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New Covenant School is a Christian institution of foundational learning assisting parents in the biblical discipline and training of their children. Recognizing that all knowledge comes from God alone, we are committed to integrating His truth revealed in Scripture into every aspect of the school providing a rigorous, quality academic program training children to think biblically about every area of life. The mission of New Covenant School is best exemplified in the motto "Presenting every student complete in Christ" (Colossians 1:28).

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
SOIL Save the Date
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!


Friday Announcements, 9/29/17

Happy Friday!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • Moms Night Out – All moms are invited to a paint night on Thurs, Oct 12, led by NCS mom and Art teacher, Marie Wright. The cost is $10 and registration deadline is Monday, Oct 9.
  • Cavalier Homecoming Tomorrow! Festivities begin at 2pm (see attached)
  • Lower School Picture Day Tuesday, Oct 3 
  • Upper School Picture Day Wednesday, Oct 4
  • PSAT (9th-11th grade) Wednesday, Oct 11 – Those students will be dismissed after testing.
  • SAVE THE DATE! Chili Cook to Kick Off our Day of Service Event! October 24, 6:00 PM!
SOIL Save the Date
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday Announcements, 9/15/17

Happy Friday!

  • Mito Walk – NCS proudly supports the Cutliff family in their effort to raise awareness and donations toward Samuel’s research fund with the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Please see the flyer attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email for info on the Mito Walk and how to order a t-shirt!
  • PTO – The PTO will meet right after drop-off next Wed, Sept 20 in the library.
  • School Photos: Save the Date! – Erin Drago will be taking our school photos again this year! The dates are: Tues, Oct 3 – Lower School; Wed, Oct 4 – Upper School; Wed Oct 11 – Preschool. An order form will go home next Friday.
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday Announcements, 9/1/17

Happy Friday!
Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • Soccer Shots sign-up information for K3-3rd Grade
  • Smart Tuition Update
  • New Covenant Athletic Club’s 1K Race – contact Coach Canney at for more information! This is open to all kids in K5 through 5th grade, including non-NCS students!
  • Ladies Bible Study
  • NO SCHOOL on Monday, Sept 4


Enjoy the long weekend!

Friday Announcements, 8/25/17

Welcome Back!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • Hot Lunch Order Forms – Please note some changes and new options! Forms and payment are due by Tuesday, Aug 29. The first lunch will be served Monday, Sept 11.
  • Anderson Cavaliers First Home Game – Come out and support your team this Saturday, Aug 26th at Old McCants Field! The JV game begins at 4 and Varsity at 6. Admission is $3 for students, $5 for adults, $15 family max. The Yellow Hamburger House Food Truck will be on site with hamburgers, hotdogs, french fries and more!
  • Cavalier Cheer – The Anderson Cavalier Spirit Cheer Team is gearing up for the 2017 Football Season.  This beginners level cheering squad is open to all girls in K5-5th grade. The Spirit Cheer team will cheer for the first quarter of four Middle School Home games this year.In order to participate in this year’s team, please come to our practice next Wednesday, August 30th from 5:30-6:30 at the Anderson Civic Center practice field and bring $10.00 for our Spirit Cheer T-shirt.  Please contact Amy Rexrode at or 864/933-2825 to find out more information!
  • Let us hear from you– Please take a moment to complete our Back to School Night Survey at The deadline to submit is Monday, Aug 28th.
Enjoy your weekend!

Faculty Update, Music

16473436_10210751235310467_2290554664959679611_nNew Covenant School is excited to add Mrs. Megan Bates to our staff (again!) as our Music teacher!

Mrs. Bates is originally from Spartanburg, SC. She began playing the violin at age 10 and attended Spartanburg High School where she was very active in the Symphony Orchestra. She went on to graduate with a degree in Music Education from Converse College.

After college, Mrs. Bates taught strings at Pickens Middle School for six years. She now lives in Anderson with her husband, Bryan and three children, Caleb (10), Nathan (7), and Lily (4). Lily is in K4 at our Preschool!

The Bates’ attend High Praises Church, where they currently serve on the youth staff and music department. Mrs. Bates is also a member of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. Bates has previously taught music for our Preschool and Grammar School.  She is excited to be a part of the New Covenant faculty again! Please join us in welcoming her back!