Each year schools from throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District come together to perform for Music in Our Schools Month. Music in Our Schools Month was started to remind people of the importance of music education in the development of the whole person and support it being an important part of the school curriculum. The Catholic Schools fo Fairbanks was invited to attend this year’s event and we sent four students: Elsa Weekly, Will Simard, Madison Morris, and Melora James.
The band concert at Hering Auditorium on March 5 featured one middle school and two high school groups. Each group was conducted by a teacher or teachers from the local school district. All groups had to do extra rehearsals during or after school to prepare for the concert. Madison and Melora performed three pieces with the Middle School Band. Both students played well and were fantastic representatives for the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks.
Will and Elsa performed in the orchestra concert on March 7 in Hering Auditorium. Elsa played with the middle school group, conducted by three different teachers from the district and Will performed with the Chamber Orchestra conducted by Cheryl Frey, a beloved orchestra teacher who retired from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District two years ago. Both groups had challenging music, but it all came together beautifully in the performance.
Both evenings were thoroughly enjoyable and a reminder of the power and beauty of music and the profound effect it can have on people and to the development of the whole person. Thank you to the students and parents for the their continued support of music in all of our schools.
Congratulations and Thank You to those who "Shared the Love" and participated in our Open House Referral Program. James Blyler, Ivy Nicholson, Sarah Newton, Sheila Gwizdak, and Brandy Ostanik all received a $25 credit towards tuition. Kathy Schlieve was the grand prize winner of our drawing, winning a $500 tuition credit!
Congratulations to our District Qualifiers: (K) Scarlett Brooks, (2nd) Braxton Kelly & Gabriel Schlieve, (3rd) Freddie Menard & Max St. Amand, (4th) Claire Rauenhorst & Angelica Head, (5th) Jack Schlieve & Angelo Elizondo, (6th) Asher McGlinchy, Anya Simard & Clare Fritze, (7th) Melora James, Grace White, Gabriel Weinberger & Isa Bond!
Come check out their projects at Pioneer Park on Friday, 3/29 from 9-6pm.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget about our St. Patrick's Day raffle and dinner happening today! Dinner is at 4pm/drawing at 5pm. Prices are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3-5, kids under the age of 3 are free.
We hope that everyone had a memorable and fun Spring Break! Did you know that there are only 9 weeks of school left? That's incredible! Please review this Week's Happenings to keep up to date with current and upcoming events.
Catholic Schools of Fairbanks will be released at 12:50pm this Friday, March 8. Our AM/PM buses and After Care program will run as normal. However, the Academic Center will be closed. Please make appropriate accommodations for your MCHS students.
Welcome to another phenomenal and short week at CSF! As a reminder, CSF will be dismissed early on Friday, March 8 at 12:50pm with AM/PM Buses but without Academic Center for MCHS Students. Please review this Week's Happenings to keep up to date with this, other current, and future events!
We left Fairbanks at 6am Wednesday (Feb 20) morning. The team was (surprisingly) awake and ready for the 8 hour bus ride to Anchorage. This year, we took 11 students down to compete in the State Tournament for Academic Decathlon. Our Honors students were Michael Johnson, Trevor Christian, and Jess Reed. Our Scholastic students were Bryan Coty, Brighton Higbee, and Preston Walsh. Our Varsity students were Jade Benbow and Jean-Paul Brown. This year we had 3 alternates: Oscar Oravec, Aaron Falcon, and Koa Rosales. All but Michael, Trevor, Bryan, and Jade were new to competing on the main team this year!
We competed in Division II (against Hutch, Valdez, and Galena). The bus ride down was great. Monroe, West Valley, and Hutch all shared a bus. We got a lot of compliments for our students being on time and friendly! In Anchorage, our students really showed the best side of themselves. They studied, ate, and hung out as a team. Mr. DiTommaso and myself could not be more proud of them! From rallying support for one another when the nerves got to be too much, to just lightening the mood with a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody down 4th Avenue in Anchorage (at the top of their lungs…), they stuck together. Mr. DiTommaso also took 7 of our team to an escape room Saturday afternoon. They escaped with 30 seconds left to spare!!
The Awards banquet was Saturday evening. After a somewhat rough showing at Super Quiz on Friday, we were unsure of our overall score for the Division. We received the Fleetwood Award for improving by more 9000 points. Jessica Reed won 2nd for both Speech and Essay in the Honors category. Oscar earned the highest score in Art, Econ, Essay, Literature, Math, and Music in the Alternate category. Koa earned the highest score for Science and Speech in the Alternate category. And, Michael Johnson was the highest scorer on our team. We also managed to beat Hutch to claim 1st in our division for the first time since 2014! Great work Team!!
- Ms Jones (and Mr DiTommaso)