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    Announcement: 2008-05-01


    Written by: Claire Kister, Features editor

    SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 28-MAY 3, 2008

    THURSDAY
    Return of the Jedi – GZ, 11:35 A.M.
    Gilmore – Sierra Championship @ Fowler, TBA
    Foshee – boys’ tennis @ Caruthers, 3:30 P.M.
    Wright – Softball @ Caruthers, 4 P.M.

    FRIDAY – Elementary Field Day
    Cheer girls – help set up Field Day, 7 A.M.
    Adventure P.E.- Geocaching @ Woodward Park, Lv. 3rd per.
    Return of the Jedi – GZ, 11:35 A.M.
    JV/V baseball vs. Riverdale (H), 4 P.M. – senior night game
    Battle of the Bands, GZ main, 7 P.M.

    SATURDAY
    Cheer car wash @ RiteAid, Cedar/Nees, 11a – 2p
    Drama set building, GZ/ramp, all day
    Sadie Hawkins

    STUDENT DISCUSSION GROUP–
    Apologia will meet in Scott Falk’s room, 604, during lunch, May 1. Students must bring their lunches and come ready for discussion. For more information contact Tom McEntee.

    ADVENTURE P.E.–
    Geochasers need to meet in front of the gym at 9:45, May 2.

    CSF SAL’S VOUCHER FORM–
    1. Sal’s voucher forms are due, May 2.

    2. All CSF students must sell at least two vouchers (four for Seal Bearers) to remain an active member.

    3. Order forms are available in front of the office.

    For questions, talk to seniors Jennifer Sherfield or Mary Kneefel or advisor Molly Sargent.

    BATTLE OF THE BANDS–
    The annual Battle of the Bands concert will occur at 7 P.M. in Ground Zero, May 2. The tickets cost $5 and may be purchased from student leadership. Any bands wanting to perform need to talk to sophomore, Jennifer Boudreau.

    SADIE HAWKINS–
    The theme for this years Sadie Hawkins is Dynamic Duos and ticket sales begin April 21. Girls need to ask the guys if they plan on attending the event on May 3. The prices and details for the evening will be divulged soon.

    CHEER CAR WASH–
    FC Cheer will be sponsoring a car wash at the RiteAid parking lot on the corner of Cedar and Nees from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., May 3. While the cheerleaders services are free, donations will be taken.

    SENIOR LIBRARY MATERIALS– All seniors must return all materials checked out from the Library Media Center before Friday, May 9.

    THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK–
    The drama department will be presenting The Man Behind the Mask on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10. Tickets are $5 for students and can be purchased in the office, from drama advisor Tom McEntee, or any drama student. Pizza and drinks will be sold during the day show, May 9.

    SENIOR GRAD NIGHT–
    Seniors need to sign up for their grad night party as soon as possible. Bring checks for $50 to the office. Also, if students want to share any memories please write them out and turn them in with the money.

    BEE GIVES FEATHER THUMBS UP–
    The editorial staff of the Fresno Bee praised The Feather Online on their Opinion page, April 26. Every Saturday, the editors replace one of their editorials with a Thumbs up, thumbs down column. This week the editorial staff gave The Feather Online and The Grizzly Gazette of Granite Hills High in Porterville a Thumbs Up for winning the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker award in Anaheim, April 19. The Bee also covered The Feather’s award with a news brief, April 22.

    ACSI ART FESTIVAL–
    Junior John Carreon received the top award at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in Morgan Hill, April 24. His scratch-board of a cowboy won the high school division and Best of Show for the entire festival. Senior Steven Willems also earned recognition for his scratch-board and was awarded a superior.

    SUMMER SCHOOL–
    If anyone is considering taking independent summer study packets, the order form and money should be submitted before April 25. The summer school packets may be ordered after this Friday, but the materials may arrive after school ends.

    LAUNCH A NEW DECADE–
    Catch the vision and don’t miss the opportunity to participate in Fresno Christian Schools’ launch of its new administration and future plans.

    The purpose of the gathering is for Superintendent Debbie Siebert to share Fresno Christian Schools’ vision for the next decade, introduce the leadership team and reveal future plans.

    Members of the Foundation and School Boards will also be available for one-on-one dialogue after the presentation.

    NOTS MOVIE SALE–
    NOTS movie orders will be taken at lunch for the DVD copies. The cost is $10 for one DVD or $25 for all four. Bring the money to place an order at the student leadership table during lunch.

    CONGRATULATIONS FEATHER–
    The Feather Online was named the best online newspaper in the United States along with four other high school newspapers for the second time in three years. Over 4,500 student from across the country attended the convention in Anaheim. The Pacemaker award is considered the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize.

    All high schools in the U.S., regardless of size or division, are eligible for this competition.

    CONGRATULATIONS DESTINATION IMAGINATION–
    Destination Imagination representatives Janae Keys-Bramlett, Tonia Keys-Bramlett, Anthony Johnson, Cody King, David Sholes, and Scott Thao, competed for the State event in Sacramento, April 5. The team placed first and received the Renaissance Award for their use of materials during the improv challenge. The group will now represent California at the World Competition in Tennessee in May. Congratulations to all team members for their success.

    GIRLS’ BASKETBALL–
    All girls interested in playing basketball are invited to attend open gym every Wednesday from 6-8 P.M.

    NATIONAL EDITION HONORS CONTINUE–
    While The Feather staff and FCHS students were on spring break, four reporters were still represented on the National Edition, March 16-22. Madison Dooley’s feature on varsity cheer, Partnership determines squad success is her third this year. Sydney Ray placed her second article, Dairy demands divergent responsibilities.

    Ryan Swain placed a movie review, his second article, 10,000 B.C. ignores history. And finally, Sean O’Neal placed his first article, a CD review, Radiohead gamble pays off.

    Currently, 29 out of 32 Feather reporters and 55 articles have appeared on the National Edition since August 2007.

    Over 665 high schools across the United States, regardless of size, participate in online newspaper production and are eligible for this honor. While The Feather Online posts new articles each day on its home site (www.thefeather.com), reporters continue to be chosen to represent the National Edition online high school newspaper.

    Readers can check out the article in the features, entertainment, opinions and student life sections of the National Edition or in The Feather Online.

    The National Edition began publication in September 2003 and is sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (www.asne.org).

    ADVENTURE P.E. OFFERED–
    Once a month the physical education department will organize excursions not normally associated with PE classes on campus. The small class returned from a one day biking trip to Yosemite earlier in October. For more information e-mail Callisch at [email protected] as soon as possible for the spelunking activity.

    The next adventure PE offerings are:
    May – Rafting

    FEATHER AWARDED TOP 10 HONOR
    For the third year in a row, the campus publication, The Feather Online, has been named one of the best high school newspapers in the country. On Feb. 25, editor-in-chief, senior Mary Kneefel, and her staff have been named a National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Finalist.

    Online editions from across the country were entered in the annual competition, which has recognized student journalism since 1927. Many refer to the coveted Pacemaker as the Pulitzer Prize of student journalism.

    The 12-week competition began Jan. 28 and will conclude when the top three online newspapers in the United States are announced at the NSPA National Convention in Anaheim, CA, on April 19. For more information, the NSPA home page is www.studentpress.org/nspa/.

    Only 10 high school newspapers in the United States have been named finalists this year, up from seven in 2006 when The Feather Online won the competition. Of this year’s finalists, three are from California and two from Maryland. All high school newspapers in the United States, regardless of school size, are eligible to compete for this award.

    Those interested in viewing all 10 Pacemaker finalists should go online to the NSPA website.

    CAUTION STUDENTS
    Students are not allowed to chew gum on campus unless they turn in a specific note from their doctor. This rule comes from Peoples Church and is in effect even after school. It costs the Peoples Church approximately $3,000 to clean up the mess created by gum.

    FENTON’S MATH LAB–
    Michael Fenton, math teacher, now offers assistance to students in room 606 Tuesday through Friday during lunch and after school.

    REGISTRATION FOR ALL MALES AGE 18–
    All men must register with Selective Service when they turn 18. Those who fail to register may be denied many important opportunities such as student loans, government jobs, a driver’s license in most states, and citizenship for male immigrants. Go online to register: Selective Service System.

    DATES TO REMEMBER–

    MAY–

    May 3- Sadie Hawkins
    – SAT test
    May 5-6- Drama: The Man Behind the Mask
    May 9-10- Drama: The Man Behind the Mask
    May 21-23- Half day schedule
    May 23- End of second semester
    – FCHS graduation

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