February 7, 2018







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                     B---Wednesday, February 7 
                     A---Thursday, February 8  
                     B---Friday, February 9    
                     A---Monday, February 12   
                     B---Tuesday, February 13   
                     A---Wednesday, February 14   

February 9-11, 2018
Supervision - Team 4  
  Nancy Gerard- Administrator  

Shortened Friday Afternoon Class Schedule
Period 3: 11:50-12:55
Period 4: 1:00-2:05
Period 5: 2:10-3:15
Period 6: 3:20-4:25
  5:15-5:50 PM      Supper

          6:00 PM             Campus Closes
          7:30 PM             Home Vespers
               (See Chaplain Josh for further details)  
Sunset 6:16 PM
  8:30-9:00 AM      Breakfast
10:00 AM             Sabbath School in Chapel
11:10 AM              Worship Service
After worship        Lunch
  5:30-6:00 PM      Supper
  6:15 PM              Eventide
  7:00 PM                Outlets/Fast Food                 
10:00-10:30 AM    Brunch
11:30 AM             Girls Town Trip
         1:00 PM             Boys Town Trip
          1:00-3:00 PM     Acrofest Practice for Show
          3:30-4:00 PM     Acrofest Parent Show 


                                        WEEK OF PRAYER - AFTERNOON SCHEDULE

                                  Period 3: 11:50-12:55
Period 4: 1:00-2:05
Period 5: 2:10-3:15
Period 6: 3:20-4:25
Gymnastics: 4:40-5:40
Supper: 5:15-6:00 (line open)
Recreation: 5:45-6:45  
Student Week of Prayer Meeting: 7:00   


                    Wednesday, February 7           Valentine Fundraiser Deliveries  
                    Wednesday, February 7           Basketball Tournament at Andrews University (leave 6 AM / return Sunday 4 PM)

                    Saturday Night,  February 10   GCA Acrofest

                    Sunday, February 11               GCA Acrofest

                    Sunday, February 11                ACT

                    Sunday, February 11               Men's Club Ramen Olympics Cook-Off

                    Monday-Sabbath, Feb. 12-17  Student Week of Prayer - "What If?"  


Our basketball teams have arrived at Andrews University. I would say they are getting a warm welcome, but that would only be from the people in Berrien Springs. It is cold, with fresh snow and more to come. So, as our teams have the experience of the tournament (with approximately 18 teams from academies across the country), they will also get a strong dose of winter in the north. We wish success to our teams and a safe trip home.

Student Week of Prayer - Our Student Week of Prayer begins on Monday, with meetings each evening at 7:00 pm in the GCA Church, and Friday evening at 7:30 pm. The worship service Sabbath morning will mark the end of our special week. Every Week of Prayer is a special time of worship and spiritual growth. But our Week of Prayer with student speakers is always a high point of the year. This year our speakers are the following:

  • Geoffrey Nkosi
  • April Espinosa
  • Annslie Staton
  • Brandon DeSouza
  • Josh Walker
  • Desiree Clemons
Students and parents are encouraged to attend each evening and Sabbath morning. If you can't make the trip to campus, the meetings will be streamed live. Thank you to these student leaders for their willingness to speak during our Week of Prayer.

Student Absence and Dress Code Committees - Advisory committees comprised of students and faculty have meet to discuss a couple areas of our school program that could benefit from conversation and possible changes. I've previously mentioned that we would be taking a look at student class attendance and how it is impacted as a result of their involvement in touring groups and teams, as well as mission trips, conferences and other school activities that take students out of class. That advisory committee met and generated some good ideas as to how to help the situation. After the faculty reviews the ideas I will have more to say about possible changes.

The dress code advisory committee was split into two groups and they also spent some thoughtful time talking about our challenges. I will be taking recommendations to the faculty immediately after spring break for consideration. I'm not prepared to announce a final recommendation, but I will summarize a few consensus points from the groups (with the understanding that not all participants would agree with all conclusions):

  • There are too many sweatshirt options, making it difficult for anyone to know what is approved.
  • With the proliferation of options (including different team jackets, organization jackets or sweatshirts, etc.) there is no   longer much of a "uniform" look to our uniforms.
  • Outerwear (coats and/or hoodies) are an area of challenge, and the groups desired a more uniform solution that students would like and use.
  • We have failed to provide slacks for female students that they will wear. The groups agreed that more options need to be offered, with the possibility of opening this area to personal choice that can be purchased at different retailers, provided a few restrictions are observed. From the faculty perspective, the girls skirt should probably be eliminated. This has historically been a point of frequent conflict between faculty and students, and there are no easy solutions. The question both committees had was - would it work if we opened up the options of slacks (able to purchase at many stores - Khaki and possibly adding a black or navy blue Khaki option), and perhaps adding capris - can we eliminate the plaid skirt from the uniform?
  • ยท Not sure what to do about sandals. Most schools do not allow flip flops and slides. More conversation is required on this point.
Comments are welcome on any of the points above. I anticipate our faculty addressing these issues at their faculty meeting on March 13.

Students of the Month - The following students were voted to be the Students of the Month by our faculty. They have demonstrated spiritual and social leadership and have been noticed by our faculty for their positive attitude and caring lives. Here are the award recipients for the month of January:

  • Freshman - Emily Freeman
  • Sophomore - Dylan Waters
  • Junior - Narumi Imayuki
  • Senior - Juliet Bromme
Congratulations and thanks to these student leaders. 
February Home Leave--Noon Wednesday, February 28 - Monday, March 12, 2018
Reservations are due by noon, Wednesday, February 21 
Make reservation and pay online a t www.gcasda.org
  • Quick links: Parents (top, left-hand corner of website)
  • Home Leave Transportation
No refunds or credit for transportation reservations that are not used. We schedule vehicles based on the number of reservations, which means we use larger vehicles to accommodate more students.
Late fee is 50% of trip fee and will be charged to your GCA account if the reservation and/or payment is submitted past the published due date. We cannot guarantee there will be room to accommodate late reservations.
Questions? Contact Susan Jenkins at sjenkins@gcasda.org

There is still space available in the yearbook to commemorate the milestone your senior has achieved.  Log on to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter order number 1876.  Follow the prompts to design your ad, add it to your cart, and then purchase it.  If you have problems, contact tech support at 877-362-7750.
Prices are as follows:  1/8 page = $65; 1/4 page = $85; 1/2 page = $100

DEADLINE is March 5.

          February 15                   Union College representative here, at the library in the morning/cafe at lunch
          February 17                   Basketball Mania
          February 18                   Men's Club/Women's Club Valentine's Banquet
          February 20                   Chattanooga Gymnastics Shows
          February 21                   NHS Blood Drive
          February 21-24              SAU Honors Choral Music Festival
          February 22-24              "Magnify" Praise Band Festival
          February 25                  Sunday Classes
          February 25                  Winter Voice Recital, 5 PM  
          February 28                  AM Classes, Home Leave begins at Noon     
          February 28-March 12   Home Leave/Spring Break
          March 15                       Camerata Local Trip
          March 16                       End Third Quarter
          March 16                       Regular Friday afternoon classes begin

You are loved more than you will ever know
by someone who died to know you.
Romans 5:8

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