April 09, 2013
Like many alumni of Wake Forest, Tim Nicodemus (’12) has a life plan. It includes getting his bachelor’s degree in finance, graduate school, then embarking on a successful career.
That plan took a bit of a detour when, in 2011, he decided to spend in a year in voluntary service.
Now, more than halfway through that “Pro Humanitate” experience, Nicodemus says what many say when they work for the greater good: he is the one who has been profoundly changed.
Nicodemus, originally from the Washington, D.C., area, is a financial and accounting analyst at Rehoboth Christian School in Rehoboth, N.M., a couple of hundred miles from Albuquerque. In terms of distance and opportunities, it’s a long way from his home in Washington, D.C., and from Wake Forest.
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March 13, 2013
Imagine a place where it doesn't matter what kind of camera you own—every picture you take is filled with color and light. This is Gallup, New Mexico, home of Calvin’s Rehoboth Bridge Semester. Our program is uniquely situated in the Four Corners region on the Campus of Rehoboth Christian School, offering students a great space to live and learn in a place that is vigorously academic, beautifully diverse and thoroughly Christian.
This semester program is distinctive in many ways. Take the concept of a traditional semester at college and blend it with the idea of a gap year, the result just might look a lot like Calvin’s Rehoboth Bridge Semester. Taking a gap year is common practice in Europe. Rather than going straight to college, students take a year off to immerse themselves in other places, explore specific interests, or volunteer to help others. This trend is growing in the United States as well; yet the pressure to begin one’s college studies is ever present.
Calvin’s Rehoboth Bridge Semester is meant to address this dilemma by creating an alternative path to start or stay in college; offering first and second year students an opportunity to explore new places and cultures, meet new friends, while delving into the concepts of vocation, leadership and service. This experientially based semester offers all this and more while also helping students earn up 14 hours of college credit.
For more information and to check out a video to see some of what you will experience on this semester: click here!
January 22, 2013
Each January, the best musicians of New Mexico gather to make music under the direction of some of the best directors in the United States. After challenging auditions, students are chosen from schools throughout New Mexico to come together to spend several days with hundreds of other students who are also passionate about music. After hours of rehearsals they have a chance to perform music which is often very difficult and challenging. This year 11 students represented Rehoboth at the High School All State Festival in Albuquerque and 7 students at the Youth All State Choral Festival in Las Cruces.
All State Band:
Youth All State:
Raven Pinto, Glenn Ratmeyer, Chandler Farris, James Patten, Lance McMullin , Selena Delgado, and Lauren Cope
All State High School Choir (Pictured Below):
Nathalia Alvarez, Matthew Cope, Hayley Garrett, Jonathan Heinz, Liberty Kinsel, Kelsi Lindsey, Elizabeth Lynch, Raven Pinto, Glenn Ratmeyer, and Paul Ratmeyer
For more information on our Band and Choir Programs and how you can support their ministry, visit our giving page.
October 31, 2012
It isn’t every day that Pocahontas, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordon, and King Tutankhaman all appear under one roof, but it happened recently at Rehoboth’s “Wax Museum.”
Actually, there wasn’t really much wax, but there were 60 students from the 4th & 5th grade who assumed their favorite historical figures and froze in time until they were touched. Then they would come to life and give a 1-2 minute explanation of who they were or what they did. As they spoke, some would stare into space and relate what they felt made their character special; others would suddenly swing their gun and square off with the person who touched them, scaring them and getting their alert attention.
The “Wax Museum” idea came about through student teacher Cheryl Bogertman and new-to-Rehoboth teacher Kate Poortenga. After the students had finished a reading project on biographies, they each chose whom to research and decided what facts of their chosen historical figure to include in their scripts. Then they wrote out their scripts, memorize them and got their costumes together for the afternoon when they would “come alive”.
Parents, friends and teachers gathered at 2 pm on October 23 in the large central room at Rehoboth Elementary School and took a tour of “the museum” where the celebrities were frozen and ready to be touched and come to life.
When Ms. Poortenga was asked what she thought was the most important part of the projects, she said, “Seeing the kids blossom into this. (Seeing) all the different individuals showing up so there are three Abraham Lincolns and they’re all doing something a little different.” She was impressed how the students took responsibility and developed their character.
There were so many learning skills wrapped up in this one project: reading and picking out important facts, writing a concise script, memorizing the script, being able to speak up and talk to strangers and finally working on their costumes, often with their parents, all while developing pride in a job well done.
Another learning group was the parents. As they interviewed the various historical figures, some of whom were likely new to them, little did they realize that they were the ones who were indeed back in the classroom again!
June 05, 2012
For most graduating seniors the decision of where to go to college weighs heavily on the mind. The question of where to go to college, what field to major in, and perhaps most importantly, how to pay for these future opportunities overshadow the final months of their high school careers. These questions are not unique to Rehoboth students, but many of our students face additional challenges on the path to college.
Deirdre Bia comes from a family of 9 children so it goes without saying that paying for college was not going to be an easy feat. This burden was relieved by the Daniel’s Fund scholarship which will cover any expense after federal, state, institutional financial aid and scholarships. While at Rehoboth, Deirdre participated in soccer, basketball, track, and choir while also challenging herself with AP classes. In the fall she plans on attending Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Il to study Nursing and hopes play soccer there, too.
Kyle Harvey joined Rehoboth his junior year and quickly adapted to the program by participating in cross country, basketball, the 30 hour famine, and challenging himself with difficult classes. He is thankful to his teachers for challenging him and holding him accountable. His hardworking in high school paid off as he received the Daniel’s Fund scholarship and will be attending the University of Arizona in Tuscon, AZ to study Footwear Engineering. In the future, Kyle would like to work with Nike’s N7 program, an Native American initiative to promote more scholarships for Native youth.
Jessica Platero has attended Rehoboth since 4th grade during which she was involved in the drama program, tennis, volleyball management, and Phonathon. The highlight of her career at Rehoboth was her internship with the Gallup Police Department which inspired and encouraged her to major in Criminal Justice and Computer Science next year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, NY. With her degree, Jessica hopes to pursues a law enforcement career and eventually work for the FBI.
Kenneth Briggs is headed to The University of Arizona next year to study English, a choice made possible by his earning the prestigious Gates Millennium scholarship. This scholarship will cover the cost of Kenny’s education through a PhD if he so chooses. Given to minority students from all different backgrounds, the Gates Millennium Scholarship was set up to provide exceptional students with an opportunity to attend college where it may have otherwise seemed impossible. Kenny was a strong leader in the high school and will be missed on the soccer field, in choir, and on the climbing wall.