I hope you were able to attend tonight's State of School meeting. If not, you will find the recorded meeting on our Facebook page, and I have attached my presentation notes via the link at the bottom of this post.
I am writing to you for two specific reasons. The first is to inform you that re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year has begun. Thank you for partnering with Summit in the education and discipleship of your children. Please re-enroll early as this allows us to make commitments to our teaching staff for the next school year. We are offering an early re-enrollment incentive fee of $65/student through February 16th.
The second and primary reason I am writing to you is to announce some exciting news. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Summit will merge with Calvary Classical School. This merger is long in coming, and I am grateful to the leadership of the four governing Boards for their vision and work to reach this decision: the Session of Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Calvary School Board, the Board of Elders at Peninsula Community Chapel, and the Summit School Board.
Why a school merger? The simplest answer is we can do more together. A merged school, two strong classical Christian schools working together as opposed to separately, will provide long-term benefits for all students. These include a better overall economy of scale, the ability to reevaluate and improve curricula, improvements to facilities, more extracurricular opportunities, and greater resources for both teachers and families. The merged school will operate under the governance of Peninsula Community Chapel and under the Summit Christian Academy name. I invite you to review the State of the School presentation for more details on this merger.
"Two strong traditions, one great future."
So what happens next? There is much to be done in the next eighteen months. In addition to the administrative work in front of us, a number of committees will be necessary to proactively address policy, best practices, procedures, and programs; and I will be inviting you to be a part of this process as a "founder" of this new school. Ryan Noppen, the Headmaster at Calvary, and I know you may have questions or concerns about this merger, and we look forward to discussing it further with you. We will host a number of informational meetings this year to field questions and hold discussions. As always, I am available to meet with you individually.
For the past year, we have celebrated our "Catch the Vision!" theme, thanking God for the first twenty years of Summit and praying for what He will do in the next twenty years. I firmly believe this is one of the Lord's first big answers to our prayers. I look forward to keeping you informed, and I look forward to the journey together!
In the grip of His grace,
For presentation notes, please click here.