Learning about God's amazing creation is fun and exciting, even when it comes to learning about rocks. Recently our kinders and 1st graders did an experiment sifting with screens different sizes of gravel, pebbles, and small river rocks. They are also bringing rocks to class to determine what type they might be. There's just so much to learn and marvel over!
Coram Deo Academy of Flower Mound is pleased to recognize the achievements of our students who have distinguished themselves academically. It is a pleasure to work with all of our hard-working students.
CDA Flower Mound 11th grader, Sarah Lyons, worked tirelessly all summer to raise money for a local charity, Journey to Dream's Kyles Place. Sarah, along with other members of her neighborhood swim team, formed a group called Dragons Give Back, of which she is the leader.
This year our campus is offering a new grammar elective - Torchlighters. Mrs. Kellie Parmar has been instrumental in its inception. The class is designed to teach about Church history and mission work across the ages. This past week, our students learned about Martin Luther and his contribution to not only the Church, but also, more broadly, to western culture.
In imitation of Luther, our students created three 'theses' that they believe will lead to "a good and proper classroom." They then 'hammered' their theses to the door of the classroom for all to see.
On Fridays, we offer many choices for our grammar students, and one of the most popular is our Hands On Science class. In Classical education, we approach 'science' as natural philosophy; we observe God's creation to see His abundant creativity and wonder about how and why what we see happens.
This semester, our 2nd through 4th graders are studying the unit "Flight and Rocketry". They are observing gravity and how to defy it. In this lesson, the students used surface area to create air resistance with parachutes.
Each semester the unit changes, so a grammar student could take Hands On Science his or her entire grammar school experience and never repeat the same lessons! It's great to see our students excited about their own learning.
Classical education is so much more than just an academic approach to math and reading. In our modern context and as residents of a postmodern, perhaps post-postmodern, society, it seems almost natural to see things in their discreet parts and not as created wholes. This includes our children. Many institutions in our day, schools foremost, address only one 'part' of our children's experience ignoring everything that makes them whole and human.
Charlotte Mason, a 19th century educator, is influential in regards to our Classical approach. She recognized the failures of modern education even back in the mid-1800s. She stated clearly that children are born persons, meaning that we are not a 'tabula rasa' to be written upon or a brain packaged in muscles and bones. We, and our children, are an integrated whole - a mind and soul in a body.
So, how to we as a school care for all the parts in a holsitic way? How do we engage all aspects of the children that we serve? We offer a rigorous academic education to engage their minds and imaginations. We point them towards wonder and worship as forms of soul formation. And, we honor their bodies in play and movement. Physical education is as important to growing bodies as math and reading. Our bodies and brains work together to keep each other healthy! Enjoy the pictures and video of our students having FUN by moving their bodies.
Congratulations to CDA Flower Mound fifth grader, Cannabry Su!
Last May, Cannabry was named the New American Cursive Individual Grade 4 Girl Winner for the 2023 New American Cursive Handwriting Contest. Her writing sample was judged by a panel of three handwriting specialists who score entries on legibility, neatness, shape, slant, spacing, size, spelling, and accuracy.
We are so proud of Cannabry and her commitment to excellence.
Click on the handwriting sample to the right to see a picture of Cannabry and her 4th grade teacher, Ms. Tarver.
CDA Flower Mound 4th grader Remy Lim and his mother Mrs. Cafferata traveled to Washington, D.C. this summer for a special adventure. They visited the Library of Congress where they saw one of three perfect vellum copies of The Gutenberg Bible known to exist. Remy was a shining example of his CDA classical education when he shared all that he learned about The Gutenberg Bible and printing in school with one of the museum's curators.
The House System is a student government model that originated in boarding schools in British Commonwealth countries. It has since spread to schools and colleges worldwide. CDA adopted the House System in 2007 to encourage student leadership and to promote relationships across grade levels.
A group of CDA Flower Mound athletes, coaches, and parents traveled to Egypt this summer to share the gospel and serve those in need. Coach Jackie Manack, varsity girls' basketball coach, said the group went on this trip to help build community relationships through sports camps with local organizations. "Our primary reason for going was to put on a basketball camp for the Sudanese Refugees." The group started the trip In Cairo Egypt and ended in Sharm El Sheikh.
The Virtues are moral muscles, and there are foundational muscle groups that every human, as a moral being, should know something about.
The Cardinal Virtues are the four foundational virtues, upon which nearly all other virtues are built. These cardinal virtues—and the ability to strengthening or weakening them over time—are a gift of grace given to all humans by God.
The psalmist observes in Psalm 19, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” When we look up, we are mesmerized by the world that The Lord has created, with an innate desire to know more about what is beyond and above us.
This is part two of our summer email series on the Virtues as Moral Muscles. If you have not yet read part one, please click here to do so.
The Cardinal Virtues are the four foundational virtues, upon which nearly all other virtues are built. Cardinal comes from the Latin word for hinge. In other words, these four virtues are the hinge on which all other moral actions depend.
The latest edition of The Forum magazine hit mailboxes recently, but you can peruse it digitally online. The Spring 2023 issue highlights the incredible accomplishments of Coram Deo Academy's students in academics, fine arts, and athletics including articles such as...
The Flower Mound campus was alive with activity during the final week of school.
Grammar school students celebrated their final days of the 2022-2023 school year with celebrations, hugs, and lots of smiles! Friends talked of plans for the summer and teachers offered praise for virtuous behavior. Students ate treats, shared signatures, wrote book reviews, and finished artwork. It was the perfect ending to a memorable year.
Flower Mound rhetoric students and faculty let off some steam during the last few weeks of school doing what they do best - giving it all in some friendly games of basketball, volleyball, and football. Teachers, coaches, and students alike left it all on the court, on the field, and in the classroom as the school year came to a close.
Three Coram Deo Academy Flower Mound athletes advanced to the TAPPS 5A State Track Meet which was held last week. All three ran with fierce determination and placed well against the fastest track athletes in the state.
Congratulations to: Senior Kaleb Skelly - 6th in the 3200M Senior Savanna Morris - 4th in 300M Hurdles and 6th in 100M Hurdles Junior Josh Marshall - 3rd in 110M Hurdles and 7th in 300M Hurdles
Training ethical servant leaders is at the heart of the mission of CDA. Simon Graves, a third grade, Tuesday/Thursday student, lived this out as he traveled across the plains of West Texas to help provide medical care to the people of El Paso.
Training ethical servant leaders is at the heart of the mission of CDA. Simon Graves, a third-grade Dallas student (TTh), lived this out as he traveled to West Texas to help provide medical care to the people of El Paso.
CDA Flower Mound juniors celebrated the culmination of months of research and preparation with their Capstone Presentations this week. Students ended their year in AP English Language and Composition by sharing their Christian wisdom on a broad array of meaningful topics with an audience of parents, peers, and teachers.
Coram Deo Academy Flower Mound Drama put on Fiddler on the Roof this past weekend, and fans couldn't get enough of this heartwarming story of a family and their robust faith. We are so grateful for the fellowship of the directing team, the dedication of the parents, and the magnificent talent and work ethic of our students. See you next year!
Congratulations to the CDA Flower Mound Intermediate Band! They received straight 1's from the three judges at the festival and received some nice compliments from the judges as well! Our children are such a delight to be with, and we had a great time at Pinstack. Victories all around!
Congratulations to the FM CDA Symphonic Band! It was an amazing day at Solo & Ensemble competition! We had 17 soloists and 13 small ensembles participating, and EACH made a superior rating, which is the highest rating possible. In addition, we had 9 soloists and 7 of our small ensembles advance tothe State Solo and Ensemble Competition, which takes place May 27!
We are excited to announce the official opening of CDA’s very first Lending Library, affectionately known as Kathy’s Corner, in gratitude to Dr. Kathy Lloyd Northcutt, Ph.D., and her donations to this project.
It was an amazing day at Solo & Ensemble competition! We had 17 soloists and 13 small ensembles participating, and EACH made a superior rating, which is the highest rating possible. In addition, we had 9 soloists and 7 of our small ensembles advance to the State Solo and Ensemble Competition, which takes place May 27! To be able to advance to State is a real honor and speaks very highly of the musicianship of our students.
CDA FM senior Nya McDowell has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Out of over 1.5 million students, she placed in the top 16,000 for the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT exam. She is now among about 15,000 being considered for the National Merit Scholarship. Approximately, 7,250 students will be chosen. Congratulations, Nya!
The CDA band participated in the north All Region Honor Band clinic and concert this past weekend. Our CDA students performed well, were a blessing and a light to those at the event, and they rose to the top of the region band competition!
January 26-28, nine students from the CDA Flower Mound band and one student from the CDA Flower Mound choir attended the TPSMEA All-State Clinic and Concert event in Richardson, Texas. Students spent Thursday and Friday in clinics and rehearsals with amazing clinicians, and then performed an absolutely beautiful concert on Saturday afternoon in the Eisemann Center Theater.
CDA FM Senior Lauren Joseph was selected to perform with the Texas All-State 4A Concert Band in San Antonio, Saturday, February 11, as part of the 2023 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.