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The fall sports season has been great for the Eagles, with many teams and individuals making great strides! Sophomore golfer Chase Wright had a great season and finish 4th in the district which qualified him for the region tournament where he finished 4th out of 60 golfers.
Our high school girls soccer team finished 3rd in the district and made it to the 3rd round of the region tournament. This is the farthest an NCS girls soccer team has gone in the history of the program. They also made history with an overall record of 11-3, giving them the most wins ever in a season. The middle school girls soccer team is 5-0-1 and will play in the semi-finals of the TIAA on Tuesday.
Another record-setting program was our girls high school volleyball team. These athletes went deeper into the tournament than they ever have before making it to the first level of the state tournament. Their overall record of 27-9 gives them the most wins in the last five years. Another highlight of their season was winning their way to the finals at a gold level tournament held at Kenwood High School.
The cross-country teams continue to grow as well. New NCS 7th grade runner, Alexis Redmond, placed 16th out of 72 at a big meet. The middle school team had a great showing at the Division A finals overall with Jacob Ellis coming in 7th place and winning a medal in the varsity boys' race. The NCS boys' team placed 6th in boy's overall.
In football, our 5th and 6th grade Eagles had an outstanding season with a record of 7-1, tying for first in their league this season. The middle school football program worked hard and continued to build towards future success. Our high school football team finished the regular season undefeated with a record of 10-0 with a win against Trinity Christian. They are in great position going into the playoffs and hope to make another trip to Cookeville to prove themselves as state champions.
We are so proud of all of our athletes and look forward to continued growth and future successes! Go Eagles! We are NC!
From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. - Acts 17:26
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” - Galatians 3:28
Sometimes, social media, talk radio, and 24-hour news channels convince us that unbreachable differences divide our community. However, as the verses above explain, a body of Christians should be a unified body. Nashville Christian School aspires to be a place where students of any race, any ethnicity, any socio-economic background, and any learning style feel welcome and included. To that end, the administration formed the Diversity Team, a group of teachers pulled from each school, athletics, and fine arts. This committee’s early efforts included brainstorming a vision for our school and writing a biblically grounded mission statement.* In addition, this year they have begun to study texts about cultural competency, gather curricular resources, attend workshops, and look for speakers who bring messages that celebrate a variety of cultures and histories.
For example, September 15 through October 15 was Hispanic Heritage Month. The committee provided teachers with curricular resources as well as encouraging teachers to think of their own ways to celebrate Hispanic heritage in their classrooms. Spanish students studied the role of oxcarts in Costa Rican culture, where families utilized the carts to transport goods but also vividly painted them to represent their culture. Students then created their own oxcarts and decorated them in ways that highlighted their own family traditions. In English class, high school students studied poetry by Francisco X. Alarcón, and some wrote their own pieces of poetry. In the elementary school, first graders listened to a story read to them in Spanish by special guest reader Mr. Danny Coradazzi.
Our recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month is just the start. In the coming months, the committee hopes to help our campus become a place of celebration as we acknowledge the diversity that enriches our country. We want our campus to become a place of awareness as we consider the ways that God makes us different but also makes each of us a precious and valuable part of His family. We want students, teachers, and staff to embody unity in Christ and treat each other with love, grace, and compassion. If you are aware of any resources, workshops, books, speakers, or programs that can assist the committee, please feel welcome to reach out and share that information.
*Mission Statement: The Diversity Committee of Nashville Christian School commits to creating inclusive spaces for students of any race/ethnicity, of any social class, and with any learning needs and to equip faculty and staff to be culturally competent. The vision of the committee is that teachers, regardless of their background, will bring cultural understanding and self-awareness to their work in order to help students develop attitudes that bridge cultural differences and grow an appreciation for multiple cultural perspectives.
Last summer, the NCS teachers began training in Cooperative Learning through Kagan Cooperative Learning Workshops. Cooperative learning is a way to increase student engagement by organizing lessons so that students are involved in showing what they know by speaking because we know that we "retain a great deal more of what we say than what we hear." Cooperative learning structures also support social/emotional development and classroom management. When using cooperative learning structures the students have positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation, and simultaneous interaction. This picture shows a team building game with a balloon. Through team building, students come to know, like, and respect their teammates. In the process, a group of virtual strangers becomes a powerful learning team.
What Does it Look Like?
A cooperative learning structured class would include healthy noise rather than just a quiet class. Instead of students being told to “keep your eyes on your paper” the students are engaged with one another by helping their partner or group to solve the problem. Students may be up looking around at what classmates have accomplished and produced rather than sitting quietly.
When cooperative learning is properly implemented, it is a powerful approach resulting in positive outcomes. This success is based on four basic principles. When these principles are in place, cooperative learning produces positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation, and simultaneous interaction. As these principles are implemented in the classroom, we, as teachers, unleash the full potential of cooperative learning. This empowers NCS to create classrooms where students work together, acquire social skills, care about each other, and achieve more. This helps NCS educators be effective teachers where students learn to their full potential.
Cooperative learning has the potential to be a solution for four different crises: achievement crisis, achievement gap crisis, race relations crisis, and social skills crisis. Kagan says, “Cooperative learning provides in the school a surrogate, stable community in which prosocial values and skills are nurtured and developed.” In addition to these positive outcomes, cooperative learning also can improve communication and language acquisition skills, self-esteem, increased motivation, decreased discipline issues, and improve critical thinking.
Our teachers here at NCS are using cooperative learning strategies in their classes. Check out these strategies in action in the videos below!
Nashville Christian high school students brought the events surrounding Bloody Sunday to the main stage. Set in Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s, Laura Lundgren Smith’s The Shape of the Grave introduces us to Colleen who is desperate to find meaning in her own life after tragedy has taken half of her family. NCS actors spent weeks exploring Irish history, eating Irish food, and interviewing the author of the play. When asked why Lundgren Smith chose to write this historical play for young actors she replied, “because people underestimate teenagers.” NCS actors also worked with renowned acting and dialect coach Jill Massey on their Northern Irish accents to accurately portray this historical piece of literature that has modern-day relevance. Veteran US Marine Jordan Pritchard shared his experience behind the wire in Afghanistan, and our actors have found the insights he offered extremely valuable in informing their acting.
This was a fantastic show for anyone who wants to open a dialogue about the power of understanding history, the importance of avoiding violence, or the despair that can accompany circumstance. Madison Gupton, a junior, played the main character Colleen and stated, “It’s important to see this play, especially today since the world is so divided, and there is so much fighting everywhere. This play makes you step back and think about the bigger picture.”
The Shape of the Grave was performed in conjunction with Annie Jr. on October 5th and 6th.