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 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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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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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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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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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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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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