My name is Alex Sajjadi and this is my Mission Hills story. I attended Mission Hills Christian School from 7th grade to 8th grade, and I like to consider these as the years that changed my life. I grew up attending a large public elementary school, and when it became time to head off to junior high, my family thought that a small Christian school would be a better fit for me. They were right. I walked on to the campus as a shy, apprehensive, 7th grader, not knowing what the future had in store for my life. Mission Hills welcomed me with open arms. I never felt like a new kid or an outsider when I came to Mission Hills. I quickly became acquainted with everybody in my grade, which never would have happened at a large junior high. I met some of the most amazing friends at Mission Hills that I still keep in contact with on a daily basis, even though most of us go to different high schools. I thrived in Mission Hills’ unique community, and for the first time, I was a name and not a number at school. My teachers knew me personally and how I learned as a student. They knew when I was struggling and were always offering help. The teachers at Mission Hills are unlike any other teachers I know. Although the teachers and friends that I met were incredible, what I really left Mission Hills with was an identity in Christ. I came to Mission Hills believing that Jesus was the Son of God, and that’s all I knew. Through daily Bible class and weekly chapel, I learned that Christianity is so much more than just knowing who Jesus is. At Mission Hills I learned what it was like to have a relationship with God, how much He loves me, and how he has a perfect plan for my life. With knowing God, I gained an identity in Him, and with this new foundation, I became confident and strong in my faith. I am now a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, and the shy 7th grader who walked on the campus six years ago has accomplished more than she could have ever imagined. I have run for class president, held a position on my school’s ASB for the past two years, planned all of the social events at my school, and was voted most spirited in the senior class. I couldn’t have done any of this without the confidence that I gained from Mission Hills. My junior high experience at Mission Hills not only brought out a whole new side of me, it also prepared me for my future–academically, spiritually, and socially. Mission Hills taught me about having a relationship with God and building character that honors Him. Mission Hills changed my life and has given me the tools that I needed to succeed at Trabuco Hills High School and that I will need as I begin attending Point Loma Nazarene University in the fall. I am thankful for my junior high years at MHCS and how God used them to build in me a firm faith foundation that will be with me throughout my life.
Currently, Emily Boggess is a junior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. She is an Academic All American and swims varsity for SM. She holds the 2014 Division 1 CIF record for Girls Varsity 400 Freestyle Relay with Lizzie Devitt, Sydney Franzen and Katie McLaughlin. Mission Hills Christian School is a very special place. It’s a school filled with learning, caring, fun, and the love of Jesus. I could feel it every day I was there. Mission Hills helped to ground me in God’s word and helped to build my faith. It’s a foundation that will be with me for the rest of my life. My education at Mission Hills Christian School was Christ-centered. All the teachers incorporated God’s word into their daily lessons. For example, my math teacher stressed personal integrity every day in her classroom. In history, we learned from Bible-based perspectives. At Mission Hills, I learned the qualities of good character and how to live a truly Christian life. I learned that academic honesty matters more than giving in to the temptation to bring your grade up. I learned to be compassionate to those less fortunate than me. I learned to be forgiving and loving. And I learned that following Jesus means I should try to let His light shine through me in everything I do. My most vivid memory is from my 8th grade religion class. I will never forget my teacher, Pastor Mike Foell, climbing up on the desk and illustrating the baby Jesus in the manger. The informative yet fun atmosphere allowed me to learn so much about the Bible and my faith. In fact, I would constantly amaze my parents with how much scripture I knew from memory. When I started religion classes at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, I had a strong spiritual foundation on which I could rely. I am so thankful that my parents made the decision for me to attend Mission Hills Christian School.
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul …. And you shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19) May 13, 2012, my husband and I were on our 7th move. We had two children, Charlie who had just turned seven and Mya who would be turning five in October. With this move, we had to say goodbye to our kid’s wonderful Christian preschool in Katy, Texas, a school that beautifully planted God in our hearts. I now needed to find a new school that would equip my children to understand the truth about life, the world, and their place in it. I based my search on three pillars I feel shape a child: the home, the church and the school. Deuteronomy 6 tells us that, in all they do, children should be constantly exposed to godly instruction. So, after experiencing public school our first year as California residents, we chose to enroll Charlie and Mya in a faith-based elementary instead. We wanted them to have a setting that offered a safer emotional and spiritual environment, positive influences, a strong curriculum, and the values we taught at home evident at school. Mission Hills Christian School was our first and only choice. When we walked on campus, we clearly observed how the school supplied an education that addressed the whole child: socially, intellectually, emotionally, physically AND spiritually. Children were greeting each other with high-fives, hugs, handshakes, and smiles. Teachers were happy; parents were walking their kids to class and staying after to chat. Volunteers happily gave their time to make sure Mission Hills students reached excellence. It was displayed everywhere! I cannot say enough delightful things about Mission Hills Christian School. The word “mission” describes MHCS perfectly. From faculty to staff, everyone is partnering with us parents on a mission to develop godly children who thrive academically and spiritually. My children are now taught by Christian teachers, and the Bible is one of their textbooks. They will be trained up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). And as parents of God’s precious children, we are beyond pleased we chose Mission Hills. When your son gets in the car after school and says right away, “Mom, Please don’t ever take me out of this school. I love it here!” you know you are in the right place. With a smile, I excitedly responded, “Praise God sweet boy. Amen to that!” Charles and Jaema Merrimon
I have the honor of leading the elementary grades in chapel several times a month. I’ve been fortunate enough to lead them for the past 8 years. It’s hard to believe that the kids I led when I first started are now entering college! Most parents I talk to carry a certain amount of anxiety concerning their parenting. It seems like we’re all just trying to mess our kids up less than how our parents messed us up (that might be a over-generalization). Whether that’s true for you or not, one way of helping to point your child towards a bright future is to teach them to be a worshiper. Over the years of leading I’ve learned a few things, sometimes the hard way, on how to lead kids in worship. Below are some practical ideas for leading your kids in worship: