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2019 ACSI Speech Meet

On Saturday, February 9th, thirteen GRACE high school students competed in the ACSI Regional Speech Meet,  designed to help students develop techniques to speak audibly, articulately, expressively, and with poise and confidence. Students demonstrate their ability by delivering a memorized poem, speech, or passage. Participants do not compete against one another, rather, they are judged against an established set of criteria. Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishments:


  • Isaiah Anderson
  • Sophie Aruzza
  • Caroline Wingerd,
  • Lee Robinson
  • Lauren Meeson
  • Kristina Pattison
  • Meredith Wells


  • Sean Moss
  • Jordan France
  • Cameron Clarke
  • JJ Camp
  • Ben Murray
  • Jaylon Gibson
In addition, Lee Robinson was recognized for excellence at the awards ceremony.

2019 ACSI Spelling Bee

2019 ACSI Spelling Bee Winners from GRACE:

 First Grade:

  • Princess Ugochukwu, 3rd Place

Third Grade:

  • Levi Suarez, 3rd Place

Fourth Grade:

  • Luke Turner, 4th Place

Fifth Grade:

  • Nate Hickman, 3rd Place

Sixth Grade:

  • Connor Woodworth*, 1st Place
  • Collin Sanchez, 3rd Place

Seventh Grade:

  • Campbell Baker, 4th Place

Eighth Grade:

  • Hannah Graham, 3rd Place

* Connor Woodworth also placed 4th in the Spell-Off event for grades 5-8, so he and the other participants in 1st- 5th place will go on to the ACSI Southeast Regional Spelling Bee in Atlanta on March 16th.

2019 GRACE Spelling Bee Participants:

First Grade:

  • Michael Olaitan
  • Aaron Smith
  • Finley Stewart
  • Princess Ugochukwu

Second Grade:

  • Gabe Ojie
  • Maddox Hickman
  • Lucas Gomide
  • Lily Petty

Third Grade:

  • Anna Stephens
  • Levi Suarez
  • John Papuchis
  • Michael Gunter

Fourth Grade:

  • Judah Hickman
  • Caroline Gausmann
  • Luke Turner 
  • Caralyn Woodworth

Fifth Grade:

  • Nate Hickman
  • Hudson Baker
  • Jennings Fitzhugh
  • Emerson Lee

Sixth Grade:

  • Connor Woodworth
  • Collin Sanchez
  • Chase Ward
  • Ava Jenkins

Seventh Grade:

  • Caleb Hickman
  • Campbell Baker
  • Emma Long
  • Hannah Bradley

Eighth Grade:

  • Hannah Graham


Host an International Student

GRACE is a certified school for international students which means we have been accredited and certified by the US government to be able to do this. To further assist us, we partner with an organization called New Oasis who recruits students from China. This organization is used by many of the independent schools in our area and has a reputation of doing an excellent job of vetting students and giving them excellent support while they are here in the US. We will limit the number of international students to 10% of our high school population and our desire is for international students to join the GRACE student body in 9th or 10th grade and return each year until they graduate.

At GRACE, we have the opportunity to welcome these students and share the Gospel with them as they learn about the US and live in our culture. Our students have the opportunity to learn from our international students about different cultures and become global citizens themselves.

As we begin to plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we will need host homes for these international students and invite you to consider this. If you are unable to host, could you help us spread the word? Do you know someone who would be a great host family and be blessed by this experience? If so, please let us know!

A host family must provide:

  • Transportation to and from school (must live within 10 miles of school)
  • Nutritious meals
  • A separate bedroom (may share a bathroom)
  • Parental supervision of a young adult eager to work hard and learn about American culture

A host family will receive:

  • An amazing cultural experience
  • A monthly stipend of $1,100 from New Oasis
  • Ongoing academic and social support from New Oasis
  • A mutually rewarding experience

Some common questions and clarifying answers:

  • “How long is the host family commitment?”  Although the student will most likely be an incoming freshman or sophomore, attending GRACE for 3–4 years, the host family commitment is for one school year, with the student returning home during summer breaks. Many host families do create deep and lasting bonds with their exchange student and look forward to having them back after summer break, but we only ask for a one-year commitment. Also, if you do need to go someplace without your exchange student, it’s not a problem—one of our respite families can step in for short-term hosting.
  • “Won’t the exchange students want to be with someone their own age?”   Not necessarily. New Oasis has had great success with empty nesters and families with small children. These home environments can provide a restful safe haven where peer-related anxieties to perform/behave/speak in very particular ways are less demanding.
  • “Not knowing the student makes me a little uneasy.”  New Oasis does a great job vetting their applicants and only accepts students who can excel academically and socially. Beyond this, a lot of time and energy is put into matching students and host families by interest. But even after a match is made and the exchange student has selected you based on your profile (created from your application, references and home visit), you will begin communication with your exchange student before their arrival, and both parties have to be on the same page and feel at peace about the arrangement.

Thank you so much for taking the time to think and pray about how you can help us find wonderful families that can share the love of Christ in tangible ways through the hosting experience. On a personal note I, Mandy, have had a wonderful time learning about culture and being blessed by students who have lived in our home through the years!

If you would like to apply to be a host family, please fill out the application at or contact Drew Cardwell (, our host family coordinator for New Oasis, to share your thoughts about how to spread the word.

Middle School Info Meetings

6th Grade Parents: November 8th at 6:00pm in the Upper Campus Chapel

Are you a 6th grade family wondering what the transition to the upper campus will look like? What things will be the same and what things will be different? You are invited to the Upper Campus Chapel at 6:00pm on November 8th where Upper Campus Principal will lead an information session covering what you and your student can expect next year.

7th & 8th Grade Parents: November 8th at 7:00pm in the Upper Campus Chapel

Are you a 7th or 8th grade family and are wondering what the GRACE High School program looks like? Do you know the value of GRACE’s high school program? Do you know how to access our College Counseling department to assist you in the college admissions journey? Do you know how Junior and Senior Seminar classes benefit your child? You are invited to the Upper Campus Chapel at 7:00pm on November 8th where Mandy Gill will lead an information session introducing you to the GRACE High School program and how it will prepare your soon-to-be high school student for college and career.

Teen Read Week

Book Review Contest (Monday 10/29 – Thursday 11/1)

Pick up a Book Review Sheet in the library and fill it out to review a book! Turn in your review to Mr. O’Brien by Thursday, November 1st. All entries will be placed into a drawing for the chance to win a $20 Barnes and Noble Gift Card! Winner will be announced on Friday!

Love Your Library Scavenger Hunt (Tuesday 10/30)

There are posters up by teachers’ doors telling you what they are reading. They have all the answers you need to win! Stop by the library on Tuesday morning to pick up a Scavenger Hunt sheet. If you turn in a completed sheet with all the answers, you can pick candy out of the stash that I bring in today.

Alternate Book Cover Gallery (Thursday 11/1)

Stop by the library during your lunch period and design (or, re-design!) the cover to a book you like. Designs will be scanned and displayed on the TV screen in our main hallway!

Dress Like a Book Character Day (Friday 11/2)

It’s an annual tradition! Come to school dressed as a character from one of your favorite books! (Please make sure you are still within dress code  with your costume)


Standardized Test Results

The individual student reports for our fall standardized testing (the ERB CTP5 assessment) will be sent home this week. Students in grades 2-3 will receive the Primary Grade Parent Report and grades 4-8 will receive the Individual Narrative Report. The Parent Guide to Understanding the Narrative Report will be helpful to interpreting the data. As a reminder, this is our inaugural year with this new assessment and teachers are reviewing the results to make informed decisions for instruction for students. Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Sign Up for Upper Campus Teacher Conferences

Parent Conferences are the afternoon of Thursday September 27th and all day on Friday September 28th. Please sign up for any conferences you want to have with your student’s teachers. Please note on the signup genius where each teacher will be during these times. There will be chairs outside of each door for you to sit and wait for each teacher.

The Power of Mentors: 7 Ways Student Success Is Tied to Strong Teacher Relationships

Have you noticed how frequently the word “Influencer” is used these days? It often refers to celebrities paid to influence their social media followers to buy a product. But for parents seeking to raise healthy kids who love the Lord and succeed in school, the kind of influencers valued are 
godly role models who serve as mentors. That’s one of the distinct benefits parents can find in a private Christian school.

  1.  Brain-Based Research Supports It
    Scientific studies have demonstrated that a teacher’s sincere encouragement can substantially impact a student’s likelihood of success. When a student feels a teacher likes and cares about them, there’s a direct correlation to achievement. Conversely, when teachers demonstrate a lack of confidence in a student’s abilities, students feel defeated and begin to doubt themselves.
  2.  Alumni Affirm the Difference Teachers Makes
    In our May 2018 blog, Moving Forward Together: Reflections From the Senior Class, student after student referenced the life-changing ways in which teachers spurred their success. Graduates shared reflections about treasured teacher relationships:
  • “I know that I can come to her with any educational, goal-oriented, or personal problem.”
  • “In the end I was able to succeed in the class, and I can truly say that it gave me better study habits and a drive for education.”
  • “Because of them I know I am well prepared for my college experience. Academically and spiritually, I am equipped for life’s challenges.” 
  1.  Teachers Are in Sync with Parents
    Another great advantage of the Christian school model is that the home and the school are typically working in harmony. Parents’ goals for their children’s spiritual and social well-being are in sync with those of the teachers. That can’t help but provide a greater sense of security for the student and promote an atmosphere that acts as an incubator for success.
  1.  Christian Teachers Reinforce Biblical Values
    Whether in the classroom, on the playing field, or in the practice hall, students need a team of mentors who model and reinforce biblical values. When students experience adults in these important roles who are serving, worshiping, praying, and applying biblical principles to everyday life, it makes a memorable difference. As one recent GRACE grad noted about a coach: “He facilitated growth in my faith, my compassion for others, and my leadership abilities while also making me realize I can do anything I set my mind to if I am willing to put the work in.”
  1.  Students See Love in Action
    Former GRACE Librarian and Technology Coach Laura Warmke shared from her own five years of experience: “Loving community at GRACE means teachers actually caring about their students as whole people, not just how they behave in their classrooms. Loving community means each student finding a place at GRACE, and faculty who see encouraging students as part of their job. Loving community means coworkers and the administration sacrificially loving each other.” 
  1.  Prayer Deepens the Relationship
    Don’t underestimate the power of a praying teacher! When faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate a commitment to pray for students, there’s no telling what God will do! It’s important to find a Christian school where students know that they can share prayer needs with teachers who will pray with them and for them.  
  1.  Strong Teacher Relationships Bring Hope
    Positive relationships with teachers can help students sort through the many confusing messages they receive through media and popular culture. In a world filled with hopelessness, teachers who know Christ and integrate biblical values throughout their classes are better able to help bring hope and positive direction to a student’s life.GRACE Christian School is a loving community that genuinely cares for each and every student in a personal manner. It’s a place where every student has worth and value.If you’re a prospective parent searching for a private Christian school in the Raleigh, NC, area, download our Right Fit Admissions Packet to learn more.

SAT and ACT Prep Classes

Mrs. Stone and Ms. Donoghue are offering SAT and ACT math test prep once a month on after school from 3:15 to 4:00pm in room 136. (Mrs. Stone’s Room).

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