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: 11/12/20 We are carefully watching the state mandates related to schools as there is a small increase in cases locally. There is currently no change to our reopening plan.
Our seven 2020 graduates were able to enjoy graduation inside the new EVFree sanctuary. On Saturday, July 18 at 10 am, they walked across the stage and received their hard-earned diploma in front of family and friends. The beautiful service emphasized Upton Lake's focus on Scripture, featuring our own Bible teacher and Chaplain, Zachariah Justice, as the speaker. Awards were presented by members of the faculty and administration, focusing on academic achievements as well as character and service. The valedictorian, Emma Gabor, and salutatorian, Jennifer Puhalski, shared words of wisdom and gratitude. As the Upton Lake Christian School class of 2020, 'the one with the pandemic,' goes out into the world to further their studies and/or work as unto the Lord, we pray they will continue to shine the light of Jesus into a generation in need of Him.
"To my fellow graduates, I encourage you to hold on to the many truths Upton Lake has taught us... The theology we have studied and many aspects of our faith that we have learned about needs to be shared with others... while offering grace and kindness at the same time.... I challenge each one of you as you step off this stage, that you remember you are not alone in these next steps. You not only have a family of believers but a God who unconditionally loves you and gives you all the strength you will ever need."
~ Emma Gabor, Valedictorian, ULCS '20
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'God Bless America'
Guest post by Christine Koepp, elementary music teacher at ULCS
I’ll never forget the first time I heard the song, “God Bless America”! I thought it was the most wonderful song ever…a perfect song! After all, it was about two things I dearly love: God and America!
Add to that the stirring words and rousing melody and what could be better? I just loved singing this song! I still do!
Originally written by Irving Berlin during World War I in 1918, it was revised in 1938 as World War II seemed inevitable. Singer Kate Smith made the song famous and it soon became her signature song.
The song speaks of the beautiful land we love so dearly and our dependence upon God to bless it… and He certainly has. Written at a time when it was not unusual to hear folks openly invoke God’s guidance for our leaders; “stand beside her and guide her, through the night with a light from above.”, it was prayer-like. In the version sung by Kate Smith, there was also a spoken introduction:
"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "
In some ways patriotic songs don’t seem to mean as much to many today. Perhaps they are viewed as a bit corny. Our national anthem is regarded as difficult to sing and for many it simply means the beginning of a ball game. Did you know that there are four verses to the Star-Spangled Banner? Here is the fourth:
“O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand between their lov'd home and the war's desolation! Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto - "In God is our trust," And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
When Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” came along, it became a new anthem for America. A new “God Bless America”. I love that song as well! Once again, our dependence upon our Loving Heavenly Father was emphasized.
One of the worst tragedies to befall our country occurred on September 11, 2001. Yet, it instilled in many of us a renewed sense of patriotism and unity. A most touching moment was when then Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) led members of Congress in a moment of silence. Then spontaneously and poignantly, they began to sing “God Bless America”. I still get chills.
We probably won’t be hearing too many patriotic songs in the coming days and years that rightly remind us of our dependence upon God and all the ways He has blessed us. As Thanksgiving draws near, we remember the Pilgrims who gave up so much and risked so much for our freedoms…most importantly freedom of religion. As we give thanks, may we also fervently pray for our great nation…for God to Bless America, to bring unity and for us to do our part in living and witnessing of His love, mercy and grace to us.
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 Art Show and Pageant
The Upton Lake Christian School community was blessed by our annual Christmas Pageant and Art Show on Friday evening, December 7, 2018. The evening began with a time to view artwork done by students from all grades.
Mrs. Germano, our new art teacher, presented students work in drawing, painting, and sculpture. She has been an incredible asset to the art program this year and her passion to work with the students clearly shines through the joy she brings to her classroom each week.
The pageant, conducted by our music teacher, Mrs. Marrine, was a simple yet powerful reminder that the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem IS the reason we have such hope. The Roger Emerson and John Jacobson pageant, “On Our Way To Bethlehem”, was filled with joyful music and adorable animals all sharing of the story at the manger. All of the students from the elementary school participated, singing songs with featured solos by select students. The pageant also featured the high school worship team consisting of 7th-12th graders growing in their gifts to lead worship through song. It was a wonderful way to share in the praise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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