Tuesday, June 6, 2017, marked the last day for the Academic School Year 2016-2017. A half-day of school, the morning was truly a CHA family affair. For the last time this year, students spent the first part of the morning in their classrooms as many parents, staff, administrators, and even some alumni attended a delightful Coffee from 8:30-10:00 AM, hosted by CHA’s PVO.
Guests enjoyed a casual time of relaxing fellowship and a bounty of delicious breakfast treats and beverages. Many thanks to our PVO volunteers, with special thanks to Upper School and Early Education parent volunteers, for planning, preparing, baking, setting up, and cleaning up! We appreciate the many hands that pitched in to create this special event!
At 10:00 AM, parents, guests, students, faculty and staff gathered in the auditorium for a Chapel of praise and thanksgiving for a school year filled with many wonderful memories, growth and enrichment. Each class in turn, shared a song, a recitation of memorized Bible verses, or reflections on how God has impacted their lives through CHA this year. Sixth Grade students reprised their exciting “showstopper” number from the Spring Concert, Live Like You’re Loved, and Soli Deo sang, Until I Found the Lord.
During Chapel, Dr. David Roth, Chief Education Officer, was honored with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Career Service Achievement Award, presented by Dr. Jeff Mattner, Director of ACSI Mid-America and Mr. Tim Wilhite, Associate Director of ACSI Mid-America. Also present were Dr. Roth’s former colleagues from Wheaton Christian Grammar School, Mr. Steve Clum, Head of School and Roger Burgess, Assistant Principal and School Counselor.
The prestigious award is given to educators who have served for a “minimum of 35 years …with at least 25 of those years in Christian schools, with a minimum of 10 years of consecutive service in the same Christian school system.” Dr. Roth more than meets the criteria having served a total of 50 distinguished years in Christian education. (Read more here.)
Dr. Roth, who is closing out his time at CHA at the end of this month, received an enthusiastic standing ovation by the audience and was also presented with a gift box filled with notes of gratitude and appreciation from the CHA community. The apropos hymn, To God Be the Glory, closed out the service and the school year. We trust everyone will enjoy a well-deserved summer break as we look forward to the wonderful things that God will do at CHA in 2017-18!
Below are some photos captured this morning.