SPRING BREAK is one day away. . . . enjoy every minute of it!! . . . And get ready for the fast and furious days that lead to the end of the school year.
FUN RUN RESULTS
I can’t thank you enough for your support of the CCS Fun Run!! If all of our pledges come in, we will collect just over $46,000!! That is $6,000 over our original goal. This will allow us to replace the old HVAC units in the elementary and give us a good start on the STEM lab renovation. Your support for CCS this year has been “jaw-dropping.” Picture this during the 2019-2020 school year, our students will travel on a brand-new school bus, our elementary students will be educated in rooms with reliable heating/cooling and our students will explore the field of science in up-to-date STEM labs. Thank you for your support!
The STEM lab renovation will cost around $39,000. A CCS alumnus has challenged our alumni with a $5,000 matching offer. If you are an alum and want to participate in this matching opportunity, please click here! If this challenge is successful, it will put us over halfway to our goal. Once again, this renovation will benefit CCS students for years to come. When I watch home improvement shows, the best part, or the part that looks like the most fun is the demolition. How fun would it be to come into CCS and demolish a couple of aging science labs?? If you are interested in helping us do this, watch for a future announcement. We might need some help in June!!
CCS HONOR CODE
In February, I attended the West Point Society Ethics and Leadership Seminar with three of our students. The faculty breakouts talked about the culture of our schools and how all constituencies play a role in defining that culture. During the breakouts, they mentioned the West Point Honor Code: “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those that do.” This code is memorized and followed by all cadets. It is a guiding principle for the actions of the cadets and the response of faculty and administration. It is part of the DNA of the institution.
I began to think about the value of a CCS Honor Code. I thought about how students, faculty and staff could memorize the code and how it could be utilized on a daily basis. Obviously, our code would need to be much more comprehensive, due to our desire to embrace the spiritual. It would also need to be something that could be easily memorized by our youngest students and at the same time impactful for our older students. Without further ado, I present to you the CCS Honor Code:
“I will honor God, my family, my peers, and my school with my head, my heart, and my hands, all the time.”
I believe the CCS Honor Code, if followed by all of our school family, could help us continue to craft the CCS culture that everyone desires.
I envision that the CCS Honor Code will be displayed in prominent locations throughout the school, be talked about in class, and be memorized by our students, faculty and staff. It will also be added to our foundational documents and our marketing materials. It will be the subject of the message in the first chapel service of every year. In fact, it will be our theme for the 2019-2020 school year.
SERVICE HOUR REQUIREMENT
I previously mentioned DNA, we want service to others to be a part of the DNA of CCS. So, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, each high school student will be required to accumulate 15 hours of service each school year. This will be a graduation requirement. For most of our students, this will be a matter of logging hours and submitting them, many of them already serve in their church or go on mission trips. NJHS, NHS and Beta Club students already exceed this graduation requirement with the hours that are required for membership in these organizations. This will be an opportunity for some of our students to begin to serve others. This is a good thing. Many other schools have this requirement. There will be more information coming out before summer on this additional graduation requirement.
Thanks again for your love of CCS. This school could not accomplish its mission without your support and prayers. Once again, ENJOY SPRING BREAK!!