Each year, approximately 99% of WCS students will attend college after graduation. Many students will begin at a four-year college and others will begin at the community college. During their time in the upper high school grades, students have several opportunities to explore the college options open to them.
On Monday morning, September 24th, Wayne Christian juniors and seniors anxiously awaited the arrival of the charter bus taking them to the College Fair at North Raleigh Christian Academy. Thirty-nine students and several parents attended. The fair featured thirty-eight colleges and universities. Students were tasked with the assignment of speaking with at least five of the representatives.
After returning home, students wrote papers detailing what they experienced as they visited with the college representatives. They were to find the enrollment figures for the schools, what were the top five programs at the school, and other relevant information. In late November, seniors will also attend ‘Discover Wayne’ at Wayne Community College, where they will see first hand what the local college has to offer.
Our annual Boosterthon fundraising event kicks off on Monday, October 8. Pledging will open for the Wayne Christian School Fun Run on the same day!
We have set a goal of raising $35,000 for this year’s Boostethon. If 100% of families get pledges from 5 sponsors, we will easily surpass our goal of $35,000. (Sidenote: Mr. Brenner has promised to dye his hair WCS Red if we reach this goal!)
The easiest way to help us reach our goals is through our easy SHARE feature on funrun.com.
Make a Student Star video to share with Facebook Friends
Copy and paste the email template and then send to family, friends, and local businesses
Go to funrun.com from your mobile device, click share, and send texts to friends and family
Remember, every pledge counts.
We will host our Fun Run on Wednesday, October 17. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us as we celebrate the end of the Boosterthon.
I had the privilege of worshiping with our elementary students this morning during Chapel. What a blessing it was to listen to them praise the true and living God. They were singing “In the Eye of the Storm,” the same song that they sang in the video that went viral right before Hurricane Florence. (If you haven’t seen the video, you should take a look. Over 3 million people viewed it on Facebook and it was picked up by media outlets around the country.)
While sitting there, I was reminded of why I love our school so much. Mr. Miranda talked about the morning they sang the song in the hallway. He said, “We prayed like we always do every morning, then we sang the song.” It hit me right then … he said “we prayed like we do EVERY morning.”
What a privilege to pray together every morning!
It was fun to watch the video go viral a few weeks ago. It was heartwarming to listen to people tell me about how they cried when they first watched it. It was humbling to read the comments (almost 3000) from people across the globe.
God took something small, something ordinary, something we do every day–and blessed millions. Amazing!
I think I got a glimpse of how the little boy felt in Matthew 14. The little boy offered his lunch to Jesus, and Jesus fed 5,000 with it. This month, our kids offered prayer and praise, and Jesus used it to feed millions!
We are officially through six weeks of school this year and October is already here. I always enjoy this time of year – football, the county fair, and pumpkins – and Grandparents Day. I would love for all grandparents to join us on Friday, October 5 for Grandparents Day. Our students in kindergarten through fourth grade have been working hard, even with a hurricane delay, to prepare for this special day. Grandparents will be treated to a special program, followed by refreshments and a visit to their grandchild’s classroom.
Grandparents Day is one of my favorite days of the school year. I enjoy getting to meet all the grandparents and see their joy at watching their grandchild in the program. It’s always fun seeing the children lead, and sometimes pull, their grandparents into the classroom to show them their seat, their pencil box, and introduce them to their best friend.
I am looking forward to next Friday, and I look forward to seeing all of our grandparents!
Jessica Lofton, technology and computer teacher, is in her second year teaching at WCS. She previously spent 12 years in the public school systems in Wayne and Johnston Counties. Ms. Lofton holds numerous degrees: Masters of Education from Grand Canyon University, a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Cameron University, a BS in Computer Information Systems from North Carolina Wesleyan College, and a BS in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College. She also recently wrote a grant for the Amazon Future Engineer Program to bring additional computer programming courses to WCS for our high school students. She attends First Baptist Church and cites John 3:16 as her favorite verse.
September 27 – Darden Bynum and Anna Rendall are representing WCS in the Math Competition at the Fair.
September 28 – Mums, pansies, and pumpkins can be picked up after 1:30.
September 29 – Hunter Safety Class for anyone interested in being a part of the Shooting Team.
October 2 – Reggie Dabbs will be meeting with the 4th – 12th graders.
October 2 – Spelling Bee at the Wayne County Fair – Jason Mirus, Lawson Adams, Melissa Alexander, Samantha Macklin, Natalie Rheingruber, Leeah Mills, and Emmanuel Newsome will represent their grade levels.
Wayne Christian School has been selected to participate in the Amazon Future Engineer Pathway, a program that will be offered this academic year in partnership with Amazon and Edhesive. In addition to an online course and programming curriculum materials, our students will have access to all of Amazon’s AWS Web Services for Education and training with certification prep.
We are thrilled to offer this new program, which will prepare students for a technological world. Whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge upon understanding how technology works, in addition to their ability to problem solve, reason, and think creatively. Only a fraction of students are learning computer science, and fewer study it today than a decade ago. This course[s] is designed to inspire students in computer science and develop their understanding of how technology and computer science can impact and shape our world.
Encourage your student to sign up for this exciting program. This is an opportunity that can open up collaboration, creativity, and passion – and help unlock a new future for students as they learn and build together!
Tennessee doesn’t get hit by hurricanes, so this is new.
I’m sitting at my desk. We’re closing school. Hurricane Florence will hit us within the next 48 hours.
As I talk to folks about the impending storm, the ghost of Hurricane Matthew haunts everyone’s conversations. Some here were without power for more than ten days after Matthew hit, so our community is taking Florence seriously. I heard our local Lowes store sold one thousand generators over the weekend. One gentleman told me he arrived at the store only to find they’d all been sold. So, he got in line with over a hundred people waiting for an afternoon shipment.
People are worried. I’m worried. Do we have enough water? Will we have enough fuel if we lose power? Will the school flood? Will all of our buildings survive high winds?
Then, my wife shared a Facebook video of our elementary students praying and singing. What a message! While watching I noticed that 12,000 people had already viewed the video. I jumped on Facebook again this morning. Close to 580,000 people have viewed our children singing. By this evening, the video has been shared my media outlets and individuals around the country; at last count, it had over 2 million views. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:
We’ve spent the majority of our time over the past 5 days preparing for the storm. We have gathered supplies, made plans, worked through contingencies … and worried. But, in the midst of the flurry of activity, our children sang a beautiful truth. The One who will carry us through the storm, is the One who can calm the storm.
I’m thankful for our teachers who demonstrate their love for Jesus every day. I am thankful for our parents who have taught and modeled the love of Jesus. I’m thankful for our churches who have shared the Gospel and cultivated the personal relationships with Jesus.
Mostly, I’m thankful that the God who left His throne in heaven to die on the cross for my sins can also command the winds to stop and the sea to calm.
Isn’t it just like God to use our children to remind our community – and this great nation — of His great love and power?
And as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”