CPA SCHOOL COMMUNITY ~ Come Be a Part of the Action!
One major concern for students and parents when when transitioning from traditional schooling to an online environment is the potential lack of social interaction in an online school. Not only does Calvary Prep offer an academically challenging online curriculum, but CPA students enjoy a well-rounded, vibrant school culture where they are encouraged and motivated to interact with each other and be an active part of their online community. So many friendships have been forged between the students at CPA – some just down the road, and some from across the world! Our students are encouraged to enjoy their rich school culture that allows them to communicate and form friendships with their fellow students from all over the world through clubs, forums and workshops. Come be a part of the action!
We are excited to show you a bit of what CPA students are up to:
DAILY DISCUSSION FORUM
- Each school day, students are required to come together on the forum to discuss the day’s scripture reading and devotion provided by Mrs. White. Posting to the forum not only allows the students to interact with each other, but also serves as confirmation of their attendance at school for that day.
- Students are able to communicate with each other in this teacher-moderated setting regarding their thoughts on the reading, any prayer requests they may have, discuss theological questions and to encourage each other.
Associated Student Body (ASB)
The CPA ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY represents the interests and goals of the entire CPA school community which includes CPA students, CPA families, staff, board members, and alumni.
Students who enroll in ASB do so because they recognize that there is more to being successful in school than simply doing homework. Having a positive atmosphere during the school day where students feel wanted and accepted is critical to their success. To that end, the officers and appointed members of the ASB class focus on providing engaging activities that ensure a well-rounded school experience.
Students in ASB plan, organize, and participate in activities, such as: Daily Discussion Forum, Spirit Week, grade-level game nights, school symposium, campus club support, the annual CPA Talent Show Fundraiser, monthly student newsletter (Calvary Chronicles) and staff recognition throughout the year.
If you are interested in being a leader at CPA, consider enrolling in the following courses, or volunteering:
STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM
- Students can participate for elective credit or on a volunteer basis. Students run for official school officer positions (i.e. President, Vice President, Secretary, Chaplain, Marketing and Public Relations Officer). Students then host schoolwide monthly meetings where they create icebreaker social activities, share school announcements, recruit for clubs, oversee clubs, and deliver a message or host a guest speaker.
- The Leadership Team is responsible for school-community connections and public relations. They are required to take an active part in interacting in both the Daily Discussion Forum and the Prayer Forum. They are also required to message students individually and encourage involvement in the school community.
- This team heads up the fundraisers, helps recruit photos for the yearbook, and takes on any projects that arise in the fall semester. They are also required to participate in WASC activities and meetings.
- The class president is required to attend and lead all meetings for the school year and gives a “Farewell” video address to the senior class at the end of the school year.
- The Vice President communicates with CPA administration and staff to get current info for announcements and projects. This officer also fills in for the President in their absence.
- The Secretary takes attendance and minutes at all meetings and keeps the books in order.
- The Chaplain monitors the Prayer Request Forum and keeps us all informed. He/She opens and closes each meeting in prayer and prays over each request posted in the Prayer Request Forum.
- The Marketing and Public Relations officer organizes games and icebreakers for all meetings and is responsible for communication between team members and school staff.
- The Yearbook Team is offered as an elective credit class and for volunteers. Students work as a team to collect photos from classmates, staff, and families of CPA. They organize the Gmail, Google Drive and Shutterfly content to ensure all students are represented and order and organization are managed (huge life skill!). Once all the photos have been collected, they create the yearbook using Shutterfly. They work as a team to create, and edit.
- When the yearbook has been completed, they move on to graduation projects such as Senior Portrait Slide Show, Senior Life Photo Show, 8th Grade Promotion Slide Show, and an All-School Slide Show.
- The Yearbook Team is also responsible for connecting the school community by weekly interaction on the Daily Discussion Forum, The Team messages and encourages classmates in the Daily Discussion Forum and the Prayer Request Forum. Each meeting is opened in prayer and the students pray over the requests from the Prayer Request Forum.
- If any projects come up during the Spring semester that would typically fall on the Student Leadership Team, then the Yearbook team usually adds that to their projects.
NEWSLEADERS (Calvary Chronicles Newsletter)
- Students work collaboratively in a virtual classroom weekly with Mrs. White and they learn to edit, organize and draft their news articles to keep the student body informed and up-to-date on the latest issues.
- The Newsletter Team consists of a Captain who recruits teammates and delegates responsibilities to all team members to produce a monthly newsletter. Team members communicate with staff and all students to gather content and then assemble that content using graphic design skills to create a finished product. The Captain edits and finalizes the newsletter before release.
- This is an elective class that will allows students to earn credit or volunteer on the newsletter. Jobs will include captain, editor, photographer, journalist etc.
TECH TEAM-Digital Media for school community
- Organize School photos
- Digital coverage of all school events
- Monday Video Announcements in Daily Discussion Forum
- Talent Show production
CLUBS AND FORUMS
- Art Club is a club that allows you to express yourself artistically. In this club, we learn a little bit about famous artists and their favorite way to express themselves. There will be prompts every two weeks when we meet, and we will share our pieces with the participants in the club! This club is very expressive and something fun to do if you have free time. Hope you enjoy this club!!
- Live, teacher-led Bible study by Mr. Beck;
- Students meet every Wednesday at 8 am in an online classroom to discuss scripture, pray and encourage each other.
- Book Club is a great place to meet and make new friends at Calvary Academy. We will meet each month to discuss our monthly book selection.
- Here at cinema club we do/talk about a LOT of different things! We talk about different videos we have filmed, how we edited those videos and sometimes we just talk about life! If you’re interested in being part of one of coolest clubs here at CPA, we hope to see you there!
Interested in coding, but not sure how to get started? Check out the new Coding Club and get an introduction to Python, one of the most in demand computer coding languages. We will get introduced to Python through a hands-on tutorial, building a car racing video game called Micro Racers. Did you know the current average salary for a Python Developer in the U.S. is over $100,000 (source: salaryexpert.com)? Start on the path to learning a valuable skill, and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way!
- Advanced Cooking Club is a great place to make friends, cook, share recipes, and have fun! We meet on the first and third Friday of every month! During the first semester, we had a basic version of the cooking club and wanted to bring it on with us to the second semester, but make it more fun. Advanced Cooking Club is bringing so many new things to CPA! New things such as Officers, Cooking During Meetings, and much, much more! I hope to see each and every one of you reading this at the meeting!
CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
- The Creative Writing Club meets weekly to improve our writing and grow as writers, encourage each other to be creative, and make imagination thrive! Come join us!
- The Debate Club meets weekly. Our purpose is to: lead the students of CPA into making strong, smart, and effective decisions; help students understand the negative consequences of their actions; influence students to make better choices by representing leadership characteristics, including responsibility, trustworthy, and respectability.
- The Math Club brings together our students with a shared love of mathematics. Students collaborate together through games, friendly competitions and encouraging one another to tackle challenging problems and find solutions together.
- The kids have a weekly photo challenge and then post their pictures in a Google Slide presentation which is displayed for the Daily Discussion Forum. Sometimes the kids vote on those photos.
- Calvary Prep offers a student-led prayer forum where students can post their prayer requests and connect with other students that wish to encourage and pray for them in a teacher-moderated environment. So many beautiful friendships have been formed in this forum, and God has answered many prayers!
ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC SERVICES
Students have live, teacher-led workshops available to them for the following subjects:
- Spanish with Mrs. Arriaga
- French with Mrs. St. Clair
- Math with Mrs. Russell
- Science with Dr. Van Wickle
OPEN OFFICE HOURS
Each teacher offers live open office hours to their students for additional support as-needed. This is a time for students to review those difficult questions and problems that arise in between their regularly weekly scheduled appointments with their teachers. Teachers will keep their virtual classroom “open” during certain times, and students can feel free to pop in with or without an appointment. Students can join the open office hours of other teachers to get support in their areas of expertise.
…AND NEW CLUBS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED ARE ADDED MONTHLY!