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FHS Wrestling Team Wins Pioneer Tournament

Posted by Alan on December 21, 2010 6:18 PM | Filed in News |

Bulldog Purple head.pngThe Fayetteville High School wrestling team took first place overall in the Pioneer Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament in Gentry, marking the first ever tournament win in the history of FHS wrestling. Ten of the twelve  Bulldogs who participated made it to the championship round. Results are as follows

112 lb.: sophomore Alex Baysinger, 1st place
119 lb.: senior Bryan Arroyos, 2nd place
125 lb.: sophomore Dalton Ensley, 4th place
140 lb.: sophomore Sam Goll, 2nd place, junior Toni Martini
145 lb.: junior Evan Daly, 1st place
152 lb.: senior Cameron Baker, 2nd place
160 lb.: senior Preston Ramos, 4th Place
171 lb.: senior Dalton Alston, 4th place
189 lb.: sophomore Jacob Bishop
215 lb.: sophomore Austin Hubble 1st place
Heavyweight: sophomore Giovani Negrete, 1st Place

Fifteen teams participated in the tournament. Congratulations, Bulldogs!!

FHS Cheer Squad Wins State Championship!

Posted by Alan on December 20, 2010 5:17 PM | (Not Filed) |

state-champs2.pngCongratulations to the FHS Cheerleading squad on their state championship victory!  The Fayetteville High School Cheerleaders traveled to Hot Springs, AR at Summit Arena for the AAA Arkansas Cheerleading State Competition on Saturday, December 18th.  The squad took home the first state championship for cheerleading in over 4 years!  With 19 girls, and 3 boys on the squad, the team competed against 10 other 5A-7A coed cheerleading squads from across the state.
The cheerleaders have been working very hard towards achieving this title, practicing every morning from 7:15 - 8:50am, and afterschool practices too.  They are a highly athletic and motivated team.  Coach Angela McCutcheon said, "They really deserved to win.  I am so proud to be the coach of such a committed and hard-working group of young people."
Check out pictures from the event at http://fayettevillebulldogs.net/fhs-cheer/
Coaches are Angela McCutcheon and McKenzie Walker
Team Members are:
Seniors:  Hannah Spears, Elizabeth Gorman, Chris Tompkins, Mary Laurel Horan, Chloe Jones, Alex Bodishbaugh, Jenna Hutchins, Jontez McDaniel, Audrey Thorn, Lauren McFalls, and Kelsey Fenton.

Juniors:  Macy Manning, Kaity Epperson, Justin Stafford, Cassidy Gantz, Charlotte Banister, Daley Linn, and Kelsie Wasiluk.

Sophomores:  Madison Watkins, Elle Johnson, Payton McLoud, and Alyson Carter.
Manager:  Francie Shaddox

Holiday Office Hours for Administration Building

Posted by Alan on December 16, 2010 3:41 PM | Filed in News |

399_large_image.pngThe Fayetteville School District administrative offices will be open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on

Monday, December 20
Tuesday, December 21
and Wednesday, December 22

The offices will be closed from December 23 thru December 31 and reopen on Monday, January 3.

Happy Holidays!

Eight FPS Staff Members Complete National Board Certification

Posted by Alan on December 16, 2010 10:34 AM | Filed in News |

great-job.pngCongratulations to the following FPS staff members who have completed National Board Certification:

Courtney Burkett - McNair
Jennifer Condron - Butterfield
Linda Granbois - District Literacy Coach
Tonya Lopez - Happy Hollow
Chip Martin - Holt
Dawn Norman - FHS
Holly Smith - District Literacy Coach
Lisa Snyder - Butterfield

FHS Connotations Named a Finalist for National Award

Posted by Alan on December 16, 2010 9:53 AM | Filed in News |

connotations2010.pngFayetteville High School's award-winning literary magazine, Connotations, has been named as one of the finalists for the 2011 Crown Awards. Connotations will receive either a Gold or Silver Crown award.

A total of 1,434 newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2009-2010 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2011 Crown Awards Program.

Scholastic Crown Award finalists will be presented with either a Gold or Silver Crown Award during CSPA's 87th Annual Convention, held from March 16-18, 2010 at Columbia University.

The Awards Convocation for Scholastic Crown recipients will take place on Friday, March 18, 2010 in the Roone Arledge Auditorium of the Alfred Lerner Student Center on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus.

Gold Crowns have been awarded annually since 1982, and Silver Crowns have been given since 1984.

Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the CSPA, will present plaques to those winners attending the Convention. Remaining awards will be mailed beginning March 28th.

The CSPA is an international student press association uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs. Owned by Columbia University since 1925 and operated as a program associated with its Graduate School of Journalism, the Association offers three major services: 1-annual competitions and awards for members, including the Crown Awards, 2-planning two conventions (one national, one regional) and a week-long summer workshop at Columbia, plus 3-small press publishing activities to support magazine articles published as part of its website and one to two books per year.

Click here to read the news release from CSPA.

66 Federal Credit Union Helps Kickoff \"The Leader in Me\" Program

Posted by Alan on December 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Filed in News |

Covey_Book_Leader_In_Me.pngA new conference kicked off the implementation of Dr. Stephen Covey's "The Leader in Me" program at Washington Elementary School on Wednesday, December 15.

Representatives from 66 Federal Credit Union and OAK Education Foundation presented a $20,000 check to the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation to begin the program in the Fayetteville Public Schools.
Endorsed by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and Fayetteville Public Schools, "The Leader in Me" program will be implemented at Washington Elementary School during the 2011 -2012 academic year under the leadership of Principal Ashley Garcia.

"The Leader in Me" program helps develop the essential life skills and characteristics students need in order to thrive in the 21st century and is based on Dr. Stephen R. Covey's bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Key Principles such as "Be Proactive", "Put First Things First" and "Think Win-Win" are integrated into the school's core curriculum.  Students benefit by improved academic achievements and gain in self confidence.

Click here to see a photo from the news conference. 

Tyson Foods & Walmart Kickoff Drive for New Press Box, Concession Stand

Posted by Alan on December 15, 2010 2:00 PM | Filed in News |

bulldog_baseball.pngTyson Foods and The Walmart Foundation each donated $10,000 toward the construction of a new press box and concession area for the Fayetteville High School baseball program during a presentation today at the FHS Baseball facility.

The new pressbox and concession area will be a memorial to Beau Spencer and Forrest Turner, two FHS athletes who were killed following the 2009 ice storm.

The total cost of the project is approximately $90,000, and donations can be sent to  Coach Vance Arnold, Fayetteville High School, 1001 West Stone St., Fayetteville, AR  72701. Arnold said the plan is to have the project completed and ready to dedicate at the Bulldogs first home game in March of 2011.
"Walmart is committed to giving back to the communities we serve and is proud to support the local baseball program, the student athletes, and their families. We know how much this memorial project means to this community," said Walmart Market Manager Paula Ginnett.
"Tyson Foods has a history of supporting schools in our plant communities, and this donation is an example of our commitment," said Archie Schaffer, executive vice president of Corporate Affairs. "We're pleased our donation will benefit the students and families involved in Fayetteville's baseball program."

The FHS Baseball program is one of the most successful athletic programs in the state. The Bulldogs have won state championships in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Bulldogs have played in the state championship game in six of the past eight years, winning the title five times.

Pancake Fundraiser for FHS Girls Soccer Team

Posted by Alan on December 14, 2010 3:26 PM | Filed in Events |

pancakes.pngJoin the defending state champion FHS Girls' Soccer Team for a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.
Saturday, December 18
7:00 - 10:00 am
Steak 'n Shake
Cost: $5 per person

Hope to see you there! 

Board Approves Contract Amendment

Posted by Alan on December 14, 2010 9:31 AM | Filed in News |

bulldog-hardhat.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve Amendment #3 to the contract between Nabholz Construction and the Fayetteville School District for the concrete and steel work on Phase I of the FHS project. The vote was taken at a special meeting of the board at 7:30 am today.

Phil Jones of Nabholz said the bidding was very competitive and Nabholz was pleased with the quality of the bids received. Jones added that the sub-contractors also offered additional value management ideas, which could help lower costs.

80% of the bid packages went to Arkansas companies, and 170 bids were received.

Bottom line total cost of the total project remains $95,000,000.

Steve Percival wins Pinnacle Award from ASBA

Posted by Alan on December 13, 2010 12:26 PM | Filed in News |

Percival.pngLITTLE ROCK - Steve Percival, a member of the Fayetteville School Board, has been recognized by the Arkansas School Boards Association (ASBA) as a Pinnacle Board Member, which is the highest award and recognition for an individual school board member in Arkansas.

Click here to see a photo from the presentation.
The Pinnacle Award is bestowed on board members who have accumulated at least 200 hours of continuing education through workshops, seminars or other board development activities designed to improve their effectiveness as members of the local school board.
The award is highest achievement of a three-level professional development program designed by the ASBA Board of Directors to foster ongoing and continuous learning for Arkansas school board members. Training programs focus on Arkansas school law, finance, leadership, responsibilities of Arkansas school board members, community relations, operating effective meetings and current information on a wide range of education-related subjects. The award recognizes those school board members who take the initiative to continue their training above and beyond the state-mandated six hours of annual board member training required by Arkansas Law.
ASBA is a not-for-profit organization that has provided programs and services for all of the state's locally elected school boards for more than 50 years.

Congratulations, Steve!!

Vote for Michael Brisiel for NFL All-Pro Team

Posted by Alan on December 10, 2010 1:16 PM | Filed in News |

Brisiel.pngFayetteville native and FHS alumnus Michael Brisiel is on the ballot to be selected to the 2010 NFL All-Pro Team. To cast your vote, click the link below and then click the tab that says "Guards" at the top. Michael should be the first name listed on the left hand column (AFC). Click the tab at the bottom to submit your vote.


FHS ALLPS Director Jon Gheen: Citizen of the Year

Posted by Aimee on December 9, 2010 10:13 AM | (Not Filed) | Comments (3)

image.pngALLPS Director Jon Gheen will receive the 2010 Citizen of the Year Award from the Upsilon Chi and Gamma Eta chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity as a part of National Achievement Week.  Gheen was chosen in appreciation of his "extraordinary contributions to humanity" that go beyond normal citizenship and make "a true difference within our community."  

The award will be presented at the Achievement Week ceremony this Saturday at the University of Arkansas Multicultural Center.

Gheen directs the ALLPS (Agee-Lierly Life Preparation Services) Center at Fayetteville High School.  Vision statement: The ALLPS Center is a diverse and collaborative learning center  which partners with the greater community to empower and nurture students as they work toward attaining their highest potential.

Congratulations Jon Gheen!

Get a Converter Box to View fayar.tv on Cox Cable

Posted by Alan on December 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Filed in News |

Fayar_TV_moving.pngFayar.tv has moved to channel 217 on Cox Cable TV 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 until February 28, 2011 to request one from the local Cox Digital Store

The move allows 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!

Santa Breakfast at Happy Hollow Today

Posted by Alan on December 4, 2010 8:12 AM | (Not Filed) |

BreakfastWithSanta.pngHappy Hollow Elementary is hosting their annual Santa Breakfast on Saturday, December 4th at 8AM.Santa will be eating pancakes with the kids and giving out presents, too.

THANK YOU to Scholastic Books! They have donated 500 books for the event!

Singing times for Santa Breakfast
8:15 Kindergarten
8:30 Second Grade
8:45 Fourth Grade
9:00 First Grade
9:15 Third Grade
9:30 Fifth Grade
9:45 Rhythm Hawks

Twas the Night Before the State Championship

Posted by Alan on December 2, 2010 7:57 AM | Filed in Feature Stories |

Bulldog Purple head.pngTwas the Night Before State Championship

Twas the night before state game, when all through the hotel
Not a player was sleeping, not a coach could lie still.
Their uniforms were hung by their lockers with care,
In hopes a state victory soon would be theirs.

The players were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of state championship rings danced in their heads.
And Coach Patton in his headset, and Coach Clark with his plays,
Had just settled in to discuss winning ways.

When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of game-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature lineman who had no fear.

With a pumped up Coach Early, all dressed in satin,
I knew in a moment it must be Coach Patton!
More rapid than running backs his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now, Allen! Now Dean! Now Gorton and Watson!
On Bowers! on Terry! on Walker! and Branden!
To the fifty, to the twenty, all the way to the zone!
Pass away! Pass away! Bring those rings home!

The purple swarm that before the passes fly,
When we meet with an obstacle, reach for the sky.
So up to the goal post, those coaches they flew
With the bus full of players and Coach Patton too.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And signaled the players, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, downfield he rose!

He sprang to his feet, then he gave them a signal,
And away they all flew when the ref blew his whistle.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he ran out of sight,
A Bulldog victory to all, Bulldogs will win tonight!!!

by FHS student Demetrius Dean and Saquill Walker

Sgt. Qualls Thanks Former Ramay GT Students

Posted by Alan on December 1, 2010 1:12 PM | Filed in News |

SgtQualls.pngSgt. Greg Qualls of the Arkansas Air National Guard came to Fayetteville High School on December 1 to thank former Ramay Jr. High GT students for the 30 care packages they sent to him last year while he was deployed to Afghanistan. The students are now sophomores at FHS.

He told the students he distributed the packages to soldiers who were deployed at forward base camps, and he added that receiving the packages from home made many of the soldiers cry.

He presented photos and videos of his time in Afghanistan, explained the gear that soldiers must wear in a combat area, and brought the students a U.S. Flag that few in Afghanistan, as well as patches and certificates from the Air Force.

Here are photos taken during the presentation:

Sgt. Qualls demonstrates the gear
Sgt. Qualls and the flag
Sgt. Qualls talking about his time in Afghanistan
Ramay students modeling the traditional Afghan hat
Sgt. Qualls showing photos from his deployment
Sgt. Qualls presents the flag to Ramay GT teacher Cindy Gray

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