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May 2012 Archives

Fayetteville Proclaims Sherri Wheeler Day

Posted by Aimee on May 31, 2012 11:58 AM | (Not Filed) |

For each of the past ten years, Vandergriff 2nd Grade Teacher Sherri Wheeler has organized a book drive to benefit the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.  Named after her dog Charlie Brown, the book sale has generated a grand total of approximately $30,000 for the shelter.

This year, in honor of Wheeler's commitment, Mayor Lioneld Jordan proclaimed May 24th, 2012 Sherri Wheeler Day in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

"I am shocked and overwhelmed," said Wheeler, who appeared visibly moved when she was surprised by the proclamation at a school assembly on Thursday by City Council member and Vice Mayor Bobby Ferrell.

View a slideshow of the assembly here.

Books are donated to the sale at Vandergriff, and then sold for $.50 each.  "It raises money for the shelter, but also provides kids with inexpensive books for the summer," said Wheeler.  Her second graders work in the book sale, collecting, sorting, and selling the books, and many others at Vandergriff volunteer their time and energy.

From $250 the first year, the sale keeps growing, with almost $5,000 raised this year. 

This year Mrs. Morrow's 4th grade class brought in the most books.  Their prize was to see their teacher get an onstage kiss from book sale mascot Charlie Brown at the assembly. 

Wheeler said, "I would be glad to help any school set up a fundraiser like this one to benefit the animal shelter."  Click here to contact her.

Woodland Butterfly Garden Designated a Wildlife Habitat

Posted by Alan on May 31, 2012 9:06 AM | Filed in News |

butterfly-garden.pngWoodland Jr. High dedicated a butterfly garden at the school recently that has been certified as a wildlife habitat. Mayor Jordan was on hand for the dedication. The garden was the combined effort of the Woodland Choir, Woodland Green Team, and Fayetteville in Bloom.

Click here to see a photo from the dedication.

School Choice Application Deadline is July 1

Posted by Alan on May 29, 2012 12:41 PM | Filed in News |

changed_calendar.pngThe deadline to file a School Choice transfer application to transfer to the Fayetteville School District for the 2012-2013 school year is July 1, 2012. 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.

Public Meetings on Grade Reconfiguration Scheduled

Posted by Alan on May 29, 2012 11:18 AM | Filed in Events |

ptomeeting.pngThe ninth grade will be moving to Fayetteville High School in August of 2015, creating an opportunity to reconfigure the grades that will attend our junior highs, middle schools, and elementary schools that same year.

A series of public meetings will be held to provide district patrons with the opportunity to hear proposals and provide input. The meetings will be held at 6 pm on the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, June 6: Owl Creek School cafeteria
  • Monday, June 11: McNair Middle School cafeteria
  • Tuesday, June 12: Holt Middle School cafeteria
  • Wednesday, June 13: Woodland Jr. High cafeteria
  • Thursday, June 14: Ramay Jr. High cafeteria
For more information on grade reconfiguration, click here.

Free Lunch for Kids Age 18 & Younger All Summer!

Posted by Alan on May 22, 2012 3:58 PM | Filed in Events, 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 4 and ending Friday, August 3. 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 Child Nutrition Service at 479-684-5091 or Owl Creek Food Service at 479-718-0221.

FHS to Host AP Boot Camp

Posted by Alan on May 22, 2012 3:43 PM | Filed in Events |

AP Boot Camp.pngThis summer, members of the Advanced Placement (AP) department will host AP Boot Camp, preparatory sessions for students entering AP classes. Students are not required to attend, but it will be valuable information for future AP students.

AP Block teachers will offer sessions at FHS in room 1112. The dates are June 6, June 7, and August 10, and times will be 9-noon and 1-4 p.m. Morning sessions will cover skills, and afternoon sessions in June will offer assistance with the AP Block summer assignment. As the summer assignment is due on July 31, the August sessions will only cover skills. Students should only attend on one day. If they would like to attend, they should email Erin Johnson to RSVP.

AP Boot Camp for APLAC will occur on August 6 (8:30-11:30 am) and August 7 (1:00-4:00 pm) at FHS in room 2305. APLAC teachers will cover AP skills (analytical writing, close reading) and will offer summer assignment assistance. These courses are designed for students who did not take AP Block as sophomores, but they are open to any student enrolled in APLAC for 2012-2013. Students should attend only one session. For more information, email Becky Cox or Katie Stueart.

FPS Students Win Awards in State Math Competition

Posted by Alan on May 21, 2012 2:02 PM | (Not Filed) |

math_hero.pngOn Saturday April 28, 2012 students from Woodland, Ramay, McNair, and Fayetteville High School participated in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics State Math
Competition on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

The following students from McNair Middle School placed in the Algebra I competition:
1st place--Ryan Kim
  • 2nd place--Albert Xu
  • 3rd place--Jack Jiang

The following student from Woodland Junior High placed in the Algebra 2 competition:
  • Honorable Mention--Tuong Hoang

The following student from Fayetteville High School placed in the Calculus competition:
  • 3rd place--Kathy Gea

The following students from Fayetteville High School placed in the Statistics competition:
  • 1st place--Tony Li
  • 2nd place--Peter Du

Click below to see photos of the winners:

Congratulations to these students and to their parents. Special thanks to the teachers involved with the event and to our math teachers who helped our students perform so well!

Purple Crane Project at Butterfield Trail Elementary

Posted by Aimee on May 16, 2012 2:42 PM | (Not Filed) |

purplecrane2.jpgClick here to view a slideshow of 4th and 5th grade students at Butterfield Trail at work creating origami cranes as part of The Purple Crane Project.  Students have already folded 935 cranes to raise awareness for people suffering from pancreatic cancer.  Instructional Facilitator Mary Katherine Wilson began the project at Butterfield after she lost both her parents to pancreatic cancer. "Our goal is to let people know that they are not alone and that we are thinking of them," said Wilson.

5th Annual Woodland Pancake Breakfast set for May 19

Posted by Alan on May 14, 2012 4:40 PM | Filed in Events |

pancakes.pngThe Pancakes are coming! The 5th Annual Woodland JHS Student Council & Yearbook Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, May 19, at Ruby Tuesday in Fayetteville from 8 to 10 am. 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. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

Two FHS Volleyball Players Chosen for U.S. National Team

Posted by Alan on May 11, 2012 11:06 AM | (Not Filed) |

aubrey 1.pngtatum 1.pngCongrats to FHS juniors Aubrey Edie and Tatum Marshall for being selected to the USA Junior National A2 Volleyball Team. They have been invited to participate in five days of training and five days of competition at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Des Moines, IA in July. This is an international event with teams outside the United States attending.

FHS Parade of Champions, Moving Up Assembly

Posted by Alan on May 10, 2012 4:19 PM | Filed in News |

debate-parade.pngmovingup.pngFayetteville High School combined two events today that signal the school year is almost finished. The Parade of Champions was held at Harmon Field, and student groups in every area that won a first or second place in a state competition were recognized.

Following the parade, the Moving Up Assembly, which has quickly become a tradition at FHS, was held on the field. The faculty formed a gauntlet through which the seniors walked, stopping to hug and thank their teachers. Juniors and sophomores watched, and the juniors then took places in the Senior bleachers.

Click here to see a slideshow.

2012 FPS 5th Grade Track & Field Meet

Posted by Alan on May 10, 2012 11:32 AM | (Not Filed) |

Trackmeet.pngThe annual FPS 5th Grade Track & Field Meet was held on Thursday, May 10 on a bright, beautiful day at Harmon Field. Click here to see a slide show from the meet. 

6 FHS Seniors Sign Letters of Intent for Collegiate Athletics

Posted by Alan on May 9, 2012 3:49 PM | Filed in News |

ParkerM.pngSix FHS seniors have signed to participate in collegiate athletics in signing ceremonies at FHS on May 8 & 9. The students are:

  • Aidan Swain, University of Arkansas (track and cross country)
  • Tevin Whitney,  University of Arkansas (track and cross country)
  • Macy Manning, Princeton University (track and cheerleading)  
  • Nathan Varady, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (football)
  • Will Montgomery, Rhodes College (soccer)
  • Parker Meinecke, Southern Methodist University (swimming & diving)

Congrats to these seniors!

book-sale.pngDon't miss the annual Charlie Brown Book Sale at Vandergriff Elementary School on May 15-17.  Thousands of 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 16th until 6:30 P.M. The sale will operate from 8 am to 6 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

All proceeds will be donated to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

FPS Team Wins Awards at Arkansas Electric Vehicle Challenge

Posted by Alan on May 8, 2012 3:09 PM | (Not Filed) |

electric-car.pngA combined Ramay Jr. High/Fayetteville High School team of students competed for the first time, in the Arkansas Electric Vehicle Challenge held on May 4 in Little Rock. The FPS team's vehicle won 1st place in Endurance and captured 2nd place in Acceleration, besting dozens of other districts. This means the FPS vehicle was the fastest without a speed governor and could go the farthest without a battery recharge. 

This group of students met after school under the guidance of FPS pre-engineering teachers to use math, science and engineering skills in the vehicle design. Thanks to Ozark Electric for providing the base vehicle.

Team members included Thomas Alvey, Karla Banks, Taylor Blankenship, David Crosby, Mariano Garcia, Harrison Farwell, Mitch Dillard, Patrick Graff, Derrick Richards, Cassidy Anderson, Justin Kelly, Brian Luttrell, Justin Matthews, Daniel Morrell, and Alexander Mueller.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

Photos from the Connotations XXIX Signing Party

Posted by Alan on May 8, 2012 2:13 PM | Filed in Events |

Connotations XXIXsmall.pngA nice crowd turned out for the signing party in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library for the 2012 edition of Connotations, the award-winning student literary magazine at Fayetteville High School. Click here to see photos from the event. 

McNair Students Celebrate Poetry by Singing the Blues

Posted by Alan on May 8, 2012 9:08 AM | (Not Filed) |

mcnair-blues.pngOn April 20th, 2012, over 100 McNair students from Mrs. Mizanin's 7th grade Language Arts classes celebrated National Poetry Month by holding a live blues performance and workshop with local blues musician, David Kimbrough, Jr. The school coordinated this event by working in partnership with the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas, a nonprofit organization working to foster the development in the community of an appreciation of all types of blues music. Click here to see photos from the workshop.

The students had been studying poetry and working to strengthen their understanding of figurative language and storytelling by discovering these concepts through blues music and poetry. Students listened to and analyzed lyrics from various blues artists like Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy and B.B. King, and read and discussed the history of blues by reading a nonfiction article entitled, "What is the Blues?". Students also studied and compared blues poetry by Langston Hughes to popular blues song lyrics, before students worked to create their own blues poems by the end of the week. Mrs. Mizanin and select student volunteers stepped up to the microphone to recite original blues verses, while David Kimbrough Jr. accompanied them on his guitar.

Here's what some McNair students and their teacher are saying about this event:
" The best part of this experience was that we got to experience blues first hand and hear it live!" - Justin Bredeson, 7th grader

"I learned that I like listening to blues music and that the blues is a fun way to complain about things. Writing a blues poem was challenging, but fun! David Kimbrough, Jr. was really cool and a great musician!"- Courtney Cross, 7th grader

"I really enjoyed expressing myself in a new way and discovering a style of music I never knew I would like so much! This brought out the best of the blues from our classmates and we all had a lot of fun."- Olivia Wales, 7th grader

"I think it was fun that my friend and I got to express our feelings about school and put them into a song and perform with a real bluesman. I was actually a songwriter and this inspired me!"- Christian Kumwenda, 7th grader

"As a language arts teacher, I want to share poetry with students and show them how cool it can be. Using the blues as a resource has been a great way to engage kids. After all...what's cooler than the blues?"--Mrs. Mizanin

FHS Boys Win 7A Track State Championship, Girls Runnerup

Posted by Alan on May 4, 2012 8:43 AM | Filed in News |

Bulldog_Track.pngCongratulations to the FHS Boys Track team for winning the 2012 7A state championship yesterday in Rogers! The FHS Girls Track Team finished as the state runnerup.

Individual event winners for the Bulldogs included Tevin Whitney (800 meters), Aidan Swain (1600 meters), Jorge Gonzales (300 meter hurdles), Boys 4x400 relay team, Boys 4x800 relay team, Bradley Culp (pole vault), and Sydney Conley (100 meters, long jump).

Congratulations to both teams on yet another banner year!

Student Entrepreneur Boot Camp, June 25-29

Posted by Alan on May 2, 2012 4:41 PM | (Not Filed) |

lightbulb.pngNorthwest Arkansas Community College and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend the first annual Entrepreneur Boot Camp for rising 9th-12th grade students in Washington County.

Students from Fayetteville, Elkins, Prairie Grove, Lincoln, Farmington, West Fork, and Greenland school Districts will participate and compete in a five day workshop that will introduce and encourage the entrepreneurship experience. The Entrepreneur Boot Camp will end with a competition on the final day.

Working in teams, students will be mentored by NWACC Students in Free Enterprise, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurship Team, and local Entrepreneurs to develop an idea and a create business plan.

Teams will then present their business ideas for a product or service to a panel of judges at the end of the week. The top teams will compete in a final round of competition in front of a new set of final round judges. Grand prize, first runner-up, and second runner-up will be awarded. The final presentation will be an expo where students showcase their product or service.

There will be a grand prize cash award for seed money to put their plan to fruition, plus support services from local consultants. First and Second runner-up will also receive a cash prize.

Students will participate in curriculum activities in order to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur, as well as gain hands-on experience in planning a venture. Visits to the Arkansas Research & Technology Park, The Iceberg CoWorking Space, and the University of Arkansas will demonstrate how entrepreneurs think and work.
Students may apply for the Boot Camp by application through the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce or their school.

33 FHS Juniors Selected to 2012 Governor's School

Posted by Alan on May 2, 2012 4:04 PM | Filed in News |

AGS.pngThirty-three FHS juniors have been selected to attend the 2012 Arkansas Governor's School this summer at Hendrix College. Those selected include: Clayton Adams, Prashant Anand, Mia Bautista, Alahna Blakeman, Isabella Blakeman, Phillip Brida, Margot Brown, Peter DeLong, Samuel Goll, Elizabeth Harrison, Sarah Huang, Min Kim, Nate Korth, Katherine Kroening, Catherine LeBlanc, Tony Li, Fariah Majid, Eleni Mauromoustakos, Rebecca McCann, Emily McComas, Dylan Moore, Megan Prettyman, Amber Sarvestani, Sarah Stark, Christine Tan, Nicole Villacres, Angela Wang, Mathew Wang, Amelia Whitaker, Shelby Williams, Nilufar Zaifi, Haley Zega, and Sydney Zotti.


FHS Film Festival this Friday!

Posted by Aimee on May 2, 2012 3:30 PM | Filed in Events |


Fayetteville High School's annual film festival kicks off at 6:30 PM, Friday, May 4th, at the Asbell Elementary cafeteria! This year's feature film, written and directed by Emily Webb, is Colors in White--the story of a young girl who must redefine how she looks at the world in the face of tragedy.  The film was produced by intermediate and advanced FHS film students and showcases the acting talent of FHS students Lauren Brady and Allegra Shivers, FHS teachers Suki Highers and Sarah Applegate, and local actor Mark Beasley.  Following the premier of Colors in White, there will be an evening of screenings and awards showcasing movies from all levels of film classes. This year's categories include narrative short films, documentaries, and mixed genre films. Tickets will be available at the door for $5. We hope to see you there!

4 FHS Seniors Awarded National Merit Scholarships

Posted by Alan on May 2, 2012 3:24 PM | (Not Filed) |

NatlMeritLogo.pngFour FHS seniors have been named as winners of $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The seniors are Erin Boss, Katherine Gea, Peter Montgomery, and Emily Webb.

They are among the twenty-two Arkansas seniors to receive the 2012 scholarships. More than 15,000 finalists competed for the scholarships.


Manning, Montgomery Named 2012 Matthew Moore Superior Students

Posted by Alan on May 1, 2012 1:41 PM | Filed in News |

MANNING MACYblog.pngMONTGOMERY.PETER copy.pngCongratulations to FHS seniors Macy Manning and Peter Montgomery for being named the 2012 Matthew Moore Superior Students by the Northside Rotary Club.

Matthew Moore was the first Superior Student to visit the Northside Rotary Club when the program began in the fall of 1990. After his death in an auto accident in the spring of 1991, the club named the Superior Student Scholarship in his honor and has given two scholarships (one male, one female) each year since.

Owl Creek Family Bike Ride & Wellness Fair

Posted by Alan on May 1, 2012 9:55 AM | (Not Filed) |

OwlCreekbikes.pngThe 2nd Annual Owl Creek Family Bike Ride & Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 9 am to 11 am at entrance to the Wellness Center at The Owl Creek School, located at 375 N. Rupple Rd.

This event is free and open to all families, not just the families of Owl Creek students. Door prizes from Lewis & Clark Outfitters will be given away, and Owl Creek students attending will receive 10 Owl Cards. The first 50 students to attend will receive a Razorback bag.

For more information, call 479-718-0223.

Connotations XXIX Signing Party on May 7

Posted by Alan on May 1, 2012 9:10 AM | Filed in Events |

Connotations XXIXsmall.pngThe twenty-ninth edition of Connotations, Fayetteville High School's national award-winning student literary magazine, will be featured at a signing party on Monday, May 7 in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Copies of the magazine will be available for purchase for $25.

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