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January 2013 Archives

Seven FHS Seniors Named Presidential Scholar Candidates

Posted by Alan on January 31, 2013 1:42 PM | (Not Filed) |


Seven FHS seniors have qualified to be 2013 Presidential Scholar candidates. The seniors are Peter Du, Sarah Huang, Morgan Keaton, Tony Li, Jonathan Main, Rebecca McCann, and Megan Prettyman. 

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.


Woodland Students take First, Second Place in Essay Contest

Posted by Alan on January 30, 2013 10:23 AM | (Not Filed) |

AshleyW2.pngWoodland Jr. High students Ashley Wilson and Betty Pendleton won first and second place in the 2012 Stamp Out Smoking essay contest for grades 7-9. Ashley Wilson won a 64 GB retina display iPad, and Betty Pendleton won a 64GB iPod Touch. Woodland teacher Julie Agler also won a $300 Walmart card for use in the classroom.

Click below to see photos of both winners. Congratulations!

Ashley Wilson
Betty Pendleton

FPS Given A Plus Rating for Government Transparency

Posted by Alan on January 29, 2013 3:00 PM | (Not Filed) |

access.pngSunshinereview.org, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency, has given FPS an A+ rating for the FPS website. The Sunshine Review collects and shares transparency information and uses a "10-point Transparency Checklist" to evaluate the content of every state and more than 6,000 local government websites. Click here to see the FPS review.

Healthy Families Free Cooking Class on Feb. 5

Posted by Alan on January 29, 2013 2:49 PM | (Not Filed) |

cooking.pngApple Seeds, Inc., and the Fayetteville Public Schools present "Healthy Families Free Cooking Class" on Tuesday, February 5 from  6 to 7 pm in the Owl Creek School cafeteria. FPS Child Nutrition Director Chef Adams Simmons will demonstrate how to create a simple, healthy, budget-friendly meal. After the demonstration, samples of the meal will be served, and all participants will receive recipes and resources to help them prepare inexpensive, healthy meals at home. 

Woodland Team Takes 2nd Place in Science Bowl Competition

Posted by Alan on January 22, 2013 2:19 PM | (Not Filed) |

WJHscience2.pngThe Woodland Jr. High team took second place in Arkansas' regional competition for the National Science Bowl on January 19 at the University of Arkansas at Ft. Smith. Coached by Richard Campbell and Lindsey Asbury, the Woodland team just missed qualifying for the national competition. Congrats to the team and coaches!

Click here to see a photo of the team and coaches.

GT Program Named State's Best for 6th Time

Posted by Alan on January 22, 2013 1:53 PM | (Not Filed) |

award-winning.pngThe FPS Gifted & Talented Education program has been named the winner of the 2013 Act 56 Outstanding Gifted Program Award for school districts with enrollment larger than 3,000. The award will be presented on February 21 in Little Rock at the 2013 AGATE (Arkansans for Gifted & Talented Education) Conference.

This is the sixth time the district's GT program has received this award, and no other program in Arkansas, in districts small or large, has won the award more times than FPS.

Congratulations to the Gifted & Talented Education program for yet another well-deserved honor!

Panel Discussion on Common Core Standards

Posted by Alan on January 17, 2013 8:21 AM | (Not Filed) |

StockCommCore72010.pngThe League of Women Voters of Washington County will host a panel discussion on the Common Core Standards on Wednesday, January 23 at 6 pm at the Fayetteville Public Library. Panelists include:
  • Dr. Sean Connors, University of Arkansas College of Education
  • Dr. Tracy Selby Tucker, Dir. of Curriculum and Instruction Unit, Arkansas Dept. of Ed.
  • Dr. Marcia Jones: Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Springdale Public Schools
  • Kay Jacoby, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Fayetteville Public Schools
  • Nancy Smith, Butterfield Trail Elementary School teacher

Woodland Dance Clinic Set for February 2

Posted by Alan on January 15, 2013 10:44 AM | (Not Filed) |

dance.pngThe Woodland Jr. High dance teams will host a dance clinic on Saturday, February 2 from 8:30 am to 11 am in the Woodland Gym for students in kindergarten through seventh grade. Students will spend the morning learning a dance routine they will perform at the Woodland basketball game on Monday, February 11. Click here for more information and the registration form.

Fayetteville Volleyball to Host Skills Clinic

Posted by Alan on January 10, 2013 2:40 PM | (Not Filed) |

tatum 1.pngThe Fayetteville Volleyball program will host a Volleyball Skills Clinic at the new FHS Bulldog Arena on January 27, February 3, and February 10. Each session will include 45 minutes of skill instruction and 45 minutes of competitive games. The cost is $45 and is open to students in grades 4-8. Click here for more information and the registration form.

FHS Cheer Kiddie Clinic Set for February 2

Posted by Alan on January 10, 2013 8:43 AM | (Not Filed) |

cheer-2012.pngThe FHS Cheer team will hold their annual Kiddie Clinic on Saturday, February 2 from 9 am until 11:30 am in the new FHS Bulldog Arena. The clinic is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Clinic participants will learn cheers they will perform at halftime of the FHS girls basketball game on Monday, February 4 at approximately 6:30 pm.

Cost is $35 per student or $50 for two children from the same family. Price includes a performance t-shirt. Click here for more information and the registration form.

Judges Needed for Annual Science and Engineering Fair

Posted by Alan on January 8, 2013 2:36 PM | (Not Filed) |

sciencefair.pngThe Fayetteville Public Schools will host the annual district-wide Science & Engineering Fair on Thursday February 7, 2013 in the Fayetteville High School Bulldog Arena. FPS is 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 David Young at Fayetteville High School.

  • 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

Ramay Penny Drive Benefits Charities, Ramay Students in Need

Posted by Alan on January 8, 2013 2:12 PM | (Not Filed) |

Ramay_penny2.pngThe Ramay Junior High Foreign Language Club sponsors an annual penny drive to benefit a local charity and Ramay students in need. Homeroom classes compete between Thanksgiving and the holiday break to raise money. Click here for a photo of club members delivering the donations.

Over the last twenty-one years, Ramay students have donated over $40,000 to charities, including the Salvation Army and the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center. This year's donations include $2,800 for Peace at Home Family Shelter, $500 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, and $400 for groceries and other necessities for Ramay students in need and their families.

Ozarks at Large Interview on Cost of GED Testing

Posted by Alan on January 3, 2013 10:24 AM | (Not Filed) |

GEDgrad.png"Ozarks at Large," the weekday news program of KUAF-FM, featured a story on January 2 on the coming increase in cost of the GED exam and the effect that will have on adult students. Fayetteville Adult & Community Education director Kathy Spigarelli is featured in the interview. Click here to here the story. 

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