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What We Love About CHA...

November 13, 2018
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

Christian Heritage Academy is committed to training American Christian Leaders. The first principle of leadership at CHA is to value people. Value is defined as to give worth or to appraise with high esteem. Last Friday, members of CHA’s student council met with a few members of the school’s administration during lunch.  Mr. Troop Bullard shared our first leadership principle with the students and asked them where they saw CHA accomplishing the goal of valuing people. As the students began to share, they spoke of the many ways they saw the teachers, administrators, and students valuing people.  As they spoke, they would often begin their remarks with, “What I love most about CHA is…” The students’ speech began to be not just reflective but also deeply personal.  Here are some of their favorite things.

The teachers at CHA invest in the lives of their students.  Daily, teachers and coaches challenge the students to have intentional conversations with others.  Asking for prayer requests is routine, but what they love about CHA is that teachers do not just ask for prayer requests, they also follow-up. They continue to pray. Teachers at CHA teach from a Biblical worldview.  Every subject is taught from God’s Word.  The teachers help the students see connections between God and each subject.  The teachers value students by having high expectations and making them work hard. Teachers are available and personally invest in the lives of the students.  Teachers feel “called” to be at CHA and understand their purpose. What the student council leaders said they love about CHA teachers is that they championed each student.  One student said it best, “The teachers are our biggest fans.”

In regards to administration, the members of the student council said that the school leadership value families.  The administrators know the families and are involved in the families' lives.  The students could tell that the school leadership does not just know the families but enjoys being with them. Student council members said they love how the administrators speak to every student in the hall and ask how they were doing.  They were impressed that school administrators take the time to stop and talk with students each day and genuinely care about the students.

What was most encouraging was to hear how students at CHA value other students.  The opportunity to have foreign exchange students in the student body was echoed again and again as a gift.  From Salt and Light families adopting a foreign exchange student to Each One Reach One hosting gatherings for new and international students throughout the year, students value these cross-cultural relationships.  What they love about CHA is that the school is small enough that the students know each other not only in their own grade but in all the grades.  Clubs like Lantern Ladies which promote inter-grade relationships and mentoring are keys to student-to-student relationships.  Salt and Light’s sixth grade mentoring program is also a great way to value elementary students and help with the transition to secondary. One student leader said, “Everyone is nice to each other and everyone respects each other.”

As I sat and enjoyed hearing the hearts of these student leaders, I relished their joy, sincerity, and their passion for Christ, for each other, and for CHA. It is a gift to work at CHA.  Ask me what I love about CHA….the students. I have worked in other outstanding districts in our state with many fine educators and students.  I will say that the caliber of our students, which is seen in their love for Christ and others and lived out in their words and actions, is comparable to none.  I wonder, what do you love about CHA? Who could you tell about what God is doing at CHA? Tell someone.  Who would be at CHA if they could? Consider giving to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund to redirect a portion of your state income tax to allow more students to attend CHA. Share your comments on our Facebook post and let us know what you love.  We would enjoy hearing from you.

Have a great week!

Dr. Susan DeMoss
Associate Headmaster

Exercising the Right of Every Citizen

November 06, 2018
By Mr. Jackson Cargill

On the eve of the midterm elections, Congressman Tom Cole spoke to students at Christian Heritage Academy. Club Politico, the school politics club, invited Congressman Cole to inform the student body about political issues and promote excitement for schoolwide mock elections. Cole emphasized the importance and the privilege of voting.

Coming from a military lineage, his parents always stressed the direct impact a vote could make on military families. As soon as he was able to vote, he always considered which candidate understood the most about the issues that he faced personally. Over time, Cole’s research of political candidates and the issues of each election led to a larger interest in politics. He soon began to run campaigns for candidates, including his own mother, counselling them about the issues they should run on. From there, he ran for several state offices including the state senate and Oklahoma Secretary of State. He’s also served as chairman and executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mr. Cole was eventually elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004 for the 4th District. His path to becoming a great influencer started with the simple act of voting. The students of CHA loved hearing him speak and look forward to voting themselves in the upcoming years!

Club Politico

 

The Greatest Show - The Importance of Parent Involvement

November 05, 2018
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

Last Thursday night, “The Greatest Show” Fall Festival was held. PURPOSE (Parents Utilizing Resources Providing Opportunities Serving and Encouraging) hosted this event. It is hard to imagine what school would be like without parent involvement. Parent involvement has been linked to strong social/emotional growth, positive student behavior, and academic achievement. Interestingly, in many schools parent involvement is non-existant or limited. Hundreds of research studies have been conducted on how to increase parent involvement and the benefits of it. Legislation has been written to even mandate parent involvement. 

At Christian Heritage Academy, the faculty and staff understand that parents are the most important teachers and role models in a child’s life. Our mission at CHA is to assist the home and the church in building a solid foundation in the life of each student - a life which is characterized by a personal salvation experience, the development of Christian character, the Christian conscience and Christian self-government. CHA is blessed to have parents who are actively involved in their student’s lives and understand their God-given role. From helping with homework, serving on committees, working on drama set designs, to volunteering at athletic events, parents are a vital part of Christian Heritage Academy.  

How grateful we are that our families live out Deuteronomy 6:6-9. Parent involvement is an integral part of Christian Heritage Academy. From PK-12th grade, parents are valued. As parents you are automatically members of PURPOSE and Booster Club. These organizations promote school spirit, host events to build community, conduct fundraisers to provide resources for the internal needs of the school such as homeroom moms, athletic and playground equipment, faculty/staff love offerings, and STEM needs. We are grateful for the leadership teams in both of these parent organizations.

As I watched our parents last Thursday night, it made me think of the lyrics to the title song from the Greatest Showman.  As they watched their children play, laugh and run with such innocence, it was almost like I could hear the echo of their heart, “It is every thing I ever need. It is every thing I ever want and it is here right in front of me. This is the greatest show.” Thank you parents for your investment in your child’s life. Thank you Lord for these precious families and their investment in Christian Heritage Academy. It is an honor to partner with you on this journey.

Please remember that on November 12, we are hosting informational breakfast (7:30-8:15 am) and lunch (11:30-12:15 pm)  sessions to provide more information on this tax-credit opportunity. Last week, we had six families attend one of these sessions to learn more about this opportunity. We already have eleven registered for our November session. If you would like to attend, please contact Dr. DeMoss at 672-1787 ext. 233 or email at osf@cha.org. Please RSVP at least two days prior to the date.

What Makes CHA Special?

October 29, 2018
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

mr bullard greeting families

What makes CHA special? Family.  Almost every morning, Mr. J. Bullard is seen greeting the elementary students and parents by name as they enter.  How impressive it is to have our headmaster know the students and families at CHA! I remember my first encounter with CHA was as a pastor’s wife. I attended a graduation ceremony for Dara White.  I was so impressed with how the presenters knew all of the students.  Not just their names but they knew their interests, accomplishments and heart.  It is not a surprise that Dara White Steward has her children attend CHA.  It is a special place - a place where you are considered family.

When God called me to CHA in 2006, I was surprised at how many of our morning devotions were filled with prayer requests from alumni and alumni families.  They would contact the school and ask the faculty to pray for them.  We did not just pray for them by name or request but the faculty would recall what year that they graduated, who were their family members, and what they were doing now.  They knew them.  We still continue to pray for our current and alumni families.

Another aspect of family is seen at our athletic events and Fall Festival.  If you have been to one of these events, you know what I mean.  As children of all ages, play in the field or parents enjoy catching up on their families, it is a refreshing picture of innocence and simplicity.  No one is hurried.  No one is worried. It is like a family reunion.  Why? Because we are all apart of the CHA family. We are indeed family. I can’t wait until this Thursday night to see the kids running and playing in the field, the gym filled with laughter and parents enjoying each other.  As my own kids used to say, “Fall Festival is the best day of the school year.”


As the end of the year draws to a close, I wonder, who else should be apart of the CHA family? With enrollment approaching, who do I know that I could tell what makes CHA special? Who do I know that I could invite to our Fall Festival on November 1 to experience our CHA family as we enjoy an evening together in fellowship and in raising support for our faculty and staff?

More importantly, who do I know who would be at CHA if finances would allow them to do so? With 2019 around the corner, end-of-year giving is also on many Christians minds.  In 2014 in Oklahoma, our legislature allowed for tax payers to redirected a portion of their personal and business taxes to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for a private school of your choice.  Since this time, CHA has been able to provide 331 students from over 175 families with $964,026 in tuition.

On November 12, we are hosting informational breakfast (7:30-8:15am)  and lunch (11:30-12:15pm)  sessions to provide more information on this tax-credit opportunity.   Last week, we had six families attend one of these sessions to learn more about this opportunity.  We already have eleven registered for our November session. If you would like to attend, please contact Christian Heritage Academy at Dr. DeMoss at 672-1787 ext. 233 or email at osf@cha.org.  Please RSVP at least two days prior to the date.

I am thankful to be apart of the CHA family!

Dr. Susan DeMoss
Associate Headmaster
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