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BCJA Office Summer Calendar


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Summer 2016 Schedule


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Our office summer schedule is posted below. For a FREE Educational Consultation, please contact our Front Office at 404-799-0337 or send an email to pcraig@bcjaschool.org.  Appointments may be scheduled outside of our regular summer hours and on Fridays to accommodate the needs of our clientele.

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Google Visits BCJA


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Last week, our STEM program ESMART Academy, arranged for our students at BCJA to participate in a phenomenal opportunity to go on virtual expeditions across the globe with the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. This is a global world-wide educational initiative from Google using a program called Google Cardboard. BCJA also invited Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy and the Atlanta Adventist International Academy students to engage in this innovative technological tool! This initiative has been launched across the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, & New Zealand! Students traveled “virtually” to South Africa, Egypt, the Holy Places of Jerusalem, the Great Wall of China and covered cool topics like Underwater Excursions, Landforms, and Sharks!!!

Hydroponics


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Pronounced hy·dro·pon·ics

Definition: The cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil; soil-less growth of plants.

Mirror Image Mentoring is an Urban Agriculture based mentoring program, founded in 2007 that teaches life skills through sustainable practices. Our goal is to use STEM based activities to improve core curriculum, vocational tech studies, health, wellness and the environment.  Some of those activities include traditional food growing methods, composting, agronomic, water reclamation, aquaculture, apiary and solar.

Since last fall Mirror Image’s Farm has been working with BCJA students to introduce various aspects of Hydroponics.  By teaching growing skills, to yield natural produce, we can reduce the carbon footprint, improve our community’s well being and pave the way to thriving “Green” environments.

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Bio-Bus Geoscience Visit


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The middle grades students of BCJA were visited by Georgia State University’s Bio-Bus on Thursday, March 5.  The GSU graduate students presented a module entitled, ‘Star Wars Geoscience.’  The students were asked to employ their critical thinking skills to determine if several elements of the movie ‘Star Wars’ were fantasy or reality.  For example, the giant tauntaun that Luke Skywalker rode in the movie is said to be an herbivore.   However, his 8 feet frame did not support his diet.

The students compared several planets from our solar system to those of Star Wars. The “gas giants” (Jupiter and Saturn) which are mostly hydrogen and helium were compared to Bespin.  Tatooine was compared to Mars because they are both desert planets.  The terrestrial planets are those closest to the sun such as Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.  In the movie they were Alderaan and Hoth.  When discussing the moon Yavin 4 from Star Wars, the students learned that planet Earth is also a moon because it orbits the sun.

Activities were incorporated to simulate hydrothermal vents and ocean current circulation as well as to create a landform.  They used a large beaker of cold water and a small Erlenmeyer flask of hot colored water to simulate an ‘underwater volcano’.  The small flask was placed inside the large beaker and immediately the colored hot water started to flow (rise) to the top of the large beaker.   Ocean circulations were mimiced using milk, dish soap, sponges, a foil pan, plastic continent cut-outs, and food coloring.  The sponges topped with the continent cut-outs were placed in the pan.  Whole milk was poured to cover the bottom of the pan.  At this point, the students dropped food coloring into the milk and dish soap into the food color.  The reaction of this mixture (food coloring and dish soap) created the illusion of ocean currents.  In the final lab, the middle schoolers used dry diatomaceous earth and a squeeze bottle filled with water to create a canyon.

The students gained a large amount of knowledge by working with the mentors from GSU.  They are looking forward to them returning next year.

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Meet Beth Hardin, Math Specialist


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My name is Beth Hardin.   I have had the privilege to work in education for 25 years.  I have taught in classrooms Pre K thru ninth grade.   My certification qualifies me to serve students with special needs Pre-K thru 12 grade and Pre-K thru eighth grade, regular education students.   I have been working all over the state of Georgia for the past 15 years supporting teachers and students in both reading and math.  My job is to “coach” staff and students effectively.

My work with Berean Christian Junior Academy, BCJA, began last school year, 2013-2014, with very clear expectations, all students learning deeply and enjoying success on a daily basis.  We started with a format of instruction called Workshop.  This presentation allows the teacher time to provide student focused lessons, a time for students to practice that lesson independently, and to wrap up the lesson, an opportunity for students to review their work, identifying their strengths and misunderstandings.  This format is similar to how we, as adults, learn and grow in our careers.

Next, we began to present many strategies for students to learn and apply new information.  Many of these strategies are nothing like we learned in school and hard to for us to understand.   The goal was that students were able to build a personal tool box of strategies that they were able to use consistently to solve all kinds of problems in all areas of their learning.   What a source of power for all learners!   The staff focused on grade level expectations that would be not only necessary for that year’s success, but prepare students for the following years learning.   Consistent vocabulary, (K-5) use of learning tools and self-assessment were an expectation for all lessons.

This year, a data program, STAR, has been used to document growth at a building level, at the grade level, and most importantly at the student level.  This tool provides teachers information to guide their lessons and student’s information about their personal growth and identifies areas for them to work on to increase understanding.  BCJA has been able to document growth in both reading and math.  We look forward to continued success.  Our goal is that every student is aware and able to communicate their strengths and target areas needed to increase their understanding.

This is just a small sampling of what’s going on at BCJA.  The teachers have worked tirelessly to learn, grow, and put into practice new methods of instruction to ensure every students success.  Students are taking ownership of their learning and proud of the growth they are able to show, explain, and teach others.

I am honored to be a part of this process and very proud of the success all are enjoying!

 

Beth Hardin

BCJA Goes Scuba Diving!


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“Splish! Splash!” were the sounds coming from the diving pool on Sunday, April 6, 2014 when the Southern SeaQuestrians trained nine Berean Christian Junior Academy (BCJA) students how to scuba dive. Our students participated in the “Try Scuba Program,” led out by Dr. Anthony Ford.  One statement from a parent whose child participated in the course states, “Kudos, kudos, KUDOS to Ms. Mitchell for organizing such a ‘cool’ field trip on Sunday. So well planned and innovative. Every kid loves to swim. But having the opportunity to be beneath the water for more than 20 seconds at a time is rare for our children.”  We look forward to more scuba opportunities in the future for our students.

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Pastor Carter’s Chapels


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This past year we had a wonderful time exploring the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Each Friday Pastor Patrick Carter, South Atlantic Conference’s Youth Director, engaged our students in an interactive discussion presenting the following topics: The Holy Scriptures; The Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Creation; Nature of Man; Great Controversy; Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ; The Experience of Salvation; and Growing in Christ.

Our youth were receptive and fully engaged, as  they were given practical ways for practicing their faith.  These sessions were not only a blessing to our students, but to faculty and staff as well. The lessons surrounding the fundamental beliefs came to life through stories, songs and enactments by our students.

Here is an excerpt of what is written in the fundamental beliefs:

“By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience.”

According to Pastor Carter, “at BCJA we understand the need for our students to know more than the three “R’s” but the four “R’s”; reading, righting, rithmatic, righteousness!”

Click here for more on what Seventh-day Adventist believe.

Southern 2013 Robotics Challenge


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On Sunday, April 14, 2013, 24 teams representing the Southeast region of the United States converged to display their small, customizable and programmable robots at the Southern Challenge at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee.   Throughout the school year each team was charged with completing community service research focused on Senior Citizens.  BCJA’s team, “Electro Forces”, consisting of ten students in grades 6th to 8th, explored how to teach seniors self-defense skills.

On the day of the challenge, each team was evaluated in several areas including Research, Robot Design, Robot Programs, Teamwork, and Robot Missions.   Scoring was based on a rubric given to each team and teams earned points for each mission their robot completed.

BCJA Electro Forces placed 2nd for Research and 4th for the Robot Missions!  It was truly a collaborative team effort led by Mr. Jnocka Small, our 5th grade teacher!  Our parents and supporters gave outstanding advice to assist and encourage our team throughout the day of the challenge.   Our students’ behaviors and attitudes were stellar as well, during breakfast at Cracker Barrel they were complimented twice on their behavior.

We thank all our parents and supporters of the BCJA Electro Forces!

BCJA started In 2009 there were nine teams competing and BJCA remains the only team representing the South Atlantic Conference.  With 24 teams this year competing in the Southern Challenge, Robotics is catching on!

For information on the Robotics Leagues click here.

 

 

School Choice Rally


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As a part of National School Choice Week thousands of us met at the Georgia State Capitol building to celebrate Georgia’s school choice options and rally in support of a quality education for ALL Georgia students!

All school choice options available were celebrated –– traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools (including Special Needs and Tax Credit Scholarship participants), home-schools,  online schools, and hybrid schools.  After the rally, students entered the Capitol to share their stories with our legislators.   

During the program, one of our students delivered her personal story in a very passionate and strong voice.  Read her speech below.

Rachel’s School Choice Rally Speech

Hello Everyone!

My name is Rachel S., and I am a 7th grader at Berean Christian Junior Academy (aka BCJA).

Prior to attending BCJA, I was a student in the Public School System.  However, as my 5th grade school year started drawing to a close, I began to realize that I did not want to transition to the Public Middle School, because I would have to deal with some of the same students that had been unkind, and sometimes even bullied me.

Unfortunately, my parents said they didn’t think they could afford to send me to a Private School at that time.  You see at that time, my mom was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and was not working. And my dad was taking care of my mom, myself and my sister, as well as my mom’s Childcare Business.  All of which meant a drastic cut in income for our family.

Just when I began to think the situation was hopeless; my parents were introduced to the Arete Scholarship.  Thanks to the Arete Scholarship my sister and I were both afforded the opportunity to attend a “Christian” Private School.  My mom said when she dropped us off on the first day of school, that was the first time in our entire school lives that she was able to say goodbye and walk out of the building without having a knot in her stomach.  For the first time she didn’t worry about whether or not we might have mean teachers or class bullies.

I have made lots of new friends at BCJA, and my dad says he’s so happy that I have evolved from the shy little girl that attended public school.

But for me, what I love most about Berean Christian Junior Academy is that everyone, teachers, students and staff are so much nicer.  No one goes out of their way to be mean to others.  And the teachers treat everyone the same, without showing any favoritism.

I also love the fact that some of the choices we no longer had in the Public School, like Band, Orchestra and Choir are now available to me at BCJA.  I play the Cello in the school Orchestra, and I also sing in the School Choirs. Someday, I may be able to use my cello & vocal training to become a “Professional Classical Musician”.  So, on behalf of all the families that have been given the opportunity to choose a private school through the Arete Scholarship.  I would like to say Thank you to the Arete Scholarship Foundation!

Click here for Arete Scholarship Article.

Click here for School Choice Rally Day on YouTube.


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