This event is one of the most comprehensive programs which the school undertakes. In the spring, volunteers coach each of the 5th-8th grade students in the art of public speaking. All 5th grade students are assigned a poem, while 6th-8th grade students may choose from poetry, drama, declamation, or interpretive readings. After several coaching sessions, another set of community volunteers provide judging for the students in the speech categories, as well as piano, instrumental, vocal, choral and the visual arts. Selections from these performances and presentations are then chosen for a public program. Each of the classes in grades K-4 also prepare a group performance for presentation at the Fine Arts program. Finally, the students have opportunity to attend a regional festival sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Choir is held weekly for students in grade 5-8.
5th Grader Alicia Wolfe
2016 Elementary Grand Champion, CASAC Science Fair
Students in grades 5-8 must participate in the Carlisle Area Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) Science Fair in alternate school years. Students may prepare projects for the fair each year beginning in grade 4. In the years when projects are not required, the school provides additional awards to encourage all students to continue their growth in the area of the scientific method.
National Geographic Magazine provides the school with bowl materials. Grades 4 – 8 have a class bowl where two winners are selected. These 10 students then compete with one another to select the school champion. If the school champion scores well on a written exam, he/she may represent the school in Harrisburg at the state bowl.
The Mid-Atlantic Christian Schools Association (MACSA) sponsors a regional spelling bee each year. Our school spelling bee is held in February and the top two spellers in 5th & 6th grades (combined) and the top two spellers in 7th & 8th grades (combined) represent us at the regional bee.
Each grade takes at least two field trips during the school year. Below is a partial list of past field trips.
Kindergarten: Explore & More Hands-On Children’s Museum
1st Grade: Lake Tobias Wildlife Park and Colonel Denning State Park
2nd Grade: Indian Echo Caverns and Giant Food Store
3rd Grade: Little Buffalo State Park
4th Grade: Pennsylvania State Capitol, Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction in Lancaster
5th & 6th Grades: Trips at the discretion of the teacher (Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra)
7th & 8th Grades: Washington, D. C., Creation Museum, Spruce Lake Outdoor School