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February 2015 Archives

Revised Snow Day Makeup Schedule

Posted by Alan on February 26, 2015 11:12 AM | (Not Filed) |

squirrel-snow-day.pngThe snow makeup days for schools on the traditional calendar will be on
  • Friday, May 1
  • Friday, May 29
  • Monday, June 1
The makeup days for Asbell, Happy Hollow, and Owl Creek will be on
  • Friday, May 1
  • Friday, June 12
Traditional calendar schools have missed three snow days (February 16, 17 & 24). CLC calendar schools have only missed two, since February 16 was a Flex Day with no students for those schools.

Teachers Tinker with Tools at the Amazeum

Posted by Alan on February 25, 2015 11:12 AM | (Not Filed) |

amazeum-logo-small.pngTeachers from Butterfield Trail Elementary and Happy Hollow Elementary, along with the Director of K-12 Science and Instructional Technology, had a blast learning alongside the Amazeum staff the "why" and "how to" tinker on Monday, February 23, in the Amazeum's Tinkering Studio! Most of the teachers had not yet experienced tinkering with their students. Click here to see a photo of the teachers.

This one day training provided teachers the opportunity to engage in tinkering through the creation of wind tubes and scribble bots, as well as have dialogue throughout the day about the components of tinkering, what facilitating tinkering looks like in the classroom, and how tinkering builds students' critical thinking skills.

Thanks to funding from the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation (FPEF) teachers were not only able to visit the Amazeum's Tinkering Studio, they will also be provided with the resources for all students in their 4th and 5th grade classrooms to tinker. In late spring, students will dive into the world of tinkering by making their own scribble bots. We can't wait to see what they

To learn more about the work of the Foundation and the Amazeum, visit their sites: http://www.fayedfoundation.org

Basketball Games Canceled

Posted by Alan on February 23, 2015 5:09 PM | (Not Filed) |

snowy_basketball.pngBoth the Ramay and Woodland basketball games scheduled for tonight (February 23) have been canceled due to the winter weather. 

Makeup Days for Snow Days

Posted by Alan on February 23, 2015 11:21 AM | (Not Filed) |

snow-daty.pngMay 1 and May 29 will be the makeup days for schools on the traditional calendar for the two school days missed due to snow on February 16 and 17. Schools on the Continuous Learning Calendar (Asbell, Happy Hollow, and Owl Creek) only missed one day due to snow (February 17), and it will be made up on May 1.

February School Board Meeting to be Held on February 24

Posted by Alan on February 20, 2015 4:21 PM | (Not Filed) |

gavel.pngThe Fayetteville Board of Education will hold its regular February meeting on Tuesday, February 24 instead of Thursday, February 26. The meeting will be held at 5 pm in the Adams Leadership Center.

FHS Thespians Fare Well at State Competition

Posted by Alan on February 18, 2015 1:30 PM | (Not Filed) |

FHS Drama.pngFayetteville High School Thespian Troupe 717, under the direction of FHS Drama Teacher, Trevor Cooper, attended the State Thespian Festival held in Russellville, Arkansas from February 12-14. At this festival, students were adjudicated in solo performance, technical elements, short film, group scenes and musicals. Prior to the Festival, Fayetteville received the highest rating of Superior during the Prelim One Act Competition and was asked to showcase
this performance for the entire festival! (Click here to see a photo from the event.)

The festival also offered workshops to FHS students to strengthen their artistic crafts in dance, acting, technical, college/audition prep, and several others lead by talented presenters from across the United States.

Arkansas Thespian Society was offered nearly $1 million in scholarships this year from colleges around the nation. Fayetteville High School students jointly were offered $112,118 in scholarships!

At the end of the festival, each of the 13 events were showcased to demonstrate to the
students the highest quality of performance. Of the 40 troupes in attendance,
Fayetteville showcased 6 of the 14 events!
(Solo Acting-Ej Ogbeide, Film- Reed Carson, Theatre Marketing- Minh Cao, Scenic Design- Coleman Clark, Playwriting-Reed Carson, One Act-Directed by Coleman Clark)

As for awards, here is the list of Group and Individual Rankings:

Group Superior Ratings:
  • One Act
  • Group Scene (Only Troupe given a Superior in this category!)
  • Group Musical
  • Short Film

Individual Superior Ratings:
  • Landon Calhoun-Duet Musical
  • Minh Cao-Theatre Marketing
  • Madison Carey- Solo Acting
  • Reed Carson-Duet Acting
  • Coleman Clark- Scene Design
  • Jonah Greene- Duet Acting
  • Thomas Griffin- Duet Musical
  • EJ Ogbeide- Solo Acting

Individual Excellent Ratings:
  • Sarah Behrend-Wilcox
  • Victoria Cooper
  • Ethan Dilday
  • Faith Escoe
  • Erin Farrah
  • Adrian Griffin
  • Sarah Hierholzer
  • Minah Smith-Tucker
  • Megan Stratton
  • Hannah Villines

Schools Open on February 18 with Limited Bus Service

Posted by Alan on February 17, 2015 6:25 PM | (Not Filed) |

buses.pngAll Fayetteville Public Schools will be open on Wednesday, February 18 with limited bus service in a few areas. Click here to see the list of affected routes.

If additional winter weather occurs tonight, the decision on having school on Wednesday will be made by 5 am tomorrow morning.

FHS Sophomore Makes Perfect Score on ACT

Posted by Alan on February 16, 2015 3:13 PM | (Not Filed) |

Ryan_Kim.pngRyan Kim, a sophomore at Fayetteville High School, has made a 36 on the ACT exam, the highest score possible.

Kim is the first sophomore in FHS history to make a perfect score on the ACT exam, and he is the fifth consecutive FHS student to achieve a perfect score in the past five years.
Congratulations, Ryan! 

Nine FHS Seniors Named 2015 National Merit Finalists

Posted by Alan on February 11, 2015 3:50 PM | (Not Filed) |

NatlMeritLogo.pngCongratulations to the nine FHS seniors named as 2015 National Merit Finalists: Olga Brazhkina, Brock DeMark, Samantha Doss, Peter Gea, Sam Johnson, Matthew Parisi, Michelle Peng, Olivia Stiegman, and Sarah Sullivan!

Fourteen FHS Students Named to Arkansas

Posted by Alan on February 10, 2015 10:24 AM | (Not Filed) |

All State Band.pngCongratulations to the FHS Bulldogs selected to the 2015 Arkansas All-State Band:

  • Madysen Bailey, 12th chair clarinet, Wind Symphony
  • Austin Bell, 11th chair percussion, Concert Band
  • Lucas Bellaiche, 2nd chair tenor sax, Concert Band
  • Nico Bridges, 2nd chair bass clarinet, Concert Band
  • Davis Campbell, 4th chair percussion, Wind Symphony
  • Brock DeMark, 4th chair clarinet, Symphonic Band
  • Walter Ferguson, 3rd chair percussion, Symphonic Band
  • Kyle Jiang, 7th chair clarinet, Symphonic Band
  • Noshin Nawar, 10th chair percussion, Symphonic Band
  • Abby Parker, 3rd alternate flute
  • Claire Stites, 5th chair percussion, Concert Bamd
  • Sarah Sullivan, 6th chair flute, Concert Band
  • Kaniel Widder, 2nd chair bassoon, Concert Band
  • Kaleb Wilson, 4th chair French horn, Concert Band

Sixteen Selected to 2015 Arkansas All State Choir

Posted by Alan on February 10, 2015 9:07 AM | (Not Filed) |

All State Choir.pngCongratulations to the 16 FHS Bulldogs selected to the 2015 All-State Choir:

Abigail Walker, Bridget Polach, Jenny Wong, Ruby Erikson, Julia Townsley, Mary McDonald, Jami McDowell, Annabelle Linker, Landon Calhoun, Adrian Griffin, Austin Wagstaff, Drew Teaster, Thomas Griffin, Lance Nix, Wilson Spainhour, and John Gibson

These students were selected from over 800 of the top singers in Arkansas. They will participate in the All-State Music Conference Feb. 19-21, in Hot Springs.

Colbert Named 2015 Big Brother of the Year

Posted by Alan on February 6, 2015 11:02 AM | (Not Filed) |

Colbert and little brother.pngCongratulations to John L Colbert, FPS associate superintendent for elementary education, for being named the 2015 Big Brother of the Year by the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas! John L and Little Brother Jay will celebrate their two year match anniversary this month. They have enjoyed building their friendship while participating in a variety of activities such as fishing (Jay taught John L how to bait the hook), bowling, going to basketball games, playing racquetball and just hanging out. Jay has become a model student, as well as, a gifted athlete. Jay's mother loves the fact that John L attends his basketball games and recently stated, "It's nice to know that he is there for Jay."

ESL Night at FHS

Posted by Alan on February 4, 2015 2:05 PM | (Not Filed) |

Fayetteville High School and the ESL Department invite parents and students to an important informational meeting for ESL families on Thursday, February 5th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the FHS Cafeteria. This event will include information about the CAP process and the transition to a 9th -12th grade campus in the 2015-16 school year. Interpreters will be available for families, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Marshallese.

Food and childcare will be provided as well as special entertainment by Papa Rap on behalf of One Community.

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