The tile floors were waxed and buffed. The carpets were shampooed. The new fish aquarium in Mrs. Alampi’s science classroom was sparkling. The computer’s in Mrs. Pastor’s technology room were humming with software upgrades. The renovated Infant & Toddler Center was gleaming. And the fresh paint and decorations in the Preschool rooms made the Early Education areas feel bright, clean, and welcoming. As I watched the GSCA staff and faculty visit with parents and students ages 6 weeks to 8th grade at our Pre-K Open House and K-8 Watermelon Welcome events, my heart was full of gratitude for the team God has assembled to serve at Good Shepherd Christian Academy.
On September 4th 2018, GSCA will commence its 40th successive year of educational ministry. The institution is the longest operating non-public school in Warren County, New Jersey. For four decades, GSCA has faithfully supported families with academic discipleship, the art of encouraging children to love God – the author of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty – with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength.
Despite the fact that the school is led by a seasoned faculty of teachers who possess mastery of both course content and teaching mechanics, GSCA is continually looking for ways to enhance its programs. This year, the school’s administration and family fellowship organization (Shepherd’s P.I.E. – Parent Involved Education) are partnering to offer new family-friendly activities. Additionally, as part of the school’s ongoing commitment to provide families with innovative social and emotional development platforms, GSCA will soon launch a new forum designed to help students develop executive skills, the brain-based cognitive processes used to set and achieve goals, make decisions, and regulate behavior. These skills include task initiation and follow through, planning/organization, working memory, performance monitoring, inhibition of impulses, and self-regulation. Finally, GSCA is expanding is character-based educational program by offering resources to students and parents that promote attitude over aptitude, effort over achievement, and character over talent.
In short, I cannot wait to see what the Lord is going to do on GSCA’s campus and in the lives of its community members this year. If you’re interested in learning more about GSCA’s vision for 2018-19 and beyond, please call or email me so we can connect over a cup of coffee.
Grace and Peace,
Peter M. Alvarez, M.T.S., Head of School
Good Shepherd Christian Academy
490 Route 57 West
Washington, NJ 07882