Three Goals Series: Encouraging a Genuine Faith

Three Goals Series: Encouraging a Genuine Faith

Did you know Cornerstone Christian Academy has three goals for each student? These goals are to: 1) Encourage a genuine faith, 2) Educate through Academics, Athletics & Arts, and to 3) Equip for Service.

Summer Reading List 2017

Summer Reading List 2017

Summer is finally upon us and with it days of relaxing, traveling, and outdoor adventuring. Somewhere in those precious days most of us find time to enjoy a good book or two.

Spring Showcase 2017

Spring Showcase 2017

The focus for our Elementary Spring Showcase this year was 'Music of Our Heritage'.

Staff Spotlight: Leah Mangel

Staff Spotlight: Leah Mangel

It’s hard to imagine Cornerstone Christian Academy without Leah Mangel. It’s probably because there’s never been a CCA without her. Leah’s oldest son, Randy, was in the first Kindergarten class. Leah is part of the heart-beat that’s allowed the body of CCA to thrive for over twenty years.

Washington DC Trip 2017

Washington DC Trip 2017

One of the most exciting educational opportunities our students have is traveling to Washington D.C. during 8th grade. This trip is the penultimate middle school experience and coincides with their study of U.S. History.

Since Cornerstone Christian Academy is a smaller school, our students often get to see a lot more of the city than other 8th grade tour groups.  We spend a week in D.C. riding the metro, walking, walking and walking some more!   We are able to see all the memorials, the Spy Museum, the White House, the Capitol, Mt.Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, the top of the Washington Monument, the Air and Space Museum, Ford’s Theatre, the Pentagon, Iwo Jima, the Holocaust museum and so much more.  Some years we have taken a day trip to tour Gettysburg, Philadelphia or Williamsburg.

This trip has been instrumental in inspiring many of our students. Some students return with a passion for careers in the military or government service. Over the years the CCA staff has walked alongside students with clear career-paths in mind. The staff has offered both academic and spiritual support. It’s rewarding and exciting to be a part of a school that gives our kids opportunities and avenues to discover their passions and interests, as well as a staff that really shares in the goals and dreams of our kids!

Alumni Serving In Pura Vida

Alumni Serving In Pura Vida

This spring two CCA graduates are living in Costa Rica serving with the ministry Pura Vida.  After graduating in 2015 Alyssa Bueno and Emily Bolton both felt God’s call on their lives to give their time to the ministry of Pura Vida. Each year the high school students at CCA travel down to Costa Rica to partner with the ministry of Pura Vida providing enrichment programs for impoverished children, sharing the gospel, and doing construction projects.  Both Alyssa and Emily participated in this mission trip during high school. As interns they have been able to experience even more than the typical mission group visiting for a week.  In addition to assisting the mission teams that visit Costa Rica, they have taught art lessons, visited with local families, taught English at the local high school and helped in the Pura Vida sponsorship program.  

Alyssa has said, “it’s been one of the best decisions of my life to be here and dedicate this time to serving God and growing.  I’ve learned about how love goes hand in hand with obeying God and about how we should offer all areas of our life as a sacrifice to Him every single day.”  

For Emily returning as an intern has been specifically significant because of the relationship it has allowed her to develop with the family she has sponsored.  Emily has said, “No words can explain how beautiful this relationship is. I'm grateful for my time with Ignacia and Isaac, because I have the special blessing and honor to be here to ACTUALLY KNOW my sponsor children and their families. I get to know my family’s stories, their struggles, their interests, what makes them smile, and I get to share God's love with them. It's more than just giving, it's more than time spent, it's about being able to share the most important thing and that's the love of Christ. And there's no other place I would rather be than in the position I am now, which is living for more than myself.”

CCA is so proud of these girls and their heart to take what they have learned and received and to turn and share their love and gifts with others.  It has been an encouragement to see the fruit of their genuine faith and how they are equipped to serve!

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” 2 Corinthians 5:14

Faculty Spotlight: Troy Boyer

Faculty Spotlight: Troy Boyer

As Cornerstone Christian Academy celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year, one of our own began as a student and has ended up a teacher.  Troy Boyer’s family was one of the first families to join CCA when he started attending in 6th grade in 1996.  In many ways CCA was an answer to prayer for his family, integrating faith and community in the academic environment.  At the end of Troy’s 8th grade year, his class petitioned to have CCA continue into high school, however there wasn’t the ability to run a 9-12th grade program at that time.  Through a series of events, and after spending 9th grade at other area high schools, Troy’s class returned for their sophomore year became the first graduating class of Cornerstone in 2003.  

Being a part of the first senior class, gave Troy and the class of 2003 many unique leadership opportunities.  As seniors in a fledgling school they were able to have ownership and independence that was uncommon.  They developed relationships with the younger students through the buddy program, as well as served in local missions, and a Mexico mission trip.  These 3 years of independence and leadership opportunities, as well as Troy spending the summer after graduation in England running soccer camps and sharing the gospel, made his faith become personal, and a desire to follow God with his whole heart was ignited.

After graduation and his summer in England, Troy went off to Sterling College in Kansas on a soccer scholarship.  His goal was to be able to start every game in his Left Wing position, and as a freshman his dream was accomplished!  Later he came back to Colorado and enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  His declared degree was in psychology, with the intention of perhaps being a high school counselor and maybe a coach.  Then during college, Larry Zimbelman reached out to Troy looking for a substitute P.E. teacher for CCA.  Though initially hesitant, Troy agreed and subbed a few times for CCA P.E.  It quickly became evident that this was his gift, and he began teaching at CCA 2 days a week, and going to class 3 days a week, now working towards his degree in Physical Education.  Around the same time Troy also started teaching and co-leading the youth at his church.  God used all of these opportunities to grow and guide Troy and help him realize how his passion for teaching kids and playing sports could be integrated together.

Troy graduated from Metro in 2010, and shortly afterward married his wife Megan.  Troy and Megan have 2 little girls, Katie and Ella.  Troy acknowledges God and the way He has directed his path and CCA.  God has organically grown this school and the people who are a part of it every year.  And during this journey a shy teenage boy was able to grow and understand his passion and purpose at CCA and that there is not a better platform to use his passion for sports alongside mentoring and discipling kids for Jesus.

Faculty Spotlight: Terese Roob

Faculty Spotlight: Terese Roob

To be gifted is to have exceptional talent or natural ability. Cornerstone Christian Academy teacher, Terese Roob, has spent much of her career teaching gifted children. 

CCA Art Show 2017

CCA Art Show 2017

Art is different for everyone, some people enjoy it and some people dread it. I think that art is a creative and interactive way of putting your story and your feelings on paper. Whether it is in designing a room or creating an abstract picture, there is a story.

Summer Camp Guide 2017

Summer Camp Guide 2017

Daffodils are just peeking through the soil but it’s already time to start thinking about summer. Specifically, what are your kids going to do this summer?