Bracken Christian School continues to serve the victims of Hurricane Harvey! At 0700 on Sunday morning, September 17th, thirty-five students and parents from Bracken Christian School met at the campus to go serve the Rockport community in the clean-up efforts. They arrived at 1030 at the Taylor Oaks RV Park residents who were still trying to recover from the damage and make their open RV spaces ready for displaced families. The students worked tirelessly picking up debris, mending fences and serving this small community shaken by the rage of Harvey. We returned to our school at 2030 with tired bodies but full hearts!
In addition to this effort, Bracken Christian School has contributed to several local Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts over the past couple of weeks. The 4H Rifle Team brought the 4H Claybuster’s project to the Bracken campus immediately after the storm hit the Texas coast collecting batteries, work gloves, bug spray, tarps and more items for the Rockport Police Department as they start their survey of the storm damage. The Elementary campus took up a donation of personal items, such as diapers, baby formula and cleaning supplies and sent those items off to Houston. The Service Organizations (NHS, NJHS and Student Councils) joined forces and partnered with Helping Hands for Texas to collect cleaning supplies and money to purchase gift cards.
Prayers, smiles, hugs and sweet treats! Our students enjoyed pastries and juice as we celebrated the special relationship between a child and their elder on Grandparent's day. We had a wonderful turn out of grandparents, aunts, uncles and even special mentors invited to join the student on this fun morning.
There is no question, Warriors have spirit! Now we can compliment our cheers and shouts with our new school song! September 1, 2017 marks our first pep rally of the year and our official unveiling of the school song.
Bracken Christian School has placed 5th out of 81 1A TAPPS schools across Texas for the Henderson Cup Award. The Henderson Cup Award recognizes schools for their overall performance in Art, Academics, Vocal, Instrumental Music and Sports.
An ounce of prevention, may be worth a pound of cure; but a simple hands-on lesson is worth invaluable empowerment and action during an emergency.
Bracken Christian School doesn’t take emergency preparedness lightly. For the past four years, high school students have had the opportunity to become certified as a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) which includes certification in CPR, oxygen administration and emergency medical response.
The young women and men who choose to embark on this year long elective course participate not only in daily classroom lessons and skills training but also participate annually in presenting lifesaving skills session all students (pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade). This year was no different, on March 27th the annual, “What to do until EMS arrives”, was a huge success! The students alongside faculty mentors lead hands-on stations of hands-only CPR, recognizing and treating choking and care for life threatening bleeding.
One month later, April 28th the unthinkable happened during class a student began choking on a piece of candy. Without hesitation, Ty Wolf, a seventh grader jumped into action. From behind, he wrapped his arms around the student who clearly could not breathe and gave a couple of quick squeezes, and the candy popped out. The student who was choking resumed breathing without complication.
May 10th, Bracken Christian School, Bulverde-Spring Branch Fire & EMS and the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences honored Ty Wolf for his extraordinary personal action. The long-standing partnership forged between Bracken and our emergency service community is unprecedented, connecting experience with the future. Empowering our students with the knowledge and skills to take action during an emergency is just a small facet of Kingdom Education at Bracken Christian School.
Saturday, April 1st 20 of our middle school students competing in 39 contests at the Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) District 9A Academic Meet. PSIA provides an exciting opportunity for our students to engage in academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas is 19 contest categories covering a wide range of disciplines in 59 academic contests.
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 17 elementary students attended the ACSI Speech Meet. Out of those 17, 13 students received a superior rating and the other 4 received an excellent rating. From the 13 that received a superior rating, 5 of those students placed either 1st, 2nd or 3rd. They did a fabulous job of representing Bracken Christian School, and honoring God through their efforts!
It's Gala time! If you are new to Bracken you might not know that Gala is a our finale drawing our coronation and senior prom to a close. 2017 will be our best yet! Jeremiah 29.11, "I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord" has been the inspiration for the "CPG" (coronation, prom & gala) theme, "Bracken's Hope & Future". Each event during CPG will have it's own setting in our gym that will be magically transformed into a beautifully lit forest filled with birch and fir trees.
Gala is our largest fund raiser. Our auction fun will lead off with an online auction of several great donations and services during the week before Gala. April 8th is an adult event of food and fellowship, and more auction fun. Dinner will be provided by Holy Smoke BBQ, who have already scored thumbs up with the Warrior family in several events. We will have both silent and live auction on this evening for you to help raise even more money for our school.
Tickets are limited, so don't delay buying yours today!
14 Bracken Christian School students from 3rd-8th grades represented BCS at the ASCI Area Math Olympics competition in San Antonio. They competed with students from 19 different schools throughout central and south Texas. The Bracken faculty and staff couldn't be more proud of these students!
Foster Capshaw - Excellent
Eli Ramsey- Superior, 3rd place
Mia Cross- Excellent
Caily Miles- Superior
Matthew Montgomery- Superior, 3rd place
Madison Wiatrek- Excellent
Jack Richey- Superior
Rachael Ramsey- Excellent
Cade Cross- Excellent
Zamie Rodriguez- Excellent
Kate Logan - Good
Jeb Hercules- Excellent
Alex Grinstead- Excellent
James Schroeder- Superior, 2nd place
Our fifth grade DIY (Do It Yourself) class was busy in the kitchen this morning making their lunch. They filled the elementary halls with the aroma of spaghetti and meatballs cooking on the stove, and cupcakes baking in the oven.
The Bracken Christian School DIY program empowers our students to expand their independence through cooking, crafting, gardening and sewing. This program is one of our curriculum enrichment programs that spans throughout our elementary school. In addition to the DIY activities during school, Mrs. Theresa Serna also offers sewing classes after school where children of all abilities learn to sew by both machine and by hand.
If you would like to learn more about our elementary programming, please contact us today.