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Winter (Break) is Coming

Do you remember 122 days ago when we started the school year? All that hope, optimism, and potential? Well, here it is the end of the semester and we finishing finals so that we can go off to winter break and enjoy some much needed time off. Students have worked hard throughout the semester and have done that last minute cramming to be prepared for final exams. But come the end of this week they don’t have to think about any of that for a few weeks.

Our seniors feel it the most as they have been doing all of the school work but have the added expectation of completing their college applications. In fact, some of our students who have applied Early Action or Early Decision have already received some good news which makes winter break even more enjoyable. There are still a few more applications to complete, but for the most part, our students are ready to get all of their applications to be reviewed.

As with any break, we encourage you to let your kids be kids. Enjoy the holidays together and don’t stress about school. For parents of seniors, enjoy these moments before they head off to college next year and come home to a new dynamic. It may be Southern California, but put a fire in the fireplace and embarrass your kids by watching some old home movies. Go out to dinner together and reconnect as parents and children, not as parents and students. Parents, help shield your children from the questions of where they are going to college, most likely they don’t know yet as it is in the college’s hands. Students, you can tell everyone you are going to become a long-haul truck driver and see this beautiful country.

Most importantly though, enjoy the break. Do everything or nothing at all — your choice. But leave the schoolwork aside for a few weeks. No test prep, no resume building, just a break. Binge watch that show you’ve been hearing about for months. Go to the movies. Head down to the beach and watch the sunset. Sleep in late. Overeat. Play games with the family. Hang with friends. And then come back to us rested and ready for the second semester. Have a great winter break Huskies, and we will see you in 2019!

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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.”