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Upper School Small Groups: Building Community & Connections

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Our middle and high school small groups have officially kicked off here at PCA! The team of small group leaders could not be more excited about being a part of students’ lives and about what the Lord will do this year. Small groups are more than just gatherings; in many ways they are the heartbeat of our school community.

Sophomore Sienna Amos emphasized the transformative power of small groups for students, “Small groups are important for christian teens because it gives you a chance to be vulnerable in front of others who you trust. To share whatever is going on in your life without the fear of being judged.”

At PCA, we are passionate about nurturing not just academic growth but also passionate love for Jesus. Small groups play a pivotal role in seeing this transformation take place. 

These groups provide a place for our upper school students to come together, share their experiences, and apply gospel-centered chapel messages in real life with other students and caring small group leaders. It’s already been a memorable start to this year’s small groups as laughter filled the air and hearts connected through prayer and biblical discussions. We ask that you join us in prayer for our small groups this year as we learn what it looks like to be Set Apart.

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Diving Into Nature's Classroom & Exploring Ecosystems

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The world of ecosystems came to life for our inquisitive third grade students last week! The students welcomed Mrs. Liberty Cosseti from High Touch High Tech, who led the classes through The Chain Gang, a program where students explore the food web and discover how animals adapt to their environment. There was plenty of excitement as these young students became Wildlife Ecologists for the day! 

"High Touch High Tech science field trips provide exciting opportunities for students to explore God's creation and inspire curiosity to want to know more,” says third grade teacher Christina Brazzel. “The hands-on experiments and activities meet the South Carolina Curriculum Standards and complements our BJU science curriculum. I am most excited and thankful for High Touch, High Tech experiences because it sparks interest in science and fosters curiosity through fun hands-on learning, which helps students to remember concepts and produces a desire to learn more."

 After an in-depth discussion of biotic and abiotic factors, students created their own ecosystems with gummies and pretzels before breaking off into centers that allowed them to dive deeper into the scientific world. Students explored three different stations; making their own ecosystem in a ziplock baggie, dissecting owl pellets to find the bones of the owl’s prey, and finally looking through a microscope at various slides.

Here's what a few of Mrs. Brazzel’s students had to say about this unique experience:

"I liked making a food chain out of food because I used my imagination. I learned about abiotic and biotic." - Chase Beville

"My favorite part was making a terrarium, which contains biotic and abiotic." - Micah Romfo

"I loved making habitats out of food and then eating it!!! I also loved making a terrarium and digging in owl pellets!" - Nora Brown

"I enjoyed making food chains and biomes for animals. I loved learning about producers and consumers in food chains." - Levi Hill

"My favorite part was discovering mole bones in the owl pellets, making a terrarium, making habitats and looking in a microscope." - Athan Dimitrious

"I loved the owl pellets. I liked the habitat we did and when we planted a plant." - Piper Johannesmeyer

"I liked planting grass and sorting owl pellets." - Isaac Earle

With all the excitement and "wows" throughout the day, these students were enthusiastic learners and clearly fascinated by ecosystems!

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