Bethesda Christian School captured several ribbons issued at the ACSI Area Math Olympics, held at St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in Arlington on Friday, Feb. 15.
More than 200 students representing 18 schools qualified for the Area competition on the basis of their performance in the ACSI District Math Olympics contest. Mrs. Nancy Berman, elementary dean, serves as Math Olympics Coordinator for the BCS Math Olympics team, stated, "Being involved in the ACSI Math Olympics competition enhances learning beyond the classroom. It equips and challenges our students toward God-honoring applications of their math abilities...and it's fun!"
A total of 27 BCS students qualified for the Area Math Olympics. Fifteen Ambassadors earned Superior ratings, ten received Excellent and one attained a Good rating.
We are so proud of these students' hard work and accomplishments. Below you'll find the results from the competition:
Abram Alexander, Computation–Superior, second place
Nikolai Burgess, Reasoning–Superior, first place
Chloe Jefferies, Computation–Excellent
Aubrey Nguyen, Computation–Excellent
Yanza Nyunja, Reasoning–Excellent
Matthew Benson, Computation–Excellent
Chloe Preston, Reasoning—Superior, third place
Joshua Snow, Reasoning—Superior, third place
Jared Hatfield, Reasoning—Excellent
Cole Hamilton, Computation–Superior, second place
Emma VanZuiden, Reasoning–Superior
Allen Varghese, Reasoning—Excellent
Mark Abraham, Computation–Superior, third place
Ben Burgess, Reasoning—Superior, first place
Alana Cooper, Computation–Superior
Asher Isgitt, Reasoning—Superior
Mitchell Minyard, Reasoning—Superior
Bo Scheufler, Computation–Superior
Cason Clagg, Reasoing—Good
Elijah Holdeman, Reasoning—Excellent, second place
Stephen Lovelady, Computation–Superior, second place
Eden McKenzie, Computation–Excellent, fourth place
Hephzibah Sujoe, Reasoning—Superior, first place
McKenna Franks, Computation–Superior, first place
Eli Haddox, Computation–Excellent, fourth place
Zachary Hall, Computation–Excellent
Bethesda Christian School art students earned a total of 25 medals at the 3rd Annual TGB Art Contest, held at Covenant Christian Academy on February 11. BCS was one of the area private schools that participated, entering 60 works of art from elementary, middle and high school. Collectively, the Ambassadors received a total of seven gold, ten silver, and eight bronze medals.
The students are taught by BCS art instructors, Mrs. Chrissa Strickland and Mrs. Rachel Hendricks.
The medalists, along with the names of their artwork, are listed below. The media used, respective categories and divisions in which the pieces were entered are also listed.
Gold Medal Entries
Natasha Bell, Saxophone--charcoal, On-Site Drawing
Natasha Bell, In the Night--chalk pastels, Drawing-B&W (11th/12th Division)
Ellie Hull, Christ Child--oil pastels, Drawing-Color (1st/2nd)
Taylen Day, Presque des fleurs morts--pastels, Drawing-Color (11th/12th)
Emily Schumacher, Surfacing--photography, Photography-B&W (11th/12th)
Jennelle Kucharski, Resting Place--photography, Photography-Color (11th/12th)
Abbi Reed, Rings for the Ages--ink, Printmaking (11th/12th)
Silver Medal Entries
Natasha Bell, Living in Green--clay, Functional Ceramics (11th/12th)
Kinley Patterson, Boot Scootin'--watercolor/cloth, Mixed Media 2D (3rd/4th)
Natalie Hawkins, Winter Bird Friends--watercolor/paper, Mixed Media 2D (5th/6th)
Madeline Parish, La Fontaine des Oiseaux--glass mosaic, Mixed Media 2D (11th/12th)
Natalie Hawkins, self-portrait--pencil, Drawing-B&W (5th/6th)
Jackson Shelby, Holy Family--oil pastels, Drawing-Color (1st/2nd)
Gabe Combs, Crazy Clown--oil pastels, Drawing-Color (3rd/4th)
Grace Blair, The Defender--photography, Photography-B&W (9th/10th)
Lucas Johnston, A Burning Passion--photography, Photography-Color (9th/10th)
Taylen Day, The Serpent--ink, Printmaking (11th/12th)
Bronze Medal Entries
Annika Gruben, Stroll on the Farm--oil pastels/watercolor, Mixed Media 2D (1st/2nd)
Emily Schumacher, We Are More Alike--photography/computer art, Computer Art (11th/12th Division)
Tariq Day, Garden--pen, Drawing-B&W (9th/10th)
Natasha Bell, Lando--pastels, Drawing-Color (11th/12th)
Natasha Bell, Hidden Gem--oil, Painting (11th/12th)
Elena Pieters, Fleur d'orange--photography, Photography-Color (9th/10th)
Abbi Reed, The Man Who Sits on the Tide--photography, Photography-Color (11th/12th)
Natasha Bell, The Red Shoes--ink, Printmaking (11th/12th)
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Mack Cleveland (pictured left) has been named as one of the 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for one of the National Merit Scholarships. Out of 1.6 million students, this places Mack in the top 1/2 percent of the nation!
Taylen Day, Rachel Gruenbaum, Caleb Phelps and Anson Sujoe (pictured left to right) have been named as National Merit Commended Scholars, placing them in the top 3 percent of the nation!
Last but not least, Caleb Shelter (pictured right) has been named one of the 7,000 College Board National Hispanic Scholars, and among the top 2.5 percent of all Hispanic students who took the PSAT.
These students join the ranks of Bethesda's 16 National Merit Scholars, 44 Commended Scholars, 17 National Hispanic Scholars and 2 National Achievement Outstanding Participants. We are so proud of these students and are excited to see what God has in store for them after graduation.
We are so proud of the Bethesda Christian School varsity volleyball team! During this rebuilding year, the team has overcome many obstacles and is heading to the playoffs again.
"I’m really proud of this group of girls" stated Head Coach Hannah Ray. "Despite the fact that it’s been a rebuilding year for the volleyball program, they’ve taken every challenge head on & overcome quite a bit of adversity. Victory is ours!"
Heading into playoffs, the Lady A's sport a 4-5 district record and an 11-12 overall record. After a tiebreaker with Sacred Heart, the team finished 3rd in District.
Members of the team include Natasha Bell, Grace Blair, Jessica Bryant, Lilliana Cisneros, Hailey Clagg, Chesney Deshon, Annalise Doyle, Abigail Escamilla, Allyssa Hill, Audrey Hutto, Ashley Keller, Jennelle Kucharski, Emmy Lovelady, Keely Mitchell, Elena Pieters, Presley Purdom, Miranda Rutledge, Rachel Sherman, and Payton Young. The assistant coaches for the Lady A’s are Mia Hartzog and Kim Melton.
This Thursday, Oct. 25, BCS will play Coram Deo Plano at 6 p.m. Coach Ray encouraged fans to come, wear BCS Blue and cheer for the Lady A’s!
Congratulations to Hephzibah Sujoe, who won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Fort Worth "Star-Telegram" and Texas Christian University's College of Education!
The Scripps Spelling Bees start at the school level. This year, there were 488 school bees and the school winners then compete in one of the 25 Area Bees. Today, 24 students competed representing this region.
Hephzibah won in the 17th round with the word tenebrism. Some other words she spelled were slurvian, zwinger, quixote and gymkhana. As the Grand Champion, she received a 2018 Regional Spelling Bee Championship trophy, an all expenseS paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, $200 award, TCU audit course opportunity, a one-year subscription of Encyclopedia Britannica online, and a $100 Samuel Louis Sugarman award.
She moves on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., which is May 29-31. The National Spelling Bee is the oldest spelling bee in the country, beginning in 1925. 50 states and six countries will be represented. 290 students compete with eventually 45 spellers vying for the top spot.
We are so proud of you Hephzibah!
We are so proud of our Robotics teams! Our senior school team competed at TCC on Saturday, Jan. 6 where they qualified for the North Texas Regional Championship on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The team took 2nd place in the Inspire Award and 1st in the Connect Award. They were also 4th alliance captain in the robot game and the alliance team placed fourth in the game.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, our elementary and middle school teams, Ambassador Stars, Ambassador Lightning and Ambassador Blue competed in their second qualifier. The three teams advanced to the Regional Championship and Ambassador Blue took second place all around, the Championship Award. These three teams will be added to the other two teams who placed first and second Championship Awards from the first qualifier to automatically advance to the regional. The Regional Qualifier takes place on Saturday, Feb. 3.
For the third consecutive year, Bethesda Christian School has been selected as the Elementary School Grand Champion in the Star-Telegram Stock Show Art Contest.
Fourteen BCS students and their art teacher, Anna Gill, were recognized at an awards ceremony held Jan. 6 in the Brown Lupton North Building, located at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center. Students received ribbons for the collective quality of their artwork, while BCS earned a $1000 cash prize for the Art Department. A nameplate engraved with school’s name was added to the contest’s traveling trophy.
"I am deeply grateful to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo volunteers and sponsors for providing an opportunity for students to showcase their artwork," stated Gill. "Likewise, I am abundantly grateful to Bethesda Christian School Administrators, who are highly supportive of the arts, encouraging the creativity of our students and allowing me the same kind of creative freedom. Bethesda parents also deserve credit for their support of the Arts and the overall success of their students. Mostly, I am SO proud of our elementary students who give their best each time they get a chance to create. You did it again!"
Students whose artwork was recognized in the contest were: Alley Vaughn, Cade Edens, Christian Lawler, Dylan Hardisty, Eisley McCarthy, Ellie Hull, Elliot Hamilton, Emerie Jones, Faithlynn Beckwith, Haven Heron, Kennedi Burnham, Nicholai Burgess, Scott Childs and Zachariah Brandes.
The artwork is currently on display in the concourse of the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. The exhibit will run for the duration of the 2018 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which concludes on Feb. 2.
To view the student artwork that earned BCS the Elementary School Grand Champion award, click here.
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team won the Perrin-Whitt Tournament this past weekend to improve to 8 wins and 1 loss on the season. In the first round, the team was led by Senior Caleb Carson with 28 points and Freshman Luke Carson with 24 points. Sophomore Jacob Owen recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 assists and Camden Groves added 8 points.
In the second round, the Ambassadors faced tournament host Perrin High School. While the team had a slow start at 19-11 in the first quarter, but won the second quarter at 28-8 and never looked back for a 56-50 victory for a spot in the championship game. Luke Carson led the team with 21 points and 6 assists, followed by Caleb Carson with 20 points. Jacob Owen had 8 points, 6 assists and 5 steals followed by Jaxon Edwards with a season-high 10 rebounds.
In the Championship Game against Chico High School, the Ambassadors opened the first quarter with a 14-5 lead and was stifling on defense for a 44-34 victory and the tournament championship. The Ambassadors were led by Jacob Owen with 15 points, Caleb Carson with 13 points and Luke Carson with 11 points. Caleb Carson was awarded first team all-tournament team. Not shown in the stats was the energy and defense that Juniors Cody Blair and Jaxon Edwards brought to the tournament. It took everyone involved to come out of this as champions.
The Ambassadors look to build off this tournament Tuesday, Dec. 5 night at home versus Irving Stonegate at 7:30 p.m.
BCS Parents & Students,
In September, we asked you to share your spare change to help South Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey. We are excited to announce that the school collected $3554.47!
Our elementary students collected $797.74 and our middle and senior school students collected a whopping $2756.73!
Thank you so much for partnering with us and Convoy of Hope to help take care of our neighbors.
The Bethesda Christian School varsity volleyball team is on a mission.
“We want a volleyball district championship banner to hang on the gym wall,” stated Head Coach Lorie Shelley. “And we really want to play in the state tournament.”
Heading into playoffs, the Lady A's sport an undefeated 12-0 district record and a 21-13-2 overall. The squad has been ranked among the top ten TAPPS 2A teams in coaches’ polls all season.
A major season accomplishment includes becoming the TAPPS 2A District 2 Champions. “Becoming undefeated district champions was our first goal” stated Coach Shelley. “Our following goal is to win Area, Region, Semi-Finals, and State, taking one game at a time.”
Members of the team include Natasha Bell, Grace Blair, Jessica Bryant, Renée Ellis, Abigail Escamilla, Haley Harnitchek, Audrey Hutto, Jennelle Kucharski, Emmy Lovelady, Rachel Lovell, Rachel McKenna, Elena Pieters, Miranda Rutledge, Rachel Sherman, and Hannah Wells. The assistant coach for the Lady A’s is Hannah Ray.
"We have a chart in the gym entitled 'Road to State'", Coach Shelley says. "After each district game, we place a 'W' sticker on it to chart our wins and remind us that we have more ahead of us. We cannot win unless we work together and we cannot reach our goals if we are thinking about ourselves. However, when we play together and encourage one another, this team is unstoppable. We cannot do anything without the favor and help of our Lord!"
This Saturday, Oct. 28, BCS hosts Plainview Christian at 11 a.m. Coach Shelley encouraged fans to come and cheer for the Lady A’s as they start their journey to State and help the team place another "W" on the "Road to State" chart!
Bethesda Christian School’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team has qualified for the South Super-Regional Championship, to be held March 23-25 at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.
The team's advance to the South Super-Regional will be its third appearance in four years. Faculty sponsor Una Davis stated that the squad “double-qualified” for the Super-Regional, placing second for the Inspire Award and winning the Think Award at the FTC North Texas Regional Championship on February 25.
The Inspire Award, the highest honor given at a meet, recognizes a team that embodies the spirit of the FTC program. The Inspire Award winner is a top contender for many other judged awards and exhibits Gracious Professionalism, one of the FIRST program’s highest values.
The Think Award is given to a team for the quality of its engineering notebook. Judges recognize the winning squad for its documentation of the robot design process.
Members of the Ambassador Robotics team are Noah Brown, Ben Davis, Mark Eagan, Rachel Gruenbaum and Brandon Watanabe. The Ambassadors will be one of 72 teams in 11 states competing at the South Super-Regional Championship.
For the second consecutive year, Bethesda Christian School has been selected as the Elementary School Grand Champion in the Star-Telegram Stock Show Art Contest.
Fifteen BCS students and their art teacher, Mrs. Anna Gill, were recognized at an awards ceremony held January 7 in the Brown Lupton North Building, located at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center. Students received ribbons for the collective quality of their artwork, while BCS earned $1000 cash prize for the Art Department. A name plate engraved with school’s name was added to the contest’s traveling trophy.
"We are so grateful for the opportunity the Star-Telegram Stock Show Art Contest provided our students to showcase their artistry," stated Mrs. Gill. "Thank you to all the students who worked diligently and used their talent to create award-winning art. I am one very proud art teacher!"
Students whose artwork was recognized in the contest were: Clara Schneider, Clara Brown, Boden Curtis, Grady Henderson, Katie Banks, Chase Harden, Cole Hamilton, Echo Cranor, Emerie Jones, Alana Cooper, Kate Flanery, Avery Holdsclaw, Belicia Cox, Emily Smay and Grayson Guelker.
The artwork is currently on display in the concourse of the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. The exhibit will run for the duration of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which concludes on February 4.
To view the student artwork that earned BCS the Elementary School Grand Champion award, click here.
Bethesda Christian School alumna Julie Schoelles is an answer to prayer. Just ask Bethany Hartman, the U.S. Director of Haven of Hope Zambia, who prayed for over 18 months for God to send someone—the right someone—to help her in the ministry’s Pennsylvania office.
But Schoelles had been praying, too. The 2004 BCS graduate, who spent seven years working as a manuscript editor for Penn State University, had sensed for some time that the Lord was calling her to international ministry. So she took a class on missions, built relationships with people who had ministered around the world, and trusted God to open the right doors in His timing. Then she began volunteering part-time last year with Haven of Hope, whose Pennsylvania office just happened to be located in State College, the city in which she lives.
Haven of Hope’s child sponsorship program provides a Christian education, meals and medical care to over 200 orphans and vulnerable children in the Zambian cities of Ndola and Luanshya. Its mission also includes strengthening local churches by provided resources for congregations and training church leaders, as well as serving their communities.
FROM MANUSCRIPT EDITOR TO MISSIONARY
A few months after Julie began her volunteer work with Haven of Hope, its leadership informed her of the ministry’s plan to expand into Uganda in early 2017 and invited Julie to prayerfully consider joining its U.S.-based team. Following a visit to the Haven of Hope schools in Zambia and spending time seeking God’s will, she sensed that it was God’s intent for her to move into full-time missions work. In faith, Julie laid down her salaried job at Penn State to use her writing talent for advancing the Haven of Hope mission. Since May, Julie has served as the ministry’s Director of Communications, an unpaid position requiring her to raise financial support.
Because of the expansion into Uganda, the organization will soon change its name to Haven of Hope Global Ministries. “I am excited to serve in the midst of this transition,” Julie shared. “I continue to travel to Zambia and Uganda regularly, where I’m able to directly minister to the children in Haven of Hope’s schools and help lead mission teams that will serve the students, the surrounding community, and local churches.”
SEEDS PLANTED IN THE HEART OF A FUTURE MISSIONARY
In reflecting upon her life, Julie recognizes the seeds God planted for her future as a missionary. “Growing up, I was always interested in Africa, as my family knew missionaries there,” she explained. Through her seventh grade history teacher at Bethesda, Julie had the opportunity to become a pen pal with a Kenyan girl. Her interest in and love for the people of Africa deepened as a college student at Texas Christian University. “In college I became involved with an organization that brought attention to a decades-long conflict in Uganda. The profound suffering of the Ugandan people stirred my heart for their country and other African nations affected by conflict.”
But after accepting her manuscript editor position at Penn State, Julie’s focus was on her work. She found other causes to serve in her community and abroad.
Then, four years ago, Julie’s sponsorship of a Ugandan girl named Edivina dramatically altered the BCS alumna's life. “God used [Edivina] to completely reshape my dreams and my experience of following Him,” she recalled. “As I built a relationship with Edivina, I couldn’t learn enough about Uganda, its people, and its culture—and at the same time, poverty and the associated issues of disease, hunger, poor access to education, unemployment, the orphan crisis, and so on.”
Julie, whose original college major and career goal was to become a teacher, stated that during this season, she became captivated by the work of ministries in Uganda and other African nations that seek to improve the lives of the needy—especially through education—as they simultaneously share the gospel.
THE IMPACT OF A BCS SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION
Although Julie appreciates the academic education she received at BCS, she is even more thankful for the spiritual foundation received during her 13 years here. “I am thankful for a school that taught me so much about the love and grace of God, and how to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow Him obediently,” she said. “Having received a Christian education, I know that is one of the reasons I am so passionate about providing the same opportunity for the children I serve in ministry today,” she stated.
Julie is most grateful for the years of learning and memorizing the Word at BCS. “Ministry isn’t the easy road that I used to think it was,” she admitted, “but when I feel insufficient, God reminds me through His Word that He is sufficient and has bigger plans than I could dream! I am thankful that these promises, and many others, were fixed in my heart and mind growing up at BCS, so that the Holy Spirit can remind me of them in an instant. What a wonderful gift! I pray that every child in Haven of Hope’s schools can one day say the same about what they have been given through their education.”
To learn more about Haven of Hope’s ministry, click here.
October 29 was a good day for Bethesda Christian School cross country. A very good day.
The Ambassadors clinched the boys’ title at the TAPPS 2A State Cross Country Championships, held at Paul Tyson Field in Waco. The injury-beset Lady A’s also had cause for celebration, earning a fourth-place plaque and a spot on the stage at the TAPPS 2A award ceremony.
Bethesda dominated the field in the boys 5K race, with four Ambassadors earning All-State honors for finishing among the top 10 runners. Senior Spencer Doyle captured the individual state title in his final run for BCS cross country—and set a personal record in the process, crossing the finish line with a time of 16:20.2. Garrett Franks, Ian Ellis and Caleb Smay finished fourth, eighth and 10th respectively. Also running for BCS were Ethan Lawler, who finished 14th, Austin Patterson, and Brandon Watanabe.
Freshman Kati Marchese finished 10th in the girls 3200-meter run and snagged a spot on the All-State team, while Emily Schumacher took 15th. Also running for BCS were Abby Gruenbaum, Sarah Wolff, Amy New, Madison Sanford and Hailey Brown.
The boys’ win marked the second TAPPS state title in the history of the BCS boys cross country program. The team's first one was in 2014. For Bethesda Head Coach Pat Robb, the 2016 crown marked the fifth time in six years that one of her Ambassador teams have clinched TAPPS state championships. In addition to the two earned by the boys’ teams, the Lady A’s captured three consecutive TAPPS state wins—in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
TAPPS regulations limited schools to seven runners per team. Members of the BCS 2016 cross country teams who did not compete in the state championship races included boys' team athletes Sam Date, Keith Emery and David Roberts; and Lady A's June George, Rachel Gruenbaum and Casey Rivero. Rey Moreno served as assistant coach.
Bethesda Christian School’s varsity cross country season culminates this Saturday, October 29, when the Ambassadors journey to Waco for the TAPPS Cross Country State Championships.
Head Coach Pat Robb, Assistant Coach Rey Moreno, and the Ambassador boys’ and girls’ teams head for the state meet with one goal in mind: to bring home two more TAPPS state plaques for the BCS athletic trophy cabinet.
Boys team eyes second state championship
A dominant force in 2A cross country this year, the boys’ team has been ranked first in TAPPS 2A coaches’ polls all season and fifth among the top 75 TAPPS teams, regardless of classification. Coach Robb stated that the team has been extremely competitive in meets with much larger schools, both public and private. “We competed in several UIL [University Interscholastic League] meets with 5A and under public schools, and most of the time, we finished third or better,” she added.
The Ambassadors, who won the 5K run in the 4A and under division at the August 27 Waxahachie Woodhouse Invitational, claimed five of the 20 individual medals awarded. Senior Spencer Doyle earned first place, freshman Garrett Franks finished second, while Bethesda’s three other medalists—freshmen Ian Ellis, Caleb Smay and Ethan Lawler—placed 13th, 15th and 19th, respectively. The A’s finished second at the October 1 Ovilla Christian Cross Country Invitational, as well as in the 4A and under division of the Birdville Flyin’ Hawks Invitational on October 8 and at the Private School State Warm-Up on October 22.
The state team will be led by Doyle, who twice previously has earned TAPPS All-State honors in cross country. He is the sole remaining athlete from Bethesda’s 2014 state championship team. Doyle, Franks, Ellis, Smay and Lawler—along with freshman Austin Patterson and sophomore Brandon Watanabe—are slated to run for BCS at the state championship.
TAPPS limits the number of runners per team to seven athletes. If one of Bethesda’s runners is unable to compete due to illness or injury, junior David Roberts will step in for BCS to fill the vacant slot.
Lady A’s aim for spot on podium
The goal of the 2016 BCS girls’ cross country team is a top-three finish at the state meet. “We do have some minor injuries that can affect a runner’s performance,” stated Coach Robb, “but we have a real chance to place.”
The Lady A’s season includes a win at the September 24 Southwest Christian SCS II Invitational. Individual athletes earning medals for finishing among the top 20 runners included freshman Kati Marchese (second place), sophomore Emily Schumacher (seventh place) and junior Abby Gruenbaum (14th place).
The team also was runner-up at the Ovilla Christian meet and placed third at both the Waxahachie Woodhouse Invitational and the Private School State Warm-up. “No team awards were given at the [October 13] Haltom District Warm-up, but our girls placed high enough to have won the 4A and under division if there had been,” stated Coach Robb.
In addition to Marchese, Schumacher and Gruenbaum, the Lady A’s state team will be represented by junior Madison Sanford and seniors Sarah Wolff, Amy New and Hailey Brown. Freshman June George will step in to substitute if a teammate is unable to run. Wolff was also on the BCS 2013 state championship team.
Meet location and race times
The TAPPS State Cross Country Championship will be held at Waco High School’s Paul Tyson Field, located at 1901 Lake Air Drive. The 2A girls’ race will start at 9:00 a.m., with the boys’ run following at 9:30. TAPPS will conduct the 2A awards ceremony approximately 30 minutes following the boys’ race.
“The cross country teams have worked very hard this season and should do an outstanding job at the state meet,” stated Coach Robb. “I am so proud of each and every one of them. So please come and support them in Waco on Saturday. It would be great to have fans celebrate with us!”
We’re going to state!
The Bethesda Christian School varsity soccer team is advancing to the TAPPS Division I Fall Soccer State Tournament, to be held this Thursday and Friday, October 13-14, in San Antonio.
The Ambassadors defeated Arlington’s Burton Adventist Academy yesterday in a hard-fought, 100-minute contest that went into double overtime and ultimately required a penalty shoot-out to determine the victor. At the end of regulation play, BCS and Burton were tied, 1-1. Neither squad scored during two 10-minute overtimes, automatically moving the contest into a penalty shoot-out. Each team attempted five kicks into the goal from the penalty mark, with goals defended only by goalkeepers. Bethesda outscored Burton 4-3 in the shoot-out, resulting in a 2-1 final score. The win earned the Ambassadors the TAPPS Regional crown--and secured a spot for the team in the state tournament.
Last night’s victory was especially sweet for BCS Head Coach Chris George and his team, whose sole blemish on the 2016 season record was a 2-1 loss to Burton in a September 29 district game. The Ambassadors finished the regular season as the TAPPS Division I District I Champion with a 9-1 district record and are currently 17-1 overall.
BCS earned a first-round bye in the playoffs, enabling the Ambassadors to advance to yesterday’s Regional Championship game. The TAPPS State Tournament will be held at St. Mary’s Hall, a private school in San Antonio. BCS will meet district runner-up Dallas International in a semi-final contest on Thursday. Game time is slated for 10:00 a.m.
If the Ambassadors win the semi-final, the team will meet either Presbyterian Pan American of Kingsville or First Baptist School, Brownwood, for the TAPPS Division I state title. The championship game will be played at noon on Friday.
St. Mary’s Hall is located at 9401 Starcrest Drive, San Antonio 78217. For directions to St. Mary’s, click here.
The Bethesda Christian School varsity volleyball team is on a mission.
“We want a volleyball district championship banner to hang on the gym wall,” stated Head Coach Lorie Shelley. “And we really want to play in the state tournament.”
With two weeks left in the regular season, a district title is within reach for the Lady A’s, currently the top team in TAPPS 2A District 2. Bethesda sports an undefeated 9-0 district record and is 21-11 overall. The squad, which holds a one-game lead over its toughest district competitor, Texoma Christian, has been ranked among the top ten TAPPS 2A teams in coaches’ polls for the past three weeks.
A major season accomplishment includes winning the Navy bracket at the McKinney Christian Tournament in August. “The girls really worked the hardest I have seen all season, going three sets with HSAA Blue in a very close match,” stated Coach Shelley. “Our players rose to the occasion, and their efforts really paid off.” Two players have been selected for All-Tournament Team honors thus far: Macy Hust at the McKinney Christian Tournament, and Renee Ellis at the Faith Academy Tournament in Bellville.
Other members of the team include Natasha Bell, Abigail Escamilla, Haley Harnitchek, Audrey Hutto, Jennelle Kucharski, Rachel Lovell, Miranda Rutledge, Rachel Sherman, Hannah Wells, Sarah Wolff and Payton Young. The assistant coach for the Lady A’s is Hannah Ray.
Tonight BCS plays host to THESA, one of its toughest non-district competitors. A full evening of volleyball begins with the middle school Blue team playing at 4:00 p.m., followed by middle school Gold at 5:00, the junior varsity at 6:00, and the varsity at 7:00. The BCS choir, directed by Mrs. Emily Modlin, will make a special appearance to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the start of the varsity game.
Coach Shelley encouraged fans to come and cheer for the Lady A’s as they take on THESA. “It should be an exciting match. We have not beaten THESA previously, but we have come close,” she said. “We are determined to win tonight!”
As the Bethesda Christian School varsity soccer team approaches the second half of regular season play, the Ambassadors hold a 5-0 record in district play and are 11-0 overall. The undefeated A’s possess a one-game lead over Dallas International, the district’s current second-place team.
BCS has dominated opponents in goals scored, 72 to 7, in games played to date. Senior forward Julian Bouchard is the A’s scoring leader, but Head Coach Chris George noted that another senior, defender Bryce Allen, also has significantly contributed to the Ambassador offense with the number of goals he has scored.
The 2016 team is notable for its youth, with freshmen and sophomores constituting almost half of the starting lineup. “A number of our young players—Jacob Owen, Austin Leach, Trevor Parish and Cody Blair—have really helped us this season,” stated Coach George. “Cody is new to the game, but he has been absolutely tenacious. And sophomore defender Kassidee Cook has been super-consistent on defense,” he added.
The A’s squad is rounded out by team captain David Roberts, Luke Courtney, Sam Date, Benjamin Davis, Jaxon Edwards, Austin Patterson, Caleb Phelps, Abbi Reed, Caity Shannon, Kirk Williams and Mike Young. Tim Owen serves as the Ambassadors’ assistant coach.
Coach George has guided four BCS squads, including the school’s 2012 state championship team, to the TAPPS state tournament since 2008. He sees the potential for another run at the state title in this year’s soccer team.
But first things first. With a short-term goal of capturing a district crown, the Ambassadors are focused on tonight’s district match against Yavneh Academy. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Dallas soccer complex, located at 800 W. Campbell Road in Richardson. To view a campus map, click here.
Bethesda Christian School enters the final phase of its three-year adoption of Saxon Math with the implementation of the widely used math curriculum in grades 2-5 this fall. BCS instituted the program two years ago with kindergarten classes and in grades 6-11, adding first grade to the mix in 2015-2016.
Saxon combines a gradual and incremental instructional approach with homework that continually revisits previously taught skills and integrates problems covering new concepts. The method helps students achieve mastery of concepts previously taught through ongoing, cumulative review.
The change in the BCS math curriculum has resulted in a dramatic rise in math achievement test scores. In tracking student math achievement on the Stanford Achievement Test over the past four years, last year’s eighth grade class is one example of a group that demonstrated significant improvement.
As a whole, the class scored at the 80th percentile as fifth graders and the 76th percentile as sixth graders in its overall math score. Following Bethesda’s adoption of Saxon Math in 2014-2015, the group’s mean average jumped to the 89th percentile in seventh grade and rose to the 90th percentile in eighth grade.
Among individual students within the same class, some scores were even more impressive, with a number achieving 20-30 percentile-point increases after Bethesda switched to Saxon.
John Saxon developed Saxon Math out of concern about the state of math education in the United States, believing that all students can do well in math if given the right tools. Saxon understood that students needed continual practice and review to be successful math students. We are so excited to watch our students become even more successful in math as we begin using this curriculum in the entire elementary school.
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JJoin us Tuesday, Mar. 26 at 9:00 a.m. for a campus preview. This is a great time to become acquainted with the vision, mission, program, and people of Bethesda Christian School.
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It is with great excitement that we are able to report our Search Committee has completed its work in our search for a new Head of School. Following the unanimous recommendation of the Committee, both the Church Board and the School Board unanimously voted to extend an offer to Mr. Jason Myers, one of the top five candidates presented to us by JobfitMatters. Mr. Myers has accepted the position and will begin the 2019-2020 school year as the Head of School for Bethesda Christian School and Bethesda Child Development Center.
The Myers family has been living in Jakarta, Indonesia for the past fourteen years, where Mr. Myers serves as an administrator at Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH), an ACSI-accredited school. Over the years, he has served in various roles on the senior leadership team, including Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Pelita Harapan Club chairman, and Physical Education Associate Coordinator. As a senior leader, he oversees the senior school programs, while managing strategic development of curriculum, policies, and procedures. He has also been a leader of the steering committee, ensuring the school meets the academic and accreditation requirements of ACSI, the International Baccalaureate program, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
In addition to his administrative duties, he serves as Athletic Director, overseeing 24 sports activities for 800 students (grades 1-12) with 60 coaches, running a full calendar of sports events on SPH’s campus. He is the founder and chairman of the very first interscholastic sports and activities conference in Jakarta -- the Jakarta Athletic & Activities Conference – which has now grown to 11 member schools.
The Myers family has served as Missionary Associates with the Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) program for the past fourteen years, and they are active members of the missionary community in Indonesia. They have partnered with a variety of sports ministries to provide support, including sports court building projects, youth ministry initiatives, and professional development for teachers and coaches across Indonesia.
Mr. Myers graduated from Evangel University with his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health. He received a Master of Science in Management and Administration from Liberty University. His doctoral work will be complete in May, whereupon he will receive his Doctor of Education in Management and Leadership from the United States Sports Academy (USSA). He has diligently maintained his position on the Dean’s list during his time at USSA. When he arrives on the campus of BCS he will be known to us as “Dr. J.”
A devoted Christian, Mr. Myers believes in the importance of educating from a biblical, Christian worldview. “Excellence in a 21st century Christian school values every student, parent, teacher, and staff member as a part of a shared school community,” says Myers. “Christian schools should partner with parents and the church in preparing students for college, life, and eternity.”
To that end, our Search Committee was particularly struck with a phrase we heard from Mr. Myers… “calling prep.” As it was explained to us, “Graduates should gain entrance into the universities that fit them best, but I like to think that great Christian schools really see themselves as engaging in ‘calling prep’ as well as ‘college prep.’ That is, we are preparing students for the service to the Lord (calling) for which God has uniquely designed them.”
Our Committee wanted an understanding of how Mr. Myers would approach his position as Head of School. What value does he place on academics? How important is biblical integration? We are happy to report to you that Mr. Myers has met and exceeded every expectation we defined. He is strongly committed to several areas that are of great importance to us:
Mr. Myers is a diligent advocate for a robust, rigorous academic program. His experience in developing and implementing curriculum while leading school staff, as well as his background with the International Baccalaureate program and other accrediting agencies, has given him extensive knowledge in maintaining high academic standards.
Without question, Mr. Myers believes a healthy biblical worldview to be foundational and essential to Christian education. “As educators, we are focused on developing servant leaders with a biblical, Christian worldview. My vision is to develop true knowledge, faith in Christ, and Godly character to accomplish this exciting task,” says Mr. Myers.
As a two-sport, college-level student-athlete himself, Mr. Myers understands the importance of a strong athletic program, balanced with academic rigor. This has not only proved to be a strategy for school growth during his leadership at SPH, but also the impetus for developing an Active School Initiative aimed at the holistic growth and well-being of the students at his current school.
Fine Arts and Robotics:
Mr. Myers has a great appreciation for the excellence and importance of the Fine Arts and robotics programs in the BCS community. At SPH, he established multiple club-based programs which included both Fine Arts and STEM education programs. He has worked intently to ensure students are engaged in the task of holistic education, and he is excited about continuing the excellence for which BCS is known in these areas, even as he will bring ideas for their enhancement.
Growth and Expansion:
Mr. Myers’ experience in leadership, academics, and athletics have proven he is not only capable of leading a school but also having vision for growth and expansion, while creating strategies to bring it to reality. We believe Mr. Myers will position BCS for stability and growth for many years to come!
As crucial as all of these values are to our process, we know Mr. Jason Myers would say we have left out the most important part… his family! Mr. Myers and his wife, Dawn, have been married for seventeen years, and are parents to two wonderful children: Mackenzie (14 years old / 9th grade) and Jayden (10 years old / 5th grade). The Myers family is enthusiastic about moving to Fort Worth this summer after having spent a decade and a half living overseas. Dawn, who has taught second grade for the past three years, was previously a stay-at-home mom. With a warm gift of hospitality, Dawn ran the expatriate orientation program at SPH. Mr. Myers says, “my family’s excitement for joining the Bethesda community grows day by day.” On behalf of the Search Committee, I can say, “the feeling is mutual!”
We are delighted to welcome the Myers – Jason, Dawn, Mackenzie, and Jayden – to the Bethesda family.
We invite you to a BCS Community Cookout on Saturday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m. You’ll hear from Pastor Dan, Principal Freda Chadwick, and several others from our faculty. Then, we’ll be hearing from Mr. Myers live via Skype. During our program, children from birth through fifth grade will be participating in fun activities, including the play zone, bounce houses, and our arcade. Following the program, Bethesda is providing burgers (with all the fixings) from Outback Steakhouse. Outback chefs will be cooking them hot and fresh on site! We hope you’ll make plans to attend this fun all-family event.
Head of School Committee Chair