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September 2011 Archives

Root, McNair, FHS named in 2011 Best of the Best Readers Poll

Posted by Alan on September 30, 2011 3:02 PM | Filed in News |

best_emblem.pngRoot Elementary School, McNair Middle School, and Fayetteville High School were listed in the 2011 "Best of the Best" readers poll results in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Northwest Arkansas edition. Root was named the best elementary school, and McNair was named the best middle school. FHS was a finalist for best high school.

Click here to see the "Best of the Best" website.

Great Online Homework Resource from Fayetteville Public Library

Posted by Alan on September 30, 2011 11:08 AM | Filed in News |

brainfuse.pngCheck out this great online resource from our good friends at the Fayetteville Public Library. Brainfuse: online, on demend, anytime, eLearning for all ages and levels!

  • Homework Help: Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
  • Skills-Building: Choose state-aligned lesson and get real-time help.
  • Personalized eLearning Tools: My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
  • 24-Hour Writing Lab: Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • 24/7 Homework Question Center: Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
  • Adult Learning Center: Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
  • Foreign Language Center /Spanish-Speaking Support
Click here for Brain Fuse. 

Staff Inservice Day set for Friday, October 7

Posted by Alan on September 30, 2011 9:58 AM | Filed in News |

Inservice_Day.pngJust a reminder: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 will be a Staff Inservice day in all Fayetteville Public Schools. Students will not attend school that day. 

To see the district calendars for the 2011-12 school year, including the CLC calendar for Asbell and Happy Hollow, click here.

Slideshow from the 2011 FHS Homecoming Parade

Posted by Alan on September 29, 2011 2:19 PM | Filed in Feature Stories |

HCsmall.pngCheck out the photos from the 2011 FHS Homecoming Parade, held on Wednesday, September 28 at the Fayetteville Square.

Click here to see the slideshow.

FHS to Present You Can't Take it With You Oct. 13-14

Posted by Alan on September 29, 2011 8:49 AM | Filed in Events |

YCTIWY4.pngFayetteville High School will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "You Can't Take It With You," October 13 and 14 in the Fayetteville High School Auditorium. This classic American comedy has entertained audiences for over seventy years. 

The cast includes Christina Sagan, Morgan Vesper, Janna Allen, Hyrum Richardson, O. J. Benjamin, Ty Beringer, Charles Robinson, Cody Nielsen, Emily Beaver, Ashley Cunningham, Colin Woody, Dalton Williams, Courtney Ulrich, Austin Ross, Bethany Harper, Camila Restrepo, Gordon Allison, Alonzo Jett, Sam Oswald, and Abel Soster.

The play is under the direction of drama teacher Warren Rosenaur, and the student assistant director is Emily Webb.  The student sound designer is Nate Korth.

Click the links below for photos from the production:
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3

Curtain time for "You Can't Take It With You" is 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $7.00 for students and $8.00 for non-students.  For more information or tickets call the Fayetteville High School Drama Dept. at 445-1193.

FHS Senior Named National Achievement Semifinalist

Posted by Alan on September 28, 2011 10:30 AM | Filed in News |

Bethany_Sykes.pngFHS senior Bethany Sykes has qualified as a semifinalist in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a program for Black American high school seniors that is part of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Bethany was the only student in Northwest Arkansas chosen for the program this year and one of only 12 selected in Arkansas.

More than 1,600 students were chosen as semifinalists in the National Achievement program this year, and the students will compete for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.4 million.

Congratulations, Bethany!

FHS Lady Bulldog Golf Team Wins 7th Consecutive State Title

Posted by Alan on September 27, 2011 2:17 PM | Filed in News |

bulldoggolf.pngThe FHS Lady Bulldog golf team has won the 2011 7A State Championship today at Fayetteville Country Club. This is the 7th CONSECUTIVE state title won by the Lady Bulldogs!

Congratulations, ladies!!

2011 FHS Homecoming Court Named

Posted by Alan on September 26, 2011 3:02 PM | Filed in News |

HopeW.pngThe 2011 Fayetteville High School Homecoming Court was named during an assembly at FHS on Thursday, September 22. The queen will be Hope Wetherington, maid of honor will be Luci Brooks, first maid will be Bethany Sykes, second maid will be Christina Sagan, and third maid will be Charlotte Banister.

The queen will be crowned during ceremonies at the Homecoming game on Friday, September 30 at Harmon Field.

Click here to see a photo of the court (photo courtesy of Richey Miller)

FHS Homecoming Parade Moved to Wednesday, Sept. 28

Posted by Alan on September 26, 2011 11:31 AM | Filed in Events |

parade_2010.pngThe 2011 Fayetteville High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 pm. The parade is traditionally held on Friday of Homecoming Week, but the change was made to accommodate the Bikes, Blues and Barbecue festival this week and the associated traffic congestion.

The 2011 parade will follow the traditional route, leaving Harmon Field and turning right on Center Street. The parade will move east on Center Street before turning right on Church Street. It will then turn left on to Mountain Street and move toward the Fayetteville Square. It will turn left on to Block Street and move clockwise around the Fayetteville Square before culminating on the southeast corner of the Square at the intersection of Mountain Street and East Avenue.

A pep rally will follow the parade on the south side of the Square.

Dedication of Butterfield Trail Elementary Wildlife Habitat & Garden

Posted by Alan on September 26, 2011 10:06 AM | Filed in News |

habitat.pngThe new Butterfield Trail Elementary School wildlife and gardening space was dedicated on Thursday, September 15. The garden was made possible by the efforts of Apple Seeds, Inc., Butterfield Trail Elementary School and the Butterfield PTA, and the Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee's Community Wildlife Habitat Project. The new space which features a rain garden, raised vegetable beds, herb garden, and a pollinator garden is the first of its kind in our schools. Mayor Lioneld Jordan was on hand to help the students place the first plants in the planting beds.

Click here to see a slide show from the dedication.

Percival Named Winner of Zone 1 Election

Posted by Alan on September 21, 2011 3:42 PM | Filed in News |

vote.jpgSteve Percival has been declared the winner of the race for the Zone 1 seat on the Fayetteville Board of Education. Percival was challenged in his re-election bid to the seat by Jim McGinty in the September 20 school election. Percival won by a vote total of 115 to 113.

Congratulations also to Jim Halsell, who was unopposed in his re-election to the At Large Seat 1 position on the school board.

FHS, BHS Students To Tailgate Together on Friday

Posted by Alan on September 21, 2011 10:50 AM | Filed in Events | Comments (1)

RIVALS.pngStudents from Fayetteville High School and Bentonville High School will come together before the kickoff of the football game on Friday night at Harmon Field to build community, get to know each other, have some fun, and enjoy the rivalry during a tailgate party in the parking lot south of Harmon Field at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 23.

Radio station 92.1 The Ticket will broadcast the game and will also be sponsoring a Buffalo chicken wing eating contest, as well as other contests during the tailgate. Students from both schools will also autograph a huge sign that is being called "Sayings for Sara." It will be given to the parents of Sara Symons, the Bentonville student who died in an auto accident earlier this school year. 

Protecting Kids from Second-Hand Smoke in Vehicles

Posted by Alan on September 21, 2011 9:39 AM | Filed in News |

nosmoking.pngEffective July 27, an amended Arkansas law will now protect 78 percent of Arkansas children from secondhand smoke in vehicles - a significant increase from the law's previous 34 percent protected.  Act 811 of 2011 makes it a primary offense to smoke in a vehicle with children under 14, and violators can be pulled over and ticketed.

The Arkansas Protection from Secondhand Smoke for Children Act of 2006, also known as Act 13, previously protected children under 6 and weighing less than 60 pounds.  During the 88th General Assembly, Sen. Percy Malone (D-Arkadelphia) filed a bill to increase the age of protection, and after passing the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives, Governor Mike Beebe signed the bill into law on March 30.

The concentration of secondhand smoke in vehicles can exceed that in homes and bars by 10 to 100 times due to their confined space. Children's developing respiratory, immune and nervous systems are especially vulnerable to the dangerous health effects of secondhand smoke, and we are thrilled this law will protect more of them.

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, lower respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma and slowed lung growth.  Cigarette smoke contains hundreds of toxic chemicals - at least 69 of which cause cancer, and each year, 470 Arkansans die from secondhand smoke.

Even with open windows, smoke can stay trapped in a car, exposing children to high levels of particulate pollution.  In a short time, pollution levels from a single burning cigarette can build to a hazard level equivalent to the vicinity of an outdoor forest fire.  According to the 2008 Adult Tobacco Survey, 73 percent of Arkansas adults would support a stronger law that protects all children under 18 from exposure to secondhand smoke in vehicles.

For more information, call the Arkansas Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program at (501) 661-2953, or to quit smoking call the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Advance Tickets Available for Friday Night's Game

Posted by Alan on September 20, 2011 12:34 PM | Filed in News |

Bulldog Purple head.pngTickets for Friday night's FHS vs Bentonville game may be purchased in advance through the Fayetteville Athletic Office, located in the FPS Fitness Center. Tickets may be purchased from Linda Bolin, Athletic Administrative Assistant, from 10:00-12:00 Thursday and Friday morning, or by contacting Linda linda.bolin@fayar.net and making other arrangements.
Single game tickets in the reserved  chair back section will also be on sale for $10 per seat. Regular general admission price is $5.

Let's Move Trail Tour on Saturday Morning with Mayor Jordan

Posted by Alan on September 20, 2011 8:13 AM | Filed in Events |

letsmove_pantone_bkgd.pngArea kids are invited to join Mayor Lioneld Jordan for a Trail Tour on Saturday, September 24. Bring a parent or the whole family and join Mayor Jordan for a Trail Tour. The event will start at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks at 9:00 a.m. with a free pre-tour of the Butterfly pavilion followed by a bicycle safety presentation by Dave Bowman and the Trail Trekkers.  The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is located at 4703 N Crossover Road.

The walking tour will leave from the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks around 10:00 a.m. and proceed up the Lake Fayetteville Trail to the North Lake Fayetteville pavilion, where families can enjoy a free healthy snack while being entertained by Shaky Bugs.
The City of Fayetteville is proud to partner with Beaver Water District, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Jules Taylor, and Shaky Bugs to present this Trail Tour event as part of the Let's Move! Fayetteville program.

The length of this trail tour is 2.8 miles from the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks to the North Lake Fayetteville pavilion.

Let's Move! Fayetteville is the City of Fayetteville's initiative to improve the health of our community members, especially our children. "Nothing is more important for our future than the health of our children because they are our future. We must do everything we can to give them a healthy start, a healthy community, and a healthy future," stated Mayor Jordan.

Help Heal the Hurt at the Bulldog Game Friday Night

Posted by Alan on September 20, 2011 8:02 AM | Filed in News |

hdr_3.pngHeal the Hurt Charity Football Night
Friday, September 23, 2011
This Friday night at Harmon Field, Fayetteville plays Bentonville at 7:30 pm.  The FHS Cheer and Dance teams will be working together at the game to raise money, awareness, and toiletry donations for a very special, local cause, the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter.  The first 200 people to donate will receive a free t-shirt or spirit item.  Our goal is to collect 500 donated toiletry items, that will be directly delivered to the shelter.  We will also be collecting monetary donations from fans in the stands. 
Toiletry items needed at the shelter include, but are not limited to:
  • paper towels
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste (especially infant/toddler)
  • toilet paper
  • hand soap
  • hairbrushes
  • shampoo and conditioner

FHS Cheerleaders and dancers will be wearing special t-shirts that read "Heal the Hurt--Text Child10 to 20222 to donate $10 to the NWA Children Shelter." We hope to have 400 people send a text, which would collectively donate $4000 to the shelter.  Please go to www.nwacs.com and clink on the video tab.  This video is comprised of the stories of 3 young women and their personal experience when they lived at the NWA children's shelter.
Facts you ought to know:
  • NWACS only receives 20% of its operating costs from the state.
  • $3 million dollars is what it cost to run the shelter per year.
  • By supplying toiletry items to the shelter, this allows monetary donations to pay for special activities for the kids.
  • NWACS is able to service 400 children each year, but must turn away as many as 600 each year.
  • In the US more than 3 million cases of child abuse or neglect are reported each year...or 1 case every 10 seconds.
  • NWACS takes in kids who have suffered from
      Physical Abuse - 20%
      Sexual Abuse - 10%
      Neglect - 70%

Thank you to our sponsors: Boomerang Carwash of Fayetteville, Hog Country Media, and Best Buy.
Please join us in healing the hurt this Friday night.

Watch the School Board Zone 1 Candidate Forum on FPS-TV

Posted by Alan on September 16, 2011 4:27 PM | Filed in News |

FPSTV.pngThe candidate forum for the Zone 1 candidates for the Fayetteville School Board will be broadcast several times on FPS-TV before the school election on Tuesday, September 20. You may view the broadcast on Cox Channel 217, AT&T Channel 99 or streaming from our website. The broadcast times will be:

Friday, September 16:
6 pm

Saturday, September 17
6:30 am
1:30 pm
6:00 pm
9:30 pm

Sunday, September 18
7:00 am
2:00 pm
5:30 pm
9:00 pm

Monday, September 19
11:30 am
2:30 pm
6:30 pm
10:00 pm

Tuesday, September 20
6:30 am
9:00 am
11:30 am
3:00 pm

World War II Vet Shares His Experiences with McNair Students

Posted by Alan on September 15, 2011 5:04 PM | (Not Filed) |

DrTrapp3.pngDr. Phil Trapp, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Arkansas and a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Pacific in World War II, shared his military experiences with the Wrangler 7th grade pod on September 14. During his time in the Pacific, Dr. Trapp witnessed the raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima, fought in Okinawa, and was in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government.

Here is Dr. Trapp showing the students his military photo. Here is Dr. Trapp speaking to the McNair students.

The McNair students were excited to hear Dr. Trapp's stories of his experiences in  World War II and were very grateful he came to share them.

School Board Candidate Forum Tonight at City Hall

Posted by Alan on September 15, 2011 10:31 AM | Filed in Events |

LWV.pngThe League of Women Voters will host a school board candidate forum from 6 to 7 pm tonight (Thursday, September 15) at Fayetteville City Hall, room 219. Steve Percival is seeking re-election to the Zone 1 seat on the Fayetteville Board of Education, and he is being challenged by James McGinty. The school election will be held on Tuesday, September 20.

The forum will be videotaped and broadcast on both the Government Channel and FPS-TV. Broadcast times will be posted here as soon as they are available.

School Board Visits Asbell for Breakfast, Morning Assembly

Posted by Alan on September 15, 2011 7:58 AM | Filed in News |

bfastadvice.pngMembers of the Fayetteville Board of Education and superintendent Vicki Thomas visited Asbell Elementary School on Wednesday, September 14 to have breakfast with the students and participate in the morning assembly.

Click here to see the slide show of the visit.

Large Crowd Attends Dedication of Beautiful New Happy Hollow Elementary

Posted by Alan on September 15, 2011 7:39 AM | Filed in News |

HappyHollowENTRY.pngA large crowd turned out for the dedication of the beautiful new Happy Hollow Elementary School on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce president Steve Clark joined school board president Susan Heil, superintendent Vicki Thomas, and the other members of the school board in the brief dedication ceremony. Many former Happy Hollow teachers also attended the event. Happy Hollow principal Sharon Pepple and the staff at Happy Holllow proudly gave guests tours of the new school.

Click here to see a slide show of the dedication.

Woodland Students Remember Sept. 11, 2001

Posted by Alan on September 14, 2011 5:02 PM | Filed in News |

wjhflags.pngOn Friday, September 9, 2011, Woodland High School students placed an American flag for every victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the lawn of the campus during a ceremony to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the national tragedy. Woodland students researched the victims and wrote the victims' names on the flags.

Click here to see a slide show from the ceremony.

21 FHS Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Posted by Alan on September 14, 2011 1:26 PM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

NatlMeritLogo.pngTwenty-one Fayetteville High School seniors have been named as semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition. The seniors were recognized today during a reception at FHS by principal Steve Jacoby.

This is the largest number of semifinalists at FHS in school history, and FHS had more semifinalists than any other high school in Arkansas.

The students are: Andrew Bakewell, Emile Blouin, Deven Bolding, Erin Boss, Timothy Dahms, Kagan Dupuy-Reagan, Brandon Fross, Katherine Gea, Kaitlyn Hurlbut, Andrew Kaiser, Hunter Latourette, Macy Manning, Peter Montgomery, George Paulson, Carlin Purcell, Hyrum Richardson, Austin Ross, Rob Rutherford, Tyler Steiner, Emily Webb, and Rachel Zweig.

Click here for the group photo.

With this latest honor, FHS can certainly lay claim to being the #1 academic high school in Arkansas. FHS also has the highest average ACT score in Arkansas and the most AP Scholars.


Wildlife and Gardening Space to be Dedicated Thursday at Butterfield

Posted by Alan on September 14, 2011 9:06 AM | (Not Filed) |

ButterflyMeadow.pngApple Seeds, Inc. in partnership with Butterfield Trail Elementary School and the Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee's Community Wildlife Habitat Project will celebrate the dedication of a garden/wildlife space on Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 pm at Butterfield. This new space, which includes a rain garden, raised vegetable garden beds, herb garden and pollinator garden is the first of its kind for any Fayetteville Public School.

The celebration will include an herb planting activity with Mayor Lioneld Jordan and a garden tour. Children from the Gardening Club will present two new raised beds for the space. This will be the culmination of nearly 6 months work. Community partners involved in this project include the Butterfield Trail Parent & Teacher Organization, Fayetteville in Bloom, Master Gardeners and several others.
Future plans for the new learning space include installing a water feature, planting additional herbs and vegetables, and building an outdoor classroom area where all teachers can lead lessons.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education. Other significant funding for the project has come from the Butterfield PTO, Community Wildlife Habitat Project, Fayetteville in Bloom, and Illinois River Watershed Partnership.

FPS 2010 Millage Campaign Featured in NSPRA Newsletter

Posted by Alan on September 13, 2011 8:30 AM | Filed in News |

groundbreak1.pngProject Millage 2010, the successful millage campaign directed by FPS last year, is featured in the most recent issue of The NSPRA Network, the newsletter of the National School Public Relations Association. Click here to see the article. 

Early Voting in School Election Begins Sept 13

Posted by Alan on September 12, 2011 8:25 AM | Filed in News |

vote.pngEarly voting in the September 20 school election in Fayetteville will begin at on Tuesday, September 13 in the Washington County Clerk's office in the Washington County Courthouse, 280 North College. Hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, including
the Monday, September 19, 2011 before the election.

There is only one contested race on the ballot. Steve Percival, who currently holds the Zone 1 seat on the school board, is being challenged by James McGinty. Jim Halsell is seeking re-election to the At-Large Seat 1 position, and he is unopposed.


Kickoff for Bulldog Football Game on Sept 2 is at 7:10 pm

Posted by Alan on September 1, 2011 9:52 AM | Filed in News |

Bulldog Purple head.pngThe kickoff for the Fayetteville High School vs. Parkway West (MO) High School football game on Friday, September 2 has been moved to 7:10 pm. The change in kickoff time was made to accommodate the travel schedule of the Parkway West team, as well as the annual Kiddie Clinic that will take place prior to kickoff at Harmon Field.

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