Thursday, December 27, 2012

CLUBS: Circle of Care Initiative Association

Circle of Care Initiative Association (CCIA) Club Goes Caroling to Valley View Gardens

On December 9th, the CCIA club went to visit the Alzheimer patients residing at Valley View Gardens in Garden Grove, California. The club members have been practicing Christmas songs for the past few months, and they went to sing Christmas carols for the patients. Dressed in red and Santa hats, the club members brought the Christmas vibe to the Alzheimer center. After singing the songs, the club members also gave Christmas presents to the patients. The club members said that they enjoyed caroling because the patients sang along with them. They say that they will always remember this day, and they plan on visiting the patients again in the future. Go CCIA and thank you for taking the time to Paws for a Cause!

-Contributed by Ashley K., Class of 2014

Monday, December 24, 2012

COMMUNITY SERVICE: CHOC Toy Drive



December 14th was our 16th annual CHOC Toy Drive! As usual, the sounds of motorcycles filled the air, and Santa Clause arrived in his red mini cooper. Also, the Sound of Music Club sang a Christmas Carol, Last Christmas, to welcome the volunteers from CHOC Toy Drive who came to pick up the toys. Thank you everyone who donated toys to the CHOC hospital and special thanks to the ASB, teachers, and the Sound of Music Club. Go Huskies! 

-Contributed by Ashley K., Class of 2014

Thursday, December 20, 2012

ATHLETICS: Boys Basketball



Fairmont Prep’s boys varsity basketball team has gotten off to a fast start, winning their first three games for an undefeated season thus far. They are led by their new coach Ray Lokar, and their two senior captains, Justin Bredahl and Mark Rodrigues. Coach Lokar brings years of experience to Fairmont, winning a CIF championship at Bishop Amat high school and serving currently as president of the Positive Coaching Alliance. 

He expressed his excitement for the season saying, “Im eager to see how far this team goes. They are a talented group of players, and if they can learn to play together, they will be very tough to beat.” 

With only three returning players, the Huskies surely have a lot of learning ahead of them. After finishing 23 and 5 last season, they look forward to another successful year. The month of December will be a huge test for them, as they play in three tournaments, with approximately 15 games in 25 days. The Fairmont Prep varsity basketball team is ready for this challenge, as they have been practicing hard since the spring of 2012. If the new look Huskies can learn to play together, they will surely have success in the upcoming weeks, and make their school proud as they strive for yet another playoff birth. 

-Contributed by Justin D., Class of 2013

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ACADEMICS: Survivial Guide to Finals Week


Survival Guide to Finals Week 

As students cram last minute for their finals ranging from Differential Equations to AP Spanish, here are a few tips to survive finals week.

  1. Create a study guide. Summarize all the weeks of material learnt during first semester in 1-2 pages. This format will help you focus on the main ideas of the test such as key math formulas or English stylistic techniques.
  1. Manage your time. With only an hour and a half to take a test, make sure there is a clock located in the room or bring your own watch to ensure that you do not run out of time. If you find a tricky question, skip it and return to it later.
  1. Eat a healthy breakfast… lay off the energy drinks. Your brain needs food! Even if you usually skip breakfast, make an effort to eat something healthy such as a banana, which is full of potassium and other essential nutrients.
  1. Don’t pull an all nighter… AP Psychology students should be familiar with the idea that lack of sleep actually impairs performance. Your brain needs time to process all the information you studied so plan for at least eight hours of sleep the night before your final.
Finally…wish everyone good luck on their finals!!!  Good luck!

-Contributed by Nikita P., Class of 2013


COMMUNITY SERVICE: Travel Week


Winter break is a good time for students to rest and relieve the pressure from heavy schoolwork. Among all the choices we have during winter break, traveling is one of the most popular things to do. For those who love traveling, travel week is a wonderful opportunity not only to enjoy time traveling with friends but also to gain community service hours. This year, we will be traveling to Britain and Ireland from January 5th 2013 to January 14th 2013. Each student attending travel week will gain up to 10 hours of community service.


We are excited to have Mr. Hand as the leader for the trip this year. In the past years, travel week has always been an event that Fairmont students actively participate in. It is a great chance to explore new places and have new experiences. Many students also become friends with people who they never talked to before during the trip. For those international students attending the trip, please be sure to get your visas as soon as possible. Thank you to all students who participate in travel week. It will be a trip to remember! 


-Contributed by Jocelyn H., Class of 2014

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ATHLETICS Join Women's Varsity Soccer


The Lady Huskies have been working hard this season! With an intimate team of 12, the women's varsity soccer team have been working hard towards improvement. Team captains Kiernan H. and yours truly, Amanda K., are optimistic and have high hopes for the season. We've played 4 games so far and are building unity on and off field, and we are still looking for more players! Practice is Monday-Thursday on the prep lawn! Join us for second semester, contact Coach Randy, Coach Esparza, Coach Alves, or a team captain for more information!

Even if you can't join, I encourage you to come out and support the Lady Huskies Soccer team at one of their games this season! Our home field is at Trident Educational Center, a short drive down the street from the Prep campus! Below is the game schedule:  

01/14 - 3:15p
Capistrano Valley Christian (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Location: Fairmont Prep

01/15 - 3:00p
@ Connelly (Anaheim, CA)
Location: Hydraflow Field

01/17 - 3:15p
Tarbut V'torah (Irvine, CA)
Location: Trident Educational Center, Soccer Field 1

01/22 - 3:00p
@ Saddleback Valley Christian (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Location: Rancho Capistrano

01/25 - 3:30p
@ Avalon (Avalon, CA)
Location: Avalon HS

01/26 - 10:00a
@ Avalon (Avalon, CA)
Location: Avalon HS

01/29 - 3:15p
@ Capistrano Valley Christian (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Location: Rancho Capistrano

01/30 - 3:15p
@ Tarbut V'torah (Irvine, CA)
Location: Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School, Soccer Field

02/01 - 3:15p
Connelly (Anaheim, CA)
Location: Trident Educational Center, Soccer Field 1

02/04 - 1:00p
@ Tarbut V'torah (Irvine, CA)
Location: Tarbut V Torah, VAR.

02/04 - 4:30p
@ Brea Olinda (Brea, CA)
Location: Brea Olinda H.S, VAR.

02/06 - 3:15p
Saddleback Valley Christian (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Location: Trident Educational Center, Soccer Field 1

Cheer on the girls' soccer team! Every bit of support can go a long way!

-Contributed by Amanda K., Class of 2014

Thursday, December 6, 2012

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Operation Home Front Scarf Drive




For the month of December, we focus our attention to Operation Home Front Scarf.  This is a national nonprofit organization who helps many of our military families. Traditionally,  Fairmont Preparatory and International Academies highly encourages its students to give a little extra during this holiday season. In the past, our Fairmont community has done an outstanding job in supporting this wonderful organization.

One of the most remarkable participants is Leo Liu. Leo has donated 6 scarves to Operation Home Front Scarf. His supportive attitude and willingness to help, represents a true Huksy.  Leo is not only a good friend but also a great example for other students.  His positive energy ignites other Fairmont students to support the foundation.  Thank you to all those who have contributed to all of the service projects and drives. Keep up your good work, Huskies.

-Contributed by Ngo T., Class of 2013


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Debate Highlights


Fairmont Preparatory Academy's debate program is picking up steam under the leadership of Dr. Matthew Brandstetter, our Dean of Academics. The team has excelled in competition this semester, earning numerous awards, including: 

  • 2012 Novice Championship 
    • 4th Place in the School Sweepstakes 
    • 1st Place in Parliamentary Debate - Milan M. and Nicholas P. (undefeated record) 
    • 1st Place in National Extemporaneous - Kayla B.
  • CSUF High School Speech and Debate Tournament 
    • Semi-Finalists in Novice Parliamentary Debate - Nakul M. and Nathaly B. 
    • 5th Place Speaker Award Novice Parliamentary - Nakul M. 
    • 7th Place Speaker Award Varsity Parliamentary - Kayla B. 
  • High School Public Debate Program Tournament  
    • 3rd Place - School Tournament Award 
    • 2nd Place - School Overall Percentage of Debate Awards Won
    • 1st Place Team Debate - Austin K., Jessica C., Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place Speaker Award - Austin K. 
    • 2nd Place Speaker Award - Kayla B. 
  • Orange County Speech League Varsity Competition 
    • 1st Place in Extemporaneous Speaking - Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place in Public Forum Debate - Jessica C. and Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place Speaker Award - Austin K. 
    • 3rd Place in School Sweepstakes and Debate Division 

Interested in joining? Just in case the team's winning streak isn't enough encouragement, here are some excellent benefits of participating in debate:  

  • Speech and debate students have a significant edge in college admissions.
  • Speech and debate participation provides real cognitive and behavioral outcomes in the following areas:
    • Improving reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills
    • Improving critical thinking skills
    • Fostering intellectual curiosity
    • Increasing motivation
    • Increasing engagement
  • Consider the people who began as student members of the National Forensic League: Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Samuel Alito; media visionaries Oprah Winfrey and Ted Turner; actors Brad Pitt and Renee Zellweger; TV personalities Stephen Colbert and Tom Lennon; and Senators Richard Lugar, Russ Feingold, and William Frist, to name a few!

For more information, contact Dr. Brandstetter at mbrandstetter@fairmontschools.com.


-Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ACADEMICS: PSAT Testing


On October 17, all Sophomores and Juniors took the PSAT test. Although this test does not directly apply to students until Junior year, the Sophomores had the opportunity to practice with PSAT. On the other hand, this test is very important to the Juniors. The Preliminary SAT/ National Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is sponsored by College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, allows students to compete for recognition and possibly earn scholarships. In this National Merit Scholarship Competition, participants who qualify for recognition are entered into the competition, and depending on their score on the test, they may become finalists or scholarship winners. A total of 9,600 Scholarships are offered to high school students. This is a great opportunity for all high school students, and we hope our Huskies did well on the test! 

-Contributed by Ashely K., Class of 2014

(Image via Oak Park High School

Thursday, November 15, 2012

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Buddy Walk




On November 4th, Fairmont Prep students joined the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) for the Buddy Walk at Angel’s Stadium.  DSAOC is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the greater Orange County Down Syndrome population and their families.  The Buddy Walk has become the premier advocacy event for Down Syndrome in the United States since 1995. During the event, Fairmont students were able to join other participants.  Live entertainment on the main stage included a band and reptile and wildlife presentations. Participants were able to purchase cotton candy, shaved ice, desserts and delicious food.

          
Fairmont students have been attending the Buddy Walk for several years and enjoyed this meaningful project to give back to the community. They were able to meet students from other schools and got to know individuals with Down Syndrome.  I encourage all Prep students to participate in the Buddy Walk next year!

-Contributed by Shawn P., Class of 2013