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isgah Homecoming is more than a just a football game and a dance. It’s an Experience-one that brings families and friends together. 1960’s Da y Alumni gathered for food and fun before the game and lingered on the sideline couches for hours to catch-up with friends and cheer on the Patriots. In an exciting 30-12 victory over Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Pisgah senior FeDale Hall rushed for 245 yards on 33 carries and scored three touchdowns in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Sloter finished the night 4-of-8 for 54 yards, including a 29 yard strike to Danny Schneider and a 25 yard touchdown run. Congratulations to 2009 Homecoming Queen Shea Church and this year’s court: Freshmen Lydia Barnes and McKenna Campbell, Sophomores Taylor Cheek and Kristen Feyt, Juniors Ali Gaynor, Anna Russell and Rachel Strang, and Seniors Jordan Delk, Eleni Keeter and Lindsey Major. Before the game, a touching ceremony was held to honor the lives of two alumni who were also members of the Patriots Varsity Football team: Jeff and Brian Horne. The ceremony also marked the retirement of Jeff’s jersey, number 65.
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Homecoming week was filled with fun activities including special themed days with outrageous costumes. The pep rally proved to be as memorable as ever with the crowning of Mr. Pisgah 2009: Junior Will Grande. Congratulations to the other worthy contestants who represented their classes in the always entertaining talent routines, personal M r. Pi sg ah 2009: Will Gran de interview, and formal wear competitions: Freshman Chris Spriggs, Sophomore Sam Reilly, and Senior Matt Reilly. The week was capped off with an exotic finale - the “Erupt” dance. The Drummond Center was transformed into a spectacular tropical paradise featuring an enormous volcano. Thank you to the outstanding leaders of Pisgah’s student government for their vision and execution of another highly successful homecoming celebration.
n March 5, 2007, his twentieth birthday, Jeffrey Horne was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia. When it became apparent that the only possibility for a cure for Jeffrey was a bone marrow/stem cell transplant, his brother Brian fearlessly volunteered. Despite his illness, Jeffrey never lost his sense of humor, graciousness, determination, spirit or faith; he never gave up. During the course of his treatments, Jeffrey participated in several clinical trials to help others with the disease. Jeffrey lost his struggle with leukemia on January 30, 2008, after a near year-long heroic battle. Tragically, his brother Brian passed away later that same year. In one of his last days, Jeffrey said it was on the football field at Mount Pisgah Christian School that he learned to never give up and to keep fighting no matter how great the odds. For more information about Jeffrey and to learn how to support the cure of leukemia, please Brian (Cl ass of 06) an d Jef go to www.Jefferysvoice.org fre y (Cl ass
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magine a four year old decked out in a lab coat learning the science behind what happens when you shake up a soda can. Or a two year-old looking in amazement at two guinea pigs. Or a second grader using a microscope to observe molecules. All of that and more is now experienced at Pisgah with the opening of the Happy Science Lab, designed for students two years old through 3rd grade. It’s filled with terrific learning opportunities and for kids—the only way to describe it is “cool”. “It was cool because it had a lot of cool stuff,” first grader
Owen Parker said. Parker also said that getting to wear the lab coats was, “really cool.” “The lab is a hands-on science lab. The children are learning by asking questions and then saying to themselves ‘I know what happens, but what would happen if I did it this way?’” said Jan Montgomery, a former Early School Half Day teacher who helped to set up, and continues to volunteer, in the lab. “If the children come home and talk about what they did in the science lab at night and that they wore a lab coat, then it has made an impression on them that they will remember.”
The lab is dedicated to enthusiastic Pisgah volunteer and grandparent Happy Mayer. Happy and his wife, Lynn, joyfully serve the school in countless ways. Continued on page 3
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here’s no question that hands-on learning is exciting and memorable for students of all ages. Researchers have documented the cognitive and affective benefits of field trips. Pisgah hands-on learning opportunities are carefully selected to support and enhance curriculum objectives: • Increased motivation for learning • Positive attitude toward science and environmental concepts • Acquisition of knowledge and skills • Stimulation of interest for career possibilities • Improved understanding of the site visited
plications in creative arts for students considering an arts related career. Students will examine architecture, fashion, theater, museums and art schools. This journey is a stepping stone toward the transition from high school student to college bound adult. Students will arrive in New York in time for the last day of Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. They will explore Chinatown and the Museum of Modern Art, both of which are inspirations for some of the AP concentrations the students have chosen. No “Arts” trip to NYC would be complete without a visit to Broadway where the students will enjoy a matinee production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theater. A visit and tour of the Parsons School of In February, Pisgah’s AP Studio Art students will Design and other specialized college programs make New York City their classroom. The pur- are also planned. pose of their trip is to experience authentic ap-
• Kangaroo Conservation Center • Annie • Hawk Talk • Atlanta Historical Society • Turner Field • Berry Patch Farms • Consolidated Gold Mine • Chattahoochee Nature Center • Earthwatch Expedition in Alaska • Puppetry Arts • Train Museum • Peachtree/Dekalb Airport
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Scott Barron President Gentry Arnette, III Director of Development Blake Davenport General Manager of Athletics Tammy Mozingo Director of Admissions Ruben Rodriguez Chief Financial Officer Nancy Shaw Head of Primary School Bill Shelnutt Head of Preparatory School Dr. Bryan Smyth Executive Director of Academic Affairs & College Guidance Rebecca Williams Director of Marketing & Communications
Academic trips such as this exemplify Pisgah’s goal of College Prep, Life Ready. Students return with a greater understanding of the opportunities for real world application and success in an area of study for which they have identified personal strength and a passion. Some experiences are off site field trips and others are brought to the campus. The following are just a few of the educational opportunities/explorations Pisgah has offered:
• Cagle’s Dairy • Tanglewood Farms Petting Zoo • Botanical Gardens • Purple Hippo Arts Studio • Imaginate • Fernbank • Peace and Piece • Young Chef’s Academy • Yellow River Game Ranch • Atlanta Zoo • Atlanta Aquarium • Fire Safety House
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Fou rth gra de rs on the At lanta Ce nte r Ge orgia Farm Life TouHisto ry r • Stone Mountain • Sunrise and Roswell Gardens Assisted Living • Children’s Museum of Atlanta • Fox Theater • Lake Lanier Aquatic Study • World of Coke • Six Flags • Elachee Watershed Nature Center • Georgia Aquarium • Olympic Centennial Park • CNN World Headquarters
all is one of the most exciting times in the admissions office. It is the time for new beginnings. As the school year starts, we begin sharing the Pisgah Experience with brand new families who ce ien per Ex h ga Pis are searching for the ng ari Sh a place to call home. The chill of a crisp fall day is in direct contrast with the warmth that is found within Pisgah’s walls. We average talking to between 15-20 families a week about one of our divisions and touring at least six families a week throughout our campuses. Our office is a busy, bustling, happening place filled with discerning parents armed with questions and notebooks who are searching for answers, data, and a community for their children. This is my ninth year at Pisgah and from the knowledge that I have gained through serving in many different areas here, the role that has given me the most answers is that of a parent. Our office generates weekly data that speaks to the excellence of the Pisgah Experience. I know the average class size in each of our divisions and our small student-teacher ratio is an impressive statistic. I know the number of AP and honors classes that we have that rivals all other comparably sized, private schools. I can quote the data that speaks to the correlation between our Stanford test scores and our students’ aptitude that attests to our students’ high achievement in relationship to their ability. We have been blessed with statistical data that validates our claims to
have an excellent college preparatory experience for our students. But while all of that data is necessary and very important, it doesn’t speak to the main reason that I chose Pisgah for my own children or why I continue to stay. We have no statistical data that speaks to the growth of a heart or that measures a joyful spirit and thirst for GOD. How do you measure love, friendship, acceptance, nurturing, respect, thirst for knowledge and passion for life? It is the selfmeasurement of personal growth and relationship with Christ done one student and family at a time. The data that speaks to our success is as unique as each individual student and family whom we serve. Our true effectiveness is measured with the intangible—and the intangible can’t be charted or graphed. It is expressed through the sharing of one heart to another. The families that come through our doors enter because you, as a Pisgah ambassador, have sent them and shared your own personal experience with them. You have that opportunity again in November and January. Our Fall Open House is Saturday, November 21st from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and our Winter Open House is on Sunday, January 24th from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. We would love to have you join us in welcoming the new families to our campus and enjoy the fellowship of relating your personal Pisgah Experience with others. You are our most valued ambassadors. Thank You!
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“Happy” Science Lab Continued from page 1 Pisgah parents donated the funds needed to equip the lab in Happy’s honor - to thank him for his energetic and loving support of the school. “It’s wonderful. Bright, happy and inviting,” said first grade teacher Jan Hailey. “The students all want to touch and try it out. It is on their level. It doesn’t look off limits to them.” First grade assistant Lonnie Dance said of the lab, “it touches on all the senses.” According to Montgomery the lab was setup to give students the opportunity to explore earth, physical, life and health sciences. “Here they can learn all about our earth, the different planets, conservation, and more,” Montgomery said. “For physical science they can make a pulley machine, make a race track and discover the force of cars rolling down the track. In health science they can chart their growth and learn what a healthy lifestyle is.” The lab also includes two guinea pigs (Blaster and Oreo), a rabbit (Brownie) and a bearded dragon (Mr. Happy), which contributes to the life science aspect of the lab. “They can learn about animals, how to take care of the animals and their life cycles,” Montgomery said. As you can imagine, the cutest inhabitants are a huge hit. “I liked the bunny,” said first grader Brennen Henderson, who also said he was very excited about getting to go to the lab for the first time. Thank you to the Holden family for donating the bunny (plus another for the Upper School Biology Lab). Half day teacher LeAnne Wood took her two year-old students into the lab to see the animals. “They loved it. I almost couldn’t get them out of there,” Wood said. “The students are really enjoying spending time in the science lab,” said Nancy Shaw, Head of the Primary School. Shaw also pointed to two people who have been keys to the success of the lab. “Jan Montgomery was the perfect person to design the Primary School Science Lab. She has a love for science that is contagious,” said Shaw. “When I spoke to Jan and asked her to consider helping me design the lab, she jumped at the chance. She interviewed teachers, reviewed curriculum objectives, conducted inventories and attended workshops to prepare for this huge endeavor. Jan put in countless hours setting up and organizing the lab. It was truly a labor of love. Not only did she design and set up the lab, she held professional development training sessions for the teachers. Jan demonstrated new science experiments and involved all the teachers.” Shaw added, “Kristen Messinger, Primary School Resource Coordinator, is also doing a great job maintaining the lab on a daily basis. She makes sure all the animals and experiments are ready for classroom presentations. She is the resident Zookeeper “Jack Hannah” and she does a fabulous job!”
t Pisgah, Thanksgiving = Sharing and Serving. The story of sharing between the Pilgrims and Indians at the first Thanksgiving back in 1621 is one we all know very well. It illustrates the importance of helping others during difficult times. For Pisgah Primary School families, Thankful Tuesday provides opportunities to follow this example. It is a day when we are the hands and feet of Jesus. Students, along with a “treasured” friend, spend the morning together serving others. This year’s theme is, “A Tailgating Thanksgiving.” Each child will invite a “treasured” adult friend to join him or her for a day of fellowship and service. Guests will be treated to a special classroom presentation, holiday goodies, and the opportunity to serve others by participating in a service learning project. Service learning is a major focus at Mount Pisgah Christian School. It is an important teaching and learning strategy that incorporates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection in order to enrich the learning environment, teach responsibility, and strengthen school and surrounding communities. Research
shows that service learning has a positive impact on classroom learning. Lower School Tha nkfu l Tuesday Cele bration Through service learning, participants make valuable contributions to their community or to specified ministries or charities. This in turn can increase motivation and a desire to learn, foster responsibility, and boost self-confidence. Teachers in the Lower School selected service-learning projects with their students in mind. Each grade level will be working on a specific service learning project that will directly benefit others. Students will learn about the charity or ministry they are supporting and what impact their service projects will have on helping people in need. Teachers also use this as an opportunity to discuss servants of the Bible. God’s word provides the perfect blueprint for serving others. Thankful Tuesday is a meaningful way to start the Thanksgiving Holiday. It reminds us of the blessings we have and the blessing we can be to others.
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he transition from fifth to sixth grade is understandably challenging for many students. There are new faces, schedules, buildings, teachers, and classes. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Pisgah recognizes the special challenges facing new middle school students and provides tools to help them navigate the transition long before the first day of sixth grade. By the time these students reach Pisgah’s Preparatory school (6th - 12th grades) they are more than prepared for success. In fourth and fifth grade, organization skills are taught to better enable students to think clearly, reduce distractions, and meet deadlines. Cornell note-taking equips fourth and fifth graders with a blueprint system for keeping information organized and concise. It also helps them determine key points and critical facts for assignments and tests. Pisgah’s intermediate teachers (fourth and fifth grade) are also highly skilled at assisting students in developing effective study skills that fit their unique learning styles. Ask any student. As coursework becomes more challenging each year, discovering a study style that works for you is priceless. Just imagine--no more time wasted trying to find misplaced papers, no more wading through countless pages of notes trying to find the critical facts, and no more frustration studying for hours just to discover that you haven’t really learned the material. Upon entering sixth grade, Pisgah student Taylor Brainard immediately recognized the value of the skills she developed in Pisgah’s revolutionary Intermediate program, “It’s just so much easier to study for tests!” Taylor is a big believer in the Cornell note-taking system that is taught at Pisgah. She is now a thriving eight grader and the study,
organizational, and note-taking skills she learned three years ago are serving her well. Active in dance and cheerleading, Taylor can attest to the importance of developing strong study and Taylo r Brain ard-Eighth Grade organizational skills in order to stay on top of her school work. With Taylor, and all their students, Pisgah’s intermediate teachers are committed to empowering each child with the tools needed for success in prep school and beyond.
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reat job! Thanks to the energy of Pisgah’s Lower School students and the tireless efforts of our faculty and volunteers, this year’s Boosterthon Fun Run was another tremendous success. Pledges are still being collected and tallied, but early results indicate nearly $100,000 was pledged this year! Funds raised will further enhance technology in the Lower School.
Pisgah Zoo Provides Creepy Crawly Halloween Fun “Mommy, can I pet the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach?” It is not likely your child has asked you this, but it is a question Preparatory School Biology Teacher Dr. Juanita Forrester gets all the time. Her menagerie of creatures grows every day through generous donations from Pisgah families. The classroom where students study life has become a biosphere in its own right with snakes, spiders, insects of all kinds, even a soft little dwarf rabbit for those who don’t find an exoskeleton very cuddly. Halloween provided the perfect opportunity to foster active service learning and to promote Preparatory School science to Primary School students, teachers, and families through an educational, interactive visit. Fourth and fifth grade students were invited to visit to learn about insects, spiders, and other not-so-scary creatures. They saw both live and preserved specimens from all over the world, even meeting some new friends up close and personal! One of the requirements of the Preparatory School Biology program is service learning. Students are expected to learn material thoroughly enough to present it to a general audience. By engaging younger students, older students are able to integrate their science curriculum and community service in a meaningful way. The classroom environment is enhanced as students participate in a curriculum-driven team building activity. Continued interaction and collaboration with Primary School students holds older students to a greater level of accountability for their learning while also Fres hm an F lint Geier me ets a new inh increasing their level of interest in science. abit ant of the Biolog y lab Discover more about Dr. Forrester’s classes on her website: www.dr-forrester.com
eachers have hit the ground running with Pisgah’s new Language Arts series, Treasures. This new series incorporates reading, grammar, spelling, and writing into the curriculum each day. The program allows for varied methods of instruction to reach all types of learners. This fall the Lower School teachers have shared ideas and strategies in many planning sessions in order to make the most of this new program by discussing the implementation of the curriculum and assessment. In addition, teachers have observed Language Arts lessons in the grade level below and the grade level above their own, allowing for continued collaboration and uniformity across the grade levels.
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isgah’s innovative Advisory and Mini-Mester programs provide exceptional tools for students to explore and pursue interests. During Advisory sessions, Upper School students are divided into small groups based on grade and gender. Throughout the year, these groups meet weekly to participate in the Peak Performance and Discipleship Advisory programs. The Discipleship Advisory uses the power of a facilitated small-group discussion to enhance the chapel experience be confide nt in my “T he prog ram ma kes it easy for me to rk, Sop hom ore that immediately follows the Adchoice in a care er pat h.” Kat hlee n Sta visory period. To this point in the Peak Performance Advisory, students: • Have defined success as an intentional approach to life that ensures you are a faithful steward of your gifts and talents in contrast to more superficial definitions of success such as being famous or having a high-paying job. • Freshmen and sophomores learned how time spent building on strengths is often more fruitful than trying to fix a weakness. • Juniors and seniors have already taken the Strengths Finder inventory to help identify their top-five strengths. The Strengths Finder inventory along with the StrengthsQuest process (www.strengthsquest.com) give students the opportunity to identify and develop their top natural talents, improve their grades, strategically determine a rewarding career path, and maximize “T he Advisory program helps me to continue my walk wit h Christ their potential. Freshmen and sophomores will be enand I get to connect wit h my peers.” Tyler Austin, Freshman gaging in directed feedback and self-reflection to identify areas of talent as well. In the coming weeks, students will begin to develop their personal mission statements and learn to use the Peak Performance planner. This planner helps focus the student on short and long-term goals and helps them build awareness of how their strengths are lived in their everyday lives. As students proceed through the process of college advisement, this knowledge about themselves and their strengths gives added insight and helps to inform their choices as they seek to make the “match” that is right for them. Pisgah’s Mini-Mesters provide a wealth of choices for students. Twice a year, students spend two weeks in concentrated exploration and study of the elective subjects that most interest them. Course offerings include: Forensic Science, Interior Decorating, Palates of the World, Logic, Freakonomics, Success is Not an wit h God. My Accident, Media Production, and more. Throughout the year, a hen my relation ship pla “Advisory help s me stre ngt n for me.” ’s God few of the courses will be spotlighted in the Pisgah Post, including: advisory lead ers help me und erst and
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isgah believes in bringing reading to life in creative and engaging ways for young students. In keeping with the school’s tradition of hosting noted children’s authors, the Lower School proudly welcomed John Grogan (of Marley and Me fame) and Jenny Cote (author of the popular Max and Liz series). John shared his book Marley Goes to School and Jenny (who is also a Pisgah parent) presented her new work: The Dreamer, The Schemer, and The Robe. Students were excited to meet the creative talents behind some of their most beloved books. They had the opportunity to hear excerpts of the books, ask questions, and purchase autographed copies.
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Course: Vectors and Scalars Instructor: Fawzi Khalaf This course will focus on several examples of vector and scalar quantities (distance, displacement, mass, temperature, velocity and acceleration). The course explains force, motion and its application in engineering and physics through arithmetic operations and the relationship to Cartesian graphs. “Dr. Khalaf realized through his 30 years of teaching experience in high school and universities, the importance of students being knowledgeable and familiar with vector analysis, especially for those pursuing interests in engineering, math, or science,” explains Upper School Principal Bill Shelnutt. “He believes that vectors and scalars help the students understand many aspects of their daily lives by explaining force, motion, and their applications in building design and transportation systems. Vector analysis is used in many high level research projects, too. He just loves teaching vectors and scalars and that passion is infectious when he teaches the subject to his students. “
Course: The Psychology of Criminal Behavior and Lying Instructor: Dr. Bryan Smyth Through an examination of research, popular media, and real cases, students will examine the various aspects of the criminal mind. Students will learn about the various types of criminal behavior, be exposed to theories about how these individuals develop, and be able to understand the definition of “insanity.” Behavioral profiling and the detection of deception will be explored in depth. Finally, students will explore societal norms and civil liberties that appear to sometimes prevent intervention from occurring before tragedy strikes. “With the popularity of shows like “Criminal Minds” and “Lie To Me”, it is not surprising to me that this course was a popular choice,” says instructor Dr. Bryan Smyth. “I hope students will find it to be a very entertaining course. I am extremely excited to teach it; I’ve been working on it for almost a calendar year and I keep finding more interesting stuff to include. We are going to cover two serious but very interesting topics that are the real science behind those shows: criminal profiling and Dr. Eckman’s work on facial emotions and deception detection. These topics really lend themselves to forcing students to practice their critical reasoning skills. To think about what kind of person might commit a crime on the basis of the crime evidence itself requires thinking in a way that is substantially different than memorizing facts. Then, each student will learn to pick out and identify the seven universal micro-expressions. My only fear is that parents will be upset when kids are able to read their parents better than parents can read their kids. Sorry parents, but your kids will have learned a great skill!”
pisgah post Pisgah 2010 Mission Trips Announced “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
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Pisgah is taking the Worldwatch Institute’s request to heart: “live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time”. The Operations team is taking steps to conserve resources, reduce waste, eliminate toxins and build awareness. • Teachers can post (online) their syllabus, lesson plan, homework assignments, class notes, student grades, reminders and more with ParentsWeb. • No need to send home a paper calendar, parents and students can access calendar events online at www.experiencepisgah.org. • The student directory and student handbooks are now online, significantly cutting printing costs and saving trees. • School employees can use the intranet to communicate and post information in a central location without relying on paper memos, handouts, policy handbooks, etc. Facilities work orders and IT HelpDesk requests are also made on the employee intranet allowing employees to track their requests electronically. • All events can be scheduled and tracked electronically through Events Management System (EMS). • Monthly tuition statements and reminders are sent via RenWeb instead of printing and mailing. • Parents can pay tuition through ParentsWeb or bank draft--eliminating the need to write checks. • By using Remote Electronic Deposit, Pisgah nearly eliminates trips to the bank and the resulting fuel consumption. Unfortunately, we still have to go to the bank with cash.
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• We have increased the use of electronic docu-
ments rather than printing. For example, the Finance Department used electronic files exclusively for the school’s recent financial audit. • We encourage employees to print less and to print duplex (using both sides of each sheet). • Employees are shutting off lights and computers when not in use. • We are recycling paper, cardboard and boxes; plastic bottles and aluminum cans. • Our food service vendor SAGE is using washable, durable trays, utensils and dishware, significantly reducing the use of paper products and the resulting trash at lunch. • Our facilities team uses “green” cleaning products. • We recycle old computers when possible. • Every effort is made to recycle out-of-date textbooks and donate used ones. • We encourage the use of environmentally friendly water bottles, water fountains and water dispensers--rather than plastic water bottles. • Newsletters (eBlasts) are sent online for instant enjoyment and information. • The Pisgah Post is printed on recyclable newsprint and allows for consolidation of printing projects--as it is utilized by both the Admissions and Development teams. Pisgah also plans to form a “Green Team “ to look at other ways the school can reduce its environmental impact, take steps to sustain a healthy environment, and be good stewards of our financial resources.
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(Parents Are Loyal Supporters) P.A.L.S. School Store Have you heard the news? The P.A.L.S. School Store has a permanent location and is now officially open for business! September 25th marked the grand opening of the store in Room A121 of the Lower School on South Campus. The store features ever-popular, kid-favorite store ool sch new in s em t i gah Pis items such as erasers, pencils, and r ula pop P.A.L.S. offe rs candy, as well as several new Pisgahbranded items including travel coffee mugs, water bottles, cinch bags, mechanical pencils and sterling silver Pisgah charms. In addition, a selection of MPAA Spirit Wear will be available for sale. The School Store is open every Tuesday and Friday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., so please make plans to stop by, to shop, and support MPAA and P.A.L.S. Popcorn and hot pretzels are available on Fridays. Credit cards accepted. Special thanks goes to the Raymer family for donating all of the shelving and fixtures for the School Store and to Rhonda Dalton and her tireless group of volunteers who spent numerous hours preparing for the grand opening.
Operation Christmas Child Merry Christmas! Well, maybe it’s a little too early to say that, but it’s not too early to begin planning for Operation Christmas Child. Watch for information to be sent home soon. Our goal this year is 1000 shoeboxes! Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organization whose president is Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham. The project is responsible for hand-delivering millions of shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in over 120 countries. The children receiving these gifts are living in areas devastated by war, terrorism, poverty, famine, disease and natural disaster. And, while we know that OCC reaches children around the globe, it was so great to see Samaritan’s Purse trucks recently arrive in Georgia with aid supplies & 200 volunteers helping flood victims. What an AMAZING organization!
Teacher Appreciation This year, Pisgah’s P.A.L.S. organization has expanded the Teacher Appreciation program to a year-long celebration for teachers as opposed to a week-long celebration. P.A.L.S. wants to periodically remind our awesome teachers just how much we value all that they do for our school and our children. We will honor them with four special celebrations this year. The first was held on October 22nd and featured a variety of yummy soups, stews and homemade treats from some fabulous chefs--our parents! P.A.L.S. will host additional celebrations on: November 19, February 11, March 25, and April 22. Please mark your calendars so that you don’t miss out on your chance to get involved. Thank you to our P.A.L.S. Teacher Appreciation Committees for organizing such a wonderful event for our teachers and staff: • Early School – Full Day – Caroline Kelly & Stephanie Dunn • Early School – Half Day – Kim Hoffman • Lower School – Shelly Duskin & Shannan Gaudette • Middle School & Upper School – Sandi Cheek & Lin Kennerly The P.A.L.S. Teacher Appreciation Committees are already busy planning for the next celebration in November and may be calling you to assist with their efforts. It is our hope that you will take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to express gratitude to our teachers and be involved with the Pisgah P.A.L.S. organization. Sincerely, Patti Pease P.A.L.S. President Pi
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This is my 9th year at Mount Pisgah Christian School and I have to say that Operation Christmas Child is consistently my favorite event of the school year. The excitement starts when we kick-off the service project by showing an Operation Christmas Child video during Chapel. Then the excitement builds as the children and families start planning the details of filling their shoeboxes. Wat chDog Dad Bra d Dal le nds a he lpin g ha nd in scie ncteoncl as s
isgah’s Watchdog Dad program is in full swing for Fall of 2009. Many studies have proven that when a dad is involved in a child’s education, the child performs better and achieves higher standards in school. Pisgah dads, grandfathers, uncles, and other special men are asked to give up one day a year to serve at the school. They do everything from walk children to Special’s classes to reading to students to high-fiving in the halls and playing freeze tag on the playground. These men are exhausted at the end of the day but happily keep coming back for more! So far, Pisgah has 88 dads, grandfathers and uncles all set to serve for the 2009-2010 school year. Through the month of December, there are only three “empty” days on the Watchdog Calendar! For more information and to volunteer, please call 678-336-3300.
Lower School students will bring their shoeboxes to a special Chapel dedication service in November. South Hall will be decked out with a Christmas tree and other festive decorations. This will set the stage for a meaningful service. Students will sing Christmas Carols and hear from our Operation Christmas Child Parent Coordinator. Early School Half Day and Full Day students also enjoy participating in this ministry opportunity. They view the video in their classrooms and dedicate their boxes in their own age appropriate chapel services. Upper School students will be on hand to receive the Christmas shoeboxes. Once the boxes have been placed on the stage, we will pray specifically for the children who will receive the boxes. We will also pray for all the people who work to support this ministry. Parent volunteers will help package the shoeboxes for delivery to the main warehouse. It is an exciting, but exhausting day for our volunteers filled with special moments and memories that last a lifetime. Nancy Hanks Shaw Head of Primary School
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This Fall, an impressive array of art has been created by talented students in all Pisgah divisions. Lower School students have been hard at work creating beautiful Christmas card designs. As in years past, one design has been selected as the cover for this year’s official 2009 Pisgah Christmas Card. Middle School students have enjoyed creating Chinese dragon puppets, wire sculptures, and Impressionism paintings. The Upper School lobby will soon be filled with charming handmade gingerbread houses and the National Art Honor Society will keep the holiday spirit going as they display and sell students creations at Pisgah’s annual Holiday Market Fair.
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Band, Chorus, and Strings
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After receiving rave reviews for their Fall concert, Pisgah’s band, strings, and choral students are now preparing for their second concert of the year--a special Christmas program scheduled for December 10th at 7 p.m. in South Hall. Everyone is invited to celebrate with Pisgah’s talented musicians and singers. In addition, there will be an in-school Christmas concert at the Lower School on December 18th. More information about those performances will be sent home with the students who will participate.
Many parents have expressed interest in seeing the arts continue to flourish here at Pisgah, and have shown their support by joining the Pisgah Arts Parent Association (PAPA). In addition, a smaller group of parents have committed to providing input regarding events, course offerings, fundraising activities, as well as oversight of volunteer support. These parents became members of one of the Pisgah Arts Advisory Councils. The Junior Council is made up of Lower School parents, and the Senior Council is comprised of Middle & Upper School parents. Each group meets monthly, and will continue to provide insight and manpower to the arts department throughout the school year. Junior Council Members: Becky Baker, Ashley Brazzel, Scott Kasselmann, Happy Mayer, Kacey McCrosky, Liz Moore, and Vania Venizelos.
Middle & Upper School Theatre Arts
Opportun ities for artistic exp res
The Upper School Thespian Troupe recently performed the one-act play “The Bible in 40 Minutes or Less,” a hysterical, fast-paced tour from Genesis through Revelation. In the Middle School TIP Class, 21 students have been preparing monologues, small group scenes, improvisations, and honing their acting skills in preparation for their productions of “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet” in February.
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Senior Council Members: Leigh Anne Bishop, Jorge Blanco, Cathy Caldwell, Mimi Doss, Jolene Kellner, Happy Mayer, Gloria Ochs, Judy Raymer, and Beth Tanzy. All those who attended the recent “Evening of the Arts” agree that Pisgah is filled with talented students. Please visit experiencepisgah.org to join PAPA or the Arts Advisory Council and support the Arts!
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Pisg a h A rt s h a s a bra n d n e w log o! In the spotlight Senior Meghan McCarthy was a featured extra during shooting of the feature film titled “Due Date”. The film is scheduled to be released in November, 2010. The movie stars her favorite actor of all time Robert Downey Jr. While filming at the Georgia World Congress Center, Meghan had the opportunity to work directly with the star. In the movie, Meghan plays a teenager irritated by Mr. Downey’s character who pushes through the airport security line. Prior to the shoot, all actors were instructed not to interact with the stars unless spoken to by the celebrities. Meghan’s day was made when Mr. Downey not only asked her what her name was, but sang just to her. She also had the opportunity to speak with the director when he noticed her at dinner and called her over to discuss her performance. As a repeat actor in Pisgah’s plays, she’s dreamed of one day acting in a movie with Robert Downey Jr. and now her dream has come true. Meghan says, “It was the best day of my life.”
In the spotlight Pisgah third graders recently entertained their parents and classmates with “The American Dream,” a musical extravaganza following the timeline of exploration through the Civil War. Fans describe the production as “filled with pageantry, exceptional singing, choreography, and more.” Under the skilled direction of Erin Fink, Lower School music teacher, the production was a huge success. Parent volunteer, Andrea Mancil, coordinated the choreography. Teachers Deb Knoblock and Leslie Brooks were said to be thrilled with the performance. As one fan described it, “What a showstopper!”
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Snapshots from the Retreat at SharpTop Itâ€™s a signature Pisgah Experience: the annual fall retreat to Sharptop Cove. Ask Preparatory students to list what they love most about Pisgah and the retreat is near the top of that list (their teachers always rank first!) Three days filled with spiritual growth, bonding, and fun produce special memories year after year.
Welcome New Alumni
Michelle Lea Allen University of Georgia
Sarah Jean Allen Kennesaw State University
Bradley Steven Bostic Samford University
Roxanne Botha Georgia Institute of Technology
Roger Grey Brown III North Georgia College & State University
Lauren Theresa Campbell Mercer University
John Taeyoung Chong Georgia State University
Savanna Jane Danzey Georgia College & State University
Mireille Menegue Djemmo Valdosta State University
Austin Sykes Dragoun University of Mississippi
Jacob Wayne Dyke Samford University
Peter Michael Evers Purdue University
Ethan Charles Feyt University of Alabama
Jessica Marie Gerov University of Alabama
Hunter Adam Haley Georgia Gwinnett College
Barbara Lynne Head University of Alabama
Alexandria Christine Hilton University of Georgia
Jacqueline Ann Hoffman University of Mississippi
Haley Erin Hughes St. Andrews College
Griffin Elizabeth Hunt Georgia Institute of Technology
Chase Robert Kaspar University of Alabama
Megan Alexandra Kearns University of Georgia
Anna Marie Kellner Georgia College & State University
Alexandra Marie Knight Samford University
Lauren Elizabeth Kuehnert Clemson University
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Class of 2009
Jeung Ann Lee University of Georgia
Nicholas Paul Martini Samford University
William Nathaniel Curt Massey II Georgia Southern University
Stephen Holt McHugh III Eckerd College
Chandon Avery Mitchell Thomas University
Caroline Elizabeth Morris Samford University
Alexander David Mortimer University of Georgia
Jill Michelle Newland Samford University
Kelsey Nicole Payne Samford University
Bedford Forrest Peterson IV Georgia Perimeter College
Matthew Scott Plate Furman University
Amanda Lee Raymer College of Charleston
Tabor Reece Reins Auburn University
Faith Anne Rocchio Georgia College & State University
Kelly Jennings Strawinski University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dear Pisgah, With this letter, you will be receiving a donation as an expression of my sincere gratitude for all Pisgah and its athletic programs have done for me. As I reminisce about my high school years, I consider Mount Pisgah Christian School responsible for preparing me for success, and for helping me gain admittance to the United States Military Academy. I was a threeyear student at Pisgah where I adjusted to a rigorous academic schedule and managed to thrive. As a three-year multi-sport athlete, I learned valuable lessons in grit, determination, teamwork, and leadership. Pisgah also provided me with many opportunities to serve others in the name of the Lord. These experiences have helped develop me into the person I am now and have begun to mold me into the leader of character I hope to become.
Ryan Frederic Tablada Belmont University
Alexa Wilson Verroi University of Alabama
I want my donation to help other young people realize their dreams. Right now one of the primary focuses of the school and administration is the funding of the new Patriot Athletic Campus. My parents have always been supportive of this goal because they felt it would draw more attention and more people to the school. If the construction of this phenomenal facility can bring one more student to the doors of Pisgah, then it is worth more than any contribution anyone can give. The opportunities that will open to these students are far more encompassing than they will ever know. Very respectfully,
Brittany Anne Williams University of Georgia
Cadet Taylor Hall 2008 Pisgah graduate
pisgah post Update from Development This time last November, the world was reeling from an economic collapse of global proportions. Since then, we have seen some sectors of the market in the United States attempt to recover while others are continuing to struggle. We’ve witnessed new financial policies and government strategies to regulate markets, including a bailout of many companies and entire industries. At a share holders meeting last summer, the representative of the investment firm stated case by case similar events in the history of the economy and how it affected the markets as well as r ecto Dir nt me elop prevailing strategies in those days, but this time he stated, “There is simply no safe Trey Arn ette, Dev place to go in this market; everyone is affected.”
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Everyone has been affected, everyone except for the students at Mount Pisgah Christian School. In a season when we are all too aware of our budgets, our investment portfolios, and the daily accounting of every single dollar gained or lost, it makes sense to do the same with your generous giving as its benefits have been distributed across the student body and what it means to each and every student at Pisgah. You will notice that all of these numbers are positive gains, no parentheses here.
$694,558:$944 of operational expenses per student not included in tuition
$2,221,487:$3,018 additional programming per student
Missions, PALS, etc.
$9,435,668:$13,755 in athletic facilities provided per student for this school year $88,320:$120 of value added benefits per student
In short, with the economy down and the market struggling to give positive returns on investment, thanks to you, Pisgah students are up $17,837 per student. Again this year, we are pushing towards greater gains for our students. Our goal for the Excellence Fund this year is $1M, continuing to provide programs and services without adding the cost to tuition. Secondly, we are still in need of families to “Get in the Game” and support the capital campaign to finish the stadium. There is a $2M Challenge Match on the line for every dollar given before December 31st to help us complete the PAC! Let’s not allow this opportunity to slip away. Best regards,
get in the game $14M $12M $10M $8M
Gentry Arnette III
$6M $4M $2M $1M it’s time for Everyone to
GET IN THE GAME We have but a short way to go to finish the Patriot Athletic Campus with a $2M match for every dollar given before December 31st to help us get there! Signs are now up around campus to help us track our progress. GREEN is cash received, BLUE is current pledges, and RED is money needed. Help us move the ball into the RED ZONE before the end of the year!! Isn’t it time for YOU to Get in the Game? Contact Trey Arnette and GET IN THE GAME! 678-336-3384 email@example.com
Excellence Fund Mo unt P isga h C h r is t ia n S c ho o l | The Excel lence Fund | 2009 ~ 2010
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Thank You! PAC Ribbon Cutting
he Pisgah family proudly cut the ribbon on the Patriot Athletic Campus on August 26, 2009. Since that day, 232 Pisgah students have practiced and played on the fields, 19 different teams have grown and developed, and more than 30 coaches have taught important life lessons at the PAC. It’s been a powerful start and the spring promises even more excitement. An anonymous donor has agreed to match every single dollar received between today and December 31, 2009 toward completion of the Patriot Athletic Campus. Be part of the excitement and Get in the Game today! For more information, visit the website at www.experiencepisgah.org/giving.
Volleyball: Together 7 years The end of the volleyball season also marked the end of volleyball careers for seniors Kate DeGiorgi, Megan Raymer, Lindsey Major and Kelsey Van Stee. DeGiorgi, Major and Van Stee have all been playing volleyball together since the 6th grade, with Raymer joining the group in 8th grade. During their four years together in high school the varsity team has won 61 matches and advanced to the state tournament in 2007.
Major. “We all bring something different to the table. Together we all make a perfect team – we complete each other.” “It’s been neat because we all know each others’ strengths and weaknesses. It’s neat to see everyone grow and mature as players,” said Van Stee. “We are a really tight knit group of girls. We have literally “I think we have brought a sense of team and unity. We grown up with each other. We’ve seen each other grow are such a strong group that we can pull everyone to- up and develop as players and people,” said Raymer. gether,” DeGiorgi said of the groups impact on the volleyball team. This group of seniors not only made an impact on the court, but off it as well. “But even greater than their “This year’s group of seniors has been the core of the skills on the court, the program will miss the seniors’ volleyball program for at least the past 3 years,” said other contributions,” said Junn. “Kelsey was a steady head coach Charles Junn. “All aspects of our current emotional anchor on the court. Kate was her opposite, volleyball program will be strongly felt by their loss. Kate charging up the team and the fans. Megan’s humor and was a power hitter on the outside. Megan dominated bright smile cheered up the team. Lindsey was spiritual the net. Lindsey was our most consistent and produc- beacon, leading devotions before every match.” tive passer. Kelsey saved the 2008 and 2009 seasons by stepping up to set for the team. Each has spent time working with the underclassmen to improve their skills and court awareness.” “They are amazing, they have taught me so much,” said volleyball player Savannah Harper. “They all get along so well and support the rest of us on and off the court.” So what’s it like to play the same sport with a group of people since the 6th grade? “I feel like I know a lot of what they are thinking and how they are going to play. I know their tendencies. There’s an unspoken bond between us,” said DeGiorgi. “We are very unified on and off the court and I think that reflects in our play,” said
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Football This year’s varsity football team has faced several obstacles related to injury, illness and the weather, but the season still proved to be rewarding for players, athletes, and fans. After breaking a three game losing streak by beating SACA at Homecoming, the Patriots found themselves in a familiar situation. Win the last three games on the schedule and enter the GHSA playoffs for the first time. The primary difference in this year’s season versus last years? Injuries. At press time, it appeared the Patriots were healthier than ever just in time for this crucial stretch of the season.
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head football coach Doug Dixon, the future of football at Pisgah looks very strong. At press time, the 5th grade and the 3rd/4th grade teams were both headed to the semi-finals! Pisgah’s cheerleaders (3rd-12th grade) continue to keep the Patriot spirit alive and performed impressive routines and stunts throughout the season. Pisgah’s squads beat out a number of other Georgia schools to capture awards at this year’s cheer camps.
Meanwhile, Senior FeDale Hall has captured the interest of several premier universities: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Vanderbilt and many more. At press time, both the University of Richmond and the Air Force Academy had offered FeDale full scholarships. The JV season was cut significantly short due to injury and illness, and due to the decrease in enrollment at other schools (which hasn’t allowed for a well supported JV program). Pisgah’s JV players did play Mt. Paran this fall and dominated throughout the game. The Pisgah Middle School football team wrapped up a successful 5 and 2 season with a 16-8 victory over Pinecrest in the final game. The Patriots then traveled to Landmark for a playoff game, but came up short with only a one day rest between games. The MS Patriots kicked off a meaningful inaugural season at the PAC by remaining undefeated in all three games at the home of the Patriots. The Junior Patriots football program (3rd through 6th grade) continues to build and grow and according to
pisgah post Fall Sports Review Softball The varsity Softball team recorded Pisgah’s first victory at the very first game of any kind to be played at the Patriot Athletic Campus on ribbon cutting day. The Middle School also played their home games at the PAC. Jen Sapp led the team as the starting pitcher with many incredible outings. According the Coach Lou Llerandi, Pisgah’s softball program has a strong outlook with many powerful players coming up from the middle school next year.
Fall Sports Review Cross Country The Cross Country team recorded a strong season with plenty of younger ages leading the way. The Middle School team worked hard and improved significantly. The boys decreased their times, on average, by over 38% since the beginning of the season and the girls decreased their times by 28%. At the Region Meet at the end of October, Sam Reilly placed 5th overall and medaled and Katie Strawinski and Emily Russell placed in the top ten overall (7th and 10th) and medaled.
Pisgah Sports We believe this ministry has been raised up to create an athletic environment where children who play can succeed and grow, regardless of their level. Pisgah Sports strives to provide opportunities that are fun and spiritually nurturing. It is our hope that through Pisgah Sports, your family can grow closer to the Lord together while also creating community with others. Pisgah Sports programs are available to the entire community: regardless of where you live, what school your child attends, or whatever stage of life you’re enjoying. We want you to know that our doors and arms are wide open for you and your family. Pisgah Sports is excited and privileged to have the opportunity to serve you. We hope and pray that you will join us in the future. God Bless, Andy Trevers Director, Pisgah Sports
Winter Sports Preview Looking Ahead: Basketball With a new basketball season comes new faces and changes to the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs. Most notably is the naming of Douglas Byrd as the new boys’ basketball coach. Byrd comes to Pisgah after serving as the varsity assistant coach of the highly successful program at Whitefield Academy. Byrd, who coached at Whitefield for eight years, served as the squad’s head coach during the summer and fall seasons. He also coached their Middle School teams.
Keisha O’Hearn, who will also serve as Ashley McNair’s assistant with the varsity team. O’Hearn, who teaches Lower School physical education, played collegiality at Columbus State. During her four years with the Cougars she helped lead the team to two Final Four appearances and three Peach Belt Athletic Conference championships. Before coming to Pisgah, she was the assistant varsity coach for two seasons at North Cobb Christian.
“Coach Byrd has very in-depth knowledge of the local and regional basketball scene to include the middle/ upper school and college ages. His record at Whitefield is outstanding and his coaching background is filled with championship success at the middle and upper school levels,” said Blake Davenport, General Manager for Pisgah Athletics. “His ability to develop players in Whitefield’s highly successful middle school program in preparation for the elite varsity program was a major reason for their consistent play-off success and two state championships during his tenure there.”
Both head coaches will have an increased role in both Pisgah Sports and the Middle School basketball programs.
“[The] parents have been very friendly and welcoming, the teachers and staff also. They have been very supportive,” said Byrd. “The kids seem excited about learning who I am and my background which is different because it is not just about basketball. I like the daily contact that I have with the middle and upper school population; it gives me the opportunity to know each child there. What I have found is a school full of wonderful kids who come from Christian families.”
“There is no doubt that their expertise will help to guide, grow and lead our program to be one of the premier programs over the next few years,” said Andy Trevers, head of Pisgah Sports. “With their involvement we expect to create more relative environments where kids can grow on and off the court and develop life skills along with total development in the game of basketball.”
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On the upcoming season Byrd said, “I expect to have a winning season (above .500) and finish in the top four in region. I expect to have boys who will work hard both on the court and in the classroom - giving nothing less than 100%. This is what I have seen so far.” New to the girls’ basketball program this year is a junior varsity squad. The team will be coached by
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Pisgah Pathfinders Have you discovered THE place to be after school? Pisgah Pathfinders! Fun and learning don’t end when the school bell rings. Pisgah Pathfinders offers incredible enrichment classes buzzing with excitement! From puppets to playtime, computers to chess, Pathfinders has something for everyone. The following new classes are on the horizon beginning the first week of November: • “Time for Tea Etiquette Class” K-third grade girls led by Mrs. Botha ending with a motherdaughter holiday tea December 12th. • “Praise & Performance” sign language class led by Mrs. Terpstra with a Christmas service performance on December 17th. • “Christmas Art Class” led by Mrs. Pettway. • Plans are being made for the Pathfinder Christmas “Spirit of Giving” …details to follow. And coming in January… • “Kids Individual Development & Safety” – Presented by Hall of Fame martial artist, author and instructor, Mr. Keith Vitali. K-5th grades. firstname.lastname@example.org • “Youth Engaged in Science” hands-on technology with Legos – Introduction to Simple Machines – Kindergarten – first grades. Introduction to Robotics – Second – third grades. • …and a continuation or return of current enrichment classes. For more information or to register, please call Pathfinders at 678-336-3375.
iQuest is an innovative program designed for those who seek a college-preparatory education and a more manageable schedule for today’s outstanding athlete.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Pisgah
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Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at Mount Pisgah Christian School on Saturday, December 5th. They always look forward to sharing the good news of Jesus’ birth with the children in our school. Students in the Primary School will be given the opportunity to have their photo made with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. This is an annual event that the children look forward to each year. Snacks and holiday activities will be prepared to highlight the festive season. This is a fun and memorable event for all who attend. Don’t forget to mark your calendar and save this date!
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Paper, Pens, …and Phones? Most teachers might cringe at the thought of cell phones in the classrooms, but for Upper School Spanish teacher Cera Marsh they are just another way to use technology to enhance the learning experience. Students in her classes have found a new and creative way to use their cell phones to complete their speaking assignments. Following each test, students in Marsh’s classes (Spanish 201, 301, 311) are required to complete a speaking & writing assignment. They are required to write 100-150 words on a given topic and record their written work for a speaking grade. In the past, students have used their computers to download software that allowed them to record themselves and either emailed in the recording or brought it in via zip drive. However, according to Marsh, recently students asked if they could record themselves on their I-Phones and then text message their recordings. Necessity was the mother of invention for freshman Skip Anderson who is among those who use their mobile phones. Anderson said that he much preferred using his phone rather than a computer for this assignment. “It’s a whole lot easier to record it and e-mail it right away,” said Anderson. “I am pleased with this ingenious use of cellular phones,” said Marsh. “I like that they can record themselves outside of the classroom so I can get a better account of their speaking ability without the pressure of being graded in front of the class.” Marsh is no stranger to technological advances in the classroom; she also has a web page for her classes and teaches a virtual Spanish class which is totally online for students in the iQuest Program. iQuest provides a con-
densed school day schedule for students who are pursuing a dream such as professional tennis, golf or acting and need to be free for practice or Sop hom ore M ack ie Ferg uson use s her iPh one to record enz rehearsals in the Spa nis h assign me nts afternoons. “The website provides students with all of their classroom notes, audio files, homework, and online resources, as well as podcasts. They can find everything they need, print things off ahead of time and annotate notes so they can focus on the class lecture instead of rapidly taking notes,” Marsh said of her web page. “I have a senior who loves having the notes/podcasts. She says that it has made a world of difference and she loves it.” A self admitted fanatic for technology Marsh was invited by Purdue University and Hewlett Packard to lecture on the importance of pen-based technology in the Foreign Language classroom. “I taught two lecture series which were student-seat lectures which gave fellow educators and administrators hands-on experience with this technology and real life exposure to how classes run when using this type of technology,” Marsh said. “I love teaching virtual courses. The preparation is intense because the entire course must be mapped out and prepared ahead of time, but the benefits are exponential!” Senora Marsh’s website is: www.ceramarsh.com.
Pisgah Connects New Pisgah Website Debuts When is the band concert? How do I get directions to the away game tomorrow? Which mini-mester classes are offered in January? Which chapter was I supposed to read tonight? Where do I buy tickets for next week’s event? The new Pisgah website has these answers and much more. Updated more frequently and designed to be user-friendly, the new website highlights Pisgah’s programs and features for prospective families, while providing handy information for current students, parents, and faculty. Externally, visitors discover information on Pisgah’s mission, strategy, academics, curriculum, arts, athletics, Christian leadership, parents’ associations, school leadership, giving opportunities, faculty directory, directions, alumni, news and events. The website also features a detailed calendar with links to Google maps. Internally, through their ParentsWeb login, families access “Pisgah Insider Information”, including homework assignments, grades, lesson plans, lunch menus, photo galleries, family directory, details on special events, newsletters, and more. Experience the new Pisgah website today at www.experiencepisgah.org
ParentAlert: Keeping Families Informed
Thank you to the Pisgah Board of Trustees for their dedication and service. Under their leadership, the first phase of the Patriot Athletic Campus has been completed and the Pisgah 2020 strategic plan has been launched with many dynamic initiatives already implemented. Doug Williams, Chairman Maureen Anderson Chris Anderson Glenn Davenport Curtis Hicks Happy Mayer Jeanne McGarrity Bruce Parker Matt Tanzy Steve Wood
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Pisgah’s Band, Strings, and Choral students December 10th • 7:00 p.m. South Hall
Pisgah Connects If school is closed or officials delay opening due to weather or other emergencies, Pisgah will activate its new state of the art notification tool: ParentAlert. This tool allows school officials to send text messages, emails, and/or phone calls as needed during emergency situations. To maximize the effectiveness of ParentAlert, it is important that parents notify the school of any changes in their contact information. In addition to ParentAlert, the school will continue to post emergency closing and delay information on the school website: www.experiencepisgah.org.
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Pisgah is exploring other possible uses for ParentAlert including unavoidable last minute schedule changes (an example: buses delayed returning from SharpTop), unexpected cancellations (rain forces cancellation of sports practice and students need to be picked up at field), etc. Pisgah is committed to providing excellent communication for students, faculty, and parents.
Mount Pisgah Foundation There is now an easy way to support Pisgah’s mission and vision by giving real estate, stocks, and other noncash assets through the Mount Pisgah Foundation. To learn more, contact the Development office at 678-336-3384.
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