"Develop Christ-centered students who aspire to excellence
and impact their communities for Him."
FEBRUARY 2020
NVCA Auction & Dinner
Making a Difference Together
On February 21, NVCA Board members, staff, families, and friends attended the "Making a Difference Together" auction and dinner. It was a blessing to celebrate what God is doing in our school and in the lives of our students. NVCA has come a long way since the start, and we look forward to continuing our work to develop Christ-centered students who aspire to excellence and impact their communities for Him.

We appreciate our title sponsor, Rooter Ranger Plumbing, for helping to make this event possible.  Tables were sold out, and the auction was a huge success. We netted approximately $91,000, plus we earned an additional $25,000 match from an anonymous donor.

We thank everyone who donated toward the auction. And we thank all donors for their constant prayer and financial support that truly helps us make a difference together. We especially thank Cathy Oliva and all volunteers for putting together this wonderful evening.
Auction Bidding
Silent Auction
Student Volunteers
Photographs by Karyn Oliver, Frame x Frame Photography. Used by permission.
Hoopcoming & Spirit Week
Yes, I Am
MRS. WETZEL'S 2ND GRADE CLASS


"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption
that is in Christ Jesus:..."
(Romans 3:24)
Ash Wednesday—A Reminder
I'm a child of God; yes, I am. Throughout the Bible, the scriptures reassure us that we are God's children. We could not have received any greater gift than that of God's own son, Jesus, our redeemer.

At NVCA, our students learn to put God first in their lives. Teachers incorporate worship into their daily routines, and their students feel confident that with God's help they can move forward in their studies.

To begin the Lenten season, all students and staff participated in our Ash Wednesday chapel service on February 26. Pastor Jon Bjorgaard, from St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Phoenix, presented an excellent example and message about salvation. The students learned that we cannot get to heaven without Jesus. All glory be to God for His wonderful gift of grace.
Your Giving Hearts
Teachers Appreciate Ultimate Apple Campaign Donations
Last school year, during National Teachers' Week, we launched our Ultimate Apple Campaign. Many NVCA families and friends donated toward that campaign to support professional development and supplemental supplies and equipment needs for our teachers. The teachers are very grateful for all donations. Below are some examples of how teachers have put those funds to use.
Mrs. Brightman purchased new books and posters for her American Sign Language (ASL) classes. She also attended a Level 2 ASL teaching class and received her certification.
Mrs. Sanchez was able to purchase headphones for her kindergarten students to use with the iPads. Other items included a variety of books and alphabet/reading learning tools.
Mr. House gifted students curriculum for their Senior Capstone class. The two books each senior received were:
  1. Love Does by Bob Goff
  2. Everybody Always by Bob Goff

Mrs. Huizenga purchased a tongue drum, tubano drum, cajon, and boomwhackers.
Mrs. Tinker and the preschool classes acquired some art easels.
Ms. Brown was able to buy a refrigerator for her Culinary Arts class.
Academics
Getting to Know Our Third Grade Teacher
STACY MERGENER
 This is my second year teaching at NVCA. I taught first and second grade for fourteen years in the Cartwright Elementary School District in Phoenix. I then taught third grade and served as the curriculum and assessment specialist at Joy Christian School for five years before coming to NVCA. I also teach for the College of Education at Grand Canyon University, helping adults prepare for careers in teaching.
 
I enjoy coming to work and spending my days with the sweet kiddos in my classroom. Teaching isn’t really like any other job. Every day I get to see smiling faces and am blessed in some way that I would never have expected. It’s a privilege to see how the Lord is working in the children around me. I love watching them grow academically, spiritually, and developmentally. My favorite part of the day is digging into the Bible, discussing God’s word, and praying with my students.
 
Third grade is a pivotal year for students. I love being a part of that! In third grade the students are becoming more independent and accountable. It’s the first year students earn actual letter grades and get to be honored for their efforts through the Principal’s List and honor roll awards.
 
My goal this year is to clearly see my students the way God sees them and to join Him in whatever work He’s doing in their lives in the moment. My favorite scripture is: "Let all that you do be done in love." (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Athletics
Winners for Christ!
RANDY WALKER
HEAD BOYS BASKETBALL COACH
NVCA was the site for this year's AIA Boys Basketball Regional Tournament. This tournament convenes the top four teams from the regular season. The Lions entered the 1A West Tournament as the number 1 seed in the region and played fourth seed San Pasqual in the first round. The Lions defeated San Pasqual 95–54 to advance to the finals. The other semifinal game matched second seed Mohave Accelerated against third seed Anthem Prep. 
 
In the regional championship game NVCA played Mohave Accelerated for the third time this season, with the Lions prevailing 89–66 to win the 1A West Tournament for the first time in school history. This win guaranteed a spot in the 1A State Play-In game.
 
In the play-in game the Lions, a #3 seed, hosted the El Capitan Eagles. NVCA defeated the Eagles 75–42 to advance to the 2020 AIA Boys Basketball State Championships—Conference 1A tournament in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

In the state quarterfinal game, the #3 seed Lions played the #6 seed Phoenix based NFL YET. In a back and forth game, the Lions took control in the second half and won 76–65. Number 2 seed Rock Point awaited the Lions in the semifinals; both games took place at Yavapai Community College. The Lions defeated the Cougars 77–39 to advance to the 1A State Championship to oppose Fort Thomas at the Findlay Toyota Center. This was the first appearance in the State Tournament for the NVCA Lions in school history. 
 
Fort Thomas, the number 1 seed in the tournament, possesses a rich basketball history, having won 11 prior State Championships. Taking control early in the game, on a poor shooting night for the Lions, Fort Thomas defeated NVCA 62–46. The Lions never gave up and fought back several times to get within striking distance, only to come up short each time. 
 
Overall, in only their second season as a varsity program, the Lions finished the season 27–5, winning not only the 1A West Regular Season, but the Regional Tournament and advancing to the 1A State Tournament Championship game, taking 2nd place.
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B.E.S.T. Special Olympics
This school year NVCA joined the Special Olympics (SO) of Arizona. The Special Olympics provides opportunities for our B.E.S.T. students to be involved in athletics along with other NVCA students who are not in the B.E.S.T. program. This is a "unified" team. Numerous sporting tournaments in which our students can compete exist. For this year we limited ourselves to two sports. 

Last December, NVCA sent a team of middle school students to compete in the SO unified soccer tournament. This month we competed in the SO basketball tournament. The focus for NVCA SO teams is having fun, learning some basic skills in a sport, working together, and building relationships. 

NVCA is hoping to add more sports to our SO teams next year and to host SO events on our campus.
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