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February 2013 Archives

Owl Creek to Host Parent University on March 9

Posted by Alan on February 27, 2013 4:04 PM | (Not Filed) |

parenting.pngOwl Creek School is hosting an exciting FREE educational opportunity for all parents on Saturday, March 9. The Parent University is a series of seminars designed with a parent's needs in mind. Seminars cover a range of topics, from helping your child with organizational skills, making healthy eating choices, home energy efficiency, cyberbullying, and more. Click here for the registration form.

Seminars are presented by the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club, Ozark Guidance Center, Generations Health & Wellness, Fayetteville Public Schools & other organizations.
Registration will begin at 9:00 am. Seminars will be held 9:30 am -12:00. Free activity clinics will be available for students. Activities include basketball, Taekwondo, and art. 

Woodland Robotics Team Wins Competition

Posted by Alan on February 27, 2013 2:34 PM | (Not Filed) |

robot.pngCongratulations to the Woodland Robotics team for winning the tournament championship and the Design Award in the Technology Students Association Robotics competition on February 23 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.  

Team members include Zachary Bartel, Andrew Crippen, Ethan Favorite, Damon Hatfield, Gerald Hogue, Landon Katz, Spencer Main, Macleod Sawyer, Mathew Self, Kyler Stone, and Thomas Stone.

Click here to see a team photo.

The VEX Robotics Competition game for the 2012-2013 season was Sack Attack. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors will aim to build the most innovative robots possible and work together to obtain the most points possible by placing bean filled sacks in various scoring positions. In addition to just having a great time and building amazing robots students must program their robots and work as a team to develop a game plan to outscore their competitors. The robots had to be programed to run both with a user input joystick and in autonomous mode by themselves without direct user input.  During the competition students used their robot and alliances they built with other teams to progress through several rounds to compete in the finals.

FHS State Tournament Games to be Broadcast

Posted by Alan on February 27, 2013 1:07 PM | (Not Filed) |

Bulldog Purple head.pngIf you can't make it to Bulldog Arena to watch the FHS teams in the state basketball tournament this week, you can watch the FHS games on Cox Channel 217, AT&T Uverse channel 99, and streaming at this link from the FPS web site. 

No Live Broadcast of February School Board Meeting

Posted by Alan on February 27, 2013 10:17 AM | (Not Filed) |

schoolboard13.pngThe February 28 meeting of the Fayetteville Board of Education will be held in the Owl Creek School cafeteria at 5 pm (instead of the Adams Center) and will not be broadcast live on Cox channel 217, AT&T Uverse channel 99, and streaming on www.fayar.net due to the state tournament being held on the FHS Campus on February 27-March 2. The meeting will be recorded and broadcast on Monday, March 3.

FHS to Host State Basketball Tournament

Posted by Alan on February 26, 2013 1:34 PM | (Not Filed) |

dreamstimeweb_162871 basketball.pngFayetteville High School will host the 2013 7A state basketball tournament at Bulldog Arena on the FHS campus on Wednesday, February 27 thru March 2. Click here to see the tournament bracket. The winning teams in the semifinal games on Saturday will play for the state championship in Little Rock at Barton Coliseum the following week, March 7-9

Tickets are $6 for students and adults and are good for all games played the day the ticket is purchased. Only AAA passes will be honored.

Click here for parking information.

Ramay Counselor to Speak at College Board Conference

Posted by Alan on February 26, 2013 11:27 AM | (Not Filed) |

Ramay_Logo.pngRamay Jr. High counselor Cindy Caudle will speak at the Southwestern Forum Conference of the College Board in Dallas on February 27. She was invited to speak to the conference on "Practical Tools to Enhance the Principal-Counselor Relationship for Student Success."

Ramay Girls Win Regional Basketball Tournament

Posted by Alan on February 26, 2013 10:02 AM | (Not Filed) |

Ramaygirlsbb.pngCongratulations to the Ramay Jr. High girls basketball team for winning the 2013 Regional Tournament in Ft. Smith on Saturday, February 23. The Ramay girls also won the regular season championship.

Click here to see a team photo.

FPS GT Program Named Best in Arkansas for 6th Time

Posted by Alan on February 25, 2013 11:30 AM | (Not Filed) |

sharpest.pngThe FPS Gifted & Talented Education program was named the Outstanding GT Program in Arkansas for school districts with enrollment of 3,000 or more at the 2013 AGATE (Arkansans for Gifted & Talented Education) Conference in Little Rock on February 21. This is the sixth time the FPS program has received this award, more than any other school district in Arkansas.

Click here for a photo of program director Barbara Prichard accepting the award.

FPS Teams Fare Well at State Quiz Bowl Championship

Posted by Alan on February 25, 2013 11:07 AM | (Not Filed) |

WJHQuizBowl2.pngCongrats to the Woodland Jr. High Quiz Bowl team for winning their bracket in the 2013 Arkansas Jr. High Quiz Bowl Championship. Brody Burnett was named the Most Valuable Player for the tournament, and Burnett and Tony Pirani were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Congrats also to the Ramay Jr. High team for finishing second in their bracket at the tournament. Bill Bacon and Cannon Kern were named to the state all-tournament team, and Ellis Hairston Cannon Kern were named to the regional all-tournament team. Other Ramay team members included Sarah Bondurant, Walter Ferguson, Juan Muro, Noshin Nawar, Xander Smith, and Kennedy Spencer.

Woodland team members included Katy Beth Ezell, Sophie Harris, Jacob Huneycutt, Kyle Jiang, Ryan Kim, Nauman Malik, Jacob Partridge, Beau Si, and Albert Xu.

Click here for a photo of the Woodland team. Click here to see a photo of the Ramay team.

Parking Guidelines for State Basketball Tournament at FHS

Posted by Alan on February 21, 2013 2:36 PM | (Not Filed) |

parking.pngFayetteville High School is proud to host the 2013 7A state basketball tournament on Wednesday February 27 through Saturday, March 2 at the new Bulldog Arena on the FHS campus. We are happy to welcome the visiting teams to Fayetteville and to Bulldog Arena, and we do anticipate large crowds during the tournament.

Parking laws will be enforced during the tournament, and we hope the following guidelines will help patrons avoid any parking problems:

  • The west parking lot at the corner of Garland and MLK Blvd. (directly in front of the arena) will be reserved parking by permit only throughout the state tournament. General parking will be available in the east parking lot on MLK Blvd. (directly in front of the Performing Arts Center).
  • The University of Arkansas has agreed to allow free parking in Lot 56 (just west of the Razorback Soccer field on MLK Blvd.) during the tournament. The National Guard will be providing golf cart transportation for those attendees in need of special assistance.
  • Parking is also available in the student lots on Bulldog Blvd. (north of the FHS campus by Harmon Field).
  • Parking will not be allowed in unauthorized spaces, such as fire lanes, entrance lanes to parking lots, areas designated as no parking, or on the grass. The police have informed us that vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed and towed. Emergency vehicles must be able to access the parking lots.
  • Fayetteville High School will dismiss at 2 pm on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28 and at 3 pm on Friday, March 2 to help provide more parking.
  • Parking lot attendants will be stationed in the two front parking lots to provide directions and assistance.

Adult and Community Education Classes Canceled

Posted by Alan on February 20, 2013 12:34 PM | (Not Filed) |

ice_storm2.pngAll Fayetteville Adult & Community Education classes are canceled for tonight (Wednesday, February 20), due to the winter weather. 

Fayetteville Schools Closing Early on February 20

Posted by Alan on February 20, 2013 11:48 AM | (Not Filed) |

squirrel-snow-day.pngThe Fayetteville Public Schools will close early today (Wednesday, February 20) due to the winter weather. Here is the closing schedule (to accommodate the bus routes):

1:30 Middle Schools
1:40 Elementary Schools
2:10 Jr. High Schools
2:25 Sr. High Schools

Connotations to Host Fund Raiser at Zaxby's

Posted by Alan on February 18, 2013 4:26 PM | (Not Filed) |

Connotations XXIXsmall.pngConnotations, FHS' national award-winning student literary magazine, will hold a fund raising event at the Zaxby's Restaurant on MLK Drive on Tuesday, February 19 from 4 to 8 pm. Ten percent of the sales from the event will be donated to the magazine to help with production costs of the 2013 edition. Connotations staff members will also hold a wing eating contest, so come out and support the best student literary magazine in the nation!

Zaxby's Fundraiser to Help Defray State Tournament Costs

Posted by Alan on February 18, 2013 3:59 PM | (Not Filed) |

zaxby_logo.pngThe FHS boys and girls basketball teams will hold a fund raising event at the Zaxby's Restaurant on MLK Drive on Wednesday, February 20 from 4 to 8 pm. Ten percent of the sales from the event will be donated to the teams to help cover the cost of the upcoming 7A state basketball tournament that will be held in Bulldog Arena on February 27 through March 2. The FHS players will also hold a wing eating contest, so come out and support your Purple Dog basketball teams!

Ramay Teacher, Principal Invited to Washington DC

Posted by Alan on February 18, 2013 9:19 AM | (Not Filed) |

givens.pngRamay teacher Janice Givens and principal Matt Saferite visited Washington D.C. on February 14-16 to take part in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Ms. Givens and Dr. Saferite are part of a group of 160 teachers, school principals and district administrators who were selected to participate in the symposium. Click here to see a photo.

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is an exchange and professional development opportunity for secondary school teachers sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the non-profit organization IREX. Through the program, teachers from across the United States learn how to advance their schools' global education practices, internationalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms.

During the symposium, the teachers, principals and district administrators participated in sessions on: The Need for Global Education; Principles for Globalizing Schools; Bringing Global Education to Your Zip Code; and Working Effectively Across Cultures.

Free Child Nutrition Classes

Posted by Alan on February 15, 2013 4:25 PM | (Not Filed) |

kid-eating-veggies1.pngFree Child Nutrition Classes will be offered by the FPS Wellness and Educational Clinic at Owl Creek School. Good nutrition helps students concentrate at school, stay active and live well. These one-hour interactive sessions give families nutrition tips and ideas to keep their students happy and healthy. Healthy snacks offered during all classes! Here are the upcoming classes:

  • Tuesday, February 19: Don't Yuck, My Yum: Picky eaters and basic nutrition for kids
  • Sat., March 9: FPS Parent University: Meals on the go and healthier fast food options (time TBD)
  • Tuesday, April 23: Healthy Munching: Snacks for after school, extracurricular activities and weekend trips
  • Monday, May 20: Schools Out: Easy meals and snacks kids can prepare on their own

All FPS students and families welcome! Classes begin at 5:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Enter through the Owl Creek front door. Please let us know if you will be joining us by emailing allyson.mrachek@foodcorps.org or calling (509) 670-7188

Ally Mrachek, MS, RD, CD is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in child nutrition. She provides nutrition counseling to clients at the FPS Wellness and Education Clinic, helps host the district's public cooking classes and Owl Creek garden club, and is part of the FPS Farm to School team.

Ramay Teams Win NWA Conference Championships

Posted by Alan on February 15, 2013 2:41 PM | (Not Filed) |

Ramay_Logo.pngThe Ramay Jr. High boys and girls basketball teams won Northwest Arkansas Conference championships for their play during the conference season. Both teams will be seeded #1 in the upcoming Regional Conference tournament that begins on February 20 in Ft. Smith. Congratulations and good luck in the tournament!

HealthTeacher at Home Provides Online Health Information

Posted by Alan on February 15, 2013 11:12 AM | (Not Filed) |

Feb_Feature.pngHealthTeacher, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Mercy have joined to bring health know-how to K-12 teachers and students. HealthTeacher is an online health education resource providing access to lessons covering the most relevant youth health topics like bullying, obesity, physical activity, and depression.

2nd Annual Woodland ExtravaBANDza on February 28

Posted by Alan on February 15, 2013 10:58 AM | (Not Filed) |

Extravabandza.pngThe Woodland Junior High School Band will present the 2nd annual ExtravaBANDza! on Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 pm in the Woodland cafeteria. Admission is $5, and all proceeds go to benefit the current and future members of the Woodland Band. Activities for the night will include:

  • Full band performances from the 8th and 9th grade bands
  • Solos and small ensemble performances
  • Desserts and coffee
  • Silent auction
Tickets can be purchased from any Woodland Band student, by emailing Caleb Pond, or at the door on the night of the event.

Owl Creek Named to 2013 Schools to Watch List

Posted by Alan on February 12, 2013 4:25 PM | (Not Filed) |

OCWatch.pngOwl Creek School has been named to the 2013 Diamond Schools to Watch List by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Only four schools in Arkansas were named to the list. Click here for more information on Schools to Watch.

Click here to see a slideshow from the celebration assembly on February 12, 2013.

FHS Debate Team Wins UCA Tournament

Posted by Alan on February 11, 2013 9:02 AM | (Not Filed) |

FHS-Debate.pngCongratulations to the FHS Debate team for winning first place in the overall large school division of the 2013 University of Central Arkansas Bear Claw Invitational tournament over the weekend. The victory included clean sweeps of the Varsity Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking divisions, as well as numerous other awards for individual and group performance. 

Twelve FHS Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Posted by Alan on February 8, 2013 4:28 PM | (Not Filed) |

NatlMeritLogo.pngTwelve FHS seniors have been named as finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Competition. (Click here to see a slide show) The seniors are Isabella Blakeman, Peter Du, Adam Ferrier, Mason Hollis, Sarah Huang, Andrea Kathol, Tony Li, Sierra Matlock, Rebecca McCann, Jonathan Main, Marlee Stark, and Matthew Wang. Congratulations!

FPS Teams Fare Well in MathCounts Regional Competition

Posted by Alan on February 7, 2013 3:26 PM | (Not Filed) |

MATHCOUNTS.pngThe Woodland Jr. High school team took first place and the McNair Middle School team took fourth place in the regional MathCounts Competition held at the University of Arkansas on February 2. Albert Xu took first place in the individual competition, which Ryan Kim taking second place, and Kyle Jiang taking third place. Click here to see a team photo.

Click here to see a photo of the McNair team.

Six FHS Seniors to Sign NCAA Letters on Wednesday

Posted by Alan on February 5, 2013 9:16 AM | (Not Filed) |

Bulldog Purple head.pngSix FHS seniors will sign NCAA Letters of Intent on National Signing Day (Wednesday, February 6) during a ceremony at 12:30 pm in the Bulldog Arena. The seniors are:

  • Austin Allen (football), University of Arkansas
  • Alex Brignoni (football), University of Arkansas
  • Chase Carney (football), Pittsburg State University
  • Brooks Ellis (football), University of Arkansas
  • Luke Lundstrum (tennis) Metro State University, Denver
  • Jared Thurman (football), Harding University


14 FHS Students Named to All-State Band

Posted by Alan on February 4, 2013 5:12 PM | (Not Filed) |

fhs-band.pngFourteen FHS Band students were named to the Arkansas All State Band this past weekend. Those selected are Olivia Erickson-flute, Amanda Roberson-clarinet, Madysen Bailey-clarinet, Brock DeMark-clarinet, Savannah Hadley-clarinet, Brett Bonine-contra bass clarinet, Grace Thompson-bass clarinet, Sarah Hierholzer-bassoon, Jennifer Chenault-alto sax, Prashant Anand-french horn, Logan Schwartz-tuba, Joey Smith-euphonium, Craig Smardo-percussion, and Jennifer Mahan-percussion.


19 FHS Students Named to All-State Choir

Posted by Alan on February 4, 2013 11:22 AM | (Not Filed) |

swchoir.pngCongratulations to the following FHS students who were selected to the 2013 Arkansas All-State  Choir: Emily McComas, Abigail Walker, Mary McWha, Jamie Randall, Claudia Hall, Maggie Harris, Jordan Shy, Claire Fossey, Logan Dallas, Abby Spencer (alt.), Cole Teaster, Adrian Griffin, Ramsey Jones, Drew Teaster, Matt Hart, Joseph Shelby, Josh Parisi, Ben Heil, and Brandyn Young.

FHS Students Named to All-State Orchestra

Posted by Alan on February 4, 2013 11:14 AM | (Not Filed) |

violin.pngThree FHS students have been named to the 2013 All-State Orchestra as well as to the 2013 Arkansas Chamber Orchestra. The students are Rebekah Warren (4th chair, violin), Angela Wang (5th chair, violin), and Davis Napier (9th chair, violin).


Glass Slipper Project Needs Your Help

Posted by Alan on February 4, 2013 11:00 AM | (Not Filed) |

cinderell-glass slipper45.pngGlitter Girls! It's that time of year! It's time to sign up to volunteer for, or donate to, the FHS Glass Slipper Prom Project! We are so excited about another season of helping to bring prom dreams true for EVERY young lady at FHS.

The FHS Glass Slipper Prom Project is a non-profit school-district based entity dedicated to promoting confidence in young women and providing a unique opportunity where one might not otherwise exist. Through the help of monetary and in-kind donations, as well as countless volunteer hours, the Project distributes formal wear, shoes, accessories, prom tickets and complimentary beauty services to financially challenged young women, so that they may attend this milestone event with assurance and poise.

Please share this info with other glitter girls you know! This project serves young ladies in need at FHS and is 100% non-profit, self-sustaining and functions solely on donations.

Please remember that for the confidentiality of our clients, volunteers must be at least 24 years of age. Volunteers may be asked to serve as personal shoppers, closet fairies, merchandising mavens, inventory ingenues,

Please contact Marian Riner or Shay Hopper to sign up!
Please visit out Facebook page for more info!

FHS FBLA Club Fares Well In District Competition

Posted by Alan on February 4, 2013 9:10 AM | (Not Filed) |

FBLA2.pngThe FHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club competed in the District VII competition at the U of A's Global Learning Center on the Fayetteville Square. The winners were:

Marketing, 4th place: Jackson Merryman and Ashton Ragsdale
Accounting, I 4th Place: Sarah Calhoun
Personal Finance, 4th Place: Brittany Cagle
Global Business, 1st Place: Josh Williams, Yuki Li, and Khusbu Bhikhabhai. The Global Business team is eligible to compete in state competition later this year.

Special thanks to Mrs. Susan Hunt for helping to proctor the local exams. The club sponsor is H. B. Whitaker. Click here to see a group photo.

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