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Reaching the Mind, the Heart, and the Hands for Christ!

*NEW* Block Scheduling

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This letter was sent to CCS parents earlier this summer and explains our new BLOCK scheduling format:
August 1, 2017
Dear Parents:
August has arrived!  In a few short weeks teachers will begin working in their classrooms, learning a new software management system, and preparing to receive your most valuable gift from God, the children you send here to Cumberland Christian.  I truly count it a privilege to serve here at CCS and am excited about the changes being made to improve our academic (and most importantly, spiritual) environment.

One big change I want to make you aware of is the move in the middle school and high school to a modified block scheduling.  In previous years, your child had all of their academic classes every day, Monday through Friday.  With the move to a modified block schedule, your child’s daily schedule will include three core academic classes and two electives.  We will alternate from an “A” day to a “B” day.  “A” day classes will meet every other day and will alternate with “B” day classes. Each core academic class will now meet for 80 minutes, allowing teachers to cover more material and utilize multi-media, group interaction/projects, and prepare students better for assessment and testing.

I understand this may be a big change for some, but many schools (both public and private) already use a system similar to the modified block schedule we will be using.  Homework study patterns at home will change as students will not have so many academic classes every day.  Our growing part-time/homeschool population will not have to bring their children every day to school, allowing for us to meet the needs of this expanding part-time population.

With a modified block, all academic classes will meet for the entire year, not just for a single semester.  Instead of a class meeting five times in five days, a class will now meet five times over a two week period.  Electives, however will run as they typically have run and we will be offering more choices!  There will be some electives that only meet for a semester and your child will receive information on those when they arrive in the fall.

Teachers will be prepared and trained to manage longer class periods so we can improve to reach “the mind, the heart, and the hands for Christ.”  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this new scheduling system. You will see all the time and period changes reflected in your child’s schedule when they receive it in September.

Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Mark Gebhardt
Director of Guidance