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Greater Atlanta Christian Celebrates the Resurrection
4/18/2014

The Senior High Chapel class and members of the faculty at Greater Atlanta Christian School led us in an incredible worship experience to remember the death of Christ on Good Friday and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter. He tore the veil and gave us promise and hope for eternal salvation.  Watch a video clip of the 2014 Good Friday/Easter Chapel.

What did God feel when he saw His one and only Son die on the cross? As simple-minded humans we are unable to know what God felt or experienced that day. But, we can feel the power of the resurrection. There is such promise and hope in what God did on Easter. When His Son rose from the grave, he not only conquered death, but gave us hope for an eternity with Him. The power, promise, and excitement doesn't stop with Easter.  As we remember the death of Christ on Good Friday and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, we are reminded that the best is yet to come.

Greater Atlanta Christian School faculty member, Dana Davis shares with us the words of Peter through his recent blog post "Result."  Peter says in the Bible that certain promises are on our horizon.


The Best Exercise to Prepare for College
4/2/2014
Is there a way to know how colleges make admissions decisions? The Atlanta Invitational Case Studies (AICS), coming to the GAC campus Sunday, April 27, gives a unique opportunity to juniors and their parents from several Atlanta-area independent schools. They meet with admissions officers from over 50 colleges and universities from across the country and learn firsthand how college admissions decisions are made.

A parent of a junior last year had this to say about the Atlanta Invitational Case Studies experience, “Tell people they must not miss it. It was extremely informative and helped take some of the mystery out of the college admissions process.”  All GAC juniors and their parents are invited to attend and are urged to RSVP by Tuesday April 22. The GAC College Counseling Office is looking for 100% participation from our junior class.

This is the fifth year GAC juniors and parents have been part of AICS, and the second year GAC has hosted the event. Part of what makes the program effective is before the event, parents and students review four sample college applications. On the day of the event, participants will break into small committees and be guided by admissions professionals to decide which applicants will be accepted to a sample university. This exercise acquaints the students with the college application reading process that they will actually be experiencing in the near future. Following the breakout sessions, students and parents attend a college fair where they can speak directly to the college representatives participating in the AICS program.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity at GAC not just to learn about how college decisions are made, but also to host the recruiters from some of America’s most highly ranked colleges on our campus. The college recruitment professionals coming to this event are invited because they are highly experienced and skilled in reading applications that include student essays, teacher and counselor letters, and the leadership and activities of student applications. We are very pleased to have this group of seasoned professionals to give us insight into the process, and to give students a chance to meet them as well.

It is important to understand, because of the structure of the day, this is only for GAC juniors and those invited from participating schools only. This is not an occasion to pass on the invitation to others. For more information about the AICS event, please contact your college counselor, Mrs. Dowdy or Mrs. Davis.

What colleges are coming to the AICS event?
Agnes Scott College Loyola University New Orleans
Birmingham Southern College Mercer University
Boston University Millsaps College
Brandeis University Northeastern University
Bucknell University Oglethorpe University
Case Western Reserve University    Presbyterian College
Centre College Rhodes College
Clayton State University Rice University
Colgate University Samford University
College of Wooster Sewanee: The University of the South
Colorado College Skidmore College
Dickinson College Southern Methodist University
Eckerd College St. Lawrence University
Elon University Sweet Briar College
Emory University Syracuse University
Franklin University Switzerland The University of Alabama
Furman University Tufts University
George Washington University Tulane University
Georgia College University of Georgia
Georgia Southern University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Georgia Institute of Technology University of Miami
Goucher College University of Richmond
Grinnell College University of Virginia
Hollins University Vanderbilt University
The Johns Hopkins University Wake Forest University
Lafayette College  *list is subject to change



Students Serve During Spring Break
4/2/2014
Why do we send so many of our students on mission trips during their Spring Break? Our children are growing up in a global world and it is our desire to change the lives not only of those they serve, but also to change the lives of our students as they experience service through missions. Hundreds of GAC Junior High and Senior High students and faculty will travel in the U.S. and abroad during Spring Break to serve others, grow their relationship with Christ, form deeper friendships, learn more about their life calling, and explore new environments.

Please pray for our students and faculty as they serve as Jesus did.
  • 7 Bridges – Atlanta, Georgia
  • City of Children - Ensenada, Mexico
  • Casas por Cristo – Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Independent Baptist Mission for Jamaica – Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Shiloh New York City – New York, NY
  • Horn Creek – Westcliffe, Colorado
  • South Baton Rouge Church of Christ – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

For more information about mission trips at Greater Atlanta Christian School, contact Trip and Missions Coordinator, Amanda McMaster.


GAC’s Martin Heads to the Jordan Brand Classic
4/2/2014
Coach Eddie Martin's postseason honors continue as he has been named as one of the coaches for the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic basketball game on April 18 in Brooklyn, NY. This game, which will be televised on ESPN, showcases the top high school basketball seniors in the nation. As his regular season ended capturing the State AA Championship title, Coach Martin continues to receive well-deserved accolades. He has been named the Metro Atlanta Coach of the Year and the Gwinnett County Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season. This year's Varsity Spartan team was Coach Martin’s 6th overall state championship and his first undefeated team. The GAC Spartans finished in the top 10 in USA Today's national rankings.


GAC Hires Former WNBA Star as Head Basketball Coach
3/20/2014
Coach Lady Hardmon Grooms has been named head girls' basketball coach at Greater Atlanta Christian School. Lady replaces Cal Boyd who recently resigned after five very successful seasons with the Spartans.

Greater Atlanta Christian School's Director of Athletics, Dr. Tim Vick says, "GAC's girls' basketball program was blessed by the excellent work that Coach Boyd did and she will be blessed because of Coach Grooms. Lady is the total package. Not only does she possess a rich background in the game of basketball, but she encompasses the type of individual who will thrive in the GAC environment because of her spirit, work ethic and commitment to the Christian mission of our school. I can't wait to see her in action!"

Lady was most recently the coach at GISA girls' basketball powerhouse Arlington Christian School in Fairburn, GA. Since her inaugural year (2008), her teams have won four state championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), was a State Runner-up (2013), and placed in the Final Four this past season (2014).

Lady graduated from Brown High School, received a basketball scholarship to play for Coach Andy Landers at the University of Georgia where she earned a B.S. in Education. While at UGA, Lady was All-SEC (1990 & 1992) and finished her career among the Lady Dogs' top 10 in career scoring, assists, and steals. She was named an SEC Legend in 2010. She was a first round pick for the WNBA's Utah Starzz (1997) and then played for the Sacramento Monarchs (1998). Lady has had eight (8) years of playing professionally in the U.S. and thirteen (13) years of playing in the international arena. She has also served as the Assistant Coach for the New York Liberty WNBA basketball team, concentrating on player development, scouting for recruits, and game preparation.

Dr. Vick adds, "It may seem that Lady is totally consumed with basketball and that is all there is to her life. She certainly does have a passion for the game. However, folks will soon realize that there is more to Lady than just the game of basketball. She loves her family dearly and sees GAC as a great opportunity for her and her husband, Wendell, to raise their daughter, Gabbie, in an environment that will inspire her faith and provide her with numerous opportunities to experience personal growth and excellence."



Early Childhood/Elementary Leadership Team Announcement
3/18/2014
Several months ago we announced that during the summer Dr. Brad Schultz would step up to lead the Early Childhood & Elementary as Principal. We are pleased to share the following individuals will be joining Brad in advancing GAC’s K3-5th grade program to new heights as the 2014-15 school year begins. While we’re not done with all the plans for the 2014-15 yet, we wanted to share these new roles with you today.

Rhonda Helms
Early Childhood & Elementary Assistant Principal

A 17-year veteran teacher, Rhonda has consistently displayed a commitment to excellence in every role and endeavor. Over the course of her career, Rhonda has worked in both public and private school settings. While working in public schools for 11 years, Rhonda served in a variety of roles from Grade Level Chair to Grade Level Trainer for the AIMS (Activities in Math & Science) Program, to School of Excellence Committee Member – just to name a few. She was also recognized as Teacher of the Year at her previous school. Rhonda's talents were utilized at a large district level as a member of the Technology Committee, the Report Card Revision Committee, and the Gifted Students Committee among others. Working as a 4th Grade teacher at GAC for six years now, Rhonda has been Grade-Level Chair, a mentor to student teachers, and served on the Elementary Leadership Committee.

Rhonda holds a B.S. in Education from Lipscomb University with a minor in Distributive Math & Science and Masters in Elementary Education from Armstrong University. Rhonda and her husband, Ted, attend Snellville Church of Christ with their three sons.


Antwawn Sheats
Elementary Guidance Counselor

Antwawn is a graduate of Morris Brown College with a B.A. in History, as well as a Masters in School Counseling from the University of Georgia, plus an Educational Specialist degree (Lincoln Memorial University). Antwawn notes that his academic and counseling career has been centered on his ability to connect directly with students to “navigate their individual strengths … as they pursued their academic goals.” During his 14-year career, Antwawn has worked in both public and private schools, such as the Galloway School, serving as a classroom teacher, athletic coach, and academic guidance counselor. For the past five years he has been Assistant Administrator and School Counselor at Clarke Central High School. 

A requested speaker at conferences and lectureships, Antwawn’s heart for mission and ministry is evidenced by his work with organizations such as the Red Cross, Atlanta Falcons Youth Football Program, Habitat for Humanity, and Alpha Phi Alpha College Access Initiative. Antwawn and his wife, Kameron attend Campus Church with their two daughters.


"I’m excited about the complimentary strengths embodied by the future Early Childhood/Elementary administrative leaders. Rhonda Helms is a master educator who will provide guidance and expertise in the areas of curriculum and instruction as Assistant Principal. Antwawn Sheats, the future Elementary Counselor, will have an instant impact on our students and families. He is a man of great character and will continuously focus on meeting the needs of our students." -- Dr. Brad Schultz









Mitchell Baker

Guidance Counselor

With the addition of Antwawn at the Elementary level, Mitchell is able to expand his work in guidance counseling to include students at the secondary level as he has desired to do for some time now. Mitchell's reputation of strength and wisdom is widely known and respected throughout the GAC community. He is the founder within the GAC community of All Pro Dads. You will hear more about his roles in secondary counseling soon.

Please pray for, congratulate, and support these educators as they work with us on the path forward to shape GAC's students and their future.



Undefeated Spartans Clinch AA State Basketball Title Again
3/10/2014
Congratulations to the Spartan Boys Basketball team for their exciting 58-55 victory over Calhoun in the AA State Finals on Friday in Macon. This marks the 4th state title in 5 years for Coach Eddie Martin. The Spartans were led on the court by senior Isaiah Wilkins with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Isaiah was recently named the Metro Atlanta Boys Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Cam Boyd and Troy Morrison hit key pressure free throws in the game’s closing minute to help the Spartans hold on to their narrow lead. The game was not decided until the final buzzer as Calhoun's desperation 3-point attempt bounced away and the celebration began.

Just as impressive as the boys' undefeated season (32-0) and national ranking (#12 in USA Today) was the overwhelming turnout of our students and fans for the title game as they came in 'White Out' and completely filled the coliseum's largest end zone seating area. Tournament officials stated that the GAC students were the single largest and most enthusiastic student cheering section for any of the 14 state championship games scheduled over the weekend. The '6th man' in the stands made a huge positive difference for the Spartans on the court.

Friday's championship victory was Coach Eddie Martin's 7th overall state championship as he led Norcross to 3 straight state titles in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Coach Martin was recently named the 2014 A-AAA Garland Pinholster Boys Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. This year's team is Coach Martin' first undefeated team in his career. It is also the first undefeated boys' team for any school in Gwinnett County history.


Rockets, Brains, Sports - Oh My!
3/10/2014

Have you ever wondered how a dog’s brain and a human brain compare? What about the physics behind your favorite sport? You aren’t alone! Seventh and eighth grade students host the Science Expo this week to show off their research, experiments, and creations to their GAC family, community leaders, and state legislative representatives.

Working independently or in groups of up to three, students choose a science or engineering topic that they are able demonstrate to Expo guests. Working in collaboration with the Junior High science faculty, young scientists go through rounds of teacher and peer review before their project “goes live” at the Expo. Dana Pritchett, the Science Expo Coordinator shares, “The Expo brings together many important skills needed to be a scientist. The students must research and learn scientific principles with hands on activities. They must also be able to communicate and teach those principles. It takes creativity, a great imagination, and a strong work ethic to have a successful presentation. I am so proud of what the students accomplish for the Expo!”

7th Grade Science Expo
March 11 – Long Forum

Open to the public 8:30-11:30AM
Awards ceremony 12:45PM

8th Grade Science Expo
March 11 – Long Forum
Open to the public 5:00-8:00PM
Awards ceremony 7:30PM

Several awards are given for each grade level during the Science Expo:
Best in Class (chosen by the teacher of the class)
Best in Show (decided by all science teachers)
Second in Show (decided by all science teachers)
Third in Show (decided by all science teachers)


Need the Perfect Gift?
3/10/2014

Trying to find the perfect teacher, graduation or Mother’s Day gift? Look no further. The 4th Annual Artist Extravaganza March 27-29 in the Student Family Center showcases 30 galleries featuring original works of art by local artists including paintings, photography, prints, pottery, fashion, jewelry, and much more. Kids crafts are new this year for our youngest Spartans to enjoy after school on Friday and all day Saturday. There are pieces available for purchase for all budgets. Visit the Artist Extravaganza website for more information or contact Sheila McKellar. The Artist Extravaganza is open to everyone. Purchases are tax-exempt and all proceeds benefit the visual and performing arts programs at GAC.

As you enjoy the Artist Extravaganza, don't miss the 10th Annual Black & White Gala. Experience student performances in music, drama, and dance and see beautiful works of art created by Junior High and Senior High visual art students. For more information on the Black & White Gala, contact Elaine Adams.

Thurs., March 27 – 2:00-6:00PM
- Artist Extravaganza
Thurs., March 27 - 6:00PM - Black & White Gala
Fri., March 28 – 7:30AM-4:30PM - Artist Extravaganza
Sat., March 29 – 10:00AM-3:00PM - Artist Extravaganza


Secure Your Child's Spot for Next Year
3/3/2014
Re-Enrollment ends for current GAC families this Friday, March 7. It's our priority to take care of our current parents and students, but enrollment opens up to prospective families next week! Don't let this opportunity pass you by - Move Forward with GAC. If you have questions about your family's re-enrollment, please contact the Student Accounts office.


Spartans Take the Court for State Championship Title
3/3/2014
Coach Eddie Martin's boys basketball team goes for their 2nd consecutive AA State Championship (and the 4th in the past 5 years) this Friday, March 7 at 4:45PM in the Macon Centreplex. The Spartans will face Calhoun for the title. The Yellow Jackets are Region 7AA champions and have a 24-2 overall record. The Spartans are 31-0 and are currently ranked as the #1 team in all classifications in Georgia and the #13 team in the nation by USA Today. The team is led by senior Isaiah Wilkins, one of the leading candidates for the title of Mr. Georgia Basketball at the end of the season. Isaiah has committed to play for the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC next year, teaming up with GAC graduate Malcolm Brogdon. Last year, GAC fans came out in huge numbers for the championship game in Macon and we look forward to seeing the Spartan Nation rise up again on Friday.


Super Six Athletes
3/3/2014
Congratulations to three of GAC’s top student athletes on being named as Super Six Athletes in Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Micah Abernathy – Track & Field
Gunner Cape – Lacrosse
Darius Slayton – Track & Field


National Junior Honor Society Students Excel
3/3/2014
Ninety-nine of our 7th and 8th graders were inducted into the GAC Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. These students excel in scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. See a complete list of new inductess into NJHS.


STAR Student
3/3/2014
Hannah O’Hara was recognized by the faculty as GAC’s 2014 Star Student. Hannah has the highest SAT score in the senior class at GAC. With this honor, the STAR Student identifies the faculty member who has been most influential in their education. Hannah named Hayden Lane, Senior High Latin and Psychology teacher, as the 2014 STAR Teacher. Hannah shares, “I selected Coach Lane because of his huge impact on me in and outside the classroom. I’ve had him as a teacher all four years of senior high and he is always willing to go the extra mile for his students.”


Strengthening Families Workshop
2/27/2014
The entire community is invited to attend the Strengthening Families Workshop to get parenting tips and tools from experts - Sun., March 16 from 2:00-5:00PM in Williams Fine Arts Center at Greater Atlanta Christian School. National parenting experts and GAC dads, Hal Runkel and Dr. Major Boglin will lead workshops geared to different age groups equipping parents.

Parents of K-5th graders - Workshop by Dr. Major Boglin
Major leads a workshop on building healthy, long-lasting relationships with their children.

Parents of 6th-12th graders - Workshop by Hal Runkel
Hal leads a workshop equipping parents with tools to launch their teens into adulthood.

Childcare is available for K-5th students; homework help is also available for 6th-8th students. The event is $10 per family unit. Register now.


Spelling Bee Buzzes Into Elementary
2/21/2014
Top spellers in grades 3-5 competed in the Elementary Spelling Bee and were supported by their classmates, teachers, and family. Eight students from each grade were asked to spell words in front of their peers that would require most of us to Google the correct spellings. This year's top award goes to 4th grader Alex Hermosillo. Way to go spellers!
Joining GAC Parent Organizations During Re-enrollment
2/10/2014
Re-enrollment for the 2014-15 school year begins Wednesday, February 12. As you re-enroll your children for next year, you will also have the opportunity to join with other GAC families who support the school programs through our 5 parent organizations. Please consider these additional ways to be involved in the GAC community by joining one or several of these groups.

The Parent Teacher Organization's mission is to link the GAC family of parents, teachers, staff, and administration for the benefit of the students. The PTO sponsors special speakers, teacher treats, welcome committees, school directories, mini-grants for teachers, and the All Pro Dad's and iMom breakfasts. Membership will include a printed copy of the 2014-15 school directory.

The Ladies Association for Christian Education is the longest standing parent organization at GAC and offers a way for moms to get involved in the GAC community and connect with other GAC moms. LACE helps raise funds for the school through special events like "Let's Light the Night," gently used uniform sales, plant sales, and book fairs.

The Patrons of the Arts supports all of the fine arts activities at GAC in Elementary through Senior High including drama, band, orchestra, choir, and visual arts. Their mission is to help improve facilities and provide equipment to support an excellent arts program. The Patrons are sponsors of the annual GAC Artist Extravaganza.

The Academic Booster Club supports GAC competitive academic teams in Elementary through Senior High including the Academic Teams, Debate, Envirothon, Math Team, Mock Trial, Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics Team, Science Olympiad, and the Web Design Team.

The Spartan Booster Club supports all of the athletic teams on campus in Junior High and Senior High as well as recognizing and honoring GAC coaches and athletes. These parents bleed red and gold.

For more information about GAC parent organizations, please contact Jamie Dalton in the Community Relations Office.


 
Mock Trial Team Wins in Court
2/4/2014

The Greater Atlanta Christian School Mock Trial team was named Region 9 Champions at the Lawrenceville ‪Region Mock Trial Competition on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. GAC defeated Duluth High School in a very close match in the final round of competition. The Spartans will advance to the District Mock Trial Competition to be held Feb. 22.

We are pleased to share these individual award winners. With the assistance of the entire team, this is the largest number of individual awards even won by a GAC Mock Trial team.

Katy Davis (11th grade) won Best Witness in all three of her rounds. This is a first for GAC.
Maggie Clark (12th grade) won Best Witness in her two preliminary rounds.
• Student Attorney, Kyle Briskin (11th grade), won Best Attorney in both of his preliminary rounds.
Harrisen Schneider (12th grade)  won Best Attorney in one of his preliminary rounds.

Mock Trial team members include:
Matthew Bowling, Kyle Briskin, Maggie Clark, Maddie Conkel, Paula Cuadrado, Katy Davis, Laura Fazekas, Alexa Johnson, Mike Keeton, Meredith Mahaffey, David Mathew, Jessica Pickens, Jonathan Pickens, Josh Pickens, Harrisen Schneider, Joey Schrader, Liam Sullivan, Mac Sullivan, Laura Tate.

This victory would not have been possible without the adult attorney coaches who volunteered their time: Ms. Pareesa Amjadi, Mr. Alan Briskin, Mr. Chuck Efstration, Mr. Steve Pickens, and our head attorney coach, Judge Kathy Schrader.


Six Athletes Commit to Play at Collegiate Level
2/4/2014
Congratulations to the following GAC student-athletes who are signing with colleges and universities to play their sport at the collegiate level. Family, friends, and the GAC community gathered around these young men and women on Feb. 5 as they celebrated their commitments to athletics.

Rafe Chapple – Yale University - Football
Heather Ferrari – Belmont University - Soccer
Brynn Finneran – North Georgia College & State University - Soccer
Britt Lee – The United States Military Academy at West Point - Football
Chris Williams – Yale University - Football
Ross Wood – Dartmouth College - Football


Dance Team Glides to Victory
2/4/2014

The GAC Dance Team is proud to bring home winning trophies from the Hollywood Vibe dance competition and convention that features professional choreographers and dancers. During the two- day event, dancers competed and attended classes to improve their technique and were inspired and encouraged to continue dancing. GAC is thrilled to bring home winning trophies from this regional competition with teams from Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.

Overall awards:
• 2 High Silver
• 5 Gold
• 1 Platinum
• 4 High Gold
• 3 First Place Trophies
• 2 Third Place Trophies

Solo Winners:
• Grace Chan, Teen Contemporary/Modern - Platinum; recipient of a Regional Hollywood Vibe Scholarship
• Hannah Chan, Senior Jazz - High Silver
• Natalie Colehower, Teen Lyrical - High Gold, 3rd Place
• Jada Jones, Teen Lyrical - Gold
• Lorena Maury, Teen Lyrical - High Gold
• Nicole Smartt, Teen Musical Theatre - Gold, 1st Place
• Anna Taylor, Senior Contemporary - Gold
• Aliyah Young, Intermediate Musical Theatre - High Silver

Duet/Trio Winners:
• Grace Chan & Hannah Chan, Teen Ballet - High Gold, 3rd Place

Group:
• "In the Beginning," Teen Ballet Large Group - High Gold, 1st Place
• "Incorruptible," Teen Jazz Large Group - Gold, 1st Place
• "Gold," Teen Open (Pom) - Gold


Morehouse College Glee Club Visits GAC
2/4/2014
The men from the celebrated Morehouse College Glee Club will perform at an all school chapel Thursday, February 6 at 9:00AM in Long Forum. The world-renowned group from Morehouse was founded in 1911 and is comprised of 81 dedicated young men who demonstrate excellence in musical performance. The GAC community is invited and encouraged to attend this special event. During the performance, the Glee Club will share about Morehouse, the history of the Glee Club, and the background of some of their songs. Listen to the Morehouse College Glee Club sing their rendition of “Betelehemu.”


Medical Guild Comes Alive
2/4/2014
Last year, GAC parents, grandparents, and alumni who are also medical professionals were invited to form a Medical Guild. The GAC community responded, and the group has come alive with the leadership of Dr. Mike Morris, GAC's Orthopaedic Team Physician.

The mission of the GAC Medical Guild is “to serve the GAC community by uniting healthcare professionals affiliated with GAC through collaboration to inspire, educate and serve in a Christ-centered environment.” The members of the Medical Guild plan to present seminars to GAC students encouraging healthier choices and life habits regarding issues like dental hygiene, substance abuse, obesity, skin cancer, sexually transmitted disease, and eating disorders. The GAC Medical Guild will also give away one $500 college scholarship (per every 10 members) to a deserving GAC student who has decided to pursue a career in the medical field.

Most Medical Guild members have offered to mentor a GAC student, and provide job shadowing opportunities and referral letters based on a student’s performance. Long-term plans for the Guild also include partnering with the science department to provide individual expertise with selected curriculum topics (including the forming STEM program), medical-minded mission trips, and health screenings.

The founding Medical Guild members are:
Dr. Mike Morris, Sports Medicine & Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Resurgens Orthopaedics
Dr. Olatian Adeniji, Gastroenterology, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
Dr. Sharon Joyce-Bailey, OB/GYN, Gwinnett Physicians Group OB/GYN
Dr. Jose Cangiano, Psychiatrist, Jose L. Cangiano, M.D., P.C.
Dr. Paytie Howard, General Dentistry, Five Forks Family Dental Center
Dr. Mark W. Hutson, Pediatrician, Children's Medical Group, P.C.
Dr. Vinh P. Huynh, Orthodontist, Orthodontics of Atlanta
Mrs. Rachel Keith, School Nurse, Greater Atlanta Christian School
Mrs. Stacey Leigh, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Healthcare
Dr. A. Steven McIntosh, Gastroenterology, East Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, P.C.
Dr. Richard P. Mistretta, Podiatric Medicine & Surgery, Affiliated Foot & Ankle, P.C.
Dr. Alex Osowa, Family Medicine & Geriatrics, Buford Family Practice
Dr. Bill Primos, Sports Medicine, Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta
Dr. Brian Pugh, Endodontics, Hamilton Mill Endodontics
Dr. Scott Quisling, Sports Medicine, Resurgens Orthopaedics
Dr. Yvette Quisling, Pediatrician, Gwinnett Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Dr. Segun Salami, Anesthesiologist, American Anesthesiology

If you are a GAC parent, grandparent or alumni working in the medical field and would like to join the Medical Guild and help shape students’ lives, contact Heni Jordan at 770-243-2209 or hjordan@greateratlantachristian.org.


GAC's "Cyber School" Allows School Days to Go On
1/30/2014
Greater Atlanta Christian School’s parking lot may have been empty on Wednesday and Thursday but school is still in session. Classes are being held via a web-based communication portal, Haiku, where students from 1st to 12th grade, access assignments from wherever they are and communicate directly with their teachers.

“Our teachers are well-trained for days like this,” says Dr. Misty Overman, VP of Learning Initiatives and Junior High Principal. "Our assignments are already managed online through Haiku weekly.” For Cyber School, teachers have posted extended assignments, original podcasts, and even managed virtual help sessions with students. A secure browser allows students to continue with assessments, creative tools such as iMovie allow them to demonstrate knowledge, and Haiku notes and announcements expand reading assignments. Grades will count, during these days, and follow-up from teachers is expected on all assignments.

For example, one of GAC’s 5th grade teachers sent out a “cyber assignment" to his students to read two book chapters and create a 3-4 minute iMovie summarizing the chapters. Students were instructed to include music, text, and video for this assignment and will present their iMovie to classmates when everyone returns to campus. Also, students in 1st – 5th grades were sent a “cyber PE workout” to complete. One Elementary parent shares, “On a wintry day, it was incredible to see my girls in our living room, watching the video workout assignment, doing planks, squats, lunges, running in place, and other exercises that I haven’t yet mastered.”

In Junior High, students and faculty alike were prepared, and able to learn and work in a dynamic environment typically thwarted by snow days. A Junior High English teacher said, “I was happily surprised with the work I was receiving by Wednesday evening. Blogs were written, projects submitted, and we are all on track with our learning even though we weren’t physically on campus.” A Junior High math teacher created a podcast for his students and answered graphing and ratio questions online. Watch a podcast from GAC’s cyber school. 

In Senior High one sophomore parent noticed, “My son spent several hours with his Latin III teacher online reviewing vocabulary for an upcoming test. Learning happened right in front of me.” One of GAC’s new Chinese international students spent the day reviewing assignments with his Honors Trigonometry teacher using podcasts that were available through the Haiku system.

These days still count as regular school days. This is possible at Greater Atlanta Christian where MacBooks replace conventional textbooks, allowing students (and faculty) to not have to make up these snow days later. The differentiating factor between GAC’s “cyber school” and online correspondent schools is real-time learning and collaboration between students and faculty. Students are also more prepared for the digital world we now live in and realize the importance of getting their work done, regardless of the circumstances the world hands them. Parents are thankful that students have work to accomplish that teaches them more than simple memorization or regurgitating facts and figures. A GAC parent shares, “This is an excellent use of a student’s time. My kids are using what they’ve learned in practical ways. Learning should not stop when snow arrives. It’s a life lesson in time management.”

President, Dr. David Fincher shares GAC's rationale, "The GAC difference is that way too many other schools are 'saving money,' giving only token meaningful training, both in time and substantive learning philosophy. If you don’t get the philosophy, nothing changes. I’ve heard often of schools that hand out the tools, but nothing changes except they take notes on their computer or iPad instead of a notepad, or they now have an extra e-reader to carry around. At GAC, we will relentlessly pursue best research-based practices for phenomenal learning results, in addition to best tools."


Spartan Boys' Basketball Team Ranked #25 in the Nation
1/16/2014
Congratulations to Coach Eddie Martin and the Spartan Boys' Basketball team for being ranked this week in the USA Today Top 25 High School Rankings. This is the first time in GAC history that we have had an athletic team listed among the Top 25 teams in the nation. The Spartans currently have a perfect 18-0 record and were champions of the prestigious Arby's Classic. They have won 74 consecutive region games over the past 6 years. The Spartans will be favored to win their 3rd Class AA state championship in 4 years in March.

GAC senior Isaiah Wilkins is considered by many to be the top player in the state of Georgia this season in all classifications. Isaiah signed a scholarship in November to play basketball at the University of Virginia. Read a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Isaiah and his accomplishments.

The Spartans and Lady Spartans have 2 remaining home games in the regular season:
Tues., Jan. 28 vs. Wesleyan (Spartan Spirit Night)
Tues., Feb. 4 vs. Lovett (Senior Night)

AP Growth and Second Languages
1/16/2014
GAC curriculum continues to step up and expand our students' interests and motivation is increasing to take tougher courses. This year, Senior High added an AP Spanish class, offers AP Latin, and is adding a track of IV, V and Honors level French classes. Next year, Chinese III will be offered. While the state of Georgia only requires students to take two years of a second language, GAC students tend to take more than the minimum and are being offered admittance to top colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Adding additional AP classes and honors tracks allows broader opportunity and credit towards college course work.

Seniors Alicia Brown and Christina Scott are in AP Spanish and plan to minor in Spanish in college. Alicia plans to pursue the medical field and knows that being bilingual will build her resume and make her even more marketable. "We are educating global students," shares AP Spanish teacher Alexandra Maury. In business, in medicine, in missions, our students are dreaming of what comes next and GAC is equipping them to reach those dreams.

Digital Updates for GAC Students
1/16/2014
GAC never stands still. In January, Greater Atlanta Christian upgraded its technology tools by refreshing all student MacBook Airs and adding the OS X Mavericks. MacBook Airs were added to Elementary Media Literacy labs, all teachers received laptop upgrades, and the Junior High learning labs received 50 iPad minis. Greater Atlanta Christian School is recognized for innovation in technology and is always looking at what's next in digital advancements for our students.

2014 Upgrades in Technology for Students:
  • MacBook Air refresh for JH students, SH students, and faculty
  • Elementary BOOST lab received MacBook Airs
  • Elementary Media Center lab received MacBook Airs
  • JH Learning Lab received iPad minis
  • Apple TVs were installed in JH and SH classrooms (total of 77 to be installed)
  • Each 4th & 5th grade classroom received three MacBook Airs
For more information about current and upcoming technology updates at GAC, contact the Information Technology department at 770-243-2388.


Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!
1/16/2014
There are so many exciting things in store for students this summer at GAC. Our lineup for 2014 Summer Student Enrichment Programs is incredible - the breadth of opportunities, the staff, and the new additions.  New athletic camps, new K3 and K4 programs for our littlest campers, exciting day camp fun, and more. Parents, mark your calendars for the Summer Camp Preview Day - March 24 from 2:30-4:00PM in the Student Family Center - to learn more about camps, register, and meet the camp directors.

What's in store for campers?
  • Chance to worship God and have loads of fun each day
  • Safe, controlled environment
  • Skilled staff, top quality coaches and directors
  • Day camp with extended hours (3 year olds through 8th grade)
  • Athletic camps available for campers through 12th grade
  • Leadership development and team-building
  • Endless opportunities for campers to explore, learn, and laugh

To register for camp and to see all the camp opportunities, visit our Summer Camp website or contact us at summercamp@greateratlantachristian.org.


A Warm Welcome to All for 2014
1/8/2014
GAC would like to extend a warm welcome to our 15 new students and their families (Village - 1, Elementary - 1, Junior High - 5, Senior High - 8). To all 1,778 GAC students, glad it's second semester? January and February are busy months at school, so make sure you stay connected about exciting activities inside and outside the classroom.  Check Facebook, Twitter, the GAC app, Haiku, and school announcements to stay informed and not miss out.

Also, are your friends aware of your school story and why you chose GAC? Parents, share with colleagues at work, small group friends, the tennis team, coaches, and moms in your neighborhood about the difference GAC is making in your family's life. Invite them to our next Admissions Open House - Tuesday, January 14 at 9:00AM in the Student Family Center.  Register here.

GAC Symphonic Band Heads to UGA
1/8/2014

Greater Atlanta Christian School's award-winning Symphonic Band, directed by Wes York and Robert Turner, will perform at the University of Georgia's JanFest - Thursday, January 23 at Hodgson Hall Performing Arts Center.  Only six high school bands are invited each year to perform as demonstration bands for 1,000 students and directors.  JanFest provides high school musicians the opportunity to learn from skilled teachers, participate in clinics, and master skills in their particular instrument.

Join us for a preview of the Symphonic Band's performance at JanFest.

Tuesday, January 14 at 8:00PM

Williams Fine Arts Center
Admission is free

Varsity Boys' Basketball Team Wins Arby's Classic
1/2/2014
The Arby's Classic is one of the most prestigious high school basketball tournaments in the nation. Sixteen of the top high school basketball programs from the U.S., including a couple of international teams (from Bahamas and Germany) are invited to compete. The Spartans have competed in the tournament before but this is our first time to win the Arby's Classic title.

The Spartans defeated Milton 63-56 in the tournament finals to clench the title after 3 consecutive wins over other outstanding teams (Tabernacle Baptist from the Grand Bahamas, Hamilton High School from Memphis, and Oak Ridge High School from TN).

The MVP of the tournament was senior Isaiah Wilkins as his stellar performance dominated the court throughout the tournament. Tyler Hamilton, Troy Morrison and Isaiah Wilkins made the All-Tournament Team. The Spartans are currently 15-0 and are ranked #1 in all classifications in Gwinnett County. This is a significant achievement for Coach Eddie Martin and for GAC. Some could argue that this is one of the top athletic team achievements in our school's history considering the national reputation of the Arby's Classic. While winning state championships at season's end will always mean more, winning this tournament amounts to claiming a national, even international, championship title.


Tim Vick Named Region Athletic Director of the Year
1/2/2014
GAC's Dr. Tim Vick has been selected as the 2013-2014 Region 6-AA Athletic Director of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association. Dr. Vick has been at Greater Atlanta Christian for 39 years as a teacher and coach and has built GAC's athletics into an excellent program in his 32 years as Athletic Director.




2013 GAC Christmas Card
12/4/2013
The talent of young artists at GAC continues to inspire and excite us to invest in the creativity of the next generation of leaders and creators. GAC and the Visual Arts program celebrate young creative minds each year by holding a design competition for the GAC annual Christmas card.

This year, Mallory Wild (6th grade) was selected as the winner of the competition. Mallory’s drawing will illustrate the 2013 Greater Atlanta Christian School Christmas Card that will be mailed out to everyone in the GAC community. She exhibited incredible talent and included a mission-minded, global focus of serving others in her drawing. Congratulations, Mallory!


Let’s Light the Night – This Saturday, Dec. 7
12/4/2013

Over 1,700 tickets have been sold to the Tim Hawkins Comedy Show this Saturday, December 7. There will be festive activities all over the GAC campus beginning at 3:00PM for the whole family to experience. Visit the Let’s Light the Night website for tickets and more information. This event will be held rain or shine!

• Ice skating
• Live nativity
• SEC Championship game broadcast in SH quad
• Elf Super Slide
• Horse and carriage rides
• Silent auction
• Photos with Santa
• Lighting of the GAC campus
• Food, s’mores, hot cocoa
• Crafts and games
• Live performances


Christmas Performances at GAC
12/4/2013
The performing arts programs at GAC are ready to celebrate the season and are exploding in growth – both in numbers of students and in depth of program. In the last ten years, there has been a 133% increase in the number of student participants in GAC bands, choirs, drama troupes, and orchestra. In Elementary this school year, the Promises Chorus, an audition-based choir made up of 4th and 5th grade students, is now 90 members strong. And, out of 126 fifth grade students at GAC, the 80 students enrolled in the band program learning to play instruments claim, “Band is the cool place to be.” Many of these students are also enrolled in private music lessons to grow their burgeoning skills at GAC’s School of Music - 255 private lessons, 25 instructors for 13 different instruments and voice. Don’t let the Christmas season pass by without celebrating at GAC.

Thurs., Dec. 5
7:30PM - “Curtains” – SH Drama - Williams Fine Arts Center

Fri., Dec. 6
8:00AM - 5th Grade Band - Elementary Chapel - Bowen Gym
7:30PM - “Curtains” – SH Drama - Williams Fine Arts Center

Sat., Dec. 7
1:00PM - “Curtains” – SH Drama - Williams Fine Arts Center
3:00 – 5:30PM – Let’s Light the Night Performances - Campus Church
3:00 – 7:00PM – Let’s Light the Night Performances – Williams Fine Arts Center

Sun., Dec. 8
2:00PM - “Curtains” – SH Drama - Williams Fine Arts Center

Tues., Dec. 10
7:00PM – Christmas Band Concert - Bradford Center

Thurs., Dec. 12
7:00PM – Christmas Choir Concert – Campus Church

Sat., Dec. 14
9:00AM – School of Music Winter Recitals - Williams Fine Arts Center
12:00PM – School of Music Winter Recitals - Williams Fine Arts Center
3:00PM – School of Music Winter Recitals - Williams Fine Arts Center
7:00PM – School of Ballet Winter Recital - Williams Fine Arts Center

Sun., Dec. 15
3:00PM – School of Ballet Winter Recital - Williams Fine Arts Center
7:00PM – Christmas Choir Concert – Northlake Church of Christ

Mon., Dec. 16
6:30PM – Christmas Orchestra Concert – Williams Fine Arts Center


Presidential Physical Fitness Awards
12/4/2013
For over 50 years, the Presidents of the United States have been challenging students to get in top physical condition. With Physical Education as part of the every day curriculum for our young Spartans in grades K3-5, GAC makes it a priority to promote healthy lifestyle choices and learning to take care of their physical bodies. Students in grades 1-5 must succeed at five tests of strength, speed, agility, flexibility, and endurance, and students must score in the 85th percentile in all 5 tests. This year, GAC had 152 students qualify for the Presidential Fitness Award – they are in the top 15% in the nation in overall physical fitness.

See the complete list of award winners.

Outstanding Achievements:
Most pull-ups
Griffin Robertson (5th grade) – 18
Abby Hamilton (2nd grade) – 14

Fastest Mile
Will Hardy (4th grade) – 5:51 NEW RECORD
Layton Glisson (5th grade) – 6:23 NEW RECORD

Most award winners in a class
Mrs. Cherry’s 4th grade
Mr. Ly’s 5th grade


Thanking the Creator
11/22/2013
Over 2,000 students, parents, and staff gathered in Long Forum to pray, worship, and give thanks in GAC's annual Thanksgiving Chapel. The focus of our time together was celebrating the Creator for creating the creative. Please enjoy this video that was shared in chapel, written by Senior High faculty member, Brad Denton, about imagination and how wonderful our Creator is.


GAC Named Apple School of Distinction Again
11/20/2013
Greater Atlanta Christian School is thrilled to announce we have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-2015. For 5 years in a row, GAC has been honored with this designation, signifying our successes in enhanced education opportunities, innovative learning, stellar leadership and overall educational excellence.

A school nominated by Apple as a Distinguished School must, among other things, demonstrate:
  • Best practice qualities of a 21st century learning environment;
  • Engaging teaching and learning methods that capitalize on the qualities of today's students who are mobile, collaborative and creative;
  • A systematic approach and ongoing process for evaluation and assessment of results for education improvement and sustainability.
View Greater Atlanta Christian's iBook that was submitted to Apple as part of the Distinguished School application process.  (Note: The iBook will only open on iPads with the iBooks app or a Mac with OS X Mavericks).


Annual Thanksgiving Chapel
11/20/2013
We are blessed at Greater Atlanta Christian School to have the opportunity each year to worship and give thanks together as a community. This certainly makes GAC unique. There are not many students, parents, staff members and teachers who are able to say they can go to school and experience prayer, meaningful worship, and hear the message of Christ. We invite you to join us this Thursday, November 21 at 9:00AM in Long Forum for our annual All School Thanksgiving Chapel.

This time of thanksgiving and praise led by our students will be unforgettable - we hope you will join us for one of the GAC chapel highlights of the year. View a portion of Thanksgiving Chapel 2012.


GAC Athletes Earn Super Six Title
11/20/2013
Congratulations to two of GAC’s top basketball players on being named as Super Six Athletes in Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Brianna Cummings – Varsity Girls’ Basketball
Committed to play at George Washington University

Isaiah Wilkins – Varsity Boys’ Basketball
Committed to play at University of Virginia


Record Number Inducted into GAC National Honor Society
11/7/2013
A record number of juniors and seniors were inducted into the GAC chapter of the National Honor Society today – 101 to be exact. This is the highest number of honorees GAC has ever had in one school year.

To receive an initial invitation to apply for membership in the NHS, a student must have a minimum qualifying GPA of 3.50. Those who meet that requirement are invited to complete a four-page application that covers their academic, athletic, artistic, leadership, service, and community involvement activities and accomplishments. Students who complete the application are then vetted by a group of NHS sponsors and Senior High faculty, with comments regarding character solicited from the Senior High faculty at large. One inducted, students are required to remain in good standing. These new inductees bring the number of NHS members at GAC to 190.

Complete list of 2013-2014 National Honor Society inductees (GAC chapter).


Students Make Lasting Difference
11/7/2013
Acts of service led by our students impact their heart and have lasting faith implications according to Sticky Faith, a book by Kara Powell and Chap Clark. In a recent morning forum sponsored by PTO, GAC President Dr. David Fincher shared tangible ways we can impact our children's spiritual development. Take a look at some recent service projects, led by K-12 initiatives that are making lasting differences. Chair of the Greater Atlanta Christian School Spiritual Emphasis Committee, Don McLaughlin shares, "Eternal good is being done with the development of our children's spiritual growth."

Atlanta Inner-city Ministries (AIM) – blanket collection
Coats 4 Kids – winter wear for adults and children
Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministries – holiday festival & food donations
Operation Gratitude – candy bags for overseas troops
Predisan Walk – raising money for Honduras missions
Ukraine Mission Trip – collecting candy for goody bags


Athletic Signing Day Celebration
11/7/2013
Congratulations to the following GAC student-athletes who are signing with colleges and universities to play their sport at the collegiate level.

Join us as GAC celebrates our Spartans Wed., Nov. 13 at 3:30PM, Long Forum – 2nd floor of the Atrium.

- Brianna Cummings - George Washington University - Basketball
- Grace DeBoer - North Greenville University - Softball
- Jack McLaughlin - Presbyterian College - Baseball
- Sydni Means - Mercer University - Basketball
- Isaiah Wilkins- University of Virginia – Basketball


GAC Christmas Festival - Let's Light the Night
10/31/2013
We are excited to announce a new GAC tradition during the holiday season - Let's Light the Night Christmas Festival, sponsored by LACE and supported by other parent volunteers - Saturday, December 7.  This is an event that adults and children of all ages will enjoy. 

Schedule of events:
3:00-7:00PM    Family Activities include: Ice skating, Silent Auction, Horse & Carriage Rides,  Elf Super Slide, S 'mores by the fire pits, Craft & Ornament Making,  Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus or the Grinch, Food, Hot Cocoa, and Live Music, Drama & Dance performances!
5:30PM Lighting of the GAC Campus & the Grand Tree with live choral music and candle lighting
6:00PM Silent auction ends and doors open to the Tim Hawkins comedy show
7:00-9:00PM Tim Hawkins comedy show in Long Forum

To learn more about Let's Light the Night, contact Margie Asef or visit the event website.


Homecoming 2013 - Roaring 20's
10/23/2013
The week leading up to Homecoming is filled with special dress up days for all students, a Junior High/Senior High pep rally, alumni tailgate, and a home football game.  No matter your age, we will all feel a part of this incredible tradition.

Friday, October 25
  • JH/SH Pep Rally - 2:15PM - Long Forum
  • Alumni Tailgate - 6:00PM - JH/SH Dining Hall
  • Spartans vs. Hapeville Charter - 7:30PM Kickoff - Spartan Stadium
    GAC is undefeated (7-0), ranked #3 in AA
  • King, Queen & Homecoming Court announced - Halftime - Spartan Stadium

Saturday, October 26

  • Homecoming Dance - Roaring 20's - 8:00PM - Hollis Smith Quadrangle
    This event is for Senior High students only

Take a look at some of GAC's Homecoming dress up days this year!


Generations Help Make GAC Unique
10/23/2013
Be sure to tell your grandparents about Grandparents' Day at GAC - Friday, November 8.  As we celebrate all the generations that help make GAC unique, grandparents will enjoy a delicious breakfast, an enthusiastic performance by students, a message from our president, complimentary photos with their grandchildren, and a campus tour given by their favorite tour guides - their grandchildren!

Schedule for Grandparents' Day - November 8:
8:15AM  Breakfast begins in Long Forum
9:30AM Grandparents' Day Program in Long Forum
12:00PM     Early dismissal (grades K3-12)
7:30PM GAC Spartans Football Game vs. Lovett in Spartan Stadium

Get your tickets to the football game that evening, Grandparents!  Tickets will be on sale during Grandparents' day events in the lobby of the Senior High building.  For more information, contact Margie Asef or visit the Grandparents' Day website.

Micah Abernathy Evades Tackles
10/23/2013
Spartan football player, Micah Abernathy, wowed the nation this past week as he was named USAToday's winner of the National Play of the Week.  Take a look at this video of Micah - you have to see it to believe it!

Photo credit: Gwinnett Daily Post


GAC Alum Denzel Clarke Named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week
10/23/2013
Congratulations to GAC alum, Denzel Clarke, on receiving national recognition as the Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week.  Denzel currently plays Division I soccer as a junior for Gardner-Webb. Read more about Denzel's great achievement.


GAC Students Receive National Honors
10/18/2013
Congratulations to Greater Atlanta Christian school recipients of the following significant academic honors.

National Merit Semifinalists:
Carter Clinebell, Spencer Kemp

National Merit Commended Students:
Tiffany Chu, Matthew Connel, Elizabeth Harper, Ben Hensley, Preston Kemp, Hannah O'Hara, Andrew Scialabba, Sam Weyen

National Achievement Scholarship Winners:
Myles Ingram, Alison Lee


Special Announcement
10/10/2013
We're excited to share this news with you. 
Watch Dr. Fincher's video message now!


GAC Goes Mobile
10/2/2013
Want to know what's happening on the GAC campus?  Want easy mobile access to life at GAC?  Go to the App Store, Google Play, or to the Parent Tools section on the GAC website and download the FREE Greater Atlanta Christian School app now. 

Navigate within the app to find:
  • Press releases
  • Weekly athletic games (all levels)
  • Lunch menus
  • Parent Organizations meetings & events
  • Chapel schedules (all schools)
  • Alumni Office connections
  • Links to Facebook, YouTube and more
When you download the GAC app, please select "yes" to receive push notifications.  One of the added benefits of the app is that GAC can quickly notify you via "pushed out" text messages regarding unplanned school updates (school emergencies, severe weather updates), and other need-to-know-right-now events.

The GAC mobile app is available for iOS and Android platforms.


Subscribe to the New GAC Blog
10/2/2013
GAC is blogging to become a resource to our online community.  Get useful information and helpful answers to topics like social media and your student, positive self-image, and more.  Subscribe to our blog today and don't miss out.  Enjoy our most recent blog post by Rebekah Gilliard, Junior High Counselor: How to Promote Positive Self Image with Your Daughter.


iMOM, You are Beautiful!
10/2/2013
GAC's inaugural iMOM Morning event was a huge hit with moms and students as over 500 gathered in Long Forum for breakfast and special time together.  iMOM founder, Susan Merrill, inspired us by proclaiming, "Moms are beautiful and passionate."

Every mom is beautiful but we sometimes compare ourselves to others or focus on the negative.  The iMOM format of interactive communication encouraged dialogue with our children.  Comments like "her smile," "her hair," "her hugs," and "her eyelashes" were shouted by kids from the tables.  Moms also had the opportunity to share with those around them why they were proud of each of their children.

Our speaker, Ms. Merrill, told the story of Nehemiah and how he served as "a wall of protection" for God's people.  As she replayed the story, Susan told moms that they are the wall of protection for their kids who are faced with many risks and to be passionate about this important duty.  Ms. Merrill also reminded moms to take care of themselves and guard their time so they can have energy to give to their family.

This first event was a huge success complete with raffle prizes and breakfast.  Don't miss the next iMOM Morning in March 2014.

GAC parents can register for daily emails at www.imom.com.  iMOM is a program of Family First.


GAC Actors Hit the Stage in "The Boys Next Door"
10/2/2013
Another talented Senior High cast delivered a spectacular opening night performance of "The Boys Next Door."  Director Clif Jones says, "I am very proud of the kids for their dedication and hard work.  It showed on opening night, as they were outstanding.  We look forward to telling the story again."

"The Boys Next Door" continues on the Matthew McAfee Stage of Williams Fine Arts Center October 3 and October 5 at 7:30PM.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Don't miss upcoming plays and musicals at GAC.
Annual Fund Kicks Off
9/10/2013
The GAC Annual Fund kicked off last Thursday in Senior High and on Friday in Village/Elementary and Junior High. Excitement and enthusiasm are high for reaching the goal of $750,000 this year. The faculty/staff campaign is now at 97% participation. The parent campaign is in its early stages but has already surpassed $450,000 in pledges and donations. The Annual Fund provides the difference between tuition and the total cost of educating our students as well as program enhancements. Thanks to the generous support of our families, GAC will continue to expand our programs and enable our school to continue its tradition of excellence.

The Annual Fund campaign runs for 4 weeks with a 'Celebration Day' scheduled Friday, October 4. If you haven't already done so, please make your pledge today. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. You can pledge online at www.greateratlantachristian.org, click the 'Giving' tab, then choose 'Pledge Now' or 'Donate Now' buttons OR you can complete a pledge card and mail to the GAC Development Office OR you can send the pledge card by your child to the school office. Let's be ALL IN again this year with the Annual Fund!


Don't Sit, Get Fit!
9/10/2013
“Mom, can we get to school early today?” This isn’t a question that parents are accustomed to hearing early on a school morning. Elementary students are begging their parents to arrive early each morning so they can...exercise. GAC parent and Atlanta pediatrician, Dr. Yvette Quisling, worked with  Elementary and Junior High principals to develop Don’t Sit, Get Fit!, a no-cost program that allows young students extra opportunities before school to get moving, learn to love exercise, and have fun with their friends rather than sit in the cafeteria and merely wait for the school day to begin.

The initial goal was to attract 50 students, yet the program’s inaugural week attracted 160 students and their enthusiasm has not dropped. "Getting outside is a great way to start the day and getting fit with friends is fun!” said one 5th grade student.  Don’t Sit, Get Fit! also provides Junior High students volunteer opportunities to serve in their school community.

Administration Sponsorship: Dr. Misty Overman & Rhonda Hawkins
Parent Visionary: Dr. Yvette Quisling
GAC Faculty Sponsor: Lauren Hollier
Junior High Student Leader: Katie Lowenstein
 

Happening at a Junior High Near You - PLUS1 Thursdays!
9/10/2013
Junior High students are able to encounter, experience, discover and learn more than ever before as they participate in JH PLUS1 courses and small groups on Thursday mornings.
  • The new PLUS1 courses on Thursday mornings offer our Junior High students the opportunity to further explore areas of study that are unavailable in the regular school schedule. From swimming and robotics to forensics and digital story telling, students are introduced to an array of classes and course work that pique their interest and broaden their horizons. Cole Smith (6th grader) says, "Going PlaceS (GPS) is awesome! We will be able to work with Apple employees to interact with kids in other countries. FaceTiming with people around the globe will be great. It’s my favorite class of the week!”

  • Small Groups provide Junior High students with a “home base” on Thursday mornings. With the guidance from our Junior High faculty, students focus on growing friendships and developing leadership skills through the "Habitudes" study sharing ideas about becoming young men and women of Godly character and good decision making skills.  Mr. Jeff Harsh (6th Grade Sponsor) shared, “The first week’s small group activities helped get the kids to open up a bit and start to relax with each other."
With more PLUS1 offerings and new placements in the spring semester, Junior High students can expect even more learning, growing, and fun in the future.


Senior High Students Get Low
9/10/2013
During the second week of school, over 650 Senior High students at GAC participated in Get Low - this year's spiritual retreat - giving them the opportunity to learn about and focus on humility.  Students heard from speakers and small group leaders on the importance of submitting daily to God in all areas.  Practical lessons about humility were shared in worship, small groups, and reflection time.  They even had their own "Mud Run."

While we enjoy seeing our students have fun together, the opportunity to witness over 40 of their peers respond with humility in baptism and accept Christ as their Savior was the ultimate celebration.  Many more made decisions to follow Christ after they returned home.  The week culminated with a time of worship and celebration back on campus, all of us the importance of living with God at the center of our lives.  It is humbling to see God's Spirit present and at work at GAC.  The retreat gave our Senior High great momentum that will serve countless purposes this school year.

Watch this year's spiritual retreat video!
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8/21/2013
Not Just Another Night...GAC Back to School Night

Join fellow GAC parents sitting in small desks, walking the halls, sharing email addresses, signing up to volunteer, and learning the ropes of what it feels like to be a student at Greater Atlanta Christian.  Experience first hand the innovative learning that your child encounters each day from their teachers and get to know the parents of your child's friends.  Enjoy being a student for an evening!

Mon., Aug. 26 at 7:00PM - Village & Elementary
Tues., Aug. 27 at 7:00PM - Junior High & Senior High

All parents should arrive promptly to your child's homeroom class.  Don't be tardy!  Please make appropriate arrangements for your children, as this is designed as a parents-only event.
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8/21/2013
Lady Spartans Volleyball Team Receives National Award for 2nd Straight Year

Congratulations to the 2012 GAC Varsity Volleyball team as the recipient of the National Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the second straight year.  The Lady Spartans team carried a cumulative GPA of 4.032.  (Graduating seniors from the 2012 team were Jennie McCarty and Emma Taylor).

The award, initiated during the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year.

"Excellence doesn't just happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer.  "It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership.  A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is a remarkable achievement.  What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success."

Cheer on our 2013 Lady Spartans in Long Forum on August 29 as they take on Hebron Academy.
5:00PM - Junior High
6:00PM - Junior Varsity & Varsity
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8/21/2013
Symphonic Band Invitation and Honors

Congratulations to the GAC Symphonic Band and Band Director, Wes York on their invitation to perform at the annual University of Georgia January Band Festival (Janfest - Jan. 23-26).  This extraordinary honor has been a long-term goal of our band students and is yet another confirmation of the excellence of the GAC band program and both of our band directors.  GAC's Symphonic Band was selected as one of six guest-performing bands from across the state of Georgia.

Congratulations are also due to band members Sander Schierer (12th grade - tuba) and Tylor Lee (10th grade - clarinet) for being selected as members of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.  This is an elite band comprised of the very best high school players from the greater Atlanta area.  The AYWS is a program of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
 
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7/31/2013
Spartan Football Preview and Reserved Seats - Coach Tim Hardy

Football season is just around the corner.  From the Marching Spartans to the Cheerleading Squad to the fans cheering in the stands, the experience of Friday night football in Spartan Stadium is truly something special.  The GAC football coaching staff is excited about the group of outstanding young men who will be taking the field for the Spartans this fall and look forward to an exciting 2013 season.  They have worked hard throughout the spring and summer and are ready to test themselves against opponents in a challenging schedule.

The GAC football program is offering 400 Reserved Seats (with a seat back) in the center section of Spartan Stadium.  Every two seats purchased comes with one parking pass for the reserved Spartan Stadium parking lot.  Each Reserved Seat ticket also includes a catered pre-game meal.  These included meals aren't just tasty and convenient on busy Friday nights before home games, but they bring together the great community of Spartan Football supporters.  The Reserved Seats are the place to be.  Act quickly to reserve your seats now!

We look forward to an exciting year as our young men represent Christ, their families, and the GAC community on the football field.  Go Spartans!
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7/31/2013
Austin Crute Shines at the National High School Musical Theater Awards

Congratulations to GAC senior, Austin Crute, on recently adding a significant honor to his long list of accolades in the world of high school musical theater.  Crute, 2013 recipient of the Best Actor Shuler Award (top award for high school musical theater in Georgia) for his portrayal of "Scarecrow" in The Wiz, was one of 62 nominees from across the nation for a 2013 Jimmy Award, a national honor.  The prestigious award ceremony featured group performances by all nominees; Crute was honored to be selected to perform a solo on the stage of the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.  Out of the dozens of nominees, Crute was recognized as a runner-up, receiving a $2,500 scholarship towards his future education.  GAC is proud of the many ways Austin shares his talents with the GAC community.  Don't miss his incredible Broadway solo performance!
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7/31/2013
New Programs for 2013-14

Campus and program improvements have been our focus at GAC over the summer months.  There are many enhancements and new programs coming for your children for the new school year.  Here are a few highlights:
  • Haiku - New Learning Management System
    Haiku will replace both Studywiz and NetClassroom for all GAC grade levels.  The change offers an improved communication system - both grades and assignments in one location.
  • "Positive Action" - New Village & Elementary Bible Curriculum
    Placing a strong emphasis on character development and biblical knowledge, "Positive Action" takes K5-5th grade students through the Bible from creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus.
  • LEGO StoryStarter
    Second grade students will have more opportunities to write and create through a new LEGO Education program.  A hands-on tool that inspires students to collaborate while creating and communicating stories.
  • GAC Elementary Film Festival
    Students in grades 305 will be introduced to filming and editing techniques in Media Literacy and BOOST classes with opportunities to create and submit videos for our very own GAC Film Festival
  • Plus 1
    Junior High students and teachers will work together in groups on engaging projects of their own choosing.  Plus 1 allows students creativity to use critical thinking in a collaborative manner.  Choices offered in Plus 1 advances core learning skills through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the visual and performing arts, and physical education.
  • Honors Civics/Geography - Blended Online & Classroom Environment
    Most work in this Junior High section will be independent reading, researching, and writing.  Classroom portion will be held during the Plus 1 program time.
  • Get Low - Senior High Spiritual Retreat
    Intentionally designed to connect our students with God and with each other.  This year's theme is "Get Low" focusing on the importance of humility.
  • Introduction to Life Calling - Leadership Course for Juniors
    All GAC juniors will take this new course.  Students will develop an understanding of their own life calling through an in-depth study of foundational values, unique design, and personal leadership.
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7/31/2013
The Way, the Truth, the Life

Each year our faculty, staff, and students are unified by a common spiritual theme.  The foundation for our spiritual theme for the 2013-14 school year comes from John 14:6.

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me'."

The message of today's culture is of multiple truths, personal choice, and "whatever I believe is fine...whatever you believe is fine."  While humanity may think there are multiple choices, God provided ONE truth - His son Jesus is the ONE way.  We are to be a reflection of that truth in all we say and do.  Our desire is that each of us will reflect HIS truth.  As we equip our children with the tools of the 21st century and call them to develop their God-given gifts, let's also direct them daily to a personal relationship with their Creator and Savior.
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7/24/2013
spartan2gether is Thursday, August 8!

Mark your calendar for our 5th annual spartan2gether event, Thurs., August 8 from 5:00-8:00PM.  Designed as a come-and-go event for new and returning families, the "block party" offers a unique time for the entire GAC family.  Meet your teachers, pick up your family packet (ID cards, parking permits, student schedules), and get last minute items from the Spartan Store and the 2013 yearbook.

"spartan2gether is a great way to begin the school year.  It made us feel like we were a part of something.  It helped our assimilation into GAC much easier." -- 2012 New GAC Family
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7/24/2013
First Day of School

The teachers and classrooms are ready - are you?  The first day of the 2013-14 school year is just around the corner and many exciting things are happening!  We look forward to seeing everyone on Mon., August 12.
  • Free Cup of Coffee - Enjoy a free cup of coffee in the Student Family Center the first morning of school, August 12 from 8:00-9:00AM.  At this morning pick-me-up sponsored by the PTO, parents will hear from Dr. Fincher about what's new for parents this year and will be able to find out from GAC parent organization leaders how to get involved at school.

  • New Dining Program - We are pleased to kick off our new partnership with SAGE as they provide our new Dining Program.  The lunch menus are up for your viewing on the GAC website.  Click on a day in the calendar and discover what nutritious choices await your child.  You can also email Chef Christopher Frick with questions directly from the GAC website.

  • Carpool Maps - Become familiar with our new drop off and pick up carpool routes prior to the first day of school.  Stay alert while on campus and put those cell phones down! 
    Virtual Tour
    Early Childhood Village Carpool
    Elementary Carpool
    Junior High Carpool
    Senior High Carpool
New After School Discovery Activities - Grades K3-8
7/24/2013
 Take advantage of our brand new after school activities at GAC this year.  Parents can provide extra opportunities for their children to experience a wide variety of enrichment activities "at home" on the GAC campus.  Some of the new Discovery Activities this year for Village, Elementary, and Junior High students include LEGO Robotics, Babysitting Certification, Mandarin Chinese, Film, and many more!  Registration begins August 8.

Village & Elementary Discovery Activities
Junior High Discovery Activities
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6/21/2013
Meet Our New Teachers

Teachers can change a student's life by their encouragement, example, guidance, and by believing in them.  Greater Atlanta Christian is blessed to have amazing teachers on staff who continue to challenge students, master their subjects, and live to serve Jesus.  Meet a few of this year's additions to the GAC faculty.

Jason Barnard - 9th Grade Bible Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Abilene Christian University; Masters, Abilene Christian University

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I passionately believe that this generation of students is the greatest mission field that lies before us.  Godly teachers in the field of Christian education made a substantial difference in my life.  I pray that God will use me to bless lives like the talented and highly motivated individuals who deeply invested in me.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
I've been closely affiliated with Christian education since I was 15 and never have I been more impresssed with the efforts to be purposeful and excellent than what I've witnessed in the teachers and administrators at GAC.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
If I truly believe in the Book that I'm teaching then it's essential to not only teach the students the scholarly aspects of the Bible, but to help them see the faith application of it in their everyday world.  Jesus was the greatest teacher in the way that he taught deep and essential truths through expressions the people could see and experience.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I want them to know that I truly love them and that we are serving an amazing God who wants to forgive them and use them to accomplish His will.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
The opportunity to bless lives at an age that so many crucial and lifelong decisions are being made.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
Walking in community with fellow Christ followers as we dream of ways we can bless the kingdom of God.  I often wish time would slow down as I enjoy being with my family in the outdoors and through participating in and watching various sports - especially SEC football.


Jami Brown - 2nd Grade Teacher
Degrees: B.S., University of Georgia; Masters, University of Georgia

What motivated you to become a teacher?
My mother earned her teaching degree when I was in elementary school.  I was often her "guinea pig" when she tried out different teaching strategies.  It was exciting to watch my mom learn to be a teacher.  Each fall I helped her set up her classroom, and I loved everything from the school supplies to the bulletin boards.  By the time I was in high school we had a tradition where I would "shadow" mom once a semester at her school.  It was at that point I knew that teaching was in my future.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
After teaching in public schools I have a unique perspective on teaching at GAC.  The environment here is so positive.  The teachers are happy to come to school each day.  Parents are involved and are making an investment in the education of their children.  This partnership is a winning combination for students and families.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
Learning Bible stories and memorizing scripture is part of our curriculum, but I don't stop there.  Opportunities arise each day to live our God's word and make it relevant to students.  Whether it's looking at scripture about how God wants us to treat one another or reading about perseverance or lifting one another up in prayer, we sing and praise God for the blessings He provides daily.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
First and foremost, I want each and every student to know that they are loved.  I want them to know that it's okay to make mistakes; that learning takes place when we make mistakes.  I want them to take responsibility for their learning and to grow in confidence as learners.  I pray that in my classroom, God will use me as an instrument, and that the result is that my students grow in their faith.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy really getting to know each child, finding out what motivates them to achieve, and the challenge of meeting each student's unique needs as a learner.  Watching a light bulb come on for a student is like magic!  Also, I have a great time just listening to my students...they make me laugh and keep a smile on my face.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I love spending time with my family, running, scrapbooking, and reading.


Garrett Granberg - Senior High World History & Government Teacher; Performance Training; Football and Baseball Coaching Staff
Degrees: B.A., Wheaton College ; Masters, North Central College; Ed Specialist, Valdosta State University

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I wanted to be "an agent of change" in the lives of my students.  I wanted to be able to pour into my students like former teachers and coaches poured into me to positively impact my life.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
GAC is a special place with an extraordinary administration, staff, and students.  I pursued a teaching position at GAC because I want to be a part and help continue to grow the rich tradition and legacy of incorporating faith, academics, and community.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
I invest time in building personal relationships with each of my students.  I also find that presenting academic material from a Christian perspective helps me present my faith to my students.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
Ten to twenty years after a student leaves my classroom I want them to look back and say that I cared about them as a person, helped them reach their potential, and impacted their life positively through faith and academics.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy spending time with my wife, traveling, trying new restaurants, and watching sports.


LaShandia Hill - Junior High Science Teacher
Degree: B.S., Fisk University

What motivated you to become a teacher?
Motivation to teach comes from a personal love of science and math and the desire to teach  in a hands-on way, so anyone can understand and have fun learning.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
I was so impressed at the level of excellence and the fact that God's love was so evident at GAC when my family became a part of the GAC family three years ago.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
I want to lead by example and teach students that faith and hope is in God.  Learning to show the love of God in all that you do is the most important lesson you will ever learn.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I want my students to be able to discover the strengths and talents God has given them.  I hope to be a source of encouragement and help teach my students how to lift up and encourage others.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I love to help students understand a concept that they have been struggling with, and the awesome "aha" moment that takes place when they finally understand.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and friends, volunteering, and any and all things pertaining to the beach.


Kim Osborne - K5 Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Harding University; Masters, University of Georgia
GAC Class of 1996

What motivated you to become a teacher?
Education runs deep in my family and I've always loved working with children.  I began working with chidlren at a young age and knew that's what I wanted to do with my life.  I'm drawn to teaching because of the joy I see in the kids, the challenge and the sense that it matters.  I look forward to continuing learning more about how best to teach children.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
Before coming to teach at GAC, I taught in public schools.  While I enjoyed my experiences there, I knew something was missing.  For me, being able to share my love for God with the children was the foremost important thing I could do and coming to GAC has allowed me to do this.  I love the GAC family and community here.  We're all working together to help children grow in a way that differs from other schools.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
Faith is a lifestyle.  My students see my faith in how I communicate with them and others.  In our classroom we talk and sing to God but it goes beyond that!  To me, showing my faith means acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with our God (Micah 6:8), and these things are taught through everyday experiences in the classroom.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I want them to know that they are important and that they are loved.  At the end of the day, whether in academics or behavior, it doesn't matter what mistakes you made, it's what you learned from them.  I want them to know it's normal not to like everything, but what matters are the skills you gain from your experiences.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy the interactions I have with my students and hearing about what they are involved in outside of school.  I love seeing the light bulb go off when they learn something.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy exercising, reading and being with my family.


Chase Parks - Junior High LIfe Science Teacher
Degrees: B.A., University of Georgia; Masters, University of Georgia

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I've had the opportunity to work with students in after school and academic outreach programs and I loved it.  Through my time spent in these various programs I discovered a passion for teaching and saw the potential to make a lasting difference in future generations.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
There is an opportnity here to encourage students to be participants in the learning process, allowing them to develop important thinking skills that prepare them for the future.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
In education my goal is to aid in the acquisition of knowledge along with the development of character.  I believe that the development of strong character is facilitated through a person's faith.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy the excitement that students develop when they become truly engaged in the subject they are learning.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I love running, mountain biking, and rock climbing.  I'm also a huge UGA fan.


Donna Pate - Senior High Counselor
Degrees: B.A., Auburn University; Masters, Georgia State University

What motivated you to become a counselor?
The summer before my twin sons started college, I started graduate school to get my masters in School Counseling.  I helped guide my boys through the college and career process and found myself drawn to other high school students and families to help them as well.  I love helping young people gain the skills and knowledge they need to help them navigate their teenage years successfully.

How do you incorporate faith into your counseling?
I pray for my students and the struggles they and their families are experiencing; that God will show them how much He loves them through the guidance I am able to provide them.

What do you enjoy most about counseling?
Helping students learn how to solve their own problems.  I love it when I see a student realize a truth they haven't seen before.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I love to read - I've been a major bookworm since I was a little girl.  I like to knit and crochet, to host people in my home, and to cook.  And, I'm a huge Atlanta Braves fan!


Julie Varney - Junior High Language Arts & Science Teacher; Softball Coaching Staff
Degrees: B.A., Harding University; Masters, Harding University

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I wanted to share my love of learning with as many people as I can.  Learning new things is exciting.  You learn a lot about yourself when you allow yourself to experience things instead of going into something already expecting you won't like it.  There is always room to wonder.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
I chose to teach and learn at GAC for the freedom and encouragement for students to take ownership of their own learning and deepen their faith for Christ.  Talking openly about God as part of your job is a true blessing.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
I want to model Christ's example to students by being an example to them.  I can't show the love of God without showing my students that same kind of grace, forgiveness, and love myself.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I love learning from my students.  Kids are brilliant!  Their raw curiosity and eagerness for discovery frees any boundaries teachers tend to put on learners.  Sometimes all it takes it to wait...listen...and give them a voice to unleash the unknown together.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
READING!  I avidly seek out books to enlighten my perspectives and knowledge about people, life, and ideas.  I'm also interested in softball, backpacking, and pretty much anything involving God's amazing creation.


Steve West - Junior High P.E. Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Central Missouri State University; Masters, Walden University

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I grew up in a family of educators.  My dad taught history and was a guidance counselor.  I've had many influential people in my life and they were my teachers and coaches.  I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people as my former teachers did for me.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
The opportunity to teach at GAC is exciting.  I look forward to working in a school where education and Christian values are a high priority for students and parents.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
As a coach, Hebrews 12:1 comes to mind when I think about my faith and teaching.  "Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us."  Growing up is tough.  We all have had struggles but we must not give up or give in to the temptations of life.  God will give us strength to endure.  Teaching physical education gives me chance to help lead young people to make healthy choices.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy watching young people learn and discover their capabilities.  I enjoy coaching and helping them reach their potential.  When one of my students wins, we all win.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I like to read, travel, play golf, and enjoy house painting.


Derek Wilson - 10th Grade Bible Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Harding University; Current Masters Candidate, Abilene Christian University

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I kind of stumbled into it.  I was living in China and looking for a job and a friend mentioned an opening at GAC, so I applied.  I fell in love with the people there and loved interacting with students and investing in their lives.  After a short hiatus for graduate school, I am so excited to be returning to teach at GAC.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
I love the mission of GAC.  The school is so intentional about investing in students' lives.  Education here goes far beyond the classroom, and I love getting to be a part of it.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
I try to make my faith present in everything I do, so incorporating my faith in my teaching is simply inviting students along my own journey.  I love sharing with my students what God is doing and teaching me in my life.

What or who has made the biggest impact on your faith?
Before coming to GAC for the first time, I lived in China working with an underground house church.  It rocked my faith and view of how God works in the world.  Over there He gave me a heart for the poor in the world.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I love investing in my students' lives and getting to know them.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I speak and read Hebrew, Chinese, Spanish, and Greek (if you call that a hobby).  I love traveling and have spent extensive time in over 15 different countries.  And I love the Houston Astros.


Megan (Dickerson) Wilson - Senior High Honors Geometry & Algebra 2 Teacher; Soccer Coaching Staff
Degrees: B.S., Lipscomb University; Masters, University of Georgia

What motivated you to become a teacher?
My 8th grade math teacher inspired me to enjoy math and love learning.  From that point on I wanted to also inspire others.  I love working with young people, and math is my venue to do so.

Why did you choose to teach at GAC?
I love the opportunity that GAC allows me to talk freely about God and share my faith on a daily basis with my students via mission trips, classroom discussions, Bible studies, etc.  In the two years that I previously taught at GAC, the students and faculty quickly became a second family to me.  I can't wait to be back at GAC.

How do you incorporate faith into your teaching?
With math it's a little more difficult, but I like to take the opportunity anytime it naturally comes up to explain how logic and problem solving connect to the amazing ways God has shaped the world and shaped us.  I also love to have regular prayer time and small devotions in my class.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
On the math side, I want them to be able to logically look at a problem and solve it step by step and see the bigger picture.  On the personal side, I want my students to feel comfortable in my classroom asking questinos - not only about math - but about life.  I want to create an environment that allows us to be open and honest with each other as we figure out how to create and grow in our relationships with the Lord.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I love getting to know my students.  I enjoy discovering their specific learning styles and finding ways to teach them math in a way that they have never seen before.  I also enjoy talking, praying, and learning with them about how the Lord is working in their lives.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy being outdoors.  I like to run, bike, and travel.  I also enjoy coaching soccer.


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5/15/2013
GAC Track Teams Wow at State Meets

Congratulations to the Boys' and Girls' Varsity Track & Field Teams on their spectacular performances at the Class AA State Championships.  With both individual and team wins, the Spartans sprinted, jumped, threw, and hurdled to victory.

Girls State Meet:
Team won 2nd place at the State AA Track & Field Meet
Maleika Slayton - State Champion - 100 Meter & 200 Meters
Kayin Mujahid - State Champion - Discus; 2nd place - High Jump
Maleika Slayton, Kayin Mujahid, Stephanie Reynolds, Kennedy Street - State Champions - 4x400 Relay

Boys State Meet:
Team won 3rd place at the State AA Track & Field Meet
Darius Slayton - State Champion - 100 Meter & 200 Meters; High Point Trophy for scoring the most points in AA at the state track meet
Micah Abernathy - State Champion - 400 Meters
Andrew Bartolomei - 2nd place - Discus
Micah Abernathy, Darius Slayton, Chris Williams, Javon Largie - 2nd place - 4x400 Relay

Congratulations to Head Varsity Track Coach, Brad Kinser, on his upcoming induction into the Gwinnett County Track Coaches Hall of Fame.

Don't miss the Atlanta Grand Prix track event at GAC's Spartan Stadium May 17.  See Olympic track stars and other world-class athletes such as Ashton Eaton, Lolo Jones, Reese Hoffa, and Queen Harrison compete.  Admission is free. 

Photograph by Brendan Sullivan for the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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5/15/2013
Astronaut Visits K-12

"I enjoyed the greatest ride of my life," shared Lieutenant Colonel Robert Shane Kimbrough to GAC students during chapel, as he recounted his flight into space in November 2008.  Lt. Col. Kimbrough shared stories of flying on a $1 billion spacecraft, the thrill of hearing the rocket boosters and experiencing the rush of being stuck to his seat during takeoff.

"Six months in space with no way to shower, dried powder for food...all worth it," shared Kimbrough.  "It was where God used me at that time in my life."  A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, an aerospace engineer, a graduate of Georgia Tech and one who has experienced 2 space walks, Kimbrough credits his relationship with God as his defining mark.

GAC dad, Will Lovett, III, sponsored Lt. Col. Kimbrough's visit to GAC.  Mr. Lovett is an aviation enthusiast, served in the U.S. Army, is a helicopter pilot, and is a member of the Aero Club of Metro Atlanta.  Will had a chance to meet Lieutenant Colonel Kimbrough at one of the Aero Club meetings and he knew that he had to bring him to visit GAC students.  Will and his wife, Stacey, have a son, Will, currently in 10th grade and GAC, and a daughter, Katie, who graduated from GAC in 2012.  Will says, "If this visit was able to spark interest in one or two students to further explore aviation, I have achieved my goal as an aviation enthusiast."
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5/15/2013
GAC Grad Sherill Baker Inducted into Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame

On May 4, GAC alumna Sherill Baker (GAC Class of 2002) was inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Coolray Field.  Sherill joins two previous GAC inductees, Cindy Brogdon (GAC Class of 1975) and Coach Eddie Martin.  Sherill led the Lady Spartans to AA State Championships in both her junior and senior years.  She was named Miss Georgia Basketball her senior year as the top player in all classifications.  She was inducted into the GAC Sports Hall of Fame and her jersey was retired late in her senior year.  Sherill played her college ball at University of Georgia where she was an All-SEC standout player.  Sherill played several years of professional basketball in the WNBA and also on international teams.  She is currently on the women's basketball coaching staff at Auburn University.

Sherill and her family were honored at a luncheon hosted by GAC friends on the afternoon of her induction.  Sherill expressed appreciation for all that GAC has meant to her from the time she started in 6th grade until now.
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5/15/2013
Summer Camps at GAC

Register your student for Summer Camp at GAC.  From athletics to art, from ballet to drama, there is an opportunity for every child in grades K5-8.  Led by Daniel Cline and his qualified staff of counselors and instructors, students are sure to have a wonderful summer experience in a safe, loving environment.  Take a look at our camps!  For questions about GAC Summer Camps, contact Daniel Cline.
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5/1/2013
Senior Class College Bound

GAC Senior High students were recognized at Senior High Awards Night as their many accomplishments were celebrated.  SH Academic Dean, Dr. Betty Morris shares, "I am always impressed by our students.  The hard work and dedication they put into their education is amazing.  The winners of these awards aren't simply racing for a grade...all of these students really want to learn.  They understand it's all about being life-long learners."

Top honors went to Steven Smith, Class of 2013 Valedictorian, and our two Class of 2013 Salutatorians, Andy Irwin and Soyoung Kim.  Dr. Morris shares, "Valedictorian, Steven Smith, leads collaboratively in classes who constantly seeks ways he can contribute.  Whether it's in BC Calculus or serving on a mission trip or working to complete his Eagle Scout Award, he learns so he can be a stronger student, Christian, person, citizen, and friend.  For the first time in many years, we had a tie for the honorable distinction of Salutatorian.  Andy Irwin and Soyoung Kim are both stellar, hard-working, diverse learners who have been actively involved in many aspects of learning from rigorous classes, to art, to being a leader in athletics.  Both of these young leaders have created impeccable high school resumes."

The highlight of the evening was hearing from the award winners in pre-recorded videos.  Olivia Julian, the recipient of the Ray Kroc Award, spoke about her experiences in Bible classes, mission trips, and the Senior High Spiritual Retreat.  Atlanta Journal Cup award winner, Anna Bass, made everyone want to sign up for drama classes in the Fine Arts department by the end of the evening.  US History certificate winner and Drama 3 & 4 medal winner, Jonathan Edwards, convinced everyone that strong math skills could be used to change the world we live in while multiple award winner, Sam Weyen, inspired everyone to embrace history as part of our journey. 

Complete listing of all award winners
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5/1/2013
Spartans Head to State

With mind-blowing seasons and new school records, athletes form GAC's varsity teams have secured spots in upcoming state championships.  Come out and support your Spartans!

Varsity Girls Soccer
The Lady Spartans are going head-to-head with Model this week as they begin the journey to defend their Class AA State Championship title.  With three Super 6 senior athletes leading the team (Rachel Garcia, Kayla Puzas, and Taylor Wagnon), they will be hard to beat.
  • 1st Round Class AA State Playoffs
    GAC vs Model (at GAC)
    Thurs., May 2 at 5:30PM
Varsity Boys Soccer
The Spartans are ready to redeem themselves at state this year.  Coach Thom Jacquet says, "Our boys are definitely ready.  We had a strong regular season with a region championship.  We have the home field advantage the first two rounds.  We have to play as a team and get it done.  We are ready."
  • 1st Round Class AA State Playoffs
    GAC vs. Armuchee (at GAC)
    Fri., May 3 at 5:00PM
Varsity Baseball
Cliff Shelton's baseball team starts with a doubleheader in the first round of state playoffs this week.  They are coming off a 1-0 victory over region champs Westminster last Saturday in the final home game of the regular season.
  • 1st Round State Playoffs
    GAC vs. Pepperell (doubleheader at Pepperell)
    Fri., May 3 at 1:00PM
Varsity Track & Field
With recent victories at the Class AA State Sectionals last week, members of the Spartan Track & Field Team are ready to take on the competition at their state meets.  The Spartans won eight different events at sectionals and several school records were broken.  Read more for a complete list of the winners, record holders, and state qualifiers.
  • Boys State Meet: May 2-4 in Jefferson
  • Girls State Meet: May 9-11 in Albany
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5/1/2013
Spartan Spirit Festival

The Ladies Association for Christian Education (LACE) will be transitioning their fall fundraiser after 36 years of sponsoring the annual Frog Hollow Festival in early October to a different kind of family event this next school year.  Mark your calendars for Saturday afternoon and evening, December 7 for the 1st annual Spartan Spirit Festival sponsored by LACE.  Some aspects of the former Frog Hollow will continue such as the Silent Auction and good food, but other facets will be different including some special holiday touches.  Santa may even make an appearance. 

The highlight of the festival will be an evening performance by well known Christian comedian Tim Hawkins in Long Forum.  Tim travels all over the country performing his comedy and music acts and will delight his audience.  This will be a special treat for the GAC community as well as people from the community.  You will hear more about the Spartan Spirit Festival when school begins in the fall.
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5/1/2013
Elementary "Thank You" Concert

In appreciation to the supporters of the 2012-2013 GACS Annual Fund which brought to life the newly renovated art, ballet, and music spaces, new piano and new musical instruments in the Bradford Center, Elementary students invite you to a "Thank You" Concert - Fri., May 3 at 2:00PM in the Bradford Center Gymnasium.  Refreshments and an elementary art exhibit will follow.  Elementary Music Teacher, Dr. Robin Hensley shares, "Your leadership, prayers, and support have helped make possible many wonderful blessings for elementary music, dance, and art during the 2012-13 school year.  Our children are excited to have the opportunity to express their gratitude by singing and playing for you and by sharing their artistic creations."
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4/16/2013
Meet New GAC Families at GAC Connections

How many times has it happened to you?  You are enjoying a football or basketball game, or even a ballet recital, and you start up a conversation with the family next to you - only to realize that you live in the same area of town.  Wouldn't it be nice if current parents and our approximately 100 new families of GAC students could be brought together?

GAC has found a way to make this happen.

You are invited to attend our inaugural GAC Connections gatherings.  Sign up now for a casual gathering of your neighbors and school family friends, held in the homes of current GAC families April 18-May 2 from 6:00-7:00PM.  These meet-and-greets will not only be fun and help build a sense of community, but you may also just find your next carpool buddy!

Thurs., April 18:  Alpharetta
Thurs., April 18:  Norcross/Peachtree Corners
Mon., April 22:  Buckhead/Brookhaven
Thurs., April 25: Johns Creek
Mon, April 29: Lawrenceville/Snellville
Mon., April 29: Tucker/Stone Mountain
Tues., April 30: Duluth
Wed., May 1:  Dunwoody
Thurs., May 2:  Suwanee/Lawrenceville

GAC Connections gatherings are for adults only.  Please make appropriate arrangements for your children.
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4/16/2013
Students' Spring Break Spent Serving Others

Senior High students and faculty spent their Spring Break serving others around the world.  Much work was done, many kids were loved, and many lives were changed.  We are thankful for GAC families and for those who supported their mission trips.

"In Vienna we ministered to about 20 teens and young adults whom we have been working with for many years.  We had daily Bible studies and discussions that went very deep and rekindled old friendships in a way that strengthened the ministry in Vienna."  -- Tim Baker, SH Teacher and Vienna Mission Trip Leader

"The Guatemala mission team built two houses for families.  Students made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime while offering them a view of some of the poverty that exists around the world."  -- Caleb Panter, SH Teacher and Guatemala Mission Trip Leader

"The New York mission trip partners with Camp Shiloh, a service organization for underprivileged inner city youth, to fulfill service opportunities in a public elementary school in the Bronx.  GAC students model the life of Christ through hands on tutoring and assistance in the classroom."  -- Brad Denton, SH Teacher and New York Mission Trip Leader

"The Jamaica mission team served in schools, infirmaries, churches, and surrounding communities.  In addition to serving, the team competed in sporting events against their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  The team grew close together and were reminded to 'live simply so others can simply live.'"  -- Katie Martin, SH Teacher and Jamaica Mission Trip Leader

"45 students spent their Spring Break pouring concrete, painting, cleaning, planning VBS, and loving precious ninos at City of Children in Ensenada, Mexico.  Our students were amazing servants of God and displayed the love of the Lord in the way they worked hard, loved each other, and loved the children."  -- Sandy Johnson, SH Teacher and Mexico Mission Trip Leader

To view more:
City of Children Video
Jamaica Blog

Senior High Spring Break Trips:
Ensenada, Mexico - City of Children
San Raimundo, Guatemala - Casas por Cristo
Montego Bay, Jamaica - SCORE International
The Bronx, New York - Camp Shiloh
Vienna, Austria - Local Missionary Reggy Hiller
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4/16/2013
Save the Date - Plan May with GAC in Mind

Don't miss art, music, gifted speakers, an astronaut, and the Daraja Choir!  Contact Community Relations if you have any questions about these opportunities.

Wed., May 1 - 7:30AM
All Pro Dads Breakfast
Sam Bracken - "My Orange Duffel Bag"

Sam Bracken, an executive with FranklinCovey and author of My Orange Duffel Bag, will speak with fathers and GAC students about hope, love, and forgiveness.

Fri., May 3 - 2:00PM - Bradford Center Gymnasium
Elementary "Thank You" Concert

Elementary children present art and music in appreciation for the new Bradford Center.

Tues., May 7
NASA Astronaut - Robert S. Kimbrough

Special guest and NASA Astronaut, Robert S. Kimbrough, will speak to GAC students in chapel.  More information coming soon about this exciting event!

Thurs., May 9 - 7:30PM - Long Forum
Imaginations: What Happens When "Love Does"
An inspirational event benefiting The 410 Bridge ministry

Experience incredible worship, music, and motivation presented by the Daraja Children's Choir of Africa and Bob Goff, author and NY Times Bestseller of Love DoesTickets are $25.
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4/3/2013
My New York and Shakespearean State of Mind - Sam Weyen, 11th grade

It was borderline freezing in New York City as the GAC Visions group dove head-on into the city of opportunity, the city of showbiz.

As a member of Visions, a group of GAC Senior High drama students, we had the amazing opportunity to see three Broadway shows.  During the days, we attended themed workshops, each of which was quasi-related to the show we'd see that night.  The trip was intended to give us tools to better ourselves as actors, singers, and dancers.

Our first workshop was with Russell Fischer, the unbelievably talented understudy to Frankie from Jersey Boys.  He taught us the music and choreography to 'Walk Like a Man' from the show.  The next day, we toured the newly restored New Amsterdam Theater and learned actual choreography for the familiar tune 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' from Mary Poppins.  The final day, we learned about the off- and on- Broadway process with a Godspell-inspired workshop and a tour of the theater housing Wicked.  The final show, Once, cemented the trip as a once-in-a-lifetime experience - one for the books!  The acting was incredible and the staging was like nothing I'd ever seen.  I'd finally experienced and accepted that symbiotic relationship that actors have with the stage.

At the end of our Visions trip and the whole experience, I can address the Shakespearean quote, 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?'  New York, despite your often-cloying weather, 'Thou art more lovely and more temperate.'
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4/3/2013
House Competition and Harlem Shake - Jenna Dalton, 4th grade

Anyone who has ever read a Harry Potter book is familiar with houses.  This year at GAC, 4th and 5th graders have been divided into six different houses.  Each student contributes to their house goal of getting the most tickets or points by doing something extraordinary at school.  There are many things students can do to get tickets.  We can do something kind for someone (without being asked), do well on a project or test, or show cooperation as a team.  Since every teacher in Elementary can give out tickets, we are always looking for ways to do something good.  The house with the most tickets each week gets to sit on the upper track of Bowen Gym during Thursday chapel rather than sit on the gym floor with all the other students.  And, for our house meetings, we always do something fun together.  This week, each house made their own version of a "Harlem Shake" video (one even featured Dr. Fincher). 

I think having houses for 4th and 5th graders at GAC is a really good idea.  Being in a house with kids from other classes and grades has helped me make new friends and taught me how much fun it is to work as a team.  The house with the most tickets at the end of the school year gets to have a party with their house teammates and teachers.  I can't wait to see which house wins the contest!

GAC Houses:
Dar Animo (Spanish for encouragement)
Forza (Italian for strength)
Spiritus (Latin for spirit)
Unite' (French for unity)
Uvumiluvu (Swahili for endurance)
Heiwa (Japanese for peace)
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4/3/2013
Boys at Work Serving Others - Jack Hollier, 7th grade

Last year, as a sixth grader, I decided to go on a mission trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana through GAC.  I didn't know what to expect, but I went.  It ended up being such a great experience that I knew I had to go back this year.

Ten other Junior High guys and I just returned from making new friends at South Baton Rouge Church of Christ while helping LSU students from China and their families feel loved, welcomed, and connected.  We played games in the church yard and helped these international kids know the thrill of hunting Easter eggs and feeling a sense of community.

As a side trip, our teachers, Mrs. Richey and Mrs. Reed, took us to visit the campus of Louisiana State University.  We had a chance to see the football stadium and Mike the Tiger.  This mission trip was just as great as I remembered it and I am already planning on returning to Baton Rouge next year as an eighth grader.
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3/27/2013
All School Easter Chapel

Join us for GAC's first K3-12 Easter Chapel - Thurs., March 28 at 9:00AM in Long Forum.

Together, we will celebrate the risen Christ and the joy of Easter.  Through a journey of music and the spoken word, we will travel from the Garden of Gethsemane to the cross, from the empty tomb to a triumphant resurrection.  The Senior High Chapel Band will lead worship with the help of students and teachers.  The GAC Symphonic Band will be featured as they play a moving rendition of Were You There?  We look forward to rejoicing with you.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
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3/27/2013
Carpool Update - Attention Parents!!  We need your cooperation!!

Parents, we need your help.  We have had some 'close calls' recently in regards to pedestrians and vehicles.  Please do not talk on your cell phone as you drive on campus.  Everybody's favorite traffic director, Charles Butts, was recently almost run over by a distracted parent driver.

Please review and honor our pick-up and drop-off plan and the corresponding carpool routes.  We are observing parents who are picking up and dropping off students in locations other than our 4 approved areas.  This places our students (your children) in dangerous circumstances.

Please remember - ONLY 4 approved carpool drop-offs.  If you have been using another area, please know that you are endangering your student and other students as well. 

Your attention in this area of safety is greatly appreciated.  We would much rather be speaking about these issues now, rather than waiting until a child (or an adult) is hurt in an avoidable accident. 

Thanks, in advance, for your help in this important matter.  Also, please be cordial if a staff member or carpool parent volunteer reminds you in the future if you are dropping off or picking up in an unapproved area.  Sadly, we have had a few instances of parents giving our staff members and parent volunteers a hard time for reminding them of our policies.  Our folks are merely doing their job in the best interest of our students' safety.  The student's life we save may be your own child.
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3/27/2013
UGA vs. Auburn Women's Soccer Spring Exhibition Match

Cheer for your favorite SEC team as the University of Georgia women's soccer team battles the Auburn Tigers women's soccer team at their Spring Exhibition Match - Thurs., March 28 at 7:00PM at Greater Atlanta Christian's Soccer Stadium.  Tickets are $4 for adults; students and children are free.  All ticket and concession proceeds go directly to UGA and Auburn.

Next year, two of our seniors will play on the UGA and Auburn women's soccer teams.  Rachel Garcia has committed to play for the University of Georgia and Taylor Wagnon has committed to play at Auburn University.
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3/27/2013
American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships

Catch some March Madness at GAC for the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships - Fri., April 5 from 1:00-2:30PM in Long Forum.  CBS will be filming the championships on April 5 and will broadcast the taping as part of the pre-game 2013 Final Four coverage on Sat., April 6.  It is the only high school basketball event to air on network television.  Sign up now for your complimentary pass to the event.

Eight sharp-shooting dunk artists have been selected from across the country, in collaboration with MaxPreps.com, to compete and deliver a showcase of future college basketball stars.

Doors will open at 12:15PM.  Parking available in the Spartan Stadium parking lot.
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3/20/2013
The Value of Accreditation

Starting Monday a team of trained observers will visit our campus to verify the quality of the education provided by GAC to her students.  This visit is the culminating event of a process that began many months, even years ago - accreditation.  "Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-evaluation and continuous improvement that reflects compliance with required standards/indicators; involves a self-study; and includes a peer review by educators from outside of our school." (SAIS 2012). 

To attain and maintain accreditation, a school must show it meets with quality and integrity the standards established by the accrediting body.  The standards center around the issues of vision and purpose, governance and leadership, teaching and learning, documenting and using results, resources and support systems, community, communication and finally, commitment to continuous improvementThe bottom line - are we being true to our mission?

GAC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and the National Christian School Association (NCSA).  For GAC to maintain our "accredited in good standing" status, the school must meet certain criteria and benchmarks set forth by those three accrediting organizations.  Every five years, we gather data, review our work, and meet with a visiting team to verify our status.  While the visit is important, the real work occurs year in and year out.  Accreditation is a process that involves the entire GAC community.

Excerpt taken from the Winter 2012 issue of the GACS Today - "The Value of Accreditation," written by Dr. Misty Overman, Junior High Principal.
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3/20/2013
Powerful Performances in GAC Fine Arts

The students involved in GAC fine arts are excelling in many areas - receiving accolades, top-ratings, and awards for their hard work and dedication in developing their skills.

  • The Concert and Symphonic Bands surpassed judges' expectations at the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation.  Each judge awarded the bands the highest possible rating in both the prepared performance component and the sight-reading component.  This is the 4th year in a row that both bands have earned straight superior ratings.

  • The Dance Team, comprised of students in grades 6-12, received multiple awards at the Starpower Dance Competition, a National Private Dance Competition with competitors from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.  GAC dancers competed in 7 solos, 1 duet, and 3 ensemble pieces.

  • The Literary Trio brought home 1st place in the GHSA Regional Literary Competition, a contest of musical, singing, and written abilities.  Seniors Meghan Maxfield, Emma Pitts, and Charlotte Russo also participated in the state competition, bringing home 4th place.

Don't miss the 9th Annual Fine Arts Black & White Gala - Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm in the Williams Fine Arts Center.  With the theme Blessings: Overflowing, Junior High and Senior High students exhibit their stunning artwork and masterful music in the Clif Jones Theatre and Crump Gallery including performances by the GAC Symphonic Orchestra and the GAC Jazz Band.  Remember to wear black and white!


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3/20/2013
Sensational Science in Junior High

Creative science projects astounded visitors at the recent Junior High Science Expo in Long Forum.  Not your typical Junior High science fair, our Expo required the 7th and 8th grade students to move beyond the typical display board to creatively demonstrate and model the concepts in areas of their interests. 

With over 140 student groups participating, the depth of the projects was mind-blowing.  Students built a working hovercraft, some raised chickens, made hair care products, built a Jacob's Ladder, learned about being a spy, explored forensics, rocketry, and much more.  Groups were named "Best in Class" and "Best in Show" by the JH science teachers.  The 6th grade science students hosted their Expo in December.

"The study of science is the study of process and an exploration of one's imagination.  These students took an area that interested them and went far beyond anything I've seen students go.  Their ideas are so unique and their capabilities far more than I ever imagined.  I look forward to seeing what these kids accomplish in the future!"  
-- Dana Pritchett, Junior High Science Expo Coordinator
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3/20/2013
Slam Dunk Championships at GAC

Come see high school athletes at their best Friday, April 5 at 1:00pm in Long Forum for the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships.  This event is free and is open to the public, and is part of the NCAA Final Four weekend, which is being hosted this year in Atlanta.  Everyone is welcome.
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3/20/2013
International Partnerships for GAC

In preparing our students to live and think globally, GAC is accepting 15 students from China to attend 9th and 10th grade as international students for the 2013-14 school year.  We are seeking current GAC families who would like to provide a home for one of these new students for the school year, where they can learn and live in Christ-centered homes.

These international students have tested strong academically and are attending GAC in order to be fully prepared to attend top American univiersities upon graduating.  They have chosen GAC because of our strong outcomes and abundant extra-curricular opportunities.

The rewards to both the Chinese students and the host families are numerous: friendship, cultural exchange, values shared, ideas exchanged, and eyes opened to different cultures and resources.

If you are interested in learning more about how your family might apply to be a host home for these students, contact Margie Asef at 770-243-2258.
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3/6/2013
Celebrate the Arts at GAC

The 3rd annual Artist Extravaganza is Wed.-Fri., March 20-22, hosted by Patrons of the Arts.  More than 30 artists will offer diverse collections of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and more for purchase to benefit GAC's visual and performing arts programs. 

The 9th annual Black & White Gala is Thurs., March 21.  Enjoy impressive artwork and talent by our Junior and Senior High students as they showcase their exemplary gifts in art, music, and dance.  GAC's first full Symphonic Orchestra will make its debut at this premier event along with return performances by the GAC Jazz Band.

We are thankful for our students' talents.  From musicals to sculpture, God has blessed our students with many unique creative gifts.  As a result, our students are very active in the arts.  if you attended the recent Senior High musical The Wiz, walked through the Junior High atrium and studied the complex self-portraits, attended a ballet or music recital, or attended a band, orchestra, or choir concert - you know GAC students produce amazing works of art. 

Mark Your Calendars:
  • Artist Extravaganza - Student Family Ctr. & Combee Elementary Gallery
    Wed., March 20, 12:00-5:00PM
    Thurs., March 21, 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Fri., March 22, 7:30AM-1:00PM

  • Black & White Gala - Williams Fine Arts Ctr.
    Thurs., March 21, 6:00PM
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3/6/2013
GAC's National Merit Finalists

Congratulations to seniors Juwon Drake, Steven Smith, and Christine Wilson on being named as Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.  Our three finalists will be considered for a Merit Scholarship based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.  The winners of the scholarships will be announced in the spring.

Earlier this school year, these three comendable students were named semifinalists (they each scored in the top 1% of all juniors in the nation who took the PSAT the previous year).
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3/6/2013
Super Six Athletes

Congratulations to seven GAC student athletes on being named as Super Six Athletes in spring sports in Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Whit Anderson - Varsity Boys' Lacrosse
Rachel Garcia - Varsity Girls' Soccer
Max Gomas - Varsity Boys' Soccer
Kayla Puzas - Varsity Girls' Soccer
Maileka Slayton - Varsity Girls' Track & Field
Bailey Tardy - Varsity Girls' Golf
Taylor Wagnon - Varsity Girls' Soccer
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3/6/2013
Spartan Boys' Basketball Team in State Championship Game Friday Afternoon in Macon

Congratulations to Coach Eddie Martin's Spartan boys' basketball team for an exciting victory over Laney last Friday night in Milledgeville in the semifinals of the AA State Tournament.  The Spartans will be going for their 3rd state title in 4 years.  They will appreciate the Spartan fans turning out in large numbers again this week to be the '6th man' in the stands.The AA State Championship game against Bleckley County is scheduled for this Friday afternoon at 4:45PM at the Macon Centreplex (formerly the Macon Coliseum). 

The Junior High and Senior High will have a special schedule on Friday with classes dismissing at 2:00PM.  Those students who need to remain on campus will have supervision until the normal ending time of school.  Elementary parents who plan to go to the game may check out their students through the Elementary office as the school day will end at the normal time on Friday.  Buses will depart at the normal time and all after school programs will follow regular Friday schedules. 

Go, Big Red!!

Photo by John Bohn/Gwinnett Daily Post
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3/6/2013
Commit 2013 Re-Enrollment Reminder

There are just a few days left to re-enroll your children at GAC.  The re-enrollment period ends Tues., Mrarch 12.  Remember that classes and course selections fill up quickly.  Re-enroll now!  It is our number one goal to first take care of our current families.  We need to know that you are returning so we can determine how many openings are available for new students.  Contact Student Accounts at 770-243-2216 with questions.
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3/5/2013
Take a Ride

Greater Atlanta Christian School wants to help you with your commute to and from school.  We will be offering expanded bus routes that reach your community for the 2013-14 school year.  As the result of a recent bus survey, we heard of a growing need for transportation in the Brookhaven, Tucker, and Dunwoody communities.  Take a look at our new routes and share your transportation needs with us.  These additional stops can ease your commute and help your children arrive at school in a safe, timely manner.

New & Improved GAC Bus Routes for 2013-14:
NEW! - Brookhaven/Tucker
NEW! - Dunwoody/Peachtree Corners
Medlock Bridge/Johns Creek
Sugarloaf/Duluth
Sugarloaf/Lawrenceville
Suwanee
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2/25/2013
Re-Enrollment Incentive Winners

Congratulations to our "early bird" re-enrollment winners!  Each of these families were selected in a drawing and won a $100 gift certificate to the Spartan Store for completing their re-enrollment during the first week.

Early Childhood Village/Elementary
Evelyn Logan - 2nd grade
Sam Geoffroy - K5






Junior High
Courtney Stocks - 6th grade
Mitchell Maxfield - 8th grade






Senior High

Ciara McKinney - 11th grade
Jessica Pickens - 11th grade

Re-enrollment for current GAC students is open until Tuesday, March 12.  Reminder to parents of rising 6th-12th graders -- students must be re-enrolled to be able to complete pre-registration for next year's classes.  Class electives and certain subjects are filling up quickly.  Re-enroll today!
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2/6/2013
Commit 2013...We Want You!

Re-enrollment begins at GAC Tuesday, February 12 for the 2013-14 school year.  The re-enrollment period will run from February 12 through March 12.

It is important that we hear from you early.  While it is our number one goal to first take care of our current parents and students, Admissions is busy with new applicant families.  We need your re-enrollment so we can determine the number of acceptances we can offer to new, incoming families.

What:            Online GAC Re-enrollment Special Event
When:           February 12-15
Why:             To hold your place at GAC
Incentives:   When you re-enroll your child(ren) at GAC between Feb. 12-15 for the 2013-14 school year, you will automatically be entered in a drawing for $100 Spartan Store gift cards.
  • 2 drawings for Early Childhood/Elementary families
  • 2 drawings for Junior High families
  • 2 drawings for Senior High families
*Incentives will be drawn from families re-enrolling between Feb. 12-15
*Limit one gift card per family
*GAC Faculty & Staff are not eligible for re-enrollment incentives

Each current GAC student will be receiving an email from the Business Office the morning of Feb. 12 with a link to re-enrollment.  Re-enroll at GAC today!  Commit 2013!


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2/6/2013
Plaid Skirts Coming for K3-5th Grade Girls in 2013-14

We are pleased to announce that the plaid skirts that have been popular in Junior and Senior High the past two years will be made available to girls in the Early Childhood Village and Elementary for the upcoming school year.  We thank the PTO Board members and several GAC Elementary moms for their input this year to the advantages of our younger girls having the option to include the plaid skirts for a greater sense of unity and branding school-wide.

There has also been a change to a new khaki skort style that will be a better fit for the younger girls.  The current khaki skorts in sizes 12 and below are on sale in the Spartan Store for 33% off.  For those who are happy with the current skorts, they can still be worn next year.  Of course, the jumpers will continue to be offered.

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2/6/2013
Spiritual Growth Communicated Through Art

Four new paintings are mounted in the Jolly Atrium of Long Forum that were created by Senior High Art Teacher, Tim Baker.  His paintings depict the four components of the GAC mission - Wisdom, Stature, God, and Man.  Watch this video and be inspired as Dr. Fincher and Tim Baker introduce our mission through art to our campus.
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2/6/2013

Introducing 2 New GAC Bus Routes -
Dunwoody & Brookhaven


GAC is expanding our bus routes to and from school for the 2013-14 school year!  We are adding one route straight to Dunwoody and one route direct to Brookhaven.  These routes will start at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year since an increasing number of families are joining GAC from those areas.  Please share this exciting news with your friends from those communities.

If you would like to express an interest in having a GAC bus route in a certain area or community where there is currently not one, take our one minute survey and share your needs.  This survey is open to current parents, applying families, and inquiring families.  For more information about our transportation program, contact Beth Christian.

We want to hear from you!  Your feedback is important to us.

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1/31/2013
Annual Fund Success

Our first year for raising annual fund donations without the famous or infamous magazine sale has been a record-breaking success thanks to your overwhelming support.  With 100% participation from faculty and staff and 93% from our parents, we were able to have a great start this past fall.

We are thrilled to announce that as of 2012 year-end, we have $1,073,400 in Annual Fund pledges!  (Historically, the annual fund and magazine sale together would raise anywhere from $750,000 to $1.1 million for GAC's operating budget).

In addition to the many great projects and programs made possible by and budgeted from the Annual Fund donations this year, we also have the funds to meet additional needs including:
  • We conducted an extensive campus safety analysis.  We purchased new AED's for four additional locations on campus, bringing the total number campus-wide to 11.
  • We will be upgrading the bandwidth for Internet access to 500Mbps from 100Mbps (coming late Feb.)
  • We plan to purchase two new grand pianos and refurbish all our current pianos.  This will give GAC a grand piano in the Choir Room, Orchestra Room, and Elementary Music Room.
  • All grade levels received additional funding to be used for field trips, learning kits or activities (Village/Elementary), mission-challenge projects (Junior High), and class-sponsored activities (Senior High).

We are grateful to our families and friends of GAC who understand the need for an annual campaign and have chosen to support GAC this way.  Without you, these new projects and programs would not be possible.  Only God knows the successes we will have together in the future!

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1/31/2013
The Race is On!

This is our sixth year participating in the Georgia Tax Credit Program.  It allows you, the tax payer, to redirect up to $2,500 of your Georgia state income tax dollars to GAC!*  If you are new to the Tax Credit, or uncertain how it works, consider a first year credit of $500 or $1,000.  We think you'll be pleased with the power of your choice - and your help for a child.  Who said you can't designate where your tax dollars go? 

Greater Atlanta Christian partners with Georgia GOAL, a state-approved Student Scholarship Organization, as required by law to administer this tax credit program.  By designating a portion of your tax dollars to the Georgia Tax Credit Program, you can financially help GAC, a financial aid applicant, and current students.  It's the easiest way to support GAC without giving directly out of your pocket.  There could be tax advantages for you!

Last year, the Georgia government allotment of $51.5 million was exhausted by August as 20,000 taxpayers raced for the credit.  This year, the allotment is projected to be gone by the end of May.  The more funds we designate in tax credits to GAC's total financial aid program, the more we can keep in our operating budget to spend on our current students!

Want to participate this year?  Don't miss out on this opportunity.  Complete your 2013 Georgia GOAL Approval Form online.  If you would like more information about the program, visit our website or contact the Development Office at 770-243-2208.

* You are able to designate GAC as a recipient of your tax dollars, but not a specific student.  This is Georgia Law.
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1/31/2013
GAC Medical Guild

After careful consideration, Greater Atlanta Christian School has decided to start its very own Medical Guild under the leadership of our Team Doctor, Dr. Mike Morris.  As metro-Atlanta keeps attracting more medical professionals, and as our healthcare system keeps changing, we are all experiencing challenges in finding the right doctor.

The GAC Medical Guild will help identify a trusted circle of GAC parents who practice medicine, and it will serve as a referral source for Medical Guild members and other GAC families.  Other essential functions include potential medical mission trips, serving GAC students through job-shadowing or recommendation letters, and of course assisting with upcoming GAC fundraising or other activities on campus.

A planning meeting will take place in late February.  If you are a GAC parent in the medical field and are interested in joining the Medical Guild, please contact Heni Jordan at 770-243-2209.
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1/9/2013
GAC Alum Leah Fernandez Inspires Readers on the Cover of People Magazine

Leah Manley Fernandez (GAC Class of 1998) inspires crowds on Good Morning America and graces the cover of People magazine (January 2013).  Leah is featured as one of two Jenny Craig success stories having lost 1/2 her weight through moderate eating, exercise, and sheer determination.  She was also featured on 20/20 and CNN's Headline News this past week.  To most, Leah is a thin, beautiful young mother with a gorgeous singing voice and flowing auburn hair.  To those who know her best, she has been through the fire and serves as a true success story, encouraging others to keep moving toward accomplishing their goals even when times are tough.

After two pregnancies, Leah's weight gain became all-consuming.  Tipping the scales at 251 lbs., Leah had to make some changes in her life.  Her husband, T.J., encouraged her to get out of the house for short walks.  T.J. began running with her and before long, Leah was taking the lead.  The night after their first 5K, her husband was killed in a motorcycle accident.  T.J.'s encouragement to never give up on your goals has kept Leah going.  Through hard work, Leah not only lost half her top weight, but has adopted a healthier lifestyle.

Her extreme weight loss is incredible, but Leah's faith in the midst of personal tragedy shines bright.  Each Sunday, she helps lead worship at Campus Church and sings like an angel as she praises her Heavenly Father.  The hope that she shares has touched many lives.  Leah is a blessing to many.

Photo is taken from www.people.com.
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1/9/2013
GAC Senior Anna Bass Selected as Member
of 20 Under 20


Atlanta INtown magazine selects twenty individuals each year under the age of 20 to spotlight.  These teens inspire readers because of their dedication to serving others in unique ways.  Inspirational stories of Atlanta's youth fill the pages of the publication, but the highlight was the write up about GAC senior Anna Bass.  Anna has been at GAC since the sixth grade, is an AP scholar, a National Commended Student, a Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient, a member of King's Gate Theatre, and has made service to others a priority in her life.

With a big desire to serve others, Anna volunteers each year at Camp Big Heart - an overnight camp for mentally challenged children and adults.  By caring for special campers at this summer boarding camp, Anna and her co-counselors engage the campers in a wide range of fun activities and allow the hard working parents some needed time off to recharge.  Anna is very involved in service work at school as well.  Recently, the Senior High faculty selected Anna to sit on the Atlanta Mission Junior Board where she will help organize events for the men who utilize the facilities and services.  Anna also serves each year as a volunteer at two Special Olympics events hosted on GAC's campus.  Most people who frequent the GAC campus would probably recognize Anna as a frequent cast member in GAC's many drama productions.  With her vibrant personality, Anna usually steals the show.

Photo taken from www.atlantaintownpaper.com. 

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1/9/2013
GAC Students Praised for their Character

To have members of our award-winning Marching Spartans band represent GAC in the Outback Bowl Parade and Halftime Show in Tampa, FL is something to talk about.  But to have individuals from across the country write notes praising our students for their attitudes of character, discipline, and kindness speaks volumes as to what kind of children we strive to raise up at GAC.

Jim LeBon, Bandmaster of Southport Middle School, served as the band guide for our students in the Outback Bowl.  Jim wrote Dr. David Fincher, praising our parents, teachers, and students on how they conducted themselves at the festivities, "What really impressed me was the attitude and demeanor of the students.  They represented the school and their families with quiet dignity and kindness that I have not seen in a long time....  They lived their faith and were a great light to all that met them."

Band parents, you should be proud of your children.  We are thankful for Mr. Wes York and Mr. Robert Turner for their guidance and direction of the Marching Spartans program.
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1/9/2013
GAC/Wesleyan Basketball Rivalry Renewed Friday Night

For the first time in almost 5 years, the Spartans will play our neighborhood rivals, the Wesleyan Wolves, in Long Forum this Friday night - Jan. 11.  The #2 ranked Lady Spartans take on the #1 ranked Lady Wolves at 6:00pm with the boys' game to follow at 7:30pm.  For the past 4 years GAC and Wesleyan were in different classifications, but this year Wesleyan moved up to AA.  The Wesleyan girls, defending Class A state champions, are 12-3 with all three losses coming to highly ranked out-of-state schools.  Varsity Girls Head Coach Cal Boyd and his team are currently 14-1 with their only loss being to an undefeated AAAAAA Parkview team in the Parkview Thanksgiving tournament.  The Lady Spartans are led by senior CiCi Buford and junior Brianna Cummings.  Friday night will be a showdown of two of Georgia's top girls programs.

Varsity Boys Head Coach Eddie Martin and his team are ranked #2 in AA currently with a 13-3 record.  Their only losses have been to higher ranked teams in holiday tournaments.  The Spartans are led by senior Collin Swinton and junior Isaiah Wilkins.  Plan to come and be a part of history as the Spartans and Wolves go head to head at GAC on Friday night.
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1/4/2013
Tell your friends what's going on at your school!

GAC's first Open House of 2013 is next Tuesday, January 8 at 9:00am.  Invite your friends to tour the campus, speak with administrators and current parents, and see GAC alive with activity.

Did You Know?
  • Members of the Marching Spartans joined 15 other bands from across the country to participate in the parade and halftime show of the 2013 Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL on New Year's Day.






  • Acting as scientists, Junior High Life Science students saw the laws of genetics, Punnett Squares, and Mendel's genetics experiments come to life.  The 7th graders, collaborating in small groups, created second-generation "Crazy Creatures," exhibiting inherited traits.






  • Rather than having the usual gift card exchange at their class Christmas parties, the 4th grade classes at GAC donated their Christmas money.  Together, the students funded the purchase of 3 cows, 5 goats, 8 chickens, and 5 ducks to help 13 needy third-world families.

Contact the Admissions Office or visit our website for more information.
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12/5/2012
GAC Alum Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year

GAC alum Colton Chapple (Class of 2009) was recently named the recipient of the 2012 Asa S. Bushnell Cup as Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year.  This is a huge honor for Chapple and is well deserved for his outstanding collegiate football career.  As the quarterback of the Harvard football team, Chapple has been named as the second-rated passer in the nation with a soaring total of 24 touchdown passes this season.  Chapple was also awarded the Division I FCS Gold Helmet as the New England Player of the Year.

Photo credit gocrimson.com. 
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12/5/2012
Spartans Face Jefferson in State Semifinal Match Up

The Spartan football team, led by Coach Tim Hardy, will travel to Jefferson, GA this Friday to take on Jefferson High School as both teams battle for a spot in the Class AA State Football Championship game.  Plan to show your support for our GAC Spartans as they face the Dragons in this Final Four match.

GAC Spartans vs. Jefferson Dragons
Fri., Dec. 7
Kickoff at 7:30pm @ Jefferson High School
Tickets $15
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12/5/2012
Celebrate Christmas and the Arts at GAC

GAC Christmas Choir Concert
Thurs., Dec. 6
7:00pm - Campus Church

U.S. Air Force Reserve Band Holiday Concert
Mon., Dec. 10
7:00pm - Long Forum

GAC Christmas Band Concert
Tues., Dec. 11
7:00pm - Long Forum

School of Music Christmas Recitals
Sat., Dec. 15
9:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm - Williams Fine Arts Ctr.

School of Ballet Winter Recital
Sat., Dec. 15
7:00pm - Williams Fine Arts Ctr.

School of Ballet Winter Recital
Sun., Dec. 16
3:00pm, Williams Fine Arts Ctr.

Enjoy evenings of holiday music for the entire family at Greater Atlanta Christian School.  The U.S. Air Force Reserve Band Holiday Concert is hosted by the Gwinnett Daily Post.  The event is free of charge, but tickets are required for entry.  Tickets may be picked up in the Community Relations office at GAC.  Canned goods will be collected at the concert and will be distributed over the holiday season to local Gwinnett County shelters and cooperatives.  For more information, contact Margie Asef.


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11/26/2012
bradfordGAC Expands K-12 Arts Program

See the Bradford Center in action.

It was time to expand and you helped make that happen.  Students in the GAC School of Ballet, and the elementary art and music programs now have a place to call their own.  Because of your generous donations to the GAC Beginnings Campaign, the hundreds of students that participate in these programs have the opportunity to work, create, practice, and learn in a fresh, state-of-the-art, spacious facility.

Located in the center of campus, the Bradford Center has been a part of GAC life since the early 1970's.  Formerly known as Bradford Gym, it has hosted countless games, practices, and assemblies for 40 years.  Newly re-purposed, this spacious facility is now a blessing to students K-12.
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11/12/2012
111212appleGAC Named Apple Distinguished School Third Consecutive Year

Greater Atlanta Christian is one of 43 schools in the nation to be recognized as an Apple School of Distinction for the 2012-13 school year.  GAC was identified as a center of "educational excellence and leadership consistently demonstrating 'best practice' qualities of a 21st-century learning environment...."  Junior High Principal Dr. Misty Overman shares, "While the tools are wonderful, the relationship between GAC and Apple is more about teaching and learning.  GAC is using 21st century tools to think critically, create, collaborate, and communicate while maintaining a rigorous curriculum."

The five criteria for being named an Apple School of Distinction are:
- Visionary leadership
- Innovative learning and teaching
- Ongoing professional learning
- Compelling evidence of success
- Flexible learning environment

View the iBook that GAC's team submitted as part of the 2012-13 application process.  Please note - this file will only open on iPads. 
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11/12/2012
111212racePTO Sponsors Race to Nowhere Film - Tomorrow Night - Nov. 13th

How do we prepare our children for success in America's achievement-driven culture?  Race to Nowhere is a film that will challenge your current thinking as a parent.  Featuring stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by the relentless pressure to achieve, this film points to a silent epidemic among our children.  Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 5,000 schools and universities, Race to Nowhere has generated much discussion among parents and educators.  Our counselors will be present at the showings of the film to share with you how GAC is attempting to reduce the pressure on our students while, at the same time, promoting excellence in education.

Tues., Nov. 13 - 7:00pm - Williams Fine Arts Ctr. - Jones Theatre
Wed., Nov. 28 - 8:15am - Student Family Ctr. - Wista Worthen Room

*Note: This film is for parents only.  Please do not bring your children to the viewing. 
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11/12/2012
111212stemSTEM Workshop at the United States Naval Academy - Lori Davis, GAC College Counselor

Ten GAC students (in 9th and 10th grades), nominated by their math and science teachers, attended a weedkend workshop in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Our students enjoyed a remarkable tour of the Naval Academy's campus and engineering facilities, were treated to hands-on experiments with top engineering faculty, "played" with their impressive navigation, water and wind simulators ("driving" aircraft carriers through Pearl Harbor and fields of icebergs in the North Atlantic), and even attended a football game with the midshipmen against Army.  We learned about structural engineering soundness by constructing a structure that we were able to test in their wind tunnels.  Our students participated in robotics sessions, working with computer simulation. 

GAC students also attended STEM workshop sessions hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation at McKinley Technology High School.  Our group was able to choose from sessions including: learning how digital cameras capture light and produce images, forensic science and using the principles of light and color to solve puzzles, chromatography, thermodynamics, programming, and the power of natural resources (constructed a small-scale solar vehicle in an alternative energy workshop).  All sessions were conducted by USNA and USMA personnel as well as personnel from the Justice Department, the University of Maryland, NYU, Columbia University, and the US Office of Personnel Management. 

The exposure to the exceptional resources of the Naval Academy provided a close look at STEM-related fields of study and potential careers.  The Academy was a terrific host, and while this was decidedly not a recruiting trip for applicants, it was an opportunity for this group of students to see firsthand one of the most prestigious demanding collegiate programs in the country.  GAC alums Tim Craddock (Class of 2009), Justin White (Class of 2010), and Matthew Carothers (Class of 2011) currently attend the USNA.  Michael Carothers (Class of 2008) recently graduated and is attending Flight Training in Pensacola, FL.  DaSean Daniels (Class of 2012) is currently attending the USNA prep school in anticipation of entering the Academy next year.

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11/12/2012
111212collegeSigning Celebration Day

Congratulations to the following GAC student-athletes who are signing with colleges and universities to play their sport at the next level.  Join us as we celebrate our Spartans Wed., Nov. 14 at 3:20pm - Long Forum - 2nd floor of Atrium.

- Whit Anderson - Mercer University - Lacrosse
- CiCi Buford - Winthrop University - Basketball
- Courtney Czentnar - Anderson University - Softball
- Delano Spencer - Georgia Southern University - Basketball
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10/31/2012
103112spartanRed & White Tipoff Night and Guest Bruce Crevier

Thur., Nov. 8 - 7:00pm - Long Forum

Enjoy an exceptional night of basketball entertainment with guest, Bruce Crevier, a 4-time world record holder for spinning basketballs.  Watch GAC parents and faculty face off in a basketball game benefitting the Spartan Booster Club.  Register to play (cost is $25, includes a T-shirt).

The action-packed and fun-filled Red & White Tipoff Night will include introductions of the 2012-2013 Spartan Basketball team members.  A new feature will be the opportunity to bid on your favorite items in the Silent Auction (prizes include: round of golf for 4 at Sugarloaf, spa gift certificates, and restaurant gift certificates).

Donation: $5/adult, $3/student
*All proceeds benefit the Spartan Booster Club
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10/31/2012
103112racePTO Sponsors Race to Nowhere Film

How do we prepare our children for success in America's achievement-driven culture?  Race to Nowhere is a film that will challenge your current thinking as a parent.  Featuring stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by the relentless pressure to achieve, this film points to a silent epidemic among our children.  Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 5,000 schools and universities, Race to Nowhere has generated much discussion among parents and educators.  Our counselors will be present at the showings of the film to share with you how GAC is attempting to reduce the pressure on our students while, at the same time, promoting excellence in education.

Tues., Nov. 13 - 7:00pm - Williams Fine Arts Ctr. - Jones Theatre
Wed., Nov. 28 - 8:15am - Student Family Ctr. - Wista Worthen Room

The showing of Race to Nowhere is sponsored by the PTO.  We especially encourage parents of upper Elementary, Junior High and Senior High to view this film with us and allow us to partner with you in finding ways to help our children have healthy and happy lives.

For more information on the film, visit www.racetonowhere.com
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10/31/2012
103112thanksgivingAll School Thanksgiving Chapel

There is nothing like the annual GAC All School Thanksgiving Chapel.  Each year the entire student body, parents, and staff gather together to praise God for our many blessings.  This year's theme is Thanking God for Who He Is.  Students from Senior High & Junior High Chapel Bands, GAC Dance Team, Senior High Choir, and Orchestra will help lead us in a time of praise and worship. 

Thurs., Nov. 15 - 9:00am - Long Forum
*Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend
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10/16/2012
College Application Season Hits High Gear

It's early application season in the Senior High Counseling Office and GAC's two College Counselors, Lori Davis and Bev Dowdy, are excited to share success stories.  "Once a student makes the cut in academic achievement, the next thing a college wants to know is how will the student make an impact in college and beyond," shares Bev Dowdy. 

To date, our counselors have: completed all military academy applications, submitted 41 University of Georgia early action applications, met with each of the 179 seniors and planned final testing, discussed "sure fit" and "reach" schools so that every child has a minimum of one acceptance, and planned goals together for the rest of the application season.  As of today, over 350 applications have been sent to colleges and universities.
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10/16/2012
Alumni Return for Homecoming 2012

On a beautiful fall night, over 250 GAC alumni returned to campus for 2012-13 Homecoming and special reunions for Classes of 1982, 1992, and 2002.  They had an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and cheer on their Spartans to a 30-0 victory against region rival Westminster.  As they shared stories of the past and reminisced about the good old days, they all agreed, "GAC is where true, lasting friendships were made."

"I just saw the new baseball field.  It's incredible.  Coach Shelton deserves this honor with the sweat equity he has given to baseball."  Jeff Fambrough ('92)

"Coach Kinser, cross country, and track were great memories for me."  Nora Little Bramlett ('02)

"Mr. Clif Jones made a huge impact on my life.  Drama is a memory I carry with me."
  Melea Scott Cornnett ('02)

"Bill Burton was the first person I met at GAC...and he still cares.  I looked forward to Coach Tim Ball's biology class every day."  Ken Heineck ('92)

"I remember Vick, Clovis, and Shelton teaching us the GAC fight song as part of chapel."  Robert Lindsay ('02)

"We won state my senior year in Chorus - that was awesome."  Jay Collins ('92)

"Did you know that the Washington trip was the only yearly class trip when I was in school?"  Jay Collins ('92)

"I still have my best friends from GAC."  Julia Biagie ('92)
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10/16/2012
This Is A Test

The GAC Junior High Theater Production class presents This Is A Test - Fri., Oct. 19 and Sat., Oct. 20 at 7:00pm in the Williams Fine Arts Center.  A one-act comedy written by Stephen Gregg, it tells the story of a young man as he struggles to get through a mid-term exam.  With witty monologues and hilarious support by the chorus, This Is A Test is sure to please the crowd.  Performed by a different JH cast each night, viewers can purchase tickets at the door ($3 each).

The JH drama department is presenting this play with permission from Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
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10/3/2012
Frogs, Football and Magical Moments

Fall is in the air at GAC and that means it's time for Frog Hollow, Friday Night Football, and Homecoming.  Lots of fun is coming your way starting tomorrow!

Fri., Oct. 5

3:00-7:00pm
Frog Hollow Fall Festival
Games, rides, silent auction, fun run and more.  See full schedule of events.
*New BidPal bidding system Register to participate

7:30pm
GAC Spartans vs. Thomson Bulldogs
PINK OUT!  Spartan fans, come decked out in your best pink to show your football players support!

Sat., Oct. 6
7:30am-12:00pm
Frog Hollow Fall Festival

9:00am-12:00pm
Annual Silent Auction
*New BidPal bidding system - Register to participate

Fri., Oct. 12
7:30pm
Homecoming Football Game
GAC Spartans vs. Westminster
Crowning of Homecoming King & Queen during halftime

Sat., Oct. 13
8:00-11:00pm
A Magical Moment - Senior High Homecoming Dance (9th-12th only)
Student Family Center
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10/3/2012
American Colonial Issues Hit Home

GAC fourth grade students are learning why grown-ups get so frustrated with taxes.  Kimbra Wiseman's class was excited to 'earn' beans for good behavior, with the expectation that they had to use their earning to purchase treats.  Imagine the outrage following the announcement that pencil sharpening and paper grading would now be taxed, payable in beans!  Like their Patriot forefathers, the 4th grade students secretly met and circulated petitions asking for a recall of the taxes.  Fortunately, no blood was shed and the classroom 'revolution' ended swiftly...but not before students realized some of the reasons our Founding Fathers protested against Great Britain's unfair taxation without representation.  Students in Elementary quickly find out that learning can, indeed, be fun!
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10/3/2012
Admissions Open House - Jill Morris, Director of Admissions & Community Relations

We love working in the GAC Admissions Office.  We have the unique opportunity to hear candid stories from families as they make the decision to come to GAC.

"It just feels right" or "We want to be Spartans!" are just some of the exclamations we hear from families and kids as they tour the campus, shadow GAC students for a day, interview with administrators, or learn about the mission and ministry of Greater Atlanta Christian School.  One mom tells a story of her child, shadowing in the Elementary school.  When picking up her daughter from school, she noticed a large folder filled with papers under her daughter's arm.  Thinking it was a pile of homework, she asked her daughter about it.  "Mom, everyone in my class wrote me a letter encouraging me to be part of the class!"

Spread the word and invite your friends to attend our first Open House of the school year.

Tuesday, October 23
9:00am - Student Family Center, Wista Worthen Room

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9/19/2012
And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson

The GAC King's Gate Theatre's first production this season is And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, a one-act play about a young girl suffering from polio, the initial prejudice of other children, and their eventual understanding and compassion.  Director Clif Jones chose this play because of the importance of remembering that how we treat others really matters.  Set in the town of Jackson, Indiana, main character Elizabeth Willow, affected by polio and increasingly isolated from others, dreams of a "normal" life.
Note: This play is most suitable for Junior High and Senior High students and adults.

Performances:   Oct. 2, 4 & 6 at 7:30pm
Location:           Williams Fine Arts Center
Admission:        $5 per ticket - in Community Relations Office, 2nd floor Student Family Ctr.

Cast:
Elizabeth Ann - Sarah Carter McClanahan (12th grade)
Beth - Charlotte Russo (12th grade)
Ben - Jeadon Melcher (12th grade)
Nancy - Anna Bass (12th grade)
Skeeter - Sam Casey (10th grade)
Student Director - Cheryl Hord (12th grade)
Stage Manager - Matthew Connel (11th grade)
Flute - Katy Davis (10th grade)

The 2012-2013 King's Gate Theatre Season
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9/19/2012
Service at the Net

The Lady Spartan Volleyball team, led by coaches Kristy Shelton and Tim Baker, recently held their annual Elementary Volleyball Clinic.  Approximately 50 girls in grades 2-5 paired up with the varsity players to learn more about the game, and to watch the "pros" at work.  All proceeds from the annual clinic and service project benefit Honduras missions, funding scholarships for three children to attend school in Honduras.

Coach Shelton's Lady Spartans are a tough team to beat this season, even after graduating their entire starting lineup.  With new strong players at the net, especially on defense, area coaches often ask Kristy what kind of defense drills she runs in practice.  Coach Shelton reponds proudly, "You can't put heart and guts on paper."

The Lady Spartans host Wesleyan in Long Forum at their next home game - Tues., Sept. 25 at 5:00pm.  Go Lady Spartans!
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9/19/2012
Spartan News Live

GAC's 5th grade students have a unique opportunity to be leaders in the Elementary school each morning.  Taking turns as newscasters, they bring news daily to their classmates (1st-5th grades) in Spartan News Live.  Teams try their hand at several job responsibilities including camera operators, directors, co-anchors, and special correspondents.  Using a green screen and Wirecast software for the iMac, the news teams "travel" to spots around the globe and educate viewers by sharing interesting facts about their location.  So far, students have "traveled" to a Hawaiian volcano, Central Park, Paris, Wyoming, and Ireland.  Sponsored by the Elementary Media Center staff, the student teams have been trained to technically prepare and deliver the newscast.
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9/13/2012
Ahhh. . . Fall Has Arrived!

The cooler temperatures, the lower humidity, and football season remind us that fall has arrived. God continues to bless GAC with a fantastic first five weeks of the school year.  Exciting things are happening on campus....don't miss these great events!

The GAC Annual Fund
· 100% of our Faculty/Staff are “All in” with a pledge
· Almost 50% of our families are “All in” with a pledge






Annual Frog Hollow Festival – NEW 2-Day Format -
Oct. 5 & 6
· Fri., Oct. 5 – 3:00-7:00pm – games, rides, inflatables, tailgate and Spartan football game
· Sat., Oct. 6 – 7:30am – 1:00pm – fun run, breakfast, laser tag, silent auction, and talent show
*Silent Auction goes high tech with BidPal registering auction bids on smartphones
*Volunteers needed – email
LACE





Homecoming 2012 - Oct. 12
· Reunion celebrations for Classes of 1982, 1992 & 2002
· Currently undefeated and #6 ranked Spartan football team plays Westminster
· Crowning of Homecoming King & Queen
· Marching Spartans halftime show featuring music from “West Side Story”





GAC Teachers - A Blessing
With the teacher strike in Chicago in the news, we are reminded of how grateful we are for an outstanding faculty as classroom teachers are the key to an effective school environment. There was a cover story in Newsweek in 2010 entitled The Key to Saving American Education. One paragraph in the article by Evan Thomas and Pat Winger stands out: 

"For the last half century, professional educators have believed that if they could find the right pedagogy, the right method of instruction, all would be well. They tried New Math, open classrooms, Whole Language—but nothing seemed to achieve significant or lasting improvements. Yet in recent years researchers have discovered something that may seem obvious, but for many years was overlooked or denied. What really makes a difference, what matters more than the class size or the textbook, the teaching method or the technology, or even the curriculum, is the quality of the teacher. Much of the ability is innate—an ability to inspire young minds as well as to control classrooms that some people instinctively possess."

My take-away from this article is this: We are so blessed at GAC to have great teachers. While there are many aspects of our school that are strong, the factor that really makes the most positive difference with our students on a day to day basis is the excellent quality of our teachers. Invariably, when I ask GAC parents what most impresses them about their children's school, they will mention various teachers by name. Great teachers make great schools. And GAC is great because of our amazing teachers.

All in all, we are praying that you and your children will have the best of God's blessings this fall.

Bill Burton
Administrative Vice President
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9/4/2012
All Pro Dads - Wednesday, September 12, 7:30am

All Pro Dads is back again this year!  Register now for the first event of the year and enjoy breakfast and quality time with your son or daughter and enjoy meeting other dads.  All Pro Dads is designed to create a fun environment and to equip fathers with tools to grow their relationships with their children.  The event is co-sponsored by PTO and is open to all GAC dads with students in grades K3-8.

All Pro Dads Breakfast
Wednesday, September 12
7:30am, Long Forum
$5 per person
RSVP Now!
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9/4/2012
Introducing Amanda McMaster, GAC Trips & Missions Coordinator 

A graduate of the GAC Class of 1986, mom of GAC students Ryan and Zack, and 10-year staff member is excited about her newest role with GAC.  With the growth in missions and expanding logistics for class trips, Amanda was selected as JH/SH Trips & Missions Coordinator.  With her cost-conscious attitude, organizational skills, and her passion for missions and service, Amanda is responsible for managing travel details, costs, and related paperwork.  "The mission ministry at GAC provides our students the opportunity to put into action the greatest commandment, go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every nation."

Mark your calendar now for the GAC Senior High Mission Fair - Thursday, September 20 during SH Chapel - Yes, parents are welcome to attend.  At that time, students may apply for mission trips and get information on the ministries with which we partner.  For more information, contact Amanda McMaster.  She also welcomes a visit in her office on the main floor of the Student Family Center.

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9/4/2012
Women's Bible Study - Tuesday Mornings

Be a part of an exciting ministry for GAC moms.  This semester, we will study James: Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore.  Don't miss this opportunity to immerse in Bible study with your GAC community, develop friendships, and experience weekly fellowship.  For more information, contact Robin Tabor.

Introduction Meeting
Tues., Sept. 11 at 8:00am 
Student Family Center, Wista Worthen Room

Weekly Meetings
Every Tuesday from 8:00-10:00am
Student Family Center, Wista Worthen Room
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9/4/2012
Spartan Football, Volleyball, Softball Teams State Ranked

With early season successes, our varsity Spartans Football, Volleyball and Softball teams are ranked in the top 10 in Class AA.  Tim Hardy's football team is currently ranked #6 in Class AA with a 2-0 record, defeating Stone Mountain by a score of 34-26 and Savannah by 31-8.  The Spartans travel to Apalachee this Friday night at 7:30pm for the toughest competition so far this season.  The Spartans have 3 straight away games and an open week before returning home against Thomson on October 5.

Kristy Shelton's volleyball team is ranked #2 in AA with a 7-4 record, including victories over rivals Lovett and Walker.  An amazing factor is that the entire starting team graduated last year, so this is an entirely new lineup for the Lady Spartans.  They travel to region rival Wesleyan this Thursday at 6pm for a key matchup.

Judy Tenney's softball team is ranked #4 in AA with a 3-3 record with 3 wins in the Brookwood Invitational Tournament against Shiloh, M.L. King, and Tri-Cities.  The Lady Spartans open their region schedule at home against Lovett this Thursday at 6pm.

Congratulations and best wishes to all our fall sports teams.
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8/22/2012
New Format for Back to School Nights on August 27 and 28

For the upcoming Back to School Nights, parents will report directly to their child's classroom (or first period for JH/SH parents) to meet teachers at 7:00 pm rather than starting in Long Forum as we have done in previous years. 

Please plan to arrive early enough so that you won't miss any of the presentations from the teachers.  A video will be shown in the classrooms that will include a greeting from Dr. Fincher and pertinent information from the school principals.  We normally have a large turnout for our Back to School Nights as GAC parents are always interested in meeting the teachers and finding out about the curriculum plans for the school year.

Village & Elementary - Monday, August 27, 7pm
Junior High & Senior High - Tuesday, August 28, 7pm 
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8/22/2012
Spartans Back on the Field

The Spartans take to the field this Friday night to kick off the 2012 Varsity Football season.  Kickoff is at 7:30 pm at Spartan Stadium.  We welcome the Stone Mountain Pirates to Chubb Reynolds Field for the first ever football contest between the two schools.  A huge opening night crowd is expected.  Friday night is also Young Spartans Night as GAC Elementary and Early Childhood Village students enter free with a complimentary ticket (sent home earlier this week).  There will be inflatable jump houses at the north end of the stadium and great grilled hamburgers for purchase. 

The atmosphere will be electric when the Spartans take the field, the Marching Spartans play the fight song, and the cheerleaders rally the crowd.  You will not want to miss it!  Season ticket holders have parking passes to get them into the stadium reserved parking lot.  Contact the Development Office if you would like to purchase season tickets to varsity home football games.  It's a great day to be a Spartan!
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8/22/2012
GAC commUNITY

The annual 8th grade Spiritual Retreat, held last Friday, focused on building Junior High commUNITY through a deeper relationship with God and service to others.

Both returning and newly enrolled 8th graders unified through team building games, focused worship, Bible study with keynote speaker Dusty Rush, and goal setting within homeroom groups.  Teachers facilitated student spiritual growth and developed deeper relationships with students.  Parents of 8th graders joined the event to serve snacks and pray over lockers.  Sixth and 7th graders assembled with the 8th grade class for student-led praise and worship at the end of the day.

As a class, the 8th graders set goals and have committed to creating a strong JH commUNITY by...

Understanding others
Nurturing others
Imitating Christ
Trusting God
being Yourself

In addition, students will strive to act as the Body of Christ; serve others; recognize God's timing in their lives; plug into God's power through prayer, study, and worship; and live with no regrets.

Students commented that the day was a good relaxing experience with friends while having time to be fun and serious.  8th grader Mason English summed up the day as a "very good day for growing closer to God."
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8/22/2012
Annual Fund Campaign Officially Kicks Off on September 7th

This is our first time in 42 years not to host a school-wide magazine sale fundraiser.  Instead, we are focusing our efforts this fall on the GAC Annual Fund.  The goal has been set for $750,000 which will offset the total cost of educating our students without raising the tuition to a level that would be difficult for a number of our families.  The advantages to our families of the Annual Fund over the magazine sale are that 100% of the money pledged will go to benefit our students and the donations are fully tax deductible.

The Development Office will be mailing more specific information about the Annual Fund next week.  While the faculty/staff campaign is already underway, the official kickoff for the Annual Fund campaign will be on Friday, September 7th, with report dates on each of the following four Fridays.  There will be specific school level and grade level incentives announced soon by the principals.  We want to make the month of September a school-wide time of fun for our students as we work together to reach the goal.  The Annual Fund campaign will conclude with a victory celebration on Friday, October 5th.

Thank you, in advance, for your support of the Annual Fund.  Each family will be asked to make a pledge which can be paid out over the remainder of the school year.
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8/2/2012
It's almost that time...!

Our 4th annual spartan2gether day is Thursday, August 9th.  Designed as a come-and-go event for our families from 5:00-8:00pm, the "block party" offers a unique time uniting old and new friends within the entire GAC family of parents, students, and staff. 

Bring the entire family anytime between 5:00-8:00pm. 
- Meet your teachers
- Connect with parent organizations
- Make your last minute Spartan Store purchases
- Pick up your Student IDs, Parking Decals, 2012 yearbook and more!

We can't wait to see you!
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8/2/2012
GAC Annual Fund, Fall 2012.  Our goal: All In

You spoke and we listened.

Last fall, a number of GAC parents responded to a survey with helpful comments recommending we consider ending the long tradition of the annual magazine sale and transitioning to a stronger emphasis with the GAC Annual Fund.  During the 41 years of the magazine sale, GAC received 40%+ of the proceeds and the payments for the subscriptions were not tax deductable.  This year, with the transition to a focused commitment to the Annual Fund, 100% of the donations, all tax deductible, will help GAC fulfill its mission.  We also believe that the pressure on individual students to sell magazine subscriptions will be replaced by a dynamic new approach to the Annual Fund that will actually increase school spirit.

We will be kicking off the Annual Fund in early September.  We are excited about getting everyone involved - All In - with grade level incentives and school level competitions - but with no individual prizes (no ducks!).  If you are a new family to GAC this year, ask a GAC veteran friend about the ducks.

Look for more specific communications soon from the Principals and the Development Office.  Please be planning to give generously this fall to help us reach our goal of $750,000 in the Annual Fund.

Would you like to re-order a few magazines you love to read?  You can still do so online and 40% of the proceeds will go to the GAC Christian Life Fund.  Click here for instructions on how to order magazines and benefit GAC.
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8/2/2012
New GAC Faculty

We are pleased to welcome a talented group of new faculty members for the 2012-13 school year!

Kellie (Nichols) Beck: Early Childhood K4
Kellie is a 2007 GAC graduate, having attended here since she was in K4.  A graduate of Piedmont College with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Kellie most recently worked as a teaching assistant in Donna Williams' 1st Grade class.  Kellie married GAC graduate Parker Beck this summer.

D.J. Bulls: JH & SH Choral Director, SH Bible and AP Music Theory
D.J. will be leading our vocal music program in grades 6-12.  He completed his Bachelor's degree in Music Education/Worship at Abilene Christian University and a Master's in Music Education from University of Texas at Arlington.  D.J. and his wife Meghan are joining us from Texas where he has been working on a Doctorate in Musical Arts and while working in minister as a Worship Leader.  D.J. is excited to work on building a stellar choral program at GAC.

Katy (Thames) Clayton: Elementary 3rd Grade
Another 2007 GAC graduate, Katy holds a Bachelors of Education from Lipscomb University.  Katy joined GAC during the spring semester last year as the Elementary Art teacher and 3rd Grade BOOST teacher.  We are please to have her full time this year with her own class.

T.J. Dixon: JH Social Studies, 7th Grade Football & Varsity Boys' Lacrosse
T.J. joins GAC from Fellowship Christian School.  He has a Bachelor's degree in History and Secondary Education from Berry College.  In addition to his 12 years of teaching experience, T.J. is known throughout the Southeast for his lacrosse expertise.  T.J. and his wife have three children.

Tim Hardy: Varsity Head Football Coach
After completing his Bachelor's degree in Business and Economics at Wheaton College, Tim coached 11 seasons at the collegiate level (including 10 years at Wheaton).  He spent the past 3 years building the football program at Mountain View High School in Gwinnett County.  Tim has also completed a Master's degree in Managerial Leadership and is currently pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in Coaching Pedagogy.  Tim and his wife Lindsey have three children who will be attending GAC this year.

Brandon Johnson: SH Algebra 2 & JH Boys' Basketball
Brandon is a graduate of Shorter University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics Education.  Brandon is also an accomplished writer, having published two books.

Cyndee Knight: SH French
Cyndee has a Bachelor of Science degree in French from Minnesota State University.  She has been involved at GAC as a substitute and helped with JH.  We are excited to have Cyndee and her husband Darrell even more involved this year.

David Ly: Elementary 5th Grade
David earned a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and a Mathematics Endorsement from the University of Georgia.  David has taught second and fifth grade classes for the past four years in Barrow County.  When David is not in the classroom, he leads elementary discipleship groups and volunteers in the middle school ministry at Perimeter Church.

Tina P. Martin: Dance
Tina earned her Bachelor's degree from Maryville College and has taught dance for 11 years.  She has danced with companies in both Knoxville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia.

Tom Meeker: SH Chemistry, Physics, Algebra 2 & Varsity Football Coaching Staff
Tom and his wife Rachel are relocating from Indiana where Tom was coaching and teaching high school chemistry and physics for the past 6 years.  Prior to that Tom coached and taught Bible for 4 years at the college level.  He has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Wabash College and a Masters in Language Education from Indiana University.

Amanda Morris: Elementary 1st Grade
Amanda completed her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education at Harding University and taught for 2 years in Gwinnett County.  This past year, Amanda was a teaching assistant in Kimbra Wiseman's 1st Grade class.

Dr. Caleb Panter: SH Bible, Government, Leadership Foundations & Girls' Basketball Coaching Staff
Having completed his Juris Doctorate degree from Oklahoma City Univeristy, Caleb most recently served as Interim Director of the Academy of Leadership and Liberty at Oklahoma Christian University where he also served as an assistant basketball coach.  In addition to his teaching and coaching responsibilities, Caleb will be assisting with the GAC K-12 Leadership Initiative.

John Petty: JH PE & Assistant Coach for Varsity Wrestling
John has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University and a Master's in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University.  Recognized as the 2011 National Wrestling Coach of the Year and 2011 Team National Dual Champions, John also trained for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  John and his wife Sheila have three daughters.

May Tyan: JH & SH Mandarin Chinese
Originally from Taiwan, Yunnmay (May) Tyan has a Master of Arts from the University of Georgia and Bachelor of Science from the National Taiwan University.  She has been a teacher, substitute and tutor for the past 17 years in North Fulton County.  May currently attends the Atlanta Chinese Christian Church with her husband and son, where she also coordinates the children's Sunday School program.

Michelle Wild: Elementary Art
Michelle earned her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from State University College in Buffalo, New York.  She joins GAC with 5 years of teaching experience in school settings and 12 years as a private art instructor.  Michelle and her husband Herbert have three children.

Shane Woodward: Acadmic Support & Varsity Football Coaching Staff
Shane was a standout player and coach at Wheaton College where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Science.  Shane spent the past few years teaching and coaching at Mountain View High School.
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7/11/2012
Hurry to the GOAL

The Georgia Department of Revenue has already approved over $35 million in tax credits for calendar year 2012 through the Georgia Goal Tax Credit Program.  The program cap of $51.5 million will likely be reached by September this year.  In comparison, at this time last year, approximately only $17 million had been approved, and the $50 million cap was reached by November.

Time and funds are running out for 2012!  Please consider participating in the GOAL program.  You can submit forms now and make your donation 60 days after you receive Georgia DOR approval.  Don't delay!

Questions?  Contact Katherine White, Director of Development at 770-243-2206 or Christy Hill, GAC GOAL Administrator at 770-243-2209.
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7/11/2012
Transformation of Bradford Center

Exciting news!  Construction is underway to transform Bradford Gym into the new Bradford Center.  Once all work is completed, Bradford Center will be the new home for the GAC School of Ballet (with three dance studios), as well as the new home for Elementary Art and Elementary Music.  The new brick and stucco exterior enhancements will match the exterior of the recently completed Spartan Gymnasium.  We anticipate all the renovations, started this summer, to be completed by Thanksgiving.

There are two phases for the Bradford Center project.  The exterior renovation was funded through The Beginnings Campaign.  We are still seeking funding to complete the interior renovations including the new dance studios, elementary art and elementary music classrooms.  Interested in helping us finish this dream?  Contact Katherine White.
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7/11/2012
iSummit at GAC

This week, GAC hosted the 10th annual iSummit Conference.  Sponsored by the Coalition of Lighthouse Schools, the 566 participants representing 90 schools, 22 states, and 5 countries gathered at GAC to learn from their peers about utilizing technology in educational environments. "This progressive conference...connects administrators, teachers, and IT professionals with education leaders whose focus is Apple's mobile technologies and ubiquitous learning in educational environments for 21st century education" (source: Coalition of Lighthouse Schools iSummit website). 

Thirty-two GAC faculty members and administrators attended the two day conference with 8 members of the GAC faculty presenting sessions at the conference.