BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
NCS Junior Class is hosting BREAKFAST WITH SANTA for ALL children---young & old.
>>> Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 from 8:30 -11AM
>>> In the High School Commons Area at NCS
>>> The admission is $5 for children, $2 for adults, $20 family maximum, and it includes: > Continental breakfast > Arts & crafts > Photo with Santa as individual or group > A personal letter from Santa will be sent to every child.
Room in the Inn is Saturday, Dec.21.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. Together we provide shelter, clothing, food, & fellowship for those who are without, at Bellevue United Methodist Church. As an added bonus: STUDENTS EARN SERVICE HOURS. "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" - Matt 25:40. CLICK HERE for more information.
Boys Basketball Roundup
THE BOYS' VARSITY TEAM opened their district play with a disappointing two point loss to McEwen. Zach Varner's mid court shot that would have won the game was a 1/2 second too late. The boys traveled to Clarksville Academy last week and rebounded with a 83-61 win. They are now 3-5, and 1-1 in the district. THE JV BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM IS 2-0 after a 34 point win over McEwen and a come from behind win at Clarksville Academy. They play again tonight at Houston County. Go to NCS Facebook for stats and more.
"Hello Jerry!" Practice that once or twice for when you greet and welcome Nashville Christian's new technology teacher and coordinator Jerry Morrison. Jerry comes to us from Emma, INC where he worked in internal technical support. He and his wife, Sherry have a seven year old son who goes by Everett.
The Supply and Demand of Teaching
Bradley Rowlett teaches economics, government, personal finance, and world history. He is the head wrestling coach for both the high school and middle school. Bradley is also an assistant football coach for both the high school and middle school. And in addition to that, every year he leads a group of senior students on a week-long mission trip to the Bronx in New York City. If, while considering the job opportunity at NCS, Bradley had graphed and compared the demands of the job responsibilities with the supply of his experience the outcome would have suggested that he look for a different job. Fortunately, he did not. Click here and learn more about Bradley Rowlette and how he meets the demands of teaching.
3rd Graders create problems with iPads...
multiplication and division problems. Last week Mrs. Jackson's 3rd grade math class walked through the hallways looking for examples of symbols arranged in rows and columns, commonly referred to as an array or a matrix (if you are a mathematician). When found, the students were instructed to take a picture with their iPad and create multiplication and division problems based on that array. Click and See an array of problems created by 3rd Graders.
School Closing Information
The best way to get the latest information about weather related closings is to check your cell phone or computer. NCS will notify all parents via twitter, text messages and emails. Please be sure that your contact information is current. You can also get the latest on closings by checking our website, or going to Nashville Christian School Facebook, or by calling 356-5600 for recorded information.
Football Team Recognized by District Opponent
THE FOLLOWING EAGLES WERE RECOGNIZED BY DISTRICT COACHES for their outstanding performance throughout the season. Click here and see photo album of Recipients. THREE NCS SENIORS earned All District MVPs. EIGHT NCS PLAYERS earned All District. FOUR NCS PLAYERS earned Honorable Mention All District. JEFF BROTHERS was selected Coach of the Year. The Staff of the Year Award went to NCS as well: Assistant Coaches: John Crosby, Ryan McClary, Phillip Montgomery, Bradley Rowlett >>> Athletic Trainer: Johnathan Vieira >>> Manager: Jake Campbell and Trevor Greer. CONGRATULATIONS to the players, the coaches, and the staff.
Teacher Uses People to Further Career.
That's right, Rebecca Sellers, Nashville Christian's World Literature Instructor will use people---fictional people---to engage a student and further his or her college and professional career. Matteo Alacrán (Matt) is the most recent victim of Rebecca's exploitation. He is the main character in the highly regarded 2002 science fiction novel The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (a three-time Newberry Honor Book Author). This well crafted story is told through the life and struggle of a youth. "The House of the Scorpion engages students in important social issues on a personal level," Rebecca explained. "It delves into highly controversial and relevant social topics, the biggest being the value of life." Click here to learn more about Rebecca and how she uses literature to further careers.
A REAL classroom dilemma:
How do you teach and reach ALL students in a school that cultivates and encourages diversity? Mrs. Overbay, 1st grade instructor, tells it all. She plans her lessons and organizes her classroom to accommodate diverse learning styles, abilities and preferences. How? By deeply engaging students into the learning process through practical demonstrations, small group instruction, sound/music integration, lesson-centric movement, and social interaction. Click and See.
Book Buddies 4 Life
The first session of Book Buddies came to a close with an Ice Cream Party and a game of Book Buddy Bingo, but the learning and relationships go on and on. Book Buddies is a mentoring program that provides one-on-one reading time for 24 Kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Big Buddies are mentors who read with the younger students; mentors range from 3rd through 12th grade students. Click and See mentoring at its best.
Duck Calls, Glow Sticks, Volcanos, and Slime
Their test-tube runneth over at Nerd Herd Science Day! The Nashville Christian High School Science Club (a.k.a. the Nerd Herd) hosted a Science Day for the entire school. Students used their scientific skills to make Duck Calls Out of Straws, Glow Sticks, Volcanos, Fossils, AND let us not forget SLIME. Experiments Validate Theory: Science is FUN. Click and See the Slideshow.
Small group instruction ADDs up to big gains...
in mathematics. Mrs. Allen has done the math. Dividing her 4th grade class into small groups of 3 or 4 students and rotating them every 15 minutes through stations, enables Mrs. Allen to engage each student and teach math concepts like place value and numerical and geometric patterns. During small group instruction students are more attentive and participative in the lesson. The smaller group, faster pace, and varied learning opportunities stimulate energy and cultivate a favorable learning environment. Click and See this Math Lesson in Action...
This Eagle is now among the elite.
Kendall Lewis, senior point guard, scored her 1000th point during the Eagles 50-45 victory over John Paul II in the Chick- fil-A Invitational. The Eagles went on to win the tournament. Congratulations to the Team and Kendall!
Eating Chick-fil-A Improves Children's Play
It's a fact: Eating a Chick-fil-A DOES Improve Children's Play! ECLC supporters came out in force and with appetite to take advantage of Chick-fil-A's ECLC-Day. Proceeds are going toward playground improvement. Thank you to all the ECLC friends and family for supporting ECLC.
Did You Know Eagles eat chili???
Eagles were spotted in the NCS Baseball stadium last Friday night devouring mass quantities of chili. These NCS Baseball and football fans flocked together In support of their Team's post season run for a state football championship. A BIG thank you to everyone who came out to the CHILI COOK OFF / TAILGATE PARTY. All proceeds will go toward new batting cages for the NCS baseball teams.
The Largest Number Ever!
A record number of families came to NCS Open House on November 3rd. A belated, but GRATEFUL thank-you to all who helped spread the good news about NCS. OK, now this may sound a bit over the top, but we are so excited about the last event that we are already planning for our next one, so-o-o please grab your pen, open your calendar... >>> Our next Open House will be 2-4PM Sunday, January 26, 2014. >>> Our next Elementary Open House will be 7:30-9:30 AM Tuesday, Dec.10, 2013. >>> Our next, next Elementary Open House will be 7:30-9:30 AM Thursday, Jan.16, 2014
Knockout in ROUND 2!
NCS Eagles advance with 35-6 win over the Jo Byrns Red Devils. Jo Byrns came to play. The Devils tested the Eagles in the first half with speed and hard hitting---giving the Eagles exactly what they needed in preparation for their next game. NCS Eagles strapped it on in the second half---scoring 21 unanswered points---to move on to the third round of the playoffs. The next round will be the Quarterfinal Playoff for the State Championship. You gotta come! The Eagles will host Columbia Academy at 7PM on Keeton Field.
Jungle Book has been postponed..
The Jungle Book Musical and Stage Production for this weekend has been postponed until January. The new dates and times are 3:30 and 7PM on Saturday, January 25th and 3:30PM on Sunday, January 26th.
Coach Brothers discloses team's formations.
And it's not the Wishbone, Shotgun or Wing T. In the athletic world of X's and O's it is easy and necessary to focus on strength, strategy, and size---an attitude that often transcends from sports into our culture and lives. While acknowledging that strategy and play formations like the Wishbone, Shotgun, or Wing T are essential ingredients to be successful in football, Coach Brothers and his staff also concentrate much of their time and energies in the FORMATION of men. Click here and learn more about the formation of this years team.
Eagle Planning to Land in the Bluegrass.
Last Thursday, November 14, Kayla Baker signed with Western Kentucky to play softball. Congratulations Kayla!
Football Team Cheers for Students!
Coaches and athletes gathered in Keeton Stadium to encourage and celebrate 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders who met their Accelerated Reader Goals. Jeff Brothers, Phillip Montgomery, John Crosby, and the senior players treated the elementary school students to lunch and a story in the football stands. After the meal, coaches, players, and the students emptied out onto the gridiron to play a "little" football. How cool is that? Click and see a slide show...there's something different about Nashville Christian School.
Introducing a Writer's Workshop.
For 1st Graders?
YES, indeed. And they must come with their thinking caps on, or as 1st grade instructor Mrs. Overbay calls it, their Author's Caps. Click and See.
Students Drawn to Work of Ark.
Noah's Ark was designed to withstand strong winds and waves. Bible lessons prepare students to do the same. NCS Bible Instructor, Mike McPherson gets that. Apparently so does his father, Joe. Together they have formed a compelling and dynamic duo. Joe, a machinist by trade and a carpenter by hobby, took on the enormous task of creating a detailed scaled replica of the Ark that measures 6'x1'. Mike, a teacher by training and a Bible instructor by life, uses the ark as a teaching tool to dramatically demonstrate the Word and the lesson. "Dad created the ark, along with other replicas," Mike shares, "as a teaching tool to capture the attention and imagination of students; to tell the incredible story about God and Faith." Click here to see a slide show of Joe's "work of ark" and other incredible replicas that are on display in Mike McPherson's class room, including: an Egyptian Sarcophagus, the Ark of the Covenant, a Scaffolding Structure for Pyramid Construction, the Tabernacle of God, and Herod's Temple.
Basketball, Basketball, Basketball & Wrestling
We now have the MS basketball schedule, the MS JV basketball schedule, the REVISED HS basketball schedule, AND the HS wrestling schedule, all available to download. Click here and get yours.
This is WICKED!
Nicole Arnold is organizing a group to go see Wicked at TPAC on Saturday, April 5th at 2PM. Wicked is the winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. According to The New York Times it is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster." Nicole has two seating sections reserved: front half of the orchestra level for $98 per ticket and the center section in the balcony for $83. First payment (50%) is due November 14th and the remainder is due in the spring. If you are interested, contact Nicole Arnold at email@example.com.
Social Studies 3.3.2
YAWN...been there and done that. You know the drill: identify the continents, locate the oceans, find the equator, plot the Northern and Southern hemispheres, do the same for the Eastern and Western hemispheres, use PUMPKINS to create a globe... Stop there! Pumpkins??? You read right. Last week, Mrs. Jackson's 3rd grade Social Studies class learned to identify parts of the globe using Pumpkin Geography. Click here and learn more about Pumpkin Geography and the fruit Mrs. Jackson's class is yielding this fall.
An Eagle Citing
NCS 8th Grader, Nathan Gaidos just earned his Eagle rank in the Boy Scouts. This makes him...you guessed it: Eagle to the second power or Eagle squared, depending on your mathematical notational preference. Congratulations to Nathan, his parents Randy and Kathy Gaidos (who, by the way, are NCS Alumni), and his grandparents Howard and Barbra Spray who gift our school with their time and talents.
Sherry Reynolds is the mother of Seth Reynolds and a real-estate agent for Keller Williams. She is also an active volunteer for the NCS Auction Planning Committee, a member of the Quarterback Club, and very involved with the NCS Booster Club. AND, as if that was not enough, Sherry Reynolds is now pledging 10% of her commission from property sale referrals to NCS (upon closing of a NCS family, faculty, or NCS referral transaction). Click here to learn why Sherry is doing this.
Demonstrating the Love of Christ can get sticky
Demonstrating the Love of Christ can get sticky sometimes. Twice a month on Friday, elementary students who have lived up to our school-wide behavior pledge are invited to a celebration. These are called Fun Fridays when teachers recognize students' collective commitment to demonstrate the love of Christ through respectful and responsible actions. Last Friday, students enjoyed a campfire complete with hot dogs and s'mores. Click here and see how NCS teachers are fostering a faith that sticks.
Garbage in, garbage out.
Did you know that an hour of television contains, on the average, from 16-25 minutes of advertisements? And are you aware that because most commercials are only 15 seconds long, viewers are exposed to anywhere from 45 to 80 commercial messages during that hour? Students in Stephanie Harper's freshman English class know this. They have come across stats like this while learning about propaganda and other persuasive techniques that are used politically, commercially, and socially. Why is that important? Stephanie wants and expects her students to be aware of the MANY messages that are coming at them today AND how they influence thinking and shape attitudes. She wants them to be responsible for what they take in AND for what comes out. Want to know more? Click here.
Students exposed to homiletics!
Monday, Nov 3, 2013 - Multiple cases reported last week---very communicable. Parents asked to be on the lookout for the following signs: heads up, eyes forward, steady and deliberate speech, and fluid delivery. If this condition persists, contact Mr. Brian Tipps immediately; congratulations are in order. Students in Mr. Tipps' 7th grade Bible class have been engaged in a 4-phase process to develop the leadership skill of communication through public speaking. Heads up, eyes forward, and fluid delivery are just a few of the coaching points he emphasizes and instills in the students. You might be thinking, "Hmm, Bible and public speaking, how do those two subjects work together?" The answer would be homiletics: the art of preaching or writing sermons. Click here to learn more and to see who has been exposed.
Did you know...
Nashville Christian School operations are not completely funded by tuition dollars? NCS, as most private schools, relies upon annual giving, gratis support, and fundraisers like An Evening with the Stars to sustain and grow our quality educational programs--to "bridge the gap" between tuition and the true cost of our students' education. INCREASING TUITION sounds like an easy solution, except that it would put a college-preparatory Christian education out of reach for many of our families and decrease the balance of family diversity in our school.
Football Team Strafed East Robertson Indians 35-7
Oct 4, 2013 -- Nashville Christian's Air Attack dominated the Indians. >>> Ryan Young connected with his receivers for 8 of 12 passes, amassing 226 yards and 4 TDs. >>> Houston Downey snagged 2 of those passes for 140 yards. >>> Both, Mickey Martin and Jaylon Jackson, caught a Young pass for a TD. >>> Daniel Bituli, Ryan Young, and the Offensive Line kept the defense off balance with a potent ground attack. Daniel netted 66 yards and Ryan 44 yards with another TD. >>> Seth Reynolds went 5 for 5 in PATs and recorded 2 Touchbacks on kickoffs!
Eagles' Defense Corralled The Indians, holding them to 99 yards rushing and 66 passing. >>> Trent Mueller could not be >>> Malcolm Swann and Nathan Hargrove also brought down 6 Indians---each. >>> The next game is NCS 2013 HOMECOMING against conference foe---the McEwen Warriors.
LAST DAY to Sign-up!
The 7th and 8th Grade Spiritual Retreat will be October 25th through the 26th. Sign-up today. Allow your student to experience the spiritual high found in the fellowship of Christ. The deadline for registration form and check is Thursday, October 17th to the Lower School Office. Forms are available there and from Mr. Tipps firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for more information.
All it takes is just one Swift Swipe...
and YOU make a BIG difference for NCS. Publix, Kroger and Harris Teeter will donate money to NCS every time you make a purchases at their store. Seriously, it is that easy! Click here and find out how.
It's called mentoring.
Older students teach young students to read. Younger Students teach older students to teach. It's called mentoring. Wednesday, October 2 was the kick off for the NCS Book Buddies program where Kindergarten through 2nd grade students are being challenged to "Race into Reading" by spending an hour a week working with a mentor/older student. Click here to see a slide show of this collaborative-cooperative lesson in action.
Student Relives the Holocaust.
Trisha McWright, a middle school english instructor, has two desires: one is to engage students in real-world events through writing and the second is to help them realize how history can and will repeat itself if not studied and understood. To fulfill these desires she assigns projects that put her students' smack in the middle of events that changed our world and our lives. Click and learn how Trisha sends students back in time to learn how to write.
This will make you smile---GUARANTEED!
SOMETIMES School can be just plain FUN!
Elementary students celebrated school spirit the week of September 23-27. The 5th graders selected a dress up theme for every day?Pajama Day, Neon Day, Wacky Day, Disco Day, and Spirit Day. Music that matched the theme was played during lunch time. Of course, students joined in to "YMCA" on Disco Day. CLICK BELOW. This slide show will make you smile?GUARANTEED!
NCS Advances to 2nd Round
NCS Advances to Round 2 of Districts tonight at 6PM against McEwen! If the Eagles win they will play for the district championship at 7:00. BOTH GAMES WILL BE STREAMED LIVE over the NFHS Sports Network. Click here for a link to the match, then click on "District 10A Volleyball Tournament." Come and Support -or- Click and Support your Lady Eagles TONIGHT!
Want an Unforgettable Christmas?
Prepare for His arrival by serving the homeless with your fellow Eagles at Room in the INN on Saturday Dec. 21. Click here for more information.
Students Help Battle Malnutrition in Nashville.
Last week NCS Elementary School students brought in a cart load of snacks to donate to the Western Hills Church of Christ's Backpack Buddy Program. Backpack Buddies is a supplemental nutrition program for low-income children who eat their meals at school through government subsidized breakfast and lunch programs. For them, weekends and holidays can mean going hungry. Click here to learn how our students are making a difference.
A Lesson that WE must never forget
NCS 5th Graders Learn the Lesson that WE must never forget. On Friday, September 20, 5th graders from NCS boarded a bus to Birmingham, Alabama. After arriving they toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Street Baptist Church. 50 years ago to the month this predominately African American church was the setting for one of our nation's most inglorious moments. Click here and learn more about this incredible lesson.
Teacher inspires students to dig deeper.
Paula Caruthers, high school biology instructor, expects her students to look beyond text books for the understanding and knowledge of a lesson. Let's be clear here, they are learning about Biospheres and Biomass, Autotrophs and Heterotrophs---and she wants her students to look beyond the textbook?
Her high expectations come in the midst of a multitude of national concerns and angst over the quality of education and an on-growing debate over the effects of technology on youth. Paula recognizes the pros and cons of hi-technology and incorporates its advantages to both challenge students and enhance their educational experience. Click here and read on about life in Paula's classroom.
Children, Movement, and Retention...
Go Hand-in-Hand. In the elementary school, teachers strive to teach interactively by incorporating opportunities for students to be social and to move around. Move on over to our website and see for yourself.
How to Prepare for the ACT Reading Test!
The Reading section of the ACT (American College Testing) is---by far---the hardest to improve in. "There are no formulas or shortcuts for improving a reading score between ACT test dates," explained Andrew Atkins, HS English instructor. Click here and learn what makes the difference on the big test.
Nope. NoDoz won't work. There is Only One Way to Prepare for the ACT Reading Test!
Do you prefer "THE NUTSHELL" version of the news? Keep current through your mobile device; follow NCS on Twitter. Go to "ncseagles" for school news like: scores, closings, last-minute bulletins, and more. CLICK HERE and enter "ncseagles."
TONIGHT is NCS Night at Sonic
AND GET THIS: Sonic gives NCS 10% of all proceeds (plus more)! You are reading right! Every 3rd Thursday night of the month our school gets 10% of ALL orders, up to $2000, at the Sonic Drive-In (on Old Hickory by Sam's) ---AND GET THIS---we get 20% of ALL proceeds after that. No coupon, no ID, and no strings. Please DRIVE HOME the message to friends and family---then DRIVE IN to Sonic this Thursday evening and GET THIS!
Can you help?
The NCS Dramatic Arts Deptartment needs
building materials for backgrounds, backdrops, and props that are used in musicals and plays. Can you help? Call Frank Pickard 615-477-2757.
International Thespian Society
NCS Students Inducted into the International Thespian Society. The Ceremony this past Friday was a noted occasion for students and school. The International Thespian Society is the Educational Theatre Association's student honorary organization (similar to National Honor Society and Beta club). The Society recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Go to NCS Facebook for more information about this important recognition.
Investing in Nashville Christian School
An Investigative Company is Investing in Nashville Christian School. Confirm/Choice is a nationwide investigative company that specializes in employment screening, background checks and hiring solutions. Joi Schurman is a NCS mom who handles the finances and compliance for Confirm Choice. Together they have set up a referral program that invests in Nashville Christian School. Confirm/Choice is pledging 5% of sales for the first year of any business account for a NCS referred transaction?regardless of the NCS affiliation. All the customer would need to do is specify that it is a NCS referral. Click here to learn more about Confirm/Choice and how they can help you with your hiring and compliance needs.
Science Instructor Experiments with Teacher- Student Chemistry. Lauren Arrington, Middle School Science Teacher, is out to change the cellular structure of the traditional science class by replacing a passive learning-environment with an engaging learning environment. "When most people think of middle school science, they think of sitting in a desk, taking notes, and listening to a boring lecture," explained Lauren. "I want to change that." Click here and see what Lauren has in mind.
There is an Exclusive Club at NCS.
Membership is by invitation ONLY! The National Honor Society (NHS) is a "by invitation only" organization established to recognize and encourage outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship (attained a minimum of 3.7 cumulative GPA), Leadership, Service, and Character. The officers for the NHS have been selected and they are: Brittany Hayes, President; Abbey Johnson, Vice-President; Julia Calvert, Secretary/communications; and Courtney Abbott, Treasurer. Click here to learn more about National Honor Society.
What would you call a teacher that furthers a student's critical and creative thinking?
Very smART! That would describe Nicole Arnold, NCS's Dramatic Arts Instructor. She incorporates an ARTS-based strategy into classroom work to further her students' critical and creative thinking processes. This strategy is called ArtSmart and is part of TPAC's Humanities Outreach in Tennessee. Click here and learn more on how NCS prepares its students for college.
KROGER Partners with NCS!
Introducing the NCS/Kroger FUNDRAISING GIFT CARD (NCS/K Card). Kroger will give NCS 4% of all purchases made with a NCS/K Card?including gas. The card comes pre-loaded with $5 (which is your one time cost) and is available in the front office. The NCS/K Card can be loaded up to $500 at any Kroger customer service counter or register. Click here for complete details.
What's wrong with this picture?
Nada! Riverdale and Nashville Christian Athletes came together in prayer Saturday at the Bulldog Bash Volleyball Tournament. You gotta love the Holy Spirit!
Seniors NOW have access to their high school trans
Through Parchment.com a senior student can search colleges, see their chances of getting in, and request, store and send transcripts when they are ready to apply. Parchment.com is a secure and reliable site' that keeps your student's transcripts in one place so they are always available the instant they need them. Students were trained on how to use Parchment.com and given an access code during the first week of school. If you have any questions please contact Janet King, College Counselor at 356-5600 ext. 105 or email@example.com.
Sonic gives NCS 10% of all proceeds (plus more)! You are reading right! THIS THURSDAY (and every 3rd Thursday of the month following) our school gets 10% of ALL orders, up to $2000, at the Sonic Drive-In (on Old Hickory by Sam's) --- AND GET THIS --- we get 20% of ALL proceeds after that. No coupon, no ID, and no strings. Please DRIVE HOME the message to friends and family --- then DRIVE IN to Sonic this Thursday and GET THIS!
HELP SUPPORT NCS by eating lunch or dinner...
or better yet, lunch AND dinner at Pizza Perfect Family Center! Every first Monday of the month is Nashville Christian School Day at Pizza Perfect Family Center on 357 Clofton Avenue from 11AM to closing. They donate 10% of all their proceeds for the day to NCS. No coupon is needed.