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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.

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Thoughts on 2020

December 29, 2020
By Guest Author: Tom Barton

It has truly been an interesting year- Everything from Covid 19, a very interesting election, and a country that doesn’t seem to be able to get along very well.  One thing is for certain- The Lord God is still on His throne, and nothing happens apart from his knowledge.  Matthew 10:29 reminds us that a sparrow does not fall to the ground without God’s permission.  As 2020 comes to an end, let us dwell on and remember these facts.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care.  Matthew 10:29 (NIV)
 

Kindergarten Prep

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