Friday Announcements, 3/16/18

Happy Friday!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards – Each student received a hard copy, but they are also available to view in Gradelink.
  • PTO Restaurant Fundraiser Night – Thursday, Mar 22 from 5-8pm at Fuddruckers! You must present the attached flyer when you order and Fuddruckers will donate 10% of all sales to NCS-PTO.
  • NCS Drama Fundraiser – The drama department will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser for students and their families on Thursday, Mar 29 from 7:30-8:15am  in C-108. They will be serving muffins, donuts, coffee and juice for $3/person. Please complete the order form and return by Friday, Mar 23.
  • Hot Lunch – Orders are due by Tuesday, Mar 20. Please order and pay here:
  • Save the Date: PTO Restaurant Night Monday, Mar 26 at Firehouse
  • T-Shirt Tuesday Mar 27
  • Easter All School Chapel – Thursday, Mar 29 at 9am in the Sanctuary. Students are encouraged to wear their Sunday best!
  • Easter Break Mar 30 – Apr 6
  • Re-Enrollment – Please go to and re-enroll your student(s) for 2018-19. If paid by April 1st, the re-enrollment fee will be applied to your tuition. After April 1st, it becomes an additional fee.
Students serving the community as part of our Day of Service campaign.
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday Announcements, 3/9/18

Happy Friday!

Daylight Saving Time Begins on Sunday, March 11 – Remember to set your clocks AHEAD!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • PTO restaurant fundraiser night – Monday, March 12 at Chipotle from 5-9p! You wil need to present the flyer when you order (paper or electronically).
  • Re-Enrollment – Just a reminder that if you re-enroll before April 1st, the fee is applied toward your tuition. After April 1st, it becomes an additional fee.
  • Hot Lunch – Please order and pay for April and May hot lunch here: Orders are due by Tuesday, March 20. Please be mindful of field trips, special class events, etc when ordering.
  • Cavalier Chronicle – Our March edition is hot off the press and available to read here:
  • More NCS News –
    • Chess Team Competes at State Tournament
    • Senior Spotlight – Grayson Hardy
    • Cavalier Boys overcome obstacles to win State
  • Easter All School Chapel – Thursday, March 29. Students are encouraged to wear their Sunday best!
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Enjoy your weekend!

New Covenant Chess Team Competes at State Tournament!

In the fall of 2017 New Covenant re-launched its chess program with experienced coach and New Covenant parent, Mr. Daryl Dowty. The chess club meets once a week on Tuesdays after school and learns everything from the basics of chess to complicated strategies. Out of the chess club more serious players form the New Covenant Chess Team.

The NC Chess Team recently had the privilege to compete at the South Carolina Scholastic Championship in Columbia. The tournament was held at the South Carolina State Museum.  There different grade sections that the players could compete in. They were K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12. More experienced players were allowed to play up for better competition.

The two students who represented New Covenant were 2nd grader Ayden Howard and 4th grader Daryl Dowty (Coach Dowty’s son).  Both Ayden and Daryl won 3 games out of 5 in their respective sections. Daryl still had a chance for a 7th place trophy going into the final round but did not win that game. There were a total of 249 players from all parts of the state.

Coach Dowty was very impressed with the performance of Ayden Howard who was competing in his first tournament. He lost his first game in 6 quick moves but he stayed positive and had a good attitude. Ayden bounced back for his remaining four games, winning three of them.

Overall Coach Dowty was pleased with how the boys competed. He is excited for future tournaments and his hope is that more students will join the club because if there were just three more players in each section the New Covenant Chess Team could compete for a team trophy!

For more information on this tournament, please visit their website at

Congratulations to Ayden, Daryl, and Coach Dowty on a great chess tournament!


Senior Spotlight, Grayson Hardy

IMG_0462I have been a student at New Covenant School since K-4. I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to grow up in a school that puts God first in everything they do. Perhaps the most important aspect of my education from New Covenant was learning how to think for myself and not just take someone’s word for something. This is a very important skill to have as I move on to college next year where not everyone will have the same beliefs as me.

The past three years I have been able to play on the school basketball team. Being on this team has taught me things that could never be learned in a classroom. It has taught me several skills such as the ability to follow and trust somebody else’s leading but it has also taught me how to be a good leader. Also, being able to say that I won back to back state championships in high school is a pretty cool accomplishment.

After I graduate, I plan on attending Clemson University and studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences. The education that I have received at New Covenant will not only help me excel in the classroom but also in almost any other activity that I might choose to do. I am confident that as I prepare to move on from high school, I have received the best possible education as well as a strong rooting in my faith.    


Cavalier Chronicle, March 2018

Please follow the link below to view the March edition of our newsletter, The Cavalier Chronicle:
In this issue you will find information including:
  • Basketball State Champs!
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • Spring Drama Production
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
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Cavalier Boys Overcome Obstacles to Win State!

The ‘pop’ was audible. The reaction was instant. The knowledge was dreadful. New Covenant Cavaliers Varsity Boys coach Patrick Miller had just ruptured his Achilles tendon in a mid-season December practice. “Unfortunately I did the same thing to my other Achilles about 8 years ago, so immediately I knew what had happened,” commented Coach Miller recently. What had also immediately happened was that the Cavalier boys team was dealing with its first major obstacle of the season, and arguably the biggest obstacle it has faced since its inception three years ago. “The injury was hard to deal with. My lack of mobility. The pain and discomfort,” said Coach Miller. He continued, “What was really scary was that I developed blood clots that could have been life threatening.” The result was that Coach Miller had to take a leave of absence from the team for about two weeks.

“When Coach was out, we were really struggling to find who we were as a team,” said Senior Captain Stuart Marshburn. “We had to play some really tough games without him.”

However, overcoming obstacles became the theme of the season for the Cavalier boys, so it was no surprise to anyone that when they were down 14-2 early against Foothills Christian School in the South Carolina Association of Christian School (SCACS) 1A State Championship game they did not panic. They did what their coach had taught them to do. They fought and clawed their way back into the game and ultimately came out on top to secure their second straight SCACS 1A State Championship.

The Cavaliers celebrate their second straight State Championship!

Here is what Senior Grayson Hardy had to say. “One of the games we played without Coach was actually against Foothills and in that game we got down 12-0. We fought back, but ultimately lost. We learned a lot about ourselves, so with Coach there, we knew we could do it.”

To even have a chance against Foothills, New Covenant first had to defeat the overall number 1 seed in the State Tournament, Carolina Christian School, in a semifinal match up. Stuart Marshburn led the Cavaliers with 32 points and Freshman Miles Miller came off the bench to score 17 points.  Grayson Hardy and Senior Whitner Cann were outstanding in their defending of Carolina’s top two scorers. That victory set up a rematch of last year’s State Championship game.

The offensive game plan for Foothills, which ultimately proved effective, was different from any other game this season. The plan for the final game was to attack the rim through the low post with players such as Senior James Curnow and Junior Houston Funk, or off of the dribble drive by Marshburn and others. The hope was to get some easy points at the rim or to get Foothills in foul trouble. By the third quarter Foothills had two starters in foul trouble thus momentum and pressure had shifted from the Cavs being down early and climbing back, to Foothills pressing knowing their lead and ability to hold it was crumbling. Thus  when two Foothills players fouled out in the 4th quarter the game began to completely move in New Covenant’s favor. The team sensed victory and was able to seize it. Leading the way were James Curnow with 10 points and Stuart Marshburn with 12 points. They both did the hard work of pounding the ball into the lane and finishing at the hole for three quarters. After a shaky start defensively, Whitner Cann and Sophomore Gabe Miller really harassed and shut down Foothills two main scorers in the second half. Junior Alyosha Truman (9 points), Gabe Miller (7 points) and Houston Funk (4 points) made huge plays offensively and defensively in the final 3 minutes to swing the game in New Covenant’s favor for the first time where it remained until the buzzer.

In a season filled with obstacles, the result was another State Championship for the Cavalier boys. “Last year, going undefeated and winning our first State Championship was special. This year with our struggles at times made winning state very satisfying. And of course going back to back is really sweet,” remarked Coach Miller.

Coach Miller pictured with his five seniors.

Congratulations to the New Covenant School boys basketball team for winning their second straight State Championship!  

Friday Announcements, 3/2/18

Happy Friday!

**Ladies Night Out is tonight! There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • PTO Fundraiser Restaurant Night –  Thank you to everyone that came out to Panera Bread Tuesday night on such short notice! In case you missed it, there will be several more opportunities. The PTO has scheduled a restaurant fundraiser night each week! The schedule is listed below. The next one is Thursday, March 8 from 4-9pm at Creekside Barbeque. Come out and support local business and help the school raise money for the PTO. Be sure to mention NCS when you order!
  • Cavalier Football – There will be an informational meeting for any returning or interested players and parents on Monday, March 5 at 6:30 at NCS in C-108.
  • PTO Meeting – Wednesday, March 7 at 8:15 in the Library
  • Soccer Shots – It’s not too late to sign up! The next class meets Wed, March 7. Go to and register by Tues, March 6.
  • Save the Date: PTO Fundraiser Restaurant Nights
    • March 8 – Creekside
    • March 12 – Chipotle
    • March 22 – Fuddruckers
    • March 26 – Firehouse
    • April 4 – Sonic
    • April 10 – Casa Fuentes
    • April 23 – Firehouse
Thank you for a great RACE WITH ALL YOUR HEART event! Please work on collecting any pledges!
Enjoy your weekend!

Lady Cavalier Basketball, State Champs!

Back in 2015-2016, New Covenant’s Girls Varsity Basketball coach Joe Canney sensed an opportunity. “We were in the midst of our inaugural season and things were going OK but we were getting beaten quite a bit,” Coach Canney recently reflected. “We only had two wins so far so I really wanted a signature moment for our first season.” With Lighthouse Christian School visiting for a Senior Night game Coach Canney thought this might be the moment. “I knew we would have a big crowd and I knew we were improved from when we lost to them by more than 20 earlier in the season.” Four quarters and 40 points later, the Lady Cavs had their signature win, 40 – 34, for their first season. “We knew at the time it was big. We didn’t realize how big until a little while later.” What happened later that season was that the same Lighthouse team went on to win the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) 1A State Championship. Coach Canney continued, “A lot of us watched that game online, so right then we knew winning a state championship was a real possibility for us. After that game it became a goal. A mission.”

New Covenant Lady Cavs, SCACS 1A State Champs

In February 2018, that mission was accomplished as the Lady Cavs won their first SCACS 1A State Championship with a 35 – 25 victory against none other than Lighthouse Christian School. “It was definitely special to beat them in the championship game. They are a great program, with a great coach and definitely our number one rival. If we were going to win it was only fitting that it was against them,” remarked Coach Canney. This in part was because the New Covenant girls lost the 2017 State Championship to Lighthouse. “That was by far our most bitter moment in the program’s three year history. But it served as the fuel for this year’s team,” said Coach Canney.

Clearly this year’s team was fueled for success. After dropping their first game of the season, the Lady Cavs ripped off 9 wins in a row before a disappointing mid-season loss to Hampton Park. The New Covenant girls responded quickly as they rolled off another 9 consecutive wins including two victories in the SCACS State Tournament to finish 18-2 overall and 6-0 in their conference.

In the State Championship game the Lady Cavs took a commanding early lead as they held Lighthouse scoreless in the first quarter. “We were not shooting the ball well early, due in part to Lighthouse’s defense. But we were really locking them down with our defense so we felt in control of the game,” said Coach Canney as he reflected on the championship game. Just before halftime, Captain Molly Landis nailed a three pointer to put the Lady Cavs up 19-4. From there it was a matter of managing the game to seal the Lady Cavs first State Championship. “We knew Lighthouse would make a run at us in the second half, but I had complete confidence that our girls would come out on top,” said Coach Canney. It was truly a team win as six different Lady Cavs scored, led by 8th grade sensation Lily Wickiser with 14 points. Senior Molly Landis finished her Lady Cav career with an impressive stat line of 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4  assists, and 6 steals.

When asked what the signature moment of this season was, Coach Canney chuckled as he replied, “Well I guess it has to be the State Championship game. But at the same time our win against Oakwood (Christian School, Anderson) proved to us that we could play and beat anybody. But yeah I think I’ll remember the State Championship game for a while.”

It definitely was a memorable moment for the New Covenant School Lady Cavalier basketball program and showcased how far they have come since their first season in 2015-2016. Coach Canney concluded, “I am so thankful for all the hard work the girls have put in along with how much their families have sacrificed. Above all I am thankful to the 10 seniors we have had over the last three years who have laid the foundation for us to build on.” It is clearly a strong foundation as the Lady Cavaliers look forward to next year. “Yeah, I look forward to trying to get back to the state tournament next year, but for right now I just want to praise our Lord for the blessings of this remarkable season,” said Coach Canney.

A remarkable year it was as the 2017-2018 New Covenant Lady Cavaliers are State Champions!

2017-2018 Varsity Lady Cavaliers


NCS Alumni Hit The Big Screen! 

On the Red Carpet (L-R) Chase Harmon, Rebecca Lamb, Will Phillips, Anna Milford, Adam Mortenson, Taylor Skipper
Clemson University recently hosted it annual Campus Movie Fest on Wednesday, February 21st in Littlejohn Coliseum. The festival is a free event open to anyone and showcases the best 16 short-film entries.  The entrants were photographed on the red carpet, won various prizes, and were treated with cookies, popcorn and refreshments throughout the evening. The entrants did not know if they were chosen until their video was shown on the screen. 
This year, NCS 2017 alums Chase Harmon, Rebecca Lamb, Anna Milford, Adam Mortenson, Will Phillips and Taylor Skipper entered the contest and were one of the 16 films chosen from 86 entries! A great accomplishment for the first-time freshman group! Their short-film, which had to be less than 5 minutes, was titled, “Make A Friend”. It was written, directed, and edited by Adam Mortenson, who came to enjoy film-making through his Spanish classes at New Covenant. Our Spanish teacher, Senora Kelly Wickiser encourages students to do a semester project with a video (spoken in Spanish of course) as one option. Adam and his classmates filmed a large variety of Spanish videos during their time as high school students.
Adam and his star actors, mentioned above, were elated to have been chosen and were encouraged by the crowds comments, cheering, and clapping. Fellow alums and former Spanish video comrades, Brooke Carver and Maddie Smith, were in attendance as well and were able to share the joyous moment. Who knows what big screen you’ll find these alumni on next?

Friday Announcements, 2/23/18

Happy Friday!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • Dr. Seuss – We will celebrate Dr. Seuss each day next week! Please see flyer for themes.
  • Race with all your Heart – The race is next Thursday, Mar 1. All sponsorship tracking sheets are due Monday, Feb 26. Students are asked to wear red on race day and are encouraged to decorate their shirt for the race!
  • Box Tops – Due Monday, Feb 26
  • Ladies Night Out – Friday, Mar 2. Don’t miss this fun event! Tickets are available in the school office.

Dr Seuss 2018

Enjoy your weekend!

Presenting Every Student Complete in Christ