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Terra No... No... No... Va

After much ado and a few months late, Terra Nova scores went home with Lower School students yesterday and are available now for pick up in the GCS Office for Upper School.  As a teacher and administrator at Gramercy, I had the privilege of receiving all four of my children's scores yesterday afternoon and honestly, it was a rough evening and an even rougher morning at my house.  I blame Terra Nova and need to say something out loud.   Although test scores do teach us things about how we can improve teaching and learning at Gramercy and about the way our children's brains work, they do not define my children, nor do they rank my children as to which one is "smarter" or of more value to society.  In post-Terra Nova frustration, I spent my evening and morning trying to remind my children of this fundamental truth:  each one of them is fearfully and wonderfully made and God has a unique plan for each of their lives.  In His sovereignty, God has also designed and equipped their ...

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Defending the Truth

Winston Churchill made the the following statement regarding truth:  "The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is." As Christians, such a statement should make sense to us as truth is most certainly under attack, and not just in our country or society at large, but oftentimes in our schools, our churches and even our homes.  Even with the Word of God at our fingertips, it is sometimes difficult to discern what is true, and discerning truth apart from God's Word is nearly impossible.  Still, truth is of utmost importance to both our society and our sanity, which is why Christians are charged to defend the truth.  In fact, Jude 1:3 says this:  "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's holy people." On Saturday, November 18th, Emerald Isle Chapel by the Sea is hosting t ...

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GCS Fall Sports Final Update

Congratulations to our Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball and Boys Soccer Teams who completed their seasons this past weekend at the North Carolina Christian Athletic Association (NCCAA) State Tournament in Greenville.  The Tournament was hosted by Trinity Christian School and our athletes made us very proud in the way they represented both God and Gramercy.   Our JV Girls Volleyball Team, coached by Robert North and Jay Klosterman, were the Regular NCCAA Southern Division Champions and NCCAA State Tournament Champions.  Our boys Varsity Soccer Team, coached by Robert Hardin and Jeff Tyree, took 3rd place at the State Tournament and won the Christian Character Award.  Our Girls Varsity Volleyball, coached by Robert North and Jay Klosterman, were the Regular Season NCCAA Division Champions and NCCAA State Tournament Champions.   If you missed the excitement, our Varsity Girls Volleyball Team led Gramercy to a nail-biting win over Victory Christian Academy in the final moments ...

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Good Afternoon Guilt-Ridden Gramercy Mom!

Like many of you, I'm a full-time working mother trying to balance a home, a job, and well... four kids.  For the last two days, my 6th grader has been out of school, seemingly sick unto death, and I have experienced the absolute mother lode of mother guilt.  You know how this works.  I cannot be two places at once and although I have ample support on all sides, I just can't help myself.  I suffer the shame that simply accompanies being a mother with limits.  Yesterday, I spent the day at home with my sickly son, trying to accomplish what I could from my kitchen table, all the while worrying about my Bible students and all they weren't learning about Pentecost and the Passover.  Simultaneously, I felt stricken because I was unable to sit all day on the couch, uninterrupted,  holding my son's hand while spoon-feeding him homemade chicken soup (which I've never actually even made).  I awoke today acutely aware of all I did not do yesterday or the day before... which is wh ...

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Preparing Students for a life of Purpose

In 2002, Rick Warren published an amazing little book called The Purpose Driven Life.  The devotional book sold over 20 million copies and topped the Wall Street Journal Best Seller chart, proving, at least in my mind, that people all over the world are searching to find a meaningful purpose to their lives.  It would seem that human beings desperately want their lives to have a deeper meaning, which is really nothing new.  In fact, in the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon recounts his many efforts to find meaning in what he calls a "wearisome" life full of toil and trouble.  In an active attempt to find purpose, Solomon  undertakes all sorts of things.  He indulges in pleasure.  He tries to find love.  He attains knowledge.  He works hard and acquires wealth.  Yet even after all of this, even after becoming the richest, wisest, most sought after man in the ancient world, he concludes that everything is "meaningless, a chasing after the wind." Today, we ...

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Questions About Creation - Check This Out!

The Bible teaches us that the world was created by God in six days, but have you ever wondered about dinosaurs or how old the earth is?  Do you have questions about how to reconcile the truth of the Bible with what the average textbook tells us about such things? Does being a Christian mean you have to completely ignore science?   Sunday, October 22nd, Newport Baptist Church will be hosting Joel Tay from Creation Ministries International to address just such questions.  Creation Ministries International is committed to sharing the truth about what the Bible proclaims in Genesis 1:1:  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."   Their Motto: Proclaiming the truth and authority of the Bible Their Vision: To see the Lord Jesus Christ honored as Creator and Savior of the world Their Mission: To support the effective proclamation of the Gospel by providing credible answers that affirm the reliability of the Bible, in ...

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God is Not Boring - Let's not be Either!

A frequent complaint among students is that school, or at least a particular subject in school, is boring.  I have heard these words in some fashion from the mouths of my own children on some occasions and honestly, it wounds me... because I love learning.  In fact, I've always loved learning.  I even love learning hard things, which is good since I have frequently had to learn things the hard way.  I once heard someone say, "the joy is in the knowing..." and I think there is some truth to that, at least in my life.  And although there is much less joy for me in say... a math lesson, when I watch our Upper School Math Lead Denise Story talk about math, I begin to understand what the word "gifted"really means.  Mrs. Story brings actual happiness to a subject that is oftentimes considered tedious at best and the students at Gramercy are better for having studied underneath her.  Personally, I am convinced that the defining quality of a great teacher is a sincere love for the ...

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Your Very Great Reward

In addition to being part of the administrative team at Gramercy, I currently have the privilege of teaching the Old Testament to the 9th grade class.  Over the summer,  I had this great vision that we could make it all the way through the Old Testament by May, but honestly, that's starting to seem a little crazy.  We are seemingly crawling our way through Genesis and it's not because the students aren't paying attention.  It's because they are.  They have questions and thoughts and we are working through both the familiar and the unfamiliar stories with an eye to understand the heart of God.   We are currently knee deep in the story of Abraham and Isaac and are looking closely at the very radical kind of covenant God made with the descendants of Abraham. When God speaks the covenant to Abraham, He says to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield and your very great reward" (Genesis 15:1).  Although I have known for many years about the origin of Gramercy' ...

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2017 - The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

2017 is an important year for the Protestant Church in that it marks the 500th anniversary of the year (October 31, 1517) Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses (Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences) to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, thus launching the Protestant Reformation, a religious, political, intellectual and cultural revolution that divided Catholic Europe.  The Reformation redefined the beliefs and structures that had dominated Europe for decades by questioning the Catholic Church's authority to define Christian practice.  Significantly, reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin argued for the inherent power and indisputable authority of the Scriptures and worked to put Bibles into the hands of common men and women, not just clergy.   As a Christian school in 2017 whose mission is to educate and disciple young people based on a biblical worldview, we owe a debt of gratitude to courageous followers of Christ, such as Martin Luther, who have gone befo ...

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Be Still... and Know!

It is mid-September and school is now in full-swing.  Honestly, by Tuesday evening I'm already exhausted and so are my kids and it's not surprising considering the schedule we keep.  It's brutal!  Most days, I am up by 5 a.m. feeding pets, emptying the dishwasher, making breakfast and prepping for the day.  Kids hit the floor at 6 a.m. and the mad dash begins. Someone forgot to do math corrections.  Someone else needs a permission slip signed. Everyone needs breakfast, but someone doesn't like what I made. Someone can't find their soccer cleats.  Someone else hates the way their hair looks. Everyone forgot to make their bed.  By the time we leave at 7 a.m., the whole clan is edgy and the day has barely begun.  Seven hours of school, three hours of sports, and two hours of homework later, we are all falling asleep on the couch... till we do it all over again. And I don't think I'm alone.  We are just a busy people.  Between the noise of emails and phone calls ...

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