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Perryman Post - The Importance of Failure

November 11, 2019
By CAK Communications

Dear CAK Parents,

I trust that you all had a wonderful Fall Break. I am so thankful that the air finally feels somewhat like Fall! Second-quarter is off to a great start, and your kids are doing great!

If you will remember my September post, I quoted a statement by a teacher to a parent. In that statement, I want to build off the last sentence “…it appears the more we pushed them academically, the more we failed at teaching them life.” This phrase is a concern to me in that life mostly is learned through difficult and trying circumstances, not through constant success. If you are like me, my life has been full of missteps, poor decisions, and failure. Calvin Coolidge, I believe, presents a nice idea of persistence:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than successful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

So, how is persistence developed? I submit to you that it is through failure and setbacks that we learn persistence. It is taking that challenging AP course, then working hard and failing the first quiz. It is auditioning for Musical Theater and not getting the lead. It is through trying out for the basketball team and having to sit the bench. Our students need to experience failure; life is full of failure. Trying to shield students from failure is not teaching them life.

The most valuable lessons I have learned have come as a result of the failure. Were these lessons painful? Absolutely, however, they inspired me to improve and attain goals that I did not feel I could ever reach. There were times that I didn’t learn from my failures and paid a heavy price. 

No one wants to see their child fail a class or not get picked for the school play and definitely not sit on the bench. Your students need to experience those “failures,” and if they do not, they will not be ready for life. Henry Ford was quoted as saying “failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” May I encourage you to challenge your child to take those hard classes regardless of how they will impact their GPA. Please encourage them to try a sport, work hard in practice to earn playing time and in the process, learn valuable lessons in teamwork. Invite them to audition for a role in the play; they may discover that it is a blast even if they are on the stage crew!

This post is from my heart to yours. I love our students as I know you love your children; they must be taught life. As adults, we all know life is hard and full of disappointments, let your children experience discouragement to see them grow.

In God's grace, 

Dan Perryman
Interim Head of School
Christian Academy of Knoxville

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Perryman Post: Marching Off the Map

September 24, 2019
By CAK Communications

We are off to a tremendous start this year. Our students are settling in and working hard. Our athletic teams are doing well - GO WARRIORS! We are so blessed and are looking for a great year.

As many of you may know our faculty and staff read a book this summer entitled Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore with Andrew McPeak. The subtitle to the book is – Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand-New World. It was a very challenging and interesting read. 

The first chapter was entitled What If the Future Could Talk to Us? Opening up the first chapter was a letter that was written to a mom by her child's former high school principal. The mom and the principal were close friends. Her son, Matthew, is now 25 and long removed from high school, and the principal was grieving over the fact that Matthew was still unemployed and living at home. Please read what the principal wrote:

I felt the need to write to you today about our children. They’ve been on my mind. Now that both our kids are older, I hate to admit that we’re getting used to higher levels of anxiety and depression in them. I deeply regret our adult children are addicted to screens and meds to help them cope with life. I’m disappointed that we didn’t teach them emotional intelligence and social intelligence; work ethic and resilience; vision and leadership. These are basic skills my parents taught me, but I’m afraid they’re not getting taught at home or at school these days. 

I want to apologize for the part I may have played in Matt’s developmental problems. Like too many other school leaders, I carried a narrow definition of education. During the last fifteen years, I felt it was all about test scores and keeping up with Finland and Singapore. As I look back, it appears the more we pushed them academically, the more we failed at teaching them life.

That is an amazing admission! I am in no way suggesting that academics should not be a focus. However, Albert Einstein was quoted as saying, “education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” Those character traits of integrity, honesty, punctuality, resourcefulness, etc. are what employers are looking for in their hires. It is what each of us prays for in a mate for our children, and at my stage, the traits I want to be found in my grandchildren.

I will be addressing different ideas over the next several “Posts” that deal with education and teaching character. I heard a saying many years ago that "character is who you are when no one else is watching." Please continue to pray for CAK, we feel your prayers each and every day! Have a wonderful day.

Because of God’s Grace,
Dan Perryman
Interim Head of School
Christian Academy of Knoxville

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Perryman Post - The Lord is Our Rock

August 29, 2019
By CAK Communications

Being in a school setting for the majority of my life, I love the rhythm and sounds of school. The bell that signals class changes in the high school, the laughter, and excitement in the elementary cafeteria, and the scurrying of the sixth graders trying to get to their next class is all music to my ears. I love the newness of new books, backpacks, school shoes, and of course new teachers! The anticipation of the first football game and the spirit of Warrior Wednesdays adds to the rhythm.

The hallways are lonely places during the summer, but they come alive with pictures and sounds when school begins. We are off to a great start, and there is a feeling of excitement about the coming year. Our teachers have worked hard to prepare for their classes and are all ready to make a difference in each student's life.

My prayer is that each student on our campus will feel loved and accepted. That each student will do their very best. Most importantly, each student would allow Jesus to work in their hearts. We pray that every activity, every game, and every event will bring honor to the Lord.

Our theme verse for the year is Isaiah 26:3-4:

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."

I love this verse for the reminder it gives on where our focus ought to be - on HIM. So many times, we lose sight of our real focus in life, I pray this year we will be laser-focused on Christ. Everything we do should be weighed against pleasing Him. I am requesting our staff commit to memory these verses and use them frequently in class. Our Bible teachers will be using these as a verse to memorize in their classes.

Here are a few ways to keep this verse top of mind:

  • Upload as a background for your mobile phone HERE.
  • Upload as PC or Mac wallpaper HERE
  • Download a coloring sheet HERE

May we be laser-focused on Christ and trust Him for a fabulous year!

In Christ,

Dan Perryman
Interim Head of School
Christian Academy of Knoxville

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Perryman Post - New Maps for Gen Z

June 18, 2019
By CAK Communications

My wife and I did something last Saturday which we have not done for many months - we made a trip to West Town Mall. It was raining, and such a dreary day, we thought, "Why not?" Needless to say, 75% of Knoxville must have had the same idea. We walked around, got a pretzel, and just had a good time people-watching.

One thing that struck me was the vast amount of people walking through the mall attached to their mobile devices, and it wasn’t only the adults! From little kids in strollers watching videos and playing games on iPhones to teens who looked at their phones as they walked away. One lady we saw had a phone in each hand! A man had an iPad and an iPhone, walking with his wife, who was also on her iPhone, neither talking to one another. We just watched. It was amazing what we saw, just the lack of communication with people walking or sitting right next to one another!

Our staff is reading a book this summer entitled Marching Off the Map written by Tim Elmore. The book suggests that our current generation, Generation Z (born since the year 2001), is a generation of firsts. The first generation that:

  1. Doesn't need adults to get information.
  2. Can broadcast their every thought or emotion in real time.
  3. Has external stimuli at their fingertips 24/7.
  4. Are socially connected at all times, but often they connect in isolation.
  5. Will learn more from a portable device than from a classroom.
  6. Uses a phone instead of a wristwatch, camera, wall calendar, or board game.

It struck me after our visit to the mall that we, as adults, have a huge task ahead of us. We must equip this generation with the tools they need to do life. To make our instruction applicable to today's "screenagers," we must do things differently. The premise of the book is that our pedagogy needs to be evaluated, and "new maps" need to be used to reach Generation Z in a more effective way.

I am encouraging our staff as they read this book to consider making "new maps." We will be working through this book next year and would appreciate your prayers as we develop “new maps” to lead our students into preparing for life. Please continue to enjoy your summer.

Remember the CAK Way:

  • Love God
  • Love People
  • Model Jesus
  • Make decisions that are best for our students.

Meditate on Proverbs 3:5-6:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Because of God’s Grace,

Dan Perryman
Interim Head of School

To find out more about Christian Academy of Knoxville, visit our website, cakwarriors.com

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Perryman Post, May 2019

May 14, 2019
By Mr. Dan Perryman, Interim Head of School

As we near the finish line, it is hard to believe that the 2018-2019 school year is coming to a close. We certainly have had our share of opportunities this year. Through it all, prayer has been a vital component in a successful school year. I appreciate all of you who participated in "At 9 For 5." It was a huge blessing to our campus. I plan to continue this throughout next year, possibly once a month. We felt the presence of the Lord over our school as a result of prayer.

As we move forward to a break for the summer, I would ask for you all to continue to pray for CAK. During my lifetime, I have found that we are incapable of ANYTHING without God. The story of God commissioning Moses to lead the children of Israel is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Moses was just a regular guy whom God wanted to use. Moses had no confidence in his own abilities. One problem was that he was not a good speaker. I LOVE the response God gave, "WHO MADE YOUR MOUTH?" So often we forget God is in control and it is for us to trust and obey. As our seniors look forward to graduating and moving on with their lives, there are fears and uncertainty. As the parents of seniors question, "How in the world am I going to pay for this?” There are fears and concerns. Above all of this, God is already superseding in ways we cannot understand. Prayer, my friends, is vital. We cannot begin our day without asking the Lord's blessing on all we do — praying for His direction, protection, and guidance. I am weak and cannot accomplish anything without God's strength. My challenge to all of us is that we "pray without ceasing."

Keep this fresh - the CAK Way:
1. Love God
2. Love People
3. Model Jesus
4. Make decisions that are best for our students

Because of His Grace,
Dan Perryman

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Perryman Post, April 2019

April 03, 2019
By Dan Perryman, Interim Head of School

James 5:16 reminds us, “ . . . the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” In reviewing our year at CAK, it has become increasingly clear that we have been tested and tried. Straight line wind damage, security issues, sickness, and flooding all are examples of the issues we have faced as a CAK family. I often have folks tell me that they pray daily for CAK and my response is DO NOT STOP - those prayers are felt every day on our campus.

Varsity baseball coach Tommy Pharr suggested in an email that the entire campus pause at a certain time to pray for CAK. I felt this was a fabulous idea, and as a result, I am asking for our campus and for all parents to participate. We are calling this “At 9 for 5”. On April 16that 9:00 am our entire campus will stop what we are doing and pray collectively for CAK. Parents, I also encourage you to set a timer stop for 5 minutes and pray for CAK, no matter where you are, home or work.

We all have examples of our experiences with answered prayer. I have so many of my own that I could fill several volumes. God is so good and only wants the best for His children. Discouragement is like cancer that spreads like wildfire. However, we are encouraged in Luke 18:1 that we “. . . ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Satan is a master at discouragement and loves nothing more than to spread that cancer among the believers. Folks DO NOT be discouraged! God is at work on our campus and in the hearts of our students.

Remember the CAK Way:

  1. Love God
  2. Love People
  3. Model Jesus
  4. Make decisions that are best for our students


Because of His Grace,
Dan Perryman

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Perryman Post, March 2019

March 07, 2019
By Dan Perryman, Interim Head of School

As we enter into the home stretch, there are many exciting opportunities at CAK. We, as faculty and staff, have the opportunity to impact over 900 young lives. We have the opportunity to interact with you as parents - to partner with you to provide your student with a college preparatory education from a Biblical worldview. We have the opportunity to represent Christ in our community, being disciples both on and off campus.

All of this gets me thinking about the year 2020, next year, and what that means for us at CAK. I don’t know about you, but there came a time when my arms were not long enough for me to read the print in books. I had to visit my optometrist and get some reading glasses. I cannot read a thing without my glasses. I do not have physical 20/20 vision, but I do want to be clear about what I see for CAK in the year 2020.

My “20/20 Vision” for CAK begins with the “C” in CAK - Christian. My goal for the coming year is to infuse Christ-like behavior into our students, parents, and staff to truly make CAK a Christian institution. Culture is a buzzword in our society today, but my vision is to make this campus culture honoring to God. I am not quite sure what this looks like yet, but I have a few ideas:

  • Always measuring our actions to Christ and Biblical standards
  • Always giving praise to God for His provisions
  • Always being Christ-like in our interactions, making sure our actions and reactions model Christ
  • Always treating EVERYONE with respect and understanding that EVERYONE is an image bearer of Christ

Hopefully, you would agree that these four ideas would be a great place to start. So, join with me in making the culture at CAK a God-honoring culture!

Remember the CAK Way:

  • Love God
  • Love People
  • Model Jesus
  • Make decisions that are best for our students

To find out more about Christian Academy of Knoxville, visit our website, cakwarriors.com

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The Perryman Post, February 2019

February 07, 2019
By Mr. Dan Perryman

As we are well underway into the new year, I want to share some things from my heart that prayerfully will be of use to all of us.

I am sure that many of you have made New Year’s Resolutions. I won’t go into ALL of the different areas that could become resolutions, but here are some statistics for you to ponder. First, did you know that around 85% of adults make resolutions each year? Of those, half will fail by the end of January. Most of the rest are done by March! Wow! 

As I was thinking over the overwhelming failure of most people to keep these resolutions, I received a monthly letter from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), of which CAK is a member. They encouraged us to focus on just ONE WORD for the entire year. That sounds a whole lot like a resolution, which made me wonder if we could keep that focus. Then, I remembered that we as humans may fail, but with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). We can keep our resolutions with prayer

With that thought in mind, the word I have chosen for 2019 is OPPORTUNITY. I want to dwell on the opportunities that God gives us. Every challenge, every difficulty, everything God has allowed to be in our lives serves a purpose and has a reason (Romans 8:28). I am challenging myself to look at the things that come my way as opportunities to first glorify God and to strengthen me into a better servant for Him. My health has been an issue and is very frustrating. I am determined to use this to glorify God and strengthen me. This takes work and the right perspective.

I would like to challenge each of you to find and focus on ONE WORD as we proceed through 2019. I trust that the Lord will give you a blessed year. Please continue to pray for CAK – students, parents, staff, faculty and administration. We are working together to mold young people for the glory of God.

REMEMBER the CAK Way:

  • Love God
  • Love People
  • Model Jesus
  • Make decisions that are best for our students

To find out more about Christian Academy of Knoxville, visit our website, cakwarriors.com 

 

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