I N P R O C E S S: A new series on Art in Schools and Creative Learning with Landmark Resident Artist, Scott Palmer
The campus of Landmark Christian School is changing colors before our eyes. Spaces that were once primarily beige and stifling are in the process of being radically transformed into places where endless possibility exists.
Landmark Christian School is excited to introduce to the community, Mr. Jonathan Britt. Mr. Britt will be the Landmark Instrumental Band teacher in the upcoming school year.
Rhythm and Voice
Mr. Britt was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey into a family of musical parents. His mom was a church organist and his dad was a rock guitarist. Growing up with an eclectic mix of sounds, genres, and instruments, he fell in love with music.
We are excited to announce the addition of Mrs. Daja Rice to our Landmark Fine Arts Department.
Originally from Spring Valley, NY, Mrs. Daja Rice is a Performing and Teaching Artist and Author. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance and Education from North Carolina Central University. Mrs. Rice has spent most of her career performing on the stage and enhancing the personal, professional, and artistic development of youth through the performing arts. Now residing in Grayson, GA, she is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Acting at University of Georgia. Being called to be a light in the darkness, she lives and works on PURPOSE, embracing opportunities to create meaningful art with conviction, integrity, and passion.
Matthew Huff, English Department Chair, Landmark Christian School
In an age of hatred, outrage, narcissism, and deep defiance against absolutes such as truth, goodness, and beauty, the longing for a rich and glorious joy burns feverishly in our hearts. This sour world, lost in the circus mirrors of its own vanity and drowning in the white noise of feeds, posts, snaps, and binges of all stripes, is in dire need of a good feast, what Tolkien saw as a hearty evening by the fire, filled with boisterous laughter and great dancing. Or, as Lewis suggested, what greater way to herald the breaking of winter than the carousing of creatures at the coming of spring? The promise of resurrection is a great promise, full and strong, breaking like the tide against this screen-drunk land.
High School art students demonstrate how shoe choice reveals an aspect of self-expression.
Alternative Self-Portrait Painting
Although shoes aren’t usually the first thing others notice when seeing a person, shoes are at the top of the list of items that can reveal much about who we are.
High school art students in Painting/Drawing I, II, III worked side by side in completing their most recent assignment, the Shoe Self-Portrait. Though given the same task, students are held to separate expectations, depending on class level. Combining skill levels in class allows students the opportunity to learn from and encourage each other.
For students passionate about law, public speaking, or problem solving, joining the Mock Trial Team at Landmark Christian can be very rewarding. In Mock Trial, students prepare legal cases and present them in specific roles, as a team, in front of a judge in courtroom settings. In addition to gaining knowledge of legal proceedings, participation aids in the development of many critical life skills, from teamwork to critical analysis, to listening, speaking, writing and acting.
Landmark Christian School senior Sammie McGurl has been named the 2021 PAGE STAR Student for Landmark Christian. Miss McGurl earned this high honor recognition by achieving the highest score on a single test date on the SAT from the 2021 class and being in the top 10% of the class based on GPA. Miss McGurl selected Mr. Mark Hossler, AP Physics teacher, as her STAR Teacher, a teacher defined as the most instrumental in the STAR student’s academic development. Mr. Hosslers says, “Sammie is a delightful student, full of enthusiasm and positivity. Her personal drive for success is shown through her many accomplishments. She navigated throughout an intensely complicated and challenging high school career as both an amazing student and successful athlete.”
Mrs. Shannon McBride is one of the fresh faces at Landmark this year. It is with open arms & excitement that we welcome her. She is grateful for the joy that comes with the peace of knowing she is where God wants her to be.
There is value in the process and in the result of art, sewing, and design. It is an experience that ends in something tangible. Expression, innovation - there is value in the process.
Mrs. McBride joined Landmark Christian School as the middle school art teacher and the Fashion Academy Director.
Landmark Christian School is excited about how children learn and ways to make learning come alive. Mr. Baffour Osei teaches his students how to be successful in STEM, then he steps back and encourages them to take the lead. By doing this, Mr. Osei allows space for the magic of learning to happen.
As iron Sharpens Iron, so does one man for another. Proverbs 27:17
On Friday, March 26, the Christian Life Department hosted a time of fun, friendship, and fellowship for fathers and their senior sons. The evening was the first of more to come. It served as a way to reflect on times shared and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.
Mr. Fred Gilkeson (Coach G), Campus Pastor shares, “Revelry among men is powerful and with their sons, priceless.” Play is an integral part of life - something we should strive to keep in our lives. Fathers and sons came together in community with friends to participate in axe throwing, virtual reality games, friendly competition, fire, food, fellowship, prayer, laughter and words of truth spoken for and over each young man.
Landmark Christian is excited to partner with The Forest School, Trillith Studios, The Town at Trilith, the Georgia Film Academy, Utopian Academy for the Arts, the Alliance Theater, and Fayette County Public School to develop Story Arts—a resource for educators, parents, and learners ages kindergarten through graduate school.
Landmark Christian School coaches develop student-athletes into mighty warriors for Christ, on and off the field, long after the whistle blows.
Athletics is critical to the education of our students. Every day, Landmark coaches and athletes pour their hearts into their sports and into each other. It is on the athletic fields and courts where lessons such as teamwork, overcoming obstacles and adversity, sacrifice, and selflessness are best taught. At Landmark Christian, our priorities in athletics are that our student-athletes grow spiritually from the experience of competing on our teams, that they learn to compete with a relentless spirit, that they develop great fundamentals and techniques, and they learn how to win and lose with class and dignity. At season’s end, wins are celebrated, but there is so much more to recognize after the last play.
A Landmark family testifies to the value of a Landmark Education
Mr. Clay Adams was an Assistant Middle School Swim Coach at Landmark for six years. His wife, Mrs. Liz Adams, is a receptionist and teaching assistant at the Peachtree City Landmark Campus.
Clay and Liz have two daughters that graduated from Landmark; Carolyn, ‘18, and Clara, ‘20.
Carolyn was valedictorian of her graduating class and received a Presidential Scholarship to the University of Alabama. The culmination of scholarship amount was $112,000, spread out over four years. Admitted into the Honors College at UA, she is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She will finish college in three years with two degrees - a BA in Political Science and a BA in International Studies with a minor in Spanish and History and a certificate in Global Studies.
Landmark Christian School Values the Importance of Reading
At Landmark Christian School, we understand the importance of integrating reading into every day. We promote reading as a necessary skill that aids in child development. Reading can increase a child’s confidence, concentration, and communication, on top of so much else. It is our goal to help children be the best, most well-rounded students that God intended them to be – and reading is often at the core of this. Reading, like education, has the power to transform the heart, as well as the mind. It has a significant impact on our Fairburn and Peachtree City, GA students, especially those who are young and impressionable. This impact can often be life-defining, so the value and importance of reading cannot be stressed enough. Read on for tips on how to make reading a part of every day in your child’s life.
Mr. Milton Cambell is a native of Atlanta, Ga. He matriculated through the Atlanta Public Schools System and graduated with honors. While in high school he excelled in track and field and was the Georgia Gatorade Athlete of the year. He is a five-time state champion, a state record holder, a national record holder, and a world champion. These accolades earned him a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).