Friday, February 25, 2011

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: international celebration

The Prep's annual international celebration, Around the World, will be held the last three Fridays of March. Each day celebrates a different part of the world through performances, activities, foods, and dressing in cultural attire. Our ASB Officers have been hard at work to create a memorable and educational month of activities, don't plan ahead to dress up and participate!

Day 1 - Friday, March 11
The Americas (North, Central & South), Australia and Europe
You’ll enjoy performances by Polynesian dancers and a swing dance troupe, and then enjoy live music with an awesome mariachi band during lunch. Go for a wild bull ride or climb the French Alps right here on campus! Don’t forget to sign your class surfboard!

DRESS CODE: sombreros, lederhosen, clogs, Renaissance, togas, US, European or Latin American sports jerseys, ponchos, Native American, cowboy/country, patriotic USA, Hawaiian/luau, t-shirts with country flag, adventurer/hiker

LUNCH OPTIONS: back by popular request, made-to-order tacos! Enjoy carne asada, chicken and carnitas tacos, or quesadillas. Lunch includes beans & rice, and Dippin’ Dots ice cream for dessert! Make sure to pre-order your selections as food does run out! Download the Day 1 Menu here. Turn your order form and payment in during lunch near the flagpole, or in Mrs. Faust's office.

Day 2 - Friday, March 18
Africa, Asia, India & the Middle East and the Caribbean
Watch in amazement as a mixed martial arts team performs, and a Korean “b-boy” team shows us how dancing is done. Chinese fans will be given out to cool off during the festivities while a snake charmer walks around. Back by popular demand, you can wrestle with your friends as sumos! A surprise guest will appear so bring your cameras and get ready for a ROARING and WILD day!

DRESS CODE: traditional African, vibrant colors and patterns, traditional Asian (kimonos, hangboks, parasols, etc.), traditional Asian hats, traditional Indian/Middle Eastern (saris, ghagra choli, kurti/kurta), t-shirts with a country flag

LUNCH OPTIONS: enjoy fresh sushi rolls from the Rolling Sushi truck, cheese pies from Zait & Zaatar Lebanese Restaurant, Boba Thai Tea, and pastries from 85 Degree Bakery! Make sure to pre-order so you don’t miss out! Download the Day 2 Menu here.  Turn your order form and payment in during lunch near the flagpole, or in Mrs. Faust's office.

Day 3 - Friday, March 25
Student Talent Show & Powder Puff Game
It’s time to see the STARS of Fairmont Prep! Get ready to enjoy the 2011 “Fairmont’s Got Talent” Show with performances from your very own Prep student body! It’s going to be an amazing show filled with singing, dancing, AND a surprise performance from some very special guests. Play or watch a Powder Puff Football Game during lunch!

DRESS CODE: cultural dress from any region

LUNCH OPTIONS: Pat & Oscar’s pasta & breadsticks, and FREE root beer floats from our Parent Association! Download the Day 3 Menu here.  Turn your order form and payment in during lunch near the flagpole, or in Mrs. Faust's office.

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

WEEK IN REVIEW: february 22-25

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teachers and staff at Fairmont Prep were treated to a week full of activities to celebrate them, planned by ASB officers. Tuesday kicked off the celebration with an Indian feast provided by the Parent Association. Wednesday brought freshly-made waffles and fixings delivered to classrooms and offices. We enjoyed a Hawaiian BBQ during lunch on Thursday, and an incredible buffet to wrap up the week on Friday, sponsored by our Alumni Association. Teachers received special notes during morning announcements, gifts from ASB and the Alumni Association, and hopefully they felt very appreciated all week long!

Additional Posts of Interest
Calendar for Next Week
March 1     Engineering Magnet Speaker/Advisory
March 2     Sunrise Session for Parents (7:45 a.m.) & Breakfast w/ Counselors (8:45 a.m.)
March 4     1/2 Day & Career Day

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

PARENT ASSOCIATION: february 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

Thursday, February 24, 2011

HUSKY NEWSROOM: girl scout cookies on sale

Girl Scouts from Fairmont's Mable Campus will be here Friday after school to sell Girl Scout cookies! They're only $4 per box, so stop and support Mable Girl Scouts!

- Contributed by Mrs. Maria Garcia, Prep Academic Counselor

ADVANCED STUDIES: ap exam registration deadline next week

AP registrations are due next Tuesday, March 1. Students may submit their registration forms, along with checks, to their AP teacher, to Dr. Wood or to Mrs. Reyes-Espinoza. It is essential that students register on time to be certain a test is ordered for them. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wood via email.

We will send out confirmation emails to let families know the exam(s) for which a student has registered. Thank you to those who have registered already. Download a copy of the registration form by clicking here.

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

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 2011-12 asb opportunities

Do you want to make a difference at the Prep? Are you full of school spirit? Then you should apply to be part of Fairmont Prep's 2011-12 ASB! Elections begin at the end of March, and appointments will be finalized in April. Applications for the various positions give all details and include job descriptions, so download one today! Hard copies of each application are available in the Green Room.

Pay close attention to deadlines and details listed in the campaign and application packets - failure to attend a mandatory meeting and/or missing a deadline will result in removal from the process. No exceptions!

Four positions available:
ASB President
ASB Vice President
ASB Secretary (appointed)
ASB Treasurer
(must be a current sophomore or junior; 
must have been on ASB for at least one year at the Prep)
Elections held March 28-30

Three positions available for each class:
Class President
Class Vice President
Class Secretary/Treasurer
Elections held April 6-8 for the Class of 2012, 2013 & 2014
Class of 2015 Officers will be appointed in May and June

One or two positions on each of 12 Commissions:
Community Service
Cultural Awareness
Faculty Relations
Internal Affairs
Student Relations
Interviews for Appointment held in April/May

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

HUSKY VISION: february edition

Enjoy the February edition of Husky Vision, the Prep's monthly video news program:

Check out all past editions on our Husky Vision YouTube channel!

- Contributed by Mr. Pablo Giustorobelo, Prep HV Producer

HUSKY HOWL: february students of the month

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

English, Yoyo C.
Math, Aaron M.
Science, Matthew S.
Social Science, Wali K..
World Languages, Grant L.
Performing Arts, Xue (Lemon) Z.
Physical Education, Elaine T.
Athletics, Samantha S.
Community Service, Danielle C.

- Contributed by Mrs. Julie Weems, Prep Academic Counselor

Friday, February 18, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: february 14-18

Men's Basketball Advances in Playoffs
In a close game Wednesday night vs. Crean Lutheran High School of Irvine, the Husky Men's Varsity Basketball team made a fourth quarter comeback to win the game 61-55. Senior Andrew Shirali was the point leader with 26 points, and Amer Dizdar had a game high 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Congratulations, Huskies! 

The Huskies advanced to the second round of CIF Playoffs and take on Don Bosco Tech tonight at 7 p.m. 

- Contributed by Simran S., Prep ASB Technology Commissioner, Class of 2012

Additional Posts of Interest

Calendar for Next Week
February 21         No School (President's Day Holiday)
February 22         Student of the Month assembly
February 22-25   Teacher Appreciation Week

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Thursday, February 17, 2011

ATHLETICS: husky hoops advance to 2nd round in playoffs

The Huskies defeated Crean Luthern HS in the first round of the CIF Playoffs last night, and will take on Don Bosco Tech Friday night, February 18th at 7 p.m. in an away game. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at Don Bosco Tech, and all Huskies are encouraged to take the trip to support our boys! Don Bosco Tech HS, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead, California. Go Huskies!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

COMMUNITY SERVICE: presidential service award

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation. The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers.  

The Award
Depending on which award package is ordered, award recipients can receive:
An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin 
A personalized certificate of achievement 
A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States 

Award Criteria
Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. 

Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria - for young adults age 15-25

Bronze Level
100 to 174 hours

Silver Level
175 to 249 hours

Gold Level
250 hours or more

Seniors are eligible to receive this award in conjunction with their Fairmont Community Service Program. Students must perform service with a qualified non-profit organization, and turn in the completed Fairmont Prep community service form to Mrs. Kunkle for verification and credit. If you are looking to add something extra-ordinary to your college application, this is perfect!

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

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: comedy sportz match friday

The Prep's ComedySportz team takes on Woodbridge High School Friday night in the theater at 7 p.m. Come see how remarkable these students are, and what they can do on stage without a script. I promise a fabulous, rolling-in-the-aisles-laughing time! :0) 

General admission for everyone is $5 - not a bad price to pay for a Friday night's entertainment! See you in the theater!

- Contributed by Mr. June Yoon, Prep Theater Teacher & ComedySportz Coach

Friday, February 11, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: february 7-11

Battle of the Sexes & Winter Sports Rally
The Prep's annual Battle of the Sexes Rally was held earlier today, and for the second year in a row, the GIRLS proved victorious! Points were earned for contests including a dance off, for shaving a balloon, who could do the Husky chant the loudest, jumping in a bounce house, decorating the gym, and wearing pink or blue to school today. It was a close finale, with a tie-breaker yelling contest to produce a winner. Congratulations, ladies!

All Winter Sports teams were also introduced at the rally, and we celebrated that the Boys Varsity Basketball team made it to the CIF Playoffs, and will play at home on Wednesday next week in the first round. Go Huskies!

Additional Posts of Interest
Husky Howl: to our Decathlon Team
Community Service: Pennies for Patients
College Corner: Carroll College visits the Prep
Travel Week: video review of 2011 trips

Calendar for Next Week
February 15     Class Meetings
February 16     Parent Association Meeting (8:30 in the Library)

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

HUSKY HOWL: to our decathlon team

Fairmont students participated in the Orange County Academic Decathlon the past two Saturdays. The Prep was represented with 13 students for the competition. The Huskies competed in 10 events and walked away with an astounding 25 total medals.

Decathlon Team: Coach Dr. Varnold, Anna, Austin, David, Grant,
Jon, Kirsten, Kurt, Melanie, Nigel, Nithya, Patrick, Phorum

The events include economics, math, art, music, speech (both prepared and impromptu), essay, language and literature (which included the novel Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck), social science and "Super Quiz. " The "Super Quiz" category was geology this year. 

The major theme for decathlon this year was The Great Depression. We examined the music, art, history and economics of the Great Depression. As part of "Super Quiz," we examined the history of the earth and how geology helped to create the Dust Bowl conditions during this time. 

Students met at zero period everyday and during the Prep's Travel Week in order to get ready for this competition. 

The awards ceremony was held last night, February 10th, and the team walked away with a 4th place team medal in Division 2. Mr. David Jackson, Fairmont Private Schools' owner, attended the ceremony and pointed out that we were the only private school who was competing in our division. Way to go, Fairmont! 

Prep students Jon Chin and Austin Lee were the top winners in Orange County in their respective grade categories and won scholarship money from OCAD. The team is coached by Dr. Bob Varnold, Prep Science Department Chair. Additional awards for the Prep included:

    Nithya Johnson, 2nd Essay
    David Chung, 4th Essay, 3rd Lang. and Literature
    Jon Chin, 4th Music, 3rd, Math, 5th Individual Overall
    Kirsten Nicassio, 5th Lang. and Literature, 5th Social Science
    Melanie Lim, 5th Math, 3rd Speech
    Anna Phan, 3rd Math
    Grant Liang, 3rd Math, 4th Super Quiz
    Phorum Sheth, 5th Social Science
    Patrick Choe, 3rd Art, 5th Music, 5th Interview, 3rd Math, 3rd Speech
    Austin Lee, 2nd Essay, 2nd Art, 1st Music, 5th Lang. and Literature, 
           2nd Math, 4th Social Science, 1st Individual Overall

The 9th and 10th grade competition will be held in May and your 9th and 10th graders can still join the decathlon class and try out for the team.

- Contributed by Dr. Robert Varnold, Prep Science Department Chair & Decathlon Coach

Thursday, February 10, 2011

COMMUNITY SERVICE: pennies for patients

Fairmont Prep joins more than 25,000 schools nationwide in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients drive. For the next few weeks, we will be helping people who are sick with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, or myeloma. The Prep's 3rd period homeroom classes are in competition with one another to collect the most coins... in fact, even paper money and checks are accepted! We welcome pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, bills, or checks to raise money for this worthwhile cause.

Typically the LLS gives us a patient as our "hero," whom we raise funds in honor of... this year, the cause is even more near and dear to the Prep's heart. Our honored hero is Brian, a fourth grade student in Mrs. Schoening’s class at Fairmont's Mable Campus.

Brian's favorite colors are blue, purple and green. Dumplings and Kung Pao Chicken are Brian’s favorite foods. He likes Hi-Chew grape candy and... well, all candy! He likes to play the piano, perform magic tricks, watch TV on the internet, and work on math. He also enjoys computer class and hanging out with his friends at school. When Brian goes to the hospital -- even though the food is terrible -- he gets to watch movies, get shots that don’t hurt, and be taken care of very well.

Please take the time to donate to your homeroom’s collection box. Your donations will help researchers find a cure, and allow children like Brian to continue enjoying life.

Our school goal is to raise $1,500 before February 25. Every cent counts, so please contribute to your homeroom's collection box!

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

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

COLLEGE CORNER: carroll college visits the prep

A representative from Carroll College in Helena, Montana will be visiting the Prep Thursday morning, February 10th from 8:30-9 a.m. in the College & Career Center. Students are encouraged to attend to find out more about one of the top nationally ranked private Catholic liberal arts colleges in the west. Click here to read more about Carroll. Students must have permission from their 7th period teacher before planning to attend.

- Contributed by Mrs. Karla Reyes Espinoza, Prep Assistant to the Department of Academics

Monday, February 7, 2011

TRAVEL WEEK: video review of 2011 trips

Enjoy these highlights from 2011 Travel Week trips, focused on community service. For additional trip details and photo highlights on each trip, click on the trip location:

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Friday, February 4, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: january 31-february 4

Ski Trip
The Class of 2011 hosted a ski trip for all Prep students on Friday, February 4 -- a no school day for students due to a teacher in-service. A bus full of energetic Prep students unloaded at Mountain High early Friday morning for a gorgeous day on the slopes. The sun was shining, and the air was crisp, as the Huskies skied and snowboarded all day long.

Additional Posts of Interest

Calendar for Next Week
February 7     Men's Varsity Soccer vs. Southlands Christian
                     Women's Varsity Soccer vs. Connelly
                     Women's Varsity & JV Basketball @ Connelly
                     Men's Varsity & JV Basketball @ Eastside Christian
February 9     Women's Varsity Soccer @ TVT
                     Women's Varsity Basketball @ Capo Valley Christian
                     Men's Varsity Basketball vs. Orangewood Academy
February 11   Winter Sports/Battle of the Sexes Rally
                     Denim Day

Have a great week, Huskies!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CLUBS: leadership training provides new ideas

“No task is too big or too small…” was the message given on Thursday, January 27 at the Prep’s Club Leadership Workshop. Renowned motivational speaker Jill Esplin helped many of Fairmont Prep’s club and student body leaders realize the power they have to make a difference. 

One of the many favorite activities the group participated in was everyone stood in a circle with their eyes closed and hands held out for something. After a minute, everyone was told to open their eyes to discover a Starburst candy! Slowly students began realizing that not everyone received a piece of candy. Some very generous students offered their candy to those who did not receive anything. Jill then pointed out that this was a huge problem on our campus. Many students do not receive anything on campus from a friendly smile to a club invitation. Ms. Esplin helped the students in attendance realize that maybe by greeting students in the hallway or in the morning as they arrive could brighten up their day! 

The group did many other fun activities and even took a personality quiz. This quiz helped many leaders recognize the strength of combining people of different personalities to have a successful club. The rest of the day was filled with tips for clubs like how to attract new members. 

Jill ended the wonderful workshop by saying that time was more important than money. And that all the time in the world is priceless compared to all the money in the world.

- Contributed by Megan R., ASB Freshman Commissioner- at- Large, Class of 2014

GLOBAL COMMUNITY: opportunity to visit anaheim's sister city

Every year the Anaheim Sister City Commission selects four high school students to represent their city as Student Ambassadors in Mito, Japan. This entails an all expenses paid two week trip to Mito, Japan as well as tours, including a trip to Tokyo. Students live with local families. In order to qualify, students must currently be in grades 10-12 and be a resident of the City of Anaheim. 

For details and an application, students and their families can log on to Applications are due February 18.

- Contributed by Mr. Jonathan Dunn, Prep College Counselor