FPS Community Blog

May 2011 Archives

NSPRA.pngThe Fayetteville Public Schools has won a Golden Achievement Award from the National School Public Relations Association for the communications plan, "Project Millage 2010," that led to the successful school millage vote on September 21, 2010 for the transformation of Fayetteville High School. 

Notice of Destruction of Inactive Special Ed Records

Posted by Alan on May 31, 2011 10:27 AM | Filed in News |

iStock_shredder.pngThe Special Education Department of the Fayetteville School District will be destroying inactive special education records that are over 5 years old.  If you or your child received special education services and were dismissed from services, moved away from Fayetteville, or graduated during the 2005-2006 school year and you would like copies of your inactive special education records, please contact Debbie Strange or Angela Carney in the Special Services office at 479-444-3000 before June 24, 2011.

General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR at 34 CFR 76.734)

bulldog small.pngA reception will be held today (Friday, May 27) at 4 pm in the FHS Bulldog Gym lobby to introduce new FHS head girls soccer coach Joe Thoma and new FHS head swim coach Michael Kaminski.
Coach Thoma coached and taught at FHS from 1992-1999. As the head girls soccer coach during that time, FHS won two state championships. He has coached the women's soccer team at John Brown University the past nine seasons. JBU has been consistently a member of the NAIA top twenty during that time.
For the past three years, Coach Kaminski has coached for the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Aquatic Swim Club. His experience in that organization has been outstanding, and swimmers at FHS will benefit from that experience as he heads the swim program at FHS.

Parents and fans are welcome to attend!

kid_writing.pngRegistration is open for this summer's sessions of Kidswrite and the newly named Teenswrite, formerly Kidswrite II, conducted on the University of Arkansas campus by the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project.

The writing project is based in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.

Online registration can be done through the Global Campus website. Visit the calendar of events at https://secure.sceao.uark.edu/EventCalendar/default.aspx for the links.

Kidswrite takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, June 20-July 1. This summer marks the 13th year for the summer writing camp, 10 days packed with poetry, play writing, short story writing, illustrating, laughing and newsletter and anthology production. Cost is $160 and the deadline to register is June 13. The camp takes place in the ROTC Building, 775 W. Maple. Students will take several walking field trips to various locations on campus and hear from guest authors.

Kidswrite is open to students who have completed fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh grade. Instructors and co-directors are Brian Lee, Ellie Esry and Karen Johnson, local teachers who have completed the writing project's invitational program and been designated as teacher-consultants.

Teenswrite takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, July 25-29. It is uniquely designed for teens. Students' experience will be guided by questions designed to hone their own personal brand of creativity. Cost is $115 and the deadline to register is July 18.
Instructors and co-directors are Lee, Esry and Jon Medders.

Teenswrite is open to students who have completed eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
For more information, contact co-director Ellie Esry at ellie.esry@fayar.net.

McComas Named 2011 Bodenhamer Fellow

Posted by Alan on May 26, 2011 3:01 PM | (Not Filed) |

UA_Logo_large.pngFHS Class of 2011 graduate William McComas has been named one of six Bodenhamer Fellows by the University of Arkansas.

The Bodenhamer Foundation, acting through its trustee Lee Bodenhamer (B.S.B.A. 1957, M.B.A. 1961), established the Bodenhamer Fellowships at the University of Arkansas in 1998. Bodenhamer Fellowships provide each student $50,000 for four years of study or $62,500 if the student is enrolled in a five-year degree program. In addition to covering most of the general costs of attending the university, the fellowship may be used for study abroad, attendance at professional and educational conferences, research, and special equipment that the fellow may need.

Click here for the UA news release.

Ways You Can Help our Neighbors in Joplin

Posted by Alan on May 25, 2011 9:22 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

helping-hand.pngHere are just a few of the various avenues for you to help those in Joplin:

The Northwest Arkansas area Rotary Clubs are collecting supplies to take to Joplin. The Fayetteville dropoff location will be a Savor Restaurant parking lot on north College Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm each day. The trucks will go to Joplin on Friday morning. The requested items to be donated are:

·         Gatorade
·         Power/Energy bars
·         Personal Hygiene items- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, deodorant, etc
·         New Bedding- Sheets, blankets etc.
·         New Bath Towels
·         Toilet Paper
·         Paper Towels
·         Female Products
·         Laundry soap
·         Baby Formula
·         Diapers
·         Wipes
·         Canned Milk
·         Tarps
·         Work Gloves
·         Flash Lights
·         Batteries

Ramay students are collecting basically the same items listed above. Ramay students are collecting items this week and next and will deliver the items to Joplin the week of June 6.  Community members can drop these items at Ramay between 7:30 and 4:00.

Leverett Elementary School students will hold a one-mile "Hike for Help" on June 8, and all proceeds will be donated to the Joplin relief efforts. To make a monetary pledge to sponsor a Leverett student in the hike, contact Karen Bley, Leverett counselor.

United Way's 2-1-1 will serve as a Disaster Recovery and Response Information Hub for NWA
Lowell, AR - United Way of Northwest Arkansas's 2-1-1 information and referral service is prepared to serve as an informational hub in the event of any disaster in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties. We maintain regular contact with Emergency Management Officials in all four counties as well as area non-profits that would provide service meeting basic needs such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Information we would collect and distribute would include shelter locations, donation pick-up and drop-off locations, assistance locating loved ones through networks like "Safe and Well", lists of needed supplies, and volunteer management.
In the event of a catastrophic disaster, we are happy to be the conduit to secure and relay urgent information to the public. We would ask your assistance in partnering with us to secure official details as well as help disseminate information as it comes to us.
Update on Joplin, MO Relief Efforts
The United way of Northwest Arkansas (UWNWA) 2-1-1 service is working closely with the Missouri 2-1-1 service in aiding the residents of Joplin, MO affected by the recent tornado. We are receiving regular updates from contacts at Missouri 2-1-1, and communicating it to Arkansas 2-1-1 callers. Northwest Arkansas residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 to get information on locating loved ones, volunteering information, donation drop off locations and recognized monetary donations organizations. For more information about Arkansas 2-1-1, please visit our website at http://www.arkansas211.org/ .

GED Graduation set for Tuesday, May 24 at the Town Center

Posted by Alan on May 20, 2011 10:32 AM | Filed in Events |

GEDgrad.pngFayetteville Adult & Community Education will hold the annual GED Graduation on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm at the Fayetteville Town Center. Dr. Becky Paneitz, president of Northwest Arkansas Community College will be the graduation speaker.

Click here for more info on Fayetteville Adult & Community Education.

FHS Athletes Take 1st and 2nd in Decathlon

Posted by Alan on May 20, 2011 8:43 AM | Filed in News |

champion.pngFHS athletes pulled off an unprecedented fete yesterday by taking first and second place in the decathlon at the 2011 Arkansas Meet of Champions. Bradley Culp won first place, and Stephen Soerens finished second. Arkansas Activities Association officials could not ever remember two athletes from the same high school finishing first and second in the same year.

Culp is the first FHS athlete to ever win the decathlon at the Meet of Champions. Soerens finished second in the 2010 decathlon and fifth in 2009.

FHS athletes also fared well in the heptathlon, with Anna Nastasi finishing third and Jessica Boyd finishing 13th.

Congratulations to Bradley and Stephen for their amazing accomplishments!

FHS Senior's Project Benefits Fayetteville Animal Shelter

Posted by Alan on May 19, 2011 9:52 AM | (Not Filed) |

thielemann2.pngFHS graduating senior Reagan Thielemann recently donated $80.25 to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter for her Service Learning class final project.  Reagan collected spare change from students and teachers during her last week of school to donate to the shelter.  She requested her donation go toward lowering the adoption fee for senior animals at the shelter.

Students in the high school Service Learning class select and design their own final service project at the end of each semester.  Other final projects this semester have included recycling workshops at the Senior Activity and Wellness Center and Boys and Girls Club, talking with middle school students about bullying, creating a club for hearing impaired students, and landscaping and gardening projects throughout the school district.

Click here for a larger version of the photo.

Summer Criminal Justice Bridge Program for Juniors at NWACC

Posted by Alan on May 17, 2011 5:02 PM | Filed in Events |

CJ_1.pngThe Early College Experience at Northwest Arkansas Community College will offer at Criminal Justice Bridge Program at the NWACC Campus in Bentonville, June 20-24. High school juniors will participate in lessons and activities to prepare them for the COMPASS test. Students who obtain a passing score or eligible for admission to the Secondary Criminal Justice program. This program is FREE to students.

Click here for more info and the application.

Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday at Devil's Den

Posted by Alan on May 17, 2011 4:02 PM | Filed in Events |

rain-barrel.pngRain Barrel Workshop
Devil's Den State Park
Saturday, May 21, 2 to 4 pm
Meeting place: Pavilion below the Dam

Join Katie Teague and Jane Maginot of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service to make your very own rain barrel. Harvest the spring showers to keep your flowers and gardens looking beautiful through dry spells. The ancient practice of collecting rain water for future use is a practical and wise solution to the harsh demands we put on our water supply. As the old adage goes "no one knows the value of water until the well runs dry." Pre-registration required. The barrels have graciously been supplied by Pinnacle Food Group of Fayetteville.

Admission is $30

11,000 Donated Books on Sale in Annual Book Sale at Vandergriff

Posted by Alan on May 16, 2011 9:04 AM | (Not Filed) |

book-sale.pngDon't miss the annual Charlie Brown Book Sale in Vandergriff Elementary School cafeteria on May 17-19.  11,000 books will be on sale, and at least half are books for adults.  The others are children's books, including preschool, young readers, and chapter books.  All books are 50 cents except adult hardback books, which are $1.00.  The sale will be open on Wednesday, May 18th until 6:30 P.M. The sale will operate during normal school hours on the other days.

All proceeds will be donated to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

Reception to Welcome New FHS Girls Head Basketball Coach

Posted by Alan on May 13, 2011 8:39 AM | Filed in Events, News |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngVic Rimmer will be welcomed as the new girls head basketball coach at Fayetteville High School during a reception at 3 pm today (Friday, May 13) at 3 pm in the FHS Bulldog Gym lobby.

Rimmer will replace Bobby Smith, who has retired from coaching and accepted a position as assistant principal at Fayetteville High School.

Rimmer has served as the head girls basketball coach at Shiloh Christian since 2003, compiling a record of 184-70 and winning two state championships, one state runner-up, and making four appearances in the state semi-finals. Prior to coming to Shiloh Christian, Rimmer coached at Charleston (AR) High School, compiling a record of 109-43.

Parents and fans are welcome to attend the reception.

New Start Time for FHS Lady Bulldogs vs. Cabot Soccer Match

Posted by Alan on May 12, 2011 2:09 PM | Filed in News |

soccered.pngThe starting time of the FHS Lady Bulldogs vs. Cabot soccer match on Friday, May 13 in the state tournament has been moved to 3 pm, instead of 7 pm. The move was made to accommodate graduation at Cabot High School, which will be held tomorrow night. The match will be played in North Little Rock.

FHS Students Fare Well on National Spanish Exam

Posted by Alan on May 11, 2011 10:23 AM | Filed in News |

NSE_winners2.pngSeveral FHS students fared well on the 2011 National Spanish Exam:

State of Arkansas Results
1st Place -Level IV Bilingual - Jessica Ortega
1st Place -Level IV Outside Experience - Kathy Gea
2nd Place - Level IV Regular - Emily Webb

National Results
Gold Medal Awards  
Level IV
  • Kathy Gea- 99th percentile
  • Jessica Ortega-98th percentile
  • Emily Webb-96th percentile
Silver Medal Award
Level IV
  • Peter Montgomery-88th percentile
Bronze Medal Award
Level IV
  • George Paulson-76th percentile
Click here to see a larger version of the photo.


Message from FHS Principal on Senior Pranks

Posted by Alan on May 10, 2011 1:46 PM | (Not Filed) |

commencement.pngTo all FHS Senior Parents:

Congratulations! Graduation is only a few days away. In recent years, Seniors have played pranks (demeaning or harmful actions, actions that require clean-up) on their fellow classmates. This is a practice that cannot continue. Failure to abide by the following rules may result in a student losing the opportunity to participate in the Graduation ceremony.

Students should not:
  • Leave class without permission
  • Engage in behavior that is unsafe or could be demeaning or malicious. This includes water balloons.
  • Engage in behavior that results in clean-up.

We have wonderful students at FHS. We at the school and the PTSO all want to end the year with positive memories, not regrets for wrong choices. Thank you in advance for your help.


Steve Jacoby, Principal
Fayetteville High School

Give to Project TP, Help the Less Fortunate, and Help Set a World Record!

Posted by Alan on May 10, 2011 9:03 AM | (Not Filed) |

tp.pngMembers of the Teen Leadership Xperience Class of 2011 are hoping to build the world's largest stack of toilet paper on Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm at the Northwest Arkansas Mall, and you can help! They are approximately 1,100 rolls short of the number needed to break the world record. Donations of toilet paper may be dropped off at any Clear Channel Radio station, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Fayetteville Public Schools administration building, and Procter & Gamble offices in Fayetteville.

Also, Procter & Gamble will match all donations of Charmin toilet paper.

All of the toilet paper collected will be donated to area agencies who serve those in need.

Project Graduation 2011 Needs Your Help!

Posted by Alan on May 9, 2011 4:34 PM | Filed in News |

projectgrad.pngIt's hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the, Fayetteville High School Class of 1987 celebrated at the first Project Graduation, an all-night celebration which honors the students for their accomplishment.  I was honored to be one of the organizers for the first event for the Class of 1987, which was the pilot program for Project Graduation in Arkansas. Arkansas became the 7th state to join the ranks of states hosting the celebrations.  Traditionally, the highest rates of drinking and driving accidents resulting in death are related to Graduation night and Prom.  I have continued to be involved, because I feel that this is the one event that has the potential to touch the lives of every student who graduates from Fayetteville High School.   Each of the teachers, parents, and community members who work and contribute to this event are VOLUNTEERS ........even the faculty.
This year the celebration will be held after graduation on May 19, 2011 at the University of Arkansas from  10:00 pm until 5:00 am.  There are many events scheduled during the evening including a photo booth, games, swimming, athletic competitions, movies, karaoke, music, food, and door prizes. 

In order to make this event a success, we rely heavily on donations from the local businesses, community members, and families of our students.  This event is only possible due to the continued support of business and community leaders like you.   If you are able to donate door prizes please send them to the school or call for items to be picked up.  Please make all checks payable to FHS Project Graduation.  Your tax-deductible donations may be dropped off at the FHS office or mailed to:

Project Graduation
ATTN: Libby Combs  
Fayetteville High School
1001 West Stone Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
All donations and contributions are greatly appreciated.  No donation is too small.  For more information, please e-mail libby.combs@fayar.net or call 445-1195.
Remember..............graduation is Thursday, May 19, 2011.  The earlier we receive your donations, the faster we can finalize our plans.  Thank you again for your continued support.

Thank you,

Libby Combs and Carol Ellison
Project Graduation Faculty Sponsors

Seniors Awarded Honor Cords for Completion of Career Education

Posted by Alan on May 9, 2011 4:23 PM | Filed in News |

graduate.pngDuring a ceremony on May 3 at FHS, the following seniors received graduation honor cords for the successful completion of the Career Education program of study. The seniors are:

Ernie Arambel
Coral Arroyo 
Maddie Bagwell
Jeric Bautista
Leah Bayles
Hunter Boger
Hannah Breden  
Carlos Cepeda
Chris Chitwood
Jason Christy 
Meredith Dunn
Guthrie Fredrick
Mark Glass
William Glass
Zeth Glasscock
Francisco Guerrero 
Mary Kate Harrison
Jerry Allen Hartfield
Tiffany Hess
Jessica Jones
Colby Jordan
Allie Kathol
Jessica King    
Keena King    
Cody Luper
Will Maddox
Tyler O'Donnell
Ian Pace       
Juniper Patel  
Henry Pearce
Jacob Pinter 
Landon Schilling
Catherine Schmidt  
Sam Schoby
Aundrea Sheeler 
Jacob Shen
Nathan Sprow
Mollie Stehlik  
Zach Stone
Elle Ternes
Matt Thornton
Deya Trejo-Moreno 
Cotray Walker
Alyssa Whitlock  
Blake Wilkins
Tate Wingo


McNair Students and Staff Raise Money for Vilonia Tornado Victims

Posted by Alan on May 9, 2011 1:11 PM | Filed in News |

mcnairhat2.pngStudents and staff members at McNair Middle School raised $200 for tornado relief efforts in Vilonia, AR. Friday, May 6 was Hat Day at McNair, and everyone who participated donated $1. The proceeds from Hat Day were donated to tornado relief.

Click here to see a photo from Hat Day

Connotations Release Party set for May 12

Posted by Alan on May 9, 2011 11:03 AM | Filed in Events |

Connotation2011.pngConnotations, the nationally known, award-winning FHS literary magazine, will hold its annual release party for Volume 28 in the Willard and Pat Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30-7:30.

Copies will be available to purchase for $15, and students will be reading selection from it.

FHS Parade of Champions set for May 11

Posted by Alan on May 9, 2011 10:12 AM | Filed in Events |

Champs_parade.pngThe annual FHS Parade of Champions will be held on Wednesday, May 11. This parade celebrates champions in every endeavor at FHS, from athletics to academics, fine arts to clubs, and everything in between!

The parade will begin at Harmon Field and will culminate at the Fayetteville Square. The parade should arrive at the Square about 4:15 pm. KNWA's Tom Yazwinski will serve as the master of ceremonies, and every group will be introduced.

Let's line the Square to show our appreciation for the great work by the FHS students!

Check out the LipDub Video produced at FHS!

Posted by Alan on May 9, 2011 9:10 AM | Filed in News |

FHS_front.pngHere's the link to the video produced at FHS last week to Katy Perry's "Firework." Perry gave permission for the use of the song, and it has a great message!

Fayetteville Adult Ed. wants to help you prepare for college.

Posted by Alan on May 6, 2011 9:44 AM | Filed in Events |

college.pngIf you are planning to go to college, Fayetteville Adult Education has two events that you should not miss!

Footprints: Striving for Excellence, One Step at a Time -- Tuesday, May 10 at 10 am. At this FREE workshop you will learn:
  • how to apply for college,
  • financial aid and scholarships
  • student support services
  • campus involvement
College Math Prep Class -- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Cost is FREE.

Call to register for either of these classes: 444-3041.
Click here for more info on Fayetteville Adult Education.

restore2.pngSenior English students from Mrs. Jones' and Mrs. Fyfe's classes recently presented their research projects on issues affecting children in Kenya for Sarah Fennel, the founder of Restore Humanity and an FHS alumnus. The students chose projects on the following topics:
  1. Child Trafficking and its effect on Orphans
  2. Sustainability
  3. Orphan Prevention and AIDS Education
  4. Creating a Clinic in Kenya (needs, laws, etc)
The students were to focus their research on Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa and try to help Ms. Fennel solve some of the problems she is facing at her orphanage, The James Christopher Opot Center for Children in Sirembe, Kenya. The students each wrote a research essay concerning his/her topic and then as a group presented their findings. Each Senior English class voted on which group they wanted to represent them at the University of Arkansas Multicultural Center on April 27th.
Through the FHS Dawg Crew, FHS students raised $600, and the students who presented Ms. Fennel with the check were the ones chosen to represent Senior English by their classmates. Click here to see the presentation photo. 

Free Family Cooking Class: Healthy Dinner on a Budget

Posted by Alan on May 5, 2011 11:19 AM | Filed in Events |

as-logo.pngApple Seeds, Inc. and Fayetteville Public Schools present:
"Healthy Dinner on a Budget" Family Cooking Class

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17 from 6:00-7:30 pm

WHERE:   Root Elementary Cafeteria: 1529 Mission Boulevard, Fayetteville, AR 72701

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 Adam Simmons, FPS Child Nutrition Director and Culinary Arts instructor at NWACC. Chef Simmons is committed to educating students and families on how to make healthy food changes. He 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 6th in a series to be held at area schools this year.  The 7th, and last class of this school year, will be held on May 31 at Leverett 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. 

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

ptomeeting.pngThe Arkansas Department of Higher Education in conjunction with local school districts, University of Arkansas Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas Community College, and the Northwest Arkansas legislative delegation will host several free financial aid workshops at area high schools May 10-12. Students and parents are invited to attend and learn more about the application process for state scholarships and financial aid.
Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m.
Fayetteville High School Auditorium
Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Heritage High School Auditorium, Rogers
Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Bentonville High School, North Building Lecture Hall
Beginning this year the deadline for application for all of the state's 21 financial aid 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, said ADHE Interim Director Shane Broadway.
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 meets the eligibility qualifications is guaranteed to receive Academic Challenge Scholarship 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.
Late last month, ADHE unveiled a free smart phone application - the first of its kind with customer service help available via text - for students to use in applying for state financial aid and to 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.
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.
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.

Bike Ed Program to host Gala on May 25 at Town Center

Posted by Alan on May 4, 2011 3:29 PM | Filed in Events |

bikerkid.pngThe Bike ED Program will host a Gala at the Town Center on Wednesday, May 25 at 6 pm, featuring free bicycles, lots of prizes for all, and good food and beverages. This event is FREE, but seating is limited.

Go to the Bicycle Coaltion of the Ozarks webpage for more info.

Click here for more information on the Bike Ed program in our schools.

Ramay School Nurse Named NWA School Nurse-of-the-Year

Posted by Alan on May 4, 2011 10:35 AM | Filed in News |

robinw.pngRobin Wyckoff, the school nurse at Ramay Jr. High, was named the 2011 Northwest Arkansas School Nurse of the Year by the Arkansas Nurses Association at their annual district banquet at the Jones Center. Robin has served as a school nurse for FPS for the last nine years. Congratulations to Robin for this well-deserved honor!

Click here to see the larger photo. (l to r) Alison Knox (McNair school nurse) Robin Wyckoff (Ramay), Marian Bolen (Root school nurse), and Molly Lloyd, director of nursing.

Time for the Annual Charlie Brown Used Book Sale!

Posted by Alan on May 3, 2011 3:56 PM | (Not Filed) |

chocolab.pngIt is time for the Annual Charlie Brown Book Sale sponsored by Mrs. Wheeler's second grade class.  Every year, the student body of Vandergriff donates used children's books from their home libraries.  This is a good time to recycle used books that are no longer read and pass them along to others.   There is an additional section of books for all of the parents who enjoy reading. We will also have a contest to see which class can bring in the most books.  The class that donates the most books will get a visit from Mrs. Wheeler's famous Charlie Brown (chocolate Lab), get a pizza party, work in the book sale, and also have an extra long special recess.  Last year, we collected over 9,000 books!

The used books will sell for 50 cents each.  The proceeds will be donated to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.  Last year, we raised and donated over $3,500.00 to the Animal Shelter.  

The children look forward to participating in such a wonderful cause to help the homeless animals in our community.  It is something that they can personally participate in through making a needed contribution to a fundraiser and purchasing reading materials for the summer!  I can't tell you how rewarding it is to see the children running down the halls after visiting the book sale because they are excited over new books that they bought for 50 cents!  They also join together as a Vandergriff family to show compassion and responsibility to our homeless animals.  Last year, Mrs. K had to get a kiss from Charlie Brown when we presented the check to the Animal Shelter.  She is hoping that she won't have to do it this year!  Also, Mrs. Sherman got a kiss from him because her class brought in the most books.  In the past, Dr. Stark got a slobbery kiss from Charlie Brown.

Please start sending your used books to Mrs. Wheeler's classroom as soon as possible!  We will accept used books through the end of the book sale which will be in the May 17th, 18th, and 19th.  Thanks for your help! Email me here.

40 FHS Juniors Picked for 2011 Ark. Governor's School

Posted by Alan on May 3, 2011 1:49 PM | Filed in News |

41788_2204852596_1367_n.jpgForty FHS juniors have been selected to attend the 2011 Arkansas Governor's School this summer at Hendrix College. Those selected include: Forest Agee, Janna-Marie Allen, Shelby Armstrong, Emily Beaver, Kathryn Blankenship, Emile Blouin, Erin Boss, Brianna Boyd, Emerald Cole, Ashley Cunningham, Timothy Dahms, Kagan DuPuy-Reagan, Joel Freeman, Brandon Fross, Katherine Gea, Hannah Golden, Kaitlyn Hurlbut, Andrew Kaiser, Jae Kim, Hunter LaTourette, Kyle Lawrence, Meredith Lea, Abigail, Lee, Carolin Lehmann, Stephanie Long, Byron McClendon, Nicole McNabb, Pearl Moore, Katelyn Page, George Paulson, Carlin Purcell, Alexandra Rohrbach, Austin Ross, Rob Rutherford, Harrison Smith, Tyler Steiner, Jordana Thibado, Courtney Ulrich, Morgan Vesper, and Emily Webb.

Click the links below to see group photos of the students:
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3
Photo 4

aacsLogo.pngThe Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) will hold an informational meeting on the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship program on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 pm in the Fayetteville High School auditorium. State representative Uvalde Lindsey will participate in the program, and all parents and students are invited to attend.

Click here for more information on financial assistance information available from ADHE.

FHS Softball Games Postponed and Rescheduled

Posted by Alan on May 2, 2011 1:08 PM | Filed in News |

bulldog snarl small.pngToday's FHS Lady Dawg softball game at Springdale has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 4 at 5:00 in Springdale.

10th Annual Root Rocket 5K and Family Run set for Saturday, May 7

Posted by Alan on May 2, 2011 10:58 AM | Filed in Events |

rootrun.pngLace up your running shoes and blast off !!  It is time for the 10th annual Root Rocket 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run, a Fayetteville tradition, on Saturday, May 7!  The 5K starts at 8:00 am, and the Fun Run starts at 8:45 am at Root Elementary.  Door prizes to be given away to registered runners.  All children receive a participation award, and Fun Runners will get their own goody bag!  

You can register the morning of the race or at www.RootRun.com!

4th Annual Woodland Pancake Breakfast set for May 21

Posted by Alan on May 2, 2011 10:48 AM | Filed in Events |

pancakes.pngThe Pancakes are coming! The 4th Annual Woodland JHS Student Council and Yearbook Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, May 21, at Ruby Tuesday in Fayetteville from 8 to 10 am. Live entertainment by Mr. Neal, all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and beverages for only $5, student waiters and waitresses - fun, fun and more fun!  Get ready - THE PANCAKES ARE COMING! See a Woodland student council or yearbook staff member for a ticket!

Learn More About Your Child's Achievement with MAP Testing

Posted by Alan on May 2, 2011 9:38 AM | Filed in Events |

test_taking.pngJoin Dr. Sarah McKenzie, Director of Assessment, Research & Accountability for the Fayetteville Public Schools, and find out about the Measure of Academic Performance (MAP) tests and how they benefit our students.

Thursday, May 5
6 pm to 7 pm
McNair Middle School

MAP is a new assessment being performed throughout the year in grades 2-10 to provide immediate results to all teachers and principals that show detailed information about your child's progress. Come hear how this data is being used to inform instruction. Click here to learn more about MAP testing. 

math_rocks.pngSeveral FPS students fared well at the 2011 State Math Contest, sponsored by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics and held at the University of Central Arkansas on Saturday, April 30. Fayetteville students brought home the following honors:

Algebra I:
Boyang Si, 2nd place, McNair

Algebra II:
Craig Smardo, 3rd place, Woodland

Jonathan Wang, honorable mention, FHS

Tuong Hoang, honorable mention, Woodland
Michelle Peng, honorable mention, Woodland

Tony Li, 1st place, FHS
Matthew Wang, 2nd place, FHS
Peter Du, 3rd place, FHS

Congratulations to all!!

Fayetteville Open Scholastic Chess Tournament set for May 21

Posted by Alan on May 2, 2011 8:55 AM | (Not Filed) |

checkmate.pngThe Fayetteville Open Scholastic Chess Tournament for grades K-9 will be held at St. Joseph School on Saturday, May 21 with registration starting at 8:30 am. The entry fee is $3 per player. It will be open to ALL students in Northwest Arkansas.  Please spread the word to as many school districts as you can.  It's open to public, private and home-schooled children. We will have three rounds and then an awards ceremony awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies to the top finishers in each section: K-3, 4-6 and 7-9 and each participant will receive a medal. We anticipate finishing by 12:30.  There will be refreshments available to purchase for a nominal cost.
For more information, reply to Kathleen Wolf at wolfpakb@cox.net or call Tracie Slattery at 439-3414

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