Congrats to GCA sophomore, Megan James who has earned national recognition as High School Volleyball Player of the Week for the state of Virginia! Check it out at: https://www.maxpreps.com/…/ctDe3V45EeW-8KA2nzwb…/default.htm … We’re proud of you Megan!
Thirty-six GCA students, representing grades 3 through 8, traveled to Denbigh Baptist Christian School in Newport News on Friday, March 15th. We were blessed to have many family members travel the long distance to be there in support of their efforts. Thank you, GCA family!
Students have eleven minutes to complete as many challenging computation or word problems accurately as possible. There are four rounds of eleven minute tests with break in between. Afterward, the tests are scored and tie breaker points awarded to arrive at the top five finishers in each grade level across six different Christian schools from across the state of Virginia.
We are pleased to recognize the following grade levels at this event.
3rd grade Reasoning: 2nd and 5th place
5th grade Computation: 2nd place
5th grade Reasoning: 1st place ribbon and medal
6th grade Computation: 1st place ribbon
6th grade Reasoning: 2nd place
7th grade Computation: 3rd and 5th place
7th grade Reasoning: 2nd and 3rd place
8th grade Computation: 3rd place
8th grade Reasoning: 1st, 3rd, and 5th place
The Sunday, March 10th groundbreaking for the upcoming gym was appreciated by so many people! It was more than the right words said or the sight of the heavy equipment. It was more than the sight of so many people, the presence of State Senator Amanda Chase and Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland, or even the drone overhead. It was the excitement in the air, the anticipation of dirt flying, walls rising, and walking into our own gym! It is thrilling to be a part of something that is led by God and will benefit our children!
On Friday, February 22nd, students from GCA’s 1st thru 8th grades participated in the local ACSI Spelling Bee. Their dedication to studying was rewarded with GCA having a VERY successful bee.
1st grade = 1st and 3rd places
2nd grade = 1st place
3rd grade = 1st place
4th grade = 4th place
6th grade = 1st and 2nd places
7th grade = 1st and 2nd places
5th-8th grade Spell Off = 2nd place (going to the regional competition) and an alternate for regional competition
Ms. McCartt from the Children’s Museum visited GCA’s second graders. She brought with her a wealth of knowledge about Ancient Egypt and Economics. Students took a journey to Ancient Egypt to learn about their customs, dress, and architecture. They were able to play an Ancient Egyptian game much like our game of backgammon. Then students made a Cartouche—a name tag placed around an Egyptian neck. Perhaps the favorite part was building pyramids and placing animals on a floor map of Ancient Egypt.
Our JV Coed Competition Cheer Team competed at the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders (FCC) 2019 Nationals in Orlando, Florida on January 3-5, 2019!
Upon arriving, they headed straight into competition mode with members attending a College Cheer Combine, Jump and Tumble Off, team bonding gift exchange and began practicing for day 1 of competition. Our team has had an amazing first day of competition competing in two divisions (JV and Varsity), as well as 3 duos and coed stunt team! At the end of the day, the team got to enjoy an awards gala where four specialty awards were given for each division based off of the day 1 scores; our cheerleaders received the following:
JV- Best Jumps, Best Tumbling, Best Showmanship
Varsity- Best Jumps
7th-8th Duo- 1st Place
9th-10th Duo-1st Place
11th-12th Duo- 2nd Place
Coed Stunt Team- 1st place
Along with those awards, our oldest team member, GCA junior, Savannah was nominated and awarded 2019 Scholar Athlete of the Year!
Day 2 was a dream come true for our Competition Cheerleaders! They had not one but two hit zero routines (no deductions)! After a long day of competing, it was time for awards! Awards began with a time of praise and worship where our kids worshiped with over 1000 other cheerleaders. It was an awesome time! Once on the stage for awards, our team blew it out of the water they are now the 2019 FCC JV NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AND 2019 FCC JV GRAND CHAMPIONS!!! It was an amazing weekend!
We are very excited about our theme for the year which is “ Knight And Day!” To make it even more exciting, we will see our graduates return back “home” to GCA for homecoming! The week will be filled with fun and excitement starting with our themed days. Descriptions of the days were in the attachment to last week’s “Shout Out”: They are as follows:
Monday (Jan. 7) “WAKE UP and GET READY for the WEEK” (Wear pajamas)
Tuesday (Jan. 8) “Country vs. City” (Wear best country get up or fancy city attire)
Wednesday (Jan. 9) “KNIGHT AND DAY” (Wear bright neon or all black)
Thursday (Jan. 10) “Class Opposite Day” (Class chooses a creative opposite-themed costume to fit class)
Friday (Jan.11) “SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY’ (K-2 wear blue; 3rd-5th gold; middle school white; high school all 3)
Once again School Spirit Sticks will be filled with candy and awarded to the grade level divisions that demonstrate the most school spirit through their participation during School Spirit Week and at the pep rally.
Safety Patrol is made up of 4th and 5th grade students who complete an application including teacher references at the beginning of the school year. They serve daily during arrival and dismissal time as well as during special events. It isn’t all work though, they also enjoy time of fellowship. We appreciate their service.
Some Spanish students took a rainy day field trip to the music room where Mrs. McClure showed them various instruments they had studied in Spanish class. Some new students played the maracas and castanets for the very first time! Thank you Mrs. McClure for illustrating the importance of a strong arts education program in our school.
Kindergarten celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day through ma ny hands-on activities. We first dove into a book about an apple’s life cycle followed by a craft to show the different seasons of an apple tree. Next the students became chefs by peeling and cutting apples for homemade applesauce. Yum! Then we measured and weighed our apples with a balance scale and cubes. We ended our day focused on how Johnny Appleseed spread not only apple seeds but God’s Word. What a great example for us to follow. It was a fun filled day and many thanks to our helpers.