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Never a Dull Moment - Always Exciting

 

cookfamily fallsquareGreetings!! My name is Michael Cook and I have had the privilege of wearing a lot of fun hats here at Faith Christian Academy since joining the Faith family in the fall of 2009. My journey to Faith began when God placed me, an unbelieving teenager at the time, in a Christian school where my teachers, coaches, and friends made an eternal impact on my life. Through passionate teachers who inspired me through the discovery of truth in scripture and what it looked like to live a life with Christ, to friends who kept me accountable and challenged, and coaches who always pushed me to give my absolute very best … I gave my life to Christ while at that Christian high school and pursued the calling of educational ministry that I believe God so clearly placed on my heart my junior year.  

 

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From the Desk of the Superintendent

 

adminhasz atdesk2Greetings to the amazing Faith Christian Academy Community!

What a privilege it is to serve side by side with staff and families who love Jesus and desire to see our children know God and make a difference in this world as they live out their God-ordained purposes.

I must start by thanking all of you who have been praying for me and our entire school during this time of transition – your prayers are certainly answered daily (and please don’t stop).  Many of you have asked how the year is going and how I am doing in my new role.  I am learning so much every day, and by God’s grace, we have had a great start to the 2017-18 school year.  My heart is filled with excitement for what God has in store for FCA.  Already we are seeing God working in our midst as our students pray for each other. Students on all campuses are committing their lives to Jesus.

 

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Register now for the 2017 Golf Tournament!

golfminiboxOur 11th annual summer golf tournament is right around the corner!  Save the date for Monday, August 28th - 8:00 am shotgun start.  Invite your friends, build a team and join us!   

Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen is a stunning course for all types of players to enjoy. We have set a very high goal this year to raise $50,000 for the Tuition Assistance Program at Faith Christian and with your help we can make it happen!  Early Bird registration is now open!  All teams registered by Tuesday, August 1, 2017 will be entered into a drawing to win $100!

 

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION AND MORE INFORMATION!

 

FCES Pillow Project Outreach by Tammy Pritchard

 

2017espillowsOne of the highlights of my time working in the elementary school the last two years was creating and facilitating A.C.T.S. (Acquiring Character Through Service) Service Projects each month of the school year.  A student from each class is nominated for exhibiting the character trait of the month, they are recognized in Chapel and then all of them come together for the service project during the school day. 

 

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What is your Worldview? By FCHS teacher, Sharon Joplin

 

missions iconMany things come to mind when hearing the term "worldview."  At Faith Christian High School students have many opportunities to expand their worldview and to develop a Christian worldview.  Whether it be through Bible classes, such as Worldview and World Religions; befriending an international student; service projects; mission trips; athletics; or theater - our students are constantly challenged to view the world as greater than their immediate local.  

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Spiritual Highlights of 2016-2017

spiritual highlightsThe high school students have logged more service hours this year than any previous year! In addition, approximately 100 FCHS students participated in Faith sponsored missions trips (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Israel, Romania, and Denver), even more participated through their churches. What is happening in the younger grades to encourage this desire for outreach?  Here are two of our middle school teachers sharing some of the highlights form this last school year:

 

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Spring Sports Wrap Up and Yearly Results

 

athleticsThis was an exciting year in Track and Field at Faith with several exciting accomplishments.  Coach Mike Black and his staff of excellent coaches are not afraid to compete in track meets with the largest and most powerful teams in Colorado.  This tough level of competition prepares the athletes to perform when it matters the most.  Senior Sarah Yocum finished off her amazing high school career with three state championships and being named 3A track athlete of the year. 

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Robotics at World Competition by Coach Randy Miller

2016 17 robotics6There were 18,000 teams competing in the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) High School/Middle School this year. Of those, 564 high school teams qualified for Worlds, and 160 middle school teams.  The high school teams were divided into six divisions of 94 this year. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Research).  We were placed in the Arts division this year.  Our team made it all the way to the division finals, ended up as the division finalist, but not the division champion.   

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Fun Stuff on the Campuses!

 

2017springcelebration12There were so fun many activities that wrapped up our 2016-2017 school year!  The “practically perfect” Mary Poppins musical delighted audiences with three sold-out shows. In April, the three campuses joined together for another incredible Spring Celebration. We were treated to a program featuring America’s Got Talent Crevier Family Spin-Tacular Basketball Show.  To the audience’s amusement, our own principal, Michael Cook, was called up to the stage to show off his basketball skills.

 

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Reflections from a New FCHS Mom by Karen Maes

 

servanthoodMy husband and I were raised in the public school system and our two oldest children graduated from a public Jeffco school.  A few years ago we moved to the area and I started working for Faith, and our son started at FCMS.  During the 2016-17 school year, I worked at the high school and was able to experience a different world than the public school world: listening to students reading scripture every morning during the announcements and at the weekly chapels, watching students walk up front to stand near the worship team and raise their hands in song.  But the End-of-the-Year senior chapel was the event that touched my heart the most.

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Students take ACT

 

actForty-two percent of the 2016-17 8th grade class qualified for Western Academic Talent Search (WATS). To qualify, a student has to score a 95% or higher in two or more of the following areas in Terra Nova testing: math, reading, language arts, or composite score.  These students qualified to take the ACT or SAT tests as 8th graders.  Those who chose to take the test scored impressive numbers!

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Moving Forward in 2017!

 

moving forwardLooking ahead to 2017 allows us the opportunity to cast the vision of some pretty important changes at Faith Christian Academy this year.  In March, Brian Wall, transitioned from Superintendent at Faith Christian to Colorado Christian University as their new Athletic Director.  We are excited to watch how God is going to use him in this new chapter in his life.

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Staff Spotlight - Scott Hickel

teacher scott hickelAfter working in a multitude of vocations and diverse jobs beginning in Kansas, my wife and I returned to the Denver area in the mid-1990’s with 2 children in tow. The plan that brought us here was to assist in a church plant in the north metro area.  Upon arriving, I was introduced to Faith Bible Chapel and accepted a position in the maintenance dept., which led to an Art Instructor position in 2004. 

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Staff Spotlight - Traci Powers

teacher traci powersWhen I was young, change was an inherent part of my existence. My family was very mobile, and by the time I had graduated from high school, I had moved eighteen times, had attended nine different schools, and had homeschooled twice. Early on, I learned to adapt to new people and places through friendliness, imagination, and a bit of good humor. Perhaps partly due to the fluidity of that time, I am a deliberate planner, and I’ve always liked to know what’s coming next, whether that is the next moment, the next day, or the next phase in my life.

 

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Staff Spotlight - Jim Baldwin

teacher jim baldwinI have always been into photography. I have over 100 GB of pictures and movie files of my children growing up. Yet, some of my strongest memories do not exist on analog or digital media. I remember the first time I met Liz (my wife, better known as Mrs. Baldwin in 5th Grade). It was late at night in an old recording studio and we both were asked to be part of a Christian CD project. As I waited for my part to play the guitar, I witnessed the most beautiful singing coming from one of the recoding booths. We did not meet or even connect that night… but I never forgot her soulful voice that I still love today.

 

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Staff Spotlight - Jeremy Lustik

teacher jeremy lustikI started my teaching career at Pomona High School in 1999 as a math teacher and a baseball coach.  After 7 years, moved to Mountain Range High School for 8 years where I taught math and was the head baseball coach.  I didn’t want to continue to teach math full time, but wanted to coach more or teach PE. The Lord led me to FCHS thru a variety a God-directed circumstances to become the athletic director. Best of all I still get to teach some math courses, and coach baseball.  The perfect job gets me up every morning!

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Staff Spotlight - Charissa McCaslin

teacher charissa mccaslinI am truly blessed to be teaching at Faith Christian High School! Although my family and I originally moved here from Springfield, MA in 2001 in order for my husband to take a pastoral position in the area, we have come to believe that God was also simultaneously providing an excellent education for our five children at FCA and the opportunity for me to do what I longed to do…. teach High School Bible. 

 

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Staff Spotlight - Bob Hicks

teacher bob hicksMy wife, Rocque, and I have been married 37+ years and have two sons, Todd – 29 and Shay – 25. Todd and his wife work for FCA in the middle and high school and Shay and his wife work for Grace Church of Arvada. I was born in Texas and moved to Colorado when I was eleven. I graduated from Alameda HS and Northern Colorado in Greeley.

 

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Staff Spotlight - Susan Read

teacher susan readI grew up in a military family; no nonsense, buckle down, straighten up, and fly right. When I was in junior high, I accepted Christ and continued my Christian walk as I went to the University of Illinois to study secondary Spanish education with a minor in French. In college, I was on Staff with Campus Life where I met my future husband but it was really at a ballroom dance that we started dating.

 

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