February 3, 2018: Food & Fun Night
(snow date: February 17, 2018)
WELCOME TO SULLY
Now in our 103rd year of Christian education, we are so grateful for the opportunity to impact generations of students, an impact that lasts a lifetime!
It is a blessing to know that you are interested in Christian education and Sully Christian School. SCS offers unique opportunities for students to discover their passion and ample opportunities to develop that passion. As you explore our web site, we trust that you discover a vibrant academic community dedicated to inspiring and nurturing excellence in all facets of our students' lives. With our mission to provide Christ-centered academic excellence with the Word of God as our foundation, we seek to partner with Christian families in the training of their children. SCS teachers make a difference in the life of each child, working hard to provide a school environment that fosters learning and growing in God's world.
We invite you to take some time to come and visit our school to see first-hand what makes Sully Christian School so special.
We hope to see you soon!
Going beyond state standards, Sully Christian School teachers set high expectations for all students. In classrooms, students do more than listen. They respond, challenge, and share their opinions, and quickly understand that learning is not an isolated classroom event. Our small class sizes allow for individual attention. As members of Christian Schools International (CSI), we are expected to strive for, attain, and maintain high academic standards. SCS was ranked #1 in Iowa for grades 3 to 5 in a five-year longevity report in 2011 that identified the proficiency levels of all students. See report here.
benefits of shared teaching
Our 1st and 2nd grade classroom is shared between two teachers. Below are some benefits that research has found to occur in this type of classroom.
The co-planning process encourages two teachers to bounce ideas off each other in order to deliver the strongest, most creative lessons.
Shared teaching enables all students to learn from more than one great teacher and to enter into conversations between them.
Two teacher viewpoints encourage more active class participation, independent thinking, and listening skills improve.
Students develop poise in presenting ideas to two teachers because they grow their conversation skills from exchanging ideas with more than one teacher throughout the year. This carries over into conversation skills outside the classroom.
Knowing their teachers work together as a team to help them grow encourages students to form similar work and social groups and builds their self-esteem.
Two teachers sharing accountability and responsibility for a group of students has shown an increase in academic growth in primary and secondary schools.
Teachers report a benefit of sharing their unique knowledge bases and professional skills with one another, which allow many to explore new ideas and content areas, and to expand their professional skill repertoires.
(Buckley, 1999, Hartigan, 2014, Beninghof, 2012, Walther-Thomas, 1997)
For further reading:
"The vision of Christian education is radical because it stems from the conviction that any and every education is rooted (Latin: radix) in some worldview, some constellation of ultimate beliefs. Therefore, it’s important that the education and formation of Christians be rooted in Christ (Col. 2:7)—rooted in and nourished by a Christian worldview across the curriculum.
The commitment to Christian schooling grows out of a sense that to confess “Jesus is Lord” has a radical impact on how we see every aspect of God’s good creation. The curriculum of Christian schools should enable children to learn about everything—from algebra to zygotes—through the lens of Christian faith." - James Smith
Our theme for this school year is "Rock Solid". "He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken." Psalm 62:6
"I Go to the Rock" by Dottie Rambo
"The Solid Rock" by Edward Mote, William B. Bradbury