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.

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

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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!

8th Graders Study Their City -Their Home

Eighth graders are receiving are great lesson in New Orleans and Louisiana History this semester. They are part of the My City, My Home endeavor, under the auspices of The Preservation Resource Center’s flagship program.

The inter-disciplinary set of lessons are designed to give students the information needed to become working participants in neighborhood planning, community development, and our city’s broader civic life (source: www.ya4la.org).

Lessons have included a tour of the historic neighborhood of Tremé, the French Quarters, a lesson of the history of Jazz by musician and teacher D. Barnes. The study will end will a visual arts projects that will incorporate all the tools they have mastered.

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Grandparents Day at FCWCS 2015

Once a year we honor grandparents with a special day. Warrior Grandparents descend to our campus for tea, cookies, cake and finger sandwiches. How we enjoy having them visit our campus, meet our teachers and classmates. The Warrior Gym turns into a theatre where we entertain them with poetry, song, dance and our laughter.

After the show, grandparents headed to our library to visit our Annual Fall Book Fair. Paw Paw and Nana are always good for a new book or two!

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Intervention–Taking the Steps to Improve

Reading is FUNdamental at FCWCS. Good readers are usually good students. We take definite steps to enhance the reading skills (and math too) of all students on campus. We have several interventions in place–iReady, small group instruction with the reading coach, monthly mentoring groups (S.M.A.R.S.), Book It!, and Bikes for Books.

Kindergarten through 8th grade students are all assigned to iReady for reading and mathematics. The goal is at least one hour per week in both areas of instruction. Bikes for Books is through the generosity of the Original Dukes Club, Inc. Book It! is a national effort of Pizza Hut to enhance the reading skills of America’s school children. The monthly S.M.A.R.S. (Student Mentor Academic Review Session) strives to keep and focus students on the prize–academic success. The hour-long sessions provide an opportunity for students in small groups to interact with an adult mentor to discuss their academic successes and concerns.

We do believe “readers become leaders.”

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