Where did you get the idea to cover the school with encouraging Post It® Notes?
I was talking to a girl I know about a really hard situation she was in and it had me in tears because I felt so bad for her. I realized how many broken people there are in our school who just hide their pain with a smile. You never know what a person may be going through unless they open up to you. People would be surprised if they only knew. Last year, I felt as if there was too much tension and drama in our school and I hated the atmosphere it brought.
What did you hope to happen by doing this?
This is my last year of high school and I didn't want the same thing to happen all over again. So I came up with the sticky note idea. I hoped that the sticky notes would change the way people treated each other. I want to spread love instead of hate and gossip. I really want our school to be a big family. Of course, there will still be issues, but I also want the students to know we are brothers and sisters in Christ and that they can overcome any conflict. My friends and I got to the school before everyone else and we plastered the high school and middle school hallways and bathrooms with notes.
You had to have help in making so many notes. How did you recruit your friends to help you?
"Of course, there will still be issues, but I also want the students to know we are brothers and sisters in Christ and that they can overcome any conflict."
Cornerstone Prep secondary students were met with halls lined with Post-It® Notes of encouragement and love on their first day, all thanks to an idea from Senior Stephanie Melcher. We recently asked Stephanie to share how she came up with the idea and what it meant to her classmates.
I texted all the senior girls about my idea. I want the students at Cornerstone to know that we care about them and that they are able to come to us with their problems. I want them to know that they CAN trust us. At first, we were only going to put them in the girl's bathroom. But then we extended the sticky notes to both guys and girls. Even guys need encouragement and to know that someone cares about them.
One of the things we say often here is there is a unique Cornerstone Difference. Our University-Model® school, which forms a true partnership with parents in educating their children, requires parents, students, and staff to look at education through a different lens.
This model requires dedication, but the rewards are great. Children receive a first rate, biblically based academic education, while still having quality family time. Parents are involved in their child's education and work with the school as their child develops.
The faculty at a University-Model® school functions differently also. Not only do they work each day with their students, but they also work in close collaboration with the parents. Parents are responsible for the lessons on off campus/home days, so good communication is important.
This year, Cornerstone Prep began their preplanning with their own off campus day. Staff spent the morning with father and son team, Phil and Joel Hazard, as they spoke on Biblical Diversity. After lunch, everyone headed outdoors for some team building exercises. You'll enjoy the video and see some real warriors!
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the staff was back for on campus days as they prepared for students to return on Back to School Days later this week. We can't wait to see both new and returning faces!
My Favorite Days of the Year
University-Model from the Staff's View
Teaching at a University-Model® school like ours is a blessing to our staff because they can do what they love (teach!) on a part-time basis. However, I want to publicly pat each of them on the back because of the many hours they spend outside of instructional time, planning and preparing, grading, and answering emails! They work so hard to make learning here an enjoyable experience and we appreciate them.
University-Model from the Parent's View
Parents, you also work very hard in this model of school, especially in elementary, and I know you are gearing up for the school year just like the teaching staff. Please, please remember that the first six weeks of school are a major adjustment for everyone but in particular those of you who are new to this model.
"We can’t say it enough times or enough ways, we are here to partner with you!"
This does look different in grade levels and classes, but our ultimate goal is to be a partner with our families. So, even before the year begins, let me give you a pat on the back, as well!
I’m looking forward to my other favorite day of the year, August 7 and 8, our first days of school and watching all the excited new and returning faces walk through the door! See you soon!
Mrs. Borders, Head of School
You might think it strange to start off a new school year with a photograph of graduation. But don't you think it best to begin with your goal in mind? At Cornerstone Prep, our mission is to partnering with parents to build within their children a firm foundation of academic excellence and Christian discipleship.
We are a University-Model® school, a private, parent-based Christian school whose purpose is to provide our students with a comprehensive, college-preparatory education from a biblical worldview.
Because our hybrid model is different, we offer these three tips to help you have a fantastic start to your year--for both new and returning families!
1. Off Campus/Home Days ≠ Days Off
2. Encourage Your Students to Look for the New Students & Befriend Them.
Discover more about Cornerstone Prep's story and how we are partnering with families to change education with our unique University-Model®.