Counting our blessings

At high school Praise Team practice this week the student team leaders rehearsed a new song, repeatedly singing the lyrics as they familiarized themselves with it. The declaration reverberated in the chapel:

“I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing. Letting go and trusting when I cannot see. I am counting evey blessing, counting every blessing. Surely every season you are good to me.”

Counting Every Blessing by Gareth Gilkeson / Chris Llewellyn / Bridget Herron / Ali Gilkeson / Will Herron / Steve Mitchell / Patrick Thompson; Counting Every Blessing lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

The song’s message is always appropriate but seems especially timely as we look back on the activities of the past couple weeks. Reflecting on these blessings, we can’t help but give God praise! He is good to us!

Our students and staff joined an international Day of Prayer initiative on March 29 organized by ACSI. While elementary and middle school students prayed here at school, our high school students were wrapping up their trip to D.C. so they formed a large prayer circle in Arlington National Cemetery. Teacher and chaperone Mrs. Emery was moved by the experience and hoped it impacted the students as well. She said, “There we stood for all the world to see that we honor our country and we honor our God. What a fabulous lesson.”

After reading Bridge to Terabithia, fifth-grade students constructed bridges of their own. Each bridge had to be built from approved materials, measure between 10-14 inches long, and be strong enough to hold the weight of a 6 oz. can for at least 30 seconds. Once all the bridges were tested, the students competed to see which bridge held the most weight before collapsing. The winning bridge held 16 bibles!

As a part of FOSS science and in preparation for an upcoming trip to the WVU Farm, the kindergarten class has been learning about farm animals and agriculture. They planted spinach and lettuce, incubated chicken eggs, and participated in a cow-milking simulation. In addition, they are learning about growing plants in space through the Tomatosphere program.

Baseball, tennis, and track seasons are underway! The baseball team spent Spring Break in Myrtle Beach for training and team bonding. To keep up with schedules and scores, visit the WVSSAC website here.

Fourth and fifth-grades are in the middle of a robotics unit using Lego WeDo kits from NASA. The fifth-grade class took advantage of the beautiful weather to study geometry.

WVU President E. Gordon Gee stopped by the school to speak with students about the importance of higher education. Thanks for the visit, Dr. Gee!

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