Friday, June 11, 2010

GCA Welcomes Steve Murr

GCA has grown and developed in many ways over the past several years. These improvements, in concert with our ongoing accreditation, have led the school board to expand the administration team of GCA. As we begin the 2010-2011 school year in August, we will have two administrators. Each will work with the school board to oversee various aspects of the school.
Joan Shiver, who has served as the school-wide Principal for the past five years, is excited to specialize in the role of Lower School Principal and School Counselor. She will oversee Preschool and Elementary, and be the school-wide Guidance Counselor.
Steve Murr has recently been hired as our Upper School Principal and Athletic Director. He will oversee Middle and High School, and coordinate all our athletic programs. Steve comes to us from Grace Christian School in Sanford, NC. He has a Master's degree in Education/Adminstration from Liberty University. His background includes Principal, Teacher, Athletic Director and Coach. Steve and his wife Angela have three children.
2010-11 is going to be an exciting year for Grace Christian Academy! With your continued prayers and support, along with our dynamic administrative team and our wonderful staff, we will be able to take the next step in "Growing Grace Fully."

QSP Magazine Sales

Please remember this summer that our fall fundraiser is our QSP Magazine program; therefore, we encourage all of our parents, grandparents, familes and friends not to renew your subscriptions until August. We are aware that the different magazine companies continue to send you renewal notices but we ask that you please wait to do your renewal during our sales drive so our students and GCA will receive the credit. QSP Magazine Sales will kick-off Wednesday, August 18th.

GCA Summer Office Hours

The GCA Office is open this summer from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office is closed on Friday.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

9 Turn Tassels at GCA

Grace Christian Academy held commencement exercises for 9 seniors May 21st at the Perry Gymnasium. School Board Chairman, Erwin Harrell welcomed everyone followed by an opening prayer from Pastor Andy McQuaid. Special music was performed by seniors Emily Hiers and Corinne Walsingham. Class President Jana Simmons presented the annual Bob Jones Benaiah Medallion to the 2011 Senior Class President, Taylor McDonald. A Salutatory Address was given by both Emily Hiers and Elsabeth Soden followed by the Valedictory Address from Jana Simmons. Merreann McDonald was chosen by the senior class to present the graduation address with the presentation of diplomas given out by Principal Joan Shiver and School Board member, Lee Harris. A beautiful slide-show presentation was done celebrating each of our seniors and the closing prayer was given by Rev. Douglas Simmons. Congratulations!
Class of 2010: (L-R) Valerie Kieu-Anh Nguyen, Corinne Marie Walsingham, Elisabeth Ashley Soden, Jana Leann Simmons, Emily Grace Hiers, Laura Leigh Andrews, Johnathan Allen Cumbie, Morgan Rebecca Baker, and Haylee Elizabeth Donalson.

GCA Honor Day - May 20th

On May 10th, Grace Christian Academy held its annual Honors Day program. Awards given during the program included Bainbridge College Awards, awards for Highest GPA, Woodmen of the World awards and outstanding academic excellence honors.

GCA students that were receognized and given special awards from Bainbridge College include Tad Young, Taylor McDonald, Corinne Walsingham, Jana Simmons, Kenneth Burke, and Emily Hiers.

Highest GPA's for 2009/2010

During Honors Day several outstanding students were recognized for having the highest grade point average in their class. The middle-school students that were honored included (from left); 8th-grader Russell King, 7th-grader Josh Carnes, and 6th- grader Jack McRae. High school honors went to 9th-grader Alea Simmons, 10th-grader Christina Green, 11th-grader Kenneth Burke, and 12th-grader Jana Simmons.

2010 Woodmen of the World Winners

Fifth-grade Woodmen of the World winners for 2010 are Mikayla Buckhaulter and Alex Johnson. Russell King and Rachel Harrell were recognized as the 8th grade winners and Emily Hiers won the 12th grade Woodmen of the World award.

MS Honors for Academic Excellence

Middle school students that received the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence are from left, front - Ansley Stuart, Kristanna Bowers, Taylor Greene, Hannah Holden, and Perra Harrell. Middle row - Chase Harris, Lydia Thompson, Lindsey Duke, Annabelle Smith, Shelby Woodrum, Merrianna Parker, Brent Warr and Austin McQuaid. Back row - Jack McRae, Rachel Harrell, Daniel Ray, Russell King, and Josh Carnes.

Academic Excellence Honors - Elementary

GCA Elementary students that received the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence are from front-left Mattie Winburn, Julie Amaya, Sara Castoro, Eliza Butler, Carley Godwin, Sam McRae, Colin Woodrum, Braden Dowdy and Mason Duke. Back row left - Emily Straughn, McKenzie Brown, Morgan Cannon, Mikayla Buckhaulter, Jeremy Green, Christopher Carpenter, Jared Duke, Clay Wells, and Pooja Patel.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bonnie's Cabbage Program

3rd Grader, Julian Martin was very successful growing his Bonnie cabbage this spring with a weight of 13lbs and 10oz. Bonnie Plants out of Union Springs, AL sponsors this program each year for all 3rd graders. They give each student one cabbage plant to take home and grow in their garden. Once the cabbage head matures students are asked to take a photo of their cabbage and turn it in to their teachers. Successful cabbages are then sent in for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Good luck did an awesome job!!