Archive for June, 2016

Registration Open! Love Where You Live Bash & Dash

GRACE Christian School will be hosting its second annual Love Where You Live event on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the GRACE Athletic Field. This year’s event will once again feature a 5K and 1 mile Fun Run (the Dash), but has been expanded to include a back-to-school carnival-type event with inflatables, bubble soccer, lots of carnival games and much more (the Bash).

This event is open to the public. Share the link below with your friends.

The money that we hope to raise through our efforts will benefit the various community service projects that our school undertakes throughout its school year.  Each year the GRACE Executive Leadership Team designates the recipients of the event proceeds. Last year’s event raised $7,500 that was distributed to Build the Village, Hope Connection, New Life Camp, Thrift 2 Gift, Royal Family Kids Camp, and Stop Hunger Now.

Register Today! Register online at : https://runnc.com/ra/r/grace-bash-and-dash/

  • 5K Bundle | $30 (includes 5K registration, t-shirt*, entrance to the bash) increases to $35 on race day
  • Fun Run Bundle | $25 (includes fun run registration, t-shirt*, entrance to the bash) increases to $30 on race day
  • Family Bash Bundle | $30 (entrance to the bash for the whole family)
  • Individual Bash Entry | $10 per person
  • Event T-Shirt | $10 per shirt (shirts must be ordered by August 10, 2016)

*race registration must be received on or before August 10, 2016 to be guaranteed a t-shirt

Become a Event Sponsor!

We want thank our event sponsors. We encourage the GRACE family to consider these companies when you have needs that their businesses can meet. Use the online Sponsor Commitment Form to join the companies below as sponsors of this event.

Soaring Eagle Sponsor $1,000 Investment

  1. Sponsors at this level have industry exclusivity (i.e. one Realtor)
  2. Largest Logo on event t-shirts
  3. Logo/Company Name on event website with link to your company’s website
  4. Logo/Company Name on event flyers, posters, and the GRACE website
  5. Your company will be given special recognition at Awards Ceremony
  6. Your company will be given special recognition in the Race Recap emailed to all 5K race participants
  7. You are invited to set up a banner or sign next to the finish chute if you choose.
  8. Logo/Company Name prominently displayed on two carnival games at the bash. If interested, you are allowed to set up a tent and information table next to your games to promote your company and distribute promotional material or product samples.
  9. Four event t-shirts.

Mighty Eagle Sponsor $500 Investment

  1. Logo on event t-shirts
  2. Logo/Company Name on event website with link to your company’s website
  3. Logo/Company Name on event flyers, posters, and the GRACE website
  4. Your company will be given special recognition in the Race Recap emailed to all 5K race participants
  5. Logo/Company Name prominently displayed on one carnival game at the bash. If interested, you are allowed to set up a tent and information table next to your games to promote your company and distribute promotional material or product samples.
  6. Three event t-shirts.

Noble Eagle Sponsor $250 Investment

  1. Logo/Company Name on event website with link to your company’s website.
  2. Logo/Company Name on event flyers, posters, and the GRACE website.
  3. Logo/Company Name prominently displayed on one carnival game at the bash. If interested, you are allowed to set up a tent and information table next to your games to promote your company and distribute promotional material or product samples.
  4. Two event t-shirts.

Eaglet Sponsor $100 Investment

  1. Logo/Company Name on event website with link to your company’s website.
  2. Logo/Company Name on event flyers, posters, and the GRACE website.
  3. If interested, you are allowed to set up a tent and information table to promote your company and distribute promotional material or product samples.
  4. One event t-shirt.

If you want to help with this event or have questions, please contact Michele Bandy at MBandy@GRACEChristian.net.

Year In Review: 2015-2016 Athletic Highlights

GRACE had a great year in sports and received more team and individual recognition than in any prior year.  Highlighting the year were three teams that competed at the highest level of their sport:

  • Varsity Boys Cross Country: NCISAA Division 2A State Meet Runner-Up
  • Varsity Boys Swimming: NCISAA Division 2A State Meet Runner-Up
  • Varsity Girls Soccer: NCISAA Division 2A State Meet Champion

2016 COLLEGIATE ATHLETES

Congratulations to the following seniors who will be continuing their athletic pursuits in college:

  • Lauren Armpriester – Rowing – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Maureen Fitts – Swimming – Mars Hill University
  • Austin Lang – Soccer – Methodist University
  • Oslbey Mercer III – Basketball – University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Carol-Anne Obusek – Basketball – High Point University

A recap of GRACE team and individual accomplishments appears below.  Thank you to all our coaches and student athletes for their contributions during the 2015-2016 school year.

FALL 2015

Cross Country

  • Boys Varsity Team, 2015 NCISAA Division 2A State Meet Runner-Up
  • Matthew Horan, Individual EPIC Meet Champion, All-State Team
  • William Sossaman, All-State Team

Boys Soccer

  • Varsity Team, 2015 NCISAA Division 2A State Playoff Qualifier
  • Austin Lang, All-State Team, Division III collegiate athlete signed to play soccer at Methodist University

Girls Volleyball

  • Junior Varsity Team, 2015 EPIC Regular Season Co-Champions
  • Varsity Team, 2015 EPIC Regular Season Co-Champions, 2015 NCISAA Division 2A State Playoff Qualifier

WINTER 2015-2016

Basketball

  • Middle School Girls Team, 2015-16 CAMSC Regular Season Champions, CAMSC Tournament Runner-Up
  • Varsity Girls Team, 2015-16 NCISAA Division 2A State Playoff Qualifier
  • Varsity Boys Team, 2015-16 EPIC Tournament Runner-Up
  • Carol-Anne Obusek, EPIC Co-Player of the Year, N&0 All-Metro Team, Member of the 2015-16 North Carolina Private School All-Star Team, Division I collegiate athlete signed to play basketball at High Point University
  • Oslbey Mercer III, Member of the 2015-16 North Carolina Private School All-Star Team, Division III collegiate athlete signed to play basketball at the University of Northwestern Ohio

Cheerleading

  • Varsity Competitive Cheerleading, 2016 CCA Nationals Champion and Runner-Up

Swimming

  • Boys Team, 2015-16 EPIC Conference Meet Champions, 2015-16 NCISAA Division 2A State Meet Runner-Up
  • Maureen Fitts, Division II collegiate athlete signed to swim at Mars Hill University

SPRING 2016

Baseball

  • Boys Varsity Team, 2016 EPIC Regular Season Champions, NCISAA Division 2A State Playoff Qualifier
  • Jay Shive, EPIC Player of the Year

Golf

  • Ryan van der Poll,  All-State Team, finished 5th in NCISAA Division 2A State Tournament

Soccer

  • Girls Varsity Team, 2016 NCISAA 2A State Champions
  • Alexis Lang, EPIC Player of the Year, All-State Team

 

Purchase PE Uniforms

PE Uniform Store Now Open

Order PE uniforms via the ONLINE PE UNIFORM STORE for the 2016-2017 school year. The store will be open from June 7th – July 20th. Please make sure to place your order during this time. Once the store closes on July 20th, orders will be processed and sent to the school. Your order will be given out the first week of school (the week of August 8th).

Who should order a PE UNIFORM?

All Cross Training Elective students and 6th – 9th grade PE students will need to have a required PE uniform.

Media Specialists in a 1:1 World

This post is written by Carol Gehringer, Media Coordinator and originally appeared in the GRACE IT Department Technology Blog on March 18, 2016.

What happens when a school implements a 1:1 technology initiative? How does that affect the media specialist (aka school librarian)? Well, the answer is: it varies.

In our school, we have 3 library media specialists. Both campuses have traditional school library collections (books, DVDs, and so on). One media specialist (Carol) has both a master’s degree and teacher’s certification and decades of experience. The other is still working on the master’s degree but also has teaching experience. Our former media specialist is now a part-time technology coach for our upper school and does her work remotely, using technology tools to interact with our teachers.

Our responsibilities involve more than helping teachers and students to find materials and do research; we also teach library classes, run book clubs, and do research & evaluate library purchases.

After the 1:1 initiative at our school, they were expanded to include:

  • teach digital citizenship lessons, esp. on ethical use of information
  • help troubleshoot technology problems as part of the IT team
  • teach students to use the laptops to effectively use online resources
  • research tools to help teachers integrate technology into their lessons
  • provide technology professional development for teachers
  • apply own research skills to finding & evaluating new/better online resources

Are these responsibilities beyond the boundaries for library media specialists? I think not. Our profession is focused on evaluating and organizing information, regardless of the container (book, ebook, website, or app).

Today’s library media specialist is a teacher, instructional partner, program administrator, and information specialist. We must be lifelong learners and lifelong readers, to set the example for our students.

There are new tools to discover, new teachers to equip, to students to teach, and new horizons to conquer. It’s a great time to be a school librarian (aka library media specialist)!

GRACE 7th-12th Makerspace: Our Vision

This post is written by Laura, the 7th-12th Technology Coach, and Daniel, the 7th-12th Media Specialist.

Daniel sent out this summary to GRACE’s IT department last week, and I (Laura) thought it might be useful to both the GRACE community and others who are building a Makerspace. He didn’t call it a Vision Statement–the actual words he used were “a brief summary of our Makerspace thus far and goals for the future”–but I think it is basically a vision statement. Where are we going? Why do we have this space?

Enjoy, and get excited!

  • The Crossroads Campus Makerspace area of GRACE Christian School is currently in development to provide a space for construction, crafting, and building products to teach students the principles of problem-solving, design thinking, collaboration, and creative thinking. Currently consisting of a 3D printer, the area is investigating expansion into the areas of circuits/electronics, robotics and programming, and internet radio in addition to providing more 3D printing experiences and opportunities for students. There are plans to reach out and collaborate with art and knitting clubs to offer materials and a space for screen printing, knitting, and cardboard creations. With the creation of a Maker Club next year, we aim to provide pop-up training sessions in the above-mentioned areas and offer the time, space, and freedom to allow students to experiment and gain valuable experience working with these resources.