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October 2011 Archives

Tryouts for FHS Boys Soccer Team on Nov. 7-8

Posted by Alan on October 31, 2011 1:06 PM | Filed in News |

soccered.pngTryouts for the 2012 FHS Boys Soccer team will be held on Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8 from 5:30 to 7 pm both days at the Indoor Soccer facility located north of Harmon Field. Boys in grades 9-12 are eligible to tryout. 

Agri College Night on Thurs, Nov. 3

Posted by Alan on October 31, 2011 9:59 AM | Filed in Events |

Ag College copy.pngFayetteville High School will host Agriculture College Night on Thursday, November 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the FHS West Campus at 2350 W. Old Farmington Road.

Seniors that plan to study business, medical, pharmaceutical, health science, mechanics, engineering or any science related field are welcome to attend. One parent or guardian must attend with student. Free hot dogs and sodas will be available!

Important information to bring: GPA, ACT Score, and financial status on income taxes from last year. Admissions specialist and financial aid experts will be there to aid in completing forms such as admissions, FASFA, and Arkansas Lottery Scholarship.

Agriculture Students from FHS received over $100,000 in scholarships last year after attending this session. Colleges attending : University of Arkansas Agriculture and Engineering, NWACC, Northwest Technical Institute, and Tulsa Welding School.

Students interested in medical fields could attend the following:
  • Food Science
  • Poultry Science
Students in past have gone to medical school and pharmaceutical colleges with these degrees.

Students interested in environmental sciences could attend the following :
  • Plant Sciences
  • Horticulture and Environmental Sciences.

Students interested in the business world could attend the following:
  • Agriculture Business and Marketing
(FYI: Univ. of Ark. Agri. Business has a 98% job placement in the business world.)

Students interested in journalism, video or communications could attend:
  • Agriculture Communications

Students interested in mechanics or engineering
  • Agriculture Systems Technology Management
  • Engineering

Northwest Technical Institute offers degrees in:
  • Auto Diesel Mechanics
  • Diesel Computer Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Nursing

Students interested in early childhood development, interior design, hospitality
and restaurant management
could attend the following:
  • Agriculture - School of Human Environmental Sciences

Questions? Contact Bill Laney at bill.laney@fayar.net

FHS Student Council to Collect Food for FPS Families in Need

Posted by Alan on October 28, 2011 9:42 AM | Filed in Events |

food-drive.pngThe Fayetteville High School Student Council will hold a food drive from October 18 to November 7 to benefit families in need in the Fayetteville Public Schools. The drive will include all FPS schools, and all non-perishable foods will be accepted, including all types of canned goods, pasta, soups, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna and fish, hamburger helper, spaghetti meat sauce, cereal, snacks. etc.

Student Council members will be picking up the food at district schools. Thank you for your support!

22 FHS Seniors Honored, Awarded UA Chancellor's Scholarships

Posted by Alan on October 27, 2011 2:43 PM | Filed in Events |

natmeritrecp.png22 FHS seniors were honored today at a reception sponsored by Fayetteville High School and the University of Arkansas Honors College. Special guest UA Chancellor David Gearhart spoke briefly to the students and their parents before presenting each of the National Merit semifinalists and the National Achievement semifinalist with a Chancellor's Scholarship to the University of Arkansas. Representatives from the UA Honors College attended the reception to meet the students and their parents and to answer questions about the University of Arkansas.

Click here to see photos from the reception.

FHS Cheer to Host Bulldog Cheer Competition on Oct. 29

Posted by Alan on October 27, 2011 8:25 AM | Filed in Events |

state-champs2.pngThe defending state champion FHS Cheerleaders will host the 1st Annual Bulldog Cheer Competition on Saturday, October 29 in the Bulldog Gym. Come at 1:00 so you can be there when the FHS cheerleaders perform. All FHS students get free admission.

22 FHS Seniors to be Honored, Offered UA Scholarships

Posted by Alan on October 25, 2011 10:27 AM | (Not Filed) |

FHSCrest.pngTwenty-two Fayetteville High School seniors will be honored at a reception on Thursday, October 27 at 9 am in the FHS Library. Twenty-one FHS seniors qualified as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition, and one senior qualified as a semifinalist in the National Achievement competition, which is also directed by National Merit.

University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. David Gearhart and representatives from the UA Honors College will attend the reception and offer each of the seniors a Chancellor's Scholarship to the University of Arkansas. The parents of the students, members of the Fayetteville Board of Education, and superintendent Vicki Thomas will also attend the reception.

Twenty-one is the largest number of semifinalists ever achieved by Fayetteville High School, and it was the largest number from any high school in Arkansas this year.

Parent Teacher Conferences on Friday, Oct. 28, No School for Students

Posted by Alan on October 25, 2011 8:25 AM | (Not Filed) |

parent-teacher-conference.pngREMINDER: Parent-teacher conferences will be held at all schools on Friday, October 28, so students will not attend school that day. 

1st Annual Happy Hollow 5K and Fun Mile on Nov. 12

Posted by Alan on October 24, 2011 10:12 AM | Filed in Events |

HHHawk.pngHappy Hollow Elementary School will begin a new tradition on Saturday, November 12 with the first running of the Happy Hollow 5K and Fun Mile. The fun mile will begin at 8 am, and the 5K will begin at 8:30 am. The 5K will be a chip-timed event, and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 in each age division.

Click here for more info.

Ark. Dept. of Ed. Review FPS, Finds 100% Compliance!

Posted by Alan on October 21, 2011 8:25 AM | Filed in News |

100 ADE copy.pngThe Standards & Assurance office of the Arkansas Department of Education completed a review of the Fayetteville School District and each of our schools during a two-day visit, October 19-20. The review team reported to superintendent Vicki Thomas that both the district and all district schools are in 100% compliance with all 179 Arkansas Department of Education regulations.

"Congratulations to our principals, the teaching and support staff in our schools, and our central office team for their extraordinary work in preparing for this review!" said Thomas. "The review team was highly complimentary of the work being done in our schools. I'm very proud of this accomplishment, and I am grateful every day to be able to work with such a professional team."

Holcomb Elementary Celebrates Mrs. Holcomb's 90th Birthday

Posted by Alan on October 18, 2011 3:52 PM | Filed in Events |

Holcombday.pngHenrietta Holcomb, the namesake of Holcomb Elementary School, was honored at an assembly at Holcomb on Friday, October 14 in honor of Mrs. Holcomb's 90th birthday. Click here to see the slide show from the celebration. 

Ramay Jr. High Receives 2011 Governor's Quality Award

Posted by Alan on October 18, 2011 2:23 PM | Filed in News |

AQARamay2.pngRamay Jr. High was among the honorees at the 2011 Governor's Quality Award Celebration on Monday, October 17 at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. Twenty-three applicants from across the state of Arkansas received awards. Ramay will be recognized with a Commitment Award.

Click here to see a photo from the ceremony. (l to r: Fayetteville Public Education Foundation executive director Holly Johnson, FPS superintendent Vicki Thomas, Ramay principal Matt Saferite, and Ramay dean of students Chris Sputo)

Congratulations, Ramay!! Great job!!

Join Mayor Jordan for a Trail Tour on Saturday, October 22

Posted by Alan on October 17, 2011 2:17 PM | Filed in Events |

letsmove_pantone_bkgd.pngTake a trail tour with Mayor Lioneld Jordan on Saturday, October 22 starting at 9:00 a.m. in front of Nadine Baum Studio at 505 West Spring Street. The tour will follow Frisco Trail north and end at Wilson Park where participants are invited to join the festivities of the 4th annual Puppets in the Park and the annual Art Walk in the Park.
Trail Tour participants will be eligible to enter in a drawing for prizes from Lewis & Clark Outfitters, Walton Arts Center, and other Tour Partners.
The Mayor's Trail Tour is part of the national Let's Move program to combat childhood obesity. Partners for the tour are Lewis & Clark Outfitters, Walton Arts Center, Trail Trekkers, Audubon Arkansas, Fayetteville Public Schools, Beaver Water District, Shaky Bugs, The Art Experience, and the Northwest Arkansas Food bank. 
To become a Trail Tour partner or for more information contact Julie McQuade at (479) 575-8302 or jmcquade@ci.fayetteville.ar.us .
For more information about the Let's Move! Fayetteville program and how you can help contact Julie McQuade.

FHS EAST Students Making a Real Difference in Fayetteville

Posted by Alan on October 17, 2011 12:54 PM | Filed in Events |

Eastlogo.pngMore than 20 Fayetteville High School students will host their annual "EAST Night Out" on Tuesday, October 18, at the school's EAST Classroom (FHS 2504). Beginning at 6:00 PM, EAST students will present visitors with an overview of the EAST program and will demonstrate a sample of the community work and service provided and facilitated by their EAST classroom. The event is open to the public and is designed to inform the community about their school's EAST accomplishments.

What is EAST?
EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology. EAST is an educational model that provides new ways of learning for modern students. EAST focuses on student-driven service projects accomplished through the use of the latest in technology.

In 2011, Fayetteville High's EAST students spent time mapping using GPS accidents in Fayetteville to help better the safety of the roads, and to help with accident response times. Students also learned about alternative energy, and how to be 'Green', including wind power, solar power, eclectic power, and human power. Students have begun making a green house, which is paired with a rain barrel, and hydroponics system. Another group of students have transformed a stationary bike, so that when peddled, energy can be generated and stored in a battery.

For More Information
For more information about Fayetteville High School's EAST program, please contact Mark White at  mark.white@fayar.net or visit the FHS EAST web page.
To find an EAST Night Out near you visit www.EASTNightOut.com.

EAST Boilerplate
EAST® (Environmental and Spatial Technology) is an educational model that focuses on student-driven service projects accomplished by using teamwork and cutting-edge technology. EAST schools are equipped with classrooms containing state-of-the-art work-stations, servers, software and accessories, including GPS/GIS mapping tools, architectural and CAD design software, 3D animation suites, virtual reality development and more. Students identify problems in their local communities and then use these tools to develop solutions, collaborating with civic and other groups in the process. For more information visit www.EASTinitiative.org, email EASTinfo@EASTstaff.org or call 501. 371.5016.

Parent-Teacher Conferences at FHS

Posted by Alan on October 13, 2011 10:50 AM | Filed in News |

parent-teacher-conference.pngScheduling appointments for Parent Teacher conferences begins Monday, October 17 and continues through Tuesday, October 18 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day.  To make an appointment, you may visit the FHS website and click on the "Parent Teacher Conference Form" located on the left sidebar of the webpage. Parent-Teachers conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 25 (4:30 to 7:30 pm) and Friday, October 28 (8 am to 1 pm).

You may also call 479-445-1226 or 479-445-1170. Messages cannot be left on the phones, so please call back if you are not able to talk directly with someone. 

It's highly recommended that parents use the website to make appointments.

Get your Holiday Poinsettias from the FHS Choirs

Posted by Alan on October 13, 2011 9:46 AM | Filed in News |

poinsettia.pngFayetteville High School choir members will be selling poinsettias for the holiday season again this year. You may purchase your poinsettias for $10 each from any choir member. The poinsettias will be available on November 30. More info is available on their Facebook page

Jamie_Highfill.pngJamie Highfill, who teaches 8th grade English at Woodland Jr. High, has been named the Arkansas Outstanding Middle-Level Language Arts Teacher for 2011 by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts. Highfill will receive her award during a banquet at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock on Thursday, November 3. 

Congratulations, Jamie!

Wednesday, October 12 is Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day

Posted by Alan on October 11, 2011 9:47 AM | Filed in Events |

crossing-guard.pngGovernor Mike Beebe has proclaimed Wednesday, October 12 as Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day in Arkansas. Fayetteville resident Paula Marinoni had the idea for the special day, and she has worked tirelessly over the past nine years to promote it. Click here to see the proclamation from Gov. Beebe.

Crosswalks in Fayetteville will be marked with a special sign on Wednesday to help both drivers and walkers be more aware of each other. Join us in helping promote crosswalk safety!

Join the Hunger in the Land of Plenty Discussion On Oct 19

Posted by Alan on October 10, 2011 11:05 AM | Filed in Events |

Feed_fayetteville.pngPlease join Feed Fayetteville to learn more about our city's hunger issues on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 pm at the University of Arkansas Global Campus (Northeast corner of the Fayetteville Square) in the first of a series of discussions, "Hunger in the Land of Plenty".

This first panel will focus on hunger in our educational systems from preschool to adult learning environments. We'll hear from experts working at Head Start, the Fayetteville Public Schools, the University of Arkansas, and Fayetteville's Adult and Community Education Center about what they face everyday, then have an opportunity to discuss with them the issues and possible solutions.

There is NO fee for this event; however, a shelf-stable protein (beans, peanut butter, tuna, etc.) source would be greatly appreciated. These donated goods will be given to the pantries represented by the participating panelists.

FPS Schools to Celebrate National Farm to School Month

Posted by Alan on October 10, 2011 10:38 AM | Filed in Events |

NFTS_logo_color5.pngIn November 2010, Congress approved a resolution to officially designate October as National Farm to School Month. Fayetteville Public Schools will team up with local farmers, producers and organizations Feed Fayetteville and Apple Seeds Inc. to celebrate the first National Farm to School Month. Students will learn about the importance of eating local foods in a dynamic, interactive lesson and eat a delicious lunch made with locally sourced ingredients from Northwest Arkansas Farmers.

The Farm to School program and special menu will be featured at three elementary schools:
  • Owl Creek Elementary, October 19
  • Happy Hollow Elementary, October 20
  • Butterfield Trail Elementary, October 21

The students will enjoy the action packed lesson about food miles and why locally grown food is more nutritious and better for our environment, and then eat the locally grown meal in the cafeteria with Lunch Buddy volunteers. The Lunch Buddy volunteers will sit at the table with the students encouraging tasting of the different foods and providing opportunity for further discussion about nutrition and local foods.

Woodland, Community to Honor Bill Conrow on Oct. 13

Posted by Alan on October 10, 2011 10:02 AM | Filed in Events |

woodland_cowboy.pngFormer Woodland teacher Bill Conrow is being honored for his many years of service to Woodland Junior High School and the Woodland athletic programs at the Woodland v. Siloam Springs football game at Harmon Field on Thursday, October 13, at approximately 7:15 pm (between 8th and 9th grade games, prior to 9th grade kickoff).

Mr. Conrow taught math at Woodland from 1969 to 2000 (32 years).

While he was teaching math, he also worked with the athletic department, sometimes as a volunteer.  Mr. Conrow was has had a tremendous impact on Woodland and FPS as a whole:

  • He started and coached the Woodland Cowgirl's basketball program in the 1970's.
  • He was a long-term track coach.
  • He was the scorekeeper for home basketball games, many since retiring as a teacher.
  • He was the announcer at home football games, even during retirement.
  • He watched his children and grandchildren at many athletic events.
  •  He is still in regular attendance as a fan at Woodland football home games.
  • It is estimated that he has coached, volunteered, or attended far more than 1,500 Woodland athletic events in his lifetime.

There will be a "Sit with Conrow" section marked off on the home side of Harmon field on Thurs night, Oct 13.   All former teachers, coaches, students, players, etc. are invited to attend. There will also be a "Pass the Cowboy Hat" opportunity for friends to donate to help offset health care costs for Mr. Conrow.

For more information contact:

Shay Hopper
Woodland JHS

Child Nutrition Director Interviewed on KUAF

Posted by Alan on October 7, 2011 3:00 PM | Filed in News |

KUAF_Logo.pngOur own Chef Adam Simmons, director of Child Nutrition Services for the Fayetteville Public Schools, was interviewed today (Friday, Oct. 7, 2011) on KUAF's "Ozarks at Large" about the nutritional changes being made in school breakfasts and lunches. Click here to hear the interview. 

City Sales Tax Election Set for Tuesday, October 11

Posted by Alan on October 6, 2011 1:49 PM | (Not Filed) |

vote.jpgOn October 11, an election will be held for Fayetteville voters to decide whether to renew the existing 1% sales tax to continue funding of city operations and the Capital Improvement Program. The city¹s 1% sales tax currently generates $9.2 million for General Fund operations and $6.2 million for the Sales Tax Capital Fund used for construction and equipment.

Early voting continues at the County Clerk¹s office in the Washington County Courthouse at 280 North College through Monday, October 10. Early voting hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm. Election day polling sites are listed on the Washington County Clerk web site.

Washington Outdoor Concert Series Continues Oct 19

Posted by Alan on October 5, 2011 11:21 AM | Filed in Events |

wash_concer2.pngDon't miss the 2nd performance in the Washington Concert Series, benefiting the Washington Elementary School music program, on Wednesday, October 19 at 5:30 pm in the Starr Outdoor Classroom at Washington.

The concert is open to the public and will feature live music by Derek, Rickey & Jake. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes!

Cost: $5 per Washington family; $5 per person to the general public; kids FREE.

Food and drinks for sale. No alcohol allowed.

For more info: ssjung@cox.net

College Night for Parents of FHS Seniors on Oct 24

Posted by Alan on October 5, 2011 8:52 AM | Filed in Events |

CollegePrep101Logo.pngFayetteville High School would like to invite the parents of all FHS seniors to "College Night for Parents" on Monday, October 24 at 6:30 pm in the FHS Auditorium. It will be hosted by the FHS Guidance Department and the administration.
This evening will be a College 101 - topics covered will be anything connected to the college application process: Applying, Financial Aid, Testing, the Application time-line, etc. We hope you can attend!

Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled for Students and Staff

Posted by Alan on October 4, 2011 11:34 AM | Filed in News |

sick.pngFlu shots will be available for all students and staff in the Fayetteville Public Schools from October 17-21, based on the following schedule:

Monday, October 17:
Happy Hollow Elementary, 10 am, Cafeteria
Fayetteville High School, 12:30 pm, Auxiliary Gym

Tuesday, October 18:
Vandergriff Elementary, 7:30 am, Gym
Root Elementary, 10:30 am, Gym
Woodland Jr. High, 1 pm, Room D1

Wednesday, October 19:
Holt Middle School, 7:30 am, Band Room
Holcomb Elementary, 10 am, Assembly Room
Owl Creek School, 12:30 pm, Stage

Thursday, October 20:
Washington Elementary, 7:30 am, Gym
Leverett Elementary, 10:30 am, Music Room
Butterfield Trail Elementary, 1 pm, Cafeteria

Friday, October 21:
McNair Middle School, 7:00 am, Library
Ramay Jr. High/ALLPS, 10:00 am, Large Group Room/Computer Room
Asbell Elementary School, 1 pm, Library

Each student must return a completed, signed permission form before an immunization will be administered. There is no charge for the immunization.

Ramay Jr. High to Receive Governor's Quality Award

Posted by Alan on October 4, 2011 8:47 AM | Filed in News |

Ramay_Logo.pngRamay Jr. High will be among the honorees at the 2011 Governor's Quality Award Celebration on Monday, October 17 at 6 pm at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. Twenty-three applicants from across the state of Arkansas will receive awards.  Ramay will be recognized with a Commitment Award.

Philip Singerman, the newly appointed associate director for Innovation and Industry Services with NIST in Washington, DC will be the guest speaker.

Congratulations to Ramay!!

FHS Choral Students Fare Well at All-Region Tryouts

Posted by Alan on October 3, 2011 8:52 AM | Filed in News |

music-notes.pngFHS had a great day at All-Region tryouts on Saturday, October 1! Fifty-one students were selected to the All-Region Choirs, and 32 of those chosen are eligible to tryout for the All-State Choir. Those selected to the All-Region Choirs include:

Mixed Choir:
  • Shelby Armstrong
  • Taylor Barker
  • Emily Beaver
  • Erika Butler
  • Jesse Clark
  • Ashley Cunningham
  • Henry Darnell
  • Erin Edmiston
  • Claudia Hall
  • Maggie Harris
  • Zane Harrod
  • Matt Hart
  • Ben Harrison
  • Michael Kamilos
  • Sarah Beth Kenley
  • Katherine Kroening
  • John Lawson
  • Cassie Lime
  • Emily McComas
  • Maddie Mee
  • Drew Neal (alt)
  • Cody Nielsen
  • Josh Parisi
  • Jamie Randall
  • Hyrum Richardson
  • Charles Robinson
  • Dylan Roth
  • Drew Rudasill
  • Christine Tan
  • Cole Teaster
  • Mary McWha
  • Collin Woody

Women's Choir
  • Samantha Arroyos
  • Mia Bautista (alt)
  • Hannah Baker
  • Val Beshears
  • Daje Conley
  • Taylor Davis
  • Emma Gibson (alt)
  • Hailey Harrod
  • Kayla Kimball
  • Morgan McDonald
  • Cyrenthia McLennan
  • Stephany Nelson
  • Courtney Owens
  • Haodi Ruan
  • Christina Sagan
  • Sophia Scalise
  • Jordan Shy
  • Gabby Sisco
  • Kristin Weaver
  • Patience Williams
  • Lillyan Woody

Complete List