UNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
building on a strong foundation
E X P L O R E U N I T Y. O R G
a note from
THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Unity Christian School has had a blessed 2017-2018 school year. Not only did we celebrate our 20th anniversary as a Christian school in Rome, Georgia, but we have also had much to celebrate with the accomplishments of our students. As I reflect back on the school year, some of these accomplishments include: • Most of our athletic teams made the Region and State play-offs. • Three athletes signed commitment letters to play collegiately. • The Unity Musical Theater group doubled in size and performed a wonderful Christmas Play and Spring Musical. • Academically, our students continue to perform above local, state, and national standards. • Our seniors did well with their college admissions, and many received scholarships. • We enjoyed a wonderful Unity Benefit Dinner with Ben Watson which exceeded our fundraising goal for this event. • We had several students come to Christ and make decisions of rededication throughout the year.
NEWS FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR... Unity has some exciting technology upgrades planned. Our desire is to have world class IT infrastructure and technology options for our students and teachers. We will be taking a huge step forward in the coming months toward reaching this goal. A few of the implementations we have planned are: • Upgrading our technology infrastructure by implementing Meraki internet switches and firewall, allowing us to achieve stable high-speed internet and have cloud-based visibility and management of our internet infrastructure in a single dashboard. • Implementing new gigabit speed internet for our entire building, allowing us to have access to the highest speeds of internet available and capabilities to easily increase speeds as technology improves over time.
• Installing Meraki security cameras that will allow us to provide top notch security for our students and staff, while being able to easily manage the system in our Meraki dashboard.
Benefit Dinner ...................... 3–4 Academics ............................ 5–8 Spiritual Formation ............ 9–10 Fine Arts ........................... 11–12 Athletics ........................... 13–14 Reflections .............................. 15 Celebrations ........................... 16
• Upgrading all of our PC-based computers to Apple computers and iPads over the course of the year. Teachers will receive laptops to help them more easily and flexibly manage their classrooms. All secondary students will receive dedicated iPads that they will be able to use in the classroom and at home. Elementary students will have iPads available for classroom use to enhance their learning through technology. Once implemented, Unity will be one of the most technologically advanced schools in our area, and will have the foundation in place to upgrade and enhance our systems as new technologies are introduced. We are grateful to God for the support of our families as we take this important step into the future!
I often speak of the great students we have in our school. The church and school have a part in this, but the key is great parenting. Thank you parents for the tremendous way that you partner with us.
Thank you again for your partnership,
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Eric M. Munn
Head of School
to our sponsors
BENEFIT DINNER FEATURING
BEN WAT SON
Unity Christian School (UCS) hosted its annual fundraising event on April 2 at The Forum. This year’s event was a benefit dinner featuring speaker Ben Watson where nearly 500 guests from Rome and the surrounding areas joined to celebrate the school’s 20-year anniversary and support the mission and vision of UCS. Over 50 tables were sponsored for the evening’s event as students, families, friends, and the community were invited to commemorate this milestone and momentous occasion for the school. The featured speaker, Ben Watson, recently committed to play tight end for the New Orleans Saints. Watson was a recent nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, in which he was one of three finalists. Watson delivered a message that focused on the importance of establishing intentional relationships, understanding the systems of racial injustice across the country, and understanding what Christ-like unity is.
Witnessing nearly 500 guests gather together to support and celebrate Unity was truly amazing. We are so blessed with incredible volunteers who help make events like this extremely successful. Of course, this night could not have been possible without Ben Watson and the inspiring message that he shared with us. What a wonderful evening for UCS!
- Jeannie King BENEFIT DINNER COORDINATOR
Guests had the opportunity to fellowship with Watson during a VIP meet and greet time prior to the dinner. Georgia Bulldog running back Nick Chubb, along with New England Patriots center David Andrews, were among the hundreds of guests present at the event. The evening also included student performers who showcased the talent within the UCS student body. A student worship team performed a selection of praise and worship songs while guests enjoyed dinner. Junior Rose Hill, recent semifinalist for the 2018 Governor’s Honors Program, sang “You Raise Me Up,” and the high school musical theater students performed “We’re All In This Together,” a number from their spring musical, “Magic to Do.” It was a wonderful evening of celebrating 20 years of UCS!
AC ADEMICS PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE Unity Christian School teaches a second language at the preschool level. Sign language is a fun way to help students remember what they are learning and helps parents to actually "see" what their children are learning as well. Signing helps children of all ages pay attention longer and build their vocabulary while learning early literacy skills. Through song and sign, our preschool students learn how to sign their alphabet, colors, animals, and everyday household words. Through "The TreeSchoolers," our kindergartners learn about health and science, whether it is learning the anatomy of the body, photosynthesis, planets, or even the seven continents of the world. They are learning and remembering key concepts through the use of song and sign language all while having fun!
ELEMENTARY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN STEM CURRICULUM STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classes are utilizing an exciting new STEM curriculum with the Hess Truck Company. This new STEM program, developed by Hess and co-developed with Baylor University College of Medicine, provides Unity Christian School (UCS) with kits that make learning interactive and hands-on. Parents will have the chance to take part in the educational fun at home as well. The curriculum uses the best-selling trucks as learning tools, enabling students to be introduced to concepts such as simple machines, speed, distance, mass, weight, and much more through engaging lessons. Elementary school teacher, Amber Hutcheson, applied for UCS to be a part of this wonderful opportunity, and UCS was the only school in the district chosen to use this innovative and interactive curriculum.
of students scored 3 or higher on AP exams
average total SAT score for the class of 2017
seniors applied for and received early acceptance into UGA
of teaching faculty and staff with advanced degrees or post baccalaureate study
academic accreditations: ACSI & AdvancED
college acceptance rate
total school enrollment
of teachers are ACSI certified
stellar stats about U C S A C A D E M I C S Unity Christian School hosted high school international students for the first time during the 2017-2018 school year! We sat down with them to learn a little more about their lives as international students in America.
Q: What is the best part about being an international student? A: Sophy loves the fact that being an international student has encouraged her to try new things such as cheer. HeeSang enjoys learning how to live in a different culture as well as being able to experience how American high school students are. Yoorae thinks that using the English language and meeting new friends and teachers is the best part.
Q: How has being an international student at UCS had an impact on your life? A: Yoorae believes that Bible classes and being exposed to Christian education have had an impact on her life personally. Sophy has been impacted through a betterment of her health. Because China is full of pollution, she has to wear masks everyday back home whenever she goes out in public, and she hardly ever sees the sun due to the dark air. She loves how fresh the air is in America, and she believes that this change has impacted her life ďťż for the better.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS PARTICPATE IN COIN DRIVE Unity Christian School (UCS) PK3, PK4, and kindergarten students had a coin drive during the winter for Summit Quest. Together, the students were able to raise over $560.00. UCS students prayed for those affected by cancer and presented Christmas cards and money to the founder, William James.
FIRST GRADE STUDENTS COLLECT DONATIONS OF BABY GOODS First grade students filled baby bottles with loose change and bills to donate to Haven Health Clinic in Rome, Georgia. The students also collected items to fill a basket to give to the expecting mothers to help with their new babies. Some of these items included diapers, wipes, clothes, blankets, towels, washcloths, and bibs. The first graders truly enjoyed having the opportunity to participate in this mission project!
Fourth Grade Students Learn About Serving Their Community The fourth grade invited Jason Slaughter to come speak to them about how he serves his community. Neely Whiteside challenged her class to go home and "be servants." This could include being helpful around their house and to their family. If the students received money for being helpful, Whiteside asked them to donate it to the classroom. As Slaughter finished speaking, the class donated their money to him where he could, in return, give it to someone in need. Slaughter shared with the fourth grade how to go out and serve and show kindness to everyone. Children as young as fourth grade can truly make a difference in the lives of many.
" For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."
M A R K 10 : 4 5 ( N I V )
Three years ago, Bella Posey brought the idea of going on a mission trip to Mark Ackerman. With a ministry background, Ackerman saw an opportunity for students to take part in a yearly summer mission trip. Unity Christian School (UCS) decided to partner with Youthworks, a ministry organization that plans mission trips for students to participate in. In 2016, 15 students traveled to Charleston, West Virginia, to serve the community there. During this time, students plugged into the community for a week and assisted with painting buildings, leading clubs for children, feeding the homeless, and more. Because of the success of the first trip, UCS partnered with Youthworks again in 2017, where 32 students traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to serve. This year, 47 students and chaperons served in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Having the opportunity to serve others outside of Rome has had a huge impact on UCS students. Senior Mark Whitehead was forever impacted by the time he spent traveling and being on mission for Christ. "The past mission trips have been an eye opener for myself and the group, as we have seen people at their weakest moments and helped them recover not only with physical commodities but also with the Word of Christ," says Whitehead.
"One of the most impactful parts of the mission trip to Louisville, Kentucky, was to see the willingness and freedom the students felt in sharing the gospel to strangers. It was also humbling to see them stand and share their heart and struggles with their classmates during group time at the end of the day. Their emotions were real and not artificial, and it was very evident at the end of the trip that Jesus had moved in their lives."
- Susan Payne
FINE ART S visual AR T S
Students have the opportunity to participate in the visual arts program beginning in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Take a look at some of the amazing art pieces that elementary school students have created throughout the 2017-2018 school year!
"Matisse Fish" Jack Lord 3rd Grade
"Chilly Penguin" Gabby Matthews 5th Grade
"Fruit Bowl" Isabella Newman 1st Grade
"Feather" Ana Lopez 4th Grade
Mary Elizabeth Whitley 9th Grade
Becca Ackerman 8th Grade
Throughout the school year, elementary and middle school students have had the opportunity to showcase their musical talents as well. Third through fifth grade students performed a Veterans Day program, and kindergarten through third grade students performed "How Does Your Garden Groove?". Middle and high school students participated in a Christmas choral concert, and the middle school received second place in GICAA Region and third place in State Chorus competitions.
Unity Christian School’s Fine Arts Department presented “Magic to Do,” a Broadway review, on March 1, 2 and 3. The production was directed by Sumer Rooke. “Magic to Do” featured hits from "Footloose," "Wicked," "Pippin," "Grease," "High School Musical," "A Chorus Line," "Hairspray," "Singing In The Rain," "Into the Woods," and "Les Miserables." This was the school’s second year performing a spring musical. Rose Hill, Sally Whitley, Mark Whitehead, and Eli Wells were among the students that were participating in their second UCS musical production, along with newcomers Griffin Tate and Janson Slaughter. The cast was complete with 35 students as well as UCS teacher and coach, Bradley Moon. Rooke was accompanied by music director Courtney Willingham, choreographer Mandy Williams, and costume designer Wendy Whitley.
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ATHLETICS VARSIT Y GIRLS TENNIS The girls tennis team experienced a great year and went undefeated in match play with some notable local matches against Darlington, Rome High School, Adairsville High School, and Trion High School. The team advanced to the state tournament as the overall number one seed and brought home the State Championship for the second year in a row.
VARSIT Y BASKETBALL The varsity girls basketball team had an amazing season with a 14-3 record. From the very first practice, the girls were eager to put in hard work, and it certainly paid off. Melanie Thornbury, a first year coach, was able to lead the girls to the final four. The girls are eager to see how far they can go next year as they continue to produce wins. The varsity boys basketball team had a great year. The team was able to win 15 games after winning only six in the previous season. Led by five outstanding seniors, the team played in the region championship game for the first time in four years as well as the state playoffs.
VARSIT Y FOOTBALL What a difference a year makes! The football team had a complete turnaround from 0-8 in 2016 to 9-2 in 2017. The major difference was the senior leadership provided by Collin Mathis and Janson Slaughter, who were two-way starters and excelled on both sides of the ball. With such an incredible year, the team looking forward to a playoff run in 2018!
MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Lady Lions finished with an amazing 8-3 regular season record and finished as the Region Champions. After not winning a single region game last year, the team was a number one seed going into the GICAA playoffs. The Lions finished a very successful season with an overall record of 18-5, with two losses being by three points or less. The team finished second in the region and played five games in one day to capture the Middle School Christmas Tournament Championship. ďťż
Three high school seniors have signed to play collegiate sports after graduation. • Collin Mathis will be running track at Berry College next year. • Chanceley Book will be playing soccer at Georgia State next year. • Janson Slaughter will be playing football at Berry College next year. A huge congratulations to these seniors for their dedication in the classroom and on the field!
The Varsity Girls Volleyball Team started the 2017 school year with an extremely challenging schedule. Five of the first nine games were with local public schools including Rome and Pepperell High. The challenging early schedule paid off when they began GICAA Region play. The team not only went undefeated in the region, the girls did not drop a single game to either Horizon Christian Academy or Shiloh Hills Christian School! The stellar play resulted in a Region Championship and again secured the Lady Lions a spot in the GICAA Playoffs!
VARSIT Y GIRLS SOCCER The bar was set incredibly high for Coach Ryan Okubo who took over a team that had just won back-to-back GICAA State Championships! He started the season with a mix of upper class veterans and a handful of rookies for the 2018 team. It did not take them long at all to gel and become another state contender. The girls finished second in the district but were hitting on all cylinders when the playoffs began. In an amazing defensive effort, the team did not give up a single goal in regulation play on their way to their third straight State Championship in as many years! Congratulations, Lady Lions!
TRACK & FIELD In just the second year of the program, the middle school boys and girls teams both exceeded expectations in both the regular season and at the state meet. Although many finished in the top eight and received a medal, we had three top finishers in the state divisions as well as a state champion.
reflecting upon the
20 YEARS OF UNIT Y CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
MARY GRACE DAVIS UCS CLASS OF 2013 ATTENDING KSU
UCS CLASS OF 2014 ATTENDING KSU
CLASS OF 2017 ATTENDING COVENANT COLLEGE
UCS CLASS OF 2016 ATTENDING UGA
"As more time passes since I have graduated from Unity, the more I have come to appreciate its purpose and mission. The faculty and staff strive to make a difference in each student's life. The integration of faith in the classroom and teaching from a Biblical worldview are invaluable. The long term impact Unity is making on students is monumental. I pray that God continues to bless the school."
"Unity has more than just prepared me for the academic rigors of college (though it has definitely done that). It has set a standard for teachers and the community that is difficult to beat at other institutions, and it provided me with the motivation to seek out a college that matches it in both academic rigor and quality."
"Oftentimes, when I tell people that I graduated with 19 other students, they look at me in complete disbelief, unable to comprehend such a small class size. I had the very best friends, who were honestly more like a family, and I had teachers, coaches, and staff that loved me unconditionally. My high school experience was different from most, but I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today without it."
"Unity instilled in me the mindset to think critically about big issues from a Biblical perspective. The focus on learning about the idea of Biblical worldview and other competing world views was helpful, as I have encountered those in the 'real world.' Having been at Unity since fifth grade and playing basketball and other various sports, seeing our basketball team go from losing every game to making it to the State Final Four my senior year gave me much hope for the future of Unity athletics."
celebrating the F U T U R E "Unity has been a place where I have grown in a lot of relationships with people that I would have never imagined meeting. All of my experiences throughout my time at Unity have been very impactful throughout my walk in life."
- Graham Wisener
STUDENT SINCE 2003
"Unity has served as a place of comfort to me over the past 13 years but also a place of accountability. I will cherish the relationships made with not only students in my grade but also the student body as a whole along with the teachers that hold me to high standards. It has helped my faith in the Lord grow to the point where I feel comfortable Keri Glass sharing my beliefs with others." STUDENT SINCE 2005
"Unity has given me many opportunities to be a part of great sports teams, clubs, and the fine arts. Being involved as a student has allowed me to also grow in my faith in Christ in the process, which is truly incredible and priceless."
- Mark Whitehead
STUDENT SINCE 2014
"Mr. Poston in particular has taught me to see God in everything. I have developed a Christian worldview that teaches me to seek what is right and Godly through the things that I watch on TV, the friends that I hang out with, and the activities that I participate in. Unity has become a family for me, and I have been blessed with teachers that treat all Jasmine Johnson of us like we are their own." STUDENT SINCE 2014
CONGRAT S TO THE CL ASS OF 2018 ON THEIR COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
CONGRATULATIONS! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!