Frederickson Campus Blog
I’m excited to write this week’s blog about Cascade Christian Schools Internship Program. Our course catalog explains that the CCS Internship Program works with the local professional community to design meaningful positions for high school students, to provide them each a preview of their professional future. By working alongside employees in a specific industry, student interns gain enthusiasm for a possible career, while also acquiring the skills and expertise needed to succeed in the workplace. They can then showcase these newly acquired skills on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles.
My internship experience at the District Office has taught me many skills specifically in communications and various aspects of marketing. I have collaborated with Mrs. Petterson, our internship coordinator, who has provided this internship for me and creates an opportunity for many other students to join one as well.
This internship in the Department of Community Engagement has taught me some communication basics as well as how much work is put in behind the scenes planning for CCS events and communications. I have grown to enjoy coming to the District Office and getting to know the people and their positions I didn’t know existed. I have worked mostly with Courtney Petersen, the executive director of community engagement, and I’ve spent a good amount of time with both Heidi Grosso, the community engagement and social media facilitator, and Erin Lynn Gray, the communications coordinator.
Working with Courtney has been a joy, and seeing how much thought and effort is put into things that are often overlooked has surprised me the most. I especially noticed how much work and effort was put into the CCS Open House event. Courtney and the Communications Team collaborated through multiple meetings and spent many hours bringing this event together. I would have never guessed such a short amount of time at an event could take so many hours to prepare for. It has increased my respect for positions that are often unnoticed. Another great experience I have been able to be a part of is working with Heidi and Erin Lynn. Heidi has a big part in communications and manages the social media accounts of CCS. There is so much that goes into creating social media accounts, and she does so for every campus. Working with Erin Lynn has taught me insights about the CCS website and how to create an easy-to-use website.
On other days, I have worked with Keri Helle, our visual designer, on creating advertisements and event programs. I have really enjoyed getting to know people from the District Office, building connections, and helping with marketing and communicating.
Mrs. Pettersen has told me about other students’ experiences in their internships on and off campus. My internship is on campus, close to the school, but many students I know have collaborated with businesses outside of CCS through Mrs. Pettersen’s help! I am so thankful to have the opportunity to intern at jobs that I am interested in. I am glad to have a chance for this at Cascade Christian Schools. For more information on CCS internships, visit CCS Internship Program - High School - Cascade Christian Schools.
As I worked on this show and looked at the script, I found a Scripture that ties in well to the play’s overall theme. It is John 15:12-13 (NIV), and it says, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” A part in the play that fits into this verse perfectly is when Charlotte is willing to die for Wilbur. She does this without any hesitation because she truly loves Wilbur, her friend, and is willing to do anything for him even if she has to give up her own life. This relates to the verse in so many ways. But one way that I thought about as soon as I read this Scripture is that Jesus is like Charlotte. He is like her in the sense that He loves each one of us so much that He did the greatest thing that anybody could do for us, which was dying on the cross to save us from our sin. He did this because He loves us and would do anything for us, just like Charlotte would do anything for her friend Wilbur.
—Kiana Duckworth, Student Director and CCS Senior
As I was rereading the story of Charlotte’s Web, I came across this quote from the book: “A spider’s web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken.” This quote stood out to me as I watched our cast grow more connected with each other. It is amazing to see how theatre can build relationships and strengthen friendships. We, as the theatre, are all connected in friendship, and together we make each other stronger. Throughout the rehearsals, I got to watch as our cast grew closer, and it reminded me of how I first made friends through theatre. Though many students have come and gone, they are all still connected to the web of the performing arts and the relationships that have come from it. All the past students have changed me, and I am glad to have been able to direct the next generation of theatre students, to pass on skills taught to me by former students. My hope is that I have made a positive impact on these students, and when we are gone and they are upperclassmen, they will continue to inspire and change the others that come after them.
—Rick Vander Hoek, Student Director and CCS Senior
Can you believe that we are already in the second half of the year? I am so encouraged by the growth our students have shown since the beginning of school and look forward to seeing them continue developing in our 4 Pillars: Academic Excellence, Leadership Development, Personal Character Development, and Spiritual Formation.
On Wednesday, February 7, students were honored for their achievements and hard work during our 2nd Quarter Honors Chapel, with awards like the Community Service Award, the Seeking God Award, and the Outstanding Achievement Award. Parents came to celebrate their students during this special event. Students who showed exemplary behavior in our 3Rs (Respect, Responsibility, Relationship) were also honored, with parents invited onto the stage to give their children a special pin in recognition of their accomplishments.
We’re excited for a couple more events coming up at Frederickson this month. We have our Valentine’s Day Bake Sale happening on Wednesday, February 14. We love seeing our community come together to make and purchase fun treats that put a smile on our students’ faces! In addition to this, we have our next Frederickson Family Fun Night at the ice-skating rink on Friday, February 23, at 7:15–9:30 p.m. This PfC-hosted event at Sprinker Recreation Center is another demonstration of our commitment to building community and fellowship with each other. These events have become a priority for our Frederickson Campus this school year as we seek to be intentional with our love for one another. For as we read in Romans 12:10–13, we are to “be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Let us always strive to serve the Lord and others in this way!
Earlier this week, I did something I didn’t feel like doing … my kids wanted to stay after school to play on the playground. It was bitter cold and overcast. I was looking forward to heading home. But I did agree to it. I did it because I love my kids. I did it because I knew it would make them happy.
We all do things we sometimes don’t feel like doing for the people we love. For some of us, it is grading papers. For others of us, it’s taking our kids to and from their extracurricular activities. For others of us, sometimes it’s holding a hard line and saying no. Whatever it is, the fact that you don’t feel like doing it doesn’t mean you don’t love them. Right?
This is an important point to make while living in a culture that often creates definitions of love solely based on emotions, feelings that come and go. While feelings are real and should be paid attention to, Jesus redefined for us what love is. God loved us so much that He did something that was incredibly hard to do—He gave us His one and only Son (see John 3:16). Jesus loved us so much that He agreed to do something difficult—to die on a cross—so that nothing could separate us, not even death itself, from His love for us (see Luke 22:39-44).
When we encounter this amazing love, we are compelled to respond with a love that goes so much deeper than our feelings and emotions. King David got a taste of this love. Take a look at how David responded in Psalm 27:8 (NIV). In this verse that is the source of our monthly focus—Seek God with Whole Heart—he writes these simple but powerful words:
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
In Hebrew, the word used for “heart” is lêb (pronounced “labe”). This word can be translated as the “inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding” (Interlinear Search for 'Psalms 27:8' - NAS with the BHS and NA26 - StudyLight.org). In response to the love and grace of God that transformed his life, David responds by seeking God with all his being. He wanted the center of all of who he was—not just his emotions but his mind, his will, his heart, his understanding—to seek the face of God. That is the testimony of the power of God’s love at work in one’s life.
Over the course of this month, we will be helping our students learn how to seek God with their whole heart, a seeking and a searching with a love that goes much deeper than what they feel. Loving God means giving Him our time, talents, and treasures (Matthew 25:14-30). It means obeying His commandments, even when it is hard or difficult (John 14:15-31). Finally, it means seeking Him with a sense of urgency (Mark 5:25-34).
This month, as we focus on God’s love, my hope and prayer is that each of us would pursue God with a love that encompasses all of who we are. Blessings to you!
Family Discussion Questions and Activities:
1.) How has God’s love changed your life? Think about this; then share your answers when everyone is ready.
2.) Why is it so hard to love, especially when going through difficult times? Think about your answer and share with your family.
3.) Write a note of gratitude to someone who has shown you sacrificial love recently and let them know how much you appreciate them.