News Archive


  • Michael Denkman ’17 and Patrick Carroll ’15 to Serve in Middle East

    Michael Denkman '17 and Patrick Carroll '15 will both be deployed to the Middle East in January 2019.
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  • 5 Ways Your Child Benefits from Learning a Second Language

    Lucia Trevino, High School Foreign Language Chair at Pinecrest Academy

    Children who learn a second language benefit a lot more than you’d think. The earlier one begins learning another language, the greater the benefits. It is never too early to start learning a second language, even as early as PreK3!
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  • Is Your Middle School Child an Expert at Studying?

    Denise Madgey
    Studying is hard work. Ask any student, and he would probably agree! Whether one likes it or not, studying is not an easy task but one in which you can succeed if you put forth the effort.
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  • Empty Bowls Project Benefits Atlanta's Hungry

    Members from the Pinecrest Academy community are making handcrafted bowls from October 11-16 to benefit the Empty Bowls project.
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  • Former Pinecrest Student Makes Notre Dame Band

    Former long-time Pinecrest student, Sam Gutierrez made it into the Notre Dame Band of the Fighting Irish.
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  • “Out of the Box” California Pizza Kitchen Art Show

    Pinecrest's Visual Arts students drew a crowd to the California Pizza Kitchen "Out of the Box" Art Show on September 12.
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  • Teacher Spotlight on Carla Chwat

    Birthplace: Virginia

    Title/Responsibilities: High School English Department Chair
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  • The Main Reason Kids Lack Confidence

    Dr. Tim Elmore
    When Brandon told me he wanted to start a YouTube channel that helped people who share the same vision get together and collaborate, I asked him, “What’s stopping you?”
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  • Get to Know Dr. Spurka

    Vivian Heard
    Who was your favorite teacher and how did his or her teaching impact you?
    Mr. Watson, my 8th grade Algebra I teacher. I was an average student.
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  • Imagine a World Transformed by the Next Generation

    Dr. Tim Elmore, best-selling author and international speaker, presents “Marching Off the Map: Inspiring the EPIC Generation,” based on his book, Marching Off the Map.
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  • 5 Study Skills Your Child Should Know by 5th Grade

    Denise Madgey

    Each school year provides us with a new beginning, another “first day” to do our best academically. In this post, you’ll find tips you can easily implement at home in order to help your child be successful this school year.
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  • Pinecrest Earns #2 Spot as Best Catholic High School

    Pinecrest Academy has been named the #2 Best Catholic High School in the State of Georgia, by Niche.com.
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  • Tips on Easing Separation Anxiety on the First Day of School

    Dana Oshinski, Pre-K Supervisor and Teacher

    Oh, the questions of the first day of

    ”Will I have friends?”
    “Will school be fun today?”
    “Will parents come to carpool on time?”
    “Will I have a good snack?”
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  • Holy Hours at Pinecrest Academy for Nicaragua

    Please join us for two Holy Hours, as we pray for an end to the violence in Nicaragua.
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  • Pinecrest Academy Names New Head of School

    Pinecrest Academy has named Dr. Edward Spurka as Head of School.  
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  • Class of 2018 Receives Nearly $6 Million in Scholarships

    Pinecrest Academy graduated its 69 members of the Class of 2018 on May 19, 2018, in the school’s Upper School Gym, with hundreds in attendance.
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  • The Spiritual Suitcase for Grads Leaving Home: 4 Things to Pack

    Margaret Frain

    Mixed emotions are so normal as parents watch their child in cap and gown, walking down the aisle to Pomp and Circumstance. I’ve experienced the excitement, joy, and relief of that moment myself, tinged with sadness though, because somehow, you know things will never be the same.
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  • Celebrity Golf Scramble Brings in Over $50,000

    The First Annual Pinecrest Academy Celebrity Golf Scramble was a great success.
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  • 5 Ways to Be a Rock Star Mom this Summer

    Lori Rogers
    Experience has informed me that summer break can feel like an attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse if I don’t spend a little time planning and prepping. Below are a few helpful tips on how to not only get through, but enjoy, the summer with your kids, all while creating lasting memories for the whole family.
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  • Silver Anniversary Gala a Stunning Success

    The Pinecrest Academy Gala Team extends a heartfelt thank you to the entire community for your support of the Silver Anniversary Gala, celebrating our twenty-fifth year of educating minds, hearts, and souls.
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  • Wind Symphony Wows Audiences at National Band Festival

    The Pinecrest Academy Wind Symphony had the honor of performing at the US Bands National Concert Band Festival in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. 
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  • Should Your Child be Learning Cursive Writing?

    Tiffany Brotheridge, Third Grade Teacher

    Cursive writing is considered a dying art. Many schools have decided that the need to teach cursive writing is no longer there, because this generation will use computer generated writing.
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  • Students Donate $1,900 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    Pinecrest is always delighted to witness Christian servant leadership in action, and this year’s junior class IGNITE teams stepped up to the plate with beautiful service projects!
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  • Before you hand your preschooler a tablet, read this.

    Dana Oshinski, Pre-K Supervisor and Teacher
    Once upon a time, a little girl asked, “Mommy, how long until we get to Gram’s house?” The mother answered, “We’ll be close after you find one bridge, two stop signs, two stoplights, and a McDonald’s.” Yes, that was the world that I grew up in, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Through those small “tasks” of just getting to my Gram’s house, I learned to see the world outside, pay attention to my surroundings, see the world “in print,” and have discussions with those around me (even if it was to say, “Have we passed a stop sign yet?!”) that helped to build my vocabulary and sense of self in the world.
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  • Pinecrest Students Respond to National Walkout Day

    In response to National Walkout Day that occurred at schools across the nation on March 14, Pinecrest High School students gathered in Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel on the school's campus to pray for the 17 victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that occurred exactly one month prior. 
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  • Fifth Graders Creating Movie Trailers with iMovie

    Pinecrest Academy fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Kelley, is working on an innovative project with her students this year.
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  • How to Teach Your Child Self-Control

    Miss Sarah Oryschak, Lower School Campus Minister
    According to Leonard Sax MD PhD, New York Times best-selling author, physician, psychologist, and expert in child development, teaching self-control and other virtues should be among the top priorities for one’s child. Dr. Sax also asserts that character matters as much or more than academic achievement!
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  • How Can Music Improve Your Child's SAT Score?

    by Len Insalaca
    You may have heard that playing a musical instrument is good for your brain, makes you smarter, or has long-lasting benefits. You may have also heard that students who study music do better academically than those who do not. Years of research, and multiple studies, confirm that these statements are absolutely valid. Published research, proving the many benefits of music education, can be found in abundance on the internet and in numerous professional and medical journals.
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  • Fr. Jacques Philippe to Preach Lenten Retreat

    All are invited to a Lenten Retreat with Fr. Jacques Philippe, world renowned Catholic author and speaker, on Wednesday, March 7, from 7-8:30pm, in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. Fr. Jacques will give a reflection sure to make this holy Lenten season a more meaningful experience, as we pray, sacrifice and give alms. Admission is free, but donations will be graciously accepted to cover Fr. Jacques' expenses.
    With over one million books sold in 24 languages, Fr. Jacques Philippe’s writings on themes such as prayer, interior freedom, and peace of heart have become classics of modern Catholic spirituality. Some of his books include Interior FreedomTime for GodThirsting for PrayerCall to LifeReal MercyFire & Light. His writings will benefit anyone looking for spiritual guidance in the modern world.
    A priest for over 40 years, Fr. Jacques’ vocation journey began when he met the then recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes in 1976 and answered the Lord’s call to follow Him through a priestly vocation. After years of study of Hebrew, theology and canon law, he began his work as a spiritual director, working in the formation of priests and seminarians of his Community. Currently, Fr. Jacques devotes most of his time to spiritual direction and preaching retreats.
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  • Ash Wednesday Services Begin the Holy Lenten Season

    Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season in the Catholic Church, as hundreds from the Pinecrest Academy community donned cross-shaped ashes on their foreheads on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
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  • Middle School Swim Team Wins Metro 10

    Pinecrest’s Middle School Swim Team was one of seven teams competing in the Metro 10 Championship Meet at the Cumming Aquatic Center on Friday, January 26. 
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  • Pinecrest Achieves Impressive Percentage of Acceptance at UGA

    This year, Pinecrest Academy welcomed 53 colleges to campus during the first four months of school, including a visit from the University of Georgia. 
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