Friday, January 28, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: january 24-28

Club Leadership Workshop
On Thursday, January 27 nearly 50 Prep students attended a day-long workshop to improve personal leadership skills and learn valuable tools to help the clubs they are a part of. The Prep boasts a long list of active clubs, with 50 registered for the 2010-11 school year. Jill Esplin from Leading for Life spent the day with Prep club and ASB leaders, and students left energized and excited to take their club participation to the next level. "By teaching of the four main personalities that teenagers fall into, Jill was better able to help club presidents get to know the personality of their target audience and learned how to appeal to them," shared Eleni Callas, ASB Managing Commissioner. "We learned how to give a 30 second speech [about our clubs] that would leave the listener intrigued," Eleni continued.

Clubs represented in the training included:
American Asian Union
ASB/Student Government
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Biology Club
Film Club
Free the Slaves
Giving Tree
Key Club
Kiva Club
Light Up the World
Model United Nations
Operation Smile
Pava Club
Red Cross
Recycling Club
Tennis Club

Additional Posts of Interest

Calendar for Next Week
January 31   Women's Varsity Soccer vs. Rock Academy (SD)
February 1   Honor Roll Assembly
                   Men's Varsity Soccer @ TVT
February 2   Sunrise Session (for parents); Breakfast with a Counselor (for parents)
February 3  Women's Varsity & Men's Varsity, JV & F/S Basketball @ SVC
February 4   Teacher In-Service; no school for students; Ski Trip
                   Men's Varsity Soccer vs. St. Michael's Prep
February 5   Men's Varsity Basketball in Nike Extravaganza vs. Westminster at Mater Dei

Have a great week, Huskies!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

HUSKY NEWSROOM: the prep hosts a school safety road show

Fairmont Prep hosted a School Safety Road Show on Tuesday, January 25, sponsored by the California Association of Directors of Activities (CADA), and endorsed by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) region 17. This show featured Teen Truth Live, North America’s premier student assembly experience, and a panel of key key leaders from around Orange County to address reducing bullying, improving school culture, and creating a community on our local campuses.

Teen Truth's JC Christopher presents to the packed audience.

Recent headlines stress the dangerous relationship between bullying and school violence – including violence toward oneself: suicide. We’ve been made more aware of how bullying negatively affects student performance in the classroom. According to the US Department of Justice, bullying is widespread and perhaps the most underreported safety problem on school campuses.

The road show was attended by nearly 200 local school administrators, school board personnel, teachers, students, and parents. The Prep was thrilled to include a number of representatives:
     Mr. Robert Mendoza, Headmaster
     Mr. Kiki Mendoza, Dean of Students
     Mrs. Wendy Faust, Activities Director
     Mrs. Lola Coleman, Science Teacher & Sophomore Class Advisor
     Mrs. Sheri Patel, Prep Parent & Parent Association Secretary
     Eleni Callas, Prep Class of 2012 & ASB Managing Commissioner
     Kelly Nguyen, Prep Class of 2012 & ASB Junior Class Secretary/Treasurer

Prep students Eleni C. and Kelly N. smile with
Mrs. Janet Roberts, Chino Hills High School activities director

CADA/CASL and Teen Truth Live’s mission for these types of shows is to give students a voice. They believe it only takes one hurtful action to ruin or change someone’s life forever. Erahm Christopher, one of Teen Truth’s facilitators, shared that his goal is to unite students in their community through “awareness, collaboration, inspiration and consistency.”

Staggering statistics of school violence and bullying have been in the forefront of media reports. In the past 14 years, school violence has affected:
  • 15 countries
  • 27 states
  • 151 students killed
  • 198 students wounded
  • 31 teachers killed
  • 11 teachers wounded

Teen Truth Live’s bullying video was shown to attendees, and scenes from Columbine High School’s 1999 tragedy reminded audience members why it’s important we tackle this issue. The video shared clips from students who shared that they look to others for self worth; they do whatever they can to fit in; they want to wear the “cool” clothes; they wonder “does he/she like me?”

"The most revealing part of [the video] was that those who commited the crimes were actually in some form or another bullied while at school," reflected Mrs. Sheri Patel, Prep parent. "Often the children were neglected at school, having no friends or teachers they could relate to, faced severe peer pressure, or were simply sad, lonely and angry inside," Patel continued.

The video shared important facts for everyone in our school community to keep in mind:
  • Excluding is bullying
  • Spreading a rumor is bullying
  • Intimidation is bullying
  • A physical attack is bullying
  • Bullying causes isolation, anxiety, anger
  • Bullying may cause someone to kill

“The film was powerful,” shared Prep student Eleni Callas. “It was the students’ voice, and the side of the story less often heard,” she continued.

Teen Truth’s JC Pohl reminded the audience, “If you’re not making a difference, you’re doing nothing. Start doing something.”

The Road Show “spoke not only of bullying in general, but gave the audience an insider look into the lives of the facilitators,” said Callas. “They built a trust with the audience in an attempt for them to tell their truth and to stop all bullying,” she finished.

The afternoon program included a panel of local community members:
  1. Paola Gonzalez, Loara High School Class of 2011
  2. Dr. Paul Morrow, Marina High School principal
  3. Don Shaffer, Kraemer Middle School activities director, CADA Convention Coordinator
  4. Jan Harp Domene, immediate past president of the National Parent Teacher Association
  5. Investigator Ed Arevalo, Anaheim Police Department
  6. Christine Laehle, Orange County Department of Education program specialist
Panelists for the Teen Truth Road Show

"The Road Show offered various aides for administrators to get connected with their students and transform the school life of their students to create a more safe community," shared Patel. These included:
  • From Dr. Paul Morrow: administrators should encourage open and honest input from parents, and be upfront with rumors they’re hearing; encourage parents to come forward with concerns or things they’re hearing
  • From Erahm Christopher: students should have at least five adults in their life they can turn to in times of need; parents, teachers, coaches, advisors, counselors, administrators
  • From Don Shaffer: have student leaders on campus work to meet each and every student so they can make a connection with them and find out who they are; this connection and information can help a school’s ASB structure activities and events based on student interest, and increase participation from a wider range of students
  • From JC Pohl: everyone who works in a school can impact a student, even a bus driver; they are the first to greet a student in the morning, and the last to say goodbye
  • From Paola Gonzalez: teach about the different cultures that are represented on your campus so students become more familiar with one another
  • From Don Shaffer: a quote from his friend and a leadership speaker, Phil Boyte, “It’s tough to hate someone whose story you know;” students have to make connections with one another and with their campus community
  • From Investigator Ed Arevalo: students who have a positive role model tend to be more connected to their school; some schools have started Parents Supporting Parents (PSP) programs, where parents help greet students in the morning before school; whether it’s a simple compliment, or a smile from a friendly face, it may be the only positive interaction a student has in a day

The Prep’s Mrs. Wendy Faust and Mr. Kiki Mendoza debriefed the experience of participating in the Teen Truth Road Show the following day. We discussed that it was a source of pride for us to know that we are doing many of the things at the Prep that were given as ideas to improve community on campus:
  • Our Headmaster meets monthly with Prep parents during “Sunrise Sessions” held the first Wednesday of every month; these informal breakfast meetings provide a forum for parents to discuss issues and concerns with Prep administrators
  • Our advisory program helps connect small groups of students with a faculty member whom they're able to get to know through bi-weekly meetings and activities as a group
  • Our ASB’s Cultural Awareness Commissioners work to celebrate the different cultural and religious events that are enjoyed by our diverse student body, and our annual Around the World celebration, held in the spring, gives students the chance to learn about other cultures through performances, activities, food, and dressing in cultural attire

The message received in the Road Show was strong, and Mr. K. Mendoza and Mrs. Faust will bring Teen Truth’s bullying and school violence video to the Prep during advisory time on Tuesday, February 8. The Prep has invested in Teen Truth’s curriculum to debrief and process the video as well. Together we can keep the Prep not only a safe campus, but a tight-knit community of students and faculty.

Thanks to CADA, the Road Show provided a number of resources for our student leaders to implement to improve school culture.

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director & CADA Communications Coordinator

ADVANCED STUDIES: ap exam registration

If your child is enrolled in an AP class, then be sure to register by March 1. AP registrations should be submitted to your AP teacher or to Dr. Rebecca Wood. Download the registration information by clicking here.

- Contributed by Dr. Rebecca Wood, Prep Dean of Advanced Studies


Join the Prep as we partner with to help them utilize Super Bowl weekend to mobilize youth to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities and to transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation's largest celebration of giving and serving.

SOUPer Bowl believes:
  • Young people have the ability to serve and should be given opportunities to lead their communities in helping others 
  • People of all backgrounds and beliefs can work together 
  • Hunger and poverty have a negative impact on individuals and the communities in which they live, yet there is joy in serving and giving to those in need 
  • The excitement and energy surrounding the Super Bowl can be used to engage young people in service while producing lasting hope for all people 

Soup donations may be dropped off to Mrs. Kunkle from February 1-11. All canned soup donations will be sent to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Prep students may earn community service hours for their donations. See Mrs. Kunkle for additional details.

- Contributed by Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Prep Community Service Coordinator

Thursday, January 27, 2011

ATHLETICS: senior night for husky hoops

Husky basketball teams celebrated their seniors tonight at home in the Dawg Pound. The men's & women's varsity teams took on TVT before a crowd of parents and visitors at the Prep for our annual Open House. The girls got within two points with just seconds to go in the game, but fell to the Lions. The boys led TVT the entire game and ended victorious. Congratulations on a fantastic season, Huskies - and seniors, you will be missed!

Girls Varsity Basketball
Class of 2011
Erica Emerson #4
Amy Shiroma #15
Samantha Sudoko #13

Mens Varsity Basketball
Class of 2011
Brandon Huang #11
Bill Kim #22
Isaac Kim #1
Dhaval Patel #4
Andrew Shirali #25
Amitoj Walia #20

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

PARENT ASSOCIATION: january meeting

The Prep's parent association meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the library. All parents and guardians are invited and encouraged to attend. A light breakfast, juice and coffee are always available starting at 8 a.m. Come meet fellow parents, hear from the Prep's administrators, and stay up to date about what's happening with your student. 

- Contributed by Bharat Patel, Prep Parent Association President

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TEACHER FEATURE: mr. remy demont

Fairmont is pleased to welcome back Mr. Remy Demont, who is teaching Engineering Magnet courses and mathematics courses this term. While Mr Demont has taught at the Prep during summer school and has served as a long-term guest teacher in mathematics, he has been teaching physics and math at the university and the high school levels since 1981. Mr. Demont earned an engineering degree in his native France, and also holds an MBA from Pepperdine, and teaching credentials in mathematics, physics and French. Over the years he has shared time between his teaching career and his career in engineering, making him the perfect candidate to bring real-world knowledge of the field to his Prep Engineering Magnet students. His years of experience, a gift for working with students, and his global awareness are welcome assets to the campus.

- Contributed by Dr. Rebecca Wood, Prep Dean of Advanced Studies

ATHLETICS: girls tennis celebrates successful season

Four Prep players were named First Team All-League;
here, they pose with Coach Morisa (left).

On Sunday, January 23rd, the Girls Varsity Tennis league champions held their annual banquet, celebrating all members on the team. This year, it was held at Dave and Busters® at the Block™. All the girls enjoyed each other’s company, and the delicious food and desserts didn’t hurt either! All members on the team were recognized as league scholars, meaning they maintain above a 3.5 GPA while on the team. 

In addition, many of the Lady Huskies were recognized individually for their great effort and skill throughout the season. There were four of Fairmont’s finest in the First League Team, including Tricia Wang, Jenny Ly, Julia Phan, and Rose So. Also, there was one member of the team that made the Second League Team and she was Mona Fouladi. Other awards that were specific to the team were also distributed. The winners consist of:

Coach’s Award: Julia Phan
Most Improved: Mona Fouladi
Most Valuable Players: Jenny Ly and Tricia Wang

Seniors Jenny Ly & Tricia Wang with their coaches.

All in all, the varsity tennis team banquet was a blast. As Aashna Parek, number two doubles player said, “It has been a while since we all had the time to hang out as a team. I missed my teammates and this was really a great way to reminisce the season.” Congratulations to the team for becoming League Champions and qualifying for CIF. Go Huskies!

The 2010 Lady Huskies Tennis Team

- Contributed by Mona F., ASB Sophomore Class Vice President, Class of 2013

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

HUSKY HOWL: january students of the month

A huge "Husky Howl" goes out to our January students of the month - congratulations on your achievements in and out of the classroom!

English, Sonali N. & Benjamin H.
Math, Rebecca Y.
Science, Keith S.
Social Science, David J.
World Languages, Yvonne X.
Performing Arts, Alfrie N.
Physical Education, Justis M. 
Athletics, Andrew S.
Community Service, Sakib D.
Teacher, Mrs. Alice Lee

- Contributed by Mrs. Julie Weems, Prep Academic Counselor

Monday, January 24, 2011

COLLEGE CORNER: the class of 2011 awaits acceptances

Members of Fairmont Prep’s senior class of 2011 are winding down their college application process. First semester senior grades will be sent out to colleges within the next few weeks and seniors now have an anxious wait of another two months before they hear from all of the colleges and universities to which they have applied. 

Members of last year’s graduating class were accepted to more than 170 different colleges and universities and we are hopeful that the results will be similar for the Class of 2011. This year Fairmont Prep has fully employed Naviance/Family Connection, an electronic database and management system that assists students, administrators, teachers and parents with the college search and application process. Students and parents can use Naviance to conduct research on various colleges around the country. Students also use it to inform their counselors and teachers of the schools that make it to their final application lists. Teachers and counselors are using Naviance to keep track of student applications and to upload and send senior letters of recommendation and official records to the host of colleges to which our seniors apply. 

Work with this year’s junior class will begin sometime in Mid-February and Naviance/Family Connection will be the primary tool used as they begin their college search process.

- Contributed by Mr. Jonathan Dunn, Prep College Counselor

ATHLETICS: soccer & basketball teams travel to catalina island

Varsity Girls Basketball
Our Lady Huskies had a safe and competitive trip to Catalina. They played hard yet came up short in both games. Kelly T.’s hustle and teamwork were noticeable all weekend. Sam S. played hard and was the leading scorer 20 points for the weekend. Good work ladies.

- Contributed by Coach David Esparza, Prep PE Teacher & Coach


Varsity Girls Soccer
This past weekend, Girls Varsity Soccer, along with the boys soccer and all basketball teams, went to Catalina Island to play Avalon High School. They boarded a boat early Friday morning, to play an afternoon game. As usual, the girls put up a strong fight. After the game, the girls got a chance to eat dinner and hang out. With good conversation and good food, they really enjoyed each other's company, especially with Coach Kunkle's awesome snacks! The next morning the girls came out even stronger and more aggressive for a second game. They explored Avalon for the rest of the morning and were reluctant to leave the beautiful island. 

The season's coming to an end in a couple of weeks, but these lady huskies are still growing stronger! There's plenty of more games to come and support girl's soccer. They will be playing on Tuesday vs. TVT and on Friday vs. Saddleback Valley Christian. Go Huskies! 

- Contributed by Regina D., Prep ASB Vice President & Class of 2011


Varsity Mens Basketball
We won 88-50 and 65-45 against Avalon. We are 14-5 overall, 4-1 in league.

- Contributed by Coach Clay McKnight, Prep PE Teacher & Coach

IN THE CLASSROOM: field trip to the getty museum

Ms. Aguilar's Honors, IB and AP Art classes took a field trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles last week. They were able to see famous works of art up-close, from artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Monet. They also enjoyed the nice weather in the Getty's gardens, which are well-known for their beautiful landscape design.

- Contributed by Ms. Patricia Aguilar, Prep Graphic Design Teacher

Friday, January 21, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: january 17-21


Varsity Men's Basketball
A huge Husky Howl goes out to our Men's Varsity Basketball program, with two players listed as stats leaders in Orange County. Andrew Shirali, Class of 2011, was named in the top point scorers with 31 points, and Amer Dizdar, Class of 2013, was listed for his notable performance with 14 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 2 points. Congratulations Andrew and Amer! Don't miss our Husky Hoops programs in their upcoming games (see calendar below).

Additional Posts of Interest

Calendar for Next Week
January 24     Men's Varsity Soccer @ Saddleback Valley Christian
                     Men's F/S Basketball vs. Corona del Mar
January 25     Student of the Month Assembly
                     Men's Varsity Basketball @ Orangewood Academy
                     Men's Varsity Soccer @ Capo Valley Christian
                     Men's F/S Basketball @ Pasadena Poly
                     Women's Varsity Soccer @ TVT
                     Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Capo Valley Christian
January 27     Club training opportunity (deadline to register extended to 1/26)
                     No school for students***
                     Open House from 6-8 p.m.
                     Men's & Women's Varsity Basketball vs. TVT
January 28     Men's JV Basketball @ Pasadena Poly
                     Men's F/S Basketball @ Fountain Valley
                     Women's Varsity Soccer @ Saddleback Valley Christian
January 29     Men's F/S & JV Basketball vs. Mater Dei

***Due to no school on Thursday, this is a NO BLOCK week

Have a great week, Huskies!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

MUSIC: raising funds for competing in hawaii

Fairmont Prep's music programs are in the home stretch as they prepare for their upcoming competition in Hawaii in March. We have participated in a number of fund raisers to offset the costs of the trip, and we invite you to take part in our program.

We are selling $25 gift cards for ONLY $10! Just simply follow the instructions on the back of the card, choose your zip code, choose your restaurant, print your specific certificate, and enjoy a wonderful meal! Honestly, I use these all the time. They are so easy to use and it is the perfect way to try a new restaurant or continue to visit your favorites without spending a lot of money. They are also usable for other states as well and make excellent gifts.

Just contact me to order your cards, and you can pick them up on campus or arrange for me to send them to you. We accept cash or checks made out to Fairmont Music. Thank you for your continued support!

- Contributed by Ms. Stacey Barta, Prep Music Teacher

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

IN THE CLASSROOM: dream journals

In Mrs. Montenegro’s AP Psychology class, the students kept track of their dreams in their dream journal in order to interpret the meaning of them. While some dreams may be meaningless, others may be drawn from past experiences. The AP Psychology students created a journal with five dreams and analyzed them. 

This project was a fun way to test theories from Sigmund Freud who wrote a book about dreams. Some students found it tricky to record their dreams because once they moved to write it down, they forgot what it was about. Nevertheless, this was an interesting assignment and was a challenge for the students to relate their dreams to some event that might have occurred in their daily life. 

- Contributed by Nikita P., Prep Sophomore Class Secretary/Treasurer, Class of 2013

Friday, January 14, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: january 10-14

Senior Class T-Shirts
Senior privileges have officially started for the second semester, and include:
  • Seniors may wear their senior class t-shirt every Friday (w/ approved uniform bottoms) and on the 11th day of every month (in honor of the Class of 2011!)
  • Seniors may be excused five minutes early to lunch, with teacher approval
  • Seniors may wear college sweatshirts as a regular part of their school uniform
Buy your senior class t-shirt before they sell out! The image above shows the front of the shirt, and they feature the senior class color, yellow, and the signature of every senior in a star on the back of the shirt:

They are only $10, and available from any of your senior class officers or in Mrs. Faust's office after school. Get one before they sell out!

Calendar for Next Week
January 17   No School (holiday - MLK, Jr. Day)
January 18   Women’s Varsity Basketball vs. Saddleback Valley Christian
                   Men’s Varsity Basketball vs. Saddleback Valley Christian
                   Men’s JV Basketball vs. Saddleback Valley Christian
                   Men’s Frosh/Soph Basketball vs. Saddleback Valley Christian
January 19   Men’s Varsity Soccer vs. Saddleback Valley Christian
                   Parent Association Meeting in the Library at 8:30 a.m.
January 20   Women’s Varsity Soccer @ Connelly
                   Women’s Varsity Basketball vs. Connelly
                   Women’s JV Basketball vs. Connelly
                   Men’s Varsity Basketball vs. Eastside Christian
                   Men’s JV Basketball vs. Eastside Christian
January 21   Women’s Varsity Soccer @ Avalon
                   Women’s Varsity Basketball @ Avalon
                   Women’s JV Basketball @ Avalon
                   Men’s Varsity Soccer @ Avalon
                   Men’s Varsity Basketball @ Avalon
                   Men’s JV Basketball @ Avalon
                   Reflection Project due to Ms. Marston
                        (for students who didn't participate in Travel/Project Week)
January 22   Women’s Varsity Soccer @. Avalon
                   Women’s Varsity Basketball @ Avalon
                   Women’s JV Basketball @ Avalon
                   Men’s Varsity Soccer @ Avalon
                   Men’s Varsity Basketball @ Avalon
                   Men’s JV Basketball @ Avalon

Download the entire January calendar by clicking here.

Have a great week, Huskies!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Thursday, January 13, 2011

TRAVEL WEEK: adventure in costa rica

Costa Rica, the small country near the tip of Central America, is a country full of lush rainforest, constant rainfall, exotic animals and a variety of adventure activities. The 36 students and chaperones, Mr. Kiki Mendoza, Mrs. Carissa Montenegro and Mrs. Holly Wilson, were able to experience all the wonders of this tropical country, while also working and giving service to the local primary schools. 

The group was situated in the quaint, yet beautiful town of La Fortuna, which lies in northern Costa Rica, about 3 hours from San Jose.

They stayed on a ranch style campground, fit with 2 two=story houses with indoor plumbing and water, large dining area, soccer field, small lakes, and a natural spring pool. 

Almost every day, the students would split into 3 groups and travel to the various schools of La Fortuna to give assistance with any project the particular school needed to finish. Fairmont students helped clean and paint fences, tile new floors, sand desks, and clear out school yards and gardens.

After finishing the service projects, elementary students from one school even performed traditional Costa Rican dances and gave Fairmont students a "private" tour of their humble school grounds, while also playing games and talking the group as well. 

After service opportunities, it was adrenaline-pumping activities in the rainforests of Costa Rica! From zip-lining near the Volcano Arenal to white-water rafting on Class 4 rapids, every person on the trip experienced a wide variety of adventure activities. Students who attended this trip zip-lined, viewed and swam in a waterfall, lake-kayaked or horse-back rode through the rainforest, white water rafted, swam in natural hot springs, watched a performance by local school children, and spent a day on the Maleku indigenous reservation. Each student was definitely sad to leave this amazing country, full of beautiful scenery and friendly people, to return home. As they say in Costa Rica, PURA VIDA!

- Contributed by Payal P., Prep ASB Secretary, Class of 2012

TRAVEL WEEK: service and culture in fiji


Welcome to Fiji!  Bula means “hello and warm wishes” in Fijian, and it is a phrase we used much during our time on the Fiji Islands. Thirty students accompanied by chaperones Rajeshri Gandhi, Jesse Shaw, and Michael Wheeler departed for service work in Fiji Sunday, January 2nd and returned Saturday, January 8th. Nestled in the Momi Hills and looking out over Momi Bay on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu, the Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge was our base for the week and served as a quiet respite from our days of service work. Our week began with a catamaran trip to a small island offshore where students enjoyed swimming and snorkeling in the warm South Pacific waters. That evening, we experienced a traditional Fijian welcome ceremony led by a local village chief.  Normally, this ceremony is reserved for visits by other village chiefs and heads of state, so we elected our own Ms. Rajeshri Gandhi chief!  

The next day, groups provided service in local communities including repainting a public school, cooking meals for locals and seniors, and doing some plumbing and masonry work. The conditions were hot and humid and occasionally our work was interrupted by rain. 

At night, a cool breeze helped students and chaperones relax.  As we continued our service projects throughout the week, students also had a chance to interact with village children and eat and visit in people’s homes.  It wasn’t all work, however. Interspersed throughout the days was a trip to a five-star resort for swimming, a trip to mud baths and hot springs, shopping in Nadi, and a pizza dinner. The trip was capped off by a closing ceremony in which students shared their best memories and dinner at an Indian restaurant in town. Although it was pouring rain the day we left and road conditions were almost impassable, we made it safely to the airport, but not before we made some tearful goodbyes. We learned so much about this interesting culture and its people, and many students vowed someday to return. It was a great experience overall, and the students were able to make a positive impact in a remote part of the world.  

- Contributed by Mr. Michael Wheeler, Prep English Teacher

ATHLETICS: perez commits to ucla

On Tuesday, January 4, 2011, Prep student Felipe Perez made a verbal commitment to play baseball at UCLA. Perez is a member of the Class of 2012, and considered a number of college scholarship offers before deciding on UCLA. Perez is the Prep's varsity baseball shortstop and pitcher. See related articles here in the OC Register and in the LA Times.

Perez was part of Team USA's 16 and under national team (read more here) - check out the video of the last game in Mexico. Perez actually has several baseball cards you can purchase on eBay, too! Get one, and find him on campus for his autograph - it will likely be worth a lot! Congrats, Felipe - Go Huskies! And Go Bruins!

- Contributed by Mrs. Lola Coleman, Prep Science Teacher and Sophomore Class Advisor & Coach Alves, Prep Athletics Director

COMMUNITY SERVICE: clothing drive

Join the Prep as we donate clothing to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Why not take the time to clean out your closet and donate your gently worn clothes? As we all know, times are tough. Show that your character counts by caring enough to donate clothes that are either too small to wear, outdated, or that you just do not wear. You can help provide warmth and comfort to those less fortunate this winter. All donated items have to be WASHED and NICELY FOLDED. Please do not donate stained, dirty or ill-repaired clothing.  

Students may choose one or two of the options below to receive one hour of community service (for up to three hours maximum). Donations must be turned in by January 21st:
   1) Two jackets or any outerwear 
   2) Three sweaters or sweatshirts
   3) Four t-shirts
   4) Three pairs of jeans or shoes
   5) Five pairs of new socks
         * Clothes for children are also welcomed!

Please bring your donated items to Mrs. Kunkle by January 21, and fill out the clothing drive form. Paws for a Cause!

- Contributed by Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Prep Community Service Coordinator

IN THE CLASSROOM: plan now for the SAT & ACT

The next SAT exam date is March 12, 2011. Students interested in taking this exam must register at by February 11, 2011.

The next ACT date is February 12, 2011. Although the regular registration date has passed, students can still register late before January 21, 2011. ACT registration is available at

- Contributed by Mrs. Julie Weems, Prep Academic Counselor

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CLUBS: unicef club members visit united nations

From December 1-3, several Fairmont students had the opportunity to visit the United Nations to attend the Student Conference on Human Rights as part of the Prep's UNICEF Club, advised by Mrs. Deborah Terra.

It was a dream come true for the four of us; a once in a lifetime opportunity! Many a time, we as students have thought of raising our voices for our own rights, for things that we think children deserve but are denied, for things that we think are not just. We have raised our concerns through our writings or by joining various clubs and holding meetings. However, standing up for children and speaking for them through the most powerful platform of UNICEF was an altogether unique experience. 

We felt more powerful, we felt we got our words across, we felt we were indeed doing something for the cause of children all across the world. We were there to speak for the rights of children as human beings. Although not adults, children too have certain basic rights that need to be guaranteed to them, if at all we wish to see them develop into full fledged, happy human beings. 

At the UN Headquarters, Shabaz, Melanie, Austin, and I had the opportunity to make a presentation on the Rights of Immigrant Children. We were also exposed to various other problems that the children of the world encounter. Children deserve to live a sheltered, healthy, and carefree life within a nurturing world. But our trip to the UNICEF told us a different story. It reminded us of our responsibility as the upcoming generation to bring to the notice of our adult authority figures and all those who could do something in their capacity, that children deserve to live in a loving and just world in order to grow up to into warm, upright, and conscientious citizens.  

At the conference, we got to interact with the experts who have been working relentlessly on various issues confronting the children. We also interacted with our peers and listened to their views, discussed, and brainstormed to see what we together could do to protect child rights and prevent discrimination against children. 

The final product of our conference was the proposals that different groups put forth about our plans to help protect the rights of the child. Amidst our hectic schedule at the UN, we found time to explore New York City, walk down Wall Street, and loiter at Times Square. We came back from our trip, happy, content, and determined to fulfill our responsibility towards our fellow children who unlike us, live not so privileged lives!

Find UNICEF's coverage of the conference and additional information by clicking here.

- Contributed by Aditi Sinha, Prep Class of 2012

TRAVEL WEEK: fairmont goes to florida

This year, Fairmont’s Engineering Magnet Program organized its first trip across the country. Fourteen students in Engineering Magnet, Medical Magnet and others interested in the sciences travelled to Orlando, Florida to gain behind-the-scenes’ access to the Kennedy Space Center, the three theme parks within Disney World, and Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure.

In addition to the fun and the bonding, students also experienced once-in-a lifetime educational opportunities. At the Kennedy Space Center, students spent time with a NASA educational expert who spoke to the students and led them in a hands-on engineering experience. The students also spent the day touring NASA’s crown jewel and learned about the space program, past, present and future.  

At Disney World, the students were admitted to the Magic Kingdom two hours prior to the opening of the park and were given a behind-the-scenes experience led by a Disney educational specialist. The special Physics and Engineering Program further exposed the students to theoretical topics and their applications within Disney World. Topics included the concepts of pneumatic and hydraulic pistons, motion, and centripetal force. The highlight for many of the students was the opportunity to ride Space Mountain twice, once with the lights on, exposing the entire structure of the ride.  

- Contributed by Mr. Cory Hand, Prep Math Department Chair

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

GLOBAL COMMUNITY: visitors from beijing

Leaders from Beijing’s 21st Century Experimental School visited Fairmont this week. Principal Fan, Principal Zhang and Administrator Karen Guo came to meet with Director of International Education, John Barrier and Dean of Advanced Studies, Rebecca Wood. 21st Century Experimental School is a partner school of ours, and offers a Joint Diploma Program with Fairmont Private Schools. Fairmont administrators and master teachers have travelled to Beijing to work with 21st Century, and it was a pleasure to welcome the school’s administrators to the Prep and FIA.

- Contributed by Dr. Rebecca Wood, Prep Dean of Advanced Studies

Monday, January 10, 2011

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: ski & snowboard trip!

Don't miss a trip to the local mountains to ski & board with your friends! The Class of 2011 has coordinated this ski & snowboard trip for Friday, February 4th - a no school day for students due to a faculty in-service. Permission slips are available in the Green Room and at the front desk, or you can download them here:

          If you plan to rent gear on the mountain, download Mt. High's rental agreement here.***

***We recommend students rent gear locally, or bring their own - wait times to rent on the mountain can be long, and we want everyone to have as much time skiing or snowboarding as possible! 

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

ATHLETICS: baseball begins january 11th

If you're interested in playing baseball at the Prep, workouts begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11th. All players should bring workout gear and be on time! Find us behind the gym, and contact Coach Alves for more information. Go Huskies!

- Contributed by Coach Mark Alves, Prep Athletic Director

Friday, January 7, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: january 3-7

Travel/Project Week
Annually, Prep faculty and students participate in various trips and projects in between semesters. This year, students had the option to travel to (click on links for pictures and updates from trips... some still to come!):

Or participate in local projects:

Students who chose to do an independent project, and not one of the Prep's offerings, must remember to submit their reflection project - due to Ms. Marston no later than January 21.

Additional Posts of Interest
Clubs: leadership training opportunity
Community Service: making a difference

Calendar for Next Week
January 10   2nd Semester Begins
January 11   Men's Varsity Basketball @ TVT
                   Women's Varsity Basketball @ TVT
                   Men's Varsity Soccer vs. TVT
January 12   Women's Varsity Soccer @ Saddleback Valley Christian
January 13   Women's Varsity Basketball @ Orangewood
                   Men's Varsity Soccer vs. St. Michael's Prep
January 14   Denim Day ($5 contribution to charity)
                   Men's Varsity Basketball vs. Riverside Christian
                   Men's Frosh/Soph Basketball @ Corona del Mar
                   Men's Varsity Soccer @ Southlands Christian
January 17   No School (holiday - MLK, Jr. Day)

Have a great week, Huskies!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

PROJECT WEEK: screenprinting with ms. aguilar

During the Screenprinting Project, held during the Prep's annual Travel/Project Week January 3-7, students got to design their own artwork and then printed them onto t-shirts, bags, etc. Enjoy some photos of our students' creations!

- Contributed by Ms. Patricia Aguilar, Prep Graphic Arts Teacher