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Elementary School Recognizes 60 Students Who SOAR

Faith's students are SOARing these days, as part of a new positive behavior program at the elementary school.

soar1S tay safe and care for others

O bey and respect God, our parents, our school staff, and our school property

A cademically achieve to the best of our abilities

R espond responsibly for our own actions.

So far this year over 60 students are enjoying their rewards for positive behavior.

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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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SPEECH TEAM – by FCHS student Mikayla Martin

2017speech debate2Anxiety runs high at the state tournament for Speech and Debate. Heritage High School hosts the tournament, providing a labyrinth of hallways for “speechers” to navigate. Faith competitors left early on Friday, January 27, to enjoy Starbucks and Coldstone before driving down to compete. The majority of the team had been infected with a unique strain of sickness. Some of the symptoms included sniffling, hoarse voices, uncontrollable coughing, and perhaps the most odd…bloody noses, all conducive for public speaking. Despite runny noses and sore throats, the Faith speakers and debaters boldly entered rounds to do their very best.

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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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New Mock Trial Team Goes to State!

2017mocktrial1FCHS had its first Colorado Bar Association Mock Trial team this year.  Federal judge Michael Hegarty, who is on the FCA School Board, started the program at the high school in October. The Mock Trial competition involves the team working on an actual lawsuit and presenting the case at trial before a real judge, competing against other high school teams in Colorado.

 

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High School Students Excellence in Academics

AcademicExcellenceFaith Christian High School ACT scores are at an all-time high!  Five-year data from 2012-2016  shows that FCHS student average Composite ACT score, which averages scores from the English, Math, Reading and Science subtests,  is a 23.6 which includes all FCHS seniors, as each is required to take the ACT prior to graduation.  The five year average Composite ACT score for Colorado students was 20.6, a difference of 3 points. 

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Learning About God Through Science

ScienceDisectionsquareKids are fascinated by so many things. They love all the concepts that tie into their daily lives.  Getting their hands “dirty” with science experiments is one approach to satisfy their desire to learn, and doing it in a fun and meaningful way. Understanding how the world works is a fascinating discovery to make and brings us closer to God.

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High School Juniors Learn about Civil Rights

hs juniors civilrights1In February, approximately 60 students of our junior class attended a performance of the Tony award winning Broadway play All the Way.  This play opens with the swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson after the death of John F. Kennedy and goes on to portray the maneuvering and negotiation involved in passing the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. 

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Middle School Flood

ms flood11000’s of gallons of water raged throughout the hallways, classrooms and locker rooms near the end of the school day, on Thursday, November 5, as our Middle School experienced a significant flood of water due to a broken interior fire sprinkler head. Damage was significant, and as a result, the campus closed Friday, November 6, reopening Monday, November 16.  

 

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Chromebooks Expand MS/HS Writing Skills

chromebooks girlsSixth grade teacher Heather Hicks says that the new Chromebooks have transformed aspects of her Language Arts class this year. Because not every student is equipped with a device entering middle school, the Chromebooks have enabled every student in 6th grade to have access to Faith's enhancing technology resources.

The Chromebooks have also empowered students to be responsible for more activities in the classroom, reducing the amount of homework, as well as the amount of paper used in class.

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Biology Students Dig In & Get Dirty

HSgarden1FCHS students are testing out their green thumbs in the new experiential learning course, Biology 2: Introduction to Horticulture. The first of its kind at Faith, this class gives students hands-on learning as they cultivate plants a natural environment. Students have been diligently converting the grounds on the northeast side of the football field into a large garden - tilling the hard, rocky soil by hand and using large rocks from the soil as part of the landscape design. Senior Luke Inglee is building the fence and the raised beds for his Eagle Scout project, with many students in the class volunteering to help him.  It is amazing to see how God brings all the little details together for such a huge project.

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Biblical Integration in Calculus

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Calculus is the mathematical study of change, dealing with finding properties of derivatives and integrals of functions. How do the Faith teachers relate this to the spiritual lives of their students? How does one fit all the pieces together? In a recent assignment, the FCHS calculus teacher had the students do just that.  Here are some excerpts from their writings . . .  

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Robotics Team Wins 3rd Place in World Championships

robotics vexSpring of 2015 was an exciting time for Faith Christian’s robotics team, Team 1826, “The Fuse.” They took the Colorado state title which propelled Team 1826’s robot into the world championships in Louisville, KY. The road to the championship began the summer of 2014 when the team met to make plans to build Nautilus, the robot.

As summer turned into fall, the robot began to take shape.

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