Social Contracts

You’ve probably heard your students talking about making social contracts in their classes. And you might have asked yourself, “what is a social contract?” Social contracts are the guidelines in our classrooms that students write out to determine how they are agreeing to treat each other.

Wayne Christian School strives to strengthen the relationship between teachers and students in their classrooms. Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a process that helps us achieve classrooms of high-performing students. It is a relationship-building approach to discipline that creates self-managing classrooms. Capturing Kids’ Hearts enables teachers to create high-achieving classrooms by strengthening student’s connectedness to others through enhancing healthy bonds with their teachers and establishing collaborative agreements of acceptable behavior, called Social Contracts.

At the beginning of the school year, each classroom will develop a Social Contract. The students, facilitated by their teacher, will flush out the behaviors that personify what God calls us to do in Micah 6:8.  Through this process, the teacher will ensure that the following four questions are covered.  The four questions include:

  • How do you want to be treated by the teacher?
  • How do you want to be treated by each other?
  • How do you think the teacher wants to be treated by you?
  • How do we want to treat each other when there is conflict?

The resulting answers make up a list of adjectives which serve as the basis for student expectations of behavior in the classroom. The Social Contract is signed by all classroom members including the teacher. The document is a living document and is referred to on a regular basis to highlight success and serves as a guide for when problems arise.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a process. The goal is to maintain classroom boundaries while preserving the relationship between students and teachers, and Capturing Kids’ Heart is the process at the basis of our discipline policy. You can find more information about social contracts and the CKH process in our student handbook.

Parent Update: August 24

Mrs. Hinton’s second grade class on the first day of school.

Thank you all for helping us have a great first day of school! We’ve said it over and over throughout the last few months, and here we are saying it again…thank you for your support! Thank you for entrusting us with your children. Thank you for your patience as we work through the snags of the first week of school.

We are so excited about the unprecedented growth taking place on our campus! We are starting this school year with 129 new students and 16 new faculty and staff members. With this growth comes normal growing pains, and we are doing our best to work them all out.

Middle School and High School Schedules

Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Anderson are working to correct schedules for students whose schedules still need tweaking. Students who would like to request a change to their schedule should see Mrs. Anderson.


Arrival went pretty smoothly this morning. Thank you for working together to make this process work. Make sure you are dropping your child off in the designated location:

  • Middle School and High School: back driveway by the upper school buildings
    • Form two lines as you pull around the loop.
    • Make sure you pull completely around the curve and are even with sidewalk before letting your children out of the car. 
  • 4th and 5th grade: end door of the elementary building (door nearest the gym)
    • Pull up near the canopy on the sidewalk before letting students out of the car.
    • When merging back into the drive-line, be aware of cars merging into the 2nd-3rd grade drop-off line.
  • 2nd and 3rd grade: front door of the elementary building
    • Merge into the drop-off line after the drop-off point for 4th-5th grade.
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade: end door of the elementary building nearest the administrative building
    • Form two lines as you pull around the corner to the end door.

I’ve attached a campus map showing the path for each drop-off point to help you learn where to go. Follow the directions of the staff members posted at various points directing traffic. We also have multiple staff members posted at each drop-off point to assist students in getting into the building.


We are making some adjustments to how we handle dismissal based on feedback from today. Make sure you have your car tag hanging from the rearview mirror with the student’s name showing. Elementary parents who do not have a car tag need to contact Amy Gady at Middle school and high school parents who need a car tag should contact Pam Reason at

  • Middle school and high school
    • In the loop by the upper school buildings, in the same location as morning drop-off 
    • Pull all the way up to the stop sign and the staff will call your student to come out. 
    • You can help speed up the pickup process by encouraging your child to head outside quickly after being called.
  • Elementary 
    • At the front entrance of the elementary building
    • Two lines form using the parking spots in front of the elementary building and the gym and the right-hand drive lane. 
    • Leave the left-hand drive lane open for traffic to drive through campus to the daycare or the exit.

WCS Hiring Announcement

WCS is pleased to announce the hiring of the following faculty members:

Mr. Folz with his family

Mr. Andrew Folz: Upper School Math and Science

A lot of folks probably know my better half, Mrs. Chelsea Folz, one of the math teachers at WCS.  I have a background in civil engineering and project management and have served in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserves for over 11 years.  I studied Civil Engineering at NCSU (Go Pack!) and finished a Master’s in Engineering Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology.  Chelsea and I are excited to serve together at Wayne Christian School and are so blessed to be here!

Mrs. Jessica Butts: Second Grade

I grew up in Grantham, NC and now live in Goldsboro. NC. I have worked in the public school system for 6 years as an assistant in grades from Pre-K all the way up to 4th grade. While working I received my Bachelors Degree from Liberty University in Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Studies. I am excited about teaching at Wayne Christian because I get to share my love of teaching and the great God we serve with my students everyday. I can remember making my sister do “homework” during the summer because we would play teacher everyday. This has been a lifelong dream of mine and it is coming true.

I am a mom of 2 beautiful girls, a 2 year old and a 6 month old. As a family we are big Disney fans. We also love spending time with our families on the weekend. We are excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow at Wayne Christian. We attend Bethel Church in Goldsboro. My favorite Bible verse is Deuteronomy 32:4 “He is the rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”

Mrs. Butts with her family
Ms. Edwards

Ms. Lauren Edwards: Third Grade

My name is Lauren Edwards, and I’m from La Grange, NC. I recently graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I completed student teaching at Princeton Elementary, and I also have experience working in kids ministry at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. When I graduated from Wayne Christian in 2016, I had no idea I would be teaching here a few years later. Having a Christian education impacted my spiritual growth drastically, and I cannot wait to teach children from a biblical worldview! I am most excited about being able to share the love of Christ with my students every day. 

Mrs. Madeline Hinton: Second Grade

My name is Madeline Hinton. I was born and raised in Wayne County, North Carolina. I graduated from Southern Wayne High School in 2016 and attended Liberty University, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. This is my first year of teaching, and I am so excited to learn and grow as an educator as well as be a part of the Wayne Christian family. 

This past June I married my wonderful husband, Trey. We love spending time with our family, being outdoors, and visiting new places! You can usually find me on the back porch drinking coffee and reading a good book, shopping the dollar spot Target, or in the Chick Fil A drive-thru!  I also love working alongside parents to help their kids find a love for learning. I am so excited for this school year! Bring on the new adventures! 

Mrs. Hinton with her husband

Back to School

WCS Reopening Plan

Our reopening plan is attached to this post. Questions about the plan can be addressed to Luis Miranda at

Remote Learning

Please know that we will be flexible for any student that chooses to attend school remotely. Your child will have the flexibility to be all remote, or you could choose to have him/her attend a few days a week and do the rest remotely. You also have the option to have him/her attend part of the day in person and the rest remotely, whatever you feel would work best for your family. We want to make this as easy as possible for you and for your family and we want to ensure that our families have options.

If you are planning to do remote learning either full-time or on a regularly-scheduled part-time basis (i.e. attending on campus 1-2 days a week and remote the rest of the week), please contact either Pam Reason ( for middle/high school or Amy Grady ( by August 19 to confirm your remote learning arrangements. Remote learning students can pick up books in the school office on Friday, August 21, between 9:00am-3:00pm.

Student Handbook

The student handbook for the 2020-2021 school year is now available at

Class Assignments

Elementary: You should receive a letter in the mail soon with your child’s class assignment.

Upper School: You will receive an email with your class schedule.

School Supplies

Supply lists can be found at

Open House Plan

Orientation will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during the week of August 17.


Half the class will attend on Thursday, August 20, students will be in class from 8:00-11:30 am. Parents will meet in the gym for a 30-minute parent meeting at 11:00. Students will join their parents at 11:30. 

Half the class will attend on Friday, August 21, students will be in class from 8:00-11:30 am. Parents will meet in the gym for a 30-minute parent meeting at 11:00. Students will join their parents at 11:30.

See your K5 welcome letter for your child’s specific day. If you are uncertain, contact Amy Grady in the elementary office. 

Elementary (1st-5th): Thursday, August 20

Last Names A-M–4:00-5:30 visit classrooms, 5:30-6:00 meeting

Last Names N-Z–6:00-7:30 visit classrooms, 7:30-8:00 meeting 

Middle School: Tuesday, August 18

Last Names A-M–4:00-5:30 visit classrooms, 5:30-6:00 meeting

Last Names N-Z–6:00-7:30 visit classrooms, 7:30-8:00 meeting 

High School: Monday, August 17

Last Names A-M–4:00-5:30 visit classrooms, 5:30-6:00 meeting

Last Names N-Z–6:00-7:30 visit classrooms, 7:30-8:00 meeting 

Help Needed for Campus Projects

WCS has two projects that we could use some assistance completing before the school year starts. If you are available to help with either of the projects listed below, please contact Luis Miranda at or 919-735-5605 ext. 143.

Constructing a wall to split a classroom

With the addition of a new middle school assistant principal, we need to create another office space in the middle school building. We would like to split a small classroom next to the testing center to both expand the testing center and create the office for Mrs. Fox. We would love some volunteers with construction experience who are able to help with this project.

Assembling Picnic Tables

We have purchased picnic tables to create an outdoor dining space for our students to utilize on days that weather permits, and we need help assembling the tables and setting up the picnic area.

Parent Update: July 23

It is our mission–as it always has been–to partner with parents in the education of your children from a Biblical worldview. This mission remains the same whether your children are physically present in the classroom or learning remotely from home.  If you have not already completed this survey about your intent to return to school, please take a minute to do so now. Knowing your thoughts on whether your children are returning to campus or not helps us as we continue making plans for the school year.

Healthy Environment Protocols

A healthy environment is essential in order to bring everyone on campus.  Here are some of the procedures we are putting in place:

  1. We will be asking everyone to ensure they are healthy upon arrival every morning, and make doubly certain with temperature checks in the mornings for students and employees.  
  2. We have doubled our cleaning bill to include several new services with High Standard Cleaning.
    1. Cleaning bathrooms throughout the day
    2. Nightly sanitizing in classrooms
    3. Twice-weekly electro-magnetic germ zapping
  3. We will ask everybody older than 3rd grade to wear masks when changing classes since social distancing is difficult while at lockers.

In addition, we are working on protocols for several different scenarios if somebody tests positive for the virus. Part of those protocols are for what remote learning will look like if we have to go to 100% remote learning for an extended period of time.

Remote Learning Details

We understand that our families have different needs. While we are going to be open for on-campus learning, we understand that some of you may choose to keep your children home and instead utilize remote learning. After a lengthy discussion, we have narrowed down what we are and are not able to offer for remote learning.

  1. Lesson plans for the week will be available on Monday mornings.
  2. Deadlines will be the same as in the classroom; grace will be given for extenuating circumstances, the same as it is for students in the classroom.
  3. Teachers will provide notes, links, supplemental videos, and other materials that are used in the classroom. We are still exploring the best way to get these materials to you and will let you know when we come to a decision on which platform to use.
  4. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot offer live feed video in our classrooms.
  5. Questions will be answered by teachers when they are available throughout the day. 
  6. Communicate with individual teachers if you need to schedule a time 

Lunch Time

We know that many of you have concerns about what lunch time will look like. We have purchased a dozen cafeteria tables for the gym and 6 picnic tables for outdoor eating, and we are working out the details of lunch happening in cafe B and the gym. 

Upper School Athletic Update

The NCISAA has communicated several updates pertaining to fall sports for all schools.  

All sports, except football, will begin practice on August 10, once the governor implements Phase 3 for NC. According to the NCISAA, the state must be in Phase 3 for this updated Fall Sports Calendar to be implemented. 

We will continue with summer workouts until August 10. Any student participating in summer workouts or planning to try out for a fall sport must have a current sports physical on file before beginning workouts or practice. If you are unable to see your regular doctor for a physical, all of the urgent care walk-in clinics in Goldsboro offer sports physicals. 

Key Dates

  • All sports will maintain Stage 1 or Stage 2 off-season workouts until Aug. 10
  • Workouts for all student-athletes will continue to take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:30 – 9am in the weight-room until August 10 when Fall Sports practices begin. 
  • Volleyball, boys’ basketball, and football will continue summer workouts/open gym until August 10.
    • Volleyball on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 am 
    • Boys’ basketball on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-11 am
    • Football on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-7 pm
  • Aug. 10 – All sports (except football) will start practices
    • Dead Period starts for all winter and spring sports
    • NCISAA is working on return to play protocols
  • Aug. 24 – Scrimmages may start for Fall Sports (except FB)
  • Sept. 4 – First games for Fall Sports (except FB)

For more information, please see the attached document from the NCISAA outlining guidelines for fall sports. When more updates are provided to us by the NCISAA, including a calendar for football, we will pass this information to our families.

Parent Update: July 22

As we make plans for the 2020-2021 school year, it is our goal to meet the needs of our families. We know that some of you are eager to return to campus for face-to-face instruction for your students. We know that some of you would like to continue with remote learning. Yesterday, the leadership team spent several hours discussing how we can accommodate you. Here’s a brief overview of our discussion; we still have many questions to answer, and we are getting to them as quickly but as thoroughly as we can.

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey to let us know what you are thinking about face-to-face or remote learning: This is not a commitment to the learning style that you choose here but will help guide us in making decisions. 

One of the main factors in opening for on campus classes is our ability to maintain a healthy campus. We will be implementing a process for school arrival that will include temperature checks and keeping students in cohorts throughout the day, among other things (see below).  However, we need you to be proactive at home, prior to bringing your kids to school: check your child’s temperature and look for symptoms.


We will have traditional face-to-face classes on campus. After consulting with local pediatricians and studying reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics, we have determined that masks will not be required during class, as we are able to adequately allow for social distancing in the classroom. Students in 4th-grade through 12th-grade  will be asked to wear masks in the hallways between classes since we are not able to properly distance in that instance. While we will not require students to wear masks in the classroom, parents are welcome to have their child wear one if they so choose..

On-Campus Protocols for ensuring a healthy campus

  1. Temperature checks upon arrival for all faculty, staff and students
  2. Hand sanitizer in every classroom and at each building entrance
  3. Regular, scheduled hand washing times
  4. Keeping kids in cohorts during lunch and recess
  5. When social distancing is not possible (i.e. during class changes), masks will be required. 
  6. Upper school PE classes will utilize both the locker rooms and the bathrooms for changing in order to be able to socially distance. Students will need to bring PE clothes in a small bag and will not be able to use the lockers for storing personal items. 
  7. Classrooms for co-curricular activities (art, music, etc.) will be wiped down between classes
  8. All water fountains will be shut down. Students who may need a drink during the day need to bring a water bottle to school in the morning.
  9. Teachers will be provided a face shield to wear when walking around the classroom or interacting with students in close proximity.

Remote Learning

We are offering an option for remote learning for families who are not comfortable returning to campus. We are still working out the details, but please be aware that it will not look exactly like it looked during the spring when the entire school was operating remotely. Here are a few considerations for remote learning:

  1. Teachers will be in the classroom teaching face-to-face; while they will answer any questions that come up, it may not be until after regular school hours that they are able to check email/texts/communication apps. 
  2. We are exploring possibilities for how to integrate remote learning with classroom learning and what that will look like as far as tests/quizzes, class discussions, video lessons, etc.
  3. Assignments will follow the same due dates that are being required in the classroom. 
  4. Teachers will not be doing separate video lessons for remote learners.
  5. You will need reliable access to the internet for remote learning

Like everything else in this process, the answer to one question leads to additional questions. We are trying to answer all of those questions as we finalize our remote-learning plan; details will be released as we flush them out.

As we continue to work through our plan, we will keep you informed about what to expect when the school year begins. Before school starts, we will send out an information packet outlining the reopening plan/procedures that we have put in place to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff, and families.

Parent Update: July 16

By now you’ve read or seen our announcement – we are planning to return for in-person learning on August 17. That was the easy part. Saying we are coming back took little effort. The hard part is developing a careful and deliberate plan that allows for in-person learning that prioritizes the health and safety of our WCS family.

In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, we want to let our WCS family in on the process as we develop our in-person learning plan. Please know that our focus is to provide a safe environment for our students and teachers. 

We have also heard from some of our parents that would still like an option for remote learning. We are working on developing a plan that will allow families who are uncomfortable returning to campus to continue with remote learning. As with our in-person learning plan, we are in the “figuring out what that looks like” stage. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Over the next several weeks you will receive important information and reminders about the start of school. We’re even going to put together a fancy packet of information that you can keep readily available as we return to in-person learning.

Our in-person learning plan assumes that Wayne County has a minimal to moderate community transmission of the COVID-19. We are in the process of working out the details of this plan.

Back to School Bash was originally planned for Thursday, August 13, from 4:00-7:00 pm. With current social distancing guidelines, we hesitate to have the number of people that typically attend Back to School Bash on campus at one time, as the set-up of that event does not lend itself to being able to social distance. We will send out an updated schedule for back-to-school orientation meetings in the next few weeks.

Here are a few of the things we are considering:

  • School cleaning and sanitizing
  • Cafeteria and food service policy
  • Chapels and special events
  • Drop off and dismissal
  • Temperature checks for everyone
  • Guests and visitors
  • Masks
  • PE/Recess
  • Designated handwashing times

In addition to these considerations, we are also asking questions – “What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?” “Can students use locker rooms?” “Do students need to wear masks?” “Do teachers need to wear masks?” “If so, how often, when and where?” “What will lunch look like?”

Every time we ask a question and come up with a solution, someone else comes up with a different question or scenario. As you can imagine, it is not an easy process. What we have realized through this process is that there will be some inconveniences that we all have to be willing to be disrupted by in order to be able to return to school on August 17. While we understand that some of these measures may be inconvenient, we hope you understand that they are necessary to ensure us being able to open and remain open.

Our leadership team is meeting twice a week and devoting multiple hours each day to discuss our in-person learning plan. We are reviewing CDC guidelines, recommendations by the Association of Christian Schools International, other schools’ plans, Wayne County Health Department information, meeting with members of the community – in fact, Mr. Brenner meets with local doctors to discuss our school re-opening.

We know you are anxious to learn exactly what school is going to look like. We know that in the absence of a clear plan, our worst fears take hold. But rest assured – we are working on a plan and we will let you know all the details as soon as they are ready. At the same time, we ask that you be patient with us. Whatever plan we put out will undoubtedly change plenty by August 17. The situation changes daily – just think how much has changed in the last 30 days and how much will change between today and August 17.

So how can you help us? More than anything, we covet your prayers. Please spend time each day praying for our school and our leadership team. You can also help us by beginning to prepare your child for temperature checks and asking them 5 questions (or observing them):

  • Have you had a fever?
  • Have you had a cough?
  • Have you had a sore throat?
  • Have you had shortness of breath?
  • Have you been around anyone that has or has shown symptoms of COVID-19?

While we don’t have all the details of our in-person plan yet, we know that daily temperature checks and a pre-screening health check will be part of our morning routine. 

Be on the lookout for more details in the coming days. Thank you for your help and support and for entering into this partnership with Wayne Christian School. We look forward to a successful school year together with your family.

Volleyball Coaching Staff

The WCS Athletic Department has hired the coaching staff for the 2020-2021 volleyball season. Britney O’Hara will be the head coach, assisted by Hannah Anderson and Randi Stroud.

Ms. O’Hara’s volleyball experience started as a student at Wayne Christian when she began playing in 7th grade. She played all through high school and started to play for a travel team as well during high school. After graduating high school, she played volleyball at Lenoir Community College for two years. “I had expected that to be the closing of the chapter of me playing collegiate sports,” she says, “but the Lord had other plans.” She decided to go back to school at a Bible college to get a degree in education. While at Trinity College of Florida, she played the remaining two years of college eligibility. The final year that she was in school, she was the head of the volleyball program at the local YMCA.

Last year, Ms. O’Hara returned to WCS to teach fourth grade and started her coaching career as Mrs. Brenner’s assistant coach for varsity and head coach of the middle school team. Ms. O’Hara says “It was such a great experience and I am looking forward to another great season. My excitement for coaching volleyball at WCS is a combination of gratitude to have the opportunity to give back and pour into the same program that made such a impact on my life as well as the joy of being able to work alongside Hannah and Randi as we spend quality hours with the team.”

Mrs. Anderson, who will assist coaching the varsity team and be the head coach of the middle school team, says that her volleyball memories start around 3rd grade when she and her friends would play over the monkey bars at recess after learning some volleyball basics at their school’s elementary “all sports camp”. She played organized volleyball on her school team all through middle school and high school, as well as some intramural sand and court volleyball during college. Her first coaching experience came in the Summer/ Fall before her junior year of college when she served as the assistant coach for her high school’s volleyball program. She has also coached both rec teams and club teams in Sioux Falls, SD, and Kansas City, KS. Mrs. Anderson says “I am now very excited to get back to a school program and invest in the program here at WCS!”\

Mrs. Stroud does not have much volleyball-specific training, although she has been certified as a personal trainer through the International Sports Science Association and brings 5 years of experience as a coach, personal trainer, and fitness instructor. Last school year, she volunteered as an assistant coach with the middle school volleyball team, and she coached the varsity girls’ soccer team. She says “I enjoy sports and fitness, and I fell in love with coaching when volunteering as coaching gives me an opportunity to share the love of God with the girls on my team.”