With cost, culture and ease for students and parents in mind, NCCS will not require chapel dress for any students beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. Students will wear regular dress code on Monday through Thursday and may wear spirit wear (NCCS t-shirt/sweatshirt and jeans) on Fridays. Chapel dress on chapel day will be optional. There may be a couple of special dress days during the year (like career day), but there will be sufficient notice given before those days take place.
- Middle School News -
Pathways Leadership Camping Adventure
This past weekend, twenty of our 7th and 8th-grade students went on a camping trip as part of the Pathways Program experience. Since the rebirth of our Pathways program last year, the Middle School bible department has partnered with LeaderTreks to create a curriculum to help develop some really amazing leaders within our school. This year was the first year for our students to have an opportunity to be led on a leadership adventure by our own staff, as well as three well-trained staff from the LeaderTreks.
The camping experience took place in Sumter National Forest just over the border into South Carolina near Clayton, Georgia. As soon as the students got off the bus, they began their challenging adventure by putting tents together with one team member blindfolded. Every moment of the trip was filled with purpose and initiative and students were able to grow mentally, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically. Students shared their experiences in Monday Meeting this week and the common theme from each student was "If you are going to go on this trip next year... Go all in!" Students learned that sometimes we have to take the "hard line" and make the difficult choice to do what is right. If asked how the trip was, these students won’t simply say “It was good” - they will tell you about the leadership principles they learned, how they grew in their faith, how they strengthened friendships and made new ones, how much they "loved" the dehydrated backpacker's meals, and most importantly, that they grew as a person and are excited about making an impact on their culture. Please check out the Highlight Video to see all the pictures and experiences. According to Hunter Poplin, Assistant Director of Student Life, “We had an amazing weekend! We look forward to seeing the impact these young leaders will have in the coming days, weeks, months, and years!”
Thanks to the following leaders for creating such an amazing few days for our students: Mindy - LeaderTreks guide and Dustin and Jesse who are a part of the LeaderTreks staff. Craig Konchak, Heidi Konchak, and Amber Holley - for helping to guide the students on this experience Bethany Poplin - for helping organize all the details of the trip. Parents - for allowing your students to go on this trip and share in such an awesome experience!
New Middle School Director of Student Development
The NCCS Middle School proudly welcomes Aaron Williams to the team as Director of Student Development for the 2017-2018 school year. Aaron has been in Christian Education for the past 13 years, ten of which have been at NCCS. Married to Nichole Williams, they have three kids and one on the way! Aaron graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a BS and MS in History education. He has previously taught American Government, Economics, US History, AP US history, AP American Government, a New Testament Bible Class and Bible Doctrines. Aaron's coaching career has included Varsity Tennis for 5 years, Middle School Cross Country for 10 years, and Varsity and Middle School track for 6 years. Aaron's passion is to help students reach their full potential for Christ. He currently serves as a Deacon at Macland Baptist Church and teaches a Sunday School class and AWANA. As Director of Student Development Aaron will oversee middle school discipline and the Pathways Program which continues to develop authentic Christian leaders in the Middle School. Aaron is an avid Tarheels fan, enjoys spending time with his family, and loves going to Disney World and the beach. Please welcome Aaron as he transitions from the NCCS Upper School to our Middle School team!
Biscuits 4 Bibles Project Receives Recognition
Mark 16:15 "And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." ESV The Middle School “Biscuits 4 Bibles” project, led by 6th grader Elizabeth Eldeiry and the Middle School student government, continues to receive attention. NCCS has recently been highlighted in the latest publication of Presbyterian Mission for the efforts to raise funds for Bibles translated in the Tshiluba language for people in the democratic republic of Congo.
Middle School Worship Team Auditions for 2017-2018
We will be hosting auditions for vocals and instruments for rising 7th and 8th grade students for the Middle School Worship Team on Wednesday, May 17, after school. Applications can be picked up from Ms. MaryBeth Lawler and are due by Friday, May 12. All other information can be found on the application. We look forward to hearing what you can bring to our team that leads chapel each week!
- Lower School News -
Friday, May 6th 8:15 - 11:20 K3 - 4th grade This year's FIELD DAY theme is "Dr. Seuss"! Each class will wear their grade level colored t-shirts and a full morning of fun and exciting games are planned. We will begin with Opening Ceremonies on the baseball field at 8:15am (all are welcome to attend!) Classes will rotate from event station to event station with breaks spread throughout the day. All grades will go to their classrooms from 11:20 - 11:40 to get ready for our early dismissal. and teachers will distribute ribbons in the classrooms before dismissing. Parent Volunteers are needed! Please contact Coach Parker/Coach Konchak if you are interested.
Fruit of the Spirit Awards
Lower School wrapped up its Fruit Focus on Gentleness by honoring one student from each class K4 - 4th grade. Students were recognized for demonstrating the quality of Gentleness as they demonstrated “I will care for others when they mess up.” (First - Fourth grade students voted on a fellow classmate they observed demonstrating this Fruit of the Spirit consistently.)
Congratulations to Tyler Collins, Lilli Looper, Lilly Dyndur, Molly Anne Burdette, Ryan Chesser, Naman Shah, Cullen Williams, Miles Farmer, Mason Flowers, Grace Heiple, Adeline Hulsey, Devan Parker, Kaleb Trowell, Grace Morris, and Piper Hall.
This group will enjoy a special breakfast together with Mrs. Titus on Friday.
Lower School Cheer Clinic - May 15-17
Register now for three afternoons filled with FUN and EXCITEMENT as we learn cheers, chants, dances, and stunts! A parent performance will be held on Wednesday of the clinic beginning at 4:00pm. The cost of registration ($50) includes a t-shirt. To register, click [HERE].
- Upper School News -
Special Guest in Upper School Science Classes
Dr. Dan Evert, a Climate Change Activist and computer science professor from the University of Georgia, visited our AP Environmental and Honors Chemistry Classes on April 20. Through Climate Voices, Dr. Evert has dedicated his work to educating the public about the policies surrounding Anthropocentric Climate Change. Dr. Dan feels called to share his passion with others about changes in our environment.
In AP Environmental Science, Dr. Dan dove deeply into why there is a partisan debate surrounding climate change. "The debate is not the existence of climate change, just in the justification of our denial of climate change." Students participated in a dialogue on topics such a demographic transition, nuclear energy, electric cars and the United States’ position in the Paris Accord. Students easily made connections from learned topics to how decisions on climate change are made in the real world. One of the things Dr. Dan has been working on is a program to implement a Carbon Fee and Dividend to encourage private industries to make wise emissions choices.
In Honors Chemistry, Dr. Dan changed gears and provided evidence of climate change due to the acidification of our oceans. Students will continue to explore this topic with a personal inquiry in the chemistry of climate change as the students wind up the year.
NCCS Business Academy Accepts New Student
Please join us in congratulating Madison Marquess as the newest Academy of Business member for the 2017-2018 school year. Madison joins 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 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.
Upper School Worship Team Auditions for 2017-2018
We will be hosting auditions for vocals and instruments for our Upper School Worship Team on Monday, May 15 after school. Applications can be found here and are due by May 10. All other information can be found on the application. We look forward to hearing what you can bring to our team that leads chapel each week!
- Athletics News -
Track Athletes Head to Sectionals
Congratulations to the following track athletes for making it to the Track Sectionals Meet. This accomplishment is one meet away from advancing to GHSA Track State Meet. Synclair Savage - 100-meter, 200-meter and Long Jump Schuyler Heflin - Shot Put Wy'Kia Frelot - Discus Alex Arnold - Pole Vault C.J. Ayers - 400-meter Congratulations also to Synclair Savage for breaking the long jump track record at the Area Meet on Tuesday. We are proud of all of our track athletes for their performance this season!
Varsity Baseball in 1st Round of State!
Come cheer on our varsity baseball team as they take on Whitefield in the first round of the GHSA state tournament in a double-header at NCCS on Friday, 4/28 at 1:30pm and 4:30pm. A third game, if necessary, will be played at NCCS on Saturday at 1:30pm. Tickets for Friday’s double-header are $10 for everyone and $7 if there is a game on Saturday. Go Eagles!!!
Cross Country Interest Meeting
A cross-country interest meeting will be held during lunch for all Upper School students on Thursday, May 4, in the Lower School cafeteria. Please bring your lunch to the meeting.
Halle Rainwater Named Cobb County Positive Athlete
Congratulations to senior Halle Rainwater for being selected as a Cobb County Positive Athlete for girls’ tennis. Positive Athlete Georgia is a movement by high-character professional athletes tied to Georgia professional and collegiate sports teams to promote the benefits of “positivity” to young athletes. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition and to learn how to give back to their community. Current and former professional athletes are members of this organization, and high school athletes are invited to join based on being nominated by a coach, school administrator, parent or fan for the annual Georgia Positive High School Athlete Awards. Qualifications for selection include the following: optimistic attitude, encouraging teammate, servant leader, heart for others, admits imperfections, always gives 100%, and puts team first.
NCCS Senior Signing
Congratulations to senior Moses “Mo” Merritt who has signed to play basketball at North Greenville University. We are proud of you, Mo!
Softball Tryouts for 2017 Season
Softball tryouts for the Fall 2017 season for both Varsity and Middle School will take place next week. Varsity - Monday, 5/1 and Tuesday, 5/2 from 3:15-5:15 Middle School - Wednesday, 5/3 and Thursday, 5/4 from 3:15-5:15 Players trying out for softball should plan to attend both days of tryouts for their respective team. If you have questions about tryouts or schedule conflicts, please e-mail Coach Wright or Coach Hawkins.
- Arts News -
5th/6th Grade Orchestra Brings Home the Gold!
This past Saturday, the 5th and 6th grade Orchestra was amazing as they played for the judges at the Trills & Thrills Music Festival at the Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School. According to Orchestra Director, Debbie Brink, “They worked so hard after coming back from spring term and spring break and invested much time and effort, staying after school for extra rehearsals these lasts 2 weeks as well as practicing at home! They totally owned their individual part and followed so well at the performance!” The judges rewarded that hard work and presented them with a Gold/Superior rating! Mrs. Brink shares these two verses about how God works in our efforts - Ecclesiastes 3:11a - "He has made everything beautiful in its time" and Psalm 66:2 - "Sing the glory of his name; make His praise glorious!" Congratulations to the 5th and 6th grade orchestra and to Mrs. Brink!
AP Art Show at The Brickyard in Marietta
We are excited to announce that this year’s AP Art Show will be held at The Brickyard off the Marietta Square on Tuesday, May 2, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. A record number of seniors are a part of AP Art this year and each of them will have a minimum of 24 beautiful pieces on display. Their portfolios are broken down into 12 breadth (any 12 of their best pieces) and 12 concentration pieces (have a theme of some sort). As a special addition to the art show, the “Mac the Cheese” food truck will be there! We hope you will make plans to come support these artists at The Brickyard: Eden Allen, Sarah Cho, Amber Conti , Ansley Davies, Austin Geter , Yeni Hong, Shelby Hughes, Lynn Kim, Shirley Lin, Sarah Tysinger, Sarah Wiggins, Rachel Wilczynski
Academy Singers Work with Industry Professionals in Nashville
The Academy Singers recently traveled to Nashville in order to work with various industry professionals. Liz Longley, an award-winning singer and songwriter who has recorded multiple albums, toured extensively, and written songs for movies and television, performed a private concert and provided song-writing and performance advice for the group. Additionally, each one of the Academy singers received private instruction during a vocal masterclass with Chance Scoggins, a vocal and life coach involved in music writing, song-writing and music publishing. Chance is a well-known session singer, and known for his vocals on Beth Moore's worship team in years past, as well as producing the Women of Faith worship albums. Students also had a chance to learn from Maggie Adams, who is in music management with Olivia Management, representing Americana artists such as The Secret Sisters and Jill Andrews. In addition to working with these professionals, the group enjoyed dinner with several of our NCCS alumni, attending the Good Friday concert with Chris Tomlin, and touring Belmont University. This annual Academy trip to Nashville is a unique opportunity for the group to gain real-life knowledge and experience from those in the music industry and each year our students are inspired as they seek to advance their music skills.
NCCS Academy Singers, the Braves, and NEEDTOBREATHE!
Join the Academy Singers as they sing the National Anthem at the Braves game on Sunday, July 16, at 1:35pm at the brand new Suntrust Park. As an added bonus, NEEDTOBREATHE, Grammy-nominated Christian rock band, will be performing in a post-game concert. Don’t miss this fun summer event - a special ticket offer is currently available to faculty, staff, and NCCS families in the following seating locations: Vista Infield $18 Home Run Porch $22 To purchase these tickets through the special North Cobb Christian School offer, click on this link.
- Announcements & Opportunities -
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon - May 5 - Half Day
Students will be dismissed at half day on Friday, May 5 due to our annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Dismissal will be as follows: Middle & Upper School - 11:15am Lower School - 11:45am Quest will be available for Lower School students and those staying for Quest should bring a lunch and afternoon snacks.
Be Sweet and Bring a Treat!
Dessert donations are needed for the annual teacher and faculty appreciation lunch on Friday, May 5.. Desserts should be brought to the gym between 8:00 and 9:00am. Please sign up using this Sign-Up Genius link [HERE]].
Uniform Consignment Sale
Out with the outgrown and in with the "new." Prepare for next school year by selling your student's outgrown uniforms and purchasing uniforms for next year at a discounted price.
Seller Registration/Entry Deadline: Monday, May 15 Volunteer pre-sale: Sunday, May 21 6:00pm - 8:00pm General sale: Monday, May 22 7:30am - 6:00pm in the gym Half-price sale: Tuesday, May 23 7:30am - 9:00am
Volunteer and Register to sell at this link [HERE]. (You will need to register as a seller and select the NCCS sale from the list of available sales.)
Be sure to read the CSA user’s guide and the NCCS Consigner's Guidelines and at the link below and contact the ptf with any questions (email@example.com).
The PTF accepts clothing donations year round and during the seller drop-off times.
Huey Luey’s PTF Spirit Night - May 1
Join us on Monday, May 1, anytime between 11:30am - 9:00pm for Huey Luey’s PTF Spirit Night! Be sure to mention that you are from NCCS when you order so that we receive a portion of the sales. Hope to see you there!
Bus Route Registration for 2017-2018
Registration for our 2017-2018 morning bus shuttle service is now open, with limited seating on the following routes: Cartersville/Cedarcrest Bridgemill/Towne Lake Dallas Highway/Acworth Due West Lower Roswell Road/Marietta Click [HERE] for a registration form and return the form along with payment to the Admissions Office by June 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Wright, Director of Admissions.
Important Dates in May
As we enter into the busy month of May, please be sure to take note of all of the special events scheduled on the Master Calendar, found [HERE] on the website.
- In Chapel Next Week -
Lower School Chapel - Tuesday 8:30am Lower School Principal Wendy Titus will wrap up the Fruit of the Spirit series in a combined chapel next week. Mrs. Maner’s 3rd grade class and Mrs. Hubbs’ K5 class will lead the pledges. Middle School Chapel - Thursday - 9:40am Next week’s Middle School chapel will be a combined chapel in the gym and students will hear from 8th grader, Madison Long. Upper School Chapel - Thursday, 8:05am Next week is Senior Chapel in upper school as the Class of 2017 leads in worship and in the message as they reflect on their time at NCCS and challenge and encourage the underclassmen.
Parents and guests are always welcome to attend our chapels at NCCS!
- Verse of the Week -
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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