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From the category archives: Head of School Notes

Special messages from the Head of our private Christian school. learn what's going on at Myrtle Grove Christian School Pre-K thru 8th grade.

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 ...

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5 Questions with Dr. Mroczek, Head of School

Last July, Dr. Mroczek took over as Head of school at MGCS.  After a busy summer and an exciting fall, our school is enjoying a season of growth and innovation.  Here are 5 questions to get to know our new leader a little bit better.  


Dr. Mroczek graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. and M.S. in Secondary Education. He later earned his doctorate at Regent University, where his concentration was in Christian Education Leadership. Dr. Mroczek has served as Head of School at Statesville Christian School in Statesville, NC, Norfolk Christian Schools in Norfolk, VA, and Kiev Christian Academy in Ukraine. This July, he took over as Head of School at MGCS.  After a busy summer and an exciting fall, our school is enjoying a season of growth and innovation. Here are 5 questions to get to know our new leader a little bit better...
Dr. Mroczek graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. and M.S. in Secondary Education. He later earned his doctorate at Regent University, where his concentration was in Christian Education Leadership. Dr. Mroczek has served as Head of School at Statesville Christian School in Statesville, NC, Norfolk Christian Schools in Norfolk, VA, and Kiev Christian Academy in Ukraine. This July, he took over as Head of School at MGCS.  After a busy summer and an exciting fall, our school is enjoying a season of growth and innovation. Here are 5 questions to get to know our new leader a little bit better...
Dr. Mroczek graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. and M.S. in Secondary Education. He later earned his doctorate at Regent University, where his concentration was in Christian Education Leadership. Dr. Mroczek has served as Head of School at Statesville Christian School in Statesville, NC, Norfolk Christian Schools in Norfolk, VA, and Kiev Christian Academy in Ukraine. This July, he took over as Head of School at MGCS.  After a busy summer and an exciting fall, our school is enjoying a season of growth and innovation. Here are 5 questions to get to know our new leader a little bit better...
Dr. Mroczek graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. and M.S. in Secondary Education. He later earned his doctorate at Regent University, where his concentration was in Christian Education Leadership. Dr. Mroczek has served as Head of School at Statesville Christian School in Statesville, NC, Norfolk Christian Schools in Norfolk, VA, and Kiev Christian Academy in Ukraine. This July, he took over as Head of School at MGCS.  After a busy summer and an exciting fall, our school is enjoying a season of growth and innovation. Here are 5 questions to get to know our new leader a little bit better...
Dr. Mroczek graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. and M.S. in Secondary Education. He later earned his doctorate at Regent University, where his concentration was in Christian Education Leadership. Dr. Mroczek has served as Head of School at Statesville Christian School in Statesville, NC, Norfolk Christian Schools in Norfolk, VA, and Kiev Christian Academy in Ukraine. This July, he took over as Head of School at MGCS.  After a busy summer and an exciting fall, our school is enjoying a season of growth and innovation. Here are 5 questions to get to know our new leader a little bit better...
Dr. Mroczek graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. and M.S. in Secondary Education. He later earned his doctorate at Regent University, where his concentration was in Christian Education Leadership. Dr. Mroczek has served as Head of School at Statesville Christian School in Statesville, NC, Norfolk Christian Schools in Norfolk, VA, and Kiev Christian Academy in Ukraine. This July, he took over as Head of School at MGCS.  After a busy summer and an exciting fall, our school is enjoying a season of growth and innovation. Here are 5 questions to get to know our new leader a little bit better...

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A Unique Season, Reading Instruction, and Student Support

I’ve been an educator for 20 years and can honestly say that the start of this school year has been the most unusual that I have ever experienced.  It’s probably safe to say that of most of you feel that way too. Our students and teachers, with the support of our families, are managing this unique season with grace and hard work. Beginning a school year can produce all kinds of emotions including excitement, anxiety, fear, and anticipation. Working through these often complex feelings is part of the journey to maturity. Our students have navigated that twice this year, and we are really proud of their diligence in doing it well.

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Not so for Jesus

Coming out of the recent election cycle, I was reminded that in this world, the people who think they can solve our problems – those who propose to save us, so to speak – do so by boasting in their ability, contending for position, and grasping for power.  It was not so for Jesus.

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The Annual Fund - Where We Are & Why It Matters

Back in August, we set our 2015-16 Annual Fund goal at $100,000.  Thanks to parents, grandparents, staff, alumni families, and friends of the school our Annual Fund total stands at just over $105,000. We rejoice in God’s generous provision.  Annual Fund success matters because people, quality, and truth matter. 

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The Road Ahead

Today’s college freshman began kindergarten in August of 2001.  Since then, we have endured the terrorist attacks on 9/11, elected our first African American President, and experienced massive technological changes.  We are educating students to prepare for life in a world we can hardly imagine.  How does MGCS take action in the face of uncertainty?  How can we think about this rapidly changing landscape and what are we doing to respond?

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Mary's MGCS Story

When I came to MGCS, it felt like my life was starting over.  I left my old school because I was bullied and needed a new start. I was nervous on my first day of third grade, but I immediately felt loved and felt like I belonged. At this time I didn’t know Jesus, but on the third day of third grade I found him.  The greatest feeling in the world is sitting in class when the teacher is talking about God and realizing how much He loves you and how much your teacher cares about you. The one thing I missed from my old school was the school store. I decided to talk to my principal about it. I prepared a proposal and the administration agreed to allow me to open the first MGCS store.  Over the next two years, the school store raised over $1000 for the school!  Fifth grade was when I grew the most spiritually mainly because I had a wonderful Bible teacher. I made really strong friendships that year.  In Bible, we did a section on bullying and those lessons brought the class closer together ...

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Why Choose A Christian School? Part 3

Don’t Public Schools Need Christian Kids To Be “Salt” and “Light”? (See Matthew 5:13-16) If our plan is for Christian students to be salt and light in the public school, it does not seem to be working very well.  While there are some isolated “success stories," our children seem to be more influenced by their culture than they are influential on their culture.  That is not surprising; if you put a white glove on your hand and rub it in the dirt, does the glove get dirty or does the dirt get “glovey”?  There are plenty of sources to suggest that Christian young people are leaving their faith in greater numbers than they (or their non-believing peers) are embracing it.  Who is influencing whom?   At the very least, we need a different strategy, and Christian school can be a critical part of that strategy.  The truth is that most kids are not going to be salt and light just because that is what their parents want.  Kids want to be liked and accepted.  They want their ...

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Why Choose A Christian School? Part 1

Aren’t you sheltering your kids from the real world by putting them in Christian school? ·     This question implies that, since we can’t shelter our kids forever, we should just immerse them in the culture and hope they turn out OK.  Imagine if public health officials took this approach to disease control. “Well, you can’t avoid small pox forever, so you may as well expose yourself to it and hope it doesn’t kill you.”  Thankfully, we don’t immerse people in disease, we immunize them against it.  We expose them to small amounts of the disease so their bodies can develop a resistance to it.  Similarly, Christian schools provide immunization against false ideas and negative influences.  We offer controlled doses in a controlled environment so that our students are strengthened intellectually and spiritually to face the challenges that lie ahead. ·     Putting children in Christian school is a way to protect them from certain negative influences ...

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MGCS Purchases Additonal Land

In September, after more than eighteen months of searching and negotiating, we closed on the purchase of a ten-acre tract of land adjacent to our campus.  This is the first piece of property that MGCS has ever owned, and we rejoice in God’s provision.  This piece of property has strategic value to us in two primary ways.  1.   Safety - We want to protect the property from being developed in a way that would be detrimental to the school.  We are thankful that the purchase of this property enables us to keep our grounds self-contained and, therefore, more secure. 2.   Opportunity - This purchase also gives us the opportunity to expand our campus.  There are ways in which our current facilities do not optimally meet our needs, and we could present a compelling case to build additional space.  Our middle school enrollment is at its highest in school history.  Other possible uses include athletics and outdoor education.  As we begin to advance into t ...

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