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October 2013 Archives

FHS Junior Aces ACT Exam

Posted by Alan on October 30, 2013 2:59 PM | (Not Filed) |

Peter_Gea.pngFHS junior Peter Gea has earned the highest score possible on the ACT exam, becoming the fourth consecutive Fayetteville High School student to make a 36 on the exam in the last four years. In addition, Peter's sister, Katherine Gea, also earned the highest score in 2010. Congratulations, Peter!

Agricultural College Night at West Campus on November 7

Posted by Alan on October 29, 2013 4:07 PM | (Not Filed) |

AgNight.pngAgricultural College Night
November 7, 2013 6-8 pm @ West Campus

Smaller class sizes and more scholarship money are available in Agricultural Colleges. Admissions officers and financial aid experts will be on hand to aid the admissions and lottery scholarship application process as well as provide guidance regarding the FAFSA.

Colleges attending include:
  • University of Arkansas Agriculture & Engineering
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Northwest Technical Institute
  • Tulsa Welding School
  • Missouri Welding Institute
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Southern Arkansas University

Join us to see which of these college options works best for you:

  • Medical Fields - Graduates with degrees in Food or Poultry Science have gone on to Medical and Pharmaceutical School
  • Environmental Science - explore Plant Science, Horticulture, and Environmental Science in the College of Agriculture
  • Journalism,video production, or communications- look into a degree in Agricultural Communications
  • Business - Check out Agricultural Business and Marketing. This program has a 98% job
  • placement rate and small class sizes
  • Mechanics and Engineering - look into a degree in engineering or explore the Agricultural Systems Technology Management (ASTM) degree
  • Early Childhood Development, Interior Design, Restaurant Management, or Hospitality - explore the Agricultural School of Human Environmental Science

FHS Duo Wins State Tennis Doubles Title

Posted by Alan on October 29, 2013 9:16 AM | (Not Filed) |

Bulldog Tennis.pngFHS tennis players Sameer Kamath and Craig Smardo won the 2013 state doubles championship at the 7A state tournament on October 22. The FHS boys tennis team also was the runner-up in the state tournament. Click here to see a photo from the tournament.
Congrats to the Tennis Dawgs!

Statement on Gebhart Resignation

Posted by Alan on October 25, 2013 12:28 PM | (Not Filed) |

Superintendent Vicki Thomas has received and accepted the resignation of athletic director Barry Gebhart, effective immediately, Friday, October 25, 2013.

"We have taken every step available to us under Arkansas law to deal with this situation and have followed the procedures to the letter, including the Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act, " said Thomas. "It is now a police matter, and we are cooperating with them fully."

Statement from Superintendent Regarding Arrest

Posted by Alan on October 23, 2013 4:01 PM | (Not Filed) |

Superintendent Vicki Thomas has released the following statement regarding the arrest of athletic director Barry Gebhart:

To our parents, guardians and friends,

As you may already be aware, today has been a difficult day for all of us at the Fayetteville Public Schools and in the Fayetteville community. Athletic director Barry Gebhart was arrested last night by the Benton County Police Department on suspicion of Internet stalking of a child.

Upon my notification of his arrest, Gebhart was immediately placed on paid administrative  leave, pending the outcome of the police investigation. We are fully cooperating with the Benton County Sheriff's department in their investigation.

As a staff member and as a parent, I urge you to continue to be vigilant in watching over your children's cyber activity. If you have any concerns regarding this situation, or any other internet safety issue, please contact our school resource officers at 445-1204 or 445-1205.

The safety of your children is of paramount importance to us. Any time there is a possible crime such as this, there is a concern for other potential victims. Anyone with any information should contact their local police department. The Fayetteville Police Department may be reached at 479-587-3555.

Vicki Thomas

FHS Teacher Named English Teacher of the Year

Posted by Alan on October 21, 2013 9:00 AM | (Not Filed) |

ErinJohnson3.pngFHS teacher Erin Johnson has been named the 2013 Secondary English Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts. She will receive her award at the association's annual meeting in Little Rock on October 31.

Congratulations, Erin!

Annual Report to Patrons Set for October 24

Posted by Alan on October 18, 2013 9:57 AM | (Not Filed) |

ptomeeting.pngThe Fayetteville School District will hold its annual meeting and present the Report to Our Patrons on the 2012-13 school year on Thursday, October 24 at 5 pm in the Adams Center.

The October meeting of the Fayetteville Board of Education will follow immediately after the annual meeting at approximately 5:30 pm.

Seating is limited in the Adams Center, and the meeting will be broadcast live on Cox Channel 217, AT&T Uverse channel 99, and streaming from the district website.

RJHS Principal Matt Saferite featured on NASSP.org

Posted by Administrator on October 18, 2013 7:50 AM | (Not Filed) |

Ramay Junior High Principal Matt Saferite is featured in the latest
publication of the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals.
Click HERE to read his article regarding respect and freedom in the classroom.

FHS Golf Teams win State Championships

Posted by Alan on October 9, 2013 3:53 PM | (Not Filed) |

BULLDOG GOLFchamp.pngCongratulations to the FHS Boys and Girls Golf teams for winning the 2013 7A state championships. The girls won their tournament on October 2, and the boys won today. Both events were held at Lost Springs Golf Club in Rogers.

FHS Girls Soccer Tryouts Set for November 5

Posted by Alan on October 9, 2013 12:04 PM | (Not Filed) |

soccered.pngFHS Girls Soccer Tryouts will be held on Tuesday November 5 from 6-8 pm at Harmon Stadium. Questions? contact Coach Joe Thoma at joe.thoma@fayar.net. Tryouts are for girls currently in 9th - 12th grade.

Flu Shots Available for All FPS Students and Staff

Posted by Alan on October 7, 2013 11:15 AM | (Not Filed) |

Flu Shot sign.pngFlu shots will be available for all students and staff in the Fayetteville Public Schools from October 16-23, based on the following schedule:

Wednesday, October 16:
McNair Middle School, 7:30 am, Library
Vandergriff Elementary School, 11:30 am, Gym

Thursday, October 17:
Leverett Elementary, 7:45 am, Library
Washington Elementary, 10:00 am, Art classroom
Butterfield Trail Elementary, 12:30 pm, Library classroom

Friday, October 18:
Fayetteville High School, 8:30 am, Nurse's office hallway
Ramay Jr. High, 11:30 am, Large Group Room
ALLPS,  12:30 pm, Multi-use Computer Lab

Monday, October 21:
Owl Creek School, 8 am, Cafeteria
Asbell Elementary, 12:30 pm, Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 22:
Holt Middle School, 8:15 am, Band Room
Holcomb Elementary, 11:30 am, Assembly Room

Wednesday, October 23:
Happy Hollow Elementary, 7:45 am, Cafeteria
Root Elementary, 10 am, Gym
Woodland Jr. High, 12:30 pm, Room D1

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

36 FHS Students Named to 2013 All Region Choir

Posted by Alan on October 7, 2013 9:54 AM | (Not Filed) |

swchoir.pngCongrats to the FHS students named to the 2013 All Region Choir:

  • Hannah Baker
  • Christina Cunningham
  • Logan Dallas
  • Erin Edmisten
  • Claire Fossey
  • Madelyn Freeman
  • Adrian Griffin
  • Thomas Griffin
  • Brandon Guillen
  • Gracie Hartford
  • Shannia Heckler
  • Ben Heil
  • Bethany Howard
  • Eve Jaggers
  • Ramsey Jones
  • Ashvini Malshe
  • Jami McDonald
  • Mary McWha
  • Julia Montgomery
  • Sarah Murphy
  • Kelly Nefzger
  • Lance Nix
  • Bridget Polach
  • Jazlyn Purnell
  • Joseph Shelby
  • Abbi Smith
  • Elizabeth Smith
  • Sammie Spencer
  • Drew Teaster
  • Julia Townsley
  • Abigail Walker
  • Grant Waller
  • Patience Williams
  • Genny Wilson
  • Morgan McDonald - 1st alt.
  • Tamas Coleman - 2nd alt.

FHS Baseball Coach Named National Coach of the Year

Posted by Alan on October 3, 2013 4:07 PM | (Not Filed) |

VArnold.pngFayetteville High School head baseball coach Vance Arnold was named the 2013 National Coach of the Year for Division II by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Arnold coached the FHS team to the 2013 7A state championship, and his teams won state titles in 2002 and 2006 through 2009. 

FHS Baseball Selling Tyson Holiday Hams

Posted by Alan on October 3, 2013 12:37 PM | (Not Filed) |

ham.pngFHS Baseball is selling Tyson Spiral Cut Hams for Thanksgiving and Christmas delivery!
Premium quality, hickory smoked, sliced, foil wrapped, includes glaze packet.
These Hams are comparable to the mail-order hams that cost $50-$70.
  • 8-9 lb average weight per ham
  • Price: $35
  • Orders due: October 24th
Thanksgiving delivery date: Friday, November 15th
Christmas delivery date: Thursday, December 19th
If you are interested in ordering, please email order to: tylernddd@cox.net

Order now so you don't forget!
Thank you for supporting FHS Baseball - we appreciate it!

Wednesday is Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day in Arkansas

Posted by Alan on October 3, 2013 12:31 PM | (Not Filed) |

crossing-guard.pngGovernor Mike Beebe has proclaimed Wednesday, October 9 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 11 years to promote it.

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!

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