Olympic Level Greatness and Your Job Search

After watching the winter Olympics and marveling at the level of athletic excellence displayed by the athletes over the past few weeks, I got to thinking about what job seekers can learn from these amazing athletes. Time after time the difference between earning a metal or not ranking came down to superb coaching, practice and finely honed technique.

In today’s highly competitive job market the same holds true for job seekers. It is not enough to be good, you need to be great to get placed with an employer. Let’s take a closer look what that means for your job search strategy.

Olympic athletes leave nothing to chance. They have a clearly defined winning strategy. They choreograph every stage of their event. By that I mean they have a clear sense of how they will begin, how they will proceed and how they will finish their performance. They have a clear and strong winning strategy in place. How solid are you in all the elements of your career search strategy? Do you have a clear sense of every step of your job search process? If you don’t, you are going to be passed by other job seekers who know what they are doing.

Olympians use coaches to mentor and correct potentially costly mistakes. Are you using a career expert to advise you on your career search strategy? If not you are not getting vital help to give you a competitive advantage.

Olympians rely on cutting edge methodology and technology to give themselves every advantage in their performance. Are you relying on yesterday’s career methodologies to compete in today’s job search? Are you hanging on old ways of doing a job search because it is comfortable instead of stretching and pushing yourself to be more up to date? If you want to be noticed and get interviews you need to adopt new methods for doing an effective job search.

And finally, are you practicing like an Olympian? Are you fully engaged and committed to investing the time and energy it takes to place? Good enough will not cut it. It takes hours and hours to come up with clear and compelling SAR (Situation-Action-Result) stories that will showcase your strengths and achievements.

I hope you enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics as much as I did.  Now it’s time to remember the lessons from the athletes for top performance and apply them to your career strategy job search.

Prospective Families

Mountain Christian School was established in 1975 as a ministry of Mountain Christian Church. Accredited by The Association of Christian Schools International and The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, our goal is to offer a balanced educational program where excellence permeates our learning atmosphere as we work together to equip our students in the areas of faith, knowledge, service, and leadership.

Through daily Bible classes and weekly chapel services, our students learn how they can come to know God, to follow principles found in His word, and to serve and glorify him through their lives.  Above all, our mission is to develop well-educated, servant leaders equipped for a life of discipleship.  We want our students to be “fishers of men.”

Our Christian faculty is committed to challenging students and engaging them in higher order thinking skills.  Through proven methodologies and a curriculum of the highest quality, our trained staff is dedicated to helping children grow academically, socially, physically and spiritually.  Eighty percent of our teachers are certified through the Association of Christian Schools International.  All of our faculty participate in courses and workshops designed to keep them informed and updated on current trends and practices.

MCS has established a reputation for exemplary academics in a Christ-centered environment. Our cutting-edge technology enables students in Kindergarten through eighth grade to apply technical skills to a variety of classroom projects and assignments.  Our interactive SMART Boards in every classroom enhance learning by integrating hands-on technology into daily lessons.  Spanish is taught in grades five through eight.

From band and chorus to drama and art, programs in the cultural arts provide students unique opportunities in which to showcase their gifts and talents.  The MCS sports program, including soccer, cross country, basketball, and cheerleading, offers a tradition of both academic and athletic excellence. Additional extra curricular opportunities include Student Government, Bible Quiz, and the worship team.

I invite you to come and visit Mountain Christian School to see for yourself the extraordinary opportunity available here. We are proud of our rich tradition of excellence and would be honored to have you become a part of our school family.   I encourage you to stop by my office when you visit so that I can personally welcome you.


Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) Membership

Every child at MCS benefits from you joining the PTF. Unlike a fundraiser, PTF dues help get our school year rolling! A fundraiser, on the other hand, makes it possible to fund the large–scale initiatives designed to improve and enhance our overall program. Whether you have one or four children, your PTF dues will make a difference. In return for your investment, the following projects can be funded:

  • The Meet the Masters Art Program
  • Child care for PTF functions
  • Field trip buses, and
  • The Junior Achievement Program for fourth and fifth grades

Simply send in a note to school with your family’s name, the names and grades of your children, your phone number and email address and your one–time dues in a check made out to “MCS PTF”. It’s that easy!

PTF Committees include:

  • Room Parent Committee
  • Teacher Appreciation Committee
  • Meet the Masters Fine Art Committee
  • Field Day Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Christmas Shoppe Committee

Christian Philosophy

Therefore, we express the following teaching statements:

We are a community of Christian educators who:

  • believe that all life is a gift from God which requires us to be responsible for the care of His creation, including the Earth and its natural resources and all its people. We acknowledge His divine Kingship over the universe.
  • believe as stated in Genesis 1:1 that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” and in John 1:3, “Through Him all things were made, without Him nothing was made that was made.” We believe that God is directing the natural order of all that He has created.
  • believe in the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to be both Comfort and Guide in our relationship with God and man.
  • believe that we must “…increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52) and that this wisdom is found in our relationship with God and His Word.
  • believe that Christian education is the process of telling and learning God’s truth and knowing that God’s truth is applicable to all of life. God has given us the knowledge of our world, which enables us to discover and explore His truths. Failure to acknowledge all truth as coming from God will pervert our teaching and learning.
  • believe that Satan (evil) exists in the world and that we have subjected ourselves to sin. However, the redemption of man was accomplished through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. We must accept this redemption to be in a right relationship with God.
  • believe that the Bible alone is our all–sufficient rule of faith and practice, and the revelation of God’s Word and Will.
  • believe that parents have the ultimate responsibility of rearing their children in the Kingdom of God and that the school shares that responsibility through the body of knowledge in its curriculum.
  • believe that all people have a right to receive quality Christian education.

History of MCS

Dr. William Walker, Senior Pastor of Mountain Christian Church from 1946-1969, had a vision for children

to undertake academic studies in a Christ-centered environment. Dr. Walker shared his vision with leaders within the church and after much thought, study and planning, a Christian Day School Committee was formed. The committee held its first meeting on May 23, 1974, and Mountain Christian School officially opened its doors to the first classes of Pre-K and Kindergarten students on September 3, 1975.

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Since that time, MCS has continued to grow; expanding to what is now a comprehensive program of

academics, incorporating a biblical worldview into all aspects of quality education for grades PreK-8.

MCS is now housed in two buildings on the campus of Mountain Christian Church. The campus includes

a college-regulation gymnasium, athletic fields, and extensive use of technology, integrating technology into the students’ classrooms and everyday lives. Providing a strong spiritual foundation in conjunction with excellent academics and community outreach are key priorities in all we do.

MCS is fully accredited by both the Association of Christian Schools International and the Middle States

Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation process ensures that the mission and programs

of Mountain Christian School are in keeping with the high academic and spiritual standards of these

accrediting organizations.

Knowledge and Leadership

 Biblical concepts are woven throughout all curricular units of study. Spiritual truths are taught as the rationale for all academic subjects.

  • Math—God is a God of order. Mathematical concepts are used as a way to express this order.
  • Social studies—God is the Creator of the world. Events in history are examined through a Christian worldview, assessing God’s plan for the world.
  • Science—God’s Word does not contradict science; when presented from a Christian worldview, they compliment each other.
  • Language—God is the ultimate communicator. He communicates through His Word. Literature is examined in relation to the Bible, and writing is modeled after God’s design.
  • Spanish—God commands His followers to reach out to the lost throughout the world. Learning Spanish opens doors to communicate with non-believers from another culture.
  • Music – God desires for His creation to worship Him. Music is first and foremost a way to praise God.
  • Computer – God commands us to be disciples within the community in which we serve. Students learn to utilize the computer skills and technical knowledge for the growth and advancement of the kingdom of God.
  • Physical Education – Our bodies are God’s temple; therefore, we must be good stewards of them. Being physically active is one way to honor God with our bodies.


Students are encouraged to follow Christ’s example and be servant leaders to others both in and out of school. Service opportunities exist through individual, class, and school-wide initiatives.

  • Grade Level Service: Students in each grade work together to serve and disciple within the school family by completing a service project each year. In addition, they disciple another grade level by teaching them a Biblical concept they have recently learned themselves.
  • Individual Service: Eighth graders are required to complete 10 service hours during their eighth grade year. Other grade levels are encouraged to serve a minimum of 3 hours each year.
  • Extracurricular Service: Service opportunities are provided through various clubs, such as the Student Government Association and the Service Club.