The Knightly News: November 18, 2021

Featured Items Sacramental Moments Both the 7th and 3rd Graders have been learning about the Temple. The 7th Graders had so much fun teaching the 3rd Graders about what they have learned. CONGRATULATIONS to our Varsity Football State Champions!  The 9th Graders shared their family trees entirely in Spanish after only 12 weeks of class.…

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The Knightly News: November 11, 2021

Featured Items Sacramental Moments 3rd Grade is studying Norman Rockwell: They discussed how they see Christ as their true Freedom from Want. Varsity Football is Heading to the State Championship! Wish them luck as they prepare for their game. The 10th graders recently read On the Incarnation by Athenasius, learning about the power of Christ coming…

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The Knightly News: November 4, 2021

Featured Items Sacramental Moments Sacramental Moments – As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas we want to take a step back as a community to celebrate how we see Christ working in the lives of our students. Our goal is that our students consistently encounter Christ in our classes through what we are calling Sacramental Moments.…

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The Knightly News: October 28, 2021

Featured Items Corporate Membership Renewal Due TODAY – Corporate Membership renewal information updates are due! Please click here to complete the form. CCS Corporate Membership must be renewed each year on a calendar basis. You are being asked to update the information now. The Corporate Membership draft will take place on November 23 for the…

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The Knightly News: October 21, 2021

Featured Items Corporate Membership Renewal – Corporate Membership renewal information updates are due! Please click here to complete the form by October 28. CCS Corporate Membership must be renewed each year on a calendar basis. You are being asked to update the information now. The Corporate Membership draft will take place on November 23 for…

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The Knightly News: Special Edition

The Headmaster’s Desk Dear Cary Christian Family, God is blessing Cary Christian School. We are so thankful for the beautiful start to this year and what He is doing on our campus. The strength of our community comes from our families. Below we have sought to outline our vision for the future. We are looking…

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The Knightly News (Sept. 30, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments LOWER SCHOOL (CLICK TO EXPAND) Important Dates   Thursday, September 30 – Last Day to Register for the Annual Golf Classic is TONIGHT – Don’t miss your opportunity to play in this year’s Cary Christian School Annual Golf Classic at Prestonwood Country Club on Monday, October 25. Click here to register!  …

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The Knightly News (Sept. 23, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments LOWER SCHOOL (CLICK TO EXPAND) Important Dates   Friday, September 24 – Lost and Found – All items from the Lost and Found bins will be outside. Any items remaining at 3:00 P.M. will be discarded.  Please remind your students to check the bins regularly for any missing items.  When: 9:00 A.M.…

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The Knightly News (Sept. 16, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments Lynn Kong (class of 2022) National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Congratulations to Lynn Kong for being named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Out of over 1.5 million Juniors who took the qualifying exam, Lynn scored in the top 16,000. This puts her in the top one percent nationally!  Thank you to the…

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The Knightly News (September 9, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments ALL SCHOOL Important Dates   Friday, September 10 – Last Day for GoPlaySave – BOGO galore!!!  Who doesn’t want to enjoy a few free meals?  With favorites like Andia’s Ice Cream, Amberly Local, Randy’s Pizza, Wake Zone Coffee and so many more, it only takes using your book a few times…

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The Knightly News (September 2, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments ALL SCHOOL Important Dates   Friday, September 3 – All School Spirit Day – Students and Teachers K-12 are invited to wear their approved CCS Spirit Wear. Click here for the Non-Uniform Dress Day Guidelines.    Friday, September 3 – Early Release – Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend. No hot lunch, no electives,…

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The Knightly News (August 26, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments ALL SCHOOL Important Dates   Friday, August 27 – Lost and Found – All items from the Lost and found bins will be outside. Any items remaining at 3:00 P.M. will be discarded.  Please remind your students to check the bins regularly for any missing items.  When: 9:00 A.M. – 3:00…

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The Knightly News (August 19, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments ALL SCHOOL Important Dates   Thursday, August 19 – Spirit Store Open When: 2:30 – 4:00 P.M. Where: Pavilion Concession Stand   Tuesday, August 24 – Smile! It’s School Picture Day Dress Uniform is required for all students K-12 on August 24. (CLICK HERE for CCS Dress Uniform, Hair, Accessories Guidelines)…

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The Knightly News (August 12, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments ALL SCHOOL Important Dates   Friday, August 13 – Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF) Meeting – Join our parents as they fellowship together and work to support our teachers and students. When: 8:15 A.M. Where: CCS Pavilion   Monday, August 16 – My Hot Lunchbox Begins – Be sure to get your orders…

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The Knightly News (August 5, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments ALL SCHOOL Important Dates   Thursday, August 5 – Parent Orientation Evening – Join the Administration in the gym tonight as we set out our plans for the year and share details about Academics, Student Life, and Communications. Lower School: 5:00 – 5:45 P.M. Logic School: 6:00 – 6:45 P.M. Rhetoric…

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Transformed by Truth: “Life With a Capital L”

The Christian life is a life of transformation. God’s unconditional love transforms my heart, His word transforms my mind, and the gospel and the Holy Spirit have “invaded my days and my humanity” to transform my soul. Why? Because God created me to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever…and forever starts now! 

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The Knightly News (July 29, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments ALL SCHOOLImportant Dates   Friday, July 30 – Class Schedules (6-12) and Classroom Teachers (K-5) will be posted on your Parent & Student Portals.   Monday, August 2 – New Family Picnic – New Families, bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on our football field while we fellowship together. Dessert & drinks…

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The Knightly News (July 15, 2021)

Featured Items Meaningful Moments ALL SCHOOLImportant Dates   Friday, July 30 – Class Schedules (6-12) and Classroom Teachers (K-5) will be posted on your Parent & Student Portals. Monday, August 2 – New Family Picnic – New Families, bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on our football field while we fellowship together. Dessert will be provided…

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2021 Valedictory Address

Cary Christian School’s class of 2021 graduated on May 20. This year our salutatorian was Avery Hunter and our valedictorian was Robert Andrews. 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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Learning How to Learn: The Senior Thesis

“The thesis is there to prove that we are no longer just students, absorbing information from other people. In the thesis project, we find our own sources and reach our own conclusions…we truly have to create something.” This, according to one of our graduates, was the highlight of Cary Christian School’s senior thesis project. After…

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Teaching from a Biblical Worldview

As a young girl growing up in a small North Carolina town, I loved playing school and having the complete and total attention of the many stuffed animal students that filled my living room classroom. I knew at seven years old that I wanted to be a teacher. God graciously allowed that dream to become…

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Sacramental Moments: Following the Rabbit Trails

As a lower school teacher, you must be an expert multitasker. In the span of one minute, you may be helping one student with a math problem, opening a thermos for another, and spelling a tough word on a scrap piece of paper, all while keeping an eye on an evolving argument at the back…

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Why Study Rhetoric?

There is perhaps no more misunderstood or misused liberal art than rhetoric. As a “subject” taught in classical schools it is a mystery for those looking in from the outside. What could possibly even be taught in such a class? In a world where the term “empty rhetoric” is a redundancy, why would you ever…

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No Time to Waste: The ACCS Mission to Advance Christian Civilization

The Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) was started in 1994 to meet the growing demand for information and instruction for the thousands of families who began choosing classical Christian education for their children following the release in 1991 of Douglas Wilson’s book, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education. This distinctively Christian education establishes a biblical foundation for all truth, teaches the skills that…

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“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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Making Memorization Fun: Songs, Jingles, & Chants

The Presidents Song The Capacity Song As the introverted-est of introverts, I never once answered the question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with anything that would require me to do anything in front of anyone. I wanted to be a mailman or a librarian. Furthermore, the last thing I…

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Cultivating Meaningful Relationships

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35 One Building  One of the first things people notice when they visit Cary Christian School is that all our students, from kindergartners to high school seniors, are in one building. As an alumna, the structure of our community is…

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Pursuing Sacramental Moments

During my first year as a teacher, there was this moment. We were discussing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the students were trying to prove they were smarter than Edmund. They were adamant that they would not have fallen for the lies of the White Witch. They were all confident that her…

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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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The Senior Service Practicum

The Senior Service Practicum has been a capstone of the Cary Christian School experience since 2005. Our desire is to give students an opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones, experience other cultures, serve others, and witness the body of Christ at work in our world. In the past, we have partnered with Churches in Missions in Costa Rica, the…

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We Love to Read!

I would like to bet you a crisp fiver—if I were the kind of teacher who made bets—that you could walk into my classroom on any given day, ask “Would anyone like to volunteer to read aloud for us?,” and then see hands go up all over the classroom. Once the words, “Would any one…

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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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A Classical Perspective on Athletics

At first glance you probably did a double take when you read the title. You may have said “Did he mean to put those words together in that sentence?” There is no doubt that this is a tremendous undertaking. My children were educated in a classical school, so I am very aware of the concept…

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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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A Christian Perspective on Athletics

Photo: Girls Varsity Tennis facing adversity drill (bear crawl and reverse bear crawl)   “I want your child to fail. I actually want your child to fail a lot.” Those were some of the first words I spoke to an audience of parents who heard me speak for the first time. Without context or explanation…

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Attending with Interest: The Trivium

A teacher was telling me about her class’s enthusiasm for learning. She said, “I announced it was time to classify a sentence, and the students responded with, ‘Yay!!!’ and ‘Hooray!’” New teachers to our school remark how extraordinary it is that the students genuinely love being in school and enjoy learning. It is my experience…

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Building Castles for the Kingdom: The Teacher-Parent Partnership

Partnership, by definition, is the relationship between two parties working toward a common interest. Merriam-Webster describes partnership as a business relationship. The teacher-parent partnership that Cary Christian School has nurtured for twenty-five years can be compared to a construction business. This partnership is a representation of a team of builders, hand-picked by a single, reigning…

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Why Are Teachers Important? A Student’s Perspective

Why can’t we just have all students sitting in front of computers, learning information through the internet? Surely it’s more efficient. There would be no teachers to pay and more students could be taught at once. Well, I can personally attest that that sounds like a terrible idea, especially for the younger students. In elementary…

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The Enduring Importance of Latin

Since the beginning of the classical Christian Education movement, Latin has been a distinctive of schools that seek to study God’s Word and the great tradition of learning in the West. As Dorothy Sayers claimed in her seminal essay “The Lost Tools of Learning,” “a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains…

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25 Years of God’s Blessings

In 1994 a small group of Christian families, troubled by the fact that there were no Christian schools in Cary, decided they needed a better option for educating their children. Eager to provide an education that was both Christian and academically robust, they began meeting together to discuss the formation of a new school. Like…

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2020 Valedictory Address

Cary Christian School’s class of 2020 graduated on June 11. This year our salutatorian was Sua Cho and our valedictorian was Ryan Bishop. 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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Chiropractic Care and How to Get There

Cary Christian School is always seeking to broaden its students’ perspectives and give them a taste for careers that align with personal interests and giftings. Does your student have an affinity for the health industry? Is he or she considering a career in medicine? If so, chiropractic care may be a wonderful fit. Chiropractors are licensed physicians and take great care to educate their patients on wellness and healthy living.  What is the history…

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Routine in a Loosey-Goosey Time

Family & friends! This is your mid-week motivational message from me to you, just to lift your spirits during these difficult days.  POINT 2 PONDER: “STRUCTURE IS A WAY OF ORGANIZING YOUR LIFE SO THAT IT MAKES SENSE TO YOU.” Well, here we are, weeks into house hibernation, and this loosey-goosey lifestyle has me constantly…

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My Faith Is in a Higher Power: Outlook and Opportunities

How are you holding up, emotionally? Financially? I believe that next to God, the human spirit is the strongest, and I have faith in it. We will recover, we always do.  We can choose to operate in faith—or in fear—of the future. Optimism is the only long-term reality, and it’s based on trust in our…

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The Value of Competition

In my last post, I discussed the value of winning. Now, I would like to talk about the value of competition. The simple fact is one cannot win if one will not compete. To compete, or to engage in the battle, reminds me of a scene from one of my favorite movies, Top Gun. In…

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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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The Value of Winning

One of my favorite Bible stories is found in Luke 18:35-43. It is the story of the blind man who cries out to Jesus to have mercy on him. What I find fascinating is that when they brought the man to Him, Jesus could obviously see that the man was blind, yet He still asks him, “What do you…

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Many Parts, One Body

“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” – 1 Corinthians 12:18-20 At the age of six, I put together…

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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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Toil with Thanksgiving

As a four-year-old in preschool, our third daughter, Bentley, already believed she could “pass” over the parts of life she hoped to avoid. One day, the PE teacher led the students outside to play soccer when he noticed Bentley sitting against the wall of the school, contentedly watching. He approached her and said, “Bentley, it…

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An Entrepreneurial Mindset

An entrepreneur’s journey is never easy. You take risks; the buck stops with you; you are never “off the clock”; and sometimes you lose sleep. But as the grandson, son, and son-in-law of entrepreneurs, and as an entrepreneur myself, I know firsthand that the benefits of being your own boss can far outweigh the challenges.…

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Praying for Student Success

“Dear Lord: please help my son to make all A’s, ace the SAT, pass his AP exams with flying colors, and get accepted into a prestigious university. Amen.” What do you think of a prayer like this? Would you pray it for your son or daughter? Some might find it to be asking too much.…

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Faith & Business

What do you get when you combine a tireless work ethic with a passion for treating customers like family? You get Dr. Todd Bovenizer. Dr. Bovenizer grew up in rural Virginia in a family of pharmacists. By way of working in his father’s independent family drugstore, he developed his exemplary work ethic and commitment to treating each and every customer…

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Biblical Worldview in the Grammar School

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” – James 3:1 Both the most important responsibility and the greatest privilege we have been given as teachers is to present everything we teach from a biblical worldview. Our hearts long to praise…

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Are You Raising Sturdy Children?

Recently, I attended a workshop at the national conference of the Association of Classical Christian Schools entitled “Raising Sturdy Children.” The name of the workshop intrigued me, and the speaker, Keith McCurdy, did not disappoint. His workshop inspired me so much that I feel compelled to share the highlights with you here. I will not…

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From Space Shuttle to Shuttle Bus

“Jim, NASA is sending over the final De-Orbit Guidance Targets for the first space shuttle mission this morning. Run them in our flight simulator and validate they are good to go for flight. NASA wants IBM’s assurance on these targets before we fly. Document the simulation set-up, procedures, and results in a white paper and…

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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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2019 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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Musings from a Logic Teacher

I teach logic to eighth graders. If ever there seemed to be a fallacious statement, wouldn’t that be it? But really, what better time to teach students how to argue well and effectively than when they are in the “Pert Stage”? If ever there is something fourteen-year-olds as a group can do well, it’s argue!…

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Alumni Perspective: Lauren Greenwood

What do China, Washington, D.C., and Cary, North Carolina, have in common? All three places have played a prominent role in the life of CCS alumna Lauren Greenwood. Lauren recently took a few moments away from her job in the U.S. Senate to share where God has led her over the past eight years and…

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What is Classical and Christian Education, Really?

If someone asked you to define classical, Christian education, what would you say? I think most of us could provide a fairly decent definition of Christian education; well, at least I would hope so. But I fear that many of us would struggle to define classical education. Subsequently, our own children, the ones receiving this…

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A Change of Plans

A reflection written in May 2018, a few days before graduation: One afternoon I was sitting at my kitchen table when my parents received a phone call that would change my life forever. There was an open spot in the seventh grade class at Cary Christian School, a private school they had enrolled me in…

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The Struggle is Real

We’ve all seen them. Maybe you’ve even posted a few yourself: memes and hashtags declaring the endless difficulties that plague our modern lives. Out of coffee! The struggle is real. The power went out for a whole hour! The struggle is real. You want a beach body, but you want tacos more? The struggle is…

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Where is God at School?

When I was a child, I learned about God at church and in Sunday school. My parents talked about Jesus (“He’s the reason for the season!”), and my family always said a blessing before eating a meal. It was clear God was at church and at home. When I was at school, God’s name was…

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A Society of Teachers at Cary Christian School (Part 2)

“If I had to give up preaching and my other duties,” wrote Martin Luther, “there is no office I would rather have than that of school-teacher. For I know that next to the ministry it is the most useful, greatest, and best…Therefore let it be considered one of the highest virtues on earth faithfully to train the children of others…”

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A Society of Teachers at Cary Christian School

In order to honor our teachers’ desire to grow in their craft and their desire to prepare students for a life of learning, we are improving our teacher development program. It is our desire that the program function as a society where collegiality and friendship drives our efforts to learn. Leadership will participate in the…

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Cultivating Oaks of Righteousness

We are all familiar with the curve around the bend of the school entrance drive. Rain, fog, frost, sunshine, and even the occasional white snowflakes adorn the awe-inspiring oak tree we see each day at CCS. Yes, morning and afternoon carpool afford us the opportunity to behold this giant beauty. What strong, sturdy branches stretch…

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Pursuing More: A Vision for the Future

As I listen to parents, most seem convinced that Cary Christian School is a really good school. It offers children a degree of knowledge, a set of tools, and a code of conduct with which few schools can compete.  All the same, most parents would still argue that we could and that we should be…

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Pursuing More

Last year the board launched a five-year strategic plan: Called to Cultivate. We would break the soil, remove hindrances, and nurture strength and beauty. We would prepare for growth and improvements in our classrooms, culture, and campus. Well, if I used the metaphor of cultivating to process my first six months in Cary, I would…

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Alumni Spotlight: Scott Pechacek

Scott Pechacek graduated from Cary Christian School in 2015 and now attends Barton College, where he plays golf. The following is a letter he wrote earlier this month. We are proud of all of our alumni who, like Scott, are pursuing excellence by cultivating the gifts God has given them. THANK YOU all for taking…

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What I Will Miss About Cary Christian School

A reflection written in May, 2018, a few days before graduation: One question I was asked recently was, “What will you miss most about CCS?” This is a difficult question for me, because CCS is all I’ve ever known. I’ve been here since kindergarten, learning many concepts during my time here. There are many things…

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To Whom It May Concern

To Whom it May Concern: My name is Kylie Anne Ragsdale, and I am from the Cary Christian School class of 2018. I came to Cary Christian in the 8th grade. In high school, I was on the board of the InterACT Club, and I lettered in three varsity sports. My goal in this letter…

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Is Your Child an Excellent Student?

Is your child an excellent student? How did you answer that question? If you’re like most, your mind immediately evaluated your children’s report card grades and arrived at a response. You probably answered in the affirmative if your child receives mostly high marks, A’s and B’s, and perhaps you answered in the negative if your…

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No Child Left Behind

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…” (Jeremiah 29:11). This is the truth we clung to as doctors spat out words like “blind,”  “disabled,” “malignant tumors,” and “developmental delay.” Our first child had been perfectly healthy and easy, but our newest baby girl had not been a normal newborn. She…

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2018 Valedictory Address

Cary Christian School’s class of 2018 graduated on May 17. This year our salutatorian was Marie Thompson and our valedictorian was Christy Dickman. 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.   Thank you…

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Knowing God at Harvard

If a high school student asked you to recommend a college where the Bible is faithfully taught, Christian moral principles are held in high esteem, and knowledge of God is understood to be the foundation of all knowledge, what would you suggest? A number of colleges may come to mind, but it is highly unlikely…

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Who Am I?

I enjoy having my students answer and write about very open-ended questions: What is virtue? What is a role-model? How can we engage in dialogue with those with whom we vehemently disagree? These can be deeply philosophical questions, but also ones with practical ramifications. The 9th grade engaged in one of these questions recently: Who…

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Are They Ready to Give an Answer?

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15) Today, there is a tremendous need for young people (and all Christians, for that matter)…

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"Curate" Your College List For Best Results

Willard Dix , CONTRIBUTOR to Forbes This list is not something you want to just throw together hoping for the best. The verb “to curate” shouldn’t be used outside of museums or specialized collections of valuable objects, especially when applied to mundane things like coffee, magazines or interior decoration. A curator has esoteric knowledge gained…

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Test Dates for 2017-2018 and Testing Info

It is time for some “Test Talk.” Juniors and Seniors, you should have the ACT and SAT registration and test dates on your radar. They are at the bottom of this post. I am not endorsing Higher Scores Test Prep, but rather, I find the format they use in compiling the dates to be helpful…

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Tips for the College Essay

How should you present yourself in an essay? Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University An admission officer shares tips on writing an essay that reflects who you really are. Video Transcript When you apply to college, you’ll need to complete an essay as part of your application. This is your opportunity to show…

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Why Johnny and Jane Don’t Like Reading…and How Parents Can Help

In this technology-driven world, children quickly become used to the instant gratification afforded by video games and television. According to a 2015 study from Microsoft Corp., people generally lose concentration after eight seconds, a second less than the proverbial non-focused goldfish. How does this affect Johnny and Jane and their apparent disdain for reading? Reading at…

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2017 Valedictory Speech

Cary Christian School’s class of 2017 graduated on May 18. This year our salutatorian was Casey Fitzgerald and our valedictorian was Ryan Stikeleather. These two students exemplify the kind of young men and women that a classical Christian education strives to cultivate. I would like to begin by thanking some of the many people who have…

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Cuban and Cook on Classical Education

Shark Tank has made Mark Cuban a sort of Svengali on any number of matters these days, not the least of which are the future of higher education, finance and economics, and employment. On the topic of jobs, he has most recently spoken in an interview with Bloomberg’s Corey Johnson. In that interview, Cuban was…

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A Rich Heritage

As part of our history unit on immigration, fourth graders learn about what brought people to America and the rich heritage of our country.  This unit integrates history with reading, writing, research, family traditions, and a biblical worldview. We see how God in his sovereignty has delivered families through trials and circumstances to bring them…

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Affording College

If you are the parent of a student in high school, I don’t have to tell you that college is expensive. Maybe you have spoken with your kids about paying for college themselves, or perhaps you have been putting money away since they were babies. Wherever you are on the spectrum, the burden of paying…

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Beautiful College Campus

So You Got into College. Now What?

Find Community Finding a community in which you feel comfortable is one of the most important things you can do, not just in college but for the rest of your life. The friends you make in college have the potential to be your lifelong friends, and your college will do everything it can to help…

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Let’s Talk Thesis

Wait?!? The students do what?!? That is the common response that I get when I explain the Senior Thesis here at CCS. When I describe the 16-20 page paper, with a minimum of 12 sources, written in the 6 Parts of Discourse, then delivered in a 5-8 minute speech to an audience comprised of about…

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Chivalry in the Twenty-First Century

A recent study made the unsurprising observation that men open doors for women less frequently than they used to in years past. It used to be, of course, that opening a door for a lady, giving up one’s seat for her, and similar actions were considered signs of respect and chivalry, key aspects of how…

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The Disappearing Art of Handwriting

Many times as a parent and as an elementary educator, I have been asked the question, “Does penmanship really matter?” As I considered the question and developed an apologetic, I sought answers not only from God’s Word but also from the world of science. In this era of electronic communication, the use of handwriting is…

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How Winning Is Done

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard…

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Doing Nothing Is Something

If you’re like me, you remember high school as a time when you were slightly involved in a few activities such as ladling soup at a shelter or swimming for the YMCA. Your week was busy, but it pales in comparison to the extreme involvement of your current high school (or middle school) student. You…

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Alumni Perspective: Caroline Cearley

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of going to Cary Christian School and appreciated all of the love, help, and support offered by my teachers, advisors, and peers, but I did not truly appreciate the type of students this environment produced until I started college. Compared to what I have seen in my fellow college students,…

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Timeless Curriculum in a Technological World

The Smyrski Family shares with fourth graders about congenital heart defects. The interactive whiteboard displays a diagram of the heart and X-rays from their own son’s surgery. As a classical school, we understand the benefits of utilizing the timeless methods proposed by Dorothy Sayers and the Trivium. Though our approach is classical, it is not antiquated. …

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Math Equals Love?

“I hate math.” “I’m bad at math.” “I can’t do math.” These are all phrases that I’ve heard over the years from students, and these phrases are all now banned from my classroom. It is not because I’m not interested in hearing what my students have to say, nor is it because I think that…

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How Will You Run After Joy This Christmas?

“I believe God made me for a purpose. He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure.” Ever since I can remember, Eric Liddell, the Scottish Olympic runner and Christian missionary, has been my personal hero. His perseverance, courage, and enduring joyfulness have inspired and guided my life in a multitude…

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CCS’s Heart to Serve

If you walked down the hallways of CCS this week, you probably noticed that something felt different. Ask any upper school student if they sensed a slight void among the student body. Thankfully, this change in the air was due to a good thing. CCS Seniors are away on their Senior Service Practicum (SSP) trip. While CCS…

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3 Ways to Cultivate a Courageous Young Woman

What makes a woman fearful? Snakes, mice, bats, a potential assault…absolutely! But perhaps the daily, unsuspected assailant that strikes fear in many women is the fear of failing to measure up. If you’re a guy, this may come as a surprise. If you’re a woman you may be breathing a sigh of relief that someone…

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Why? Advice to High School Students

During your time in high school, you’ll learn a whole bunch of facts. For example, there’s Newton’s Second Law of Motion, when and where the Edict of Worms was decreed (HINT: it was in Worms!), and when to use an Oxford comma. Looking back on my years in high school and college, one thing stands out…

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Dealing with Teen Bullying

"Sticks and Stones…"

Webster’s Dictionary defines a bully as someone who is a blustering, browbeating person that is especially and habitually cruel to others who are weaker or perceived to be weaker. It is a person who increases in joy and feels empowered when they cause another person pain and anguish. I bet you are thinking right now…

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Anatomy of a Great Parent-Teacher Conference

It’s that time of year when parents and teachers have opportunity to communicate and collaborate on their students’ academic progress. Here are five important components that are part of every great parent/teacher conference: Eyes – Have eyes on the information.Both parent and teacher should have good information and data with respect to performance on tests,…

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Father and Son

Lead Fearlessly and Love Hard

If you are anything like me, being a parent is probably the most humbling part of your life. As a young father, I remember disciplining my children primarily because of how I wanted to be perceived by other parents around me. I felt despair when my children would act out in public, particularly when my…

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Organizing for Success: Your Personal Workspace

Believe it or not, it is already time to think about back to school! The building is freshly painted, and the floors are shining. The teachers are busily arranging their rooms to ensure another successful year in the classroom. Now is also the time to evaluate your home study space – an important factor in…

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Summer Boredom Busters

Summer Fun, Part 1, by Maxine Geil, Kindergarten Teacher “How many more days until summer break?” This question is asked frequently around our house. We love our school and are so thankful for the opportunity to study and to learn new things each school year, but we are ready to embrace summer break and enjoy…

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A Retiring Teacher’s Memoir: Beauty Keeps

On a windy January day long ago, I walked along the Atlantic Ocean’s shore. Impressed by the expanse, I breathed in the cold, salty air. Seashells sat. I always look for what my son once called a “beauty keep,” something precious. I saw one. Impressed by the Lord, I bent down and picked it up,…

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2016 Valedictory Address: "Will There Be Time?"

Cary Christian School’s class of 2016 graduated on May 19. 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 our salutatorian was Evangeline Liauw and our valedictorian was Brandon Padgett. These two students exemplify the kind of young…

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Grocery Aisle

Simple Tips for Choosing Healthful Snacks

Imagine walking down the grocery store aisle looking for snack options for your kids. Boxes with colorful characters vie for your attention. Words like “natural,” “good source of fiber,” and “fortified with vitamins and minerals” lure you to buy their particular product. What do you believe? Which one do you buy? Let’s look at some…

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Through Order, Kids Have a Ball: Protocol Vs. Prom

When folks ask, “Do you have a Prom?” the answer is “No, we have Protocol…” Why does this catch their attention? Maybe it is because we are bold enough to do something different from what the world is doing. We are proud of our event and the apologetic behind it. Protocol gives the opportunity to…

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Called to Serve

“You are now entering the Mission Field,” reads the sign in the church parking lot. I am sure this idea had intrigued and challenged many more than me. It raises the question, “Am I serving in a mission field?” Cary Christian School (CCS) offers many opportunities to serve both internally and externally in ways you may…

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Finish Strong!

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12 The fourth quarter of 2015-2016 has come. Teachers, staff, parents, and students can see the end of duties assigned to them, and…

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Keeping Chaos at Bay – Tips for Staying Organized in School

It’s Friday afternoon. Anxious to escape an exhausting week of tests, quizzes, projects, and reading assignments, you open your locker with reflexes honed from years of experience and quickly block the books and papers that tumble out before they hit the floor. Thoughtlessly tossing items into your backpack, you race out the door only to…

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5 Tips for Spiritually Healthy Kids

Setting aside time for devotions can be challenging in today’s busy culture. How many times have you and I come to the end of our day and realized that we didn’t make time to pray or open our Bible? We go to bed, vowing that tomorrow will be different. And yet, the next day we…

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Classical Christian School Students Reading Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finding Our Humanity Through the Humanities

In late August of 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered an address entitled “The American Scholar” at The First Parish in Cambridge, MA, calling for America to declare literary independence from England and the European literary tradition. In “The American Scholar” Emerson criticizes American society for having come to think of itself-the whole society, that is-as…

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Are All STEM Programs Created Equal?

“Science brings men nearer to God.” – Louis Pasteur Some of the fastest growing and highest paid careers with the greatest projected demand require specialized training and/or degrees in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM). Thus, the demand for STEM enrichment programs has exploded. One of the biggest challenges for students entering STEM programs is…

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Senior Service Practicum (SSP): A Two-Fold Mission

The SSP trip is seen as the capstone of a Christian and classical education at CCS. It was proposed in 2004 as the brainchild of a full-time missionary dad, a founding board member, and a wise superintendent who together wanted to capture the essence of a Christian worldview with feet and hands! SSP allows seniors…

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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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Conceptualizers

A recent article by Rick Newman, author of Rebounders: How Winners Pivot From Setback To Success, describes a panel discussion hosted by the McKinsey Global Institute that dealt with the question of “Automation, Jobs, and the Future of Work.”  In the article, Newman highlights a common thread through the discussion that highlights what he calls the “uberskill that will…

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A World Turned Upside Down (Fourth Week of Advent)

If there is one thing we learn from observing the biblical narrative from start to finish, it’s this: God never really tells a story in a straight line. He loves unexpected twists, turns and ironies. He loves to confound the wisdom of the wise. He loves to do the big things with the little things.…

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Light in the Darkness (Third Week of Advent)

There are those nights as a parent when the monsters must be expelled and defeated. A shadow, a sound, an uneasy feeling takes up residence in the little one’s room and it’s time for Mom or Dad to go into action. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to discern the location and…

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Doing What We Are Made For

Two thoughts from the Apostle Paul regarding the nature and the work of Jesus Christ (who He is and what He does) give us some profound insight into our nature and purpose (who we are and what we are created to do). In Colossians 1:16, while describing the preeminence of Christ, Paul says, “He is…

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Latin, Alive and Well

“Amo!” “Amas!” “Amat!” “Amamus!” “Amatis!” “Amant!” No, these are not incantations. This is a conjugation of the phrase “I love” in Latin. Students in classical and Christian schools around the country perform this chant and others like it as they learn a language that no one speaks anymore. What a waste of time, right? This…

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Training Up Children, or Churning Out Widgets?

“Human beings used to be …” he hesitated; the blood rushed to his cheeks. “Well, they used to be viviparous.” Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World describes a future society where children are “decanted,” not born, and the concept of “father” and “mother” are unpleasant historical facts best forgotten. It may be easy to write this…

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The (Hand)Writing on the Wall

There’s an old saying that “the pen is mightier than the sword.”  Our present environment of texting, Siri, and keyboards may very well soon make this phrase an anachronism.  Who uses a pen anymore (or a sword, for that matter)?  As we move further down the path of ubiquitous electronic technology, the use of and…

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The Father’s Land

We all woke up this morning in comfortable beds, had a good breakfast, got into incredible works of transportational technology, and began our day.  In addition, when our children came to school today, they most likely began the day with a prayer and reading of Scripture.  At some point, they probably sang a hymn.  As…

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Speaking Up

Having taught at Cary Christian School for fourteen years, I have had the pleasure of teaching, at one point or another, almost every graduate of CCS.  As the number of alumni increases each year, and as I get to see them return for homecoming games, breaks and weekends, I love to hear their stories of…

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A Garden of Children

The term “kindergarten” is a German word meaning “children’s garden” in reference to Friedrich Frobel’s philosophy of early childhood education. Frobel coined the term in 1840 to describe his methods, stating, “How does the gardener treat his plants? He studies their individual natures, and puts them into such circumstances of soil and atmosphere as to…

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2014 Valedictory Address

One of the highlights of every CCS graduation is the valedictorian’s and salutatorian’s speeches. This year our salutatorian was Polly Payne and our valedictorian was Lee Dickinson. These two students exemplify the kind of young men and women that a classical Christian education strives to cultivate. Seniors, today is the day. Today is the day when we…

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CCS Biology Labs Are Glowing!

Many high school students read about bacterial transformation in their biology textbooks, but most do not get a chance to actually make bacteria transform. That type of lab work is typically reserved for a university level microbiology course. However, sophomore biology students at CCS recently did just that. So, what is bacterial transformation and why…

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Whose Children Are They?

Last year, MSNBC host and Tulane University political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry sparked a controversy when she remarked, “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”  Clarifying her comments a few days later,…

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2013 Valedictory Address: "The Impact of Encouragement"

For today’s post, we feature the text of our 2013 Valedictorian speech, written and delivered by Ben Hoover. Ben’s words faithfully express the kind of eloquence and spiritual maturity we try to cultivate in our students at Cary Christian School. I never, not for one second, thought I could be standing here as valedictorian of…

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Begin with the End in Mind

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote that anyone who wants to succeed in an endeavor must “begin with the end in mind.”  What then should be the ultimate end, or goal, of education?  Today, the answer to this question is far from self-evident, but it is as consequential as ever. Theologian…

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Christian Schooling and Sports

It has become commonplace and expected that schools that are worth their salt field some sort of athletics program.  The reasoning for the inclusion of sports in the life of a school generally revolves around health and fitness, character development, and the like.  This is all well and good, but are these good enough reasons…

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Jingles, Songs, and Chants

While strolling down the K-2 hallway, you may hear singing or chanting, usually with lots of motion and very enthusiastic voices! Why are the students doing this?  Shouldn’t learning be quiet so the students can listen to the teacher’s every captivating word? According to the Trivium, listening in the Grammar Stage may not be the…

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2012 Valedictory Address

This post features our 2012 valedictorian, Maggie Miller. The following is the speech she delivered at CCS’s graduation.  When I started writing my speech, I began to write across the top, “Valedictorian Speech,” and realized that I couldn’t spell “Valedictorian.” Not the most promising start. So, I’m not the best public speaker, and I obviously can’t…

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Active Reading: How We Actively Read (Part 2 of 2)

Reading actively requires some work on your part. It requires you to be alert and, if not well-rested, at least well-fed! To read actively means that you, the reader, are actively engaging with another human being, with voices from the past. Many of the words and even ideas in the books we read will be…

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Active Reading: Why We Actively Read (Part 1 of 2)

God approaches His people through story. Redemptive history is story unfolding and in the making. It is no wonder, then, why Jesus taught through story as well. Jesus’ words resonate through the Gospels as He unpacks the Kingdom of God through parable. And how many people missed these parables? How many did not understand Jesus’…

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