Sixth graders visited the Learning Barge to see a working eco-system up close and personal and learn about the Elizabeth River watershed!
From The Learning Barge, Elizabeth River Project:
The Elizabeth River Project's Dominion Virginia Power LEARNING BARGE is the world's first floating wetland classroom and America's Greenest Vessel. It's a "steward ship," teaching students of the river environmental stewardship actions and showing how to make the Elizabeth River healthier!
Powered by sun and wind and equipped with live wetlands, an enclosed classroom, composting toilets and a rainwater filtration system, the 120 by 32 foot Learning Barge is designed to both model and teach ecology and sustainability to the next generation of lower Chesapeake Bay stewards. The mission is making restoration of the Elizabeth River a reality.
Students learn by doing aboard the award-winning steel deck barge with live wetlands designed by the University of Virginia and owned and operated by The Elizabeth River Project. The barge is a unique and powerful living laboratory for students to learn about river science, the Elizabeth River watershed, ecosystem, stewardship and restoration efforts. As America’s Greenest Vessel, her “green” design demonstrates sustainable practices for home and school. Students come aboard thinking globally and leave equipped to make a difference in their community.
Congratulations to our TWO State Handwriting Champions! Mrs. Tracy Cox, Principal of the Foundations and Bridge Academies, proudly announced that two of our lower school students have been named State Champions in the national Zaner-Bloser handwriting competition! Third grader John Fox and fourth grader Madison Benson both earned the State Champion title in their respective grade levels.
John & Madison are now eligible to compete for a Grand National Champion title to be announced later this month. This year marks the 26th national handwriting contest and saw over 275,000 students participating.
Way to go, John and Madison!
Thank you to all of the students, families, and volunteers who showered our faculty and staff with love during Teacher Appreciation Week 2017!
On Monday, our teachers and staff arrived to find every classroom and office door decorated with encouraging messages and displays of creativity from their students and parents! Thank you to all of the room moms and helpers who made this wonderful surprise possible. The teachers were also treated to a warm breakfast from Huddle House to start the week off.
Teachers walked into a "Snack and Supply" room on Tuesday, overflowing with classroom supplies such as dry erase markers, sharpies, stickers, and post-its, as well as yummy snacks and treats to stay fueled! Teachers were invited to come in throughout the day and take whatever they wanted for their classrooms. There was so much to choose from, nobody left empty-handed!
Wednesday started off with a surprise "Appreciation Station." Teachers were given a golden ticket where they chose, in order of preference, up to 118 gifts! The gifts would be raffled off to the teachers on Friday as a final Thank You for all they do. For lunch, teachers were treated to boxed lunches from the Hilltop Chick-Fil-A, complete with thank you notes to bless and encourage them.
Thursday was a sweet day! GCA parents baked dozens upon dozens of cookies in all flavors, shapes, and sizes for a cookie and coffee bar! The mid-day pick-me-up was very special, as everything was hand-crafted by our amazing families to bless our GCA faculty and staff! …and as a special treat, Mrs. White made her famous and highly sought-after Coffee Punch!
Teacher Appreciation Week concluded on Friday with a fantastic grand finale which included a beautiful luncheon and the golden ticket raffle. Each of our faculty and staff members walked away with an item from the Appreciation Station and as an added bonus, there was so much extra food from the delicious luncheon, we were able to provide the Union Mission with food to feed the homeless that evening!
Thank you to the many parents and families who participated in blessing our faculty and staff! Through the giving of your time, resources, creativity, and prayers, the entire GCA team has been encouraged and blessed by the tremendous outpouring! Thank you!
...And a very special thank you to our own Mrs. Marne Buchanan, who organized the week’s events and worked tirelessly to make each day extraordinary for her GCA team-mates! Marne, you are amazing!
To see photos from each day, visit our Facebook page!
GCA is participating in a pilot program for a new reading software and students from our Foundation and Bridge Academies are getting in on the action! The Moxie Reader Program is a research based tool to help encourage and perfect independent reading in the classroom. Allowing for personalized reading goals and smart analysis that adjusts to each student's pace and history, this tool helps students discover and nurture their love of reading!
Lower School students are acting as part of the software’s Beta Testers by using the program and giving feedback on how the platform can be better tailored to their needs. Students are seeing first-hand how technology is a tool to solve problems in the world around them!
Students are seen here helping technology coordinator, Mrs. Amanda-Lee Pitzer, upload data using Moxie’s rapid book scanning and book leveling tools.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Greenbrier Christian Academy! Our halls have a pink hue today as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and think about the greatest gift of love ever. We love you, Jesus!
Our Gators have been showing their school spirit as we look toward our Homecoming weekend with a week’s worth of fun themed days! Our Homecoming week theme this year took on a Disney flair, with days matching up to favorite Disney movies.
The week kicked off with “Monster’s University” Monday, with our GCA Gators wearing their favorite college gear. We saw friends, teachers, and even whole classes twinning it on Twin Tuesday (inspired by The Parent Trap) and Wednesday may have gone down as the most comfortable day at school ever as students finally got a pajama themed “Sleeping Beauty” day! The halls filled with Hawaiian shirts and flower leis for “Lilo and Stich” Hawaiian day and the week wrapped up with “Tick Tock Croc” Friday as we represent our Gator pride in Orange and Blue Gator wear!
After an exciting week, we hope to see you at our annual Homecoming Game Saturday, February 4th. Below is the schedule for the night’s activities. Go Gators!
Homecoming Schedule: Saturday, February 4, 2017
2:00pm - 1st Annual Alumni Coed Volleyball Game
3:30pm - Annual Alumni Coed Basketball Game
5:30pm - Alumni Room Opens (GCA Cafeteria)
6:45pm - 2017 Homecoming Court Announced
7:30pm - GCA v. Unite Sports Academy Tip Off
Half Time - Presentation of Homecoming Court and Announcement of 2017 Homecoming Queen