We take very seriously the charge to bring up our children in the way they should go. We also know that the biblical model is that of community, we cannot do it all by ourselves. Family Ministries at CLPS exists to encourage and equip parents in discipling their kids. We accomplish this by:
Providing resources and experts through the Parent Seminars.
Facilitate community service to help develop a care for others and a heart to serve.
Experience God's heart for the nations by going out and sharing their faith.
Have fun and fellowship with each other at WIPEOUT! and other events.
Lovingly addressing conflict and character issues with the ultimate goal of repentance and restoration.
Encourage Christ-like mentoring and friendship, as well as leadership development in the House System.
Elementary Character Program
The students in the elementary school will focus on seven virtues throughout the school year. Teachers will refer to these in their lessons, and parents will be able to interact through the assignments given once per week to help them connect with their children over a virtue and the scriptures. We will eventually have all the pages for download below. Please note these files have all 4 weeks of the month for both younger elementary (K-2) and older elementary (3-6). At the end of each month, students will have an extended lunch with a character celebration in the gym.
Click the highlighted text below for the character study and corresponding age group. August-September are on the same file.
A few years ago we noticed that because our university model caused us to spend less time together, there was a great opportunity to facilitate community in our school. We launched the house system in 2014, and have been thrilled as it has grown, and our amazing student leaders take ownership and run with it.
The House System originated in England as the English school system was being developed and was used for the purposes of providing an environment where students are afforded “pastoral care” or individualized education (Dierenfield, 1975). Originally, the houses were literally that: a place where students lived as they were boarded in school (The Latin School, 2015).
House systems varywidely in their implementation due to the specific needs of the school. Students are often divided into one of several houses, each with a distinctive identity. In most cases, students are sorted “vertically” meaning that there is an “equitable distribution of students from all grade levels in each individual house,” and biological families are kept within the same houses (Brennan, 2012).
Why the House System?
Research shows that implementing a House System yields benefits to schools. One such study by H. H. Hooper, Jr. (1999) found that schools small in size provide a more “humanistic learning experience” (p. 5) because these students feel more identified with their school. The house system replicates the small school feel in both large and small schools alike by creating communities of students within the school. The hope is that these smaller communities will provide students with a larger number of opportunities for interaction, a key component for enhanced student learning (Hooper, 1999). Other proposed benefits have included personalization, a sense of “ownership” in the program, enhanced social affiliation, and as increasing student retention for “at-risk” students. Hooper found in his study the following outcomes: decreased discipline, increased student attendance rate, a sense of belonging, small school feeling, decreased dropout rate, less “missed” students, curriculum awareness, increased opportunities for professional development, and easier implementation of educational programs (1999).
CLPS hopes to expand student leadership opportunities, create a sense of school pride, increase student sense of purpose, provide healthy competition, demonstrate an electoral process, promote community service, increase student community and simply have more fun at school.
Pillars of the House System
Foundation of Christ-Centered Relationships as modeled in Matthew 22:36-40 and Matthew 5:43
Relationship Building: The main goal of the House System is to build Christ-centered, quality relationships
Service: This pillar is based on the great commandment by Jesus to love God and love your neighbor. This applies to stewardship within CLPS and beyond. Ministry to the School Population: Students are able to engage in ministry to the younger population of students as well as their peers through Biblically- Centered activities, studies and devotions.
Student Leadership: The CLPS House System provides ample opportunity for service to the school through fulfillment of duties of office. This leadership includes high expectations of officers and members to critically think to plan events, ministries and traditions that increase the value of our school community and to execute them with excellence.