Praise and Thanksgiving
NCS Students and Families gathered together today for a Praise and Thanksgiving assembly followed by lunch. It was truly a joyful and blessed occasion.
Golf Practice Facility Check Presentation Ceremony
PGA Touring Pro Brandt Snedeker (The Snedeker Foundation) and TN Golf Foundation contributed $55,000 to NCS to construct a golf practice facility on the campus that will be used in a collaborative effort with NCS and the Tennessee School for the Blind. It was an amazing day with almost 50 people gathering for the Dedication and Check Presentation Ceremony.
Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is…Coach Andrew Shaw.
His peers shared: I appreciate Coach Shaw's attention to detail for the defense each week on Friday nights. The defense consistently performs extremely well under his leadership. I appreciate his hard work and dedication to both the strength program and the football team.
Congrats Coach Shaw!
Veterans Day at NCS
Veterans Day events at NCS included: the NCS Chamber Choir sang the National Anthem and a selection of songs at the Veterans Breakfast held at the Bellevue Y; the Toddler Room in the Preschool made over 60 cards and Mrs. Kalina (Active Military) is delivering them to her post; and second and third graders welcomed Marine Corps veterans Jack Spence and Tom Seals to speak to the classes.
Thank you to all veterans for your service and sacrifice.
A.F. Bridges Contributor of the Year
Congratulations to the AF Bridges Contributor of the Year award recipient: Nashville Ready Mix.
A big thanks from Nashville Christian School to Steve "Frog" Meadows and the entire Nashville Ready Mix family.
Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is… Dr. Jeff Vore.
His peers shared:
Dr. Vore continues to spread joy wherever he is! He is respectful and kind to all of our students, and they love him! He is a man who easily and naturally shares his faith every day.
Dr. Vore consistently has a great rapport with his students. He attends events, supports students, and prays with them daily. He is a model of a Christian man for our students to follow.
Thank you, Dr. Vore, for all you do!
November 22nd Preview Day
Thanks to the many families who shared part of their Sunday afternoon with Administrators, Teachers, Staff and Coaches learning about ALL THINGS NCS.
Mrs. Sharon Bartlett - Upper School Teacher of the Week
This weeks Upper School Teacher of the Week is...Mrs. Sharon Bartlett.
One of her peers shared - Mrs. Bartlett is always available to students before and after school to make sure they stay on track and understand the content. We are lucky to have her!
Congrats Mrs. Bartlett!
NCS Career Day
Over 35 different careers, across a wide variety of industries, were represented yesterday during NCS Career Day.
Thanks to everyone who took time to invest in our students!
SALT Members meet with Burke Nihill
NCS SALT (Student Ambassador Leadership Team) Members met with Burke Nihill, CEO of the Tennessee Titans, to discuss leadership characteristics and what it means to be a leader.
Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the week is...Coach Dustin Patton.
His peers shared - Coach Patton is always willing to offer a helping hand and encouragement to both students and co-workers alike. And another stated - Jesus gave us an example of servant leadership, and I love how Dustin follows his example as a coach, teacher, and co-worker. Congrats Coach Patton!
Wrestling Practice Facility Ribbon Cutting
This morning, the dream of a NCS Wrestling Practice Facility was realized with an Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Many family members, friends, teachers, and staff gathered with the Wrestling team and coaches to officially thank those who supported this effort. We look forward to following the progress of this team in the coming months.
Upper School Fall Retreat
The Upper School Fall Retreat 2022 is in the books!
The theme was Pray More, Worry Less.
They spent the weekend exploring the Lords Prayer.
Members of the Upper School Landscaping Club spent time this morning sprucing up several areas of the school. NICE WORK!
National Merit Scholar Semifinalist - Brett Posavac
Brett Posavac has been named one of only 16,000 Nationwide Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.
This program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Brett will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 Million which will be offered next spring.
Jeff Palk reenacts Matthew 5-7
Campus Minister, Jeff Palk, reenacts Matthew 5-7 during Upper School Chapel today. It was very powerful!
All Region Soccer Team
Emily Campos and Ava Pomeroy were selected to the All Region Girls Soccer Team. Well-deserved!
Upper School Teacher of the Week
Each week, a Teacher in the Upper School receives “Teacher of the Week”. This award is given based on nominations made by their peers. Mr. Bishop announces the winner at the weekly Upper School Faculty Meeting and awards the recipient with a “Gold” Necklace with $ Emblem to honor the occasion.
Hendrick Shelton, shown here wearing his award, is the most recent recipient.
Comments included in the Nomination - Mr. Shelton consistently exemplifies to our students that hard work and dedication will deliver great results. A student added, Mr. Shelton is a very talented teacher and he makes learning fun!
Congrats to the newest Teacher of the Week - Hendrick Shelton
And a Big SHOUT OUT to the prior Teachers of the Week:
September 29th - Donna Torrez - Comments with Nomination - Homecoming week has been very successful. It is a great reminder of how hard Donna works with the students for this week and how much time she puts into making this week special for everyone.
September 22nd - Andrew Atkins - Comments with Nomination - Mr. Atkins runs programs that are essential and add value to our school. He works with the E-Sports, Broadcasting, and Yearbook programs while maintaining a full class load.
September 15th - Abbie Moroney - Comments with Nomination - I appreciate Abbie's initiative to create the sustainability class and to making our campus “greener”. The recycling collection is appreciated. I can't wait to see all her students do this year.
September 8th - Catherine Lowe - Comments with Nomination - Catherine is an incredibly creative and talented teacher. She is conscientious to plan lessons that contain rigor and are differentiated. She is a humble, godly example of a truly gifted educator.
September 1st - Colin Wright - Comments with Nomination - Colin's work with the senior activities and his enthusiasm for building relationships are great examples of our school community. I see him every morning and between every class period outside his door greeting students and having genuine conversations.
August 25th - Jeff Palk - Comments with Nomination - Jeff has worked so hard to develop small groups and chapel into important focal points of student life. He clearly cares about the students and the Christian culture of the school!
At 8:00AM on October 5th, Grades K-12 gathered together for Chapel. It is SO Special to be together in one place.
Excellence Award Recipients
Congratulations to the 4 Excellence Award Recipients for the 1st 9 Weeks!
The Presentation of Certificates was made during the October 5th Excellence Chapel.
Callie Grimenstein - Lower School, Several Teachers shared - Callie is a bright ray of sunshine into whatever room she enters. She notices her classmates in a way that is far beyond her years. Although she was a new student to NCS last year, she jumped right in with her friendly and bubbly personality. She always works hard and does it with a smile on her face.
Baker Drumm - Middle School, One Teacher shared ... Baker is a very kind and hard-working student. He comes to class every day ready to learn and always does an outstanding job of contributing to class lectures. Several teachers commented that his house election speech is one to always be remembered.
Megan Parker - Upper School, One Teacher shared ... Megan is not only a fantastic student who works hard to do top-tier work, she goes out of her way to make other students feel welcome. Megan is a shining example of the kind of culture we want to have at NCS.
Abbie Moroney - Teacher, Comments from others include... Abbie has taken on many new responsibilities this year including planning a community garden for our school and creating the school's first sustainability class. Her goals for our campus are inspiring, and I look forward to what the future holds because of her willingness to serve. We are blessed to have Coach "Mo" in our high school.
Jr. Eagle Football Night
A number of Lower School Students enjoyed special events during the September 30th Home Football game including Cheerleading and Flag Football.
Tonight, Sept. 29th, the US Girls soccer team held a Dedication Ceremony for Leon Wright (Morgan) and Cindy Hemby (Amelia). A tree was planted and the team placed a memory plaque to honor the lives of these two. The dedication service was held between tonight's JV and Varsity Games.
Newest NCS Hall of Fame Inductees
The newest Inductees into the NCS Hall of Fame were announced during the Homecoming Celebration on September 23, 2022. They represent the Fall Sports from the 2000-2009 Graduating classes. Congratulations!
William Berg, class of 2008 – Football
Zach Bledsoe, class of 2008 – Football
Jeff Bolander, class of 2001 – Football
Haley Light Breedlove, class of 2006 – Cheerleading
Jennifer Yuchnitz Garner, class of 2004 – Volleyball
Michael Gray, class of 2009 – Football
Ryan Harris, class of 2001 – Football & Basketball
Holley Koob Willover, class of 2005 – Cross Country & Track
Luke Jerkins, class of 2005 – Football
Justin Lessard, class of 2002 – Football
Matthew Loveless, class of 2002 – Football
Meredith McGinnis, class of 2001 – Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Track & Field
James Meadows, class of 2002 – Football
Matthew Pace, class of 2003 – Football, Basketball & Baseball
Matthew Pruitt, class of 2001 – Football
Anna Claire Raines, class of 2005 - Cross Country
Ashley Ingram Skinner, class of 2004 – Volleyball
Jake Tiesler, class of 2002 – Football
Jason Vanatta, class of 2005 – Football
Eric Vick, class of 2006 - Cross Country
US and Kindergarten PE classes
Coach Mariah King's Upper School PE Class helps Coach Richardson's Kindergarten PE class work on their Soccer skills today.
It doesn't get much better than this!
Homecoming Week: Dress Up Day 3
In this case, a Picture truly is worth a thousand words.
PreK and LS Chapel
PreK Students and Parents joined the Lower School today for Chapel in the Main Gym.
The Students were adorable as they enjoyed interactive Songs with Dr. Fincher and a brief Bible Lesson from Mr. Palk.
Homecoming Week: Dress Up Day 2
Dress Theme for Today - Holidays
Freshmen: Show Green for St. Patrick's Day
Sophomores: Pink, Red and Hearts for Valentine's Day
Juniors: Stars and Stripes for 4th of July
Seniors: Santa and his Elves shout Christmas
Homecoming Week: Dress Up Day 1
Did we really look this in the early 2000's??? Sweatbands & Gold Chains seem to be the “uniform” of the day.
On September 13th, a number of Upper School students attended the College Fair hosted by Lipscomb University.
Pep Rally September 9th
Upper School students enjoyed their first Pep Rally of the year in recognition of the Fall Sports.
The Rock Band kicked off the festivities, followed by a Tic-Tok challenge, Cheer Squad, introduction of the Teams, a prayer led by Coach Brothers, and ended with the student body participating in the Breakdown Chant.
IT was LOUD! A truly unforgettable experience.
Outdoor Classroom Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
A Ribbon Cutting Celebration was held in the early morning on September 9th to acknowledge the many people who made the new Outdoor Classroom a reality.
The celebration included moments of reflection, giving thanks, visiting with friends, plus lots of coffee and donuts!
A beautiful morning in a Sweet, Sweet Place.
NCS Football Homecoming
Football Homecoming Game is Friday, September 23rd.
NCS Eagles face off against Davidson Academy.
Homecoming Dance Tickets on Sale Now
Homecoming Dance September 23rd, after the game.
Click here to order your tickets.
Peter and the Star Catcher - NCS Theatre Production
NCS Theatre will present Peter and the Star Catcher October 1 - 3.
Homecoming T-Shirts - On Sale Now
Prices range from $15.50 - $22.50 and there are several Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve options.
The Deadline to order is Friday, Sept. 9th at 3:00 PM.
Click here to place your order!
The Revlon Girl - Upcoming Theatre Performance
The Revlon Girl
NCS Theater Performance
Saturday, September 3rd @ 4:00 PM
Reservations are not required and there is no cost to attend the performance.
Donations to the Skylar Rose Foundation are encouraged and will be accepted at the door. All funds raised will go directly to the foundation to provide resources to families affected by infant loss.
Due to difficult concepts addressed, this show is considered PG-13 with strong caution. If you have any questions about the presentation or fundraiser, please contact Mrs. Arnold.
Top News Stories
We recently began a new program to bring some of our alumni back to campus to speak to our students about their experiences and successes. In March, we invited Ray West, a graduate from the class of 1984, to speak with our seniors on the topic of, “The Perfect College Student. In his time at Nashville Christian School, Mr. West made three trips to the State Finals in track and participated in the State Wrestling Tournament twice while also being a part of a successful football team. Currently, Mr. West owns his own financial firm, Rayburn West Financial, after being an original founder of Pinnacle Bank and working in other financial institutions. It was great for our seniors to hear insight from Mr. West about his success over the past 30 years in the financial industry. He shared tips for our seniors that they can use during their college years to set themselves up for success in their careers. We will have more alumni on campus in the near future and look forward to the information that they will share with our students.
At Nashville Christian School, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance, and we have made many additions and changes to our campus to ensure that safety. Today, we took another step towards providing the safest possible environment for our students by training with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma team and the Stop the Bleed® program. In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, it was discovered that many lives might have been saved if severe bleeding could have been controlled until help arrived. In response, surgeons from the American College of Surgeons formed a group with other experts in the field of emergency medical care and Stop the Bleed® was eventually born.
When a life-threatening injury occurs, a person can bleed to death in five minutes or less. With estimated emergency service response times at a minimum of six minutes in Nashville, knowing how to “stop the bleed” can save a person’s life! All faculty and staff at Nashville Christian took part in training today provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma team. Everyone who participated learned how to use pressure, pack a wound, and apply a tourniquet.
Thanks to the Eagles Parent Association, Nashville Christian also became the first school in middle Tennessee to supply every classroom with a Stop the Bleed® kit. The kits include gauze, gloves, scissors, a tourniquet and other essential items. Now families can feel a little safer knowing that every staff member is trained to take life-saving steps in the event of severe injury, and every room is equipped with a trauma kit.
See Fox17’s live coverage of this morning’s training by clicking here (timestamp 2:44:45 and 3:27:02). Tune in to Fox17 news at 4:00pm and 5:00pm tonight to see the full story they did highlighting Nashville Christian School’s efforts. For more information about this training, go to stopthebleed.org.
The Eagle Parent Association, often referred to as the EPA, is the Nashville Christian version of a PTO. All of our NCS parents are automatically members of the EPA. We are honored to announce that since the EPA's inception in December of 2015 our organization has been blessed to contribute $70,000 back to Nashville Christian School. We raise money through a variety of fundraisers that include athletic concessions, the school Spirit Store and Trailer (during the football games), Athletic Club memberships and Trading Threads Consignment Sale to name a few. We also receive a portion of the Auction proceeds.
Some of the items purchased with the funds are:
- State Championship rings, shakers for the game, and pregame breakfast for fans, refinishing gym floors, new bleachers, weight room improvements, wall pads, uniforms, basketballs and other athletic needs
- New curtains for performances in the MPR, a new sewing machine and surger for drama department, musical instruments for the music department, and other fine arts needs
- Robots for the MS and HS robotics program, Reader Leader Program, school supplies, updated teacher workroom, alternative classroom seating for both elementary and high school, and other academic needs
- Back to School Bash and Splash, Father/Daughter Dance, sponsoring Spiritual Emphasis Week, supplementing school mission trips, Mickey Martin Memorial
And those are just a few of the many ways the EPA has helped our school and our students grow spiritually, academically, physically, and socially!
The EPA sponsors many events through the year that benefit our school either through funds raised or by promoting our NCS community. There are several events taking place this semester, so please mark your calendar and plan on volunteering and participating!
- Father Daughter Dance, February 10th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (Kindergarten - 5th Grade)
- Trading Threads Consignment Sale, March 24th and 25th
- Spring Fling, April 22nd from 10:00am - 3:00pm (Community-wide event)
If you have ever participated in any of our events or bought food at an athletic event, we want to say THANK YOU for your participation and contributions! To sign up for volunteer opportunities, fill out our online volunteer form, or email Katie Ryckman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the EPA events, please contact any one of the EPA Board Members below.
Mike Campbell - email@example.com
Mike Lee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Kinslow - email@example.com
Karen Marlin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stoney Greenlee - email@example.com
Matt Oberbreckling - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Simpson - email@example.com
Katie Rickman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Robbins - email@example.com
Nashville Christian has a unique sense of community, and there is a deep level of commitment shown to our school by our parents, students, alumni and faculty. An integral part of that supportive community is the Eagles Parent Association (EPA). Every NCS parent is automatically a member of the EPA, whose commitment is to: strengthen the partnership between parents and the school to enhance student experience, raise funds for the benefit of school programs, and build community through events and volunteer opportunities.
The EPA raises funds through the Annual Auction Dinner, City Saver Sale, Trading Threads Consignment Sale, Eagles Athletic Club Memberships, selling advertising in the Athletic Program and on banners, Quarterback Club Memberships, Box Tops for Education, the Eagle Spirit Store, and all concessions at athletic events. Teachers, administrators, athletic teams, or other school groups and clubs can submit a request for funding their needs that go above and beyond regular school expenses. The EPA Board then thoughtfully considers these requests and works hard to spread the funding evenly amongst academic, athletic, fine arts and spiritual life needs to benefit all NCS students. Over the last two years, the Eagles Parent Association (EPA) has funded a long list of items and events for Nashville Christian School, almost too numerous to count!
Just a few of the needs they have helped fund in the past two years are PE supplies, playground equipment, a Reader Leader program, and alternative seating for multiple classrooms. The EPA purchased much-needed curtains for the many fine arts productions in our multipurpose room, and helped fund theater trips for NCS thespians. Our athletic department has received multiple athletic uniforms, equipment, transportation, and facilities upgrades. They also award two $1000 scholarships to graduating scholar athletes.
But the love and support has not been limited to our students. The EPA also provides birthday cakes for our teachers, a special lunch at Christmas, and they recently matched funds to remodel the high school teachers’ lounge. Last April they sponsored a parent seminar on “Being a Purposeful Parent,” and they have plans for future seminars on a variety of topics for parents.
The EPA has supported the spiritual growth of our students, families, and even alumni by purchasing a RightNow Media subscription. This “Netflix of video Bible studies” makes thousands of videos from all of the top Christian leaders and Bible teachers available to the NCS family for free! The EPA has also helped fund student mission trips to Mexico and New York City.
Beyond just providing funds, the EPA volunteers countless hours each year to execute fundraising events as well as managing all concessions for athletic events. They are also responsible for purchases and sales through the bookstore and trailer. These parent volunteers are essential to helping build the NCS community through events like the Back to School Splash, Back to School Bash, Breakfast with Santa, Father/Daughter Dance, and Spring Fling.
We’d like to say thank you to all who have given so much of their time and support through the EPA. If you have not yet signed up to volunteer or would like to know more about how you can get involved with the EPA, go to https://www.nashvillechristian.org/support-ncs/epa.cfm. And don’t forget the upcoming 2016 “Start Here, Go Anywhere” dinner and auction on November 12th! Tickets will go on sale after fall break.