North Raleigh Christian Academy

Our Mission Statement

North Raleigh Christian
Academy is a community
Christian school assisting
families by providing
excellence in academics,
fine arts and athletics,
while instilling Biblical
principles in students’ lives
that they might impact
their society for Christ.

Prospective Families

Kelvin Edward Johns

BORN: December 17, 1947

DIED: May 22, 2016

LOCATION: Raleigh, North Carolina


Kelvin Edward Johns, 68, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Transitions LifeCare. He was born December 17, 1947, in Newton, Kansas to the late Leroy Johns and Eleanor Newton JohnsKelvin was an educator in Bible Studies at North Raleigh Christian Academy as well as a curriculum writer with Educational Ministries for World Evangelism.

A service to celebrate his life will be held 1:00 pm, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Faith Baptist Church, 2728 Marks Creek Road, Knightdale, 27545. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 to 8:00, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, 27545.

Surviving: wife, Sherry Brantham Johns; sons: Joel Johns (Amy) of Orlando, FL, Justin L. Johns(Cassandra) of Raleigh; daughter, Julie J. Carle (Col. USAF, William) of Bellevue, Nebraska; 
son-in-law, Dustin Chapman of High Point; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother, Stephen Johns (Janice) of Franklinton; sister, Lezlie J. Harris (Kevin) of Dalton, Georgia.

In addition to his parents, Kelvin was preceded in death by his daughter, Jessica Johns Chapman.

The family has asked that flowers be omitted and contributions be made in his memory to Camp Victory, Attention: Tom Lewis, 200 Thorn Hollow Drive, Apex, NC 27523. 

Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.


  • Tuesday, May 24 

    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

  • L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory

  • 944 Old Knight Road

  • Knightdale, NC 27545

  • Get Directions

Life Celebration

  • Wednesday, May 25 

    1:00 PM 

  • Faith Baptist Church

  • 2728 Marks Creek Road

  • Knightdale, NC 27545

  • Get Directions

The Parent Volunteer Association (PVA) coordinates and provides parent volunteer services that help serve our NRCA community.  We are still in the process of seeking Volunteers to fill the positions listed below for the 2016-2017 school year. As NRCA parents, you are members of the PVA!  Whether you are an existing parent, a new parent or considering volunteering for the first time, we have a wonderful mentor and support system in each area.  There is a place for you and your help is needed.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy Rogers at tracyrogers@mindspring.com.

The PVA hopes you will prayerfully consider serving in one of our remaining positions listed below.  As you feel led to volunteer, please email Tracy Rogers at tracyrogers@mindspring.com  which position(s) you are interested in by Friday, May 27th.

The list of available positions are as follows:

  • Knight’s Café  Co-Chairpersons (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • Hospitality Closet Co-Chairpersons (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • 2nd Grade Level Coordinator (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • 4th Grade Level Co-Coordinators (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • 9th Grade Level Co-Coordinator (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • 11th Grade Level Co-Coordinator (Two Volunteers Needed) 

Thanks you for your consideration!
In His Service,
Your 2015-2016 PVA Executive Officers

Second Semester Exams

Middle School/High School

May 31- June 2, 2016

Exam Exemptions:  To be exempt from a semester exam, the student must have an A in the class for both the 3rd and 4th nine weeks. 

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Exam Days:  Students only come at the designated times of their exams.  Parents should make arrangements for arrival and departure.  Students arriving or departing other than designated exam times, must report to the cafeteria (no exceptions). 

Dress Code as follows:

 Students should be in regular school dress code.  Chapel dress does not apply.  ANY STUDENT OUT OF DRESS CODE SHOULD BE SENT TO THE OFFICE PRIOR TO TAKING THE EXAM.

**All students (including student drivers) must remain in the exam room for the entire exam period.  Teachers should not dismiss students prior to the conclusion of the exam period.**


Tuesday, May 31

  • 8:00-9:15       3rd period exam
  • 9:30-10:45    6th period exam (7th & 8th)
                         5th period exam (6th)

Wednesday, June 1

  • 8:00-9:15       1st period exam
  • 9:30-10:45     7th period exam

Thursday, June 2

  • 8:00-9:15       4th period exam
  • 9:30-10:45     2nd period exam


Tuesday, May 31

  • 8:00-9:15       5th period exam
  • 9:30-10:45     6th period exam

Wednesday, June 1

  • 8:00-9:15       1st period exam
  • 9:30-10:45     7th period exam

Thursday, June 2

  • 8:00-9:15       4th period exam
  • 9:30-10:45     3rd period exam

2016-2017 School Supply Kits 


Rising 1st-8th graders can order their 16-17 School Supply Kits now at www.shopttkits.com

Account Number 32570

Ordering your back-to-school supplies has never been easier! You can complete your order within minutes! Please refer to your printed order form for important dates and pricing. The order form will indicate kit delivery or pick-up information. Please remember to order the correct grade for your child as custom kits cannot be returned. 

Seniors must turn in their iPads by Monday, May 16, by the end of the day.

If students wish to purchase their iPads instead of turning them in, the price is $210 for the iPad and its case. Then, after senior exams, the restrictions will be removed and the iPad will become property of the student.

If students do not want to buy their iPads, they must be returned May 16 between 2:00 and 3:30pm. iPads must be returned with their cases and Apple charging cord and brick to Mrs. Ciancanelli.

iPads must also be cleared of personal data. To clear the iPad, export any data you don't want to lose, and then go to settings, general, and reset. Then, erase all content and settings.

All apps that students use for notes and studying for exams can be backed up to Google Drive or iCloud and accessed with a different device. See this link for help: http://help.nrcaknights.com/

iPad turn in for students not returning to NRCA next year is on Thursday, May 26.

By: Rachel Girimonte, Shield Staff Writer 

NRCA's blood drive took place on Friday, April 29. Since the blood drive began, it has existed to honor the NRCA families impacted by necessary blood transfusions.

High school teacher and organizer of the blood drive, Mrs. Cindy McInnis said, "The blood drive was started about five years ago by Sally Pinon to honor three students who had dealt with cancer: Rebecca Simpson, who lost her battle on the day of her special graduation ceremony, and childhood cancer survivors Gabe Pinon and Harrison McKinion." 

This year the school also honored NRCA eighth-grade Bible teacher Mr. Kelvin Johns, who is battling pancreatic cancer, and Mr. Bill Keown, husband of high school math teacher Mrs. Gail Keown, with the blood drive. Mr. Keown recently underwent major heart surgery. The 2016 drive brought many donors, some of whom were giving blood for the first time.
"We had 85 individuals who showed up to donate blood," Mrs. McInnis said. "The courage of students donating for the first time was inspiring." The blood drive's results were successful, with a collection of 80 units. Those 80 units have the power to help up to 240 individuals, giving people who depend on blood transfusions extra days with their families and friends.

"Blood donations provide what money cannot," Mrs. McInnis said. "Cancer patients many times need blood transfusions to survive. Gabe experienced this firsthand. Mr. Keown had problems and needed 36 units of blood during his aorta replacement surgery along with a few extra while in [the] ICU. Without individuals willing to donate, he would not be alive today," Mrs. McInnis said.

The blood drive at NRCA not only benefits patients in the area, but it unites the NRCA community.

"The most memorable scene for me was seeing the three families that we started the blood drive for, joining together during the drive. At one point Jeff Simpson, Sally Pinon, Eddie Pinon, Coach Ed Pinon, Gabe Pinon and Ginger McKinion were together in the room waiting to donate, donating, or encouraging those donating. They understand more than most how important the donations are to the patients and their families," Mrs. McInnis said.

By: Rachel Girimonte, Shield Editor

Photo credits: Mrs. Sally Pinon

NRCA’s varsity softball continued its undefeated run of the spring season with a victory over St. Mary's School 22-6.  Senior Sidney Shepheard bolted two home runs in the contest and set the school record at 11.  

Local media coverage of Shepheard’s record-breaking performance appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer.

On Thursday, April 14, senior Sidney Shepheard signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Glenville State College. “I fell in love with West Virginia and the mountains last year and really enjoyed the small campus. They have great facilities,” Shepheard said.

Glenville State College is located in Glenville, West Virginia, and is a Division II school. The Pioneers compete in the Mountain East Conference.

Shepheard has played softball for ten years, five of which have been spent as a part of the varsity softball team at NRCA. Outside school, two of the main teams that she has played for are Carolina Storm Surge, a travel team, and Triangle Lightning, which had a foundational impact on her. With Carolina Storm Surge, Shepheard won 15 tournaments and placed fifth out of 18 teams in the Florida World Series. However, Triangle Lightning was most influential because her father, Davis Shepheard, was the coach, along with Joe Lee, and that was when she learned the fundamentals of the sport.

“I love to play softball because of the competition and all of the relationships that have come from playing. But, I will miss playing with all these great girls,” Shepheard said.

Her teammates, wins and coaches at  NRCA have created a lasting impact on Shepheard. “I really enjoyed beating Wake [Christian] and having my best friend, Amy Brosnahan, catch me during that game. That was the first time we had beaten them in a long time.”

Shepheard credits her NRCA coach with growing her in the sport and in her faith. “Coach [Jon] Mitchell has helped me a lot over the last five years. He has taught me so much about softball but also about the Christian aspect of it. He has always told us, ‘Do what you can and He'll do what you can't.’ That has really played a large part in my life.”

As her final high school chapter comes to a close, Shepheard’s looks to the future with optimism. “I am looking forward to the higher level of competition and fulfilling a dream I have always had.”

By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor

The Technology Department at NRCA is always looking for ways to improve the use of the iPad in the classroom. The most recent version of iOS, released in March, is iOS 9.3.1. When Apple releases an update it includes many security and bug fixes along with new features. We need all students to keep their iPads updated with the latest version of iOS unless they are told otherwise. If your student has not updated to iOS 9.3.1 they need to do so as soon as possible. All students should have their iPads updated to iOS 9.3.1 by April 20th. Any student who has not updated or has issues updating will be called to the technology office to assist the student with updating.

Along with the release of iOS 9.3, Apple released a new app for teachers called Classroom. We have had an app through our management system (Casper Focus) since day one that offered similar functionality, however at times there have been issues with reliability. We would like to take a moment to let you know what Classroom app will and will not do. When students are in a teacher’s classroom a teacher can direct a student or group of students to a chapter of an iBook, pages on the Internet, and apps on their iPad. This will greatly cut down on class time that might be missed by a student navigating to the correct location on their iPad. Classroom app will also allow teachers, at a quick glance, to view that students are on the correct app. This will hopefully cut down on some distractions for a few students who tend to navigate elsewhere (games, homework for other classes, etc.) during valuable class time. If needed, the teacher can “lock” a student into a particular app. For example, if a teacher is giving a test on Canvas, the students can be locked into Canvas so that they cannot go into another app. Teachers can also lock students onto a blank screen to quickly gain the attention of everyone in the class. In addition, teachers can view the student’s iPad and display their screen via the Apple TV to assist students or to show exemplary work.

The technology of Classroom app works via Bluetooth. Therefore, all students will be asked to turn Bluetooth on while in class. The faculty and staff at NRCA values student privacy, so we want to make it perfectly clear that no one can view what is on the student’s iPad while they are at home. Bluetooth has a maximum range of about 30 feet, so a teacher can only use these features when the student is sitting in their classroom. Rest assured we are not “spying” on your student at home.

Middle School teachers began to use Classroom app on Tuesday. We have already heard from some students how they are excited that this will cut down on some distractions from a few classmates. Likewise, we had students that spent some time today trying to figure out how to work around the system. We see that Classroom app adds value to what the teachers are already doing in class and will potentially cut down on lost class time and distracted students. If students are found to be 'working around' security settings and management protocols that we have in place, then per Mr. Cook, they will be written up for a violation of the Student Computer/iPad Acceptable Use Policy and the iPad Handbook policies.

We continue to be amazed at the work students are producing on the iPads and look forward to finishing the year strong.

Thank you,
NRCA Technology Department


    • SunMay29 Senior Trip
    • SunMay29 Drivers Ed 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • MonMay30 No School - Memorial Day
    • MonMay30 No School - Memorial Day
    • MonMay30 Senior Trip
    • TueMay31 Half Days
    • TueMay31 Semester Exams
    • TueMay31 Semester Exams
    • TueMay31 Senior Trip
    • TueMay31 Miss K Worley's class fieldtrip/Three Bear Acres 8:15 AM to 1:00 PM

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