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.
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.
On Friday, May 11, the Class of 2018 received their diplomas, signifying the conclusion of their high school careers. The ceremony was personal and intimate and families were able to view images of the fun of high school, listen as the class sponsor, principal and students encouraged and challenged the graduates. Valedictorian Katelin LaFollette and Salutatorian Grace Scharfenstein sang a duet about holding on, and moving forward.
The Class of 2018 may be small, but they are mighty! Five of the seven will be heading to a four-year college in the fall, with awards totaling nearly $250,000! One student will be attending cosmetology school in the fall and another is actively pursuing a career as a Commercial Fisherman, Crab and Shrimper, and is currently in employed as one. We are expecting great things from this class! Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
On March 26, we held our annual Social Studies Fair for elementary students. The students wrote reports, created boards, used props and gave oral presentations. By participating in this fair, students learn research skills, applied creativity, and oral speaking - and so much more! When all of the boards are set up in the gym, it's quite an amazing site. We are always amazed by our students! A panel of judges exam each student's work for award placement. Each student is also graded by their individual teacher.
It is a difficult task. Judges used a rubric and conducted interviews. After careful examination, winners were announced in our Easter Chapel on March 29. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each class, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners overall elementary. Congratulations to all for their hard work!
1st grade, L to R: 3rd place TIE: Jourdan Aucoin & Max Stark; 2nd place - Ryleigh Roberts; 1st place - Ben Yuratich
2nd grade, L to R: 3rd place - Luke Holley; 2nd place - Ashton Hill; 1st place - Drew Johnson
3rd grade L, L to R: 3rd place TIE: Quinn Lemoine & Jenna Lumetta; 2nd place - Yvonne Roberson; 1st place - Ava VanGeffen
3rd grade G, L to R: 3rd place - Shayne Smith; 2nd place - Ben Sanchez; 1st place - Gavin Gaudin
4th grade B, L to R: 3rd place - Lexi Franatovich; 2nd place - Aiden Shiyou; 1st place - Leah Yuratich
4th grade W, L to R: 3rd place - Payton Callahan; 2nd place - Eden Dunbar; 1st place - Zoe Hingle
5th grade, L to R: 3rd place - Charlie Nienaber; 2nd place - Kyland Paxton; 1st place Jordan Lumetta
6th grade, L to R: 3rd place - Eli Petrich; 2nd place - Jason Roberts; 1st place - Anabel Peck
Overall from 1st - 6th grades, L to R: 1st place - Jayden Davis; 2nd place - Sam Yuratich; 3rd place - Marcelle Holley
First Baptist Christian School has experienced tremendous growth over the years, but one school tradition has remained since the beginning - celebrating 50's Day! This is a day that is anticipated by students and teachers. The students take a step back into history. Some learned of the trends of the time, how rock 'n roll came to be, the politics and economic status of the world, and the coming of age of America.
50's day was held on Friday, February 23. Students in grades 1 - 12 are encouraged to dress in '50s era styled clothing. Everyone enjoys a coke float, scooter races, practicing their hula hoop skills, listening to popular music of that time period. Photo shoots, make-up and hair greased back with a comb, and the favorite - cotton candy - are also available. It is always a fun day, and one that will sure to be around for a long time!
1664: Mrs. Brooks, Assistant Administrator, with 4th graders Ryen Pullen, Skylar Vetter, Mackenzie Johnson and Sydney Vetter.
1716: Callie Havard and Eden Dunbar dancing to the music of the 50's!
1731: Best buddies, Luke Labarre and Kirk Malone
1746: Mrs. Stadler, 1st grade teacher, and Mrs. Brooks, Asst. Administrator, show off their poodle skirts!
1791: Ronin Luther takes a turn at pushing Jenna Lumetta in a scooter race!
1806: Isabelle Comeaux dressed as "Rosie the Riveter"
1811: Nate Stang and Shayne Smith taking time out from the scooters.
1833: 1st graders Jing Maat and Kyleigh Lasley are having a blast at their first 50's day!
1841: Drew Johnson loves the cotton candy!
1886: 5th graders Shelbi Varnado, Marcelle Holley, Maya Okoro and Mia Vicidomina show off their 50's style outfits.
1904: 6th graders Logan Marble, Jace Aucoin, Jordan Walker and Ashtin Mitrik are the cool guys!
1961: Kole Picard, 7th grade, has some skills!
1982: 8th graders, Maddie Scharfenstein and Faith Hackney, pause for a pose.
1996: Highschoolers Brady Marcade, Shane Cook, Miles Monnier and Mason Pilcher ready to start their race!
2016: Enjoying their extended lunch time, Reagan McVay, Sydni Stewart and Peyton Vetter are hanging out while listening to the music.
First Baptist Christian School is an accredited member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). Within that accreditation, our students are given many opportunities to participate in bees, festivals and meets. The ACSI History Bee is for students in 5th - 8th grades. We had nineteen 5th - 8th grade students qualify and participate in the Regional ACSI History Bee on Friday, March 9, in New Orleans. Of those 19 participants, seven have qualified for the National ACSI History Bee to be held in Atlanta in June. Congratulations! Hard work does pay off!
#1: 5th - 8th graders participate in ACSI Regional History Bee: L to R: Marcelle Holley, Mrs. Lisa Brooks, Asst. Administrator, Avery Burgoyne, Jackson Marble, Kayleigh Lasley, Sydni Stewart, Mason Robertson, Garrett LaFollette, Dylan Holley, Kendall Speer, Burgan Luther, Jayden Davis, Sam Yuratich
#2: National History Bee Qualifiers: L to R: Garrett LaFollette, Dylan Holley, Jayden Davis, Sam Yuratich, Mason Robertson, Kendall Speer, Jackson Marble
The First Baptist Christian School 12th grade Digital Media class competed in ACSI's annual A-TECH and Desktop Publishing competition. Jessica Caillouet submitted a fictional restaurant menu for Desktop Publishing and the entire media class submitted a fictional movie trailer (which they entitled Frankenstein Reborn) for a sequel to Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein. The movie trailer placed 3rd in the South-Central Region, which includes schools from the St. Louis area, New Orleans area, and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
The FBCS Media class entered the annual TeenDrive365 Video Challenge (sponsored by Toyota and Discovery Education). They entered a commercial-type video that presents the consequences of distracted driving. High school students all over the nation submit videos for the competition, and all are available for viewing on YouTube. Cash prize winners will be announced in April.
Image: The FBCS media class: L to R: Madelyn Jennings, Grace Scharfenstein, Jasmine White, Hailey Glasgow, Jessica Caillouet, Katelyn Lafollette