Valedictorian and Salutatorian Opportunities for CHENM Seniors!

Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
After more than a year of research, discussion, and prayer, the CHENM board voted unanimously to begin offering the awards of valedictorian and salutatorian, beginning with this year’s graduates. We contacted local, regional, and state universities, both private and public to see if they would possibly recognize the awards with scholarship money. In almost every situation we received positive responses – assuming the requirements were valid. Although we cannot guarantee any scholarships, as the board we felt like if there was money available for our students to assist them in their college pursuits, we should do what we can to make that a reality. We have many single income families and even some single parent families whose children have worked hard. We desire to reward those efforts as much as we possibly can.
Therefore, any of our 2017 CHENM graduates who would like to apply for these awards may begin by sending Alana Lentz an email ( with an official copy of your ACT scores which you can print from the ACT website or a scan or photo of the official letter. Please submit your scores by the end of the day next Thursday, April 13th. We chose ACT because that is the only objective and standard means to judge college readiness and scholarship. The highest scoring students will be contacted to prepare an essay which will be presented as a speech at the graduation ceremony.
For those who have concerns over this decision…
As the board, we know that all of our children are unique and have different gifts and abilities. We do not believe that college and academics are the most important goals in life. But we also believe that some of our children are called to higher education as a means to serve the Kingdom and our world. We felt that it would be wrong for us to not help those who have worked hard academically and desire to pursue further education in a university setting. We believe that we must do this with integrity, therefore we need to use appropriate standard testing recognized by colleges. We do not require all senior students to submit scores or grades outside of these awards and GPA based scholarship cords. If you have concern over this decision, please hold your concerns until after we have celebrated graduation to honor our students. Please do not voice your opinions on the CHENM Facebook page, but write a letter via email to the board for review ( After that point, we will take the items into consideration as preparations begin for planning towards the next year’s graduation ceremony.

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Kindergarten Graduation

It’s time to sign up to participate in CHENM Kindergarten graduation. The graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 9th at 7 pm at West Jackson Street Baptist Church.

To sign up, I need your child’s full name (how it will appear on the certificate), the parent’s names (how it will appear in the program), if your child would like to borrow a cap and gown or if your family would like to purchase one (they are the same each year), and your child’s height in inches.
Example: William Tucker Lentz, parents: J.Scott & Alana Lentz, borrow, 45 inches

The cost for graduation is:
$3.00 for tassel and certificate (if borrowing cap & gown)
$24.00 for tassel, certificate and cap and gown (if purchasing)

Deadline to sign up will be March 31st.

Rehearsal will be on Monday, May 8th at 6 pm. Your child needs to recite John 3:16 KJV (we say this as a group) and sing the first verse and chorus of Jesus loves me.

You can respond to Alana Lentz at or leave your information on the Kindergarten Graduation post on the CHENM Facebook page.

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Eighth Grade Graduation

Graduation for seniors, eighth graders, and kindergartners will be held on Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:00 p.m. at West Jackson Street Baptist Church in Tupelo. If you have an 8th grader that would like to participate in graduation, please respond with your child’s full name as you would like for it to appear on their certificate as well as parents’ names as you would like for them to appear in the program. Example: Hannah Renee McGill, daughter of Derek and Renee McGill.

The deadline to sign-up to participate is March 31st. There is no fee for 8th grade graduates. Rehearsal will be in the WJSBC sanctuary on Monday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. 8th graders will need to arrive at 5:30 p.m. the night of graduation for photos. Please wear Sunday dress and a friendly smile. 8th graders will greet guests at the doors and pass out programs. They will be seated together as a group in the pews then come forward to the stage to be recognized and receive a certificate. For responses and questions, you may contact Renee McGill at 662-687-3452, email: or respond to the Eight Grade Graduation post on the CHENM Facebook page. Congratulations to our 8th grade class!

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Mother/Son Banquet

The 2017 Mother/Son Banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 21st at 6:00pm. It will be held at Southern Fish and Steak on Industrial Road in Tupelo.

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Achievement Testing

Achievement Testing
April 18 and 19, 2017
8:15 – 2:00 Tuesday
8:30-12:00 Wednesday
West Jackson Street Baptist Church
FIRM Deadline to order tests is March 20.

Achievement testing will be April 18th and 19th at West Jackson Street Baptist Church. The testing will begin at 8:15 on April 18 and 8:30 on April 19.

We will be using the Iowa Form E. The testing is for grades 3-12.  The link to purchase the tests is
You will select me (Kristie Stevens) as the administrator.

The students should bring $3 for shipping, pencils, a calculator, a lunch and a snack on Tuesday, and a snack on Wednesday.
The testing will be over at 2 pm on Tuesday and Noon on Wednesday.
Third Grade students have an extra test so 3rd grade will be finished at 2:30 on Tuesday and 12:30 on Wednesday. High School students have one less test so they will be finished on 11:30 on Wednesday.
We need three moms for testing, so please let me know if you are available to serve in this way.


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