On October 12, 2017, the third grade classes took a field trip to the Atlanta History Center. Mrs Wilczynski explained that “the focus of the trip was part of our history unit, ‘Communities - Then and Now.’" The students were able to explore what living would have been like in the 19th century. They saw a family farm, kitchen, barn, gardens, and friendly farm animals. In the history unit, third graders compared and contrasted communities from the past to the present. It was exciting for the students to be able to “walk the streets of the past”; they were able to see what chores would have taken place and how to do them. Also, they were able to see how a place can change over time. Mrs. Wilczynski said, “The students learned that their community looked very different 150 years ago and that there have been major advancements in technology and transportation that have created the community they live in today.” The students’ favorite part was getting to see the blacksmith use their tool to bend a big piece of metal. Overall, this trip gave students an opportunity to have their learning come to life and actually walk through history!
Hooray For Grandparents’ Day
By Lily King
Lower School Grandparents’ Day took place on Thursday, October 26. This is always an exciting day for students to invite special friends and family members to come and see them perform and visit their classrooms. Mrs.Heald, the Lower School Music Director, plans what songs the students perform for their grandparents and close friends and she always wants to make the performance one to remember. She explained that she tries to pick songs that the audience will recognize, so she loves using praise songs, hymns, and folk songs for this event. In preparation for the concert, the students learn about posture, breathing, and age-appropriate tone. This event is the first concert of the year, so it is exciting for the students to be in front of an audience for the first time and perform what they have been working so hard on. Mrs. Heald said that this year students especially loved sharing their chapel theme song for the school year, “Armor of God.” They were ecstatic to be able to perform their favorite song and not only was this day special for the kids, it meant a lot to teachers as well. Mrs. Heald explained her favorite thing about Grandparents Day saying, “I grew up singing hymns in church, and I love the chance to teach some of my favorite songs. These wonderful hymns have so much great theology, [which is a] wonderful chance to share with the students words that have been sung for generations in praise to our God." Thanks to all the hard work of people like Mrs. Heald, this year was another exciting and successful Grandparents' Day!
Math With A Mission!
By Lily King
Fourth graders are using their math skills for a mission. Students are learning how things like estimation, addition, and subtraction can be used for a higher purpose. To accomplish this, students worked through the project, Math With a Mission. Mrs. Bare said, “The goal of the project was for students to actually go a grocery store [and purchase food for those in need] and make change from a $20 bill, making sure they received correct change back from the cashier.” After purchasing the food and counting the change, the fourth graders partnered with Must Ministries to send the food they bought to local school-aged kids in need from Cobb and Cherokee Counties. Emma Sue Loveland, a student in Mrs. Bare’s class, said, “My favorite part of the Math With a Mission field trip [was] shopping at Publix, because there we got to shop for food to give Must Ministries, who will give the food we purchased to the people who need it most. I loved being a collector and donator.” This project allowed students to use the skills they learned to help others. Math With a Mission was definitely an excellent opportunity for students to learn what really matters.
Fun in French
By Sara Parker, 11th grade
In Mrs. Dignon’s Middle School French class, the students are using a variety of skills to learn a new language. This class is always exciting due to Mrs. Dignon's hands-on activities and engaging conversations. Because the class is so active and engaging, students not only learn, but are happy to be learning. Recently students acted out a skit with the use of American Sign Language to help them better understand French. Students learned signs for French words, so that they could more easily remember their parts, but also be able to associate meaning through the signs. The entire skit is about a child who is learning to play basketball, along with the struggles he faces and how he ends up learning. Mrs. Dignon says, “Students need to be able to experience a language rather than just speak it.” She feels that the students need to apply the language rather than just memorize the words. This activity requires students to comprehend what they are saying, while using it in context and in real life situations.
Hustle, Hit, And Never Quit
By Sara Parker
The Middle School boys’ football team battled this season to win and they finished the season with two wins and five losses. Coach Jackson explained that their “goal as a team was to glorify God by the effort [they put in during] practice and...game[s].” He said that no matter the outcome, their ultimate goal was to display Christ well in everything they did. This is exactly the type of vision we want our sports at NCCS to be built on. Coach Jackson ultimately feels that each player contributed some unique quality to the team and was a vital resource to making the season a great one--they couldn’t do it without each other. And the players had a blast building relationships and working hard. The team feels that through all of their effort and hard work, they have created a good foundation that will create future success!
We Were Created To Create
By Sara Parker
Mrs. Heflin, the Middle School Art Teacher, does a wide variety of projects with a her students. She said, “the students are all so different, and it challenges me to challenge them in their artistic ability.” She encourages her students to put forth their best, even if art doesn't come naturally to them. One project the fifth grade students have recently done is drawing detailed illustrations of their hands. They are being required to use shading and other tactics to make the drawing look realistic. In the seventh grade, students have also been incorporating Realism by drawing marshmallows. It sounds like creating a marshmallow on paper would be simple, but the students are encouraged to make the drawing detailed and colorful. Both projects allow the art students to explore their imagination and put their own style into art. It is through activities like this that Mrs. Heflin draws out the students' creative and artistic potential.
Out of Body Experience
By Isabella Moore
Mrs. Epp took her Anatomy class on a field trip to the Bodies Exhibit in Atlanta. While they were there, they got the opportunity to look at real human cadavers. There were all kinds of sections displaying the different systems of the body. Senior Chloe Glass tell us: “There was one cadaver where they used chemicals to wash away everything but all the veins and arteries to show how intricate it is! They showed the muscles and bones! It was so amazing to see every detail in depth.” She goes on to explain another exciting exhibit where you could see all of the different layers of the body. Chloe felt this was such an exciting trip, and she was so blessed to be able to go on it. Senior Abby Knapp’s favorite exhibit was a station with an example of healthy lungs and an example of a smoker's lungs. Next to the lungs, there was a clear glass case where you could choose to give up your cigarettes. She tells us that, “it was filled up with cigarette boxes, E- Cigs...it was incredible.” After their exciting trip to the Bodies Exhibit, they walked around Atlantic Station for lunch, many enjoying Chick-a-biddy, a chicken and waffles restaurant. After lunch, they loaded the bus and departed for NCCS. The students really appreciated the opportunity to get a hands on look at what they've been learning about in class. It really was an amazing experience!
Spending Mornings the Right Way
By Kate Cunningham, 11th grade
The students at NCCS are always looking for ways to grow not only closer to Christ, but also closer together in their walk with Him. There are always new things that the students are starting--and recently a few boys took the lead and started morning bible studies. These will last throughout this school year and hopefully onto the next. On Tuesday mornings, Nicholas Byrd leads a Sophomore boys’ bible study in Mrs.Clark's room. Nicholas explained that his favorite part of studying the Bible with his peers is, “that we have the opportunity to the study God's word in a smaller environment. I love the fellowship we have every week that allows us to come closer together and come closer to the Lord!” Evan Ross leads the junior boys’ bible study on Wednesday mornings at the Chick-Fil-A near NCCS. When Evan was asked why he wanted to lead a study, he said, “So it would open up another opportunity for us (junior boys) to voluntarily learn about the Bible and spend time together growing in Christ.” Additionally, J.D. Wright, a junior who is new to NCCS this year, has started a time of devotion and prayer every other Friday morning in Mr. Shaffer's room called “Walking On.” After a short devotion, the Walking On group spreads out around the campus to pray for events and activities coming up in the next several days. It is so encouraging to see both boys and girls of Upper School taking initiative in their faith. These Bible studies are already having a positive impact and are a great way to start the day off.
Student Government Throws a Real “Thriller”
By Isabella Moore
Student Government works to plan and execute a wide variety of events all throughout the year. In recent years, they have championed many successful events and causes--Change for Change, Texas Strong, and the JMR Memorial Library, to name a few. They have truly been movers and shakers. This year, through thorough planning and hard work, they were able to pull off a super successful Student Life event--the Homecoming Dance. Ironically enough, Homecoming King and Queen, Purity Gitau and Luke West were the members in charge of preparations. Purity was in charge of keeping people on task, deciding the decorations, and approving music. She tells us they worked to take all the requests from students and integrate them into this year's dance. Specifically, she wanted to make sure all the music came from the students themselves. Luke West was in charge of coming up with the theme, assigning tasks, and keeping people on track. He also notes that he “made an effort to take all the compliments and requests from the dance last year to shape this year.” The rest of the Student Government was in charge of a mix of decorations, food, setting up, and tearing down. Sophomore Abby Esslinger tells us “the atmosphere was so great, a lot of people were there and the music rocked.” This was no doubt the direct result of Student Government’s hard work. If it wasn’t for all of their hard work, our school would miss out on so many opportunities. We can’t wait to see what they will come up with in the future!
Steps to Success
By Isabella Moore
GTC, also known as The Georgia Theatre Conference, was held at The University of West Georgia in Carrollton on October 11-14. The GTC is a great opportunity for NCCS actors and actresses to compete with other talented schools. Being a part of this conference helps the students to better grow in their own skills and to receive constructive criticism from professionals. Luke West has been attending the Georgia Theater Conference since his freshman year and tells us that “it’s always great to hear the judge's notes on the show; it really helps us to improve.” Luke also tells us that he always looks forward to “seeing the other shows and meeting the other actors and techs. It's so fun to be around hilarious people and grow closer to everyone in the One Act.” Another senior, Faith Thompson, tells us that she “always looks forward to going to GTC--it is so much fun” She also goes on to mention that while it is a lot of fun, it really helps to better the actors/actresses in their abilities--“we never leave without attaining a new skill or perfecting old ones.” NCCS has been attending GTC for years and looks forward to many more eventful years to learn and collaborate with other talented people.
Wendy’s High School Heisman Winners
Congratulations to seniors Gracie Johnson and K.P. Pierre for winning the Wendy’s High School Heisman for North Cobb Christian School! Those recognized with this honor must have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or better and must be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. Additionally, they must participate in at least one school-sponsored sport. Way to go, Gracie and K.P.!
By Abby Knapp 12th grade
The Varsity Football team at NCCS puts a lot of emphasis on “family”. This year’s team is a family and always sticks up for each other. Senior Stephen Smith shares that the source of this close knit group stems from the attitude of the seniors. He feels that as seniors, they have intentionally gone out of their way to include underclassmen, and the results of that are obvious to all around them. Jack Knapp told us that the senior who has impacted him the most is Bailey Armstrong. When asked how he was impacting the freshmen players, Bailey said, “I try to influence them directly and indirectly. I like to play XBox with them, have Bible studies with them, and even answer any questions they text me about. On the field, I try to do my best to be an example of a good leader for them.” KP Pierre, a senior captain this year, said that Ryan Bohannan and Chris Wright were influential seniors to him as a freshman. Now that he is a senior himself, he is able to follow the example set for him in the past. Freshmen Luke Beverly is never short of words, and told us his favorite thing about this group of senior men is, “they treat you like a brother and help you with anything you need.” Congratulations to the Varsity Football team on their great season and to the seniors for leadng so well!
Lady Eagles Make a Run at State
By Isabella Moore, 11th grade
The 2017 Varsity Softball and Volleyball teams had an amazing season. Softball, coached by Emily Wright and Nate Rupp, had a great season of 12-10. Volleyball, coached by Heidi Konchak, also had an awesome season of 21-11 wins to losses. Both teams did so well, they advanced to State. Softball won the first round against Holy Innocents 20-12 in the first game and 6-5 in the second. They came back from behind with a whopping 10-1 in the 5th inning, scoring 9 points with 2 outs, and then again in the 7th inning, scoring 10 more points and securing us the lead for the rest of the game. Volleyball beat Strong Rock 25-16 in the first, 25-20 in the second, and 25-11 in the last and final game. They both went on to play the second round of State-Softball playing Eagles Landing and Volleyball playing Calvary Day. This is the first time the Varsity Softball team has ever made State, while Volleyball returned to State this year after a strong showing last year as well. Senior Briley Lawson from the Softball team tells us that this year was her absolute favorite year playing at the school, and she is so glad the team worked so hard and made it to state. Junior Caitlin Frazee from the Volleyball team tells us she really hopes that they “take this momentum into the next year and make it past the 2nd round; it would be nice to win, but making it to the third round is the goal right now.” We are all excited to see how these two teams will progress in the next few years, and how they will hopefully take their talent back to State!
NCCS Alum Selected Rookie of the Week
Congratulations to Joseph Clark, NCCS class of 2017, for being selected as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Corvias Rookie of the Week. Joseph is on the men’s swimming and diving team at Norwich University and in his first career meet at Norwich he won both the 50-yard backstroke in 27.56 and the 100-yard backstroke in 59.00 in a dual meet on Saturday, November 4, against Colby-Sawyer College. He was also a member of the winning 400 yard medley relay squad as the Cadets topped the Chargers 184-38. Way to go, Joseph!
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