CALVIN CHRISTIAN HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT / K-5 PRINCIPAL
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
Calvin Christian School to Livestream January Series
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 KUSI's PPR Student of the Week
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.
Used Book Fair
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.
Arsenic & Old Lace
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. Reserve your tickets HERE.
2017/18 Back to School
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.
CCS Collects 2,858.75 Pounds of Food
A huge thank you to the Calvin Christian School community for collecting nearly 3,000 pounds of food for Mision Vida Nueva's food pantry. The church provides food to those in our community that struggle to put food on their own table. Students and faculty collected non-perishable food items for nearly 2 weeks and then celebrated the season of giving together in a special all school chapel.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink... 'whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 25
CCHS Senior is Promoted to Second Lieutenant
CCHS senior, Joshua Wiese, has been active in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and recently received a significant promotion to Second Lieutenant. This promotion places "among the top 15% of all cadets nation-wide." and qualifies him for the grade of E-3 if he decides to enlist in the US Air Force as well the ability to apply to Cadet Officer School. In addition, he received the American Legion Academic Excellence Gold Medal Award. Congratulations, Joshua!
CCHS Students Head off to College
Did you know that 99% of CCHS's class of 2016 will be heading off to colleges all around the United States and beyond this fall? Typically, over 80% of our graduates enroll directly in a 4-year school, and approximately 60% attend Christian colleges. CCHS graduates are very successful in receiving admittance and scholarships to some of the best schools around the country.
CCHS Athletes Named to CIF All Academic Team
The 2015/16 Girls Basketball team received the honor of being named to the CIF San Diego Section All Academic Team. This means that they met rigorous academic standards and achieved the highest team GPA in their section. Together, the Lady Crusaders had a team GPA of 3.76, the 3rd highest in the San Diego Section. A big congratulations to our Lady Crusader Basketball team!
Calvin Christian Elementary Students Raise Funds for Local Organizations
Students at Calvin Christian School raised $9,435.50 for local organizations during the 5th annual, 2016 Elementary School Walk-A-Thon. Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade sought out donations from family, friends and neighbors for a non-profit that their class chose to support. Organizations supported included Alternatives Women's Center, STEP (Support The Enlisted Project), Interfaith, Grow My Way School and Pioneer School (both schools support students with special needs). As part of Calvin's mission, students are encouraged to serve others, and the annual Walk-A-Thon is just one of the many ways these students do that. These students did a great job!
Calvin Christian Elementary Students Explore Science
Students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade will participate in Exploration Week during the week of May 9. Exploration Week focuses on cultivating "awe in our God and His creations through hands-on experience and exploration". Calvin students will have an opportunity to show off what they have learned during Science Night on Thursday, May 12. The evening will include dinner, a science fair and a special demonstration from the "Chemistry in Community" class from CSU San Marcos.
These Calvin Students Don't Horse Around!
Savanna Miller, class of 2016, holds 5 world titles and 3 national titles for Equitation, an event that refers to a riders position while mounted. Savanna Miller (pictured below, 2nd from the left) has been accepted to William Woods University where she will study Equine Science beginning this fall. She has already received $11,000 in scholarships. Congratulations, Savanna!
CCS 1st grader, Jayden Soliz, won the title of Little Miss for the 2016 Valley Center Rodeo. She participated in a Horsemanship contest where she took her horse through patterns, showed her ability to move cattle and carry the U.S. flag as well as to show poise and confidence while being interviewed by judges. The last part of the competition included modeling Western wear, giving a prepared speech and answering questions. She will participate in the upcoming VC Stampede Rodeo during the Memorial Day weekend, including an introduction where the queens and courts ride into the arena carrying U.S. flags.
Elementary Students Walk for Charity
Calvin Christian Elementary students will walk for a local non-profit organization during the 5th annual Calvin Christian Walk-a-Thon on Friday, March 25, 2016. Students hope to sign up at least 3 donors to support them as they try to make it around the track up to 2 dozen times!
Grow My Way - Grow My Way is a learning center for children with special needs, specifically children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, that specializes in providing a unique, hands on learning experience located on a farm.
1st, 3rd and 4th Grade
Interfaith - Interfaith Community Services was founded in 1979 by a handful of diverse faith communities to address the needs of low-income, homeless and under-served people in North San Diego County.
Pioneer Day School - This school serves a diverse population of students with various diagnosis and education levels with specifically designed education programs.
STEP - Support The Enlisted Project's mission is to provide active duty and veteran families financial grants in times of crisis, and through one-on-one counseling, develop a plan to achieve financial self-sufficiency.
Alternatives Women's Center of Escondido - The center provides healthcare services, including pregnancy verification, ultrasounds and private consultations with medical professionals at no cost.
JSB Fundraiser At Chick-fil-A Escondido
Calvin Christian's Junior class is raising funds for the Junior Senior Banquet and invites you to attend Calvin Christian Spirit Night at the Escondido Chick-fil-A on Thursday, March 17th from 3-8pm. The CFA Cow will visit during pick up time at the elementary campus and then the crosswalk for JH & HS. Mention that you are with Calvin Christian School and up to 20% of the sales generated will go to support Calvin! Are you catering an event the week of March 13? Mention Calvin and a percentage of the sales go towards Calvin also! For Allergen information about Chick-fil-A, please click HERE. For a flyer you can share with friends and family, click HERE.
Calvin Seniors Participate in National Signing Day
This winter three of our Calvin seniors were honored to participate in the National Signing Day ceremony at the Hall of Champions in San Diego. The ceremony honors athletes who are signing National Letters of Intent to compete with college teams all around the country in various sports.
Pictured left to right: Ryan Thomsen signed with Hillsdale College in Michigan for track & field. Ryan will be competing in the decathlon. Olivia Nash signed with Azusa Pacific University for track & field. Olivia will compete in the triple jump. Sara Wagenveld signed with Azusa Pacific University to play volleyball and pole vault on the track & field team.
In a great confirmation of the educational value and extra-curricular opportunity at Calvin, all three athletes will be receiving their university's highest academic scholarship and will be receiving a similar amount in track & field scholarship, yielding a full tuition scholarship for all three. Congratulations to these three seniors on their hard work and success while at Calvin Christian School!
CCHS Senior Declares Intent for Azusa Pacific University
Calvin Christian High School senior, Sara Wagenveld, stopped by the San Diego Hall of Champions on Wednesday, November 11 to sign her National Letter of Intent. She joined over 200 athletes from around the county as they declared their choice of school. Sara received a scholarship to compete in both Volleyball and Track and Field at Azusa Pacific University in the fall of 2016. Congratulations, Sara!
2nd Annual Thanksgiving Can Food Drive
Calvin Christian School is once again partnering with Mision Vida Nueva to help feed Escondido families during the Thanksgiving holiday. Please drop off non-perishable food items to the school now through November 20.
Heritage Center Groundbreaking
On Friday, September 25, 2015, at 1:45 p.m., the entire student body, family, and community members gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of The Heritage Center Chapel & Auditorium. The project was made a reality after the completion of a successful capital campaign last year. This summer, Calvin Christian School received an approved Conditional Use Permit by the City of Escondido. The entire cost of the $4.7 million building was raised from parents, grandparents, alumni and friends of Calvin Christian School.
The new building will provide the school with a space for choir and band concerts, plays and musicals as well as a dedicated space for weekly chapel meetings for students in grades 6-12. Currently, the high school gym and library are used for these activities. The space will include 600 padded seats with a top of the line audio and visual system to insure a quality facility for the performing arts and weekly chapels at Calvin. The Heritage Center Chapel & Auditorium will complete the physical master plan for Calvin Christian School.
Calvin Students Compete in Junior Olympics
Calvin volleyball players Brooke Bell ('15), Sara Wagenveld ('16), and Christina Den Boer ('15), all pictured in top row, returned from the Junior Olympic Volleyball Nationals held in New Orleans earlier this July. The Coast North team, which practices at Calvin, won a third place medal in the competitive National Division, playing against some of the top teams in the country.
All three athletes have received athletic scholarships will be continuing their playing careers at the collegiate level. Bell will play at North Idaho college and Den Boer at Biola University this fall. Sarah Wagenveld will play for Azusa Pacific University in the fall of 2016. Calvin Volleyball will begin this years campaign without graduates den Boer and Bell, playing at the Division 1 level of CIF. No team in Calvin's history has played at this level before.
Senior, Ryan Thomsen, competed at the Junior Olympics this summer as well. He placed 5th All American in the Decathalon.
Congratulations to our Junior Olympians!
Elementary Students Walk Their Way to Over $10,000!
Students at Calvin Christian School raised $10,435 for 4 non-profit organizations during the 4th annual, 2015 Elementary School Walk-A-Thon. As part of the school’s mission, students are encouraged to serve others, and the annual Walk-A-Thon is just one of the many ways these students do that. Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade sought out donations from family, friends and neighbors for a non-profit that their class chose to support. We'd say that these students did a great job! They raised over $2,000 for Escondido’s Alternatives Women’s Center; over $4,000 for Save A Warrior; over $1,400 for Support the Enlisted Project; and over $2,600 for Talking Bibles.
Calvin Christian High School Junior Receives Prestigious Award
Calvin Christian High School junior, Sara Wagenveld, was one of 25 juniors from San Diego and Imperial counties to receive the Harvard Book Prize. The ceremony was held in Balboa Park on May 16. The president of the San Diego Harvard Club spoke highly of Calvin Christian School and former Harvard Book Prize recipient, Christian Schatz ('14) who received the award two years ago. Harvard has been awarding this prize since 1910 annually in more than 1,900 high schools around the world to outstanding students in the next-to-graduating class who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and achievement in other nonacademic areas. Sara's father states, "these awards are a clear reflection of the great academic preparation that our kids get at Calvin". Congratulations, Sara!