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Going to Camp with Middle School Students

camp iconOur 6th, 7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity every year for one annual trip.  In 6th grade, students travel to Camp Timberline for a week of Outdoor Lab, in 7th grade, students go on the ski-trip and finally in 8th grade, stuents travel to Camp Eden.  These trips are one of the highlights for the students! The 6th and 8th grade trips take place in August and early September, while the ski trip is usually planned for February.

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Our Students Giving Gifts to Children Worldwide!

 

occ squareOn November 6, during a combined K-8 chapel, students brought in 710 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child!  In the past, the middle school students each brought in several of one item, then during their Bible classes, the students each had the opportunity to pack a box. At the elementary campus, students were to pack their boxes at home and bring them in. We collected usually about 600 boxes combined between the two campuses.

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Wisconsin to Hong Kong to Arvada

 

thompsonfamily smallsquareGreetings!  My name is Bryan Thompson and I am serving in my first year as the K-8 Principal at Faith Christian Academy.  I’m currently in my 21st year of Christian education, and my 11th year as a Christian school administrator. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, I spent two years as a missionary teacher in Eastern Europe.  After returning to the U.S., I spent a year of working as a full-time program director at a Bible Camp. I soon realized that I greatly missed being a classroom teacher (and working internationally), so I accepted a teaching position at a Christian international school in Hong Kong.  During my 18 years there, I taught 5th through 8th grades, completed my MA in Education Administration and Supervision, and then served as the middle MS Principal at that same school. 

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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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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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7th Grade Ski Trip

2017skitrip groupIn February, the 7th grade class headed up to Granby ranch for two full days on the slopes and one morning of tubing. Together they were able to laugh, play, relax, fall, and discover our identities in Christ! As always it was an amazing opportunity to build authentic community! It was an action-packed trip that was full of lots of laughs, fun adventures, and great memories!

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ACSI Competitions

acsi 5Nervous energy and anxious students abounded as they prepared to compete in three annual Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) events: the Math Olympics, the Spelling Bee and the Music Festival. Our FCES and FCMS students were well prepared and we are proud of their performances!

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FCMS Canned Food Drive

2016 17 fooddrive 5We are pleased to announce that 2,566 cans and food items were collected by our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! It was a successful Canned Food Drive that will bless many local families. Thank you so much, students and parents, for your support of this project!  Also, a special thank you to those parents who came to check, count, move, and sort cans for us and to Rosi Rogers for heading up all the volunteer efforts.

On Wednesday, February 1, members of Mrs. Hicks’ first period Advanced Language Arts class (the homeroom class that collected the most cans per student) took the cans collected during the Canned Food Drive to the Arvada Food Bank (located at 8555 W 57th Avenue in Arvada). Congratulations to Mrs. Hick's first period Language Arts class!

 

MS Dodgeball Tournament and Flood Help

2016ms dodgeball tourneyAmidst flying dodgeballs and the middle school students having a ton of fun during their annual Dodgeball Tournament, students raised $1000! 
CLICK HERE for more pictures of the Dodgeball Tournament

These funds went to help Bethany Christian School (BCS) in Baton Rouge, LA. Some areas of Baton Rouge recieved 31 inches of rain within 15 hours.  The devastation was widespread and happened right before the 2016-17 school year was to begin. 

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Staff Spotlight - Amy Blahnik

staff amy blahnikGetting to Faith Christian was a faith adventure in and of itself. My family was going through a difficult time and needed to move to be safe spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  I enrolled my kids in FCMS and FCHS four years ago.  I did not have a job or a place to live.  By faith, God provided contacts and people to live with.  We spent a lot of time in the car in the beginning. 

 

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Staff Spotlight - Tamara McCann

staff tamara mccannI am a native of Colorado. I was born and lived in Leadville until my family moved to Arvada when I was in 3rd grade. I was so excited to hear that my 4th grade year I would be attending Faith Christian Academy, just like my cousins who had been attending since it was the Jesus Center. With the influences of my friends and wonderful teachers, my relationship with Christ grew over the years giving me a great foundation of my faith when I graduated from FCHS.

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Staff Spotlight - Jeri Scheufele

staff jeri scheufeleMy family and I have been members of the FCA family since 2005. All three of my kids have graduated from Faith.  The foundation that attending FCA laid for them has had a huge impact on their lives today.  For that I am so blessed and thankful.  Today, each of my children has a personal relationship with Jesus and I am blessed to see the fruit of it daily.  This is the reason we sacrificed and invested in Christian education. 

 

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Staff Spotlight - Christy Crary

staff christy craryI've been teaching at Faith for 10 years, primarily 8th grade math and advanced Saxon math.  I started teaching in 2001 when I lived in California.  I love teaching math because I remember how hard it was to learn, and I try to teach it to help students not be overwhelmed by it as I was. My husband and I have twin 12 year old boys, one has special needs - he has autism and doesn't talk.  His twin brother is in 7th grade at FCMS.  

 

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Staff Spotlight - Sally Lewis

staff sally lewisI am a teacher and a pastor's wife, so half of my life I spend at school loving on kids, and the other half of my life loving on people at church.  This last year we moved from my husband being the lead pastor at a church in Littleton to being part of a church plant in Arvada called Storyline Fellowship.

 

 

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Staff Spotlight - Becky Piper

staff becky piperI started at Faith Christian as a substitute teacher K-12, in 2007. Shortly thereafter, I was hired as a FCMS math and choir teacher. A year later, I became the FCES music teacher as well as teacher of the middle school choir and worship team. During this time I completed my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University.

 

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Fall Sports Wrap Up - FCHS and FCMS

xc coleFCHS: Cross Country had a tremendous year with the men's team accomplishing a Faith first.  The men's team was the first team in school history to win the regional meet, with 9th grader, Cole Sprout, finishing first overall.  Although the team did not reach the podium at the state level they are loaded with underclassmen and look poised for future greatness.  Additionally, Cole Sprout finished second individually at the state championship meet, losing to a senior runner.  The women's had a solid season and, again, are a very young team with a bright future ahead of them, Shannon King qualified for the state meet as a freshman.

 

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Staff Spotlight - Heather Hicks

staff HeatherHicksI was born and raised in Arvada, CO as one of six children, and I attended public school through my senior year of high school. The prospect of attending a Christian college had always appealed to me, mostly with inspiration from the foundation that attending a Bible college created for my parents. 

 

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