February 10, 2012
BREAKING NEWS.....U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has named Fern Creek High as one of the top "turnaround schools" in the nation. Watch Wave TV3 tonight at 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. for stories videotaped TODAY on the many great things happening here at our school! 
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Rock the Test 2012
Band Concert to Dedicate Alumni Auditorium
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February 13  
Parent/Teacher Conferences

9 a.m. to noon
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Library (9th grade)
Cafeteria (10th-12th grades)

February 20   

Alumni Association Meeting
7:00 p.m.
Alumni Room

February 21
Tiger Pride Band/Alumni Auditorium Dedication Concert 
7:00 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

End of Course Assessment Test
U.S. History
Arnold Gym

February 22  
End of Course Assessment Tests
Algebra II
Arnold Gym

March 4-9   
KDE Leadership Assessment at Fern Creek High 

March 5 
I'm a Believer Rally
Alumni Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

March 6
ACT Test for all Juniors
For complete information on all activities at the school, check out our online calendar. 
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Our vision is to be the premier Communications, Media and the Arts school in Kentucky.  Being the best means providing a collaborative and creative culture in all four Schools of Study, which enables all students to learn every day, graduate, attend college, and go on to great success in the world.

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             I'm a Believer campaign to support                school gears up for rally on  March 5
      Fern Creek High School is launching the I'm a Believer campaign today to show the world that our students, faculty/staff, parents and the community support the positive improvements being made here. The month-long effort to sBeliever t shirt designhow broad-based support for the school is sponsored by the Fern Creek Alumni Association and will culminate with the "I'm a Believer Rally" on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium.
      It's been almost two years since an audit team from the Kentucky Department of Education visited Fern Creek and determined it was an underperforming school. Since then Fern Creek has made tremendous strides improving virtually every test school with some of the highest percentages of positive change in the state. Another team will be here the first week of March conducting a Leadership Audit to determine how the school's administrators have done in leading the school to improved performance.      
       "We want everyone to know about the amazing turnaround that Dr. Barber, the Leadership Team,  and the faculty/staff have orchestrated here at Fern Creek," said Brian Miller, Executive Director of Alumni and Community Relations. "Wearing an 'I'm a Believer' t-shirt at school or around the community is a visible symbol of how much we all support our school and its leadership."
       Dr. Barber has challenged the faculty and staff to embrace the hard work and changes required to achieve these academic improvements by asking, "Are you a believer" in what is going on at our school. The theme of this campaign came from the obvious answer to Dr. Barber's recurring question.
      Everyone from students to local residents is being asked to purchase their own I'm a Believer  t-shirt for only $5 ($6 for 2XL/3XL) and wear it often leading up to the day of the 
rally. T-shirts are available in the school's main office, the Alumni Office, during lunch periods next week, during the Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday, or by emailing brian.miller@fchs.us.  
     And, of course, mark your calendar to attend the I'm a Believer Rally on March 5.    
 Rock the Test Orange
It's Time Once Again to Rock the Test 
       It's time for students at Fern Creek to focus and show what they know come test time. It's time to Rock the Test. This year the focus is on new End of Course Assessment tests (EOCs) in U.S. History on February 21 and in Algebra II and Biology on February 22; all Juniors taking the ACT pre-college readiness test on March 6; Advanced Placement tests May 7 - 18;  and a variety of other tests throughout the spring. 
    Parents are encouraged to work with their students during the Rock the Test timeframe to help them do their best. Tips include:
*   Make sure you know which tests your student is taking and when.
*   Work with your student each night to make sure they are completing their work and understand it.
*   Support and encourage your student to participate in all after school tutoring opportunities.
*   Make sure your student gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast each day during the testing period. 
*   Call or email the school if you have any questions.
     Rock the Test t-shirts will be given to Sophomores and Juniors during upcoming CAT periods. T-Shirts will be available for other students, faculty and staff for $5. 

Winter Homecoming 2012
     Dr. Barber and The Tiger were hanging out with royalty recently as they congratulated Homecoming Queen and King Kristin Bryant and Zach Chung.  (Photo by Lynn Wurfel) 
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Parent/Teacher  Conferences on Monday, February 13; No School for Students
       Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Monday, February 13 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and again from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tiger Creek Academy (Freshmen) teachers will be in the Iris Arnold Library and 10th-12th grade teachers will be in the Cafeteria.
    Parents who don't already have appointments can show up and meet with teachers during the first available open appointment time. There is no school for students on Monday.
Tiger Pride Band Concert to Offer Unique Evening of Music, Dedication Ceremony for Alumni Auditorium February 21 
       The Fern Creek Tiger Pride Band will present a unique eveTigerPrideBandning of music at the Alumni Auditorium Dedication Concert on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium.
      The hour-long event will include more traditional pieces ranging from clarinet and saxophone quartets to a woodwind trio and English horn solo,
      In addition, the Symphonic Band will perform Paper Cut which is written to make the players themselves part of the action with choreographed maneuvers that look as compelling as they sound...the band members "play" paper along with their instruments and a recorded soundtrack.
    Also look for an appearance by the Fern Creek "FUSION" Lab Band.
    The Alumni Auditorium, which first opened in 1947, has recently undergone a more than $300,000 renovation thanks to help from JCPS and the Fern Creek Alumni Association.
     The concert will be followed by a free reception in the Alumni Hall of Fame Rotunda outside the auditorium.

Click here for more information on how you can name a seat in Alumni Auditorium

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New Signs Help Support Spirit at Pep Rally
      The Tiger Cheerleaders revved up the crowd at the winter Homecoming Pep Rally last week. New signage in the Arnold Gym and the lobby welcomes visitors to "The Jungle." In addition, the lyrics to the school fight song and Alma Mater are now posted. The signage is part of an ongoing program by the Fern Creek Alumni Association to help "brand" the school's campus. 
Chili Supper
 The Fern Creek Alumni Association hosted its first Chili Supper and Silent Auction last week during winter Homecoming. More than 80 items were up for bid in the auction. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the great event to benefit the student and teacher scholarship fund.
JROTC logoJROTC  Unit Wins Another National Award
    The Fern Creek Marine Corps JROTC Unit recently received national recognition once again when it was awarded the 2011 Marine Corps Reserve Association Outstanding Unit Award for Region 1. Only 6 top units are recognized nationally.
      The award is based on competitive categories in student government, school activities, academics, competition teams, and community service. The Fern Creek cadets participated in more than 11,000 community service hours supporting nearly 40 organizations last school year.
      The Fern Creek MCJROTC Drill Team is the 12-time and defending national champion. The unit will be competing again this spring at the national championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.
National Honor Society and Beta Club Inductions set for Thursday, Feb. 16
      Parents and family are invited to attend the induction ceremony for the National Honor Society and Beta Clu
b on Thursday, February 16 at 9:15 a.m. in the Alumni Auditorium.

Class of 2012Senior Class Bowling Set for February 17 
     The Senior Class will take to the bowling lanes on Friday, February 17 from 10 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the AMF Derby Lanes. The cost is $10 per person and includes shoe rental.    
     For more information, please contact Ms. Wilson.

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At Fern Creek Traditional High School our mission is to create a learning community that engages each student and prepares him /her to contribute and succeed in our diverse society.