Annual Scholastic Fall Book Fair–2016

Twice a year our school’s library turns into a book lovers dream! The Scholastic Book Fair comes to Bullard Avenue.

The Fall Book Fair was held the week of September 26-30, 2016. The theme–Bookaneer Book Fair, where books are the treasure–was a big hit with staff that seemed to love dressing in pirate garb. Students in the car pool were greeted by staff dressed as extras in a pirate movie.

Sales were a little slow the first day or two, but by Wednesday librarian LeBlanc was kept busy assisting classes of students to make the perfect selection.

Friday was the last day and sales were brisk, as grandparents on campus for Grandparent’s Day helped to bring the fair to a great conclusion.

6th Annual High School Night–2016

Deciding on your next school is a very important decision that every 8th grader has to make.

FCWCS holds High School Night each fall, that allows students and their parents the ability to do one-stop shopping in our school’s Warrior Café for their next academic home.

Usually about a dozen schools and their recruiting departments make their way to Fannie to discuss the merits of their institution over others. Students and parents visit each table, ask questions, and pick up information that allows them to make informed choices.

Many of our Warriors already have an idea or two of where they would like to attend school next year. The yearly event has become our “Signing Day” with many students and parents actually completing the OneApp that night.

November Battle of the Bands

The Warrior Marching Band and Auxiliary Units always love a good battle. Guess that is the nature of a Warrior!

November 19, 2016 found the Warriors across the river at Alice Harte School, ready to do “musical combat” with Nelson, Harte, and Batiste Cultural Academy. It was a spirited competition.

The gym was packed with parents and “band heads” from all over the city. As Principal Kelly Batiste of FCWCS would say, “the Warriors showed up and out.”

Band, Flag Twirlers, Majorettes, and Letter Carriers represented Fannie well. Good job Warriors!

Girls on the Run

Kudos to Coach Dana Williams for sponsoring our first “Girls on the Run” team in 2016.

Coach took about 20 third grade girls and developed them into runners who could (with a little motivation) complete a 5K race around Audubon Park on Saturday, December 3rd.

The “Girls on the Run” Program aspires to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.” A look at these faces on a brisk Saturday morning said the objective was accomplished.

Thanks to Coach Williams and all the adults who came out to motivate the our girls in the school’s first “Girls on the Run” team!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We conclude the calendar year with each school year with our Christmas Program. This year’s program featured LeBron “LBJ” Joseph and DJ Jubilee as the Masters of Ceremonies.

The show kept all in attendance entranced with song, dance, and theatrics. Hats off to all students and teachers who made the morning of December 22 so entertaining. We were even featured on the evening news!

The Enrichment Team sponsored this year’s program.

2016-2017 School Calendar


School Calendar

Every effort has been made to make this calendar as accurate as possible. But there may be events that are beyond the control of the school’s administration and/or Board of Directors. Therefore, the calendar below is subject to change if situations warrant it. Your understanding is appreciated.

August 2016

1 – 1st Day for Staff

6 – Supply Giveaway – Cornerstone United (our neighbors)

11 – Parent Orientation/School Supply Drop Off

15 – 1st Day of School for Students, Grades 1-8

15- 26 – FCWCS Culture Week

18 – 1st Day for Enrichment Classes, Grades 1-8

22 – First Day for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

24 – iReady Diagnostic begins

25 – 1st Day Enrichment for Pre-K & K

28 – Warrior Store Grand Opening

September 2016

1 – Faculty Meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

2 – Warrior Store Grand Opening

5 – Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

6 – After School Program Begins, 3:30-5:15 p.m.

7 – iReady D1 Data issued to parents

9 – iReady D1 Celebration

14 – 1st Quarter Progress Reports Conferences, 4 – 6 p.m.; NO After School

14 – World’s Finest Chocolate Candy Sale Begins

12 – 16 – Scholastic Fall Book Fair (Monday – Friday)

15 – Fall Pictures

16 – Grandparents’ Day, Time: TBA

20 – C.L.A.S.S. Board of Directors Mtg., 6 p.m.

29 – 30 – iReady Progress Monitoring (PM)

30 – Grandparents’ Day, Time: TBA; Warrior Store

October 2016

5 – 1st Quarter Study Guides Issued

7 – 10 – Fall Break, NO SCHOOL

11 -13 1st Quarter Exams

12 – Fall Break, NO SCHOOL

14 – End of 1st Quarter (44 days)

14 – FCWCS Goes Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness)

14 – PBIS Experience-1st Quarter

21 – 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat

25 – 26 – iReady PM

26 – Report Cards Issued

28 – 1st Quarter Awards Assembly

28 – Fannie’s Scare House

31 – Halloween

November 2016

8 – Election Day, NO SCHOOL

10 – High School Night, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

11 – Annual Fall Festival

15 – C.L.A.S.S. BOD Mtg., 6 p.m.

16 – 2nd Quarter Progress Conferences, 4-6 p.m.; NO After School

18 – iReady D2 Celebration; Warrior Store Open

21 – 25 – Thanksgiving Holiday, NO SCHOOL for pupils & staff

28 – School Resumes

28 – 30 – iReady D2

December 2016

1-2 – iReady D2

8 – Santa Pictures, Time: 9:30 a.m.

12 – 14 ANET 2

16 – iReady D2 Celebration

January 2017

2-6 – Holiday Break, NO SCHOOL for pupils & staff

9- Staff Returns from Holidays, NO SCHOOL for pupils

10 – Students return from Holiday Break

11 – 2nd Quarter Report Cards Issued

13 – PBIS Experience – 2nd Quarter; Awards Assembly

16 – MLK, Jr. Birthday, NO School

17 – 18 – iReady Progress Monitoring

27- Warrior Store Open

February 2017

3 – Black History Quiz Bowl, Grades 3-8

8 – 3rd Quarter Progress Reports Conference, 4-6 p.m.

10 – Annual Black History Quiz Bowl

14 – 15 – iReady Progress Monitoring

17 – Annual HBCU Step Show

23 – Annual Black History Program

24 – Students & Staff, NO SCHOOL

27 – 28 – NO SCHOOL, Mardi Gras Break

March 2017

1 – 3 – NO SCHOOL, Mardi Gras Break

6 – School Resumes for Students & Staff

7 -9 – ANET Assessment

13 – 15 – 3rd Quarter Exams

15 – 3rd Annual STEAM Night (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, & Math)

17 – 3rd Quarter Ends (43 days)

19 – 24 – Scholastic Spring Book Fair
9 am – 2:30 pm

21 – C.L.A.S.S. Board of Directors Mtg. @ 6 pm

23 – Founder’s Day, Fannie C. Williams’ Birthday

23 – Pre-K Field Trip

24 – Donuts with Dads, (Time: TBA) Please R.S.V.P.

27 – 31 – iReady D3 (Diagnostic Testing)

29 – 3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home in Wednesday’s Folder

31 – LEAP Pep Rally

April 2017

3 – LEAP Testing, 3rd & 4th Grades

3 – May 5 – CBT LEAP Testing Window

10 – LEAP Testing, 5th & 6th Grades

12 – iReady D3 Celebration

12 – 4th Quarter Progress Reports Conferences, 4-6 p.m., NO After School

13 – 17 – NO SCHOOL Spring Break, Students & Staff

16 – C.L.A.S.S. BOD Mtg., 6 p.m.

17 – 3rd Quarter Ends (43 days)

18 – School Resumes

18 – LEAP Testing, 7th & 8th Grades

21 – Spring Bling, Annual Spring Festival

24 – May 19 – EOC (End of Course) Testing Window

25 – EOC (End of Course) Testing – 8th Grade

27 – After School Program Ends today

May 2017 O T E S

1 – 3 – ANET 4 (ELA, Math, Science)

4 – 5 – 8th Grade Exams

5 – Muffins with Moms, Time: TBA

7 – Pre-K & Kindergarten Spirit Week

8 – 9 – 4th Quarter Exams, Grades 1 -7

10 – Pre-Kindergarten EOY Celebration, Time: TBA

11 – Kindergarten Promotional Ceremony, Time: TBA

12 – 8th Grade Promotional Ceremony, Time: TBA

16 – C.L.A.S.S. BOD Mtg., 6 p.m.

17 – Awards Assembly

17 – Final Report Cards Issued to Students

18 – End of 4th Quarter

18 – Students’ Last Day

19 – Last Day for Staff

22 – Summer Enrichment Begins

29 – Memorial Day, NO Summer Enrichment

30 – Summer Enrichment Resumes

June 2017

29 – Summer Enrichment Ends

Message from Our Principal/C.E.O.


Ms Batiste- Principal/CEO

Ms. Batiste, Principal/CEO

Message from Our Principal/C.E.O.


Greetings and welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We always appreciate parents taking the time to visit our school’s website for information about Fannie C. Williams Charter School.

This marks our 10th year as an educational institution serving the children of our community. Six years ago we became a charter school striving to form a team between staff, parents, and the community to develop our scholars academically. That mission has not changed. It is our mission to achieve the highest academic success through the forces of these stakeholders in the development of our youth.

Fannie C. Williams Charter School is a Type 5 charter developed under the auspices of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. We are currently in our 6th year operating as a charter school. During the 2015-2016 academic year, our charter was extended by BESE for an additional six years.

FCWCS operates as an open enrollment facility for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. Current enrollment usually is composed of about 610 students from approximately 360 families. We have spent 10 years developing a culture of stressing the 4Ps–promptness, politeness, productivity, and preparedness–all invaluable traits that we attempt to instill in our Warriors from Pre-K through Grade 8.

We appreciate your interest in our family of learners and educators. Please join us during the many opportunities to visit and interact with our Fannie Family that have become traditions on our campus.

Best regards,

Kelly S. Batiste







Asbestos Management Plan

The school’s Asbestos Management Plan is available for review in the main office or with the Business Manager, Mrs. B. Watson

Moving on Up–Middle School to High School

Kindergarten has its trip to 1st Grade, but 8th Graders make a bigger leap–to high school!

Friends you have shared classes with at FCWCS for years may now go their separate ways–Lake Area, Karr, Easton, McDonogh No. 35, Franklin, Sci Academy, Landry-Walker, Carver–the choices for high school seem endless. But each has something unique to offer to each of our departing scholars. We have to find the new school that fits each of us the best.

The big day is always a Saturday, always in May. The Warrior Gym never looked so festive as it appears on that Saturday. We smile, giggle, laugh and even cry as we reminisce about our days as Warriors at the “Fannie.” One last time we gather as a class of students. In front of our teachers and family, we grow up, just a little, as we move to the next step in our educational journey.

We pass the torch to the class below us, to carry on the traditions of our alma mater–

Fannie C. Williams Charter School.

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Transition–Kindergarten to First Grade





IMG_3975The days of Kindergarten are always busy for our three classes of scholars. There’s classwork and, of course, field trips to keep our 5 and 6 year olds learning and growing.

But soon, too soon, April wanes to a few days and we begin to prepare for our next transition–Kindergarten to First Grade. Before they leave their instructors–Teachers Harrell, Henry, and Andrews–our Warriors prepare for their big day on campus. Moving up day, with all its pomp and circumstance in the Warrior Gym.

Next year, on to First Grade!