Irony is when a self-proclaimed “terrible student” goes on to get a degree in education and becomes a teacher. This week’s staff spotlight features a person for whom the previous statement is true. Shane McGann teaches middle and high school science and Bible classes, but as a student himself, he was disinterested…except for AP Calculus and AP Physics due to the hands-on approach of both of those teachers. In Physics, Shane recalls “awesome” experiments and getting extra credit for doing more of them. In Calculus, Shane remembers building a roller coaster out of Knex applying the knowledge of Calculus to his design.
Shane graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Christian education. It was during his years at Wheaton that he realized that working with youth was something he wanted to do more of. As an avid lover of the outdoors, working with LeaderTreks to lead discipleship trips (including a few GRACE trips) was a natural fit for Shane. In fact, Shane’s first trip with GRACE included some of our current juniors and seniors.
During his time at LeaderTreks, Shane realized how quickly first impressions are formed. In 7th grade, broke ½ of his front tooth, but did damage to both front teeth. During college, the second tooth needed to be replaced, but for a while he was missing a tooth in that spot. Doing service trips in rural Kentucky, Shane was received more warmly missing his tooth than in subsequent years when he returned with all his teeth intact. Another interesting thing about Shane is that he knows how to tap dance!
One of Shane’s favorite Bible verses comes from the book of 1st Peter. In this verse about being shepherds of God’s flock the admonition is to do this not because you have to, but because you want to. This is the verse that Shane’s youth pastor challenged him with on the backpacking trip when he dedicated his life to Christ. Since that time, this verse has been the plumb line for all that Shane does.
Shane was born and raised in Bloomington, Illinois and met his wife, Grace, while attending Wheaton. Together they have a passion for ministry and for discipleship and enjoy helping young people grow into believers who are ready to change the world.
If you know of any contacts who would be interested in our MS Softball Coaching position, please email Athletic Director Devin Terris (email@example.com). We will be making a final decision regarding MS Softball season by Thursday, February 1st due to having to release reserved fields from the Town of Cary and notify opponents if we are unable to fill the position.
New VB Tennis Head Coach Justin Patton
Coach Patton is a recent Southeastern Seminary Graduate who also competed competitively in tennis as well as served as an assistant varsity coach in local NC Public schools.
Athletic Paperwork / Physicals
Please make sure to have an up to date physical on file before try-outs officially start. You may double check your expiration date or paperwork status with Brittany Oxendine (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
Interest Meetings on the Upper Campus
January 30, 2018 at 7:45am
Varsity Girls Soccer – Room 131
February 7, 2018 at 3:30pm
Varsity Boys Golf – Walker Conference Room
MS Baseball – Student/Teen Center
February 14, 2018 at 3:30pm
Varsity Girls & Boys Track – Student Center
Varsity Baseball – Room 302 (Activity Building)
Varsity Boys Tennis – Room 114 (Mr. Fairchild’s Room)
Attention Parents of Kindergarten– 5th grade GRACE students,
We are pleased to announce that we will host a special after-school enrichment activity for our elementary students this semester. Bricks 4 Kidz® will be providing a LEGO® Engineering Explorers class for interested kindergarten through fifth grade students.
Classes will be held on Thursday and Friday afternoons for eight weeks beginning February 1st. The Thursday class is already full. See this Bricks 4 Kidz Friday Class Flyer describing the program. To register your child, please go to the Bricks 4 Kidz website.
We are excited for this opportunity for our students and look forward to hearing all about their experiences.
Take a night off of cooking and enjoy the fellowship of the GRACE community by coming to the Crossroads Plaza Chick-Fil-A on Thursday, February 8th from 5:00-8:00pm. 10% of your receipt will be donated back to our school!
Recently ITProTV sent a camera crew to campus to interview the TAG (Technology at GRACE) team to learn how GRACE is using ITProTV to improve the skills of our technology department. Watch the ITProTV Testimonial to learn more.
Welcome back to the restart of the second semester. Hopefully all our snow days are behind us. Thank you to everyone who submitted snow day pictures! We enjoyed seeing the GRACE family enjoying the winter wonderland and have picked a few to share in th is week’s newsletter.
As a result of our four snow days, please note that Friday, February 16th is now an instructional day for students and not a teacher workday as originally planned.
If you are planning to attend tonight’s basketball games, the Fan Club wants to remind you that you should wear black for their “black out” theme.
The deadline for ordering February hot lunch is today at 4:00pm
This Friday January 26th is our 9th annual Play4Kay (Hoops for Hope) Charity basketball night to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund – EVERYONE needs to purchase a ticket to enter (i.e. no student or Eagle passes)
March 2nd: Our 3rd Annual Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Dinner featuring comedian, motivator, and inspirational speaker Kenn Kington
Find out more about:
The grant that GRACE has been awarded from the Maclellan Family Foundations
The seminar for parents on computer gaming planned by the PTF
How you can help the Care Team restock their meal freezer
The next Men of GRACE event (and it’s more than donuts!)
If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. Keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.
GRACE Christian School has been selected as a grant recipient from the Christian Education Charitable Trust, a branch of the Maclellan Family Foundations. The $60,000 grant will support the growth of our computer science program, primarily on the upper campus, through a physical expansion of the computer lab and new equipment to support hands-on learning opportunities. For more information about our plans, please see the summary of the grant proposal on the 21st Century GRACE Blog.
The Maclellan Family Foundation is a Chattanooga-based Christian organization with a mission to “proactively explore and promote fresh, innovative approaches to education that are inspired by Scripture and go beyond the traditional approach to integrate technology and scalability with education.” The Christian Education Charitable Trust serves as the education arm of the foundation, providing professional development and overseeing a highly competitive educational grant process, which is awarded annually to between five and ten schools across the country.
For the past 23 years, “Miss Pat” has been making an impact on the families of GRACE. She walked in the front door of GRACE Christian School in the summer of 1995 when it was located on Edwards Mill Road and she will walk out the front door of GRACE Christian School at the end of May 2018 after more than two decades of grateful service to God’s little ones.
Pat considers herself a proud grandmother to hundreds of GRACE students. Ask her about what this means to her and she will say, “Bandaging a child’s ‘owie’ and watching him skip back to class has warmed my heart. Imparting life skills and sharing tasty recipes brings fulfillment. As the former girl’s tennis coach, conveying the importance of fair play while dabbing away the tears of a loss has tendered my heart. I thank God for giving me the desire, ability, and opportunity to serve when, where, and however needed.”
In addition to serving the youngest members of the GRACE community, Pat has been blessed to interact with their families during times of distress and wonderful events of joy. Pat quotes Colossians 4:6 reminding us to “Let your conversationbe always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
During her time at GRACE, Pat has weathered two profound life-changing challenges. Her sisters and brothers in Christ prayed over Pat when diagnosed with cancer and before surgery, stayed with her through recuperation, prepared meals, accompanied her to chemotherapy sessions, and lifted her before God’s throne of mercy time and time again. Added to this amazing love were the innocent, sincere prayers of students for her health and healing. Pat shared, “I am thriving after two profound life-changing challenges because of God’s amazing grace and His children’s loving care. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; I will sing of the mercies of the Lord!”
Pat reads Psalm 104 often and is blessed as she sees God’s majesty, provision, power, and love again and again. Isaiah 58:6-11 is one of her favorite passages culminating in His promise, “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Among God’s promises, Pat enjoys the frequent reminder that God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
As Pat contemplates retiring, she is conscious of so many changes and new adventures coming into her life. Travel is high on my list; she wants to visit her younger son in Alaska and her older son in Taiwan. She hopes to fulfill requests to teach some cooking and baking classes and she is aware that saying goodbye to many dear friends will be difficult. But as she lives only a few minutes away she plans to pop in every so often with a treat!