Thank You for Making Hungry Games A Success!

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On February 24th, Bethany hosted its third annual Hungry Games fundraising event. The night was an absolute blast filled with great energy and camaraderie. Eight teams raced through the Rio Vista neighborhood, earning points by completing several fun challenges. In the end, Team Black walked away as the 2018 Hungry Games Champions.

More importantly, your generosity allowed us to far surpass our goal of $50,000. While donations are still coming in, we finished the weekend with total revenue of $122,116 stemming from "Bid From the Heart" & "Mustard Seed" donations, sponsorships, silent auction bids, and ticket sales. 

Your generosity will enable us to further support the Mustard Seed Campaign, to enhance our campus security, to launch a new keyboard piano lab (for grades K-5), and to overhaul our online information management system. There is still an opportunity to make a donation toward the cause. If you would like your name to be inscribed on one of the Mustard Tree leaves that will be prominently displayed in the new Ingram Center lobby, PLEASE CLICK HERE to donate. 

Thank you so much for your faithful support of Bethany Christian School! 

Bethany Girls Win Soccer Championship!


For the second consecutive year, Bethany's Elementary Girls Soccer Team has won the SSAL Conference Championship. In dramatic fashion, the Bobcats rallied to overcome a 2-1 deficit against the Summit Questa Seahawks. After forcing an overtime tie-breaker of penalty kicks, the Bobcats emerged with the championship trophy and an undefeated season intact. 

We would like to extend a hearty congratulations to our team, and a special thanks to Coach Tom Carpenter and all the parents who helped to make this season such a great success. 

Bethany's Cross Country Team Dominates Latest Meet!

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Bethany's elementary cross country runners offered a very impressive performance in their second cross country meet of the year. Gathering at Brian Piccolo Sports Park, Bethany's students were matched up against runners from four other schools, including Potential Christian Academy, Saint Marks, Summit Questa Montessori, and Trinitas Christian Academy. After running a distance just shy of 1.5 miles, the top five performers included three Bethany students, and for the second time in as many meets, fifth grader Christian MacGillivray emerged as the victor. 

First Place - Christian MacGillivray (5th grade, 10:08)
Third Place - Ethan See (4th grade, 10:23)
Fifth Place - Enzo Angella (5th grade, 10:34)

"I am so proud of our boys," said Coach Colette Keno, in response to the team's performance. "Many of our students set personal records today."

Bethany Christian School will host the SSAL Conference Championship Meet on October 13th at 3:30pm at John Lloyd Park. Please join us at the waterfront jetty pavilion to cheer on our Bobcats. 

Spiritual Emphasis Week - You're Invited!


This week, September 25-29, Bethany will be celebrating its annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. 

Each day, our students will gather for chapel (8:50 to 9:30 AM) in the sanctuary for corporate worship, hilarious and instructive skits, and a brief devotional message focusing on a specific theme for the day. This year's Spiritual Emphasis Week, entitled "Princess and Pirates," will focus on the importance of understanding God's presence with us through the journey of life. 

Parents are encouraged to attend these daily chapels. If you have attended our Spiritual Emphasis Weeks in the past, then you know that they are both entertaining and uplifting.

We hope to see you there! 

Purchase Your Yearbook Ad Now!

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Yearbook advertisements are an extremely effective tool to memorialize our memories, to celebrate our students, to express support for Bethany, and to advertise our business to those in our community. Even as adults, we still enjoy pulling out our old yearbooks to spark memories of our childhood. Unlike most other advertisements or notes that are tossed aside, yearbook ads endure for decades! 

Would you like to advertise your business? Celebrate your child? Express your support for Bethany Christian School? Or simply share a personal message? With a few simple clicks of a button, you can secure an advertisement in Bethany's upcoming yearbook. Using a personal computer, visit Yearbook Forever. This website will guide you through the simple process of purchasing and designing a yearbook ad that will last forever.

NOTE: The Yearbook Forever website only works with computers. No phones or tablets. 

Yearbook Ad Rates

Full Page: $300 (plus your ad will be featured on the screens before weekly chapels)
Half Page: $200
Quarter Page: $150
Business Card: $100

We thank you in advance for your support of Bethany Christian School! 

Bethany's Relief Efforts for Hurricane Harvey Victims

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After watching the devastating footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Colette Keno (Bethany's Athletic Director) and her family sought for ways to help the victims of this storm. After coordinating with a major charity that will be delivering much needed resources to the Gulf Coast residents, Keno organized a collection drive at Bethany Christian School and invited our school community to join in the relief effort.  

After parking a full-size, rented U-Haul truck in Bethany's courtyard, the Keno family got down to the business of collecting much needed supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. While Ashleigh (6th grade) and friends helped donors to carry supplies onto the truck, Brian and Colette Keno took turns holding a makeshift cardboard sign alongside Federal Highway, encouraging all passing motorists to join in the relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  

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Over the course of just two days, our community filled the U-Haul truck with cases of bottled water, baby formula, diapers, wipes, toys, clothes, and essential hygiene products. "Even after collecting supplies for the past two days at Bethany, we still had friends coming to our house to donate additional cases of water and supplies," said Coach Keno. "We even had a very kind homeless man who insisted on donating to the cause. You can't see the floor in the truck."

We are so thankful for the people who offered their time and resources to help the people whose lives were forever changed by this storm.
— Colette Keno

Bethany would like to thank the Keno family and all those who generously donated supplies to make this collection drive such a success. It is wonderful to see our community extending the love of Christ to those who are walking through a season of such great loss. Please continue to pray for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

If you would like to donate supplies, the Miami Dolphins will be accepting donations at the Dolphins Training Facility in Davie until September 15. For more information on the Dolphins' relief efforts, please click here

Bethany's Newest Faces!

As the Headmaster of Bethany Christian School, there is no function more important than ensuring that each of our faculty members is an excellent educator, who exudes the love of Christ. As we enter the 2017-18 school year, we will be welcoming several new teachers to the Bethany team. As always, God has been faithful to bring us a group of exceptional teachers, who exhibit all of the wonderful traits that make Bethany Christian School such a special place.

During the course of the past five months, we have received more than 400 resumes from applicants around the nation seeking to teach at Bethany Christian School. After screening these applicant resumes and interviewing the most exceptional candidates, we have selected the very best candidates to join our faculty roster. I am extremely excited to introduce our new faculty members, and I am confident that they will prove to be a great blessing to our school community.


Elementary Teachers

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Mrs. Kari Greiter will be joining the Bethany team to serve as our new Second Grade teacher, filling the position vacated by Mrs. Nicole Barrett. Kari graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education — receiving certification endorsements for both reading and language arts instruction. For the past five years, she has served as an Elementary teacher in Missouri, where she served as her school’s Team Leader for Assessments and has undergone extensive training for curriculum development, differentiated instruction, and classroom management.  She will be moving to Fort Lauderdale with her husband, Nolan.

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Ms. Amanda Robinson will be joining the Bethany team as our new Third Grade teacher. She is filling a vacancy created by Mrs. Arnold’s transition into Middle School as a state-certified Math teacher. Amanda graduated cum laude from the University of Florida — earning both a Master’s degree and a B.A. degree in Elementary Education. Amanda is well-known and beloved by many within the Bethany family. She has served as a teacher at Harbordale Elementary. In addition to her experience inside the classroom, Amanda has served as an Associate Campus Director for CRU — devoting several years to the mission field in China. She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

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Mrs. Jessica McMurtrey will be serving as our new Fourth Grade teacher, filling the position vacated by Mrs. Peavyhouse who has opted to serve in the newly created Fifth Grade slot. Jessica graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida, earning her Master’s degree in Elementary Education, as well as her B.A. in Education. With certifications from both the Association of Christian Schools International and the Florida Department of Education, she has a specialized endorsement for reading instruction. For the past three years, she has served as a Fourth Grade teacher at Midway Covenant Christian School in Powder Springs, Georgia.


Middle School Teachers

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Ms. Melissa Harroff will be serving as Bethany’s Middle School Social Studies teacher. Melissa graduated from The Ohio State University, where she earned her B.A. degree in Social Studies and her Masters of Education degree in Secondary Social Studies and Global Studies. Ms. Harroff has also served as a very popular Middle School Social Studies teacher at North Broward Preparatory School (2012-2014) and Westminster Academy (2014-2017). Melissa currently attends Rio Vista Community Church. Mrs. Dede Hunter, our incoming principal, worked with Melissa and described her as a Christ-centered, loving and hilarious team player.

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Mrs. Kathryn Coury will be serving as Bethany’s Middle School Science teacher. Katy graduated magna cum laude from Campbellsville University — earning her Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a minor in Secondary Education. She served as a high school teacher and a department chair at Hickman County High School. This past year, Katy has served as a Middle School teacher at Westminster Academy, where she taught both Life Science and Engineering. She comes highly recommended and praised by all those who have worked with her. She is married to Philip (a Bethany alumnus) and has a son entering Kindergarten (Brian).


Specials / Electives Teachers

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Mrs. Jacqueline Maillet will be serving as Bethany’s Music and Choir teacher. Jackie earned her B.A. in Music from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She has taught music at the prestigious Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts since 2009. During her time at the Friends Academy, Jackie offered private piano lessons, held annual recitals, directed both choral and drama productions, and served as a student advisor. Jackie’s husband was recently hired to serve as the Music Director at a South Florida Episcopal church.

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Ms. Amy Wallace will be serving as Bethany’s Librarian and Resource Teacher. Amy graduated from the University of the Ozarks with a B.A. degree in English and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Library and Media Science from San Jose State University. Ms. Wallace has been a featured speaker at Family Weekend events. She is an experienced tutor to students with learning differences and disabilities, and she will be completing an intensive training course in this area over the summer. Next year, Amy will be leading breakout sessions with students who are in need of individualized assistance.


Nursery Teachers

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Mrs. Jenn Wheelis will be serving as the lead teacher in our Nursery’s Infant room. Jenn graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Nursing. She currently serves as a nurse at Broward General’s N.I.C.U. She is married to Jimmy and has two sons (Maddox and Mason), who are both enrolled at BCS. Jenn has been a faithful Bethany mom and volunteer for years.


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Mrs. Brittani Willey will serve as the lead teacher in our Nursery’s toddler room (ages 1-2). Brittani graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. degree in Education. During her career, she has served as a Preschool teacher in both Florida and North Carolina, and she is certified in both CPR and First Aid. She is married to Donnie. They both attend Rio Vista.


During my tenure as Headmaster, the Lord has faithfully blessed our school with outstanding teachers. Our faculty members not only devote themselves wholeheartedly to educating their students’ minds, but also cultivating their hearts. As we enter a new school year, I am confident that He has brought us precisely the right people to advance Bethany into even brighter days. Please be diligent in praying for our incoming and departing faculty members.

In Christ,

Sam Kastensmidt

Mustard Seed Campaign: Construction Update!


Nearly two years ago, Rio Vista Community Church and Bethany Christian School launched an ambitious campaign to expand and improve our campus. By God's grace we have already received $3.1 million in pledges toward our $3.6 million goal. As we enter the 2017-2018 school year, we have already completed many of our initial goals. We have significantly expanded the footprint of our playground; we redesigned and paved the South Lot; we installed a new outdoor sport court; we added two additional classrooms in the main school building; we added a brand new Daycare classroom in the preschool's Rymal wing; and we are set to unveil our beautifully designed riverfront Library and Media Center.

This fall, we will be entering the final stages of the Mustard Seed Campaign construction schedule. Construction crews will begin work on a two-story, 10,000 square foot addition to the east side of the church sanctuary. This will be known as the Ingram Center - named after Dave and Barb Ingram. This building will house several administrative offices, a performing arts center, and a beautiful art studio. All of this construction has been carefully planned to minimize interference with the daily functions of the school.

As I noted, we are still $500,000 short of the $3.6 million necessary to complete our ambitious goals, which will afford both Rio and Bethany an opportunity to expand and improve upon our ministries. If you would like more information on how you can support the Mustard Seed Campaign, please click here.


BCS Welcomes Mrs. Dede Hunter!

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After three years of faithful service to Bethany, Mrs. Sally Myers, our Principal, announced her plans to pursue new opportunities. On behalf of everyone at Bethany, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for her ministry to the students and families of our community. 

Alongside our School Board and pastors, I wanted to ensure that the next Principal would have all the skill sets necessary to successfully lead our school, along with a keen understanding and appreciation for the principles and values upon which Bethany was founded. The Lord has answered our prayers.

I am excited and grateful to announce that Mrs. Dede Hunter will be rejoining our family to serve as the Principal of Bethany Christian School in the coming school year. 

Mrs. Hunter graduated Magna Cum Laude from Flagler College in 1991 with a B.S. in Mathematics Education, while also completing a full Mathematics major. She is currently scheduled to receive her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education later this year. 

In 1991, immediately out of college, Mrs. Hunter began teaching high school mathematics at American Heritage School in Plantation. Shortly thereafter, she married Rick Hunter, a pastor at CityChurch Fort Lauderdale and the founder of Renew South Florida. They have three children - Elisabeth, Ben, and Michael. In 2001, after a brief time in Chicago, the Hunter family returned to South Florida and enrolled their children at Bethany. Mrs. Hunter fell in love with the school and served on the BCS Board of Directors for three years. Upon deciding to return to the classroom, she joined the Bethany faculty as a very gifted Middle School math teacher. Bethany's faculty and staff members, who served alongside Mrs. Hunter during those years, remember her with a great deal of affection and esteem.

In 2011, she joined the faculty at Westminster Academy as a Middle School math teacher to work alongside her three children as they finished high school. I had the privilege of serving alongside Mrs. Hunter as a teacher in those days. I came to know Dede as both a colleague and a friend. I developed an abundance of admiration and respect for her - as an exemplary teacher, a friend, a devoted wife and mom (I taught her daughter Elisabeth), a compassionate shepherd, and a natural leader whose enthusiasm is infectious. In fact, I was so impressed by her character, her ability, and her reputation that I discussed this very position with her during my first year as the Headmaster at Bethany, but it was not yet God's timing. Mrs. Hunter has always expressed a deep desire to eventually come back "home" to Bethany, and - now that this door has opened - she is wholeheartedly committed to succeeding in this new role, leading Bethany into even better and brighter days ahead. 

In her letter of acceptance, Mrs. Hunter wrote: 

"I am beyond thrilled to return to Bethany Christian School as the new principal. I fell in love with Bethany the moment I dropped off my children at preschool so many years ago, and I have always held a special place in my heart for the school. I am so excited to be able to join the outstanding faculty, staff, and parents at Bethany as we work together to help our students reach their greatest potential for God's glory." 

Mrs. Dede Hunter will be joining the Bethany family with my full support and confidence as Headmaster, the unanimous approval of our School Board, the enthusiastic endorsement of our pastors, and the full blessing of the Westminster Academy administration.

Please join with me in praying for Dede as we enter into this exciting new season together.  God has always been exceptionally faithful in taking care of Bethany, and I am eager to see what He will accomplish in the years to come.

Bethany Graduates Rank in Top 5%

We would like to extend a well-deserved congratulations to Bethany's graduating class of 2017! According to the results of this past April's ITBS exams, our 8th grade students significantly outperformed the national average. In their overall composite scores, our 8th grade class ranked in the top 5% of all eighth grade classes nationwide — with our average student demonstrating a grade equivalency on par with the nation’s average college freshman.

In comparison to other 8th grade classes throughout the nation, our students scored in the top 1% in science, the top 4% in reading comprehension, the top 7% in language arts, the top 4% in mathematical problem solving, and the top 11% in social studies. Of the 22 graduating 8th grade students, a stunning eighteen of them demonstrated collegiate-level ability in one or more subjects, and ten students scored at the collegiate level in their overall composite scores. Sixteen of the 22 graduates were recipient's of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, and a majority of them are members of the National Junior Honor Society. 

Congratulations to the class of 2017! You are loved, and you will be sorely missed.