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Need to Know Info for the State Championship Game in LR

Posted by Alan on November 30, 2010 9:53 AM | Filed in News |

Bulldog Purple head.pngTICKETS
Advance tickets for Friday nights State Championship football game between the Fayetteville Bulldogs and the Bentonville Tigers are on sale. Advance students tickets are $6 and are on sale during lunch at FHS. FHS faculty and Staff may also purchase adult tickets at FHS.

Adult tickets are $7 and may be purchased from Linda Bolin at the Athletic office located in the FPS Fitness Center (old Boys & Girls Club building). Student tickets may also be purchased from the Athletic Office.

Advance ticket sales will conclude at 1 pm on Thursday, December 2.

All tickets will be $7 at the gate on Friday in Little Rock.

7:02 p.m.

FHS will be the visiting team and will sit on the EAST side of War Memorial Stadium.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium

There will be two concession stands open on both sides of the stadium.

Students are to sit in SECTIONS 8,9,10. Students are not allowed to stand at the railing in any section other than the designated student section.

Only use "Fayetteville," "FHS," or "Dawgs," or "Bulldogs" on any sign you take to the game. Signs mentioning the opponent are not allowed by AAA rules.

Only uniformed spirit team members are allowed on the field. All uniformed spirit team members and band will enter Gate 11.

They must have a FHS T-Shirt on and also a sideline pass.

Programs are $2.00 each. The print run is only 4,000, and more than 4,000 are expected to attend the game

FHS Wrestling to Start New Season

Posted by Alan on November 29, 2010 3:53 PM | Filed in News |

Bulldog Purple head.pngThe FHS Wrestling Team will kickoff the 2010-11 season with Purple and Black Intersquad Night on Tuesday, November 30 at 7 pm in the FHS Gym.  Here is the season schedule for the Grappling Bulldogs:

December 4, 2010            Jay Tournament
December 7, 2010            Har Bar Double Dual
Dec 10/11, 2010                NWA Dual Har Bar
December 14, 2010         Away Gentry Double Dual
Dec 17/18, 2010                Gentry Tournament
Dec 29/30, 2010                Evangel Holiday Tournament
January 4, 2011                 Home Dual w/ Bentonville, against Sprindale & Har Bar - Conf
January 11, 2011               Away Dual w/ Bentonville, against Rogers & Heritage - Conf
January 13, 2011               JV Dual @ Roger Annex
January 15, 2011               Bentonville Tournament
January 20, 2011               Home Dual w/ Bentonville, against NS & SS - Conf
Jan 21/22, 2011                 Coweta Tournament
Jan 28/29, 2011                 Conway Dual Tournament
February 1, 2011               Home Dual, Bentonville, Conway V, JV - Conf
February 5, 2011               Fayetteville Tournament V, JV
February 10, 2011            Van Buren Dual
February 12, 2011            Conf JV Tournament Heritage
February 19, 2011            7A West Conference Tournament
Feb 25/26, 2011                State Tournament

All home matches are contested in the FHS Gym. Get out and support the Bulldogs!!

Fayar.tv moving to Cox Channel 217

Posted by Alan on November 29, 2010 2:37 PM | Filed in News |

Fayar_TV_moving.pngFayar.tv will move to channel 217 on Cox Cable TV on December 9, 2010 as part of a reorganization of the Cox channel lineup. To continue receiving Fayetteville government, education and community access channels in their new locations on the channel lineup, customers will now need to have a digital set top box. Cox will offer a two-year free box rental option, and customers will have from December 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011 to request one from the local Cox Digital Store

The move will allow the Fayetteville Public Schools to broadcast 24 hours per day on Cox, instead of the 1 pm to 7 pm time slot currently available on channel 14. Looks for lots of new programming on channel 217 from FPS!

FHS Lady Bulldog Classic Begins Thursday

Posted by Alan on November 29, 2010 2:17 PM | Filed in Events |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngThe Ozark Orthopaedic Lady Bulldog Classic basketball tournament begins Thursday, December 2 and runs through Saturday, December 4. The FHS Lady Bulldogs will host teams from Collierville, TN, Watson Chapel, Springfield MO Hillcrest, Mountain Home, West Fork, Springdale Har-Ber, and Little Rock Central. All games will be played in the FHS gym.

Come out and support the Lady Bulldogs!

Anonymous Donor to Match Homeless Vigil Funds Above 10K

Posted by Alan on November 29, 2010 1:57 PM | (Not Filed) |

fire_barrel.pngGREAT NEWS!! The Fayetteville Area Community Foundation, through an anonymous donor has issued a $10,000 challenge grant to the FHS Student Council promising to match dollar for dollar all money the Student Council raises above $10,000 this semester for the homeless program. The Homeless Vigil is this week so every dollar raised from now until the end of the semester (up to another $10,000) will be matched by this generous gift!

The annual Homeless Vigil will begin at 5 pm on Thursday, December 2 on the front lawn of FHS. Donations may be made in person or via email to Vance Arnold, the FHS Student Council faculty sponsor, or via PayPal through the Washington Elementary PTO.

Ramay Named One of Nation's 10 Breakthrough Schools!

Posted by Alan on November 29, 2010 8:59 AM | (Not Filed) |

Ramay_Logo.pngRamay Jr. High principal Matt Saferite announced that Ramay has been named as one of ten national Breakthrough Schools by the MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The goal of the Breakthrough Schools Project is to identify, recognize, and showcase middle level and high schools that are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement.
Ramay is the first Arkansas school to be recognized by the Breakthrough Schools Project.
Selection criteria are based on a school's documented success in implementing strategies for middle level and high schools that have led to improved student achievement, and include the following:

    * Collaborative leadership: professional learning communities, shared leadership, and student and staff leadership development;
    * Personalization: attention to all students, mentoring, and school/community connections;
    * Curriculum, instruction, and assessment: access to rigorous coursework for all students, differentiated instruction with multiple assessments, data-based decision making, and opportunities for career development.

Selected schools will receive a $5,000 grant and be featured in the association's monthly magazine, Principal Leadership. Ramay staff members have been invited to attend and present at the NASSP National Conference in San Francisco in February.

Click here to see the official release from the NASSP. Congratulations, Ramay!!

Annual FHS Homeless Vigil set for December 2

Posted by Alan on November 22, 2010 1:34 PM | Filed in Events |

fire_barrel.pngThe annual Homeless Vigil that is sponsored each year by the Fayetteville High School Student Council will be held on Thursday, December 2, beginning at 5 pm and continuing through the night until the goal of $10,000 is met on Friday, December 3.

The Student Council members will spend the night in makeshift housing on the front lawn of FHS, keeping warm from a fire in a barrel. Fayetteville residents are encouraged to stop by and leave a monetary donation or contribute non-perishable food items. Both the cash donations and the food items will be used to help the district's Families in Transition program. Click here to learn more about the program.

You may pledge to the vigil by emailing the FHS Student Council Sponsor Vance Arnold, and the Student Council will mail you invoice for your pledge.

Thanks for your support of this most important event!

FHS Band to Return to New York City in 2011!

Posted by Alan on November 19, 2010 8:22 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

fhs-band.pngA room of parents attending the regular meeting of the Fayetteville Band Booster Club Thursday night were hoping to find out where the high school band will be traveling next year. The band takes a "big" trip every three years, and in the past the group has performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Fiesta Bowl Parade, and the Hollywood Christmas Parade. When band director Barry Harper stood up to give his report, the parents and students were ready for the big news.
Next year, the band will once again travel to New York City with a side trip to Philadelphia to perform in Channel 6 ABC 96th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition to the parade performance, the band's Wind Ensemble will also be presenting a concert at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. Harper explained that the band is not eligible to participate in the Macy's Parade until 2013 since there is a five year waiting period once you perform in the parade. The band marched in the Macy's Parade in 1998 and most recently in 2008. "The Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia allows us the same opportunity and it is only 2 ½ hours from our hotel in New York City." Harper also explained that the trip will allow the students and directors the opportunity to showcase both aspects of the program (marching and concert). Fayetteville Public Schools is proud of its comprehensive band program and looks forward to showcasing it to the world.
In addition to the two performances, the band will also attend a Broadway musical, visit the Statue of Liberty, and take a dinner/dance cruise around the Hudson River.  Students will also visit Liberty Square and the Liberty Bell while in Philadelphia. By traveling during the Thanksgiving break, students will not have to miss classes and fall behind in their school work.
Even though final figures are still being put together, the trip is expected to cost each student $1250.00. However, the band provides many opportunities for the students to raise money for their trip. This includes installing and de-installing seatbacks at Razorback Stadium, serving as parking attendants for all Razorback football and basketball games, and cleaning up trash at the annual Bikes, Blues, and BBQ rally.
Harper was very excited about the trip and promised more details in the coming months. "I know there has been a lot of interest and speculation so I wanted to let you in on our plans," he added. "How many band students have the opportunity to perform for two major events while also experiencing so much of New York City and Philadelphia? Many of our students have never attended a Broadway show so this will be a very educational experience for them."  Harper added, "I have been to New York City on numerous occasions but it will be my first time to visit Philadelphia and see the Liberty Bell." The band trip will take place from November 19th-25th, 2011.

Ramay Jr. High Accepted as Ark. Stream Team

Posted by Alan on November 18, 2010 1:05 PM | (Not Filed) |

Flowing_stream.pngRamay Junior High Pre-AP Science Classes have been accepted as an Arkansas Stream Team. The Citizens Studying Streams Program is sponsored by several agencies including the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Ramay students will be monitoring the water quality of College Branch which is a tributary of the White River. The students will work closely with the Beaver Water Authority and the local Arkansas Field Office for the Audubon Society.

The focus is on monitoring and protecting the quality of our drinking water. Ramay Science Students are involved in several water quality studies. They measure water quality twice a year at Lee Creek in Devil's Den, on the Illinois and Kings Rivers while on floating field trips, and now on College Branch as well.

Ramay is the first junior high to be accepted into the program. Stephen Schaefer is the faculty sponsor. 

Bulldogs vs. NLR in 1st Round of the Playoffs Tonight

Posted by Alan on November 12, 2010 1:12 PM | (Not Filed) |

Bulldog Purple head.pngThe FHS Bulldogs will battle North Little Rock tonight at 7:30 pm at Harmon Field in the first round of the Class 7A football playoffs. Come out tonight and cheer the Bulldogs to victory and another step toward a state championship!

If you can't make it to the game, you can watch on live TV on fayar.tv, which is channel 14 on Cox Cable, or on streaming video from www.fayar.net. FHSTV students will shoot and produce the game.

Ramay 8th Grade Art Featured at Fayetteville Public Library

Posted by Alan on November 10, 2010 11:37 AM | Filed in News |

Ramay-art1.pngRamay 8th grade student artwork is currently featured at the Fayetteville Public Library on the first floor near the Children's Section. There are approximately 50 pieces of artwork on display now through the beginning of December. Don't miss this art viewing opportunity!

FPS Wellness Clinic @ Owl Creek Opens Today

Posted by Alan on November 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Filed in News |

Owl_Creek_clinic2.pngThe new Wellness & Education Clinic at The Owl Creek School was formally dedicated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce president Steve Clark spoke at the ceremony, along with school board president Susan Heil, superintendent Vicki Thomas, Coordinated School Health state director Laura McDowell, and district health grant coordinator Carol Stone.

Click here to see the larger photo of the ribbon cutting. 

Click here for more information on the clinic and the Coordinated
School Health program.

FHSTV Fares Well in VidCon

Posted by Alan on November 8, 2010 12:33 PM | (Not Filed) |

baddog.pngFHSTV compete in the VidCon Convention, held at Drury University this past weekend. The FHSTV team entry, "Games vs. Grades," took third place. Jeric Bautista, Athen Brandon and Guthrie Fredrick won a First Place in  Humourous Segment with "Golf Cart Patrol." Juniper Patel won 1st Place in Newswriting, and Jacob Pinter won 1st Place in the Anchoring competition.

Congrats to all!

Chili Cookoff for United Way Big Success, Lots of Fun!

Posted by Alan on November 5, 2010 1:04 PM | (Not Filed) |

Chili.pngFour teams competed for the 2010 Chili Cookoff Championship today, with Biker Chili, featuring staff members from the Curriculum Instruction Assessment & Accountability department taking 1st place. YTSID (Yes, The Server Is Down) Chili, featuring staff members from the Technology department, won Best Named Chili and finished in a tie for Best Presentation with Hippie Chilli, which featured staff members from the Business Office. Firehouse Chili, featuring staff members from the Special Services department, also competed in the event, which raised $195 for United Way of Northwest Arkansas.

Here are photos of each team:

Biker Chili

Firehouse Chili

Hippie Chili


FHS Junior Aces ACT Exam!

Posted by Alan on November 4, 2010 1:18 PM | (Not Filed) | Comments (4)

Katherine_Gea2.pngFayetteville High School junior Katherine Gea was recently notified that she made a score of 36 (the highest score possible) on the ACT exam she took earlier this year. She also had perfect scores on all of her sub scores.

Congratulations, Katherine! You are about to become very popular with college recruiters!

Get a Holiday Ham & Help FHS Baseball

Posted by Alan on November 4, 2010 11:28 AM | Filed in News |

ham.pngFHS Baseball is selling Tyson Premium Hams in time for Christmas delivery! Save yourself time by shopping now!

Purpose:  To raise money for a new baseball concession stand. A portion of the new facility will be dedicated in memory of Beau Spencer and Forrest Turner, two of our students who would have been seniors this year.
Tyson premium spiral cut hams, hickory smoked, glaze packet included average around 9 lbs.
Cost:  $35
Order by Nov 30, 2010
Delivery date:  December 15th
Please email Paula Hollenbeck at pmhop17@aol.com  to place your order!
Include:  Name, quantity, cell phone, email address.
We will make arrangements to pick up your payment before Nov. 30th.
Arrangements will be made for delivery.
We appreciate your support!!!
FHS Baseball Booster Club

District Policy on Tobacco & Tobacco Products Revised

Posted by Alan on November 3, 2010 11:31 AM | Filed in News |

NoTobaccoSymbol.jpgThe Fayetteville School District's policy on tobacco and tobacco products has been revised, and copies of the revised policy are being sent home with students.

Click here to read the policy.

FHS EAST to Hold Night Out on November 9

Posted by Alan on November 3, 2010 8:52 AM | Filed in Events |

EAST_NIGHT_OUT.pngThe FHS EAST (Environmental & Spatial Technology) will host EAST Night on Tuesday, November 9 to showcase the FHS student projects, as well as the specific software and hardware being used.

EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) is an educational model that focuses on student-driven service projects accomplished by using teamwork and cutting-edge technology. Students identify problems in their local communities and use this technology to develop solutions, collaborating with civic and other groups. This method of learning provides the skills and real-life experience that students need to be competitive and successful both in school and in their careers. 

The Night Out will begin at 6:30 with refreshments, followed by:
  • 6:45 Welcome
  • 6:50: Project introduction
  • 7:05: Breakout sessions and presentations
  • 7:45 closing

Check out the amazing work our students are doing using some of the latest technology!

FHS Service Learning Recognized by State Farm Insurance

Posted by Alan on November 3, 2010 8:43 AM | Filed in News |

statefarm2.pngFayetteville High School Service Learning students, sponsored by faculty member Connie Crisp, were named as a "Project Ignition Leader School" in March of this year for their work on teen driving safety education.  The recognition came at the National Service Learning Conference in San Jose, CA.

The award recognized an FHS teen driver safety education campaign conducted in the 2009-2010 school year as among the 'best of the best' in the U.S.

As a leader school FHS has received a $2,500 grant to continue its safety campaign, "It Just Takes a Second", in Fayetteville for the 2010-11 school year.  

The formal check presentation was made October 29 at Harmon Field before the FHS v. Springdale Har-Ber football game.

Fayetteville was one of 11 schools nationwide, named as leader schools in the nation.  The $2,500 grant will help expand the FHS students campaign in the current school year.

The Project Ignition national competition is sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council and State Farm Insurance. Fayetteville agents Brad Scott and Alex Baldwin made the presentation for State Farm.

Click here to see the presentation photo.

7th Annual Holcomb Around the World Celebration

Posted by Alan on November 3, 2010 8:32 AM | Filed in Events |

multicultural2010.pngHolcomb students will celebrate diversity during the 7th Annual Around the World Celebration on Monday, November 8 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Holcomb Elementary School. Students will be showcasing songs, dances, crafts, and skits from around the world that have been part of their learning over the past few weeks. The evening will also feature a Parade of Continents and Tastes of the World. Come join us as we celebrate our diverse community!

Volunteers Help Make Butterfield Carnival a Great Success

Posted by Alan on November 2, 2010 8:27 AM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

IMG_0158.pngThe Butterfield Trail Elementary PTO would like to recognize some OUTSTANDING Fayetteville Public School volunteers.

On Friday, October 29th, along with countless Butterfield teachers and staff members, 125 junior high and high school student volunteers turned out to support the families of Butterfield Trail Elementary by working the Annual BTE Fall Carnival.  Butterfield families were able to enjoy the night together as student volunteers managed the Carnival's 25 games and took charge of the Food Court. Carnival is a huge event and takes countless service hours to coordinate and manage. What an impressive volunteer spirit there is in the Fayetteville Public Schools!  Students and teachers from Fayetteville High School, Woodland Junior High, and Ramay Junior High volunteered along with the following teams and civic groups:

  • FHS VolleyDawgs - Coach Jessica Phelan
  • FHS Swim Team - Coach Luke Adams
  • FHS Service Learning - Ms. Connie Crisp
  • Woodland GT & FCA - Ms. Lindsey Asbury
  • Woodland Girl's Basketball - Coach Marilyn Bauer
  • Ramay 8th and 9th Grade Students -  Ms. Cindy Caudle

The Butterfield Trail Elementary PTO extends our gratitude and appreciation to all those that made our carnival such a happy and joyful success!

Get Your Tickets Now for the Madrigal Feast

Posted by Alan on November 1, 2010 3:24 PM | (Not Filed) |

Madrigal_7.pngTickets are now on sale for the FHS Choirs' Sixth Annual Madrigal Feast.  Performance dates are December 9, 10 & 11.  Tickets may be purchased from a choir member or by emailing madrigal.feast@fayar.net.  Come ring in the Holiday Season with an elegant evening of food and song.

Tonight - Public Meeting to Learn about MAP Testing

Posted by Aimee on November 1, 2010 11:43 AM | (Not Filed) |

sarahmckenzie.jpgJoin Dr. Sarah McKenzie, Director of Assessment, Research, and Accountability for Fayetteville Public Schools, and find out about MAP tests and how they benefit our students.

November 1st, 6-7 pm
Walker Meeting Room, Fayetteville Public Library

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), is a computer-based reading and math assessment program that is unique in its adaptability to each student's learning level.  This fall, 5,896 students in grades 2-10 completed the first MAP assessment.  We will monitor performance at midyear and end of year and continue to provide this actionable data to our teachers to guide instructional strategies

Leading Learning, Volume 3, Now Available

Posted by Alan on November 1, 2010 9:30 AM | Filed in News |

Leading_Learning_Vol_3.pngThe third volume of Leading Learning, the Curriculum Management newsletter of the Fayetteville Public Schools, is now available. Click here to read the latest edition. 

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