Senior Spotlight – Rebekah Graves

unnamed (1).pngNCS has been a crucial part of my academic and spiritual growth. I have attended this school since kindergarten, and the core part of what makes our school great has remained untouched. We like to say “Things are different here!” and they really are. Every element of our school is centered on what really matters – Christ. We pray before classes, we treat one another with love, and we give credit to the Creator. This has been most prominent in my science classes. We still learn the evolution theories, but from a biblical standpoint. We marvel in the great power of God, and the beautiful complexity of His creation.

New Covenant’s focus on God in science has fueled my desire to continue my education with a science-based degree. After graduation, I am looking forward to attending AU, Clemson, or Wingate University. My plan is to get my BSN in nursing. I pray this will provide an overwhelming opportunity to not only serve those in need, but also show Christ in my behavior and actions, and New Covenant has prepared me for this next step. NCS students should never underestimate the value of a godly environment, where we can freely praise and worship the Lord.

Friday Announcements – 12/11/15

Christmas Chapel 2015-12-02 at 1.31.44 PMHappy Friday!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email.

January Hot Lunch Forms – Due no later than Tuesday, December 15th

Candy Cane Shop Gift List (K2-5th) – The shop will be open from 9am-11am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week for students to purchase gifts for family and friends. All gifts are $1-$3. Please send money with the list.

Announcements/Reminders:
Cavalier Chronicle – Follow the link below to view the December edition of our newsletter. Be sure to check out the ads for our Feed the Need corporate sponsors! https://newcovschooldotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/dec-newsletter-ncs.pdf

All School Chapel – Friday, December 18th at 9am in the sanctuary

T-Shirt Tuesday – Next Tuesday, December 15th

Save the Date! Friday, February 12th – Preschool/Lower School Grandparents and Loved Ones Day

Enjoy your weekend!

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Classroom or Computer

By: Rebecca Roth

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I have attended a small private school my entire life.  There are countless advantages to this type of education, but the main disadvantage is the absence of class options.  For my junior year of high school, I did not want to take an Anatomy and Physiology class, so it became my job to find another way to earn a science credit.  I found an online physics class and proposed that course to my principal.  He approved this class with apprehension, but I quickly got to work. I had no idea why my principal was not in favor of the online class, but I understand his reasoning now. The experience of an online class was considerably different than what I expected.  I expected it to be just like learning from a teacher in a class at my school; however, I did not find this to be true.  The online class quickly became a chore and something I dreaded to do every day.  I did not thrive in this environment or learn as much as I believe I could have from a classroom setting.  Although online education has become popular, online school cannot replace the education received in a classroom.

One of the major problems with online education is the lack of access to a teacher.  Of course, there is a teacher for every class, but this teacher lives hundreds or even thousands of miles away, and students often never have even a phone conversation with their teacher.  Students can have email or Skype conversations with their teacher, but this is in no way the same as being in the same room as the teacher.  The problem is a lack of dialogue.  In a classroom, students often reiterate what they are learning to make sure they are understanding the material correctly.  The lack of visual cues that would be given by a physically present teacher also contributes to students getting lost in the information. In an online course, when the student starts to get lost, it is much harder to get back on track because there is not a teacher immediately available if a student has a question.  Students can only replay the recorded lecture or reread the written lesson; they cannot request their teacher to rephrase the information and give an example that is more applicable to them.  Also, online teachers cannot guide their students in the same way that a teacher in a classroom can.  Without firm due dates, students are not held accountable for their assignments on a daily basis. This makes staying on schedule challenging for irresponsible students.  One of the reasons students attempt to pay attention during class is the fear of being called on to answer a question from the teacher. It is challenging to pay complete attention to the task at hand when “zoning out” does not have any immediate consequences. An electronic conversation with an online teacher is in no way comparable to human interaction with a teacher in a classroom.

In addition to the lack of access to a teacher, there is a problem in online education with student motivation.  High school students already face this problem daily, but this is an even bigger challenge for online students.  It is much easier to get distracted in your home as opposed to a classroom.  There are always more enjoyable activates in your home, but there usually is not much to do in a classroom besides listen and learn.  The classroom is designed this way for a reason.  Additionally, there is not the same obligation to pay attention to the teacher as when you are in the same room as your teacher.  It is challenging to pay attention when no one sees if you check your phone or just wander off.  Also, in an online class, you can press pause on a lecture.  This can be a useful tool when trying to write something down if the teacher is talking quickly, but, more often than not, it contributes to distractions.  Since there is the ability to pause, there is the ability to take too many breaks and get lost in the information.  Another major contributor to motivation is the enthusiasm of a teacher.  There is a monumental difference between having a monotone, boring teacher and having a teacher who is excited to be in the classroom sharing the subject with the students.  This is completely lost in online courses.  Reading a lesson instead of listening to a teacher passionately lecturing makes a vast difference in how the student feels about the subject and class.  Students also feel more accountable to a teacher who really wants them to learn as opposed to a teacher with whom they have never spoken.  Receiving an email from an online teacher asking a student to complete an assignment does not have the same effect as having a teacher right in front of a student asking for homework and looking on disappointedly when there is none.  Teacher and students must work together to keep students interested in the material and motivated to learn to be successful.

Often when students are not motivated to come to school, they can still convince themselves to go to school for the social aspect.  There are two primary social aspects in education.  First, having an appropriate view of authority figures is crucial because these students will have to form professional relationships with their bosses in the future.  Having good relationships with teachers also allows students to have good role models.  In online classes, there is not enough connection between teachers and students to be able to admire them, model them, or have much of a relationship with them.  Second, online school students often become socially awkward or reclusive because they do not have enough interaction with people their own age.  In online classes, there are other students in your class, but the only interaction students usually have with each other is through online discussions.  These discussions typically consist of writing a few sentences about something interesting in the material and writing a couple sentences about something confusing in the lesson.  These discussions are the main social part of online school.  In this way, online school can be very isolating.  The community of a traditional school is significant in teaching teenagers how to develop suitable relationships with authority and with other students and is missing from online schools.

Although I ended up doing well enough in my online course and learning about physics, I learned to appreciate a classroom education experience much more.  Being able to interact directly with teachers and classmates is tremendously beneficial to education, motivating, and succeeding in education.  So how does this affect you?  Be educated about the realities of online classes before signing yourself or your child up for one.  Even though technology is involved in every part of today’s society, it should not be the sole way to educate.  Technology has a place in modern society, but it cannot replace a classroom education and experience.

Friday Announcements – 12/4/15

Happy Friday!

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Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email.
  • Chapel: Please join us for a special all school Christmas chapel on Friday, December 18th at 9:00 am in the sanctuary. There will be special performances by our preschool, lower school and upper school chorus.
  • Parents Night Out: The NCS PTO is offering a Parents Night Out on Thursday, December 10th from 6-8:30 pm. The cost is $15/child, $5 for each additional child, $20 family max. All proceeds will go to NCS PTO’s Bless the Teacher. Return reservation form by Wednesday, December 9th.
  • Staff Christmas Gift: The NCS PTO is continuing the tradition of honoring and thanking our wonderful teachers and staff with Visa gift cards for Christmas. Each family should receive an envelope today with a list of faculty and staff. Please note the amount you would like to contribute next to the name(s) and return the form to the office no later than, Friday, Dec 11.
  • Winter/Spring Piano Registration: It’s time to enroll or re–enroll for next semester music lessons with Mrs. Ray! Registration forms are due by Monday, December 14th. There is a discount if payment is made with registration.
Announcements
  • First Home Basketball Games Tuesday, December 8th! Come out and support the NCS basketball teams as we host our first home games! MS boys start at 4pm, JV boys, Varsity girls, Varsity boys to follow. Our home gym is at Trinity Baptist (324 Belton Rd, Williamston 29697). Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for kids, $10 family max.
  • T-shirt Tuesday –  Tuesday, December 15th
  • Early Dismissal – All students will be dismissed at 11:30 on Friday, December 18th. No late stay will be available.
  • Save the Date! Winter Ball (8th-12th grade) will be Friday, January 15th, 2016 7:3010:30Displaying Christmas Chapel 2015-12-02 at 1.31.44 PM.png
Enjoy your weekend!

Senior Spotlight – Ben Hardy

benHi my name is Ben Hardy. I am a senior here at NCS and I hope to be accepted into Clemson University next fall. I’ve been at this school my whole life and during my time here I’ve seen firsthand the best qualities about this place. Elementary school introduced me to lifelong friends and taught me the world from a Christian perspective. Middle school taught me how to interact with my friends and put other people first. High school at New Covenant gave me the knowledge to discuss my faith with confidence and the ability to defend why I believe what I do. Teachers always led by example and helped us learn to be compatible with each other. Mr. Canney’s literature and history classes gave me insight that I’ll take with me forever. New Covenant School has prepared me for real life, and I know transitioning to college will be easier thanks to the teaching I’ve received here.