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    Announcement: 2013-02-28

    WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1

    By Natalie Griffin, Writer

    Thursday-Chapel Schedule
    Chapel ~ 12:10 p.m.
    Lunch ~ 12:40 p.m.

    Friday
    Lunch ~ Burritos; provided by Spanish Club ~ 12:35 p.m.

    THIS WEEK IN SPORTS 28-MARCH 1

    Thursday
    HS baseball @ Tranquility HS 3:30 p.m. Dismiss 1:25 p.m.
    HS golf @ Madera Golf Course vs. Kerman HS

    Friday
    HS softball vs. Mendota HS 3:30 p.m. on Varsity Softball Diamond.
    Eagles Basketball Club first practice 6 p.m. in FC Gym.

    Saturday
    HS track & field @ Fowler HS Redcat Relays 9 a.m.
    HS baseball @ Kings Christian 11 a.m.

    HIPPIE DRESS UP DAY
    Feb. 28 is a dress up day, dress as a hippie! Wear tie-dye, peace signs, ponchos and anything that is psychedelic.

    CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN PTF FUNDRAISER
    Please join the Fresno Christian Schools family at California Pizza Kitchen, Blackstone and Nees, Feb. 28. This is another ALL DAY fundraiser! You can enjoy lunch, a snack, and dinner all while helping our school.

    A flyer is REQUIRED for our school to receive credit. Pick one up in any office or print CPK flyer here.

    We hope to see lots of you there!

    LEADERSHIP TO SELL KIDS DAY PAPERS, MARCH 5
    In celebration of the 26th edition of Kids Day and in cooperation with the local city paper, student leadership class will sell special edition newspapers of The Fresno Bee, March 5. Leadership students are requested to join advisor Robert Foshee at 4:30 a.m. at school to set up two locations to sell papers, raising money to benefit Children’s Hospital Central California.

    The Feather staff will also join campus students on the corner of Cedar/Alluvial and on Maple/Alluvial as the two student groups join forces to sell the $1 special edition along side thousands of volunteers across the Central Valley, including Fresno, Madera, Kings, Merced and Mariposa counties.

    This year organizers are promoting a “Give $5 on the 5th” campaign in order to help beat the 2008 donation record of $470,514. Last year, more than $450,00 was raised.

    FRESNO CHRISTIAN IS ON TWITTER
    We want to better facilitate communication with Fresno Christian parents, supporters and the community at large, we want to announce that the campus is now using social media to disseminate information in real time. The following twitter feeds are available.

    To follow:

    The Feather, Fresno Christian’s award winning online newspaper (www.thefeather.com) – @thefeather
    Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
    Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
    Fresno Christian Music Department – @fcsmusicdept
    Inspire Gala –@InspireGala

    FC BASKETBALL MEETING
    You are cordially invited to attend a meeting for all families interested in hearing about the the future of FC basketball. Coach Hubbard, the varsity boys coach, and Coach Kaiser, the varsity girls coach, will be talking about plans for AAU basketball teams for FC boys and girls grades 4-12. The meeting will be Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the FC Gym.
    You may also access an electronic informational flyer regarding the meeting and the AAU program. This meeting is open to all FC families.

    ASVAB TEST
    For students who took the ASVAB test, we will be going over your test results and discussing career options on March 6 at 9 a.m. in Rm. 627.

    Juniors, the next ACT test is April 13 and the deadline to sign up is March 8. Click the link above to register.

    CSPA COMMENDS FEATHER
    The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) has awarded The Feather with three All-Columbia honors and a Gold Medalist placement on Feb. 27. This marks the first year that The Feather has won the award for the digital media edition, though it received three previous Gold Medalist critiques for the print edition.

    The CSPA judging committee critiqued the publication in three different areas: essentials, verbal and visual. The Feather received a total of 973 points out of 1000, awarding the staff with all three Columbian Honors, and a Gold Medalist placement, which required a minimum total of 800-1000 points.

    The Feather was commended for its easy navigation, diversified coverage, multimedia elements and forum for student opinion. In one of the critique comments on coverage, the judge applauds the staff for using multiple links and pull-out quotes.

    For more information, read: CSPA commends Feather for diversified coverage in critique

    FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM
    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 and our Instagram.

    FRESNO ART SHOW
    If you would like to go out with your friends and hang out at an interesting, classy, and quiet venue in February, head to the art galleries Gallery25 and Fresno Art Gallery. Gallery25 is having special Valentine-themed artwork displayed this month and Fresno Art Gallery is displaying the work of artists such as Michael Garcia. The Feather will release an article regarding these events very soon.

    ALL CHOIR/ENSEMBLE AND BAND MEMBERS
    Michael Ogden, head of FCS music department, encourages all of his students from choir, ensemble, and band to create a Twitter account and follow the @FCSMusicDept Twitter feed to receive announcements regarding his classes and their homework, practices and events.

    DEVRY UNIVERSITY TO HOST CAREER PLANNING
    Exciting event for junior and senior girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math careers! DeVry University is hosting the 2013 HerWorld program on March 1 at the Clovis Veteran’s Memorial from 8:30-1:45 p.m. Students will hear from motivating female speakers who are professionals in their careers and a free Tahoe Joe’s lunch will be provided. Please RSVP with Michelle Warkentin or Vickey Belmont if you are interested, only the first 10 girls to sign up will be able to attend!

    JOURNALISM FIELD TRIP
    The National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association is hosting their national journalism convention in San Francisco April 24-28, 2013. The leadership of the NSPA/JEA has also asked The Feather Online to present a few sessions during the convention; they are encouraging us to share our expertise from our online experience in podcasting and our online system. The convention is a great way to improve your ability in journalism. The trip costs around $370. The editors of our newspaper are also invited to attend the 89th Annual Scholastic Convention held by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Feather Staff will be presenting sessions to greatly help the people of our organization and benefit the attendees of the convention. See Greg Stobbe for more details.

    AP STUDENTS
    Students who are taking AP tests must sign up with their $89 (per test) with Vickey Belmont. The deadline is March 15.

    FCS NEW SAFETY MEASURES
    As we welcome you back for the second semester we want to make you aware of additional safety measures on our campus. Teachers on both campuses will keep their classroom doors locked once class starts. A buzzer system has been installed at the Northeast campus, so that the gate will remain locked during the school day. Visitors will need to ring a buzzer, to be allowed on campus by office personnel.

    I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you that any person not currently employed by Fresno Christian Schools, must check in to a school office before reporting to a classroom or the playgrounds.

    Our goal, as always, is to provide the safest environment possible in which to educate your children. We look forward to a great second semester.

    -Letter from Todd Bennett

    KID’S DAY
    Every year, the Feather Staff and Student Leadership participate in selling newspapers for Children’s Hospital Central California called Kid’s Day. This year on March 5, Leadership will meet at 4:30 a.m. and Journalism will meet at 5:30 a.m. and will split their location between Cedar and Alluvial and Maple and Cedar. The Feather editors will be on Shaw and Blackstone is where the editors and Mr. Stobbe will sell newspapers.

    FCS 30TH ANNUAL AUCTION
    FCS will hold its 30th annual auction on March 16, more details can be found here

    SAT TESTING AND REGISTRATION DATES
    SAT Date:
    May 4
    June 1

    Registration date:
    April 5, 19 (late) for May 4
    May 2, 17 (late) for June 1

    For more information, click here

    DRAMA PRODUCTION
    Our Drama Department will be presenting “Meet Me in St. Louis” from April 25-28

    CSF REGIONAL CONFERENCES
    The Regional Conferences will be held in Visalia on Saturday, April 20, at Diamante High School from 7:30am-4:00pm. Transportation will not be provided.

    SENIORS
    If you have applied for Fresno City or Willow International and have taken the placement test, the next step is to register for classes. Our date to register is April 24. On this day you will attend an informational meeting and sit down with a college counselor to register for classes. More information to follow.

    CSF TUTORING
    Anyone in need of tutoring for any subject can come and be tutored for free, or if you are looking to get some community service hours you can also sign up to be a tutor. Tutoring will be held in Molly Sargent’s room, 621, Wednesday’s 3-4 p.m. by members of CSF.

    FULL LUNCH SCHEDULE
    To view a calender with all the lunch dates for the rest of this semester, click here.

    FIVE-MINUTE MILE CLUB
    P.E. teacher Michael Ogden is hosting a challenge to high school students. Run a mile under 6 minutes and join an elite group of athletes. Congrats to the first three members of the 5-minute mile club (5:59 or less). If you see the following three freshman students, congratulate these on their accomplishments.

    –Jon Anguiano: 5:45
    –Bailey Brogan: 5:46
    –Thomas Friesen: 5:58
    –Tyler Breedlove: 5:59
    –Damien Boyce: 5:50
    –Julian Castro: 5:43
    –Caleb Nale: 5:53
    –Nick Fontes: 5:56
    –Jacob Bynum: 5:57
    –Jordan Castro: 5:55

    Anyone who earns this distinction is given a commemorative T-shirt and other tokens of appreciation. For more information, contact Ogden.

    SPORTS PHYSICALS
    We have scheduled sports physicals with Dr. Gonzales for May 9 in rooms 621 & 623. 6 to 7 p.m.

    THE FEATHER NEEDS CAMPUS MEDIA
    The Feather needs videographers, photographers, and other media talents. Talk to Greg Stobbe, journalism adviser, if interested.

    MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEEDS TALENT
    Junior and Senior High School students are strongly encouraged to join choir, band, percussion, and colorguard. Musical adviser Michael Ogdon needs a pianist for jazz band also; see him in the Music Suite. Principal Todd Bennett and Academic adviser Michelle Warkentin can make schedule changes that can enable you to participate.

    FALL SPORT SIGNUPS
    Signups for fall sports in high school volleyball, football, cross country and track and junior high volleyball and cross country will be outside the athletic office. Football workouts for 8th-11th grade will begin May 15 and be held every Tues.-Fri. from 3:15-5:30 p.m.

    DRESS CODE
    In an effort to tighten up on dress code violations, the school

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