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At Nashville Christian School, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance, and we have made many additions and changes to our campus to ensure that safety. Today, we took another step towards providing the safest possible environment for our students by training with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma team and the Stop the Bleed® program. In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, it was discovered that many lives might have been saved if severe bleeding could have been controlled until help arrived. In response, surgeons from the American College of Surgeons formed a group with other experts in the field of emergency medical care and Stop the Bleed® was eventually born.
When a life-threatening injury occurs, a person can bleed to death in five minutes or less. With estimated emergency service response times at a minimum of six minutes in Nashville, knowing how to “stop the bleed” can save a person’s life! All faculty and staff at Nashville Christian took part in training today provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma team. Everyone who participated learned how to use pressure, pack a wound, and apply a tourniquet.
Thanks to the Eagles Parent Association, Nashville Christian also became the first school in middle Tennessee to supply every classroom with a Stop the Bleed® kit. The kits include gauze, gloves, scissors, a tourniquet and other essential items. Now families can feel a little safer knowing that every staff member is trained to take life-saving steps in the event of severe injury, and every room is equipped with a trauma kit.
See Fox17’s live coverage of this morning’s training by clicking here (timestamp 2:44:45 and 3:27:02). Tune in to Fox17 news at 4:00pm and 5:00pm tonight to see the full story they did highlighting Nashville Christian School’s efforts. For more information about this training, go to stopthebleed.org.
NCS will be hosting our 11th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out on February 4th during our basketball game against Goodpasture. Funds raised during this event go to help someone in the NCS family who is battling breast cancer. This year, we have two NCS alumni as our beneficiaries, and we thought you might like to know a little more about these courageous women you will be helping. Here are their powerful stories:
Lindsay Loring King (class of '95)
In 2014, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and went through chemotherapy. By the middle of 2015, I was in remission. There was no cancer showing anywhere in my body. I continued to go to my oncologist every 30- 60 days, and everything was great!
In October of 2017, I went to my oncologist for my routine appointment, and an ultrasound was done, which showed that the cancer had returned. It was in the same side and had also spread to lymph nodes. My oncologist was blown away because of the fact that I have no family history, my age is fairly young, and I had a double mastectomy and the strongest chemotherapy that I could have had in 2014-2015. I began treatment in 2018, and in February of 2019, a pet scan was done to see if anything had spread, and to determine if I would be a candidate for surgery. The pet scan showed that the tumors were all the same size, maybe a little smaller. My oncologist then submitted my case to the "tumor board,” a team of surgeons. They said that I was not a candidate at that time because of the size of the tumors. I started on new medications and then in 3-4 months they wanted to do another pet scan.
On June 13, 2019, I had another pet scan, and that was the time I got the news that no one wants to ever hear. My cancer had spread to both lungs. My cancer is not operable. I have stage 4, terminal metastatic breast cancer that is in my breast, lymph nodes and both lungs.
I will continue treatments for the rest of my life. I have four children, and that is why I fight every day.
Mallie Wilson (class of '11)
I graduated from NCS in 2011. I now work with a therapeutic foster care agency as a case manager, and I love it!
I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer July 3, 2019 and immediately started treatment. I have been going through chemo since then and now have my surgery scheduled for February 5th (lucky timing, right? lol). I will be having a double mastectomy with reconstruction.
I can remember cheering at these games when I was a student at NCS, but I never imagined I would be so personally impacted by breast cancer myself. I am so grateful to this school and all the things they do to help the community. Thank you so so much again for thinking of me! Y’all have no idea how much this helps!
We will have several opportunities for you to give a donation the night of the Pink Out. We will have a soup supper beginning at 5:00pm and continuing throughout the games until we run out. We only ask that if you choose to eat, please leave a donation in the bucket. We will also play the Heads or Tails game for an awesome prize during halftime of the girls game. Tokens will be sold for $10 for your chance to play. Last year the prize was a 32” TV! If you can't make it to the game, please consider making a donation to help these young women by clicking here.
If you would like to add a friend or family member’s name to the game program please email Ashley Page their information. We will have a section for survivors and those who have lost their courageous fight. Please also let me know if you are a survivor or know of a survivor that will be coming to the game. We would like to make sure to honor everyone!
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, please contact Ashley Page at email@example.com or 356-5600 ext. 114. Any donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for continued support!
We recently celebrated our 100th day of school in the elementary grades (only 80 more to go – YAY!). Each class did something special to celebrate. Some students wore shirts with 100 things on them, some brought 100 small items to share, and kindergarten students followed tradition by dressing as 100-year-old people! The 5th graders actually celebrated their 1,000th day of school! 180 days per year for kindergarten through 4th grade and 100 days of 5th equals 1,000 days! To celebrate, they did lots of "grand" activities including dressing grandly in top hats, boas, bowties and fancy costume jewelry. As a special treat, Mrs. Shelton invited all of the students to a balloon party in her office, and the "Grand Finale" was spent with the grand fifth graders popping all 100 balloons.
One special activity we wanted to share with you was how some of our students reflected on the past 100 days. 4th grade teacher Shelley Greenlee asked her students to write one word that described their 100th day at NCS. Here’s what some of them had to say:
Family – Family is my one word. I chose family because this school treats everyone like family. I think of my friends as brothers and sisters. NCS makes me feel at home. The spirit of this school is amazing. NCS is home, family, sweet, calm, awesome, warm, nice, and cool, and I love it. – Bella Petty
Awesome – The only word I can use is AWESOME. I could do a million other words added to that, but awesome is the best word that fits how amazing the past 100 days have been. I loved the school the minute I stepped into this room. -Will Fiala
Fun – The whole class is fun, the whole grade is fun, even the whole school is fun. The high schoolers are so nice. Like if you say hi to them, they usually say hi to you or ask how your day is going. – Bekton Ost
Excellent – There are a million reasons why I chose this word, but the main reason is because it is just the best! Mrs. Greenlee has taught me sooooo much! I love my new school, and I always will. – Kingston Wells
Loving – I chose loving because the students at this school have stepped out of their way to make me feel like I belong here. – Eli Wells
Happy 100 days of school!
It was such an honor to have author Linda Ragsdale on campus to read her book The Peace Dragon to all of our elementary students during “Warm up With a Good Book Day.” This is a special day each year when elementary students come to school in cozy pajamas and rotate through each elementary classroom for a read-aloud and fun activity. The fun goes on all day long, and the kids really enjoy learning new things and meeting amazing authors like Linda Ragsdale.
Mrs. Ragsdale is a survivor of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. She had plans to teach a young friend named Naomi how to draw a dragon later that day. Naomi and her father were killed in the attack, and the dragon they planned to draw became the inspiration for Mrs. Ragsdale’s book The Peace Dragon. The dragon in the book spreads a message of peace and teaches children about the power of their words and the importance of accepting others with an open heart.
Mrs. Ragsdale came ready to entertain and inspire, and the kids were enamored with her bright purple hair and adorable dragon costume. As a special reminder, Mrs. Ragsdale left each class with their own paper dragon that they could name to watch over their class and remind them they always have the choice to speak words of peace and love instead of spewing fiery ones.
Our special thanks to Linda Ragsdale for making “Warm up With a Good Book Day” extra special, and for sharing her special message of peace with our students!
Learn more about the author and The Peace Project at thepeacedragon.com.
It was definitely “A Night to Shine” at this year’s NCS Auction Fundraiser. Once again we sold out the event, and through the generosity of all who attended, we raised over $103,000! $51,000 of that total was raised in the last few minutes during the paddle raise. Those funds will specifically go towards a new bus, which will benefit all of our students with safe transportation to field trips, sporting events, and service opportunities.
Then entertainment for the night was extra special this year with performances by our students. A group of cast members from Annie performed two of their numbers from the show, “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Little Girls.” High school cast members of Shape of the Grave performed a powerful scene from their show about “Bloody Sunday” in Ireland 1972. The NCS Entertainers sang “Never Enough” from the popular movie The Greatest Showman. Our NCS Rock Band livened things up with “Natural Woman” and a “We Will Rock You/Beat It” compilation. Attendees got to know the fine arts faculty members through their performances as well. Kayce Green and Kevin Durham got the laughs with their rendition of “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” and then summoned the tears with their performance of “Our Children.” Art teachers Donna Torrez and Emily Johnson painted live pieces alongside several students during the event, and all of their artwork was auctioned off at the end of the live auction. The finale was a great way to end with all the performers singing “Children Will Listen.”
NCS parent Katie Reasor said, “My favorite thing about the auction this year was the entertainment! I was so touched by the enthusiasm and the talent of all of the performers. There was such a variety - traditional choral music, pop pieces and even some drama! It was fun to see Kayce Green and Kevin Durham perform together, as well. It’s quite clear that they enjoy what they do! I think their enthusiasm for the arts is so apparent and has truly impacted and motivated their students.”
This year’s auction was my favorite one that I have ever been to! Seeing all of the different forms of artistic expression - theater, singing, painting - from all ages of students was amazing. I hope it’s replicated every year,” added Shelley McClary.
The first NCS Sporting Clay Tournament at the Nashville Gun Club was a huge success! This event was a fundraiser for a new track and field training area on campus. This project design includes seven lanes at 50 meters long and an area for shot, discus, high jump, long jump and pole vault. Thanks to the support of all who participated in and sponsored the tournament, we raised more than $8,000!
There were 75 shooters who competed, with the winning team being Brassfield & Gorrie (Dan Martin, Clay Bright, Clay Bright IV, and Mark Martin). The winning score was 214! Our top individual shooter was Chad Williams who shot 49 out of 50 targets!
After a great morning of shooting, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Martin’s Bar-B-Que. Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Enterprise Solutions and the Nashville Gun Club. Their facility and staff were excellent. Other sponsors who supported this event were:
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, BSN, Fox Channel 17, Friedman’s Army Supply, Gateway Tires, J. Alexander’s, Jessup Eye Care, Legend’s Bank, Martin’s Bar-B-Que, Maryland Farms Family Dentistry, Nashville Tent, Publix, PWC, Royal Range, SIG.org, Siteworks LLC, Sonic, Southbound Outfitters, Sports Clips, Sportsman Bar & Grill, Stonetree Mulch, Temple Hills Golf Club, William Yon Agency, and Zaxby’s.
And of course, we couldn’t do it without our volunteers. Thanks to Kim Bowker, Leah Bowker, Tony Marlin, Olivia Marlin, Bubba Norris , Brie Pritchard, and Michael Travis for all of their hard work to make this day happen. We hope you will make plans to join us next year!
We often have a guest speaker for Grandparents’ Day, and this year we had the unique opportunity to hear from some extraordinary speakers - our students! School President Connie Jo Shelton first introduced our school’s mission statement, “ to be a Christian, authentic, dynamic school equipping students to be global leaders.” She then described how our students represent Generation Z. Gen Z is the newest generation to be named, and they were born between 1995 and 2015. They are currently between 4-24 years old (nearly 74 million in the U.S.). “If we focus on mainstream media, they would have us believe that there is not a lot of hope for our future. It seems that children today are referenced in a negative light, giving a sense of despair and negativity. I am here today to tell you that there is hope and our future is bright,” said Mrs. Shelton.
Students from each grade level (elementary, middle, and high school) took the stage and shared about their experiences serving their school, community, and even the world.
Elementary students talked about their regular visits to two local retirement homes where they sing for and visit with residents. They also shared about Valentines for Vets, Soles for Souls, and the canned food drive. Middle school students shared how they collect small Christmas gifts and fill stockings every year for needy children. Gage Smith, an eighth-grader at NCS told a personal story about his middle school basketball team taking food to the homeless living around the West Nashville Greenway. Our high school students also help feed the homeless every Thanksgiving, taking leftovers from the NCS Praise and Thanksgiving service to areas of need. Seniors Tanner Goodman, Abby Shivers, and Jordan Williams all were able to share their experiences on mission trips to New York and Mexico.
Following the assembly, students showed off their artwork to their grandparents and visited the photo booth to get a commemorative photo with their loved ones. Overall it was another great example of how NCS is truly a family, and our students are truly being equipped to become global leaders!
It was so wonderful to see so many Nashville Christian Grandparents joining us on March 29th for our Grandparents’ Day celebration. We have been blessed many times over by our grandparents in the form of prayers, participation, volunteerism, and contributions, and we are grateful.
Everyone enjoyed visiting with their grandchildren, hearing their beautiful voices and seeing their incredible artwork! We were so blessed to hear an inspiring message from our speaker, Rudy Kalis. His reminded us how much words matter and to take advantage of the positive impact we can have on our children through the words we say. As Rudy reminded us from Isaiah 59:21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
Last week, the entire campus has been participating in Spiritual Emphasis Week. Our theme verse was Luke 6:45 which says: "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Through this verse we explored what it looks like to speak with good purpose, as well as how what is stored up in our hearts is what we reflect in our speech.
We had activities each morning including small groups, older students teaching lessons to younger students, special speakers, and a special campus-wide quiet time. On Monday evening, parents and staff gathered for a prayer walk and covered the campus and Nashville Christian students in prayer. After the prayer walk, Dr. Walter Surdacki from Lipscomb University joined us to talk about technology and social media usage, the dangers and opportunities presented to our students, and how that relates to our faith.
On Thursday morning, we had an all school chapel time in the gym to hear an inspirational message from Chris Nichols from Crosspoint church. On Friday evening, high school students finished the week by heading off to the Spring Spiritual Retreat. It was a great week of coming together to teach and learn and study God’s word as well as spending time alone reflecting on our theme. To get a student perspective, read junior Dominic Stephens' article about Spiritual Emphasis Week here.
This year's Talent Show (Celebrate the Child) was hosted for the first time ever by 3rd grader Ellie Sheehan. Seasoned co-host, Coach Jeff Brothers, played Ed McMahon to her Johnny Carson and the two had great chemistry onstage.
But the highlights of the show were of course the stellar performances by Nashville Christian School students and parents. First grade represented with Jeremy Wells back on stage, this time with Brady Irwin and another crowd-pleasing dance performance. Andrew Jarosemich showed his smooth moves with his dance to Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal.
There were some great duos with a dance by fifth graders Isabella Jennings and Aubrey Hollahan, and the Webb brothers Champ and Gabe showing their skills on drums and base guitar. Freshman Aubrey Page and junior Anna Jones sang beautiful solos and then teamed up for a great duet of Carry Me Home. Seniors Seven Gross and Will Batty joined forces at the keyboard with It's Too Late, and fourth grader Finn Shaver also tickled the ivories with Waltzing With Elephants.
One of the unique things that makes the Nashville Christian School Talent Show special is seeing parents join their children on the stage. Sixth grader Taylor Dahl and freshman Briteynn Fuson both sang beautifully with accompanyment from their fathers. And of course everyone enjoyed seeing the Sheehan and Posavac families come together with a repeat performance by Horse Taco.
If you missed any of these great performances, it's not too late. You can see the show in its entirety below!
It was another great year at the NCS Auction Fundraiser! The theme was “Festival of Trees,” and with the twinkle lights and carollers, everyone got into the giving spirit. Three of the live auction items this year were fully-decorated, themed Christmas trees donated by elementary families. The middle school contributed four themed gift baskets, including a Nashville themed basket with a football signed by the Tennessee Titans own Marcus Mariota. High schoolers donated gift cards for the auction’s “grab and go” Christmas tree where donors could pay full price and walk away with the gift card without haggling.
After a delicious dinner donated by Martin’s Bar-B-Que, it was time to begin the bidding on our live auction items. First up was the “Best of Live” drawing. Tickets for “Best of Live” could be purchased for $60, and the winner received any live auction item of their choice. This year’s winner was Tim Jarrell, and he selected a helmet signed by the entire 2017 football team. Some of the other items auctioned off during the live auction were beach vacations, a trip to Disney, a special Luke Bryan concert package, and box seating at a Predators game.
The silent auction was also a huge success with a variety of great selections including jewelry, spa packages, a chance to be principal for a day, and a guitar signed by Loretta Lynn.
The auction ended with a special “Paddle Raise” with all donations going towards increased security measures at the school. Our goal was $20,000 and in less than five minutes, 41 members of the NCS community raised their paddles and together they gave $22,000! Overall, funds raised at the annual auction were $67,000!
We want to extend a special thank you to all of our sponsors:
Gold Sponsors ($2500+): Hopkins-Page (alumni Kevin Hopkins and current and alumni grandparent Terry Page), Martins Bar-B-Que (current parents Patrick and Martha Martin), and Enterprise Solutions (alumni and alumni parent Mike Campbell)
Frankincense Sponsors ($1500+): Dr. Sharon Roth with Roth Wellness & Chiropractic and Laurie Metcalfe (current NCS grandparent) with Lagniappe Custom Jewelry
Myrrh Sponsor ($800+): Legends Bank
We would also like to thank the Auction Committee and all of our volunteers for your time and service. We could not have done it without you! We are NC