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PILLARS OF SUPPORT 2015-2016

GIVING

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2015-2016 THEME BIBLE VERSE

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”   — C O L O S S I A N S 3 : 1 2 & 1 4


HEAD OF SCHOOL

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LETTER FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL

Dear St. Paul Community, I want to thank all of you for the investments of time, talent, and treasure you have so sacrificially made in our precious St. Paul community; we are so blessed by so many! Particularly as I enter my last semester as Head of School, I want you to know that Cathy and I count each of you who make up St. Paul as a treasure that we will store in our hearts as we head to Texas. Looking back at the 2015-16 school year, I am so grateful for the generosity of our parents, faculty, board, grandparents, and friends of St. Paul. We exceeded our goals in the Annual Fund, Saints Cup, and the Saints Bash. Additionally, we received one of the largest gifts in school history designated for our Center for Student Success, formerly known as the Learning Center. This gift has allowed us to hire a second, full-time employee for the Center. We also received a very generous gift from the Irene

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W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation for the purchase of all of our iPads for Lower School. The funds raised by Parent Council have allowed us to give our children their Library back, which had come to be used for many of our meetings for adults, by making a significant enhancement to our Kuyper Conference Room. This will allow us to give full use of the C.S. Lewis Library to the students while utilizing a revitalized Kuyper Conference Room for admissions gatherings and conferences for educators from around the Southeast. Finally, individual families have given generously to the school to allow us to make improvements to the entrance in Kuyper Hall, place flat screen information centers around campus and create a brand-new Lower School Science Lab. In short, we have enjoyed extraordinary generosity from our community in 2015-2016, all of which will benefit the children of St. Paul. So, as you peruse this Annual Re-

port, know that my heart is full of thanksgiving for the ways and means by which this community helps me, our leadership team, board, and faculty to lead the children of St. Paul to be their very best for the glory of God. In closing, I want you, our St. Paul community, to know how incredibly blessed I am for having had the privilege of leading our school for the past 16 years. As you welcome the new Head of School, Dr. Jason Powell, I humbly ask that you support him as you have me, and I have every confidence that you will reach new heights of Christ-centered, academic excellence, transforming the hearts and minds of our St. Paul Saints. Thank you and Godspeed. I am Yours in Christ, Ken Cheeseman Head of School

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verywhere you look at St. Paul, there are exciting things happening. As we begin this year of transition, the importance of our mission, our values, and our community relationships are more significant than ever. The leadership team, our faculty, staff and our Board of Trust have worked tirelessly in the last year to further the mission of SPCA and to strengthen the foundation of our three pillars—Academic Excellence, Passion for Christ, and Leadership Development - to make St. Paul the school to prepare our children for their next level academic journey, and for the emotional and spiritual challenges they will face. The new Center for Student Success, lead by Crockett Rodriguez and Becky Carter, will be utilizing new and innovative techniques to help all of our children learn to their maximum potential. We have unveiled a new website design to

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enhance our communications and tell the story of St. Paul to our own community and beyond. And our new Lower School Science Lab opened its doors to give our children hands-on experience as they learn more about God’s design through laboratory experiments and group discussions. At St. Paul, we know that the early years are foundational ones. Now matters. The integration of aca-

demic excellence and a biblical worldview at St. Paul establishes a framework for future learning, understanding and maturity. We are excited to share in this report how St. Paul inspires, engages, educates and empowers every student. As we begin our 46th year and welcome Dr. Jason Powell, our next Head of School, it is a privilege to be part of this remarkable school community with you. There is much to look forward to in the months and years to come. Together, we are St. Paul.

In His Name, Carole Peterson Chair, Board of Trust

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LEADERSHIP

2015-16 Board of Trust Carole Peterson CHAIR Kit Ozburn VICE-CHAIR Mark Bacurin Sterling Barrett Jake Eaton Warren Elliott Matt Lane Tal Lefler Anne Lucas Jackson Moore Rosemary Plorin William Seibels Josh Smithson Karen Sturgeon Destin Tompkins Susan Dean Ken Cheeseman

Development Committee Jake Eaton CHAIR Tal Lefler Anne Lucas Jackson Moore William Seibels

Grandparent Chairs Debbie & Bill Kenny

2015-16 Faculty Liaisons Kathleen Herb KC Carraway Pam Redinius

Thank you for the generous financial support during the 2015-2016 school year. Through the leadership of the Board of Trust, Class Agents, Grandparent Chairs, and Faculty Liaisons the Academy Pillars have a strong foundation to rest upon.

Class Agents TEACHER

GRADE

PARENTS NAME

Mrs. Cooke.........................JK.......................................... Anne & Jon Lucas Mrs. Herb...........................JK...............................Mary Cady & Brian Bolin Mrs. Holladay.....................JK................................ Kristen & Josh Smithson Ms. Powers..........................JK....................Sarah Louise & Brian Vogelsang Mrs. Brown.........................K...................................... Elizabeth & Ted Wade Miss McGarry.....................K............................... Marie & Kevin Gangaware Miss Wood..........................K......................................Brandi & Chad Ferrari Mrs. Burson........................First........................... Wendy & Michael Warren Ms. Carraway......................First......................... Stephanie & Charles White Mrs. Ford............................First................................. Jeanie & John Dayani Mrs. Roseberry...................Second...............................Lori & Jacob Powers Mrs.Vaughn........................Second...................................Kristy & Jon Ayers Mrs. Webb...........................Second.................................. Anne & Jon Lucas Mrs. Groves........................Third............................... Murray & Pryor Smartt Mr. Mitchell........................Third................................... Andrea & Phil Perry Mrs. Mossack......................Third.....................Elizabeth & Steven Chatham Miss Collins.......................Fourth...................................Michele Toungette Mrs. Florez..........................Fourth......................... Natalie & Eric LeMarbre Mrs. Gurley.........................Fourth............................ Tracy & Billy Crawford Mrs. Humphrey..................Fifth........................................ Katy & Ben Smith Mrs. Mizell..........................Fifth...................................... Meg & Matt Moudy Mrs. Redinius.....................Fifth......................... Shareese & Chris Saponari Mr. Radbill..........................Sixth.................................... Kim & Bump Elliott Mrs. Smith..........................Sixth........................ Adrienne & Bob Knestrick Mrs. Stone..........................Sixth................................. Lara & Nathan Green

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ACADEMIC E XC E L L E N C E Academic excellence is a challenging goal that St. Paul sets for students to guide them in understanding how hard work can glorify God. Not only is the academic expectation set high and appropriate for each student, but strong Christian values are woven throughout the curriculum. Personal, spiritual, and experiential connections are encouraged and are deliberately incorporated daily into lesson plans and incidental teaching. While the term “academic excellence” seems rather bold for elementary school, it solidifies the expectation that we have for each child to set personal goals, to continually improve, and to make measurable progress while remaining humble and aware of the accomplishments of others. Integrated academic excellence is the standard that provides a foundation for students to embrace a passion for Christ and a desire for learning as well as to obtain skills to become strong role models and remarkable young leaders.

educators who seek the best teaching practices for their grade level or teaching discipline and present those practices in the classroom with love, confidence, and integrity. Academic excellence typically refers to outstanding grades; however, St. Paul embraces that excellence can be found in the diversity of student learning through our academic coaching and by celebrating student talent in a variety of areas such as theater, culture, music, sports, art,

ing encouraging and compatible learning environments at home. We value the partnership we develop with parents in helping students achieve their full potential. With the circle of love, support, and opportunity that students at St. Paul receive, they are prepared for acceptance and success in some of the most competitive college preparatory schools in the Nashville area. Teachers are often reminded of the success of their St. Paul students by

“St. Paul embraces that excellence can be found in the diversity of student learning... by celebrating student talent in a variety of areas...” chess, technology, and language. Our school has a beautiful facility that includes modern equipment used to encourage learning and is designed to provide a safe, nurturing environment to help students reach their goals. St. Paul students have a strong support system at school and parents who support our mission by provid-

parents, teachers from college preparatory schools, and from students themselves.This unsolicited affirmation confirms that our students have a strong foundation in academics, biblical understanding, faith, and leadership and are prepared for a successful educational future.

 PAM REDINIUS, 5TH GRADE TEACHER

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NUMBERS BREAKDOWN

Final FY 2016 Annual Fund Giving Gifts reflected are gifts in hand. Giving Percentage

Annual Fund Participation

12% 1% Alumni

Board of Trust

3%

Businesses

Junior Kindergarten

97%

Kindergarten

96% 100%

First Grade

16%

Grandparents’ and Friends

10%

Foundations

52%

Current Parents

Second Grade

98%

Third Grade

98%

Fourth Grade

95%

Fifth Grade

93%

Sixth Grade

94% 100%

Board of Trust

3% Faculty

Household Participation

2%

Donor Directed Funds

97%

Faculty

100%

Total Giving Amount

No. of Gifts

Average Gifts

$2,200.00

11

$200.00

$35,406.78

14

$2,529.06

$8,748.35

19

$460.44

$161,955.25

191

$847.93

$7,200.00

5

$1,440.00

Faculty

$10,349.00

58

$178.43

Foundations

$31,450.00

9

$3,494.44

Grandparents & Friends

$49,265.00

99

$497.63

$306,576.38

406

$755.11

Category Alumni Board of Trust Businesses Current Parents Donor Directed Funds

TOTAL

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Foundations

$2,100

Donor Directed Funds

Businesses

$2,000

$11,000

$600

$2,000 $16,350

$100

$3,000 $5,200

$5,000

Grandparents’ & Friends

Current Parents

Current Parents

Board of Trust

Grandparents

Matching Gifts

Alumni

Businesses

Current Parents

Alumni

$1.3M

$475K 7%

$620K 9%

21%

$400K 6%

$505K 8%

Revenue

Expenses

$5.8M 84%

$3.7M 59%

$323K 5%

Tuition and Fees

Salaries and Wages

Program Support

Contributions

Financial Aid

Administrative

Other

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PA S S I O N FOR CHRIST Every aspect of the culture at St. Paul Christian Academy—from academics to athletics and from focused service projects to our daily interactions on campus— is rooted in our commitment to foster a deep and abiding passion for Christ. We strive to build a foundation for our students to learn about and understand the life of Jesus so that they might become effective  “imitators of

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Christ” (Ephesians 5:1). But even more central to our school’s mission is our desire to cultivate in our students an ardent desire to follow Christ with their whole hearts, their whole minds, and, indeed, their whole lives. The same passion that defines God’s eternal, unchanging, and perfect love, with which Jesus loved us first, is the very passion we seek to instill in our students. We believe that building a foundation that inspires a passion for Christ in our

students, faculty, and staff will ultimately impact the world on behalf of the Kingdom of God. The love that binds our community together in the name of Jesus is the cornerstone of our mission, and your partnership, support, and love make it possible for us to equip the children of St. Paul to be effective disciples on and off campus.  ALEX FLOREZ, DIRECTOR OF SPIRITUAL LIFE

AND 5TH/6TH HISTORY TEACHER

“The same passion that defines God’s eternal, unchanging, and perfect love, with which Jesus loved us first, is the very passion we seek to instill in our students.”

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St. Paul Christian Academy gratefully acknowledges the following individuals, corporations, and foundations who so generously made an annual, capital, or endowed gift between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 (St. Paul’s fiscal year). These gifts to the Academy are critical for the successful execution of our mission to live out the three pillars of the Academy. Please accept our apologies for any errors or omissions. Please contact the Development Office with any corrections or questions at 615-269-4751. Tara & Michael Acheson Jennifer & Bo Adams Estelle & Jim Alexander Becky & Matt Anderson Stacey & Hal Andrews Kristi & Clark Archer Marie & Wendel Archer Matt Cowan Jennifer Atema Tiffany & Jeb Atkinson Lisa & Matt Avrit The Ayers Foundation Kristy & Jon Ayers Mary Ann & Mark Bacurin Letitia & Russell Baldwin Robin & Mike Bandaccari Tina & Sterling Barrett Becky & Steve Bartley Monica & Brad Belanger Jenny & Dan Bess Bluewater Financial, LLC Mary Cady & Brian Bolin Christie & Todd Bragg Shelley & David Breen Brentwood Academy Jamie & Todd Bricker Shawn Briggs Emily Brooks Missy Rodriguez Brower & Jim Brower Angela & Chris Brown Janie & David Brown Katelyn & Luke Brown Mandy Brown Teresa & Ryan Bult Amy & Jeremy Burson Georgina & Charles Businaro Michal & David Caldwell, III David Caldwell, Jr. Toni Caldwell Holly & Jeff Calk Jenny & Chris Camp Millie & Woody Camp Kisha & Dale Campbell Lisa & Chip Campbell Cannon Properties, LLC Christina & Ben Burns Bedford & Rob Carpenter K.C. Carraway Alicia & Mark Casey

Christia & Daniel Chambers Elizabeth & Steve Chatham Cathy & Ken Cheeseman Li & Jun-Song Chen Ruth Ann & Richard Circle Sherrie Claiborne Dorothy Clark Donna & Runcie Clements Lissa & Bo Clift Susan & Peter Cobb Ruth & Charles Cole Melanie & Curtis Coleman Ellie Collins Amy & Colin Cooke Karen & William Cooper Cornerstone Commercial RE Services Cornerstone Mechanical, Inc. Tracy & Billy Crawford Carroll & Dell Crosslin Crosslin & Associates Kimberly & Justin Crosslin Nancy & Jim Crowell Mary Dalton Little Dugan Coughlan Davis Advised Fund - Tamara & Joe Davis Barbara & Willie Davis Jeanie & John Dayani Sallie & Hilton Dean Susan & Gary Dean Alice & Michael DeGuira Dental Specialist Group Candy & Gus Denton Libby & Tony DiGeorge Julie & Lee Dilworth Michele & Kristin Dobay Beth & Jed Dodd Betty & John Douglas Emily & Kris Douglas Beth Dreher Dottie & Wayne Dube Allison & Charlie Duffey Darlene & Michael Dulaney Jessica & Andrew Dye Nina & David Dyer Janet & Michael Dyer Jan & Glenn Eason Nicole & Jake Eaton Debbie & Mark Eaton Kate & Tom Elasy

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Leslie & Chad Elkin Shirley & Larry Elliott Ann Marie & Rob Elliott Kim & Bump Elliott Sarah & Bill Englert Joann Ettien Mary Evans Brandi & Chad Ferrari Michelle & Alex Florez Follis Dental - Darby & Chad Follis Anne-Taylor & Matt Fones Tania & Neely Ford Leslie & Stephen Franklin Wylie & Justin Franks Shelbey Gaines Marie & Kevin Gangaware Shannyn & David Garcia Sissy & Jim Gardner Christy & Jeff Gardner Janeta & Henry Garrett Gaw Properties Inc. Patsy & David Gaw Julia & Jeff Gaw GE Foundation Shellye & Kevin Geshke Pat & Terry Geshke Libby & Todd Glisson Rachel & Brent Goode Brent Goode & Associates, Inc. Ben & DeLane Gossett Liza & Jay Graves Lara & Nathan Green Grove Park Construction Catherine & Philip Groves Monica & Dan Gurley Jean Hale Heather & Michael Hale Karin & John Haley Courtney & Jerry Hancock Julie & Drew Hart Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C. Judy & Sandy Haury Andrea Hayes Andrea & John Hayes HCA Caring for the Community - Beth Adams & David Scott; Wendy & Michael Warren; Alice & Robert Heywood Kathleen & John Herb Heritage Medical Associates, P.C.

Kay & Jeff Herring Sydney & Doug Hester Kimberly & Jake Hester Meredith & Anderson Hill Carolyn & George Hill Sunny & Jason Hill Kim & Dan Himes DeeAnn & Freddy Hodge Gayle & Fred Holladay Misty & Kolin Holladay Julia & Nollie Holland Anne & Key Holleman The Houghland Foundation Kay & David Huddleston Christy & Bobby Huff Kayce & Scott Hughes Elizabeth & Matt Humphrey Holly & Phil Husband Amy & Lyle Husband Sandra & Joe Hutts Carol & Doug Ingram Charles Irby Joy Jarrett Caroline & Brandon Jenkins Anne & Jim Jenkins Darla & Scott Johnson Elvira & Chad Jones Clarice & Gerald Jones Kristen & Tony Jones Johanna & Derek Jumper Lori & Chris Kelly Suzette & Earl Kelly Gunner Kennels Kenny & Company Kenny Pipe & Supply, Inc. Debbie & Bill Kenny Becky Klindt Eric Klindt Adrienne & Bob Knestrick Renee & Tim Kovick Jennifer Kraus Angie & Hamilton Kuhlke Tammy Kussman Thompson Tammy J. Kussman, DDS Liz & Pound Lamb Carolyn & Lewis Lampley Mary & Neal Lampley Vicki & Butch Lane Ashley & Matt Lane

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Shelly & Derek Laub Pam & G. Leach Kerry & Justin Leach Myoungsun Kim & Jung Lee Katherine & Peter Lee Freeda & Dan Leeds Constance & Hugh Lefler Mary & Tal Lefler Mayra & Shawn Lehman-Grimes Natalie & Eric LeMarbre Martha & Dennis Lennon Beth & Steve Lentchner Cristin & Jay Lewis Mikyung Kim & Paul Lim Wendy & Owen Lipscomb Littlejohn Julia & Robert Lowe Anne & Jon Lucas Elizabeth & Mark Luttrull Leigh Ann & Mike Marks Patricia & Wayne Marshall Renee & Chad Martin Brenda & Charles Martin Stephanie & Jeff Martin Kate & Mauro Mastrapasqua Blake & Taylor Mayes Shelley & Ryan McClary Sarah McGarry Mary Ann McGinn Jennifer & Paul McGinn Sidney & Archie McKinnis Nikki & Bo McKinnis Mechelle McNair Jill & Dan Mendoza Jennie & Craig Menzie Meridian Capital Group, LLC Merryman-Farr, LLC. Madelene & Bryan Metcalf Sherry & Gary Metcalf Meredith & Jason Meyer Milemark Partners, LLC Amanda & Will Mitchell Stacie & Lanny Mize Shannon & Andy Mizell Montgomery Bell Academy Betty & Jack Moore Robyn & Derek Moore Helen & Kevin Moore Margie & Jackson Moore Kathy & Hank Moss Ellen & Rob Mossack Meg & Matt Moudy Owen Moudy Katherine & Mike Murray Whitney & Matt Musser Amanda & Steven Myers Caroline & John Nail

Nashville Bone & Joint, PLLC - Scott Dube Nashville Fabrication Jennifer & Andy Hobbs Deborah & Andrew Neck Debbie & Gary Neill Laura & Hunt Nichols The Nicholson Foundation, Inc. Laurie & Alex Nicholson Amy & Rick Nickels Heather & Will Norton Oak Hill School Queen Henry-Okafor & Henry Okafor Melinda & William Owen Natalie & Kit Ozburn Linda Page Pam Page Rachel & Parker Page Carole & Chris Parker Elizabeth & Steve Parman Gloria Patton Carli & Spencer Patton Rose Payne-Hall Courtney & Carolyn Pearre Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation Julie & Rick Peppers Andrea & Phil Perry Carole & John Peterson Kathryn & Kevin Phillips Liz & Phillip Piercy Amy & Christian Pitts Donatos Pizzeria Catherine & Cameron Plato Carrie & Edward Playfair Rosemary & Wayne Plorin Jackie Plott Jimmy Plott The Plow Group Page & Joe Plowman Lori & Jacob Powers Melissa Powers Stephanie & Scott Radbill Amy Radcliff Adrianne & Mark Rawls Lisa & John Reddick Pam & Don Redinius Donna Reels The Rich Foundation Sara & Brandon Rife Deborah & Mark Rittiner Windy & Dennis Robbins Amy & Jason Robbins Barbara & Charles Robertson Carol & John Rochford Paige & Kevin Roddey Crockett & Jonas Rodriguez Lou Alice & Jonathan Rogers Colleen & Hart Roper

Kimberly & John Rosdeutscher Donna Roseberry Linda & Jim Rowe Lina & John Rowland Patti & George Ruccio Danna & Mike Ryan Angie & Steve Rzasnicki Lynn & Ron Samuels Shareese & Chris Saponari Becky & Jon Schneider Brooke & David Schroeder Schubert Grandchildren’s Trust Gary Scruggs Angela & Leon Seard Cindy & Robert Seibels Faith & Emmet Seibels Mary Katherine & Ryan Seibels Virginia & William Seibels Mary & Ben Sensing Lucy & Wilbur Sensing Barbara & Carl Shane Mandy & Gary Shanks Erika & Jeremy Shapiro Mona & George Shawky Christine Shih Kent Shih Sandra & Edward Simmons Imogene & Lee Simmons Linda & John Sims Rhonda & Scott Sims Amanda & Steve Sinclair Christy & Steve Singleton Murray & Pryor Smartt Sally & Pat Smartt Amy Jenkins Smith Anne & Matthew Smith Katy & Ben Smith Janna & Brooks Smith Beth & Byron Smith Georganna & Dick Smith Nancy & Taylor Smith Kristen & Josh Smithson Penny & Jerry Smithson Stahle Construction Technology Larissa & Jake Stansell Shirley & Jimmy Stansell Margaret & Craig Starling Steve Ward & Associates, Inc. Kristen & Michael Stewart Amy & Steve Stone Lucy & Carl Stoner Amy & John Stritikus Joy Stritikus Kay & Mike Strom Jill & Sean Stroud Stroud’s Barbeque Karen Sturgeon

Regina & Ron Stuve Carole & Bill Summey Carolyn & Charles Susano Ana Deville & Stephen Susano Bill Taber David Tachek Dennie Taylor Jay Taylor Debbie & Ted Taylor Tenant Building Group, LLC Barry Thomas Kay & Mike Thompson Beth & Chip Throckmorton Kristen & Destin Tompkins Michele Toungette Ashley & Josh Travis Becky & Bruce Trimble Callie & Jeremy Tucker Value Payment Systems, LLC Maria & Andrew Vaughn Saralee & Richard Vaughn Anna & Clint Verner Barbara Vincion Rachel & Darrell Vincion Sarah Louise & Brian Vogelsang Elizabeth & Ted Wade Meg & Nick Wadlington Emily & Patrick Walsh Mary & Tom Walsh Alisa & Danny Wamble Hong Wan Charlotte & Andrew Ward Jennie-Blair & Bryan Ward Helen & Stephen Ward Wendy & Michael Warren Waste Management, Inc. Sally & Mark Watson Claire & Trent Webb Sharon & Terry Webb Beth & Kevin West Whisenant, Stewart, Watrous & Assoc. Stephanie & Charles White White’s Decorators - Pam & Billy White Holly & Brince Wilford Regenia & David Wilkes Sarah & Grant Wilkinson Mary Beth & Gary Wilson The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation Nikki Wilson Mary & Paul Wilson Sarah & Steve Wilson Erin Wood Sue & Danny Zoller Holland & Lee Zoller Lauren & Mark Zook

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LEADERSHIP D E V E LO P M E N T In the Gospel of John, Chapter 13, we are presented with an unusual yet significant standard for leadership. It is in this chapter where Jesus, surrounded by his disciples at the Feast of the Passover, takes off his outer clothing, wraps himself with a towel, and washes his disciples’ feet. You can hear the disciples’ surprise through Peter’s response as Jesus comes to him:“You shall never wash my feet.” Peter was shocked that the man he called Teacher and Lord, and rightly so (v. 13), would humble himself to the position of the lowest servant in order to lead. It is this juxtaposition of leadership that we teach through words and, more importantly, actions at St. Paul. From our Junior Kindergarten classes through the 6th grade, we seek to teach servant leadership. In our youngest students we begin building the Leadership Foundation by assigning the job of door holder for the day or being asked to help clean lunch tables. As students advance through the grades at St. Paul, they take on the role of Big Buddies where they are placed with a younger student to help guide, nurture, and entertain throughout the year. In doing so, this teaches our older students service leadership by being asked to

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put a younger student’s needs first. By the time students reach 6th grade, they have a strong foundation in serving their classmates, the school, and their communities outside the school through service projects. Sixth grade is a pinnacle year in which the students implement the leadership skills they have developed over the years to lead our school both visibly and behind the scenes. Sixth grade students start the year on a retreat where these principles of leadership are discussed and observed again.Then through careful prayer and mediation, the students pick out a theme verse for the entire school body which serves as the center point for many chapels and assemblies. The 6th graders partake in a fuller version of service leadership by being assigned different school jobs including walking our Junior Kindergarteners to their classrooms in the morning, running the Saint Shop, participating in school beautification projects and much more. Students also have the opportunity to be the leaders on their sports teams and other extracurricular activities such as the spring musical and the All Saints Festival.

All of leadership, especially servant leadership, can be simplified to the question,“Why?” Why do we lead by service? Why should older students give up what they want in order to help a younger student? If we are the leaders, why do we concern ourselves with those who are socially less? At St. Paul, this “why” question is answered in the story above. Before Jesus humbles himself to put the needs of the disciples before his own, He tells us why. “Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love” (v. 1). We serve because we love others; not because we are extraordinary people, not because we deserve to be loved, but because God first loved us. This is the truth that is taught, modeled and prayed each day in all of our classrooms. This is why our students are able to go on and repeatedly be put in positions of leadership at their next level schools and beyond. St. Paul has built a foundation where they know they are loved—therefore, they can love others and lead others with a humble heart.

SCOTT RADBILL, DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AND 6TH GRADE TEACHER

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“We serve because we love others... not because we deserve to be loved, but because God loved us first.�

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2016 THEME BIBLE VERSE

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”   — C O L O S S I A N S 3 : 1 2 & 1 4


CLASS OF 2016

The class of 2016 will always rest upon a strong foundation that was created during their time at St. Paul Christian Academy.

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St. Paul Christian Academy integrates academic excellence with a passion for Christ to develop a strong foundation for young leaders who uniquely shape the world in which they live.

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