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  • Mountain Biking team brings home state championships

    A huge congratulations to our Mountain Biking team for finishing off their season with some spectacular racing! The Lions brought home some State Championship titles and finished the season 5th in the state. 

    The team is led by MS faculty members Carey Dincauze and Lisa Landers. 
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  • The Matchmaker comes to CPA stage Nov. 15 & 17

    CPA Arts presents The Matchmaker, the upper school mainstage play coming to the Event Center on Thursday, November 15 and Saturday, November 17. This play by Thornton Wilder enraptures audiences in adventure, escape, and madcap mishaps spreading money around “encouraging young things to grow.”
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  • Reverend Dr. David Filson leads CPA as Pastor of Theology and Discipleship

    Head of School Nate Morrow announces this exciting news for the Academy: 

    I am thrilled to announce the Reverend Dr. David Filson will lead CPA into the future as Pastor of Theology and Discipleship. His blend of theological acumen, pastoral approachability, and credibility is exactly what we need to move ahead as a pioneer in the realm of Christian education. 

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  • Lower school Reformation Day educates and commemorates

    Lower school students observed Reformation Day this week with a day full of themed, interactive activities and lessons from CPA and CPC leadership. Last year's inaugural program organized by Third Grade Instructor Beth Graham was centered around Martin Luther. This year, Ms. Graham chose another central figure of the Reformation for students to explore: William Tydale. 
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  • Upper school media arts student trip to Atlanta

    CPA upper school media arts students took a trip to Atlanta, Georgia over Fall Break. 
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  • Girls soccer wins State Championship

    The girls soccer team won the State Championship after a hard-fought and well-played season. The team battled Chattanooga Christian for 110 minutes, winning in double overtime penalty kicks. 
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  • Seventh Grade Greek Day

    For the past several weeks, seventh grade students have been studying the Golden Age of Greece. A cross-curricular unit, the study has involved Greek history, mythology, literature, art, philosophy, and science. With no shortage of creative activities, the middle school students glimpse into a culture with countless fingerprints on our own modern society.
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  • Empowered Parenting: Connecting through Knowledge and Community

    Learn more about CPA's new parent education offering below: 

    Empowered Parenting: Connecting through Knowledge and Community 
    A monthly gathering for CPA parents
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  • Eighth grade students experiment with Oobleck

    Mr. Francis’s eighth grade science class experimented with Non-Newtonian substances in class this week, enjoying the popular “oobleck” unit.
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  • Second grade book character day

    CPA lower school students dressed as their favorite book character this week to celebrate favorite books, a love of reading, and the imagination it takes to learn about the world through a good story. 
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  • CPA boys golf finishes state runner up

    The CPA boys golf team capped off the 2018 season at the state championship, finishing runner up to CAK. 
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  • Preschool Service Week: learning to help others

    CPA Preschool used this week to focus their curriculum on serving others. Each class chose a different area of campus to serve. 
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  • Third grade visits Cheekwood

    CPA third graders visited Cheekwood last week for an exploration of the local museum and gardens. Students have learned about the artist-in-residence Gabriel Dawe and his Fields of Light installation. 
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  • ON THE BLOG: Saving Humanities

    How do I think for myself in a room full of people with different beliefs? How do I search for the truth in a world where fact and opinion are continuously intermingled? Where do I get my information and how do I articulate it? What does my language indicate to others? Read more
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  • Fifth Grade Visits Nature's Classroom

    When CPA fifth grade left campus to an outdoor learning retreat in Mentone, Ala., they prepared for more than just a field trip. This longstanding tradition is the first overnight trip for a CPA student, a trip that engages each student physically, cognitively, and spiritually.
     
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  • MS concert choir sings at state mass choir

    This week CPA MS Concert Choir joined approximately 800 middle school students from across the state to participate in The Middle Tennessee Vocal Association's 2018 Mass Choir.
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  • CPA announces National Merit Commended Scholars

    Christ Presbyterian Academy is pleased to announce three National Commended Scholars in the upper school: Francesca Moore, Margaret Spodnik, and Sarah Westmoreland.
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  • Lauren King speaks Oct. 5: "Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety"

    Perspectives: The Lunch Series involves a diverse lineup of speakers for the fall semester. Lauren King, PsyD at Southeast Psych Nashville will kick off the first lunch talk on Friday, October 5, at 12 p.m., in the US Library. Click here to reserve your seat and/or register for lunch ($5). 
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  • Darryl Strawberry shares message of redemption at CPA Perspectives

    This week, CPA and New Hope Academy partnered to host MLB All-Star and now speaker Darryl Strawberry at CPA Perspectives: A Community Gathering for the City. 
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  • 23rd Annual CPA Golf Classic - Register Here

    The 23rd Annual CPA Golf Classic is Monday, Oct. 1! 

    The last day to register is midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The tournament will be held at Old Natchez Country Club. The traditional scramble tournament will have two shotgun starts; the first at 8 a.m. (Purple Shotgun) and the second at 1:30 p.m. (Gold Shotgun). Individual player fee, $250; Team of four, $900. Player gifts and two meals (per shotgun) are included for each participant in the tournament. 
     
    A few sponsorships are still available. All proceeds from the tournament benefit Academics, Arts, & Athletics at the Academy. Click HERE to register.

    If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring, please contact Natalie Marty at (615) 301-3681.
     
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  • College Week in the upper school

    This week, more than 35 collleges and universities were represented on campus for College Week. Every year, the college counseling team organizes a week-long program to give students an introduction to a wide variety of colleges and their admissions processes. 
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  • CPA publishes annual magazine: Purple & Gold

    Click here to read the magazine. See message from Head of School Nate Morrow below: 

    Dear CPA Community,
     
    September is perhaps my favorite month. Our students are hitting their stride in classes and activities, the school year is fresh and new, and the weather is slightly cooler.
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  • Freshman Bible Interns: seniors who serve

    The Freshman Bible Internship (FBI) is a new aspect of the upper school spiritual life curriculum at CPA. The program provides an opportunity for senior students to give back to the school by serving freshmen through ministry, mentorship, and teaching. 
     
     
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  • Lower school playscape reopens

    The lower school playscape has reopened for the school year after several renovations and improvements. A beautiful space for students to explore outside, the playscape has been an iconic addition to our campus since it was first reimagined in 2012.
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  • Amy Grant speaks at Salt & Light Studios

    CPA Arts Salt & Light Studio welcomed singer/songwriter Amy Grant this week. Arts students attending Salt & Light Studio enjoyed Grant's insight into her creative process, her artistic journey, and the ways in which she engages culture with her music today. 

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  • ON THE BLOG: Highway to the Danger Zone

    by Leigh Graham
    We all know the downside to only using Purell to clean your hands, right? If you only used antibacterial gel to wash your hands and never washed with tried-and-true soap and water, you could wind up doing more harm than good. 
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  • College Counseling offers Special Topics evening for US Parents

    Upper school parents are invited to a Special Topics evening on Tuesday, September 11,  7-8:30 p.m., in the Upper School Library to dive deeper into many of the subjects that emerge in the college application process. We will open the evening with a popular topic, "Paying for College" and then offer a choice of breakout sessions.
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  • Golf senior A Jacks Green makes Junior PGA Championship

    CPA Senior A Jacks Green has played on many golf courses but playing at the iconic Valhalla Golf Club in Junior PGA Championship will be one he never forgets.
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  • CPA welcomes Blake Fulton and Brent Dougherty to Lions Sports Broadcast

    CPA Athletics is pleased to announce Blake Fulton and Brent Dougherty as the play-by-play and color announcers for the Lions Sports Broadcast. 
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  • Academy hosts Tech Talks for parents

    CPA technology professionals will be hosting Tech Talks for parents this fall, creating a space for questions, dialogue, and helpful information on rapidly changing tech trends.
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  • Darryl Strawberry speaks at CPA on September 20

    Darryl Strawberry will speak at CPA on Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m., as part of the Academy's Perspectives series. The event will take place in the Sanctuary (Church building), and tickets are free and open to the public. Click here to reserve your seat. The event is hosted by New Hope Academy
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  • CPA announces partnership with New Hope Academy

    The Academy has launched a partnerhsip with New Hope Academy as a new "sibling school" for the next three years.
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  • CPA Athletics launches new Twitter

    CPA Athletics has recently launched a new Twitter account for the community! Follow @CPALionsSports for live coverage, event promotion, reporting, and updates on all athletic content for the Academy.
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  • First Week at CPA

    Students returned to campus on Wednesday for the first day of school in the 2018-19 school year. The Academy welcomed over 1,300 students to four schools on campus, kicking off its 33rd year of transformation through education in Nashville.
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  • Passing of the Scrolls assembly

    Students in grades PreK5-12 gathered for the traditional Passing of the Scrolls assembly Friday morning in the Sanctuary. 
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  • Stephen Mansfield speaks to faculty and staff

    Faculty and staff returned to campus this week for professional development, preparing for the new school year. A unique time when teachers and staff can focus, refresh, and grow in expertise, professional development often features a keynote speaker. 
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  • CPA kicks off new school year

    The Academy kicks off a new school year on Wednesday, August 15. Here are a couple of back-to-school events to keep in mind this month: 
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  • CPA announces 2018-19 Perspectives series speakers

    The Academy is excited to announce speakers for the 2018-19 Perspectives series. Like last year, the series will include two evening speakers with a diverse panel of lunchtime speakers in the fall and spring semesters.
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  • CPA partners with UniCycle for gently used uniform items

    We are excited to continue our partnership with UniCycle, a school uniform recycling program for outgrown, not worn out clothing to provide Standard School Attire to Metro Nashville Public School students who need it.
     
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  • Parent Connect to host Uniform Consignment Sale

    CPA Parent Connect will host the annual Uniform Consignment Sale on Tuesday, July 31. The sale will take place in the Fellowship Hall from 4-6:30 p.m., and will include school uniforms, athletic wear, costumes, and outerwear for students PS-12.
     
    As a service to the CPA community, this sale provides a way for families to prepare for the upcoming school year by stocking up on gently used apparel and/or selling outgrown uniforms.

    CPA has made the following changes in uniforms:
    • Skirts now feature longer hems to meet the required length of no less than 3 inches above the knee. Sellers must let the hem out of any skirts prior to drop off.
    • Uniform pants are from a new vendor and feature softer, more comfortable material

    Families may drop off clothing for the sale on Monday, July 30, from 3-6 p.m, and return to pick up any unsold items on Tuesday, July 31, after the sale from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sellers keep all of their own proceeds at this cash-only event, and proceeds will be picked up, along with unsold items after the event.

    To sign up as a volunteer for the sale, please click here. Volunteers are permitted to shop for items during their work shift. All other shoppers, including faculty and staff, will be admitted to the sale when the doors open at 4 p.m.
     
    There will be a CPA New Uniform Sale hosted by Educational Outfitters on Tuesday, August 7 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Chapel.
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  • Summer camps in full swing

    The Academy is buzzing with summer camps of all kinds, hosting visitors from all over Nashville!
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  • ON THE BLOG: The Case for Summer Reading

    While summer reading may seem like another item to add to your kid’s to-do list, here’s a brief rundown of why it’s so important to read all the time, especially during the slower months of June and July.
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  • CPA Commencement celebrates graduates

    CPA held Commencement on Sunday, May 27, to celebrate the Class of 2018 and graduate 103 seniors.
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  • Class of 2018 members complete college decisions

    As of May 1, the Class of 2018 has made official college decisions. The Office of College Counseling has released the following impressive statistics on the class's application, acceptance, and decision process.
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  • Inaugural CPA Tennis Classic benefits annual fund

    The inaugural CPA Tennis Classic was an incredible success! The tournament took place on Friday, May 4, at Old Natchez Country Club. 
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  • Academy athletes compete in spring playoffs

    The Academy's student athletes are in the thick of spring playoffs, competing at the state level all week. Catch up on each team in this quick roundup of events:
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  • CPA campus comes alive on Grandparents Day

    A longstanding tradition at CPA Lower School, Grandparents Day is an opportunity for CPA grandparents to visit with their lower school student(s), learn about school experiences, meet teachers, see the classrooms, and enjoy time on campus.
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  • Stories from the Classroom

    Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff
    Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff ventures inside the classroom to highlight faculty innovation and moments of discovery.
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  • CPA welcomes new varsity volleyball head coach Embrey Brannon

    Christ Presbyterian Academy is excited to announce the hiring of Embrey Brannon as the new varsity volleyball head coach beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
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  • First grade serves with Habitat for Humanity

    First grade students served at a Habitat for Humanity build site this week, helping build a house for their partner family.
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  • CPA Arts up for multiple Spotlight Awards

    The Tennesee Performing Arts Center recently announced finalists for it's upcoming Spotlight Awards presented by Lipscomb University's College of Entertainment and the Arts, and CPA has placed as finalist in eight categories!


     
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  • Senior athletes sign letters of intent

    CPA celebrates three senior athletes for signing letters of intent to continue their athletic career at the collegiate level.
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  • Middle school students present their passion projects

    Eighth grade students have been working on passion projects in Bible class, a semester-long exercise to help students explore existing interests and learn more about something they enjoy.
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  • Preschool celebrates Week of the Young Child

    It was a special week at CPA Preschool - faculty, staff, and students participated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children's nationwide celebration: Week of the Young Child.
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  • Third graders attend global hunger panel

    Third graders are learning about global hunger, communities that suffer from hunger, causes of food shortage, and local and national advocates and solutions.
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  • BLOG: CPA's Nashville Family Summer Guide

    Summer is a state of mind. A time for kids to explore their interests, play outside, make messes, read books, build stuff, sing songs, be with family and friends, let loose, and have fun.
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  • Senior Carli Cone representing Tennessee at NIAAA conference in May

    Senior Carli Cone presented her NIAAA Student Essay at the Opening Ceremony of the TSSAA/TIAAA State Athletic Directors Conference in Murfreesboro earlier this week.
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  • Seniors Gwyneth Walker and Shaoey Chapman present at scientific research symposium

    Seniors Gwyneth Walker and Shaoey Chapman presented the results of their original research projects they conducted this year at the Senior Scientific Research Symposium this week.
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  • CPA launches The Collaborative professional growth series

    Last summer, CPA faculty participated in The Collaborative, a collective teaching and learning conference organized and hosted by the school.
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  • Stories from the Classroom

    Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff
    Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff ventures inside the classroom to highlight faculty innovation and moments of discovery.
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  • CPA accepted as a member of elite Cum Laude Society, inducts charter members

    On Monday, April 9, Christ Presbyterian Academy announced their acceptance into the elite, international Cum Laude Society, an indication of superior scholastic achievement, integrity, and rigor in pursuing knowledge.
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  • Dr. John Perkins addresses hundreds at CPA Perspectives

    Dr. John Perkins spoke at Friday night's Perspectives: A Community Gathering for the City to an audience of over 700 people from the CPA and Nashville community. 
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  • Second grade visits Belle Meade Plantation

    Second grade visited Belle Meade Plantation this week for a hands-on learning experience on Tennessee history. 
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  • CPA continues partnership with UniCycle

    We are excited to continue our partnership with UniCycle, a school uniform recycling program for outgrown, not worn out clothing to provide Standard School Attire to Metro Nashville Public School students who need it.
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  • CPA hosts Dr. John M. Perkins April 6

    Christ Presbyterian Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. John M. Perkins will speak at Perspectives: A Community Gathering for the City on April 6, 2018.
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  • CPA yearbook wins Gold Crown award from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

    The CPA yearbook staff has been awarded the highest international award in the student journalism industry: a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
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  • Eighth grade visits Washington, D.C.

    CPA eighth grade students recently returned from Washington, D.C. where they toured the nation's capitol, seeing the sights, visiting monuments and museums for an immersive, historical learning experience.
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  • BLOG: He Made the Stars Also, a note to aspiring Christian scientists

    By Luke McCroskey, Instructor of Upper School Chemistry
    Secular sentiment purports that science and religion should separately stick to what they each deal with: science should pertain purely to the tangible, using...
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  • Vision sings at Temple Church

    Vision recently visited Temple Church in Nashville to sing with their locally renowned choir. This has become a tradition for the group, a life-giving collaboration for the past 8 years.
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  • 20% projects showcase student prototypes

    Upper school students in Mr. White's Anatomy and Ecology class are presenting their 20% projects to classmates and staff. Counting for 20% of their grade, this project summates students' skills in business, research, and presentation. 
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  • Preschool Art Show celebrates artistic expression of young students

    Preschool students showcased their visual art pieces to family and classmates this week at the Preschool Art Show.
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  • Media and journalism students win big at THSPA

    The CPA Yearbook Staff (The Lion's Roar) won Best Overall Yearbook in the state of Tennessee from the Tennessee High School Press Association. This is the staff's 15th consecutive title in the category, (...)
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  • Third grade students create Living History Museum

    CPA third grade students recently completed a project where they picked a historical character, researched the character's life and times, and embodied that character in a live exhibit for family, friends, and peers to enjoy.
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  • Eighth grade '40s Day honors The Greatest Generation

    Eighth grade '40s Day featured a collaboration of multiple subject areas, with a service-minded approach, resulting in a performance that brought value to both participants and audience members. 
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  • Betsey Ellis '17 presents senior research at American Academy of the Advancement of Science

    Betsey Ellis '17 presented her senior research project from last year to the American Academy of the Advancement of Science and the American Junior Academy of Science this month in Austin, TX. 
     
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  • Dance Fest hits CPA stage Feb. 27

    The first ever CPA Dance Fest will grace the Event Center stage on Tuesday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m., featuring dance performances from LS, MS, and US dancers.
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  • Stories from the Classroom

    Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff ventures inside the classroom to highlight faculty innovation and moments of discovery.
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  • Eighth grade students visit assisted living homes across Nashville

    Eighth Grade Service Day took middle school students to assisted living homes and senior recreation facilities across the city of Nashville last week.
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  • Media arts students explore film industry in Los Angeles

    CPA media arts students recently traveled to Los Angeles to explore the film and entertainment industry, meet industry professionals, connect with CPA media arts alumni in collegiate arts programs, and see the sights. 
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  • Perspectives: The Lunch Series, features Dr. Dave Verhaagen on Feb. 23

    Perspectives: The Lunch Series returns this Friday, February 23, at 12 p.m., in the upper school library to host Dave Verhaagen, PhD, ABPP of Southeast Psych Nashville.
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  • ON THE BLOG: 10 ways to survive and thrive during senior spring

    Seniors, we are nearing the conclusion of the college search and application marathon. Some of you are waiting at the finish line, cheering on your classmates. Others have a few miles to go as you wait for final decisions, crunch numbers, 
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  • Freshman Addi Gerlach wins gold and silver key awards in Scholastic Art Competition

    Freshman Addi Gerlach has been awarded two Gold Key awards, two Silver Key awards, and an honorable mention from the Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition for her drawing illustrations and painting.
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  • Dr. Scott Brown to speak at Perspectives Feb. 16

    Perspectives: The Lunch Series will host family practitioner and bioethicist Dr. Scott Brown on Friday, February 16, at 12 p.m., in the Upper School Library. Lunch will be provided, and tickets are free of charge.
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  • CPA swimmers compete at State Championship Meet

    Ten CPA swimmers qualified for and competed in the Tennessee State Championships this past weekend. In order to qualify, swimmers had to achieve highly competitive times at a limited number of trials preceding the state meet. Check out their results.
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  • Middle school robotics places first at State

    The middle school robotics team competed in the State Competition at Tennessee Tech this past weekend, placing first in the most challenging "project" category. This is the team's third consecutive first-place win at the state level.
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  • Stories from the Classroom

    Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff ventures inside the classroom to highlight faculty innovation and moments of discovery. 

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  • CPA Basketball honors VG Head Coach Becky Legate for over 500 wins

    CPA Basketball honored the legacy of Varsity Girls Head Coach Becky Legate at last week's Senior Night win over Battle Ground Academy (49-47). Legate has been a head coach for 23 years, coaching nearly 700 games.
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  • CPA student-athletes sign letters of intent

    Four CPA student-athletes have signed letters of intent to pursue collegiate athletics. The Academy celebrates these students as they take the next step to compete at different colleges in the region. 
     
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  • Preschool celebrates Children Around the World Week

    CPA preschool celebrated Children Around the World Week this week. This unit on international cultures provided an exciting glimpse into the lives of our global peers and an immersive learning experience for the Academy's youngest students.
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  • Middle school shows support at Jam the Gym

    Middle school students participated in Jam the Gym this week, supporting the MS basketball teams as they took on opponents at home. An annual event, Jam the Gym is a show of school spirit, sportsmanship, and support for peers as they compete.
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  • CPA swimmers qualify for State

    The CPA swim team competed last week in the Middle Tennessee High School Swimming Association Regional meet with 19 swimmers. The meet hosted teams from all over the state. The girls finished 15th out of 29 teams that scored at least one point. 
     
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  • Third grade visits FOX 17 Nashville news station

    Third graders enjoyed a field trip to FOX 17 Nashville this week. Students learned about broadcast journalism and explored the facilities behind local news production. 
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  • Middle school students featured in Middle TN Regional Student Art Exhibition

    Three middle school visual art students were honored this month at the artist awards ceremony and reception for the 2018 Middle Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition.
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  • Varsity swim team heads to Middle Tennessee Region Meet

    The varsity swim team heads to the Middle Tennessee Region Meet this week on Friday, Jan. 26, at Centennial Sportsplex, at 7 a.m. Below are the qualifying swimmers from CPA. Congratulations on qualifying for Regionals, swimmers! Come support the Lions as they swim for a chance to compete at State.  
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  • Fifth graders research low-waste solutions at CPA

    Fifth graders Adelaide Funk and Maddie Hicks are exploring what it means to live a "low waste" lifestyle, and they have shared their passion for sustainability with their peers, as well as Academy administration. 
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  • Second grade visits The Clay Lady

    CPA second grade students had the opportunity to explore both science and art last week at a hands-on workshop with The Clay Lady. 
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  • CPA announces Perspectives spring lunch series speakers

    CPA is excited to announce the lunch series speakers for Perspectives this spring. Boasting a diverse lineup of experts in counseling, physcology, medicine, and healthy personal/family practices, this series is a free, one-hour lunch and learn for parents and members of the Nashville community. Check out the lineup below.
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  • ON THE BLOG: The K-2 Advantage, a foundation for young children

    We sat down with Associate Head of School – Academics, Dr. Marcia Sutton to share her story, hear her thoughts on early childhood education, and explore the essence of kindergarten and lower school at CPA.
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  • Alumni host college fair for junior class

    CPA alumni returned to campus this week to host a college fair for the junior class. Recent graduates served as representatives for their colleges and offered students insight and advice on life after graduation.
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  • Boys basketball celebrates 400th game for Head Coach Drew Maddux

    CPA boys basketball celebrates 400 games with Varsity Boys Head Coach Drew Maddux. To commemorate, here's a short Q&A capturing life on the court with Coach Maddux. 


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  • Middle school student Tiger Dulaney nominated for Emmy

    CPA middle school student Tiger Dulaney has been creating short films since his childhood. This year, one of his short films illustrating an ancient myth about total solar eclipses was featured on the local program Janet's Planet. Click here to watch Tiger's eclipse myth about a dragon that eats the sun!
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  • Students deliver Christmas baskets to Legacy Mission Village

    CPA students PS-12 participated in an all-Academy service initiative benefiting families at Legacy Mission Village.
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  • CPA yearbook named Pacemaker Finalist

    The National Scholastic Press Association has named the Lion's Roar a 2017 Pacemaker Finalist for the Whipser and the Roar issue! The NSPA Pacemaker award, one of the oldest awards for scholastic journalism, has a rich tradition.
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  • Alumni Joseph Eberle recognized at Garth Brooks concert

    It's exciting to see CPA alumni doing big things in the world! Joseph Eberle '08 got a shoutout from Garth Brooks at this weekend's Nashville concert for the country music superstar. Currently a crew member for Brooks, Joseph was recognized for his exceptional work on tour and his personal strength and character. 
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  • Register for Parent's Night Out or Winter Mini-Camps!

    Register for a Parent's Night Out on Dec. 16, from 5-9 p.m., or a Winter Mini-Camp on Dec. 18, 19, or 20, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Click here to register. 
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  • CPA inducts 64 students into National Honor Society

    CPA celebrates 64 upper school students for their induction into the National Honor Society. NHS was established in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students.
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  • Karen Kingsbury speaks at Salt & Light Studio

    CPA Arts Salt & Light Studio welcomed author Karen Kingsbury this week. Arts students attending Salt & Light Studio enjoyed Kingsbury’s insight into life as a New York Times best-selling novelist, with more than 25 million copies of her books printed. 
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  • Vision kicks off Christmas season performing at The Biltmore

    Students in CPA’s advanced choir, Vision, were honored to be guest performers at the Biltmore estate for the popular event, Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Students toured the mansion and saw original art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent, 16th century tapestries, the 10,000 volumes library, the Banquet Hall with its 70-foot ceiling, and rooms breathtakingly decorated for the season. Fortunate to have great weather, the group also performed Christmas carols in the Grove Arcade for residents and shoppers alike. 
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  • CPA welcomes Guatemalan exchange students

    CPA Upper School is hosting two exchange students from Guatemala this fall! They have traveled through the Faces & Our Cultures organization, and this is CPA's eleventh year to host. They attend classes at CPA for seven weeks to work on their English speaking skills and experience an American school. Javi attends classes in the 11th grade and Alejandro attends classes in 10th grade.

    They each are staying with CPA upper school families and are active in extracurricular activities. These students have prepared projects to present in their classes to give our students a glimpse of life in Guatemala. The Faces & Our Cultures organization welcomes any CPA students who want to visit Guatemala this summer.
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  • Perspectives: The Lunch Series featuring MNPD Internet Crimes Taskforce

    CPA is delighted to host Detective Rob Carrigan, from Metro Nashville Police Department's Internet Crimes Taskforce on campus Friday, November 10, in the upper school library at 12 p.m., as part of Perspectives: The Lunch Series. Detective Carrigan will speak on trending internet crimes, safety measures, and parenting tips. 
     
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  • CPA lower school celebrates 500th anniversary of Reformation

    CPA lower school students celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with themed activities, active learning experiences, special guest speakers, and more. Students learned about the life and times of Martin Luther, starting with a "Luther relay."

    Stations in the relay included:
    • A Katie Luther escape station- they used pool inner tubes to create the effect of being in a barrell and escaping as Katie von Borra Luther escaped her convent before marrying Martin
    • A 95 theses station- they nailed the 95 theses on a door, learning the significance of this action by Luther
    • Burning of the papal bull- throwing the papal bull into a fire as Luther rejected the threat of banishment and refused to recant
    • Speech at the Imperial Diet in Worms- they recited part of Luther's speech in Worms 
    • Translation of the Scriptures into German- they learned about and transcribed the Scriptures from Latin to English 
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  • 22nd Annual Golf Classic raises $103,700 for academics, arts, athletics

    The 22nd Annual CPA Golf Classic presented by Franklin American Mortgage Company was an incredible success. The tournament took place on September 25 at Old Natchez Country Club. With 219 golfers and 48 sponsors, proceeds were totaled at $103,700 benefiting academics, arts, and athletics at the Academy, making this the most successful golf tournament ever.

    For a complete recap of the tournament, view the 
    Awards & Highlights e-magazine HERE
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  • CPA mountain bikers win big at state meet

    The CPA mountain biking team participated in their fourth race of the season, the state meet in Sewanee. Congratulations to Watt Hackney for placing first among ninth grade boys and winning the state championship! Perry Sherwood placed second among tenth grade girls. See more results below.
    • Abigail Walker- 2nd place (sixth grade girls)
    • Watt Hackney- 1st place (9th grade boys)
    • Perry Sherwood- 2nd place (10th grade girls)
    • Henry Funk- 7th of 50 (9th grade boys)
    • Nickolas Funk- 8th of 52 (10th grade boys)
    • Hannah Groves 5th place (girls JV)
    • Ashley Durard 7th place (girls JV)
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  • It's all Greek to CPA seventh grade

    For the past several weeks, seventh grade students have been studying the Golden Age of Greece. A cross-curricular unit, the study has involved Greek history, mythology, literature, art, philosophy, and science. With no shortage of creative activities, the middle school students glimpse into a culture with...
     
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  • Nick Valadez, MA to speak at Perspectives: The Lunch Series

    CPA is delighted to host Nick Valadez, MA from Southeast Psych Nashville on campus Friday, November 3, in the upper school library as part of Perspectives: The Lunch Series. Nick will speak on spiritual disciplines and how they meet executive functions. 
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  • Upper school arts students experience NYC

    CPA upper school arts students recently traveled to New York City for several days to experience art and life all around the city. Students explored the city and its vast landscape of culture from The Met, to Broadway, to Times Square.
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  • Middle school athletes conclude a great fall season

    It was a successful fall season for middle school athletics. See the roundup below to follow each team. 

    Boys Tennis
    -- The team finished second in the HVAC AA Division. They swept the singles bracket with Leo Menzie placing first, Gavin McEvoy placing second, and Nicholas Roth placing third.
     
    Girls Tennis – The team won their first HVAC Championship! Ella Sallee won first place in singles, and Kylie Roth took third place. Brianne Cummings and Sadie Jackson won second place in doubles. 
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  • Fifth graders discover their strengths at Nature’s Classroom

    When CPA fifth grade left campus to an outdoor learning retreat in Mentone, Ala., they prepared for more than just a field trip. This longstanding tradition is the first overnight trip for a CPA student, a trip that engages each student physically, cognitively, and spiritually. 
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  • CPA College Counseling works with students of all ages

    CPA College Counseling works to assist students in finding their post-secondary paths. Their counsel spans areas including preparing for college, the college application process, scholarship opportunities, career counsel, and post-secondary decision making. This month, college counselors have welcomed 46 colleges to campus for meetings with students, hosted guest speakers for students and parents, and led all-day workshops for seniors as they enter the college application process.
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  • Artist Nathaniel Mather speaks at Salt and Light Studio

    Upper school art students attending the Salt and Light Studio last week heard from artist Nathaniel Mather on fine art and his career as a painter and illustrator. 

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  • CPA Congratulates Four National Merit Commended Scholars

    CPA is thrilled to recognize four National Merit Commended Scholars from the Class of 2018. Join us in congratulating, from left to right, Claire Gurley, Sam McKerley, Hannah Groves, and Peter DePhillips.
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  • Third Grade Visits Nashville Children's Theatre

    This week, the CPA third grade had the opportunity to attend Nashville Children’s Theatre performance of The 100 Dresses. Prior to the trip, students read the book The 100 Dresses by Eleanor Estes. Both the book and play led students to think about themes such as taking responsibility for their actions, living with the consequences of their choices, and finding the courage to stand up for others. With guidance from CPA Artistic Director Paula Flautt, teachers incorporated several arts integrated lessons before and after the show. After leaving the theater, the third grade had a picnic lunch at Centennial Park, where students had a view of the Parthenon in preparation for their upcoming study of ancient civilizations.
     
    Third grade student James gained an understanding of others through his experience with the book and play, commenting “I learned not to judge people by the outside because Wanda wore the same pale, blue dress every day, but she had a lot on the inside.”
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  • Upper School Students Engage in Cultural Connections through the Arts

    Earlier this month, Upper School students participated in a Culture Connections Field Trip to view Studio Tenn’s The Battle of Franklin: A House Divided offered through TPAC-HOT programming.
     
    Reflecting on the field trip’s purpose, CPA Artistic Director Paula Flautt commented, “Our goal was to prepare students to view The Battle of Franklin, so art can do what it has the power to do… speak to the heart. This play deeply plumbs the topic of reconciliation. In the end, the story of the Battle of Franklin is about more than mere history--it's about relationship, and how as humans we treat each other.”
     
    The preparation was launched through a chapel introducing students via a film trailer to elements of the production, and multiple faculty sharing on relevant historic, relational, and biblical connections to the art form.
     
    Special guests Studio Tenn Artistic Director Matt Logan (’95) and writer A. S. Petersen met with history and Bible classes sharing about the creative process, themes, and the power of theatre to create a dialogue on current events. As Logan stated, “The play is a platform to have conversation about things that all of us may not see or feel.  It is a consideration of others and what they have gone through.  Every person has a different point of view and we have to listen to each other…” Both men encouraged students, and all The Battle of Franklin audiences, to ask themselves, “What do these stories have to say to us today?”
     
    Theatre and music students also engaged in study with teaching artist Carolyn German from TPAC. German’s workshop used excerpts from the script to teach subtleties in music choices and character dynamics to illuminate the artist’s responsibility to open up the emotional journey of the production. 
    Advisories further provided a forum for students to discuss, question, and connect the historic events in light of the themes of hope and reconciliation relevant to life today asking questions such as:
    • How does society influence our identity and the choices we make?
    • What does it mean for all mankind to be created in the image of God? (Gen. 1:27)
    • How does humility toward others show up in connection to the play?  To life in the halls, classrooms, and down time? (Phil. 2:3)
     
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  • CPA congratulates 2018 National Merit Semifinalist Philip Ryan Charles

    Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) is pleased to announce upper school student Ryan Charles has been named a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Ryan scored in the ninety-ninth percentile of Tennessee students on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Ryan has achieved this high academic honor and will compete for the Finalist scholarship level, to be awarded this spring.

    About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and will compete for scholarships. About 7,500 scholarships will be given.

    “We are so proud of Ryan for his academic accomplishments! He has clearly distinguished himself as an active and determined learner, purposefully exploring and building knowledge and skills, and challenging himself at ever-increasing levels of learning.  I congratulate him on his outstanding accomplishments and look forward to his continued pursuit of excellence at the college level and beyond,” says Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff.
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  • CPA Harvey Relief

    Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Houston, as well as the hundreds of first responders. With memories of the 2010 Nashville flood still fresh, many of you have asked how to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like additional information regarding how to support the disaster response for the people of Texas and along the Gulf Coast, please visit the Christ Presbyterian Church website for a quick guide including FAQs and links to well-vetted resources.
     
    In addition, we are donating all proceeds from this Friday’s football game and concessions to the American Red Cross. Please come out, enjoy the game (even in the rain), and support the efforts to help those deeply affected by the flooding.
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  • CPA Partners with UniCycle

    We are excited to announce CPA's upcoming involvement with UniCycle, a school uniform recycling program for outgrown, not worn out clothing to provide Standard School Attire to Metro Nashville Public School students who need it. UniCycle works with the Homeless Education Resource Office (HERO) to ensure that students in its program have the appropriate school clothing they need for the school year (MNPS requires a basic uniform of solid, collared shirts, and khaki, black, or navy bottoms). Items are collected in schools, then are sorted and distributed directly to students in the HERO program and used to fill emergency closets in high-need schools. 

    CPA is excited to have the opportunity to work with UniCycle. All collected clothing will be quickly transferred to students in need. There will be collection baskets in each school (Lower, Middle, and Upper).

    Items to be collected include gently used (or new!)...
    • Shorts and pants in khaki, navy blue, and black (girls and boys, youth and adult sizes)
    • Belts
    • Non-CPA branded polos in any solid colors- long and short sleeve
    • Skirts, skorts, and jumpers in khaki, navy blue, and black
    • Legging of ALL colors and patterns
    Thank you for your participation! 
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  • Themed activities and campus-wide viewing for rare solar eclipse

    Students across the Academy experienced Monday's rare solar eclipse with a day of special learning opportunities, engaging dialogue, lesson planning, and a K-12 viewing in the Den! The rarity of a total solar eclipse paired with Nashville's advantageous location in the path of totality, led faculty to plan for a campus-wide curricular experience surrounding the event. 



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  • Passing of the Scrolls tradition unites students across campus

    This Monday, students K-12 gathered for the first all-school assembly of the academic year for the Passing of the Scrolls. This new tradition at the Academy speaks to legacy, new beginnings, and school unity under the alma mater: Soli Deo Gloria

    Kindergarten students, the Class of 2030, and seniors, the Class of 2018, gathered on stage together. Seniors passed down scrolls with the school's alma mater to kindergartners in a symbolic transference of leadership and CPA values to a new generation. Charged with modeling these values to all younger students, seniors enter their last year at the Academy empowered by their journey to this point. Kindergartners look ahead to the legacy of those who have come before them, excited for new experiences as CPA Lions. Faculty, staff, parents, and other students witnessed the bookended milestones and joined seniors and kindergartners in singing Soli Deo Gloria to conclude the assembly.  
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  • CPA hosts Back to School Party for families

    Christ Presbyterian Academy looks forward to kicking off the 2017-18 school year at the Back to School Party on August 18, at 5 p.m., behind the upper school building on campus.

    All CPA families are welcome to come enjoy food trucks, music, inflatables, games, face painting, and a petting zoo before the 7 p.m. home football game vs. Stratford. These festivities provide a fun way for families, faculty, staff, and students to visit with one another and celebrate the beginning of another great school year at the Academy.
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  • Registration for CPA Ventures: Fall 2017 Classes now open

    Registration for CPA Ventures: Fall 2017 Classes is now open. The Ventures program seeks to introduce students to diverse experiences, help them develop new interests, meet new friends, and learn special skills. Whether learning to play the violin, or building a robot, Ventures classes and camps offer a vibrant scene of creativity and exploration!

    Registration for Fall 2017 classes is now open. The deadline to register is September 30.
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  • Parent Connect sponsors annual Uniform Consignment Sale

    CPA Parent Connect will host the annual Uniform Consignment Sale on Tuesday, August 1. The sale will take place in the Fellowship Hall from 4-6:30 p.m., and will include school uniforms, athletic wear, costumes, and outerwear for students PS-12.
     
    As a service to the CPA community, this sale provides a way for families to prepare for the upcoming school year by stocking up on gently used apparel and/or selling outgrown uniforms.
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  • 2017-18 Athletics Season Passes go on sale

    We are looking forward to another great year for CPA Athletics! This year’s CPA Athletics All-Sports Season Pass can now be purchased with Jerrnifer Martin in the Athletics Office.

    The CPA Athletics All-Sports Season Pass is your admission to all regular season home sporting events.

    ALL SPORTS PASS OPTIONS:
    • Early Bird Price: $200 Family Pass - The family pass is only valid for parents and children. After Monday, July 31, price will be $225.
    • $75 Individual Pass
    • $50 Individual Grandparent Pass
    In order to receive your pass by mail before the season starts, order online by Monday, July 31. Family pass prices will go up to $225 after July 31. Thank you for supporting CPA Athletics!
     
     
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  • Curiosity leads the way at Think Like a Scientist camp


    This week at Think Like a Scientist camp, campers are exploring the science of everyday household items. They started off the week pulvarizing recycled paper and water in a blender, flattening the pulp onto a screen, and drying out the product to create their own one-of-a-kind artisan paper.

    Campers also discovered what happens when hard-boiled eggs are submerged in various liquids such as Gatorade, grape juice, Sprite, and orange juice. This week's favorite project: DIY fidget spinners! Counselors provided skateboard parts, and each camper sketched their spinner design on paper prior to building.  

    Check out 
    cpalions.org/summer to register for more fun academic camps at CPA Ventures.
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  • Class of 2017 colleges cover the map

    In a few short days, the Class of 2017 will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas as they begin their next chapter. The class of 119 students submitted 568 applications (4.8 per student) to 155 unique institutions. Offers of admission were extended from 123 of those institutions, and the overall admission rate for the class was 83%. Overall students will matriculate to 49 colleges and universities across the U.S., 56% leaving the state of Tennessee.

    Check out where these almost-alumni are headed:

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  • CPA teams head to the State Tournament

    CPA has several teams competing in the State Tournament this week. Check out this roundup for games, events times, and locations. Go Lions!

    Track & Field
    Ryan Charles will compete in the Decathlon on Monday and Tuesday at 1 p.m.
    Farris Parker will compete in Pole Vault on Thursday at 9 a.m.
    Bobby Willingham and Ryan Charles will compete in Pole Vault on Friday at 9 a.m.
    Ryan Charles will compete in High Jump on Friday at 9 a.m.
    Ben Pate will compete in the 800m open on Friday around 7 p.m. 
    All events take place at the MTSU Track in Murfreesboro. 

    Baseball
    Baseball plays Covington HS in Game 1 of the State Tournament on Tuesday, May 23, at 4 p.m. at Smyrna High School. 

    Soccer
    Soccer plays Murfreesboro Central in Game 1 of the State Tournament on Tuesday, May 23, at 4 p.m., on Field #1 of the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro. 

    Boys Tennis
    Boys tennis takes on Signal Mountain HS in the State Semifinals at Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro on Tuesday, May 23, at 1 p.m.

    For broadcasting and live streaming, subscribe to the NFHS Network. Share your school spirit on Twitter and Instagram by using #CPAathletics 


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  • Service Week Provides Seniors Opportunities to Serve

    As the school year draws to a close, and the Class of 2017 looks forward to all the future holds, an important component of education continues outside the classroom walls. The importance of service is embedded in the learning goals at every grade level. Seniors have been practicing service throughout their time at CPA. It is fitting, then, they conclude their experience at the Academy with a week of service.
     
    During Senior Service Week, each senior was responsible for arranging his/her own service hours, totaling a minimum of 10 hours of work throughout the week. Several seniors assisted teachers in the CPA ES/ PS classrooms and worked with staff members in the CPC church offices. One group packed backpacks with school supplies collected during the school-wide drive in March for Legacy Mission Village (LMV). In total, the seniors packed over 80 backpacks filled with pencils, paper, highlighters, lunch box markers, and more to be delivered in August to families connected with LMV. Other students traveled off-campus to the LMV Kindergarten Readiness Center to assist with cleaning and organizing the center. Another group gathered with 147 Million Orphans founder Suzanne Mayernick to work with the Nashville homeless population.
     
    CPA appreciates the organizations who partner with us not only for the positive student experience but also to increase the Academy’s ability to serve our community, with the potential for building relationships that may continue for years to come.
     
    Senior Jordan, who spent her service hours at a local animal shelter, commented, “Service Week was a really fun way to end our time at CPA. I think it’s great that the school made sure we had time to serve.”  
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  • CPA Into the Woods Cast Earns Spotlight Awards

    CPA Arts students participated in the recent Spotlights Awards, a nation-wide program that includes arts education and programming at thirty-seven performing arts centers across the country and culminates with the "Jimmies" in NYC. Locally, CPA students joined well-respected Nashville theatre professionals for workshops during the day at Lipscomb University. The program concluded with an awards evening at TPAC, which provided students the opportunity to observe the Tennessee high school musical theatre landscape of their peers through photo projections of scene shots, videos, and 16 musical numbers. CPA students contributed their own musical number to the evening, performing the finale of Into the Woods. CPA award winners included:   
    • Land Teller - Best Supporting Actor
    • Mackenzie Roberts & Mary Marguerite Hall – All-Star Cast
    • Baylor Burt & Peter DePhillps – All-Star Crew
    • Best Show Finalist
    Lipscomb University Faculty and Coordinator of Spotlight Kari Smith commented, "I loved your students' performance! They were great! "
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  • Spanish Projects Impact the Real World

    As the semester draws to a close, it is common for classes to have year-end projects to review the semester’s content. In Spanish II, these projects assessed much more than curriculum knowledge. While the project involved new vocabulary and required students to make use of specific content, the merits of the project extended far beyond learning the Spanish language. Students became entrepreneurs, tasked with creating a product and using that product to benefit others. Students navigated the challenges that arise in creating a product from scratch, in a second language. One pair of students published a children’s book in Spanish, which they read at a local preschool. Another pair created translation pamphlets, with specialized phrases and terms specific to the top three industries for Spanish-speakers. The students then spent a day testing their pamphlet on a jobsite and getting feedback from native Spanish-speakers. Another student aimed to raise $2000 to purchase school shoes for the students at Colegio de Bachilleres in Isla Mujeres, Mexico through "Project Zapatos". After corresponding in Spanish with a personal contact at the school, she set up a GoFundMe and raised $3,070. The CPA student then flew to Cancun, Mexico and purchased the exact sizes needed by the local students, ultimately purchasing 143 pairs of shoes! The wide variety of projects reflected individual student creativity, innovation, knowledge of the Spanish language, and consideration for others.
     
    Of Project Zapatos, Spanish teacher Ms. Beall commented, “It was very cool to see the student use her love for the Spanish language and culture in order to make an impact in the real world.”
     
     
     
     
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  • MS Spring Sports Conclude with HVAC Championships

    Congratulations to all the CPA middle school spring sports, which concluded their seasons with the following finishes in the HVAC Championships!
    • Softball: Division AA Champion
    • Baseball: Division AA Runner-Up
    • Boys Track and Field: 3rd place
    • Girls Track and Field: 4th place
    • First place finishes in the Track HVAC Championship
      • Tyler Reid- high jump
      • Caroline Betts- 1600, 800
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  • CPA Students Nominated for 2017 Spotlight Awards

    CPA cast and crew of Into the Woods have been nominated for several awards at the 2017 Spotlight Awards, honoring the best high school musical theater throughout Middle Tennessee.
     
    The awards presentation will be a Tony Awards-style ceremony held Saturday, May 13, at Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC, where the Top 10 Best Shows - including CPA’s Into the Woods - will perform a musical selection. Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased at tpac.org.  
     
    CPA students are finalists in the following categories. A full list of nominees and additional details may be found here.
    • Best Vocals 
    • Best Music Direction
    • Best Direction
    • Best Male Dancer
    • Best Female Soloist
    • Best Standout Supporting Actor
    • Best Ensemble Actress
    • Best Dramatic Actor
    • All-Star Cast
    • All-Star Crew
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  • Eighth Grade Students Complete Classic Egg-Drop Experiment

    There are few more iconic lab experiments than the classic “egg drop.” And for good reason: the experiment involves a wide variety of content standards, in addition to important life skills taught at the Academy. CPA eighth grade science students designed and tested their own egg-protecting contraptions as part of their unit on Physics. Consider how purposefully this experiment teaches the following 21st Century skills.  
     
    Communication and Collaboration: Students worked in pairs to create egg-carrying devices and to gather the necessary data during the drop, such as weight and time of flight.
     
    Creativity and Innovation: Given a limited supply list, students created the egg-carrying device without guided instruction. Instead, the young scientists relied on their own creativity and understanding of mass, air resistance, gravity, and force to design a completely original device.  
     
    Critical Thinking: In addition to applying knowledge of physics to the design, students also analyzed the mechanics of the drop by calculating the velocity, acceleration, force, and momentum of the egg and contraption.
     
    Problem-Solving: From difficulties with material limitations, to determining why the experiment resulted in a splattered egg post-drop, students solved problems at every turn.
     
    Decision-Making: Using content knowledge, combined with other skills, students ultimately had to decide on exactly how they would successfully complete the challenge.
     
    Eighth grade student Grace said, “My favorite part was definitely the design. It was challenging to come up with a plan to protect the egg, thinking about the height of the drop, and the mass of the unit. Ours worked out, though, because the egg was totally intact after the drop!”
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  • Intentional love makes seventh grade retreat to Barefoot Republic Camp a success

    While filled with many joys, middle school can also be a time of some insecurity and uncertainty as students transition from children to teenagers. At CPA, the middle school staff and teachers desire to step into this transition and guide students as they navigate the middle school years. The recent seventh grade retreat to Barefoot Republic Camp was just one way to help students as they face new challenges and grow in maturity. 
     
    The camp itself was filled with fun and excitement, with lake swimming, zip lines, a low ropes course, paint ball, and field games. Each activity was structured in such a way to encourage communication, leadership, listening, and humility.  
     
    Director of Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Jim Lee commented, “I saw a huge difference in my group from Day 1 activities to Day 2 activities. It was amazing to hear the students talk about things that didn’t work on Day 1 and make changes in the ways they communicated with and listened to each other to accomplish a common goal. This wasn’t just about completing the task; these kids were experiencing how to form the foundations of healthy relationships.” 
     
    Every component of the retreat, in fact, was intentional, from cabin groups, to table groups, to field groups, to bus groups. When asked to write about their favorite things, students responded…
     
    “the field groups and team activities”, “getting closer to each other”, “getting to know my classmates”, “team building”, “how mixed the groups were”, “bonding”.
     
    Each day, talks were given by CPA staff, centered around the theme of DIRT. Lee, along with teacher Andrea Denton, talked to students about their creation-from dirt- in God’s own image; the presence of sin-dirt-in every life; and the process of sanctification-ridding ourselves of the dirt, assuring them of the promise of Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
     
    Of the trip Lee said, “I was so impressed with seventh grade teachers and middle school administration. Every minute of the retreat was intentional. From the outside, a lot of the time looked like chaos- 100+ seventh graders running around- but there was nothing chaotic about it. Every detail was thought through and implemented in the context of love. Every moment of instruction, correction, or fun was done in truth and grace.”
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  • Fifth Grade Students Host International Festival

    At the CPA International Festival, students gained more than academic facts and knowledge about a different country; they became immersed in the history and culture of another part of the world, while considering how God is at work across the globe. 
     
    Prior to the festival, students learned true academic research, such as locating and citing credible sources. After gathering information, students formulated a research paper documenting their selected country’s national history, government, and culture. They also discussed Psalm 67 and considered what sharing the Word of God would look like in that country.
     
    Then, rather than simply write about their research, students applied their knowledge to transform the Event Center into an International Festival! Students served as ambassadors for their chosen country through a museum-style presentation that allowed parents, peers, and Academy students of all ages to explore four different continents or regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and North/Central/South America. Students also came to school dressed in native attire, inspired by a famous leader, figure, or historical era of their country. Presentations were further enhanced by a multitude of souvenirs, photos, travel brochures, props, and more. Each student creatively set up his or her display and showcased a student-created, online travel brochure at each personal travel booth.
     
    Fifth grader Ellie shared, “I studied Zimbabwe originally because my family has sponsored a child from there. In my research, I learned there is so much more to Zimbabwe than I realized. It is a beautiful country.”
     
    After the tours, the student ambassadors were treated to a parent panel, in which CPA parents shared their experiences traveling to different countries or living abroad. Students loved hearing the stories and seeing the Great Commission of Matthew 28 brought to life.
     
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  • CPA MS Sixth Grade Students "ESCAPE"

    Are you familiar with the popular team-building and brain-bending game, Escape? As a team, you are asked to solve million dollar heists, decode secret service missions, and navigate through prison passageways- all in one hour.

    The CPA sixth grade Bible students were treated to their own version of “Escape” in which their knowledge of the Bible was put to the test to unlock a treasure box and officially “escape”. Teacher Keri Perry developed an elaborate series of riddles, clues, and tests to create a truly engaging way to review Biblical content. At one station, for example, students answered questions regarding numbers they studied in the Bible (e.g. the number of tribes of Israel). Then, based on clues in the question prompt, students deduced that they needed to add the numbers together to get the combination to one of the four locks on the treasure box. At another station, students answered multiple choice questions based on course content. Each correct answer corresponded to a letter. The letters then had to be unscrambled to form a word, which was a clue to the location of a hidden key for a second lock. As the teams raced against the clock to unlock all four locks, they were constantly required to communicate, collaborate, and think critically. The result? After unlocking the box, students were rewarded with “I Escaped” stickers, candy, and a thorough review of content.
     
    Sixth grade student Thomas said of the experience, “My favorite part was the teamwork. We had to work together to dig into the Bible stories for the answers. Some of the clues were really difficult.” 
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  • CPA First Grade Concludes the Habitat for Humanity Penny Drive

    There is an important truth about acts of service: both the giving and receiving of blessings are life-changing. The CPA first grade experienced this first-hand as they concluded the fourth-annual Habitat for Humanity Penny Drive. You may remember seeing eager first-grade faces collecting money at morning carpool for the Habitat for Humanity Penny Drive. Thanks to the hard work of these students, funds were raised for Habitat home recipient, Ms. LaConya Hampton. Hampton, the mother of four, was on her way to achieving her licensed nurse certificate before losing her home to a house fire and her job as a self-employed caregiver. She had to find a job with stable hours to rebuild her life, and she feels blessed to have found it with United Methodist Publishing House. Having connected with Habitat for Humanity, home ownership is now a reality for Hampton. CPA first grade students had the privilege of meeting Hampton on campus and visiting the home site their donations helped build.

    Hampton stated, “My children and I are very thankful to be moving somewhere safe. I appreciate everyone who has helped me achieve my goal of homeownership. Thank you for changing our lives.”

    In addition to helping a family in need, the first grade students also learned that God uses even the youngest people and smallest amounts- spare change even- to do big work for His kingdom.

    First grade teacher Susan Herron describes the project, “The first grade partnership with the Greater Nashville Habitat for Humanity began with a desire to give our students a hands-on opportunity to be a blessing to others; to understand that even though they are young, God can use them to serve others in big and small ways. We have loved having this project for our first graders, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with Habitat and their families.”
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  • 20% Projects Provide Real-World Assessment Opportunities

    While there is much value to traditional testing and assessment, there is also much to be gained from alternative assessments, in which students have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of more than a textbook understanding of content. Enter the 20% Projects. These projects have been incorporated in several different subject areas in the high school classroom, including Anatomy, Ecology, Spanish, Latin, and Media Arts. While different teachers take slightly different approaches to these projects, they all have a similar structure: create an original product; construct a business model to promote that product; and pitch and defend the model to peers and teachers. During the pitch, teachers and staff review the product and critique the presentation. Each presentation is then followed by an intensive question and answer time.
     
    Students spend nine weeks developing their products, with work done in and out of the classroom. Time management, creativity, and problem-solving skills are developed and tested along the way. This semester, some amazing products came to fruition, from the Attack-Pac: Personalized jewelry that works as a defense aid to ULife: a phone application for tracking healthy food option on college campuses to IncrEDIBLE Crayons – Edible non-toxic crayons for kids.
     
    Anatomy and Ecology teacher Jeremy White commented, “We have had some truly ingenious designs and thoughts for improving human life and our world. These projects encompass aspects of business, medicine, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and many more spheres of society to make them a truly holistic endeavor. In addition, students truly value the insights and opinions from guest teachers and administrators during the presentation, as some of these products could move on to actual development.” 
     
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  • Sixth Grade Chefs Win FLIK Dining Culinary Competition

    Six CPA Middle School sixth grade students traded paper and pencils for spatulas and skillets as they formed one of four teams competing in the FLIK Independent School Culinary Competition. Celebrity chef Jet Tila hosted the special event.
     
    Four teams of chefs, comprised of sixth grade chefs from CPA, Brentwood Academy, Harding Academy, and The Oak Hill School, competed in a three-round elimination cooking competition. In each round, the teams were assigned a dish to create, with sabotages- such as ingredient substitutes and loss of equipment- awaiting them in every round. The team whose dish was judged the least satisfactory was eliminated from the game, until only one team of chefs remained.
     
    We are so proud of the CPA chefs, along with CPA’s Chef Manager Neil Overbrook, for WINNING the competition and making some incredible dishes along the way! One judge even wanted to market and serve one of CPA’s sabotaged dishes- Kale Caesar Salad. In addition to the food and fun, this team of chefs practiced the twenty-first century skills targeted at CPA: Communication and Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision-Making. Perhaps most important, this innovative and friendly competition benefited those in need, as all donations at the event were matched by FLIK to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.
     
    Sixth-grade chef Garrett said, “The sabotages were tough, especially replacing ingredients, but we worked together and got through it. We even had to add anchovies to a Caesar salad, but we made it work. I liked being the first students to do this at CPA. That made it really special.”
     
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  • CPA Media Arts and Journalism students earn high honors at the Tennessee High School Press Association Awards.

    CPA was well-represented at the Tennessee High School Press Association (THSPA) Awards Day! The 2015-16 Lion’s Roar received the honor of Best Yearbook in the State, in addition to Best Theme and All-Tennessee Ranking. Additionally, the CPA Media Arts department received four state honors including first place in three distinct categories. All students involved spend a tremendous amount of time and effort in these elective courses. We are proud of how these students, and the media they produce, demonstrate innovation and excellence. See the full list of awards below:
     
    THSPA Yearbook Awards:
    • Best Yearbook in the State
    • Best Theme
    • All-Tennessee Ranking
     
    Writing
    • Parker Mote, 1st Place Sports
    • Ella McGinty, 1st Place Student Life
    • Kendall McEvoy, 1st Place Academics
    • Ella McGinty, 2nd Place for Headline
    • Anna Avinger, 2nd Place Academics
    • Madison Hutts, 2nd Place Student Life
    • Elizabeth Graham Pistole, 2nd Place Sports
    • Carley Redmond, 2nd Place Fine Arts
    • Ella McGinty, 3rd Place Fine Arts
     
    Photography
    • Mary Caroline Funk, 1st Place for Student Life
    • Jessica Huddleston, 2nd Place for Sports
    • Grace Roper, 2nd Place for Academics
     
    THSPA Media Arts Awards 2017:
     
    • Best Newscast: "CPA News Broadcast - March 31st, 2016 - Framed Perspectives Edition" - Third Place
    • Best Info-graphic/Photo-illustration  - "Avengers Poster" - First Place
    • Best News/Sports Package - "Lions Under the Lights" - First Place
    • Multimedia:  Best Music Video - "All We Do" - First Place
     
    CPA Studios Staff:  Rachel Anderson, Isabella Andrews-Zachry, Baker Avinger, Baylor Burt, Britton Campbell, Shaoey Chapman, Ryan Charles, Dean Cooper, Wills Crook, Hawkins Daugherty, Ethan Davis, Elizabeth Denton, Savanna Dohler, Connor Drazan, Abigail Ellis, Caitlyn Fisher, Phillip Fuller, Nicholas Gibson, JT Gilbert, Libby Green, Thomas Higdon, Dalton Hodge, Carson Houk, Nathan Johnson, Baleigh Jones, Carli-Jo Kickert, Jarrett Mathews, Matthew Miller, Forrest Moore, Brown Myers, Will NeSmith, Fletcher Patterson, Preston Roten, Tristan Scaife, Jacob Stopkotte, Siarra Stout, Land Teller, Lexie Vinson, Sam Woodward, Joshua Wright, Sara Grace Black, Justin Condidorio, Luke Ellis, Stephen Gage, Lauren Hutchins, Kate Klausner, Jackson Madden, Will Peters, Charlie Thorne
     
     
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  • CPA MS Honors the "Greatest Generation" through cross-curricular '40s Day Program

    Headmaster Nate Morrow says, “Great collaboration brings value to others.” This was certainly true of the CPA Middle School ’40s Day Program. The collaboration of multiple subject areas and a service-minded approach resulted in a performance that brought value to both participants and audience members.
     
    In preparation for the annual CPA ’40s Day, CPA eighth grade students studied the culture, art, literature, and events of the times in History, Art, and English classes. Additionally, students participated in a service project in which they gathered with WWII veterans and senior citizens to interview and listen to the incredible stories from the past. The members of the “Greatest Generation” were eager to tell students about their experiences growing up in the 1940s: the food and supplies rationing, the long waits for news and letters, and the famous personalities of the times. At the Bellevue YMCA, senior citizens shared magazines, war medals, and letters from their youth in the 1940s. Students learned from people whose lives at age 13 were much different than what an eighth grader experiences today.
     
    On Friday, March 3, the Academy invited eighth grade parents, grandparents, and the new friends who had been interviewed to attend the special ’40s Day event. Boys dressed in military uniforms escorted guests into the Event Center by way of the “Mess Tent” and provided everyone with a “hash box” complete with “rations” to enjoy during the program. Preceding the USO-styled show presented by the students for their guests,  grandparents and senior citizens from the community were honored with a standing ovation. The performance itself, while an incredible display of talent and information, was both a testimony to the transformational education in multiple subject areas and a tribute to the sacrifice of a generation given to ensure freedom for people around the world.
     
    Eighth grader Parker said of the experience, “It wasn’t until we interviewed senior citizens that I realized rationing happened for everyone, not just in certain cities or overseas. It was really special having the senior citizens we met on campus for the show- that was actually my favorite part of the program.”
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  • History Comes Alive at the Living History Museum

    Did you know some very special celebrities visited CPA this week? Do you recognize names such as Julius Caesar, Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder, or Jackie Robinson? These and other historical figures were brought to life at the third grade Living History Museum.
     
    The Living History Museum is much more than a history project: it combines scholarly research, report-writing, art, integrated technology, communication, creativity, and a biblical worldview. This massive two-month undertaking begins with students learning how to navigate scholarly research. Students then write a report, deliver it as a speech, and construct a creative display. Displays contain a portrait designed in art class, a QR code created in computer class, the written report, and other pictures and information relevant to the life of students’ assigned historical figures. Furthermore, in studying the entirety of a person’s life, students get a better understanding of God’s sovereignty as they realize that every person is uniquely designed and reflects the image of God.
     
    At the culmination of the project, the Varsity Gym was transformed into an incredible display of historical figures brought to life. Students dressed in costume and assumed the identity of their historical figure as patrons gave them an opportunity to share a brief biography from a first-person perspective.
     
    Third-grader Will observed, “My favorite part of the project was making the display board. It combined the studying we did in class with the things we did in art and computer, and I really like how mine turned out.”
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  • Fourth grade students take a cross-curricular bowling field trip

    Listen carefully, and you will sometimes hear a student ask, “…when will I use this in real life?” Fourth grade teachers decided to offer an innovative and immediate real-life application of their curriculum, and the result was met with plenty of enthusiasm to “spare”!
     
    After studying kinetic and potential energy in science and fractions and graphing in math, CPA fourth grade students and teachers travelled to the bowling alley. As the students bowled, teachers led lessons on energy. Students observed first-hand the transformation of potential energy into kinetic energy with every turn. Students also documented the scores from each game, converted them to fractions, and constructed line plots after returning to the classroom.
     
    Fourth grader Steele described “We did more than bowl, we did experiments to observe gravity and energy in the lanes.” 
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  • Fifth Grade Students "Pay It Forward"

    Students, it seems, are always waiting for the day to be the oldest of their respective schools; many privileges accompany the coveted status. At CPA, fifth graders are granted the privilege of conducting morning announcements and holding speaking roles in the Academy programs. One group of fifth graders, however, decided to use their position to grow in leadership and kindness. Appropriately titled “Fifth Forward,” a group of sixteen fifth grade students have committed to “paying forward” kindness. The idea of “paying forward” acknowledges that kindness has been received and must, in turn, be shared. In addition to growing in their understanding of giving and receiving kindness, these students become role models for the younger students. To be involved, students must express interest, submit an application, and obtain a teacher referral. After being accepted into the program, students pay kindness forward through such tasks as opening doors at the beginning and end of the school day and serving as greeters on campus on a rotating schedule.
     
    Participant Caroline explains, “Sometimes younger kids want to walk into school with someone. We are there to be a friendly face and help them be excited about starting their day.” 
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  • CPA LION'S ROAR 2015-16 Earns Prestigious Award

    CPA’s LION’S ROAR 2015-16, themed, “Forward: Same Direction, Different Angles”, joins a legacy of award-winning yearbooks, becoming the Academy’s second publication to be named a Pacemaker Finalist. Each year, the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography, and graphics. The contests are open to any NSPA member publication. The LION’S ROAR 2015-16 joined only seventeen other books from across the nation as Pacemaker Finalists. The winner will be announced Saturday, April 8.  
     
    Co-Editor-In-Chief AJ Thomas commented, “It's such a blessing to be a part of a team that inspires each other to work harder and make a product that our school truly cares about. Every staff member is so self-motivated and dedicated to excellence, and those qualities are the reason we can create an award-winning  and meaningful yearbook.”
     
    In addition to the Pacemaker honor, the LION’S ROAR 2015-16 also earned several Quill and Scroll National Awards in the 2016 Yearbook Excellence Contest. Winners included 297 National Award winners from a pool of over 1,400 entries. CPA Quill and Scroll awards winners include:
     
    National Award Winners
    Anna Avinger
    Academics Spread (Art spread)
     
    Jessica Huddleston
    Sports Action Photo (page 4-5 in 2016 yearbook)
     
    Madison Hutts
    Caption Writing in Student Life Section
    Student Life Spread
     
    Kendall McEvoy
    Headline Writing (Chapel spread)
     
    Cooper Reynolds
    Sports Spread (MS Football spread)
     
    AJ Thomas
    Personality Profile (Mr. Nesbitt spread)
     
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  • CPA Headmaster's Mid-Year Address

    This has been an exceptional year thus far. Hear from CPA Headmaster Nate Morrow as he reflects on what God has done and gives a preview of the great days ahead.
    Watch video here.
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  • CPA History Teacher Receives the 2017 Middle Tennessee Holocaust Educator Award

    Teaching the Holocaust is a weighty and important task. Memphis entrepreneurs and philanthropists Jack A. Belz and Ira Lipman understood this challenge and established the Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award, recognizing outstanding educators who excel in the teaching of the Holocaust. Each year educators from East, West, and Middle Tennessee are honored. This year, the 2017 Middle Tennessee Holocaust Educator Award winner is CPA AP American and AP European History Instructor Dan Carpenter.
     
    According to Carpenter, “The Holocaust must be studied because, as deplorable as the events were, it would be a further tragedy if those stories of suffering were forgotten. I also believe students today must study the Holocaust in order to realize that the Holocaust victims were people with hopes and dreams, just like us. When that type of empathy takes place, students begin to understand their responsibility to work for justice in our present world.”
     
    His impact on future generations is indelible. CPA colleague and college counsellor Catherine Sawyer said of Carpenter’s teaching, “In an age of entitlement and instant gratification, to be able to “hook” a student and ignite his or her intrinsic- but often dormant- thirst for knowledge, truth, connection, and meaning is an increasingly difficult task, a fine art if you will. Dan Carpenter is one of the finest artists in our school. He is an expert clinician and is also deeply beloved, revered, and respected by his students and those of us who are privileged to work alongside him.”
     
    The award recipients will be honored at a special ceremony sponsored by the Tennessee Holocaust Commission (THC) on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol in the House Chamber. The commemoration ceremony is free and open to the public.
     
     
     
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  • MS Robotics Club gets hands-on experience with surgical robots

    The CPA MS Robotics Club was invited to participate in a demonstration of robotic surgical equipment, giving the students a glimpse into the enormous potential robotics has in the world. Dr. Tyson Thomas, CPA parent and general surgeon at St. Thomas Health, arranged for the club to have a hands-on experience while meeting with surgeons and professional robotics designers. During the demonstration, students assumed the roles of doctors, using the robotics equipment to manipulate grasping tools and rubber bands simulating banding and suturing maneuvers that would be performed during real surgical procedures. Another robot operated in a virtual world, allowing users to practice dexterity and accuracy to prepare for more difficult tasks.
     
    MS Robotics Club Director Wesley Diggs said “The surgeons and designers talked to us about how students seem more adept to learning how to use these robotic tools.  Younger students are more accustomed to virtual environments where they manipulate objects through different controllers or systems.  It was so much fun to be with the students as they learned the system and engaged with the robotics platform.”
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  • 1992 CPA Basketball State Champions Honored

    In 1992, a very young Academy was poised to graduate its first class of eight students. Following the graduation of that class, the school would be eligible for TSSAA play. Determined to begin an athletic program before TSSAA eligibility began, the school joined the Tennessee Association of Non-Public Academic Schools (TANAS), and in 1992, a young boys basketball team claimed the TANAS Boys Basketball State Championship.
     
    It was the first championship title in the history of the school. On Friday, February 3, celebrating their 25-year reunion, members of that team and the sole senior cheerleader from the class of 1992 were recognized and honored with a State Championship banner, joining the two TSSAA Boys Basketball State Championship banners earned in 2013 and 2014.
     
    According to Athletic Director and 1992 Boys Basketball Head Coach Mike Ellson, “These are the true pioneers of CPA athletics. We had former team members traveling from all over the country to attend this ceremony. It speaks to the impact CPA had and continues to have on these lives. It’s a big deal to realize how much God has done through this school.”
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  • CPA Band Students Earn Positions in Mid-State Honor Band

    Three CPA Band students were honored with positions in the MTSBOA Mid-State Honor Band, including Hunter Wilson in 11th-12th Grade Gold Concert Band on French Horn, Sarah Faulk as the second alternate for the 9th-10th Silver Concert Band on alto saxophone, and Madison Turner in the 7th-8th Silver Concert Band on clarinet. Wilson and Turner attended the Mid-State Band Clinic at MTSU in January followed by a public performance at MTSU.
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  • Middle School presents: The Wizard of Oz

    Take a flying trip to somewhere over the rainbow to discover there's really no place like home.

    Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.
    Event Center

    $12 reserved adult seat
    $7 reserved student seat
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  • Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

    CPA is proud to claim two more college scholarship athletes from the class of 2017! Congratulations to Owen and Emily in their decision to continue their athletics careers at the college level. 
    • Emily Enoch- tennis at Birmingham-Southern College
    • Owen Keck- soccer at Lee University
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  • CPA is proud to recognize and honor the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of Class of 2017

    Valedictorian
    Attending CPA since preschool at the age of two, AJ Thomas has long been a leader in her class in multiple respects, defining the well-rounded student. She served on the costume crew for the arts productions throughout high school and became costume crew manager her junior and senior years. She was a member of the volleyball, softball, and lacrosse teams. In addition to participating in multiple mission trips, Thomas served regularly as a tutor at Preston Taylor ministries and as a middle school small group leader at her church. Her academic achievements include multiple student achievement awards in honors and AP level courses. Thomas also uncovered a great talent and passion for journalism since joining the yearbook staff her freshman year. After serving as a writer, photographer, and assistant editor for CPA’s nationally ranked yearbooks, she was named Editor-in-Chief her senior year. Her passion for journalism guides her college decision, as she plans to major in journalism next year.
     
    Salutatorian
    Annie Wang arrived in Nashville from China in the summer of 2014 and entered her sophomore year at CPA, coming to the United States to receive an education and live with a host family for the remainder of her high school career. Pursuit of a Christian education was a distinctive part of Annie’s placement at CPA as an exchange student from China. Although living far from her family and adjusting to the culture and language in the U.S., Wang embraced and excelled in all that life at CPA had to offer her. She quickly became involved in the arts, joining the advanced vocal group Vision, performing in multiple plays and musicals, attending the Governor’s School for the Arts, and contributing her award-winning artwork to shows and competitions inside and outside the school. Academically, she rose quickly to the top of her class, excelling in a heavy course load of AP courses and garnering several student achievement awards. Wang also became an active member in the community at large, as part of her local church, and serving in a variety of nonprofit organizations during her summers in China. After graduation, Wang plans to stay in the United States for college and major in Biomedical Engineering. 
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  • CPA MS and HS Swim Teams Finish Strong

    After the completion of the regular season schedule, filled with personal and team growth, the CPA Varsity swim team entered its championship season, beginning with the MTHSSA Region meet last weekend. The team finished fifth in the Region in a tie with Father Ryan. Athletes are looking forward to the final competition at the State Meet at the University of Tennessee on Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11. Five girls and seven boys will represent CPA in over 20 events at the State swim meet, including Sarah-Ashby Calhoun, Mary McKinnon Pierce, Garland Pierce, Megan Todd, Lexie Vinson, Justin Condidorio, Luke Ellis, Ben Kelly, Luke Selinger, Noah Stopkotte, Seb Stubblefield, and Zachary Todd.
     
    The middle school swim team completed a successful season last weekend as well, with a seventh place finish out of nearly 50 teams in the MTHSSA Middle School Championship, a strong final meet after an impressive third place finish in the HVAC Championship. Coach Matthew Cox said of the team, “I’m very proud of the effort and attitude this team had all season. Their hard work was unseen by their peers, and they continued to work toward their goals. They loved to compete, but more impressive was their support and love toward each other.” 
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  • Awards Abound for HS and MS Visual Arts Students

    Five CPA high school visual art students have been named 2017 Scholastic Art Award recipients. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. This year's regional competition included over 1,460 entries, which were evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges. Regional Gold Key winners are eligible for scholarships and cash prizes, will be featured in the Scholastic exhibition at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, and will have their work sent to New York City for national judging.
     
    We are excited to announce the following CPA students as regional award recipients: Gold Key winner Ashley DuRard, Silver Key winners Emily Carpenter and Betsey Ellis, and Honorable Mention winners Colette Miller, Ashley DuRard, and Annie Wang.
     
    CPA middle school students were also honored at the artist awards ceremony and reception for the 2017 Middle Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition. Only 21 percent of submissions were accepted into the art show, and three CPA middle school students were honored with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Cherestina Ferrari won 2nd place in the sixth grade category, Chloe Amyx won 2nd and 1st place in the seventh grade category, and Addi Gerlach won 3rd place in the eighth grade category. The show features artwork created by sixth through twelfth graders and work was displayed in the Leu Art Gallery at Belmont University.
     
    Middle School Visual Arts teacher Laura McFadden commented, “It is such an honor for a middle school student to make it into this show, much less win an award, as all three of these students did. It is a wonderful opportunity for these students’ works to be seen publicly, recognized for exceptionality, and for these artists to see what other students are doing in their programs. I am very proud of their accomplishments!”
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  • Parent Connect sponsors CPA Spring Speaker Series

    Parent Connect has announced their sponsorship for CPA's Spring Speaker Series launching on Friday, February 3. Make plans now to attend!

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  • CPA second graders visit The Clay Lady

    CPA second grade students had the opportunity to explore both science and art this week at a hands-on workshop with The Clay Lady. Students employed the art-making process by molding and painting clay heart plates as they discussed the raw materials used to create clay products, connecting their work with the conclusion of their Science unit on Soil.
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  • Faculty starts 2017 with focus on the power of essential questions

    As spring 2017 commences at CPA, faculty gears up for the semester by focusing on the power of essential questions. Essential questions include big picture, overarching, debate-sparking questions with no right or wrong answer. 
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  • Theatre students travel to Tennessee Thespian Conference

    Theatre students will travel to Murfreesboro for the Tennessee State Thespian Conference at MTSU next week to convene with over 800 arts students from across the state at the biggest event of the year.
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  • A Christmas Greeting from CPA

    Please enjoy this special video Christmas message from all of us at CPA to you. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Watch the video.
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  • High school transforms elementary school into A Charlie Brown Christmas wonderland as surprise for students

    Christmas time usually means decked halls around campus at CPA, but this year’s decorations took on new life thanks to high school students’ idea to serve the elementary school with a special surprise. The annual High School Hall Decorating Competition usually takes over the high school building. All four houses competed against one another with ornate, themed décor. This year, students decided instead of working on their own hallways, they’d spread Christmas cheer in the elementary school by transforming their building into A Charlie Brown Christmas wonderland. Visual art students took the lead in designing the vision, while others gathered materials, organized teams, and coordinated set up.
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  • CPA senior tubaist selected to perform at Carnegie Hall

    CPA Arts is proud to announce senior Nathan Gauchat has been accepted into the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City, under the direction of renowned conductor Dr. Kenneth Ozzello from The University of Alabama. Nathan’s acceptance to this elite group of international high school performers is a direct result of his talent, dedication, and achievement demonstrated in the application process.
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  • CPA fourth grade visits Country Music Hall of Fame

    CPA fourth graders recently visited Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame as part of their music enrichment unit on rhythm and lyrics. Students participated in the Hall of Fame’s Words & Music program, a program that supports classroom teachers as they guide students through the process of lyrical production. Not only does Words & Music teach core curriculum, but it also connects young people to Nashville’s music community, pairing classes with songwriters who transform student lyrics into finished songs that are performed in an interactive workshop.
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  • CPA middle school art students launch line of toy monsters

    MS visual art students recently participated in a collaborative art project, learning the steps to create and implement a basic business plan. Their company, “Monsters Ink,” made up of sixth, seventh, and eight graders, designed, produced, and marketed a line of model toy monsters.
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  • Six CPA athletes sign letters of intent

    CPA celebrated six student athletes signing national letters of intent on National Signing Day. These students were honored in an on-campus ceremony attended by friends, family, faculty, and staff. After remarks were made on behalf of each athlete, students thanked their own communities for helping them take their athletic careers to the next level.

    The following athletes were honored:
    • David Bates- baseball at Vanderbilt University
    • Grace Campbell- volleyball at Wofford College
    • Phillip Clarke- baseball at Vanderbilt University
    • Maddie Clay- softball at Belmont University
    • Siarra Stout- golf at University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    • Luke Zieman- golf at Vanderbilt University
    "We're incredibly proud of these seniors and all the hard work they have put forth to get to this point. We can't wait to watch them continue to grow into who God made them to be," said HS Principal Dr. Parker Altman.
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  • Local Holocaust survivor addresses CPA senior class

    The senior class recently traveled to the Congregation Ohabai Sholom, locally known as The Temple, to hear Holocaust survivor Frances Cutler speak about growing up as a “hidden child” in Nazi Europe. Frances is a featured speaker of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission’s Live On exhibit.
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  • CPA seventh grade football on NFL Network's Titans pregame segment

    The CPA seventh grade football team was invited to participate in the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football pregame segment for the Titans vs. the Jaguars. Former Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Cowher and NFL Hall of Famer and CBS sports analyst Deion Sanders hosted the segment, running a few plays with the team on the Titans field.

    The team enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at the pregame broadcast and Nissan Stadium before a Titans game.

    Click HERE to view the segment.

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  • Shakespeare and Service Day at CPA high school

    High school students hit the city of Nashville last week to serve their community and enjoy TPAC’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Polk Theater. The school was divided by grade for each field trip. Eleventh and twelfth grades visited TPAC one day, while ninth and tenth grades served at a local non-profit with their advisories, and vice versa.
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  • CPA first grade takes flight at Edwin Warner Park’s bird banding

    CPA first grade students recently visited Edwin Warner Park to witness the fascinating practice of “bird banding,” integral to the study of bird species and their migration patterns. Students gathered to observe at the Warner Parker Nature Center, the center for outdoor recreation, natural history, and education for the 2,684 acres of the local park system.
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  • High school inducts 67 new National Honor Society members

    CPA high school welcomed 67 new members into the National Honor Society at Tuesday night's induction ceremony.

    The National Honor Society (NHS) was established in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
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  • Middle school students look ahead to college during Middle School College Week

    Middle school students were given a glimpse into the college world this week as CPA Middle School College Week took over the school. Hallways adorned with college paraphernalia, students wearing their favorite college T-shirts, college trivia, presentations from the CPA College Counseling team, and a school-wide tailgate party gave students an exciting preview to college life and the pre-admissions process in high school.
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  • To Live Transformed: Homecoming and Home Going

    By HS Principal Parker Altman

    We closed out the month of September with our Homecoming week celebrations. In the high school, we had a blast with activities leading up to the football game and the traditional homecoming dance. Students enjoyed grade-level competitions such as tug-of-war and gathered together in a PS-12 pep rally. Lots of great memories were made.
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  • Arts integration for third graders at Cheekwood

    Third grade recently visited Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, a field trip designed as a collaborative arts experience supplementing their studies on American artists at home and abroad. Selections from the Cheekwood Permanent Collection from artists Childe Hassam, Alexander Calder, and Red Grooms were on display to tell the story of American artists journeying across the world, drawing influence from other cultures.
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  • High school journalism students take home THSPA awards

    High school journalism students Katherine Adams, Elaina Joy Sanders, Lily Thomas, and Camille Klausner recently competed in the Tennessee High School Press Association's write-off contest with hundreds of Tennessee journalism students. The competition was held at Lipscomb University at the THSPA’s annual student-journalism conference. Contestants watched a 15-minute interview, took notes, and then composed their articles in 30 minutes.
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  • CPA Arts launches Salt & Light Studio

    CPA Arts announces a new opportunity for high school students this fall: the Salt & Light Studio. Established to bring students into relevant, engaging connections with professional arts culture-shapers, the Salt & Light Studio provides a forum to grow from others’ artistic and spiritual journeys, while finding encouragement to listen for God’s still, small voice. An important aspect of the Salt & Light Studio is to provide students with an opportunity to create and execute an event of their choosing to positively affect an aspect of culture at their school through their own creativity.
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  • Parent Connect announces fall speaker series

    Sponsored by the CPA Parent Connect Education Committee, and led by Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff, the Fall Speaker Series will kick off on Friday, October 7. Register here.
     
    With presentations from CPA Leadership, this series focuses on relevant parenting topics like grit, being a team player, and learning from mistakes. Sessions will be held from 12-1 p.m. in the Gathering Room (Church building) on CPA’s campus. Registration is required. Each session is $5 and includes a box lunch. The deadline to register is Wednesday at noon preceding the Friday session. Click here to register or visit the Open Registrations board in MyCPA.
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  • CPA Blog: Seeing is Believing

    Academic Dean Dawn Ruff
    Who was your favorite teacher in school? In graduate school, I was asked to write about mine. She came quickly to mind: Mercedes Lytle, my high school choral teacher. I performed in Ensemble, the advanced vocal choir, for all three years of high school. I loved it, and I loved Ms. Lytle. She set a high standard. She was quick to laugh, and quick to let us know when we were “fudging,” her word for being sloppy with our vocals.
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  • Kenny Davis to speak at CPA Dads Steak Dinner

    CPA Dads will sponsor the annual CPA Dads Steak Dinner for the Academy and CPA alumni on Monday night, September 26. The event will include a catered steak dinner and feature guest speaker Kenny Davis, former team member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team and author of the book Better Than Gold.
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  • Sunshine and good times at the Back-to-School Party

    One of CPA's many traditions includes welcoming students and families from across the school back to campus at the Back-to-School Party after the first week of class. Academy families start the second week of school after celebrating a new year with local eats, inflatables, games, athletic events, and lots of school spirit.
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  • CPA Blog: Because We Are Not Home

    Last May, students left school filled with the possibilities of summer. The Morrow family was no different and our summer gave opportunity for staying up late, swimming, fishing, four-wheeling, building sandcastles, and riding roller coasters over and over again – even if the repetition made the Morrow parents a little queasy.
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  • Parent Connect sponsors annual Uniform Consignment Sale

    CPA Parent Connect will host the annual Uniform Consignment Sale on Wednesday, August 10. The sale will take place in the Fellowship Hall from 4-6 p.m., and will include school uniforms, athletic wear, costumes, and outerwear for students PS-12.



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  • Class of 2016: where are they headed?

    Representing over 46 universities all over the country, The Class of 2016 graduated from the Academy with exciting destinations for fall. Here's where they're headed:
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  • Boys and girls basketball teams receive post-season honors

    Girls Varsity Post-Season Honors and Recognition:

    • District 12-AA All District Team (for the entire Season)
      Chelsea Burt, Savannah LeGate, MVP Kenedi Hambrick
    • District 12-AA  All-District Tournament Team
      Savannah LeGate, Carrington Washburn, MVP Kenedi Hambirck
    •  Region 6-AA All Region Tournament Team
      Kenedi Hambrick, Savannah LeGate, MVP Chelsea Burt
    • The Tennessean All Mid-state Third Team
      Savannah LeGate

    • The Tennessean All Mid-State Fourth Team
      Kenedi Hambrick
    • Tennessee Sports Writer's Association AA All-State Team
      Kenedi Hambrick, Savannah LeGate
    • Walter Nipper Sportsmanship Award, given by Nashville Civitan Club
      Chelsea Burt
    • Moss-Oliver Finalist, given by Nashville Civitan Club
      Chelsea Burt

    Boys Varsity Post-Season Honors and Recognition:

    • District 12-AA All District Team (for the entire Season)
      Michael Mayernick, Evan Ragsdale, MVP Clay Washburn
    •  District 12-AA  All-District Tournament Team
      Evan Ragsdale, Drew Scott, MVP Michael Mayernick
    • Region 6-AA All Region Tournament Team
      James Deaton, Michael Mayernick, MVP Drew Scott

    • The Tennessean All Mid-State Fourth Team
      Clay Washburn
    • Walter Nipper Sportsmanship Award, given by Nashville Civitan Club
      Evan Ragsdale
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  • Academy welcomes grandparents to campus on Grandparents Day

    A longstanding tradition at CPA Elementary School, Grandparents Day is an opportunity for CPA grandparents to visit with their elementary school student(s), learn about school experiences, meet teachers, see the classrooms, and enjoy time on campus. 
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  • CPA first grade partners with Habitat for Humanity to house local family

    CPA first graders had a special opportunity this spring to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville to welcome Franklin native Cindy Bryant and her son Caleb to a brand new home of their own. Habitat for Humanity’s Nashville chapter serves four counties: Davidson, Wilson, Dickson, and Cheatham. Since it was established in 1985, Habitat has built or recycled more than 875 homes, and served more than 2,000 family members with new places to live.
     
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  • Dr. Katherine Koonce blogs on "A Desired Dichotomy" in To Live Transformed

    Having recently passed the 50-year mark of my life, I find I am a contradiction of sorts – I enjoy reading the classics, but I also read a lot of blogs; I value face-to-face relationships, but I’m also on social media; I love slow Sunday afternoons but also high-tech Monday mornings. Probably, all of us feel this pull between the old and the new in some way, perhaps even more so now that we are inundated daily with the “newness” of our world.

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  • Kindergarten learns to grow at Green Door Gourmet

    CPA kindergarten students visited Green Door Gourmet, a local, organic farm and country store spanning 350 acres in West Nashville along the Cumberland River. Green Door Gourmet grows a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs using holistic methods. The farm supplies organic produce to over 50 local restaurants and farmer’s markets, and has recently developed an educational program teaching children the value of sustainable farming practices. 
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  • Preschool celebrates Week of the Young Child

    It was a special week at CPA Preschool - faculty, staff, and students participated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children's nationwide celebration: Week of the Young Child
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  • Google Expeditions comes to CPA

    If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? When asked this question, CPA students excitedly named destinations like the Taj Mahal, the Amazon rainforest, Machu Picchu, and Yosemite National Park. With the help of Google Expeditions, they travelled everywhere!
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  • Middle school students connect with local seniors

    CPA eighth graders recently embarked on an interpersonal learning experience with Nashville’s senior citizen communities. Students visited community centers, assisted living homes, and medical facilities to get to know their neighbors of another generation, a generation some call “the greatest generation."
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  • CPA Media Arts and Journalism programs take first place in the state at THSPA awards

    Media Arts and Journalism students recently attended Tennessee High School Press Association (THSPA) Awards Day, winning Best Overall News Studio/Station and Best Overall Yearbook in the state. THSPA represents hundreds of student journalism and media staffs from across Tennessee. CPA swept first place in eight other categories, including Senior Madelyn Bomar as Student Journalist of the Year, Best Newscast, Best Yearbook Copy, and Best Yearbook Design.
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  • Academy launches new blog To Live Transformed

    The Academy recently announced the launch of a new digital platform, the CPA blog: To Live Transformed. The blog will be a dialogue on life, leadership, and learning for the school's community at large. The blog is located on the website under the About section.
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  • Chess team honors former instructor at Ron Seaney Memorial Scholastic Tournament

    The CPA chess team, led by K-5 Enrichment instructor Igor Zhislin, was well represented in the Ron Seaney Memorial Scholastic Tournament at Percy Priest Elementary School last week. CPA was the only school with players in each of the four sections of the competition! The tournament was in memory of former CPA chess instructor Ron Seany who passed away last spring.
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  • Sixth grade learns the art of afternoon tea

    Sixth graders recently completed a geography unit on the U.K., it’s history, culture, and customs. As an experiential portion of the unit, students participated in the Sixth Grade English Tea, sponsored by Parent Connect.
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  • CPA inducts 80 students into National Honor Society

    CPA celebrates 80 high school students for their induction into the National Honor Society. NHS was established in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students.
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  • Media Arts students travel to L.A.

    Media Arts students recently traveled to Los Angeles to tour its vast entertainment and production industry. Highlights of the trip included visits to Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Sony Studios. Students interacted with industry professionals and even visited the live set of the new ABC Family drama Young and Hungry.
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  • Wade named Swimmer of the Year

    After a record-breaking season in the pool, CPA junior Tatum Wade has been named the 2015 Middle Tennessee High School Swimming Association Swimmer of the Year and the Tennessee Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Female Swimmer of the Year. Tatum won two events at the 2015 TISCA Tennessee High School Swimming and Diving Championships in Knoxville on February 13-14, 2015, starting with a thrilling victory in the 200 free, 3.5 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor. Her 1:45.76 result is a personal best by 1.5 seconds. In the 500 free, Tatum won by nearly 8 seconds with a strong 4:44.00 to lower her personal best by three seconds.
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