S am's Spotlight
Let's celebrate as a CCS family!

June, 2015
Blessings, CCS families!  The purpose of "Sam's Spotlight" is to communicate the noteworthy accomplishments of our students and staff, so we can celebrate as a CCS family.  

If you have praise-worthy news items to share with the Cincinnati Christian Schools family that involve either CCS students and/or staff, please email 
Kim Smith (Public Relations Assistant) at  kim.smith@cincinnatichristian.org.
Honors Physics Class "Interstellar" Project Goes Airborne


Mr. Coombs' Honors Physics Class worked very hard on their class project, "Code Name - Interstellar" the last several weeks.  In May, they launched their weather balloon from VOA in an effort to capture the curvature of the earth with a GoPro Hero video camera. 

The balloon was expected to reach an altitude of approximately 95,000 feet or higher, was expected to burst, and the equipment would begin its descent. The capsule containing the camera included GPS tracking equipment so that the video files could be recovered upon their return to earth's surface (slowed by parachute).  Shortly after launch, two recovery vehicles (with seven physics students each and multiple chaperones) traveled toward the expected landing zone-following the information transmitted by the capsule itself. The landing zone was predicted to be anywhere from 60 to 120 miles from the launch site (most likely to the east).  To date, the capsule has not yet been recovered, but since it did have contact information attached it is still possible to learn where it landed!

Students worked with VOA Park, the FAA, the local airport, local weather personnel, and CCS administrators to accomplish this intense project.  It was  a  huge collaborative effort!

The students finished their "video documentary"
and final reflections on the experience.
Jump Rope for Heart Event a Success


The Elementary students "jumped" at the chance to help fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's No.1 and No.3 killers.  During physical education classes, students participated in the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart event.  Our students practiced jump rope skills and had a speed challenge for each grade level.  The champion jumpers with the highest number of jumps at each grade level were: Jada Grice 65 (K), Alayna Hester 67 (1st), Jane Olaniyan 79 (2nd), Reese Hulshult 88 (3rd), Courtney Snider 87 (4th), Sohanna Thompson 87 (5th), Kaylene Lunt 96 (6th)/ CCS Champion, and Miranda Heid 89 (6th).


We had several students who chose to participate in the fund raising challenge, collecting $1,351.  Our top money raisers this year were Abigail Fleming and Sohanna Thompson.  Funds raised during Jump Rope for Heart support the American Heart Association's cardiovascular research and educational programs.

Senior High Art Show a Crowd Pleaser


Each May the Senior High art students showcase their year's work at the Art Institute of Cincinnati.


The outstanding art pieces displayed this year included works in the categories of drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, 2-D and 3-D works, jewelry, etc.

Elementary Art Fair Exhibits Talent and Fun for All


This year's art fair was, yet again, a family fave! Students' artwork displayed for all to see - proud smiles everywhere.  This annual highlight event runs in conjunction with Grandparents' Day, so a great time was had by all!

Theatre Students Reach Out Through Project 38


Some CCS Theatre students participated in the newer initiative of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, named "Project 38."  We started with them last year and they expanded the reach of the program, which culminates in this festival. This year 38 schools performed something from each of the 38 Shakespeare plays (ranging from artwork to scenes to full plays).  

Mr. Wayne Beaver said, "Our assignment was Troillus and Cressida, Shakespeare's account of the Trojan War.  Our scene included several sword fights, including the death of Hector.  We worked with noted stage combat instructor Gina Cerimele-Mechley and Shakespearean actor Frank Delaney.  Our performers were all from the CCS Performance Theater class (plus Jesse Keller), ranging from novice actors to CCS stage veterans.  The feedback that we received from the audience and the professionals at the event about the performance were very positive."
Academic Awards Night Bar Always Set High


Each spring, CCS hosts an Academic Awards Night where students who are academically achieving high are rewarded.  The chapel is always packed with proud parents and family. 


Also it is tradition for current National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society student members to introduce their inductees, and they recite their vows as new members.


We are so proud of all of you, students!  Keep aiming high!


Academic Award Winners

NHS New Inductees
NJHS New Inductees

Senior Gift Honors Mrs. Townsend


At a special ceremony on Thursday, May 14th, members of the CCS Class of 2015 presented their class gift: a special bench in loving memory of Mrs. Gussie Townsend. The majority of the students who participated in the ceremony had attended CCS since Kindergarten and have countless fond memories of Gussie.  The bench, along with a memorial photo collage, is now in the Main Office of the Elementary Campus, just an arms reach away from where Mrs. Townsend always sat and warmly greeted guests, assisted students, and blessed anyone in her presence.

Mrs. Townsend retired at the end of the 2013-2014 school year after 30 years of amazing service.  She went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, December 15, 2014.

Students Participate in Economics Program at University of Cincinnati


The CCS 6th graders traveled to UC to participate in their annual economics program called "Market Madness."   Ten to 15 other schools participated, with 500-700 kids present, in this "Cougar Mall" on a much larger scale.  The students put their entrepreneurial spirit into practice.  They advertise, and buy and sell the products from the student-organized businesses. They also have the opportunity to use their hard earned money to purchase items for those in need to donate to local non-profits such as FreeStore FoodBank, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Our 6th graders' class lessons leading up to this event help them understand economics.  They made almost 700 stress balls and took them to market.  They won the "People's Choice Award' and won a pizza party!
Senior Signs with Miami University


Terence Hubbard made a commitment to continue his education and signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Miami University, Hamilton.

Hubbard said he chose Miami because it's a small college, is close to home, and has a good engineering program.  He will study mechanical engineering, and is "looking forward to what God has in store for this next chapter in my life."

Hubbard also considered Bluffton University, Olivet Nazarene University, and Mount St. Joseph University.

Congratulations, Terence! CCS is proud of you!

Grandparents' Day a Special Event


One of the favorite Elementary Campus traditions is our celebration of Grandparents' Day, this year held on Friday, May 8th!  This event runs in conjunction with the Elementary Art Fair, which helps add even more family excitement. 

Grandparents are served a nice breakfast, peruse their students' artwork on display, and participate in a very special interactive chapel service.  Best of all, they get to see where their grandchildren go to school to learn and grow every day. 

Thank you to all who made this annual event such a big success!
Junior High Art Exhibited


Junior High art students showing great promise already!


Exhibits included drawing, 3-D art pieces, fashion/textiles, jewelry, etc.  Mrs. Ashford has several CCS students who take private art lessons, and they exhibited as well.


This year, the Junior High Art Show took place in conjunction with the Junior/Senior High Choir Concert, so even more families were able to view the students' work.


Well done, students!

6th Graders' Hold Wax Museum


Mrs. Edwards' 6th graders recently presented their live wax museum as the culmination of their biography writings.  The wax museum took place on Monday, May 18th at different times throughout the day. Students enjoyed adding the "dress-up and pretend" level to their study; it makes it much more real.
AP Studio Art Students Finish Strong


Mrs. Ashford's AP Studio Art program is intense; but it fully prepares our students for the AP Studio Art "exam," which is really an entire portfolio worked on throughout the year.

The Drawing and 2-D students are required to electronically turn in 12 breadth pieces and 12 concentration pieces.  They also send 5 quality AP works.  The 3-D students are required to electronically turn in 8 breath pieces, 8-12 concentration pieces, and 5 quality works.  They must carefully analyze their work and make sure it is cohesive, that it flows, and tells a story by how the work is ordered.  After the students finish this they must leave commentary to help the judges understand their vision. 

Students that took the class this year excelled.  Mrs. Ashford said the talent at CCS is incredible, and we now have art schools who call and specifically ask for our students for internships.  "Our art students have an excellent reputation for having talent, for working hard, and they have good attitudes," Mrs. Ashford said.

Sarah Bennett  will be attending the University of Cincinnati in Fashion.
Sarah Parker  will be attending Mount St. Joe for Art Education.
Amber Helson  will be attending AAC for Drawing, hoping to become a children's book illustrator.
Rebecca Laughlin  will be attending Taylor University and is exploring many options, including design.
Alyssa Washington  will be attending Ohio State in their Interior Design program.
Taylor Marie-Spalding  is a CCS Junior, showing great potential as well.
NHS Carnival Big Success


The CCS National Honor Society felt led to raise funds for Project Ma?ana's "The Hope Center" in the Dominican Republic this spring. 


This event was open to the public and had activities for all ages:  carnival games, fantastic food, a pie-eating contest, silent auctions, and more!  Special thanks to the following people/organizations for their product and prize donations:  Prasco Park, Project 5  2 (Jerry Reiner), Jags, Mueller Roofing Distributors, Gary Kindell, Diane Anneken, Skyline, and our own NHS members.


Through this event, NHS raised over $1,750!

"Senior Week" Traditions Send Seniors Off with a Smile


The CCS seniors are treated to many special privileges and traditions every May. They not only do not have to take final exams, but enjoy an entire week of festivities before their big Virginia Beach senior trip! Parents start off the week by decorating their student's locker.  During a prolonged lunchtime each day that week, parent volunteers sponsor games, tons of food, even Mr. Diefenbacher (our Superintendent) mans the grill.  
We already miss you all, Seniors!
Honors Chemistry Newsletter


Check out the Honors Chemistry students' last newsletter for this year. Twelve pages of science fun with articles on the science behind urine conversion to energy, catnip, crime scene analysis using luminol, and even candy!

Researchers:   Owen Hallbach, David Higgins, M ikaela McWhinnie, A llyson Osborne, K ylee Miller,  Carly Snyder,  Stephen Lunt,  Abigail Ploetz,  Andrew Wagner
Illustrators:   Hannah Ferguson, Anna Holder
Editor Andrew Wagner 
Publishers:   Allie Statzer, Payton Keiner
Frau's German Class Celebrates with "Yum"


It is Mrs. Ann "Frau" Schroeder's tradition for her German classes to celebrate at the end of the year by making spaghettieis.  

Spaghettieis is an Italian-German specialty you can find in any German ice cream parlor (eiscafe).  It's a mound of whipped cream, which is covered in ice cream that has been pressed through a potato ricer, then topped with strawberry sauce and grated white chocolate to resemble the cheese.  We serve it with European style wafer cookies!  The event is, obviously, is a class favorite!
If you have praise-worthy news items to share with the Cincinnati Christian Schools family that involve either CCS students and/or staff, please email it to
Kim Smith (Public Relations Assistant) at kim.smith@cincinnatichristian.org.