GCA celebrates National Digital Learning Day 2018!
Our Gators experience technology in the classroom on a daily basis, so we love the idea of a national Digital Learning Day that encourages our students to try something new and embrace tools that will equip them for future challenges and experiences. Teachers made a point to integrate new and innovative technology tools into their lessons and projects today. Some highlights:
Our first grade class started the day using a word pop program to identify the part of speech for a variety of words, before going on an afternoon virtual tour of Mt. Vernon, nearly 200 miles away.
Third graders experienced the power of Chroma keying as they utilized a green screen to travel to outer space. Students helped select an image of their chosen planet to be pictured in. Students then presented their final product with the class and shared facts about their planet.
Mrs. Cochran’s sixth graders utilized the app Quizlet to transform vocabulary words, key people, and terms from their current History unit and class novel, “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,” into study resources such as flashcards, games, and practice quizzes.
Biology students in Mrs. Morris’s classes went on a QR Scavenger hunt as an introduction to their upcoming unit on Human Chromosomes, while AP Biology students created a QR Scavenger hunt to be used a study tool for their end of year AP exam.
To kick-off a new unit on light, Mr. Smallman’s Physics students began researching and studying Cornell University’s solar farm initiative, through which solar farms have been built to help provide energy needs while meeting New York state’s clean energy standard. Students from all divisions have also begun utilizing the 3D printer (lovingly named 3DGator) that the Physics class built last quarter and were excited to see the life size human skull, as designed by Junior Kelli Doran, finish today after 35 hours!
Mrs. Legg’s Collegiate Math students used tools from desmos.com to demonstrate the importance of math in the real world. Students first attempted to solve a spatial problem visually, but after applying mathematical equations to the same problem, they saw how off their first attempts were and the real-world consequences that would result for our future architects, engineers, and designers.
Collegiate Math students in Mrs. Velloney’s classes used the online collaborative game Kahoot! to re-inforce their unit on congruent triangles and algebraic equations. Students competed with each other to answer questions from their unit, while the top three finishers were awarded “Olympic” medals.
Even our Physical Education classes got in on the Digital Learning action, as Coach Morris implemented a QR exercise circuit around the track.
Congratulations to Louka Fetter on his third place finish in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee!
Louka was one of 58 middle school students from local public and private schools to compete in the Virginian-Pilot sponsored regional bee. We are so proud of you, Louka!
Our football program has a limited number of out of date football helmets available for sale. These helmets may not be used in competition but make great mementos and can even be turned into a lamp base! A unique gift for the Gator fan or GCA alumnus in your life. Helmets are $25 each with proceeds going toward the purchase of new equipment.
Please note: When purchasing, we will provide you a waiver stating you understand the helmet is not to be used in competition. Additionally, the interior components of the helmets have been removed.
GCA's 2018 Homecoming activities kicked off with the 2nd annual Alumni volleyball game, followed by our Alumni basketball game. The largest crowd in Alumni game history witnessed an exciting double overtime game with Jamie Miller, Class of 2016, sinking two free throws with one second remaining to seal a victory for the Orange team. Josh Miller, Class of 2009, led the Orange team with 28 points, while Paul Martin kept the Blue team close with 16 points.
Prior to the start of the boys Varsity Basketball game, the 2018 Homecoming court was announced. GCA Collegiate students had previously nominated representatives from each class to the court. Court members shared testimony and speeches during Collegiate Chapel, after which the student body voted for one of the young ladies to represent the Collegiate Academy as 2018 Homecoming Queen. At half-time, Dr. White announced the 2018 Homecoming Queen as Senior Emma Hewitt and the 2018 Maid of Honor as Senior Cassidy Brock. The winner of Homecoming Spirit Week Battle of the Classes was also announced as the Senior Class.
The Varsity Boys Basketball team was well matched against the Beach Breakers, with the game going into overtime in front of a packed house full of GCA students, alumni, and Gator supporters. Both teams gave it their all until the very end and although our Gators came up one point short, they showed what heart on the court is all about and left nothing behind. We are so proud of our student athletes! Go Gators!