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Friendship Christian School Fifth graders experienced "Boot Camp Day" on Friday, April 4 in conjunction with their studies about World War II.
During the day, the children presented their WWII projects, competed in Boot Camp Competitions, and listened to guest speakers as they interacted with the children to offer real-world experiences. A special thank you to all those who participated.
Thank you to thank Ron Petty for teaching the students how to march correctly and for speaking to them about what it was like being in a Marine Boot Camp. Thank you to Mrs. Robertson who came and spoke to the children about her grandfather serving in WWII. Thank you to Mr. London who shared with the students about his service in the Vietnam War and taught them the song they sang while they were marching through the rice patties. And, thank you to Mr. Retzke who brought with him eight war veterans that are part of a War Veterans Association that raises money for War Veterans that need trained dogs. After speaking to the children, the students got to enjoy going outside and sitting on their motorcycles.
"God Made Us Super" Book Published
1:1 INITIATIVE RECOGNIZED FOR INNOVATION, LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Friendship Christian School is one of 220 schools in the nation to be recognized as an Apple School of Distinction for the 2013-2015 school years. The announcement was made today by Apple K-12 Development Executive Dr. Katherine E. Hughes.
The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments. Dr. Hughes stated, "Friendship is one of 220 nationally recognized schools to receive this distinguished award. Additionally, FCS is one of only three private schools in the State of Tennessee to have this distinction."
Jon Shoulders, President of Friendship Christian School stated, “We are extremely honored to be recognized and have this award given to our school. This highly lauded national award recognizes quantitative excellence and innovation; which makes us even more excited about what we are offering our students and teachers.”
Dr. Hughes added, “Friendship Christian was identified as a center of educational excellence and leadership consistently demonstrating visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, and quantitative and qualitative accomplishments.”
Mr. Shoulders said, “We have embraced Apple technology – just finishing the third year of our Apple 1:1 initiative. We believe Apple has been a key component in our success – as showcased in our exceptionally high ACT scores. In the class of 2014, the top 10 percent average is 33.25, the 25 percent average is 28.14 and the overall average is 24.64. We are excited about the future of our partnership with Apple and continually ask: ‘What’s next?’ To that end I am pleased to announce in other very exciting Apple related news, our entire school will be a 1:1 learning environment with Apple technology. This means that every student from Pre-K through 12th grade will have access to an Apple device every day, in every class! Students in grades 7 through 12 are being upgraded to an iPad Air with continual 24/7 usage, a significant improvement over the iPad2 they have been using with great success. Pre-K students will have the iPod touch, and K-6 students will have the new iPad Minis for use in every class, a very exciting development for us and our students.”
The Apple presentation was part of a technology showcase event – one of many throughout the year held at Friendship Christian School. In the audience were educators from throughout the state who had come to the event to learn firsthand how students, teachers, and administrators effectively incorporate the technology into the classroom.
We are so pleased to announce today that John Stephens has been named the new head coach of varsity girls’ volleyball for the 2014-15 season.
John, who is from Lebanon, has been working with teenagers for almost 20 years. He began coaching Volleyball at the Middle School level at Carroll Oakland in Lebanon, coaching for two years while acquiring a 39-9 record. His Carroll Oakland teams won the WCVA (Wilson County Volleyball Association) Tournament championship in both seasons as their coach. In the 2011 season they also won two additional tournaments.
In 2012 John joined the coaching staff at Lebanon High School as the Junior Varsity Coach. In 2012 his JV team won the Central Magnet JV Tournament. The 2013 team finished with an 18-6 record and second place in the district for the regular season. John has 65 wins in 4 seasons of coaching volleyball across the Middle School and High School levels.
In 2011 John founded Airborne Volleyball. What started as one team playing in the 13’s division quickly grew into a full club program. The 2012 season saw the program grow to five teams and in 2013 Airborne Volleyball had nine teams competing. Also during the 2013 season, Inside Volleyball Magazine did a story on Airborne Volleyball; naming it a “Club on the Rise”. John has coached at the 13, 14, and 17 levels of club volleyball.
Beginning in the fall of 2013 Airborne merged with Alliance to create the Alliance-Airborne Satellite in Wilson County. This move presented a great opportunity to continue to grow the sport of Volleyball in Wilson County and the surrounding areas. Both programs have a deep desire to offer quality training and coaching that has a positive impact on the clubs players.
FCS Athletic Director John McNeal stated, “We are excited to announce that Coach Stephens will join the FCS Team officially on April 14, 2014. He started the travel volleyball program here in Lebanon, knows the area and knows our kids. He will be a great addition and positive influence on our wonderful student-athletes. I look forward to working with him.”
John holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Lipscomb University. He is also an Impact certified coach and a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. He is married to an incredible supportive, and volleyball loving, wife, Chelsea, and they have two sons: Cody who is 10 and Tucker who is 3. He is a ‘92 graduate of Lebanon High School. Before coaching and teaching he spent 15 years as a Youth Pastor in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina.
“My family and I are very excited to join the Friendship Family and I embrace the opportunity to be chosen as the new head varsity volleyball coach,” said Stephens.
FCS President Jon Shoulders stated, “We warmly welcome John, his wife Chelsea, and their sons into the Friendship family. He has an incredible reputation for leading successful programs and we are excited to have him share his passion for the game and help us raise the bar as we strive to get better in all that we do.”
Get your tickets today for the Inaugural Commander Dinner: In the Limelight - an elegant dinner with fabulous entertainment by Playing by Air and a live auction. Tickets are going fast - get yours today!
Click here to visit CommanderExperience.com to reserve your space today! A few VIP tables are left - so hurry!
Playing By Air will be a show like no other. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center said that, "Playing By Air completely surpassed our expectations." We are so pleased that they are coming to Lebanon to perform for our event. Their show is high energy as well as fun and entertaining.
Following is our live auction. Where can you bid on dinner for 24 and a movie at the exclusive Capitol Theater? This one-of-a-kind item was tailor made for the Commander Dinner and graciously donated by Pam and Bob Black. It also includes a fabulous meal catered compliments of Ed Riley of the infamous Two Fat Men.
White Water Rafting
Luxurious Beach Vacation
Fabulous Fishing Adventure
His & Her Kayaks
Day at the Lake
One of A Kind Specially Designed Piece of Jewelry from American Jewelry
Relaxing Spa Package for Two
And some very special surprises sure to be the best of the night!
The dinner begins at 7PM, catered by Crystal Elegance.
For more information on the Commander Dinner please contact Co-Chairs Joey Denny at 615.289.5108 or Erin Williams at 615.828.7520.
The kindergarten students at Friendship Christian School have long been anticipating the arrival of some new baby chicks as they learned about hatching as a class project.
They experienced baby chicks hatching and the joy of new life this week as the chicks finally arrived. This process has been an experience the children will not forget any time soon.
A special thanks one of our former FCS grandparents, Mr. Gall, who gave us the eggs to hatch in the classroom and who will take the baby chicks back to live on his farm here in Lebanon.
Friendship Christian School's Annual Gallery Night is slated for April 10th from 6PM to 8PM in the Lester Family Performing Arts Center.
The theme for this year's exhibit is "LET YOUR IMAGINATION GROW." All art students will have at least two pieces of art in the show.
Please join us for this special evening.
The COMMANDER EXPERIENCE weekend is slated for Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13. Join us as our Friendship Family comes together to support Friendship Christian School. We will celebrate MIND, BODY and SOUL with three special events: Commander Dinner, Commander Run, and Commander’s In Christ. We invite you and your family to be a part of this moving journey!
Three days for Commanders!
It’s fellowship for the mind!
The journey begins on Friday evening with the Commander Dinner: In the Limelight - an elegant dinner with fabulous entertainment by Playing by Air and a live auction. Share stories, laughter, and fun with wonderful food and fellowship. Co-chaired by Joey Denny (615.289.5108) and Erin Williams (615.828.7520).
It’s a journey to the finish line!
The journey continues on Saturday morning with the Commander Run Series that challenges athletes of any age or ability by offering three unique runs: The Extreme 5K, The Mini-Extreme, and The Cross-Country 5K. The event is chaired by Michelle Scharfman (615.354.3017).
It’s to celebrate Christ!
We share the common desire to have our children educated in a Christian environment. The final leg of the journey fulfills our spiritual desire to join together as a community of faith and thank our Lord for the blessings He has given us. Commanders in Christ will be a student led worship service held on Sunday afternoon. It is co-chaired by Mary Beth Richerson (615.598.3165) and Gretchen Cox (615.513.2444)
It’s something you can do to make a difference! As we come together for a common cause, through the Dinner and Run your help can make it successful. Together we can multiply the joy and fun we share along the way and strengthen the impact we make to raise money for our school. We have reduced the number of fundraisers to two per year – Commander Night in the fall and Commander Experience in the spring. Each family is encouraged to participate by one of the following:
Secure a new sponsor for the Commander Run.
Sell or purchase two tickets to the Dinner.
Have three runners in the Commander Run.
Donate $100 to Friends of FCS.
Bonds are formed and every moment is full of meaning, emotion and celebration. Creating new memories that will last a lifetime with old and new friends alike. Plan to join in the fun and bring all your friends. We’re looking forward to a weekend that fills our mind, body and soul.
Congratulations to the Lady Commanders Softball Team for placing second in the Gulf Shores Classic Softball Tournament this past week.
What a way to start off the 2014 season.
We are so proud of you!
At Friendship Christian School we let our students shine as an example of what sets our school apart. FCS Students were highlighted in the recent new marketing pieces that were unveiled last week.
Our mission is to provide an excellent education in a Christian environment.
We are an innovator in digital learning. The 2013 Graduating Class was awarded over $5,382,367 dollars in scholarship offerings. In the class of 2014, the top 10 percent average ACT score is 33.25 and the 25 percent average is 30.82.
Choice matters. Choose Friendship.
Friendship Christian School Unveils New Parent's Web.
Our FCS student information system was engineered to offer our school family all the power they need to help manage their child's education ranging from A to Z — library, lunchroom, report cards, scheduling, and more — all integrated into a single database accessible any time, anywhere via the Web.
We hope that the new upgrades are a welcome addition.