ELCA eNewsletter • September 2020
Welcome New Staff
Michelle Aaron
Early Learning Academy
Abby Akins
1st grade parapro
Sarah Blackaby
Middle School Art
Lisa Cannon
K5 Teacher
Cary Davis
High School History
Ivy Northrop
Early Learning Academy
Tanner Rogers
Middle School History
Kim Terrell
High School
Asst Principal
Rebecca Woodall
1st Grade Parapro
We welcome some new faces along with some familiar ones! You may recognize Mrs. Cannon who is returning to the ELCA K5 classroom. We also welcome three alumni (forever Chargers) onto our staff...Ivy Northrop (Class of 2014), Tanner Rogers (Class of 2011), and Rebecca (Hassert) Woodall (Class of 2015).

We're glad you are a part of the ELCA family!
We hope you see us as the best of the best in Christian education! Now, you can recognize ELCA by voting in the Henry County's Best of the Best 2020 sponsored by the Henry Herald. Eagle's Landing Christian Academy has been nominated in numerous education categories. You may vote for ELCA in each of the categories and there is no limit to the times you may vote. Ballots close on Wednesday, September 30 and winners will be announced in October.

Show your love for ELCA and vote!
Are You Ready to Transition
from Virtual to Traditional Instruction?
The next opportunity for transition from virtual/online classroom instruction to on-campus/traditional classroom instruction will be October 13.

Parents will be asked to complete a transition form to apply for their virtual student to return to the traditional classroom.

Virtual students will be allowed to return to the traditional classroom as space allows due to physical distancing requirements in the classroom.

Please email Martha Fairley with any questions.
2020-2021 Prayer Walk
Administrators, faculty, staff, students and parents joined forces in prayer to lift up our ELCA family and this (very different) school year.
Thank You for Serving!
A big THANK YOU to ELCA parent and nurse practitioner, Mrs. Diana Rawls for her help with morning carpool. She has given her time each morning to help do temp checks in the morning drop-off line. This really helps keep the line moving!
After-School Enrichment Program
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy provides an enriched environment for students (K3-12) who need after-school care. Students enjoy participating in various activities such as computer time, board games, sports/recreational activities, free center time, outside play, etc. The program offers homework supervision and assistance and provides a snack for the students. Visit www.elcaonline.org/apps/pages/asep to sign up!
The mission of the Young Chargers Enrichment Program (Day Camp) is to lead young people to become good examples in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity through character education and recreational activities. 
The Young Chargers Enrichment Program will operate during the:
  • Fall Break • September 21-25
  • Thanksgiving Break • November 23-25
  • Mid-winter Break • February 15-19, 2021

Lots of great fun is being planned, even in the midst of Coronavirus challenges. You can be assured that YCEP complies with best practices and recommendations for safety in the current climate, just as during school days.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Find the calendar online at www.elcaonline.org/apps/pages/calendar
Join the Parent Diversity Council
The Parent Diversity Council is open to any parent or guardian at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy to hear updates, share ideas, and find ways to continue building biblical and cultural diversity within our school community. Please fill out the interest form if you would like to join. The deadline to submit the form is Friday, September 11th. 
Elementary September Students of the Month
Congratulations to the following elementary
“Students of the Month”

1st Grade:
Allison Brooks, Lauryn Evans,Alyssa Irvin
2nd Grade
Anniston Greenich, Harrison Hinson, Tashi Patel

3rd Grade
Max Drozdovschi, Rachel Lockhart, Olivia Whitlock

4th Grade:
Callie Brown, Caleb Sanderlin, Jordan Thomas

The furnishings for the ELCA Collaboratory are complete! It's a fantastic space that is enjoyed by students and teachers, alike! Your gifts to the ELCA fund help make projects like this possible. Thanks for giving!
Soaring like Eagles
Senior, Charis (Reese) Spence achieved the rank of Eagle Scout this spring. What an outstanding honor. Congratulations, Reese, for earning this prestigious award!
Code2Life 2020
Code2Life 2020 Coding camp was amazing this year! Students used Microsoft MakeCode to create arcade games written in JavaScript. Students created their own versions of popular arcade games like Galaga and Barrel Roll. The students also spent a day programming Micro:bit pocket-sized computers. With the micro:bits students created moving inchworms, musical fruit, a crashy bird game, and a step counter.
Class of 2020 • Impressive Stats
The Class of 2020 received acceptances from 170 colleges and universities, and will attend 51 different institutions. 72% are eligible for HOPE and 28 are Zell Miller scholars. Most impressively, the 110 students in the ELCA Class of 2020 received $9,396,872.00 in grants, academic, and athletic scholarships! This brings our six year total to $38,958,208!
Notable News Regarding ELCA Georgia Scholars
A total of 295 graduating seniors from across Georgia were recognized as 2020 Georgia Scholars, with 7 of those being from Henry County.

The notable news is that 2 of the 7 from Henry County were ELCA's Olivia Tinsley and Gabe Wright! It's just remarkable that our class of 110 students has produced 2 of the 7 Georgia Scholars from Henry County! Olivia has gone on to the United Stated Naval Academy and Gabe is at the University of Pennsylvania!

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home.
These students have carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school; performed excellently in all courses; successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and have assumed roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
“It is always special to recognize a new class of Georgia Scholars, but I have to say it is even more meaningful to recognize these students from the class of 2020,” Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “In the face of disappointing circumstances and delayed plans, these students have displayed great resilience, maturity, and grace. I am honored to recognize their accomplishments and wish them well as they proceed into futures that, despite this temporary setback, are still worthy of great hope.” 
The Georgia Scholar program is coordinated by GaDOE’s Excellence Recognition office and through local coordinators in each public school system and private schools throughout the state.
Amazing Advanced Placement Results
Through the academic opportunities at ELCA , students have the opportunity to leap ahead in their college credits, making ELCA an ever better value.
Even with the “hiccup” of Advanced Placement (AP) classes going virtual this past March and student’s testing at home, the AP score results released June 15th by the college board were outstanding.

AP coordinator, Alan Teague commented, “We did not know what to expect when school closed and all of our classes went to online instruction, but our teachers and students stepped up to the challenge. Even though last year’s scores were an improvement over the previous year they were even higher this year. The score results are proof of both the teacher’s dedication to instruction and the student’s commitment to work.”

AP Exams are scored on a scale of 1-5 with success on an AP Exam defined as an exam score of 3 or higher. One hundred twenty-one students took a total of 177 exams in 15 subjects. The percent of students with a score of 3 or higher was 75.2% (by comparison the Georgia average last year was 61.6%).
National and local percentages have not been released, but comparing ELCA’s results globally, ELCA students scored higher than the global average in Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, Human Geography, Physics, Psychology, and Statistics. Most outstanding results were in Calculus, Physics, and Statistics with 100% of students scoring a 3 or higher. Other notable results were in Computer Science at 93.8%, English Literature at 73.7%, Human Geography at 80.8% and Psychology at 88.2%.
In addition 26 students have been named AP Scholars:

AP Scholar- Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
Anna Appleby, Katelyn Barron, Abigail Desir, Bryson Echols, James Freeman, Leah Garrison, Xia Hardy, Jade Hensel, Katherine Ketner, Tyler King, Eli Orcutt, Grace van Verseveld, Natalie West, Joseph White, Dalei Xu, Jeffrey Zhang.

AP Scholar with Honor- Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Juliana Cantillo, Katie Wallace.

AP Scholar with Distinction- Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Eunjin Choi, Jessica Cui, Madeline Reagan, Andrew Riad, Olivia Tinsley, Dylan van Verseveld, Hann Wei.

National AP Scholar- Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Dylan van Verseveld. (Dylan took 10 AP exams during high school, with scores of 5 in Calculus, Physics, US Government, US History, and Human Geography.)
The Silver Lining to Socially Distanced Arts
Albert Einstein said, "In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity,” and Plato observed that a need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem.

It would have been easy to believe that arts classes would not be able to continue when it became necessary for students to learn from home. Many of the arts disciplines revolve around collaborative performance. But, ELCA teachers took this is as a great opportunity to focus on Theory, History, Method, etc., in their various disciplines. It also presented a unique opportunity for students to delve deeper into their art on an individual basis, as they continued to be guided by their instructor. 

The pandemic has also afforded the opportunity to explore some exciting new online teaching tools. One of these new applications actually allows music students to use a cell phone video app along with a "click track" to record all of their individual performance parts from a symphonic musical piece. They they can then upload their video online and the teacher edits them all back together to create a beautiful and harmonized ensemble musical performance. Each student is seen playing their instrument and performing their individual harmonized part. All this while never leaving the safety and security of their individual homes. Very cool! We live in an amazing time. ~Chuck Ekstedt, Director of the School of Fine Arts
  • 30 minutes of one-on-one, personal attention
  • Virtual options available

Join the Athletic Booster Club
It is hard to believe that the 2020-2021 school year has already started. While it doesn’t look anything like what we have experienced in the past, we continue to move forward each day. There is nothing really to compare it to but we must think about safety in all that we do.

The fall sports season has started and the teams are expected to do well. I just wanted to get with you to let you know that now is time to join the ELCA Booster Club. Joining the Booster Club is a great way to support the student-athletes and the teams that represent ELCA. 

ELCA has a rich and proud tradition of excellence on and off the playing fields. The ELCA Booster Club’s financial contributions have made great impacts on all of the ELCA sports teams and the many athletes that have participated in our programs throughout the years. By joining the ELCA Athletic Boosters you will be helping fund opportunities for our ever developing sports programs.

There are many different levels of sponsorships available that you can help support ELCA Athletics. Each one is designed to meet the needs you may have as either a Corporate Sponsorship or an Individual/Family Sponsorship. All membership levels include free entry into all of the sporting events held on the campus here at ELCA. The only exclusion would be any and all GHSA playoff games in the respective sports. You will also get a minimum of two Homecoming Dinner tickets. Maybe you want to know where you will sit at the football games, we have a level for that starting with our Bronze level. Maybe you would like to advertise your business; we have a few levels which can help you with that.

Seating in the Blue Booster section at the stadium will be adjusted this year to ensure the safety of our fans. We will set up seating to accommodate social distancing. Priority will be given first to renewals from last year and then new requests based on the date your form is received. 

Heading up our Booster Membership team this year will be:
Jacqueline Lilly (Membership/Sponsorship)
Kaylen Anthony (Corporate and Business Membership/Sponsorship)

We would appreciate your support! Complete the online form and we can bill your account for your membership.

Eddy Wright
ELCA Booster Club
Servant Leader Extraordinaire!
Congratulations to the best "servant leader" around! Very well deserved. Here is ELCA Booster Club President Eddy Wright presenting Mr. T with the Kim Edge Service Above Self Award.

ELCA sure misses Mr. and Mrs. Edd Tucker!
Bolts Running Club
The Bolts Running Club competed in their first race this season on 8/29 at Liberty Hill Ranch. Leading the way was Tre Carlo for the boys who took 16th out of 72. For the girls, Mikiah Knight led the way with a 10th place finish out of 51. Great job, Bolts!
Pre-Season Football All-State Football Team
Offensive Lineman, Bryson Estes, was named to the MaxPreps Georgia Pre-season All-State Football Team as well as the AJC Pre-season All-State Team.

Eagle's Landing Christian won the Class A-Private state championship last year thanks in part to the blocking of Estes, who was a Class A-Private all-state honorable mention pick.

Defensive Back, Kaleb Anthony, was also named to the AJC Pre-season All-State Team.

Which current 1A private school has the most football victories over the past decade? ANSWER

Who is the highest-rated private-school football team in Georgia? ANSWER
Coach Gess Named the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s D.L. Claborn Coach of the Week!
Thanks so much to each of our families for such a positive response to our ELCA Fund “All In In 10” Campaign Kickoff that concluded on Friday, August 28thOver 42% of our families have responded with a donation or pledge to this year’s campaign. 

If you have not yet participated, please get your donation or pledge in today. You may do so by:

For donations of $100 or more, each student in the family will receive a Stronger Together t-shirt. Please complete this form and return to the Advancement Office.

As a reminder, increased family participation not only allows administration to provide those extras that enhance the experiences of our students, but it also opens the door for opportunities for donations from outside foundations and organizations. Thanks, again, to those who have already donated, and we urge the others to please participate as soon as possible. 

Every Gift Counts!
and it's so much easier! Watch the video for all the details.
Not the War They Signed Up For...
The US Army infection control team prepares to go into Legacy Transitional Care under the command of Lt. Cameron Shepherd (far right) who briefs the men on the mission on Sunday, April 19, 2020, in Atlanta.

The men expected to deploy overseas for war.

That hasn’t happened yet. Instead, they are fighting an invisible enemy, disinfecting Atlanta-area nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cameron is among more than 2,300 Georgia Guardsmen and other state officials serving on the tip of the spear in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. In addition to disinfecting long-term care homes, they are testing patients for the disease, aiding busy hospitals and assisting food banks.

We are human beings,” said Shepherd, a graduate of Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Class of 2009. “We care about our community.”.
A shout-out of appreciation to front-line essential workers like Philip LaVigne, MD (Class of 2009) who works at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital Emergency Medicine. We are proud to call Philip one of our own! Our ELCA Alumni Healthcare Professionals are making us proud. Thank you for giving your time and effort to help those that need it most!

Justin Capp (Class of 2016) has graduated from the West Point United States Military Academy. He will be commissioned as a 2nd LT in the United States Army.

Congratulations, Justin!

Send your alumni stories to contact@eagleslanding,org so that we may honor and recognize them.
Anna Appleby • Class of 2020
Receives Georgia-Pacific Foundation Scholarship
Anna Appleby, a recent graduate of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, was selected as a recipient of a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship in August.
Anna is the daughter of Walter Appleby, who works at Georgia-Pacific’s Atlanta headquarters. At Eagles Landing Christian Academy, Anna served as Student Council chaplain, played varsity tennis, and was in the Governors Honors Program. This fall, she will attend the University of Georgia with plans to study nursing in hopes of pursuing a career in the medical field.

Anna had planned to be a missionary for six months in Mazatlan, Mexico, but COVID-19 travel restrictions made her decide to attend college in the fall instead.

Georgia-Pacific awards 50 scholarships each year to the children of employees across the country. The scholarship awards $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time college undergraduate study or until baccalaureate degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first, for a total maximum award of up to $8,000.

“The COVID-19 shutdown has cost these young people a huge part of their educational experience,” said Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “It is vital that we continue to support their academic success and remind them that their futures remain bright.”

Penn Football Welcomes
Gabe Wright
The University of Pennsylvania football team will add 31 new members to the #UPrising this autumn as the Quakers embark on their 144th season.
"We are very excited for this group of young men to join our program," said George A. Munger Head Coach of Football Ray Priore. "It is balanced class and a very talented group from top to bottom. Throughout the recruiting process, our coaching staff was impressed with each of these young men, not
only as football players but as students and people. We believe they are driven and have the intangibles that will make them great Quakers."

Gabe Wright: Four-year letter winner … Served as team captain … His team won state and region Championships in 2018 and followed up with the 2019 state championship (13-1 record) … Earned all-county honors … Second-team all-region as a senior … 2019 all-state honorable mention … Two-Time Scholar Athlete in high school … Four-Time All-State Honor Chorus.
Personal: Son of Roxanne Payne and Gregg Wright … Stepfather, Edward Halsell, was a golfer at UC Santa Barbara … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Zachary Daniels • Class of 2017
Zach Daniels wowed the Houston Astros with his speed and raw power while at the University of Tennessee. They took him as the 131st pick of the 2020 MLB Draft.


Zach isn't the first ELCA Charger to be drafted by the Astros...Daz Cameron was also drafted by them in 2015. See more about Daz below.
Daz Cameron • Class of 2015 • MLB Debut
As mentioned above, Daz Cameron was drafted by the Houston Astros organization straight out of high school in 2015.

But TODAY is his big day! He makes his MLB debut with the Detroit Tigers in today's game against the Brewers.

Mike Cameron, Daz' dad, was a long-time MLB outfielder and played for the Brewers, among other teams.

Way to go, DAZ!

All Eyes on UGA Bulldog, Justin Robinson
Class of 2020
"Of all the freshman receivers on this list, perhaps none had the potential of McDonough native Justin Robinson. The 6’4, 200 pounder committed to the ‘Dawgs early in the recruiting process, and probably would have been a higher profile prospect but for that, and playing at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy instead of a big football school. Robinson has the most complete set of physical tools and skills in the 2020 class. I believe he’ll make a name for himself early." READ THE WHOLE STORY
Did you catch this announcement in April? Both student athletes honored for academic excellence by Truett McConnell University were ELCA Class of 2016 grads! WOO-HOO!
The Touch of SAGE mobile app allows the ELCA community to provide feedback on their meals. This information goes directly to our on-site Manager and allows him to build a menu we all will love.

On the SAGE Blog: SAGE Registered Dietitians weigh in on simple actions you can take now to boost your immune system. (PDF)

SAGE recipe with video: Braised Beef Tips (pictured above)

18 Professional Learning Day • No School for Students
21-25 Fall Break

2 Grandparents' Day Virtual Presentation

Check out events all year long at https://www.elcaonline.org/apps/pages/calendar
or on your School News App.
We don't have to remind you about the abrupt end to the 2019-2020 school year as we knew it. Here are some of the accomplishments and happenings of the 2019-2020 school year. Oh, the bliss of pre-pandemic days!
Online Learning
Pivoting • Adapting • Succeeding
As a glimpse into the hearts and minds of ELCA educators when diving headfirst into online/virtual instruction in March...a note from Mrs. Cindy George to the ELCA Instructional Faculty.
As I reflect back over this past week, the one word that keeps coming to my mind is AMAZING. As I watched each of you step out of your comfort zone, I observed some amazing things …

  • Seeing you transition to an entirely different way of teaching with only one day of training. AMAZING!
  • Seeing grade levels and departments in full collaboration mode. AMAZING!
  • Hearing you use Google Meets and Zoom as a part of your daily vocabulary. AMAZING!
  • Seeing elementary teachers conduct Zoom sessions with their students and parents. AMAZING!
  • Seeing middle and high school teachers video taping lessons to upload to Google Classroom. AMAZING!
  • Observing your Zoom and Google Meets sessions and hearing and seeing your genuine love for your students. AMAZING!

In all of my years of being in education, I have never been more proud of a faculty. You all have risen to the challenge and didn’t skip a beat with your instruction. AMAZING! As others have said, a huge thank you goes out to Martha and Tina for their leadership --- it couldn’t have been done without you! AMAZING!

Although we do not know what the upcoming weeks will bring, I do know that God will continue to do AMAZING things through you! There are no words that can express adequate appreciation for all you are doing to impact others for Jesus Christ … “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Phil 1:3


Cindy George
ELCA Dean of Academics
Meetings, projects, lessons, assignments...even an Easter Egg Hunt thanks to K3 teacher Jennifer Blanton who visited each of her students' homes to hide eggs for their enjoyment!
Videos of virtual life, spring 2020...
no down-time here!
Celebrating Graduates
When it comes to celebrating our graduates, ELCA could not be thwarted by the coronavirus. We made a way!

Book Characters Spotted all over ELCA!
The Library's Annual Book Character Day was held on Friday, February 28 with the customary parade throughout the hallways. What a fun way to raise money for new library books! Thank you to everyone who participated!
A Day in the Life of Kindergarteners
Presidents' Day in Mrs. Farr's K5 Classroom
The Seventh Grade Scene
ELCA 7th grade students had a great time at The Holy Land Experience and Wycliffe Bible Discovery Center in Orlando just before winter break.  At the Holy Land Experience, they saw Biblical history come to life through drama and music. At Wycliffe, they learned about the work of Bible translation missionaries around the globe.
Eighth Grade Students Pop In to Lower Grades
Mr. Bryan’s 8th grade Honors English students completed a unit on poetry. As part of their summative projects, they visited elementary classrooms to share their original poems with the students. Teachers and students alike enjoyed the interaction and experience.
Preschool Chapel 
Preschool and kindergarten students learned about the wonderful achievements of Dr. Patricia Bath in chapel. Dr. Bath was the first African American female doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention. In 1986, she invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment. Through Dr. Bath, students were encouraged to dream bigger and focus on the plans God has for them to glorify him. They played a relay race putting on a medical uniform, singing their ABCs, and recognizing colors by putting sunglasses and candy in the same color-coded bowl. 
Elementary Chapel 
Diversity Council students played a fun game of jeopardy with elementary students, while learning about African American men who greatly contributed to our society as leaders. The students did a great job remembering facts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver. 
SAGE lunch for middle and high school students
For two days in February, SAGE featured Caribbean and African cuisine in honor of Black History Month. African dishes included cuisine from West and East Africa, such as cachupa, peri-peri chicken, rice pilau, and North African spiced carrots. On Caribbean day, students and staff enjoyed Jamaican callaloo, Jamaican jerk chicken wings, Dominican plantains, and cinnamon rice pudding. 
A mentoring program between elementary and high school students began on February 28th. It gives an opportunity for high school students to build intentional friendships with 4th and 5th graders during morning care every Friday morning. By fostering encouragement and inspiration through conversations, we hope it builds meaningful connections between the students and mentors this semester. The program will look a little different as long as pandemic protocols are in effect, but we are excited to see this program continue this year.
Thank you to Toi Blash and Mariangela Corales for leading a communications workshop for Diversity Council students on February 26th. Through an exercise, students learned to better understand other people's perspectives and life challenges we may all face. When we are learning to resolve conflict or how to have difficult conversations, it's important to extend grace to others just as Christ gives us grace every single day. 

2019-2020 Annual Academic Awards
The High School 2019-2020 Annual Academic Awards Night could not occur in May so awards were distributed last month.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 High School Academic Award Winners!

Elementary 2019-2020 Honor Rolls
Math Olympics
ELCA students competed in the ACSI district Math Olympics in the areas of reasoning and computations on Friday, March 6th

Elementary (Third through 5th Grade) Winners:

Third Grade Computation 
  • Riley Saldana – 4th place 

Third Grade Reasoning 
  • Odell Barnwell – 3rd  place 
  • Jackson Fleming – 4th place 
  • Matthew Henderson – 5th place 

Fourth Grade Computation 
  • Jesse Hinton – 2nd Place 

Fourth Grade Reasoning 
  • Rashad Grant – 1st place 
  • Charles Batson – 2nd place 

Fifth Grade Computation 
  • Makiyah Wright – 2nd place 

Fifth Grade Reasoning 
  • Shyann Jenkins – 5th place 

Middle School Winners:

Sixth Grade Reasoning
  • Michelle Mills – 2nd place

Seventh Grade Computation
  • Kevin Zhu – 4th place

Seventh Grade Reasoning
  • Allison Hinton – 5th place

Eighth Grade Reasoning
  • Matthew Johnson – 1st place

Way to go, Chargers!
2019-2020 Accelerated Readers
With students of all ages, reading is a popular activity at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. Accelerated Reader is a platform developed by Renaissance Learning that is designed to motivate and accelerate students’ reading. At the beginning of the school year, students are given the STAR assessment to determine their reading range. Then after reading books within their range, the student takes an online quiz to assess reading comprehension and ability. As they read and quiz independently, the student is rewarded with points based on the book level and quiz score. Typically, A.R. is done at school. However, even though students finished the year at home, COVID 19 did not stop them from reading and taking A.R. quizzes. All students who reach their grade level goal receive an A.R. t-shirt. A gift card award is given to each of those students in grades first through fifth placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in points earned. The following students have truly excelled throughout the past year in the Accelerated Reader program:

T-shirt Winners:
Omari Alexander
Charles Batson
Jazelle Brown
Hannah Capp
Uriah Gess
David Gilliam
Anniston Greenich
Brielle Hill
Khyeer Hughes
Maliha Jones
Mikiah Knight
Austin Lockhart
Mason Lopez
Artem Maslenikov
Arianna Mathew
Avery Minter
Gabriel Montufar
Cason Outland
Makaila Outland
Eliana Paggett
Niam Patel
Tashi Patel
Teja Polkampally
Charlotte Ann Reagan
Chloe Reid
Isaac Sagesse
Ella Sawyer
Alyssa Scott
Joshua Simms
Aiden Williams
Germir Williams
Hannah Wood
Lyndsey Young
MaCoy Younginer
Molly Younginer

First place winners received a $15 gift card, second place winners received a $10 gift card, and third place winners received a $5 gift card to Books-A-Million

1st Grade Winners:
1st place – MaCoy Younginer
2nd place – Joshua Simms
3rd place – Anniston Greenich

2nd Grade Winners:
1st Place – Ella Sawyer
2nd Place – Brielle Hill
3rd Place – Charlotte Ann Reagan

3rd Grade Winners:
1st Place – Molly Younginer
2nd Place – Teja Polkampally
3rd Place – Germir Williams

4th Grade Winners:
1st Place – Avery Minter
2nd Place – Charles Batson
3rd Place – Hannah Wood

5th Grade Winners:
1st Place – Artem Maslenikov
TIPping Our Hat • Duke TIP Qualifiers
Caleb Bragg ,7th-grade student at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, was recognized as a state-level honoree for achieving exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT, the same tests taken by college-bound high school students. Additionally, ELCA 7th graders Erianna Scott and Collier White participated and qualified for Duke TIP's summer eStudies program. 

The students took this above-grade-level test as participants in the Duke University Talent 
Identification Program (Duke TIP). Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization that recognizes academically talented students and provides advanced learning opportunities that foster their intellectual and social growth.
Erianna Scott
Collier White
Each year, Duke TIP identifies a select group of students as academically gifted, based on their standardized test scores. Those students are invited to take the ACT or SAT, which can provide crucial insight into a gifted student’s strengths and abilities. The highest scorers among these students are invited to a special recognition ceremony, typically hosted at one of over two dozen colleges and universities. While the in-person ceremonies were postponed this year, Duke TIP celebrated these students’ academic achievements by providing their families an at-home ceremony toolkit.
February 2020 Mental Mathletes
Congratulations to the February Mental Math winners!
Third Grade • Teja Polkampally
Fourth Grade • Mason Amos
Fifth Grade • Dylan McKinley
'Hitting the Deck' at Chick-fil-A
Technology students traveled to Chick-fil-A Headquarters on Tuesday March 3 for a technology field trip. This trip is crafted just for students enrolled in AP Computer Science Principles, Robotics, Introductory and Advanced Computer Programming. Students toured the Chick-fil-A HQ and learned about the life of Truett Cathy and his attention to people while running a business. Students then had the opportunity to go to the “Deck” and visit with Chick-fil-A’s Information Technology Department. Here they learn about how technology tools and systems are used in the Chick-fil-A stores to improve customer satisfaction and product output. This is the second year technology students have taken this trip and the benefit to the students is tremendous. Most students report they can see themselves as a part of the Chick-fil-A HQ team in the future, assisting in the development of new computing innovations.
Health Occupation Students of America Visit Mercer School of Medicine
The Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) club took a tour of Mercer’s Medical School. ELCA parent, Dr. Lauren Lewis, hosted and led students around the facility. Afterwards, Mrs. Lewis shared her experiences in med school, and gave advice on the application process and what to expect.  
High School English Teachers Pose as Literary Figures
High school teachers demonstrated their passion for literature in a fun way at the 8th grade parent night. Can you guess which characters
are being represented?
Gabe Wright and Savannah Hoover represented ELCA and participated in the Georgia All State Chorus. They performed in the classic center in Athens Georgia to a packed house! Over 5000 students in the state of Georgia auditioned for all state and Savannah and Gabe were two of the 1400 who were selected to be part of the chorus.

I couldn’t be more proud of all of these students and am so thankful for the talent that God has given us through the students at ELCA.
Gabe Wright
Savannah Hoover
Artists (still) At Work
even during a pandemic
Works from elementary and middle school art students during March and April. These are indicative of their hard work and talent.
The ELCA Varsity Girls' Basketball team had an impressive 17-7 record last season making it to the first round of GHSA state playoffs. Way to go, Chargers!
GHSA 2020 Girls Soccer All Area Team

Congratulations to Class of 2020 students, Jasmine Senter and Leah Henry for being named to the 2020 All-Area Team!
Jasmine Senter
Leah Henry
Callan Russell • Class of 2016
Mekhi Cameron • Class of 2019

ELCA Charger Mekhi Cameron commits to Morehouse College.

Coach Allen Celebrates a Milestone Birthday
Coach Allen received lots of love on his recent birthday as he was showered with goodies and attention from colleagues and students. Happy Birthday, Coach Allen, and may you have MANY MORE!
Celebrating Faculty
When it comes to educators, we have the very best. Did you see any of these signs around your neighborhood?
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Eagle's Landing
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