Felipe G. Calderon Elementary School

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Felipe G. Calderon Elementary School
Paaralang Elementarya ng Felipe G. Calderon
Address
Barangay Biwas
Tanza, Cavite 4108
 Philippines
Information
School type Central
Founded 1904
Status Open
School district Tanza
Superintendent Yolanda L. Medina
Principal Laura O. Garcia
Faculty 85
Grades 1-6
Gender Male and female
Enrollment 3,753 (2010)
Classes offered Nursery,Kindergarten, Preparatory and Elementary
Language Filipino, English
Hours in school day 8
Classrooms 66
Color(s)          Green, white
Nickname FCES
Publication The Central Vision

Felipe G. Calderon Elementary School (or FCES) is a central public school in Tanza, Cavite, Philippines. It was founded in 1904 under its former name "Tanza Elementary School". The school accommodates Nursery, Kindergarten, Preparatory and Elementary students.

History[edit]

At 1904, the school children of Tanza were being taught the primary course of education in a rented building in Barangay Biwas that belonged to the Pacumio family. In 1915, the national government appropriated a budget for the construction of schools. The town of Tanza was the recipient of three schools, in Biwas, Barrio Amaya and in Barrio Julugan.

The building is used for teaching children the English language from Grades I to IV. The rented building is used for the intermediate course that is from Grades V to VI.

In 1930, five additional rooms were added to the building. In 1933, the municipal government purchases an additional one half hectare piece of land adjacent to the original sites.

The Home Economics building was constructed in 1932 and the Industrial Arts Shop was constructed in 1940. In 1942, the Japanese military forces occupied the school buildings and made it their headquarters. Before they left in 1944 most of the property including some of the building were destroyed.

In April 1945, the school re-opened and the start of rehabilitation began. The municipal government appropriated some funds for the repair of the buildings, and later the national government.

In 1950, the school had an enrolment of 1,000 children from Grades I – VI. There were 25 teachers, one principal and one supervising principal.

Through the initiative of the Order of the Knights of Rizal the name Tanza Elementary School was changed to Felipe G. Calderon Elementary School in honor of Atty. Felipe G. Calderón, the author of the Malolos Constitution and was born in this town, through the Resolution No. 20 of the Municipal Sangguniang Bayan of Tanza, Cavite requesting the Ministry of Education and Culture to change the name of Tanza Elementary School to Felipe G. Calderon Elementary school. On a motion of Sangguniang Bayan Member Angel Ricasata, it was resolved to approve Resolution No. 20 of the Municipal Sangguniang Bayan of Tanza, Cavite last January 10, 1980 in a special session of the provincial Sangguniang Bayan held at Provincial Capitol, Trece Martires City.

Today, the school has 66 buildings; one classroom, one computer room and one Maliksi Type school building were added. There are 3,753 pupils enrolled. there are 85 teachers. In February 2011, FCES welcomed Mr. Joel O. Peregrino as the school principal of the school succeeding Mrs. Nenita N. Remorca who is now District Supervisor of Maragondon.

On May 23, 2011, the school had a "Brigada Eskwela" for the starting of the school year 2011-2012.

In December 2011, the 1st Grand Alumni Homecoming was held in the school.

In June 2012, Laura O. Garcia took over as principal of the school.

The seal[edit]

The seal of Felipe G. Calderon Elementary School, adopted in the 1970s, bears the following:

  • The torch symbolizes the knowledge the school gives to the student.
  • The book symbolizes the school itself as the source of knowledge and education. On the book’s cover is inscribed the words "Isang Bansa, Isang Diwa" (One Nation, One Spirit).
  • The laurel leaf represents academic honors, distinction and fame.

Campus[edit]

The school is equipped with a Science Room with Laboratory, Math Room, School Library, Computer Laboratory, and Home Economics room. The school has a covered court and a canteen.

Publication[edit]

The Central Vision is the official publication of Felipe Calderon Elementary School. It started in the 1990s. It contains news articles about events in the school and features literary pieces and drawings like editorial cartoons and comic strips by the students.