We are eight days into the 2019-2020 school year. Only 163 more days to go!! I asked students on the first day coming through the door if they knew how to eat an elephant . . . one bite at a time. The same is true of the school year, we take it one day at a time.
We are off to a fast start. Our athletic teams have already posted big wins over Scott, Beechwood and Villa Madonna. We’ve had our first chapel services. We’ve had try-outs for Sounds of Praise and we are already looking forward to our Spring Musical, “Hello Dolly.” Our Middle and High School retreats are this week. Please pray for life-changing experiences for our students. This first semester we have 22 different students enrolled in 62 college courses. Putting them on schedule to earn 156 semester hours of college credit by December. Our elementary students are learning and practicing the new routines of their teachers. They are also getting ready to start their intramural sports this week. It has been a strong start to an exciting new year!!
Even though it is early in the school year, I have already observed three teachers in their classrooms. As I sat, listened and took notes, I was reminded of the importance of what takes place at Calvary Christian School. Yes, we celebrate test scores (ACT, Terra Nova, etc.). Yes, we celebrate athletic achievement (we like to win too). Yes we celebrate the artistic abilities of our students (musical performances, plays, etc.). But most importantly, we celebrate God’s impact and presence as we study each subject. It would be absurd to talk about the founding of our nation with no mention of the Revolution, the Declaration of Independence or our Founding Fathers. It would be ludicrous to talk about complex calculus with no knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. It would be impossible to read with no concept of letters. That being said, any discussion of history, science, literature, math, human nature, etc. that excludes the Creator and Sustainer of life is at best incomplete and at worst inaccurate. For example, at CCS we not only want our students to know the events of history, but also to understand how God has worked through human history to accomplish His will and how His work should change my thoughts, attitudes and actions. We strive to provide a complete education. If a student leaves CCS with a head-knowledge, but no inkling of how to live a Godly life, we have failed. If we educate for college-readiness without instruction on Christ-like living, we have missed the mark. Taking education to this next level is not easy . . . in fact it’s war. Satan will fight hard against our efforts. But “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.” Thank you for working with us to provide a complete education for your child.
Our Annual Campaign goal this year is the same as last years – $135,000. We are currently right at $24,000. One way to help us reach this goal is by participating in the Annual CCS Golf Outing. You can sponsor a hole, golf or both. This is our major fundraiser for the fall. The major focus of our fundraising effort this year will be the redesign and refurbishing of our two STEM labs. Our plan is to gut the rooms and replace all furniture/equipment making them modern, state-of –the-art labs. Our goal for this project is $50,000. Between funds received last year and so far this year, we are currently at about $14,000. Please consider helping us reach this goal.
As we head into the 2019-2020 school year there are two things you can do to help us. First and most important, we covet your prayers and your support. Your prayers on behalf of the school are essential for our success. Second, your positive public comments in person and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. will serve to protect our public image, increase enrollment and strengthen the cause of Christ in Northern Kentucky.
Thanks again for all you do for CCS. Lets make this year the best one yet!!