Come cheer on our varsity basketball team as they take on Stratford in the Elite 8 of the State Tournament - tonight at Kennesaw State University at 8:15pm. Wear your NCCS spiritwear or join the student section in their “blackout” and let’s pack out the KSU gym! Go NCCS Eagles!
Google Expeditions Comes to NCCS
On Monday, February 22, students in third, fourth and eighth grade had the opportunity to travel the world through reality panoramas displayed in a 360-degree photo sphere with the Google Expedition Pioneer program. NCCS was invited to participate as a beta school, providing feedback to Google about this new app that will be released to the public in the near future.
With the Google Expeditions app, students are able to view amazing scenes through Google Cardboard (an actual cardboard viewer with a smartphone mounted in it) while teachers lead them through virtual field trips. Teachers are able to highlight points of interest during the 360-degree journey and the technology even makes it possible for them to make sure that the students are looking at those highlighted points along with them. Our students connected the expeditions to their reading and history classes, as well as future spring term trips. At the end of each class, students were given a chance to offer suggestions to the Google representative on how to make the app better before it is released to the public. It was a day of amazement for students as they “traveled the world” in the comfort of their classroom.
Preschoolers Spread Their Love
Our preschool department has been busy serving a special group of folks in our community. Over the Christmas holidays, the K3 and K4 classes made Christmas cards for all 60+ residents of “The Benton House,” an assisted living facility where one our our NCCS parents works. These cards were then delivered by two of our K3 students. Our preschoolers had so much fun doing this project, that they wanted to do more. So in January, as K3 was learning about patterns in math, Mrs. Martin's 4th grade class joined them for a morning of pattern making. They laced chenille stems with red and white beads and then the 4th graders helped them shape the stems into hearts. Because they needed so many of these hearts for the Benton House residents, Mrs. Jones' kindergarten class jumped in and made hearts too. In February, Landon James (K3 student), along with his mom and sister, delivered the hearts with a Bible verse to the residents at the Benton House, who were very touched by this gift. Some hung their hearts on their door knobs, while others attached them to their walkers. When the residents at the Benton House found out that Lower School classes were collecting loose change for Spring Term, they wanted to help after they had been treated so special by our preschool students. Landon took a SHINE can to the facility and brought it back full of change! Dianne Pile, K3 teacher, said “We are so excited to have an opportunity to partner with sweet folks in our community. You're never too young!
Upper School Students Compete in Literary Meet
Congratulations to the following students who placed at the GHSA Literary Meet on Tuesday, February 23. Those receiving 1st or 2nd place will go on to compete at the state level in March. Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking - Trey Collins, 4th place Argumentative Essay - Adam Doughty, 2nd place Rhetorical Essay - Mark Watson, 4th place Humorous Interpretation - Miranda Phillips, 3rd place Boys Quartet - Graham Richmond, Austin Geter, Will Coleman, Ethan Thomas, 1st place Boys Solo - Ethan Thomas, 2nd place Also competing were Wy’kia Frelot (Personal Essay), Miranda Phillips (Oral Interpretation - Dramatic), and Chase Truran (Girls’ Solo). We are so proud of all of our students for the way they represented our school!
Spiritual Emphasis Week & All NCCS Worship Chapel
We are looking forward to a great Spiritual Emphasis Week 2016 during the week of February 29 - March 4! Our Upper School will have chapel Monday-Thursday and Middle School will have chapel Tuesday-Thursday. Upper School students will hear from a variety of local pastors including George Wright, Pastor at Cedarcrest Church, Jeff Hidden, Pastor at Victory Church, Aaron Coe, a pastor at Passion City Church, and Brian Bloye, Pastor at West Ridge Church. Middle School students will hear from Brandon Nichols, Pastor at Mercy Hill Church, Tuesday-Thursday.
On Friday, all NCCS (lower, middle, and upper school students, faculty, and staff) will gather in the gym at 8:15am for a morning of worship together at our second All NCCS Worship Chapel. This was a really special time together last year with our entire school singing, praying and worshiping Jesus together. Parents are welcome to attend any of the Spiritual Emphasis Week chapels and our All NCCS Worship Chapel.
Family Reading Night - Friday Night!
The Scholastic Book Fair week concludes Friday night with a very special Family Reading Night from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Media Center. Join us for delicious snacks, special readings, fun activities, and the last chance to buy books at the book fair. We hope to see you for this awesome night of reading fun and fellowship!
Upper and Lower School Experience Joint History Lesson
Recently students in Mrs. Clark's 11th grade American History Class joined 4th graders in their study of the Civil War, as both grade levels were studying this topic. The 11th graders brought examples of antebellum era photographs and explained how the 19th century camera technology changed the way civilians see war forever. Both groups then created a “Histagram,” where they imagined a photograph they may have taken if they were living during the Civil War. Students in both grades enjoyed this time of collaboration!
Academies Accept New Students
Congratulations to the following students that have already been accepted into Upper School Academies for the 2016-2017 school year. These students will join a great community of other students already involved in robust programs in our Academy of The Arts, The Academy of Business, The Academy of Counseling, Ministry, and Education, The Academy of Exercise and Sport Science and our STEM Academy. We will have many more acceptances as the Spring Registration period continues to unfold. If you would like to learn more about the Academies at North Cobb Christian School, click here or contact Upper School Principal Megan Strange. Please join us in congratulating these new Academy students:
Academy of Counseling, Ministry, and Education Lindsey Duffy
Academy of Business Kendall Byrd Natalie Cooper Ashley Kim
Academy of Exercise and Sport Science Connor Constantine
Fifth Grade Tours Asia
Did you know that in Japan there is a “cat cafe” where you can enjoy your food and drinks and pet cats for hours or that there was an underwater cabinet meeting in the Maldives to raise awareness about climate change or that Tim Tebow was born in the Philippines? Fifth grade history students found these and other fun and interesting facts as they each researched an Asian country. From their research they created tri-boards presenting their country's flag, emblem, resources, and facts about the major religions, food, and tourist attractions. Through their study, our fifth graders discovered how enlightening it is to study other countries and cultures that are different from our own.
NCCS Lower School’s Got Talent!
There is no doubt that we have a lot of talented kids in our Lower School and we are excited to be bringing back the Lower School Talent Show this year! The show will be on Friday, April 15, and auditions for the show will be open to 1st - 4th grade students. Students, start thinking about how you want to show off that great hidden talent you always wanted to share and look for audition information coming soon. And be sure to save the date for a great night of fun and talent!
The Talon, Student Newspaper
The January/February edition of The Talon, the Upper School student newspaper is now available. Our student journalists continue to provide interesting articles and news in this publication! Click here to read this latest edition.
Equestrian West Team Riders Qualify for Regional Meet
The NCCS Varsity Equestrian Team was one of only 3 teams to qualify for the upcoming Regional IEA Horse Show this past weekend. Along with the team, NCCS also had three riders qualify in Individual Events as well. The individual team members had to win a total of 18 points or more in each event. The following team members that qualified are: Kayla Jaconette, who qualified in JV Beginner Flat Cameron Parke, who qualified in 2 events - 2’6” Over Fences Varsity Open and Varsity Open Flat Kyley Tobey, who qualified in JV Novice Flat
We are very proud of our riders, as the individual points were increased this year, making it even harder to qualify for each team member. The Regional Meet will be held at 8:30am this Sunday, February 28, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. Come on out to cheer on the team!
We're so grateful to our Lower School students for supporting the different missions projects on Spring Term! The last day to bring in money for these projects is Friday, March 4. Which class will bring in the most money and win a pizza party?
In Chapels Next Week
Lower School Chapel - Tuesday Wendy Titus will be speaking to both Lower School chapels, with Mrs. Romine’s 2nd grade class leading pledges in 1st-4th grade chapel (meeting in the FAB due to Spiritual Emphasis Week) and Mrs. Orefice’s K5 class leading pledges in K3-K5 chapel (meeting in the Lower School cafeteria).
Middle and Upper School Chapel - Spiritual Emphasis Week
One of the most frequent words we use to describe our school community is “family”. And when your family members move away, you like to visit them whenever possible! That’s why Tara Dorsey, Alumni Coordinator, Nathan Wright, Director of Student Life, and Megan Strange, Upper School Principal, are hitting the road for our 2016 Alumni Roadtrip! They are planning to travel to colleges around the southeast to meet up with NCCS alumni, share a meal and catch up with them and let them know we are still thinking about them! Spread the word to any alumni that you know at the following colleges to be on the lookout for the date we will be visiting their campus!
North Georgia, University of Georgia, Georgia College & State University, Samford, University of Alabama, Auburn, Kennesaw State University, Chattahoochee Tech, Georgia Highlands, Austin Peay State, Lipscomb, Belmont, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Mercer, Clemson, and Anderson University
Science Mania - Coming March 9!
Parents of Lower School students - register your children now for the after school Science Mania class that will begin on March 9 and run through April 20. This fun class offered through Quest Club is for K5 through 4th grade students and is always a favorite among our students! For more information and to register, click here.
Spring Term Parent Meetings
Upper School Spring Term Parent meetings will be held two nights next week to provide details about Spring Term 2016. Monday, February 29 6:30pm College Tour, Haiti Tuesday, March 1 6pm Guatemala, Canada, Appalachia, Photography, OffStage Los Angeles, Charleston SCUBA Upper School Spring Term team leaders will email meeting locations and anything specific related to their team prior to the meetings. Please note that these meetings are for parents only.
2016 Atlanta Braves All-Star Student Achievers Program
As they embark on their final season at Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves want to reward students in K-12 grades for their dedication to academic excellence by offering them 2 complimentary tickets to a 2016 Braves regular season home game. (additional tickets may be purchased form $8 each.) Students are eligible if they are on the A or A-B honor roll, or if they have perfect attendance. Each student participating will be entered into a drawing for the chance to participate in a special pre-game presentation! To order your qualifying student's tickets, please go to www.braves.com/achiever and use our school code TU2MZS. Congratulations on a great first semester and enjoy this celebration with your students during the special, sentimental final season at Turner field.
SAT Crash Course
NCCS will be offering another three-hour crash course in the basic strategies for how to approach each section of the SAT test on Thursday, March 3. This inexpensive course (only $65) could also serve as a good review for students who may have taken a class previously and are taking the SAT again. Students will have the chance to go over some of the core math and English concepts and broadly work through how to approach reading and science passages. The course is taught by Cody Brown of Forge Tutoring and requires a 7-student minimum. To register, click here.
Sports Week in Review
Be sure to check out the Athletics News page on our website for a summary of athletics events from this past week! Click here to view the Athletics News page
Summer Programs for Juniors & Seniors
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Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies Summer Programs Stanford's programs offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and get a taste of college like on the beautiful Stanford campus. For more information on all of their summer programs visit https://summerinstitutes.stanford.edu/.
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