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April 2015 Archives

FHS Juniors Named Furman University Scholars

Posted by Alan on April 30, 2015 1:27 PM | (Not Filed) |


Congrats to FHS juniors Cassidy and Katie Sykes for being named Furman Scholars for the Class of 2016 in recognition of outstanding academic achievement! If they apply and are accepted, they are guaranteed at least $7,500 per year and $30,000 for four years at Furman University.

Lake Fayetteville Center Named Finalist for State Award

Posted by Alan on April 28, 2015 9:28 AM | (Not Filed) |


Congrats to the Lake Fayetteville Environmental Science Center for being a finalist for the 2015 Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award (ENVY) from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The center was recognized for its environmental educational and outreach programs and conservation activities in cooperation with the Fayetteville and Springdale School Districts since 1974, as well as partnerships with other environmental organizations for cleanups and other projects.

FHSTV Wins State Awards

Posted by Alan on April 27, 2015 4:00 PM | (Not Filed) |

FHSTV.pngFHSTV won several awards at the 2015 Arkansas Scholastic Press Association convention last week, including the Broadcast All-Arkansas Award for the FHSTV staff and the Broadcast Producer of the Year Award for senior Sam Doss.

The following Superior ratings went to:
  • Original Short Film - Reed C. Carson, Jonah Greene
  • Public Service Announcement - Cole Borgstadt, Reed C. Carson, Evan Smith, Joseph Porter
  • Broadcast Animation - Alan Vinson
  • Broadcast Commercial - Kelton McCarthy, Anna Hamaker
  • Broadcast Demo Reel - Makayla Mardan Bigi
  • Broadcast News Package - Brianna Warren, Charles Hartman
  • Broadcast Daily News - Olivia King, Mattie Boyett
  • Broadcast Human Interest - Abbi Smith, Caroline Been
  • Broadcast Humorous Package - Abbi Smith, Caroline Been
  • Broadcast Monthly Magazine Show - Staff
  • Broadcast Weekly Show - Staff
  • Broadcast General Excellence - Staff

FHS Register Wins State Awards

Posted by Alan on April 27, 2015 3:43 PM | (Not Filed) |

Register_April_2015.pngFayetteville High School's newspaper, Register, won an Excellence award in the General Excellence category from the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) at the conference in Rogers April 20-21.

Staff and individual writing, design and photography awards are superior, excellent or honorable mention, and Register staffers won 10 superior, nine excellence and two honorable mention awards this year.

Students who received awards in various categories include sophomores Brianna Duncan, Cypress Oury and Courtney Clayton; junior Delaney Osbourn; and seniors Sam Doss, Robbie Lee and Summer Bush. Senior Eve Jaggers won second place in feature writing in on-site competition.

ASPA holds an annual convention to award students in newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook and broadcast. Students also participate in workshop sessions and on-site contests. Almost 900 Arkansas students attended this year.

ALLPS Honored for Alternative Education Innovation

Posted by Alan on April 27, 2015 3:33 PM | (Not Filed) |

ALLLPS-award.pngThe ALLPS Center was recently recognized at the Arkansas Alternative Education 2015 Leadership Day at the Arkansas State Capitol. Several of our students and faculty traveled to Little Rock to receive the Alternative Education Innovation, Opportunities & Outcomes 2014-2015 Award. Congrats!

Click here to see a photo.

FHS Seniors Awarded National Merit Scholarships

Posted by Alan on April 27, 2015 10:35 AM | (Not Filed) |

DeMark_Brock-NM.jpgJohnson_Sam-NM.jpgCongratulations to FHS seniors Brock DeMark and Samuel Johnson for being named two of the six winners of National Merit Scholarships in Arkansas! They are among 1,000 winners of corporate-based scholarships from National Merit for the 2014-15 school year. Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors.

Project Graduation Needs Your Help

Posted by Alan on April 17, 2015 1:45 PM | (Not Filed) |

Project Grad2.pngThe Fayetteville High School PTSO and Bulldog family are concerned about underage drinking and the use of drugs among our students and students nationwide. We wish to show our students there is a way to celebrate without imitation highs - we accomplish this through PROJECT GRADUATION!

This year, the Bulldog family again joins numerous communities across America in providing an all-night, chemical free party for graduating seniors as an alternative to the traditional drinking parties. Project Graduation (May 14th) has been proven as a better way for graduates to celebrate. It not only will keep our young adults off the streets and possibly prevent a tragedy, but it will send a powerful message that their community cares about them. In 1987, FHS celebrated its first Project Graduation, which was hailed as a huge success. The event has grown each year, and the vast majority of graduates attend, with over 250+ last year alone!

Would you please consider a donation in support of this important event? Donations will be recognized in upcoming announcements with donations over $500.00 or more in value being recognized as an official event sponsor. Special recognition will also be given on the official FHS Bulldog Project Graduation t-shirt with your name or logo. Click here for more information. Thank you in advance for your support!

State Releases School Report Cards

Posted by Alan on April 16, 2015 8:11 AM | (Not Filed) |

school_report_card.pngThe Arkansas Department of Education released the School Report Cards, based on 2013-14 school year data. The reports can be viewed by school district or by individual schools and are available here.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Hewitt said the report cards are "just one tool to look at your child's school. Look at your child's school through your lens and through your student's lens, and make your judgements based on that." He added that the state has different methods of evaluating schools, noting that the same school that might receive several thousand dollars in academic performance rewards for scoring in top 20 percent of schools in the state might also be graded as "needs improvement. "How do we make sense of that?"

Fifty-seven FPS Students Qualify for Duke TIP Recognition

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2015 4:21 PM | (Not Filed) |

Duke TIP.pngFAYETTEVILLE, Ark.--Fifty-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,1,0471 seventh-graders in 142 public and private schools from 87 districts participated in the program. Of those taking the test, 457 qualified for state recognition and 32 for grand recognition.

Paris James, Grace Martin, Anshuman Nandy and Emily Ware 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 13% of all Arkansas students who qualified for grand recognition.

Fifty-five additional students qualified for state recognition. These Fayetteville students will be invited to attend the state recognition ceremony on May 7, 2014 in Little Rock and represent 13% of all students in the state who will receive state recognition. They are:

Anand, Namrata
Bailey, Hunter
Benafield, Robert
Bradford, Jeffrey
Brantley, Vivian
Brown, Isaiah
Burton, Shawn
Bylak, Mitchell
Caudle, Jenna
Chaney, Sara
Crossfield, Jaden
Davidson, Abigail
Devecsery, Grant
Dick, Max
Franklin, Bergen
Graves, Garren
Graves, Mary
Harbour, Max
Hendrix, Margaret
Herman, Peter
Hicky, Philip
Hong, Shiyin
Huneycutt, Samuel
Jackson, Haley
Jackson, Ian
Johnson, Kennedy
Jones, Ethan
Joyce, James
Kisor, Ella
Li, Grace
Magre, Matthew
Meadors, August
Mehlburger, Harrison
Michna, Anton
Miller, Kendall
Mollner, Mackenzie
Myers, Justin
Ogbeide, Osamudiame
Parisi, Luke
Pierce, Benjamin
Pittman, Earl
Rawwagah, Ahmad
Reif, Ana
Roach, Anna
Rohrbach, Thomas
Shackelford, Christine
Shirey, Evan
Smith, William
Stuckey, Beau
Terminella, Isabelle
Thomas, Rachel
Thomsen, Amanda
Tidwell, Crystal
Tullis, Jason
Wingo, Sydney

Staff Profile: Steve Janski

Posted by Alan on April 13, 2015 1:28 PM | (Not Filed) |

Janski field.pngSteve Janski describes his first 12 months as Director of Athletics for the Fayetteville Public Schools as "fast and furious." "It's been a great start to my tenure here, and the district, faculty, and community have been overwhelmingly hospitable not just to me, but to my family as well."

Coach Janski was the athletic director and head football coach at Heber Springs High School. He also served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for East Carolina University and served on the staff of the University of Arkansas Razorback football program for eight years. He and his wife, Meredith, have four children.

Janski greatly appreciates watching FPS student athletes compete at a high level in all sports. "Our coaching staff is the best in Arkansas. They develop highly competitive student athletes through a mentor style of instruction that goes way beyond the competitive environment. The impact of our athletic programs on our students' maturation can never be fully measured because of the lifelong lessons that are a product of education-based athletics."

Janski sees a bright future for the FPS athletic program. "Fayetteville has a long, rich tradition that is very unique. and we are positioned to take our program to a stratospheric level."

Letter from FHS Principal Regarding FHS Prom

Posted by Alan on April 10, 2015 2:16 PM | (Not Filed) |

994 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703

Dear Families attending the FHS Prom,

The Fayetteville High School JUNIOR SENIOR PROM will be held this Saturday, April 11th from 9:00p.m. to 12:00 a.m.- at the Fayetteville Town Center. There are always a number of special activities both before and after prom. As a high school, we are pleased to be able to be part of the evening by providing an atmosphere for students to have an evening to remember.

Before your son or daughter leaves for the prom, I want to ask you to please talk with your student about safety regarding the use of drugs, alcohol and the use of social media while driving.

Despite our best efforts, there are times when students make poor choices prior to the time they arrive at a school activity. I want to again share with you the procedure the Fayetteville Police Department will use should there be an alcohol or drug violation. We will have four officers on duty at the prom. Students arrested for certain class A misdemeanors or felonies are required to be taken to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Jail for processing before release. This process of the juvenile or student will involve the taking of fingerprints and photographs before the student is released back to the custody of the parent or to the legal guardian. The arresting officer will notify the parent or guardian if this process is initiated.

We hope that your student has a wonderful prom. I hope you will join FHS in making this happen by spending time with your son or daughter prior to the time they leave for the evening.

Thank you,

Steve Jacoby, Principal
Fayetteville High School

New TV Drama Created by FHS Graduate

Posted by Alan on April 9, 2015 11:03 AM | (Not Filed) |

Eoghan O'Donnell.png"The Messengers," a new science fiction apocalyptic drama series created and co-produced by FHS Class of 2001 graduate Eoghan O'Donnell, will premiere on the CW network on Friday, April 17 at 8 pm CDT.

Following his graduation from FHS, O'Donnell received a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a graduate degree from Northwestern University.

Congrats, Eoghan!!

Click here for more information about the show.

School Choice Information for the 2015-16 School Year

Posted by Alan on April 8, 2015 4:33 PM | (Not Filed) |

saturday_school.pngAct 580 of 2015 allows parents to apply for admission for their child to attend a school in any district beyond the one in which the parent resides. Any parent residing outside the Fayetteville School District that desires to send their child to the Fayetteville School District beginning with the 2015-16 school year may obtain an application in the superintendent's office located at 1000 Bulldog Blvd.

If a student seeks to attend a school in a non-resident district for the 2015-16 school year, the student's parent must submit an application to the non-resident district with a copy to the resident district. The application must be submitted on the form approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. The application must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2015.

Applications do not have to be resubmitted for students currently attending Fayetteville School District schools under the School Choice Act.

Fourteen FHS Students Named to All State Band

Posted by Alan on April 8, 2015 9:35 AM | (Not Filed) |

All State Band.pngCongratulations to the 14 FHS students named to the 2015 Arkansas All-State Band! Click here to see a group photo.

Front row: Abby Parker, Claire Stites, Sarah Sullivan, Kyle Jiang, Noshin Nawar, Lucas Bellaiche.

Back Row: Walter Ferguson, Nico Bridges, Kaleb Wilson, Brock DeMark, Austin Bell, Davis Campbell, Kaniel Widder.

Not pictured: Madysen Bailey

Staff Spotlight: Kathy Hanlon

Posted by Alan on April 6, 2015 10:46 AM | (Not Filed) |

Kathy_Hanlon2.pngChief financial officer Kathy Hanlon joined FPS in August of 2014 at spending 21 years in the same position with the Rogers Public Schools.

What should your co-workers know about you?
I have lost 115 pounds over the last 18 months, so if you met me several years ago, you wouldn't know me now. I also commute to and from Bella Vista every day, which can be an adventure!

Who would be your dream dinner party guests?
My son and all of our Irish ancestors. I would love to be able to sit with them and learn more about our family's journey to America and how they adjusted to life here.

What is your most embarrassing moment at work?
One year I dressed up in costume for Halloween and came to work in a facial mask, hair curlers, a bathrobe, and fuzzy slippers. The superintendent asked me to attend a meeting with other superintendents for him, and there wasn't time to go home to change.

What are you currently reading?
Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral. It's hilarious with great recipes!

What's your favorite thing about working for FPS?
No two days are alike, and they fly by!

FHS Students Win National Film Awards

Posted by Alan on April 6, 2015 8:48 AM | (Not Filed) |

cole B.pngFayetteville High School was well represented at the Student Television Network's 2015 national convention in San Diego last week. FHS students won three national awards for the film "Go To The Ball With Me Jenny" by Cole Borgstadt and the FHS Film Program. Cole Borgstadt won Best Director, Brynn Hutchison won Best Art Design, Evan Smith and Jackson Andress won Best Sound Design.

In the film, David, played by FHS student Jonah Greene, captured the hearts of the audience and was trending on Twitter for several hours following the award ceremony. #STN2015#David

Click here to view the film .

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