Caldwell Academy began the 2020-2021 school year with re-opening plans we prayed would give us the best chance at learning in person for as long as possible. Initially, we considered reaching Labor Day a worthy goal. Making it all the way to Thanksgiving (or beyond) seemed hard to comprehend. Our theme for the year centered on the challenge presented by Mordecai to Queen Esther, “For a time such as this.” We may not have known it at the time, but those faithful words proved true time and again.
Our efforts came with no blueprint. There was no life hack for educating students during a global pandemic. The best we could do was follow the guidance of medical professionals and pray it was enough to keep everyone in our community safe and in school. As the school year concludes, I am hard-pressed to describe what the Lord has done for us.
For the past several weeks, I have borne witness as the class of 2021 finished its time at Caldwell with distinction. The students displayed poise, composure, and confidence during their senior thesis presentations. This group is well-trained and grounded in what it believes. I listened carefully as their teachers spoke words of truth and affirmation during a moving Senior Recognition ceremony. Last Friday I proudly handed each graduate their diploma impressed by what they accomplished and how they ran the final lap of their high school race.
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By God's grace, we enjoyed a safe and successful completion of the school year. Isaiah 41:13 reminds us, “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” While some events and activities were limited or did not take place, it would be far too restrictive to dwell upon that which did not occur.
Caldwell students learned so much this year. Our classical, Christian community came alive each and every day. Our school's teachers showed true creativity and ingenuity by adapting classrooms and lessons to accommodate masks and physical distance. The students also learned and adapted quickly to the many changes on campus. Truth, beauty, and goodness were deeply examined. Students achieved new thresholds for reading books. Teams won state championships. Melodic music was made. Our graduates gained acceptance to outstanding colleges and universities around the country.
As we transition into the summer, I wish every family a time of respite. Enjoy your loved ones and create space to get alone with the Lord. When we return in the fall, I look forward to sharing some exciting news. In partnership with the Board of Directors, we will release a five-year strategic plan that casts a vision for the future. Building upon Caldwell’s strong legacy, I truly believe our best days lie ahead.
For now, join me in reflecting on the year that was. It was a most memorable journey made possible by our Lord’s provision and a selfless community committed to a goal greater than itself.
Soli Deo Gloria, Caldwell.