Thursday, May 10, 2012

HOW TO: Use the Fairmont Blackboard Mobile App




In 2010 Fairmont launched the Blackboard Learning Management System for our preschool-12th grade programs to further integrate technology into our curriculum and extend learning beyond the classroom. Blackboard serves as an interactive portal for teachers to publish homework, course content, announcements and key resources for students to access from home any time. Our teachers have adopted this new platform with enthusiasm and are using Blackboard in amazing ways. We have also been pleased to provide parent logins to all of our parents, enabling you to easily access teacher and school announcements and keep track of your student's progress. 

This year you asked us to take Blackboard to the next level by integrating a mobile app so that your child(ren) can access their classroom from any device at any time. We loved hearing your feedback, and we listened! We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Blackboard Mobile Learn app. The app is available for free download on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry smartphones, Android devices, and HP web OS devices. The app is designed for student use, and Fairmont recommends the app specifically for grades 4-12. Students can log in and access all of the same resources as the web-based version, but in a dynamic, mobile-friendly way. Blackboard studies show that schools who integrate the mobile app see a significant increase in student online participation, and we are excited to offer our students another way to engage with coursework outside the classroom.  

Unfortunately, Blackboard's Mobile Learn app does not yet support the parent login and interface. However, developing the best way to provide parents mobile access to homework, grades and key announcements is a project we are prioritizing this year and working with Blackboard to achieve. 

Please read the instructions below to help your student start using Fairmont's Blackboard Mobile Learn app today! 

To download and start using the Blackboard Mobile App:
1)  Search for "Blackboard Mobile Learn" in your App Store 
2) Once Blackboard Mobile Learn is installed, search for "Fairmont-Thesys" using the 
search bar that automatically appears when you open the app
3)  Select "Fairmont-Thesys"
4)  Log in using the same username and password you normally use to access Blackboard

Additional Resources: 

Contributed by Sandy Cosgrove, Fairmont Schools Director of Education 

Friday, May 4, 2012

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Prom 2012




We are happy to announce that this year’s prom will be held at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on May 26th from 7 to 11:30 pm. There will be great music, a bonfire, pictures, and a fantastic view of the beach, so make sure you don’t miss this once in a lifetime moment! If you are going to bring a guest, make sure to fill out at guest pass from Mrs. Awa. Proudly brought to you by the class of 2013, we promise this is a prom you will never forget, one full of wonderful memories.


Ticket Prices:
EARLY BIRD SALE - $65 single, $120 Double
1 week only: 4/30 - 5/4.
REGULAR PRICE - $75 single, $140 Double
2 weeks: 5/7 - 5/18
LAST MINUTE PRICE - $85 single, $160 Double
1 week: 5/21 - 5/25. Friday LUNCH is the end of pre-sales. Anyone not buying tickets by then must purchase at the door.
AT THE DOOR PRICE - $125 per person, single or double.

HUSKY HOWL: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon


 On Thursday, April 26th, the Fairmont Prep teachers got to experience a taste of Italy during the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Teachers were treated to a delicious meal of Italian food, including spicy penne pasta, rotelli pasta in creamy tomato sauce, warm bread, and a salad with artichoke hearts. Dessert proved to be equally diverse. Teachers enjoyed lemon cake, chocolate cake, tiramisu, biscotti’s, and strawberries with freshly whipped cream. This delectable feast allowed teachers to relax and enjoy themselves, despite their hectic schedules. It was a well-deserved break.  The luncheon took place in the Prep Theater, which the Parent Association had decorated to create a true Italian ambiance.  The luncheon was originally supposed to take place outside in the courtyard, but because of the unpredictable weather, it was moved indoors. Luckily, Mr. Yoon agreed to have the luncheon in his theater. 

During the meal, a raffle was held. Each teacher had an opportunity to win gifts such as movie tickets, a Husky blanket, and gift certificates to Lucille’s BBQ and The Cheesecake Factory. Overall, there were more than 15 prizes. Some of the lucky winners included Senora Hanneman and Mrs. Leslie. Overall, it was a great event that showed the teachers how much we appreciate them.  


Thank you to our wonderful Parent Association who worked effortlessly and tirelessly to put together such a spectacular luncheon!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

HUSKY NEWSROOM: Fairmont Music London Trip




On April 2nd, Fairmont Music consisting of Band, Concert Choir, and Show Choir flew to London, where they spent a week for competition and performance. During their trip, they visited many historical places including the British Museum, Windsor Castle, and Buckingham Palace. The Concert Choir had a unique opportunity to perform at St. Paul’s Church at Covet Garden. On the 4th day of their trip, all three performance groups had their first international competition at Royal Academy of Music in the morning. All groups did an outstanding job, and most importantly, their teamwork and strong family bond shined on and off the stage. As a result, later that evening they were awarded.  Fairmont Music received 5 valuable awards. Band received a bronze, concert choir and show choir both received silver rankings. Moreover, show choir won the best choir overall in the competition, and Fairmont Music won the most valuable award "Knights of the Round Table."  Knights of the Round Table acknowledges the group that had the best teamwork.  After their competition, the groups had the opportunity to perform at the park, and they also watched the famous play "Chicago." During their trip, memories were created that will never be forgotten. Special thanks to the advisors: Ms. Barta, Mr. Ochoa, and Ms. Aguilar! Great Job Fairmont Music! We are so proud of you! 

Here’s a video created by Husky Vision about their London Trip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzk6K2irzSU&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

 -Ashley Kwon, Publicity Commissioner

STUDENT ACTIVITY: iRally



On Friday April 27th, Fairmont Prep held its last rally of the 2011-2012 school year. The theme was iRally. Posters of Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Temple Run decorated the gym along with a super cute Angry Bird balloon arch. Kristin Chung started the rally by singing the National Anthem. The baseball, softball, and tennis teams were honored at the rally. Each member of the baseball team received a gift bag filled with goodies-sunflower seeds, a protein bar and Gatorade for their trip to Avalon. Next, the Concert Choir, Show Choir, and Concert Band were honored for all of their accomplishments. A representative from each class tried to knock down paper mâché pigs with tennis balls like the game Angry Birds. Two representatives from the softball and baseball teams played fruit ninja with a baseball bat. Both contestants smashed fruits like watermelons, strawberries, and oranges into pieces! The 2012 Prom court was also announced at the rally.  Lastly, two contestants raced through a Temple Run obstacle course trying to collect as many gold coins as possible. But after the obstacle course, they had to eat a banana! It came down to the last bite to find the winner! To end the rally, members of the 2011-2012 ASB gathered to sing the school’s Alma Mater.

- Contributed by Megan R., ASB Commission at Large