Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back to all of our returning students, parents, and guardians and welcome to all new students and parent community members from the Class of 2017! We have been busy this summer preparing for the opening of a new school year. Our focus is to provide the highest academic skill development, global awareness, and positive school connectedness in order to afford a holistic educational experience for all students.
Accordingly, we will continue to build upon our wall to wall International Baccalaureate (IB) pathways initiative and am thrilled to announce that we are the first Arizona high school in authorization for the addition of an IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC) program. This exciting new IB strand emphasizes a connection to Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses while remaining solidly connected to the IB philosophy and certificate pathway. We will be providing more information regarding the IBCC pathway as the school year progresses. In addition, it is critical to remind all that an IB education will ultimately strengthen student literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills which are all essential components to performing at a higher level on state, national, and global assessments and college entrance exams.
Essential to the success of every student is being prepared and organized each school day. It is equally important that students maintain consistent attendance and be on time to each class. These are the daily routines that will provide the foundation for success throughout the school year. As a reminder, we will send out early and frequent progress reports on each student, as well as provide information by phone messaging, email and the internet regarding daily attendance and weekly class progress. Our school-wide interventions will continue to include mandatory tutoring for any student in jeopardy of failing a class, however, we highly encourage all students to use this time to maintain or enrich their academic performance in any course throughout the year. Lastly, we will build upon the nationally acclaimed “Rachel’s Challenge” program and Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) at Fairfax. These important programs/interventions have and will continue to improve our school-wide culture through positive student relationships, acceptance, and service to others. We will be communicating more information regarding both of these programs/interventions to our entire school community throughout the school year.
We look forward to working with each of you as we provide the most rigorous college preparation program available to students world-wide. We firmly believe in the collective abilities of our students and faculty; with hard work and dedication, all things are possible. Wishing you a rewarding school year!Best regards,
Dr. Zachary J. Muñoz
Betty H. Fairfax High School