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
Congratulations to all of our Excellence Awards winners for the third quarter! You are all so deserving, and we are proud of you!
Elementary - Tyler Irwin (2nd Grade)
Middle School - Isaac Simpler (7th Grade)
High School - Adam Harper (12th Grade)
Faculty/Staff - Carroll Boatman (School Nurse)
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.
Congratulations to the second-quarter Excellence Award Winners! These awards are given to one faculty or staff member, one elementary student, one middle school student, and one high school student each quarter. The faculty/staff award is given in recognition of outstanding professionalism, high expectations and leadership. The student awards are in recognition of character, work ethic, and excellence in the classroom. Click on the video below to hear what faculty, staff and students had to say about these special people!
Instead of running a fundraiser this nine weeks, the middle school house of Honor wanted to run a social campaign to help the organization "R-Word: Spread the Word to End the Word." This organization works to help eliminate the R-word "retard(ed)" from being used in inappropriate ways. This social campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.
Use of this word is often an issue in middle schools. The house of Honor wanted to educate NCS middle school students and ask them to commit to not use the R-word and be more aware of their language in general. They also bought wristbands in support of the campaign and handed them out to middle school students who agreed to commit to not using the word any longer.
Way to go house of Honor! You truly exemplify our mission of being "a Christian, authentic, dynamic school equipping students to be global leaders." You have shown strong leadership and have taken a great step towards changing your world!
Last week, the entire campus has been participating in Spiritual Emphasis Week. Our theme verse was Luke 6:45 which says: "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Through this verse we explored what it looks like to speak with good purpose, as well as how what is stored up in our hearts is what we reflect in our speech.
We had activities each morning including small groups, older students teaching lessons to younger students, special speakers, and a special campus-wide quiet time. On Monday evening, parents and staff gathered for a prayer walk and covered the campus and Nashville Christian students in prayer. After the prayer walk, Dr. Walter Surdacki from Lipscomb University joined us to talk about technology and social media usage, the dangers and opportunities presented to our students, and how that relates to our faith.
On Thursday morning, we had an all school chapel time in the gym to hear an inspirational message from Chris Nichols from Crosspoint church. On Friday evening, high school students finished the week by heading off to the Spring Spiritual Retreat. It was a great week of coming together to teach and learn and study God’s word as well as spending time alone reflecting on our theme. To get a student perspective, read junior Dominic Stephens' article about Spiritual Emphasis Week here.
We had the incredible privilege of hearing from Tim Shaw at chapel on Wednesday, September 20th. Tim is a former linebacker for the Tennessee Titans and the brother of Nashville Christian’s strength and conditioning coach, Andrew Shaw. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 and has been sharing his story and his faith around the country ever since.
Tim spoke to our kindergarten through 12th graders about how each and every one of us is made in the image of God, and that makes us awesome! He also shared one of his favorite verses, Colossians 3:23, which says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (NKJV) He encouraged everyone to embrace his or her God-given gifts, to be authentic, and to not worry so much what other people think. It is only important that they be pleasing to God.
Lisa McPherson is another member of the NCS family who has been diagnosed with ALS. Lisa is the wife of NCS boys basketball coach, Mike McPherson. Mike and Lisa have made a strong connection with the Shaw family, and they have encouraged one another through their struggles over the past couple of months.
To help raise funds and awareness for the ALS Association, the NCS football team and many other students, staff and family members will join Tim Shaw and participate in the one-mile Walk to Defeat ALS this Saturday, September 23rd at Lipscomb University. To join team Eagles Against ALS, or to make a donation on their behalf, click on the link below.
February 27th through March 23rd was Spiritual Emphasis Week at Nashville Christian School. Elementary students used a theme of SOAR (Seek God, Obey Him, Attitude of Service, Respond to Him). They kicked off the week with a program from SOAR South, an organization who educates about birds of prey by sharing the birds they have rescued and worked to rehabilitate. The students learned about the different attributes the birds were created with that make them unique and able to thrive in the wild.
Throughout the week, middle school and high school Bible classes taught Bible lessons and prepared skits to share with elementary classes. Students also wrote prayer requests and praises on cards posted in the commons area in the high school and in the main hallway of the middle school. Several classes also be made cards to take to a local nursing home.
We had a week filled will special speakers for all students. High school students enjoyed a special chapel with Christian magician Steve Bargatze who shared his magic along with his powerful testimony in one of our most moving chapels to date.
At the end of the week everyone enjoyed a whole-school chapel lead by Jimmy Hampton. Mr. Hampton is a former NCS campus minister. He taught on walking with Jesus and keeping Him as your companion through times of challenge and times of victory.
On Friday afternoon, high school students left for the Spring Spiritual Retreat. The theme of the retreat was “There Is No BC.” Students were encouraged to look at the Bible in a new light, seeing it as one story that is all about God’s redemptive plan through Jesus. There was also time for fun and relaxation with an intense game of Family Feud, a skit competition, and a few brave souls who zip-lined into the icy cold waters of the lake. Here’s what some of them had to say about the retreat:
“The retreat was very fun. I was a big fan of the food. I really enjoyed the amount of free time we got, and I felt the reflection on the last day brought everyone that went a little closer together. I had a really great time and look forward to going next year.” – Kayli Mothershed
I thought the retreat was enlightening. I was happy with how many people opened up in the end and talked out loud to the group. Finally I loved how much more we worshipped God when we were there.” – Charlie White
“My favorite part of the retreat was when Coach Kayce led the singing in the worship part. Also, on the last day when all the seniors got up and spoke was both moving and inspiring.” – Kylee Boen
“The retreat this year was really fun. I think this year we had a more tight-knit group, and it was all around a great time. The message throughout the whole week was really good because I had never thought of the Bible in that way. I really enjoyed the quiet time and how Mrs. Robinson came up with the whole activity we did. I also really enjoyed doing the skits and getting to impersonate the teachers. I also loved getting to play handball with Coach Brothers and Coach McClary and getting to play cards during free time with them and Mr. Morrison. I just loved getting to hang with them and stuff.” – Bobby Clark
“I went on the retreat, and I had a great time. I really enjoyed getting to spend time with friends and with God. My favorite part was the alone time we got to have after each devotional message, it really helped me think about what we had just learned.” – Warren Hanson
Overall it was a great week for spiritual growth at Nashville Christian School! Here are some additional photos from Spiritual Emphasis Week for you to enjoy!
This year the Elementary Eagles are participating in Small Groups twice a month during the designated Chapel time. From PreK to Fifth grades, the students have been divided into groups of around 12 students. Each teacher hosts the same group each time to foster relationships across grade levels. Today was our first meeting to get to know one another and it has already proven to be a great exercise in leadership for the fifth grade students. They are each paired with a PreK buddy to help during group time. The teachers have preplanned lessons that involve a hands-on activity or demonstration for the group to participate in that aligns with a lesson from the Bible. The groups will share their prayer requests, pray together, and get to know one another.
Doing small groups will be a way to build leadership, develop strong bonds with schoolmates, create a better sense of community, and teachers can build rapport with students in other classes. We are so excited for this new opportunity for our Elementary NCS family to grow spiritually!
Class of 2003 graduate Brandon Hodge spoke to our students today about “sharing life in order to share Christ.” After graduating from MTSU and then finishing his Masters of Divinity with a concentration in International Church Planting, Brandon and his wife Tiffany followed God’s call to Vila do Conde, Portugal.
Vila do Conde is a town of roughly 200,000 people. The city is saturated with Catholic traditions, but with no evangelical church, only about 2% know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Brandon and Tiffany share their lives with the people in their community and invite them to investigate the word of God for themselves. To connect with the people in their community, they do everything from surfing to having conversations over afternoon coffee, or sometimes hosting a cookout or Bible study in their home.
On their website www.reachingportugal.com, Brandon says, “We in fact take this vision from 1 Thessalonians 2:8 in which Paul describes his ministry. ‘Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.’ We are sharing life in order to share Christ.”
Brandon’s ultimate vision is to see a church planted in Vila do Conde where Portuguese nationals are discipled to lead the church. “Our goal is not to become pastors but to train Portuguese to become pastors,” said Brandon.
Brandon and Tiffany are currently back in the United States with their son Zeke raising money to support their mission to Portugal. To learn more about Brandon Hodge, his ministry, and how you can help, go to www.reachingportugal.com.
Yesterday our high school students were wowed by the magic, humor and powerful personal testimony of Stephen Bargatze. Stephen caught their attention with his masterful slight-of-hand and quick wit. He then shared his personal story of overcoming an alcoholic home life as well as a childhood accident that left him with a speech impediment. He warned students against the dangers of drugs and alcohol and talked about the importance of treating others who might be different from you with kindness and respect.
As Director of Student Services Program for the TSSAA, Stephen speaks to thousands of students each year using his magic to speak to today’s youth about the danger of drugs and alcohol. Steven has a unique way of combining humor and magic with impacting messages to motivate audiences. His “Magic With a Message” presentations are not only enlightening but inspirational.