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June 2012 Archives

FHS Offices Closed July 5-6

Posted by Alan on June 27, 2012 11:02 AM | (Not Filed) |

The offices at Fayetteville High School will be closed on July 5-6 due to construction. 

McNair Middle School Re-Designated as National School to Watch

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

NatlForumLogo.pngMcNair Middle School was re-designated as a National School to Watch at the 2012 Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, DC on June 20-23. McNair was first designated as a School to Watch in 2009.

McNair principal Michelle Hayward and staff members Katy Gibbins, Katie Oliver, Katy Seifritz, Jay Mirus, Cherie Bostick and Shane Smith participated in the conference.

The staff was trained on advocacy and had the opportunity to go to Capitol Hill and visit with Rep. Steve Womack on middle school issues. In addition, the McNair staff gave a presentation on building a cohesive culture in a middle school.

The McNair staff also participated in professional development that showcased best practices from across the United States.

The criteria for being named a National School to Watch include:
1. Academic Excellence
2. Developmental Responsiveness
3. Social Equity
4. Strong Organizational Support


Students from Ramay and Woodland Compete for Transportation Initiative Award

Posted by Aimee on June 13, 2012 1:17 PM | (Not Filed) |

transportationcontest4.jpgThe Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Transportation Sub-Committee sponsored the 2012 Spring Transportation Initiative Award (TIA) Competition on May 11th, 2012.  The competition was designed to recognize Fayetteville's young leaders who demonstrate outstanding initiative and creativity in the field of transportation. 8th grade Gateway to Technology and Career Orientation students from Ramay and Woodland Junior Highs competed for the award.

Students formed teams which were sponsored by a teacher. Each team selected one of the following transportation-related issues as the theme for their presentation:

Save the dollar - Influencing national, state and local legislation to save the shrinking transportation funding dollar.

Change the future now - How my generation will improve transportation and reduce environmental impacts.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - Rethinking transportation and the materials it uses and consumes

"The Fayetteville Transportation Committee is happy to host the Second Fayetteville Transportation Initiative Award Competition," said Committee Chairman Mike Burns. "The students competing are a new generation with innovative thinking and exciting new ideas to help tackle transportation challenges both for today and in the years to come."

The teams prepared presentations that showed their insight, education, possible solutions, motivation or any combination thereof to demonstrate their initiative and creativity to the transportation related issue they had chosen. Each team had two to five minutes to make their presentation showcasing their creative talents to a panel of judges. The judges were Mike Burns, Chairman of the Transportation Committee and from Crafton Tull & Associates, Kip Guthrie, Past Chair of the Committee and from Jacobs Engineering, Ray Boudreaux of Fayetteville Executive Airport, Steve Clark, Chamber President & CEO, Curtis Champion from Woodland, and Matt Wilson from Ramay.

The winners were:


First Place
Grace Mayes, Surondo Culver

Second Place

McKenzie Penne, Mary McDonald

Third Place
Delaney Osbourn, James Rainey


First Place
Austin Wagstaff, Emosi Damuni, Blake Young. Luke Rapert

Second Place
Brittany Lyons. Matt Johnson. Bryan Rivera, Spencer Lyons

Third Place
Paolo Canova, Noah Christiansen, Jacob Vaughan, Blake Wilson

This article was summarized from the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Advertising Supplement from June 1, 2012.  Below is a pdf of the original article.


Harmon Field Undergoing Renovations

Posted by Alan on June 7, 2012 2:57 PM | Filed in News |

harmonreno.pngHarmon Field is a busy place this summer, as construction crews are tackling a number of projects. Click here to see a slideshow.

The synthetic turf on the field is being replaced, and the running track is being removed. The new turf will extend from the west bleachers to the east bleachers. A new track facility with an eight-lane track is being built at Ramay Jr. High that will serve as the district's competition track.

The Bulldog Activity & Recreation Center (BARC) is being created utilizing the current indoor practice facility and the Alan Fahring Center buildings.

FHS Student Film Wins Best Youth Film, Scholarships

Posted by Alan on June 6, 2012 8:41 AM | Filed in News |

colorsinwhite.png"Colors in White," a film produced by FHS students, was named the Best Youth Film at the 2012 Little Rock Film Festival.

The film also garnered three of the four scholarships ($2,500 each) awarded by the THEA Foundation in the Young Filmmaker Scholarship Contest:

Screenwriting: Emily Webb
Cinematography: Jack Carroll
Editing: Harrison Smith

Congratulations on your outstanding work!

First Shipment of Local Produce Arrives for Summer Feeding Program

Posted by Alan on June 5, 2012 4:52 PM | Filed in News |

blackberries.pngThe first shipment of local produce from area farmers arrived today for use in the Summer Feeding Program at the Owl Creek School. Cobblestone Farm provided 65 lbs of blackberries, 55 lbs of cabbage, and 10 lbs of radishes. Natural Walk Farm provided 40 lbs of yellow squash and 20 lbs of zucchini. Shumate Farm provided a shipment of beef.

Click here to see a slideshow.

Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 can eat lunch FREE every day at Owl Creek during the summer. Click here for more details.

Inactive Special Education Records

Posted by Alan on June 4, 2012 9:58 AM | Filed in News |

iStock_shredder.pngThe Special Services Department of the Fayetteville School District will be destroying inactive special education records that are over five years old. If you or your child received special education services and were dismissed from services, moved away from the Fayetteville School District, or graduated during the 2006-2007 school year and you would like copies of your inactive special education records, please contact Debbie Strange or Angela Carney in the Special Services office at 479-444-3000 before June 27, 2012.

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