Prep Pride: Start of School

After a quiet, somewhat dormant summer at Fairmont Prep, the campus has come alive this week as teachers have returned to prepare for another great school year. The campus has some new improvements, most notably in the gym with a new floor, scoreboard, and the upcoming addition of a video board as well. New shade has been placed on campus to allow students to enjoy lunch outside. Teachers have moved classrooms to bring entire departments together and encourage collaborative work. There is a buzz on campus as we welcome back our returning students and welcome our newest Huskies to Fairmont Prep.

With the start of a new school year, the potential seems limitless. All students begin with straight “A’s” and have the chance to maintain those grades throughout the year. Teachers are excited to try new lessons and new ways in which to engage with the students. The counselors are ready to guide students along and help a new batch of seniors through the college process. Coaches are preparing to put their teams out there to compete after months of planning and practice. Student government has been planning for the first few events on campus and are eager to welcome new and returning students alike.

To help ring in the 2018-2019 school year here is some advice:

Have fun.
If you don’t enjoy the classes you are taking, ask yourself why you take them? Is it to look good on a transcript? That may not be the right answer.

Challenge yourself.
Be aware of what you can really handle. Try that challenging course, but recognize you have other classes and responsibilities to take care of as well.

Get involved.
Find something to do, either on campus or off. Play a sport, join the choir, volunteer, start a club, but do it because you like to do it.

Advocate for yourself.
Only you know what you want and need to be successful. Talk to your teachers, your counselor, your mentors and figure out how to reach those goals.

Support each other.
It is not a race or competition. Be a positive spot for those around you and they, in turn, will be a positive light for you.

Good luck and have a great school year!

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”