Middle School E-news - May 2018

Eighth Grade Soaring EaglesSoaringPinWeb

The Soaring Ceremony is a "pinning ceremony" dedicated to the transition of 8th grade Middle School students into Upper School. This year the second Annual Soaring Ceremony was opened by the MS Chaplain, Jon Gorsky. Benjamin Martin, Anna Sward, and Avery Bayes, the male and female students receiving highest academic honors, were recognized, and Ben Martin gave a speech to commemorate the achievements in 8th grade. In addition to academic achievement, a select group of students were honored by receiving a superlative award. Awards included: Most Likely to Brighten Your Day, Most Christ Like, Most Likely to Teach/Coach at NCCS one Day, Biggest Daredevil, and Most Likely to become a Professional Comedian, just to name a few. Middle School Principal Craig Konchak shared some inspirational words about courage and emphasized this year’s theme verse - Proverbs 4:23. The Soaring Award was presented immediately following, and this year’s male and female recipients of the Soaring Award are Bryce Crawford and Anna Sward. Students then received their pin from Upper School principal Megan Strange, signifying the bittersweet end of their Middle School journey and the exciting adventure ahead in Upper School.. Mrs. Strange closed the ceremony in prayer and the class of 2023 enjoyed a reception in their honor.

Dissecting and InspectingDissectWeb

Middle School Life Science dissected frogs as a part of a culminating activity for their body systems unit. They were able to see and explore firsthand how tissues form organs, organs form organ systems, and how all of the organ systems create the organism. This type of hands-on lab also gave students the chance to compare and contrast human anatomy to another vertebrate, a frog. Mrs. Rediger said, “The students loved seeing all of the organ systems intact within the body cavity, removing the digestive tract, seeing contents of the stomach and seeing the frog eggs contained within a couple of the female frogs.” The students enjoyed having this learning experience designed to reinforce what their knowledge from their body systems unit.

What’s Cookin’?



Middle School clubs are one of the most anticipated activities of the week and fifth grade teacher Margie Land’s “No Bake” Cooking Club is a fun favorite among students. This club encourages students to know and understand the idea that cooking can be fun and exciting. Some of the favorite cooking projects this year have been making s’mores and chocolate delight. Yum! To make the group even more enjoyable, the students are given the opportunity to come up with what they make. At the very beginning of the semester Mrs. Land and Mrs. Capes, who also helped with the club, gave students the chance to find recipes that don’t require bake time for them to make. The students love this sense of responsibility and creativity! All together, Cooking club has been a big hit!




Inventing and Innovating

Seventh grade students in Coach Zack Tucker's class recently put their minds to work on a project about the Industrial Revolution. The students had studied various inventions from the 1800’s that impacted America, such as the cotton gin, steam engine, railroad, and the telegraph. With these inventions as inspiration, the seventh graders were to create their very own inventions. Coach Tucker said, “Over the years I've had various inventions, such as a contact lens that take pictures, a spinal implant to help with paralysis, a wakeboard that controls the boat, and a drone taxi. It's a pretty neat way to see how students try to make problems and parts of their lives easier.” The range of inventions students considered included medical devices, food prep, safety, school equipment, sports equipment, and transportation. Students were only limited by their own creativity as they came up with ideas!

Tellus Museum TripTellusWeb

Seventh grade students visited the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville recently and enjoyed the opportunity to review much of what they learned in science during the school year in a fun and exciting way. While at Tellus, students were guided through a tour of the rocks and minerals gallery where they reviewed the three types of rocks and gems. The students also participated in several hands-on classes, including panning for gemstones to take home. The day ended with a visit around the galaxy in the planetarium. The trip was one the students will never forget!

Traveling in the Classroom

Students in Mrs. Capes’ fifth grade classes were able to experience some in-class travel experiences as they chose a country in Asia to research and share facts about their countries with their peers. Some of the popular choices were Vietnam (two students have Vietnamese heritage), Iran (also the heritage of one student), South Korea, Japan, Uzbekistan, Israel, and many others. The students learned the capital cities of eighteen countries, as well as where they were located on the map. In class, they presented ten facts on tri-boards along with the flag and seal of the country. They also drew a map and decorated it with the resources of the country and made a creative title to put at the top. The students really enjoyed learning some unusual facts about these faraway places, including the fact that most people don't eat the same type of food we do! Although there are lots of McDonald's around the world, not every country loves cheeseburgers like we do! The students were surprised by the differences discovered in the various Asian countries and they gained greater understanding of that part of the world through their research and presentations.

Middle School E-news articles written by Upper School Journalism student Sara Parker, 11th grade

Lower School E-news - May 2018

Kindergarten Plant Exploration

Kindergarten students enjoyed learning about plants and how plants grow during a recent unit study. Kindergarten teacher Hannah Pointer says, “The first week, we focused on the needs of a plant. We planted grass seeds and conducted an experiment to test which needs were critical for grass to grow. In three cups we withheld one essential need as our test cups: no water, no sun, no soil. After studying what a plant needs to grow (water, soil, sun, and space), we broke apart real flowers and examined each piece and its importance to the plant. We made a crown showing each step of the life cycle of a plant, watched a Brainpop video and sang a song to remember the steps.” Studying the cycle of plants allowed the kindergarteners to realize that God has designed everything in such detail. God has made everything is great design and it is amazing to understand that even the cycle of a flower can be done so meticulously. The unit provided kindergarteners to see learn about God’s intricate plans and greatness in all that He creates.

Seesaw App Provides a Glimpse into the Classroomseesaw

This is the second year that the Lower School has been using the Seesaw app, which is an interactive app that allows teachers to post photos of the students throughout the day for parents to see. NCCS parent Sara King says, “What I love about Seesaw is that even though I work, I am still able to see what my child is learning and doing in her classroom.” Parents love this app because it allows them to feel like they know exactly what is going on in the classroom. In the older grades, teachers also allow their students to post a photo of an activity they did in class to explain to their parents. Seesaw is a great way for parents, teachers, and students to actively share in classroom experiences and parents especially enjoy getting to be a part of their children’s school day.

The Poetry CafePoetryWeb

Third grade hosted its first poetry cafe for parents to come and enjoy a fun-filled night with students reciting poetry that they had written The hallway was decorated with twinkling lights and parents enjoyed cafe style seating, and some baked treats. The 3rd graders chose a poem to recite from one of three poetry styles - Free Verse, Haiku, and Five Senses. After choosing their style, students wrote an original poem and practiced diligently in order to read them aloud at the Poetry Cafe. Sharing about the poetry project and special night, Mrs. Wilczynski said, “Students engaged in presenting original works, public speaking, and sharing time with their parents to exhibit their skills. We also offered an opportunity for parents and students to create a Noun Poem together and then present that during the Open Mic section of the evening. Our students are much more engaged with reading poetry and have a renewed interest and understanding of the genre, thanks to this special night.”

Alumna Returns to NCCS Kindergarten

Pointer HannahHannah Pointer, NCCS Class of 2013, was given the opportunity to come back and teach kindergarten at NCCS beginning in August 2017. Hannah says that when she was a student at NCCS, she loved the biblical foundation that she was given and as a result of that foundation, one of the things she loves about teaching is to be able to integrate the bible into what she teaches in her classroom. Hannah loves that as a teacher she now gets to provide what she was given when she was a student at NCCS. Regarding teaching at her alma mater, Hannah says, “NCCS is my home. I’m so thankful for the incredible love and support that the faculty and parents have shown me. You can tell that God is doing big things here!” About teaching Hannah says, “I love celebrating the little light bulb moments when my students understand new material for the first time or learn to read.” She loves helping her students and she is looking forward to entering her second year at NCCS in the fall.

History Comes to LifeWaxMuseumWeb

On a special Friday in early May, the NCCS gym transformed into a “Wax Museum” filled with famous people from the past and present. Explaining this favorite fourth grade yearly event, Julie Bare says, “Students read a biography of choice. Then they wrote a paragraph summary of that person's life. Using our Seesaw app, students recorded their presentation and teachers made the presentations into QR codes for visitors to scan on the day of the Wax Museum.” The students invited their friends and family to visit the “museum” and loved having the opportunity to make their various characters come to life through their costumes and recorded life summaries.

Special Chapel Guest



The Lower School welcomed a special guest to the campus for a fun chapel in April. Ty Rumble and Company is a father and his four kids who are combining scriptures, rap, and old hymns to share the love of Jesus with kids. Mrs. Titus says, “Ty Rumble has written songs that give children the ability to memorize scripture, put hymns to a beat they enjoy, and have some fun in the process.” Mrs. Titus’ favorite aspect of the chapel was that Ty is on this journey of spreading the God’s Love with his kids as part of his ministry. (He has three sons and a daughter; the youngest is four, and the oldest is eleven.) The Lower School loved this chapel because it was hands on and they were able to dance and sing together!


Third Grade Travels to LegolandLegolandWeb

NCCS third graders enjoyed a trip to Legoland during April. Third grade teacher Heather Collins shared, “The goal of our trip to the Legoland Discovery Center was to enhance our study of reading and writing . Students built and told a story using LEGO bricks. They literally built their characters, setting, and plot using LEGO elements. Then, they retold their story with the group using descriptive details. They also explored other areas of the Legoland Discovery Center which included a Pirate Island Playground, Merlin's Adventure Ride, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, a 4D movie, a Ninjago experience, and Miniland exploration area.” The students loved being able to make their own stories at Legoland and the teachers loved how creative their students were able to be using the resources and activities at Legoland.

K5 Explores God's Creation

Kindergarten classes enjoyed a field trip to the Atlanta Zoo where they explored God’s creation and all of the many animals He has created for us to enjoy. Mrs. Dixon said, “They LOVED seeing all of the animals! We did an animal scavenger hunt. They had to find animals with feathers, animals with fur, animals that lived in the water, etc. They enjoyed completing their scavenger hunt sheet.” They enjoyed seeing the tigers, giraffes, and especially the baby gorillas. Mrs. Dixon’s favorite thing about the field trip was being able to see the students’ reactions to all of the animals and the students enjoyed soaking in God’s creations all around them at the zoo.

RISE Makes the Ocean Come AliveRiseOcean1Web

Students from the RISE classes traveled to Cartersville Artist in You, which is a do-it- yourself art studio. Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Rheinscheld took their 2nd-4th grade RISE students to this art studio so that students could paint on canvas representations of what they have been learning in the classroom. Mrs. Rheinscheld said, “We’ve been learning about how islands are formed, cultures on different islands, food sources, weather, various island animals and ecosystems, and types of islands.” The students each got their own canvas and painted a beach scene which they were allowed to take home with them. The teachers loved seeing the students creativity come to life. Mrs. Rheinscheld also said, “We all painted the same scene, but every painting was different because each student put their own touch on it. Reminds me that God created us all so unique!” This amazing experience allowed the students to connect a visual to what they learned in class.RiseOcean3Web











Lower School E-news articles written by Upper School Journalism student Lily King, 10th grade

Upper School E-news - May 2018

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
William Bradley
Jacob Busch
Madeline Butler
Daniel Clark
Connor Constantine
Gabriel Costa
Colby Glosson
Abigail Hart
Noelle Kerr
Caitlin O'Brien
Hoke Phillips
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
Ella Lawson
Alex Mamula
Victoria Poe
Brad Scott
Arta Tabrizi

Academy of the Arts

Visual Arts
Natalie Byrd
Anneka Clingman
Pearson Fendley
Bailey Wells
Kara West
Vocal Arts
Parker Coleman
Mariah Fung-A-Wing

Theatre Arts
Elizabeth Hicks
Mason Morrow
Rebecca VanKirk
Tony Yang

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.

Students of Outstanding Character
by Isabella Moore, 11th grade

National Honor Society consists of high school students who possess qualities found in four criteria--leadership of their peers, service to the community, outstanding character, and academic achievements. The NHS is responsible for events throughout the year, and each student must work and complete four events to continue in the society. This year, NHS members have participated in seventeen events, including Books for Africa, Must Ministries, Blessed Weekend, Etowah Valley Humane Society, and the Pumpkin Patch. The two main events that NHS are responsible for is Serve Saturday and the American Red Cross Blood Drive. Serve Saturday is a monthly event hosted by Crosspoint City Church in Cartersville that consists of a Street Store with clothing and general household products which are given out to the Allatoona community around the Red Top Mountain area. The blood drive was a two-day event this year and was held at the Rosenwald Community Building in Acworth. It was run by Vice President Gabi Merced who brought some fresh ideas to the table. The drive was a huge success as we collected 169 pints of blood, and this was in spite of the bad storm on the first day. President of NHS Will Marquess tells us that, “It was a pleasure to lead the National Honor Society. I enjoyed this leadership opportunity to serve the community around us.”
The NHS students did a great job serving the NCCS community this year.

Advisory Groups; A Place to Build Friendship
by Isabella Moore, 11th gradeAdvisoryWeb

Advisory groups are held frequently during chapel time or at lunch. Each student is assigned an advisory group for all four years of high school so that the same teacher and students will play a part in impacting each others’ lives year after year. I personally have enjoyed my time in Mrs. Timms’ advisory group and always look forward to the next meeting. We have had many conversations pertaining to the chapel prior to the meeting or about things that are plaguing our life. I’ve grown closer to the girls in my group and to our leader, Mrs. Timms. I’ve seen how similar we all can be and the differences that make us unique. It’s always comforting to be able to hear what everyone is struggling with and knowing that we are all going through some of the same things together - and Mrs. Timms always helps us see the light at the end of the tunnel! Each meeting is different--one week we will be stressing about grades and school, and the next we will be laughing about the most random things. I appreciate the fact that our school gives us the opportunity to make these connections with other students and to be able to take some time during chapel or lunch to hangout and talk within our groups. I think the reason I love my advisory group so much is because I have so many friends in the group. I had friends going into it freshman year, but as the years have gone on, I have become friends with all the other girls as well. It helps that freshman year Mrs. Timms forced us to talk because she refused to sit in silence the whole time, and now, two years later, we can’t seem to stop talking! I think advisory groups are a gift, and I’m saddened to think that next year is my last year with these lovely ladies.

A Connection that Can Reach Across the World
by Kate Cunningham, 11th gradeSTReeceWeb

Spring Term has a certain way of changing something in your heart and building everlasting connections. A certain junior, Reese Ballard, has gone to Haiti for three years and plans to continue his tradition and go his senior year. He shares, “I feel like God was calling me to serve in Haiti throughout my high school career. I feel like I can make a big impact there for the betterment of the community. I love interacting with the kids and knowing that it is making as big of an impact on them as it is on me.” Reese loves spending time with the kids, playing games such as rock, paper, scissors. He has made a special connection with a thirteen-year-old boy named Jefferson and Reese feels God intentionally put Jefferson in his path. Reese and Jefferson shared a special friendship immediately. Jefferson spoke english rather well, which made it easier for these two to get to know each other. They spent a lot of time playing soccer, and Reese recalls that Jefferson was “very good” and would always beat him. Reese was humbled that he would have such a great opportunity to build a true connection with someone like this and he is so thankful for the opportunity to make these friendships and everlasting connections, and cannot wait to be back in Haiti next year to see Jefferson again!

Play Like A Girl
by Abby Knapp, 12th grade



In keeping with NCCS tradition, the Upper School recently held its annual Powder Puff Football Game! Teams were split by grade and girls took the field to win the championship. While the girls played, the boys had the opportunity to either be cheerleaders or coaches. Powder Puff is a yearly activity that is by far one of the favorites for the girls and boys. This year, the junior class won again, defending their title from last year. As if playing the other grades wasn’t enough, the winning team also played the Staff Team!!! Senior Rachel Tate said, “Powder Puff is a fun experience that the girls really take seriously. The weeks leading up to the game were actually filled with practices and learning plays. Even though the seniors didn’t win, it was a great memory I’ll have forever!” Everyone gets into the spirit of things for Powder Puff, rivaling the energy of Friday Night Lights.



A Trip into the World of Sports

by Isabella Moore, 11th gradeSportsMgtWeb

One of the field trips that the Sports Management class was able to take was a tour of the new Suntrust Park facility. Coach Kristy Sanders, the teacher of sports management, tells us that this trip was a cool opportunity to relate information that they learned in class to real life situations. While they were at Suntrust, they were able to have a Q&A time with the Digital Marketing Director of the Atlanta Braves. She gave them some insight on how her career path lead her to this job. She encouraged the students to start volunteering now in different sports-related careers, as this simple task provided so many opportunities for her in her future. She also strongly encouraged the students to start networking because many unexpected jobs arise through contacts. Coach Sanders tells us that the importance of this trip was to expose the students to a variety of jobs and personnel in the “sports world.” The trip gave them a wider lens to see what other job opportunities are out there for someone interested in the area of sports management. This trip helped further direct the students paths, from just wanting to be in “sports” to having a career to follow in the future.

2018 Summer Information

summercampwebPlease take a moment to review the following summer information listed below that includes reading lists, summer assignments, and school supply lists.
Lower School summer information, click [HERE].
Middle School summer information, click [HERE].
For Upper School summer information, click [HERE].

NCCS also has a great selection of Summer Camp options for K3-12th grade!
Be sure to check out the camp schedule [HERE] and sign up today!

NCCS Senior Receives Top College Acceptances

KPPierreCongratulations to NCCS senior K.P. Pierre who has received college acceptances to Harvard University, Brown University, & Johns Hopkins University, in addition to his earlier acceptance at Georgia Tech! K.P. plans to study Biomedical Engineering. This past summer K.P. was selected to participate in a six-month MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community program for select rising high school seniors from across the country who have a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering. This program included a visit to MIT last July where he completed short courses in Molecular Biology and Astrophysics. As a rising junior, K.P. was selected as a participant in the Brown University Biomedical Engineering Pre-college Program in which he was one of only 25 students selected from across the United States to participate in this distinguished program hosted at Emory University and the CDC in Atlanta. This program gave K.P. the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most highly regarded leaders in the fields of Neuroscience, Biotechnology and Epidemiology. K.P. was recognized and received the highest scoring grade in the program with 99%. He also received the Lab Award for his outstanding research and lab work. We are proud of K.P. for his hard work and numerous accomplishments!

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