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February 1st, 2017

Parent Teacher Conference Dinner

FPO is coordinating a Lasagna dinner to feed the teachers and staff on February 8th during Parent Teacher Conferences. We are in need of lasagna and salads. Please click this link to sign up to bring a dish.



Your generous donations to the annual "Knight Quest" fund raising drive have been distributed to help with over 30 mini-grant requests! Your generosity allows the FPO to evaluate and award requests from faculty and staff throughout the building. It is our intention to responsibly allocate all donations in any given year. Our teachers are grateful for your kindness and support.

I'd love to say thank you to all the parents who donated on behalf of the Counseling, College and Career Center, the Peer Counseling program, and Sources of Strength club. We have been able to pay for staff support in the CCC with your generous donation which allows us to help students in grades 9-12 with exploring their interests in high school as well as planning for after high school. The money granted to the Peer Counseling class has supported our annual training along with a school climate project this year where we are sending birthday notes and candy to every student and staff member in the school among other things. The Sources of Strength club has used the money to support our Wellness Day at the end of the semester in addition to creating a trusted adult display that we are almost finished with among other things.

Thank you so much to all the parents who donated to the FPO in order to support our students. We are using the money to support students and help improve the school climate. We really could not do as much as we do without your financial support.

Thank you so much!
Ashley Houston

This year, the FPO mini grant allowed my students to study French Impressionism and have a painting project to try to fully experience painting as an Impressionist. It is always really fun and engaging! We create our own Impressionist museum at school!

The FPO mini grant will also permit the French department to purchase books for our students to discover, read and study French literature. For instance, our French 3 pre IB students are reading " Notre Dame de Paris" ( Victor Hugo) during the second semester and will be writing a play about it after Spring break. It is a great project to know who Victor Hugo was : Students improve so much in French and are really connected with French history, culture and literature. Having a real book in their hands make a big difference! Thank you for your donations!

Laurence Delaunay Masters
French instructor

I received a FPO mini grant to lessen the stress in my classroom so my students can focus on their learning and not their grade. I was able to buy a bunch of thinking or fidgeting toys, i.e. thinking putty. My students absolutely love it!! I also used the money to have a little tea station in my classroom. Last week was the first time we tried it out and my students were so so so happy to have a little tea while they were learning. I truly appreciate and I am so thankful for the FPO mini grant! It has really helped my students reduce their stress levels. Thank you so much and my Teen Challenges students thank you too!

Kari Costello
Family & Consumer Science Teacher

Sending a great big "THANK YOU" to the FPO for all the generous support the science department has received. The teachers at Fairview are so lucky to work with such a remarkable population of students - and we are thankful that we live in a community that clearly values education.

Steve Wozniak

Thank you so much from the Intensive Learning Center!!! The students have been shopping for groceries and cooking together. They have been catching the bus, going to the library, visiting friends, and improving their skills to be more independent. Your grant has been crucial for this and we appreciate it very much :)

Best regards,
Judy, Essie and Dallas

Dear Parents,

Please know that thanks to you, our French 2 students will be able to discover a novel by Alexandre Dumas. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to purchase enough novels for a class set.

Merci mille fois!

The French Department

Dear Fairview Parents,

My name is Kate Jordan and I am a Sophomore on Student Council. I applied for and received an FPO mini-grant for $323 to buy a mascot costume for the school!

Thank you so much for your support. It just arrived and it looks great! I'm going to take a couple of weeks to make some edits to it, for example, I am adding an "F" for Fairview on the shield. I am currently searching for a responsible student wear the costume and represent Fairview. The Student Council thanks you for your support!

Kate Jordan
Sophomore Class Vice President

Thank you to the FPO for your support of our Student Achievement Center! With your help we were able to buy much needed supplies for our resource room as well as new ACT prep books. All resources and supplies in the SAC are free and available to all students so every FHS student can benefit from your kind donations! We are thankful that we live in a community that clearly values its children and their education.

Courtney Nicholson and the Student Achievement Center

The Language Arts department is enormously grateful to the Fairview Parent Organization for their generous grant, which allowed us to purchase 100 Chromebooks for our students to use during class. Our students are already feeling the positive impact of this gift, as we are able to use write, read online, and do research just about whenever we need to, rather than having to plan ahead to reserve the machines. Please accept our heartfelt thanks!

Fairview Booster Secretary Position

Attention Fairview parents:

I have been the Treasurer for the Fairview Booster Club for the last 2.5 years and am looking to find my replacement, since my son is graduating. The Booster Club will need a new treasurer next year. This is an easy position (under 3 hours a month). Quicken or bookkeeping experience is a plus, but not required. If you would like to learn more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity please contact me, Pam, at 303.444.2240 or [email protected].

Thank you,
Pam Vogel

Counseling Office and College/Career Center News

A sample of the new announcements from our “Counseling and College/Career Center” website is listed below. For more information and a complete list of resources, follow this link: http://www.fairviewhs.org/counseling)

JUNIOR AND SOPHOMORE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES: Mark your calendar to attend a Fairview special event with college planning speaker, Peter Van Buskirk!! On Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 6:30 pm, BVSD presents noted author, speaker, and former Dean of Admissions at Franklin and Marshall College, Peter Van Buskirk. He will speak about student-centered solutions for college planning and the inside story of college admissions and financing. He provides solid recommendations for choosing and applying to college. It is hosted at Fairview High’s Auditorium. All BVSD students high school students are welcome, and is especially recommended for juniors and their parents. Doors open at 6:00pm. See the program's website here.

SAT TEST COLORADO STATE ASSESSMENT FOR JUNIORS: 11TH graders can review a detailed email that was sent to junior students and families, from Lisa Opperman, for information on the SAT test. This SAT is the Colorado State Assessment and is given to all Juniors on April 11, here at Fairview. This email contains links to the pdf instructions for choosing the SAT with essay writing option, which must be chosen on the student’s online SAT account by February 12. All juniors are pre-registered for SAT (no writing), April 11. Email [email protected] for questions.

8th GRADE STUDENTS EVENING OF TRANSITION: Feb. 15, 2017. Future Fairview students and their families are encouraged to attend this important program for an overview of Course Selection. Counselors visit middle schools during the spring semester for actual online course selection for 8th graders. Details are on Fairviewhs.org.

BVSD DOCUMENTARY AND PANEL DISCUSSION: Wednesday, February 8, BVSD's Education Center holds a film presentation of Being You, a documentary about three young adults with learning and attention issues. On their cross-country trip, the three interview successful adults who also have learning and attention issues to understand how these adults found their passion and path in life. Being You shows young people a world of possibilities. After the screening there is a panel discussion with Boulder area Eye to Eye mentors from Fairview, Peak to Peak and CU., The film is at 6:00, discussion follows, at the BVSD Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Rd., for information contact parent liaison [email protected] or call 720-561-5918.

FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE EVENTS: Anyone interested in Front Range Community College can get an inside look at FRCC during the Spring Open House. Family members/friends are welcome to attend. Learn about academic programs, talk with faculty members, get detailed information about financial aid, academic advising, and transfer options. Tour the campus, talk with students and find out if FRCC is right for you! Enjoy food, giveaways, and informational sessions. **Spanish-speaking staff is available.** One of the best ways to find out if a college is the right fit for you is to visit the campus, talk with students and faculty, and see everything the school has to offer. Visit the FRCC website here. FRCC Boulder County Longmont Campus Open House is Tuesday, March 7 from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m at 2121 Miller Dr., Longmont. The FRCC Westminster Campus Open House is Thursday, March 16 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 3645 W. 112th Ave., Entrance 2, Westminster.

COLLEGE FAIR/COLLEGE APPLICATION IN SPRING: Many colleges accept applications for admission throughout the spring semester. Come to the Counseling Office College/Career Center for assistance, or visit the RMACAC Spring College Fair. This fair has something for everyone. For over 25 years, RMACAC has sponsored annual college fairs supporting higher education options across the country for the students in this region. These fairs are free for students and parents. The Denver Spring College Fair is Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:30pm at the Ritchie Center at the University of Denver, 2201 E. Asbury Ave., Denver. For details on this college fair and to register, click here.

SUMMER EXPERIENCE FAIR: This fair happens Tuesday February 28, 2:30-4:30pm, at Peak to Peak High 800 Merlin Dr., Lafayette. Representatives present options for internships, research, volunteer and job opportunities. See Fairview counseling webpage titled “alternatives to college” for current information on some summer opportunities for Fairview students.

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR 17-18: The CTE offers tuition free courses to BVSD students during their 10th, 11th and 12th grade years. CTE programs give students an advantage in preparing for college & career. See your FHS counselor for info. Some CTE students can be eligible to earn high school and college credits at the same time, by concurrent enrollment agreements with local community colleges! CTE programs at the Arapahoe Campus include: Auto Collision Repair, Auto Technician, Welding, Web and Gaming/Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice/Forensic Technology, Career Digital Arts, Medical Science, Esthetician, Hairstyling, Nail Technician. See a video of CTE here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2tHsiAlFg8, or visit the CTE website. During the school year, transportation is provided from the BVSD high schools to the CTE Center at Arapahoe Campus.

CMAS, PARCC, AND OCTOBER PSAT-NMSQT RESULTS: Paper copies of test results for April 2016 CMAS, PARCC, and the October 2016 PSAT-NMSQT, are available for pick up at parent teacher conferences, February 8 & 9, 4:00-8:00pm. They are also available for students to pick up, in the counseling office. You may see your student's PSAT-NMSQT results on the SAT webpage (collegeboard.org), by logging in to the student's account.


  • WP/WF drops are through 2/24/17 (Friday).
  • Late Drops after 2/24/17 will receive an ‘F’ on transcript.
Click here for expanded details of the Fairview schedule change philosophy.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AND PROGRAMS: Many summer internships have application deadlines in January and February. For information see: https://www.fairviewhs.org/counseling/interests-and-careers/internships for internship info, and summer programs information: https://www.fairviewhs.org/counseling/interests-and-careers/summer-programs.

For a complete listing of all opportunities on our database click here https://www.fairviewhs.org/counseling/student-opportunities for the searchable list.

COUNSELING WEBSITE DETAILS: (Tab 2) Have you ever hovered over the red banner at the top of the counseling page? The latest research from our College & Career Center team can found on the webpages. This week explore the “Academics & Classes” menu (2nd tab) for a detailed breakdown of information on choosing classes, course offerings, planning, graduation & college requirements, and academic support, as well as honors & IB courses.

ARE YOU FILLING OUT THE FAFSA SOON? See the video How to fill out the FAFSA, and get information on the CSS profile here. Specific scholarships are listed on our pages as well: https://www.fairviewhs.org/counseling/paying-for-college/scholarships.

VISIT THE FHS COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER (CCC): For more help with scholarships, internships, study abroad, summer programs, travel programs, jobs, and alternatives to college; visit with our awesome volunteer team in the CCC during school hours, or email Carol Diebel at [email protected] for an appointment.

TESTS: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Exams and TEST PREP: General information about the nature and recommended timing for taking these tests is listed in articles on our website. In addition, specific information and links are included for ACT testing dates and registration, SAT and SAT Subject Exam dates and registration, Test-Prep information and Resources. See “Applying for College” and “Test Information” under the College Application tab at http://www.fairviewhs.org/counseling.

COLLEGE REP VISITS TO FAIRVIEW THIS YEAR: (ON-CAMPUS at Fairview!!!) College representative visits at Fairview continue throughout the year. Most of the presentations take place in the College/Career Center, in the Counseling Office. Junior and Senior students can attend during a class period ONLY if they have received permission from their teachers. Sophomore and Freshmen students may attend only during free class periods. Coming to these visits will help students become more familiar with the variety of campuses and allow them to meet with reps who will be reading their applications. The college rep visit calendar is posted on our website. When students list the colleges they are considering on their Naviance software account, they will automatically receive an email about when reps from those colleges are coming to Fairview.

Please visit our website ( http://www.fairviewhs.org/counseling ) and spend time getting to know the variety and depth of information that has been provided for you. We would enjoy receiving your feedback by responding to: [email protected] or calling 720-561-5860.



Night of Transition – Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm


Information received during this evening will assist students in selecting appropriate classes. There will be two large group presentations by counselors (last names A-M @ 5:30pm and last names N-Z @ 6:00pm) and then the opportunity to attend presentations by academic departments, during which teachers will explain the differences between traditional college prep and Pre-IB/IB/AP/Advanced level courses.

If you have additional questions please contact Genevieve Clough at 720-561-5345

Looking for a host family......

Exchange Service International is looking for a Fairview family interested in hosting an exchange student for the fall semester next year (2017). This student is a 17 year old boy from Milan. If you think you might be interested, or would like more information. Please contact Renee O'Lear at [email protected] or 303 827-8315

They are coming back!.................................

If you were lucky enough to attend last's year concert you will be thrilled that they are returning. If you missed this last year, don't make the same mistake again! Nationally acclaimed, yet local band, FACE, and world renowned vocal a capella sensation The Real Group (visiting from Europe) will be performing together, at Fairview FEBRUARY 11th!

This amazing display of local and international talent is not to be missed! Tickets will sell quickly! You can get yours at fairviewhs.tix.com.

Tickets (reserved seating) are $32.00. (Typically $75-$125 for The Real Group alone)

We are also offering an amazing VIP package (limited to 125 guests) for $100. Each VIP ticket will include a "Meet & Greet" session, with a photo opportunity, a signed CD from each vocal group, and premiere seating!

Mark your calendar, get your tickets, and prepare to be blown away!

For video of these two wonderful groups please visit the following link:


The FHS Lessen Stress Community Working Group Presents:

Know the Law! Know the Consequences!
How it relates to Drugs and Alcohol!

Tuesday February 7th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Fairview High School, Science Lecture Hall
For parents and students of FHS, SHMS and Summit

**Presented in English and Spanish**

Join FHS Principal Don Stensrud along with a panel of experts discussing everything you need to know regarding the consequences of MIP's, sharing prescription medications, fake ID's, hosting under age parties, and more. Learn how even minor offenses can affect you, your child and their future and what you can do about it.

For more info, visit our FHS web page at https://www.fairviewhs.org/sites/stress or email questions to [email protected].

Laptop Donation Program

Did you know...Over 46% of American homes with children in grades K-12 still do not own a computer or have Internet access. Even in affluent Boulder and FHS, the Digital-Divide is apparent. FHS Booster Club members Joe Swenson and Suzanne DeMonigny are creating a donated laptop computer program for FHS students who don't have a laptop. They are asking Fairview families to donate their old (wiped clean) laptops to this program, for lower-income students at Fairview. Laptops will be available for students who currently are on the free lunch program. Eligible students will need to fill out and application in order to receive a laptop.

Fairview Choir Department Silent Auction

The Fairview Choir department has an awesome item left over from our silent auction! (Sadly, our winning bidder can't be located) So, we are offering this deal to the entire Fairview community. We have a certificate for a one month membership to the Colorado Athletic Club (29th street location) plus FIVE personal training sessions with Beth Holschuh. This item is valued at $525.00 but we are offering it for only $200.00! The first person to respond to this announcement will be declared the new winner! Please email Kelly Fano at [email protected] and let me know if you want to take advantage of this great offer!

Patagonia RAFFLE

We have reached the end of our 8 weeks of raffling. If you would like one more chance to win a brand new Patagonia jacket or fleece, enter TODAY!

The final drawing will take place on Friday Feb 3. The last few drawings have had fewer that 5 entries! Your chances of winning are tremendous!

Everyone/Anyone is invited to enter! Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. (CHECKS MADE OUT TO FCO)

Each ticket purchase will include a piece of candy!

Winners need not be present to win. If your name is selected you will be notified of your good fortune!

Please submit all entries to the Fairview Choir Office (#523) by 3:00 on Friday!

Remember, checks made out to FCO please!

Please CLICK HERE to download your raffle ticket!


  1. Register through link: https://fairviewhigh.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=rw_athletics
  2. Bring copy of current sports physical and copy of registration to Cathy Kakavas
  3. Get green slip from Cathy
  4. Attend practice!

Fairview Athletic Department

Signing day- February 1st in the library for all athletes committing to a college for sports. Please get all information to the athletic department before 10am Wednesday morning if you are an athlete that plans to sign on this date. Celebration will be in the library at 3:30pm. The last signing date celebration this year is April 12, 2017.

Athletic registration for spring sports: You can register now for spring sports on the front page of the Fairview website (yellow box, right side). https://www.fairviewhs.org/ Please bring a copy of your registration and a current sports physical to the athletic office to pick up a green slip. The spring season officially begins February 27th.

If you have questions please contact Cathy Kakavas @ [email protected] or 720-561-5327

Starting off 2017 on the Right Foot

Raising Money $mart kids doesn’t happen by accident. Like sports, music, theater, and academics, parents must continually work with their kids to ensure they have the financial literacy skill set they need to succeed and not resort to them learning the hard way - trial and error can be very costly.

Where you bank DOES matter and over the long-term it can really make a big difference. The Student Credit Union (sponsored by Premier Members Credit Union) is located in the school and was designed to help students understand the importance of managing their money and using credit responsibly. The Credit Union also has lower fees, minimum balance requirements and financing rates to help everyone (including parents) save more money over the long run. And unlike banks, there are in-network ATMs and Shared Branches in ALL 50 states for additional savings and convenience when students move away to college.

Don’t wait any longer. Discover the credit union difference and get on the road to savings every day - . For more information and incentives to join, visit www.pmcu.org/youth or contact our school liaison Steve Carr at 303/657-7558 or [email protected].


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