Inside WCA

April 15


Super Saturday 2014

So many of our families and members of the community came out to enjoy Super Saturday 2014! The Lord blessed us with a gorgeous spring day, and we were able to host most of the activities on our new athletic practice field, giving the event a true carnival-style atmosphere! The Silent Auction alone made a record $31,150, kids of all ages enjoyed a variety of games and inflatables, and the fellowship among friends old and new was wonderful! Many thanks to each of you who volunteered your time to make WCA's largest one-day fundraiser a tremendous success! Proceeds from Super Saturday go directly back into the classroom, as well as the 2013-2014 Annual Fund, which enhances the Wake Christian experience through improvements in technology, security, fine arts, athletics, and so much more! 

Krista Smith 

Krista Smith, Class of 2014, Receives Her "Big Envelope" from NC State University
Part of what makes Wake Christian so special is how our students are encouraged to recognize and develop their God-given gifts, and Senior Krista Smith has spent years refining her talents in music and art. In fact, Krista was chosen as one of only 16 students accepted into the North Carolina State University School of Design, and she has had the distinction of having her artwork displayed at Contemporary Art and Design, in Raleigh, for the past two years.

Active in WCA's Band and Strings for nine years, a member of both the Honors All-State Band and the Tri-M Music Honor Society for four years, and Drum Major of the Bulldog Marching Regiment for the last two years, Krista was recently awarded First Place for Music Theory in the State Fine Arts Competition. She had the opportunity to participate last week in the National Competition, held at Bob Jones University, in Greenville, SC.

Krista also sings in WCA's Praise Team, and played the part of Gertrude in the Senior Class' rendition of Seussical. A Girl Scout for 13 years, she received her Silver Award during her Freshman year, and is currently working toward her Gold Award. In addition to her passion for music, Krista also loves horses, and has been riding for 12 years. In her Sophomore year, she placed First at the NC State Fair Youth Day, in the Saddleseat Division.

After school, you can find Krista working at one of her two jobs, ColdStone Creamery and Ruckus Pizza, or helping out at Phillips Farm, where she boards her 32-year-old horse, Fancy.

Krista will begin the Industrial and Product Design program at NC State this fall. Congratulations, Krista, on your many accomplishments! Your hard work has paid off, and your entire WCA family is so proud of you and wishes you the best of luck in the future! 

Look for samples of Krista's work featured on our Facebook page this week!

Meet Mike Woods

The Woods Family
Mr. Woods' Favorite Verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. "I find great comfort in this passage because God expects me to trust Him. He has prepared a perfect plan for my life and has my best interest at heart. My responsibility is to be obedient. I don't have to design the plan for my life; He has done that and I just need to walk with Him. That brings great comfort and security."

WCA's Head of School Mike Woods began teaching Science, Health, and Physical Education at Wake Christian Academy in 1995. He served in this capacity for two years, before becoming the Middle School Director, and subsequently Middle School Principal, in 1999. For the 2003-2004 school year, he was both the Head of School and High School Principal, and has served as Head of School since 2004. In addition to these roles, Mr. Woods has coached both JV and Varsity Football and Baseball.

Prior to joining the faculty at WCA, Mr. Woods was a Deputy Sheriff with the Wake County Sheriff's Department, from 1990 - 1995, and from 1986-1988, he played football at NC State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication. Mr. Woods went on to receive his Master of Arts Degree in Christian School Administration, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Mr. Woods' three children, Camden (14), Kendel (11), and Karis (9) all attend Wake Christian Academy. "I appreciate the fact that my children have outstanding Christian educators investing in their lives for eight hours a day, 180 days a year," he said. "They are receiving a quality, Christ-centered education that is consistent with biblical teachings and our family's faith in Jesus Christ."

The Woods Family are members of Colonial Baptist Church, where Mike and Kelly, his wife of 22 years, teach a Newlywed Sunday School class. When he's not working, Mike enjoys lots of family time, traveling, reading, and running.

"I love the opportunities you have to be involved in sharing the Gospel and helping students develop their talents for the Lord," he says of his work at Wake Christian. "It is a great joy to watch students grow up and make a difference in our world with their lives!"

Thank you, Mr. Woods, for your thoughtful and prayerful leadership of our school! You are very much appreciated by the students and their families, as well as the faculty and staff members under your direction.


Congratulations, Mrs. Sauls!

During the April schoolwide staff meeting, Head of School Mike Woods presented Elementary Principal Sandra Sauls with a framed certificate of achievement, "In recognition of your dedication and perseverance to the standard of excellence in education, Wake Christian Academy extends our congratulations to you for your exceptional effort and success in completion of your Master of Education in Teaching and Learning."  Mrs. Sauls graduated with High Distinction and earned this degree from Liberty University. Congratulations, Mrs. Sauls!

Admissions at WCA
From October 2013 until April of this year, more than 150 perspective students have visited our campus! All three grades in Middle School are now full and accepting waiting list applicants for the 2014-2015 school year; ninth grade has just four seats left; and we continue to receive new applications daily! Thank you for sharing information about our school with your friends and neighbors! Our families' personal testimonies of their Wake Christian experiences continue to be our best advertising. For more information on admissions at Wake Christian Academy, please contact Admissions Coordinator Dawn Currin. It is truly a privilege to partner with you, and we thank you for entrusting us with your child's education! 

Alumni News

Congratulations to:

  • Shelby Kiger ('09) and David Johnson, who were married April 6. 
  • Whitney Lynne (Haight, '06) and Aaron Bauer ('01), on the birth of their son, Graeme Grayson, born March 23. Whitney is the Journey Kids Administrative Assistant at Journey Church, and Aaron is the Children's Pastor.
  • Meredith and Barrett Martin ('05) on the birth of their daughter, Lucy Noel, born March 29. Lucy is the granddaughter of Mary Ann (10th Grade English Teacher) and Ricky Martin ('78), WCA's Director of Safety and Security. According to these proud grandparents, "Lucy is just perfect!"
  • Emily (Savage, '03) and Todd Temple on the birth of their son, Chase Dean, born April 1.
  • Ashley (Woodard, '05) and Patrick Marks on the birth of their daughter, Ava Elizabeth, born just this morning, April 15!

To receive periodic alumni updates, please be sure to keep your contact information current with our office. Contact Phil Crane, Alumni Coordinator, with any questions.

Send Us Your News
We want your stories! If you are a current student or graduate of Wake Christian Academy, we're interested in hearing about your accomplishments and activities. Please contact Christy Straight, Communications Associate, with story suggestions and photos.  


First Look Friday
Last week we held our final First Look Friday event of the 2013-2014 school year! Many thanks to those who served as tour guides, and to those of you who shared information about our Christ-centered academic program with your friends and neighbors!

We have an exciting opportunity coming up for perspective kindergarten families. We invite parents of rising kindergarteners to come and enjoy a time of observation in our kindergarten rooms (date and time to be determined). Following the observation time, we'll host a brief meet-and-greet with current kindergarten families who can share their experiences. Registration is required for this event, and visitors will need to check in at our Elementary Front Desk with a photo id. To register for this Kindergarten Observation event, please contact Admissions Coordinator Dawn Currin.

We will continue to offer campus tours by appointment, and we will have a presence at several upcoming outdoor festivals, including Apex Peakfest (May 3) and the Garner-Cleveland Area Strawberry Festival (April 26). Please continue to tell your friends about our strong, Christ-centered academic program, dedicated faculty and staff, and quality fine arts and athletic programs. We can't wait to share with them all Wake Christian Academy has to offer! 

Summer Camp at WCA
Summer Camp at Wake Christian Academy is better than ever! In addition to full-day themed camps for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, we offer week-long half-day programs for kids of all ages in athletics (cheerleading, football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, and strength and conditioning), kindergarten-readiness, cooking, technology, babysitting, engineering, science and forensics, middle school math and reading, and SAT prep classes. Camps run during the weeks of June 9, June 16, June 23, July 7, and July 14, and are open to WCA families, as well as our friends in the community. Click here for a complete listing of all camps and to register.

Employee of the Month
Assistant Athletic Director, Volleyball Coach, and Spanish Teacher Malcolm Deans was named WCA's March Employee of the Month! One nomination said, "Coach Deans is always referring to the Bible as the blueprint for our lives." Congratulations, Coach Deans, on this well-deserved honor!

Is there a WCA employee who has touched your life or that of your child? Know someone who works extra hard, consistently going above and beyond what is required? Be sure to submit your nominations for the April Employee of the Month! The winner will take home a prize package from CarFix, Electric Beanz, Nephew's BBQ Sauce, Terrie Jernigan's Catering, and Monogrammed Gifts! To share your nomination, go here. Winners will be announ
ced the first Wednesday of each month at the schoolwide staff meeting, and results will be posted on our Facebook page. Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous contributions to the Employee of the Month prize package! To contribute prize items for the winning faculty or staff member, please contact Dawn Russell, Director of School Advancement. 

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 15
MS/HS Chapel

Class Officer Elections
Third Period
Grades 9 - 11

Wednesday, April 16
Elementary Chapel

Progress Reports
K5 & First Grade

10th Grade
Periods 1 - 3

HS Student Council Luncheon

Beta Club Meeting
3:10 pm

Thursday, April 17
No School

Junior/Senior Banquet

Friday, April 18
Good Friday
No School
Office Closed

Sunday, April 20

Monday, April 21
No School

Tuesday, April 22
MS/HS Chapel

Wednesday, April 23
Elementary Chapel

Thursday, April 24
Elementary Fine Arts Festival

Friday, April 25
Elementary Fine Arts Festival

Monday, April 28
Parent Orientation
9th - 12th Grades
6:30 pm

Juniors Parent Meeting
7:30 pm

Seniors Parent Meeting
7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 29
MS/HS Chapel

Day of Prayer

Fourth Grade Mission Outreach
Mrs. Blalock's Class

Wednesday, April 30
Elementary Chapel

Don't Forget to...
Pray about your family's contribution to the 2013-2014 Annual Fund! With the support of our Board of Directors, faculty and staff, parents and grandparents, alumni, and friends, we've purchased a mini bus, two laptop carts, and most recently, a trailer for the Marching Bulldog Regiment! If you haven't yet made your tax-deductible contribution, please join us in our efforts to enhance the Wake Christian experience for our students! Contact Dawn Russell, Director of Advancement, for more information. 

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