The 6th Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction will take place on Saturday, March 10, at the Hilton Marietta Hotel and Conference Center. The first benefit dinner was held in 2013 and was such a success that it has become a much-anticipated annual event. Last year’s benefit dinner raised an amazing $173,000! Kim Pool, NCCS Events and Volunteer Coordinator, is in charge of the dinner and looks forward to it every year. She says, “The event is always a great time and attendees include alumni, parents and grandparents of NCCS students.” Each year guests are involved in the “dessert dash,” which is always a highlight of the night! Each table bids for a dessert of their choice, and the tables with the highest bids are the first to get to “dash” to the dessert table to claim their sweets. This year the benefit dinner theme is the “Boot Scootin' Ball,” and the night includes a live band and line dancing lessons. If you are looking for a great time, you will find it at the benefit dinner - wear your boots and kick up your heels at this awesome event!
Tickets are available through midnight on March 2 at [THIS LINK]. Silent auction bidding will begin on March 1 at the same link - and if you aren’t able to attend the event, you can still be a part of the silent auction by bidding online!
Celebrating Our Students
Softball Honors Congratulations to varsity softball players Lollie Smith and Katie Boyd for receiving the following softball honors - Sophomore Lollie Smith (left) received Second Team All State honors for Infield in the GHSA Single A private school division. Senior Katie Boyd (righjt) received Second Team All County honors for Outfield for all of Cobb County's public and private schools. We are so proud of you, Lollie and Katie!
2018 GMEA All State Chorus Congratulations to Eli Thomas (11th grade), Nate Ellis (11th grade), and Serena Xu (8th grade) for being selected to the 2018 Georgia Music Educators Association All State Chorus. To be selected for this honor, these students must pass two challenging auditions, competing with students across the state from single A through 6A schools. The culmination of their hard work was earlier in February at the Classic Center in Athens, GA, as these students rehearsed and performed with 200 of Georgia’s top high school choral vocalists in each of the choruses under the direction of top conductors from across the country. Congratulations to Eli, Nate, and Serena for this high honor!
NCCS Junior Receives Superior Ratings at Festival
Congratulations to NCCS junior Erika Johnson for receiving superior ratings for both piano and solo performances at the Greater Marietta Music Teachers Association Solo Festival in early February. Erika is a part of the Academy Singers at NCCS and describes her music as one of her greatest passions. We are proud of you, Erika!
NCCS Sophomore Earns Eagle Scout
Congratulations to NCCS Sophomore Robert Lang who recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. This is quite an accomplishment, as only 1% of all boys that are involved in Boy Scouts go on to earn their Eagle Scout. Earning his Eagle Scout award is the result of a rigorous commitment by Robert, his family, and his troop. Congratulations, Robert!
K4 “P” Day
by Lily King, 10th grade
The NCCS Lower School does a phenomenal job of coming up with amazing ideas that allow students to experience the things that are being taught in the classroom. The Lower School struck gold once again recently with the K4 “P” Day, which took place in January. The whole day was planned so that the students would have a fun experience with the new letter they were studying. Paisley King, who is in Mrs.Evans’ class, says, “We ate pancakes and popcorn while watching two movies. I liked “P” day because it is my favorite letter.” The students watched a Winnie the Pooh movie and Pete the Cat movie, both specifically chosen to highlight the day’s feature letter. Students were also able to wear their pajamas and bring pillows for a comfy day full of fun. These students are able to fully know and understand the letter “P” because they were given a great hands-on experience!
Lower School Takes the Stage
by Lily King
NCCS is going to have its first ever all-Lower School Play in March. Students will be performing Animal Fables: The Town Mice and The Country Mice, directed by Mrs. Wilczynski with Mrs. Bare as the assistant, and The Tortoises and The Hares, directed by Mrs. Sullivan, with Mrs. Childers and Ms. Romine as her assistants. The show provides students with the opportunity to act in front of an audience, while learning what goes into preparing for a show. Auditions took place in January and were open to 2nd through 4th graders. Rehearsals started promptly once the cast list was posted. There will be two performances of the show on March 23 at 5:00pm and 7:00pm. Admission is free; however, those attending will need to have a ticket. This is an exciting new event for our Lower School teachers and students, and we would love for everyone to be there supporting our Lower School actors!
Shout Out to Our ParaPros!
by Lily King
There is a special group of ladies in Lower School who do a great deal to help daily schedules, activities and learning run successfully - our ParaPros. Lower School ParaPros include Brittany Alesi, Alicia Holbrook, Stephanie Lawson, Angy Fletcher, Amy Ray, Stacey Hardy, Brandi Glosson, Sara King, Janet Karr, and Sommer Robich - and these awesome women do so much to help the teachers and students every day. The daily life of a ParaPro may look different for each individual. They take care of making copies for the teachers, helping the students, and assisting the teacher in any way possible. Sara King says, “My favorite things about being the 1st grade ParaPro are helping my teachers with anything they need during the school day, helping the students at lunchtime, and getting to know the parents.” In addition to playing a vital role in those activities, ParaPros also help at lunch and carline, and provide care for students on Take One mornings. Mrs. Hardy, who is new to the ParaPro staff this year, said her favorite thing about being a ParaPro is the kids. She “loves watching the kids learn and grow every day!” The ParaPros enjoy their relationships with both the students and teachers and we are so thankful to have these amazing ladies who are such a great help in our Lower School!
4th Grade Family Math Night
by Lily King
Fourth graders and their parents had a fun night full of math during January as they enjoyed a wide variety of math-centered games together. When the students walked in, there was a jar in which they could make an estimation of how many things were in the jar. Whoever got the closest to the number won a lego set. Mrs. Bare was excited about all the other fun activities that took place and explained that the families rotated between three classrooms where the games took place. One game was “Cover it!” where the students had to practice how to find area. “Place Value Yahtzee” was also a big hit as it reinforced how to write large numbers on a place value chart. “Multiplication Scramble” gave students the chance to use different math facts. Math night is a great way for the parents to experience what their students are learning in the classroom and enjoy time together with their students and the fourth grade teachers.
101 Dalmatian Day
by Lily King
The 101st day of school, which fell on Wednesday, January 31, is always a special day in kindergarten. This year was no exception as K5 students, teachers, and parapros enjoyed "101 Dalmation Day," dressing up as dalmations to get in the spirit of the day. In each of the classes, the students participated in activities that had to deal with the number 101. Mrs. Folsom said they got to “build with 101 legos, time how long it takes to do 101 exercises, discover where 101 steps will take us from our room, brainstorm things we would/would not like 101 of and see if the children are taller than 101 snap cubes— just to name a few things!” At the end of the day, the students celebrated by watching the Disney classic movie. This was an excellent day of celebrating everything the students have accomplished so far and building excitement about the days to come.
Gutsy the Flying Fox
by Lily King
Lower School recently had a special guest come to NCCS to talk to the students. “Cheers, laughter and screams filled the gym as students watched the high flying, slam dunking, dancing and kid friendly Gutsy the Flying Fox,” says Lower School Principal Wendy Titus. Gutsy's name is an acronym for the lessons that he teaches--Give respect, Understand and encourage, Team up, Slam dunk bullying, and You choose. Mrs. Titus explained that his name is “a fun-filled way of encouraging respect, understanding differences, teaming up with friends who make good choices, and stopping bullying.” Gutsy also talked about “TBS,” which Mrs. Titus says is an easy way to remember how to handle bullying if the kids see it: Tell an adult, Be a friend, tell the bully to Stop. Finally, the "You Choose" point brings it all home through personal responsibility. It takes GUTS to be a kid of character!” The students’ favorite thing about the performance was when Gutsy performed some gravity-defying slam dunks. They went especially crazy when Gutsy jumped over 3 people--including a six foot adult--before making a giant dunk! Meeting Gutsy the Fox was a super fun time for the Lower School students as they learned a lot about being kids of character!
Teaching the Players of the Future
by Lily King
Lower School students at NCCS are able to participate in various extracurricular activities, which includes the Soaring Eagles Program.. During the winter, Soaring Eagles Basketball is available to students who want to learn more about the sport. Coach Matta says that his favorite thing is being able to watch the students work so hard. This year’s Soaring Eagles basketball program included 25 students who enjoyed being able to practice shooting, ball handling, dribbling, passing, and defense. Coach Matta explained that the vision for the program is to “give the younger kids an opportunity to play basketball and have fun.” Soaring Eagles is a great way for the students to learn more about the game while building friendships and lifelong skills.
by Sara Parker, 11th grade
National Science Olympiad was founded in 1984 for middle school students that love science. NCCS began its own chapter last year during clubs and took it to the next level this year by participating in competitions. During January, fifteen students competed in 20 Science Olympiad events at Dodgen Middle School, then moved on to the Regions at Forsyth Central High School in February, where 32 teams competed. Mrs. McMullan says, “We prepared for this competition during Study Hall and after school since September, and the students were ready for the challenge.” The following students excelled in their event at Regionals: 4th place.....Wright Stuff (Lane Penner & Reid Morlan) 5th place.....Roller Coaster (Reid Morlan, Mattheson Go, and Sam Wiedetz) 6th place..... Road Scholar (Alexa Rinehart) 9th place.....Herpetology (Reid Morlan and Lane Penner)
These events, along with the many others, challenged the students, as well as fostered an interest in science. This program has been a great opportunity to expand minds and build teamwork. Our Science Olympiad students were 7th and 8th graders this year, but we hope to expand the program in the future.
Modeling for the Future
by Sara Parker
NCCS takes pride as a family to honor our teachers for their amazing roles in students’ lives. Emily Wright, who teaches sixth grade math, was awarded Teacher of the Year for Middle School at the beginning of the year. She has been teaching for a total of five years while also coaching sports teams, such as soccer and Varsity Softball. When asked why she wanted to become a teacher, Mrs. Wright responded, “I wanted to become a teacher because teaching gives me an opportunity to impact students' lives in ways beyond the academic content being taught.” She even went further and said, “ I wanted to teach math specifically because so many people struggle with learning math or dislike math, and the subject has such a negative connotation in many people's minds. It's my goal to turn that around for as many students as possible.” As a teacher, Mrs. Wright realizes her influence and believes it is what holds her accountable. Her students watch her live her life each day and have a model for who they want to be. A verse that Mrs. Wright feels she lives by is 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” We are so thankful to have such a wonderful model and motivated teacher as part of our NCCS family. (Emily is pictured with her husband, Nick, who is a graduate of NCCS.)
by Sara Parker
The Middle School students are being given a great opportunity to discover themselves and what they may be interested in through new clubs. Every Friday, at least thirty minutes is set aside as a time for students to go to their club for that day and learn and grow through an interesting activity. Available options this semester cover an extremely wide variety of interests and include choices such as Bible Journaling, Video Games Club, Student Government, and even a Hiking Club. Clubs are an excellent opportunity for students to branch out of their comfort zones and allow them to experience new things with some new people. Clubs also allow students the chance to build new friendships and bring out life interests that they didn’t know existed. This is such a unique aspect of our NCCS Middle School Student Life and truly offers students an excellent way to begin to find their path.
Gifts That Keep On Giving
by Sara Parker
Aaron Williams, Middle School Director of Student Development recently issued the Kindness Challenge to our Middle School students. This challenge is devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, with the mission to inspire a lifelong commitment to service and kindness. The students received a list of fifty total “acts of kindness,” with some of the ideas as easy as holding the door for someone or giving a compliment. To participate, students simply checked off the act they completed and turned in the sheet at the deadline. Students who completed forty or more acts of kindness were rewarded with a Krispy Kreme donut party. Here at NCCS, we are excited about encouraging our students to model Christ through kind gestures.
Nancy Drews of the Arts
by Sara Parker
Mrs. Lawler's fifth grade class took a field trip to the Booth Western Art Museum on January 25th. This trip was designed to be a supplement to a class unit called “Story Detectives.” In this unit, students served as detectives looking for the story behind the art piece. On the field trip, the students analyzed art pieces, looking for story elements like setting, characters, and plot. These exercises taught them how to analyze works, which they do with what they read. Overall, this activity truly engaged students’ curiosity and wonder as they channeled their inner-Nancy Drew.
A Fresh Look on High School
by Isabella Moore
Moving from middle school to high school is a big jump, one that many sometimes struggle with, whether it be grades, friends, or the new schedule. I took the time to interview multiple freshman to get their opinion on the change and how it has affected them. The general consensus is to be expected-- they found that high school is challenging. But surprisingly, they also found that the first semester of freshman year, while it challenged them, also helped them develop new study habits which made it easier to do things like focus in class. Freshman Caris Todd specifically mentioned that while 9th grade is hard, she feels that 8th grade prepared her well. She also notes that the teachers in high school take the time to teach her the correct ways to study and make an effort to teach in a way that keeps her attentive. Another freshman, Rylee Grieves, tells us that high school has pushed her to be more responsible, specifically with the suggested homework. Rylee says that in her experience, doing the suggested homework helps you better succeed in the class. This has pushed her to be more accountable for doing her homework. These freshmen, like many of their peers, seem to really understand that their first year of high school is preparing them for the years to come.
by Isabella Moore
The Kiwanis Club, a national community service organization, recognizes the student from each school who achieves the highest SAT score and ranks in the top ten percent of their class through a program called STAR Student. The STAR Student is then allowed to choose a teacher who has been particularly influential to them in their pursuit of academic excellence as their STAR Teacher. STAR Students and their STAR Teachers are recognized every year at a banquet held in their honor hosted by the Marietta Kiwanis Club. This year, two NCCS students tied, making Adam Doughty and Gracie Johnston the 2018 STAR Students at NCCS. For their STAR Teachers, Gracie chose Amber Timms, NCCS English teacher, and Adam chose Josh Speck, NCCS math teacher. As a school, we are pleased to see these students recognized for all the hard work they have put in academically and we also honor the teachers who have impacted their lives both personally and academically.
by Isabella Moore
Janfest is a festival held at UGA attended by high schools all over Georgia. The organization selects several promising students from each school to audition for the chance to be placed in a band with directors and clinicians from all over the country. After rehearsing for three days, they perform a concert. This year’s Janfest attendees from NCCS were: Kayla Constantine, Nathan Woodward, Tabitha Reynolds, Tyler Nichols, Zach Morning, and Band Director Mr. Godfrey. NCCS has had the privilege of attending Janfest for many years now, and the students never walk away empty handed. Senior Kayla Constantine has attended Janfest for all four years of high school. She tells us that her favorite part is “being able to play different genres of music and grow closer with people who share [her] passion for music.” Another student, junior Tabitha Reynolds, tells us that “Janfest is something [she] always looks forward to and [she] always learns something new.” Janfest is a place where students can not only grow musically but grow in their relationships with one another as well. We can’t wait to see how Janfest will affect our students in the years to come.
NCCS Students Receive Mission Trip Scholarships
Congratulations to Kirsten Saint-Aime, Miranda Phillips, Alex Toole, Mallory Dennard, Purity Gitau, and Carly Fletcher for being honored with mission trip scholarships from Youth in Mission. These scholarships, totaling $3000, helped to fund their Spring Term 2018 mission trips to Guatemala, Cuba, and Haiti. We are so proud of these students and their willingness to serve and be the hands and feet of Christ!
Law & Order
by Kate Cunningham, 11th grade
The NCCS Mock Trial team worked hard preparing for their court date which was held on Saturday, January 27, at the Cobb County Courthouse. Dr. Rachel Hedges thoroughly prepared all thirteen members of the team beginning in October. The defense team consisted of Lindsay Duffy, Wy’Kia Frelot, Noelle Kerr, Gabi Merced, June Baek and Nicholas Byrd. The prosecution team was made up of Bella Moore, Adam Doughty, Natalie Cooper, Kylie Tobey and Mallory Dennard. Brianna Garcia and Matthew Brown served as timekeepers. Junior Bella Moore enjoyed her first year Mock Trial very much, stating, “It is a great opportunity that I look[ed] forward to. Preparing for it was so much fun, but nothing compared to the feeling before the trial started; it was a one of a kind experience.” Bella Moore and Blaine Luca were each awarded the Most Outstanding Witness Award and Mallory Dennard received the Most Outstanding Attorney Award. We are so proud of our Mock Trial Team!
History in the Making
by Isabella Moore, 11th grade
Zack Shaffer has been teaching at NCCS in the Bible department for twelve years. Along with being as awesome teacher and role model for students, he has a passion for history; especially for the history of the local Cobb County area. For the past two years Mr. Shaffer has led a Local History Spring Term where he takes the students around Cobb County and surrounding areas, teaching the local history. Mr. Shaffer also makes an effort to insert local history into his class, like using Marietta Mayor Rip Blair’s approach to slum neighborhoods as a case study when they read Amos’s call for God-honoring justice. Mr. Shaffer's constant effort to teach and integrate the local history has been recognized through an award called the Cobb Landmarks Annual Preservation Education Award. This award is presented from Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society to an educator who has been instrumental in passing on the local historical legacy of Cobb County and surrounding areas to the next generation. This is the first year they have presented this award, and Mr. Shaffer tells us that it is “very gracious of them to grant [him] the inaugural award.” Mr. Shaffer wants to note that “knowing our local history can be a powerful thing to help us grow as Christians. Over 80% of Cobb’s current residents were not born here, so we are stepping into a legacy about which we may not be aware. Knowing the history, mistakes, and heroics of our current place of sojourn helps us be aware of how we can love people where they are now and how we can leave a better legacy for the future. History is where three strands of people, place, and past come together to make a strong cord of community.” As we can see, Mr. Shaffer has a love for not only history, but people. Mr. Shaffer has found that knowing history helps him to better love people. We are honored to have such a wise and loving teacher passing on his knowledge and passion for local history to the students. Mr. Shaffer has served the Cobb County area well over the years, and we are glad his efforts have been acknowledged through this award.
by Abby Knapp, 12th grade an op-ed piece
TV shows and society tend to show private schools in a very stereotypical way. In efforts to debunk some of those stereotypes, we decided to discuss some of the myths that surround private schools. One of the most common myths is that we all wear similar uniforms--things like plaid skirts, blazers, ties, and matching backpacks. However, contrary to popular belief, our high school has a dress code that allows for lots of personal style. Senior Rebekah Hardin said, “I feel like I look business casual, but I still have the freedom to dress how expresses personal style.” In reality, NCCS is a melting pot of styles and personalities, and not everyone is preppy.
In TV shows, you see how strict and cold private school teachers are. However, here at NCCS, the teachers are friendly and welcoming. When asked about the teachers at NCCS, Senior Sean Roney said, “Mr. Ray in particular is really easy to approach with any questions.”
Sara Parker is a junior who came from public school. When asked about her previously held private school misconceptions, she said, “When I came to the school, I was worried about being able to fit in, since at the time I wasn’t strongly rooted in my faith.” Sara has found that this misconception has definitely not been the case at NCCS! Regarding another common misconception she had, she says, “The dress code is a lot more relaxed than I expected as well.”
Spring Musical - Bye Bye Birdie
by Isabella Moore
We are looking forward to this year’s spring musical, Bye Bye Birdie, and congratulate the following cast members who will be performing in the show on Thursday, 3/15, Friday, 3/16, and Saturday, 3/17 at 7:00pm and Sunday, 3/18 at 3:00pm. We hope you will make plans to come and enjoy this great show!
ALBERT PETERSON: Eli Thomas ROSIE ALVAREZ: Elizabeth Oller URSULA MERKLE: Alena Loven KIM MACAFEE: Anna Womack MRS. DORRIS MACAFEE: Alex Toole MR. HARRY MACAFEE: Zack Daly RANDOLPH MACAFEE: Evan Arp MRS. MAE PETERSON: Abigail Owens CONRAD BIRDIE: Louis Kondratev HUGO PEABODY: Mason Morrow HELEN: Miranda Phillips MAYOR: Brad Scott MAYOR’S WIFE: Hope Bless MRS. MERKLE: Caleigh Pedley NANCY: Jillian James GLORIA RASPUTIN: Chloe Collins MR. JOHNSON: Zak Krichich MAUDE: Bryseton Bumgardner BAR QUARTET: TBD ALICE: Faith Thompson (Act I Scene 2), Becca VanKirk (Act I Scene 5) MARGIE: Annalise Morning SUSIE: Ellery Payne PENELOPE: Erika Garcia HARVEY JOHNSON: Travis Chance DEBORAH SUE: Lily Haigh CONRAD BIRDIE FANCLUB: Pearson Findley, Ryleigh Pruitt, Lindsay Nichols TEEN CHORUS (GIRLS): Lauren Kubek, Kiki Saint-Aime, Kendall Smith, Sophia Turnbough, Rachel Turnbough, Elizabeth Hicks, Darby Dryden, Alena Smith, June Baek, Abby Turner, Mikayla Riggins, Angel DeCastro, Brianna Garcia, Lily King, Lucy King, Kayla Schultz, Autumn Young TEEN CHORUS (BOYS): Benjamin Sutton, Riley Sullivan, Tobi Abiodun
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