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to and Read The Wolverine Way.
January 2014
Prince News Inside
Empty Bowls
iPad Program
Honor Roll
Wolverines Honored
Angels descended on Prince Avenue to celebrate the birth of the Savior.
Prince Avenue Remains Strong in 2014!
Pre-K Gives Thanks! The Indians
joined their parents for a special
Thanksgiving meal.
The first semester at Prince is on the books
and much has been accomplished already
this school year, with much still to come.
Here are just a few of this year’s accomplishments!
Our first distinguished speaker presentation for Middle and High School Chapel
was held in November (2013) as Mr. Kevin
“Chappy” Hynes, parent of Elijah (7th) and
Noelle (5th) and UGA campus minister for
the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, challenged our students in their personal integrity, ethical decision making and sound
judgment, social responsibility, account-
ability within a body of believers and acts
of service. Each of these five biblical principles is a part of the newly implemented
Christian Character Development Program
which consists of a distinguished speaker
series and discussion, student honor code
and a community service component. We
are thankful for Col. Hathaway’s vision for
this program and for Chappy leading our
students in this inaugural event.
As we shared last week, we are
pleased to announce that Mr. Kendall Eley
has been named Academic Dean at PACS,
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effective immediately. Over the next
several months, he will consult with David Douglas, who will be leaving Prince
Avenue in July to serve as Heritage
Academy’s Head of School.
Mr. Eley’s vision is to be both innovative and proactive in advancing the
school’s curriculum across all grade levels from pre-k through high school. He
brings extensive academic credentials
and experience to this position, having
earned both Specialist’s and Master’s
degrees in Educational Leadership,
and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Georgia College and State
University. Mr. Eley will continue to
provide leadership to the technology
department until a new director
is hired. Please welcome
Mr. Eley to this position and
give him all your support as
he works to make our great
academic program even better.
Our reenrollment period
begins on Monday, January 27th
and open enrollment on Monday,
February 10th. As Prince Avenue
prepares for the 2014-15 school year,
I encourage each of you to begin the
enrollment process early this year as
we anticipate several classes reaching
capacity. We have hosted 72 families
with 97 prospective students at our
Open Houses already this school year.
Thank you to all who have invited families to visit Prince and have assisted at
these Open Houses.
As we endeavor to partner with
Christian families to provide the best
college-prep Christian education for
all of our students, our focus remains
to fulfil our mission. As our enrollment
numbers increase, our goal is not to get
bigger, but to continue to improve at
everything we do. Our current capital
campaign is about recognizing that excellence is the foundation of our future,
as we continue to strive for excellence
and expand the depth and breadth of all
of our programs.
Our goal is to raise $5.5 million to
add needed academic facilities, build a
fine arts and assembly gymnasium wing,
add lunchroom space and upgrade technology infrastructure. Through generous
donations and support, we have already
added new foreign language classrooms,
additional lunchroom seating, technology infrastructure, educational classrooms,
a new band room and renovated
chorus room. Thank you
to those who have
pledged or given, and I encourage our
entire Wolverine family to be “All In”
and make your pledge or gift today to
the Excellence Campaign!
We also need for every family to
be part of our 2013-14 Annual Fund
to help reach our 100% participation
goal. Every gift to the Annual Fund is
important, valued and needed to help
us reach our budget goal which in turn
helps keep tuition costs lower. Already,
100% of our faculty, staff and board
have pledged to this year’s Annual
Fund. Let’s make it 100% for our entire
school family!
Stay warm, be “All In,” and have a
great second semester!
–Blessings, Danny Howell
Happy New Year
Wolverine Families!
I am excited to announce that
the Capital Campaign for Excellence is
moving forward… The cash on hand for this
initiative has increased to over $940,000. WOW! We
are close to that one million dollar mark. Please honor your
pledges, and if you have not pledged to our Excellence
Campaign we have brochures and pledge cards available for you
in the front office.
The Annual Fund is also increasing in participation and in
dollar amount. We have collected $70,000 of our $100,000 goal.
Giving to the Annual Fund helps keep our tuition reasonable and
benefits every Prince Avenue Christian School student.
It is important that every family participate every year in the
Annual Fund.
“Give every year, make a difference every day!” Please
remember you can always donate online.
All monies donated to Prince Avenue Christian School are
fully tax deductible. I want to thank you for your generous
–Kim Brannon
Director or Development
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Empty Bowls Is PACS’ Creative Drive to Feed the Hungry
One of the unique characteristics
of Prince Avenue Christian School
is the opportunity that students are
given to use their talents and abilities to minister to the community.
The Empty Bowls Silent Auction,
sponsored by the PACS National Art
Honors Society (NAHS), is one such
PACS art teacher, Meghan Hudson, implemented Empty Bowls at
PACS three years ago as a way to get
her art students involved in ministering to the community. “I want the
students to use their artistic talents
that God has given them to serve.”
Mrs. Hudson had participated in
Empty Bowls as a student in college
and really appreciated the symbolism the effort involved while also
helping other organizations that
minister to those in need. “Empty
Bowls is an international grassroots
effort to fight hunger,” she explains. “The basic idea is that potters,
artists, craftspeople, and educators work with the community to
create handcrafted bowls. Guests
are invited to a simple meal of soup
and bread. In exchange for a cash
donation, guests are asked to keep a
bowl as a reminder of all the empty
bowls in the world. The money
raised is donated to an organization
working to end hunger.”
In implementing Empty Bowls
at PACS, Mrs. Hudson has used her
creativity and designed the Empty
Bowls campaign to better fit our
school community. Instead of the
meal of soup and bread, the NAHS
students design, build, fire, and
glaze their bowls starting in the
month of November. In January,
the students fill them with goodies
gathered from donors or sponsors.
The bowls are then set out for display in the front hallway and sold by silent auction
to the highest bidder. All the money raised is donated to “A Bigger Vision”, a homeless
shelter in downtown Athens.
A representative from “A Bigger Vision” will visit the PACS campus to receive
the donation and share with students about the work that they do and the way the
money will be used to help those in need. Students will have opportunities to ask
questions and learn other ways they can be involved in ministering in the community. Mrs. Hudson describes this step in the process as very important. “This gives the
students a personal connection to the organization that they have supported with
their time and their talents.” Senior Mary Catherine McElroy concurs. “It is great knowing that something we make in class for fun can be used for such a good cause.”
In describing the popularity and success of the Empty Bowls campaign, Mrs. Hudson
says that students, teachers, and parents have been very supportive. “Our goal the
first year was to raise $1800. We exceeded that goal. The second year we set our goal
higher and exceeded that one as well.” This year, the students are hoping to raise
more than $3000.
In addition to NAHS students working on the Empty Bowl campaign, many others on campus have gotten involved. The Marketing class has designed the posters
to promote the event on campus, and many teachers have crafted bowls and filled
them to enter for auction as well.
Parents and students are encouraged to participate in this year’s Empty Bowls
event. The bowls crafted by teachers and students are on display in the front hallway,
and can be viewed before the auction.
On Friday morning, January 24th, the Empty Bowls Silent Auction will be held
from 8am until noon. Bids can be placed next to each bowl, from 8:00 am until noon.
Senior, Jamee Crowe, has participated in Empty Bowls since it began three years
ago. She describes Empty Bowls as one of her favorite activities at school. “The best
part, by far, is counting the total amount of money raised and knowing it is all going
to help the needy and a fantastic organization.”
–Amy Frierson
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iPad Program Enhances Creative Learning and Teaching
Photo by Justin Evans Photography
Prince Avenue’s youngest students in Pre-K and Kindergarten are diligently working on writing their letters correctly, practicing
the motions over and over. Meanwhile, AP Calculus teacher Kendall Eley watches as his seniors are working to solve an accelerated motion problem using the formula “r”=1/2 “a” t^2+”v” _”o” t+”r” _”0” .
Chorus and drama students are intently listening to recorded music as they are rehearsing their
parts for their next performance, while art students
are searching typography on the internet as they
prep for their next graphic arts project. These
students all have something in common: they are
working on iPads, Prince Avenue’s newest technology tool for teaching and learning.
Three years ago the school began a pilot program, providing iPads for seniors, and began to investigate ways that this technology could be used
in the classroom to enhance both teaching and
learning. That first year, most of the seniors’ math
work was done using the iPad, and the Advanced
Placement science and history teachers began to
use a variety of apps to help reinforce the concepts
they were teaching, says technology director Kendall Eley.
“We really wanted to evaluate the potential of
the iPad as a learning tool,” says Eley. “There are so
many apps that have been developed for educaPre-K students practice making letters using iPads in the classroom.
tional purposes, and we knew that we could find
ways to incorporate the use of this technology into
our curriculum in ways that would make the learning experience even more effective.”
The pilot program was deemed a success, and the iPad program was expanded last year to include all high school teachers
and students. This year, iPads were issued to teachers in the middle and lower schools as well, and, based on teachers’ proposals, several were placed in four lower school classrooms for students to use.
“No one had to teach even our youngest student how to use the iPad,” says Eley. “Even our 4-year-olds are comfortable
with using this kind of technology. It seems almost second nature to them.”
Eley has been encouraged by the variety of ways he sees the iPads used in the classrooms. His AP Calculus students use
the Educreations app to video record themselves as they work out problems, explaining their efforts step by step. Mr. Eley
can easily review the recordings to evaluate the student’s progress with solving a problem, or to see how they may have gone
wrong. Conversely, a student can ask him a question, and he can record his step-by step work to demonstrate the solution.
Fourth grade teacher Danny Delgado also uses this same free app to let students record and classify parts of a sentence.
He says “this app is a great tool for me to assess what a student understands and what they may be struggling with.” Doug
Jackson says his AP Chemistry class uses the Vernier data collection system to wirelessly plot data in real time on their iPads.
The students then use the Numbers app to do calculations and make professional graphs for their lab reports.
High School English teacher Tracy Hathaway explains that her students are able to download class materials from her
Moodle site, and add their own notes using their iPads to create effective study tools. (Moodle is an internet storage site teachers use to make class materials available for students.) Her students can also work on their grammar and editing skills using
practice sheets they can download. She thinks she uses about 80% less paper because students can complete and email their
work to her using the iPads. Marketing teacher Diana Jones uses the tool in much the same way, creating packets the students
can use for notes on the iPad, and then providing a way for them to conduct internet research on marketing topics.
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First grade students in Mrs.
Hayden’s class are learning to blog
using the iPads, and every day they
make entries in an online journal,
giving them the chance to improve
their writing and organizational
skills. During center times, the students work on their phonics, spelling
and grammar skills using a variety of
iPad apps. Mrs. Hayden loves having
the iPads to enhance the skills taught
in her classroom, and recognizes the
importance of these young students
learning to use technology appropriately at an early age. “These students
will continue to be faced with growing and changing technology,” she
Mr. Eley agrees that by implementing the iPad program at Prince
Avenue, we are responsible for
helping our students learn to use the
internet and technology responsibly.
“We have a number of security initiatives in place which help us to monitor student iPad use and activity,” he
says. “Students can only download
approved apps to the school issued iPads, and internet use can be
controlled while on campus. These
devices are intended to be learning
tools for our students, and part of the
education process is to help students
learn to make right decisions about
their use of technology for the right
reasons. “
Middle and high school students
are provided school email accounts,
and the iPads give students and
teachers an easy communication
tool. “Even simple schedule requests
can be made via iPads, says high
school principal Seth Hathaway. And
academic guidance director Lisa
Ricketts has worked with the students to submit registrations for dual
enrollment courses. And she says
high school students regularly “visit”
college campuses online through
video tours using the iPads.
“These days it would be difficult to say
‘the dog ate my homework,’” laughs Mr. Eley,
“since most work, at least in high school,
can be submitted online. But if the dog eats
the iPad, we’ve taken care of that problem
as well. Part of the $288 technology fee
high school students pay each year includes
insurance on the devices.”
Prince Avenue’s coaches have also
found good use for the iPad technology.
Photos taken from above the football field
during a game can be quickly emailed to
a coach’s iPad on the sideline, and offensive and defensive adjustments can be
made based on what is seen from a bird’s
eye view. And, old school “game film” has
been replaced by video viewed on iPads
so coaches and players can evaluate their
performances play by play.
Varsity baseball coach David Lincoln
uses an iPad app to record player’s hitting and fielding so he can provide players
feedback on technique and fundamentals.
Girls soccer coach Danny Delgado is using
the Coachnote app which lets him send his
players information about formations, drills,
and tactical strategy.
Fine Arts Director LaMurl Morris is ex-
cited about the ability to record different
parts of a music score for the students to
download to their iPads and practice in
groups or by themselves. “I can compile
accompaniment tracks by section, as well
as videos and audio files for the students
to use to learn the music or drama parts.
The iPads are a tremendous resource for
helping our students prepare for performances.”
And visual arts teacher Meghan
Hudson has found ways to incorporate
the tool in her classroom too. The app
Tracing Paper Lite helps students learn
proportion and scaling, while they also
spend time in and out of class using the
iPad for research about the topics they are
studying in art.
Eley says he will continue to evaluate
the iPad program, and encourages teachers to develop creative ways to use the
technology to enhance their work in the
classroom. “I am excited that the program
has advanced so far so quickly,” he says.
“It is exciting to be on the forefront of
educational technology advancement.
Prince Avenue is emerging as a leader in
this area.”
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Second Quarter/ First Semester
The 4th - 8th Grade Honor roll is based on quarter grades; The 9th - 12th Grade Honor roll is based on semester grades.
Drew Bobo
Kyla Bowen
Delanie Case
Will Elrod
Alex Fetzer
Nate Grooms
Jake Hathaway
Elizabeth Jackson
Seth Jernigan
Barnabas Li
Landys McClellan
Grace McClendon
Erin McNeely
KK McNeely
Sarah McNeely
Luke Nesbit
Emmie Norman
Widener Norris
Jackson Pollock
Madison Sizemore
Amelia Tyler
Abby Weaver
Chase Whalen
Caleb Wilson
Davis Wood
Emma Allen
Maggie Allen
Cassie Atha
Jake Bachman
Gracie Behr
Audrey Bliss
Logan Brown
Sam Browning
Tori Cameron
Addi Kay Carter
Abby Cearley
Joe Conner
Abigail Durocher
Erin Eley
Garrison Hammond
Camille Hardin
Anna Hardwick
Sarah Hilton
Emily Hinson
Jake Johnson
Hendley Jones
Klaire Lattin
Evan McCall
Maddie McDonald
Wyatt Mercer
Reid Murray
Sam Naeher
Olivia Shiver
Ashton Walker
Tanner Wells
Reece Wyatt
Sean Adams
Danielle Anglin
Reid Baker
Taylor Bond
Kenzi Bray
Kelly Cascella
Mackenzie Case
Meg Chandler
Aleah Crane
Hamilton Culpepper
Jared Deatrick
Jaden Drudge
Alex Gilmore
Charlie Graffin
Ansley Hall
Walker Henson
Sammy Hodges
Tanner Iley
Seele Jarrett
Max Johnson
Caleb Land
Sarah Lashley
Shannon Lee
Kali Marlowe
Hunter Melton
Caroline Middlebrooks
Trent Nesbit
Amelia Norman
Lindsay Rogers
Lauren Rowell
Mattison Ruff
Bryson Seay
Thompson Sewell
Trey Stiles
Bo Warren
Chase Barker
James Brinson
Madison Britt
Annie Echols
Allie Faulkner
Jay Hamil
Christopher Harding
Daniel Harper
Lilly Henderson
Trace Jeffers
Carson Kooistra
Danny Lee
Avery Mulford
Lilly Renn
Adam Smith
Will Todd
Sted Wilfong
Matthew Colquitt
Ariana Crane
Dini DiCosty
Addie Lee Frierson
Meg Garrett
John Morgan McDonald
Mary Grace Palmer
Emili Pinson
Gabriella Sposato
Aynsley Stier
Vannah Strozier
Emily Weaver
Luke Wells
Marlan Adams
Mark Aldin
Haley Barker
Virginia Beth Butler
Matthew Butt
Preston Chandler
Chase Deatrick
Macy Frazier
Sam Gignilliat
Jared Gilstrap
Alex Harding
Seth Lashley
Ashley McCall
Forde Norris
Hannah Payne
Jared Pringle
Isabelle Renn
Sammi Richt
Baylee Rogers
Megan Schwartz
Noah Shoemaker
Sam Todd
Joanna Varghese
Robert West
Max Woolery
Warren Albert
Connor Bachman
Jared Bloodworth
Jessica Bond
Rachel Brannen
Tyler Breedlove
Jon Conrad
Hazael Cortese
Anna DiCosty
Will Douglas
Mary Martin Harper
Abby Hathaway
Nicki Hood
Lu(Hester) Huang
Madeline Jackson
Sarah Beth Johnson
Ferrell Lavender
Drew Lay
Kate Marlowe
Andrew Medina
Soohyon (Sue) Min
Madison Naeher
Jessica Pringle
Rayne Pyfrom
Zachary Ragle
Gracie Renn
Peyton Ricketts
Parissa Shedd
Allison Shirley
Gabrielle Sims
Jordyn Smith
Duncan Taylor
Zachary Ware
Erica Webb
Wesley Wells
Anna Beth Wommack
Amanda Wooten
Hamilton Armit
Caroline Brannen
Laura Brannon
Catherine Bray
Amanda Brown
Leah Buczynsky
Ben Butler
Chandler Carey
Curry Cross
Sarah Crowe
Claire Daniel
Seabon Davis
Jordan England
Kelsey Fitzpatrick
Andrew Gignilliat
Lauren Gilstrap
Ashton Glenn
Josh Hampton
John Hayden
Sydney Henderson
Mayra Leyva
Clare Looney
Emma Meeks
Sutton Norris
Rhett Parr
Isaac Power
Hunter Ashley Raye
Caroline Taylor
Victoria Town
Josh Whalen
Jack Wilfong
Erica Wise
Jake Woolery
Sam Brannon
Ella Brightwell
Gracie Brownlee
Anna Cail
Caroline Clark
Jacob Colquitt
Jamee Crowe
Ross Crowell
Abby English
Blake Graham
Emmi Harding
Elli Heath
Amanda Hill
Peyton Howell
Gracyn Lastinger
YiYing (Elaine) Lin
Mackenzie Lowman
Anna Machovec
Austin McCall
Mary Catherine McElroy
Lydia Megdal
Katie Milliner
Zack Morris
Ander Mullinax
Christian Payne
Olivia Ricketts
Brandon Sallee
Conner Sibley
Grant Simpson
Autumn Stephens
James Wagner
James Wooten
Jason Wu
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Second Quarter/First Semester
The 4th - 6th Grade Honor roll is based on quarter grades.
Lauren Black
Katie Boarman
Dane Boswell
Anna Christenson
Nealie Cook
Annie Cross
Rinne Furlow
Kate Garth
Braelin Hagen
Aidan Harter
Noelle Hynes
Nathalie Lavender
Emily McClung
Kara Grace Myers
Georgia Nunn
Hunter Smith
Jack Tebeau
Hutson Tolbert
Katie Weems
Elizabeth Brantley
Elizabeth Coleman
Jaxon Connerley
Kellie Cucuzza
Zach Hamilton
Haley Holcombe
J.J. Hudson
Tate Jernigan
Nick Katsegianes
Phillip Kelley
Colin Kitchens
Bree Kuschel
Hugh Laughlin
Garrett Loftin
Branson Meeler
Caleb Norris
Ellen Patton
Gracie Power
Gabriella Rice
Livi Richt
Chas Scoggins
Heather Smith
Matthew Thompson
Carter Zittrouer
Gia Albert
Caden Bush
Allie Carter
Emilie David
Sara Drinkard
Sybille Foucart
Sara Frantz
Kathryn Anne Frierson
Gavin Harter
Maggie Holt
Taylor Howard
Jack Johnston
Charlie Kahlstorf
Abbigail Merhar
Lauren Pollock
Ashleigh Sayles
Faith Steele
Seth Ward
Maddy Wilson
Joey Young
Payton Bowles
Patrick Brannen
Jared Breedlove
Haley Cartey
Delaney Cook
Janie Henderson
Hope Hewatt
Josh Hilton
Molly Howard
Elijah Hynes
Megan Jackson
Savannah Johnson
Sarah Kelley
Cade Murray
Shelby Reese
Aly Richt
Thomas Ross
Boone Seay
Lolly Titshaw
Foster White
Drew Wright
Mary Hamilton Bottoms
Daniel Calderon
Kalin Cartey
Emily Cox
Sydney Crawford
James DeLaurier
Megan Garth
Benjamin Hardwick
Rebecca Hathaway
Caroline Hill
Elaine Hinson
Will Kahlstorf
Rachel Machovec
Rebekah Machovec
Marianna Mahaffey
Luke McDevitt
Annie McElhannon
Kelley McKeithan
Dalton Meeler
Sarah Owens
Tyler Roberts
Emma Taylor
Sara Thompson
Taylor Titshaw
Jon Varghese
McNeal Wilfong
Jonathan Witcher
Audrey Adamson
Cailyn Bloodworth
Preston Chandler
Jomarie Cortese
Natalie Crews
Palmer Heath
Morelle Holcomb
Amelia Loveless
Tyler Maxey
John Shumaker
Bryce Thomas
Alex Tuttle
John Bailey
Nick Boarman
Christopher Chittom
Monica Chumbler
Catherine Creighton
Grant Crowell
Jonathan Dauler
Joy Harris
Claire Hurley
Geraldo Jimenez
Landon Livesay
Christopher Nunn
Emily Soles
Chandler White
Qizhe (Jerry) Zeng
Maggie Aldin
Scott Aldin
Matthew Allen
Walker Boswell
Tory Bowles
Erikson Brown
Jonah Doster
Yiming Gao
Katelyn Grider
Tyson Herron
Kristian Knowles
Terry Ko
Jamie Lee
Lilli Perno
Wills Porter III
Mary-Frances Stearns
Rachel Steele
Silas Stocks
Luke Wallace
John Butt
Bethany Campbell
Alexandra Lavender
Montana McCullers
Christopher Pounds
Monica Walcott
Senior Mackenzie Lowman was named Prince Avenue Christian School’s Rotary Student
of the Semester, selected by teachers for her demonstration of the Rotary Club motto of
“Service Above Self.” The daughter of Steven and Kimberly Lowman, she chose science
teacher Joann Drake to share the honor with her at a Rotary Club breakfast.
While taking a rigorous academic course load, Mackenzie has maintained a 4.1 GPA,
and served in the leadership of both the National Honor Society and the National Beta
Club. She is also involved in the school’s Interact Club service organization, and in the
National Junior Honor Society. She received the Georgia Certificate of Merit and the Phi
Kappa Phi Certificate of Achievement.
She has sung in Prince Avenue’s chorus, performed drama productions, and she ran
on the school’s cross country team. A member of Grace Fellowship Church, Mackenzie
helps to lead a Bible study for eighth grade girls, participated in mission trips to Pine
Ridge Indian Reservation and Mexico, and has also served as a volunteer at Butterfly
Dreams Farm working with mentally and physically challenged children.
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PACS Lunch is a Nutritious and Favorite Part of the Day!
In the early morning hours, while the
rest of the Prince Avenue Christian
School families are still at home going through their morning routine,
the PACS cafeteria staff has begun
their day’s work. These 12 ladies work
diligently each day to prepare healthy
and delicious meals for students,
faculty, staff, and visitors. They also
serve breakfast, provide a concession
style snack for middle and high school
students, and are responsible for food
service for many special events sponsored by the school.
When entering the school front
hallway, one can quickly observe
that the PACS cafeteria is a hub of the
school. There is an energetic flurry of
activity as the entire school rotates
in and out, and takes a much needed
break in the day to eat and relax.
With lunch time beginning at 10:40
for Pre-Kindergarten, the cafeteria
staff manages to serve as many as 700
meals in any given day. And this is no
ordinary lunch.
“Most of our menu items are made
from scratch,” says Food Service Coordinator Lesia Carithers. “We make
our own lasagna, spaghetti sauce, casseroles . . . almost everything is made
right here.”
As the coordinator, Ms. Carithers
is responsible to plan and prepare
menus. “I try to offer a variety of
choices and include items that I know
even picky eaters will eat. That way I
know they will not go home hungry.”
With a commitment to good nutrition, Ms. Carithers says the menu
usually includes at least two meats, a
fruit, a green vegetable, a salad, and
a soup along with other choices. Students have the opportunity to make
selections and can even opt to choose
a veggie tray with no entrée. The
one limitation she
mentions is french
fries. “We only allow
students to choose
one serving of fries.
No doubles on that
Each year Ms.
Carithers plans
about 20 menus and
rotates those menus
throughout the year.
She incorporates new
recipes and keeps
serving the known
favorites. “Chicken
Wings”, she says with
a smile. “They can choose different flavors,
and they just love them. I always know that
is going to be my most popular day.”
But menu planning and food preparation is just a small portion of Ms. Carithers’
responsibilities. Daily, she manages the
lunch count, orders food from her supplier,
and stays in compliance with health and
safety regulations. “The Health Inspector
comes four times a year unannounced, and
we have to be ready. We always score in the
high 90s.” She is also willing to confer with
parents if they have concerns regarding
allergies or food sensitivities and does what
she can to assist parents as they plan for the
needs of their children during lunch.
Ms. Carithers’ high standards for the PACS
kitchen are also evident in the continuing
education classes that she attends and
requires of her full-time staff. “Serve Safe”
is a course where attendees are certified
in courses that cover food safety practices,
food-borne illnesses, allergens, and more.
She has also attended a Food Service
convention in which she was provided
spiritual encouragement as well as professional training. “The convention inspired
me spiritually and professionally. I came
back refreshed.”
Clearly Ms. Carithers’ enthusiasm
for making the PACS cafeteria a
unique experience has been contagious. Her staff and volunteers serve
with a smile, interacting personally with each student who comes
through the line. As a result of the
delicious food and friendly environment, PACS’ lunch is known to be a
favorite part of the day, says Principal Bettyann Collinsworth.
“I am so thankful for our lunchroom staff who works hard to
prepare nutritious food that the kids
will actually want to eat. They have a
tough job. They do it well, and they
do it with love. Many times during
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dismissal, I will ask students, ‘What
was good today?’ I can’t tell you how
many times the answer is ‘Lunch!’” she
Alongside the cafeteria’s extended
staff includes parent and grandparent volunteers who give of their time
to help the lunchroom run smoothly.
As a parent who volunteers regularly,
Carri Leigh Todd says serving in this
way is one of the best ways to give of
her time to PACS. “It is a joy to serve
in the lunchroom and see all of the
students as they come through the
lunch line.” Mrs. Todd also encourages parents not to be intimidated by
jumping in to help. “The lunchroom
staff is so hospitable to everyone who
works with them, and to top it all off,
you get to eat the delicious food they
are serving that day.”
When talking of the challenges of
her job, Ms. Carithers does not waiver
in her dedication. She acknowledges
that she has a challenging and diffi-
cult task every day, but she says the rewards
outweigh the challenges. “It is special to get
the hugs from the children and to know that
I did something to help their day along.”
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to volunteer in the PACS cafeteria by
contacting Laine Hood at [email protected]
–Amy Frierson
Running with the PACS
5K and Fun Run
PACS Campus
March 8, 2014
2:30 pm
The Prince Avenue Christian School
Interact Club initiated a project to get
students to join the national drive
to provide letters to every deployed
military personnel who is stationed
overseas. Prince Avenue’s “The BIG
Thank You” campaign collected 375
letters which were sent to military
The Prince Avenue Christian
School students contributed 8200
pounds of canned and boxed food
to the ACTS (Area Churches Together
Serving) food bank through the Tackling Hunger, Pound for Pound drive
sponsored by the school’s National
Honor Society and National Junior
Honor Society.
The drive nearly reached its goal
of donating enough pounds of food
to equal the total weight of the varsity football team. Over 1,700 of the
cans were donated at the Wolverines
football game against Pinecrest Academy, and the NHS and NJHS presidents Mary Catherine McElroy and
Emily Weaver, and Head of School
Danny Howell, announced the total
to Mr. Rainey Hiss, Coordinator for
the Oconee County Food Bank and
Clothes Closet which is supported by
Also, more than 450 shoeboxes
were contributed for the Operation
Christmas Child project sponsored by
Samaritan’s Purse.
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Young Angels
Stand Alert!
Elementary music students joined
the Little Prince Players Drama Club
for an outstanding performace of
Angel Alert! in November.
Angel Alert! is a fictional work
which portrays the Nativity story
from the angels’ perspective and
provides a unique opportunity for
the students to learn more about
the birth of Jesus. The story features
two lead angels, Michael and Gabriel
(played by fifth graders Carter Zittrouer and Tori Cameron), who guide
the other angels in protecting events
to ensure that the Son of God can be
born. Meanwhile, two mischievous
angels, Harpo and Halo (fifth graders
Emily Hinson and Anna Hardwick),
play key roles in the outcome of a
battle to help the wise men see the
The rest of the cast was made up
of fourth and fifth grades students
who are members of the afterschool
drama club, the Little Prince Players.
The group is directed by Justin and
Sharon Carter.
Students Honored by the DAR
Three Prince Avenue Christian School students were honored at a luncheon on
Saturday, January 11th by the Apalachee Chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution (DAR).
Eighth grade student Addie Lee Frierson, freshman Chase Deatrick, and senior
Gracyn Lastinger were recognized for their participation and achievement in an essay contest sponsored each year by the DAR. Participation in the contest is voluntary and divided by grade level and topic.
Addie Lee Frierson responded to the given topic “The Lives of Children During
the American Revolution” in using historical facts to portray either an historical or a
fictional child living during the American Revolution. Addie Lee was honored as the
contest winner for PACS as well as the chapter winner for the Apalachee Chapter of
the DAR. Her essay has been forwarded to the state level competition.
Chase Deatrick’s essay, “How Do Americans view Christopher Columbus and George
Washington Today?” compared and contrasted these two heroes from American history and explained how Americans can apply the experiences of these two men to
their own lives. Chase was honored as the contest winner for PACS.
Gracyn Lastinger was chosen by the Prince Avenue Christian School faculty as
the 2014 DAR Good Citizen because she exhibits the qualities of good citizenship:
dependability, loyalty, service, leadership, self-control, and patriotism in her home,
school, and community. In addition to receiving this award, Gracyn voluntarily
submitted an essay on the topic “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for
Preserving It,” describing how a person’s personal heritage affects his or her personal
duty to our nation. Gracyn’s essay was chosen as the chapter winner for the Good
Citizen essay contest and will be forwarded to the state level competition.
All three PACS students were presented with a certificate of achievement, a
medal, and a cash award from the Apalachee Chapter of the DAR. The students read
their essays aloud to the guests in attendance at the luncheon.
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PACS Students
Sing in Chorus
Six Prince Avenue fifth graders traveled to Jonesboro to participate in
the Statewide Elementary Honor
Chorus–a conglomeration of 500
fourth and fifth-grade students from
schools throughout Georgia, sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators
The students, chosen by their
schools’ music instructors to be part
of the Honor Chorus, spent Friday
and much of Saturday rehearsing in
preparation for their performance in
First Baptist Jonesboro’s Worship Center on Saturday. All 500 students were
assigned to be part of one of two
choirs, both of which were directed
by well-known conductors. Each
choir rehearsed independently and
did not hear the other choir’s songs
until the concert on Saturday.
Lower school music teacher Larry
Boling selected Prince’s six participants this year, including Cassie Atha,
Gracyn Behr, Elizabeth Coleman,
Camille Hardin, Anna Hardwick and
Ellen Patton from the 30 students
who auditioned. Boling said selecting
only six from those 30 has been the
hardest challenge of this process. The
chorus is not only for girls, but Boling
said it just so happened this year that
the six who stood out were girls.
The Honor Chorus performed
several songs, two of which were spirituals, which Boling said is not normal
for the state concert. “They’re two
really old, African-American spirituals,
and they’re really cool, fun songs to
sing,” Boling said. “One of the other
songs they sang is a really funny one
called ‘The Duel,’ which is about a cat
and a dog having a fight, and the
singers really liked that one.”
Prince Avenue Christian School band members participated in the Athens Tuba Christmas Concert at the Classic Center on December 3.
Tuba Christmas was founded in 1974 by Harvey Phillips, Professor of Tuba at Indiana
University to honor his teacher, William Bell who was born on Christmas day in 1907. The
first Tuba Christmas performance was given by over 300 musicians in New York City’s
Rockefeller Plaza. In the years since, Tuba Christmas has grown into an international
event performed by hundreds of thousands of tuba and euphonium players in cities
throughout the world.
New Wolverine Band Director Miles Adams has had students perform in this concert
in previous years, and was privileged to take students Luke Wells, Danny Lee, Tanner Iley,
Nick Studinski, and Trent Tredwell to participate in this year’s festivities.
Honors Chorus students Camille Hardin, Gracyn Behr, Cassie Atha, Elizabeth Coleman,
Ellen Patton, and Anna Hardwick.
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From the Wolverine Sidelines...
Wolverine athletes have been honored with team, region, and state recognition for their achievements in fall sports.
Dedicated Wolverine Cheerleader/Most Valuable: Gracie Brownlee, Claire Hurley, Katie Milliner, Hunter Ashley Raye
Coaches/Captain Award: Gracyn Lastinger, Olivia Ricketts
Cross Country
Individual State Qualifier: Abby Hathaway
AJC State First Team: Christian Payne
AP State: First Team–Christian Payne, Zantravious Shields;
Second Team–James Wagner
Honorable Mention: Zantravious Shields
Athens Banner Herald ALL Area: First Team–Kevon Hudson,
Christian Payne, Region Player of the Year
Christian Payne, Zantravious Shields, Zack Graham, Alexander
Stier; Honorable Mention–Max Moorman, Tyson Herron, Conner Sibley, T.J. Loveless, Zach Ragle
Region 8-A Awards: Player of the Year–Christian Payne; Offensive Line–Alexander Stier, T. J. Loveless; Running Back–Kevon
Hudson; Quarterback;–Tyson Herron; Defensive Line–Blake Graham, Chandler Chitton; Linebackers- Zach Ragle; Defensive
Backs–Zack Graham, Zantravious Shields, Max Moorman; Defensive Ends–James Wagner, Conner Sibley; All Purpose–Jonah
Doster; Rudy Award–Clay Petty; Academic Award–Conner Sibley, Christian Payne; Coach of the Year–Jeff Herron
N.E. Ga. FCA All Star Team: Jonah Doster, James Wagner, Kevon Hudson, Zack Graham, Zantravious Shields, Christian Payne,
Conner Sibley; Richard Bell–Assistant Coach of the Year
Northeast Georgia FCA All Star Game: Tyler Foster, Zack Graham, Chandler Chittom
Junior Bowl: Zantravious Shields
All Region: Emily Soles , Chandler Carey , Bethany Campbell , Jordyn Smith
All Area Athens Banner Herald: Bethany Campbell, Emily Soles;
Honorable Mention–Chandler Carey , Jordyn
All State: Emily Soles, Chandler Carey, Bethany
Campbell; 2nd team-Jordyn Smith
Georgia Dugout Club Player of the Year: Emily
Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year: Lacy
All Area First Team: Sydney Henderson
All Area Honorable Mention: Kelsey Fitzpatrick
Emily Soles
Georgia Dugout Player of the Year
State Cross Country Qualifier
Abby Hathaway

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