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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.

Kindergarten Open House

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone invites parents of Kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year to join us on the evening of Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about our Kindergarten program.

The evening includes hearing from parents whose children have been through the program, as well as from our Administrator and K-5th principal, Mr. Tom Olmstead. Mrs. Julie Bartels, our seasoned and loving Kindergarten teacher, will talk about the daily schedule and special activities. Mrs. Pam Miller, Mrs. Bartels aide, will also be there to greet parents and answer questions. Cornerstone’s Kindergarten program offers many academic, spiritual, and parent advantages. Also learn about the many details that come up for Kindergarten including information on uniforms, hot lunch, snack time, field trips, and other details. Childcare is available, please e-mail to RSVP for childcare. We look forward to meeting prospective parents and sharing all about our Cornerstone Kindergarten program!

Check out our Cornerstone Kindergarten Open House flyer: Cornerstone Kindergarten Open House Flyer 2_23_17.

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


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!

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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