WHAT'S GOING ON AT CHRISTIAN

John Circo

Campus:
CHS

Title:
Senior History Teacher

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Contemporary US History / AP Government / US Government & Politics / Sheltered US History

Life Verse:
2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
To train the next generation to be critical thinkers, to have a Biblical worldview, to be effective citizens, and to nurture and support young minds.

Interesting facts:
I like disc sports; Ultimate & Disc Golf, love being outdoors, hiking. Hobbies include reading mysteries & sci-fi, building Legos with my son, and board/card games. Favorite snacks: Oreos, Twix, Celery & peanut butter. My four years of college were literally on this campus when it was Christian Heritage College.

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Education:
B.A. History from San Diego Christian College

Experience (Years Teaching):
Started teaching Spring 2007, 7th-12th grade histories AP US History & AP Government along the way.

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2017

Heather Felice

CAMPUS
CJHS/CHS

TITLE
Aspire Teacher

CAMPUS PHONE
(619) 201-8849

ROLES/SUBJECTS TAUGHT
Aspire

LIFE VERSE
Matthew 6:34. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
I work for Christian Unified because I believe in their mission to educate students academically and spiritually. It’s an amazing campus with an incredible administration and staff!

INTERESTING FACTS
I am a San Diego native, San Diego Christian College graduate, Navy wife, and mother of two boys. My family and I have moved countless times over the past 19 years with the military. These moves have given me the opportunity to learn about new places, cultures, and practices, and provided me with insight into the various educational systems and practices in the US. While living in Hawaii, I obtained my Masters Degree in Secondary Instruction and Curriculum. I am overjoyed to be back in my hometown, teaching at Christian High!

HOMETOWN
Alpine, CA

EDUCATION
Masters: Secondary Reading Instruction and Curriculum

EXPERIENCE
Teaching Start Date: May 2001

WHAT YEAR DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
2019

Mike Folsom

Campus:
CHS

Title:
History

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Modern World History, AP World History, and coach Boys and Girls Tennis

Life Verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I love to share the wonders of history with my students…to show how the hand of God has influenced our world. I also want to share my life experiences as a teacher, coach, college student, father, and soldier to help the students be more well rounded individuals.

Interesting facts:
I have two daughters who attend CES East
My wife is a lawyer who works for a non-profit company that provides loans and training for Christian Schools in high-need countries around the world
I was deployed to Iraq in both 2003 and 2007 and have 25 plane/helicopter static-line jumps on record
I once drove from San Diego to Seattle in less than 20 hours

Hometown:
San Diego

Education:
B.A. in History from UCSD, M.Ed. in Educational Technology, Professional CLEAR CLAD Credential

Experience (Years Teaching):
15

Years at CUSSD:
15

Parent Meet – August 27

We enjoyed filling the Jr/Sr High School parents in on the new procedures ahead of the first day of school. We can’t wait to see everyone!

August 28 Update with Video

Dear Parents,

We are so excited to finally open our school next week on Tuesday, September 1! It’s been a blessing to have our Elementary students back on campus this week and to hear their excitement. The CHS/CJHS team has been busy preparing for your return all summer, and I hope this email and video will give you a jump start on what to expect, and how you can prepare for the first day of school.

Here are a few key important things you need to know:

Schedule: Students will follow the C Day Schedule on Tuesday which means they will go to periods 1-4, and will follow the D Day Schedule on Wednesday, which means they will go to periods 5-8. (Please see attached block schedule).

We are a “healthy only campus” which means that if you have any flu-like symptoms, you will need to stay home. This allows us to provide the greatest level of normalcy and safety at CHS/CJHS.
Temperatures: We will take your student’s temperature at 4 different locations. All students grades 7-12 will be checked in their cars before you drop them off. All students grades 7-11 will enter at the guard gate and turn right and will be directed to be screened. All juniors will enter and turn right, and will be directed to the new Junior parking lot to be screened. Seniors will turn left as they pass the guard gate, and will be screened in the Senior lot. (See attached map)

Face Coverings: All staff and students grades 7-12 will need to wear a face-covering while on campus, especially in circumstances when within 6 feet of another person. Students can wear a face mask, face shield, and neck gaiter. Please avoid logos or inappropriate images on face coverings.

Social Distancing will be observed in classrooms, and where it is not possible, plexiglass providers have been put in place. Students will be expected to social distance in lines, in stairwells, during passing periods, and at lunchtime. Markings will be placed on seating areas and where students stand in line to assist with distancing.

New Safety and cleaning protocols have been put in place including the following:

  • All classrooms are equipped with “Cleaning Stations” that include disinfectant spray, wipes, and paper towels to be used to clean all high touch areas and surfaces between each class.
  • Evening janitorial staff will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the entire facility and all surfaces using non-toxic, EPA approved list “N” cleaners and foggers.
  • Students will be required to wash or sanitize their hands as they enter each class.
  • Students will be provided with individual supplies where possible, so that they will only touch or handle their own learning materials (e.g., textbooks, pens, equipment, etc. )

Procedures in classes have been changed to limit the student to student contact.

We realize that some of these changes bring challenges, but are committed to following our Safe Re-Opening Plan here at CHS/CJHS to safely bring our students back on campus. Mr. Conover and I will be hosting a virtual parent meeting on Thursday, August 27 at 5:00 PM and all parents are welcome. The purpose of this meet is to share this plan with you and address any questions you may have to help you feel at ease and prepared for the first day of school back on campus. Below is the link for the Google Meet on Thursday 8/27/20 @ 5:00 PM. If this time does not work for you, please feel free to respond to this email with your questions.

Meeting Link: meet.google.com/yrc-bucv-ebq

Please take a few minutes to view this video with your student, as you prepare for Tuesday.

I can’t wait to see you back on campus! God has definitely answered our prayers as we move forward with the 2020-2021 school year at CHS/CJHS under His guidance and direction.

Go Patriots!

Mrs. Lanz

Please find important documents attached here.

Jim Fuller

Campus:
CJHS

Title:
P.E., Junior High Director of Athletics

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Jr/Sr High PE, Junior High Athletic Director

Life Verse:
1 John 4 :8 He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is Love.

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
Gifted by God, Called by God, Led to this position by a number of wise and godly people. Love to help make a difference and an impact in lives for God’s Kingdom.

Interesting facts:
Saved two peoples lives
Sang in a church choir that cut an album
Once held a Guiness world record
Ran a mile in 5:00 minutes

Hometown:
San Diego

Education:
BA in Physical Education, Life Teaching Credential, Part way through a masters in administration

Experience (Years Teaching):
40+ Years

Years at CUSSD:
40+ Years

Laura Grimm

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Algebra 1 & Geometry Teacher

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Algebra 1 & Geometry

Life Verse:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I choose to work for Christian Unified because I want to teach from a Biblical worldview and help my students know more of who God is and how we can understand His creation through math and every other subject area and live for Him in our daily lives.

Interesting facts:
I love coffee, dark chocolate, and have been learning embroidery and gardening. My husband, Christopher, and I have been married since April 2022 and we live in El Cajon. I am blessed to be able to teach what I love at a Christian school and live by God’s grace each day!

Hometown:
Corona, CA

Education:
B.A. in Education & Liberal Arts from Providence Christian College

Experience at Christian Unified:
Since 2022

What year did you begin teaching?
I started my teaching career in 2013 at a small Christian school in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2016, I moved to San Diego to teach math at another Christian school. I started teaching at Christian Unified in 2022.

Aundrea Hemmerly

CAMPUS
CJHS/CHS

TITLE
Teacher

SUBJECTS TAUGHT
Regular and Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Introduction to Photography, Advanced Photography

LIFE VERSE
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
I choose to work at Christian Unified for the fellowship and relationships that I gain with my coworkers and my students. It is truly unlike any place to work.

INTERESTING FACTS
I love backpacking. Every summer I get to escape into the Sierras with my family and appreciate all of God’s splendor. If I’m not hiking, I’m playing volleyball. I’ve played what feels like my whole life and to this day will join any game any opportunity that I get….even if they’re half my age.

HOMETOWN
Chula Vista

EDUCATION
Bachelors in Kinesiology, Masters in Education

EXPERIENCE
Since 2010

WHAT YEAR DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT CHRISTIAN UNIFIED?
2016

Featured: First Day Back on Campus

Our schools were featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune today!

Our elementary school waiver was approved last Wednesday, and our elementary campuses were up and running Monday, 8/24! It’s been five long months since we’ve seen these faces, and it was such a blessing to have them back. Christian Junior-Senior High will open Tuesday, 9/1. Visit our admissions page or call 619-201-8888 to find out more. Needs-based financial aid is available.

Melissa Johnson

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
English Teacher

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
English II, Honors English II, Newspaper Advisor

Life Verse:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
My joy is teaching students to love learning and to see that God’s plan resonant in and through all things.

Interesting facts:
I am a wife and mother of three daughters. I enjoy reading, writing, boardgames, gardening, cooking, and spending time with my family and three dogs.

Hometown:
San Diego

Education:
Bachelors from UC Davis in Theatre & English, Credentialing Program: SDCC

Experience (Years Teaching):
Since 2004

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2004

Kate Johnston

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Science Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist

Roles/Subjects Taught:
7th Grade Life Science; 7th/8th Grade STEM; Science Department Chair

Life Verse:
John 10:10

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I love the search and discovery of Truth and I hope to impart that desire to the students.

Interesting facts:
I have taken students on missions trips to six different countries
I lived in South Korea as an international school teacher for seven years
I am a pastor’s kid
I did the base camp Mount Everest climb

Hometown:
Centerville, Ohio

Education:
BA of Middle Grades Education with an emphasis in Science and Social Studies from Eastern Kentucky University

Experience (Years Teaching):
Started Teaching in 2008

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2015

Mike Kirwan

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Jr High Mathematics / Practical Arts Dept Chair

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Pre-algebra, Algebra

Life Verse:
Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I came out of necessity, and I stay out of the love for my coworkers and great kids.

Interesting facts:
Coach cross country and track and field for 14 years.

Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska

Education:
Bachelor of science University of Nebraska @ Kearney,
California State University San Bernardino Business Admin, Marketing, Hotel and Motel Management.
San Diego Christian College Multi-Subject Teaching Credential

Experience (Years Teaching):
2007-present at Cajon Valley and CUSSD

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2014

Casey Kunde

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Director of Counseling

Phone:
619-201-8848

Roles/Subjects Taught:
Director of Counseling

Life Verse:
1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I chose to work as a counselor in order to help kids discover their strengths and talents. Each student comes to school with different motivations. My job it is help students discover their interests and to support their goal formation while building a plan for the future.

Interesting facts:
I am a native San Diegan My high school graduating class had 18 students.
I was a first generation college student/graduate.
I teach for Concordia University in the Masters of Education, Counseling program.

Hometown:
San Diego

Education:
B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counseling, and P.P.S. Credential

Experience (Years Teaching):
2 years

Years at CUSSD:

Sarah Kurfess

Campus:
CJHS/CHS

Title:
Physical Education Teacher

Phone:
619-201-8800

Roles/Subjects Taught:
High School Girls P.E., Junior High Girls P.E., JH Leadership/ASB, JH Keyboarding

Life Verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Why do you work for Christian Unified?
I teach because it fills me so much joy to pour into the lives of children. At Christian I have the opportunity to share God’s word and speak Truth to the students. There is nothing more rewarding than to see children enjoy the subject I am teaching, and incorporate their Christian faith into what they are doing.

Interesting facts:
I enjoy the beach, hiking, and new adventures!
I eat acai bowls almost every day.
I played college volleyball at San Francisco State.
I moved to San Diego to coach college volleyball at San Diego Christian College while it was on Christian Unified’s campus, and the rest is history!

Hometown:
Bakersfield, California

Education:
B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Neuromuscular Science

Experience (Years Teaching):
Since 2015

Years at CUSSD:
Since 2015

Great District News!

Dear CUSSD Parents,

As your students begin their school year today, I’d like to share some exciting news about our District. We have just been informed that San Diego County has approved all three of our Christian Elementary School waivers to return to school! The elementary schools will officially transition to in-person classes Monday, August 24th. We are grateful for the opportunity God has provided for us as a District to serve our students and families by opening our doors again. We were the first school to be approved in San Diego County!

We have been watching the case rates in San Diego County, and based on the current timeline, Christian Junior and Senior High will be permitted to open on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Our leadership and facilities teams are committed to having the entire campus prepared in alignment with our posted Safe Re-Opening Plan by the first day of school on campus. You can find the plan on our website.

We look forward to seeing all our students back on campus soon. Thank you for your continued support and prayer throughout this process.

Dr. David Jeremiah
President
Christian Unified Schools

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.    

research links & INformation

Web Research Links:

Grolier Online (includes Encyclopedia Americana)
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EBSCO Host Research Databases – Full-text Periodical and Reference Articles Online
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SIRS Knowledge Source – Periodical articles online
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