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Canyonville Christian Academy Seminar Class - First Place Winners of the Oregon Stock Market Game

Teacher Roger Shaffer, grandson of Canyonville Christian Academy’s founder and his Seminar class have done it again.   Mr. Shaffer’s class enter the Oregon Stock Market game every year which lasts a total of 10 weeks.  Mr. Shaffer said that the students in his class made more than a  62% return on their investment.  The competition, which includes more than 450 teams from all over Oregon, ended on April 17th, 2014 with Canyonville Christian Academy the clear winner.  The next closest schools only had a 9% return on their investments.

Now the seminar class is pushing forward in the national competition and is currently in first place there as of this writing.  With 4,000 teams entered, it will be a tough battle but we are confident that Canyonville Christian Academy can pull off a victory.

Congratulations Mr. Shaffer and your team for making CCA proud!

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Yet, once again, students from Canyonville Christian Academy earned a chance to tour Washington D.C. last week after a half dozen of them finished near the top of the heap in a national stock-picking game. Read more

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Opportunities for international students to learn outside of the classrooms at this private boarding high school are often available.

Each year the students who take Honors Business Math class, go to Harry and David’s in Medford to experience manufacturing, production, packaging, and warehouse procedures, which are multiple chapters on paper come to life.  At the end of the factory tour, they return to the retail store to taste samples and purchase some of the products they’ve seen in production during the tour.

It is important for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real life experiences This field trip allows the students to begin understanding the importance of business math applications from pay incentives on the packing line to driving a forklift in the warehouse, or even designing special product packaging to the speed of folding the shipping boxes. The overall experience stimulates the imagination and encourages new possibilities for the future of these business math students.

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The SEO/Internet Marketing Class of private school Canyonville Christian Academy met with General Manager Wayne Knowles of Litha Ford Car Dealership in Roseburg, Oregon and Social Media Manager Laura Devenport of the Litha Corporation.

Mr. Knowles took an hour out of his busy schedule to meet with the class and listen to the Christian Academy student idea’s to improve the dealerships Facebook Page.   The students were nervous at first, but warmed up to Mr Knowles relaxed personality.  As the meeting progressed, both sides were able to communicate effective ideas on marketing and reaching a target audience.

Students returned to the school excited and ready for the challenge of managing the Facebook Page.  You can view their progress at: Litha Ford Lincoln of Roseburg

These students also manage Canyonville Christian Academy’s 7 Facebook pages:
Canyonville Christian Academy
Canyonville Christian Academy Sports
Canyonville Christian Academy School Life
Canyonville Christian Academy Dorm Life
Canyonville Christian Academy Beats
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Canyonville Christian Academy Seminar students jumped out to a quick $4,607 advantage two weeks into the Capitol Hill Challenge, the national investing game. In the contest, teams invest online with a hypothetical $100,000 starting position.

There are more than 2,700 teams/schools entered in the 2013 competition that runs through May 10.

This Christian Academy has placed in the top-seven four times in the final standings in prior games.

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Canyonville Christian Academy was named prominently in a January 23, 2013 Wall Street Journal story on international students* in U.S. high school.  The WSJ is the number-one selling newspaper in America.

The large page-three feature story indicated that in many countries both private and parochial American high schools are seen as an excellent pathway for admissions to U.S. colleges.  It was also noted that many Asian parents and students look favorably on Christian schools‘ conservative social values which mirror many traditional Asian morals.

*note You need an online subscription to the Wall Street Journal to read full article

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In the statewide 2012 Stock Market Game, CCA’s economics students have jumped out to a commanding early lead.

Canyonville entries top the first six places in the Oregon standings as we approach the midpoint of the 10 – week competition.

  1. Mike Hsieh         163,690
  2. Benji McClure    130,997
  3. Johnny Yuan      130,860
  4. Noah Yip             121,763

The students began the investing contest with $100,000.  The top entry outside CCA (McLoughlin High School) is nearing $107,000 total portfolio value.

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Canyonville Christian Academy has a unique class that has taken the students into the world of Search Engine Optimization, Internet Marketing, Social Media and WebDesign.

This class is now in it’s third year here at CCA, and has accomplished quite a lot in those years.

Students from SEO/Internet Marketing are taught the nuances of the internet, changes that happen with Google Algorithms, Social Media channels to use, why use them, when to use them and then they put it all together and go out into the community and help local businesses create a web-presence.

Last year the class created six websites for businesses in the Canyonville area, this year, the class tackled a large website as a group project – Myrtle Creek Golf Course.

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To start this project out, this largely diverse class first looked at the current website, they then reviewed the changes they could make and improve, compared what other golf courses offered all over the world and they then selected several different new looks for the Myrtle Creek Golf Course.

With an action plan in place, they invited the superintendent of the golf course to interview him and learn more about the needs of Myrtle Creek Golf Course.  Following this meeting, and a trip to tour the golf course, the real work began:    ReDesigning and implementation of the new design.

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Myrtle Creek Golf Course - Before

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Myrtle Creek Golf Course - After

Within 5 days, the new golf course website was up and running with all Social Media strategies and vehicles in place, backlinks started, multiple visuals available and a completely new look!

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Face it, the way we market, the way we hear the news, the way we shop and now the way we teach is rapidly changing.

Canyonville Christian Academy is also changing with technology.  SEO/Internet Marketing has been taught here at CCA for the past 2 years.  With a focus on “Word of Mouth Marketing”, “keyword strategies”, “social media strategies” and “wordpress webdesign” Canyonville Christian Academy has brought this Academy into the 21st century teaching it’s students cutting edge technology and marketing.

The Internet is the vehicle used today for business, marketing, sales, teaching, training, socializing and more. Teaching our future generations the ever-changes nuances in this field prepares them for college and the job market.  Learning about Facebook Marketing, Twitter listening skills, using the right broadcast channels to reach potential clients, youtube video marketing and most important – helping businesses be found online through key strategies is vital for any job seeker, business owner and CEO.

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Canyonville Christian Academy’s SEO/Internet Marketing class successfully created and marketed local area businesses adding value to their community.  Gaining monumental training, skills and hands on experience helped prepare these students to market most any small business successfully with today’s marketing strategies. This college level class sets the students ahead with a full understanding of how Internet Marketing works.

Students in this class had to schedule business meetings, meet with business owners on their schedule, gather information for content, schedule picture shoots then create a web-presence for that business.  Following, they then trained the business owners on how to run their new websites.  Truly a great college prep high school class!

You can view their work below:

Promise Natural Foods & Bakery

Countryside Veterinary Services

Ken’s Sidewalk Cafe

Oregon Sunshine Espresso

Commonwealth Garden Shoppe

El Paraiso Mexican Restaurant


Canyonville Christian Academy will start incorporating the use of iPads in the classrooms.  Are you ready?  See our summer special!

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Congratulations Class of 2011!

Wow, it happens so fast before you know it, they are gone!

What I’m talking about is the senior class of 2011 here at Canyonville Christian Academy.  It seems just like yesterday that students were arriving from various parts of the world to start their final year in high school.  This boarding school was full of expecting students deciding on classes to take for their senior year.  Fast forward to Saturday May 28th…

Twenty-nine students with caps and gowns mixed with excitement, sadness, joy and a new realization that all their hard work has now payed off.  Twenty-nine students walking up to the stage one at a time to receive their diploma’s in front of family and friends.

These students are filled with emotions knowing that for some, it’s the last time to see their friends, the last time to see their teachers, deans, the last few hours before leaving the sanctuary of their dorm rooms…the last time walking around the campus, hanging around the student center, chilling in the PX, walking around east campus or even going to Ken’s Sidewalk Cafe.  It’s time to spread their wings and fly.
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