Friday, March 27, 2009

23 Inducted into NJHS

Twenty-Three middle school students were inducted on March 12th into the National Junior Honor Society at Grace Christian Academy. New members include: Alex McLendon, Veronica Harrell, Haley Smith, Kaitlin Adams, Bo Bailey, Josh Carnes, Aaron Carraway, Logan Davis, Lexie Goodson, Chelsey Harrell, Chase Harris, Niklas Isler, Austin McQuaid, Merrianna Parker, Ansley Posey, Jeremiah Register, Jacob Sego, Lydia Thompson, Alex Ward, Brent Warr, Daniel Winburn, Shellby Woodrum, and Hannah Wynn.
NJHS recognizes students with an 85 or above core-curricular grade point average. They must be recommended by the Faculty Council as to character and self-discipline in the classroom. These criteria must be maintained during membership. NJHS includes grades 7-9 and 6th graders after the first semester. GCA's National Junior Honor Society has 52 members.

Congratulations Students!!!

5th Grade enjoys Mission San Luis

The 5th Graders enjoyed a field trip on March 19th to Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. Mission San Luis de Apalachee is a beautiful 60 acre archaelogical park. The site of a 17th Century Spanish mission, San Luis contains archaeological evidence of a Spanish fort, church and residences, as well as an Apalachee council house and Indian Village. Interpretive displays and programs bring these early settlers to life.
Once a month, a living history program focuses on Spanish life at the mission in the 1680's. Archaeologist work in the lab and field at San Luis year around, and answer questions about their discoveries.

Pi Day at GCA

Grace Christian Academy celebrated Pi Day on March 12th instead of the traditional date of March 14th as that date fell on a Saturday, and March 13th was a holiday for our students. Pi Day celebrations were held worldwide to honor the most famous ratio in mathematics and its importance in our daily lives. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. Denoted by the Greek letter, Pi has been around for almost 4000 years. This important constant in a string of never-ending digits with no apparent pattern that stands for an approximation that works for every single circle imaginable.
Each mathematics class in middle school and high school was assigned projects to use pi. Constructing mobiles, measurement charts of familiar objects, and creative pi designs were used for grading purposes. The real fun was at the celebration party. Pi eating contest, pi songs and poetry, Jeopardy, a pi drama, pi videos, and many other games of a circular nature were great applications of this useful approximation. This is one math class everyone was eager to participate in. How many digits of pi can you memorize before next year’s celebration? 3.14159265358979323846……….
(Article prepared by Mrs. Bennett)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Finer Things - April 2nd

Please mark your calendars now for finer things 2009 on Thursday, April 2nd @ 7:00 p.m. "Finer Things" is an inspiring evening of live music, drama, audio-visual presentations, and lots more produced by our middle and high school students. The theme for this performance is - LOVE, as God's Word paints it to be!! New music and solos performed by numerous students will also debut at this event! MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO ATTEND THIS WONDERFUL EVENING!

Boosterthon Fun Run Coming April 14th - 22nd!

The BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN is an interactive and community based event that will be coming to Grace Christian Academy on April 14, 2009. This event is designed to raise school funds while promoting three core principles - fitness, education and character.

4th Grade Visits Thronatesska

The Fourth grade class visited the Thronateeska Heritage Center on March 3rd. The Thronateeska Heritage Center is located in Albany, GA. This Center inspires wonder and stimulates exploration of science and south Georgia history by providing a learning experience through an interactive science center and museum.
The students were first toured through the History Museum. It was here the students learned the story of Albany and Southwest Georgia. They learned about the people that helped to build and develop this area. They were introduced to information from the Creek Indians to the bustling railroad. The exhibits in this section of the Thronateeska Heritage Center gave the students a reflection of who we were and who we are today.Our second tour was of the Wetherbee Planetarium. The students were able to study the wonders of space under the under the beautiful full dome. This exhibit was entitled “Oasis in Space”. The students and adults alike were fascinated by this state-of-the exhibit. The third and final exhibit was the Science Museum. It was here the students had hands on and visually engaging exhibits in geology, archeology, and climatology. Each child was given and opportunity to see themselves on television. This of course was a thrilling experience.
The field trip ended with a delightful lunch at a local restaurant in Albany and enough time for the children to play on the playground equipment at Turtle Pond.

Friday, March 13, 2009

2009 Preschool Night & W.O.W.

Preschool Information Night for K3 & K4 will be held on Monday, March 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Parents are invited to come visit with teachers and hear about the learning opportunities at GCA.

Let GCA W.O.W. You on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Parents and prospective students will be "Welcome on Wednesday" for and Open House Walk-Through from 9:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity to discover all the wonderful ways Grace Christian is educating and growing our children - mentally, physically, socially and spiritually!


Last Chance to Order 2008-09 Yearbooks

Next week will be the last opportunity to order a 2008-09 yearbook. An order form should be coming your way on Monday and the deadline is Thursday, March 19th @ 12 noon. For more information contact Merreann McDonald at

Monday, March 9, 2009

6th, 9th & 10th Graders Enjoy ENCORE

Mrs. Bennett's 6th grade class along with Mrs. McRae's 9th and 10th graders enjoyed a wonderful field trip to Albany to experience ENCORE on Monday, March 2nd. Five performances consisting of The Tell Tale Heart, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Monkey's Paw, The Necklace and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County were perfomed live on stage by the CRT Touring Company. CRT is Boston's nationally acclaimed professional touring company. They perform all over the country for students of literature, drama, and language arts. Thank you Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. McRae for providing another excellent learning opportunity for our kids!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Wax Museum ... Huge Success!

The Annual Middle School Wax Museum was held on Thursday, March 5th from 4:30 - 5:30. The 6th, 7th & 8th graders did an outstanding job this year. Their costumes, display boards, and props were all awesome!!
It was so much fun to see history come alive.
The attendees of the event (which boasted over 200) were asked to vote for their favorites in five categories. Congratulations to the following students:
Best in Show - Amellia Earhart - Melissa Mills (7th)
Most Educational - King Tut - Brent Warr (6th)
Best Props - Robert E. Lee - Russell King (7th)
Best Display Board - Betsy Ross - Rachel Harrell (7th)
Best Costume - Lakshami - Shellby Woodrum (6th)
Mrs. McDonald and the students are looking forward to making this event even better in 2010.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pi Day - March 12th

The middle and high school students will celebrate the universal number pi on Thursday, March 12th. The celebration will include lots of delicious "round" foods (cookies, pies, pizzas, etc.) and learning activities. All math classes will have an assigned project for the day. Many thanks to Mrs. Dowdy and Mrs. Bennett for making this learning experience possible!!

Henderson's Class Celebrates Dr. Seuss!

On March 2nd, Mrs. Vedia Henderson's 2nd grade class celebrated Dr. Seuss on his upcoming birthday. They read many of his books and even created cool book covers from his collection. According to Mrs. Henderson, they were very creative and did a great job! The highlight of the celebration was eating green eggs and ham cooked by Mrs. Henderson. What a great, fun learning experience for the 2nd grade!! Thanks Mrs. Henderson!