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July 2014 Archives

Ramay Teacher Named Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Posted by Alan on July 30, 2014 8:12 AM | (Not Filed) |

Bethany Award.pngCongratulations to Ramay Jr. High engineering teacher Bethany Strasser for being named the 2014 Arkansas Technology & Engineering Teacher of the Year! The award was presented on July 25 at the annual Arkansas Career & Technical Educators conference in Hot Springs.

No Live Broadcasting of July 29 School Board Meeting

Posted by Alan on July 29, 2014 3:09 PM | (Not Filed) |

FPS has been working on relocation of some video equipment, and the scheduling with AT&T and Cox has required some downtime from our typical cablecasting schedule.  This outage means we will not have live coverage of the July 29 board meeting.  We will record it and make it available on the web and broadcast it when the system is back up.

Eight FHS 2014 Grads Named UA Honors Fellows

Posted by Alan on July 24, 2014 10:10 AM | (Not Filed) |

FHSCrest.pngEight members of the Fayetteville High School Class of 2014 have been named Honors Fellows by the University of Arkansas. They include

  • Madeleine Corbell
  • Addison Cornwell
  • Spencer Finney
  • Malachi Hale
  • Aaron Koch
  • Laura Mantooth
  • Amanda Roberson
  • Julia Smith
The Honors College Fellows receive $50,000 to cover tuition, books, room and board, and registration over four years. Congratulations on this well deserved honor!

FHS Teacher Attends Agri Science Institute

Posted by Alan on July 23, 2014 8:31 AM | (Not Filed) |

Jade Cameron.pngJade Cameron, agriscience educator at Fayetteville High School, recently attended an 8-day professional development institute at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, to teach the Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant section of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE).

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development, inquiry-based, student-focused lessons, assessment, and certification. CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math. Click here to see a photo from the institute.

While at the CASE Institute Cameron spent 65 hours working through nearly every lesson in the year-long curriculum and learning how to deliver lessons in an inquiry-based way that will shift their focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.

"I am excited for Fayetteville High School students in Horticulture and Plant Science courses to be able to engage in laboratory, greenhouse, and classroom activities that will stretch their thinking with the CASE system and help prepare them for the vast opportunities available through agricultural science," said Cameron.

For more information about CASE, visit www.case4learning.org.


We need your help assembling bikes for Fayetteville Schools

Posted by Alan on July 21, 2014 3:28 PM | (Not Filed) |

bikerkid.pngOver the last year, the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks has been working with the Fayetteville School District and the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation to purchase a fleet of bikes for every school in the district.  The goal was to expand the Bike ED program through the 12th grade so that students will have more time to acquire bike handling and safety skills, be encouraged to ride their bikes to school and for play, and to learn more about the great trails our area has to offer such as those on the Razorback Greenway, Mt. Kessler, Lake Fayetteville, and Mt. Sequoyah.

Thanks to funding from The Walton Family Foundation, Endeavor Foundation, and the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, the first bikes have been ordered and arrived this week.  This means that we have 520 bikes to help assemble so that P.E. programs can utilize the bikes when school starts!

We need as many people as possible to come out and help, kids are welcome too! We will be assembling bikes in multiple locations in order to get them all done on time. No bike mechanic experience is required as we need help doing everything from unboxing bikes to tightening bolts. Bring your bike stands and tools if you have them.

This week and next we will be assembling 20" wheeled, single speed Specialized bikes at the ALLPS Campus Cafeteria and 24" wheeled, 7-speed Trek bikes at Vandergriff Elementary Gym. If you can setup and adjust derailleurs and brakes we could really use your help at Vandergriff.

After we finish the elementary's bikes, we will start assembling Cannondale bikes for the Junior High's and High School and then Giant bikes  for the Middle schools.

Directions to Build Locations:
Vandergriff Elementary School
2200 N. Vandergriff Dr. Fayetteville
(off of Mission and Crossover)
ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria
2350 Old Farmington Rd. Fayetteville
(behind Tractor Supply off MLK Blvd.)

Build Dates and Locations:
Friday, July 25th, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym
Saturday, July 26th, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym
ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria
Monday, July 28th, 9am-2pm
ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria
Tuesday, July 29th, 9am-2pm
ALLPS Campus- Cafeteria
Wednesday, July 30th, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym
Thursday, July 31st, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym
Friday, July 26th, 9am-2pm
Vandergriff Elementary School- Gym
A special thanks goes out to Highroller Cyclery, Lewis & Clark Outfitters, Phat Tire Bike Shop, and The Bike Route for being so great to work with ordering bikes!

Ramay Teacher Selected to Attend National Innovation Institute

Posted by Alan on July 21, 2014 8:10 AM | (Not Filed) |

Strasser.pngRamay Junior High School engineering teacher Bethany Strasser has been selected to attend the National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property. Bethany's acceptance includes a full scholarship to cover travel and lodging expenses.The institute will be held August 10-14, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA.

The curriculum will help middle and high school teachers incorporate making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection in STEM lesson plans and classroom instruction. Courses will be conducted by USPTO experts, representatives from other federal government agencies, National Science Foundation-funded researchers and inventors, and the Maker Education Initiative. Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series: Dr. Reginald Farrow (fuel cells, lab-on-a-chip), Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja (nano-biosensors for use in detecting counterfeit products), and Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni (exoskeletons), as well as series executive editor, Mark Miano from NBC Learn.

The series was produced as a joint project between the USPTO and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The U.S. Department of Education, NSF, Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute. Congressman Honda, a former science educator and advocate for STEM education, will kick-off the Institute with a keynote address on Sunday evening. On the final day, NASA Ames Research Center will host the teachers through an on-site tour and discussion.

FPS Online Registration

Posted by Alan on July 15, 2014 10:07 AM | Filed in News |

online.pngThe online re-enrollment and registration system is up and running. The password reset issue has been resolved but if you need help, please don't hesitate to email fps-inform@fayar.net or call 444-3000 with questions. Thanks for your feedback on this system!

National Inventors Hall of Fame Member Coming to Leverett

Posted by Alan on July 10, 2014 3:08 PM | (Not Filed) |

willson_robert_h.pngDr. Robert H. Willson, a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame is coming to Camp Invention at Leverett Elementary School on Thursday, July 17 at 10 am. Dr. Willson will speak to the students about the inventive process and then help them with their inventions.

During his professional career at Westinghouse Willson researched the interaction of low light level television systems and the human visual system, and radar systems algorithm development. He received an Emmy Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2006. He is now retired.

Hanlon Named New Chief Financial Officer

Posted by Alan on July 10, 2014 9:17 AM | (Not Filed) |

Kathy Hanlon.pngSuperintendent Dr. Paul Hewitt announced today that Kathy Hanlon will be the new chief financial officer for the district.
Hanlon has spent the last 20 years as the CFO of the Rogers School District. In 2010 she was the Arkansas School Business Administrator of the Year. In 2010 she was the president of the Arkansas Association of School Business Officials and currently sits on the board of directors of the Southern Association of School Business Officials. Hanlon is also one of only a handful of Tier I school business official trainers for the Arkansas Department of Education. Hanlon has been involved in the financing and planning of 11 schools and two support buildings. She also testified in the Lakeview decision that redefined how Arkansas public schools are financed.
"I am pleased to welcome Kathy to the Fayetteville Public School District team, and I know you will all appreciate the contribution she will make to support our programs," said Hewitt.

Garrett Named New Associate Superintendent

Posted by Alan on July 10, 2014 9:07 AM | (Not Filed) |

Superintendent Dr. Paul Hewitt announced today that Kim Garrett will be the new Associate Superintendent of Secondary Education. Garrett is currently the Assistant Superintendent (Teaching and Learning 8-12) for the Springdale School District. Prior to her position in Springdale she was the principal of Bentonville High School, principal of Washington Junior High, and an assistant principal at Bentonville High.

"Kim brings a high degree of integrity to our district and has a record of being a collaborative leader who works well with people to develop a shared vision," said Hewitt.

FHS Sophomore Registration Set for July 31 and August 1

Posted by Alan on July 7, 2014 3:29 PM | (Not Filed) |

FHSCrest.pngSophomore Orientation for the 2014-15 school year will be held on July 31 and August 1 at FHS. 

Sophomores with last names beginning A-L will attend Orientation on July 31st. Sophomores with last names beginning M-Z will attend Orientation on August 1st.

Orientation is intended for students only and will be conducted from 9:00 am until noon each day. Students should be prepared to stay for the entire time.

Parents may drop off their student and pick them up in front of the Bulldog Arena on 994 West
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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