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January 2017

FPDS Welcomes Coach Mazuecos

FPDS Spanish teacher and soccer coach Antonio Mazuecos has said that a few years ago he never would have believed he would be living in Mississippi, but the Lord has led each footstep he has taken and been by his side in every moment.

When Antonio was three-years-old, his parents became Christians. His father, an electrician, was called to a job at a pastor’s home. They were invited to his church and began to attend services, which, by God’s grace, led to a conversion for both of his parents. “My parents taught me to pursue a relationship with the Lord,” said Antonio. “They taught me to memorize the Bible and read the Bible. I was really, really good. But there was something in me that didn’t fit it. I was very afraid of what would happen to me if I died.” Deep down, Antonio knew the answer, but he didn’t truly believe. “I knew I wasn’t ready to be before the Lord, and the idea of dying without Christ terrified me more than anything in the world because I knew I would be the one to pay for my sins.”


Alumni Spotlight: Pride Brothers

FPDS alumni and brothers JC, Chandler, and Clint Pride recently visited with the sixth grade class, encouraging the students in their faith by sharing stories of their own testimonies and years at the Day School.

Pride BrothersJC Pride is a freshman at the University of Mississippi and held many high school honors, including salutatorian, Mr. Jackson Prep, and football and soccer all-star.

“Here at FPDS you are given a great discipline of being in the Word. That might change when you go to junior high next year. But, through the past six or seven years here, you have the privilege of being spiritually disciplined in the Word.”

Chandler Pride, a senior at Mississippi State University, has been accepted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for the fall of 2017.

“In first, second, and third grades, I knew who Jesus was through what First Pres. taught me. But in sixth grade, it really sunk in.”

Clint Pride is currently a student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, planning to practice emergency medicine.

“As you move on from FPDS, it is so easy to become entranced. We are unconsciously reaching for things to satisfy us that never will. We will forever be unsatisfied if we don’t find our satisfaction in Jesus. Our challenge as Christians is to be excited and be joyful. Have fun. Tackle life wholeheartedly and do it all for the glory of God.”

Faculty Spotlight: Trey Tracy

Trey TracyTrey Tracy, FPDS director of technology, has been named chair of the Technology Coordinators Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), effective in June.  Trey has served on this board since June 2016.

With more than 100,000 education stakeholders, ISTE is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education.  The Technology Coordinators Network has approximately 4,000 ISTE members from across the globe that include technology coordinators and directors at all levels, administrators, information technology specialists, technology coaches and mentors and professional development and curriculum specialists who work to support and enhance student learning through the use of technology. Members are concerned with issues related to technology leadership to support and enhance a more effective teaching and learning environment in K–12 classrooms.

The network leaders are responsible for overseeing professional development opportunities through webinars, disseminating information and resources to its membership and engaging the members at ISTE’s annual conference/expo.

Crusader Basketball 

In January, more than 100 students on 16 teams competed in intramural basketball. Thank you to our coaches: Martin Antoon, Jenny Buchanan, David Felker, Kelly Jackson, Antonio Mazuecos, Emily Oswalt, Stacy Smith, and Andrew Triolo.

Parents interested in the FPDS K3, K4 and K5 kindergarten programs are invited to join us for a chapel visit and campus group tour.

Thursday, February 23
Wednesday, March 29
Wednesday, April 26

8:30 a.m. | chapel
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | coffee and tour


For first through sixth grade individual tours, or if the tour dates are not convenient, please contact Amy-Allison Russ at (601) 940-9012 or
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