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The end of the 2020-2021 school year brings a bittersweet ache for our NCCS school family as we celebrate the retirement of Mrs. Grace Evans. Mrs. Evans has been a beloved preschool K4 teacher at NCCS for 21 years, and the impact she has had on hundreds of students over the years is impossible to measure. What we do know, however, is that she has poured the love of Jesus into each and every little soul who crossed her classroom threshold.
Mrs. Evans's top priority has been to "teach children that God loves them," she says. "And then, secondarily, I seek to instill in them a desire to show respect, to do their best work with perseverance, and to discover that learning can be so much fun.”
One of the best testimonies to the impact Mrs. Evans has made on her students is Riley Clingman (class of 2021). Mrs. Evans was Riley's K4 teacher, and he used to ask her not to retire until he graduated. She has kept her word. And Riley, in turn, has invested back into Mrs. Evans during his last two years of high school, foregoing free periods and study hall in order to volunteer as a teacher cadet in Mrs. Evans's classroom.
"I spent my junior and senior years as her cadet so that I could soak up all of the great wisdom that she provides -- not only for my time while in school, but for life down the road," shares Riley. "I also chose to volunteer in her room because she is leaving at the end of this school year after many years of teaching at NCCS, and I am graduating and heading to Liberty University, so I wanted this year to be special for the both of us before we go."
When asked to describe the impact that Mrs. Evans has made in his life, Riley says, "To me Mrs. Evans is a very kind and generous woman who is always looking to help me every way that she can. She teaches her students what is right, and I respect that. She is such a positive influence on them. Every time I leave her classroom, I know that these kids can and will one day impact the world for Christ, thanks to her prayers and presence in their lives."
“When I look back at it all, His timing is always perfect for every stage of life,” says Mrs. Evans, echoing that she is humbled to be used as His vessel. "May the Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and praised for all He has done, and for what He is going to do in the lives of His precious children.”
Mrs. Evans, we LOVE YOU and THANK YOU for your many years of service, pouring into the very souls of so many students. We pray for His rich mercies on you in this next stage of life! You will always be part of our NCCS Family, and for that we are immensely grateful.
We're excited to introduce our new NCCS Honor Guard! This group of stellar middle school students will be responsible for presenting the national colors at ceremonies and sporting events, while learning patriotism and service for others before self. We were recently blessed by the support of the Ron Asby North Cobb American Legion Post 304, who donated funds to help launch our program. We're so thankful for their partnership!
The core values of the NCCS Honor Guard are respect, integrity, commitment, and equality.
If your rising 5th - 8th grade son or daughter is interested in joining the NCCS Honor Guard, please email our director of school security, Officer Don at email@example.com. We're thrilled about this new opportunity for our students!
Okay, this one will tug at your heartstrings! Our NCCS seventh grade raised over $6,600 this spring to bring fresh water to South Sudan. This was an entirely student-led fundraising effort, inspired by their in-class reading of A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. With the guidance of Language Arts Department Head Mrs. Willett, all seventh grade students worked in groups to implement plans for branding, selling, marketing, and financing their fundraiser to support the nonprofit organization Water for South Sudan.
The students named their effort Every Drop Is Made Well and landed on the idea to sell t-shirts and box lunches for middle school field day. The students consulted with the school's marketing and development offices, created their own fundraiser logo, designed a t-shirt, called and wrote emails to local restaurants to secure a discount, and took orders.
Their initial goal was to try to raise $1500 for a well rehabilitation ... but after all their efforts, they raised a whopping $6,550! To see our students put feet to their faith and action to their intentions in order to make a BIG impact in our world is so inspiring.
Way to go, Mrs. Willett and the NCCS class of 2026 -- we are so in awe of you!
If you’re taking a backwards glance through the annals of Georgia high school football history, there are few lineages as legendary as the Jones family. So, it is an apt homecoming for Matt Jones, McEachern alumnus, to have accepted the position of varsity head football coach at North Cobb Christian School.
Jones, who holds an impressive career record of 30-16 as offensive coordinator at 6A Lanier High School since 2017, will begin coaching spring football practices for the NCCS Eagles next week. And yes, his family tree reads like a Who’s Who of Georgia high school football. His father, Steve Jones, served as a Cobb County coach and educator for 39 years, ending his career with a 10-year stint as Cobb County Athletic Director and landing a spot in the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association Hall of Fame. Matt Jones’s uncle, Tom Jones, had a 28-year coaching career at Brookwood High School, and his cousins, Phillip and Tommy, are currently the head coaches of Brookwood and Cherokee Bluff, respectively. So to say football is in Matt Jones’s blood is literal truth.
Before coaching at Lanier, Jones served as assistant football coach at Buford High School, during which time the team won the state championship (2014) and landed runner-up twice (2015, 2016). Prior to that, he was assistant football coach at Pope High School, helping lead the team to a region championship (2011). Before Pope, Jones was assistant football and baseball coach at Lumpkin County High School from 2006-2010.
Jones, himself, was a McEachern High School football standout and a walk-on at The University of Georgia as punt snapper during Mark Richt’s first year with the Dawgs, rubbing elbow (pads) with David Greene and David Pollack.
In addition to his strong winning records, Jones’s merits include being named the Tally Johnson Assistant Coach of the Year for Gwinnett (2019) and earning the ranking of Top 10 Offense in 6A football (2019). Jones says that his greatest achievement, however, is his success at developing players to continue their career at the collegiate level. While at Lanier, he coached 15 offensive players to earn college scholarships to Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, Mercer, Temple, Catawba, Mississippi Valley State and more.
“I love to develop players, to watch them come in as ninth graders and grow into great players and, even more so, great people,” says Jones. “Development starts with the intangibles -- faith, character, integrity, loyalty, leadership. Nothing develops character better than football. Once that intangible team culture has been established, then success comes through development on the field. Fundamentals are key -- footwork, technique, mastering how to play the game. When you combine the intangibles of culture with what I call ‘the controllables’ of technique, players take off.”
To Jones, football is more than a game -- it’s an art. “I tell my players to take pride in every play you make. Be an artist about how you do it,” he says. “Take pride in the little things, like your footwork. Footwork may be the difference that earns one student a scholarship over another student with the same physical build.”
This level of discipline breeds toughness, Jones adds. “The toughness young men learn through playing football is an invaluable life skill,” he asserts. “The best thing for young men is to push themselves to do things that are not easy for the sake of their fellow teammates. Learning that ‘we’ is more important than ‘me’ is powerful.”
This team-first philosophy is a familiar tenet for North Cobb Christian School’s “brotherhood,” as the football program has come to be known. “The family culture and Christian foundation at NCCS is what I am most excited about,” shares Jones, who grew up as a Cobb County native attending Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. “I wouldn’t have accepted this role if I didn’t see a really special quality about this program and this school. I have been blown away by the integrity and sense of purpose of the leadership at NCCS. I look forward to pouring into these players, living out my faith, teaching fundamentals, and creating a team culture where the byproduct is winning. Football to me is a family profession, but it’s also a calling from God. I’m excited to step into this next chapter.”
MEET COACH MATT JONES
Coach Jones will be on campus for a meeting with all rising 9th- through 12th-grade NCCS football parents and players in the gym on Monday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., following spring football practice.
He will begin coaching spring football practices at NCCS for rising 9th through 12th players next week, as well.
Coach Jones will be relocating to Cobb County from Flowery Branch, Georgia, with his wife, Jamie Fitzpatrick Jones -- who is a softball Hall of Fame inductee for Kent State University -- and their four children, ages 1, 3, 5 and 7. They plan to enroll their older three at NCCS in the fall. Join us in welcoming the Jones family to NCCS!