Fairfield ISD

Thu
10
Aug

FISD utilizes new technology

Several Fairfield ISD teachers took a summer training class to learn to use the new Google Expeditions Virtual Reality Kits.
Courtesy photo

Thanks to a $10,000 grant Fairfield teachers are learning to utilize new technology for the upcoming school year. Fairfield Junior High School Media Specialist Tammy Gawryszewski wrote the Region 12 Technology Foundation Grant and hosted summer training sessions for the 30 virtual reality kits the district received.
Through Google, students can enjoy virtual field trips to more than 640 locations in – and out – of this world.
“VR is not to take the place of traditional lessons, but to enhance and improve on the experience,” said Gawryszewski. “VR makes the lessons memorable.”
Google Expedition Virtual Reality Kits currently offer 640 free field trips. The 360 degree panoramas and 3D images allow students to explore incredible locations while the teacher guides them along.
Included field trips are:

Thu
10
Nov

Eagles lose "clawing" battle 25-16

Akeem Jackson, 15, heads up field for some of his 91 yards rushing last Friday night in Lorena. Helping pave the way for him are Jacob Gomez, 50, and Austin Hale, 79.

Photo by Avery Peterson

The Lorena Leopards are the (7-3) (5-0), undefeated District 9-4A, DII Champions of 2016, but last Friday night in Lorena, they barely hung on in a fierce "clawing battle" with our underdog Fairfield Eagles! As has often been the case this season, with this young and oft injured group of Eagles gridiron warriors, they fell quickly into a 12-0 hole to start the game.

However, instead of wilting, they clawed back fiercely and outplayed the champs on their own home turf for the remainder of the game - three plus quarters of hard-hitting action!

Those first 12 points were obtained despite a great game plan and start by Fairfield. The Eagles took the opening kickoff, and methodically used 4:27 of game clock, as they earned three first downs and gobbled up 56 yards of football real estate, before turning the ball over on downs at the Leopards 20 yard line.

Wed
20
Jul

2016 high school football Eagle style

Gridiron clashes don't come any tougher or more revealing than Fairfield's opening game in a little over a month from now! The strengths and weaknesses of Eagle football fortunes for 2016 will be on display before the first breezes of September sweep across the fields.

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Wed
20
Jul

Trustees OK track project, talk STAAR

The newly installed football field (pictured above) is ready for the 2016-17 football season thanks to Hellas Construction.

Photo courtesy of Hellas

Despite an unbudgeted setback with the track and field at Fairfield High School, trustees gave the go ahead to Hellas Construction to replace the track and asphalt after it was found that water damage had caused cracks under the surface. The project will cost a total of $179,800.

“It has a good base,” said Hellas representative Paul Schumer at the July 12 meeting. “Water soaked into the porous surface and water is a track's worst enemy. But the base is good and this should fix it for another 28 to 30 years.”

Hellas, who recently replaced the school's football field turf, is set to begin in the next week or so despite the fact that several sports and marching practices will need to be held. Athletic Director John Bachtel said he and the maintenance team have readied the practice field in preparation for the construction.

“This is best for the long-term interest of the district,” said Superintendent Rick Edwards.

Wed
01
Jun

FJH winners named for various awards

Junior high students were honored with various end-of-year awards last week, as well as the prestigious awards that go to an individual from each grade level. Sixth grader Leah King earned the Suzann Leadbetter award; the Johnnie Pye award went to seventh grader Cristal Rosales; and eighth graders Emi Bonner, Erin Rachel, and Conner Jackson earned the Elton Moore award, John Perona Award, and the Jeff McBay award, respectively.
Other awards were given to:

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Wed
01
Jun

Retirements abound at FISD

Alicia Smith (center) talks retirement plans with her party guests last week at the elementary school. Smith, pictured with her husband, Ed (left) are planning to travel and spend more time with their grandchildren.

Photo by April Walker

Five of Fairfield ISD's beloved staff have retired after at least 30 years in the teaching game. Retirements include Alicia Smith, Betty Gentry, Dennis Walsh, Melinda Black, and Brenda Hagen.
Smith spent 25 years as the P.E. teacher at the elementary school.

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Wed
18
May

Prihoda, Reed plan future at A&M

Valedictorian Rowan Prihoda and Salutatorian Jennifer Reed

Graduating at the top of their class was something both Fairfield students planned since junior high. Both are also planning to attend Texas A&M in the fall. Rowan Prihoda was named FHS' Class of 2016 Valedictorian with a 5.62 GPA, while Salutatorian Jennifer Reed earned a 5.50.
Prihoda plans to earn his degree in computer electrical engineering at A&M. “I just want to get out into the workforce, make a living, start a family,” said the senior. “Just go through life.”
Throughout his high school career, Prihoda earned numerous academic achievements including National Merit, UIL state math, and a first place at the state UIL Solo/Ensemble in band.
He was also named Student of the Year at January's Chamber of Commerce banquet, a title he says “caught him unexpectedly.”
“It was very surprising to be named student of the year,” he said.

Wed
18
May

Local student presents stroke info to school board

Cooper Craddick placed first in the District 8 4-H competition with her presentation "Kids have strokes too." She presented this to the FISD school board last week.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Cox

In recognition of Pediatric Stroke month and in honor of Fairfield resident Alex Ward, Cooper Craddick gave a presentation on the disease at last week's school board meeting. Craddick, an intermediate school student, discussed how strokes occur, what it can do to your body, and symptoms of a stroke.
Craddick is a Fairfield 4-H Club member and recently competed at the District 8 4-H Round Up in an educational presentation about health to let everyone know that “Kids have strokes, too.”
She placed first in this competition and was eager to do the presentation again during the month of May.
Strokes can happen at any age – young, old, and even to unborn babies. Strokes are one of the top 10 causes of childhood death and can have lasting effects. There are two main types of strokes, Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. Craddick also talked about TIA – or mini-strokes – which do not cause lasting damage, but should be a warning that a full blown stroke can occur.

Wed
04
May

Students place at regionals, head to state

Five Fairfield High School students placed at the Regional Academic Meet at the end of April, with two advancing to State Academic Meet on May 23-25 at University of Texas at Austin. Pictured are (front) junior Payton Carter, placed 4th in poetry; senior Lori Neill, placed 6th in poetry; and junior Matt Mooneyham, placed 1st in poetry; (back row) junior Nathan Davis, placed 6th in computer applications; and senior Rowan Prihoda, placed 5th in math. Both Mooneyham and Carter will advance to the state meet.
Photo by April Walker

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