As we conclude another academic year, I reflect on how blessed I am to be associated with Delavan Christian School. My oldest child graduated from DCS last year, and I have two more children in middle school. As a parent, it is reassuring to know that they are getting an excellent education while also learning what it means to be a member of the Kingdom of God. It is rewarding to know that our mission goes deeper than subject area state requirements as a teacher. As the administrator, I see DCS from a truly unique perspective. The successes and struggles are real, but so is the mission; to provide for the children of the Christian community a quality education firmly rooted in God's Word.
Our school goes through an accreditation process by Wisconsin Religious & Independent School Accreditation (WRISA) every seven years. This year we’ve worked on the first phase by performing a self-study. Next December, we will welcome a team of educators to conduct a site visit. They will dig into our self-study and provide valuable feedback. We will create a long-range plan to improve the school following the visit. The entire process takes time and energy, but I’ve already seen its benefits. We want to evaluate our policies to know if we do what we say we are doing. Continue to pray for our school as we complete this process to improve the school.
At the beginning of last year, I shared a goal of 100 students by 2022-23 with our DCS staff and school board. God had a different plan and has blessed us with 106 students already! We have experienced two consecutive years of enrollment growth and added 35 new families to the school community. The preschool classes are at capacity, which is a positive sign for the school's future.
Our theme for the 2021-2022 school year was Take A Stand, Be An Example. 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Our students have been challenged to be examples for each other and our school community this year. We are called to live a life that reflects our faith walk with God. This year we’ve reflected on Biblical characters that God used as positive examples despite their young age. Knowing that others observe our speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity should inspire us to reflect Christ in all that we do.
Mr. Luke Taylor