Please enjoy the December issue of the College Connections Newsletter. We’ve linked several interesting articles and videos that address issues that are relevant for all high school students. There are also a couple of scholarship opportunities highlighted for juniors and seniors.
Our next College Connections meeting is this week on Wednesday, December 11th from 8:00 – 9:00 am in the Upper Campus Media Center. Come with your college questions or simply to listen to answers that others ask. Parents in all grade levels are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to the 18 seniors who have already received at least one offer of admission from a college they have applied to. Seniors, don’t forget to update Naviance with your admissions decisions! Speaking of applications, seniors with a January 1stapplication deadlines should submit their applications (and their transcript release form) by December 27thso that we can send your school documents in advance of the deadline.
I invite you to enjoy our third College Connections Newsletter. Parents of seniors – if you have not already, take time next week to fill out the FAFSA; there are links to resources in this month’s newsletter.
Seniors with November 30thand December 1stapplication deadlines should submit their applications (and their transcript release form) by November 26thso that we can send your documents prior to Thanksgiving dinner.
Juniors, continue to visit colleges and pay attention to what you like and what you don’t. It’s okay to decide that a particular college isn’t going to be a good fit, but they may have an interesting program that we can look for elsewhere. Don’t forget to fill out a visit form for every college you visit – forms are located in Talon in the Resource section of the College Planning Group.
Our next College Connections meeting is Wednesday, December 11thfrom 8:00 – 9:00 am in the Upper Campus Media Center. Come with your college questions or simply to listen to answers that others ask. Parents in all grade levels are welcome to attend.
I invite you to enjoy our second College Connections Newsletter. There are great articles linked about filling out the FAFSA and the importance of the “Why this College?” essay question.
Don’t forget that the College Counseling section of the GRACE website has a lot of college planning resources for you to use as you navigate this process.
The mission of the GRACE college counseling department is to support our students and their families in preparing for a future in which each student’s God-given talents will shine. As it relates to the college selection and application process, it is our goal to help your student identify the type of environment in which they can be excellent and then walk with them through the process of getting there. We hope this resource will help in that endeavor.
The mission of the GRACE college counseling department is to support our students and their families in preparing for a future in which each student’s God-given talents will shine.
As it relates to the college selection and application process, it is our goal to help students identify the type of environment in which they can be excellent and then walk with them through the process of getting there.
Parent Conferences are the afternoon of Thursday September 19th and all day on Friday September 20th.
Lower Campus (Grades TK-6th)
Parents with students on the lower campus should have already received communication directly from your students’ teachers on how and when to schedule a conference.
Upper Campus (Grades 7th-12th)
On the upper campus, please use the links below to schedule conferences with your students’ teachers. Please sign up for a conference slot with each teacher you want to meet with and note the room number where each meeting will be held.There will be chairs outside of each door for you to sit and wait for each teacher. Students are encouraged to come to the conferences with their parents.
GRACE is hosting a group of Czech students who will be visiting Raleigh from October 2-9. We are in need of host homes for pairs of students to stay with to help with communication and language practice. They will enjoy getting to know our culture and being part of our Homecoming festivities, but they will also have their own schedule while they are here. They will come to school in the mornings and go home with you in the afternoons and have activities planned during each school day. This is a great opportunity to expose your students to a different culture.
GRACE high school students can earn community service hours by helping the MS Cross Country team host their first meet on Tuesday, September 10th. Contact Beth Chapman at BChapman@GRACEChristian.net for event details.
JAARS Mission at the Airport Event: September 14-15
All are invited to come out and learn about JAARS (Jungle Aviation And Radio Services) at Cox Airport located at 1616 Hwy 64 West in Apex, NC (near Beaver Creek shopping center). At a “Missions At The Airport” (MATA) event you can ride in a missionary aircraft, talk with JAARS Missionaries and staff involved in logistical missions support, and so much more. MATA will take place on Saturday, September 14 10:00-6:00 & Sunday, September 15 2:00 – 6:00. JAARS helps make Bible translation and language development possible, especially in the most remote and difficult places on earth.
We are in the early stages of planning our 2020 High School Community Service Day and looking for meaningful service projects. If you would be interested in helping us plan for this event or having a group of students serve with a local mission you are currently involved in, please contact Gina DeBruhl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Connection: Ongoing Opportunities Throughout the Year
Hope Connection is a local ministry, founded by a member of our GRACE community, that helps meet the needs of survivors of abuse and addiction. There are many ways in which high school students can support this ministry including staffing merchandise booths at Duke football and basketball games and working in the Deja-vu Thrift Store on Buck Jones Road. For more information and/or to sign up go to https://www.hope-connection.org/volunteer.html
Orientation for all new upper campus studentson August 12th
All-School Meet & Greet on August 12th
Auditions for the Fall Play on August 15th & 16th
All-School Back to School Bash on August 16th
First day of hot lunch on August 22nd
In addition, it is also the time of year when you will need to fill out a few forms. We are actively looking at ways to move away from paper and make this process completely electronic in the future, but for this year, we ask for your grace and patience as you print, fill out, and turn in the required. forms. All forms are linked in the newsletter and also available on the Handbook & Forms page in the School Life section of the GRACE website.
We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.
Auditions for The Secret Garden, by Sylvia Ashby, adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett classic will be held on August 15th and 16th from 3:30-5:00pm in the Upper Campus Chapel. Students must attend both days of auditions. All students auditioning must prepare a one minute dramatic monologue and will be asked to complete a cold reading from the script.
Please do not audition if you are unable to commit to regular attendance at rehearsals, unable to attend the week of tech and dress rehearsals in their entirety, and/or unable to attend both performance dates.
Rehearsals will begin on August 22nd and run most days after school from 3:30- 5:15pm until the end of the performances.
Tech and Dress Rehearsals will be every day from October 17th-23rd and are mandatory.
Performance dates are Thursday, October 24th and Saturday, October 26th.
Overview of The Secret Garden from the Samuel French Inc. website Mary Lennox, a sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seeds of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge. A wonderful story of transformation, from the author of the immensely popular Anne of Green Gables.
We are excited to begin another GRACE EAGLES Athletic season for the 2019-2020 school year! We continue to have over 70% of our students in middle and high school participating on GRACE Athletic teams and we look forward to another year of striving for excellence in all endeavors. For specific information on the fall sports season, please read 2019 Fall Sport Information.
This year, we are working to provide more practice space at our current GRACE Athletic Field location for various of our outdoor athletic teams. With the help of annual fund dollars as well as Eagles Club dollars, we have been able to partner with Evans Contracting to provide over an acre of new practice field space with irrigation and fresh sod! We are hopeful to make this space available to our teams during the early portion of the fall season. There will more than likely be construction going on during the month of August for this project. This will allow more space for our outdoor athletic teams to practice as well as more teams being able to finish practices at an earlier time!
As always, please use our athletics website GRACEAthletics.net for team schedules, dismissal times, results, as well as other important information such as physical forms and athletic paperwork. Please be sure to SIGN UP as a FAN to receive alerts such as game or practice cancellations, score updates, or other game changes via text or email.
Our GRACE Coaching staff is ready for the new athletic season! We have added some new faces and we are still praying for the filling of some open positions. Here are a few coaches who are new or have switched to new roles:
Steve MacDermut – Head Coach MS Girls Tennis
Ashley Brantley – Head Coach Varsity Fall Cheerleading (previous Asst. Var. Cheer)
Chad Poprocki – Head Coach MS Boys Soccer (previous MS Girls Soccer HC)
Katie Horton – Head Coach MS Cross Country
Beth Chapman – Assistant Coach MS Cross Country
There are a few more coaching positions we are still praying to fill: Varsity Cheer (winter), MS Girls Soccer (spring). If you know of any candidates, please email their contact information or ask them to contact Athletic Director Devin Terris at email@example.com.
We pray we continue to display servant leadership and provide an atmosphere where our student athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers reflect humility, sportsmanship, and integrity through the avenue of interscholastic competition for the glory of God!
Please make sure to come out and support your GRACE Eagles and show off some of your #EaglePride at our home events! GO EAGLES!