Save the Date! Thursday, February 28 between 5:00 – 9:00pm dine out at Kianti’s Pizza and Pasta Bar and a portion of the proceeds will go to Baymonte’s PTF. Flyers will be going home this week with more details. Make sure you bring your flyer along to receive credit towards this fundraiser (hard copy or smart phone). A big thank you to Kianti’s Pizza and Pasta Bar for their support of our school!
Isn’t it amazing how God uses all things in our lives? Sometimes we think a chapter of our lives is completely over and yet God still has a plan for it. As I’ve jumped back into teaching Spanish at Baymonte, I’ve realized the passion the Lord gave me for the Latin Culture twenty years ago is still part of my story. Just a year and a half ago, I remember telling my friends and colleagues that I was going to be transitioning back into teaching after directing the children’s ministry at a local church for years. Most of them responded with something like, “What?! I didn’t even know that you speak Spanish!” We would laugh and I would go on to tell them of my two summers serving and teaching in Guatemala and how I fell in love with many aspects of Latin-American culture. For example, I love the emphasis on family and friends, celebrations and even the bright colors that point to joy and vitality. Even though I love many outer parts of this beautiful culture, I’ve been most deeply impacted by their generosity and ability to find joy, often in the midst of debilitating poverty. The Guatemalan students that I worked with were so excited to learn a new song, hear a new story and even learn about composting because it was such a rare gift for them to even be able to go to school. These gifts of generosity, prioritizing relationships, and finding joy in difficult situations are some of the cultural and biblical values I hope to pass on to my students.
Although Introductory Spanish focuses on grammar and vocabulary, I also strive to open my student’s eyes to the vast array of people and cultures that God has created. As a teacher, I want to help grow compassion, interest, and empathy towards other cultures in light of Jesus’ call for us to love one another. This can take many forms. This fall my eighth graders did a project called, “Spanish is Everywhere,” where they had the opportunity to explore Santa Cruz County to find examples of Spanish, both spoken, and written, through signs, locations, food labels, etc. It was so fun to hear of their adventures and, how, even when they thought Spanish wasn’t remotely close to their everyday lives, it actually showed up in quite a few familiar places.
When I first contemplated teaching at Baymonte and peeked at the website, I was immediately attracted to the stories and pictures of the yearly seventh grade Mission Trip to Mexico. I love that Baymonte makes this trip a priority for our students year after year. Even though the trip brings unknowns and elements that might be uncomfortable for us, the blessings of introducing our students to this next-door culture are invaluable for the formation of empathetic & compassionate students. When I went on the trip last year, I loved seeing first-hand how our student’s hearts and minds were moved and changed as they learned about and interacted with those who are a unique and beautiful part of God’s creation. I can’t wait to see what God does in the hearts of our current seventh graders this May!
Baymonte’s Talent Show Friday night was a show to remember. There was a wide variety of talent from kindergarten through eighth grade students. An energetic group of faculty members performed a comical musical skit. A special thank you to Cassy Hazen who directed the fabulous talent show. A message from Cassy Hazen:
Thank you to all who made Friday night a huge success! Our students and parents worked so hard on the acts and everyone performed well. Special thanks to:
Troy Kitch for being our wonderful emcee for the night!
Kate Wadhams for all the assistance with rehearsals and managing microphones and backstage help!
Christy Kanawyer for all the support managing the talent show performers!
Jeremae Reyes for all the support managing the talent show performers!
Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar for feeding our talent show performers with complimentary pizza!
Rio Theatre for the beautiful venue! The theatre management staff complemented us on our smooth, efficient event.
Whether it’s grappling with a math problem, or working on a class project, having the opportunity to infuse God’s Word into mathematics is priceless. I am continually impressed with how my students bring scripture into our class. It has inspired me to be more intentional when I am creating curriculum for students to apply the skills we are learning into God’s word and practice. This year students planned a Thanksgiving dinner party to apply concepts of ratios to a real situation, students also included in their presentation what they were thankful for and a Thanksgiving prayer. With math there are many ways to include real life situations and ask “what is God’s plan for us” and “what can we apply from God’s teaching into our decisions”.
Teaching math at Baymonte has allowed me to grow in my faith and practice. It has been a blessing to be surrounded by a fellowship of Christians walking in God’s path.
Patricia Hiner received her B.A. in Psychology and English from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A.T in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, and an Ed.D in Educational Psychology from University of Southern California. She has taught elementary, middle and high school for the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a mathematics coach. In addition, she has taught teacher education courses for National University, University of Southern California and University of California Santa Cruz. She currently teaches sixth and seventh grade math at Baymonte Christian School. Mrs. Hiner enjoys hiking, writing and traveling with her family.
Do you know a family who would like the opportunity to learn more about Baymonte Christian School?
BCS Preview Days are a great way to learn about our kindergarten-8th grade programs. Join us for a campus tour, refreshments, observe classrooms in session and meet our staff. Come see what makes BCS distinctive! We have small class sizes, award winning academics, faith integration in our classrooms and a loving, nurturing environment. We also offer a full day kindergarten program. If you or somebody you know are interested in attending one of our Preview Days please RSVP here or call our school office at (831) 438-0100.
We hope to see you there!
Preview Day Dates
Friday, October 26, 9:00-11:00am
Friday, November 30, 9:00-11:00am
Friday, January 18, 9:00-11:00am