SUPERINTENDENT QUARTERLY March 2019 Big Valley Christian School || Christ-Centered, College Prep

Our Christ-Centered Department
We are committed to incorporating discipleship into every aspect of our school. Discipleship, or the process of learning about the teachings of Jesus, internalizing them and then acting upon them, is critical to our mission of preparing and nurturing our students to impact the world for Christ.
This month, we sent 17 high school students and 5 staff members to the Dominican Republic to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Having our students make a global and local impact is at the core of who we are as a discipleship school.
On March 18th, we will be hosting our first Annual Pastor Appreciation Event. This event will be held to honor the many pastors that shepherd our students each week. Pastors from almost 60 churches in our community are being invited. We will host a reception, give a campus tour, and enjoy a performance of Noah’s Ark by our Kindergarten class. We will also have some great gifts/resources for them. We can’t wait to enjoy a morning of fellowship with the pastors in our community!
Also, we are very excited to announce that the Children of the World International Choir is coming on Wednesday, March 20! We will have a special all-school chapel for PS-12th grade at 9:45 a.m. in the Worship Center. Parents are invited to join us for this event, and we hope to see you there!

From our College Prep Department
We are committed to providing our students with rigorous academics that will fully prepare them for future success. At the same time, our students are taught biblical truth as God’s Word is integrated into each area of study. We believe that academic growth and spiritual growth go hand in hand.
Part of our academic program includes participating in the Association of Christian Schools International Spelling Bee. Our students and their coach, Danette Kennedy, experienced outstanding success at all levels of the ACSI Spelling Bee this year. At the District Spelling Bee, 19 BVCS students in grades 1-8 placed in the top 4. As a result, BVCS had 4 students in grades 5-8 qualify for the Regional (state level) Spelling Bee. The Regional Spelling Bee consisted of 54 students from 14 different district spelling bees throughout California. After hours of studying and competing, our very own EJ Ledesma, an 8th grade student, has qualified to advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. on May 4th. Congratulations EJ and Coach Kennedy!

Theatre Arts at BVCS
The purpose of Big Valley’s theatre arts department is to train and equip students to use their gifts in the arts whether on or off stage. Our goal is to provide opportunities where students can see that their talents are from the Lord and should be used in a way that glorifies Christ.
You won’t want to miss the upcoming elementary production of Aristocats March 7th and 8th in the high school MPR. We already have 418 people who have bought a ticket to attend one of the four performances!

BVCS Athletics
The BVCS fall season ended with great playoff finishes for our high school teams. Our boys cross country team won its first league title and qualified as a team for the CIF divisionals and the Masters races. Football also won league, went 9-1 and received a first round bye and made it to the CIF section semi-finals. Girls volleyball finished second in league and made it to the CIF section semifinals as well. We saw the addition of our 6th grade girls volleyball team and with that record numbers of girls going out for our junior high and elementary volleyball teams.  
Winter sports always brings out a lot of students and excitement. With over 120 kids participating in winter sports, it was a busy time with girls and boys soccer, cheerleading, girls and boys basketball and boys wrestling. Wrestling won the section team title this year, adding another CIF blue banner to the gym wall. Nine individual wrestlers made it to the CIF divisional meet and Joshua Grabowski made it to the Masters meet, capping off a great senior season. Boys basketball competed well in league and made it to the CIF section semifinals this year. We added a 6th grade team for girls basketball, as well as having 3 levels of junior high boys basketball. Our boys basketball finished in third place in the league final tournament. Overall a very good winter season.
Facility improvements continue to be made as we doubled the size of the weight room and have started adding more equipment to upgrade the facility. We are continuing to fund raise for the stadium bleachers so we can finish off some seating in the football/soccer/track stadium.

Welcome Bill Ray!
As we look ahead to the start of another school year, we will be bringing on Mr. Bill Ray as our 7-12 Assistant Principal to assist in the oversight of the junior high and high school programs. This will allow me to work toward giving my full attention to my role as Superintendent.
I will be working with Bill as his direct supervisor as he transitions to BVCS and learns all about our amazing school. I will continue to provide oversight and leadership to the 7-12 program at BVCS for the 2019-2020 school year.Please celebrate God’s faithfulness with us as we look forward to this next season of opportunity to nurture and equip students to impact the world for Jesus Christ at Big Valley Christian School. We are grateful for your partnership

Great Parent Resource
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