Category: News

Money Matters

Second grade students began an exploration of Economics by reading Money Madness, by David Adler. This expository text explores the concepts of bartering, the history of money, and how we use money today. The students created a timeline about the history of money that spanned from bartering in 6000 B.C. to digital money in modern times. In this unit of study, the students will explore the concept of supply and demand, how people must make choices because of limited resources, the benefits and costs of saving and spending, and how the US trades with other nations for goods and services.

Lions’ Sports News March 3

Middle School
TCS is roaring through track season! Our team had 34 athletes post a personal best at Monday’s meet. Great job, Lions!!

Track
Next Practices:
Thursday 3/4, 4:00-5:15 pm at ACE Academy
Wednesday 3/10, 4:00-5:15 pm at Boone High School
Next Meet:
Monday , March 8, 4:30 at Lake Highland

Basketball
We are offering a Basketball Clinic for our rising 6th-8th grade students (current 5th-7th grade). The clinic will be led by Coach Oz. 

TCS Middle School Basketball Clinic
Who: Current 5th -7th grade boys & girls
When: March 29, 30, 31 and April 1
Where: Gym – 3:45-5:00 pm
Please register here.

Volleyball
We encourage all our 5th – 7th grade ladies who are interested in trying out for volleyball to join us for our middle school volleyball clinic. The clinic and try-outs will be conducted by our wonderful Coach Carter. This clinic will provide drills to sharpen your volleyball skills and get you ready for try-outs. Middle school volleyball try-outs will be held on Thursday, April 29, for the fall 2021 season. 

 TCS Middle School Volleyball Clinic & Tryouts
Who: Current 5th -7th grade girls
When: April 26, 27, 28 & 29
Where: Gym – 3:45-5:00 pm
Please register here.
Registration Deadline is April 1

Lower School
This spring basketball season we are offering a basketball camp for our 3rd and 4th grade students led by Coach Oz.|
3rd & 4th grade Basketball Camp
Boys & Girls
March 22, 23, 24, 25
3:30-4:30 pm in the gym
Limited to 25 participants.
Campers will receive a TCS basketball t-shirt
Please register here.

Lions Sports News February 24

Middle School
The first track meet is in the books and our TCS Lions roared! The boys’ team finished the meet in 2nd place and the girls’ team took 3rd place. We are looking forward to the next meet on Monday, March 1, at The First Academy. TCS Let’s Keep Roaring!

Track 
Next Practices:
Friday February 26, 4:00-5:15 pm at Boone HS
Wednesday, March 3, and Thursday, March 4, 4:00-5:15 pm at ACE Academy
Next Meet:
Monday, March 1, 4:30 pm at The First Academy

Basketball 
If your child is interested in playing basketball next year in middle school, we are offering a Basketball Clinic for our rising 6th-8th grade students (current 5th-7th grade).
The clinic will be led by Coach Oz. 

TCS MS Basketball Clinic:
Who: Current 5th -7th grade boys & girls
When: March 29, 30, 31 and April 1
Where: Gym – 3:45-5:00 pm
Please Register Here.
Registration Deadline is March 1

Volleyball
We encourage all our 5th – 7th grade ladies who are interested in trying out for volleyball to join us for our middle school volleyball clinic. The clinic and try-outs will be conducted by our wonderful Coach Carter. This clinic will provide drills to sharpen your volleyball skills and get you ready for try-outs. Middle school volleyball try-outs will be held on Thursday, April 29, for the fall 2021 season. 

TCS Middle School Volleyball Clinic & Tryouts:
Who: Current 5th -7th grade girls
When: April 26, 27, 28 & 29
Where: Gym – 3:45-5:00 pm
Please Register Here.
Registration Deadline is April 1

Lower School
We are offering a basketball camp for our 3rd and 4th grade students led by Coach Oz this spring.
3rd & 4th grade Basketball Camp for Boys & Girls
March 22, 23, 24, 25
3:30-4:30 pm in the gym
Limited to 25 participants
Campers will receive a TCS basketball t-shirt
Please Register Here.
Registration deadline is March 1.

Developing Confident Speakers

TCS 6th grade students participate in a Youth Leadership/Public Speaking course to develop communication and leadership skills. The ability to express yourself clearly so that you are heard and understood is a lifelong skill. The students speak before an audience, evaluate each other and give feedback, practice impromptu speaking, discover the principle of good listening, lead entire sessions, and present their thoughts and ideas logically and convincingly. Their teacher, Mrs. Gibbs says, “Our Youth Leadership/Public Speaking course is a program of Toastmasters International and our sessions resemble an adult Toastmasters’ session. It is amazing to see the students develop their confidence as they step into the various roles each speaking session offers.”

Lions’ Sports News February 17

Middle School
Track 
Next Practices:
Thursday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 24, 4:00-5:15 pm at Boone HS
First Meet:
Monday, February 22, 4:30 pm at Trinity Prep

Basketball 
We are offering a Basketball Clinic for our rising 6th-8th grade students (current 5th-7th grade).
The clinic will be led by Coach Oz.
Who: Current 5th -7th grade boys & girls
When: March 29, 30, 31 and April 1
Where: Gym – 3:45-5:00 pm
Please Click here to register.
Registration Deadline is March 1

Volleyball
We encourage all our 5th – 7th grade ladies who are interested in trying out for volleyball to join us for our Middle School volleyball clinic. The clinic and try-outs will be conducted by our wonderful Coach Carter. This clinic will provide drills to sharpen your volleyball skills and get you ready for try-outs. Middle School volleyball try-outs will be held on Thursday, April 29, for the fall 2021 season.
TCS MS Volleyball Clinic & Tryouts:
Who: Current 5th -7th grade girls
When: April 26, 27, 28 & 29
Where: Gym – 3:45-5:00 pm
Please click this link to register.
Registration Deadline is April 1

Lower School
Basketball
We are offering a basketball camp for our 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls led by Coach Oz.
March 22, 23, 24, 25
3:30-4:30 pm in the gym
Limited to 25 participants.
Campers will receive a TCS basketball t-shirt
Please click this link to register.
Registration deadline is February 22.

Volleyball
This spring volleyball season we are offering a volleyball camp for our 3rd and 4th grade girls led by Coach Carter. 
April 12, 13, 14, 15
3:30-4:30 pm in the gym
Limited to 25 participants.
Campers will receive a TCS volleyball t-shirt
Please click this link to register.
Registration deadline is March 12.

 

Lions’ Sports News February 10

We are happy to offer spring basketball and volleyball opportunities for 3rd and 4th grade students! Additionally, students in 5th – 7th grades are invited to take part in our upcoming volleyball and basketball clinics. 

Middle School
Track
Next Practices
Thursday 2/18, 4:15-5:15 pm at Boone HS
First Meet
Monday – February 22, 4:30 at Trinity Prep

Basketball
If your child is interested in playing basketball next year in middle school, we are offering a Basketball Clinic for our rising 6th-8th grade students (current 5th-7th grade). The clinic will be led by Coach Oz. 

TCS MS Basketball Clinic
Who: Current 5th -7th grade boys & girls
When: March 29, 30, 31 and April 1
Where: Gym – 3:45-5:00 pm
Please click this link to register.
Registration Deadline is March 1

Volleyball
We encourage all our 5th – 7th grade ladies who are interested in trying out for volleyball to join us for our MS volleyball clinic.
The clinic and try-outs will be conducted by our wonderful Coach Carter. This clinic will provide drills to sharpen your volleyball skills and get you ready for try-outs.
MS volleyball try-outs will be held on Thursday, April 29, for the fall 2021 season. 

 TCS MS Volleyball Clinic & Tryouts
Who: Current 5th -7th grade girls
When: April 26, 27, 28 & 29
Where: Gym – 3:45-5:00 pm
Please click this link to register.
Registration Deadline is April 1

Lower School
This spring basketball season we are offering a basketball camp led by Coach Oz for our 3rd and 4th grade students:
3rd & 4th grade Basketball Camp
Boys & Girls
March 22, 23, 24, 25
3:30-4:30 pm in the gym
Limited to 25 participants.
Campers will receive a TCS basketball t-shirt
Please click this link to register.
Registration deadline is February 22.

Volleyball
This spring volleyball season we are offering a volleyball camp for our 3rd and 4th grade students, led by our very own Coach Carter.
3rd & 4th grade Volleyball Camp
Girls Only
April 12, 13, 14, 15
3:30-4:30pm in the gym
Limited to 25 participants.
Registration deadline is March 12.
Campers will receive a TCS volleyball t-shirt
Please click this link to register.

Lions’ Sports News February 3

Congratulations to our 6/7th grade  and 8/7th grade boys’ basketball teams. They finished the season with an awesome win yesterday. Thank you players and coaches for a great season. Way to Roar!

The Spring Sports Season is here and that means track teams are ready to go.
Track
Next Practices:
Monday, February 8, and Wednesday, February 10, 4:15-5:15 pm at Boone HS
First Meet:
Monday, February 22, 4:30 pm at Trinity Prep

Feel Good Fridays

Every Friday afternoon, both fifth grade homerooms gather together for a time of fellowship, reflection, and fun. The weekly tradition of “Feel Good Fridays” has brought the students closer together and is a great way to wrap up the week. The groups kick off this time with the students sharing what has been going on in their own lives that makes them feel good. Fifth grade teacher, Ms. Forbes says, “The comments shared have brought both roars of laughter as well as tears. What has made this sharing time so special is that the children truly have begun to open up and allow themselves to be vulnerable with one another.” During their time together, they have completed STEAM challenges, worked on their STORES project, set grade level goals, participated in ice breakers, learned about and participated in popcorn prayer, and most recently, ventured outside to compete in a photo scavenger hunt. Ms. Forbes continues, “The time spent with each other has been a game changer! The weekly event has allowed the grade to slow down a bit and enjoy the gift of one another’s company and strive to build a stronger community.” Ms. Combs added, “Our fifth grade family looks forward to this time each week with great anticipation. We cherish these moments!”

Lions’ Sports News January 27

Congratulations to our Lady Lions for an undefeated basketball season! They are the Citrus League Middle School Champions. Way to Roar Lions!

We are heading into the home stretch of our basketball season with one more game for the boys’ team. That means track season is around the corner.
Registration for middle school track is open. Please check out the information below and you can register through the provided link.

Basketball
Boys
Next Games:
6/7th grade
Monday, February 1, 4:00 pm at TCS
8/7th grade
Monday, February 1, 5:00 pm at TCS

Track
Track season will start with an orientation in the gym on Wednesday, February 3, 3:45-4:30 pm.
Practice will be held at Boone HS right after school. We are still working out the practice days with the facility, and will update everyone once the practice days are confirmed.
Meets will be held on Mondays at 4:30 pm as follows:
Monday – February 22 – Trinity Prep
Monday – March 1 – The First Academy
Monday – March 8 – Lake Highland Prep
Monday – March 22 – Trinity Prep 

Registration is open. Please follow the link below:

 2020-2021 Track Registration Form

 FHSAA forms, TCS Hold Harmless Form and TCS Sports Covid form are required for those who have not participated in a TCS middle school sport this year. 

Lions’ Sports News January 20

Our basketball teams are roaring through their season! 

Basketball
Boys
Next Games:
6/7th grade
Saturday, January 23, 9:00 am at Trinity Prep
8/7th grade
Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am at Trinity Prep
Next practice:
Wednesday, January 27, 3:45-5:00 pm

Girls
Next Games:
Thursday, January 21, 4:00 pm at TCS.
Saturday, January 23, 11:00 am at Trinity Prep
Tuesday, January 26, 4:15 pm at TCS
Next practice:
Monday, January 25, 3:45-5:00 pm

Exploring Life Cycles

Second grade students are exploring life cycles in a cross curricular unit. In Bible, they learned about the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Mustard Seed. After reading about different types of soil, the students engaged in a hands-on lab where they observed properties of different soil samples. As this unit continues, experiments will help our students discover which soil is best to grow seeds. They are looking forward to making recycled terrariums to observe plant life cycles and exploring the life cycle of Florida butterflies.

Coding a Sandwich Builds Important Skills

Middle school coding and robotics students developed algorithms to code the steps to make a sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich. Working in teams, they wrote their codes and asked their teacher, Ms. Wilkins, with ingredients in hand, to try each step. The students quickly discovered that coders must use very precise language and each step must be carefully considered. Details such as untying a twist tie, opening the bag, and taking out exactly two pieces of bread were forgotten, and then included, as the students worked through their carefully-crafted codes!

Lions’ Sports News January 13

We are roaring through our basketball games. We celebrated wins for both the boys and the girls this past week! Let’s go, Lions!

Basketball 
Boys
Next Games
6/7th grade
Wednesday, January 13, 4:30pm at Montverde Academy
Tuesday, January 19, 4:00 pm at TCS
8/7th grade
Wednesday, January 13, 5:30 pm at Montverde Academy
Tuesday, January 19, 5:00 pm at TCS
Next practice – Wednesday, January 20, 3:45-5:00 pm

Girls
Next Games
Thursday, January 14, 4:15 pm at TCS.
Thursday, January 21, 4:00 pm at TCS.
No practice Tuesday, January 19. 

Lions’ Sports News January 6

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
TCS Basketball is back in action!

Basketball
Boys
Next Games:
6/7th grade
Friday, January 8, 4:00 pm at The First Academy
8/7th grade
Friday, January 8, 5:00 pm at The First Academy
Next practice:
Wednesday January 11, 3:45-5:00 pm
Girls
Next Game:
Thursday, January 7, 4:15 pm at TCS.
Next practice:
Tuesday, January 12, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym

Snow Much Fun!

Our littlest Lions have been learning about all things snow. Since many of them have never seen snow, they decided to create their own snow in their classroom. Using various materials including corn starch, baking soda, conditioner, glitter and shaving cream, they created different types of “snow” and compared the differences between them such as which was the softest, crunchiest, and easiest to make snowballs with.  They also made a blizzard in a jar and experimented with freezing a variety of items. These wintery activities were perfect for a not-so-cold January week!

Real World Experience

Among our middle school elective class offerings is an option to serve as an assistant to a teacher or staff member at TCS.  Our student assistants help in a variety of ways and have opportunities to explore the field of education while building relationships with teachers, staff and students. Students begin the semester by creating a resume, which they use to introduce themselves to their assigned teacher or staff member. To build their resume, the students describe the skills they possess related to their assigned role, calculate their GPA, choose a favorite quote or Bible verse and ask teachers to provide references. This elective offers many opportunities to gain real world experience!

STEAM Nativity Engineers

Lower school STEAM students have been hard at work over the past few weeks designing and building a nativity scene. Students studied the Biblical story and completed research to accurately depict the scene. Each grade created a specific part. TK students created sheep using recyclable materials. Kindergarten students made baby Jesus and his manger full of hay. The angel and star of Bethlehem were put together by our first grade students. Mary and Joseph were built and decorated by second grade students, and third grade students built the three wise men and their gifts. The stable and background pieces were designed and constructed by fourth grade students. The fifth grade students used their knowledge of paper circuits to add light features and put the scene together. They worked collaboratively with their class and grade level. This was a challenging task requiring hard work and dedication to make our nativity scene come to life!

Lions’ Sports News December 16

Our basketball teams will take a break until we return after the new year. Have a very merry Christmas, TCS!

Basketball 
Boys
Next Games:
6/7th grade
Wednesday, January 6, 4:00 pm at TCS
Friday, January 8, 4:00 pm at The First Academy
8/7th grade
Wednesday, January 8, 5:00 pm at TCS
Friday, January 8, 5:00 pm at The First Academy
Next practice: Monday, January 4, 3:45-5:00 pm

Girls
Next Game:
Thursday, January 7, 4:15 pm at TCS
Next practice: Tuesday, January 5, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Gingerbread Realty Group

Fifth grade students were hired by the Gingerbread Realty Group located in the blistering cold North Pole. This season there are an unusually high number of elves seeking places to live. Our young real estate agents were in charge of overseeing construction and decoration of a gingerbread house and placing it on the market for sale. In order to convince prospective buyers to purchase their home, students worked to create a house that stood out from the others. Creative flyers, using vivid descriptions and specific word choices, were distributed by the students to entice elf buyers to tour their home.

Student Support Spotlight, by Alissa Plaisance

Super D Ville is a social emotional curriculum we utilize in the Bridge classrooms. I was very excited to hear that the creators of Super D are extending their resources with a learning opportunity called Super D! Friends: A Fun Safe Space for Kids with Learning Differences (ages 7-12).  Weekly online meetings will be held, facilitated by Emma and Maria, older mentors with Learning Differences. Emma has dyslexia and dyscalculia. She studied biology at Columbia University and is going to UCLA medical school next year. Maria has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. She is a junior at Missouri Baptist College. She is on the tennis team and is studying psychology. This is a neat way for children with ADHD and Dyslexia to connect with others while learning from role models they can relate to. You can sign up for a free session here. 

Lions’ Sports News December 9

We have one more game for each of our basketball teams before we head into the Christmas Break!  Let’s go Lions! 

Basketball 
Boys
Next Games:
8/7th grade
Thursday, December 10, 7:00 pm at Lake Highland
6/7th grade
Thursday, December 10, 6:00 pm at Lake Highland
Next practice:
Monday, December 14 and Wednesday, December 16, 3:45-5:00 pm

Girls
First Game:
Thursday, December 10, 4:00 pm at TCS.
Next practices:
Tuesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 17 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym

Try, Try Again!

7th and 8th grade Social Bridges students stacked paper and plastic cups, one on top of the other, and collaboratively attempted to pull papers out from under the cups. This game takes incredible precision and balancing skill; most people have to try several times before winning. Students watched as their classmates continued trying and failing over and over again, until finally getting it right. They were wonderful at encouraging each other and using positive words and a growth mindset to support their teammates, even when they failed.

After the activity, the students discussed how everyone fails sometimes. They talked about how we often feel embarrassed and afraid that people will judge us. The students came up with the conclusion, “God wants us to encourage others and make them feel comfortable, instead of criticizing them and making them feel pressure.”

Lions’ Sports News December 2

Our middle school basketball teams are off and running with their first games of the season.  We are so thankful to see our teams hit the court and compete. Let’s Roar, Lions! 

Basketball 
Boys
Next Games:
8/7th grade
Saturday, December 5, 9:30 am at Windermere Prep.
Monday, December 7, 4:00 pm at TCS vs Lake Highland
6/7th grade
Saturday, December 5, 8:30 am at Windermere Prep.
Monday, December 7, 5:00 pm at TCS
Next practice:  Wednesday, December 9, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym 

Girls
Our ladies had their first game moved to next week!
They will hit the court and ready to compete on Thursday, December 10, 4:00 pm at TCS vs Lake Highland.
Next practices: Thursday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 8, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

 

Welcome Dr. F!

The Christ School is delighted to welcome a special member of our TCS family to our teaching team. Dr. Terry Farrant, mother of our Head of School, Dr. Aaron Farrant, joins us as our 4th grade math teacher. “Aaron asked me to be in prayer for a TCS class that needed a teacher,” says Terry. “I had been praying about it and God spoke to my heart that He could use me so I submitted to that call and came to TCS.” 

“I had wanted to be a teacher since I was a small child. I would play with the neighborhood children and I was ALWAYS the teacher,” continues Terry, now affectionately known as “Dr. F” at TCS. “This will be my 36th year teaching. For four of those years I was the head of the school and still taught a class because I love teaching. I have taught just about every grade. The best thing about being a teacher is having the opportunity to impact my students academically and spiritually. I hope that some of my students at TCS who don’t really like math will fall in love with math.”

To follow God’s call to serve at TCS, Terry moved from Hebron, Ohio, for the school year. “I am happy to be at The Christ School,” she says. “The staff have been so loving, kind and helpful. The parents have also been very supportive.”

Terry has two children and four grandchildren (two TCS Lions, Eli and Austin). “I have been to all 50 states and many countries,” she says. “I enjoy being on the water, reading and watching a good movie with my husband.”

When asked to share her favorite Bible verse, Terry says, “I really have so many favorites, picking just one is a challenge!” 

STEAM Skills Help our Community

Middle school STEAM students have been investigating homelessness. After discussing situations that may cause homelessness and services available to help, the students were tasked to create a vision for a tiny home community for people in need. They designed the look and scope of their community, created a presentation board and a plan for a tiny home. The students are now working on the construction of a scaled model of their tiny home. In addition to giving the students a deeper appreciation for their many blessings, this project helped them understand many facets of community planning and how they can use their knowledge and skills to help others.

STEAM Nativity Collaboration

Lower school STEAM students have been exploring engineering all semester! As a culminating project, students are designing and constructing a large scale Nativity scene. Each grade will contribute a different part to the scene. Fifth grade students are investigating electrical systems and circuits to enhance the scene with light features. The final product will be on display in the school the week of December 14. Please stay tuned to our social media pages to see the design, construction, and photos of the finished product!

Shark Tank – STEAM Style!

Middle School Coding and Robotics students researched robots and robotic kits to enhance The Christ School STEAM Lab offerings. Given a budget, each student investigated a robotic kit of interest and created a presentation on why their kit would be the best choice for our STEAM Lab. They pitched their ideas to Mr. Ross, Director of Middle School, shark tank – style, presenting their findings and the reasons why TCS should choose their robot for our Lab. Stay tuned for the results!

Lions’ Sports News November 18

Basketball 

Our basketball teams are gearing up for their first games!  Let’s give them a big Lions’ ROAR as they begin competing!

Boys
First Games:
8/7th grade
Monday, November 30, 4:00 pm at TCS
Saturday, December 5, 10:00 am at Windermere Prep
6/7th grade
Monday, November 30, 5:00 pm at TCS
Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am at Windermere Prep
Next practices: Wednesday, November 18 and Wednesday, December 2, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym

Girls
First Game: Thursday, December 3, 4:15 pm at TCS
Next practices: Thursday, November 19 and Tuesday, December 1, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Instilling a Love for Reading

With a passion for reading and a love of teaching, Rachel Noto inspires our students to explore their interests through books each day. “My family always says that whenever I get into a good book, I wouldn’t even notice if the house was on fire!” says Rachel. “I am excited to share my love of reading by serving as media specialist at TCS. I enjoy the challenge of finding the perfect book for a student. Seeing a child’s face light up when they find a book they love to read is one of my favorite things about being the media specialist. I love talking with students about their favorite books.” 

“It has been wonderful reading through great books with my students and unpacking some of the deeper themes and lessons with them,” continues Rachel. “Even in books they may have read before, there’s always something new to discover!”

“I also serve as yearbook advisor,” says Rachel. “I have been enjoying watching my students gain confidence as they acquire new skills and discover where their strengths lie as they collaborate on different aspects of the yearbook.” 

Rachel and her husband Michael, TCS Director of Lower School, have been married for 18 years and have two girls, Margaret Anne, a TCS 7th grade Lion, and Emma, a TCS 4th grade Lion. “I lived in North Carolina for most of my life until moving down here to Florida last year,” she says.  “Living here has been great, especially the sunshine and the heat in the winter; I don’t miss the ice and snow. In addition to reading, I enjoy gardening and spending time outside, especially family trips to the beach to look for seashells.”

“I am happy that my family is part of The Christ School family,” says Rachel. “I am encouraged by the close-knit community here and being around people who treasure God’s Word. I am excited for my girls to have a strong academic foundation grounded in a Christian worldview, along with building relationships with faculty and staff that will help them engage with their teachers later on in high school and college.”

Rachel shares her favorite Bible verse: Psalm 105:4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”  

Lions’ Sports News November 11

Basketball
Our basketball teams are working hard and the first competitions of the season are just around the corner. It’s Hoop Time Lions!

Boys
First Games:
8/7th grade
Monday, November 30, 4:00 pm at TCS
Saturday, December 5, 10:00 am at Windermere Prep 

6/7th grade
Monday, November 30, 5:00 pm at TCS
Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am at Windermere Prep
Next practices – Monday, November 16, and Wednesday, November 18, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym

Girls
First Game:
Thursday, December 3, 4:15 pm at TCS
Next practices – Tuesday, November 17, and Thursday November 19, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym

 

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