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April 2011 Archives

Calendars Approved for 2011-12 School Year

Posted by Alan on April 29, 2011 9:14 AM | Filed in News |

changed_calendar.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education approved revisions to the proposed district and continuous learning calendars for the 2011-12 school year at their meeting last night. The first day of school on the 2011-12 district calendar will be Monday, August 15, and the first day on the 2011-12 CLC calendar will be Thursday, August 4.

If no snow days are used, the district calendar will end on Thursday, May 24, 2012, and the CLC calendar will end on Monday, June 11.

Click here to go to the district calendar page to view both the static and interactive calendar.

Lots of events are posted to our Community Bulletin Board

Posted by Alan on April 28, 2011 1:58 PM | (Not Filed) |

busydates.pngOur community bulletin board is getting full! Lots of events are set for the coming weeks, and be sure to check out the summer offerings including summer camps, as the list grows each week. 

AP Exams Begin on Monday, May 2 at FHS

Posted by Alan on April 28, 2011 11:31 AM | Filed in News |

taking_test.pngMonday, May 2 begins two weeks of Advanced Placement exams at Fayetteville High School.  AP students and parents received a letter with final information this week, and that letter has important information for students and parents.  Remember to refer to the schedule for exam locations and times and that all cell phones should be left elsewhere and NOT brought to ANY exam location.  Good luck to all AP students who have worked hard to prepare for these exams.

2 FHS seniors named to 2011 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team

Posted by Alan on April 27, 2011 2:43 PM | Filed in News |

allstars.pngFHS senior Sarah Plavcan was named to the 2011 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star team in their most recent issue. FHS seniors Renwick Hudson was named an Honorable Mention All-Star.

Click here to see the story.

The article also includes an update on past All-Stars, including 1999 FHS grad Mary Claire (Butt) York, who is now an attorney in Washington, DC.

volunteer.pngThe 14th annual Outstanding Volunteer Banquet will be held tonight (Tuesday, April 26) at 6:30 pm at The Owl Creek School cafeteria. 105 individuals will be recognized for their service to our schools, and the 2011 winner of the Dorothy Lindquist Volunteer-of-the-Year Award will also be presented. Our honorees and guests will dine on a meal prepared by Chef Adams Simmons, who directs the Fayetteville Public Schools Food & Nutrition Service program, and his staff.

Thanks to Hiland Dairy and Tyson Foods for their contributions to this event!

Click here for more information on the Outstanding Volunteer Banquet

Cargill_Grant2.pngCargill presented Owl Creek School an $8,000 check today during the middle school morning meeting.  The grant will be used to rebuild the greenhouse, install a rainwater harvesting cistern, and support the Owl Creek garden.  Partners in the garden project include the Owl Creek Education and Wellness Clinic, Boys and Girls Club, Apple Seeds Inc., Fayetteville High School students, and numerous staff members and teachers at Owl Creek School.

Click here to see the presentation photo.

Vic's_Award.pngVictor Dreier of Ramay Junior High was recently honored by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association as one of 36 teachers from across the U.S. to receive its prestigious Teacher Excellence Award.  

The award is one of the highest honors given to technology education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of each recipient's outstanding contribution to the profession and to his or her students. The awards were distributed as part of ITEEA's second general conference session.

For more information on ITEEA's Annual Conference or on the Teacher Excellence Awards, visit the website at www.iteea.org

apple-iphone-keyboard.pngThe Department of Higher Education unveiled Monday a free smart phone application - the first of its kind with customer service help available via text - for Arkansans to apply for state financial aid and check the status of their awards. It was developed by the Information Network of Arkansas, the agency that develops websites and online applications for other state agencies.
"This smart phone application will allow students to complete the YOUniversal financial aid scholarship application from their iPhone, Android, or other device with a browser," said Shane Broadway, interim director for ADHE, "as easily as they would on our website. They'll also be able to check their status and accept awards from their handheld."
Beginning this year the deadline for application for all of the state's 21 programs will be June 1 for both the fall and spring semesters for the upcoming academic year.
Additionally, changes to the Academic Challenge Scholarship - the state's largest financial aid program - will be few but important to know, Broadway continued.
Award amounts for the Academic Challenge Scholarship will be slightly lower for new recipients - $4,500 for those enrolled at four-year institutions and $2,250 for those attending two-year colleges, as determined by the 88th General Assembly. Students who received the awards last year will continue to receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively, as long as their continuing eligibility requirements are met.
Legislation provides for the amounts to be set each year after review by the General Assembly, which takes into account current awards and projections of net revenue from the Arkansas Lottery Scholarship.
Last year a total of 31,031 Arkansas Academic Challenge scholarships were awarded, with the largest number going to traditional students who graduated in the previous school year.
Each student who graduates from an Arkansas high school in 2011 and completes the eligibility qualifications is guaranteed to receive Academic Challenge Scholarships funds under the current legislation. The remaining dollars are then awarded based on a prioritization process that takes into account students nearest to graduation, GPA and those in critical needs areas, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Those who received the Academic Challenge Scholarship during the 2010-2011 academic year will not have to reapply. Students who applied previously but were not awarded must reapply by June 1. Students must also log in to their account to make any changes to their status, including transferring to another institution.
"We require all applications for financial aid for the upcoming academic year be completed by June 1," said Phil Axelroth, interim financial aid director, "and all supporting materials such as transcripts and other required documentation be received by our offices no later than June 15. Traditional students who have completed their application will be notified as early as the first week of May. Some students may be notified later in the process."
The homepage of the agency's website - www.adhe.edu - should provide answers to most questions and easy access to information, officials said.
The ADHE is responsible for carrying out the policy directives of the AHECB, approving and reviewing college and university academic programs and developing funding recommendations for the state's 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges as well as several other post-secondary entities.
In addition, the agency is responsible for distributing approximately $170 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds intended to ease the financial burden of students seeking an education beyond high school. For more information, visit www.adhe.edu.

Adult and Community Ed Classes Canceled

Posted by Alan on April 25, 2011 4:31 PM | (Not Filed) |

All Fayetteville Adult & Comm. Ed. classes are canceled for tonight, Monday, April 25, beginning at 5 pm. 

Today's FHS Baseball Game Rained Out, Rescheduled for Monday

Posted by Alan on April 23, 2011 9:35 AM | Filed in News |

rainy.pngToday's baseball game between FHS and Rogers has been postponed due to the weather. The game will be played at 4:30 pm on Monday, April 25 at Rogers. 

FHS Odyssey of the Mind Team Headed for Nationals

Posted by Alan on April 20, 2011 3:25 PM | Filed in News |

OM20112.pngThe FHS Odyssey of the Mind team has qualified to represent the State of Arkansas in the World Finals competition to be held in Maryland on May 27-30. The FHS team garnered second place by a very close margin from the first place winner during the state competition held last Saturday at ASU, Beebe.
Click here to see the team photo. Posing with superintendent Vicki Thomas and FHS principal Steve Jacoby, the OM team members are (l to r) Tyler Steiner, Jeric Bautista, Karina Hunt, Joel Freeman, and Erin Boss. Team member Banah Ghadbian is not pictured.

FHS Debate Students Take Numerous Awards at Tournament of Champions

Posted by Alan on April 20, 2011 1:10 PM | Filed in News |

FHS-Debate.pngFHS students fared very well in the 2011 Arkansas Communication and Theater Arts Association Tournament of Champions, held on April 15-16 at FHS:

Result of Tournament of Champions
  • Joe Kieklak repeats as Arkansas State Extemporaneous Speaking Champion--1st
  • Banah Ghadbian - 2nd Original Oratory
  • Haven Herndon and Madeleine Hogue - 2nd Novice Debate Team
  • Mark Cameron and Joe Kieklak - 3rd Varsity Debate Team
  • Mark Cameron - 3rd Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Madeleine Hogue - 4th Novice Debate Speaker
  • Austin Ross  - Finalist Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Taylor Hogue - Finalist Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Joel Freeman - Finalist Humorous Interpretation
  • Morgan Vesper - Finalist Storytelling
  • Janna Allen, Karina Hunt, Saba Kouchehbagh, Nikki Lacey, Michelle Leatherby, Adam Osing, Courtney Ulrich, Morgan Vesper - Finalists Words & Music

Students advancing to Semifinals:
  • Banah Ghadbian and Joel Freeman - Duet Acting
  • Tim Dahms and Ty Dunn - Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Maddie Jones - Humorous Interpretation
  • Ezra Treece and Taylor Hogue - Improvised Duet Acting
  • Aaron Gibson and Taylor Shelton - Improvised Duet Acting
  • Michelle Leatherby and Saba Kouchehbagh - Improvised Duet Acting
  • Tim Dahms and Austin Ross - Quarterfinalists [4th] Varsity Debate

FHS lit mag, Connotations, continues its award-winning tradition!

Posted by Alan on April 20, 2011 11:08 AM | (Not Filed) |

Connotation2011.pngConnotations, the FHS award-winning literary magazine, continues its long tradition of garnering national and state awards.

Connotations won the Silver Crown Award from Columbia Scholastic Press, which is the highest award given. Connotations also won the Highest Award from National Council of Teachers of English. 

Here is a list of the awards won by Connotations staff members at Arkansas Scholastic Press Association Meeting last week:
  • All Arkansas Literary Magazine
  • General Excellence
  • Thematic Development
  • John Erwin, Editor of the Year
  • Superior Short Poem and Best of Arkansas:  Denisse Alanis
  • Superior Longer Poem and Best of Arkansas:  Cody Ezell
  • Superior Longer Poem:  Joel Freeman and Banah Ghadbian
  • Superior Essay:  Joel Freeman
  • Superior Essay and Best in Arkansas:  Skyler Gambert
  • Superior Short Story:  John Erwin
  • Excellent Short Story:  Renwick Hudson
  • Superior Feature Article and Best in Arkansas:  Gabrielle Henry
  • Superior Feature Article:  Chloe Jones
  • Superior Design and Best in Arkansas:  Pete Brooks and Aneeka Majid
  • Excellent Photography:  Nancy Lopez
  • Excellent Art:  Helen Zhang
On Site Contests:
  • First Place Design:  Joel Freeman
  • First Place Poem:  Banah Ghadbian
  • Third Place Essay:  Alex Bodishbaugh

FHS Newspaper Wins All-Arkansas Award

Posted by Alan on April 20, 2011 10:56 AM | (Not Filed) |

Register_April_2010b.pngThe Fayetteville High School newspaper, Register, won the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) All-Arkansas award at the conference in Rogers on April 14-15.

ASPA holds an annual convention to award students in newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, and broadcast. Students also participate in workshop sessions and on-site contests.

Senior co-editor Caroline Bauman won Writer-of-the-Year while senior Hannah Hairston was awarded second place as Business Manager of the Year.

Individual writing and design awards given are superior, excellent or honorable mention. Students who received superior in various categories are Erika Butler, Caroline Bauman, Lindsey Davison, Ashlyn Dillard, Katie Smith, Zach Stolz, Rachel Spencer, Deya Trejo-Moreno, and Alex Yang.

Great Central US Shake Out Earthquake Drill at Root Elem on April 28

Posted by Alan on April 14, 2011 10:21 AM | (Not Filed) |

shakeout.pngWe live in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.  200 years ago, a great earthquake occurred in the Central United States.  So, on April 28, 2011 at 10:15 in the morning, Root Elementary School will participate in the Great Central U.S. Shake Out.  The Shake Out is an earthquake drill.  There are going to be eleven states taking part.  It is fun, safe, and important.  The Shake Out practice will prevent injuries such as broken bones.  So, in the next few weeks, we will be learning about what to do if an earthquake occurs.  An earthquake and aftershocks can kill thousands of people.  If we do what the Shake Out tells us to do, we can cut the deaths and injuries that occur.  If we follow the instructions we can make a difference.  The Great Shake out is a Great Deal!  

Check it out: http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/

Thank you,
Jan Bobda
Junior Samuel
Allen Wang
Fourth Grade, Root Elementary

Latest edition of Leading Learning now available

Posted by Alan on April 14, 2011 9:31 AM | Filed in News |

Leading_Learning_Vol4.png"Leading Learning," the FPS newsletter with progress reports on curricululm management, can be viewed at this link.

Here is the Curriculum Management page on our website.

SaferiteDC1.pngRamay Jr. High principal Matt Saferite participated in a panel discussion entitled "College and Career-Ready Students: The Role of School Leaders" in Washington, DC in the Hart Senate Office Building on April 7. The event was sponsored by the MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Click here for a larger photo.

Other participants on the panel included Sheila Harrity, Principal, Worcester Technical High School (Massachusetts); Phillip Lovell, Vice President of Federal Policy, Alliance for Excellent Education;  and John Nori, Director of Program Development, National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Ramay Junior High School and Worcester Technical High School were recognized by the Breakthrough Schools project as schools that have exemplified the core areas of collaborative leadership, personalization, and access to a rigorous and differentiated curriculum for all students.

Congratulations, Matt!

Glass Slipper Project Needs help on May 7

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2011 2:44 PM | Filed in News |

cinderell-glass slipper45.pngFHS Glass Slipper Fans & Friends - we are in need of two more salon hair stylists & two more make-up artists for Sparkle Saturday, May 7, at the Glass Slipper room. This is prom day. Please let me know if you're interested in/available to volunteer your time and services - thank you so much!


Get your tickets for That Choir Thing This Weekend, April 29-30

Posted by Alan on April 12, 2011 2:04 PM | Filed in Events |

TCTTW1011.pngTickets are now on sale for That Choir Thing This Weekend - "Blame It On the Boogie"!  Performances will be held on April 29 & 30, at 7:00 PM, in the FHS Auditorium.  Tickets are $8 for adults /$5 for students and are available from any choir member or by emailing dawnelle.fincher@fayar.net.
It's going to be a great show!! Music by Queen, U2, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and many more.  The show also features several solo performances by senior choir members.  Hope you can join us!

Click here to see the full program cover.

Here's a growing list of summer 2011 camp opportunities

Posted by Alan on April 11, 2011 1:16 PM | Filed in News |

summercamps.pngThe list of summer camp opportunities in the Fayetteville area for 2011 grows daily. Check out the list here

College Info Nights from UA and NWACC set at FHS

Posted by Alan on April 11, 2011 10:42 AM | Filed in Events |

college.pngNorthwest Arkansas Community College Night will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 in the FHS Cafeteria. FHS juniors and seniors and their families are invited to learn about all NWACC had to offer including admissions, programs of study,  and financial aid.

The University of Arkansas will host a program for FHS juniors and their parents on Thursday, April 14, 6:00 in the FHS Cafeteria.  Come to the program to get the latest information on everything U of A including admissions, programs of study, scholarships and financial aid. 

FREE Family Bike Ride & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 30

Posted by Alan on April 11, 2011 10:09 AM | Filed in Events |

bikefair.pngDon't miss the Family Bike Ride and Wellness Fair at Owl Creek School (375 N. Rupple Road) on Saturday, April 30 from 3-5:00 pm.  This FREE event is in partnership with Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks and Fayetteville Parks and Recreation. The Bike Ride will start with a review of bicycle safety before the ride begins. A Fayetteville Police Department from their Bicycle Patrol will along for the ride as well!  We will have local community agencies/businesses coming in for the Wellness Fair to educate students, parents and community members on health promotional topics.

If anyone has any questions about the ride they can contact the Wellness and Education Clinic at 479-718-0285

April Review Sessions for Biology End of Course Exam Set

Posted by Alan on April 11, 2011 9:14 AM | Filed in Events |

biology.pngReview sessions for the Biology End-of-Course exam will begin promptly at 12:15 pm on the dates listed below, so please arrive on time. If the room has reached capacity students will be asked to leave. Students will be asked to leave if they are disruptive. Bring pencil, paper,  and Biology notebook.

  • Molecules and Cells: Kim Murie (4/5, 4/15, 4/20) Room 3104
  • Nature of Science: Wendell Harris (4/6 & 4/18) Room 3103
  • Genetics: Marc Reif (4/7, 4/14, 4/19) Room 3003
  • Evolution: Bill Rosser (4/8 & 4/20) Room 3001
  • Classification: Mike Johnson (4/11 & 4/21) Room 3004
  • Ecology: Scott Williams (4/13 & 4/22) Room 3101
  • Plants: Robin Buff (4/14 & 4/22) Room 3002

Don't Miss the 8th Annual Washington Tour of Homes on May 7

Posted by Alan on April 8, 2011 9:06 AM | Filed in Events |

tourofhomes.pngDon't miss the 8th annual Washington Elementary Tour of Homes on Saturday, May 7 from noon til 5 pm. This is a self-guided tour, and you can see the homes in any order. Refreshments will be available at a reception at French Metro Antiques at 200 W. Dickson St. Click here to see the event flyer featuring the homes.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Tickets are available at French Metro Antiques, Bank of Fayetteville on the Square, The Gift House, Clubhaus Fitness, Nightbird Books, and Washington Elementary. 

12 from FHS Band Named All-State

Posted by Alan on April 7, 2011 8:43 AM | Filed in News |

fhs-band.pngTwelve FHS students were selected to the 2011 Arkansas All-State Band. Click here to see the group photo.

Left to right: Andrew Kaiser, Nick Boyle, Julia Allen, Hyrum Richardson, Lindsey Williams, Peter DeLong, Eric Hall, Jenn Mayes, Joe Renegar, Marissa Coyne, David Skinner, John Lawson.


21 FHS Singers Chosen for 2011 All State Choir

Posted by Alan on April 6, 2011 9:17 AM | Filed in News |

music-notes.pngTwenty-one FHS students were chosen for the 2011 Arkansas All-State Choir. (Click here to see the group photo). Those selected include

1st row:  Aricka Lewis, Jeric Bautista, Rachel Spencer, Allison Bolin, Shelby Armstrong, Emily McComas
2nd row:  Daniel Grear, Nick Keller, Kendal Ureckis, Tommye Jones, Jordan Smith, Brittany Shipley
3rd row:  Matt Hart, Emily Beaver, Ashley Cunningham, Lauren Allen
4th row:  Josh Parisi, Charles Robinson, Michael Kamilos, Erika Butler, Bryce Young.

Congratulations on a great showing!!

Father & Daughter Ball to Benefit Youth of NWA

Posted by Alan on April 5, 2011 2:36 PM | Filed in Events |

dancewithdad.pngFayetteville Northside Rotary Club will hold the Father & Daughter Ball on Friday, April 22 from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club. Dancenhance Entertainment will provide the music, and dads and daughters can have their photo taken. Hors d'ouevres and refreshments will be available. One lucky winner will also win the door prize.

Tickets are $20 for a father and daughter, $5 for each additional daughter, and $10 for an additional adult. Tickets can be purchased from northsiderotary@gmail.com, at ARVEST Bank locations on the Fayetteville Square or at the Joyce Street branch, or by calling 442-3731.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support youth in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas.

District Students Fare Well in State Science and Engineering Fair

Posted by Alan on April 5, 2011 1:57 PM | (Not Filed) | Comments (1)

M_Roenfeldt.pngSeveral FPS students won awards in the 2011 Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair held in Conway on April 1-2 at the University of Central Arkansas.

Mark Roenfeldt won first place in Environmental Management, and he also received the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Regional Award and The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission Award. Click here for photo of Mark receiving his award.

Other winners included:

Rebecca McCann
2nd place in Chemistry

Peter Du
2nd place in Medicine and Health in the Junior Academy of Science Competition

Emily McComas
3rd place in Environmental Science and
The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission Award

Sierra Matlock
3rd place in Energy and Transportation

Jordan Shy
3rd place in Physics

Sarah Huang
Honorable Mention in Biochemistry

Jackson Prasifka
Honorable Mention in Engineering Biomaterials

Nicole Villacres
Honorable Mention in Behavioral Sciences and The American Neurological Society Award

Katie Ferran
Honorable Mention in Plant Science

Greenley Littlejohn, Adam Osing, and Leila Sarvestani
Honorable Mention in the Team Category

SAT will be given at FHS on June 4

Posted by Alan on April 4, 2011 8:48 AM | Filed in News |

testing.pngFayetteville High School will be open on June 4 for the SAT.  If you received a notice that your date or center had been changed, please contact Becky Cox at becky.cox@fayar.net or 444-3050, ext. 1192.

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