Bible / Chapel
Students begin the school day with either a Bible class or corporate Chapel time. This year our entire school will be studying Action-Packed Acts. Because our school wide theme verse is taken from Psalm 23, the first month of the school year will be devoted to studying and memorizing the 23rd Psalm.
Elementary Chapel is held on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 – 8:30 AM. Parents are always welcome to attend.
On Fridays, 4th and 5th graders split into boys’ and girls’ chapels and discuss issues like relationships with parents, friends, temptations, and other topics relevant to their preparation for Middle School and beyond.
Students also attend a weekly Leadership class to promote character education with Biblical principles. This year, Mrs. Forehand is focusing on lessons of leadership from the teachings of Jesus. Mrs. Forehand sponsors a Christian Service Club that meets after school on Mondays.
Reading / Language Arts
Our teachers implement reading instruction that embraces both phonics and whole language techniques. They use many resources such as the newly acquired Hougthon Mifflin Journeys curriculum, Daily 5 and CAFÉ methods, and Readers’ and Writer’s Workshop Models including literature circles and author studies.
To prepare our students for success in high school and college, our teachers are aligning to the National Common Core Standards emphasizing both critical thinking and academic rigor.
Most reading instruction is done in small groups with assistance provided by Specials Teachers. Accelerated Reader is also used to promote recreational reading. Once a semester, K-2nd graders take part in Book Buddies where they are matched with a 5th-12th grade student or an adult volunteer to work on reading skills.
Our teachers use the Math in Focus Program which emphasizes hands-on activities and critical thinking skills. It is based on the Singapore concept of math instruction utilizing mental math practice, problem solving activities, and reading for comprehension.
In 5th grade, they use the Math Connections curriculum. As a supplement, teachers are also using the Every Day Counts Calendar Math, a daily interactive math exercise that reinforces basic math practices in a an engaging, student-driven way.
Science / Social Studies
Teachers use hands-on, interactive activities and cooperative projects to teach Science and Social Studies. The Interactive Science curriculum from Pearson is used because of its emphasis on laboratory experiments and technology integration.
Students attend Specials classes every day---P.E. every day, music and Spanish twice a week, library, art, and leadership once a week. After school opportunities are offered as well including Dance Classes, Art Studio, and Running Club.
Mrs. Kathy Gupton provides one-on-one counseling and group instruction to students on a regular basis.
Once a month, she plans activities focused on particular areas of need for students. In October, students participated in Bullying Prevention Training. Our early elementary students also received training about fire safety. Other areas of focus have been anger management, grief, friendship, personal safety and assertiveness.
Teachers regularly integrate technology in learning through the use of Promethean Boards, the Computer Lab, and ipads. Each classroom is equipped with a Promethean Board and a set of 4 student ipads. Teachers also have access to an ipad cart.
NCS incorporates the following assessment tools to track student progress:
- Stanford Achievement Test (once a year in K-2nd grade),
- TCAP testing (in April for 3rd-5th grades),
- STAR Reading Assessment(3 times a year),
- DIBELS Language Arts and Math (3 times a year)
NCS Elementary Students may take part in one-two full dramatic productions per year. Additionally, music lessons are available for students after school.
NCS is blessed to have an active Girl Scouts troop meeting on campus.
Beginning in the 2nd semester of the school year, students who demonstrate intellectual gifts or have achieved advanced scores on standardized testing will be invited to join the Flight Club. Once a week, students will meet after school to participate in fun, interactive, challenging educational activities tailored to their learning preferences and abilities.
Elementary students participate in at least one field trip per semester. Past field trips have included the Nashville Zoo, dramatic performances at TPAC, the Frist, and Honeysuckle Hill Farm. Every Fall, the 5th grade class takes a trip to Birmingham to correlate with their reading of The Watsons go to Birmingham. In the Spring, the 4th and 5th graders will attend “School in the Wild” at 4H camp. “School in the Wild” is a two night camping experience where students are able to experience interactive, hands-on learning, in an outdoor classroom setting.
In the summer, NCS students can attend athletic camps for football, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, and track and field. During the school year, young ladies are invited to be Junior Cheerleaders. A running club will train and participate in the Kids’ Marathon. Parents of NCS students regularly form teams to play in the West Nashville Sports League.