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Dear NCS family,


One of my favorite Christmas miracles...


Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name...

Phillipians 2:5-9


As we approach Christmas, it recently dawned on me that this year finds me celebrating my fifth year as part of the Northwest Christian family. After serving many years in a secular scholastic environment, there is a privilege that I have enjoyed at NCS that I will never take for granted: as we celebrate Christmas, we are able to name the Name that is above every name. That is to say, as we enjoy Christmas together as a school family, we can do so in such a way that enables our students to understand who Jesus is and that He has a plan for each of their lives.


This December, in so many schools across this great nation, the name of Jesus cannot be named as "Merry Christmas" is routinely displaced by "Happy Holidays". Instead, students are told that they are on this planet as the result of some sort of cosmic chemical/biological accident. The inference, of course, is that their lives are of little consequence.


At Northwest Christian, as we celebrate Christmas, we do so in such a way that allows our teachers to unashamedly lift high the name of Jesus. Further, we are privileged to explain to our students that the miracle of Christmas is God became man. We can explain that because the sacrifice of Christ won back their lives from the consequence of sin, He has amazing and individual plans for each of them. This understanding gives purpose and focus to their academic, athletic, and artistic pursuits.


The result is one of my very favorite miracles: a school with rigorous academics, amazing fine arts programs, and strong athletic teams, that can lift high the Name above all names and equip students to understand their place in this world. For thirty-five years, God's hand of providence has moved the hearts of men and women to support and sustain this miracle. This Christmas, I would ask you to consider being one of these men and women that He has called to support and sustain the miracle of NCS.


Because we operate this school very prudently and work hard to steward our resources, we can make a claim that I believe no other private, non-profit school in the state can make: we operate a black budget prior to any fundraising. This means that when we approach prospective donors, we can confidently assert that every dime you offer in sacrificial support of the school goes directly to furthering and enhancing the mission of Northwest Christian.


For this reason, as we approach the end of the calendar year, I would invite you to prayerfully consider partnering with the school in the form of a financial donation to NCS. Generous support from folks like you has positioned NCS to be the best priced Christian school in the valley which keeps the doors open wide for our families.  If you are interested in supporting the school financially, you can do just that at the following link...


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I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at NCS. Thank you for your gifts, support and prayers. You are making a difference for eternity when you invest in the spiritual training, development, and mobilization of young people.

Grateful for the opportunity to serve this school and your family,


Geoff Brown
Northwest Christian School
(623)225-5573 (cell)

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Spotlight on Students:  November/December 2014  

 Mini-Crusaders led a canned food drive in November to collect canned corn as part of the Sutton food drive. 


Spotlight on Students:  November/December 2014  

 Santa Claus (a.k.a. Mr. Gardiner, 8th grade Bible teacher with other NCS students) delivers Northwest Christian gifts to students at J.B. Sutton Elementary yesterday.  

Fire Science Proves to be Popular New High School Elective  

New class filled immediately in its first year

"Connections."  According to senior Mike Knipp, that is the biggest thing he's gained from the Fire Science elective that was established at Northwest Christian for the first time this year.  The class, which immediately filled to capacity this year, is team-taught by a group of NCS parents and alumni who are also Phoenix fire fighters--a group which includes Albert Abril, Eric Harper, Craig Kempinski, Scott Walker, and others.  Northwest Christian students are learning what it takes to become a fire fighter and gaining the connections needed to make it in the field. Through their instructors (some of which are captains), they have the opportunity to go on ride-alongs with other stations that they would have never been able to go with before.   The classroom environment consists of traditional instructional strategies such as videos, discussions with the instructors, and textbooks.  But the students in the class are thriving as they enjoy non-traditional teaching exercises.  "We get to pull lines, use fire hydrants, and work as engine companies for competitions in obstacle courses and putting on fire 'turnouts' (uniforms)," explains junior Drew Inness.


For Mike Knipp, this isn't even the best part. "The stations in the valley are in need of Godly men, doing good for the glory of God, not just to get the job done. With this opportunity, maybe some of us can help to fill that role."


"I love the fact that our students are getting practical, hands on experience in this field," says high school principal Josh Schlesinger.  "Our students are going to walk away from this class and have a fairly good idea whether or not this is a profession for them.  I also love the fact that we have Godly men pouring into the lives of our students and making a positive impact in their lives."

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Spotlight on Students:  November/December 2014  

 Elementary students pack Thanksgiving meal boxes for needy students at three local elementary schools.  

"Junior Crusaders" Offers Elementary Athletes the Opportunity to Compete as Crusaders  

Elementary athletic program had 10 teams and over 120 students this fall


The Northwest Christian Junior Crusaders program, helmed by Darcy Bracamonte, is an extracurricular sports program created for Pre-K through 6th grade students.  Working as a complement to a thriving secondary Northwest Christian athletic program, it is designed to unite students as they play on a sports team with other students during after-school practices and weekend games. The program also allows for an environment in which students learn to compete in a God-honoring fashion.  "The program fosters a sense of 'belonging' for our athletes," explains Darcy, "all while building skills and learning the importance of teamwork."


Junior Crusaders works closely with both National Youth Sports and CCV STARS in offering sports throughout the various seasons.  Sports offered to date include volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, flag football, cross country, and tackle football.  "We had a very successful season this fall," says Darcy. "We had over 120 players playing on 10 different teams."


Some of the players who have played on Junior Crusaders teams have been preparing to play at a competitive level.  "Several of our young volleyball players this season have tried out and made the Lady Crusaders Club Volleyball team," continues Darcy.  "Congratulations to them! Playing sports recreationally for these girls has the added benefit of challenging them to pursue their higher goals."

Junior Crusader coaches are all parent volunteers and they have done an extraordinary job in nurturing sportsmanship and teaching the young athletes how to compete in a God-honoring way.  Says Darcy, "We are thankful to our coaches as they have poured into our kids and have devoted their time and energy into making our teams fun and successful."


Many thanks to the Fall 2014 Junior Crusader Coaches!

Greg Loper - 5/6th Flag Football

Chris Wisely/Jim Davis - 5/6th Tackle Football

Jesse Bracamonte - 5/6th Basketball

Tim Kohner - 5/6th Boys Soccer

Jarrod Barajas - 5/6th Volleyball

Brett Irwin - 3/4th Boys Soccer

Darcy Bracamonte - 3/4th Volleyball

Travis Conner - 1/2nd Boys Soccer

Scott Stuart/Noel Pulanko - 1/2 Girls Soccer

Sara Irwin/Emma Brown - Jr. Crusaders Cross Country 


The program is always in need of more parent volunteers who are able to commit to coaching a sport they enjoy for their child and classmates. Each season's sports may vary according to coach availability, so coaches are vital to the program.  


The Junior Crusader program also utilizes Junior or Senior Northwest Christian high school students who would like to help coach a sport.  For example, this fall ten members of the high school cross country team made it a point of personal ministry opportunity to get involved in the Junior Crusaders Cross Country program.  On a weekly basis, the high school athletes offered devotions from scripture and supported coach Sara Irwin as she led the practices.  


Please contact Darcy Bracamonte if you are interested in coaching in an upcoming season (

Northwest Christian School presents 
Screwtape Academy 
Once night only...
Screwtape Academy is Back in the Theater

Thursday, January 1st  7pm
Harkins Theatres Arrowhead 18
16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive
For more info and tickets, please visit:

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Screwtape Academy:  a film by NCS Fine Arts

For a limited time only!
View "Screwtape Academy" Online

Each spring, Northwest Christian High School offers students the opportunity to participate in a play/musical.  In the fall, however, the school attempts to provide aspiring thespians the chance to do something a bit unique.  There's been dinner theater at Arizona Broadway Theater, reader's theater, and the like.  This year, however, the school offered its students the chance to be part of a proper movie--titled "Screwtape Academy"--in conjunction with the film company Cabin Fever Films.  Students spent several weeks shooting film, editing, learning lines, and learning some of the technical work that goes into making a film.

Early in November, the school rented the 600-seat Colossus Theater at the AMC Deer Valley 30 Theater and held a gala, red carpet premiere.  Because that event was completely sold out, and many were unable to purchase tickets, for a limited time, we're making the entire film available online.  Click on the link above for your opportunity to view the entire film.

Also, for one night only, the movie is returning to the theater--Harkins Arrowhead 18 on January 1st.  For more information on that showing or to purchase tickets, please click on the link above.

DVDs of the film are available for purchase soon in the school office.
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NCS Girl Scout Troop Grows in Size and Mission
NCS Girl Scouts actively pursue service opportunities


The Northwest Christian Girl Scout Troop 3035 (part of the ASAP program) has been working hard this school year to support the efforts of the Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) located in Glendale. CPC was founded in 1982 in order to meet the needs of women faced with unplanned pregnancy.  As a part of a wide array of services offered by the non-profit, CPC provides parenting classes to women who have chosen to keep and raise their children. By attending classes, these mothers earn "money" that can be spent in the CPC store which is stocked with baby items through donations to the center.  The girls in NCS Troop 3035 have been working to make baby blankets and in turn they donate the blankets to the CPC store for the moms and their babies. In addition, the girls are working to raise funds to help purchase other items such as diapers, clothing and other infant supplies that a mom may need when welcoming home their child.


During their Christmas party this year, the girls also packed Treat Boxes for a group of Native American children at a Mission Church here in the Valley as well as participating in an Operation Christmas Child event packing Christmas boxes for children overseas.


Also, Troop 3035 has sponsored and will mentor our new Daisy Troop 1092 lead by Stefanie Harris here on campus under the ASAP program. The Daisy Troop is made up of kindergarten and first grade girls. The group hopes to find a leader to establish a Brownie troop at NCS in the near future.


For more information on the NCS Girl Scout program, keep an eye on the After School Advantage Program (ASAP) materials that will be coming home in the new semester. 

AZStRUT Helps NCS to Grow Technology Offer
...and here's an opportunity to give back


During the summer of 2014, Northwest Christian grew its technology program by leaps and bounds.  This growth happened because of the generous support of several organizations.


For example, Intel's Experience Matters program generously underwrote the salary of Dan Gallagher.  Dan has joined the NCS tech support team and been hugely influential within the deployment of 450 iPad Mini's as part of the high school's 1:1 tech program, called "Re:Equip".   


Additionally, Dan spear-headed a new partnership between Northwest Chrstian and Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (AZ StRUT).  Formed in 1997 by founding sponsors Intel & Motorola, AZ StRUT is a partnership between local schools and businesses, where students learn new skills by refurbishing used computer equipment. The equipment is then donated to schools and other qualified non-profit organizations throughout Arizona. Over one hundred companies such as Intel, Avnet and APS currently donate hardware through the program.  This past summer, NCS worked to secure 280 newly refurbished PC's within the school's elementary and secondary networks.   


Is Santa planning to bring new tech to your home this Christmas?  Do you anticipate upgrading some of the technology around your house this Christmas?  Northwest Christian School, in cooperation with Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (AZ StRUT)m invites NCS families to drop off their obsolete computer/electronic equipment at the school during our first annual NCS Computer/Electronics Recycle Day on Friday, January 9th. Simply bring items to the school office and the NCS tech team will handle the rest!  All donated computers will either be refurbished by AZ StRUT students or recycled for their components.  

Pursuing His Purpose:  NCS Students Engage 7-Year Guidance Plan
Guidance Counselor Brittney Meyer works with teachers to coordinate comprehensive guidance effort

After a year of planning, Northwest Christian has launched a comprehensive, seven-year guidance strategy designed to help students discover and pursue their unique God-given purpose.  Within its first full year, counselor Brittney Meyer is already seeing the fruit of the effort as students and teachers work through the different components of the plan.  These components manifest differently within the different grade levels.  Most recently, sixth graders have been enjoying career visits from different individuals within varied professions who illuminate their jobs but also talk through how they discovered God's leading and will.  This week, the eighth graders will be spending a day at Northern Arizona University where they will learn about the college application process and how best to prepare for it as they move into high school.


Other opportunities that Northwest Christian students are enjoying as part of the Pursuing His Purpose effort include:

  • The new "Lighthouse" partnership with test prep industry leader Princeton Review.  As part of this partnership, depending upon a student's GPA, a student can enroll in completely free Princeton Review courses--either in person or online.
  • New curriculum presented within Bible classes.  Though the curriculum maps are still being finalized by secondary Bible teachers, students are working through different curricular pieces which speak to issues like discovering their spiritual gifts and how to discover God's plan for your life.
  • Use of the Arizona CIS system.  Recently employed by the school, this new software resource allows for students to begin working through career interest surveys while developing individualized guidance plans that permit them to begin charting their course as early as middle school.
  • On campus and off campus college visits.  Already this year, as part of a multi-year plan, students have visited University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, and Northern Arizona University.  Over the course of their middle and high school years, students will visit every major state university, each of the state's Christian colleges, a sampling of junior colleges, and military recruiters.  Additionally, Mrs. Meyer has organized on-campus visits universities from across the United States.
  • A strategic approach to standardized testing.  After time has been invested by a committee of Northwest Christian teachers, the school is beginning to adjust standardized testing strategies over the course of several years.  The multi-year process affords time for teachers to pull rigorous standards into their curriculum maps while more directly preparing students for success on high stakes tests in high school.
  • Personalized guidance coaching.  Working with Mrs. Meyer and Mrs. Dennis, students continue to develop their high school four-year plans.  In addition, beginning in middle school, workshops are being presented which begin coaching students through guidance processes, understanding the college application process, pursuing scholarships, and the like.

For more information on this developing plan, you can can download the following:


Pursuing His Purpose Overview   


Below, sixth graders hear from Hannah Walworth, graduate of NCS, and RN at Phoenix Childrens Hospital in the Cardiac ICU unit.   


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Spotlight on Students
Two NCS Seniors Sign to Major Collegiate Baseball Programs
AJ Graffanino and Steven Butts are looking forward to leading another deep drive into State Championship tourney in their senior year


Above, NCS seniors Steven Butts and AJ Graffanino are pictured with NCH varsity baseball coach Rod Bair.  On Friday, November 14th, the two signed to significant collegiate baseball programs:  Steven signed to New Mexico State University and AJ signed to the University of Washington.  The two are strong leaders within a Crusader baseball team that ended the spring 2014 season as state-runners up and are looking forward to another strong season during their senior year.

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Free NCS Bumper Sticker!

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December 18, 2014
Vol. 5, Issue 4  

Galatians 4:4-5  

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Big Boys on Campus

The Monthly NCS Men's Prayer Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious, complementary hot breakfast and a time of devotions and prayer with men from the NCS community.

One Friday each month, throughout the school year, the men of NCS are invited to take part in a long-standing NCS tradition:  Big Boys on Campus.

The next Big Boys on Campus prayer breakfast will be:
Friday, January 9th, 2014
7:00 to 7:30am
Football field

NCHS Adventure Cru 

One-Day Ski Trip
Ski Trip  
December 23rd, 2014
Snowbowl, Arizona

  The cost is $40 and includes lift ticket and transportation.  The Adventure Cru will depart NCS at 6:30am and return about 7:00pm.  

Sponsor:  Mr. Paul Wilson
For more info, please contact
AnnEve Figueroa:

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Colorado Christian University

Grand Canyon University

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 Northwest Christian School is a proud member of the GCU Canyon Christian School Consortium.

High school students (grades 9-12) who are accepted to attend GCU will receive a $5,000 (on-campus housing) or $2,500 (off-campus housing) CCSC scholarship at GCU per year for each year of attendance at NCS.  This could save students up to $20,000 on college tuition over the course of four years.


NCS parents also have access to an exclusive 10% discount, providing savings toward tuition and fees for online undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree programs at GCU. (Scholarships are available for campus-based programs. The CCSC discount cannot be combined with any other institutional aid offer or discount.) 


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New Early Ed Class and Infant Care


The new infant care program is underway and space is limited. A Tuesday and Thursday morning class for young three year olds has also just opened. The Mom's Day Out program for toddlers and the preschool program has several openings and spots will go quickly. We appreciate your referrals to family and friends. For more info, please contact Michelle Reddy at 

National League of Junior Cotillions

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NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS for young men and women in sixth through eighth grade

Northwest Christian congratulates
Mrs. Patricia Richards


for being honored by the
National League of Junior Cotillions
with the Cotillion Allegiance Award


an honor afforded to directors who demonstrate true commitment to students and parents within the community. 
Box Tops for Education
Boxtops for Education
The November 2013 box tops submission has earned a record $1570 for the school!  Thank you for your generosity and support!

Earn cash for Northwest Christian every time you shop for groceries.  Clip box tops from hundreds of your favorite products and drop them off in the school office.  Each box top is worth 10 cents for NCS--that adds up fast!

NCS International Student Program
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Are you interested in hosting an international student for the 2014/2015 school year? 
Each year, NCS welcomes a limited number of international Christian students into the school's community.  Hosting families provide a meaningful opportunity to a young person looking for new opportunities. 
For more information, please contact:
Michelle Reddy
Director of Admissions
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Valley West Women's Bible Study

Valley West Women's Bible Study
This non-denominational women's Bible study meets Thursday mornings on the  campus of Northwest Community Church.  Using Titus 2:3-5 as a foundation, VWWBS has been ministering to women for thirty years.  This is the place to find encouragement, support, friendship, and solid Biblical teaching.
September through April
9:15 to 11:15am
Free childcare for birth to 5 years
Moms in Prayer
Moms in Prayer 
Please come and join other NCS moms in praying for our school, our staff, and our children!
Wednesday mornings, resuming this fall, 8:00 to 9:00am, room C102 in the Cook Center.

For more information, please call Kathy LaBarbera, (623)521-2308 or Sherrie Walker, (623)221-2516.


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Built on the Rock s a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation which is dedicated to the advancement of Christian education. Built on the Rock was founded in 2000 and  has been supporting Christian education ever since.

For more information on any BOTR program, including  "Outstanding Christian Educator" award program, the "High School Senior Scholarship" program, and the "Financial Hardship Assistance" program, please visit



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State Tuition Tax Credit Opportunity


Donors may donate until April 15th to receive a tax credit on their Arizona Individual Income Tax Return.


We strongly recommend that you contact the individual STO's to determine what, if any, cutoff dates they have established.


If you have any specific questions, please contact the NCS Business Office

Diane Collicott,


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Extra Love T-shirts


We have extra LOVE t-shirts available for purchase, $15 for the Next Level and $12 for the regular. Adult and Youth sizes in Miss Perona's Office. Stop by today!