Boots & Bling Silent Auction – Great Success!

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Our Boots & Bling Silent Auction was a great success!  Lots of fun and a very “Lively” Live Auction.

Don’t miss out on this fun event next year in November – plan on coming and having an exciting time.

If you are interested in helping in the planning or in the actual auction next year, please contact Michelle Littell…
mlittell@avcschool.com or 760.995.3516

ATTENTION!! New policy regarding electronic devices! 1-30-2017

Cell Phone, Translator, and Electronic Policy

  • Cell phones, tablets, iPods, iPads, or other such devices are prohibited during school hours. These devices must remain out of sight for the duration of the school day including lunch, break, and passing periods. Any cell phone, tablet, iPod, iPad, etc. that is not out of sight will be taken and held in the front office.
  • Laptops are permitted for approved academic purposes only.
  • Only approved translators that do not have Internet or Wi-Fi capabilities are acceptable during school hours and must be pre-approved by the front office.

The approved translators are:

The ECTACO Partner EV500 and the ECTACO Partner 500AL PRO.

Both are multilingual and will meet the needs of all our international students. The EV500 is $139 and the Pro is $179. They can be purchased from this site:

http://www.ectaco.com/ectaco-partner-ev500 or by calling 1-347-728-1354.

  • We strongly urge parents to require their students to leave all other electronic devices at home. If these devices are on campus they must be safely put away in a backpack, bag or locker. If visible at any time, they will be taken and held in the front office.
  • Parents needing to contact students may do so through the front office, or expect texts and phone calls to be returned after school

Occasionally circumstances arise where the contents of pictures or messages may be in question on students’ electronic devices. We reserve the right to view the contents of such electronic devices when these circumstances arise.

The consequences of having these items taken during school hours are as follows:

  1. First Offense: For a period of five (5) days the student will turn their electronic device(s) into the front office upon arrival at school and may pick it up at the end of the school day. Parent or guardian will be notified.
  2. Second Offense: A parent or guardian will have to pick up the electronic device in the office.
  3. Third Offense: In house suspension.
  4. Further Offenses:  Each further offense will have an additional day of suspension added (e.g.  fourth offense – 2 days’ suspension, fifth offense – 3 days’ suspension).  Parent/Guardian will be called and requested to check for electronic devices prior to coming to school.
  5. These consequences will be reset at the beginning of each semester.

Opening Day!

Opening Day Prayer

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 Returns to Apple Valley – August 2014!

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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

December 15, 2013 8:00 AM
Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer

 

APPLE VALLEY • After departing its hometown nearly two years ago, a local private school has announced plans to move back. Alan Giles, board president of Apple Valley Christian School, said the school has secured a 45,000-square-foot building on Ottawa Road to teach its more than 200 students in 2014. “We signed a long-term lease with an option to buy on Monday,” said Giles, 33, an alumnus of AVC and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. “We have a growing and healthy base of students at our pre-K- to 12th-grade school, and we need a place to move our growing family.” The school moved to Hesperia in 2012 after the elders at Apple Valley Baptist Church, the school’s overseeing body, laid off 11 teachers including John Richart, the school’s administrator, and told AVC they planned to shut down the school at the end of the year. Financial challenges, which included declining enrollment costing the church hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2005, was the main factor for the move, according to a church release. A campaign led by Giles, AVC alumni and families associated with the school raised thousands of dollars, making it possible to rehire teachers and eventually move the school to a 15,500-square-foot campus on I Avenue in Hesperia. Giles said the new Apple Valley campus, on the corner of Ottawa and Nomwaket roads, should be ready by August after they submit plans to the town of Apple Valley in January. The plans include construction of 20 classrooms and office space and the installation of a playground. Giles said over the year, AVC has experienced a 20-percent increase in attendance, the biggest jump in more than eight years for the school, which began in 1976 as a ministry of the Baptist Church. The school has remained strong, attracting foreign exchange students from 15 countries including Lithuania, Germany, Turkey, China, Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea and Brazil, according to Giles. “God has been incredibly good to our school,” Giles said. “Our teachers and staff have been loyal and committed during this entire process.” “Our families and staff are excited about the news,” Richart said. “Even our Hesperia families that we picked up in the move are excited and are working on carpooling plans.” Richart said he didn’t think the school would find a new location after he signed a two-year lease on the Hesperia facility. “Seems like God is always surprising me,” Richart said. “I guess the impossible is always possible with him.” For more information on the school, visit www.avcschool.com or call 760-995-3516. Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.

Auction a great success!

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!

Accreditation: Chairman response

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

Serve-A-Thon News & Photos!

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

Hesperia Days 2013 – Photos!

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 cwatson@avcschool.com!

Brittany Richart Helps with Tsunami Recovery Work in Japan

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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.