GoGuardian Installed on Chromebooks

Dear Parent or Guardian:

To help keep your child safer and more scholarly online, WCS has adopted online services provided by GoGuardian.

It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.

How are we using GoGuardian?

We have chosen the GoGuardian services to:

  • Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
  • Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
  • Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments
  • Facilitate communication between teachers and students during class time
  • Help staff intervene when students are facing personal issues and have trouble asking for help

When and how does GoGuardian operate?

GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed G Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e. when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).

GoGuardian Admin provides oversight/management of sites that students visit using their school-issued device. We receive notices of sites that students visit that contain certain key words, as well as notice of browser searches for keywords, even if the student is unable to access any sites containing the searched information.

What are the school’s responsibilities?

WCS selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety. Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.

What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

We ask that students use their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of WCS guidelines as outlined in our family handbook. School-issued Chromebooks are the property of WCS and are monitored 24/7 for inappropriate use.

When a student is off-campus and on a personal device, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child and to reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her. 

How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?

To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child. GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws. For more detailed information about GoGuardian, you may visit GoGuardian’s website, Trust & Privacy Center, GoGuardian’s Product Privacy Policy, and the attached COPPA Notice and Disclosure Form.

We are here to answer any questions that you may have.  


Luis Miranda


Help Needed

We have two projects coming up that we need some help completing:

Locker Assembly

We have 12 additional lockers arriving Wednesday for the middle school building. We need 4-5 parents who can come Wednesday afternoon to assemble the lockers. If you can help with this project, please contact Mr. Miranda at lmiranda@waynechristian.org.

Equipment Room Construction

We have a small building project in the equipment room in the gym. If you have construction experience and are willing to help out with this project, please contact Coach Fox at tommyfox@waynechrisitian.org.

Junior Leadership and Senior Institute

The Wayne Education Network, a program of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Junior Leadership program and the 2021 Senior Institute. Interested students should complete an application (available below or in Mrs. Ford’s office) and turn it in to Mrs. Ford no later than September 15. DO NOT MAIL your application to the Chamber of Commerce; Mrs. Ford will deliver all applications from WCS.

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!