The Heart of Giving - Eighth Grade Student Makes a Difference!
When NCCS eighth grader Carson Groulx met Patricia, an elderly employee at the local movie theater that he and his family frequently attended, he began to get to know her and form a friendship with her. Patricia worked at the movie theater tearing tickets, often in 12-hour shifts. As the friendship developed, Carson and his father learned Patricia was estranged from her family. When they then found out that she had breast cancer and no one to support her, Carson immediately felt compassion and a huge desire to help in some way to ease the financial burdens of her illness. He approached Middle School Principal Craig Konchak with the idea of selling wristbands with 1 Corinthians 16:13 and “Courageous” on them to help her cover medical costs. Although NCCS is careful in selecting fundraisers to approve, all involved in the approval process were moved by the passion and sincerity of Carson on behalf of his ailing friend and allowed him to proceed with the wristband sale. Carson spoke about Patricia and wristband sale in chapel and our Middle School students immediately jumped in to help out by purchasing the wristbands. To date almost $500 has been collected through Carson’s efforts! In this season of giving, we are happy to share this story and the video that was made as he surprised Patricia with the financial gift and a sign that was signed by our students. Additionally, since the video was made, someone was inspired to set up a GoFundMe page that has raised an additional $12,000. Carson is truly sharing the Light of Jesus through his care and efforts! We are so proud of him for being a noticer with a desire to make a difference in the life of someone in need and we are proud of our entire Middle School for opening their hearts and support Carson’s efforts in such a big way. Be sure to click [HERE} to view the inspiring video!
Coat and Blanket Drive a Huge Success!
Our NCCS family is the BEST! Thank you for donating over 250 coats and over 200 blankets to those affected by the fires in Tennessee during our one-day coat and blanket drive last week! We are grateful for the way our families quickly became the hands and feet of Jesus as you blessed so many in need!
NCCS Announces Head Football Coach
Athletic Director Keith Bollinger has officially announced Mark Hollars as the Head Football Coach at NCCS. Coach Hollars served as interim coach for our team this past season, which saw NCCS competing in its first region schedule in school history.
“Coach Hollars has proven himself to be an incredible presence for our program,” Bollinger said. “He brings great character and ability to motivate our players on a day to day basis. We are pleased with the plan Mark has laid out for our program, and are looking forward to the success he will bring on and off the field.”
Coach Hollars looks to place a heavy emphasis on developing players in the weight room and demanding a culture of competition and integrity. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead the NCCS program through the transition in regional competition,” Coach Hollars said. “The regional play this past season was an excellent measuring stick on how our boys need to play and compete moving forward. Our players and community are ready to embrace a winning culture, and I am excited to bring continuity from our Middle school program up to our Varsity program at the coaching position. We know what to expect, and it is a great honor to accept the challenge of creating an identity for NCCS from a football perspective.”
Commenting on his twenty-five years of coaching experience Coach Hollars says, “I have been fortunate to work under some very good coaches and have learned much from these mentors.” Hollars served as an assistant coach at Gettysburg College and Baldwin Wallace College. In remarks about his college coaching experience Coach Hollars says, “My experiences in college have helped me understand the recruiting process and how to prepare kids for playing at the next level.” Hollars spent fifteen years as a head coach in the Ohio area at the high school level. He was successful in leading North Olmsted to 31-19 record after taking over a 1-9 program.
Coach Hollars and his wife, Tracy, who teaches Upper School Chemistry, have three children attending NCCS.
3rd and 4th Graders Experience Harlem Globetrotters Anti-Bullying Program
Our third and fourth graders were one of two Christian schools invited along with Bartow County Schools to attend the Harlem Globetrotters Anti-Bullying program this past Thursday, December 8, at the LakePoint Champs Center in Emerson. The Harlem Globetrotters easily captured the attention of 1000 plus students from the area with their humor, music, mascot, basketball skills, and the important pro-social discussion. The students had a chance to hear about the ABC’s of bully prevention as part of the Harlem Globetrotters participation in the National Campaign against Violence. They were taught A=Action, B=Be Brave, and C=Compassion as the steps to take to handle bullying. The students were excited to cheer on fourth grader, Brennan Rice, who was selected to participate in a basketball spinning contest! It was a fun learning experience to combine basketball and anti-bullying!
NCCS Seniors Selected for Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl
Congratulations to Reese Parke and Hunter Titus who have been selected to play in the Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl. This event is sponsored by the American Youth Council for select seniors from 21 high schools in Cobb County and allows these senior football players to have one last opportunity to showcase their talents in their final game of the season. Hunter and Reese have been practicing with their newly appointed team and coaches and the game will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 17, at McEachern High School. Come on out to cheer them on! We wish them the best of luck!
NCCS Senior Receives Surprise Scholarship
Will Brown, Associate Admissions Director for Georgia College, surprised NCCS senior Kali Dangar on campus this past week with the Dean's Merit Scholarship, a $2,000 per year award on top of her Zell Miller Scholarship. Kali was one of 101 students invited to the President's Scholarship Competition. After a full day of group interviews and individual interviews with faculty, staff, and current students, scholarships were awarded to the high scores from the event. Kali has also been accepted to Georgia College's Honors Program and has a space in Bell Hall, the best location for a residence hall on campus. Congratulations, Kali!
Science Olympiad Club Egg Drop
The Middle School Science Olympiad Club had a great time this past Friday as students engineered devices that would keep a raw egg from cracking when dropped from about 4 meters. Competition was strong in the egg drop contest, and the group of Josiah Hidden, Jack Lachnicht, Max Thompson, and Ryan Bayes were successful in creating a device that kept their egg safe (no cracks). Way to go, 5th and 6th grade! They are looking forward to a rematch in the spring, as well as a 2-liter bottle rocket launch!
NCCS Band Accolades
Congratulations to Ben Martin, Tyler Nichols, and Ava Rogers, who were selected from students from all over the southeast to participate in the MidFest honor band at the University of Georgia. These middle school students visited UGA’s campus for 3 days last week, and auditioned for placement for bands. The three NCCS students took top honors, as all three won either first or second chair in their respected bands! Once placed, they rehearsed for over two days and put on a concert on the final day of the festival. We are so proud of them for their accomplishments! They will all also participate in District 12 Honor Band, sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association, this February.
Congratulations also to Kayla Constantine, Gracie Dean, Tabitha Reynolds, and Nathan Woodward for being selected to JanFest, the high school version of UGA’s Band Festival. They were also selected among students from all over the southeast and will travel to UGA this January for the festival.
Kayla Constantine was additionally selected through an audition to represent our school in the District 12 High School Symphonic Band for 11th and 12th grade students. This GMEA-sponsored event will take place in February at the same time as the middle school honor band.
A very special congratulations to Kayla Constantine and Tyler Nichols who have been selected to audition for the second round of All-State. On January 7, these two students will travel to Perry, GA for their auditions. If they pass this audition, they will travel to Athens (GA) in March for All-State band!
We would also like to thank 2nd Lt. M. Lee Lamb for coming to NCCS and spending three days with our students. He taught master classes for our band on “Psychology of Performance” and “Steps to Success: What and How to Practice.” He also rehearsed and conducted a piece for our Upper School Christmas Concert. Additionally, Lt. Lamb spent time with our Lower School students by playing along and being an example of what a professional musician looks like. Our students also loved learning what it is like to be an Army musician. The classes were a wealth of knowledge given to our students through this experience!
Lower School Jingle Bell Run
Our Lower School students participated in the first annual Jingle Bell Run this past week during their PE classes. Students were given lap goals to accomplish and reward a "colored foot" upon completion of the number of laps. Students did an outstanding job exercising and pacing their run as Christmas music played in the background. The next student challenge for Lower School students will be held during February - Heart month.
Impact Dance Performs for Lower School Chapel
On Tuesday, Lower School students had the opportunity to experience a performance from Impact Dance of Atlanta during chapel. Students were delighted by the "Hip-Hop Elves" and then blessed by the Nativity Story as told through dance and by Ms. Kari Carter. Founded in 1994 by Kari, Impact Dance of Atlanta is an outstanding Christian-based dance and performing arts education and training facility dedicated to the mission of "Impacting Lives One Dance At A Time."
Middle School Fine Arts Performances in Christmas Chapels
Let the Christmas worship and celebration begin! On Tuesday, December 6, the 5th and 6th grade chorus, band, and orchestra presented a Christmas Chapel for the combined Lower School students, faculty, and parents. It was such a blessing as each ensemble performed Christmas pieces including It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Holly and the Ivy, several familiar and loved Christmas Carols and as they read the Christmas story from Luke 2! The worship continued on Thursday, December 8, as the 7th and 8th grade chorus, band and orchestra presented a Christmas chapel for the combined Middle School students, faculty, and parents as well. These ensembles performed such favorites as Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Do you Hear What I Hear, The Little Drummer Boy and An American Bell Carol!
Congratulations to all the Middle School bands, orchestras, and chorus students - Great job sharing the gift of music to celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ!
As the year draws to a close, the Business Office would like to let you know the following information regarding year-end donations: • The easiest way to make your donations is through the school website – Click HERE to GIVE NOW. • Checks, credit card and cash donations may be made in the Business Office through Tuesday, December 20. Donations may be mailed during the Christmas break; however, to receive a tax deduction for 2016, the check and postmark must be dated no later than 12/31/16.
Have you ever considered a stock donation? A stock donation is a unique way to financially support the NCCS mission. Giving stock instead of cash as a donation can greatly benefit both the donor and NCCS. If the stock has increased in value from the time of purchase, the owner can avoid paying the capital gains tax by donating the security to a charitable organization like NCCS and that organization has no tax implications. For more information regarding the contribution of stock to NCCS, please contact Kristin Cook in the Business Office.
- Announcements & Events -
NCCS students will be dismissed for the Christmas holidays at half day on Tuesday, December 20, and will resume classes on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Tuesday's dismissal schedule is as follows: 5th – 12th Grade: 11:15am Full-day K3 – 4th Grade: 11:45am Quest Club will be provided until 6:30pm and students attending Quest need to bring a sack lunch and 2 snacks from home. Three and four-year-old students will need to bring a nap mat as well. NCCS offices will be open until 12:00pm on this day.
Jim Knight Basketball Classic
Make plans to come out to support our varsity basketball teams during the Jim Knight Basketball Classic on Friday, December 16, with the varsity girls playing Excel at 6:00pm and the varsity boys playing Excel at 7:30pm. There will be an alumni reception during halftime of the girls' game (around 6:30pm), and a basketball alumni recognition at halftime of the boys' game recognizing all former NCCS basketball players in attendance.) We hope you will join us for this special night! Admission to the games is free to ALL NCCS alumni!
Special NCCS Preview Day for Prospective Families
Please invite family and friends to attend our special Preview Day for prospective families on Saturday, January 7. Families may drop by anytime between 9:30am and 11:30am on that day for individual tours given by our Eagle Ambassadors and an opportunity to speak to some of our amazing teachers in all grade levels, as well as our administrators and coaches. We are looking forward to sharing what makes NCCS so special at the NCCS Preview Day!
Reenrollment and Applications for 2017-18
We will begin our reenrollment process in January and will again offer discounted registration fees to current families who reenroll before the Early Bird deadline of February 16, 2017. Registration opens to Sibling/Alumni children on February 1. To complete the Admissions process prior to Early Bird registration deadline of February 16, 2017, admissions applications must be submitted to the admissions office no later than February 8. Registration opens to the public on February 16, 2017
NCCS Baseball Holiday Camp
NCCS Baseball will be hosting the 1st Annual Baseball Holiday Camp, which is a great way to kick off the upcoming Spring baseball season and provide fun during the holiday season! This camp will cover offensive and defensive fundamentals that are imperative to building a strong baseball base and will utilize the Ely Hitting Facility, Baseball field, and NCCS Pavilion. Special guest instructors to assist with camp activities will include: Wayne Norfleet: Former Head Coach and Athletic Director at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Inducted into the TCBA Hall of Fame and recognized as one of the top hitting instructors in the southeast. Greg Manuel: Founder of Showtime Baseball of TN, which serves to help instruct and develop youth baseball in the Middle Tennessee area. Zak Griffith: Alumnus and Hall of Famer at NCCS. Pitched at KSU for four years and serving as the NCCS Eagles pitching coach for 2017 season. Jimmy Keane: Head Varsity Coach at NCCS Camp dates: December 29th-30th Time: 8:30 AM-12 PM Grades: K5-8th Price: $100/player Discounts are available for siblings and non-NCCS friends who attend with a NCCS student. A minimum of 15 players are required for the camp. To register, please complete the registration form [HERE]. NCCS students will be billed for the registration fee. Non-NCCS students should bring payment on the first day of camp.
The Lower School Christmas Program will be on December 20, 2016, at 9:00am in the NCCS gymnasium. There will be cookie decorating in all classrooms following the Christmas program.
All Lower School students should wear nice Christmas clothes. (Example: girls - dress or skirt/dress pants & sweater/nice top; boys - dress pants, button down/sweater).
- Save the Date -
State of the School Meeting
Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 12, at 6:30pm for the annual State of the School meeting. Childcare will be provided for children ages 3 (who no longer wear diapers) through 4th grade. To make a reservation for childcare, please e-mail Mandy Johnson and include the grade(s) of your child(ren). We hope you will make plans to attend this important yearly event!
NCCS Benefit Dinner & Auction
The NCCS Benefit Dinner and Auction is on March 11, 2017 at the Hilton Marietta Hotel and Conference Center. This is a not-to-be-missed yearly event every year! This year's theme is Night on the Nile - everyone wear a touch of gold! Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 12 following State of the Schoo
Lower School Serve it UP!
Special Service event on Saturday, January 21, at 6:00pm. More information to come on how to sign up your student to serve and how to make reservations for yourself!
The Talon, Student Newspaper
Please click [HERE] to view the November/December Talon.
Alumni to Share in Middle & Upper School Chapel
When we return from Christmas Break, middle and upper school students will be led in worship and will hear from NCCS alumni Ethan Thomas, Graham Richmond, and Will Coleman from the Class of 2016. Both chapels will be in the gym with upper school starting at 8:00am and middle school combined at 9:40am.
Box Tops News
Together, we collected 2,445 Box Tops for the month of November! Thanks to everyone who participated! Great job to Mrs. Wilczynski’s class who won the Box Top trophy and a popsicle party! Our next collection will be on Tuesday, January 24, so be sure to shop for Box Top items over Christmas break! The winning class will get to throw whipped cream pies at our awesome Lower School Principal! Here are the winners for each class:
Freshman parents - join us for a college planning meetings on Thursday, January 5, at 7:00pm in the Media Center. Students are welcome to come as well, although they received the information after the PSAT in October. Topics that will be covered include the following: Essentials of High School Success What should I know as a freshman about the college admission process? NCCS High School graduation requirements HOPE Rigor requirements How is my GPA determined? NCCS Academies Transcripts How to calculate my academic or core GPA College admission testing - SAT and ACT - and practice testing at NCCS Extracurricular Involvement Naviance log in credentials Career Cruising log in credentials
SAT Test Prep Opportunity
NCCS offers a great opportunity for those taking the SAT to prepare for the test in 6 Saturday sessions beginning on January 21. The sessions are taught by Cody Brown of Forge Tutoring and the cost is $350. To register, click [HERE].
Driver’s Ed During Christmas Holidays
NCCS is offering the Safe America driver education course licensed by the State of Georgia Department of Driver Services over the Christmas break from December 26-30. For more information and 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.
We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
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