The Georgia Education Expense Credit (GEEC) is an incredible and proven opportunity that allows Georgia taxpayers to redirect a portion of their state income tax to provide scholarships for eligible students to attend North Cobb Christian School. Each calendar year Georgia taxpayers can redirect a portion of their state tax dollars to GEEC and receive a TAX CREDIT on their Georgia income tax return.
As long as the $58 million cap has not been met, a married couple can re-direct $2,500 and individuals can redirect $1,000 for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Each owner/partner of LLCs, Partnerships, and S-Corps can redirect up to $10,000 to GEEC for a tax credit. C-Corporations can receive a tax credit up to 75% of their Georgia tax liability for contributions made to GEEC.
NCCS is accepting tax credit applications NOW for 2018! With the growing popularity of the program and the addition of pass-through entities being able to contribute, the $58 million dollar cap will be reached and even EXCEEDED on January 2, 2018. NOW is the time to get your forms completed and turned in. You won’t have to pay anything until the first quarter of 2018.
All new participants will need to complete an application. You can either complete this application (found HERE) and give it to the Development Office or, if you filed last year, simply contact Andrea Ferguson in the Development Office to renew your application.
Still Have Questions About How GEEC Works?
The Development Office is offering an informal opportunity (and coffee & donuts!) to ask your questions so that you can find out just how easy and awesome this program is! Join us on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30am in the conference room for complete information and assistance. Please RSVP to Andrea Ferguson in the Development Office if you plan on coming to this meeting.
Hurricane Relief: Texas Strong
By Kate Cunningham, 11th grade
As the last phase of our Texas Strong effort, Todd Clingman, Wendy Titus, Megan Strange and NCCS senior Cierra Cordak went to visit with Covenant Academy, the school that we partnered with for hurricane relief, on October 25. During this visit, the donations gathered by NCCS were officially given to the school in person. Cierra Cordak described it as an amazing experience: “It was really cool to see how much support the school there has already received and how present God is in their time of rebuilding. The attitude of the whole school in general was also super encouraging just because they are all so positive in spite of all the hardship they've experienced. When we gave the money to their school, some of the teachers teared up, and so that was incredible to see just how much our help meant to them and truly see the impact of our efforts.” NCCS always has an outpouring of generosity whenever a need is found. In recent years, the NCCS community has jumped at several chances to offer help to those in need--taking donations for Puerto Rico in the wake of the hurricane and collecting change during the Change for Change campaign that went to aid an individual in need--these are just a few of the ways our community has reached out. As a member of the NCCS community, it is great to look back and see all of the help that our community has given to those in need. It is certainly an honor to be a part of a community like that!
Behind the Scenes
By Lily King, 10th grade
Kindergarten students recently took a field trip to Publix. This field trip was an amazing experience for the students because they were able to see how much hard work the workers at Publix put into making sure their customers are happy. Mrs. Dixon, the Lead Kindergarten teacher, said, “It was an enrichment activity in conjunction with our Community Helpers unit.” The K5 students have been learning about those who help the community. The goal of this field trip was for students to see some community helpers in action. This is an exciting field trip for students where they are able to explore Publix. They got to go “behind the scenes” where they saw how they wrapped and cut meats, decorated cakes, the stockroom, and the big freezer. The employees at Publix are excellent community helpers because they are always willing to help everyone who comes into the store. They were perfect models of what K5-ers have been learning about in class. We are super thankful for those, like our local Publix employees, who put in so much hard work to help the community.
A Night At the Carnival
By Lily King
Fall Festival took place on October 21, 2017, and it was a fun night full of friends and family! The PTF was very excited about this year's new format--this year, Fall Festival took place on a Friday afternoon after school instead of on a Saturday, and it incorporated food trucks and activities.The PTF created a carnival theme for kids and parents alike to enjoy and many families came out to enjoy the fun night. Many of the Lower School students enjoyed playing all of the carnival games, and everyone especially enjoyed the Dunk Tank because it gave them an opportunity to dunk many of their teachers and administrators, including Mrs.Titus! There were games, music, food, and friends. Many NCCS family business owners were able to participate as vendors at the festival, so it was great opportunity for our community to support one another. Thank you PTF for hosting such an excellent event for us!
Building Strong Relationships
By Lily King
The Timothy Program, which is similar to a Big Brother Big Sister program, is an exciting opportunity for Lower, Middle, and Upper school students at NCCS. After going through an application process, Lower and Middle School students are paired with Upper School students in efforts to create the perfect mentor/mentee partnership. The pairing process is super important, and those who are responsible for the program - our NCCS counselors and student life department - take each individual into great consideration and determine what would be the best fit for each student. Upper School students set an example for their mentees and help to support and encourage them. Many students help their mentee with homework and serve the students by acting as a role model. The high school students enjoy this program so much. Elizabeth Earp is a sophomore who is participating in the program this year. She shares, “My favorite thing about Timothy Program is being able to build relationships with students from different grades.” Many Upper School students enjoy this program because it allows them to develop strong relationships with those younger than them. The Lower School students also love this program, because it allows them to create a relationship with a “big kid.” The Timothy Program is an amazing program where students grow together as mentor and mentee and become great friends.
Learning and Leading in Music Class
By Lily King
General Music is a fourth grade arts class that focuses on music and performing. Mrs. Heald enjoys the opportunity to work with students on a one-on-one basis. The General Music class is different than a regular Lower School chorus special, because they go in greater detail and learn leadership. In this class, the students see Mrs. Heald three times a week, which means they are able to learn and develop many leadership goals in greater amount and detail. They learn so many interesting things in the class including: rhythms, melodies, world music, music history, and the basics of acting. Mrs. Heald said, “One of my favorite projects is where we get to learn about instruments, music, and dancing in other countries. The students learn a lot about other cultures, and I always learn something new as well.” These students also take on many leadership roles by leading the Lower School during their concerts. General Music is a great opportunity for fourth graders to not only develop and learn, but also to step up as leaders
A "New" Coach In Lower School
By Lily King
Coach Matta, who is well-known as the coach of the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team, joined the Lower School Physical Education team this year, and the Lower School couldn’t be more thrilled! Coach Matta, who teaches K3, K4, K5, 3rd, and 4th grade, says, “I am very excited to be working with the little ones again.It is really fun to watch [the younger students] communicate and work together.” In the younger grades, basic skills like eye-hand coordination and eye-foot coordination are taught. In the older grades, they participate in sports like volleyball and basketball. Coach Matta is especially skilled in teaching the children how to warm up safely, which is an important skill for the students to carry into their future physical activities. He is super excited to see how the students grow and learn this year.
Laying the Foundations & Frameworks
By Lily King
Lower School teachers are seeing great success this year after launching the new Foundations and Frameworks Reading program last year. The Foundations and Frameworks reading program relies on visual tools and deep critical thinking skills that are designed to help students successfully interact with reading in all subject areas. Since the start of program, the teachers have seen great success. Third grade teacher Karyn Wilczynski says that the program has allowed them to make new connections as they read. It allows students to think differently and express their thoughts in a new way. Fourth grade Lead teacher, Julie Bare, is seeing students use the strategies they have learned in reading, in science and other subjects. If students keep using these skills while they learn, they will be able to be better thinkers in Middle and Upper school and they will have the tools needed to approach more advanced material in each grade. It is great to have innovative teachers in our Lower School who invest in building a strong foundation. With these amazing teachers at hand, the students will be able to learn so many amazing things. This program has already had a lot of success and the teachers can’t wait to see what the future will bring as the program continues to develo
The Strings of Fourth Grade
By Lily King
This year there are twenty-five students in the Fourth Grade Orchestra. Fourth grade is actually the first year that the students get to play an instrument at NCCS and after the students made their string instrument selections, there are six violinists, eight violists, one bass player, and ten cellists. Before students make their final decision on what they want to play, they get to see and hear all the different instruments. Mrs. Brink says that selecting an instrument is important, because many students stick with it throughout high school. In addition to choosing their instruments, fourth graders also begin to learn how to read music. Even though there is so much to learn, Mrs. Brink always make sure that the kids focus on the most important thing--faith in Christ. They discuss and think about how they can praise God through the use of their instruments. There are two big events throughout the year - a Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert. Orchestra members also get to participate in fun experiences like taking a field trip to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This gives students an opportunity to listen to an amazing and accomplished orchestra, which will hopefully inspire them to keep playing their instrument. Mrs. Brink said, “We have a lot of fun, and the students are like sponges, soaking up everything I can teach them.”
Twelve Years of Dedication
By Sara Parker, 11th grade
NCCS is proud to have a staff that is dedicated to their students and their lives. A perfect example of a teacher who models encouragement and complete faith is Mrs. Land. Serving as a fifth grade teacher, she has taught at NCCS for twelve years. Over these years, she has never failed to challenge students while flooding them with love and support. It is more than just education to Mrs. Land. She always enjoys being able to see former students as they grow older, even after they graduate. Even years after having her in class, many of her former students often recall how big of an impact Mrs. Land had in their lives. Her current students would definitely agree as well. Her influence is strong and definitely worthy of recognition. It is apparent to everyone around her that Mrs. Land thrives off her relationship with Jesus, success in those around her, and simply living each day in the best way possible. This can easily been seen in her view of teaching. Mrs. Land feels that “The rewards of the teaching profession are immeasurable.” NCCS is unbelievably blessed to have someone like Mrs. Land on staff and as a part of the NCCS family.
Our Favorite Grown-Ups
By Sara Parker
NCCS loves celebrating our grandparents by having them on campus each year for Grandparents’ Day. During our recent Grandparents’ Day event, students got to take time from their school day to introduce their grandparents, and even got to impress them with their personals talents in a special talent show. The day started with a “family breakfast” in the gym, where students and grandparents were able to eat and socialize. Throughout the breakfast, there were prizes given for accolades such as “Who's the oldest grandparent?” and “Who served the most years as a veteran?” The children also got to test their family members in a classic game of “Are you smarter than a middle schooler?” Grandparents were especially impressed and entertained as the Middle Schoolers put together twelve acts ranging from magic to playing the harp. This show truly demonstrated the talent we have in Middle School at NCCS! We are thankful for days like Grandparents’ Day, because it helps us remember that it is such a gift to have grandparents in our lives and to be able to show them what Middle School at NCCS is all about.
The Sound of Music
By Sara Parker
NCCS made their mark at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Solo & Ensemble Performance Event. On Saturday, October 21, middle school orchestra students from all over Cobb County gathered at Pebblebrook High School to play the pieces they had been working on for a judge. Students performed solo, or worked together with other string players to form ensembles such as duets, trios, and quartets. As each solo or ensemble performed, the judge listened and wrote comments on how they played their piece-- things they did well, things they needed to work on, things they could add to make the piece better, and things they could do to make themselves a better player. The judges developed their critiques based on things such as tone quality, bowing, intonation, articulations, and musical artistry. Many groups received the superior rating, which is the best rating one can receive. The students represented NCCS and the Lord very well by using the gift of music to bring Him glory!
By Isabella Moore, 11th grade
The first ever NCCS “Brave Enough” event took place on Friday, October 27, on the NCCS campus. This event was orchestrated and planned by Mrs. Julia Swank, Middle School English teacher, aided by Purses for Possibilities and Orphan Aid Liberia. Mrs. Swank shared that she feels the Lord has been challenging her to be brave over the past few years and that He always seemed to be laying on her heart that she needed to just be “brave enough” for that day or that moment. She started this event in hopes to show us, too, how to be brave enough for what God will bring our way. Brianna Westland, NCCS Student Life Assistant also shared her story. She shared about how she was always so shy in school, but when the opportunity arose for her to be a part of her favorite musical, Beauty and The Beast, she felt she had to step out of her comfort zone. By taking a chance and overcoming her fear, she was able to land the lead role of Belle. Finally, Haley Minesinger from Orphan Aid Liberia shared her story of being brave. She shared that several years ago, she felt God directing her to do mission work for orphans, but she was scared to fly to a different country and not know anyone there. She learned that she just needed to be brave enough to get on the plane and go, because when she got there, she found that she wasn't alone. When she met with the other missionaries there she realized that wherever there were other Christians, she would have a family. After these women shared their story, everyone broke up in groups to begin the community service opportunity for the night. Helping the organization Purses for Possibilities, we loaded purses with the items that had been donated and then stacked them up to be sent off to Women's Shelters.
This event helped me personally to see how God has been pushing me to be brave too. I identified the most with Mrs. Haley's story, because I have been known to be a shy person. Over the past few years though I can see how God has pushed me to overcome that and to be brave in all that I do. Overall, this night was impactful and enlightening. I’m certain that many, if not all, the girls walked away with a new view on what it means to be brave and a new purpose for how to apply it to their lives.
The Gift of Music
By Isabella Moore
The 2017 High School Orchestra, led by Mrs. Debbie Brink, sent six musicians to the Solo and Ensemble Event on Saturday, October 21, at Pebblebrook High School. This event pulls musicians from all over Cobb County to play pieces they have been practicing for months. The musicians from NCCS were: Hallie Meier playing a Violin Solo, Will Hardy and Kirsten Saint-Aime playing a Violin Duet, and Hallie Meier, Jordan Fuller, Aiden Durity and Otha Turnbough playing in a String Quartet. Solo and Ensemble is an opportunity for students to play a solo or in small ensembles, such as duets, trios, quartets, etc., before a judge. The judge listens and makes comments on the performance and gives a grade for that performance. Judges grade on tone, intonation, technique, balance, interpretation of the music they play, and their overall musical effect and artistry of their instrument. Mrs. Brink tells us that “Solo and Ensemble is a GREAT way for student musicians to get feedback from someone other than their own Orchestra Director on how to make better what they already do!” Junior Will Hardy has participated in Solo and Ensemble for the past three years and tells us that “it is always such a fun experience” and that by going, he has bettered his skills as a violin player. Will, along with many other attendees, claim the evaluation was extremely helpful for their ongoing musical career. All these NCCS musicians that attended receive amazing scores, and we can't wait to see how they will grow in their abilities!
Wake Up Call
By Isabella Moore
NCCS Personal Finance teacher, Mrs. Yannick Post, gives the students a reality check every year with her much-anticipated Marriage Project. In this project she has the girls draw a boy’s name in order to “marry them.” As a “couple” they then roll the dice to see what their salary will be and how many kids they will have. With this is mind, Mrs. Post then has them calculate their tax and determine how to pay for mortgage, cars, insurance, and feeding and tending to their children. senior Braden Murray, who was paired with senior Cierra Cordak, tells us that it took them two days to balance their budget. Senior Rachel Tate and Eric Hiser struggled with a salary of $35,000, 6 kids, and no car. Senior Purity Gitau tells us that. “Everyone has this perfect idea of how life is going to go when they get older--everyone wants to be a millionaire and have a specific number of kids, driving a luxury car, living in a mansion, but that's not life. This project really helps you to understand how life could possibly go. Mrs. Post is showing us how to manage this realistic life.” While this project is definitely a wake-up call to the students, it is also a lot of fun. Most students have heard about this project, and even though it seems hard, they are eagerly awaiting it.
Strong Leaders Build Strong Girls
By Abby Knapp, 12th grade
Strong Girls is piloting its first year at NCCS. The program is exclusively for junior and senior girls, with the intent to empower young women and help them to discover their purpose. The program was created by the Keitt Institute, and is led by mom and daughter team, Jennifer and Morgan Keitt. The Keitt family is very strongly connected to NCCS, as all four Keitt children graduated from NCCS. Morgan, the oldest, was the valedictorian of the NCCS Class of 2006. Mrs. Epp and Mrs. Browning are serving as the faculty sponsors and participants were sent emails and later accepted into our campus’s Strong Girls cohort. This group of junior/senior ladies meets every so often and uses those meetings to talk, reflect, interact, and do exercises to unlock their potential.
Anna Lineberry, a senior, said her favorite part of being involved in the program is, “Definitely the environment and people! I love that it teaches girls how to appreciate themselves and be proud of exactly who God made them to be.” Amanda Woodstock, also a senior, told us how Strong Girls impacts her, saying, “The program has really helped me to embrace who I am and changed how I look at my ‘flaws’.”
This program is being led by godly and caring women who want these girls to succeed in life. Between the Keitts, Mrs. Epp, and Mrs. Browning, this leadership is bound to inspire the girls involved.
Mr. Smith Impacts Students
By Isabella Moore
Last year, NCCS had a new addition to our faculty, Mr. Chuck Smith. Mr. Smith is in his second year teaching at NCCS, and he is already a beloved teacher. Mr. Smith was born on May 5, 1970 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He lived there for 18 years and went to high school at Cherokee Vocational. He went on to study at Alabama and A&M University and received three degrees--a BS in Pre Med, a Masters of Biology, and Masters of Education. He tells us that he never envisioned himself teaching, but now that he's here, he couldn't be happier. Sophomore Adeline Hollars tells us that Mr. Smith is her absolute favorite teacher. She tells us that “he supports you as a person and as a student” and that she “truly appreciates his get-down-to-business attitude; he won't fluff things or waste your time--he gives it to you straight. And often times that is exactly what you will need to help you get along.” We can’t wait to see how Mr. Smith goes on to teach and impact the students at NCCS!
Softball Players Selected for All-Region Team
Congratulations to the following softball players who were selected for the 2017 Region 6-A(Sub B) All Region Teams!
Katie Boyd (1st team - Outfield) Briley Lawson (1st team - Catcher) Gabi Merced (2nd team - Infield) Lollie Smith (1st team - Infield)
These ladies' performances played a major role in the Lady Eagles' advancement to the 2nd Round of the State Tournament this year. Congratulations to each of these players for earning this honor!
Great Season for Cross Country
By Isabella Moore
The Varsity boys’ and girls’ Cross Country teams had an amazing season this year. Both the girls’ and the boys’ teams are coached by Coach Kristy Sanders and Coach Graeme King. The girls’ team has grown significantly this year. Many of the girls commented on how close they have grown and how they can't wait for next year. Sophomore Lily King, who has been a part of Cross Country for three years, tells us that her favorite memory this year would have to be the retreat trip they do in the summer. She shared, “It was a great chance for us to grow as a team and to bond.” Senior Matthew Brown, who has also been running for three years, tells us that he is “so proud of how hard the team has worked.” He goes on to tell us that every runner set a new PR, “personal record”, and it helped to lead the team to state, which took place on November 3rd at Carrollton HIgh School. Special congratulations goes to sophomore Connor Constantine who made it to State individually by placing 6th in Region. Sophomore Hallie Meier tells us that overall she is “so excited to see how they take this momentum into the next year, and how the team will continue to grow in both numbers and as a family.” Way to go, NCCS Cross Country!
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
By Isabella Moore Four years ago, mountain biking was added to fall sports at NCCS. The two coaches are Ben Carr, who teaches Algebra II, AP Physics, and CAD, and Ty Faulk, who teaches the Junior Bible class, Sociology, and Philosophy. This year’s team consisted of twelve people on the team which - ten boys and two girls. Hannah Hicks, a senior girl on the team, tells us that she is “so happy that the school has a mountain biking team.” She used to go mountain biking with her grandfather when she was younger but stopped around Middle School. Entering High School, one of her friends convinced her to come out to a practice and see if she still loved it, and after one practice with the school, she was sold. Hannah has been on the team since then, and she has continued to grow in her biking skills. Many other members on the team agree that they love the spirit that the team has and how supportive and encouraging the team can be. Junior Chip Curl appreciates that through this team he has made so many close friendships. The coaches also note the closeness of the team and how this has had a positive effect on their races and their ability to lift each other up. The team looks forward to continuing the growth and development of the team.
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