Winners Lower School (Popsicle Party) Three classes reached 100% Parent Participation! (K3) Pile - (2nd) Davis - (3rd) Collins
The following LS classes reached the HIGHEST % in their grade: K4 - Crowe - 75% K5 - Dixon - 92% 1st- Childers - 86% 4th - Martin - 94%
Middle School (Jeans Day) Four MS Advisory Groups reached 100% Parent Participation! (5th) C. Lawler, N. Wright, A Williams - (8th) J. Hawkins
The following MS Advisory Groups TIED with the HIGHEST % in their grade: 6th - G. Matta -82% 6th - G. King - 82% 7th - Allen / Tate - 86% 7th - Swank - 86%
High School (Jeans Day - these groups get to wear NCCS spirit wear with jeans on Tuesday, 10/17) Five US Advisory Groups reached 100% Parent Participation! (9th) Heitz/Peterson, Shaffer, T Hollars, Vreeland & Wallace
The following US Advisory Groups reached the HIGHEST % in their grade: 10th - J. Speck/Lund - 92% 11th - Mr. Bollinger - 92% 12th - K. West / T. Steinichen - 80%
Thank you to everyone for another SUCCESSFUL Eagles Annual Fund Parent Challenge and the way each of you lift up NCCS! Your continued support year after year is so very appreciated. To our Board, Staff/Faculty and Parents - you are the light and the example of selflessness and sacrifice from which our children learn.
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Take Control of Your Money!
Would you rather pay state taxes OR use the money you would have to pay to the state to benefit yourself AND NCCS? The Georgia Education Expense Credit (GEEC) is available to any person or company who earns an income in the State of Georgia. Applying for the DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR TAX CREDIT is a very easy process. Business owners can apply for a credit up to $10,000, married couples can apply for $2,500, and single individuals can apply for up to $1,000.
All participants will need to fill out a NEW application this year, even if you filled one out previously. You can either complete this application (found HERE) and give it to the Development Office or, if you filed last year, please contact Andrea Ferguson in the Development Office to renew your application. We will file your application for you in January 2018, and once approved, you will have 60 days to make your contribution in order to receive your tax credit. Donations will likely be due at the end of February or early March.
In Lower School Art, the students have been working on projects that use circles and dots. On September 15, 2017, people all around the world celebrated Dot Day. This day is set aside to encourage creativity. It started in the early 2000’s inspired by the book, The Dot, by Peterson H. Reynolds. All of the students have been working on different projects involving the round shape. Third graders made copper foil designs using dots and circles to decorate. Fourth graders have been making circular string art. Second grade has been working on circle weaving. The artwork the students did will be displayed on the bulletin boards in the Main Building, and some will be selected for the NCCS Art Show. One thing the students have taken away from this unit is to be courageous while being creative and to never give up. This project helped students learn that everyone can be creative. Mrs. Heflin said, “I have enjoyed all of this project, because these are all projects that I have never done before; it is all new and different, and there is a lot of enthusiasm from the students.” In the book The Dot, Peterson H. Reynold says, “Make a mark and see where it takes you.” Mrs. Heflin hoped that through this project the students would learn that anyone can be an artist and be creative. Dot Day was a fun way for the Lower School Students to be creative in their own way.
Getting To Know You, Getting To Know All About You
By: Lily King
Lower School is super excited to be welcoming new teachers to the NCCS family this year! One of the new first grade teachers is Nancy Childers. Even though she is new to NCCS, she has been teaching for thirty-two years. Mrs. Childers got her undergraduate degree at Kennesaw State University and her graduate degree at Piedmont College. Mrs. Childers explained what inspired her to become a teacher. She said, “I had a first grade teacher that made learning fun and inspired me to be a teacher.” Mrs. Childers’ favorite thing to teach is phonics and reading. She says, “I'm looking forward to seeing the growth in my first grade students.” All teachers have things they like to do during their free time. At home, Mrs. Childers likes to go on walks and do kickboxing. For vacations, she likes to go to Walt Disney World. She loves Disney World so much, that she even decorated her classroom with a Disney theme--the students love it! It is exciting to have our new teachers in the Lower School family, and Mrs. Childers is definitely an amazing addition to the family.
The Armor Of God
By: Lily King
Each year, Lower School chooses a theme for the year’s chapel. Last year, the theme was the Fruits of the Spirit. This year, they are learning about the Armor Of God. The theme comes from Ephesians 6. Lower School Principal Wendy Titus picked this theme because, “There are a lot of character qualities within the Armor of God that students can put on and understand how God wants them to be prepared for life.” After learning about the Breastplate of Righteousness, which guards the heart, lower school students had the opportunity to apply what they learned in chapel through a service project. They collected furry friends for kids affected by the hurricane.This gave them the opportunity to experience what it is like to show compassion. Mrs. Titus explained how this goes along with the theme verse saying, “If we are guarding our hearts, we need these character qualities so that we can guard what we put in or if we put on the Armor of God, these qualities will [also] come out.” The Lower School will also use some of the Habitudes to supplement what they learn about the Armor of God and will get to hear from many guests speakers during chapel time.To help encourage students to apply what they learn in chapel, "Brag Tags" are given out to students who are caught doing something good. With solid biblical teaching and fun ways of encouragement, the Lower School is doing all they can to help shape these students into the best young people they can be.
The Eagles Of The Future
By: Lily King
The Soaring Eagles Cross Country Program is the future of Middle School and Varsity Cross Country. The program has been available to Lower School students for 5 years. Sophomores Hallie Meier and Austin Ericson both were a part of the Soaring Eagles program, and they enjoyed it so much when they were younger, they are now a part of the Varsity Cross Country team. Hallie Meier says, “It was a great way for me to get introduced to a sport I thought I had potential to be good at, and it gave me a head start in Middle School Cross Country.” The younger kids look up to the Varsity and Middle School runners as role models for the future. Soaring Eagles seem to love running, especially when the Varsity runners take the time to invest and run with them. Coach Laura Reynolds, Soaring Eagles Cross Country Coach, says, “I believe that if they get used to exercising on a regular daily basis when they are small, then they will want to continue that, and it will become a lifestyle that they will carry into adulthood.” The Soaring Eagles Cross Country is a great way for our younger students to get active and find a sport they want to be apart of in high school.
Kindergarten Celebrates Johnny Appleseed
Kindergarten students honored Johnny Appleseed’s birthday on September 22nd with their annual Apple Day celebration. Students played literacy and math games with an apple theme and made apple crafts. Apple foods were also on the menu! They sampled apple pies, applesauce and apple smiles that they actually made themselves! In addition, students tasted a variety of apples and graphed their favorites. It was a great day and fun was had by all!
A Girl’s Place is at “Home”
By: Sara Parker, 11th grade
The Middle School Lady Eagles Softball team came out swinging into the 2017 season and they had a great season, ending in 4th place in the Metro 10 League with a 9-5 record. Throughout the season, the girls announced different goals they had - Hannah Reed said her goal was to hit a homerun. The other girls on the team had goals relating to better fielding and hitting. These goals were very achievable, since many of these girls have been playing for a long time now. The team together are unified and make up a family. Each girl is “at home” when playing by their teammates. Each and every girl continues to encourage one another and Hannah Reed says, “We all keep growing closer.” This is a necessity for a team- being unified and together is important and our junior Lady Eagles are a perfect representation of that. Congratulations on a great season, ladies!
Middle School Students Own It
By: Sara Parker
Middle School students often get the opportunity to take ownership in their education for the first time in their student careers. Becoming a part of Student Government is a great way for students to do that. Student Government creates the opportunity for them learn how to lead others and be examples for others to follow. They are also able to learn to work together as a team in order for goals to be met and tasks to be accomplished. The program provides many roles, such as President, Vice President, Chaplain, and Representative for each grade. This year’s President is Whitley Stewart, followed by Vice President Shelby Smith. Together, they are both responsible for holding and leading the meetings. Hope Bless is this year’s Secretary, and her job is to take notes during all of the meetings in order for the team to stay organized and on track from meeting to meeting. Chaplain John Gorski is serving his peers this year by leading them in prayer and a short devotion during meetings. Grade representatives include the following: 8th Grade Representatives: Aine Jones and Ella Lawson 7th Grade Representatives: Finley Ross and Kevin Garcia 6th Grade Representatives: Halle Hillyer and Ben Brown 5th Grade Representatives: Brennan Rice and Gracie Swanson The Faculty Sponsor of Middle School Student Government, fifth grade teacher Haley Vitello says, “I hope that the students learn how to effectively execute their ideas in order to see that their opinion matters and that they have a voice!” NCCS Middles School students are getting an amazing opportunity and clearly are learning skills to take advantage of that.
New Face in Middle School
By: Sara Parker
The Middle School is welcoming a new leader to their part of the family this year. Aaron Williams had previously taught Upper School Government and Economics for ten years, but this year he is serving as the new Director of Student Development for Middle School. When asked why he was interested in a new position, he said, “I prayed about it and felt it was time to challenge myself in a different area of education.” Mr. Williams shared that God gave him a peace when making the decision. When working with students, Mr. Williams believes that the most important thing is to show and share Christ with everyone he comes into contact with. Mr. Williams is very enthusiastic about his new role and believes it is "a great chance to help [mold students with] a strong biblical worldview." We are excited to see the positive impact Mr. Williams will be able to make this year!
Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend
By: Isabella Moore, 11th Grade
The Varsity Softball team has made significant improvements this year. Many of the girls on the team give credit to their new head coach, Emily Wright, and her impeccable coaching ability. She has put forth great effort to shape the experienced players and to mold the inexperienced players to be able to work together at the Varsity level. But what would a coach be without her players? Senior Caroline Bohannan comments that “there’s a change in the girls this year. They want to get better. They have wanted to work toward a winning season, and it has made all the difference on the field.” Sophomore Lollie Smith also tells us that one of the main reasons we have improved is because “we want to get better, [and] these girls have a passion for the game.” She also comments that the girls have grown together “like sisters on and off the field.” The Lady Eagles have grown significantly over the years and will only continue to grow in the seasons to come.
Growing Closer to God and Each Other
By: Isabella Moore
A few students in the Upper School have decided to take the initiative to start Bible studies within their grade. These Bible studies started after Retreat and will continue to happen until the end of this year, and hopefully into next year. Elizabeth Earp, one of the leaders of the Sophomore Bible study, tells us that her hope in starting this Bible study is that “the students will make long-lasting connections with one another.” Senior Rebekah Hardin is one of the leaders of the Senior and Freshman Bible study called Flourish. Rebekah tells us that one of the reasons she wanted to start it is because she remembers what it was like as a freshmen when a senior made an effort to talk to her. She hopes to be able to positively affect these freshman girls just as much, if not more, than she was affected by seniors her freshmen year. The Junior Bible study was started by Chloe Go. She tells us that she is aiming for the girls to “grow in our faith through studying the Bible and grow closer to God together.” These Bible studies have already had such a positive effect on the students and we hope that as the studies continue, the students will grow even closer to each other and to God.
Modern Music Masters
By: Isabella Moore
Tri-M stands for Modern Music Masters, and it focuses on molding future leaders in music education and further fueling their passion for the Arts. The teacher representatives for this group are Mrs. Debbie Brink, Mr. Craig Godfrey, and Mrs. Amy Wallace. Two of the student representatives are Kayla Constantine, President, and Noelle Kerr, Vice president. To be a part of this group students have to currently be in a music class and have a 3.0 GPA or higher in said class. The Tri-M Society meets to discuss volunteer opportunities, events coming up, and the best ways for them to serve their community. They also help set up and tear down all music functions, like concerts, banquets, etc. One of the main reasons people join Tri-M is because it is a convenient way to be further involved in the music scene. Another reason would be that it is another good extra-curricular activity to include on college applications, especially if you are considering going into the musical field. If your passion is music, then Tri-M is definitely something you need to look into. We are very lucky as a school to have the opportunity to be apart of this group!
Senior Saturdays and Such
By: Abby Knapp, 12th Grade
As a lifer at NCCS, the senior class was always filled with people I admired and something I anxiously waited to be a part of. Now that I am a senior, I could never have dreamed of a better group of students to be “sen18rs” with! I always knew our class was different, but it became apparent exactly how different we are as we stepped up into our roles as leaders of the student body. Wy’Kia Frelot says that our senior class is different, because we are not afraid to stand out. She said, “The class of 2018 has no problem being different. We do things no one else has done. We want to leave our school a better place than what we started with, so we can change it.” On the Senior Rafting Trip, Mrs. Strange pointed us to the book of Titus and what it means to be a Godly leader. Since then, the senior class has intentionally banded together in our efforts to model the example found in Titus. We realize the importance of leading by example, and so there have been many ways that we have tried to unite. For instance, the seniors regularly chat through a class-wide group message, and the senior girls have launched brand new BIble study/mentorship with the freshman girls called Flourish. Attendance in all sporting events has gone up, thanks to the eagerness of the seniors to support our fellow classmates. Prayer sheets and encouraging notes are a weekly occurrence. One of my personal favorites is Senior Saturdays. Every Saturday, the seniors get together to spend time together. We have had worship sessions, pool time, and just general hanging out. When asked to pick a bible verse that encapsulates our senior class as a whole, Rachel Tate was quick to respond. She believes we reflect Jeremiah 29:11, because “..our class has so much talent and intelligence. I just know God has big plans for every person in our class and will use them to further His kingdom.
NCCS Alumni - New Beginnings
By: Kate Cunningham, 11th Grade
NCCS Alumna Sarah Bowling is now a freshman at Lee University and is loving college. One of the many things that NCCS wants to accomplish is to have the students prepared for college and life outside of the school. Sarah is appreciating this firsthand this year, because she feels prepared for college and a lot of her new friends don’t. She commented that, “I feel like NCCS, especially Mrs. Timms, taught me how to write a quality paper.” Even though she is loving college, she misses things about her days in high school, like the friends she made and how close she was to all her teachers. When I asked her what she missed about her home life she said, “I miss my cats, eating, dinner with my family, and being able to take [showers as long as] I want without making anyone mad.” The best part about college to Sarah is meeting new people from all over and getting to hear about what God has been doing in their lives. It is no doubt that Sarah’s time at NCCS prepared her for success.
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