Christian Education

When My Son Became a Joy

By Tuvette McCroskey, SCS Parent & Board Member

One morning during my quiet time, I was struck with a thought: “Ten years ago I never would have dreamed that my kids would be attending a Christian private school!” I am an educator myself, having taught K-12 special education and was a middle school counselor for three years. I’m all about having a great education, so twelve years ago we chose a well-regarded public elementary school for my son Isaac, to begin kindergarten at.

Student Recruitment: A Community Effort

Last week I attended a webinar hosted by Christian School International on the topic of student recruitment. The two administrators from Christian school’s similar to our size shared ideas and stressed the importance of community involvement. I was encouraged because the things they shared we’ve been doing for the last couple of years.

Here are a few of those things we can keep doing as a community. Read more >> about Student Recruitment: A Community Effort

Liturgies, Formation and Ecosystem

I wish we could bottle all the enthusiasm and excitement from the start of our school year so that I could release it in small doses later in the year.  New clothes, new faces, new school supplies, and renewed attitudes all blend together to generate a liturgy of praise.  This continues into the school picnic where the simplicity of sharing a grilled hotdog with old friends and new acquaintances becomes an opportunity to worship within the ecosystem that supports the Christian formation of our children.

Revisiting Standards

It's now the time of year when new student applications start rolling in, and school visits and tours are nearly daily occasions. This means the admission team is fielding all kinds of questions about what curriculum we use, what testing we utilize, and how we measure success.

As a school, these are questions that we constantly revisit. In the high school, that means developing a program that we call Phenomenal Fridays (you can find a couple past blog posts about that here). In elementary, we’ve been exploring changing our science curriculum. All these changes and discussions are guided by our mission statement: Shoreline Christian School works in partnership with Christian families and their church to challenge students in preschool through high school to celebrate that all of creation belongs to God, to respond to God by developing their unique gifts and abilities, to live as dynamic and transforming influences for the glory of God.

Practically speaking, what does this really mean?

Learning as Worship

In my first few weeks at Watson Groen Christian, I was introduced to Mins Reinsma; however, I really never got to know him until the day he showed up in my office. It was a hectic type of day filled with all the trivia that is administration. The office told me that someone from the church wanted to see me. There was that quick thought--Now what have I done?

Out on a Limb

Trees fill every corner of Northwest Washington. We are called “The Evergreen State,” after all. When I started teaching first grade at Shoreline Christian I was told to “teach something about trees.” Over the years I’ve developed curriculum for my fall science units about deciduous, evergreen, and Christmas trees. We also learn a verse every year that reminds us that God watches our growth. We are like trees. Read more >> about Out on a Limb

When Church and School Partner

My wife teaches kindergarten in our school. It is always fun when one of her students encounters her outside of the classroom. We were visiting a church when Sue was spotted by a group of her students. Some ran up to her for a hug while others held a parent’s hand and excitedly pointed. The pastor, watching their reaction and the reaction of his own children, looked at Sue and laughingly said, “It looks like we have a rock star visiting us today!” Read more >> about When Church and School Partner

Hope for Shoreline Christian

Post by: Tuvette McCroskey, SCS Parent and Board Member

My family became a part of Shoreline Christian in 2005. Isaac began fourth grade and Lydia, my three year-old munchkin, started preschool. I remember pulling away from campus after a very reluctant goodbye from Lydia and a “see ya” from Isaac, thinking, “I’m free!”– at least for a few hours. Lydia warmed up to preschool and after a few months I, too, began some new friendships. In a few short years Shoreline Christian became a place for strong community for my whole family. Read more >> about Hope for Shoreline Christian

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