High schoolers for a day: Sacred Heart students visit North Hills

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 14, 2015

For the first time, Sacred Heart Catholic School seventh and eighth grade students visited North Hills Christian School to get a taste of high school on Thursday.

The students toured the school, attended chapel and went to two different classes with North Hills students. The students even had a pizza lunch with the high schoolers.

Sacred Heart Catholic School has grades pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade and North Hills Christian School has grades from junior kindergarten to 12th grade.

Maria Lowder, executive director of North Hills, said it was a great opportunity for middle school students to see what high school is like.

“Their families will be making decisions around where their child will go to high school, so we would like for them to choose North Hills to continue their Christian education,” Lowder said.

Lowder said parents may be interested in sending their children to North Hills since the two schools have similar ideologies.

“Their families are, I would think, like-minded about their education because they’re at Sacred Heart,” she said.

During chapel, students from Catawba College majoring in worship arts led the worship music.

Kalynn Bailey, a Sacred Heart student, said she enjoyed her time at North Hills.

“We went to a Bible class and we played games and I learned everybody’s names and I made new friends and it was a lot of fun,” she said.

Marina Mueller, another Sacred Heart student, said she enjoyed the Algebra 2 class she attended and the food they were served.

Caroline Cardlle, a Sacred Heart student, said she liked the new wing of North Hills’ building, as well as the rest of the school’s layout.

“It was fun to walk outside to go to your other classes,” she said.

Constance McGrail, a high school math teacher, said the lesson that day was something that was new to her students, so the playing field was somewhat an even one.

“I told them, ‘You get to do something you’ve never done and (my students are) doing something new,’” she said.

Dana Rollins, spiritual life director and Bible teacher, said she incorporated get-to-know-games into her lesson.

“There was really good interaction, and they participated well and did not seem to be intimidated by the high school students, which was very, very impressive,” she said.

Lowder said it was a great experience for the students and most of them had a good time.

“I think the kids had a lot of fun,” Lowder said. “It’s important for them to know what the experience would be like.”

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.