“Spring terms are full of growth, new friendships, and unforgettable experiences.” - NCCS senior Katelyn McClendon - London Team
"It has been a truly life-altering trip. I am so extremely thankful to the school, our parents, and the Hope For Guatemala ministry for allowing us to be able to come to this beautiful place. It was amazing to see how happy and genuine all of these people are, despite their situations at home. These people understand the importance of finding our joy in the Lord and not in material items - a concept we Americans too often forget." - NCCS senior Miranda Phillips - Guatemala Team
"Walking in some of the worst parts of Atlanta, we saw many homeless and less fortunate people. Though some were homeless, they had joy in their spirits and so appreciated our love and prayers. I loved seeing my classmates step up and be the hands and feet and voices for Christ." - NCCS freshman Rachel Turnbough - Local Missions: Cobb Team
"Haiti has clearly shown me the truth behind the statement 'home is where the heart is.' I have considered it a privilege to see the hearts of so many families that hardly have a physical home. While the homes of many Haitian families are minimal, I am so inspired by their faith that the Lord has already prepared a magnificent home for them in eternity." - NCCS senior Mallory Dennard - Haiti Team
"This week overall has shown me how blessed I am to be living in the United States, as I have seen much poverty. Having hot water, a nice roof over our heads, toilets that flush, air conditioning and plenty of food is something we as Americans take for granted. Despite all this, the Cuban people are very proud and always have smiles on their faces. They are very appreciative and thankful to God for all of their blessings. No matter what, they remain faithful and live each day for the glory of God. This experience has opened my eyes and given me the opportunity to be a light for others despite the language barrier." - NCCS junior Erika Garcia - Cuba Team
Spring Term 2018 was an amazing week for our 8th-12th graders! One of the things we hear the most during Spring Term each year is how much everyone enjoys reading the blogs. If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to read through the blogs found [HERE]. Many of our students have written excerpts in the blogs like the ones above and their descriptions and reflections provide great perspectives into the Spring Term experience at NCCS!
Just the Facts
As Spring Break 2018ncomes to a close, be sure to review the 3/29/18 Just the Facts document for details about the week of April 9th at NCCS.
NCCS Senior Receives Top College Acceptances
Huge congratulations to NCCS senior K.P. Pierre who recently received acceptances to Harvard University, Brown University, & Johns Hopkins University, in addition to his earlier acceptance at Georgia Tech! We are so proud of you, K.P.!
NCCS Junior Receives Cobb EMC Scholarship and Trip
by Kate Cunningham, 11th grade
Congratulations to NCCS junior Thomas Tucker, who is a recent recipient of the Cobb EMC Washington Youth Tour scholarship and trip. The award includes a $1000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Cobb EMC selects two high school juniors from the county each year based on resumes and interviews and Thomas was one of the two selected for this honor. A distinguishing characteristic of the Washington Youth Tour is the opportunity to be a representative of our state in a paid trip to Washington, D.C. over the summer, meeting legislators and other students from all across the country. Thomas says, “It was an honor to receive a scholarship to help represent a county that I have deep roots in and love for.” We are so proud of Thomas and wish him luck on his trip!
Lower School Students Advance to National Mathfest
On Saturday, March 24, ten Lower School students, grades 2nd - 4th, advanced from the State Mathfest Competition to the Regional Mathfest Competition. This competition, held in the Georgia World Congress Center, included hundreds of students from 11 different states.
We are excited to announce that seven of our students have advanced from the State Mathfest Competition to the National Mathfest Competition in Birmingham, AL on May 19! Congratulations to: 2nd grade: Aaleyah Williams, Benjamin Brink, Mack Meadows and Wright Upton 3rd grade: Emma Strange and Nicholas Prince 4th grade: Samuel Brink
We look forward to solving more math problems as we move on to this final level and we are proud of all of our participants!
by Lily King, 10th grade
On Tuesday, March 27, the entire Lower School invited around fifty volunteers, responders, and local business partners to come and enjoy a brunch catered by The Marietta Local. The fourth graders have been learning about manners, and at the banquet they put their manners to use--how to introduce themselves, shake hands and carry on a conversation. Mrs. Julie Nichols, LS Administrative Assistant says, “Our students understand the importance of being thankful for the people God has put in our path. Serving our community allows us to be the ‘hands and feet’ of Jesus.”
All of the Lower School were involved in making the event happen. K3 through K5 decorated large white paper squares that went on the center of the table. First graders wrapped silverware and set out napkins. Second graders assembled centerpieces and set out plates. Third graders set up the room and table cloths. The fourth graders were the official event hosts at the event, while the third graders assisted by serving. Mrs. Nichols says, “Each grade takes pride in the role they play in the Gratitude Banquet. A common favorite part of the event for our students is surrounding our guests in the gym to say thank you by singing and praying over them.” (Click [HERE] for a video clip!) The Lower School loves getting to serve those in the community in so many different ways.
The Spelling Bee
by Lily King, 10th grade
Every year NCCS sends students to the ACSI Spelling Bee, and this year NCCS sent sixteen students to this event. Students who participated were from first through fourth grade and include the following:
1st grade: Andrew Benjamin, Ellie Pike, Asher Michel & Iyanu Obafemi 2nd grade: Fernami Obafemi, Joanna Oladokun, Lindsey Meier & Allison Parker 3rd grade: Jack Bitner, Zeke Morton, Allie Contreras & Abigail Malak 4th grade: Grace Heiple, Charley Williby, Emma Sue Loveland & Joshua Morgan
The students who participated in the spelling bee won rounds that took place in their individual classrooms and were given the honor of representing NCCS at the ACSI Spelling Bee hosted at Grace Christian Academy in Powder Springs. All of the students received a participation certificate and were excited because they were able to represent their school in the spelling bee. Third Grader Zeke Morton said that his favorite part of the Spelling Bee was "seeing how far you could get and how you can do better next year." Another third grader, Abigail Malak, said that it's her second year at the Spelling Bee, and she was proud to be part of the students who represented her class at the competition. NCCS is super excited that these students were able to participate in this event. Great job!
Fire Safety Village
by Lily King, 10th grade
On Friday, March 16, the 4th grade took a field trip to the Fire Safety Village in Marietta. They learned about how to stay safe in different situations and about the need to have a plan for water safety, electrical safety, pedestrian safety, home alone safety, and fire safety. The Fire Safety Village does a great job of helping students understand and teaching the importance of safety. Mrs. Bare says some of the highlights of the trip were “learning how to safely escape out of the window of a house that has caught on fire (fake smoke), driving the go carts in the village as we practiced pedestrian safety, and practicing the Heimlich maneuver on ‘Choking Charlie’." NCCS is grateful for all of the community policemen, firefighters, nurse, and so many more who work so hard everyday to secure the safety of the community.
Lower School Art Festival
by Lily King. 10th grade
On March 9th Mrs. Heflin took five students to the ASCI Art Festival in Bethlehem, Georgia. The ASCI program gives students an amazing opportunity to recognize those students who are able to create exceptional works of art in different forms. Mrs.Heflin said, “Students enjoyed participating in the ‘Art Throw Down’ (a different kind of art competition) where each young artist was faced with the challenge of constructing the most creative piece of art in a limited amount of time, using whatever miscellaneous and random art materials they could gather in a limited amount of time.” Each student took one piece of their artwork and was graded on a ranking of good, excellent, and superior. The students who participated were: Rachel Sullivan, Blakely Wyatt, Ella Chesser, Kyiah Van, Sarie Hillyer. These students did a great job on their artwork and all received an “Excellent” ranking. We are so proud of them!
Third Grader Earns Multiple Ribbons in Horse Show
Congratulations to Kendall Smith in Mrs Wilczynski’s third grade class who competed in the junior 10 and under division in the HJ Fox Hunter Classics Spring Premiere at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA, in early March. Kendall and her pony, Merlin, were successful in two divisions consisting of flat classes, which is walk, trot and canter, as well as crossrail hunter jumper courses. Kendall did an amazing job on Saturday of the competition, placing in every color of ribbons - a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, (2) 5th & 6th. On Sunday, the weather was not great, but in her very first time ever riding in the rain, Kendall pulled out a 1st place, followed by (2) 3rd places, and (2) 4th places, then finally a Reserve Champion in Walk Trot Classics. Way to go, Kendall!
Pi Day in Action
by Sara Parker, 11th grade
The sixth grade students in Mrs. Wright’s class have been working on a Geometry Unit. They studied different facets of various two and three-dimensional figures. In celebration of Pi Day, March 14th, students focused on circles. The students did an investigation of pi and discovered that it is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of any circle. Students tested this by finding circular objects to measure. Using yarn, they measured the circumference and the diameter, then followed up by calculating the ratio. To their surprise, they found that the pi calculation was 3.14, just as they learned. Thank you, Mrs. Wright, for making math fun!
by Sara Parker, 11th grade
The girls’ soccer team is running undefeated so far this year with a record of 4-0, with 2 ties. The students are coached by Upper School History Department Head Mrs. Clark, who is also joined by NCCS Alumna Ashley Walters. Both coaches would testify to the team being aggressive and enjoyable to watch. It is amazing to see how the girls easily adapt to different positions. Mrs. Clark says her favorite part of coaching is “getting to know the girls and watching them implement what they practice in games.” The team’s season goal is to make it to the play-off tournament, and they intend on getting there while playing the best they can and honoring the Lord in doing so.
by Sara Parker, 11th grade
Recently, the fifth grade class finished their clay portraits in art. They began the entire process by creating a self-portrait drawing. Then, they transferred the drawing to a slab of clay using tracing paper. Next, they continued drawing into the clay by carving the contour lines and details using a variety of clay tools. To add more dimension, students created raised areas such as the nose, lips and hair to give it a more three-dimensional look (a bas-relief). After bisque firing their pieces, the students glazed their portraits and the clay portraits were loaded back into the kiln for a second firing. The last step was to cover the glazed pieces with only black glaze in order to fill all of the crevices with a black outline. The excess was wiped off of the surface, and the pieces went back into the kiln one final time. They all turned out beautifully! These students are working on a coiled amphora vase project as well. One of our very own, Skylar Serafin's portrait sculpture, was submitted to the ACSI Art Festival in early March and received a Superior rating from the judges.
NCCS Announces Academy Acceptances
Congratulations to the following students that have been accepted into Upper School Academies for the 2018-2019 school year. These students will join a great community of other students already involved in robust programs in our Academy of The Arts, The Academy of Business, The Academy of Counseling, Ministry, and Education, The Academy of Exercise and Sport Science and our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) 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 Will Bare Jacob Busch Madeline Butler Daniel Clark Connor Constantine Gabriel Costa Colby Glosson Abigail Hart Noelle Kerr Caitlin O'Brien Maika Takemoto Nicholas Williams
Academy of Counseling, Ministry, and Education Jordan Bailey
Academy of Exercise and Sport Science Carson Fant Caitlin Morning
STEM Academy Avery Bayes Lukas Farris Alex Mamula Brad Scott Arta Tabrizi
Academy of the Arts No acceptances yet - auditions will be held after Spring Break
If you have any questions about our outstanding NCCS Academies Program, please contact the Upper School office. We love the opportunity to partner with our students to help them see God's calling on their lives as they challenge themselves to a rigorous course of study in a particular area of interest.
Bye Bye Birdie
by Abby Knapp, 12th grade
The NCCS spring musical for 2018 was a rendition of Michael Stewart’s Bye Bye Birdie. The play is set in 1960’s America where rock sensation, Conrad Birdie, has just been drafted into the US military. Louis Kondratev, a senior, debuted in his first leading role as Conrad Birdie. He played the part of America’s teen heartthrob perfectly and had the audience laughing with his character and singing. Eli Thomas and Abigail Gowens stole the show as Albert and Mae Peterson, a mother/son duo. Anna Catherine Womack and Elizabeth Oller starred as Rose and Kim. The set was color blocked with a tv background, playing ‘60s style commercials in technicolor. The actors, pit orchestra, crew, and directors all did a tremendous job. For the seniors, this was an incredibly emotional last performance. Veteran Stage Manager, Luke West said, “Bye Bye Birdie was a great show from start to finish. Everyone gave their 100%, and we had 4 amazing performances. Every show takes some effort, but this one seemed to fall together. It was one of my favorite shows and a great one to end on. As it was my 7th musical and 21st show at NCCS, it was weird to go through Senior Night and walk away from it all, knowing it was my last. Hopefully I’ve left a good legacy, and good luck to whoever tries to fill my shoes.” Bravo to our talented students and teachers!
Care Like Kathleen
by Isabella Moore, 11th grade
NCCS lost a beloved student, Senior Kathleen Sutz, in February. Kathleen attended our school for eight years and is greatly missed. Her French III teacher, Mrs. Andrea Dignon, and her class decided to dedicate a movement to Kathleen--a hashtag on Instagram called #carelikekathleen. They are aiming for a thousand acts of kindness from the student body in an effort to further Kathleen's overwhelming kindness. Mrs. Dignon tells us that she thought of this idea after attending Kathleen’s memorial service. She goes on to say that, “It was a beautiful representation of how she cared, how she loved, and how kind she was to all she met.” This inspired Mrs. Dignon to talk with Kathleen’s French III class, and one student noted that Kathleen was always so kind and compassionate to everyone, no matter who they were. They felt like they owed it to Kathleen to help others see that kindness means something and can truly change the world. The hashtag has already been used on many occasions by the students taking the incentive to share Kathleen’s kindness. As we head into the remainder of the year, let’s find a way to honor Kathleen’s memory by sharing her kindness--and don’t forget to hashtag it! There is no telling how far her kindness can reach if we all do our part.
To view the video made about this effort, click [HERE].
Spotlight on Mrs. Beth Clark
by Isabella Moore, 11th grade
Mrs. Clark has been working at NCCS for twelve years now, teaching US History for all twelve years, AP US History for eleven years and AP European History for four years. This is her first year as History Department Head, and she is already doing a wonderful job in her new position. Mrs. Clark tells us that one of her favorite things about working at NCCS is that she can teach history from a Biblical worldview and is able to see her children and students grow up and participate in school activities that she might otherwise miss. She tells us that she has many favorite memories throughout the years--specifically, she loves when the students lose all their money in her infamous Farming Game. The Farming Game is where the kids invest their money on things like sheep, cattle, and crops, and then they find out how well their investment went that year. Mrs. Clark tells us that Dr. Rachel Hedges taught her in high school and is a large part of the reason she became a teacher. Mrs. Clark has made a huge impact on the students at NCCS; some have even grown to call her “Mama Clark.” Junior Sara Parker tells us that history has never been one of her best subjects, but Mrs. Clark has helped her so much, and she currently is doing the best she’s ever done in that subject. While her new role brings with it a new set of responsibilities and challenges, Mrs. Clark has done an amazing job overcoming any difficulties and trekking on through the year. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated and talented teacher impacting our students on a daily basis!
The Gift of Art
by Isabella Moore, 11th grade
For the past few years, the NCCS Art Program has been able to attend the annual ACSI Art Festival that is held at a surrounding school. This year the event was held at Bethlehem Christian Academy on Friday March 9. Mr. Nate Rupp, NCCS Upper School art teacher and leader of this trip, was able to take around thirty art students from 3-12 grade. NAHS and Visual Arts Academy members had first choice on the trip. While there they listened to a keynote speaker who spoke about gifts and using them for God’s glory. They also participated in an art “throw down” where they given a bunch of fabric, ribbon, and tape and asked to construct something. In one of the NCCS groups, Junior Cali Todd was decked out as a “model challenging model standards.” After this fun activity, each student had their individual artwork judged and critiqued by three different art teachers. Mr. Rupp tells us that he was hoping for these students to gain a bigger appreciation for the arts and some inspiration from other art students. More than anything, he wants them to continue to see what a gift art is and how they can use it to glorify Christ and draw others closer to Him. At the end of this event the NCCS students had won a total of seven "Superior" ribbons, the highest score you can get! We are very proud of our talented students and can’t wait to see them grow more in their God given talent of art.
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