Great Community Give
April 12, 6:30 pm
Eric codding, Upper School Principal
To assist parents and evangelical churches by providing a Biblically-based educational program that instills a whole-hearted love of the Lord Jesus Christ, develops Godly character, and emphasizes academic excellence.
Honoring the past, Building the Future
April 29 - May 2
April 13, 8 am
Bolt 4 Blue Ridge
ACSI Music Festival
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
April 14, 3-5 pm
Musicians for Missions Otterbein UMC
Just a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara at Carl’s Barbershop in Dayton. Whenever I’m there, I make a point to introduce myself to others waiting for a haircut and to tell them that I serve as Principal at the Upper School of BRCS, just up the hill at the former Dayton School. I’m no longer surprised when the response is, “Really, I attended school there myself.” On this particular day, Barbara was there with her husband William. Barbara was part of the Class of 1956, the last senior class to graduate from the Dayton School.
Barbara was delightful. She enjoyed telling me how her classmates get together once a year and how they are mostly Christians from a variety of different denominations. I was happy to tell Barbara that we’ll have another class graduating from her former school this June. It will be the first group of seniors these walls have seen in 63 years!
You can probably imagine that Barbara was delighted to hear about the upcoming Community Heritage Day we’re planning for former alumni like her on the evening of May 24th. We believe this evening will be a wonderful time to hear former alumni share their stories, while also rejoicing in the new work happening in today’s BRCS students. With this twin focus in view, our theme will be, “Honoring the Past, Building the Future.” If you know of former alumni who might enjoy this special evening, please help us get the word out! By the way, Barbara has already sent me a recent picture of her class along with contact information--not a bad indicator of interest in our first Community Heritage Day!
Youth Pastor Appreciation Day Upper School
How does the HS Compare? Mary Beth Anderson, Academic Dean and Guidance Counselor
It was, is, and will always be his story Dawn Terrell, 5th grade teacher
Our students never cease to amaze me at BRCS! This was my 5th year doing the fifth grade History Fair with my class, and as usual, I was blown away by their insight, creativity, intelligence, and imagination!
I have taught for many years, and several of those years have been in public school. I enjoyed teaching history then, but at Blue Ridge Christian, history is taken to a whole new level and is really seen as HIS story.
I heard these wise ten and eleven year old students tell of how God gave mankind the ability to think of incredible inventions such as the first ever "refrigerators and air conditioners" in ancient Persia. I heard students tell about how people were led astray to worship false gods and even build them temples in ancient Greece, but then tell that God still worked to save people in that civilization. Some told of our majestic God's amazing creation of the Himalayan Mountains in ancient India. Others told of the splendor of the architecture that God put in the minds of people in ancient Rome with the Colosseum and China with the Great Wall.
Do you see the theme that God received all the glory and honor for the amazing things both in ancient times and today as well? That is what sets BRCS apart, and to God be the glory for it all. It was, is, and will always be His story!
Why does the bell toll?
If you are in Dayton around 11:10 a.m. on Thursdays, you will hear the newly donated and refurbished bell in the cupola ring. This is the sound of the start of Chapel at the Upper School. If you hear it, join us in prayer!
The BRCS high school program relaunched in the fall of 2014 with just a few part-time teachers. Everyone worked together to build a new academic program with academically challenging coursework and biblical integration. On June 2018 the first graduating class of 16 students received their diplomas. As the first class prepared to take the PSAT and SAT, BRCS staff wondered, “How would BRCS students compare to peers nationally?”
Average SAT scores for the Class of 2018 demonstrate that BRCS students exceed the average SAT scores locally, throughout the state, and across the nation! Students in the Class of 2018 averaged 1211 on the SAT, scoring much higher than the national average of 1068 and the Virginia average of 1110. Locally, students at Harrisonburg High School averaged 1054 on the SAT while students in Rockingham County averaged 1121. The BRCS average of 1211 is based on nine Class of 2018 students who took the SAT between spring 2017- fall 2018. The Evidence Based Reading and Writing average was 628 and Math average was 583.
The Class of 2019 students averaged 1144 on the SAT.
BRCS administers the PSAT at BRCS each October to equip high school students for SAT exams and as an assessment tool for our entire academic program. All 11th grade students plus 10th grade students in advanced math take the PSAT. BRCS reviews PSAT results to determine how BRCS students compare statewide and nationally to peers.
On the 2018 PSAT, the 11th graders, Class of 2020, averaged 1079 total score, 65 points higher than the national average of 1014 on the 2017 PSAT*. Students in the Class of 2021, 10th graders, averaged 1160 total score, exceeding the PSAT 2017 national average by 227 points. PSAT scores of 10th grade students exceed national averages by over 200 points both years BRCS has administered the PSAT.
The mission of BRCS includes a call to emphasize academic excellence throughout our programs. Recent SAT and PSAT scores confirm the high school program assists our students in achieving academic excellence while preparing them well for the future.
*National data is unavailable for comparison so 2018 scores are compared to the 2017 national averages.
MS Girls Basketball
This fall, we are partnering with ACTS Sports to offer Varsity Contact Football with other private schools and homeschool students. We are excited about this new opportunity!
Varsity Girls Basketball
The academy basketball season was a time to teach the fundamentals to our Lower School students. They learned how to play defense, dribble, pass, shoot, and many other skills throughout the season. They got to test their skills in weekend games against local schools, and ended their season in fellowship at the end of season Jamboree! Thank you to Coach Wyse and Coach Turner for coaching our three teams this season! ~Coach Daniel Padilla
MS Boys Basketball
This year, we had a team of guys that committed to each other and accomplished many of their goals because of it. Everyone found their own unique way to help the team be successful. We will miss our graduating seniors: Kam Good, Matt Nichols, Conner Jellum, Payton Gayre, and Josh Campbell. Additional congratulations to Central District 1st team: Payton Gayre, Jonathon Campbell; Central District 2nd team: Kam Good; North Region 1st team: Payton Gayre, Jonathon Campbell; All-State 1st team: Payton Gayre.
~Coach Matt Coffey
What a season we had with a huge turn around the second half. We will miss our graduating seniors, Katie Breen and Brook Jellum. Some highlights from the season: Katie Breen made the 2nd Team All VACA State team – She was our leading scorer and was a great team leader. Makenna Secrist and Katie Breen were 1st team All District, and Brook Jellum and Rachel Goehner made the 2nd team. Katie was named 1st team All Region – and Makenna was named to the 2nd team. We also made it to the state quarterfinals! It is a great feeling to have our players recognized for their hard work and dedication to basketball. We are all looking forward to next season.
~Coach Pete Poirot
JV Boys Basketball
I am proud of each young man and thankful for the parents who made the season possible and enjoyable. A personal highlight was the two games we played against Afton Christian. They did not have enough players to finish the game, so rather than having them forfeit, we gave them two or three of our players. This was a great opportunity to give of ourselves for our opponent, and I was very proud of the way the guys conducted themselves.
~Coach Jake Wheeler
Varsity Boys Basketball
"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle."
This quote explains the overall growth that each of us had throughout the season. From the beginning where the girls weren't as confident in their abilities, through injuries, sicknesses and changing roles, they finished as a tight knit team who lifted each other up in their faith and showed true excitement in each other's growth. This team has a lot of potential to continue to grow in their abilities to become great basketball players, leaders within the school and community, and strong Christians. ~Coach Ben Munsey
The Middle School Boys team had a tremendous season, going 11-6, finishing 3rd in the Central District, and making it to the Semi-Finals of the Middle School tournament. We went 6-0 against all the teams from the North District. We grew to be a team with a tenacious man-to-man defense and were complimented by many opponents and officials about how well we shared the basketball on offense. ~Coach Daniel Padilla
We invite you to join us for these upcoming spring events!
Pastor Appreciation is a very special day! Our goal is to honor our pastors and show our appreciation for all they do for us. BRCS is blessed to have nearly 70 churches represented in our school.
We are so proud of how hard our students work to reach their academic goals. Our Spelling Bee students competed at school and then traveled to Roanoke for the Regional ACSI Bee.
Bottom Left: Congratulations to the newly inducted National Junior Honor Society students!
Great Community Give: Organized by the Community Foundation to be one great day of sharing, April 17! See details and support BRCS: hrgcg.givebig.org
Bolt 4 Blue Ridge: Race around Dayton on April 13. Register at BRCSchool.org
Class of 2019: Join us on June 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren for the 2019 Commencement Exercises.
Heritage Day: Honoring the Past, Building the Future Eber Wenger Pork Loin Dinner May 24, 6:30 p.m. Tickets Required. Purchase by May 10. BRCSchool.org
Race and Serve & Stand Up: This is our annual day of service and fundraising with a twist! Students will all go out and serve. After serving, Lower School students will race. Upper School students will participate in a new event, Stand Up, involving fun student-organized activities with Ephesians 6: 13 in mind: "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." We want to stand our ground for Christian education. The events are held on May 3rd. Support us at BRCSchool.org.
Pastor Appreciation Day
Blessings Christian Bookstore
Goodwin Oral and Facial Surgery
Integrity Custom Builders
Landes Heating and Air Conditioning
New Wave Logistics, LLC
North Main Mini Storage
Shenandoah Valley Real Estate Team
Shen Valley Trucking, LLC
Chris Goehner, CFP
A&A Tire Service, LLC
Big L Tire
Campbell Print Center
Crosslink Community Church
Dayton Animal Clinic
Deere Horn's Homemade Ice Cream
Edward Jones of Dayton
Emmanuel Church of the Brethren
H2O at Home-Sherri Kondash
Old School Burgers
VA Auto Sales
P.O. Box 207
Bridgewater, VA 22812
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS WITH A PURPOSE
Ace Hardware Elkton
Buttercream Dreams, LLC
Graham and Poirot, CPAs, LLC
Integrity Freight, LLC
Integrity Home Care
Karissa Coffey Events, LLC
Klass Homes, LLC
Mehegan and Sons Mansonary, Inc.
Mt. Solon Pentecostal Church
Top Gear Truck Services, LLC
Virginia Express, LLC
Carr Masonry and Construction, LLC