New 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!
New Covenant School is blessed to announce that we have hired Mrs. Nicole Dunn to teach our 2 year old class.
Mrs. Dunn was born and raised in Charleston, SC. After graduating from high school in 2005, she went to Anderson College where she played soccer before transferring to New Mexico State University. At NMSU she earned her undergraduate and Masters degrees in Special Education in 2011. While living in New Mexico she met her husband, Perry, and after getting married they moved to Portland, Oregon where she was a middle school special education teacher and assistant track coach while Perry was in Physical Therapy school.
The Lord brought their family back to Anderson in 2014 and they feel so blessed to live here! They have two fun and energetic boys who will attend New Covenant, Tate (K4) and Cooper (K2). In her spare time she loves to run and crochet. Nicole is so excited to join the New Covenant staff! Please join us in welcoming her!
New Covenant School is blessed to announce that Mr. Mike Huguet has been hired to teach 4th grade for the up coming school year. Mr. Huguet will be familiar to many in the NCS family, as he previously taught 5th grade for us.
Mr. Huguet grew up in Louisiana, but has lived in the Upstate for 14 of the last 16 years. Mr. Huguet comes back to NCS having previously completed a B.S. in Human Resource Development and two Master’s degrees in Education from Bob Jones University. It was during graduate school that he met his wife, Beka. Mr. and Mrs. Huguet have two sons, Reagan (4) and Alexander (born in 2016).
Mr. Huguet has four years of classroom experience, teaching both 5th and 6th grades. For the last three years he has been employed at BJU Press and has worked on producing three distance learning courses, both on and off camera.
Mike serves as a deacon at Concord Community Church and teaches regularly there. He enjoys reading, playing guitar, being outdoors, and swimming with his family. He also loves to cook Cajun food for his family. Mr. Huguet is excited to return to New Covenant School to help students love to learn.
Please join us as we welcome Mr. Huguet back to our school!
New Covenant School is honored and blessed to announce that Mrs. Lauren Hege has been hired to teach middle school and freshman PE!
Lauren is a native of High Point, NC, where she was privileged to attend and graduate from a private Christian school. The faithful example of her teachers and family helped lead her to accept Christ into her life in the sixth grade.
After high school, Lauren attended Southern Wesleyan University. A four-year starting middle hitter on the women’s volleyball team, Lauren earned All-Conference honors during her senior season. She graduated in 2003 with a double major in Physical Education (concentration in Exercise Science) and Recreation Administration.
Following graduation, Lauren managed a fitness center and worked as a personal trainer for several years before becoming a middle school PE teacher in Yulee, FL. While teaching, she served as the staff Wellness Champion, head coach of the middle school girls’ volleyball team, and head coach of the Yulee Sunsetters club volleyball team.
Lauren and her husband, Nathan, moved to Anderson in 2012. They have two children who attend New Covenant; Brooklyn (kindergarten) and Blaine (K2).
Please join us in giving Coach Hege a BIG Cavalier welcome to our staff!
New Covenant School is excited to announce that we have hired Mrs. Kim Shore to serve as our Grammar School (K5-5th grade) PE teacher!
Mrs. Shore grew up in Anderson and graduated as the valedictorian of her class from McDuffie High School. She went to college at Clemson University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1998. Also in 1998 she married her high school sweetheart, Chris.
Kim graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Masters in Rehab Science/Physical Therapy in 2000 and has worked in the pediatric field of therapy since. Mrs. Shore felt a calling to teaching in 2008 and completed course work at Anderson University to receive her teaching certificate for Early Childhood and Elementary Education in 2009.
Coach Shore is excited to join the New Covenant staff so that she can use both her teaching experience along with her gross motor skills training to help kids learn and love physical activity!
Mr. and Mrs. Shore have three children; Keifer (15), Carley (12), and Katey (6). As a family they love Clemson sports, playing sports (volleyball is Kim’s favorite), spending time on the lake, and spending time at church.
Please join us as we welcome Coach Shore to the NCS family!
The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program reflects the growing statewide effort to improve education in South Carolina and responds to the needs of students possessing unique abilities. The purpose of the program is to identify students and provide opportunities that will facilitate their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement
The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program was developed by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) during the 1985-86 school year to identify eighth grade students with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs. The program includes a process for screening a potential talent pool of students, identifying and recognizing those students with exceptionally high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability, and sponsoring summer opportunities in collaboration with participating South Carolina colleges and universities.
In eighth grade, qualifying students (those scoring 95% or higher on seventh grade standardized tests in one or more subject areas) are invited to take the PSAT. Students who scored 550 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or 530 or higher on the Math portion of the PSAT/NMSQT are recognized as South Carolina Junior Scholars.
This year New Covenant is blessed to have Rachel Lopez receive this honor! Congratulations to Rachel and her family!
Each year the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) recognizes academically gifted students in grades 4-7. The program, begun in 1980 with help from the Duke Endowment, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.
Students qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile on a qualifying exam (Stanford Achievement Test at NCS). Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test.
Each year, NCS recognizes our students that have met the requirements to become Duke TIP Scholars. This year we are pleased to announce that the following students have been named as Duke TIP Scholars:
Our New Covenant Varsity Boys Basketball team, along with Coach Patrick Miller and parents, were invited to the South Carolina State House on April 27th to be recognized for their recent state championship.
The team traveled to Columbia to be commended for winning the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) 1A State Championship in February. The team was escorted into the House chambers where they lined up in front of the chambers. Representative Anne Thayer called attention to New Covenant’s team as a unique team for winning this award due to the newness of the athletic program.
She also honored the New Covenant Varsity Girls team for taking second place in their state championship.
Mrs. Thayer spoke of the team’s drive, determination, and tremendous success this season. Both Stuart Marshburn and Reese Miller were recognized for being named to the State All Star Team. Coach Patrick Miller and assistant coaches were honored for capitalizing on their own athletic ability and training to build an award winning team. The South Carolina House of Representatives awarded a certificate to New Covenant for an extraordinary season. Representative Thayer thanked the parents and others who supported the team by traveling to practices and games. The gentlemen were able to shake hands with the members of the House as they exited.
Afterward the team was escorted to the stairs of the State House where Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant greeted them and shared about the current events going on that day. He described the responsibilities as Lieutenant Governor and reminded the boys that those at the State House work for the voters. He invited them to come spend the day and communicated his desire to be available for those he is serving. The Lieutenant Governor congratulated the team and took pictures with them as well.
The New Covenant Varsity Boys Team was excited and honored to be recognized in this way. It was a special privilege and a reward after all their hard work and tremendous season! Congrats Coach Miller and boys!
Adding an Honor Society such as Beta Club or the National Honor Society has long been a desire of many at New Covenant School. This school year, we have had the privilege of opening our own chapter of the American Christian Honor Society (ACHS). As members of South Caroline Association of Christian Schools (SCACS), New Covenant School is also a member of the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) which sponsors the ACHS.
The American Christian Honor Society (ACHS) was founded by the AACS in 1979 to honor qualified high school students in member schools and to be uniquely Christian in its emphasis. The American Christian Honor Society seeks to:
Advance Christian Scholarship
Challenge Christian Leadership
Honor Christian Character
Stimulate Christian Service
On April 7, 2017, we were excited to induct our charter members into the New Covenant School chapter of the American Christian Honor Society. Congratulations to our charter members!