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The Upper School Rope-Holder of the Week is...Mr. Andrew Atkins

The Upper School Rope-Holder of the week is…Mr. Andrew Atkins! 

His Peers shared:  
Mr. Atkins' commitment to his students' academic growth and personal development is truly commendable. His innovative teaching methods not only engage students but also foster a deep understanding of complex concepts. Andrew's dedication extends beyond the classroom as he consistently goes above and beyond to support his students, whether it's through one-on-one assistance or creating inclusive learning environments. Andrew Atkins embodies the qualities of an exceptional educator, and his impact on the school community is invaluable.

Year after year, Mr. Atkins quietly does so many important things behind the scenes. He attends countless athletic events because he is supervising the students behind the streaming cameras. He keeps us abreast of advances in classroom technology, and if you have a question about Google, he probably has your answer. Mr. Atkins also still looks for new and creative activities to challenge his students each year.

When our students return to campus after they have graduated, they always mention Mr. Atkins in a positive light and appreciate the challenges he provided for them to prepare them for college. I never doubt that Mr. Atkins will hold the rope, whatever is asked of him!

Congratulations Mr. Atkins!

PreK-12th Chapel during Christian Emphasis Week

A Special PreK-12th Grade Chapel during Christian Emphasis Week included the Kindergarten Class (and Kindergarten Teachers) teaching the words and hand motions of Psalm 23 to the Senior Class.

Construction Update 2/15/24

The Upper School Rope-Holder of the week is…Coach Kobe Davis!

The Upper School Rope-Holder of the week is… Coach Kobe Davis!

His Peers Shared:

From the day he started, Coach Davis has jumped in and exemplified servant leadership. His positive attitude and eager spirit are noticed by the students, and he is influential in our community. He is a great addition to Nashville Christian; we are lucky to have him! 
 

As a basketball coach, he has formed great relationships with the boys on the team while having their respect as their coach. 
His enthusiasm and love for what he does is evident every day. He is always willing to go the extra mile to meet our students' needs. We are honored to have him in our NCS family. 

Congratulations Coach!

NCS Theatre Department Members are headed to New York

Members of the NCS Theatre Department are headed to New York this week and will be performing at Lincoln Center on Sunday, February 18th as part of The Manhattan Broadway Concert Series Production of Children of Eden.

NCS Theatre was invited and students auditioned to be a part of this opportunity to perform alongside Broadway professionals. Our students will be performing as a part of the ensemble which vocally supports the story being told. 

NCS Students attending are Rebecca Hansen, Jackson Eatherly, El Sheehan, Mia Ryckman, Sam McWright, Hailee Elizer, Hollie Horner, Ellie Cook, Caleigh Posavac, Abby Hurley, Helen Morton, Harmony Sanders. Not pictured: Zeke Eckert, Maci DiPasquale

We are extremely excited for the opportunity presented to NCS Students. For more information about the performance:
https://www.mcp.us/upcoming-events/2024/2/18/children-of-eden-in-concert-zz3sp

 

The Upper School Rope-Holder of the Week

The Upper School Rope-Holder of the Week is…Mrs. Leann Fergueson

Her Peers shared:

Mrs. Fergueson is always eager to jump in when anyone needs help. So much of what goes on here at NCS wouldn't be possible without her hard work and heart for this school. She frequently offers a listening ear to many of our students. We are so lucky to have her here at NCS!   

Since joining our staff this year, Mrs. Fergueson has been a calm and pleasant presence at the front desk. She handles students, teachers, and parents with grace and kindness. She is always professional.  

Mrs. Fergueson came to NCS this year as a new employee. While she has only been with us for a few months, it feels like she has been part of our NCS family for a long time. She is willing to help anyone and ALWAYS presents a positive presence for our students and families who come to campus!

Congratulations Mrs. Fergueson!

NCS Class of 2021 Alum, Julia Thompson

NCS Class of 2021 Alum, Julia Thompson, is one of 9 UT- Knoxville students selected to attend Super Bowl LVII as a member of the Big Orange Combine. 

This group was created to allow students to work at the largest sporting event of the year and visit companies in the area of the hosting city. 

During the Super Bowl Weekend, Julia and her cohorts will meet and connect with various athletic and business entities. In an article in the Knox County News Julie is quoted as saying "Networking with professionals there will put us ahead even after college."  

Click here to read more https://www.wate.com/news/knox-county-news/9-ut-students-earn-once-in-a-lifetime-chance-to-attend-super-bowl-lviii/

Seniors vs. Faculty Basketball Game

Another Seniors vs. Faculty Basketball Game is in the Books! 

Faculty with the WIN! 

Final Score Faculty 63 - Seniors 37!

 

 


 

The Upper School Rope Holder of the Week

The Upper School “Rope-Holder” of the Week is…Ms. Sonja Shelton

Her peers shared:

Sonja is an expert at the balancing act of holding students to high standards to be their best selves and also having a strong enough relationship with them that they can confide in her.  This is no easy feat!  

Sonja has been a great assistant coach, a great champion for the seniors in her new position, and a great asset to the school. 

Sonja is not only a rock star as the College Counselor but is also a wonderful coach. Her middle school players adore her.  She cares deeply for her players and wants the best from them.  

Showing what a true team player she is, she wore an NCS School Uniform for today's “Throwback” Coming Home Dress Up Day and agreed to stand in front of her 2017 Class Composite for her Rope-Holder picture!

Congratulations Ms. Sonja Shelton!

Coming Home Attendees and King

Congratulations to the Coming Home Attendants 

Seniors: Anna Pierce and Brandon Smith, Jaleigh Powell and Tan Nguyen, Jenna Baggett and Bowen Grohovsky.

 Juniors: Ellie Calvert and Lawson Andrews. 

Sophomores: Ellie Johnson and Landon Travis. 

Freshman: Poppy Duke and Paxton Nash. 

Brandon Smith was crowned the Coming Home King!

Basketball, Wrestling and Cheer Seniors

Congratulations to the Basketball, Wrestling and Cheer Seniors who were honored last night with their families during Senior Night.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the newest inductees into the NCS Athletic Hall of Fame from the Classes of 2010-2014. 

Pictured below: Brooks Taylor, Nick Walker, Savannah Womack McKay, Kayla Baker, Kendall Lewis. 

Not Pictured: Tori Hulan, Thomas Lance, Haley McCormack Dean, Cody Hartley, Jacob McDowell, Dakota Priest, Corey Givens, Jacob Burns, Jason Emery, Bryant Fox, Jenna Graham, David Hill, Natalie Irwin, Nealey Espinoza, Bailey Maddox, McCarty Forte. 

We loved having several of the inductees plus additional family members back on campus!

NCS Alum Tollie Boone

We are happy to announce that NCS Alum, Tollie Boone, will be designing the lighting for the NCS Production of Seussical JR as a contract employee for Irwin Entertainment. 

Tollie is currently working as a technical theater professional in NYC and her schedule allows her to come back for our show. Tollie started her theater experience at NCS in Kindergarten. 

It’s always great to have Alum back on campus!

Upper School Teacher of the Week...Coach Andrew Shaw

The Upper School Teacher of the week "Rope-Holder" is...Coach Andrew Shaw!

His peers shared:

Coach Shaw quietly goes about his job with the passion of a hurricane. He loves his students and wants them to constantly push for improvements. He's tough, but his students respect him and love him for it. He places himself in the middle of the students during chapel, holding them responsible for the sanctity of the chapel moment. He is constantly interacting with his students in a caring way. He holds the Rope every week!

Coach Shaw is driven to do everything he does to the best of his ability. More than that, he truly cares about the success of his students. He challenges them to be better each day and pushes them to achieve things they may not have thought they could accomplish. He builds relationships with them and is a model for our students through his leadership in chapel, small groups, and his support of our athletic programs.

Congrats Coach Shaw!


 

Faculty/Staff Excellence Award Winner for the past 9-weeks…Coach Ronnie Seigenthaler

NCS is proud to introduce the Faculty/Staff Excellence Award Winner for the past 9-weeks…Coach Ronnie Seigenthaler!

His peers shared: Coach Seig epitomizes what a positive attitude looks like. His optimistic outlook towards circumstances is both refreshing and contagious. He defines a true servant leader by giving so much of himself unselfishly to NCS and the athletic department in time, effort, and action. This is why he inspires me, why he operates in excellence, and why I consider it an honor to call him Coach Seig and my friend.

Coach Seig is the epitome of what it truly means to be an eagle. He is devoted, driven, impactful, and mindful. He is always positive and I enjoy our constant banter. He takes pride in being called the new Donnie Keeton of Nashville Christian School and I am forever grateful that he has stepped into that role. He is supportive, caring, kind, and one of my favorite parts of Nashville Christian. I am thankful for Coach Seig’s leadership and guidance throughout my first years here.

Coach Seig is by far the best boss, colleague, and friend I could ever ask for. Not only is he a rich resource for valuable professional growth, but more importantly he is a friend who is compassionate, supportive, and genuine. It is clear by his daily actions, routines, and habits that he truly loves and cares for Nashville Christian and the faculty, staff, students, and families that embodies it. I am forever thankful for our relationship.

Coach Seig is one of the most passionate individuals I've ever had the pleasure of working with. His desire to win, grow, and motivate is infectious. He will always be my first phone call when trying to fill a golf foursome. I'm honored to call him my friend.

Coach Seigenthaler organizes his team in a great way to accomplish what is necessary and also completes so many detailed tasks on his own to support the athletic program. He greets the officials, sets up the venue, manages the student section, supports coaches, assists the visiting team, and ensures that every event is conducted well. He has a vision for athletics and always looks to improve...and he does all of this with only a number 2 pencil and a legalpad. He is a blessing to our campus!

I have had the pleasure to know Coach Seig from a student perspective as well as a coworker. Coach Seig was the most positive, energetic teacher that I remember from my high school years. I have watched Coach Seig impact so many students’ lives throughout the years. When he went to Brentwood High School and made his mark in the world of girls basketball, I admired him from afar. A smile would always cross my face when his name was brought up. Then, as God does, he moved in amazing ways to bring Coach Seig to NCS.  As a colleague, I was quickly amazed at how Coach Seig became the epitome of a team player. There was never a task too big or too uncomfortable that he was unwilling to conquer. However, I was utterly amazed to watch him grow our track program. He is the EPITOME of TEAM, COMMITMENT, PASSION, PERSEVERANCE, CREATIVITY, and SELFLESSNESS.

Congrats Coach Seig!
 

Upper School Excellence Award Winner...Bailey Reagan

NCS is proud to introduce the Upper School Excellence Award Winner for the past 9-weeks…Bailey Reagan!

Her Teachers shared:

Bailey is one of the kindest and most respectful students I have ever had. She goes above and beyond with all that she does inside and outside the classroom. Her classmates know they can come to her with questions, and she will always be there for them.

Bailey goes above and beyond what is asked of her, is always willing to help explain concepts to her peers, and has a great attitude every day.

Bailey is an extremely hard worker who pursues excellence in everything she does. Whether she is writing a term paper, filling water bottles for the boys' basketball team, or working at a coffee shop, you can rest assured that Bailey is going to put forth maximum effort, and the work is going to be excellent. As successful as Bailey is at everything she does, her humility, kindness, and compassion are the character traits that draw others to her. Bailey is a blessing to everyone who knows her and works with her.

When I think of a portrait of a Nashville Christian student, Bailey has all of the qualities to represent this "picture." Integrity, character, manners, academic fortitude, work ethic, and determination are just a few qualities that come to mind. I have had the privilege to teach Bailey this year in Bible, and I appreciate her thoughtful, reflective responses. I look forward to seeing Bailey's success next year in college. She is prepared and has the will to succeed.

Congratulations Bailey!

Middle School Excellence Award Winner...Brady Irwin

NCS is proud to introduce the Middle School Excellence Award Winner for the past 9-weeks….Brady Irwin!

His Teachers shared:

Brady is a person of integrity and shines in and out of the classroom.

Brady is a joy in the classroom and helps others, leads by example and genuinely enjoys learning. While he is quiet by nature, he leaves a large impact by being authentically good.

Brady is a hardworking and honest student. He sets a good example for his classmates and teammates. He is a genuine friend, a reliable student, and an ideal representative of NCS character expectations. He is a light in our middle school hallway!

Brady is exceptional and strives to do his best every day he steps into the classroom. He has a positive attitude and is a great leader in his class. In addition to all of these great attributes, he treats his classmates and peers with respect and is always willing to offer a helping hand.

Brady continuously displays the utmost level of respect for both his peers and teachers. He models perfect behavior in class while contributing appropriately to classroom discussions and activities. He is kind to everyone around him, and we are blessed to have him here at NCS.

Brady is dependable, caring, respectful, and a great role model for his peers. He brings a fun, competitive spirit to the ESports Club while keeping a humble attitude.

Congratulations Brady!
 

Lower School Excellence Award Winner...Lydia Burba

NCS is proud to introduce the Lower School Excellence Award Winner for the past 9-weeks…Lydia Burba.

Her teachers shared:

Lydia has a heart for others. Her feelings are big especially when it comes to serving the less fortunate.

I love to hear Lydia pray...her prayers are pure and from the heart.

This year, Lydia asked to organize a coat drive to help those in need. This is just one example of how she is always thinking of others. What a servant for the Lord she is to come up with that idea and make it happen!! Lydia has a heart of gold. She is an excellent example to her peers and we are so thankful she is at NCS!

Lydia loves the Lord with her whole heart and it shows! She takes the initiative to make NCS a better place than it already is. She challenged my class to be extra thankful during November. She also single-handedly created a service project for December! She is already changing the world. I can't wait to follow her as she grows! She's an inspiration to us all!

Congratulations Lydia!

Ellis Drake HS Basketball Coach of the Game

As the winning bidder on last years Auction item "HS Girls Basketball Coach for a Game" Ellis Drake fulfilled his duties well last night and helped lead the Lady Eagles to a Victory! Looks like he had a great time!

National Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the 2024 Junior Class Inductees into the National Honor Society: Libby Carter, Ellie Cook, Ansley Demonbreun, Maci Dipasquale, Aubrey Hollahan, Hollie Horner, Isabella Jennings, Ben Kubiak, Kat Lacy, Sam McWright, Helen Morton, Addison Oberbreckling, Hunter Primm, Mia Ryckman, Vasili Santas, Cameron Tiller.

Construction Update January 5th, 2024

Coach Brothers took a group of Staff Members for a "behind the scenes" look at the Event Center Construction site today. 

We even got to wear hard hats in the Construction areas! A lot of work took place over the Break. 


 

Shout out to 2022 NCS Alum, Josh Strickland Jr.

Shout out to 2022 NCS Alum, Josh Strickland Jr. He and his teammates at Harding University won the Division II championship on Saturday. Congrats Josh!

Congrats to 2023 Alum, James Warmbrod, IV

Congratulations to James Warmbrod IV, this weeks Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Men's Freshman Athlete of the Week.

James won the 400-meter dash at the Air Force Holiday Open with a meet-record time of 48.63. His time leads the Mountain West and ranks 30th in the NCAA.

Dec. 7th Construction Update

LS Principal for the Day

As the Top Earner in the Fun Run, Gatlin Wakefield is the Lower School Principal for the day. 

One of his duties this morning was helping with traffic duty where he was heard to say "I can't feel my ears but I'm ok!"

Upper School Teacher of the Week

The Upper School Teacher of the Week is... Mrs. Mariah King.

Her Peers Shared:

Mariah is always willing to step in to get the job done. The variety of tasks she completes is vast. She tends to bumps and bruises while pouring into students mentally, socially and spiritually.

Mariah consistently goes above and beyond. She develops deep relationships with our students. She is a great listener, encourager and mentor.

Mariah wears many hats from teacher, photographer, small group leader, coach and nurse. She is a true blessing to both the faculty and student body.

Congrats Mariah!!!


 

Upper School Teacher of the Week

The Upper School Teacher of the Week is… Mrs. Rose Valdez!

Her Peers shared:

You would never know Mrs. Valdez was a first-year teacher at NCS. She has incorporated herself into the life of the school and built relationships with her students.

Being new to a school can be daunting but Mrs. Valdez has thrown herself into NCS and the community here. She has helped chaperone the bonfire and the US Fall Retreat, attends sporting events and has already developed good relationships with students. 
She is kind and holds her students to a high standard.

You can tell Mrs. Valdez is excited to be here and we are thankful she is!

Congrats Mrs. Rose Valdez!

Nov. 28th Construction Update

Cherie Stivers Abner

Last night NCS Alumni, Cherie Stivers Abner, coached what is believed to be the first-ever Tennessee game with both boys basketball teams coached by women. 

Cherie coaches for Westmoreland and Katrina Carter is the Hunters Lane boys coach. 

Westmoreland won 53-40. 

Congrats on Making History!

Nov. 20th Construction Update

The Upper School Teacher of the Week

The Upper School Teacher of the week is … Ms. Stephanie Harper.

Her peers shared:

Ms. Harper has worked so hard for months for the school accreditation. She handled the additional responsibilities with grace while teaching a full load of classes.

Ms. Harper is always willing to help her coworkers with whatever they need.

I am ever thankful for Ms. Harper's advice and friendship.

Ms. Harper is a hidden gem on this campus and we are lucky to have her!

Congrats Ms. Harper!

Coach Jeff Brothers

Congratulations to Coach Jeff Brothers, recipient of the 2022-2023 TSSAA A.F. Bridges Award for Male Coach of the Year for District 5.

This award recognizes traits associated with Mr. A.F. Bridges, the TSSAA's first executive secretary.

Mr. Bridges displayed firmness and fairness as well as the high ideals of ethics and integrity. This also accurately describes Coach Brothers.

We are blessed to have Coach Brothers at NCS!

11.8.23 PM Construction Update

11.8.2023 PM Construction Update -  We love having Nashville Ready Mix at the Construction site!


 

Middle School Girls Soccer

We are SO PROUD of this year's MS Girls Soccer Team plus the history of the Program. 

Check out these AMAZING stats.



 

11.8.23 New Construction Update

The Upper School Teacher of the Week

The Upper School Teacher of the week is… Coach Gary Van Atta.

His peers shared:
Coach Gary Van Atta is a new addition to our staff this year, but it feels like he has been here for years. It is obvious that he loves his job and loves working with students and getting to know them.

Coach Van Atta has become a true NCS EAGLE since day one. I hear him each morning say, “It’s a great day to be an Eagle.” 

Coach Van Atta will do whatever is asked of him and go above and beyond, even in the smallest tasks. He is always positive, and it has encouraged me to do the same. 

Congrats Coach Van Atta!


 

The Upper School Teacher of the Week is... Mrs. Abbie Moroney!

The Upper School Teacher of the Week is … Mrs. Abbie Moroney.

Her  Peers shared:

I have sat in on Mrs. Moroney’s class several times this school year and each time students have been engaged and I have also learned a thing or two.

Mrs. Moroney is always more than willing to help and surpasses all the requirements when assigned a task.

Mrs. Moroney is personable and a very equipped educator.  

Mrs. Moroney’s response is always, "Oh, I can help with that."  

We are so lucky to have her on our team.  Congrats!

October 25th New Event Center Construction Update

A few pictures from today! Progress continues!

Upper School Teacher of the Week

The Upper School Teacher of the Week is...Mrs. Amy Payne!

Her peers shared:

Mrs. Payne has been instrumental in building our AP Math courses. She spends a lot of time outside of school building these courses, all while in Grad School.

Mrs. Payne teaches in a way that makes very difficult concepts understandable to her students.

Even students who are not huge fans of Math say that Mrs. Payne is, hands down, their favorite teacher.

Congrats Mrs. Payne!

October 18th Event Center Construction Update

Check out a few pictures from today!

Rock Band Performance

The NCS Rock Band performed during today's Pep Rally. GREAT JOB!!!

The Faculty/Staff Excellence Award Winner for the first 9-weeks…Katie Ryckman.

The Faculty/Staff Excellence Award Winner for the first 9-weeks…Katie Ryckman.

Her peers shared:

Katie wears many hats and does so with EXCELLENCE! She holds down the fort in the lower school front office, writes tardy slips, keeps everything organized with labels, post-it notes, fun signs and posters. She is the best!

Katie is the ultimate team player. She is a proficient coordinator, a reliable consultant, and an irreplaceable cog in our machine.

Katie daily exemplifies professionalism, efficiency and integrity.

Congrats Katie!


 

The Upper School Excellence Award Winner for the first 9-weeks…Kate McClary!

The Upper School Excellence Award Winner for the first 9-weeks…Kate McClary!

Her teachers and coaches shared:
Kate is an excellent student. She collaborates well with her classmates and contributes important ideas to discussions.  She is always respectful and willing to work.

Kate plays sports with a humble heart and a good Christian attitude.

Kate is a natural leader. She leads in a quiet manner which is very positive and effective.

Kate always works hard, she always welcomes a challenge, and she always supports and loves her teammates. I cannot wait to see all that she accomplishes in this life.

Kate is an excellent young woman, and I am proud to call her a Lady Eagle.

Congratulations Kate!
 

The Middle School Excellence Award Winner for the first 9-weeks….Easton Ellis!

NCS is proud to introduce the Middle School Excellence Award Winner for the first 9-weeks….Easton Ellis!

His teachers shared:
This is Easton’s first year at NCS and he is already making an impact. He comes to class eager to learn. He is kind and respectful and gets along well with his fellow classmates.

Easton understands how to make his first year at NCS a great one: find your people, work hard, and most importantly stay committed to who God has called you to be.

Easton always has a smile on his face. He is kind to others and has a quick sense of humor.

Easton knows how to joke and have fun, but also understands when to stop. This self-control is beyond his years as a middle school student.

Easton treats everyone with kindness and consideration, creating a positive class experience. He is a great addition to our already amazing small group.

We are so glad Easton has joined out Nashville Christian community.

Congrats Easton!

The Lower School Excellence Award Winner for the first 9-weeks…Sarah Johnson

NCS is proud to introduce the Lower School Excellence Award Winner for the first 9-weeks…Sarah Johnson.

Sarah was nominated for being a role model for excellent behavior and achievement in everything she does. She is gentle and kind and a joy to be around.

Her teachers shared:
Sarah always tries her best. She strives to have a positive attitude and sets an amazing example for her peers.

Sarah loves to leave notes to say thank you or just have a good day. I am truly blessed to have taught her.

Sarah is a special gift to our small group. She is a great role model for the younger students in our group. She has a patient, gentle, calm and supportive nature.

This scripture describes Sarah’s spirit: Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic – be on fire in the spirit as you serve the Lord! Romans 12:11

Congratulations Sarah!
 

Upper School Teacher of the Week

The Upper School Teacher of the Week is …Mr. Michael Peters.

His peers shared:

It has been a joy working with Coach Peters over the past year. He makes learning fun with both humor and knowledge.

Coach Peters has done well establishing relationships with students across a number of different grade levels.

Coach Peters teaches the Bible boldly and clearly to our students and is a great rope-holder to our faculty!

Congrats Coach Peters!

Sept 25 Event Center Construction Update

Another Busy Week!

Upper School Rope Holder of the Week...

This week's Upper School Rope-Holder is ... Blake Mauldin.

His peers shared:

Mr. Mauldin is an amazing teacher. Not only does he take on the role of music teacher/director, he assists in a huge way with the theater department.

Mr. Mauldin works to grow multiple programs at NCS - Band, US and MS Choir, and Rock Band. He never misses a beat (literally!)

He carries the rope for himself and for others and does everything with joy!

Congrats Mr. Mauldin!

Take a Titan 2 School

Thanks to Channel 2, MTSU, and Hattie B's for sponsoring "Take a Titan 2 School" and for picking Madden Sanders as this weeks' recipient! 

The 5th Graders had an Amazing Morning with Malik Willis and Hattie B's provided an amazing lunch for them!

MTSU Dean of the College of Education, Neporcha Cone and Malik joined in this group photo!


 

September 19th Construction Update

More construction progress being made in the area between the US and LS Buildings. 

HUGE MACHINERY!


 

Homecoming Dress Up Day 4

Homecoming Dress Up Day 4 Theme was Soccer Moms and BBQ Dads.

The Girls Soccer Team went all out! Seniors remain in the lead!


 

The Upper School Teacher of the Week

This week's Upper School Rope-Holder is...Ms.Rachel Bartlett!

In addition to showing her Eagle spirit by dressing for today’s Homecoming Theme, her peers shared:

Ms. Bartlett has added an AP class and a Senior Girls Bible class to her work load this year. She prepares her students for difficult material and is always available when needed.

Ms. Bartlett never fails to exceed the expectations placed upon her. She handles many things gracefully and without complaint.

Ms. Bartlett is a valuable member of our community.

Congratulations Ms. Bartlett!!!

The Upper School Teacher of the Week

The Upper School Teacher of the Week is ... Ms. Katie Sholl.

Her peers shared:

Ms. Sholl is a leader among our teachers. She is part of the "Training Trio," spending extra time supporting other teachers while managing her own load of AP classes.

Ms. Sholl has rigorous expectations for students while making classes enjoyable.

Congratulations Ms. Sholl!

Change is in the air...

Check out some of the recent changes underway on the NCS Grounds in preparation for the NEW EVENT CENTER...

 

Upper School Teacher of the Week...August 24th

This weeks Upper School Teacher of the Week is… Mr. Jim Carlucci.

His Peers shared:

Mr. Carlucci has taken on more than a full load of classes to help a coworker and to keep our kids on track for the year.

Mr. Carlucci is always willing to go the extra mile and he does it without complaint. He just jumps in and helps. He is the epitome of Christian service.

We are so blessed to have him on our campus.

Congratulations to this weeks Rope-Holder, Mr. Carlucci!

Upper School Teacher of the Week August 17th

This year the Upper School Teacher of the Week Award will be known as the “Rope-Holder”.  Recipients will be awarded a graduation cord to wear for the week.

The first Upper School Faculty/Staff Member of the week for the 2023-2024 school year is… Mrs. Janet King. 

Her Peers shared:

Janet King is the definition of perseverance. She has worked endless hours over the Summer and the start of the school year to train two new Counselors and make the class schedule for each US student (not an easy task). 

Mrs. King puts the needs of others first and she is always available to answer students questions. She is devoted spiritually and is a great example of a Christ-like woman. I am very fortunate to work with Mrs. King and look to her as a positive example in my life.

Congrats Mrs. Janet King!

Class of 2024

First Day back for our Seniors. We are so excited for this class!

SALT

The 2023-2024 SALT (Student Ambassador Leadership Team) assembled this weekend for a retreat to kickoff the new school year. 

We look forward to watching them lead this year!

 

Gary Van Atta joins NCS as Head Girls' Basketball Coach

We are excited to announce the hire of Coach Gary Van Atta as the new head coach of the high school girls’ basketball program.

Coach Van Atta has 44 years coaching experience at the high school, junior college, and four-year collegiate (NAIA, D-1, and D-II) levels. He spent the last 7 years as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL) where he had coached earlier in his career. During his UM career, Coach Van Atta compiled an overall record of 244-161, the winningest coach in program history. His career also includes Head Women’s Basketball Coach positions at UT Martin and at his alma mater, Trevecca Nazarene University.

At the conclusion of the 2022-2023 season, Van Atta ranked 12th among active NCAA Division-II head coaches with 565 wins and was the winningest active coach in the state of Alabama.

Coach Van Atta is known as a great teacher of the game and is well-known throughout the basketball community. In addition to coaching, he will work in our Fitness department, teaching high school Strength Training.

Van Atta shared, “I am excited for this next chapter. I love basketball and I will continue to teach and grow the game.”

Coach Van Atta joins Katie Beth Allen and Mariah King who will continue in their roles as assistant coaches. 

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!

2023 Auction

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!


 

Emma Sharlow

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)

Art Show

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.

Congratulations Cutler!

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!

Congrats Will!

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!

Charley Harper

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!


 

Donovan Smith

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.

Congratulations Donovan!


 

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!

Gregory Williams

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.

 

100th Day of School

Kindergarten Classes Celebrate the 100th Day of School Today!

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!

Excellence Chapel

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.

 

Landscaping Club

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.

Congratulations Brett!

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!

 

Excellence Chapel

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. 

Dedication Ceremony

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 Day 4

Theme: Fake an Injury, not a pretty sight!

Homecoming Week: Dress Up Day 3

Theme: Costumes

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.

College Fair

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!

 

Outdoor Classroom Ribbon Cutting - Sept. 9th at 7:15 AM

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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One Act Weekend 2021

October 04, 2021
By Nashville Christian School

On October 2nd and 3rd, our Fine Arts Department wrapped up their first performances of the year. The first show was primarily for MS and LS students who performed Shrek the Musical JR.  Several of the US students worked as part of the crew on the technical and direction side of the show. Three sold-out performances showcased 45 student actors and 10 student technical leaders and assistants. This unique fairytale story allowed us to highlight the talents of many of our middle school students, including football and volleyball players as well as cheerleaders, and choir and band members. We were also able to include several great 3rd-5th grade students, including 18 tap-dancing rats who were a big hit! At least 1/4th of our cast members were making their stage debut. The show was directed by Nicole Arnold.

Our upper school students performed their own one-act show with a production of Digging Up The Boys. This was a much different experience, which called for challenging and emotional performances from our cast members. Not only is it a stunning story of faith in a difficult time, but it was also a dramatic production for our students to tackle. Digging Up The Boys tells the story of coal miners trapped in a coal mine and how they and their families grapple with the faith and hope of getting out. Our students did an amazing job in their performances and brought these characters to life. They captured the anger, despair, and heartbreak of the story incredibly well. We wanted our audience to come away feeling inspired to see themselves in the characters. Much like the characters in our story, we want people to realize the importance of prayer, and act on it. Digging Up The Boys was directed by Hendrick Shelton.

NCS Gives to Help Flood Victims

August 26, 2021
By Nashville Christian School

When record-breaking rain flooded Humphreys County, leaving thousands of families without even the most basic needs, the giving spirit of the Eagles was overwhelming. Nashville Christian families were eager to show their support, so faculty and staff prepared to accept donations during drop off and pick up. The halls of NCS were overflowing with dry goods, cleaning supplies, paper products, clothing, diapers and so much more!

The family of one of our football players was devasted by the flooding with the loss of two family members and multiple homes. Our 5th and 6th grade football team huddled up to raise funds to support that family, and together they gave more than $4,500!

We were able to take multiple truckloads of supplies to various locations throughout the Waverly and Dickson areas. Special thanks to Coach Brothers and Mrs. Brasel for leading the effort to collect these supplies and deliver them where they were needed, and to the Kubiak family for helping us transport the supplies.

Thanks to everyone in the Nashville Christian community for your support of the recovery effort for those affected by the flooding in Humphreys County. We are NC!

3rd Quarter Excellence Awards 2021

March 26, 2021
By Nashville Christian School

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)

Book Week 2021

March 05, 2021
By Nashville Christian School

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

February 26, 2021
By Nashville Christian School

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.

Christmas at NCS

December 18, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

Though it hasn't always been easy or fun having school in a pandemic, the Christmas season brought some joy to the halls of NCS. Faculty, staff and students all came together to celebrate. Mrs Shelton visited classrooms to read The Polar Express, middle school had their traditional house games, students learned about Christmas traditions in other countries, and held class parties.

 

Though it looked a little different, we were still able to hold our annual Christmas programs. The kindergarten classes sang their hearts out at the Kindergarten Christmas program. 1st through 5th graders hosted Christmas caroling and a prayer walk throughout the campus. Parents went from place to place where they encountered either a group of students singing, or a staff member to lead them in specific prayers for different parts of the school. The middle school and high school choral groups and bands held a Christmas concert in the main gym, and one student under quarantine played her instrument with the group via video feed.

Christmas is always a time of service for our students at NCS, and this year was no exception. Middle school students partnered with The Ark in Pegram to provide stockings for the children in their Angel Tree program. The students went above and beyond to bless these children and pray over their stockings. The high school students partnered with Gower Elementary School to provide some fun Christmas spirit to young children. Through your donations, they were able to provide Christmas gifts for some students and families who are in need. The student government officers shopped for items and delivered the gifts to Gower. What wonderful reminders that we should give because God first gave to us! 

 

And we can't forget our preschool! They shared some songs and their telling of the Christmas story via video. You can't help but smile watching and listening to these precious little ones. Enjoy!

NCS Preschool Christmas 2020 from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

Drive-Through Art Show

December 10, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

Our 5th grade students recently created self-portraits in art class. They worked very hard on these works of art, and they turned out amazing! The background of their self-portraits included a poem entitled, “I Am Me, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.” The self-portraits are a celebration of how the ultimate artist, God himself created each of them, fearfully and wonderfully. In order to share these portraits with families, we invited parents to a Drive-Through Art Show. The students held their masterpieces as families drove by to admire. 

Fall Book Fair 2020

November 19, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

The Fall Book Fair was another great success and the Elementary Eagles had a blast dressing up all week. They kicked off book fair week with slippers and sweats.

Next was “Blast From the Past” day. Students came dressed in a variety of attire. We had everyone from Pocahontas to Princess Diana. Nancy Kerrigan could be seen skating through our halls and a few former presidents attended.

Wednesday was Decades Day to celebrate book week. Elementary eagles dressed like the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s depending on their grade. Everyone looked cool, groovy, far out, and totally tubular! 

One of our favorites each year is Book Character Day. Students came dressed as their favorite book characters, and they were so creative! Some of them dressed up together or had props.

Showing our eagle pride is always a great way to celebrate the final day of Book Week. Thanks to everyone who participated! Go Eagles!

Elementary Eagles Get Hands On With Science

October 16, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

Kindergarten through fourth grade students have been visiting the middle school science lab for hands-on learning opportunities that correlate with their topics of study in their science curriculum. Most classes visit about twice a month for various experiments and demonstrations. For example, Mrs. DiPasquale's first and second-graders studied states of matter, and fourth graders did Mystery Bag Investigations using the scientific method. Mrs. Moore, the 7th grade science and high school biology teacher, partners with the K-4 teachers to help support what they are learning in the classroom in science and provides a "lab experience" for them. Some of the other topics covered this semester have been weathering/erosion, and using observation and science tools. Kindergartners were able to use different scientific tools in the lab such as triple beam balances and microscopes. Visiting the science lab for these activities allow students to engage in kinesthetic learning and get excited about bringing science content to life in the lab! 

Frozen JR. Makes It to the Stage

October 12, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

Originally set for stage back in May 2020, Frozen JR. was temporarily put on hold due to COVID restrictions. Fast-forward to August 2020 when the Nashville Christian School students were thrilled to be able to finally resume play practices. Between two Saturday “boot camps” and after-school rehearsals, the students  put in a total of more than 100 hours of rehearsal time.

Frozen JR. was directed by Nicole Arnold and her Assistant Director was Kathy Gupton. The cast was made up of 34 elementary and six middle school students. Middle school and high school students helped with choreography, music, set design, and stagehand responsibilities. Musical Direction was provided by sophomores Hailee Elizer and Ainsley Dancer. Lighting design was created by junior Madison Gupton and technical work was done by junior Justin Littrell. Set design featured the talents of former theater student, NCS alum and recent David Lipscomb University graduate, Hendrick Shelton ('16), along with that of NCS sophomore Valerie Pritchard. The show's choreographers were Addy and Sam McWright.

Only the families of cast members were permitted to attend in person to allow for social distancing in the theater, but everyone else had the opportunity to purchase a live-stream ticket for one of the performances. The show was a rousing success and it was such a joy to have our students back on the NCS stage. 

Auditions will now be held for 2nd - 12th grade students to do a 10-minute performance cut of Frozen and record it for submission to the 2021 Junior Theater Festival. We look forward to more fine arts performances in the coming months!

100 Days of School and Still Going Strong

January 24, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

We recently celebrated our 100th day of school in the elementary grades (only 80 more to go – YAY!). Each class did something special to celebrate. Some students wore shirts with 100 things on them, some brought 100 small items to share, and kindergarten students followed tradition by dressing as 100-year-old people! The 5th graders actually celebrated their 1,000th day of school! 180 days per year for kindergarten through 4th grade and 100 days of 5th equals 1,000 days! To celebrate, they did lots of "grand" activities including dressing grandly in top hats, boas, bowties and fancy costume jewelry. As a special treat, Mrs. Shelton invited all of the students to a balloon party in her office, and the "Grand Finale" was spent with the grand fifth graders popping all 100 balloons.

One special activity we wanted to share with you was how some of our students reflected on the past 100 days. 4th grade teacher Shelley Greenlee asked her students to write one word that described their 100th day at NCS. Here’s what some of them had to say:

Family – Family is my one word. I chose family because this school treats everyone like family. I think of my friends as brothers and sisters. NCS makes me feel at home. The spirit of this school is amazing. NCS is home, family, sweet, calm, awesome, warm, nice, and cool, and I love it. – Bella Petty

Awesome – The only word I can use is AWESOME. I could do a million other words added to that, but awesome is the best word that fits how amazing the past 100 days have been. I loved the school the minute I stepped into this room.  -Will Fiala

Fun – The whole class is fun, the whole grade is fun, even the whole school is fun. The high schoolers are so nice. Like if you say hi to them, they usually say hi to you or ask how your day is going.  – Bekton Ost

Excellent – There are a million reasons why I chose this word, but the main reason is because it is just the best! Mrs. Greenlee has taught me sooooo much! I love my new school, and I always will.  – Kingston Wells

Loving – I chose loving because the students at this school have stepped out of their way to make me feel like I belong here.  – Eli Wells

Happy 100 days of school!

Warm up With a Good Book and Author Linda Ragsdale

January 23, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

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

January 20, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

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!

Elementary Students Learn About Safety

November 14, 2019
By Nashville Christian School

The safety of all our students is of utmost importance – not just while they are in school, but everywhere they go! In early November, Pre-K through 3rd grade students got a special visit from Rescue Rex to talk about how to use 9-1-1 in case of emergency. He taught them songs about 9-1-1 and helped them learn what they would need to know if they ever needed to call 9-1-1. Rex gives great advice about the right and wrong times to call and what to do when you‘re on the line.

The Kasey Program, sponsored by Koorsen Fire & Security, visited before Thanksgiving to educate our students on fire safety. The program stars two black Labrador Retrievers who demonstrate safety procedures and firefighters who hold the students' attention with songs and shenanigans. During the presentation, the students were encouraged to change the batteries in smoke detectors when the clocks spring forward and fall back, designate a family meeting place in case of fire, and have alternate routes to leave if their doors are blocked. This was a very engaging program, and we are thankful to be part of the 400,000 children who participate in this program each year!

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Cooperative Learning Increases Student Engagement

October 23, 2019
By Elementary Principal Lauren Brasel and Middle School Principal Anissa Demonbreun

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. 

Basic Principles

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. 

Positive Outcomes 

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.

A Visit to Ron Clark Academy

October 08, 2018
By Emily Bontrager, 4th Grade Teacher

I recently had the opportunity to attend Ron Clark Academy’s professional development training with some fellow NCS teachers.  In many ways, the experience is simply indescribable.  However, after being asked to share about this amazing experience, I decided to try my best.

The Ron Clark Academy is a non-profit middle school in Atlanta, Georgia where students come from a wide range of economic backgrounds.  This school is performing at such a high level of academic rigor and student engagement that it is revered among many educators.  Possibly the most successful piece of RCA’s intentional and revolutionary style is the sense of community held between their students, faculty, and parents. 

Walking into the building is similar to visiting Disney World for the first time.  The excitement and magic are tangible not only between the incoming teachers but also among the students who welcome you at the doors.  Loud music plays as you walk in on a red carpet, and students greet you while they dance around together; always with a smile and a firm handshake.  They help you get through their “Harry Potter” themed building while asking pertinent and personal questions about your life.  There were many times I forgot that I was speaking to fifth and sixth-grade students instead of seasoned conversationalists and professional adults.

I could go on and on about the “experience”, but what I truly seek to focus on and pursue is how these methods can be brought into my own classroom and into our beautiful community that is already present at Nashville Christian School.  We might not have a fire-breathing dragon in the auditorium or a two-story slide in our entryway, but there are so many incredible ways we can bring magical and intangible items with us into our classes.

Change always starts at the top with teachers who are excited and passionate about teaching. This is the reason the RCA students were happy and excited - their teachers started the trend! My goal is to be more intentional with my students about raising the bar academically and giving them challenges that create grit along with their learning.  I want to encourage and cultivate social skills from making eye contact, to speaking directly and listening actively.  I desire to have conversations with my students that go past the surface level and move into deeper concepts.  I will choose to engage my kids through movement, discussion, and creativity to help them achieve more.  I want to create a bigger sense of belonging for every child, not only in my class but also within the school building.

This experience will stay with me long after the school year ends, and I hope it will continue to change the way I approach teaching for years to come.

Building Bridges in 3rd Grade

September 28, 2018
By Jeanne Graham, 3rd Grade Teacher

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.

  

   

   

   

   

Another Wild Week at School in the Wild!

May 03, 2018
By Lauren Brasel, Elementary Principal

The fourth and fifth grade classes experienced the annual School in the Wild outdoor classroom trip to Columbia, Tennessee on April 25th - 27th. While there, the students hiked, ziplined, heard scary stories, learned about GPS and forensics, and played the traditional fourth grade vs. fifth grade kickball game. They even got their teachers to eat some tasty chocolate covered crickets! It was a trip the students will truly remember. Here's what some of them had to say about these exciting adventures:

"I had a lot of fun at School in the Wild. We learned about the different groups of water creatures that live in the creek. The different types of energy while zip-lining. Zip-lining was my favorite class. Team building was fun, but required a lot of concentration and trust! I enjoyed being there with my friends." - Jane Claire Gill, 5th grade

"It was the best time ever!" - Emma Jarosemich, 5th grade

"My time at School in the Wild was awesome! We went on a biplane and it was so fun. We had a kickball game, and we won!" - Aidan Vo, 5th grade 

"School in the Wild was so much fun! We learned about water. We did zip-lining. We met a bunch of animals (so cute)!" - Addy McWright, 5th grade 

"It was AWESOME!" - Luke Adams, 5th grade

"My experience at School in the Wild was just as awesome as last year." - Cameron Tiller, 5th grade

“I love School in the Wild because we get to hang out with friends for 3 days!” - Conner Sisemore, 4th grade 

“I love School in the Wild because we go zip lining! I was really, really scared but my friends were cheering for me, so I knew I could do it!” - Ethan Porter, 4th grade 

“I’m glad we get to go to School in the Wild because it’s a great opportunity to try new things!” - MaKenzie Bledsoe, 4th grade

Junior Eagle Council Paints 615 Rocks!

March 23, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

The newly-formed Junior Eagle Council decided to spread some cheer by inviting other elementary students to join them in painting 615 Rocks and planting them around the Bellevue community. 615 Rocks! is an initiative to build community by planting these creative rocks for people to find and then share on the 615 Rocks! Facebook page. Nashville Christian School President Mrs. Shelton spotted one in a tree near her parking space. If you have an Eagle eye and you spot one of our rocks, you can help spread the fun by posting a picture of it on the 615 Rocks! Facebook page here

  

   

   

NCS Students Have Heart

February 23, 2018
By Sarah Bedell, PE Teacher

We had a successful two weeks of fundraising for the American Heart Association with Jump Rope for Heart! We demolished our original goal of $2,000. Our final count is over $8,000!!! I am so proud of each of our elementary Eagle students for exceeding our goal! 

Jordan Thompson was our top fundraiser for the entire elementary school! She raised $1,000 for the American Heart Association. She received a special prize of a jar full of candy and got to pick the PE activity for her class! Great Job Jordan!

Each grade level class had competitions to see who could raise the most and have the most students register. Our Kindergarten Eagles alone raised over $2,000!!! Super proud of them!     Thank you so much to everyone who donated to a great cause! 

Honoring Fran Sexton at the Elementary Art Show

February 14, 2018
By Emily Johnson, Art Teacher

The Elementary Art Show was such a great night of celebrating the creativity our our youngest eagles. Everyone was excited to see their artwork framed and show it off to their families. It was great to see the students that received ribbons beaming with pride. Families got to slow down from their busy schedules and enjoy some time to do art together. How often does that happen? We had origami, drawing, spin art, and even shrinky dinks.

We also took time on this special night to honor someone very special to the Nashville Christian family, Mrs. Fran Sexton. Fran blessed Nashville Christian School and its students for thirteen years. Mrs. Sexton has served as a second grade teacher, art teacher, and administrator. When students were asked to share thoughts about Mrs. Sexton they were quick to respond, lovingly.

Here's what some of her former students had to say about her:

"I remember the bird painting we did. I loved that project." - Griffin Smith

"She pushed us to perfection." - Peyton Woodard

"I remember the beach project that we did and still have it hanging on my wall."  - Julia Belle

"She let me stay after class to work on a special project that is still hanging on my wall at home." - Millie Boone

"We did different projects that I thought would turn out weird, but they always turned out cool." - Devin Ray

Mrs. Sexton served as a mentor to our teachers and always spread an attitude of positivity. Her love for the school continues when she visits just to say hello. We miss seeing Mrs. Sexton every day and wish her the best in her retirement.

What a great night, and we can't wait until next year's art show! 

Congratulations to the ribbon winners:

Kindergarten

First place: Olivia Cart, Red and Blue Makes Purple Cat
Second place: Walker Overbay, Pears Still-Life
Third place: Malachi Payne, Yellow and Blue Make Green Frog

First Grade

First place: Duncan Holt, Pears Still-Life
Second place: Cooper Daugherty, Rousseau Inspired Tiger
Third place: Scout Green, Romero Britto Face

Second Grade

First place: Joshua Peffer, Rose Window Design
Second place: Peyton Kubik, Cutouts Inspired by Matisse
Third place: London Biggs, Landscape with Rocks

Third Grade

First place: Ellie Sheehan, Landscape with Rocks
Second place: AJ Page, Landscape with Mountains
Third place: Isaiah Moore, Toucan

Fourth Grade

First place: Bryson Elizer, Self-Portrait
Second place: Landan Cooper, Self-Portrait
Third place: Caleb Hamilton, Football

Fifth Grade

First place: Christopher Mitchell, Self-Portrait
Second place: Mia Ryckman, Self-Portrait
Third place: Jane Claire Gill, The Wave

Harlem Globetrotters Share Anti-Bullying Message

January 23, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

When Nashville Christian PE teacher and soccer coach Sarah Bedell heard the Harlem Globetrotters were coming to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, she immediately got to work on getting them to visit Nashville Christian School too.

“I got the idea for the Globetrotters when I showed my K-2nd graders a promo video for them when I was teaching them the skill of basketball. I looked online to see if they were coming to town during the week so I could make a field trip out of it. When I saw that it was a weekend game, I researched how we could bring them to NCS. I was contacted by the Globetrotters and was told about the Bullying Prevention Program they do for schools. All we had to do was sell tickets for their game,” said Coach Bedell.

A deal was struck that if our families purchased $1000 in tickets for the show at Bridgestone, they would come visit our school. Our families rose to the occasion (as usual) and purchased more that $2000 worth of tickets!

On Monday, January 22nd, Globetrotters Swish Young and “El Gato” Melendez  came to speak to all of our elementary and middle school students about bullying. They shared what they call the ABCs of bullying prevention: Action, Bravery, and Compassion. They kept students engaged by asking for volunteers and several students got to learn a few new tricks. 

To learn more about the Harlem Globetrotters’ ABCs of Bullying Prevention, go to http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/community/abcs-bullying-prevention.

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Praise and Thanksgiving 2017

November 22, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

The Praise and Thanksgiving service was once again a special time for the Nashville Christian family to worship and share a meal together. 

After a short morning of classes, students, parents, staff and friends dropped off their delicious dishes and gathered in the gym for a special program. The first graders were dressed in their newly-designed handprint turkey shirts for their reading of Psalm 100. We also enjoyed performances by the NCS Entertainers and the Middle School Chorus. 

Our special speaker this year was a new Nashville Christian parent, Dennis Ferrier. Mr. Ferrier is a reporter with Nashville’s Fox 17 and has won multiple prestigious awards for his investigative work. He told us the story of Black Hawk pilot, Michael Durant, and his hero, Gary Gordon. Gary Gordon knew from the age of 10 that he wanted to be a military hero and set out to research how to do it. Mr. Ferrier encouraged everyone, even the very youngest Eagles, to make their own mission statement and to ask for guidance and help from the Lord as we set about serving Him. 

After some final words and a prayer, everyone headed for the tables full of Thanksgiving favorites – turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and so much more. Following the feast, the leftovers were packed up by a group of students and staff and taken to the homeless. It was a wonderful day of reflecting, expressing thanks and serving others. Here are some photos from the day:

  

  

  

  

  

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Students Raise Funds and Get a Unique Reward

October 20, 2017
By Lauren Brasel, Elementary Principal

In an attempt to motivate our students in kindergarten through fifth grade, I (Lauren Brasel, Elementary Principal) offered the students a reward they would surely remember. We set the goal for our Entertainment Book and Smart Card fundraiser at 500 items. The deal was if the students sold 500 items then I would sleep on the roof of the NCS Lower School Building. Boy were the students motivated! They surpassed the goal and raised over $4,000 dollars for the additions to the playground. UH OH! It was time for me to follow through with my end of the bargain.  

Weeks went by. Nights were too hot, too rainy, or too fall breaky. Finally, the perfect night arrived after fall break. The warmest night that week was 47 degrees but I knew I was running out of time before the temperature dropped too much.

On the chilly evening of Thursday, October 19th, after eating with my family at Chili's, my family and I went to prepare the site. My husband raised the ladder. The tent went up. All of the blankets, pillows, fuzzy boots, snowsuit, and obviously a craft project (I had to make the most of my time on the roof) went up to the roof, and then l finally climbed the ladder.

Visitors and callers with great concern checked on me as I enjoyed the view from my tent of the football stadium and the kitchen exhaust. With lots of camping experience, I was able to power through the night. I learned that the Eagle Campus is very quiet on a Thursday night, until...the Dumpster Man comes to empty the nearby dumpster at 2:30am. What a fright!

 

After sleeping in on Friday morning, I awoke atop the Lower School and was ready to clear the playground balls from the roof and greet the students. Mrs. Shelton brought a much needed warm-up via Starbucks at 7:00am. The students were astonished as they arrived to school as it was unexpected to see their principal on the roof, with a cup of coffee, in her robe waving. After the bell rang, all of the elementary students assembled outside for the announcements. First graders lead the Elementary Eagles in the pledges and prayer (and everyone had a good chuckle about Mrs. Brasel participating from the roof). After a brief discussion of whether or not they believed I actually slept on the roof, the tent came down, the blankets, boots, and snow suit came down, and finally I came down the ladder.

    

It was a fun experience, and I would do it all over again for the kids! Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraiser and for your commitment to Nashville Christian School.

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Students Toss Around New Technology with Qball

October 05, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

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

September 30, 2017
By Jeanne Graham, 3rd Grade Teacher

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.

  

An Interview with Student Director Anna Jones

September 29, 2017
By Nashville Christian School
        Anna as General Cartwright

This past weekend, NCS elementary, middle and high school fine arts students performed in the One Act Weekend featuring Alice in Wonderland Jr. and Schoolhouse Rock Live! The middle school performance of Alice in Wonderland Jr. was directed by one of our very own students, junior Anna Jones.

Anna has performed in many shows at NCS, including Lion King Jr.(Rafiki), Into the Woods(Little Red), Guys and Dolls(General Cartwright), and James and the Giant Peach Jr.(Earthworm). This was her first time acting as student director of an NCS performance. We recently interviewed Anna about the experience and here is what she had to say.

Why did you decide to take the role of director for Alice in Wonderland Jr.?
I have always wanted to be in the staged version of Alice in Wonderland and when I heard the middle school was doing it, I knew that I have to be involved somehow. I applied for a position on the team by writing an essay, and here we are.

How is directing different from acting in a show?
It is completely different from acting. Directing is super hard. There are so many things that the director has to do that I didn’t even expect. I have learned so much from directing this show that will actually help in acting.

What has been your biggest challenge in directing this show?
Probably being able to communicate my vision for the show to little kids. When you are imagining something for a scene and you want it done, it becomes challenging trying to get kids to do it right.

You are directing students from elementary and middle school. Tell me about your experience with the cast.
It has been amazing. They all have so much energy that has been fun channeling into their passion for theater. The middle schoolers have been such good influences on the elementary students as well.

What should audiences know about this show before coming to see it?
That I just wanted the kids to have fun during this show. Above anything else, I wanted this to be a fun and positive environment for these kids. 

Is there an underlying message or thought you want audiences to take away from this show?
The big question in this show is “whooo areee youuuu?” Alice goes through wonderland and changes a lot and however much she changes, she always finds out that somebody doesn't like her, and she doesn't quite fit in. Through the show she learns who she is. I want audiences to think about that question throughout the show and find out what it means to them. 

What are your hopes for the future of NCS theater?
I really hope that we keep growing and blossoming like we have these past two years. I really want people to keep joining the theater program and experiencing what's it like to be in the middle of it. 

If you missed the performance, you can watch it here!

Alice In Wonderland (junior)_Nashville Christian Middle School Production 2017 from patrick sheehan on Vimeo.

 

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Wild West Book Fair a Rousing Success

September 26, 2017
By Nashville Christian

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!”

  

3rd Graders Summer of Service

August 14, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

Over the summer, rising third graders were tasked with performing a service project and sharing what they did with their new classmates. Here are their personal summaries of what they did to serve.

Avery:  I helped my Mimi water the plants. I pick up trash when I see it. I give school supplies to people.

Brody:  I donated money to the poor.

Matthew:  I took care of Pudin because she doesn't have a friend. (Pudin is his guinea pig.)

Maddie:  I took cookies to my local firemen.

Jace:  I planted to help my neighbor.

Ellie:  I helped my community by giving sandwiches to the homeless.

Ashton:  I helped animals find homes. I also helped people put food in their cars.

Caitlin:  I made blankets for homeless people.

Isy:  I went to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital to take toys I bought with my kindness dollars.

Trinity:  I made blankets for cats and dogs in need.

Sydnie:  I am going to the Humane Society to help.

Austin:  I helped my grandad plant cucumbers.

Baker:  I helped a homeless veteran by giving him a survival kit.

Bolton:  We moved this summer and I helped my mom and dad unload boxes.

Joseph:  I helped people that need food by collecting 61 cans of beans for the Food Bank.

Elijah:  I helped baby animals that were hurt.

Allie:  I want to help animals and poor people.

Olive:  I helped my neighbor pick her cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers.

AJ:  I helped my grandmother by painting and moving her into a new home.

Isaiah:  I gave money to the poor.

 

4th and 5th Use Algebra to Escape

May 16, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

Algebra 1 students put their math skills to work and created a "Math Escape Room" for 4th and 5th grade students related to their math standards. They started out by visiting Breakout Nashville to try it for themselves and learn how it is done. Breakout Nashville is a popular new form of entertainment where players have an hour to break out of a room by cracking codes, solving riddles, piecing together puzzles and finding clues. After the Algebra I students escaped the room they played, they were able to meet with some of the game creators to talk about what goes into making a successful escape room. They then spent several weeks designing a math-based escape room for elementary students.

Once the escape room design was complete, the 4th and 5th graders were ready to try their hand at making an escape. Each group was given 30 minutes to solve a mystery. The backstory they were given was:

You and your friends are at a birthday party. The parents have left to get food for the party, and you have decided to find the birthday presents and get out before they come back.

Each group had a different approach to working together and solving clues. Some groups took it all the way down to the last second, but every group managed to put their math skills to work and escape with the presents! Here’s what some of them had to say about this unique math lesson:

Escape Room from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

 

Posavac is Principal for the Day

March 29, 2017
By Lauren Brasel, Elementary Principal

"Back in November's silent auction, Caleigh Posavac's parents bid on "Principal for the Day" and landed her a special day in the elementary offices. Principal Posavac observed classes, praised students by handing out Eagle Wings, helped prepare the hot cocoa party for second grade, and wrote notes of encouragement. 

Thank you, Principal Posavac for making your day a great one! It was wonderful to see you in this role and the smiles you brought out in the Elementary Eagles. I hope you had a memorable day. Be on the lookout for future "Principal of the Day" opportunities.

"Principal Posavac" checking in with Lower School Administrative Assistant Carrie White

Spiritual Emphasis Week 2017

March 06, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

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!

Spiritual Emphasis Week from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

 

Elementary Teachers Visit the Inspiring Ron Clark Academy

February 17, 2017
By Shelley Greenlee (4th), Anissa Demonbreun (5th), Tori Lane (5th), and Jeanne Graham (3rd)

Four Nashville Christian School teachers recently had the opportunity to fulfill a dream listed on their “teacher bucket lists." The first week in February, Anissa Demonbreun (5th grade), Tori Lane (5th grade), Shelley Greenlee (4th grade), and Jeanne Graham (3rd grade) attended Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA. Ron Clark is an American educator who has worked with disadvantaged students in North Carolina, inner city New York, and most currently in his own school, Ron Clark Academy. The two-day training included opportunities for our NCS teachers to not only learn from Mr. Clark, but also experience his way of teaching for themselves. RCA (Ron Clark Academy) believes in keeping students engaged through several techniques including the "55 Essential Rules” coined by Mr. Clark himself.  

RCA has been featured in a multitude of media outlets, including “CBS This Morning” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show." The 130 RCA students (grades 5th - 8th) have the opportunity to not only attend this private institution for an academic education, but they also learn social and life skills that prepare them for the next level. Most RCA students come from extremely low-income families. Upon entering RCA in the 5th grade, students are in the 13th-15th percentile in academic standings. RCA prides itself on the hard work that its very small faculty and student body put in each and every day. The past three years, RCA has produced testing scores over the 93rd percentile! How do they do this? Through extreme teaching techniques that keep students engaged, challenged and ALWAYS thinking. There is no down time, and teachers expect students to be active, team learners that debate and guide one another to answers.

While visiting RCA, our teachers spent many hours in classrooms and came back renewed and full of ideas. All four teachers were excited to share their newfound inspiration with their coworkers and were given the opportunity to share and train other NCS teachers at a recent faculty meeting. Here's what they had to say about the experience:

“RCA was easily one of the top five best experiences of my life. I was brought to tears watching students engage with one another, and overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and appreciation they showed us as educators. These kids come from nothing and value everything about their education. It was life-changing as a teacher, and made me want to work even harder.”
- Shelley Greenlee

“Being an educator for 23 years that has attended many professional developments, RCA was by far the best experience I have attended in all my years of teaching. We were able to watch and participate in classes where teaching and learning techniques were taken entirely to a new level. It showed us as teachers that rigor and learning can be fun while instilling good character traits in students. The confidence the students at RCA showed us over and over again made a huge impression on us all. This experience has changed me as a teacher, and that will hopefully trickle down to my students in my classroom.”  
- Anissa Demonbreun

"This experience is one that has been on my bucket list since I went to Central Michigan University. I was overwhelmed by the positivity, creativity, and magic that exudes from every single person at RCA. It was exciting, mind-blowing, and truly an experience that I will never forget. I walked away feeling inspired, energized, and on fire to return to Nashville Christian School and do amazing work on behalf of all of my students!"
- Victoria Lane

"To be honest, I was not prepared for what I experienced at Ron Clark Academy. The other three teachers who were going had an idea of what to expect. Watching and listening to them as our time to enter RCA approached, I increasingly felt like a child who had found a "golden ticket" without knowing how important it was. Entering the arched gate and the doors to the school, then being greeted by a band and students who look you in the eye and genuinely make you feel welcome was heartwarming and exhilarating. Observing the deliberate interactions between dedicated faculty and engaged students made me realize that expectations for our children need to be increased. Knowing what is possible and seeing how to attain it, is inspiring. There are so many lessons I want to share from this experience. However, my hope is that all of our faculty can go and experience RCA for themselves. Nashville Christian School is a great institution of learning, but we can always work to be better. Ron Clark is an innovator in education. Many of his ideas are worth trying here."
- Jeanne Graham, 3rd Grade Teacher

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Christmas at NCS

December 15, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

The Christmas season at Nashville Christian School has been full of festivities. Students have been seen from preschool through the 12th grade wearing Christmas pajamas, giving gifts, eating cookies, singing carols, and taking pictures with Santa Claus! But more importantly, our students have remembered the true meaning of Christmas by serving others.

Elementary students have collected Change for Children to be donated to Timothy Hill Ranch to buy presents for at-risk children. They also filled boxes with goodies for Hope for Haiti, collected can tabs for The Ronald McDonald House, collected donations for Children and Adolescents at Vanderbilt Behavioral Health Hospital, and sang Christmas carols to residents at The Meadows retirement home. Middle school students led the charge to provide Christmas stockings for the 200 Angels on the ARK Angel Tree in Pegram, TN.

High school students were rewarded with milk and cookies, dress up days and photos with Santa during morning break for bringing in their Toys for Tots. Class officer Katie Cain said, “I think it went really well! When I went to deliver the toys to a Toys For Tots receiver, they had nothing so far. So it was so nice to see that we were not only helping the kids but helping them. I think it got everyone in the spirit, and everyone loved break.”

It gives us great joy to see our students growing spiritually, evidenced by their heart to serve others during a time when many are thinking of what they want for themselves. We are so grateful for the Nashville Christian family and we wish you a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year! 

Christmas from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

Second Graders Get “Hands On” and Learn Sign Language

December 05, 2016
By Lindsey Cooper, 2nd Grade Teacher

Nashville Christian School second graders recently studied Helen Keller and her contribution to education. They read stories and books about her and watched movies about her life and how she was able to communicate as a deaf and blind woman. Students researched her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and the impact that both of them had on history for the blind and deaf community. They also studied Braille, learning how and why it is used.

Their final activity was to have a sign-language interpreter come into their classroom and teach them sign language. They learned the alphabet in order to know how to "say" their names and learned important words like MomDadChristmas, and Jesus.  While Mrs. Cooper read the book The Three Little Pigs, the students watched the interpreter as she signed the words.

Overall, the experience was exciting for the students and opened up many conversations about what others are capable of with disabilities and differences.

Peter Pan Jr.

November 14, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

Nashville Christian elementary students gave another stellar performance – this time with Peter Pan Jr.! “It's been a fun challenge to work with so many young people in this show. Our team finds it a blessing to build students up with ‘faith, trust and pixie dust,’ so that they may follow their dreams and ‘fly,’ said Director Nicole Arnold.

This talented group of kindergarten through 5th graders enchanted audiences with their voices, dancing, and pure fun. Fifth grader Taylor Dahl nailed the role of Peter Pan, capturing his mischievous and playful spirit. She crowed like only a true Peter Pan could do.

Megan Parker was pure sweetness as Wendy Darling with a motherly fondness of her siblings, the lost boys, and the indians.

The rest of the Darling family included the adorable brothers John (Jacob Ellis) and Michael (Finn Shaver) and their parents. Zoja King played the doting Mrs. Darling while Wyatt Martin did double duty as both the grouchy and stern Mr. Darling as well as Peter’s archenemy, the villainous yet bumbling Captain Hook.

Essential to the adventure was Tinkerbell, played by Caleigh Posovac, who had just the right balance of charm and sass on stage as the devoted sidekick.

The bright and colorful costumes highlighted the incredible rotating set created by Josh and Kayce Green that turned from the darling nursery into a pirate ship, into the Indians lair.

The talented cast performed for a full house in their final show on Sunday afternoon, and we wanted to share with you some bits from the show as well as some great behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast!

Peter Pan Jr. from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

 

Fall Field Trips Are Fun!

October 20, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

This fall was full of fun for Nashville Christian School students. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade visited Honeysuckle Hill Farm where they took a hayride, picked a pumpkin, visited a petting farm, jumped on some giant jumping pillows, and even learned to milk a cow!

3rd Grade had an awesome time at Kentucky Down Under – a park full of Australian animals! Students got to feed a baby kangaroo, and saw emus and a giant tortoise just to name a few. Some lucky 3rd graders got to feed and pet an Australian mountain cavy who was rather shy and skittish. Another highlight was visiting Mammoth Cave.

4th and 5th Graders had an amazing time at Discovery Park of America - a world-class entertainment and educational experience with more than 70,000 square feet of exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history, and art. Students also enjoyed beautiful weather while exploring the 50 acres of gardens, grounds and exhibits focused on history.

Middle school students made a service field trip this month. They filled 2000 backpacks with 7000+ meals (8799 lbs. of food) at Second Harvest and packed supplies at the Disaster Relief Center for hurricane relief.

Freshmen and sophomores went to TPAC to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet, while seniors spent a day job shadowing with surgeons, teachers, airline pilots, business professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and so much more!

From Kindergarten through 12th Grade, Nashville Christian is a fun place to learn, offering many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. When you start at Nashville Christian School, you can go anywhere, and these talented students are certainly going to go far!

Fall Field Trips from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

Community Helpers

October 14, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd have been learning about community helpers. This month they met a police officer with a drug dog named Dome, got a visit from some local fire fighters, and even got to see what the Metro Police Bomb Squad does! To finish off their week of learning about community helpers, our kindergarteners dressed as what they want to be when they grow up! Here are some photos from the week:

Community Helpers from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

5th Grade Learns About Marine Biology

September 30, 2016
By Anissa Demonbreun

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!

Learning About Life on the Farm

September 19, 2016
By Julie Littrell (Kindergarten Teacher)

In kindergarten we spent a week learning about things that you would find on a farm. We learned about animals, foods, people, and machines that you might discover. We talked about how animals provide food and clothing. The boys and girls loved matching baby animals to adult animals and talking about what each was called. Later in the week, we talked about milk and all the different things we make from milk in preparation for them to make their very own butter. To finish up farm week we used heavy cream, a little salt, a mason jar and a whole lot of shaking to make butter for a special snack of toast and jelly. We loved eating the sweet creamy butter and talking about all the things we learned about farms!

Learning About God's Creation

September 15, 2016
By Kary Overbay, 1st Grade Teacher

As we wrapped up our lesson on Creation, Kindergarten,1st and 2nd grade collaborated to celebrate God’s creations!  We sang songs, prayed and mixed a spiritual trail mix. Each part of the trail mix represented a day during creation: 

Oreos - light and dark
Frosted shredded wheat - land and clouds
Pretzel sticks - nature and the trees
Goldfish - fish in the sea
Animal crackers - animals
M&Ms - the colors and the flowers
Yellow M&Ms - sun, moon and stars
Marshmallows - everything else in God's creation

Here are some picture from our lesson!

Elementary Discipleship Through Small Groups

August 24, 2016
By Lauren Brasel

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!

A Great First Day!

August 11, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

The school year kicked off on August 10th with lots of smiles, hugs, laughter and fun. Kindergarten parents were invited to visit at the Boo Hoo Breakfast before leaving their babies to start the year. First graders toured the school and made a map while the “Sorting Hat” sorted middle schoolers into their class houses. Seniors came to the first day of school wearing decorated crowns and looking ready to rule the school! Here are some photos from around campus on our first day of school.

Second Grade Study Takes Flight!

May 05, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

The 2nd graders have been studying life cycles and for three weeks, they observed the many stages of development of butterflies. They came as 1 cm long, thin black or brown larva. They ate and ate and ate until they grew to about 3 cm and became much thicker caterpillars. When they were ready to move into the pupa stage, they crawled to the top of their cups and attached to the lid with their bodies in a J shape. Once they formed the chrysalises, Mrs. Graham transferred the chrysalises from the cups to a net enclosure.

Each second grader had a couple of butterflies they were responsible for and they gave them names like Spikey and Dillen. As the class patiently waited for the butterflies to emerge, they talked about the metamorphosis the creatures were experiencing inside. The focus of their study was life cycles, but they also learned a lot about God's power to change us too.

Once the beautiful butterflies emerged, they class used a writing assignment to compose goodbye letters which they read at the release party. Each student read their letter and then received a lollypop to help move the butterflies from the safety of their net enclosure to the outside world. It was so exciting to see the butterflies they had studied for so long finally take flight!

As a continuation of their study, the class now has tadpoles that have developed tiny legs and will soon become frogs!

First Grade Visits the Capitol

April 15, 2016
By Kary Overbay

In 1st grade we learn all about Tennessee. We identify the Mayor and Governor, and explain their roles in government. We learn about rules and voting for laws on a state level. Through geography, we identify the three Grand Divisions of Tennessee, and how they represent the stars on our state's flag. Then students are taught to identify where Nashville is on the map.

Each year I enjoy taking my class to see firsthand where these important politicians work and where they meet and vote for laws that help us. This year, the Secretary of State Tre Hargett spoke with us for a few minutes as our tour began. We got to walk through the Governor’s office and see the beautiful paintings. Upstairs in the Capitol we met Representative Mitchell. Representative Mitchell gave each student a Tennessee Blue Book, and to our class he gave a Tennessee flag and American flag! He then asked Senator Dickerson to come out and speak with the students and take a picture. Both men kindly took time to speak with my students and answer their questions. The students all were intrigued to find out William Strickland and Samuel Morgan are both buried in the north wall and south wall of the Capitol. As we were leaving, Governor Haslam was also heading down the outside stairs and waved at our class! 

Both 1st grade students and parents had a terrific time listening and learning about our state’s history.  I love that at such an early age these 1st graders can begin to learn about their state and walk the halls where history is made.

Capitol Visit from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

Kindness Counts at NCS

April 01, 2016
By Lauren Brasel

It started in October, anti-bullying month, but our elementary students have decided to focus on kindness all year long. Kindness Counts is a not-for-profit organization that “uses creative and unconventional approaches to inspire active kindness.” Our elementary students have come up with some creative ways to actively show kindness to others. In October, Pre-K through fifth grade students had a weekly focus for kindness including a “secret friend,” doing something special for school personnel, and service projects. For their “secret friends” students did kind things for a classmate without seeking recognition. Some students were recognized for exemplary kindness with a kindness award at the end of the month.  

For the month of November, students wrote special things about each other and posted it on the wall. Currently, we have a giant kindness tree hanging in the Elementary school hallway. Each grade wrote kind words on hearts that now hang on the tree. There are quotes, scripture, and examples of how each of them have shown kindness. There is an envelope of blank hearts next to the tree so that people can continue to add kind and encouraging words.

This April, our monthly guidance theme is based on the book "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?" It is all about filling each other's “buckets” with all sorts of things: love, kindness, caring, etc. It also teaches kids about being a bucket filler not a bucket dipper (taking away from other people's buckets). We have a special surprise activity scheduled for the month of April to really nail down this concept.  

We are so proud of our students and all the kindness they have shown one another. Come and see our Kindness Counts tree in the elementary hallway, and you can’t help but be uplifted by all the encouraging words shared there! Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

First Grade Celebrates Read Across America

March 02, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

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

September 15, 2015
By Shelley Greenlee

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!

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