Graduation – 2018

On May 25th New Covenant School held its annual commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2018. It was a blessed celebration which featured a time of singing worship songs to give the Lord thanks for His goodness and kindness to our graduates, words of encouragement from our commencement speaker, the Reverend Patrick ‘Coach’ Miller, and of course the issuing of diplomas.

The 2018 graduation ceremony was the 12th in New Covenant’s history and brings our total number of graduates to 59. Praise the Lord! Please enjoy the pictures below from our ceremony and celebration courtesy of Erin Drago Photography.

Faculty Update – Preschool

New Covenant School has added another great teacher to our faculty, this time adding Mrs. Kayla Gibson! Mrs. Gibson has been hired to teach one of our K3 classes.


Kayla is joining us from Cameron, North Carolina.  She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has taught in the public schools, home-schooled her five lovely daughters, and most recently taught in a 3 year old preschool class.

Her husband of 29 years, Tim Gibson, is working with Wilderness Way Girls Camp School as the Family/Social worker.  They will be living in Fair Play near the camp.

Mrs. Gibson is excited to become a part of the New Covenant School family working along with the staff, parents, and students to have a wonderful new school year.

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Gibson to our school!

Faculty Update – 5th Grade

New Covenant is delighted to announce that we have hired Mrs. Kayla Sanders to teach 5th grade for the 2018-2019 school year.


Mrs. Sanders is a native to South Carolina, growing up in the Starr-Iva community.  Always knowing that she wanted to become a teacher, she went to Erskine College and majored in Elementary Education.  Shortly after graduating, Mrs. Sanders enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University where she earned her Master’s in Elementary Education.

She joins the New Covenant faculty with ten years of experience teaching 4th grade and two years of experience as a Curriculum Coordinator in the public school system.  She is excited about her new role of teaching 5th grade in a classical Christian school and being able to join families in a partnership to promote student learning in a Christ-centered environment.

Mrs. Sanders is married to Chad, and they have a six year old son that is in first grade at New Covenant. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, shopping, traveling, and working with the children’s ministry in her church.

Cavalier Chronicle – June 2018

Greetings from New Covenant School!
Our newest edition of The Cavalier Chronicle is ready to be viewed! Please follow the link below to view the June edition of our newsletter:
In this issue you will find information including:
  • Class of 2018
  • Field Day
  • Academic Honors
  • Faculty Update
The Cavalier Chronicle is a great way to find out what is going on with New Covenant School and to let others know.  If you would like for us to add anyone to our distribution list (grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, Pastors, etc…) please email us at and include an email address.
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Faculty Update – 2nd Grade

New Covenant School is thrilled to announce we have hired Miss Grace Hermesmann to teach 2nd grade for the 2018-2019 school year.

Miss Hermesmann is from Jobstown, New Jersey, and graduated from Grove City College  (PA) with degrees in English and French.  She first became intrigued by classical education during her undergraduate studies, where she spent time interning and volunteering at two different classical Christian schools.  One of the schools, Grove City Christian Academy, is led by Mr. Sidney Henriquez, a good friend of our own Headmaster, Mr. Canney.

Grace will be new to South Carolina and is eager to begin exploring the South after marrying her fiancé, Joseph, this August!  Grace is a lover of learning, and has a heart for seeing young students grow into pursuers of truth.  She looks forward to jumping into this process with New Covenant’s second graders this school year.  In her leisure time, Grace enjoys having a cup of tea and reading a good book.  She also loves to write, sing hymns, bike, exercise, and spend time outdoors!

Please join us in welcoming Miss Hermesmann (soon to be Mrs. Swanson =) to our school staff!


June Update

Welcome to the June Update for NCS!

Summer is here! Yet we are already gearing up for August! 

School Update
Our enrollment is looking very strong as get in to June. Here is a breakdown…

  • Preschool currently has 51 students enrolled. We would love a few more K4 and K3 students for the 5 day a week classes!
  • The Grammar School currently has 90 students enrolled. This includes 20 Kindergarten students! Praise God! We would love some more K5 students and there are a few seats open in other grades!
  • The Logic and Rhetoric Schools (6th – 12th) currently have 69 students enrolled. We have open seats in each grade and we have had a consistent interest from prospective families over the summer. Pray that we would add just the right students and families!    
While our enrollment is strong, we would love to add more students. Please help us spread the word that seats are still available!
NCS Faculty Update 
The Lord has truly blessed us with some outstanding new faculty. We are wrapping things up for 2nd and 5th grades. Watch for official announcements coming soon. 
Hope McLaughlin and Kayla Gibson have joined our preschool as teachers. 
Jodie Hawthorne is already proving to be a great asset to our school. Please let others know about this wonderful development at our school.
Sid Stewart and myself will be meeting with a consultant for classical Christian schools to brainstorm how we can better market New Covenant. We already have some neat projects in the works. Stay tuned!

New Email
All of our faculty will be switching over to email addresses that end with Most faculty will have first initial, last name  

Mr. Canney’s new email is 

School Security 

Every year we look to improve our security. We are happy to report that this summer NCS has purchased 22 four channel Motorola walkie-talkies. This addresses our most pressing concern for our school, which was communication. 

NCS Athletics
As we look to build upon the success of our basketball and cross country programs, we are adding a volleyball team this fall! Girls in 6th through 12th are eligible. Also, homeschool students can play as long as they take at least one class with us. Please help spread the word!


To help with the cost of launching a team, the volleyball program is hosting a yard sale this Saturday June 16th from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM at 120 Ridgeway Trail. More info here!

Summer Schedule
The summer schedule is upon us! The school office is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 to 3:30. The office is closed on Fridays. 

Summer Work Day
There is A LOT that needs done over the summer. We will be organizing a work day in July. More info to come! If you are interested and able please email Mr. Canney to let him know!
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Faculty Update, Preschool!

New Covenant is excited to announce that we have hired Hope McLaughlin to teach in our preschool! Mrs. McLaughlin will be teaching our 3 year old class that meets 5 days a week.

Hope grew up in Radford, Virginia.  She attended Radford University where she graduated summa cum laude in 2000.  She is certified to teach preschool-6th grade.  Back in Virginia, she taught preschool in the public school system for 5 years.  She also taught kindergarten for a year before having her first child.  She has also been a children’s choir director and has taught in church preschools.  Hope has been working with preschool aged children for 20 years. 

Hope and her husband Joe have two boys: Matthew (12) and Jonathan (9).   They live in Pendleton.  Hope enjoys working jigsaw puzzles, photography, playing the piano, and traveling with her family!

Hope is very excited to join the preschool team at New Covenant this fall! Please join us in welcoming her!

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