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Peru Mission Trip Report

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone’s 2017 high school mission team traveled to Huanta, Peru this spring to serve with the El Carpintero church and Johannes Gutenburg de Huanta School. The team members included Cornerstone high school teacher, Mrs. Kathy Kuschman, and high school students Gracie Fischer, Johnathan Gavin, Sabrina Groce, Audrey Guio, Mikayla Torres, and Noah Whitfield.

While in Peru, the team stayed in the home of missionaries Jimmy and Nadia Dukes. The team was very grateful for the hospitality that the Dukes family showed them. The team’s mission work included hosting and working at a Vacation Bible School for children ages four to eighteen, being a part of the women’s ministry at the church, and teaching and assisting at a private Christian school, Johannes Gutenberg de Huanta School. Cornerstone families helped the team raise the funds for a playground for the preschool students of the school, which was a great blessing to the children as they did not have previously have a playground. Cornerstone students and families also raised four hundred dollars for books to gift to the school. The books were purchased from Scholastic by Cornerstone librarian, Mrs. Donna High, and the team joyfully delivered them to the school when they arrived.

The Johannes Gutenberg de Huanta School was where our Cornerstone mission team spent most of their time working. The team was given the opportunity to teach English classes, and assist in preschool, primary, junior high, and high school classrooms. They were also immersed in the school culture, eating lunch and playing sports with the students during recess time. The team also planned to assist in building the preschool playground for the school but when they arrived they found that the school had already assembled the equipment. The school held a special ceremony for the team to express their gratitude for the new playground.

Cornerstone’s high school mission team extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the friends and families that supported them with prayer and financial gifts. The team agrees that this trip was an amazing opportunity to serve God’s people, and that their time in Peru stretched and challenged them to do many new things!

Spiritual Emphasis Day 2017

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 by Admin

Each school year, Cornerstone junior high and high school students enjoy an entire day to be refreshed spiritually on Spiritual Emphasis Day. On Wednesday, April 26th, students enjoyed extended times of worshiping God together, main and breakout sessions with dynamic speakers, along with times of prayer.

Cornerstone’s main speaker at this year’s Spiritual Emphasis Day was Matthew Hanolon. Matthew is a former Pastor who is now a Christian Psychologist, and he spoke to the students about their identity in Christ. Breakout session speakers included ministry leaders from the DeKalb/Sycamore community.

Cornerstone Presents Aladdin, Jr. the Musical!

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Admin

What a show! On Saturday, April 1st, Cornerstone presented the musical Aladdin, Jr. Mrs. Rhonda Cantrell, drama club sponsor, directed the cast which included junior high, high school students, and also fourth and fifth grade students. First graders performed a special dance during the intermission time as well.

Mrs. Cantrell had much help from many of Cornerstone’s preschool staff who worked hard to make costumes, help with the set, do make-up, and also put together a fun fair that took place before the show! Cornerstone is very grateful to Upstaging, Inc. in Sycamore for providing the theatrical lighting! We hope that you enjoy these wonderful pictures from the performance!

 

 

Center for Career Advancement Teaches Students To Be Mission Minded in Their Work

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone Cornerstone Christian Academy hosted our third annual Center for Career Advancement event for junior high and high school students on the morning of Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Cornerstone’s Center for Career Advancement is an event where students learn from professionals in our community about being career minded and successful in their work. This year’s event focused on the theme of what it means to be a mission-minded Christian in the workplace.

 

Mrs. Roberta Jean Geosling, NIU Doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant, talks to Cornerstone students about living out the Christian faith in one’s workplace.

 
Cornerstone welcomed four Christian professionals who talked to the students about different aspects of how they personally live out their faith in their workplace. Kyle Dorf, Cornerstone alumnus (2010), is now a Civil Engineer with the firm Crawford, Murphy, & Tilly, Inc. Kyle is currently working on the O’Hare Runway 9C-27C team with other engineers. Kyle spoke our students about how he shares his faith through his job.

Mrs. Jennifer Groce, the Director of Community Affairs at Northern Illinois University, and Mrs. Roberta Jean Geosling, a Graduate Teaching Assistant pursuing her doctorate at NIU, talked to the students about hard work in itself being a testimony, along with how they share their personal testimonies with co-workers.

Pastor Jeff Knitt, who is the Senior Pastor of Crossview Church in Sycamore and has also worked as a Chemical Engineer, taught the students about the theology of work, giving them a Biblical perspective of faith and work.

Teachers and students collaborated throughout the morning during breakout sessions where they dug deeper into the ideas that were presented. Cornerstone is grateful to these Christian professionals who spent time teaching and impacting our students during this year’s Center for Career Advancement event.

Cornerstone Wins 1st Place at WYSE Academic Challenge

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Admin

Congratulations to Cornerstone’s high school WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team for winning 1st place in their division at the 2017 regional academic challenge competition which took place at Kishwaukee College on February 7, 2017. Twelve students of the team of sixteen earned individual awards, and junior Noah Whitfield placed first overall in the category of Engineering Graphics. Cornerstone’s team will advance to the WYSE Sectional competition that will take place at Northern Illinois University on March 2, 2017.

Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering is an international program headquartered at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  WYSE offers the annual Academic Challenge competition, a summer camp, and other programs.  The goal of WYSE is to attract a greater number of talented and diverse students to careers in engineering and the sciences.

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. The tests are now administered by more than fifty community colleges and universities and are designed to present a challenge to the brightest high school students.

Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula. Written by teams of college and university faculty, subjects include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics. Each test production team produces three tests of increasing levels of difficulty for regional, sectional, and state finals. Students compete as individuals and as part of a team, and they have forty minutes to complete multiple-choice tests that range in length from thirty questions (Computer Science) to one hundred questions (English).

For more information about WYSE, please visit: https://wyse.engineering.illinois.edu/

 

Cornerstone Open House January 12th, 2017

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone Christian Academy invites families that are interested in excellence for their child’s education to our open house on Thursday, January 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cornerstone Christian Academy offers smaller class sizes, more individual attention, a focus on academics, a supportive community, and also teaches character, leadership, and most importantly Christ! There is an image of our open house flyer below, and also find a pdf of the flyer to print, e-mail, and share here: flyer-1_12_16

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Celebrating Christmas at Cornerstone Christian Academy

Posted on: December 15th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone is delighted to have our preschool, elementary, and secondary students celebrate Christmas with special holiday events!

Preschool students and families enjoyed a beautiful Christmas program all aboard “The Christmas Express,” on Friday, December 2nd. High school students enjoyed a winter formal dance with the theme, “The Enchanted Forest” on Saturday, December 3rd. Kindergarten through 5th grade students sang Christmas songs that glorified God, along with performing a Christmas drama from 4th and 5th grade students, at our elementary Christmas musical on Friday, December 9th. Check out pictures from all three of these wonderful events!

During a time of change in our culture, nation, and world, Cornerstone is thankful to keep the joy of the Christmas season in the lives of our students during the school day and at special events. Classroom Christmas parties will be held this week with plenty of treats to be enjoyed!

Cornerstone’s community is honored and grateful to be able to celebrate and lift high the name of Jesus Christ! Merry Christmas from Cornerstone Christian Academy to you and your family!

Cornerstone Varsity Boys Basketball Team Wins Third Place at Turkey Tournament

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone congratulates our varsity basketball team for taking third place at the Turkey Tournament that took place on November 18-19, 2016 at North Love Christian School in Rockford.

The Turkey Tournament included eight teams that competed. Cornerstone Royals defeated Rock County 54-46 in the opening round, lost to the eventual champion Rockford Fire 53-43 in the semi-finals, and defeated the host school, North Love, 71-38 to take third place.

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Juniors Trevor Winsler, Forward, and William Plant, Guard, were named to the All-Tournament team. Way to go, Royals, we look forward to seeing the team continue to excel this season!

Veterans Day Celebration: A Day to Honor All Who Served

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone welcomed over fifty veterans to our Veterans Day celebration on Friday, November 11, 2016. Preschool students sang “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” and “This Land Is Your Land,” along with presentations from elementary and high school students. Cornerstone dad, Sergeant Ezequiel Mora, was our guest speaker. Sergeant Mora spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan stationed with the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper.

Each veteran who attended was honored with an introduction, and Kindergarten through twelfth grade students gave high fives to the veterans on their way back to class.

Mrs. Debbie Dwyer, Cornerstone preschool director and events coordinator, worked with Miss Sarah Kloster, Cornerstone fifth grade teacher, on a video for this special occasion where students answered the question “What does it mean to honor a veteran?” Check out the video below!

Cornerstone New Technology Update

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone’s computer technology has been vastly upgraded because of the generous donations that were given to “Gifts from the Heart,” at our auction fundraiser last spring.

The most visible changes that have been made in Cornerstone’s technology area are bringing our computer lab up to current standards with brand new hardware and software, providing four new iPads to be used in the Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms, and also replacing outdated classroom computers, including those used by our yearbook class. A generous friend of Cornerstone also provided us with new computer tables which provide better functionality to the lab space.

Our sixth through twelfth grade students are already enjoying the benefits of the new computers as they do research and prepare papers and presentations with Office 365; our first graders have used the iPads to reinforce counting lessons from their class; and generally our classrooms are running a lot better with the new equipment.

Cornerstone’s educational technology changes are aimed at positioning our students well for academic success, as well as building long-term employment skills. We thank God for the faithful partnership of donors that help provide for the financial needs of an excellent education at Cornerstone Christian Academy.

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