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August 2012 Archives

Bike to School via the City of Fayetteville Trails

Posted by Alan on August 30, 2012 3:55 PM | Filed in News |

biketrail.pngThanks for the City of Fayetteville's GIS team for providing the data we needed to put together a "bike to schools map" for FHS and the Junior Highs. The map at this link shows bike trails, bike lanes, and planned trails.

PLEASE NOTE: City bike paths bring students within 2-3 blocks of the schools; from there students must obey traffic laws just like a vehicle.

Photo: Fayetteville Flyer

Can't Make the Game Tonight? Listen Live!

Posted by Alan on August 30, 2012 3:30 PM | Filed in News |

dog radio copy.pngIf you can't make it to the FHS Bulldog football game at Harmon Field tonight, you can listen to the action on Cox Channel 217, AT&T Uverse Channel 99 and streaming on the web at www.fayar.net. Senior broadcast students Nate Korth and Forrest Johnson will be your announcers.

Go Bulldogs!

In Memoriam: Harry Vandergriff

Posted by Alan on August 30, 2012 9:23 AM | Filed in News |

Harry Vandergriff.pngHarry Vandergriff, former teacher, coach, administrator, and superintendent in the Fayetteville Public Schools and the namesake of Vandergriff Elementary School, passed away on August 29, 2012.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 4 at First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.

He will be deeply missed.

Here is his biography from the Fayetteville Schools Hall of Honor Album:

Born October 11, 1919, Harry Vandergriff came of age as World War II engulfed the world. Setting aside other career aspirations, he enlisted in the Amy Air Corps in 1941. His service included the first daylight heavy bomber missions flown out of England, 50 total combat missions, and awards of the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross, these latter for wounds received, heroism, and resolute courage under fire in an aerial dogfight that resulted in his bomber crash landing.

Discharged in 1945, it was Fayetteville's good luck that Harry returned here for college and in 1948 accepted his first job with the school district, teaching at Jefferson Elementary school and serving as an assistant football coach at Fayetteville High School. Head football coach from 1949 to 1956 and district level administrator and assistant superintendent from 1956 to 1969, Harry was appointed superintendent of Fayetteville Public Schools in 1969, which office he held until his retirement in 1982, after 34 years of outstanding service to the Fayetteville Schools.

Harry's tenure as superintendent was marked by the goal that students deserved the best the community could give, and teachers must be encouraged and supported in reaching this goal. Advancing this goal, Harry brought Fayetteville to be a leader and model of innovative education in the state and region by his successful efforts to bring together people and resources from the entire community, provide innovative opportunities and problem solving for teachers and students, and implement enhancements to teacher education.

For many years Harry was a volunteer tutor at his namesake, Vandergriff Elementary School, and held many other volunteer community roles. Upon his retirement, one of his teachers wrote: "It has been said that the work of an educator is like a pebble dropped in a pool. Every day the influence of the work goes farther, lasts longer, and carries far more influence than anyone imagines. Congratulations and best regards on the special day honoring you and the influential ripples you have created."

Bring Rain Gear to School on Friday

Posted by Alan on August 29, 2012 4:07 PM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

umbrella.pngThe current weather forecast calls for heavy rain on Friday from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, and we encourage students to bring the appropriate rain gear to school on Friday to help keep them dry before, during and after school.

Dedication of Phase I of the FHS Transformation Project

Posted by Alan on August 28, 2012 3:53 PM | (Not Filed) |

FHSPhase1.pngPlease join us for the dedication of Phase I of the Fayetteville High School Transformation Project on Friday, September 14. Tours of the new facilities will begin at 4 pm, followed by the ceremony in the beautiful new Bulldog Arena, with Gov. Mike Beebe as the keynote speaker. Come join all the proud Purple Dawgs for what will certainly be a great day!

Subscribe to the FHS Register student newspaper

Posted by Alan on August 28, 2012 2:31 PM | (Not Filed) |

Register_May_2012_.pngStay involved with the FHS community by renewing or buying your first subscription to the Register student newspaper for the low price of $15. Fayetteville High School's award-winning newspaper is now available for subscriptions to Bulldog parents and friends. Student reporters cover major school and local events in each 24-page issue, including news, sports, entertainment, features, and commentaries.

Click here for the subscription order form.

FHS Lil' Dawg Dance Clinic on September 8

Posted by Alan on August 28, 2012 8:29 AM | Filed in Events |

dance.pngThe FHS Dance Team will host the Lil' Dawg Dance Clinic on Saturday, September 8 in the new FHS Bulldog Arena from 1:30 to 3:30 for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The students will perform what they learn at the clinic at the FHS football game on Friday, September 14 at Harmon Field.

Cost is $35 per child, and $50 for two children in the same family. The price includes a performance t-shirt and an FHS ribbon. There will also be a selection of old FHS Dance uniforms and poms for sale.

Click here for the registration flyer.

FHS Bulldogs to Play in Hooten's Classic at Razorback Stadium

Posted by Alan on August 27, 2012 3:04 PM | Filed in Events |

Bulldog Purple head.pngThe Fayetteville Bulldogs will play Memphis University School on Thursday, August 30 at 8:00 pm at Razorback Stadium. The game is the second of the Hooten's Classic that night. Tickets are $10 and are good for either or both games.

Because the game is part of the Hooten's Classic, the ONLY pass being accepted is the Arkansas Activities Association pass. No other pass or season ticket will work. This includes: FPS District passes, season tickets, Athlete passes, Super passes, Golden Age pass, etc.

Those attending the game are strongly encouraged to buy tickets from the FHS Football Booster Club. For information about how to purchase tickets please call 251.7040.

FHS Volleyball Team Getting National Attention

Posted by Alan on August 27, 2012 8:48 AM | Filed in News |

aubrey 1.pngThe FHS Volleyball team is making the news! The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named the 2011-12 FHS volleyball team as a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award. To qualify, teams must maintain a 3.3 grade point average. The Bulldogs exceeded that with a 3.7 GPA.

Also, the AVCA has identified seniors Tatum Marshall and Aubrey Edie as elite rising seniors and will be recognized on the 2012 Under Armour Watch List. In December, The AVCA will name 48 student-athletes as 1st and 2nd team Under Armour All-American.

FHS Sophomore Football Team to Host Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Alan on August 23, 2012 10:57 AM | Filed in Events |

pancakes.pngThe FHS Sophomore Football team is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 25 from 8 am to 11 am in the FHS Commons. Cost is $5 and includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and juices. Come support your football team and have a great breakfast!

1st Day of SMART Lunch at FHS

Posted by Alan on August 21, 2012 3:33 PM | Filed in News |

smartlunch.pngThe first day of SMART Lunch at FHS went well, as the new lunch procedures were implemented. Click here to see a slideshow. Click here for more information on SMART Lunch. 

Student Drop-off/Pick-up at FHS

Posted by Alan on August 16, 2012 3:53 PM | (Not Filed) |

dropoffmap2.pngBeginning August 20, parents have two options for dropping off and picking up their students at FHS. Click here to see the map.

  • Parents may continue to use Bulldog Blvd. (Stone St.).
  • Parents may choose to enter from Stadium Drive (Garland St.) and make the circle in front of the new FHS Gym in the new southwest parking lot.
School buses will enter the new southeast parking lot from Buchanan Ave. and drop-off students once they make the entrance from Buchanan.

The new southeast parking lot is for faculty/staff and visitor parking as well as for bus drop-off and pickup. The new southwest parking lot will be for faculty/staff and visitor parking, as well as parent drop-off and pickup. The new west parking lot will be used for faculty/staff parking and will be ready toward the end of August.

SMART Lunch Begins at FHS on August 20

Posted by Alan on August 16, 2012 1:33 PM | Filed in News |

bulldoglunch.pngSMART Lunch will begin at FHS on August 20 with the start of the 2012-13 school year. Students Maximizing Achievement with Resources and Time (SMART) is a program for student interventions and enrichment during the lunch hour. Click here for details. This site also includes a program description, who qualifies, and how the privilege can be suspended or revoked. There is also a link to the Senior Off-Campus Lunch Permit Application form that must be signed by a parent or guardian. 

25th Annual Education Expo

Posted by Alan on August 15, 2012 3:12 PM | Filed in Feature Stories |

edexpo.pngMore than 700 FPS certified staff members filled the Fayetteville Town Center on Monday, August 13 for the 25th annual Education Expo. Click here to see a slide show. 

16th Annual New Teacher Luncheon

Posted by Alan on August 14, 2012 3:26 PM | Filed in Events |

newteacher.pngThe Northside Rotary Club sponsored the 16th annual New Teacher Luncheon on August 14 at Butterfield Trail Elementary School. Ninety-one new teachers and administrators were introduced, following a lunch prepared by FPS Child Nutrition Director Chef Adams Simmons and his staff. Click here to see a slide show of the event.

Thanks to the Northside Rotary Club for hosting this annual event!

2012 Education Expo Big Success

Posted by Alan on August 13, 2012 2:23 PM | Filed in News |

officegiveaway.pngMore than 700 certified staff members filled the Fayetteville Town Center today for the 2012 Education Expo, sponsored by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Forty-eight vendors provided goodies, giveaways, and door prizes for the event, as well as a variety of food and drink.

Congratulations to FPS school psychology specialist Jenny Shreve for winning the $5,000 office makeover from Preferred Office Products, Sam's Club, and The City Wire. Special thanks to our good friends at the Fayetteville Chamber for Commerce for hosting this wonderful event for the 25th consecutive year.

Lots of New Faces at FPS This Year

Posted by Alan on August 6, 2012 2:02 PM | Filed in News |

McClung2.pngWe are welcoming 86 new staff members to the Fayetteville Public Schools for the 2012-13 school year, including a number of new administrators. To see the new administrators, click here.

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