The FAME program is the fourth and only continuous program that our freshmen experience when they join the Concordia Lutheran HS family. “Fish Camp” occurs approximately two days before classes begin for the students and is a two hour program designed to help freshmen meet other students and get to know the campus before the first day of school. “The Freshmen Retreat” experience takes students off campus to a church camp setting the first Sunday and Monday of the school year where freshmen engage in activities that allow them to build relationships with other students, unify as a class and learn what Concordia Lutheran High School is all about. “The Freshmen Success Seminar” is a daylong workshop experience that is held off-campus at the Tomball Community Center on a Friday in the middle of September. The FAME program is kicked off at the Freshmen Success Seminar and is conducted over 12 sessions throughout the school year in FAME meetings or in classroom settings. FAME meetings generally occur on selected Thursdays throughout each semester of the school year from 7:45am until 8:25am with the first class period on the those Thursdays starting at 8:30am.
Freshmen students are frequently reminded and referred back to Mr. Cabrera’s presentation during the FAME meetings throughout the school year.
In January when the second semester begins, students learn the five keys to goal setting and practice goal setting by creating an academic goal for the second semester. This phase is completed in five sessions in FAME meetings on Thursday mornings during the second semester: The Relationship Bank Account, Habit 4 – Think Win-Win, Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, Habit 6 – Synergize, and Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw.
The freshmen counselor ultimately directs the FAME program with the assistance of a couple of faculty members who help with facilitation and supervision. Selected upperclassmen students are invited and incorporated as leaders for the small group portions of FAME. This provides the freshmen students with a supportive mentor throughout the experience. The feedback from both the freshmen students and their parents has been very positive. Faculty members believe that the information and skills that are taught to the freshmen through the FAME program have definitely benefitted the development of each student and equipped the students to achieve excellence, not only in the classroom but also in life.