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Who I Am – High School Juniors

If we were a literary period we would be romanticism. Romanticism mainly focuses on inspiration and primacy of an individual. The archetype that would best describe us would be wanderers in an “Overcoming the Monster” plot. We are still finding our way through life and overcoming obstacles and hardships that life may bring us, yet …

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Who I Am – High School Juniors

We are Wanderers in the Overcoming the Monster Plot. This is evident in our lives because of our desire to go and travel the world and meet more people. Wanderers like wide open spaces, we are fascinated with them as well. Throughout our life journeys, we have faced many challenges which are the monsters and …

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My Journey – High School Junior

If I were and archetype, I think “individual” would best describe me and the “overcoming the monster” plot line would fit best with my character. An individual is someone who values hard work and integrity; if they say they will do something, then they will go out of their way to get it done. Individuals …

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Who Am I – International Student

I found myself always fascinated by the diversity of this world, whether it’s human beings, a movie, a book, a culture, a city, an outfit or just anything. This is why I came to America, because I want to experience different kind of lifestyle and culture. I’m also always imagining what my future is going …

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Being an International Student – High School Student

I probably can describe being an international student in America with two words: crazy and interesting. It is pretty crazy and interesting to go to school in America since it is totally different than going to school in Korea. Everything, not only language but also people, culture, food, and even my personality, was changed when …

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Why I Want to Be A Missionary – High School Student

If anyone ever asks me what I want to be when I grow up, or they ask me what I want to do, or what I am interested in, I always reply that I want to be a missionary. Usually when I tell people this, they either think that it’s really cool, or they dive …

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What I’m Thankful For – LC Elementary

I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for them because friends are like gifts that never end. Every day they do something with you, and they never leave you because they mean so much to you, and you mean so much to them. You are worth more than gold, and their friendship is …

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What I’m Thankful For – LC Elementary

I am thankful because I have a Christian family, and if I did not I would not be a Christian. Also, I am thankful for a house because without it I would be homeless. I am also thankful for my parents. Without parents, I would not exist.

What I’m Thankful For – LC Elementary

I am thankful for the bible because God gave us the commandments. I am thankful because I talk to him when I am sad. I am thankful for color because you would not be able to see the sunrise or the sunset.

What I’m Thankful For – LC Elementary

I’m thankful for my family because we laugh at dumb things, like my mom’s sayings, and our family’s weird faces, and it cracks my sister up. She laughs so hard she cries. Also, I am thankful for my wonderful friends because they always stick by my side when I need help, and they will always …

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What I’m Thankful For – LC Elementary

Today I am going to tell you some of The things i’m thankful for. For starters, family because with out them I would not be here in this school. I’m also thankful for love because with no love there would only be sin. The last thing I am thankful for is doctors because with no …

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If I Were President – 4th Grade Student

If I were President I would make it alw that you have to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance because you should respect your country. I would also make it so you can pray in public schools beacuse I think God should be in every school. The last thing that I would change would …

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If I Were President — 4th Grade Student

If I were President, I would lower taxes. Taxes are bad and some rich people don’t even pay taxes. My second step would be to raise fines for people in jail. It’s not right for people to shoot or stab someone and spend only a year in jail. They should be in jail for at …

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If I Were President — 4th Grade Student

Improve schooling because some people go to school and have a really hard time. I would make sure Army and Navy people get paid more because they do a lot for us.

If I Were President – 4th Grade Student

If I were President I would make medical bills lower so they don’t have to pay a lot of money. I would make it so public schools can pray at any time of the day so they can praise God. If I were President I would make it so that people have to stand up …

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If I Were President – 4th Grade Student

If I were President I would change the law for how long people are in jail because it should take longer than two years to fix somebody. I would also switch our measuring system. We are the only country that measures like we do. I would also lower the price in health care because we …

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Where’s the Beef – Local Pastor

“Do not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.” Hebrews 10:25 Veggie burger. Garden burger. Call it what you want, but a hamburger without the beef is no more a burger than a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon is a cinnamon roll. A burger was meant to have beef! Likewise, …

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Is Dordt Engaging — From Dordt Blog

Taken from Dordt Blog – http://www.thedordtlife.com/blog/ As some of you may have heard, Dordt was recently ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the #1 most engaging school in the country. When word got out to the students, we all kind of brushed our shoulders and thought, “Yeah, this is, after all, a pretty great …

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Time Management – Calvin College Student

It’s 3 am. It’s 3 am and you have a paper due tomorrow at 9 am that you haven’t started and you have an exam that you feel half-prepared for. Unsurprisingly and unfortunately, this might be a common occurrence in your life. Time management. The beautiful topic that college students so often talk about yet …

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Pursuing Your Purpose — Mark Hull

Taken with permission from 3D Coaching website: http://3dinstitute.com/pursuing-your-purpose/ Recently, a top level women’s basketball coach left the coaching profession out of sheer frustration. On her way out she told us why:   Kids are not as coachable as they were years ago,” she told the Associated Press. “I see kids sometimes talking back to their coaches and …

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Teaching for Transformation – High School Teacher

On October 12-14, four LC teachers and administrators travelled to Kettle Falls as a continued commitment to developing our Teaching for Transformation (TFT) Program throughout the school. Kettle Falls School District is one of 28 Expeditionary Learning Schools (EL) in the world, and they have developed a model educational program that embodies Teaching for Transformations …

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The Dark Side of Glory by Mark Hull

Taken with permission from 3D Coaching Website: October, 2016. Every four years my sleep patterns get messed up for a fortnight as I allow the Summer Olympics to invade my everyday world. This past week I’ve relived the stories with friends who won medals and friends who were denied opportunity (1980 boycott). One story being …

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But, Dad I Don’t Get The Sermon – Local Pastor

“But, Dad, I don’t get anything out of the sermons!” Answer One: “That doesn’t matter. You’re going to church and that’s final!” Answer Two: “Well, honey, I can understand that. I know the sermons are geared toward the adults and I don’t always get something out of every sermon either. But when we come and …

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Teaching Them – Central Office

My office window overlooks the elementary school playground, and I am often distracted by kids having fun on the playground. This week, the playground was invaded by high school boys: the voices were deeper, but the laughter sounded much like that of the little kids. They were playing Flyers-Up, a game where one player throws …

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Convocation Challenge, 2016 – Coach DeBoer

The beginning of the school year fills us with many emotions. Whether it is excitement, nerves, regret, anticipation. The list is long. I have had the opportunity to experience the first day of school as a student, teacher, administrator, coach and parent. Although each experience is unique, there are some common threads as well. The …

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Worship — Local Pastor

If you attend church regularly, you probably have a Sunday morning routine. It might not vary much from week to week. Each week you follow familiar paths to a familiar place to worship with familiar people. Familiar is good. To be able to come, week after week, to a certain place to worship with certain …

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Professional Development

Each week we take a period of time for Professional Development. This article below (taken from a school practicing Teaching for Transformation, the program we are working to implement) shows what we are trying to achieve. The Teaching for Transformation framework is designed to shape our students lives, not just create another task for them …

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Empty Spaces — High School Teacher

“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” That’s what the Bible says, and so we have to trust it. That means everything is open game; all that we encounter is in the process of redemption, and believers are always supposed to be actively engaged in the process of restoration. I teach a poem, …

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Senior Presentations – Design

Here I am. I’m ready to leave the town of Lynden, the school of Lynden Christian, my family, my friends, and my home to pursue a future where nothing is guaranteed but everything is attainable. It’s as if I’m an airplane, sitting at the end of the runway, ready to accelerate. But in order to …

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Senior Presentation — Road Trip

This past winter, My dad and I embarked on our road trip with big imaginations and tentative plans. While the whole trip didn’t go exactly as expected, that wasn’t always a bad thing. We found that the joy and adventure came from the unexpected. We had a chance to gather experiences along the way rather …

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Senior Presentations — Hard Lessons in Grace

I have attended Lynden Christian schools all the way from pre-school to senior year, and, throughout my school career at LC, there have been good times and bad times. LC has taught me a lot about myself. It has taught me that I am a hard worker and can push my way through anything that …

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Senior Presentation – Packing Up

Living in a small town you only see yourselves as others see you, but the minute you leave you are exposed to a whole new side of yourself. Every other year my family and I go to Africa. By traveling there every other year, I have really found a passion and love for new places. …

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Senior Presentation – Story of My Life

For those of you who don’t know me, let me tell you something about my life that I think is kind of interesting and a little unusual. I come from a family that, for lack of a better term, could be considered “bookish.” Pretty much, we really like books. A lot. And just languages in …

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Creation Reveals the Heart of God – LC Teacher

Over the last couple months my faithful dog Jake and I have brought a message to chapels from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The message is that for some students school causes anxiety, loneliness and difficulty. Nothing about their day is easy. Often times these things go unnoticed. When you first see Jake, you see an …

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Where Are My Caves? – LCHS Senior

Fall is the best time of the year. The leaves change color and the smell in the air grows crisp. It’s the time of year where people begin drinking warm Apple Cider and wearing more layers. Boots are worn instead of sandals, and sweaters instead of tank tops. Unlike summer, fall tends to get more …

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Schools Left Behind — Former LC Board Member

courtesy of https://briarcroft.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/schools-left-behind/ “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin An advantage to driving the back roads across the country is seeing authentic rural America minus chain restaurants and gas stations. Remarkably, there are shells of old abandoned buildings still standing, sometimes just …

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Why I Want to Teach at a Christian School — LC Teacher

Why do I want to teach in a Christian school? Because I believe in Christian Education. I believe it makes a difference in the lives of students. I believe it made a difference in my life. With the exception of two years teaching in a public school, I have been part of Christian Education since …

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Teaching in a Christian School – LC Teacher

Teaching in a Christian school is my calling, my passion and my joy. I could end this essay with those words, but I will expand a bit. Since I was second grade I have desired to become a teacher. God directed my path in such a way that I have now been blessed to teach …

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Easter Mornings and New Realities

Reprinted with permission of Aaron Baart, Dean of Dordt College Chapel Some of the best laughs in life come while watching kids play. The growing mind of a child is always searching for words to describe what they’re seeing and experiencing. Being able to wrap words around experiences is simply part of the learning process …

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Biblical Balance

Reprinted with permission from BJU Press, by Stewart Custer Many people use Scripture for their own purposes. I am referring to sincere Christians who use the Scriptures to reinforce their own private interpretations of the Bible and of life. Many of these people are very godly individuals. I know of preachers whose personal dedication to …

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Defining Christian Education

Published with permission of BJU Press.  Written by Dr. Dan Olinger Christians have been educating their children since the time of Christ and have been doing so in officially labeled “Christian schools” for decades, but there is still confusion as to just what Christian education is. Education is the developing of character, knowledge, and skills …

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To the Youth Athlete I Was, And The Adult Athlete I’ll Never Be

Reprinted from Gina Davis: The Odyssey Online http://theodysseyonline.com/usf/to-the-youth-athlete-once-was-and-the-adult-athlete-ill-never-get-to-be/340137 It’s hard for people that have never fallen in love with a sport to understand the loss when it comes time to find new passions. But everyone can understand the pain of losing something they adore and the never-ending need to explore the “what ifs” and the “I …

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Stay at 17-Inches

Reprinted with permission of Chris Sperry and Baseball/Life, courtesy of the site www.sperrybaseballlife.com and the blog http://www.sperrybaseballlife.com/#blog In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention. Nineteen times since, many of the same professional, college, high school, youth, and a slew …

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This is Not a Daycare – University President

Reprinted from: http://www.okwu.edu/blog/2015/11/this-is-not-a-day-care-its-a-university/ Dr. Everett Piper, Oklahoma Wesleyan University This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel …

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A Letter to an Athlete’s Parent – Seattle Times

Originally published October 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm Updated October 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm A Times reader imagines advice a high-school athlete might offer to his parents. The letter serves as a primer for how to make the prep experience truly special. By Seattle Times staff Editor’s note: Parents always offer their sons and …

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Teaching Christian Perspective — LC Alum (currently teaching overseas)

This past week was Spiritual Life Emphasis Week (SLEW for short) at {our school}, a week in which time is set aside for chapel each day of the week. This year, we had two guests from the Ravi Zacharias Foundation. On our final day of chapel yesterday, students were able to submit anonymous questions using …

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A Letter to Every College Athlete

reprinted with permission from Tamara Pridgett @ tamarapridgett.com When you sign your National Letter of Intent the emotions that typically ensue are a mixture of nerves and excitement about starting a new chapter in your life. Your school of choice has sold you on what they have to offer. That is why you signed the …

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22 Recruiting Myths College Prospects Need to Know

Printed with permission from studentathleteworld.com ( http://www.studentathleteworld.com/signup/athlete) It seems like everyone who watches ESPN, logs on to Rivals.com, or watches high school sports has an opinion about how to get recruited. You need to be very careful here! Even people who mean well sometimes just don’t fully understand the reruiting process from the college coach’s point …

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Culture – LC High School Teacher

CULTURE: Consumption and Production I looked at him and decided to ask a different question. He had been in my office several times already for a few different reasons, but mostly being an affluent teenage boy in a foreign school that had more freedom then he knew what do with. I had warned him, been …

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Lenten Reflection – Former LC Board Member

used with permission of Barnstorming: Finding a Sanctuary in Rural Life — https://briarcroft.wordpress.com/why-barnstorming/ An unexpected southerly wind hit suddenly late Sunday night, gusting up to 40 miles an hour and slamming the house with drenching rain as we prepared to go to bed. Chores in the barn had been done hours before, but as we …

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