Archives for November 2012

Hornets Bookmobile Visits Campus

Kindergarten and 1st grade students were treated to a visit from the New Orleans Hornet’s Bookmobile on November 8, 2012. The “library-on-wheels” provides free books for students to take home throughout the Gulf South. The city’s professional basketball team, the Hornets and Shell Oil Company, sponsors it. It promotes literacy, while “driving” a love of reading and stimulating the imaginations of students receiving books.

Goblins, Ghouls, Ghosts and Warriors

Halloween 2012

Students in grades K-4 who followed the 4Ps (Warriors are expected to be prompt, polite, productive and prepared daily on campus) were invited to take part in our annual Halloween Costume Contest on Wednesday, October 31st. This event was held in conjunction with PBS (Positive Behavior Support), our discipline program.

Students’ costumes were judged based on the following criteria–appropriateness, fit, good taste, and creativity. Prizes were awarded. Ms. S. Theard was the organizer.

2nd Annual High School Fair Night

For the second year, the counseling and administrative staffs invited local high schools to our campus in an effort to recruit our 8th grade students for next school year. We call this High School Fair Night and once again it was well attended.

Students and their parents were able to talk to representatives from O.P. Walker, Warren Easton, McDonogh No. 35, Edna Karr, St. Augustine, J.S. Clark and Xavier Prep. Once again, it was one-stop shopping for Warriors and their parents. Students were treated to brochures, pencils, book bags, and other mementos of each school. Applications were distributed, with FCWCS administrators instructing our students to apply to at least three schools and ask many questions.

Choosing a high school is a very personal matter–what might be good fit for a classmate, may not be a good fit for you! We’re hoping all Warriors choose wisely. Their futures depend on it.

Stars and Stripes

Raising the “Stars and Stripes”

Each morning, band director and army veteran Thaddeus Petit recruits a group of four middle school students to help him raise the American flag on the school’s flagpole. It is an honor to be chosen and the same diligence is made each afternoon to lower the “Stars and Stripes.”

The American flag is customarily flown all year round from most public buildings, including schools. Mr. Petit is teaching our Warriors the respect that should be utilized when handling the flag. He makes sure students understand that the flag should never touch the ground. Flags should not be flown at night–unless illuminated–which is why Mr. Petit and his team remove it each afternoon at the close of the school day. Mr. Petit is also instructing the middle school students the military custom of folding the flag into a triangular shape at the close of the day. We hope that Mr. Petit will be able to turn this responsibility over to a team of middle school students one day soon.

The flag we are flying is a gift to the school from Ms. JoAnn Christophe, grandmother of three of our students at FCWCS. Thanks to Ms. Christophe and Mr. Petit for their interest in teaching our students the importance of flying “Old Glory” on Bullard Avenue.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign that occurs in schools throughout the United States in October. Approximately 80 million people take part in the annual event, according to the DEA. The first Red Ribbon Week took place in 1985. FCWCS has been taking part since the inception of our campus in 2007.

School counselor Mrs. J. Edmond ensures that the program is held at FCWCS each October. Middle school students were exposed to the cons of drug use and violence during an afternoon assembly. Students took a pledge to be drug-free and to support the Red Ribbon Celebration by taking a stand in their lives–at school and at home–to avoid drug abuse and violence.

First Day in Our New School

Wow! Our new home was definitely worth the wait . . . Funds from FEMA provided the financial assistance to ensure our facility would be first rate. The current school construction project in New Orleans is the largest in Louisiana since the Civil War and one of the largest in the nation’s history (according to www.educationnext.org): 85 campuses are being constructed or overhauled at a cost of about $2 billion. Fannie C. Williams Charter School is one of these sites. The expressions on the faces of students as they entered for the first time on Monday, October 22nd said it all. This is the type of building all children should attend school.

These schools are being constructed to last a century or more, just as many of our former sites did that were constructed under noted New Orleans architect E. A. Christy in the early decades of the 20th century (Rabouin, Don McNair, McMain, Valena C. Jones, Fortier, Frantz, Lockett, Booker T. Washington, to name a few). Our new home is among the first public buildings that meet the LEED “silver” standard for “greenness.” It is also elevated above flood levels. The ground floor is terrazzo so that it can be easily scrubbed down and bleached if flooding occurs. The electrical system originates on the upper level and flow-down the building. The air-conditioning and heating systems are zoned to help keep down costs in the event only a portion of the building is being utilized.

View these photos of our new learning facility as we start our new educational life in our new home.

Last Days on the Modular Campus

Last Days on the Modular Campus
2007-2012

It’s been a little over five years since we arrived in the trailers–known as a modular campus–that we’ve called home. We were one of many schools that utilized the non-descript buildings as schoolhouses until new ones could be constructed.

That first year was spent trying to make the sterile white building look like a school for our Pre-K through 6 graders who were with us in September 2007. Through the years, we’ve had several groups of volunteers to come by and put some color and even a playground up for our Warriors. Our artists-in-residence (under the direction of art teacher Mr. Britt) have also added color to our campus with their projects.

The trailers began to show their age, just as the new building was going up! We began to earnestly prepare to move almost as soon as the 2012-2013 school year began. Packing became our second job. Although the move was just across the parking lot, bringing more than 20 plus classrooms, textbooks, tricycles, band instruments (including a pair of kettle drums), and a 7500-book library etc., was a daunting task. Students left the modular campus on Friday, October 12th for the last time. Faculty spent the next week packing and setting up in their new work spaces in the new facility.

We broke ground for the new facility on a cold December morning in 2010. This December will find us in our new state-of-the-art school. What a difference two years can make!