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Veterans Day Assembly

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by Admin

On Friday, 11/10, CCA’s preschool through 12th grade students gathered to honor the United States veterans and military personnel during our Veterans Day Assembly. Students recognized our veterans and military through music, drama, and poetry. The guest speaker was Staff Sergeant Jason Goodwin of the U.S. Marine Corps. We also had a number of veterans and their families who were invited by the CCA student body. Each veteran guest received a special Challenge coin from the school. The students had the opportunity to greet and thank each attending veteran at the close of the assembly. Our prayer is that each of our students will continue to gain a greater appreciation for our veterans and current military men and women, their service to our country and around the world, and for the blessings and freedoms that God has blessed us with in the United States.

 

 

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!

Cornerstone Annual Auction & Dinner a Success!

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone sincerely thanks each person who participated in supporting our Annual Auction & Dinner. We were able to meet the $40,000 match that was given this year PLUS raise more than $28,000 for Gifts from the Heart which allows us to provide new carpeting for our school! We are thanking and praising God for His goodness to Cornerstone Christian Academy!

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.

Mr. Olmstead Holds a Tarantula & Ball Python!

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone Christian Academy Administrator, Tom Olmstead, promised Kindergarten through fifth grade students that if they raised funds for a worthy cause he would have an assembly where the kids could watch him hold a tarantula and ball python!

 

 

Mrs. Donna High, librarian, challenged primary students to donate to a coin drive for bilingual books to be purchased for The Johannes Gutenburg School in Huanta, Peru. The Johannes Gutenburg School is a Christian preschool through 12th grade school. A team of Cornerstone high school students will visit the school over Easter break in April on a missions trip, personally delivering the books to the students. The Cornerstone high school team also raised funds to purchase playground equipment for this school located almost 4,000 miles away. The team will assemble the playground equipment while on the trip, and work with the children of the school.

The Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore brought in the promised tarantula and ball python, along with a walking stick, on Friday March 17th.  Beth Gilliam, the Volunteer and Event Coordinator from the museum, taught the students about these creatures. Students were delighted to see these fascinating critters crawl on their school Administrator!

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 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 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

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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!

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