The ELA classes at FCS were visited earlier in the semester by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, a poet and essayist who is working with the local Arts Council to promote Poetry Out Loud. He encouraged our students to participate in this national contest that focuses on poem recitation and comes with cash prizes and scholarship opportunities.
Four students accepted the challenge to memorize and recite a poem in the Poetry Out Loud local contest held at Lee Burrows Theater on February 5th. Bridget Coggins, David Wickline, Maddi Smart, and Grace Patterson competed against 46 other students from Yuba City High, Sutter High and Albert Powell Schools in front of a packed house!
All four of our students represented Faith Christian very well!
2nd grade engineers build skills together!
Our class completed an engineering cooperative activity where the students created their own catapult in a group using recycled goods such as cardboard toilet paper rolls, 12" piece of yarn, plastic spoon, one cotton ball, one pipe cleaner and one loop of scotch tape.
Over the two days of this activity groups had to come up and agree with a plan and write it down before construction could begin. Two of the six groups managed to create a catapult that successfully launched the cotton ball on the first day! The other groups kept reworking their designs until reaching their goal on day 2! Some had to experience "failure" before they found a way to make it work correctly - a very important lesson.
Some of our students' discoveries were:
- Each group catapult looked different than the others.
- The catapult had to be able to "flip" the spoon in order to work.
- The cotton ball was wrapped tightly it went farther.
- Listening to everyone in the group was important to come up with the most successful ideas.
Sam Ithurburn's mom, Jennifer, accepts the award on his behalf at Homecoming 2019!
On Homecoming night, January 25, 2019, we continued a Faith Christian High School tradition by inducting two alumni into our sports hall of fame. The hall of fame’s purpose is to build a tradition of excellence, to help current students, staff, and parents to be aware of FCHS sports history, and to inspire our current athletes and coaches to be of hall of fame caliber.
Our first inductee was Sarah Hall Webb.
Sarah is a member of the FCHS class of 2011. During her high school career Sarah was a very strong all-around athlete who competed in volleyball, basketball, and soccer. She won numerous all league and team honors, including first team all-league in soccer for three years, Offensive player of the Year in soccer twice, MVP in soccer her senior year, and FCHS Female Athlete of the Year her senior year.
After graduating from FCHS Sarah went to the Master’s College and played soccer for four years there. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She got married in 2015, and moved to Houston where she taught third grade. She and her husband now live in Seattle where Sarah teaches fourth grade at a Christian School.
Our second inductee for 2019 was Sam Ithurburn.
Sam is a member of the FCHS class of 2013. He was also a very good all-around athlete who participated in soccer, basketball, baseball, and golf. He earned a number of awards, including being the MVP of both golf and baseball, which are played at the same time! During his senior year Sam was named to the Appeal-Democrat all-area first team in golf, and was the FCHS Male Athlete of the Year.
Sam married his wife Toni in September of 2018. He works as a freelance photographer, creating content for brands, companies, and other marketing agencies. He says he travels quite a bit for work. He is also on staff for a Christian ministry called The Mission. He and Toni just moved to Tijuana, Mexico, as part of his work with The Mission.
When we asked Sam what lead him toward a ministry path he shared this:
"Faith Christian School definitely shaped me from the beginning, being poured into by people who genuinely cared not just for my faith but me as a person: ie - Mrs. Hemphill (first grade teacher), Mrs. Dunlap (3rd grade), Mr. Bicknell (high school history), Mr. Herrera (bible) - coaches, office staff…all of it!
Seeing Christ-likeness throughout school was honestly what helped me to continue pursuing Jesus and pursuing faith and teachers and staff were a big part of that. I wouldn’t trade my experience going through school all the way through high school for anything else. I’ve spent more time at Faith Christian than I have literally anywhere else in my life, besides home!"
Congratulations to both Sarah and Sam! We are proud of you!!
Spirit Week will begin Tuesday, Jan. 22 and increase in excitement through Homecoming on Friday, January 25!
Each campus will be showing their school spirit with themed dress up days, pep rallies, and friendly competition! Here's what to look forward to.
Our elementary campus will be kicking off the fun with a pep rally on Tuesday afternoon followed by themed dress-up days! The class with the most participation each day will win a treat!
Our 7th and 8th grade students will be competing as Ninjas vs. Pirates which will include hallway decor, themed dress-up days and rally game contests. The winner of Junior High Spirit Week will be announced during their rally on Friday.
Our high school theme for 2019 is "Superhero Movies" with each class presenting the Marvel or DC blockbuster they have selected! As is tradition, the classes will be competing in hallway decor, themed dress-up days, rallies, selling of spirit chains, posters and skits. The highly sought-after Spirit Trophy will be awarded to the class with the most points on Friday after the Boys Varsity Basketball game.
* Hallway decor viewing opens at 7:45am on Tuesday!
And the big finale of Spirit Week is FCS Homecoming!
The festivities will begin at 5:45pm just before tip-off of the Varsity Girls game! The night will include FCHS Cheer, Lions Pep Band, Alumni Prize Drawings, and announcements of the FCHS Spirit Week competition.
Our Lady Lions will take to the court at 6:00pm vs. the Saints followed by the induction of two FCHS Alumni into our Athletics Hall of Fame.
Our Varsity Boys take on Cristo Rey at 7:30pm with a special halftime performance by our FCHS Cheerleaders and FCS Lion Band!
Following the games will be the presentation of the spirit chains money to the Thomas family, Spirit Trophy, and Homecoming Court Coronation with the crowning of our new Homecoming King and Queen!
All FCS family and friends are welcome to join in the fun. Wear blue and gold and come cheer for your FCS lions!