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September 2014 Archives

Ramay Wins Arkansas Quality Award

Posted by Alan on September 30, 2014 1:27 PM | (Not Filed) |

Ramay_AQ _Award-2.pngCongratulations to Ramay Jr. High for receiving a 2014 Arkansas Governor's Quality Award-Commitment Level at the annual awards banquet in Little Rock! Ramay was one of 28 businesses or organizations honored at the 2014 awards. Bryan Hale, Dean of Students at Ramay, accepted the award (click here to see photo). 

Asbell School Garden Wins State Award

Posted by Alan on September 29, 2014 9:32 AM | (Not Filed) |

Asbell_garden-2.pngThe Asbell school garden was recently named the Arkansas Grown Best Nutrition Education School Garden by the Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit. The award was presented to the Asbell Green Team, who helps care for the garden. Asbell also received $500 from Farm Credit for winning the award. Congratulations!

Click here to see a photo from the presentation.

In Memoriam: Kathy Lemons and Jack Kreie

Posted by Alan on September 15, 2014 11:52 AM | (Not Filed) |

Kathy Lemons, who taught Spanish at FHS before retiring in recent years, passed away on Thursday, September 11. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 16 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville.To sign the online guest book, visit www.mooresfuneralchapel.com.

Jack Kreie, who taught chemistry and other sciences at FHS for 29 years before retiring in 1994, passed away at age 89 on August 28 in Las Cruces, NM. The family invites friends and relatives to a memorial celebration with refreshments on Saturday, September 20, from noon until 2 p.m. The location is at a home on Hogeye Road, 13234 Nickles Road, West Fork.

Two FHS Seniors Named to National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

Posted by Alan on September 11, 2014 3:55 PM | (Not Filed) |

Baledge 003-1.pngFHS seniors Barrett and Brooke Baledge have been named 2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars by The College Board. Each year, the program honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. Congratulations!

Click here for more information on the program. 

Ten FHS Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

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

NatlMeritLogo.pngTen FHS seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition. Nine were named as National Merit semifinalists, and one was named a National Achievement semifinalist.

The National Merit semifinalists are: Olga Brazhkina, Brock DeMark, Sam Doss, Peter Gea, Sam Johnson, Matt Parisi, Michelle Peng, Olivia Stiegman, and Sarah Sullivan.

Damani Carter was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a competition for Black American high school students from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Carter was the only National Achievement semifinalist selected from Northwest Arkansas.

Click here to see a group photo.

Free Practice PSAT for FHS Sophomores and Juniors

Posted by Alan on September 9, 2014 2:43 PM | (Not Filed) |

taking_test.pngA free practice PSAT will be administered to interested sophomores and juniors on Sunday, September 14, 1:00-3:30 pm, in the FHS Lecture Hall. Students must pre-register from the link on the College/Career Room website.

Bring pencils and a calculator.


Click here for more info on the National Merit PSAT.

What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus

Posted by Alan on September 8, 2014 3:27 PM | (Not Filed) |

sick.pngHundreds of children across the U.S. have been hospitalized with a serious respiratory illness. Scientists believe the bug to blame is Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Enteroviruses are common but, this particular type and severity is not. Here is what you need to know:

What are the symptoms?
The virus usually starts like the common cold: symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, and cough. This is all that happens for most people who catch an enterovirus. But some patients will get a severe cough, have difficulty breathing (sometimes with wheezing), and/or develop a rash.

So, when should I begin to worry?
Unfortunately, in the beginning it's difficult to tell the difference between a regular cold and this type of virus. However, if your child becomes sick, be watching for certain symptoms. Go to the doctor if your child develops a fever or a rash. Infants, children, and teens are more likely to become sick because they have not built up immunity from previous exposures. Children with asthma or a history of breathing problems are particularly susceptible for severe symptoms.

How do I protect my children?
The respiratory illness spreads through close contact, just like the common cold. You can also be infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your face. Health officials say there is not a great deal you can do beyond taking common-sense steps to reduce the risk. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, clean and disinfect surfaces that are regularly touched by different people (toys, phones, and door knobs), avoid touching your face, mouth, or nose, and stay home or keep your child home if you or your child feel unwell.

Click here for more information from the Centers for Disease Control.

Together, we can keep our kids safe and healthy!

FHS Senior Named to National Youth Advisory Council

Posted by Alan on September 8, 2014 8:37 AM | (Not Filed) |

Rachel Pohl1-2web.pngFHS senior Rachel Pohl has been selected as one of ten high school students to serve on Keep America Beautiful's Youth Advisory Council.

The Youth Advisory Council creates a framework for youth engagement with Keep America Beautiful (KAB), building on the model of youth service with KAB community-based affiliates at the local and state levels. The newly-selected YAC members will provide an original point of view in assessing KAB programs, implement local service projects, and will act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their respective communities and states.


Pohl is very active in the Fayetteville High School Green Team, serving as the current president. During the 2013-14 school year she coordinated a school-wide recycling assessment and helped lead a recycling education campaign.

Through the generous support of the Wrigley Company Foundation, Youth Advisory Council members will meet with their counterparts from across the country at Keep America Beautiful's National Conference in Washington, D.C., which takes place January 27-29, 2015.

Nineteen FHS Juniors Selected for Teen Leadership Class

Posted by Alan on September 2, 2014 3:59 PM | (Not Filed) |

TLX_2014-15-1.pngCongrats to the FHS juniors selected to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Teen Leadership Class of 2015: Megan Arroyo, John Riley Baker, Josh Belford, Hannah Davis, Savannah Day, Turner Hurley, Cecelia Johnson, Mary Michael Knight, Brooke Nunn, Betty Pendleton, Abby Pickhardt, Luke Rapert, Ashton Robbins, Cassidy Sykes, Katie Sykes, Maya Ungar, Anna Williams, Emily Williams, and Allison Zeagler!

Click here to see a group photo.

Family Tech Night on September 9

Posted by Alan on September 2, 2014 11:13 AM | (Not Filed) |

Geeks Rule copy.pngParents and students in grades K-12 are invited to our first Family Tech Night on September 9 from 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm at Fayetteville High School during Internet Safety Awareness Week. In collaboration with community partners such as the Fayetteville Public Library, the Fayetteville Police Department, and Cox Communications, this event will highlight digital resources available to every family in the district, including eBooks, homework helpers, online resources, and much more. There will also be presentations on how parents and students can stay connected with teachers and schools. Free food and door prizes! See you there!

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