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Should my child join a robotics team?

Posted on Jan 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM by Laurel Robinson

You may have been hearing about robotic teams lately, and wondering if it’s a good fit for your child. There are several robotics teams in the area, and they are worth looking into!  

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First, though, consider the cost and the demand on your schedule.  Teams may meet 2-3 times per week, and fees of $100-$300 may be due up front.  If there is not room in your schedule during the school year, look into a summer robotics camp.

A robotics team can start as early as age 6-10, with a lego-based league that is a more gentle introduction to robotics principles. By high school, the teams are still fun, plus hard work, and more oriented toward coding and technology. FIRST calls their Robotics Competition “the ultimate Sport for the Mind,” and quotes its high-school student participants as saying it is “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” In addition to FIRST leagues and competition, there is also VEX Robotics with its own teams and competition schedule.

At any age, kids who participate in a robotics program can gain a variety of skills from the experience: in addition to analytical thinking, math, and coding, they will inevitably experience trial and error; problem solving, managing time, resolving conflict, working with a team. These are the kind of life skills that kids can only learn by doing.  

Liberty Christian School 2015-16 Year in Review Part 2

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 3:00:00 PM by Kim Schlauch

Liberty Christian School 35th_Anniversary_1.jpgHere is a continuation of the list of some of the key events and activities that took place at Liberty Christian School during the 2015-16 school year.

5. ACSI Art Festival

In April, selected middle school students traveled to Lancaster County Christian school in Pennsylvania to represent our school for the first time in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Art Festival.  While there they had the opportunity to participate in art workshops and view art entries from over 20 other schools.

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4. Race for Education Color Run

This year’s Race for Education included a colorful twist for our middle school students.  While completing their laps to raise funds for the school, students became living artwork thanks to the help of fun-loving teachers and parent volunteers who were strategically stationed throughout the race course and armed with condiment containers filled with colored corn starch.  This activity, which proved to be a big hit with race participants, certainly brightened an otherwise overcast day.

3. Blessings in a Backpack

As part of this year’s Race for Education festivities, our students had the wonderful opportunity to serve others by participating in a community service project for Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.  This project consisted of a food drive that offered both lower and middle school students the chance to purchase and donate food items as well as a packing event during which middle school students packed lunches for 85 students at two local elementary schools in Baltimore and Carroll Counties.  The school was also able to provide a monetary gift to Blessings in a Backpack from money raised during the Race for Education.

LCS_Archery.jpg2. New Archery Team

The sport of archery was introduced this year to Liberty Christian School thanks to a grant received from the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).  Archery teaches skills such as patience, maintaining calm under pressure, focus and self-discipline, balance and coordination, confidence and self-awareness.  After purchasing the necessary equipment, Mr. Frock and Mr. Dumas were able to begin an archery unit in PE and form an archery team.  In March, 26 members of the archery team participated in their first event, the Maryland National Archery in the Schools Tournament, held at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.  At the tournament, two of our lower school students achieved a top 10 ranking in the state for their age range.  Mr. Frock is looking to build on the success of this year’s efforts with the goals of continuing to develop our archers’ skills as well as competing in multiple tournaments next year.

1. Liberty Christian School Celebrates 35 Years

In 1980, Liberty Christian School started as a preschool in the basement of Liberty Church.  In the years that followed, the school grew both in terms of its offerings as well as its footprint as grades were added and the building was expanded.  Since the school’s opening, hundreds of LCS alumni have benefitted from a Christian education and have gone on to impact their families, jobs and communities.  This year, the school marked the school’s 35th anniversary and the LCS community enjoyed reflecting upon God’s goodness and provision over the years.  In addition to other events and activities to mark the occasion, the community celebrated this milestone in style at the Celebration Auction Gala in March.

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Liberty Christian School 2015-16 Year in Review Part 1

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM by Kim Schlauch

LCS_students.jpgIn the blink of an eye, another school year has come to an end.  Join us as we fondly recall some of the key events and activities that took place at Liberty Christian School during the 2015-16 year.

10. Lobby Renovations

The fundraising efforts of the Development Office and Parent Teacher Leadership (PTL) paid off when the school’s new and improved lobby area was unveiled at the start of the school year.  Cosmetic renovations included the addition of new laminate hardwood flooring as well as drywall and fresh paint.  Once the paint was dry, Art teacher Krista Quenzer designed a photo gallery on the wall opposite the front office that highlights LCS students.  And, thanks to a donation coordinated by a Liberty Christian School parent, the wall opposite the main entrance now features a large lobby display housing student work, sports and chess trophies, as well as Costa Rica mission trip memorabilia.  A TV monitor graces the same wall and displays a running scroll of photos as well as school news and announcements.  These changes have transformed a functional area into a warm and welcoming entryway to our school.

9. Spirit Wear

With last year’s introduction of a new school logo came the need to update our Spirit Wear collection.  This fall, that need was met with the introduction of a new and expanded line of vibrant clothing that students, teachers and staff, parents and alumni have been wearing to school as well as throughout the community to show their school spirit.

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8. 9- Square In The Air

9-Square In The Air is a new and exciting game that has become a big hit at churches, camps, schools and other similar venues.  Invented by a middle school pastor, this game is a 3D adaptation of the traditional ground-based 4- or 9-square game.  Thanks to Mr. Tibbels who discovered the game along with a generous donation from a Liberty Christian School community member, the school was able to purchase a game set this past school year.  The game, which is being used in PE class, middle school clubs and athletic department fundraisers, has become a big hit within our own student body.

LCS science_fair_2.jpg7. Science Fair

Middle School Science teacher Mrs. Mueller’s vision to provide her 8th grade students with a creative and experiential learning activity became a reality when the class hosted a science fair at the end of the school year.  For the project, students were given the freedom to select an experiment of interest to them and were then held responsible for gathering the necessary project materials, conducting the selected experiment, writing an 8-10 page project report, preparing a display, and presenting their findings at the in-house science fair.  The project was a great learning experience for those involved as it helped them further develop their skills in the areas of planning on a mass scale, time management, critical thinking and problem solving, verbalizing their thoughts and getting them down on paper, as well as presentation and public speaking.  The culimating science fair itself offered those in attendance, including our 6th and 7th grade students, teachers, staff, and parents the opportunity to learn from their findings.   Mrs. Mueller was pleased with the project outcome, impressed by the effort put forth, and hopeful the experience has prepared our 8th graders for the rigors of high school.

6. Helping Up Mission Visit

In January, LCS hosted the choir from Helping Up Mission (HUM), a community of hope which offers a comprehensive recovery program for men in Baltimore, Maryland.  Our 8th graders had the honor of serving lunch to the men and the entire school body participated in a Spirit-filled choir performance consistng of music and testimony of the unbelievable power of God to save and transform lives.

To be continued...

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Top Ten Things I Hear on a Liberty Christian School Tour

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM by Sue Carback

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Showing off our school to prospective families is one of the highlights of my job as Marketing & Admissions Director at Liberty Christian School.  As we walk through the halls together and step into classrooms, I love to introduce them to teachers, staff and current students so they can experience first hand the enthusiastic and caring community of people that make up the LCS family. It’s fun to see their reactions to what’s happening here and listen to their feedback.  It makes me proud to be part of this ministry.

Here are ten of the most common things I hear from prospective parents:

  1. “The students are so happy and well behaved.”
    What can I say?  We have the best students. And our teachers work really hard to create a joyful and respectful learning environment.  

  1. “The building is bigger than it looks from the outside.”
    Our building essentially has three wings.  One houses the 3rd through 5th grades, media center and gymnasium.  A second wing houses the 1st and 2nd grades, computer lab, and music and art rooms.  The third wing houses our middle school classrooms. Additionally, the newly-renovated kindergarten suite is on the lower level.

  1. “You offer a lot of extracurricular activities.”
    One of the best things about Liberty Christian School is the abundance of activities that students can get involved with.  As a school that is part of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), our students can participate with students from other Christian Schools in the Baltimore area in the Creative Writing Festival, Spelling Bee, Math Olympics, and Leadership Conference. We have a competitive chess team and several Middle School sports teams. There are also opportunities to participate in indoor soccer intramurals, the Middle School Drama team, and instrumental music lessons.
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  1. “I see the teacher credentials hanging outside their classrooms.”
    Our teachers all have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Teachers also receive certification through ACSI which they renew every 2-5 years. This certification requires a Biblical Philosophy of Christian Education and additional coursework in Educational and Biblical Studies. Over half of Liberty Christian School teachers have or are working towards a Master’s Degree.

  1. “We’re so impressed that you take your 8th graders on an international mission trip.”
    We have been taking our 8th graders to Costa Rica since 2000.  The team goes for a week of mission work and educational experiences in mid-February.  We have be working with a church in La Carpio, which is a Nicaraguan refugee area just outside San Jose, and have a wonderful partnership with the pastor there. It’s a life-changing opportunity for our students and typically the highlight of their years at LCS.

  1. “This is a really nice property.”
    Liberty Christian School sits on 35 acres of wooded property that backs up to the Liberty Reservoir. Our students and teachers enjoy having class outside in our ampitheatre, taking nature walks in the woods, playing on our large modern playground, and examining plant and animal life in the water garden.

  1. “Do you offer Before Care and After Care?”
    Yes, we do.  Our regular school hours are from 8:15 am until 3:00 pm.  You may drop off students as early as 7:45 am with no extra charge.  You have until 3:30 pm to pick up your student.  Extended Care is a fee-based program offered from 6:45 am- 7:45 am and 3:30- 6:30 pm.

  1. “How is the Bible taught?”
    At Liberty Christian School, we believe that Christ is the key to education.  All subject matter is grounded in the Word of God. Bible is an academic subject that is taught in every grade. A survey of the Old Testament is emphasized in the Lower School grades; however, stories of Jesus are also incorporated into the curriculum.  In Middle School, Bible class is also part of the core curriculum. Weekly Scripture memorization and chapel attendance is expected from all LCS students.

  1. “Do you have a transportation service?”
    We do not offer a bus service.  Many of our families carpool with one another. Several of our families use independent transportation services for dropping off or picking up their students.  Some of these are connected with daycare facilities.  Our receptionist has a list of potential transportation services that could be helpful to you and will also assist with finding carpool partners.

  1. “Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?”
    Yes, we do offer financial aid to qualifying families.  Families can apply through the FACTS Grant and Aid program.  There are deadlines to receive financial aid, so start the application process early to improve your likelihood of receiving assistance.

I hope this “Top Ten” list gives you a sense of what is happening at Liberty Christian School.  However, the best way for you to see if LCS might be a good fit for your child is to come for a visit.  During the school year we have several Open House events scheduled during the morning and evening so you can choose a date and time that works best for you.  I am also available to give tours to individuals or small groups. I would love to meet with you and answer your questions as you prayerfully consider the best school option for your children.

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