Upper School 2

Upper School

Community Service

Education and training at Central extends far beyond the classroom to activities and events that help students to develope a giving heart and spirit. Learning to serve others and giving back to the community is a vital part of student life at Central.

Theme Scripture: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Ephesians 2:10

Serve – A – Thon
Each year our middle school and high school students participate in a day long Serve – A – Thon. During this day, our students perform tasks such as lawn care and household cleaning for families with special needs, visiting assisted living facilities and much more. Please contact the school office if you would like to share any ideas you may have to serve other.

Operation Advance
The goal of this community service program is to develop a daily lifestyle of service by providing opportunities to lead through serving outside of the normal academic and athletic environment. Students who choose to participate may select almost any area of service. Middle and high school students should record hours, location, service description, and the name of the adult supervisor. Click HERE for the form.

A student completing 20 hours or more of community service within a school year will be recognized at the end of the year.

RESTRICTIONS

  • If a payment is made for a service, it is not accepted as service hours.
  • Hours serve on the day of the Serve-A-Thon do not count as hours served.
  • Mission trips are not counted as hours served.

Please contact the school office if you have any questions about your student’s service hours.

Mission Trips
Mission trip opportunities are provided yearly for our upper school students.

Spiritual Life

All of our students participate in chapel every week. Sixth through twelfth grade students attend chapel each Thursday at 9:00.a.m. These chapels are well-planned, and provide worship time and speakers who challenge every student to deepen their walk with Christ.
Chapels are carefully planned so all students feel welcome. Praise and worship are part of each service.   A student led praise band leads worship under the careful eye of teachers who teach students how to be worship leaders. Sixth through twelfth grade students lead worship each Thursday. Students learn how to use their vocal and instrumental gifts to lead contemporary worship. Other students learn how to help by working the sound and light boards. Our master teachers prepare students musically, and we mentor students as they learn to lead worship.
Try-outs for the CCS Praise Band are held each August. Each quarter we have a school-wide chapel where students from K-4 to 12th grade worship together. Those are special times in the lives of our students. We have seen God move in mighty ways at chapel and parents are always welcome to attend.

Social Events

Many of life’s greatest lessons are learned through different environments.  At Central, we believe a well rounded education includes engaging lessons, teamwork, character development, and a willingness to form nurturing relationships and friendships. These characteristics are learned not only through seat work and memorization, but also outside the classroom as well. Central intentionally creates social opportunities outside of the classroom where friendships are cultivated and lasting memories are made. Activities such as Spirit Week, Spiritual Emphasis days, Homecoming festivities, Friday Spirit Days, banquets, Powder Puff football games, Prom, Senior Night are just a few of the events our upper school students can enjoy.

Council, Clubs & Extracurricular

Councils and Clubs – Students may participate in a number of clubs and councils.  These include:

  • National Honors Society
  • Beta Club
  • Key Club
  • Praise Band

Team Sports:
Students learn to take responsibility for personal activity, fitness, and health to prepare them for an active and healthy life. Various team games are played that teach students sportsmanship and teamwork.

Computer Applications (This course will be taught both semesters):
Students will learn the fundamentals of different computer programs that will help them with their coursework during their time at CCS. This course is part of our plan to begin a school-wide tech program that will allow students to use their laptop or tablet in the classroom. The main focus will be in how to use the Microsoft Office Suite. Mrs. Mayne will be teaching the course. There are several prerequisites for the course:

  • There is a limit of 15 students for the class.
  • Students will need to provide their own computer or tablet and will be allowed to use that device in their other classes.
  • The minimum requirements for the device will be provided once students have been registered for the course.
  • Students will use an E-book for the course. The cost for the E-book must be purchased by the parent and be loaded on the device prior to the start of the course. Mrs. Mayne will be in touch with all students enrolled regarding all specifics for the course during fall semester.

Yearbook:
This is a one semester course. The end result of this class is the production of the school yearbook. This course teaches students how to incorporate graphic design, planning, and the layout of the school yearbook.  Students will also learn skills for marketing, advertising, and sales.

Journalism:
This full-year class teaches layout and design principles for a school newspaper. The number of students is limited to 10-12. Selected students must have good writing skills and be able to work cooperatively in a small group situation.

S.A.T. Prep or A.C.T. Prep:
This one semester course involves the use of proven strategies to increase a student’s S.A.T. score. One student increased his score by 300 points as a result of taking this class and putting forth the work required. S.A.T. content and format are taught using the textbook produced by the same people who produce the S.A.T. exam. It is most successful for juniors taking it second semester. Sophomores may take the course, but may lack the math background needed to receive the full benefit of the course.
Course Requirement: Students should have taken the S.A.T. and/or the A.C.T. before signing up for the course. Those personal results will be used to better prepare the student for the test.

Speech:
This course is designed to help students effectively communicate within a social and professional setting. They will learn the skills necessary to effectively communicate within individual, small, and large group settings. Students will prepare and give presentations for formal and informal presentations. Part of the grade will come from large group presentations in the chapel with selected staff who will use a rubric to grade the presentation. The course is a one semester course (1/2 elective credit) and is offered both semesters.

Study Skills:
Students who need extra help with an academic class will work with Mrs. Smith seventh period to help them understand study strategies and course content. Class size is limited.

Study Hall:
Students attend this one period class to study for an exam or work on homework. Quiet, focused behavior is essential for any student taking this course.
Math Support:
This course is designed for students who need extra help in their upper school math class. Class size is limited.

Career Connections:
This course is a one semester course which helps students through career interest inventories, possible college majors, plans after college and deciding on a college major. Students will research beginning salaries for their chosen major and examine the job market for their chosen major upon college graduation.

Leadership Opportunities

Students have many opportunities to develop their skills in leadership. These include:

  • School Class Officers
  • Student Government Officers
  • Captains of competitive teams
  • Worship Leaders
  • Coaches for C-Team sports

Studio

Advanced Band/Orchestra:
Working at an accelerated pace, students who audition well for the Advanced Band have the opportunity to perform challenging and entertaining pieces. Concepts in music theory, history, aural skills, composition, and improvisation are developed. A wide variety of instruments are welcome in the Advanced Band, including all woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Strings:
Students will have the opportunity to learn to play stringed instrument from guitar to the cello. The course is for the beginner to the most advanced string student.

Jazz/Pep Band:
As an extra-curricular course, Jazz/Pep Band meets after school one day per week for one hour. Students who audition well for Pep Band arrange and perform chart-topping hits that arise the enthusiasm of Crusader fans during basketball season. The Jazz Band portion of this course allows students to refine their skills in improvisation, allowing more freedom of musical expression. Genres studied and performed include swing, blues, Latin, funk, and rock.

Advanced Art:
Students are introduced to mixed mediums and techniques in drawing, with an emphasis on using computer software for projects. Exposure will include water colors, oil pastels, soft pastels, acrylic, clay and upcycled sculpture.  Students participate in two collaborative group art projects, as well as individual projects throughout the year. Secondary students attend art daily to receive college level art curriculum with exposure to all mediums including pencil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and pottery.

Photography:
(This course is taught first semester) This course introduces students to the basic techniques, processes, and language of digital photography. This class concentrates on many areas of photography: technical skills, creativity, composition, computer/digital imaging, and some alternative processes, using Photoshop Elements. Control of photo equipment and techniques, experimentation, problem solving, and opportunity for portfolio development are all included in this course. Photos produced will be entered in competition and used in the school yearbook. Students will be encouraged to purchase their own camera to use in the course. The Canon Rebel EOS 6.3MP digital camera with 18-55mm lens is recommended. These are available for a reasonable price on Amazon. Those who cannot purchase their own camera may share one of two cameras purchased by the school for the course.

Chorus:
Students try-out fora chorus and the chorus meets immediately after-school 1-2 days a week. They perform several times during the school year.

Drama / One-Act Play:
This one semester course offers students the opportunity to learn basic techniques necessary for dramatic productions. The textbook for drama is Theatre: Art in Action by Glencoe Publishers. Analyzing character development, theater games and exercises, and improvisation are all a part of the class. The emphasis of the class will prepare students to compete in One-Act Play competitions in the fall.

Friday Spirit Day

On Friday of each week, Central sponsors a Spirit Day. This is done to promote school spirit and pride and to show our support for all of our athletic teams. Students who are a part of a team should wear their official game jerseys on Friday. Other students in grades 6-12 are free to wear any approved Central Spirit apparel. (Approved clothing does not include Work-A-Thon or Serve-A Thon shirts). Students may wear jeans (without holes) shorts (approved colors) or long pants or skirts. If you have any questions about this special day, please contact Pam McCurry at pmccurry@cccrusaders.com or call the main office.

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