Thursday, August 30, 2012

Welcome Back From ASB President

Welcome back to school, HUSKIES! Hopefully everyone had a great summer and is ready to start the 2012-2013 school year. ASB is extremely excited with the work we have done over the summer and the activities that are planned for the first few weeks of school. 

First off, our first home football game is this Saturday (9/1) against Sage Hill, 5pm at Yorba Linda High School. Come in all BLACK to support your huskies. This is expected to be a thrilling game in which our huskies are primed to "Black Out the Lightning!" Also, next week will be our Back to School Rally/BBQ and Field Day. This promises to be a fun and entertaining day to enjoy with your friends.  You won't want to miss the watermelon eating contest or the potato sack races!

Lastly, I encourage you all to get involved in any and all aspects of high school life! Join a club, try out for a sport, attend dances, and definitely cheer as loud as you can during rallies.  If you are looking for ways to get involved, feel free to ask any ASB officer on campus and they can point you in the right direction.  Let's make this a great school year!  Let's go Huskies, lets go!

Contributed by Nakul, Class of 2013 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome Back From Headmaster

Dear Fairmont Families,

It is with great excitement and anticipation that I welcome you to the 2012-2013 school year.  We have been hard at work all summer to ensure a fantastic experience for our families.  We fully expect to build on the success of last year, while continuing to improve upon our teaching and administrative staff, facilities, service to our families and an already acclaimed academic program.  I would like to take a few moments to highlight some key changes and additions to the Prep.

We are proud to announce the addition of our new Counseling and College Center.  The Counseling and College Center is now located in the heart of the main high school building.  It is easily accessible to students and parents throughout the day and serves as an example of our dedication to provide the best level of service possible to our families.  We have also added three new counselors to our existing staff, increasing the total number of counselors to eight. There will be four academic counselors and four dedicated college counselors.  This is quite unprecedented for a school of our size and brings our student-to-counselor ratio to approximately 85:1.  This ratio outshines both public and private schools nationwide with ratios that range from 200:1 all the way to 500:1.  I am confident that you will feel the difference.  In a school that consistently touts 86% of all graduates gaining acceptance to the top 100 colleges and universities in the country, it will be both exciting and rewarding to see how much we can improve on our amazing outcomes.

We have created four additional classrooms on the second floor of the administration building, placed remote access points throughout the campus to support our technology initiative (you will be hearing much more about this amazing program in the weeks and months to come), created a writing center as part of the Prep Plus program to meet the needs of our students, added additional security staff, and strengthened our dress code with the intention of maintaining a professional school environment.

There are many other reasons to look forward to the start of school but it is simply not possible to capture it in one letter.  It is my sincere hope that all of our families will participate in the various opportunities that become available throughout the year.  Whether it is attending Parent Association meetings, Sunrise Sessions, athletic events, theater arts productions or simply meeting with teachers or counselors, your involvement is critical to the success of your student. I look forward to seeing you on campus soon!  Go Huskies!


Robert A. Mendoza

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

HUSKY NEWSROOM: Fairmont Music London Trip

Fairmont Music consisting of Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Show Choir traveled to London April 2-7, 2012 for the London Festival of Music where we returned with 5 brand new beautiful trophies and our first set of international rankings! Concert Choir and Show Choir both had excellent performances earning them Silver rankings. The Band struggled a little with strange stage set up and missing instruments but still earned the Bronze. Our Show Choir received the trophy for the top scoring choir and our music program earned "Knights of the Round Table" trophy for overall excellence and group work. Besides competition, we were involved in public performances everyday. The Concert Choir performed a spiritual repertoire for Eucharist mass at St Paul's Cathedral and all three groups entertained passers by at breathtaking Regents Park. It was quite an honor to see posters and hand outs of our smiling faces throughout London. (I even brought some back to put on our walls in the classroom.) Although it seemed like we were constantly performing, we were able to do some sight seeing as well at places such as Windsor Castle, the British Museum, a bus tour of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Tower of London, and a trip to the theater to see Chicago. In my opinion, our first international showing was a great success and an experience I hope they will look back at fondly! I am so proud of our students and expect that this is yet another milestone we have set on our way to Husky Excellence.