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MARCH 2013





CHCS Science Fair More than 40 students participated in the 15th Annual Science and Engineering Fair. Many of the projects were inspired by artist Rube Goldberg. This year’s goal was to turn off a light bulb in 2 minutes by using everyday items in a series of action transfers. The school’s physics students judged the project on timing, smoothness, and creativity. “Rube Goldbergs really bring out a lot of creativity. It’s really been a blast to watch how much the kids get into the projects and how they challenge one another and come up with really unique ideas,” says science instructor Jean Miller. 

Congratulations Science and Engineering Fair Winners! 7th GRADE 1st Place – Emma Greathouse – It’s Explosive!... Or Not... 2nd Place – Claire Johnson – Which Liquid Causes the Most Tooth Decay? 3rd Place – Ty Paige – Is Shooting Streaky? 8th GRADE 1st Place – Kenlee Jones – Which Brand of Popcorn Leaves the Least Amount of Kernals? 2nd Place – Mattie Beard – Nothing but Net 3rd Place – Jacob Cawyer – Does Gum Help Short-Term Memory? HIGH SCHOOL 1st Place – Miranda Lorimer – Germs in Tears 2nd Place – Hannah Flack – Pineapple Enzyme 3rd Place – Sarah Vainio – Magical Beans

RUBE GOLDBERG COMPETITION 1st Place – Hannah Laws, Kristen Crumpacker 2nd Place – Ryan & Daniel Geary 3rd Place – Michael Crumpacker, Paul Sherrod

Open House Our Annual Open House event was a great success. This event held in conjunction with the Science and Engineering Fair, hosted more than 20 visiting families. Potential students got to experience the book fair, science fair and solo and choral ensembles as well as visit classrooms and speak with teachers. Thanks everyone that helped make this event a success. Scheduling courses for the upcoming school year is always an exciting COLLEGE CORNER time. This process for the 2013-2014 school year is well under way. Students and parents have been meeting with Mrs. Kruse trying to figure out the best course selections for their college goals. The first step began with Mrs. Kruse making a classroom visit with each grade 8th through 11th. General explanations along with an enrollment forms were given to every student at that time. Students were instructed to take the forms home to review with their parents then schedule an appointment with her before making their final course selections. Mrs. Kruse prefers to meet with each student and his/her parents every spring so information about college and career goals can be shared. There is a clipboard with available appointment times in the guidance office where students can sign up for a conference. Parents may also call Mrs. Wilkins at extension 236 or Mrs. Kruse at extension 235 to schedule appointments by phone. It is important to note that these yearly meetings are strongly encouraged. Every effort is made to honor the student’s course requests. However, there are times when this is not possible. Classes have to be balanced in size and requirements must be met.


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Savannah Beaver Signs with MSU

Congratulations to Savannah Beaver who has signed with Missouri State University to run Cross County and Track.

Kirsty Green to Play for OBU

Congratulations to Kirsty Green who will be playing Volleyball for Oklahoma Baptist University in the Fall. As a multitalented athlete, she will be an asset to the OBU volleyball team.

High School Basketball Season Summary We did not have a not have a successful season if you count wins and losses, but felt we were competitive in most contests, one example was losing to a good Springfield Catholic team by 2 after leading towards the end of the game, we put a young inexperienced team on the floor most every night and hopefully we can build on that and be even more competitive and successful next year. Congratulations to Kirsty Green who was selected to 1st Team All District and 1st Team All Conference and to Josh Woodmansee who was selected to 2nd Team All Conference.

Patriot Pen

Patriot’s Pen provided 6th-8th grade students the opportunity to state their opinion on a specified patriotic theme. This project helps students improve their writing skills while they compete for awards and prizes. Awards are given at the local, district and state levels. This year CHCS is blessed to have three students who have placed at the local and district level and one who has advanced to the state level. Congratulations go to Kenlee Jonas (3rd in local and 2nd in district), Victoria Conroy (1st in local and 3rd in district) and Mattie Beard (2nd in local, 1st in district and 6th in state). Congratulations to these three middle school students!! We are proud of you!

CHCS Talent‌ Lydia Buford

Middle School Scholars Bowl The Jr. High Scholars Bowl Team took 1st in the Spring River Valley Conference on Saturday. Great work Cougars and Coach Nancy Ohmart (Middle School History Instructor).

Congratulations to District Instrumental Musician Lydia Buford for receiving a 1 Rating on both Flute and Piano Solos.


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Enriching Knowledge The elementary Enrichment classes did a study on different numbering systems through history, and taking the opportunity to look at the people and cultures that developed these systems. We had fun printing Cuneiform math problems on clay tablets (play dough), and writing dates on our imitation papyrus scrolls in ancient Egyptian numerals. While working on translating Arabic numbers into the Mayan base 20 system, one girl was heard to say, “I can feel my brain growing!” 

Broadway! On Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 PM, Outreach, the CHCS high school choir presented ON BROADWAY! at the Corley Auditorium, on the MSSU campus. This program spotlighted musical selections from great Broadway shows and musical theater. Some shows included were Oklahoma, South Pacific, Mama Mia and many more. Outreach choir students did a fantastic job.

A NOTE FROM SUPERINTENDENT NELSON HORTON… Here is a quick update on this year’s “Opportunity and Excellence” annual fund emphasis. Through this effort we hope to raise $ 80,000 to fund projects that cannot be funded from the operating budget. The funds received will be used as follows: 40% to upgrade classroom technology, 40% to provide level two tuition assistance, and 20% to upgrade classroom furnishings and school equipment used by CHCS students. As of March 1st contributions and pledges totaled $ 31,000! This means we are 37% of the way to our goal for the year. The total number of participants so far is 49. I am hopeful that the number of individuals and households who support this important project will grow significantly, since all students will benefit greatly from a successful campaign. The number of families participating says a lot about our school spirit. To pledge or give to the “Opportunity and Excellence” campaign, or to get more information, please contact Anita Zarrabi at 417-782-4114 Ext 227, or go to our web site

Cougar Card Sales

STUCO Carnation Sales

We want to extend a special THANKS to all the PTF volunteers who helped with this year’s Cougar Card Sales fundraiser. This event, in addition to the Cougar Run and Carnival in the fall raise money to enhance student’s experience at CHCS. In the past, PTF has helped by purchasing lockers, technology, playground equipment, enhanced security, and remodeled restrooms. Funds raised by PTF this year will go toward the purchase of improved technology, landscaping and playground improvements. Without the support of this group, we would not have many of the items that make life a little easier! We appreciate all they do.

Valentine’s Day produced many smiling faces here at CHCS. STUCO sold over 300 carnations this year, all of which were delivered to students, staff and faculty. Some students enjoyed sending special note, a reminder about a fun time or just a note to make someone laugh along with the carnations. It was nice to have so many parents, staff and parents participate in this year’s event.

NHS BLOOD DRIVE April 10th, 2013 8:00-2:00 College Heights Atrium

Renweb Parents, don’t forget to take advantage of Renweb, our online school management system. You can check homework assignments, lunch menus, student grades, the school calendar, etc. If you are having problems accessing Renweb or have not set up your account, please contact the school. A Renweb phone application is also available. This is a great tool to use to stay informed about your students’ progress.

ECFA ACCREDITED – On November 12, 2012, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability announced the accreditation of College

Heights Christian School. Accreditation is based on the ECFA’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance, and ethical fundraising. When an organization is accredited by ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow the model of biblical accountability.


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


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