What's Poppin' at PCS?

A PCS JH Journalism Class Publication


By Derek Ouellet

Quest, the big fundraiser for Pacific Christian School, is held every year in the Spring. Quest was started by Parent Teacher Fundraising. PCS realized they had too many small fundraisers, and it was suggested that they have one large fundraiser instead. Most often, Quest starts at 5:00 PM, and lasts until around 8:30 PM. The event is held at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria. Quest auctioning begins with a silent auction. Following dinner there is a live auction with grade level projects.

This year, Mrs. Caswell, the kindergarten teacher, along with her kindergartners, are creating a Lego Table. Reflecting on past Quest projects, her favorite by far was the enormous barrel ice chest. In the past, she has raised enough money for a new projector and more materials for a variety of projects that the kindergartners can enjoy. Looking back, Mrs. Caswell recalls that she loves the Elmo that Quest money helped her buy. The students love Elmo and have several positive memories of the enjoyable Elmo. In overview, Mrs. Caswell and the whole PCS staff have fond memories of the new gadgets and toys they have received to enhance teaching in the classroom all thanks to the fundraiser Quest.

Quest 2015 begins at 5pm on March 28th, at the Radisson.

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Jaguar Basketball

By Marissa Suter

The PCS basketball teams consists of 6th-8th graders. The basketball season has a total of 12 games, and three tournaments. Two basketball players, Megan Vise from the girls team and Kishan Panchal from the boys team, were asked questions in a basketball interview. Megan joined the team because her friends were playing. Kishan said, "I love the sport." Kishan started playing basketball in second grade. Kishan plans on playing basketball in high school. Megan believes she could be doing better. Unlike Kishan who believes we (the PCS Team) will get to the championship.

Girls Team: Megan Vise, Hope Davidson, Olivia Sudik, Shelby McNabb, Marissa Suter, Kennedy Cuello, Madison Armstrong , Kiana San Juan, Kayla Tonascia , Jade Allen, Danielle Cano

Boys Team: Mark Rodriguez , Issac Nuno, Judah Fletcher, Jon Mussack, Ethan Shepard, Ethan Franklin, Kishan Panchal, Charlie Salazar, Elijah Allen, Ryan Lacaste

Tournaments: March 17, March 19, March 20

Stats: Girls: 11-1 Boys: 7-5

Lady jags celebrate a three pointer.

Washington D.C. 8th Grade Trip

By Caitie Sandberg and John Tonascia

"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." These are the comforting words Mrs. Riley, the D.C. tour guide, told the eighth graders on the Washington D.C. trip each morning. This year the eighth graders left on January 28 and spent 11 days on the East Coast to learn about our country's history. The first Washington D.C. trip Miss Frederick took with the 8th graders was 10 years ago when she first started working at PCS.

"The trip was fascinating and enjoyable," Bennett Patterson stated. All the students had great things to say about the experience. They loved and recommended the trip to all future 8th graders.

School House Rock Live! Jr.

Thursday, May 21st, 6:30pm

3435 Santa Maria Way

Santa Maria, CA

By Audrey Roberts

The PCS Jr. High drama class will present "School House Rock Live! Jr." on May 21st and 23rd at PCS. The musical play is about new teacher Tom Mizer who is nervous about starting a teaching job. School house rock helps calm his nerves. The cast includes Brendon Schlereth, Josue Mondragon, Ellie Casazza, Steaphenee Wittlieb, Aden Anderson, Belle Quaresma, Erick Shepard, Hannah Ratcliff, Maddie Oishi, Tori Buranen, Isley Brayton, Chancellor Roach, Bennett Patterson, and Noah Jackson. Tickets are $8 and will be available in the office or from Miss Frederick this March.

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PCS Student Government

By Madison Knight

The Pacific Christian School student council is elected at the beginning of every year to help make decisions that benefit the students. The students that participate on the council include Ellie Casazza, president, Chancellor Roach, vice president, Noah Jackson, eighth grade representative, Madison Knight, seventh grade representative, Jon Mussack, sixth grade representative, and Kishan Panchal, treasurer. The student council adviser is Miss Frederick. This year the council has sponsored activities like dress up days and pep rallies for the junior high. Events coming up are Disney Day on March 19, where students dress up as any Disney character of their choice, and Sports Day on May 12 where students can wear favorite team/sports clothing.

Disney Dress Up Day!

Thursday, March 19th, 8:30am

3435 Santa Maria Way

Santa Maria, CA

Dress up as your favorite Disney Character!

Math Whiz Kids invade PCS!

By Caitie Sandberg

The Math Olympics is a math competition between local schools and is held at Pacific Christian School each year. This year school sent students from third through eighth grade to compete. The students competed in either reasoning or computation. Participants take about four tests; each test lasts about eleven minutes. After the four tests, judges grade the tests and awards are given out during the ending ceremony.

This year the three schools that competed included Coastal Christian School, Coastal Christian Academy, and Pacific Christian School. There were five different ribbons awarded in each category. The blue ribbon is the highest achievement and, the green ribbon represented fifth place. There is also a medal any student could earn for scoring eighty-five percent or more on the first three tests; only two students earned the medal this year. Although everyone tried their hardest, only some of the students actually placed.

Below are the PCS Math Olympic participants and their ribbons.

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Awesome Artistic Awards

By Audrey Roberts and Mackenzie Webb

PCS students were encouraged to participate in an art competition sponsored by the journalism class. Students were asked to depict the school mascot, a jaguar, in various poses. Winners were chosen from grades K-3rd, 4th-6th, and 7th-8th. Pictured below are the winning drawings. Each winner was gifted with a certificate for ice cream at Doc Burnsteins.

Read Across America

By Mackenzie Webb

This year Pacific Christian participated in Read Across America. Mrs. Kufferath, Pacific Christian's school librarian, said Read Across America is, "A day to read and most of the time it is celebrated the same week as Dr. Seuss's birthday." To celebrate Pacific Christian had crazy dress up days, the library offered special treats, and Dr. Seuss books were read out loud. Mrs. Kufferath shared that her favorite book is The Giving Tree. While The Giving Tree is Mrs. Kufferath's favorite book, she claimed that if she could live in one book she would choose Narnia. Her favorite character from Narnia is Mr. Tumnus.

Remember PCS students, reading books all year long- not just during a special week- is beneficial. Happy Reading!

Civil War Wax Museum

Pacific Christian 8th graders bring the Civil War era to life as they become historical figures. Everyone is invited to enjoy this memorable evening.

March 26 @ 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

What's Poppin' at PCS? Staff

Derek Ouellete- Co-editor

John Tonascia- Co-editor

Madison Knight- Community Events Reporter

Audrey Roberts- Performing Arts Reporter

Caitie Sandberg- Field Reporter

Marissa Suter- Sports Reporter

Mackenzie Webb- Art/Graphics Reporter