State Champs … Third Time’s A Charm

By Ryleigh Wallace, Class of 2020

Yearbook managing editor & Geneva Gazette staff writer

“Third time’s a charm” says Coach Hollie Benjumea concerning the Lady Knight’s volleyball victory at the State Championship in Fort Myers on Thursday. While the team had traveled two years previously to the Championship only to come home with the title State-Runner Up, their hardwork and dedication has finally paid off; between their defensive plays, dedicated spirit, and supportive attitude, the team received a new title, State Champions, making Geneva School history.

Emmalise Dunnavan said, “[Throughout the game] Maggie did a great job of keeping of keeping us confident … that’s what we really needed.” The Lady Knights played strongly and encouraged each other through it all. Lily Weir and Rylee Thomas had defensive blocks, Frances Aguayo and Emmalise Dunnavan had powerful digs, Connelly Renfrow had many kills, and Maggie Segarra had great serves, ending two of the three winning sets. Coach Benjumea said about the third set, “We had confidence going into the first two games, and in that third set maybe overconfidence … so it helped that we’d already beat them in two sets and a game before.” No doubt, the Geneva volleyball team worked hard and ought to be so proud of the game they played.


Even when the game was difficult, the girls’ hard work was evident, as was their teamwork and encouragement. Junior Captain, Connelly Renfrow, said, concerning their trouble in the third game, “My teammates help[ed] me get back up.” The team worked together and pulled through to win the game in three sets, 25-18, 25-17, and 25-22. When asked how the team fosters such a supportive relationship, Maggie Segarra said, “We’ve all been very good friends since we were younger and we have all been playing with each other for such a long time. That has made us such a strong team together. We are friends in and out of season, and that has really made a difference.”

In fact, Coach Benjumea said “It’s been great to watch them grow on and off the court. They really care about each other and respect each other. They accept each other for who they are … and that is a really beautiful thing to see.” And, after such a great season, how could one not wonder what the future volleyball seasons hold? Coach Benjumea has promised that there is “lots of fun to come from Geneva!”

Generosity is Everywhere

Our God is a generous God. From life and breath to music and sunsets, he has given us gifts that sustain us and make life beautiful. James tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” Our response to this gracious God and Father is to be people who give of ourselves out of our abundance, especially since we know how sweet it is to receive in abundance from our creator.  

As The Geneva School prepares for Friday’s annual SALT Serveathon, we can see evidence of generosity from students, parents, and the local community. In less than two and a half weeks, students in all grades have raised almost $110,000 in donations by asking parents, grandparents, relatives, teachers, and friends to sponsor them for their day of service. We are well on our way toward reaching our goal of $150,000 and the proceeds of SALT will fund student scholarships.

Many people come together sharing resources, time, and money to make this day of service possible. Every gift matters, and the beauty of this experience is that every student from our oldest to our preschoolers can (and do!) contribute as well as grandparents, parents, friends of Geneva, and local businesses. Here are a few examples:

  • Two of our youngest students, Luke and Pearson, gave up their personal money in order to donate to their classroom projects. Here’s what happened: Luke received a LEGO set for his birthday and chose to return the set so that he could give the money to SALT. Pearson requested that no one open the door to his room one morning. Once he opened the door, his mom discovered that he had cleaned up his room with the hope that he could earn some money to give to school for SALT.
  • Four of our entrepreneurial grammar school students decided to host a lemonade stand to earn money for SALT.  These four prayed that they might earn $400 from their efforts. After a Saturday full of making and selling lemonade, telling their SALT story, and sitting in the hot sun, they closed up shop having earned $399.08. It was a joyful occasion as they experienced how their hard work bore fruit and evidence that God heard and answered their specific prayers.  
  • Local businesses have also been eager to help when asked. Both Publix and Costco have donated funds toward filling the Blessing Bags, the 2nd grade project. Florida Paints in Winter Garden provided all of the paint supplies necessary for the eighth grade house-painting project. When one of our parents went in to the Home Depot on Lee Road to ask for support, the manager grabbed a cart and began filling it with yard work supplies such as rakes and trimmers.

Generous in-kind contributions like these along with the pledges and sponsorships from students, teachers, family, friends of the school, and local businesses are threads that weave a living and beautiful tapestry that everyone can see: an action-packed fulfillment of Hebrews 13:16, where the writer encourages,”Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Jesus told his disciples,“whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We are striving to be more like Jesus, and on this day of service, our hope is that by serving and learning together, we will, indeed, share what we have, serve our neighbors, and lay up our treasures in heaven. 

There’s still time to make a donation to SALT. Go to www.genevaschool.org/salt2018. Search for a specific student, become a sponsor, or make a general gift to Geneva.

 

Knights Errant

By Robert Ingram, Headmaster

 

We are the Geneva Knights. Let’s be the Geneva Knights Errant. Last spring I listened to the Audible recording for 12 hours of The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights, by Sir James Knowles. It was fascinating to realize how each of the legends began with the expectation and excitement that the knights would commit themselves to seasons, and even years, of seeking adventure wherever it may be found in service to the king and codes of heraldic chivalry. More often than not, adventures found them.

Over the summer I listened to the 11 book series of Horatio Hornblower and the adventures he encountered during the great age of sail on the high seas throughout his career in the British navy. Only last week I finished for the second time the fantastic British recordings on Audible of all 7 of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Each of these stories is rife with adventures; the word occurs more frequently than Aslan’s name in some of the books. The children are forever committing themselves to adventures for the sake of following Aslan and pursuing the good that he intends for them to do. Many involve harrowing escapes; faith is tested, virtues extolled, and yet they are willing to persevere unto the end.

There is a contagious spirit that prevails in King Arthur, Horatio Hornblower, and in Narnia. I love this genre and its adventuresome themes. This is what animates my moral imagination and supplies me with metaphors for understanding my calling in life.

I am hoping that each of us will regard ourselves as a Knights Errant, missionally committed to this adventure of Christian classical education. It requires an attitude, a decided level of energy, a sense of calling, a purpose to fulfill, and always has its sights set on attaining something good for the benefit of others.

Even after 25 very good years we have not even begun to know the length and breadth of the liberal arts landscape. There is more to this realm than we have experienced, and I am eager to explore it with you.

 

(This piece was part of a larger talk that Mr. Ingram gave to the whole school during faculty training.)

Thank You Note From a Newcomer

By Grace Herzog (11)

 

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

 

We can probably all agree that changing schools in eleventh grade isn’t typically a wise move.  But then again, we all know Geneva is not a typical school. Here we are, only a few weeks into the year, and thanks to you I couldn’t feel more like a Genevian. Seeing how each of you so beautifully pursues Christ’s call to welcome the stranger reveals God’s goodness throughout this school – the “far, far better things” that I had so hoped for. You, my classmates, have shown me I am valuable both in your eyes and in God’s; our teachers have made me feel comfortable yet challenged in the classroom; and our administrators have helped me to feel encouraged about the present as well as the future. I know this might sound a little idealistic to some of you long-timers, but your school – well, now it’s our school– helps me see a world that is richer, more beautiful, and even more Christ-filled than before. So, thank you for all the words and all the ways of welcome. You truly are salt and light.

My Five Faves:

  1. Favorite New Thing:  Definitely lockers. Never have I ever had a locker. They’re life-changing.
  2. Favorite House:  Iona, of course. *shows off lovely new house necklace*
  3. Favorite Class: Currently, we have a seven-way tie for first, no joke.
  4. Favorite Geneva Tradition: Rhetoric retreat is the greatest. Also, how much everyone genuinely smiles at each other throughout the day.
  5. Favorite Future Thing: Lifelong friendships with wonderful people (+the shiny new campus next year).

 

(Originally appeared in our student-run newspaper, The Geneva Gazette.)

Looking Back At 2017-2018

Dear Geneva community,

It is with immense gratitude that I write this. The generous sharing of your time, financial gifts, and talents over the last year provided exponential blessings for our students, teachers, staff, families, and our greater community.

We have much for which to be thankful. And we look forward with great anticipation to see how God will again use our community for His glory. Enjoy this short look-back video of the 2017-2018 school year.

Although this short video captures only a thin slice of the full expression of our school, it leaves me even more grateful to be part of The Geneva School community. Best wishes for a restful and rejuvenating summer with your families!

Gratefully,
Katie Deatherage, Director of Advancement

 

And the Cannoli Was Amazing

As our trip comes to a close, there is much to reflect on. The weather was near perfection, ranging from 50-72 degrees with no rain. We had great favor regarding the T (subway). Most of the time, as we were arriving to the platform, a train would pull right up! Every meal had a unique feel, from lobster rolls at the hostel to choosing a local ethnic experience.

Our students got very good at traveling on mass transit. We walked a sum of 32 miles, so our legs are strong (some a little sore), plus we could justify eating all the yummy food. Our kids get along…surprisingly well. Many relationships were deepened and horizons expanded.

We have new perspectives of beauty through art. We saw (and even touched) coins older than the time of Jesus. Our students have a greater sense of awareness regarding their surroundings and being alert on sidewalks. Only one wheelchair was used in only one museum, and only three train cards were misplaced.

When asked about my favorite part of the trip, it is hard to choose one. It definitely falls into the category of ‘the sum of the parts is greater than the whole’. Each individual activity, meal, conversation, or transportation experience was excellent, and every one added to the cumulative experience making for what Dr. Clark called ‘a touchstone memory’.  Our capstone experience today was Mike’s Pastry…and the cannoli was amazing!

by Melissa Paul, parent blogger

Faith Expressed Through History and Art

Boston is an amazing place to explore Christianity through history and art. We began our third day with the Harvard Museum of Natural History where we found way more than just bones of creatures from long ago. This museum has one of a kind specimens (think deer the size of a bunny), a skeleton of a water dinosaur longer than seven of our students lying head to toe, cases and cases of glass replicas of plants created to help researchers study plant life, and much, much more. These exhibits prompted questions by our students (Mr. Clark was our guide through these muddy waters) about evolution theories and other important topics.

The questions (yes, more questions) led to several great discussions. While they could (and probably do) have these types of discussions at school, somehow the fact that so much time, energy and expense was given over so many years to express Christian themes give perspective and make it real. At the art exhibit they experienced pieces by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. Between all of the museums we have seen so far, the students have noticed a strong focus on Christianity and themes of faith. There are so many different ways to depict Mary and baby Jesus, but all of them cumulatively in one trip express the importance of the subject to artists of many different centuries.

Speaking of Harvard, our Harvard graduate chaperone gave us the inside scoop – the iconic statue with ‘Veritas’ (truth) written on the side is known by Harvard students as the statue of lies. In case you like trivia: the year is off by two, the statue is of a stand-in student, and the name listed is not actually the founder, he is really the first benefactor.

Trinity Church was beautiful…and filled with faith based art. The students had plenty of time to view and explore the church, then we were off to see the city from 50 floors up. The view was a highlight for many students, especially because you could walk all the way around and see the city from every angle. Talk about perspective. It was just beautiful, with buildings old and new, a smattering of sailboats, beautiful bridges and wonderful teenagers!

 

by Melissa Paul, parent blogger

Light In The Darkness

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.”

John 1:5

Our day started at the Ford Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated. Both the students and chaperones were surprised by how much they enjoyed their time there. We had a highly knowledgeable and entertaining park ranger who treated us to retelling the story and aftermath of Lincoln’s death in a way that felt like a performance, highlighting the history, drama, and surprising details of how Lincoln’s death effected all those involved. The ranger finished by encouraging our students to be lights of their generation, shining in the darkest hours.

Following our time in the theatre, we crossed the street to see the museum, where a spectacular three-story tower of books greeted us. It was amazing to think that many books had been written about Abraham Lincoln, but it really only contained less than half the books written about him.

Leaving the museum, we stopped for an open-air lunch where the students enjoyed spending time together. It’s amazing to see our children still entertained by simple things in life like looking for a four-leaf clover. The day had been mostly overcast up until this point, but after a few raindrops fell, we left the green space with the sun shining.

Then we walked to the recently opened National Museum of African American History, which was new to all of us. Reading and listening to the stories told throughout the museum of horrible atrocities of slavery, segregation, and oppression led to some profound questions and discussions. It’s one thing to read about this subject and another thing to hear first-hand accounts.

We began three levels down, in a dimly lit area, and as we moved up through history, the museum became a bright celebration of culture and achievement, literally moving from darkness into light.

We can’t wait for what our last day in D.C. will hold!

 

by parent bloggers, Chris Lemieux and AnnMarie Hoyt

Morning Colors, So Many Questions and Andy Grammer

Not much beats a beautiful morning ferry ride to a private tour of the USS Constitution. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect when the tour guide told us to cover our ears. Turns out, we were in for an unexpected privilege…we had arrived in time for the 8 am morning “Colors”. The canon was shot, (photo  anthems played and servicemen honored. Silence ensued until we got the “All Clear”.

All of our tour guides have been educational and entertaining. Also very patient. We have so many questions! Our crew has an amazing ability to pick up on an interesting fact and explore it to the limits of the tour guide’s either knowledge, patience level, or time.

At the end of each section of a tour, about 20 questions are asked, each leading to another interesting fact…then another question! Speaking of questions, when the tour guide on the ship asked if anyone in our group knew what Kedging was, I think he was genuinely surprised that one of our crew could explain the act of dropping anchor, then pulling toward it to be able to move a sailboat without wind.

It was an extremely full day including visits to the Bunker Hill Monument, lunch in the park, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, then capping it all off with Andy Grammer in concert with the Boston Pops.

You might think with the travel schedule these kids have been keeping that they would be sleepy in an orchestra concert. Not so! Andy Grammer brought the house down on opening night of the 133rd season of the Boston Pops. The kids were singing and dancing right along with the music, making for a very fun ending to a big day.

 

by Melissa Paul, parent blogger

Beauty, Structure, and Function

We started our day bright and early, not knowing what to expect.

We would never have anticipated that the actual structures built to house our government would be so thoughtfully planned. Those who built our government intentionally incorporated so many symbolic, artistic, yet functional components.

In the rotunda of the Capital Building, the story of our nation is told through art. Given its beauty, it’s hard to believe that so many people actually go to work there. Laws are still being passed, and in fact, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, walked through the room during our tour. Another group saw news crews prepping for interviews with lawmakers.

The Library of Congress is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings we had seen.   The art was absolutely stunning and the architecture and mosaics had an absolute wow factor. We are still in awe of it. It seems almost odd to think that it is still a functioning library, with over 20 reading rooms. In fact, Mrs. Brodrecht went to get a Library of Congress library card while we were there, and we later found out that one of our chaperones already had one.

The Supreme Court building was filled with symbolism, including a depiction of Moses. Students were able to enter the courtroom where cases have been heard since the 1930’s. We were surprised to see how small the actual courtroom is in relation to the grandeur of the building.

We ended our day at the National Archives. This building houses some of the most important documents ever written. Students were excited to view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. They saw the Emancipation Proclamation and also the Magna Carta, which even though it was written in the 1500’s is still relevant and important today.

Thanks to what they had learned at Geneva in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade, our students already understood the context and significance of the documents and were happy to see the real deal.

It was a great day.

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September 20, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Progress Reports Sent Home (3rd-6th)

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • 6th Gr - TEAM Day

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 2:30 pm
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  • 7th & 8th Gr - Moms Coffee

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. Kingsway

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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September 21, 2019
  • 7 & 8 Grade Choirs, Rhetoric Choir & Ladies Choir Retreat

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
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  • JV volleyball Tournament

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
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  • Katie Kaples - Bishop Kenny High School

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 3:45 pm- 9:30 pm
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September 23, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Moms in Prayer

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 8:15 am- 9:15 am
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • MS COED Soccer Home Match vs. Hope Charter

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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  • 11th Gr - College Night for Juniors

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:15 pm
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September 24, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • National Punctuation Day

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 3rd Gr - Character Day

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 8:15 am- 3:00 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • Girls MS Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
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  • MS Coed Soccer Away Game vs. Faith

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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  • MS CC Meet at Trinity Prep

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:45 pm
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  • Girls JV Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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  • 7th - 9th Gr - Discovering Math at Geneva

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm
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September 20, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Progress Reports Sent Home (3rd-6th)

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • 6th Gr - TEAM Day

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 2:30 pm
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  • 7th & 8th Gr - Moms Coffee

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. Kingsway

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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September 21, 2019
  • 7 & 8 Grade Choirs, Rhetoric Choir & Ladies Choir Retreat

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
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  • JV volleyball Tournament

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
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  • Katie Kaples - Bishop Kenny High School

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 3:45 pm- 9:30 pm
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September 23, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Moms in Prayer

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 8:15 am- 9:15 am
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • MS COED Soccer Home Match vs. Hope Charter

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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  • 11th Gr - College Night for Juniors

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:15 pm
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September 24, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • National Punctuation Day

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 3rd Gr - Character Day

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 8:15 am- 3:00 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • Girls MS Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
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  • MS Coed Soccer Away Game vs. Faith

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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  • MS CC Meet at Trinity Prep

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:45 pm
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  • Girls JV Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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  • 7th - 9th Gr - Discovering Math at Geneva

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm
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