Friday Announcements – 10/27

Happy Friday!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder:
  • Original Works (Preschool-5th grade) – The NCS PTO and Art Dept have teamed up with Original Works to offer you the opportunity to purchase a variety of products featuring your child’s very own artwork. Orders are due Wed, Nov 1.
  • Monday, Oct 30 – In celebration of Reformation Day, Preschool-5th grade students may wear their favorite costume to school (please nothing scary or evil). Students will be going to Brookdale for a costume parade and treats! You may send extra uniform clothes for your child to change.
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Enjoy your weekend!

Lady Cavs Race at State Meet! Layla Wickiser Finishes 4th!

The Lady Cavs Cross Country Team at the SCACS State Meet

The New Covenant Lady Cavaliers recently traveled to Fort Mill to take part in the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) State Cross County Meet. It was a perfect afternoon for a 5K race as there were clear skies and cool temperatures. The weather, however, did not prevent the Lady Cavs from heating up the course.

The race started quickly with the top runners jostling for position early as the course was a narrow trail through the woods. Moving directly to the front for New Covenant was 6th grade sensation Layla Wickiser. Layla joined the team this year having never run competitively. It did not take long before Coach Canney discovered he had a very talented runner. After the race, Canney said, “It is a difficult challenge when 6th graders join the team. I love having them, but I try not to overwhelm them because if they suffer they are going to quit. When Layla joined us she had never run 3 consecutive miles. But as a soccer player her base fitness was really good. She just kept improving and running faster every week.”

That was evident at the State Meet as she got herself in good position early and then held off a bevy of runners to finish 4th overall with a time of 23:42. “To finish 4th at the State Meet and break the school record multiple times, I am not sure what more you could ask for,” Canney commented afterwards. Layla’s top five finish lead the Lady Cavaliers to a 5th place finish overall as team.

“To place in the top three as a team, we when knew we would have to have a really special day. That did not come together, but I am not disappointed at all. This group of girls gave it everything they had this season,” said Coach Canney.

Those words were highlighted by two runners who battled injuries all season. First was Junior Anna Nelson who was running in her first meet of the season at the State Meet. Here is what Coach Canney had to say about her, “Anna was allowed a medical exemption because within the first three weeks of the season she suffered a stress fracture. But to her credit, she stayed with the team, came to practice and meets, and did what she could to stay fit. She came out today and ran a great race to really help the team.”

The other runner who battled injuries was Junior Leila Sconyers. “Leila was my most committed runner this year. She logged a lot of summer miles and improved immensely since last season. Sometimes it is hard for the body to adjust and injuries pop up. That was the case with Leila but she managed it really well all year and had herself ready to go today. Unfortunately she took a bad fall about midway through the race but in typical Leila fashion, she got up, ran on, and finished the race,” said Coach Canney.

Overall the Lady Cavs had a great State Meet with Layla finishing 4th, Anna in 23rd (26:18), Junior Caroline Lamb in 24th (26:30), Freshmen Wren Sconyers in 35th (27:40), Sophomore Macy McGahey in 39th (30:53), sixth grader Bella Jordan in 42nd (41:41), Senior Gracie Cutliff in 46th (32:55), Leila in 48th (32:55) and 6th grader Rylee Hawkins in 50th (35:43).

After the race, Coach Canney had these final words, “I am super proud of this group. They race a great race today and had a great season. We have only one senior, so this group really has the chance to be special next season. But for right now we really want to celebrate the blessing of this season.”

Congrats on a great running season Lady Cavs!

Cavalier Cross Country Boys Race to 2nd Place at State Meet!

On October 14th, 2017, the New Covenant Cavaliers’ Cross Country team traveled to Fort Mill to compete in the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) State Championship Meet. It was a fantastic team race in which the Cavalier boys, in only their second season, finished second to Hampton Park Christian School by a razor thin margin of 5 points.

The New Covenant Cavalier boys team at the SCACS State Championship for Cross Country.

The race started under partly cloudy skies with perfect racing conditions and New Covenant wasted no time in letting everyone know that they were there to race for the win. The Cavaliers had a pack of 6 boys move straight to the front and dictate the pace for much of the race.  The state meet course consists of 4 loops and by the end of the first loop, New Covenant had it’s top 6 runners all in the top 15. As the race progressed, junior Alyosha Truman moved to the front and battled for the top spot the rest of the way. Meanwhile a pack of Cavalier runners, led by sophomore Elliott Wright grouped together and battled to stay within the top 10. It was a near perfect execution of the race plan that was laid out by Coach Joe Canney.

“This group of guys has been one of the best I have ever coached,” Coach Canney said after the race. “They bought in from day one and followed our training program without hesitation. That was on full display in today’s race as the guys carried out our race plan just as I instructed them to.”

The finish saw 4 Cavaliers place in the top 9, led by Alyosha Truman’s 3rd place finish. Just behind him were Elliott Wright (6th), Ethan Varghese (7th), and Evan Hamilton (9th). Additionally, junior Houston Funk finished 13th and sophomore Gabe Miller 20th.

Coach Canney pointed out the improvement of some of his younger runners.”The young guys really stepped up today. Ethan and Evan are both 8th graders for us and they have been coming on, running faster all year.” Coach Canney continued, “We battled and worked hard all year. Gabe was third in the state last year, but he has been dealing with some injuries. He really grinded it out today, which shows you the heart he has and the heart of this team.”

It was a narrow defeat for the Cavaliers, as returning state champions Hampton Park totaled 20 points with their top runners finishing 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 12th. “It does not get much closer than that in Cross Country,” said Coach Canney. “Hampton Park has a really good program and we knew they were the team to beat. SCACS only scores to the top 4 runners (standard cross country meets score 5) so when they finished first and second I knew it would be unlikely we would beat them. But with 5 guys in the top 13 and the whole team racing as a team, we have nothing to hang our heads about.”

Additional finishers for the Cavaliers were Alex Gebing (40th), Ethan Wright (45th), Ian McCall (48th), Mike Albanese (52nd), Ben Matthews (54th), and Jacob Valentine (68th).

With some closing thoughts after the meet, Coach Canney was optimistic about the future of the Cavalier running program, “We had no seniors this year, so potentially all my boys could be back. We have the chance to be a really special group next year if we train throughout the winter, spring, and summer. But for right now we just want to focus on celebrating this season that the Lord blessed us with.”

Friday Announcements, 10/13/17

Happy Friday!

  • XC – The NCS cross country team will be competing in the SCACS state championship meet tomorrow. Read about their successful season here
  • Report Cards – 1st Quarter report cards will go out next Fri, Oct 20
  • Preschool Pictures – Tues, Oct 17
  • Make-Up Pictures – Tues, Oct 17
  • Box Tops – The PTO will be collecting Box Tops through Friday, Oct 20. Please label with child’s name and grade.
  • Fall Fundraiser – On Tues, Oct 24, join us for a chili cook-off to learn about our Fall Fundraiser. Dinner and childcare (infant to 5th grade) wlll be provided. Please RSVP.
Enjoy your weekend!

Cross Country Teams Make a Run to State!


New Covenant has been having a very successful second cross country season. The boys’ and the girls’ teams, both under the direction of Coach Joe Canney, have competed in a variety of large meets including the Eye Opener Invitational, the Hurricane Invite, the Domino’s Invitational, and the Palmetto Invitational. At these meets, New Covenant has raced against some of the largest and fastest programs in the state and region.

This year’s girls’ team is made up of a mix of returning runners from last year’s team such as Leila Sconyers, Caroline Lamb, Wren Sconyers, and Carrigan Hovey. The team has also been strengthened with the arrival of new runners such as Anna Nelson, Macy McGahey, Gracie Cutliff, Bella Jordan, and Rylee Hawkins.

The most exciting new runner for the girls has been Layla Wickiser. Though only a 6th grader and having never run competitively, Layla has been the Lady Cavaliers’ top runner this season. She has already broke the school record by an amazing two minutes and has established herself as a top runner in the SCACS division with a blistering 24:10 personal best for the 5K.

The boys’ team this year is also a mix of returning runners from last year and new athletes to the team. The top returners are Elliott Wright, Gabe Miller, Ethan Varghese, Ethan Wright, and Ian McCall. That group has been greatly bolstered by the addition of Houston Funk, Evan Hamilton, Alyosha Truman, Alex Gebing, Jacob Valentine, Ben Matthews, Mike Albanese, and Caleb Gurley.

This year’s boys team is one of the deepest and strongest as the top 5 runners have consistently finished within sixty seconds of each other and have all run under 21 minutes, while an additional 5 runners have run under 26 minutes.

Both teams will be traveling to Fort Mill on Saturday, October 14th to race in the SCACS State Championship Meet. The teams are seeking to run fast, race hard, have fun, and glorify the Lord!

Friday Announcements, 10/6/17

Happy Friday!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • Serve Others ILove – We are kicking off our Fall Fundraiser (SOIL) with a chili cook off on Tues, Oct 24 from 6-7:30. Child care will be provided up to 5th grade. Please RSVP.
  • Chili Cook Off – We need cooks! Contact Mr. Canney at for details.
  • Sports Pack – Please label your child’s sports pack clothing items.
  • Box Tops – The PTO will be collecting box tops through Fri, Oct 20. Please label with child’s name and grade.
  • Mom’s Night Out Paint Night – Thurs, Oct 12Please register by Mon, Oct 9.
  • Preschool Picture Day – Wed, Oct 11 and Tues, Oct 17
  • Make Up Picture Day – Tues, Oct 17 at 8:15
  • PSAT – Wed, Oct 11
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Enjoy your weekend!

Flash Back – Graduation 2017!

In May of 2017, New Covenant School celebrated its 11th graduating class by presenting nine seniors who had met the requirements for graduation. It was a blessed evening of celebrating and honoring the seniors who worked very hard for many years to accomplish this academic achievement. At the same time, we sought to honor the Lord for His goodness and loving kindness to our school and our seniors. We were blessed to have former teacher and current Paratrooper Conor Aubry back to deliver the commencement address. After the seniors officially became alumni of New Covenant, we celebrated with a fun reception in our fellowship hall.

Congrats once again to Reese Miller, Anna Milford, Chase Harmon, Adam Mortenson, Rebecca Lamb, Drew Milford, Maddie Smith, Will Phillips, and Brooke Carver! Please enjoy the pictures as we Flash Back to a wonderful evening!