May 19, 2021
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal
covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
Dear CCS Families,

Over the past few weeks, I have been so encouraged by opportunities to see many of you at arts concerts and athletic events. With each interaction, I am reminded of the strength and resilience of the CCS Family, a community of Christ-followers committed to a mission of disciple-making education. Though we haven’t been together much in person this year, we have been connected through His Spirit and an unwavering commitment to prayer. THANK YOU for your faithfulness to pray and encourage our CCS team all year long. With His strength and your support, we have run the race for His glory!  

Our CCS team continues making plans for the 2021-22 school year!
Our administrative team is already turning our focus to plans for the fall. Though we can’t know exactly what to expect in August, current pandemic trends coupled with learnings gained over the past year are allowing us to plan with anticipation of a “new normal.”

Some key decision drivers for Fall, 2o21 planning include:
  • COVID-19 case counts and restrictions are moving in the right direction.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are available. 
  • Seasons of remote instruction have affirmed that our mission is best delivered in person, on campus
  • A decision-making framework and protocols are in place, allowing the CCS team to quickly adapt when the environment demands adjustments.  
  • CCS continues to provide one-to-one technology access for all students (K-12) and is equipping faculty and families to embrace the opportunities this investment provides. 

As a result of the Lord’s guidance in these areas, we will work diligently to define the “new normal” environment at CCS as we open the 2021-22 school year!

Campus Health & Safety Protocols
Our ultimate goal will be to ease current campus protocols while upholding required state and local mandates. As we continue to seek the Lord for wisdom, our team will prayerfully evaluate the pandemic environment, government mandates and local case trends to formalize return-to-school protocols that continue to promote the health of our entire CCS community.  
Remote Instruction 
This year, our team has been committed to providing remote instruction when coming to campus was not feasible. At times, we used the Cougars at Home operational mode to move the entire school, a division or an individual classroom (Elementary) to remote instruction. Thank you for your flexibility and support which allowed these shifts to happen successfully when we needed to make an adjustment for our student body. Next year, our goal is to be on campus, but we will have this mode available in specific instances when it is absolutely necessary.  

Throughout this year, our team has also met the individual needs of students by allowing them to participate in remote learning for a variety of reasons. However, the CCS mission is best delivered in person, on campus and we are eager to welcome all students back to campus this fall. Based upon parent and faculty feedback coupled with careful evaluation of the current remote learning environment, we have identified many challenges presented by frequent use of remote learning. Most notable are the significant impacts on student learning and engagement. As a result of these findings, individual student access to remote learning will be significantly limited for the 2021-22 school year:

Long Term Remote Learning (longer than 2 weeks) will NOT be available.   

Short Term Remote Learning (2 weeks or less) will be available on a VERY LIMITED basis.  

Please be advised that students will not have the opportunity to casually “opt in” to remote instruction. Access to Short Term Remote Learning will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and granted only for limited and strictly managed exceptions for COVID-related health concerns or REQUIRED quarantine. Families should plan for students to attend class on campus next year. 

More Planning… 
In my last communication, I shared that we are growing to four sections in Grades K-4 next year. We are excited to report that the Lord is already expanding our team of qualified and committed Elementary teachers and staff. Carey Haan, our High School Academic Counselor, will join the Elementary team as Assistant Elementary Principal. Her years invested in Elementary School classrooms coupled with strong organizational skills and school counseling experience have perfectly prepared her for this role. 

Hebrews 13 tells us that the God of peace will equip (us) with everything good for doing His will. We can’t wait to see how the Lord provides for our every need as we plan for the 2021-22 school year over the coming months. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  

Dr. Jay Hancock
Head of School
Just a reminder to join us virtually...

Thursday, May 20
Awards Day Chapel Links
Please see the Awards Day schedule and links to the YouTube live streaming events below:

High School: 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Elementary School: 9:50 am - 10:50 am
Middle School: 11:10 am - Noon

Graduation Links
Though we are unable to open these events to the entire CCS community, we WELCOME you to virtually celebrate these special moments.
Kindergarten Graduation on May 25 @ 6:30 pm
CCS 8th Annual Commencement on May 28 @ 7:00 pm
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