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Gotcha! Our Responsible Elementary

March 28, 2012
By Barbara Wiers

Gotcha Being . . . Responsible!

We have been highlighting various virtues from The Children’s Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett in our Elementary Chapels.  Our KG – 5th grade students have been focused recently on “Responsibility.”

Responsibility is such an important virtue both at school and at home!  Being responsible for what we say and what we do is a foundational principle for all of us and we are happy to see so many of our elementary students embrace this virtue! 

As done previously, Gotcha Passes were awarded whenever a teacher spotted a student acting responsibly.  All the passes went into a basket and names were drawn for prizes at Chapel this week.

We had a number of Gotcha Passes awarded . . . kudos to our students who were caught in the act of being courageous. Kids with a * next to their name were drawn for a prize at Chapel.

Congratulations . . . Gotcha Being Responsible!

KG:  Reese*, Eric, and Andrew*

1st grade:  Levi

2nd grade:  Mara, Andria (2x), Sydney, and TJ

3rd grade:  Grant*, Tommy, Josh, Lewcie,

                  Emily, Alisha, Wyatt, Taylor,

        Savannah, Peyton, Ben, Kaitlyn,

        Sydney, and Kara

4th grade: Ryan*

5th grade:  Teagan*, Boomer, Wyatt, Clair, and Anna

Great work, boys and girls! 

We’ll look for many responsible acts from you in the future.

Again, just to remind you, The Children’s Book of Virtues is known for its compilation of classic poems and timeless tales all grouped around particular virtues – courage, perseverance, responsibility, work, self-discipline, compassion, faith, honesty, loyalty, and friendship. 

Previously, the students learned about honesty and courage.  Our next virtue is ‘work.’ 

Tommy Awards . . . Wow!

March 26, 2012
By Barbara Wiers

Tommy Award Winners Go National


Did you hear the great news about the Tommy Awards? 

Abundant Life Christian School participates in the Tommy Awards each year.  We are thrilled for the Overture Center and for the Tommy Awards Program.  Who knows – maybe one of our talented stars from Meredith Willson’s The Music Man will be honored!

Learn more about the Tommy Awards here.


Overture’s Tommy Awards Program Accepted into National High School Musical Theater Awards;
Two Madison-Area Performers Will Compete in NYC

The Tom Wopat Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater, a program of Overture Center for the Arts, has been accepted as a participating awards program in the prestigious National High School Musical Theater Awards, Overture officials announced today. The affiliation means two Madison-area performers, winners of Best Actor and Best Actress honors, will travel to New York City this summer to study with and compete against performers from around the country.

“This is an incredible honor not only for Overture Center, but for the professionals and educators who serve as judges and mentors, and for the students, educators and parents at the schools who really make this program what it is,” said Tim Sauers, Overture Center’s director of programming and education. “It’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for two Tommy winners. It really is the kind of opportunity that can launch a career.”

The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) is a celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater. The program recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance, and honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to excellence in performing arts education.  

Overture Center recognizes several performers with Best Actor and Best Actress awards. Those who win those awards will audition later in the spring for the chance to go to New York for the NHSMTA, also called the JimmyTM Awards in honor of legendary Broadway producer James Nederlander. The Tommy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 in Overture Hall.

The fourth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards will be held on Monday, June 25, 2012, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Activities will commence on Wednesday, June 20 with rehearsals, master classes, private coaching and interviews with theater professionals leading up to the live awards show where the Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress will be presented. The program will conclude on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

Overture’s Tommy Awards program is an education initiative that honors and celebrates excellence in musical theater production among area high school students. Musicals of participating schools are reviewed by a panel of educators, theater experts and industry professionals.  Based on reviewers’ comments and tabulations, productions and individuals receive awards in specific categories at a ceremony held each year at Overture Center in June.  The ceremony also features performances and production numbers from award winners in several categories.The program began in the 2009/10 school year with 23 participating schools and 1 community theater.   In the 2011/12 school year, more than 40 schools participated.

From Tim Sauers, Director of Programming

The Overture Center for the Arts





Congrats to Jessie!

March 22, 2012
By Barbara Wiers

Way to go, Jessie!

Jessie Gerry is a 2008 alum of Abundant Life Christian School.  While here, Jessie was not only a great athlete, but a wonderful student and leader in our student body.  During her years here at ALCS, she picked up golf and played for the ALCS Golf Team.

After graduation, Jessie headed to the UW-Madison where she is a UW golfer.

This month, Jessie is featured in the UW-Madison’s On Wisconsin magazine for alumni.  She is highlighted in the Sports section.

Jessie is recognized for not only her outstanding work on the golf course, but her strong academics.  She is studying physical education and plans to play for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

Check out this great article about one of our own!

Congratulations, Jessie! 

Your hard work and strength of character shine and

we pray for God’s grace and blessing on all your future efforts!!

Celebrating One of Our Seniors

March 06, 2012
By Barbara Wiers
Karissa Berggren and ALCS History Instructor Craig Lehnherr at the DAR Awards

Karissa Berggren along with her parents Grant and Pat Berggren attended the February meeting of the John Bell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The reason for attending?  Karissa was honored as The DAR’s Good Citizen for Abundant Life Christian School!

The DAR which was founded in 1890 is a “non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.” 

The DAR Good Citizens is a committee formed in 1934 to recognize and honor high school seniors who exemplify the four following good citizenship qualities in their homes, schools, and communities:

·         Patriotism

·         Service

·         Leadership

·         Dependability

The Good Citizen Awards are awarded based on merit and require a questionnaire, essay, strong scholastic record, and letter of recommendation. 

Karissa is a senior here at ALCS and has attended Abundant Life Christian since Kindergarten.  She keeps busy with a full schedule of classes including Physics, Advanced Placement Literature, and Spanish 4.  She is a member of our school band and serves on our Chapel band as well.  Karissa is active in a variety of activities.  At Abundant Life Christian, she participates in volleyball and basketball along with being a member of the Honor Society, High School Ambassadors, and ALCS Challenges Trafficking.  When not at school, she works a variety of jobs including secretarial work for her dad, as a clerk at Piggly Wiggly, and staff at McDonalds.  Karissa also coaches Upwards basketball and helps out as a referee when needed.  She serves her church as a small group leader for Kindergarten and gives a hand in the nursery as well. 

Karissa Berggren is not only a busy young woman, but an exceptional one.  While she willingly helps out wherever and whenever needed, it is her innate kindness and compassion that shines and gives her a unique leadership style.  Karissa’s servant’s heart is inspiring – she is definitely a “good citizen” both here at ALCS and in our community. 

Congratulations to Karissa Berggren on her DAR Good Citizen Award!

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