On Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon will slide between the earth and sun to create a total solar eclipse. If you travel to a stretch of land across our country about 70 miles wide, between Oregon and South Carolina, you can see the eclipse in its totality. In our area, the solar eclipse will be at its maximum peak at approximately 1:22 pm and will last for almost three minutes. What an incredible learning experience for our students that hasn’t occurred since 1918! We will be watching and learning, literally!
Just as there is a “buzz in the air” about the total solar eclipse, there is also an enthusiastic “buzz in the air” at Northpoint Christian School. I have heard this comment shared by teachers, parents, and students in expressing their excitement for the new school year. It is an exciting time to be at Northpoint to see what all our students will accomplish!
We have added several new courses to our high school curriculum as well as added a full-time computer teacher to our elementary school. There are several new teachers, coaches, and staff members who have brought a new level of enthusiasm to our classrooms and campus. I am excited about continuing a rich tradition of “Christ-centered, college preparatory” education, while blending with it some fresh new ideas and strategies.
Before school started, our teachers and faculty participated in staff development training. The following is a list of topics, ideas, and areas where our staff and teachers are challenged for 2017-2018:
- We will have higher expectations for ourselves than we do for anyone else. We will work toward this goal in dealing with every facet of our job performance.
- We will provide quality instruction every day that is rigorous (not hard) and relevant to ensure all students are engaged in the learning process.
- We will provide an appropriate amount of homework that is necessary to reinforce what has been taught in the classroom.
- We are to encourage and foster the God-gifted creativity in our students.
- We are going to work towards eliminating petty, “nit-picky” rules and procedures.
- We will work each day to build relationships to ensure our students know we have their best interests at heart.
- We will find the “sweet spot” between accountability and grace. It can be a difficult challenge to maintain high expectations and extend grace. But it is our desire to operate under the “Law of Grace” as opposed to the “Law of Rules.”
It is one my greatest desires for our students to enjoy their educational journey at Northpoint! To use the same analogy, we will find that “sweet spot” between excellence and enjoyment. The teachers, staff, and students will work to be excellent, but we will also enjoy the journey together. Northpoint is as special and unique, as a total solar eclipse! I believe there are incredible things in store for our ministry and school. I am thankful you are on this journey with us.
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