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

From the Headmaster


Summer is always a time of transition for schools, and that’s the case at CCS, too.  Most of our present staff are returning for another year at CCS.  A listing of those changes taking place this summer are found below.

Mrs. Sara Bates will be moving into a fulltime elementary principal position; she will no longer be teaching kindergarten. This change will better help to serve our families by allowing Mrs. Bates to do the following:

- Increase her availability to parents and students

- Provide increased mentoring support for newer teachers

- Provide increased support for veteran teachers in classroom management

- Focus on administration without full time teaching responsibilities

- Continue to improve and expand the elementary academics

Mrs. Cheryl Dagostino, secondary Spanish, is retiring from teaching.  She will be missed by the students.  We are in the process of finalizing a Spanish teacher replacement, and details will be announced soon.

Mr. Art Manning, secondary science, is not returning to CCS this fall.  We appreciate his eleven years teaching here at CCS.

Mrs. Deanna Cavallo, 2nd grade teacher, has decided to follow her calling as a stay-at-home mom.  We thank her for her 18 years of service at CCS.

Mrs. Lana Gallucci-Genta will replace Mrs. Cavallo in 2nd grade.  Lana brings 20 plus years of teaching experience to CCS.

Mrs. Tamara Mykhaylevych, one of our part-time nurses and a school parent, is not returning.  We are looking for someone to replace the two days Tamara provided her nursing expertise.

Ms. Allison Sweeney, PreK teacher, accepted a full-time second grade teaching position at another Christian school in the area.  We thank Ally for her servant’s heart.

Dr. Palmer, Mrs. Bofinger, and Mr. Howard will pick up some additional teaching assignments (science & math) in the middle school this year.  All three have science and/or math in their backgrounds.

Mr. Gebhardt will be directing the high school drama production this year which will now be in the spring.

Be watching for an announcement soon concerning the hiring of a security officer.  The state security money will be used to cover this cost.

I Timothy 1:12 sums up how I feel about being in the ministry.  It says, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”  Serving the Lord in Christian education since 1977 (42 years) has been a wonderful experience, not always easy, but still fulfilling.  Time and time again, God has demonstrated His care for His ministries.  Quite often God has used you here at CCS through prayers and financial support.  Paul said it well in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3a, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith…”  On behalf of Cumberland Christian School, thank you very much.

I would like to ask that we continue to focus on the good God is doing here at CCS and be alert as the enemy wants to disrupt and discourage us as we seek to “[Reach] the Mind, the Heart, and the Hands for Christ!”  Please keep our school in your prayers.


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