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June 2011 Archives

FPS Garners 5 Percent of State Total in Duke Talent Search

Posted by Alan on June 21, 2011 2:33 PM | Filed in News |

tip_logo.pngThirty-seven seventh-grade students from the Fayetteville School District have qualified for recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, said Barbara Prichard, director ofthe district's gifted and talented program.

The search is conducted throughout a 16-state area. More than 63,000 students participated in the program, which awards recognition on the state and grand levels. The SAT and ACT Assessments are primarily designed for college-bound high school students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. The tests measure knowledge and skills rarely taught in junior high schools. To score high, students have learned a great deal at home, by independent study or by special instruction.

In Arkansas, 1,346 seventh-graders in Arkansas from 162 public and private schools in 109 districts participate in the program. Of those taking the test 641 qualified for state recognition and 69 for grand recognition. Sarah Bondurant, Ellis Hairston, Cannon Kern and Tony Pirani qualified for both state and grand recognition and were invited to attend the National recognition ceremony May 23,2011 at Duke University, N.C. They represent 6% of Arkansas students qualified for grand recognition.

Thirty-three other students qualified for state recognition. They are:
Bell, Austin
Biswas, Chitrine
Boudreaux, Aaryn
Burnett, Brody
Cho, Gene Woo
Day, Savannah
Dilday, Ethan
Dutton, Mitchell
Fartey, Colton
Greene, Jonah
Holt, Nicholas
Lutz, Samantha
Lyons, Brittany
Mantooth, Maureen
Mason, Caroline
McClelland, Nicole
Meroney, Kadfe
Moulden, Mia
Nunn, Brooke
Orsburne, Heather
Plckhardt, Abigail
Ragsdale, Kaitlyn
Sharkey, Caroline
Si, Beau
Sykes, Cassidy
Thompson, Jacob
Tippit, Lily
Torres, Reyes, Ayari
Tubb, Avery
Ungar, Maya
Vansandt, Jordan
Wagstaff, Austin
Willis, Samuel

These Fayetteville students were invited to attend the state recognition ceremony on May 13,2011 in Little Rock and represent 6% of all students in the state who will receive state recognition.

Transition to College: Free Help with Math and Writing

Posted by Alan on June 21, 2011 2:24 PM | Filed in Events |

collegemath.pngFayetteville Adult Education is offering a FREE class to help students transition to college by helping them with their math and writing skills. The class meets Monday through Thursday from 1 to 3 pm, and the next session begins on July 11.

To register, call Fayetteville Adult Education at 479-444-3041. They are located at 612 S. College in Fayetteville (the old Jefferson Elementary School building).

Free Lunch for Kids Age 18 and Younger All Summer!

Posted by Alan on June 14, 2011 1:12 PM | Filed in News |

student-lunch.pngAll kids age 18 and younger can have lunch for free every weekday this summer at The Owl Creek School. No fee--it's free! No application, and no registration. Just come hungry!

Lunch is served Monday thru Friday from 11 am to 1 pm. The lunches will be available beginning Monday, June 13 and ending Friday, August 5. No meals will be served July 3, 4, or 5.

The Owl Creek School is located at 375 North Rupple Road, across the street from the Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club.

For more information, contact the Fayetteville School District Food Service at 479-684-5091 or Owl Creek Food Service at 479-718-0221.

5 FHS Grads Named 2011 UA Honors College Fellows

Posted by Alan on June 9, 2011 3:44 PM | Filed in News |

UA_Logo_large.pngFive FHS Class of 2011 graduates have been named as 2011 Fellows of the Honors College of the University of Arkansas.

The FHS students are Evan Griesse, Jacob Pinter, Sarah Plavcan, Katherine Stewart, and Vasupradha Suresh Kumar.

The typical award of $50,000 largely covers tuition, books, room and board, and registration over four years, granting these students the freedom to pursue their academic interests.

Click here for the news release from the U. of A.

Congratulations!!

studentselects.pngFHS students Elle Ternes and Christopher Marrin won first place awards and scholarships in the 2011 AETN Student Selects Video Showcase. Ternes won the award for screenwriting for "The Way Home," and Marrin won the award for directing, also for "The Way Home."

The Young Filmmaker Scholarships were awarded by the THEA Foundation.

Click here for more information.

FPS Awarded Two Grants for Career Academies, Wellness Clinic

Posted by Alan on June 8, 2011 3:19 PM | Filed in News |

money.pngFPS received notification today that it will receive two grant awards, one for the career academies at FHS and one for the continued operation of the FPS Wellness Clinic at Owl Creek.

The Arkansas Department of Career Education awarded $30,000 to Fayetteville High School for the "Exploration of Career Academies" project that will provide instructional strategies that will strike a balance between increased academic achievement and providing a meaningful purpose for attending school.

The Arkansas Department of Education awarded $170,000 to FPS for the second year of the Coordinated School Health School-Based Health Center at The Owl Creek School. Click here for more information on Coordinated School Health.

Help FPS by taking the We Support Survey online

Posted by Alan on June 6, 2011 3:15 PM | Filed in News |

onlinesurvey.pngThe We Support Survey is designed to provide FPS with an understanding of the expectations and perceptions our community has about our district and student learning.  The survey results, which are anonymous, are tabulated by the Successful Practices Network and reported back to us.

Click here to access the online survey.


The survey will be administered June 6-June 20, 2011. The purpose of the survey:

  • This survey asks parents and community members what they think about the school district, the administration, the board, and the schools.  This is a district-level survey; data will not be disaggregated by school.
  • The survey will be used to gauge effectiveness of the district's interaction with and support from the parents of our students and the community at large.  It will provide the benchmark data needed for the district's strategic communication plan.  The survey will be re-administered in 2012 and 2013.

Community members should remember these key points when taking this survey:

  • Your district is interested in your opinions in order to improve teaching and learning in the schools. Survey results will be shared with you at a later date.
  • You should think about your perceptions and expectations of the school district overall.
  • Your input is important to us as we continually strive to make this district better for our students.
  • The We Support survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Your answers will be anonymous.  Do not put your name on the survey.
  • Please answer all questions honestly.
Thank you for your participation!

130 FHS Sophomores Receive Awards for College Readiness

Posted by Alan on June 3, 2011 12:54 PM | Filed in News |

college.png130 Fayetteville High School students received the "Arkansas Student Achievement Award" from the Arkansas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN (Pre-ACT) Assessment. These students are on target to meet or exceed ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks by graduation. ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks are empirically-based and identify the level of achievement necessary in English, mathematics, reading and science to have a successful college freshman experience.

The students receiving this recognition from the Arkansas ACT Council are:

  • Clayton Adams
  • Prashant Anand
  • Cassidy Anderson
  • Julien Arpin
  • Colby Ball
  • William Barber
  • Mia  Bautista
  • Madeline Beck
  • Cain Berkel
  • Khusbu Bhikhabhai
  • Natalie Bingaman
  • Alahna Blakeman
  • Isabella Blakeman
  • Macy Bodishbaugh
  • Lauren Brady
  • Makenzie Bramwell
  • Jarod Brewer
  • Phillip Brida
  • Alexander Brignoni
  • Margot Brown
  • Alyson Carter
  • Erik Chipman
  • Andrew Collins
  • Austin Collins
  • Elizabeth Cooper
  • Matthew Cooperstein
  • Nicholas Cornell
  • Henry Darnell
  • Taylor Davis
  • Kayla Day
  • Peter Delong
  • Mitchum Dillard
  • Darsha Dodge
  • Mitchell Dowden
  • Peter Du
  • Tyler Dunn
  • Aubrey Edie
  • David Ellis
  • Harrison Farwell
  • Fariba Farzan
  • Kevin Febus
  • James Fenex
  • Andrew Fondren
  • Forrest Fultz
  • Abram Gambert
  • Will  Ginger
  • Robert Gooderl
  • Levi Gottsponer
  • Stella Green
  • Lauren Harris
  • Elizabeth Harrison
  • Matthew Hart
  • Shae Hatfield
  • Haven Herndon
  • John Herriman
  • Taylor Hogue
  • Mason Hollis
  • Brittany Hoskins
  • Sarah Huang
  • Scarlett Hutchens
  • Andrea Kathol
  • Morgan Keaton
  • Min Kim
  • Bailly Kinser
  • Nathaniel Korth
  • Joseph Largent
  • Cheyeene Lee
  • Tony Li
  • Greenley Littlejohn
  • Nicholas Lucas
  • Jonathan Main
  • Weylin Mallicote
  • Tatum Marshall
  • Franklin Martin
  • Sierra Matlock
  • Rebecca Mccann
  • Dillon McDonald
  • Zachary Melvin
  • Dylan Moore
  • James Morrison
  • Nyle Nayga
  • Cody Nielsen
  • Timothy Oliver
  • Nathan Ortiz
  • Adam Osing
  • Joshua Parisi
  • Jay Patel
  • Hannah Pinter
  • Andrew Pohl
  • Megan Prettyman
  • Abigail Pulliam
  • Sarah Rhoads
  • Derrick Richard
  • Guadalupe Rivera
  • Cedar Roberson
  • Daniel Rogers
  • Maria Rossetti
  • Haodi Ruan
  • Amber Sarvestani
  • Ian Shaffer
  • Ashlin Sikes
  • Courtney Smith
  • Faithe Snyder
  • Lizbeth Soto
  • Abigail Spencer
  • Damon Stanley
  • Sarah Stark
  • Charles Strahan
  • Warren Sullivan
  • Mary Sweetser
  • Christine Tan
  • Eden Taylor
  • Lauren Taylor
  • Sebastian Thomas
  • Cole Thompson
  • Jared Thurman
  • Linda Tian
  • John Trice
  • Nicole Villacres
  • William Waitsman
  • Angela Wang
  • Mathew Wang
  • Chloe Welsh
  • Logan West
  • Katherine Yeatman
  • Brandyn Young
  • Brittany Younger
  • Haley Zega
  • Michael Zimmerman
  • Sydney Zotti
According to Karen Pennell, ACT Assistant Vice President and Southwest Regional Manager,
"The Arkansas ACT Council recognizes those students who are making significant strides to
prepare themselves for college by taking rigorous courses and meeting the PLAN (Pre-ACT)
College Readiness Benchmarks. We also want to recognize that student PLAN (Pre-ACT)
achievement is the result of a strong commitment by Fayetteville High School teachers,
staff, administrators and parents to increase college readiness for all students."

FHS Track Coach Named Regional Coach of the Year

Posted by Alan on June 3, 2011 8:17 AM | Filed in News |

GillCoachoftheYear_logo.pngFHS track coach Drew Yoakum has been nominated as a Regional Track Coach of the Year by Gill Athletics. Yoakum is one of 13 coaches selected from across the nation for the regional awards.

If Yoakum is selected as one of the two national winners, he will receive $5,000 in Gill Athletics equipment for his teams and an expenses-paid trip for two to Eugene, OR to accept the award, as well as two complimentary tickets to the finals of the USA Track & Field Championships.

Yoakum's FHS track teams have enjoyed considerable success in recent years, winning two state championships in each of the past two years.

Click here to see the list of regional winners.

Take the FHS Student Technology Survey, Win Movie Passes!

Posted by Alan on June 2, 2011 3:40 PM | Filed in News |

popcorn.pngFHS STUDENTS: please click here take a quick survey about access to technology and be entered in a drawing for 4 Free Movie Passes. There will be one winner per FHS grade level, and the drawing will take place Friday, June 10th. The FHS Library will also be available for students to take the survey. Just go to:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FHSStudentSurvey2011

FHS STUDENTS ONLY PLEASE!

School Choice Application Deadline is July 1

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

changed_calendar.pngThe deadline to file a School Choice transfer application to transfer to the Fayetteville School District for the 2011-2012 school year is July 1, 2011. Applications must be postmarked by July 1 and mailed to Fayetteville Public Schools, PO Box 849, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Students wishing to transfer must meet the rules of the Arkansas School Choice Act to qualify for a non-resident transfer. 

New Video Animation of Completed FHS Project

Posted by Alan on June 2, 2011 10:16 AM | Filed in News |

FHS_commons.pngCheck out this video animation of what a walkthrough of the completed FHS Transformation Project might look like.

Click here for the video.

Architects Present Plans for FHS Project Phase 2

Posted by Alan on June 2, 2011 9:50 AM | (Not Filed) |

FHS_commons.pngThe architects on the FHS Transformation Project (Marlon Blackwell Group, DLR Group, and Hight Jackson) made a presentation to the Fayetteville Board of Education and the administration on the design plans for Phase 2 of the project.

Click here to see their presentation.

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