New NWCSI Administrators
|The Board of Lynden Christian Schools announces the hiring of Paul Bootsma as their new superintendent beginning July 15, 2015! They look forward to welcoming Paul, Rachel, and family (David - 6th grade, Devonta - 6th grade, Eli - 5th grade; Abram - kindergarten) to the Lynden community this summer. Please pray for them as they say farewell to their present community and make plans for the transition. Information about Mr. Bootsma and his family can be found at http://www.lyncs.org/superintendent-candidates.|
The Everett Christian School (ECS) Board is excited to announce the hiring of ECS' future Principal, Mr. Joel Alberts. Mr. Alberts is a Calvin College graduate who earned his Masters at Villanova University. He has been teaching full-time at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy since 2006. Prior to this, he served as a substitute teacher at Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Kent Intermediate School District.
Joel and his wife of four years, Kelly, have one daughter, Charlotte (10 months old). They will move west next summer (2015) and Joel will start serving as Principal of ECS on August 1, 2015.
The fourteenth annual August Event took place on August 19, 2014 at Mount Vernon Christian High School. The topic was "Celebrating and Connecting to sustain our collective efforts to promote student growth." School teams engaged in activities around how regular, public recognition helps us "to know again" our common purpose and sustain our collective efforts to promote student growth and how connecting online and offline with other educators can provide just-in-time professional learning. For more information about this event and to read about previous events click here.
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A revision of the original 12 Affirmations by Steven Vryhof, 12 Affirmations 2.0: Christian Schooling for a Changing World, is now available - in hard copy or as a download. The goal of the book is to "provide fresh language to a new generation, asking it to consider again the importance and the power of...Christian schooling. ...The hope is that the book will again spark discussions that energize and improve Christian schools, that bring changes that start closing gaps between the ideal and the reality, and that make these institutions strong and effective and sustainable."
12 Affirmations 2.0 is a very accessible book. Each affirmation, a paragraph long, is followed by an exposition of the affirmation (1-2 pages), and three questions to guide discussions. The affirmations are grouped into 3 categories - Foundational Affirmations, Educational Affirmations, and Communal Affirmations. 12 Affirmations 2.0 can be used with many audiences including:
Discussions of Christian education at the board level
Engaging parents in understanding the goals of Christian schooling
Orienting new teachers
Reinvigorating current staff
Engaging upper level high schools students in discussions about the goal of Christian education
And more - limited only by your imagination
Obtain multiple copies and let the conversations begin.
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