Middle / High School Class Schedule for Tuesday, September 8
With Labor Day and no school on Monday, September 7, the Middle School and High School will be following a revised schedule for Tuesday, September 8 only. The revised schedule will require ALL students to follow the Periods 1-7 schedule included in the MS/HS Handbooks on page 6 for Monday/Wednesday (see below bell schedule).
Although these are shortened class periods, we did not want to cancel any classes at this time.
LETTER FROM THE BOARD
Dear Modesto Christian families and community,
The Board is pleased to announce our decision to reopen for the first day of in-person, on campus school for grades K-12 on August 13, 2020.
We arrived at our decision for on campus schooling based on prayer, discussion with our MC community and staff, assessment of our infrastructure, recommendations and guidelines from state and local health authorities, as well as monitoring current conditions and anticipated conditions based on national, state and local information, and more prayer. Reopening on campus will be in accordance with, and tailored to MC specifically, the recommendations and guidelines for safe school opening of our state and local health agencies, the CDC, and the thorough checklist provided by the Pacific Justice Institute.
We have missed you! Much of our decision-making was centered on the mental, social, and spiritual health that in-person education provides. We are very excited to share with you the hiring of campus pastors for our campuses. These dynamic and Spirit-led pastors will provide another resource for our students growing in their faith as well as students who may need some guidance during these challenging times.
Additionally, the physical health, safety and well-being of our community is of utmost importance to us. As noted above, we will be implementing many safety protocols that may change routines for this season, but are designed to protect our staff and our students and we know you understand this need for caution and prudence. Our administration will soon provide a detailed plan of the protocols to implement. Some safety guidelines include masks, as recommended per the guidelines, for teachers and staff or face shields, daily health screening for students whether via app and/or in combination with no touch temperature checks, the use of a Gen Ion Mister for use in our younger grades, social distancing, deep cleaning with CDC recommended cleaners, and robust hand sanitation requirements.
We are offering an independent study program for international students who cannot return to the United States at this time. We are also offering an independent study program using the Google Classroom online learning format for those students with compromised health conditions or for families or students not quite ready to return to on campus learning. Within the first 30 days, the Independent Study Program will be evaluated and, thereafter, on an ongoing basis to determine student need and effectiveness. Please contact Cynthia A. Jewell, our Interim Superintendent/Principal HS for more details on the plans for this program.
On a final note, please know that we are making every effort to provide a healthy environment for our campuses to minimize the transmission risk of COVID-19, while also providing a platform for spiritual growth and excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. However, we must stress that we rely on your commitment as well to abide by the guidelines we set forth, to partner with us in making sure your student is not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus before coming to school, and to communicate with us on a timely basis should your child have any symptoms. We appreciate and thank you for your commitment to Christian education for your child(ren) and your prayers on behalf of our school.
May the LORD bless you and Modesto Christian School as we look to His future with eagerness and in faith.
In Faith and Trust,
The Board of Modesto Christian School
LETTER TO MS & HS FAMILIES
Dear Students & Parents,
We hope you are enjoying your summer vacation. We have many exciting things in store for this school year, and we are so happy to have you as part of the MC family. The high school has been busily preparing for our students return August 13! You can expect a student & parent letter outlining Crusader Round Up, scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, and emailed next week.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new College/Career Counselor, Ms. Alyda Reyes. Ms. Reyes graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Psychology and has a College Career Certificate from UC Riverside. Most recently, she was a Counselor at Fremont Christian in the Bay Area. We are eager for you to meet our new Counselor.
Ms. Reyes is also available to assist both you and your parents throughout your high school career regarding academic, college, and career options. The Counselor will be sending out email communications during the year regarding important counseling related information, so be on the lookout for the monthly Counseling Newsletters.
Middle School & High School student schedules and the Master Schedule are now ready for your review as an enrolled student. If you have yet to enroll for the coming school year, please see the Registrar for assistance. Once enrollment is completed, we will prepare a schedule for you. Enclosed in this email (for enrolled students) are the following documents:
New College & Career Center!
The MCS College & Career Center is now located in the main office, next to the Counselor’s office, and is available for students before and after school, as well as during break and lunch. In order for students to access the center, they must check in first with the Registrar at the front office. We have three computers available for college/career research and printing schoolwork. We are also ordering college brochures and information for students to access, so you are encouraged to come browse the many options available to you following high school!
As you will see, we have adopted a new Bell Schedule. The Department Chairs and Administrative Team collaborated last spring on how to fine-tune the block schedule to enhance class time. The changes now include time for Clubs, Activities, ASB and other student groups to meet. We are calling this Collaboration Day-8th period ending at 2:34 for students desires to participate in these activities. Mr. Pearce and Coach Robb will provide updated information regarding after school athletics in light of recent CIF guidelines.
Our new ASB Advisor is Mrs. Gomez, as Mr. Casion has a full schedule teaching Bible for the coming year. ASB is taking over B9 and making some fun renovations to the Crusader Den! ASB elections will take place the first few weeks of school. For an ASB Leadership Application and election details, please see the school website for more information, next week. ASB will meet Thursdays during the Collaborative/8th period and is included in the Bell Schedule. Athletics will not meet during this time period on Thursdays reserved for ASB and Clubs.
For the first time in MC’s history, we are bringing on Campus Pastors! They are looking forward to meeting our students and families. We are excited to have youth ministers on the team!
Collaborative Thursdays will also provide teachers a dedicated time period for Professional Development, Department Meetings for grade level articulation and Accreditation work. If your students should require after-school care, please contact EDC.
We are looking forward to our students returning to campus in August. If the administration may be of any assistance to you, please contact our main office at 209-529-5510.
Building for the Future,
Cynthia A. Jewell
Interim Superintendent/Principal HS
It remains MC's intent to open school on August 6 for on campus education as planned. We will maintain safe distancing practices and other measures to provide a safe yet vibrant learning environment for our students and staff.
MC is committed to small classroom sizes which means we need to limit our new student enrollment to insure safe distancing practices, but we do have spots available.
Spots still open:
For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website at ModestoChristian.org
The 2020 CARES Act has given tax payers additional charitable deduction opportunities this year!
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Check out our 2,000 Twenties campaign page today for more information!
June 8, 2020
Dear Student Athletes and Parents,
We have more great news! Modesto Christian High School Athletics is eager to start our Summer Athletic Conditioning Program beginning Monday, June 15, Monday-Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Due to state and local mandates this is subject to change.
PHASE ONE Start Date - Monday, June 15 Start Time - To be determined by Coach
Location - Outdoor training only (Baseball Field, Football Field, Soccer Field, Softball Field)
PHASE TWO Start Date - TBA Start Time - To be determined by Coach
Location - Indoor Training (Gym, Weight Room, Wrestling Room)
Summer Workouts: Summer workouts are limited to students who are registered to attend Modesto Christian High School for the 2020-2021 school year. AAU programs, youth programs, he/she must abide by the following stipulations:
FOR ATHLETES TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR SUMMER CONDITIONING PROGRAM, HE/SHE MUST ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING STIPULATIONS:
Dear Students and Parents,
A heartfelt thank you to all of our kindergarten, middle school and high school families who participated in our recent graduations on Sunday, May 31st. With the recent events surrounding COVID-19, this was the most memorable day of graduations and a first for MCS…Graduation Ceremony Car Parades! We are trusting our graduates felt loved and honored during our graduation ceremonies and for cherished memories to fill your hearts for years to come.
And now for some really exciting news...Modesto Christian School is committed to returning to on-campus, in person classes in August 2020. Our current plan is to have students participate in Crusader Round-Up on Wednesday, August 5 and classes starting Thursday, August 6, 2020.
The MCS School Board and Administration are working diligently to develop thoughtful strategies in adopting guidelines to protect our MC community while having as near to normal school experience as possible. We know that one size does not fit all in school campuses or their responses, strategies and plans during these unusual times. Modesto Christian School is uniquely situated to adapt, innovate, and provide a healthy campus in a welcoming and productive learning environment. We invite you to contact us with any questions you may have. We will continue to update you as we develop common sense protocols for our reopening.
Modesto Christian High School is also committed to returning students to school based athletics. The use of athletic facilities for Summer conditioning and sport specific start dates are to be determined. The return of high school sports will be in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the California Interscholastic Federation and Stanislaus County Public Health. Again, one size does not fit all and we will establish our guidelines accordingly as we commit to the return of our athletics with healthy and reasonable protocols. As we obtain more guidance from the organizations mentioned and our local governing bodies and as we solidify protocols, we will forward information to you in a timely manner.
Until we see you again, we wish you and your family a safe and healthy summer.
Dr. Glen Villanueva Mrs. Cynthia Jewell
School Board President Interim Superintendent/HS Principal
Mrs. Vicki Ollson Mrs. Jamie Adams
Elementary Principal Preschool Director
Attention MC Families!!!
Student Check-Out Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20. Please note the following time frames which families or students are required to attend. In observance of social distancing guidelines, we must adhere closely to the following time schedule:
Awards, MS/HS summer reading and locker contents will be provided upon arrival.
If you have any questions, please contact the Administration Office at 209-529-5510. We look forward to seeing you on May 20!