PRAY ABOUT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO PRAY ABOUT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION TODAY.
Finances. Location. Perceived academic deficiencies. These are just some of the reasons parents spurn Christian education in favor of its public school counterpart. Here we'd like to offer you ten solid arguments in favor of Christian education. There are plenty of others, both biblical and practical. But these are the most compelling.
None of this is meant to be a criticism of parents who place their children in public schools. Nor is it an indictment against well-meaning public school educators. But the fact remains that public schools are not allowed to give your children the educational experience the Bible demands. Regardless of what you may think about Christian school, we encourage you to seek God's thoughts on the matter before choosing an academic home for your children
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The place to start is at the beginning, with the first nation, the first educational system. When deciding how to manage your children's education, it only makes sense to ask the One who invented education.
"You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul .... And you shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 11:18-19)
What we have here is a clear biblical mandate to saturate our children's minds with the Word of God. It's a difficult task under any circumstances, but virtually impossible in a public school setting. Once inside those doors, children spend 30 to 40 hours a week being told that God, if He exists at all, is no longer relevant. No matter how spiritually grounded your child may be, the repetition of such destructive ideas can't help but have an adverse affect.
The harsh reality is that our Supreme Court kicked God out of the public school system more than 40 years ago. A generation later, scientific naturalism and a host of other anti-God values are not only being taught in American classrooms, they're being championed.
Christian schools offer a refreshing, biblical alternative. Not only is the Bible taught for what it is - the inspired Word of God - but it forms the foundation of all other texts. In math, in social studies, in biology, all academic roads lead to God, in whom all knowledge has its origin. Your children won't travel that road in the local public school. "I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt...I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth."
It is a sad but true irony: public schools, the self-proclaimed shapers of the human mind, have chosen to ignore the God who created the human mind. To their chagrin, they have robbed themselves of their most valuable "textbook," and the only available source of absolute truth.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," writes Solomon. "And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10). As students pursue the knowledge of math, biology and music in a Christian setting, they're chasing after the knowledge of God. And the by-products of such an endeavor - wisdom and understanding - are the God-given rewards for which every good student strives.
God expects you, as a Christian parent, to plant and nurture His Word in the hearts and minds of your children. This is best accomplished in settings where home, church and school all send the same message, teaching God's truth with clarity, conviction and consistency. And while the benefits of such a commitment are often realized much later, here's one you'll notice in relatively short order. An education that uses God's Word as its foundational text does more than produce spiritually-mature Christians. It makes them wiser and more knowledgeable. It forces them to be better thinkers. And isn't that the goal of education in the first place? "The school system that ignores God teaches its pupils to ignore God; and this is not neutrality. It is the worst form of antagonism, for it judges God to be unimportant and irrelevant in human affairs. This is atheism."
~Gordon H. Clark
If you're like most Christian parents, you've taught your children about God since the day they were born. You've taken them to church, read them Bible stories, sung "Jesus Loves Me." Imagine their shock and dismay when they're thrust into an environment in which God is hated, ignored, or both.
Even the best public schools are prohibited by law from reinforcing the values you teach at home. They either compete against them or disregard them altogether. And because you care about the mental and spiritual development of your children, you may spend countless hours trying to bridge the philosophical gap between Christianity and humanism - a gap that would never have existed had they attended Christian school.
By entrusting your children to educators who share your values, you'll have more time for ball games and bike rides and meaningful conversations. Instead of debriefing your children, you'll be getting to know them.
"To commit our children to the care of irreligious persons is to commit lambs to the superintendency of wolves."
With thousands of students roaming their halls and taxpayer dollars funding their bankrolls, public schools can only go so far in the area of discipline. The result? More frequent occurrences of theft and physical violence, not to mention course profanity and open rebellion in the classroom.
Simply put, Christian schools are a safer place for your children to receive an education. While not devoid of problems - even severe ones like drug and alcohol use - they are far less likely to occur, and far more likely to be met with firm disciplinary action.
In addition to physical well-being, Christian schools offer a much safer emotional and spiritual environment. Verbal insults and hazing, things that go largely overlooked in a public school setting, are less likely to be tolerated. And the politically-correct, socially-tolerant attitudes that pervade secular classrooms never see the light of day at distinctly Christian institutions. Anti-Christian behavior such as homosexuality and abortion is exposed for what it is, which helps guard your children's minds against the licentious attitudes fostered by popular education."Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonistion of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).
Contrary to popular opinion, students at Christian schools consistently out-perform their public school counterparts. Their standardized test scores are way above the curve, and they're better prepared for college upon graduation. Even in the areas of math and reading, subjects that are prepared for college upon graduation. Even in the areas of math and reading, subjects that are "less spiritual" in content, students at Christian schools have proven their superiority.
"A truly Christian education is possible only when Christian education underlies not a part, but all, of the curriculum of the school. True learning and true piety go hand in hand, and Christianity embraces the whole of life - those are great central convictions that underlie the Christian school."
~J. Gresham Machen
The sad truth is, despite their claims of excellence, our nation's public schools are far less academically rigorous than they once were. Only 67 percent of all public school students entering ninth grade graduate with a regular diploma four years later. United States competency in math and graduate with a regular diploma four years later. United States competency in math and science lags behind a host of other countries. And despite the vast amounts of government money being funneled to public education, our SAT scores continue to slip.
Christian schools are far from an academic liability. In fact, in the aftermath of 2002's "No Child Left Behind" Act, college recruiters are more likely to view public school transcripts with a skeptical eye. The best colleges are likely to pay your children more attention, not less, if they attend a Christian school. For more information, including some test score numbers that may surprise you, click here.
Part of the reason why Christian students perform so well in the classroom is that they have a higher percentage of teachers who genuinely care about them. Most of these dedicated men and women sacrifice greater monetary rewards to serve where they can do the most intrinsic good.
In addition to the passion they feel for their students, the vast majority of Christian educators love God with equal intensity. And unlike some of their well-meaning public school colleagues, they are not prohibited by the United States government from making overt claims to that effect. "For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory" (Proverbs 24:6). Teachers are a school's heartbeat. Its pulse. They are also among the most influential role models in students' lives. And while you can certainly find Christian educators at a public school, the best of all academic worlds exists when everyone - the school board, the principal, the teachers and the parents - is operating under the same educational paradigm.
In addition to having a higher percentage of caring teachers, Christian schools can almost always offer more individual attention than public schools, many of which are overcrowded and hopelessly understaffed. Even in cases where the ratio is virtually identical, class size is not. Christian school classes generally have fewer students. They're smaller, more intimate gatherings that encourage students to be participants rather than spectators. Students learn how to think quickly, and gain valuable experience sharing their thoughts and opinions in a public forum. "Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).
Because Christian school students perform at a higher level in the
classroom than their public school counterparts, it only makes sense that their
options upon graduation are more abundant.
Therefore, they are more likely to be better prepared to handle the
rigors of higher education. They have
also received the spiritual foundation they need to excel in areas of ministry,
whether they are career or volunteer-oriented.
In addition to these practical advantages, there is at least one
intangible benefit. Students who have
been grounded in the truth of God's Word day after day during their formative
years - both at school and at home - are better-equipped to handle discrepant ideas
upon graduation. Whether in a secular
university or in the work place, young adults with a solid biblical foundation
are far less likely to fall victim to the subtle lies of our post-modern
culture. The question remains however, how do you define success? Does success equal an Ivy League education
for your child, or a certain salary level, or even a prestigious title? Then again, how does God measure success? A healthy marriage? An understanding of biblical truth? These are important issues to pray
about. "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).
If only the Bible had told us that good company improves bad morals, many of us would have a welcome reprieve. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33), the Apostle Paul tells us, and we can assume he was writing to a predominantly adult audience. You can imagine what he might say to a group of impressionable children and young teens. Make no mistake: your kids will be exposed to bad company no matter where they go to school. Sometimes they may even be the bad company. But in a Christian environment, they'll be much less likely to find themselves surrounded by destructive influences, and far more likely to find positive ones.
One final reason to consider Christian schools can be found by taking an even closer look at the alternative. If you study the origin and history of modern government-sponsored education, you'll find some alarming facts. Its founders were atheists whose hatred of Christianity is a matter of public record. Its current agenda - the propagation of humanistic ideals that render God irrelevant or non-existent - can be easily spotted in its curriculum.
The Nehemiah Institute has put together a list of nine reasons why Christians shouldn't place their children in secular academic institutions. (Click here to read the article from the Nehemiah Institute) It may be useful information as you consider the educational future of your children. "The United States system of national popular education will be the most efficient and wide instrument for the propagation of Atheism which the world has ever seen."
~A. A. Hodge
DEBATE CAMPMrs. Barletta welcomes RCS students enrolled in grades 8-12 for the 2017-2018 school year to participate in a summer debate course, culminating in a Friday tournament. This will be a crash course in debate for those who are new to the RCS debate program and want to gain basic debate, public speaking and critical thinking skills. For intermediate debaters, this course will be a jump start to the 2017-2018 school year, debate competition season, and prep for the TAPPS State Tournament!! Please email questions you may need answered to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: July 24-28, 2017
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (tournament)
Cost: $175.00 per student
SCHOOL SUPPLIESIt time to order prepackaged school supplies to be delivered to your child's classroom for the 2017-18 school year. Orders need to be placed before May 26th and will be delivered prior to the first day of school (August 16th). Click HERE to place your order!
Time to prepare for next year. We have transition meetings for parents of incoming Intermediate (5th & 6th) students. The meetings will be held on May 9th in G8. Please mark your calendars to attend:
Incoming 5th grade parents: 3:45-4:30
Incoming 6th grade parents: 4:30-5:15
ART LESSONS: POINTILLISMIn Art, Third and Fourth grade learned about Artist, George Seurat and his famous technique of painting called Pointillism. Pointillism is when you only use dots! We learned that if you use two primary colors, your eye will automatically mix the two and you will see the secondary color! We ONLY used yellow and blue to create our pears and apples, but you see green don’t you? We also used red and blue for our shadow, but it looks purple. Isn’t Art Amazing!! This Art is currently on display in E Commons.
1st Grade FT to Children's Museum
3:30PM Varsity Cheer Tryouts
5PM JH District Track Meet
TAPPS Vocal State Championship
Book Fair Begins
TAPPS District Golf Tournament
8AM TSI Testing
8th Grade Departs for Texas Tour
TAPPS Varsity Golf Tournament
9:30AM Preview Morning/Open House
3:45PM 5th-9th Volleyball Skills Clinic
4:30PM V. Baseball vs. First Baptist
3:45PM 4-H Craft Club
HS Lunch with Paul Stege
8th Grade Returns from Texas Tour
3rd Grade FT to Kleb Woods
Regional Track Meet
Band All City Spring Rehearsal
May 20th High School Graduation
10AM at Fairfield Baptist Church
May 25th Kindergarten Graduation
6:30 PM in New Gym (Bldg H)
May 26th 8th Grade Promotion
8:30AM in New Gym (Bldg H)
PREVIEW DAYWe have our final Preview Day or Open House of the school year planned for this coming Tuesday, April 25th. Invite your friends and neighbors to visit at 9:30 AM for coffee and a tour of our campus.
When a RCS family introduces us to a new (K-12) family and they enroll their children, RCS will discount your tuition bill by $750 PER NEW Kinder-12th STUDENT ENROLLED. Not only will the existing family receive this discount, but the new family will as well. For more information on our Eagle Buck system, please click here.
NOAH BASKETBALL SHOOTING CLINICNoah Basketball Shooting Clinic What Is Noah?
· Monday, April 24th, 2017
· Players should arrive at 5:15p.m.
· Parents and Guests should arrive at 6:00p.m.
· Location: New Gym (Building H)
The clinic consists of 3 segments.
The 1st segment is player TESTING. Up to 40 players will shoot a “no feedback” session on Noah before the clinic begins, and they will receive an 8.5" x 11" “Arc Plot” printout of their natural shot, We want them to have their "Arc Plot" in their hand when we begin the clinic.
The 2nd segment is a "Science of Shooting" PRESENTATION to explain the optimal arc and depth of the perfect shot. We will present a PowerPoint with graphics and pictures and actual data from NBA and College teams to help everyone understand the science of shooting a basketball.
The 3rd segment is a "Live" DEMONSTRATION. We will have players shoot with "Noah Voice" instant verbal feedback to show you the impact Noah will have on your players to develop a consistent release point and a consistent arc, which leads to a tighter distance pattern at the rim, and ultimately, increased shooting percentages. We will do some group shooting, shoot some three's, and have a few shooting contests where the players can win some Tee shirts and shoe bags.
COMMUNICATION THE KEY TO CONNECTION: Better Hearing & Speech Month 2017
By Rynette R. Kjesbo, M.S., CCC-SLP
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. It is a time to raise awareness about communication disorders (problems with speech, voice, language, and/or hearing) and the roles Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologists play in treating them. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) from the U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services reports:
The primary way children learn is through verbal communication and social interaction with others. During these face-to-face interactions, children learn how to take turns, interpret nonverbal signals (such as gestures, body language, and facial expressions), create strong relationships, and develop empathy (the ability to understand and feel other people’s feelings). This year the theme for Better Hearing and Speech Month is Communication Takes Care. If we care about our children, we need to take time to have the face-to-face interactions that are critical to our children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Suggestions for Parents
Unplug. Show your child that you want to spend quality time with him/her and that time is important to you by putting away your smartphone, tablet, TV, and other devices.
Engage. Take advantage of the time you have with your child. Talk and interact with him/her at meal times, in the car, at the store, etc.
Read. Reading with your child can help build the foundational skills he/she will need to experience success in school.
Play. Playing with your child develops communication skills and cultivates family relationships.
Move. Physical movement is critical to your child’s development. Take a bike ride, play ball, or go to the park.
Ask. If you think your child may have a problem with his/her speech, language, or hearing, seek help from a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist.
In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month our Rosehill Speech Therapist, Kimberly Drake, M. S., CCC/SLP, will be offering Free Speech and Language screenings and Free Phonological Awareness assessments. Phonological Awareness is the key to reading success. If you want more information, please contact her at email@example.com or call/text 832-373-7277.
FRUIT OF THE SPIRITGalatians 5:22-23 teaches us about the Fruit of the Spirit. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." The Kindergarten through 5th grade students are being recognized by their teachers for the special ways they each represent the Fruit of the Spirit for the rest of the school year.
Our students who have shown PEACE are as follows:
Whitmire- Chloe Kennedy
Williams- Ethan Sodolak
VanPelt- Bella Manning
Dauterieve- Naomi Hill
Long- Michael Veach
Putnam- Aaron Danning
Justice- Graham Freeman
Smith- Kylie Bennett
Potter- Katherine Burleson
Wickboldt- Joshua Hanson
Whitt- Ashlyn Brunson
Rice- Katelyn Edwards
ACSI ART FESTIVALWe had a great time at the ACSI Art Festival! This year was the first year ACSI did not have Kindergarten - Second Grade attend or compete, so we took Third Grade - Sixth Grade only. There were some large categories exhibited and I am so proud of our students! They represented Rosehill with grace and talent!
HERE ARE THE RESULTS:
Category - Fiber Art
Adalie Boudreau - 2nd Place
Haleigh Everage - 3rd Place
Category - Printmaking
Kate Nobles - 2nd Place
Category - Painting
Claudia Blume - Excellent Ribbon
Lilyana Gould - Excellent Ribbon
Category - Mixed Media
Sophia Torres - Excellent Ribbon
Lola Shelly - Excellent Ribbon
Kinley Robinson - Excellent Ribbon
Category - Colored Drawing
Katherine Burleson - Excellent Ribbon
Matthew Peyton - Good Ribbon
Category - Colored Drawing
Morgan Johnson - 1st Place
Addison Miller - 3rd Place
Faith Yeargain - Superior Ribbon
Mercy Freeman - Good Ribbon
Category - Paper Art
Ashlyn Steele - 1st Place
Category - Drawing Black & White
Alex Smith - Excellent Ribbon
Bryce Gay - Excellent Ribbon
Category - Fiber Art
Brody Johnson - Superior Ribbon
Category - Sculpture
Aaron Evans - Excellent Ribbon
Category - Mixed Media
Maddy Beth Newell - Excellent Ribbon
Category - Painting
Drew Dean - Good Ribbon
Katie Lynn Friedel - Good Ribbon
We all a great time together and agreed it was neat to see other student's art work. We will continue to glorify God through our talents.
DELICIOUS HISTORYFourth graders were recently treated to a tale of Texas history and lunch at the Taste of Texas restaurant. All was provided by Mrs Hendee, owner and local historian. This trip has become a right of passage for our fourth graders and they look forward to it each year.
Savannah Jenning's 12's Club Volleyball Team recently won the Lone Star Classic Tournament in Dallas. This means her team now advances to the USAV National Tournament in Minneapolis this June! Congrats to Savannah and her entire team!
LOST & FOUNDPlease send your kiddos to check the Lost & Found.
SUMMER MATH BOOT CAMPS will be offered July 24th - 28th for three levels of summer math instruction. These are suited for students going into 7th through 9th grade math. The camps will take place during “Athletic Dead Week”, so the camps will not interfere with any athletic obligations.
Please click HERE for more details.
Be sure to check out all of the camps being offered from our own athletics department this summer! There are camps for almost all ages & you do not have to be a Rosehill student to attend any of our summer camps. Bring your friends and neighbors-show them what it is like to experience Eagle Fever! Click HERE for all the details!
We have several track athletes who recently qualified for regionals. Way to soar, Eagles!
Chad Colborn: 2nd Shot Put, 3rd Discus
McCray Kelton: 1st High Jump, 2nd Long Jump, 2nd Triple Jump, 4th 4x100m, 4th 4x200m
Zach Godin: 3rd Long Jump, 1st Triple Jump, 4th 4x100m, 4th 4x200m
Matt Carroll: 3rd Pole Vault, 4th 4x100m, 4th 4x200m
Brandon DeSoto: 4th 4x100m, 4th 4x200m
Brandon Shoemaker: 1st 800m, 2nd 1600m
Emily Winkler: 1st Discus
Annie Pearce: 2nd Discus, 3rd Shot Put
Brianne HicksL: 3rd Discus
Georgia Barnhart: 1st Shot Put, 1st High Jump
Cambring Drake: 3rd Long Jump, 1st Triple Jump, 1st 100mH, 2nd 300mH, 3rd 4x200m
Payton Browning: 1st Pole Vault, 3rd 100mH
Maddie Johnson: 3rd 3200m
Bailey Kendrick: 1st 800m, 2nd 1600m
Mackenzie Frye: 2nd 800m, 1st 300mH, 2nd 4x400m
Sion Firew: 3rd 4x200m, 2nd 4x400m
Jacquie Geyer: 3rd 4x200m, 2nd 4x400m
Erin Vennette: 3rd 4x200m, 2nd 4x400m, 3rd 400m
Jessica Martin: 4th 300mH
6TH GRADE CAMP OUTOur 6th graders recently enjoyed a trip to Enchanted Rock spending a few days surrounded by nature. A great time was had by all who attended!
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