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January 2012 Archives

12 FHS Seniors Named 2012 Presidential Scholar Candidates

Posted by Alan on January 31, 2012 2:35 PM | Filed in News |


Twelve FHS seniors have qualified to be 2012 Presidential Scholar candidates. The seniors are Andrew Bakewell, Emile Blouin, Erin Boss, Brandon Fross, Katherine Gea, Hunter Latourette, Macy Manning, Ryan Pinter, Austin Ross, Emily Webb, Ian Wicks, and Rachel Zweig. Click here to see a group photo.

FHS had the largest number of Presidential Scholar candidates, with 12 of the 62 Arkansas seniors chosen.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Butterfield Students Write Bios of Butterfield Trail Village Residents

Posted by Alan on January 31, 2012 1:57 PM | Filed in News |

BT_BT.pngStudents in Becky Shofner's second grade class at Butterfield Trail Elementary School interviewed a group of residents from Butterfield Trail Village on January 19 to obtain information to write a biography of each of the residents.

The residents returned to Butterfield Trail on January 31 to hear the biographies and enjoy a snack with their interviewer. As you can see by the photos in the slideshow, all involved had a good time.

Click here to see a slideshow of the event. 

FHS Senior Wins Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest

Posted by Alan on January 30, 2012 11:40 AM | Filed in News |

Janna Allen.pngJanna Allen, a senior at Fayetteville High School, won the 2012 Rotary Four-Way Speech contest sponsored by the Fayetteville Rotary Club and the Northside Rotary Club on January 19. FHS senior Taylor Shelton won second place, and sophomore Ava Shirley took third place.

Allen won $500 for her efforts. Congratulations, Janna!

Deadline to Purchase 2012 FHS Yearbook is February 3

Posted by Alan on January 30, 2012 10:02 AM | Filed in News |

FHSCrest.pngThe deadline to purchase the 2012 FHS Amethyst yearbook is Friday, February 3. Order can be placed online at www.jostens.com or with Mr. Teague at FHS. Questions? Contact Mr. Teague at 445-1189

GT Architecture Display Draws Big Crowds

Posted by Alan on January 30, 2012 8:49 AM | Filed in News |

IMG_3758.pngStudents in the FPS Gifted & Talented Education program displayed the results of their study of architecture in the 2012 GT Architecture Display on January 28, 2012 at the Owl Creek School and Holt Middle School. The display drew large crowds to see the students' very impressive work. Click here to see a slideshow.

Notes from the January 26 School Board Meeting

Posted by Alan on January 27, 2012 3:35 PM | Filed in News |

FTB.pngThe January 26, 2012 edition of From the Board, notes from the regular meetings of the Fayetteville Board of Education, can be viewed at this link.

Student Architectural Designs on Display on Saturday, Jan. 28

Posted by Alan on January 26, 2012 3:05 PM | Filed in Events |

mb01.pngStudents in the Gifted & Talented program will showcase their work in the Architecture Showcase on Saturday, January 28. Elementary students' work will be on display in the Owl Creek School cafeteria from 9 am until noon. Secondary students (grades 6-9) will be on display in the Holt Middle School cafeteria, also from 9 am until noon. 

Asbell Wins $100,000 Grant from Target Corporation!

Posted by Alan on January 25, 2012 5:08 PM | (Not Filed) |

asbelltarget.pngThere was quite a celebration today (Wednesday, January 25, 2012) at Asbell Elementary School when the school publicly announced that Asbell will receive a $100,000 grant from Target Corporation. Click here to see a slideshow from the school assembly.

Target is awarding $100,000 grants to fifty schools in the United States, based on nominations of viewers of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Beth Anderson, the parent of an Asbell student, nominated Asbell to receive one of the grants, and the school was notified of the award yesterday. Ms. Anderson attended the assembly today and was loudly cheered by the students and staff.

Local Target store manager also Casey Beckley attended the assembly and received a warm welcome.

Congratulations, Asbell!

School Board Visits Ramay Jr. High

Posted by Alan on January 24, 2012 10:59 AM | Filed in News |

ramaytour.pngSchool board members visited Ramay Jr. High on January 18 to have lunch and tour several classrooms. Click here to the slide show. 

School Board, Administrators Tour FHS Construction

Posted by Alan on January 24, 2012 9:31 AM | Filed in News |

sitetour.pngMembers of the Fayetteville Board of Education and district administrators toured the new construction on the south end of the Fayetteville High School campus on Monday, January 23. Click here to see the slide show of the tour. 

Informational Meeting for 2013 China Trip to be held on January 24

Posted by Alan on January 23, 2012 2:47 PM | Filed in Events |

greatwall.pngAn informational meeting regarding the Woodland/FHS Student Immersion spring break 2013 trip to China will be held at Woodland on Tuesday, January 24 at 6 pm. All interested families should attend. Contact John Stiefer or Shay Hopper with questions.

FPS Well Represented at SW Region College Board Forum

Posted by Alan on January 17, 2012 10:08 AM | Filed in Events |

swro-632x248_11nov17.pngThe February 2012 Southwestern Region (AR, TX, OK, NM) College Board Forum will be held February 2-3 in Little Rock and will have considerable representation from the Fayetteville Public Schools. Around 400 attendees from the four states and The College Board's New York office are expected at the Peabody Hotel. 

Elected chair of the SW Regional Council is Barbara Prichard, FPS Director of the Gifted/Talented Program and Advanced Placement Exam Director.  Another Regional Council member is Maribeth Lynes, Associate Dean & Director of Honors College Recruitment at the University of Arkansas. 

A Forum highlight will be a reception honoring Governor Mike Beebe for his commitment to educational excellence and equity for all students. The Governor's recognition will be presented by Prichard. An additional highlight during that reception will be a performance by the FHS A Capella choir, directed by Dawnelle Fincher.

FHS AP teacher Rita Caver will also receive the AP Award for the Southwest Region for her outstanding work with the AP Program. 

The University of Arkansas is sponsoring extended hours at the Clinton Presidential Library for Forum attendees following the reception. AP Studio Art work from FHS students will be on display during the Forum. Student work was coordinated by AP Studio Art teacher Jeff Jackson. 

FHS principal Steve Jacoby and AP/Pre-AP teachers Rita Caver and Erin Johnson are selected presenters of among the fifty conference sessions. FPS Superintendent Vicki Thomas is an invited guest to a special dinner for school and legislative leaders attending the Forum.  

The SW Region Forum location rotates among the four member states; planning for the Arkansas-hosted Forum has been ongoing for the past year.    

Blue Man Group Member, Musicians Visit FHS

Posted by Alan on January 12, 2012 10:59 AM | Filed in News |

blue-man-head.pngA member of Blue Man Group (not in costume) and two of the musicians from the show visited FHS on January 11 and talked to band members. Click here to see the slide show.

Blue Man Group is appearing this week at the Walton Arts Center. Thanks to the WAC for arranging the visit!

School Spelling Champs to Compete in Washington County Spelling Bee

Posted by Alan on January 10, 2012 3:54 PM | Filed in News |

spelling_20bee.pngCongratulations to the following school spelling champions who will compete in the Washington County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:30 pm in the Woodland Jr. High cafeteria:

  • Asbell - Caleb Seawood
  • Butterfield - Andrew Nam
  • Happy Hollow - Lydia Willits
  • Holcomb - Aliyah Rocha
  • Holt - Ayesham Khan
  • Leverett - Carson Haller
  • McNair - Olivia Wales
  • Owl Creek Elem - Jason Miller
  • Owl Creek MS - Chesca Craig
  • Ramay - Nicholas Hannon
  • Root - Caroline Grage
  • Vandergriff - Ethan Jones
  • Washington - Saoirse McKeethen
  • Woodland - Tony Pirani, III

Best of luck to each of you!

Call for Judges for the 7th Annual FPS Science & Engineering Fair

Posted by Alan on January 10, 2012 2:32 PM | Filed in Events |

FPS Science Fair2.pngThe 7th annual district-wide FPS Science & Engineering Fair will be held on Thursday February 9 in Fayetteville High School's Auxiliary Gym.

We are seeking qualified judges in the areas listed below. Judging will begin at 8 am and should be completed by noon.

If you are interested in judging or if you know of someone who might be qualified to judge, please contact with David Young at Fayetteville High School. We need judges in the following areas:

• Animal Sciences
• Behavioral/Social Sciences
• Biochemistry
• Cellular/Molecular Biology
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Earth and Planetary Science
• Energy and Transportation
• Engineering: Electrical/Mechanical or Materials/Bioengineering
• Environmental Sciences and Management
• Mathematical Sciences
• Medicine and Health Sciences
• Microbiology
• Physics and Astronomy
• Plant Sciences

Let us know if you can help this year.

David Young and Bill Rosser
FPS Science Fair Co-Directors

Chess Tournament for Students in Grades K-9 on Feb. 25

Posted by Alan on January 9, 2012 3:37 PM | Filed in Events |

checkmate.pngThe Northwest Arkansas Scholastic Chess Tournament will be held Saturday, February 25 at St. Joseph School's new Family Life Center at 1722 N. Starr Dr. in Fayetteville. Registration will be on site from 8:30 am-9:00 am and will be $10, which includes lunch, medals, trophies and four rounds of tournament play.  All play should end by 2 pm. Players from grades K-9 will be divided into sections and players from across Northwest Arkansas are invited to participate. In case of inclement weather, the tournament will be re-scheduled for later in the spring.

In case of questions or inclement weather please contact Kathleen Wolf at wolfpakb@cox.net or 466-3166. 

Healthy Dinner on a Budget Family Cooking Class

Posted by Alan on January 9, 2012 1:17 PM | Filed in Events |

Apple_seeds.pngApple Seeds, Inc. in partnership with Fayetteville Public Schools will host a free cooking class for families of Owl Creek School and the surrounding community on Thursday, January 12 at 5 pm in the Owl Creek School cafeteria. 

This class will be led by Chef Adam Simmons, a Culinary Arts instructor at NWACC and FPS Child Nutrition Director. A chef for many years in high end restaurants in Aspen, Simmons decided to make a career change after a visit to his nephew's school left him feeling like the food should be a lot better. He will create a simple, healthy meal that is budget-friendly. After the class, samples of the dinner will be served.  All participants will also receive recipes and resources to help them prepare inexpensive, healthy meals at home.

This cooking class is the first of its kind to be held at area schools this year.  The class is being funded by the 21st Century Grant received by Owl Creek School to fund after school progamming.

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. Representatives of the media are welcome to attend.

For more information contact:
Lucy Kagan, Apple Seeds Inc., 970-227-4068, lucy@appleseedsinc.org

Bulldog Baseball Clinic on January 28-29

Posted by Alan on January 6, 2012 4:08 PM | Filed in Events |


Join the Fayetteville High School 4-time State Champion Bulldogs for some fun and get ready for baseball season!  The clinic will be held at the Indoor Practice Facility across from Harmon Field on Saturday, January 28  from 1:00-4:00 pm for boys and girls in grades 3-5, and Sunday, January 29 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for grades K-2.  Cost is $40 each and includes a t-shirt and signed baseball, snack and drink.  A limited number of bats and helmets will be available.  Please bring your own glove, bat and helmet if you have them, and water bottle.   If you have questions, please call 841-9846.  

Click here for the registration form.

tv_camera.jpgFayetteville High School Television students, Dalton Williams and Rachael England, were invited to be a part of the official press corp that covered the opening of Crystal Bridges in Bentonville on November 11, 2011. They spent the day covering the event and traveling with journalists from across the globe as they all gathered information for their stories on the inaugural event. Click here to see the video.

The square in town was filled with dignitaries from around the world as visionary - Alice Walton, architect - Moshe Safdie, and Museum director - Don Bacigalupi welcomed the first visitors into the museum.

Being a part of this momentous occasion made the students very aware of what a unique time this was in the history of Northwest Arkansas. They spoke with visitors young and old and filed their report on the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and its impact on our area and the people it will affect in the years to come.

Spring Break for the 2012-13 School Year

Posted by Alan on January 5, 2012 9:47 AM | Filed in News |

calendar.pngIf you're making advance plans, Spring Break for the 2012-13 school year will be March 18-22, 2013, as determined by Arkansas law. All Arkansas public schools will observe Spring Break that week.

1st Day of School for 2012-13 School Year

Posted by Alan on January 4, 2012 9:25 AM | Filed in News |

changed_calendar.pngWhile the calendars for the 2012-13 school year will not be approved by the Fayetteville Board of Education for a few more weeks, we do know that the first day of school will be Monday, August 20, 2012, as determined by Arkansas law. All schools except Asbell and Happy Hollow will open on that day.

Asbell and Happy Hollow will begin earlier than August 20 since they are on continuous learning calendars and receive a waiver to start earlier. We will publish that date as soon as the calendars are approved.

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