October 18, 2018 -- Calvin Christian High School Seniors - all of whom are American Government students - engaged in a rigorous academic competition requiring knowledge and application of the U.S Constitution. Participation in the competition is a requirement of Calvin Christian High School's American Government curriculum.
Students wrote prepared remarks on their assigned part of the Constitution, then answered impromptu questions from a variety of judges- all experts in history, government, and/or the U.S. Constitution. Each unit group focuses on a particular area of Constitutional interest - from the philosophical underpinnings and Constitutional Convention to the Bill of Rights and modern day implications. Students are judged on criteria such as their understanding, reasoning, responsiveness, and use of constitutional applications.
Among those judging were local attorneys Sterling Stires and Arnie Veldkamp; former history teachers Terry Kok, Arlan Memmelaar, Frank Steidl, Mary Ellen Godfrey and Jeff Pratt; professor emeritus Anthony Zambelli; aides to local California Legislators Senator Anderson and Assemblymember Waldron, Aaron Andrews and Kristy MacDougall; and the San Diego County coordinator for the "We the People" program, Janet Mulder.
The nation-wide program, "We The People: The Citizen and The Constitution" was initiated by the U.S. Congress. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program.
The Calvin Christian High School football team will take on Calvary Christian High School on October 26 for the annual 2018 Homecoming football game. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.
We are also excited to welcome back our alumni during this special evening. Alumni, please pre-register your attendance to the game for complimentary admission and a free dinner. Check in will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the High School quad.
Calvin Christian School is excited to offer some timely and relevant seminars to our community. On Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 a.m., CCS will host Christian Leaders for a free breakfast and seminar on "Sex, Drugs, College, and Jesus", a talk about who and what really is discipling and influencing our students. The presenters will provide suggestions on how to move discipleship away from the control of media and back to the family and church. This morning event does require an RSVP.
Later that day, Calvin will host a special one hour presentation for parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else who'd like to attend. The community is welcome to join us for a one hour presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. entitled, "Alone Together". This session will focus in on technology and how students need parents and faith leaders to lovingly teach them how to use technology with wisdom.
We are excited to begin a new school year at Calvin Christian. The first day of school is on Wednesday, August 15. We will hold convocation at 11:30 in the Heritage Center and dismiss students for the day at 12:00 p.m. Parents, grandparents, friends and community members are welcome to join us for Convocation!
If you're new or somewhat new to Calvin, please take a few moments to check out the Parent Central page of our website. We've designed this page to be a one-stop-shop for you. You should be able to find all of the information needed for the new school year.
Make sure to check out Crusader Connection if you have a student in grade 6-12. This is the online parent portal where you'll have access to grades and more. You can find the link to Crusader Connection on this page or in the footer from any page on the website.
Parents, have you pre-ordered hot lunch for your students? Please remember that Elementary students must have their lunches pre-ordered. Check out the Hot Lunch page HERE to read more.
If you're high school student plans on partcipating in sports, they MUST have a phsycial and sign the CIF Ethics and Sports form before they join the team. Check HERE for that information.
Lastly, if you haven't downloaded the Crusader App, please do! The Crusader App gives you access to everything Calvin related from your smart phone. Find the instructions to download the app HERE.
The video from the 2018 CCHS graduation ceremony is available to view on YouTube HERE. You may share the link or download for viewing at any time.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I hope you had a great celebration of our Savior's birth, of God's faithfulness in 2017, and of His continued providence in 2018.
The change in the calendar this year also brings some particularly exciting changes for Calvin Christian: The board of Calvin Christian School is delighted to announce the hiring of Dr. Jeff Pratt as our Superintendent/K-5 Principal starting with the 2018-2019 school year. The road to this point has been a long one with a number of you generously helping out along the way, for which we are thankful. The process involved examining the needs of our school in the years ahead so we could find the leader to guide us forward, and we are thrilled to have Jeff as that leader.
Jeff has been an educator for his entire 30-year career, with a number of years teaching as well as working in administration. Most recently he helped Horizon Prep launch and grow their high school. His work in a variety of schools in different parts of the US, plus time teaching in Santiago, Chile, will bring unique and valuable insight and experience to Calvin Christian. Jeff and his wife, Sonja, are both California-natives and now reside in Carlsbad. They have two children, Madelina and Nathaniel. Madelina plans to marry this summer after graduation with a master's degree, and Nathaniel is in college.
The board thanks you for your support of Calvin Christian over the years in a wide range of ways, including prayer, encouragement, time, and financial. We welcome Jeff and Sonja to our community and look forward to Jeff's leadership in fulfilling the mission of the school:
The mission of Calvin Christian School, in cooperation with home and church, is to teach the whole child from a Biblical worldview, founded in the Reformation, providing children from Christian families with an excellent education for a life of Christ-centered service.
CCS Board President, 2017-2018
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to Calvin Christian School. From Jan. 3 through Jan. 23, 2018, Calvin Christian will broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.
A few of the featured presenters include Katherine Boo, a staff writer for The New Yorker whose work has been honored with a Pulitzer Prize; Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution who witnessed the Broadway show’s journey from concept to cultural phenomenon; and Kevin Olusola, who is best known as the beatboxing member of the Grammy-winning vocal quintet Pentatonix.
The experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, including race in America, technology and national security, biowaste and global poverty, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.
CCHS student, Daniel Esguerra, was KUSI's week 11 PPR Spotlight Athlete. Daniel has been at Calvin since kindergarten and has excelled in many areas. Watch his PPR interview HERE.
Wednesday, October 25 - Every year CCS holds a Used Book Fair to encourage students to read more and improve their reading skills. The Used Book Fair allows students in grades K-5 to trade in their used books for new used books to read. We encourage kids to choose books that will challenge their reading skills and help them enjoy reading more! The Used Book Fair is open to the community after 2:00 p.m. All K-1st grade level books are 10¢ each; 2nd - 3rd grade books are 25¢ each; and all 4th - 5th grade level chapter books are 50¢ each.
The 2017 dramatic production will be performed October 26-28 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone from the Calvin Christian School community is invited to see the first dramatic production in the Heritage Center. Ticket prices are: $3 for students and $5 for adults.
It's back to school time at Calvin Christian School! We have been busy cleaning and setting up classrooms, finishing up various remodeling projects and making sure our campus is ready for your students! Don't miss one of our 2017/18 back to school events/activities! Details for these events can be found in your 2017/18 School Calendar. Please call the school office with any questions.