Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CLUBS & COMMUNITY SERVICE: Key Club



Do you want community service hours? Do you want to help people in need? Do you want to be part of a big foundation? Well, then join Key Club! 

Key Club is one of the biggest, oldest clubs in the world as it is found in 30 different countries, 260,000 schools, and over 5,000 clubs. This club serves to help people in their community and to build leadership skills within the club. There are 14 other schools in each division and each month, there is a DCM, division council meeting. At DCM, schools in each division come together to discuss upcoming activities and different ways to fundraise for different charities and non-profit organizations such as Pediatric Trauma Program, Service Partners March of Dimes (funds research to reduce premature births), and UNICEF (works to overcome poverty, violence, discrimination, and disease that afflict children around the world). 

The activities that Key Club participate in vary from Fall Rally-Six Flags Magic Mountain, Leukemia-Lymphoma Walk for Cancer, Walk for Alzheimer’s, DCON (Division Convention), and many more. At DCON, key clubbers from California, Nevada, and Hawaii come together to celebrate a year of service and to see how many hours members served, how much money they made, and just to have fun. This year, Key Club started off a little weak, but they’re getting back on their feet and making improvements. So if you want to make new friends, earn community service hours, and be a part of the Kiwanis International family, join today! See Dr. Varnold for more information!

-Contributed by Danielle K., Class of 2014

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ATHLETICS: Homecoming Football Game


On October 13th, the Fairmont Prep Huskies played the Southlands Christian Eagles at Yorba Linda High School. The huskies have been working hard all season, as they beat Southlands Christian 59-0. Senior Jay S. had a great game, scoring on numerous occasions, while teammate, Junior quarterback, Bobby V. had an excellent game as well. The Huskies are as strong offensively as they are defensively. Senior Captain Shivum D. had his first interception which he almost returned for a touchdown. Overall, the Huskies played strategically and aggressively, and so they were able to win their first Homecoming game in three years. It was an awesome night and the Huskies made us proud! 

At half time, we crowned our Homecoming Court and announced the 2012 King and Queen.  Although fireworks and cars were prohibited at our home football field, ASB used their creativity in making the half time show memorable and impressive!  Instead of  fireworks, class-colored balloons rose out of building, filling up the sky beautifully.  


Congratulations to the 2012 Homecoming Court:


Freshman class Prince and Princess
David K. & Leanne A.


Sophomore Class Prince and Princess

Caleen O. & Kiernan H.

Junior Class Prince and Princess
Kevin D. & Jocelyn H.

Senior Class Prince and Princess
Nakul M. & Liz N.


King and Queen

Shawn P. & Emily H.

-Contributed by Sonali N., Class of 2014

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

HUSKY NEWSROOM: Debaters Capture Awards at CSUF Tournament


Fairmont Prep students joined 66 other area high schools at the California State University Fullerton High School Speech and Debate Tournament this past weekend. The following students earned awards in their respective events:
  • VARSITY PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE (40 TEAMS, 80 PARTICIPANTS)
    • Jessica C. and Kayla B. advanced to the field of 16 remaining teams after 6 preliminary rounds of competition before being eliminated;
  • NOVICE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE (20 TEAMS, 40 PARTICIPANTS)
    • Sonali N. and Danielle K. advanced to the field of 8 remaining teams after 5 preliminary rounds of competition before being eliminated;
    • Nakul M. and Nathaly B. advanced to the field of 4 remaining teams (semi-finals) after 5 preliminary rounds of competition before being eliminated;
  • SPEAKER AWARDS (VARSITY AND NOVICE DIVISIONS)
    • 9th place speaker, Novice Parliamentary Debate: Nathaly B.
    • 8th place speaker: Novice Parliamentary Debate: Cody L.
    • 7th place speaker: Varsity Parliamentary Debate: Austin K.
    • 7th place speaker: Varsity Public Forum Debate: Kayla B.
    • 6th place speaker: Novice Parliamentary Debate: Danielle K.
    • 5th place speaker: Novice Parliamentary Debate: Nakul M.
Congratulations to all participants!

The next tournament is October 27 at Claremont McKenna College.

-Contributed by Mr. Brandstetter, Fairmont Preparatory Academy

Monday, October 22, 2012

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Red Ribbon Week


Red Ribbon Week October 22-26
Red Ribbon Week serves as a means for communities to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education. This includes making a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal of having a drug-free America. 
This week at Fairmont Prep we celebrate Red Ribbon Week with various activities each day.

Monday, October 22     Red bracelets will be distributed in homeroom.
Pinwheels-Begin the week by pledging to be drug free.  Stop by the  table and make a pinwheel to be places in the flower beds around campus.
Tuesday, October 23
SOLOng to Drugs-Join us at lunch as we create a Red Ribbon Week keepsake with red SOLO cups
Wednesday, October 24
Dress Up Don't Mess Up-Wear Red  accessories (socks, caps, sunglasses, ties, jewelry, watches) with your school uniform.
Pledge to be drug free!  Stop by the Red Ribbon Week table and make your pledge to be drug free.

Thursday, October 25
Wheel of Misfortune-Stop by the Red Ribbon Week table and take a spin to see what misfortune awaits you.
I'm too Smart to Start-Wear glasses!  Participate in the Goggle Experience!

Friday, October 26
Dress for Success-boys:  dress pants, button down shirt, tie and dress shoes; girls: dress, blouse and skirt, blouse and dress pants, dress shoes.

Sock it to Drugs-Join us in the gym during lunch for a sock hop dance.  make sure to wear red socks ($1 if you don't wear red socks) because shoes are not allowed for this dance.

-Contributed by Dante D., Class of 2015

Thursday, October 18, 2012

ACADEMICS: Meet Mrs. Collison


-Contributed by Austin K., Class of 2013 & Ashley K., Class of 2014

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Felipe Perez




Felipe Perez (2012) 
Arizona Diamondbacks 

Since childhood, Fairmont Prep alumnus Felipe Perez has had one dream—to play Major League baseball. He grew up around the sport, with many of his relatives playing pro ball in Mexico, and at age four Perez couldn’t wait to pick up his own bat and hit the field. Over the years, Perez developed incredible pitching skills and began playing for traveling teams. His parents were always supportive of his dream, and when it came time for high school they encouraged him to attend Fairmont Prep so he could balance his baseball achievements with a focus on strong academics. 

“My first year at Fairmont Prep wasn’t easy,” said Perez. “The teachers’ expectations were far beyond what I was used to, but my teachers never hesitated to take time out of their day to give me the help I needed. I will always be grateful for that.” Coming from a public school in Long Beach, the small size and diversity at Fairmont Prep was also an adjustment for Perez. Four years later, he says the variety of people at Fairmont Prep is what he loves most about the school. “I have all kinds of friends now—people from all over the world, from star athletes to math geniuses.” 

Perez joined the baseball team at Fairmont Prep his sophomore year, which was also the first year in the school’s history that the baseball team was named undefeated League Champions and qualified for the CIF Championship. In 2010, Perez was one of 20 elite United States players to make USA Baseball’s 16U National Team. In the championship game against Mexico, the coach asked Perez to pitch. With adrenaline pumping and a packed stadium, he helped lead the team to an 11-4 gold medal win. After this game, college scouts began wooing Perez. He explored opportunities with many of the top baseball schools in the west, and ultimately decided to accept an offer to play in the Major Leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks! 

Keep an eye on Felipe Perez… He’s sailing towards his dream with as much speed and drive as his famous pitches.

-Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

FASHION: Uniform Changes

Summer is officially over and before we all could guess it, it is October!  Being back at school means a lot of things; seeing our friends, homework, and at Fairmont getting back into our uniforms.

This year, the school has implemented some major changes to uniform and dress code policy! Lady Huskies must now wear black tights or leggings underneath their plaid skirts.  As usual, all shirts must be collared and tucked in (regardless of gender)! Shorts cannot be rolled more than one inch above the knee, belts are a must, and huskies can no longer wear black pants. The prep is granting a one year transition period where all students are allowed to wear the standard gray polo. During the 2013-2014 school year, and beyond, they will be taken off the approved list and considered a dress code violation! Don't forget, as it starts to get colder, hooded sweatshirts are not allowed! But don't sweat it! There are some really cute crew necks I've seen around school- don't be shy in asking where people have bought their jackets ! It's a compliment, I promise!

A lot of people tend to dislike the restrictions of a uniform; but I see it more as a chance to really stand out in a sea of black, white, green, and gray. Find ways to express yourself! As the nights start to get colder, scarves are always a good choice for the lady (and even the boys can rock it too). Pair them with a cute pair of tights and boots and you already stand out!  Find your own individual style now and learn how to accommodate to different occasions and certain social settings.

-Contributed by Amanda K., Class of 2015

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

ACADEMICS: Organize Your Study Space



With the new school year comes a refreshed sense of purpose. It's a time to start with a clean slate. If you've never gotten around to creating a study area that's both attractive and functional, maybe it's time to get intentional about this important area of your living space. Here are a few suggestions from the uber-organized folks at the Container Store
  1. Find the right study area and desk. Find a desk, table or other smooth surface with room to spread out all study materials. Select a chair that’s comfortable, but not too cozy. When selecting a work space, choose a modular system that can grow with you through high school and even into college. Make sure the room has adequate lighting.
  2. Limit the distractions. If possible, try to create a study area in a location without a telephone or television — these can be distracting when it comes time to stay. If you set up a study area in a high traffic area of the home, set aside a firm study time where everyone in the family respects the student’s time to study and finds things to do in other areas of the home.
  3. Create a schedule and filing system. At the beginning of the school year, create a scheduling system with a large monthly calendar and place it near the workspace. Color code the calendar items, such as homework and project due dates, exams and birthday parties, in order to easily identify school versus personal entries. This makes it easy to manage responsibilities. Create a color-coded filing system that works in conjunction with the schedule.
  4. Keep the area clutter-free. A cluttered study area is not only frustrating, but also will cost valuable study time looking for items. Make sure enough room is available to adequately store books and supplies where they are visible and easily accessible, yet out of the way of the main study area. Include room for writing as well as computing when setting up the space.
  5. Keep supplies on hand. It’s frustrating to sit down for a study session and then find out you don’t have the necessary materials. Stock up on the essentials, such as pens, pencils, notepaper, printer paper, ink cartridges, index cards, construction paper and scissors, then make sure they’re organized. Keep reference materials close at hand.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

COMMUNITY SERVICE: CHOC Walk in the Park



Join us on one of the biggest community service projects Fairmont has to offer--
the CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland Resort!

Each year, Fairmont enters a team of students who raise money for Children's Hospital of Orange County and this year is no different.  If you are interested in joining 50,000 other participants in the annual CHOC Walk at Disneyland Park on October 14th, you have a chance to be apart of something fun and something big.  As you walk through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, you'll be joined by your favorite Disney friends-cheering you on and providing unique photo opportunities.  The 5K walk is a time when families express their thanks to the doctors and nurses that cared for their children, and share their memories with other families.  You will never have such an experience to meet other people who share the same motive as you: to help others.  

Fairmont attended last year’s walk and found it to be one of the most interactive service projects of the year. So come on down and join the cause!  If interested, please contact Mrs. Kunkle for more information.  2012 has been great so far, so don’t miss out on this unique experience. 

-Contributed by Dante D., Class of 2015




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

COUNSELING: 9th Annual College Fair



We are pleased to invite the Fairmont community to attend our 9th annual College Fair on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Fairmont encourages students and their families to take advantage of this opportunity to gain a competitive edge in college admissions by meeting face-to-face with college admission representatives from a number of leading colleges and universities in California and around the world.

Admissions personnel from over 60 colleges and universities will be available to answer questions related to academic programs, extra-curricular activities, student life, tuition and financial aid. Representatives from our College Counseling Center will also be on hand to answer questions and provide their insights on the college admissions process, in addition to a financial aid specialist who will share best practices.

“We are very excited to have so many excellent colleges and universities on our roster this year,” said Fairmont Preparatory College Counselor, Jonathan Dunn. “We’re pleased to invite our students to explore the schools and learn more about how to successfully navigate the college admissions process.”

Click here to view the full list of attending colleges and to RSVP! 

-Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools