Every year, the make-up of our staff changes a bit. Some are in Cameroon long-term, some for a few years and some for just one year. For however long each person is here, we know that God brought them to work with us for just this time…for just this class and these students. God is faithful!
Meet the staff of the 2017-18 school year.
Mary Santos, FES Coordinator (Principal)
Christy Carmean, ERC Manager
Barbara Lane, Grade 5 & 6 Teacher
Tracy McLean, Grade 3 & 4 Lead Teacher
Lori Gassler, Grades 3 & 4 Co-Teacher
Megan Smith, Grade 1 & 2 Teacher
Teresa Lee, Kindergarten Teacher
Heidi Boeckel, Preschool Teacher
Renee Isaac, French Teacher
Needs for the 2018-19 school year:
- Kindergarten teacher
- Grade 3 & 4 teacher (combination class)
- Homeschool teacher/tutor – teach the children of missionaries living in the village
Joint Learning Session, August 2017
The 2017-18 school year began with almost 3 weeks of a Joint Learning Session. Home school students and The Greenhouse students learned together about Ancient Rome, writing research papers, science and reviewed their math. They learned to play basketball better and how to tie knots and how to use them! It was a full three weeks of learning and fun!
The new school year will start with almost three weeks of the Joint Learning Session, August 7-24. Friday, August 25 is a Teacher Transition Day – no school for the students! The Greenhouse will officially start on Monday, August 28.
FES 17-18 Calendar
On Thursday, January 28, we celebrated the 100th day of school at The Greenhouse. Each class had activities centered around 100. Students weighed, measured, counted, and guessed if there were more or less than 100.
The whole school on the 100th Day of School. Principal, Mary Santos, got to wear the crown to celebrate!
Welcome to the 100th Day of School!
Kindergarten students practiced counting to 100!
Grade 1 students hunt for 100 items!
Grade 1 & 2 students roll the die 100 times!
Grade 3 & 4 students create designs with 100 items.
What can be done with 100 items?!?!?
Grade 5 & 6 students explore the weights of various items!
Weighing and measuring by the grade 5 & 6 students.
A termite mound was removed from the rafters of a nearby building in early January. On the first day of school after Christmas Break, each class at The Greenhouse took a turn studying and dissecting the mound. Prior to the ‘field work’, each class learned about termites from books borrowed from the school library.
Kindergarten, grades 1 & 2 students start their examination of the mound!
We looked at the bottom of the mound.
The kids agree that it was super hard!
We saw some termites and ants in the abandoned tunnels.
Some grade 3 students are getting ready for a closer look!
A close-up picture of the bottom of our termite mound.
Excitement was high both outside and inside of school on the first day of the new school year. Students and parents were gathering outside waiting for the bell to ring. Teachers and staff were inside with last-minute preparations and peeking out the window to catch glimpses of their students.
Home school students and The Greenhouse students will have three weeks of classroom learning: reviewing math skills, writing research reports (grades 3-6), science projects and learning about Ancient Egypt. We’re off to a good start with lots of learning and growing to come in the next three weeks!
Mrs. Santos talks with students about where they can and cannot play at recess.
Parents and teachers listen to instructions on the 1st day of school.
The grade 5 & 6 students know how to line up!
Kindergarten students (on right) and grade 1 & 2 students line up for class.
Volunteers provide answers for where students can play at recess.
Waiting patiently to go to class.
One day during rainy season, the electrical pole at FES was noticed to be leaning a bit. A few day later, and a good storm later, it was noted to be leaning significantly and directly over the walkway and gate to the school. We called the Maintenance Department and put the request in to the electric company to have the pole replaced as it was clear that termites had been feasting for quite a while on the base of the pole. The gate and walkway became off-limits to students, staff and parents.
Last week, a crew of 6 men brought in a new electric pole. Here are a few pictures to document it’s arrival. All is good now :-).
The old electrical pole leaning precariously over the walkway!
The new pole coming in on the shoulders of the workers.
Setting the new pole next to the old one.
Securing the new pole. No cement, but rocks firmly imbedded along with the pole keep it secure.
Changing the wires from the old pole to the new one.
The new pole with all it’s accoutrements :-).