A Day in the Life at WCCS - 7th Grader Ashlan Stephens
Ever wonder what it's really like to be a student at WCCS? We are continuing this week with our blog series, "A Day in the Life". Each week, you'll hear from one of our students about what it's like to learn, play, serve, and worship at WCCS! This week, 7th grader Ashlan Stephens shares what her day is like at the upper school.
1st Period Math (7:56 a.m.)
Math class is fun and has allowed opportunities to study advanced topics such as trigonometry, geometry, algebra, and calculus analysis. Having studied the seventh grade curriculum along with teachers making themselves available to teach some of the advanced topics mentioned, has allowed me to prepare to take the PSAT and ACT exams early.
2nd Period English (8:47 a.m.)
English has allowed lots of “creative thinking time”. We are currently reading our second novel, The Westing Game and will soon begin reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Our typical day usually includes journaling to allow us to express our thoughts on the topic provided by our instructor, Mrs. Jordan.
3rd Period Science (9:38 a.m.)
Science class has meant a time for exploration. We have done experiments like dissecting chicken legs to observe muscles, tissues, bones and ligaments. In the past week, we have started learning about the heart and its critical role in the circulatory system.
4th Period Grammar (10:29 a.m.)
Grammar is thought to be very difficult. We focus on things like pronoun agreement, independent/subordinate phrases, helping verbs and pronoun types. Mrs. Turner makes this learning enjoyable by teaching with nifty jingles, colorful cut-and-folds, and interactive games. She presents the material using various approaches and styles to encourage student participation and thought.
Lunch (11:16 a.m.)
Upper School students can order hot lunch or bring lunch from home. We also have a few extra minutes tacked on to lunch as an "unofficial" recess to help let off steam!
5th Period Computer - A Schedule (11:54 a.m.)
Computer class has presented a time to develop our typing skills and conduct low level programming/coding.
5th Period Physical Education - B Schedule (11:54 a.m.)
This year has been spent understanding teaming (working with others) through various sports - badminton, basketball, football, soccer and ultimate frisbee.
6th Period Art - A Schedule (12:41 p.m.)
Messy on occasion, but always fun! We get to use many different mediums (oil, pastel, and watercolor paints, paper mache’, and clay.) Right now we are making paper mache’ vases, which have a history dating back to Ancient Egyptian times. Art class participants have also been able to show off their skills through the WCCS Art Department's support of volunteer opportunities at various local businesses. With "A Schedule" and "B Schedule", we have A classes 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), B classes 2 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday), then the next week we switch!
6th Period STEM - B Schedule (12:41 p.m.)
STEM is one of the most popular classes and only has limited enrollment each year. We have learned to think “out of the box” to create a table out of newspaper, a rollercoaster from cardstock paper, and a grabber from popsicle sticks.
7th Period Bible (1:32 p.m.)
This class has included poster projects, completing Bible workbook exercises, Bible challenge games, movies and opportunities to compare Bible stories to real life situations. We are now learning about God and how Esther was placed in a position to save His people, display tremendous faith in God, and present the message that God has a plan for all of us.
8th Period Regions of the World (2:23 p.m.)
We have learned about the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our teacher is very hip and challenges us to think! We get to display our knowledge by creating Powerpoint decks that focus on research we’ve done on assigned countries that include focusing on culture, food, geography, language and other features that make us unique, but appreciative of God’s creation!
At WCCS, we are taught that God has blessed each of us with unique gifts and to think like Christ through our daily lives and activities. As it says in Proverbs, the Lord honors those who commit their works to Him and who strive for excellence in everything they do (Proverbs 16:3; 22:29).