Freedom Ain’t Free–Annual Black History Program ’18

February once again culminated with our Annual Black History Program. The production was written and staged by 4th grade teacher Ms. R. Robinson. This is Ms. Robinson’s second production for the yearly program.

This year’s production told the story of the mid 20th century Civil Rights Movement–Freedom ‘Ain’t Free was this year’s theme. The production brought us back to the ’60s through the musical icons of Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, and James Brown. We witnessed the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, and the voting woes of Black Americans in the South.

Behind the scenes was a beehive of activity with in house artists LeBlanc and Britt (also known as our art teachers) handling the sets. A team of middle school students served as stage hands. There was Ms. Watts (Instructional Coach) on the curtains and Ms. T. Batiste (Middle School Para) and friend Jared handling sound and lighting. Even Principal Batiste and Band Director Jones had a bit part in a scene depicting family life in 1960’s America.

The time and effort that was put into this production was well-worth it and quite apparent. A full-house–students, parents and grandparents–were on hand to witness our live theatre “Fannie C.” style.

Pelicans Jr. Training Camp ’18

Once again Librarian LeBlanc secured the New Orleans Pelicans to conduct a mini-training camp on our campus.

The camp consisted of several “stations” to improve the basketball skills of students in grades 3-8. Dribbling, jump shots, passing, and measuring of their “wing span” were all part of the hour-long activity. About 200 students took part in the camp on Friday, March 2nd.

Students were given a card with their name, wing span, and a link to complete an online survey. Those completing the survey are entitled to two tickets to a Pelicans home game. Just the thing to win during their winning stretch before the playoffs!

Celebrating the Divine 9

You don’t leave FCWCS without hearing about life after high school. Will your future include college or post-secondary vocational training?

Thinking college will be your way into the future? Will it include a HBCU–Historical Black College or University? Think Xavier, Southern, Grambling, Dillard, Spelman, Morehouse, Bennett, Clark-Atlanta, Lincoln . . . Students of FCW learn the merits of HBCUs and the Divine 9. The Divine 9? That’s Greek Life–fraternities and sororities. The yearly Black History Celebration always includes lessons on college life–academics and the social aspects. Can’t talk about the Divine 9 without a step show!

The Deltas of Dillard University were on hand to show us how it’s done! We had middle school guests to perform also. Of course, the afternoon wouldn’t be complete without our own Warrior Step Team showing their stuff! Thanks to Mr. Avery and Ms. Gardner, two of our own members of the Divine 9 for coordinating this year’s efforts.

Old Guard vs. Young Legs

Once again, faculty donned the dark jerseys, students the white ones. They took the court in the annual faculty vs. student basketball blow out, the yearly fund raiser for the athletic department.

Who would reign supreme–the old guard (aka as faculty) or the young legs (aka students)? The Friday showdown on December 1st played to a full gym. Everybody in place–the smell of Bengay already drifting from the faculty bench. The co-ed game had the boys and girl’s squads ready to do battle. They were out in full force. Faculty was able to pull together a team, with a parent and a former student playing on their side, no less.

It was a pretty even game, with faculty swapping out players feverishly in an attempt to keep up with their students. The students did a great job, but the old guard reign victorious in the end. Final score–32 to 27. Exciting game!

. . . Comes but Once A Year!

Christmas time comes but once a year, but we sure make the best of it!

You know it’s coming soon when Mrs. LeBlanc puts up the huge tree in the school’s lobby. The 8th grade class sponsors the Christmas Store in the library so that you can buy that special gift for the folks at home. There is always a big program–band, choir, dancers, poetry, a play, scores of Warriors take part in the annual pageantry. Parents and grandparents (of course) come to the campus to see you perform. Classroom parties on that afternoon before dismissal before the Winter Break. The PBIS providing gifts for students. It’s just a festive feel around the campus that we’ve grown to love and expect.

We can’t wait until next year . . .

Motivating Students

One of the most difficult, but important things a school can do is to motivate its students to want to learn.

We take this task seriously at FCWCS. All forms of motivational tactics are employed–field trips, pizza parties, award assemblies, ice cream socials, t-shirts as awards, etc. You name it, we’ve tried it!

One day we hope that all that hard work will pay off. Our scholars in high school doing well because they’ve learned to appreciate the importance of a good education and have become life-long learners.

 

Annual Fall Festival v. 2017 – November 10th

Once a year, FCWCS hosts its Fall Festival. This much anticipated day provides students with a day of fun, frolic, and friendship–a day when you get to “hang out” with your friends and enjoy the afternoon doing some of the greatest things you can think. There’s something for everybody at the Fall Fest–games, music, food, face painting, and rides. The “midway” keeps staff busy for the three-hour party. No one wants to miss this day of school–attendance is always at its highest on this day. Check out a few scenes from this year’s great time.

7th Annual High School – 2017

Fall brings our Scholastic Book Fair, Grandparents Day, Fall Fest, and High School Night to campus. It’s the time of year 8th graders and their parents make important decisions about next school, just when they’re getting their feet wet in 8th grade!

A dozen or so high school take up residence for a couple of hours in our Warrior Café to tell the merits of their school. Parents and students have the opportunity to fill out that important One App early in the decision-making process. Administration and our data manager are on hand to assist parents with this computerized process. This is the time to ask questions–what does each potential high school have to offer our Warriors?

Most families arrive with an idea or two of what they would like the next four years to hold for their scholars. High School Night, “Fannie Style” is always the way to make a good final decision.

Visiting the Saints Training Facility

Not many Saints fans get to see the inside of the Saints facility in Kenner. But 200 Warriors took the ride to Jefferson Parish on October 5th to take part in the Saints Jr. Training Camp.

Employees of Shell Oil Company turned the athletic activity into one that also covered S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)–students were given info on how the skills needed in football were also tied to S.T.E.M.

Our scholar/athletes shared the facility and activities with students from Mary McLeod Bethune Charter School in Gentilly. What a great way to get science and mathematics lessons into such a fun activity!

Annual Fall Scholastic Book Fair is a Wild West Book Fair Saddle Up & Read

Librarian Karen LeBlanc anxiously awaits the theme each year for the bi-annual Scholastic Book Fair. As soon as she secures the information, she and art teacher Phillip Britt begin to work depicting whatever Scholastic has initiated. We’ve been on pirate’s ships as Book-a-neers, we’ve been camping while enjoying s’mores, met monsters, and just this month the Wild West came to our campus. She does all this while encouraging the adults on campus to wear costumes in keeping with the theme.

What motivates Mrs. LeBlanc? She will do anything to get students interested in visiting the fair and purchasing a book! She’ll be back again in the spring to do it all over again . . .