First Baptist Christian School had nineteen 5th - 8th grade students recently qualified to compete in the National History Bee competition in New Orleans in March. These students took an online History Bee exam a few weeks ago and scored well enough to place in the Regionals competition. Those advancing to Regionals are as follows:
Avery Burgoyne, Avery Dunbar, Burgan Luther, Caroline Thirstrup, Cole Gumina, Dylan Holley, Emma Snider, Ever Vigee, Garrett LaFollette, Ingrid Alexander, Jackson Marble, Jayden Davis, Kayleigh Lasley, Kendall Speer, Maddie Scharfenstein, Marcelle Holley, Mason Robertson, Reagan McVay, and Sydni Stewart.
Image: Back: Caroline Thirstrup, Maddie Scharfenstein, Ever Vigee. Middle: Jackson Marble, Garrett LaFollette, Sydni Stewart, Kendall Speer, Reagan McVay, Ingrid Alexander, Emma Snider, Jayden Davis, Avery Dunbar, Dylan Holley. Front: Mason Robertson, Avery Burgoyne, Burgan Luther, Cole Gumina, Kayleigh Lasley, Marcelle Holley
First Baptist Christian School held their National Beta Club Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, January 24. To be eligible for membership in BETA a student must have a 3.2 GPA (for the year in 5th – 8th, semester in 9th – 12th). The student must possess integrity and good conduct in and out of school.
Sr. Beta sponsor, Mrs. Alyson Batten, explained the criteria for membership and read the mission statement for National Beta Clubs. The Four Keys of Beta are Achievement, Character, Leadership and Service. Four of the seniors, Katelin Lafollette, Grace Scharfenstein, Maddie Jennings and Hailey Glasgow, read the four keys of Beta to those in attendance.
Mrs. Batton then led the Sr. Beta Inductees in the Beta Club Pledge. Mrs. Melissa Billeaud, Jr. Beta sponsor, led the 5th – 8thgrade inductees in the Jr. Beta Pledge. FBCS inducted 27 new members to Jr. & Sr. Beta. The total number of students in 5th– 12th grades with membership is 67. This represents 47% of the total 5th – 12th grade students! Congratulations for being students of integrity and excellence!
Dr. Casey Stark, pastor of FBC, Slidell, shared from scripture the importance of service to others. He challenged not only the Beta members, but all students and adults present, to look for opportunities to serve others. Not just to serve, but to do so with humility, without notice, without requiring recognition. What a difference that would make in our world!
Photo left: Jr. Beta 2018 Inductees: Back row, L to R: Talon Lemoine, San Johnson, Jason Knobloch, Avery Burgoyne, Burgan Luther, Kendall Speer, Caroline Thirstrup, Christian Adams, Asher Blakeman, Anabel Peck. Front Row, L to R: Ashlynn Berns, Kayleigh Lasley, Shelbi Varnado, Maya Okoro, Marcelle Holley, Jordan Lumetta, Brady Van Geffen, Kanyon Baker, Eli Petrich, Peyton Moschell. Not pictured: Ingrid Alexander, Rylee Galloway and Kasey Pinac.
Photo right: Sr. Beta 2018 Inductees (all freshman): L to R: Celia Moschell, Destiny Guillory, Misty Sauro, Colin Havard
Homecoming Spirit Week for First Baptist Christian School was one for the record book! With two snow days (unknown in Southeast Louisiana) and as a result of the snow days, the basketball was cancelled, and activities and events had be adjusted. Though it was disappointing to some, the students made the best of it and still enjoyed dressing up and participating. The parade, pep rally, presentation of the court, crowning of the king & queen, and even a basketball game, still went on. It was a good life lesson to be flexible, don’t sweat the small stuff, and to trust God even when our plans fail!
Because of a previous scheduling conflict, Homecoming Week was January 16-19. With Monday, Jan. 15 as Martin Luther King Day, dress up days began on Tuesday with the 7th – 12th grade showing their Super Spirit! Wednesday & Thursday – snow days – no dress up at school! On Friday, the elementary students were given a choice of dress up because of the missed days: Pajama, Look-a-Like, and Mix/Match. Some students chose to represent all three! The 7th – 12th graders dressed as their class theme for the upcoming parade. Many chose to represent Pixar or Disney movies. Creativity was rampant!
After the parade, students participated in a pep rally, which consisted mainly of the presentation of the Homecoming Court. The Senior Class then entertained the student body with gymnastic feats and basketball related games.
That evening, the presentation of the court, escorted by their parents, went as scheduled. Everyone was excited while anticipating the crowning of the king and queen. Congratulations to King Noah Lepine and Queen Jasmine White.
Because the opposing team was unable to attend because of snow days, the Varsity Girls Basketball team challenged the boys to a game. It was a fun night, even though not as originally planned. Both teams were even joined by some of our alumni who had come for the festivities. It’s always good to see our former students!
Homecoming week was finalized with a dance on Saturday night for the 7th – 12th grades. It was well attended and everyone had a good time.
It was a really short school week, but we made the best of it. It will really be a Homecoming to remember!
If you would like to know more about our school, go to our website www.fbcseagles.com for more info. Open registration for the 2018-2019 school year begins March 1.
Top left: Sophomore girls showing their Super School Spirit, L to R: Summer Crawford, Mia Howard, Brianna Dukes, Gabby Adams, Jamie Otto, Chandler Stevens, Sarah Hall
Top right: 1st graders, Ellie Nolting, Jordan Aucoin, Sophia Stang, Sadie Drewes and Kyleigh Lasley, dressed in the pajamas for Spirit Week!
2nd left: Talon Lemoine and Kyland Paxton, 5th grade, were really mixed up for Mix/Match Day!
2nd right: 3rd graders Chloe Creel and Sarah Burgoyne look a-like!
3rd left: The spectators enjoyed watching Senior Noah Lepine and Juniors Jacob Cooper and Justin Darby, drive their ATVs in the parade!
3rd right: Homecoming Court escorts, L to R: 7th grade: Kole Picard and Brady Marcade; 8th grade: Garrett LaFollette and Cameron Jennings; 9th grade: Myles Monnier and Glenn Daniels, III; 10th Grade: Aiden Mitrik and Zion Bell; 11th grade: Jacob Cooper and Justin Darby. Homecoming Court maids: L to R: 7th grade: Reagan McVay and Sunny Howard; 8th grade: Maddie Scharfenstein and Caroline Thirstrup; 9th grade: Sarah Cooper and Destiny Guillory; 10th grade: Summer Crawford and Mia Howard; 11th grade: Olivia Gaudin and Sadie Snider
Bottom: FBCS Homecoming 2018 King and Queen: Noah Lepine and Jasmine White
First Baptist Christian School students competed in the ACSI District-Wide Math Olympics at their school and the results were recently announced. Last year, FBCS sent 5 students to state. This year, 16 students scored well enough to advance to the ACSI Math Olympics State Competition! Of the 16 qualifiers, three students earned 1st place, one student received 2nd place and three students received 3rd place in the school district. The state competition will be held at Westminster Christian Academy in Lafayette, La. on April 20, 2018. Congratulations for a job well done!
3rd grade Computation Category-
William Luther: Superior Rating, State Qualifier, 3rd Place District
Hudson Sanchez: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
3rd grade Reasoning Category-
Ty Galloway: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier, 3rd Place District
Ben Sanchez: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
4th grade Computation Category-
Leah Yuratich: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
4th grade Reasoning Category-
Aiden Shiyou: Superior Rating, State Qualifier, 1st Place District
Callie Havard: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
5th grade Computation Category-
Marcelle Holley: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
5th grade Reasoning Category-
Talon LeMoine: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier, 3rd Place District
Brady VanGeffen: Superior Rating, State Qualifier, 1st Place District
6th grade Computation Category-
Peyton Moschell: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
6th grade Reasoning Category-
Caden Galloway: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier, 2nd Place District
Logan Marble: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
7th grade Reasoning Category-
Sunni Howard: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
8th grade Computation Category-
Garrett LaFollette: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier
Jackson Marble: Excellent Rating, State Qualifier, 1st Place District
FBCS is dually accredited with ACSI and AdvancED and follows the Louisiana state standards for curriculum in grades 1-12. Our graduating seniors qualify for the TOPS Scholarship Program and FBCS participates in the State Transcript System for 9-12 grades. Our students are academically challenged in an environment of community and personalized educational experience. FBCS offers students a quality education, sports and other activities all in a Christian setting. Community registration begins March 1, 2018. For more information, visit our website www.fbcseagles.com or call 985 643 3725.
Image: Back Row, L to R: Garrett LaFollette, Sunny Howard, Logan Marble, Talon Lemoine, Jackson Marble. Middle row, L to R: Peyton Moschell, Hudson Sanchez, Callie Havard, Marcelle Holley. Front Row, L to R: Aiden Shiyou, Leah Yuratich, Ben Sanchez, Ty Galloway, William Luther. Not pictured: Brady VanGeffen
First Baptist Christian School loves our Veterans! In a special chapel service, FBCS students and staff honored our veterans. Ms. Nelson, Principal, recognized and thanked Mayor Freddy Drennan and his wife for attending the program. The first graders handed out flags to everyone present prior to the program. A parade of veterans, led by 8th grade students holding banners of the five service branches, started this moving and honoring service. Every veteran present was recognized and thanked. The formal program began with the presentation of colors by the National Guard Color Guard. Mia Howard, 10th grader, sang our national anthem in acapella. The 12th grade media class prepared a special media presentation, Eagle TV, recognizing the rights we have because of the sacrifice of our service men and women. First graders sang “You’re a Grand Ole’ Flag” – waving their flags while they sang. Three 7th graders, Kendall Speer, Reagan McVay and Sydni Stewart, read original essays about the cost and benefits of freedom. The 3rd grade class led the audience in singing “God Bless the U.S.A.”
The school was blessed to have Veteran Loretta June Burchett, Command Master Chief, Surface Warfare, US Navy, come a speak to students and guests. She shared that she had wanted to be in the military since the third grade, at a time when women were not encouraged to join the military. She was the first female to graduate from the Naval Training Center in San Diego, graduating in the top ten percent as a Data Processing Technician. She shared her trials and successes of her career, inspiring and encouraging the students to follow the path that God puts before them.
At one point in her speech, Master Chief asked the students to stand if they had a family member who served, or who had served, or if they knew someone who was. More than half of the student population stood. Our service men and women touch all of us in one way or another. Remembering the freedoms and rights we have and the sacrifice they make for us, is something we should not take for granted.
It was a very moving program that was a small way to express our gratitude to our veterans. All of this was followed by a spaghetti lunch served to veterans and their families by Senior Beta members. What a wonderful way to remember the men and women who have served and sacrificed for us!
If you would like to view the video created by our Digital Media class, go to www.fbcseagles.com, and find the Eagle TV link!
The 5th grade class of First Baptist Christian School recently volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Harahan. Students helped with sorting and packaging boxes for distribution to various churches and other facilities that give food to those who cannot purchase enough for their family.
The students worked hard, and had a little fun, too! The staff at Second Harvest was very appreciative of their help.
Every grade at FBCS participates in at least one community service project each year. Teaching students to give back to the community! Follow us on Facebook to learn more!
1: Shelbi and Marcelle packing boxes, while Ashlynn and Marlene put items on the conveyor belt.
2: Maya, Kyland and Kanyon proudly display their packed boxes.
3: Mr. Vince from Second Harvest Food Bank stops to pose with some of the FBCS 5th graders: L to R: Talon, Marlene, Jocelyn, Shelbi, Savannah, Jasmine, Maya, Ashtin (in back), Keira, and Marcelle
First Baptist Christian School had 6 students that placed in the top 15 in the St. Tammany Parish Fair Essay Contest. The students wrote creative essays between 500-800 words on the subject "What is the Best Way to End Bullying in Schools?" Over 100 essays were sent to the St. Tammany Parish Fair Association by several area schools. The following FBCS students and the rank they placed in the contest are as follows: Sydni Stewart-11th place, Peyton Moschell-7th place, Karis VanGeffen-6th place, Sunny Howard-4th place, Emma Hodges-3rd place and winner of $50 cash prize, and Reagan McVay-1st place and winner of $100 cash prize. The essays written by the students who placed 1st and 3rd place, Reagan and Emma, will advance to the state competition in February at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals.
Image: L to R: Sydni Stewart, Peyton Moschell, Karis VanGeffen, Sunny Howard, Emma Hodges, Reagan McVay
On Wednesday, October 11, the First Baptist Christian School 4-H Club hosted their 6th Annual Pet Show for any student wishing to include their pet. The club decided to use the proceeds for this pet show to help the Clay County Animal Shelter in Green Cove Springs, FL whose facility was devastated during the recent flooding created by Hurricane Irma. The dog kennels and the cat area incurred 3-4 foot of water. Extensive work is being done to rehab their “Cat Cave”.
Mrs. Erin Webb and Mrs. Bridget Blatz, 4th grade teachers, are the sponsors of the club for 4th – 6th grade students. In an effort to teach community service and empathy, the pet show was developed as a tangible to demonstrate this. Each club member had a responsibility in the preparation, organization and cleaning up of the pet show.
They are very appreciative of all who participated and came out to watch the show. There were quite a variety of pets represented: frogs, turtles, rabbit, chicken, guinea pig – and of course, lots of dogs! The categories for the show were: Largest, Smallest, Best Trick, Best Kisser, Best Tail-wagging, and Owner Look-a-Like.
The winners and categories are: Largest Pet – Ryen Pullen and Murphy; Smallest Pet – Izzy Nelson and her frogs; Best Trick – Savannah Perkins and Bella; Best Kisser – Giana Liccardi and Prancy; Best Tail-Wagging – Shelbi Varnado and Fluffy; and Owner Look-a-Like – Cheyanne Johnson and Taz.
Even though it was a very hot day in October, fun will still had by all – and all of the pets were on their best behavior! In all, the 4-H Club collected $200 to send to the shelter in Florida. Great work!
First Baptist Christian School students collected $2,186.89 for their school-wide Dresses for Orphans mission project. Each student was given a Love Bank to take home for one week and fill with coins.
The mission of Dresses for Orphans is to help orphans worldwide feel special, loved and cared for by providing them with new, specially made dresses and shirts.These two FBCS first grade students, Grason Durand and Sadie Drewes, model t-shirt outfits like the Dresses for Orphans organization makes for orphans all over the world. This ministry will be able to make 583 outfits with the money the students collected. So thankful for a student body that cares and believes that God is on the move!