Baymonte Blog

19
Jul

Kathryn McClure Joins Our 4th Grade Teaching Team

Kathryn McClure was born and raised in Scotts Valley. After graduating from Scotts Valley High School, Kathryn attended Vanguard University of Southern California in Costa Mesa where she pursued her degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in history and a minor in Biblical Studies. Kathryn received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and her MA in Education at San Jose State University. During her time in college, Kathryn served with Young Life, an outreach ministry for high school students. Kathryn has been on part time Young Life Staff for the last four years both in Newport Beach and Scotts Valley. She has also helped coach the girl’s soccer team at Scotts Valley High School for the past two seasons.

Kathryn has a heart for the youth in her community and feels called to instill confidence, value, and a sense of wonder about our intricate world to each of her students. Kathryn is looking forward to meeting her students and hopes to challenge and affirm each child everyday! In her free time, Kathryn enjoys hiking, camping, reading, being at the beach, and spending time with her husband.

12
Jul

Baymonte Welcomes Jason Braun as Music Program Director

Hi, my name is Jason Braun. I am very privileged to be the new music teacher here at Baymonte. What can I say about my life? Simply this—each season of my life has been met by the grace of Jesus Christ, and my failures have been met by His faithfulness. My calling in music and teaching started in my early 20’s, just playing guitar on a park bench at U.C. Irvine. Some Christian students came over to talk and said that I could make music for God—sadly my response at the time was “no thanks”. However God was faithful, and He had a plan for me. I later attended Chico State, where I met my ultra-talented and lovely wife Ling, and I received a B.A. degree in classical guitar with courses in Music Education. After finishing my M.M. degree at San Diego State, Ling and I moved to Boston. There I completed my teaching credential and began teaching violin and guitar classes in the Boston Public Schools. At the time, we lived in an old apartment directly across from a church. One day I crossed the street to ask for a Bible to read, and I was given one, along with the encouragement “the grace of God is calling you”. In 2005 our amazing daughter Jocylin was born, and I received full time work back in California, as a band and orchestra director with the Redwood City School District. Through a wonderful young student named Jonathan and his loving parents, I was invited for home meals and fellowship, and as the Gospel was shared with me, I gave my life to Christ. Shortly after, I began singing and playing guitar and cello at Shoreline Community Church in Mountain View, and began a 9 year stay with the Portola Valley School District, where I taught band, string orchestra, and guitar classes. Then, in 2009, along came Lydia the fearless one, our second daughter. In 2013, while still with Portola Valley, I also began teaching on an hourly basis at Sunnyvale Christian School, offering lessons in what would become K-5 classes in recorder and guitar. This was especially rewarding because SCS is a ministry partner of our family’s home church—Crosswalk Community Church. Finally, after this past year with the Hollister School District (and a 600 mile per week commute) I am thrilled to be at Baymonte, and to give my best to Christ, to students, and their families.

So, in closing, I love sharing music with kids, and to be allowed to do this while also serving the Lord is such a good, good gift.

“He gave you love now, so love your brother

He gave you a bell, so let it ring

He gave you a song; better keep on singing

For you’ll be known by the songs that you sing

He gave you a fire; keep on burning

He gave you a light; better let it shine

He gave you a prayer wheel; just keep on turning

And I believe we’ll be together, hallelujah,

When we reach the other side”.

Johnny Cash, “Over There”.

14
Jun

5 Tips To Raising Kids In A Digital Age

If you have a teenager, you will probably not be surprised to hear that the most recent studies suggest the average teen spends over nine hours a day in front of a screen. To some of us, this statistic may sound exaggerated, inflated or just flat out wrong, but in my experience with students, this is a conservative number.

This next generation lives online and in front of screens. Between social media and binge watching Netflix, a vast majority of our kids really do live with one foot in an alternate reality.

The reasons I raise the issue of this study is because of the recent conversations I have had with some of my middle school students this year. During lunches I often walk around and float from group to group joining in on conversations and hanging out. Recently, I approached a group as they were discussing the new show they were currently binge watching, 13 Reasons Why, their up-to-date music obsessions including DJ Khaled’s single “I’m The One,” and the all important topic of who had the better lunch and why crust on bread was ever even invented. As kids finished their food the conversations began to die, the group disbanded and a game of nine-square began. A typical Monday lunch.

What was of interest to me was the casualty of tone in which they discussed a few of the ‘afore mentioned topics. Had I been a few years older, or not around young teens everyday, there is a good chance I may not have known what these things were. Reading the paragraph above… do you? Or if you were to see them in the search history of Netflix or iTunes, would you think twice about them?

In case you have not heard of either, here is a brief synopsis:

I’M THE ONE: Amassing over 100+ Million views on YouTube within the first two weeks of its release, the song and music video features major stars like Chance The Rapper and Justin Bieber. The misogynistic lyrics (note: profanities) make the case for why a girl should want to be with them: They’re rich. The video opens with an invitation from Khaled to his crew to come over and “celebrate life, success, and our blessings”. And what are those “blessings”? Girls. Girls that Chance The Rapper and Beiber (both of whom profess to be Christian and have sung worship songs and hymns in concert) talk about in explicit ways.

13 REASONS WHY: Netflix’s current hit is about a teenage girl who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes depicting the exact reason and the people responsible for her suicide. The show is extremely graphic with a plethora of profanity, the F-Word, more than one rape scene, a viewing of the actual slitting of wrists and death of a teen girl, as well as the normalization of underage drinking, homosexuality, and incompetent adults.

Now while I did share my thoughts with the students in the moment, I do not write to condemn either of these things necessarily; I trust your discretion as parents’ regarding what you feel is appropriate for your child in terms of media. (I do, however, think that awareness of what our kids are consuming nine hours of their day is so important to protecting them and helping them make wiser choices.) Especially since it is suggested, according to one study, that 70% of kids hide their online activity from their parents. So what do we do with this ever changing climate of culture and technology we are trying to raise our children in…?

Baymonte Christian School wants to continually come alongside our parents and aid and support in any way we can. In this spirit, here are a few suggestions I have in regards to your children amidst this crazy digital age…

MY SUGGESTION:

  1. Know Their Passwords: Not only is it ok, it is imperative that you know the passwords to you child’s devices and accounts. Privacy is important, but sin tends to thrive in secrecy and even the knowledge that mom and dad could view the things they are viewing acts as a major deterrent in most cases.
  1. Review History Regularly: Check your Netflix history and review the shows that have been watched (by clicking here.) If you do not recognize some, briefly read up a review of it from a trusted source (I recommend Common Sense Media or Plugged In. These are AWESOME websites if you have not seen them before.)
  1. Have Family Guidelines: Talk with your spouse beforehand and agree upon what your family standards are for media (ie: Are we a family who fast forwards through sexual scenes? Do we turn off a movie if it has it? Do we watch R rated movies? etc.) Then as a united front, talk to your kids about your expectations and what is appropriate to view in your home and what the consequences are if your expectations are not met.
  1. Be In The Know: In today’s age of technology, things are always changing. Find a source you trust to keep you in the know about what is happening in the lives of your teens. My personal suggestion is to sign up for a weekly “Culture Translator” email from Axis. It is short, informative, and from what I have read the last four months, relatively accurate. You can preview them or sign up for a free email here.
  1. Talk Openly With Your Kids: Rather than condemn when mistakes are made, create a culture where children first and foremost know that your love for them is unconditional, and that rules and discipline are a part of that love. I also recommend openly talking about things like drugs and sex. If you are not talking about it with them, there is a good chance all their information about such things are coming from media… which is probably one of the worst places they can get information about such things! No matter what they share with you don’t overreact and keep a calm voice when responding. It’s ok to tell your child that you’d like to think about the situation before you respond. Be a safe place for them. I believe the probability that they approach you later in life about such problems are much higher as you have established the culture with them that such topics of conversation are not only ok, but welcomed.
30
May

Architecture Field Trip on the Bay

Architecture elective had a great day by the bay, looking “fly”, sketching and learning about net-zero and green building from Greg Mantz, architect with DPR construction. The kids were able to see a net zero building in action, learn more about garden living walls, solar applications, and use of high-end technology in design. – Mrs. McNeill

 

30
May

Students Enjoy a Day of Art Santa Cruz Style

What could be a better combo of beach, sun, fun and Plein Air watercolor painting! Art elective in action learning to “draw what you see” with watercolor techniques using our beautiful landscape backdrop of Santa Cruz lighthouse and the surf.  A trip to a local glass artist studio rounded off the day, with a glass blowing demonstration and a few fun facts about chemistry of glass and its use in creating sculptural pieces. – Mrs. McNeill

30
May

Eagle Scout Project Benefits Baymonte

Thank you to Hunter Melrose and Boy Scout Troop 674 for landscaping the entrance to the Baymonte Early Childhood Learning Center on Bethany Drive. Hunter, a Baymonte graduate, planned and executed this project as one of his requirements to become an Eagle Scout. We are proud of Hunter and wish him the best as he continues to develop his leadership skills.

23
May

Prevent the Summer Slide

23
May

Golf Team Finishes Strong in the All-League Tournament

The Middle School Golf Team ended their season yesterday by finishing ahead of all the private schools at the all-league golf tournament at Delaveaga.  Baymonte’s 8 man team represented the school well throughout the season.  The majority of the team consists of 6th and 7th graders so we look forward to their participation next year.  We wish our soon to be graduating 8th grader Jacob Meschi much success as he takes his golf game to the next level in high school.

-Coach Byron Finney

 

16
May

“This Was The Best Year Yet”

 

It seems like every year Baymonte goes to Mexico we come back saying, “This was the best year yet!” And to my great pleasure, I am happy to inform you the talk coming home was the same amongst the leadership… we had our best trip yet (until next year that is).

We go down to serve, but often come away learning more and receiving more spiritually than we could ever hope to give. I am beyond proud of our Baymonte family for their heart, passion and love for others as they were in Mexico. We danced, played hours of “trice” (tag), and went out into the community to pick up trash and worship with people of local towns.

The spiritual climate is always high in Mexico, and I look forward to processing through the trip more with our students in the days to follow— but rest assured, God always does amazing things when we step out of our comfort zone and put others before ourselves.

Thank you God for another great year!

-Jared Fujishin

 
11
Apr

Bring A Friend To School Day Success

Baymonte’s Bring A Friend To School Day last Wednesday was a success. We welcomed forty-two students from other schools in our community on our campus for the morning. We received positive feedback from our visitors about our warm, loving teachers, fun activities, engaging chapel, beautiful campus and delicious lunch. It was an exciting day filled with lots of liveliness and fun!