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)


On August 11, 2017, posted in: School News by