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April 2014 Archives

Paul Hewitt Named Next Superintendent

Posted by Alan on April 30, 2014 12:54 PM | (Not Filed) |

Paul_Hewitt.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education has selected Dr. Paul Hewitt to serve as the next superintendent of the Fayetteville Public Schools. Hewitt is currently associate professor of Educational Leadership in the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. He brings a long history of expertise in education with a career spanning over 35 years in public education, including 17 years as a superintendent. Hewitt has also served as principal, vice principal, dean of students, and teacher in a variety of California school districts. He has served on the faculty at the University of Arkansas since 2007.

Hewitt will take over officially as superintendent on July 1, 2014, but his transition with the current superintendent, Ms. Vicki Thomas, and district leadership will begin immediately.

Welcome, Dr. Hewitt!

2 FHS Seniors Named to Arkansas Academic All-Star Team

Posted by Alan on April 29, 2014 10:57 AM | (Not Filed) |

Corbell_Madeleine-Atimes.pngBoushelle_Jay.pngCongratulations to Fayetteville High School seniors Madeleine Corbell and Jay Boushelle for being named to the Arkansas Times 2014 Academic All-Star Team which highlights the accomplishments of the top 20 high school seniors in the state.

Click here to see the article in the Arkansas Times.

Schools in Session on Saturday, May 3 and Memorial Day

Posted by Alan on April 25, 2014 3:00 PM | (Not Filed) |

squirrel-snow-day.pngAll FPS schools on the traditional calendar will be open for classes on Saturday, May 3 and Memorial Day (Monday, May 26) to make up two of our snow days. Food service will be provided, and the buses will run. The only change is the dismissal time, which will be ONE HOUR EARLIER than the normal dismissal times. Schools will begin at their normal start times.

Woodland Boys Win Conference Track Title, Third Title This Year

Posted by Alan on April 23, 2014 11:47 AM | (Not Filed) |

woodland_cowboy.pngCongrats to the Woodland boys track team for winning the 2014 NWA Conference championship last night! This makes the 3rd conference championship for Woodland this year, with football and basketball. 

Click here to see a team photo.

FHS Yearbook Staff Fares Well at State Competition

Posted by Alan on April 17, 2014 2:32 PM | (Not Filed) |

FHSCrest.pngCongrats to the FHS Amethyst yearbook staff members for their award-winning performances at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association's annual convention, April 14-15 in Rogers. The first place winners and their categories are:

  • Amethyst Staff: First Place, Theme Development
  • Isabella Alves: First Place, Groups/Clubs Layout; Academic Layout
  • Rachel Pohl: First Place, Groups/Clubs Layout; Academic Layout
  • Kianna Sarvestani: First Place, Sports Photograph
  • Sophia Scalise: First Place, Environmental Portrait
  • Ashley Steiner: First Place, Groups/Clubs Layout; Academic Layout

Connotations Wins All Arkansas Award at ASPA

Posted by Alan on April 17, 2014 2:22 PM | (Not Filed) |

Connotations2013.pngCongrats to the FHS Connotations student literary magazine staff members for their award-winning performances at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association's annual convention, April 14-15 in Rogers. The first place winners and their categories are:

  • Connotations Staff: All-Arkansas Award
  • Annabelle Hall: First Place, Poetry
  • Amanda Millan: First Place, Design
  • Annie Molesso: Superior, Poetry
  • Natasha Raezer: First Place, Essay; Superior, Poetry
  • Julia Smith: Superior, Poetry
  • Ona Thornquist: First Place, Short Story

FHS Register Staff Members Win Awards at State Competition

Posted by Alan on April 16, 2014 5:09 PM | (Not Filed) |

Register_May_2012_.pngCongrats to the FHS Register student newspaper staff members for their award-winning performances at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association's annual convention, April 14-15 in Rogers. The first place winners and their categories are:

Summer Bush: First Place, Writing
Hannah Davis: First Place, Writing
Robby Lee: First Place, Writing
Register Staff: Excellent, Newspaper
Elizabeth Smith; First Place, Writing

FHS TV Students Fare Well at State Convention

Posted by Alan on April 16, 2014 4:57 PM | (Not Filed) |

tv_camera.jpgCongrats to the FHS TV students for their award-winning performances at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association's annual convention, April 14-15 in Rogers. The first place winners and their categories are:

  • Andie Bagwell: First Place, News Writing
  • Bulldog Pause Staff: Best of ASPA, Weekly Show
  • FHS TV Staff: Superior, Weekly Show, Superior, Monthly Magazine Show
  • Chelsea Haddock: Superior, News Package
  • Kahadaja Ingram: First Place, News Package Challenge
  • Nina Krizman: Superior, News Package
  • Melissa McNamara: Superior, Show Opening;
  • Kianna Sarvestani: First Place, News Package Challenge
  • Brennan Smith: Superior, Documentary
  • Abel Soster: Superior, Documentary
  • John Ternes: Superior, Documentary
  • Caroline Wilbourn: First Place, Anchoring; Superior, Video Reel

Twenty-Nine FPS Students Qualify for Duke Recognition

Posted by Alan on April 11, 2014 9:49 AM | (Not Filed) |

tip_logo.pngTwenty-nine seventh-grade students from the Fayetteville School District have qualified for recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

The search is conducted throughout a 16-state area. More than 64,000 students participated in the program, that awards recognition on the state and grand levels. The SAT and ACT assessments are designed for college-bound high school students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. The tests measure knowledge and skills rarely taught in junior high schools. To score high, students have learned a great deal at home, by independent study or by special instruction.

In Arkansas, 961seventh-graders in 141 public and private schools from 95 districts participated in the program. Of those taking the test, 458 qualified for state recognition and 40 for grand recognition.

Garrett Grisso, Albert Ko, and Paul Lefforge qualified for both state and grand recognition and will be invited to attend the National recognition ceremony in May at Duke University, N.C. They represent 8% of Arkansas students who qualified for grand recognition.

Twenty-six other students qualified for state recognition. They are:
  • Blackwell, Iman
  • Brennan, Bradley
  • Gies, Gabrielle
  • Glover, Gage
  • Guy, Ruby
  • Hall, James
  • Haller, Carson
  • Haller, Daniel
  • Hansberger, Chloe
  • Harris, Abigail
  • Hatfield, Philip
  • Lo, Jeremia
  • Liu, Austin
  • Mashburn, Kaitlyn
  • McClard, Grier
  • McCombs, Warren
  • Morgan, Carson
  • Nichols, Mollie
  • Pendley, Lily
  • Pilkington, Nicholas
  • Riggs, Carson
  • Roark, Ryan
  • Smith, Isaac
  • Trivitt, Ethan
  • Young, Grayson

Parent Meetings on Enrollment Distribution Set for April 14-17

Posted by Alan on April 10, 2014 3:16 PM | (Not Filed) |

ptomeeting.pngProposed changes to the Fayetteville Public Schools middle school and jr. high attendance zones will be shared at public meetings April 14-17. The Enrollment Distribution Committee will hold three parent meetings to present their recommendation on enrollment distribution changes for the 2015-16 school year. The meetings will be

  • Monday, April 14: Owl Creek Cafeteria, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 15: Holt Band Room, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 17: McNair Band Room, 6:00-7:00 pm
In 2012, the Fayetteville Board of Education approved the recommendation by the Grade Reconfiguration Committee to reconfigure the grade levels for our district beginning School Year 2015-2016, which is the year the Transformation of Fayetteville High school will be
complete. The grades will be configured as follows:

  • Elementary Schools: Grades K-4
  • Middle Schools: Grades 5-6
  • Junior High Schools: Grades 7-8
  • Fayetteville High School: Grades 9-12

In 2014 the Enrollment Distribution Committee convened with updated enrollment forecast data. This committee will be presenting their recommendation on how to distribute the enrollment to our middle schools and junior high schools beginning School Year 2015-2016. Please join us at the zone meetings to learn more and to share your thoughts with
the committee.

Sign up for Fayetteville Summer Robotics Camp

Posted by Alan on April 8, 2014 4:15 PM | (Not Filed) |

RobotsRule.pngSign up today for Fayetteville Summer Robotics Camp!
Date: June 16-20, 2014
Where: Woodland Junior High School
Who: for rising 6-9th Fayetteville Public School students
Cost: $150 with only ONE session allowed

Select Either Morning Session 8:00 - 11:30 or Afternoon Session 12:00 - 3:30
Seating is Limited- First come first served. Application forms available in your child's school office or click here

Instructors are Ramay, Woodland and Fayetteville High School engineering and technology teachers.

Ninety-three FHS Seniors Named AP Scholars

Posted by Alan on April 7, 2014 11:00 AM | (Not Filed) |

keep calm study.pngCongrats to the FHS Class of 2014 AP Scholars! The following students were named AP Scholars for their performance on the 2013 Advanced Placement exams:

Scholar With Distinction
(average of 3.5+ on all AP exams taken, and grade of 3+ on at least 5 exams)
  • Jay Boushelle
  • Jenny Bryan
  • Addison Cornwell
  • Haydon Hairston
  • Ben Heil
  • Aaron Koch
  • Max McCarthy
  • SanJuana Mota
  • Natasha Raezer
  • Timothy Scarbrough
  • Michael Thompson
  • Rachel Ungar
  • Sarah Williams
Scholar With Honor
(average of 3.25+ on all AP exams taken, and grade of 3+ on at least 4 exams)
  • Katherine Bacon
  • Sydney Barre
  • Shayley Benham
  • Brett Bonine
  • Madeline Corbell
  • Logan Dallas
  • Spencer Finney
  • Madelyn Freeman
  • Ian Goddard
  • Suzanna Gomez
  • Deborah Greene
  • Jay Haas
  • Malachi Hale
  • Emily Johnson
  • Ben Kieklak
  • Sara Koch
  • Bethany Osborn
  • Matt Richardson
  • Amanda Roberson
  • Clio Rom
  • Grace Santos
  • Julia Smith
  • Abigail Spencer
  • Spencer Tan
  • Alexander Taylor
  • Natalie Thibado
  • Jared Thurman
  • Tarahn Turner
(average of 3+ on at least 3 exams)
  • Charles Adams
  • Angus Armendariz
  • Jacob Arnold
  • Kellie Audrain
  • Robert Bradford
  • Annie Carroll
  • Kaylea Collins
  • Ellie Cothren
  • Natalie Counce
  • Jared Cozart
  • Spencer Cunningham
  • Darmesha Davis
  • Shelby Devine
  • Hunter Estes
  • Savannah Hadley
  • Annabelle Hall
  • James Hardgraves
  • Julia Hartz
  • Richard Hudson
  • Eseanti Johnson
  • Adam Jones
  • Ramsey Jones
  • Kyle Jung
  • Nicholas Kley
  • Nina Krizman
  • Ian Lee
  • Emily Lorince
  • Laura Mantooth
  • Sara Caroline Mills
  • Morgan Moody
  • Naseer Naseem
  • Jackson Parker
  • John Plavcan
  • James Rapert
  • Daniel Renegar
  • Leigh Robinson
  • Mary Salmonsen
  • Sam Scalise
  • Sophia Scalise
  • Emma Scarbrough
  • Derek Shadrick
  • Angel Sigears
  • Craig Smardo
  • Abel Soster
  • Hannah Sullivan
  • Kaley Todd
  • Grant Waller
  • Jacob Warren
  • Caroline Wilbourn
  • Patience Williams
  • Gabby Willis

Happy Hollow Team Wins 2014 OM State Competition

Posted by Alan on April 7, 2014 8:25 AM | (Not Filed) |

HHOM2.pngCongrats to the Happy Hollow Elementary School team for winning the 2014 Odyssey of the Mind competition on April 5! Click here to see a team photo. 

FPS Again Named Top Ten Digital School District

Posted by Alan on April 7, 2014 8:04 AM | (Not Filed) |

Digital Schools.pngFor the sixth consecutive year FPS has been named to the Top Ten Digital School Districts in the U.S. in the Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association.

Click here for a photo of board members Susan Heil and Bryn Bagwell accepting the award on behalf of the district.

The survey showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations.

Nine FHS Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Posted by Alan on April 2, 2014 1:33 PM | (Not Filed) |

Mathes_Emma-2.pngCongratulations to the nine FHS seniors who were named finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition. The seniors are: Madeleine Corbell, Addison Cornwell, Spencer Finney, Annabelle, Hall, Ben Heil, Arron Koch, Laura Mantooth, Emma Mathes, and Amanda Roberson.

Click here to see a slideshow of the finalists.

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