Falcon Forum Parent Newsletter
November 7th, 2023
From the Principal
Dear Fairmont Falcon Families,
I hope this message finds you well. As we head into November and embrace the beautiful fall season, I wanted to take a moment to express my thanks to everyone for your continued support. I am very proud of our dedicated team of educators who have worked tirelessly to provide quality education to our students. Their passion, creativity, and commitment to excellence have played a significant role in shaping our students' success. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and resilience demonstrated by our students. They have adapted to new learning models and have shown incredible determination in their studies. As we move forward into the fall season, I hope to continue to foster a supportive and empowering community for our students. Thank you once again for your continued trust in our school. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of our students.
Jeff Roberts, Principal
On Thursday Nov. 9th we will be having a fundraiser at Panera at 8401 W. Franklin Road.
25% of the sales from 4:00pm - 6:00pm will be donated to Fairmont Jr. High.
- You can order in person or online. Use the code FUND4U and 25% of the sales between 4pm and 8pm on November 9th will go to Fairmont Families.
- When you arrive at our cafe, be sure to present your fundraising flyer or the code FUND4U to the cashier. This will ensure your sales are counted towards the event.
- When placing a mobile, online, or kiosk order, be sure to enter the promo code FUND4U, prior to making payment. Online orders placed all day at your participating bakery cafe will count towards your fundraising total.
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Boise Citywide Initiative for Youth Mental Health
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* Parents are required to call the school’s ATTENDANCE OFFICE, 208-854-4794 or send an email to: email@example.com, on the day a student will be absent from class and repeat this call EACH DAY the student will not be in attendance.
* Please leave a voicemail if you are not able to talk to someone directly.
* HAND WRITTEN NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
* Students who are 20 or more minutes late to school are considered absent.
* All absences, for partial/full day need to be excused by a phone call or email from a parent/guardian within 48 hours of the absence.
* Even though an absence is “excused,” it will still count against the student’s attendance and the 90% attendance expectation unless one of the following occurs:
1) Medical documentation is provided by a health care provider.
2) Legal documentation is provided proving required attendance for court appointment.
3) A student is participating in a school sponsored activity (ex: class field trips, performances, class competitions, sporting events sanctioned by the district.)
LEAVING CAMPUS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Fairmont is a closed campus (including lunch), which means that students are not allowed to leave campus without a Permit to Leave. Any time a student must leave during the school day a PTL must be issued. In order to get a PTL the student may bring a note from parents on the day of the departure or parents can phone the office at least one hour prior to the students departure. The office staff will issue the student a Permit to Leave. If a student leaves the school grounds without a permit, a truancy will be issued and the student may receive detention.
* A student is marked tardy if he/she is not in the classroom and/or assigned seat when the tardy bell rings. Tardies are not excusable per our district's policy. We ask that students still check in at the attendance office when arriving late to school or from an appointment.
A truancy is an unexcused absence verified by the following actions:
1) Leaving campus during or between classes without a permit to leave.
2) Intentionally missing class, or arriving more than 20 minutes late to avoid a tardy.
3) Choosing to loiter elsewhere on campus other than the assigned class.
4) A legitimate call or note from a parent/guardian is not received within 48 hours.
Strength and conditioning training at Capital
All Fairmont students are invited to join our free strength and conditioning program! Contact Fairmont athletic director Terance King for bussing forms and drop off locations. Fairmont students will ride bus 610. All athletes will be trained by head football coach Kevin Hastin and members of our football staff. Training runs from 3:15-4:00 PM Monday through Thursday. We have already started lifting, but you can join any time. We meet in the weight room.
Title 1 school
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Federal law requires that each Title I-A school notify families/parents of each student attending any school receiving these funds that information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s) may be requested.
As a parent or guardian of a student attending a school receiving Title I-A funds, you have the right request the following information:
· Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grade(s) and subject(s) assigned?
· What is the college major of my child’s teacher(s)?
· What degree or degrees does my child’s teacher(s) hold?
· To request the state qualifications for any of your child’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s), please contact the school.
If you would like more information about the school’s Title I-A program, feel free to contact us.
Fairmont is working hard to recognize and reward kids for good behavior at our school. Students can earn "Falcon Feathers" from any of the teachers and staff for exhibiting good behavior. Students can save up their feathers and trade them in for fun toys and treats at the Falcon Store (open every Thursday during lunch). Fairmont Families is seeking donations to help stock our "store". Kids love candy, gift cards, trinkets, extra school supplies, etc. Any random thing that is school and age appropriate goes! If you are interested, please follow this link. Fairmont Families is helping to gather these supplies for us.
If you would prefer to donate to our Rhino fund (the account we use to purchase some of these supplies) you can do so by scanning this QR code or following the Rhino Fund Link.
Who to Contact: Administration and Counselors
Principal - Jeff Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal - Robin Butler A-L (Last Names) email@example.com
Assistant Principal - Ryan McGill M-Z (Last Names) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathi Hancock A-G (Last Names) email@example.com
Gary Koopman H-O (Last Names) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Pina P-Z (Last Names) email@example.com
Fairmont Counseling Department
Fairmont Counseling Department
Fairmont school counselors assist students in the areas of academic achievement, college/career and social/emotional development. If your student wants to meet with their school counselor during the school day, they can fill out a virtual call slip.
Our role is to provide:
School counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards
Short-term counseling to students (Brief, Solution-Focused)
Small group counseling on a variety of topics
Referrals for long-term support
Collaboration with families/teachers/administrators/community for student success
Advocacy for students at student-focused meetings
Individual student advisement, academic planning, and goal-setting
Data analysis to identify student issues, needs and challenges
Fairmont School Counselors are assigned to students by student last name:
A-G: Kathi Hancock
H-O: Gary Koopman
P-Z: Kristen Piña
PLUS: Peer Leaders Uniting Students
Fairmont is excited to be the first school in the state of Idaho to offer the Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS) program. PLUS is a proactive youth development program that empowers youth to lead, educate, influence, and support their fellow peers. The PLUS Program is one of the few approaches in education that utilizes the natural channels of peer influence to address critical issues that impact the positive youth development of our children. A diverse cross-section of student leaders facilitates a series of activities that create communication, connections, care, and community amongst a student body.
Student Support Groups
Student support groups are offered at Fairmont to give students a safe environment to increase emotion regulation and communication skills, identify qualities of healthy relationships, learn skills for supportive peer relationships, and experience a sense of belonging and connection. The counseling department offers several groups based on student needs. Please reach out to your student's counselor if you would like to sign your students up for one of these groups or for more information.
Fairmont Families is a parent-based volunteer organization that has the sole mission of helping make Fairmont great! We support teachers and staff, pop popcorn, raise funds for student needs and plan events such as the Community BBQ , Fun in the Sun and the Freshman Farewell. We will be hosting quarterly meetings (dates TBD) but in the meantime, if you would like to get involved, sign up here: FAIRMONT FAMILIES
Fall sports are coming to a close. Winter sports will be starting early October. We are looking for a girls C team coach if you know of anyone who might be interested.
- 7,8,9th Girls Basketball - Oct. 9 - Dec.11
- Wrestling - Oct 16 - Dec. 8
- 7,8,9th Boys Basketball will start in January.
Contact Athletic Director Terance King (Terance.King@boiseschools.org) for information.
****7th and 9th graders must have an updated physical to participate.
Athlete Registration for Parents-- Must be completed prior to participation in athletics.
❏ Go to www.aktivate.com
❏ Click Login
❏ Click Create an Account (You only need ONE account, even if you have children in more
than one high school and/or junior high; Do Not create another account if you have used
Register My Athlete in the past)
❏ Fill in personal account information (this should be the Parent’s personal information)
❏ You will be using the site as a Parent
❏ Click Submit
After you have an account:
❏ Under the Parents header (Blue), Click the button labeled “Click here to start/complete
athlete registrations“. (the first time you log in you will be asked to agree to terms and
❏ Click Start/Complete a Registration (upper left hand corner of the page)
❏ Click Start a New Registration - this is where you will enter all of your Athlete’s information
❏ Click on the red bars to complete all requirements
❏ Click the orange button on the lower left side of the screen for live chat
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
Student pick-up and drop-off
Our cafeteria opens at 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop your student(s) off prior to 7:30 a.m. We have one drop off/pick up zone from Cole Road. It can get congested. Please be courteous and be patient as we all learn the process. You can also drop off your student near Morley Nelson Elementary and they can walk across the field to Fairmont. Please do not use St. Marks parking lot.
Purchase your yearbook online at the Falcon Store, or in the front office to ensure that you have one when they are delivered next Spring.
Fairmont Jr. High will have an ongoing fundraiser campaign through the 2023-2024 school year. You will have the ability to donate directly to Fairmont through the Boise Education Foundation.
The monies generated will help to continue to improve security and in addition we can purchase new equipment, classroom supplies, sports equipment, and cover extra expenses that invariably occur during the school year.
We have updated Fairmont with a new entrance, additional and better cameras, updated lights to improve security here at Fairmont, well over $100,000 in improvements this summer. And, we will continue to work on upgrading and adding wherever we can. It does help to have some extra money to do that.
So, if you are so inclined please follow this link to donate to Fairmont's General Education account.
Fairmont Junior High strives to provide a quality education experience for all students. Your support is important to our school. You can also share this link with friends and family who you think may be interested in supporting Fairmont as well.
Your contribution can go even further if you or your spouse works for a company that matches their employees’ gifts. And remember, your donation is tax deductible.
Thank you so much!