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The plane left early on a cool Saturday morning, March 11th, bound for the Dominican Republic. The students on the trip were:  Kjerstyn Franzmeier, Mary Hana Spencer, Avery Philips, Ali Johnson, Katie Jones, Sophie Temple, Mac Grimes, Jud Williams, Griffin Lee, and Christopher Thomas. As well, the mission team leaders were Rob Temple, Lisa Temple, Dr. John McGinn, and Laura Smith. The team has been preparing for this trip for a long time with mission meetings every Wednesday leading up to the trip.

Upon arrival to the Dominican Republic, the team settled in at a large estate, Casa de Abraham, that was positioned about an hours drive away from the village, Bata, that the team would travel to daily. After attending the local church their first morning, the team established their presence with the village and the kids. This day was also the first day that the ESL, English Second Language, class was introduced and they overall had fun day working together. The second day, the team went to the village and continued their devotions, church sermons, and worship songs with the kids from the Bata. The skit the second day, the skit of the Good Samaritan, was performed while the kids made salvation bracelets and played a multitude of games. Every night the MCA missions team would lead their own devotion for the whole group.

The third day was the culture day for the team to go explore the immediate area, but, before this happened, the team went to the Bata. There they showed a skit of Balaam and the Talking Donkey, sang songs, and had tons of fun loving and playing with the children. After a couple hours at the Bata, they proceeded with their culture day by going to Three I’s which are three underground caves located in the center of Santo Domingo. They went and toured a fort established by Christopher Columbus in 1512 and then ate a nice dinner by the seaside. Junior Mac Grimes commented about the culture day saying, “The culture day was very interesting as we toured the city and fort. I thought it was awesome to look at the history of the Dominican Republic and to have a great time with friends.” Following the long third day, day four came with mixed emotions as it was their last day at the Bata.  With this last day they sang songs, did a skit of Jesus feeding the 5,000, and played games and crafts.  Following this sad last day at the Bata, they went to a beach for the following afternoon to have fun in the sun. Day four flew by and the team was upon day five in which they went to a large pool/resort with the kids from the village. There they had fun and established the final day as a success though tears were shed as goodbyes were said at the end of the day.

One of the leaders for the trip, Lisa Temple, commented about the overall trip saying, “This was my eighth trip to the Dominican Republic to serve in Santa Alicia. Each trip has been different with a different group and different vibe. This one with the MCA kids will always be remembered in a very special way. Being able to take these kids that I have known for so long and watch them play, teach, and worship with our Santa Alicia family was so special. I so enjoyed our Wednesday lunches together prior to the trip too. This mission trip was very much steeped in prayer and preparation. I am blessed!” Not only did the team preach and show the love of Jesus Christ through our actions and deeds but the kids of the Bata showed us the true love and joy that can be found even in the worst conditions. They will always be implanted into our mind and we really had a great and influential time that helped us grow as Christians as we helped them.

To view more pictures of the MCA Dominican Republic Mission Trip:  MCA Mission Trip-Dominican Republic

Article contributed by Christopher Thomas and Kjerstyn Franzmeier

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McKinney Christian Academy sent a missions team to the village of El Zapote on their annual mission trip to Guatemala. On Sunday, the day after the students arrived, the students worshipped at the local church and honored God by singing “Grande Para Salvar” to the congregation. After the church service, the students went on a prayer walk throughout the beautiful, historic city of Antigua.

Monday through Wednesday mornings were spent building homes for impoverished families of the village; the afternoons were spent serving the students through El Zapote Olympics, playing a series of games, gospel presentation and testimonies, gospel bracelets, and a favorite treat: eating ice cream. In addition, Edna Pajela conducted teacher training both Monday and Tuesday. Michael McIntyre updated a vital computer system for the villagers as well. Thursday was a team-building treat, as the team helped each other climb Volcan Pacaya.

As Matthew 28:18-20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Senior, Anna Keebler, said, “The coolest part of the trip was probably how close the group was to each other and the openness of everyone through prayer.” Throughout the trip many of the students shared their inspirational testimonies that touched the hearts of both their fellow students and the young villagers. Senior, Jackson Brock, commented, “It was touching to hear the stories of so many of my classmates. To come together and share the word of God to these people was truly a blessing and I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for these people.” The Guatemala mission team truly embodied their motto of “Love Christ, Love People.”

Article contributed by Will Harrell.

To view more pictures:  MCA Guatemala Missions

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 This year 19 students, along with upper school teachers Laurie Hubert, Jerrod Butler, and Michael Key traveled to the Dream Center in Little Rock, Arkansas for Missions Week. Starting the trip on a fun note, the group visited the Arkansas Alligator Farm where they were able to hold small alligators and see other animals such as snapping turtles and wolves. Monday night, the group had the opportunity to go to Altitude Trampoline Park. Tuesday through Thursday were spent doing the same routine each day. Each morning, the group went to the Dream Center to do maintenance work. Since the Dream Center is a non-profit organization, having students help them with many small jobs was a great help for them. Students worked by cleaning bathrooms and windows, organizing and cleaning toys, setting up an irrigation system in their garden, and more. Helping out at the Dream Center, Junior, Ren Willis, said, “I loved helping the staff and temporarily filling a void in the lives of the kids.” After a lunch break at unique and local restaurants, they headed back to the Dream Center for the afternoon. The Dream Center provides an afternoon program for children in the community to come and receive tutoring as well as shelter and companionship. As a group, the students were able to love on and play with students who may not get the same attention at home, and the MCA group was able to mentor the kids and go through the routine at the Dream Center with them. It was a special time to share Jesus with them, but also for the kids to impact the MCA group. Telling about her experience with the girls at the Dream Center, Junior, McKinley Tyler, said, “I loved making connections with some of the girls. I just got to love on them and encourage them and it was a very sweet time.” Friday morning was spent at the Dream Center sharing stories from the week with the leaders and then the group traveled back to McKinney. In summary of his time on the trip, Junior, Ethan Norwood, stated, “It was a very humbling experience caring for all of these kids. They have so little and yet seem to be happy all of the time. I can’t wait to go back next year.”

Article contributed by Madison Yates

For more pictures:  MCA Arkansas Missions

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McKinney Christian Academy Senior Signs Letter of Intent
 
McKinney Christian Academy senior Quinn Revere recently signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I FCS football with Lafayette College.  Quinn is the son of Brian and Marie Revere.  Quinn was a TAPPS all-district and all-state award winner, playing receiver and defensive back for MCA the last two seasons.  In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Quinn excels academically being named to the TAPPS academic all-state football team.  He was named to the all-district and all-state football team as wide receiver in 2015, and was named the McKinney Christian Academy MVP.  Quinn also competed in track and field, and was named the 100m and 200m regional finalist.  Quinn was a varsity member of the MCA wrestling team this past season.
Quinn has been a member of the Young Men's Service League the past four years, serving as Vice-President and then President.  He will be serving in Guatemala this March on a mission trip with his classmates at MCA.  Quinn intends to major in Economics at Lafayette College.  McKinney Christian is proud of Quinn and offers many congratulations on his accomplishments thus far!  We anticipate plenty more from him in the future!
 
McKinney Christian Academy is an independent, college preparatory school, founded in 1992.  MCA is a Christian covenant-based Pre-K through 12th grade interdenominational academy.  For more information on MCA contact Elaine Mayberry - Elaine.Mayberry@mckinneychristian.org or 214-544-2658  ext.  4325.
 
 
 
 
 
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Prospective Family All-School Open House

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2:00 - 4:00 pm

McKinney Christian Academy will hold an All-School Open House for prospective families on Sunday, January 29th.  The Open House will be held from 2:00-4:00pm.

This is a once-a-year event that you won't want to miss! 

  • Bring the entire family!
  • Visit the classrooms, meet our teachers and ask those questions that will help you learn more about MCA.
  • Meet our Head of School, Principals and Administrators.
  • Walk through our science lab, library and technology labs.
  • Visit with our Fine Arts Teachers and tour our choir, band and art facilities.
  • Visit with our Campus Pastor, Academic Counselor, Professional Counselor, Athletic Director and Coaches.
  • See our state-of-the-art athletic facilities.
  • Learn about our Directed Studies program and visit with our licensed Dyslexia Therapists.
  • Ask those important admission questions to our Admissions staff.
  • Visit with representatives from our parent groups:  Parent-Teacher Fellowship, Mom's in Prayer, and Booster Clubs.
  • Talk to our Student Ambassadors and find out about MCA from a student's perspective.
  • Finish your visit with home-baked cookies from Lunch Thyme, our lunch provider.

We look forward to having you experience what McKinney Christian Academy is all about!

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Learning Compassion Through Journaling

 How do you teach pre-teen boys and girls empathy and compassion for others?  That is the question McKinney Christian Academy fifth grade teachers Karen Krusing, Lana Hamilton and Donna LaVecchia were asking.  Lana Hamilton was inspired with the idea of year-long prayer buddies after seeing it done at a women’s retreat. 

The students were all randomly assigned a student to pray and journal about at the beginning of the school year.  The last week of school each student was given the journal full of daily prayers for them.  Watching the students reading the prayer journals was a very impactful moment.  Fifth grader Matthew McDowell said “I learned you should always put a lot of time and energy into your prayers and I realized after reading the prayers my prayer partner prayed for me how good God is, and how He used the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct us, if we take time to listen.”

The fifth grade teachers all agreed this was a very successful project.  One parent commented that she was brought to tears reading the prayers that were lifted up for her child, several meeting very specific needs of the child at the time the prayers were given.  Parents and teachers agreed that intentional prayer journaling will become an annual event.

McKinney Christian Academy is located at 3601 Bois D’Arc Road in McKinney.  To schedule a tour of the campus or to get registration information contact Elaine Mayberry, Admission Director at 214-544-2658 ext. 4325 or Elaine.Mayberry@mckinneychristian.org

McKinney Christian Academy exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through education of mind, body and spirit.

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McKinney Christian Academy is excited to host Sky Ranch Launch Camp on the MCA campus this summer.  The day camp session in McKinney will run June 6-10.

Sky Ranch has been best known as an outstanding overnight Christian summer camp for 60 years, but they are so much more!  They offer year-round programs including Family Camp, Leadership Camp, Outdoor Education, Retreats, and Launch Camp.

Sky Ranch Launch Camp (grades K-5) is the perfect option for kids who are not quite ready to sleep over for a week but want to experience the heartbeat of Sky Ranch summer camp.  Trained, caring Christian counselors lead five fun-filled days of activities and spiritual investment.  McKinney Christian Academy is the location for one of the Launch Camps.  

Each day in Launch Camp is a new adventure, with each day having a new theme.  The kids will have fun, and it is fun with a purpose.  Activities and biblical principles are designed to fit each day's theme.  The counselors are trained to deliver fun, exciting activities and to effectively communicate Bible messages.

The McKinney Christian Academy Launch Camp will run 9:00 am - 4:00 pm every day, June 6-10.


Sign Up Online Today!  Skyranch.org/Launch-camp
903-266-3300
For questions:  GuestServices@SkyRanch.org  

McKinney Christian Academy exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through education of mind, body and spirit.

3601 Bois D'Arc Road, McKinney, Texas  75071  *  www.McKinneyChristian.org

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McKinney Christian Academy

        Capital Campaign

Summer Construction Plans

McKinney Christian Academy’s Board of Trustees is excited to announce that MCA is moving forward with the first phase of their Brick by Brick Capital Campaign.  With over $3 million received toward the $5.2 million goal, construction will begin this summer!

 Construction on this portion of Phase One will include the following projects to be completed in fall 2017:

-          12 Upper School Classrooms

-          Upper School Administration

  • Administration Offices
  • Conference Room
  • Reception Area
  • Restrooms

-          The current Upper School facility will be renovated and designed to specifically meet the needs for Middle School (scheduled for summer 2017)

 The remaining Phase One projects include the following:

-          Dedicated Career and Technology Classrooms, Science Labs, and 8 classrooms ($2.2 Million funding still required)

 "For 24 years MCA has flourished and grown.  The school roots go back to an old bank building, with just two classes the first year.  Now, after much prayer, we are ready to break ground on a new Upper School this summer.  It’s an exciting time at MCA!  Thank you for your dedication, prayer and financial support.  Our current and future students will be blessed by it.  God is so good!" -  Robb Temple, MCA Board of Trustees President

Support of MCA’s “Brick by Brick...Continuing the Legacy” capital campaign demonstrates a commitment to Christian education in McKinney and continues the legacy of MCA’s founding families. 

 To take a tour of the MCA campus or schedule a time for the vision and plans to be shared, contact Carol Ownby at 214-504-7222.  Continuing the legacy of teaching students to live biblically through education of mind, body and spirit is the top priority to MCA staff and leadership, and we want to share with the community.

 It is an exciting time to be a part of the MCA family!

 

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The McKinney Christian Academy golf tournament held April 11th at the TPC at Craig Ranch was a great success.  Twenty-three teams braved the rain for a great day of golf.  The sun came out for a beautiful day of golf after a thirty minute rain delay.  MCA would like to thank all the sponsors of the golf tournament.  Proceeds from the Tee It Up! golf tournament will support Christian education and children's advocacy.  A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  The golf tournament presenting sponsors were Integrated Environmental Solutions, Nordhaus-Walpole, Dunrite/Trane, and Pepsico.  Dunrite HVAC Service and Trane donated a complete HVAC air conditioning system.  Raffle tickets for the HVAC unit were sold prior to the golf tournament, and the winning ticket was drawn during the awards dinner.  The raffle generated a great deal of excitement.  The event included a live auction during dinner.  Two highest bidders won a necklace and earring set donated by Kendra Scott jewelry, and a complete set of junior golf clubs donated by Concentra.  Whatever the skill level for any of the players in the tournament, the event proved to be a fun-filled day for everyone involved.

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There is something for everyone at McKinney Christian Academy this summer.  Summer sport and enrichment camps run through July 22nd with varying start dates.  Students from Kindergarten through Upper School can find something to interest them.  Sports Camps include boys football, boys baseball, girls softball, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys wrestling, and boys and girls strength and agility.  Enrichment camp topics are Awesome Art, Discover Science, and Ukulele Music Camp.

Register now!  To register:  www.events.org/2016MCASummerCamps

McKinney Christian Academy exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through education of mind, body and spirit.  MCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or nationality in the administration of any program of the school.

McKinney Christian Academy - 3601 Bois D'Arc Road, McKinney, Texas.  www.mckinneychristian.org

214-544-2658  ext.  4113