Schools of the Week: Fairview Elementary and Centennial High
Published February 2, 2023
The Schools of the Week spotlight is on Fairview Elementary and Centennial High this week. Take a look at the photo galleries below to see some of the fun in each school building, and see quotes from employees and students about what makes their school great.
"What I love most about Fairview Elementary is the unique community bond that ties everyone together. You often hear about a school having a strong community, but at Fairview, it goes beyond just one building. As teachers, we discuss empathy and try to instill an understanding of how our community supports each other, and how each child is a vital part. We want all students to know they matter. I love being part of such a strong community that supports students from elementary through high school." - FES teacher Missy Poloskey
"I like the whole school. It's pretty fun. The first time I got here, I made some really nice friends." - said FES student Hadlei Faig
"CHS is a special place. The community among teachers and students is unlike anywhere else I've worked. Our teachers consistently step up and not only provide our students with fantastic instruction and learning opportunities, we also support each other when class coverage is needed and technology problems arise. Student diversity is where CHS shines. We speak around 27 different languages here. Nowhere else have I been able to push my creativity to make my students believers and lovers of math." - CHS teacher Brian Albamont
"The people here are really good, and I really enjoy the classes. All of the teachers do a great job of getting students to pay attention and be engaged." - CHS student Benji Cordero
Fairview Elementary and its community are working together to help students practice their reading skills.
The Hawk Page Turners are parent and community volunteers who take the time to sit down with students and read a book. It started with kindergartners but has since spread to other grades.
"We thought it would be a great idea to expand it through the whole school," said Hawk Page Turner volunteer Allison Jackson. "Some students don't have the opportunity to read at home; some just need some extra practice. The best part is spending time with the kids, who are so excited to read. It's about learning to help them love books."
Some Centennial High students are making the most of a unique opportunity.
CHS teacher Missy Savasta's cosmetology class is the only one of its kind in the district. In this class, students learn how to cut, color and style hair as well as how to perform manicures, pedicures and facials.
"I love this class because it gives me a chance to be creative," said CHS Mikiah Jacobs. "Ms. Savasta has taught me so many things I can take to beauty school. I love this class so much."