Greetings, First Baptist Community!
As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, let us turn our hearts and minds to focusing on those things for which we can be thankful. Psalm 95:1–5 reminds us of God’s magnitude and greatness and that we are called to praise Him in thanksgiving for the blessings He has given to us.
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
We have so much to be thankful for as we are well on our way into the fall semester. So many great things are happening on our campuses and within our community. I always enjoy seeing the great things that our teachers prepare for our students as our classrooms become epicenters of learning. Outside of the classroom, we were able to host a few notable events this month. We had a wonderful time at our FBS Friends and Family Oyster Roast on October 23rd. On October 24th, we were excited to host a return of Grandparent’s Day to our Downtown Campus. We celebrated our grandparents and special friends through presentations in the sanctuary, light refreshments, and classroom activities. Finally, we resumed our FBS Homecoming festivities last week after being delayed as a result of Hurricane Ian. It was great seeing everyone last Friday night!
October has been busy for our Fine Arts department! Our elementary musical theatre group is working hard in preparing for their production of Seussical in November and it was just announced that our middle and high school musical theatre production next semester will be “Heroes & Villains,” a tribute to Broadway’s best. Our music students are preparing for Lessons & Carols on December 4th. Our art & photography students’ work can be found decorating the hallways of our campus buildings. Our High School Art students completed their “Giant Greeting Card” contest entry for the Holiday Festival of Lights and we look forward to seeing that collaborative group project on display at the James Island County Park through the Christmas break. Dance students in all grades are working on choreography and technique for their end of year showcase, but some groups have also already performed at halftime of the Varsity Football game as well. Elementary Dance Enrichment lessons are exploring the ballet “Giselle,” this month. There is a lot happening behind the scenes everyday in our creative arts programs. Please follow our fine arts social media accounts for a closer look at what is happening in these programs. (Instagram: @fbsfinearts & Facebook: @firstbaptistfinearts)
Our athletic department has had much to celebrate over the last month. The varsity football team finished up the regular season with a strong 14-3 win over our cross-town rival, Porter Gaud! The football team also recently won a 27-26 thriller over Florence Christian with Deontra Bowens scoring the winning touchdown with a 96 yard pick six with just over seven minutes remaining. The football team will travel to Pinewood this week for their first round playoff game. The cross country team finished up their record-setting season with Edings Walpole finishing ninth in the state at the state cross country meet! Maddie Orris, Truitt McGuire, Ellie Blitch, Edings Walpole, Miles Jackson, Henry Hunt, Cooper Crawford and Brody Jackson all set personal records at the state meet! Varsity cheer had great performances in their first meets of the season and looks to finish strong at their state meet at Wilson Hall on November 12. Varsity volleyball wrapped up their season last week with an appearance in the state playoffs that included a win over Heathwood Hall. Our JV volleyball team also had one of their best seasons and strongest teams in recent memory. JV Girls tennis completed their first season in many years and we are so proud of them for competing this season under the direction of Coach Brook Griffin. The varsity swim team capped off their season a couple weeks ago with a strong performance in the state meet that included a state-runner up for Zane Ransford in the 100 Butterfly! Meagan White and Iris Bullock represented our Girls Golf yielding impressive performances at their state competition.
We are thankful for the opportunity to serve the FBS community and invite you to stay up-to-date with current events by following First Baptist School’s social media and our school webpage. #WeAreFB
Dr. Justin Mitchell
Head of School
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