Tuesday, September 29, 2015

HUSKY NEWSROOM: Interview with Dr. Catherine Dolan-Garcia

Dr. Catherine Dolan-Garcia is one of our new, amazing teachers and a wonderful addition to our Fairmont Prep family. Being involved in our International Business Program, she teaches Introduction to International Business, Capstone, and Global Citizenship.
On top of working at Fairmont Prep, Dr. Dolan-Garcia is also a college professor at DeVry University and The University of Phoenix. Before she became a teacher, she was a CEO for a State of California agency and the Executive Vice President for the Malibu Chamber of Commerce.

Her favorite thing about the Prep, “the standard that is upheld by administration and the students.” She is pleased to see students eager to learn.
Dr. Dolan-Garcia married her college sweetheart and has three intelligent and lovely daughters and a dog, Jojo.

An interesting fact about her is that she enjoys long drives where she can listen to music or an intriguing talk radio show, though she doesn’t quite understand why that is?
Ultimately, Dr. Dolan-Garcia hopes, with the help of her business team, to develop an excellent International Business Program that is invigorating and challenging, preparing students for a future in business.

It was great to meet and interview Dr. Dolan-Garcia. We are very excited to have her as a part of our outstanding faculty and Fairmont Prep family.

-Contributed by Michelle P., Kaitlynn C., and Sonali N.

Friday, September 25, 2015

NEWSLETTER: September 25, 2015 News & Annoucements

12th Annual College Fair & Fall Preview
Fairmont Prep students and parents are cordially invited to attend Fairmont's 12th Annual College Fair on October 13th. Gain a competitive edge in college admissions by meeting face-to-face with representatives from the nation's top colleges. Last year's College Fair saw record attendance and you won't want to miss this opportunity to speak with representatives from over 85 colleges and universities.
The College Fair is open to the local community and prospective families. Feel free to share this event information with family and friends. Prospective families are invited to attend our Fall Preview information session to learn more about Fairmont Prep's unique variety of programs and and how we prepare students for college with highly individualized academic and college counseling.

Breakfast with a Counselor
Breakfast with a Counselor is an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet over breakfast with the Prep's counselors to discuss topics in their student's academic life. Click here to view a list of this year's sessions and topics. We hope you will join us!

College Application Timeline
The College Counseling Department has put together a timeline to help guide 12th grade parents and students through the major milestones, deadlines, and events in the college application process. Please be sure to confirm application deadlines with each school to which you choose to apply. Click here to view the timeline!

Community Service - Boys & Girls Club
Each year Prep students donate Halloween candy to several Orange County Boys & Girls Clubs. The drive will begin Monday, September 28th and will end on Friday, October 19th. This year candy donations will be delivered to the following Boys & Girls Clubs: Buena Park, Garden Grove, and Stanton. Students have received the candy drive flyer and should bring their donations to Mrs. Kunkle’s office, Room 101, and fill out the donation form for community service credit. Paws for a Cause!

Disneyland Dreamers & Doers Application
In honor of the Diamond Celebration, Disneyland Resort is proud to launch the Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers program. Deeply rooted in Disney’s commitment to supporting youth and the community, Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers celebrates the power of possibility and the youth who take action to improve their community, home, or school. Applications are due to Mrs. Kunkle by Friday, November 20th.

Prep Girls' Golf
Congratulations to Mylan Hirata for receiving a medal (lowest score) at the girls’ golf match against St. Margaret’s this past Tuesday.

Husky Vision
Last Friday’s September episode of Husky Vision is now available on YouTube and Vimeo! We have a whole new crew this year and they are excited to make their mark on Husky Vision’s 10th season! As always, the students thank you for your support and encouragement. The next episode will air on October 16th!

Spirit Week - Homecoming
To commemorate Homecoming, the Prep’s annual Spirit Week is packed full of fun activities, dress up days, food, and more! During this fun-filled week, Nutrition Management will be closed but food will still be available. Students are encouraged to pre-order food before October 2nd with the Spirit Week Order Form. Food will be limited during the week for those that did not pre-order and the price will increase by $1 per item. During Spirit Week, the Junior class will be hosting an intense game of Bubble Soccer. Students return the Participation to Play Form in order for to participate.

Transportation Department News
Due to the Parent Association’s Pitch Blast event on October 2nd, the Prep bus will depart from campus at 3:30pm. Students will need to be at the bus loading zone by 3:15 pm to board the bus. 

Travel Week 2015-2016 - Reschedule for Spring Break (March 27th - April 3rd)
Due to low enrollment and scheduling conflicts, Travel Week has been moved to the week of Spring Break, March 28th - April 1st, 2016. We hope you enjoy the additional week off with family. Fairmont Prep will be offering two great trips through Worldstrides: Peru and Florida. Trip information is in the process of completion and a flyer will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you would like more information please contact Mrs. Kunkle, Travel Week Coordinator.

Contributed by Fairmont Preparatory Academy



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CLUBS: 2015 Fall Club Rush


For many students with interests in fields that don’t directly pertain to school subjects, Club Rush gives an opportunity for students to share their interest with others.  Club Rush is from September 14 through September 16, during lunch. Each club has their own table and students can get information and sign up if they want. The clubs vary from community service to sharing culture. There are about 46 clubs, but you can start your own club by filling out a form in the Green Room. If you already have a club, make sure to renew it. It is a good chance to get involved with school and meet new people. Go check it out!

-Contributed by Kellen Z., Lauren J. Chloe L.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Fall Community Service Opportunities

Hey Huskies! Did you know you are required to complete a total of 20 community service hours every year? The fall semester is a great time to give back to the community. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we should work to help others less fortunate than ourselves. The following are fall community service opportunities:

September 12, 6am-3pm: Council on Aging-HB Senior Saturday
September 27, TBD: Susan G. Komen Race for A Cure Cheer Squad
September 28 - October 9: Boys & Girls Club Halloween Candy Drive
October 11, 5am-10am:  CHOC/Disneyland Walk in the Park Cheer Squad
October 17, 9am-12pm: B&G Club Candy Creation
October 19 -  November 6: Canning Hunger Box of Love Food Drive
November 7, 9am-12pm: B&G Community Garden
November 14, 9am-11:30: Walk to End Alzheimer’s
November 23 - December 11: Annual CHOC Toy Drive


Make a Difference, Make New Friends, Have Fun!

           Paws for a Cause!


- Contributed by Colette N. and Sameer A.

Friday, September 11, 2015

NEWSLETTER: September 11, 2015 News & Announcements

Breakfast with a Counselor
Breakfast with a Counselor is an opportunity for parents and guardians to informally meet over breakfast with the Prep's counselors to discuss topics in their student's academic life. We hope you will have an opportunity to join us!

Choir Fundraiser
Beginning on Monday, September 7th, the choir program will be hosting its first fundraiser. Snacking in the USA is a great way to support choir students and eat delicious food. Snacks range from trail mix to candy. Click here to see the brochure. Each bag is only $7 and your support helps the choir program! Please contact Ms. No at sno@fairmontschools.com for more details or to place an order.

College Application Timeline
The College Counseling Department has put together a timeline to help guide 12th grade parents and students through the major milestones, deadlines, and events in the college application process. Please be sure to confirm application deadlines with each school to which you choose to apply. Click here to view the timeline!

College Counseling
It’s only the first week of school and we’re already receiving numerous requests from dozens of colleges and universities to visit Fairmont Prep this fall. We host three kinds of college visits. The first is a daytime visit when college admissions representatives come to Fairmont Prep and meet with small groups of seniors interested in that particular institution. These meetings usually take place in the counseling center and students are informed about them through Naviance. Over 80 colleges visited the campus last year to meet with our students! The second type of visit occurs when an admissions counselor is invited as a guest speaker. Examples of this include counselors from pharmacy schools and health science institutions who visit the science classes. As well as, admissions counselors from art conservatories who visit the AP art classes. Finally, we have the annual College Fair which will take place on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00 pm. Last year over 100 different colleges and universities from around the world participated in this event. The Counseling Department encourages students to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to meet with college representatives and learn about a wide range of educational institutions.

Transportation Department News
The Transportation Department now offers all forms online! Visit http://www.fairmontschools.com/fairmont-transportation.html to access request and cancellation forms. Additionally, if your student needs a temporary change in transportation arrangements, please let Transportation know so that they can assist you!

Contributed by Fairmont Preparatory Academy

NEWSLETTER: 12th Annual College Fair & Fall Preview - October 13th

Fairmont Prep students and parents are cordially invited to attend Fairmont's 12th Annual College Fair on October 13th. Gain a competitive edge in college admissions by meeting face-to-face with representatives from the nation’s top colleges. Last year's College Fair saw record attendance and you won't want to miss this opportunity to speak with representatives from over 85 colleges and universities.

The College Fair is open to the local community and prospective families. Feel free to share this event information with family and friends. Prospective families are invited to attend our Fall Preview information session to learn more about Fairmont Prep's unique variety of programs and and how we prepare students for college with highly individualized academic and college counseling.

Click here for more information. Note: Fairmont Prep families are not required to RSVP for the College Fair.

Contributed by Fairmont Preparatory Academy

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ATHLETICS: Football Captains

 
The three captains of the football team, Daniel Chatman (receiver and corner), Brandon Fenger (offense right and tackle, defense: defensive tackle), and Darwin Guines - (quarterback), look forward to this season and spending time with their teammates. They practice hard - Monday through Friday, after school and Saturdays. 

There is a game almost every Friday or Saturday, including this Friday, September 4th at Sage Hills at 7p.m. Wear white as we will WHITEOUT SAGE HILL and come support your fellow Huskies!

The captains say the team will be better once their injured players are back on the field. Having practiced all summer, they will push themselves to new heights with the bond they formed. Come  encourage and support the team this year!

-Contributed by Neha D., Claire S. and Nate S.

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEWSLETTER: September 4, 2015 News & Announcements

Breakfast with a Counselor
Breakfast with a Counselor is an opportunity for parents and guardians to informally meet over breakfast with the Prep's counselors to discuss topics in their student's academic life. We hope you will have an opportunity to join us!.

Choir Fundraiser
Beginning on Monday, September 7th, the choir program will be hosting its first fundraiser. Snacking in the USA is a great way to support choir students and eat delicious food. Snacks range from trail mix to candy. Click here to see the brochure. Each bag is only $7 and your support helps the choir program! Please contact Ms. No at sno@fairmontschools.com for more details or to place an order.

Class Meeting Summary
On Friday, August 28th, the Counseling Department hosted the first Class Meeting of the year. Students were grouped by grade level as counselors addressed what each grade needs to be aware of for the year. Freshmen discussed goal setting and academic resources such as Net-Classroom, Blackboard, and Prep Plus tutoring. Sophomores and juniors reviewed graduation requirements and upcoming SAT & ACT dates. Seniors outlined the upcoming college application deadline cycle and were encouraged to utilize their Naviance accounts for college applications. In addition to reviewing important upcoming dates, Mr. Kiki Mendoza, Mr. Fred Romo, and Mr. Kevin East reminded all students of the new attendance, uniform, and Homestay policies and procedures. The next Class Meeting is scheduled for September 11th.

College Counseling
It’s only the first week of school and we’re already receiving numerous requests from dozens of colleges and universities to visit Fairmont Prep this fall. We host three kinds of college visits. The first is a daytime visit when college admissions representatives come to Fairmont Prep and meet with small groups of seniors interested in that particular institution. These meetings usually take place in the counseling center and students are informed about them through Naviance. Over 80 colleges visited the campus last year to meet with our students! The second type of visit occurs when an admissions counselor is invited as a guest speaker. Examples of this include counselors from pharmacy schools and health science institutions who visit the science classes. As well as, admissions counselors from art conservatories who visit the AP art classes. Finally, we have the annual College Fair which will take place on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00 pm. Last year over 100 different colleges and universities from around the world participated in this event. The Counseling Department encourages students to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to meet with college representatives and learn about a wide range of educational institutions.

Community Service - Action Partnership Food Drive
Action Partnership is dedicated to alleviating poverty and its root causes by helping people and changing lives. This is accomplished through building better communities, improving health, reducing hunger, averting crisis, and strengthening families in low-income communities. Action Partnership mobilizes both public and private resources to help the people move out of poverty by meeting basic needs and helping them to become more self-sufficient. They provide food to the hungry, after school programs, family services, conduct community development activities and mentoring, provide refurbished computers to low-income students, and much more.

Transportation Department News
The Transportation Department now offers all forms online! Visit http://www.fairmontschools.com/fairmont-transportation.html to access request and cancellation forms. Additionally, if your student needs a temporary change in transportation arrangements, please let Transportation know so that they can assist you!

Travel Week 2015-2016
Fairmont Prep is offering three amazing trips through World Strides: Germany, Peru, and Florida. Our two international trips include a trip to Germany, featuring a visit to Amsterdam with a focus on WWII and the Holocaust. We will visit Anne Frank's house and the Holocaust Museum while learning about the culture of this beautiful country.
The Peru trip will provide opportunities for students to explore the Incan Empire while engaging in community service activities. Students will serve at a local school, as well as learn about the culture and enjoy local cuisine.
Our domestic trip to Florida will be full of excitement. The week begins at the Kennedy Space Center where we will explore the center and enjoy having lunch with an astronaut. During the next three days, we will receive a behind the scenes tour of Walt Disney World. The final day of the trip will consist of swimming with dolphins!
Registration has begun and we hope you will participate in one of these amazing trips. If you would like more information about Travel Week, please contact Mrs. Anna Kunkle at akunkle@fairmontschools.com.

Contributed by Fairmont Preparatory Academy

NEWSLETTER: September 4, 2015 ASEP Students Attend AIAA's Space 2015 Conference

Prep Newsletter September 4, 2015: ASEP Students Attend AIAA's Space 2015 Conference

On Wednesday, September 2nd, the Advanced Science and Engineering Program (ASEP) students had the privilege of attending the Space 2015 Conference at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA) in Pasadena. Upon arrival, students met with an AIAA Director, toured exhibit halls, and spoke with industry leaders, including Ms. Keyke Reed who gave a special presentation at the NASA exhibit. NASA Technology Mission Directorate Ms. April Clause spoke to the students about her educational experiences and work at SpaceX. Next, Ms. Michelle Lucas discussed the path that led her first to NASA and then to operating Higher Orbits, a “non-profit that helps launch students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), as well as Leadership and Teamwork”. Ms. Lucas also discussed her time as an astronaut instructor and current role managing astronauts. The concluding speaker was Dr. Alvin Yew, Program Manager for NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC). Dr. Yew discussed his experiences as a Space Biologist and the importance life science experts play in the space program. Each of the speakers shared stories and gave advice for students pursuing science and engineering careers.

Contributed by Fairmont Preparatory Academy

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

STUDENT ACTIVITES: Back to School Rally and Field Day

 

Last Friday (August 21, 2015) was the annual Back-to-School Rally at Fairmont Prep! Everybody had a great time cheering their class and promoting school spirit. Each student dressed brightly in their class colors, while donning spirit gear. The roaring contest between each grade was an audible example of how exciting rallies can get, and everybody gave it their absolute best. Afterward, the bed sheet contest was judged by our talented art teachers, who announced that the Juniors had the most creative bed sheet.

The new teachers got their share of the spotlight during a game where they had to throw balloons full of paint at a target. After several more games, the announcement of the fall sports teams, and an amazing, upbeat performance by the cheerleaders, members of the football and volleyball teams were able to test their strength against one another and impress the entire student body. At the end of the rally, it was announced that the Juniors won the rally by a slim margin. The students were treated to a delicious barbeque lunch of hot dogs and watermelon provided by Nutrition Management.

For the rest of the day, the Student Engagement Association, led by Ms. Coleman, organized activities for the entire student body. These activities included a banana eating contest, along with competitive basketball and soccer games. The remainder of the day was spent dancing to music provided by Marcos, our music commissioner, and hanging out on the nearby playgrounds. Ms. Coleman ended the day by showing the student body her Cupid Shuffle, a classic Fairmont tradition. 


-Contributed by Gurveer S., Ellie G. and Jeanzelle S., Class of 2018