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Cornerstone High School Computer Programming Class Prepares Students for Marketplace

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone teachers seek to prepare our students for the marketplace after they graduate from our high school. Mr. Eric Kampmeier, Cornerstone’s IT Director and computer teacher, gave the students in our high school Computer Programming elective course the opportunity to see how the “Internet of Things*” revolution is being enabled by many new small and low-cost computing devices.



In this class, students first learn the basics of programming, and also learn to write programs using the C programming language. The C programming language is a general purpose computer programming language.

The students then form project teams and choose a project work on. This semester two teams worked on an industrial control simulator, using an Arduino Uno micro-controller. The Arduino Uno is one example of many new small and low-cost computing devices that are enabling the “Internet of Things” revolution. These teams were guided by Mr. Kampmeier on how to create a simple circuit on a breadboard, and they then programmed the Arduino to control the circuit. A third team worked on programming a bowling simulation game using a Windows desktop computer.

Mr. Kampmeier says, “The ‘Internet of Things’ revolution is growing and driving lots of jobs, as the price of little micro-computers plummets, the need for programmers grows.”

Computer Programming at Cornerstone is part of Cornerstone’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) emphasis, with a focus on computational thinking.

*From Wikipedia: “Internet of Things” is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The “Internet of Things” allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure. “Things,” in the IoT sense, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, electric clams in coastal waters, automobiles with built-in sensors, DNA analysis devices for environmental/food/pathogen monitoring, or field operation devices that assist firefighters in search and rescue operations Current market examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that use Wi-Fi for remote monitoring. Experts estimate that the “Internet of Things” will consist of almost 50 billion objects by the year 2020.

Cornerstone’s First Art Gallery a Labor of Love

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone Kindergarten through 12th grade art students, led by our art teacher Miss Sarah Mikan, were invited to feature their artwork at Northern Illinois University’s second annual Artigras festival in DeKalb. Cornerstone’s gallery opened on Saturday May 7th at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with live music provided by our student worship ensemble. Miss Mikan chose the theme “Creation” for the gallery, and featured scriptures with each class’ artwork. The main theme Bible verses that Miss Mikan chose to center the gallery around are from Psalm 33:6-9, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”

“Every age group was represented and it was so awesome to see the way the kids’ faces lit up as they came in the doors and saw their art hung in a lit gallery case,” Miss Mikan said. She had her students use different mediums for their artwork varying from yarn fibers to watercolor to senior high school art student Meredith Guio’s showcase, which focused on sketching.

Miss Mikan gives much credit to Meredith Guio and sophomore art student, Noah Whitfield, who were an integral part of the preparation and set-up of Cornerstone’s gallery. Miss Mikan also says it was a joy to work with Anna Marie Coveny of the DeKalb Area Women’s Center.

Cornerstone commends Miss Mikan and her team for glorifying God with their artwork in our community! Cornerstone’s gallery may be viewed by appointment through May 28th on Fridays and Saturdays between 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Spiritual Emphasis Day Impacts Cornerstone Students

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone junior high and high school students soaked up Biblical teaching and spiritual renewal at Spiritual Emphasis Day on April 27, 2016. The theme of this year’s Spiritual Emphasis Day was “Made New” from 2 Corinthians 5:17:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Spiritual Emphasis Day is a full school day for our junior high and high school students to focus on their relationship with God through worship, main and breakout sessions with special speakers, and giving students the opportunity to pray with teachers and staff. Miss Sarah Mikan, Cornerstone art teacher and secondary chapel coordinator, oversaw the planning of the day. She says that her vision for the day was for God to impact each student with the words of 2 Corinthians 5:17. “The goal was for students to be renewed through Christ and in Christ to put off the old ways and walk in newness of life.”

Students attended main sessions with speaker Joshi Yesudasan, Worship Leader at Harvest Bible Chapel in DeKalb, and then chose breakout sessions to attend throughout the day. Breakout session themes were “Christ in Sports”, “Living through Loss, and “Self-Image and Identity in Christ.” Other sessions focused on continuous worship, teaching students to live out their faith, and also how to share their testimony.

Breakout session speakers included Chandler Harnish, former Northern Illinois University and NFL football player, Pastor Dan Gregory and his wife Jody from Fox Valley Reformed Church in Crystal Lake, Children’s Pastor Cory Whitford from Riverside Community Church in Machesney Park, Youth Pastor Kyle White from Crossview Church in Sycamore, Zac Whitfield, Founder and Director of Foundation Skate Ministry, Dave and Rennie Garda from Cadre Ministries in Sycamore, John Withum, Minister of Education from First Baptist Church of Aurora, along with Cornerstone’s junior high and high school principal, Drew Whitfield. Worship was led by Brendan Nelson from Christ Community Church in DeKalb, and also Nate Miller the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church in Sycamore, along with Aaron Andries from the band Graveyards and Gardens, and Chance Hoffman a minister at River of Life Church in DeKalb.

Miss Mikan says that she found that students were positively affected by the Christ focused teaching and worship of the day. She wishes to thank Miss Rachel Schrank, Cornerstone Fourth Grade Teacher and Fine Arts Director, who started Spiritual Emphasis Day and trained Miss Mikan on how to plan this special event. Miss Mikan also sends a shout out to Cornerstone’s Worship Ensemble for all of their help with set up.

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