Cheswick Christian Academy
You might notice that some of our logos just say Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network while other of our artwork says Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network. The why is probably pretty obvious: As an organization we realized that we represent towns from all over the GREATER Pittsburgh region. In fact, while students who live in the city definitely do attend our schools, even using their school’s school buses, we currently have no school in the city! Christian schools surround the city! Some are pretty close to city borders, like Pittsburgh Urban Christian School in Wilkinsburg or Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills, and some reach students from further north or east like Cheswick Christian Academy and Greater Works Christian School. And finally, Penn Christian Academy in Butler and Beaver County Christian School reach even further north (and east or west, respectively) into Butler and Beaver County and beyond! If you live in or near Pittsburgh, there is a Christian school for you!
But what about the name Pittsburgh? Why the H?
On November 27, 1758, British General John Forbes sent a letter to William Pitt telling him that a city had been named for him: Pittsbourgh. Prior to that, the French had claimed the area and constructed a fort at the point where the three rivers meet, which they named Fort Duquesne. In 1758, they burned Fort Duquesne as they were being forced out by the British, and the fort that would replace it, which we can still visit as a museum, is still called Fort Pitt.
In 1891, however the United States Board on Geographic Names, in an attempt to standardize addresses, declared the -h to be dropped at the end of -burgh names. Fortunately, Pittsburghers mainly refused to use the new official spelling. Eventually on July 19, 1911, the board restored the official name to Pittsburgh to appease the masses. Yay!
Beaver County Christian School, Cheswick Christian Academy, and Trinity Christian School track teams are competing today at Geneva College in the NCSAA Track and Field Championships.
You can watch the Livestream here: https://www.hvproductions.net/live
And follow the results here: http://results.tfmeetpro.com/MACFAT_LLC/2021_NCSAA_Track_and_Field_Championships
*photos by Evelyn Etheridge
“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”Psalm 78:4
As Christians, we all know what we are supposed to do: raise up the children in our homes and our churches in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The question becomes, how? We know pastors preaching the word faithfully is of utmost importance. But for the children in your church, school takes up most of their time. Beyond Sunday, how can the church best help her families who choose public school, home school, or Christian school?
If you have children in your church who go to public school, the church can equip those families with assistance throughout the week. Maybe you could supply your parents with devotionals, or serve the kids with youth groups, small groups, after-school tutoring, and more. Maybe your church could pray regularly for the schools in your neighborhood. Or maybe churches could step in and help families move on to homeschooling or Christian schooling if their public school isn’t the best fit!
Perhaps your church already has some homeschoolers. There are a lot of ways you could help here, too. Perhaps you throw social events in your fellowship hall (swing dancing, anyone?) or educational seminars in your auditorium. Or you offer your building affordably — or free — for co-ops to meet there regularly. Maybe it’s as simple as connecting a child who would love to learn to sew with a woman who could teach it. Maybe the budget is extra tight for a one-income homeschooling family and your church can purchase some books — or start a church library for all of your children.
And perhaps your church has children who go to Christian school — or some who would love to. While Christian schools are often the first choice a lot of parents would make, like homeschooling it is not always the easiest choice financially. Perhaps this is one great place where the church can really help. I know some of our students attend churches who give scholarships to any member’s child who wants to attend Christian school. Maybe your church could do that: Count the children of your church — how much could you afford to give toward each of these children’s education, even just for next year? A couple hundred dollars? Five hundred? A thousand? MORE? Or maybe your church wants to choose a nearby school to adopt — your church could pray regularly for this school and your members could surprise teachers with encouragement: Donuts. Lunch. Books. (This works also for public schools! But I am thinking about the smaller salaries many Christian school teachers accept as part of the many efforts to help keep down tuition for students.) Or perhaps you have a great gym, soccer field, or bus (and a licensed bus driver in your congregation) that you could share with a school. Buses cost a lot of money for schools to transport kids to sporting events! This might be something a church would never think of, but it could be a huge blessing to the kids in your congregation and their schools!
There are challenges to all three types of schooling and there are many ways churches can support all parents. These are just a few. If you have any other ideas, leave a comment for all to see and consider! Or leave a comment about successful ways your church already partners with parents — you just might help other churches look at this in a new way!
And if you are a part of a church in the Greater Pittsburgh Area seeking new ways to support Christian education, contact us if you would like to be connected to a Christian school near you!
Cheswick Christian Academy, Beaver County Christian School, and Trinity Christian School faced each other and several other schools at the first big invitational of the season on May 1, 2021.
See here for the results! These teams hope to meet each other again a few more times this Spring!
Notable news for GPCSN: Beaver County Christian School middle school boys took first place in that division! And their high school girls took second place that division!
The Best of the Batch Foundation provides students with scholarships for private school tuition.
Their deadline for submission is April 16, 2021. Find the here! applicationhhttps://www.batchfoundation.org/scholarships/
P.S. They also have college scholarships for high school seniors!
POISE Foundation has regularly awarded funds to our students. There are two separate programs available through POISE, both of which require online applications. These programs are the K-12 Scholarship program and the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
The submission deadline for POISE is May 15, 2021. You can get information regarding these programs here!
When shopping on Amazon, AmazonSmile donates to your favorite charitable organization, at no extra cost to you. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. To support one of our schools with your Amazon shopping, go to AmazonSmile to select a school, listed below in alphabetical order. If you aren’t connected to one of our schools and can’t decide which to support, you could try the one closest to your neighborhood! (You’ll find a map here!)
These are all working hard to bring the best Christian education to our students and all are worthy of AmazonSmile donations!
Here’s how to find the accounts for our schools:
Beaver County Christian School
In the search bar write, “Beaver County Christian School Association Beaver Falls ed” to pull up the correct account! Or use this link to my search results. The correct one should look like this:
Cheswick Christian Academy
In the search bar, write “Cheswick Christian Fellowship” to pull up the AmazonSmile for Cheswick Christian Academy! Or use this link to my search results. The correct one should look like this:
Greater Works Christian School
In the search bar, write “Greater Works Outreach Monroeville education N.E.C.” to find the right Greater Works! Or try this link to my search results! The correct one should look like this:
Penn Christian Academy
In the search bar, write “Penn Christian Academy Butler” to find the right Penn Christian! Or try this link to my search results! The correct one should look like this:
Pittsburgh Urban Christian School
In the search bar, write “Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS)” to pull up the correct account! Or try this link to my search results. The correct one should look like this:
Trinity Christian School
In the search bar, write “Trinity Christian School Association Pittsburgh” to pull up the correct Trinity! Or try this link to my search results! The correct one should look like this:
A few Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network schools play basketball in the SWCAC league. Here’s a list of links to follow the team standings:
Beaver County Christian School
Beaver County Christian School Varsity Boys are in the SW PA Athletic Alliance Boys Basketball Division
Beaver County Christian School Varsity Girls are in the SW PA Athletic Alliance Girls Basketball Division
Beaver County Christian School Middle School Boys are in the Middle School Tri-County Boys Division
Beaver County Christian School Middle school Girls are in the Middle School Tri-County Girls Division
Cheswick Christian Academy
Cheswick Christian Academy Varsity Girls are in the Greater Pittsburgh Girls Basketball Division
Cheswick Christian Academy Varsity Boys are in the Greater Pittsburgh Boys Basketball Division
Cheswick Christian Academy Middle School Boys are in the Middle School Greater Pittsburgh Boys Division
Trinity Christian School
Trinity Christian School Varsity Boys are in the SW PA Athletic Alliance Boys Basketball Division
Trinity Christian School Varsity Girls are in the SW PA Athletic Alliance Girls Basketball Division
Trinity Christian School Middle School Boys are in the Middle School Greater Pittsburgh Boys Division
Trinity Christian School Middle School Girls are in the Middle School Greater Pittsburgh Girls Division
After a month’s delay required by the governor in December (words I never hope to type again!), basketball season is in full swing for a few of our schools!
A breakdown of our teams:
Beaver County Christian School Eagles
Beaver County Christian School has a brand new STUNNING gym!
Here’s where to find info on BCCS’s Varsity Boys team.
Here’s where to find info on BCCS’s Varsity Girls team.
BCCS also has Middle School Boys and Girls teams and teams for 4th-5th Grade.
Cheswick Christian Academy Chargers
Here’s Cheswick Christian Academy’s complete schedule.
And here is Cheswick’s basketball webpage for more info!
Cheswick Chargers Varsity teams have both been written about in the Tribune Review this season!
Cheswick has Varsity Boys and Girls teams and a Middle School Boys team.
Trinity Christian School Falcons
Here’s Trinity Christian School’s Athletics Website with basketball scores and schedules and more!
Trinity streams their home games on their Facebook page.
Trinity has Varsity Boys and Girls teams, Middle School Boys and Girls teams, a 5-6th Grade team, and a 4th Grade team.
It’s great to see our schools recognized in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review!
Don’t miss this article in the Tribune Review about Cheswick’s Boys Varsity team under the leadership of Coach Rosio in his 27th Season as coach of the Chargers!
And this article about Cheswick Christian Academy Girls Varsity Basketball team with new coach Jacque Willis taking over the helm last year for longtime Coach Clinton Blazevich. (Facebook friends of GPCSN might remember praying together for Coach Blazevich last spring!)