New Additions to the Middle and High School Faculty

Our mission at Wayne Christian School is to partner with parents and churches in the education of children from a Biblical worldview. Because of this, it is a priority to put together a staff that loves God, loves students, and loves teaching. We are pleased to introduce the following faculty members who have been hired for the 2021-2022 school year.

Mr. Gentry with his wife Holly (WCS Class of 1995) and children.

Mark Gentry: High School Science

Mr. Gentry is a familiar face around WCS after subbing in many classrooms around campus this past school year. He will be joining us full-time next year as a member of the high school science faculty. Mr. Gentry and his wife are both graduates of WCS, and he is excited to be returning as a teacher. He holds a bachelor of science in biology from Mount Olive College and comes to us after a 20-year career at Grifols in Clayton, NC. Mr. Gentry says “What I am most looking forward to about working at WCS is being where I believe God has lead.  I believe God is at work in lives at WCS and I am thankful to be serving Him here!  I am grateful to be a part of the WCS team, to have an opportunity to minister to the students and to serve the families of WCS!”

Christie Lane: High School Math

Mrs. Lane graduated from East Carolina University with a mathematics teaching degree and comes to us after 13 years teaching high school math in local public schools. She says she is looking forward to a new adventure and making many new memories at Wayne Christian School while sharing her love for God with coworkers, students, and parents. She wants her students to know “I’m a wife, mom, and stepmom. I enjoy spending my time crafting, camping, and  spending time with my family and small group from church. I love teaching math and can’t wait to meet all my new students!!”

Mrs. Lane with her daughter
Mr. Leecy

Matthew Leecy: Middle/High School Bible

Mr. Leecy moved to Goldsboro in the spring of 2021 when he married Britney O’Hara Leecy, WCS fourth-grade teacher. He will be joining the WCS faculty as a middle/high school Bible teacher. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology from Trinity College of Florida and says that he is looking forward to getting to know and minister to the students by the truth of God’s Word. When asked what he wants his students to know about him, he replied “I’d like my students to know that I’m from Kansas-home of the nations top college basketball program :)”

Billy Smith: Middle/High School Bible

Mr. Smith is a 2006 graduate of WCS and is most looking forward to the opportunity to be with students each and every day. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in religion with minors in counseling and youth ministry from Liberty University. He has served as a youth pastor in Graham, NC, for the last 6 years.

Mr. Smith’s favorite Bible verse is I Timothy 1:12, and he wants the students “to know that I have three loves in my life: 1) Jesus, 2) My wife and daughter, and 3) Them.”

Mr. Smith with his wife and daughter

Mary Cait Thomas: High School English

Miss Thomas will be joining the WCS faculty as a high school English teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Covenant College and desires to teach in a Christian school because “I believe that worldview is essential to everything. If I’m not allowed to teach with a Christian worldview, then I am not teaching the truth.”

Suggested Summer Reading

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Please see the attached list for a selection of suggested summer reading for all ages. We ask that middle and high school students read at least one book from the appropriate grade-level list, and high school students taking honors or dual enrollment courses should read a second novel of their choosing (whether on the suggested list or not) as well. There will not be graded assignments pertaining to summer reading, but students should be prepared to discuss their reading upon return to school in August.

The article below is from study.com (https://study.com/blog/why-is-summer-reading-so-important-for-kids-success.html).

Why Is Summer Reading So Important for Kids’ Success?

Summer reading is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year. Students who don’t read are at risk of falling behind their classmates. Parents and teachers can avoid this by making sure kids take time to read.

Summer Reading Defeats Summer Learning Loss

Reading over summer vacation may not be a priority for children, but parents and teachers should make it one. Why? Summer reading is critical to a child’s ability to not only retain information learned the previous year, but also to grow in knowledge and critical thinking skills for the coming year. Literacy expert Julie Wood believes that it is necessary for children to read on a daily basis in order to maintain literacy skills learned in the previous school year.

Exercise the Brain Over Summer

Assistant Principal Twana Santana-Embry likens reading to exercising. She encourages students to read in an effort to strengthen their reading skills. Just like exercising keeps muscles in shape, reading keeps the brain in shape. If you don’t exercise, you lose muscle, and if you don’t read, you will lose literacy skills.

A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, research study shows that children who don’t read over the summer lose at least two months of reading development. This is often referred to as ‘the summer slide’ or the ‘summer learning loss.’ On the other hand, students who do read over the summer may gain a month of proficiency in reading. Reading over the summer is not a suggestion to keep kids busy; it’s a critical requirement to help students stay on track for their entire educational career and beyond.

Increase Knowledge

Reading, in general, is highly effective at building up a child’s knowledge in a vast amount of subject areas, including English, math, science and history. Studies conducted by Dr. Alice Sullivan monitored the impact of reading in a child’s life from elementary through adulthood. These studies discovered a greater intellectual progress in vocabulary, spelling and math than that of a child not reading more than the required school amount. Clearly, reading is a strong tool for growing in comprehension skills and general knowledge of the world. This is why children who read are able to stay ahead of their classmates during the school year.

Adam Thomas Hired as High School Assistant Principal

Our mission at Wayne Christian School is to partner with parents and churches in the education of children from a Biblical worldview. Because of this, it is a priority to put together a staff that loves God, loves students, and loves teaching. As WCS faces a time of growth, we are also growing the leadership team to help manage this change.

Mrs. Anderson, who has been activities coordinator and high school assistant principal for the last several years, is moving into a role as the Director of Co-Curricular Activities. In this role, she will oversee all activities for grades K-12.

Mr. Thomas

We have also hired Adam Thomas to fill the role of high school assistant principal. Mr. Thomas comes to us with 27 years of experience in Christian schools. He has previously served as a history teacher at Christ Presbyterian School, the head of school at Carolina Christian School, and the middle/high school principal at Zion Christian Academy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from King University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.

In addition to his responsibilities as the high school assistant principal, Mr. Thomas will be teaching some high school history classes. He says that he is “looking forward to sharing Christ as a teacher and administrator with the students of Wayne Christian as I build relationships within the school community.” The one thing that he wants students to know about him is that he is committed to helping every student become who God has called them to be in this world.

School Supply Lists Available

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Supply lists for the 2021-2022 school year are now available. See the attached files to print the supply lists for your student(s).

We have also partnered with The Pencil Box to offer you pre-packaged school supply kits that match the supply lists given by our teachers. Kits will be delivered to the school during the week of August 9 and may be picked up during the week or at open house on August 12. Orders are due by July 31 to guarantee delivery before school starts. To order:

  1. Visit www.thepencilboxonline.com
  2. Choose Wayne Christian School from the “Find your school” menu
  3. Select the boxes you would like to order
  4. All orders will be delivered to the school the week of August 9

Summer Workouts

WCS Athletics would like to announce Summer Workouts for middle school and high school students. The goal of these workouts is to improve the overall health and athletic abilities of each student through sports performance training with an emphasis on speed, strength, and wellness. We will be providing three separate sessions in order to provide appropriate programming for different categories of students. All rising middle school and high school students are welcome to participate. 

The MS Readiness Program will be available for all rising sixth through eighth grade students. This program will heavily rely on body weight movements in order to build foundational strength. Pushups, pull ups, jumps, and sprints are some of the exercises which will be utilized in the MS Readiness Program. This program will not have any loading of the spine, will focus primarily on technique to prepare them for high school training, and will provide injury prevention techniques.

High school students will have separate sessions for boys and girls. These sessions will also be sports performance training sessions that are available to any WCS high school student. Our goal for these sessions is to help students become healthier as they use weight training to improve their agility, speed, and strength. Safety during these sessions is our utmost priority. 

Each session will have multiple coaches instructing to ensure best practices are being followed. This will produce a high level of student performance in a safe environment. These workouts are not mandatory, but are highly recommended for students who want to improve their sports performance, and their overall health. 

Workouts will begin on Monday, June 7 and continue until August 12. 

All questions regarding Summer Workouts should be directed to Athletic Director, Tommy Fox: tommyfox@waynechristian.org or Assistant Athletic Director/Lead Trainer, Daniel Pugh: dpugh@waynechristian.org

Go Eagles!

Field Day Schedule

Field Day is coming up on Friday, May 7. Elementary and middle school classes will be participating in field day activities during the morning, while high school school students will be helping run the event. High school students will be paired with younger classes to assist young students with the activities. Due to popular demand, we have added field day activities for high school during the afternoon.

Schedule for the day:

8:30 Parade of Champions

9:00 Events begin

11:30 Elementary Picnic Lunch from the WCS Wagon. Order by Friday on the form that went home earlier this week if your child needs lunch for field day.

11:00-1:00 Food trucks for middle school and high school (Skullie’s Street Q will have chicken or beef tacos with chips or buffalo chicken sliders (2) with chips for $7. Jimmy’s Cookin’ Shack will have pulled pork sandwich with chips or a cheeseburger with chips for $7.)

1:00-3:00 High school field day

All day The WCS cafeteria staff will be selling concessions to raise money for several community projects they have planned. An Italian Icee Truck will also be on campus.

Students should wear their class t-shirts and PE shorts.

WCS Students Participate in Dual Enrollment Opportunities

Wayne Christian School offers the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to participate in dual enrollment through both the College at Southeastern (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Wayne Community College.

Through a partnership we have with the College at Southeastern, our students can opt to take up to 24 college credit hours in history and English courses online through the college while they are enrolled at WCS. Because these courses are taught from a Biblical worldview, they satisfy our requirements for graduation, and students have the opportunity to count these courses towards their high school graduation requirements as well earn college credit. For students who are planning to go to college after high school, this is a great way to get a jumpstart on college requirements.

WCS juniors and seniors can also opt to take tuition-free career/technical education (CTE) courses through Wayne Community College. Courses are offered in business, agriculture, welding, automotive, and several other fields. Students earn college credit for these courses, as well as elective credit towards their high school graduation.

Garrett Renfrow has been a student at WCS since kindergarten and will graduate this May with 21 college credits after opting to take dual enrollment courses.

Senior Garrett Renfrow started taking classes at Wayne Community College last year as a junior, and will graduate from high school with 7 college classes (21 credits) already completed. He says “The best part of dual enrollment to me is the ability to get a head start on your career path and saving the money you would have to spend if you were to wait and go do the 2 years after high school. It’s a lot more stress and something to stay on top of but it is well worth the trouble.” Garrett plans to continue attending WCC next year to complete an associate’s degree in agribusiness.

High school students who are interested in dual enrollment should talk to Mrs. Ford about registering for these courses.

Upcoming Events

We’re packing a lot of experiences into the last 4.5 weeks of school!

  • Elementary Field Trips
  • April 28: Third Grade
  • April 30: Second Grade
  • May 4: Fourth Grade
  • May 11: Fifth Grade
  • May 14: Kindergarten
  • May 18: First Grade

Eighth Grade Career Fair: April 27

NCEMPT Test (Algebra II students): April 27

Beta Club and NHS Inductions: May 6 Students who are to be inducted have received an invitation.

Field Day (Kindergarten-8th grade): May 7 Parents are welcome to attend.

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3-7

Spring Concert: May 11 More details coming soon

Elementary Fun Day: May 17 Parents are welcome to attend.

Kindergarten Awards: May 17

Baccalaureate Service: May 20

K4 Program: May 21

Kindergarten Graduation: May 21

High School Commencement: May 22

High School Exams: May 24-26

Last Day of School (Half-Day): May 26

To stay updated on our upcoming events, subscribe to our school calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0?cid=Y2FsZW5kYXJAd2F5bmVjaHJpc3RpYW4ub3Jn.

Moving In!

Yesterday evening, we received our official certificate of occupancy for the new STEM building! We’re busy today unpacking, stocking the labs, and prepping the area to start holding classes in the new lab spaces soon. Students from kindergarten all the way through high school will tour the new building next week. More details to come next week about a grand opening for parents to come see the STEM building.