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Lower School Selects Student Council Members

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It was an historic election day vote as our Lower School students selected our first ever Student Council from grades 3-5.  This was the culmination of a very active election cycle. 3rd - 5th graders got the opportunity to hear campaign speeches from candidates who were running for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and class representatives. 

According to the Lower School Principal, Dr. Rick Martin, "the mission of the student council is to build responsible leaders within the PCA Lower School who impact the community, nation, and world for the glory of God". 

Student Council members will accomplish this mission through practical service, Christ-like leadership, and accountable resource management (time, talent and treasure).   

Congratulations to the 51 candidates who courageously put their name in the hat and to the newly elected 2018-2019 PCA Lower School Student Council. We look forward to seeing how God will use your leadership skills for our school and our community! 

Lower School Student Council 2018-19



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STEM Grant Provides Tower Garden For 1st Graders

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It's the same technology used by NASA, and now our 1st graders are using aeroponic growing to turn tiny seeds into delicious food for harvest. Thanks to a STEM grant, these lower school students are excited to have a Tower Garden right inside their classrooms. This vertical, indoor garden will teach students about much more than simply growing fruits and vegetables.. these 1st graders will be growing their math, science, language art, and social studies skills as well.  

Here's how it works: students were busy last week soaking the rock-wool and placing the special vermiculite onto the seeds. After filling the reservoir of the Tower Garden, they carefully arranged the seeds under grow lights and will now wait for the seedlings to grow! Once the seedlings are 2-3 inches, they will plant them into the Tower Garden.  

First Grade teacher Melissa Shockley said the enthusiasm of the students is priceless. "We are all so excited for this opportunity and to truly get our "hands on learning" and watch how God grows us HIS way!" 

Mrs. Shockley joined her colleague, Kelsey Nelson, for a training seminar in Phoenix, Arizona this past summer to further their knowledge and understanding of how the Tower Garden works and how to best utilize it in the classroom to increase overall learning. So far, the Tower Garden is a hit.  And Mrs. Shockley says there is even more to look forward to as they use this classroom garden to engage the students, the school, and even the community! 

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