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…

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…

CCS is a Three-Part Story…and You’ll Love the Ending!

Cary Christian School is a three-part story! It has a beginning, a middle and an end. Don’t put the book down. Please read it all the way through. I know you will be blessed, as we have been! I sit here today two months away from the graduation of my first child from this amazing…

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…

Losing and Finding Learning’s Most Valuable Tools

Which of Cary Christian School’s founders was a good friend of C.S. Lewis, published an acclaimed translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy, wrote best-selling detective novels, and has been called “the most significant female British Christian intellectual of the twentieth century” and an author who “made a substantial impact on nearly as many fields as G.K. Chesterton or C.S. Lewis”?…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How to Teach Students to Love Science: Teaching Science as Inquiry

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Alumni Perspective

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,…

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. …

Emotional First Aid at School: Grace and Love in the Classroom

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,…

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…

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…

Standardized Testing: What Is Changing Philosophically and Practically

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…

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…

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…

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…

Classical Christian Education: Transitioning from Homeschool to Classroom

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…

"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…

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,…

Building a Firm Foundation through Educational Intervention

As a second grade teacher at Cary Christian School, I have the privilege of teaching and guiding students toward their full academic potential. I share with my students that Jesus gave His life to show His love for us. May we also give our lives in service to Him as an expression of our love…

Why Boys Should Read “Girl” Books and Girls Should Read “Boy” Books

It happened every year in fifth grade, with every novel, without fail. Either the boys would moan, “Why do we have to read another GIRL book?!,” or the girls would groan, “Not another BOY novel!” Admittedly, at the outset, some books naturally seem to appeal more to boys than to girls, and vice versa; why…

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…

Happy Birthday!

Birthday parties are some of the best parties. Of course, there is the cake and ice cream that makes for a great day. But the thing that makes birthday parties great is the reason you are celebrating. A birthday party celebrates the fact that someone exists. In a birthday party, we remember that there was…

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…

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…

2015-2016 Year in Review

A breath and a whisper is how Solomon describes the lives we live. A life of 70, 80, or 90 years is but a vapor in the grand sweep of the ages that our students study in their years at CCS. A mere 295 planetary revolutions ago we began the school year and here we…

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,…

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…

A Small World

Lisa Hollowell and Jennifer Robinson, the mothers of two current CCS Cross Country athletes, met 31 years ago in Fairfax, Virginia. They went to school together, played soccer together (Jennifer’s dad, Bill Bryson, was their soccer coach) and were in Girl Scouts together (Lisa’s and Jennifer’s moms, Marsha Norris and Phyllis Bryson, were their scout leaders). This year, Tabitha Hollowell…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What Questions Should I Ask When Choosing a School for My Kindergartner?

“What does my child need to know to be ready for kindergarten?” “My child can read, so will he be bored?” These are a couple of the questions I have been asked repeatedly over the years as a kindergarten teacher. Now, while these are good questions, there are better ones to ask when researching schools…

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…

How Do I Prepare My Student for College?

“College is a cultural shorthand ‘what follows high school’ when children emerge as adults in the United States.” – Joseph R. Urgo, President of St. Mary’s College, Maryland.  As true in Cary, NC, as anywhere else, students and parents from all walks of life are increasingly viewing a college education as an intrinsically valuable, absolutely…

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…

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…

Evidence for Liberal Arts Training: An Alumnus’ Perspective

The only proper way to begin this post is to share with you all that many CCS graduates are doing incredible things today, and I am very humbled to share with you where I have been the past four years, as well as where God has placed me for this season of life! My career…

Thankful Hearts for CCS: A Grandparent’s Perspective

When our first son was born, we lived by the promise, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). In the blink of an eye, Scott had graduated from college and married his precious, Christ-loving wife, Stephanie. How thrilled we…

Despise Not Small Beginnings: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Looking back over the last twenty-two years or more, many memories flood my mind.  There was a small group of single-minded parents desiring to open a Christian school in Cary, North Carolina.  There was no private school in Cary, only a church with a preschool and a kindergarten program tucked away in their basement!  We…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Join the Firm Foundation Book Study: It’s the Education for Living That College Forgot to Offer

Now that you are a mature adult, working, married, raising children, owning things, and living the dream—do you feel like you only received half an education for the skill-sets life requires?  Reading, writing, and arithmetic are all talents you need for the job, but what education did you receive in being a godly spouse and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

With Gratitude

Our Lord’s picture of a seed falling to the ground, dying, and in its dying producing life in plenitude is a captivating description of how one lives a Godward life. Scripture continually reprises the theme summed up in Acts 10:25: “It is better to give than to receive.” Giving creates and enriches living—not only the…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Light in the Darkness (Second Week of Advent)

There are two things in this world that share a common shroud of mystery. Both are ubiquitous in the human experience. Both would seem to be fundamental to existence. And both are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to truly define. The two enigmas are Love and Light. C.S. Lewis wrote an intriguing short story called…

The School of the Prophet (First Week of Advent)

When we hear the word “prophecy” or a “prophet,” we typically think of telling the future. But when we see the work of the prophets of Scripture, the act of telling the future is rooted in or based upon something broader, deeper and more profound. Indeed, even the Hebrew word most often associated with the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Lost Tools of Learning in Action

Recently, I commended for your summer reading Dorothy Sayers’ fine essay, “The Lost Tools of Learning.” Sayers’ essay does a marvelous job asking some tough questions of the modern educational project and also proposes a thoughtful solution to the malaise in which we find ourselves. Far from proposing a new idea, however, Sayers argued that…

The Lost Tools of Learning

Summer is a great time to read, so I thought I would recommend a few wonderful reads for those lazy days at the beach, lake or mountains.  These works provide fine insight into the philosophy and methodology that we seek to employ at Cary Christian School to provide an excellent classical education founded upon a…

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…

Goings and Comings

With the end of the school year there is quite a bit of activity. We have students moving out for the summer and up to their next grades. We also have graduates moving out to the next chapter of their lives and test results coming in to give us feedback on how we are doing…

2014 Valedictory Speech

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…

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…

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,…

CSS & OCA Together–Collaborating to Repair the Ruins in the Triangle

The CCS community has an exciting opportunity this year!  We are seeking ways to collaborate and encourage the work of the Oak City Academy (OCA), a classical Christian school serving the urban and inner city community of Raleigh. Mr. Cook and Mr. Soderberg have met with Danny Breed, the Headmaster of OCA, and have discussed…

Cell Phones, Silence, & Solitude: Finding Stillness in a Noisy World

“Whether or not it draws on new scientific research, technology is a branch of moral philosophy, not of science.”  — Paul Goodman, New Reformation Last school year, I found myself privileged to participate in a brutally honest conversation between a group of senior boys in my classroom.  These young men were discussing how they felt they…

2013 Valedictory Speech: "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…

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…

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…

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…

2012 Valedictory Speech

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…

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…

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’…

Fostering a Culture of Classical Christian Learning

An organization does not have to be a church to be a community or fellowship of believers. Many groups come together in the name of the Lord, and in our case, our school convenes each day to honor Him through the education of His children. In order to be successful, any community of believers must…