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National History Day 2019

For the fourteenth year in a row, CCS is competing in National History Day. This year's NHD district competition took place on Saturday, March 16th at the Cleveland History Center.  Close to 500 students were at the competition as well as hundreds of projects from schools all over northeast Ohio.


2014 NHD Nationals Opening Ceremony

National History Day

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. More than half a million middle and high school students participate annually.

Students begin their journey by presenting their projects in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world. Top entries are invited to the state/affiliate level contests. The top two entries in every category at the state/affiliate level are then invited to the National Contest. Out of 500,000, just 3,000 students with their families and teachers gather at the University of Maryland for the National Contest in June. These enthusiastic groups come from all fifty United States, Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia.

- NHD.org


2019 CCS National History Day Students

NHD and Curriculum

NHD has been fully integrated into the curriculum at CCS. Students participate in NHD twice in their academic career. In eighth grade, students have a five-day class called MS Historical Research where they participate in NHD at the Jr. High level where they learn basic research skills, composition, and time management on their NHD project. In eleventh grade, students have a class called AP Seminar which teaches college level research skills and gives them the opportunity for college credit. At the beginning of each school year, eighth and eleventh grade students at CCS choose a historical topic that fits the annual theme and spend the year going through the research process. Students can choose to create an exhibit, documentary, website, or performance.


2018 National Finalist
Clinton 12: Desegregation Pioneers in Education
Elissa Palczer, Lydia Solak, Haley Vrona

NHD Academic Benefits

The student’s projects for the NHD program exercise the academic skills that the students have built during the middle and high school years, including: reading, composition, research, time management, presentation skills, analyzing multiple perspectives, art, organization, and more. Students present their projects at CCS in February and then go to the district competition in Cleveland in March where they can advance to the State and National level.

Teaches

Critical thinking, writing and research skills, and boosts performance across all subjects

Prepares

Students for college, work, and citizenship

Inspires

Critical thinking, writing and research skills, and boosts performance across all subjects


CCS Success at NHD

Through the NHD program, the effectiveness of the CCS academic curriculum is tested against many other schools from around the country and the world. From 2006-2019, CCS has sent 74 projects, 121 students to state and 15 projects, 28 students to nationals! CCS students have qualified for nationals 8 years since 2010! The CCS community is proud of the success that our students have achieved. Below are some videos highlighting the excellent work of our students:

2015 Abigail Young and Cecily Leetch win 1st in Ohio History Day and Qualify for Finals
Sir Nicolas Winton: The Silent Savior

Abigail and Cecily meet a Holocaust survivor and son of a survivor during Nationals


The Student Experience

One CCS student describes the educational experience by stating, "The self-determination involved in a student choosing their own topic, the independence that comes with researching the topic, and the ambition fostered by a potentially great project are all things that make for an excellent education. The cooperation used to create group projects, the pride that students feel when they can regard themselves as self-made experts on their favorite topics, and the intrinsic reward of a job well done are essential morale boosters that might empower a student to excel. And, interestingly, the combination of these benefits results in a classroom environment that is very similar to the one that my class proposed as "ideal." It is a classroom that serves as the root bed from which students grow, not the testing center for which they suffer."

For more information, visit our CCS NHD website here.

2017 National Finalist, 2nd in the Nation for Senior Group Performance
President Truman vs General MacArthur: Struggle for Command, Preserving the Power of the Presidency
Joseph Baldwin, Micah Doane, Trever Doeringer


National History Day 2019

For the fourteenth year in a row, CCS is competing in National History Day. This year's NHD district competition took place on Saturday, March 16th at the Cleveland History Center. Close to 500 students were at the competition as well as hundreds of projects from schools all over northeast Ohio.

CCS had 15 students compete - Lily, Josh, Sevey, Isaac, Nevada, Maddy, Josie, Brenna, Sarah, Chase, Mark, Aaron, Stephen, Luke, and Zachary. Every one of them worked hard over this last year and did a fantastic job presenting. Please encourage them when you see them. Below are the students who won special awards and qualified for the State competition in April.

3rd Place - Junior Individual Website - Isaac, Garrett Morgan: The Cleveland Waterworks Rescue

3rd Place - Junior Group Exhibit - Maddy & Nevada, Louis Zamperini: An American War Hero

1st Place - Senior Group Documentary - Mark/Chase, Billy Mitchell: Crusader for Air Power

Honorable Mention - Senior Group Exhibit - Josie/Sarah/Brenna, "Angels Flying Out of Hell: the 7000 Mile Journey of the Operation Babylift Orphans"

Honorable Mention and Special Prize for Military History - Zachary, Tragedy At Sea "Great Heroism, Unimaginable Anguish" The USS Indianapolis

3rd Place - Senior Individual Exhibit - Stephen, Sacrifice at Sugar Loaf Hill

Special Prize in Jewish History - Aaron, Entebbe: "Israel's Lightning Strike"

Congratulations to all of our participants!!

NHD 2019

The Next Chapter of CCS

In our twenty-fifth year as a school, it is such a joy to see signs of the next chapter that the Lord is writing here at CCS.We have a strong foundation and are building on that legacy as we look ahead to the future.

My connection with the school goes all the way back to 1994, when I was an elementary student the very first year of CCS. I never would have guessed while sitting at a fourth grade desk in that little building that I would one day be a staff member at CCS who would teach Jr. High Spanish, direct the Spring plays, be the Director of Development, or teach High School English- let alone be school principal! Yet God has clearly led each step of the way.

As I think about our student body, it’s exciting to realize that each of them sitting in class today have their own unique future ahead. For the seniors, major life change is just a few months away as they make decisions about what comes after high school. For the preschoolers, school is still a new world they are adjusting to as they learn how to learn. Some will go on to be scientists, or start a business, or to teach Middle School - perhaps at CCS! Some will be in government, or the military, or on the mission field. Some will manage a non-profit and some will manage a household - maybe both! Education is an incredible profession because we are seeing all of the potential in these students, and investing as much as we can to help them realize it.

After twenty- five years, we are taking stock of where we are as a school community so that we may keep investing in our students for the next twenty-five years with excellence. To help guide us, we are emphasizing this year that the Bible is the foundation of all that we do. Psalm 119:66 says, “Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.” This is my prayer for our students, staff, families, alumni, and certainly myself. From our youngest to our oldest, from a fourth-grade desk to the Principal’s office, we can trust the commands of the Lord to guide us from present to future.

Discipleship in Action

James 2:14-26, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (NIV)

Disciple: a student of a teacher (Merriam-Webster).

Discipleship progresses way beyond simply a school classroom; students being taught academic content from a professional educator.  The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible terms Christian service in faith as a “deed”.  Most dictionary references define a deed as, “An action that is performed intentionally and consciously” (www.dictionary.com).  Some deeds are sin (Proverbs 5:22).  Many deeds are loving, kind acts at least accomplished with caring for others as the motivator and, hopefully, out of faith in Jesus as this is a sign of spiritual maturity (Hebrews 6:1). 

In our personal relationships some of us would admit we commit more unloving deeds than loving deeds in a month’s time even though we know Jesus and His teachings and so we know better (Romans 7:15).  Maintain perspective and focus on the reality that this too is a vital portion of the discipleship process.  To live in the world but not of the world translates into the fruit of a depth of knowledge and eventual wisdom which is soundly grounded in the Word of God and is manifested in our actions and words; our deeds (John 17:14). 

On the church side of the ministry in which Shellie, Anthony and I have been privileged to participate there have been many blessed, memorable opportunities to manifest our faith by serving through loving deeds.  Some of these are represented in simply how we respond to those around us.  We’ve attempted to worship, pray and live alongside our fellow church members while honoring them with Christ’s Love and truly appreciating who they each are as individual creations of the Most High God.  As well, we’ve ministered beside many wonderful fellow church goers who have fed the poor, comforted the widow, provided homes for the homeless, cared for children and prayed with the downtrodden (James 1:27).  We are continually encouraged, challenged and empowered by witnessing the deep compassion of Christ in the hearts of God’s people as they obey and live their faith in action through loving deeds.

On the school side of the ministry in which we are honored to serve it is a constant strength to us to watch school students serve in faith through deeds of love.  Including here at CCS, we have seen students touch the lives of residents in nursing homes, those in need in the central city, single mothers, children, families in crisis, their communities and their churches.  

When one is truly discipled for Jesus Christ it will manifest faith through proactive, loving deeds.  This is a primary instilling which occurs at CCS daily.  Every student will be a more consistent, stronger disciple of The Lord.  Thank you for the support you provide so that this discipleship training can happen.  We appreciate and honor all of you!

James 2: 14-26, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (NIV)  Disciple: a student of a teacher (Merriam-Webster).  Discipleship progresses way beyond simply a school classroom; students being taught academic content from a professional educator. The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible terms Christian service in faith as a “deed”. Most dictionary references define a deed as, “An action that is performed intentionally and consciously” (www.dictionary.com). Some deeds are sin (Proverbs 5:22). Many deeds are loving, kind acts at least accomplished with caring for others as the motivator and, hopefully, out of faith in Jesus as this is a sign of spiritual maturity (Hebrews 6:1).  In our personal relationships some of us would admit we commit more unloving deeds than loving deeds in a month’s time even though we know Jesus and His teachings and so we know   better (Romans 7:15). Maintain perspective and focus on the reality that this too is a vital portion of the discipleship process. To live in the world but not of the world translates into the fruit of a depth of knowledge and eventual wisdom which is soundly grounded in the Word of God and is manifested in our actions and words; our deeds (John 17:14).  On the church side of the ministry in which Shellie, Anthony and I have been privileged to participate there have been many blessed, memorable opportunities to manifest our faith by serving through loving deeds. Some of these are represented in simply how we respond to those around us. We’ve attempted to worship, pray and live alongside our fellow church members while honoring them with Christ’s Love and truly appreciating who they each are as individual creations of the Most High God. As well, we’ve ministered beside many wonderful fellow church goers who have fed the poor, comforted the widow, provided homes for the homeless, cared for children and prayed with the downtrodden (James 1:27). We are continually encouraged, challenged and empowered by witnessing the deep compassion of Christ in the hearts of God’s people as they obey and live their faith in action through loving deeds.  On the school side of the ministry in which we are honored to serve it is a constant strength to us to watch school students serve in faith through deeds of love. Including here at CCS, we have seen students touch the lives of residents in nursing homes, those in need in the central city, single mothers, children, families in crisis, their communities and their churches.  When one is truly discipled for Jesus Christ it will manifest faith through proactive, loving deeds.  This is a primary instilling which occurs at CCS daily. Every student will be a more consistent, stronger disciple of The Lord. Thank you for the support you provide so that this discipleship training can happen.  We appreciate and honor all of you!

Choir Tour

 

Under the direction of Choir Director, Brian Smith, the students ministered to many different people, spreading God's love through worship and prayer.  Please enjoy the following video, as you listen to the students reflect on what God has accomplished through this choir tour and what it has meant to them.

True Freedom

2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

This is an example from today as to how the world defines freedom from Freedomhouse.org, the primary government sponsored source for annual growth in world freedom: “The world was battered by crises that fueled broad fearful sentiment in democratic countries, undermined the economies of states dependent on the sale of natural resources and lead authoritarian regimes to crack down harder on dissent. These developments contributed to the 10th consecutive year of decline in global freedom (in 2016).” 72 countries declined in average global freedom. 43 countries made gains in average global freedom. “Over the last decade, the most significant global reversals have been freedom of expression versus the rule of the law.”

So, according to our international governments, freedom is primarily defined according to how often, and concerning what topics, we may express ourselves.

Conversely, this is an example of how the Lord defines freedom according to Chris Shipley and Power to Change Ministries: “We can view freedom in many ways. For some it’s political freedom. Closely tied to this is freedom of speech. Some will self interpret or ignore the rule of the law to sustain their freedom to express themselves. Others define freedom financially primarily. They believe money and the riches of this world bring freedom. Sometimes in seeking freedom, we put ourselves in a worse situation. Running away from our problems being one of the most obvious examples. The reason this never works is because true freedom resides in our hearts. We can’t run away from our problems because our hearts go with us wherever we go. True freedom is only found in Christ.”

In the Gospels we read, “For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him. The evil man brings evil…” (Matthew 7:17-18) Evil results in sin. Sin results in bondage (slavery), the opposite of freedom. True freedom only happens when our hearts change.

This is true freedom: Jesus Christ. God changes our heart by His Holy spirit. God makes us spiritually alive by giving us a new heart. The saved heart; the changed heart desires to love God; to do His will.  The changed heart puts Jesus first and sees Him as beautiful and always the priority. The changed heart desires to be close to Jesus always and love Him above all else. 

We were created to do one thing primarily, to love and honor our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. A huge portion of this is loving others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Living out this singular, daily purpose brings us joy and peace. Loving Jesus primarily every day in our lives and in our hearts brings true freedom.

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