The Furnace Handbook
 
   

The Furnace

Crossroads Christian Education

Student Handbook 

2017-2018


 

Mission Statement 

The Furnace: Crossroads Christian Education 

is established to glorify God through the training, nurturing, and 

teaching of students in Biblical foundations, 

academic standards, social development, 

missions awareness, and ministry involvement.

Knowledge is imparted through rigorous academic curriculum. 

Wisdom is grown through the incorporation of 

Biblical truths into every aspect of the education.

 

Vision Statement

The Furnace provides a God first environment that promotes 

spiritual growth and academic success.  

Every student is equipped with the tools necessary 

to be an active and effective member of 

ministry and higher education.

 

Curriculum is provided through “A Beka”

 

3855 S. Evans Blvd. Suite 405

Tucson, AZ 85714

Phone: (520) 256-4697

Email: furnaceeducation@gmail.com

 

F.A.I.T.H.

A simple way to understand God’s plan of salvation.

Forgiveness. In him we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins. Eph. 1:7a

Available. His forgiveness is available to all. John 3:16

Impossible. It is impossible for sin to enter heaven. God is a loving God, but he is just, for judgement is without mercy. James 2:13 Man is sinful. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Turn. Turn means to repent, to turn from sin and self. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 Where should one turn? Turn to Christ. Christ died, He was buried, and He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures. 1Cor. 15:3-4 If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Heaven. Heaven is eternal life that is promised to you by Christ. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3

After accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior, FAITH takes on a new meaning, Forsaking All I Trust Him.

It is expected and understood that each student knows Christ or is moving towards an understanding of who Jesus is.  We will answer questions students may have in regard to salvation, but we believe it is the responsibility and honor for parents to be apart of introducing Jesus to their children.  As such, parents should continue to grow in their own personal relationship with Christ to better train their children. 

 

Statement of Faith

• We Believe in the one true and living God, Holy and eternally existent in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  

• We Believe that man and woman were created in the image of God to be joined together in marriage.  Man and woman rebelled against God and are deserving of the consequence of sin, which is death.  

• We Believe that God, in His divine plan, sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin, live a sinless life, die on the cross for our sins, and rise from the dead three days later.  The sacrifice Christ made pays the     penalty of sin for all those who believe.

• We Believe the gift of salvation is free to all who admit and repent of their sin, believe in Jesus as God’s Son and our only salvation, and confess their faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  

• We Believe that as a follower and disciple of Christ, individuals should participate in baptism, attend church regularly, and grow in the maturity of Jesus through personal and public Bible Study.

• We Believe that the Bible is “inspired by God and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).  The Bible is complete and is the supreme infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

Scripture of Note:

Gen. 2:22-24, Gen. 1:27, Rom. 14:4, Isa. 40:8, Matt. 7:24, Heb. 4:12, Pro. 30:5, Psa. 119:105, 1 Pet. 2:2, 1 Cor. 12:13, 1 Pet. 3:21, Acts 22:16, Col. 2:12, Gal. 3:27, Luke 3:16, Mark 16:16, Heb. 10:25, Heb. 13:17, Acts 2:42-47, Acts 20:28, 1 Tim. 5:17, 1 John 1:3, 1 Thess. 5:12-13, Matt. 18:20, Col. 3:16, Deut. 6:4, Psa. 139:13-16, 1 Kings 8:60, Isa. 46:9, John 17:3, Rom. 3:30, Eph. 4:6, James 2:19, Gen. 3:1-7, Gen 3:12-13, Rom. 5:12, Rom. 1:18-21, Pro. 6:16-19, Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38, John 1:14, John 11:25, 1 Pet. 1:3, Matt. 28:5-6, John 20:27-29, Rev. 1:17-18, Matt. 27:26 & 54, Luke 23:33, Amos 8:9, John 19:30, 1 Pet. 3:18, 1 John 3:16, Isa. 53:5, 1 John 3:5, John 3:16, Matt. 19:25-26, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 10:9-10,  Rom. 1:16, Eph. 2:8-9, Mal. 3:6, 2 Cor. 5:21, Acts 16:30-31, Acts 4:12, Gal. 5:19-21, Psa. 119:25-29, Isa. 40:28-31, Col. 3:5-6, Matt. 23:23-24, Matt. 25:45-49, John 4:10-14, James 4:17-21, Psa. 19:13-17, Pro. 5:1-22, Rom. 5:8, Rom. 6:23, Isa. 64:6, Pro. 28:13, Eph. 5:22-33, Mark  10:6-9, 1 Cor. 6:9-11

The Furnace Philosophy:

Daniel Chapter 1:

During the reign of Nebuchadnezzar there were four boys who were thrust into a world of darkness and a lifestyle of decadence.  Many other friends and family who were once God fearing and God following sadly succumb to the temptations before them.  The four boys determined that they would not defile themselves or their relationship with God by living the way the world around them was.  These young boys had such faith that they even dared those around them to test and see for themselves what a committed relationship with God can do.  Time went by, and these four young boys continued to be blessed by God.  “God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom” and “in all matters of wisdom and understanding” the king and all those who examined them could find no fault.  

Daniel Chapter 2: 

In their second year the world around them did not improve, but the four men never lost sight of their relationship with God.  They continued to grow in knowledge and wisdom and their position of authority also increased.  Nebuchadnezzar became troubled by dreams and visions that none of his wise men could identify.  He became so infuriated that he ordered the execution of all of them; that included the four young men. One of the four asked for an opportunity to identify the dream. The king granted the request.  The first thing the four boys did was pray.  God had remained with them and they with God.  God heard their request and blessed them.  The joy of the Lord so consumed them that the only response was praise.  “Blessed be the name of God”, “He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding”, “I thank you and praise you”.  The answer the king was looking for was given and all credit and all honor was given to the one true God.  The king replied, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of Kings”.  

Daniel Chapter 3:

Nebuchadnezzar continued to grow in pride and his kingdom followed suit.  He built a massive golden image of himself and commanded all the people to bow down and worship it, and the consequence for not bowing down and worshipping would be death.  This would have been a tough decision for some, but for the young men who dedicated their lives to the worship and service of the one true God; there was no need to even think twice.  When the time came to worship the idol, the four young men continued about their responsibilities.  There were leaders in the city that noticed three of the young men not following the decree of the king and quickly went to him to tell of their insolence.  The king was furious!  He had the three arrested and brought to him.  The king threatened them one last time, “if you do not worship the image, you shall be cast immediately into the burning fiery furnace!”  They answered with boldness and confidence, not in themselves but in their relationship with God.  “We have no need to answer you on this matter.  Our God, whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and He will deliver us from your hand.  But if not, let it be known to you that we do not serve your gods nor will we worship the golden image you have set up.”  The king went into a rage!  He commanded the furnace to be turned up seven times hotter than usual, had the three young men bound, and then thrown into the furnace.  The fires were so hot that the guards who threw the young men in burned up, but the three-Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego fell to their knees in the midst of the flames.  The king looked intently and with great confusion into the flames, “Did we not caste three men into the fire? I see four men loose and walking around in the midst of the flames.”  The king called into the fire for the young men to come out, and they did.  They were not burned in the slightest.  No hair, no clothes, not even the smell of fire was on them.  The king recognized their faithfulness to God and God’s faithfulness to them.  He decreed from that point on, if someone wanted to worship the God who saved them from the fiery furnace, they could do so openly.  The young men didn’t know for sure if God would spare them from the flames, but they were always certain that He would be with them.  

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, head strong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such people-Turn Away!”   (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Every parent hopes that their child will turn out as faithful and successful as the young boys described in Daniel, but when we see the darkness of our world, hope is not enough.  As a faithful parent of God, we must take action.  Preparation and planning are key elements to success that we follow as it relates to sports, arts, careers, hobbies, and yes even higher education.  The one area that we as parents have become weak in preparing and planning is in the area of our child’s spiritual walk.  Sadly, many students at the age of 4 or 5 are thrust into a dark and evil environment controlled by sin and Satan.  With each passing year, the student will be drawn further away from their faith and deeper into a lifestyle described in 2 Timothy.  Even parents who are committed to church attendance, daily Bible Study, and family prayer time cannot compete with the amount of indoctrination our students experience 6-7 hours a day while at school.  We sadly make this choice because we believe there is no other option.  We must take back our students’ education.

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”       (Ephesians 5:11)

Our faith and the faith of our students must continue to be nurtured and cultivated.  Our desire is to create an opportunity for students and families to grow in knowledge and wisdom, not based on a broken system, but established on the foundation of God’s Word.  A biblical world view will allow our students to discern a Godly perspective on the world in which we live.  The truths of science, math, environment, biology, psychology, and the rest were created by God, maintained by God, and furthered through God.  The blending of Him and His creation is the most accurate and effective way of learning and experiencing them.  

“Let the little children come unto me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”      (Matthew 19:14)

Children are a great responsibility.  As followers of Christ we must hand them over to Him and not the world.  We want to keep students close to Christ.  In His arms, they will learn to love and forgive.  Through His teaching they will learn truth and understand the deeper things.  Parents have the greatest burden in training a child in the way they should go.  When God fearing parents partner with a God following school, students are surrounded by light. With each passing year of learning, development, and growth the student becomes more ready for the ministry God has planned for them.  God’s Word challenges us, and we believe a Bible Based academic program should do the same.  Academic content will be rigorous and create the opportunity for each student to strengthen skills that lead toward critical thinking, arriving at conclusions, and personal convictions.  Every aspect of the education will be surrounded by God, immersed in His Word, and taught through Christ’s example.  The relationship established between God, Parents, and Education will produce students who are spiritually healthy, spiritually dynamic, and spiritually prepared to face the furnace.   

 

Administration and Staff

Director of Education                                                                       Doug Dunnavant

Teacher/Bookkeeper                                                                        Julie Dunnavant

Teacher/Technology                                                                        Alisha Lingo

 

After Care

After Care is offered end of school day through 5:00 p.m. (M&M Days not included) Students in After Care are provided with supervision for homework, crafts, and play. The cost is $5.00 per day per student until 5:00. After 5:00, a late fee of $5.00 is charged for the first 10 minutes and $1.00 per minute thereafter. If you are in need of After Care, the staff MUST be notified by 2:00 p.m. daily or it will not be available.  Students not picked up by 3:15 will be placed in After Care and the parent will be charged the $5.00 fee.

 

Closed Campus/Supervision

The Furnace is a closed campus. Students must stay on school grounds from arrival through dismissal. Students are restricted from entering a classroom or any area in which a faculty member is not present. Students shall be supervised at all times.  Parents are invited to set appointments to observe their student(s).  All other visitors will not be allowed in the class without prior Administrative permission.

 

Inclement Weather

The Furnace will contact parents via voicemail/text/email/phone call when school is dismissed because of inclement weather.

 

School Hours

       K-8                    8:30am-3:00pm

• Doors will open at 8:00. There will be an area for students to study or relax before school.

 

Arrival and Dismissal

Students are not to be dropped off before 8:00 and must be picked up by 3:15. If students remain on campus after 3:15pm, they will be brought to the After Care and parents will be charged accordingly. A note should always be sent to the school when arrangements are changed from what that which is routine.

 

Student Pick Up

Anyone that is picking up the student MUST be on the Registration/Emergency Contacts list. IDs will be asked of parents or family that are not recognized.  A note or phone call should always be delivered to the school when arrangements are changed.  

 

Student Holidays

          Monday, September 4th                                                                Labor Day

          Friday, October 6th-13th                                                               Fall Break

          Wednesday November 22nd-24th                                               Thanksgiving Break

          Friday, December 22nd-January 5th                                           Christmas & New Year

          Monday, January 15th                                                                    Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

          Thursday, February 22nd-23rd                                                    Rodeo Break

          Monday, March 12th-16th                                                             Spring Break

          Friday, March 30th-April 2nd                                                       Easter Holiday

• The Furnace will close the 2017-2018 school year on Friday, May 25, 2018. 

 

Attendance

If a student is absent from school, the parent must contact the office by 9:00 am. If calling before school hours, a voicemail may be left. This is very important for the accountability of our students.  Attendance is very important for continued academic growth.  Excessive absences/tardiness may result in a family conference, after hours work, and/or community service.

 

Make-up Work

Make-up work for missed tests/quizzes is given at the discretion of the school. Excused absences or tardiness include illness verified in writing by a physician (received by the school by the week’s end of the student’s return), death in the immediate family or court order. Student illness (even without physician verification) and other reasonable circumstances shall always warrant the opportunity for the student to make up assignments/tests/etc.

 

Dress Code

The Furnace believes in biblical standards of modesty in dress. An administrator has the authority to interpret or make adjustments in dress code as deemed necessary. Outfits must be clean, in good condition, and worn daily unless the school or class announces a special dress day.

• No t-shirts

• No sweatpants or exercise clothes

• No pajamas

• Sleeves must be 3 or more fingers wide

• Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be fingertip length or longer

• No leggings unless covered by top, shorts, or skirt that is fingertip length

Hair-well-groomed and kept out of face.

Headwear-Hats, caps, or bandannas prohibited; knit caps allowed outside for cold weather. M&M Days may allow or warrant the need for headwear.  Staff will announce to students when this is acceptable.

 

Backpacks/Hand bags

All kinds are allowed. Books, clothing, and learning tools should not be left on the floor at any time or out of bag unless needed.  We choose to maintain a safe environment for all students and staff. Unannounced inspections of backpacks, bags, pockets, and personal belongings can and will be made at the discretion of the administration. The school will not assume the responsibility for lost or damaged personal property.

Supplies

Students are required to bring their own Headphones, as well as other general school supplies. I.e. notebooks, pencils, paper, etc. Specific materials may be required for certain units and the teacher will notify you in advance of those needs.

Phone

The office phone is for school business and may be used only in the case of emergency with the permission of school personnel.  Calls home for assignments or materials may only be made with teacher permission. No long-distance calls may be made. Students may use no other phone on campus unless with specific permission from school personnel.

 

Student Valuables/Multi-media Devices

“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Matthew 16:20-21

Students are discouraged from bringing money to school. Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property. No electronic/multimedia devices, including cameras, are allowed out during the school hours unless for specific use on a class assignment and with prior teacher approval. Cell phones must be turned off during school hours. Personal laptops are accepted for use only with prior school approval.  Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property.

 

Accidents

All accidents occurring in the school building, on the school grounds, or at any activity sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the office. An Accident report will be completed by the personnel on duty and maintained by the office. If a student is injured the parents will be notified immediately.

 

Medication

“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people.”  Jeremiah 33:6

Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession at any time on the school grounds. If it becomes necessary for students to take prescribed medication at school, a written physician’s statement allowing The Furnace to administer the medication is required. All medications must be kept in its original container in the office.

Medication may be given only in emergency situations and/or only with chronic health problems such as asthma or behavior/attention problems. Over the counter medications will not be administered by school personnel without specific administrative approval and only in circumstances with written physician approval given a viable medical need.

 

Health

According to the Arizona Department of Health, there must be an immunization record on file in the school office for each student. These records are to be updated by the beginning of each school term.

If a student had a fever or any other symptoms of illness, he should NOT be sent to school. Students must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. After the following diseases, a student should have the consent from a physician to return to school.

Measles                                               Impetigo                                         Ringworm

Mumps                                                Fifth’s Disease                               Chicken Pox

Pneumonia                                         Pinworms                                       Lice (hair must be nit-free)

Whooping Cough                              Scabies                                            Staph infection

Pink eye-with drops two days minimum                                               Any contagious disease

 

Student Allergies

Some of our students may have specific food allergies, including peanut allergies. Documentation from a medical professional regarding the specific allergen must be provided to the school. Parents of children with specific food allergies must understand that there are risks involved in attending a community school setting with a lunchroom, etc. It must be understood that The Furnace does not assume a duty to protect any students from all exposure to a particular food allergen. The Furnace does not guarantee or warrant that any student, when in the school environment, will not be exposed to a food allergen. Additionally, The Furnace cannot serve as an insurer against all exposure to peanuts or other food allergens.

Lunches

Parents are responsible for sending a reasonable lunch daily for each of their students.   

 

Alcohol & Drug Policy

“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1

Possession of alcohol or drugs of any kind, including tobacco, is not allowed. The Furnace strictly prohibits any possession, use, or transfer of any alcohol or other controlled substance on or off its campus including transportation and parking areas. Violation of this prohibition may result in suspension or expulsion for a period of twelve calendar months.

 

Student Relationships

Christ-honoring relationships are encouraged at The Furnace. Relationships shall demonstrate common courtesy, openness, friendliness, and a positive attitude. Students who are not desirous of practicing Christian virtues and who demonstrate a negative influence may be asked to withdraw from The Furnace.

The Furnace encourages wholesome friendships between students. Intimate physical contact is not permitted. Healthy relationships between girls and boys are encouraged. Students who participate in any form of sexual impropriety while on campus or at a school-sponsored activity may be expelled.

 

School Spirit

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

School spirit is demonstrated through courtesy shown toward adults, school employees, and fellow students. 

Good manners such as yes ma’am, yes sir, please, and thank you are expected. 

Good Sportsmanship reflects humility in winning and losing gracefully. 

School Pride is shown through loyalty to The Furnace and its programs.

 

Charged Fees and Payments

A $100 Non-Refundable Registration Fee is Due at that time of Application for Enrollment.

A $100 Technology Fee is Due the First Month of Enrollment.

Tuition Totals: KG-6th Grade Annual Tuition is $4,500.  The monthly tuition is $450 based on a ten-month payment plan.  7th-8th Grade Annual Tuition is $6,000.  The monthly tuition is $600 based on a ten-month payment plan.  The monthly tuition payment is due on the first Monday of every month for the entire school year.  A $25 Late Fee will be assessed to the parent on the 10th day of the month if the payment is not paid in full.  An additional $25 Late Fee will be assessed to the parent on the 20th day of the month if the payment is not paid in full.  Tuition and Late Fees not paid by the last day of the month may result in Exclusion of the Student participating in classes.  Academic records will be withheld until all tuitions and fees are paid in full.

Refund Policy

A full refund of pre-paid annual tuition (Not Registration or Tech. Fees) will be made if a student transfers before school begins. Half of pre-paid annual tuition will be refunded if a student transfers before the start of the spring term. No refund for prepaid annual tuition will be given if a student transfers after the spring term begins. If a student who pays monthly transfers from The Furnace in the middle of the school year, the responsible party listed on the student’s application for admission is responsible for the balance for the unpaid monthly payments remaining for that term. All fees are non-refundable. In the event a student transfers out of The Furnace, records will not be released until fees are paid.

 

NSF

Non-sufficient funds (NSF) checks are charged a $25.00 fee. Payments of the NSF check and fee are due to the school office within five business days of the NSF notice sent to the school office and must be paid in cash or money order. If this fee is not paid within five business days, the student will not be permitted to attend The Furnace and may return only after fees are paid. In the event that more than two NSF checks are received from the same family in a school year, all subsequent payments must be made in cash or by money order.

 

Withdrawal and Transfer

Following a student’s withdrawal from The Furnace, his/her cumulative folder is filled out by the teacher and administration. All school property must be returned. Students records are not released until all fees are paid (see Refund Policy).

 

Grading Scale

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore, get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

A     90-100

B      80-89

C      70-79

D      60-69

F       0-59

A student may need to repeat a grade level due to unsatisfactory development and/or mastery of the required content.

 

Report Cards

Report cards are issued quarterly. If the final report card of a student is not issued due to excessive absences or due to a delinquent account, the parent may meet with the administration to review the final grade information.  

 

Standardized Testing

Standardized Testing decisions are at the discretion of The Furnace. The Furnace appreciates the Stanford 10 as a viable choice, but may choose another.  Parents will be notified of any testing choices. They will be administered according to their schedule. We will ensure that parents are aware for the dates as we know them.

Student Academic Responsibility

A signed Statement of Academic Responsibility for students is required for all students. This statement reflects intended compliance on behalf of the student to exhibit academic responsibility by demonstrating consistent class and homework assignment completion. If academic responsibility is not demonstrated in this manner, the student, parents, teachers, and administrator will work together for correction as detailed in the Statement; i.e., when a pattern of inconsistent assignment completion is noted, an SAR (Statement of Academic Responsibility) meeting will be held with the teacher, the student’s parents and the administrator.

 

Field Trips-M&M (Missions and Ministry) Fridays

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Fees are included in the tuition. All students go together. Some are Mission minded-educational. Some are Ministry minded-Where we do something as a ministry to others. These are not required but they are encouraged. There are approximately 14 of them throughout the school year. The dates are addressed on the calendar. There will be permission slips that are sent out for each of the M&M Fridays.

 

Discipline Policy

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

   In the training of our students to be self-disciplined in accordance with Christ-like standards, the faculty and staff of The Furnace refer to biblical teachings of wise and foolish behavior. It is crucial that the home and school work together and be in agreement with expectation for and reinforcement of Christ-like behavior. “First time obedience” is something our students are expected to obey those in authority and to do so “the first time” they are asked.

Corporal punishment is not used at The Furnace or by its employees. After meeting with an administrator and teacher concerning a student’s behavior, parents may choose to administer this form of discipline at their discretion.

          Students who demonstrate disrespectful or disruptive behavior will meet with an administrator.  Personal responsibility of the disrespect and disruption will be expected.  Each student and each incident vary, and so should the discipline/consequence.  The administrator will work with the student to get him/her to a place of acknowledgement, sympathy, and renewed focus.  A student who learns from their mistake will find reconciliation.  A student unwilling to admit their mistake will be sent home.  The parent is encouraged to work with the student to address the behavior.

From the beginning of the school year, rules are reviewed and expectations for student behavior are discussed and reiterated. Grace is given for a time, but ultimately it is the student’s responsibility and a mark of discipline to follow school policies. Once a student begins receiving infractions, he is choosing disobedience versus personal responsibility. Multiple/continued infractions indicate a lack of respect for teachers, self, and school. Therefore, a suspension may be issued because the behavior warrants a firmer approach to encourage positive change.

 

Weapons and Threats

The Furnace takes all threats seriously, even when students make comments in jest, on the internet, by text, or away from campus toward or about another student, employee, or the school. Students are prohibited from bringing any type of weapon on campus (including parking lots) or school-sponsored events, including knives, guns (all types), fireworks, etc. Any such item may be confiscated and, if appropriate, turned over to law enforcement. Any pictorial depictions of weapons, verbal or written comments that the administration determines in its discretion appear to be threatening in nature will result in disciplinary consequences. The administration reserves the right, in all cases, to determine whether and what level of disciplinary action is appropriate for the circumstances. Bullying, cyber-bullying or rough housing will not be tolerated and will be dealt with. 

Code of Honorable Conduct

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Students agree to abide by the Code of Honorable Conduct of The Furnace and the spirit of those expectations; parents agree to support the school on this behalf.

For its validity, the Code of Honorable Conduct of The Furnace rests on the truth of God’s word. To follow this truth is honorable, in that it ultimately brings honor to God, its rightful source.

One of the aims of education at The Furnace is personal growth in making wise choices, that is, choices that are pleasing to God. As the student handbook clearly defines disciplinary policies, the Code expects students to understand that they are accountable for their behavior, their actions have consequences, and they can learn from their mistakes. Furthermore, it must be emphasized that the school’s endeavor is to develop the whole student with an integrated Christian lifestyle. The Furnace seeks to avoid situations in which students act one way at church or school, but another way on their own time. The Furnace students are expected to honor Christ in all behavior and activities 24/7/365. 

The Code expects students to:

• Demonstrate honor, integrity and honesty

• Support the mission of the school

• Promote the safety and well-being of students and others

• Use materials, textbooks, Internet access, and supplies as instructed

• Reflect a Christ-like image and bring credit to The Furnace

Any grievous offense committed by a student of The Furnace, whether occurring in or out of school may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. This includes but is not limited to entries on social media, personal websites/blogs, emails, cell phones, and/or cameras containing material that is deemed inappropriate to the purpose and mission of The Furnace. Unless a law is broken, off campus issues are dealt with as a matter of discipleship. 

Additionally, any behavior, either on or off campus, that indicates a student has little desire to live a life honoring God, or any conduct that gives evidence of disregard for the spirit of school standards, is sufficient cause for disciplinary action, including suspension and expulsion.

A student may be dismissed from The Furnace if his parent(s)/guardian(s) demonstrate an uncooperative attitude with the school and/or disagreement with the philosophy/mission statement of the school culminating in the inability of the school to meet the student’s needs.

 

Guest Policy for School Events

• All spectators and participants are to be within the confines of the area where the event takes place.

• No alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, illegal substances, or weapons are permitted on campus (including parking lots).

• No one is allowed to remain in a parked vehicle, nor is loitering allowed anywhere on campus.

• The Furnace reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other mind-altering substances.

• Proper attire required.

• Boisterous, obscene, loud, or argumentative language and/or action will not be tolerated, and the person or persons responsible for such may be required to leave the premises.

• Anyone involved in a fight will be immediately removed from the premises. Local authorities may be contacted.

• Outside coolers and/or containers of any type are not permitted.

The school assumes no liability for privately held social activities for members of its student body. 

Announcements, ticket sales, or school newsletters will not be used to advertise private functions/activities.

Personal party invitation may not be given out at school unless the entire class (or all boys/girls) is invited.

Visitors

All visitors must first receive prior permission from school administration to visit classes or students.  All approved visitors must report to the office to receive a visitor’s pass. For the safety of our students, parents and visitors shall not enter a building without being accompanied by a staff/faculty member. An appointment must be made to meet with an administrator or teacher. All visitors to the lunchroom must have received a visitor’s pass prior to visiting the lunchroom with exceptions made for visitors dropping off lunch for a student.

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held on a student to student basis.

 

Fund Raising Activities

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.” Psalm 133:1

All fund-raising activities must be approved by the administrator. Organizations, groups, or individuals will not participate in and/or accept benefits derived from any fund-raising activity solicited in the name of Crossroads Community Baptist Church and/or The Furnace that has not received prior approval of the administrator.  Parents and students are expected to participate in ALL Furnace fund-raisers.

 

Volunteers

Anyone interested in working as a volunteer must meet with school administration.  Duties, length of time, and responsibilities will be discussed and adhered to.

 

Course of Action for Parental Concerns

1. Parent contacts teacher.

2. Parent contacts an administrator if parent-teacher discussion is less than satisfactory or if the matter is non-teacher related.

Unsigned correspondence to the school personnel will not be considered or addressed.

 

Subjects and Character

Building Christian character traits is accomplished through Biblical Christian teaching methods. Character-building habits and attitudes are formed as The Furnace teaches traditional subjects in an orderly, structured way. These traits and habits are noted as follows.

Phonics 

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Isaiah 28:10

Listen carefully; obey willingly; respect authority; apply myself; develop habits of thinking, analyzing, and organizing; build a background for confident reading; learn to wait my turn; help others; listen to my classmates; respond when called upon; speak so others can hear and understand me; cooperate with others in a kind, orderly way.

Reading and Literature

Do my best; build a foundation for independent learning; learn to read the Bible on my own; apply myself to the task at hand so I can comprehend what I read; learn about great people like me who did right; learn to know and base my life upon eternal values; forget myself and be wrapped up in the lives of others; learn to understand love and appreciate excellence; learn important guidelines for choosing reading material; pattern my life after those who show qualities of loyalty, honesty, dignity, love, and humanity; focus my mind on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8); form habits of searching diligently for the truth on a matter.

Penmanship

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:6

Work slowly and carefully; have a standard to follow and work diligently to meet it; be thoughtful enough of others to write to them in a script that can be read quickly and with ease; learn to be careful, orderly, neat, clean, responsible, thorough, exacting, and persistent.

Science

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Proverbs 25:2

See the orderliness and reasonableness of God’s universe; use the mind that God has given me to find out about the physical universe; follow God’s command to subdue the earth and exercise dominion over it (Genesis 1:28); know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:140); learn how to classify, analyze, and quantify; learn to work in a systemic way.

Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary and Composition

“How forcible are right words!” Job 6:25

Learn to apply the rules of English/language arts; learn that there is a right way to do things; do right because it is right to do; see patterns and work analytically; learn how to use words effectively to express God’s love to others; see the structure and orderliness of language and learn to do things according to pattern; apply knowledge of grammatical structure to my own thoughts and words; develop a body of thought in an intelligent and orderly manner; evaluate what I read, hear, and observe.

Mathematics

“Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40

Communicate my beliefs clearly, confidently and persuasively; work up to the standards and pace set by my instructor. Pay attention; do my best; learn to embrace hard work; learn to be fast and accurate in my thinking; see how things work together; be prepared; finish the job; learn to believe in absolutes (2+2 always equals 4); Participate in healthy competition; work hard to get the right answer; know that there is a right answer; learn to see the addition and multiplication tables as part of the truth and order that God has built into reality; study one aspect of the order of the real world and indirectly learn more about God who created the world; establish the extremely important skill of learning things by learning to go from the concrete to the abstract, from the particular to the general, from the content to the concept; learn to be thorough, orderly, careful, alert, obedient, persistent, cooperative, and honest; learn to see relationship between one truth and another; learn to be precise and exact in thinking; learn to apply mathematics skillfully in order to function in life daily; learn to master a received body of knowledge and apply it as to obey the command of Genesis 1:28.

 

 

History and Geography

“The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he had given to men.” Psalm 115:16

Know that there is a difference between right and wrong (absolutes) and learn to choose the right; use my reading abilities to learn new materials; use my mind to concentrate on the work before me and to select, analyze, review, memorize, and recognize material; know that there is an objective meaning to the event in history; know that history began with God’s creation of Adam and Eve; see that God directs and permits all things; see the centrality of Jesus Christ in history; learn to love other people and treat them with dignity; learn to love freedom under God; learn the basis of individual freedom and responsibility; learn to love my country and obey its laws; understand that history is the story of what man has done with the time God has given him and that the Bible is the story of what God had done in history.

 

Pledge to the United States Flag

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” Romans 13:1

We praise God that we live in a country where we are free to worship Him, to study the Bible, and to tell others about His love. Our United States flag represents these and many other freedoms that we enjoy in America.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Stated of America, and to the republic for which it stands, on nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

 

Pledge to the Christian Flag

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Just as the American flag stands for the freedoms we enjoy in America, so the Christian flag is a symbol of all that God has done for us through Jesus. We are praising God and declaring our loyalty to Christ when we pledge allegiance to the Christian flag.

“I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands, one brotherhood uniting all Christians in service and in love.”

 

Pledge to the Bible

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.” Proverbs 30:5

In the Bible, we learn about God’s love for us and His goodness toward us. We learn how God sent Jesus and how we can please Him. Our teachers will help students understand the Bible as the inspired Word of God, wholly and completely without error.

“I pledge allegiance to the Bible God’s Holy Word, and will make it a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path, and will hide its words in my heart that I may not sin against God.”

 

The Furnace-Student Handbook Acknowledgement Form

 

This signed form is to be returned to the office within one week of the start of school or start of admission.

 

Parents: Please read the following statements carefully and sign below to indicate your agreement.

I hereby affirm that I have read the Student Handbook and discussed its policies with my student. I certify that I consent to and agree to comply with all policies and procedures of the school, including all applicable policies in the Student Handbook.

I understand that the standards of the school do not tolerate dishonor to the Word of God, disrespect to the personnel of the school, continued disobedience to the established policies of the school.

Enrollment of children in The Furnace-Crossroad Christian Education is a privilege, not a right. I understand that continued enrollment and reenrollment of my child/children is dependent on my support of the school, its staff, and its policies.

Realizing that not everything can be covered in a handbook such as this, the administrator reserves the right to interpret any rule in the handbook or to make a judgement on any situation that might occur not covered in this handbook. This handbook is subject to change without notice by decision of the school’s administration.

Furthermore, I grant permission for The Furnace to issue student transcripts to award/scholarship programs, etc. as requested.

My family and I have chosen to Accept, Follow, and Serve Christ, and this decision will be reflective in our support of Biblical Christian Education administered by The Furnace.

 

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Signatures of Parents/Guardians

 

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Signature of Student                                                                                  

 

Date: ______________________________________

Please return this signed copy to the school office.

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