We are very thankful for those that work on the “front lines” of our school. We are here to serve you and we would be more than glad to help answer your questions about FMCS. Please feel free to contact us by phone, 939-4642, email us anytime, or use the online contact form. You can also visit our school Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Call ahead to set up a tour or our facility.

2014-15

Preschool
- Mrs. Rute Engren, PK3 | email: rengren@fmcs-fl.com

- Miss Angel Schreiber, PK4 | email: aschreiber@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Leslie Earp, PK4  | email: learp@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Marilyn Wagner, PK4 | email: mwagner@fmcs-fl.com

Elementary
- Mrs. Jo Weber, Kindergarten
| email: jweber@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Gayle Shell, First Grade | email: gshell@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Shellee Harper, Second Grade | email – sharper@fmcs-fl.com
- Miss Naomi Welborn, Third Grade | email: nwelborn@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Judy Sanders, Fourth Grade | email: jsanders@fmcs-fl.com | Click here for this classroom blog
- Mrs. Robin Couch, Fifth Grade
| email: rcouch@fmcs-fl.com

Middle School

- Miss Lori Cadwell, Science | email: lcadwell@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Nancy Bruen, Language Arts | email: coming soon
- Mrs. Lee Mitchell, Social Studies & Bible | email: lmitchell@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Peg Swearingen, Math | email: pswearingen@fmcs-fl.com
- Mr. Tom Sinex, Computer | email: tsinex@fmcs-fl.com
- Mr. Mel Mitchell, Bible | email: mmitchell@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Aileen Gonzales, Spanish | email: agonzales@fmcs-fl.com
- Miss Nicole Crumpley, Physical Education and Asst. Athletic Director | email: ncrumpley@fmcs-fl.com
- Mr. John O’Brien, PE Teacher/Assistant and Athletic Director | email: jobrien@fmcs-fl.com

Specials Teachers
- Mrs. Myra Stewart, Learning Disabilities Program
| email: mstewart@fmcs-fl.com | Click here for this classroom blog
- Mrs. Michelle Benjamin, Music
| email: mlewis@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Sue Sinex, Art | email: ssinex@fmcs-fl.com
- Mr. Tom Sinex, Computer | email: tsinex@fmcs-fl.com
- Miss Jay Shrader, Library | email: jshrader@fmcs-fl.com | Click here for this classroom blog
- Miss Aileen Gonzales, Spanish | email: agonzales@fmcs-fl.com

Aides/Support Staff
- Mrs. Joyce Swearingen, PK3 aide
- Mrs. Lourdes Aldana, PK4 aide
- Miss Krista Pavese, PK4 aide
- Mrs. Shara Nielson, PK4 aide
- Mrs. Eva Edwards, playground; aftercare director | email: eedwards@fmcs-fl.com
- Miss Megan Campbell, aftercare
- Miss Edith Marquez, aftercare
- Mrs. Weny Portillo, aftercare
- Mrs. Colleen Winckowski, Food Service Coordinator | email: cwinckowski@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Virginia McIntosh
- Miss Barbara Jones

Office Staff
Children’s Center Offices:
-
Mrs. Shannon Langley, Receptionist  | email: coming soon
- Mrs. Marilyn O’Brien, Business Manager | email: mobrien@fmcs-fl.com

Middle School/Admissions Office:
- Mrs. Danielle Taylor, Registrator/Purchasing | email: dtaylor@fmcs-fl.com
- Mrs. Paula Dillon, Secretary to Principal | email: pdillon@fmcs-fl.com
- Mr. Mel Mitchell, Principal | email: mmitchell@fmcs-fl.com

FMCS School Board:
- Pastor Dan Betzer, Senior Pastor of First Assembly of God and School President | Click here for Pastor’s blog
- Pastor David Thomas, Associate Pastor of First Assembly | email: dthomas@famfm.com
- 10 members: David Paschall, Bill Hoeth, Tina Neville, David Sims, Mary Franklin,  David Conde, Scott Shaw, Jodi Constantine, Julie Mathis
- Julie Mathis, Treasurer

An important note to our parents and families:
In compliance with the Florida Department of Education guidelines, the care and concern of our students is a priority for our administration. Please make sure that if there is any situation that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student as a result of misconduct by instructional personnel or administration, the school leadership should be contacted (239-939-4642): Fort Myers Christian School, First Assembly of God (239-936-5016, Pastor David Thomas) and/or our School Board Members.

fmcs_pic3The Learning Resource Program at Fort Myers Christian School is designed to assist students who are enrolled in K-8 and struggle academically. We will work with the student, teachers, and parents to provide academic support for students who have been professionally diagnosed and have an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) or 504 Plan for the following:

• Mild learning difficulties

• Dyslexia

• ADD/ADHD with academic difficulties

We understand that children have different learning styles, strengths and weaknesses which can inhibit their best efforts to succeed academically. The Learning Resource Program will be a place students can get specific help in math, reading, spelling, language, writing and study skills as well as address certain processing problems that may block optimum achievement through explicit, systematic and researched based teaching strategies and materials.

For more information, click on our brochure:Learning Resource Program Brochure 2013-14

VERY IMPORTANT: Initial forms that parents should download, print and fill out that Mrs. Stewart will read for initial evaluation:

Learning Resource Program (LRP)  information:

1. Click for Mrs. Stewart’s blog

2. LRP Prospective family letter

3. Questionnaire LRP prospective families

4. LR Program Teacher Reference Form

Information on the McKay Scholarships

Completed forms can be faxed to 239-425-0292, dropped off at the school office or emailed to mstewart@fmcs-fl.org

Check out Mrs. Stewart’s blog at http://mrsstewartsresourceroomfmcs.blogspot.com/

Message from 10/20/10:

Dear Parents,

I recently received an updated post from Mrs. Stewart regarding our Learning Disabilities Program. Our program is “maxed-out” for this year and we are very blessed by what is happening there. I thought this was great information for all of our parents and I want to share this with you.

From 2011-12: We are just about to close the first quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. It is bustling here in the Learning Resource Room at Fort Myers Christian School!

We currently serve 29 students who either receive primary instruction within the Learning Resource Program (LRP) or accommodations and support within their general education classroom. Approximately 58% of these students are able to attend due to the Florida McKay Scholarship and have established IEP’s.

We strive to work closely with each classroom teacher to keep students as close to grade level achievement as possible. The individual educational needs are addressed within the LRP classroom through a variety of specific programs and tools. I have three certified teachers who assist me both in the Resource Room and in the student’s classroom at various times throughout the day. We are blessed with six student computers in the Resource Room with quality programs installed to address specific reading, spelling, and math needs and each has access to the internet for research and practice programs. Our school has Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments online and accessible to our student body in every classroom.

Link is http://mrsstewartsresourceroomfmcs.blogspot.com/

We would also like to add a few more pieces of helpful information:

Q: Are Learning Resource students and McKay students the same?
A: No, as seen above, not all our students in the program qualify for that scholarship from the state.

Q: Are there limits on the type of students we are accepting?
A: Yes, as stated in our brochure - “we will work with the student, teachers, and parents to provide academic support for students who have been professionally diagnosed and have an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) or 504 Plan for the following: Mild learning difficulties, Dyslexia and ADD/ADHD with academic difficulties.” The key right now, if you are talking with prospective families, is that the word “mild.” We are not staffed and equipped to handle some of the other major disabilities.

Q: If we focus on students who are struggling as a school, does that hurt our high achievers?
A: We strongly believe the answer is “NO.” Students who are struggling below grade level now have a chance to get more individualized help by leaving the classroom for math and language arts in the resource room. It also a blessing to watch students helping each other – a lesson all adults could learn from these days.

Phone: 239-939-4642| or please email at: info@fmcs-fl.org

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:30PM

Office Hours:

Middle School: 1550 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Fl 33907

Preschool, Elementary & Aftercare: PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 4701 Summerlin Rd., Fort Myers, Fl 33919
Mailing address: 1550 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Fl 33907

Maps and Driving Directions: Middle School | Preschool, Elementary & Aftercare

Fort Myers Christian School is a ministry of First Assembly of God.

Mission statement
FMCS works with the home and the church to academically train and spiritually nurture students to become productive citizens in society and impact others for Jesus Christ.

History
Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) was established in 1979 by First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. We are very thankful for the leadership of Pastor David Deaton of First Assembly and our first Principal, Pastor Rick Heers, who had the vision to reach Southwest Florida students and families for Jesus Christ through Christian Education.

We are also very thankful for God’s blessing over the years and for all the Principals, Pastors, School Board members, faculty and staff who have dedicated their lives to lead our young people to “become productive citizens in society and impact others for Jesus Christ.”

Past Principals
All the principals of our school have been a blessing!

Pastor Richard Heers
Our Founder,
serving 1979 – 1988
Dr. Charles
Kendrick
1988 – 1989
Mr. Dale
Moncrief
1989 – 1995
Pastor Shelton
Gwaltney
1995 – 2004
Mr. Mel
Mitchell
2004 – present

Accreditation/Membership

Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) was established in 1979 by First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1987, FMCS has been a FULLY ACCREDITED PK3-8th grade school through the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), (www.fkconline.org) (The only other school in Fort Myers accredited with FCIS is The Canterbury School; in Naples: The Community School of Naples, Seacrest Country Day School, and Royal Palm Academy).

Today, FCIS evaluates and accredits independent schools throughout Florida. As one of the nation’s largest organizations of independent schools, it represents 73,000 students in 159 member schools. The Council assures that each school maintains high standards and independence of character without political, financial, or bureaucratic pressures. (From www.fcis.org )

In March of 2007, an accreditation team conducted their five year re-accreditation review. We are happy to announce that our school has passed and will continue accreditation through 2017!

We are also members of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), (www.acsi.org). Currently ACSI serves over 5,300 member schools in approximately 100 countries with an enrollment of nearly 1.2 million students.

Philosophy
FMCS exists to cooperate with Christian parents to teach and train their children according to God’s Word. FMCS seeks to integrate the truth of Scripture into every aspect of the curriculum and school program and to nurture the development of Christian character in each student.

It is our goal that each student be academically and spiritually successful, and we believe this can only be fully attained through a combined effort of the home, school, and church. The personal philosophy of each family is important, as parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education. We exist to provide a Christian education for children of average and above average aptitude and ability.

FMCS embraces a traditional approach to the elementary and middle school curriculum. Strong emphasis is placed on phonics, critical thinking skills, study habits and a disciplined approach to learning.

Preschool
Our preschool program can be the foundational block upon which a child’s experience at Fort Myers Christian School is built. This is the entry level program into our school. The program structure and curriculum design set the focus towards beginning a young child’s adventure in education. Emphasis is placed on nurturing each child in all areas of his or her own progression of development. The philosophy is integrated with hands-on learning through various discovery experiences. This foundation of creative development is outlined in the theme of our pre-kindergarten, which is “Discovering God’s World.”

Elementary
First Assembly of God and Fort Myers Christian School welcomes you to our new Children’s Center building which houses grades PK-4th! We praise the Lord that your children have an opportunity to enter a building that was built debt-free (a great relief to our tuition paying parents), a place that desires to see young boys and girls grow spiritually, academically and physically. Our dedicated teachers and staff have committed their lives to the call of teaching and will do all they can to create a great atmosphere for learning. We encourage you to visit our school and take a tour. For more information, please contact us.

Middle School
Our middle school consists of students in grades 6th-8th grade. Core classes include: math (6th grade – regular math; 7th grade – math or pre-algebra; 8th grade – pre-algebra or algebra), science, language arts, history, bible, one semester of Spanish and one semester of physical education. During the last period of the day, elective period, students have been able to choose from: drama, computer, art, teacher aide, study hall, yearbook business, yearbook layout, ensemble, and science fair. Students will switch classes on a bell schedule, use lockers, and wrap the day up with homeroom. Join with us in prayer that these students will make a great transition to middle school as they enter this time of their adolescent growth! We encourage you to visit our school and take a tour. For more information, please contact us.

Specials
We are very blessed to have teachers that help our students to grow in many different ways at our school. “Specials” include Physical Education, Spanish, Music, Computer and Art. K-5th students visit these teachers once a week. Our 6-8 grade students have an opportunity to choose teachers for special electives during their last class period of the day. These electives include: Computer Webpage Design, Computer Eagles News Team, Art, Teacher Aide, Yearbook Publishing, Yearbook Business, Drama, Science Fair, and Study Hall.

Aftercare

As a service to its families, Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) operates a before and after school program to supervise the children of parents whose employment goes beyond normal school hours. We encourage you to visit our school and take a tour. For more information, please contact us.

Morning care starts at 7:00 am in the Children’s Center cafeteria and runs until 8:00 am. (Middle School students, 6th-8th, are taken to the MS cafeteria at 7:30 am). In the afternoon, aftercare begins at 3:00 for grades Pk-5th. 6th -8th grade begins at 3:15. The aftercare program ends at 6:00 pm. (with the exception of half days and full days off in which aftercare ends at 5:30)

► PRICES:
Before  school program: 7:00 am to 8:00 am or any portion thereof = $3.00
After  school program: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm or any portion thereof = $3.00 per hour
On regular school days aftercare closes at 6:00 p.m. and additional charges of $1.00 per minute and will begin at 6:01 p.m.

► HALF-DAYS Aftercare:
On half-days aftercare will be available for grades PK-6. The charge is as follows:
12:15 PM to 5:30 PM or any portion thereof = $20.00
Please note: Lunch will NOT be provided on Half Days. If your child will be attending Aftercare on a Half Day, they will need to bring a lunch.

► NO SCHOOL/HOLIDAY Aftercare:
Aftercare is available for grades PK-6 on certain days when there is NO SCHOOL during the normal school year. The charges for the day are as follows:
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM or any portion thereof $20.00
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM or any portion thereof $35.00

Please note: Lunch will NOT be provided on these days. If your child will be attending Aftercare during No School/Holiday, they will need to bring a lunch.

Administration
We are very thankful for those that work on the “front lines” of our school. We are here to serve you and we would be more than glad to help answer your questions about FMCS. Please feel free to contact us by phone, 939-4642, email us anytime, or use the online contact form. You can also visit our school Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Call ahead to set up a tour or our facility.

An important note to our parents and families:
In compliance with the Florida Department of Education guidelines, the care and concern of our students is a priority for our administration. Please make sure that if there is any situation that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student as a result of misconduct by instructional personnel or administration, the school leadership should be contacted: Fort Myers Christian School, First Assembly of God and/or our School Board Members.

The Bible is completely adequate by itself to serve as the guide for our beliefs and way to living. This paraphrased version of the Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended only to make the official Statement more readily understood. The primary Statement, as it appears in the Constitution of the Assemblies of God, is intended to be the common basis for our fellowship and unity, or as the Bible recommends, that we may live with one another so as to avoid divisions because of disagreement on what we believe (1 Corinthians 1:10 and Acts 2:42). There is no claim that the wording of this statement is divinely inspired (as is the Bible), but the truth it sets forth is felt to be essential to a full-gospel, Bible-based ministry. Furthermore, there is no pretense that this statement contains all of the Bible’s truths. It merely covers some basic teaching thought to be vital to successful Christian living.

Click on a Fundamental Truth below and it will take you to the www.ag.org website.
1. The Bible is Inspired
2. One True God
3. Christ Jesus is Fully God
4. The Fall of Mankind
5. The Salvation of Mankind
6. The Ordinances of the Church
7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
9. Sanctification
10. The Church and Its Mission
11. Ministry
12. Divine Healing
13. The Blessed Hope
14. The Millennial Reign of Christ
15. The Final Judgment
16. The New Heavens and The New Earth

For additional Scripture references - click here

Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) was established in 1979 by First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1987, FMCS has been a FULLY ACCREDITED PK3-8th grade school through the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), (www.fkconline.org) (The only other school in Fort Myers accredited with FCIS is The Canterbury School; in Naples: The Community School of Naples, Seacrest Country Day School, and Royal Palm Academy).

We are also members of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), (www.acsi.org).

Mission statement

FMCS works with the home and the church to academically train and spiritually nurture students to become productive citizens in society and impact others for Jesus Christ.

Philosophy
FMCS exists to cooperate with Christian parents to teach and train their children according to God’s Word. FMCS seeks to integrate the truth of Scripture into every aspect of the curriculum and school program and to nurture the development of Christian character in each student.

It is our goal that each student be academically and spiritually successful, and we believe this can only be fully attained through a combined effort of the home, school, and church. The personal philosophy of each family is important, as parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education. We exist to provide a Christian education for children of average and above average aptitude and ability.

FMCS embraces a traditional approach to the elementary and middle school curriculum. Strong emphasis is placed on phonics, critical thinking skills, study habits and a disciplined approach to learning.

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