Do you hear it? There’s a buzz coming from North Cobb Christian School as the new year begins! We have new, experienced principal leadership in lower and middle school, the largest number of Upper School students that NCCS has ever had, a new after school program for middle school, and new technology in the lower school creating greater interaction between students and parents, just to name some of the reasons for the “buzz.”
To find out more about why our leadership team is so excited about this year, check out our NCCS blog HERE! And be sure to subscribe to the blog to get perspective and insights from our leadership, faculty, staff, and other guest bloggers throughout the year.
AP Scholars at NCCS
Congratulations to the following NCCS Upper School Students who have been recognized as AP Scholars. This is an outstanding recognition in honor of the hard work these students have put forward in multiple Advanced Placement classes. Participation in just one AP course is remarkable, but to excel in multiple courses is definitely a cause for celebration. Please join us in congratulating the following students!
AP Scholar (scores of 3 or better on three or more AP Exams) Austin Hatch Chase Truran Mark Watson
AP Scholar with Honors (scores of 3 or better on 4 or more AP exams and an average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken) T.J. Anderson Ansley Davies
AP Scholar with Distinction (scores of 3 or better on 5 or more AP exams and an average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken) Kali Dangar
K3-4th Students “Show What They Know” Using Seesaw App!
All of our lower school students are now able to share what’s happening in their classes with their parents through an app called Seesaw. Students can “show what they know” on the app, using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Seesaw gives students a real audience for their work and offers parents a personalized window into their child's learning. As students independently document what they are working on in class, deeper learning and reflection are encouraged. It’s a perfect tool in which the learning process is easily captured, instead of just the end result.
Students can use Seesaw's built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they've learned or explain how they got their answer. In turn, they are able to receive an authentic audience of their peers and parents, encouraging better work and real feedback. Through Seesaw teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available. It is private, so only parents see their children’s posts and the whole class posts the teacher puts up. We are excited about the partnership among students, teachers, and families that is already being created through Seesaw and look forward to all of the ways that this new tool will empower our students as they learn.
NCCS Junior Excels in Brown University Summer Program
Congratulations to K.P. Pierre for his excellent work as a participant in the Brown University Biomedical Engineering Pre-college Program this summer. K.P. was one of only 25 students selected from across the United States to participate in this distinguished program hosted at Emory University and the CDC in Atlanta. This program gave K.P. the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most highly regarded leaders in the fields of Neuroscience, Biotechnology and Epidemiology. K.P. was recognized and received the highest scoring grade in the program with 99%. He also received the Lab Award for his outstanding research and lab work. Outstanding job, K.P.! (Pictured giving presentation and working at the CDC on a human brain.)
Eagles Discount Card Goes Digital!
We are excited that our Eagles Discount Card is now digital! Our new Eagles Discount App through Zurly not only allows us to be able to offer more deals, but it also makes selling easier and faster for the students. In addition, it eliminates the hassle of carrying cards and handling cash! Each child will have his or her own individual link to share via social media, text or email. Everyone who purchases the app from your student will have the discounts right on their phone and your student will get the credit, either for prizes or for credit towards spring term trips. Zurly will track each student's Eagles Discount App sales and give you a report on your personal donation page as you go. North Cobb Christian School will also have this report and be able to keep track of how much each student has sold.
For complete instructions that show how easy it is to register and share the link with others through your app, please click here.
To see the available deals, you have two options: 1. Download the Zurly app (free) from the App Store. When you open it, it will give you the option to see the NCCS deal pack. 2. If you get a personal link for one of your students, you can click it and see the deals before you purchase the Eagles Discount Pack.
Run, Run, Run - Soaring Eagles Cross Country (K5-4th Grade)
The NCCS Cross Country program is proud to kick off the 6th year for the Soaring Eagles running program! We would love to have your K5 through 4th grade student join us for the 2016 Cross Country season. If you are interested in learning more about the Soaring Eagles program or registering your runner, please contact Coach Kimbrel. Practices begin Monday, August 22. We can’t wait to get the season underway!
ASPIRE - NEW Middle School After School Program!
NCCS is offering a new program in our Middle School called ASPIRE, which stands for After School Programs I Really Enjoy! The goal for this program is to provide a safe, fun, nurturing environment for middle school students to play, socialize, and learn after the school day has concluded. Middle school students who are not picked up by 3:30pm are encouraged to participate in this program which concludes at 5:30pm. (Students may be picked up any time between 3:30pm-5:30pm.) ASPIRE is being coordinated by Andrea Dignon, our Middle School French teacher, and other middle school teachers will be involved each day. To register your student, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Dignon.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat...
Members of the Class of 2017 went on the traditional NCCS senior rafting trip on the Ocoee River last Friday and had a BLAST! Not only did they love the adventure on the river, but they also enjoyed spending time together discussing the year ahead. One of the highlights of the trip was a special time of sharing one word that they would like to be known for as they finish their time at NCCS. Some of their words included LEADER, COMPASSIONATE, SERVANT, CARING, LOYAL, HUMBLE, SELFLESS, ENCOURAGER, PASSIONATE, CONFIDENT, JOYFUL, LOVING, FAITHFUL, UNWAVERING, and STEADFAST. We are looking forward to a GREAT year with our seniors leading the way!
Celebrating Our Faculty & Staff
Please join us in congratulating the following faculty and staff members who were recently recognized for their dedication and service to North Cobb Christian School:
Five Year Awards: (L to R) Front Row: Lindsey Rheinscheld & Sara King Back Row: Nate Rupp,Ty Faulk, Kessler Dixon, Janelle Speck, Kessler Dixon, Jan Heflin, Janet Karr, Jane Soulis, Jose Sanchez Not Pictured: Kim Pool & Clint Strange
Ten Year Awards: (L to R) Front Row: Kristy Sanders, Heather Collins, & Jennifer Thaxton Back Row: Carol Coleman, Elese Allen, Beth Clark, Margie Land, Yannick Post, Melissa Nelson, & Mandy Johnson
Fifteen Year Award:
Additionally, we would like to recognize Susan Brewer, Barbara Sandidge and Jeri Speck as they retire for their years of dedication and service to North Cobb Christian School!
NCCS Parking/Carline 101
As each school year begins, families often wonder which parking spaces to use. All parking spaces are available for everyone to use EXCEPT for spaces marked RESERVED, STUDENT, or HANDICAP. Reserved spaces are either purchased at the spring benefit dinner and auction by our families for use the following school year, given to our teachers of the year, or provided for prospective families visiting NCCS Admissions. Student spaces are assigned to our student drivers by number and handicap spaces are prohibited to use by law unless a handicap parking permit has been issued to the driver. Thank you for refraining from parking in any reserved, student, or handicap spaces.
In addition, you can find complete carline instructions HERE. We would especially like to draw your attention to our NO CELL PHONE rule for the safety of our students!
Lower School Launches Grade Level Websites
Parents of K5 - 4th grade students - We are pleased to launch new grade level websites that will be used to communicate “What’s coming!” Each class site will allow you to pull up the Bible Verse, Spelling Words, Class reminders, and more on your device - anywhere, anytime. These class websites will replace the paper newsletter found in the Friday Folders.
Lower School Back to School Night
We want to invite all lower school parents to join our teachers at our LS Back to School Night. Two identical sessions will be held on Thursday, August 18, at 6:00pm and 7:15pm. Important details for each grade, such as expectations and curriculum, will be covered and we hope you can join us!
In Chapel Next Week
Lower School Chapel - Tuesday Wendy Titus, Lower School Principal, will be speaking in both Lower School chapels about the Fruit of the Spirit, with a focus on Patience. Students are learning that when the Fruit of the Spirit is in our lives, we show people that "Jesus is in me". The 1st - 4th grade chapel is in the gym from 8:10- 8:45am and Mrs. Martin’s class will lead the pledges. The K3 - K5 chapel is also in the gym from 8:50-9:20am and pledges will be led by Mrs. Hubbs’ class.
Middle School Chapel - Thursday Middle School students will hear from 8th Grade Bible teacher Nick Steinichen and also have student government candidate speeches in a combined chapel in the gym. Middle School Chapel is on Thursday from 9:40-10:25am.
Parents are always welcome to join us for chapel!
Middle & Upper School Retreats
We are excited about all of our retreats coming up in the next few weeks! Upper School will be going to Shocco Springs in Talladega, AL from Wednesday, August 17-Friday, August 19. The 7th and 8th grade will be going to Woodlands Camp in Cleveland, GA from Wednesday, August 24-Friday, August 26. The 6th grade will be going to Cherokee Outdoor YMCA from Thursday, August 25-Friday, August 26, with the 5th grade joining them on Friday, August 26.
More information on each retreat will be emailed home. All students need to be sure to sign the Retreat Registration Form as well update the Medical Form in RenWeb prior to the retreats.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nathan Wright, NCCS Student Life Director. We are believing for some of our best retreats yet and really appreciate your prayers for this foundational time for our students!
Circle of Prayer - Tuesday, August 23
We hope you will make plans to join together with students, faculty, staff, families, local pastors, and community guests on Tuesday, August 23, for our 18th Annual Circle of Prayer at 8:30am. This is one of our favorite events of the year as we gather for a time of prayer and worship and ask for God's blessings for the year ahead.
Please invite your church pastor to attend our special Pastor's breakfast at 7:30am followed by the Circle of Prayer. We have sent invitations to the majority of our local pastors; however, a personal invitation from your family will mean so much to them. Look for an informational e-mail coming in the next week with details about this special event. Special note: The Circle of Prayer will be a chapel dress day for all lower, middle, and upper school students.
Put NCCS at the Top!
Did you know that you can put NCCS at the top of your Facebook News Feed so that you don’t miss any of our posts? Simply go to the arrow beside "Like" (you may have to click "Like") and click "See First" under "In Your News Feed." You can find the NCCS Facebook page here. Also be sure to follow NCCSEagles on Twitter and Instagram!
Get involved - NAC, EBC & PTF!
We love having the support of our parents at NCCS and encourage you to get involved in one or all of our parent organizations. The EBC (Eagles Booster Club) supports our athletics programs, NAC (NCCS Arts Council) supports our arts program, and PTF (Parent/Teacher Fellowship) provides support for our faculty, staff, and NCCS families.
EBC membership - Different levels of memberships are available with varying privileges, and all except the Fan Level membership include the option to add on a tailgating space for all home football game. Find out more and register online here.
Note - the tailgating spaces are very popular, so be sure to join the EBC and then add on a tailgating space before the first varsity home football game on Friday, August 26!
NAC membership - Different levels of membership are available with varying privileges, including early entry to arts events for best seating options. Find out more and register online here.
PTF - There is no cost to be a part of PTF - just a servant spirit and desire to support our school! To find out more information and get involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Grandparents!
Message about our new Grandparents Club from grandparent leaders Stewart Manley and Herb Johnson:
We are pleased to announce the launch of the North Cobb Christian School Grandparents Club, a service organization formed with the aim of providing a valuable resource and a pool of willing volunteers to help the NCCS faculty and staff and engage the students in a number of ways through personal involvement. Whether you can sign up for a fixed assignment on a regular schedule (such as monitoring the cafeteria at lunch or serving in carline) to helping with short-term needs that arise (such as chaperoning a field trip), we want all of the NCCS grandparents to get involved. Please take a minute to fill out the survey on this link and let us know how you'd like to help. We look forward to serving with you!
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