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

November, 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.
Painting created by Isabella and Taylor
during choirs' performance.
Veterans Day Celebration Tradition Continues!

Thank you to all who came to our Annual Veterans Day Celebration.       62 veterans (with approximately 100 total visitors) were specifically honored at the Junior/Senior High Campus through touching video presentations, rousing student-written speeches (by Allie Statzer and Mikaela McWhinnie), live artwork (by Isabella Collins and Taylor Spalding) music and more! Special guest performances were given by the Elementary Music Group, who joined the  Junior/Senior High Choirs and Band to "wow" the audience with stirring, patriotic song and music throughout the entire program.

The National Honor Society students (led by Alexis Jenkins, Abby Stone, Olivia Nell, Laura Kindell, and Anna Holder and mentored by Mrs. Kim Stone) planned and implemented the entire program.   Stacks of prayer cards were given to each veteran as they arrived.  The students held a special breakfast for the visiting veterans that morning, and had CCS staff members and students praying for veterans, by name, the week prior to the program.  

Your efforts did indeed honor them, so well done, students!
Thank you, again, for your service, veterans!

Click here to read Allie and Mikaela's speeches.
2nd Graders Get Creative!
As part of their science curriculum, Mrs. Cole's and Mrs. Schmidt's 2nd graders have learned about habitats. At the end of this study, they created dioramas of six different habitats as a part of project-based learning.   From the looks on their faces, they are proud of their work!
2014-2015 Honors Biology Class Awarded!

Cincinnati Christian Schools was a big award winner at the 2015 Clean and Beautiful Community Awards sponsored by the organization Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.
Mrs. Gina Smearsoll accepted the award on behalf of the
2014-2015 Freshmen Honors Biology class. The winning entry, called "High School Students Become Environmental Educators," won the First Place Growing Green Habits Award. Mrs. Smearsoll was awarded $500 to use in the science department toward a future project. 

Check out the original Sam's Spotlight story in the  July, 2015 issue !
JH/SH Campus Raps During SLEW!


As part of Junior/Senior High Campus SLEW (Spiritual Life Emphasis Week) kickoff on day one, a surprise chapel concert was given by the Christian rap artist, K-Drama.  It was a rockin' house that afternoon as K-Drama led our students in some super upbeat worship! 

Later that evening, K-Drama posted this photo to his Instagram (kdrama513).

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Thanks for the excellent worship, K-Drama!
Senior High Shares Science with Elementary!

CCS Senior, Isaac Smearsoll, and Physics Teacher, Mr. David Coombs, headed to the Elementary Campus to demonstrate science-in-action at the Science Cougar Mall!

3rd and 4th Grade Girls Win Big!

CCS 3rd and 4th grade girls' volleyball team pushed themselves to their limits and became the GCCYS Volleyball Tournament Champions! All of the games were won within two or three sets, with the final game win against the 1 seed Mother Theresa!  (Other tournament game wins were against Sacred Heart, Saint Barts, and Summit Country Day.)

Coach Melissa Bertram says of her team, "I am so very proud of each and every one of these 3rd and 4th grade girls, and feel blessed to have been their coach this season." 

Go Cougars!
CCS Cappies Reviews Published!

The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program of Cincinnati) is a program through which high school theatre and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers. Each year, a handful of CCS students train to be Cappies critics, attending at least five shows to critique.  

So far this school year, Cappies mentors selected the following reviews for the media:  a review of Little Shop of Horrors  (Highlands High School) by  Mia Yakimow  and a review of  Theophilus  ( North by Mason High School)  by  Abigail Ploetz.   Super job, ladies! 
Click here for more information regarding
CCS' participation with the Cappies organization.
1st Graders Scope out the Aquarium

One of the many educational field trips scheduled this year is the 1st grade trip to the Newport Aquarium. The trip was in connection with their Bible/Science unit on animals in September.  

As a follow-up to this trip, they also did some activities relating to penguins afterward. 
Super fun learning!
Annual Athletic Boosters' 5K a  Huge Success

What a super turnout!  The morning air was chilly, but 171 registered runners and walkers showed up to support their Athletic Boosters!  Congratulations to Matthew Floyd (pictured) and Katie Ruhlman (pictured), 1st place male and female runners, as well as to Brian Hallbach and Janie Cochran, 1st place male and female walkers!  In the 5-8 year category, Noah Speight came in first, as did Timmy Nagel for the 9-12 category!

Thanks to the event's 44 volunteers, including special thanks to Tim Speight, Event Chairperson, and Mark Phair, Event Promotions.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

OTHER PARTICIPANTS:  Please check the 5K webpage for other key information and for the times spreadsheet.

Chili Cook Off Winners:  1st - Carmen Hallbach
2nd - Bob Hesselgesser, 3rd - Bill Lanphier,
and "Hot Stuff" - Shelly Nagel
Basketball Program Hosts a Super Saturday!

In early November, the
Senior High Boys' Basketball Teams, as well as the  Athletic Boosters , hosted their 2nd Annual Corn Hole Tourney and 1st Annual Chili Cook Off and Bake Sale fundraisers!  The Varsity Boys' Team scrimmaged in the morning, and games were followed by the chili cookoff and corn hole tournament; so several hours of basketball-supporting food and fun was had by all!  

Special thanks to  Becky Grammel , who organized the tourney,
Guynn Green, who organized the cook off, and to  Coaches Woods and MacCarthy, Athletic Director,  Steve Gillens , and  Pastor Brad Rosenberg (TCA) for judging the chili competition.  

Thanks, everyone, for making fundraising fun!
Not all students listed are pictured.
MVC Recognition for CCS Senior High 

Miami Valley Conference celebrations abounded for CCS fall Senior High sports!
  • Senior High Volleyball Team - MVC Champs
  • Volleyball Head Coach, Sally Cox - MVC Volleyball Coach of the Year
  • Boys' Golf Player of the Year - Brady Roberts
  • Team Captain, Julie Snyder - MVC Player of the Year
  • Dick Snyder Sportsmanship Award - Taylor Spalding
  • First Team, Girls' Soccer - Julia Thomas
  • First Team, Boys' Soccer - Ethan Statzer
  • First Team, Boys' Golf - Brady Roberts
  • First Team, Boys' Cross Country - Matt Floyd
  • First Team, Volleyball - Allie Grooms and Julie Snyder
  • League Top 3 Season Finishes - Volleyball
  • 2nd Team, Cross Country - David Higgins and Hannah Ferguson
  • 2nd Team, Golf - Owen Hallbach
  • 2nd Team -  Volleyball - Mariah Arn and Carly Snyder
  • 2nd Team, Soccer - Josh Oates and Allison Osborne
  • Honorable Mention, Soccer - Micha Smearsoll, Jacob Thomas, Carolyn Jones, and Brook Neu
  • Honorable Mention, Volleyball - Julia Carroll and Grace Edmonston
Way to represent!
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.