Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) is designed to introduce 5th-12th grade students to the sport of International-Style Target Archery during their Physical Education Class and as an extracurricular team sport. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is the driving force behind AIMS. The program, which began in 2005 with 10 schools, is now over 500 schools (including UCCA) and in over 50 counties with more than 80,000 students participating each year. The growth of AIMS has followed the national trend of Archery being the fastest growing sport nationwide and statewide. The first statewide Archery Invitational was held in Mississippi in 2011 with 400 student archers competing; and that number has expanded to over 5,000 student archers competing annually in the AIMS State Championships. Mississippi students also rank at the highest levels in both National and International Archery competitions every year. Union Church Christian Academy is so excited to be able to offer this sport for our students to compete in!
Junior Student Convention is designed to give young students experiences that better prepare them for the A.C.E. Regional Student Convention. Children from K - 7th grade have the opportunity to compete in UCCA's in house annual junior convention. UCCA's junior convention is held at Union Church Christian Academy in the fall of the year. At Union's Junior Convention, kids have friendly competition with their peers from school. We also allow students from the ages of 10-12 to participate in a Regional Junior Convention in Jackson, Mississippi where they compete with kids from other ACE schools in the state of Mississippi.
Regional and International Student Conventions
Accelerated Christian Education gives young Christian students opportunities to develop leadership skills through Regional Student Conventions (RSC) and International Student Convention (ISC).
Students are learning dedication, preparation, time management, and how to compete. These Christian competitions for children train them to develop skills and attitudes that will prepare them for life! Students select up to 12 events from over 140 events in five exciting categories including Music, Speech/Drama, Athletics, Arts, and Academics.
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Going on an educational trip means more than simply leaving the school grounds. Educational trips should always have a major educational element, but the impact of educational trips can extend much further. The importance of educational trips includes giving students the chance to build closer bonds with their classmates, experience new environments and enjoy a day away from the classroom! UCCA does one "big" educational trip every other year for 7th-12th level students!
Cross Country Running
Cross country running provides an incredibly effective and convenient way to stay in shape. There are no new skills to master or equipment to buy; a runner just needs a good pair of shoes. Everyone knows how to run, so it’s only a matter of time and practice to get into perfect form. On top of that, cross country running can take place virtually anywhere, especially on grass, mud, dirt trails or hills.
While the sport can be challenging at times, the health and mental benefits are definitely worth the training. Running gives you a world-class workout. Aside from the health benefits, running can boost confidence, relieve stress and eliminate depression. Within a few minutes of running, the brain begins to release endorphins that naturally improve mood, leaving runners energized and happier.
It is not always easy to run on a regular basis, but by joining the school’s cross country team, you can make and maintain a commitment to the sport. Running in a team serves as a motivation and a healthy way to work with others.
Field trips give students educational experiences away from their regular school environment by giving children a welcome break in routine. Students visiting different educational facilities learn in a more hands-on and interactive manner than they do in school. Kids can look forward to and prepare for a field trip for several days or weeks. Then, they get to spend the day in a different learning environment and can complete a lesson on the topic covered after the trip is over. Learning in assorted ways can appeal to varied learning styles, helping children to succeed whether they are visual, auditory or kinetic learners. Union Church Christian Academy plans several field trips per year that are educational and fun!