The original Fairview School, built in 1893, was located at the southwest corner of the current site. A brick addition was added in 1928 and remained a part of the school after the original building was torn down. In 1953, the school expanded to the northwest corner of the site and down West 8th Street, where it served students and teachers until Spring 2010.
In 2007, the MCCSC Board of trustees began conversations in the Bloomington community to discuss the future of Fairview Elementary. After six public forums, the Board decided to rebuild a new Fairview Elementary on the existing school site. In order for the old building to continue to serve staff and students, the new building was planned for the opposite corner of the school site. During the last school year and the end of the previous year, the students and staff shared their schoolyard with contractors and heavy equipment while the new building was taking shape. Additional work and the demolition of the old building were completed during the summer with the doors of the new building opening for the first day of school in Fall 2010.
“The building was designed to be reflective of the adjacent downtown commercial buildings. It has soaring roofs and a rhythm to add interest and peak students’ curiosity and wonder. The new building also includes green elements including geothermal heating and cooling, white roofing, daylighting techniques and sun-screening.” Jayne York, Kirkwood Design Studio
Artful Learning is the signature school improvement program of the Leonard Bernstein Center, which is inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s vision and music. The methodology is based on 19 years of intensive research and practice with leading educators. Music, art, drama, and movement are integrated throughout standards-based learning to improve academic achievement and instill a love of learning.
Artisticat, the Fairview Wildcat, lives on the southeast corner of the school. Artisticat was created in partnership with Joe LaMantia, local artist whose children have attended Fairview. Through community planning sessions, a student design was chosen and pieces of our old building were selected to be included in this project. Artisticat’s eyes are lights from the old entry area, her nose comes from the door to the old coal room, her mouth is cut from the fire escape slide, and the Fairview letters on her base were taken from the front of our old building. On the ground in front of Artistict are two mosaic paw prints. These were made by 2010 sixth graders using marble from window sills in the old building. Artisticat came to live at Fairview in the fall of 2010. Our sixth grade class named our wildcat Artisticat combining artist and cat. Students gave distinctive spots by proudly painting her with their handprints.
Artisticat reminds of the THINK skills that guide all of our actions and interactions at Fairview:
Treat myself and others with respect
Help take care of our school
I take responsibility for my behavior and learning
Never settle for less than my personal best
Keep myself and others safe