Navigating Failure with Adolescents

As someone who works and lives with middle schoolers, I spend a lot of time observing kids as they make the difficult transition from child to teen. One adolescent milestone is an increased focus on how they are perceived by their peers, which leads to new learning opportunities and challenges. This intense social awareness can cause kids to avoid experiences in which they might not succeed, but failure is vital to the learning process.

Nicole Pourchier, MS Principal

Dr. Nicole Pourchier has spent the past fifteen years teaching in various settings. After finishing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Auburn University, Nicole started her career teaching first and third grades in Gwinnett County. When her daughter Penelope was born, she began her doctorate program at Georgia State University and studied language and literacy education.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The first Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) “Huddle” meeting of the year was held on October 3, and FCA will continue to meet on Wednesdays at 8 a.m. in the Barn. (See LCA family calendar for specific dates, and note that this Wednesday, October 17, at 8 a.m. FCA will meet in the US lunch room.) FCA is geared toward athletics, but it is open to all students from 6th–12th grade.

New LS Art Tables

Another beautiful aspect in this story is how Mrs. Touchton shared with the children that, while someone blessed them in a big way with the tables, they can turn around and bless someone else with a card they make or time they give in helping to make someone’s day brighter or easier. While giving may vary from person to person, we can all show generosity to act on whatever God puts on our hearts to do for someone else who crosses our path. And sometimes the biggest blessing comes in giving to someone who could never repay you!

Physics Egg Drop

As a hands-on physics project, the students designed contraptions within certain size and mass restrictions to best protect their eggs during an “egg drop” that took place on Friday—from the top of the football stadium. Mr. Welsch said, “This was a fun way to challenge the kids to think and be creative. I think everyone enjoyed the project without thinking about it being physics. I’m trying to remove the stigma that physics often has.”