Do A’s Matter?

I’ll admit it, I’m a perfectionist. I enjoy the thrill of seeing that “A” on the top of any assignment I have submitted or assessment I have completed. And there’s this feeling of sadness that accompanies letter grades less than an “A.” Why?  What makes me feel this way? Well, sure, an “A” represents excellence…

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Alumni Spotlight: Mrs. Emily Ficken Nelson

Emily Ficken could be described as an engaging, vivacious kindergartner. Her easy smile and desire to learn made her an active student whom both teachers and students liked. Emily graduated Cary Christian School (CCS) in 2011 and received a degree in Elementary Education at North Carolina State University with a concentration in STEM (science, technology,…

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Coaches’ Corner: It’s More Than Just a Game

“Good luck today, girls. Make it a good race. Ready, 1-2-3 Go Lions!” Butterflies fill my stomach as I approach the start line. I spot a trash can out of the corner of my eye and for a moment, contemplate heading in that direction. “It will be okay,” I tell myself. I still feel like…

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Why Study Latin?

Dead Language Speaks Loudly

“Why are we learning a dead language, Mrs. Baker?”  I smile and then take a moment to pause for a deep breath, because I have heard this same question repeated many times before.  As I gaze around the classroom at the sweet, upturned faces eagerly awaiting my response, it becomes clear to me that the…

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Help Us Build Community at CCS

Are you looking to connect and build community within CCS?  Check out Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) at CCS! As PTF president, I often hear comments such as: “I would like to get involved at CCS but I don’t know how,” “I want to be involved, but I don’t want to be in charge,” or “Opportunities…

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Are CCS Teachers Certified?

ACCS teacher certification is only available to ACCS accredited schools.  Accredited by the ACCS since May of 2002, we are privileged to guide the professional training and development of our teachers as we certify them.   The certification process is divided into three levels of accomplishment:  provisional, permanent, and masters.  All of our teachers are required…

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Common Core at CCS?

Much heat and a little light have been shed abroad of late about the newest educational initiative called the Common Core.  This latest in the assembly line of educational reform proposals has been hailed as the savior of the future of America by some and pilloried as a Marxist over-reach by others.  The prevalence of…

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2015 Valedictory Speech

Cary Christian School’s class of 2015 graduated on May 21st. One of the highlights of every CCS graduation is the privilege of hearing the wise and eloquent words delivered by our valedictorian and salutatorian. This year two students shared the title of salutatorian—Garrett Finnegan and Juliana Hoover. Our valedictorian was Jason Thompson. These three students…

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Search and Teach

A short stroll through any school hallway or a cursory look into any school classroom will quickly give one ample evidence that God doesn’t use cookie cutters in His creative act. A class of 20 students yields 20 different fingerprints, 20 different perspectives on the world and at least 20 different ways of eating an…

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Beyond Cliché: Resurrectional Education (Part 3 of 3)

Every society educates its children. It may not always occur in classrooms or schools as we generally conceive of them, but every culture, every nation, every tribe, every group of people passes skills and concepts to the next generation in some form or another.  At the center of this activity, wherever and however it may…

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Beyond Cliché: Incarnational Education (Part 2 of 3)

As was mentioned in part one of this series, Christianity has something unique to say about the world we inhabit.  The Christian church’s unique ideas about the world are grounded in her unique ideas about the nature and work of the God who created it.  Regarding God’s nature, the Scriptures describe God as a Trinity. …

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Beyond Cliché: Trinitarian Education (Part 1 of 3)

A good bit has been said and written over the last twenty years espousing the concept of distinctively Christian education.  The idea is essentially that if the God of Christianity exists (and He does), and if He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (and He is), then all things are best known and…

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