Congratulations to senior Ethan Thomas, junior Austin Geter, and freshman Eli Thomas for being selected to the 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association All State Chorus. To be selected for this honor, these students must pass two challenging auditions, competing with students across the state from single A through 6A schools. The culmination of their hard work was this past weekend at the Classic Center in Athens, GA, as these students rehearsed and performed with 200 of Georgia’s top high school choral vocalists in each of the choruses under the direction of top conductors from across the country. Congratulations to Ethan, Eli and Austin for this high honor!
Congratulations to the following Middle School Orchestra students who were a part of the 2016 GMEA Middle School Honor Orchestra Event on Saturday, February 27: Hallie Meier, Kelly Ann Sutterfield, and Aidan Durity (pictured with Debbie Brink, NCCS Orchestra Director.) These students auditioned in January with over 330 other Cobb County orchestra students for a spot in one of two orchestras made up of the best string students in our District 12, Cobb County schools. Hallie, Aidan, and Kelly Ann made it and represented NCCS so well! They were under the overall direction of David Eccles from Vandercook College in Chicago, IL, and Nathaniel Parker from Kennesaw State University and were a part of sectionals directed by the top chairs of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Both orchestras played amazing concerts Saturday afternoon in the McEachern High School Performance Hall - way to go, Hallie, Aidan, and Kelly Ann!
On Monday, February 22, students in third, fourth and eighth grade had the opportunity to travel the world through reality panoramas displayed in a 360-degree photo sphere with the Google Expedition Pioneer program. NCCS was invited to participate as a beta school, providing feedback to Google about this new app that will be released to the public in the near future.
With the Google Expeditions app, students are able to view amazing scenes through Google Cardboard (an actual cardboard viewer with a smartphone mounted in it) while teachers lead them through virtual field trips. Teachers are able to highlight points of interest during the 360-degree journey and the technology even makes it possible for them to make sure that the students are looking at those highlighted points along with them. Our students connected the expeditions to their reading and history classes, as well as future spring term trips. At the end of each class, students were given a chance to offer suggestions to the Google representative on how to make the app better before it is released to the public. It was a day of amazement for students as they “traveled the world” in the comfort of their classroom.
Our preschool department has been busy serving a special group of folks in our community. Over the Christmas holidays, the K3 and K4 classes made Christmas cards for all 60+ residents of “The Benton House,” an assisted living facility where one our our NCCS parents works. These cards were then delivered by two of our K3 students. Our preschoolers had so much fun doing this project, that they wanted to do more. So in January, as K3 was learning about patterns in math, Mrs. Martin's 4th grade class joined them for a morning of pattern making. They laced chenille stems with red and white beads and then the 4th graders helped them shape the stems into hearts. Because they needed so many of these hearts for the Benton House residents, Mrs. Jones' kindergarten class jumped in and made hearts too. In February, Landon James (K3 student), along with his mom and sister, delivered the hearts with a Bible verse to the residents at the Benton House, who were very touched by this gift. Some hung their hearts on their door knobs, while others attached them to their walkers. When the residents at the Benton House found out that Lower School classes were collecting loose change for Spring Term, they wanted to help after they had been treated so special by our preschool students. Landon took a SHINE can to the facility and brought it back full of change! Dianne Pile, K3 teacher, said “We are so excited to have an opportunity to partner with sweet folks in our community. You're never too young!
With a new head coach in place for the NCCS JV Boys Basketball team this 2015-2016 season, there was lots of excitement. Michael Matta, former NCCS high school All-State Player, had his first chance at high school coaching. The younger Coach Matta did not let us down, as he started the season winning the Southeast Hoopfest Thanksgiving Tournament in Dalton, GA. He and the team continued their success by winning Region 6A, and finishing the season undefeated - 17-0. Congratulations to Michael Matta and his team for such a great season!