NCS Junior Adam Mortenson a NSHS Scholar

New Covenant School would like to congratulate Adam Mortenson, class of 2017, for being selected by the National Society of High School Scholars. The Society recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership, and community involvement. Adam has been exemplary in all three areas during his years at NCS. Adam is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Mortenson and his mom, Mrs. Krisy Mortenson is a former NCS Board Member.

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Friday Announcements – 9/25/15

Happy Friday!

Please look for the following information in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email.
  • October Hot Lunch Forms – Due no later than Tues, Sept 29
  • Spirit Week – Oct 12-16
  • Berry Acres Field Trip (Preschool to 5th grades) – Fri, Oct 16
  • Save the Date! Tues, Oct 20th – Feed the Need Kick Off
Announcements
  • T-Shirt TuesdaySept 29; Any NCS t-shirt and jeans
  • YMCA Discount – Sorry for the confusion, but we found out that the YMCA discount only applies to New Covenant employees.
  • Tuition is due Thurs, Oct 1
Enjoy your weekend!
New Covenant Save the Date 2015

Senior Story – Jillian Burchette, Class of 2016

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Hi! My name is Jillian Burchette and I am a senior in the 2016 graduating class at New Covenant School. I have thoroughly loved my time at NCS. The teachers have molded my Christian worldview into a very precious blessing. I am beyond grateful for the time invested into it. After I graduate, I hope to attend one of my three candidate schools—Clemson University, College of Charleston, or Covenant College. I wish to study Business and Marketing with Entrepreneurship.  I have been blessed to sign a contract with a modeling agency in NC. I plan to take a trip to New York to find work there over next spring break and summer.  I am very thankful to have had my theological and educational foundations formed at New Covenant School. Nothing can compare to being a NCS student. My advice to the lower classmen would be to really DO the reading homework. The class discussions will only reach the incredible potential they hold if you read the books.  =)

Batman vs. Superman; a scholarly debate by NCS English Professor Joel Wilkes

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Medieval scholars have been rumored to debate the question of, “How many angels can sit on the head of a pin?”. New Covenant School English teacher, Mr. Joel Wilkes, has taken the debate to an entirely new level with the following scholarly essay,

Batman versus Superman:  A Common Fallacy of Popular Opinion

Exposing lies and Calling for Truth

By:  Joel Wilkes

            In our day and age there is a vile myth being spread person-to-person, mind-to-mind and, unfortunately, a number of rather intelligent people have succumbed to the lies surrounding two incredible men.  This fabrication has permeated our culture to such an extent that a production company has latched onto the idea and is attempting to leech a profit from this mass hysteria.  For the enlightened, it is a sham and nothing short of insulting for these hideous rumors and false assumptions to be even discussed among the masses.  As in previous ages, when scandals occurred in the realm of popular opinion, the only response must be one of an unrelenting and aggressive push for repentance towards the truth.  For it is truth that will win the day; it is truth that will shine through this seemingly impenetrable darkness of deceit and, like the rising sun brings death to the fading hours of darkness, truth will reveal this abominable fabrication for the lie it so desperately attempts to maintain.  For, as anyone who has knowledge concerning Truth, Truth cannot be overwhelmed by lies, rather “the truth shall set you free”[1] from the oppression of contrary popular opinion.  As an apologist for Truth, I must launch my appeal to repentance for those deceived, not to show any sort of superior intellect, rather to plead and fight for Truth for the sake of those deceived.  For deception is by its very nature something to be rejected; deception’s only goal, its only purpose, is to lead those susceptible away from that which is good and right.  Those who are aware of what good and right is and know their difference, have a moral responsibility to proclaim the truth for all to hear.  To quote one sage, “with great power comes great responsibility.”[2]  Therefore, let it be known, among those deceived and those misinformed, Superman versus Batman is not even a competition; indeed, Superman’s superior speed, strength, invulnerably, experience and moral uprightness give him such an advantage over the mortal Batman, that such a matchup has no competition involved whatsoever.

            Clarification may be needed at this point.  Those previously mentioned as deceived are not exclusive to the misinformed masses who believe Batman can offer any slight challenge to Superman’s superiority.  Those described as deceived also include those who would claim that Superman would win a battle against the Caped Crusader.  Those who are blessed with the Truth, or some may say cursed with the responsibility of spreading said Truth, know this to be a more devious form of deception.  As mentioned earlier, deception by its very nature must be rejected, but it is also by its nature sly; it is a sickness that can enter the minds through the smallest crack in the wall of understanding.  What is most necessary to understand is the Truth that Batman vs. Superman is a red herring; this title leads one to believe that there exists some world or there is some sort of possibility where there is actually a competition involved.  Those blessed with the Truth understand this fallacy.  There does not exist even the merest of possibility that a match between these two heroes would result in any other outcome besides exemplifying the superiority, both in brute strength and mercy, of The Man of Steel.

            It is important to note these two attributes.  First, one must understand The Last Son of Krypton’s strength.  Now, in this context the term strength extends beyond just a physical strength.  It does indeed include Superman’s ability to hurdle cars through space with a flick of his wrist or the power to crush a lump of coal into a diamond, but by strength one must understand this extends to his speed as well.  In what way might Batman withstand the supersonic speed of a fist?  What possible reaction could Batman have to a foot moving faster than a speeding bullet as it strikes him across the face?  These rhetorical questions expose just how limited Batman would be by Superman’s speed alone.  Combine this speed with the fact that behind the velocity of a meteorite entering the atmosphere is a fist attached to an arm capable of ripping apart six foot thick metal doors as easily as tearing a sheet of toilet paper, what chance does a mortal man’s face have?  Unfortunately, due to the confinements of this essay, one cannot begin to cover other aspects of Superman’s strength, such as his invulnerability and laser vision.  Either one of those alone would be sufficient to defeat a mere mortal.  But those enlightened are also aware of another important aspect of Superman that makes this discussion irrelevant:  his mercy.

            The Metropolis Marvel is widely known for his super-human abilities, a few of which are named above.  But why does he do what he does?  Why does this god-like creature defend and protect the mortals around him?  One answer, among many, may provide another ray of light to expose the lie of Batman vs. Superman.  What one must understand is Superman is a man of mercy.  His mercy is the only thing that surpasses his physical prowess, and it is upon this mercy Batman must fling himself for any hope of survival.  For the actions taken by Superman are inspired by his righteous morality to protect and defend those weaker than he.  This category includes the millionaire wearing a costume, whose archenemy is a simple psychotic clown.  How many hundreds of millions of innocent lives did Superman save by carrying an moon-sized, man-created chunk of rock into outer space?  How many lives have been spared from the atrocities of evil men who seek to cause chaos and destruction?  Indeed, it is through the mercy of a more-than-man figure to reach out and use his incomparable power to save those less gifted than himself.  It is upon this moral high ground that Superman can look down upon Batman, not with scorn or pity, but rather with a willingness to not destroy him on a whim.  While this fallacy behind the concept of Batman vs. Superman is solved in a number of different ways, the primary means is a simple answer:  Superman gives mercy to a mortal upstart, and therefore would not even engage with such an unworthy opponent.

            The enlightened should speak out against this fallacy; nay the enlightened must speak out against it.  The Truth must be proclaimed for the sake of the misinformed.  Their repentance should be swift upon receiving the facts.  Naturally, upon being informed concerning the vast superiority of Superman, both physically and morally, the deceived have no other choice but to flee from their previous lives lived in a lie, and return to the Truth that has always been concerning this non-issue.  Only time will tell.

[1] c.f. John 8:32.

[2] Uncle Ben

Friday Announcements – 9/18/15

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Announcements:
  • YMCA Discount – We have learned that the YMCA will offer a discount to New Covenant families if we have at least 10 members. If you are currently a member of the YMCA, please respond back to this email to let Mrs. Lopez know.
  • Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Walk – Please join us at the AnMed Health Campus Track tomorrow morning at9:00 as we walk to find a cure!
Enjoy your weekend!

Faculty Update – Steve Lucas, PE

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Coach Lucas loves teaching, coaching and spending time with his family.  In 2015 Coach decided to make a life change in order to spend more time with his two amazing boys, Jackson (9) & Nickolas (6).  He comes to us from the professional world where he spent the last 15 years educating, teaching and consulting clients in the business world.  

Coach Lucas is currently a tennis coach at Cardinal Racquet Club in Anderson. He has spent the last four years teaching children the game of tennis.  Coach Lucas firmly believes that helping young children through sports and education will help them build a strong foundation for many of the obstacles they may face as they grow in life.  

Coach Lucas has been involved in sports his whole life.  He has participated in Tennis, Baseball, Football, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Martial Arts, Rugby, Archery, Road Cycling and Mountain Biking.  

As a PE teacher, Coach Lucas will emphasize God and Family; Attitude and Effort; Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Does Not Work Hard; and that Effort is Rewarded.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Lucas to New Covenant School!

Alumni Update – Matt Reiter, Class of 2012

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Matt Reiter, New Covenant School class of 2012, was recently featured in a student profile for Covenant College. Matt is currently in his fourth year at Covenant College.

Check out the profile here,

http://www.covenant.edu/students/profile/reiter. 

Covenant College is located on Lookout Mountain in Georgia. It was founded in 1955, and is a Christian liberal arts college that exists to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things. Their motto is, “In All Things Christ Preeminent”.