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Ken's Pen March 2017:

The alstroemeria, a symbol of friendship, is a beautiful flower. Also known as the Peruvian lily, this flower is one of the prettiest and most delicate I have seen. As spring is in bloom, I can look out my front window and see some daffodils. Under the heavy rain, one "trumpet" is so big it has literally toppled its stem and now droops to the ground like an arrogant braggart who has no leg on which to stand.

As we prepare our students, we envision what we want them to be—beautiful and capable examples of Christ. "We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ" (Colossians 1:28). The admonishing is instruction with regard to warning from wrong, whereas teaching is instruction in what is true and right (Phil 4:8).

Interestingly, we are sometimes distraught when students act in a manner beneath the standards we envision for them. Yet, their need for guidance and instruction is precisely why Christian schools exist. If they were already complete in Christ, there would be no need for our admonition and instruction, which is done of course, "according to their bent" (Proverbs 22:6).

So, the process is not just pouring into the student from the experience, expertise and desires of the instructor, but also drawing out from each child in whom resides the imago dei (image of God) and Holy Spirit. God has designed each child, each student, for a purpose, or bent. Our goal is to train according to this bent so the admonition and instruction does not break but shapes each child for God's purposes.

This awesome process called Christian schooling is intentionally beyond our capabilities. We must rely on God. We must be careful not to be so busy for God that we are unable to be with God. We may find in our effort alone that we topple under the pressure like a daffodil under heavy rain. God designed us, too. He designed us to be with Him and to invite Him into our classrooms and halls and into the lives of our students and staff. We are privileged to be God's instruments, but only God transforms. Let's never stop asking God to transform our students, our staff, ourselves and our communities. With God all things are possible! What is it you can bring to God right now? 
God bless!     

Originally printed 3/31/14


Check out the NW 2017–18 General Calendar.

NW HR Legal Enabler led by Dr. Tom Cathey: Thursday, March 30 at Christian Faith School in Federal Way, WA. Learn more or register today!

Registration Now Open To the ACSI NW Seaside Leadership Conference in Seaside, OR (April 30–May 2, 2017). 

  • Our keynote speaker will be Head of School at Wheaton Academy, Dr. Gene Frost, sharing six keynotes on strengthening schools.
  • Celebrate our NW Regional Director, Dr. Ken Townsend! This year's Leadership Conference will be special as we will celebrate a night honoring our regional director Ken, who will be retiring in June of 2017. Join us as we commemorate his leadership in the region these past 12 years!
  • Early Educator Track led by ACSI Director of Early Education Resources, Sara Jo Dillard. This year's theme will be resourcing the school's mission.

Spring 2017 NW District Meetings:
Join your fellow Christian school colleagues and see what's happening in your ACSI community!
Learn more about ACSI's Barna Study!

  • District 4 Meeting: Location Change! Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Cole Valley Christian School Secondary Campus, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 
  • District 3 Meeting: Time Change! Friday, March 17, 2017 at Conley's Place Restaurant, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

2017 ACSI NW PD Forums:

  • Grace Christian School, Anchorage, AK: Sept. 28–29, 2017 (Keynote speaker Dr. Beth Ackerman)
  • Salem Academy, Salem, OR: Oct. 12–13, 2017 (Keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Washburn)
  • Christian Faith School, Federal Way, WA: Oct. 26–27, 2017 (Keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Washburn)

Announcements from HQ:

  1. TerraNova 3 test scores can improve instruction; get trained to make it happen!
  2. The Barna Group report on families' schooling decisions is now available.
  3. The new ACSI A.C.E. Student Services Department helps you serve all your students.

Student Activities
Upcoming Worldwide Events
International Christian Educators Conference—Africa
Apr 6, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017

A high-quality professional development conference for teachers, administrators, and staff serving in international Christian schools around the world.

International School Leaders Conference
Apr 30, 2017 - May 3, 2017

High-quality conferences designed specifically for leaders in international Christian schools

PFO 2017
Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 7, 2017

An annual conference for teachers, boarding parents, administrators, and their families headed to international Christian schools

Upcoming Northwest Region Events
ACSI NW Seaside Leadership Conference
Apr 30, 2017 - May 2, 2017

This page contains details regarding the Northwest Leadership Conference

NW Spring Accreditation Commission Meeting
May 2, 2017 - May 3, 2017

The ACSI NW Accreditation Commission Meets to be informed on changes in accreditation protocol, schedule upcoming accreditation visits, and review accreditation annual reports.

Online Community Discussions 
Preschool Teacher Observation Form   
Does anyone have a good teacher observation form you use when it is time for yearly teacher observations?
Standardized Assessment of MS/HS Bible Curriculum  
I am interested to find out how different school assess Bible at the middle school and high school level. Which standardized test do you use for MS and HS Bible assessment? Do you assess at every grade level in middle school and high school? Does anyone conduct a comprehensive assessment at the end of the senior year as a high school exit exam? Are there ACSI standards in determining which grades need to assess Bible?
International Art Shows
I would like to join an international Art show and only see them in the USA based on regions. Can I join since I am from America? Can anyone tell me how I can start an International one so we can all see art from around the world? Let's glorify God in Art—Renee Smith at Hope International School in Cambodia    
Featured Member Benefit

ACSI proudly presents its Strategic Partnership Program, which includes companies carefully chosen to benefit you—our member schools—and to assist you in accomplishing your life-changing mission. Our goal is to proactively build long-term relationships with entities that thoughtfully align with the goals and purposes of Christian schooling and desire to assist you in your work as you educate the next generation of leaders.

ACSI's Strategic Partnership Program has four categories of organizations, National Corporate PartnersAffinity PartnersApproved Providers, and our newest category, Ministry Partners. You are encouraged to contact all of our partners and providers and see how they can provide additional services to your school ministry.

Featured Resources
48.8 Essential Training Areas for Children

Especially when my three children were younger, I always welcomed wisdom on how to raise them to honor and serve the Lord as adults. Dr. Larry Taylor, head of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas), has created a model for deliberately training young people; I’m sure you’ll find his ideas practical. —Dan

48.7 Equipping Your Child for the Race

We’re raising our children in extremely challenging times: ungodly ways abound and loud voices hail those ways as right. How do you train children to live godly lives so when they’re old, they won’t depart from wisdom? Dr. Larry Taylor, head of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas), has developed a practical way to do that, and I’ve invited him to share it here. —Dan

48.6 Synergy-creating Family Practices

When it comes to raising godly children, many factors are outside our control. Even so, there are several things we, as parents, can do that will go a long way toward reaching this goal. Dr. Larry Taylor, head of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) and author of Running with the Horses, offers some insights here. —Dan