Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Welcome Back from ASB President, Manveena Singh!



Welcome back, Fairmont Prep Huskies! My name is Manveena Kaur Singh and I am the ASB President for the 2015-2016 school year! The first day of school was August 18th and it was incredible to see the amount of husky spirit buzzing throughout the campus. I have a feeling that this year is going to be one of the best!

I can’t wait to get to know all of the new students on campus. On behalf of ASB, I’d like to wish everyone good luck for the upcoming year. Make the most of every opportunity presented to you, get involved in the ever-present campus life, and create memories to last a lifetime.

Go Huskies!

-Contributed by Manveena Singh, 2015-16 ASB President


Friday, August 21, 2015

NEWSLETTER: August 21, 2015 Greetings from Headmaster Mendoza!


Greetings from Headmaster Mendoza!
Welcome back! I hope this message finds you well rested and ready for what promises to be an exciting year at Fairmont Prep. We have been hard at work all summer focusing in on the details to improve the student experience. We have also made a few improvements to the campus, highlighted by an upgrade to the theater with new seating and carpeting. Whether in our classrooms or the playing fields, we are looking forward to fantastic results, which has quickly become an expectation at the Prep! Please join us at our various school and sporting events in support of our fine young men and women. Go Huskies!

NEWSLETTER: August 21, 2015 News & Announcements


Improved Newsletter Layout & Design
Just as our campuses have been polished and refreshed for the new school year, so, too, have our weekly newsletters. We've simplified the layout for easier navigation and incorporated a more modern design. At the top, you'll find a "Photo of the Week," as well as a side navigation bar pointing you to each section of the newsletter, as well as our social media sites. New sections may appear from week to week, including "Early Childhood Education," which shows off the progress of our youngest students, "Husky Highlight" featuring exciting, relevant Fairmont Prep news, and "Director's Message" from your Campus Director or other administrators. Each section includes a "Read More" link - just in case they happen to "go long." You will still find links to monthly lunch menus, campus calendars, athletic schedules and results, blog posts, pins of the week, and campus videos. Lastly, as we know, everyone loves photos of their students in action. We've created a Photo Gallery along the bottom of the newsletter, featuring links to the three most recent school events we've shared via Facebook and Flickr. Of course, for the most recent photos, news, and information on all things Fairmont, visit www.fairmontschools.com or www.fairmontprepacademy.com and "follow," "like," and "subscribe" to our official Fairmont Private Schools social media pages. Hope you enjoy the changes. Have a wonderful new school year!

Ambassadors Needed!
Headmaster Mendoza needs Student Ambassadors who will represent Fairmont Prep at special events on campus and at nearby Fairmont campuses. This includes helping prospective students as a Shadow Guide and College Fair Guide during Open House, as well as other fun activities. If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, please contact Mrs. Amy Coronado.


Athletic News
Congratulations to Edgar Chin (swimming) and Michelle Lee (diving) for earning All-America aquatic honors! Click here to see Edgar's standings and click here to see Michelle's. Go Huskies!


Breakfast with a Counselor
Breakfast with a Counselor is an opportunity for parents and guardians to informally meet over breakfast with the Prep's counselors to discuss topics in their student's academic life. Below is a list of topics that will be discussed for the 15-16 school year. Click here to view this year's sessions. We hope you will have an opportunity to join us!

College Counseling
It is only the first week of school and we are already receiving requests from dozens of colleges and universities to visit Fairmont Prep this fall and meet with our students. Generally, we host three kinds of college visits. The first is a regular daytime visit when college admissions representatives come to Fairmont Prep and meet with small groups of seniors interested in that particular institution. These meetings usually take place in the counseling center and students are informed about them through Naviance. Well over 80 colleges visited campus last year to meet with our students! The second type of visit we get is when an admissions counselor is an invited guest speaker in a class. Examples of this include people from pharmacy schools and health science institutions who visit our science classes, and admissions counselors from art conservatories who visit the AP art classes to discuss educational possibilities and conduct portfolio reviews. Finally, we have our annual College Fair which will take place this year on Tuesday evening, October 13 at 6:00 pm. Last year, over 100 different colleges and universities from around the world participated in this event. The Counseling Department encourages students to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to meet with college representatives to learn about a wide range of educational institutions.

Community Service - Action Partnership Food Drive
Action Partnership is dedicated to alleviating poverty and its root causes by helping people and changing lives. This is accomplished through building better communities, improving health, reducing hunger, averting crisis, and strengthening families in low-income communities. Action Partnership mobilizes both public and private resources to help the people move out of poverty by meeting basic needs and helping them to become more self-sufficient. They provide food to the hungry, after school programs, family services, conduct community development activities, mentoring, provide refurbished computers to low-income students, distribute food and clothing, and much more. Click here to view the flyer for the Action Partnership Food Drive!

TEC News
During several sessions this week, new students received information on how to login to the wifi on campus, change their password, and access their Fairmont Gmail account. Click here to read the Fairmont Preparatory Academy Acceptable Usage Policy. If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people at the Prep: Justin Voss (counseling office), Bree Haus (Room 9), Courtney Raymond (Room 19), or Rebecca Osborne (Room 27).

Transportation Department News
The Transportation Department now offers all forms online! Click here to access request and cancellation forms. Additionally, if your student needs a temporary change in transportation arrangements, please let Transportation know so that they can assist you.

Travel Week 2015-2016
Fairmont Prep is offering three amazing trips to Germany, Peru, and Florida through World Strides. Our two international trips include a trip to Germany featuring a visit to Amsterdam with a focus on WWII and the Holocaust. We will visit Anne Frank's house and the Holocaust Museum while learning about the culture of this beautiful country. The Peru trip will provide opportunities for students to explore the Incan Empire while engaging in community service activities. Students will serve at a local school, as well as learn about the culture, enjoy local cuisine, and have fun. Our domestic trip to Florida will be full of excitement. The week begins at the Kennedy Space Center where we will explore the center and enjoy having lunch with an astronaut. During the next three days, we will receive a behind the scenes tour of Walt Disney World while exploring the parks and having fun. On the last day, we will swim with dolphins! Registration has begun and we hope you will participate in one of these amazing trips. Click here to see the flyer with the trip ID#'s and full price of each trip. If you would like more information about Travel Week, please contact Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Travel Week Coordinator.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

STUDENT ACTIVTIES: Yearbook

A way to look back on all the fun times.
A compilation of the past years' memories.
A group of students dedicated to preserving ten months of high school.
A book to fill with signatures and personal messages from friends and teachers.

As the 2014-2015 school year comes to a close, we are all so focused on AP's, IB tests, and finals that the last few weeks fly by in a blur. Before we know it, our time is up, seniors are graduating, and the rest of us have made it through another year. When we finally take the time to slow down and evaluate ourselves over the past year, memories come flooding in, but not as quickly or easily, as we'd hope. A moment of panic ensues as we attempt to hold on to those fleeting memories with everything we've got. As they slowly slip from our grasp a dark cloud comes over us in the mourning of losing such precious memories.

But then the sun breaks through the clouds and shines down on all of us in the form of none other than a yearbook. A bound pile of simple papers swoops in and saves the day, for it is filled with memories frozen in time. Thanks to the yearbook, we are able to take a trip down memory lane and keep such a memorable time of our lives in our memories forever. Years from now we will look back at pictures of the first rally of the year, quotes from our favorite teachers, and be able to make fun of our less than perfect school id pictures. Either way, we are all set. Thank you to the members of the yearbook squad for creating such a priceless keepsake that we are sure to treasure for years and years to come.

 Contributed by Sameer A. and Tara F.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FASHION: Prom Fashion Ideas


This year, many new styles are being worn that have never been worn before. For girls, two-
piece Prom dresses have become extremely popular. A short top with long skirt combine
together and look wonderful. Most dresses have intricate backings. The backs
are either cut low or cut with beautiful designs and generally have a plainer front. Backless
dresses are also very popular and beautiful. Nordstrom does not have as wide a variety
for Prom dresses this year as other stores, so keep that in mind. For boys, tuxedos are
extremely popular, along with suits. This year I know of many men not wearing the
traditional tux or 3-piece suit. Instead, they are wearing a very nice suit. Dress shoes are
mandatory and many tuxedo rental shops have shinier dress shoes to rent. Oxfords are
also very popular and trendy right now. Boys, make sure to match your date and that your pocket
square and tie or bow tie match everything!

Since Prom is in LA, it is also an option to go shopping for Prom attire in the LA Fashion District!

Have fun and be safe.

Contributed by Samantha C., Leo L. and Sheryne N.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Future Business Leaders of America



As Fairmont’s International Business program started off the 2014-2015 school year with a bang, the FPA Future Business Leaders of America likewise made substantial progress by attending their first conference.

This year, 8 students participated in the annual section conference held in Whittier High School. Placing 4th in the category- Economics, Alice Joo (12), the co-President of FBLA, said, “Through hard work and effort, I am sure FPA FBLA will do well!” The winner of the section conference in the category- Speech a year ago, Alice is the embodiment of what she had said.

Now with a budding interest in the field of business, Fairmont students will have the privilege to experience FBLA more closely with the IBP next year, as the club will merge with the aforementioned program in order to give students a more hand-on experience for their future business careers. Best wishes to both Fairmont’s International Business program and Future Business Leaders of America Club!

-Contributed by Yusi W., Class of 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Speech and Debate


 
The addition of coach Doug Miller to the Fairmont Prep Speech and Debate program has led to resounding success for the team. The Speech and Debate team mainly competes in Public Forum, which is a two-person event. In the 2014-2015 season, the Prep debate team has amassed numerous achievements. Three Fairmont teams have fully qualified to the Tournament of Champions, which is the most prestigious high school debate tournament held in late April. Nick Palmer, Austin Kim, Nick Flores, Meeran Ismail, Kayla Bach, and Jessica Chung will have the honor of representing Fairmont Prep at the Tournament of Champions. In the upcoming week, the Speech and Debate team will be competing at Carlsbad High School. They are competing in the District Qualifying Tournament for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Championship held in Dallas Texas in late June. Wish them luck in the upcoming weeks!

Contributed by Gurveer S., Manu S. and Sonali N.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

STUDENT ACTIVITES: Around the World Festivities


During the week of March 9th, Prep students celebrated three days of Around The World events. ATW day one celebrated the culture of North America, South America and Australia. At noon, hula performances in the gym provided students with an exuberant display of traditional Polynesian culture. Lunch time activities included a Mexican mariachi band performing in front of the vending machine.

ATW day two celebrated Europe, Asia, and Africa. Performances in the gym included Anne Thanh Lion Dance and Gypsy Folks Ensemble. Many students also enjoyed lunch time activities, such as Fortune tellers, Reptile Island, and the Holi Festival.

The third day of ATW fell on Friday, and students gathered excitedly in the gym to watch talent show performances by friends and classmates. After 13 wonderful acts, four faculty judges engaged in heated discussions to decided who the ultimate winners would be. A special performance by Mr. Dunn and Mr. Voss lightened the gym as results were calculated. Finally, Bowen Chen received the Best Single Performance Award. My Le, Jade Luu, Vicki Luong, Vy Nguyen, and Shelly Nguyen received the Best Group Performance Award, and Yanni Zhang received the Best Overall Performance Award. Congratulations to all winners and great job with this year's ATW week!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ATHLETICS: Soccer

The Fairmont Prep Boys and Girls had a landmark season in spring 2015. The Boys were able to become league champions and advance to the CIF tournament. Through hard work and extra practice, our team really stepped it up in the 2014-2015 school year. Likewise, the girls broke their losing streak and had a record setting season in Fairmont history. Although soccer does not receive as much attention as other popular sports, it has played a crucial role in constructing the intricate network of friendship between domestic and international students. The teams include students from Vietnam, China, Korea, and etc. Let’s give another shout out to the soccer team for having a great season! The soccer team plays their home games down the street at Trident. Please come out and show your husky spirit!

-Contributed by Jia Xuan L., Calen O., and Tony Y.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Sadie Hawkins Dance "Radiance"

Hey Huskies! On February 6th, Fairmont Prep hosted its annual Sadie Hawkins dance. This year, the dance was called Radiance, and the sophomore class put together an evening of fun and excitement. We had an eye-catching, glow-in-the-dark theme with a graffiti wall, which was a big hit, a photo booth, great dj, a glow station for everyone to deck themselves out in colors, and much more. What was most impressive were the outfits people came sporting to the dance! Colorful was an understatement for everyone's attire. To match the theme, many students sported bright, vibrant neon colors or dressed in all white to reflect the black-lights. All night students danced to the music with LED glow sticks which “radiated” the gym. Shout out to all the sophomores who put together such an amazing night!

-Contributed by Shawnnelle N, Colette N., and Yvana H.