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Monday, November 21, 2011

Measuring the Mission

Measuring the Mission
By Pam Campbell, Superintendent

Kneeling in the dust, a half-dozen men prayed that God would bless their handiwork as they constructed the building that would become Lansing Christian School.  Meanwhile, a handful of teachers lifted their voices to God asking Him to reward their efforts by raising up the next generation of Christian leaders.  Many of those children, who were prayed for by Godly teachers, are part of our school family, contributing by paying-it-forward to the next generation of faithful leaders.

A few years ago, Lansing Christian School teachers and administrators, began on a journey of self-assessment of our policies, principles, and practices.  This journey culminated in October with a visit by the accreditation visitation team.  After talking to board members, parents, teachers, students, and administrators, the visitation team unanimously voted, without exception, to recommend Lansing Christian School for accreditation with three entities: Christian Schools International, North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and National Council of Private School Accreditation. 

As our school improvement path continues, we are focusing on three main goals: Curriculum alignment and articulation; Integration of faith and Christian principles throughout the curriculum; and Blended learning – integrating technology into our curriculum.  As Lansing Christian School celebrates its 60th Anniversary, we continue to look to our heritage and founding principles, while keeping our eyes focused on Christ as we work to grow our students’ minds, nurture their faith, and prepare their lives for Christian leadership.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Integrating faith and Christian principles into education

As I walked into the usually quiet room after school, it was buzzing with excitement!  Over thirty of our elementary students were actively playing Equations in the Academic Games program.  Meanwhile, at the other end of the school, a half-dozen students were designing, building, and programming robots in our Lego-Robotics program.  Next semester over two dozen of our high school students will participate in the Science Olympiad program.  All of these programs are available to our students under the direction of caring, enthusiastic teachers who partner with parents and integrate faith and Christian principles into our children’s lives. 

Our children have a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in an educational environment rich in faith.  As an example of that, Mrs. Jackson, one of our terrific teachers, shared the following:

One of my first grade girls prayed before lunch today:
“Dear God,
Thank you for the opportunity to love you.
Thank you for giving us things so we can share them with people who need them.
Please help us to use our hearts to do good things.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.”

WOW!  This says it all.

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