Chivalry in the Twenty-First Century

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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 men conducted themselves. This same ...
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The Disappearing Art of Handwriting

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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 diminishing. We no longer need ...
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How Winning Is Done

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“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 ya hit. It’s about how ...
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Doing Nothing Is Something

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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 now look with dismay at ...
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Alumni Perspective

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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, CCS prepared me to excel ...
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Timeless Curriculum in a Technological World

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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.  A goal is to educate ...
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Emotional First Aid at School: Grace and Love in the Classroom

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Cary Christian School is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over the years, we have developed a reputation in our community, and across the country, as a school known for excellence in academics with God’s word at the center. We are also known to have structured and disciplined classrooms, so as a teacher at Cary Christian School, I am often asked the ...
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Math Equals Love?

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“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 everyone should love math as ...
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How Will You Run After Joy This Christmas?

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“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 of ways. Forever immortalized in ...
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Standardized Testing: What is Changing Philosophically and Practically

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When it comes to college admissions testing, there have been noteworthy developments that our students are now confronting. Driven by new leadership directives to move to a “Common Core” curriculum standard, the College Board implemented a Redesigned SAT which was first administered in March of 2016. The structure of the Redesigned SAT consists of four sections and the Essay:

CCS’s Heart to Serve

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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 senses a part of our ...
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3 Ways to Cultivate a Courageous Young Woman

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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 else can relate to your ...
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Why? Advice to High School Students

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Photo: Can Dickerson 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 to me ...
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Transitioning from Homeschool to the Classroom

Classical Christian Education: Transitioning from Homeschool to Classroom

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After enrolling my sixth homeschooled child in middle school at CCS, I received an invitation to write this blog post. I assume that the eternal question of how and why to transition a homeschool child to a classroom setting is on a lot of people’s minds, and it should be. Statistics show that there are more homeschoolers in the state of ...
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Dealing with Teen Bullying

“Sticks and Stones…”

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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 while reading this definition that ...
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