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Woodlands Christian Introduces New House System in Middle School

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – Middle school students at The Woodlands Christian Academy were pumped up on the first day of school, partially because it was the first day, but more importantly because they were anxious to find out their destiny at the first ever Sorting Ceremony.

The Woodlands Christian Academy New House System Sorting Ceremony
PHOTO: Middle schoolers at The Woodlands Christian Academy reached into a bowl, grabbed an envelope and then opened it to find a colored wristband, indicating which house they would be in for the remainder of their middle school years.

Introducing a new house system in middle school, 5th-8th graders were randomly assigned to five different houses, with each house containing a mix of all four grades. Designed to create an increasingly positive and dynamic school climate that celebrates excellence, fosters school spirit, builds and strengthens relationships, and promotes a culture of belonging for all – the five houses each have their own name, color, symbol and characteristics, with house members shaping distinct personalities and values over time.

 

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  • Rhizoo (to strengthen with roots) – The House of Strength embodies a strong foundation and is deeply rooted in Jesus. They are prepared to defend the faith in the face of strong opposition.
  • Veritas (truth) – The Veritas House is hallmarked by integrity as they seek to discern Biblical truth in a fallen world. Their pursuit of truth is for the purpose of enlightening those around them.
  • Mathetes (intentional discipling) – The Mathetes House has a thirst for learning and discipleship. They intentionally study the word to grow in their faith so they can be Ambassadors of the Gospel.
  • Inspiro (to breathe into) – The Inspiro House’s purpose is to encourage, excite, and create. They desire to use the life and gifts God has breathed into them to glorify God and be a light in the world.
  • Sharath (servant/devotion) – The House of Sharath’s purpose is to serve and uplift others in the service of the King. Their service is spurred by their love for their Master and their devotion to Him, and they are devoted to fulfilling His purpose.

Heart pounding theatrical music blared from the speakers in the Ruth Auditorium as middle schoolers waited their turn to find out which house they would be in. When they saw their name on screen, they walked on stage, reached into a bowl, grabbed an envelope and then opened it to find a colored wristband, indicating which house they would be in for the remainder of their middle school years. Faculty members from each house greeted their new members with hugs, high-fives and fist bumps, determined that their house would be the best!

 

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Over the course of the school year, the five houses will gather at Middle School Mash Up and compete in different challenges for points. The points will be tallied throughout the year to determine a champion at the end of the school year.

Though there are five houses, they make up one middle school – The House of Joy. The middle school years can be tough (for everyone involved – students, parents, teachers), as students find their way and grow into who they are. Woodlands Christian is excited for all the relationships, transformation, and celebration that will take place through the new house system and are confident this will make for a more unified and robust middle school experience.

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Woodlands Christian offers a rigorous academic program with faith integrated in the curriculum and co-curricular activities, providing students with college prep starting in 8th grade. They have experienced unprecedented growth this year and and are still accepting applications for Fall 2022, but there are waitlists in several grades.

The Woodlands Christian Academy is an independent, Christ-centered college preparatory school that integrates learning with Biblical faith and spiritual growth, and challenges students to reach their highest potential – intellectually, creatively, physically and socially – for the glory of Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.twca.net.

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