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New Principal for the Girls School

Managing Director Jim Adams has announced that he is appointing Kira Schadegg as the next Girls School principal, with the unanimous consensus of a search committee comprised of faculty, administration and trustees.

Mrs. Schadegg, center, with colleagues being honored by the senior girls at their recent Medieval Feast at Glencairn Museum.

From Mr. Adams' announcement:

"Kira’s dedication to the New Church, New Church education, and the mission of the Girls School is remarkable. She also has an impressive resume of experience in the Girls School and wider community. These range from her superb teaching in the classroom to working with students in a variety of forums, to her leadership within the faculty to her many years of service with the Fire Company. Her love for the students is evident, as is her desire to support and lead the faculty. Kira is very energetic and organized. She has an amazing work ethic and a can-do attitude that is contagious. I believe that she will be a fine leader for the Girls School and look forward to working with her."

Mr. Adams thanked outgoing principal Sue Odhner for her years of dedication to the Girls School, acknowledging what she has contributed and anticipating her efforts to prepare Mrs. Schadegg to take the reins next year.


The Santaland Diaries Coming to MPAC

ANC students will present three shows at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center, December 3rd and 4th at 8 PM, and December 5th at 7 PM. Author David Sedaris pokes fun at the commercial side of Christmas, recounting his experience being employed as an Elf at Macy's Department Store at Christmastime.

For parents of young children, be advised that there is some crude humor and language on the PG scale, and children will learn that not just anyone dressed in a red suit and white beard is the real Santa!

Purchase Tickets Now: Adults $10, Students $8.

Check out our Facebook page for production updates and photos!

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc. (



Alumni in the News

Among the accomplishments by recent ANC alumni this summer, we see that Samme Givens and Graham Pitcairn, both class of '08, are continuing along their paths.

Samme, as Most Valuable Player in the Ball Up Million Dollar Summer Challenge, is leading his team to the national playoff for the half million dollar first prize in Los Angeles. Samme had the opportunity to play alongside his brother Shannon, who also attended ANC.

After a stint in the Coast Guard, and a two year stint at NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting, Graham Pitcairn received his Navy Wings on the Commodore List with Distinction. He will be serving nearby at the Atlantic City Coast Guard Air Station.



Textbook List for New School Year Updated

For the 2015-2016 school year, families will continue to make private arrangements for trading or purchasing books, or shop at online sites such as,,, and
There is also a Facebook page called "ANC Books" on which ANC students and families buy and sell textbooks and required reading material. It is not affiliated with the school.

Use the Textbook List to see which texts are required in each course. Required textbooks (or class or lab packet) rented or purchased from the teacher will be billed via the TADS system. 




Including All Students

Michael Gurian will present new thoughts on the application of gender-specific education for students with educational challenges. ANC has worked with the Gurian Institute over the past several years to refine and improve our unique "two schools in one" approach, that seeks to honor the individual and complimentary ways in which boys and girls learn. This talk will focus on gender learning differences as they apply to students with educational challenges.  

The talk will take place at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center, at 7 PM, August 29. Thanks to a generous donor, admission is free. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. For more information contact 

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