Soccer is Contagious!
The NCS Varsity Soccer Program has spread into our Middle School. Varsity Coach Graham Bull has formed a co-ed Middle School Soccer Team. The program's popularity and ranks are growing: the boys' high school roster has swollen to 17 AND the middle school team has 22 participants infected with enthusiasm. Soccer is a great sport for boys and girls of all makes and sizes to experience team competition, physical exercise, and new friends. Feeling an itch to get your child involved? Call Jason Hanson at 615-948-0038 or email him at jason.hanson@CoreTrustpg.com. Click here for a MS schedule.
SUMMER Art Camps for Rising 3-8th Grade
Camp Director Donna Torrez has demonstrated and presented on local and national television programs including HGTV. Her students have won numerous art shows, awards, and scholarships. Her campers will use artist's tools and materials to experience a variety of studio arts! They will explore 2D and 3D processes to create drawings, paintings, sculpture, and clay projects! Register today; class size is limited. > Session 1 - June 3-6 / Rising 3rd-8th Grade > Session 2 - June 10-13 / Rising 3rd-8th Grade > Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are 9am-12pm / Fridays are 9am-1pm > $75 per session (2 sessions for $140, supplies are included in both sessions). Bring a friend. Our Summer Camps are a great way to share the good news about Nashville Christian School. CLICK HERE 4 MORE DETAILS & Registration Form.
You'll BUST a gut.
Sophomores Brian Hedden and Austin Bishop "knock it out of the park" with their rendition of Abbott & Costello Who's On First. Brian and Austin provide faculty, students, and parents with a side-busting funny performance during Celebrate the Child---Nashville Christian's school wide talent show. Click and Laugh at this well done skit.
FAMILY FIESTA NIGHT
is THIS Thursday, March 13 from 5 to 7:45pm AND it's a Book Lover's Bonanza. Do you love to READ? Do you love to EAT? Do you love to SHOP? Then you're going to LOVE Family Fiesta Night. > SHOP at the Scholastic Book Fair located in the Lower School Library. All money raised from the book fair will go toward purchasing books for our library. >DINE with your family in the MPR from 5 to 6:15PM. Chef Joe will provide a Mexican Feast for $7 per adult and $5 per child, with a family maximum of $25. > LEARN with your child. Join us for two fun and interactive educational sessions. Topics will include: Writing Workshop, Understanding Bar Models, Technology, Brain-Based Learning, Interactive Notebooks, and Heart Healthy Living. Each session will last thirty minutes (6:30 to 7PM, 7:15 to 7:45PM). FAMILY FIESTA NIGHT is part of the SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR---a smorgasbord of fun, book related events that will run throughout next week from March 10th through the 14th. Click here for a complete listing/schedule of events for the SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR.
NCS Basketball Update
The Lady Eagles Basketball Team lost 44-50 to Community in a close Region Semifinal game. The salve for the sting from the loss is that they finish a great season with a 24-9 record (10-2 in district play). The Boys Basketball Team finished their remarkable postseason run with a 50-58 loss to Lead Academy in Region Tourney play last Tuesday. They ended their season with a winning record (17-15) and a 9-3 district outcome. Congratulations to both teams on their postseason finish!
The NCS Softball Team is very defensive and THEY WILL come out swinging! Our high school softball team defeated Father Ryan 10-0; beat Dekalb County 7-0; and lost to Lebanon 6-0 at the Cain Ridge Playday this past weekend. That's a good start! Kayla Baker hit a grand slam in the Father Ryan game. Abbie Page and Kendall Sullivan pitched all 3 games and were key components in a tremendous defensive effort by the Eagles throughout the tourney. "The defense was great," acknowledged head coach Ashley Page. "The players did an excellent job adjusting to different pitching styles and putting the bat on the ball."
Please KEEP all hands and feet inside the vehicle.
until the ride comes to a complete stop. Our destination is a spiritual stronghold where teachers, administrators, and parents work together to help guide students to make the right choices inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to continue the journey with Nashville Christian School. Re-enroll online today. It's easy. Log on to your Parentsweb accountand follow the steps. It is a secure and easy way to facilitate
enrollment and payment processing. PLU$, if you enroll by March 14, you will save $100. Click here for a quick video that reflects all that is good at NCS.
Strength &Speed Camp for Rising 5-8th Grade
Camp Director John Crosby has managed the NCS Strength and Conditioning program for six years. His philosophy is based in explosive-movement style training to enhance athletic abilities in all sports. His primary focus will be to demonstrate and instill essential lifting and running disciplines that safely and effectively build strength and improve speed. > June 2-5 / 8-9am > $30 per child. Bring a friend. Our Summer Camps are a great way to share the good news about Nashville Christian School. CLICK HERE 4 MORE DETAILS & Registration Form.
Failure can be a good teacher.
SUMMER Football Camps for Rising 3rd-8th Grade
FOOTBALL SKILLS CAMP: Coach Jeff Brothers and his staff will instruct campers with the same drills and techniques found at the high school level. This camp provides instruction for all levels of development. > June 2-5 / 9-11:30am > $75 per child.
FOOTBALL PADDED CAMP: This camp will divide participants into groups of similar age/skill level for a slightly more intense football experience. While contact is part of the camp, it is not a full scrimmage atmosphere. Helmets and shoulder pads are required. Rentals are available upon request for $15 > July 14-16 / 6-7:30 pm > $50 per child. Bring a friend. Our Summer Camps are a great way to share the good news about Nashville Christian School. CLICK HERE 4 MORE DETAILS & Registration Form.
ALL Sports Camp for Rising 3rd-8th Grade
Camp Director Phillip Montgomery is the head coach for the NCS boys and girls varsity track team and the offensive coordinator for the varsity football team. Make no mistake about it, this successful coach is in touch with his inner child and knows how to lead a FUN packed, ACTION filled sports camp. Activities include capture the flag, dodge ball, flag football, kickball, relay races, and more. > June 2-5 / 12:30-3:30pm > $75 per child / Receive a $25 discount if your camper signs up for the Football Skills Camp
NCS Summer Camp / Girls Basketball Camps
Camp Director Brandon Wood has coached the NCS girls varsity team for 8 years and the middle school team for 5 years. Last year, Coach Wood's Lady Eagles were District Champs and went deep in post-season play?all the way to Sub-state. Three of his players were named All District. Brandon's primary objective for this camp will be to emphasize the core fundamentals of Basketball. Nashville Christian high school players will serve as assistant coaches and mentors to the campers?providing a unique opportunity for one- on-one work and personal attention. > Session 1 / Rising K-3rd Grade / June 2-5 / 8-11am / $50 per athlete. > Session 2 / Rising 4-8th Grade / June 2-5 / Noon-3pm / $50 per athlete. Bring a friend. Our Summer Camps are a great way to share the good news about Nashville Christian School. CLICK HERE 4 MORE DETAILS & Registration Form.
Continue the Journey!
Our enrollment period begins this Monday, February 24 and ends on March 14. We invite you to continue the journey with Nashville Christian School. Our destination is a spiritual stronghold where teachers, administrators, and parents work together to help guide students to make the right choices inside and outside the classroom. As part of an internal initiative to simplify the registration process we have implemented online enrollment. This secure and easy system will facilitate paper and payment processing for you and our school. On Monday you will receive an email that will explain how online enrollment works, breaking it down into a few easy steps. Let's continue our journey together.
Have you heard the LATEST?
The NCS Varsity Baseball Team has its own newsletter that provides weekly updates, stats, and more about the team and their pursuit of a state championship; it's called the Dugout News. Click here for this week's edition.
This Summer Sign up for Camp Eagle Pride
Camp Eagle Pride is a fun-filled all-day activity camp for Rising K-8th Grade boys and girls who like swimming, crafts, field trips, sports, and lots of games. Sign up quick! Karen Ford's popular camp is consistently the first one to fill up. > 10 weeks / May 27 through Aug.1 / Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm / $35 per day or $125 per week. Bring a friend. Our Summer Camps are a great way to share the good news about Nashville Christian School. CLICK HERE 4 MORE DETAILS & Registration Form.
Students Learn about the circle of life
Apparently our existence is inescapably connected to theirs. That is an engaging thought, and one that Anissa Demonbreun's 5th grade class is deep into as they study and learn about humans' relationship with their environment. Click here and see how we are all connected.
What do we care about isopods, pond snails, and mosquito fish?
Children found working on an assembly Line
Enslaved by their compassion for our wounded heroes, NCS students lined up to make over a 1000 Valentines (1,081 to be exact) for United States Veterans. Their cards were picked up by Congressman Jim Cooper's office and delivered to our brave soldiers in Veterans Hospitals in Tennessee. It's good to be an Eagle! Click here to see a pic of children at work.
NCS Summer Camp / Boys Basketball Camps
Camp Director (and legendary coach) Charlie Anderson will focus on demonstrating and teaching the core fundamentals of basketball. NCS high school players will serve as assistant coaches and mentors to the campers. > Camp Session 1 for Rising K-3rd Grade: May 27-30 / 8-11am > Camp Session 2 for Rising 4-8th Grade: May 27-30 / 12-3pm > Position Basketball Camp for rising 6-9th grade: June 9-11 / 8-10am. Bring a friend. Our Summer Camps are a great way to share the good news about Nashville Christian School. CLICK HERE 4 MORE DETAILS & Registration Form.
Say Hello to Brad.
Brad McPherson will serve as an interim counselor while Janet King, College Counselor is out on maternity leave. He is currently completing his masters degree in clinical counseling. Brad will be working Mondays through Wednesdays until Mrs. King returns. This week he will be transitioning into his new responsibilities with Mrs. King and getting acquainted with the students. Please welcome him to NCS.
Here's a Plea that will Hit Home.
If sometime this week you are approached by a NCS baseball player with pledge form and pen in hand, please seriously consider listening to his plea for our Wounded Warriors. The HS and MS Baseball teams, along with friends and families, have come together to form Strikes for Stripes to support the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). This is an organization that provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. The players' request is simple: make a pledge to WWP for every strike delivered by a NCS pitcher during the regular season on either the MS or HS baseball team. Supporters can also choose to pledge a flat amount to our Wounded Warriors. CLICK HERE for more information about Strikes for Stripes and ways you can support these students' efforts.
There's a buzz around town...
and it's about Nashville Christian School.
Apparently the "Best Kept Secret of West Nashville" is no longer a secret. Many families are inquiring about our school. NCS Admissions Director Phillip Montgomery said, "There have been record numbers of inquiries, tours, and prospective students shadowing NCS students to see what we're all about." To accommodate this high interest, our Lower School is adding three Open Houses to the calendar: > Feb 26 from 7:30-9:30AM; > Mar 26 from 7:30-9:30AM; > May 7 from 7:30-9:30AM Click here to download a flier--and if you feel so inclined--email it to a friend.
"Hoops4Hope was an incredible success!"
The event raised $2,300. 100% of the proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Mrs. Kathy Overbay, a dear friend of the NCS family, who fought the good fight, but passed away November 29, 2013. Ashley Page, NCS basketball coach and coordinator of the event, offered much praise to the event's three corporate sponsors: "We are grateful to Nashville Ready Mix, Enterprise Electric, and L&P Silkscreen for their generous donations and participation." It was an inspirational evening--and the pink icing on the cake was that the Lady Eagles won their 18th game by a score of 74-49.
A Good Thing to Keep in Mind for Peace of Mind
AGAPE offers Professional Counseling Services at a reduced rate for NCS students, faculty, and families. AND, they are now accepting BCBS insurance. An AGAPE counselor is on campus Wednesdays from 10AM to 5PM. Simply call the main office at 615-781-3000 or email Robin Mace, LPC-MHSP at rmace@ agapenashville.org to set up an appointment. AGAPE is a well known, effective, and skilled counseling and psychological service that works with a myriad of mental health issues.
Beauty radiates from the inside out
In this pageant, beauty radiates from the inside out.On January 20, 2014, Nashville Christian's own Emily Batty, was awarded the World's Universal Beauty title in San Marcos, Texas. She competed with other young ladies from all over the world. Emily received a college scholarship and a trip to next year's pageant where she will pass on her title. Congrats Emily!
It's a THREE-PEAT!
Congratulations to the NCS Middle School Boys Basketball team for winning the GNAC tournament championship this past Saturday night! The Eagles defeated Merrol Hyde for their third consecutive championship. Equally impressive is that they have lost only 3 games during that run---quite an accomplishment for team and coaches: Charlie Hunt and Steve Walker.
Sophomore COMPETES for the State Title!
Last weekend, Gregory Williams stood atop the podium for the 182-pound weight class at the Wrestling 3 A-AA Regional Championship. He defeated a White House wrestler 18-6 in the finals. This victory earns Gregory a spot in the state tournament THIS Friday and Saturday! He will compete at the Williamson County Ag Center in Franklin, TN. His first match will be at 10AM. Congratulations to Gregory, the team, and Coach Rowlett.
"Eighty percent of success is SHOWING UP."
Judging from the 100% participation from last week's Rite of Passage event, our 8th Grade families must hold to that Woody Allen quote. The Rite of Passage is an annual event--it is also an insightful presentation and discussion about the importance of the passage from eighth grade to high school. It is a time when NCS administration, faculty, and parents lock arms in support of the students' realization and pursuit of their FULL potential. It's good to be an Eagle.
A 4th Grade Quiz...FOR THE PARENTS!
Are you be able to pick out your child's biographical poem from Shelley Greenlee's 4th grade Language Arts Class? Click here and see.
NCS Artists Make Good.
Monya Nikahd's, Abbey Johnson's, and Seth Reynolds' work was recognized at the Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony at Cheekwood this past Saturday. Monya and Abbie were both presented a Gold Key Award along with a $5,400 scholarship. Seth received an honorable mention for his work. Click here for more information and a picture of the recipients.
A Tough Season so Far.
The Lady Eagles' Middle School Basketball Team is 2 and 14. What is the coach's response? Typical, and exactly what you would expect from a NCS coach--no excuses. "We are hoping to pick up 3 or 4 more wins before the regular season comes to a close, putting us somewhere in the middle of the league," reports head coach Loretta Passen. "We are hoping and planning to be healthy and in a winning position before the GNAC tournament. The girls' work ethic and desire to win is extremely good. 2-14 is not the best record, but we see improvement from them everyday. They play every minute of every game as hard as they can?regardless of whether they are winning or losing. They are all heart!!!"
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There's going to be a fight
Fans and players are going to put up a FIGHT at Friday's game AND YOU CAN JOIN IN. Help fight Breast Cancer THIS Friday night at Nashville Christian School's 6th Annual Hoops4Hope! Every year Nashville Christian School's students, athletes, families and fans put on their pink and show their support for the battle against breast cancer. NCS will be hosting Hoops4Hope this Friday night, January 31st, during the basketball game against Nashville Central Christian. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION in honor of Mrs. Kathy Overbay, a dear friend of the NCS family, who fought the good fight against this disease, but passed away November 29, 2013. Click here for more information.
What do Eagles and Cream have in common?
They both rise to the top. Last Wednesday, Trent Mueller, a senior from Nashville Christian School, was awarded the Annual Hancock-Nipper Sportsmanship Award. He was one of six student/athletes who were recognized by the Nashville Civitan Club for consistently demonstrating sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship qualities. The award, named after the late A.D. Hancock and Walter Nipper, is presented to a football player that has exhibited the characteristics listed above and participated on a regional or state championship team in the Nashville area. Click and read more about this incredible honor. Congratulations Trent!
These Young Eagles Already Know How to Fly!
The NCS Boys Middle School Basketball Team is Sporting a 19-1 win/loss record thus far this season. Go Eagles!
A FIRST for Nashville Christian School!
TODAY MacKenzie Lee will make history; she will be the first NCS student/ athlete to represent our school in the TSSAA State Bowling Tournament. "Our District recognizes the top 4 bowlers and sends them to the state tournament," Coach Jim Carlucci said. "MacKenzie's teammates are planning to be there to cheer her on." Click here for more information.
Students are breaking out in a cold sweat
Students break out in a cold sweat in THIS class. In 2nd grade Language Arts, Mrs. Graham incorporates movement and social interaction to teach students about action verbs. First, students sing and dance to a verb song and then play a tag game where they read and act out the verbs for their classmates. It sounds crazy, but they're having so much fun that they don't realize they are learning! Click here and see what all this loco-motion is about.
Students wish for it. Teachers pray for it.
Everyone's Thinking it; they might as well study it. SNOW. Students wish for it. Teachers pray for it. Hence, itmakes perfect sense to integrate it--in a lesson.For example: snowmen were the inspiration for a study of solids, liquids, and gas in Mrs. Overbay's 1st grade Science lesson; Mrs. Graham's 2nd grade students reflected and wrote on the idea "if snow fell in colors"; and Mrs. Jackson's assignment--procured from a subconscious that may require psychoanalysis--called upon her 3rd graders to think "inside" the bubble. What was the assignment? Write a story about living within a snow globe. (See what I mean about psychoanalysis?) Click here and see how NCS teachers are shaking things up.
Wrestlers Bring Home the Hardware!
Nashville Christian Wrestlers Gregory Williams and Willie Shane put a hold on some medals from the Creek Wood Wrestling Invitational. Gregory took home the gold in the 182 pound weight class; Willie locked-in the 3rd place medal in the 220 pound weight class. Click here for the rest of the story.
NCS 2013 Homecoming Memories
"The turnout was INCREDIBLE." Friends and classmates reunited during Homecoming 2013. It was a celebration of community memories, events, accomplishments, and fellowship. Click here to see just a few of the many gatherings that took place during this year's festivities. Choose a picture and click on it for a larger image with names.
Eagles Serve the Homeless
Eagles Serve the Homeless at Room in the Inn. 15 Eagles came together to serve 10 homeless men on December 21 at Bellevue United Methodist Church. The volunteers bought, set up, and served dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning; prepared sack lunches for the guest to take with them; spent the night; provided fellowship; and helped clean up the following morning. Thank you to all who participated; hearts were touched. Click here if you would like more information about this annual service project.
It's time to upgrade NCS's Faculty...
Laptops. Everyone knows the importance of training students in the understanding and utilization of technology. To do so, instructors need to stay up-to-date with their own equipment. Currently we are not--and need to be by March 2014. Click the key to see how you can help.
NCS Alumni, Staff &Friends Swing Away...
at The First Annual Overbay Golf Invitational. This event held back in November accomplished exactly what it was designed for: to honor Jack Overbay's memory, celebrate Kathy Overbay's legacy at Nashville Christian School, and fill the golf course with alumni, friends, and laughter. Click and See for yourself.
A NCS Alumnus with a healing touch
Have you heard about the NCS Alumnus with a healing touch? If you are a Nashville Christian School Alumni, CLICK HERE and download the latest issue of Luminous to find out what this is about. If your not, well...sorry. Privileges of being a NCS ALUM!
Eagle leaves his mark on campus.
Eagle leaves his mark on campus. You probably have seen it, in fact you might have sat on it. Click&See.
Eagle Deployed to Libya.
NCS Alumnus Brandon McCoy (Class of 2012) was deployed on December 27, 2013 to serve for nine months in Libya, a country engulfed in a civil war. Brandon is a United States Marine. He has been training in Jacksonville,North Carolina since his graduation from NCS. Brandon's unit replaced troops that were serving in Libya throughout 2013. Please remember to keep Brandon and all of our service men covered in prayer.
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."
SPORTS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Can you name the most recent NCS athlete to join the 1000-point club? Give up? Click here and find out.
Student Awarded Talent &Presidential Scholarships
Abbey Johnson, Senior at Nashville Christian School, has been accepted to Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. She was awarded a $12,000 Talent Scholarship plus a $4,000 Presidential Scholarship!!! Abbey is also Vice-President of The National Honor Society. Congratulations Abbey!
It's the Final Lap.
Senior students now have access to their high school transcripts. 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. A parent of a senior student can also be set up to access the information, if needed. If you have any questions please contact Janet King, College Counselor at 356-5600 ext. 105 or email@example.com.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Eagle Planning to Land in the Bluegrass.
Last Thursday, November 14, Kayla Baker signed with Western Kentucky to play softball. Congratulations Kayla!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The speaker in chapel was a real Bozo.
Seriously. In addition to being a man of faith and an inspirational speaker, last week's chapel guest, Mr. Dick Brackett, was also Bozo the Clown who entertained children and adults for 7 years on WSM-TV. Mr. Bracket is also the Operations Coordinator at World Christian Broadcasting and brought a profound message for our students. Click here to learn more.
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!
Introducing a House System for the Middle School
Introducing a House System for the Middle School: The "Aerie." An aerie is an eagle's nest. It is also defined as a house or a fortress on a hill. At Nashville Christian School The Aerie is a House System for the Middle School (MS). This House System is designed to encourage MS students to live out the school's vision through games and other events that challenge them academically, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Each MS student is "drafted" into a House at the beginning of 6th grade; membership ends upon completion of 8th grade. Click here to learn more about this NEW House System.
Relief for Moore, Oklahoma
Nashville Christian School will be a collection site to gather food and supplies for the people from Moore, Oklahoma. A 25-foot trailer will be parked in front of NCS THIS Thursday from 6AM until 9PM. Go to NCS Facebook for more information.
Students & Staff RAPP'N, ROCK'N & STEPP'N OUT
NCS Students and Staff seen RAPP'N, ROCK'N & STEPP'N OUT! What is going on here??? Click here and see for yourself.
We appreciate YOUR appreciation.
A large THANK-YOU to all our parents and local businesses for demonstrating their appreciation to NCS Teachers last week---hugs, gifts, and foodstuffs were in abundance. Parents sent in gift cards, deserts and donations while the following businesses donated many delectably delicious and rejuvenating tokens of gratitude: City Limits (dessert tray), Nothing But Bundt (two Bundt cakes), O'Charleys (rolls), Chick Fil A (free meal vouchers) and Sabrina Pruitt (Beauticontrol spa treatments).
Science students witnessed a SPECIAL DELIVERY...
the first of seven New High Powered Binocular Microscopes. You would have thought it was the birth of a baby, judging from Paula Caruther's (NCS Teacher) excitement. "It is exciting," Paula explains. "The new microscopes improve the magnification of a subject from 40x to 100x---providing a closer and more in-depth study of complex organisms. Upgrading our science lab equipment helps me to simulate the college classroom experience and prepare the student for the upcoming academic expectations." Click here for the rest of the story.
Eagles showed pluck in championship.
The NCS 5th and 6th grade track team finished 4th with only 3 athletes competing.
Read on for the results from the Martin Black Track League Championships: >>> Xavier Myers placed 2nd in 100m, 2nd in 50m, 4th in 200m, and 8th in Long Jump >>> Gyasi Mattison placed 4th in 100m, 3rd in 50m, 5th in 200m, 6th in High Jump, and 7th in Long Jump
>>> Joseph Dyer placed 3rd in Shot Put
Small school. Small track team. BIG FINISH!
Monday, April 29 - NCS placed sixth out of seventeen track teams WITH ONLY 3 ATHLETES! Read on for the results from the Metro Freshman Championship Track Meet at Montgomery Bell Academy: >>> Gregory Williams placed 4th in Shot Put (42'-9") and 8th in the Discus (109'-3"); >>> Daniel Bituli placed 5th in the High Jump (5'-4"), 3rd in the Long Jump (19'-3"), 4th in the 100m (11.6), and 5th in the 200m (24.19); >>> Nathan Hargrove placed 7th in High Jump (5'-2")
How Does NCS Enhance a Childs Reading Skills?
What EXACTLY is Nashville Christian School Doing to Enhance a Child's Reading and Language Arts Skills? Click here for a snapshot into the Daily 5 -- a proven and effective reading and language arts curriculum through which NCS instructors foster confidence and independence in their third grade students.
NCS Athletes take on Middle Tennessees Best!
Wednesday, April 16 - Middle Tennessee's best high school track & field athletes went head-to-head at the 2013 Great Eight High School Track & Field Invitational. Two NCS Seniors were selected to participate in this by-invitation-only meet: David Hill and Phillip Booker. Both did well. >>> David Hill placed 5th in the High Jump by clearing 6. >>> Phillip Booker (reigning state champion) placed 1st in the 110m Hurdles with a 14.58 sec. run (((A NEW SCHOOL RECORD))). Phillip also placed 4th in the Long Jump with a 21-10 leap and 6th in the 200m with a 22.82 sec. run.
SCHOOL IN THE WILD...
SCHOOL IN THE WILD--where the wild things learn. Last week Nashville Christian School 5th and 6th grade students, teachers, and parents journeyed to 4-H Ridley Camp in Columbia, Tennessee. They spent three days and two nights in School in the Wild--a hands-on outdoor scientific learning and team-building program. Their days were spent rotating through Science classes, team building exercises, and recreational activities like archery and zip-lining. In the evening, students took part in devotionals focused on demonstrating the love of Christ through relationships and interactions with one another. Click here to see a slide show of this expedition into the Wild.
HI-TECH was put on the BACK SHELF.
NCS Elementary School students bonded over books throughout a five day span that focused on reading. This was dubbed, appropriately enough, as BOOK WEEK. Lower school students were paired up with a Reading Buddy--a student mentor from a different grade with whom they shared favorite books and read Bible verses. That was just one part of BOOK WEEK--when technology took a back seat to curling up with a favorite story and a buddy. CLICK HERE for the rest of the "story."
Leadership Begins Early at NCS.
Last Thursday, the 4th grade class led chapel for the 1st and 2nd graders. The older students read over scripture and shared with the younger students what the verses meant to them. Click here to see these young apostolates in action.
Here s'more science tid bits.
This week, Nashville Christian School students easily digested two principles of passive solar design: insulation and solar gain. Wendy Rampy, NCS instructor, cooked up a laboratory experiment for her students that demonstrated, undeniably, the greatest use of energy--preparing food. Her 4th grade students constructed solar ovens out of pizza boxes and aluminum foil. When the assembly was finished they took them outside. What was their first experiment? S'mores of course.
Students found clubbing in the early morning hours
Last semester, two fourth grade students proposed the formation of a BIBLE CLUB at our elementary school. With the help of Mrs. Forehand, the NCS CHRISTIAN SERVICE CLUB was formed. The club meets EARLY morning on Wednesdays in the Multi-Purpose Room. Together they write notes of encouragement and demonstrate the love of Christ to members of our community. Yesterday morning the students made birthday cards for Miss Karen Ford's mother and the club's adopted grandmother, Grandma Vaughan, a resident of a local nursing home who turns 102 on January 24. Past recipients have included veterans and NCS staff members who have been sick. Doncha just love it?
Play is the Way.
The Research is in, it is abundant, and it's conclusive! It tells us that play--dramatic play, block play, sensory play, musical creativity, manipulative play, puzzle play, and free art expression--have a positive effect on children's development. Formative Play within a proper early childhood classroom environment uniquely influences positive physical, cognitive and psychosocial maturation. Click here for a Fun and Playful Tutorial on how to grow a child's brain.
A Reading Program for PRESCHOOLERS and INFANTS?
Nashville Christian School's Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) developed a reading program for preschoolers and infants. "WORD WEAVERS" is an infant through pre-k reading program designed to stimulate a child's cognitive process in a small, quiet, and intimate group setting. Click here to read the rest of this story and to see the program in action.
Accountant Gives NCS Students the BOTTOM LINE!
A Partner from Ernst & Young Gives NCS Students the BOTTOM LINE: Leadership Skills Count for a Lot. Kim Holleman, a partner at Ernst & Young public accounting firm, shared her insights and experiences with the junior leadership class at Nashville Christian School. She provided concrete examples of qualities that businesses look for in young people. Click here for the rest of the story.
Students Earn Thousands for Hang Ups and Cutouts.
Seth Reynolds and Monya Nikahd came home with top prizes from the 5th Annual Middle Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition?a show and competition that hangs and displays over 500 pieces of exceptional artwork created by middle and high school students from Middle Tennessee. Click here to see pictures of the artists, their art, and their art teacher.
The ECLC Pioneers a Nutrition Program for Preschoo
Introducing "Kitchen Patrol". The director of Nashville Christian School's Early Childhood Learning Center, Christine Dunn, knows that children learn and establish their eating habits at an early age. "Kitchen Patrol" was created to engage young children in age-appropriate food processes--from choosing it and preparing it to eating it. Christine believes that it is easier to establish good eating habits in a community setting. "What better setting than our ECLC?" She asks. Click here to learn more.
They Start Young...
"Young Minds at Play---A Vital Part of Cognitive Development." Nashville Christian School Early Childhood sent two representatives, Lori Warren and Christine Dunn, to the annual convention of The National Association for the Education of Young Children recently held in Atlanta Georgia. Click here and see what they brought home with them.