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March 2017

BCA Registers Pre-School and Elementary Teachers for Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training

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Bridgeway Christian Academy Registers Pre-School and Elementary Teachers for Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training

Faculty to be equipped to accommodate students who learn differently


April 3, 2017                                                            

Contact: Kyle Meleski at 864.361.3840 


(Greenville, SC) Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA), located at 724 Garlington Road, is pleased to announce that they will be sending their pre-school and elementary school faculty members to an extensive Orton-Gillingham Training in Charlotte, NC later this summer. BCA is a private, non-denominational evangelical school that is fully accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with students who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with learning challenges and even dyslexia. The theory combines multi-sensory techniques along with the structure of the English language.  Items taught include: phonemes and morphemes, such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Common spelling rules are introduced as well. Multi-sensory education incorporates the three learning pathways, which are: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. This approach is beneficial not only for students with dyslexia, but for all learners. It can be implemented in a large group setting as well as with individuals, small groups and at-risk populations. The approach allows for implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) at all levels while allowing for differentiation of instruction.

Orton-Gillingham is often interpreted as an approach only meant for reading remediation; however, the multi-sensory component impacts all children. The uniqueness of this type of instruction is that it allows the educator to capitalize on an individual student’s dominant learning modality while delivering instruction that will strengthen the remaining learning pathways.  The approach is so named because of the foundational and seminal contributions of Dr. Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this training to our already wonderfully qualified teachers,” said Kimberly Reeve, Chief Administrator at BCA. “This will allow BCA to essentially have an entire resource team that will be equipped to accommodate all of our students, especially those who learn differently or have various learning challenges,” she said.

As participants, BCA staff members will learn:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling (phonetic and non-phonetic words)
  • Syllabication patterns for encoding / decoding
  • Reciprocal teaching for reading comprehension
  • Student assessment techniques
  • Fluency
  • Guidelines for weekly lesson plan

“We’re confident that through this opportunity, our staff will come away from this intense training with additional tools and resources that will enable them to better serve our amazing students and their families,” added Reeve. “More importantly, they will be credentialed in Orton-Gillingham, which ultimately, is in the best interest of our kids.”

Bridgeway Christian Academy currently offers classes for P3 through the 8th grade and is scheduled to begin 9th grade in August, 2017. The plan is to add 10th grade in 2018, 11th grade in 2019 and for there to be a fully operating high school by August, 2020.

Culturally Diverse.  Academically Exceptional.  Spiritually Equipped



Teacher Spotlight – Mae Hagerty

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Mae Hagerty, BCA’s P3 Teacher, has been with Bridgeway Christian Academy for 18 years. Mae, a mother of two has been involved in the preschool department and taught worship dance to our young girls. Mae has been a big part of BCA, so we wanted to ask her a few questions about herself and how she came to BCA.

What makes BCA unique in your eyes? “I love being able to be the hands and feet of Christ. Loving these little ones is my greatest joy. I had no idea how God was going to fulfill that calling in my life, but He has by calling me to teach here at BCA. Our students are very culturally diverse. I love each of my students and have learned so much while teaching here,” says Mae.

As a mom, how did you choose BCA for your own children, Aubery (17) and Samuel (14)? My son, Samuel, just graduated from 8th grade last year. It was amazing how the teachers and administration honored each student. I was truly overwhelmed with love and appreciation for each person that has poured so much into my children’s lives.

What advice would you give to parents who are looking for a new school? “I would pray that they would consider looking into our school. BCA offers a loving environment where their children will have the love of God shared with them and a wonderful academic foundation. Teachers truly care for each one of their students.”

Outside of BCA what are some of your hobbies? “I spend most of my extra time caring for my family and volunteering at my church,” says Mae. When I have time I love to take a walk in a park or go for a ride with my husband, Keith, on our motorcycle.”

What is your favorite bible verse and why? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. I love this verse because it reigns so true in my life.”

$30 off Enrollment and Re-Enrollment Fee

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BCA wants to offer you discounts off of your enrollment fee for the upcoming school year. Our deadlines are below. Take advantage of this deal today!

Any new or re-enrolling parent may receive the following early enrollment incentives:

$30 off enrollment or re-enrollment fee  of each child if all enrollment documents are submitted by April 28, 2017

$20 off enrollment or re-enrollment fee  of each child if all enrollment documents are submitted by May 26, 2017

$10 off enrollment or re-enrollment fee  of each child if all enrollment documents are submitted by June 28, 2017

(No enrollment discounts after June 28, 2017)

BCA Students Competed in Math Olympics

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BCA  students competed in the Math Olympics on March 27 and 28, 2017. This ACSI Competition has two divisions that were a part of the competition which were Computation and Reasoning.  Our students completed against eight other schools in the Tennessee and Georgia areas.

Below are the participants and winners from this years competition.

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Kara Boyes, Vedika Shukla, Elijah Strickland, Ethan Cloys, Eric Yeargin, Rylee Boyes, Keith Fuller, Brennan Meleski, Nicholas Spurling, Abigail Cooker, Abigail Schultz, Olivia Walsh, Robert Busbee, Christina Haynes
Madison Coleman, Bode Meleski, Gracie Woodard, Davis Randolph, Ethan Chandler, Weslee McDermott, Gray Frasier, Emily Soto, Ethan Yount, Joshua Stevenson, Kazden Thrasher
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Robert Busbee – 1st Place computation
Abigail Cooker – 2nd place computation
Vedika Shukla – 4th place computation
Kazden Thrasher – 1st place reasoning
Joshua Stevenson – 3rd place reasoning
Emily Soto – 3rd place reasoning
Ethan Yount – 4th place reasoning