A Fundraiser to Fall For

Every year around fall time, Calvary Christian School has a fundraiser. The school has been purchasing poinsettias from Headstart Nursery, and popcorn and other sweets from The Goodies Factory for several years now. The staff hands out the order sheets for the two companies to the students to use to sell the products. Our students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, participate in the selling of these Christmas items, and according to the faculty, the main goal is “for each family to sell at least 5 items.”

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Growing and Learning Is a Process

When a child grows, he matures. He experiences things like marriage, children of his own, and a job. One of the primary shaping influences of his life is his experiences in elementary school. In elementary school, kids meet cool teachers like Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Mixter who give them many opportunities to participate in class projects. The goal for these projects is to expand each child’s education through hands-on learning. Projects include school gardening, art, the elementary fine arts competition, state and country reports, volcanoes, and book reports.

What’s Going On?

I Corinthians 10:31 states: “Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” This guiding verse tells the actors of the play, the directors, and the singers exactly what to do when practicing: Do all to the glory of God.

Behind the Scenes of Christmas

Come Christmas time, Calvary Christian School puts on a Christmas program containing many different choir pieces and a play. This is all performed by high school, junior high, and elementary students. The Christmas program puts forth a powerful message about the birth and life of Christ and can be an opportunity to reach any who are lost. Although the performers make the program look easy, it didn’t start that way. The students spend many hours practicing their songs and rehearsing.

The Tale of Pastor Dean

Pastor Dean Hallberg and his wife, Suzi, have been ministering to the needs of Calvary Baptist Church for many years. But that is not all they have done together. He helped found the school and acted as its principle for many years before he became senior pastor. He was also the mayor of Hollister, the superintendent of Victory Christian Schools, and the pastor at a church in Folsom. Pastor Dean claims Jeremiah 33:3 as his life verse, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” He has allowed this verse to shape the way he ministers to the needs of his flock.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom: 7 Ways to Keep the Classroom Tech-Savvy

Many schools seem to think that in order to turn out intelligent students, the classroom must be filled with the latest tech gadget or gizmo. Fortune states that in 2014, $1.87 billion was spent on technology for classrooms, and spending was expected to continue to climb in the next year. For all the money spent on tablets, iPads, computers, learning apps, etc., what are American students really getting?

Little Artists in the Making

Once a week at Calvary Christian School, the elementary grades one through six gather together in their art room on Thursdays to work on forming their creations. The elementary art teacher Alisse Winn explained, “They are working on patterns, different projects with butterflies, apple printings, leaf rubbings, Christmas projects, fall projects, Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts, ocean projects, and many other things.”