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Home Ec. teacher, Kimberly Bell (center) poses with sons Braden, ’20, (left) and Landon, ’21, (right) before convocation.

Kicking off the school year with a time of worship and prayer, the student body gathered in the Peoples Church main auditorium for convocation before school started, Aug. 12.  Superintendent Jeremy Brown welcomed students and families back to school by sharing the theme bible verse for the 2019-2020 school year, Phillipians 4:8. 

Alumna and secondary Principal Amy Deffenbacher, ‘94, shares why she values the feeling of community during convocation. Although FCS started in 1970, due to the restrictions of having multiple campuses, the entire student body only began to gather for convocation seven years ago.

“I think it’s an exciting way to start the school year with everybody in one room,” Principal Deffenbacher said. “It’s a good reminder that even though we’re all certain grade levels and on certain tracks of our education, that one of the greatest features of Fresno Christian is the community, and the opportunity for that community to come together.”

First-year student, Elizabeth Baker, ‘23, notices how kind the students and teachers are at FCS after her first few school days. Baker enjoys the new experience of high school and the smaller classes compared to her former school, Sierra Junior High. 

“At my first convocation I felt very welcomed because I got to meet a lot of new people,” Baker said. “Praying as a whole student body was also a really cool experience. I was nervous because I had only seen the school once on my tour, but after school I couldn’t believe the whole day had gone by so fast.”

The following podcast features Principal Amy Deffenbacher expanding her thoughts on convocation.

Reminiscing to her favorite convocation, Deffenbacher remembers when Brown used a creative example to emphasize his speech. 

“I really enjoyed the year when Mr. Brown used a Lego video as his illustration for the talk that he gave,” Deffenbacher said. “ I just think the Lego song and all the stuff in it is super fun. So that’s my favorite memory.”

The following tweet features some additional photos from the 2019-2020 school year convocation.

With the school year starting off, events such as back-to-school nights and sports games start to be scheduled. For a list of upcoming events, please see below. 

High school picture day on Thursday, Aug. 15. 

Junior high and high school back-to-school night begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19. 

August 20 at 7 p.m., parents meet teachers and discuss classes at elementary back-to-school night.

Support the FC football team on Aug. 23 during their first home game at 7 p.m. against Sierra High. After the game, fifth quarter will take place at the Cedar and Herndon Me-n-Eds until 10:30 p.m. Tickets to eat cost $5.

High school girls tennis scrimmage against Central Valley Christian on Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. in Visalia.

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After convocation, students attended homeroom to be updated on school policies and then went to 35-minute classes.

The high school varsity and junior varsity volleyball team plays against Immanuel at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 20.

For last year’s article on convocation, read Convocation kicks off 2018-2019 school year. For more articles, read Senior Reflection: Kamryn Schultz or The Battle of Polytopia shows creativity, strategy through simplicity. 

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The following video features some highlights from the 2019-2020 school year convocation. Previous videos produced by The Feather Online staff can be viewed on Vimeo.

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Convocation kicks off the 2019-2020 school year

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