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November/December 2017 Volume 12

Principal William Rice Assistant Principals Aaron Blankenship Jen Mott Rebecca Salyers

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Austin Sanders

Principal’s Press It is hard to believe the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year is almost complete. The students and staff at Fairfield Senior High School are off to a great start. The staff are working hard to understand the results of last year’s End of Course Testing to better prepare the students for the End of Course exams that will be administered in the spring of 2018. There will be an opportunity for re-tests this fall for some students, please look for more information in the near future on your student’s progress towards the graduation pathways requirements. We have much as a school, district, and community to be proud of. Our sports teams are in the thick of league championship battles, our band is working so hard for their championship run at the end of October, and the Show Choirs are gearing up for their competition season right around the corner. We are also excited to recognize and celebrate some early successes for our students. This year we recognize five students for being named National Merit Commended Scholars. Ryan Finnerty, Emma Hynes, Benjamin Timmester, Lydia Unklesbay, and Ethan Verquer have tested in the top 2.1 % of approximately 1.6 million students who participated in the 2016 PSAT. These students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success at the next level. These students are a wonderful example of the commitment from our parents, students, and staff and the educational excellence Fairfield City Schools offers. Lastly I want to recognize our teachers work at the beginning CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

The Mission of Fairfield High School, working in collaboration with the home and community, is to instill in all students the desire and skills for academic, character, and social development. This is provided in a safe and nurturing environment that is respectful of each student’s learning style, potential, and cultural diversity in order to cultivate responsible and productive citizens for the future. Indian Enquirer • Issue #1 November/December 2017 Published 5 times per year Fairfield City School District Fairfield Administration Building 4641 Bach Lane Fairfield, OH 45014

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Principal’s Press

11/7/17. . . . . . . . . . . . Teacher In-Service (No Students) 11/22/17. . . . . . . . . . . Conference Exchange (No Students) 11/23 & 11/24/17. . . . Thanksgiving Break

of the school year in the development of what we refer to as our Bold Steps. These are core values that we developed to guide our work as we create a culture and community of innovation. You will continue to hear more about these in the coming months. They are:

12/7/17. . . . . . . . . . . . Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 to 7 pm

• Whole Child: We will focus on discovering each individual’s story to explore passions and inspire resilience.

2/16/18. . . . . . . . . . . . Teacher In-Service (No Students)

• Shared Leadership: We will seek and value input from students, teacher, and the Fairfield Community that empowers problem finders. • Learning Culture: We will foster relationships that encourage trust, risk-taking, creativity, and growth. As always, thank you for entrusting us with your most prized possession, your children. Sincerely, William Rice Principal

12/22/17. . . . . . . . . . . Conference Exchange (No Students) 12/25/17 – 1/1/18 . . . Winter Break 1/2/18. . . . . . . . . . . . . School Resumes 1/15/18. . . . . . . . . . . . Martin Luther King Day – No School 1/22/18. . . . . . . . . . . . End of 1st semester

2-19-18 . . . . . . . . . . . . President’s Day – No School 2-23-18 . . . . . . . . . . . . Progress Reports 3-27-18 . . . . . . . . . . . . End of 3rd Quarter 3/30 – 4/6/18 . . . . . . . Spring Break 4/9/18. . . . . . . . . . . . . School Resumes after Spring Break 4/16/18. . . . . . . . . . . . Teacher In-Service (No Students) 5/7/18. . . . . . . . . . . . . Progress Reports 5/28/18. . . . . . . . . . . . Memorial Day – No School 6/4/18. . . . . . . . . . . . . Last Day for Seniors 6/7/18. . . . . . . . . . . . . End of 2nd Semester – Last day for all students 6/9/18. . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduation, Cintas Center, Xavier University

3 MANUFACTURING DAY FIELD TRIP October 6th, 2017 was National Manufacturing Day and two Fairfield companies open their doors for our students. Manufacturing and Engineering students in Mr. Reed’s and Mr. Swope’s class visited Intellitrak and Art Metals Group. Pictured below is FHS alum Tom Robertson explaining about manufacturing process being used today.

4 MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS TO NOTE! UPCOMING CONCERTS: Please join us in the Performing Arts Center for all our upcoming concerts. Concerts are free and open to the public. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm • December 11 – Combined Choral and Orchestra Concert • December 12 – Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble Concert • December 13 – Orchestra Concert • December 14 – Freshman Band and High School Concert Winds Concert


Congratulations to the Marching Band on a fantastic season! We will be celebrating at our banquet on November 8th! Good luck to all students auditioning for District XIII Honor Bands on December 2nd!


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The Senior Class will be hosting its annual blood drive on Monday, November 27, 2017, from 8:00 am 12:30 pm. Any 17-18 year old Fairfield Student (with a permission slip) is encouraged to donate. We will raise over 115 units of much needed blood.


Qualified students can take courses in Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCPlus) program and earn college credit in grades 7-12. Fairfield High School will be offering informational sessions on Thursday, December 7th in the Community Room. At 5 pm, a Cincinnati State representative will present on taking college courses at the high school. At 6 pm, a representative from Miami Hamilton will present on taking courses at a college campus. Attending this meeting is a prerequisite to students being able to participate in the program.


The Drama Department is so excited for our two fall productions. We have over 45 students involved this season and each of them are ready to showcase their craft and talent. Our first production of the year. Inside Voice, will be presented in the NEW Freshman School auditorium on November 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm. This production will be followed up by our student’s production of 12 Angry Jurors, which will be held on November 16, 17 & 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the FHS PAC. Both production are going to be great – you don’t want to miss either. In other Drama News: Four of our FHS seniors: Maddie Lail, Tyler Moore, Anna Chambers and Grace Roy are currently preparing to direct for our student directed One-Act festival. They will hold auditions November 28 & 29, 2017 at 2:45 in the FHS PAC. All our Welcome to audition.


Congratulations to Julie McQueen and Susan Lindberg on receiving a grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Governing Board and the Learning Links Grant Review Committee to help fund their project, Reading for the Future. We thank them for their dedication, motivation, and commitment to the children of our community.


Asian American Association is hard at work preparing for the 2018 Dance and Cultural Show! Mark your calendars, the show will be Saturday, March 24th at 7:00 in the Fairfield Freshman School Auditorium.


Once again this year, Fairfield High Schools debate club, known as the Junior State of America (JSA) is tackling controversial topics head on with civility and respect. Each Friday, students from grades 9-12 meet to participate in formal debates on topics ranging from abortion, gun policy, and even the current friction over how the NFL and the nation should respond to those “taking a knee” during the National Anthem. Additionally, FHS once again will lead all schools in Butler County in signing up seniors who will volunteer to work at the polls on election day, this November 7th. The student pollworker program has been drawing young people into full civic responsibility for years know and a recent article in the JOURNAL NEWS highlights Fairfield’s accomplishments. • “Tammy Cuevas, Butler County Board of Elections Community Outreach coordinator, said the student program gives students a “great, hands-on learning opportunity about our democracy and the Board of Election gets tech-savvy poll workers” that frequently continue to serve for years. • “The program gives kids an opportunity to start learning about community service and involvement while they are young,” she said. “It is an introduction to the fulfillment that helping others can provide and, in many cases, is the beginning of a lifetime of service.” • Fairfield High School social studies teacher Daniel Jacobs helped the elections office recruit more than 120 Fairfield students for last year’s election and about half ended up working the polls. He believes he and the other teachers in

the social studies department can recruit just as many for this year’s local election. • “We do have a huge school to draw from, so that’s a piece of it,” said Jacobs of being able to recruit dozens of students. “We have a real strong social studies department and we just take it very seriously.” • He and his fellow department teachers instruct students that government “is something you do, not something you read about.” • According to the 2016 Ohio Civic Health Index, the state’s citizenry are not civically engaged. The report shows that most eligible Ohioans are registered to vote, but many fail to show up on Election Day. Local election years, such as this year, often see the lowest voter turnout compared to presidential elections, such as in 2016, that see the highest turnout. • Jacobs said there’s apathy among American citizens, “and it’s growing.” • He said student volunteers, and non-students who sign up to be poll workers, will “see that process play out right in front of their faces, and it’s pretty cool to see.” • “With rights comes responsibilities,” Jacobs said, adding that many of the poll workers are members of the Greatest Generation — who are from the World War II generation — which is rapidly decreasing in numbers every year. • “If nobody is going to do (volunteer) … we’re going to see many more problems,” he said. “The goal is to create a habit of citizenship.”

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8 The Tutoring Club of Fairfield High School will experiment this year with free ACT practice for interested students. The tutors will be seniors who scored well on the test last year. ACT books and tests will be available for the students to use on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Tutors will be guided by Mr. Simmins who taught an ACT preparatory course for years at the high school. Students will receive practice in their junior English class in the spring. However, seniors who are retaking the exam or sophomores and juniors who wish to get a head start are all welcome. As this is an experiment, please be patient as the tutors, who will be working the National Honor Society, will have to work out the kinks.


Donna Martin, Bullying and Harassment Officer for the Fairfield City School District, will present an information session open to the community. The program, titled Understanding Bullying and Harassment Policies – A Guide for Parents, is designed to educate community members about policies and procedures currently in place to address bullying and harassment complaints. During November, this information will be offered at several times and locations throughout the district, and all are welcome to attend. The program schedule is as follows: • Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, South Elementary – Media Center • Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, East Elementary – Media Center • Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, FFS - Auditorium • Monday, November 27, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, FHS – Media Center

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