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September 2015

FPDS Begins Its 50th School Year

FPDS 50 Year LogoThe 2015-2016 school year marks the 50th anniversary of First Presbyterian Day School. Please join us as we cover FPDS in prayer and thankfulness to God for sustaining our school and providing great blessings to us and our families in the community. Did you know that FPDS is comprised of students from 24 metro communities and almost 10 different church denominations? For 50 years we have remained committed to our mission statement to plant seeds of Christlikeness in the hearts of children, pursue excellence in academics, and prepare students for future service in God’s kingdom in their homes, churches, and professions.
In August, we opened our doors with several exciting improvements that will enhance the FPDS experience for all of our students. 

Students using ChromebooksEach fifth and sixth grade student received a Google Chromebook laptop computer. This technology is being used for project-based learning and honing keyboarding skills to prepare them for junior high. Kindergarten through fourth grade continue to use iPads, with each classroom having weekly access to the grade’s shared iPad cart.

Our Idea Lab opened in the former Computer Lab space on the first floor. Erin Carlton, technology instructor, uses classroom time to facilitate cooperative learning and thinking. Students work Idea Labtogether to create projects that correlate with classroom curriculum. The room features white board walls and table tops, two high-definition televisions with Apple TV, custom-built cabinetry, modular furniture, and vivid colors to inspire the imagination.

If you visit the fourth grade hallways downstairs on the bottom floor of the main building, you will see new lighting, paint, and flooring.
The Company, our after-school program, has been enhanced for our kindergarten students who remain with Boys playing in Companyus after 12:15 each day. The Company employees are trained in our SuperKids reading curriculum, and students will be exposed to a variety of art projects, games, and fun-based learning. We also have expanded the hours we serve families by remaining open until 6 p.m.

As we mark these improvements, a large percentage of their costs will come from Holiday Potpourri funding. Please continue to support this annual fundraiser by giving your time and money. This annual event would not happen without hundreds of committed parents who volunteer to work on committees. We are thankful for their service.
Mark your calendars for October 16 – Holiday Potpourri in the home of Anne and Charles Pringle – and April 1-3, 2016 – FPDS’s 50th anniversary weekend celebration. Please watch for more information about these upcoming events.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our teachers and administration. May God bless our 2015-2016 school year.

Alumni Spotlight: Ravin Cline

Ravin Cline

(Ravin Cline, center, pictured with her fourth grade teacher,
Leigh Anne Moore, and Gary Herring, head of school.)

I was a student at First Presbyterian Day School from first to sixth grades from 1988 to 1993. FPDS was foundational for me. Almost every aspect of importance was birthed at this school: my love for missions, my academic development, my recognition of God's provision and sovereignty and love, my belief that hard work pays off, and my tendency to believe that I can conquer challenges. These are just a few examples.

Every time I think of my tenure at FPDS, I am reminded that God has a plan for my life. For six years and more, He fought for me. He put people in my life who loved me, saw potential in me, and fought for me to reach that potential. My experiences at FPDS make the reality of my God undeniable.

After leaving FPDS, I went to St. Paul Presbyterian Day School for seventh grade. I then went to Jackson Prep for eighth through 12th grades. I continued my education at Belhaven University, and then moved to Peru to serve for 10 months. I earned my Masters Degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. I currently live in West Palm and work in the substance abuse field. My family still lives in Mississippi, but God has provided a great family here in West Palm as well.  My hobbies include Latin dance, writing, and art.  

My life is blessed, even in challenging times, and I am constantly reminded of who God has been to me. 

Alumni News


Erin Pittman

Erin Pittman, a 2009 graduate of First Presbyterian Day School and a 2015 graduate of Madison Ridgeland Academy, was named a Luckyday Citizenship Scholar at the University of Southern Mississippi.
“Being a student at First Pres. definitely made a huge impact on my life and served as a great foundation academically and spiritually to help me succeed in my higher education,” Pittman said.
The Luckyday Foundation funds scholarships for Mississippi high school seniors who demonstrate leadership skills and who are exemplary students involved in their communities, seeking to pursue a higher education within the State of Mississippi.
Luckyday Scholars are provided extra support and encouragement to help ensure their academic success through a required Luckyday Citizenship seminar their freshman year, a freshman-year mentoring program, learning strategies and job seeking trainings, designated housing assignments to encourage a living/learning community, community service learning requirements, and many other opportunities.


Friday, October 16 - 9:00 - 2:00
Home of Charles & Anne Pringle in the Fondren neighborhood

New Faculty for the 2015-16 School Year:

Janie Hatcliff (Spanish teacher), Stacy Smith (5th grade teacher), Mimi Bailey (faculty support), Ann Claire McCain (faculty support)
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