ipad1 We had our best turnout ever for our middle school open house in January. This was largely due to our new partnership for a 1:1 iPad program for middle school students in 2016-17. Stay tuned to this page in the months to come for more information as we integrate faith and technology.

Information to get you started: 2016-17 iPad Information students and parents

FMCS 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.”

Overview: Preparing students for the 21st century is much different than when their parents and grandparents were in school. If our school’s mission is to “academically train and spiritually nurture students to become productive citizens in society and impact others for Jesus Christ,” then we have to work on equipping and preparing our students for the challenges of the world they will grow up in – one whose technology is upgraded almost every day! After visits to several schools, further contact with more schools and organizations, and thorough research, the decision has been made to partner with Apple to use their technology in order to help us train our middle school students.  Since the creation of the MacBook and iPad, Apple has been at the forefront of working with schools (from https://www.apple.com/education):

“We believe that technology has the power to transform the classroom. It can pave new ways of thinking. New ways of sparking ideas. Yet the foundation never changes. A dedication to learning that’s always been part of our DNA. We’ve been proud to work alongside educators and students to reinvent what it means to teach and learn. And together we’re doing things we never thought possible”

Vision: As stated above, it is not only a desire to technologically prepare for the 21st century, but it is Fort Myers Christian School’s vision is to help our students integrate their faith with this training. In the same way there is a need for medical missionaries, there is a need for Christians in the technology work force. Technological training is not just limited to how to physically use the product, but how their Christian values relate to the new ethical challenges we face today in digital citizenship.

Goals:


FMCS Students will:

• use technology as a tool to dig deeper into God’s word to understand He has a plan for their lives

• be instructed how to use and how not to use technology (digital citizenship)

• have access to content from a variety of resources in a variety of styles tailored to the ways they learn best

• will create content to demonstrate mastery and will share that content with others.

• take greater ownership of their device and learn to be responsible for what they have been blessed to receive

• collaborate with teachers, professionals, and peers to enhance learning

FMCS Teachers will:

• use technology as a tool to dig deeper into God’s Word to understand He has a plan for their lives

• have access to content in order to reach students with different learning styles

• encourage students to utilize the tools available to “stir the gift of God in them” (2 Timothy 1:6)

• use technology to take advantage of the “teachable moment”

• use technology to bring appropriate current events to lessons

• will use technology through Renweb to take attendance, input lesson plans and grades
Applicable Bible Verses:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Philippians 4:8-9 – “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Ephesians 4:3-6 – “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Social media)Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Colossians 4:5 – “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”

lee county bee copy2The winner of the Lee County Spelling Bee for 2016 is FMCS, 8th grader, Matthew Krupka. It took 50 ROUNDS OF SPELLING to get it done! The winning word – Catadromous. Congratulations to Matt – he has now qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C..!!!!!!!!!!

Read about the Lee County Bee – Naples Daily News – “With every new round, the crowd at the Lee County Spelling Bee wondered whether the event was setting a record.  It took 50 rounds for the bee to produce the night’s champion — Matthew Krupka of Fort Myers Christian School. “My action plan was to pay attention and slow down,” said Matthew, who correctly spelled catadromous. “Stay slow. Don’t rush it. That is how you win.” …Sixteen schools had students competing for the district championship title. Supporters of Fort Myers Christian School and Crestwell School were on their toes until the last round. For fans of other schools, the night ended early…The spelling bee champion will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., and compete against hundreds of other local champions. Matthew also will get a one-year membership to encyclopedia Britannica Online Premium, a copy of Webster’s Third New Dictionary and a family membership to the Naples Zoo, among other prizes. The top prize at the National Spelling Bee, set for May 25-26, is $30,000.” - Melhor Leonor

Here is the link to the Fort Myers News-press story and CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Update May 26, 2016: We are very proud of Matthew and his journey through the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He did not misspell a word through the three rounds of competition. However, he did not qualify to the final group of 45. To read the story

sylvan2 Students need to be prepared for a new world of technology – and so do our teachers. At FMCS we are constantly working to improve our resources and opportunities:

- Teacher professional development in technology integration

- Afterschool STEM classes for K-8 with Sylvan. Example flyer: sylvan 2016 January classes

- Brightlink interactive whiteboards in grades K-5

- 1:1 iPad program (coming in 216-17) in 6-8 with Apple TV and flat screen TV’s in the classrooms

- Wireless lab with laptops in MS

- Desktop lab for grades K-5 in the Children’s Center

pencilsAs part of our commitment to the strongest academic program possible, we endeavor to utilize the best curriculum available. When possible, Christian publishers are used, but in some cases other types of curriculum are better in development and quality.  The following list gives the publishers of the texts for our classes:

CURRICULUM
As part of our commitment to the strongest academic program possible, we endeavor to utilize the best curriculum available. When possible, Christian publishers are used, but in some cases other types of curriculum are better in development and quality. The following list gives the publishers of the texts for our classes:
Bible – Association of Christian Schools International
Math – Abeka, Glencoe
Science – Bob Jones Univ. Press
Language Arts – Scott Foresman
Reading – Scott Foresman
Social Studies – Bob Jones, Harcourt Brace
Spelling – Scott Foresman
Handwriting – Handwriting Without Tears

CURRICULUM

As part of our commitment to the strongest academic program possible, we endeavor to utilize the best curriculum available. When possible, Christian publishers are used, but in some cases other types of curriculum are better in development and quality. The following list gives the publishers of the texts for our classes:

Bible – Association of Christian Schools International, Positive Action for Christ
Math – Abeka, Glencoe
Science – Bob Jones Univ. Press, Glencoe, Discovery Education
Language Arts – Scott Foresman, EMC Paradigm, Novels
Reading – Scott Foresman
Social Studies – Bob Jones, Harcourt Brace
Spelling – Scott Foresman
Handwriting – Handwriting Without Tears

Music, Art, physical education, library, recess, computer instruction, Spanish, and specialized science demonstrations.

Afterschool:
FMCS students can take music lessons through the Southwest Florida Creative Arts Academy
STEM Classes with Sylvan
Book Clubs

Middle School Curriculum – Grades 6-8 (subject to change)

Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Bible Bible Bible
Language Arts Language Arts/ Honors Language Arts Language Arts/ Honors Language Arts
Math Pre-Alg/Math Pre Algebra/Algebra
History Geography/Honors Geography Am. History/ Honors Am History
Science Life Science/Honors Science Earth Science/Honors Science
Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education
Spanish Spanish Spanish
Electives Electives Electives

*Electives include yearbook, drama, computer, teacher aide, study hall, Photoshop, chorus and art.
* Each middle school student is required to have a New International Version (NIV) Bible.

More program highlights:

Accelerated Math/ Accelerated Reader

For students in grades 2nd thru 8th in math; K-5th for reader

Leadership Academy

Training today’s leaders in our National Junior Honor Society

Speech is provided for qualified students through Lee District Schools.

Private therapists to come on campus to provide services in occupational therapy and speech.

Science Fair

Students in grades 6-8 – on campus fair and participation in Edison Regional

Handwriting Without Tears

Grades PK-5th

Keyboarding through Florida Virtual School

Grades 6-8

NEW ATLAS SITE copyWould you like to find out what is taught in each grade level at FMCS? do you want to see how we are working on aligning with our state’s standards? Welcome to our new “curriculum map” website provided by Rubicon Atlas.

BEFORE YOU GO THE SITE: FMCS teachers have been working very hard for many years uploading and updating information for each subject and each grade level. Not every subject and level is complete…yet. (Overall as a school, Bible will appear in 2011; teachers are still working on other subject areas) This will never be a finished product – it is ALWAYS updating every year if we want to provide the best for your children.

Please be sure to read the directions so that you understand these are not lessons plans, they are maps that will help you see the road to learning at FMCS – the content, skills, and the very important, faith integration,  that takes place. FMCS would like to thank former Principal, Shelton Gwaltney and Assistant Principal, Denise Encarnacion – they helped us get this process started in 2004.

Benefits of Mapping (From the Rubicon Atlas Site)

Atlas allows educators to look through the macro lens at a student’s learning experience and build on what students have learned in previous years to prepare them for future classes and achievement.

Using Atlas, curricular information can be assembled and used by curriculum decision makers to:

  • Determine what is taught, as it actually occurs in the classroom.
  • Understand how students are being taught.
  • Make appropriate, immediate modifications to the curriculum.
  • Determine “why” certain performance results have been achieved.

Atlas can also allow parents a larger view of what their children are experiencing in the classroom and the requirements needed to excel. It has the capability to enable community leaders and board members to see how schools are planning students’ educational careers and what support is needed to ensure success.

TO GO TO THE FMCS PUBLIC SITE, CLICK HERE

Standardized Test Scores

Those who scored in the 90th percentile or above on the total national percentile score of the 2016 Terra Nova [...]

Admissions – New Families

On behalf of all of the FMCS family, we would like to thank you for your interest in Fort Myers [...]

ONLINE DONATION SITE

Ways that your donations can benefit students at FMCS: NEW DONATION WEBSITE: You can make a donation online by clicking [...]