Students gear up for annual powder puff game

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The annual powder puff game, to be hosted on May 8, will promote friendly competition amongst classes.

Those dedicated to winning have already signed up and assigned coaches for the powderpuff season. It’s time for the HS girls to put on their game face and gather together to practice drills and set plays.  Powder puff will be at the North Field, May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The roles are switched for powder puff, the girls act as the players while the boys are cheerleaders for each class. Parents and family are welcome to watch the girls compete against each other.

In previous years the senior class has dominated the lower classes with its determination and experience in the game. This year senior Madison Sieb hopes to continue the winning streak.

“This is my second year in powder puff,” Sieb said. “I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on Friday would end my senior year on a great note.”

Sophomore Marissa Parker believes her team will do better this year because of the experience from freshman year.

“Since this is our second year, we might have a better chance of winning,” Parker said. “We need to focus on moving the ball and putting our plays to the test. This year I hope we win at least one game and if not two; I am excited to play the juniors.”

This is my second year in Powderpuff. I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on friday would end my senior year on a great note. — Madison Sieb, ’15

Junior Gillian Rea competes for her third time in powder puff and is looking to have a good time while trying to win.

“I think that we should focus on encouraging each other within the team to achieve a win,” Rea said. “It’s about having fun together while competing to win at the same time. I think my team could have a chance at winning if we work together and carry out plays we’ve worked on.”

Freshman Erin Wilson looks forward to playing with her class in this year’s Powderpuff.

“I am really excited, my sister Amber Wilson played it last year and had a lot of fun,” Wilson said. “I don’t know that much about football but I think our coaches, Roman Endicott and Tyler Villines, will help us. We already got together for a meeting and we are ready to have practices.”

Come out to enjoy a fun night of football games and cheer stunts to wrap up the school year.

This writer can be reached via Twitter and email: @j0sh_carter and Joshua Carter’s email.

By |2015-05-05T08:50:09+00:00May 5th, 2015|FC Events, News, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual ‘Night of the Stars’ draws campus to elegant venue

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FC’s annual formal event, Night of the Stars, took place on the evening of March 28.

With the second semester well underway, FC’s most anticipated event, Night of the Stars (NOTS), took place March 28. The event took place at a new location, Wolf Lakes, in the flower garden venue. The venue overlooked the lake and was surrounded by various gardens.

Students were scheduled to arrive 5:30 p.m. for photos taken by Milne. While waiting for dinner to be served, students went on boat rides, took pictures with friends in the photo booth and enjoyed various drinks and snacks whilst mingling with their peers.

Steak, potatoes and various vegetables were served buffet style beginning at 7:00 p.m. The movies were shown at 8:00 and ended around 9:00. The award ceremony took place immediately after the movies and ended at 9:45.

The freshmen decided to film a quick 45 second trailer of the Karate Kid. The sophomores banned together to film Kicking and Screaming, while the juniors created a mashup of Jimmy Fallon and other comedic shows. The senior class worked tirelessly on their 45 minute film of Back to the Future, which won 7 of the 10 awards.

I think NOTS went exceptionally well. Wolf lakes was beautiful, everything went great, the weather was beautiful and everything turned out great. We are going to have NOTS again at wolf lakes, we would like to change from the garden to the lakeside. We will have to change the date to later in April. The only thing I would change is the date to later in April, which we will do next year. — Vickey Belmont

Sophomore Summer McGrew chose not to attend formal but looks forward to Sadies on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

“I didn’t go to NOTS because I didn’t want to and nobody asked me,” McGrew said. “I probably won’t go next year because I don’t think I’m going to Fresno Christian. Im going to Sadies because I’m asking someone next week and I’m really excited about the location.”

Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont enjoyed to the venue and has already begun to plan for next years event.

“I think NOTS went exceptionally well,” Belmont said. “Wolf lakes was beautiful, everything went great, the weather was beautiful and everything turned out great. We are going to have NOTS again at wolf lakes, we would like to change from the garden to the lakeside. We will have to change the date to later in April. The only thing I would change is the date to later in April, which we will do next year.”

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In a break from tradition, the venue was changed to Wolfe Lakes. The new setup allowed for new additions, such as a boat ride around the lake.

Morgan Koop, ’16, enjoyed the venue change, but wished there was more seating space available.

“I went with my friends and I really enjoyed it,” Koop said. “I liked the new venue and my favorite part would have to be the boat ride. The only thing I would change for next year would be to do the lakeside spot because there was more seating space. I like Wolf Lakes better than the Grand because it felt more open. It was very spacious and had more places to walk around.”

Kayla Camini, a former FC student, now attending Clovis North, was grateful to be invited to attend NOTS.

“Since I transferred to Clovis North I was a little disappointed I couldn’t go to NOTS anymore,” Camini said. “I had waited since seventh grade to go; I was asked by Matthew Tanaka and I had a very fun time. The best part for me was the photo booth because the pictures were a nice take home item. The event was kind of different because we didn’t dance but the movies were a really cool alternative. Afterwards, the group I went with, went bowling and that was a fun thing to do to end the night.”

For more about NOTS, read Search BREAKING: Changes made to traditional NOTS event.

By |2015-04-02T11:37:23+00:00April 2nd, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

We will be back in summer 2015

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The Feather Online has been a web-based paper since 1998 and needs an overhaul. Adviser Greg Stobbe and the new editors had hoped a new and improved site could be operational by the end of June but now a Labor Day soft launch is expected.

The Feather Online was created by Fresno Christian students in its current form in 2004 and revised in 2008. Since then Feather webmasters have tweaked it and added features. However, technology and websites have advanced to a point The Feather needs to be reborn.

While the award-winning FC online paper is under construction, please continue to follow The Feather on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The editors are planning bring back a new and improved, up-to-date Feather by the end of June, follow social media for more information. We will be back. However, a Labor Day soft launch may be more reasonable.

For more photos, visit “The Baby” and Breakaway.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BREAKING: Feather shuts down for reconstruction

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The Feather Online will no longer be a functioning high school newspaper, starting March 27. Please follow Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates and check back in mid summer for a revised site.

New website planned for 2015-16 school year

All things must come to an end sometime during their life cycle. The Feather has been around for more than a decade now and the technology holding the website together has become dated. Therefore, The Feather is being moved to a new website and will be shut down for at least one month.

The Feather will be signing off the Internet today, March 27, and students will be beginning their spring break and will return to school April 7. The Feather is scheduled to be put back up sometime in summer.

Greg Stobbe has advised The Feather Online since 1997 and thinks it has been long overdue to get with the times and come out with a whole new website.

“Since 2004, the current Feather version has been the backbone of Fresno Christian High School publications students. Today it is obviously an outdated website; it is high time that The Feather editors got into the 2015’s with a WordPress version,” Stobbe said. “So when The Feather shuts down, it will also give the staff and The Feather Online the opportunity for growth with new plug-ins and all kinds of features in the near future.”

Editor-in-Chief Sara Peterson, ’15, believes that this redesign of the newspaper will give veterans of The Feather a chance to train new staffers for their new positions when the seniors leave this year.

“I think it is good that The Feather is going to be shut down for a month, it gives us a chance to work with new staffers and to teach them things they didn’t really catch on this year,” Peterson said. “Also we are going to be getting our new website up and that will be good for The Feather because our website is outdated. Next year, even though I will not be here to see it, The Feather is going to do very well with their new website.”

This is a good plan because The Feather has a very outdated layout so it is a lot harder for the editors to edit things because they have to code then put in pictures. This new website will make it a lot more efficient. Also it will be easier to train new people next year and we are going to come back twice as strong. –Chloe Mueller, Co-Editor-in-Chief

During the construction of the new Feather website, all social media will still be available and current for those interested. IT Director Robert Hyatt will start off the redesign and the shut down The Feather Online, setting up a page where it currently exists which will lead readers to social media links including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. After the redesign of the Fresno Christian website, Hyatt is excited to see the changes in the weeks ahead.

“I would expect to see as radical of a change from the old Fresno Christian website to the new Fresno Christian website,” Hyatt said. “It will be dynamic. It will be unique. From looking at all the other websites that we looked into from other school newspapers, ours will look nothing like them, but it will be fantastic. I have no doubt.”

Junior Chloe Mueller is Co-Editor-in-Chief this year on The Feather and will continue on next year, solo as Editor-in-Chief. After two years of being in journalism, she is glad to see something new is happening with the school newspaper.

“This is a good plan because The Feather has a very outdated layout so it is a lot harder for the editors to edit things because they have to code then put in pictures,” Mueller said. “This new website will make it a lot more efficient. Also it will be easier to train new people next year and we are going to come back twice as strong.”

Please continue to look for posts via Feather social media and as more information becomes available, Feather staff and editors will share information about school and community news, sports and features.

“This is a good plan because The Feather has a very outdated layout so it is a lot harder for the editors to edit things because they have to code then put in pictures,” Mueller said. “This new website will make it a lot more efficient. Also it will be easier to train new people next year and we are going to come back twice as strong.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @KevinGarcha.

For more news, read the March 26 article, NOTS parents viewing scheduled for March 28.

By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

32nd FCS Auction draws community to campus (Video)

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Superintended Jeremy Brown holds a young puppy that became a hot item at the 32nd annual Fresno Christian Auction, March 14.

The Fresno Christian Schools 32nd Annual FCS auction is a highly anticipated event in which the generosity and close knit community is exemplified. Each year, families and FC enthusiasts look forward to the opportunity for a fun way to give back to the school which has touched their lives.

At the March 14 auction, attendees were given a unique auction number and were able to bid upon different items including desserts, gift cards and donated items. Once dinner was served participants enjoyed a quick trailer of the upcoming drama musical, Music Man.

Over the course of dinner the silent tables began to close and a raffle took place where attendees could win a variety of different hundred dollar prizes.

The highlight of the night, the live auction, offered a wide array of prizes. Prizes included everything from front row seats at the 2014-’15 graduation ceremony to signed helmets from Oakland Raider QB Derek Carr.

Every table at the 32nd FCS Auction sold out within weeks. The auction brought in a record breaking $140,000+. The money is used in multiple ways but is focused on filling the funding gap between tuition and the amount needed to operate the school.

Superintendent Jeremy Brown talks about his first year at the auction as superintendent. This experience has given him a new perspective on the event.

“I love interacting with the different families; it’s amazing how many people come out here to support. It’s a full house. It’s a great lively events and everyone is here to support Fresno Christian Schools,” Brown said. “I went last year and didn’t really know many people because I was just hired. But this year it’s great because I know the community a lot better.”

For more videos, look for them in other articles or visit the video section of The Feather or check out Campus clubs sell Kids Day papers (VIDEO).

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

Economics fair 2015 recap

Economics project provides learning opportunity for students

Students flooded the campus gym on March 18, 2015, to shop at student-made booths marketing different products.

20140318-Econ-Fair-001Dawson Triplitt | The Feather Online Archive

Each year Robert Foshee’s economics classes create products to sell during an economic fair. The fair was held in the gym this year due to rainy weather.

The annual economics fair (econ fair for short) took place with around 20-student run booths.

The fair is held with the goal of helping Robert Foshee’s economics and civics students further understand their topic. Foshee shared his reasons for holding the event.

“We want to find ways to connect information from class to a real world situation. We learn about supply, demand, budgets, but it doesn’t really get ingrained until you do something with it,” Foshee said. “They have to pick a product to make, figure out a budget for it, they have to market it.” I think it’s a pretty cool way to learn it without having to read a book or listen to a lecture.”

Students in groups of two-three designed products from food, clothing and jewelry. After preparing it and marketing through posters around school and social media accounts, they sold their products in the gym. Julianna Rosik, ’16, sold boba drinks with two other students during the fair. Rosik commented on the work and learning experience.

‘The Econ fair was fun, but it was also pretty stressful,” Rosik said. “We learned about entrepreneurship during the Economics fair and the process of selling a product, and though this experience I realized that I do not want to be an entrepreneur. My group did well with our product Bubble Joy Boba drink, but when we added up our total costs, we found out our profits barely made us break even. It was fun even though we didn’t make much money.”

We learn about supply, demand, budgets, but it doesn’t really get ingrained until you do something with it. They have to pick a product to make, figure out a budget for it, they have to market it. I think it’s a pretty cool way to learn it without having to read a book or listen to a lecture. — Robert Foshee, Economics teacher.

This is the second year the fair took place in the gym. Previously, the Economics fair was set up in the lunch area. The set up of the booths changed too, in hopes of making the process more efficient for the shoppers and the students to make it easier to shop and sell. Eunsol (Dana) Kwon, ’16, commented on the arrangement.

“I thought it was really comfortable and a good idea because I could see ever item easily and I could quickly find which food I wanted,” Kwon said. “I liked every booth but my favorite was one of the cookie booths.”

The next economic fair will be held with next years’ civics students.

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter and e-mail: @ejLadd and [email protected]

By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-27

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 23 – MARCH 28

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By Katie Jacobson, writer

FEATHER AWARDED GOLD CROWN
For the third year in a row and the fifth time since 2008, The Feather was awarded a Gold Crown at the 91st CSPA journalism convention at Colombia University in NYC! We competed for the Digital Crown. Only one other California school won the same award.

Check out Chloe Mueller’s article: BREAKING: Feather receives CSPA Gold Crown Award, March 20.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – No lunch scheduled
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

March–
March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Holding our own at CSPA Convention

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The Feather staff earned a Gold Crown at the CSPA convention in March.

As a student journalist, there are few honors that are as grand and prestigious as the Gold Crown presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) at their annual convention. This award focuses on the excellence of the publication’s design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. In short, the Gold Crown is an award for the highest excellence in the very fundamentals of journalism.

Attending Columbia University with 2,691 other delegates and 299 different schools put The Feather in perspective, March 20. We competed on a national stage with a swarm of other media devotees to the practice of journalism, and we were one of the only two digital publications from California to win a Gold Crown in the online category.

In comparison to the size of the other publications, The Feather is incredibly small. And yet we were able to hold our own and bring home a Gold Crown, one of the highest national awards for scholastic journalism.

The CSPA hosted the student journalists incredibly well. They brought all of us into Columbia University’s campus; they let us walk the university halls and classrooms and listen to a variety of different speakers talk about a variety of different topics. The CSPA also asked some of The Feather editors and adviser Greg Stobbe to teach classes: Chloe Mueller, Sara Peterson, Ryan King, and Callista Fries all hosted sessions on behalf of The Feather and the CSPA.

Though I did not listen to every speaker, the speakers I did listen too had a lot to say about journalism and high school publications. I learned a about new media formats and how to come up with new ideas for articles, but for the most part, the content felt like it was second nature. I already knew much of the material and practice it on the Feather on a daily basis, so the speakers only really helped affirm what I already knew plus added a few gems to take back home. Should I return to New York with The Feather next year, it would be informative to listen to more speakers on different podcasting ideas and ways to improve media use.

Attending the CSPA convention is also a great way to share ideas with other staffs from around the country, whether we share/swap papers, struggles and how we overcome them. The Feather has benefited greatly over the years through this real time engagement with our peers. Plus it is good to be a part of a larger group who all have the same goals and pride of high school journalism.

Being on a staff as small as The Feather and still being able to win a Gold Crown fills my heart to the brim with pride. I fully intend the join The Feather again next year and show Columbia that we are still worthy of the Gold.

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

For more opinions, read the March 24 article, College Corner: Fresno State standards changing.

By |2015-03-26T00:00:00+00:00March 26th, 2015|Column, FC Arts, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

NOTS parent viewing scheduled for March 28

Night of the Stars (NOTS) is a night for high school students to dress up and watch each class’ long-awaited film. With every weekend devoted to filming the movies, the time has come for parents to see their children’s work. The parent viewing will be held Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. (the morning of NOTS) and will go through 11 a.m. in the Green Room.

The theme will be following the actual event’s theme as Jardin De Fleur. Snacks and drinks will be provided and all high school parents are available to come.

Vicky Belmont, leadership director, oversees the students for NOTS and makes sure all the planning stays organized.

“It allows the parents to see what the kids have been working on and it kinda gives them a little taste of what the kids are going to do that night,” Belmont said. “They get to vote on the best picture which is called the Parents Choice Award.”

Senior Kathryn Damschen, volunteered to lead up the committee alongside Chloe Muller. She hopes to set high standards for the viewing and impress the parents.

“I wanted to make it really good this year and something that people can look back on and use it as an example for the future,” Damschen said. “Basically we’re giving the parents a little taste of NOTS. We’re going to have French themed food, just like what we’re having at actual NOTS. There’s going to have tablecloths, centerpieces, refreshments. We wanted to make it better than it’s ever been and set a precedent for the following years.”

This writer can be reached through Twitter @nhudecek16 or through email at [email protected].

By |2015-03-26T00:00:00+00:00March 26th, 2015|Announcements, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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+00:00March 26th, 2015|Academics, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-26

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 23 – MARCH 28

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By Katie Jacobson, writer

FEATHER AWARDED GOLD CROWN
For the third year in a row and the fifth time since 2008, The Feather was awarded a Gold Crown at the 91st CSPA journalism convention at Colombia University in NYC! We competed for the Digital Crown. Only one other California school won the same award.

Check out Chloe Mueller’s article: BREAKING: Feather receives CSPA Gold Crown Award, March 20.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – No lunch scheduled
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5.

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

March–
March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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

College planning for SAT and ACT

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An informational meeting about SAT and ACT testing will be hosted by College Planning and Tutorial Center, March 25, 2015.

Students needing college planning for SAT and ACT are in luck. FC students grades 7-12 and parents are invited to attend an informational meeting about SAT and ACT testing hosted by and located at the College Planning and Tutorial Center, March 25, 2015. At this gathering, guardians and students will be informed about the standardized testing processes and the necessary steps to insuring optimal success.

Though FC hosts a similar annual meeting in the fall, the College Planning and Tutorial Center will be providing various details not otherwise available to the FC community. Students currently in the college application process are highly encouraged to attend.

Academic Advisor Michelle Warkentin says that students who attend the meeting will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight from experienced educational professionals.

“It is a good idea for students to attend this meeting to find out more about college from professionals who know the ins and outs of applying to college,” Warkentin said. “They will present valuable information regarding high school classes needed to take for college acceptance and helpful tips about the application process. This is a free event and a great way to get a head start on all things related to college.

“It is a good idea for students to attend this meeting to find out more about college from professionals who know the ins and outs of applying to college. They will present valuable information regarding high school classes needed to take for college acceptance and helpful tips about the application process. This is a free event and a great way to get a head start on all things related to college.”- Michelle Warkentin 

Junior Vanessa Shubin recommends that students attend the session in order to avoid any test day mishaps.

“An important reason to go to the meeting would be so that you are prepared for test day,” Shubin said. “One thing to remember before taking the SAT is that they don’t provide calculators. There were a few people who forgot theirs at home when I went and I’m sure they didn’t have a fun time.”

Senior Summer Villanueba has already taken the SAT however, she advises juniors and seniors who have not yet taken the test to go to the meeting in order to become familiarized with the testing process.

“Going to the Pre-SAT planning tests and getting lots of practice is good because it prepares you for future testing,” Villanueba said. “Colleges looks at all these tests and determine where your going to be, so it makes sense to study up hard so that you make a great impression. The extra practice does help to, because then you can improve your scores and go through problems easier.”

As students determine college planning for SAT, ACT, they are encouraged to check out the College Planning and Tutorial Center online or attend the seminar.

College Planning and Tutorial Center is located at 6729 N. Palm, Ste. 103 Fresno, CA 93704. For more information email academic advisor Michelle Warkentin at [email protected].

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

For more news read the March 23 article, BREAKING: Feather receives CSPA Gold Crown Award.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-25T00:00:00+00:00March 25th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-25

FeatherLogoWEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 23 – MARCH 28

By Katie Jacobson, writer

FEATHER AWARDED GOLD CROWN
For the third year in a row and the fifth time since 2008, The Feather was awarded a Gold Crown at the 91st CSPA journalism convention at Colombia University in NYC! We competed for the Digital Crown. Only one other California school won the same award.

Check out Chloe Mueller’s article: BREAKING: Feather receives CSPA Gold Crown Award, March 20.

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – No lunch scheduled
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

March–
March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-25T00:00:00+00:00March 25th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-24

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 23 – MARCH 28

By Katie Jacobson, writer

FEATHER AWARDED GOLD CROWN
For the third year in a row and the fifth time since 2008, The Feather was awarded a Gold Crown at the 91st CSPA journalism convention at Colombia University in NYC! We competed for the Digital Crown. Only one other California school won the same award.

Check out Chloe Mueller’s article: BREAKING: Feather receives CSPA Gold Crown Award, March 20.

BROTHER TO BROTHER
Brother to Brother Off-Campus Lunch is today, March 24. Make sure to check out in front of the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
The Creative Writing Club will be meeting March 24 in room 603. Be sure to bring something to write with.

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.
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SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – No lunch scheduled
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

March–
March 23 — NOTS Movie Deadline, 8 a.m.
March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

By |2015-03-24T00:00:00+00:00March 24th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Junior NOTS movie: Saturday Night Live

FeatherLogoAs each class prepares their NOTS movies for debut on March 28, the junior class of 2016 believes they have what it takes to receive the overall “Best Movie” award.

Though the juniors originally planned on recreating the movie, High School Musical,” due to a lack of class participation they decided to recreate the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. So far, the class has filmed many short skits that can be regularly seen on the Tonight Show, such as “Mean Tweets.”

By recreating scenes people already know and love the class hopes to get students excited over their production.

Gillian Rea, ’16, is the co-director of the junior NOTS movie. She believes that the Jimmy Fallon show was a good choice, because it didn’t require a large number of students to be on screen at once. Rea hopes this often watched TV-series will increase the productions popularity.

“When we decided to film a recreation of the Jimmy Fallon show I was really excited,” Rea said. “I love watching his show each week, and I hope the rest of the student body is able to relate to this film and understand where the jokes are coming from. I have had an excellent group of students who are committed to this production, and their help has been invaluable. We hope all the parents and students appreciate our movie and all the work that went into creating it.”

One of the head actors of the junior NOTS film is Tyler Breedlove, ’16. Tyler has played a major role in the production of the film since it first started. He has made the effort to attend every meeting and help in any way he can. Breedlove believes his acting and natural sense of humor help the storyline flow naturally.

“When we originally started filming for High School Musical, I was cast to play the main character,” Breedlove said. “As things started changing I told the directors I still wanted to be involved and help any way I could. I was able to play a main role in many of our skits and help write them as well. I can’t wait to see our movie on the big screen at NOTS.”

Whether or not the junior class wins the award for best picture, students involved thoroughly enjoyed their experience, and look forward to making another movie next year.

All the high school movies will be on display the morning of March 28 for parents and public view, and also to vote for the awards, from 9-11 a.m. in the Green Room. For more information, contact [email protected]

For another features article, read Former campus teacher reflects on time spent at FC

Follow <i>The Feather</i> via Twitter <a href=”https://twitter.com/thefeather” target=”_blank”>@thefeather</a>,  Instagram <a href=”https://instagram.com/thefeatheronline” target=”_blank”>@thefeatheronline</a> and Facebook <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/thefeatheronline” target=”_blank”>@thefeatheronline</a>. This writer can be reached via Twitter:@JustinHFeather

By |2015-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2015|FC Events, Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC hits NY: Day 5 (SLIDESHOW)

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Feather editors Ryan King, Chloe Mueller, Rees Roggenstein and Sara Peterson bask in the glow of a CSPA Digital Gold Crown while at Columbia University, March 20.

Since arriving in New York, the staff have awaited this moment with nausea. Hoping that they could once again grab the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Digital Gold Crown at the 91st annual convention and continue the winning streak. The team began the day with hope in their eyes.

Just like every other day, the team straggled into the lobby where the students met and then left to their various destination. Today their trip to Columbia University and find out their fate. Editors-in-Chiefs Sara Peterson and Chloe Mueller led a class early in the morning, while the rest of team like previous days attended the other various lectures by prominent figures within the journalistic society.

After the first class, the team decided to rest and work on the ever needy Feather. Students took this opportunity to rest in the lounges around the college. Finally the moment arrived, the editors filed into the auditorium where their fate rested.

Because of the over 2,600 students and 299 schools in attendance, the names of the winners were rattled off in an alphabetical order. The team waited with faces tense and eyes glued to the screen, their time came and went, the Feather had not been called, all the editors turned in shock and confusion.

However, God has a since of humor known only to himself. The association misplaced The Feather in the line-up, and ten minutes later were called to the front of the auditorium.

The team headed outside to find snow piling upon itself, increasing the joy of their seven-month accomplishment. The entirely new team had pulled it off; they won a Gold Crown, proving that anybody with a heart can make it to the top. After taking numerous photos out in the snow of this terrific event for the school and the program, the team headed back for some rest.

After making it back to the hotel, students split off and took a rest in preparation for a celebratory dinner, all fees paid for. Joyful and excited, the team rested and headed off to dinner. The last day touring New York was over and their time to leave had come. For a final time, students will once again rise early, but this time to head back home.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Josh_Carter.

For more news, read the March 19 article, FC hits NY: Day 4 (SLIDESHOW).

By |2015-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Features, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|1 Comment

BREAKING: Feather earns CSPA Gold Crown

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Feather editors celebrate in Times Square after earning a CSPA Digital Gold Crown, March 20.

As the conclusion of the Feather editorial staff’s trip to New York City, staffers attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) crowning award ceremony at Columbia University, March 20. This event, which takes place on mid-afternoon Friday, reveals whether students have received a Silver or Gold Crown for their efforts.

After anxiously waiting for their paper to be called, staffers finally got the news that they earned a CSPA Gold Crown, the highest award given by the CSPA. This is the third consecutive and fifth time overall that The Feather has taken home this award along with two Silvers since 2008.

The Feather is honored to be recognized by such a nationally acclaimed source. Staffers hope to continue the tradition of taking home a Gold Crown. Next semester, The Feather will be moving in a new, more modern direction with a new website layout. The Feather will also work to implement more texture and media through new outlets.

2,691 students attended the convention, representing 299 schools within 34 states. Some schools even represented neighboring nations, such as Mexico and Canada.

Editor-in-Chief, Chloe Mueller, ’16, reports an attitude of elation towards this win, and motivation for the future.

“Of course, before you actually get the award, you are worried that you may not receive it,” Mueller said. “So when I heard that we won a Gold Crown, I was ecstatic. This experience has really motivated me to push on and come back stronger next year.”

Senior John Dooman, Reviews Editor, shares the highlight of the New York trip along and winning the Gold Crown award.

“This is the third Gold Crown that The Feather has won since I first joined,” Dooman said. “The anticipation that was built up around winning this last crown was crazy. Most of us editors are seniors and this was our last chance to help The Feather achieve excellence and I think I speak for all the senior editors when I say that this was a great way to end our high school journalism careers.”

Videographer Timothy Nyberg, ’16, explains his reaction to winning the CSPA Digital Gold Crown and looks forward to working for the gold next year.

“I was thrilled when I found out that we had won the CSPA Gold Crown. Each staff member has put in so much work this year and we are happy to receive a pay off,” Nyberg said. “I’m looking forward to going above and beyond next year.”

While The Feather Online did not qualify for a National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker for the second year in a row, the staff is excited to rebuild the website and be more forward thinking to include a more modern look and feel with an emphasis on media. Look for the changes by summer’s end.

Along with The Feather, the Foothill Dragon Press from Ventura, CA, was also awarded a Digital Gold Crown.

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

For more features, read the March 18 article, Alumna shares personal journey, life with professional athlete.

By |2015-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2015|FC Arts, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5th CSPA Gold crown

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Feather editors traveled to New York City in March and won a CSPA Digital Gold Crown at Columbia University.

The Feather was awarded a Digital Gold Crown at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) journalism convention at Columbia University in NYC!

This is The Feather Online’s 3rd Gold Crown in a row and 5th CSPA Gold Crown since 2008. The Feather also has earned two Silver Crowns.

Here is the link to the winners. We competed for a Digital Crown and only one other California school won the same award. Other California schools won Gold in the hybrid category.

For more photos, visit Rock and Worship Road Show and Elementary track and field.

By |2015-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2015|FC Arts, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-20

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The Feather daily publishes campus news. Be sure to return to this article every day for updated information.

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 16 – MARCH 20

By Katie Jacobson, writer

FEATHER IN NYC
Feather editors are currently in New York City for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference. Keep checking back for articles, Tweets, and Instagram posts.

FC Hits NY: Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

FC Hits NY: Day 2

FC Hits Ny: Day 3 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

FC Hits NY: Day 4 (SLIDESHOW)

BLOOD DRIVE
Recently, one of our Alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff was rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn’t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. We are so grateful to the Lord that she is recovering and getting stronger each day. At Fresno Christian we would like to support Emily as well as give back to the Central California Blood Center for their help in saving Emily.
On March 20th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a blood drive on Fresno Christian’s campus in honor of Emily. While there, people can sign prayers and well wishes to Emily and take an opportunity to save lives with your donations. You can drop in during the above times or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

Check out Skyler Lee’s article, Blood Drive honors FC alumna currently in recovery (VIDEO)

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, CHEESY BREADSTICKS, drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Taco Bell, tacos, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball in 1st round of playoffs @ Ahwahnee MS 2:45 p.m.
HS softball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — HS baseball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis vs Riverdale 4 p.m. on FC courts.

Wednesday — Possible JH baseball playoff game. Location & time TBD

Thursday — HS softball vs Orange Cove HS 3:30 p.m. on North Field.
HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS golf in CVC tournament @ River Island GC 10 a.m.

Saturday — HS baseball @ Coast Union HS (Double Header) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
HS track in Rafer Johnson Invitational meet @ Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

March–
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

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Campus announcements: 2015-03-19

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 16 – MARCH 20

By Katie Jacobson, writer

FEATHER IN NYC
Feather editors are currently in New York City for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference. Keep checking back for articles, Tweets, and Instagram posts.

FC hits NY: Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

FC Hits NY: Day 2

FC Hits Ny: Day 3 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

BLOOD DRIVE
Recently, one of our Alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoffwas rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn’t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. We are so grateful to the Lord that she is recovering and getting stronger each day. At Fresno Christian we would like to support Emily as well as give back to the Central California Blood Center for their help in saving Emily.
On March 20th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a blood drive on Fresno Christian?s campus in honor of Emily. While there, people can sign prayers and well wishes to Emily and take an opportunity to save lives with your donations. You can drop in during the above times or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

Check out Skyler Lee’s article, Blood Drive honors FC alumna currently in recovery (VIDEO)

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, CHEESY BREADSTICKS, drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Taco Bell, tacos, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball in 1st round of playoffs @ Ahwahnee MS 2:45 p.m.
HS softball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — HS baseball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis vs Riverdale 4 p.m. on FC courts.

Wednesday — Possible JH baseball playoff game. Location & time TBD

Thursday — HS softball vs Orange Cove HS 3:30 p.m. on North Field.
HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS golf in CVC tournament @ River Island GC 10 a.m.

Saturday — HS baseball @ Coast Union HS (Double Header) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
HS track in Rafer Johnson Invitational meet @ Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

March–
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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By |2015-03-19T00:00:00+00:00March 19th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC hits NY: Day 4 (SLIDESHOW)

DSC_7293Ryan King, Photographer

With two days of touring behind them, Feather editors and adviser Greg Stobbe pose in from of the Freedom Tower in NYC before they visit the 9-11 Memorial Museum, March 19.

With two full days in New York under their belts, the editors prepared themselves for their third full day in the city. One more day and the team will spend the rest of the week at Columbia University for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 91st convention.

Warm clothes were strongly suggested and the group departed from the hotel at 9:30 a.m to take the subway as FC hits NY and visit the 9/11 Memorial.

The 9-11 Memorial has been in the stages of construction since 2007 and is still being added to. The highlight of the site was the museum dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives and their loved ones.

After the memorial, the editors made their way down Wall Street and popped in to the Trinity Church. Following the cathedral the group made their way to Battery Park where they watched street dancers perform and viewed the Statue of Liberty from afar.

From there, the girls made their way back to Times Square to shop freely and the boys took a trip to Grand Central Station before returning back to Times Square to shop.

The group met up at 7:45 p.m. to make their way to the 8 p.m. Broadway showing of An American in Paris and ate a late dinner at TGI Fridays.

First timer in New York City, Trevor Beal, shares his impressions of the city along with his favorite aspects of the trip.

“This is my first time ever being in NYC,” Beal said, “I have been to other big cities before but none compare to NYC, Grand Central Station and Wall Street have been my favorite parts of the trip so far, along with the Phantom of the Opera play and 911 Memorial Museum.”

Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, says she will enjoy giving a session at the 91st CSPA Journalism Convention at Columbia University.

“This year gave me a new look on the trip because we are teaching sessions at Columbia University,” Mueller said. “But the sightseeing is still fun. I loved the 9/11 Memorial.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueros.

For more news, read the March 18 article, FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO).

FC hits NY: Day 3 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

Presentations1Ryan King, Photographer

Editors-in-Chief Sara Peterson, left, and Chloe Mueller taught a session called: ‘Thriving in Cyberspace’ at the 91st CSPA convention, March 19. This session highlighted the work routine of the Feather and how staffers manage online outlets such as social media.

After concluding their first full day in New York, The Feather editors began their Wednesday with an agenda. Deporting from their hotel at 8 a.m., students caught a subway ride and headed to Columbia University.

This journey to Columbia University is the central purpose for the New York trip. Here, the students attended – and even taught – educational, journalism-based sessions at the CSPA’s 91st annual Spring Scholastic Convention.

These sessions focus on many aspects of journalism and publications. In the first session, Editors-in-Chief Sara Peterson and Chloe Mueller taught their own class: ‘Thriving in Cyberspace’. This session highlighted the work routine of the Feather and how staffers manage online outlets such as social media.

Peterson, who presented for the first time, reports her initial feelings of anxiety were unnecessary, as the session went smoothly.

“I was a bit nervous before we presented, because I’ve never done it before,” Peterson said. “I just didn’t know what to expect. Things ended up going well and I think we connected with our audience.”

During the second session, Callista Fries, Media Specialist, taught another group about the ins-and-outs of podcasting. Meanwhile, other staffers visited other classrooms to expand their knowledge. These classes included sessions about advertisement, young adults in the work field and interviewing techniques.

After spending the morning at Columbia, the students grabbed a bite to eat as FC hits NY continues. Several students dined at Tom’s Restaurant (made famous by Seinfeld), while others stopped at a pizza parlor.

After a few more educational sessions, students headed out for the city. The group took a trip to Herald Square, the home of the world’s largest store (Macy’s) and many other shopping attractions.

Finally, staffers ended their night with a Broadway play. Students ended their shopping adventure and gathered together to watch Phantom of the Opera at 8 p.m. The dinner choice was left to students, who all bought food at various places.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more about the Feather in NY, read the March 17 article, FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW).

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-18

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 16 – MARCH 20

By Katie Jacobson, writer

FEATHER IN NYC
Feather editors are currently in New York City for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference. Keep checking back for articles, Tweets, and Instagram posts.

FC hits NY: Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

BLOOD DRIVE
Recently, one of our Alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoffwas rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn’t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. We are so grateful to the Lord that she is recovering and getting stronger each day. At Fresno Christian we would like to support Emily as well as give back to the Central California Blood Center for their help in saving Emily.
On March 20th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a blood drive on Fresno Christian?s campus in honor of Emily. While there, people can sign prayers and well wishes to Emily and take an opportunity to save lives with your donations. You can drop in during the above times or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

Check out Skyler Lee’s article, Blood Drive honors FC alumna currently in recovery (VIDEO)

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, CHEESY BREADSTICKS, drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Taco Bell, tacos, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball in 1st round of playoffs @ Ahwahnee MS 2:45 p.m.
HS softball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — HS baseball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis vs Riverdale 4 p.m. on FC courts.

Wednesday — Possible JH baseball playoff game. Location & time TBD

Thursday — HS softball vs Orange Cove HS 3:30 p.m. on North Field.
HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS golf in CVC tournament @ River Island GC 10 a.m.

Saturday — HS baseball @ Coast Union HS (Double Header) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
HS track in Rafer Johnson Invitational meet @ Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

March–
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Announcements, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emily Krieghoff blood drive, March 20

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.

IMG_6729FC file photo

After alumna Emily Krieghoff, ’09, was injured in an auto accident, student leadership is organizing a blood drive, March 20.

Night of the Stars (NOTS) is in two weeks, March 28, tickets are still on sale and will be sold up to the day of the event. Get your NOTS tickets soon to get a good table seat while you can!

Moving onto the next event put on by student leadership: Sadies. The event will be held on April 25 and the location is yet to be announced. The annual event is only three weeks after NOTS, so it is recommended that girls begin asking their dates out soon.

Student leadership has began talking about Sadies in class and is working on making event decisions. Although making big decisions for the event can be a stressful task, the students continue to keep the wants and needs of the entire student body in mind.

In planning activities, the goal of leadership is to include everyone in the school and consider everyone’s opinion. Even though not everyone will like the class decision, leadership still puts a lot of extra time and effort into the considerations of others.

On Friday, March 20, The California Blood Bank will be coming to FC from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. to get blood donations for Emily Krieghoff, ’09, a former FC student who was critically hurt in a car accident. Come out and show your support for the Emily Krieghoff blood drive, March 20.

Students who are 16 years of age must have parents’ permission to donate blood. However, students older than 16 years are able to come donate without parental permission. All students, regardless of age, must sign a waiver.

At the end of May, student leadership will be having ASB elections. Any student in the student body is able to run for an ASB position. It is not a requirement that students are members of leadership the year before running. Start thinking about running and your own personal goals for the school.

Look at future leadership articles to see what the ASB positions will do and require.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the March 17 article, FC hits NY: Day 2.

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Alumni, Community Events, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hotel Edison

GroupHotelDay2Ryan King

The Feather staff poses in their hotel lobby after the production King and I Tuesday at midnight, March 17.

The Feather staff poses in their hotel lobby after the production King and I Tuesday at midnight. After that the staff went to Applebees and then went back to the hotel to work on articles and presentations for the next day at Columbia University, March 17.

The staff is staying in the historic Hotel Edison on Times Square located in the heart of Manhattan.

For more photos, visit Econ fair today and Worship time.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather,  Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Destinations, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-17

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 16 – MARCH 20

By Katie Jacobson, writer

SISTER TO SISTER
Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch is tomorrow, March 17.

FEATHER IN NYC
Feather editors are currently in New York City for the 91st Columbia Scholastic Press Association Convention. Keep checking back for articles, Tweets, and Instagram posts.

FC hits NY, Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

BLOOD DRIVE
Recently, one of our Alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff was rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn?t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. We are so grateful to the Lord that she is recovering and getting stronger each day. At Fresno Christian we would like to support Emily as well as give back to the Central California Blood Center for their help in saving Emily.
On March 20th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a blood drive on Fresno Christian?s campus in honor of Emily. While there, people can sign prayers and well wishes to Emily and take an opportunity to save lives with your donations. You can drop in during the above times or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

Check out Skyler Lee’s article, Blood Drive honors FC alumna currently in recovery (VIDEO)

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars (NOTS) will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, CHEESY BREADSTICKS, drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Taco Bell, tacos, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook.

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball in 1st round of playoffs @ Ahwahnee MS 2:45 p.m.
HS softball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — HS baseball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis vs Riverdale 4 p.m. on FC courts.

Wednesday — Possible JH baseball playoff game. Location & time TBD

Thursday — HS softball vs Orange Cove HS 3:30 p.m. on North Field.
HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS golf in CVC tournament @ River Island GC 10 a.m.

Saturday — HS baseball @ Coast Union HS (Double Header) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
HS track in Rafer Johnson Invitational meet @ Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

March–
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-17T00:00:00+00:00March 17th, 2015|Announcements, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

32nd Annual FCS Auction raises over $140,000

auctionFC file photo

The 32nd annual FC Auction raised over $140,000 for Fresno Christian, March 14.

The 32nd Annual FCS auction is a highly anticipated event in which the generosity and close knit community is exemplified. Each year, families and FC enthusiasts look forward to the opportunity for a fun way to give back to the school which has touched their lives.

At the auction March 14, attendees were given a unique auction number and were able to bid upon different items including desserts, gift cards and donated items. Once dinner was served participants enjoyed a quick trailer of the upcoming April musical, Music Man.

Over the course of dinner the silent tables began to close and a raffle took place where attendees could win a variety of different hundred dollar prizes.

The highlight of the night, the live auction, offered a wide array of prizes. Prizes included everything from front row seats at the 2014-’15 graduation ceremony to signed helmets from Oakland Raider QB Derek Carr.

Every table at the auction sold out within weeks. The auction brought in a record breaking $140,000+. The money is used in multiple ways but is focused on filling the funding gap between tuition and the amount needed to operate the school.

Dr. Sam Hinton, father to Max Hinton, shares his impressions of this years auction and remembers attending his first auction for FC.

“I started volunteering at the auction when I was a sophomore at Fresno Pacific because that’s where they used to hold the auction,” Hinton said. “The auction this year is very intimate and elegant, I love how the auction brings in money and helps the community get together and remind each other why we support the school and what a great place it is.”

I have co-chaired the auction with Pete DeGroot for at least 10 years now. My favorite memory is when my girls to attended FC and now I get to watch my grandchildren grow up here. The whole thing has been a blessing and now I can give back because my kids are grown. I expect to net over $100,000 for the good cause of this school and help all the young people who attend here. –Marvel French, grandmother to Maddie and Maicy Luginbill, and FC Board member

Former history teacher Ellen King comments on the decorations and reminisces on the numerous years she spent teaching.

“The auction is decorated beautifully, I love the tables, the centerpieces, Chinese lanterns it’s all just so beautiful,” King said. “I have attended almost every auction, I honestly cannot remember not attending one. Coming to the auction makes me really miss the kids and teaching.”

Marvel French, grandmother to Maddie and Maicy Luginbill, comments on her favorite FC memories and shares her expectations for the 32nd annual auction.

“I have co-chaired the auction with Pete DeGroot for at least 10 years now,” French said. “My favorite memory is when my girls to attended FC and now I get to watch my grandchildren grow up here. The whole thing has been a blessing and now I can give back because my kids are grown. I expect to net over $100,000 for the good cause of this school and help all the young people who attend here.”

Nancy Weis, long time auction attendee, shares her first impressions of the auction.

“I have attended the auction for about 20 years, my children graduated from here and now my grandchild attend. We want to support this school because we love it and what it stand for,” Weis said. “We have a lot of great memories here, we met a lot of great people here at FC and my children made great friends. Coming in the auction just looks beautiful and it just feels likes its going to be a great night.”

Senior FC student, Collin Winegarden, came out to the auction to perform with his drama class. The class sang and danced to a portion of the Music Man, which will be debuting in April.

“I’m here for drama because we performed a dance from our upcoming musical Music Man,” Winegarden said. “I think it went well but we still have a little room for improvement. It was a good practice run for us because now we know what we have to work on.”

Superintendent Jeremy Brown talks about his first year at the auction as Superintendent. This experience has given him a new perspective on the event.

“I love interacting with the different families, it’s amazing how many people come out here to support. Its a full house, its a great lively events and everyone is here to support Fresno Christian Schools,” Brown said. “I went last year and didn’t really know many people because I was just hired. But this year it’s great because I know the community a lot better.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

For more features, read the March 16 article, Career Day: Professionals educate students, share experiences.

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FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

GroupHotelDay2Greg Stobbe, adviser

While the group still needs to tighten up sessions for the CSPA convention, Feather editors gather in the lobby of Hotel Edison before they embark on a day of touring Manhattan, March 17.

The Feather editors started their first day of tourism in New York City on the holy day for the Irish: St. Patty’s Day, March 17. With a couple of days dedicated to checking out the Big Apple before attending and speaking at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) convention, today FC hits NY.

Attempting to avoid a sea of green chaos, adviser Greg Stobbe suggested the team spend most of their day in Little Italy and Soho, eating and shopping. The staff departed Hotel Edison at 8:15 a.m. and made their way to the nearest subway station before the parades and celebrators crowded Times Square.

Not eating before their departure, the staff insisted that the first thing they do in Little Italy was get breakfast before treading onward to shopping. Heading the cries of his people, Stobbe led his staff to Ferrara: an Italian bakery and cafe with a wide range of different kinds of food options. Though breakfast meats were available, many of the students opted for the pastries.

After finishing breakfast the female staffers abandoned their male counterparts to get an early start on their shopping, leaving the men behind in the cafe in favor of rushing to Soho and all its stores had to offer. Their shopping spree was short lived, however, as a couple of the girls fell ill and left Soho early to get back to the comfort of their hotel rooms.

Though the women were down for the count, the men endured through the elements and their check balances. Before impending bankruptcy set itself upon them, Stobbe intervened and called the men to Il Palazzo where they enjoyed an authentic Italian lunch. The boys left for the hotel at 2 p.m. and arrived at around 2:30 p.m.

Having about five hours of rest time before the first play of the New York trip, students took full advantage of this opportunity to get much needed shut eye. Many of the students stayed awake from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon without sleep, easily achieving an “all-nighter.”

After the five-hour nap, the students woke from their dens and began preparing for the first play of many on their trip. Upon departing the hotel 7:10 p.m. everyone soon felt the nose numbing wind that New York had to offer. Racing from the subways and the streets the team eventually made their way to the first play, The King and I, which began 8 p.m. and ended at 11 p.m.

Once the play ended, hunger soon plagued the students again. They left the theatre and moved to the subways to get back to Times Square. Upon arriving, the team immediately spotted an Applebees and moved like predatory animals towards this beacon. Once they finished their food everyone departed for the hotel and arrived at 12:30 a.m.

Most of the Feather staff went to their rooms and prepared the next day for the journalism conference at Columbia University.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @RRoggenstein.

For more about The Feather in NY, read the March 16 article, FC hits NY: Day 1 (Slideshow, Video).

St. Patricks Day

IMG_5226Bree Castro

Show your school spirit during dress up days. This group got it together for St. Patricks Day, March 17.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Most FC students came to school wearing green today simply because it’s St. Patricks Day; however others wore green so that they would not be pinched. The Feather enjoys seeing school wide participation and spirt we hope you do too.

For more photos, visit Trials of faith and 2015 Auction.

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Campus announcements: 2015-03-16

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 16 – MARCH 20

By Katie Jacobson, writer

SISTER TO SISTER
Older Sister training is March 16. Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch is tomorrow, March 17.

BLOOD DRIVE
Recently, one of our Alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff was rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn’t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. We are so grateful to the Lord that she is recovering and getting stronger each day. At Fresno Christian we would like to support Emily as well as give back to the Central California Blood Center for their help in saving Emily.
On March 20th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a blood drive on Fresno Christian?s campus in honor of Emily. While there, people can sign prayers and well wishes to Emily and take an opportunity to save lives with your donations. You can drop in during the above times or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, CHEESY BREADSTICKS, drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Taco Bell, tacos, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball in 1st round of playoffs @ Ahwahnee MS 2:45 p.m.
HS softball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — HS baseball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis vs Riverdale 4 p.m. on FC courts.

Wednesday — Possible JH baseball playoff game. Location & time TBD

Thursday — HS softball vs Orange Cove HS 3:30 p.m. on North Field.
HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS golf in CVC tournament @ River Island GC 10 a.m.

Saturday — HS baseball @ Coast Union HS (Double Header) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
HS track in Rafer Johnson Invitational meet @ Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

March–
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 16 — Sister to Sister Training
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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FC hits NY: Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

IMG_6974Adviser Greg Stobbe

Nine Feather editors are traveling to NY to attend and speak at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s convention. The staff arrives in Times Square ready for a night tour, March 16.

After arriving to San Francisco the night before, a total of nine journalists boarded the plane on Monday, heading to New York, March 16. Editors Rees Rogenstein, Josh Carter, Chloe Mueller, Gaby Siquiros, Ryan King, Callista Fries, Trevor Beal, John Dooman, Sara Peterson and chaperones Angie Fries and adviser Greg Stobbe arrive at the airport around 8 a.m. and will tour that evening as FC hits NY.

The Feather staff will be heading to Columbia University, for the 91st annual CSPA Spring Convention, March, 18-20. Along with being nominated for the Gold Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), Fries, King, Peterson and Mueller will be presenting workshops during the convention. Throughout their stay, the editors will also spend two days touring Manhattan.

While at the CSPA Spring Convention, editors will be attending classes and workshops relating to journalism and school run newspapers. At the end of the Spring Convention, The Feather staff will attend the 2015 Online Digital Crown Awards ceremony, in which they will receive either a Silver or Gold crown.

After arriving in New York around, 7:30 p.m., the staff departed from the JFK airport and headed towards their home for the next week, the Hotel Edison.

Upon arrival students dropped off their luggage and headed to Juniors for a late dinner and then traveled to the subway to buy their metro passes for the week.

Students then took a quick tour of Times Square and headed back to their hotel, to work on articles, and to get some much needed rest.

EDITORS NOTE: Stay tuned for daily updates including slideshows and videos as FC hits NY.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

For more news, read the March 13 article, Blood Drive honors FC alumna currently in recovery.

Blood drive

IMG_5192Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

The Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive will be on March 20. Please consider gifting blood to help a campus alumna.

Recently, one of our alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff, ’09, was rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn’t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. The Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive will be held in the FC parking lot from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., March 20.

The blood will go to the Central California Blood Center, then will be distributed to hospitals around the Fresno area.

For more photos, visit Coming soon and Pamela Powell Memorial Garden.

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In the news: New website launch

IMG_1423Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

A new website launch happened during the 32nd annual FC Auction, March 14. Please take the time to visit www.fresnochristian.com today.

The 32nd annual FCS auction was held at 5:30 p.m., in the FC gym on March 14. This year the auction was sold out. There was hundreds of great items sold from trips, event tickets, class baskets and deserts.

This year there was also something new: the launch of the redesigned Fresno Christian website. Each of the 47 tables had ipads on them to showcase the beautiful website. Please check it out and share your positive thoughts http://www.fresnochristian.com.

A special thanks goes out to Director of Technology, Robert Hyatt, History and Photojournalist teacher, Kori Friesen and web Designer Justin Pierce of PC Pierce for putting the website together.

For more photos, visit Coming soon and Pamela Powell Memorial Garden.

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2015 FCS Auction

IMG_1343Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

According to administration, the 32nd annual Fresno Christian Auction has raised over $135,00. More details to follow in the coming week.

The 2015 FCS auction was a success, March 14.

The auction was a evening full of activities, overall the school raised approximately $135,000 from all of the bidders. During the auction, there was also the release of the new Fresno Christian website.

For more photos, visit Trials of faith and New website launch.

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Campus announcements: 2015-03-13

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 9 – MARCH 14

By Katie Jacobson, writer

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to our choirs and band! JH and HS choirs won the silver award and HS jazz band and ladies ensemble won the gold award. Ladies ensemble was also given an invitation to the Heritage Festival at Carnegie Hall during the 2016 festival season. We were also given the Sweepstakes Award for having a high scoring group represented in each category. Senior Andrew Guthrie was nominated by Susan Ainley and Lesley Bannister for the “When You Wish” award for outstanding music performance and contribution to the school community. He also was awarded the Maestro award along with Ivette Ibarra for their solos during the performance.

FC AUCTION, MARCH 14
The 32nd annual FC Auction will be held March 14 in the FC gym beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please continue donating! Donations are due by March 13. There is a competition between grades 7-12 on which class can bring in the most items. Prizes include donuts, longer lunches, and an afternoon off with activities.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – JH Leadership; Teriyaki Don, teriyaki chicken over rice, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FCS Dinner Auction, March 14. Contact the FC central office to make donations and purchase tickets.

FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball vs Ft Miller MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Hamilton MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.

Tuesday — HS golf vs Yosemite HS @ Riverside GC 3 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Dos Palos HS 4 p.m.

Wednesday —
JH boys baseball vs Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Tehipite MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.
HS softball @ Sierra HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.

Thursday –JH boys baseball @ Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Fowler HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS softball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m.
HS baseball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.
HS track @ Coalinga HS 2 p.m.

Saturday — Elementary track in PAL meet @ Washington Union HS John Ventura Stadium. Events start 9 a.m. Athletes arrive 8:30 a.m.
FCS Dinner Auction 5:30 p.m.
HS Spring Sports teams doing clean up following the auction (9:30 p.m.)

March–
March 9-13 — Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 13 — ACT registration deadline for April 18 test
Winterguard show No. 5 @ Clovis East HS, 6:42 p.m.
Winterguard group photo, 3:30 p.m.

End of Third Quarter

March 14 — 32nd FC Auction
SAT Test

March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 16 — Sister to Sister Training
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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Blood drive honors FC alumna in recovery (VIDEO)

gabyAlexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

The FCS community is again gathering support in a blood drive for Emily Krieghoff, March 20. Please donate for an Eagle alumna.

In the late hours of Saturday Feb. 21, FC alumni Molly Griffin and best friend Emily Krieghoff were victims of a fatal DUI accident. Molly Griffin was killed on site while Krieghoff is currently in recovery at Fresno Community Hospital.

Due to the essential role that blood donations have played in Krieghoff’s recovery and because of the tragic nature of the incident, the FC community will be partnering with Central California Blood Center in the first Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive, March 20.

The idea for the event was first purposed by Leadership and Economics teacher, Robert Foshee after Krieghoff’s mother suggested a blood drive. Foshee says that the event will provide an opportunity for both FC alumni and current students and staff members to come together as a community and support the Krieghoff family during a time in which they need it most.

“I think it’s a great way to give back to the community especially for our own alumni who have been touched by that,” Foshee said. “It’s something that you can do that’s easy. We’re also going to have a place where we can write messages and cards and if you want to help out the family during that time too there’s opportunities to do that. As a school it’s an opportunity to come together as a family.”

The Central Blood Center mobile will be stationed in the high school parking lot from 1-5 p.m., equipped with trained and experienced personnel. All potential donors are required to be in relatively stable health upon arrival at the mobile and must weigh at least 110lbs and be 16 years of age or older.

All student participants regardless of age, are required to obtain and present a signed permission slip upon arrival at the mobile. Permission slips are available for free download at Central Blood Center’s website. Students must also schedule an appointment for their donation prior to March 20 via email with either Foshee or school secretary, Vicky Belmont.

Central Blood Center holds all rights to deny donors participation if they fail to meet the before mentioned requirements or present any number of complicating factors such as abnormally high blood pressure or body temperature.

According to Central Blood Center, the process of blood donation works in a simple four step process. Firstly upon arrival participants must register with the use of a photo ID and social security number. These two items are required to register and those who do not posses proper identification will not be admitted into the Mobil.

The experience was fun and I felt important because I was giving to someone who needed it. I wanted to do it because I did it last year and I had a good time and wanted to do it again. I would encourage anyone who is able to participate because it is an easy and fast way to help people who are in need. –Senior Breanna Jennings

Secondly, Central Blood Center personnel will conduct a brief physical check up, measuring blood pressure and heart rate in order to assess the individual’s personal health. All health information that donors share with the personnel will be kept confidential.

The withdrawal of one pint of blood usually takes no more than 15 minutes and is a painless process. After completion participants will receive a T-shirt, a sweet treat and be encouraged to rest for a short amount of time before resuming daily activities.

Leadership member Breanna Jennings, ’15, previously donated at FC’s annual Max Hinton Blood Drive. She says that the opportunity provides a hands on and practical way to give back to the community and reach out to those who need love the most.

“The experience was fun and I felt important because I was giving to someone who needed it,” said Jennings. “I wanted to do it because I did it last year and I had a good time and wanted to do it again. I would encourage anyone who is able to participate because it is an easy and fast way to help people who are in need.”

Macy Mascarenas, ’16, knew both girls on a more personal level through her older sister. Mascarenas believes that the blood drive is a way to honor the memory of Molly Griffin and the generous sacrifice that saved Krieghoff’s life.

“I think the blood drive is a really good idea,” Mascarenas said. “These are young girls who went here and made such an impact on this school. I think the least we can do as a school is to dedicate it to them and to honor them.”

Update: Emily Krieghoff is scheduled to be released from Fresno Community Hospital, March 18.

To obtain permission slips or learn more information about donor qualifications, visit www. Centralvalleybloodcenter.com.

To follow Emily Krieghoff’s progress, visit caringbridge.org. Please read a guest post by Macy Mascarenas as she reflects on the life of Molly Griffin.

For another article news article read Campus families gather to support 32nd FC Auction.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

Campus announcements: 2015-03-12

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 9 – MARCH 14

By Katie Jacobson, writer

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to our choirs and band! JH and HS choirs won the silver award and HS jazz band and ladies ensemble won the gold award. Ladies ensemble was also given an invitation to the Heritage Festival at Carnegie Hall during the 2016 festival season. We were also given the Sweepstakes Award for having a high scoring group represented in each category. Senior Andrew Guthrie was nominated by Susan Ainley and Lesley Bannister for the “When You Wish” award for outstanding music performance and contribution to the school community. He also was awarded the Maestro award along with Ivette Ibarra for their solos during the performance.

FC AUCTION, MARCH 14
The 32nd annual FC Auction will be held March 14 in the FC gym beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please continue donating! Donations are due by March 13. There is a competition between grades 7-12 on which class can bring in the most items. Prizes include donuts, longer lunches, and an afternoon off with activities.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – JH Leadership; Teriyaki Don, teriyaki chicken over rice, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FCS Dinner Auction, March 14. Contact the FC central office to make donations and purchase tickets.

FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball vs Ft Miller MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Hamilton MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.

Tuesday — HS golf vs Yosemite HS @ Riverside GC 3 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Dos Palos HS 4 p.m.

Wednesday —
JH boys baseball vs Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Tehipite MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.
HS softball @ Sierra HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.

Thursday –JH boys baseball @ Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Fowler HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS softball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m.
HS baseball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.
HS track @ Coalinga HS 2 p.m.

Saturday — Elementary track in PAL meet @ Washington Union HS John Ventura Stadium. Events start 9 a.m. Athletes arrive 8:30 a.m.
FCS Dinner Auction 5:30 p.m.
HS Spring Sports teams doing clean up following the auction (9:30 p.m.)

March–
March 9-13 — Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 11 — Career fair
March 13 — ACT registration deadline for April 18 test
Winterguard show No. 5 @ Clovis East HS, 6:42 p.m.
Winterguard group photo, 3:30 p.m.

End of Third Quarter

March 14 — 32nd FC Auction
SAT Test

March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 16 — Sister to Sister Training
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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College trip to SoCal, explore universities

photo (17)Michelle Warkentin, academic advisor

Campus juniors and seniors traveled for a college trip to SoCal to visit universities, March 3-4.

Juniors and seniors took their annual College Trip, March 3-4. Ten students attended along with Academic advisor Michelle Warkentin, Andrea and Scott Donaghe. The group visited four different universities in southern California along with a famous ice cream parlor for dinner.

The first college the group visited was the University of Southern California. The school first opened in 1880 to 53 students. The students were amazed by the architecture and the size of the campus.

While at USC, Morgan Miller, ’16, fell in love with the atmosphere.

“The campus was really beautiful,” Miller said. “It was very spacious and the buildings were outstanding. I also really liked the food they offered on campus. Everyone was very welcoming and nice.”

Andrew Moore, ’16, although a faithful USC fan, knows the price makes attending the school difficult.

“I grew up as a big fan of USC,” Moore said. “I thought the campus itself was awesome. However, the price makes attending the school unlikely for me. But I will still always be a fan of the university.”

The second college the group attended was Azusa Pacific University. The group was able to meet up with alumnus Elora Hargis, ’14, before touring the campus. APU was the first Christian campus the group visited.

The Christian atmosphere of Azusa Pacific, along with their gym, seemed important to Caleb Goodale, ’16.

“I liked how the school offered chapels and worship sessions,” Goodale said. “Also I wasn’t expecting their gym to be that big. It was probably one of the nicest gyms I’ve seen. However, I didn’t care for the fact that you were only allowed to miss 10 chapels.”

Junior Bailey Brogan did not like the way the campus was set up. He also did not care for the atmosphere the campus offered.

“I didn’t really like how the school was split up into a west campus and east campus. Although they offered a trolley ride, it still seemed inconvenient,” Brogan said. “Also, the west campus seemed sort of cramped. But we had just come from USC so Azusa didn’t really have a chance.”

My favorite part of the college trip would have to be going to Farrells for dinner. It was like walking into an old diner and definitely made you feel like you were taken back to a different time period. It was a great bonding time with my fellow classmates and we left there with many memories to share. –Junior Timothy Nyberg

That night, the group went to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant for dinner. Majority of the group agreed that dinner was the best part of the trip. Many of the students had participated in Kids Day earlier that morning and were running on their last bit of energy, which made the night that much more enjoyable.

After waiting an hour, the group was seated and the waitress, DeAnna, set the tone for the evening with her animated and sassy personality. The group decided to celebrate Brogan’s belated birthday, which included him going to “boot camp” once he finished his meal.

Timothy Nyberg, ’16, found the night very enjoyable and a dinner he would not soon forget.

“My favorite part of the college trip would have to be going to Farrells for dinner,” Nyberg said. “It was like walking into an old diner and definitely made you feel like you were taken back to a different time period. It was a great bonding time with my fellow classmates and we left there with many memories to share.”

The next morning, although tired, the group woke up bright and early to visit the next two universities. First on the list was the University of California Riverside.

Senior Justin Porter enjoyed the tour and learning about the school’s different research projects.

“I liked how the tour guide spoke about the research that their science program does,” Porter said. “I thought their study on the mantis shrimp and that spider with the golden silk was interesting. Also, the way they mapped the citrus DNA was pretty neat.”

The college trip is important because it allows students the opportunity to visit college campuses outside of our local area. For some students this is their first campus visit out of Fresno. I try to pick different types of schools so students are exposed to both large and small campuses, public and private. –Michelle Warkentin, academic advisor

While disappointed with one of the schools programs, Elise Winegarden, ’15, thought the campus was nice.

“I thought the campus was beautiful,” Winegarden said. “There were plenty of trees and open space outside. The orange trees smelled lovely too! However, their nursing program isn’t one of their stronger programs so this wasn’t the school for me.”

The final school the group visited was California Baptist University. There, they met up with alumnus Annalise Rosik who spoke about what she has enjoyed so far.

The first part of the campus that the group explored was the cafeteria, or the “caf”. CBU has the third best cafeteria in California and the students enjoyed its all-you-can-eat policy. Collin Winegarden, ’15, saw the “caf” as one of the schools best features.

“Obviously I loved the cafeteria and unlimited food!” Winegarden said. “The recreational center was pretty awesome too. I loved the variety of activities you could do there. But what I loved most was the campus itself. I thought it was the perfect size with plenty of trees.”

Although he enjoyed the cafeteria, Joshua Carter, ’16, feels like the university still needs to build a stronger reputation.

“As a school, CBU is great, however, it doesn?t have a reputation which is one of its problems,” Carter said. “It needs to build a stronger reputation and one way to do that is hiring better professors and create strength in its different fields. I think by doing that, they will be known as a great Christian college and just a great college in general.”

Academic advisor, Michelle Warkentin, has been in charge of the annual college trip since it first began. She sees it as beneficial for the students who take it and enjoys seeing the students experience college life.

“The college trip is important because it allows students the opportunity to visit college campuses outside of our local area,” Warkentin said. “For some students this is their first campus visit out of Fresno. I try to pick different types of schools so students are exposed to both large and small campuses, public and private.”

“In my opinion the best part of the trip was seeing students walk through the massive libraries, peek into the lecture halls, and eat lunch together on the campuses. It was neat to see them experiencing college campuses first hand and open their eyes to the possibilities of what lies ahead of them after high school.”

Overall, everyone who took the trip enjoyed it and felt it was worth its while. They will be taking the trip again next year for any juniors or seniors that are interested.

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

For more features, read the March 11 article, Heritage honors Music Department with Sweepstakes Award (PODCAST, SLIDESHOW).

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Campus announcements: 2015-03-11

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 9 – MARCH 14

By Katie Jacobson, writer

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to our choirs and band! JH and HS choirs won the silver award and HS jazz band and ladies ensemble won the gold award. Ladies ensemble was also given an invitation to the Heritage Festival at Carnegie Hall during the 2016 festival season. We were also given the Sweepstakes Award for having a high scoring group represented in each category. Senior Andrew Guthrie was nominated by Susan Ainley and Lesley Bannister for the “When You Wish” award for outstanding music performance and contribution to the school community. He also was awarded the Maestro award along with Ivette Ibarra for their solos during the performance.

CAREER FAIR, MARCH 11
The Career Fair is on March 11 following a half day bell schedule. This event is considered part of the normal school day and will end at 3 p.m. Seniors are not allowed to go off campus during lunch on the day of the Career Fair.

FC AUCTION, MARCH 14
The 32nd annual FC Auction will be held March 14 in the FC gym beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please continue donating! There is a competition between grades 7-12 on which class can bring in the most items. Prizes include donuts, longer lunches, and an afternoon off with activities.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – JH Leadership; Teriyaki Don, teriyaki chicken over rice, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FCS Dinner Auction, March 14. Contact the FC central office to make donations and purchase tickets.

FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball vs Ft Miller MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Hamilton MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.

Tuesday — HS golf vs Yosemite HS @ Riverside GC 3 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Dos Palos HS 4 p.m.

Wednesday —
JH boys baseball vs Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Tehipite MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.
HS softball @ Sierra HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.

Thursday –JH boys baseball @ Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Fowler HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS softball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m.
HS baseball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.
HS track @ Coalinga HS 2 p.m.

Saturday — Elementary track in PAL meet @ Washington Union HS John Ventura Stadium. Events start 9 a.m. Athletes arrive 8:30 a.m.
FCS Dinner Auction 5:30 p.m.
HS Spring Sports teams doing clean up following the auction (9:30 p.m.)

March–
March 9-13 — Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 11 — Career fair
March 13 — ACT registration deadline for April 18 test
Winterguard show No. 5 @ Clovis East HS, 6:42 p.m.
Winterguard group photo, 3:30 p.m.

End of Third Quarter

March 14 — 32nd FC Auction
SAT Test

March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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Music department earns Heritage Sweepstakes (PODCAST, SLIDESHOW)

Festival1Susan Ainley

The campus music department was honored with the Sweepstakes Award at the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, March 5-6. Seniors Ivette Ibarra and Andrew Guthrie, pictured, won Maestro awards, while Guthrie also won the “When you Wish” award.

Senior Andrew Guthrie earns Maestro, “When You Wish” honors

Every year students from the music department embark on a journey to Southern California to attend a singing festival, while either going to Worldstrides Heritage or ACSI. These festivals are to commemorate all the long hours practicing as a whole to put on a performance for high ranking adjudicators.

At 12 p.m., FC students boarded the charter bus en route to the 35th annual Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, down to Los Angeles, California, March 5-6. Directors Susan Ainley and Lesley Bannister have never traveled to compete in this Southern California music festival, being new to their positions this year.

While attending the festival for the duration of their trip, they were able to visit Medieval Times, as well as Disneyland and participate in other recreational activities. Students were able to visit many sites in LA, but the majority of the trip was spent preparing and performing for the Heritage Festival competitions.

After getting back on the bus, students waited to arrive in LA. They visited Medieval Times around 6 p.m. where students saw the reenactments of duels and jousting. While watching the battles food that was served to the audience. Sophomore Trevor Trevino

“It was so fun, I loved the battles and the food was amazing. Probably it was because I was very hungry from traveling all day,” Trevino said. “I loved the environment that I was in, it made me want to become a knight and go battle.”

After the show students arrived at their final destination for the day, WYNDHAM Hotel. Students boarded the bus early at 7 a.m. on their way to Disneyland and California Adventure. Upon their arrival, students dispersed into small groups and visited different rides in the amusement parks.

I loved getting to try the authentic southern food in New Orleans Square. I had never tasted American food from the south. My favorite food was the authentic Gumbo. It had chicken, shrimp, and sausage with a creamy sauce all over rice. I want to try to find a restaurant that has this type food back in Fresno. –Junior Olivia Tandajaja

One of the most popular rides of the day was the new Cars ride. Senior Andrew Guthrie rode the Cars ride for the first time, and was impressed by the roller coaster type thrill ride and the layout.

“When we first got to Disneyland, and I saw a group of people headed over to Cars Land, I wanted follow them since I’ve never been on the ride before,” Guthrie said. “People had told me it was a really fun ride but it wasn’t until I saw it firsthand that I could truly appreciate it. I loved how you drove through the different rooms leading up to the race, but my favorite part of the ride was of course was the race itself.”

With a variety of different restaurants around the parks, foods from Asian, to South American, European were all available to students. Junior Olivia Tandajaja enjoyed foods from the south the most.

“I loved getting to try the authentic southern food in New Orleans Square,” Tandajaja said. “I had never tasted American food from the south. My favorite food was the authentic Gumbo. It had chicken, shrimp, and sausage with a creamy sauce all over rice. I want to try to find a restaurant that has this type food back in Fresno.”

Vice President of Heritage Festival Kyle Naylor discusses the effectiveness of the Heritage Music Festival

The following day band and choir had separate because of different of their different venue locations. Band had to be on their stage at 8:30 a.m., while choir had to arrive a little later, around 10 a.m. Band practiced through their songs before the actual performance.

After performing several songs, the band was adjudicated by three judges. Not all three spoke to the band, only one judge went up on stage with a given time of four minutes to critique the band.

After band had finished the performance they went out into the lobby where choir had arrived a short while before. The members of the band changed into more comfortable clothes to prepare for the second day of Disneyland, while choir began practicing for their upcoming performance.

After both the choir and band had finished their performances, everyone packed up and were ready to visit Disneyland one last time. Unlike the previous day where students were given bouncer tickets to which they could go to Disneyland and California Adventure, students could only wander in Disneyland.

One group had to wait an hour and ten minutes to board Space Mountain, but this provided opportunities for students to converse and learn new things about their peers outside of school. Senior Anthony Zhang had never been to Disneyland before. One of the things he disliked about Disneyland was definitely the wait for the rides.

“Disneyland was really fun, and I got to see why everyone loves Disneyland so much,” Zhang said. “But one thing I didn’t like was how I had to wait a long time to get on a ride. One ride called Space Mountain we had to wait for an hour and a some minutes. What was nice about you and your friends being stuck in line was that you could talk to them and see what they are like outside of school. I really liked that.”

I am so proud of my students. They have put in a lot of hard work, and many hours of practice. It is so exciting to see their efforts rewarded in such a meaningful way. To achieve a gold star rating as my first year as band director is so exciting, also to have our music program recognized with the sweepstakes reward is a sign of great things to come. –Leslie Bannister, band director

The concert hall, located in Big Thunder Mountain, where the awards took place was very open and no chairs were in visible. Music directors had their own section with chairs, while students sat on the ground with their appropriate schools. The opening ceremony of the awards ceremony began with “Goofy”, “Mickey Mouse”, “Pluto”, and “Daffy Duck” all dancing with a group of singers. After they had done their dance routine a wizard had come on stage to help present the awards with the Vice President of Heritage Kyle Naylor.

Heritage Festival awards, presented by Naylor, honored band and choir, where they earned honors: gold for jazz band and womens ensemble, silver for high school choir and junior high choir. Senior Ivette Ibarra and Guthrie won the maestro awards, and Guthrie also won the “When you Wish” award. The school music program won overall top prize earning the Heritage Sweepstakes Award.

Bannister was proud of her students as well as the Music Department as a whole. While this is only Bannister’s first year as band director, she excited to see how much of the work practicing payed off.

“I am so proud of my students. They have put in a lot of hard work, and many hours of practice,” Bannister said. “It is so exciting to see their efforts rewarded in such a meaningful way. To achieve a gold star rating as my first year as band director is so exciting, also to have our music program recognized with the sweepstakes reward is a sign of great things to come.”

Ainley was astounded by her choir group winning the best overall music program. Along with Bannister, this was also her first year as high school choir director.

“This is my first trip to Heritage as a high school choir teacher and I feel like it was the best possible experience for both teachers and students,” Ainley said. “Winning the sweepstakes trophy literally took my breath away, and I felt so humbled and honored that they would recognize the hard work that all Fresno Christian students do in order to achieve their very best.”

The writer can be reached via Twitter: @KevinGarcha.

For more features, read the March 10 article, Teen dating: The struggle.

By |2015-03-11T00:00:00+00:00March 11th, 2015|FC Arts, Features, Music, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Crunch time

Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

Join the FCS community for the 32nd annual auction, March 14. Students are encouraged to bring auction items by, March 13.

Crunch time is here, so bring your auction items by, March 13. The auction doors will open at 5:30 p.m., March 14. This is the 32nd annual auction. Popular items include new merchandise, gift certificates, hand crafted boutique items, all types of professional services, entertainment packages, vacation packages, recreational equipment and outing, collectibles, jewelry, electronic equipment, landscaping or gardening supplies, fancy desserts, and of course cash to help the cost of the event. For more info, visit Campus families gather to support 32nd FC Auction. For more photos, visit Softball away game and Civil rights photojournalist. Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-11T00:00:00+00:00March 11th, 2015|FC Events, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus families gather, support 32nd FC Auction

Auction1Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

The 32nd annual FCS Auction as expected is sold out and a place where the school community gathers to raise funds and celebrate Christian education.

Every year, the FC family gathers at the annual auction to raise money for school expenses and events. On March 14, the campus will celebrate it’s 32nd school auction in the FC gymnasium.

In preparing for the auction, students and teachers can bring anything from concert tickets to gift certificates; desserts of all kinds will also be auctioned off. A competition for K-12 is already in motion, classes that bring in the most items will win donuts or a long lunch period.

Dean of Students Amy Deffenbacher will be attending the auction with her family in hopes of a great time and in support of the school.

“The auction is a great way for the whole school family to get involved,” Deffenbacher said. “Families bring in homemade desserts that sell really well. My children enjoy going because they like to look at all the awesome items for sale. I personally like to look for restaurant or spa certificates; not only does the event support the school, but it brings people together for a good cause. This is a great event as campus families gather and support the FC Auction.”

The event will be catered by Pardini’s and the dinner will consist of braised roast beef, scalloped potatoes and a mesclun walnut salad. Tickets cost $60, however, tables are sold out due to quick sales. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m., and the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

Superintendent Jeremy Brown, will be attending the auction, and emphasizes the importance of the event for our school and community.

“Its a great community event for students, alumni and staff to fellowship and shop for items,” Brown said. “On top of that parents, students and staffers will understand the vision of our school which is to train students to be difference makers. Through a good education and a heart for Christ, the generation of students at our school could change our community.”

My grandparents buy my family a table every year. It is a fun event to go to because you get to look at all the cool items that are for sale. I like to look for makeup or clothing items that are for sale. –Freshman Maicy Luginbill

Freshman Maicy Luginbill, will attend the auction this year with her family and friends.

“My grandparents buy my family a table every year,” Luginbill said. “It is a fun event to go to because you get to look at all the cool items that are for sale. I like to look for makeup or clothing items that are for sale.”

News reporter for KMPH, Erik Rosales, will be the emcee and will direct the auction. During the auction, there will be a short Music Man vignette by the drama and music department. The audience will also see a debut of the new FC website.

Sophomore Hannah Nale will go on behalf of student leadership. Along with her participation, her grandparents and family will also be attending.

“I am excited to go because this will be my first year attending,” Nale said. “I want our class to win prizes this year, so I am going to bring in items. My grandparents are bringing a homemade cake to sell so I hope that it will sell well.”

As each year comes the school hopes to achieve an even bigger number. Last year the auction raised a total of $110,107 from sales and cash gifts.

For more information on last year’s auction, visit the Auction 2015 page on the school’s website for a complete list of items brought.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny8835.

For more news, read the March 9 article, BRIEF: Career Fair scheduled, March 11.

By |2015-03-10T00:00:00+00:00March 10th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Civil rights photojournalist: Matt Herron

Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

Photojournalist Matt Herron, and author of Mississippi Eyes, discusses his photo exhibit, “I’m Walkin’ For My Freedom -The Selma March & Voting Rights Act”, at Clovis Community College Center, March 9.

Photojournalist Matt Herron led a discussion at Clovis Community College Center to kick off his photo exhibit, “I’m Walkin’ For My Freedom -The Selma March & Voting Rights Act”, March 9. This exhibit includes 30 black and white photographs and is in the lobby of Clovis Community College Center Academic Center from March 9-April 13. All of the images were taken by Herron over a five-day period during the Selma to Montgomery March. Herron is also the author of a documentary book titled, Mississippi Eyes. It’s been 50 years since the Selma to Montgomery March; arguably one of the most significant Civil Rights marches in history. For more photos, visit Tennis schedule and Alive. Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

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Campus Announcements: 2015-03-10

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 9 – MARCH 14

By Katie Jacobson, writer

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to our choirs and band! JH and HS choirs won the silver award and HS jazz band and ladies ensemble won the gold award. Ladies ensemble was also given an invitation to the Heritage Festival at Carnegie Hall during the 2016 festival season. We were also given the Sweepstakes Award for having a high scoring group represented in each category. Senior Andrew Guthrie was nominated by Susan Ainley and Lesley Bannister for the “When You Wish” award for outstanding music performance and contribution to the school community. He also was awarded the Maestro award along with Ivette Ibarra for their solos during the performance.

CAREER FAIR, MARCH 11
The Career Fair is on March 11 following a half day bell schedule. This event is considered part of the normal school day and will end at 3 p.m. Sign-ups for speakers will take place during advisory on March 10. Seniors are not allowed to go off campus during lunch on the day of the Career Fair.

FC AUCTION, MARCH 14
The 32nd annual FC Auction will be held March 14 in the FC gym beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please continue donating! There is a competition between grades 7-12 on which class can bring in the most items. Prizes include donuts, longer lunches, and an afternoon off with activities.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – JH Leadership; Teriyaki Don, teriyaki chicken over rice, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FCS Dinner Auction, March 14. Contact the FC central office to make donations and purchase tickets.

FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball vs Ft Miller MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Hamilton MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.

Tuesday — HS golf vs Yosemite HS @ Riverside GC 3 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Dos Palos HS 4 p.m.

Wednesday —
JH boys baseball vs Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Tehipite MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.
HS softball @ Sierra HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.

Thursday –JH boys baseball @ Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Fowler HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS softball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m.
HS baseball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.
HS track @ Coalinga HS 2 p.m.

Saturday — Elementary track in PAL meet @ Washington Union HS John Ventura Stadium. Events start 9 a.m. Athletes arrive 8:30 a.m.
FCS Dinner Auction 5:30 p.m.
HS Spring Sports teams doing clean up following the auction (9:30 p.m.)

March–
March 9-13 — Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 11 — Career fair
March 13 — ACT registration deadline for April 18 test
Winterguard show #5
Winterguard group photo, 3:30 p.m.
End of Third Quarter
March 14 — 32nd FC Auction
SAT Test

March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion

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Campus announcements: 2015-03-09

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 9 – MARCH 14

By Katie Jacobson, writer

CAREER FAIR, MARCH 11
The Career Fair is on March 11 following a half day bell schedule. This event is considered part of the normal school day and will end at 3 p.m. Sign-ups for speakers will take place during advisory on March 10. Seniors are not allowed to go off campus during lunch on the day of the Career Fair.

FC AUCTION, MARCH 14
The 32nd annual FC Auction will be held March 14 in the FC gym beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please continue donating! There is a competition between grades 7-12 on which class can bring in the most items. Prizes include donuts, longer lunches, and an afternoon off with activities.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night Of The Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – No lunch scheduled
Thursday – JH Leadership; Teriyaki Don, teriyaki chicken over rice, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FCS Dinner Auction, March 14. Contact the FC central office to make donations and purchase tickets.

FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball vs Ft Miller MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Hamilton MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.

Tuesday — HS golf vs Yosemite HS @ Riverside GC 3 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Dos Palos HS 4 p.m.

Wednesday —
JH boys baseball vs Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m. on west field.
JH girls basketball vs Tehipite MS 3 p.m. in PC gym.
HS softball @ Sierra HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.

Thursday –JH boys baseball @ Tehipite MS 2:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Fowler HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS softball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m.
HS baseball @ Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss at lunch to change and depart.
HS track @ Coalinga HS 2 p.m.

Saturday — Elementary track in PAL meet @ Washington Union HS John Ventura Stadium. Events start 9 a.m. Athletes arrive 8:30 a.m.
FCS Dinner Auction 5:30 p.m.
HS Spring Sports teams doing clean up following the auction (9:30 p.m.)

March–
March 9-13 — Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 11 — Career fair
March 13 — ACT registration deadline for April 18 test
Winterguard show #5
Winterguard group photo, 3:30 p.m.
End of Third Quarter
March 14 — FC Auction
SAT Test
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies
March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)
March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
April 18 — ACT Test
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man

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By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Career Fair scheduled, March 11

Kylie Bell

Almond farmer John Nale is one of 12 speakers at this year’s Career Fair, March 11.

The FC Career Fair is a yearly event allowing students, especially juniors and seniors, to learn about a variety of different careers. This event has been continued for four years now, and is on March 11.

Lled by Academic Advisor Michelle Warkentin, the half day of instruction provides exposure for students to learn about careers that they may be interested in pursuing.

Warkentin, having started this event, encourages students to use this opportunity for their future well being.

“It is always nice for students to hear from professionals firsthand about the career they have chosen,” Warkentin said. “This allows students to understand what a real day looks like in their shoes and will hopefully expose them to both the good and bad aspects of the job so they understand what they are potentially getting into early on before it is too late.”

There are a number of speakers attending this event, they are as follows:

Session 1, 12:50-1:20:
Amanda Venegas-Reporter-ABC 30 (601/603)
Robyn Hill- Ultrasound Technician- CRMC (602/604)
Jeremy Brown- School Administrator-Fresno Christian Schools (606/608)
Danielle St. Marie/Dr. Walter Loscutoff- Engineering (621/623)

Session 2, 1:25-1:55:
Suzy Dodd- Project Manager, NASA (601/603)
Laura Sherfield-Nurse-Children’s Hospital (602/604)
Christie Edmondson- Speech Pathologist-Fresno Diagnostic Therapy (606/608)
David Fries- Detective, Vice and Intelligence Unit/Bomb Squad, Fresno Police Department (621/623)

Session 3, 2:00-2:30:
Jay Cobb – CEO, Business Owner-Hi-Tech Homes (601/603)
Dr. Todd Conlan-Veterinarian-Waterhouse Animal Hospital (602/604)
Dorothy Siqueiros-Occupational Therapist-CRMC (606/608)
Scott Belmont- Senior Gas Estimator (Engineering/Estimating)-PG&E (621/623)

A handful of students are attending, but even though the number is limited, most students think that the fair is beneficial. Nick Fontes, ’15, shares his opinions of the importance of career fair.

“No, I am not attending the career fair this year, and I haven’t before,” Fontes said. “But, I think it is very important to attend career fair because it is an opportunity to gauge your interests in various fields. This will hopefully help you find out what you want to do in the future.”

The week of March 9 bell schedule will go as follows:
Monday: Wednesday Schedule
Tuesday: Tuesday Schedule
Wednesday: Half Day Schedule, followed by career fair in the afternoon
Thursday: Thursday Schedule
Friday: Friday Schedule

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

For more news, read the March 4 article, BRIEF: Choir students to attend Heritage Festival, March 5-8.

By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Former campus teacher reflects FC experience

Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

After teaching on campus for two years, alumnus Eric Witters, ’04, is now teaching history at Madera South High School.

At the beginning of this school year the FC campus was missing a former campus teacher, campus lifer and graduate (’04) and rambunctious soul: Eric Witters. Witters did not return to the staff for the 2014-’15 school year, instead he was hired at Madera South High School as a history teacher.

The lack of Witters’ impact not only in the classroom but in the hallways and on the basketball court can be felt by many students.

Many of his students are now freshman and have taken what they learned from Witters and incorporated it into their everyday actions in class. Devin Pitts, ’18, expounded upon what he learned from Witters.

“He was able to keep his classes entertained all the time,” Pitts said. “His methods were unusual but effective and thats why I enjoyed his classes so much. Some of the time in class I was in trouble but he helped me learn how to act correctly in a classroom.”

Even though many hope and pray for the return of “King Eric” their dreams will most likely never be realized. In today’s age of over staffed schools, Witters is a thankful for having a job at the moment.

“I will most likely stay in the public school system,” Witters said. “The job market is very sparse and it is not easy to pick and choose what schools you would like to teach at.”

Witters has gained recognition within his new school for being an innovative teacher. His incorporation of Apple devices and electronically studied material have set him apart from other teachers.

“Many of the techniques that I implement are ones that I learned while teaching at FC,” Witters said. “I value the two year experience in teaching that I had at FC and all of the great people that I learned from.”

Someone fit to judge the innovativeness of very different schools and cultures is Witters, he has taught at very diverse schools such as Kings Canyon Junior High School, FC and now Madera South High School.

Every school has the same goal, to educate their students and create well rounded individuals.

“Larger schools are just the same as small schools,” Witters said. “We are all trying to find the best way to motivate the students and develop tomorrow’s leaders.”

Without the guidance and teaching of dedicated individuals our future would be a bleak one. The motivation to help others become more than they ever dreamed of is what keeps Witters going, it is what he lives for.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @2015_Beal.

For more features, read the March 3 article, WWII Veteran receives long awaited medal.

By |2015-03-06T00:00:00+00:00March 6th, 2015|Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-06

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 2 – MARCH 7

By Katie Jacobson, writer

HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Choir and Band will be gone March 5-7 to perform at the Anaheim Music Festival.

CAREER FAIR, MARCH 11
The Career Fair is on March 11 following a half day bell schedule. This event is considered part of the normal school day and will end at 3 p.m. Sign-ups for speakers will take place during advisory on March 10. Seniors are not allowed to go off campus during lunch on the day of the Career Fair.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night Of The Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on Saturday, March 28. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 23, early bird ticket sales will be from March 2-6. Early Bird price is $55, regular price of tickets is $60.
Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – Pacifica Pizza;Cheesy Breadsticks and drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Chick-Fil-A, Chicken sandwich, dessert and drink$6.00
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5.00

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.
STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FCS Dinner Auction, March 14. Contact the FC central office to make donations and purchase tickets.

FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball @ Scandinavian MS 2:45 p.m.
JH girls basketball vs Sequoia MS 3:00 pm in PC Gym.
HS softball parent meeting 7 p.m. in room 601.

Tuesday — HS golf vs Reedley HS @ Riverside GC. 3 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Caruthers HS 3:30 p.m.
HS girls softball vs Tranquillity HS 3:30 p.m. on FC North Field.
HS baseball @ Laton HS 3:30 p.m.
HS track parent meeting 5:30 p.m. in FC music suite.

Wednesday —
JH boys baseball @ Hamilton MS 2:45 p.m.
JH girls basketball @ Bullard Talent MS 3 p.m.

Thursday — HS golf vs Central HS @ Fig Garden CC 1:30 p.m.
Elementary track- last day to sign up with classroom teachers.

Friday — HS softball vs Stone Ridge Christian 3:30 p.m. on FC north field.

Saturday — HS baseball vs Stone Ridge Christian. Double header 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. on FC Varsity Diamond.
HS track @ Redcat Relays, Fowler HS @ 9 a.m.

March–
March 6 — Meux Museum & Walking Tour – 3rd grade
Winterguard show #4 @ Clovis North HS
March 5-7 — Choir and Band gone at Heritage Festival
March 9-13 — Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 11 — Career fair
March 13 — ACT registration deadline for April 18 test
Winterguard show #5
End of Third Quarter
March 14 — FC Auction
SAT Test
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies
March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)
March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
April 18 — ACT Test
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man

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By |2015-03-06T00:00:00+00:00March 6th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus clubs sell Kids Day papers (VIDEO)

Editor’s Note: Check back later for more updates or via Twitter: @thefeather.

KidsDayFeather illustration

The Feather staff joined the leadership class to sell Fresno Bee Kids Day papers to benefit Children’s Hospital, March 3.

Each year, the community, Fresno Bee and ABC 30 all join forces to earn money for the patients of Valley Children’s Hospital. For the 28th time, Kids Day has encouraged hundreds of individuals to take time selling special edition Fresno Bee newspapers across the San Joaquin Valley to earn the money to help the cause, March 3.

Community members and campus students including notable figures and organizations from Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, and Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter to student leadership and publications from FC.

This year, according to the Fresno Bee: an estimated amount of $340,500 and counting, has been provided at the time of 5 p.m., March 3. Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Zara Arboleda has stated this year’s goal of $530,000 is reachable.

Since last year, Children’s Hospital has received over $6.3 million in donations. This year they hope to past $7 million in an even greater effort to support the patients of the Madera County hospital.

Student leadership, began selling newspaper at a dim and chilly 4 a.m., along with The Feather staff who came just about 45 minutes later to corners at Alluvial and Cedar as well as Cedar and Alluvial. For several years now both campus clubs have participated in Kids Day to help Valley Children’s Hospital.

With a total amount of 980 newspapers sold, campus representatives were able to contribute $1,954.13 to the cause. Students were able to sell all the way till 9 a.m., where they then headed to their classes for the day.

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For more on Kids Day 2015, read the Fresno Bee articles, A look back at Kids Day 2015: from celebrity corner to students in Oakhurst and Fresno’s Mendez family stays strong despite child’s medical battles.

For more videos, check out #SJW2015: Importance of Scholastic Journalism (Video).

BRIEF: Choir to attend Heritage Festival, March 5-8

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The choir, ladies ensemble, jazz band will all attend the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, March 5-8.

The FC band and choral groups will be traveling to the Los Angeles area to participate in the Worldstrides Heritage Festival program, March 5-8.

The choral groups sing and play prepared repertoire for three judges, or adjudicators. These professional musicians and college professors grade each group based on a series of various factors such as tone, balance, diction and musicality.

Another reason to sing and play at festivals is to hear other groups perform. This gives students a chance to listen to other music, and inspire them to become better musicians. The highest score is usually 100 points, with 90-100 being “Superior.”

This festival hands out rankings as well, with trophies awarded in several categories. If a group is particularly advanced, the adjudicators can invite them to a “Gold” festival, which is usually held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The FC women’s ensemble has been invited to the Gold Festival before, but has not attended. All the choral groups are working diligently on festival repertoire. Each song must have a high level of difficulty, and cross over different eras and styles of music. For example, the HS choir will sing a Latin piece called “Jubilate Deo,” performed acapella.

They will also sing a Canadian folk song entitled “Rattle on the Stovepipe.” Lastly, they are singing a spiritual melody, “1 Peter 3:15”, which features soloists Andrew Guthrie, Elise Winegarden and Ivette Ibarra will be presenting to the judges. This year, ladies ensemble will attend Heritage as well as the junior high choir, high school band and choir. The groups will depart from school at lunch on Thursday, March 5, and will be traveling to their hotel in Irvine. Dinner will be provided at Medieval Times, and Friday will be spent at Disneyland.

Newly appointed high school choir director Susan Ainley, talks about the Heritage Festival.

With this being my second year on the Heritage trip, I’m really looking forward to Disneyland which is gonna be a lot of fun especially with friends. I’m also really excited to stay at the hotel because the previous year we had a really great time watching movies and hanging out. I am very confident in our ability to execute our performance perfectly and with no setbacks. We have really go soloists that really set us apart from other choral groups. –Junior Andrew Moore

“I am especially looking forward to the day at Disneyland, since my daughter, Bree Ainley, works there,” Ainley said. “Saturday will be spent at the Rose Center Theatre in Westminster, performing the set of songs prepared. Once the festival has finished, the students will eat dinner, then head back to Disneyland for the awards ceremony. The long weekend will likely finish in the early hours of Sunday morning, as the bus rolls back into the FC parking lot.”

Andrew Moore, ’16, talks about his experience and thoughts on the Heritage Festival.

“With this being my second year on the Heritage trip I’m really looking forward to Disneyland which is gonna be a lot of fun especially with friends,” Moore said. “I’m also really excited to stay at the hotel because the previous year we had a really great time watching movies and hanging out. I am very confident in our ability to execute our performance perfectly and with no setbacks. We have really go soloists that really set us apart from other choral groups.”

While singing is the reason to head south, Hannah Nale, ’17, has another reason to travel.

“I’m super stoked for going to Disneyland with all of my friends and just having a bunch of fun,” Nale said. “We have super cool songs and a super cool conductor and we have a super cool group of people. With this being my first time on the trip, it would be an amazing experience to get the gold and hopefully we as a family will be able to come together and accomplish that.”

While freshman Celeste Counts is excited about Disneyland, she is concerned about her role in the festival.

“I am most looking forward to hanging out with my friends at Disneyland,” Counts said. “I’m not exactly sure how I’ll stand out from the competition, but I hope that my good vowel shape and discipline will help me with that. This is my second year going to the Festival trip and it seems to get more and more fun every year.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_jadenventura03 and @Devin_pits1735.

For more news, read the March 3 article, Student leadership: FCS 32nd annual auction is March 14.

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