April 19, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you had an awesome Easter Break. It has been fun to reconnect with our students and staff and to hear great reports about time spent with family and friends. We stayed somewhat busy over break with the preschool and extended care being open and our maintenance/facilities team hard at work. You might notice some heavy equipment just beyond the left field fence of Joseph Trafican Memorial Field. Just before break, a donor offered up the services of their contractor to fill in the drainage pond behind the fence. The equipment is staged and once we have four consecutive days of dry weather (2019?) we will get it filled in. Filling in the drainage pond eliminates any standing water in that area along with providing usable acreage on both sides of the service road that passes through that area. Upgrades to storage facilities on the MS/HS side of campus also took place over break and you can see the outlines of where our additional MS/HS classrooms will be placed.

The rescheduled date for our Mom/Son Bunco Night is fast approaching. Join us April 29 in the Elementary Multipurpose Room for a fun evening of fast-paced play. Bunco is a dice game that is very easy for participants of just about all ages to pick up. Here is a brief tutorial: video. The event will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and we are adjusting the rotations after each game to ensure that moms can stay with their sons throughout the evening. Tickets are $15 for a mom + 1 son, and $25 for mom + 2 or more sons. My mom will once again make the trip out from the East Bay so we can compete. All proceeds support WCS Boosters.

Our seniors are down to their final eight weeks of compulsory education. While we believe that every student is much more than their college acceptances, SAT/ACT scores, and cumulative GPA, we also know that WCS families want to ensure their children will be prepared for opportunities after graduation. This year’s senior class has a cumulative GPA of 3.50, average SAT scores (1600 possible) of 1120 (67 points higher than the CA average and 100 points higher than the national average), average ACT scores of 24 (1.7 higher than CA average and 3.2 higher than national average), and 60% plan to enroll directly into a four-year college or university. They have gained acceptance to a wide range of schools and half of those planning to head into a four-year university plan to do so out of state. Some schools of note: UCLA, UCD, UCSB, Cal Poly SLO, UCONN, Oregon State University, Grand Canyon University, Arizona State, Penn State, Northern Arizona, BIOLA, Sonoma State, Chico State, Boise State, CSU Channel Islands, Neumont University, Chapman University, and many others. Again, we support and love each student and there are many paths to academic and professional success. We rejoice in helping each student have great opportunities at graduation.

One of the final activities for our seniors is their senior project presentation. They have each identified a possible area of interest for a career and spent time working in that field this year. Their experience culminates with a 20-30 minute presentation to a panel of evaluators. We would love for you to sign up to serve as an evaluator for some presentations. It is a great way to earn parent service hours and to see the quality of students WCHS can produce. If you are interested in serving as an evaluator, please email Rachel Truesdell, our guidance counselor, at rtruesdell@woodlandchristian.org. She can share the sign up link with you.

It is fun to be back at school so shortly after Easter. Sunday’s Easter message still resonates with me and we enjoyed the “super bowl of Christendom,” as our pastor phrased it. The Christian faith hinges on the verifiable, historical, and miraculous act of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Paul puts it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Praise God that Christ did rise. For those of us who have placed faith in Jesus, let us never grow cold or complacent to the majesty of the resurrection. For those who have not investigated the historical evidence of the resurrection or are new to talk of Christianity, I encourage you to take a closer look. Two great resources are: Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ (super helpful for me when learning about Christianity in college), and Josh McDowell’s Evidence that Requires a Verdict. Case for Christ was actually made into a movie and released April 7 to solid reviews. Have a great week! We are thankful to have your kids back at school.

God Bless,
Justin Smith
Administrator, WCS


Woodland Christian School 1787 Matmor Rd Woodland CA 95776