We’ve exhaled from the 2018-2019 school year and we are now in the throes of preparing for the 2019-2020 school year. I want to begin this post by reflecting on what a good year it was. We were blessed both academically and financially.
Every year our juniors take the ACT here at CCS. The national average of ALL students that take the ACT is right at 20.8. The Kentucky state average runs about 20.2. The 2018-2019 CCS Junior Class averaged a 23.2 with 15 out of 37 students scoring 25 or higher. The CCS class of 2019 received scholarship offers in excess of $1.3 million per year. We are thrilled by the academic success and scholarship dollars awarded to last year’s junior and senior classes. GREAT JOB!!
We experienced record financial giving to both the Annual Campaign ($141,053.24) and the Bus Fund ($121,000). Additionally, we have already raised just over $17,000 of our $50,000 goal toward the renovation of our STEM labs that will occur next summer. I talked about the STEM lab redesign last year, but the funding did not come in where we needed it, but it will be the major focus of our fundraising efforts this year.
I want to reiterate, a donation to the Annual Campaign helps to provide each Calvary Christian School student with the highest quality education founded in Christian values, while keeping tuition affordable. Tuition dollars alone do not cover the full cost of educating our children. Monies in the Annual Campaign support short and long-term funding initiatives needed to enhance the overall school experience for our students.
Over the summer, besides the normal hiring of needed personnel, ordering textbooks and materials, painting walls, waxing floors, cleaning carpets, preparing for In-Service and Orientation, updating manuals and handbooks, etc.; we have several other major projects we are working on. We are replacing the last of the 40+ year-old HVAC units in the elementary classrooms. We are building three walls to create additional rooms that are more conducive to learning. We are creating an outdoor learning environment that can be utilized by classes or for lunches on good weather days. We are already excited about the upcoming school year and all that God will do at CCS in the lives of our students, families and staff!!
Each year brings new faces to CCS. I’m excited to introduce you to our new faculty and staff members.
- Tanya Copher – Intervention and Elementary Music
- April Faris – Kindergarten Assistant
- Sara Ishmael – Nurse
- Sara Krieger – 1stGrade
- Patty Martin (returning) – Elementary Spanish
- Lauren Richerson – Cougar Store Manager
- Melanie Ryan – Middle School Math
As you get a chance, please welcome these people to the CCS team.
We will also institute a new CCS Honor Code next year. In fact, it will serve as our theme for the school year: “I will honor God, my family, my peers and my school with my head, my heart and my hands, all the time.” This is easy to memorize and will serve as the filter for all we do and say. I am excited to see how God uses this Honor Code to transform the way we think and act.
Please enjoy the rest of your summer. We look forward to your return to CCS in about 2 months!!