School News – 12/15/2021
Happy Holidays In celebration of the Christmas season, check out the Art of Christmas gallery at CCS-Leland and your responses from the December 1st survey on Favorite Traditions! We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
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Leland Beta Does it Betta!
Achievement, character, leadership, and service. Certainly these qualities are found among all of the CCS-Leland student body, but the scholars in the National Junior Beta Club are taking it one step further. Since August, the Beta Club members have made an impact of over 400 hours of community service in the Cape Fear region. Students in 6th-8th have participated in food drives, packed backpacks with supplies for students in need, campus cleanup initiatives, and even a charity lemonade stand that raised over $1,200.00 for Canine Angels! These students have worked hard not only to maintain the requirements of a NJBC member (93+ grade average and 3+ on EOGs) but also to make a lasting and positive impact on the community around them. Bravo to Beta Club!
16-Judge Court Eyes Restricting Parent Choice: We Object
If you wish to send your children to a school that holds traditional values, you should have the freedom to do so. That’s at the heart of a nearly six-year-old legal fight that, in effect, challenges Charter Day School’s [now Classical Charter Schools of Leland] right to establish traditional policies in the first place. Media attention has, since 2016, focused on our traditional policies – particularly our dress code, which the plaintiffs have attacked. “This case … goes right to the heart of parents’ choice and choosing whichever school best matches their educational philosophy and … will best suit their children,” Constitutional Law Attorney Aaron Streett representing CDS told WECT television on Monday. As WECT’s Ann McAdams explained, “Charter Day School takes a traditional approach to teaching, promoting traditional values, manners and respect. They believe their gender specific dress code instills mutual respect, discipline and order. Boys cannot wear jewelry, must wear a belt, and have to keep their hair neatly trimmed. Except for gym class and field trips, girls are required to wear some form of a skirt, and may not wear pants.” The case, Streett says, is about much more than just the dress code. “This is the kind of choice that could affect any charter school, no matter what educational philosophy. If the Court of Appeals or any other court say that charter schools are essentially state actors, they will be back in many ways on a level playing field with [the more powerful] traditional government run public schools, which is exactly what the North Carolina legislature was trying to move away from in charter schools.”
Read WECT Report Read T74 Article
The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is *Reciting* Aloud for All to Hear!
Each year, select students in 5th-8th grade get the opportunity to work on their oratorical skills whilst spreading holiday cheer! For a few weeks, these students are tasked with immersing themselves in a classical Christmas poem. They annotate the poem, learn about the author, memorize the poem, discover the importance of public speaking, and even participate in diction exercises. Students learn that oratory skills are essential in business, education, and the public arena. They realize that it also increases self-confidence and makes them more comfortable around people. As a culminating activity, students first recite the poem individually for a grade. Then as a class, they recite the poems together in a caroling manner to students in primary grades!
See the student performances here!
Happy 225th Birthday to the Bill of Rights
“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on Earth,” declared Thomas Jefferson. The Bill of Rights embodies the cause of America and humankind. It is a document securing inalienable rights, or God-given rights. The Constitution would not have been ratified without the adoption of the Bill of Rights as the first Ten Amendments. The Bill of Rights: The First Amendment includes the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, and petition. The Second Amendment secures the right to bear arms. The Third Amendment prohibits the government from housing soldiers in citizens’ homes. The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from unreasonable search and seizure of a citizen’s private property. The Fifth Amendment secures due process of the law, prohibits a person to be tried for the same crime twice, and negates self-incrimination. The Sixth Amendment secures the right to a speedy, public trial by an impartial jury. The Seventh Amendment extends the sixth amendment to federal civil cases. The Eighth Amendment bars excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment. The Ninth Amendment gives all rights to the people that are not specifically stated in the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment limits the federal government to only those powers delegated in the Constitution; all other powers belong to the states and to the people. What do all Ten Amendments have in common? They limit governmental power and safeguard states’ and citizens’ rights. Happy Birthday Bill of Rights and thank you for preserving our rights for the past 225 years!
The Bill of Rights at the National Archives Learn more at the Bill of Rights Institute
Students of the Month: Our Pledge in Action
Character education is an important part of the CCS-A curriculum. Each month, students are recognized for displaying a specific character trait that they are not only learning and practicing, but also recite daily in our Pledge. November’s character trait was Self Control. A student who shows self control chooses to do what is right, even if it is not the easiest choice. Self control is seen in the Pledge as “I pledge to be virtuous in all my deeds”. Each Student of the Month applies these words to their everyday lives. Self control is exemplified by being calm and respectful in class, using good manners, and making good decisions. Congratulations to all of the students who demonstrated exemplary self control. Check them out on the links below!