Tuesday, January 19, 2016

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Lunar New Year

Welcome back, Huskies, to a new semester and a new year! Our 1st semester has passed and now we face our last semester before summer break. According to the Asian calendar, the upcoming Lunar New Year will mark the end and start of another year. The day chosen is determined by the cycle of the moon. The Lunar New Year is an Asian celebration and for many Asians, it is the most important festivity of the year. For centuries in China's agrarian society, this was a rare period of rest for farmers. Asian families across the world gather together to celebrate the upcoming year on this day with great cheer. Although, customs vary across the world, most remain the same. Our Fairmont ASB wishes the best of luck for 2016! Happy New Year

Contributed by: Esther P., Tiffany N., and Leena S.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ACADEMICS: International Business Program



The International Business Program, an advanced program offered here at Fairmont Preparatory Academy encourages and nurtures motivated students to learn about the global business world in depth. IBP currently has over thirty students in the program and continues to evolve to offer great opportunities. Taught by a dedicated faculty, IBP stresses the importance of learning about global ethos in addition to business essentials such as finance and economics.

 At the beginning of October, our IBP students had a chance to attend a seminar  by Mr. Joseph Plunkett, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing and Engineering for Herbalife. Students had the opportunity to hear about the importance of adaptation in business, especially when operating as a global business. Mr.Plunkett taught IBP students the importance of statistics and analytics and how they must be maintained in tandem to all other logistics in order to run an effective business. In addition, he explained the importance of delegation and picking the right manufacturer when making a product for mass consumption.

The summer IBP Internship for 2016 has been announced! Fairmont students will have the chance to attend an entrepreneurship program under the direction of Startup Malaysia. This will be an exciting 10-day learning camp in which students will have the opportunity to master the art of a perfect pitch, learn about coding, and understand global business from a first hand perspective. In addition, our young entrepreneurs will have the chance to visit companies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in order to see how companies are run on a day-to-day basis.

Contributed by Vishwa P. and Mia Z.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CLUBS: Badminton Club



During the week of Club Rush, there were many good clubs, but one club stood out amongst them all, the  Badminton Club. Jimmy Wang, club president, came up with a really good idea. During Club Rush day, club members were able to set up a demonstration of the sport to show other students techniques and how the game works in order to attract more students to join.  

Jimmy Wang has been club member for three years. He began as a normal member, and now he is president. He is willing to expand Badminton Club and recruit more people to join. His club goal is to promote the fun of the sport to all Fairmont students.
If you would like to join the club, you can contact Jimmy anytime through email Wjbjimmy@gmail.com

-Contributed by James C., Class of 2017

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Red Ribbon Week


Red Ribbon Week is from October 16th to October 20th, and Red Ribbon Week is to promote the idea of being drug free. Every student is given a red bracelet in third period to raise awareness of this event. In order to get most of the students active about this event, we arrange different activities everyday. During lunch on Monday, we hold a special activity with choir and Mrs. Coleman to teach students how to Zumba. On Tuesday, students are to wear their Hawaiian clothes to show "Lei off Drugs," and are welcome  to join the Hula hoop contest during lunch at the flagpole, play horse-shoes, jump rope, limbo, and pineapple bowl. On Wednesday, the topic is “Dress Up Don’t Mess Up,” students are supposed to wear a red shirt with red accessories such as socks, caps, sunglasses, ties, jewelry, watches with their school uniform, pants or skirts. At lunch, students are welcome to make a pledge to be drug free and to send messages to friends to let them know how much they are respected. On Thursday, students are to wear formal clothes to “Dress for Success.” During lunch, they can go to take a spin at the wheel to check out their fortunes; they can also go to participate in the Goggle Experiment on a loss of balance. On Friday, the last day of the week, in honor of Halloween, students can wear their costumes, and, at the same time, say BOO to drugs.

-Contributed by Tiffany N, Jimmy W. and Kyla W.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ACADEMICS: Advanced Science and Engineering Program

The ASEP (Advanced Science and Engineering Program) is a program where students have the option to select an emphasis in either Life Science or Engineering. There are various classes such as Bioengineering and Organic Chemistry that allow students to explore different fields of science. It is a strong network of peers and educators devoted to science and the pursuit of knowledge.
 
On August 27th, the program held a welcome back event, also known as the ASEP Mixer.  It was a great way for program students from all four years to get together and discuss plans for the year. Underclassmen were also able to meet and get advice from upperclassmen.
 
The program offers a variety of field trips - now part of student grades - that allow students to meet with professionals from different fields of medicine and engineering.  On Wednesday September 2nd, the ASEP program traveled to Pasadena to attend the 2015 Space Conference at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA).  Students had the unique experience to talk to industry professionals and hear from leaders in aerospace. After a special presentation at the NASA exhibit, speakers such as Ms. April Clause and Ms. Michelle Lucas discussed educational experiences and paths to becoming the people they are today.  
 
Throughout the year, ASEP will host more guest speakers at school. The Senior Talks speaker series begins in November. Seniors will share their experiences and give advice in a variety of areas such as managing extracurriculars and study skills.
 
The ASEP program gives students the unique opportunity to excel in the science and engineering areas through classes, guest speakers from professionals in the field, trips to conventions, and an open network of peers to create a truly exceptional program.
 
Mr. Hand and Mrs. Leslie are both advisors for the Program. They each have a wonderful time working closely with each of the students and are delighted to answer any questions you may have about the program. Whether it be about joining or simply obtaining details regarding ASEP, they encourage all students interested in  Life Sciences or Engineering to consider joining the program. Visit either of the advisors if you have any questions in Room 162 (Mr. Hand) or Room 18 (Mrs. Leslie).
 
-Contributed by Emaad R., Katie M, Ashwin D.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CLUBS: United Nations Children's Fund

 
A few weeks ago, Fairmont Prep students experienced Club Rush and joined groups that appealed to them. If you're into art, there's Encore for the Arts, musical people can join The Sound of Music, and for the hungry, there's Food Appreciation Team, or FAT Club. There are also numerous community service clubs, such as Key Club, Kids to Kids, or Red Cross.
One club that stood out amongst the rest was Fairmont Prep UNICEF. UNICEF, or the United Nations Children's Fund, is a humanitarian club that fundraises and raises awareness for children and mothers in developing countries. During Club Rush, this club had over 100 sign-ups, a record number for a Fairmont Prep club.
Every project that UNICEF participates in supports a different social issue, whether it be disaster relief, human trafficking, education, or health supplies (vaccines, antiretroviral or HIV medications).
UNICEF also participates in several fundraisers during the school year, such as the famous “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF”. Prior to Halloween, UNICEF members set up donation boxes in classrooms where students are invited to make donations to be sent to UNICEF. UNICEF members also help this project by going trick-or-treating  Halloween night, asking for donations in lieu of candy. These donations will be sent to UNICEF to support the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis.
Another upcoming project is the Tap Project – keep an eye out for this one, Huskies!
So, if UNICEF sounds fun to you, contact either Katie McAllister or Anjalie Gulati, or stop by Room 18 to ask Mrs. Leslie for information about how to join!
 
-Contributed by Annie G.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

ATHLETICS: Interview with Volleyball Captain Tara Falt

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-Contributed by Erin P., Cameron O., and Yvana H.

Friday, October 23, 2015

NEWSLETTER: October 23, 2015 News & Announcements

Breakfast with a Counselor
Breakfast with a Counselor is an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet over breakfast with the Prep's counselors to discuss topics in their student's academic life. Click here to view a list of this year's sessions and topics. We hope you will join us!

Community Service - Box of Love Drive
Pick up your “Box of Love” and instruction envelope from Mrs. Kunkle’s office, fill it, and return it by Friday, November 6th, 2015. Make sure all items are included in the box and don’t forget to fill out the community service slip. The mission of Canning Hunger is to motivate, recruit, train, equip, and deploy volunteers to help the disadvantaged. Help those less fortunate this holiday season by filling a “Box of Love” with traditional American holiday meal items. Paws for a Cause!
1 Box of Love = 2 hours
2 Boxes of Love = 4 hours
3 Boxes of Love = 6 hours

Girls Golf
The Academy League Girls Golf Championships concluded this past Tuesday at the Santa Ana Country Club. Mylan Hirata (9th) took 5th place overall, making First Team All League and Izzy Om (9th) took 8th overall, making Second Team All League. Mylan is also first alternate for the CIF competition should any of the top four participants be unable to compete. These Lady Huskies did a fantastic job of representing themselves and Fairmont Prep at this two-day event, concluding one of the best girls golf seasons in recent years. Boys golf begins in February - Please see
Mr. Wheeler in Room 5 for details.

Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is next week, October 26th - October 30th. Red Ribbon Week serves as a means for communities to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education. This includes making a personal commitment to live drug-free lives with the ultimate goal of having a drug-free America.

Perhaps more importantly, Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe.

Red Ribbon Week began after Special Agent Camarena’s kidnapping, torture and brutal murder in 1985. An organized community response began to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. In 1988 Red Ribbon Week was recognized nationally with former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as the Honorary Chairs of the event.

Fairmont Prep is proud to participate in Red Ribbon Week and encourage our students follow this year’s theme, Respect Yourself Be Drug Free!

Travel Week 2015-2016 - Rescheduled for Spring Break (March 27th - April 3rd)
Travel Week has been moved to the week of Spring Break, March 28th - April 1st, 2016. We hope you enjoy the additional week off with family. Trip information is in the process of completion and a flyer will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you would like more information please contact Mrs. Kunkle, Travel Week Coordinator.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 2015 Spirit Week and Homecoming Re-Cap


October 5th to 10th was Fairmont Prep’s Homecoming Spirit Week, “Homecomic-con”. During the week, students engaged in various activities at lunch that were planned out by each grade level within ASB. Day one was Minion Day, hosted by the freshman class. Students got to dress up as their favorite character from Despicable Me or a minion. “The freshmen put on a great day, with a carnival theme just like the movie,” says Esther Park (Junior). Day two was Anime Day hosted by the sophomores where students were able to dress up as a Japanese cartoon character. Students enjoyed lunchtime activities including a bounce house, a photobooth, a balloon artist, and more. “I really liked how the sophomores were able to make such a culturally aware day for spirit week,” says Zac Tran (Senior). Day three was Sci-fi day hosted by the juniors. The juniors created a great day with Star Wars and Star Trek decorations as well as having futuristic games like bubble soccer. "I really enjoyed playing bubble soccer. It was a lot of fun,” says Kevin Karam (Junior). Day four was Marvel vs DC hosted by the seniors. Students got to dress up as their favorite superheros. There were enjoyable games such as a test your strength game, obstacle courses to race with your friends, and they even had superhero ice cream. "the bounce houses  were bouncy and when they were making balloons I was like woah." says Frank Salas (Junior) Overall spirit week was awesome!
 
The rally on Friday "Ready Player One". Students enjoyed competed in different events such as sumo wrestling, save your princess, and jousting. The seniors came in first place and Juniors came in second place.
 
Friday evening was the homecoming game against Riverside Prep. Huskies came out on top with a score of 43-14. Daniel Chatman (senior) scored 5 touchdowns, Michael Chatman (junior) scored 1 touchdown, and Kevin Karam (freshman) had 1 as well. During the halftime show there were superheros everywhere, freshman princess Chloe Lee alongside prince Scott Hong were announced. The sophomore court, Colleen Dalusong and Andrew Kim. The Junior court consisted of Kiki Mendoza and Esther Park. Lastly, senior class prince Jimmy Wang and the princess Rachel Williams. Our 2015 Homecoming King and Queen was announced and crowned, King Matthew Tuinstra and Queen Claire Son. The halftime show was filled with excitement which was a preset for Homecoming the next day.
 
On Saturday, October 10th, students gathered in Fairmont Prep’s parking lot, which was decorated for Homecomic-con. There was a huge stage with comic con banners hanging down the sides as well as great food and drinks. “I was super surprised to see such amazing decorations when I got to the dance, it looked like a rave,” says Leanne Agulto (Senior) The week finally came to an end at midnight with Prep students leaving very pleased and tired after a fantastic Spirit Week and Homecoming 2015.
 
-Contributed by Jyothii K, Shawnnelle N., and Matthew T.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

NEWSLETTER: October 16, 2015 News & Announcements

Breakfast with a Counselor
Breakfast with a Counselor is an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet over breakfast with the Prep's counselors to discuss topics in their student's academic life. Click here to view a list of this year's sessions and topics. We hope you will join us!

Community Service - Box of Love Drive
Beginning on Monday, October 19th students will have the opportunity to bring a holiday meal to those less fortunate in Orange County. The mission of Canning Hunger is to motivate, recruit, train, equip, and deploy volunteers to help the disadvantaged. Help those less fortunate this holiday season by filling a “Box of Love” with traditional American holiday meal items.
1 Box of Love = 2 hours
2 Boxes of Love = 4 hours
3 Boxes of Love = 6 hours
Pick up your “Box of Love” and instruction envelope from Mrs. Anna Kunkle office, fill it, and return it by Friday, November 6th, 2015. Make sure all items are included in the box and don’t forget to fill out the community service slip. Paws for a Cause!

Disneyland Dreamers & Doers Application
In honor of the Diamond Celebration, Disneyland Resort is proud to launch the Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers program. Deeply rooted in Disney’s commitment to supporting youth and the community, Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers celebrates the power of possibility and the youth who take action to improve their community, home, or school. Click here for information and to apply. Applications are due to Mrs. Anna Kunkle by Friday, November 20th.

Girls’ Golf
The 2015 girls’ golf season has come to an end, and the Lady Huskies topped it off with a win against Saddleback Valley Christian Schools. The thirty stroke victory was highlighted by Ruby Anbari's best score in three seasons on the golf team. Mylan Hirata, Izzy Om, Michelle Lee, Claire Son, and Judy Anbari helped the team earn their fourth win of the season.
Mylan, Izzy, Michelle, and Ruby will compete Friday in San Clemente in the first round of post-season play, vying for spots in the CIF Southern Section Golf Championships later this month. When you see them, give them a high five and wish them well!
The boys’ golf season starts in February. Any boys wishing to play golf next year are encouraged to see Mr. Wheeler in Room 5.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd. This is a great time for parents to meet with teachers, discuss class expectations, assignments, assessments, and student grades and performance. Whether your student is struggling or excelling, these conferences provide a venue for asking questions and getting feedback about your student’s progress and learning how to help him or her stay motivated.

Appointments are available for most teachers each day from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. To schedule an appointment with a teacher, visit his or her Blackboard page and click on the Teacher Contact Info link on the left side of the page. Here, you can find the link for the Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up for this respective teacher. On the sign-up page, find the date and time you wish to schedule and click the sign-up button, then fill in the information on the next page to sign-up. If you need to change your scheduled appointment, contact the teacher.

Red Cross Club Blood Drive
Next week on Wednesday, October 21st, the Red Cross Club is going to “Carve Out a New Tradition” with this year’s blood drive. Club members have been reaching out to students and teachers, encouraging them to donate blood and give the gift of life. The first blood drive will be held on October 21st from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. Show a little Halloween spirit and let the Red Cross staff suck your blood! Please email Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Red Cross Club Advisor, to book your appointment. Thank you for supporting the Red Cross and the Prep’s Red Cross Club!

Travel Week 2015-2016 - Rescheduled for March 27th - April 3rd
Travel Week has been moved to the week of Spring Break, March 28th - April 1st, 2016. We hope you enjoy the additional week off with family. Fairmont Prep will be offering two great trips through Worldstrides - Peru and Florida. Trip information is in the process of completion and a flyer will be available within the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you would like more information please contact Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Travel Week Coordinator.

Contributed by Fairmont Preparatory Academy