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October 2010 Archives

Percival Elected to ASBA Board of Directors

Posted by Alan on October 29, 2010 9:19 AM | Filed in News |

Percival.pngFayetteville Board of Education member Steve Percival has been elected to the board of directors of the Arkansas School Boards Association, representing Zone 1. Percival has served on the Fayetteville Board of Education since 1995 and served as president of the Fayetteville Board of Education for several years.

Congratulations, Steve!

Heil Re-elected President of Fayetteville School Board

Posted by Alan on October 29, 2010 8:08 AM | Filed in News |

heil.pngSusan Heil was re-elected as  president of the Fayetteville Board of Education by a vote of the board members during their annual reorganization of the school board on October 28, 2010, following the annual school election. Tim Hudson was re-elected as vice president, and Jim Halsell was elected secretary/treasurer. The officers will serve until the school board reorganizes following the 2011 school election.

New board members Bryn Bagwell and Justin Eichmann took their places on the school board, following their election this year.

Ramay Girls Win Conference CC Title

Posted by Alan on October 27, 2010 10:51 AM | Filed in News |

Ramay_Logo.pngCongratulations to the Ramay Jr. High Girls Cross Country team for winning the 7A West conference championship yesterday! The team scored 48 points, with second place scoring 63. Here are the Ramay finishers:

1st place--Amanda Agana
2nd place-Brittany Burson
8th place-Abby Pickhardt
11th place--Jennifer Mahan
27th place-Rebekah Warren
47th place-Aslyn Smith
58th-Jennie Steiner
59th-Laura Mantooth
91st-Reilley Flood
101st Kayla Kildow
123rd Savanna Remel
154th- Maureen Mantooth

Click here to see the team and their trophy.

2011 Teen Leadership Xperience Class Announced

Posted by Alan on October 26, 2010 11:47 AM | Filed in News |

TLX_2011.pngThe Teen Leadership Xperience Class of 2011 was introduced today by Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Steve Clark during a morning news conference. 23 FHS juniors were selected for the program, including Tyler Beringer, Timothy Cavell, Trevor Finney, Savannah Franklin, Taylor Hightower, Madeleine Hogue, Jae Kim, Stephanie Long, Macy Manning, Madison Pitts, Nakita Riley, Alexandra Rohrbach, Dylan Roth, Mollie Shelby, Tyler Steiner, Bethany Sykes, Jordana Thibado, Emily Webb, Hannah Weber, Taylor Williams, Hailey Young, Helen Zhang, and Rachel Zweig.

The students were selected from over 50 applicants through a blind application process. This is the 11th year of the Teen Leadership Program.

Click here to see the group photo of the class.

FHS Homework Help Program Begins Oct. 27

Posted by Alan on October 21, 2010 2:37 PM | (Not Filed) |

homework.pngBefore and after-school homework help in Math and English will be available for Fayetteville High School students beginning October 27.

The Math Homework Help program will be held in FHS room 3304 on the following days and times:

Mondays: 4:00-4:45 pm
Tuesdays: 7:30-8:15 am
Wednesdays: 7:30-8:15 am and 4:00-4:45 pm
Thursdays: 7:30-8:15 am and 4:00-4:45 pm

The English Homework Help program will be held in FHS room 2003 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30-8:15 am and 4:00-4:45 pm.

FHS Student Council Food Drive

Posted by Alan on October 21, 2010 12:59 PM | Filed in Events |


The Fayetteville High School Student Council is hosting a food drive from October 18th to November 5th. All the food raised will go to the School District Food Pantry, which helps Fayetteville District's students and their families. The drive will include all schools in the Fayetteville Public School district.

They will be accepting nonperishable foods: all types of canned goods, pasta, soups, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna and fish, hamburger helper, spaghetti meat sauce, cereal, and snacks. The student council representatives will be providing flyers and signs for each school and will be picking up food every Friday unless otherwise notified.                           

FPS Named in Nation's Top 10 in Technology

Posted by Alan on October 21, 2010 11:10 AM | Filed in News |

DigSchlDists_Wnr10_RGB.pngFayetteville Public Schools was named in the top 10 schools (in the mid-sized student population category) for the second consecutive year in the seventh annual Digital School Districts Survey by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The purpose of the survey is to recognize exemplary school boards and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations.

All U.S. public school districts were eligible to participate in the survey, and were placed in three classifications based on size of enrollment.  The top ten rankings reflect those school boards/districts with the fullest implementation of technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions.

View the full list of winners at http://www.convergemag.com/awards/digital-districts. 

Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center for Digital Education, said, "One of the most critical areas of effective school leadership for America's school boards today involves the wise use of technology to provide better communication, support student learning, and track district results.  The 2010 survey responses reflect how boards and districts are embracing digital technologies in their goals and strategic plans, resulting in improved services, skill sets and use of digital content in their curriculum and classrooms. Congratulations to this year's winners!"

"With rising expectations and shrinking resources, these districts have utilized technology to effectively serve their students, educators, and community members," said NSBA's executive director Anne L. Bryant.   "School boards across the country should look to these districts for ideas about using technology to make their work as a board more transparent and their district operations more efficient."

Susan Norton, chief information officer for the Fayetteville Public Schools, acknowledged the Fayetteville School Board and "its commitment to technology which led to being selected as one of four school site visits hosted by the NSBA last spring to showcase our teachers' technology innovation in our classrooms."

Ramay Family Art Night on November 2

Posted by Alan on October 21, 2010 9:39 AM | Filed in Events |

paintbrush.pngRamay Jr. High will hold their annual Family Art Night on Tuesday, November 2 from 6 to 8 pm in the Large Group Room. Preview current student artwork and works in progress, make art to take home with you, and enjoy light refreshments.

Please RSVP to Nikki Kalcevic by November 1.

Holley Dottley Wins Art Educator of the Year!

Posted by Aimee on October 20, 2010 9:48 AM | (Not Filed) | Comments (1)

Dottley.pngHolley Dottley, Art Educator at Holcomb Elementary, has just been named the 2010 Art Educator of the Year by the Arkansas Art Educators Association. She will receive her award at their annual convention in Little Rock in November.  

Congratulations Holley!

Catch the Bulldogs on TV & the Web!

Posted by Alan on October 15, 2010 10:59 AM | (Not Filed) |

Bulldog Purple head.pngAll home football games can be found on the Fayar.net webpage! Simply go to the FPS webpage and click the blue "FPS TV" link on the right side of the home page. It's simple and easy and such a great way to stay a part of Fayetteville High School! You can also access the games on Cox Channel 14 or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99!

VOLLEYBALL FANS - - -  IF YOU CAN'T COME TO THE GAME THIS WEEK - make sure to tune in Tuesday, October 19 as our Volley Dogs compete for the Conference Championship! Go Dogs!


Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day is October 13

Posted by Alan on October 12, 2010 11:49 AM | Filed in Events |

crossing-guard.pngGovernor Mike Beebe has proclaimed Wednesday, October 13 to be Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day in Arkansas. Volunteers will be posted at crosswalks around Fayetteville to remind both motorists and pedestrians of the importance of crosswalk safety.

Forty-five pedestrians were killed in Arkansas in 2008. Please remember to be aware of pedestrians while driving and to yield the right-of-way to them in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

Pedestrians are encouraged to cross the street at designated crosswalks; to stop and look left, right, and left again before crossing; to increase their visibility at night by wearing reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight; and to walk on the sidewalk whenever possible.

Homecoming Parade Photos

Posted by Alan on October 11, 2010 4:21 PM | (Not Filed) |

parade_2010.pngThanks to our good friends at the Fayetteville Flyer for a great photo spread on the 2010 Homecoming Parade. You can check it out at this link.

We also have photos posted on our Facebook page at this link.

FHS-TV Students Visit with ESPN Anchor

Posted by Alan on October 8, 2010 11:40 AM | Filed in News |

John-Anderson.pngStudents in the FHS-TV program had the opportunity to visit via Skype with ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson on Thursday, October 7 during a class period. The visit was arranged by Brett Austin, formerly the news director of KHOG-TV and now coordinating producer for SportsCenter for ESPN.

Here are some comments from the students and Peggy James, their Broadcasting teacher and the faculty sponsor of FHS-TV after their visit with Anderson.

Mary Kate Harrison: "It was great to get insider information from someone inside the business."

Aundrea Sheeler: "Talking with a professional in the area where I want to work in the future was so helpful."

Jason Christy: "John Anderson gave us a lot of information that we would not have received otherwise. This was an opportunity to talk to someone that I would never get a chance to meet."

Jacob Pinter: "As a long time fan of John Anderson and SportsCenter, it was exciting to be able to talk to him."

Alyssa Whitlock: "It was a fun educational experience."

Will Maddox: "Skype knocked my socks off.

Peggy James: "Using SKYPE in my classroom was a lot of fun. Being able to connect with a professional from ESPN was not only exciting it was very helpful to the kids. Each student had prepared a question and he thoughtfully responded. I want to use this a lot more to reach out to professionals in the broadcasting field. He reiterated so many things we talk about daily, and this time my students believed them!"

Many thanks to ESPN for their great opportunity for our students!

FHS Receives $643,882 Grant for Instructional Program

Posted by Alan on October 1, 2010 11:07 AM | Filed in News |


The Fayetteville School District has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help support the instructional program, focus on college and career readiness, and be proactive in addressing the dropout rate at Fayetteville High School, according to Christie Jay, Federal programs coordinator for the district.


This year's grant of $643,882 from the U. S. Department of Education will provide professional development opportunities for teachers to plan together and align concepts and curriculum for the personalized environments which will focus on improving the dropout prevention, increasing graduation rates and improving student achievement.


The grant award is the culmination of a five-year process that involved many staff members. The grant has a potential funding of up to $1,632,500, since it is revisited annually and can be renewed.


Steve Jacoby, principal of Fayetteville High School is leading a committee of 22 teachers in the effort to design the cross-disciplinary curriculum. Key to this effort is teacher leadership; teachers Denise Hoy-Whitfield, Emery Faulkner, Deanna Easton and Marianne Hauser, director of secondary instruction, have taken the lead in specific research areas in order to inform the entire group about best practices to meet the timelines and tasks of the committee. Dr. Evelyn Marbury, assistant principal at FHS, is the grant manager and will serve as the program director when it is implemented.


Teachers will use student data to inform and drive the curriculum, teaching, and learning and will create a profile of performance indicators to identify students who need intervention to help attain proficiency.  An advisory program will be established to better prepare students for career and college.

Hope 2010 Homeless Resource Event

Posted by Alan on October 1, 2010 8:40 AM | Filed in Events |

HelpingHand2.pngThe Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks, the Fayetteville Adult and Community Education, and Congressman John Boozman will once again combine  their efforts to provide hope to area homeless, and  your help is needed.

Hope2010 is a "one-stop shop" resource event offering the area veteran and non-veteran homeless information and services. This four hour event will be held at the Jefferson School on October 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.  It will place homeless individuals in touch with the area resources they need to get back on their feet. No-cost services will include dental exams, eye exams, haircuts, clothing, groceries, pro bono legal advice, substance abuse counseling, housing assistance, social security services, and employment opportunities. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

The event is styled after Veterans Administration "Stand Downs." The first stand down was conceived and held by the Vietnam Veterans of San Diego in 1988 to provide assistance to homeless Vietnam veterans. Stand down is a military term which basically means a relief from the stresses of operations for a period of recovery.

This type of event has seen great success in regional communities such as Little Rock and Springfield, Missouri.  It is the second year for our area.  Our HOPE2009 served 75 of our most needy.  We anticipate over 100 this year and assistance is needed.

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