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The Right Choice: The Diana's MGCS Story

Choosing the right middle school can be a weighty decision.  Grades 6th - 8th are a formative season in the life of a student.  As parents and students navigate these pivotal years, it is our pleasure to serve as a partner in this process and help prepare students for the challenges that await in high school.  Last August, the Diana Family joined MGCS. Here, they share why MGCS is the right choice for their family.

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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.

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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.  

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Quarter One...What We've Learned

The first quarter of our school year ends on October 26. It has been a great nine weeks!  In this post, the MGCS staff shares what they have learned during these initial weeks of school... 

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Meet Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards joins the MGCS upper school team this year as the 6th grade social Studies teacher, 8th grade Algebra teacher, and Math Lab teacher.  Her background includes experience in private, public, charter, and home schools where she has taught PK, K, 2nd, 5, 6th and 8th grade. Last year she served as a substitute for Coastal Christian High School. Lisa is also an experienced administrator and served as Head Administrator at Roger Bacon Academy in Leland.

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Forty Three Years in Middle School

Middle school years are filled with transition and growth.  Our teachers are experienced experts and stand ready to partner with parents to navigate this challenging and exciting time in the lives of students.  Here are some thoughts from two MGCS upper school veterans with a combined 43 years of teaching experience about what has changed and what has remained the same during their tenure at MGCS.

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Twenty Five Years In Preschool

For over 25 years, Pam Noland has invested her days with the students in our preschool.  Even after assuming the role of director in 1996, Pam continued teaching the four year old class that she joyfully teaches today.  After over two decades in the classroom, Mrs. Noland has seen, and heard, almost everything there is to see and hear in a preschool class.  Here are her top 5 “take-aways” from this wealth of experience.

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Welcome Sarah, Ashley, Buffy, & Donna

We are thankful for the gift of additions to our staff.  This year, we welcomed eight teaching professionals to the MGCS family. Together they bring to MGCS decades of experience in public and private schools, a passion for education, and a love for animals, the outdoors, ministry, and travel.  We are delighted to introduce four more of them in part two of this two-part post.

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Welcome Anne, Susan, Christie, and Clara

Each year, God faithfully provides exactly what we need.  This year, we welcomed his gift of eight teaching professionals to the MGCS family. Together they bring to MGCS, decades of experience in public and private schools, a passion for education, and a love for animals, the outdoors, ministry, and travel.  We are delighted to introduce four of them in the first of a two-part post.

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Science Teachers' Summer Adventure

Upper school science teacher, Angie Pleasant is currently enrolled in the K-12 Environmental Education certification program by the NC State Parks.  The certification requires 200 hours of combined instruction, state park visits, and teaching over the next four years. This summer, Angie and upper school science teacher Julie Thompson, traveled to one of the program workshops put on by UNC Chapel Hill. "At Water's Edge" placed them in the field with research scientists gathering data on marshlands, oyster population and re-nourishment projects, taking core soil samples of the marshlands, and counting populations and density of marsh grasses. They also studied and observed the current shoreline sill initiative in progress up and down the coastline to expand the marshlands.  Needless to say, Angie and Julie returned to MGCS with a lot of ideas!  Here are some excerpts from the journal they kept on their trip.

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