Friday, September 24

FRIDAY FOLDER mable campus september 24

Blackboard and the Online Classroom 

The 2010-2011 academic school year at Fairmont has a newcomer: Blackboard. Blackboard is a learning management system (LMS) which updates students with announcements, homework, interesting facts, and other fun tools.  Students are able to respond to discussions posted by the teacher, comment on their peers' thoughts, and extend the fun of the classroom.  It serves as a communication/teaching tool between school and home and in the future, projects can be completed with Blackboard.  I recently spoke with Ms. Patterson and Ms. Robinette from Fairmont's Education Department to learn more about the new initiative.

Blackboard (Bb) was chosen over other learning management systems by Mr. Alan Rudi, Fairmont's Director of E-Learning. After learning about the website, and realizing its potential, he was sure it was the best fit for Fairmont.  The idea of integrating an LMS came from Mr. Rudi and Mr. Chandler, the CEO of Fairmont, who wanted to provide students with a cutting edge learning tool.

Currently, Blackboard is very popular among colleges and universities, but less than ten percent of the K-12 schools in America use an LMS. Fairmont is one of the elite.  According to the education department, the benefits for Fairmont are long reaching.  Technological integration prepares students for higher education and helps to equip them with necessary skills.

In general, our generation of students is very tech-savvy. They can navigate a webpage, find the answers to our questions, and have access to nearly limitless amounts of information. Recognizing this, the e-learning department sought to fill our needs and speak to us through technology. Blackboard was the way to do this.  Blackboard is cutting edge educational technology, and in the K-12 world, Fairmont is setting the standard for innovation.

Contributed by Meeran Ismail, 8th grade Journalism student

Technology Week at the Mable Campus

Come Visit Us!
TECHNOLOGY WEEK @ Mable Classrooms
October 5th - 7th, 2010

Here at Fairmont Private Schools, we believe that the integration of technology with classroom content improves student achievement and therefore should be ubiquitous.
Technology at Mable goes way beyond the computer. We invite all parents to come and see how all of the various tools are used in the classrooms:  Promethean Boards, NEO's, ActivResponse systems, LCD projectors, etc...


Tuesday, October 5th
1st - 3rd Grade:  8:30am- 10:15am

Wednesday, October 6th
4th Grade:  8:30 am - 9:15am
5th Grade:  8:30am- 10:15am
6th Grade:  9:15am - 10:15am

Thursday, October 7th
Junior High: All day

Character Counts! 
Like many children, Mable Campus sixth grader Tara F. cut her hair over the summer.  However, she didn't do it to keep cool.  Tara donated her hair to Locks of LoveLocks of Love is a non-profit organization that presents hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada, who are under age 21 and suffering from long-term medical hair loss.  The mission of Locks of Love is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to these children.  When asked why she chose to sacrifice her long tresses, Tara replied, "I know that there are many people out there that suffer from illness that causes them to lose their hair, so I figured that I have an opportunity to help them. I would gladly do it again!"  




Monday, Sept. 27th
Pep Rally
2:00 pm

JH Football
Mable vs Calvary
Away Game - Cabrillo Park

JH Volleyball
Mable vs Calvary
Home Game

Tuesday, Sept. 28th
Elementary Football / Volleyball
Mable vs McDowell
Away Game

Thursday, Sept. 30th
Elementary Football / Volleyball
Mable vs Oakridge
Home Game

Friday, Oct. 1st
NO SCHOOL -Teacher In-Service

Family Football Night
5:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 5th
Mable Technology Week
Grades 1-3:  8:30 - 10:15 am

Elementary Football / Volleyball
Mable vs Edgewood
Away Game - Tustin Sports Park

JH Football / Volleyball
Mable vs Carden Hall
Away Game

Wednesday, Oct. 6th

Mable Technology Week
Grade 4:  8:30 - 9:15 am
Grade 5:  8:30 - 10:15 am
Grade 6:  9:15 - 10:15 am

JH Football / Volleyball
Mable vs Heritage Christian
Home Game

Preparatory Academy Information Night
6:00 - 8:00 pm
2200 Sequoia Ave., Anaheim, CA
For more information, click here.

Thursday, Oct. 7th
Mable Technology Week
Junior High
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Directors Series: Understanding Accelerated Math
8:30 am, and repeating at 6:00 pm
Mable Library

Friday, Oct. 8th
Elementary Picture Day

Contributed by Karen, Mable Campus

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