“You Teach Logic to Middle Schoolers???”

“You teach logic to middle schoolers???” This question is the most common response I receive when I tell people that I teach eighth grade logic. Others include, “Isn’t that a contradiction?” “They’re too young and wild to study logic!” and my favorite, “That’s got to be a fallacy.”   The answer to these questions is another question. I am…

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What Is Knights’ Fest?

What is Knights’ Fest?  Field Day? Spirit Week? A study of medieval history? A time of fellowship and fun?  The answer is yes . . . all of the above!  For about twenty years, Cary Christian School has celebrated Knights’ Fest with a week-long event that includes games and costumes. Knights’ Fest occurs during the…

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Exploring God’s Creation in Science Class

Did you love science class as a student? Or, did you find it tedious, difficult, or even just plain boring? I will admit, I did not always love science class as a student. I spent many an hour engaged in what felt like meaningless memorizing and busy work, but despite that, I continued to fall…

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In Challenging Times, We Need the Arts

“The human impulse to create reflects our being created in the image of a Creator God.” – Francis Schaeffer Who we are and how we view the world is often shaped by unexpected struggles, interruptions to our life, things that remind us we are not in control.  Our lives and our plans are in God’s…

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Not a College Prep School

Cary Christian School is not a college prep school. Wait, what? Now, before any of you begin to question the robustness and efficacy of our academic program here at Cary Christian School, let me explain. A plethora of college prep schools exist here in the Triangle area. Each of these institutions, through the implementation of…

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School Dances

Something magical happens when our ladies and gentlemen arrive at school for Snowball, Protocol, and even Hoedown. As they trade their uniforms for formalwear (or western wear), they step into a tradition even older than Cary Christian School. Historically, dances were anticipated as a central social event. They fostered a sense of community, offering participants…

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Great Books: Encounters with Truth, Goodness, & Beauty

In half a dozen classrooms they gather then,—here to follow the love song of Dido, here to listen to the tale of Troy divine; there to wander among the stars, there to wander among men and nations,—and elsewhere other well-worn ways of knowing this queer world. Nothing new, no time-saving devices, simply old time-glorified methods…

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2020 Valedictory Address

Cary Christian School’s class of 2019 graduated on May 16. This year our salutatorian was Matthew Stikeleather and our valedictorian was Zoe Vestal. One of the highlights of every CCS graduation is the privilege of hearing the wise and eloquent words delivered by our valedictorian and salutatorian, and this year was no exception…

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Knights’ Fest

As a teacher, I sometimes feel like I have the opportunity to be an observer of human nature. Like a tourist in an anthropological zoo, I have a front row seat into the natural habitat of the American teenager. It is certainly an interesting show. One thing I’ve noticed is that people will make a…

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Read Well, Live Well: Learning Virtue Through Great Literature

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things,” Plato asserted millennia ago. Classical Christian educators, faculty, and parents herald this idea, yet struggle to identify the “right things.” As college applications and standardized tests loom over the Upper School, it’s easy to buy in to the cultural norm that tells us these are…

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2019 Commencement Address

Good Evening CCS Board, administration, faculty and staff, parents and families, students, and to you, the class of 2019. In Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the return of Sauron was possible because the creatures and men who peopled Middle Earth had forgotten the great evil and destruction that he brought…

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