Showing posts with label School News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label School News. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 4

SCHOOL NEWS mable students portray water conservation through art

The City of Anaheim's Water is Life 2011 Poster Contest Results are in and the Fairmont Mable Campus has six winners this year! 

Congratulations to the following students:
1st Grade
Aimy D.  2nd Place

2nd Grade
Ryan C.- 2nd Place

3rd Grade
Alexisse Y.- 1st Place

4th Grade
Tiffany K.- 1st Place

5th Grade
Tammie N.- 1st Place

6th Grade
Tara F.-3rd Place

All students will be honored on May 25 at Angel's Stadium.1st place winners receive $100 savings bond.
All winners will receive a trophy at the pregame on May 25th.

The winning posters will be on exhibit in the lobby of City Hall West, 201 S. Anaheim Blvd., for the entire month of May. For more information, visit the City of Anaheim's website

Contributed by Mrs. Gormin, Mable Campus 

Friday, April 29

SCHOOL NEWS edgewood debaters recognized at national championship

The Edgewood debate team competed in the annual Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP) National Championship which took place on April 16th at Claremont McKenna College.  Representing the Eagles were 8th graders Nick., Kieran M., Alison R., Francisco B., Liam M., and 7th grader Amanda M.

All teams present had to qualify for this event at the local level.  We are part of the Orange County Debate League, and we were lucky to send two teams.  We are proud of all of the schools in the OCDL (a Fairmont-created debate league):  Anaheim Hills was allowed three teams, while Pegasus (in its first year) was able to send one.

At this event, there were 59 teams (177 students) from all over the country.  Our debaters took on the best of the best and should be very proud of their accomplishments.   Please see the information below for specific awards and a "sunny" photo of the group. 

Team Awards:
20th place: Anaheim Hills CTL
17th place: Anaheim Hills KWJ 
15th place: Pegasus JFG
11th place: Edgewood MMF: Kieran M., Amanda M., Nick F.
8th place: Anaheim Hills BCP 

Speaker Awards:
34th place: Francisco B.

Our final debate is this Saturday April 30th - the OCDL Championship held at Fairmont Anaheim Hills. We hope to see you all there!

Contributed by Mr. Hughes, Debate Coach 

SCHOOL NEWS edgewood shines at the oc science fair

On April 6th 2011, Edgewood's 16 top science fair students headed to the Orange County Fairgrounds to present their projects in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF).  The OCSEF is an annual event organized to encourage the youth of our county to learn about science and to consider a career in science or engineering.  The competition involves presenting a scientific project completed by the student to a variety of board and special judges who are scientists, engineers, and educators in industry and schools in and around southern California. 

Following the judging, students patiently awaited the awards ceremony the following Sunday, April 10th.  The results of this year's competition were another amazing success by Edgewood students!  Of the 16 Edgewood students presenting at the OCSEF, 9 qualified for the California State Science Fair in May.  What follows are the listing of the awards taken by our students at the OCSEF. 

Student Awards: 
Kieran M. won First Place in the Electricity and Electronics category.  He also won the SPIE the International Society for Optics & Photonics: First Place award.
Amanda C. won First Place in the Microbiology and Cell Biology category.  She also won a UCI School of Biological Sciences Award.
Meghana K. won First Place in the Product Testing category.
Nicholas I. won First Place in the Environmental Science / Ecology category.
Alison R. won Second Place in the Mathematics and Software category.
Christopher T. won Second Place in the Fluids/Aerodynamics/Thermodynamics category.  He also won a special U.S. Air Force Award.
Ethan M. won Second Place in the Applied Mechanics/Structures & Mechanisms/Manufacturing category.
Lam N. won Second Place in the Electricity and Electronics category.
Parisa B. won Third Place in the Applied Mechanics/Structures & Mechanisms/Manufacturing.  She also won a special OC Engineering Council Award.
Amanda M. won Honorable Mention in the Pharmacology category.  She also won a special Office of Naval Research Award.
Francisco B. won Honorable Mention in the Environmental Science/Ecology category.  He also won a special National Water Research Institute Award.
Chase W. won Honorable Mention in the Chemistry category.
Jonathan B. won Honorable Mention in the Applied Mechanics/Structures & Mechanisms/Manufacturing category.  He also won a special an American Vacuum Society Award, a National Association of Corrosion Engineers: Second Place Award, and a Office of Naval Research Award award.
Komal P. won Honorable Mention in the Product Testing category.
Joseph R. won an Office of Naval Research Award award.

That's four 1st place awards, four 2nd place awards, one 3rd place awards, and five honorable mentions.  This was enough medals to ensure that Edgewood kept the trophy for Most Outstanding Junior High School at the OCSEF.  For the fourth year, that trophy sits proudly in the front office, where it will remain until the next OCSEF competition.  Congratulations Edgewood! 

Contributed by Jonna, Edgewood Campus 

Monday, April 18

SCHOOL NEWS week of the young child highlights

Fairmont celebrated The Week of the Young Child April 10-16 with special projects and activities to highlight the 2011 national theme: Early Years are Learning Years. The Week of the Young Child, now in its 40th year, is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with the purpose of drawing public attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
Fairmont's Anaheim Hills, Citron, Edgewood and Mable campuses all celebrated their youngest learners with an array of events and activities including a balloon release at the Anaheim Hills campus, an International Food and Fashion Fair at Citron, a carnival at Edgewood, and special "buddy" reader visits at Mable.

Monday, April 11

SCHOOL NEWS oc science fair results

The results of the Orange County Science Fair were announced this weekend, and many Fairmont students were recognized. The Edgewood Campus was named Top Junior High School in Orange County for the fourth year in a row! Additionally the following students earned individual awards: 

Anaheim Hills 
Kyle C.-First Place 
Emily W.-Fourth Place 
Nick C.-National Association of Corrosion Engineers: Second Place
Nikhil P.-OC Engineering Council Special Award
Kayla B.-National Water Research Institute Special Award 

Amanda C.-First Place 
Nicholas I.-First Place 
Meghana K.-First Place 
Kieran M.-First Place 
Ethan M.-Second Place 
Lam N.-Second Place 
Alison R.-Second Place 
Christopher T.-Second Place 
Parisa B.-Third Place 
Jonathan B.-Fourth Place 
Francisco B.-Fourth Place 
Amanda M.-Fourth Place 
Komal P.-Fourth Place 
Chase W.-Fourth Place 
Joseph R.-Office of Naval Research Special Award

Kile Y.-First Place 
Katie M.-First Place 
Sonam P.-First Place 
Nelson L.-Second Place 
Vasiliki C.-Third Place 
Derrick L.-Third Place 
Meeran I.-Fourth Place 
Alec H.-Fourth Place 
Jessica C.-Fourth Place 
Meera M.-CH2M-Hill Company Special Award
Bradley J.-American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Special Award

Congratulations to everyone who participated! For more information check out this article from the OC Register. 

Contributed by Alyssa, Marketing 

Tuesday, March 1

SCHOOL NEWS edgewood speller places eighth in county bee

Eighth grader Alison R. of Fairmont's Edgewood campus bravely spelled down 42 of the county’s best spellers, making it to the final round of the fourty-eighth annual Orange County Scripps National Spelling Bee. Fifty finalists, from twenty-eight public schools and seven private schools, competed Saturday, February 26 at the Orange County Department of Education. Alison placed 8th overall in the county.  She received a plaque and a cash award for her valiant efforts.

Contributed by Yvonne, Edgewood campus

Wednesday, February 16

SCHOOL NEWS edgewood cheerleaders take second place at uca national competition

Three cheers for our Edgewood cheerleaders who took home SECOND PLACE at the UCA National Competition in Orlando, Florida this weekend! Check out their winning routine above.

The girls have worked very hard this year and we are very proud of them!  Since October, they were able to win 1st place at Tustin Tiller Days, 1st place in the Southern CA Regional Competition, 2nd place in the CA State Competition, and now 2nd at the National Competition.


Contributed by Alyssa, Marketing

Wednesday, February 9

SCHOOL NEWS anaheim hills student attends u.s. national soccer team camp

Congratulations to 8th Grader, Dylan S.!
Anaheim Hills’ Dylan Smith returned home this week after taking part in the U.S. Soccer Under-14 Boys' National Team's international training session in Guadalajara, Mexico.  The training, held January 16-23, included eight days of training and a series of friendly matches against local youth clubs, including Atlas and Chivas de Guadalajara.

Every player on the roster was born in 1997, and were identified through the yearly player identification camp (held August 2010) and U.S. Soccer Training Centers.  Dylan, an eighth-grade student at Fairmont Private School-is among nine Californians on the team, but is the lone player from Orange County.

Dylan, 14, was invited to train with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) from Southern California in 2008.  He has been training with them ever since, and last year he was invited to try out for the regional team-representing Southern California.  From there, he was invited to train with other regional teams and to try out for the national team.

Article from the OC Register

Monday, February 7

SCHOOL NEWS anaheim hills debate team takes first place overall school award

On Saturday, February 5th, the Anaheim Hills debate team competed in the Winter Classic Debate Tournament, hosted by the Fairmont Edgewood campus.  Anaheim Hills was one of 7 schools in attendance that equaled 30 3-person teams and 90 individual speakers.  Other schools who participated in the competition included Heritage Oak, Pegasus, Fairmont Mable, Fairmont Edgewood, and the two newest schools to the Orange County Debate League (OCDL),  Buena Park and Westpark.  Awards were given to the top 10 teams and to the top 30 individual speakers.  There were also 3 tournament awards given to the schools with the highest percentage of wins per number of individual teams they brought.  The Overall School award was given to the school with the highest number of wins.  

And here are the Anaheim Hills debate team results:

Speaker Awards:
1st Place—Kayla B. (this is the THIRD tournament in a row that an AH student has won the Golden Gavel, and Kayla’s second.)
2nd Place—Sassoon P.
3rd Place—River C.
4th Place—Lauren L.
5th Place—Yvonne K.
8th Place—Nicky C.
11th Place—Emily W.
18th Place—Alice J.
26th Place—Kyle P.
27th Place—Jia Xuan L.
28th Place—Timothy K.
29th Place—Jon S.

Team Awards
1st Place—Kayla B., River C., Sassoon P.
6th Place—Kenny D., Emily W., Timothy K.
8th Place—Nicky C., Lauren L., Yvonne K.
10th Place—Alice J., Jia Xuan L., Austin L.

Tournament Award
2nd Place—Anaheim Hills

Overall School Award

Congratulations to our fantastic team! The next OCDL tournament will be on Sunday, March 27th at Serra Catholic in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Contributed by Kristi, Education 

Tuesday, January 25

SCHOOL NEWS new elementary science curriculum

This year Fairmont has begun implementing a new elementary science curriculum.  Designed by our science specialty teachers, it incorporates the latest in best practices for teaching science, encourages technology use and promotes an inquiry-based learning approach.   Exploratory, hands-on, project-based, - are all terms that describe it.  Inquiry-based learning is student-centered, a brain-based learning approach focusing on questioning, critical thinking, and problem solving. 

There is an old adage that says, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.”  When we involve students (using the inquiry-based method) in the processes of science, they really do understand and they get excited about what they are learning.   Involvement requires skills and attitudes that enable students to ask relevant questions and seek appropriate resolutions.  These habits of mind go well beyond memorizing facts and information.   

Chief among the misconceptions associated with inquiry-based learning is that it just “fluff and stuff.” Nothing could be further from the truth.  Our primary goal at the elementary level is to teach the students the processes of science – how to observe, record, question, test, analyze – real world skills needed more than ever before.  The textbook becomes just a resource not the central focus of this kind of learning.  Assessments look different and measure different things

The knowledge base for science is constantly changing and expanding.  New ideas and discoveries are daily occurrences. No one can ever learn it all.  Today’s students need the skills and the ability to continue learning.  “What we know” is not nearly as important as “how we come to know.”

We want parents, students and our teachers to understand the intention of and goals for our new science curriculum.  We are on a journey of discovery, an exciting one, but it will take time to reach our destination.  

Warmest regards,

Sandy Cosgrove
Director of Education


Friday, January 21

SCHOOL NEWS re-cap: chalk talk with chef tanya

Last night we were pleased to host Chef Tanya Petrovna, owner and Executive Chef of Native Foods at our Anaheim Hills campus for a Chalk Talk about healthy eating for families. Tanya's energy for life and passion for good food radiated throughout the room from the minute she arrived. I had the pleasure of hearing stories about her decision to rescue a diabetic dog from the pound and her adventures in her yoga class earlier that day and learned that Tanya is definitely a woman who practices what she preaches.

Tanya kicked off our Chalk Talk with the story behind Native Foods--a restaurant chain that grew from Tanya's exposure to whole foods as a child and her love for animals and the environment. She knew she wanted to create a healthy, sustainable, vegetarian restaurant alternative on every corner, but she didn't know exactly how to get there. So Tanya looked to the wise words of Ghandi ("If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning") and drew the inspiration to just start somewhere and believe that the right path would be revealed to her. Now Tanya's restaurant is a huge success with 7 current locations and many new locations in the works.

Chef Tanya shared some tips about making small changes in your life to help you and your family start eating more healthily. Some of her recommendations were:
  • To start the day off with oatmeal as a great source of whole grains 
  • To always keep legumes around the house (lentils, beans, chick peas, etc) 
  • To incorporate more leafy greens in your diet 
  • To make sugars a once-a-week treat for children instead of a daily expectation 

To learn more, please visit Chef Tanya's blog. Thank you to everyone who attended this Chalk Talk, and here's to a happy and healthy 2011!

Contributed by Alyssa, Marketing

Friday, January 7

SCHOOL NEWS kindergarten readiness

Contributed by Heather Churney, Anaheim Hills

Thursday, December 16

SCHOOL NEWS anaheim hills debaters dominate eagle invitational

The Anaheim Hills Debate Team brought home the Golden Gavel Award and the Overall School award at the Eagle Invitational debate tournament on Sunday, December 12. Hosted by Fairmont Edgewood campus and held at Fairmont Prep Academy, the tournament was attended by seven schools: Fairmont AH, Fairmont Edgewood, Fairmont Mable, Hebrew Academy, Heritage Oak, Pegasus, and Serra Catholic.  

There were 33 teams made up of 98 individual speakers.  Awards were given to the top 10 teams, top 24 speakers, as well as the Tournament Award (total number of wins) and the Overall School award (highest percentage of wins). 

“I want to especially thank my assistant coach, Lulu Crawford, for the many hours she has spent  helping the kids to research and formulate outstanding arguments, and to my Team Mom, Lisa Ngo, for her constant support in coordinating and providing snacks for our students at practices and tournaments,” said Debate Coach Kristi Mead.

Fairmont debate teams’ next event will be an Inter-League tournament with Inland-Valley Debate League (IVDL), which was the original league to which AH and Edgewood belonged before the creation of the OCDL.  The tournament will be held at Walton Middle School in Compton on February 5, 2011.

Contributed by Danyelle, Marketing

Wednesday, December 15

SCHOOL NEWS introducing blackboard library pages

New Blackboard Library Pages!
The new Blackboard Library Pages for use at home and at school are exciting new educational tools that make learning even more fun!  Found on the Blackboard tabs as Kidzone or Teenzone, students will be able to access information in our 21st Century Online Library.  Students can find books that are available in their school library, practice their math, reading and science skills, and access many research sites and tools to aid in writing and organizing research papers.  If you are interested in digital books, educational videos, online periodicals or current events, Kidzone and Teenzone have links to hundreds of these, along with links to (and educational) games and activities!  We encourage you to log on to Blackboard ( today!

(Photo from Cochranton Area Public Library)

Contributed by Sandee, Anaheim Hills Campus

Monday, December 13

SCHOOL NEWS fairmont's holiday generosity makes headlines

If the true spirit of the holidays is love, generosity and acceptance of others, then Fairmont students are no grinches. For the 11th consecutive year, kids from all five of Fairmont's preschool-12th grade campuses collected toys for the children of CHOC hospital and handed them over to 45 santas-on-wheels from the OC HOG chapter on Friday, December 10.  This year's Toy Run was a huge success thanks to the generosity of Fairmont's students, teachers and staff and the coordinating efforts of Judy Coderre, Fairmont's Reprographics Department Manager.  Read the OC Register's coverage of the event at the Anaheim Hills campus and the Edgewood campus

Contributed by Danyelle, Marketing

Wednesday, December 1

SCHOOL NEWS mable winter concert invitation

The holidays are just around the corner, and the Mable Campus would like to cordially invite you to attend our Winter Concert!

Wednesday December 8, 9am and 6:30pm: 1st and 2nd Grade Winter Musicals 

Wednesday December 15, 9am and 6:30pm:  Instrumental Holiday Concert featuring our beginning 6th grade strings, wind and brass classes, our Mable Elementary Ensemble, JH Orchestra and soloists

These concerts will last approximately 75 - 90 minutes.

We hope you will enjoy these performances and happy holidays to all of you!

Contributed by Alyssa, Marketing

Friday, November 12

SCHOOL NEWS book signing with sam calavitta

Please join us this Saturday, November 13 at Borders in Yorba Linda from 1pm-4pm for a book signing with our very own Sam Calavitta, one of America's top high school math teachers! Also, when shopping at Borders, please bring in this barcode and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Fairmont Parent Association. We hope to see you there! 

Contributed by Alyssa, Marketing

Friday, November 5

SCHOOL NEWS mable students advance to orange county spelling bee

On Thursday, November 4,  twenty 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students competed in a school-wide spelling bee. Michelle P. bested Nelson L. by spelling “effervescent” and “cinematographer” to take top prize. Both Michelle and Nelson will advance to the Orange County Spelling Bee hosted by the Orange County Department of Education and Scripps. Winners of the Orange County Spelling Bee will advance to Washington, DC for the National Spelling Bee. Rounding out the top, Skylar H. and Nathan K. placed third and Joshua C. and Derrick L. placed fourth. Congratulations to all the spellers!

Contributed by Karen, Mable Campus

Wednesday, October 27

SCHOOL NEWS mable students win top speaker awards

On Saturday, October 23 at The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, Mable’s Speech and Debate team competed in their first debate of the season. The tournament was a “scramble” which means that Mable students were mixed into 3-person teams with students from other schools.  Topics of the debate included “Junk Food Should Be Banned at Schools” and “The United States Should Reinstate the Draft.” Meeran I.’s team won a top team award and Emily L. (in her first debate) and Vasiliki C. won top speaker awards!   The Mable Speech and Debate team is coached by Mrs. Karen O’Hanlon and made up of the following students:  Nick P., Meeran I., Nelson L., Emily L., Ryan H., Joshua C., Kaitlynn C., Justin L., Liza M., Meera M., Vasiliki C., and Dev S. We are so proud of this awesome team and wish them all the best in their future competitions! 

Contributed by Karen, Mable Campus

Monday, October 25

SCHOOL NEWS anaheim hills cougar chorus sings at senior center

On Saturday, Oct 23, 62 members of the Anaheim Hills Cougar Chorus spent their Saturday morning singing at the Sunrise Senior Living Center in Yorba Linda.  Fairmont’s chorus entertained residents with songs including “Simple Gifts” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” After a short ensemble performance, chorus members paired-up with “grandmas” and “grandpas” to play hand-clapping games and sing silly songs.  This is the first off-site performance for the Cougar Chorus which is made up of children from third-fifth grade and is conducted by Anaheim Hills Music Specialist Mrs. SarahLynn Zavoral.
Contributed by Danyelle, Marketing