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10 Tips to Raise a Reader

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It's time to read! Do those words cause chaos and gnashing of teeth in your home? They don't have to. Encouraging your child to read and providing them with an environment conducive to reading and learning is important in their growth. The more time kids spend reading, the better readers and students they become. Julie Varney, a Junior High Language Arts teacher at Greater Atlanta Christian School, says that reading is the foundation of all learning, "Reading promotes imagination, sparks creativity and innovation, and it gives an avenue for kids to discover anything and everything about God's creation."

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Topics: Reading Success

Look What's Happening - Nov. 5, 2014

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Triumphant Spartans - 2014 Region Champs

Congratulations to Coach Tim Hardy and the #1 ranked Spartan football team for winning the Region 6AA Championship with a thrilling 14-7 victory over Lovett on Friday night. On a cold, wet Halloween night near the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the Spartans prevailed in a game that was not decided until the final play of the game. Tyler Cooksey led the Spartan defense and caught one of the touchdown passes from quarterback Davis Mills. The other touchdown was on a pass to Justin Phan.

Friday’s win was GAC's first region football championship since 2001 and the first win over Lovett in 7 years. The Spartans close out the regular season at Wesleyan this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. GAC will host the first round of the GHSA State AA Playoffs in Spartan Stadium on November 14.

Share GAC with Your Friends


Do you remember visiting GAC for the first time with your family? It’s Admissions season and many prospective families are beginning to tour the school for the 2015-2016 school year.

Remember the questions you had when you were researching schools - "Will GAC be the right fit for my child academically?" or "Will our family feel at home?" Help your friends learn more about what GAC is like by inviting them to our upcoming Christmas Family Festival, Let's Light the Night. They can see the campus, meet current families, and have a fantastic time getting ready for the holiday season.

Open Houses also offer a good glimpse of life on the GAC campus. Your friends will have the opportunity to talk with current students and parents, visit classrooms, and hear about our academic, athletic, fine arts and enrichment programs.

Your participation in referring new students and families is so important. Being a Spartan is about belonging to a community that supports each other and shares common values. Invite your friends to experience what GAC has to offer.

Upcoming Events:
Open House: Nov. 11, 9:00 a.m.
Let’s Light the Night Festival: Dec. 6, 2:00-7:00 p.m. 


 11Alive Holiday Food Drive


GAC is pleased to join with 11Alive and the Salvation Army to fight hunger in metro Atlanta during the upcoming holiday season. We will be participating in 11Alive's 32nd Annual Holiday Can-a-thon during the weeks of November 17-21 and December 1-5 by asking GAC families to donate canned food items. Our goal is to fill up an entire school bus with boxes of cans to take to Turner Field on December 5. There will be collection bins in each school level lobby. Plan ahead to share food with those in our community who have little this holiday season.

11Alive and the Salvation Army collected over 180,000 cans of food during the 2013 Can-a-thon and have distributed over one million cans of food to metro Atlanta needy families since 1982.

Suggested food items:
  • Pop top cans: these are easier for individuals who do not have stable housing equipped with kitchen utensils
  • Canned meats: canned ham, tuna, corned beef can be the staple of a healthy meal
  • Canned fruits: these can often serve as dessert after a meal and appeal to children (often a shortage of these items)
  • Canned vegetables: green vegetables are always good for children and pregnant women; vegetables without salt are useful for those with diabetes
  • Dry goods: rice, pasta, cereal, corn meal; these items help supplement meals

Musser Named Best 2014 Goalie


Senior Keegan Musser is known around campus as a master-drummer and percussionist. But did you know that Keegan is also a first-class goalie on the Spartan Water Polo team? For the past five years, Keegan has gained a reputation as being a fierce presence in the goal. League wide, he is known for his quick reflexes and his ability to leap out of the deep water with power at oncoming shots. The Georgia High School Water Polo Association named Keegan the Best Goalie for 2014 and named him as a member of the 2014 High School All-Star team.  
 
Save the Date! 

Join the GAC community as we celebrate together at the All School Thanksgiving Chapel, Thurs., Nov. 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Long Forum. This annual student-led chapel is a true worship experience that you don’t want to miss.  

 
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Look What's Happening- Oct. 20, 2014

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Spartans March to the Top

The Marching Spartans earned 1st place in Class AA at the Georgia Contest of Champions with their performance, British Invasion. Director Wes York says, "The most striking thing for me is to watch upperclassmen leading our younger players to achieve at such a high level. It was not too long ago that those leaders were junior high 'rookies' themselves." Students in grades  5-12 have the opportunity to be part of the band program at GAC. Band members in grades 7-12 can earn a spot in the award-winning Marching Spartans.

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Look What's Happening

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GAC Grads Compete in the Ivy League 
We were informed last week that Greater Atlanta Christian has more graduates playing D1 college football for Ivy League schools than any other high school in the state of Georgia. This is a credit to GAC's emphasis in our total athletic program in its priorities of placing God first, academics second, and athletics third. Each of these young men continues to excel in the college classroom as well as on the football field. 
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Chinese Students Come to U.S. for Academics, but Find Much More

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Greater Atlanta Christian School is hosting 26 students from China in its second year of their international student program. With the addition of eleven new students for the 2014-15 school year, the program is thriving. Teresa Harsh, International Student program leader says, “Our Chinese students and their parents come to U.S. private schools for top academics. But, they are finding so much more than they were expecting at GAC.”  

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Topics: International Students, Host Family, Campus Life, Academics

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