Monday, July 25

SCHOOL NEWS fairmont named la times readers' choice

Yesterday's edition of the Los Angeles Times announced Fairmont's Elementary School Program as a regional winner of an LA Times Reader's Choice Award! We'd like to thank the LA Times readers for this honor and congratulate all of our teachers and administrators. 

To read more about the Reader's Choice Awards, check out the electronic edition here

Contributed by Alyssa, Marketing 

SUMMER week five: we all live downstream

Week 5 marks the half-way point of summer! The fun, hands-on learning continues with art, science, cooking, music and sports--as well as this week's trip to Wild Rivers!
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Experiment in progress at the Anaheim Hills Campus!
The experiment is fun, but the ice cream topping bar is even better! 
Sensei Vogel making Gyotaku Fish Prints in afternoon Art
Week 5 Sports included a variety of outdoor games. Mr. B is "it" at the Edgewood Campus!
Morning art included making Wildlife Dioramas.
Students used a variety of recycled products, model magic and more to create their own diorama and animals.
Mrs. Baham, summer science coordinator, assits Edgewood Counselors in making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. We love Mr. Evan's big smile!
Mr. Stephen & Mr. Kevin's group bonds together in the Lazy River at Wild Rivers  
Edgewood Preschoolers love their yoga time! Check out our great "upward dogs"
The Marionette Show for preschoolers was magical. They loved getting up close and personal!
Greetings from Kindergarten Summer School at the Citron Campus! This week, students are halfway through their reading, writing and math readiness program for the upcoming school year.
Bubblerama at the Anaheim Hills Campus
Water Play at the Citron Campus "Car Wash"
It's been another great week. Don't miss next week's Around the Campfire!

Friday, July 22

TEACHER'S PET orange coast's fido frenzy contest

Make your pup a star in Orange Coast's Fido Frenzy Contest! 

Sure, you know your canine best friend is a star. But this summer Orange Coast Magazine, a Fairmont partner, wants to give you the chance to let the world see just how adorable your dog is! 
Orange Coast is now accepting entries for this year's Fido Frenzy Contest. Simply click here and post a photo of your pooch along with a little bit about what makes him or her special, and your dog could be featured in the November issue of Orange Coast magazine - and star in a local TV commercial! Additionally, the winner will be recognized at Orange Coast's Fido Frenzy Event on September 24 at The District at Tustin Legacy.

Applications close on August 15th, so be sure to send in your photos soon. We'd love to see some of our Fairmont Teacher's Pets represented.

Good luck! 

Friday, July 15

SUMMER week four: s'more than camp

Learning about water cycles at the Long Beach Aquarium
Making a mural at the Mable Campus 
Taking a break from Volleyball
Getting ready for Cheer Camp
Citron Campers getting goofy at the Long Beach Aquarium
Take a look at these sea creatures! Hello Edgewood Campers!
Campers had s'more fun this week playing volleyball, making their own travel board games and murals in art, visiting "mars" in science and getting their passports stamped at the Long Beach Aquarium!

SCHOOL NEWS the teaching channel film shoot at fairmont

On July 13, 2011, Wingspan Pictures, the production company working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create programming for The Teaching Channel, visited Fairmont to film two teachers.  The footage from Fairmont is slated to appear on The Teaching Channel website, You Tube and Facebook pages, and could be included in a television episode on the PBS program “Great Lesson Ideas” this fall.

Wingspan began by filming two Kindergarten lessons at the Fairmont Anaheim Hills Campus taught by Heather Lopez. The first lesson incorporated an interactive white board to teach students about ordinal numbers in an engaging, dynamic way. The second lesson focused on identifying and understanding consonant-vowel-consonant words through sounding out and then acting out the words as a group. Mrs. Lopez led the students in jogging in place and mopping the floor while the camera crews captured the learning process in action.

Transitioning from Kindergarten to high school, the production company then traveled to Fairmont Preparatory Academy to film math teacher Mark Hassoun teach “The Fundamentals of Triangles and Quadrilaterals” to his summer school geometry class, which is taught in a hybrid online/in-class format. Wingspan cameras captured close-ups of the students using cut-out triangles to represent the angles of a quadrilateral and then followed as Hassoun’s impeccable handwriting filled the white board to visually explain the lesson.

“Being neat and organized in your lecture and using colors to make the white board notes visually appealing are two ways to ensure the success of this lesson, and any geometry lesson,” Hassoun explained to the Wingspan Director during his follow-up interview. He and Lopez had the opportunity to share their teaching tips and tricks along with the story behind their passion for teaching in their individual interviews filmed after the lessons.    

Fairmont Private Schools and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation share a dedication to supporting innovations in learning. Through this participation with The Teaching Channel, Fairmont hopes to demonstrate that belief in innovation by showcasing integrated technology in the classroom, and to support the channel’s founding principle that “inspired teaching, like any great art, should be seen.” 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools  

Wednesday, July 13

SCHOOL NEWS whooping cough vaccination now req'd for 7th-12th grades

This is just a reminder that a new school immunization law requires all students entering 7th through 12th grades in the 2011-2012 school year in California to be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap.

Fairmont 7th-12th grade students will not be able to start school this fall without proof of vaccination. Please schedule your vaccination today:

As stated by the CA State Government-affiliated organization, Shots for School: Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible again to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against pertussis.

The new requirement affects all students – current, new, and transfers – in public and private schools. The law has two phases:
  • For the 2011-2012 school year, all students entering into 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap shot before starting school.
  • For 2012-2013 and future school years, all students entering into 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap shot before starting school.

Friday, July 8

SUMMER week three: under the stars

Fairmont Campers and Counselors are Number 1!
In honor of America's Independence, the third week of Fairmont Summer Programs was one giant celebration of Americana with field trips to an Angels baseball game and Corona del Mar Beach. We all enjoyed teaching our international students about hot dogs, the 7th inning stretch, and of course, the Rally Monkey!

Go Angels!
For most of our campers, the beach trip is their favorite field trip. Making sandcastles, catching sand crabs and teaming up with buddies to splash counselors with buckets of water are some of the best summer camp memories. Our apologies if you are planning a beach trip yourself this weekend--we may have brought all of the sand back on the bus with us!

A perfect day at the beach!
Summer camp science was a blast doing experiments surrounding space and rockets. Campers were even transported to Mars to analyze tasty space samples--learning has never been so yum, we mean fun! The art mosaics our campers made were also out of this world!

For Friday Fun Day on-campus for our preschool and junior kindergarten students, campers enjoyed a visit from Build-a-Bear! What a fun party favor from America's birthday party this week at Fairmont Summer Programs.
You know it's been a great week when this is what the bus looks like heading back to campus!
Have a great weekend and see you next week!

SCHOOL NEWS bill and melinda gates foundation plans to film fairmont teachers

The fact that Fairmont Private Schools has some of the best teachers around is something we've known for years.  We've also been proud to share our innovative approach to technology; blending online and in-class learning experiences to reach out to 21st century learners.  Now, the cat is out of the bag in a big way!  This June, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, working on behalf of The Teaching Channel, requested to film some of our K-2nd and high school teachers in action. The Teaching Channel is a video showcase -- on the Internet and TV -- of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools.

On July 13, Wingspan Pictures, the production company working with the Foundation, will be visiting the Anaheim Hills campus to film Heather Lopez teaching an interactive Kindergarten lesson using an interactive whiteboard.  In the afternoon, they will head over to Fairmont Preparatory Academy to film Mark Hassoun teaching "The Fundamentals of Triangles" to his summer geometry class using Fairmont's hybrid online/in-class format.  Both Heather and Mark were required to meet certain qualifications set by the Foundation and had to submit detailed lesson plans for approval.  Special thanks to them for their willingness to jump on board with this project!  

Fairmont's footage will eventually appear on the Teaching Channel website, You Tube and Facebook pages and could be included in a television episode on the program "Great Lesson Ideas" this fall. Fairmont is incredibly proud of our amazing teachers and honored to have the opportunity to share what they do so well!

Contributed by Alyssa, Marketing 

Friday, July 1

SUMMER week two: where the wild things are

Tuesday Swim Day
This week kicked off the first week of Fairmont's 6-week summer school program. Students pre-kindergarten through 8th grade joined Fairmont teachers in school-year readiness programs focusing on reading, writing and math. At the high school level, subject specific hybrid courses began this week allowing students to get ahead over the summer by taking challenging for-credit courses.
Students wearing their tie-dye masterpieces at today's field trip to the LA Zoo

Summer campers played basketball, made paper mache creatures, tie-dyed camp shirts and experimented with UV beads in this week's "Where the Wild Things Are" themed week of camp.

Some of the Wild Things at the Zoo -- Love these monkey faces!
Today's field trip to the LA Zoo wrapped up this week's Wild Things adventure by seeing where the wild things really are! Campers and counselors loved getting up close with giraffes, gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, hippos and more!

Don't miss next week's "Under the Stars" week of summer camp celebrating America's Independence with a trip to cheer on the Angels! Don't forget, Fairmont is closed on Monday in observance of the July 4th holiday.