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Lions’ Sports News October 28

Coach Oz and Coach Ingram

We are so grateful for our basketball coaches! Coach Oz will be heading up our boys’ teams with an assist from Coach Ingram. Our girls will be led by Coach Winrow with an assist from Coach Schuck and Coach Stallard. We are blessed and excited! Please pray for our coaches and our teams as they hit the practice court for the first time this week. Let’s Roar, Lions!

Next Practices:
Boys
Monday, November 2, and Wednesday, November 4, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym

Girls
Tuesday, November 3, and Thursday, November 5, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym

 

Coach Winrow

Exploring Engineering in Lower School STEAM

Lower school STEAM students have been exploring the engineering process. They have been collaborating with their classmates to plan and design gadgets that have a special purpose or solve a unique problem. Students have been given age-appropriate problems to put their critical thinking skills to the test!  Enjoy more photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages – and be sure to share!

Transitional kindergarten students are building a small home out of popsicle sticks and clay. They will then test the roof under ‘rainy conditions’ to see if they were able to build something in which the inside would keep dry if the outside got wet.

Students in kindergarten and 1st grade have been talking about plants and what plants need to survive. The students are working on a challenge in which they need to design and build a device that can water four plants at one time.

Students in grades 2 and 3 are working on simple machines and are designing and creating a pinball machine out of recyclable materials. The games must have a maze and utilize features of simple machines to play the game.

Students in grades 4 and 5 are designing and building aqueducts. The students were tasked to build an aqueduct that will move water from one spot to the other that includes bends and has a reservoir.

The students n grades 3 – 5 were given a budget and had to be thoughtful as they purchased the right amount of materials to complete their projects.

Spanish Immersion

Los estudiantes en los grados TK-2 están practicando los números 0-15 y todos los colores.  El lunes, aprendieron a responder a la pregunta: ¿Cuántos años tienes?  Dibujaron un bizcocho de cumpleaños con muchas velas y practicaron a escribir sus edades en español. Además de eso, durante la semana que viene, van a tener conversaciones breves con sus amigos de clase que incluyen una descripción personal, la fecha de su cumpleaños y la edad.

Students in grades TK – 2 are practicing the numbers 0-15 and all of the colors. On Monday, they learned to answer the question: How old are you? They drew a birthday cake with a ton of candles and practiced writing their ages in Spanish. On top of that, during the next week, they will have brief conversations that include a personal description, age, and birthdate.

Enriching Lessons

The Christ School is delighted to have Evelyn Salinero leading our Enrichment program this year. “Teaching Enrichment has been awesome!” says Evelyn. “In my class, we enjoy an open forum where students feel free to share and ask as many questions as they desire. We stop and ponder and discuss. They ask the best questions! Sometimes I know the answer, many times I don’t, so we research and keep learning.”

“I’ve been teaching since 2003, mostly upper elementary students in Miami Dade County, as well as in Orange County Public Schools,” says Evelyn. “Growing up with a brother with special needs highlighted for me the love I have for helping others. He is the reason I am a teacher. I knew from a really young age that I wanted to help students with special needs. When we were young, I played teacher and he was my student. In my current classroom, I teach children who thrive on extra challenges. I love to watch my students become confident learners and develop collaboration skills as they work with their peers.”

“I am a true Floridian,” she says. “I love the heat and sunshine 365 days a year! I was raised in Miami. We relocated to Orlando 15 years ago due to my husband’s career and couldn’t be happier with the path our lives have taken.” Evelyn and her husband, Efren, have two boys who are TCS Lions, Efren in 7th grade and Alex in 4th grade. “They are my world and keep me busy!” she smiles. “One of my favorite things to do is sit on the porch and watch them play outside. I also love running, exercising, and gardening. I’ve run a few half marathons and love the thrill of seeing the finish line and setting personal records.” 

Evelyn shares her favorite Bible verse:
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  – Timothy 1:5
“This verse is special to me because I learned it from my nephew, Dean,” says Evelyn. “He taught me to love sacrificially and sincerely and to trust in God always, most importantly, when we can’t make sense of things ourselves.” 

 

Lions’ Sports News October 21

It’s time for some hoops! Our basketball teams are ready to hit the practice floor. 

Boys
First practices: Monday, October 26, and Wednesday, October 28, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym
Girls
First practices: Tuesday, October 27, and Thursday, October 29, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym

Please be prepared with the following paperwork prior to the first practice. 

Welcome Heather Webb

The Christ School welcomes Heather Webb as our 1st grade Teachers Assistant. Heather is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and studied Nursing at Humber College. In 1998 she followed her passion for art and opened an International Fine Art Gallery in Naples, Florida. Heather closed the gallery in 2012 and moved to Orlando with her Husband, JW, and their daughter, Gabriella. Following their move to Orlando they were blessed with their second child, William, currently a 2nd grade TCS lion. 

When William was diagnosed with dyslexia, Heather began to search for a way to help teach her son. She found the Orton Gillingham (OG) Method of teaching. That same year, she became trained with the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education in teaching OG. This began a new path and interest in teaching. Seeking to explore this new-found passion further, Heather began teacher training at the Orlando Montessori Teacher Education Institute in 2019.

“I have taken many different turns in my life and have always loved new challenges” says Heather. “This new chapter with TCS is exciting and rewarding because I can see most personally the incredible growth a child gains when in a supportive and nurturing environment. We feel privileged and blessed to be part of the TCS family. Go Lions!”

Heather shares one of her favorite Bible verses:

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:27

TCS Welcomes Courtney Morgan

Courtney Morgan, TCS 2nd grade Bridge teacher, discovered her love for teaching through a compelling opportunity during her corporate career. “Many years ago, I was working as an event planner at Disney,” says Courtney. “At the time, Disney had a program where cast members could teach English to fellow cast members who were non-native speakers of English. I feel fortunate to have been able to take part in that program because it led me to leave the corporate environment to pursue a career in teaching.”   

“I am happy to have this opportunity to help dyslexic students at TCS discover their strengths,” Courtney continues. “I think people with dyslexia are truly gifted and they have the amazing ability to think outside the box. Many historic and influential people, like Albert Einstein, were dyslexic. They used their creativity to make what seemed impossible, possible. I also love to read and I am excited to share that love of reading with my students. I am thankful to have such wonderful students and to work with an amazing team in a Christ-centered environment.”

Courtney and her husband, Chris, have a daughter, Ava, who is in 4th grade. “I have been fortunate enough to live in Argentina and France,” says Courtney. “As a part of those experiences, I have been able to learn new languages. I speak Spanish, Portuguese, and French at varying levels of proficiency.” 

Courtney 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 October 14

Middle School
Congratulations to our Cross Country teams on a great season. Both our boys’ and girls’ Cross Country teams finished the season in 3rd place.  Kudos to our three top finishers, Garland Ingram, Owen Taulbee and Oliver Finkelstein.
Way to Roar, Lions!

Basketball
Please be prepared with the following paperwork prior to the first practice. 

Boys
First practices: Monday, October 26, and Wednesday, October 28, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls
First practices: Tuesday, October 27, and Thursday, October 29, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Vocabulary Bowl!

Mrs. Sheldon’s 7th and 8th grade ELA students are taking part in the Vocabulary Bowl, competing with thousands of students across the U.S. and Canada, to determine who can master the most words. What makes the Vocabulary Bowl unique is that instead of reducing the field to a small group of finalists, collaboration is the key to climbing the leaderboards. Every student who plays and learns makes an important contribution to their school’s collective achievement; the more participation, the better. The Bowl is about motivating all learners to put in the effort, improve their literacy skills, and experience academic success. The Vocabulary Bowl began on October 1 and runs through April 30.

Welcome Meredith Schott

Learning firsthand that students with dyslexia have many amazing gifts, Meredith Schott, TCS 3rd grade Bridge teacher, wanted to help a new generation of students discover that dyslexia can be a superpower. “I was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age and was fortunate to have wonderful teachers that encouraged and supported me through elementary school. This prompted me to study education and become a teacher,” she says.  “I truly love reading and look forward to bringing a love of reading to my students.”

Meredith grew up in central Florida and now lives in Maitland with her husband Ryan, two boys, Kellen and Lucas, ages 8 and 10, and their dog, Bernie. “I went to Florida State University to study exceptional student education and have taught students in Florida for 9 years,” she says. “When not teaching, I enjoy being outdoors. I like to run, hike and bike. Because I enjoy reading so much, I am in a book club with my neighbors where we share and discuss a variety of novels.” 

“I am happy to be at The Christ School,” says Meredith. “TCS is a  wonderful Christ filled community. All of the staff and parents have been very encouraging and supportive as I have adjusted to a new school. It’s a wonderful place to work.”

Meredith shares her favorite Bible verse:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

Lions’ Sports News October 7

Middle School

A big Lion’s Roar to our fall sports teams! Our 8/7th grade volleyball team finished the season undefeated! Our 6th grade volleyball team finished strong playing higher grades and had an even split of wins and loses for the season. Congratulations ladies, well done! The cross country championship meet is this Saturday, October 10. Our runners are ready to chase their personal best! Let’s Roar, Lions!
Friday, October 9, is Spirit Day. Remember to wear your school colors and show your Lion’s Pride!

Cross Country
Championship Meet: Saturday, October 10, 9:50 am at Trinity Prep

Basketball  The season runs from October 26 to January 30. Practice will be:
Boys: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45-5:00 pm
Girls: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45-5:00 pm
Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Please register online:
MS Boys Basketball Registration
MS Girls Basketball Registration

 

Exploring the Scientific Method

Fifth grade Science students have been learning about the scientific method. They have been working hard to correctly identify different types of variables as well as qualitative and quantitative data while conducting experiments. As an example, the students compared slope heights to determine the angle that would allow a marble to travel the farthest. Our 5th grade scientists reviewed how to properly measure distance as well as how to properly analyze data before writing a conclusion. What’s your guess? Would you use a slope made by putting a ramp on one book or two?

Student Support Spotlight, by Alissa Plaisance – September 30

In my role at TCS, I have the privilege of collaborating with therapists and specialists across multiple disciplines of expertise. It is a blessing to spend time with these folks, especially in the areas of Occupational, Speech and Language development. At times it can be unclear on what a child needs to reach their full potential. As educators, we sometimes ask, “What is getting in the way?” This is when we seek support. In October, we will host Occupational, Speech and Language screenings for our K-1 students. We also coordinate screenings for older children displaying a concern in one of those areas. If you believe your child would benefit from any of these supports, please reach out to me! 

Taking Reading Instruction to the Next Level

TCS second grade teacher, Karen Fattizi, and third grade teacher, Jennifer Raspallo, have recently earned their classroom educator certification from the Academy of Orton Gillingham (OG). They went above and beyond what is required in order to obtain this special certification. After their initial OG training, they committed to doing a practicum, with oversight from an OG Fellow, and undertook multiple observations from the Fellow for critique. They performed subsequent research on the subject, diving deep into the world of the science of reading to earn their classroom educator certification. Kudos to these amazing teachers for their hard work and dedication.

Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to Monica Rowe, TCS Class of 2012, who has been accepted into Florida State University’s Medical School Graduate Program to become a Physician’s Assistant. Out of 2,000 applicants, Monica was one of 60 candidates selected for the program. Monica went through a rigorous vetting process including 10 interviews with a group of physicians and professors, weighing academic achievements, community service related to providing medical services, and demonstrated leadership qualities. She is in an elite group that received a unanimous vote for approval by the entire panel! After graduating from TCS, Monica completed the biomedical track at Cornerstone Academy where she was Valedictorian, was elected President of The Pre-P. A. Club at FSU and graduated with Honors with her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences. #ONCEALIONALWAYSALION

Literary Research

Sixth grade Language Arts students are finishing a research project based off of the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. The students read the book as part of their summer reading requirements and have spent the beginning of the year analyzing the book using literary terms such as plot, character, conflict, and setting. During class discussions, the students asked questions about the scenarios in the book, such as “Why didn’t the Dinka and Nuer tribes get along?”, “What was it like to live in a refugee camp?” and “How did the Lost Boys survive?” which led to a research project based off of those questions. As they did research, they practiced choosing credible sources, analyzing websites for bias, and learning about the consequences of plagiarism. This week in class the students are presenting their research, diving even deeper into the lives of Salva Dut and the people of South Sudan.

Lions’ Sports News September 30

Our fall sports teams are heading into their final contests of the season. Our Volleyball teams played against Montverde Academy this past Monday. Our 8/7th grade team won and are currently undefeated! Our 6th grade team lost in a very close match. TCS Cross Country trailed behind second place by 3.5 seconds at their last meet. Great job Lions! Way to Roar!

Volleyball
Last Matches of the Season!
Monday, October 5, 4:30 pm at Trinity Prep
Next Practice:
Thursday, October 1, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.  

Cross Country
Next Meet:
Saturday, October 3, 9:50 am at Trinity Prep
Next Practice:
Thursday, October 1 and Monday, October 5, 3:45-4:45 pm.

Winter is around the corner! We are winding down our fall sports and opening up tryouts for the following winter sports. Details for practice and games are still to be determined. Please register online.

Middle School Soccer
The season runs from October 19, 2020 to January 22, 2021
Practice will be Monday and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:15 pm at MLK Park.
Boys and Girls Soccer tryouts will be held at MLK Park on Wednesday, October 7, 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
Click here for the MS Boys Soccer Registration
Click here for the MS Girls Soccer Registration

Middle School Basketball
The season runs from October 26, 2020 to January 30, 2021
Practice will be:
Boys: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45-5:00 pm
Girls: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45-5:00 pm
Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts will be held on Wednesday October 14, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Click here for the MS Boys Basketball Registration
Click here for the MS Girls Basketball Registration

Fostering a Love for STEAM Subjects

Emily Wilkins, The Christ School’s STEAM teacher, brings her passion for active, collaborative learning to her classroom. “When I began teaching, I knew that I wanted to focus on providing students with a hands-on approach to learning. My goal for every class is to foster an environment that encourages students to work together with one another on projects that allow them to think critically and have connections to real world problems. In my STEAM classes, I can do just that! I enjoy guiding students to work through the engineering process, problem solve and create,” says Emily. 

“I am from the central Florida area, but moved around a lot when I was younger. I have also lived in Atlanta, GA, Fort Worth, TX, and Irvine, CA,” Emily says. “I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in 2019. I loved my time at UCF so much that I am currently working on my Masters of Education there, specializing in gifted education. I am working on my thesis on math and science education. While living in California, I was given the opportunity to volunteer at a homeless shelter and work with children after school. It was there that I realized I really enjoyed working with children and fell in love with helping them to learn and grow. Once I was back in Florida, I started working on my degree to become a teacher. I am beyond blessed to be able to make an impact, large or small, on the lives of my students.”  

“I am happy to be teaching at The Christ School,” she says. “My favorite thing so far about TCS is the community. It has been wonderful to have to support and encouragement from those around me, especially as a newer teacher.”  

When not teaching or doing her own schoolwork, Emily loves to be outside. “I spend most of my weekends at the beach or kayaking,” she says. “I also enjoy going to Disney, thrift shopping and baking. And I love supporting UCF football (Go Knights!).”

Emily shares her favorite Bible verse:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6.
“This was my confirmation verse, and it has become one that I always look to,” says Emily. 

Middle School Spotlight – Exploring Governments

Seventh grade Civics students are learning about the major types of government. To enhance their learning, they worked in groups and used gummy bears to create scenes that depicted democracies, oligarchies, anarchy, dictatorships, monarchies, and theocracies, without indicating which government was depicted. Students photographed their scenes and created google slides to share with their classmates, who guessed which government was being portrayed in each scene. The students reflected on the success of each group, discussed and wrote about what aspects made one group’s scenes more successful than others.

Lions’ Sports News September 23

Our Cross Country team ran strong in their first meet and is getting ready for the next meet this Saturday, September 26, 9:50 am at Trinity Prep. This past Monday, our two volleyball teams headed out to The First Academy and each team brought home a win! We love our Lions! Way to Rock and Roar!

Volleyball
Next Matches:
Monday, September 28, 4:30 pm at The Christ School
Next Practices:
Thursday, September 24, and Tuesday, September 29, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.  

Cross Country
Next Meet:
Saturday, September 26, 9:50 am at Trinity Prep
Next Practice:
Thursday, September 24, and Monday, September 28, 3:45-4:45 pm.

Welcome Samantha DeLullo

The Christ School welcomes Samantha DeLullo as a 4th grade teacher. Samantha recently graduated cum laude from University of Maryland with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Human Development (“Go Terps!” she says). During college, she worked as a Children’s Ministry Director at a local church. “Ever since I was in the 1st grade, I have known that I wanted to be a teacher,” says Samantha. “It is my calling. I am so happy to be living out my dream!” 

“Upon visiting The Christ School, I quickly fell in love with the culture and environment,” she says. “I have enjoyed getting to know my students; I love learning and laughing with them. I look forward to starting book clubs in my classes to help instill a love of reading in each of them.” 

When asked to share some fun facts about herself, she says “I have a golden retriever named Princess, and I love ice cream.”

Samantha shares her favorite Bible verse:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. – Ephesians 3:20
“I have a big imagination so the thought of God having an even bigger one is just amazing,” says Samantha.  

Lions’ Sports News September 16

Our Cross Country team ran last Saturday and came in a very respectable third place in their first meet. We are excited for the team and the meets to come! This past Monday, our 8th/7th grade volleyball team won against Lake Highland! Our 6th grade battled an all 8th/7th grade team and lost by only a few points. Nice job Lions! We are looking forward to the next matches.

Volleyball
Next Match:
Monday, September 21, 4:30 and 6:00 pm at The First Academy
Next Practices:
Thursday, September 17, and Tuesday, September 22, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.  

Cross Country
Next Meet:
Saturday, September 26, 9:50 am at Trinity Prep
Next Practice:
Thursday, September 17, and Monday, September 21, 3:45-4:45 pm.

Joyful Disciple

Josh Smith, seventh and eighth grade Bible and Digital Media teacher, brings a joyful energy to his classroom and eagerly shares his love for Christ with his students. “I am so grateful to have joined The Christ School community,” says Josh. “My passion is to train, equip, and love the youth of this generation to know God and love people in whatever context they find themselves in throughout their lives.”  

Josh and his wife, Hillary, have two children, Melody who is 3 years old, and Tiger who is 10 months old. “My wife and I have been teaching children and sharing the Gospel in Cambodia for the past 3 years. We began a ministry (Cambodia4JesusChrist.com) focused on evangelism to the unreached and care for refugees. We are still blown away by the thousands of people we met who are refugees and have never heard about Jesus. We have been continuing our ministry through mission trips.  

Josh says, “I look forward to getting to know students at The Christ School and doing whatever I can to encourage them to be confident in who God made them to be. I have been very impressed by the students’ respect and humility at this school. It is clear that the parents and teachers at TCS have been involved and make a significant impact on the lives of these children. I pray that God continues to bless and use the students, parents, and staff at TCS for His glory.”

When asked to share a fun fact about himself, Josh does not disappoint: “I killed a rattlesnake and saved my sister when I was 11 years old,” he says. 

Josh shares his favorite Bible verse:
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. – Acts 4:12

Lions’ Sports News September 9

Volleyball
First Matches of the season:
Monday, September 14, 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm at TCS!
Next Practices –  Thursday, September 10 and Tuesday September 15, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.  

Cross Country
First Meet of the season:
Saturday, September 12, 9:50 am at Trinity Prep
Next Practice – Thursday, September 10  

Coaches Spotlight
It is time to meet two more wonderful TCS coaches.Our head volleyball coaches are seasoned veterans, Coach Lindsey Carter and Coach Mark Marshall.

Lindsey Carter
Coach Carter has been coaching volleyball at TCS for five years. Prior to coaching our 8th grade team, Lindsey was the head varsity coach at Dr. Phillips High School from 2006 to 2015. Gratefully, God led her here to TCS. We are blessed to have such a great teacher of the game! Lindsey has been married to her husband, Richard for 10 years. They have two girls who are TCS Lions, Mackenzie (4th grade) and Savannah (2nd grade). Lindsey teaches Hope (PE/Health) online for Orange County. She loves the beach and boating. Lindsey is also sister to our own Angela Harrison, TCS Development Specialist. Lindsey shares her favorite Bible verse: Psalm 16:8-9 – I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.

Mark Marshall
Coach Marshall has been coaching for TCS since his daughter Montona played for the Lions in 2006, making this his fourteenth year coaching TCS volleyball! Coach Marshall has been a TCS parent, board member and consistently a faithful coach. When he is not coaching, Mark is a Financial Advisor and family man. He has been married to his wife Teri for 36 years. His daughter, Montana, is currently working on her masters in business. Coach Wiborg says, “One of my favorite facts about Coach Marshall is that he played football for FSU and for Coach Bobby Bowden.” 

We love our coaches!

Welcome Jenny Smith

We are pleased to welcome Jenny Smith, second grade teacher, to The Christ School. “Growing up in Orlando, I have always heard wonderful things about TCS,” she says. “I love its reputation for putting Christ at the center of everything, while simultaneously providing an excellent education for its students. Upon interviewing, God truly confirmed that this is where He led me and wanted me to be. My favorite thing about TCS is being able to worship, pray, and lead my students into a closer relationship with Jesus. It is also a blessing to be surrounded by a community of believers and educators that embody Jesus’ love, compassion, and kindness. The community at TCS is truly unlike any other, and I am so grateful that God led me here.” 

“This is my fourth year in the classroom, and I have loved every minute of being a teacher,” says Jenny. “I first knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in third grade. I had the most incredible teacher that year who inspired me to follow in her footsteps. Her love for Jesus was evident in everything she did, and she was an incredible role model for me. We have kept in touch throughout the years, and I even had the joy of working with her during my first year in the classroom. I wanted to impact other people the way that she impacted me, which ultimately led to me becoming a teacher.” 

“Each day with my students brings so much joy,” Jenny continues. “The things I am most looking forward to this year are our class chapel day in March, creating and fostering a love of reading for my students, and seeing my students strengthen the friendships that they have with each other.” 

I have two brothers and one sister,” says Jenny. “My older brother lives in Savannah, GA and owns restaurants. I have a twin brother who lives in Tampa and is a lawyer. My younger sister just started at FSU in their law school program. My mom and dad live in Orlando. I have three adorable and energetic dogs that I love spending time with. My hobbies include running, yoga, and going to the theme parks. I’m also a big fan of Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and Target runs,” Jenny smiles. 

Jenny shares her favorite Bible verses:

“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

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5

“I consider these two verses my life verses, and they are the ones I always return back to when I need a refresher on God’s perspective. Jeremiah 29:11 is a comforting promise, as God promises that He knows His plans for us. He promises a future and a hope, no matter what season we may find ourselves in. I find joy and peace in the fact that there is no plan that is unknown to God. Proverbs 3:5 is also a great reminder to trust God and lean on His understanding, not our own. I have found peace, joy, and freedom in releasing my need to understand. Instead, I focus on trusting God and His Sovereignty,” she says.  

Investigate, Research, Innovate and Share

Middle school students have a new elective class offering this year to help them develop needed skills and learn more about things they enjoy. In IRIS (Investigate, Research, Innovate, and Share), students focus on topics of interest with guidance from their teacher. Students research various aspects of their topic and share their findings with the class through formal and informal presentations. IRIS students explore areas such as hobbies, careers, current events, historical impacts, influential figures, and travel destinations. This class empowers students to dive deeper into what interests them most and gives them opportunities to share their interests with their classmates, opening them up to new ideas and areas they may want to pursue.

Lions’ Sports News September 2

Middle School 
Our volleyball and cross country teams are on their way! The first competitions are just around the corner.

Volleyball 
Next Practices –  Thursday, September 3, and Tuesday September 8, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
First match of the season:
Monday, September 14, 4:30 pm at TCS!

Cross Country
Next Practice – Thursday, September 3, 4:00 pm
First meet of the season:
Saturday, September 12, 9:50 am at Trinity Prep

Please make sure all athletic  paperwork is turned in to the TCS office.

TCS Coach Spotlight
We are blessed with amazing coaches. We would like you to meet them! Our first Spotlight is on our middle school cross country head coach, Terra Townsend.

You may recognize Coach Townsend because she is also our Biblical Worldview, World History, Civics and Latin teacher. She is a proud mom of 2 TCS Lions and married to her best friend Gerald. This will be her 6th year here at TCS and her 4th year coaching our middle school cross country team. She loves  running and looks forward to long weekend runs to clear her mind! As of this spring, she has run a total of 27 half marathons and 2 full marathons in addition to countless 5Ks and 10Ks. Terra also is an avid crafter and reader and would rather read a book than watch TV any day. Coach Townsend’s hopes for this year is for each team member to have personal growth and improvement over the course of the season and to fall in love with running!  

Get to Know Kathy Whitman

We are delighted for you to get to know the teachers who have joined The Christ School team this year. We begin with Kathy Whitman, our 4th grade Bridge teacher. Kathy is a familiar face to many here at TCS, as she taught our lions for 12 years and rejoins us after a brief hiatus. Kathy says, “I’m a local girl, growing up and continuing to live in the downtown Orlando area. My family, all 25 of us, live within 5 miles of each other, so we are very close. I LOVE to travel and am ready to go anywhere. I also love to sing and have been fortunate enough to have performed with a group at Carnegie Hall a couple of years ago.”

This is my 22nd year teaching, says Kathy. “After a three-year sabbatical, I have returned to TCS to be a part of The Bridge program. It is a new and exciting time for the school and for me!

“My favorite thing about teaching 4th grade is the students! They are eager to learn,” Kathy continues. “I look forward to seeing the students light up with excitement to learn new things, have confidence in themselves, and celebrate the amazing talents each one has.”

 Kathy shares her favorite Bible verse:  Matthew 5:16 –
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Lions Sports News August 26

Welcome back TCS! We are very excited to see all of our Lions! As we start our fall journey, our sports season is under a little construction. Here are a few updates.

Middle School 
TCS will offer volleyball and cross country for middle school students this fall. Flag football is under consideration for our middle school league and we will let you know if that moves forward.

Volleyball
Volleyball Tryouts will be held September 1, 2 and 3 in the gym from 3:45 to 5:00 pm.  Please register online. Please be prepared with proper clothing, tennis shoes, knee pads, a mask and your own water bottle. Please do not forget your FHSAA paperwork and TCS Hold Harmless Waiver. All athletes will be temperature checked prior to entering the gym and must have all paperwork ready on the first day.

Cross Country
Cross Country practices will be Mondays and Thursdays, starting August 31, 4:00-4:45 pm on the green space. Practice will start in the Clayton Life Center Lobby. Please register online. Please be prepared with proper clothing, tennis shoes, a mask and your own water bottle.  Please do not forget your FHSAA paperwork and TCS Hold Harmless Waiver.  All athletes will be temperature checked prior to entering the gym and must have all paperwork ready on the first day.

Lower School
Lower school sports will begin with the winter season. Please stay tuned for updates and registration opportunities.

Student Support Spotlight, by Alissa Plaisance

Welcome, parents! It is hard to believe I am starting my sixth year at TCS. It has been such a blessing and an adventure to say the least! This year brings another step in our journey to develop great learners with new faculty and programs. I am so excited to introduce you to the newest members of The Bridge and the Student Support Center (SSC). It has been incredible to witness this team already starting their pre-planning time with chemistry between one another, collaboration, and passion for the students they will teach. 

I believe TCS has become a landmark in Orlando that supports all kinds of learners. Our Student Support Center programs and The Bridge are prime examples of how we nurture learners to be successful in many ways. Within the SSC, we will continue to have our Enrichment program, Academic Support, and Intensive Reading opportunities. 20-21 also brings the inaugural year of The Bridge which serves students with dyslexia in grades 2-4. Our teachers will specialize in teaching the Orton Gillingham approach to reading and will utilize multisensory math techniques to make math memorable. Additionally, our teachers will build upon dyslexic strengths such as creativity and thinking outside of the box to support their social emotional needs and self-confidence. 

I invite you to join me in prayer for our new teachers and programs at TCS. I am honored to introduce the SSC and The Bridge team to our TCS family! 

Courtney Morgan, 2nd grade Bridge teacher, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Iowa. Courtney’s experience includes teaching in both public and private schools to a wide range of age groups from Pre-K through 12th grade as well as adults in corporate settings and students with language and learning differences. Courtney holds a reading endorsement and is trained in Orton Gillingham and Multi-sensory Math.

Meredith Schott, 3rd grade Bridge teacher, earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbances from Florida State University. She also holds a Florida Teaching Certification in K-6 general education and K-12 ESE education. Meredith’s experiences include 9 years of teaching in the state of Florida working with students with learning differences providing small group instruction. 

Kathy Whitman, 4th grade Bridge teacher, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Florida State University. She also holds a Florida Teacher Certification K-6, Gifted Education Endorsement, and is trained in Orton-Gillingham and Multisensory Math. Kathy has been an educator for over 20 years, in both public and private schools, including 12 years at The Christ School. She’s blessed to be returning to TCS and excited to be a part of The Bridge program this year.

Meggen Breen, multisensory math teacher, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and her Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. She is also a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. Meggen’s experience includes teaching in public school, serving as a reading coach and as a private tutor. She is pursuing additional certifications in Orton Gillingham and Multi-Sensory Math. While she is not at school, Meggen loves spending time with her family at the beach. 

Jennie Farrant, Bridge Instructional Specialist, attended college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She went on to earn her Interrelated Special Education Certification from the University of Georgia and then a Master of Education degree in Reading Instruction and a Reading Endorsement from the University of West Georgia. Mrs. Farrant is an Associate with the Academy of Orton Gillingham (OG) and is currently working toward certification at the Certified Level. She has also been trained in Multisensory Math and is pursuing Practitioner Certification. Mrs. Farrant has been in education for over ten years in a variety of capacities. She has experience teaching in both a private and public school setting, in general and special education classrooms, and working one-on-one with students as a tutor. In her free time, Mrs. Farrant enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, reading, shopping, and doing puzzles. 

Nicole Hamilton, Bridge reading teacher, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health with a minor in Health Education from University of North Florida. She is certified in ESE, Prek-3rd, and Varied Exceptionalities. Nicole’s career has focused on children with developmental disabilities and learning differences. She has taught in both private and public school settings, in addition to  private tutoring. Nicole is pursuing her Associate level certification through the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. When Nicole is not at school she can be found running around with her 2 year old son, crafting with her 5 year old daughter, and laughing with her husband. Nicole is excited to join The Christ school team to be in a Christ-centered learning environment and  be near her daughter as she enters TK. 

Yvonne Doria, Academic Support and Intensive Reading Specialist, has her bachelor’s degrees in both theater and journalism from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and her master’s in Education from New England College. Throughout her career, Yvonne has worked in the public school and private school setting as well as a private tutor as an executive functioning coach and remediation specialist. Yvonne’s educational experience spans nine years in both the Northeast and in Florida as a learning specialist, intensive reading teacher, English teacher, and acting teacher across all grades (elementary through high school as well as adults as a private coach). She is trained in Wilson and Orton Gillingham and specializes in the remediation and intervention of Dyslexia, executive dysfunctions and behavior. This is Yvonne’s second year at The Christ School. This year, she will be joining us full-time along with her daughter, Linea, who will be starting her first year here at TCS in TK. Outside of school, Yvonne’s happy place is in the mountains.

Evelyn Salinero, Enrichment and Academic Support teacher, obtained a Master’s degree in Reading Education from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exceptional Student Education from Barry University. Evelyn is also ESOL endorsed and working towards a Gifted and Talented endorsement. She has over 17 years working with children in varying roles in both private and public schools. Evelyn’s passion is to reach each child’s potential and help them thrive. Having worked in the Caribbean with students with learning differences is one of her proudest moments. 

Vicki Taulbee, Academic Support and Classroom Assistant, earned her BA in special education from FSU. Vicki has worked as a classroom teacher and homeschooled her three children for six years before bringing them to The Christ School where she has worked as a receptionist and first grade aide for the past two years. During that time she received Orton Gillingham training and worked with small groups of students to improve their reading skills. Vicki is thrilled to have the opportunity to work more closely with the Bridge program, supporting both students and teachers.  

 

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