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November 19, 2017

Sevenstar Newsletter ★ 10 Popular Spring Electives

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November 2017


Personalize Learning and Resolve Out-of-Sequence Needs in 2018

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Sevenstar offers an extensive selection of one semester courses for students to explore their interests next semester. Some of our flexible online courses, like Health, are also popular with students who need to free up their schedules.

Explore our online learning solutions to meet more academic needs at your school next year.


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Improve Study Skills & Test Preparation Online

Is there a student at your school who wants to score higher on their ACT test?

By developing stronger test-taking skills, a three-point or higher increase is not only possible, it is a common result!

Explore our rigorous test prep and study skill courses that are available to start now.

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Powerful Practices: Implementing Deeper Learning in Christian Schools Conference

Do you aspire to offer students a Christian education that is more engaging and authentic?

This conference features over 45 workshops on implementing deeper learning at schools from Christian education leaders.

Discover all the benefits of attending at theconference website.

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January 11 – 12
Gainesville, FL

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Devotional – “Character Counts”

“This is a trustworthy saying: ‘If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.’ So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?” (1 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)

Okay, so you may not be a church leader. But odds are, if you’re reading his, you are a Christian leader. And if so, I believe that this passage may have relevance for you. Why? Because it points to God’s leadership priorities. First, get your own life and family in order. Live honorably and above reproach. Have nothing to hide. Be the real deal. Then, and only then, are you qualified to lead others.

This is a radically different approach than we get from the world. The world says “Look impressive, build your resume, get results. Character is secondary.” But according to God, character is primary. Effective Christian leadership flows from refined Christian character. Who we are matters more than what we do.

When I look at Paul’s list of leadership qualifications, I see room for improvement in my own life. I’m reminded of Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Where do you have room to grow? As you welcome God’s refining work, he will make you a more effective leader.

– Chaplain Dave


Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for bringing us the following new partner schools:

  • Christian Alliance International School (Hong Kong)
  • Springfield Christian School (IL)

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Industry News

How Project-Based Learning Unleashes Students’ Creativity

One way to engage students in meaningful learning is through project-based lessons that ask students to solve real-world problems. This provides students an opportunity to apply what they have learned on a deeper level and develop skills that will make them successful in college and beyond. View Article

Is Blended Learning the Future of Tailor-Made Education?

Michael Horn discusses the theory behind mixing in-class and internet-based instruction in a recent interview about the future of education, with a focus on improving the student experience. Tune in Here

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October 17, 2017

Sevenstar News ★ Add Capacity for Higher Achievement

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Enhance study skills and test preparation!

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The Capacity to Improve Study Skills & Test Preparation is Online

How valuable would it be to high school Juniors if they had an opportunity to score three points higher on their ACT test?

If you have students that need stronger ACT test-taking skills, a three-point increase is not only possible, it is a common result!

By proactively emphasizing skill development and test prep this fall, your school can set a new trajectory for academic achievement.

Explore our rigorous test prep and study skill courses that are available to start now.


95% of AP Economics Students Reported Earning a Score of 4 or 5

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THE PAIDEIA CONFERENCE 2017

The 2017 PAIDEIA Conference theme isGovernment and the Faith-Based School.

This annual meeting will consider the many complexities and challenges facing the U.S. Government and the faith-based School.

Since 1984, the purpose of THE PAIDEIA CONFERENCE has been to strengthen the financial base and academic integrity of the Christian school.

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Nov 30 – Dec 2
Washington, DC

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ACSI Professional Development Forums for Teachers and Admins

Sevenstar is excited to participate in many of the ACSI Professional Development Forums this fall.

Please join us for the two-day event in your region to reflect on your practice, refocus your purpose, and recapture their wonder!

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Fall 2017
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Devotional – “Call to Me”

This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’(Jeremiah 33:2-3 NIV)”

God spoke these words to the prophet Jeremiah while he was imprisoned in a city under siege. Jerusalem was about to be destroyed and its people taken captive by the Babylonians. Things looked grim.

But God had a plan for restoration and a message of hope. He went on to explain to Jeremiah that he would bring the people back and establish a ruler in the line of David; a ruler we know to be king Jesus.

The Hebrew word for “unsearchable” means something that is inaccessible or impregnable. It’s walled-off knowledge that we can’t acquire on our own; it’s insights about our problems and our future that we can’t discover without divine help.

When our circumstances feel hopeless, some of us are tempted to give up. Others try to grasp for control or throw darts in the dark. This passage reminds us that God wants to reveal his heart and his ways to us as we seek him. Jesus himself said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future (John 16:13 NIV).”

Where do you feel stuck? Where do you feel trapped, abandoned, and without hope? Ask God to speak into your situation, then listen to what he says.

– Chaplain Dave


Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for bringing us the following new partner schools:

  • Academia Los Pinares (Honduras)
  • Coastal Christian Academy (San Diego, CA)
  • Taejon Christian International School (South Korea)

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Start Planning Next Year’s Summer Program Now

Once you’ve successfully kicked off the school year, it’s time to turn your attention to the next big task. Believe it or not, that should be preparing for next year’s summer program. View Article

Deeper Learning in Christian Schools

In recent years there has been a movement among Christian schools in Canada and the U.S. towards Deeper Learning, led by a core group of educators, who have gathered from time to time for mutual growth, encouragement, and further networking. Read More

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September 19, 2017

Sevenstar News ★ Fall Events for Christian Schools

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November 8
Houston, Texas

Join us this fall at The Woodlands Christian Academy for this free event to discover how blended digital learning environments are enhancing secondary education.

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Online Learning Summit for High School Admins

We began inviting school leaders to our fallOnline Learning Summit before hurricane Harvey hit near our host-school, The Woodlands Christian Academy (TWCA).

We are pleased to announce that the Summit is still on as planned, and Principal Stephen Zeal is excited to give us a tour of the campus.Praise the Lord!

Regardless of your ability to attend, please:

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Biblical Worldview Institute for Christian School Students

Christian schools in the Dallas area should consider letting their students attend the upcoming Biblical Worldview Institute (BWi).

The theme for the 2017 BWi is ENGAGE, andspeakers will equip students to make a difference in the world for the Kingdom!

This event also includes a Christian College Fairwhere students will have the opportunity to learn about and interact with some of the best Christian colleges and universities in the country.


WAnet HomeStay Boarding Symposium for Hosting International Students

Would your school like to successfully host more international students? The HomeStay Boarding Symposium gathers like-minded Christian school staff members working with international students for three days in order to meaningfully CONNECT with one another, practically EQUIP each other to minister to students through best practices, and INSPIRE each other to improve the international student programs in their schools.

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October 16-18
Wheaton, IL

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ACSI Professional Development Forums for Teachers and Admins

Sevenstar is excited to participate in many of the ACSI Professional Development Forums this fall.

Please join us for the two-day event in your regionto reflect on your practice, refocus your purpose, and recapture their wonder!

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Fall 2017
Forums across USA

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Council on Educational Standards & Accountability (CESA) Annual Symposium

CESA brings school leaders together for the purpose of strengthening the Christian school community through professional development, collegiality, and catalyzing discussions pertaining to important ideas and themes in the Christian and independent school world. The keynote speakers this year include John Couch, Apple’s VP of Education, Andy Crouch, Author of the Tech-Wise Family, and Jim Denison, Ph.D., a speaker and writer on cultural and contemporary issues.

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Bad News, Good News

The world is going through some challenging times. Turn on the news and you will hear about everything from a heated political climate, to flooded cities, struggles with racism, battles with drugs, immigration challenges, and wars. While there is good news, it is not always front and center.

At times like these, it is helpful to remember that we are living in the middle of the story, not the end. And because we know the ultimate Good News, we can take comfort in knowing that there is a happy ending—God will wipe away every tear and create a new heaven and a new Earth where we will reign with him for eternity. In the end, God wins and makes everything right. And because he wins, we do too.

In the meantime, we can join with God in his redemptive work of reaching out to those in need. There is much to do. Opportunities abound. We can resist the extremes of giving up on the world or becoming captive to it. We can be a counterculture for the common good. After all, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We are Christ’s ambassadors. And we know how the story ends.

What opportunities is God giving you to be his hands and feet? Where can you spread his love and truth? How might God want to use you over this next month?

– Chaplain Dave


Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for bringing us the following new partner schools:

  • Ann Arbor Christian (MI)
  • Apple Valley Christian School (CA)
  • Cedar Valley Christian School (IA)
  • Christbridge Academy (CA)
  • Columbia County Christian School (PA)
  • Columbia County Christian School (OR)
  • Emmanuel Christian Academy (CT)
  • Evansville Christian School (IN)
  • Impact Christian Academy (FL)
  • Legacy Christian School (MI)
  • Our Savior New American School (NY)
  • Plaza Heights Christian Academy (MO)
  • Top Remnant Learning Center (China)
  • Trinity Preparatory Academy (TX)
  • Valley Christian School (WA)

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Industry News

Online Education: Expanding and Personalizing Access

Is the education system ready for a revolution? In this World Economic Forum discussion Jose Ferreira, CEO and founder of Knewton, explains how a more personalized, adaptive program would increase access to education and improve the quality of teaching. Watch Here

4 Personal Goals that Create a Good Foundation for Christian School Leadership

The four basic goals this former Principal set out to accomplish stayed remarkably similar even after ten years of service! Read More

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September 15, 2017

Repost: What Lessons can a Christian School Learn from J.C. Penney?

A colleague forwarded this on to me and I wanted to share it with everyone.

What Lessons can a Christian School Learn from J.C. Penney?

The unusual comparison of a retailer and an educational institution may seem to be a bit strange.

However, they have a lot in common and there are some clear corollaries which can be instructive considering the challenges and changes facing both sectors.

To continue reading, click here…

I was also sent a link to a PDF version of the item at:

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September 11, 2016

New Principal Announcement

An announcement from our friends at Sevenstar…

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Hi John,Sevenstar is excited to announce that Dr. Robert Burris has been selected to serve as our new Principal, effective Monday, September 12, 2016.

Bob is an experienced Christian school educator and administrator, who has more than 20 years of combined experience serving in leadership, ministry, guidance counseling, and teaching roles. He most recently served as the Headmaster of a school in Maryland. He attended Liberty University for his undergraduate degree and also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Two of Bob’s notable achievements as a leader are his record of growing school enrollment and raising academic rigor. He has also successfully led online programs at several schools that used Sevenstar to strengthen curriculum and serve Christian school students. As the Head of School in Atlanta, Bob leveraged online classes to work around the demanding training schedule for one of Sevenstar’s first Olympic athlete students! While an administrator in Orlando, Florida, he was able to set up an online learning lab that enabled student athletes and actors to take courses that fit their unusual and demanding schedules, both on and off campus.

He says: “Teachers are the ‘living curriculum’ that make the academic subject come alive, because a great educator does more than teach subject-area content. They are a role model for the kind of lives we hope our students will become.” I (Mark) want to learn how our terrific online teachers play that role already and how we might grow that opportunity!

Bob lives with his family near Charlotte, NC. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters at home and two who are married and live in Atlanta. Jennifer is an elementary teacher and recently returned from a mission trip to Africa where she provided professional development at a teacher’s conference in Ghana. Bob has been to 19 foreign countries and is eager to help Sevenstar fulfill the Great Commission by making a worldwide impact.

We are eager to draw from Bob’s extensive background in Christian education to improve our service to students, parents, teachers, and partner school constituents.

Sevenstar is a world leader in online Christian education and recently celebrated a milestone of reaching 40,000 course enrollments.

Dr. Mark Beadle
CEO
Sevenstar

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