The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, with the 2017 Computer Science Education Week on December 4-10. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities.
Mr. Bitner, NCCS Upper School Technology teacher, had his programming and C3 (computing.cloud.collaboration) classes participate in the Hour of Code this year. In addition to the Upper School, Lower/Middle School Technology Carol Coleman had her students participate, as well.
Each Upper School student selected a specific Hour of Code project and completed it, receiving a certificate for their participation.
It was the 3rd year for Lower and Middle School to participate in the computer programming initiative. Mrs. Coleman says, “It is fun for all ages and is a great way to show students that programming is not hard. I am amazed each year by the enthusiasm and progress the students have made.” This year our 2nd - 6th graders participated during the international week. Our K-1st graders will have their specific week later in the spring. Mrs. Coleman shares, “Eight years ago when I started introducing the kids to Scratch, a coding program designed by MIT, to our 1st graders, I remember Chloe Hildreth, a current 8th grader making this ball bounce off a trampoline and the wall in continuous motion. I was hooked then on coding with little guys.”
Code.org uses familiar platforms like Star Wars, Angry Birds, Frozen, Minecraft and other familiar figures to help start the process of learning how to make things move on the computer. The puzzle setting of snapping blocks of code together and letting them see what the programming looks like will hopefully help them as they work toward understanding the logical commands they will encounter as they attain more experience with computer programming in other languages. Mrs. Coleman especially loves that Code.org also gives out certificates for those that finish a program during this week.
Veteran’s Day Chapel
By Isabella Moore, 11th grade
Veterans Day is a special day set aside to honor all United States Veterans. At NCCS, we have a Veterans Day Chapel each year on the Thursday closest to Veterans Day. This year the chapel theme, created by NCCS Bible teacher Dr. Rachel Hedges, was prayer.
Dr. Hedges was instrumental in bringing the Veterans Day chapel to NCCS and has been a key to its success for sixteen years. She plans to continue hosting it for as long as she is at NCCS. Dr. Hedges tells us that her Upper School Administrator at the time of the first Veterans Day chapel asked her to start the chapels two months after 9/11. As a school, they wanted to make sure that young people were taught to “honor and value what our military does in protecting our freedoms and way of life.”
The process of planning for the chapel begins fairly early--the first meeting was during the Upper School Retreat. Dr. Hedges in particular is in charge of coming up with a theme for the program and selecting musical, dramatic or video pieces that will carry out the theme. On the day of the chapel, the veterans and their spouses are treated to breakfast in the cafeteria.
This year, around one hundred people showed up for the breakfast, and of that one hundred, sixty were Veterans and marched into the chapel during the Veterans’ parade. It’s always touching to see just how many men and women connected to the school have served for our country, especially when they show the slideshow featuring all of the veterans that have served, are serving, or once served, but have passed away.
Dr. Hedges works long and hard on this Chapel every year, and each year it turns out a success. Dr. Hedges gives special thanks to Mrs. Strange, Mrs. West, Mr. Clingman, Mr. West, Mr. Bitner, Mrs. Geter, Mrs. Poole, Mrs. Wright, Mr. Rupp, Mr. Williams, Mr. Hendrix, Mrs. Dignon, and many more for helping to produce the Veterans Day Chapel. But most of all we are thankful to all the men and women who have served, or are serving!
Project Puerto Rico
By Abby Knapp, 12th grade
On September 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, causing one of the worst natural disasters that area has ever seen. To this day, many parts of the island are still without cell service and power. Senior Gabi Merced’s family is from and still lives in Puerto Rico. After the hurricane, she was hoping to help those who were in need however possible, so she decided to do something about it. As a result, she started the Project Puerto Rico drive. The drive was meant to gather donations for the people affected by the hurricane. Over the course of two weeks, our generous NCCS family brought in items such as baby formula, water bottles, and canned food for the victims.
When asked if her family was safe, Gabi said they all are! Her grandparents were already in the USA when Maria hit, and her uncle was able to get off the island safely. The rest of her family still on the island is all safe as well. Gabi was amazed at how much NCCS was able to bring in so quickly and is confident the donations will help many people. She said, “The support that the school showed through this drive really showed my family how supportive the body of Christ can be!”
The drive was a massive success and meant the world to other NCCS families with ties to the island as well. K.P. Pierre has family from all around the island. Everyone in his family is safe and accounted for, but they have faced lots of material damage. Without power and running water, they rely daily on generators and water tanks. K.P.’s aunt, who owns a restaurant on the west side, had her patio and outdoor seating washed away. The Pierre’s grandfather lives on the central mountain range and suffered major structural damage to his house, forcing him to find a new place to live. The entire family has remained in good spirits with their Georgia family sending weekly supplies. K.P. said, “We are blessed that all the damage was material and that we have all our family safe.”
Thank you so much to our NCCS family for loving our neighbors well!
Class of 2017 Alumnus Graduates from Marine Corps Boot Camp
Congratulations to William Carver, NCCS Class of 2017, who graduated from Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC on November 22. William will head to Camp Geigher, NC, next for Marine Combat Training. William says, “Boot camp was the most difficult challenge of my life and it made me appreciate little things like friends and family so much more.” We are so proud of you, William, and thank you for your service to our country!
K4 Takes the Stage
By: Lily King, 10th grade
On Friday, November 17, the pre-schoolers put on a play about the first Thanksgiving in America. The students, as well as the teachers, put a lot of hard work into the play as they practiced many songs in preparation for the big day. Mrs. Crowe, one of the K4 teachers, said that the students favorite song this year was “The Thankful Song,” which is performed at the end of the production. The students had a chance to perform different roles in the play, from Pilgrims to ministers and even turkeys! The teachers made the costumes for the students, but the students created their headbands. Long before the play takes place, students are given the task to collect toilet paper rolls that they use to build their log cabin as part of the set. This is a fun task for the students because, not only are they helping the environment by recycling, but it also builds the excitement for the show. Mrs Crowe said, “My favorite part is watching the Pilgrim Minister do his part in the play, raising his hands and shouting ‘Praise the Lord!!’” The K4 Thanksgiving play is a super exciting time for the students and teachers and the parents and grandparents love seeing their enthusiasm as they perform!
Spreading Christmas Joy
By Lily King
Lower School is putting on their annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 20. As they prepare for the concert, students participate in many songs that are meant to help improve the skills they have worked on all semester. The students are singing songs that are well-known Christmas carols and they are also preparing some lesser-known songs. They especially enjoy getting to sing songs about one of their favorite holidays. It is an exciting time where students’ families come and enjoy the amazing songs they have put so much work into. Mrs. Heald sets many goals for the students which allow them to improve their skills as they work to achieve them. She prepares the students very well for this concert and since this is the second big concert of the year, one of Mrs. Heald’s goals is to encourage them to be more confident in front of an audience. Mrs. Heald said, “ I always love seeing my students succeed as they tackle the challenges of a performance. For some students, it will be learning and remembering a song with lots of words. For others, it will be remaining focused and confident while dealing with stage-fright. I absolutely love sharing some of my favorite Christmas hymns and carols with a new generation.” This is an exciting time for the students. Mrs. Heald said the students “are looking forward to sharing all of their hard work. It's great to see them so excited about remembering and understanding the stories behind the songs, both new and old. I think they always enjoy seeing the joy they bring the audience as well.” It’s going to be a great concert!
Student Spotlight: Jason Osborn
By Lily King In Lower School computer class, the students are taught the basics of working on the computer and about its different applications. The students learn the all of the Google Chrome applications including Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. In third and fourth grade, they also use an application called Powtoon, which students can use to create their own videos. Jason Osborn is a third grader at NCCS who has taken what he has learned in computer class and used it to help others. Jason has made many videos, from the video for the Lower School Thanksgiving feast to a video for his grandmother’s church search committee. Mrs.Coleman says, “Jason Osborn is one of those students that has really taken what he has learned in computer class beyond the walls and out to the public.” Jason is amazing at what he does and Mrs. Coleman has been especially touched by all of his hard work. She shares, “It is students like Jason that encourage me to continue to direct them towards a love for communicating and creating using computers as they explore the gifts God has given them.” We are thankful for Mrs.Coleman’s passion to teach and we congratulate Jason and encourage him to keeping following his passion!
[HERE] is the link to Jason’s Powtoon that was shared at the Lower School Thanksgiving Feast:
RISE Students Create Mars “Food” Rovers
Students in 2nd-4th grade RISE have been studying the components and members of the Mars Rover family. They designed, calculated the most economical parts, and created delicious rovers out of various food items! Students were given a set amount of supplies such as graham crackers and marshmallows - then the creativity began to flow! Students identified the parts and what their purpose was on the Rover. When one design didn’t hold up as planned or the fragile crackers and wafers broke, students collaborated and problem solved ways to find a solution. Once completed, students discussed which rover was most likely to succeed in the harsh Martian climate and surface. Building models is an essential skill that students benefit from as they learn about their world...or planets out of this world! Mrs. Rheinscheld said, "My favorite part was seeing the different groups take the same materials, but each one creating something entirely unique and original!"
7th Grade Travels to Savannah
By: Sara Parker, 11th grade
The 7th grade students had a blast enjoying their Fall Term trip to Savannah in November. The start of the trip consisted of talking, laughter, and a couple of movies on the bus. Students say the bus ride was a lot of fun because the drivers interacted with everyone, and everyone was also full of anticipation for the trip ahead. The first stop was the beautiful Forsyth Park. Students walked past the historic Forsyth Foundation and enjoyed hanging out in the green area, playing catch, and running around to burn off lots of energy. After they spent time at Forsyth Park, the team headed to River Street. “We had time to browse the shops along the river,” Mrs. Swank says, who was a trip leader. Savannah t-shirts were a big hit with all the girls, while the boys could not wait to get ice cream. The River Street Sweets shop was also a store the kids made sure to visit before boarding the buses. The kids were excited with the wide variety of candy at the shop. To end the day, Mrs. McMullan led the group devotional scavenger hunt. Each group member worked together to locate a specific scripture from a set of clues and worked together to explain its meaning to a teacher or chaperone. From start to end, the trip was full of fun and will definitely be a trip to remember.
Learning Fun in the Snow!
Haley Vitello, 5th grade science teacher says, “When it's snowing and you want to go outside, why not make it educational?!! In my Science class we have been discussing states of matter and physical vs. chemical changes. We discussed that melting snow would be considered a physical change. So we went outside, collected cups of snow and brought them back inside to document the changes we saw by writing descriptions and drawing pictures of what we saw every 5 minutes!” Getting to take part in God’s snowy classroom was a memory that Mrs. Vitello’s 5th graders will always cherish!
Middle School 3D Christmas Projects
This year in 5th & 6th Grade Keyboarding, they took a side adventure to introduce students to 3D printing. This is our second year to work with our Polar 3D printer and students used the program “Tinkercad” for the first time to make Christmas-themed objects. Students discovered that it is a new experience drawing in 3 dimensions and it takes a little patience and time to adjust to the building plane. As students move forward, they will continue to encounter these 3-dimensional computer arenas as builders or consumers. It is amazing what these skills will allow them to explore further like: nanotechnology, 3D sculpting in film sets, automotive engineering, gaming and app design.
8th Grade Helps with Operation Christmas Child
Our 8th grade students had the opportunity to serve at the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child processing center in Suwanee, Georgia on Wednesday, December 13. The students aided in packing and sorting boxes with gifts for children from ages 2 to 14. The boxes that our students helped process were being shipped out to Central Africa. It was wonderful to see our our 8th graders giving special attention to each box being packaged. Students and chaperones spent time praying for each box, that God would use it as a means to spread the Gospel with children in need overseas. It was a joy partner with Samaritan’s Purse for this ministry!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
By: Kate Cunningham, 11th grade
What do you want to be when you grow up? This is the question that students are asked at least a million times before they graduate. They may know the answer to this question, they may have a slight idea what they want to do, or they may not have a clue. Each year NCCS has a Career Day, and one of the goals of this day is to help students be able to answer the question of what they want to do in the future, or at least get them thinking about it. There are many different sessions with speakers in a huge variety of fields that students are able to select from. Junior Hannah Conti explained how Career Day is very beneficial to students, saying, “Career day opened my eyes to new opportunities. I chose sessions that were outside of my comfort zone, and it showed me options that I had never considered before.” As a junior in high school, the “what do you want to do?” question definitely scares me since college is getting closer, but Career Day lets me see all the different careers that I may enjoy and has even helped me pick out a few to consider. Career Day is something that all the students look forward to and helps them as they work towards future plans.
NCCS Students Participate in YMCA Youth Assembly
NCCS juniors Thomas Tucker, Nicholas Byrd, and June Baek recently represented our school at the YMCA Youth Assembly held at the Georgia State Capitol during the week before Thanksgiving. This assembly provides an opportunity for students from across the state to act as mock legislators for the three-day event, including submitting and voting on bills that the students present. Thomas, who has been a part of the YMCA Youth Assembly since his freshman year, was selected as the House Chairman and successfully proposed, debated, and passed a bill that would allow trained professionals under mandated reporting laws to represent underage victims in a court of law. Additionally, Nicholas, who has been a part of the Youth Assembly since his sophomore year, was selected as the Senate Chairman and also successfully proposed, debated and got a bill passed that would require all potential drivers to take driver’s ed before they are issued a license. In her first year as a participant in the Assembly, June was selected as an escort for the guest speaker, the newly elected Representative for the 26th district, for one of the days. One of the agenda items for the assembly is to elect a Youth Governor who presides over the next year and we are proud of Thomas for being elected as Youth Governor for the Carter Convention! Thomas says he has absolutely loved his involvement in this program and shares, “Not only do I get to learn more about the political process, which I love, but I also gets to meet kids from around the state with similar interests and drive.” Congratulations to all three students for representing NCCS so well!
New NCCS Academy Acceptances
Congratulations to the following students that have been accepted into Upper School Academies for the 2017-2018 school year. These students will join a great community of students already involved in robust programs in our Academy of The Arts, Academy of Business, Academy of Counseling, Ministry, and Education, Academy of Exercise and Sport Science and our STEM Academy. We will have many 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.
Please join us in congratulating these new Academy students: Academy of Business Austin C. Clark Elijah Bleu Johnston Anson Mathis Tyler Russ
First Sen18r Semester
By Abby Knapp, 12th grade
The first semester of senior year is a time of college applications, testing, and the beginning of the “lasts.” The class of 2018 has always been extremely close, and going through our first “lasts” together has been surreal. This semester has been an absolute blast for most, despite some tough emotions. Some of the hardest “lasts” for seniors is the ending of their favorite sports team, or Retreat. Chloe Glass’ hardest “last” so far was cheering at her final competition. A cheerleader since middle school, this was an emotional routine for the Varsity girls. Despite some sadness, the semester overall has gone really well! Matthew Brown said this has been his favorite semester of high school and because of the vlog (go watch Matthew Brown Vlogs!), he can rewatch all the highlights! We all look forward to our final semester of high school and our time at NCCS. As the semester progresses, the idea of “senioritis” has been on everyone’s mind. When asked if senioritis was a real disease, the consensus was a resounding “yes”. However, Alex Arnold said, “Is senioritis real? If it is, I’ve had it since freshman year!” Best of luck to Alex and the rest of the seniors to finish out this and next semester strong!!
Congratulations to the following students for their recent achievements: - Benjamin Martin performed at the GMEA Solo & Ensemble Saturday, November 4, receiving a "superior" rank playing a snare solo piece.
- Ava Rogers, Benjamin Martin, & Tyler Nichols participated in a Youth Bands of Atlanta (YBA) concert at Kennesaw State University Wednesday night, November 15th. YBA is comprised of dedicated student performers from 22 high and middle schools across Atlanta. Tara Winds Clarinet Choir and the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble also performed at the concert.
- Ava Rogers and Benjamin Martin were accepted into District 12 Symphonic Honor Band, with Ava and Benjamin earning top chairs for the highest honor band. They also earned acceptance into the second round of All-State auditions, which will take place in January. Additionally, they performed at University of Georgia MidFest in the highest ranked Honor Band.
We are so proud of these students for their accomplishments!
The Happiest Place on Earth
By Kate Cunningham, 11th grade
The NCCS orchestra, band, chorus, and Academy Singers took their annual performance trip! Each year the arts group alternates between Disney and Universal- and this year it was Disney World. This year NCCS Arts also added the Academy Actors and AP and Academeny Art students to the trip for the first time.
Disney is known for being “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and it sure did not disappoint. Senior chorus member Hope Davis said, “This was the most fun I had on this trip all four years. All the people are great, and we had a blast; I will sure miss it.” Band, Orchestra, and Chorus all had performances at Disney Springs which was such a great opportunity. The participants are now considered Disney “Cast Members” and all received mickey ears. Each group participated in a workshop led by a Disney member, which gave students an inside view on what happens behind the scenes at Disney. This trip is such an amazing opportunity to show off the students hard work, while having a great time and learning valuable performing tips from real Disney Cast Members.
Fall Art Showcase
By Isabella Moore
The Fall Arts Showcase covers all Elementary through High School art work. This year’s showcase was held on Tuesday,November 17, in the Fine Arts Building. The NCCS Visual Arts program has held this event for the past seven years, with the aid of the Upper School National Art Honor Society. The first year the showcase was introduced it was held in the Daily Grind off of Due West Road. The student involvement grew rapidly the next year, outgrowing the Daily Grind and forcing them to move it to a bigger location. It has been held in the Fine Arts Building on campus ever since then. This year around three hundred students were involved and around eight hundred art pieces were showcased. The show had the biggest student participation and largest amount of art pieces showcased in the history of the event! Mr. Nate Rupp, Upper School Art Instructor, shared that the Art Showcase is an amazing way for the students to put their artwork on display and it is something they always look forward to. This event is a wonderful experience for the Visual Arts students and a great opportunity to showcase their work and talent.
Sophomore Receives Cross Country Sports Award
We would like to recognize sophomore Austin Ericson who received the Coaches’ award for Cross Country this year. (Due to circumstance beyond our control, Austin did not receive his award during the fall sports awards.) Austin has been a part of the NCCS cross-country team since 4th grade, when the Soaring Eagles Cross Country program began. During the fall season, Austin played a huge part in the 2017 Boys’ Cross-Country team making it to the GHSA State meet. He also ran a great race at our Area meet at Darlington in October, earning a "PR" - Personal Record - time of 18:37. This outstanding performance helped to seal our 4th place team finish. Congratulations to Austin for being selected to receive the Coaches’ award for the Fall 2017 season!
Swinging Out of the Season
By Sara Parker
The NCCS Lady Eagles Middle School tennis team made it to Regionals this year. Hannah Long is a key player who has worked to earn her spot. After a year of hard work and determination, she was able to reap the benefit of her efforts by getting to be a Line One player, meaning she played in the number one spot. Mallory Swank is another talented player on the team, and she is often noticed for her playing ability in singles and doubles. As a whole, Coach Julia Swank says that the teamwork is what stands out about the Middle school team. She says, “They support each other 100%.” We are excited to see what the future holds for the Middle School tennis program!
Congratulations to NCCS seniors Robert Howard and Briley Lawson for their recent college signings! Robert has signed to play golf at Kennesaw State University and Briley has signed to play softball at Truett-McConnell. We are so proud of both of them!
NCCS Football Players Receive All-Region Honors
Congratulations to the following NCCS football players for receiving All-Region Honors!
1st Team: John Robert Nelson (LB) Timothy Walker (Safety)
2nd Team: CJ Ayers ( CB) Nate Ellis (OL) Will Marquess (LB) KP Pierre (RB) Ryan Pruitt (ATH)
The NCCS Varsity Cheer team went to State for the fourth time in the past few years on Friday, November 10th. The team had to deal with a lot of challenges this year but overcame each one. In particular, many of the team members sustained injuries during the season. Junior Tyler Bell tells us that due to their injuries they had to constantly make changes to their routine. They never had the same exact routine, which made it interesting, but hard, and they ended up placing fifth at State. Junior Chloe Go tells us that she was “so glad to have joined the team. It was an amazing experience, and she has made so many new friends.” Chloe also shared that they have grown so close over this season, and that she can’t wait to see what they will do next year. Another Junior, Sarah Steinitz, says that while she loves cheering for the football team, competition cheer is her absolute favorite part of the season. She goes on to say that, “Working on stunts, perfecting [her] back tuck, and having the chance to be a flier for the first time ever made it a very memorable season!” This is only Sarah’s second season, and she has already grown so much in her abilities and skills as a cheerleader. We are so proud of the entire team for persevering through their challenges and we look forward to next year!
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