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FHCA NEWS

Important News and Updates for FHCA On and Off-Campus Families!

2018-2019 Final Grades - Past Due


FINAL GRADES for this past school year are past due. If you have not submitted them yet, please do so immediately! If you are doing summer classes, send those grades as soon as you are finished. For planning ahead, the 2019-2020 1st Quarter Grades are due by October 31. A blank report card PDF form is available at this link or we can email one to you as a "Word" document.

Grade Report Forms: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD a PDF user-friendly report card form, as well as a Word document report card form, for your use to report first quarter grades. You need to save the form to your own computer before filling it in and sending to us. Grades must be reported each quarter. The dates for quarterly submissions are by October 31, January 15, April 1, and June 15. A separate report for each student must have the name and grade level of the student. You may use letter grades for grades 1-7, but numerical grades are required for grades 8-12. Questions are welcome if this is not clear. Use "H" beside the subject if the course taken was at Honors level. Also, for high school courses, put the name of the specific course in the subject space. Do NOT put the name of the curriculum on the report card.

Enrollment for 2019-2020 Now Due


ENROLLMENT DUE NOW! We are thankful for the many, many of you who have already submitted your Enrollment Forms for the new school year, Curriculum plans, and payments. For those of you who have not done this yet, please take care of this responsibility as soon as possible. The state requires that we submit our enrollment info to our Accrediting Agency (TANAS) right away, so it is very important that we have time to process all this information as soon as possible. Click here to fill out the online form and submit online or you may download a pdf version to print then please mail or email to us. Also, don’t neglect to download and fill out the required Curriculum Form and send to us by mail, email, or FAX (901) 872-0803. It is NOT acceptable only to submit the Curriculum Form and not the full enrollment application. The Application must be filled out completely and updated every school year.

 Also, be aware that the payment option through the website does NOT work. If you think you paid by using that feature, you did not! You may pay by mailing a check/money order or by submitting your credit/debit card info. You need to fill out the payment form and mail or email it to us. Thank for your help on this!

TRANSFERS – Many of you have already let us know that your student(s) are transferring to other private or public schools this fall, and for many of you we have already provided records for your transfer. Usually all that is needed at registration is a copy of this past school year’s report card and maybe a testing report, which you have been given. If you already have a neatly typed report card that you submitted to us, that should be all you need for now. Use a report card with “normal” school subjected listed WITHOUT the curriculum listed on the report card. Above all, DO NOT refer to your student as being “home schooled” to the new school. Your child is a student of Faith Heritage, a fully accredited private school, eligible to transfer without additional testing or any other red tape. For high school students who have completed 10th grade or higher, your student will probably need a full transcript to show all high school credits earned. Don’t make the transfer more difficult by volunteering more information than is needed! If your students are not returning to FHCA for the coming school year, we are required to keep the name of their new school on file so please make sure to communicate that information to us. Thanks!!

Off-Campus Parent Meeting - Mandatory

OFF-CAMPUS REQUIRED PARENTS MEETINGS (Choose One):

At least one parent is required to attend one FHCA meeting each school year. As a bona fide school teacher, this meeting is your annual “in service,” and you are getting off light! If you attended one of our meetings in June, then you do not need to attend an August meeting.

August 15th (Thursday), Briarwood Community Church, 1900 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova TN, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
August 20th (Tuesday), Covenant Baptist Church, 3170 S. Houston Levee Rd., Collierville TN, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
August 26th (Monday), FHCA campus, 4274 Duncan Rd., Millington, TN, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FHCA is celebrating 20 years

FHCA T-SHIRTS

We are celebrating our 20th year anniversary with these royal blue logo design on sports gray T-shirts!

Shirts are available in Youth S, M, L and Adult S, M, L, XL for $10 each. Available in 2XL and 3XL for $15 each. If you would like to order one/some, send details on what you want and payment made out to FHCA to FHCA, P.O. Box 280758, Memphis TN 38168.

Paper Products Needed

PAPER PRODUCTS NEEDED – When you come to the Parents Meeting, you could be a great help to our On-Campus School and Off-Campus base of operations if you are able to bring paper products such as copy paper, paper towels, toilet tissue, and Kleenex (any brand). Your donations are a huge help to this ministry! Thank you to the ones who already brought supplies to the June meetings! God bless you!!!

National Honor Society

FAITH HERITAGE CHAPTERS – NATIONAL BETA CLUB AND NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR GRADES 9-12 – We had a very successful time this past school year in recruiting high school members for our newly chartered chapter of the National Honor Society! We ended the school year with 68 members, 37 of whom graduated. It was thrilling to see our graduates in their white satin National Honor Society collars during graduation!! We also have continued gaining new members for our school’s chapter of the National Beta Club. We ended the school year with 70 Beta members, with 20 of them receiving a special Beta seal on their diplomas.

Now it’s time to sign up new members and to get our clubs organized with officers for the new school year. The cost for joining the Beta Club is a one-time $15 fee, which gains membership throughout the student’s school years. The student will receive a very nice certificate, membership card, and membership pin. The only requirements for students in grades 9-12 to join the FHCA Beta Club are a minimum 3.0 high school GPA (B average) and your confirmation of the student’s good character.

The FHCA National Honor Society has annual dues of $20 per student, which also gains a nice certificate of membership. Seniors will have an additional fee (approx. $25) to purchase the special NHS collar for graduation. Here are the requirements to join the FHCA National Honor Society:
High School (grades 9-12) student enrolled in good standing with FHCA
Minimum GPA of 3.5 for all high school courses or for the past school year
One recommendation letter from adult outside the student’s family
One essay, minimum one page, on a topic of the student’s choice
Completion and submission of the FHCA National Honor Society application
Payment of annual fee of $20 (make checks to FHCA – one check is acceptable for both Honor Society and Beta Club, total of $35)

In order to save time and energy, these two clubs will be run together, with joint meetings and service projects. SERVICE is the key mission of these clubs – not just to place something impressive on the student’s résumé (although that is nice and helpful also)! Each club will need officers with responsibilities in leadership. You may be sure that your students’ future college and scholarship applications will ask about their contributions of volunteer service and especially about their involvement in roles of LEADERSHIP. As a matter of fact, the four foundational keys of these two clubs are Scholarship (Academics), Character, Service, and Leadership!

We received great feedback at our meeting this past April, as well as input on which day and time to meet. We need more feedback before we determine the definite day of the week, and additionally, your input on service projects and helpful meeting topics. We are leaning toward Monday afternoons, avoiding the days of the HOSA meetings. Please share your feedback, but ONLY if your student actually plans to participate in the meetings. The Briarwood Community Church on North Germantown Pkwy. in Cordova has graciously agreed to allow us to meet in their facility. Our next Induction Ceremony for new members will take place this fall, hopefully in early November, allowing plenty of time to process new memberships. Applications, supporting documents, and payment of fees are due by MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2019. If interested, request a membership application from us by email.

One last word on this topic, we have a definite need for parents to help with these clubs so please let us know if you would like to volunteer. We are also open to the possibility of having Junior Clubs for middle school students if there are parents who are willing to serve as Sponsors.

ACT / PSAT / SAT INFO

ACT and SAT COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS – sign up as a Faith Heritage Christian Academy student, not a home-school student. Our school code no. is 431551. If your student needs to apply for testing accommodations to take these tests and has documentation of learning difficulties, please contact us for instructions on this process. Allow extra weeks for this process and approval.

PSAT-NMSQT TEST FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 10 & 11 will be given at our campus on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 8 a.m. - 12 noon. Cost is $22, which includes our mailing the practice booklet and the results to you. This test is an excellent, very challenging, and fairly inexpensive practice test; and it is the ONLY test for juniors to become eligible for the National Merit Scholars program. Send your reservation and check made out to FHCA to arrive no later than Monday, Sept. 16, to this address: FHCA, P.O. Box 280758, Memphis TN 38168

YEARBOOK / La LUMIERE - Your Invitation!

YEARBOOK STAFF with LA LUMIERE ART & LITERARY MAGAZINE and QUILL & SCROLL JOURNALISM HONOR SOCIETY – Students in Grades 8-12 are ENCOURAGED to participate in the production of the 2019-2020 Off-Campus Yearbook, which includes art and literary entries from our students. Participation makes the student eligible for Induction into the official FHCA Chapter of the National Quill & Scroll Journalism Honor Society. Working meetings are held at the Collierville Arts Academy (1990 W. Poplar Ave #104, Collierville, TN 38017) - dates and times to be determined. For more information, contact Sponsors, Julie & Tom Knowles at julie.knowles@att.net or rampant1@bellsouth.net or offcampus@faithheritage.com.

Memphis Home Education Association

Our local chapter of the Tennessee Home Education Assoc., is an extremely helpful organization and network which has vast resources for all local home-educating families, including timely legislative updates, student activities, contests, sports teams, various classes, regular valuable information, and more. MHEA is the ideal complement to our Faith Heritage program. Visit www.MyMHEA.org for more info!

Memphis-area Homeschool Expo

Thursday, August 8

Bellevue Baptist Church West Entrance
2000 Appling Rd, Cordova, TN 38016

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Home-schooling Workshops: 4:00 - 6:00 pm; Expo: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
This is an event you will not want to miss!

Attend informative workshops and then visit the Expo to learn about all the exciting opportunities available to Memphis area home-schoolers.

Tutorials/Co-ops • Classes • Music Lessons • Sports

Youth Organizations • Tutors • Support Groups

and more!

For more information CLICK HERE!

MHEA (Memphis-area Home Education Assoc.) has lots more to offer all of our local home educating families, as well as supporting our efforts to keep our home-schooling freedoms intact in Tennessee – in August: the Expo, Art Contest, Debate Intensive, Archaeology Field Trip; First Aid Class in Sept. and much more. See www.MyMHEA.org for more info and to join.

We strongly encourage our families to join and support this ministry!

Other Announcements

NEED POWER WASHING OR MANUAL LABOR? - From our FHCA senior, Joseph Simpson: “After traveling to Leticia, Colombia, for the first time in the spring of 2018, to serve in the orphanage there, the Lord laid on my heart that Colombia was to be an ongoing mission opportunity for me. Fast forward to present day, and I am preparing to serve out for the fourth time at the end of July. I will be helping with VBS, construction, and evangelism. God called me to go on this trip, and I am confident that He has many incredible blessings in store. You may watch a video from a recent trip: https://www.bellevue.org/leticia-colombia-next-gen-spring-break/ Please pray for me along with my team as we prepare, for our travel safety and health. Most of all pray that we will be bold in sharing the Gospel so that God will save many through our witness. If you would like to be part of the team that prays for us while we are traveling that week, please let me know so I can update you. More than anything, I would like for you to pray for us. In an effort to raise funds for my trip, I am offering any need of power washing and manual labor. If you need help in your yard with any landscaping jobs, please consider allowing me to do the work in exchange for a tax-deductible financial donation. Individuals are raising their own support, and the cost of the trip is $1825. If you would like to help, please make your check payable to Bellevue Baptist Church. You may deliver the check to me or to the Missions Office located in W-128 or by mail to Bellevue’s International Mission Office, 2000 Appling Road, Cordova TN 38016. Our project name is ‘July 2019 Colombia Trip.’ Please let me know before July 20th if you have any work that needs to be done. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please call me at 901-483-9696 or write me at mr.positivity5@gmail.com. Grateful for the opportunity to serve, Joseph”

OPENINGS NOW!! GULF COAST RESEARCH LAB – OCEAN SPRINGS, MS, August 19-22, 2019 - Sign up for 4 full days of engaging, unique, and customized outdoor learning adventures led by research scientists at the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, MS. Cost per student: $325 (includes all classroom/lab instruction, daily lunch in the cafeteria, ferry cost, rental of vessel, etc.) All accommodations and meals (other than lunch provided for the student at the lab) will be the responsibility of each family. Since traditional students will have gone back to school, we will have the research lab to ourselves! August and September are the best months for shark tagging! Please email Kathy Armstrong to receive more details and to ask any questions. Let me know by FRIDAY, JULY 26 if you would like to join us. Led by our Off-Campus Teacher, Kathy Armstrong, rex.armstrong@att.net.

ANOTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - Our Faith Heritage missionary family, the Wilsons, minister long-term in the Binghampton community through the Brinkley Heights Ministry Center. One way they help is with providing the local children with School Supplies. Last year Brinkley Heights was able to help over 400 local children with back-to-school supplies. Many of the things our kids take granted are not always available to our city’s poorest children. If you would like to purchase and bring needed supplies, ask us to email you the supply list. Please label your donations: BH MINISTRY CENTER and bring to the Brinkley Heights Ministry Center, 3286 Rosamond Ave. (off Jackson Ave. behind the American Deli restaurant) between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 30 – Friday, Aug 2, 2019. Brinkley Heights will put these supplies together along with a children’s Gospel tract and a treat sack and distribute to neighborhood kids as supplies last. Financial donations may be mailed to the above address. (The earlier in the week supplies arrive, the MORE kids we can help!)

THE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIR will take place on Monday, September 30, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church. Free and open to the public!

2020 AMERICAN LEGION High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – Any student wishing to compete by representing Faith Heritage must be selected by December 1, 2019. Let us know by email if you would like more information.
FHCA HOSA gets 3rd Place!

HOSA

Health Occupations Students of America - MHEA sponsors a chapter of the National HOSA organization for home educated students in the Memphis and West-Tennessee area, the ONLY such club in the country led by our own off-campus teacher, Stephanie Jones! You will be proud to know that several of our off-campus club members participated this past school year in local, regional, state-level, and at the 2019 HOSA International Leadership Conference in Orlando. The team of Lucy Duff, Emerie Landers, and Sydney Robbins competed in Bio-Medical Debate and advanced all the way to third place internationally! Rising senior, Delaney Jones, serves as a HOSA Vice-President for the state of Tennessee. This club gives the opportunity to learn, develop camaraderie with like-minded students with similar goals, and, if so desired, to compete in various categories in order to hone skills, advance in abilities, and possibly to win scholarships, enjoying the exhilaration of the contest! Cost to be involved locally is minimal. This school year’s first meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 12, at the Germantown Library, from 3:00-4:30 pm. It would be helpful for parents to attend this first meeting if possible. We will go over the schedule for the year, talk about some possible field trips, collect dues, order t-shirts, and hopefully elect officers. Contact Mrs. Stephanie Jones for more info at tnsoonerfan@gmail.com.