April 30-May 4 Cullen Events

Monday-Wednesday: 5th-8th Grade & HS Competitive Cheer Team Tryouts from 3:30 to 5:15 PM @ Epworth. See Coach Shaw for more details.

ThursdayNational Day of Prayer assembly during 8th period (2:18-3:10 PM) in the gym

Friday: The 7th Grade Leadership Team will be @ Crossroads from 9:30-11:30 AM. They will be serving the preschool teachers by teaching about parts of a plant, leading some activities, cleaning/organizing, and playing with the students.

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April 23-27 Cullen Events

Wednesday6th-8th Grade Girls Soccer Tryouts from 5:30 to 7:00 PM @ Epworth

FridayVolunteer Appreciation Day – Coffee & donuts from 7:30 to 8:30 AM; 6th-8th Grade Girls Soccer Tryouts from 5:30 to 7:00 PM @ Epworth

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April 16-20 Cullen Events

Monday: ISTEP Tests – Math (periods 1-2 & 6-7)

Tuesday: ISTEP Tests – Math (periods 1-2) & ELA (periods 6-7)

Wednesday: ISTEP Tests – ELA (periods 1-2 & 6-7); 5th-8th Grade Boys Soccer Tryouts from 5:30 to 7:30 PM @ Epworth. A parent meeting will be @ 4:30 PM.

Thursday: ISTEP Tests – 6th Grade Science (periods 2-3) & 7th Grade Social Studies (periods 6-7)

FridayNo School (Make-up snow day);  5th-8th Grade Boys Soccer Tryouts from 5:30 to 7:30 PM @ Epworth

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The 1st Annual Cullen Winter Games

Next week is the last week of the quarter and the first annual Cullen Winter Games (we’ll still have academic support). We want to finish the quarter on a strong note so let’s work hard and play hard!

Shout-outs go to Mr. Kline and the Student Council for coming up with sweet Spirit Week themes and events. Points will be awarded to the homerooms with the highest percentage of students who dress up. Dozens of medals have been designed for those who reach the winners’ podium (check out the pic). Who will find gold around their neck?

Yours truly will be serving as emcee at this historic competition. Below are the events and the themes for each day. Be sure to sign up for the events with your homeroom teacher. Let the games begin!

Monday –       #Merica –                             Doubles Luge
Tuesday –       Scarves & Stripes –            Sock Slalom Relay
Wednesday – Hawaiian & Sunglasses –  Pool Noodle Hockey
Thursday –     Dress for Success –            Ice Dancing

Friday –          Jersey Day –                         Basketball Biathlon

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Spring Sports News

There are several opportunities for Cullen students to participate in ECS athletics. Below are some sports that will be starting their seasons soon.

5th-8th grade boys and girls track & field begins Tuesday (March 6th) at Epworth. Practices are every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:45-5:15 PM. See or email Coach Thomas if you have questions.

7th-8th grade cub baseball team tryouts will be the next two Saturdays (March 3rd & 10th) at 1 PM at Scott Township Field.

7th-10th grade girls soccer begins next Wednesday (March 7th) at Epworth. Practices are from 3:45-5:15 PM every Wednesday and Friday in March and April. See or email Coach Wick if you have questions.

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Who is the King of Wrestling?

Most know that soccer is my numero uno sport, but another sport I enjoy a great deal is wrestling.  I coached wrestling at the middle school level for several years back when I lived in the land of Hoosiers.  Wrestling also happens to be a favorite activity of mine when horsin’ around with my daughters.  Too young for a four-year-old and a one-year-old you say?  Watch ’em on the mat, and you would disagree.  My one year old hits her head on concrete walls and laughs.  Wrestling is an intense caloric burner that makes my girls tougher while they laugh their heads off.  Last night while I was challenging Grace to a little one one one, I asked her in a trash talkin’ sort of way, “Who is the king of wrestling?”  Without missing a beat, Rose chimes in, “Jesus”.  At that point, I was at a loss for words and knew I couldn’t convince my girls into believing that I was the best grappler in the world.  It’s awesome that my four-year-old knows who the true King of Kings is.

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The Real Victory

Although I’m quite happy to see my Colts win the biggest (American) football game in the world, knowing that my favorite team and the Chicago Bears are being led by true men of faith pleases me more.  Here is a link to a great article that shares what Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith are all about:  http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/februaryweb-only/105-52.0.html

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