“The Best Leaders Think First of the Good of Others” - Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Comes to SCCS

On Tuesday, September 17, 28 SCCS Student Leadership Council (SLC) students and their staff mentors gathered to kick-off an exciting partnership between SCCS and Chick-fil-A, the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, which partners nationally with over 31,000 high school students to develop leadership skills and encourage Impact Through Action. Over the course of the year, these student leaders will meet for seven Leader Labs to learn more about how to be a leader and they will accomplish three service projects to positively impact the community.

Students to Boldly Pray for the Country, SCCS and the Community

During the early morning hours on September 25, students from across the globe will gather around flagpoles in front of their school for See You At The Pole, a time of student-led prayer as they lift up prayer on behalf of their school, families, friends, churches and communities. “I am looking forward to See You At The Pole because it is such a wonderful opportunity for students to pray to the Lord for the well-being and protection of our country,” shared SCCS Senior, Courtney Lotz. “This is a time to reflect on what the Lord has so graciously bestowed upon us in the past and a chance to pray to Him to bless our country in the future. This is also a time to beg the Lord to change the hearts of people who are currently leading our country as well as to ask the Lord to bend their hearts and decisions toward Him. I hope that this will be a time of students coming before the Lord and truly pouring out their hearts to Him with their requests.”

College Applications: Preparing SCCS Seniors for Success

For SCCS Seniors, a moment they have been preparing for all of these years has arrived – the college application season. On Monday night, SCCS Seniors and their parents gathered to discuss final information regarding tips on timing, information to prepare, testing and more. “One of the best ways to approach this process is to first pray and then narrow down your college search by writing out your criteria,” advised Michele Puglisi, SCCS Director of Academics and College Advisement. “You have to critically think through what you really want in a college experience. Although the filter of programs and academics is crucial, think beyond that and consider the school size, distance from home and surroundings. Do you want to be at a small school, a mid-range or a large school (10K)? Do you enjoy knowing your professors? If so, you might want to pick a school where there are only 18 to 25 students in a class. Or perhaps if you don’t mind 500 in a lecture hall, you might like a bigger school.”

New Reading Program Helps Individualize and Propel Learning for Elementary Students

New this year, the Elementary school has added a reading program, Accelerated Reader, to help teachers and parents better assess where students are with their reading and how they can further support them to excel. “We chose Accelerated Reader because it is an individualized program that allows students to set reading goals and explore literature at their personal reading levels,” shared Lynn Kistler, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Academics. “Providing students with books at their level helps students grow in their reading ability and their comprehension skills. If a child chooses a book that is too difficult, he/she can become frustrated or lose the motivation to read. We hope that the individualized plan and reading goals will help avoid this.”

NEXUS: Uncommon

Uncommon: This was the topic of our two-day spiritual focus, NEXUS, held Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29. The first full week of school brought the secondary students a chance to set their minds on God. Students were able to have a change of pace and spend a couple hours each day fellowshipping, assessing and praying. NEXUS is a time set apart by SCCS to help its students have a right focus for the year. It is important for them to build relationships together, but also witness each other growing in relationship with God.

SCCS Junior Signs with University Soccer Team

Congratulations to SCCS junior Ellyanna Edwards who has just signed with Life Pacific University Women’s Soccer. She plans to study Human Development and Psychology at Life Pacific and join the soccer team as a fellow Warrior. “I am most excited about playing for Life Pacific University because I’ll get to be on a team with girls who love Jesus and love soccer but are also working for a higher purpose - to glorify God,” shared Ellyanna. “I’ll get to be part of a tight-knit group of players who are striving to compete and win but also be a light for Jesus as well! It’s an opportunity to go to an amazing school but also an opportunity to play college-level soccer.”

2019 Love and Logic Educator and Parent Retreat

June 24th-26th, Pastor Wiley Kennedy and Lia Kennedy attended the 2019 Love and Logic Educator and Parent Retreat in Colorado. Founded in 1977 by former principal Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences.

Students Test their Knowledge of Probability and Statistics

Last week, Algebra 2 students enjoyed the results of their study of Probability and Statistics as they played board games which they created themselves. “Students created board games that were fun, fair and yet challenging where everyone had an equally likely chance of winning,” shared Mrs. Agajanian, Algebra teacher and Math Department Chair. “This allowed them to implement their new-found knowledge of probability and statistics.”

7th Grade Students Create, Sell, Earn to Benefit Others

Last Friday from 9am to noon in the gym, 7th grade students exercised their math, creative and marketing skills as they sold products to the entire school body. Powered with information from school surveys to determine which products were marketable and $45 to $60 loans from their parents, each group of three to four students had their eyes set on being the team to make the most profit.