We would like to recognize 5th Grader Leah Yuratich. She won 1st place with her essay entitled "How I Honor Veterans" at the VFW Post #5735 level. She then advanced to the VFW District #9 Level where she placed 1st. She then advanced to the VFW State Competition and she placed 2nd there.
Three of our teachers were nominated for the VFW Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to:
Ms. Christie Stadler was nominated for Elementary VFW Teacher of the Year for VFW Post #5735, because she does an amazing job promoting good citizenship and patriotism with her first graders. She placed 1st and advanced to the VFW District 9 competition, and she placed 1st at that level as well.
Mrs. Alyson Batten was nominated for High School VFW Teacher of the Year for VFW Post #5735, because she has worked hard to promote citizenship, service and patriotism with her high school students. She placed 1st at that level and advanced to the VFW District 9 competition, and she placed 1st at that level as well.
Mrs. Melissa Billeaud was nominated for the Middle School VFW Teacher of the Year for VFW Post #5735, because she has done a terrific job promoting good citizenship, service, and patriotism with the middle school students. She placed 1st at that level, and she advanced to the VFW District 9 competition, and she placed 1st at that level as well. She advanced to the VFW State Competition, and she placed 1st in State and has advanced to National Competition!
Congratulations to all! Recognition well deserved!
Representing First Baptist Christian School and competing in the ACSI State Spelling Bee competition in Opelousas on Thursday, January 24th were
3rd Grade Lynzie Allen-State participant who placed 2nd in the 3rd Grade State competition
4th Grade Sam Leimkuhler-State participant
6th Grade Savannah Perkins-State participant
7th Grade San Johnson-State participant (not pictured)
8th Grade Mason Robertson-State participant who placed 4th in the 8th Grade State competition and 11th overall in the Finals State Competition
Our Inaugural STEAM Night for 3rd - 6th graders was a success!! Learning, experimenting and exploring = fun! Students enjoyed learning about and controlling drones, discovering how rockets work, watching a 3D printer in action, understanding how scientists use the world around us (specifically birds and geckos last night) to imagine new things - and, of course, making slime!! It was an amazing night!
The elementary students did a beautiful job of pointing us to Christ at their annual Christmas musical! Celebrating the birth of Jesus. We are always amazed by our talented students - rising to the challenge!
A little summary of the story "Special Delivery - Wrapped in the Father's Love"
Over 2,000 years ago, a miracle is about to take place in Bethlehem. Meanwhile in heaven, angels in training anxiously await their divine appointments to take part in Christ's birth. This Christmas, join in the adventures of His coming from a heavenly perspective.
This musical shares the excitement of Jesus' arrival and finally the hope of His return. Each song draws children closer to His heart - giving them the confidence to declare His love.
The lyrics and drama will give everyone the truth to carry with them and music to share the story of this great Love come to earth. Join Gabriel, Melody, and the rest of the God Squad as they anxiously await Christ's birth and celebrate His miraculous arrival.
It was such a privilege to honor veterans in our Veteran’s Chapel on Friday, November 9, 2018. This chapel service is always special at First Baptist Christian School. Hosted by Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lisa Brooks, veterans in the crowd were invited to participate in a “Veterans Parade”, led by junior and senior boys holding signs designating the five military branches. It was quite a moving sign seeing the men and women walking in to their branch’s song and lining up in the front for all to see.
FBCS is thankful to the members of Salmen High School’s Army ROTC Color Guard for presenting the colors. Ruth Fowler, 8th grader, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
The first grade class energetically marched in with flags waving and shouting “USA”! They then led us in a song “You’re a Grand ol’ Flag” while waving flags and patriotic pom poms! Third and fourth graders also presented a song entitled “Thank you, Soldiers”.
We have several students who write essays for competition. Leah Yuratich and Beauregard Kleve, both 6th graders, read their original essays, “How I Honor Veterans”. Their essays are still awaiting results of the competition. Burgan Luther, 8th grade, was recently the 1st Place recipient of the St. Tammany Parish Fair essay contest. She read her original essay “The Glory Never Gets Old” to the audience.
We were blessed by Colonel (Retired) Tom Waller, Career Army Field Artillery Specialist. Col. Waller explained the history behind the purpose of Veteran’s Day, also known as “Armistice Day”. He named wars since WWII and asked those veterans to stand so they could be recognized.
He also honored Mr. A. B. Wilson, great-grandfather of Jordan Aucoin (1st grade) and Jace Aucoin (7th grade). Mr. Wilson is a veteran of World War II. He was a member of "The Ghost Army" as a Tech Sergeant and he is a recipient of a Gold Medal. What an honor it was to have him in our service!
Avery Burgoyne, 8th grade, followed Col. Waller with a beautiful song “I Will Stand”. Kayeligh Lasley, 6th grade, read a poem about veteran appreciation, and the veterans then received a small gift from FBCS handed out by FBCS Beta Club students.
Dr. Mark Cooper, high school history teacher, concluded our program by reminding us of the purpose of folding the flag. The folding of the flag is a very meaningful ceremony and each fold has a specific meaning. While he explained the folding, Master Sergeant Brad Smith, and his son, Carson Smith, 6th grade, demonstrated. He concluded with this “May you always know joy in your soul and pride in your heart when you see our flag on display. May you always remember the sacrifice of those who served in uniform and of their families all through out the decades in preservation of our freedom. And may we keep a prayer on our lips for our nation that we may always see the flag wave over our land of the free and the home of the brave.
First Baptist Christian School believes it is important to instill a sense of gratitude in our students. To display and guide them to express thanks and honor where it is due. We will always be thankful to those, and their families, who sacrificed much to ensure our rights and freedoms.
Our fall fundraiser event was a success. Even though it had to be postponed from its original date in September, the turn out was impressive! Students were to collect sponsorship from others to participate. Students who received sponsors of $30 or more participated in the 5K run. Any one who collected $100 or more able to attend the Eagle Warrior Competition field day, and those students who raised $300 or more also attended a day at the the trampoline park.
It was a beautiful day for a run! Prizes were given for the participants who actually wanted to be timed and ran! The rest of us walked and enjoyed the scenery...
Each year our school coordinates two major fundraisers to offset expenses. The major push for fundraising this year is to raise the remaining funds needed to begin the building process for our new facility.
Students who raised $100 or more in sponsorship were able to take a whole day off of school for some fun. Students in 1st - 6th competed against classmates in soccer, kickball, beach volleyball, dodge-ball, relay races - and enjoyed some free-play time on the playground. Students in 7th - 12th grades competed for points in flag football, cabbage ball, UFO, beach volleyball, and a preliminary Ninja Warrior Course. Part of the Ninja Warrior Course included an 8'ft wall to climb over, a rope bridge to cross and many other obstacles to cross.
All students received grilled burgers for lunch and received a free snowball from Kona Ice.
The day ended with all students gathered around to watch the final Ninja Warrior Competition. The top competitors from all six high school teams were chosen for this final round. Congratulations to Jackson Marble and Maddie Scharfenstein, both 9th graders, for achieving the fastest times! It was a good day!
Our 7th & 8th graders had a fun Game Night! What a turn out! They enjoyed laser tag, a video bus, night basketball, Just Dance, ping pong, cards, and creatively made up their own games! And don't forget the food - including Cane's chicken!! We are blessed with awesome students! #fbcsslidell #fbcsjuniorhigh #fbcsgamenight
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, First Baptist Christian School honored our local First Responders in a special chapel service. Mrs. Lisa Brooks, whose son is also a police officer in another community, coordinated and hosted the program.
The Digital Media class prepared a video presentation with interviews of students who have a family member that is a first responder. Jayden Davis, 7th grader, read a poem entitled “Heroes” and 5th grader, Makenzie Johnson with 6th graders Shelbi Varnado, Marcelle Holley, Kayleigh Lasley and Maya Okoro shared parts in the poem “I Thank God”.
Captain AJ Wrublewski, of the Slidell Fire Dept., spoke to all in attendance. He thanked the students for honoring all the first responders present and expressed appreciation for all the goodies and gifts that they receive throughout the year, but he had one important thing that he asked for everyone to do for them. This one thing that had three parts. He asked that the students, when they see or hear a police car, fire truck or ambulance, to pray three different things for them.
The first thing he asked the students and adults to do was to pray for safety for the law enforcement officers, fire protection personnel and EMT’s. The next thing he asked them to pray for is the families of these first responders. He reminded us how difficult their job could be for the spouses, children and parents of these heroes. Lastly, he asked that we pray for their souls. That all those in service would have and strengthen their relationship with Jesus in their work and home lives.
After the program, the officers, firemen and EMT’s were invited to the gym for cake. Any student that had a parent present joined them also.
FBCS appreciates all the men and women who daily serve and protect us. We are grateful to those who were able to join us but know there were many who could not because they were out serving. Thank you for your dedication and service.
Real World Science is a weeklong summer seminar for middle school math and science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples. Twenty-eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.
Ms. Erin Boyett, Middle School Math & Science teacher at First Baptist Christian School attended this seminar this summer. Rob Wallace led the seminar instructing participants on how to weave science and history together using examples and facts from World War II. The teacher students visited LIGO Livingston which is a observatory which measures gravitational waves. We also had the opportunity to visit the PT-305, which is a Higgins boat that was used during WWII. Throughout the week we completed several hands on activities and learned about several tools that can be used in the classroom to excite the students and get them actively engaged in Science. Registration for Real World Science 2019 will open in January 2019.
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