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Distinguished Service Awards 2020

May 28, 2020
By Mr. Bill Hannold, Superintendent

The following staff members are being recognized for reaching milestones of service to our school family.  We greatly appreciate what each one adds to our team.

Michael Childers – 30 Years

Mr. Childers started as custodian and extended that role to include maintenance for the first half of his career at FCS. Through the years, Mr. Childers pursued training and certifications in many areas to help meet needs of the school. Obtaining locksmith training he has keyed and rekeyed our secondary campus. He worked diligently to get training and receive certification in hardware, software and network technology capabilities and became our Information Technology Administrator. It is not possible to list all of the ways Mr. Childers has used his skills and talents to bridge the gaps for FCS through the years. We are indebted to him for his long-term commitment to FCS.

Steve Finlay – 30 Years

Mr. Finlay was a Lab Tech at Fremont Hospital in 1983 and came to FCHS on his lunch hour to teach HS Chemistry. He enjoyed teaching so much, he went back to school, secured his credential and returned in 1985 to continue teaching science and math full-time through 2000. During those years he added AP classes and Counselor to his duties. After pursuing his Administrative Credential, he took administrative positions in two public schools, before returning to take over as principal of our secondary campus in 2005. Mr. Finlay retired from that position in 2017, enjoyed one year of retirement and came back to teach science for us fulltime for the last two years. A genuine servant, we have been blessed to have Mr. Finlay as a part of our ministry team in several roles over his 30 years at FCS. Thank you, Mr. Finlay for your dedication to FCS.

Debbie Jewell – 20 Years

Mrs. Jewell joined the FCS staff as Assistant to the Development Department for four years before transferring over to the elementary campus as the Campus & Administrative Secretary and as she is widely known as “The Real Boss.” Mrs. Jewell is remarkably efficient and professional in all she does. She is the glue that holds our campus together, from maintaining records, handling campus finances and fielding questions from staff, parents & inquiries. She does it all with grace. We are grateful for Mrs. Jewell’s commitment to our school.

John McNeely – 20 Years

Mr. McNeely has served in two stints at FCS. The first from 1993-1995 and then he returned in 2002. He has been our main Math and Science teacher during his time at FCS, including Calculus as AP Calculus. Students and alumni often comment on his ability to make complex problems and concepts understandable. We are thankful for Mr. McNeely’s commitment to the ministry of FCS for 20 years.

Rick Daugherty – 15-Years

Mr. Daugherty has served in multiple capacities in his 15 years at FCS. He has maintained the roles of Chaplain, Chapel Coordinator, Director of Student Activities, JH & HS Retreat Coordinator, Senior Trip Advisor, as well as coaching JH & HS basketball and softball. In the classroom, Mr. Daugherty has taught Bible, Art and Student Council. We are blessed that Mr. Daugherty has been willing to use his talents to bless the students of FCS.

Roger Jose – 10 Years

Mr. Jose has taught computers at FCS for a total of 10 years with a couple of breaks in between. He has taught on the elementary, junior high and high school levels. He has been a technological resource for staff and faculty through the years. We thank the Lord for providing someone with practical background and experience to help guide our students in computer skill development.

Sallee McCleskey – 5 Years

Mrs. McCleskey joined the staff  as kindergarten aide and began volunteering to be part of a public relations task force.  Seeing her talents and gifting prompted us to ask her to come on staff as a Director of Marketing & Communications. She assisted the development department so well with fundraising activities we asked her to step into the Development Director position when that became available. She was instrumental in transitioning the role to Director of Advancement. She has an incredible heart & passion for the school and we have been blessed to have her as an instrumental part of our ministry team.

Brandi Pond – 5 Years

Mrs. Pond has been teaching English and math at FCS for five years. She took over the English Department and AP English upon Mrs. Finlay’s retirement. She has also served as Cheer Coach/Advisor, Yearbook Advisor and Senior Project Coordinator. She has developed a special bond with many students, especially seniors.  We are thankful for Mrs. Pond’s commitment to the students of FCS.

Cindy Reimers – 5 Years

Mrs. Reimers has been our high school campus Administrative Secretary. She is highly organized and professional. From transcripts, record keeping, campus financial accounts, attendance, meeting the needs of students, staff and office visitors, she does it all. She is the one who keep things running smoothly and does in all with a gentle and quiet spirit. We are blessed to have had Mrs. Reimers coordinating the many details of the secondary campus.

Grand Honor for FCHS Artist

May 22, 2020
By Mrs. Christi Johns, Academic Counselor

Congratulations to MICHAEL WILLIS, the 2020 Sutter County Grand Jury Art Contest WINNER!!

The topic of artwork was to reflect….”What does Sutter County mean to you?” It was to be an original piece to reflect Sutter County’s beautiful scenery, wildlife or traditions.

This year’s Sutter County Grand Jury is making an effort to bring awareness of the grand jury system to our younger generation, their families, and possible future grand jurors.

Michael received a cash prize and his artwork is featured on the cover of the Grand Jury Report for 2019-2020. Great job Michael!!

Elementary Open House Project Gallery

May 01, 2020
By Faith Christian School

Student spring projects are always a highlight of our Elementary Open House!  Due to the Covid-19 sheltering in place requirements, we were not able to have our traditional event.  But just as education has continued during this time - so have the projects and our desire to let our students shine, highlighting their effort and accomplishments.

Please enjoy the photos that students shared with us while continuing distance learning from home.

Watch the video for a special message from your faculty and staff and to enjoy student spring projects!

Hero Speeches - all the Way from Spain!

April 27, 2020
By Steffany Ritchie, ELA Teacher

The Junior/Senior English III class was asked to write essays a couple of weeks ago about an unknown hero.  This hero had to be someone they would argue was heroic, explain what the traits of a hero are, and then describe how it applied to their person or animal.  The topics ranged from everyday common people doing things to save others, to animals that served as war heroes. 

Once they wrote their essay they were then asked to use it to create a speech and presentation for the class.  Over the course of several days, students were scheduled in Zoom calls and enjoyed listening to one another’s speeches.  The winner for the farthest speech presentation participant goes to our foreign exchange student Sergio Vasquez for his involvement from his quarantine room in Spain!  The students had fun and did an amazing job at not only learning their topics, but interacting with the new technology in a very professional manner. 

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