Here we are at the end of the first quarter and it’s been a good one.  In the NFL the first quarter is very important.  67% of teams who score first, win the game.  (I know that from experience, my Chicago Bears gave up 17 unanswered points yesterday to start the game . . . and lost.) So coming out of the gates strong, is important.  CCS has come out of the gates strong in the 2019-2020 school year!!

Our sports teams are doing great.  The volleyball team has had some great wins and set a school record in consecutive points scored . . . 22!!  Senior night is this Thursday.  We hope to see you here at CCS supporting our five seniors.  The cross-country team is performing well with almost every runner breaking a personnel record and bringing home a lot of “hardware”.  Our boy’s and girl’s soccer teams are both wrapping great seasons as they begin district play this week.  Our boy’s team finished the regular season 12-4-1, outscoring their opponents 91 to 20 on the season.  Our girls finished the season 8-10, struggling with numerous injuries, but have won their last 5 games and haven’t given up a goal in their last 4.  They are heading into districts playing some very good soccer.  Come out to Campbell County this week and support our soccer teams in their District games.  Check out the athletic schedule on the CCS App for all of our game times.

We had our first Elementary concert and Grandparent’s Day last Thursday and Friday and our performing arts programs did not disappoint.   We had over 300 grandparents in the building for this special day.  Our Elementary students knocked it out of the park on Thursday night and repeated that performance on Friday for our grandparents.  Middle School Performing Arts gave us a peak at their fall performance leaving us looking forward to HONK JR. on November 8th.

Our Annual Campaign is off and running this year.  Our goal is $135,000, the same as last year.  We are currently at $28,833.28.  Our special project we are collecting for this year is the remodeling of our STEM labs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  The cost of remodeling both of these rooms and providing state-of-the-art equipment is right at $50,000.  We’ve been able to collect about  $20,228.28 so far (about $10,000 last year and $10,000 so far this year).  This is a project that will benefit our current students and MANY more students for years to come.  Our plan is to complete these renovations in the summer of 2020.  Please consider supporting these two important campaigns.

I want to invite all of our parents, grandparents and friends who have served or are serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard to join us on Monday, November 11th at 10:00 am for our Veteran’s Day program.  We want to honor you for your service and thank you for you sacrifices in protecting our freedoms.  There will be music, a slide show and a short presentation on what it means to be a Veteran.

Please continue to pray that God’s hand will be on CCS as we move forward.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:  This is information I normally would not share publicly.  However, I feel I need to share it with you because it may affect my office time at CCS this year.  You have been very supportive of my USAF reserve commitment to the Pentagon.  I am going to ask you for a little more support.  My parents live in Ripley, Tennessee. I am their oldest of two children and the only male.  About three weeks ago my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  We are currently waiting for biopsy and scan results to find out the stage, spread, prognosis and treatment plan.  However, pancreatic cancer is not very forgiving.  This situation may necessitate me being out of the office occasionally in Tennessee to help my mom and dad with his care.  They have no other family near them (my younger sister lives 500+ miles the other direction).  I will do my best to utilize weekends only for these trips, but there may be the occasional trip that extends into the school week.  I will be able to continue to work via on-line connectivity.  I covet your prayers for my mom and dad.  They are strong people of faith.  They have been married for 57 years.  They have adopted the attitude of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo in Daniel 3:16-18, which reminds us to trust God regardless of the outcome.  Thank you for your prayers, we are trusting in God’s perfect plan.