If you know anything at all about the story of Apple Valley Christian School, particularly the events over the last two and a half years, you’ll know why there are really no words to adequately describe the emotions felt as we launched our first day in our brand new school building this morning. The sign said it best–“Welcome Home, Warriors!” And that is what we felt–right at home. In the midst of the grand hallways and 25-foot ceilings, there was a sense of closeness, warmth, and love. Huge smiles. Tears of joy. Excited chatter. And best of all, a prayer of blessing over the students, teachers, and building. We stand back amazed at what God has done, and we look forward to whatever else He has in store. Thanks, God. It feels good to be home. …. by Joy Richart
Select this link to see a video of our Opening Day Celebration!
Select this link to see the article in the Daily Press!
AVCS Senior, Felipe Pereira, competed at the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Swim Finals. He achieved 2 personal records in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle on the way to earning 2 medals! Great job, Felipe!
AVCS was recently featured in “Apple Valley Life,” a local magazine! Select the link below to look it over… So exciting!!
Check out the details of our new location in this article in the Sunday Daily Press, written by Rene De La Cruz…
Christian school set to return to Apple Valley
AVCS absent from town nearly two years
Thank you to all who came and contributed to make this year’s dinner and silent auction a great success. We raised almost $10,000! All who attended had a great time. We look forward to making our dinner and silent auction next year even better!
If you missed out this year, please look forward to attending on November 15, 2014!
What a great week we had with the ACSI/WASC Accreditation Visiting Team! They were particularly impressed with the ability of our students to articulate their ideas and beliefs. Please read the response below from the chairman of the accreditation visiting team:
The visiting team, representing the Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, wishes to express appreciation for Apple Valley Christian School and its commitment to school improvement.
- We commend the board for seeking to maintain its status as an accredited school.
- We commend the administration for leading the staff through the rigors of self-study and preparation for the visit.
- We commend the faculty and staff for spending focused time in evaluating every aspect of the school and developing a picture of what the school is today in order to prepare it for tomorrow.
- We commend the parents for committing themselves to the school by entrusting it with their children and accepting the financial burden of support for this commitment.
- We commend the students for their openness and candor as they shared their perspective of life at Apple Valley Christian School.
It has been a distinct pleasure to be a part of this experience in the life of the school. The entire visiting committee is grateful for the opportunity to serve the school in this way.
We trust that our report will be a useful tool and serve the school well as it pursues its preferred future.
The committee has sent our report and recommendations to the ACSI and WASC Accreditation Commissions. It is these commissions that make the determination of a schools’ accreditation status and they will notify the school of their decisions later this spring.
The committee was very pleased to see how the Apple Valley School Community rallied to keep the school alive and all the work that is being accomplished to help it thrive now and in the future!
Thank you for your hospitality to our team,
Dr. Cecil Swetland
ACSI-WASC Visiting Committee Chairman
Here are some photos from the Operation Christmas Child portion of our
On November 1st, all of our MS & HS students went out to various locations to serve in our community. We were able to serve from 9 am to 1:30 pm:
- Boulder Creek Ranch- Weeding and Grounds Clean Up
- Car Wash: On Campus for the Brown Family. Jason Brown, 10 yrs old, passed away of childhood cancer and his final wish was to have his parents buy a burial plot for him and his parents. To help financially we held a car wash that raised $349 for their family.
- Civic Center Park Aquatic Center: Park Restoration
- Merrill Gardens
- Jubilee Church: Clothes closet
- Juniper Elementary School: Campus Clean Up
- Moses House
- Sunrise Church: Clean Up
- Family Life Church: Campus Clean Up
- The Lord’s Table: Campus Clean Up
- Valley Crest Residential Care
- Victor Valley Animal Protective League: Prepare items to build their Christmas float
- Victor Valley Rescue Mission
What an amazing opportunity for the Middle and High school students! They learned to work together as a team – the older students and younger students working together and learning from each other. It was really exciting for the international students to be able to experience serving another (some for the very first time). A comment was made to me that some of the kids have expressed that they have never done this in their country before. When they came back very excited about being a part of it, it was very touching! It was neat for them to experience a heart of a servant, a very valuable life lesson.
The Elementary and Preschool students stayed on campus and worked on a Samaritan Purse Shoe Box Project, called Operation Christmas Child, and packed more than 55 boxes. They wrote letters, made crafts, filled the boxes, and prayed for the person who would receive each box. A representative from Samaritans Purse came out to share with the kids to explain the project. We watched a couple of videos about other kids around the world, including a hilarious video featuring Si from Duck Dynasty.
It was very touching to see how much joy the kids had in packing the boxes for another child. They were so eager to bless another. We are looking forward to making this an annual project we do with the elementary and preschool students every year!
Though there were struggles throughout the day, it was amazing to see a volunteer for Operation Christmas Child drive all the way up the hill, spend the whole day with us, take photos, and drop all of our packages off at the distribution center down the hill for us! Watching students come together to serve another family with a loss and volunteers taking time off work in order to serve in the community to bless another is just an incredible example of this years theme “serve one another in love, “Galatians 5:13. God’s provision is just incredible to witness! Thank Him for his goodness!!!
Michelle Littell, Fundraising Coordinator
Our AVCS staff had a great time helping out at the Hesperia Days celebration at Hesperia Lakes! Here are some photos of a few of the many who helped. If any of you have other photos, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Story in the Victor Valley Daily Press on August 12, 2013
By Rene De La Cruz, Staff Writer
VICTORVILLE • Less than a year after getting her driver’s license, Brittany Richart was hip-deep in debris from the Japanese tsunami.
“I looked at an open field and didn’t think much about it, until they told me there was a school, hospital and entire neighborhood that once stood there,” said Richart, 16, a Victorville resident who recently returned from a five-week trip to Japan.
Richart, who had never been overseas, visited the island nation at the suggestion of a family friend who works at Okutama Bible Chalet, a camp and retreat center situated 30 miles west of Tokyo.
A 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan in 2011 and triggered a massive tsunami that killed thousands of people. Richart said almost two years after powerful waves swept away cars, homes, buildings, trains and boats, many people who don’t live in Japan think life is back to normal — but it is not.
“I spent time in Minamisanrik tearing out debris and mudding out a house,” said Richart, a junior at Apple Valley Christian School. “I also helped by cleaning cucumbers for a farm.”
Richart said she met an owner of a metal tank shop, whom she knew as Mr. Moto, who sent his family and workers to higher ground after the tsunami warning sounded.
Richart said as Mr. Moto waited at the shop for his other workers to return, he climbed a pole inside his building before flood waters rushed in and lifted him to the ceiling.
“Just as his head hit the ceiling with little room to breath, Mr. Moto thought that it would be his last day on Earth,” Richart said. “That is when the water slowly began to recede.”
According to Richart, Mr. Moto reopened his shop as soon as possible so that his employees could work and put food on the table.
Aside from her tsunami work, cleaning bathrooms at the retreat center and learning about Japanese food and culture, Richart climbed Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in the country at 12,389 feet.
“We arrived at the top at 2 a.m., hours before our goal of watching the sunrise,” Richart said. “It was about 30 degrees and none of the shops were open at the top, so we had to huddle together with about 20 other climbers in a small bathroom to stay warm.”
She said climbing up and down the mountain was beautiful but the sunrise was strange. The sky turned a pink hue before turning orange, Richart said.
“After I came back home, I also realized that every person in the body of Christ plays a significant part in the larger picture, and that we should not take the gospel for granted,” Richart said. “Watching the hunger of the younger kids at the camp as they asked questions was awesome.”
Richart said she was impressed by the Japanese culture, including the respect shown to elders and the way people express their gratitude.
“I’m glad to be home, but I did leave part of me in Japan,” Richart said. “But as much as I’d like to go back, I know I’m also needed here in the U.S.A.”
Rene De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.
Story in the Victor Valley Daily Press, August 13, 2013
By MARK A. PEINADO, STAFF WRITER
There’s an old saying that patience is a virtue.
Apple Valley Christian athletic director Rick Huff’s patience with the CIF state office was rewarded with another state academic championship.
The Warriors’ girls basketball team was one of 29 state academic team champions for the 2012-13 school year announced by the CIF on Aug. 9.
“I knew we would really be close,” Huff said. “It’s really exciting.”
Since 1996, CIF has rewarded a team in each sport with the highest collective GPA based on an unweighted 4.0 scale. Each section has an academic champion for each sport, and the winners are forwarded to the state office for consideration.
Huff said he expected an announcement in June. But CIF kept pushing back the date when it would release the names of the winning teams.
Finally, word came Aug. 9 that Apple Valley Christian had won its fifth state academic championship — tied for second most in the state. AVCS and Forest Lake Christian each have five titles, while Los Gatos leads all schools with seven.
The school will receive a banner in recognition of the accomplishment.
“We focus on the Lord and then them doing their best in whatever it is,” Huff said. “They’re working hard and being made accountable. They’re great girls who are very diligent and competitive in the classroom and out on the court. We focus on what we do well and that focal point is academics. They’re really bright kids who work hard in class.”
The 2012-13 team was comprised of Johanna Barbour, Carolina Carrazedo, Alanah Conrad, Lana Gomes, Brittany Richart, Krisandra Sanchez and Christina Seaton. They had a cumulative GPA of 3.94 and were coached by Gary and Kathy Giovannetti.
Huff said he had hoped for two titles this year, but the girls volleyball team just missed out. The Warriors had a 3.92 GPA while the winning school, Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles, finished with a 3.95 GPA, which was the highest for any girls sport.
“Our coaches focus on mentoring the kids for their lifetimes — how can we reach this kid and prepare them for that next stage of life,” Huff said. “Academics is a huge part of that.
“I’m really proud of the kids.”
Mark A. Peinado can be reached at 760-951-6274 or at email@example.com.
Ready to provide your child with a solid, Christ-centered education? If you are new to AVCS, here are the steps you will need to take to learn more about our school and subsequently enroll your children:
- Call Mrs. Singery in the school office (760.995.3516) and set up a tour of our campus.
- After you have decided to enroll your children in AVCS, notify Mrs. Singery.
- You may then download and complete the appropriate enrollment forms:
- After submission of your completed enrollment packet, Mrs. Singery will send you an email with instructions for creating a “Parents Web” account. If you have any problems with this, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Singery.
- In order for your children to be considered enrolled, the appropriate financial paperwork and fees will need to be brought to Mrs. Casey, the school bookkeeper. (Financing options are available at Your Tuition Solution.)
If you prefer, enrollment packets can also be picked up in the school office.
APPLE VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL….. Since 1976
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AVCS is fully accredited by WASC and ACSI
For Returning Students
Enrollment Fees: Prior to April 30th = $60.00 per student Prior to May 31st = $110.00 per student On or after June 1st 2014 = $160.00 per student Please note: All fees must be paid and the application completed by the deadlines in order to receive the discounts. New Online Enrollment: AVCS has recently upgraded to a web-based School Management System, called RenWeb. At the end of this school year, we will no longer be using our old system, SchoolMinder, or Edline. All communication with teachers and staff will be accomplished through the “Parents Web.” As a result of this, enrollment will be done online. Here are instructions for completing your online applications:
ParentsWeb and Re-Enrollment Instructions: Apple Valley Christian School’s administration and staff are already looking ahead and making plans for next school year. In preparation for the start of 2014-2015, please take time now to complete your child’s reenrollment for next year. To complete our online reenrollment process, you will access our ParentsWeb. Please follow the Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login listed below.
Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login
- Select ParentsWeb Login from the bottom of the opening webpage for AVCS (www.avcschool.com)
- AP-CA should be listed as the District Code.
- Enter your email address in the Email field (this must be the same email address you provided to AVCS).
- Click the Create Account button.
- You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password. For security purposes the link will remain active for 6 hours.
- Please click on the link. A Change/Create Password screen will open. You may use the default username provided, or create a new username. Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
- Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
- Close the window.
- Log into ParentsWeb as instructed above.
Instructions for accessing ParentsWeb for the Re-Enrollment Process:
- Select ParentsWeb Login from the bottom of the opening webpage for AVCS (www.avcschool.com).
- After logging in, click on the Family Information button in the left menu.
- Click on the Enrollment/Reenrollment button.
Our Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for your child. The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later. The Instructions and Enrollment Checklist page of the enrollment packet contains supplemental enrollment forms that also must be submitted. Further instructions on these forms are provided online. If you have any questions, please contact Tami Singery at 760.995.3516.