It was great to see everyone back after the Thanksgiving break. I pray everyone had a wonderful time with friends and family. As you heard, one of our students, Braydon Briggs, lost his mother Thursday evening in a car accident. This morning (Friday), Mrs. B and I had all the 6th through 12th graders in the sanctuary for a time of prayer and reflection. It was one of the most moving experiences I have seen --- you as parents and grandparents and guardians would have been moved by the outpouring of Christian love for Braydon’s family, and each other, during this time. We will provide additional information regarding arrangements and especially ways we will be able to help this grieving family. Please pray for this family as you pray for your own.
Academics: The end of the semester is right around the corner --- January 13th. Keep your students focused!
I am proud to announce a total of three college acceptances by our seniors to date. Please read Ms. King’s announcements. Congratulations to the students and their families. Exciting times.
Mrs. King also coordinated to have representatives from Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, to come and speak with our biology and chemistry students. They spoke with them this past Tuesday. Mrs. Rhenda Ray, our high school science teacher collaborated with the Cedarville University representatives on incorporating Pharmacy with what she is currently teaching in biology and chemistry and how it is applicable to our everyday world.
Mrs. Ray, upon receipt of the list of potential presentations that Cedarville could give, discussed options with each class (Biology and Chemistry). From a Biology class perspective, Mrs. Ray asked the representatives to present information related to Anatomy & Physiology: Foundation to Pharmacology. Mrs. Ray also asked if they could include information related to Choosing a Job or Pursuing a Calling as that class is entering the time when they will need to begin to make decisions related to what sort of career, job, etc they will follow. From a Chemistry perspective information related to entering a Healthcare Profession and topics including Osmolality, Solubility, pH and Medication dosing were also a part of the presentation as those concepts directly relate to the chemistry curriculum.
Presentations were given by Pharmacy school students who are in the last year of their program (both students have already obtained job offers for after their May graduation). The individual who presented to the Chemistry class even had a handout on which the students could take notes. Both presentations and presenters were interactive and engaging. In addition to the students, the Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Jeffrey Bates, talked with our NHCA students related to his path and to the choice of University. He encouraged our students to consider a Christian University when making their college choices and gave information related to Cedarville (brochures, etc.).
Athletics: We are now in full swing in our winter athletics --- basketball is here!!! Representatives from Ohio University will be on campus December 16th at 1:30 PM to talk with our student athletes regarding collegiate sports. This is a collaborative effort between Ms. King and Mr. Williams.
As I mentioned a few months ago, we are in our probationary year as we prepare to become a member of the OHSAA. To that end we are looking at starting Boy’s and Girl’s Track as our spring sports. We will be providing more information as soon as we can.
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." ~ C.S. Lewis
“The Statesmen 5 “C’s” to Success: Christlikeness; Community; Creativity; Collaboration; and Critical Thinking” --- all with the Biblical underpinning. We are now working and discussing Community. …We have begun Creativity. Our Scripture Theme for this year is Philippians 1: 1-2.
Philippians 1: 1-4
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
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Remember that the next two weeks will be a whirlwind of activity. ELC Christmas event December 5th, Scholastic Book Fair, and the K-12 Christmas Program December 15th. Plus all the home basketball games.
Just a reminder that my door is always open!
His Servant Leader,
F.L. Martin III, Ed. D.
Head of School