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A NOTE FROM SUPERINTENDENT NELSON HORTON… Thank you for taking time to read this edition of our newsletter. I believe you will find the articles interesting and informative. We have tried to give you a quick overview of some of the activities and accomplishments of our students and staff, so you can hopefully feel more connected and informed about College Heights Christian School’s ministry and vision. You may already know that CHCS is a great school, and the articles in this newsletter will reinforce the fact that our students are learning and excelling in academics, as well as in athletics, fine arts and performing arts. What you may not see is the “secret” behind the success at CHCS. I call this our “differential advantage”, and it can be found at the core of our school. Our “differential advantage” is the Christ-centered philosophy at CHCS. This philosophy brings family, church and school together to form a strong educational partnership, and a school environment where parents and staff are united in purpose and where students learn that “It’s not about me”. The desired educational outcome is not just above average test scores, or entrance into a prestigious college, but rather the formation of a well-equipped servant leader who will step into his or her post-high school years, with a strong vibrant faith, a biblical world view, and the skills necessary to think clearly, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, and live strategically; in short, to be salt and light in a decaying and dark world. Please pray with us, that we will never lose sight of our goal nor of our differential advantage.

Mars Trip The 2011-2012 Chemistry and Physics classes at CHCS will be going to Arizona State University for a two day study about Mars. The students will get involved in discussions of scientific principals and the process of science will be fully explored. They will have the opportunity to work with real data (which they help to generate) and are trained by scientist working with NASA. Students had to write a proposal that generates a question and hypothesis that is submitted to ASU. Once accepted, the students are invited to the Mars Space Flight Facility and one day at the Grand Canyon. Prior to the trip the students will choose a site on Mars to be photographed by Odyssey. Upon arrival, they will be trained to analyze the picture and what can be learned from it. The entire process is unprecedented and is a wonderful opportunity that validates learning and is a lot of fun.

April Events

4/13 __________ Grandparents Day All School Chapel ______ 4/14 Junior/Senior Banquet 4/17 ________________ Skate Night



APRIL 2012


COUGARS High School Scholars Bowl Scholar’s Bowl is a MSHSAA sponsored event that features head-to-head competition of four member teams that must answer questions quickly. The team participates is various meets October –April with the State Tournament in May. In order to participate, students must come to lunch practices on Mondays and Thursdays, and compete in local events. This year our Varsity Team has taken first place at NEO, Warrensburg, SRVC Conference, and Webb City and second place at the Carthage Invitational. Junior Varsity finished fourth in Branson. Scholars Bowl’s biggest event of the year was Saturday, April 14th when the Varsity Team competed at the District Tournament. Winners of Districts will move to Sectionals, April 25th and to Finals in Columbia, Friday, May 4th. CHCS defeated Jasper to become District Champions. We have a great varsity team this year and are excited about State Prospects.

May Events

5/7 __ MS/HS Spring Vocal Concert 5/8 __ Academic Awards Ceremony 5/10 ________ Spring Band Concert 5/12 ______Graduation Celebration 5/13 ______________ Baccalaureate/ Commencement 5/15 ___________ Cougar Olympics 5/18 __________ Last Day of School



MISSIONS WEEK – March 12-16


CHCS celebrated our annual Missions Week March 12-16. The week was dedicated to serving others in our community and around the world. Forty-six students and sponsors traveled to Jamaica to work with a local church on various projects and VBS. Another group went to Red Bird Mission Work Camp in Beverly, Kentucky to work with Appalachian people. They provided home repair for low-income community residents. Cookson Hills Children’s Home in Kansas, Oklahoma was assisted by a group that worked on projects and a chapel service presentation. Freshmen students headed to Ozark, Arkansas to provide outreach services to the rural, economically challenged community by completing physical labor projects. Additionally, 93 High School Students and sponsors canvased the community of Joplin to serve at Crosslines, Spring River Christian Village, Neighborhood Life House in North Joplin, God’s Resort, Creative Expressions, and Crisis Center. Their purpose was to serve the people and help the organization in any way they are needed. Middle School Students served on various projects during the week. The theme for Missions Week was “It’s NOT about me!” Every student learned from dedicating this time to others.



PARENTING TIP If your child asks for help in doing his homework, remember the goal of homework is to build responsibility and develop good study habits. Help your child think through the question or problem rather than doing it for him so he learns to work on his own. If your child is especially frustrated or having trouble concentrating, take a short break.








CHCS glorifies God through excellence as a Christ-centered learning environment that produces servant-leaders with a Biblical worldview.






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Way to go…

Congratulations to… FINALIST

Nancy Ohmart (MS) and NOMINEES

Julie Pechawer (5th) and Christy Kinder (5th)

WILL SECKER (5th Grade)

Winner of this year’s

Spelling Bee

Book Fair 2012

We sold over $10,000 in books at this year’s fair. Teachers received $2,472 worth of books for their classrooms!

CHCS Teacher Awarded Middle School History teacher Nancy Ohmart has been awarded a scholarship by the Missouri Council for History Education (MOCHE). Mrs. Ohmart and nine others attended the National Council for History Education conference in Kansas City on March 22-24.

High School Math League MSSU Math League, Math Day at NEO and SRVC Math Relays are just a few of the events that the CHCS Math League attends every year. Sponsored by Pam Green this team has performed well under her supervision. Every year for the past seven years CHCS has won their division at MSSU and the SRVC event. They have won at NEO several years. Anyone that is interested in Math can be a member of the Math League. They meet every Tuesday during lunch in Mrs. Green’s room.

Middle School Scholars Bowl Middle School’s Scholars’ Bowl is having a great year this year, under the leadership of our 8th graders, Katie Barnett, Matthew Estep, and Devon Russell! They won first place in the Spring River Conference Tournament and also the Invitational Tournament hosted by CHCS. Devon Russell took the individual first place in both tournaments. Throughout the year we also compete five times against 7 local schools with a Varsity, Junior Varsity, and 6th grade teams. Our 6th grade team took first place at the History meet, being the ONLY undefeated team for the night! That team included Daniel Estep, Emma Greathouse, Claire Johnson, Sam Thullesen, Emma Davison, and Eden Laws.


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Student Participates in National Geographic Bee Daniel Estep has qualified to represent College Heights Christian School at the State Level of the National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The State bee was held Friday, March 30th at the University of Missouri-Columbia, in Columbia, where he earned a place among the top 100 students in the state. One winner from each state and territory will advance to the national competition, which will be held May 22-24 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Elementary Basketball This year the elementary basketball teams participated in league play at Sports Park that included teams from Sarcoxie, Pierce City, Diamond, East Newton,/Granby, and East Newton/Triway. Our fourth and sixth grade boys were undefeated during league play. Third and fourth grade girls and sixth grade boys all won end of the season tournaments.

Scholastic News “Kid Reporter”

Annie Secker (Mrs. Kinders’s 5th grade class) was selected by Scholastic News to be a “Kid Reporter”. Annie was selected based on an essay she submitted. After being appointed, she traveled to Kansas City to interview Rick Santorum. Her article was published on the Scholastic Website.

Athlete Signs Letter of Intent

On Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Olivia Massey, College Heights Christian School senior, will sign a letter of intent to play softball at Southwest Baptist University, in Bolivar, MO. Olivia, starting first baseman, has been a 4 year varsity letterman and 4 year varsity starter. She is the team leader with 15 RBI’s, and a 0.283 Batting Average. Ms. Massey’s honors include: 2nd Team All District – Senior Year, and 2nd Team All Conference – Senior Year. This year’s team ended with a 10 – 12 record. Coach Phillip Jordan commented, “Olivia has a great work ethic and has become a very solid player. She has been a great leader for us both on and off the field.” She is the daughter of Rick and Michelle Massey of Joplin

Spotlight on Drama CHCS high school drama students took first place and won the district championship of the MSHSAA Southern District Speech and Debate Tournament District One Act Competition. The district championship qualified them to compete at the state level in Columbia, MO on April 19th. The one act Tick Talk was their award winning production. Theatre Instructor Tabitha Davison directed the cast of ten students. During the individual events portion of completion, Jacob Everett took 6th place, Sarah Buford, Louden Baker and Savannah Beaver placed 3rd with Baker also receiving a first place award.

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