August 2017: News and Notes

General Information:


REMINDER! Pick up and Drop off.  The road in front of the school will be closed to through traffic during school hours. This minimizes the amount of noise around the school and is safer for our students as they move between buildings and the playground.  The procedure is for vehicles to drive up the hill from the main gate to the second road and drop off their passengers at the corner just above the gym.  Please then drive up the hill, turn left and follow the road back down to the gate.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have questions please call the high school office (7999.0707).



Libraries.  We are excited to be able to provide library access for the school students and the community. If you checked out library books over the summer, please be sure to return them when you return to school.


The elementary library is open Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. There are some special times to note throughout the week.


NCA Classes

Kindergarten-Tuesdays, 9:45-10:05

Grade 1-Tuesdays, 10:30-10:50

Grade 2-Tuesdays, 11:45-12:05

Grade 3-Wednesdays, 11:45-12:05

Grades 4/5-Wednesdays, 9:40-10:10

Grade 6-Thursdays, 1-1:30


Mommy and Me Storytime (for preschoolers, toddlers, babies, and parents)-Thursdays; 9:15


The high school library is open Mondays and Fridays from 3:05 until 3:40 and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:05 until 4:15.



Beginning of a New School Year.  Classes begin at 7:45 am on Tuesday, August 8th.  A reminder that students are asked to have a pair of inside shoes that can be left in the classroom (shoes that are easy to get on and off), an NCA school hat for recess and outdoor activities, and a regular (large) sized box of tissues for the classroom.   All other school supplies will be provided.


Kindergarten Open House.  Monday morning, August 7th, we invite all kindergarten students and their parents to stop by the kindergarten classroom. This is a good time to get PE hats for school, meet the teacher, see the classroom, and get other information to help prepare for school. Come and go between 10 am and 12 noon.


New Student Orientation.  New elementary students or even those who have been gone for a time of home assignment are welcome and encouraged to come to the school at 10 am on Monday, August 7th. This will give them the opportunity to see where their classrooms are, meet the teachers, and ask questions before school starts.


Lunch. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:10 for lunch. For our non-Lapilo students, a supervised lunchtime is available.  A microwave is also available near the lunch pavilion for meal items that need to be heated. For Lapilo students who go home for lunch, elementary students may return to the playground after 1:00 pm.  Classes begin again promptly at 1:05 pm.


Immunizations.  If you are returning from a time of home assignment, please stop by the Elementary Office to update immunization forms.


Assembly Our first assembly of the year will be Wednesday, August 9th at 7:45 am in the Conference Dining Hall.  Please join us if you can.


Lice and Vision Checks.  Lice and vision checks will be held in the first two weeks of school. A notice will come home with your child if you need to treat for lice. If there are any concerns after your child has had their vision checked, we will contact you.


Parent Teacher Fellowship. Please join us on Monday, August 14th, at 7 pm for the Elementary Parent Night / Open House.  We will begin in the Conference Dining Hall.  We will then allow time for you to visit your child’s classroom and meet their teacher.  This is a time for the parents to hear from the teachers about the curriculum, expectations for the students, and exciting activities for the year.


Elementary Classroom Staff and Locations


Middle Building Office

Secretaries – Erika Weatherl & Pam Hampton

ESS – Terri Sasaki, Carrie Nowland, Marcus Snedeker, Lisi Buortesch, Marcy Hammonds


Middle Building North
(M4)   Grade 4/5             Gail Posenjak

(M1)   Grade 5 Math       Jenny Hoskins


Elementary Building Upper Level

(E2)   Kindergarten      Kristin Simmons

(E1)   Grade 1                 Nancy Bicket

(E3)   Grade 2                Heather Saunders

(E4)   Grade 3                Sarah Hoge


Music Building

Grades 1, 2, 3                Emma Moore

Grades 4, 5, 6               Sibylle Galle



Elementary Building Lower Level
(E5)   Grade 6                Carmen DeVries

(E6)    Art                      Melissa Sogavo

(E7)    Library                Bonnie Morton


High School Building

(office) Principal               Robyn Green

(office) Vice Principal      Craig Hammonds

(H2)   German Studies    Sibylle Galle

(H6)   Technology            Kristin Simmons



Grade 1                              Adie Leedahl

Grades 2, 3, 4, 5              Emily Bonner

Grade 6                            Paul McKnight




Jr. & Sr. High: 

First Week Chapel. School begins with chapel at 7:45 AM on Tuesday, August 8th. We will start the year together in the gym. Students will receive their schedules during this time.


Grade 7 Orientation. Grade 7 students and parents are invited to the Grade 7 Orientation the Monday before school starts, August 7th, at 4:30 pm.  We will meet in the high school library. We will let you have your schedules and orient you to your classrooms and junior high routines! Questions? Call the high school office at 7999.0707.


New Student Orientation. Any new NCA grade 8-12 students and parents are invited to the New Student Orientation the Monday before school starts, August 7th, at 10 am.  We will meet in the high school library. We will give you your schedule and orient you to your classrooms and routines! Questions? Call the high school office at 7999.0707.


Grade 8-12 Open House. The Grade 8-12 Open House on August 21st at 7 pm is a time for parents to visit their child’s teachers and classrooms. We will meet in the high school library where we will orient parents to various high school routines and procedures and issue schedules. We will then run through a schedule so that you may hear from each of your child’s teachers. Again, any questions, please call the high school office.


Student Handbooks. Secondary student handbooks may be obtained on the NCA website ( or a printed copy may be obtained from the high school office. It would be a good idea for students and parents to read through this document.


Study Hall Release. Students in grades 7-12 can complete study hall at home rather than at the school. Parents need to commit to having their student home every day during the designated study hall. In the first few days of school, we’ll send home agreements to be signed and returned for students to take advantage of this time.


Technology AUP.  In the first few days of school, students will come home with a Technology Acceptable Use Policy agreement for parents and students to read and sign before students will be allowed on the internet. Please take a moment to read through this form with your child.  Remember all internet use is under the supervision of a faculty or staff member.


High School Staff


English: Emily Bonner, Kelli Bicket                                                      Secretary: Karen Balster

Math: Lydia Zato, Caren Jacobs                                                            Librarian: Pam Hampton

Science: Craig Hammonds, Caren Jacobs, Becky Burleson             Vice Principal: Craig Hammonds

Social Studies: Paul McKnight                                                               Principal: Robyn Green

Languages: Becky Burleson, Christine Alt

Bible: Craig Hammonds, Paul McKnight, Erica Haberchak, Dib Hampton

PE: Paul McKnight

Art: Melissa Sogavo

Industrial Arts: Dib Hampton

German Studies: Sibylle Galle


High School Bell Schedule

Period 1: 7:45-8:34

Period 2: 8:37-9:26

Period 3: 9:29-10:18

Period 4: 10:29-11:18

Period 5: 11:21-12:10

Period 6: 1:05-1:54

Period 7: 1:57-2:46

Work Detail: 2:49-3:05

Grade 9-12 Sports: 3:40-5:00




7 Aug                Kindergarten Open House (10 am – 12 noon)

New Student Orientation (10 am)

Grade 7 Orientation (4:30 pm)

8 Aug             2017-2018 School Year Begins!

9 Aug               Elementary Assembly (7:45 am)

14 Aug             Elementary Parent Night / Open House (7 pm)

18 Aug             NO SCHOOL (for teacher professional development)

21 Aug             Grades 8-12 Open House (7 pm)

25 Aug             Class Meetings, Grades 7 – 11 (3:10 pm)


6 Sep               MMP ends

13 Sep             Teacher In-Service, Noon closure, HS periods 2,3,4,6,7

30 Sep            MKCET meetings


4 Oct                Elementary Assembly (7:45 am)

5 Oct              Term 1 Ends


Term 2 – Oct. 24 through Dec. 20

Term 3 – Jan. 16 through Mar. 15 

Term 4 – Apr. 4 through May 31


NCA Who’s Who teamwork

NCA Student Advocates

Keith and Angie Copley

Mark and Holly Woodard


NCA Management Team (NMT)

Angie Copley (Goroka Valley member)

Robyn Green (Principal)

Craig Hammonds (Vice Principal)

Heather Saunders (elementary teacher)

Robyn Parry (Goroka Valley member)

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News & Notes: June 2017

Volume: 12                                                                                          Number: 10                                                                    June 2017

General Information:

Term Dates for 2016-2017 school year:  

Term 1              Aug. 8 – Oct. 5

Term 2              Oct. 24 – Dec. 20

Term 3              Jan. 16 – Mar. 15

Term 4              Apr. 4 – May 31


Honor Roll:   Congratulations to our 2015-16 Semester 2 Honor Roll students!  

Grade 7-12 High Honor Roll (Semester 2)

Nathanael Mol
Elicia Wakefield
Hannah Watters
Katie Burleson
Caleb Burnham
Brandt Woodard
Joshua Burnham
Caitie Diepenbrock
Jael Nyffenegger
Joshua Wakefield

Grade 7-12 Honor Roll (Semester 2)

Jervis Corotan
Ruth Dinoke
Ben Hulley
Nathan Smith
Cara Burleson
Judah Markley
Grace Weatherl
Avalon Luse
Rebekah Schlegel
Parker Snedeker
Sharla Banman
Lauren Copley
Jenny Cox
Stuart Michaud
Josanne Mol
Caleb Smith

Honor roll grades are tabulated from semester averages. To be named to the honor roll a student must have had

no grade lower than a B (82.5). To be named to the high honor roll, a student must have had no grade lower than an A- (89.5).

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 core curricular classes for honor roll consideration.

Have a great school break!

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News & Notes: May 2017

Volume: 12 Number: 9 May 2017

General Information
Parent Input: The High School Secretary (*protected email*) recently sent all parents an email invitation to fill out an online parent survey. This email may have gone to your junk mail. Please check your email and participate if able. We value your input as we seek to make NCA excellent.

Reminder: NCA Graduation Attendance. In order to help us facilitate more positive community relations, anyone coming to the NCA graduation ceremony that does not live at Lapilo Center (or its guest facilities) will be required to present an NCA-produced invitation at the main gate upon arrival. This personalized invitation from NCA is not the same thing as the announcements and picture cards produced by individuals in the senior class. This applies to everyone coming from off-center (Sobega, town, etc.). Families with children at NCA will automatically be receiving personalized invitations for each family member within the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Missions Project: Donations for the humanitarian project are due by Friday, May 5th. The following week we’ll let the whole school know how many chickens were purchased through World Help. If you have any questions, direct them to the HS Vice Principal (*protected email*).

Forms: School Enrollment/Health Forms for the 2017-2018 school year were sent electronically with the April News and Notes. Please complete them and return them to the school office as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Long break staffing: The school administration will be all over the world during the long break. The best way to get in touch with the HS principal is at *protected email*. The HS Vice Principal (*protected email*) will be available to be in the office through the month of June. The EL Principal (*protected email*) will be at school over the long break, though please contact her via email about what you need and when you need it.

Report Cards: End-of-the-year report cards will be available on May 30th. For those living at Lapilo or Sobega, your report cards will be sent via Lapilo Center mail. For everyone else, hard copies of the report cards will be left at the NTM-PNG Lapilo Headquarters Office, where you can pick them up at your convenience. If you would prefer to have the report cards mailed to you by PNG mail, please let us know. If you are planning to travel soon after graduation and will not be around to collect your child’s report cards, please let the school office (*protected email*) know so that we can send you the documents by email.

Art Show: On May 20th, which is also Awards Night, our NCA students will have some of their art work on display. There will be work from both elementary and high school students. Come as early as 6:30 pm and enjoy the displays in the gym.

Open House: We hope you can come see your child’s classroom during our Open House on Wednesday, May 24th, at 7:45 am.

Final Assembly: Our last assembly of the school year will be on Wednesday, May 24th, at 8:15 am, after the Open House. We look forward to hearing from all the elementary classes at this assembly as well as recognizing our grade 6 students.

Last Day of School: Thursday, May 25th, is the last day of this school year. Elementary students will be dismissed at noon. Elementary students are also dismissed at noon on Wednesday, May 24th, due to the long work detail schedule.

Spiritual Goal: Our spiritual goal for this term is “Help Others”. We have been very excited to see our students working on this goal in many ways, including supporting our Missions Week project in the month of April.

Jr. & Sr. High
Course Selection Forms: Course Selection forms were distributed to students last week. Current grade 8-11 students who are returning to NCA next year should turn in these forms by Wednesday, May 3rd. Let the HS Principal (*protected email*) know if you have questions about what classes to take; we’d much rather solve problems now than when the school year is upon us!

Home Assignment Families: Students going on home assignment received a Course Recommendation form last week. The form outlines what courses and sequences are needed to eventually grade from NCA. Remember that if you are planning on using homeschool high school (Grade 9-12) courses while on home assignment, you will need to work with an agency that will issue credit on a transcript. Let the HS Principal (*protected email*) know if you have questions about what classes to take; we’d much rather solve problems now than have a student return without correct credits!

Sports News: The Provincial Tournament is scheduled for Friday, May 12th at NSI. Grade 9-12 students are dismissed for the school day.


6 May SAT Test
11 May Spirit Day
12 May Provincial Tournament at NSI
15 – 18 May Senior Week
18 May Class Color Day
18 May Last day for Seniors
20 May Art Show at 6:30 pm and Awards Night at 7 pm
21 May Senior Commissioning Church Service
24 May Elem Open House 7:45 am / Assembly 8:15 am – Elementary classes out at noon
25 May Term 4 Ends – Elementary classes out at noon – Commencement – 6 pm

Next School Year
Term 1 Tuesday, August 8 – Thursday, October 5
Term 2 Tuesday, October 24 – Wednesday, December 20
Term 3 Tuesday, January 16 – Thursday, March 15
Term 4 Wednesday, April 4 – Thursday, May 31

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News & Notes: April 2017

Volume: 12                                                                          Number: 8                                                                           April 2017


General Information:

Enrollment Forms 2017-2018.  Attached to this News and Notes is an electronic enrollment form and health summary form for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please complete and submit a copy of this form for each child you intend to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year The form can be printed and returned to the appropriate office (Grade 7-12:  High School, Grade K-6:  Elementary).  Forms can also be returned via e-mail to gro.g1506241856npmtn1506241856@acn1506241856 (high school) or gro.g1506241856npmtn1506241856@lapi1506241856cnirp1506241856-mele1506241856-acn1506241856  (elementary school). Please return enrollment forms by April 28!  For grade 7-12 parents: if you return the form electronically, please type your name in place of a signature on the second page if applicable.

Missions Week!

NCA is planning its first ever Missions Week for next week, April 3-7. Our vision for this program is to encourage lifelong passion for missions by exposing students to God’s worldwide work. Since most of our students are the children of missionaries, and they are attending a New Tribes Mission school, we realize they already know about missions. However, we want to make a point of teaching them that the world is a big place with many needs, and that God is working through His people in a variety of ways beyond what they have experienced in PNG. This year we have decided to focus on humanitarian missions. There will be a variety of activities scheduled throughout the week in both the high school and elementary school. We will be culminating the week by presenting a missions project for which we will collectively be raising money. Students can give to the project individually, as a class project, or you may give as a family. We will be raising money throughout the month of April. Details of the project to follow, so stay tuned!



Terra Nova.  Achievement tests will be taking place Tuesday through Friday mornings, April 18 – 21, for elementary students.  Please help your children by making sure that they have plenty of sleep and a good breakfast each day of the testing.  The 1st through 6th grade students will be testing each morning prior to recess.  If a student has been ill, make-ups will be provided in the late mornings or afternoons.  If you have any questions, e-mail Renee at gro.g1506241856npmtn1506241856@lapi1506241856cnirp1506241856-mele1506241856-acn1506241856.


Jr. & Sr. High: 

Terra Nova.  Grade 7-11 achievement testing will take place April 18-21. Grade 7-11 students should report to school at 7:45 am. Classrooms are listed below.


Tuesday and Wednesday               Thursday and Friday

Grade 7:                                    M3                                                  H7

Grade 8 :                                   M1                                                 M3

Grade 9:                                    H8                                                  H4

Grade 10:                                  M2                                                  M2

Grade 11:                                  H3                                                  H3


Grade 12 students will not be testing and should report to school at 8:37 am everyday.

The adjusted schedule will be posted on the bulletin boards around the high school. 

Course Selection Forms (2017-2018). Course selection forms will be handed out to Grade 8-11 students at chapel on Wednesday, April 26. We hope to provide you with the most accurate information about what classes will be offered at NCA next school year. All students who are enrolling in high school next year should turn in their course selection forms by May 4. If you have questions about how to fill these out, please contact the high school office.

Families going on home assignment during the 2017-2018 school year will get a Course Recommendation form at the same time. Many courses and grade levels are operating A and B years, and we want to make sure you take the correct courses to stay on track with your class. Remember that if you are planning on home schooling high school (Grades 9-12) courses while on furlough you will need to work with an agency that will issue credit on a transcript. A Beka, Hewitt High School, NorthStar, Keystone, and NDCDE are all agencies that have been used in the past. More information is available at the high school office.

Graduation Party Update. The NMT was recently tasked with reviewing the procedures for the annual graduation party. The bulk of the changes are directed at clarifying our procedures. One significant change is to end the party at 3 am. After observing the party for many years, it has become evident that after 3 am, students are simply enduring rather than enjoying the party. It is apparent that this is not good for students’ transitions. Saying goodbye in a state of utter exhaustion at 6 in the morning only makes the goodbyes more painful. We believe this change, along with the other changes made, will serve to make the grad party a more positive experience for our students. We will be sending out a more detailed notice with all the particulars of the grad party a couple of weeks before graduation.

College Testing. The ACT is being offered on April 8 and the SAT is being offered on May 7. Both tests will occur in the HQ Conference Room. Students must have a picture ID and a printed Admission Ticket.




29 Mar                Elementary Assembly

31 Mar                 Student Council Event for Grades 7 – 9 (6 pm at the Teen Lounge, K20)

3 – 7 April          Missions Week

8 April                 ACT Test

10 April               MKCET meeting

14 – 17 April       Easter Holiday NO SCHOOL

18 – 21 April       TerraNova Testing

21 April               Class Meetings (Gr. 7 – 11), if needed

24 – 28 April               Staff Appreciation Week

26 April            Teacher In-Service – Classes out at noon

26 April               MMP (Mid-Marking Period) ends

29 April               Skate Night

6 May                   SAT Test

12 May                 Provincial Tournament, location TBD

15 – 18 May        Senior Week

18 May                Class Color Day

20 May                Awards Night – 7 pm

21 May                Senior Commissioning Church Service

24 May               Elem Open House 7:45 am / Assembly 8:15 am – Elementary out at noon

25 May               Term 4 Ends – Elementary out at noon  – Commencement – 6 pm


8 August             First day of the 2017 -2018 School Year

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News & Notes: March 2017

NCA News and Notes


Volume: 12                              Number: 7                                         March 2017


General Information:

Championship Basketball Game. Are you ready for THE BIG EVENT? This Friday, March 3, at 7pm your NCA Cougars Boys’ Basketball team will be going head-to-head against the Lapilo Men in what is sure to be the sporting event of the year. Come out and cheer for your man at the Enormo-Dome. Don’t miss the exciting play-by-play by legendary sportscasters Marcus Gumball and Tiny Musburger.

Term 4 Start Date
: Tuesday, March 28.

Looking ahead to next year. Enrollment forms for next year will be sent out with the April News and Notes. Please remember to take note of the term dates for the 2017-2018 school year as you make your travel plans.

Term 1             Tuesday, August 8 – Thursday, October 5

Term 2             Tuesday, October 24 – Wednesday, December 20

Term 3             Tuesday, January 16 – Thursday, March 15

Term 4             Wednesday, April 4 – Thursday, May 31



Terra Nova. Achievement testing will be taking place Tuesday through Friday mornings the week of April 18 – 21 for NCA elementary students. Please help your children by making sure that they have plenty of sleep and a good breakfast each day of testing. The 1st through 6th grade elementary students will be testing each morning prior to recess. If a student is ill on the day of testing, make-ups will be provided in the late mornings or afternoons after they return to school. If you have any questions, email the Elementary Principal at gro.g1506241856npmtn1506241856@lapi1506241856cnirp1506241856-mele1506241856-acn1506241856.

High School:

Terra Nova. Achievement testing will take place the week of week of April 18. All students will have a modified schedule in order to accommodate testing before the morning break. If a student is ill, make-ups will be provided in the late mornings or afternoons.

AP Tests. AP tests aren’t until May, however they have to be ordered this month. Students who are eligible to take exams were given an information book and were instructed to consult their parents and teachers about which exams they should take. Email the High School Principal at gro.g1506241856npmtn1506241856@lapi1506241856cnirp1506241856-sh-a1506241856cn1506241856 by Thursday, March 9 with your decision about what AP tests your student would like to take.



3 Mar.              ACT registration deadline (

9 Mar.              AP registration deadline (*protected email*)

9 Mar.              Term 3 ends

28 Mar.           Term 4 begins

29 Mar.          Elementary Assembly 7:45 am in the Conference Dining Hall

7 Apr.             SAT registration deadline (

8 Apr.             ACT at NCA

14-17 Apr.       Easter Holiday-NO School

18- 21 Apr.      Achievement Testing

6 May              SAT at NCA

25 May            Last day of the school year/graduation!

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