Rocky Mountain Region
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Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Region

Dear School Leaders,  

While school is out for the summer, we all know your work continues as you wrap up one school year and move your focus into the next. I hope you afford yourself some time to recoup, regroup, retool, and be renewed.

If you're like me-and I'm sure some of you are, you go from one project to another; one school year to another without taking the time to reflect on all that the Lord has done in you and around you. Don't overlook or forget all the things, great and small, that have happened this year. Thank Him for the seeds planted, watered, fertilized, and even brought to harvest.

And don't forget the legacy that is being forged right before you. I listened to one of my granddaughters recently explaining some deep truth, using all the gestures, emphasis and inflection I use when doing the same. Talk about a reminder!  Lord, help us be aware of our influence and our call to walk in a manner worthy of Christ.

We each need to slow down and remember. The Lord desires for His people to consider all He has done for us "so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty..." (Joshua 4:24). For each of us, remembering takes time, focus, and intentionality.

By now you have heard the unfortunate problems processing this spring's TerraNova 3 score reports. Those scores have been delayed due to a transition in the scoring company. You can check for updates by going to www.purposefuldesign.com and selecting the "Assessment Support" tab. If you need more information about how ACSI is addressing the issue, please contact ACSI Member Care at 800.367.0798 or member_care@acsi.org.

Don't forget to plan to attend one of the ACSI Professional Development Forums or conferences in the fall. Great speakers... great opportunity to grow your staff. Pre-registration is now open to help you save. And make sure you have District Meeting dates on your calendar. We will see you in the fall.

Serving Together,

Jerome "Jerry" Bowen

Rocky Mountain Regional Director

Announcements

Accreditation
Student Activities
Upcoming Worldwide Events
PFO 2017
Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 7, 2017

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

International Student Program (ISP) Personnel Training
Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 1, 2017

This indepth week of training for K–12 educators will provide ISP coordinators, administrators, and teachers insight into the cultural differences, language challenges, program organization, and classroom implications of teaching international students in a K–12 Christian school setting

International School Leaders Conference—Thailand
Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017

International School Leaders Conference—Thailand

Upcoming Rocky Mountain Region Events
Tucson Fall District Meeting
Sep 6, 2017 - Sep 6, 2017

Phoenix Fall District Meeting
Sep 8, 2017 - Sep 8, 2017

Online Community Discussions 
Starting a Christian High School      
Our church reunited with a larger church they had broke away from 25 years ago. The new larger reunited body is excited about being part of Christian education and want to explore the possibility of starting a Christian high school. Can you suggest any resources we should consult as well as any advice and pitfalls we should be alert for?
Fidget tools    
With the new fidget spinner craze, fidget toys have become a topic for our staff. Can anyone offer insight to their benefits, purposes, drawbacks, or best practices at your schools?
Evaluation of AP Program From a Veteran  
Some AP courses make school administrators nervous because of supposed humanism in some subjects and/or Darwinian evolution in some of the sciences. One good thing about the English AP's is that they are based on skills and not a set of required texts. The teacher can set his/her own curriculum (provided quality texts are used, of course).    
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
Religious Hiring—Discriminating on a Religious Basis in Employment Decisions

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees that U.S. employers which are established as religious organizations may discriminate on a religious basis when hiring and making personnel decisions.

What Schools Must Prove to Make Employee Decisions on Faith

Several court cases have examined the religious organization and religious criteria requirements. Member schools must be able to show not only their religious nature, but they also must be able to articulate religious criteria for the employment decisions they make.

Ten Reasons for Religious Staffing

For over thirty years, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, has honored the right of faith-based organizations to choose the employees who can best further their missions, by explicitly acknowledging in section 702(a) their freedom to use religious criteria when making employment decisions. This religious staffing option is not an exemption from the Civil Rights Act, but a freedom incorporated into it.

RM On-Site Training Options
RM Light BulbA distinct feature of the ACSI mission is to equip teachers for effectiveness in the classroom. In conjunction with ACSI NEXUS and ConNEXUS Premium, the Rocky Mountain regional office is available to help its member schools consider professional development options for staff and board members.

  • Philosophy of Christian Education
  • Board Training
  • Foundations of a School's Curriculum
  • Instructional Maps–the BIG Picture
  • Twelve Skills of Master Teachers
Contact the Rocky Mountain office.
Educators, Are We Communicating?
Communication skills are critical, especially in education. Steven Weber has identified 5 communication tips for educators:
  • Identify Your Inner CircleCommunicating
  • Forums for Two-Way Communication
  • Lead Communicator About Your School
  • Actions Align With Your Words
  • Be a 360 Degree Communicator
"If education is viewed as a relationship with students, families, and the community, then good communication should be a priority," says Weber.

SYSTEMS vs GOALS
Systems vs GoalsForget About Setting GOALS.
Focus on SYSTEMS Instead!
We tend to set goals throughout our lives:  getting into better shape, writing a book, building a successful school.

James Clear suggests "there is a better way to do things. It all comes down to the difference between goals and systems."
RM wants to KNOW
Help the Rocky Mountain regional office stay up-to-date with all the changes at your school:

  • staff changesRM Whats New
  • email addresses
  • phone, fax
  • school website


Contact us at 520.514.2897 x462 or by email.