On November 26, the WCS Eagles will host a WhiteOut basketball night. Games will be played on the following schedule:
3:00 pm–Middle School Girls vs. Lighthouse Eagles
4:00 pm–Middle School Boys vs. Lighthouse Eagles
5:00 pm–JV Boys vs. Lighthouse Eagles
6:30 pm–Varsity Girls vs. Liberty Christian
8:00 pm–Varsity Boys vs. Liberty Christian
Students and families are invited to show support for your Eagles by filling the gym with fans decked out in white shirts.
We are currently selling specially-designed WhiteOut t-shirts for this event! You can purchase a t-shirt for $10 (XXL and XXXL are priced higher); available sizes range from child small to adult XXXL. T-shirt orders are due Monday, November 19 by 9:00 am.
My name is Tom the Turkey and I’m as scared as can be. I’m wearing a disguise, so you won’t eat me.
Pre-K students in the childcare building recently made Tom the Turkey as part of their study of Thanksgiving. The child care and preschool teachers always have creative, hands-on lessons as they work with the youngest children on our campus. You can check out more great things happening in the child care building by following them on Facebook.
Ms. Lofton recently received a grant from Unity, a game design software and programming company, to provide additional software for our students. Ms. Lofton will incorporate the content into the high school programming classes she teaches, so the students can have some experience making a simple game. The Unity licenses usually cost around $244 per license for a year, so this is over $5000 in software free! As part of this grant, WCS will also receive 2D and 3D gaming kits for additional programming practice.
This week, Mr. Brenner, Mr. Vohringer, and I, have attended the Biblical Worldview Conference at the Creation Museum. We’ve had the opportunity to hear from some amazing speakers and we are all itching to get back to our school so that we can share all that we have learned. Here’s a small sample of some of the sessions:
What Makes Education Christian?
The Importance of Worldview in Education
Understanding Generation Z’s Worldview
The list of speakers is made up of men such as Glen Schultz, George Barna, and Ken Ham.
I’ve taken so many notes in the last two days.
But nothing has resonated more than what I heard Jeff Keaton share during our first session on Tuesday – the goal of Christian education is that our students come to know, love, and serve Jesus. Wow! Everything that has been said since Jeff made this statement has only added more clarity for me and has me pumped up about getting back to our teachers, students, and parents.
As Christian educators, our task is to lead our students to develop a Biblical worldview. As parents, our task is to lead our students to develop a Biblical worldview. As churches, our task is to lead our students to develop a Biblical worldview. Yet, George Barna shared, only seven-percent of all adults (18+) have a Biblical worldview – and this is why I’m so pumped – because we have a lot of work to do and the best thing is we get to do it together, as educators, parents, and churches.
I’ve shared a few nuggets with our elementary teachers over the last two days and I can’t wait to share more with them. I’m excited to see how we can begin implementing some of the ideas we’ve learned at this conference!
A day in the life of a principal brings many interesting challenges. There is never a dull moment and no day is the same. But if I am truly honest, the best part of being a principal is seeing our teachers do what they do best – teach.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been popping into each classroom to observe our teachers in action. I am convinced that we have some of the best teachers in the world.
Here’s a quick glimpse into the classroom:
One second grade teacher uses “reading phones” for students to quietly read into without disturbing other students.
One first grade teacher cuts out newspaper articles and has students highlight “sight words” that they recognize.
One fourth grade teacher is using the Reflector app to reflect her iPad screen directly onto the mimio board. Students were recently able to take a virtual tour of ancient Egypt.
One fifth grade teacher recently used candy and icing to have her students create a cell.
These are just a few examples of the great things that our teachers are doing, and I invite you, our parents, to come and see firsthand these great things. Our goal is to partner with you and the easiest way to partner is to have you be an active participant in the education of your child. The best way to do this is to simply ask your child what they did that day. But don’t let them off the hook when they shrug their shoulders and say – “nothing.” Dig deeper. Ask questions. You’ll soon discover that your child is becoming a scientist, historian, mathematician, writer, and theologian.
November 1- 20, our SGA will be doing a “Can Food Drive” for the Salvation Army. There are containers in the Day Care, Elementary, Junior High, and gym. Also, for the month of November you can get admittance to the basketball games at WCS for $2 and 5 nonperishable items. Please, help us to help others. We teach our students to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus, and this is one way that we help serve others.
I am sad … and I am happy … all at the same time. I am sad because Chris Verme will no longer be the cafeteria manager. I am happy because Chris has been afforded a great opportunity. We wish you the best in this new endeavor.
Chris was one of the first to welcome me to campus. His gentle, meek spirit made me feel right at home. He’s modeled this Christ-like attitude for all of us. The entire cafeteria staff are magnificent examples of servanthood. I’ve observed and experienced their thoughtfulness, witnessed them praying for our students, and tasted their incredible lasagna! Thanks for your leadership, Chris.
No need to worry, though. Our cafeteria will still be in good hands. All of the ladies will continue to serve, and Paris Verme will assume the responsibilities as manager. They’ve already shared some great, new ideas for our cafeteria. I can’t wait!
Thank you Virginia, Michelle, Maggie and Paris for all you do.
And, thank you Chris, for all you’ve done over the years. But, most of all, thanks for showing Christ’s love to me from the moment I set foot on campus.
On October 10th, all WCS juniors took the PSAT. The PSAT is given as a practice SAT exam, along with the NMSQT – The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Did you know that in just the last ten years, WCS has had two National Merit Scholarship qualifiers and finalists? And why is that so impressive? Over 4 million students take the PSAT every school year, and The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million of those students to enter the National Merit Scholarship program each year. Of those qualifying entrants, only about 16,000 of the high scorers, representing less than .5% of the nation’s high school graduating seniors, will qualify as National Merit Semifinalists. The list of Semifinalists each year is then whittled down to an even smaller number of National Merit Finalists.
Students who become NMSQT finalists generally have a full-ride to the university of their choice! Both semifinalist Ryan Clarke (class of ’09) and finalist Thomas Donica (class of ’16) chose to continue their educations at Liberty University on scholarships. We are thankful we can help give our students an opportunity to achieve their dreams!