Our Covid-19 Response
Upton Lake returned to school on Sept 9, 2020 with full in-person learning. We provide flexible remote learning options to meet the needs of all students who are unable to attend in person, whether for the duration or just temporarily due to illness or exposure. We have a plan for continuation of learning should we have to close our building temporarily at any time.
Our small community is blessed to be able to respond quickly, personally, and wisely. Thank you to the families who are so graciously adapting to the changes required in these times.
Update: 1/2/21 We are carefully watching the state mandates related to schools and monitoring symptoms and exposure as reported by parents. School was remote from Jan 4-8 and returned to in-person on Monday, Jan 11. Parents, please notify the school nurse, Marianne Bridges, as soon as possible if your student develops symptoms or you have a change in exposure.
News from Our Blog
“I hate MATH!”
“I’m not good at math”
“I can’t do math”
Do you hear this from your child? I hear it almost every day, from not only students but adults! God has gifted us all differently and some people are better at math than others, but we can ALL think mathematically because we are made in God’s image. Students who hate math lack confidence, have trouble getting the correct answers.
Math is usually most difficult for those students who generally fall into two categories: those who like to think more creatively and those who have had a bad experience in math class.
For those students who are creative, math helps to train the brain to think more sequentially. For those who have had a bad experience and tend to give up, practicing simpler problems first and working up to more difficult problems can help build confidence. The pattern for solving simpler problems is the same for the harder ones just applied to different types of numbers.
Practice is the only way to improve math skills. The first step to becoming a better math student is to learn your math facts. In the lower grades practice the addition and subtraction facts (k-2). To have the best success in the upper grades ( 3+ ) is to have your multiplication tables memorized really well. Multiplication tables are used extensively with division, fractions, factoring and beyond. Even students who are not naturally gifted math students perform better in the upper grades when multiplication tables are memorized.
To practice math facts you can go with tried and true flashcards, but there are numerous online programs available for free. If you use your web browser and type in “math fact practice” there are many free programs available. Start by practicing the basics; it is the best way to build confidence and become a better math student.
Kindergarten Prep at Upton Lake Christian School is a place where children learn through play. We do this through:
- Sensory fun
- Letter recognition and sound
- Numbers, shapes and colors
- Writing and fine motor skills
- Building social skills
- Reading and story telling
- But most importantly, discovering the love of God through Christ!
A sight we have become all too familiar with - faces tiled on our screen. But this meeting was one of our daily Chapels with Mr. Huffman!
Dual Enrollment English at Davis College
ULCS is grateful to have successfully implemented a dual enrollment English class from Davis College. Our seniors have the option of completing their high school English while at the same time completing college English 101 and 102. Our high school English teacher, Renee Smith, is the teacher of record and collaborates with the English department at Davis College, using their curriculum.
We spoke with 2 graduates from last year's class: Chloe Yerger and Nadya Kruger. Both appreciated the college level paper writing skills they acquired. The credits also allowed them to skip ahead to classes in their major, reducing workload and giving them an edge.
"It helped me manage the fast-paced nursing program here at SUNY Plattsburgh." ~ Chloe Yerger, '19
"I was able to dive right into main credit courses for my major." ~ Nadya Kruger, '19
The Christmas Concert - Virtual version
The Upton Lake Christian School community was blessed by our annual Christmas Concert in a virtual format. Our music teacher, Mrs. Koepp, conducted the elementary students in a variety of Christmas songs. Our new art teacher, Mr. Hawk, filmed and edited their performances. Families from near and far were able to join us for an online viewing party.
Our chaplain, Mr. Justice, reminded us of the power of God with us, Emmanuel. In a time of social distancing, we can appreciate even more that God came to be with us and live amongst us.
ACSI Leadership Conference
Six ULCS students traveled to Washington, D. C. to attend the re:Purpose, the ACSI Leadership Conference, November 24-26. Over 835 students from Christian schools around the east coast were in attendance. This group of young leaders was hand selected based on academics, community involvement and enthusiastic desire to make the world a better place.
The conference speakers addressed topics such as: spiritual well-being, putting our God-given gifts into action, being "all in for God". The students were encouraged to glorify God with their lives. Speaker and student discussions allowed for self-reflection and a chance to use what they learned to impact their school and community.
While in Washington D.C. the students toured the Smithsonian and Holocaust Museum. The general consensus from the team was that the trip was educational, impactful and a great chance to see our nation's capital.
"One perk of being a small school is that we are not only a school community but a family. This family has never failed to encourage each other in bad times, laugh with each other in the good times, and push each other to become better... Yes, this school has brought me great memories, amazing friends, academic knowledge, life lessons, and much much more, but the most important thing is how it aided me in making my faith my own."
~ Jennifer Puhalski, Salutatorian, ULCS '20