The first tennis match was played on our new courts on Tuesday, February 28, and included a great home crowd and a win for our varsity girls’ and boys’ tennis teams against Kings Ridge Christian School! Congratulations to Ethan Punch and Mark Watson (Boys’ Doubles), Halle Rainwater and Haley Swank (Girls’ Doubles) and Hayden Rainwater (Girls’ Singles) for being the first NCCS tennis players to win on our new courts! We will host an official ribbon cutting later in March and look forward to a great future of NCCS tennis on our campus. We are grateful to all of the Paving the Way donors that made this beautiful complex possible!
- Arts News -
Seussical the Musical - Just Two Weeks Away!
NCCS Fine Arts are proud to present SEUSSICAL: The Musical! Leaping right off the pages of the beloved children's books, all the characters you know and love are given life on the stage. Come and follow Horton the Elephant as he leaves the Jungle of Nool and risks everything to save the wonderful world of Who! An evocative piece of whimsy, the show is a powerful reminder of who yearns for our love, deserves our protection, and implores our advocacy...because indeed, a person's a person, no matter how small!
Tickets are $15 and go on sale Monday, March 6, in the school store. Performances are Thursday (3/16), Friday (3/17), and Saturday (3/18) night at 7:00pm, along with a matinee on Saturday (3/18) at 2:00pm.
Drawing Challenge - Student Competition for Youth Art Month
March is Youth Art Month, which is dedicated to celebrating the visual arts! During the month of March, schools across the world celebrate the fine arts and their importance in everyday life. Fine arts empower students by providing an outlet for self-expression while developing creative thinking skills that can be applied to any subject. Y.A.M. recognizes the skills developed through visual arts experiences, including problem solving, creativity, observation and communication. The theme for the 2016/2017 school year is “United Through Art.”
To help promote and celebrate Youth Art Month, all NCCS students are invited to participate in the Y.A.M. Drawing Challenge beginning Monday, March 6. Each week during the month of March there will be a new set of drawing topics from which to choose. At the end of the month, any student who has completed all of the drawings in the challenge will be entered into a drawing in which they could win an awesome art prize! For more information, see Mrs. Heflin in room 301. Happy Drawing!
- Athletics News -
Senior College Signings
Congratulations to seniors James Bitner and Reily Martin for recently signing to play baseball. James has signed with Truett McConnell University and Reily has signed with Covenant College. We are so proud of both of these student-athletes!
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.
- Upper School News -
Bubble Gum Fun in Chemistry
Students in the Honors Chemistry class were given a piece of Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum and the task to figure out how to determine the percentage of sugar in a single piece of bubble gum without looking at the nutritional label. Students designed and conducted their experiments to their taste bud's delight! Students analyzed their data to determine how close they came to the value stated on the nutrition label. Well done, chemists!
NCCS Law Students Visit the Acworth Police Department
Special thanks to the Acworth Police Department for recently hosting our Upper School Law class. The Acworth PD is always so gracious to allow us to visit their facilities and provide guest speakers as students continue their exploration of the field of law. NCCS Law Teacher Clint Strange said, "Since we created this class 7 years ago, the partnership we have enjoyed with our Acworth Police Department has allowed us to take this class much deeper into the workings of law enforcement than most high school students have the opportunity to go. This class continues to spur conversations regarding ethics that prepare our students for various situations they will encounter in life." The law class takes a look at a number of areas of the law and gives students practical opportunities to apply their new legal knowledge as they start each class with their interactive "Opening Statements."
Mining in AP Environmental Science
AP Environmental students recently simulated the mining process by “mining” the chocolate chips out of cookies. Students set up a business plan, paid their workers and sold their resources in order to keep their mining business afloat. Students were interested to learn that it was difficult to reclaim their "land" back to its original landscape.
Latest Edition of The Talon, Student Newspaper
To view the January/February edition of The Talon student newspaper, click [HERE].
- Middle School News -
Bio-Bus Visits 7th Grade
Seventh grade science students enjoyed a visit during class by students from Georgia State University's Bio-Bus. The Bio-Bus program is a science field trip that travels to the students featuring scientists, students, and educators who are committed to building a learning community that serves all Georgians. While discussing the Star Wars movies during this visit, our students learned about the forces of plate tectonic, how density affects thermal vents, and how water erosion makes rivers. To learn more about the Bio-Bus, click [HERE].
- Lower School News -
Lower School Fruit Focus
Lower School wrapped up their Fruit Focus on Goodness by honoring one student from each class, K4 - 4th grade. Students were recognized for demonstrating the quality of Goodness as they demonstrated "I will do what is right." (First - Fourth grade students voted on a fellow classmate they observed demonstrating this Fruit of the Spirit consistently.)
Congratulations to Colton Bell, Mason Meadows, Isaiah Fung-A-Wing, Shayla Henderson, Averi Smith, Grant Pool, Ariana Fuller, Avery Thaxton, Carson Burris, Hayden Burris, Grant Pool, Quin Cardon, Lindsey Meier, Dalton Stevens, Lila Isaac, Kaylee Snow and Mitchell Eckard.
This group enjoyed a special breakfast together with Mrs. Titus to celebrate being honored for demonstrating goodness.
Kindness Challenge For Lower School
As a part of the Fruit of the Spirit emphasis on kindness in chapel this week, the Lower School students will be given a chance to cultivate this particular fruit in their lives with the “Great Kindness Challenge!” This challenge is very similar to what the Middle School students did last month. Going along with the video series theme starring Inspector Apple, each student will be given a kindness challenge checklist as their "top secret service mission." They will get to check off various acts of kindness/service that they complete over the next week and when the students complete their kindness challenge checklist, they can turn it in for a kindness brag tag! A kindness chain link strand for each student’s completed challenge will be added to a long strand displayed in the Lower School cafeteria so that everyone can see the effects of their kindness all together.
Up, Up, and Away
Lower School Physical Education classes are working with the parachute to incorporate Math concepts as well as Health facts. Students love learning these concepts while enjoying lots of fun and laughter under the parachute.
Scholastic Book Fair Winners
Thank you to everyone who came to the Scholastic Book Fair! It was a wonderful success and helped raise over $2500 for the Reading Room and the Media Center. Thank you also to all the volunteers who helped with the Book Fair and Books 'n Brownies Night. Happy reading, and we look forward to next year!
The winners of the book fair raffle are: Rayanne Williams (Mrs. Bare's class) - basket #1 Cannon Phillips (Mrs. Thaxton's class) - basket #2 Joshua Cooper (Mrs. Romine's class) - basket #3 Sarah Row (6th grade) - basket #4
- NCCS Students Serving Others -
NCCS Upper School Student Government Change for a Change Update
Thank you so much to all of our 5th-12th grade students that participated in our recent Change for a Change Fundraiser to show love to our neighbor John. At the last chapel before Winter Break, we announced that our students had generously given over $7,000 towards this need, far exceeding our goal of $5,000. Thank you for going above and beyond to show the love of Christ and to truly make a change in the life of this man. The generosity of our students, their families, and our faculty and staff continues to be one of the most special parts of our NCCS community!
Capture the Flag Benefit
The Sports Management class is hosting a high attendance Capture the Flag event on Friday, March 10. This event, which costs $2 per participant, has been organized to help raise additional money for our neighbor John to help him get back on his feet. Sign-ups for the Capture the Flag event will be held during lunch on Monday, 3/6, and Tuesday, 3/7 (two teams per grade). The team that wins the tournament will win a sweatpants day! We hope that you will come and have a great time for a good cause! In addition to this event, Mellow Mushroom, Patty Burger and BBQ food trucks will be at the FAB at 12:50pm for Upper School Food Truck Friday on this day and students will be able to pay $5 to “pie” a teacher in the face to raise more money for John!
2017 Special Olympics Georgia Polar Plunge
The NCCS Varsity basketball team, along with a special guest, professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, were supporters of the Acworth Police Department in this year’s 2017 Special Olympics Georgia Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 25. The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser to support over 27,000 Special Olympics Georgia Athletes!
NHS Members Serve at Atlanta Food Bank
On Saturday, February 25, twenty-three National Honor Society members donated their time to work at the Atlanta Food Bank. This is a great organization that provides nutritious food to the people who need it. It is always an extremely fun experience for everyone who participates. Our group divided and conquered as all of the students worked together in different areas of the warehouse to sort essential food, clothing, and toiletries for those in need. At the end of the event, the students had sorted through 16,715 pounds of goods which could feed 11,472 people. All of our students loved working at the warehouse alongside students from Spelman College and the Girl Scouts. The Atlanta Food Bank ministry is made possible by volunteers and serves an incredible community purpose. “I really enjoyed knowing that I was giving back to my community and being able to feed over 11,000 people,” said NHS President TJ Anderson.
- Announcements & Opportunities -
Kennesaw Police Chief to Speak at All Pro Dad Breakfast - March 10
Kennesaw Police Chief Bill Westenberger will speak at the next All Pro Dad breakfast on Friday, March 10. The topic is “Bravery,” which is not just limited to first responders. To be brave is to act when you feel something needs to be done. It’s being willing to help those around you when they need it most.
Join us on Friday, March 10, from 7:00-7:45am (doors open at 6:45am at NCCS.) The cost is $5/person paid at door for a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit, fruit, coffee and orange juice. If a dad cannot attend, a mom, grandparent or special friend is welcome.
Join our PTF on Tuesday, March 7, for Johnny’s Pizza Spirit Night at the Cherokee Street - Kennesaw location. Dine in or carry out all day and be sure to mention NCCS when you order so that we receive a portion of the sale.
Crush the Keyboard Camp
Does your child need help with proper typing fundamentals? Is texting causing him to create bad habits? We can help! Come join us to “Crush the Keyboard” at camp June 12-16. Join us for a week of competition and fun as we crush the keys and improve our typing speed. While voice to text and texting keypads are continuing to become part of the technology practices we use daily, typing on a traditional keypad is still a valuable skill worth improving. Being able to type faster will help students become more efficient in time management for assignments requiring typed papers as a form of assessment. While a week of fundamentals and fun competitions will not produce a keyboarding pro, hopefully it will inspire a habit of practice to keep the skill progressing toward perfection. We will focus on fundamentals through familiar online typing skill builders and infuse it with group and individual competitions. To register for this camp, click [HERE].
Cobb Youth Leadership Opportunity
Cobb Youth Leadership is a leadership development program that provides students the unique opportunity to be more involved in their community. While building networks with students from schools across Cobb County, participants will meet monthly with local and regional leaders while discussing topics such as social services, public safety, politics, health, arts, history and the military.
To be eligible for the program, students must be entering into the 11th grade. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 14, and selections will be made in June. To access the online application, click [HERE].
- In Chapel Next Week -
Lower School Chapel - Tuesday *Combined Chapel at 8:30am* Keith Bollinger, Assistant Head of School and Athletic Director, will speak in a combined chapel next week, focusing on “Kindness” in the Fruit of the Spirit series. The pledges will be led by Mrs. Nelson’s 1st grade class and Mrs. Hubbs’ K5 class. Middle School Chapel - Thursday - 9:40am Middle School students will hear from Brian Jennings, Middle School Pastor at Woodstock First Baptist in a combined chapel in the gym. Upper School Chapel - Thursday, 8:05am Upper school students will hear from NCCS senior Hunter Titus.
Parents and guests are always welcome to attend our chapels at NCCS!
- College Ahead -
Kaplan’s SAT Prepathon
Taking the SAT on March 11? Join Kaplan’s FREE SAT Prepathon online this Sunday, March 5, from 12-6pm to help you get ready for test day. Every hour, Kaplan’s Prep Squad will review different content areas of the SAT. Students can join at any time throughout the event or for the whole thing to interact with instructors and ask questions live. Register [HERE]..
SAT Crash Course at NCCS
When: Thursday, May 9, 2017 Where: NCCS Campus Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm Who: sophomores and juniors (7 student minimum) Cost: $65.00 Instructor: Cody Brown, Forge Tutoring Description: This three-hour crash course provides an inexpensive option for students to get a crash course in the basic strategies for how to approach each section of the SAT test. It 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 work through broadly how to approach reading and science passages. To register, click [HERE].
Upcoming College Fairs
Atlanta National College Fair When: Sunday, March 19, 2016 Time: 12:30 - 4:00pm Where: Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park Parking Cost: $5 Registration Cost: Registration is FREE Registration: Register online by clicking [HERE].
Quest College Fair When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Where: Kennesaw Mountain High School Gym, 1898 Kennesaw Due West Rd Cost: FREE Workshops: Click [HERE] to view workshop times for the following topics: Military Academies, NCAA Eligibility, Financial Aid, Transition to College for Students with Disabilities, GA Tech and UGA Information Sessions
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