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  • February

    Getting to know senior Alec Mathews

    Toby Oaks
    CDA-CC Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric School Families:
     
    Meet the CDA-CC Senior Class of 2019!
    Have you ever wondered, how do the hours of memorization, tests, assignments here at Coram Deo Academy come together at the end of a student’s time here?   Our objective in all the work, activities, sports, and student life is to help raise up ethical servant leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of God.   For the rest of the year, we will be giving you an opportunity to get to know each one of the 21 members of our senior class.  You will be getting a glimpse of who they are, their aspirations, and what they have learned from their time here.   We hope that in this you will be encouraged as you and your family are a part of this mission, as well!
     
    Now introducing Alec Lee Mathews
     
    Siblings: Taylor (Class of 2018)

    Grade started CDA:  5th grade

    Activities while in HS :  Track, Cross Country, Band, Boy Scouts, hanging with “the boys”

    Favorite moment at CDA:  House, road trip to waste water treatment plant, Band Trips-especially to Disney!

    Colleges applied to:  A&M, Texas Tech, Letourneau, Baylor, SMU

    Possible career path:  Engineer, Entrepreneur, Global influencer

    How has CDA prepared you to be an ethical servant leader and wise thinker in order to shape culture for the glory of God?  Coram Deo has presented me with arguments and theology to defend the Christian faith which has given my beliefs a firm foundation. Through rhetoric and other class discussions I have also learned how to share my opinion respectfully but confidently. Because of these things I will be able to have informed educated discussions with people on a variety of topics without fear of my faith being shaken.
     
     
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  • Rhetoric School House Devotionals

    Toby Oaks
    For the last five years, we have had a Rhetoric school tradition of having weekly "House" devotionals where students will on day #1 or day #2 of each week go in to their respective House classrooms for one of our student chaplains or a student in the House will give a devotional which they have prepared under the direction/supervision of our Spiritual Life Coordinator, which over the last few years has been faculty member Nathan Hudler. 

    Chaplains such as Noelle Smurawa, pictured here at the front of the classroom with the House of Newton Monday devotional last week, will share a passage, verses to consider or an idea tied with the Scriptures, followed by a time of prayer.  In addition to the weekly time and monthly chapels where  Rhetoric students can hear from their teachers, House devotionals provide opportunities for them to be encouraged and challenged in their faith by other students. 

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  • Valentine's Day Parties in Grammar

    Stephanie Garland
    This week our grammar students celebrated St. Valentine's Day!  Each class had a party filled with sweets, games, and crafts!  Thank you parents for making our classrooms fun and exciting for the students.
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  • More Playoff Basketball!

    Josh Nokes
    The Varsity Lion basketball team will be traveling to play Abilene Christian School on Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00.  Load up the car and come bring the whole family for a road trip as the Lions go for the upset of the District 1 champs.  
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  • Congrats Coram Deo Varsity Swimmers!

    Josh Nokes
    The CDA Swim team competed at the North Texas Regional Championships on January 25th at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium.  The Entire Team qualified for the State Championship, finishing first, second or third in seven of nine events. 

    The Women’s team, led by senior Captain Bella Perry from Flower Mound, brought home the Regional Runner-up trophy. 

    2019 TAPPS North Division Regional Results:
    Senior                       
    • Bella Perry                       
      • 1st Place - 200 Individual Medley & 100 Backstroke
      • 2nd Place – 400 Free Relay & 200 Medley Relay
    Sophomore  
    • Alaina Christiansen         
      • 4th Place – 50 Free & 6th Place – 100 Breaststroke
      • 2nd Place – 400 Free Relay & 200 Medley Relay
    Freshmen    
    • Alex Dunaway                   
      • 1st Place – 100 Free & 5th Place - 100 Breaststroke
    • Liliann Goodwin              
      • 6th Place - 50 Free & 7th Place - 100 Backstroke
      • 2nd Place – 400 Free Relay & 200 Medley Relay
    • Katherine Whitmer        
      • 2nd Place – 50 Free & 100 Backstroke
      • 2nd Place – 400 Free Relay & 200 Medley Relay
    • Karston Yong                   
      • 3rd Place – 200 Individual Medley & 100 Free
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  • Congratulations to our District Champs!

    Josh Nokes
    The Lady Lions clenched the 2A District 3 championship on Tuesday night, defeating Longview Heritage 43-39! Lion faithful, get excited about hosting our first ever home basketball playoff game! This is an incredible feat for our inaugural season.
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  • Getting to know senior Paul Lee

    Toby Oaks
    CDA-CC Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric School Families:
     
    Meet the CDA-CC Senior Class of 2019!
    Have you ever wondered, how do the hours of memorization, tests, and assignments here at Coram Deo Academy come together at the end of a student’s time here?   Our objective in all the work, activities, sports, and student life is to help raise up ethical servant leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of God.   For the rest of the year, we will be giving you an opportunity to get to know each one of the 21 members of our senior class.  You will be getting a glimpse of who they are, their aspirations, and what they have learned from their time here.   We hope that in this you will be encouraged as you and your family are a part of this mission, as well!

    Now introducing  Paul Michael Lee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Siblings: Timothy (10th grade),  Joanna (9th grade)

    Grade started CDA:  7th grade

    Activities while in HS :  Church youth group leadership team, volunteered at various food pantries, employed at Baskin Robbins, clarinetist in Symphonic Band

    Favorite moment at CDA:  Every All-State band competition. I loved competing with all the other clarinetists from around Texas and spending time with my band friends.

    Colleges applied to:  University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Rice University, Stanford University, Princeton University

    Possible career path:  Electrical Engineer

    How has CDA prepared you to be an ethical servant leader and wise thinker in order to shape culture for the glory of God?  Being at CDA has instilled in me Christian values that will affect my daily life, especially showing compassion and patience to others. The things I have learned in Theology I and II have increased my understanding about my faith and its intricacies. The best part about those classes, in addition to being able to defend my faith, is their emphasis on how relevant religion is in our daily lives. Also, while I am naturally a quiet person, classes that involve some form of speeches, debates, or discussion have encouraged me to become more open in sharing my ideas in front of people.
     
     
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  • Kinders Go Shopping!

    This week Mrs. Hudler's kinders practiced their adding skills by doing a little grocery shopping in the classroom.  They had a fun time 'purchasing' items with dimes and pennies as they learned how to apply their math skills to real life activities.
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  • Seniors addressing culture and life via Capstones

    Toby Oaks
    Theology II/Apologetics is designed to be one the final classes at Coram Deo Academy to help launch 12th graders into the university.  An integral part of this course is the Capstone Research project, in which seniors pick a topic of interest in theology or culture to consider and address it in both writing and a presentation.  We have had topics on Christology, the Imago Dei, ethical issues in genetics, the death penalty and other important theological and cultural topics.  In the picture, 12th grader Jackson Meazell does a presentation on religious freedoms by looking at recent Supreme Court rulings.  It is our prayer that projects such as the Capstone, the One Thing (a spiritual disciplines' pursuit in semester one) and the Credo (what students believe about truth, goodness and beauty) in Quarter 4 will help prepare them well for life beyond Rhetoric school.
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  • A Week of Festivals

    Stephanie Garland
    We had a full and busy week in the grammar school this week!  Our 2nd graders celebrated Greek and Roman history every morning in the gym.  The students shared their presentations with many guests, played Olympic games, and feasted together.  Towards the end of the time, the Cyclops appeared and terrorized a couple of our students, but all ended well.

    Good job, 2nd graders, teachers and parents!
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  • CDA-CC & FM Combined Band and Choir Accomplishments!

    Toby Oaks
    Coram Deo Academy – TPSMEA All State Clinic and Concert!
    In January, the 2019 Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All State bands, choir and orchestra met in Richardson for three days of intense rehearsal and a final performance. Students from private schools across Texas auditioned for this prestigious event with Coram Deo Academy (CDA) taking 26 qualifiers from both Flower Mound and Collin County. CDA had a record 22 band and jazz band students, 1 choir student and 3 orchestra students qualify to attend this prestigious event.

    The CDA band had the honor of having the most number of students to qualify for the All State Band of any private school in Texas! The band had musicians recognized during the performance as five-year and four-year qualifiers:
    -        5-year qualifier - John Mark Davis  
    -        4-year qualifier – Grace Kendall, Paul Lee, Alec Mathews, AnnaMarie Miller and Drake Livingston
    In addition, Grace Kendall made 1st chair flute, Ethan Joseph made 1st chair trumpet, Grant Hoffmann made 1st chair bass clarinet, Drake Livingston made 1st chair jazz trombone and Owen Gerth made 1st chair jazz alto saxophone! Several of these students had the opportunity to perform excellent solos at this prestigious event!
    CDA All State qualifiers:
    Choir: Katherine Pearson
    Jazz Band: John Mark Davis, Owen Gerth, Drake Livingston
    Band: Grace Kendall, Lauren Joseph, AnnaMarie Miller, Paul Lee, Joanna Lee, Noelle Smurawa, Alec Mathews, Jonathan Browne, Grant Hoffmann, Genny Covert, Laurel Smurawa, Ethan Joseph, Brendon Kofink, Liesel Smurawa, Caleb Hemsworth, Timothy Lee, Michael Perrone, Truth Clevenger, Seth Livingston
    Orchestra: Ellia He, Melissa Pearson, Avery Elliot
     
    The demanding weekend, under the instruction of Dr. Derle Long (concert band) from the University of Louisiana Monroe; David Lown (jazz band), jazz program director at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake; Kirt Mosier (orchestra), director of orchestras at Lee’s Summit West High School in Missouri; and Dr. Carolyn Cruse (choir) Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech concluded with a final performance at the Eisemann Center. Parents, family and friends enjoyed beautiful music with considerable pride.
    The evening of music featured classics of the band repertoire that many musicians don’t learn and perform until the collegiate level, and yet our students really had a chance to shine and play with such skill. The jazz band portion featured our very own students on brilliantly and soulfully performed solos, the choir portion of the evening was breathtakingly beautiful with a finale of the South African anthem “Shoshalosa”, and the orchestra delivered a diverse and entertaining set featuring CDA students.

    CDA band directors Elizabeth Bowen and Natalie Clements and CDA choir director Sharon Miller were so proud of their students as they used their talents, commitment and heart to make music that glorifies almighty God. They are a special group that loves and supports each other while always seeking excellence.
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  • CDA-CC & FM Speech and Debate

    Toby Oaks
    Coram Deo Academy students from Flower Mound and Collin County represented well in the final rounds of Poetry, Informative, and Original Oratory the weekend of Jan 25 at the Meet Me at the Mound Swing tournament held at Flower Mound High School and Flower Mound Ninth Grade campuses.  Mary Dickinson of Collin County placed fifth out of  in Poetry.  Madeline Belknap placed 6th in Original Oratory and 5th in Informative Speaking.  Congratulations to both these talented students!  The team wishes to thank Mr. Dean Belknap for lots of help in judging.
     
    The last few months of competition involve qualifying team member competition in the NSDA national qualifier at Colleyville Heritage in February and traveling to Waco in April for the TAPPS State tournament.  
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  • Getting to know senior Gabriel Ko

    Toby Oaks
    CDA-CC Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric School Families:
     
    Meet the CDA-CC Senior Class of 2019!
    Have you ever wondered, how does all of the  hours of memorization, tests, assignments here at Coram Deo Academy come together at the end of a student’s time here?   Our objective in all the work, activities, sports, and student life is to help raise up ethical servant leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of God.   For the rest of the year, we will be giving you an opportunity to get to know each one of the 21 members of our senior class.  You will be getting a glimpse of who they are, their aspirations, and what they have learned from their time here.   We hope that in this you will be encouraged as you and your family are a part of this mission, as well!
     
     Now introducing Gabriel Ko
     
    Siblings: Zuriel (6th grade), Ariel (1st grade)

    Grade started CDA:  3rd grade

    Activities while in HS :  Basketball sophomore year, worked at NeulBom and Firehouse Subs, Speech and Debate, Art, mission trips, piano, church choir, Congressional, VBS volunteer

    Favorite moment at CDA:  My favorite moment at CDA was during Theology when Mr. Armstrong reenacted the scene in Esther where Haman’s plot to kill the queen and the Jews is uncovered by the king, and he (Mr. Armstrong), played the role of the king, and yelled out, “She makes my SAMMICHES!!!” We all dissolved into laughter and it remained an inside joke for the rest of the year, where we would randomly reference that quote in the most unnecessary manner during the most random times.

    Colleges applied to:  DBU, A&M, Baylor, Pepperdine, Wheaton, Mary-Hardin Baylor

    Possible career path:  Lawyer

    How has CDA prepared you to be an ethical servant leader and wise thinker in order to shape culture for the glory of God?  Because CDA incorporates servant leadership through every aspect of the curriculum, including athletics and academics, I have learned not only to appreciate God’s grace through everything that we as students do (even in the ups and downs), but I have grown closer to Him every year as I approach graduation.
     
     
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  • January

    2nd Annual Geography Bee Results

    Toby Oaks
    On Wednesday, Jan 23,  CDA-Collin County held our annual school Geography Bee! The National Geographic GeoBee is a yearly academic competition for 4th to 8th grade students. The fourteen contestants in our Bee answered questions about the United States, the continents, maps, world cultures, and more! All the contestants participated in the preliminary round and then the top ten scorers proceeded to the final round. After the final round, and an exciting ten question championship round, Luke Salladin (6th grade) won first place! Carson Brower (6th grade) took second place and Matthew Langham (5th grade) took third place. Luke will take a qualifying test next week to see if he makes it to the State Geography Bee.

    Congratulations, participants and a special thanks goes out to faculty coordinator Miss Hope Larimer and the faculty member who was assisting her the day of the Bee, Mrs. Joda Crow 
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  • Friday Elective Highlight - Basic Art

    Stephanie Garland
    Mrs. Nix's Kinder-1st basic art class is continuing their study of Vincent Van Gogh.  Here they are working on imitating his famous work, "Sunflowers."
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  • Getting to know senior Elizabeth Kern

    Toby Oaks
    CDA-CC Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric School Families:
     
    Meet the CDA-CC Senior Class of 2019!
    Have you ever wondered, how does all of the hours of memorization, tests, assignments here at Coram Deo Academy come together at the end of a student’s time here?   Our objective in all the work, activities, sports, and student life is to help raise up ethical servant leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of God.   For the rest of the year, we will be giving you an opportunity to get to know each one of the 21 members of our senior class. You will be getting a glimpse of who they are, their aspirations, and what they have learned from their time here.   We hope that in this you will be encouraged as you and your family are a part of this mission, as well!
     
    Now introducing:  Elizabeth Helen Kern
                           
    Siblings:  Ethan (8th grade), Caroline (6th grade)
     
    Grade started CDA: Kindergarten

    Activities while in HS : Varsity Volleyball, Hollywood Feed Sales Associate, Advanced Art, Vice President of the House of Luther, Volunteer at the Miracle League of Frisco, Volunteer at Cornerstone Donation Center, Volunteer at Bridgebuilders

    Favorite moment at CDA: By far the memory I will always remember from CDA is the time Aaron and I spent working on the Rhetoric School House of Luther video this past year. We spent so long giggling over scene ideas and then figuring out how we could make that idea into reality. We stayed up watching the video over and over to make sure there weren’t any issues we missed. Working on that video was such a unique experience and I will never forget how hard we worked together and how excited we were when our hard work paid off.

    Colleges applied to: ACU, Oklahoma State

    Possible career path: Video Editor/Videographer

    How has CDA prepared you to be an ethical servant leader and wise thinker in order to shape culture for the glory of God? CDA has given me the intellectual background to Christianity. This allows me to have confidence whenever I am speaking about God to others letting me spread my thoughts on Christianity to those outside of my school.
     
     
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  • 5th graders loving learning with "Superior Swine"

    Toby Oaks
    5th grade Latin/writing/literature teacher Pam Yoder over the years has created many beloved traditions for her students, one of those being the “Superior Swine” competition where students will test their knowledge in a friendly game that makes learning fun.   Students have the opportunity to face off and give words to definitions (be it English vocabulary words or Latin) that they have learned.  Although the games do not take long (I just observed one over the last few days that took only five minutes), they are a highlight for students, pleasant and reinforce lessons among a group of peers.  Activities like this help build a foundation for students in subjects and also are form a part of another in-class memorable Yoder tradition at CDA. 
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  • Getting to know senior Elizabeth Hurst

    Toby Oaks
    CDA-CC Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric School Families:
     
    Meet the CDA-CC Senior Class of 2019!

    Have you ever wondered, how does all of the hours of memorization, tests, assignments here at Coram Deo Academy come together at the end of a student’s time here?   Our objective in all the work, activities, sports, and student life is to help raise up ethical servant leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of God.   For the rest of the year, we will be giving you an opportunity to get to know each one of the 21 members of our senior class. You will be getting a glimpse of who they are, their aspirations, and what they have learned from their time here.   We hope that in this you will be encouraged as you and your family are a part of this mission, as well!
     
     Now Introducing Elizabeth Darnell Hurst
     
    Siblings: Jordan (10th grade), Michael (7th grade)

    Grade started CDA: 4th

    Activities while in HS : school drama all four years, JV and Varsity volleyball, volunteering with preschool at church, worked at Chik-fil-a during Junior year, babysitting, ran a baking business

    Favorite moment at CDA: picking just one favorite moment at CDA after nine years here is impossible. However, I would say that any drama rehearsal before a big play would be my favorite moment. There’s something about spending so much time with a group of people, laughing, crying, stressing, and screaming “shoes !” at the top of our lungs, which brings the entire cast together. I wouldn’t give up even one day of drama for all the money in the world.

    Colleges applied to: University of Mary Hardin Baylor

    Possible career path: small business (bakery) and writing (fiction)

    How has CDA prepared you to be an ethical servant leader and wise thinker in order to shape culture for the glory of God? CDA has prepared me to be an ethical servant leader and wise thinker through the cultivating of my mind to reason logically, defend my faith well, and to rely on the strength of God in everything.
     
     

     
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  • 4th Grade Colonial Day

    Stephanie Garland
    This week was a special one as our 4th graders learned about how the colonial Americans lived. It was a fun day learning how to spin wool into yarn, knit, crochet and make homemade butter!  The students also enjoyed making a hornbook. 
     
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  • 2019 Alumni Chapel Highlights

    Toby Oaks
    Last Friday, we were joined by 13 alumni and had a time for a panel of four of our past graduates speak to questions such as "In what way do you feel that CDA best prepare you for college  and ife?", "Please give an example of hou your Christian formation from CDA has helped you in college and life,"  and "What is one piece of advice you would pass on to a current CDA student"?  

    Some of the responses: 
    • I learned how to interact well with my teachers (which carried over well into college)
    • The academic rigor and your time management skills learned at Coram Deo will help you to balance your life in college
    • CDA helped me in learning how to write papers (a much needed skill in the university)
    • The background I received in theology helped me through some challenging situations in college. 
    • Advice: try to relax more while you are here & It is not all about grades (remember that your worth comes from God).  
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  • CDA Represents in the Community

    Congratulations to our current and former CDA students involved in a Frisco troop of American Heritage Girls.  They won the prestigious President's Volunteer Service Award.  Click here to read an article published on the FriscoEnterprise website. Way to go, ladies!
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  • Getting to know senior Blake Goodwin

    Toby Oaks
    CDA-CC Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric School Families:
     
    Meet the CDA-CC Senior Class of 2019!
    Have you ever wondered, how does all of the hours of memorization, tests, assignments here at Coram Deo Academy come together at the end of a student’s time here?   Our objective in all the work, activities, sports, and student life is to help raise up ethical servant leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of God.   For the rest of the year, we will be giving you an opportunity to get to know each one of the 21 members of our senior class. You will be getting a glimpse of who they are, their aspirations, and what they have learned from their time here.   We hope that in this you will be encouraged as you and your family are a part of this mission, as well!
      
     Now Introducing                                 
    Blake Reed Goodwin
     
    Siblings:  Lillian  (9th grade)
     
    Grade started CDA: 8th
     
    Activities while in HS : Horseback Riding, Band, volunteering at Manegait, working at Starbucks, Tennis
     
    Favorite moment at CDA: At the homecoming football game 2017 I was handing out flowers to the drill team and tripped, dropping the flowers. I then proceeded to say to the nearest drill team member, “Wow, y’all did so well these flowers were just falling for you.” Later I realized there was an extra flower for Mrs. Bowen… which had broken…
     
    Colleges applied to: Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University
     
    Possible career path: Horse Trainer, Olympic Competitor
    How has CDA prepared you to be an ethical servant leader and wise thinker in order to shape culture for the glory of God? Coram Deo has given me the life skills of learning how to deal with a rigorous workload and the stress related to that, as well as strengthening my foundation in God.
     
     

     
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  • The Grammar Hallway Timeline Mural is Complete

    Stephanie Garland
    Over a year ago, Mr. Oaks and Mrs. Garland created a group of parents and teachers to give ideas and opinions regarding the aesthetic nature of our campus. One of the ideas from that group was a timeline mural for the grammar hallway. After many months of planning and production, the timeline was finally completed this past holiday break. Thanks to everyone who contributed to its creation and installation, including Mrs. Garland's daughters Grace and Georgi, who helped with the painting.

    Next time you're in the grammar hallway, enjoy!

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