Introducing Ms. Cheryl Thurston
Bradford Christian Academy is thrilled to introduce our new Associate Dean of High School and Admissions, Ms. Cheryl Thurston. Ms. Thurston earned her B.A. in English Literature from Gordon College. After graduation, she began working in Gordon’s admissions office, meeting with prospective students as an Admissions Counselor and Events Coordinator. In 2002, Cheryl returned to her hometown in Maine, where she began work in the Maine public school system in the areas of Guidance and Administration. She earned her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from St.Joseph’s College. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys photography, reading, hiking, theater and spending time with her children. Cheryl resides in Bradford, MA with her family.
As part of BCA’s senior administrative team, Cheryl will utilize her experience working in college admissions to oversee BCA’s college guidance process ensuring that our high school students are informed and engaged toward gaining admission into colleges that fit the students’ goals and strengths. Further, Ms. Thurston will join the admissions team contributing to BCA’s marketing, recruitment, and enrollment efforts.
Introducing Ms. Larissa Laver
Bradford Christian Academy is pleased to introduce the newest member of our World Languages and History faculty, Ms. Larissa Laver. Ms. Laver has enjoyed the mythology of Greece and Rome since she was a little girl, but it was not until late in high school that she realized her passion for Latin as well. She began to study ancient history in more depth at Gordon College, where she double majored in Ancient History and Classical Languages. Larissa began teaching formally at New Hope Tutorials in 2008. At New Hope, she taught Koine Greek, Latin, and Ancient History. In 2010 Larissa began teaching Latin at Covenant Christian Academy in West Peabody, MA. Larissa has a passion for traveling (in 2014 she visited five different countries outside North America), and hopes to expand her students’ perspectives of the world through travel abroad. Further, she has led three international study tours in Italy and Greece, which have been among the highlights of her career. Larissa lives in Beverly with her husband and attends Park Street Church in Boston.
Ensuring the Vision
We are so thankful for the unprecedented growth of Bradford Christian Academy over the past ten years. As we look towards the future, we realize that we must strategically plan for the continued excellence and expansion of our school. Over the past year, several dedicated members of the BCA community have worked together in creating a strategic plan that will enable Bradford Christian Academy to continue impacting the lives of its students.
As we move from planning to implementation, we would like to invite everyone to click here to learn more about the strategic plan, and we thank you for your continued support of Bradford Christian Academy.
4th Quarter report cards will be posted and available on Veracross for all students on Friday, June 12th.
On June 12th, you will be able to view and print a copy of your student’s report card. To do this, please log on to the Veracross site, and next to your student’s name, select “Report Cards, Quarter 4.”
The school calendar for 2015 – 2016 has been released. To download a copy of the calendar, please click here.
We look forward to seeing the entire BCA community at our Back-to-School picnic on Wednesday, August 26th. Enjoy your summer!
Tiffany Baxter, Music Director of The Little Mermaid, is offering private voice instruction for students of Bradford Christian Academy. Mrs. Baxter greatly enjoyed working with BCA students, and is eager to continue developing the vocal and performance skills of our students.
Ms. Baxter holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University. She teaches voice lessons at Salem State University, The Waring School, and privately. In addition to teaching, Tiffany has provided music direction for the Theatre of Light and the North Shore Children’s Theatre in Salem, the Community House Theatre in Hamilton-Wenham and Bradford Christian Academy. Ms. Baxter is the President of the Boston Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and has served as the chair of the NATS Boston Auditions.
Ms. Baxter is also an extremely experienced and versatile performer. She has enjoyed many musical theatre roles including Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Laurie in Oklahoma!, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few. Her favorite acting roles include Abigail in The Crucible and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. She appears regularly in various classical and musical theatre concerts in the North Shore area of Boston.
Interested families should contact Mrs. Baxter directly via email at email@example.com or phone at (971) 235-7508.
All students currently in grades 9-11 have received their course placement list for the fall. Classes can be added/dropped over the summer by emailing Mrs. Stevens. In addition, there will be an Add/Drop period during the first two weeks of school.
For questions or more information, please contact Mrs. Stevens.
It’s that time of year!
As the 2014/2015 school year draws to a close, the annual academic right-of-passage known as “finals” begins to slowly become visible on the horizon. This year’s finals schedule has been completed, and all students and parents are encouraged to review this schedule ahead of time to ensure proper time management and success. Finals will be given on June 3 and 4.
To access the finals schedule, please click here. Make-up exams will be given on Monday and Tuesday, June 8 and 9.
Let’s finish strong!
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”–Groucho Marx
It’s never too early to begin thinking about getting a head start on Summer Reading!
Please click on your student’s upcoming school year/category to download the appropriate Summer Reading list.
New Under Armour brand Sentinels designs just in time for the summer! Get Sentinels hoodies, t-shirts, shorts, and more! Parents and students can order several different Sentinels branded items in our Online Store sale.
Please click here to access the Flash Store. Please enter BCAFAN as the school ID.
The online store opens Sunday, May 24 and closes Sunday, June 14. All orders will be shipped directly to you!
On Friday, May 29th at 1:30 pm at First Church of Christ, BCA will hold our annual Baccalaureate worship service to honor our graduates and to pray for God’s blessing upon them as they leave us and go on to college. Our featured speaker will be Rev. Dr. Paul Buckley, Pastor of King of Grace Church and alumni parent.
The Baccalaureate service includes a worship service and the presentation of our annual high school departmental awards. All parents are welcome to attend this special event!
Students in grades 1-8 will be dismissed at 2:45 pm from First Church of Christ. Students in grades 9-12 will walk back to the high school pick up circle at Northpoint and be dismissed from there.
Our 8th grade class will be promoted to high school on Friday, May 29th at 7:00 pm at First Church of Christ, 10 Church Street, Bradford, MA. The program features special memories from middle school and celebrates each student’s unique contribution to our school. Guest speaker Troy Gabriele, Associate Pastor of West Newbury Congregational Church and BCA coach, will address the students.
The high school students will host a dance for our newly promoted 8th grade students immediately following the promotion service. The dance will be held in the gym of First Church of Christ. BCA faculty will chaperon the party which ends at 10:30 pm. Eighth grade students wishing to attend the dance and high school hosts must turn in a permission slip by Friday, May 22, 2015. The permission slip may be found here.
Dress code for promotion and the dance are as follows:
Girls – dresses must be tasteful and modest without plunging necklines (4 inches or less below the collarbone) or backs. Hemlines or slits must be a hand-width or less above the knee. Strapless dresses are permissible; however the back must be the same height as the front. Please choose dress shoes that are comfortable for walking and standing on stage.
Boys – must wear a collared dress shirt with a tie, dress pants with a belt, and dress shoes (no sneakers please). Boys may wear a suit jacket.
Loren Stevens, Dean of Academics and the High School is pleased to announce a new academic honors scholarship program available to qualified entering freshmen beginning September 2015. The Newell Honors Scholarship Program is named for Harriet Newell, 19th century graduate of Bradford Academy whose life was distinguished by faithful service to God and others. The Newell Honors Scholarship Program endeavors to inspire and celebrate high academic achievement through an academically rigorous program and merit scholarship designed for the highest caliber of students.
Newell Scholars are accepted into the program as freshmen only and are required to take a minimum of five Honors or AP classes each year and must complete three AP courses during their four years of high school. Newell Scholars are required to maintain a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 throughout high school, and to maintain the academic integrity as outlined by school policy. Newell Honors Scholars, who complete all requirements of the program over the four years of high school, will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship paid directly to their college to support the student’s college enrollment and academic future and to honor the academic commitment, determination, and achievement demonstrated at Bradford Christian Academy.
Students interested in applying for this program should complete the application requirements by June 1, 2015 for September entry into the program. More information and an application is available here: Newell Scholarship program
Don’t miss your chance to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Bradford!
Performances will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 21-23 at 7:00 pm, and there is a matinee performance on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 pm. The musical is being performed at First Church of Christ, 10 Church Street, Bradford.
Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online by clicking here. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Cast and crew t-shirts are now available for order. Cast and crew members should inform Ali of their desired size by Tuesday, May 12. Each shirt cost $17, and should be turned in on Monday, May 18.
General notes from Ali Smeltzer, Assistant Director and Costumer:
When creating your costume, remember that the more outrageous the better. Our set is back and simple, and we are relying on the outrageousness of the costumes to add visual appeal. Nothing is too big, too brazen, or too bold.
Prince Eric- White button up shirt. Blue/black pants rolled up with black boots. Red fabric will be provided (basic outfit from the movie. Search pictures for more specific details if needed).
Eels- Black jump suits (pictures have been shown to the girls) with yellow, green, and purple accessories. Black flats or black ballet shoes.
Seagulls- White short sleeve shirt, white shorts, orange knee highs, white Toms (flat white shoes that we will spray paint orange).
Mersisters- High-low skirts (color of choice). White tank top or short sleeve shirt, matching clam/scallop shells (same color as skirt), pink ballet flats/shoes. Half up/half down hairstyle with large aquatic hair accessories (clams, shells, starfishes).
Chefs- overly large white button up men’s shirt. (used as a chef’s coat that can easily be put over their original costume (Red fabric will be provided) (ZAC AND CHRIS- White pants and white button up shirts, black dress shoes–we will provide red fabric and chef hats).
Jackson- Sailor uniform.
Sea Creatures- Go big! Crazy fun costumes for all sea creatures. (I suggest using Pinterest or Google to look up ideas for your sea creature costume) (DIY sea creature Halloween costumes may be helpful) Choose shoes that go accordingly to your outfit.
Lydia- Secretary-style seahorse with bedazzled clipboard and pen.
Sailors/chefs on ship- Sailor outfits based in white (girls are allowed to wear white pencil skirts).
If you have any questions, please contact Ally Smeltzer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further, please stop by dismissal/pickup to speak with Ally directly regarding costume ideas.