Category: Falcon Flyer

Phil-Mont’s Falcon Flyer is the news behind the news. The interesting highlights of school life at Phil-Mont Christian Academy.

Soccer for Syria

Many have called it the worst crisis of our time. The situation in the Middle East, particularly the internal conflict in Syria, has caused millions of individuals to be displaced. Civil war has ravaged the region for several years, and with the rise of various radical groups the situation does not look hopeful. The Syrian conflict also brought about a medical crisis, with hospitals being targeted and medical personnel killed. The need for medical care is increasing among Syrian refugees.

In light of these developments and the ongoing crisis, the National Honor Society of Phil-Mont will be hosting a fundraiser for Syrian refugees in both Syria and the surrounding region. Join us on March 31 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for a soccer tournament fundraiser. All donations will be used to fund the work of the Syrian American Medical Society, which runs over 100 medical facilities in Syria that offer medical attention to Syrians. Please support this event. Your donations will bring humanitarian aid and medical equipment to Syrians.

My son, my daughter, and Phil-Mont

    So many decisions! As a parent there are so many important decisions my wife and I need to make for the good of our young children. It started before our son was born, with decisions about which hospital, what name, and what kind of foods to eat during pregnancy. I’m sure every parent knows just what we went through. Then there were the choices of different diaper brands, baby food, clothes, car seats, even teethers & toys. The options seem overwhelming at times. I want the best things for my kids, and I recognize that having to choose what’s best will not be ending any time soon. There are some decisions, though, that my wife and I made a long time ago; decisions that will make the stresses of life more manageable. We know that we will raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord and train them in the way they should go as God commands in scripture and they will be part of our church community. Before even having children my wife and decided to send our kids to Phil-Mont when the time came. We have experienced the benefits of a Christian education at Phil-Mont as both alumni and employees.
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Timothy, Phil-Mont class of 2031

I was recently asked while giving a personal tour of the school about the longevity of our high-quality faculty (average tenure of 17 years) and how that affects parents with younger children, parents who are concerned with next fall’s classroom but also want the best teachers for their children 10-15 years from now. The question posed was something like, “What will my child get when he comes school at Phil-Mont if those outstanding teachers are gone?” For me, it is a matter of legacy and of God’s faithfulness to Phil-Mont. I plan to send my son and daughter to Phil-Mont. So I can ask myself the same question: When my son comes in 2018 or my daughter in 2021, will they get essentially what my wife received as an elementary and middle school student, what she and I received as high students, what our current students are getting, or something completely different? My answer to this is a clear, resounding “all of the above”. We know that teachers come and go. Some may think it comes down to the process of how to replace teachers when they retire, Process and planning are very important, but I also look at it and find God’s providence overarching everything. All Phil-Mont teachers will retire or move on at some point and many have already. Even Paul MacQueen, who retired in 2013 after 44 years, was a new teacher at one time. Phil-Mont’s legacy is not found in its faculty, staff, or board, although they all point to God’s faithfulness through the years. Phil-Mont has had many successful, outstanding teachers who impacted their students for life, but no longer teach here. I believe that God, in His providence, will continue to bless this school with many more amazing teachers for years to come. I believe that God uses teachers in the lives of students at Phil-Mont and that we have been overwhelmingly blessed with excellent, scholarly, godly faculty and administrators for the last 73 years.

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Mae, Phil-Mont class of 2034

I want the absolute best for my children and their futures. I love them very much and will strive after being a godly parent. When I look at God’s example of what being a parent really means, I see that God sacrificed so much for the good of his children. My parents and my wife’s parents sacrificed to give us Phil-Mont, for God’s glory and our good. I believe that Phil-Mont is good, great even, and will be great for my son and daughter, no matter who the teachers may be. I trust that Phil-Mont’s founding principles in God’s word, its mission and vision for educating the children in Christian families and its godly leadership will be used by God for his glory. I believe that God will put the right teachers in the right places for the benefit of His kingdom. It is not that I trust in the people or the program or the principles. I trust in God’s faithfulness to his covenant community. Here I know that my children will be presented with the Truth. They will be shown how to wrestle with the lies of the world. They will be confronted, challenged, educated, disciplined, mentored, and shown by example a life of prayer and godly character. This is Phil-Mont Christian Academy, past present and future; an institution that God used in my life, to change me, to mold me, and to bring me to where I am today. God is always faithful to the end, His end. I will trust Him to be faithful to my children and the rest of Phil-Mont’s students and that is a decision I am glad my wife and I made early.

– Phil VanVeldhuizen, Phil-Mont class of 1999, Admissions & Marketing Manager

James & the Giant Peach – Select Picture Gallery

Below is a collection of photos from Phil-Mont’s high school performance of James and the Giant Peach.

You can support the Arts at Phil-Mont by donating today: bit.ly/donate_arts

Students to Attend Calvin Symposium on Worship

Did you know that a chapel leadership team of twelve students plans the weekly 6-12 chapels? Students are involved in leading music, coordinating sound and lights, and planning different ways for the Phil-Mont community to worship together.

Four members of the chapel team (from left, Tegan Baldini, Rachel Hatem, Rayna Barnard and Sarah Hamilton), with their sponsors Mrs. Krpata and Mrs. Rockey, will be attending the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship from January 25-28 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. The conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, and worship leaders. The 1600 participants represent more than 30 countries and 40 states/provinces, and more than 40 denominations and traditions. This is a rich and diverse gathering of people who come from around the world for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning together, seeking to develop their gifts, encourage each other and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church. We are thankful for a grant from the Calvin Institute of Worship that helped underwrite this amazing opportunity. Please pray for these students and their leaders; ask the Lord for traveling mercies, team unity, and a learning experience that will inspire future Phil-Mont chapels.

Homecoming in Review

The Falcondome was packed with both current and former students on Tuesday night, December 20th for Phil-Mont’s annual homecoming. This year the alumni event coincided with the last day of school before the Christmas break and a triple-header of basketball games. The class of 1986 also had their 30 year reunion prior to the festivities (see photo) which included a visit from a few of their former teachers.  The guys’ JV and Varsity teams started the night off with victories over Morrisville. The JV did it in a thrilling way as they bested their opponents in overtime. The Varsity girls finished the homecoming sweep with a victory of their own over visiting Bristol. This was no small feat for our varsity teams. The guys began the season with no returning starters, and the girls with only two returning starters. The teams are young, but were hungry for victories at homecoming, and the near maximum capacity crowd helped to spur them on. For the alumni, there was a small but active reception in the gym balcony. Phil-Mont knit beanies were given away free to all graduates; a warm gift for the start of the cold winter season. There was an alumni picture taken at halftime of the boys’ varsity game which captured some, but certainly not all, of the returning Phil-Mont alumni as an estimated 100 graduates returned for at least some of the day’s events. Following the girls’ game, the alumni had a game of their own, pitting older alumni against younger alumni (see photo).  A running clock didn’t stop the teams from high scores over 4 quarters and the older guys prevailed in the end over their youthful counterparts. Homecoming is a special time every year, and our alumni are always welcome to return home for a visit. Thank you for attending this special occasion, and we hope to have an even bigger event for 2017!