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Alumni Feature: Molded By the Arts, Pursuing My Passions 

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Megan Murphy, PCA Class of 2018 

The fine and performing arts have been part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. No matter what endeavors I’ve pursued, I’ve always returned to these creative environments. With this in mind, I decided to combine my artistic passions with my writing, organization, and people skills, and pursue a career in arts management (specifically public relations, programming, and marketing). I hope to enrich people’s lives by helping introduce them to art, whether that’s theatre, dance, music, singing, or visual works. Such forms of expression have changed my life, and I aspire to share them with others. 

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Alumni Feature: Impacting the World for Good

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Tricia Fontneau-Ramos

A&R Coordinator at Hollywood Records & Disney Music Publishing, PCA Class of 2013 

Since graduating from PCA almost every decision I’ve made has been based off of how I can impact those around me and how I can make an impact on a greater level. No matter what you do or who you’re around you can be a light. My biggest passion in life is music and once I got my start in the music business my approach was to be the person who others could come to and lean on no matter what it may be. I knew it wasn’t always about what words I would say, but my character and how dependable I could be for my team. Now that I’ve had more time in my role and career development, it has become clear what ways I can try and make “bigger” impacts outside of my immediate circle. Having built this mindset as part of my foundation at PCA has been a great help to me.  Read More

Little Moments Reveal His Blessings: A Reflection from the Inside

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By Nate Paul

Each school year is filled with millions of little moments—like Mrs. Brown showing her students what it looks like when a butterfly crawls out of its cocoon, or Dr. Abood grabbing the backpack, and the donut, to help a student out of their car at drop-off, or two preschool students meeting each other for the first time and instantly getting into the subject of whose shoes make them run faster. Read More

Student Feature: My PCA Community

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My PCA Community by Phoebe, Grade 8

My time at PCA has taught me what a community is. For me, a community is a group of people that work together to bring each other up. When someone falls, we help them back up. When someone is down or feeling stressed, we comfort them. When someone is confused, we do what we can to help them understand. We work together to make sure everyone is successful.   Read More

5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating a School’s Community Culture

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We all know the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” While strong academics and social opportunities are obvious measures of a school’s success, in an era of social distancing and remote learning, it’s more important than ever to also make sure each child is receiving the support and nurture they need from their school community.  

Schooling has looked different for many families during Covid. Because of this, it’s helpful to assess whether your child’s learning environment is one that cultivates the positive community culture your child needs to thrive. Here are a few questions to consider when looking for the right community for your child’s schooling this upcoming year. 

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Safety for All: Our Approach to Athletics During Covid 

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By Derek Summers, PCA Athletic Director,  November 2020

While COVID has affected all of our lives in the past several months, an area that may not be as obvious to people is school athletics. Portsmouth Christian Academy has been blessed to have a fall season this year. We are grateful that our varsity men’s and women’s soccer teams and our varsity volleyball team were all able to complete 11-game regular seasons this fall. On top of that, all had an opportunity to compete in a postseason tournament.  Our cross-country teams also were able to participate in 6 meets this season and are competing in post-season meets as well!  Our Junior High teams also practiced all fall and were able to compete in at least one event/game before their seasons came to a close.

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Is Anybody There?: Creating Community in the Midst of Social Isolation

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By Elaina Russo, October 2020

Someone I know recently said he feels alone on an island these days because he can’t meet up with people the way he used to because of the pandemic. He wasn’t lamenting the loss of a full social calendar before Covid-19 that now is empty. He was talking about the organic connections—bumping into other parents during soccer practice and at our school’s assemblies and special events, the quick connections with teachers in the halls or during school field trips, and running into familiar faces in his town’s bagel shop.

Another parent shared that he feels like his interactions with his kids’ school are all transactional. A woman I know who loves to bake and bless others with her culinary creations feels like she doesn’t know how to bless people these days.

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4 Factors That Set High Schools Apart in Our Current Times  

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high schoolers learning in pandemic: High schoolers social distancing with masks in classroom with teacher in library

We find ourselves in the most challenging and uncertain times in recent memory. Therefore, as parents and high school students, we have never been more compelled to discover places of hope and light for young, developing minds. Schools aim to provide this kind of support and community. However, in our current environment, whether because of social isolation or tension and disunity, the pandemic has forced high schools to change.   Read More