Posts in Middle School

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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. 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE July 26, 2019

Welcome back! We hope that our GRACE family has had a wonderful summer break and that you are able to enjoy these final weeks before returning to school.

There are several events that happen right after we return to school, so we wanted to let you know what those were. The July 25, 2019 “Back-to-School” Edition of #WhatsUpAtGRACE has dates, details and links for the following activities/events:

  • 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: The Secret Garden

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.

2019-2020 Athletic Update

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!

Our Eagles Club Memberships are a huge way to promote and enhance the athletic programs here at GRACE. An Eagles Club Membership allows you to enjoy FREE ADMISSION for the whole year at our JV and Varsity Athletic events with some exclusions for NCISAA playoffs and special events. Please consider purchasing an Eagles Club Membership today for a special $125.00 price through Aug. 26th!

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 dterris@gracechristian.net.

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!

Back-to-School Bash!

Everyone’s invited! Mark your calendar for fun fellowship on the first Friday night of the school year (August 16th) starting at 5:30 at the GRACE Athletic Field. This Hawaiian-themed event will take place before (and during) the home football game against the Wayne Christian Eagles and will feature inflatables, face painting, food trucks, games, Mimi the clown, and more!

Are you available to help make this event run smoothly? If so, check out the Volunteer Sign-up today!

Printable Back-to-School Flyer 2019

Maclellan Grant Recap

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 Sports Pictures

Spring athletic pictures have been added to the Warlick Photography website and are available to order through May 17, 2019.  Please email wendy@warlickphotography.com 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)
  • click on the sport you would like to view

PTF Spring Events – Save the Date!

City Barbeque Spirit Night, April 29, 2019

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.

Printable PTF Save The Dates Flyer

2019-2020 Student Council

Congratulations Incoming Student Council

Congratulations to the students who were elected by their peers to serve on the 2019-2020 Student Council. 

Lower Campus

Lower Campus Student Council Elections will be held the second week of May. This post will be updated after the election. 

Upper Campus

  • President – Landon Lauffer
  • Vice President – Kate Meeson
  • Secretary – Kristina Pattison
  • Treasurer – Grayson Farless
  • Event Coordinators – Kate Petty and Claire Brantley
  • Club Coordinators – Hannah Morris and Dylan Murray
  • Sergeants at Arms – Bradley Obusek and Keenan Baker
  • Chaplain Team: appointed by Director of Christian Life
  • Rising 7th Grade – Sage Collier and David Griffith
  • Rising 8th Grade – Caleb Hickman and Milo Horton
  • Rising 9th Grade – Walker Blount and Payton Chapman
  • Rising 10th Grade – Carter Ward and Ellie Whichard
  • Rising 11th Grade – Lily Lauffer and Kaden Sigmon
  • Rising 12th Grade – Faith Faircloth and Garrett Keen

Thank You Outgoing Student Council

Thank you to the outgoing 2018-2019 Student Council for your faithful service.

Lower Campus

  • Presidents: Sage Collier
  • Vice President: Ava Jenkins
  • Secretary: Aubrey Lodholz
  • Chaplain: Kate McKinley

Upper Campus

  • President: Molly Church
  • Vice-President: Lauren Meeson
  • Secretary: Katherine Matthes
  • Club Coordinator: Trek Thorne
  • Treasurer: Samantha Saenz
  • Event Co-Coordinators: Hannah Morris & Amelia Bradley
  • Co-Sergeant at Arms: Keenan Baker & Co-Sergeant at Arms: Bradley Obusek
  • Chaplain Team: Derrek Chen, Grace German, Daniel Jagt, and Kaden Sigmon
  • 7th Grade Class Reps: Caroline Raymer & Elle Robinson
  • 8th Grade Class Reps: Payton Chapman & Landon Wheeler
  • 9th Grade Class Reps: Lindsey Brookhart & Ava Taylor
  • 10th Grade Class Reps: Grayson Farless & Nathaniel Grieci
  • 11th Grade Class Reps: Landon Lauffer & Kate Meeson
  • 12th Grade Class Reps: Lela Arruza & David Bandy

Community Service Day 2019 Recap

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.