Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 26, 1952 · Page 19
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 19

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 26, 1952
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--TT ^ · · MOKHWtiT ^ItANiAS IIMJS, foyttH,IH,. M tHtm . Tu«aV Au 9 urt It IM1 New Fayetteville High Offers Many Ad^antiies Cl»l.»l.»* L a, to student players. . . ^ ^ ^»«* Structure Is One Of Finest In Southwest Program Adopted To Tie School With The Community By FLOYD CARL, JR. . Fayelteville's new high Echoo is one of the finest and most ad vanced school structures in t h Southwest, a pilot plant for th rest of Arkansas and surroundinf states. But it is more than thai because it represents a changing trend in · the theory of public school education. . For many years, educators--am parents--have realized that the world has moved past the old rigid "three It's" sty.e of cduca- . tion. As a result, the trend has * been away from the old system under which students were t a u g h t to read, write, count and memorize the dates of famous battles. In the construction and location of the new hish school--and Bates School also--the trend toward tying the public schools closer to the community tjiey serve is evident. This effort to more closely integrate the schools into the community is the result of the belief that the function of tlie school is to serve the entire community rather 1 than only that part represented by the students. The first responsibility of the schools is, of course, the formal education of the students. But here an effort is being made, successfully, to tie the educational program to the economic development of the area. There is also the recreational responsibility of the school system--a responsibility to adults as well as youngsters. And finally there is a cultural responsibility. This latter responsi- b i l i t y w i l l be met when the proposed auditorium wina of the high school is added, giving Fayetteville its closest approach to a cily auditorium. The physical location of the new high school and its companion firade school should be considered in relation to Harmon I'layficld. Although--since a city street cuts . through the middle of the school property, dividing the two schools end the play and recreational aera --the school grounds ?.nd the play- field are seldom thought of as a single u n i t , they are in fact just that--one unit: Education, physical development and recreation, all in a single package. W i t h completion of the high school this package idea has been realized. Today the school plant, centered around the high school, sprawls over 56 acres--20 acres around the high srhou.1 and grade school, and 36 acres in theiplay- ground area. Compare that with the old fashioned school jammed up in one corner of ils small lot. So the two new buildings, the must advanced Arkansas has to olfer, are tied in directly with the physical training and recreational area, and with community recreation as well. The playground area is designed to serve not only the students, but the a d u l t population of Faycttcvilic as well. Frorram Under Way This summer has seen Ihe beginning of a real community recreation program at Harmon Field. Trained supervisors, many of them teachers, have directed tho i*c- livitics of children during the vacation months. They have aided the youngsters in all forms of organized athletics,-in Drafts, games and--for smaller children--water sports. True, school is not in session, but the rcspon.ibilitics of the schools toward the community continue whether or not actual classes arc in session. The football f i e l d is located at Harmon Field, as are family and group picnic areas. And a new softball field, complete with lights, is in the process of construction. When completed it will he a v a i l - j able to cily Softball teams as well as to student players. As lor the new high school building itself, it is r ar more comparable to the type 01 buildin;, I - ing erected by tnc larger un,. . - sines than to the average :.« n high school. Despite its rclaine- ly low cost, the long fire proof structure oilers advamages seldom found in public school buildings. Built to care for 1,000 students, the building's three floors house -'8 classrooms, two study halls, a large library, a cafeteria larger than many school buildings, a gymnasium, vocational s h o p s , science laboratories, home economics rooms, and many others. Temperatures in the building arc individually controlled by rooms although the heat is furnished by a central heating plant. In both summer and winter there is forced air ventilation and scientific lighting--both natural and artificial. ' And with completion of the new school, the "effort to tie education more closely to the everyday life of the community becomes a reality. Operation For First Time Students Offered "Varied Courses In Three Grades This year, for the first time in he history of the Fayetteville chools, a f u l l three year junior ngh unit will be in operation .radcs seven, eight and nine will )C housed in the building, known n the past as the Fayetteville High ichool, but which will now be mown as the Fayetteville Junior High School. It is felt that the bringing tn- ether of these three grades in one unit is a great step forward in the Fayetteville public school system Work in all three grades will be fully departmentalized; aside from the required courses, » rather broad offering of clectives will be scheduled this year. Due to the fact that the junior high will have Hoot Gymnasium, a f u l l scale course in health and physical education can be offered for both boys and girls. A greater opportunity for band will he afforded students, since the Junior High School will have its own band separate and apart from the Senior High School band. Classes in home economics will be scheduled throughout the day -and, for the first time, students below grade nine will be permitted to enroll in this course. In the field of competitive a t h - letics, the junior high will compete in the three major sports The fact that the three grades will be housed on the same campus should make for a belter program of athletics. The junior high schedule for this year, including required and elective courses, is as follows: Ninth Grade Courses required: English, algebra, practical ma'thcmatics, and physical education and health. Electives: General science, citizenship, and Latin. The students may also take band, vocal music, home economics, or vocational agriculture. However, a student can take only one of the latter four courses. Eirhlh Grade Courses required: English, social science, mathematics, and physical education and hcaltrf Electives: General science and one of the following three--vocal music, band, or home economics Seventh Gride Courses required: English, social science, mathematics and physical ·ducalion and health. Electives: Band or vocal music. In ancient times, giraffes were! called camclopards because they! ippcarcd to resemble camels w i t h ' leopard coloration. ^;r* V ' / ' ' .'''.'" The · , ~«- ,-;7 cUcvillc »'Rh School hasn't been q u i t e completed and isn officially open for inspection, but it draws' v.sitors daily Man · of them arc high school .students or rci-cni graduates. In tho upper eft h n n d picture three students. L a v i n i a Lcc. [alt.v I've'itt and Carol lino Stevenson, look over the facilities of ihc school'library Upper nahl, a view ,,f the central s t a i r w a y lading fr,,,,, the main floor t,, the second floor and /,'r''i,"; I,: 1 -'" 1 » n a S · ' , . and Muriel C IN NEED of GLAMOUR? to the basement floor. At left center workmen '; 1 * V", '" e Ky"'"«"i". layine; the maple floor. I h , C ' o d i n R S i ' m s - " iBht «""·'·· 1-""' Belle arter. K graduates, inspect the bi- home econ- T" "'" " S " U " "' ViSit ° rS "^ oul " c S«- _.''a'S'W»'. 4" 1" 1-iRl'l. front row, are Martha Moore of. Oklahoma City, Okla., Pat Pycatt of Fayetteville and Myrv nn Miiorc of Oklahoma Cily. In the back row, left to right are £«- vima and Patty Stcvrnwin. both r.f Fayetteville. Two student* ' ; sc'icn'- Xk '" OJ '' ''""' BM ' y uk ' kso ". r x f c m f n c ' a 'niicroscope'ln'th*' (Puska TIMESFOTOS) ; One of the most important parts of youngsters' growing up, is learning how to handle money! Properly admin- lsf " c , d °"d with parents' help, tho child s own bonk account plus tho in- tercst it corns, con provide the moans to extra instruction in music, dancing, etc. -- and point the way to further studies after high school. Open a sov- mgs account for your child now, to grow -- to save -- to succeed on! BANK OF ELKINS Member of Federal Depart Iniuranc* Corporation ELKINS, ARKANSAS to the many excellent schools in Northwest Arkansas -- up f r o m kindergarten, elementary grades and high schools through our great State University -as the 1952-53 school ycii'f opens. City of Fayetteville

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