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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.

Second Annual Science Olympiad Combines Fun and Learning!

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Team appreciated the great turnout of parents and students at the second annual Science Olympiad Fun Night on Friday, February 24, 2017. The STEM team, led by high school science teacher Mrs. Hannah Mott, coordinated another fun filled night of learning for Kindergarten through eighth grade students and their families. The attendees enjoyed exploring a variety of activities including taking a part a computer, building bridges, separating the components of black ink, and more!



The STEM team is thankful for all of the support provided by Cornerstone students and families during this event!

Cornerstone teachers enjoy watching Kindergarten through eighth grade students grow in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math while exploring the creativity of the scientific laws that God put into place. Cornerstone continues to work on including STEM enhancements throughout our school’s curriculum, and to increase the array of learning opportunities in these subject areas.  The goal is to give students the following skills: adaptability, complex communication, social skills, non-routine problem solving, self-management, and systems thinking.

Please check out more STEM information on our website under “Academics” then “STEM,” or by clicking here.

Cornerstone Students Compete at Regional Spelling Bee

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Admin

One Cornerstone student from each of our first through eighth grade classes represented our school at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) regional spelling bee on Friday, January 13, 2017. These students won their classroom spelling bee and then studied the 2017-2018 official ACSI spelling bee lists for their grade which included easy, average, and difficult words. During the regional spelling bee, a designated spell master gives each student a word to spell during each round. A panel of judges, an arbitrator, and a round keeper oversees each grade’s spelling bee.

The students that competed for Cornerstone are pictured (l-r) first row: Noah Meier, fifth grade, Cameron Mason, seventh grade, Anna Gavin, sixth grade, Janiya Wright, fourth grade. Second row: Isabella Perez, second grade, Justin Wu, third grade, Anna Mead, first grade, Rachel Klumpp, eighth grade.

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


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.

Cornerstone Invites Grandparents to School

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone Christian Academy’s Grandparents Day Celebration is a very special time of honoring our grandparents. This year’s Grandparents Day Celebration will be held on Friday, September 16th. The day begins with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium and grandparents are welcome to drop their grandchild off at their classroom first.

Here is the schedule of events:
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Guest sign-in & breakfast in the gymnasium
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. All grandparents and K-12 student assembly
9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Preschool grandparents will stay in the gymnasium for an all preschool performance, followed by additional activities. All other grandparents will be dismissed for classroom visits and photo opportunities with your grandchild.

Check out these great photos from last year’s Grandparents Day:

Gifts from the Heart Elevates Cornerstone Computer Technology

Posted on: August 8th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone’s computer technology is in the midst of a major upgrade thanks to donors who gave to “Gifts from the Heart,” at our Spring Auction Fundraiser.  “Gifts from the Heart,” was a live auction item where donors could “bid” with a gift to Cornerstone’s technology equipment needs.  The most visible changes stemming from the $17,800 that was generously donated are being used to completely upgrade our computer lab to current technology, provide four new iPads to be used in the Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms, and to replace outdated classroom computers, including those used by our yearbook class.

The above slide show displays pictures of Mr. Eric Kampmeier, Cornerstone IT Director, receiving the new computers and setting up our computer lab with student helpers.

When this “item” was brought to the auction block at our Spring fundraiser, Cornerstone’s current technology was compared to a Conestoga covered wagon, with the possible changes elevating our technology to that like a modern passenger jet.  Cornerstone is thrilled that our students will be flying high with this new technology beginning this fall!

Mr. Eric Kampmeier, Cornerstone IT Director and high school computer teacher, spearheaded this campaign with a detailed Technology Plan.  One part of this plan outlined retiring obsolete Microsoft Windows XP computers and replacing them with Microsoft Windows 10 on new HP desktop computers.   This “Tech Plan-2016” prompted our administrator, Tom Olmstead, to find a way to raise funds for Cornerstone’s technology needs.

“Modernization of our computer technology provides a great pathway for establishing future employability of our students” says Mr. Kampmeier.  He also explained that updating our systems will enable Cornerstone to  begin using the latest Microsoft Office 365 under Microsoft’s education program.  This educational program allows qualifying schools to use Office 365 Online for free.  Mr. Kampmeier pointed out that Microsoft invites schools into a mutually beneficial partnership.  “They have invited us to experience the benefits of their technology in the classroom,” he says.

Mr. Kampmeier also explained that Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365 offer good security and the great benefit of cloud based document storage services.  “Microsoft 365 will allow our students and staff to have the advantage and convenience of having their work available wherever there is a computer along with internet access,” says Mr. Kampmeier, “Students will be much less likely to have the problem of a paper or presentation they are working on getting  stranded at school, home, or on a lost flash drive.”

Cornerstone’s educational technology changes are aimed at positioning our students well for academic success, as well as building long-term employment skills.  Mr. Kampmeier noted that much prayer went into the process of defining our school’s technology needs and bringing these opportunities to benefit our school to donors at our auction.  God continues to provide for the needs of our school, and we invite you to check out the upgrades to our computer lab at the Kindergarten through 12th grade fall orientation on Friday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m.

To read the answers to frequently asked questions about Cornerstone’s technology upgrade, please click here for CCA Technology Upgrade 2016 – Frequently Asked Questions.

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