Senior Class Volume 15 | Number 1 | July 2011 of 2010 Pages 2-3 Texas Road Trip Page 6 Sports Action Pages 10-11 School news, information and events Amazing things! Each year as we publish our end of year review, we have the opportunity to reflect upon the accomplishments of our students, staff, volunteers, donors, and Board of Directors affirming that education is truly a partnership. Within these pages you will find evidence of accomplishments of each of these groups. From the athletic accomplishments of student athletes to talented student artists and Thespians to academic excellence, Fairhill students have proven once more to be exceptional. We hope you will view this publication as a report on your investment in Fairhill today and the Fairhill of tomorrow. We are pleased to recognize the very generous gifts we received this year as Garrett and Cathryn St. Wrba show increased participation in the well as the many volunteer hours donated to help Fairhill achieve its Annual Fund Drive mission of providing a quality education for students with learning differences. We would like to publicly thank some of our leaders. “Fly with the Falcons 2010-2011” Linda and Rick Baldelli started the school year chairing another Thank you for flying with the Falcons this year during our outstanding Fairhill Golf Tournament. We had another successful annual fund drive. The annual fund is the key to keeping Annual Fund Drive which supports our operating budget with the Fairhill on the cutting edge of new technology and teaching help of Cathryn and John St. Wrba, and tools, fine arts and sports programs, and staff training. For Carolyn Cheatum, Jenny Kimbrell and the third consecutive year the generosity of Fairhill supporters Vicki McCandless chaired another exciting has set a new record of $112,000.00! On behalf of the fun filled Auction/Gala. Katie Lange and students, staff, and parents, we want to say THANK YOU! the Parent Council Board coordinated a dedicated group of Fairhill parents If you have not made your contribution this year, the drive in a myriad of volunteer activities. continues through August 31st. We would also like to thank our Board of Directors for their continuing John and Cathryn St. Wrba guidance, wisdom, and support. Parent Campaign Chairs As you read this newsletter you will see the amazing things the Fairhill Parent’s Corner Community has accomplished. “Fairhill focuses on abilities not disabilities.” “Teachers work together as a team.” Jane Sego “The quality of education is impressive.” Executive Director “An education at Fairhill is the best decision we ever made.” Fairhill School and Diagnostic Assessment Center | 16150 Preston Road | Dallas, Texas 75248 | Phone 972.233.1026 | Fax 972.233.8205 | www.fairhill.org Fairhill Senior Class of 2011 Annual Cap and Gown Ceremony Graduates and their future plans: On May 20, 2011, Fairhill Seniors, family members, and upper school students David Andrew Bails attended the annual cap and gown ceremony. University of Texas at Dallas This is a Fairhill tradition in which seniors Tiana Victoria Bermudez Collin College receive their graduation cap and gown in a personalized, poignant ceremony. Mrs. Kyle Christian Brannon Oklahoma University Melinda Cameron, Head of Upper School Catherine Helena Dabrowski and Jennifer Allen and Deni Kington, Upper undecided School teachers, read letters to each student Erica Houston Dallas from their parents. Seniors received their Tina Vint was presented her graduation mortarboard Sam Houston State University gowns and were presented their caps from hat by her buddy Evan Bailey Sabah Mahmood Dhanani their lower school buddies they mentored Texas Womens University throughout the year. Honor cords were Ari Murray Disraeli presented to those students achieving Collin College high honors in art, theater, Spanish and Cory Don Free over all academics. At the conclusion of Texas A & M University – Blinn the ceremony, Mrs. Cameron announced Carrington Collin Taylor Gibson this year’s salutatorian, Erica Dallas and undecided Senior Class of 2011 valedictorian, Tina Vint. Daniel Lake Harper Back row from left: Megan Marshall, Cory Free, Taylor Proffer, John McLaughlin, Collin Gibson, Ari Disraeli, Miles Lyon, Caleb McCandless, Bennett Updegraff, David Bails, Ross Lovell, Oklahoma University Kyle Brannon, Daniel Harper, Alex Sauer, Catherine Dabrowski, Tiana Bermudez, Erica Dallas, Tina Vint, Anne Lightner, Torie Shelton, and Sabah Dhanani Anne Elizabeth Lighter Dallas Baptist University Farewell to Fairhill Class of 2011 Ross Alan Lovell University of North Texas In a formal ceremony on May 31st, the Fairhill class of 2011 bade farewell Miles Spencer Lyon to their high school years. The graduation ceremony, held at Bentwood Austin College Trail Presbyterian Church, began with the procession of proud seniors. Megan Frances Marshall Speakers at the ceremony included Erica Dallas, salutatorian for 2011; Texas A&M – Commerce Tina Vint, valedictorian for 2011; and Mr. Pat McAuliff, Director of Caleb Alexander McCandless Bennett Updegraff posed with his parents Don Fire Science and EMS at Collin College. In his address to the graduates, and Mary Updegraff following the Cap and Collin College to Texas A&M Mr. McAuliff conveyed the idea of making decisions based on “I can” Gown Ceremony John Paul McLaughlin rather than “I can’t”. Head of Upper School, Mrs. Melinda Cameron University of North Texas and Chairman of the Fairhill Board of Directors, Roy Pendergrass, Taylor Anthony Proffer presented each of the seniors with their diplomas. Following the Collin College Erica Dallas, Torie Shelton, Tina Vint and ceremony, family, friends, and students attended a reception in the John McLaughlin wanted to see how high Alexander Nicholas Sauer they could go in the swing. New York Film Academy graduates’ honor. Congratulations, Seniors 2011! Scarborough Faire Seniors Torie Myriah Shelton Richland Community College Experiencing life in 16th century Britain was a highlight of School Days Bennett Ronald Updegraff at Scarborough Faire for Fairhill Seniors. Seniors gathered for candid and Sam Houston State University group shots on the beautiful site of the renaissance festival near Waxahachie. Christina Michelle Vint Activities included acrobatic shows, glass blowing demonstrations, riding Oklahoma State University Fairhill Class of 2011 Salutatorian Erica Dallas and Valedictorian Tina Vint elephants, and eating those great turkey legs! “Fly with the Falcons 2010-2011” Technology at Fairhill Mr. and Mrs. Larry Garner Casero and Associates Inc. L’Ancestral Global Dental, Dr. Anna Tran Celebration Station La Hacienda Ranch Mr. and Mrs. Dave Gray Dr. and Mrs. Don Cheatum Ms. Anna Lessard Mr. and Mrs. Kee Kimbrell Classic Plumbing, Ltd. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Levine Ms. Heidi Martin Club Corp North Texas Region Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lewis Significant Gifts Mr. and Mrs. William R. Hardcastle Mr. and Mrs. Robert Collins Mr. and Mrs. Randy McElroy Ms. Shelly Harper Mr. and Mrs. Mark Copeland Ms. Linda McNeil Mr. and Mrs. Greg McCandless Mr. Ronnie Congleton Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie Glazer Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Mark McKeehan Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Dallas In Honor of Connor McNeil Mr. Charles Orr Cooper Aerobic Center Mr. and Mrs. Greg Lowry Mr. and Mrs. Roy McClurg In Honor of Molly MeKeehan Mr. and Mrs. Gary Dennis Dr.’s Tony and Mary McRae Mr. and Mrs. William Peirson Mr. and Mrs. Mark Copeland Mr. Mark Maness W.K. Gordon, Jr. Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Sammy Mitz Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Disraeli Ms. Leigh Miller Ms. Jeanann Pirtle Mr. Don Costlow Marshall’s Catering and Dr. W.K. Gordon, III Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Norris Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Dominicis Dr. and Mrs. Mark Mlcak Ms. Ann Rabaut Cowboys Stadium Special Events Westerman Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael Reichenstein Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Dominicis In Memory of Linda Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sauer Cracker Barrel of Mesquite Mr. and Mrs. Paul Martinez Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schnitzer In Honor of Xavier Dominicis Mr. and Mrs. Keith Neifach Mr. and Mrs. Craig Smith Da Vinci Portraiture Mr. and Mrs. Randy McAfee Founders Society St. Jude Medical Dallas Children’s Theater Mr. and Mrs. Greg McCandless Mr. Bill Bell and Ms. Jane Sego Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Dumler Dr. Anna Tran and Mr. Ken Nguyen $3000 and above Neuromodulation Dallas Stars Mr. and Mrs. Roy McClurg Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sickler In Honor of Xavier Dominicis Mr. and Mrs. Danny Nichols J.W. Bagley Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Terry Slattery Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Edmonds In Honor of Nick Wiggins Mr. Chris Chavez Dallas Symphony Orchestra Mr. and Mrs. Randy McElroy Dr. and Mrs. Don E. Cheatum Mr. and Mrs. Mark Speese Mr. and Mrs. Melchior Elout Mr. and Mrs. Shamoon Ovaise Mr. and Mrs. Don Updegraff Dallas Theater Center Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Meadows During Summer at Fairhill classes, Nick Lange, Mr. and Mrs. Russell L. Ferraro Mr. and Mrs. Evan W. Stone Mr. Mitchell Fadell and In Honor of Lewis Ovaise Ms. Lené Westerman Dave and Busters Mr. and Mrs. Wade Mercer Homer Smith, Lauren Minnis, and Christian Hensley W. K. Gordon, Jr. Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wiggins Corporate Office Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Mix used Smart Responders while participating in a Mr. and Mrs. Jason M. Strong Ms. Jennifer Reason Ms. Gayle Owen Mr. and Mrs. Kee Kimbrell Ms. Ashley Davidson Dr. and Mrs. Mark Mlcak math activity from a Smart Board. Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Vivian Mr. H. Michael Finkle Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Pendergrass, Jr. The Ginger Murchison Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Tim Whisler In Honor of Michael Martinez Ms. Jeanann Pirtle Team Owners Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Dennis My Diamond Shoppe The Raffkind Family Charitable Giving Fund of the Dallas Jewish Dr. Connie Wilson and Mr. Doug Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Mart Finnell Mr. and Mrs. Grady Firmin Mr. John Dale Powers In Honor of Preston Cramer City Sprint 1.800.DELIVER Diamond Doctor Ms. Marea Downey Nate’s Seafood and Steakhouse Mr. and Mrs. Keith Neifach Smart Boards Community Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John St. Wrba Mr. Thomas Wolf Mr. and Mrs. Jim Fraley Mr. and Mrs. David Norris Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ferraro Dr. William K. Gordon, III Dr. Pepper StarCenter Plano Dr. Richard J. Chapman Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Olivarez P. F. Changs and Responders Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Free Mrs. Ann Rabaut Sustaining Member Ms. Margaret French In Honor of Annie McRae Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Thompson Mr. and Mrs. John Dziminski Payless Tire, Inc. Chairman’s Circle $300-$499 In Honor of Hunter Stokes Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ramirez Eisemann Center Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pearson With donations from families $1000-$2999 Mr. and Mrs. Blake Friesenhahn Mr. and Mrs. Rob Sanchez Team Managers Elizabeth Arden Red Door Petals and Stems Mr. and Mrs. E. Paul Bigham Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carpenter Spa and Salon Plano Community Theatre and foundations, including Mr. Mark Bagley Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Friesenhahn Mr. and Mrs. Alan Sandgarten Mr. and Mrs. Mark Copeland Equinox Prestonwood Country Club Mable Peters Caruth Fund of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Berkemeier In Honor of Lauren Friesenhahn Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sauer Dr. and Mrs. Don Cheatum Mr. and Mrs. Chris Fogarty Fairhill Mom’s Book Club REI - Recreation Equipment Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Greg Black Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Gibbons Ms. Terri Scannell Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Hutton Communities Foundation of Texas, Ms. Stephanie Hopper Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ferraro Rent A Center Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brannon Ms. Patricia Gorman Ms. Emilie Schmalzried Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lathem In Honor of Jewel Hopper Mary Carter Crowley Family Fund Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brewton In Honor of Katie Gorman In Honor of Keaten Olson Ms. Jane Sego and Mr. Bill Bell Mr. and Mrs. Mike Finkle Richardson Bike Mart Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Jack Mr. and Mrs. Mart Finnell Ridgeview Ranch Golf Course Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carter In Honor of Kirsti Jack Mr. and Mrs. Terry Gorman Ms. Kathryn Scoper Mr. and Mrs. Grady Firmin Salon Jo-Li of Communities Foundation of Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Dominicis/ Mr. and Mrs. Steve Gumbert In Honor of Hannah Howard Season Ticket Holders In Honor of Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. Greg McCandless Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Hairston, III Mr. and Mrs. Brad Sewell Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Berkemeier Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fogarty Mr. and Mrs. Rob Sanchez Texas, W.K. Gordon, Jr. Foundation, In Honor of Caleb and For Those About to Rock School Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sauer Mrs. Jorge Dominicis Cole McCandless and In Honor of Kevin Peterson Mr. and Mrs. James Shelton Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Dominicis Four Seasons Hotel and Resort Scapes, Inc. Westerman Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. John M. Dziminski Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hanft Ms. Jane Shores Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kral Mr. Richard Garrett Collin Gibson Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hannappel Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sivapon Ms. Ann Minnis Friends of Fairhill Schlitterbahn in Galveston Mr. and Mrs. Kee Kimbrell, Ms. Ann Minnis Ft. Worth Botancial Society Scotty P’s Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Hallum Mr. and Mrs. Terry Olson In Honor of Ryan Murray Mr. and Mrs. Craig Smith Mr. and Mrs. Paul Plunket Ft. Worth Museum of Science Ms. Jane Sego and Mr. Bill Bell Fairhill embarked on a new road In Honor of the McKinney Family Ms. Carol Ann Kilburn Mr. Stephen Spradlin and Mr. and Mrs. John Rickerby Ms. Lené Westerman Pecorari In Honor of Will Hardcastle Ms. Rebecca Guthrie Mr. and Mrs. Jason Strong and History Mr. and Mrs. Brad Sewell in technology with the purchase of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hanft Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Sauer Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Harmeyer Ms. Christi Stevens Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wiggins Ft. Worth Zoo Mr. and Mrs. Craig Smith Smart Boards and Smart Responders. Ms. Allison Isola Mr. and Mrs. Kent D. Stone Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones In Honor of Katie Gorman Ms. Marilyn Taubman Dr. Connie and Mr. Doug Wilson Garland Parks and Recreation Southern Botanical The new wall sized computers In Honor of Harrison and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Garner Southwest Airlines In Honor of The Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hennig In Honor of Ari Schnitzer Bailey Stone Gatti Town North Dallas Southwest Rodeo, LP perform teaching tasks for all subjects Tim Williams Family Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hensley Ms. Mary Louise Teasdale Allstar Donors Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Vanciel Gaylord Texan Speedzone of Dallas Luther King Capital Management Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hilts In Honor of Bryce and Erica Dallas Academic Outfitters and grade levels. The students Mr. and Mrs. Bill Willoughby Mr. and Mrs. Terry Gibbons Mr. and Mrs. John St. Wrba Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lathem Mr. and Mrs. Gwynn Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Utz Adrenalina Mr. and Mrs. John Lyon Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Hoffman Mrs. Sherri VanHess Adventure Landing Mr. Collin Gibson Mr. and Mrs. David Stanford and teachers enjoy the interactive Friend of Fairhill Ms. Diane Gibson Studio Movie Grill Mr. and Mrs. Paul Plunket Up to $299 Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hood In Honor of Shae Kiely Mr. and Mrs. Brantley Allen Glass Gone Wild Swatch Watches curriculum that can be presented. Mr. and Mrs. John Rickerby Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Randall Warmbrodt Aloft Plano Mr. and Mrs. Brantley Allen Miss Deni Kington Mr. and Mrs. Don Wendell Global Dental Taco Bueno Mr. and Mrs. William Sick America’s Ice Garden Goldworks Texas Rangers Baseball Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vint In Memory of Linda Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kohnle Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Whisler Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Terry Gorman Texas Tornado Hockey Responders are used increasingly The Wieland Family Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Badura Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kral Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wiggins Mr. and Mrs. Rick Baldelli James Donald Duke Family Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bails Mr. Tom Lamphere and In Honor of Nick Wiggins Balfour Mr. and Mrs. Steven Graves The Dallas Arboretum on college campuses. College Mr. and Mrs. Dave Gray The Dallas Picnic Company Partnership, LP Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bardwell Ms. Jan Richey Dr. and Mrs. John Wills BehringerHarvard Ms. Leslie Greco The Lash Lounge students purchase one along with William and Sylvia Zale Foundation Ms. Mildred Bellows Mr. and Mrs. Neil Lange Mr. and Mrs. Velton Wilson Ms. Mildred Bellows Mr. and Mrs. Richard Greco Ms. Krista Bomar Mrs. Neil Lange, Sr. Ms. Tish Woodruff Mr. Luis Benavides Ms. Rebecca Guthrie The Original Pancake House a text book for interactive learning Mr. and Mrs. Val Buckmiller In Honor of Nicklaus Lange In Honor of Hunter Stokes Ms. Virginia Guthrie The Portrait Photographer at the college level. The responders Mr. Christopher Chavez Bentley’s Art and Frame In Honor of Ezra Stone Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Latham Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Young Half Price Books Mr. and Mrs. Randy Thomas Advanced Neuromodulation Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Berkemeier are not just a fun diversion; they Mr. and Mrs. Randall Burrow Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lencioni Ms. Amy Harmon-Burrow Turtle Creek Chorale Systems, St. Jude Medical Billy Bob’s Texas Mr. and Mrs. Lee Burton Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lewis Hawaiian Falls Waterparks Uniquely Yours are tools our students need to BJ&G Enterprises, Inc. Falcon Club Ms. Nancy Thorpe Calhoun Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lightner Gala/Auction Mr. Hayden Bookout Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hennig Mr. and Mrs. Don Updegraff prepare for college! Mr. and Mrs. Rob Hilts Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Vanciel $500-$999 Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cantor In Honor of Anne Lightner Mr. and Mrs. Mike Lovell Sponsors and Donors Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Boozer Mr. and Mrs. Doug Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vint Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brewton Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carrell Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Lowry Mr. and Mrs. Gwynn Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Vivian Auction Underwriters Brinker International Mr. and Mrs. Paul Boynton Mr. and Mrs. David Cary Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Malloy Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Hoffman Vocabulary Enterprises Mr. and Mrs. Rick Baldelli Brookhaven Country Club Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Brannon Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Castelli Mr. Thomas Kenney, Jr. and Ms. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hood Ms. Kristen Warmbrodt Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Berkemeier Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bruno In Honor of Kyle Brannon In Honor of Alex Castelli Heidi Martin Ice-Skating Center at the Galleria Weston Park Central Hotel Mr. and Mrs. Rick Carrell Mr. and Mrs. Chris Burns Mr. and Mrs. John Caruth Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Castelli In Honor of Xavier Dominicis Judge Baylor House B and B Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wiggins Dr. and Mrs. Don Cheatum Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cameron In Honor of Cliff and Sean Caruth Mr. Joseph Champ and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Marshall Ms. Sarah Kadey Mr. and Mrs. Bill Willoughby Ms. Rene Cuellar Cantina Laredo Mrs. Sharon Edmonds Ms. Polly Holyoke-Champ Mr. and Mrs. Paul Martinez Mr. and Mrs. Kee Kimbrell Woodbridge Golf Club Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Dominicis Captivating Images AIG United Guaranty Mr. and Mrs. John Clark Ms. Anne Matthews Ms. Deni Kington Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Edmonds Portrait Studio Ms. Lena Flores and Ms. Winifred Clayton Mr. and Mrs. Randy McAfee Mr. and Mrs. George Kirkland Mr. and Mrs. Mike Finkle Mr. and Mrs. Rick Carrell Ms. Christie Congleton In Honor of Tim Cheatum In Honor of Mrs. Suzy Gibbons Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Kohnle Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fogarty Mr. and Mrs. Joey Carter Mr. and Mrs. David Gray and Mrs. Lee Ann Mix KSCS Fairhill Golf Tournament and All Star Yearbook Gala Raise $50,000 for Technology. The commitment and generosity of Fairhill parents, staff, board members, alumni and friends made the 11th Annual Golf Tournament and All Star Gala very successful events. Co-chairs of the golf tourney were Linda and Rick Baldelli. Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club provided the perfect setting for teams made up of second graders through grandparents and friends. After an afternoon of stiff competiton, a hamburger cookout, awards ceremony and raffle prizes made for a grand finale! The Fairhill All Star Gala was held March 5 at the Westin Park Central Hotel. Co-chairs of the event were Carolyn Cheatum, Jenny Kimbrell and Vickie McCandless. The ballroom was transformed into a festive sporting event. Guests enjoyed a delicious all American buffet, music Lower School students met friends in the hallway to sign yearbooks. Fairhill All Star Gala Co-chairs were Vickie McCandless, Jennifer Kimbrell and Carolyn Cheatum. and dancing to the sounds of Soul to Soul/Mile 21 Band. Emcee Rebecca Carrell and Auctioneer Dr. E.T. Boon teamed up to entice enthusiastic bidders in the live auction. The silent auction had many competitive bidders. Co-chairs of the golf tournament and gala would like to thank you for your continued support of these events, which keep a state of the art technology program for Fairhill students. “We are the I in IT” 2010 Mrs. Jo Prees and the Fairhill yearbook staff won first place in State TAPPS 2A competition for 2010 edition of “We are the I in IT”. Pictured from top left: Thomas Hodges, Preston Sokol, Adam Neifach, Mrs. Jo Prees, Catherine Dabrowski, Eric Dallas, and Anne Lightner. Nichole Wilson and Shae Kiely gathered with the Upper School students in the gym for the Yearbook Signing Party. National Art Honor Society On a crisp sunny day in January, the National Art Honor Society students jumped on the school bus for a quick trip down Preston Road to tour the world renowned Rachofsky House. Ryan, Linda and Rick Baldelli were co-chairs of the 11th Annual Golf Classic. Both the Rachofsky House and the Getty Art Museum in Los Angeles were designed by the noted architect Richard Meir. The art shown was from the collection of Mr. Howard Rachofsky and was the modern conceptual art of Second Place Winners from the Lower School Division in the 11th Annual Golf Tourney: today. The students were given an in depth tour by the curator Thomas Fulmer. This close up look at modern art Billy and Bill Pearson and Eliot and Michael Raffkind. gave the students a wonderful contrast of current trends with the art of previous decades. Educational Travels 8th and 9th graders arrived in Washington during the Cherry Blossom Festival. 8th and 9th Graders A trip to NASA provided an opportunity to learn about space missions. Annie McRae, Kristi Clark, Jessie Champ and Keaten Olson learned more about the space program Explore Washington, D.C. during their tour. Fairhill eighth and ninth graders enjoyed the many Texas Road Trip historical sights and sounds of the Washington, D.C. area in a planned five-day American History Each spring seventh graders participate in the Texas Road learning excursion. A few stops included tours Trip. The group enjoyed stops at Washington on the of the White House, the U.S. Capitol building, Brazos, San Jacinto, Battleship Texas and NASA before war memorials, presidential memorials, and traveling to San Antonio. Making their way back to Arlington National Cemetery. The group traveled Dallas, students explored Natural Bridge Caverns and outside D.C. to tour Mount Vernon, Monticello, toured the Capitol in Austin. and the University of Virginia. Outdoor School Student Council Attends Fairhill’s fifth and sixth graders look forward all year to their off-campus learning experience at the Outdoor LEAD in Chicago School of Texas, located near Marble Falls. Teamwork Members of the Fairhill Student Council and nature studies are the focus of the three day event. attended the National Association of Student Students learn cooperation skills as they work in Council’s LEAD Conference in Chicago. teams studying animal habitats and habits as well as (LEAD) Leadership Experience and Development conservation techniques. conference offers national-level leadership training in areas of team building, fundraising, and community service projects. The group also participated in officer training and student Jessica Rickerby and Isabella Serrano council workshops. identified birds native to Texas. Cole McCandless, Elizabeth Dorsey, Caleb McCandless, Bennett Updegraff, Adam Neifach, Rickie Haung, Tina Vint and Erica Dallas A Full Year of Sports Action Varisty Golf (Boys) Hustle Award – Max McKinney Most Improved – Nicholas Whisler Most Valuable Player – Collin Gibson Most Improved – IAA Basketball (Girls) Kelly Vivian Most Valuable Player – Shae Kiely Varsity Cheerleading Intramural Basketball Most Valuable Player – Outstanding Performance Award – Erica Dallas Hannah Warmbrodt Spirit Award – Devon Taylor Outstanding Performance Award – Most Improved – Ashton Campos Emily Latham Most Improved – Evan Cantor Coach Joe Bruno and Coach Seth Atkinson presented baseball awards at the Middle School Sports Awards Cookout. Nicholas Sewell was presented the Varsity Bowling IAA Track (Boys) Hustle Award and Nicholas Belshe was presented Most Valuable Player Award. (Boys) Most Valuable Player – Christian Flores Hustle Award – Nick Whistler High School Most Valuable Player – Lorenzo Benavides IAA Track (Girls) Asher Brownfield and Jerry Don Vanciel hustled during Tip Erica Dallas guarded Coach Ashley Davidson during Varsity Cheer Team Sports Awards Hustle Award – Nick Wiggins Most Valuable Player – Miranda Davis Off Night. the competitive Tip Off Night game. Emily Latham, Erica Dallas, Devon Taylor, Kristi Jack, Katie Gorman, and Katelyn Fietz Most Improved – Hunter Harty Varsity Soccer Varsity Bowling (Girls) Baseball Most Valuable Player – Ryan Baldelli Hustle Award – Miles Lyon Most Valuable Player – Stephanie Sims Most Valuable Player – Nick Belshe Most Improved – Alex Castelli Hustle Award – Erica Dallas Hustle Award – Nick Sewell Most Improved – Kirsti Jack Most Improved – Noah Steiner Varsity Basketball (Boys) Baseball Intramural Tennis Most Valuable Player – Ryan Baldelli Hustle Award – Josh Reese Most Valuable Player – Alexander Sewell Outstanding Performance Award – Most Improved – Ari Disraeli Hustle Award – Trevor Johnson Anthony Isola Most Improved – Harrison Stone Varsity Basketball (Girls) Most Valuable Player – Lindsey Williams Falcon Award Hustle Award – Tina Vint Falcon Award – Ari Disraeli Most Improved – Jazmine Austin Falcon Award – Tina Vint Varsity Volleyball Middle School Most Valuable Player – Torie Shelton Hustle Award – Erica Dallas Sports Awards Alumni Game Lindsey Williams and Drew Stewart, Class of 2002 Cory Free works out in the newly remodeled Fairhill Fitness Room. Funding for remodeling was provided by Roy and Penny McClurg and the Glazer Foundation. Most Improved – Katie Osten IAA Soccer Junior Varisty Basketball Most Valuable Player – Max McKinney Hustle Award – Connor McNeil Hustle Award – Christian Flores Most Improved – Cal Ferraro Varisty Tennis (Boys) Most Valuable Player – Ari Disraeli IAA Volleyball Most Improved – Andrew Bitterman Most Valuable Player – Jessie Champ Varisty Tennis (Girls) Most Improved – Annie McRae Most Valuable Player – Tina Vint Most Improved – Kelly Haverfield IAA Basketball (Boys) Most Valuable Player – Anthony Isola Tina Vint and Ari Disraeli were honored at the Fairhill Upper School Homecoming Week would not be complete without Fairhill alumni returning for the annual soccer match with the 2010-11 soccer team. The Alumni team won the match! Sports Banquet with Falcon Awards. Tina and Ari are pictured with Athletic Director Tom Wiemann. Fairhill Drama and Musicals Fairhill Welcomes Photographer Fairhill art and journalism students welcomed renowned photographer Joe McNally. His career has included thirty years with National Geographic and Life magazines. His most well known series is the “Faces of Ground Zero–Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th”. Marea Downey, former Fairhill parent and volunteer, arranged for Mr. McNally to visit. Students from Spanish II, III, and IV performed Macbeto. The play was performed for parents, Fairhill staff and Upper School students. Over 40 Spanish students participated in the annual Spanish play. This year’s production was Macbeto – an Enchilada Western. This new twist on the classic Shakespearean play, adapted by Spanish teacher Lissa Dallas, was set in the Old West of Spain with the cast portraying cowboys and Indians. The lead character, Macbeto, played by Miles Lyon, took over as the new sheriff in town from the ill-fated Dunquino, played by Neil Rickoff. Macbeto and his ambitious, scheming wife, doña Macbeto, played by Erica Dallas, saw their evil plot unravel just as the chief Indian, Tecate, played by Caleb McCandless, predicted. The mainly English speaking audience Lower School Spring Performance was kept entertained and informed by the music and PowerPoint that set up each scene. Hooray for Hollywood/Fairhill The Spanish play concept sparked the interest of local media. The Dallas Morning News, NBC Channel 5 Third graders Hayden Strong, Tanner Puckett, and CW 33 all did features and interviews regarding this event. Michael Raffkind and Luke Bookout performed Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. Mr. Joe McNally was welcomed by Fairhill art student Preston Sokol. Fairhill Acting Troupe cast and crew. An all-star cast The Fairhill Acting Troupe presented four senior directed plays at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts on April 21st. “Rapunzel” was directed by Torie Shelton. Alex Sauer directed “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview”. “Baby Talk” was directed by Caleb McCandless and Ross Lovell directed “Attic Treasure”. Pictured here Peyton Escher, Kierstin Rosipal and Taylor Swanson performed at the Winter Concert. is the cast for “Alice in Wonderland” directed by Anne Lightner. In and Around Fairhill… Young Authors Day Young Authors Day--a fascinating educational experience designed to stimulate the imagination in all of us when writing for the stage and for the page! Dad’s Day Mom’s Day Journalism Day Alexis and Steve Levine shared great smiles during Peyton Escher and her mom Melissa, Class of 1996, Congratulations to Preston Sokol! He won Spanish class. stopped their work for a photo on Mom’s Day. the Hard News Photo — Class B, at the Annual High School Journalism Day sponsored by the Dallas Morning News. Karina the Mime stopped by a classroom to answer questions of Jerry Don Vanciel Luke Medcalf wrote a story with Mime Karina. The day culminated with selected and Corey Martin. stories being acted out by the performer. A Budding Artist School Spirit Evan Bailey and Lori Mayo modeled Wednesday Preston Cramer was thrilled to have his dad, Wyatt McReynolds and his mom, Melissa Greear, Luke Bookout and his Senior Buddy Bennett Johnny Powers, spend Dad’s Day at Fairhill. displayed his art work. Updegraff worked on a survey, “Getting to spirit shirts Know Your Classmates”. Amber Yen’s winter scene design was selected for the Fairhill holiday card. designed Amber received congratulations from Ms. Sego and Mrs. Finnell. by Lori. Grandparent’s Day Fairhill Mom’s Book Club Prom Fairhill Juniors, Seniors and their dates danced the night away at the Roaring Twenties Prom. The DJ led the group in dances and activities. In the fall of 2010, the Fairhill Mom’s Book Club read World War II themed books. To support their reading, Many attendees played casino games to win the Book Club went on a field trip to the Dallas Holocaust Museum. The moms benefitted from the fact-filled tour by a museum guide and a lecture by a Holocaust survivor. great prizes and had caricatures drawn. Miles Lyon and his grandmother Ruth Ann Jewel worked together to complete a math puzzle on Grandparents’ Day. Lindsey Williams, Stephanie Sims and Caleb McCandless seemed very pleased with winnings at the casino table. Hats Off To Our Parents Former Class of 2003 Emily Gilles married Clint Atwood Class of 2009 Art Schuster completed I’ve enjoyed serving as the President of the Fairhill Parent Council this past year. Once again we’ve tried to offer events that enhance you and your child’s Falcons at Ashton Gardens in Corinth, Texas on April 17, 2011. Several Fairhill alumni attended the wedding. his second year at Richland College and plans to major in engineering. Emily is Sales Manager and Ben Revell is in the United experience at Fairhill. Conference Services Manager States Coast Guard. In August, we had our first annual Kickoff Party at Hawaiian Falls in Garland. for the Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel We had about 150 attend and hope that it provided a way for new students in Rockwall. Class of 2010 and families to feel welcome to the school and returning students and families get to see each other to socialize. We are planning another event for the fall Mary Macaluso completed her Masters Raymond Jackson is attending and hope to see many of you there. In the spring we had a crowd turn out for Degree in Public Administration Northlake College and is a tour of Cowboy Stadium and we provided a reprieve from testing week by in December. She is working at involved in extracurricular having the Kona Ice Company come one day after school. the San Francisco Department of activities while maintaining a Public Health as a senior disaster high grade point average. This year we had wonderful speakers for our Parent Ed program. One of the preparedness planner. Mary and David most well attended events was in March when Tam Warner Minton came to Haupert were married June 25, 2011. Matthew Swanson is attending talk about “Preparing Your Child for College and Choosing the Best Fit” The wedding was held on the UC Texas Tech University in Michael Raffkind used all his strength on the bungee when selecting a college to ensure their success. We provided parents with the Berkley campus. Lubbock. He is a member pull inflatable activity during Field Day. opportunity to attend a screening of “Race to Nowhere”, a documentary that of the “Goin’ Band from addressed schools, parents and students being pushed to over perform. Class of 2004 Raiderland”. Matthew is It provided a great deal of food for thought at our household and hope it did the same for others. majoring in anthropology. In addition, our Parent Council Board worked closely with Ruth Willoughby to improve our school lunch program. David Lowe is presently stationed at He participated in the Music We sent out surveys to the students, did a lot of research and talked to other schools to find other options. We are Fort Hood, Texas. He is scheduled to Learning Band Program at excited to announce that Marshall’s Catering will be providing our meals everyday next year. go to Sergeant’s Leadership School Fairhill for seven years. and Air Assault School in the fall. Finally, I want to thank my fellow board members, Ruth Willoughby, and all of the parents that helped plan and Isaiah Williams was recently volunteer at the activities during the school year, without all of you they would not have taken place. We are always Class of 2005 presented the E. N. Jones open to your suggestions. Let me know your thoughts at email@example.com. Have a great summer break! Scholarship at Dallas Baptist Coleton Burch graduated from Baylor University. Katie Lange Fairhill families enjoyed a University in December, 2009 with a “behind the scenes” tour Parent Council President of Cowboy Stadium. Degree in Speech Communications Former Student Class of 1998 and Religion. He was a Dean’s List student. Coleton moved back to Kyle Berkemeier recently Eric Mercer is a Captain in the Dallas to work with his father in graduated from Texas Tech. U.S. Army deployed to Southern He included the following real estate. He is working to complete Afghanistan. He is the operations officer paragraph in an assignment for his Real Estate License and is also for a team responsible for assisting the one of his classes. “In 5th grade Afghan National Army and the Afghan working as an independent consultant to build his own business. my father took a job in Dallas, National Police in helping build a better a move that may have saved tomorrow. The team works hand in Jessica Szulerowski graduated in the future of my education. hand with Coalition Forces to help December, 2009 from the University I enrolled at Fairhill, which rebuild the country. Eric commented of Wollongong in Australia. She catered to students just like the he wanted to let everyone at Fairhill will begin an internship with Walt me, students with learning know how much the school means Disney World in Orlando in their differences. This is really where to him. He said that he believed that the best thing Fairhill did for marketing department. my memories of reading and him was to build his confidence. Fairhill writing began. The few short not only taught him math, science, Class of 2006 years that I was at Fairhill, Nick Lange and Chris Fogarty gave and history, but how to succeed with a I gained the skills necessary thumbs up for the Kona Ice Party! Matt Black recently graduated magna Lauren Badura, Kaden learning disability. to catch up to where I should Collins, Homer Smith, cum laude from Stephen F. Austin Christian Hensley and have been.” Lauren Minnis stopped College with a BS in biology. for a photo during the fun-filled afternoon. Honor & Excellence FAIRHILL SCHOOL AND DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT CENTER MISSION STATEMENT 16150 Preston Road | Dallas, Texas 75248 Physics Awards Fairhill is dedicated to providing the best possible education to learning different students, Mr. Wade Mercer presented Physics Awards to Collin Gibson, emphasizing each student’s unique pattern of Awards Ceremony Recognizes David Bails, John McLaughlin, Daniel Harper, and Cory Free. information acquisition, processing, and expression. Upper School Excellence To accomplish this, Fairhill focuses upon academic, social, and emotional development. Mrs. Lissa Dallas presented Spanish Awards to: American Red Cross 2011 Fairhill guides its students in “learning to learn.” Alexis Levine, Katelyn Fietz, Adam Neifach, Presidential Award Winner Adam Neifach, Miles Lyon, Sam Wieland, Caleb McCandless, Matthew Bagley, Kyle Brannon, Matthew Bagley, Caleb McCandless, BOARD OF DIRECTORS Andrew Bitterman, Erica Dallas, Devon Taylor, and Tina Vint. Andrew Bitterman, Nicholas Gierczak, Neil Rickoff, Lewis Ovaise, an American Red Cross National Honor Society Induction Tina Vint and Erica Dallas. volunteer, received the Bronze Award. W. L. Pendergrass, Jr., Chair To receive the award, he contributed Tom Carse, Vice-Chair Sophomores Matthew Bagley, Andrew Bitterman, W. K. Gordon III, Ph.D., Secretary Devon Taylor and Senior Caleb McCandless were National Spanish Honor Society fifty hours of volunteer service to the William K. Barnard, Treasurer American Red Cross over a twelve inducted into the Fairhill Chapter of the National month period. Lewis received an Honor Society. These students were recommended John M. Gala official President’s Volunteer Service Leslie Zale Greco as the 2010-2011 inductees through teacher lapel pin, a personalized certificate of Jerry B. Hutton, Ph.D. nominations based on qualities of leadership, achievement, and a congratulatory Carol Young Marvin scholarship, character, and service. letter from the President of the United States. Ann Minnis Jane Sego Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D. National Art Honor Society Junior Ring Thomas C. Thompson Connie Wilson, Ph.D. Ceremony On January 15th, ADMINISTRATION Back row from left: Nicholas Gierczak, Patrick Belshe, Miles Lyon, Sam Wieland, Kyle Brannon, Erica Dallas, Lori Mayo, Emily Latham, Tina Vint, and Stephanie Sims Fairhill Juniors Jane Sego, Executive Director received their class Fairhill Chapter of the rings in an impressive Carla Stanford, Assistant Director International Thespian Society ceremony. Seniors & Head of Lower School New inductees: John McLaughlin, Tim Cheatum, Cory Free, Bennett Melinda Cameron, Matthew Bagley, Patrick Belshe, Ryan Fischer, Alec Ferraro, Updegraff and Head of Upper School Travis Olivarez, Sam Wieland, Nicole Wilson, Kirsti Jack, Caleb McCandless Ruth Willoughby, Director of Development Rickie Haung, and Nick Orr. assisted Mrs. Melinda Cameron with the ceremony. & Public Relations Students were awarded their class rings by Ms. Jane Sego, William K. Gordon III, Ph.D., Mrs. Melinda Cameron and Mr. Tom Wiemann. Juniors Director of Psychological Services & Back row from left: Bennett Updegraff, Wyatt McReynolds, John McLaughlin, participating in the ceremony were: Jazmine Austin, Ryan Director, Diagnostic Assessment Center Trent Galvis, Nick Gierczak, Amber Yen, Adam Neifach Front row: Tiana Bermudez, Erica Dallas, Tina Vint, Lori Mayo, Megan Marshall, Alyssa Lowry, Baldelli, Patrick Belshe, Trent Galvis, Nicholas Gierczak, Devon Taylor Tom Wiemann, Athletic Director Alex Gregory, Hunter Harty, Thomas Hodges, Emily Latham, Michael Martinez, Lori Mayo, Connor McNeil, Adam Neifach, Cricket Burton, Business Manager Katie Osten, Neil Rickoff, Stephanie Sims, Preston Sokol, Kelly Vivian, Sam Wieland and Lindsey Williams. 16150 Preston Road | Dallas, Texas 75248 Phone 972.233.1026 | Fax 972.233.8205 www.fairhill.org NON PROFIT US POSTAGE PAID PLANO, TEXAS PERMIT NO. 181 FAIRHILL SCHOOL AND DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT CENTER 16150 Preston Road | Dallas, Texas 75248 A FRIENDLY REMINDER Former Falcons and Falcon Alumni If you have former student or alumni news to share, please call or e-mail Ruth Willoughby, Director of Development at 972-233-1026 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free $$$ for Fairhill!!!! Tom Thumb, Albertson’s, Kroger, Target Visa and Box Tops for Education offer free $$$ to Fairhill through their customer participation rebate programs. Homecoming Court Homecoming Court: Andrew Bitterman, Katie Gorman, King Caleb McCandless, Queen Erica Dallas, Patrick Belshe, Stephanie Sims, Cole McCandless, Kelly Haverfield, Caleb Wilson and Kenzie Warren.
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