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NCHE Homeschool Night with the Hornets!

NCHE Homeschool Night with the Hornets
Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics
December 27, 2017 @ 7:00 PM EST

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Deadline: December 13, 2017 @ 11:59 PM EST

Join fellow students, families and friends for NCHE's Homeschool Night with the Charlotte Hornets! Get your tickets for a day full of fun and basketball for all NCHE basketball players as they get to show their skills on the Hornets private practice court at Spectrum Center!

Ticket includes: 

  • Court time for NCHE basketball players on the Hornets Practice Court  
  • T-shirt for all attendees through this offer
  • Game ticket for Hornets vs. Celtics game. Tip-off @ 7 p.m.
  • Post-Game free throw on Hornets court for all attendees through this offer

NCHE Homeschool Night Highlights:

  • Check-in: 12-1 p.m.
  • Court time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Doors for Hornets game open at 6 p.m.
  • Tip-off for game is at 7 p.m.

For questions about ticketing please contact Megan Robinson at or 704-688-9069 

Discounted tickets and experiences only valid through this link. Tickets purchased through other outlets will not be honored. 

National History Bee - Register Today!

The National History Bee is a nationwide competition that tests social studies knowledge!
Register today to get access to classroom materials and give your students the opportunity to show what history they know! So as not to exclude anyone, schools with financial hardship can apply for a grant! All your students can participate! Starting in 2017-2018, there is no limit to the number of students per school who can participate in the Online Exam!
Homeschoolers participate for free! Just register with the Code: HISTORYHOME

Contact ACE
1701 John B. White Blvd,
Spartanburg, SC 29301

Annual Winter HCCHS Ball!

ANNUAL WINTER BALL FRI DEC 1!!! Mark the date!!!!!!!!! arrive at 6;30 for live music!

Please plan to attend! This formal/semiformal event is lots of fun, bring family and friends! Cost is $20 max per family or $5 each. Live jazz starts at 6;30 and the Cockman family will be providing the songs for the reels and dances at 7pm. All dances are taught, no experience necessary. Chairs to watch and enjoy music as well. 

Please Bring a snack to share (or two) and a drink would be lovely if you have extra, since we often run out. If you can provide some napkins and plates, please contact Rebecca at or 297-5221. 

Dress attire is formal/semiformal, no jeans please, and strapless dresses should just have ribbons or chiffon attached on the shoulders since we do have dances with ducking, etc. Dresses should be easy to dance in and below the knee. 

Any questions? Call or email. Thank you for coming and please share this event!!!

Short Film and Creative Writing Contest!

Dear Fellow Homeschooler,
My name is Vera Williamson and I am the NC representative for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association--a speech and debate league for homeschooled high school students.

Each year, NCFCA sponsors both a short film and a creative writing contest open to homeschool students. Attached is a flyer to advertise this opportunity to your students.You do not have to be affilliated with NCFCA in order to participate. This year, the theme of the short film contest is "Making A Difference."  The winning entry will be screened publicly at the 2018 NCFCA National Championships and the director will be recognized with a trophy. To see the entry requirements go here:

The winning entrants in the writing contest will have their stories published on the NCFCA website and will also be recognized with trophies at the 2018 National Championships. To see the entry requirements go here:

NCFCA endeavors to help students develop the skills necessary to think critically and communicate effectively in order to address life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. Please take a look at our website if you might also be interested in speech and debate. If you have any questions about NCFCA or how you might get involved, please contact me at

Thank you!
Vera Williamson

2017-18 SMART Testing Information

Woodcock Johnson IV
Test of Achievement
Glenna Toney
Please follow SMART Testing on Facebook @SMARTTestingInc
The basic Woodcock-Johnson IV normally costs $90.
Special Discounts:
New-Homeschoolers: Save $10 per basic if testing in Aug.
Off-Peak: Save $20 per basic if testing in Oct. through Jan.
Early-Commit: Save $10 if testing Feb. through July if registration and payment made by Jan. 2018
No-Travel: No travel or mileage charge added if testing at the SMART Office in Asheville
February through July are the busiest testing months with most people wanting to test toward the "end-of-year". However, the state requirement is only that a test be given annually (at any time of year) and the tests are normed such that scores are compared against students that took the test at a similar time of year. I can travel to your geographical area to administer testing any time of the year with a minimum of four students to test in the same day. Let me know if you have any questions.

LoveServes Information Meeting, Dessert Provided!

Have you been praying and looking for a way to get involved and support international missions?

I recently wrote a post about an awesome way to get involved through a ministry called LoveServes. We went to the Dominican Republic with LoveServes this summer! I think homeschool families will find they are particularly like-minded with this ministry. 

If you would like to learn more, one of the local Dominican pastor coaches and a founder of LoveServes will be in Boone on Monday, Oct 23, 7pm @ Home Builders Plaza, 755 NC Hwy 105, Boone, NC. You will be able to learn about what God is doing through LoveServes and how to get involved. [Dessert will be served]

Thanks for considering!
Pastor Matthew McDill

Compete in the Watauga Cross Country Championships!

Register by Friday, October 19th! Please find attached the registration form for the Watauga County Cross Country Championships to be held on Tuesday, October 24th after school at the WHS cross country course on the greenway below the high school. It's free! If you have questions, feel free to contact me or Coach Mac or Coach Shaw.  Thank you!  We look forward to a terrific day of cross country racing!


Don Wood
Tailwind Track Club
(828) 773-3428 mobile

"Anne Frank" Production at Lees-McCrae

When: Thursday and Friday, November 16 & 17
Time: 9:00 - 11:20 AM
This November Lees-McRae Theatre will be performing the theatre piece And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank (Short description below) and we have arranged for a Holocaust survivor to have a presentation after each morning performance.  We feel that this piece is best suited for 6th grade through 12th,  we have 710 seats in our auditorium and we would love to see them all filled for a minimum of two performances!  We will provide each student that attends with age appropriate informational packets for both before and after the production. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to attend and we will hold a seat for you (

Danielle M. B. Curtis, MFA
Assistant Dean of Arts, Humanities and Education
Director of Theatre Arts 

NCHE Field Trips -- Register Now!

November 10:  Lazy 5 Ranch, Mooresville
Registration deadline: November 8

December 5:  Old Salem/Candle Tea, Winston-Salem
Registration deadline: November 3 for Old Salem; while supply lasts for the Candle Tea

Questions about any of these?  Contact Evelyn Bickley, NCHE Activities Director at

Homeschool Skiing / Snowboarding

The French-Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mtn. in Blowing Rock, NC is offering students the opportunity to participate in a winter sport that will motivate them physically, socially and psychologically. Learn a lifetime sport and start looking forward to winter. Activities are designed for students ages 5 to 18 and for family members. Please come as often as you like.

-December 6, 14
-January  11, 23-24
-February 7,8, 21-22, 28
-March 1, 6-7, 14-15, 21-22

(Includes Flex Slope Ticket, skis, boots, poles, helmet, and one hour group lesson)

(Includes Flex Slope Ticket, Burton board, boots, helmet, and one hour group lesson)

Call or E-mail at least one week in advance to make a reservation. We will need to know the day you are coming, whether you are skiing or snowboarding and the lesson time you desire (11:15 am or 12:30 pm).


Upon arrival at Appalachian Ski Mountain go downstairs to the French-Swiss Ski College Counter located on the lower level of the lodge to sign in, pay fees, and receive tickets. Fill out equipment forms, get your equipment, and proceed to the “Ski School Meets Here” sign 10 minutes before lesson times.

11:15 am Beginners Only – Lessons that start on beginner terrain
12:30 pm Intermediate Workshop – Lessons that start on intermediate terrain

Flex Slope ticket – Ski/SB 8 consecutive hours. All tickets must be purchased by 12:30 pm.  Plan on one-hour preparation time for equipment issue & grouping of classes. Add additional time if clothing rental is needed.

LODGING: Special Rates for these Home School dates. (Call Hotel Directly)
Jan. 23-24 Feb. 7-8 Feb. 21-22, 28 March 1, 6-7, 14-15, 21-22
Meadowbrook Inn Blowing Rock 828-295-4300 Rate: $59.50+ tax/night
If you know of other home school families/associations that would benefit from this program, please share this information.

Click Here to view the first-edition "HCCHS Family News"

Hello, Everyone! We are proud to present first edition of the "HCCHS Family News," a new regular addition to the HCCHS Newsletter that highlights some of the things that your children have been involved in. Click the above link to download the PDF. If your children did something interesting this summer or accomplished an achievement or won an award, please send notices to so they can appear in the next edition! Many thanks to John and Brittany White for their contributions to our community.

9/15/2017 - Discovering U. S. History

Join instructor Sharon Greer for a fun, timeline-based approach to learning the history of our nation. This class uses memorable timeline songs, maps, discussions, projects, short videos, role-playing, and student presentations to explore major events and prominent figures of American History. We will look at the spiritual, cultural, political and global influences that have shaped our nation from 1492 to 1900. The course is geared for ages 10-14, but some younger or older students may be able to benefit as well. 

When: 20 weekly sessions beginning Tuesday, September 26th, 12:30 - 2:15 (tentative).

Where: Crosspoint Church in Boone OR Moot Hall in Valle Crucis. Please let us know your location preference.

Cost: $120 for 20 sessions + a one-time supply/ facility fee ($25/student; siblings $20) + Optional Field Trips. 

Tina Gragg


NCES: Participate in Mock Survey, Earn $40

My name is Kim Curtis and my firm, Activate Research, is working with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to update its national survey examining K-12 education in the United States. Recognizing that homeschooling and virtual schooling are increasingly popular choices for American families, NCES has added some questions about this educational choice to its upcoming Parent and Family Involvement survey. NCES is interested in making sure that these questions are written in a way that families will understand and be able to answer. We are now seeking families willing to take a mock survey to receive their feedback on these new questions. The interview will take no more than one hour (either in person or via skype) and participants will receive $40 in compensation.
Here is an example of a previous survey:

If, after reviewing this material, you are interested in participating, please call 202-971-3162 to complete a brief telephone screening to determine if you are eligible. The telephone screening will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. If eligible, we will schedule you for an interview that fits your schedule.
Best regards,
Kim Curtis

Field Trip Opportunities!

From Amanda Lanier, Currator of Education at Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University:

We are offering two date (below) for homeschool groups this fall. Both dates will be for groups of all ages. The dates and field trip themes are listed below. Both days ost $3.00 per student and they are requesting that parents RSVP by October 1st.

Thursday, October 12 "Trees of the Piedmont" 10:00 am to noon
The theme is learning to identify and classify common native trees. The visit includes a walk on the nature trail to prepare leaves for a leaf collection. (Does not include a tour of the Gardens/Greenhouses.)

Tuesday, October 24 "Naturalist in the Garden" 10:00 am to noon
The theme is the use of writing and art as aids to understanding the natural world. The visit includes time in the greenhouses and gardens to practice writing and art skills that increase proficiency in scientific observation. (Does not include a tour of the nature trail.)

Amanda Lanier, curator of education
Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University
100 Reynolda Village
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

National Math Competition Comes to Raleigh, NC

The National School Improvement Alliance will conduct the North Carolina State-wide Math Competition in Raleigh on February 3, 2018.  This year the event has been extended to include home school students.

Being good in math is about practice and to put in the practice time, students need motivation. This event is open to ALL 1st-8th Graders and is a great way to establish  excitement for math. 

Competition Specifics:
During a nearly 10-hour day, thousands of elementary and middle school students will rotate in and out of the competition sites, where they will work to qualify for the Regional Event to be held in Atlanta (March 2018). Hundreds will qualify for the Regional.

Cost of Event:
There is a small entry fee of only $10 per student to help defray cost, but the hundreds that will progress to the Regional and/or National Events pay no additional fees. We only have 220 slots per grade level and some levels are starting to fill up. More information is at  If there are more questions, please call me at 404 391-0249.

Dr. Boykins          
Competition Director