Track and Field State Champion, James Warmbrod
Congratulations to James Warmbrod IV, STATE CHAMPION in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 49.13!
James also placed 3rd in the State 200 Meter Dash with a time of 21.97 and 6th in the State 100 Meter Dash with a time of 10.94!
Faculty/Staff Excellence Award Winner
The Administration is pleased to recognize Bill Miller as the Faculty/Staff Excellence Award Winner for the past 9 weeks. This information was shared:
Sarge goes above and beyond to create an environment where we feel safe.
Mr. Miller is such an asset to our community. He not only makes the safety of our children a top priority he also has a calm, reassuring presence.
Sarge shows quiet confidence, vocational capability and Godly character. He is well-connected and stays current with local news and reports so that he can be proactive. He is a man of character of integrity, but more than that is a man who loves God and values the Christian education that NCS provides.
We are so fortunate to have Sergeant Miller on our campus and a part of our NCS family.
Congratulations Mr. Bill Miller!
Upper School Excellence Award Winner
The Upper School faculty, staff and administration is pleased to recognize Cathy Phung as the Upper School Excellence Award Winner for the past 9 weeks. This information was shared:
Cathy is such a bright light at NCS. You can always count on her to greet you in the hallways and give you the biggest smile. She is determined to always do her best and will do the right thing even when no one is watching. She is involved in everything here and she perfectly represents the mission of NCS. The way she encourages those around her and her wellness to go the extra mile is inspiring.
Congratulations Cathy Phung!
Middle School Excellence Award Winner
The Middle School faculty, staff and administration is pleased to recognize Eli Adams as the Middle School Excellence Award Winner for the past 9 weeks. Several Teachers submitted statements to explain his bright light in our hallways:
Eli daily gives his best in all that he does. He is always quick with a polite, kind word. He is inspiring!
Eli is one of the most respectful, attentive, and kind students we have in the middle school. He cares about his peers and is diligent in all he does.
Eli is very creative and a great artist as well.
Eli is incredibly thorough in all his work and continually strives for excellence.
Eli is a true example of what authentic and dynamic leaders look like.
Congratulations Eli Adams!
Lower School Excellence Award Winner
The Lower School faculty, staff and administration is pleased to recognize Eliza Melton as the Lower School Excellence Award Winner for the past 9 weeks. Several Teachers submitted statements regarding her performance and positive attitude:
Eliza is full of positive energy all day, every day.
Elisa is a ray of sunshine. She always has a positive attitude and a sweet spirit. She is encouraging to her classmates.
I love having Eliza in Spanish class. She is always ready to work and will volunteer to help whenever needed.
When I think about our student pledge Eliza is all of these things!
Congratulations Eliza Melton!
Habitat for Humanity Build
NCS participated in its first Habitat for Humanity build on May 6th and 7th.
Generously sponsored by Thrivent Financial, a group of thirteen faculty, staff and students worked alongside future first-time homeowners to frame two homes during the weekend.
Leaders from Habitat and Thrivent met with the students several times before the build, explaining why Habitat exists, why this work matters, and why it is important to serve.
Senior Jack McIntosh (pictured below) said, "It was so much fun working with my friends, doing something we've never done, to bless a deserving family. It made me feel great!" NCS is planning to participate in another Habitat build next year.
Upper School Teacher of the Week...Ms. Rachel Bartlett
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is ... Ms. Rachel Bartlett.
Her Peers shared: I have heard countless alumni complement Ms. Bartlett and tell her they are doing well in college because of what she taught them in high school.
She seeks new ways to engage her students and structures her lessons so everyone's needs are met.
We are lucky to have her as part of our math department. Congrats Ms. Bartlett!
The 28th Annual NCS Auction was held this past Saturday with the theme Evening Under the Stars.
Guests were treated to beautiful decorations, a great catered meal, photo booth, rousing Online and live auction and a Writers' in the Round.
It was a great night of fun!
Congratulations to NCS Junior, Emma Sharlow, First place winner in the 2023 District 7 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives and District 7 Congressman Mark Green.
This competition recognizes one student in each Congressional District across the Country.
Emma's work "Typography Matthew 10:7" will be hung in the US Capital building for one year. By placing first, she has been invited to attend the special reception in Washington, D.C. and also qualifies for a number of scholarship opportunities.
Congratulations on this accomplishment Emma!
Five 2023 Senior Girls Records
Shout out to these 5 LADY EAGLES: Millie Boone, Charley Harper, Julia Belle Sisemore, Grayson Bonds, Ava Pomeroy.
During their high school years, all participated in both Basketball and Soccer and accrued many RECORDS in those sports. Julia Belle and Ava also added a State Track Appearance to the list.
Congrats to all!
2023 Spring National Honor Society Inductees
We are proud to present the 2023 Spring Inductees into the National Honor Society: Seniors - Millie Boone, Mitchell Frankum, Jr. Juniors - Lauren Agee, Jenna Baggett, Charlie Brothers, Ainsley Dancer, Mayz Delavergne, Margret Dobbs, Zeke Eckert, Hailee Elizer, Jacob Ellis, Bowen Grohovsky, Ariana Guy, Raelyn Heightman, McKenzie Jennette, Hannah Johnson, Raegan Johnson, Aubrey Kimbro, Zoja King, Reagan Locke, Wyatt Martin, Kate McClary, Damon Mos, Kailey Nichols, Bridgett Page, Megan Parker, Ty Petty, Cathy Phung, Anna Pierce, Bailey Reagan, Walter Reisinger, JT Robbins, Jaelynn Simmons, Brandon Smith, Daniel Whitaker, Neely Woodard .
Senior Class Easter egg hunt
Today the Senior Class participated in the Annual Easter egg hunt. They had a BLAST!
NCS Middle and Upper School Art Show Award Winners
Congrats to the students who received Top Awards in the Middle and Upper School Art Show. Upper School Awards include Most Awarded:
Art 1 - Abby Hurley
Art 2 - Ansley Petty
Art 3 - Megan Parker
Art 4 - John Draper
Principals Award - Megan Parker (Clown)
Best in Show Faculty - Bridgett Page (Truck)
Best in Show Overall - Ansley Petty (Airplane)
There is a lot of excitement in the NCS Visual Arts Department over the upcoming High School and Middle School Art show which is Sunday, April 2nd from 2:00 - 4:00.
The reception and awards ceremony is at 2:30.
The Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is.. Mrs. Amy Payne.
Her Peers shared: Mrs. Payne works every day to ensure her students have time to meet with her and master the content. The classes she teaches are not easy and students are challenged, but supported through her efforts. She pushes students to reach their full potential.
We are blessed to have her in our Math Department.
Congratulations Mrs. Payne!
Mrs. Julie Littrell, Faculty Excellence Award Winner
Congratulations to Mrs. Julie Littrell, Faculty Excellence Award Winner for the past 9 weeks!
Her Peers shared: Julie always goes above and beyond! She is an amazing teammate.
She gives so much of her time and energy to the drama department, helping with the plays. She works to provide the best experience for her students each day. She has a servant heart.
Julie's blood bleeds NCS orange and blue. She is an incredible Kindergarten teacher. She truly loves NCS and we love her!
Congratulations Mrs. Julie Littrell!
Cutler Stubblefield, Upper School Excellence Award Winner
Congratulations to Cutler Stubblefield, Upper School Excellence Award Winner!
Teachers shared the following: Cutler is always willing to help other students understand the material, always polite and respectful to both students and teachers.
He is one of the most positive students I have taught.
His kindness is infectious and I know it makes those around him have a better day. Cutler never misses an opportunity to say a kind word, lend a hand, or go the extra mile.
Will Gibbs, Middle School Excellence Award Winner
Congratulations to Will Gibbs, Middle School Excellence Award winner for the past 9 weeks!
Several teachers submitted statements to explain the bright light Will exhibits in our hallways: He has been a calm, kind, and solid presence in and out of the classroom. I've been impressed with his self-control, honesty, and desire to do the right thing no matter the situation. Will is a natural leader! Will has a constant smile on his face. He shows leadership in the classroom by his quiet spirit and respectful behavior. We love having him as part of our NCS middle school!
Knox Brim, Lower School Excellence Award Winner
Congratulations to Knox Brim, Lower School Excellence Award winner for the past 9 weeks!
Characteristics used to describe Knox include Mature, Respectful, Kind, Encouraging, and Mindful.
His Teachers shared: Knox is extremely respectful and kind to all. He is on task all the time, ready to learn, and ready to do his work. I can always count on him to listen and participate. He is kind to his peers and to his teachers. He is a great addition to the theatre family. Knox is a pleasure to have in class - he brings me joy every day! Congratulations Knox!
Congratulations to Charley Harper for being chosen the Bellevue Exchange Club Student of the Month.
Charley is joined by Terry Scott, Karen Whelan and Stephanie Harper.
BCAT District All Academic Team
Congratulations to Charley Harper, Whitley Miller, Grayson Bonds, Millie Boone, Reese Dugger, Ava Pomeroy, Julia Belle Sisemore for being selected to the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee District All Academic Team.
To qualify for this award, they maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher for their academic career.
They are truly Scholar-Athletes!
Optimist Club Essay Contest Winners
Three NCS Students were winners in the Bellevue Optimist Club Essay Contest and were recognized in a ceremony last night.
Ava Rudolph (8th Grade) received 3rd place. Kathryn Rogers (12th Grade - not pictured) received 2nd place.
Charley Harper (12th Grade) received 1st place.
Congrats to Ava, Kathryn and Charley!
Middle School Small Groups
Middle school small groups went to the lower school and preschool this morning and taught Bible lessons as part of Christian Emphasis Week.
They did many things including putting on￼ skits, singing songs, and coloring together!
Christian Emphasis Week begins today
Christian Emphasis Week begins today at NCS.
Campus Minister, Jeff Palk, introduced the Theme: Jesus is King in a special Upper School Chapel.
Small groups were encouraged to sit together and many groups had a special prayer at the conclusion of Chapel.
Can't wait to see what this week brings.
The Upper School Teacher of the Week...
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is ... Coach John Pierce.
His Peers shared:
I have only heard good things about Coach Pierce as both a Coach and Teacher.
Coach Pierce has been a great addition to both the Bible Department and Basketball program. His daily interactions with students on campus is excellent.
Coach's Basketball players respect him and agree to the high standards he has set for the program.
We are blessed that NCS students have the opportunity to learn from Coach Pierce.
Congratulations Coach Pierce!
National Merit Finalist...Brett Posavac
Nashville Christian School is excited to announce Brett Posavac has been named a National Merit Finalist.
The nationwide pool of finalists represents less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Brett plans to attend Belmont University and study Pre-med.
Congratulations to Brett Posavac!
Congratulations to Donovan Smith for being selected to represent NCS as the Scholar-Athlete, Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
This award recognizes Donovan's outstanding Academic Achievement, School and Community Leadership and Football Performance.
Donovan is pictured with Steve Hutchinson and Kelly Holcomb.
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is...Mrs. Nicole Arnold
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is ... Mrs. Nicole Arnold!
Her Peers shared:
Mrs. Arnold has proven she has a long-term commitment to NCS. She is a "fan in the stands" and a leader on stage.
She takes on a number of roles on campus including being a Dual Instructor and working with the theater department.
Mrs. Arnold put a lot of work and research into the Harlem Renaissance cross-cultural unit which several classes participate in. We are grateful for all her hard work!
Congratulations Mrs. Arnold!
State Wrestling Results
Thanks go out to Jaden Potts and Peyton Woodard for setting the benchmark for future NCS Wrestlers to follow.
Jaden finished Runner-Up in the 220 weight class and Peyton finished 5th in the 195 weight class.
Their dedication and hard work showed in their State Performance. Congrats!
The Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is... Coach Mike McPherson.
His Peers shared:
Coach McPherson's commitment to the school extends beyond the classroom. While watching sports in person is great, hearing his play-by-play commentary makes the game even better. Families and friends have come to rely on his one-of-a-kind color commentary!
Our freshman appreciate the wit and humor Coach brings to the classroom. We are privileged to have him at NCS.
Coach Mike is a legend!
Alum Spotlight - Gregory Williams - NCS class of 2016
Gregory will be attending the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in the Fall.
He graduated magna cum laude from UAB with a degree in Biomedical Science.
Gregory has helped publish 3 scientific papers on colorectal cancer and hopes to pursue a specialty in Hematology/ Oncology.
Congrats to Gregory on his accomplishments thus far; we look forward to more great things to come!
Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the week is... Mr. Ian Harris
His Peers shared:
Mr. Harris works diligently and never complains. He models servant leadership daily.
He has worked hard from day one stepping on the NCS campus. He has taken time to get to know the students and find various methods for teaching them math. He spends so much time coaching and mentoring the high school and middle school wrestling teams.
He has spent countless hours coming up with new projects for his physics class to help them not only understand the material but to put it into practice. Congrats Mr. Harris!
Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is... Ms. Stephanie Harper.
Her Peers shared:
Ms. Harper was my mentor during my first year at NCS and continues to be a mentor to me.
She is quick to help with any problem or question and offers endless aid when it comes to teaching students to be better writers.
Her students love her, and she holds them to a rigorous academic standard.
She is a leader, a sounding board, and a friend.
We are blessed to have her on our team. Congrats Ms. Harper!
NCS Alum, Tollie Boone
NCS Alum, Tollie BooNE joins the Creative Team for the Off-Broadway run of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof this Spring
NCS Alum Tollie Boone is a senior lighting design student at Samford University.
This spring, Tollie is headed to New York City to design the lighting for the Off-Broadway return of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, at the Theatre at St. Clements, Feb. 24-March 3. She will be joining Samford’s assistant professor of theatrical design, Christian Specht.
The opportunity came about through Specht’s connections in the industry. “I knew if I got the contract, that I wanted to figure out how to bring Tollie along as an assistant lighting designer,” said Specht. “This is such a great opportunity for Tollie to gain real world experience while accomplishing her senior capstone.” He praised her work, “Tollie has an eye for design. She can see what lighting ideas and moments can do to create an atmosphere.”
This opportunity is allowing Boone to realize her goal to design lighting on Broadway. “When I was younger, I wanted to be on the stage but as I’ve grown in the technical world, my dream is to design lights for Broadway shows.” She is looking forward to “meeting people in the field and to feel the energy and excitement of the professional setting.
Tollie enjoys lighting design and notes, “Lighting has always been fascinating to me. I am also an artist and I enjoy painting. With lighting it’s very similar to painting but in more of an abstract sense. With lighting I am able to create a world with color through light and shadow to help encourage a story and its setting. I still get excited when I design in new spaces because it challenges my limits.”
Excerpt from original Article published January 10, 2023 by Ashley Smith, Marketing and Communication Manager, Samford University.
Upper School Transition Breakfast
8th Grade Students and Parents were out bright and early this morning for the Upper School Transition Breakfast. Thanks to everyone for coming!
January 22nd Preview Day
It may be gloomy outside but the sun is shining inside NCS at todays Preview Day.
Thanks to all the families who visited. We loved meeting you!
2023 Seniors vs Faculty Basketball Game
2023 Seniors vs Faculty Basketball Game. Faculty WINS 58 to Seniors 42. Congrats to the Faculty!
Upper School Teacher of the Week...Cristin Bryan
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is ... Ms. Cristin Bryan!
Her Peers shared:
Ms. Bryan always stops whatever she is doing to help others and lend a hand. She will do whatever it takes to solve problems and supports her students academically and personally.
She consistently seeks new ways to engage her students in learning. She takes the time to develop relationships with them, and they know she cares. Our students are so lucky to have her pouring into their academic and spiritual lives!
Congrats Ms. Bryan!
Coming Home Court
NCS "Coming Home" Celebration included the Presentation of the Court and crowning of the King...Donovan Smith!
Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to the Winter and Spring Hall of Fame Inductees from the Classes of 2000-2009
Brandon Hodge - class of 2000 - Wrestling
Josh Belcher, class of 2001 – Basketball & Baseball
Jeff Bolander - class of 2001 - Football & Soccer
Ryan Harris, class of 2001 – Football & Basketball
Justin Lowry, class of 2001 - Basketball & Baseball
Meredith McGinnis, class of 2001 - Volleyball & Basketball
Lauren Evan La Rue Kuet, class of 2002 - Basketball
James Meadows, class of 2002 – Football & Wrestling
April Piper, class of 2002 – Basketball & Track and Field
Chris Coleman, class of 2003 – Football
Matthew Pace, class of 2003 - Football & Basketball
Ashley Womack Say, class of 2003 - Basketball & Track and Field
David Anderson, class of 2004 – Basketball
Brandon Bridges, class of 2004 - Wrestling
Grant Sandler, class of 2004 - Bowling
Ashley Ingram Skinner, class of 2004 – Basketball
Jay Skinner, class of 2004 – Basketball
Amanda Stinnett, class of 2004 - Cheerleading & Bowling
Chris Walker - class of 2004 - Basketball
Haley Light Breedlove, class of 2006 – Cheerleading & Softball
Andy Givens, class of 2006 – Basketball
Jessica Womack Grogan, class of 2006 – Basketball
Holly Lewis Haynes, class of 2006 – Basketball
Eric Vick, class of 2006 –Track and Field
Brittni Walker, class of 2006 –Basketball & Track and Field
Davis Fleming, class of 2007 - Golf
Russell Frazier, class of 2007 - Basketball
Cassie Hutcherson Hardy, class of 2007- Softball
Alex Jenkins, class of 2007 - Bowling
Wesley McDowell, class of 2007 - Baseball
Kathryn Surber, class of 2007 - Basketball
Caden Anderson, class of 2008 – Basketball
Woody Hartley, class of 2009 - Baseball
US Teacher of the Week
Congrats to Mrs. Katherine Lee, Upper School Teacher of the Week.
Her peers shared:
Mrs. Lee works with the freshman and sophomore classes with patience and grace.
Not only is she helpful with students around campus, she is also readily available to answer questions all while setting up programs across campus.
She interacts with each student compassionately and responds to her colleagues with similar kindness and helpfulness.
We are lucky she is part of our NCS family.
Congrats Mrs. Lee!
Today was a very special day at NCS with Excellence Chapel where Grades K4 - 12th gathered together. Songs were sung, a lesson was given including a visual of Large and Small, and awards were given out to Excellence Award Winners for the second nine weeks.
Innovative Models of Mitosis
Mrs. Moores' 7th and 9th Grade Students made Models of Mitosis from Oreos and Sprinkles. Who Knew!
YES: Youth Equipped to Succeed
NCS was blessed today to have 2 Former College and Professional Football Players, Keith Davis (USC and New York Giants) and Jamar Reid (UTEP and Seattle Seahawks) speak to the Lower, Middle and Upper School students and faculty in three assembles.
They are part of YES:Youth Equipped to Succeed which has the goal of "Growing value and vision in youth by combating isolation and imparting hope."
The message they shared was excellent…
Art-Driven Leadership Project
Ms. Donna Torrez pulled out all the stops today as she taught an Art-Driven Leadership Class to Faculty and Staff Members as a part of Personal Development.
Each person was tasked with painting an Eagle (of course!) and a surprising amount of talent was shown.
Credit is given to Ms. Torrez for her fantastic Teaching skills!
Pre-K Christmas Program
Family and Friends gathered to celebrate the Christmas Story as portrayed by the Pre-K class. Adorable!
Reindeer Games and Gingerbread Houses
The Upper School Boys enjoyed playing Reindeer Games, hosted by Coach Brothers; while the Girls decorated Gingerbread Houses within their small groups!
Fine Arts Christmas Concert
Last evening, the Fine Arts department presented "At the Movies" a Christmas Concert featuring the Concert Band, MS Choir, String Ensemble and Chamber Choir.
Great Job by the Performers, Mr. Mauldin and Ms. Stefaniak!
Upper School Christmas Art
Ms. Torrez shared the Upper School Art Students Talents and Wintry scenes so everyone could enjoy!
Upper School Teacher of the Week
This weeks Upper School Teacher of the Week is ... Ms. Katie Sholl.
Her peers shared: She is a very helpful coworker. She spends her planning time and lunch helping her AP students prepare for their tests. She maintains high expectations in her classroom and pushes her students to think on their own. It is clear she means a lot to her students.
Congratulations Ms. Sholl!
12 Days of Christmas Chapel
Today we celebrated the season with an All School Chapel including songs, scriptures, candles and even a visit from Dr. Santa who led the group in a rousing rendition of "The 12 Days of Christmas".
Elf Jr Fine Arts Production
Four performances of Elf Jr were performed between December 2nd - 4th. The actors did an OUTSTANDING job!
The Upper School Teacher of the Week...
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is ... Courtney Richardson!
Her peers shared: I have many sophomores who are so complimentary of Mrs. Richardson.
She is always prepared and stays late every day to ensure she gives high-quality lessons.
Her students talk about how kind she is and that they can tell by her actions and how she treats them that she genuinely cares about them.
Congrats Mrs. Richardson!
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.
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Black History Month at NCS
In the month of February, Nashville Christian School was proud to celebrate Black History Month with our students. Many of our teachers highlighted the achievements of Black Americans in their classes and some took field trips to learn more about the historical contributions of African Americans.
Our preschool celebrated Black History Month with some toddler art featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mrs. Erre's math classes took some time to investigate and celebrate African American Mathematicians whose ideas and love of numbers helped create some amazing innovations. They learned about Benjamin Banneker and his creation of the first freestanding clock, Euphemia Lofton Haynes who was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics, and Mark Dean who invented the first gigahertz computer chip, just to name a few.
Our 8th graders and 11th graders visited the National Museum of African American Music in downtown Nashville, the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.
Steadman Bell is a football, basketball and track coach at Nashville Christian and also works in our Admissions Department. He shared some of his thoughts on Black History Month and what it means to him.
In life, we tend to forget, or not speak, about important history that has taken place in prior years, and in which some cases have made huge impacts in the world we live in today. Black History Month was something that wasn't talked about in my school system growing up. With me graduating from an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities), it opened my eyes to Black American History and the significant impact it had in history. The amazing Civil Rights leaders, educators, inventors, entrepreneurs from years ago set the standard and paved the way for our new generation to fight and not give up.
As I get older, I sit and think about how things used to be years ago, and how blessed and fortunate I am now to be in the position I'm in because of those who came before me. As a Black American, it's really a beautiful thing to see that we do have a month that's dedicated to us. Juneteenth is a holiday that isn't talked about as much but is a VERY important holiday for our culture as well. My hope is to bring that awareness when the time comes for our school, to help educate and open the minds of our younger generation.
"Opportunity" - this is a word that has so much meaning behind it being in the positions that my ancestors were in. Opportunity, a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something, and for all of those who took their opportunity and made it possible for a change, I thank them for the sacrifices they have made, to try and make this world a better place.
I'd like to say thank you to Nashville Christian School, all of my friends and family, from every background of life for taking the time to help celebrate Black History Month.
Nolan Arnold Named National Merit Commended Scholar
Each year, our students take part in the PSAT test in October along with a few million other students in the U.S. Our students take this test for a variety of reasons. Underclassmen in grades 8, 9, and 10 take the test essentially for practice purposes. For juniors, they have the opportunity to take the test and potentially earn a National Merit Scholarship. This year, we were notified that one of our students scored very well on the PSAT when compared to her peers all over the country. Nolan Arnold has been named a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She has received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which means that she scored one of the top 50,000 scores in the country. Approximately 3.5 - 4 million students take the PSAT nationwide each year. Although she did not score high enough to continue on in the Merit competition to be designated a National Merit Semifinalist, this achievement places her among the best high school seniors in the country. Congratulations Nolan!
Book Week 2021
This year for Book Week and Read Across America, the students enjoyed dress-up days and many of our NCS staff members visited with kindergarten through second-graders and read books to them. We also enjoyed some read-alouds recorded by several of our faculty members that families can enjoy together. Click below and enjoy!
NCS Celebrates Black History Month
We were excited to once again celebrate Black History Month at Nashville Christian School and teach our students about the achievements of Black Americans and their central role in U.S. history.
One Black History Month activity the preschool did was learn about Astronaut Ron McNair, then counted down a balloon rocket launch! They used apples to demonstrate how we may look different on the outside, but we are the same on the inside. They loved reading about Wilma Rudolph and running on the track.
Elementary students did lots of projects and activities. Fifth grade did a research project on prominent figures in Black history and created banner research pages as the hallway display. Second grade took quotes from famous Black people throughout history and created a “voices of freedom” quilt. The students took their quotes and illustrated them to create a quilt square and put their squares together to create the quilt.
Josh Barnett’s middle school Bible class completed projects on notable people and their lives and contributions. Mr. Barnett also shares a devotional each morning with our middle school, and in February, he spoke about notable Black people who were influenced by the Bible including Frederick Douglass with Psalm 137, and Thomas Andrew Dorsey with Isaiah 41:13.
Seventh and eighth graders presented their projects on a historic Black American in history class. Students were also asked to write a short reflection about their project and Black History Month.
"Black History Month is a very important month that represents the discrimination and unfairness that African Americans have faced. This month doesn't only represent the hardships, but celebrates what people have overcome and are still fighting to overcome. In school we were told to pick a person who has done a lot for Black history or is a role model for other activists and people who are brought down by the color of their skin. People should be reminded to be accepting of everyone." - Addie Latham, 8th Grade
"I think that Black History Month is important because we have to remember what they [African Americans] went through. For my project, I intentionally chose Malcolm X because I had heard his name, but never really knew who has was. It was really interesting to learn about him and the Nation of Islam. Even though I am Christian, it is still important to recognize other religions and their beliefs." - Jack Ferrier, 8th Grade
Ms. Sholl’s high school history classes did group research projects about different topics involving Black history like “Impact of the Black Athlete” or the “Harlem Renaissance.” They then shared them with each other on Google Classroom for discussion.
In World History, high school students studied many African Americans who made large impacts on America. Through this, they did research on certain individuals and then used that information to create Google Slide presentations that they presented to class.
Warm up With a Good Book and Author Linda Ragsdale
It was such an honor to have author Linda Ragsdale on campus to read her book The Peace Dragon to all of our elementary students during “Warm up With a Good Book Day.” This is a special day each year when elementary students come to school in cozy pajamas and rotate through each elementary classroom for a read-aloud and fun activity. The fun goes on all day long, and the kids really enjoy learning new things and meeting amazing authors like Linda Ragsdale.
Mrs. Ragsdale is a survivor of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. She had plans to teach a young friend named Naomi how to draw a dragon later that day. Naomi and her father were killed in the attack, and the dragon they planned to draw became the inspiration for Mrs. Ragsdale’s book The Peace Dragon. The dragon in the book spreads a message of peace and teaches children about the power of their words and the importance of accepting others with an open heart.
Mrs. Ragsdale came ready to entertain and inspire, and the kids were enamored with her bright purple hair and adorable dragon costume. As a special reminder, Mrs. Ragsdale left each class with their own paper dragon that they could name to watch over their class and remind them they always have the choice to speak words of peace and love instead of spewing fiery ones.
Our special thanks to Linda Ragsdale for making “Warm up With a Good Book Day” extra special, and for sharing her special message of peace with our students!
Learn more about the author and The Peace Project at thepeacedragon.com.
NCS Students Take the Floor at the State Capitol
Our 2nd and 3rd grade students had a memorable visit to the State Capitol where they were able to meet many of our state representatives and our governor, Bill Lee!
The students asked all kinds of questions as they sat at the desks of our representatives and used the microphones when we they were called on to speak. A lobbyist spoke to the students to make sure they understood what their votes were about and to help them make a good decision before they voted on a few "laws" using the same buttons our representatives use. After careful consideration, they voted against being out of school on Friday!
Thanks to all who helped make this such a special and interesting field trip for our students!
Cooperative Learning Increases Student Engagement
Last summer, the NCS teachers began training in Cooperative Learning through Kagan Cooperative Learning Workshops. Cooperative learning is a way to increase student engagement by organizing lessons so that students are involved in showing what they know by speaking because we know that we "retain a great deal more of what we say than what we hear." Cooperative learning structures also support social/emotional development and classroom management. When using cooperative learning structures the students have positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation, and simultaneous interaction. This picture shows a team building game with a balloon. Through team building, students come to know, like, and respect their teammates. In the process, a group of virtual strangers becomes a powerful learning team.
What Does it Look Like?
A cooperative learning structured class would include healthy noise rather than just a quiet class. Instead of students being told to “keep your eyes on your paper” the students are engaged with one another by helping their partner or group to solve the problem. Students may be up looking around at what classmates have accomplished and produced rather than sitting quietly.
When cooperative learning is properly implemented, it is a powerful approach resulting in positive outcomes. This success is based on four basic principles. When these principles are in place, cooperative learning produces positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation, and simultaneous interaction. As these principles are implemented in the classroom, we, as teachers, unleash the full potential of cooperative learning. This empowers NCS to create classrooms where students work together, acquire social skills, care about each other, and achieve more. This helps NCS educators be effective teachers where students learn to their full potential.
Cooperative learning has the potential to be a solution for four different crises: achievement crisis, achievement gap crisis, race relations crisis, and social skills crisis. Kagan says, “Cooperative learning provides in the school a surrogate, stable community in which prosocial values and skills are nurtured and developed.” In addition to these positive outcomes, cooperative learning also can improve communication and language acquisition skills, self-esteem, increased motivation, decreased discipline issues, and improve critical thinking.
Our teachers here at NCS are using cooperative learning strategies in their classes. Check out these strategies in action in the videos below!
Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies - Part 1 from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.
Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies - Part 2 from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.
Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies - Part 3 from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.
With bullying, school shootings and teen suicide on the rise, NCS senior Tollie Boone was inspired to create this powerful spoken word and song in response – Only Yesterday.
"When I started writing this, it was just a short little poem that I really thought nothing about. It was just something to get off my brain to help me fall asleep. After I finished writing, I realized that this world isn’t as safe as it was when I was younger. I used to be able to go outside and not have to worry if someone was going to hurt me. Now in today’s society, we have to increase security and make rules more strict. Keeping people out only invites more problems in. The only way we can help someone is if we ask. We can’t keep ignoring one another thinking that one day we will say something to them. That 'one day' we have now might not always be there. Galatians 6:10 says, 'Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people…'"
Only Yesterday - Tollie Boone from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.
Building Bridges in 3rd Grade
These pictures are from our bridge-building activity in 3rd grade. We read a story called Pop’s Bridge, told from the point of view of a child whose father was a skywalker building the Golden Gate Bridge. The child has a change in mindset when he realizes ALL the workers on the bridge were important and necessary.
Before we build our bridges, we study other bridges, paying close attention to design. Each child draws an idea after learning who is on his or her team. Each team chooses a design to build, and they build it with 100 toothpicks and 50 gumdrops. Today we tested our ability to work as a team for a common purpose. We will test our bridge designs for strength and stability on Monday.
Students Toss Around New Technology with Qball
Earlier this week on the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” the creator of Qball got three sharks to invest in his innovative classroom invention, but Mrs. Greenlee’s 4th grade class has already been enjoying their Qball since August!
Qball is a soft, ball-shaped, wireless microphone that can be connected to any sound system to make communicating in the classroom simple and fun.
Students and teachers simply toss the Qball to each other and speak into it to allow everyone to hear clearly and engage in classroom discussion. Mrs. Greenlee’s class uses it for discussion, review, and overall instruction, and she loves that it allows movement to engage kinesthetic learners and amplifies sound for auditory learners.
“I love that I have yet ANOTHER reason to do something non-traditional in my classroom! Having the Qball allows me to engage those otherwise “quiet” students, but also meet the needs of those that need to move while they learn,” said Mrs. Greenlee.
Though it was originally designed for the classroom, the sharks are hoping to apply the Qball to corporate settings as well.
Teachers at Nashville Christian are always looking for new ways to teach students at all learning levels and to create an atmosphere where learning is fun! Click below to see Mrs. Greenlee’s class using Qball to practice multiplication tables.
Mrs. Greenlee’s 4th grade Using Qball from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.
Gaining Knowledge Using Gumdrops
Building gumdrop bridges was the highlight of the week for 3rd grade. The challenge presented to each group was to build a bridge using only 50 gumdrops and 100 toothpicks that would hold 300 grams (120 pennies) of mass without falling through the six-inch gap it had to span.
Designing, building, testing and rebuilding with a peer group chosen by the teacher was also part of the challenge as I, the teacher, had the intention of the students building relationships with those outside their normal peer group.
We tested our bridges first over the gap. Then we added 50 pennies on a paper plate for 20 seconds. All five bridges were able to make it through the first round. The next round of testing was 100 pennies for up to 20 seconds. All the bridges held the 100 pennies, but two of the bridges lasted less than 5 seconds with that weight. For the final round, we added the extra 20 pennies to make the mass 300 grams. Clearly this mass was too much for one of our designs. It crumbled under the pressure. Of the two remaining bridges, the obvious winning design was able to hold the mass for one minute and could have lasted longer, but that was long enough to prove its strength and win the challenge!
Making group posters to document the process is on our agenda for this week.
Wild West Book Fair a Rousing Success
This fall’s Wild West Book Fair was another great success! The kids had a great time dressing up all week. From Team Day where they wore gear supporting their favorite teams, to Crazy Sock Day, and of course Western Wednesday. Coming to school as a book character was one of their favorites. The elementary teachers even got together and dressed as the crayons from The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt. Here is what NCS librarian Julie Shaver had to say about Book Week:
“Last spring I thanked you for making the book fair our most successful to date; however, that has changed. Thanks to you, we set a new record by selling over $6500 at the Wild West Book Fair!!! As a result, our library is able to get more than $3500 worth of books!! I am truly overwhelmed by your support and generosity! I would also like to send a special thank you to my volunteers for all of your hard work; I absolutely could not do this without you! Blessings and happy reading!”
NCS Goes to Europe
Ask any one of the NCS students who spent two weeks in Europe what their favorite part of the trip was, and you’ll likely get many different answers.
Maybe it was the last night in Normandy, when we walked barefoot on Gold Beach, where the British forces landed on D-Day, the cool winds of the English Channel not enough to stop one student from diving head first into the frigid water and swimming to the remains of the artificial harbors.
Maybe it was the next night, in Paris, when we all ventured to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and made it down just in time to see the light show, some of us thinking, in hindsight, the elevator really would have been better than the stairs.
Or, for some, it was the morning in the Alps, driving past the crystal blue rivers on the way to Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountain retreat, where he only visited fourteen times to entertain people of significance, but many of us would have stayed forever given the chance.
And, in between, the moments no less significant: walking where bunkers once stood at Dachau Concentration Camp and feeling the emotional pull of the events that occurred there decades ago; a moment difficult to label as a favorite, but still meaningful in its own right. Or the American Cemetery, in Normandy, hearing the Star Spangled Banner play as the waves of Omaha Beach rolled in the distance. Touring through Notre Dame during mass, as the late afternoon sun streamed through a stained glass window onto a priest in red robes, or having our first (and possibly last) sauerkraut on the last night in Munich.
Maybe it was running after a train in London after spending too much time gazing at Big Ben and the Elizabethan Tower lit up at night, watching the Glockenspiel in Munich perform its nightly show, seeing the Mona Lisa, or touring the gardens at Versailles.
Or, maybe, the best part was looking around at dinner, seeing the exhausted, happy looks on everyone’s faces, and the agreement that, even after two weeks together, we could have gone two more.
For two weeks, NCS students toured five countries with the purpose of experiencing the history of World War II firsthand. They explored Churchill’s London war room, touched the Nazi bunker walls in the Alps, and stood in foxholes Allied soldiers used during the Battle of the Bulge. They wondered how a cathedral in Cologne escaped destruction from Allied bombing, and learned how a country learns from its mistakes at the Topography of Terror Museum in Berlin before laying hands on what remains of the wall that once divided a country in two.
Ask any one of the NCS students who spent two weeks in Europe what their favorite part of the trip was, and you’ll likely get many different answers. Ask them if they’d do it again, and you’ll likely only get one answer.
For a student perspective on the trip, see junior Hope McWright's story here.
7th and 8th Grade Visit to the Windy City
Each year the 7th and 8th graders take a special trip to an exciting new city. Every other year, the trip is to Washington DC, so that each NCS middle schooler gets to have that experience, but their other year, they travel to a different destination. In the past few years, the middle school has visited St. Augustine and Philadelphia. This year, they travelled to the third most populated city in the U.S., Chicago! Brian Bishop, the Middle and High School Principal, was on this year’s trip and kept us updated each day on their adventures.
Wednesday, May 10
I wanted to take a moment to update you on our tour of Chicago (with a brief scenic stop in Lafayette, IN). We did have a bit of a hiccup today as the boys' bus had a busted belt. This gave us a moment to enjoy the scenes of a really flat (and empty) field. However, never fear, there were several "certified mechanics" among the staff and parents along on the trip who were able to put the bus back together again. This delay did cause us to get into Chicago a little late. However, we were able to enjoy a scenic boat ride through the city with great views of the architecture and Sears Tower. We were able to enjoy famous deep-dish pizza at Gino's East Side Pizza. We won't discuss who ate the most (Coach Frazier). After this, we went to everyone's favorite, famous site of Chicago...The Mall! There was much rejoicing on the girls' bus. We did have a wonderful and real experience of "The Windy City" as we walked to the mall in a bit of a rain/wind storm. After all of that, we have now crashed in the hotel and are looking forward to some great events and locations tomorrow. All is well and everyone is safe in Chicago. Hope you are enjoying the warm weather there in Nashville. It is a brisk 53 and windy here....
Thursday, May 11
Once again, we have enjoyed a long day full of fun things to do. We started early this morning at the Museum of Science and Industry. This was a really large science museum with a lot of neat things to do. One of the main attractions was a real German U-boat submarine from World War II. After this, we went to Navy Pier for shopping, lunch, and fun. Many chose to ride the giant Ferris Wheel, though some regretted it once they were at the very top. Others chose to try the Mirror Maze and have the bruises to prove that they took a few wrong turns. After this, we took a guided tour of the city with a few stops along the way. These stops included Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory and Millenium Park. Finally, we drove, 26 miles outside the city (a comfortable 80 minute ride in afternoon traffic) to enjoy Ye Olde Medieval Times Dinner Show. All the Lords and Ladies enjoyed a medieval feast while watching jousting, sword fighting, and other medieval games and tricks. We all cheered as each Knight died on the battlefield in sword battle (actually, it was a completely non-violent production, totally safe for all the kids to enjoy)! Once again, everyone is completely tired, and I am sure they will go straight to sleep when they finish packing.
Friday, May 12
We are currently on our way home, just north of Indianapolis. We had another fun and easy day in Chicago. We began by visiting the Hancock Building (one of the tallest in Chicago) for a 360 degree view over 1,000 feet up. Several of our people "tilted" over the edge to look straight down! We then travelled to the Shedd Aquarium (along with thousands of other school tours) to see some amazing sights. Baluga whales, dolphins, and pythons were among the animals we visited. Finally, we went to the Adler Planetarium for a video presentation. All is quiet on the buses (at least the girls' bus anyway), and we are headed home with about 5 hours and 30 minutes of drive time remaining. With a supper stop included, I think we should be home around 11:00 pm. Thank you for sending your children with us! We have had a great time as always and our students behaved very well. See you all tonight.
So it was another great adventure for the 7th and 8th grade. Everyone made it home safe and sound with many great memories to reflect on. Next year they will head back to the nation’s capital once again. What a great opportunity for our middle school students to share an adventure and see another part of this great country!
Chicago 2017 from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.
NCS's Award-Winning Yearbook
Congratulations are in order for the yearbook staff! The 2016-2017 yearbook has been chosen by the employees at the Walsworth printing plant to be included in Walsworth’s Gallery of Excellence! This is the 4th time the Nashville Christian School yearbook has been included in the gallery, and it means that our yearbook will be one of the example books used by Walsworth’s sales representatives to show their schools and workshops. It will also be displayed at regional, state, and national conventions and workshops, and parts of the book may also be used as examples in Walsworth’s educational materials. Congratulations Cate Maclellan, Matthew Magrum, Warren Hanson, Sara Wilson, and Karen Montesinos!
5th Grade Learns About Marine Biology
Jason Tucker has been all over campus taking school pictures, but he doesn't only enjoy taking pictures of people, he also has a passion for marine biology. Jason did a fantastic job in sharing with our 5th graders what it is like in the underwater ecosystem. On Thursday, September 29th, he showed the 5th graders several sea creatures that he has encountered on his many diving excursions. He also shared with us the design of the scuba gear and cameras that he uses. 5th graders have been learning how the design process takes place. We greatly appreciate Jason taking the time to visit with us!
First Grade Celebrates Read Across America
Today is National Read Across America Day! In celebration, our first graders are enjoying a lineup of more than 34 readers over the next week including Nashville Christian teachers, administrators, staff, coaches, fellow students, Mrs. McWright’s middle school class, and parents. Yesterday they had Emmy Award winning meteorologist Lelan Statom from News Channel 5 read his favorite Dr. Suess book to the class. (Look for a shoutout on tomorrow morning’s news around 6:15am!)
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, Read Across America. Now in its 19th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
Our first graders love reading and have really enjoyed all of their special visitors. Thanks to everyone who has shared their favorite stories with our students and promoted a love of reading!
Learning Outside the Walls of NCS
We use technology to gather information on a daily basis. Gone are the days of phone books or doing everything you can to stay up for the 10:00pm news. We have a world of information at our fingertips.
At NCS, we are blessed to have this same wonderful technology in our classroom. So just like adults use it to gather information, we too, as students and teachers, can do the same thing. In 4th grade, we have traveled throughout the US in our first six weeks of school, without ever leaving the four walls of our classroom. With the help of a computer and Promethean board, the 4th graders have Skyped with classes all over the US! We participate in a new game called “Mystery Skype”. In this game, the object is to be the first class to guess the location of the class you are Skyping with by asking/answering only “yes” or “no” questions. Think about the old game of “20 Questions” and you’ll get the idea. As the teacher, I contact teachers throughout the US and ask them to play. We set up a time that is good for both of our schedules and then we Skype one another. The students use maps and previous knowledge of US geography to narrow down the location of the other school. The first school to correctly identify the location of its opponent wins! Once the winner has been established, time is taken to teach one another about your school. The students are not only gathering information about US geography, but also learning about kids around the US and that not all schools are like NCS. You can imagine the looks on their faces when we recently Skyped with an all boys school! Once we have finished our game and have signed off from Skype, we gather around our large classroom map and label the state with a “win” or “loss”, along with the name of the class and school, as well as the city, that we Skyped with. Our goal is to try and Skype with as many of the 50 states that we possibly can this year!
We have also used technology to take “virtual field trips”. Just recently, my parents took a trip out west. When they arrived at Mount Rushmore, we were able to Facetime with them. We saw the monument itself, as well as, the park around it. They were able to give us facts that kids would be interested in and even took the time to answer questions that the kids had.
It’s so exciting to get out of a textbook and let the kids experience learning on a different level. I’m excited about all of the adventures that await us this year!