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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).

Friday Announcements, 12/8/17

Happy Friday!

What a wonderful day we have had! A little wet and cold, but what a blessing!
Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  •  The Candy Cane Shop will be open for Preschool – 5th grade to purchase gifts for friends and family next week! Please send shopping list and money with your child on Monday, Dec 11.
  • January lunch orders are due Mon, Dec 11 – Pay and order here:
  • T-shirt Tuesday Dec 12. Students may wear any NCS t-shirt with jeans.
  • All School Chapel – Fri, Dec 15 at 9am
  • Early Dismissal – All students will be dismissed at 11:30 on Fri, Dec 15. No late stay will be available.
Enjoy your weekend!

First Quarter Honor Roll

013215ed3c66259aec689aeedab875a7451b96ca18A big congratulations to our students who earned a place on the Honor Roll for the first quarter! Our goal is to praise the Lord for His grace towards us when we accomplish anything. Therefore our Honor Roll gives our school and our students reason to praise God. Of course our temptation is to praise ourselves, so our prayer is that our families and students would remember Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

Headmaster’s List (All A’s)

2nd Grade: Katie Bradshaw, Dee Jachens, Kate Jachens, Caroline Mattox, Eden Rexrode, Jada Rose Shetrompf, Jaxon Turner, Alyssa Walker

3rd Grade: Emerson Canney, McKenna Cleghorn, Josiah Eaves, Will Hawkins, Chase McMahan, Meredith Milford, Kye Owens, Elijah Poore, Savannah Smith, Colton Walker, Emie Wright

4th Grade: Owen Hopkins, Stephanie Landis, Lucy Mattox, Kate Moore

5th Grade: Addison Canney, Elijah Covert, Asher Eaves, Bethany Rexrode, Townes Sconyers, Virginia Wickiser

6th Grade: Lauren Landis, Layal Wickiser

7th Grade: Emma Jordan, Eliza Mattox, Felicity Shaw, Carley Shore, Emma Wolthuis

8th Grade: Olivia Burdette, Clark DiMaio, Aidan Graves, Lily Wickiser

9th Grade: Will Hardy, Rachel Lopez

10th Grade: Kaitlin Curnow, Macy McGahey, Elliott Wright

11th Grade: Ian McCall, Leila Sconyers, Deacon Shaw

12th Grade: James Curnow

A/B Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Nora Hallmark, Ayden Howard, Linlee Keese, Bryce Ritter

3rd Grade: Caleb Byce, Sofia Orellana, Elizabeth Sealey

4th Grade: Delilah Doster, Anna Grace Jachens, Cadence Nelson, Charis Nelson

6th Grade: Ben Bradshaw, Paul DiMaio, Christina Doroshchak, Rylee Hawkins, Liam Hopkins, Bella Jordan, Adeline Nelson

7th Grade: Caleb Gurley, Ian Harmon

8th Grade: Erin Dance, Evan Hamilton, Ella Milford

9th Grade: Elsie Doroshchak, Matthew Harmon, Olivia Milford, Joseph Mortenson, Wren Sconyers, Ethan Wright

10th Grade: Chloe Curnow, Maria Doroshchak

11th Grade: Anna Doroshchak, Allison Dutterer, Houston Funk, Daniel Graves, Anna Nelson, Zoe Wickiser

12th Grade: Whitner Cann, Grayson Hardy, John Michael O’Neal


The House System

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New Covenant School is excited to announce that we have added a House System to our Upper School. Every 6th through 12th grader has been placed in a house that they will remain a part of forever. The Houses accumulate points throughout the year with friendly competitions and random acts of kindness.

The Houses are named after our founding Pastor, Dr. David Rountree and our previous Headmasters, Mr. Maurice Lopez, Mr. Dennis Bills, and Mr. Joey Thames.

The Houses are based on Psalm 1, especially verse 3…

“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.”

The House System was introduced when our students attended an Upper School Fall Retreat at Camp Hope, September 6th through 8th. The House fun began immediately with the students competing in various games and activities. The goal of the program is to improve the student experience at NCS by giving our students increased opportunities for fellowship. Below are some pictures of the Houses from the retreat!



Friday Announcements, 11/3/17

Happy Friday!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • December Hot Lunch  – NEW!  Follow this link to order and pay for December hot lunch! Orders are due by Nov 27.
  • SOIL Corporate Packet – Do you know of possible businesses that would love to partner with us as we seek to Serve Others in Love? Then be sure to check your child’s book bag for a Corporate Sponsor Packet that was sent home today. This is the type of campaign that local businesses love to get behind and support. Additionally, if you know of a business that you think would be interested in hearing about SOIL but you do not want to make contact, please let us know and Mr. Canney will reach out to them. Thank you for your help and support! Also, if you need additional Corporate Packets please stop by the school office.
  • Thanksgiving Program – Tuesday, Nov 14 at 6:30pm. Special performances by our preschool and grammar school students.
  • Basketball Spirit Squad – K5-5th grade girls are invited to join the New Covenant Basketball Spirit Squad! If interested, contact Mrs. Hallmark at for more information.
  • CAVS Football – The JV and Varsity teams will be competing in playoff games tomorrowNov 4, at their home field! JV will play at 11:00am and Varsity at 6:30pm.Go CAVS!
  • Fall Back – Remember to turn your clock back Saturday night – Daylight Saving Time Ends this weekend!
  • Original Works – The PTO will collect orders through Monday, Nov 6.
  • Ingles Shoppers – If you frequently shop at Ingles, please consider signing up for an Ingles Advantage Card and link it to our school! Our school code is 12108.
Enjoy your weekend!

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
SOIL Save the Date
Enjoy your weekend!