We Love SC

Why the O'Malley Family Attends SC

Pat and Heather O’Malley decided to move to Oregon, in search of a great environment for raising their family. While looking for a home in the Corvallis area, their realtor suggested that Santiam Christian might be a good fit for them. Seeing the strong public schools in the area, they decided to go with that option instead. After just a few months, they realized that the elementary school he was attending wasn’t working well for their younger son, Hudson. Looking for a great peer group, strong role models, an environment that supported good behavior and consequences when there wasn’t, they decided to investigate what their realtor had originally suggested. Almost immediately, during their visit to the Santiam Christian campus, they relaxed into what felt like a great option for their family. “It had been hard to think about making a change, but once we saw what was out here, we knew it was the right thing to do.” said Heather.

With their older son, Jack, feeling happy in a local middle school, they decided to pursue enrollment for just Hudson at that time. While their family was meeting with the elementary principal as part of getting to know the school, Jack announced, “I think I want to go here, too.” Pouncing on that opening, they filled out Jack’s application right away and enrolled both boys.

“We had such a smooth transition.” said Heather. “We were immediately welcomed and felt involved from day one. Our boys love their teachers. Jack is excited about his electives and we’ve all made great friends.” Heather has particularly been excited to watch her boys start to take initiative and responsibility for their work. She says “They are taking more accountability for things and I can see them growing stronger character.“

When asked what has made the biggest impact for their family, she said, “Everyone told us that Santiam Christian is like a big family and we just took it with a grain of salt. Then we were surprised to see that it was a true. We feel thankful that it’s OUR family.”

 


The Cummins Family Loves SC!

"Our kids' education has always been important to us.  While we had good experiences at our previous schools, neither one was quite the right fit.  The need to find the right fit for our boys led us to Santiam Christian.  Here, we have found just what we were looking for: a kind and welcoming family.  The teachers and staff work along side us as parents to help us raise educated and accountable young men.  I am often asked why I send my kids to Santiam Christian.  While I explain the family atmosphere, the love, and the great programs, it is hard to describe what makes SC such an amazing place.  It’s just different here."  

Jennifer Cummins

 

Photo: Her boys on Christmas Crazy Sweater and Sock Day.


Why We Love SC...

Our family has been at Santiam Christian for 10 years.  We chose SC
initially when our daughter, then in 2nd grade came home from school
wondering why the teacher told her she should not talk about God at school.
We were seeing all of Christ taken out of the school.  Christmas parties
changed to winter,  Easter to spring, etc.  We wanted our beliefs and
values to be reinforced at school. In addition, she had one teacher and 32
kids in her class.

At Santiam Christian we found a loving group of teachers who prayed with
our kids on a daily basis and reinforced the Christian values we were trying
to teach at home.  We found smaller class sizes that encouraged learning.
Our daughter graduates this year and our son will be going into his Junior
year.  Our family has been so blessed to see our children grow and learn in
such a positive educational atmosphere.

In addition, we appreciate the Christian principals being carried through to
the sports programs.  The attitudes and disciplines taught in the sports
programs  builds positive character traits.

We love SC and are so glad we brought our family here 10 years ago!
David, Julie, Whitney, and Ryan Mendenhall


Taking a Big Step and Joining the SC Family

The Yenchik family loved their previous school. When it closed during the summer a couple years ago, they were left scrambling to find another school that shared their values and that was within what they could feasibly afford. They had been incredibly involved in the day to day happenings at their old school and couldn't quite imagine making a change. We are so thankful that they chose Santiam Christian!

Sarah said, "It can be a little overwhelming to come here the first year, but what I have found is, there are people here just like me, and all it takes is a smile and kindness to see friendships form."

Now, from Sarah's seat in the elementary office, she has once again found that place to engage and involve herself in her children's education. 

Thank you, Yenchik family for taking a big step and joining the SC family! We are blessed that you are here!!


Art isn't just a school subject - it's a passion...

It wasn't long ago that Tina Longballa was an SC parent, helping in her children's classrooms and working in the office. Then, when Paul Carlson retired, she brought her passion for art, industry experience and love for people into the classroom. We are so glad she did!!!

As a professional apparel designer and artist, she used her gifts of creativity for her employers. Now, as a teacher, she is still using that artistic eye to create, but she is also using her gifts for words of affirmation and ministry as she guides others in their own artistic expression. Sophomore Kalli Ropp says, "Mrs. Longballa is truly one of the most positive and encouraging people I know. She doesn't only encourage us in art, but in our walk with God and life."

While helping students to build their portfolio and experiment with many different mediums, she blends in rich and beautiful lessons of God's love for us and His gifts to us, as the ultimate artist.

Thank you, Mrs. Longballa. You are even more beautiful than the art you create!


For the beauty of the earth...

Many of us take the beauty of God's grand design for granted, but not the Boshart family. Stan Boshart and his family are local grass seed farmers and own/operate Bossco Trading. Their life and livelihood reflect God's design and provision every day. Stan, Lori, their children and grandchildren have left their mark on Santiam Christian in a myriad of ways for as long as we can remember. Stan and his adult children, Amos and Shelly, both SC alumni, hosted Santiam Christian Junior High this past Friday as a part of the Oregon Agri-Business Council's Adopt-a-Farm program. They are outspoken advocates for agriculture in Oregon.

"The Boshart family continues to invest in the Santiam Christian community, and for that we are grateful! It was a great event and the students were exposed to a wide variety of agriculture concepts, broadening their understanding of how Oregon agriculture touches us all!!" Steve Bittner, Junior High Principal

Thank you, Boshart family. You have blessed our students throughout SC history and continue to do so. We appreciate you!


It's a family...

"This past year we had a situation with our son.  He passed out and fell off the risers practicing for the Christmas program. He had to be transported by ambulance to good Sam. Praise God he was fine. What amazes me as I look back on it was all the support that our SCS family provided. Before we left the ER several had texted saying their kids came home and were worried about him. His teacher came by the ER to check on him as soon as the school day was over. All of the following week when dropping off our daughter, kids in our son's class would come to me asking me how he was doing. No parent wants to get that call,  but how wonderful that my son was with our SCS family, where he was not only cared for, but loved as well! These kids are taught to love and have concern for each other, what a beautiful thing in today's world."


Teach Like a Champion

"The enjoyment of Teach Like A Champion comes in honing our craft.  No matter what the endeavor, people need practice to stay sharp. This process has freshened our approach.  It has brought some techniques we may not have used before.  It has also refined techniques we already use.  I find myself referencing techniques as I plan lessons.  I also mentally reference them as I implement the lesson. 'Do Now' is a technique that has helped my Chemistry students review process from the day before and warm up for that day's learning.  I have also modified our Entry Routine so our class time is used more efficiently."  

Matt Nosack


7th Grade Love

Positive relationships between classmates matter - especially in junior high! A bunch of seventh grade girls celebrated Valentines' Day, sharing time with each other on a day off from school. 

"Our JH Bible classes, being separated by gender, allow for unique opportunities to build relationships within grade levels, and also across grade levels. The students are free to express concerns, and gather around one another to encourage and pray for one another, something that may not happen as freely in a mixed gender class."

Steve Bittner

 


Our First Year at Santiam Christian

Our oldest, Cash, began attending Santiam Christian Schools in the fall of 2013. We had chosen Santiam because of the character based curriculum and the desire to have our children surrounded by like-minded families. We wanted our children to be taught with a Biblical worldview rather than from a secular perspective. 

Our son was placed in Mrs. Mason’s kindergarten class his first year and I had my doubts at the very beginning about whether she would be able to handle the little live wire that is Cash. I remember telling my husband that first week, “She has such a gentle spirit. I’m worried that he’s going to just steamroll right over her.” Cash, while being a joyful and compassionate boy, has the energy of 4 children combined. So, when Mrs. Mason told me that she had 4 grown sons I felt like her class was the perfect place for him to be. As that first year at Santiam progressed we saw so much love poured into Cash by Mrs. Mason. Even on the tough days when he couldn’t quite practice self control Mrs. Mason would tell him, “We had a hard day today but I love you and we’ll have a better day tomorrow.” She spoke so many words of affirmation into his little heart and I saw how loved he felt by her. Ultimately, that’s what anyone wants for their child, for them to be loved. 

I attended public schools growing up so when our son started kindergarten I didn’t have very many expectations for his school life outside of academics. I thought he would attend school seven hours a day, do school work, maybe make some friends, and then we would have our very separate home life. I was absolutely blown away though by Mrs. Mason and the rest of the community at Santiam Christian Schools. They genuinely became invested in Cash and our family. I would get text messages from Mrs. Mason just to say she was praying for Cash and that she loved him. School staff members have stopped me while I’m walking across campus just to say what a blessing and joy my son is. Our family would have been deprived of so many wonderful blessings if we hadn’t brought our family to Santiam 3 years ago and most of those blessings have nothing to do with academics. They are the people and the community we’ve found here.

 

Cash's kindergarten teacher spoke so many words of affirmation into his little heart, I saw how loved he felt by her.  Ultimately, that’s what anyone wants for their child, for them to be loved."

by Crystal 


Ella's Special Birthday Celebration

"Ella’s Birthday Celebration in Mrs.Thompson’s class was truly unique!  There were many fun activities, but the prayer time was the most memorable. I could tell that these children had been taught how to pray for each other, in a very real and personal way.  As they all surrounded Ella and put their hands on her, the children spoke special heartfelt prayers over her.  I had the distinct feeling that these children were speaking blessings into her life and future, and I wish I could have recorded them!  Mrs. Thompson’s prayer over Ella was very special, and I could tell that she really did know and love my daughter.  What a blessing to have my children at a school where they are first and foremost loved for who they are!"

For the beauty of the earth...

Many of us take the beauty of God's grand design for granted, but not the Boshart family. Stan Boshart and his family are local grass seed farmers and own/operate Bossco Trading. Their life and livelihood reflect God's design and provision every day. Stan, Lori, their children and grandchildren have left their mark on Santiam Christian in a myriad of ways for as long as we can remember. Stan and his adult children, Amos and Shelly, both SC alumni, hosted Santiam Christian Junior High this past Friday as a part of the Oregon Agri-Business Council's Adopt-a-Farm program. They are outspoken advocates for agriculture in Oregon.

"The Boshart family continues to invest in the Santiam Christian community, and for that we are grateful! It was a great event and the students were exposed to a wide variety of agriculture concepts, broadening their understanding of how Oregon agriculture touches us all!!" Steve Bittner, Junior High Principal

Thank you, Boshart family. You have blessed our students throughout SC history and continue to do so. We appreciate you!