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Alignment at CCS

Dear Friends,

Cascade Christian Schools has a vision. We call it "Vision Goal I-2020". The vision states,

"We are a premier Christian school system recognized nationally for a superior Educational Model process
based on biblical worldview training, leadership development, spiritual formation, personal and social maturity,
and academic excellence."

In order to reach any challenging destination, you must have a map. Cascade Christian Schools has a MAP. It is called the "Monthly Alignment Planner." The planner keeps us on course throughout the school year, and into the future. Below is an overview of what is contained in the planner.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
Effective schools know who they are and why they exist. We know who we are and why we exist here at Cascade Christian Schools, as reflected in our Guiding Principles. Organizationally, we can view our Guiding Principles as our worldview, which directs our values, and our behavior, and shapes our culture.

VISION:
Effective schools have a clear sense of direction. They know where they are going. We have a clear and concise vision at Cascade Christian Schools that is vibrant and to which it is worth dedicating one’s calling.

ALIGNMENT:
Effective schools make sure that all they do aligns with their guiding principles and advances them toward the school’s vision. Cascade Christian Schools has systems in place to ensure alignment.

PLANNING:
Effective schools have a plan. Cascade Christian Schools has a strategic plan (those things that are critical to the vision) that is updated yearly and is placed in an accountability system, of which the MAP is a part. CCS also has operational plans (yearly improvement plans) for each division and department.

CURRICULAR:
Effective schools focus on the learning of each student and view all they do as curricular. Cascade Christian Schools has this view, which we carry out through our Educational Model and our Curricular Improvement System.

TOGETHER:
Effective schools operate on the premise that they can only carry out the vision by hiring the right people, those called to the purpose and mission of the school. Cascade Christian Schools is passionate about its people and their calling as we collaborate in unity – one spirit and one purpose.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Effective schools tie their professional development to student learning. Cascade Christian Schools is committed to supporting and providing professional development for all of its administrators and teachers, as indicated in the Curricular Improvement System.

I believe that the Monthly Alignment Planner encompasses all that an effective school must be. It is our desire that every teacher and administrator, every day, knows that what they do aligns with our Guiding Principles and advances our vision. Then we know we are advancing God’s Kingdom together.

Beginning in September 2011, everyone who is part of the CCS community will be receiving, by email, Weekly Devotions. At the same time, we'll share more of the MAP - the vision and plan of Cascade Christian Schools. I hope it creates an excitement and even more confidence in the choice you've made to be part of Cascade Christian Schools.

Sincerely,

Don Johnson, Superintendent of Schools