On Thursday, November 7th, the FHS Esports Smash team took on WACO in another scrimmage. This time many more inexperienced players took the stage as they tried to gain more playing time against other opponents. WACO has become a regular opponent and their matches are greatly appreciated. The competition was much more evenly matched that night and provided some great matches. When the night was over, FHS won the match 2-0.
The next week, Monday, November 11th, some of the more experienced players had a match against Colfax-Mingo High School. CMHS participated in the beta season of Smash in the newly formed "Iowa High School Esports Association". The students were excited to see how they could compete with a team who just played in the beta season. Zach, Dallas, JJ, Jacob and Grant took the field with characters such as Jigglypuff, Little Mac, Mario, Wii Fit Trainer, Cloud, Gannondorf and Terry Bogard. Jigglypuff took the first loss of the first match before Terry Bogard went on a winning streak. Fairfield held on to win the first match. The second match was back and forth at the beginning also, but Fairfield pulled out the second win also to take the best 2 of 3 matches.
CMHS was a great opponent, and just like WACO, the students enjoyed the competition and are looking forward to another match in the near future.
NIGHT SKY PROGRAM WITH BRITTNEY TILLER
Who- ALL FMS Students and their families
When- Thursday, December 5 (6:00-9:00)
Where: FMS South Basketball / Tennis Court
See all the night sky has to offer! Naturalist Brittney Tiller will have a telescope on hand to see a few night sky objects up close. Dress for the weather, bring a comfortable chair and travel mug for hot cocoa. If the skies are not clear, we will move the program to Friday, December 6th.
Parent / Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. Once again, some of the buildings will be running on an earlier schedule to help accommodate several situations with students in multiple buildings and other situations. Please pay attention to the conference times of your buildings.
The conference portal will open for parents to sign up for conference times on Monday, November 4th.
Please see the link on the front of the school webpage.
Mon. Nov. 25th /Tues. Nov. 26th
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Mon. Nov. 25th /Tues. Nov. 26th
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fairfield Middle School
Fairfield High School
Conference Format Grades 6-12
The conference format for students in 6th through 12th grade is different than the format for grades Pre-K - 5th. For parents attending High School conferences, you may pick up student schedules, report cards and building maps in the High School office. All of the teachers will be in their respective rooms and there are not specific scheduled times for each teacher. You will need to just go to the rooms of the teachers you would like to visit and wait if there happens to be a line.
For parents attending Middle School conferences, you may pick up your son/daughter's report cards and IEP reports from a welcome table in the front lobby area. All of the teachers for grades 6-8 will be located at tables in the commons/lunch room area or the library. You can then proceed to each table to visit with particular teachers of your choice. Shared teachers or specials teachers that also serve 5th grade students might be located in other places of the building depending on their needs. Coffee, cookies and snacks will be provided for families attending conferences.
Conference Format Grades Pre-K - 5th
The teachers for students Pre-K through 5th grade will be in their respective rooms. The conferences run in 15 minute sessions. Parents are asked to please access the school website here. For help signing in and registering for a conference time, please watch the following video.
On Wednesdays and Fridays after school, many of Fairfield's students meet to practice "League of Legends". There are a large variety of students that show up to practice and participate. These students were greeted by a surprise when they came to practice on Wednesday, October 30th. Each of the students came into the room expecting to practice, but were greeted with the news that they would be participating in their first scrimmages! The students have been playing eachother and in random games online for weeks now. They were itching and biting at the bite to scrimmage against other students. This news was greeted with some nerves and apprehension.
The FHS Esports Club would like to thank Phil Trimble from Pocahontas Schools for being willing to also participate in their first League of Legends scrimmage. Both schools brought many players that were new to the game. Numbers of students were such that there were two matches going on at the same time with 5 members on each team. Fairfield was even able to have a couple students participate on one of the Pocahontas teams to complete the teams. Part of the esports effort in Fairfield is to promote relationships, not only within our own school and students, but also to create relationships with students from other schools. That made the matches yesterday really great.
Fairfield did well in their first scrimmages. Watch for upcoming matches also. The club is hoping to start recording and even possibly livestream some of their matches. Plans are in the works to set up more scrimmages in the next few weeks.
As part of their Shakespeare unit, 8th grade GOAL students at FMS were treated to a visit by cast and crew members of FHS's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with their director, Mrs. Betsie Wotherspoon. The show will be presented at Fairfield High School on November 1, 2, & 3. The GOAL students shared their experiences with reading the play, and the actors discussed developing motivation for their characters, memorizing the archaic dialogue, and bringing the classic text to life on stage. Mrs. Wotherspoon explained how the original text was cut and tightened to 90 minutes, and she also demonstrated how the fight scene was choreographed and developed with the actors. The GOAL students are looking forward to seeing the show this weekend. Don't miss it!
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Success continues for the FHS Esports Smash Bros students. Last night they participated in their second scrimmage with area high school WACO High School. WACO Esports coach Drew Aryit has been a huge help in establishing Fairfield's esports club. In recent weeks, WACO students and Fairfield students have met to play in scrimmages with the game "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate". In each of these scrimmages, both schools roster a list of students and the characters they intend to play. The students play head-to-head in rounds. The team that wins the match is the one that has defeated all of the other team members through these rounds. It is truly a team effort. The winner of the scrimmage is the team that wins the best 2 out of 3 matches.
On Thursday, Oct. 10th, the first scrimmage was held. There was great game play and great sportsmanship through the entire scrimmage. The scrimmage was held online, with each school playing from their own buildings. Each team connected with a video link through Google Hangouts. Team members introduced themselves to the other teams. At the end of the scrimmage, Fairfield had won two out of three matches.
Thursday, Oct. 24th brought other players to another scrimmage with WACO. This time there were about 20 people in the room as the scrimmage was getting set up and ready to start. Other players were able to play for two reasons. First, we had new people showing up to play since the last scrimmage. Secondly, the idea of the esports group is not to make players make choices with their other activities. Many of the students that played the first time had play practice. This allowed others to play this time. Again introductions were made at the beginning of the scrimmage. WACO was kind enough to video the matches. Each school now has game footage to review and make improvements from. Once again, Fairfield walked out of the scrimmage with the two wins needed to take the scrimmage.
Students from both schools have demonstrated great sportsmanship. There are plans to scrimmage weekly or every other week. The Fairfield club is looking for other schools to scrimmage or tournaments to enter. The growth in numbers has been exciting.
Something else very exciting is that plans are underway to play a Face-To-Face scrimmage with WACO in their Esports Arena. This most likely will include Smash Bros. as well as some League of Legends action.
Watch for updates in the future.