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The purpose of The National Beta Club is to promote the ideas of character, service and leadership among students. The Junior Beta Club at Nashville Christian School is comprised of seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students. Induction into the club is held each spring. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average and exemplary discipline to qualify for nomination. The faculty selects new members based on their qualifications and teacher recommendations.
To uphold membership status, students must maintain a 3.3 GPA, which is checked every nine weeks and possess an exemplary disciplinary record at the discretion of the Disciplinary Committee and Junior Beta Sponsors. Students must also participate in at least 5 hours of service work.
The big event each fall is the Junior Beta Convention. The Convention is held every November at Opryland Hotel. Schools from all over Tennessee come and compete against each other in areas from a math bowl to Arts and Crafts. In addition, they participate in a service project each spring.
For more information about The National Beta Club, visit www.betaclub.org.
National Honor Society
The Nashville Christian School chapter of the National Honor Society was established in 1978.
From the NHS Constitution...
"The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organizations established
to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll,
NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of
Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated
with membership in the organization since the beginning in 1921.
The four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning:
To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service,
to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments,
but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities
and community service."
The current NCS National Honor Society has taken the initiative to rewrite the 30-year-old bylaws of the chapter and to add standards that relate to the current students. They are also involved in various community charities and sponsor a yearly "Health Day" in memory of an alumnus that provides fun activities for the younger students at NCS and teaches them the importance of healthy diet and exercise in their daily lives. The proceeds from Health Day go to a scholarship fund for a deserving senior each year.
International Thespian Society
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s (EdTA) student honorary organization (similar to National honor society and Beta club). ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS. That number continues to grow, with more than 36,000 students from around the country being inducted each year.
Thespian troupes include theatre students in grades 9-12, and Junior Thespian troupes include theatre students in grades 6-8. A few of our Thespian alumni are famous names from the entertainment industry, including Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer, James Marsters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Stephen Schwartz.
Membership in ITS—the only international honor society for high school and middle school theatre students—is a recognized demonstration of achievement and a valuable addition to college and employment applications. Benefits include: eligibility for scholarships; eligibility to apply for theatre student grants; eligibility to submit original plays to the Thespian Play works program; and much more.
VISUAL PERFORMING ARTS
Nashville Christian School has both a Middle School and a High School Thespian Troupe. The International Thespian Society honors student achievement in theater and opens opportunity for further study and possible scholarships.
Students in High School who play guitar, electric bass, drums, or keyboards may audition for the Rock Band. This group plays in several rock and popular styles, and functions as the support group for the NCS Entertainers, our premier vocal group. The auditions for this group are held in May for the next year's group, but exceptional students entering after that time may be granted membership in the group with permission of the director.
Entertainers membership is by audition only and is comprised of freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior students. This group consists of five to ten talented, energetic, and enthusiastic high school students with a passion for music and entertaining. Entertainers perform a variety of musical styles including madrigals, vocal jazz, pop, broadway and country. Off campus performing engagements and participation in the Christian School Choral Festival are required.
Creative Writing is focused on creativity and self-expression, as opposed to writing technique. Students are encouraged to think "outside the box." Projects are shared (presented) in the classroom and are often displayed in the hallways. Some examples of work include an Inside/Out Box in which students cut words or photos from magazines and paste them on boxes. The outside represents how the world sees them and the inside how they visualize themselves. We also work on a personal Coat of Arms where the students describe themselves by choosing a color, animal, and motto (among other things), which tell others what they are like. This class is designed to be a break in the normal classroom routine and a chance for the students to express their interests, beliefs, and imaginations.
Learning a second language can be easy and fun. Our middle school students get a brief but challenging taste of what a foreign language can be. It is like an introduction to conversational Spanish and Spanish I all wrapped into one.