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Lions’ Sports News May 23

Middle School Athletics
Middle school athletes, please remember to return your uniform to The Christ School office. Uniforms should be clean and in a bag marked with your name.

Please check Renweb for all athletic contests, announcements, forms, and information.
For all athletic questions please contact. Jim Vais, TCS Director of Athletics and Student Conduct.

Lions’ Sports News May 16

Middle School
Congratulations to our middle school athletes for a great year! Please click here to enjoy a video featuring these athletes.

Middle school athletes, please remember to return your uniforms to The Christ School office. Uniforms should be clean and in a bag marked with your name.

Lower School
Congratulations to all of our lower school athletes who participated in a TCS sport this school year.  Please click here to see a video of our athletes.

The Christ School Congratulates 2014 Alumni who are Graduating as 2018 Boone High School Valedictorians

The Christ School Congratulates 2014 Alumni
who are Graduating as 2018 Boone High School Valedictorians

Alumni Association
TCS 2014 Alumni who are 2018 Boone High School Valedictorians: Sydney Haselden, Kara Gentry, Trip McCree, Reid Marlett, Cara Eakins, Cooper McKillop, and Emma Schrago

The Christ School (TCS), an independent, Christ-centered, K – 8 school located in downtown Orlando, congratulates its 2014 alumni who are graduating as 2018 Boone High School Valedictorians: Cara Eakins, Kara Gentry, Sydney Haselden, Reid Marlett, Trip McCree, Cooper McKillop, and Emma Schrago.  Out of the 17 Boone High School 2018 Valedictorians, 7 are TCS alumni.

“The Christ School is delighted to recognize these seven TCS alumni for their academic achievements,” says Dr. Aaron Farrant, Head of School at The Christ School. “These students worked hard to build upon the foundation of academic excellence they received at TCS. I am excited to see them shine as they continue their educational journey.”

“It is no accident that 7 of the 17 Valedictorians at my high school this year are TCS graduates,” says Reid Marlett, TCS class of 2014 and Boone High School Valedictorian, 2018. “Looking back, I am amazed at how well I was academically equipped for high school. Most notable was how TCS developed my public speaking and critical thinking skills with projects like giving a long speech to classmates or discussing and analyzing our Christian faith from a logical perspective. In addition to being prepared to face the challenging academics of high school, TCS taught me that I am surrounded by a community who loves me with Christ’s love and wants me to succeed.”

The Christ School strives to establish a strong foundation in each student through an academically challenging, Christ-centered curriculum infused with service learning, leadership, and public speaking opportunities. These seven alumni exemplify The Christ School’s portrait of a graduate. They are prepared to perform with distinction at the next academic level, are equipped to be life-long learners, are committed to being others-oriented, are confident and articulate in communication, and are devoted to glorifying God.

For more information, visit www.thechristschool.org or phone 407-849-1665.

 

About The Christ School

The Christ School partners with families to provide an academically rigorous and Christ-centered K – 8 experience.  TCS students and graduates confidently pursue excellence in scholarship, service and leadership. The Christ School, established in 1996, is an independent school, located in downtown Orlando on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. The Christ School is accredited by the Christian Schools of Florida, Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC).

 

Lee Combs

Lee Combs grew up in Naples, Florida with her extended family. She completed her undergraduate work at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and earned her Master’s degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan.  Since becoming a teacher, she has taught in Missouri, Florida and Kentucky in all grades from kindergarten through fifth grade.  As she enters her 19th year as an educator, she is known by students and staff for her smile, creativity and enthusiastic attitude in the classroom.  In her spare time, Ms. Combs enjoys reading, playing with her miniature poodle (Cali), painting and scrapbooking.   She and her daughter, Bailey (8th grade), are excited to be joining The Christ School family!

Brad Haywood

Brad Haywood earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism Management at the University of Illinois. Upon graduation, he felt compelled to serve in the U.S. Army. During his service, he completed five deployments in addition to tours in Korea and Germany. After completing his military service, Brad returned to school, where he earned his Master’s degree in Education from Molloy College. Brad taught 5th and 6th grade Math at Notre Dame School in New Hyde Park, NY, before he and his family relocated to Orlando.

Sports have always been a major influence in Brad’s life. He was a four-sport athlete in high school and attended the University of Illinois on a football scholarship. The highlight of his athletic career was winning the 2001 Big Ten Championship with his team and playing in the 2002 Sugar Bowl. He also loves traveling, whitewater rafting, and scuba diving.

He and his wife Asha have two sons, Daniel (6) and Elijah (4).

Christina Liu

Christina Liu is excited to be a part of The Christ School team. Recently, Christina helped create Think Tank, a STEAM-Infused Critical Thinking Class and Innovation space at Lake Mary Preparatory School. The Think Tank was awarded the DeWitt E. and Vera M. Hooker Grant from the Florida Council of Independent Schools in 2014, and received the Program of Excellence Award for the State of Florida by ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association) in March of 2015. Christina has also taught Mandarin Chinese to elementary and middle school students. She is married and has two daughters who will be entering their freshman and junior years in high school. Christina plays violin in the Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra.

Lions’ Sports News May 9

Middle School
TCS middle school parents – join us on Friday, May 11, at 8:10 am, in the Reformation Chapel for the Middle School Sports Recognition Chapel. Our Head Soccer Coach, Sara Haight, will serve as our speaker. We will recognize our middle school athletes for a great year of athletic performances at The Christ School.

TCS head volleyball coach Lindsey Carter will hold a volleyball clinic for TCS 8th grade girls on Monday, May 14, Tuesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 16, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym.  Athletes will participate in drills to sharpen their volleyball skills to prepare them for high school.  Please register by Friday, May 11. The cost for the clinic is $50 and will be charged to your FACTS account.

Middle school athletes, please remember to return your uniforms to The Christ School office.  Uniforms should be clean and in a bag marked with your name.

Lower School
Congratulations to all of our lower school athletes who participated in a TCS sport this school year.  Please click here to see a video of our athletes.

The 3rd, 4th & 5th grade cross country clinic will have their final practice on Thursday, May 10, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.  Participants will be dismissed to their coaches after school.  The students will participate in a fun run to Lake Eola. Please plan to pick up your athlete at 4:15 pm in The Christ School lobby.

 

What’s the Verdict?

TCS 8th grade Social Studies students participated in a collaborative, multi-age learning experience with 3rd and 6th grade students. The 8th grade students worked in teams to conduct three mock trials. Each team had to prepare questions for the witnesses and understand the statutes involved. Mrs. Roberts’ 3rd grade class served as the jury for a case in which the defendant was on trial for stealing trade secrets. Mrs. Knuth’s 3rd grade class served as the jury for a culpable negligence case. For the third trial, the defendant was charged with human trafficking and Mrs. Townsend’s sixth grade Bible class served as the jury. It was an engaging project-based lesson that explored the steps in a criminal trial and allowed the students to apply prior knowledge on the Bill of Rights. The younger students demonstrated critical thinking in the jury deliberations. All three cases ended in a hung jury!

Lions’ Sports News May 2

Middle School Sports
Join us on Friday, May 11, at 8:10 am in the Reformation Chapel for the Middle School Sports Recognition Chapel. Our Head Soccer Coach, Sara Haight, will be speaking and we will recognize our 2017-2018 middle school athletes for a great year of athletic performances at The Christ School.

Lower School Sports
The Christ School Lower School Sports Bash will be held on Tuesday, May 8th, at 5:00 pm in the gym.  This event celebrates all of our TCS lower school athletes, coaches, and their families.  Come celebrate our year of sports with fun, games, prizes and our Boosterthon friends.  Following the Bash, head over to Chick-fil-A on Orange Avenue for TCS Spirit Night.  When you order, let Chick-fil-A know you are with TCS. Your purchase helps raise funds for TCS sports!

The Christ School 3rd/4th and 5th grade volleyball teams

The 3rd, 4th & 5th grade cross country clinic will practice on Thursday, May 3, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.  Participants will be dismissed to their coaches after school. Please plan to pick up your athlete at 4:15 pm in The Christ School lobby. The remaining clinics will be held on May 9 & 10.  The last day of the clinic, Thursday, May 10, the students will participate in a fun run to Lake Eola.

Congratulations to our 3rd/4th grade and 5th grade volleyball teams who finished their seasons LION Strong on Monday, April 30. Thank you to 3rd/4th grade Coach Richard Hale and 5th grade Coach Nick DeOrio for leading our athletes this season!

Living with a Purpose

Sixth grade Bible students have been discussing how God created each of us with a perfect design. They explored what makes each person unique, what gifts and talents God has given each person, and discussed the future and what they can do now to prepare for it. After reviewing materials from the teen study of the book, Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren, the students spent time in prayer and took stock of their gifts as they reflected on questions such as, “What’s the one thing that I do better than others?” What’s the one thing that I could do every day and never grow tired of?” and “What do I need to do now to prepare for the life that God has planned for me?” to help discover their passions and goals for their purpose driven lives.

Lions’ Sports Update April 25

Middle School Sports
Middle school volleyball tryouts for the fall 2018 season will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 1, 2, and 3, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym. All 5th, 6th, and 7th grade girls are invited to try out for the team. The tryouts will be conducted by head volleyball coach Lindsey Carter.

Lower School Sports
Lower School Sports Bash
The Christ School Lower School Sports Bash will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at 5:00 pm in the gym. This event celebrates all of our TCS lower school athletes, coaches, and their families. Come celebrate our year of sports with fun, games, prizes and our Boosterthon friends. Following the Bash, head over to Chick-fil-A on Orange Avenue for TCS Spirit Night. When you order, let Chick-fil-A know that you are with TCS. Your purchase helps raise funds for TCS sports.

The 3rd, 4th & 5th grade cross country clinic on Thursday, April 26, has been canceled.  The next session will take place on Wednesday, May 2, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.  Participants will be dismissed to their coaches after school.  Please plan to pick up your athlete at 4:15 pm in The Christ School lobby.  The remaining clinics will be held on May 3, 9, and 10.  The last day of the clinic, Thursday, May 10, the students will participate in a fun a run to Lake Eola.

The 3rd/4th grade volleyball team will play their next game on Monday, April 30, at 5:15 pm at The Masters Academy, located at 1500 Lukas Lane, Oviedo, FL 32765.

The 5th grade volleyball team will practice on Thursday, April 26, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym. They will play two games on Monday, April 23, at 5:15 and 6:15 pm at The Masters Academy, located at 1500 Lukas Lane, Oviedo, FL 32765.

 

Extreme Listening

The ability to process auditory information is critical to learning. The world presents a complex listening environment that is often noisy, reverberant, and filled with confusing and conflicting speech signals. Compass students are practicing auditory learning with “Extreme Listening” activities. These activities help students focus when the listening environment is less than ideal. The activities are engaging and allow the students to improve their auditory listening skills. Last week, the students played Bang-O!, a fast-paced and high energy challenge that kept them listening and on their toes!

Discovering Downtown

The middle school Citizenship class worked in teams and used critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creative problem-solving to design websites and Google Map walking tours of downtown Orlando. Each team of students integrated the five themes of geography (location, place, human-environment, movement, and regions) they experienced during four walking tours of downtown Orlando into their projects. On their tours, they photographed architecture, art, history and topography seen downtown. The goal was to educate visitors on how the world is exemplified in downtown Orlando. Their web design skills and creativity are showcased in four unique websites.

Lions’ Sports Update April 18

TCS 5th, 6th & 7th grade girls who are interested in trying out for volleyball are encouraged to register for our middle school volleyball clinic. The clinic, conducted by head volleyball coach Lindsey Carter, will take place on Monday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. Athletes will participate in drills to sharpen volleyball skills as they get ready for try-outs. The cost for the clinic is $50 and will be charged to your FACTS account.  Middle school volleyball tryouts for the fall 2018 season will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 1, 2, and 3,  from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Get ready for Spirit Day on Thursday, April 26 at 2:15 pm in the gym.  Wear your green and gold and bring your TCS spirit as we recognize the students who achieved the President’s Physical Fitness award, our lower school girls volleyball team and our cross country clinic runners!

Middle School Sports
Registration is open for the middle school volleyball clinic, held on Monday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 25, from 3:40 to 5:00 p.m. in the gym. The clinic is open to all current 5th -7th grade ladies who would like to sharpen their volleyball skills.

Coach Sykes will lead the next open gym for middle school students to play pick-up basketball games on Tuesday, April 24, from 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Lower School Sports
The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade cross country clinic will have their first session on Thursday, April 19, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm. Participants will be dismissed to their coaches after school.  Please plan to pick up your athlete at 4:15 pm in The Christ School lobby.  The remaining clinics will be held on April 26, May 3, 10, and 17.  On the last day of the clinic, Thursday, May 17, the students will participate in a fun a run to Lake Eola.

The 3rd/4th volleyball team will practice on Thursday, April 19, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym.  They will play their next game on Monday, April 23, at 5:15 pm at The Masters Academy, located at 1500 Lukas Lane, Oviedo, FL, 32765.

The 5th grade volleyball team will practice on Thursday, April 19, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym.  They will play two games on Monday, April 23, at 5:15 and 6:15 pm at The Masters Academy, located at 1500 Lukas Lane, Oviedo, FL, 32765

 

Lions’ Sports News April 11

Middle School Sports
Congratulations to our track and field team who finished their season LION Strong last week. Thank you to Coach Dale van Gelder and assistant coach Glenn Gullikson for leading our Track and Field athletes this season!

Coach Sykes will lead the next open gym for middle school students to play pick-up basketball games Wednesday, April 18, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Lower School Sports
TCS offers a Cross Country Clinic to our 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students this spring. The clinic will be led by our head cross country coach Laura Kerlek and assistant coach Terra Townsend, who will introduce running and breathing techniques through fun games and activities. The five-week clinic will take place on Thursdays beginning April 19, from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm. Participants will be dismissed to their coaches after school. Please plan to pick up your athlete at 4:15 pm in The Christ School lobby. The remaining clinics will be held on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17.  The last day of the clinic, Thursday, May 17, the students will participate in a fun a run to Lake Eola. Please register by Monday, April 16. The registration fee for the clinic is $75, and will be charged to your FACTS account.

The last Soccer Shots session will take place on Thursday, April 12. The session will take place on the green space from 3:30 pm to 4:05 pm.

The 3rd/4th volleyball team will practice on Thursday, April 12, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym.  They will play two games on Monday, April 16, at 6:15 and 7:15 pm at The Masters Academy, located at 1500 Lukas Lane, Oviedo, FL 32765.

The 5th grade volleyball team will practice on Thursday, April 12, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym. They will play their next game on Monday, April 16, at 5:15 pm at The Masters Academy, located at 1500 Lukas Lane, Oviedo, FL 32765.

Five Languages of Children

A teacher approaches a student and lavishes him or her with praise about a challenge completed successfully and is given a lukewarm response. Is this an ungrateful child?  No. It may be that the teacher is not “speaking his/her language.” A student gives a friend a hug as a greeting and the friend pulls away. Are they not friends?  Could the hugger feel rejected?  Or, it is possible that the one being hugged expresses and receives connections in a different way? Fourth grade Compass students have been learning the “Five Languages of Children.” These are 5 ways God has “wired” us to connect with others: quality time, acts of service, physical touch, giving and receiving gifts, and words of affirmation. Learning these languages helps the students not just connect with others but understand a little more about themselves. With the knowledge that people connect with others in different ways, the students are identifying the language they personally use and the languages their friends use to connect with others. The goal is to understand one another better and to use their individual language and God-given gifts in positive ways such as building one another up with their words and actions. So, that friend that doesn’t like to be hugged? Maybe next time her friend will put a kind note in her desk (words of affirmation/giving gifts) or ask to sit with her at lunch (quality time).

Lions’ Sports News April 4

Middle School Sports
Middle school track and field will complete their season at the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday, April 5, 4:30 pm at The First Academy.

Coach Sykes will lead the next open gym for middle school students to play pick-up basketball games Wednesday, April 11, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm in the gym. For questions, contact Jim Vais.

Lower School Sports
TCS offers a Cross Country Clinic to our 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students this spring. The clinic will be led by our head cross country coach Laura Kerlek and assistant coach Terra Townsend, who will introduce running and breathing techniques through fun games and activities. The five-week clinic will take place on Thursdays beginning April 19, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm. Participants will be dismissed to their coaches after school. Please plan to pick up your athlete at 4:15 pm in The Christ School lobby. The remaining clinics will be held on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17. The last day of the clinic, Thursday, May 17, the students will participate in a fun run to Lake Eola. Please register by Monday, April 16. The registration fee for the clinic is $75, and will be charged to your FACTS account.

The next Soccer Shots session for TK and Kindergarten students will take place on Thursday, April 5. The last Soccer Shots session for 1st and 2nd grades will take place on Tuesday, April 10. The sessions will take place on the green space from 3:30 to 4:05 pm.

The 3rd/4th grade volleyball team will practice on Thursday, April 5, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym. They will play two games on Monday, April 9, at 5:15 pm and 6:15 pm at The Masters Academy, located at 1500 Lukas Lane, Oviedo, FL 32765.

The 5th grade volleyball team will play two games on Monday, April 5, at 5:15 pm and 6:15 pm at The Masters Academy, located at 1500 Lukas Lane, Oviedo, FL 32765.

Lessons from the Holocaust

In 8th grade Language Arts, students are completing a unit on the Holocaust. After visiting the Holocaust Museum in Maitland, students completed one final assignment: to discuss why the Holocaust is an important lesson that should be studied in school. Here are some great points the students made:

  • The purpose of studying the Holocaust is to teach children that one person can make a difference and people possess the power to make their own choices and control their own behaviors.
  • When we allow prejudice to thrive, lives are at stake, and as shown during the Holocaust, millions of lives were lost due to one man’s crazy ideology.
  • Bystanders are just as guilty as perpetrators.
  • By studying the Holocaust, children can learn how to confront present concerns involving loyalty, peer pressure, conformity, belonging, and scapegoating. When faced with these concerns, children can remember the fate of the Holocaust victims, and rather than choose to ignore the wrongdoings of others, they can take action and help to create better situations for those who are victimized.
  • It is important to study and remember the mistakes made in the past so that we never repeat them.
  • In an effort to honor Holocaust victims, we can celebrate the freedom to choose to act in the face of prejudice so that fateful events such as the Holocaust will never happen again.

Learning Adventure

TCS 7th grade students visited SeaWorld for an exciting adventure in preparation for their Writing Assessment Program (WrAP). They learned about SeaWorld’s efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and conserve wildlife. This knowledge helped them prepare for a debate that focused on animals kept in captivity vs. animals that are wild. The students used argumentative skills, such as claims, counterclaims, and logic, to argue their position on the topic. This debate helped instill the elements needed to succeed on the argumentative prompt they encountered on the WrAP. This field trip also enabled them to learn more about God’s creatures and build a relationship with them to encourage a desire to act more responsibly, including recycling, better boating practices, and cleaning up after ourselves, to help protect these animals.

Lions’ Sports News March 28

Middle School Sports
Middle school track and field will practice on Wednesday, April 4, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Blue Jacket Park.  The next track and field meet is for the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference Championship. It takes place on Thursday, April 5, 4:30 pm at The First Academy.

Attention all middle school students! Coach Sykes will lead an open gym for middle school students to play pick-up basketball games from 3:45 to 5:00 pm on April 4, 11, 18, and 25 in the gym. Please register by Thursday, March 29. There is no fee to participate.

Lower School Sports
The next Soccer Shots session for TK and Kindergarten will be on Thursday, March 29. The next Soccer Shots session for 1st and 2nd grades will be on Tuesday, April 3.  The sessions will take place from 3:30to 4:05 pm on the green space.

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade volleyball will practice on Thursday, March 29, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Caring Community

Many of our students begin their day at TCS with a warm greeting from Angela Harrison, TCS Development Specialist, who is always on hand to welcome them as they arrive at school. “It is truly a blessing to be at TCS,” says Angela. “I love welcoming your children in morning carpool – seeing their smiling faces is the best way to start the day!”

“In my role as Development Specialist, I work closely with Dr. Farrant and our Board of Trustees to develop strategies for raising funds for our school,” says Angela. “I also have the pleasure of working alongside Susan Clauss to support our Parent Teacher Fellowship. The best part of my job is working with our amazing volunteers! Most recently, I worked on our annual Mane Event dinner and auction with a team of 22 women who helped bring to life the Totally Awesome 80s Night that raised over $150,000 for TCS.”

“I love being a part of this community,” Angela continues. “I have seen such tremendous generosity, love, and support over the past 7 years here – from my co-workers, the volunteers who work with me, my fellow class parents, and our students.”

Angela and her husband, Jeff, have two sons, Caiden, a TCS 6th grade student, and Austin, a TCS 3rd grade student. “When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family at the beach. It’s my favorite place to be! Together, we enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and searching for shells and sea glass,” she says.

“Not only do I get to spend my days at The Christ School, but my children do, too,” says Angela. “I love seeing my boys grow, not only academically, but also spiritually. They spend more of their waking hours with their teachers and classmates at TCS than they spend at home with me, and we feel blessed that at school, they are surrounded by kind, compassionate adults and children who love Jesus. I can’t think of a better place for them to be!”

Angela shares her favorite Bible verse:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  – Jeremiah 29:11

Lions’ Sports News March 14

Middle School Sports
Attention all middle school students! Coach Sykes will lead an open gym for middle school students to play pick-up basketball games from 3:45 to 5:00 pm on April 4, 11, 18, and 25 in the gym. Please register by Thursday, March 29. There is no fee to participate.

Middle school track and field will practice on Saturday, March 17, from 8:30 to 10:30 am at Blue Jacket Park.  The next track and field meet is 4:30 pm on Monday, March 26, at Trinity Prep.

Lower School Sports
The next Soccer Shots session for TK and Kindergarten will be on Thursday, March 15. The next Soccer Shots session for 1st and 2nd grades will be on Tuesday, March 27.  The sessions will take place in the green space from 3:30 to 4:05 pm.

Spring volleyball for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will begin after spring break. The spring league will play games at The Masters Academy on the following dates: Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30. Nick DeOrio will coach the 5th grade team and Richard Hale will coach the 3rd/4th grade team.  The first two practices for both teams will be on Tuesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 29, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

 

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