WHAT'S GOING ON AT CHRISTIAN

Mrs. Lanz Completes 100k Run

by Lucas Colombo

At first light on the morning of October 2, CHS Principal Susan Lanz and 230 fellow competitors began the Cuyamaca 100k. At the end of the grueling day’s work in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Mrs. Lanz crossed the finish line after 62 miles with a time of 16:47:57. The unbelievable strength and pure masterclass of mental and physical drive to overcome an obstacle of this volume is legendary. Mrs. Lanz says she runs between 7 and 8 hours a day, an hour and a half to two hours before school and the rest after school. She adds that she pushes herself forward one step at a time, knowing that there’s an end, and praying to God throughout the race. When asked about her physical state before the 100k, Lanz responded like a true athlete, saying, “My trainer tapers me for a week, and I’m ready to run. I’ve got so much energy stored up, and I just wanna go!” Since nutrition is important for a runner, we asked her what her meal plan consists of before and after races. Always smiling, she answers, “I eat plant-based foods, with some pasta, and very little acid. I drink a gallon or more of water every day a week prior to competition, and my vegetables.” When asked if endurance is more important than speed, she responded “Speed is actually more important! I do a lot of strength and speed training which builds power and, all combined, leads to building my endurance!” Lanz’s go-to running shoes for her mountain climbing competitions and training sessions are the Hoka Cliftons. She also lives by her life verse Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Mrs. Lanz is often seen running with the CHS Cross Country Team during their season.

Tips for Applying to College

By Arianna Breindel

The college application can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is a collection of tips for high schoolers on making the college process easier.

The first tip is to have a plan. It may seem early, but starting freshman year, think of some things you would like to do when you are older. To narrow it down, ask yourself questions like “Do I want to help people?” or “Do I want to work with animals?”

Once you figure out what you want to do, you can look into those careers. After you find a career, you can see what schooling is needed. Knowing your options will definitely help you with the college process. Some careers only need an associate’s degree, which is two years of school, while some may need a bachelor’s degree, the classic four years of schooling. There are also graduate degrees like master’s and doctorates. A master’s may take two years to complete, for about six years of school total, and a doctoral degre can take up to eight years, for 12 years of school total. It’s important to see how much schooling you need, because if you want to go into a career that only requires an associate degree, you definitely don’t need to pay for a bachelor’s. You can also attend a trade school that provides a two-year program of study in a specific skilled trade. People like welders and cosmetologists choose this type of schooling.

The third thing is to find out what’s important to you in a college. Things such as location, cost, whether they carry your degree, and extracurriculars should be all be considered. Having certain priorities will help you pick a school and narrow down your options. Financing is probably one of the most important topics in the college process. Talk with your family about a good price for school and how you will pay for it. There are many options to get money for college starting with the FAFSA, which you’ll complete the fall of your senior year. Getting a job prior to college not only helps you save money but it does look good on applications and helps you learn time management. Scholarships are one of the best ways to earn money for college. Scholarships go towards your tuition, and you can earn a lot. Something that not many people know is that you can start applying to most scholarships as early as freshman year. It is an easy way to earn money for college and doesn’t take much effort. Some websites to go to are Scholarships.com and Niche Scholarships. You can even just go into Google and search for scholarship websites to start the process. When application time rolls around, you can also fill out school-specific scholarship applications that are merit-based. You’ll need to keep your grades up throughout high school in order to receive the highest scholarships.

Lastly, here are a few general tips for the college process. See if your college requires an SAT or ACT and pick the one that will showcase your knowledge best. The SAT is more reading-based, while the ACT is more science- and math-based. Once you figure that out, start studying as soon as possible. Khan Academy has some great resources for that. Next, participate in extracurricular activities throughout high school. Not only is it fun, but being involved makes you stand out to colleges. Juniors, as you approach your senior year, start looking into the deadlines and looking out for the essay prompts. Go on tours for your college if you can, as well, because that will also help you pick your college. If you spread the process throughout your high school years, it won’t be as stressful when senior year rolls around. You will also be prepared and confident when decision time is here.

A New Baseball Stadium for CHS

by Ian Mullen
Plans are now in the works for a brand new CHS baseball stadium to be named Shadow Mountain Park. With the baseball team’s stellar performance last year, winning Division 3 San Diego CIFs, and their history as a winning program, how encouraging for the team to play in a brand-new stadium.

As of early December, the church was working on producing preliminary, conceptual drawings as well as a bid package so that it can acquire a contractor to begin the building process. According to Trev Holman, Operations Assistant, “We are hoping to start construction after the first of the year, but that depends on how quickly our team can get drawings completed and that is dependent on the structural engineering and architectural firms we are working with.” Once such plans are completed, the church will have a more accurate budget and timeline estimate of the construction.

According to the current sketches, the stadium is estimated to provide seating for over 300 people, including a covered seating area and a grand entrance with an upgraded staircase. In addition to this, the structure will also include new brick patios to match the architectural style of other structures like the Generations building. It’s sure to boost team morale and excite the fans more than ever before.

Woodshop Makes Furniture for Refugees

Increasing numbers of refugees come to San Diego yearly. The situation in Afghanistan has become worse with the Taliban takeover, resulting in the number of refugees increasing exponentially. Meanwhile, John Houston, the woodshop teacher for CHS, was having a hard time finding a meaningful project that would help his Woodshop 4 students increase their skills. Senior Kai Damata and juniors Nolan Johnson, Kona Strong, Travis Billie, and Garrett Thompson are, according to Houston, “very gifted and dedicated to the subject.” While searching for the perfect project, Houston discovered a website for refugees and was astonished by the number of people who were in need. These people needed sturdy furniture because their previous lifestyle had been extremely nomadic. Houston realized that this opportunity would help his talented students expand their woodworking skills, while also learning the importance of serving others. Houston said the current cost of timber needed to build one of these projects runs about two hundred to three hundred dollars, meaning that the whole project costs at least a thousand dollars. Additionally, the materials required careful handling. All the measurements needed to be exact, so that every joint would fit perfectly. Houston said, “If the joints do not fit correctly, the students would need to modify the whole project, meaning more tedious work.” While the project is challenging, Houston hopes to inspire his students to continue to help those in need using the skills they’ve developed in woodshop.

Car Club debuts

The Christian High Car Club made its debut this semester with Dallas Posselli and Ryan Asmar as its founders. With both parties growing up around cars, this was a no-brainer for them their senior year. Social media apps have made modifying and building cars a major trend and many high schools around the country with automotive classes saw a skyrocket in applications this fall. Due to limitations at CHS, we do not have a garage or class to offer. However, the leaders of the car club found a different way to express their creativity with cars.

“Everyone has their own style when it comes to clothes and the same applies to our automotive enthusiasts,” says Poselli. JDM, classics, muscle, and offroad cars are present on our campus. Students own diverse cars and they are constantly changing and adding their own spice to their cars. Not only do CHS Car Club students love their cars, but they are also extremely talented at fixing them. Poselli recently blew his motor and was able to rebuild it in a single weekend! When asked what inspired Ryan and Dallas to start the club they stated, “We were bored and thought it would be a fun way to spend our free time while enjoying cars!”

Asmar says, “I can safely say that we will meet every other Saturday. If not, once a month is an absolute guarantee.” The club has 3 different levels of car meets they plan to attend. They estimate the furthest is about an hour’s drive away while most will be near the school. Asmar says, “We plan to attend some of the most well-known meets in southern California displaying supercars, classics, rare imports, built cars, and everything in between.” Along with meets, there will be various recreational drives that will end the night
with a drive-in movie. Anyone can join, even if they don’t have a car.

Commissioner of sports ainsley anderson

Senior Ainsley Anderson is the first girl to ever hold a Commissioner of Sports position at CHS! Along with Nolan Brown and Dylan Eads, Anderson’s job is to keep the student body updated on upcoming sporting events. She wants to keep the student section hyped during games and encourage every CHS student-athlete. Anderson wanted this position because she was very passionate about sports and school spirit. She attended every basketball and football game, along with various tennis matches, soccer games, swim meets, and more. It was something that she was immensely involved in and when she heard about the position, she “shot her hand up” because she knew where her talents and passion shone. As Sports Commissioner, Anderson plans to bolster the
student section to cheer on student-athletes at every CHS sporting event possible. She has already begun a student section for Girls Volleyball and is planning one for the Girls Soccer games coming this winter. She hopes to make all sports equally important to the student body.

Eagle Scout: Ryan Van Mouwerik

Senior Ryan Van Mouwerik recently earned the right to become part of a very small group of people who can call themselves an Eagle Scout. To put this achievement in perspective, since its inception in 1911, there have been more than 130 million children and teens participating in Boy Scouts of America. Only 4% of scouts have earned the coveted rank. Ryan is one of the elite few. Van Mouwerik says, “Eagle is a big accomplishment because it epitomizes what it takes to become a better version of yourself. It shows selflessness and the ability to succeed. It takes incredible determination to want it and get it.” One of Van Mouwerik’s favorite memories was completing the “salty rat” which was a 15-hour canoe/kayak trip and witnessing one of Elon Musk’s rocket launches illuminate the sky a strange greenish-blue color. For his final Eagle project, he hand-built and donated a fence for MacArther park in La Mesa. “Scouting has made me a more well-rounded person and enhanced my social and leadership skills.”

COVID-19 SYMPTOM DECISION TREE & Covid Tests

Acceptable forms of COVID testing for students, teachers, and staff:

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID Test
SARS CoV2 RNA
Molecular 2019nCOV

We are NOT allowed to accept a Rapid Antigen Test. They lack the accuracy of the PCR test per the County.

Kathy Alesi

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Administrative Assistant

Phone:
619-201-8827

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Assistant to the Principal, Testing Coordinator, AP Coordinator, Dual Credit Coordinator, Online administration

Life Verse:
“But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13, 14

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I invested early in my own children’s Christian education through Christian Unified Schools. When a God-given opportunity to teach technology at the elementary level was presented, I started with the District and haven’t looked back.

Interesting facts:
I have a degree in Music Education from Pepperdine University. My husband of 30+ years and I have three adult children, and in 2019 we added a daughter and son-in-law to the mix. We play in the Shadow Mountain orchestra, and we love to play golf together on the weekends.

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Education:
Pepperdine University, BA Music Education

Experience at Christian Unified:
Since 1999

What year did you begin teaching?
1999 at Bostonia as the technology teacher

Becky Allen

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
ASPIRE Teacher

Phone:
619-201-8849

Roles/Subjects Taught:
ASPIRE

Life Verse:
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I chose to work for Christian Unified so that I could teach our students in an environment based on the foundation of the love of Jesus Christ. The fellowship and family you have working alongside others at Christian Unified is wonderful.

Interesting facts:
I was born and raised in San Diego and I have 2 children who both attend Christian. My favorite vacations are road trips with my family visiting national parks. I grew up going to Padre games with my dad and brother and I am still a huge Padres fan.

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Education:
Masters in Special Education

Experience at Christian Unified:
Since January 2021

What year did you begin teaching?
January 2004

Brian Blake

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Bible

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Honors Bible 11 – Bible 11 – Advanced Media

Life Verse:
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I love the Word of God and have a passion to disciple the youth.

Interesting facts:
I played soccer in the Jr. World Cup and Jr. Olympics.
CHS students nicknamed me “The LG.”
My favorite Soccer team is Barcelona, and my favorite Soccer player is Lionel Messi.
I coach two academy teams with the FC Heat.
I’m married to Mrs. Blake and have three children

Hometown:
Escondido

Education:
Master of Divinity Azusa Pacific University, Haggard School of Theology, Bible Specialist, Lifetime Certificate ACSI

Experience (Years Teaching):
Teaching since 2005

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2017

School Nurse Update

Dear Christian Unified Families,

We made it through our first week of in-person learning for the Junior High/High School and the second week for our elementary schools. Thank you all for the opportunity that you give us as a school to educate and influence your student in the name of Jesus. I want to thank each of you for the commitment that you have made to help us keep our campuses “healthy” this school year. We have taken great physical measures, reviewed and adopted health guidelines, and are remaining in close contact with the County health authorities to stay current in our practice as we navigate through this pandemic.

It is exciting to see in San Diego County that our “numbers” seem to be on the decline. That is great news! It is allowing us to reopen and resume some sense of normalcy. With that said, I want to put out a reminder for each of us to remain diligent in our awareness of COVID-19 symptoms, and that if you experience symptoms to be proactive in following health guidelines. The County offers the following education regarding COVID-19:

“Because of how COVID -19 spreads, public health officials have indicated that all of us should consider ourselves as being potentially exposed. As you know, virus symptom can range from mild to severe and could include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills without a fever, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, and temporary loss of smell or taste. Symptoms may appear in a few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-isolate and contact your doctor. If you are not feeling well, it is recommended that you separate from others in the home, wear a face mask, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean hands and surfaces often, and avoid sharing personal items. It is important to monitor symptoms for potential worsening.”

Please know that I am working closely with the San Diego County Office of Education to offer our campuses the most current data available. Thank you for partnering with me, and school leadership in our strong effort to remain healthy, safe and informed.

Purposed For Him, Partnered With You,

Tracy Easley, BSN, RN
Christian Unified Schools San Diego

Janei Blake

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Science Department Chair / Instructor

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
AP Biology, Honors Biology, Biology

Life Verse:
1 Peter 3:15a, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
Christian Unified is Jesus-centered. Students have the opportunity to earn a college-ready education and build a solid relationship with the Lord. I am able to fulfill my calling here at Christian which is to teach the truth through evidence, both Biblical and scientific, not opinion.
Interesting facts:
Married to Mr. Blake. I enjoy watching my favorite Christian athletes (Cris Cyborg, etc.) and movies. Growing up I wanted to be an F-16 Fighter Pilot, a marine biologist, and work as a criminal prosecutor.

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Education:
Master of Arts, Religion & Ethics; BA, Theological & Religious Studies

Experience (Years Teaching):
Since 2006

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2017

Linda Breeden

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
English Department Chair

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
AP English Literature and Composition, Senior British Literature, Juniors-Honors American Literature

Life Verse:
Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
Because I have a counseling background as well, I find teaching incorporates many of my skills and gifts. One of the beauties of teaching literature is in the ability to provoke thoughts about beliefs, evaluate decisions by characters, and value objective truth. The real power is in teaching literature from the perspective of the Christian worldview. I teach to share Christ with my students and to help them reconcile that life issues and all philosophical assumptions are only answered in the sovereignty of God’s will and through filtering them through His word.

Interesting facts:
Lived in Sicily, Italy as a childCatered Professionally
Have been a Crisis Intervention Counselor
Enjoy leading educational tours abroad.

Hometown:
Takoma Park, Maryland

Education:
M. A. T. Curriculum and Instruction, CA Single Subject Credential in English, B.S. Child Development and Psychology, A.S. Paralegal Studies Degree ABA approved, MA English, Specialization in Rhetoric

Experience (Years Teaching):
35 years

Years at CUSSD:
27 years

Jeff Briggs

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
History Teacher

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
History

Life Verse:
1 John 2:25—”And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I choose to work at Christian Unified because I believe that our profession requires that we do more than teach a subject, it requires that we help prepare our students for life after high school. This charge requires us to help raise our students up in His ways, so that they have a solid foundation upon which to build their future. An education without knowing our Savior is of very little value. I believe that education must be grounded in Truth and teaching at Christian Unified allows us that opportunity.

Interesting facts:
I love sports, including football, over-the-line, golf, and just about anything else which involves outdoor activity. I love spending time in Montana and coaching football at Christian High, where I am the offensive-line coach for both the Varsity and the Junior Varsity teams, as well a being the Head Coach for the JV team. I have two children, both of whom are now grown and who love the Lord. I grew up in El Cajon but I attended the University of North Dakota, where I played football. I have been a practicing attorney since 1996, but I have always wanted to teach. I hope to spend the rest of my working career teaching at Christian Unified.

Hometown:
El Cajon

Education:
BBA Marketing, Juris Doctorate

Experience (Years Teaching):
Teaching since 2021

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2021

Family Statement of Faith

  • The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs.  The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant, plenary, and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  For purposes of CUSSD’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, Shadow Mountain Community Church is CUSSD’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
  • We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through the shedding of His blood, in His bodily resurrection on the third day, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and In His personal pre-millennial return to rapture His Church before the Tribulation and His glorious appearing to set up His Millennial Kingdom.   
  • We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith, apart from works by the merit of the shed blood of Christ, and that the born-again believer is eternally secure in Christ.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the individual priesthood of the believer.
  • We believe life begins at conception.
  • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.)  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We believe that the Scripture dictates standards of sexual behavior. The unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture. Any promiscuity, homosexuality, gender identity issues or other deviations from Biblical principles is a sin that is offensive to God (Matt. 5:18-19; I Cor. 6: 9-10, 19-20; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:3-8).

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

We expect our students to be:

Influential Christians who:

  • Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Apply Biblical principles as the foundation for moral and spiritual living.
  • Develop and maintain an informed Biblical worldview that shapes their lifestyle choices.
  • Demonstrate God’s love through acts of service and sharing the gospel.

Investigative Learners who:

  • Master a body of knowledge, vocabulary, and skills.
  • Understand, analyze, and order relationships among facts.
  • Assess their needs and apply appropriate strategies to learn concepts and skills.
  • Actively use the tools of learning throughout their lifetime.

Perceptive Thinkers who:

  • Identify, analyze, discriminate, prioritize, and apply information.
  • Have the ability to solve problems by thinking independently and logically.
  • Make responsible and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Actively seek and apply absolute truths.

Effective Communicators who:

  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately understand, interpret, and exchange information.
  • Communicate with eloquence, creativity, and persuasion in writing and in speech.
  • Develop and utilize artistic expression.
  • Proclaim and defend the gospel with wisdom, wit and respect.

Quality Producers who:

  • Demonstrate a growing knowledge of curriculum.
  • Develop their God-given talents and abilities.
  • Display standards of excellence in all pursuits.
  • Work well with others toward a common goal.

Responsible Citizens who:

  • Respect and submit to authority.
  • Actively protect and promote freedom and democracy.
  • Enjoy God’s creation and live as good stewards within it.
  • Recognize and contribute to meeting the needs of others.