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Nov. 6, 2014 -- PLANO, TX — Today Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) sent more than 800 students and faculty members out across the Metroplex to serve during the 12th annual PCA Service Day.

“PCA Service Day is one of the highlights of our fall as our seventh through twelfth graders and faculty members serve others across our North Texas community,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, PCA Head of School. “When we serve we are honoring what our Lord challenged His disciples to do after He washed their feet. He told them, ‘I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.’ We want our students to understand that the community, and the world, is a classroom opportunity to learn, serve and invest into others.”

The more than 800 students and faculty members served multiple communities in a myriad of ways. Service projects included work such as building a house with Habitat of Garland, assisting and cheering during the Special Olympics event at USA Bowl, assisting teachers in classrooms and on the playground at Crossover Mi Escuelita Preschool, organizing donations and cleaning at Union Gospel Mission Thrift Shop, playing Bingo with special needs adults at Citizens Development Center and much more at 26 total locations.

PCA Junior and Upper School Chaplain, Carter Gekiere has participated in five PCA Service Days, and it is a day to which she always looks forward. “My favorite part about service project day is that I get to see my fellow classmates taking time out of the normal day and serving other people,” said Gekiere. “PCA constantly brings up the phrase ‘servant leadership,’ and I think that PCA Service Day is a time that we can see that being put into action and practice by our student body.”

Service work is one of the core values at Prestonwood Christian Academy, and in addition to today’s day of service, the Upper School also participates in “Minimester” during a week in the spring when students choose to go on mission trips locally, nationally or abroad. These events have created a culture of servant hearts among the student body.

 “Christ came to serve, not to be served,” said junior Jordan Salim. “PCA puts a lot of emphasis on teaching us to be servant leaders, and we enjoy building unity amongst our peers while serving those in need both here and around the world.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano has more than 1,500 students enrolled in Pre-K3 through twelfth grade. The Christian school focuses on the education, training and overall formation of a child’s heart and mind. PCA is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year.  Interested families are invited to the PCA Dessert Preview on Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Leadership Center, 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano 75093.  Online reservations and childcare are required at www.prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions.  Families may also call 972.798.6780 to schedule a Thursday tour.

 

About Prestonwood Christian Academy

The mission of Prestonwood Christian Academy is to assist Christian parents by helping equip students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence and model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, churches and communities for Christ. Now the largest Pre-K through twelfth grade private school in the Metroplex with more than 1,500 students, PCA is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church, located in Plano, Texas. The school also has a campus serving more than 60 students in Pre-K3 through fourth grade in Prosper, TX, and a Virtual Academy at www.pcaplus.org.

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On October 26, during PCA North Day at Prestonwood Baptist Church's North Campus, Prestonwood Christian Academy Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor, announced the addition of a fifth grade for 2015-16 at the school’s campus in Prosper with the intention of growing through eighth grade in the next three years. Additionally, a Strategic Planning Task Force has been assembled to work on the future ninth through twelfth grade Upper School.

“After much prayer and strategic discussion, I am thrilled to announce our decision to grow PCA’s North Campus in only its second year of operation,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, PCA Head of School. “Our desire is to add a grade every year until we reach twelfth grade, and we will be praying and planning to that end. I believe with the addition of grade levels, PCA North will reach many more families and continue to be a positive influence on this community."

PCA North opened it’s doors to Pre-K3 through fourth grade students on Aug. 26, 2014, and has a current enrollment of more than 60 students, ten of whom enrolled after first day of school.

Principal Donna Leadford leads a staff of 17 with her passion for Christian education and more than 30 years of experience. “The excitement about PCA North is incredible,” said Leadford. “The students and their parents know they are a part of something special here, and I look forward to meeting more families interested in helping establish a campus that will provide Kingdom education to our community for many years to come.”

Located in the recently completed addition of Prestonwood Baptist Church North Campus at the intersection of Prosper Trail and the Dallas North Tollway in Prosper, PCA North serves students from Prosper, Celina, North Frisco, McKinney, Little Elm and other communities in the area surrounding U.S. Highway 380. A formal proclamation from the office of Congressman Sam Johnson was shared at the school’s ribbon cutting in summer of 2014: “A Christian education not only empowers our next generation of leaders to work hard and persevere and reach their fullest potential but live a life according to God’s will,” Congressman Johnson wrote. “I am pleased to see PCA grow and have the opportunity to reach children and parents in more communities, including Prosper, Celina, North Frisco and McKinney.”

PCA North is an extension of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano at which more than 1,500 students are enrolled in Pre-K3 through twelfth grade. The Christian school focuses on the education, training and overall formation of a child’s heart and mind. PCA North is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year.  Interested families are invited to the PCA North Preview lunch on Nov. 9, at 12:45 p.m. in the Student Lounge at Prestonwood North Campus, 1001 W. Prosper Trail, Prosper 75078.  Online reservations for lunch and childcare are required at www.prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions.  Families may also call 972.798.6780 to schedule a Thursday tour.

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Prestonwood Christian Academy 5th Grade American History teacher, Mrs. Regina Bergeron, was recognized on Wednesday as 94.9 KLTY CareNow Teacher of the Month!  Frank Reed from KLTY's The Family-Friendly Morning Show presented Mrs. Bergeron with a special plaque and a bag of wonderful prizes in front of PCA's entire 5th and 6th Grade student body. Mrs. Bergeron was nominated by 6th Grade PCA student, Gabe Gorman, for helping him during a time of need and accepting his invitation to serve as his Godmother.


Mrs. Bergeron has served as a teacher for 29 years, with the last seven years spent at PCA.  She currently teaches 5th Grade American History, however, she has taught every grade level from Kindergarten through 8th, with the exception of 3rd and 4th, and she has instructed in Science, English, Bible, Reading, Math and more!  Mrs. Bergeron also serves as the Director of Summers at Prestonwood (PCA's summer camp program).


Earning a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana), Mrs. Bergeron also holds a Masters from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. She attends Prestonwood Baptist Church North and has been a member of Prestonwood Baptist since 2005. Mrs. Bergeron enjoys spending time with her family, including her granddaughter, Bailey Grace!

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Prestonwood Christian Academy National Merit Students (from l to r: Faith Wada, Amy King, Mason Jerome and Addison Garcia)

Congratulations to the four Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2015 National Merit competition! Amy King was named a 2015 National Merit Semifinalist and Faith Wada and Mason Jerome were National Merit Commended. Addison Garcia was named a National Hispanic Scholar. National Merit Commended students rank in the top 97 percentile of all students in Texas who took the 2013 PSAT.  National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top 1% of all students in Texas who took the 2013 PSAT.  Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors from across the country compete each year in the National Merit Competition.

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The 13th annual North Texas Private School Fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This free event will feature more than 40 private schools from around the Dallas area, including schools that accept international students and boarding schools from outside of the area. No reservations are required for this event which will take place at Prestonwood Christian Academy's Leadership Center at 6801 W. Park Blvd., in Plano.  For more information, please call 972.930.4010 or visit www.prestonwoodchristian.org. 

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Prestonwood Christian Academy celebrated the completion of their new field at Lions Stadium with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday night prior to the PCA Lions’ Season Home Opener versus IMG Academy of Bradenton, Florida.
 
Earlier this year, PCA's Board of Trustees and leadership adopted an improvement plan for Lions Stadium that included replacement of the artificial turf and competition track surfaces, both of which were part of the original stadium installation in 2003.  Fieldturf was selected as the new artificial turf provider, and Beynon was chosen as the new track surface provider.  Improvements to the field began in May 2014, and the track surface is scheduled for completion in early 2015.
 
“We want to say a special thank you to our Lord and to our donors for their provision and for helping to make the renovation of Lions Stadium a reality,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, Prestonwood Christian Academy’s Head of School.  “We are excited to continue the tradition of Lions’ championships on this new field!”
 
Joining Dr. Taylor on the new field to cut the ribbon were Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church; PCA’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Chris Cunningham; Chairman of the PCA Board of Trustees, Tom Sherman; and other officials from the school and church.
 
Dr. Taylor presented a special piece of artwork to Pastor Graham, Coach Cunningham, and Mr. Sherman as a thank you for their commitment to the project.  The artwork included a rendering of what Lions Stadium will look like once the renovation is complete as well as a piece of the turf that had previously been in Lions Stadium since 2003 so that they could remember the many life lessons and godly character that were forged on the field.
 
Following the on-field ribbon cutting ceremony and presentation, PCA Alum Jarrod Monk ('04) sang the National Anthem while the PCA Pom Team presented the colors in the form of a giant American flag.
 
Lions Stadium was opened for play in 2003 and expanded in 2010 with a current capacity of more than 5,000 fans. The 2010 expansion included major upgrades to press box facilities, Gateway Plaza and surrounding areas. Lions Stadium is the home for varsity and sub-varsity football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field teams. Lions Stadium hosted its first football game on Sept. 19, 2003, and since then, five State Championship teams have played on the field: Varsity Football in 2005, 2009 and 2010, Girls Soccer in 2005 and Boys Soccer in 2010.

For more information, visit www.prestonwoodchristian.org/stadiumproject. 

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PRESTONWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF MAJOR GIFTS
 
Dr. Jon Lineberger to Assume New Role in the School’s Office of Development

August 25, 2014 -- PLANO, TX — Today Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) announced that after an extensive search, Dr. Jon Lineberger will join its staff on Sept. 11, 2014, as the school’s new Director of Major Gifts. In this role, Dr. Lineberger will be responsible for establishing and cultivating key relationships within the community that enable Prestonwood Christian Academy to provide educational opportunities and transform lives for Christ.  Dr. Lineberger has served as a member of the PCA Board of Trustees since 2013, but will relinquish that role prior to assuming the new position.


“Prestonwood Christian Academy is thrilled to welcome Jon Lineberger to our leadership team,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, PCA’s Head of School.  “Having served alongside Jon on our Board of Trustees, I have experienced his character and passion for Christian education, and I know he will excel in this role in our Office of Development."


Dr. Lineberger has been on staff at Dallas Baptist University (DBU) since 2001, serving as Assistant Vice President and directing DBU North for the majority of that time. In addition, Dr. Lineberger taught in both the College of Professional Studies and Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership at DBU. He earned his EdD, Higher Education Administration, at The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, MA, Counseling from Dallas Baptist University and BA, Psychology and Sociology from Houston Baptist University. He is the author of two books: What God Did With A Mess Like Me: 17 Truths To A Changed Life and Tips For Academic Success In College: Habits That Will Make You A Better Student.


Dr. Lineberger is active in the community having served as Frisco Chamber of Commerce Chairman and Frisco Rotary Club President. In 2009, he was named Frisco’s Citizen of the Year, and he currently serves on the Plano Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.


Dr. Lineberger and his wife, Gina, have three children attending PCA.  The family has been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church since 2005.
 
 
About Prestonwood Christian Academy
The mission of Prestonwood Christian Academy is to assist Christian parents by helping equip students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence and model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, churches and communities for Christ. Located in Plano, TX, PCA has nearly 1,600 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. PCA is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church. The school also has a campus serving more than 60 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4 in Prosper, TX, as well as a Virtual Academy serving students across the nation and internationally at www.pcaplus.org. All three are currently accepting applications.  Interested families should call 972-930-4010 to schedule a tour or visit www.prestonwoodchristian.org for more information.

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Prestonwood Christian Academy's new North Campus in Prosper welcomed more than 50 students on the first day of school!

Today Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) officially opened the doors of its new campus in Prosper welcoming more than 50 students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 4th grade.  In addition, seventeen new faculty and staff members have joined PCA North from both public and private schools in the area.

PCA North is located in the recently completed addition of Prestonwood Baptist Church North Campus at the intersection of Prosper Trail and the Dallas North Tollway in Prosper serving students from Prosper, Celina, North Frisco, McKinney, Little Elm and other communities in the area surrounding U.S. Highway 380. 

Principal Donna Leadford brings her passion for Christian education and more than 30 years of experience to PCA North, and she also served as Lower School principal at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano from 2000 through 2005. “The excitement about PCA North is incredible,” said Leadford. “These new students will be able to look back and know they were a part of helping establish a campus that will provide Kingdom education for many, many years.”

PCA North celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4, 2014, along with pastors from Prestonwood Baptist Church, Mayors of Frisco and Prosper, new PCA North families and the Chambers from Prosper, Frisco, and Allen/Fairview.  A formal proclamation from the office of Congressman Sam Johnson was shared: “A Christian education not only empowers our next generation of leaders to work hard and persevere and reach their fullest potential but live a life according to God’s will,” Congressman Johnson wrote. “I am pleased to see PCA grow and have the opportunity to reach children and parents in more communities, including Prosper, Celina, North Frisco and McKinney.”

PCA North is an extension of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano in which more than 1,500 students are enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade. The Christian school focuses on the education, training and overall formation of a child’s heart and mind. PCA North continues to accept applications for the 2014-15 school year.  Interested families should call 972.798.6780 to set up a tour.

The mission of Prestonwood Christian Academy is to assist Christian parents by helping equip students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence and model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, churches and communities for Christ. With more than 1,500 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, PCA is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church, located in Plano, Texas. The school also has a campus serving more than 60 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4 in Prosper, TX, and a Virtual Academy at www.pcaplus.org.