This year’s Spring Term experiences were filled with opportunities for our students to explore the world outside of the normal classroom setting. Students replaced a roof on a home in Appalachia, explored the history of Savannah and Charleston, went scuba diving at Devil’s Den, worked at the Montreal Mission food bank, handed out meals to the homeless under bridges in Atlanta, distributed water filters to the people of Haiti, and much more. Above all, our students and teachers were able to form and strengthen relationships with each other and deepen their knowledge of the world that God created. And the memories that were created will last a lifetime! Be sure to read the Spring Term blog to learn all about the inspiring, exciting and heart-warming stories experienced by each team! We are especially grateful for our teachers who led our Spring Term teams, sharing their hearts and time so generously!
Our Lower School showed up in a big way this year as they raised money to go towards the Upper School Spring Term mission trips! This year’s SHINE money will be used to purchase water filters for homes in Haiti so that families can have clean water, to paint and re-roof houses in Haiti, to put on Vacation Bible Schools in different Haitian neighborhoods, and to help with various projects in Guatemala. Together, the Lower School classes raised over $2030.60 for these projects! Every class did their part, with Mrs. Crowe's K4 class leading the way with $532.45, followed by Mrs. Allen's 3rd grade class with $262.61! We are so proud of these students and the great job they have done "shining their light" for all to see, and we can't wait to give an update on our projects in our "afterSHINE Chapel" in April!
In addition to supporting our Upper School Spring Term financially, all of our Lower School students are also supporting the various teams through prayer partnerships with each team. Each Lower School class has a specific team to prayer for in the time leading up to Spring Term and during Spring Term week. Being able to partner in prayer means so much to both our lower and upper school students!
Congratulations to senior Ethan Thomas, junior Austin Geter, and freshman Eli Thomas for being selected to the 2016 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 this past weekend 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 Ethan, Eli and Austin for this high honor!
Congratulations to the following Middle School Orchestra students who were a part of the 2016 GMEA Middle School Honor Orchestra Event on Saturday, February 27: Hallie Meier, Kelly Ann Sutterfield, and Aidan Durity (pictured with Debbie Brink, NCCS Orchestra Director.) These students auditioned in January with over 330 other Cobb County orchestra students for a spot in one of two orchestras made up of the best string students in our District 12, Cobb County schools. Hallie, Aidan, and Kelly Ann made it and represented NCCS so well! They were under the overall direction of David Eccles from Vandercook College in Chicago, IL, and Nathaniel Parker from Kennesaw State University and were a part of sectionals directed by the top chairs of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Both orchestras played amazing concerts Saturday afternoon in the McEachern High School Performance Hall - way to go, Hallie, Aidan, and Kelly Ann!
On Monday, February 22, students in third, fourth and eighth grade had the opportunity to travel the world through reality panoramas displayed in a 360-degree photo sphere with the Google Expedition Pioneer program. NCCS was invited to participate as a beta school, providing feedback to Google about this new app that will be released to the public in the near future.
With the Google Expeditions app, students are able to view amazing scenes through Google Cardboard (an actual cardboard viewer with a smartphone mounted in it) while teachers lead them through virtual field trips. Teachers are able to highlight points of interest during the 360-degree journey and the technology even makes it possible for them to make sure that the students are looking at those highlighted points along with them. Our students connected the expeditions to their reading and history classes, as well as future spring term trips. At the end of each class, students were given a chance to offer suggestions to the Google representative on how to make the app better before it is released to the public. It was a day of amazement for students as they “traveled the world” in the comfort of their classroom.