Fairfield Junior High School

Wed
28
Nov

TxDOT traffic study planned

The intersection U.S. 84 West and Post Oak is a mess of traffic during peak times: 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m. This photo was taken at 7:40 a.m. Monday morning.
Photo by April Walker

After numerous complaints from citizens and concerned parents, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has decided to conduct a Signal Warrant Analysis at the intersection of Post Oak and U.S. 84 West in Fairfield.

There have been accidents at the intersection over the years because of the current flashing caution light combined with a speed limit of 55 MPH. The study will be performed by the TxDOT Traffic Office during February.

“February is a date selected to ensure that school is in session outside of holidays and resources are available to conduct the study,” said Bobby Colwell, TxDOT public information officer.

Tue
20
Nov

Digital Media class tours SMU, WFAA

Fairfield's seventh and eighth graders proudly pose at the WFAA desk where anchors film the news. The students also toured Southern Methodist University during their Dallas trip.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Dunlap

Digital media students got hands-on training last week when the group of Fairfield seventh and eighth graders toured the WFAA studios and Southern Methodist University. While visiting the SMU broadcasting class, students enjoyed learning how to man the cameras, anchoring on-air with one class, and using the vocal training lab with Pam Hackett, who is a broadcast executive-in-residence at SMU.

“My favorite part was anchoring at SMU and working in the vocal lab,” said seventh grader Avery Thaler.

The students traveled from the college to WFAA studios where they met longtime anchor John McCaa. WFAA was the first studio to broadcast the news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas.

Wed
17
Oct

Night of the twisters

A low shelf cloud settled over Fairfield last Tuesday night, Oct. 9. This photo was taken between the Fairfield junior high and high school campuses at around 7:30 p.m. that night after a day filled with rainstorms and high winds.
Photo by April Walker

A line of storms moved in Saturday evening, Oct. 13, bringing several confirmed tornadoes in both Freestone County and Corsicana. Reports began rolling in about 4 p.m. Saturday of a tornado sighting about eight miles northwest of Buffalo, southeast of Teague, moving at 30 miles per hour. Dew ISD officials opened the campus for area residents to take shelter. A tornado also reportedly touched down in Limestone County north of Mexia. Fairfield residents Kelly and John Salter were out running errands during the height of the storm warnings Saturday. While in Wal-Mart in Corsicana, they were instructed to take shelter. “Walmart made us go to the middle of the store for about 10 minutes,” Kelly Salter said. “I was actually a little perturbed to start with, ya know? If I wanna take a chance and get my stuff and get out of there it should be my choice.

Wed
17
Oct

Night of the twisters

A low shelf cloud settled over Fairfield last Tuesday night, Oct. 9. This photo was taken between the Fairfield junior high and high school campuses at around 7:30 p.m. that night after a day filled with rainstorms and high winds.
Photo by April Walker

A line of storms moved in Saturday evening, Oct. 13, bringing several confirmed tornadoes in both Freestone County and Corsicana. Reports began rolling in about 4 p.m. Saturday of a tornado sighting about eight miles northwest of Buffalo, southeast of Teague, moving at 30 miles per hour. Dew ISD officials opened the campus for area residents to take shelter. A tornado also reportedly touched down in Limestone County north of Mexia. Fairfield residents Kelly and John Salter were out running errands during the height of the storm warnings Saturday. While in Wal-Mart in Corsicana, they were instructed to take shelter. “Walmart made us go to the middle of the store for about 10 minutes,” Kelly Salter said. “I was actually a little perturbed to start with, ya know? If I wanna take a chance and get my stuff and get out of there it should be my choice.

Wed
12
Sep

FJH XC takes 1st

Fairfield Junior High School's girls and boys cross country teams took first place in the Grapeland event Saturday, Sept. 8, against six boys and seven girls teams. Top seven boys were Eli Castillo, 1st; Christian Serrato, 4th place; 

 

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Wed
30
May

Awards given to FJH students

Ally Robinson is pictured with one of her awards, the Elton Moore Humanitarian Award.
Photo by Tammy Gawryszewski

Eighth grader Ally Robinson was awarded three prestigious awards last week during the end of year award ceremonies at Fairfield Junior High School. Robinson earned her name on the following plaques:

  •  Elton Moore Humanitarian Award
  •  Jeff McBay Academic Award
  •  American Legion Post 288 Citizenship Award

Fellow 8th grader Valeria Ramirez was awarded the John Perona Citizenship Award, while Gage Lane also earned a spot on the American Legion Post 288 Citizenship Award plaque. Seventh grader Jonathan Thomas was given the Johnnie Pye Citizenship Award and Andrew Fantroy, 6th grade, earned a spot on the Suzann Leadbetter Citizenship Award.

Fri
18
May

FJH enters ILPC contest

By Jordan Maciel

The Fairfield Junior High EGLZ News team recently entered the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC) State Broadcast Contest. They competed against 1A through 4A high schools and middle schools across Texas. ILPC is a UIL Academic competition for journalism. The team received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting. They competed in eleven categories, placing in seven. FJH EGLZ News received 1st place in Announcements, 2nd place in Documentary, and 2nd place in graphics. 

Thu
12
Apr

FJH Eagle of the Month

Fairfield 8th grader Marcos Contreras-Gonzalez was named Student of the Month at Fairfield Junior High School.

Photo submitted by Sonya Gibson

Wed
28
Mar

FJH cheer squad named

Nineteen junior high girls were named to the 2018-19 cheer squad last week. Mascot will be Riley Ralstin and Bailey Miller was named manager. The cheer sponsor is Tammy Gawryszewski. Pictured are (back row) Avery Thaler, Ava Thompson, McKinna Brackens, Rynna Bonner, Paige Posey, and Bailey Miller; (middle row) Linsey Cockerell, Chasidy Starr, Landry Bayless, Kennedy Lane, and Haley Moore; (front row) Lily Beaver, Addisyn Cox, mascot Riley Ralstin, Ellie Grissett, and Jacey Jones; (seated in front) Marissa Eppes and Cooper Lawley. Not pictured is Kori Pillette.

Photo submitted by Tammy Gawryszewski

 

 

 

Wed
07
Mar

FJH named 2nd in Follett Challenge

Fairfield Independent School District (FISD) was named the second place People's Choice winner – with a total of 3,520 votes – of the recently held Follett Challenge, bringing home $8,000 from the foundation for books to libraries and classrooms. Through the national contest winners could receive up to $60,000 in prizes. In December Fairfield Junior High School students, led by Digital Media teacher Tammy Gawryszewski, entered a five minute video and five written components describing how the district's innovative program prepares students for the demands of the 21st century.

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