9th and 10th Grade Trip to Shakespeare Tavern

On Wednesday, March 22, the ninth and tenth grade students traveled to Atlanta to attend the play Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare Tavern. Tenth grade student, Hannah Asire says, “I had a lot of fun witnessing Shakespeare in a whole new light.”

Following the play, students walked three blocks to the Varsity for lunch. Students enjoyed burgers, hotdogs, fries, and the classic Frosted Orange. All in all, it was an enjoyable day for all who attended and something the students will remember for a long time to come.

Upcoming Events in March

The spring months are always busy for Community Christian School. As of March 13, the last quarter of the school year started. Following the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter, report cards will be going home with elementary students on March 21. Progress reports will be emailed to middle and high school parents and students on March 21 as well.

Consequently, the Coke sale fundraiser ended on March 13. Order forms and payments were due Monday. The Cokes and other beverages can be picked up on March 23; however, the time has not been set for that day.

Finally, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, brings a dress down for all students. Students must wear green in order to dress down. Two dollars must be given to homeroom teachers if students want to dress down. The proceeds of this St. Patrick’s Day dress down aid the CCS PTO.

Reader of the Year

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, a large group of CCS students were awarded for their Reader of the Year nomination, a high honor given by the Henry Heritage Reading Counsel. Among them were freshman MacKenna Gosart and sophomore Hannah Asire who won a Henry Heritage award for her grade level. Taylor Evans, a sophomore who was also nominated, said “This was so exciting! I loved being a part of this!”

In addition to the awards Mackenna and Hannah received, CCS also had three other winners for their grade levels, and Leonardo Yue won the Henry Heritage Lindy Lopez-Butner Award. He will continue in the competition at the state level. The awards weren’t the only things exciting the students. Sidney Thomas, an accomplished reader, revealed, “The awards were cool, but I really enjoyed just doing what I love!” This was true for everyone who attended the Reader of the Year Awards, and, as a plus, they got to share what they love with others. The Reader of the Year Awards were a huge success, and students can't wait for next year’s competition.

Bake Sale

On Thursday, March 9, the senior class will host a bake sale in the lobby from 7:15 to 7:55 in the morning. Cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and other pastries will be sold. The proceeds will then benefit the Henry County Humane Society. CCS Senior Council will be heading up the sale.
The students of Senior Council are excited about this event and the impact it will have. Member Joseph Domingue says, “We are looking forward to selling pastries for the Humane Society.” This sale is going to benefit many people and animals in many ways and is sure to be a success.

CCS vs. YACS Soccer

On Saturday, March 4, the CCS boys’ and girls’ soccer teams traveled to Young Americans Christian School. In the first game, the girls unfortunately fell 8-0. The second game fared much better for CCS as the boys won 2-1. The teams will play their first home games tonight against Griffin Christian.

Literary Meet Performances

On Monday, March 6, four students who participated in the Regional Literary Meet performed for a few fourth hour classes. Holden Maynard, Brittany Ta, Ileana DeJesus, and M’Kaila Isom all performed. Starting off, Holden Maynard, performing in the humorous interpretation category, left his peers laughing through his entire cut. Brittany Ta, on the other hand, left her peers weepy as she performed her cut from the dramatic interpretation category. To end, M’Kaila Isom and Ileana DeJesus performed their duo interpretation. These students and a few others will perform again for the State Literary Meet on Wednesday at Mercer University.

The End of Winter Sports

On Friday, February 24, the CCS varsity girls basketball team took a tough loss at the hand of Skipstone Academy in the GICAA semi-final played at Albany State University. This loss ended their prosperous 18-3 season and concluded all CCS winter sports. It is now time for spring sports to begin with soccer, baseball, and track soon beginning their regular seasons. We are looking forward to a successful year!

MacKenna Gosart Jamaica Editorial

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, I boarded a plane and flew to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Nine other CCS students accompanied me as well as Mrs. Langston, Mrs. Kurey, and Dr. Bishop, who met us in Jamaica. Upon arrival, we took a bus to the Noah’s Ark Children’s Home in Martha Brae. The drive showcased the beauties of Jamaica including towering palm trees, vast mountains, and the glistening ocean. When we reached the home, kids swarmed our bus and carried our luggage to our room. From that moment, the week was full of love and fun as we served the wonderful people of Jamaica.
On Friday and Saturday, we painted the buildings in the complex around the children’s home as well as a room inside the home itself. Also on Saturday, we walked around the village and invited people to church the next day. It was astounding to see how the people live as well as how they don’t have much, but dedicate their lives to serving God.
Sunday was my favorite day. We taught Sunday school, attended church services, sang, and fellowshipped with the people of the church. After church, we got the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Damion, the oldest boy at the children’s home. That afternoon, the missionaries with our group played a soccer game against the boys from the home. Another church service followed and Dr. Bishop delivered an amazing message.
Monday and Tuesday were our “fun, tourist-like” days that included trips to the straw market, Doctors Cave, and YS Falls. I enjoyed spending time with my classmates while observing the beautiful country of Jamaica. While we were out, we also enjoyed beef patties from Tastee’s and smoked chicken, pork, and festival bread from Scotchie’s.
On Wednesday, we did small tasks around the complex and attended church in the evening. Thursday was our last day and we went to the boy’s school to give a devotion. Then, we flew home, concluding our trip.
This week was my first mission trip and I couldn’t consider myself more blessed. It was so much more than I expected and I pray I can go again next year.

Freshmen and Sophomore Field Trip

On March 22, the freshmen and sophomores at Community Christian School will be visiting the Shakespeare’s Tavern in Atlanta. The sophomores have been studying Julius Caesar in their English classes in conjunction with working on the Oration projects. Also, the freshmen have been studying Romeo and Juliet. To give them a little presentation of Shakespeare in person, these hardworking students get some time off in the morning to see an enjoyable play.
The two grades will be watching the play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. After the play, the students will get lunch and head back to CCS.

Read to Succeed

It’s Read to Succeed season again! K5 through sixth grade students have the opportunity to earn a free Six Flags ticket. However, this ticket is not necessarily “free.” Students who read six hours or more before February 15 become eligible for the free admission ticket. This is a great occasion to spend time with students and enhance their reading ability.
Reading logs must be turned in by February 15; these logs contain information about the books and amount of time spent reading them. Elementary and sixth grade teachers can answer any questions parents might have. Remember, as Dr. Suess says, “Oh, the places you’ll go when you read!”

Open Houses and Lock-Ins

This evening, Community Christian School will be hosting an Open House beginning at 7:00. Headmaster Fred Banke will speak to visiting families, then, shortly after, a tour of the school will begin. Staff will be working alongside Student Government members throughout the night hoping to bring in new students for next school year.

After Open House, when the school would normally be dark and empty, our Student Government members will stay to participate in their annual Lock-In. But first, they will get dinner at iHop, and make a pit stop for snacks at Wal-Mart. Once they return, they will play games such as Hide-and-Seek with walkie-talkies. Student MacKenna Gosart says, “This is my first Lock-In and I am excited to bond with my fellow members in an interesting way.”

Underclassmen Begin Well-Known Propaganda and Oration Projects

As the New Year commences, the projects begin. The freshman class started the Propaganda project yesterday, January 10. This group project is about a month long, consisting of speeches, videos, and posters. Each group assigns one person to be their candidate. The groups then write a speech, construct a project, and prepare a video to endorse their candidate. On February 8, the groups present their speech to a panel of judges and, finally, the panel of judges chooses the best group.
While the freshmen trek through the Propaganda project, the sophomores begin the Oration project. This project is a six to seven minute speech on whatever the student chooses. Source cards, outlines, notecards, and rough drafts are all due throughout the months of January and February. The final speech is due February 28. However, the packet containing the final outline, rough draft, final speech, and works cited page are all due on February 16. All in all, to CCS parents and students: please pray for our freshmen and sophomores as they begin these projects!

Spiritual Emphasis

Next week, is Community Christian School’s annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. From 10:50 to noon, Tuesday through Friday, middle and high school students will congregate in the auditorium for exciting games, worship music, and special guest speakers. This year, Marilou Braswell of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Branden Hubler will take the stage to discuss one of the following topics.

Relationships, worship, leadership, and fellowship are what Spiritual Emphasis focuses on, and amusingly earned it the nickname, “a week of ships.” This extraordinary opportunity will be open to 5th graders, on Wednesday, who will join the fun and experience “a taste of middle school,” says Principal Lara Langston. Parents and family members are also encouraged to come and enjoy this event for themselves.

Lady Knights Varsity Basketball Update

Community Christian School’s Girls Varsity Basketball team has had great success to start of the season. The Varsity Girls played in the forty-ninth annual Central Fellowship Tip-Off Tournament. Winning both games against Central Georgia and Sherwood Christian, the team headed to the championship on Saturday, December 3 against Fullington Academy. Through hard work and determination, the Lady Knights brought home the trophy, winning the Tip-Off Tournament. Following the tournament, the team continued its season, with a big win against rival and region opponent Creekside. The Lady Knights are 6-0!

The GICAA Regional Chorale Competition

On Wednesday, November 30, Community Christian School hosted the GICAA Regional Chorale competitions. Contending middle and high schools arrived in the morning to begin the exciting day of singing. There were two categories for each competition: the large ensemble and the small ensemble.

Schools that participated were as follows: Creekside Christian Academy, Community Christian School, Covenant Academy, Central Fellowship Christian School, Lafayette Christian Academy, Rock Springs Christian, Trinity Christian, The Westfield School, and Westwood Christian. Community Christian School won the high school large group. On to state CCS goes!

First Games of the Season

On Tuesday, November 29, Community Christian School’s JV Boys’, Varsity Girls’, and Varsity Boys’ basketball teams played their first games of the season against Griffin Christian. The JV Boy’s lost in a close game by a score of 45-43. The Varsity Boy’s also fought hard and lost, but are looking forward to their upcoming tournament this Friday and Saturday. Finally, the Varsity Girl’s brought home a 49-20 win over Griffin, establishing a strong foundation for the rest of the season. Go Knights!

Ten Minute Plays by MacKenna Gosart

Ten Minute Plays
On Friday, November 18, 2016, the CCS Drama Department put on the 9th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival. High school drama students acted in plays written by classmates, Andy Nguyen, Ananda Tran, and Kolin Kurey. These student-written plays included hotdog costumes, royal kings, and a priest. Kolin’s play took a comedic approach to a daughter receiving her father’s inheritance. Black Rose, by Ananda Tran, featured a girl who finds love and learns to dance. Andy’s play highlighted a grocery store hotdog’s new found freedom. “I liked seeing all my friends’ performances,” freshman, Jada Domingue, says.
Audience members enjoyed deserts and drinks throughout the night. The festival concluded with a special performance of Forsooth!, the play entered into competition by the CCS Drama Department. All in all, it was a great night of performances by the high school students of CCS.

Veterans Wall

For Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11, Community Christian’s School Beta Club collected names of current and past veterans with relations to the school and its students, and decorated a wall above the atrium in their honor. A large banner hangs overhead the names reading, “CCS Beta supports our past, present, and future veterans.” Beta Club sponsor, Mrs. Barbara Thuman, assembles this project annually.

The Canned Food Drive

Community Christian School’s National Honors Society held a canned food drive from November 7-11. This food drive benefitted the Helping in His Name Food Pantry. Every elementary classroom had a box for the students to bring in their cans. Hygiene items, non-perishable foods, and baby products filled the boxes! The early education building also had its own bin; the NHS seniors picked up the items every day. Mrs. Langston allowed middle and high schoolers to dress down on Wednesday, the 9th, if the students brought in three cans. At the end of the week, the cans were overflowing into the CCS lobby. In addition to the cans, hygiene items, and baby products, Community Christian also provided monetary donation. Brittany Adams, president of NHS, exclaimed, “The canned food drive is an excellent way to help those around us in need.”

10 Minute Play Festival

On Friday, November 18, 2016, Community Christian School’s drama department will host the 9th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival. The festival will take place in the student center and features plays written by CCS students. Doors open at 6:15 and the show starts at 6:30. Admission to the event is $5 and includes the show, dessert, and unlimited drinks. Elementary students receive free admission.
“I am very excited to be able to put on this production for my family and friends,” Hannah Asire states. Hannah will be performing in Forsooth, the One Act play to be featured at this event. Other plays written by Ananda Tran and Kolin Kurey will be presented. It is sure to be a fun-filled night, so come out and join the drama department this Friday!

GICAA Semifinal Playoff Game

On Friday, November 4th, the CCS Knights Varsity football team took on Covenant Academy in the GICAA semifinal playoff game. The Knights had just handled Covenant 47-21 the week before, and were heavy favorites heading into the game.
The Knights jumped out to an early lead, and went to halftime leading by an astonishing score of 40-6. The excitement of the game continued in the second half as the Knights dominated both sides of the ball all night.
CCS went on to win the game 54-21 and advanced to the GICAA State Championship game, Friday, November 11th, against county rivals Creekside Christian Academy.

The 2016 4th and 5th Grade Thanksgiving Choral Concert

On November 1, 2016, Community Christian School hosted the 4th and 5th grade chorus concert. The students sang many Thanksgiving themed songs such as “Everything I Need,” “Autumish Feeling,” and “It Is Well.” Also, because Veterans Day is just around the corner, the students sang “Bless Our Troops.” It was a beautiful selection of Fall music. The elementary Chorus teacher Amy Davis said, “I was very proud of how well the students knew their songs, and especially of how the boys sang out a lot. It made me a very proud teacher.” All the kids wrote thank-you letters to either their parents or teachers and read them aloud. The concert is going to stay in the hearts of all that attended for a long time.

One Act Play Competition

On Wednesday, October 26, ten high school students arrived at the Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton, Georgia to compete in the One Act Play competition. Drama teacher, Jonathan Irby directed their play Forsooth!,written by Connor Foley, that scored them 2nd out of 4 teams from one judge and 4th from two other judges. Two CCS students, Aleiyah Horne as Mr. General Lafayette and Holden Maynard as the romantic hero Fabio honorably received Best Outstanding Performance awards for their roles. Congratulations to our high school Drama Team for their excellent performance!

Senior Night

On Friday, October 28, Community Christian School hosted Senior Night at Henry County High School. Normally, only senior athletes are recognized, but, on this night, all seniors were acknowledged. Football players and the foreign exchange students were celebrated before the game with their parents while Mr. Irby, the class sponsor, explained what the seniors participated in. At halftime, all other seniors were honored. The students walked with their parents, grinning and laughing as they strolled down the track in front of the fans.

As for the game, the senior players came ready to end the regular season on a high note. The game started rough as Covenant jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. However, the lead did not last long and the Knights won the game 47-21. The Knights advanced to a 10-0 record after this win against the defending state champions.

Mrs. Brooks and Dr. Paino’s Cadillac for a Cause Escapades

Elementary principal, Dr. Paino, and Elementary Dean of Students, Mrs. Brooks, took the Cadillac for a Cause fundraiser to new heights when they challenged the students to sell ten tickets in one week. If the students reached this goal, the two would color their hair blue. When the students attained this objective, Dr. Paino and Mrs. Brooks knew the children were capable of much more.
For their second challenge, students had to sell 25 tickets by September 28; if they did this, Dr. Paino, Mrs. Brooks, and Mr. Banke would take a pie to the face. “The best part was the kid’s enthusiasm, even though there was pie in my eyes,” Mrs. Brooks stated. Again, the elementary students achieved beyond what administration expected. The students sold another 25 tickets in a week’s time, sentencing Dr. Paino, Mrs. Brooks, and Mr. Banke to a slime bath.
Next, elementary students were challenged to sell 30 tickets by October 18. If this was accomplished, Dr. Paino and Mrs. Brooks would spend the day on the roof of CCS. Of course, this goal was obtained with ease and the two spent a day on the roof in their pajamas. While on the roof, they received letters from students as well as visits from multiple classes. “We connected with students in a way we never thought possible,” Mrs. Brooks exclaimed.
For their final dare, Dr. Paino and Mrs. Brooks would swap uniforms with the students for a day. The students received a free, Halloween themed dress down on October 31, while Dr. Paino and Mrs. Brooks had to wear CCS student uniforms. All in all, the challenges and dares given by Dr. Paino and Mrs. Brooks encouraged CCS elementary students to sell Cadillac for a Cause tickets. “Everything we did was to promote ticket sales, but it became so much more” Mrs. Brooks said, reminiscing about the experience, “I learned so many names, my new goal is to know all the student’s names.” The proceeds from the fundraiser then benefitted the CCS Athletic Fields.

Wahsega 4H Trip

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the seventh graders of CCS set out to the Wahsega 4H camp for two days of fun. As soon as the final student stepped foot off of the bus, the excitement began. The first activity involved hand making cornbread like pioneers in early America. Along with cornbread, the young pioneers also made candles over a fire."The cornbread was so fun to make!" Elijah Brewer declared. After the pioneers learned to cook and provide light, they moved on to weaponry, learning to use a bow and arrow. "Expanding my knowledge on combat was my favorite!" Lauren Brooks said.

Most of the students' favorite activity was the dissection of the grasshopper. Larson Dingess exclaims,"Cutting that grasshopper up was amazing!" The students learned specific parts of a grasshopper by carefully dissecting a grasshopper with a partner. "It was fun to learn about this with my friend as my partner" Madeline Mayo explains. All in all, the seventh graders of Community Christian School adored the Wahsega 4H field trip and can't wait for their next adventure.

2016 Trunk N Treat

On Sunday, October 30, 2016, Community Bible Church hosted their annual Trunk-N-Treat event. At 5 p.m., hundreds of kids lined up to receive candy from the trunks that were creatively themed and decorated. Everyone that attended enjoyed dancing to some of their favorite songs and answering trivia over popular movies for prizes. The kids who participated had amazing costumes such as: Harley Quinn, Batman, and The Ninja Turtles. Towards the end of the night, the winner for the most creative trunk was announced. The Payne family won everyone over with their dazzling Nightmare Before Christmas design. The night will be remembered forever by those who attended!

Senior Year and Student Council

This 2016-2017 school year, Community Christian School has promoted a brand new senior class made up of 54 dedicated and hard working students. While some are vigorously filling out college and scholarship applications, others have already received acceptance letters and grants from their colleges.

To ease some of the stress that comes with senior year, our 12th grade Student Council members have worked to provide numerous opportunities for seniors to just sit back and relax. This morning, August 18, after a long meeting full of anxiety-inducing college details, seniors were treated to a wonderful and tasty breakfast (put together by Student Council; supplied by parents).

Additionally, Student Council has scheduled Senior Dress Down days on the 17th of most months this school year. Each day will be free of charge and have a pre-planned theme, such as this past Wednesday’s Dress-Up Dress-Down day, that all of the seniors will enjoy!

Elementary Chapels

The new school year has begun and the Elementary students are really looking forward to chapels. Every week the students gather in the auditorium to praise Jesus Christ through testimony and song. They get a chance to grow in their relationships with Christ, and learn more about themselves along the way. Every chapel presents an interesting topic that is sure to inspire the hearts of these young students.

The chapels are open for any parent or family member who may be interested in coming to see it, but there are certain chapels that parents are especially encouraged to attend. The chapels around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are very important for Community Christian School because the students put on class productions and perform special songs. Each production provides an opportunity for CCS’ children to interact with the holiday stories they hear every year. With the exiting chapels in store for the students, there is no question that the as the year goes by, the bonds between the children and God will strengthen.

In the Words of Our EE Director...

As the first few weeks of school have passed, Mrs. Diana Jeffers, the director of Early Education, has clear goals for this school year and is looking forward to what this year may hold. Mrs. Jeffers claims, “I am most excited about the excellent teachers, staff, parents, and students God has given me in the Early Education Department. I am going after excellence by investing in the kingdom of the Lord through our students becoming future leaders.” To invest even more in the young children of Community Christian School, Mrs. Jeffers hopes to involve middle and high students in EE events. She also aims to bridge a gap between K4 and K5 students by linking them in social events.

While the children learn in their classrooms, Early Education teachers participate in Early Childhood Education classes throughout the school year. These classes, while hard to fit in, are beneficial in advancing the teachers’ skills in the classroom. All in all, Mrs. Jeffers states, “This is just the beginning of what God plans to accomplish through all of us in the Early Education Department.”

Cadillac for a Cause

Since May 1, 2016, Community Christian School students have been participating in the Cadillac for a Cause fundraiser. All grades are currently selling raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a brand new 2016 or 2017 Cadillac valued at $50,000. The fundraiser will conclude on October 28 when the winning name will be drawn and revealed at the CCS home football game.

All proceeds raised will go towards the school’s new athletic fields and be added to the $765,000 already raised for this undertaking. Not only will students be raising money for their fields, but also, for every ticket sold K3-5th grades will win a bendable dog toy, up to five dress down days, and $10 in Banke Bucks. Middle and High School students will similarly be awarded up to five dress down days and $10 in Banke Bucks.

Community Christian School would like to thank Heritage Cadillac for allowing this fundraiser to be a possibility!

Back to School Bash

On Friday, August 5, the middle school students of Community Christian School enjoyed the annual Back to School Bash in celebration of the new school year. Middle school students were given the opportunity to dress down for this event. Seventh grader, Mary Sass stated, “It was amazing! We had so much fun!” Teachers and students alike danced, sang, and laughed along to their favorite songs. Ellie McGinnis said “It was an awesome time to socialize with our friends.”

Mrs. Godfrey, the middle school science teacher enjoyed “seeing how the students made many new friends.” The Back to school Bash gave many middle school students an opportunity to make many new friends going into the 2016-17 school year. Balloons, strobe lights, and inflatable monkeys made this afternoon one to remember for the students and teachers. Every middle school teacher thought the event to be “another successful back to school dance. The Bash was truly an excellent start to the beginning of the middle schoolers’ year.

A New Year in Early Education

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, students at Community Christian School began the 2016-17 school year. The kids in Early Education began their year learning Bible stories with corresponding coloring pages to emphasize the foundation of a Christian education. Nursery Coordinator Jennifer Faircloth says, “There are many new staff members that cannot wait to make this year a great one for the young children of CCS.” The goal of completely staffing all the EE rooms has been an ongoing project throughout the summer.

This year, students look forward to many fun-filled events. The Storybook Parade will take place in October, presenting the boys and girls with an opportunity to dress up as their favorite fairytale character. In March, parents will watch their children perform in the Early Education Spring Production. Finally, the little ones will participate in Field Day, capping off a memorable year for the Early Education students.

Seniors Making an Impact

The seniors at Community Christian School have had quite a week. Tuesday, January 24, the Varsity football team and Varsity volleyball teams received their much anticipated state championship rings. During lunch that day, one could see flashing rings and excited smiles as the players compared their rings and took pictures with them. For many seniors, that ring was the last part of their football season.
On Thursday, January 26, the Varsity basketball teams enjoyed their senior night. The Varsity girls’ team started each senior: Cali Page, Brette Davis, Cayla McCrae, Tiya Thomas, Bonnie Robertson, and Taylor Hearn ended their senior night game against Praise Academy. The Knights came out on top with a final score of 56-11. After the girl’s game, the seniors were recognized. Many tears were shed as parents and players walked down the court. The night ended with the Varsity boys playing hard against Praise Academy.

Letter from the Headmaster

Dear CCS K5-12th Grade Parents,

I trust your summer is going well and your students are enjoying their break.

We had another great year academically at CCS. Our 2015-2016 High School students earned 915 semester hours of college credits in our ACCEL Dual Enrollment Program and Advanced Placement classes. Graduating seniors earned more than $3.4 million dollars in scholarship offers and tuition opportunities. We continue to show nearly 2 years or higher in grade level equivalencies on standardized testing throughout elementary school as compared to national averages. Our students continue to thrive academically at CCS!

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Touchdowns and Match Points

After coming up short in last year’s state championship game, the CCS Varsity Girls Volleyball team was ready to bounce back for a successful year and another run at a state title. The Knights opened up this year’s regular season on August 9 in a match against cross town rival Creekside Christian Academy. Both teams were looking to open up the season with a huge win to propel them into the heart of their schedule. Fans from both teams filled the stands, creating an electric atmosphere, adding an intense excitement to the match. As the game began, it was clear the Knights had the advantage, quickly defeating the Cougars in scores of 25-6, 25-6, and 25-5. Senior Cali Page remarked on the importance of this big win: “The fact that our first win of the year was against a big rival made the victory even sweeter.” The victories continued throughout the end of the week when the Lady Knights dominated on the court against Calvary Christian School in Columbus. Although school was not in session, the Lady Knights took time out of their free day to travel almost three hours to face the defending state champions. Maximum effort was displayed from both teams but the Community Lady Knights came out on top. Community prevailed over Calvary in scores of: 25-21, 25-16, and 25-14. The Lady Knights are back in action on August 22 against Peachtree Academy at CCS.

In preparation for another exciting football season, The Knights headed out west to Sparta, Georgia to scrimmage against Briarwood Academy. Though the game did not count to either schools’ record, both teams came into the game ready compete against new opposition. At the end of the first half, the Knights’ were down 28-14 and spirits were low. After an inspired halftime speech by Senior Luke Campbell, the knights came into the second half ready to mount a resounding comeback. Lead by Seniors Ashton Hughes, with 3 touchdowns, Marcell Gleaton, with 2 touchdowns, and Damarion “Pepe” Williams, with 2 touchdowns, the Knights completed their comeback, shutting out Briarwood in the second half, and winning by a score of 42-28. The Knights look to open the regular season with a win against Griffin Christian at 7:30, August 19, at Henry County High school.

Field Day

Next week is Community Christian School’s annual field days. On Monday, Kindergarten through 2nd grade will participate in many outdoor activities including tug-of-war. Tuesday, 4th and 5th grades will have their chance to enjoy a day in the sun with activities such as the 100 Yard Dash and Sponge Relay Race.

This end of the year event is a wonderful time for elementary school students to bond with one another and have a much-needed recreational outlet. High school student Brette Davis said, “ Field day always brought my class together and fueled us with healthy competition.”

The Oration Project

Beginning in April, the sophomore English classes launched the biggest end-of-the-year assignment: The Oration Project. The project allows students to pick a topic of their choice and speak on it for six to seven minutes. Assignments such as a rough draft outline, final outline, rough drafts, and final drafts of the speech were submitted in increments leading up to the final turn-in day on Wednesday, May 11th.

Speeches began today, Monday, May 16th. Students could be seen studying their speeches in the hallways and at lunch. Many students were nervous, but most were ready to finish the final project. If a certain score is reached at the end of the project, students can exempt the final 10th grade English exam. The speeches will take place Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Powder Puff Football

On May 11th at 4 p.m., CCS hosted their annual Powder Puff game at Banks Field. The Freshmen and Junior classes were coached by Whitney Pickett, and the sophomore and senior classes were coached by Adam Collins. The Freshmen/Junior team won 31-25. Mrs. Pickett states "The girls on both teams had a lot of fun; the game was filled with a lot of plays from both sides. Definitely the fastest paced girls flag football to up to date!"


This upcoming Friday, May 13, is the very important day where the entire school is able to honor our graduating class. This event starts at 11:00 A.M. in the auditorium. The seniors will receive a breakfast at 9:00 A.M. and head straight for Baccalaureate. Mrs. Edwards, the senior class sponsor, said,” Baccalaureate is a fantastic time to celebrate the senior’s success.” This is bound to be an exciting and emotional time for everyone!

Beauty and the Beast Performance

On Friday night, May 6th, and Saturday afternoon, May 7th, the Community Christian School Drama department put on the play Beauty and the Beast. The Drama team had been practicing during and after school each day leading up to the big night. Mrs. Shivers, the chorus teacher, managed the middle school chorus in the music and the actors/actresses throughout the play. Junior Katelyn Canavan states, “It was very exciting to see all of our hard work in action.”

Students and teachers alike took the stage on Friday and Saturday. Teachers Danni Tabor, Jonathon Irby, Dave Wilkerson, and Mrs. Shivers’ husband, Steve Shivers, participated in the Disney classic. Belle was played by Junior Paige Asire, and the Beast was played by Johnny Davies. Fun was had by all, thanks to the intriguing and lively performance put on by the actors and actresses.

Ap Exams

Community Christian School TMC Seniors last day was Friday, May 6, 2016. Sophomore Ap government students took their final exam on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, and Junior Ap language had their final exam on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Students that have Ap classes have taken them off campus, then they have the rest of the day to themselves.

Lunch on the Lawn

This past Wednesday, May 1, Community Christian School held the annual end-of-the-year lunch on the lawn. During 5th period and lunch, high school students spent their time outside participating in activities such as soccer, football, bubble blowing, and kite flying.

After an hour of these outdoor activities, the students were treated to fresh-off-the-grill hamburgers and hotdogs. CCS teachers Adam Collins, Josh Edwards, and Dave Wilkerson volunteered to grill the food, while other teachers brought desserts and drinks. It was a great time to relax and have fun before the upcoming week of finals.

Varsity Boys Team Headed To State

On Friday, April 29th, the Varsity Boys Soccer Team played in their quarter-final game. The team beat Central Fellowship Christian School 2-0. Next, they moved on to their semi-final game on May 2nd at Young American Christian School. The Varsity team kicked off at 7 pm.

The game was exciting, with both teams fighting for a chance to score. The Knights competed for possession of the ball and looked for opportunities to take down the Eagles’ defense. Unfortunately, at the end of the game, the score was still 0-0. The Knights kicked it into overdrive in overtime, taking multiple opportunities to show the Eagles what Community Christian School Varsity soccer is made of. But, no goals were made during overtime. Finally, the teams were forced to take penalty kicks. Goalie Ben Davidson blocked three shots; Travis House, Karson Kurey, and Kyle Kurey, all made their penalty kicks, pulling out a win for the Knights. The State Championship will be on Saturday, May 7th, at Lovejoy High School at 5 pm. Come support our Knights as they battle for victory against Alleluia Community School.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Community Christian School will be hosting an open house from 6-8pm. Open house is where new students and families who are interested in CCS are able to come learn a little more about our academics, sports, and Christian ways. They are able to tour the school and talk to a teacher that will answer any questions the family may have. The Middle and High School Principal Lara Langston states, “My favorite thing about open house is meeting new families and potentially being able to share Christ with them.”

New Teacher !!!

Jennifer Clark an Early 2k teacher in the Early Education building at Community Christian School. “I love watching the kids grow and learn new things.” She loves Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

Soccer Playoffs

At the end of the week, Community Christian School’s Varsity soccer teams will head into playoffs. The teams have had successful seasons, but now it is time to buckle down and focus on making it to the state championship. The Varsity girls’ team plays Friday, April 29th, at Calvary Christian School. The Varsity boys’ team plays on Saturday, April 30th, at Central Fellowship Christian School.

The Middle School girls’ team has already gone through playoffs, winning their state championship on Tuesday, April 26th. The team fought hard against Harvester Christian Academy, but the score ended 0-0. The game went into overtime, and then penalty kicks. Finally, with great shots and great saves, the Middle School girls’ team won. It was a fantastic night for the fans and teams.

Future Plans

With the school year coming to a close, seniors are in a rush to finalize plans for next year. Some are already decided while others are still waiting for a much-anticipated reply. Seniors Austin Grimes (Briar Cliff University), Payton Reis (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College), Alfred Tittle (Webber International), Adie Taylor (University of North Georgia), Karyn Arnold and Cheetara Bing (Reinhardt University), and Ben Davidson (Ogelthorpe) have signed and committed to play sports at their selected schools. Senior Johnny Davies is taking a very different path with his singing audition at Reinhardt University that garnered him the applause of the Music Director.

While most are continuing their education some seniors have decided to pursue a more bold future. Geo Arroyo has committed to the United States Marines, and Asante Fernandez will be joining the Army Reserves.

Girls Who Code

You’ve seen the craze for learning code. But what exactly is coding? Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Sophomore Daniela Garcia will be participating in the coding program called Girls Who Code. This 7 week program starts this summer on June 6 through July 22. She will learn the basics like robotics, game design, and how to work on a program called Scratch. Girls Who Code is being sponsored By AT&T and Microsoft. “This program stuck out the most to me because studying computer science looks very interesting and coding was the only thing missing from my nerd life.”

Prom Knight

On Saturday, April 16, Community Christian School hosted its 2016 prom at Maggiano’s in Buckhead. Upon arrival, students were treated to an Italian dinner consisting of 3 appetizers, 5 entrees, and 2 desserts to choose from. This was also the time when all students casted their votes for prom king and queen. After dinner was completed, tables were cleared and the room became perfect for dancing.

The DJ kept the energy high with songs ranging from current rap to songs with iconic dances. Three hours in, the music and dancing ceased to make way for the prom king and queen. Seniors Darius Sharper and Ruth Anne Thomas took home the crowns. After another hour, the memorable night ended at 11:00 pm with students excited for next year. For more pictures visit #promknight2016.