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Purposeful Parenting

It is an enigma that parenthood can provide such an extreme spectrum of emotions. One moment our children elevate us so high we have to look down to see heaven when at other times we become so frustrated with them that we hardly care to admit we actually brought them into this world or chose them to be a part of our family. Parents will always be older and wiser…right?  Then why is this calling of parenthood so scary? Is it even possible to raise good children anymore?

My life mentor, my mom, Marliss – mother of six, told me often, “Melissa, you do not have to teach your children to be naughty, that comes quite naturally to them. You must train them up in the way they should go – to do good, to make right choices, to do the things you ask them to do in a way that is honoring to God. You cannot let your kids call the shots and remember that mistakes are part of the journey!”

Leonard Sax, physician, psychologist and author, believes that if we want our children to be virtuous, we must teach them virtue.  Children are not going to develop into individuals who have strong morals, self-confidence and sweet spirits without hours, weeks, months and years of teaching them how to live virtuous lives. This means not allowing your young children to decide what is best for them. Sure they will have choices but they also need to be held accountable.

Now this does not mean that you have to rule with an iron thumb…in fact, it is quite the opposite. Sometimes parents believe that they are helping their young children by stepping back and letting their kids decide on things that they are not yet ready to make decisions about. Our children (often literally) are screaming for guidance and direction because even at some level are cognizant that they are not ready to make some of the decisions that they are being confronted with. A very important concept that my dad, Al, modeled for me even at a young age was to tell us kids ‘yes’ as often as he could so that when he had to say ‘no’, we knew that he really meant it.

Reflecting back on my childhood, my brothers and sisters and I had very few rules that stand out in my mind because somehow my parents instilled in us a desire to want to obey, respect and please them simply because we did not want to disappoint them. How does that happen?

Well, we knew our parents loved each other and us no matter what. From the time we woke up in the morning until it was time to go to bed, they were purposefully and proactively pouring into us their expectations of what they believed God had called them to do in raising their children. I am completely blessed by the incredible parents God gave me. In turn, I wanted to raise my own children in the same way so I would get the same response from my kids that my parents got from me.

It doesn’t just happen. It takes intentional parenting to raise virtuous children. It’s not easy and it won’t always be fun…but it will be worth it. Ephesians 6:1-4

– Melissa (Witt) Phillips

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Student Leader

Central Christian High School Student Body President

As a student who has been attending Central Christian School since kindergarten, I have witnessed about a dozen people in the position of Student Body President. I have seen each one of them share visions and goals for the Student Body, and work diligently to bring them into fruition. Watching these students bring about positive change in the school through their leadership position made me strive to someday be able to do the same. I am honored to be able to serve as a leader at Central Christian School as Student Body President. Chris Hadfield brings light to the purpose of leadership in saying, “Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”

My hope as a leader in the school…

…is that I will not only share visions and goals for the student body, but inspire my fellow students to become motivated to achieve these goals, and hopefully, instill in them a desire to share their own goals and visions for Central Christian. As president of the student body, I have an outlet in which to share my voice and my vision; however, I went into the year wanting to provide a platform for anyone willing to engage to share their voice and visions for the year as well. In pursuit of this goal, I have created a suggestion box, in which any student can write down either a goal they have for our student body, or an event they want to see take place during the school year. My ultimate hope for the Student Body, however, is that we strive to follow and live out the motto of Central Christian, passionately pursuing the mind of Christ. It is my desire that when a person outside of CCS views the students, they will be able to witness this pursuit. That they will be able to witness it through our words, through our attitudes, through our academics, through our actions, through anything that we may do.

“What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.”

When I was young, a family friend gifted me with a small book of Zig Ziglar quotes, placing great emphasis on one of the quotes in particular. “What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.” This quote has since echoed in my mind, and has played an important role in inspiring me to create the goals that have brought me where I am today, and will continue to be motivation for the goals I set forth for the direction of the student body. By the end of this year, it is my goal to not only have the student body be gratified that they have accomplished the goals set for the year, but be inspired by the fact that they have been transformed in the pursuit of them.


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Transfer Students

Introducing Isaac, 2013 graduate of CCS!

I was a reluctantly willing transfer student to Central Christian School my freshman year of high school. As can be expected, I was hesitant and anxious about my new life at Central Christian. Lacking motivation for academics, I had limited interests beyond sports.

The fall retreat was a great way to meet kids and relax a little about all that would lie ahead. Teachers gave me grace and a period of time to become more organized as a student while adjusting to a more rigorous academic environment. A standard was encouraged, but also, all the extra help available if I should choose to take advantage of it. The choice to succeed was up to me. As time went on, I began to see the prize – achieving higher academic goals as I realized doing your best was a part of this place and something embrace.

The spiritual atmosphere at Central Christian School is amazing!

We don’t merely learn about God, we engage in apologetics and discuss the deeper questions of walking out this Christian life. We worship and pray together, often student initiated and student lead. Pursuing a devoted relationship with Christ is encouraged and lived out in our lives together. At first I did not appreciate this, but as time went on I took what I learned and grew closer to God.

Sports at Central Christian School have been a great way to make friend!

Arriving with a history in soccer, I now began to enjoy a new interest in basketball. And though I had not taken advantage of music and drama in my previous school, Central Christian offered both with excellence. Moreover, CCS programs included the opportunity of fun, achievement, and being a part of something meaningful. It drew me in.  I became a part of Central Christian’s Hands for God drama/puppet ministry team, worship team class, and participated in four major drama productions. Where previously I was not encouraged to try new things like drama or music, the atmosphere at Central Christian was encouraging and made me feel welcome to branch out.

Needless to say, I am proud to have graduated from Central Christian School with the highest GPA of my school career earned my senior year, no slacker year at our school. Taking advantage of many things that CCS has to offer, is a privilege that has prepared me for life ahead.

I began as a reluctant, unmotivated student. I graduated a devoted disciple, an academic success, a well-rounded person, and a proud member of the Central Christian School family.

To explore becoming a part of the Central Christian School family, please contact us to schedule an Educational Success Consultation.

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Volunteering at Central Christian School

Many hands make light work

With over 200 volunteers, Central Christian School is able to accomplish tremendous projects and events. Central Christian School families and friends volunteer to serve at events like our annual auction, which raises money for our tuition assistance program; Every Mile Counts fun run, which is a community event; Washington Family Ranch Retreat- building unity among our jr high and high school students; or elementary field day – an end of the year celebration. Additionally, we welcome parents, grandparents, and Central Christian friends to volunteer in the classroom. Collectively, volunteers give an average of 15 hours, each day, assisting teachers with daily activities.

For more information on how you can make a difference in the lives of the students at Central Christian School, contact the school office at 541.548.7803 or through the Contact Us tab on the website for more information.

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Planning for College

At Central Christian, we are not only planning for college but for an entire life. We believe God has limitless power to shape our future and place students exactly where He can have the most influence in their lives. Our role is to partner with students and their parents to approach the college admission process with prayerfulness, enabling students to grow into responsible decision makers and discover God’s potential for them. We believe God will pave a trustworthy path for their college choices. Central Christian desires to prepare students to submit to God’s plan for their life, with joyful acceptance of His loving care for their future.

Salutatorian Summer Brunoe says it like this:

“The beauty of Central Christian School is it is a safe and nurturing learning environment. My time here has been like none other. There are not enough words to describe the atmosphere it presents. Classmates become second family, teachers like second parents, and the school like a second home. It is safe to say I’m going to miss it here, a lot. I have built my closest relationships at CCS. It’s a place where you can grow and learn, make mistakes and have someone there to help pick you up. Finally, after countless late night study sessions and early morning coffee runs everything we’ve been working for these past four years has been leading up to this moment. Now, an unknown future awaits us just beyond the horizon. And while the future may seem daunting, I don’t believe we have any need for fear. We are all fully equipped for the journey ahead. I could not have asked for a better class to spend my high school years with. We should be proud, class of 2016.

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