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Come Before Winter


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Come Before Winter“, is the latest devotional installment from Dr. Sylvan A. Lashley, Principal of BCJA.

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Fresh Start


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Want a Fresh Start? If Yes, please read the latest devotional installment from Dr. Sylvan A Lashley.

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The Emboldened Leader Within


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Happy Thanksgiving Family. Here is another devotional installment from Dr. Sylvan A Lashley entitled,

The Emboldened Leader Within“.  Read and be Blessed.

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Sermon – The Fourth Boy


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Here’s this week’s installment of Dr. Sylvan Lashley’s devotional titled, “The Fourth Boy“.

 

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


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