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March 1st, 2017

Join the board of the FPO, and fellow parents at the coffee with Principal Stensrud TODAY! 8:30 am in the library viewing room.

Proctors Needed

Proctors needed for IB and AP exams in May! Exams begin on May 1st and end on May 17th with both morning and afternoon exams. No experience is necessary and there will be a brief training session in late April. Please check the schedule below carefully and email the IB Office at [email protected] if you are available to help in this important volunteer oportunity.

Morning proctors arrive at the IB Office at 7:00 am and afternoon proctors arrive at 11:15 am.

You may not proctor an exam that your student is taking.

Thank you for your help!

Click here to download the exam schedule.

Fairview After Prom

The amazing 2017 Boulder Fairview After Prom is just 10 weeks away - Saturday April 29-30 11:30pm - 4am and we need your support. As you may know, the majority of our funding comes from parents and local businesses as well as the Boulder Police and Sheriff and our amazing Parent Organizations at each school. If you have not yet had a chance to donate, please go to our updated website which includes some amazing photos of the event. bhsfhsafterprom.org

In addition, we are also raising funds with two fun dining out options that coincide with the School Plays:

  • Eat at BJ’s on Wednesday March 1st - opening night of the Fairview Play -The Crucible
  • Eat at California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday April 5th and Thursday April 6th before and after the Boulder High School Play - RENT the Musical

Please bring the attache flyers and After Prom will get Credit!

Start making your plans to attend After Prom now - open to all Boulder and Fairview Juniors and Seniors and their approved guests - Everyone is welcome regardless if you attend Prom - Come solo, with your friends or with your date to the Party of the Century - this year’s theme is Star Wars!

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)

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS: Fairview celebrates our student Finalists in the 2017 Competition for National Merit Scholarships. Join us in congratulating:

Trent CarsonSophia ChenElliot GorokhovskyJohn Graf
Sirisha GudavalliElyssa HofgardMara KellySoroush Khadem
Miranda Lee-FoltzMichelle LinGrant PetersonAndrew Prinster
Jacob PykkonenKate RichardsonEvan SavageCollin Schlager
Joseph SteinAakash VenkatesanAshley WangKevin Wang
 Lauren WubbenaJoyce Xu 

9th Grade PARCC Testing – The 3 days scheduled for 9th grade PARCC tests are March 22-24. The Colorado State Assessment for all 9th grade students is the PARCC test. Regular classes will take place for all students that are not testing in PARCC, including those 9th grade students who are not participating in PARCC tests. *9th grade teachers will not introduce new content during the testing* to accommodate students who participate in the PARCC tests. If a student feels they cannot miss a specific class period on one of these test days, administration staff will assist them on PARCC make-up test day, which is during PSAT10/SAT testing day, the morning of April 11. The PARCC tests are for 9th grade only, and consist of 4.5 hours of Language Arts assessment and 4.5 hours of Math assessments. Visit Boulder Valley School District’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage for up to date information about state tests and options. If parents want their student to participate they do not need to do anything, students are already preregistered for tests. If parents do not want their student to participate in PARCC, parents need to follow the instructions here to opt out for their student. How to opt your student out of state testing using Infinite Campus.

View the 3-Day 9th Grade PARCC testing schedule on the main webpage of Fairviewhs.org

PSAT10 and SAT TEST: Going forward, the Colorado State Assessment for 10th grade is now the PSAT10, and for 11th grade it is the SAT. Fairview will provide these tests for free on April 11 for students in 10th and 11th grade only. Testing students in 10th and 11th should be at school by 8:00am. Students in 9th and 12 grade, and those opting out of the PSAT10 or SAT will not have classes. There are no classes held on April 11, there is no school for students, it is a testing only day for 10th & 11th. All other students have the day off school. If parents want their students to participate, they do not need to do anything. All 10th grade students in the state of Colorado are already registered for the PSAT10, and 11th graders are registered for SAT without Essay, for April 11. Students who preregistered on their CollegeBoard account, for the Essay by the February 14 deadline, take part in the SAT Essay on the same day, April 11. Visit Boulder Valley School District’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage for up to date information about state tests and options. If parents do not want their student to participate in PSAT10 or SAT, parents need to follow the instructions here to opt out for their student. How to opt your student out of state testing using Infinite Campus.

College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy to provide tailored SAT practice online! Students who have a College Board account can log in and get personalized SAT practice plan provided by Khan Academy. Log in to Collegeboard.org, to access this help.

2017-18 COURSE SELECTION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Teachers and counselors assist students in entering their courses into Infinite Campus throughout early March. Extensive information about the FHS curricular offerings can be viewed on the FHS course selection section of the counseling website, including the 2017-18 FHS Course Description Guide. Students and parents are encouraged to access the FHS Honors program website for specific questions about AP/IB/PIB course offerings and pathways. Although counselors do not typically meet individually with students/parents regarding course selection, students will be receiving teacher and parent input about the best course of study for next year in both academic and elective classes. We have a proven history of students’ successful placement in courses every year and we are confident that students, teachers, and parents will work collaboratively to make these decisions.

SCHOLARSHIPS, SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: TIME IS OF THE ESSENSE! Many scholarship listings and internships may have application deadlines coming up very soon. Please explore our databases for these opportunities now. Click for internship listings, or the Fairview scholarship website.

JOBS, VOLUNTEER OPPS, AND TRAVEL PROGRAMS: Any of these opportunities can be an excellent way to explore your areas of interest and contribute to your self-discovery! They can also help develop a compelling resume for college applications. For searchable listings of student opportunities click here for the student opportunities page. For complete listings in ANY of these areas, see our website link here.


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.

CU BOULDER SCIENCE DISCOVERY TEEN CAFÉ: CU offers the chance for teens to attend an evening science presentation and interact with scientists at CU’s Museum of Natural History. This month’s gathering “From the Slopes to the Stars: Science in Extreme Places” with featured scientist, Dr. Ulyana Horodysky, is March 8, 5:30-7:00. See http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/teen-cafe-schedule/ for schedule and reservations.

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.

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 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.

COUNSELING WEBSITE DETAILS: 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 “College & Alternatives” menu, found on the 4rd tab. The “Alternatives” page features information on gap year, vocational training, certificate programs, trade school and employment. Email [email protected] with questions or comments about the website.

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.

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.

Don't miss Fairview's Spring Play


(This production should be considered appropriate for mature audiences)

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHMsu2_qAuY

The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, will be performed by Fairview High School on March 1st - 4th nightly at 7pm with an additional performance Saturday, March 4th at 2:00pm. Tickets, available at www.fairviewhs.tix.com, are $10.00. The Crucible won a Tony Award in 1953 and chronicles the Salem witch trials. It is known for its scathing rhetoric on paranoia, McCarthyism, and the HUAC proceedings.

Fairview Jazz Bands at eTown

Everyone is invited to hear all three of Fairview's award winning Jazz Bands when they perform in a live recording session at eTown Hall on Tuesday, March 21st. This 4th annual fundraiser for the entire Band Program includes dinner/dessert and a fun silent auction. Please go to www.fairviewbands.org and click on Tickets and Merchandise to purchase your tickets for the evening.

A FREE Concert featuring Fairview students!

Concert of Great Works

March 16th
7:00 p.m
Ascent Church in Louisville.
(550 McCaslin Blvd)

This concert will feature Fairview students from our band, orchestra and choirs programs.

Prepare yourself for an evening of stunning talent and beautiful music.


Congratulations to Fairview student Maddie Rice.

Maddie won the Silver Key Award for Poetry at the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

Maddie's poem is titled "Day to Day, Night to Night".

Thanks for representing Fairview!

Homework Survey

Too Much? Too Little? Just Right?

In order to address student and parent concerns regarding homework at FHS, the Lessen Stress Community Working Group is gathering parent input. This 10 question survey should only take 1-2 minutes to complete. Remember to fill out a separate survey for each of your children attending FHS. We assure you that all answers will be kept confidential. Thank you for agreeing to take part in this important survey. Please submit by March 10, 2017.


Encuesta De La Tarea

Demasiado? Insuficiente? Apropriado?

Para abordar las preocupaciones de los padres y los estudiantes sobre la cantidad de tarea en FHS, el grupo de Lessen Stress En La Comunidad van a conseguir sus pensamientos a través de una encuesta de 10 preguntas. Solo debe durar uno o dos minutos de tu tiempo. Por favor, llenna la encuesta por cada estudiante suyo en FHS. Todas las respuestas van a quedar confidencial por seguro. Gracias por su tiempo de llenar esta encuesta muy importante. Por favor completa no más tarde que el 10 de marzo.



Come to the Fairview High School
Women’s and Men’s Swim and Dive team’s
Swim-a-Lap Fundraiser
Friday, March 10th
3:45 - 5:45 pm
South Boulder Rec Center

Who will swim the most laps and win prizes while they raise money for their team?

Come find out!!

Follow the fun to the Table Mesa Snarf’s after the event.

Bring your family and friends.

20% will go to support FHS swim and dive program.

History of Rock and Roll

Consider signing up for a new Fairview class....

History of Rock and Roll is a new course being offered at Fairview in 2017-2018. This class will be open to students in 9th-12th grades. The course will begin with the etymology of Rock in America, then follow US and World History and Politics to see how events influenced the music scene. Students, both as individuals and in groups, will be responsible for in-class presentations regarding their favorite Rock group/singer/band. Guest artists from local and touring bands will speak in class, offering Q&A sessions about life in the industry. We hope to attend a concert at a major venue in the Denver/Boulder area with backstage access to see what it takes to produce a major show. History of Rock and Roll will fulfill one semester of fine arts credit.

Fairview IB Business

Fairview is offering IB Business for the 2017-2018 school year! The class is a year long (2 semester) course. The curriculum includes Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Operations Management. This class will be rich in curriculum, but also based around hands on learning with students designing their own business. Upon completion of the course students will be able to sit for the IB Business Standard Level Exam.

Theatre Film Class Descriptions

Try the Fairview Film Program out for size!
Our students brought home the prize for Best Overall Film last year at the state competition, and things keep getting better. Having the state’s most impressive equipment cache with over $40k worth of grants written in the last four years, students have access to professional quality gear to make their movies. Fairview offers four options for student filmmakers to learn the craft:

  • Film & Production (9th-12th grade)
    A introduction to making film shorts at the professional level. This is a production class where students make between 4-6 shorts on the semester. All experience levels are welcome
  • Film Literature (9th – 12th grade)
    A survey of the eras of film across the globe. The evolution of film does not prescribe to borders or cultures. This study centers on the directors who have defined both eras and genres. A must have course for any film enthusiast! This is an analysis class where students will watch and study nearly 20 films on the semester. What a treat!
  • IB Film: Standard Level/High Level (11th-12th grade)
    This is typically a two-year program for juniors and seniors, but seniors with no experience will NOT be turned away. Students will study both film production and analysis at the highest levels Fairview has to offer. Annually, some of the best student film shorts made across the Midwest come out of this course from Fairview. Novice and elite student filmmakers work in tandem to learn the craft and hone their skills as future professionals as well as enthusiasts.
Give Fairview Theatre a shot!
Fairview thespians operate from three core classes to enjoy and thrive in the dramatic arts. While studying the craft of acting and scenic design is at the forefront of the theatre program at Fairview, our students are provided the opportunity to practice writing, music, and improv as well within three classes that run by the semester:
  • Intro to Theatre (9th – 12th grade)
    This introductory course focuses on improv, core concepts of theatre, and basic acting technique as professionals apply it to the craft. Open to all levels, students may take this course more than once and enjoy the gift of Theatre in a stress free and welcoming environment
  • Theatre II/Advanced Acting (9th – 12th grade)
    This advanced acting technique course focuses on honing strong acting craft, auditioning protocol, scene study, and analysis. Students are also provided the opportunity to pursue specific pathways within the theatre such as musical theatre, acting for the camera, and improv.
  • Stagecraft (9th – 12th grade)
    This survey of technical theatre provides students the opportunity to build, design, and analyze theatrical production techniques from the saw table to laptop. Students learn basic safety protocols as applied to any scene shop and will be given the instruction needed to design, build, and use set pieces and props. This class may be, and often is, taken more than once for credit.


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