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Opportunities and Appreciations

January 15, 2019
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

Last week, I shared with you in my blog two upcoming opportunities. On January 21, CHA is hosting an informational open house at the DeMoss’ home from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  There will be another open house at the DeMoss’ home on February 25 along with others throughout the spring semester. We would love to invite anyone interested in attending CHA next year to attend. If you know of someone who would like to attend this informal home gathering to learn more about CHA, please contact Mrs. Small at dsmall@cha.org.

 

 

In addition to the upcoming open houses, on January 23, CHA is hosting a Pastor’s Appreciation Breakfast in CHA’s cafeteria from 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM. The event is free. Students are encouraged to invite their church's pastor to the event.  We understand that there are several students who may share the same pastor. The first family to register their pastor will be allowed to attend the breakfast with their church pastor. All siblings in the first family to register may attend the event with their pastor. Mrs. Dawn Pruitt will notify any families for whom a pastor has been previously registered. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dawn Pruitt at 672-1787, ext 204 or dpruitt@cha.org.  The deadline to register your pastor is Friday, January 18. Please use this link to register your pastor.

 

I pray that you will consider each of these upcoming invitations at CHA.

 

For His Glory!

Dr. Susan Elaine DeMoss

Woven

January 14, 2019
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

This year, Miss Bower has begun a knitting club for high school girls.  On Mondays, a dozen young ladies meet in room 109 and learn to knit.  The picture attached is an example of some of their work. God’s Word speaks of knitting at least fourteen times in the Scriptures.  God knit us together in the womb (Psalm 139:13-15). He knits us to each other (Col 2:2).

 

One of the mysteries of God is how He knits people’s paths together. God moved our family to Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 2001. While in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, I became an adjunct professor of Statistics at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU). Our first child began school in 2005.  He attended the Bartlesville Wesleyan Christian School. At the new parent dinner, our family was paired with a mentor family.  Our mentor family was Dr. Everett and Marci Piper. Dr. Piper had been the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University since 2002. 

 

Upon returning to Oklahoma City in 2006, I began teaching at CHA.  As the new Calculus teacher, I asked Mr. Holmes about offering college credit for our calculus class since we used a college-level textbook.  Mr. Holmes gave me the liberty to explore this idea and I called a few universities in the area.  The door was not opened.

 

Then one spring in 2008, I received a generic letter to the school with the opportunity for dual-credit coursework.  The university was interested in not just offering the college credit but also partnering with Christian high schools to support Kingdom education. The school was Oklahoma Wesleyan University.  As the door began to open, a strong partnership was birthed.  God continued to knit a path together.

 

The first year that we offered college credit, CHA had to buy new College Algebra textbooks for the fall semester. This was an $8000 investment.  The investment reaped a mighty return! The response from our parents and students was extremely positive.  Their desire was for CHA to offer Trigonometry in the spring but funding was not available to buy the college-level Trig books.  I asked the students to pray for direction.  I spoke with some of the administration at OKWU. To our delight, they offered to buy us an entire set of college-level Trig books for free to help us establish our dual-credit offerings. God had answered our prayers and knit us together again.

 

This partnership continues to be woven today.  In the Fall of 2016, the United States Higher Learning Commission declared that only high school instructors with at least 18 hours of master’s level course work in the field of concentration would be qualified to teach a dual-credit course. While we could continue to offer some of the dual credit classes, this meant that we could not offer American History or English Composition 1 and 2 for dual credit without Mr. Ferguson and Miss Bower returning to school. Both teachers expressed a desire to continue the dual-credit program but financial constraints were present.  I once again approached the administration at OKWU.  They offered to pay for the hours each teacher needed to be qualified to continue offering the dual-credit coursework. We currently offer 29 hours of dual-credit. Thank God once again for His provision!

 

OKWU’s commitment to CHA has been more than a program.  They have demonstrated again and again their vow to partner with us in Christian education.  They allow our secondary teachers to use their classroom plagiarism software for free. They are a strong resource to us in cultural impact issues in education. In the Fall of 2018, eight of our faculty began a Masters in Education Administration program through OKWU.  This was made possible for our teachers as a result of special funding offered by OKWU.  What God began to weave together in 2004 continues to develop into a beautiful tapestry.

 

This is why CHA is honored to have Dr. Everett Piper speak at our 2019 Heritage Banquet.  He has graciously agreed to speak at this event for free and also provide signed copies of one of his books for those who attend the VIP event. Once again, OKWU’s investment in our school will directly impact student learning as the reduced costs of the banquet will allow more of the proceeds to go towards the internal needs of the school.

 

I would like to encourage you to attend, this year’s banquet. Dr. Piper is known for his strong Christian convictions, commitment to the Word of God and his engagement of the culture.  This banquet is CHA’s largest school-wide event which highlights the mission and vision of our school.  Prospective families are free. Tickets are $35.  Online registration is available here.

 

I am so grateful that God is the Master Weaver who moves in mysterious ways. May He continue to weave many more families into the fabric of CHA (Col 2:2). Please pray for the upcoming Heritage Banquet and even more importantly thank God for the masterpiece that He is knitting.

 

For His Glory,

Dr. Susan Elaine DeMoss

Associate Headmaster

The Invitation

January 07, 2019
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

Recently, our eighth-grade Life Skills students built birdhouses.  Two of our eighth grade teachers, Mr. Spencer and Mr. Moore, worked over the summer to develop a woodworking unit for the course.  The summer work was made possible through the CHA teacher grant program. What a blessing it is to work with teachers who continue to develop their courses and engage students in active learning. 

Throughout God’s Word, birds are used as an illustration of God’s provision and protection. Matthew 6 reminds us that birds of the air do not have to worry about what to eat, God feeds them. Matthew 10 exhorts us to remember that He also protects the birds of the air and not one falls to the ground without the Father knowing. Psalm 50:11 says, “I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.” Why does God use over one hundred illustrations of birds? Luke 12:24 holds the key - if God provides for the birds, how much more so for us, “of how much more value are you than the birds!”

As 2019 begins, CHA has been reminded of God’s provision and protection.  The Lord has provided graciously through the Opportunity Scholarship Fund for CHA to offer scholarships to qualifying families for the 2019-2020 school year. Do you know anyone who would like to attend CHA but can’t imagine how this would even be financially possible? Do they need to be reminded of how God provides for the birds and much more so His people? On January 21, CHA is hosting an informational open house at the DeMoss’ home from 6:30pm-7:30pm.  There will be another open house at the DeMoss’ home on February 25 along with others throughout the spring semester. We would love to invite anyone interested in attending CHA next year to attend. If you know of someone who would like to attend this informal home gathering to learn more about CHA, please contact Mrs. Small at dsmall@cha.org.

In addition to the upcoming open houses, on January 23, CHA is hosting a Pastor’s Appreciation Breakfast in CHA’s cafeteria from 7:30am-8:30am. The event is free. Students are encouraged to invite their church's pastor to the event.  We understand that there are several students who may share the same pastor. The first family to register their pastor will be allowed to attend the breakfast with their church pastor. All siblings in the first family to register may attend the event with their pastor. Mrs. Dawn Pruitt will notify any families for whom a pastor has been previously registered. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dawn Pruitt at 672-1787, ext 204 or dpruitt@cha.org.  The deadline to register your pastor is Friday, January 18. Please use the link below to register your pastor:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvAJkCGWXu2x9DldX5ZS-9kcL6oJpHAvBb7NbeHp1fshcY5w/viewform

Finally, within the next week, you should be receiving an invitation to the 2019 Heritage Banquet.  This banquet is CHA’s largest school-wide event which highlights the the mission and vision of our school.  Prospective families are free. Tickets are $35.  Online registration will be available starting January 11 at www.cha.org.

God’s provision and protection for the birds is a powerful reminder of His invitation. He invites each of us is to rest in Him (Matthew 11:28), follow Him (Mark 1:17), and abide in Him (John 15:4). 

I pray that you will consider each of these upcoming invitations at CHA and even more importantly accept Christ’s invitation.

For His Glory,

Dr. Susan Elaine DeMoss

Associate Headmaster

Deck the Halls

December 17, 2018
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

One of the joys of teaching at CHA is the freedom that exists.  Freedom within the student body to learn, smile, be joyful, laugh and love.  Freedom within the faculty to dream and create.  If you have not visited the halls of CHA during Christmas, I invite you to do so. The elementary halls are adorned with beautiful student-produced artwork.  The secondary locker rooms are an expression of creativity and youthfulness.  It is indeed a “season to be jolly.”

This joy of the Lord is carried outside our walls into our world.  One of the distinctives of CHA is missions.  During the Christmas season, every grade has a class mission project.  From the fourth grade delivering coats and gloves to Buchanan elementary, to the kindergarten class serving at Faithworks and the fifth and eleventh grades ministering at Boys Ranch Town, Christ’s love is shared in our community.  Beyond our city limits, CHA’s reach extends.  Every class in the secondary has a class missionary for whom they pray and support throughout the year.  From backpacks sent to Mexico for the children  and money sent for missionaries around the globe, CHA students have a global perspective of missions and their responsibility to propagate the gospel.  Our faculty and staff also participate in missions.  Last Wednesday afternoon, our faculty and staff took a small gift to over fifteen of our nearby neighbors & surrounding businesses and prayed with them.  The prayer requests were recorded so that we can continue to pray for our neighbors throughout the year. 

As 2018 comes to a close, would you consider partnering with us in the gospel? Here are five ways to join CHA in our ministry to not only our students and families but around the world:

  1. Prayer - Please pray for the upcoming enrollment season.  Our prayer is to enroll 100 new students.  This increase is not about numbers. It is about influence.  We believe that CHA has been called to train American Christian Leaders in every sphere of society.  We have some of the best and most dedicated faculty and staff members in the state.  
  2. Capital Campaign - Christian Heritage Academy offers its supporters many opportunities to invest in improving the facility and transportation needs of students. The Pursuing Excellence campaign focuses on both academic and athletic building and transportation improvements. This is a $1.9 million project.  Recently, we purchased two new buses which should be arriving in early January.  In November, we celebrated the opening of our new Genesis Learning Center. We still need $900,000 in new monies to complete the third floor remodel and secondary STEM rooms. If you would like to give to this project or learn more about this, please click here for more information.
  3. Heritage Fund - Christian Heritage Academy offers its supporters many opportunities to support student learning. Investors in the school’s mission may give to the Heritage Fund which supports areas such as science, technology, fine arts, teacher grants and a variety of other areas in the school directly impacting student learning. Last year, monies given at the Heritage Banquet and from private donors funded items such as new chromebook carts for students, allowed teachers to attend conferences, enabled the establishment of a kinesthetic learning lab for lower elementary students (The Loop) and purchased innovative curriculum for classrooms. If you would like to give to the Heritage Fund or to learn more about this, please click here for more information.
  4. Opportunity Scholarship Fund - The OSF allows taxpayers to redirect a portion of their state tax dollars to provide tuition scholarships for students attending a private school.  OSF donors receive a 75% tax credit not to exceed $1000 for individual, $2000 for families filing jointly, and $100000 for qualified business entities, if they make a two-year commitment. Since 2014, CHA has received more than $1,085,000 in tuition assistance benefiting over 240 students. Your investment has changed Christian Heritage Academy by helping us increase our influence, broaden our diversity, and fulfill our mission of “producing true Christian scholars who will propagate the gospel and restore our nation to its historical Biblical foundation.” For more information regarding OSF, you may visit www.cha.org or click the link.
  5. Heritage Banquet Table Sponsors - Every year, we have friends and families of CHA support this event through table sponsorships. These sponsorships help defray the cost of the banquet as well as support the internal workings of the school. We pray that you will consider partnering with us as a table sponsor for the 2019 Heritage Banquet, Time to Engage, on February 19. We pray that you will join us as we share the vision for what God has challenged us to pursue. We would also encourage you to begin praying for this event and that God would be glorified and the vision that He has given us would be clearly presented. For additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. Susan DeMoss at 672-1787, Ext. 233.

As we “see the blazing yule before us,” which is a symbol of Christ’s birth.  May we “strike the harp and join the chorus,”  thanking God for what he has done at Christian Heritage Academy and ask the Lord how He wants us to join Him in the work that He is doing at CHA.

Fa la la la la, la la la la,

Dr. Susan Elaine DeMoss
Associate Headmaster
 

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