Monthly Archives: November 2014

We Are Thankful For…..

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, we thought we would ask some of the staff what they are thankful for at SCS. Their responses were genuinely stated and beautifully written. Enjoy!

We Are Thankful For….

1. I am thankful to God for assembling such a great team of people who are committed to serving our students and families. Roger Erdvig, Superintendent 

2.  I am grateful for a Christ-centered atmosphere. No matter what anyone is facing, we can ask for prayer and all will stop and pray. Lee Russo, Secondary Administrative Assistant

3. I am thankful for the Christian fellowship that takes place at SCS each and every day. Laurie Garafolo, School Nurse

3. I am thankful that the Lord put me here at SCS, in the position that I am in. I am blessed with all the wonderful staff, faculty, students and their families that I get to share this journey with. Anna Fenimore, Director of Development and Marketing

4. I am thankful we can pray with our co-workers and students when there is a need. Lisa Eichenlaub, Office Manager

5. I am thankful for the daily hallway interactions I have with students in all grade levels. Their smiles and waves remind me of how blessed I am to work in a Christian school. Teelah Grimes, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

6. I am thankful for the love of my coworkers, and a wonderful working environment where I look forward to coming to work to every day. Jenn Coggin, Assistant Financial Administrator

7. I am thankful for John Contes’s cooking. I am thankful for the new office spaces. I am thankful for SGT’s support of the school. I am thankful for supportive and engaged parents. Joel Maus, Dean of Student Life

8. I’m thankful to serve in a school with people who care about Christian education and who also care about each other. It makes SCS a great place to be every day!  Heather Lee, Elementary Principal

9. I am thankful for a school that is dedicated to challenging its students academically, inspiring them spiritually and cultivating an atmosphere for them to thrive. Jeanine Cozzetti, Marketing and Communications Assistant

10.  I am thankful that I work in a place where I can ask any of my colleagues to pray with me for a need, concern or even share a praise for answered prayer. ‘A shared burden is half the load, a shared praise is double the joy.’ Elizabeth Anderson, Guidance Director

 

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What Is Wrong With Common Core? Part 3

Common Core suppresses creativity instead of encouraging it.

Common Core is quickly eroding the idea of “creativeness” and replacing it with “uniformity.” Traditionally the classroom has been a place for students to offer their ideas and expand their realm of thinking. Teachers have long encouraged their students to think outside the box and push themselves to dream big. How else will we produce the next generation of innovators, inventors and world changers if we stifle our children’s creativity? But Common Core does just that. It takes away a teacher’s ability to expand a child’s mind and reduces it to mere pages in a book that must be followed. A teacher, who once was a creative superhero of sorts, is reduced to not much more than a mouthpiece or a technician, repeating the copyrighted script of Common Core.

Nicholas Tampio, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University says,“The class… has gone from one where teachers, aides, parents, and students work  hard to create a rewarding educational experience, to one where the teachers and students use materials designed by a major publishing house.”

Further, since a teacher’s performance is linked to student’s standardized test scores, the classroom has evolved into a test machine, crowding out creativity in favor of has evolved into a test machine, crowding out creativity in favor of excessive test preparation. The combination of copyrighted curriculum and educator evaluations tied to test scores, creates an environment in which critical thinking and innovation gets marginalized. As a result, experienced and loving teachers have left their once loved profession and students are paying the price. Our education system has been reduced to a factory of normalcy, regularity and commonality– all words which accurately describe the Common Core Standards.

We need to protect our children from the dangers of academic uniformity and allow them to explore the world using their God given creative minds. I think David Greene, longtime educator and author, says it best, “Imagine your brain surgeon having to “follow the book” while operating on you or lose his job. While you are on the table, he discovers an unforeseen problem that, because of his experience and practical wisdom, calls for a spontaneous change of plan, yet he can’t do what he knows will work. You die on the table… So have students. He retires early, frustrated with conditions… So have the best teachers.”