A day of Community Service
April 24, 2021
Inspired and encouraged! Those are two words to describe how I felt on Saturday at our Be the Salt Day. A little after 10 am as people were all gathering and chatting in the parking lot I looked up and 'happened' to see a Bald Eagle flying low in a beautiful blue sky! It was so clear to me it was God's way of saying, "Well done good and faithful servants." When I pointed it out, Judah (from Mr. Jordan's class) said, "And that's our mascot!" From that moment to us all gathering for prayer to walking around and seeing all of our students and families working together to socializing over pizza I was isnpired and encouraged. Inspired by how much good there is in our Upton Lake Community and encouraged by a little bit of normalcy in this covid world we have been stuck in.
I watched little pre-k students painting birdhouses for senior homes, 1/2 graders making 60 cards of love and encouragement, 3/4 graders cleaning every chair in our gym, 5/6 graders gathering over 40 bags of leaves at the cemetary down the street, 7/8 graders organizing and delivering canned goods, 9/10 graders scrubbing every inch of our kitchen and 11/12 graders (I didn't see this only heard) beautifying the front of a Crisis Pregnancy Center building. Kindergarten will be packing bags for essential workers this week. It was a beautiful day from the weather to the people!
Fostering Family Devotions
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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: 5/25/21 We are carefully watching the state mandates related to schools and monitoring symptoms and exposure as reported by parents. To date, the CDC and NYS have not changed school guidelines and so we continue to follow our Covid Reopening Plan. Parents, please notify the school nurse, Marianne Bridges, as soon as possible if your student develops symptoms or you have a change in exposure.
FAQ's about fall 2020 reopening (stay tuned for 2021 information)
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Becoming a Better Math Student
“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!
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
Music Concert - Virtual version
The Upton Lake Christian School community was blessed by our annual Spring Art & Music Concert in a virtual format. Our music teacher, Mrs. Koepp, conducted the elementary students in a variety of songs. Our art teacher, Mr. Hawk, filmed and edited their performances and incorporated some of their art projects from the year. Families from near and far were able to join us for an online viewing party.
"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