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Tribes at MGCS

An MGCS education means excellent academics as well as experiences and traditions that are unique to our community.  One of those experiences is belonging to a “Tribe”. At the beginning of each school year, every K-8 student is placed in a tribe group made up of fourteen to sixteen students from all grades. These tribes meet regularly to build connections across grade levels, develop prayer partnerships, practice spiritual disciplines, and take part in various school events as a unit.  These student-led small groups provide a setting for biblical worldview development and reflect and reinforce our biblical worldview statement. Tribes are also an important tool in helping us achieve our expected student outcomes.   Tribes offer unique leadership development experiences and opportunities for our eighth grade students. All eighth graders serve as leaders during annual tribe retreats, the end of year field day and monthly tribe meetings. Those who desire additional leadership respons ...

Interdisciplinary Unit Studies...What and Why?

What is a unit study and why do we make them part of the MGCS experience?We believe …All students can learn. They need experiences that build the context for learning. Learning should be meaningful. It should connect to the real world in a real way so that they can make a difference in the sphere of influence they have been given. Learning should empower kids to make positive choices.Learning is collaborative and holistic. Our world functions under the premise of relationship. Often in education we isolate our subjects and our students. Thriving classrooms take time to work together, integrate subject matter, and celebrate successes. For these reasons... We’ve incorporated interdisciplinary unit studies into our K-8 program. These units are designed as extended studies of a broad topic in which teachers collaborate across disciplines. These experiential and holistic learning opportunities help students make connections between subject matter including the arts and sciences. Unit studies c ...

Alumna Story - Alison Dutka Jones

Alumna Alison Dutka Jones share her memories of MGCS and how her time there shaped who she is today  

Prepared and Equipped

My experience at MGCS provided a foundation for my identity that would hold up under the weight of reality. The knowledge I gained in Math, Science, English, and History was important in equipping me with the facts I needed to succeed academically and professionally but without an identify to frame the application of those facts, my education would have fallen short of truly equipping me to face realty. 

Riding for the OLV!

On September 28th -October 5th  Dr. Mroczek, Mr. Burnett, and Mr. Pleasant will be riding across NC in the 450 mile “Mountains to Coast” ride.  This 7 day journey begins in Blowing Rock NC and ends in Atlantic Beach.

They are riding to

  • Raise awareness of MGCS and our Outdoor Learning Village (OLV) project
  • Model life-long fitness for our students
  • Raise funds for the projected OLV groundbreaking this fall

Barbara Nail & Jo Carmon Awards for Excellence in Education

In 2018 we lost two dearly loved members of our MGCS family, Barbara Nail and Jo Carmon.  Deeply missed by many, these women made a real difference in the lives of our students and in the life of our school.   They lived in a way that reminded us of and pointed us to Jesus.  In Proverbs 27:17 Solomon writes "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."  Jo and Barbara helped sharpen all of us, and we are thankful to have known them as colleagues and friends.  Awards were established to honor their exemplary service and the Christ-honoring standards that defined their lives.

Manners: An MGCS Tradition

Traditions play an important role in the life of our school.  Weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual events shape the rhythms and stories that build shared memories and a sense of community.  Grandparents Day, the Christmas caroling chapel, morning announcements, casual days, tribe meetings, and so many other occasions make life at MGCS a uniquely warm, nurturing environment where students thrive.  One long standing tradition is our fifth grade manners class.

Ten Tips For a Terrific Fourth Quarter

Teachers offer tips to survive and thrive during the fourth quarter.

Cultivating Curiosity, Building Skills, Seeing God's Love

This year, we’ve made a number of adjustments in curriculum and scheduling.  One exciting change has been the extension of our Spanish program into kindergarten. MGCS Alumna, UNCW College of Education grad and fluent Spanish speaker, Maddie Goslee returned to MGCS this year to lead our newly expanded Spanish program.  

Making Music

Music is woven throughout our curriculum. PK -5th grade students attend weekly music classes and worship band is offered as an elective for 6th - 8th grade students.  Teachers use song and rhythm to teach concepts and reinforce facts.  Of course, music plays a significant role in each Chapel program.   Providing students with an opportunity to actually play an instrument yields surprising benefits which is why Lee Ann Baker, PK-5th grade music teacher is so excited about adding three more xylophones to our inventory.

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