School News

FA Community Bulletin – February 22, 2017

In This Issue:


FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL’S OFFICE

Dear Faith Community Member,

Here is a hallelujah moment to share with you. For nearly four years now we have been chasing down our status as a tax exempt institution. A while back in an attempt to address the rising level of graft and corruption, the Philippine government removed this status from all schools and businesses and all had to reapply. It has been a long, slow process. Yesterday we were given the news that we passed the final signing requirement and have had our status reinstated. Praise the Lord! Our next step will be to work with the PCNC (Philippine Council for NGO Certification) to obtain our official “donee” status so that we can then receive donations without the donor being dinged an additional 30%.

The Board has approved some major renovations to take place in Hardeman gymnasium. Starting in mid-April and running through the summer months the stage and VMR classroom will be removed as well as most of the cement flooring. New wood flooring, using the wood purchased last year, will be installed as well as a few additional alterations. The goal is for everything to be fixed up and ready to go for classes and athletics at the end of July and the start of school.

The Board also voted to move forward with the proposed “2022 Challenge”, a strategic initiative with a goal to assist missionary families with their educational expenses at Faith Academy. This is the plan that Board Chair Mr. Steve Pardue was meeting with interested parents about in the last few weeks. More information will be made available about how we will be implementing the plan in the near future.

On Monday, the Board passed the amended Vision and Mission statements.

Vision Statement:  To see God’s Kingdom and the Great Commission advanced through transformative, Christ-centered education.
Mission Statement:  Forming Christlike, lifelong learners through a dynamic, relevant education, especially for the children of missionaries serving in Asia.

Further down in this bulletin you will find our staff needs for next school year. We continue to bring these before you as we rely upon you, God’s community, to assist us in getting the word out there to others. Please continue to pray and ask our Father to supply personnel for these needs. A helpful thing to remember is that God has been doing this for Faith Academy for 60 years now! 🙂

Here is an update on our School wide Goals. Progress is noted in red.

  1. Continue the curriculum development of Faith Academy through:
  • Working towards completion of curriculum maps.

An audit of all maps was recently completed. Much has been done, but much still needs to be done. Most of the March 20 in-service day will be dedicated for teachers to work on their maps.

  • Promoting consistent use of the essential questions already developed, and continue writing essential questions for units which do not yet have them.

Essential questions are still being developed as part of the completion of teachers’ curriculum maps.

  • Continuing to populate the curriculum folder tree created on Google to collect teacher-created materials for each course.

The Google folders are still being populated as part of the completion of teachers’ curriculum maps.

  • Continue the modified curriculum review cycle for all remaining subjects.

Educational Support Services and Visual Arts have completed their work. Practical Arts is nearly complete. Performing Arts and Modern Languages have made significant progress with some work yet to be done.

  1. Help students develop a Biblical worldview by:
  • Implementing and evaluating the new Biblical Integration Philosophy and Guidelines

This has been postponed until the biblical integration essential questions have been completed.

  • Analyzing data from the worldview assessments given to high school students each semester to determine the extent to which students are developing a biblical worldview.

The assessment will be given and evaluated in 4th quarter.

  • Asking teachers across divisions to what extent their current assessments show development of a biblical worldview in students.

This has been postponed until the biblical integration essential questions have been completed.

  • Developing a student self-reflection tool for use after Outdoor Education.

There was an open spiritual reflection forum first semester after MSD Ministry Day with notes taken. This same thing can be done for this year’s OE.

  • Having ESD teachers evaluate the effectiveness of the portfolio system in showing growth in biblical worldview and planning changes to improve the tool.

No action has been taken on this to date.

  • Studying the ramifications of developing a K-12 portfolio system to track the development of a student’s biblical worldview.

This will be a recommendation for the next accreditation cycle. There will be a committee formed for each division to design a portfolio mechanism most appropriate for that level.

  • Studying the inclusion of a self-assessment of a student’s portfolio into the annual Transitions presentations. This would include students’ growth in the SLRs as well as their understanding of a biblical worldview.

This will be a recommendation for the next accreditation cycle. There will be a committee formed for each division to design a portfolio mechanism most appropriate for that level.

  1. Continue to implement additional functions of the new school information system (SIS) to facilitate the sharing of information with appropriate stakeholders, and to develop a systematic procedure of storing records digitally.

This recommendation was completed in 1st Quarter, but refer to Sandy Varberg’s section of the Head of School Report for an update on how the Health Office has responded to the challenges of adjusting to the new SIS.

  1. Effectively utilize Early Release Tuesdays (ASERTs) for staff development, which includes a meeting calendar that does not allocate two meetings every Tuesday.

ASERT is still showing itself to be a useful adjustment to the school week. There has been an intentional effort on the part of the Leadership Team to limit the number of meetings, but there will need to be an ongoing effort to protect teachers’ time.

  1. Further develop the Schoolwide Learning Results (SLRs) by:
  • Creating a schoolwide definition and assessment rubric for the two remaining SLRs–Creative and Critical Thinkers and Self-directed Learners.

The rubrics were completed in 2nd Quarter, and rubrics specific to each subject have been attached to each curriculum map. Time will be devoted each year for training staff to teach and assess the SLRs. 

  • Analyzing data from at least one SLR that is collected by the specific tool used in each division.

No action has been taken to date.

  1. Develop a plan which consistently orients staff to the core documents and also the ongoing response to the SWAP.

To meet this goal, the Head of School will publish this report of progress on the SLRs at least once a semester in one or more community publications.

  1. Develop a philosophy and strategy for the integration of technology into the curriculum by:
  • Using the four goals as a guide for reflection on what the school is currently doing.

This item is considered completed.

  • Finalizing a philosophy on the incorporation of technology, which is based on learning outcomes rather than a particular tool.

No action has been taken on this to date. A plan has been drafted to survey staff on how they use technology and then use that information to create descriptions of how the SLRs are addressed in each subject area.

  • Exploring Step 2 of the Tech Initiative document.

It was decided that starting in the 2018-2019 school year, all students in grades 9-12 must bring their own device–of minimum specified specs–each day. Common Sense media has a video for parents about rolling out a 1:1 program.

  • Ensuring that early adopters are able to share what they have done and be encouraged to coach others in using technology.

A number of staff members are using technology as early adopters, and they have been supported in their efforts. However, there is not yet a mechanism for encouraging later adopters to be coached.

STAFF NEEDS:

Elementary

  • Classroom Teachers (Four Needed)
  • Computer
  • ELL Teacher – English Language Learner
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

Middle School

  • Chaplain
  • Counselor
  • Drama
  • English
  • ELL Teacher – English Language Learner
  • Home Economics
  • Math
  • Modern Language
  • NILD Therapist – National Institute for Learning Development
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Special Education

High School

  • Bible
  • Biology
  • Computer
  • English
  • French
  • Korean Language
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Principal
  • Vice Principal
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • US History
  • Yearbook Teacher

Support Staff

  • Business Administrator
  • Child & Youth Counselor – Filipino
  • Child & Youth Counselor – Korean
  • Educational Technology Coach
  • Library Director
  • Nurse
  • Recruitment Coordinator
  • Speech Therapist

 

Serving together,

Tom Hardeman

Head of School


The Week at A Glance:

Thursday,
February 23

  • Regular school day
  • ESD International week
  • HSD 2nd Season Awards
Friday,
February 24

  • Regular school day
  • ESD International week
  • HSD/MSD track Blue & Gold
Saturday,
February 25

  • HSD Sadies
Monday,
February 27

  • Regular school day
  • MSD & HSD Band & Strings Concert
Tuesday,
February 28

  • Regular school day
  • All Choirs & Guitar Concert

ESD PARADE OF NATIONS

You’re Invited! Come cheer on the Elementary School during the Parade of Nations on Friday, February 24th at 7:55 AM in the circle.

Costumes Needed: Students (including MS & HS) and families, if you have a traditional outfit (ie. hanbok, barong, sports jersey, etc) that you are willing to lend to an ESD student or faculty member, please drop it off in the ESD office, with your name attached.

Parents, if your child needs to borrow an outfit, he/she can get one from the clothing swap in LM-27 (5A’s Classroom). All clothes will be returned back to original owners afterwards. Thank you!

Mrs. Chow


FROM THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE

REGISTRATION PROCESS SY 2017-18

Registration for New Applications: $150 Inclusive of application and testing until April.

Re-Enrollment Fee For Returning Student: $100 due March 31. After March 31 will be $150.

Boarding Registration Fees for New Students:

$90 / each child

Boarding Registration Fees For Returning Students:

Due by Feb 28: $90 for each child

March 1 – March 31: $120 for each child

After March 31: $145 for each child

Here are guidelines to assist you in completing your child’s registration for SY 2017-18:

Go to https://faith.edu.ph/registration and log in using your Faith email account or a Gmail account. Click the google icon found on the lower left-hand side and choose the email account you want to use for the registration of your child/ren.

PLEASE refer to the TUTORIAL section on the lower part of the Registration page. Remember and Take note of the Username/ Email address/Password you will use as this is what you will need for future registrations.

  1. Fill up the Parents/Guardian Info (Add a Parent), Students info (Add each Student/Sibling currently enrolled AND New if applying); Employer or Sponsoring Mission Agency details; Emergency Contacts must be 3 entries. For the Visa information, if you do not find the specific Type of Visa in the choices, it is possible your visa falls under the Special Non-Immigrant Visa, if not then click Unknown until further notice. Make sure to fill in all the fields.
  1. Return to Registration Home page.
  1. Go to the Applications button found in the center/menu. Choose the Student name and fill up the Application. Please make sure to choose the Grade Level they are applying for Next School Year and the correct Birth date.Once you have completed that, click the applicable button: “Submit A Returning Student” or “Submit A New Student Application” for each child.

You can send me an email to confirm if you were able to successfully submit their forms.

  1. Payment of the registration fee can be done via online credit card/PayPal or pay directly at the business office. The payment status will be reflected AFTER the Business Office HAS SEEN and clicked Application Fee: Accepted. This can take a few days due to the volume of payments coming in, so please wait.The system then allows me to review your files which again can take 1-2 weeks for the application status to become “Approved”
  1. When you see the Application Status “Approved” and Application Fee has been “Accepted”, you can then proceed in completing the “Enrollment Requirements” such as:
  • Online Student Health Form Questionnaire
  • Student Physical for those entering K,3, 6,9
  • Child Safety Quiz
  • Boarding and Transportation forms if applicable.
  • Settle all previous school bills. (check with business office for this status)
  1. After doing the requirements, please wait for the different divisions (Business Office, Health office, Child Safety Team) to check off and update the status of your child’s enrollment requirements to “Complete”, all of which you will be able to see on your Registration page.

For more questions or clarifications, feel free to contact me:

Karen “Queenie” Tan

registrar@faith.edu.ph


MARION FRY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Marion Fry was a long serving staff member who devoted her life and ministry to the Philippines and Faith Academy.  She was taken home to be with the Lord in 2015.  Marion established a scholarship fund for students of missionary families who demonstrate a clear Christian testimony in life in word and in deed, and who demonstrate clear financial need.

An annual award of US$1000, given towards Faith Academy tuition costs, is available for one Middle School, and one High School student.  To be considered for this scholarship please refer to the email delivered to your school email address.


FA FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS

  • All Instrumental Concert

Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Cadd Theater

Performers: 6th Grade Band, 6th Grade Strings, MS Advanced Band, MS Advanced Strings, Concert Band, HS Strings

  • All Choir Concert

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

Cadd Theater

Performers: Faith Academy Children’s Chorus, 6th Grade Choir, MS Advanced Choir, HS Chorus, Concert Choir, HS Guitar II


RUGBY CLINIC

Our Faith Academy Varsity Rugby Teams are hosting a Rugby Clinic on Saturday, February 25 from 8-10:30 am at White Soccer Field.

The sport of rugby is becoming more and more popular all around the world, and this is a great opportunity for your students to learn the basics.  All Elementary and MS students – guys and girls – are invited to come have fun learning while getting to know our great FA rugby, players. There will be separate MS & Elementary divisions, and they will be focusing on the fundamentals of passing, mechanics, and strategy (don’t worry – no tackling at this stage!). Adult supervision will be provided. Please send a water bottle with your student.

Cost is P150 for those who register on February 23-24 from 2:15-2:45 in the elementary map area and the stone bench by MS.  Without early registration, cost is P200 (you can register the day of the clinic at 7:45 am on the 25th down at White Field).  Proceeds support the girls’ trip to Australia next month. Invite your friends to come too!

You can email Jen Hagen with any questions f.sjhagen@faith.edu.ph . See you on the field!


PAC CORNER

How can we help you?

The Parents Advisory Committee is here to help parents, teachers, and students.

This year’s new PAC chair is Cheryl Roldan.  Email us at g.pac@faith.edu.ph for any of your questions or concerns.

TUESDAY PRAYER TIME

We want to grow our population as a school but we are lacking the teachers. So let’s take our recruitment troubles to the Lord at our regular Tuesday prayer meetings at 7:15 am. Join a group of parents in crying out to him at the Tipunan Prayer Room. Surely he will answer our prayers. Psalm 120:1


 

 

“The Lord has come to seek and save,

A world that is lost in sin;

And everyone who comes to Him,

Will be restored and changed within”

 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate”

Luke 15: 22-24


FA Community Bulletin is a weekly publication of Faith Academy. Articles may be submitted to Rita Quimboy at rita.quimboy@faith.edu.ph no later than 12 noon on Tuesdays or you can call 651-7100 ext 120

  • All Choir Concert - All Choir Concert Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 2:30 pm Cadd Theater Performers: Faith Academy Children’s Chorus, 6th Grade Choir, MS Advanced Choir, HS Chorus, Concert Choir, HS Guitar II
  • 2017-2018 Staff Needs(As of February 2017) - Staff at Faith Academy are serving the Lord through education. If you are interested in becoming a part of this amazing community, please email  recruitment@faith.edu.ph.  We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your interest in Faith Academy.
  • 2016-2017 Staff Needs(As of January 2017) - Staff at Faith Academy are serving the Lord through education. If you are interested in becoming a part of this amazing community, please email  recruitment@faith.edu.ph.  We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your interest in Faith Academy.
  • Re-enrollment and New Student Applications for the SY 2017-2018 - Greetings to all! Re–Enrollment Process All current students planning to attend next school year MUST complete the Re–enrollment Process. Our on-line registration system has been improved for the school year 2017-2018. It will save your data and make it simpler to re-enroll for future years. To start, go to the link https://faith.edu.ph/registration/ Carefully read the […]
  • Using Faith-issued Email Addresses - Starting next school year, 2017 – 2018, Faith Academy will be exclusively using Faith-issued email addresses for all of our official communications. Please be advised that the Business Office will only use the official Faith Academy email address issued to parents and staff when sending statements or any other official Business Office communication. If you need assistance accessing your Faith Academy […]