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A c a d e m y A w a r d s | 1
Mrs. Matney’s Math Fun
Academy Awards 1
Eagle Events 2
Ambitious Arts 4
Game Time 5
Fun Zone 6
Student Spotlight 7
Eagle Trends 8
Scottsdale Christian Academy Middle School Volume 3 2019-2020
Mrs. Matney has been assigning a cartoon grid drawing in her eighth grade Pre-Algebra class for many years. The students have so much fun creating a project that is not an everyday assignment for math.
Below is an example of a finished product from Mackenzie Weston. Thank you, Mrs. Matney, for making learning fun!
NJHS Officers This year’s National Junior Honor Society officers are as follows: president is Josh Dwyer; vice president is Isabelle Miller; publicity team members are Hope Hand and Grant Montgomery, and secretary is Megan Bechert. The new NJHS sponsor is Mrs. Leanne Dick.
Hub Time for Savvy Surveys The 2020 middle school journalism team spent a class period in the Hub with Mrs. Kaiser recently to learn how to make savvy, electronic surveys.
Seventh graders Ethan Dickerson and Jonah Battock (pictured below) are working on survey questions for the “Our Chapter in HIStory” page.
Hub Home Design Chase Lonsdale (pictured at right), Alex Moore, and Eddie Thompson are working on a laser-cut cardboard home project in an elective class in the Hub.
They are currently wiring the home with LED lights that are controlled by buttons and sensors on Circuit Playground Express which have been programmed with code uploaded to the devices.
The completed project will be featured in the next issue, so stay tuned.
Guess the Theme! If you are the first student to correctly share the theme of this newsletter by emailing Mrs. Nevins ([email protected]), you will win a $10 Eagle Shoppe gift certificate. In Six Months
Current fifth graders at SCA are ready to take the middle school by storm in the fall of 2020. They recently enjoyed a glance at how much fun they will have in sixth grade. The photo shows they are ready!
Mr. Hamblin’s Social Studies Class is currently studying the Vietnam War.
Photo by Mrs. Kaiser
E a g l e E v e n t s | 2
Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
Pedro Wongs Update by Ava Peterson
Pedro Wongs introduced a new punch card which consists of five stamp circles. When you buy five teas or ramen noodles, you get your sixth free! We asked Miss Henderson about the cards’ success.
Q1: Are the stamp cards working?
A1: Yea, sometimes people forget they have them, but they work for the kids that don’t forget.
Q2: Do you think they are effective for selling more items?
A2: No, I am not quite sure.
Q3: Are you going to use them in the future?
A3: Yes, I think so.
Q4: Would you think of using them for other purchases besides tea in the future?
A4: We switched to using them for both ramen and tea. Everyone should have one.
StuGo Member Highlight by T Sigler
For inside information on Student Government at SCA, we interviewed Doug Hesseltine: Q1: What is your favorite StuGo activity? A1: Working at Pedro Wongs. Q2: What is your favorite benefit of serving on StuGo? A2: Connecting with other students. Q3: Would you recommand StuGo membership to other students? A3: Yes, it’s a great opportunity to work with other students and learn about student government at school.
by Ava Lambert
The hoopcoming pep rally started off with the Spiritline on the sidelines as the girls’ and guys’ varsity basketball teams warmed up and were introduced.
StuGo members set up different activities for the HS/MS students’ participation. One of the activities was a three-ball Teacher vs. Student soccer game which the teachers won.
A competition to fit the most students on a small tarp saw the sixth and twelfth grade tied for first.
Mr. Kirst and Jordan McDonald competed against Jordan Moody and Mrs. Fricker in a shooting competition. The victors were the Kirst/McDonald team.
The hoopcoming game was very enthusiastic! The student section was alive with excitement, as we cheered on our favorite teams. GO EAGLES!
O u r C h a p t e r i n H I S t o r y | 3
Our Chapter in HIS ory
I interviewed Mr. Hamblin about what he is teaching in his Bible class. Currently students are learning about Passion Week, the last week in Jesus’ life. Everyone is really enjoying discovering new things about this most important time in history.
Soon students will start making a Passion Week Newspaper. The essential question to be answered is: What can we learn from the way Jesus treated Judas?
Mr. Hamblin’s Sixth Grade Bible Class by Luke Troxell
Mr. C’s 7th Grade Small Group by Ethan Dickerson
I took notes in Mr. C’s small group recently. He talked about how John the Baptist was supposed to share God while baptizing. Also, he shared about the GOTAPPPI Package and how it’s used to glorify God and others. He said that we shouldn’t take credit for our skills. At the end, he talked about thanking God for our gifts.
Ms. Gilbert’s First Chapel by Jonah Battock During chapel Ms. Gilbert talked about anxiety. Jesus said, “Is life not more than food?” God takes care of everything. Jesus points to the presents that God has given us. “Seek first the kingdom of God and then everything else will come.” No one can survive eternally without God.
Our latest survey asked what songs you wanted to sing in chapel and the top three are: Reckless Love, Toby Mac, and Amazing Grace.
Did you know that Ms. Gilbert attended the University of Hawaii and was a gifted pole vaulter?
A m b i t i o u s A r t s | 4
About Ms. Henderson by Audrey Buresh
What made her want to teach art? She never thought she would be a teacher, but her friend encouraged her and she got a job offer. What levels of art does she enjoy teaching the most? Art II and seventh graders. What projects are her students working on? The students she is teaching currently are in Art I, and they are working on a perspective project. How is MS Art different from HS Art? In MS Art you do many different types of art, but in HS Art you choose one, such as drawing or painting. Are there any upcoming art shows? In April. What is her favorite Dutch Bros drink? Grapefruit green tea, half sweetened, with honey.
MS Band Trip by Alex White & Audrey Buresh
The middle school band, under the direction of Mr. Gary Moss, recently enjoyed an exciting trip to California. They visited many locations such as Palm Springs, Disneyland, and Knott’s Berry Farm.
The Band performed at Knott’s Berry Farm and The Palm Springs Tour Event. They played various songs including Happy by Pharrell Williams, Hava Nagila, and Jesus is Just Alright with Me.
The Band also took time to relax and have a day of fun at Disneyland.
Band trip photos by SCA music boosters
MS Choir is for Everyone by Alex White
The middle school choir is a captivating class recommended for everyone. Students are advancing in their music reading and singing skills.
In an article called, “Playing Music Makes You Smart” on livescience.com, Charles Choi states that scientists have definite proof that playing music sharpens the brain in hearing for a variety of sounds and speech.
Presently, the choir is singing Gloria Deo, Firefly, and O Sifuni Mungu. Their next concert is on February 29 at Camelback Bible Church, so don’t miss it!
G a m e T i m e | 5
by Mason H, Luke J, Ryan C
Softball
Baseball
Cross-Country
Tennis
Badminton
New student, Ethan Davidson, joined the strong cross-country team this year. Fifth graders joined the middle school runners to enjoy a season of growth and fun competition. Seth McClue (pictured at right) came in fifth at the state meet.
Coach Z has been coaching baseball at SCA for seven years, and therefore has a lot of advice for new players. It also means he is a great coach.
The Varsity baseball team had their ups and downs; they struggled in the beginning but battled til the end.
A word of advice to the new players that are going to play next season is to prepare and work hard beforehand, for there isn’t much time within the season.
“If you work the Process ahead You will overcome Adversity.” -Coach Z
Badminton intramurals this winter were filled with competitivity and excitement. Congratulations to the championship winners, Jonah Battock and Robert Nutting. They battled through the bracket and played many great teams.
Congratulations to Connor Callaway and Tyler Anderson. They were a part of the sixth-grade teams and worked hard throughout the season.
The two teams really expressed the competitivity of the sport.
In this eventful year for tennis, Jonah Battock was one of the best players on the team. Jonah says he scored over 250 points. The tennis team faced Phoenix Country Day for the final game in the tournament, winning second place. Amazing job, SCA Eagles!
Photo and post were borrowed from the SCA Athletics Instagram account.
Photo by Kristen McClue
SPORTS, Please Middle schoolers play 18 different club sports during their “free time.” Volleyball (10 votes), basketball (9 votes), football (7 votes), and baseball (4 votes) were the highest scoring sports in our survey results. Other sports listed: flag football, track, cross country, golf, cheer, swim, gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, dance, softball, horse shows, and e-sports.
F u n Z o n e | 6
What Really Happens in Room 911? by Maddie Osuch and Kairi Ceh
Here is a question that we have had for a while: what really goes on in room 911? Mr. Watkins teaches Soar and Broadcasting. Ms. Gilbert helps out with Pathways students and interacts with students in Soar. Mr. Williamson helps Pathway students every day.
We asked Luke Jemmett what he enjoys most about Pathways. He said, “It’s a good study hall class. You pretty much do homework for most of the class.”
Word List:
Snapchat, 6 votes
S t u d e n t S p o t l i g h t | 7
Raul Escobar by Hunter Wohland Raul Escobar is in sixth grade and this is his first year at SCA. He is from Venezuela, and he enjoys playing baseball. Raul’s dad plays baseball in the MLB.
Raul’s favorite food is pizza. He has one sibling in tenth grade at SCA.
Taylor O’Meara by Michael Horan Taylor O’Meara is in seventh grade. She enjoys dancing and playing soccer in her free time. Her favorite food is Korean. Taylor’s pet peeve is nails on a chalk board. Her favorite places to visit are London and Spain. She recently enjoyed a big part in The Nutcracker as the lead dancer, Clara.
Nick Troxell by Hunter Wohland Nick Troxell is in eighth grade and this is his second year at SCA. He is a gymnast for the team, “Xtreme Gymnastics.” Nick recently attended the Junior Rocky Mountain Open, placing first in his favorite event: vault. He also placed second in parallel bars and second in floor. Nick has three siblings who also attend SCA.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Journalism Team
Sports -Luke Jemmet -Ryan Craig -Mason Hardman
Trends -Bethany Ando -Jessica Lynne -Gianna Marc
Academics and Events -T Sigler -Taylor Lach -Reece Gibson -Ava Peterson -Ava Lambert
Fine Arts -Audrey Buresh -Alex White
Spiritual Life -Ethan Dickerson -Luke Troxell -Jonah Battock
Fun Zone -Kairi Ceh -Maddie Osuch
Student Spotlight -Hunter Wohland -Michael Horan
E a g l e T r e n d s | 8
Scottsdale Christian Academy, 14400 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85232, 602/992-5100
Maximize Prepare Impact
Teacher Quotes -Mrs. Lenderink: “Heidi’s Helpful Hints” -Mr.C: “Sour Glow Worm Opportunity” -Mrs. Matney: “Boo Hiss” -Mrs. Hartmann: “Ok, Wonder Kids” -Mr. Kirst: “What the Chopsticks!” -Mrs. Nevins: “Do you want the tardy or to draw a llama?
Luke Troxell won first place and a $10 Eagle Shoppe gift certificate for the Hulk (top left).
Zoe Taylor won second place for Super Girl (above center).
Ethan Dickerson won third place with Iron Man (top right).
Honorable Mention was awarded to Grace Proctor for her stunning pastel drawing of Iron Man (left).
Thank you to Caleb P. Szilagyi, Katelynn Gramenz, and Trevor Green for sharing your amazing talents with us by participating in this contest.
RHN Issue 3 Academy Awards p1.pdf
RHN Issue 3 Eagle Events p2.pdf
Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
Our Chapter in HIS ory
RHN Issue 3 Ambitious Arts p4.pdf
MS Band Trip
About Ms. Henderson
by Audrey Buresh
by Alex White
Cross-Country
Softball
Baseball
Badminton
Tennis
Campus Oddness
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Journalism Team
Scottsdale Christian Academy, 14400 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85232, 602/992-5100
RHN Issue 3 Ambitious Arts p4.pdf
MS Band Trip
About Ms. Henderson
by Audrey Buresh
by Alex White
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Academy Awards | 1 Mrs. Matney’s Math Fun Academy Awards 1 Eagle Events 2 Our Chapter in HIStory 3 Ambitious Arts 4 Game Time 5 Fun Zone 6 Student Spotlight 7 Eagle Trends 8 Scottsdale Christian Academy Middle School Volume 3 2019-2020 Mrs. Matney has been assigning a cartoon grid drawing in her eighth grade Pre-Algebra class for many years. The students have so much fun creating a project that is not an everyday assignment for math. Below is an example of a finished product from Mackenzie Weston. Thank you, Mrs. Matney, for making learning fun! NJHS Officers This year’s National Junior Honor Society officers are as follows: president is Josh Dwyer; vice president is Isabelle Miller; publicity team members are Hope Hand and Grant Montgomery, and secretary is Megan Bechert. The new NJHS sponsor is Mrs. Leanne Dick. Hub Time for Savvy Surveys The 2020 middle school journalism team spent a class period in the Hub with Mrs. Kaiser recently to learn how to make savvy, electronic surveys. Seventh graders Ethan Dickerson and Jonah Battock (pictured below) are working on survey questions for the “Our Chapter in HIStory” page. Hub Home Design Chase Lonsdale (pictured at right), Alex Moore, and Eddie Thompson are working on a laser-cut cardboard home project in an elective class in the Hub. They are currently wiring the home with LED lights that are controlled by buttons and sensors on Circuit Playground Express which have been programmed with code uploaded to the devices. The completed project will be featured in the next issue, so stay tuned. Guess the Theme! If you are the first student to correctly share the theme of this newsletter by emailing Mrs. Nevins ([email protected]), you will win a $10 Eagle Shoppe gift certificate. In Six Months Current fifth graders at SCA are ready to take the middle school by storm in the fall of 2020. They recently enjoyed a glance at how much fun they will have in sixth grade. The photo shows they are ready! Mr. Hamblin’s Social Studies Class is currently studying the Vietnam War. Photo by Mrs. Kaiser
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