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Class of 2019 and Class of 2030

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!

Video: Seniors and Kindergartners talk about their future plans

 

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!

 
 
 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE May 21, 2019

We made it! The last week of school! It has been a full year with much to celebrate and we want to thank you for all that you do to make the GRACE community so special. Please take a moment to read the May 21, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter, our last newsletter of the year.

We will be streaming this week’s graduation ceremonies – you can tune in by going to the Technology/Live Streamingpage on the GRACE website.

  • Kindergarten Graduation begins Thursday, May 23rdat 6:00pm
  • Senior Graduation begins Friday, May 24that 7:00pm

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

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. 

 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE May 14, 2019

Please take a moment to read the May 14, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter, our second-to-last newsletter of the year. There is information about report cards, picking up medicine from the office, as well as pictures and summaries from events on campus.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

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

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 30, 2019

The April 30, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter has information about today’s City Barbeque Spirit event, the 2019 Spring Exam schedule for upper campus students, fall athletic information, information on ordering a yearbook, and more.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 23, 2019

Welcome Back! We hope that everyone had a restful and joyful break and is ready to work hard for the final month of school!

The April 23, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter has some great information about things that are going on at GRACE as well as a link to our staff’s recommendations for fun summer activities.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.