Rocky Mountain Snapshot
Rocky Mountain, September 2018
FROM YOUR REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Why associate? Why gather together?
What benefit does associating bring to a Christian school, a school leader, or member? What are the positives which impel one to meet with others, associate together or join?
A recent column by the editor of District Administration magazine commented on the importance of association membership. His concluding thought was summarized as, "professional membership was the best decision I made to keep me connected and up to date".
But for Christian schools and Christian educators, our core answer to the question goes far beyond just connectedness and relevance! There is a biblical mandate to be in community, to have relationships that support us and challenge us, and into which we also contribute. It is a call to a higher level of unity, collaboration, and participation.
The beauty of associating with like-minded Christian educators (even if their educational philosophy is different from own own, or their school is larger/smaller than ours, and their program unique to their part of the world, state or city) is honoring the Christ-focused mission connection and a faith cultivating community. The joy of being part of something bigger than ourselves is that it enlarges our vision beyond our own landscape and challenges us to reach for new areas of excellence. Association also provides a venue to speak into deeper issues of education in a Christ-honoring context and to have other voices speak into our own context as well.
So, why associate? Becuase it is good for us, for our schools, and connects us to the larger work of God around a city, a state, and the world. It can help us all catch a fresh vision of God's larger work, of which our schools and staff are a part.
As we enter into the season of fall administrator meetings, PD forums for the enrichment of your faculty, and a broad offering of online training and discussions, now is the time to choose to connect, engage and participate. Check for meetings and events in your area. We will see you there.
Jerry Bowen - Regional Director, Rocky Mountain
Fall District Meetings (no cost to attend)
Join other administrators in your area for a time to network and receive updates on eduational happenings in your state and at ACSI. Learn more.
Tucson, AZ: September 6, 2018, Desert Christian High School
Phoenix, AZ: September 7 2018, Northwest Christian School
Denver, CO: September 12, 2018, Front Range Christian School
Las Vegas, NV: Septmber 20, 2018, Green Valley Christian School
Reno/Sparks, NV: September 21, 2018, Excel Christian School
Albuquerque, NM: October 3, 2018, Hope Christian School
Roswell, NM: October 4, 2018, Gateway Christian School
Salt Lake City, UT: October 10-11, 2018, Intermountain Christian School
Casper, WY: October 17, 2018, TBD
Featured event: Rocky Mountain Leadership Conference (Prescott, AZ)
Topic: Creating a Sustainable and Flourishing School
Date: February 10-12, 2019 (Sunday to Tuesday)
This conference offers school leaders a chance to engage, network, collaborate and spend intentional time with national leaders. It is meant to encourage you and challenge you while offering ample free time to relax in the beauty of the Prescott Valley.
Early Education Conference, AZ - SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 3rd
PD Forum: Phoenix and Denver will offer Early Education Tracks on Thursday of their respective dates
Early Education Recorded Webinars - These webinars are still available, just in a new location. Contact the regional office for details
Registration for all student activities is now open!
For our California, Northeast, Northwest, and Southeast schools, don't miss out on your middle school students attending a variety of one day leadership building events designed to help them better understand their own gifts, sharpen their ability to work with others, and have a proactive plan to engage your own community with God's love. Click here for dates, locations, and registration information.
Our two National High School Leadership Conferences are quickly approaching, November 18-20 in Washington, DC, and February 3-5 in Murrieta, California.
The theme of the conferences is re:act Human Suffering in Light of God's Story. Your top-level high school leaders will not want to miss this event which includes inspiring worship, deep content rooted in a biblical worldview, and fun activities. Register now!
Announcements for RM Student Activities:
Please prayerfully consider becoming an ACSI host site for 2018-19. With a 3-year commitment, ALL school registration fees are waived for any Student Activities event! (NOTE: student participation fees still apply.) Contact your Student Activities Coordinator for more information. Thank you!
Host Sites Needed
District Spelling Bee: Phoenix, AZ
Speech Meet: Northern Arizona
It is our desire to add additional fine arts, academic events, and leadership conferences in your area. This will take time, but together we can make this happen! Until then if your school is near another region's Student Activities event you are welcome to participate! Below is a list of Student Activities information for Rocky Mountain, CA/HI, Northwest, Mid-America, and South-Central.
Rocky Mountain Student Activities Calendar (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada)
California/Hawaii Student Activities Calendar (California and Hawaii)
Northwest Student Activities Calendar (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington)
Mid-America Student Activities Calendar (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin)
South-Central Web Page (Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas)
Last week, the ACSI Legal Legislative Department alerted you to the forthcoming IRS regulations that could dramatically impact all state tax credit scholarship programs. Those regulations were released Thur, August 23rd and they are not positive.
Initial observations you can pass along to schools who call:
The proposed regulations could have been much worse. In the initial notice from the IRS, they were also going to regulate nonprofits within states that operate scholarship programs. There was also concern they could kill tax credit programs altogether.
The rules would not allow donors to claim both a state tax credit and a federal tax deduction. Whatever amount a donor receives as a tax credit must be excluded from the donor's federal tax deduction. Ex. if a $1,000 gift is given and $800 is claimed as a state tax credit, then only $200 can be claimed as a federal charitable deducation. Up until now the donor, based on state law, potentially could claim the entire $1,000 as a charitable deduction.
We are working with many other groups that have interest in this area to work on a path forward and will send out messaging to schools so they can also notify the IRS of their concerns.
We believe in the short term this likely will hurt giving to tax credit scholarship programs but in the long term, it will bounce back.
ACSI has been on this issue since the beginning and a reminder we were one of the few groups doing proactive advocacy before the rules were released. See our August 17 letter.