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Groundbreaking Celebration With grateful hearts and much joy, students, faculty, staff and community supporters joined in for a groundbreaking ceremony on May 6, 2013. The celebration officially marked the beginning of construction of a $3.5 million, 29,000 square foot permanent classroom building which will initially house students in first through eighth grades. The event was featured in news stories in the Courier and Woodlands Online. (Please click the name of the publication to view the coverage.)




Lower School News “Mom, You’re Spying!” Last week we presented some guidelines for Internet safety. This week we’ll take a look at social networking. Here are some guidelines from Lindy Keffer of Focus on the Family, from her article, But Mom, You Were Spying! Talk First, Browse Later Rather than going to your teen's favorite social networking site, finding something disagreeable and then telling him you were looking at his profile, talk about it first. Let him know that a condition of his being allowed to use Facebook or the next big thing to come along is that you have access to his page. The purpose of this conversation is not to negotiate, but to underscore the value you place on being upfront and honest. Keep a Low Profile Though social networking sites allow you to send messages to other users, that doesn't mean you have to use that feature. Keeping an eye on what your teen is posting is great. But unless the two of you have a very unique relationship, making comments his friends can see is probably a no-no. Public embarrassment doesn't do much for family communication. Teach Teens to Think Like Stalkers Teens create Web profiles to express themselves. They want to understand their own identities, and they want to tell others who they are. That's a normal part of growing up. But in

cyberspace, it can be dangerous. So tour your teen's personal page with her and point out where she's posted details (often unthinkingly) that might pinpoint her specific identity and location to someone with less-than-noble intentions. One wise aunt I know did this with her 15year-old niece. The girl didn't think she had posted anything dangerous on her social network. Then her aunt showed her how a picture of herself in her dance team t-shirt could enable someone to narrow her identity not only to a particular city and school, but to a group of a dozen students within the school. The girl was appropriately freaked out and removed the photo from her profile. Thinking through safety issues with your teen may help her to appreciate — or at least tolerate — your online presence. Even better, it'll make her more likely to be careful with what she posts on her page. The Bottom Line Even if you do a fabulous job of communicating with your child or teen, he may still be mortified that you read his online profile. Do it anyway. The protection you offer is so important to his well-being that it's worth getting a rap as an intrusive parent. Maybe years down the road — long after Facebook is obsolete — your teen will thank you.

The Woodlands Christian Academy Lower School Music Department Presents

The Star Factor Thursday, May 16 7:00 P.M. Woodlands Church (Fellowship Of The Woodlands)

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Lower School News Spanish Chapel Students from Mrs. Rebeca Bukowski’s Spanish classes delighted their classmates and parents with a special Spanish chapel presentation on Wednesday, May 8. The students recited prayers and sang songs in Spanish and performed traditional Mexican folk dances.

Butterflies! Kindergarten students recently released the butterflies they have observed throughout the various stages of development. The students watched as caterpillars became butterflies in special enclosures within their classrooms.

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Upper School News Senior Chapel The class of 2013 presented their senior chapel on Tuesday, May 8. Praise and worship was led by special guest and former Woodlands Christian student, Ally Johnson. Austin Andersen opened in prayer followed by Iliana Giorgi who presented the class scripture. Cray Noah shared a special challenge to the classes of 2013 and 2014. The service was highlighted by a special senior video presentation created by Nate Regier. Heather Poulsen closed the service with prayer. In keeping with Woodlands Christian tradition, the senior class passed the torch to the junior class signifying the passing of leadership from the class of 2013 to the class of 2014.

Harmon Authors History Textbook

Mr. Jay Harmon has authored the teacher’s edition of the popular AP World History textbook, The Ways of the World, by Dr. Robert Strayer. At the request of the publisher, Beford/St. Martin, Harmon created the annotated teacher’s edition for the new 2nd edition of the textbook.

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ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEWS Warrior Baseball Bound For State! For the second consecutive year, the Warrior baseball team is headed to the TAPPS 3A state championship baseball tournament. In a three game series in the area round of the playoffs, the Warriors swept Bay Area Christian two games to zero. The team continued to roll in the regional round of the playoffs with a decisive 16-0 victory over Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills on Tuesday, May 7.

The Warriors will face a familiar foe when they take on Brazos Christian in the semi-final game of the state tournament on Tuesday, May 14. The game will be played at Waco ISD Field #2. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Click here for directions. Should the team be victorious on May 14, they will play for the state championship on Wednesday, May 15 at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Scheduled start time for this game is 10:00 a.m. Click here for directions. Go Warrior Baseball!

Warrior Track Racing Toward State! The Warrior girls’ track team won the TAPPS 3A south regional track meet with the boys’ team finishing in 5th place. The meet was held at Northland Christian on May 4th. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the TAPPS state championship meet to be held Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 at the Hart-Patterson track complex on the campus of Baylor University. Click here for directions.

Team members qualifying for the state meet are as follows: Raul Giorgi - 100m Logan Shearer - 400m, 800m Luke Shearer - 1600m, 3200m Jeremy Swisher - high jump Katy Adams - 3200m Rachel Earle - 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, high jump Riley Farra - 800m, 1600m, pole vault Alyssa Regier - 1600m

Morgan Young - pole vault Girls 4x100m relay (Alex Harkins, Summer Wheeler,

Iliana Giorgi, Morgan Young) Girls 4x200m relay (Abby Caron, Alex Harkins, Iliana Giorgi, Morgan Young) Girls 4x400m relay (Abby Caron, Iliana Giorgi, Summer Wheeler, Rachel Earle)

Sports Physicals - Friday, May 17 - 2:45 p.m. - SLC Free sports physicals (courtesy of Woodlands Sports Medicine and Dr. Gary Mueck) will be offered for students entering 6th-12th grades who plan to participate in our sports programs (including cheerleading). NOTE: A completed physical form is required for all students who wish to participate in sports programs at Woodlands Christian. Please complete the TAPPS medical history and physical evaluation forms and bring them with you on May 17. Click here to download the forms. Questions? Contact Jennifer McKeon, Athletic Department Administrative Assistant or 936-273-2555, ext. 1205 MAY 10, 2013

All School News The Woodlands Christian Academy Upper School Theatre Department Presents

Tom Sawyer With music by Dave Barton & Matt Bond Based on the novel by Mark Twain

Friday, May 17 6:30 p.m. MPR Admission - $2.00

A Note From The Business Office As the end of the school year approaches, please make sure that your account is current with the Business Office. Transcripts, report cards and other school records will not be released until all fees have been paid. Questions? Contact Kathy Montes, Director of the Business Office at or 936-273-2555, ext. 1005

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