The Eagle E-News would like to welcome the former staff of The Talon onto the Eagle E-News. In past years, students of Journalism 1 and 2 have worked to put together a school newspaper for the high school. This year they are joining forces to focus on putting out the news to all ages. The new team consists of high school students who are partnering with teachers and administrators. Mrs. Andrea Browning, the cat-loving Upper School World Literature and Journalism teacher, and Mrs. Leigh Ann Geter, the school's Director of Marketing and Communications, are partnering with the student staff to bring you a new and exciting E-News experience. Abby Knapp, Senior Editor, is a lifer of NCCS and a member of the class of 2018. The Assistant Senior Editor, Kate Cunningham, is well known around school for her friendliness and managing the Varsity Football team. Lily King has all the ins and outs of the happenings in Lower School as our Lower School Beat Editor. Sara Parker and Bella Moore are our Middle School and Upper School Beat Editors, respectively, and both are talented members of our Lady Eagles Softball team. Journalism veteran, Kate Cunningham, touched on her feelings about merging The Talon with the E-News. She said, “I am excited, because we always work so hard, and now more people will get to read what we’ve written.” Likewise, I interviewed Mrs. Geter to see her thoughts on the matter. She told me, “The Upper School Journalism class has proven its writing talents through the quality of The Talon student newspaper in previous years, so we are extremely excited to have these students as writers for the Eagles E-news this year. We believe that our readers will benefit from their journalistic skills and perspectives and that our students will gain real life experience that will benefit them in the future if they choose to pursue any type of journalism after high school. We are looking forward to a great year of communications with our new 'Just the Facts' communication and the Journalism class involvement in the Eagles E-news!" As the new, combined staff of the Eagle E-News, we can’t wait to get the news to everyone!
Lower School Serves Others Well
1200 Wrapped Silverware 325 Furry Friends 215 K5 - 4th Students 51 K3 & K4 Students 37 NCCS Teachers 17 Volunteers That's how we serve in NCCS Lower School! Our K3-4th grade wrote 1200 encouraging notes with Bible verses that they wrapped around 1200 pieces silverware to give to MUST Ministries and to help a church that is assisting with hurricane relief in the Houston area. Lower School students also gave 325 of their own furry friends to give to police and firemen for them to share with children during times of distress and with children who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey. Our K3 and K4 students colored hearts that were tied to the furry friends and prayed over them before sending them off. This year’s service chapel was definitely a success as our students learned to share the compassion and love of Jesus by giving of their time, treasure, and talents!
Creative Learning in Kindergarten
By Lily King, 10th grade
Lower School continually strives to increase our students’ interest in learning. One place changes can be found this year is in kindergarten. Mrs. Dixon, the Lead K5 Teacher, explained some of the changes by saying, “We have added more reading and math centers. It is a hands on approach to learning.” Kindergarten does reading and math centers each day and uses games and manipulatives to reinforce and review different math and reading concepts.” The students use these new centers to strengthen skills, such as fine motor skills, that are so helpful for kindergartners. These games and manipulatives also help reinforce the math and reading skills that have been taught to the students during their lessons. The additional learning centers have gone very well in the kindergarten classrooms. Mrs. Dixon is most excited to see the students have fun while learning!
New Faces in K5
By Lily King, 10th grade
In kindergarten this year, we have two new teachers - Miss Pointer, who graduated from NCCS in 2013, and Mrs. Folsom, a veteran educator. Miss Pointer and Mrs. Folsom are super eager to be teaching at NCCS. They both decided to come to NCCS because they felt that God had a calling for them to teach at NCCS. Our new kindergarten teachers describe NCCS as a “home,” “God serving.” and “dwelling in academic excellence.” Miss Pointer says about her students, “I am really looking forward to how much they will grow. Kindergarten is a crazy year, because some kids come in not knowing any letters, and they leave knowing how to read. They grow so much during the year!” Mrs. Folsom’s favorite thing about teaching kindergarten is the fact that her students “make [her] smile and laugh everyday.” Both teachers have a great love for their students and enjoy seeing their students’ excitement to learn. They are a great addition to the NCCS family! [K5 team pictured left to right: Stacey Hardy (parapro), Sarah Folsom (K5 teacher), Hannah Pointer (K5 teacher), Kessler Dixon (K5 teacher), Brandi Glosson (parapro), and Amy Ray (parapro)]
This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine
By Sara Parker, 11th grade
The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Middle School took their annual Middle School Retreat at Woodlands in Cleveland, Georgia, several weeks ago. It was evident that at the retreat God worked through the students and staff as they recounted how God is shining in and through the lives of our NCCS Middle School students. The talks of at the retreat focused on what God wants to do and what God is already doing in our community. Student Life Director Nathan Wright shared the staff's vision for the retreat was that “students would know Jesus...more and walk with God more.” He also shared the staff's desire that students would become “more connected to each other.” The students in these grades had time to connect and create new friendships through the new concept brought this year, called Tribal Wars. Students were a part of one of four tribes and participated in fun games to compete for the tribal trophy. Aden Canty, a 6th grade student, described the games as “savage,” and made many new friends and memories. Don’t worry Mom and Dad, “savage” is a good thing! The retreat allowed time away from the normal routine of everyday life and time for connections to form within our NCCS community. This year will go down as another successful retreat for our Middle School!
Revealing Your Iceberg
By Sara Parker, 11th grade
The 5th grade students took their annual retreat to YMCA Camp High Harbour. The camp talk was based off the analogy of the iceberg in our Habitudes and challenged students to consider the question: What kind of person are you when adversity comes? The speaker made the analogy clear by explaining that people see on the outside is like the tip of the iceberg, but what's hidden “under the water,”,or inside, matters more. During the retreat, students also got to build relationships and have fun. Anna Sims is a new student this year, and she excitingly shared how the retreat helped her feel welcome. She said, “I really think it helped me fit in.” This ultimately is what the retreat is about--creating friendships and furthering a relationship with the Lord. Many students, including Anna Sims and Hallie Grace, say that the rock wall was their favorite activity. Besides the rock wall, there was a game called Gaga Ball and a lake with activities. The retreat serves as a bonding experience with activities that are enjoyable, but ultimately everything points to God.
NCCS Senior Recognized as National Hispanic Scholar
Congratulations to K.P. Pierre for being recognized as a 2017-18 National Hispanic Scholar. K.P. is one of 5,000 academically outstanding students from more than 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT. K.P. is being recognized for scoring in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino high school junior test-takers in our region. We are so proud of you, K.P.!
Guarding Our Hearts
By Isabella Moore, 11th grade
This year’s Upper School Retreat focused on guarding our hearts. The speaker, Ryan Garrett, did an amazing job explaining to us the context of our theme verse, Proverbs 4:23, and how it applies to us. Freshman Rylee Grieves tells us that, “Retreat was such a great experience. The speaker was great, and the worship was so lit.” She specifically noted that through this retreat, she feels like she has grown closer to the NCCS family and to God. Senior Gabi Merced shared that her favorite thing about the retreat was “seeing how God began to move and work in the senior class and the NCCS family as a whole.” She was excited to see how everyone has grown closer and is really “striving to set a tone for the entire school”. Another senior, Luke West, commented that through all 7 of his retreats, this was definitely one of the best. The 2017 Retreat has set the bar pretty high for all the retreats to come.
Record Numbers in Upper School
By Isabella Moore, 11th grade
The NCCS Upper School family has reached record numbers this year and includes 54 new students throughout the high school. We are only about a month and half into school, and yet the new students have already had multiple opportunities to see how NCCS differs from other schools. Junior Grace Digby (pictured left below), a new junior, tells us that one of the major differences she notices is the people. She says that the people are “so much more welcoming and driven. They make the environment so much more positive. It's refreshing.” Another student, senior Aaron Pumphrey (pictured right below), comments on how much the retreat helped his transition process. He also tells us, like Grace, that he has noticed a difference in people here. He believes “they are more open and friendly.” The majority of the new students have had a swift transition into our NCCS family and can't wait to continue this journey through high school with us. The NCCS student body is excited to welcome these new students into our family.
The "Land of Opportunities"
By Kate Cunningham, 11th grade
NCCS always has one-of-a-kind opportunities for students, and the International Student Program is definitely one of the most unique. About ten years ago, the International Student Program started up, and it has been growing ever since. There are currently twenty-eight International Students that attend NCCS! Evan McDonald is the International Student Advisor of the program, and the goal that he envisions this program to have is to “Build bridges between multiple cultures, so both our international and traditional students impact each other.” Mr. McDonald desires "to offer our international [students] an excellent education that prepares them to enter great colleges and universities and, at the same time, share our culture with them as they broaden our cultural perspective as well.” It can be difficult for International Students to transition to school in America, because their whole life changes. One of the things NCCS does to make the transition easier is a multi-cultural club that Mrs. Jarvis started. Josh Kim (YooShin Kim) said one of the greatest challenges is missing the friends and family that he left back home. Other than that, Josh loves living and learning in America. He appreciates the education system that NCCS has. He shares, “I always had to memorize all the work just for the test in Korea. However, in America they actually teach instead of making students memorize [what they] learned.” After a short time with Josh, it was clear that he felt being able to learn here is a great privilege, but it is an even bigger privilege for the NCCS community to have students like Josh here to share their culture with us.
NCCS Senior Selected for Premier Honor Wind Ensemble
Kayla Constantine was selected by the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AYWS) as a bass clarinetist. AYWS is the premier honor wind ensemble for high school youth in the Atlanta metropolitan area and is one of the most visible ambassadors of youth performance for the state of Georgia. Kayla is the first student from North Cobb Christian School to be represented in AYWS!
Kayla is also participating in her 6th and final year with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO), where she is first chair clarinet in Symphony, GYSO's highest ensemble. We are so proud of Kayla for her accomplishments and recognition! (Kayla is pictured with Craig Godfrey, NCCS Director of Bands.)
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