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Dear MCS Community,
With this two-word message via email, we learned that the Association of Christian Schools International has joined the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in granting to Milpitas Christian School the very highest level of accreditation offered.
Parents, partners, friends, this is a remarkable accomplishment and is the first time in MCS history that we have attained this degree of recognition.
Credit must be given to every current and past constituency of Milpitas Christian School. The foundation of commitment to excellence, the employees who labored hours beyond their regular duties, the leadership of past principals as well as Ms. Ritsema and Mrs. Tanimura, and the parents who participated in the self study are all to be thanked and highly commended for their contribution.
For Milpitas Christian School to attain this level of recognition is testimony to the confidence that our professional peers, in every aspect of the organization, continue to transform lives for Christ through excellence in education, relationships and service.
You can take great delight and have much confidence that the quality of the learning, the security of the environment, and the integration of the Christian faith are of very high caliber at Milpitas Christian School.
The journey to university begins with the first day of class at Milpitas Christian School.
Joyfully in Jesus,
Ken Van Meter, Ed.D.
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It is not often that I come across a book that I believe every parent should read. This is one. While designed for teens to read themselves, every mom and dad and young person age 11 or older should be aware of the obstacles and opportunities presented in this book.
The author, Josh Shipp, is a personal friend of mine and has appeared on Every Square Inch, the radio program I host on KFAX at 10:30 Saturday mornings. You can learn more about Josh’s ministry at joshshipp.com or look him up on youtube. His 10 minute video to the Class of 2013 is a must see for the parent of every teen or soon to be teen.
The book I recommend is “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination”. The subtitle is “Advice on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Awesomeness”. Great advice. The cover is shown here and you can order it hard copy or for your electronic reading device.
A question you can answer only if you have viewed the video I suggest is this: Are you the one caring adult that is all that stands between your child and a successful life?
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Contributed by Kathy Yao, MCS Learning Lab Director
Not too long ago I attended a conference on the topic of social thinking. The precept presented was that play was at the cornerstone of social and academic intelligence. Who knew that play could be so important!?!
The main message of the conference was that kids need to play more. Socially, students who are allowed to play freely develop better executive functioning skills and perspective-taking skills. In short, these skills help people in their organization of situations and in their awareness of the thoughts and feelings of others.
Playing with others is more than just play. It allows skills such as thinking about others, observing what others are doing, predicting what others will do next, setting a goal and seeing it through, reading another’s intent (plan), and communicating and meshing our ideas with those of others. All this leads to success in learning as part of a group, having a conversation, improving reading comprehension, and developing personal problem solving skills as well as relationships.
Academically, studies indicate that self-regulation skills better predicted academic achievement more reliably than I.Q. tests. Play is also a key component to improving text comprehension. Children who play more are strong problem solvers, more flexible thinkers, and are better collaborators. The fact that children are spending 4-6 times as much time working on academics than they are participating in free play is troubling.
The book, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How our children REALLY learn – and why they need to play more and memorize less, states that children do their best learning in “childish ways” (playing, socially interacting, exploring, and enjoying their environment). The book further states that language ability, a key feature of intelligence, is best developed by spending time in simple, ordinary, everyday talk with others.
So, if you really want your child to succeed in school, make sure you are spending time talking and playing with them. It will mean the world to them!
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Did you know that Milpitas Christian Schools has a Philosophy of Education? While this may be among the longest of these blogs, it is difficult to encompass all we seek to be and do with fewer words. Please let me know if you think there should be more included or anything removed from this statement.
Philosophy of Education
“In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare,’ That is mine!” Abraham Kuyper
The educational philosophy of Milpitas Christian Schools, Inc. is based on the presupposition that all truth is God’s truth. Therefore the pursuit of true knowledge, belief, and action is to be based upon God’s word, the Bible, to the degree that it speaks to a particular area of study and conduct. Milpitas Christian Schools is evangelistic in its ministry and seeks both to bring its students to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to disciple them in Biblical truth and application of that truth in developing a Christian lifestyle.
The academic program, while stressing basics, must provide a wide range of studies and use both traditional and modern methodology, with materials that are current and academically sound. Along with the acquisition of facts, emphasis will be placed on the development of skill in logical, biblical, and creative thinking, and the ability to share information with others clearly and concisely in both written and oral form.
We will provide a progressive future-oriented program, incorporating the most current information about skills and needs of the future with the biblical moral values we have always cherished. We will seek to bring our students into the twenty-first century as healthy, spiritually dynamic, mentally alert, and academically prepared individuals, ready to interact meaningfully with each other, our society, and our world. We endeavor to instill a love of learning that will take them far beyond their formal schooling years and into a lifetime of challenges and growth.
Christian character development is of primary importance at Milpitas Christian Schools and every effort will be made to assist students to become good citizens. To this end, the discipline plan is developed along biblical guidelines, not to be punitive, but to develop in the student strength of character leading to self-discipline. The goal is that students will be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, know the truth and the freedom it brings, and do the will of God, which is good, acceptable, and perfect.
The normal academic courses of history, science, language arts, mathematics, and Bible will be taught at all grade levels. Milpitas Christian Schools will also offer music, drama, art, and physical skill development for the purpose of helping students appreciate beauty in God’s creation, learn to express their creative impulses in pleasing ways, and develop healthy habits and a sense of Christian fellowship and sportsmanship.
Milpitas Christian Schools admits children of all races and nationalities and does not discriminate in any of its programs on the basis of gender, race, or national origin.
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