Although it is early in the season, the FHS Esports Varsity Smash team is tied at the top of their division of the IaHSEA Fall Conference Season.
The fall Smash season began September 10th, when the FHS Smashers were the visiting team in an online competition that pitted them against Dike-Hew Hartford in season opening play. Fairfield jumped to an early lead and never looked back. The roster of 8 students at the time listed their first 5 crew members, but took the first game victory using only 2 of their crew members. The story was much the same for the second and third games. Since this conference is based on a "Best of 3" format, the third game was still played for extra experience for all players. This put the FHS Smashers in a tie at the top of their division.
The next week would have been a bye week for the smashers, however, the league filled the bye weeks by providing competition with a JV team for playing experience. FHS met online again as the visiting team vs. the JV team from West Delaware High School, located just West of Dubuque and Dyersville in Manchester, IA. The story was quite similar for this event. However, due to some confusion with map selection, the FHS Smashers had to dip into their 3rd player during one of the games. In the end, FHS won the night by defeating West Delaware in all 3 games to take the match. Since this would have been considered a bye week, the JV match up did not affect standings in conference play and Fairfield remaind 1-0 in official conference play.
The third week of the season took place with competition on Thursday, Sept. 24th. In contrast to the previous weeks, this week Fairfield was considered the home team. All matches are being played online at this time because the conference is so spread out in its beginning stages, that face-to-face competition is hard. The difference between the home and away team is who is setting up the arena online. The competition this week was Lake Mills High School. Each week, the line up has changed for FHS to give different players more playing time. This is due to the success they have had so far. The good news about only using your first two or three players is that your team is playing well. The bad part is that your other players don't get the playing time and experience. The coaches try to mix it up each week to get the players competition experience. The competition followed closely to the same format as the previous weeks. The FHS Smashers won the first two games to take the match 2-0 , however, they are listed in second place due to the fact that one of the other undefeated teams has not had their bye week yet.
Currently Mt. Vernon, Fairfield and New London are all undefeated. This brings the FHS team to a tough part of the schedule. The next two weeks brings competition for Fairfield with both of the other undefeated teams. Thursday, October 1st, Fairfield will meet Mt. Vernon. Mt. Vernon not only is undefeated at 3-0, but also brings a very tough reputation from their participation in the beta season last year. The competition will be stiff and will really let the FHS Smashers know where they stand in the conference.
The Smash team is playing in the new FHS Esports Arena that is being built out currently. The room is in the beginning stages. If you are interested in seeing the new space, and if you are interested in watching the student athletes in action, feel free to come to Room 111 in the high school on Oct. 1st, or any Thursday for the next 4 weeks at least. This week will be homecoming week, so it would be great to have you come support this new Fairfield team.
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is somewhat traditional “fighting game” developed and marketed through Nintendo. The video game features over 70 different characters that are available to do battle with each other on over 100 individualized stages that are set apart by physical differences, morphing changes and stage hazards. The battles can include up to 8 players at one time. All of these factors seem to give the participants seemingly endless combinations of experiences. Besides the sheer number of character choices and stages, each character possesses individual strengths and weaknesses that add to the complexity of the game.
These character choices come from a variety of backgrounds. At first glance, you will notice many iconic and traditional Nintendo characters such as Mario and Luigi, Donkey Kong and Princess Peach. However, beyond these characters you will even find iconic characters from the past such as Pac-man, Sonic and Kirby. There are characters from street fighting games that carry that “traditional” look when it comes to fighting characters including traditional looking weapons, and yet you can find characters that do battle with paint rollers. No matter which character you play, you want to outlast the other players in one of three methods to victory and be the last one standing. The most common version of game play seems to be that the players eliminate “stocks” from the other players, not by fighting to the death, but instead by wearing down their opponents until they ultimately are weak enough to be knocked completely out of the playing arena.
Although this may seem silly, and to some people, a waste of time, it is still one of the most popular and classic Esports titles being played. There are tournaments being held locally as well as internationally. There are tournaments for young students in elementary and middle school, or high school and collegiate seasons being played with conference, state and national champions. Scholarship money is offered for students who can play Smash, coach smash or shoutcast (announce) matches. In the 2019-2020 school year, FHS had a student win a scholarship for his ability to analyze a match as both a coach and an announcer.
The second question here is “What are Crew Battles?”. Crew battles are directly related to the game background previously discussed. Smash can be played on an individual level or with friends, both in person and online. With the dawning of Esports and its popularity, there are conferences being set up between educational institutions at all levels to play in competition much like traditional sports such as volleyball, basketball and football. One format for these competitions is called a “Crew Battle”. Each school might have a “Community”, JV or Varsity roster for each game, but just like the starters in a traditional sport, the entity would start a “Crew”. This crew might consist of 5 players with their chosen characters. The crews then will have the players meet individually in a mutually decided “stage”.
As the competition commences, the first players face off in competition. In the rules currently being played in the Iowa Conference this year, the two athletes compete until one person loses all 3 “stocks”. This would end the first round of play. At this point, the athlete who won faces off against the second player of the other team who starts with a full, 3 stocks, while the athlete continuing from the round before picks up where they left off. These battles continue until one team has eliminated all 5 of the crew members from the opposing team. This team is then considered the winner of that game. In the Iowa High School Esports Association format, the schools play to win the best of three games to win the entire match.
Each week these teams face off in the conference, as well as their own divisions. The season will culminate in playoffs after 7 weeks of competition. There will be two weeks of playoffs and then the finals will take play to crown the conference/state champion.
The third question to address in this article is “Why would this matter to my student?”. Fairfield high school has had an official esports team for just over a year now and unofficially has been participating in competitions since 2018 in several different titles. This is the first year for the FHS Esports student athletes to compete in an actual conference season against other high schools int eh state. There are currently 9 varsity Smash Bros. athletes in the school club. Shortly there will be more practices for anyone who wants to play, but is not involved on the varsity roster. This is a great time for students to come together to enjoy sharing their talents and passions for the world of video games and competitive play.
For more information on how the varsity FHS Smashers are doing this season, click here to watch for articles. You can also follow the club on twitter using @fhs_team. Shortly the club will be adding a twitch channel also.
If you are interested in supporting the club financially or through other donations of services or equipment, please check out our fundraising page at http://www.fairfieldesports.com and check the list of current supports at the bottom of the page.
Starting on October 5th, Washing and Pence will start back to school with all students face to face. Students from both Trojan and Power groups will be together. Wednesdays will be a ½ day in the morning only.
Starting on October 26th, Middle School and High School will start back to school with all students face to face. Students from both Trojan and Power groups will be together. Wednesdays will be a ½ day in the morning only.
The two matrixes, daily attendance, isolation/quarantine individuals and the Iowa COVID-19 sites will be used in conjunction with each other to determine when or if students will return to a hybrid schedule. The information will be monitored daily.
This first matrix is based on the school population spread. If the number of active cases or individuals in quarantine/isolation reaches the 99 individuals level, the district will look at the Hybrid Model. Parents, teachers, and students will have time to adjust to the new schedule when that occurs. Announcements will be sent by the automated messaging system sent to all parents and staff that the number of cases has reached the level where students will need to be in a hybrid setting. A date will be set for the move to a new level.
The following document is updated daily with positive active COVID-19 cases and the number of individuals within the district that are either in quarantine or isolation on the district website Fairfield Community School District
Positive Cases by County site: Iowa COVID-19 Information - Percent School District Positive Analysis
Community Spread of COVID-19 is also an indicator of activity cases within our District. The following matrix will be used based on the Iowa Covid-19 site: COVID-19 in Iowa
Our goal is to keep all students and staff safe during this pandemic. The staff has a cleaning schedule to help keep virus contact at a minimal level. All surfaces are cleaned throughout the day.
The best help you can give to keep our schools open is,
Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Masks and If You Are Sick Stay Home
If you are sick, stay home. Therefore, the attendance requirements will be lenient for the 20-21 school year. COVID related absences will not count towards the attendance policy.
Exposure to a positive COVID case - 14 days not at school
Fever - stay home for 24 hours after the fever has broken and without the aid of medication, longer if other COVID symptoms occur.
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Just as Virginia’s question about Santa Claus was answered in an editorial on September 21, 1897, it is very fitting that 123 years later, FHS can answer her updated question affirmatively with yes, FHS does have an Esports team.
It has been a slow, but steady journey, but beginning about two years ago, staff members in the Fairfield School District began the work of starting an Esports Club. With passion and persistence, both staff and students have worked hard to become an established club. By sharing their story and promoting this concept through positive action, support from the school and community has really made this dream come true.
With a very soft opening, a few students were invited to join this fledgling club and play in a couple Fortnite tournaments. Growing students and titles, last year added many more students and a new excitement. Parent volunteers, as well as staff volunteers worked to create an opportunity to benefit students with a place to come together and share their interests in avenues that didn’t exist previously. As the year continued, FCSD Esports students earned college scholarships and national recognition. Relationships were built with students from other schools as well as other states. The club fostered a civic duty as students worked to raise money to improve the equipment they were able to play on. This passion caught fire in several circles and even through the tough times in our community during the pandemic, sponsorships developed and financial support came in to allow the club to purchase new computers. With the sponsorships and the positive communication with FHS admin, an Esports Arena is now being developed.
Even though this arena is in the beginning stages, there is much excitement about the future. Furniture has been donated, streaming services and video equipment are being provided and funded and support is coming in all shapes and sizes. As the school year begins, the club is currently fielding a Varsity Smash Bros team, and they are currently in the fall season sponsored by the newly formed state association, the Iowa High School Esports Association. This season will complete in late October or early November, culminating with a State Champion.
Last year, even with a fluid general roster, there was consistently about 30 active students at any point in the school year. Again, this survey has been sent out to find students with an interest level for the 20-21 school year.
If you are interested in supporting these students, they compete each Thursday at 4:00 PM in the FHS Esports Arena. Spectators are welcome.
If you are interested in supporting through a sponsorship avenue, click here for a chance to support this exciting new venture.
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IMPORTANT FOOD SERVICE UPDATE- FREE MEALS FOR CHILDREN 2-18 YRS OLD
On August 31st, 2020, the USDA extended waivers allowing school districts that qualify to provide meals free of charge to children 2-18 years of age.
These waivers are extended until December 31st, 2020 or until funding runs out, whichever comes first.
Fairfield CSD will participate in this program starting Monday, September 14, 2020. There is no sign up needed for your students when they are eating meals in the schools. Meal sign up is needed for meals when your student is learning at-home virtually or on at-home days during hybrid model. Non-schooled/non-school aged children can sign up for these meals as well. Please note that all meals are free for all children, but participation is not required.
Q: What meals are included?
A: Breakfast and Lunch.
Q: What if my child brings cold lunch and wants milk from the school, will it be free?
A: No, items must be a complete menued meal to be covered under the waiver.
Q: What if my child wants an extra juice or milk with the meal they receive from the school, will it be free?
A: No, any item that a student uses that is extra will be charged as an a la carte item.
Q: How long will my student receive free meals?
A: Meals will be provided through December 18, 2020 on school days only or until funding runs out, whichever comes first. Meal service days will follow the school calendar found on fairfieldsfuture.org.
Q: What happens when funding is no longer available?
A: Your students’ meals will be charged according to their qualified lunch status- free, reduced or paid. If you haven’t filled out a Free/Reduced form for the 20/21 School Year, please contact Stephanie Hawkins (641) 472-2655 ext. 6703 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This will ensure that all meal statuses are up to date when funding has ended.
Q: How will I know that funding has ended?
A: We will notify families that funding has ended via the school’s website fairfieldsfuture.org, FCSD Lunch Lady Facebook page and via email.
Q: How do I sign up for these meals?
A: Sign up opens weekly on Thursdays. You will need to submit a separate order form for each child/student and submit by Sunday at 9 p.m. Sign up on the school’s website- fairfieldsfuture.org > Departments > Food Service, click the post that says “Sign Up Here”, the links are posted within. You will need to sign up for this WEEKLY.
Q: How will I receive these meals?
A: Hybrid K-12 students will continue to receive their bagged meals at the end of day on Tuesday (Trojan) or Friday (Power).
Virtual, PreK and Non-School aged Children will need to pick up their bagged meals on Monday nights between 5-6pm at the Middle School, 404 W Fillmore Ave, on the West side of the building by the loading dock.
Stephanie Hawkins (641) 472-2655 ext. 6703 or email@example.com
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