Entrepreneurs set to sell during Econ Fair 2015

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Economics class will be hosting the annual Economics Fair, during lunch on March 18.

Economics class will be hosting the annual Economics Fair, during lunch, March 18.

Students in economics class will be taking the seat as an entrepreneur and feel what it is like to launch their new product. Each group will take on the task of creating their original product and also financing the costs of the product.

The main reason for this project is to teach students what if takes to form a business, also it correlates to the unit the class is currently in which is supply and demand.

Civics and economics teacher Robert Foshee hopes this project will give an insight to students on how a business is run and will open a new path of careers for them.

“I have done this many years,” Foshee said, “and I hope that the students will see how much it takes to run a business.”

There will be many things sold these year, from space goo to tideye apparel. This years main focus will be food such as smoothies, chicken curry burritos, and different types of Mexican food.

Roman Endicott, ’18, has never seen the Econ Fair before and is expecting it to be interesting and creative.

“I’m expecting to see a lot of good products and chances are I will buy the ones that are most appealing to me,” Endicott said.

Morgan Miller, ’16, is participating in this year’s Econ Fair and partnered up with Bailey Brogan, ’16; they both are making a Mac and Cheese bar with toppings such as bacon, sausage, and ham.

“I’m expecting lots of food items to be sold which is good since it’s during lunch time and it gives people variety of things to choose from,” Miller said.

There will be no off campus lunch passes on March 18 and students are encouraged to bring extra money for food and crafts/trinkets for sell.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @garchakevin8.

By |2015-03-26T00:00:00-07:00March 26th, 2015|Academics, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Special days ahead

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The directors of the Special Days group, Hannah Nale and Olivia Quebe, have planned Super Bowl Day, Jan. 29, in honor of the 49th Super Bowl.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

This week in leadership is a busy week full of fun activities. As Night of the Stars creeps up on the student body, the class is getting the theme of Jardin de Fleur put together. Table decorations, room decorations and food are being taken on by some of the directors of the class.

Jardin de Fleur is French for ‘The Flower Garden’. With that theme in mind, and the new venue at Wolf Lakes, the event will be much more floral and nature-themed.

The student body is encouraged to start asking for NOTS dates. This year, as is tradition, the person who asks most creatively will win a free pair of tickets. The winner is still to be announced. In order to be in the competition, let the leadership advisors or photo journalism members know when and where the activity will be.

NOTS will be held at Wolf Lakes, Mar. 28, tentatively, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. pictures will be at 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., courtesy of Milne photography.

The directors of the Special Days group, Hannah Nale and Olivia Quebe, have planned Super Bowl Day, Jan. 29, in honor of the 49th Super Bowl. Wear any of your favorite football team’s attire to school and show your team spirit.

Valentine’s Eve will be the next special event for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 13, more details to come.

The first rally of the second semester will be held on Fri. Jan. 30. Wear any of your red, white or blue attire for the American Theme rally. Although the super bowl is Sun. Feb. 1, sports teams will not count for rally points.

The gym will be open starting at lunch for the classes to come decorate the class sections. Decorating the class sections will also bring classes rally points along with American spirit. Decorations will not be provided, classes must bring class supplies.

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For more news, read the Jan. 22 article, Student Leadership: Applies for Director of events.

By |2015-01-29T00:00:00-07:00January 29th, 2015|Academics, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments


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Nathan Mount, ’18, left, and Jaden Ventura, ’18, created a folder explaining how photosynthesis works, Jan. 28.

Sophomores Nathan Mount, left, and Jaden Ventura create a folder explaining how photosynthesis works, Jan. 28.

In Karen Walter’s 3rd period biology class, her students learned about how plants use photosynthesis by drawing pictures to describe how it works.

For more photos, visit Friday rally and Superbowl spirit day.

By |2015-01-28T00:00:00-07:00January 28th, 2015|Academics, Photos, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student of the Month: Poojan Gopal strives toward profession in mechanical engineering

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The student of the month for January is sophomore Poojan Gopal, chosen by history and photojournalism teacher, Kori Friesen.

Sophomore acknowledges the value of hard work

Every month The Feather will highlight one student recommended by a teacher and voted upon by Feather staff members. Students are chosen depending upon several factors including and not limited to good grades, class engagement, positive attitude and special extracurricular activities.

The student of the month for January is sophomore Poojan Gopal, chosen by history and photojournalism teacher, Kori Friesen. Friesen says that Gopal actively displays a determination to work hard and improve in his studies.

“I picked him because I have seen an exceptional amount of dedication and commitment in APUSH (AP U.S History),” Friesen said.”Poojan doesn’t complain, he has a great attitude and he is committed to doing the ‘hard’ stuff to get it right. I appreciate what he brings to the table each time. I’m very proud of him.”

Gopal joined the FC student body three years ago after attending Clovis Christian Schools. He transferred with the intention to grow in both academic excellence and personal faith.

This year, Gopal has taken on a full academic load as well as his first AP class. In addition, Gopal plans to apply to the California Scholarship Association (CSF) this semester. Although, he does not focus solely upon school work, Gopal understands the potential impact of academics on the future.

“If you want to be successful in life you have to know stuff education wise,” Gopal said. “Getting an education helps you out a lot in life. It gets you a job so you have enough to support yourself and your family.”

Mother, Manisha Gopal, says that her son has shown a great deal of dedication to his classes this semester.

“He works hard a lot,” Manisha said. “Usually he does good at whatever he does. He always does his homework at home and has improved a lot since the beginning of the year with a 4.0 (GPA). My hope for him is that he will continue doing what he is doing with advancement.”

I picked him because I have seen an exceptional amount of dedication and commitment in APUSH. Poojan doesn’t complain, he has a great attitude and he is committed to doing the ‘hard’ stuff to get it right. I appreciate what he brings to the table each time. I’m very proud of him.–Kori Friesen.

During his free time, Poojan enjoys socializing with friends, playing video games and following professional basketball, football and baseball. His favorite teams are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Browns. Gopal says that time to relax and rejuvenate plays an important role in being a well-rounded student.

“You can?t always be focused on school,” Gopal said. “You have to take a break every once and awhile to relieve stress and unwind. Watching sports and taking that time definitely does that for me.”

Nevan Gonzalez, ’17, has been friends with Gopal since his arrival in junior high three years ago. Gonzales says that Gopal is a loyal companion and overall fun person to be around.
“He?s the type of friend that you can just hang around with,” Gonzales said. “In a group he would probably be most likely to talk but not extremely often. In general, he?s just the type of person you can be around all the time.”

After high school Gopal plans to attend classes at Fresno State before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and eventually to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in order to pursue a profession in mechanical engineering. Gopal says that engineering is a stable profession that aligns with his own personal work ethic.

“I decided last year to become a mechanical engineer,” Gopal said. “I decided to do this just because it?s something that I think is a good job. I?d be a good mechanical engineer because I would always get the work done. I would try my best and give 100% effort.”

A video on Poojan Gopal is to be added at a later date.

For more features, read the Jan. 22 article, National holiday reminds citizens of civil responsibility.

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By |2015-01-23T00:00:00-07:00January 23rd, 2015|Academics, Features, Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Prepares for winter formal

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While leadership plans new and exciting events, the class will be reconnecting after the holiday break to talk about winter formal.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

As school rolls back in, student leadership welcomes back all FC students, parents and staff and wishes the whole school a happy new year! Over the year leadership created new events and kept old traditions running. The new events were great experiences to try out and were generally believed to be successful.

Starting the new year, the class is up and running with even more new events like National Bubble Day.

Bubble day, Thurs., Jan. 8, is a day specifically for bubbles, in honor of the event, student leadership will be handing out bubbles at lunch to distribute and have fun with. National bubble day also shares the day with national Argyle Day, Earth Rotation Day and Joy Germ Day.

While leadership plans new and exciting events, the class will be reconnecting after the holiday break. Students will line up the calendar for the next couple weeks. The class will also start to discuss the next big event, Night of the Stars (NOTS).

NOTS is a formal event where high school students gather to watch class made movies. The movies are all made by students by acting, filming, script writing, and planning. Student leadership’s goal is to get the word out sooner to give the classes more time to work, in result of a better quality film.

The event will be held on Mar. 28, and the venue has changed from The Grand 1401 downtown to Wolf Lakes. As parents enjoy knowing what their child is involved in at school, the morning of the event parents will be able to view all class movies (more details to come).

Leadership students will start planning costs for tickets, decorations, set up and dinner choice within the upcoming weeks.

As leadership continues to create events to get more students involved with the school, shortly after NOTS the class will open up to planning Sadie’s in April.

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For more news, read the Jan. 6 article, BRIEF: National Bubble Day, Jan. 8. For more from student leadership, read Student leadership: Overview of Dec. 8-12.

By |2015-01-07T00:00:00-07:00January 7th, 2015|Academics, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Al Fin del Primer Simestre

In the third Spanish installment for The Feather in the 2014-2015 school year, bilingual writer Justin Houts will be discussing the end of the first semester and the start of Christmas vacation.

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Spanish teacher Karen Almaraz leads the class discussion on verbs, Sept. 3.

For the previous installment, read the Sept. 2 article, Estudiantes con herencia hispana comparten historias, hablan sobre tradiciones.

En el fin del primer simestre los estudiantes piensan sobre que aprendieron. En la clase Espanol III, los estudiantes practican su espanol y lo usan en conversacion en clase cada dia.

Los estudiantes ansian usar sus habilidades linguisticas en el mundo real. Julian Castro, 17 ‘, dice que sus mejores recuerdos de la clase de espanol estan practicando conversacion con otros estudiantes.

“He estado aprendiendo nuevas formas de verbos,” dice Castro. “Finalmente puedo hablar en una situacion real! Todo ests viniendo junto. Espero que pueda hablar con mi familia mexicana ahora, sin ayuda de ellos.”

A partir de mediados de ano, Karen Almaraz espera que las clases de espanol continuaron donde Senora Beatriz Foth termino. Ella espera que los estudiantes puedan salir de la clase con el mayor conocimiento posible.

“Espero que los estudiantes salgan con mas conocimiento de con el que llegaron,” dice Almaraz. “Hice todo lo posible para recoger donde Senora Foth dejo, y yo espero que ellos puedan usar su espanol a la medida de sus posibilidades. Como los estudiantes de ultimo ano, van a la universidad y solicitar puestos de trabajo espero que puedan utilizar y aplicar lo que han aprendido en nuestra clase.”

He estado aprendiendo nuevas formas de verbos. Finalmente puedo hablar en una situacion real! Todo ests viniendo junto. Espero que pueda hablar con mi familia mexicana ahora, sin ayuda de ellos. –Julian Castro, ’17

Algunos estudiantes toman la clase de espanol porque ellos tienen que hacerlo. Pero otros toman la clase porque les gusta. Alli Breedlove, 16′, dice que la clase de Espanol III es un de sus clases favoritas.

“Aprendi mas palabras y verbos,” dice Breedlove. “Me siento mas fluida en mi espanol. Pienso que el proximo semestre sera tan divertido como este semestre! Estoy emocionada por mas espanol!”

En los Estados Unidos hay mas y mas personas estan aprendiendo a hablar espanol todos los dias. Es inevitable que el aprendizaje de espanol para trabajar y las oportunidades de trabajo se haran mas y mas util.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

For more features, read the Dec. 10 article, Children’s Electric Christmas Parade celebrates 27th anniversary, attracts sizable crowd.

By |2014-12-12T00:00:00-07:00December 12th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student of the Month: Katy Blankenship reveals hobbies, interests (VIDEO)

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November’s student of the month is sophomore Katy Blankenship, chosen by science teacher Karen Walters for her devotion to academics and compassionate personality.

Junior shares love of the outdoors and science

Every month The Feather will highlight one student recommended by a teacher and voted upon by Feather staff members. Students are chosen depending upon several factors including and not limited to good grades, class engagement, positive attitude and special extracurricular activities.

November’s student of the month is sophomore Katy Blankenship, chosen by science teacher Karen Walters for her devotion to academics and compassionate personality.

“Katy is an outstanding student both academically and in terms of citizenship,” Walters said. “She is always willing to help fellow students and makes any group work. Her attention to detail makes her a great asset in the laboratory environment. Simply stated, Katy is a pleasure to have as a student and a good friend to her classmates.”

In addition to her diligence in the academic sphere Blankenship is a member of California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Sister to Sister and Spanish Club. She also intends to join Creative Writing Club this semester.

Blankenship says she participates in these clubs and activities in order to take full advantage of the opportunities placed before her.

“I think application is essential in whatever I do,” Blankenship said. “I am blessed to have so many opportunities in my classes and school activities so I want to try as hard as I can to utilize what I have been given.”

For Blankenship music has always been a significant part of life, with her mother bringing her to classes at an early age. Throughout, the years she has developed a passion for the art and continues to improve her skills.

Due to a hectic schedule Blankenship no longer takes piano lessons. However, the music enthusiast attends vocal lessons weekly and is currently a first year member of FC’s Adoration Ensemble.

Blankenship says that ensemble provides a place to both interact with friends and pursue her passion for music.

“I enjoy ensemble so much,” Blankenship said. “I have lots of friends in the class and Mrs. (Susan) Ainley is doing a great job as the director. The music she picks out for us is outstanding.”

Blankenship prefers to sing and play classical music, although, she appreciates a more modern indie style in her personal library. She considers her favorite artists to be Christiana Perri and Yael Naim.

For Blankenship, music is an outlet for self expression, a way to praise God, gain confidence and find peace simultaneously.

“I love music because it is a great way to express myself rather singing a praise song or writing one of my own to fit my situation,” Blankenship said. “It is always there to comfort me. I can?t remember not liking music it has always been such a large part of my life.”

Another of the underclassman?s main interests is the outdoors. Blankenship currently lives at the base of the foothills and enjoys hiking, horseback riding and fishing during her free time. Blankenship and her Dad often spend a day hiking and fishing at Hume Lake .
Blankenship believes her affection for the outdoors resulted from her parents’ own enthusiasm for all things involving nature.

“I love the outdoors because my parents especially my Dad, love the outdoors,” Blankenship said. “They do a lot of outdoor things with my siblings and me. We love going to Hume usually it’s just my Dad and me but sometimes the rest of the family will come too.”

Close Friend, Caitlin Gaines says that Blankenship manages to balance school work and social life while remembering to be imaginative and funny.

“She {Blankenship} is kind, sweet, creative and witty,” Gaines said. “She adds a lot of humor to our group. Katy is both the type of person to be devoted to her school work at school while still making time for her friends.”

Blankenship considers herself to be an animal lover with four dogs, a rabbit, a guinea pig and a hamster.

In the future she hopes to specialize in animal science or biology. Blankenship is interested in (Texas Christian University) TCU and Fresno State although, she is unsure about the high temperatures of the two locations.

Ultimately she hopes to unearth something new and beneficial. A family is also among Blankenship’s plans.

“I’m not sure specifically what I want to go into, but I would love to discover or invent something that would make an impact in the world,” Blankenship said. “I think discovering a new species of animal, or finding some new insight toward animal communication would be absolutely fantastic. I would also hope to have a family one day.”

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For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, Students reflect on the privilege of driving, pros and cons.

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By |2014-11-25T00:00:00-07:00November 25th, 2014|Academics, Announcements, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

BREAKING: CSPA names Feather Gold Crown Finalist

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Last year, editor Viviana Hinojosa and The Feather staff won the CSPA Gold Crown. This year The Feather Online is a finalist.

For the 7th year in a row, Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York City, has named The Feather Online as one of the 2015 Digital Media Gold Crown Finalist, Nov. 10. Nominees of the Digital Media Crowns are considered the best examples of scholastic media in the United States.

Over 1,400 digital newspapers were eligible for the award which honors the top papers in the country, regardless of size, division or state.

The Feather is one of 14 online newspapers named in the Digital Publications category as a Gold Crown Finalist nomination. Other nominees around the country include: The Clarion, FHNToday.com, Inklingsnews.com, King Street Chronicle, Livewire, My Jag News, Southwestshadow.com, The Chant, The Eagle’s Tale Online, The Foothill Dragon Press, The Paly Voice, The Pride Online, The Red Ledger and The Rider Online.

The CSPA awards its finalists with either a Silver Crown or to distinguished medias, a Gold Crown at the CSPA’s 91st annual Spring Scholastic Convention, March 18-20, 2015. Other categories which the CSPA nominates, along with Digital Publications, such as Yearbook, Magazine, Print or Hybrid are also selected as crown finalists during the year.

Last year, The Feather received an All-American critique from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and a CSPA Gold Crown.

Editor-in-Chief Sara Peterson, ’15, was hesitant about this year’s staff participation, but surprised by the outcome.

“At the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure about how we were going to do because we have a whole new editorial staff,” Peterson said. “After becoming familiar with the staff and duties this year, I’m confident in our abilities.”

Editor-in-Chief Chloe Mueller, ’16, feels excited that the staff’s effort has been effective.

“I was so thrilled to hear the news that we got nominated for this award,” Mueller said. “After a semester of stress, it’s nice to see that all of our hard work is paying off.”

Senior Editor Ryan King was elated after hearing the news and motivated by the staff to keep up the momentum while facing the challenges this year has offered.

“I’m really proud of our staff this year,” King said. “We have worked hard and I’m excited to see what is to come. With an inexperienced staff it may seem difficult to produce as much as past years, but the challenge has proven to be an opportunity for staffers to work harder through the obstacles in front of us.”

A number of editors and adviser Greg Stobbe are planning a trip to New York City, where they will attend the CSPA conference and await the announcement of Crown awards in mid-March. They hope to receive an annual critique from CSPA. Please return to this article for an update.

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For more news, read the Nov. 10 article, BRIEF: 95th Annual Veterans Day Parade honors Coast Guard, Nov. 11.

By |2014-11-12T00:00:00-07:00November 12th, 2014|Academics, Feather Staff, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mock election challenges student involvement in politics, familiarize with issues

The mini-ballot was originally created by Sectary of State, Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson in order to inform the younger generation of the importance of politics in modern day society.Kylie Bell

The mini-ballot was originally created by Sectary of State, Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson in order to inform the younger generation of the importance of politics in modern day society.

Students adopt political points of view

On October 28, students gathered in their Tuesday advisory sessions to vote in the My Vote California Student Mock Elections. The mock election mirrors California’s general election (Nov. 4) and is offered to public and private schools across the state.

The mini-ballot was originally created by Sectary of State, Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson in order to inform the younger generation of the importance of politics in modern day society.

Leadership advisor Robert Foshee says that the election was designed to spark a genuine interest in political issues within the student body and introduce them to the voting process.

“One of the purposes was to get the students involved in who was running and the issues,” Foshee said. “The students will soon be in the age of voting and by getting them interested early, they are more likely to vote when they can vote. I hope that the students realized that the process isn?t too cumbersome and that they can see the results first hand. They can see that as a democracy their vote counts and can make an influence in their state, county or city.”

The impact and implications of each proposition were explained in detail by leadership members before students cast their ballots. Individuals were not required to vote but were highly encouraged to do so and rewarded with an ‘I voted’ sticker upon the completion of their ballots.

Leadership student Juliana Rosik, ?16 says that the election served to alert the student population of state-wide issues. Although she doubts the results will be accurate due to an observed lack of seriousness from the student body.

“It {Mock Election} makes people aware of the issues going on around them,” Rosik said. “Even though we?re not old enough to vote we should be starting to look into the political issues, especially in California. I think it was useful but I also think that the results will not be conclusive because a lot of people kind of blew it off and just checked no or yes for all of them. It?s interesting but I?m not sure the results will necessary reflect the general opinion.”

Sophomore Daniel Ayres decided to vote because the issues presented interested him. He is curious at the outcome of the election despite a lack of previous interest in general politics.

“I chose to vote because it looked fun and I wanted to see who won the election,” Aryes said. “I?m not really interested in politics at home. I don?t really spend that much time on them at all. I tried to understand all of the propositions and I think I voted for the ones I believe in.”

Results of the FC MyVote Mock California Elections:

Senior Jonathan Brushwood, noticed that some results did not follow that of the state election. He was surprised at these abnormalities and accredits them to a teen population not aware of national issues.

“I noticed that proposition 46 got our schools support and passed for us while in the community it did not,” Brushwood said. “Also prop 47 was not passed by the student body. However, in the community it was passed. Other than that our school followed the community?s pattern which is surprising. This is probably because most teens don?t pay attention to politicians and elections, which is sad.”

For other county and individual school results visit Myvote Student election.com.

For more features, read Nov. 4 article, Photojournalism advisor adjusts to new position, offers professional experience.

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2014-11-06T00:00:00-07:00November 6th, 2014|Academics, Features, Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

International Student, Krit Metanopphakun chosen as student of the month

Metanopphakun journeyed to America from Thailand about two years ago in order to better his English skills. He believes that exposure to American culture will increase college and job opportunities within his own country. Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

Metanopphakun journeyed to America from Thailand about two years ago in order to better his English skills. He believes that exposure to American culture will increase college and job opportunities within his own country.

Foreign Exchange Student excels in new country

Every month The Feather will highlight one student recommended by a teacher and voted upon by staff members. Students are chosen depending upon several factors including and not limited to good grades, class engagement, positive attitude and special extracurricular activities.

The student of the month of October is foreign exchange student Krit Metanopphakun, chosen for his hard work and positive attitude by math teacher and Director of Academics, Michael Fenton.

“Not only is he a hard working student who does well in class (and color codes his notes and assignments), but every time I see Krit a huge, contagious smile breaks out across his face,” Fenton said. “It’s hard not to smile in return.”

Metanopphakun journeyed to America from Thailand about two years ago in order to better his English skills. He believes that exposure to American culture will increase college and job opportunities within his own country.

Upon his arrival, Metanopphakun noticed a distinct change in cultural norms, student teacher interaction and freedom of speech. He says that he enjoys the difference between the two cultures and revels in new found liberties here in the US.

“When we act or do something (in America) we don?t have to think about who they are,” Metanopphakun said. “We can even talk with teachers equally. It doesn’t matter how old you are here, we can talk and share anything we want to. Everyone understands what we are. I love when we share something and no one blames you.”

As a foreign exchange student Krit has encountered and continues to encounter several challenges typical of international students. In addition to the new atmosphere, language and culture he is separated from his friends and family in Thailand by thousands of miles.

“I miss them every day but I still have fun here,” Metanopphakun said. “I talk with my family everyday but it?s not face to face you know. Food is also a big thing; I love to eat but the Thai restaurants here just are not the same.”
After spending a year of studies at Clovis West he decided to finish his senior year at a private school. Due to the recommendation of several family members and friends, Metanopphakun settled on the FC campus for the 2014-15 school year. Although Metanopphakun has attended the school for less than three months he appreciates the friendly atmosphere and has accumulated several friends

“I love FC because all of the students have good minds and totally care about each other, and they always help each other no matter what,” Metanopphakun said. “And all the teachers are also nice to me. They show kindness. I believe I love this school. It will be my last year but it changed my life.”

On his spare time Metanopphakun also enjoys watching movies, listening to music and hanging out with friends. His favorite sports are badminton and volleyball. He expresses great disappointment at the fact that FC does not yet have a male volleyball team.

Fellow foreign exchange student Olivia Tandadjaja, ’16, has become friends with Metanopphakun over the last few months. She says that he possesses a quiet but unique humor.

“He has a bubbly personality,” Tandadjaja said. “He is just always so positive. He?s hilarious; not like the telling jokes kind of hilarious but more of the laughing all the time hilarious.”

Metanopphakun enjoys both English and math at FC. He credits his appreciation of the subject to the insightful teaching methods used in the classes.

“I like English because (Andrea) Mrs. Donaghe is like the best teacher,” Metanopphakun said. “She?s so nice and helps me learn really fast. Mr. Fenton is also a kind person and teaches the class in a really professional way.”

After High School, Metanopphakun plans to return to Thialand, where he will attend a four year college and then determine his future profession.

For more features, read the Oct. 16 article, Get to know: Trevor Trevino.

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2014-10-22T00:00:00-07:00October 22nd, 2014|Academics, Announcements, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students prepare for future SAT, College Board gives advice

College Board recommendations for upcoming state test

All factual information in this article is product of the College Board Website.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a comprehensive assessment of a student?s critical reading, writing, and mathematical skills. It is offered in the US seven times a year in Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., March, May and June. Internationally (outside of the US) the test is offered a total of six times per year.

The next SAT will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The deadline to sign up for this session was Sept 12. However, one may still be eligible if signed to the waiting listAlexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

The next SAT will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The deadline to sign up for this session was Sept 12. However, one may still be eligible if signed to the waiting list.

. General attendees of the SAT are college bound junior and senior students. Nearly half of these participants take the test at least twice and generally improve upon retaking it.

Jordan Castro, ’15, is retaking the SAT this Saturday, Oct. 11. Despite his initial fears, Castro hopes to improve his overall score and further bolster his college application.

“I am nervous for the SAT because basically the higher your SAT scores the more opportunity for scholarships and benefits for your future you have,” Castro said. “Of course there?s stress to do well, but at this point I?m feeling pretty confident in my previous scores. My biggest fear would not be improving because it would make the last week pointless and I have put a lot of work into it.”

The SAT is considered in the college application process among a number of factors including and not limited to, high school grades, GPA and extracurricular activities. The weight of these individual factors depends upon the particular school’s standards and requirements. To search the SAT requirements for colleges of interest the College Board has provided a School Search on their website.

Senior Zach Smith, ’15, is confident about his next attempt at the SAT and plans not to study.

“I plan not to study for the SATs this year,” Smith said. “I don?t think it?s necessary because it is a pretty general test. I would not say I am nervous at all.”

Students are encouraged to take advantage of several study methods including the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT); Prep courses, and free online resources. However, such preparation should also be supplemented with practical in class experiences and hard work.
Junior Morgan Miller will be taking the SAT for the first time in this next week. Over the last few months she has prepared for the ACT and hopes that her studies will benefit her in future tests. She fears that the stress of the experience may cause her to forget key information. However, Miller is consoled by the realization that she will have the chance to retake it.

“I?m nervous, but it helps to know that I will probably take it again,” Miller said. “A major fear for me would be blanking on the information or running out of time. My hope is to get a good score and see where I?m at. I know that after this year I will have time to improve it.”

The SAT is graded on a 2400 point scale with 200-800 points per section. A fraction of a point is subtracted for all wrong answers except for questions entered into a grid format in the math section. There is no penalty for unanswered questions.

In the spring of 2016 the SAT is scheduled to be reformatted. Some of the future modifications include greater focus on the meaning of words in context, interpretation of evidence, analyzation of a source, applicable math sections, real world contexts, social studies and US founding documents. The redesigned SAT will not penalize wrong answers.

For more news, read the Oct. 1 article, Annual Grandparents Day set, Oct. 3 (VIDEO).

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2014-10-10T00:00:00-07:00October 10th, 2014|Academics, Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

National News Engagement Day: Join the discussion (VIDEO)

Although our generation has gained the label as the ‘communications era’ through social media, many of today’s students are growing less and less aware of current events in today’s society.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) has created News Engagement Day (NNED) and is sponsored by Journalism Education Association (JEA) in order to increase student involvement in news media.

The Feather staffers have spent time spreading awareness for News Engagement Day and it’s purpose throughout the halls of their school.

The Feather editors hosted a press conference after chapel on the steps of Building 6 to show support for National News Engagement Day. With seniors John Dooman and Trevor Beal providing opening comments on the reason for the day, Editor-in-chief Sara Peterson and senior editor Ryan King continued by encouraging those in attendance to know why engaging with the news is important, namely to be empowered and to protect our civil liberties.

Finally, The Feather is a source of local news for campus students. Those in attendance heard five reasons why the editors hoped their peers would engage. Without a school population and sharing their voices, there would be no Feather. The Feather is one way students can connect with campus news and events.

The Feather would like to encourage students to submit their opinions on National News Engagement Day and it’s effects on students. Any responses are appreciated in the comment section. The Fresno Bee covered #NewsEngagementDay and featured the campus students later in the day at Fresno Christian celebrates National News Engagement Day by reporter Hannah Furfaro.

No harm, no foul
Gaby Siqueiros, ’15
Oct. 7, 2014

NNED means that we are raising awareness of the importance of news and no matter what age you are, news will always pertain to you. Involvement with the news is important to highs school students because, there is no harm in not knowing what is going on. We, as young people need to start developing opinions and diving in to the real world.

Establishing beliefs
Tyler Villines, ’18
Oct. 7, 2014

When I’m in world history we always have to research the news and I usually go to BBC. I like to look at the sports section on The Feather because thats what I’m in too. Students should definitely get involved in news media because they need to establish their own beliefs and not just follow their parents.

Informing the future
Devin Pitts, ’18
Oct. 7, 2014

I think News Engagement Day is important because it is a day to recognize the hard work of people who bring you news and articles about what’s going around in your community and what’s going on around the world. Its very important for high school students to be informed about the news because we are the future of the world and its our job to know what’s happening around the world and inform our generation about the good and bad things that we are experiencing in today’s world

True understanding of the world
Michael Fu, ’16
Oct. 7, 2014

The National News Engagement Day means we could go back to the old age and start to care about the world around us once again. In Mrs. Friesen world history class, students check on the world news every Tuesday, and that’s how we get involved in news media. As we raised the awareness of the news, we will truly understand what it is happening in this world. The world that we are live in might seems peaceful on the surface, but once we to dig into the news. We realize the war in Syria and Ukraine and the Ebola in Africa. The world that we live in is not as save as it seems like.

Sports galore
Dillon Owens, ’15
Oct. 7, 2014

My favorite news station is ABC 30 because I can just go on at anytime and see what is happening in my community. My favorite section on The Feather is the sports section because I like how I can go and see how the teams are doing. High school students should be informed on local news along with current campus news.

Survival in the real world
Sydney Belmont, ’17
Oct. 7, 2014

I think it is important to raise awareness of the news because the news is being ignored partly because it has always been there. If people do not know what is going on in the world or the news they might repeat what has occurred in the past. I do think it is important for high school students to be informed of the news. If high school students go out into the world outside of school and do not know what is going on in the world, we will look like we don’t care and are uneducated.

Technology based
Knowing your surroundings
Matthew Garza, ’17
Oct. 7, 2014

I think News Engagement Day is a time where we as people focus our time in whats going on locally, politically (even though its so confusing), in our country, in the world, etc. I think it’s a good time to see what we do and why we do it. I think high school students need to know at a young age what’s going on so when they are older, they know what’s going on and they are aware of their surroundings.

News brings school spirit
Olivia Quebe, ’16
Oct. 7, 2014

Well this is my first year being a part of The Feather and my main job is writing the volleyball sport shorts. I do my best to make people more excited to come out to the games and increase school spirit. I think it is always better to be more aware of what is going on at school and around the nation. Personally, I feel like I am more a part of the school and I am a better citizen.

Get news via mobile
Jenny King, ’17
Oct. 7, 2014

I like to use my cell phone to look up news because it is a faster way to retrieve news. In my history class, we go online to news websites and read articles and then talk about them in class. In doing this, we are able to get a better perceptive of world news. NNED pushes students to read about news around them, including their online school newspapers. Instead of students looking at their phones for news, they can look at their own school newspaper.

A picture is worth a thousand words
Alyssa Oakley, ’15
Oct. 7, 2014

Me and my dad listen to KMJ on the way to school with my dad because he wants to know whats going on in the world. My favorite section of The Feather is the photo section because a picture is worth a thousand words.

Journalism expands involvement
Katie Jacobson, ’17
Oct. 7, 2014

I think National News Engagement Day is important because not a lot of people watch or pay attention to the news, so some don’t know much about what’s going on in the world. It also can show how important it is to be informed about current events. Now that I’m in journalism, getting involved will be a good way to see how the news uses social media to spread stories quickly.

Uniting a community
Skyler Lee, ’16
Oct. 7, 2014

I think that news serves to unite us as a community. There is something about understanding the issues that are at hand, the people who serve us and those who have been under looked for so many years that draws people together. For high school students, news not only applies to the overall community but to the school itself and to each individual. The purpose of a school paper is to highlight every person and give a sense of belonging to even the most socially removed. This is why engaging in news is so important.

Teens improve sources
Jared Coppala, ’18
Oct. 7, 2014

I think that NEE is important for those who only refer to non-news media to get news. Too many people rely on Twitter and Instagram for today’s news, leading to bad rumors, and incorrect beliefs. An awareness day like this is necessary for those many teenage students to refer to better sources.

Current events
Marisa Jonigan, ’16
Oct. 7, 2014

I like to look at the news on Twitter because I follow the BBC and CNN. My favorite section on The Feather is pictures because I enjoy photography. It’s important for students to be up to date in current events.

Understanding a purpose
Nathan Mount, ’18
Oct. 7, 2014

I think news Engagement Day is important to me because it is something that doesn’t get noticed that much and it shows a better understanding of a journalist’s purpose. I think it is important because it can show people how the news is actually important and how it can better peoples lives.

Check back later for the upcoming video and slideshow

The AEJMC and NNED can be reached via Twitter: @AEJMC and @newsengagement. The official hashtag is #newsengagementday.

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @_chloemueller. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the Oct. 6 article, Annual event provides grandparents with campus experience.

By |2014-10-07T00:00:00-07:00October 7th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alumnus shares passion with campus, percussion

image1Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Casgua, bottom left, plays the xylophone in the Fresno State Band 

Many campus graduates find that their most influential moments were made while attending FC. Former alumnus, David Casuga, discovered his passion for music and percussion during his time spent at the school.
Casuga now teaches jazz band and percussion; he is majoring in jazz performance. He began his musical career as a percussionist and has enjoyed percussion in general. His goal as a teacher is to assist the percussion program towards growth into an impressive program.

While teaching at FC, Casuga attends Fresno State. He is involved with band classes and even plays a few instruments in the Fresno State Band.

“Fresno Christian is where I discovered my passion for music,” Casuga said. “The music program gave me the opportunity to discover and explore music. I quickly found out that it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

After graduating, he wanted to give back to the program that inspired him. He enjoys being able to teach a subject that he himself is passionate about and hopes to impact his students to grow to love music as he does.

“What motivates me to teach is the thought that I could impact someone’s life through music just as I was,” Casuga said. “Because I have attended Fresno Christian since first grade, more than half my life was spent walking the halls of FC. Some of the most influential and impactful conversations I ever had were with friends and mentors of the Fresno Christian family.”

Former student percussionist, Andrew Guthrie, ’15 awaits to become better and to play with the rest of his drum team.

“This is my second year doing percussion and I really like it,” Guthrie said. “Last year was a lot more laid back and this year Casuga pushes us to college level drills. Even with the small amount of students in the class I think we can carry out the challenging drills.”

Not only did Casuga dedicate his heart towards the music program, but also towards The Feather. Throughout his high school career he served as the newspaper’s webmaster. While in the journalism lab he strived to carve his work ethic into perfection.

“Within the confines of the journalism lab is where I discovered my work ethic, to strive for perfection and my love of winning. Those are two things that I definitely transfer into my teaching methods,” Casuga said. “I can say that The Feather has helped me be an organized and responsible student.”

Emily Cox, ’19, looks at working with older classmen as a building block to success.

“The class is bigger than it was last year,” Cox said. “Casuga helps us with different techniques and challenges us a lot. I look forward to become a better percussionist this year.”
Casuga took a moment to look back and describe the unique ways that his school community changed his life. Casuga treasures how FC offers exclusive opportunities and challenges, which differentiates it from other schools. From the students’ perspective, he saw what set FC apart.

“I knew I wanted to teach at FC because the campus is unique in so many ways,” Casuga said. “It offers specialized opportunities and offers challenges. There really isn’t anything like the Fresno Christian experience.”

Every day Casuga gives thanks that he is a part of a program that he loves. He can’t wait to see what the music program conducts in the future.

“Seeing what God can do through the students and faculty’s lives is more than words can put together,” Casuga said. “Even to have a chance to be a part of the music department is more than an opportunity or privilege but it’s a blessing and I thank God for the occasion every day. I honestly couldn’t think of a better program to associate myself with then one as truly amazing as this.”

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter @jennypenny8835.

For more features, read the Sept. 23 article, Guest speaker tells story, delivers powerful message.

By |2014-10-01T00:00:00-07:00October 1st, 2014|Academics, Alumni, FC Arts, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Staffers head to Palo Alto for J-Day workshops, Sept. 27 (VIDEO)

IMG_1713rAmy Deffenbacher | The Feather Online Archive

The Journalism staff poses in front of the Paly Voice building after their time spent at J-Day.

On an early, dark Saturday morning, The Feather staff loaded up on a charter bus to head to Palo Alto High School for Journalism Day (J-Day) hosted by high school publication, The Paly Voice. Staffers of all ages prepared for a day of learning from some of the nation’s best journalism advisers, Sept. 27.

At 10 a.m. staffers unloaded from the bus and headed into The Paly Voice’s new multi-million dollar media building. Equipped with a schedule of available classes, students spread far and wide to not only learn, but also to document their trip.

The Paly Voice is a student-run high school online publication for Palo Alto High School. The Paly Voice was a winner of The Pacemaker, a national award given by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), in 2013. The Paly Voice also earned a high school digital publication Silver Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Many believe that The Paly Voice has set the standard for high school journalism over the last decade.

Paul Kandell, The Paly Voice’s head adviser, took a moment to speak with Feather staffers. Kendall believes that J-Day will transfer skills from The Paly Voice to interested students from other publications, and will make a large impact in the journalism community.

“We actually do J-Day regularly,” Kandell said. “We figured because we had a new facility, it should be hosted by us, so it was kind of our turn. I wanted to pass on to the students how grapple with traditional journalism skills and new technology and ideas so that they could make a greater difference in the world.”

I think its incredibly important to encourage young journalist even though its no the glamorous job or where you will make the most money and its not the easiest path forward. It’s amazing to see so many kids interested in it.–Elena Kadvany.

The Feather also collected quotes from Palo Alto students on campus. One student, who chose to stay anonymous, believed that the purpose of the J-Day was to host an event in the new journalism building.

“I think they’re having this J-Day to show off the new facilities and all the benefits they give to the school,” The student said. “They’re trying to increase the reputation of this place while also teaching.”

Multimedia specialist, Callista Fries, ’15, learned during the trip that many schools place a higher focus on sports than on school life in podcasting.

“I learned that not many schools there had a very big podcasting section,” Fries said. “The stuff they did have was very limited and generally sports-oriented, rather than focused on student life.”

Fries also reported that J-Day inspired her to try a new spin on her own multi-media.

“After J-Day, I want to try filming FC Underground like a news show and maybe adding commercials to it,” Fries said. “We could implement some live broadcasting, as well.”

Freshman and first-year publication student, Devin Pitts, shares his impressions of The Paly Voice along with J-Day.

“I learned how to become a better writer and how to bring in the readers and let them know what you are trying to get across,” Pitts said. “Also I learned how to use apps to improve articles. I think J-Day was very effective, it was nice to hear from different publications that compete on our level, it was just really good learn about their techniques and how they became successful.”

Elena Kadvany, keynote speaker at J-Day, is excited to see the growth in young journalists.

“I think its incredibly important to encourage young journalist even though its no the glamorous job or where you will make the most money and its not the easiest path forward,” Kadvany said. “It’s amazing to see so many kids interested in it.”

Rachel West, current Journalism Education Association Northern California (JEANC) president, provided insight to the importance of J-Day.

“J-Day is very important to us; we try to do at least one convention or one J-Day every year,” West said. “We believe that scholastic journalism is important and we think that students are even more important. This event is hugely successful for us. We have over 300 people here from as far down south as Bakersfield, CA, and up north.”

Sara Peterson, Editor-in-chief, Trevor Beal, News Editor and Rees Roggenstien, Opinions Editor, also contributed to this article.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more news, read the Sept. 26 article, Small town fair hosts campus band.

By |2014-09-29T00:00:00-07:00September 29th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Freshmen explore college options, early preperation (WHEN IN DOUBT POST THIS)

For many freshmen college tends to be viewed as a matter to be dealt with in latter years of high school. However, students have the potential to prepare for college even in their first year. Through a collection of simple steps, a student is capable of developing skills and plans in the present that will aid them in the future.

Freshman grades do affect a student’s overall college Grade Point Average (GPA). Although, some colleges focus on the last three years, more competitive colleges observe freshman year as well. The GPA of a student who receives C’s and D’s freshmen year may be significantly lower than one who gets A’s and B’s.

A student who has an academically shaky first year of high school can still be accepted to a quality college. However, the road there may be more difficult due to the time lost. Early preparation for college may enable one to have less stress as an upperclassman.

Therefore, this year provides a time to pursue interests and find subjects that one is passionate about. Colleges approve of a well-rounded student with academic, athletic and social talents. Yet at the same time, students need to prioritize their schedules and refrain from over commitment. After all it is better to succeed in a few things then struggle in many. The level of participation possible depends on the individual.

Since high school and even freshmen year is cable of causing students to develop habits that affect them in college, it is important to create the right ones. All students need some amount of time to complete their homework, study and reflect on academics. However the way each person does this and for how long depends on the individual.

For example some students require complete concentration in silence for long periods of time while others prefer shorter sessions of concentration and more frequent breaks. A study habit applicable to one?s personality and dailey schedule may aid them significantly throughout their high school career.


Most colleges look favorably upon students who take college prep classes in high school. These courses serve to prepare students for the amount and quality of work expected of them in higher education. It is important that one take core classes as freshmen in order to optimize time, future options and meet all high school requirements.

Students should plan out a plausible road to college so they can clearly organize their thoughts and options. This may require the aid of one?s guardians. Students may want to ask their guardian?s opinions about college budget, location and other factors in order to aid in their selection.Parents may also share their experiences and guide one to make the correct choice in classes. If an individual is still confused or unsure of which classes to partake in they should seek an appointment with the schools guidance counselor.

FC Guidance Consoler Michelle Warkentin says that the selection of classes that students choose freshmen year is essential to early preparation for college. She also states that the first year of high school prepares one for the next three, and higher education.

“Freshmen can start preparing now (for college) by taking the right classes and maintaining a good GPA,” Warkentin said. “It is helpful for them to meet with me to set their four-year plan as soon as possible to ensure that they are signing up for the classes they need. Freshmen grades are definitely important. Some colleges look at freshman grades while others do not. Freshman year should be focused on developing good study skills and work habits that will help them to be successful throughout their four years of high school and beyond. Hard work and dedication in these areas will pay off both now and for the rest of their lives.”

Often a student falls behind in a subject due to comprehension issues or missed classes and needs some extra help. There are several different ways to find this help. It may be wise to consult parents, teachers or a tutor in order to understand a concept. Also, the internet, books and many other sources can serve as learning aids. Often the simplest resolution is to ask piers who understand the subject. Regardless, there are various resources that students can obtain to keep up with their academics.

Summer provides three free months out of the year. These months can be used to get ahead and consider college opportunities. One way to prepare for college over the summer is to do volunteer work, or pursue a hobby. Again, over commitment and high amounts of stress are not healthy. However, taking summer classes, volunteer work or a sport is recommended.

Although college is a few years away, freshmen have the opportunity to prepare in the present. The decisions made now can affect the future either for better or worse. Wise decisions, a good work ethic and determination can allow freshmen to take a successful first step on the road to college.

For more features, read the Junior dedicates time, displays service qualities.


Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee and via Email: [email protected]

By |2014-09-16T00:00:00-07:00September 16th, 2014|Academics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fu reflects on education controversies in Taiwan (PODCAST)

IMG_6852cJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Fu reflects on the education in Taiwan

Located next to China, Japan, Korea and Philippine, Taiwan is a tiny melting pot in Asia. The education system is much more complicated in Taiwan than here is in the United States. As children born in Asian culture, they are required by their parents to have many talents. Playing piano, playing violin, drawing, learning English, and doing abacus (math) are nothing special: just what students ought to be able to do.

As students grow older, more and more homework is put onto their shoulders, Many students began to cram schoolwork in the 7th grade. Being able to get a high score becomes the only purpose of a majority of students’ lives. Going home late is a normal part of many junior high school students’ lives. Going to bed by 11 o’clock or later is normal, between ten and 11 is great, and before nine o’clock is almost impossible.

There are only two periods of P.E. classes in one week, but pupils hardly participate in them. Students wonder why they need P.E. class when only two students in the class are swimming and the rest are sitting on the benches.

9th grade is the most important year for junior high students. Students study so hard that school seems like a graveyard after the sunset. As the exam comes closer, massive amount of tests and handouts are given out by teachers and schoolwork cram can stack up higher than five feet.

In 2010, my sister Jane Fu took the last year test of the “The Basic Competence Test for Junior High School Students” in Taiwan. The following year the education system officials realized that there were too many mistakes in the scoring. The government decided to cancel the new test before the summer vacation was over. Recently, there was a student who scored nothing, but was accepted into the top three high schools in Taiwan.

(PODCAST) Student life in Taiwan Sept. 17–


After students finish high school, another challenge is waiting for them. High admission rate almost makes college worthless. In 2008, Taiwan made the admission rate 97.1%, which allowed students to go to the college so easily that scoring 7.69 points was sufficient to go to college in Taiwan.

As the result, young people with master degrees or even doctorate degrees could not find a job. News shows up day after day saying that doctors aren’t making money at the hospital of their professions, but instead from making food at the night market.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

For more features, read the Sept. 11 article, New coach brings excitement, energy to PE.

By |2014-09-16T00:00:00-07:00September 16th, 2014|Academics, Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students prepare to take SAT, testing schedules and information

All juniors are required to take the PSAT test this year. Warkentin says that it is the most useful resource for students who plan to take the SAT.Austin Insaco

All juniors are required to take the PSAT test this year. Warkentin says that it is the most useful resource for students who plan to take the SAT.

Academic Adviser gives test taking advice

Every year in the months of October and September, seniors and juniors across the country prepare to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). On this day the PC Gym is laden with tables, chairs and in many cases nervous students. The test begins and pencils bubble in answer after answer. Below are the SAT and PSAT (Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test) testing dates along with the best ways to study according to Academic Advisor Michelle Warkentin.


Date: Oct. 11
Location: PC Gym
Time: starts at 8 a.m.

Students should arrive at least ten minutes early.

Date: Oct. 11
Registration ends: Sept. 12
Location: Check out the SAT Test Search Center for a list of all testing areas near you
Time: starts at 8 a.m.
Late registration with fee: Sept. 13-30

All juniors are required to take the PSAT test this year. Warkentin says that it is the most useful resource for students who plan to take the SAT.

“It {the PSAT} is the best preparation for the SAT that a student can do,” Warkentin said . “It will give them an idea of what the SAT will look like types of questions, structure, etc. The PSAT is a great tool for students to identify where they are at academically compared to other juniors in the state and local context. It is also a great rubric for FC to identify where our strengths and weaknesses are at and gives us a good idea on what areas our students need more support.”

Worship Band member, Alexis Kalugin, ’16, plans to take the SAT in the spring. She says that she is apprehensive about the math and language sections.

“I’m nervous because my opportunity to go to college sort of relies on my SAT scores,” Kalugin said. “I?m most nervous about math and English because I?m afraid I?m going to forget the different math formulas. For English the issue is not studying all the right vocab.”

Warkentin recommends several programs in the Fresno area for those who have pre-test nerves or wish to increase their testing skills. One of these recommended programs is the College Planning and Tutorial Center.

To sign up for the SAT, visit the The College Board.

For more news, read Aug. 29 article, Student Leadership: Speaks out.

For more information contact Michelle Warkentin in the academic advisory office:
Email: [email protected]

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2014-09-03T00:00:00-07:00September 3rd, 2014|Academics, Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Estudiantes con herencia hispana comparten historias, hablan sobre tradiciones

Student share Hispanic traditions

As part of an ongoing assignment, Beatriz Foth's  Spanish III students will each be publishing at least one bilingual article per year, in order to highlight the skills they have accumulated throughout their studies. Kylie Bell

As part of an ongoing assignment, Beatriz Foth’s Spanish III students will each be publishing at least one bilingual article per year, in order to highlight the skills they have accumulated throughout their studies.

This first installment will focus upon hispanic youth and feature a number of FC students with Hispanic and Latino heritage.

For the previous installment, read the March. 28 article, Vista hispano de las tradiciones familiars de vacaciones

“We have never even begun to understand a people until we have found something that we do not understand. So long as we find the character easy to read, we are reading into our own character.” G.K Chesterton

According, to the United States Census of the year 2013, 51.6% of Fresno County’s population is of Latino or Hispanic decent. The growing numbers of Latino American households across the nation and especially in the San Joaquin Valley adds to the abundance of multi-cultural youths that reside within America.

Lindsey Biehler es mitad mexicana y mitad caucasica. Ella dice que ella disfruta estar expuesta a las dos culturas.

“El lado de mi madre valora mucho el respeto, dice Biehler. El lado de mi padre es mas relajado. El estar entre ellos es algo extrano pero tambien algo lindo porque puedo ver las cosas desde dos perspectivas. Es algo que siempre ha estado presente en mi vida.”

Los personas de descendencia hispana en el pais celebran muchos feriados y tradiciones que son unicos de su porpia cultura. Cinco de Mayo y el Dia de los Muertos son algunas de las fechas que son celebradas por muchas de la familias hispanas de los Estados Unidos.

Julian Castro,’17 es tambien medio mexicano y medio caucasico. Aunque su familia no celebra todos las fiestas tradicionales de su cultura, ellos anaden un toque hispano a algunas de las celebraciones de EE.UU.

“Nosotros no celebramos el Dia de los Muertos pero tenemos algunas influencias hispanas en algunas de las festividades de este pais”, dice Castro. “En vez de comer la cena tradicional para Accion de Gracias y Navidad nosotros comemos platos hispanos. Para Accion de Gracias nosotros comemos tacos, o frijoles, o tamales. Cada Dia de Accion de Gracias nosotros vamos a la casa de mi abuela en Stockton y ella siempre tiene preparada una cena de Accion de Gracias.”

El estudiante Timoteo Melendez,’17 y su familia tambien celebran muchas fiestas mexicanas tradicionales.

“Nosotros celebramos el Dia de la Independencia de Mexico y algunas veces celebramos el Dia de los Muertos,” dice Melendez. Para el Dia de la Independencia todos vamos a la casa de mi abuela y celebramos juntos alli. Algunas veces tiramos fuegos artificiales. Para el Dia de los Muertos, cada ano o ano por medio nosotros vamos a visitar las tumbas de nuestros familiares y celebramos ahi.”

Tambien hay muchos lugares y oportunidades para los jovenes hispanos de involucrarse con la comunidad. Iglesias bilingues en la zona de Fresno y Clovis tales como El Puente y la Iglesia Bautista El Encino son solo algunas de las iglesias que ofrecen servicios tanto en espanol como en ingles.

En muchos casos, los jovenes de descendencia hispana no se sienten directamente afectados por su cultura. Para otros su herencia cultural tiene una gran influencie en su infancia y en su vida cotidiana.

Macy Mascarenas,’16 dice que crecer en la cultura hispana ha sido siempre parte de su vida en el hogar y que llevo consigo durante su experiencia estudiantil.

“El ser hispana ha tenido un gran efecto en mi vida,” dice Mascarenas.”Aprendi los numeros cuando era nina y mi familia siempre me ha llamdo M?ija. Pasa a ser parte de tu vida. Yo puedo hablar bastante bien el espanol y toda mi familia tambien lo habla. Ellos estan bastante orgullosos de su herencia cultural y creo que me estan ensenando a nunca estar avergonzada de la mia.”

La multideportista Gaby Siqueiros ,’15 dice que su cultura hispana es un gran parte de su vida. Ella puede hablar el espanol con fluidez porque practica a diario en casa.

“Es un gran parte de mi vida”, dice Siqueiros. “Muchos parientes de mi padre todavia viven en Mexico pero algunos viven aqui y nos reunimos todo el tiempo, asi que siempre lo estoy usando y practicando. En mi casa siempre habalamos espanol.”

For more features read First year teacher appreciates small school environment

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By |2014-09-02T00:00:00-07:00September 2nd, 2014|Academics, Community Events, Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New teacher encourages debate, shares story

Donn Rojeski was passionate about argument and debate at a young age. He dreamed of attending law school and one day becoming a lawyer, despite the difficulties of the profession.Kylie Bell

Donn Rojeski was passionate about argument and debate at a young age. He dreamed of attending law school and one day becoming a lawyer, despite the difficulties of the profession.

Donn Rojeski joins the FC staff

Beginning last year second semester, Donn Rojeski, formed the debate team, as an after school activity for students who were interested. This year, the team has grown into a elective that students can now take during school hours.

Donn Rojeski was passionate about argument and debate at a young age. He dreamed of attending law school and one day becoming a lawyer, despite the difficulties of the profession. He stated that he knew in his childhood that rhetorical logic would become his lifelong ambition.

“By fourth grade I knew I wanted to go into law,” Rojeski said. “I viewed it as a stepping stone to whatever else I wanted to do. Debate was just natural. I guess I just have a little bit of an argumentative spirit.”

Rojeski was born in Kearney, Nebraska to school teacher Doris Rojeski and her husband, Max. From an early age, Rojeski was interested in the art of debate. The majority of his friends were also rhetoric and law devotees. In high school, he and his best friend cultivated their skills by joining the debate club.

Rojeski says he remembers the club as one of the activities he enjoyed most.

“I have debated in high school and all through college,” Rojeski said. “It was one of my favorite things. I considered myself a debate buff, in some sense, because we were traveling from the first of November to the first of April. We practically went to a debate every weekend all over the country.”

After a quiet childhood and graduation from Kearney High School, Rojeski attended the University of Nebraska and Northern Illinois University where he studied debate. He then returned to Nebraska to study law.

His education was interrupted in 1967 when he was drafted to Vietnam and trained to be a fire direction officer for the artillery. This involved both mathematical calculations of weaponry and providing coordinates to shooters on the field. He served for two years and was thankful to return to America at the end of that time. Unfortunately he developed tinnitus, a hearing condition characterized by ringing in the ears from his time of service.

Rojeski says that his involvement in Vietnam left him with some very painful memories that are typical of many veterans.

“Things happen in war that you would like to forget and sometimes you can’t,” Rojeski said. “I can’t say that I have any major issues with anything in particular but at the same time there are things I won’t talk about.”

Upon his return, Rojeski earned his law degree and began to practice in government and private law. He continued this lifestyle for several years during which, he met his wife.

Hallie Rojeski, current teacher of FC’s Junior High Leadership, bible and history was introduced to Donn by a friend who was dating one of his friends. They were married in Denver in 1972 This year will be their 43rd anniversary.

Hallie says that having her husband work with her is a wonderful experience.

“It?s great having him here,” Hallie said. “It?s easier to share what?s going on at school because now he has a lot greater understanding of it.”

Besides debate Donn and Hallie both follow sports. Donn is a long term San Francisco Giants fan and follows the Denver Broncos as well. He also reads an average of 100 books per year from a variety of genres.

Donn decided to end his law profession soon after he and his wife became born-again Christians. He says that the moral obligations of Christianity often conflicted with the circumstances he dealt with as a lawyer.

“During this time my wife and I became Christians,” Rojeski said. “I simply could not continue my practice on Christian principles given the circumstances that we were in. Then we came up to Fresno and I attended the Mennonite Brethren Seminary here at Master Divinity.”

After several years working with Mennonite Brethren Church as an assistant pastor, Greek Instructor, and plan advisor, Rojeski retired. Recently he was contacted by FC about a teaching position. Due to his connections to the school, he was familiar with most of the teachers and culture.

For Donn, it has been difficult to find students interested and able to take part in his debate class. He plans to teach some students independently. Rojeski says that it is imperative to establish a debate team and spark an interest in the class this year.

“It’s a big challenge finding students who have room in their busy schedules to take it on because we didn’t have any notice of it in the spring,” Rojeski said. “We are going to start with a small class, but then I am also going to have a few students who I work with outside of the class setting. My hopes for this year are that we can get a foothold in the league and have a few students get to tournaments so we can grow substantially in the years to come.”

Rojeski says that debate is an important class that will prepare students for both future courses and real life confrontations.

“If you look at the objectives of Fresno Christian for the students, I can?t think of any class other then debate that reaches everyone of them, from excellence in academics to effective communication,” Rojeski said. “We are in a Christian league, so there is a spiritual emphasis on it as well. It?s good to look at issues from a technical point of view, but it also important to look at it from an ethical point of view.”

For more information on FC debate team be sure to see Debate team to help improve critical thinking skills.

For more features, read the Aug. 26 article Student run publications gives knowledge, resources to school.

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By |2014-08-27T00:00:00-07:00August 27th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Block schedule affects campus atmosphere

photo 2Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

This year FC has introduced a Block Schedule on four consecutive days of the week. Students will have all seven classes on Monday.

FC implements schedule changes into the 2014-15 school year

For the first time in the history of FC, students and faculty face the potential challenge and promise that comes with the introduction of a new bell schedule. Differing from years prior, the weekly schedule for the ’14-’15 school year gives teachers the chance to instruct in block periods four out of five school days.

FC students will take all of their classes on Monday and then alternate between periods 1 through 4 and periods 5 through 7 depending on the day of the week. This has caused some disorder in the minds of students who do not always know what classes to go to and what time to arrive at. Eighth grader Kamryn Shultz, dislikes the schedule because the order of the classes is confusing to get used to.

“Sometimes it’s a little confusing,” Kamryn said. “Because periods one through seven get mixed up and you have certain periods on Tuesdays and Thursdays and others on Wednesdays and Fridays, it gets hard to keep track of what class you are supposed to be at and where.”

The need for the schedule, while challenging to some, was evident according to Mike Fenton, Director of Academics K-12 and creator of the new schedule, according to Fenton the benefits of the schedule will match what educators and administration have in store for the school in the future.

“The vision behind it started a couple years ago, some teachers started asking about it and suggesting it and wondering if it would be an advantage to the school,” Fenton said. “Those conversations led to some research and thinking about what we offer at the school and what we are trying to push at the school.”

Already a few weeks into the school year some students prefer the benefits that the new schedule has to offer. Andrew Moore, ’16, enjoys the opportunity the schedule allows him to learn about subjects he is studying in more detail.

“You get a lot more done,” Moore said. “In some classes you can’t get all the work done in forty five minutes, or really focus on the subject, like math classes and classes like that. It helps to have a longer period of time where the teacher can also instruct us more and answer any questions we might have.”

Some teachers also enjoy having the longer periods because it gives their students a greater exposure to what they are learning and hopefully helps them grasp the concepts more firmly.

Drama and choir teacher, Susan Ainley, also thinks that the schedule gives her more freedom to explore new concepts and it helps to encourage students to try harder in her classes.

“When I am planning lessons knowing that I have a block period allows me to explore each concept, trying new teaching strategies that I just didn’t have time to do before,” Ainley said. “I think it benefits students to really practice hard for a long period, then take a break from it the next day. I find the students are ready to come back and work again after the day off.”

Fenton said that this was the ultimate goal of bringing in the new order of classes, to help both educators and students take their time in teaching and learning the specific subject matter.

“Having a block schedule allows us to better accomplish some of the bigger picture things like bring your own device and moving towards project based learning,” said Fenton. “It also challenges us as a teaching staff to rely less on lecture and on more and varied teaching styles to better engage the students as we go throughout the day.”

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By |2014-08-27T00:00:00-07:00August 27th, 2014|Academics, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student run publications gives knowledge, resources to school

Benfits of JurnoFeather staff

Publications improves students’ knowledge of social media, technology, and connects them to the community around them.

Fall has arrived which means it is time for many students to sign up for new classes and clubs. For The Feather, it means recruiting new members.

Unlike other classes, journalism teaches students how to become involved and reach out to their fellow classmates. Publications improves students’ knowledge of social media, technology, and helps them become extraordinary writers.

Staff members are connected with the school in all areas, whether it be at school activities or school events. The Feather Online allows you to see Fresno Christian from an inside perspective.

History teacher, Kori Friesen, believes The Feather enforces students to join the crowd and capture moments about others that not many people may know.

“There are so many things that happen during the school day that go unnoticed,” Friesen said. “Being apart of The Feather gives you access to what everyone else is doing. Students can get to know each other outside of their circles.”

Not only does publications teach its staffers to communicate but it also gives them guidelines that will improve their work ethic. Students are faced with situations like responsibility, working independently and deadlines that are in preparation for college. Colleges not only look at a students’ capability or GPA, but also club and extra activities.

Superintendent Jeremy Brown , stresses that The Feather gives students more exposure to the world and to the community around them.
“Digital media gives lots of venues for students to communicate,” Brown said. “This generation is more improved in technology, there are so many programs that allow students to connect. Not only can students learn to communicate but they can learn their voice.”

Many high school students today use cell phone devices in their everyday lives. Publications encourages FC students to tag or hashtag The Feather via Twitter and Instagram. The hope is that this will help connect students to the school. All grades have access to school events and details at their fingertips.

The digital portion of the program also teaches new learners how to stream audio and video from their cell phones. Podcasting and videos broaden the horizons for The Feather. Through podcasting, students can learn about student life and news on the campus. The Feather provides other avenues like videos and podcasts besides written articles.

The new recruits acquire the knowledge of how to use Photoshop and macromedia programs. Students who attain these skills are able to use them in college.

Superintendent Brown sees that The Feather class helps shy recruits become interactive with people of different circles.

The Feather is one of the biggest and most successful clubs on the Fresno Christian campus,” Brown said. “With journalism teacher, Greg Stobbe, pushing the staff to test their limits, The Feather will succeed and go beyond what it really means to be an high school online newspaper.”

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For more features, read the Aug. 21 article New teacher joins campus, community.

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By |2014-08-26T00:00:00-07:00August 26th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Al Comienzo del Ano Escolar

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Gaby Siqueiros, ’15, works on her Cinco Al Dia as class starts.

Student discuses start of the school year with Spanish article

In my first Spanish installment for The Feather in the 2014-2015 school year, I will be discussing the start of the school year and how people feel about it. For more articles in Spanish, check out my profile, or look for other articles written by students in Spanish III.

Al comienzo de un nuevo ano, los estudiantes tienen diferentes sentimientos sobre todo lo que esta pasando. Algunas personas dicen que ellos estan alegres de ver a sus amigos y sobre los cambios como los horarios differentes y las nuevas clases. Pero a otros no les gustan estos cambios.

Beatriz Foth, una de las maestras de Fresno Christian, dice que tiene sentimientos encontrados sobre este ano. Ella dice que le gustan las clases y los estudiantes, pero hay aspectos a los cuales hay que adaptarse.

“Este primera semana de clases ha sido interesante, divertida, pero bastante cansadora,” dijo Foth.”Mis nuevos estudiantes de espanol parecen ser Buenos chicos con interes de aprender un nuevo idioma.

Nuevos estuduiantes vienen a Freno Christian cada ano. Este ano, muchos de los estudiantes nuevos son estudiantes internacionales de Asia. La cultura de Estados Unidos es muy diferente a la de Asia. Los estudiantes de Asia piensan cosas diferentes sobre nuestra cultura. Hoon Kim, 16, dice que prefiere Estados Unidos.

“Pienso que las escuelas aqui son mejores que las de Korea,” dice Kim. “Me gusta que las escuelas aqui terminan mas temprano. Tambien, hay menos tarea y nosotros podemos hacerla, no como en Korea donde hay demasiado tarea.”

Este ano, nuestra escuela ofrece nuevas clases. Una de estas clases es fotografia. La maestra de fotografia es Senora Friesen. Senora Friesen dice que esta muy emocionada sobre este ano.

“Quiero que los estudiantes sean responsables por capturar la vida y el tiempo de FCS,” dice Friesen. “Nosotros somos las personas que proporcionamos las fotos para La Pluma y el anuario. Voy a ensenarles habilidades profesionales sobre la fotografia y exponerlos a diferentes tipos de fotos para periodismo. Al finalizar el ano, los estudiantes podran tener un portfolio que muestre su crecimiento en el area de la fotografia. Podemos proporcionar fotos de muy buena calidad a la escuela.”

Pienso que las escuelas aqui son mejores que las de Korea. Me gusta que las escuelas aqui terminan mas temprano. Tambien, hay menos tarea y nosotros podemos hacerla, no como en Korea donde hay demasiado tarea. —Hoon Kim, ’16

Otra diferencia de este ano comparado al ano pasado es el Director de la escuela. Despues de la salida de Tod Bennett, Amy Deffenbaucher, la maestra de ingles del ano pasado, ahora es la Decana de Estudiantil. Ella dice que es mucha responsibilidad y mas trabajo.

“Ser Decana de Estudiantil no es aburrido,” dice Deffenbaucher. “Todos los dias tengo cosas diferentes para hacer. Nunca es lo mismo. Cada dia tengo responsibilidades con la administracion y con los estudiantes. Me encanta mi trabajo.”

A pesar de todos los cambios, el corazon de nuestra escuela es el mismo. La cosa mas importante de Fresno Christian es Dios. Eso nunca cambiara.

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By |2014-08-25T00:00:00-07:00August 25th, 2014|Academics, Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Debate team to help improve critical thinking skills

debateJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Since the debate team is a new class offered, not many students have signed up so far. Debate teacher, Donn Rojeski, expressed the need for more students to join the team.

New Club seeks greater attendance

Last year, a new program was introduced to the FC campus; the debate team. It began as just a club, familiarizing students with how to participate in a real life debate.

This year, the debate team has become an official class available for students to take. The team will compete against other Christian schools in tournaments hosted all over California.

Since the debate team is a new class offered, not many students have signed up so far. Debate teacher, Donn Rojeski, expressed the need for more students to join the team.

“The debate team is an official class this year and we need to make sure we have enough people to keep it that way,” Rojeski said. “In the class the students will be put through a fairly complex process to become good debaters. The first step they will take is learning about debate. They have to figure out what to do and when to do it. Second, they will be doing the research portion. The final step would be practical applications, meaning that they will discuss amongst each other, the pros and cons of what they are researching.”

Every year, a new debate subject is administered to the schools participating in the league. This year’s subject discusses whether or not the United States federal government should substantially reform its military policy towards foreign nations.

In many real life situations, possessing effective debate skills may come in handy. Rojeski stated what he believes students can gain from joining the team.

“Debating is great, because it prepares students in so many ways for any future social disputes they may be forced to face,” Rojeski said. “The objectives for the students in debate is academic excellence, critical thinking, effective communication, and because it is an all Christian school league, they get a nice spiritual component as well. Students who go through debate become excellent researchers. When they get into college and must write their term paper, I think you would find that a student who debated would be far more prepared than a student who didn’t.”

Rojeski is not the only one hoping to see more students join the team. Debate team member, Kathryn Damschen, emphasized the importance of other students joining.

“I think it is important for students to join debate, because it equips them with skills such as critical thinking and putting those thoughts into action in a formal way,” Damschen said. “So far, I have personally gained knowledge about current events and why it is necessary to stay informed about the world we live in. I hope more students consider joining debate. It’s a great class, and Mr. Rojeski is a fantastic teacher.”

If there are any aspiring lawyers on campus who enjoy the occasional light hearted banter or someone who is just seeking the challenge of overcoming a disputed subject, the debate team may be the class for you.

Any student who wishes to join the debate team should visit Michelle Warkentin in the academic advising office about how to join the class.

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For more news articles, read the Aug. 18 article: Seniors prepare for retreat, look to grow closer.

By |2014-08-19T00:00:00-07:00August 19th, 2014|Academics, News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Annual back-to-school night connects parents, teachers

IMG_0132Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Back-to-school night (BTSN) is an annual event held within the first few weeks of school, in order to welcome the start of the new school year, Aug. 18. Parents have the opportunity to reverse roles with their kids and spend some time in their classes.

BSN to inform parents of campus changes

Back-to-school night (BTSN) is an annual event held within the first few weeks of school, in order to welcome the start of the new school year, Aug. 18. Parents have the opportunity to reverse roles with their kids and spend some time in their classes. Teachers also get to chat with parents and share their goals for the year.

This year will be a special BTSN because there are many unfamiliar faces and a whole new academic plan. Parents will get to learn more about the technological changes undergoing at FC.

BTSN will be held on two different nights, junior high and high school will be held Monday, Aug 19. Seventh grade parents will meet in room 629 at 6:30 p.m. and eighth grade parents will meet in room 628 at the same time. to discuss upcoming class trips. Grades 9-12 parents will meet in the FCS gym at 7 p.m.

Elementary’s BTSN will be held on the following day, Tuesday, Aug 19. Parents should report to the GL Johnson Chapel at 7 p.m.

Jonathan Penberthy, first time FC teacher and Co-Athletic director, is looking forward to this Monday’s BTSN. Having prior experience as a teacher and a coach in the Bay Area, he is using his experience to prepare.

“I am looking forward to this year very much,” Penberthy says, “All of my students seem eager for the year, and I expect to see them thrive.”

Dean of Students, Amy Deffenbacher, switches gears from teacher to dean of students for upcoming BTSN.

“I have taught in elementary classes along as secondary classes outside of FC,” Deffenbacher said. “I would usually just make up my own agendas. Here at FC I was able to add in Jesus and could share my spiritual goals for the class. This year as Dean of Students I am in charge of making sure all of the teachers know the expectations, and this year its a bigger job because we have so many new staff members.”

Mick Fuller, Co-Athletic director and PE coach, looks forward to sharing his plans for his classes with parents.

“In the past i have made a bunch of copies of the syllabus and would go through the main points of those,” Fuller said. “However, with the beauty of Powerschool and Google drive, most of the parents have already seen those things. We’ll now just be talking about how the course will run and what the students will be doing, and the expectations I will have for them.”

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For more news, read the Aug. 14 article, Seniors prepare for retreat, look to grow closer.

By |2014-08-15T00:00:00-07:00August 15th, 2014|Academics, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The beasts are back in 2014! (VIDEO)

Stobbe’s freshmen English class parades through hallways

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English teacher Greg Stobbe, center, has creates a chorus of freshmen singing “The Beasts of England” from George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’.

The ghosts of George Orwell’s pigs have been roaming the campus hallways since the 2000 school year.

And while national anthems are routinely sung, chanted and hummed throughout the world, a classic song echoes through this high school’s classrooms each April after a week of practice in Greg Stobbe’s English room.

This spring is no different.

Be prepared to host a gaggle of cows, turkeys, pigs, dogs, sheep and an array of other animals as the chorus of riled up tenderfoots weave their way through both expectant and surprised rows, May 8. And if listeners dare, sing along with the greenhorn choristers during period 4.

But expect nothing less than organized propaganda. The beasts are back!

Orwell’s Animal Farm is the focus and the Beasts of England lyrics are its centerpiece.

Listeners may have a favorite verse or may still know most of the anthem as they too survived Stobbe’s antics and passionate push to learn the memorable song. Therefore, may this serve as a warning or heads up or both. While the song may be brief, its catchy tune and lyrics often revisit the participant for weeks.

Do you remember it appearing in your dreams, random humming while getting dressed in the morning, or just hearing it repeat over and over again in your head when you least expect it?

This is the power of song.

The Feather staff posts this practice video as a demonstration only. The 2014 freshman English class, in a friendly competition, hopes to entice you to participate with them. Be ye prepared.

For those who need a reminder of past performances, watch the 2013 version as the ‘Beasts of England’ entertains campus classrooms (VIDEO).

And if that is not enough, be sure to check in with ‘Beasts of England’ 2012 (VIDEO) and/or the Animal Farm: Beasts of England, 2011 (VIDEO).

Listeners may also check out photos on Instagram (@thefeatheronline) and Twitter (@thefeather) over the next couple of days. You might view your favorite animal close up?

By |2014-05-07T00:00:00-07:00May 7th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|1 Comment

Journalistic effort produces award-winning paper

Hours of heated discussions and meetings finally produced what appears today, a well-oiled machine. It was in those energized conversations that the The Feather evolved.

That was 25-years-ago. Today, The Feather publishes new information every day in an online edition and a monthly hardcopy paper.

“It didn’t come easily,” Tim Wilkins, superintendent, said. “We had to develop our own [online edition]. That was before Mr. [David] Martens was here.”

After years of work, Principal Gary Schultz believes the paper has taken huge leaps towards excellence.

“There’s no comparison in terms of quality,” Schultz said. “It used to be printed just to be seen in the school and we weren’t online. The paper used to be just a little bit of news about the school.”

Wilkins professes that the newspaper becomes an archive of the school’s history.

“My view is that the hardcopy of the high school newspaper should be archival in its news,” Wilkins said. “That’s very important in high school.”

Greg Stobbe, current Feather adviser, has been aiding in the production of campus newspapers since 1995.

“Mrs. [Molly] Sargent was pulling out her hair doing the yearbook and the newspaper,” Stobbe said. “I was teaching six straight English classes and was going to quit if I didn’t get a break.”

A journalism major in college, Sargent, yearbook adviser and previous Feather adviser, had a rocky start.

“The staff at that time [1992-4] were almost all seniors and they were loyal to the adviser that had left,” Sargent said. “I taught the paper different so there was resentment to start off with. I went over previous years’ newspapers and how to improve it. They took it as criticism, but it got better.”

Anyone who has ever tackled a large project can attest to the challenges that it brings.

“I had only taken one journalism class in college,” Stobbe said. “I was fortunate to have a kid [Ricky Barrett, grad of 1996] that had done computer work before, so it was me and him against the world.”

The years that Sargent ran the show, junior high also worked on the paper.

“Because junior highers were in the class, there was constant division,” Sargent said. “The high schoolers resented when I asked them to help the junior highers, which is understandable. The only real difficult part was teaching both levels and getting them to cooperate.”

Along with the pressure to excel, pandemonium is inevitable.

“If a person were to walk into the journalism room, they might think the class is chaotic,” Stobbe said. “The fact is, it is chaos. I am made for chaos. The class is a whirlwind of activity. I need a certain amount of chaos to work. Music, talking, writing stories or whatever adds to the creative process and produce an award-winning paper.”

But, even before Sargent and Stobbe, there was Mrs. Joan Johnson.

“It wasn’t even a newspaper,” Johnson professes. “Occasionally a flyer was produced.”

Even though online editions are becoming common, Johnson still prefers the hardcopies.

“I don’t like the online papers,” Johnson said. “I like to hold a paper in my hands and read it.”

Johnson managed the paper for about seven years, winning the All-Valley award [sponsored by California State University, Fresno] several times.

“I had a yearbook class, then in March when yearbook finished, at that point I started it,” Johnson said. “I did it hand-in-hand with yearbook. Eventually it became a separate class.”

Johnson believes the paper should cover campus related materials only.

“The paper should feature students,” Johnson said. “It should provide coverage for all the activities. It should reflect the news of the campus and issues that it is dealing with.”

Schultz thinks that the paper should showcase the school.

“The newspaper is a public relations and learning tool,” Schultz said. “Today, it’s what alumni look at. Thousands see the staff [writers] work. I expect the newspaper to only print ‘A’ work.”

Part of the journalism program is to assist potential journalists in making them skilled writers.

“My combined expectations are to provide valuable service for our school,” Wilkins said. “But, more importantly, to develop young, budding, potential journalists that would make a difference in the world.”

Teamwork and cooperation combine to create the paper.

“The students in this class have to take responsibility for creating a product that is worthy of printing,” Stobbe said. “They aren’t only responsible to me, they are responsible to each other and that’s what makes a good paper. They expect excellence from each other which in turn drives them to create a solid publication.”

Today, The Feather continues to win numerous awards sponsored by Columbia University, California State University, Fresno and the National Scholastic Press Association.

For more information contact Stobbe at [email protected] or at 299-1695, ext. 5. To view the online paper and the archives, go to www.thefeather.com.

By |2004-12-02T00:00:00-07:00December 2nd, 2004|Academics, News, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fresno State to host journalism conference

The clatter of fingers furiously flying across keyboards reverberates around the room as students from over 100 schools throughout the Central Valley prepare to compete in the annual Muckraker High School Journalism Conference held on March 6 at Fresno State.

The competition is sponsored by the Mass Communication and Journalism department at Fresno State and by the San Joaquin Valley Scholastic Press Association (SJVPA). During the day, the Feather staff will compete for individual and team awards.

“I think the conference is valuable because it encourages young journalists,” Gary Rice, conference director, said. “The more you write the better you become. In my 21 years in journalism and 10 or 11 years of teaching, I have found that people who write well tend to be better thinkers, and that is really the main goal.”

Students will attend seminars and compete in various events from 8:15 A.M. – 12 P.M. Students can compete in news writing, editorial writing, feature writing, advertising design, yearbook design, sports writing, newspaper design and news photography.

“Competing gives our staff as student writers an unique opportunity to test our abilities under pressure,” senior Eric Witters, ’04, associate editor, said. “While we have not had much success in the past, our staff has used this competition to improve and excel every year.”

Students who do not compete will attend various seminars. Seminars will include information about lead writing, interviewing, sports writing, music and movie review, feature writing and photography.

“This is my first year in journalism,”” Kira Armbruster, ’06, staff writer, said. “I am looking forward to learning new information in the seminars.”

Journalism adviser Greg Stobbe sees the conference as a way to help students advance their skills.

“”When my staff attends seminars and are able to watch staff writers from other high schools compete, it affords them valuable insights and perspectives on writing,” Stobbe said. “I hope we are able to improve our word usage, phrases and abilities in all facets of journalistic reporting.”

After an hour-long break for lunch, students will attend an awards ceremony from 1-2 P.M.

For additional information, contact SJVSPA conference director Gary Rice at (559) 278-2026 or go online at www.fresnostatenews.com.

Scholastic press associations honor, critique newspaper

At the end of each school year, adviser Greg Stobbe sends in The Feather so scholastic press associations critique and judge the campus paper. The Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society awarded the International First Place plaque to The Feather staff during October. The honor was for the for the 2002-2003 school year.

“The satisfying part of advising staff writers is training students who really want to learn how to advance their skills,” Greg Stobbe, Feather adviser, said. “Winning awards is just a natural outcome for their hard work. It’s fun to sit back and watch them succeed.”

Quill and Scroll was organized to provide encouragement and recognize individual student achievement in journalism as well as other scholastic publications. Their magazine carries up-to-date and authoritative information about careers in journalism and developments in the field or journalism teaching.

The Society also provides publication critiques for schools that have a Quill and Scroll charter. To be eligible for a charter, high schools must publish a magazine, newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, broadcast program or a web site.

Quill and Scroll judges comment about strengths and weaknesses of a newspaper and make suggestions for a better publication. Campus journalism has been a member of Quill and Scroll since 1991.

“For a small Christian paper, The Feather staff does an exceptional job, especially on such a small budget,” an anonymous Quill and Scroll judge said. “I particularly applaud the staff’s desire for an internet paper- in keeping with the Information Age. Congratulations to a dedicated staff and adviser.”

Judges for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association also critiqued The Feather in October, pointing out different problems and areas for improvement throughout the paper.

“Your publication’s strengths lie in the tight, clean, visually pleasing layout design and in your good tonal range in you photos,” an anonymous CSPA judge said. “One major problem, [alluded to throughout the critique], is the tendency to editorialize–allow the writer’s opinion to come through in the quotations. It is easy to allow editorializing to happen, and it takes diligent editing to remove it from the text.

“Both news and feature articles would be improved by the addition of sidebars- graphs, surveys, related articles, checklists, charts, diagrams, ect. For every article, there should be an illustration- not necessarily a photo or drawing, but some visual component to clarify information and draw the reader into the story. Think about what you look at first in a newspaper- photos, headlines, sidebars, graphics. These guide your reading.”

The CSPA gave the journalism staff a silver medal to their collection of awards. Eight members of The Feather staff also traveled to New York during March to attend classes at Columbia University during the CSPA conference. See the May 2003 online article “Journalism trip to NYC highlights year” by Tim Gomez in the archives for more information on the conference.

Along with winning various awards, nine individual articles by seven staff writers have been recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors [ASNE] on the National Edition online paper in the past six weeks.

The National Edition online paper is a collection of stories from across the country. Stories are chosen based on quality and the appeal to a broad teen readership. The editors look for work that adheres to sound journalistic practices. The online edition can be found at www.myhighschooljournalism.org/nationaledition.

Anne Hierholzer, ’05, was chosen to be on the National Edition for her article written with Sarah Parker, “Passion, enthusiasm highlights grocery trip.”

“It’s an honor to be chosen for the National Edition,” Hierholzer said. “It’s nice to be able to go online and read other articles and to see what other schools are doing.”

To learn more about the Quill and Scroll Honorary Society go to www.uiowa.edu/

By |2003-11-04T00:00:00-07:00November 4th, 2003|Academics, Community Events, News, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Journalism plans to attend local SJVSPA Muckracker competition

Feather staff will compete at Fresno State’s SJVSPA annual competition

Aspiring journalists will expand their media skills at the annual “Muckracker 2003” on March 8. Hosted by San Joaquin Valley Scholastic Press Association (SJVSPA) and sponsored by the Mass Communication and Journalism department of Fresno State, the conference welcomes over 100 schools throughout the Central Valley.

“Our conference gives students a chance to see how their work stacks up against others from their geographical area,” Greg Lewis, professor in the Mass Communications department, said. “Students can learn from the experience. We send the articles from the on-the-spot competition back to their teachers for future reference.”

The event takes place from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at various places on the campus and competitors walk to their respective event buildings. Categories include yearbook, newspaper and advertising design, photography, news, feature, sports and editorial writing. Competing schools select two students to participate in each event and four awards are given in each category.

“I was delighted at receiving honorable mention last year,” Anne Hierholzer, 05, said. “I learned a lot from the competition last year and I hope to capitalize on the experience I gained.”

However, some students do not compete but they can attend workshops for instruction in specialized areas.

“Last year I did not compete and I was disturbed,” Randy Hill, ’04, said. “I had to attend a photography workshop but this year I will definitely compete and win the SJVSPA Muckracker competition.”

Fresno State has opened its doors to students for 23 years and this will be FC’s fifth year competing. Last year, FC took home the All-Valley newspaper award for small schools with under 1,600 students. The contests begin at 8:45 a.m. but registration for all participants opens at 8:15.

For additional information, contact SJVSPA director Becky Thornton at (559) 278-6266.

By |2003-02-27T00:00:00-07:00February 27th, 2003|Academics, Community Events, News, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FSU awards Feather All Valley SJVSPA newspaper

Student journalists from all over California’s Central Valley converged on the campus of Fresno State University on March 9 to celebrate their year. Among the day’s winners was the campus newspaper staff, as The Feather not only received a Superior rating, but also was named the All Valley Newspaper of the Year for small schools.

The occasion, “Muckraker 2002,” is an annual event hosted by the San Joaquin Valley Press Association (SJVSPA) and sponsored by the Mass Communication and Journalism department of Fresno State. Over 100 schools from Lodi to Bakersfield competed in the competition. Besides giving out awards to newspapers, yearbooks and individual articles were also judged by Fresno State department heads.

The half-day festivities included a variety of workshops designed to improve student journalists’ writing, editing and layout styles.

Classes available to attendees included “Grammar Gremlins,” a class demonstrating the common mistakes editors and writers often make; news photography; newspaper design; and movie reviewing, taught by Fresno Bee writer Donald Munro.

Some student journalists also chose to compete in on-the-spot contests. Participants were given a set amount of information and instructed to write a features piece, news or sports article, or an editorial.

“I learned how to write under pressure,” Melissa Morris, ’03, said. “Having a short amount of time to write an article is going to help me write my normal articles even better.”

For some, however, finicky computers stalled their competition dreams.

“The competition would have been a much better experience if my computer had not crashed while I was halfway through my article,” Ashley Cook, ’02, said. “I am looking forward to going back next year and trying to place.”

Editors and graphic designers were given specifics for a page or advertisement and told to design the page.

“The design competition was fun,” Bradley Hart, ’03, editor-in-chief, said. “It was great to finally meet the other editors from around the Valley and observe their style. It was fun to see and experience the passion of journalism and win an All Valley SJVSPA newspaper.”

Following the classes and contests, participants filled the Fresno State University Center auditorium. Following several inspirational speeches by local journalists and professors, awards were distributed to the editors, writers and yearbook staff members judged to be generating the top publications in the area.

After the dust settled, The Feather staff not only received an All Valley distinction but several other writing and photography awards.

Carli Albrechtson, ’02, was awarded second place in the photography competition. Judges commented during the awards ceremony that her photograph of an elderly man and a newborn colt was one of the best ever in SJVSPA conference history.

“The competition was a good experience because it provided for a hands on experience,” Albrechtson said. “It was great to apply what I have already learned and get a taste for what a career in photography might be like.”

The other individual award winner was Holly Deniston, ’04, whose article on depression placed third overall in the features writing category. The article can be read online in the archive section of this paper.

Honorable mention went to Annie Hierholzer, ’05, for a sports article and Eric Witters, ’04, for a news article.

However, The Feather did not receive as many awards as in past years, when the publication was well-known as one of the best in the area. In the 2000 Sweepstakes competition, The Feather placed second overall in the entire San Joaquin Valley.

For some senior staff, the lack of individual awards received was disappointing.
“I was shocked that we won the All Valley award without winning more individual awards,” Hart said. “When we were evaluated by judges before the competition, they said that writing was our paper’s strongest point. Obviously, it wasn’t strong enough though.”

The Tokay Press from Lodi won the Sweepstakes competition after nearly sweeping the writing and photography awards.

“I was disappointed by how few awards we won,” Greg Stobbe, Feather adviser said. “Last time we competed, we came within 50 points of winning outright. But I know this competition will help focus our young staff. The teaching and experience our writers and layout editors received was invaluable.”

While the staff was disappointed in the final outcomes, many viewed the experience as a stepping-stone to better their writing.

“I learned that if you don’t love writing then you will not be a good journalist,” Katy Haskins, ’03, said. “You really have to love the job to succeed in it.”

The campus yearbook, The Shield, was also awarded Superior status from the SJVSPA but did not garner any other awards.

Feather Eagle eye news calendar updated March 7

Feather Eagle eye news calendar updated March 7

3/1 FCC Honors program filing deadline
3/2 SAT on campus prep class (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)

3/4 FC Live (7-9 p.m.)
3/6 CSF Ski Trip @ Sierra Summit canceled
3/7 FCA breakfast, 7 a.m. in T-2
3/9 Journalism to SJVSPA conference & competition @ FSU
SAT on campus prep class

3/13 MathFax contest
3/14 Russian Children’s Choir perform in chapel
3/15 Baseball pep rally, BBQ during game, Skate party
3/16 FCHS Auction
SAT testing @ FSU

3/18 Drama presents “Devotion” in chapel
3/18-3/19 Band to CMEA festival at Bullard H.S.
3/18-3/22 Spiritual Emphasis Week
3/21 FCA breakfast, 7 a.m. in T-2
Drama presents “The Bethany Improvisation” in chapel
High school Concert for the Performing at Veterans Memorial Aud.
3/21-4/1 Easter break
3/22-3/23 Teachers of Tomorrow Leadership Camp @ FSU
3/24 Drama at Fresno Christian Reformed Church (6:30 p.m.)
3/29 SAT registration due for 5/4 test
Drama at Bass Lake Assoc. of Churches (noon)
3/31 Drama at Little Church in the Pines at Bass Lake (morning services)


4/1 No School
4/4 FCA breakfast in T-102, 7 AM
4/5 End of 3rd quarter
4/6 ACT Testing
Sadie’s @ zoo

4/9-14 CC & Ensemble tour to Hawaii
4/11 FCA breakfast, 7 a.m. in T-2

4/15-17 SAT9 testing
4/18-4/20 Band to Biola
4/18 FCA breakfast in T-102, 7 AM
4/19 ACSI Art Festival @ Clovis Christian School

4/26 SAT registration due for 6/1 Test
PSN Career Day


5/2 FCA breakfast in T-102, 7 AM
5/3 Fee due for 6/8 ACT testing
5/4 SAT testing @ FSU

5/5 Sponsoring church concert- CC, Ensemble
CSF Cinco de Mayo lunch
5/6 Drama performs for junior high chapel
AP English exam
5/9 FCA breakfast, 7 a.m. in T-2
5/10 AP history exam

5/13 Dress rehearsal for Spring concert-CC & Ensemble, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
5/13-5/17 Spirit Week
5/14 Spring concert (7:30 p.m.)-CC, Ensemble, Alumni, Faculty choir
AP biology exam
5/16 FCA breakfast in T-102, 7 AM

5/21 Instrumental Spring Concert (7 p.m.) @ Riverpark
5/23-24 Senior finals
5/24 Ensemble recording session (1 p.m.-7 p.m.)

5/27 Memorial Day observed
5/28-31 Senior trip
5/30 FCA breakfast in T-102, 7 AM


6/1 SAT testing @ FSU
6/3-6/5 2nd Semester Finals

6/6 Last day of school
6/8 ACT testing
ACT testing @ Bullard High & Clovis West High Schools

Old Dates

September 2001

9/3 Labor Day-no school
9/5 Yearbooks on sale for $60
9/7 Grandparents Day
First pep rally
Moms in Touch prayer group
9/10 Back to School Night
9/19-10/31 Biology dissections
9/11 PSN pizza day
SAT registration due for 10/13 test
9/12 CSF applications due
Fresno Area College Night (6-9 p.m.) @ Fresno Convention Center
9/13 FCA breakfast in T-1 (7 a.m.)
9/17 PSN organizational meeting
Beach trip to Cayucos rescheduled
Fee due for 10/27 ACT testing
9/23 Student prayer rallies for Billy Graham Crusade @ Bulldog Stadium
9/24 UC rep. visit & presentation (8:30-10:30 a.m.) in GZ
9/25 Fresno Pacific University on campus in 601 (1:30)
9/27 FCA breakfast in T-2 (7 a.m.)
9/28 Seniors to JH/Calvin Crest
Pep rally
SAT registration due for 11/3 test
Kid Carnival at football game
9/29 Honor Choir auditions @ Fresno State (9-11 a.m.)
Band to Dinuba for Parade


10/1 Christian College Fair in GZ (6-8:30 p.m.)
10/2 FCC Careers Day (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
10/3 SAT testing @ FSU
10/3-14 Big Fresno Faire
10/4 FCA breakfast in T-2 (7 a.m.)
10/5 Fifth quarter at Luna’s in Clovis
10/5-7 Ensemble retreat at Shaver Lake
10/6-7 Civil War Revisited @ Kearney Park
10/8 FCHS golf tournament @ Copper River
FCA serving @ Poverello House (4:45)
10/10 Pismo Beach Rand Review
10/11 CSU Fresno on campus for presentation
10/12 Big Blue Boys vs Pretty Pink Princess annual volleyball game
10/13 SAT testing @ FSU
10/16 PSAT testing (8-9 a.m.)
10/17 Academic Decathlon workshop @ FSU (4-7 p.m.)
10/18 FCA breakfast in T-2 (7 a.m.)
10/19-20 Band and color guard to Santa Cruz Band Review
10/19-21 Senior retreat to Calvin Crest
10/22-26 Homecoming week activities
FCHS College Night for grades 11-12 (7 p.m.)
10/23 Home economics to Save Mart
10/25 ACSI Convention – Northern California
End of 1st quarter
10/27 Selma Band Review
10/27-28 Renaissance Festival @ St. Paul’s Newman Center
SAT registration for 12/1 test due
ACT testing


11/1 FCA breakfast in T-2 (7 a.m.)
11/2 Fee due for 12/8 ACT test
Fifth quarter at Luna’s in Clovis
11/3 FCA Huddle Olympics on campus
11/7 MathFax contest
11/9 JH night at football game
11/10 Pismo Beach Band Review
11/12 Veterans Day observed
11/14 Academic Decathlon workshop (4-7 p.m.) @ CSUF
11/15 FCA breakfast in T-2 (7 a.m.)
11/16-18 Honor Choir rehearsals and performance in Fresno
11/17 Academic Decathlon Fine Arts Day @ San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton (6 a.m.-7 p.m.)
11/19-20 Southern California ACSI Convention-Teacher inservice
11/21 SAT registration due for 1/26 test
11/21-23 Thanksgiving break
11/26 Drama performs for junior high chapel
11/27 Academic Decathlon practice day @ CSUF


12/1 SAT testing @ FSU
12/4 Christmas Chapel for grades K-2-CC & ensemble (8-11 a.m.)
12/5 MathFax contest
Academic Decathlon workshop @ CSUF; Super Quiz (4-7 p.m.)
12/7 Christmas Chapel for grades 3-6-CC & ensemble (8-11 a.m.)
12/9 North Fresno Church-Ensemble (7:30 a.m.)
12/10 Christmas Concert-CC, ensemble, JH choir (7:30 p.m.)
12/12-13 Ensemble trip to San Francisco
12/12 Star Tree gifts turned in
12/16 Drama performs @ Little Church in the Pines, Bass Lake (10 a.m.)
12/17-1/1 Christmas break

January 2002

1/3 FCA breakfast, 7 a.m. in T-2
1/4 Fee due for 2/9 ACT test

1/10 FAFSA financial aid meeting 7 p.m., J.J. Room
1/11 FC Local and Pep rally

1/14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed
1/15-1/18 1st Semester Finals
1/15 Academic Decathlon essay competition @ CSUF (3 p.m.)
1/17 FCA breakfast, 7 a.m. in T-2
1/18 Powder puff football, 12-3 p.m.
End of 2nd quarter

1/21 First semester break holiday
1/26 SAT testing @ FSU

1/30 PSN pizza lunch

February 2002

2/21 Gender Chapel
FCA breakfast in T-102, 7 AM
2/22 Color Guard @ Buchanan
2/25 Winter Sports Awards Night

By |2001-10-19T00:00:00-07:00October 19th, 2001|Academics, Announcements, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Online grades available for new school year

Student tension on the last day of each quarter has been largely eliminated thanks to the innovative grade update system, newly developed Internet sites utilizing Mac School and K-12 Planet programs. The campus web site, www.fresnochristian.com, was developed last year, and has helped parents and students stay informed on schoolwork, says Principal Gary Schultz.

“It saves everyone a bunch of time and effort,” Schultz said. “Parents have easier access to their students grades, attendance and discipline reports. Also, each teachers’ e-mail address is listed on the site and the parents then can contact the teacher regarding their children.”

The person responsible for getting the site up and running was David Martens, campus computer technician. Although Martens created the site, the idea started in the mind of Superintendent Tim Wilkins, who suggested the idea to the board.

“The overall goal of the site is to bring all the resources of the school together into one window of information for anyone to see,” Wilkins said. “People who call us home have easy access to everything the school offers. We can see by the number of hits we get, about 350-500 a week, that the response is very positive so far.”

According to Wilkins, about 15 students arrived on campus last year as a result of the website that online grades available push has been successful.

For the parents and students to gain access to grades, they must go to the high school office and ask for their user name and password from any office authority. The parents must sign a form to get the number and password from the office. However, the password is needed only for grades, as homework assignments can be seen by anyone.

“It allows for absent students to check homework from home,” Martens said. “It also keeps parents informed on what and how their kids are doing in school.”

According to recent polls taken in the past year, 87% of the students on campus have Internet access at home, so getting on the Internet should not a problem for families. The site is updated every day by Schultz, according to the grades given to him by the teachers. Teachers must have new grades available within two days and turn them in to Schultz to put on the Internet.

“The system helps students by allowing them to get on the web and see if they have homework,” Rod Atchley, science teacher, said. “It benefits parents as well, as it helps them know if their students are lying when they say they have no homework.”

For students who are planning to be absent for a large amount of time, the homework is posted on the site a week in advance.

“It’s not 10 teachers doing their own individual thing,” Wilkins said, “instead, it’s a one- stop place that is convenient for everyone. The site will continue to grow in size and in quality.”

While this is an archived article, please stay online and follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2001-10-11T00:00:00-07:00October 11th, 2001|Academics, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus prepares for standardized exams

As students study for core classes this fall, many are also preparing to take Scholarship Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the Preliminary Scholarship Aptitude Test (PSAT). Most colleges and universities use the nationalized tests to determine acceptance and placement.

However, as campus prepares for standardized exams, teachers have already been preparing students.

“As an English teacher for many years, I’d say the best way to prepare is to do a lot of reading and vocabulary,” vice principal Ginger Niemeyer said. “We already do this in our English classes; I believe that it is the same for math. We have a very strong honors math program here at Fresno Christian.”

Teachers often use SAT scores to evaluate students’ abilities, as well as understand what other teacher’s taught and what may need to be taught in the future.

“I don’t see the need to take the SATs,” Katie Snow, ’03, said. “I know I’m retarded already but I guess they are important.”

Carl Brigham developed the Scholarship Aptitude Test in 1926, when it was administered experimentally to a few thousand college applicants. Since then, the SAT has evolved dramatically and is now used by many colleges as a requirement for applicants.

“A lot of colleges are making it optional to take the SAT or the ACT,” Niemeyer said. “Of course, ACT will tell you it is a better test to take, but that is your choice.”

The ACT assesses the high school students’ ability to complete college-level work.

“It’s important to do the SATs and do as best you can,” Amanda Pjerrou, ’02, said. “It is an important part of your future. It helps you get into a good school, and good schools are important.”

Niemeyer added that SATs are another indicator of a students’ ability despite what their GPA may show.

“I believe the SATs are important because it shows the colleges your scores and abilities differently than grades do,” Niemeyer said. “Sometimes grades show how hard a student works but grades don’t always show the ability or the intelligence of the student.”

Sophomores also understand the importance of the SAT.

“I want to get into a good college,” Rajani Elek, ’04, said, “so I think the PSATs and SATs are a helpful way to prepare for the work.

“I believe the SATs are important because it shows the colleges your scores, and sometimes grades show how hard a student works,” Elek continued. “Grades don’t always show the ability or the intelligence of the student.”

For those want more information, sample test questions are available, as well as individualized help for test preparation at sites such as www.collegeboard.com. Students can also contact Niemeyer for more information.

SAT registration for the Nov. 3 test date at Fresno State needs to be completed by Sept. 28 but can be turned in late with an additional fee. The next PSAT is scheduled on campus for Oct. 16 and costs $10.

A little bit of history: As of 1997, the Scholarship Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test actually is just known as the SAT and now doesn’t officially mean its formal names.

While this is an archived article, please stay online and follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2001-10-11T00:00:00-07:00October 11th, 2001|Academics, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments