To the class of 2019: Congratulations on your tremendous accomplishments; we pray for God to continue to illuminate the path in front of you as you begin the next chapter of your life. To the class of 2031: Pursue your dreams, be open to new ideas, and follow where God leads you!
The Senior Sidekick program at GRACE is one of our beloved traditions. Members of the kindergarten and 12th grade classes do monthly activities throughout the year culminating in a graduation-themed cap and gown photo session!
In January 2018, GRACE received a $60,000 grant from the Christian Education Charitable Trust (CECT), a branch of the Maclellan Family Foundations. Earlier this month, Mr. Bradley submitted the summative grant report to the CECT. Please take a moment to review report excerpts below and learn more about the exciting progress made possible through the vision and work of several staff members, GRACE parents, students, and the generosity of the CECT.
The CECT grant allowed GRACE to reach the overarching goals of moving Computer Science program ahead more rapidly than the budget allowed, as well as achieving the projected objectives from the initial proposal. The stated objective benchmarks and results:
Increase student participation in STEM and Computer Science related courses.
Student participation increased from forty students at the time of the proposal to ninety-nine students in the spring of 2019. We anticipate that number to increase for the 2019-20 school year.
Students will build ten computers, five to outfit the lab and five to donate.
Students built thirteen computers, surpassing the initial goal of ten. Five of these computers are being donated to local charities: the North Carolina Men’s Baptist Organization, Thrift2Gift, and the Salvation Army.
Expansion of the technology lab, including a connection to the media center.
Facility improvements included the relocation of a wall, the creation of a sliding doorway to connect the media center and technology lab, and a complete renovation of the storage and student workplaces within the lab.
Improve visibility to the community, including hosting three onsite events.
Instead of hosting three large events, the technology team and administration decided to host one large showcase event and several small events featuring outside speakers.
The GRACE Tech Expo featured a roundtable discussion with three local technology leaders (a lead programmer at EPIC Games, a World Wide Lab Director for Cisco, and a software developer at Role Model Software), student demonstrations of class projects, and several hands-on opportunities for visitors to utilize various technologies, such as flying student-programmed drones, driving robots, playing student-designed games, and examining the student-built computers. There were over 150 attendees to the event, not including the student participants.
Additionally, through the course of the year, the school hosted eleven speakers from local businesses, including a patent attorney, system analyst, project manager, web developer, and a GRACE alum who is graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Computer Science.
As you can see, the grant served as a catalyst to several aspects of our computer science program. For pictures and a detailed overview of the grant project, please visit the “GRACE is Granted” website. Looking ahead, we will refine current classes and add additional courses to the computer science program, creating a unified curriculum reaching from Transitional Kindergarten through senior year. We will also build upon the partnerships created with outside organizations and local companies to increase opportunities for our students. Lastly, the successful implementation of the grant monies enables GRACE to apply for future grants through the CECT.
In conclusion, there are many people who made the grant application and implementation possible including: Mark Bianchi, BJay Brown, Michael Bryant, Cathy Cole, Melanie Dunning, Nathan Ennis, Randy Fox, Brian Garrett, Mandy Gill, Paul Hutton, Dave Katz, Lisa McCarthy, Jonathan Mitchell, Dana Morrison, Buddha Nepal, Daniel O’Brien, and Karen O’Conner.
Spring athletic pictures have been added to the Warlick Photography website and are available to order through May 17, 2019.Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. To view the pictures:
go to warlickphotography.com
click on GRACE Eagles
the password is TalonSports (note: the password is case sensitive)
Take the day-off from cooking! City BBQ is generously hosting an all-day GRACE Spirit event where every meal purchased by a GRACE supporter (just show your flyer and have them scan the barcode!) GRACE will receive a 25% donation of the total cost!
Kona Ice at Field Day, May 3, 2019
Kona Ice will be part of our Field Day festivities for all TK-5th grade students. We will be collecting $3 from each student. Forms will come home in your child’s folder the week of April 23rd. 7th-12th grade students will have the option to purchase Kona Ice during their lunch. Kona Ice has dye-free, gluten-free and sugar-free options.
Parent Summer Luau, May 15, 2019
GRACE Parents deserve some fun too! Come join PTF to celebrate the end of the school year. We provide breakfast while you relax and enjoy catching up with friends before school is out for the summer. An Eventbrite and Signup will come out after the break with more details!
School Supply Purchase Program, May 2019
PTF has a new school supply partner. We are happy to provide you with the opportunity to order your child’s school supplies for next year without ever leaving home. Our new partner 1stDay School Supplies provides all name brand, quality products. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks.
Thank you to the many parent volunteers that transported and worked alongside our high school staff and students for our 2019 Community Service Day. Nearly 300 staff, student, and parent volunteers spent last Wednesday working for a variety of community-based ministries as part of our annual service day. Meanwhile, back on campus, 7th grade students packed over 10,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger and helped GRACE cross the 100,000 meals packed threshold.
Congratulations to the artists of the eight GRACE artworks that placed in the GFWC State Art Competition. This is the final GFWC Art Competition and includes the best artworks from the State of North Carolina. All contestants in the State Competition had advanced by previously placing first or second in the Raleigh Competition and the District VI Competition. What an accomplishment!
The Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC has opportunities for high schoolers to receive community service hours.
The Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is a signature event of the Town of Cary. Nestled under the shady canopy of Bond Park, Spring Daze features over 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food, and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Spring Daze features the best of North Carolina’s diverse arts and crafts community. This year, the festival has volunteer opportunities on Friday, April 26, 2019 and Saturday, April 27, 2019 in a variety of positions and time slots.
High schoolers ages 16+ are invited to sign-up independently. If there are any service clubs or organizations that have members who are age 15 or younger, we have a handful of positions for group volunteering with adult volunteers present to chaperone.
The link to sign up for can be found here. If any students or club advisors have questions about volunteering, they can contact Deirdre Lewis, Outdoor Arts Events Program Assistant with the Town of Cary at email@example.com or at (919) 462-3847.
Congratulations to GRACE seniors Diana White and Ashleigh Williamson for being finalist for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Diana and Ashleigh are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide to achieve this status out of 1.6 million juniors who took the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT. Less than 1 percent of all high school seniors nationwide qualify for this distinction and even fewer go on to be named finalists. Diana and Ashleigh will now continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
Congratulations also to GRACE senior Katherine Matthes for being named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers for the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT.