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6 Reasons PreSchool is Good for Your Child

July 31, 2018
By Marija Ristic

We at Intermountain Christian School know we have a great preschool program but many do not understand the value and worth in sending their 3 and 4 year olds to a structured, academic setting. Here at ICS we offer a program that nurtures and loves children of this preschool age, allowing them to flourish and grow. Our program also offers many benefits from teaching the ABCs and early math skills to developing their social and emotional skills. Read more....

Equipped, Inspired and Thriving!

February 27, 2018
By Cana Buckley

ICS prepared me to thrive both academically and socially in college.

Cana Buckley (L) and Amber DeStigter, Class of 2018

Academically, ICS gave me tools to make the transition to college classes seamless. In college, the responsibility falls more upon the student to understand expectations and keep track of due dates. As I progressed through high school, my teachers were intentional about encouraging me to become an autonomous learner who pushed myself to do my best, and because of this I was not intimidated when I saw that same mentality used in my college courses. The small class size I was accustomed to at ICS also made me comfortable in one-on-one interactions with my teachers, which was invaluable as I began to interact individually with my professors. Connecting with professors is essential to doing well in college class. They are the ones you consult with if you are struggling with the material and are also the ones who could recommend you for on-campus jobs, resume-building experiences, or future internships. ICS made me comfortable talking with my educators, which proved to be especially helpful as I got involved on campus.

While the academic preparation was very useful, I most noticed that ICS shaped me for the better concerning social life. ICS involved me in small groups, mentorships, and Christ-centered community through all twelve years I attended. Coming to college, I realized that this familiarity and solidarity in Christ was what I missed most. I am so thankful that I knew what a healthy body of believers looked like so I could find and create a similar type of uplifting and life giving community in my new home. My background at ICS grounded me in my faith so that when I was tested by the temptations and loneliness of first semester, I was able to persevere, knowing that God was with me and wanted me to thrive at George Fox University as well. 

I love the fun-filled, 24/7 craziness of college life! It is truly a thrilling time in life where school, home-life, and friendships all happen simultaneously. But not a week goes by when I do no gladly reminisce over the community 800 miles away that shaped me into who I am — a beloved daughter of God and a capable student, Cana Buckley.

Not Unto Us: Unsung Servants at ICS

February 12, 2018
By Matt Parker

Behind the scenes of ICS, faithful women and men labor each school day in loving service to their Savior and the school. The unsung nature of their lives echoes the words of the psalmist,
“Not unto us Lord, not unto us, but to your name be the glory!” Psalm 115:1

These selfless servants play key roles at the school including secretarial, reception, organization, finance, marketing, admissions, maintenance, technology, and special projects.

What do operational team members do? They make it easy for faculty and staff to educate their students. They implement the vision of the principals and head of school. They meet the practical needs of 55 staff members, 340 students, and over 200 families.

But what do they really do?
They tirelessly coordinate hot lunch and parent-teacher conferences, while answering phones, and comforting a sick or injured child, ALL AT ONCE!

They faithfully note the weekly MS and HS student birthdays and ball games, schedule daily subs, and email report cards out on time.

They carefully calculate tuition, needs-based assistance spreadsheets, and bank deposits, then graciously answer any and all monthly billing questions.

They creatively design snazzy MAROON Lion T-shirts and keep the website and school-wide announcements up-to-date and on point.

They joyfully introduce the school to new families and patiently walk with them each step of the way as new students apply and enroll.

They dutifully book soccer fields and basketball gyms, corral the myriad of school activities and events into a usable master calendar, keep score at games, and schedule buses to get all the students safely to their various destinations right on time.

They meticulously set-up Surface Pros and Chromebooks, reconnect printers, align projectors, maintain wireless networks, and troubleshoot equipment errors.

They amazingly pull off memorable events like Annual Fund Celebration and Day of Service, rarely missing a detail.

They humbly plunge clogged toilets, change burnt out light bulbs, and setup and tear down the cafeteria and gym for chapel, lunch, and basketball games.

Whew - it’s a lot of work to help a school operate!

While these servants may often go UNNOTICED, let's hope they never go UNAPPRECIATED.

How thankful we are to God that ICS can offer an exemplary education because of their tireless work, their joyful smiles, and their constant example of faithful lives serving the God they love!

Setting an Example

November 28, 2017
By Lauri Bradt

Our elementary students were excited to have the opportunity this month to help individuals who had been affected by the hurricanes. Their eagerness to help reminds me of 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Some may say they are too young to help, but they are setting an example for us all in their willingness to do what they can to make a difference.

We recently shared in chapel about the parable of the Good Samaritan. When we see others in need we don’t want to just walk by, we want to go out of our way to help them. How are we helping? We are hosting a used book swap. Students participated by donating used books, and then found ways to earn money to buy each other's books. All of the books were sold for $1 each and the money made was donated to Samaritan’s Purse to purchase things like solar lights, tarps, and water buckets for those in need.  

To raise money to purchase the used books children were encouraged to rake leaves or offer to do extra chores around the house. One family even decided to re-pot some plants and sell them as a way to raise money to donate to this important cause. If you see an ICS elementary student, commend them for what they are doing to help others in need, and then follow their example!


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