On Friday, February 17th, Fairfield Community Schools entered a new age by publishing a mobile app that can be downloaded free for any patrons of the district as well as their friends and families.
In January, Fairfield TLC Tech Coaches, Justin Copeland and Cole Boatright attended an AEA Technology Integration meeting in Ottumwa. One presentation that day was about creating mobile apps for your district. Cole and Justin came back to the district that afternoon with excitement as they had already started to create a fairfield app.
For about the last month, both staff members have worked hard and put in much time to create an app for the district that went live in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The Fairfield Admin Team was excited about the app when it was recently revealed to them also. Each of the building administrators and the technology department have split the cost to help make this possible for the district patrons.
Justin and Cole plan to keep working to improve the app and its functionality. New ideas for the app will be considered. In fact, even on the day the app was officially launched, a request came in wondering if the school app could link to the Campus mobile app and have a seamless integration between each of them. Keep the ideas and suggestions coming.
Currently, at the touch of a button you can access:
One of the best aspects of this app is that is FREE. It was an easy decision to make this a free tool to all students, staff, parents, community members and anyone else who wants to keep up on the latest news from Fairfield Community School District.
To install the app, please visit the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search for: Fairfield CSD. When you search, you should see the familiar orange and black trojan head. Install and stay informed!!
Please encourage parents, staff, students, board members, & community members to download the FREE Fairfield CSD App!
After just 5 1/2 hours, the app has already been downloaded 64 times!!!
On February 15, Agriculture and PLTW students went to Ottumwa for a daylong field trip. Forty-one students made the trip. Students toured the John Deere plant, where they saw the process of turning sheets of steel into large green pieces of hay equipment. They saw metal being bent in big presses, lasers cutting sheets of steel, a lot of welding, and robots at work. Students also met with engineers at the plant; they discussed the design process and what engineers do at the plant. The engineers also talked about the different careers available at a large manufacturing facility.
For the second half of the day, students went to IHCC and toured the campus. Students visited with instructors and college students at the ATC building. The programs students visited were, lasers, computer systems, automotive, robotics, and machining technology.
Students had a great day and saw a lot of new and interesting things.
The FHS students lined the hallway for Trojan Trek this morning to send Michael Fritz and Brendon Lunsford on their way to the State Wrestling Tournament in style. Students and staff took time out of first period classes as Michael, Brendon, and their coaches Steve Miller, Bryon Stever, and Jay Pike made their way through the halls. Good luck, Michael and Brendon!!!
Fourteen art students from FCSD will be represented at state level in the Iowa Youth Art Month Show. This is a juried show of K – 12th grade art, sponsored by Art Educators of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. Over 200 works of art from across the state will be on display during the month of March at Grandview University’s Rassmussen Center in Des Moines, IA. A reception for the students and their families will be held March 25, also at Grandview University’s Rassmussen Center.
Art teachers across the state are able to enter up to ten pieces of art. Judges then select pieces to be in the show.
The Fairfield students selected are as follows:
Libertyville Elementary: 1st grader Gretta Winheim
Pence Elementary: 4th grader Chase Johnston
Washington Elementary: 1st grader Naomi Steisma, 2nd grader Tula Cleveland, and 4th graders Emma Wendland and Cameron McLain
Fairfield Middle School: 7th graders Delaney Breen, Brendon Marcellus, and Juliette Pohren.
Fairfield High School: 9th grader Mira Pappin, 10th graders Jillian Dunlap, Calistia Rowe, and Shane Morrissey, and 11th grader Cheyenne Buchanan.
*A special distinction was given to FHS 10th grader Calistia Rowe as her artwork was selected for the Governor’s show. Her work will be displayed in the governor’s office at the state capitol building.
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FHS Student Council is once again helping to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This money goes towards research to help fight blood cancers. This year our goal is $2017.00. We will be collecting spare change donations from February 6th - February 17th.
Funds raised through programs like School & Youth enable the discovery and delivery of therapies that improve the quality of life for patients. In fact, of the 67 new cancer drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration since 2000, almost half were approved as significant treatments for patients with blood cancers—and many are now being tested for use in other cancers and diseases.
You can help donate by: 1. Going to http://www.studentseries.org/, clicking donate and then finding Fairfield High School or 2. Donate your spare change during your 2nd hour class. The class with the highest donation amount will receive cookies.
Thank you for helping in the fight against cancer!
Buddy Benches at Washington
The Buddy Bench is a simple idea that can help students feel included. The idea behind the bench is that if a student is feeling lonely they will sit on the bench and another student sees them and asks them to play with them. The bench can be a tool to foster friendship and eliminate loneliness.
This fall we had a tragedy that occurred with one of our students. We collected some money to place a bench on the playground and had a parent make us two Buddy Benches for the playground. Matthew Christner offered to build us a pair of benches in this student’s memory. Bob Sawyer of Creative Edge in Fairfield has offered to make a plaque and we would like to thank Ron Spurlock for the powdercoating the plaques that will be mounted on the benches. The students and staff would like to thank these two individuals for their efforts.
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