2009-2010 News

May 27, 2010

Community Christian School 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Chelsea Brooke Mires
“I love the Lord whole-heartedly and enjoy pursuing academic excellence.” That quote definitely describes the 2010 Valedictorian, Chelsea Brooke Mires. She lives in Orange, Texas, with her parents, Gene and Felicia Mires, brother Devon, and her dog Darling Clementine. In the fall, she plans to attend LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, to obtain a psychology degree with a minor in Spanish. Her goal is to counsel young women who have suffered trauma or abuse. Many scholarships have been awarded to Chelsea, thus far, totaling $108, 230. Chelsea has attended CCS since kindergarten and earned many awards. She participated in NHS, SLI, Chapel Committee, Varsity Tennis, Homecoming Committee, Math League, Science Fair, choir, and a multitude of other school activities. She has one older brother, Blake, who also graduated from CCS, and a younger brother, Devon, in the fifth grade.

Sarah Danielle Moseley
This year’s Salutatorian is Sarah Danielle Moseley. Sarah, also from Orange, Texas, lives with her parents, Jay and Mary Moseley. She has three older siblings, Andrew, Amanda, and Katy, all of whom graduated from CCS. Sarah isn’t sure about which college she will attend but has narrowed the choice down to Sam Houston or Lamar Beaumont. She intends to pursue a degree in criminal justice with a minor in Spanish and dreams of a career as an FBI field agent. Sarah has attended CCS since K4, earned numerous awards, and participated in many activities: basketball, track, cross-country, basketball (varsity captain), student council president, NHS, SLI, Homecoming Committee, and Math League to name a few. Sarah’s advice to younger classmen, ”Step out of your comfort zone and try your hardest at everything you do because the next time you do it, it will be that much easier for you.”


May 27, 2010

The Community Christian K4 Graduating Class of 2010

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Maycie Allen, Jacob Anzonino, Alexis Baumgartner, Emma Briggs, Alexis Chisum, Kyra Clark, Jace Courville, Julian Danner, Braylee Freeman, Emma Freeman, Landen Hassler, Cole Hinson, Melisandra Holtz, Lauren Johns, Miranda Keltz, Dawson Lampman, Shae Low, Joseph Lucia, Allison May, Sierra McAbee, Ansley Moore, Pete Ragusa, Braxton Rambo, Dean Reynolds, Isaac Rizzato, Ella Roy, Gavin Santerre, Breanna Sims, Asten Sprague, Maddox Stegall, Makinzi Stevens, Marlie Strong, Isabel Sylestine, William Tubbleville, Carolyn Wilhite

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Braylee Freeman and Julian Danner

May 27, 2010

Art Wins Big

At the recent Art Festival Competition in Houston, all participating CCS Elementary students received ribbons and many received medals for their creations.


Pictured: Bottom left to right: Jaden Varner, Dalton Teeler, Chloe Griffith, Kadence Vigil, Christopher Kovatch, Erin Beard, Makayla Garcia
Middle row: Jeremy Bush, Julianna Sylestine, Ryan Davis, Marlasia Roberts, Brice Sylestine, Hannah Chitty, Gabriella Paul, Kaghan Odom
Back: Amaris Berwick, Juliann Klinkhammer, Lindsey Burns, Danielle Paul

May 27, 2010

Creative Writing Festival

At the South-Central Region Creative Writing Festival, Jonathan Breaux (8th grade) received a Good rating for Short Story at the district level, Aaron Rose (7th grade) received a Superior rating for Short Story at the district level and advanced to Regionals where he received an Excellent rating, and Faithe Davis received an Excellent rating at the district level for Short Story.

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May 27, 2010

CCS Reaches out to the Community

Community Christian School students recently spent a week volunteering in the Orange/Bridge City/Vinton area to benefit those in need. Under the direction of Judy Klein, students participate each year in a program called Student Leadership Institute which teaches that serving others is the best way to lead. Students adopted projects with local affiliates to fill food boxes for Orange Christian Services, put up plywood and sheathing with Habitat for Humanity, repair houses with Fuller Disaster ReBuilders (based at First Church of the Nazarene), serve food at First Presbyterian Soup Kitchen, paint the outside of Crossroads Baptist Church, clean the highway, and cooperate with Texas A&M on an AgriLife Extension Project to build a garden.



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May 27, 2010

Community Christian School 2010 Character Awards

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Front, left to right: Katherine Tibbitts- Self-control, Kelsey Benoit- Kindness, Faithe Davis- Diligence, Hannah Breaux- Godliness, Amber Akhtar- Faithfulness, Amy Benoit- Godliness
2nd row: Lauren Jackson- Godliness, Chelsea Mires- Godliness, Alex Eby- Joy, Christina Pulido- Helps, Corye James- Helps
3rd row: Angela Royer- Perseverance, Katherine McAfee- Self-control, Samantha Leifeste- Initiative, Ashlyn Akhtar- Initiative, Makenzie Hyman- Helps
Back: Darrin Cannon- Joy, Madalyn Tran-Reno- Perseverance, Ethan Berwick- Diligence, Zackery Anderson- Kindness, Daniel Battise- Faithfulness, Sarah Moseley- Faithfulness

May 27, 2010

Ethan Berwick was honored at the Sabine-Naches Section of the American Chemical Society banquet

Earlier in the school year, he was chosen as one of the Chemistry Olympiad
Participants and advanced to the national level of testing. He was one
of 21 students chosen as outstanding science students from schools in
the Golden Triangle.

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Pictured is: Rusty Dollar, CCS Guidance
Counselor, Ethan Berwick, Karen Mendoza, CCS Science instructor

May 18, 2010

Recently, at the City of Orange Citizenship Day, the city invited local students to participate in city government. CCS sent Jonathan Breaux, eighth grade, who took over for Les Anderson’s position in Road and Bridge; Marissa Gray, seventh grade, represented Keith Merritt, Orange County Sheriff; Faithe Davis, ninth grade, served as Vergie Mooreland, Treasurer; and Amy Hanks, tenth grade, took over from Lynda Gunstream as the Tax Assessor/Collector. What an amazing opportunity to see firsthand how the city is run!

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May 13, 2010

Community Christian School Takes First in Calculus Math League

Under the tutelage of instructor Ronnie Lee, Community Christian School placed first in the competition for Calculus Math League in the South-Central region. Chelsea Mires, a senior, placed first in the individual category for Calculus Math League South-Central Region which includes schools from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas.


April 29, 2010

Community Christian School advances to World in Odyssey of the Mind Competition


pic bottom, left to right: Alayna Bergeron, Matthew Rainey
top: Caitlin Clark, Marissa Gray, Emily Breaux

April 21, 2010

These students were inducted into the National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society at Community Christian School

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Front- Sharon Monk (NJHS advisor), Torren Allison, Arianna Alford, Shelby McMillan, Marissa Gray, Alayna Bergeron, Blair Dupre, Ronnie Lee (NHS advisor)
Back- Zack Anderson, Aaron Rose, Jonathan Breaux, Zach Walcott, Amy Hanks

April 16, 2010

District Golf Meet

The Community Christian School Varsity Golf Team, Matthew McAfee, Wyatt Plunkett, Ryan Whitten, and Corye James, will advance to State after a 3rd place win at District. In the individual ranking, Gary Bell came in 8th and Corye James came in 11th.


April 15, 2010

Junior High Track Results with Coaches Amanda Britnell and Randy Theriot

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Front: Dakota Alexander, 1st place 100 M Dash and 6th place 50 M Dash; India Alexander, 2nd place 100 M Dash and 4th place 50 M Dash; Tyler Bevlaqua, 6th place 400 M Relay; Emily Breaux, 4th place 400 M Dash.
2nd row: Devon Mires, 6th place 400 M Relay; Matthew Rainey, 6th place 800 M Run; Josh Howard, 6th place 400 M Relay; Rylan Odom, 6th place 400 M Relay and 6th place 400 M Dash; Kathy Claro, 1st place 200 M Dash, 2nd place Long Jump, 2nd place 4×100 Relay.
Back: Torren Allison, 2nd place 4×100 Relay and 3rd place 100 M Dash; Alyssa Kurtz, 2nd place 4×100 Relay; Courtney Anderson; Shelby McMillan, 2nd place 4×100 Relay and 2nd place 200 M Dash.

April 12, 2010

Community Christian School Athletes Headed to State

Varsity Tennis Doubles District Champs Brett Foster/Matthew McAfee and Kelsey Benoit/Katie McAfee will advance to State play-offs.

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April 7, 2010

Mrs. Smith sponsored the Decorate Your Easter Bonnet parade. See our creative students!


April 7, 2010

As a reward for selling the most cookie dough at our fundraiser, Mrs. Brack’s first grade class got to silly string the principal, Mrs. Laurie Beard.

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April 7, 2010

Community Christian School Family Receives Award

The American Association of University Women have selected Quint and Mona Benoit and daughters Amy and Melanie as the Library Family of the Year recipients.

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Pictured is Amy Benoit, 11th grade.

April 7, 2010

FDIC Regional Economist Visits CCS Economy Class

Dr. Steven Kiser, FDIC Regional Economist from Alabama and FDIC Officer over Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas Tennessee recently visited the Community Christian School 11th grade Economy class. He spoke about our nation’s economy system and the direction our nation is headed. He also discussed job opportunities and areas to explore in the future based on current predictions.


April 5, 2010

Farmers Insurance Supports Community Christian Project Graduation

Through the efforts of Ken McAfee, Farmers Agent, CCS seniors received $400 for project graduation.


Pictured is Matthew McAfee presenting to Denise Block, principal, and senior Corye James.

April 1, 2010

Mr. Langham’s 12th grade Physics class enjoyed a field trip on March 19th to the Cottonwood Energy power plant near Deweyville, Texas.

Cottonwood Energy is a natural gas fired, combined cycle electricity generating facility located in Newton County, Texas. The plant is nominally rated to produce 1279 megawatts of electricity using General Electric 7FA Combustion Turbines, Foster-Wheeler Heat Recovery Steam Generators and Alstom Steam Turbines and provides power to Entergy’s Hartburg substation and then to the Entergy transmission system. The field trip was hosted by Cottonwood’s Plant Electrical Engineer, Walter Granger who gave them the “Grand Tour”.  At an opening slide show presentation about the plant, Walter shared an overview of the gas turbine and heat recovery systems, all of which touched on topics recently covered in our class Thermodynamics unit and on topics in the current Electrical unit of our Physics course. Finally, he gave them a walking tour around the plant including a stop inside their state-of-the-art control room.  It was quite an informative experience for Sarah Moseley, Mary Moseley, Chelsea Mires, and Gerald Langham, the CCS Physics instructor.





March 30, 2010

honor roll

March 25, 2010

Limo Ride for Top Sellers in CCS Fundraiser

To win a ride in the limo, these Community Christian School students had to sell at least 40 items for a minimum of $520.  Between the fifteen students, they sold a total of $10,537 in Cookie Dough.  Grand prize winners were James Menard in the Elementary for $1210 and DeAndre Jones in the JH/HS for $393.  Mrs. Brack’s first grade class won the grand prize with $5584 in sales. They get to party with silly string, including a chance to cover the principal, Laurie Beard.


Limo riders- Front row left to right:
Hannah Chitty, Chloe Griffith, Hadley Psencik, Kadence Vigil, Landen Hassler, Maycie Allen and Dawson Lampman

Back row left to right:
June Menard (President of P.I.E.), Danielle Gyasi, Devon Mires, Allison Le, Jeremy Bush, Justin Hinson, James Menard, Cole Reneau and Joanna Solis

March 24, 2010

Several Juniors were chosen to represent Community at the Westbrook Chemistry Olympiads.


front- Mallori Parrish, Katherine Tibbitts, Josie Jay; back- Donovan Armstrong, Ethan Berwick, Tyler Whitten.

Josie Jay and Ethan Berwick advanced to nationals.

March 24, 2010

Community Christian School Students Advance to Science Fair Regionals

These students prepared extraordinary Science Fair projects that finaled at District.

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Front, l. to r.: Blair Dupre- Can the Speed of Light be Measured Using a Microwave?, Brianna Holden- Basketball vs. Ping Pong, Emily Breaux- How is My Blood Pressure Doing?, Amaris Berwick- Is There a Fountain of Youth?, Jacob Rainey- Pitching,
2nd row, l. to r.: Rebecca Tibbitts- Sweet, Nathaniel Willett- Electro Magnet, Zoe Gotcher- Doggie Detective
Back, l. to r.: Amanda Royer- Is That Rock Hard?, Samantha Leifeste- Dirty Mouth?, Ashlyn Akhtar- Got Bananas?, Jade Corbello- Hefty, Hefty, Hefty?, Jonathan Breaux- What Battery Works Best?

March 24, 2010

Community Christian School Athletes Win All-State

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Left to Right: Mallori Parrish made 1st team All State, Sarah Moseley made honorable mention All State, and Daniel Battise made 2nd team All State.

March 24, 2010

Community Christian School Orators Compete at District

The CCS speech team traveled recently to Conroe, Texas, to compete at Pecan Street Christian Academy.

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Front, left to right: Allison Le, Julianna Sylestine, Jeremy Bush, Blake Johnston, Kaghan Odom, Ethan Williams, Dalton Teeler, Amaris Berwick, Nia Swinburn. Back, left to right: Mrs. Jennifer Smith, sponsor, Danielle Gyasi, Macy LeBlanc, Rylan Odom, Josh Howard, Devon Mires

speech medalists

The medalists are front, l. to r.: Kaghan Odom, Poetry, Superior rating and Bronze medal, Allison Le, Poetry, Superior rating and Bronze medal, Dalton Teeler, Fable, Superior rating and Gold medal, Amaris Berwick, Fable, Superior rating and Silver medal; back, l. to r.: Devon Mires, Bible, Superior rating and Bronze medal, Danielle Gyasi, Poetry, Superior rating and Bronze medal, Joshua Howard, Dramatic Bible Prose, Superior rating and Gold medal.


March 24, 2010

Dynamic Duo Does it Again

Community Christian School’s Dynamic Duo, better known as Brett Foster and Matthew McAfee, volley another win. This freshman doubles team has won first at all of their seven tennis tournaments.

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March 23, 2010

Gary Bell of Community Christian School takes 4th place at Holy Trinity Golf Tournment in Temple, Texas.

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March 16, 2010

The Community Christian School Choir performs for Open House and at District

The choir recently attended District competition where they won first place in two categories: Contemporary Ensemble and Small Ensemble.

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In the pic labeled choir, the names are, front: Lindsay Burns, Morgan LeBlanc, Marlaina Delarosa, Madison Inman, Amaris Berwick, Danielle Paul, Michaela Click, Reagan Hambrick, Macy LeBlanc
Back: India Alexander, Chloe Gotcher, Sabrina West, Cierra Cezar, Justine Sylestine, Danielle Gyasi, Tristen Anding, Devon Mires, Rylan Odom, Joshua Howard, and the choir director, Samantha Williams 

March 15, 2010

Under the direction of Patrice Bates, several Community Christian School students performed a sign language interpretation to a song by Group 1 Crew which will be in concert at Community Church on March 28 at 6:30 pm.

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From left: Danielle Paul, Tori Aras, Justine Sylestine, Amaris Berwick, Morgan LeBlanc, and Erin Beard

February 26, 2010

Community Christian School 1A freshman team of Brett Foster/left and Matthew McAfee/right won their 2nd 2010 tournament at the Lamar Invitational Tennis Tournament beating a team from Hamshire-Fannett 8-1, 4A Nederland 8-0, 4A Ozen 8-0. Foster and McAffee also won the Nederland Freshman Invitational Tournament when they beat 2A Woodville 8-1, 4A Nederland 8-1, and 5A Port Arthur Memorial 8-0.


February 25, 2010

CCS and Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Congratulate Kelsey Benoit

We are pleased to congratulate Kelsey Benoit as the winner of the Student of the Month Program. Kelsey is a senior at CCS. She has been part of National Honor Society, Student Leadership Institute, Student Council, editor of the school newspaper, Chairman and Founder of the Chapel Committee and she plays varsity tennis and basketball. Kelsey has also received many awards and certificates for accomplishments throughout her years at Community Christian. Not only is Kelsey an outstanding student and involved in many school programs, she also donates her time to numerous community service projects and to Kid’s Summer Camp. Faculty and students hold Kelsey in high regard stating that she is a godly young lady, joyful, patient, big-hearted, an outstanding student, passionate about scholastics, and eager to go the extra mile to see other’s succeed as well as herself. Kelsey plans to attend LeTourneau University or some other Christian college, majoring in Psychology or Biology with an emphasis in physical therapy. Kelsey Benoit was recognized by Rose Simar, Chairperson of the GOACC Education Committee and by other Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce members. She received many gifts as well.

student of the month

February 23, 2010

Community Christian School Varsity Girls Basketball- District Champs

district girls

team pictured with coaches: Alyssa Hale and Pastor Dan Brack

February 23, 2010

Community Christian School All District Players Girls’ Varsity Basketball


front: Angie Royer, Christina Pulido, and Lauren Jackson 2nd team
back: Samantha Leifeste 2nd team, and Alex Eby, Mallori Parrish, Sara Moseley

February 23, 2010

Community Christian School Boys Varsity Basketball Team is the Bi-District Champ! Way to go, Lions!!

bi-district champs

February 2, 2010

CCS National Junior Honor Society Impacts the Community

At Community Christian School, the NJHS members have put their fundraising efforts to good use. They donated $50 to a local Christian radio station and $100 for Angel Tree gifts for children who go without gifts at Christmas. They helped the Shoebox ministry to send gifts out of the country and bought Bibles for Christians in Russia. During the spring term, they will participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. All of these projects are completed in addition to their individual service hours. What an outstanding group of dedicated young people!

pictured: the officers of NJHS left to right: president, Lauren Leger; vice-president, Taylor Godwin; secretary, Leah Harrington; treasurer, Faithe Davis


February 2, 2010

CCS Science Rockets Skyward

On a wet, wintry day, the high school students at Community Christian School headed outside to watch the 9th grade IPC Water Rocket Launch. These rockets were designed by the students themselves with the purpose of obtaining the optimum altitude. Congratulations to C.J. Wagner and Brett Foster who won the competition when their water rocket soared 214 feet into the sky.

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January 27, 2010

Mrs. Dollar’s K5 shows how strong they are with their Shield of Faith.

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January 27, 2010

Susie May’s K4 science class is learning about animals. They held a Dress Up for the Farm Day and are keeping some pets in the classroom so that they might observe creature behaviors.

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prek science

January 27, 2010

Kindergarten Learns About Community Helpers

Michelle Dollar and Brandi Hinson recently taiuht their K5 classes about the many helpers in our community. Students dressed up as their favorite helper to show their appreciation.

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community helpers

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January 27, 2010

VFW Post 797 of Port Arthur Presents Award to Community Christian School Student

Commander James Goodridge presented Tyler Whitten, 11th grade, the first place award and a scholarship for $400. Tyler recently competed in the Voice of Democracy Contest by writing an outstanding essay.

tyler whitten

January 27, 2010

This year for Chapel at Community Christian School, students have requested the opportunity to work with Judy Klein, the Chapel Coordinator and SLi Director. This was instigated through the efforts of Kelsey Beniot, senior, to give Mrs. Klein the unique student perspective and to present ideas for involving the student body. Mrs. Klein and Kelsey formed the Chapel Committee and enlisted the participation of these students: Chelsea Mires, Darrin Cannon, Lauren Jackson, Amy Benoit, Ethan Berwick.
Pictured front left to right: Chelsea Mires, Kelsey Benoit (founder/leader)
back left to right: Darrin Cannon, Lauren Jackson, Amy Benoit, Ethan Berwick

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signing the prayer board


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January 20, 2010

2010 ACSI District Spelling Bee

In the recent 2010 ACSI District Spelling Bee, Community Christian School sent Michaela Click, Jonathan Breaux, Josh Howard, Dalton Teeler, Emily Breaux, and Marissa Gray. Jonathan Breaux took 4th place in the 8th grade contest. Josh Howard placed 2nd for 5th grade, and Marissa Gray placed 2nd for 7th grade. Out of 91 contestants, Josh Howard took 5th. Marissa Gray took 4th place overall and advances to the State Spelling Bee to be held in Dallas in March.

Congratulations, Spellers!

January 20, 2010

CCS Basketball On A Run For State

As the basketball season nears its end, the mighty Community Christian School Lions have two varsity teams ranked first in District 8 for TAPPS 1A play. The Lady Lions led by Dan Brack and Alyssa Hale are undefeated, and the Boys’ team under Coach Rick Hyman is 12-3. Go Lions!

Let’s go to State!

January 20, 2010

After a session of extensive try-outs with Samantha Williams, the music teacher, these students
will advance to Houston on March 4th for ACSI Choir competition.

Front: Rylan Odom, Reagan Hambrick, Michaela Click, Amaris Berwick, Morgan LeBlanc, Danielle Paul, and Lindsay Burns.
Middle: Sabrina West, Josh Howard, Zoey Gotcher, India Alexander, Madison Inman, and Macy LeBlanc.
Back: Justine Sylestine, Briana West, Danielle Gyasi, Tristan Anding, Ciera Cezar, and Devon Mires.

Congratulations to these songbirds.

January 19, 2010

Community Christian Receives Awards from Parent Organization

Karen Mendoza and Coach Ryan Richey are excited about new opportunities. At this month’s meeting of PIE (Parents In Education), Karen Mendoza requested funds to update the science lab and to create a new program in which junior high and high school students will form clubs to perform science experiments for elementary students. She received $3500. The 9th-12th grade science club is called Mendoza’s Human Elements. The 5th-8th grade club is called Mendoza’s Bunsen Burners. Athletic Director Ryan Richey is building a baseball program at CCS and received $3200 to install a windscreen and fence cap, prepare the mounds, bases and field, to create a warming track behind home base, to paint the dugouts and add the school logo, and to purchase 2 L-screens and 1 square screen. Thanks, PIE!!


January 15, 2010

Honor Roll students for the 2nd 9 weeks.

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January 14, 2010

Students at Community Christian responded enthusiastically to this year’s Young Readers’ Week. They dressed up as book characters and brought their flashlights to read in The Reading Galaxy. For A Night Among the Stars, entire families brought lawn chairs and blankets to school to watch a book on DVD as they sat under the stars.

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January 14, 2010

At the recent ACSI District Math Olympics for 3rd- 6th grade, Community Christian School students received 44 awards, and 16 students earned the right to advance to Area competition. Congratulations, Students!

Top: Veronique Duprey (adviser); Justin Meaux- Excellent; Josh Howard- Good; Devon Mires- Excellent; Blake Dupre- Excellent, advances to Area; Nate Willet- Excellent, advances to Area, Macy LeBlanc- Excellent; Christian Alford- Superior, advances to Area; Rebecca Tibbitts- Excellent, advances to Area; Emily Breaux- Excellent, advances to Area; Danielle Gyasi- Good; Zoe Gotcher-Excellent, advances to Area

Middle: Allison Le- Excellent, advances to Area; Dalton Teeler- Good; Ethan Williams- Excellent, advances to Area; Jacob Carter- Good; Sabrina Duprey- Superior, advances to Area; Brendan Sylestine- Excellent

Bottom: Lillian Johnson- Good; Kalli Core- Excellent, Kaley Breaux- Good


ACSI Awards Junior High Students at Math Olympics
Alayna Bergeron- Excellent, advances to Area; Marissa Gray- Excellent, advances to Area; Blair Dupre- Excellent- advances to Area; Jonathan Breaux- Excellent, advances to Area; Aaron Rose- Superior, advances to Area.

math olympics

January 14, 2010

The National Honor Society awarded $1000 to Homecoming 2010. Shown is NHS president Amber Akhtar presenting to Sarah Moseley, Student Council president.


January 14, 2010

Capital One-Orange Awards Grant to Community Christian

The local Capital One Bank recently awarded Community Christian a grant for $850 for Science and Math Development. Pictured is Jennifer Willet of Capital One presenting to Laurie Beard, Elementary Principal and Denise Block, JH/HS Principal.

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December 10, 2009

This year’s Christmas parade was a great success. The students enjoyed their ride on the float, and we loved seeing their smiling faces.


December 9, 2009

CCS Lions Basketball

Daniel Battise had a monster game with 17 points and we lost count after 20 rebounds as the Community Christian Lions (8-2) triumphed 67-57 over Family Christian (5-2).  Alex Parrish led the Lions and Darren Cannon added 14.

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December 9, 2009

Community Christian School flies the hoops with first place at the Houston Tournament.

Photo one shows
Left to Right: Alex Parrish, Ethan Berwick, CJ Wagner,and Daniel Battise.
Alex, Ethan and CJ got “All Tournament Player Awards” and Daniel got “MVP of the Tournament.”
Photo two shows the team with their coach Rick Hyman and team manager Corye James.

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December 8, 2009

Holiday Extravaganza!





December 2, 2009

Christmas for Children of the World

Community Christian School students collected materials for 178 shoeboxes which will bless children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. Most of the needy children live in poverty-stricken and war-torn areas where even the necessities of life are denied them. The shoeboxes will treat them to a variety of small toys, hard candy, articles of clothing, and toiletries. Operation Christmas Child, an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse, has reached over 8 million children with the joy of Christmas.

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December 2, 2009

Meet Jonathan Breaux, an 8th grader at Community Christian School, who has such a heart for children’s missions that he initiated a campaign to earn money for Bibles, specifically Bibles printed in Russian. In the last three months, he and fellow students have raised $326 by saving pennies in a jar. You can read more about this undertaking at bibles4orphans.blogspot.com, and you can email Jonathan atbibles4orphans@gmail.com.

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November 12, 2009

Here is the week in Fall Funnies. Wait until you see the originality of our students. Go Lions!!

Duct Tape Day, Camo Day, PJ Day, Texas Day, and Mix/n/Match Day.


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November 10, 2009

SLi recently celebrated an interesting speaker, Tom Burger, the External Affairs Manager for the Golden Pass project. He’s a graduate of Texas A&M, a mechanical engineer, and his career has been spent with ExxonMobil. Golden Pass is a project in partnership with ExxonMobil. Not only did our students enjoy Mr. Burger, but he said good things about us–“There’s something special about Community Christian School. I sensed it when I walked in, and the kids just confirmed it to me. I’m impressed.” Our thanks to Mr. Langham for arranging this speaker.


November 10, 2009

Ethan Berwick of Community Christian School sails to score over Starks High School. The Lions win!! 65-51.

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November 5, 2009

CCS JH Girls Volleyball, played an outstanding season with a team mostly comprised of new students. Great Job!
We look forward to next season with these outstanding athletes.

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October 30, 2009

CCS Promotes Red Ribbon Week
“Be a Hero–Be Drug-Free.” That’s the motto this week at Community Christian School as students are encouraged to be drug-free. The bright red clothing of the students on campus indicated their enthusiasm for the project. Camoflage Day was the highlight of the week as students dressed the part of drug-free “heroes” in honor of our men and women in the armed services.

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October 29, 2009

CCS Volleyball Undefeated in State 1A Play 
Community Christian School boasts their first undefeated Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team 12-0.
The Lady Lions defeated Universal City First Baptist in five games taking the District title to follow their Area Championship.

This ranks them in the top eight volleyball teams in the state of Texas for TAPPS 1A play.

Their outstanding accomplishment advances them to regional play next Saturday, October 31, in Tomball, at 4:00 pm against Bellville Faith Academy.

This team, coached by Jami Foster, has no seniors graduating off the team and will be able to play together again next season.


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October 23, 2009

Community Christian’s small Varsity cross country team had a strong showing at the TAPPS state cross country meet in Waco ,  Sat. Oct.17th. Although there are only three people on the team ,  they had two All-State finishes. Angela Royer battled through the steep hills for 8th place and Brandon Burns out-sprinted another runner in the last two-hundred meters to place third. Sarah Moseley placed 27th respectively.
Brandon and Angela have competed at the state level for all their high school years and have had All-State finishes every year. Angela and Sarah are both seniors and are already looking forward to track season, but will begin basketball soon. Brandon is a junior and plans on completing a half-marathon before track season. All three have a strong work ethic and practiced throughout the summer. They competed in five public school cross country meets before the state meet and between the three of them brought home ten medals.

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October 21, 2009

CCS Raises the Flag–the Football Flag

Flag football is all the rage, and CCS is entering competition play. Anticipation is high as we watch for our varsity players to dominate the field through the energetic coaching of Ryan Richey.

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October 21, 2009

CCS Students Learn the Importance of Community Service

To help students learn about the roles of helpers in our community, K5
students celebrated Community Service Helpers Day. They dressed as their
favorite hero to honor our community’s everyday heroes. Pictured is
Michelle Dollar’s and Brandy Hinson’s K5 classes.


October 21, 2009

CCS Students Practice Ancient Architecture

Sharon Monk’s  7th & 8th Grade World History classes had an opportunity to construct a “ziggurat.”   A vast array of creative materials were used including Legos, marshmallows, and crafting clay.
Pictured are the students with their creations.  It is believed that the Tower of Babel, from the Middle East, was a “ziggurat, ” a tower built of tiers or stages, each stage smaller than the one beneath, all atop a large mound of clay or debris.

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October 15, 2009

Community Christian Lady Lions dominate TAPPS  District  Play

The Lady Lions volleyball players cleaned up Tuesday night with an undefeated district season finishing 12-0. Community Christian of Orange was declared district champions of TAPPS 1A district 7 volleyball. Tuesday, the girls traveled to Houston to play Life Christian School where they won in three short games. Because they finished first, they will bypass the first round of play-offs and will host Area at the 16th Street CCS gym on Saturday, October 24th.

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October 12, 2009

Through the efforts of Sharon Monk, Junior High teacher, Community Christian School has new computers. We thank Brooklyn ISD and the Akhtar family business, The Palms, for donating the funds and technology. Pictured is Amron Akhtar, Amber Akhtar, Sharon Monk, Aron Akhtar, and Ashley Akhtar with some of the new technology.


October 12, 2009

Community Christian School 2009 Jr. High Soccer Team triumphs in back-to-back wins thanks to the insightful coaching of David Berwick and assistant Ethan Berwick.

Jr.Hi Soccer Team

(Left to Right)  Front Row:   Marcus Delarosa, Jr., Blake Dupre, Josh Howard, Rylan Odom, Christion Sweeten;
2nd  Row:  India Alexander, Chase Hogan, Dakota Alexander;
Back Row:  Tristan Anding, James Pulliam, Patrick Riley, Matthew Rainey, Joseph LeBlanc, Jacob Alexander

September 28, 2009

FBI Visits CCS

FBI Agent Danny Hodges visited Community Christian School for our Marketplace Issue Day.  Our Student Leadership institute (SLi) program includes inviting members of the community to speak to our young people about issues in the workplace and what preparations are necessary to attain a career in that field.
Agent Hodges is a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force and attached to the Orange Police Department.  He talked to us about what the task force does and how it affects and protects us.  Mrs. Judy Klein, SLi director, said, “One of the most interesting things to me was a recent situation when the people of Orange were getting calls day and night, emails, etc. saying that our PIN number did not work and we needed to send or give our bank information so we would be able to get our money.  Much of the proceeds from this scam go to support terrorist activity.  Also, most of the time, these scams are perpetrated from Asia or Africa, not here in America.“
Following the talk and questions from our 5th-12th graders, Agent Hodges stayed for lunch where he visited with faculty and students.  The students thoroughly enjoyed hearing what he had to say.

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September 25, 2009

Thank you, Grandparents!!
We enjoyed having you visit the classrooms and eat lunch with us.
Mrs. Berwick did a great job of capturing the day. See if you can find your grandparent in the pictures…

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September 25, 2009

Mrs. Whitten’s 4th grade class received a popcorn party and “I am a
Proud Parent” bumper stickers for being the loudest on the class cheer
with their handmade noisemakers and for showing the most spirit at CCS’s
first pep rally of the year.  Morgan LeBlanc received the reward for her
class.  Sarah Moseley, Student Council president was excited to see such

4th grade


September 24, 2009

Orange County Record had three articles on CCS today…possibly link on school website?






September 21, 2009

Community Christian School Conquers the Court
At the Living Stones Invitational volleyball meet, CCS girls Varsity volleyball team played 18 games and won all but two to come home with a trophy. Mallori Parrish so dominated the court that she walked away with Most Valuable Player, an achievement voted on by all the coaches at the meet. Coach Jami Foster is doing an outstanding job with her tremendous team!!

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September 18, 2009

City of Orange Involves the Community in Awareness of Upcoming Census – Click here to read the article


Pictured standing: Ryan Whitten 11th grade government student, Ethan Berwick 11th grade Student Council Representative, Billy Pruett, U.S. Dept. of Commerce for 2010 Census,
Ricky Jorgensen, City Manager, Vidor, Texas (Committee Chair for Orange County),
Jay Trahan, Director of Economic Development, Orange, Texas (Sub-committee Chair for City of Orange)
Seated: Angela Royer Vice president Student Council, Sarah Moseley President Student Council

City of Orange Involves the Community in Awareness of Upcoming Census – Click here to read the article

September 18, 2009

Lions Roar at First Pep Rally

Our first rally was a huge success as Cheerleaders introduced us to this fall’s athletes and cheered the crowd of spectators to fever-pitch. The students enjoyed their grade competitions, and we’re excited about this year’s athletic events. GO LIONS!!!


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September 18, 2009

Students are benefitting from the new software program for Spanish, Rosetta Stone. Utilizing one of our three computer labsites, students hear and respond to their lessons at each student’s individual pace. Mrs. Street tracks their progress and keeps them on track to complete the course in a year. She noted how engaged the students remain throughout class each day as they enjoy working with this new technology.

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September 18, 2009

Students have stormed the doors to get into this year’s Book Fair. Mrs. Street did an exceptional job setting up eye-catching displays which lead the children to love books. Grandparents and parents have responded by supporting the book fair in a big way. This fundraiser is a huge success thanks to them.

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September 18, 2009

Ms. Breaux’s 8th grade Family/Life Skills class is making pillows for MD Anderson Cancer patients. Sewing is a necessary skill that gets overlooked in our fast-paced world. Even our young men need to know how to sew on a button. The students are especially interested in affecting the lives of cancer patients. What a worthy, fun project!

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September 18, 2009

Opening Day for SLi brought a whole new meaning to the words fun and cooperation. After a never-ending supply of pizza, students separated into teams to practice their teamwork skills. Mrs. Klein chose popular game teasers that brought out the great CCS competitive spirit. Be sure to take a look at the pics of our two winning teams.

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