Café



Join us for Coffee & Dessert ($1.00 each) while enjoying the sounds of the FHS Jazz Band!
Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Fayetteville Band Program.

2010 FHS Drama Awards

Posted by Alan on April 20, 2010 11:50 AM | Filed in News |

actors-award.pngFayetteville High School Drama Department held its annual Drama Awards Reception April 19, in the Fayetteville High School Auditorium The following is a list of award recipients.

Best Actor: Charles Denny (Sr.) "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Garrett Oden (Sr.) "Harvey"
Nick Savin (Sr.) "Harvey"

Best Actress: Hope Cavell (Jr.) "Harvey"
Maggie Ferran (Sr.) "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Marya McKee (Jr.) "Harvey," "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Courtney Ulrich (Soph.) "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Outstanding One Act: "The Rat," written by Chris Jordan
Ben Flynn, Henry Hansen, Chris Jordan
Best Actor: Chris Jordan (Jr.)
Best Actress: Maggie Ferran (Sr)

Garrett Oden (Sr.)

Click here to see a photo of the acting award winners.

Outstanding Crew Member: 2 years- Lindsey Gerke (Sr)
Stage Management: Erynn Lasse (Jr.), Katie Smith(Jr), Tara Tuttle(Jr), Sara Wheaton (Sr)
Lighting: Josie Merrill (Sr), Aaron Williams (Sr)
Sound: Karina Hunt (Jr.) Madison Lee (Sr), Emily Webb (Soph)
Props: Shelby Gladd (Sr)
Costumes/Makeup: Stephanie Rupe (Jr)
Running Crew: Sydney Bowers (Jr), Kayla Kimball (Soph), Zoe Strauss (Sr.)
Fly Crew: Kerwin Davis (Sr), David Pendley (Jr), Zach Stohl (Jr)
Set Construction: Brianna Boelkins (Sr), Toni Mazzanti (Sr.) Jon Paul Chapman (Jr.), Devin Meares (Sr). Francis Anderson (Jr) Alex Hayes (Jr.)

Click here to see a photo of the technical award winners.  

Join us for FPS Day at the Naturals Game on May 23

Posted by Alan on April 20, 2010 9:27 AM | Filed in Events |

naturals_logo_detail.pngSunday, May 23 will be Fayetteville Public Schools Day at the Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball game at Arvest Park in Springdale. Tickets are $8, and our PTAs and PTOs will be selling tickets to the game and keeping part of each sale as a fund raising project for their school.

All kids 12 and under will receive a free voucher for a hot dog, chips & soda when they enter the ballpark.  All kids will also get to run the bases after the game.  Back by popular demand, Jake the Diamond Dog will also be making a special appearance at the game.

Join us at beautiful Arvest Park for a great afternoon of baseball and help support our school parent-teacher organizations!

Register, Register Editors, & Broadcast Advisor Win State Awards

Posted by Alan on April 19, 2010 4:52 PM | (Not Filed) |

The_Register.pngFor journalism students in Arkansas, the highest award for the staff is the All-Arkansas award.

During last Friday's award ceremony at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association convention in Rogers, Fayetteville High newspaper, Register, was announced as a winner.

After a collective sigh of relief, FHS students attending the conference jumped to their feet applauding while the co-editors received the plaque that means the student newspaper is close to perfect.

Additionally, the Register co-editors - seniors Jessie Hargis and Melissa Richardson - were awarded Editor of the Year awards at the Thursday night banquet.

During the two-day convention at Embassy Suites, Register staffers picked up 12 individual Superior writing or photo awards, eight Excellent awards and two Honorable Mention awards.
The late Walter J. Lemke of the University of Arkansas founded the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association in 1929, with the purpose of improving school publications, increasing their prestige, promoting the field of journalism, and recognizing outstanding achievement.

FHS broadcast adviser Peggy James was named Adviser of the Year, taking the torch from Register adviser Geniece Yates, who won the adviser award last year.

2010 Glass Slipper Project a Great Success!

Posted by Alan on April 19, 2010 3:09 PM | Filed in News |

glassslipper.pngA huge "thank you" to all the volunteers who helped with the 2010 Glass Slipper Project! Volunteer efforts made the Fayetteville High School Prom experience a reality for nearly 60 girls who were pampered with dresses, hair, make-up and nails. Gently used prom dress donations are now being accepted for next year. These donations are tax-deductible and much appreciated. Please contact Marian Riner at (479) 973-8653 or Fayetteville Schools at (479) 444-3000 for further information. 

FHS Principal Resigns Effective June 30

Posted by Alan on April 19, 2010 2:10 PM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

JPrice.pngFayetteville High School Jim Price tendered his resignation today, effective June 30, 2010. Superintendent Vicki Thomas accepted his resignation and issued the following statement:

"We are very grateful to Mr. Price for the leadership and service he has provided to Fayetteville High School, both as principal and assistant principal. We wish him every success in his future endeavors."

Price served as assistant principal at FHS for the 2003-04 through 2005-06 school years. He became the principal at FHS for the 2006-07 school year.

Project Graduation Needs Your Help

Posted by Alan on April 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Filed in Events |

graduate.pngEach year for the past 23 years, Fayetteville High School seniors have celebrated at *Project Graduation*, an all-night celebration which honors the students for their accomplishment.  I was honored to be one of the organizers for the first event for the Class of 1987, which was the pilot program for Project Graduation in Arkansas when we became the 7th state to join the ranks of  the states hosting the celebrations.  I have continued to be involved, because I feel that this is the one event that has the potential to touch the lives of every student who graduates from Fayetteville High School   All of the teachers, parents, and community members who work and contribute to this event are VOLUNTEERS ........ even me.

This year's event will be held after graduation on May 20, 2010 at the *HPER* Building at the U of A.  There are many events scheduled during the evening including a photo booth, games, swimming, athletic competitions, movies, karaoke, music, and food.  As you can imagine, the costs of providing this event for the seniors is constantly increasing as the number of graduating seniors increases each year.  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.

In order to provide for this event, we rely heavily on donations from the local businesses, community members, and families of our students.  When we initially organized Project Graduation, we did tremendous fund raisers.  Many people do not realize or have forgotten that Project Graduation was the first group to charge for parking during the Razorback football games and other athletic events.  This was a tremendous factor in the success of our early events. 

For the past several years, we have had to rely only on the wonderful corporate sponsorship from industries such as Hiland Dairy and Tyson Foods, who have participated every year and many other local business supporters.  The FHS PTSO is another strong financial supporter of the event.  Many of the new businesses within our community have also joined in and assisted us over the years.  This year, because of the economy, I'm a little worried about being able to keep the event at the level FHS graduates deserve.  

We are hoping that you will be able to assist us with this extremely worthwhile event to keep our seniors in a safe environment as they celebrate one of the monumental milestones of their lives.  If you are able to donate, please make all checks payable to FHS Project Graduation.  Your  tax-deductible donations may be mailed to :
*Project Graduation
ATTN: Libby Combs or Janet Stevens
Fayetteville High School
1001 West Stone Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
*All donations and contributions are greatly appreciated, and no donation is too small.  For more information, please e-mail me at libby.combs@fayar.net or call 445-1195.   Remember....graduation is Thursday, May 20, 2010.*

Thank you .
Libby Combs 

FHS Teams Take 1st & 3rd in Stamp Out Smoking Video Competition

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2010 4:14 PM | Filed in News |


2 FHS teams won in this year's Arkansas Department of Health "The Big Pitch" Stamp Out Smoking Commercial Competition. There were forty-two entries from across Arkansas, and FHS took 1st and 3rd place. The 1st place team consisted of Will Sharp, Harrison Smith and Aidan Swain. The 3rd place team consisted of Jacob Pinter, Aricka Lewis, Hannah Breden, Ian Pace, Omero Roddriguez, Guthrie Fredrick and Jake Bowerman. Congrats to all!

Click here to see the videos:

FHS Teams Wins State Odyssey of the Mind

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2010 2:56 PM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

Einstein_tongue.pngCongratulations to the FHS 2010 Odyssey of the Mind team for winning first place in Division III in Column Structures. The team will next compete at the World Finals at Michigan State University, beginning May 26.

Congratulations to the Ramay Jr. High team for finishing 4th in Food Court, Division II, the Holt Middle Schools teams for finishing 6th in Column Structure, Division II and the Holcomb Elementary School team for finished 3rd in Discovered Treasures, Division I.

2 Bulldogs to Sign for College Baseball

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2010 11:27 AM | (Not Filed) |

bulldog small.pngThe signing ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 has been moved to Thursday, April 15 at 3:15 pm in the FHS Baseball Complex.  FHS senior Brad Hollenbeck will sign to play college baseball for Drury University (Springfield, MO), and FHS senior Matt Stelte will sign to play college baseball for the University of Central Arkansas.

FPS Students Fare Well in Duke Talent Identification Program

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2010 10:49 AM | Filed in News |

bestinclass.pngThirty-two seventh-grade students from the Fayetteville School District have qualified for recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, said Barbara Prichard, director of the district's gifted and talented program.

The search is conducted throughout a 16-state area.  More than 88,000 students participated in the program, which awards recognition on the state and grand levels.  The SAT and ACT Assessments are primarily designed for college-bound high school students in the eleventh and twelfth grades.  The tests measure knowledge and skills rarely taught in junior high schools.  To score high, students have learned a great deal at home, by independent study or by special instruction.

In Arkansas, 1,472 seventh-graders in Arkansas from 165 public and private schools in 110 districts participated in the program.  Of those taking the test 633 qualified for state recognition and 50 for grand recognition.

Catherine Davis, Samantha Doss, Peter Gea and Olivia Stiegman qualified for both state and grand recognition and will be invited to attend the National recognition ceremony in May at Duke University, N.C.   They represent 8% of Arkansas students qualified for grand recognition.

Twenty eight other students qualified for state recognition.  They are: Elizabeth Alee, Stephen Arnold, Kordell Burkett, Tierin Burrow, Brock Demark, Erin Farmer, Jonathan Gatlin,
J. Thomas Griffin, Tuong Hoang, Brian Luttrell, Annie Molesso, Alexander Mueller, Chioma Okoroafor, Amethyst Osborne, Matthew Parisi, Kori Pendergraft, Michelle Peng, Zachary Renfro, Katherine Ruddell, Joshua Sadinsky, Matthew Schuster, Ashley Steiner, John Storment, Stephen Storment, Julianna Tidwell, Xi Wang, Stephen Willimas, and Trent Woessner.

These Fayetteville students will be invited to attend the state recognition ceremony on May 14 in Little Rock and represent 5% of all students in Arkansas who will receive state recognition.    

Ramay Evening of Art set for May 5th

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2010 10:36 AM | Filed in Events |

Goff-art.pngPlease mark your calendars for Ramay's Evening of Art which will be held Wednesday, May 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm. This year we will have student artwork on display, videos & activities for families to experience, and light refreshments. The students have been hard at work all year in the art room, so please be sure to Save The Date! We look forward to seeing you at our art show on May 5th! 

Get Your Tickets for TCTTW

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2010 8:49 AM | Filed in Events |

music-notes.pngTickets for the FHS "That Choir Thing This Weekend" are now on sale.  Shows are Friday, April 30 and Sat., May 1, at 7:00 PM, in the FHS Auditorium. $8 for adults, $5 for students.  Seating is limited, so get your tickets now!  Call 445-1168, email dawnelle.fincher@fayar.net, or contact a choir member.

Our theme this year is "Viva La Vida".  The show includes music by Three Dog Night, Regina Spektor, Coldplay and also music featured on the hit show "Glee".

Scholarship Meeting Set for April 13 at FHS

Posted by Alan on April 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Filed in Events |

ptomeeting.pngThe Arkansas Department of Higher Education will hold an informational meeting on scholarships on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 pm in the Fayetteville High School auditorium. Information on the Arkansas Lottery scholarships will be provided. All parents and students are invited to attend. 

Spring 2010 edition of Quarterly Report to Our Patrons

Posted by Alan on April 2, 2010 2:49 PM | Filed in News |

qrter-cover.pngThe spring 2010 edition of Quarterly Report to Our Patrons may be viewed here

Adams Recommended to be next FHS Boys Basketball Head Coach

Posted by Alan on April 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Filed in News |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngFayetteville High School principal Jim Price and athletic director Barry Gebhart have notified superintendent Vicki Thomas that current assistant coach Kyle Adams is their choice to be the next head coach for boys basketball at FHS. The Fayetteville Board of Education will vote on the recommendation at the April 22 meeting. 

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