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Elementary Awards Chapel 2013

May 30, 2013
By Barbara Wiers
4th grade with their fitness awards
ALCS 4th graders earn Fitness Awards

On Tuesday, May 28, we held our final Elementary Chapel of the year.  As is our Abundant Life Christian School tradition, it was our Elementary Awards Chapel.

What a blessed time to honor our elementary students for their hard work this year.

Mr. Butler opened the chapel with a few Bible verses that set the tone for the day – encouragement and celebration!  Not every student earns an award and that’s OK.  Some students get multiple awards and that’s OK.  The day is about celebrating achievement and our school is better for the achievements – big or small – of our students.

However, in celebrating we were reminded not to be proud or boastful.  Mr. Butler discussed that in 1st Corinthians 4:7 and in James 1:17 we are reminded that none of us are superior to another and that everything we have is a gift from God.  If we’ve achieved a lot, it is cause for celebration and praising the Lord.  Mr. Butler challenged us all to “congratulate others, encourage them, and learn from them” rather than be jealous if we didn’t get an award or as many awards as another.  Being happy for others in their achievement is a life-long lesson and one we are called to by the Lord for He is the giver of “every good gift.”

Mr. Butler also recognized the ALCS Elementary Staff for their role in making this year a success at the school.  Finally, it was and must be noted that our students wouldn’t be nearly as successful without the love and support and encouragement of their parents at home.  We sincerely appreciate the partnership between our parents and the school to ensure our students’ success!

Wrapping up the opening segment of the chapel, we all joined together to lift our voices in celebration of the Creator!  Everyone sang “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” and “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.”  What a great way to start chapel – wisdom from the Holy Bible and a time of worship!!

2013 Elementary Awards

Safety Patrol AwardsGiven to students in 5th grade who served on the Safety Patrol

Maeya Bakke, Caleb Benjamin, Beth Berkowitz,  Trinity Conklin, Camila Drunasky, Adrien Dutter, Caleb Gerry, Ryan Guest, Kachi Iwuagwu, Ana Johnson, Taegeon Kim, Daniel Miller, Alexis Okas, Connor Polster, Justin Powell, Ryan Rockwell, Emma Seehafer, & Will Westerhof

COPS (Class of Personal Safety) ProgramGiven to the 5th graders who completed the City of Madison’s COPS program. 

Maeya Bakke, Caleb Benjamin, Beth Berkowitz,  Trinity Conklin, Adrien Dutter, Caleb Gerry, Ryan Guest, Kachi Iwuagwu, Ana Johnson, Daniel Miller, Alexis Okas, Connor Polster, Justin Powell, Ryan Rockwell, Emma Seehafer, & Will Westerhof

Fitness Awards:

Paige Krahn, Eric Peterson, Megan Gabrielse, & Louis Lin – 1st grade

Sean Elliot, Haeven Guest, Tony Kim, Noah Okas, Brady Perkins, &
      Ava Runhaar – 2nd grade

Max Anderson, Mara Bakke, Andria Clark, Will Ratkey, Isaac
      Russell, & Luke Thompson – 3rd grade

Kaitlyn Doty, Grant Emerson, Lewcie Quam, Joshua Quintana,
      Kennedy Rodgers, & Andrew Trampf – 4th grade

Maeya Bakke, Trinity Conklin, Adrien Dutter, Ryan Guest, Alexis
      Okas, Connor Polster, & Justin Powell – 5th grade


League of Incredible Challengers AwardsGiven to the class that best
       exemplifies the characteristics of the hero selected.   

           Happy Helper                           Kindergarten and 3rd Grade

          Cheerful Giver                          1st Grade

          The Encouraging Word            4th Grade

          Joyful Sharer                              2nd Grade

          Trusty Friendmaker                   5th Grade

Reading Awards for 1st Grade:
Given for students in 1st grade who read the
       most books this year and read the most pages over Spring Break. 

 Most BooksAustyn Grieshammer (654); Jack Eisenga (259); & Megan Gabrielse (270)

Most PagesReese Guest (2,094); Louis Lin (1,161); Austyn Grieshammer (580); Eric Peterson (335); & Elijah Berkowitz (323) 


High Achievers Music Awards for 3rd GradeGiven to students in
     3rd grade who practiced the most with the recorder (total minutes in the year)

             Annalise Benjamin             2,648 minutes

          Mara Bakke                       1,968 minutes

          Cami Marthaler                 1,581 minutes


Presidential Award for Educational Excellence and Highest Award Recipient(s):  Recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence; given to 5th and 8th grade students.  Criteria includes: a score of 85% or higher on standardized achievement tests and a cumulative grade average of 90% or higher in 4th grade and at the end of the 1st semester of 5th grade.  Both criteria must be met to earn the award.   

 *currently holds the highest grade book average

             Ryan Guest             Connor Polster               Maeya Bakke*


Perfect Attendance**:

       Amber Chapin, Eliana Clardy, & Gabriel Verbeten – Kindergarten

     Lewcie Quam – 4th grade

     Ryan Guest, Kachi Iwaugwu, Alexis Okas, &
     Justin Powell – 5th grade

          **May change if a student misses a day before the official close of school on June 5

We completed chapel by recognizing the students with their awards and Mr. Butler closing us in prayer.  The Elementary Awards Chapel is always a favorite for it closes the year with all we hold dear – time spent praising the Lord, learning together, encouraging each other, and celebrating together!  What joy, what joy!!

In the Spotlight: Challenger Athletics

May 20, 2013
By Barbara Wiers
ALCS Challenger and WIAA logos

In the Spotlight . . . Challenger Athletics!

It’s that time of year . . . regionals and sectionals and state meets for our golf and track teams!

We wish all the best to our track team who heads out to today for WIAA Regionals and Sectionals are on Thursday.  Track State Tournament is May 31-June 1.  We wish all our track stars the best – may the wind be at your back!!

The Golf Team heads out for WIAA Regionals tomorrow, Tuesday May 21.  They follow that up with Sectionals on May 28 and the state meet June 3-4.  Wishing hole-in-ones for everyone at the meets – best of luck to our golfers!

Spring sports wrap up with these meets, but we are already thinking ahead to athletics for the 2013-14 year!

Challenger Athletic Information Meeting

DON’T MISS our Challenger Athletics Night for ALL sports on May 28 at 6pm in the Main Gym!!

The Challenger Athletic Information Meeting starts with a pizza dinner beginning at 6p and then its a fall and winter sports discussion including schedules and plans along with spirit wear and the Athletic Board will discuss the work they are doing.

BONUS:  don’t miss the prize drawing for an Athletic Fee Waiver that will cover one family for one sport season!!  The choice of season (fall, winter, or spring) is up to the family!!  Must be present to win.

Who is this really for? – High school students and parents. 

What about middle school sports? – Students going into 5th-8th grade next year are very welcome to attend.  Specific schedules for middle school sports are not established until next year, BUT, we do have summer camp information and open gym times that will be discussed.  

Why not just sign up in the fall? – We want teammates to gather this summer for informal workouts and weight training workouts using the weight room.  Plus, football and volleyball will begin before classes will; we need your commitment now!! 

I don’t know if I’m going to play next year. – COME AND HEAR THE PLANS!!  Stay connected with friends this summer time while using the great facilities at ALCS.

I have questions about athletics at ALCS; who do I talk with about them?.  Please contact the Athletic Office with any questions at 608.221.1520 x 347 or email dhaugen@mail.alcs.us or make an appointment to visit in person. 

Lady Challenger Soccer Scores!

May 13, 2013
By Barbara Wiers
soccer chalkboard

It’s been a year of growth at Abundant Life Christian School and one area where we’ve grown is in our athletic offerings!

Thanks to our tri-op with St. Ambrose Academy and Madison Country Day School, we are able to offer more sports options for our students.  What a joy to see them tackle the new sports like girls’ soccer!

ALCS has four girls who took the challenge of helping get the soccer team launched – senior KateLynn Gerry along with Sophomore Kelsey Anderson and Freshmen Alexis Guest and Genesis McCarthy.  This inaugural year will help set the course for girls’ soccer at ALCS in the future!

The soccer team recently took second place in the Platteville JV Invitational Tournnament. The championship game ended in a tie 2-2.  The Challengers went through 7 girls in the shoot-out before losing it (4-3)!!  A barnburner of a match!!

Want to check out Challenger Soccer?  Upcoming games include:

            Monday, May 13 @ Waunakee (5PM)

            Wednesday, May 15 @ Bishop O’Conner Center (5PM)

and      Friday,  May 17 @ Belleville (5PM)


Good luck, Lady Challengers! 


Academic Honors Banquet

May 01, 2013
By Barbara Wiers
Justina and Joseph

The Trailsway Conference South to which Abundant Life Christian School belongs recently hosted their annual Academic Honors Banquet which celebrates the Salutatorian and Valedictorian for the various high schools in the conference.  Not only are the students honored, but they each get to select a “Significant Educator” who has impacted their academic careers and those teachera are also recognized.

Representing ALCS this year were seniors Joseph Berggren and Justina Rinzel

Joseph, our ALCS Salutatorian, chose to honor Miss Anne Flaherty as his “Significant Educator.”  Miss Flaherty teaches Spanish.

Justina, our Abundant Life Christian Valedictorian, recognized Mrs. Katie Gruchow for her impact with the “Significant Educator” honor.   
Mrs. Gruchow teaches art.

The event is hosted by various schools yearly and this year, Hustisford High School played host to the event which was held at Old Hickory Country Club in Beaver Dam.   Mr. Butler, our Vice Principal, had the privilege of introducing Joseph and Justina to the crowd and shared their accomplishments with everyone . . . a length list! . . . however, both Justina and Joseph were unable to attend due to dress rehearsals for the school musical.  Their parents accepted the awards on their behalf.

Justina is headed for Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas, after graduation to study missions.  Joseph is still praying about where he will go for school and what to study.

Wherever Justina and Joseph go and whatever they study or do, one thing is certain . . . they will be a HUGE blessing to everyone with whom they come in contact!!  Joseph and Justina are outstanding students, but - more importantly – outstanding Godly young people!  It will be a joy to see where God takes them and how they use their talents and skills for the His glory. 

Congratulations to Justina Rinzel and Joseph Berggren for their academic honors!

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