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The Ninth Annual Tech Trek Was a Huge Success!

The ninth annual Tech Trek was a huge success! The day started before sunrise as a large team of volunteers and staff prayed for the day. They generously gave their time and enthusiastic energy to set up the race courses, beautiful raffle with over 45 items, and Harvest Festival with booths, food, and fun activities.

Special guests, Santa Cruz Warriors Mav’Riks and Scotts Valley Togo’s mascot, helped Baymonte Middle School PE Teacher Kristi Trefethen with the pre-race warm-ups. A record number of registered runners (367) participated in the Tot Trot, 1K, and 5K races. Special running guests included Togo’s Cup Man and UCSC’s Cross Country Team. UCSC team member, Robert Udell, won first place in the 5K and set a new record for the Tech Trek with a time of 15 minutes, 41 seconds. A complete list of 5K race results can be seen here. A complete list of 1K race results can be seen here.

The event was a financial success bringing in over $54,000 (plus day of proceeds) for Baymonte’s Technology and Arts programs. The event showed the heart of Baymonte as so many people came together and blessed each other, our families and our community with a fun, healthy, joy-filled morning. Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to next year’s 10th annual Tech Trek!


Tech Trek Fun Day Party

The Tech Trek festivities continued Thursday at Mrs. Fernald’s Fun Day Party with Miss Bliss’s class! Miss Bliss’s Fifth Grade Class won the party with the highest sponsorship donations. Congratulations! They celebrated at the Fun Day Party by walking to Starbuck’s, enjoying a treat together and tossing water balloons on Baymonte’s field.

Thank you, Mrs. Fernald, for throwing a great party!

Check back tomorrow for Tech Trek race results and photos from the event!


Today’s Tech Trek All School Pig Races Were a Success!

Today’s Tech Trek All School Pig Races were a success!

Congratulations to the following Tech Trek Pig Race winners!

$200 Sponsorship Level – Classic Pig Race

1st Place – $100: Coral Reeves
2nd Place – $50: Reid Hazen
3rd Place – $25: Dane Paquette
4th Place – $10: Liana Roberts
5th Place – $10: Miranda Docter
6th Place – $10: Eli Keift
7th Place – $10: Clark Jan

$300 Sponsorship Level – Supersized Pig Race

1st Place – $200: Nicholas Margiotta
2nd Place – $100: Nicholas Gehrke
3rd Place – $50: Mikayla David
4th Place – $20: Rocco Florio
5th Place – $20: Aidan Priapi
6th Place – $20: Luke Hollingsworth
7th Place – $20: Reid Hazen

Congratulations to the following Tech Trek Incentive Winners!

Top Earners
1st Place – Eli Keift, $1450 which allowed him to spin the Wheel of Fortune: Winning $10
2nd Place – Jaxton Hanson, $665
3rd Place – Mikayla David, $600

Class Winner for Most Sponsorship – Miss Bliss [5B], $3615


October’s Character Trait Is “Thoroughness”


Each month at Baymonte Christian School we highlight a positive character trait with a corresponding Bible verse. October’s character trait is Thoroughness which means great care and attention to detail.

“A wise man will hear and increase in learning.” 

                                                                        Proverbs 1:5


One way to be thorough is to be a good listener. Rick Warren, a pastor, author and founder of Saddleback Church gives tips to becoming a good listener in his article below. 


Tips to becoming a good listener by Rick Warren 

Listening is a skill. It’s developed through practice, desire, attention, and by simply wanting to become a good listener. Here are four tips to becoming a better listener.

  1. Withhold judgment and criticism from the start.

Don’t evaluate until you’ve heard and comprehended it all. You need to hear the person out.

  1. Keep calm.

Don’t become defensive. Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) says, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” If you’re patient, you’re wise. You need to keep calm.

  1. Be an active listener.

You become a good listener by asking creative questions. Proverbs 20:5 says, “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” This verse says the real meaning of people is down inside of them. A man of understanding will be able to draw others out with questions. How do you do that? Ask clarifying questions, such as: Who? What? When? How? Questions like that will draw out those you are listening to and let them know you have their attention.

  1. Paraphrase and summarize.

To be a good listener you must be able to tell a person what they’ve just told you before you talk about what you need to talk about. Before you share your side of the story, you need to let the other person know you understand where he or she is coming from. Paraphrase what they’ve said back to them.

Try one of these tips this week and enjoy the benefits of being thorough!


Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Baymonte!


Access the Online Book Fair here.


Baymonte Alumni, Ingrid Adams, loves teaching Middle School English

Middle School English Teacher, Ingrid Adams

Many people frequently ask, “Why in the world would you want to teach middle schoolers?” (With a strange and concerned look on their faces of shock mingled with pity.) They also say, “Are you crazy? I could never do that!” I just smile or laugh and then give them an earful.  To begin, I love middle school students so much and feel privileged to be part of their formative years.  Statistics say on average a child is who they will be at their core by the end of 8th grade, in terms of character development, their moral compass and habits. This is great news!  It means that we can still have a huge impact on their lives in and outside of the classroom. In middle school, students are old enough to engage in real world/real life problems, conversations and debates. At the same time they are also young enough to be open-minded and not jaded by the world quite yet.  This is a “sweet spot” in my opinion socially, academically, emotionally and spiritually.  I hope to shift the stereotypes of the “typical teenager” to positive thoughts of formation, growth and maturity during this time in their lives.

I absolutely love teaching English!  I know that also sounds insane, but I hope that my passion is communicated daily through my lessons.  On any given day you will find students engaged in creative writing, organizational writing strategies, grammar songs and jokes, dramatic literary readings or vocabulary stories/skits. My hope is to engage my students with practical, inspiring, and challenging lessons.  A very unique aspect to my job is getting to know my students on a deeper level through their writing.  It is so rewarding to see progression and voice evolve through the writing process and I feel privileged to be a trusted reader of their work.  It can be very intimidating to write and some students feel very vulnerable in the process. My goal is to build confidence in their writing through helping them with their organization, vocabulary, and editing skills.

Many people might not know that I was once a student at Baymonte.  I transferred to Baymonte as a 6th grader from a public school and stayed through 8th grade.  Baymonte was a safe haven after a tumultuous start to my 6th grade year at a public school.  When I arrived at Baymonte I was welcomed by amazing teachers and made some very dear, lifelong friends.  After I completed my California Teaching Credential and Masters Degree, I spent time in public and private high schools teaching English.  The “jaded” attitude of some of the high schoolers, I had mentioned before, was prevalent in these schools and I knew I needed a change.  I knew that moving to a middle school was the right career move. Getting hired at Baymonte to teach Middle School English was a dream come true and felt like I was “home”.  I am so thankful for my 14 wonderful years teaching in this fabulous community.


Ellen Arzouni, Baymonte’s IPI Teacher, Shares Her Story


Ellen Arzouni, Baymonte’s Individual Program of Instruction Teacher, Shares Her Story

My passion is for kids and their success. The heartbeat of what I do is to not only help them build their reading skills through the Barton program, but to encourage them in their walk in life. I was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Scotts Valley when I was three. I have lived in Scotts Valley since then. I was in a family with three boys and two girls. I met my husband Peter at church. We got married and had our first daughter. She currently lives in Scotts Valley and is an amazing mom of two wonderful boys.

We felt God’s call on our lives to go to the mission field. We went to the Ivory Coast, West Africa for one year. Our second daughter was born there and is currently serving in a missions capacity in Africa. This was an amazing time in our lives. We fell in love with the African people and the joy they possess regardless of financial status or worldly goods. We worked in a Bible College there and were completely blessed by this experience.

We returned to the states and God led us to Baymonte. Words cannot express our gratitude to Baymonte and the staff for the care the staff invested in our children. Not only that, but I had the privilege to work at the school.

For the past fifteen years I have been honored to teach in our IPI (Individual Program of Instruction) class. This class uses the Barton program and is a phonics based, multi-sensory program for those kids who need some assistance with their reading. This program has resulted in many children who previously struggled in reading to develop those skills in a way they understand. There is nothing like seeing a student “light up” when they are able to read a word that they could not at an earlier time.

I want my students to know how deeply God loves them and how incredibly special they are. I am so incredibly blessed by each child that sits across from me every day. I thank God every day for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing team.


Two Baymonte families had this to say about Ellen:

“Her expertise is greater than helping a child with their learning needs. She has the incredible gift of seeing the emotional and spiritual needs of the child and how that affects their learning. Through Ellen’s attention, love, care, and expert teaching, kids not only progress in their reading, but keep the love for learning and feel valued.”’

“Ellen has had such a huge impact on my son’s success at Baymonte. She has always provided him with a safe and encouraging environment to work in. She has instilled confidence in him to succeed in areas of education that are difficult for him. I don’t know what our family would do without her!”


Tech Trek Fun Day Party


Tech Trek Fun Day Party

What a great time it was with Miss Bliss’s 5th graders at the Fun Day Party making ice cream sundaes, having station games with oversized UNO cards, winning raffle prizes (everyone won a prize) and ending with a water balloon toss out on the field. Such fun for all!

Congratulations Miss Bliss’s class for having the most sign ups for the Tech Trek!
~Patrice Fernald
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Volunteers Needed At The Tech Trek!

Volunteers Needed At The Tech Trek!

The ninth annual Baymonte Tech Trek fundraiser will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018. It takes many volunteers to make this event a success. If you are available to help in the week prior to the event or the morning of the event you may sign up here.

For more information on the Tech Trek event visit our Tech Trek webpage here. Thank you for your support!


Teaching PE at BCS by Patrice Fernald

I absolutely LOVE working at Baymonte Christian School. Each morning I step foot on campus, the students make me feel loved and welcome. My favorite part of teaching PE is seeing students being kind and encouraging to each other. It’s so awesome to see kids helping each other. Sometimes the older kids will ask to help lead warm-ups with the younger kids. Kindness is one of my biggest teaching points when it comes to learning how to treat one another, I love seeing this expressed by students saying “good job” or “nice try” to each other. Kind words can truly lift up a child and build confidence to help them in PE and in life.

My inspiration to teach at an elementary school comes from my mother who was an elementary school counselor for 23 years. Over the years she taught me that we can build up a child by simply showing them God’s love, by encouraging them and making them feel valued and cared for. Every single child needs someone to believe in them by becoming their biggest fan or cheerleader. This is my goal at Baymonte Christian School.

To me, physical education is designed to encourage students to want to exercise and to teach them the importance of getting along with one another. In many games they have to learn to share and work together in groups. I highly promote encouraging each other and not putting each other down. This makes PE a positive and fun place to be. I’m also teaching the students that you don’t just have to run laps to keep in shape, but playing fun games like, “Flamingo Relay Races” or “Who Let the Dogs Out” can also be fun. In these games two students are chasing another student as they are running on the field trying not to get tagged while loud, silly music is being played. All of this helps to make staying in shape fun!

One of my favorite aspects of teaching is introducing the students to the history of each sport. This is where the students learn not only how to play the sport but where the sport originated, what country invented it, and what year and how the sport got started. It is so fun seeing the students perk up in interest as they learn! It teaches them that they too can be creative and dream up games or sports that nobody has ever played.

Towards the end of each school year I get to coordinate Track and Field Day. It was my favorite part of the school year when I was a kid, and believe it or not, I still get excited for it. It’s where each class is given a particular color, wears that color t-shirt for the day while they compete against their classmates in different events. Every child tries to earn as many ribbons possible in 12 different events. It’s a really fun team-building event that helps promote each class working together by competing and cheering for each other!

Overall, I would say it is a true honor to teach at Baymonte Christian School. It is a gift to lead and serve our amazing kindergarten through fifth graders, alongside a staff who are here to make a positive difference. It’s a privilege God has given me to have the opportunity to make a difference for good in all of these lives. I want to help each child feel loved and cared for and to feel that they are special. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” – What great hope we have in God to give us the strength we need each day!