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March 2011 Archives

Rug Rat Ride for Kids Age 7 and Under on April 16

Posted by Alan on March 30, 2011 10:46 AM | (Not Filed) |

bikerkid.pngAs part of Bicycle Fayetteville Days, a Rug Rat Ride will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm on the Fayetteville Square. All kids age 7 and under are invited to ride their bikes, trikes, scooters, skateboard (anything on wheels!) around the Square. There is a maximum wheel size of 12 inches.

Click here for more info.

Join the Woodland Walks team to Help Fight MS

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2011 3:58 PM | Filed in Events |

msflyer.pngWoodland Jr. High will field another "Woodland Walks" team this year for the National MS Walk on April 16 at U of A . If you would like to participate, contact Shay Hopper.

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Location: University of Arkansas
HPER Center
Site Opens: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins: 10:00 a.m.

Kids: Join Mayor Jordan on a Trail Tour on Saturday

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2011 2:28 PM | Filed in Events |

walkers.pngAll Fayetteville kids are invited to join Mayor Lioneld Jordan for a Trail Tour on Saturday, April 2 at 11:30 am. The trail tour will begin at the front of the Fayetteville Public Library and follow the Frisco Trail to Wilson Park. The tour is 1 mile and will end at Wilson Park.

You should bring a parent, grandparent, or your whole family! Pack a healthy lunch and join the picnic at Wilson Park while watching a performance of "Shaky Bugs."

Water bottles and water will be provided.

For more information, contact Julie McQuade at 575-8302 or jmcquade@ci.fayetteville.ar.us

2 FPS Teams Take First in Arkansas in 2011 Knowledge Master Competition

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2011 2:02 PM | Filed in News |

Einstein_tongue.pngTeams from our schools recently competed in the Knowledge Master Open competition, an academic competition in which students compete with other teams across the world by answering curriculum-based contest questions. Teams begin at 5th grade with 100 questions for 5th and 6th graders and 200 questions for higher grade levels.
Fayetteville elementary and middle school teams were very successful in the recent March competition. Butterfield Trail Elementary students scored the highest rank in the state of Arkansas at the 5th grade level, with an overall rank of 53rd in the world. McNair Middle School topped the Arkansas scores at the 6th grade level, with an overall rank of 61st internationally. Teams from Root, Vandergriff, Happy Hollow, Owl Creek, Washington and Asbell Elementary along with Holt Middle School's 5th grade also competed this year at the 5th grade level. Holt Middle and Owl Creek School competed at the 6th grade level. Woodland and Ramay Junior High and Fayetteville High School teams will compete in April.
More information about Knowledge Master Open is available at http://www.greatauk.com/KMO.html. The full March 2011 5th grade results are available at http://www.greatauk.com/kmo5.pdf and the March 2011 6th grade results can be found at http://www.greatauk.com/kmo6.pdf. 

TEENS! We want to include your jeans in our new teen space at Fayetteville Public Library. We are using old blue jeans (or denim shirts, skirts, and jackets) as insulation material in the walls of the new teen space. The contractor wants to put the insulation in as early as next week! Can you help? Please drop off your clean denim clothing at the Youth Services Desk no later than this Thursday, March 31, by 6 pm. Spread the word!

Help Plan the 40th Anniversary Reunion of Uptown School

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2011 10:58 AM | Filed in Events |

uptown2.pngThe 2011-12 school year will be the 40th year the Uptown Program has been in existence.  Uptown School was founded in 1972 by Dr. Carmen Lierly and Martha Agee, along with FPS district administrators.  There will be a preliminary planning meeting for a fall 2011 reunion on Sunday April 3 at 2 pm at the ALLPS Center (formerly West Campus) at 2350 W. Old Farmington Road.

Anyone is invited that has an interest in helping plan the fall reunion.  For additional information contact Tom Triplett (thomas.triplett@fayar.net) or at 479-435-1383.

FHS Baseball Game Postponed, Rescheduled

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2011 10:43 AM | Filed in News |

bulldog_baseball.pngThe FHS baseball game @ Ft. Smith Northside that was scheduled for today (Tuesday, March 29) has been postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, March 31 at 5 pm.

McNair Middle School to Honor Namesake on her 90th Birthday

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2011 10:34 AM | Filed in Events |

feriba_mcnair.pngMcNair Middle School will hold a 90th birthday party for Feriba McNair on Wednesday, March 30 at 1:30 pm in the McNair Cafeteria. McNair students will present a "This is Your Life"-style decades program to honor Mrs. McNair.

McNair Middle School opened in 2000 and was named in honor of Feriba McNair, who was the first woman to serve on the Fayetteville Board of Education. McNair served on the school board from 1967 to 1985, including her last years as president of the board. She also established the first girls' physical education program at Fayetteville High School, where she taught from 1943-46 and 1953-56. She also taught science and was the FHS pep squad sponsor.

Feriba McNair remains active in volunteer and charitable work more than seventy years after graduation from Fayetteville High School. She was inducted into the Fayetteville Schools Hall of Honor in 1999.

The McNair family has donated $2,000 to the McNair Middle School Library for the purchase of 90 books in honor of Feriba McNair. The books will be on display on Wednesday.

FHS Students Qualify for National Forensic League Tournament

Posted by Alan on March 29, 2011 9:31 AM | Filed in News |

Debate2.pngMore than 200 students were at Neosho High School, Neosho, Missouri on March 18-19 to participate in the Carver-Truman National Forensic League district tournament. The tournament, one of 107 National Forensic League (NFL) district tournaments held throughout the country this spring, was the last step to secure a place at the prestigious 2011 LFG/NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13-18.

National qualifiers from the Carver-Truman district include the following:
Madeleine Hogue and Taylor Shelton of Fayetteville High School in Cross Examination Policy Debate. Click here to see a larger photo of Madeleine and Taylor.

About the NFL
The National Forensic League (NFL) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit honor society that exists to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student's essential life skills and values. More than 112,000 students, representing more than 3,000 middle and high schools, are currently building their communication, cognition, language, and leadership skills as members. Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL. For more information, please visit www.NFLonline.org.

About the LFG/NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament
The NFL National Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world with more than 3,200 qualifying competitors pulled from a national field of 110,000 participating students. Nearly 1,000 high schools will participate in this year's competition. More than $200,000 in college scholarships will be awarded to top performers at the event. For more information, please visit www.NFLnationals.org.

Woodland Student Wins 2011 Arkansas Spelling Bee

Posted by Alan on March 28, 2011 4:24 PM | Filed in News |

Jacob_Elser2.pngJacob Elser, an eighth grade student at Woodland Jr. High, won the 2011 Arkansas State Spelling Bee on March 19, correcting spelling "Upsilon" to win the competition. Jacob will represent Arkansas in May at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.

Click here for a larger version of the photo at left.

Congratulations, Jacob! Way go to!

Healthy Dinner on a Budget Family Cooking Class

Posted by Alan on March 28, 2011 10:09 AM | Filed in Events |

cooking.pngHealthy Dinner on a Budget Family Cooking Class

WHEN: Monday, April 4 from 6:00-7:30 pm

WHERE: Root Elementary Cafeteria: 1529 Mission Boulevard, Fayetteville

DETAILS: Apple Seeds, Inc. in partnership with Fayetteville Public Schools and the NWACC Culinary Arts Program will host a free cooking class for families of Root Elementary and the surrounding community. This class will be led by Chef Chrissy Sanderson, a Culinary Arts instructor at NWACC. Chef Sanderson attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and was formerly the chef and co-owner of Bordino's Restaurant. She will create a simple, healthy meal that is budget-friendly. All participants will receive samples of the dinner, as well as recipes and resources to help them prepare inexpensive, healthy meals at home.

This cooking class is the 4th in a series to be held at area schools this year. The 5th class will be held on April 19th at Asbell Elementary.

All healthy cooking classes are open to the public. Families and community members of Northwest Arkansas are encouraged to attend any or all of the classes offered. Representatives of the press are welcome to attend.

This event is sponsored by the Coordinated School Health Committee of Fayetteville Public Schools and is made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education.

For more information contact:
Beth Ashbaugh, Apple Seeds, 479-957-0700, beth@appleseedsinc.org

Kindergarten Registration for 2011-12 Begins March 31

Posted by Alan on March 28, 2011 9:05 AM | Filed in Events |

kindergarten.pngKindergarten registration for the 2011-12 school year will begin at all Fayetteville School District elementary schools on Thursday, March 31 from 8 am until 6 pm. To register your child for kindergarten in the 2011-12 school year, your child must be 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2011.

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)
  • proof of a physical examination
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.

Hot off the Grill to Support Project Graduation

Posted by Alan on March 18, 2011 12:32 PM | (Not Filed) |

burgerflipper.pngThe 2011 Project Graduation Committee will be grilling Hot Dogs & Burgers at the Mall Avenue Walmart on Saturday, March 19 from 7:00 am -???) to kick-off the Walmart Garden Center Opening.  If you are in the area, please come by for lunch to support Project Graduation

The Wal-Mart manager and Coke have provided this opportunity to assist Project Graduation, due to the economy.  We are also still in need of volunteers, so if you know of anyone who wants to help please ask them to contact Libby Combs at FHS at 479-445-1195

FHS Lady Bulldogs to be Honored at School Board Meeting

Posted by Alan on March 16, 2011 8:54 AM | Filed in Events |

statechamps.pngThe 2011 7A State Champion FHS Lady Bulldog Basketball Team will be honored at the Fayetteville Board of Education meeting on Thursday, March 17 at 5 pm in the Adams Leadership Center. The team won the state championship on Saturday in a double-overtime win over Ft. Smith Northside. 2011 Arkansas Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year Calli Berna, who hit the game winning shot on Saturday, will also be honored. Click here to see the larger version to the photo.

Seating is limited at the school board meeting, and the meeting will be televised live on Cox Channel 217 and AT&T Uverse Channel 99.

All FPS Bands Take Top Honors!

Posted by Alan on March 14, 2011 12:47 PM | (Not Filed) |

fhs-band.pngCongratulations to all three FHS concert bands for receiving the ASBOA sweepstakes award for superior ratings in marching band, concert performance, and sight reading. This is the first time that all three groups have achieved this honor.

Congratulations also both Ramay and Woodland Jr. High School Bands for receiving straight ones in concert performance. For the first time in seventeen years, all five Fayetteville bands received superior ratings at contest!

Advance Tickets for Saturday's State Championship Game

Posted by Alan on March 8, 2011 1:34 PM | Filed in News |

Bulldog Purple head.pngAdvance tickets for the Saturday's State Championship game iin Hot Springs (tip-off at 2:30 pm) can be purchased at either the main office at FHS (during normal school hours) or from Linda Bolin at the FPS Fitness Center from 8 am to 5 pm thru Thursday.
Advance Ticket Prices:
Adults - $8
Students - $7
All tickets are $8 at the door 

Get your tickets now for Thoroughly Modern Millie

Posted by Alan on March 8, 2011 9:30 AM | Filed in Events |

millie.pngFayetteville High School will present the musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, March 31, April 1, and April 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium.  Tickets are $12.00 for students and $15.00 for non students.  All seats are reserved.  You can reserve your seats by calling the FHS Drama Department at 445-1193.  Don't miss this fun musical!

FHS Debate Fares Well in Ft. Smith Tournament

Posted by Alan on March 2, 2011 2:21 PM | Filed in News |

FHS-Debate.pngResults for FHS students competing in the Fort Smith Southside Debate/Forensics Tournament, February 25-26, 2011
  • Mark Cameron and Joe Kieklak - 1st Place Varsity Debate
  • Ty Dunn and Jonathan Main - 1st Place Novice Debate
  • Joel Freeman - 1st Place Humorous Interpretation
  • Ty Dunn - 1st Place Novice Debate Speaker
  • Madeleine Hogue - 2nd Place Novice Debate Speaker
  • Michelle Leatherby - 2nd Place Poetry Interpretation, 2nd Place Prose Interpretation
  • Tim Dahms and Austin Ross - 3rd Place Varsity Debate
  • Taylor Hogue and Andrea Kim - 3rd Place Novice Debate
  • Mark Cameron - 3rd Place Varsity Debate Speaker
  • Taylor Hogue - 3rd Place Novice Debate Speaker
  • Andrea Kim - 4th Place Novice Debate Speaker
  • Greenley Littlejohn - 4th Place Original Oratory
  • Morgan Vesper - 4th Place Humorous Interpretation
  • Prashant Anand and Matthew Wang; and
  • Madeleine Hogue and Greenley Littlejohn - 4th Place Novice Debate [Quarterfinalists]
  • Janna Allen, Shelby Armstrong, Karina Hunt, Saba Kouchehbagh, Michelle Leatherby, and Morgan Vesper - 5th Place Readers Theatre and 6th Place Words & Music
Advancing to Semifinals:
  • Ty Beringer, Joel Freeman and Karina Hunt - Poetry Interpretation
  • Joel Freeman - Original Oratory
  • Banah Ghadbian - Humorous Interpretation
  • Courtney Ulrich and Morgan Vesper - Duet Acting
In Addition: FHS has competed in 7 debate tournaments this year, of those Mark Cameron and Joe Kieklak have appeared in the finals round 6 times and placed 1st in 5 of them.
March Madness:
Dates- March 11th and 12th
Friday evening events- Policy Debate, Words and Music, Readers Theater
Saturday morning/afternoon events- Policy Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Story Telling, Prose, Solo Acting, Duet Acting, Improvised Duet Acting, Humorous/Dramatic Interpretation, Mime.
This is planned to be the largest tournament of the year and possibly the largest tournament FHS has hosted. The public are welcome to watch or even judge events.

Read Across America/Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration

Posted by Alan on March 2, 2011 1:11 PM | Filed in News |

photo_root.pngThere were lots of activities across our schools today in recognition of Read Across America Day, as well as the celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Click on the links to see the various photos taken today. You can also see the photos on our Facebook page.

McNair sidewalk art 1
McNair Sidewalk art 2
McNair sidewalk art 3
McNair librarian reads to students
Ms. Seeger's Class at Leverett
Ms. Seeger reads to students
Happy Hollow Pre-K Class
Owl Creek readers 1
Owl Creek Readers 2
Owl Creek Readers 3
Owl Creek Readers 4
Cat in the Hat
FHS student @ Leverett

FHS Homeless Vigil Receives $10K Gift from Anonymous Donor

Posted by Alan on March 1, 2011 2:21 PM | Filed in News |

Homless_vigil_donation.pngThe 2010 Homeless Vigil received a huge boost today when the FHS Student Council received a $10,000 check from an anonymous donor through the Fayetteville Area Community Foundation. Sarah Diebold, who is the chair of the Foundation's board of directors, made the presentation to Taylor Power, co-chair of the 2010 Homeless Vigil, in the FHS Bulldog Lobby.

This incredibly generous donation raises the total collected for the Vigil to $27,000, the most ever raised by a Homeless Vigil. Thanks, again, to the hundreds of parents, students, and friends who donated to this most worthy cause. All of the funds raised will go to the district's Families in Transition program.

Click here for a larger photo of the presentation.

Cow Paddy Run on April 22 to Benefit FPEF

Posted by Alan on March 1, 2011 10:47 AM | Filed in Events |

cow-paddy11-filtered.pngThe proceeds from the 2011 Cow Paddy Run at Gulley Park on Saturday, April 22 will benefit the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, our favorite nonprofit!

Click here for more information and to sign up to run.

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