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 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
A copy of the article published in the Slidell Independent Newspaper by Kevin Chiri on September 10, 2017.
SLIDELL – With a recent study predicting growth in St. Tammany Parish to skyrocket in coming years, First Baptist Christian School in Slidell is ready to get ahead of the curve after a generous donation of over $500,000 has enabled them to purchase 30 acres of land directly next to the existing church and school property.
The land purchase was completed with school growth in mind and Principal Mona Nelson said it is tremendously enhancing the plan they already had to enlarge the school which now has nearly 250 students.
First Baptist Christian School (FBCS) opened its doors in 1989 to offer a private education with Christian values to local students. Now offering first through 12th grades, the school operates in a facility with 17 classrooms with school leaders working on a plan in recent years to build 24 more classrooms.
First Baptist Church and School sit on approximately 20 acres of land on Pontchartrain Drive and began hosting meetings with church members interested in expanding the school.
With a 30 acre parcel of land directly next to the existing land, south of their current footprint, Nelson said she was sitting in the meeting when a church member surprisingly offered to put up the money for the land—approximately $550,000.
“At first there were two men who were talking about splitting the cost, then suddenly he leaned over to me and said ‘I’ll buy the entire thing.’” Of course I was so surprised,” she said. “The only way to react is to say that God is amazing.”
Incredibly, the school has a theme for the 2017-2018 year that had been selected long ago: “God is on the move.”
Nelson and her Assistant Principal Lisa Brooks said it seemed so appropriate to have such an incredible donation for the school when that theme was already selected.
The church member making the donation asked to remain anonymous, Nelson said, but she noted “he wanted to help the school grow and was matter of fact about offering that amount of money. It’s truly an amazing thing—God has always provided for this school and we saw it happen again.”
Nelson also announced that the school recently achieved two important certifications that continue to show their commitment to excellence. With Brooks’ assistance the school spent the past two years meeting all the standards to be accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and were also certified as an Advanced Education school. They had received Louisiana state certification in the early 2000s.
“These certifications are important to us to since it confirms to parents that we are doing all the right things,” Nelson said. “We knew that we were—but to have an outside, independent organization come to your school to see it all assures parents that we are meeting very high standards.”
They received the recent ACSI accreditation after months of filling out reports and forms, and displaying to the organization they were meeting many top rated standards. Topics included School Foundation, Philosophy, Governance, Executive Leadership, Community Relations, Instructional Programs and Resources, Student Care, Character and Values.
“The final step to pass was when ACSI officials sent a team to our school to talk to parents, teachers and students over a four-day period, and to see first-hand that we were doing all the right things,” Brooks said. “We knew we had all the things in place, but this was a rubber stamp to show others that we aren’t just saying it, but have it confirmed by an outside organization that it is all being done.”
Brooks, with 28 years in Christian and public schools, came on board to First Baptist three years ago and had previously gone through an ACSI approval process.
Nelson, with 22 years in education and the past 11 years as principal at First Baptist, said the school is now ready to move forward for the next major phase in its history. They expect to have a new building site plan ready in about two months that will include a new gymnasium, cafeteria, library, 24 buildings and administrative offices.
With the current school situated behind the church as it faces Pontchartrain Drive, the new school buildings will also be situated further off the frontage of the 30 acres so all school facilities are next to each other. In the past two years First Baptist recently constructed a youth center and also built a track.
The school currently offers sports that include basketball, swimming, volleyball, track, cross country and girls softball. The question about ever adding the expensive football program is one that Nelson said she is asked on a regular basis.
“We are very aware of trying to have a football team one day, but that is a big undertaking. For now, the top priority is to construct the new buildings so we are ready for the growth that is coming,” she remarked.
Nelson said they also hope to construct a softball and baseball field in the next expansion project that is expected to cost “several million dollars.” The school has maintained an ongoing building fund and is currently evaluating total cost for construction and what it will take to get it done.