JCS Faculty, Staff, and Athletics Update
 

Dear JCS Parents,

The excitement is building for the start to the 2018-19 school year! Work at the East Campus is nearing completion, and we are excited for our grand opening August 15th. Capital projects on the West Campus have brought significant improvements to our 2nd-12th grade facilities as well, with the Gym Phase I Renovation now complete. This edition of the President's Newsletter introduces several new East Campus faculty and gives an update on athletic improvements for the coming year.

Each year, we see JCS team members conclude their ministry at Jupiter Christian as the Lord calls them to new opportunities.  After the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year, US Academic Support and DE Psychology teacher Brittany Ross learned her husband was given a job transfer to Texas.  Brittany has served faithfully in our ESE program for 6 years and is an alumni of JCS.  While we will greatly miss Mrs. Ross, we are excited for this next chapter in their family's life.  US STEM teacher John Flanaghan will also be leaving JCS to pursue doctoral studies.  Mr. Flanaghan served faithfully at JCS for one year and we wish him and his wife the best as he continues his professional development.  We are excited about the quality US faculty who will be joining Jupiter Christian and look forward to introducing many of them to your family in the coming weeks.

We are so blessed to have our beloved team of preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade teachers continue their mission of excellence in academics and their joy for sharing the love of Christ with our youngest students in our new location. Many new faculty have joined our quality team of early childhood educators at our East Campus.   

Sharon Zicaro—East Campus Assistant to the Principal

Sharon comes to the JCS East Campus with more than 20 years' experience in preschool education. She has served as a curriculum specialist and PK4 team leader at Tree Top Academy for the last fifteen years. There she coordinated curriculum for the PK4 program, planned summer camp programs, conducted staff scheduling, and taught all age groups including 2 and 3 year old and PK4 students. Sharon holds a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Palm Beach State College. She has attained an Advanced Director's Credential with the state of Florida as well. We are pleased to welcome her to Jupiter Christian!

New East Campus Faculty Members

 

Our East Campus faculty members are committed to providing premium education in a nurturing environment where each student's unique gifts and abilities are encouraged and valued. We are delighted to announce some of our new preschool faculty members:

 

  • Marlene Sefiance (PK3):  Marlene joins our preschool team with 17 years' experience teaching students from preschool to 3rd grade. Teaching in South Florida for the last five years and in Pennsylvania and Hawaii before that, she is known for creating a safe, creative and motivating classroom environment where students can thrive. Marlene has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Bible from West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California.

  • Karrie Hogan (PK2): Karrie has a passion for teaching preschool students and providing them with a secure, stable, and enriching environment full of fun and enthusiasm for learning. With over ten years' experience in teaching, she has served in an assistant director's position as well and most recently taught and encouraged two year old's in their first classroom experience. She holds an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Palm Beach Community College.

  • Devon Ramsey (PK2): Devon comes to JCS with a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Hillsborough Community College in Brandon, Florida. A love for teaching preschool-level academics combined with a desire to provide a Christ-centered classroom where students feel at home, makes Devon an excellent fit for the mission and focus of Jupiter Christian's East Campus.

  • Danica Papali (East Campus Art): For Danica, a JCS alumni, art education has been a passion throughout her career. Under her direction, her students have excelled and won awards for their work at events ranging from the South Florida Fair to Artigras. Serving in art education for ten years, she has most recently taught art and global studies to students in preschool to 5th grade at Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Tequesta, Florida. In addition, she has worked as an art instructor at Lighthouse School of Art. Danica holds a bachelor's degree from Bob Jones University as well as a master's degree in art education from Boston University.  

  • Kendall Wilkerson (Kindergarten): With a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Cross Cultural Studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Kendall has worked in classrooms in South Florida ranging from preschool to third grade. Her love for helping others and serving them through education is demonstrated in the missionary trips she took to Haiti, Botswana, and Peru. There she taught English and Bible to children from age two to seven and truly impacted the world for Christ.

We are excited for the ministry of these teachers at our new East Campus and grateful that they will each bring their own unique style and experience to the classroom as they encourage our students to learn and grow within a nurturing, Christ-centered environment.

Athletic Update

JCS remains committed to excellence in all aspects of our programming, including athletics.  In 2017-18, many of our athletic teams experienced district, regional, and state playoff runs. Many new teams were added to our athletic offerings.  Most importantly, athletes were discipled by coaches who want to make a lasting impact on our students, well beyond the athletic field.  At the same time, as JCS' physical plant has grown to include a second campus and an auxiliary facilities site. As such, there is a need to separate Athletics and Operations.  Brian Justine, Scott Loud, Michelle Williams, and our facilities crew have done an outstanding job not only sustaining our facilities but making several marked improvements in the quality of our physical plant and school security!  I am deeply thankful for the tireless work of this team and the amazing impact they have had on our campus. 

As was shared in June, Jacob Godino has joined the JCS Team as Director of Operations and Varsity Girls Basketball Coach.  As we move into the 2018-19 school year, Athletic Director Brian Justine, Scott Loud (Assistant AD) and Michelle Williams (Athletic Assistant) will focus attention on the continued development of the athletic department. This highly qualified athletic leadership team remains committed to facilitate programs that seek to develop Christian leaders through the pursuit of competitive excellence.  We accomplish this through:

 

Develop Christian Leaders – We believe that athletics is an excellent environment to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and become more like him through the testing of our faith.  Interscholastic athletics should foster and cultivate traits of Christian character including diligence, responsibility, courage, loyalty, cooperation, self-discipline, good sportsmanship, competition, team play, and striving towards excellence. Moreover, we endeavor to show love, unity, mental toughness, respect, integrity, encouragement, and enthusiasm both in and out of the athletic arena. Athletics provides a venue to build, to test, and to reveal these Christ-like characteristics as we strive to love God and love others. 

Competitive Excellence - This demands commitment, places team before self, accepts reality, yet pursues daily improvement for the glory of God.  The pursuit of excellence through daily commitment creates an environment of competitive excellence by asking the question: "How can I be better than I was yesterday?" Winning becomes a by-product of this pursuit of excellence and not the end goal. Learning to "run the race" and "fight the battle" to the best of each players unique ability and role will define our pursuit of excellence in the competitive arena. Winning at league, district and state levels should be one of our goals, but we recognize that losing can present a beneficial learning experience. We will learn to give our best regardless of the score or opponent.

I am excited to see Brian Justine, Scott Loud, and Michelle Williams focus their time to drive this philosophy forward.

Mike Lord, Varsity Baseball Coach

 

To best enable our athletic director to provide undivided attention to school-wide athletic programs, we will be transitioning our varsity baseball coaching staff. Brian Justine has led our varsity baseball team for two seasons, earning a 24-19 overall record and an impressive 14-6 2018 season. Coach Justine advanced to district semi-finals for two straight seasons, including signature victories over private school rivals Oxbridge, Cardinal Newman, and John Carroll. I am thankful for the investment Coach Justine has made in the lives of our players and the innovative improvements he has spearheaded, including Baseball on the Diamond and a retractable batting cage in the ATC. As we move into 2018-19, Assistant Coach Matt Holliday will continue to serve on the varsity baseball staff.

 

We are excited to announce the return of Mike Lord as our JCS baseball coach for the 2019 season. In a career that covers more than thirty years, Mike has had the rare opportunity to coach and scout in a variety of positions at all levels of baseball. He has been a high school head coach as well as a college head coach at several Christian universities, including Palm Beach Atlantic University where his teams went 63- 30 in two seasons. His 2004 team took their season as far as they could, losing to Dallas Baptist in the NCCAA national championship game.

 

Mike was also on staff with the San Diego Padres for nine years as a major league batting practice pitcher, along with three of those seasons as the defensive positioning coach. In addition, he served as an international scouting supervisor for the Boston Red Sox.

 

Mike's passion as a Christian coach has always been to impact the lives of his players. Their growth as individuals has always been first and foremost in his heart, and one of his great joys is that many of his players still stay in touch and seek him out for guidance and direction. His sports background has also given him the opportunity to be a guest speaker at a number of churches, camps, and conferences.

 

"Winning is a byproduct of a process that prepares you to be successful. I want to teach that process so that my players can grow spiritually as well as athletically. It will serve them at JCS, as well as for a lifetime of impact," Mike shared. "I love JCS and the strong Christian culture the administration and teachers have created through their care and concern for students and I want to be a support to that mission."

 

His favorite coaching verse is Proverbs 21:31 "The horse is made ready for battle, but victory belongs to the Lord."

 

The Gym Phase I Renovation, spearheaded by Athletic Director Brian Justine and the athletic staff, will be complete for the opening of school in August, and the gym looks amazing!  Some finishing work remains, but the major demolition and installation of the gym floor, basketball goals, and motorized retractable bleachers has been completed.  JCS Varsity Basketball Coach Brian Mullican will host a basketball camp in the gym the week of July 16 for the gym's inaugural activity. 

Gym Phase I Renovation
 

Dan Steinfield
President

 

Jupiter Christian School

700 S Delaware Blvd • Jupiter, FL 33458 • (561) 354-1900

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