Teachers at Cypress Adventist School are well prepared. All Cypress teachers have completed a rigorous dual certification process having certification from Washington State and by the North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventist Office of Education.
Four Cypress Staff members are recent world travelers. Their travels include cultural enrichment trips to: Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam), continental Europe, Eastern Europe (Romania), Greece, Turkey and South Africa.
Cypress teachers endeavor to keep current both by professional reading and by participating in workshops and webinars.
Recent continuing education experiences of Cypress Teachers include participation in the following:
Our Cypress teachers endeavor to be models of life-long learning.
Does one have to be an Adventist to enroll a student at Cypress School? The answer is NO.
In recent years about 40% of our students come from belief systems other than Adventist. Faith traditions represented in our school family in recent years include the following: Adventist, Baha’i, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Islam, LDS, Methodist, Non-denominational Protestant, and Orthodox, plus some who are not aligned with a particular church but want a faith and values-based education for their children. We believe that God’s love extends to all of his children and that his family on earth is made up of a large tent of people.
We feel that the most significant measure of spirituality is found in how we treat each other. We believe that personal spirituality and values are best expressed in behaviors and actions. While we don’t hide the unique things that make us Adventist, we don’t believe in forcing others to believe the way that we do.
Our religious values and Bible curriculum are centered in the historic Judeo-Christian faith tradition found in the Scriptures. Students in lower grades study Bible heroes and learn Bible memory verses. Upper grade religion classes focus on a literature-based approach to studying the Bible. Students study both Old and New Testament Bible Books and themes in their whole literary context.
We have school wide chapel every Friday. Classes take turns leading in songs, praise, and prayer. A local area pastor or one of our teachers shares a short story or experience. This weekly event helps create a spiritually inclusive family feel on our campus. We experience great joy in praising God together.
Each quarter (four times a year) the Cypress Family leads in a worship service in one of the school constituent Adventist Churches that supports the school financially. Students lead in praise songs, choir, chime and hand bell choirs, Scripture readings, prayers, and sometimes a children’s story. These are powerful moments when our whole school family infuses local church communities with dynamic young life leading out in corporate worship of our great God. These occasions conclude with a social hour where a vegetarian meal is served by the host church.
Our Pre-K class offers young students a sneak peak into the world of Kindergarten.
Pre-K students meet 3 days a week for half days (mornings) and share a classroom with our full day Kindergartners. They get to experience a little taste of school, with all the play and exploring that is part of a Pre-K experience.
Our teacher enjoys this format and says both the Pre-K students and the Kindergarten really benefit from this combined class. The kids are able to learn and play in parallel with the other class and help each other along the way.
Contact us to find out about our free pizza lunch visitation days!
Visitors to our campus often comment on the diversity of our student population. We are indeed a global community. Cultural backgrounds of school families in recent years include the following countries: Argentina, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Eretria, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Pacific Islands, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Taiwan, the United States, and Venezuela. We treasure this cultural richness. It infuses our school family with an exposure to and an appreciation of the diversity in our world.
Cypress Adventist School is part of the community of Adventist schools which are operated in nearly 200 countries around the world. This affiliation enables us to be a part of the global world community.
Special events and programs at Cypress often incorporate the dress, music, and foods represented in our diverse community. An example is the Social Studies Fair/Open House coming Sunday, March 15, 2015.
We’re fast approaching the end of 2014, and while you’re thinking of your year-end giving we hope you’ll keep Cypress Adventist School in mind. We have $50,000 to raise for scholarships for needy students. Remember, too, that if you donate your good-running vehicle and Cypress keeps it for our use you may be able to deduct the full fair market value. (See IRS Publication 4303 for more information. An appraisal may be required.)
Please feel free to contact me at 425-775-3578 or by email if our office can be of assistance to you.
Lowell Dunston, Principal
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014
COME TO SHOP AND HEAR THE BELLS!
CONCERTS FROM 5-6 PM
Book and gift recommendations for the entire family!
A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit our school.
Our Cypress Bell Choir will be playing twice in the 5 o’clock hour Do a litle holiday shopping or get a treat from the cafe Cypress earns a litle bit for every purchase made that evening – Just tell the cashier you are a part of the Cypress bookfair and we earn!
This includes toys, books, and even whole Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes from the Cafe!
PTO will be on site to do gift wrapping!
Please tell your friends and family!
The bookfair will connue online for 5 days following the Sunday store event. More info will be coming out as we get closer. Please plan to come out and support our school and our Bells!!
Download the flyer.
We proudly present our children performing with Chimes, Hand Bells, and Choirs. There will be a play called “If I’d Been Around When Jesus was Born” staring grades 1-5.
Thank you to all who participated in the food drive. The totals are as follows 1st place goes to the 3rd-4th-5th grade class with 296.6 lbs of food collected, 2nd place goes to the 1st & 2nd grade class with 110.4 lbs, 3rd place goes to Pre-k & Kindergarten at 76.4 lbs and 4th place goes to the 6th-7th-8th grade class with 72.2 lbs. Each class should take pride in participating in this endeavor. Good job! With all the food collected we raised 672 lbs to help fight against hunger. Thank you to the Edmonds Church who supported this cause, they brought in 116.4 lbs of food. Way to go Cypress!
Our Cypress motto is “a good place to grow.” We strive for our students to have a well-rounded experience in general studies and to have opportunities to explore areas of their special interest. Cypress School measures its success in a variety of ways. Each year students in grades 3-8 take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, a nationally recognized standardized test. For the last fifteen years Cypress class average composite scores have consistently been in the top 25 percentile range (75-99 %).
However, we feel that a more significant measure of our school success is found in tracking the progress of our graduates. Cypress grads are often on honor rolls in high school, and are equipped to enter advanced placement or International Baccalaureate programs. A high percentage of Cypress grads attend college and university and often receive scholarships. Tracking our students in recent years shows Cypress grads enrolled in the following schools:
We are proud of our academic track record. Our graduates continually demonstrate that Cypress Adventist School has indeed been successful in helping its students to discover their unique talents, preparing them to make a positive difference in their world. Our graduates continue to let us know that Cypress Adventist School is “a good place to grow.”