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October 2012 Archives

Dept. of Ed. Commissioner Visits Project Search

Posted by Alan on October 29, 2012 3:41 PM | (Not Filed) |

PS visit 102512.pngDr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education, visited Project Search last week, and Project Search student Tala Samara gave him a tour of what she does during her rotation at Washington Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kimbrell was very impressed with the program, noting that "this is what success really looks like when it comes to ensuring all students can be successful."

Project Search is a cooperative effort between FPS, LifeStyles, and Washington Regional Medical Center.

Click here for more information on Project Search.

Come Celebrate 50 Years of Asbell Elementary on November 8

Posted by Alan on October 25, 2012 9:52 AM | (Not Filed) |

Asbells.jpgAsbell Elementary School will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 pm. All former students, staff members, and parents of Asbell students are invited to attend. 

FHS Debate Team Fares Well in LR Central Tournament

Posted by Alan on October 22, 2012 12:56 PM | Filed in News |

FHS-Debate.pngThe FHS Debate & Forensics team took second place overall in the large school division at the 2012 Little Rock Central High School Debate & Forensics tournament over the weekend. Individual awards included:

Matt Wang & Ty Dunn - 1st Place, Debate, Championship Division
Taylor Hogue & Adam Ferrier - 2nd Place, Debate, Championship Division
Carson Griggs & Avery Edge - Quarterfinalists
Annie Molesso & Dylan Moore - 3rd Place, Novice Division
Michelle Peng & Brooke Baledge - 4th Place, Novice Division
Annie Molesso - 1st Place, Best Novice Speaker
Taylor Hogue - 4th Place, Best Varsity Speaker
Matt Wang - 6th Place, Best Varsity Speaker
OJ Benjamin & Jed Smith - Finalists, Duet Acting
Hayley Miles & Lauren Brady - Finalists, Duet Improv Acting
Hailey Zega - Finalist, Solo Acting
Ty Dunn - 3rd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Mario Guerrero - 4th Place, Extemporaneous Speaking


First School Board Zone Meeting set for Oct. 23

Posted by Alan on October 22, 2012 11:07 AM | (Not Filed) |

townmeeting2.pngThe first school board zone meeting of the 2012-13 school year will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at 6 pm in the McNair Middle School cafeteria. The meeting is for patrons of school board zone 1, however any district patron is welcome to attend. 

ADE Releases Refrigerator Curriculum, Grade-Level Skills

Posted by Alan on October 19, 2012 1:03 PM | Filed in News |

refrig.pngThe Arkansas Department of Education has released the "Refrigerator Curriculum" for grades K-8 that contains grade-specific concepts and skills that parents can use to prepare their children and support instruction in the classroom. The grade-level lists are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks. The Refrigerator Curriculum is a sample and does not include everything that will be taught throughout the school year. Click here to see the Refrigerator Curriculum.

Flu Shots Available for All FPS Students and Staff

Posted by Alan on October 19, 2012 8:29 AM | Filed in Events |

sick.pngFlu shots will be available for all students and staff in the Fayetteville Public Schools from November 5-9, based on the following schedule:

Monday, November 5:
Happy Hollow Elementary, 9:30 am, Cafeteria
Fayetteville High School, 12:30 pm, Nurse's Office

Tuesday, November 6:
Washington Elementary, 7:30 am, Gym
Root Elementary, 10:30 am, Gym
Vandergriff Elementary, 1 pm, Cafeteria

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

Thursday, November 8:
Leverett Elementary, 7:30 am, Gym
Butterfield Trail Elementary, 10:30 am, Music Room
Woodland Jr. High, 1 pm, Room D1

Friday, November 9:
McNair Middle School, 7 am, Library
Ramay Jr. High/ALLPS, 10 am, Large Group Room/Computer Room
Asbell Elementary School, 1 pm, Cafeteria

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

Annual Student Council Food Drive Underway

Posted by Alan on October 19, 2012 8:05 AM | Filed in News |

food-drive.pngThe Fayetteville High School Student Council will hold a food drive from October 15 to October 31 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!

Ramay Rocks the Vote, Mayor Jordan Stresses the Importance of Voting

Posted by Alan on October 18, 2012 5:20 PM | Filed in News |

Ramatyrocks2.pngFayetteville mayor Lioneld Jordan spoke to Ramay Jr. High students on Tuesday to help kick-off the "Ramay Rocks the Vote" campaign, which is sponsored by Ramay Student Council. The campaign will focus on teaching students the democratic process and the importance of voting. From Wednesday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 31, Ramay students can register to vote in the cafeteria during lunch. The culminating event will be a school-wide mock election on Friday, November 2. All registered student voters can participate in the mock election.

FHS Senior Named a Commended Student by National Merit

Posted by Alan on October 18, 2012 4:02 PM | Filed in News |

Min_Kim.pngFHS senior Min Kim has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Although she will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Min placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 PSAT exam.

Congratulations, Min!

Middle Schoolers Tour Crystal Bridges, Get to Meet Alice Walton

Posted by Alan on October 18, 2012 3:20 PM | Filed in News |

Group_AWalton.pngOver 200 FPS 6th and 7th grade students in the Gifted & Talented Education program participated in a learning experience at Crystal Bridges Art Museum. Students spent museum time on a guided art tour (Looking Back at America), walking the outside art trail, participating in an art class experience, and enjoying lunch provided by the museum staff. Several student groups were able to tour the newly opened Light exhibit, "The Luminist Tradition in American Art," as well as an exhibit on architect Moshe Sadfie's achievement, "The Path to Crystal Bridges." Holt students received a surprise greeting from Alice Walton, benefactor of Crystal Bridges.

Click here and here to see photos of the students with Ms. Walton.

Section of Township Road to Close Temporarily

Posted by Alan on October 15, 2012 11:14 AM | Filed in News |

roadclosed.pngA section of Township Road east of the intersection with Crossover Road (Hwy. 265) will be closed for 7-10 days beginning on Wednesday, October 17 as part of the widening and improvements to Crossover Road. The detour route will be Candlewood Drive. Vehicles leaving Vandergriff and the north side of McNair Middle School will use the detour to reach Crossover Road. 

Panel Discussion on Cyberbullying

Posted by Alan on October 12, 2012 3:35 PM | (Not Filed) |

cyberbullying.pngThe League of Women Voters of Washington County will present a panel discussion to heighten awareness of parents and adult leaders of youth groups about cyberbullying. The panelists will offer a wide perspective of the problem, including a mental health counselor, an Internet service provider, students and/or educators, and a police officer. Individuals offering anti-bullying programs and information about cyber safety devices will have materials available after the program.

This discussion will take place Tuesday,October 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Holt Middle School, 2365 Rupple Road, Fayetteville. Contact Libby Wheeler at 521-1158 or glwheel@prodigy.net for more information.

Students to Taste Apple Varieties at 9 FPS Schools

Posted by Alan on October 12, 2012 12:06 PM | (Not Filed) |

appletaster.pngNine FPS schools will celebrate National Farm to School Month with PTO-sponsored apple tastings in October. Apples for the tastings are purchased from two local farms, A&A Orchards of Berryville and Dickey Farms of Tontitown.

Taste tests are a fun way for students to try new foods, gain appreciation for local produce and learn how apples are grown. Students will also hear about Northwest Arkansas' rich apple history. The tastings help FPS support local agriculture and act as a starting point for introducing more locally-grown foods into cafeteria menus.

"I am so impressed by the enthusiasm and participation in the tastings. The majority of schools in the district have decided to host the event," says Ally Mrachek, FoodCorps Service Member serving with the school district. "I think school staff and administrators were encouraged by the students' excitement for local ingredients during last year's Farm to School educational lunches and were eager to do more."

Students will sample and vote on their favorite apple, many of which are heirloom varieties. Results will be tallied and posted in schools, and sent home to parents with fun apple facts and simple recipes using the winning apple variety. Holt Middle School's fifth and sixth grade science classes will take the event a step further by incorporating it into their classroom lessons.

Students will tally and graph their school's results and present them to their cafeteria staff to influence apple varieties offered on the cafeteria salad bar when the chosen varieties are available and in season.

Holt sixth grade science teacher and garden club originator, Justin Leflar, states, "I am excited that the apple tasting will give the students a chance to use the scientific skills of observation and data collection that they are learning in class to accomplish a real change at the school. Once they aggregate the data we collect on their preferences of apples, they will get to enjoy these locally grown apples in the cafeteria and we may even try to plant and maintain a tree
of that breed of apples on campus."

Apple tastings will be hosted on the following dates:
Oct. 16: Root Elementary, 8:30 am-10 am
Oct. 17: Vandergriff Elementary, 8 am-11 am
Oct. 19: Asbell Elementary, 11 am-2:30 pm
Oct. 22: Leverett Elementary, 9 am-12 pm
Oct. 23: Happy Hollow Elementary, 8:30 am -11 am
Oct. 24: Washington Elementary, 11:30 am-2:3 0pm
Oct. 25: Holcomb Elementary, 12 pm-2:00 pm
Oct 29: Owl Creek School, 11:20 am -1:00 pm
Oct. 30 & 31: Holt Middle School, 9 am-1 pm and 9 am - 2:45 pm

FPS started Farm to School efforts in 2005 with limited local purchasing. Last summer, Owl Creek housed the district's summer lunch program that sourced the majority of the ingredients locally. This school year, the program is expanding to salad bars and menu items at Owl Creek School and Holt Middle School.

Farm to School is broadly defined as a program that connects schools (K-12) and local
farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. For more information, visit http://www.farmtoschool.org/.

McNair Named Best Public Middle School in NW Arkansas

Posted by Alan on October 12, 2012 9:13 AM | Filed in News |

best_emblem.pngMcNair Middle School has been named the best public middle school in Northwest Arkansas by the readers of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for the 3rd consecutive year.

Fayetteville High School was a finalist for Best High School, Ramay Jr. High was a finalist for Best Middle School, and Vandergriff Elementary School was a finalist for Best Elementary School.

NWA Media Publications held a public vote in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette where the public made their voices heard and voted for their favorites in the categories of dining, entertainment, health and beauty, home and finance, people, places, services and shopping. The voters had to complete at least 50% of the online or printed ballot and eligible businesses, schools and organizations came from Bella Vista and south to Fort Smith.

The awards were presented on October 11 at a dinner gala where all winners were celebrated and recognized and given a beautiful plaque to display.

Michelle Hayward proudly received the award for McNair Middle School.

Wednesday is Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day in Arkansas

Posted by Alan on October 9, 2012 8:58 AM | (Not Filed) |

crossing-guard.pngGovernor Mike Beebe has proclaimed Wednesday, October 10 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 ten 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!

Dancing Teachers Get Students' Attention

Posted by Alan on October 9, 2012 7:59 AM | Filed in Feature Stories |

dancingteachers.pngOur teachers will do whatever it takes to get their students' attention, including (you guessed it) dancing. Check out these two videos from McNair Middle School and Holcomb Elementary School. There is never a dull day in our schools!

FHS Debate Team Fares Well in First Meet

Posted by Alan on October 8, 2012 12:25 PM | Filed in News |

FHS-Debate.pngThe FHS Debate team fared well in their first meet of the year in Bentonville on October 6, winning the Extemporaneous Speaking Event and placing second and fourth in the Novice division and fourth in the Varsity division.


43 FHS Students Selected to All-Region Choir

Posted by Alan on October 8, 2012 12:05 PM | (Not Filed) |

swchoir.pngCongrats to the following FHS students for making the 2013 All-Region Choir (students in bold made first chair:

Mia Bautista, Val Beshears, Natalie Bingaman, Chris Blevins, Ariel Boetel, Logan Dallas, Henry Darnell, Erin Edmisten, Kevin Febus, Levi Finn, Madelyn Freeman, Rachel Gage, Claire Fossey, Adrian Griffin, Claudia Hall, Maggie Harris, Matt Hart, Gracie Hartford, Ben Heil, Bethany Howard, Ramsey Jones, Katherine Kroening, Ashvini Malshe, Emily McComas, Morgan McDonald, Jami McDowell, Mary McWha, Drew Neal, Kelly Nefzger, Cody Nielsen, Josh Parisi, Catherine Pinter, Bridget Polach, Jazlyn Purnell, Jamie Randall, Joseph Shelby, Jordan Shy, Abby Spencer, Christine Tan, Cole Teaster, Tarahn Turner, Abigail Walker, and Lilyan Woody.

Students who were selected as alternates are Hannah Baker, Christina Cunningham, Kyle, Jung, Drew Teaster, and Brandyn Young.

Photos from the 2012 FHS Homecoming Parade

Posted by Alan on October 5, 2012 10:50 AM | Filed in News |

Mia B.pngWednesday, October 3 was a beautiful day for a parade, which was exactly what happened on the Fayetteville Square. The 2012 FHS Homecoming Parade was a great celebration of past, present, and future Purple Dawgs. Click here to see a slideshow. 

FHS to Present 'Our Town' October 11 and 12

Posted by Alan on October 3, 2012 11:57 AM | (Not Filed) |

Our_Town2.pngFayetteville High School will present Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, October 11 and 12, in the new Fayetteville High School Performing Arts Center. This classic of the American theater has entertained audiences for over seventy years.

Curtain time for Our Town is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for students and $7.00 for non-students. For more information or tickets call the Fayetteville High School Drama Dept. at 445-1193.

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