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Kristen Boatman, New HS Volleyball Coach

Nashville Christian School is pleased to announce the hire of Kristen Boatman as the new head coach of the high school girls’ volleyball program.


Coach Boatman has 16 years of experience coaching volleyball at both the Club and School levels. Since 2018, she has coached at Harpeth Hall. During this past season, she was the Interim Varsity Head Coach serving as Varsity Assistant the prior years. While coaching at Harpeth Hall, the volleyball team had 6 consecutive state appearances in 2A, Division II. Additional coaching responsibilities include Hillsboro High School and Lipscomb Academy. She currently holds the record as the Winningest Coach at 2 Clubs in the Nashville area


She is a 2004 NCS Graduate and shared, “I want to contribute back to the community that raised me. My athletic experiences during my time as a student at NCS were some of the most influential experiences in my life.”


Coach Boatman is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


 

3.21.2024 Construction Update

3.21.2024 Event Center Construction Update - Some photos were taken from the Football Field exit facing the back of the current gym. In others, you can see the back of the current MPR and the side of the Lower School. And we can't forget to mention capturing a shot of one of the Nashville Ready Mix Trucks!

The Upper School Rope-Holder for the Week

The Upper School Rope-Holder of the week is…Ms. Anna Grace Brons!

Her Peers Shared:

Anna Grace has a been such a wonderful addition to the counseling department.  She is full of joy and grace.  She relates so well to our students.  You can tell that they feel comfortable coming to her and talking to her.  They know that they can trust her to help them with whatever they are facing. She brings a peace and positive energy to the counseling department and to our student body. 

Ms. Brons has worked hard to get to know her students in her first year at NCS! She spends time with students each day, helping them talk out their problems and find solutions. Students feel comfortable talking with her and she is a positive influence on the students she serves. She provides an example of an optimistic outlook from a Christian perspective and is a great role model for our students.

Congratulations Ms. Anna Grace Brons!

The Faculty Excellence Award Winner

NCS is proud to introduce the Faculty/Staff Excellence Award Winner for the past 9-weeks... Jeanne Graham.

Her Peers Shared:

Patience, kindness, and a calm nature...when I think of Jeanne Graham these words immediately come to mind. When I see her with students, she always takes the time to stop, look, and listen to them...no matter what is going on. She rolls with whatever happens and is quick to step in where needed.

Everyone needs a Jeanne Graham in their life! Jeanne is a true gem. She is so caring and has such a peaceful presence. Not only is Jeanne an amazing teacher, but she is also a wonderful friend. She is always there if you need a listening ear, advice, prayers, or a hug. Jeanne has a servant's heart and radiates the love of Christ to others.

Jeanne is such a wonderful inspiration of patience and Godly love towards everyone she encounters. When I watch her interact with students, I am in awe. She is such a calming presence. At all times, Jeanne directs me to Christ with a kind word or a scripture. I am thankful she is in my life. She is a valuable asset to NCS!

Jeanne is a rock! She is solid in her faith, grace-giving, a great communicator, thoughtful, and authentic. I am grateful to work alongside this teacher every day and love to see her be the hands and feet of Christ with her students and colleagues.

Jeanne is always there to help if I need it. She always notices others and keeps up with students and coworkers well.

Mrs. Graham has been nothing but an incredible example of Jesus for the children she has taught over the years.It is an honor to work alongside someone who carries out the true character of a teacher with a calling. She is such a light, and she radiates the mission of NCS!

Mrs. Graham is such a calm and nurturing presence within our school. She is a constant source of encouragement for her students and her fellow teachers as well. Most importantly, she puts Christ first in her classroom. There is nothing sweeter than watching our 3rd graders learn and memorize scripture through sign language.

Jeanne always has an encouraging word and is a fierce prayer warrior. I am blessed to call her friend and coworker!

Congratulations Mrs. Graham!


 

The Upper School Excellence Award Winner

NCS is proud to introduce the Upper School Excellence Award Winner for the past 9-weeks…Hal Reasor.

His Teachers Shared:

Whether it is a smile, a nod, or a fist bump in the hallway, Hal is always excited to interact with others. He is a great young man who makes everyone's life better! His smile lights up a room, and we all loved watching him be the star of the Senior/ Faculty Basketball game. Hal always has a smile on his face and a great attitude, and I am proud of the young man he is.
Hal always gives 100%. He tries very hard in everything that he does. He always has a smile for everyone he meets and has a great sense of humor. I have had the pleasure of working with him throughout his high school career, and it has been such a joy to see the growth that he has made.

Hal makes everyone's day better!

Hal has been walking our hallways since middle school. Every day throughout those years, he walked the halls with a smile and greeted everyone with a nod. Hal always seems to have a positive attitude, no matter what his struggles may be. He is a model for all of us as we strive to stay positive when we have hard times. I am grateful that Hal has been a part of our campus for so many years and I know that we have all benefited from our relationships with him.

Congratulations Hal!

The Middle School Excellence Award Winner

NCS is proud to introduce the Middle School Excellence Award Winner for the past 9-weeks... Sloane Williams

Her Teachers shared:

Sloane is an excellent student and friend. She is kind to all, and her smiles brighten up our hallways. She is a hard worker and an asset to the middle school.

Sloane has a happy heart, works hard, and has a great presence on stage. She is an excellent example of an NCS student because she is willing to try new things, is happy to support her friends, is respectful always, has a great sense of humor, and does it all quietly to the glory of God.

Her positive and respectful attitude and behavior with others and teachers are to be commended.

Sloane has completely blown me away with her amazing talent as a singer. She has been in the Middle School Choir, in both Talent Shows, and in multiple theater productions. I believe she is one of the most talented students in the entire school, and I am thankful that I get to work with her.

Sloane is hard-working, respectful, and works well with others. She is trustworthy, thoughtful, and easygoing. She is active at NCS outside of the classroom, giving her time and talents to the play, and both the golf and track teams.

Sloane comes to class each day with a bright smile and a positive attitude. Her gentle and kind spirit is a blessing to each of her classmates and teachers. She works well with everyone, gives her best effort on everything and quietly leads our classroom in how to serve others.

Sloane is always there to step in whenever she is called upon and is a great example to other students. She is always pushing herself to participate in different activities to expand her skills and love for all that she does. She has been such a blessing to have in our theatre department. She always has a smile and shines in all she does. She is the prime example of what it is to be an NCS student.

Congratulations Sloane!

The Lower School Excellence Award Winner

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

Her Teachers Shared:

Words commonly used to describe Faith are: respectful, patient, remarkably kind and empathetic, ready to learn, ready to help, hard worker, and strong work ethic. She gives consistent effort in all areas.

Faith never complains, she is a wonderful example to her peers.

Faith is joyful and practices joy by putting others before herself.

Faith is an exceptional student who never fails to impress. With her positive attitude, she sets a high standard for herself and inspires others. She makes sure everyone feels included and valued, creating a supportive and welcome environment in the classroom. Her dedication and compassion make her a true asset to the Fifth Grade Family.

Congratulations Faith!

SALT TEAM

The NCS Student Ambassador Leadership Team (SALT) consists of 5th - 12th grade student leaders who represent our student body and Mrs. Shelton's office at a variety of events throughout the year.  

They also have the unique opportunity to meet with leaders from the Nashville community who have been tasked with teaching them characteristics of leadership.  

This week, they had the opportunity to meet Governor Bill Lee and Senator Shane Reeves who spoke on the topic of Servant Leadership. 

Upper School Spring Retreat

This past weekend 76 Upper School students attended Spring Retreat. The theme was based on Psalm 23:6, "Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." 

God blessed the weekend with good weather, lots of fun, and three students declared Jesus as Lord in baptism. 

On Monday, we celebrated those students in an assembly as we prayed for their new walk with Jesus.

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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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!

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.

Meet Our Pink Out Recipients!

January 27, 2020
By Nashville Christian School

NCS will be hosting our 11th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out on February 4th during our basketball game against Goodpasture. Funds raised during this event go to help someone in the NCS family who is battling breast cancer. This year, we have two NCS alumni as our beneficiaries, and we thought you might like to know a little more about these courageous women you will be helping. Here are their powerful stories:

Lindsay Loring King (class of '95)
In 2014, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and went through chemotherapy. By the middle of 2015, I was in remission. There was no cancer showing anywhere in my body. I continued to go to my oncologist every 30- 60 days, and everything was great!

In October of 2017, I went to my oncologist for my routine appointment, and an ultrasound was done, which showed that the cancer had returned. It was in the same side and had also spread to lymph nodes. My oncologist was blown away because of the fact that I have no family history, my age is fairly young, and I had a double mastectomy and the strongest chemotherapy that I could have had in 2014-2015. I began treatment in 2018, and in February of 2019, a pet scan was done to see if anything had spread, and to determine if I would be a candidate for surgery. The pet scan showed that the tumors were all the same size, maybe a little smaller. My oncologist then submitted my case to the "tumor board,” a team of surgeons. They said that I was not a candidate at that time because of the size of the tumors. I started on new medications and then in 3-4 months they wanted to do another pet scan. 

On June 13, 2019, I had another pet scan, and that was the time I got the news that no one wants to ever hear. My cancer had spread to both lungs. My cancer is not operable. I have stage 4, terminal metastatic breast cancer that is in my breast, lymph nodes and both lungs. 

I will continue treatments for the rest of my life. I have four children, and that is why I fight every day. 

Mallie Wilson (class of '11)
I graduated from NCS in 2011. I now work with a therapeutic foster care agency as a case manager, and I love it!


I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer July 3, 2019 and immediately started treatment. I have been going through chemo since then and now have my surgery scheduled for February 5th (lucky timing, right? lol). I will be having a double mastectomy with reconstruction.

I can remember cheering at these games when I was a student at NCS, but I never imagined I would be so personally impacted by breast cancer myself. I am so grateful to this school and all the things they do to help the community. Thank you so so much again for thinking of me! Y’all have no idea how much this helps!

We will have several opportunities for you to give a donation the night of the Pink Out. We will have a soup supper beginning at 5:00pm and continuing throughout the games until we run out. We only ask that if you choose to eat, please leave a donation in the bucket. We will also play the Heads or Tails game for an awesome prize during halftime of the girls game. Tokens will be sold for $10 for your chance to play. Last year the prize was a 32” TV!  If you can't make it to the game, please consider making a donation to help these young women by clicking here.

If you would like to add a friend or family member’s name to the game program please email Ashley Page their information. We will have a section for survivors and those who have lost their courageous fight. Please also let me know if you are a survivor or know of a survivor that will be coming to the game. We would like to make sure to honor everyone!

If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, please contact Ashley Page at pagea@nashvillechristian.org or 356-5600 ext. 114. Any donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for continued support!

National Honor Society Prom Drive

May 23, 2019
By Nashville Christian School

For the past couple of months, the NCS National Honor Society has asked our school community to donate items to Becca's Closet. Becca's Closet began in South Florida when a young woman named Rebecca Kirtman launched a dress drive to provide prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who could not afford them. That first year, Becca collected and donated over 250 dresses and helped hundreds of girls attend prom. Rebecca was killed in a tragic car accident in 2003, but her mission continues, with multiple chapters being formed across the United States. The National Honor Society at NCS decided to join the cause and the Nashville Christian community came through! Yesterday, the NHS officers were thrilled to take all the donated items to a local chapter of Becca's closet. We want to send a big THANK YOU to all who gave! For more information about Becca's Closet, go to www.beccascloset.org.

Grandparents Day 2019

April 19, 2019
By Nashville Christian School

We often have a guest speaker for Grandparents’ Day, and this year we had the unique opportunity to hear from some extraordinary speakers - our students! School President Connie Jo Shelton first introduced our school’s mission statement, “ to be a Christian, authentic, dynamic school equipping students to be global leaders.” She then described how our students represent Generation Z. Gen Z is the newest generation to be named, and they were born between 1995 and 2015. They are currently between 4-24 years old (nearly 74 million in the U.S.). “If we focus on mainstream media, they would have us believe that there is not a lot of hope for our future.  It seems that children today are referenced in a negative light, giving a sense of despair and negativity. I am here today to tell you that there is hope and our future is bright,” said Mrs. Shelton.

Students from each grade level (elementary, middle, and high school) took the stage and shared about their experiences serving their school, community, and even the world.

Elementary students talked about their regular visits to two local retirement homes where they sing for and visit with residents. They also shared about Valentines for Vets, Soles for Souls, and the canned food drive. Middle school students shared how they collect small Christmas gifts and fill stockings every year for needy children. Gage Smith, an eighth-grader at NCS told a personal story about his middle school basketball team taking food to the homeless living around the West Nashville Greenway. Our high school students also help feed the homeless every Thanksgiving, taking leftovers from the NCS Praise and Thanksgiving service to areas of need. Seniors Tanner Goodman, Abby Shivers, and Jordan Williams all were able to share their experiences on mission trips to New York and Mexico.

Following the assembly, students showed off their artwork to their grandparents and visited the photo booth to get a commemorative photo with their loved ones. Overall it was another great example of how NCS is truly a family, and our students are truly being equipped to become global leaders!

     

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Ordinary Hero

December 06, 2018
By Connie Jo Shelton, President

Every year, high school students from Nashville Christian School are given the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to New York City through the Center for Student Missions. This past June, a group of 22 students and teachers spent eight days embedded in the culture and diversity that New York City offers. It was truly a life-changing opportunity, and during the trip a very authentic, gut-wrenching experience took place.

The group was serving in East New York at a community farm. As they were eating lunch, a discussion came up about how much we take for granted in America. One of our seniors, Mente Rudolph, began to share his experiences in Ethiopia. Mente is at Nashville Christian School because he was adopted from Ethiopia by a local family. He shared that he and his family received one meal a day in Ethiopia and that they were extremely grateful. All of the students were impacted by what Mente shared and began to brainstorm about ways to help. Student Government Vice President Tanner Goodman and National Honor Society Treasurer Sydney Cantrell challenged the group to think outside of the box.

In the end, the chaperones and other mission team members made a decision to challenge the entire NCS student body to help feed children in Ethiopia. This project is designed to take the small change that we consider trivial, and use it to feed hundreds of children in Ethiopia. We collect change and small bills each Friday to contribute to this cause. It takes $250 to feed 100 children, and so far we have collected $2,103.87! Ordinary Hero sent this special thank you video which we hope brings home the impact of your donations. 

Nashville Christian School, Thank You From Ethiopia/Ordinary Hero from Ordinary Hero on Vimeo.

We are asking each student to give one dollar every Friday through the rest of the school year. You can send in small change or donations with your student, give donations to Leslie Dahl at the front desk, or catch one of us in the traffic line. If you would like to know more about Ordinary Hero, click here.

NCS Wins Cornerstone Award

December 03, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce recently held their first Bravo! Bellevue awards event to celebrate the best of Bellevue. We are proud to announce that Nashville Christian School was chosen for the prestigious Cornerstone Award!

The Cornerstone Award is a special presentation to a Bellevue business that is essential not only to the chamber but to the Bellevue community as a whole. The recipient has not only contributed to the economic well-being of Bellevue but is also a business that gives back to the community through charitable work, service projects and participation in chamber initiatives.  

Amy Napoli, CEO of the Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce said, “Nashville Christian School has been a cornerstone in the Bellevue community since 1971. Nashville Christian is rivaled by none in their support of the Chamber. Through their financial commitment and by opening their doors to host Chamber events, Nashville Christian has played a significant role in the Chamber’s growth and success.”

Because of your commitment to our mission and vision, support of our school, and service to the Bellevue community, we are proud to share this honor with you, the Nashville Christian family. Go Eagles!

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November Not Just For Giving Thanks

November 27, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

November is typically thought of as a month dedicated to giving thanks, but NCS students took that a step further and made November a month of giving back.

After a beautiful Praise and Thanksgiving service together, all NCS families K-12 shared a meal together. As usual with Thanksgiving, there were lots of leftovers. The National Honor Society arranged to have “to go” boxes ready, and students and staff immediately set about packing up the leftovers into individual meals. Coach McPherson then drove some of our high school students through the streets of downtown Nashville, looking to give those meals away to the homeless. We estimate that over 400 lives were touched by smiles, hot food, biblical messages and sweet tea that day.  

The Nashville Christian Service Club also encouraged everyone to give back by organizing a schoolwide can drive in November. Elementary students lined the halls with their food donations, middle school students held a house competition to see which house could bring in the most donations, and high school students stacked up some of their cans in the shape of a Christmas tree. When it was all said and done, we took 2,695 pounds of food to The Ark in Pegram, TN where it will be distributed to those in need. This was the largest private donation they have ever received!

Service is a staple at Nashville Christian School and a great catalyst for equipping our students to become global leaders! Go Eagles!

Men of Faith

November 13, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

On Saturday, November 12th, the NCS Men of Faith put their hands to work on a couple of needs around the NCS campus. The men were able to give the Main Gym some much-needed attention by cleaning the basketball goals, floors, and bleacher area. Though middle Tennessee experienced the first hard freeze of the season, the men braved the cold, cleaning up the sidelines of the football field and putting up the sideline mats. Thinking about getting involved? A December service opportunity is currently in the works! If you are interested in serving with the NCS Men of Faith, come to their next meeting on December 6th at 6:00pm in room HS-16 or contact Brad DiPasquale at brad.dipasquale@gmail.com for more information. Thanks to all the men who have come out to serve!

  

Largest Can Drive Yet!

November 09, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

Thanks to everyone who participated in the can drive for The Ark in Pegram, TN. You gave a grand total of 2695 pounds of food which is the largest private can drive donation they have ever received! Thank you for your generosity to our surrounding communities!

Only Yesterday

October 03, 2018
By Tollie Boone

With bullying, school shootings and teen suicide on the rise, NCS senior Tollie Boone was inspired to create this powerful spoken word and song in response – Only Yesterday.

"When I started writing this, it was just a short little poem that I really thought nothing about. It was just something to get off my brain to help me fall asleep. After I finished writing, I realized that this world isn’t as safe as it was when I was younger. I used to be able to go outside and not have to worry if someone was going to hurt me. Now in today’s society, we have to increase security and make rules more strict. Keeping people out only invites more problems in. The only way we can help someone is if we ask. We can’t keep ignoring one another thinking that one day we will say something to them. That 'one day' we have now might not always be there. Galatians 6:10 says, 'Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people…'"

Only Yesterday - Tollie Boone from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

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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

  

   

   

Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out 2018

February 05, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

On Friday, February  2nd, NCS hosted our 9th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out! Each year, 10% of the proceeds from the night goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the rest helps with the medical expenses of someone in the NCS family currently fighting breast cancer. This year’s beneficiary was Elaine Hyde. Elaine works for Tucker Photography, and was taking pictures throughout the night’s events.

We had several different ways people could give. Participants could purchase a “NCS Hoops 4 Hope” t-shirt, enjoy some dinner at the Soup Supper, buy a $5 ticket to compete in the halftime “GOTCHA” game, or pay $10 for a ticket to play in the “Heads or Tails” game. This year’s winner of the “Heads or Tails” game was 3rd grader Maddie Friedberg. Maddie was so excited she jumped for joy and received hugs of congratulations from friends to go with her brand new 32” TV!

Several breast cancer survivors were present at the game. All survivors received a Pink Out t-shirt and a small gift and were honored at center court between games. The honoree, Elaine Hyde, was so moved when we were able to present her with a check for $2,400 to help with her medical expenses!

"I feel very unworthy but oh so blessed by the friendships that I have acquired from a business connection - does not feel like business, feels like serving family and simply being a part of something greater than myself or a job.  I go over to the school and I am accepted with love and respect in spite of my scarves, hats or boy hair.  In fact, it was at your school the night of Coming Home that Ashley Page helped me step outside my fears and work without my hair, but my new hair growth, which was much thinner than at Pink Out. She was incredibly encouraging and made me believe it was ok to be me and not hide inside my ball cap. I am a person who is usually in the background.  When Ashley told me about Pink Out, I knew I wanted to photograph it and meet those that were participating. Having a personal understanding of their journey, it was important for me to be there as the photographer. Then about a week later, she refined the invitation to be the recipient, and I turned her down. She gently pressed, and I gave it some thought and prayers for several days. Anyway, you know how that played out. The monies raised floored me.  I still don't know what to say. This I can assure all those involved, every cent will be applied to my cancer debt. Thank you simply is not good enough. I don't know what words are,” said Elaine.

Thank you to everyone who gave and supported the Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out!

NCS High School Students Make Christmas Special for JE Moss

December 15, 2017
By Kylee Boen, Class of 2018

The process of planning this event for the kids was something we were really working hard to achieve and looking forward to doing. We started off thinking of ways to gather and fundraise for all of the items to take to the kids, and this is when we got the idea to involve the whole student body. However, we also wanted to give the students some incentive for helping out with this project. We asked each of the math teachers individually if they would consider giving the students two points on their midterm if they were to donate, and it was a success. Immediately after making this announcement, the items started flowing in, and soon after it was time to pack up and take off.
 
It was 7 AM, but I have never seen everyone so energetic. We were so excited to walk through the doors of JE Moss and see those children. I knew immediately that this was going to be a great experience. We all split up into different classrooms, there were four in total, and got started with our day. On top of the gifts, we provided them with a variety of foods. The classroom Jolie and I were in happened to be most excited about the donuts. The kids were so grateful for every little thing, and the look of pure excitement on their faces was one I will never forget. However, just when they thought it was over, we brought out the presents. Immediately, the kids were screaming and jumping up and down with joy, and you couldn't help but smile. They all got seated and opened their presents only to scream even louder. 

This experience was so humbling and inspirational all around. I can't even begin to express how grateful I am for being given the opportunity to be a part of this. 

NCS High School Makes Christmas Special for JE Moss from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

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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"Stand" Shows NCS Students the Other Side

October 19, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

On Monday, October 9th, several of our English students had the privilege of watching a powerful performance of Stand, a new play by Jim Reyland that brings a new perspective to homelessness. Stand has only two characters: Mark, a salesman, and Johnny, a homeless man struggling from years of drug addiction. It is a true story based on Reyland’s relationship with John Robert Ellis, a homeless man he befriended and tried to help for nearly a decade before Ellis was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2011. 

The show is part of TPAC’s Humanities Outreach in Tennessee and ticket sales benefit Room in the Inn, a Tennessee organization that offers emergency services, transitional programs, and long-term solutions to help people rebuild their lives. The Founding Director of Room in the Inn, Charles Strobel, was in attendance and spoke to our students after the performance and answered their questions. Here’s what some of our students had to say about how they were impacted by Stand.

The thing about the play that was so impactful to me was the realistic portrayal of recovery, showing how it’s more of a two steps forward one step backwards kind of process rather than a straight line constantly going upwards. I liked how the two characters helped each other equally, and the relationship they shared. – Jolie Harper

I like that the man [Mark] stepped out of his normal routine and helped the homeless man. I learned that sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone and help others. – Hampton Taron

It was super eye-opening as to how we should treat others no matter the circumstances they are in.  - Anna Jones

I thought the play was very deep on how you may think you are better than homeless people, but you are really just the same but with more money. And other people who may be homeless don't always have the childhood and conditions it takes to be successful, and they end up that way, all by things they can't control.  - Hope McWright

I learned that homelessness isn't easy to get out of. It is not necessarily about being lazy, but about falling into a cycle of hopelessness. Homeless people aren't treated with the same respect as other people are and that was really impactful to me.  –Annmarie Alexander

I found the fact that the man took a lot of time to befriend and take care of the homeless man very impactful. I see homeless people people all the time, but this man had the courage to help him on a personal level.  – Riley Griffin

Addiction is a serious thing, and its not easy to walk away from as people may think. Also, homelessness is a serious thing that many people ignore, but there are those who recognize it like Mark did. What we don’t realize is that the homeless can help us too. They give us a whole different view of life. – Ben Simpson

The act of helping someone is where the real worth is, not whether or not they've recovered. It's a 'journey is more important than the destination' type situation.  – Nate Lewis

This was my second time seeing Stand as I first saw the play on a drama field trip freshman year. I believe that this time I put more thought into the idea that it may not have been Jonny's fault for the situation he was in. I took away that some people may have genetic traits that simply make them more likely to become addicted to substances and that substance abuse may be less of a choice and more of a trap people fall into. – Dominic Stephens

“Stand” performed at NCS from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

Charles Strobel encouraged students that the best way they can help right now is to support the larger systems which are already in place and change the conversation about the homeless. Room in the Inn currently has 190 congregations in Middle Tennessee that provide food and shelter, a downtown campus, and over 6,500 volunteers. To learn more about how you can help Room in the Inn, go to roomintheinn.org.

Chapel Speaker Tim Shaw

September 21, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

We had the incredible privilege of hearing from Tim Shaw at chapel on Wednesday, September 20th. Tim is a former linebacker for the Tennessee Titans and the brother of Nashville Christian’s strength and conditioning coach, Andrew Shaw. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 and has been sharing his story and his faith around the country ever since.

Tim spoke to our kindergarten through 12th graders about how each and every one of us is made in the image of God, and that makes us awesome! He also shared one of his favorite verses, Colossians 3:23, which says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (NKJV) He encouraged everyone to embrace his or her God-given gifts, to be authentic, and to not worry so much what other people think. It is only important that they be pleasing to God.

Lisa McPherson is another member of the NCS family who has been diagnosed with ALS. Lisa is the wife of NCS boys basketball coach, Mike McPherson. Mike and Lisa have made a strong connection with the Shaw family, and they have encouraged one another through their struggles over the past couple of months.

To help raise funds and awareness for the ALS Association, the NCS football team and many other students, staff and family members will join Tim Shaw and participate in the one-mile Walk to Defeat ALS this Saturday, September 23rd at Lipscomb University. To join team Eagles Against ALS, or to make a donation on their behalf, click on the link below.

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.

 

NCS Gives Again

April 04, 2017
By Nashville Christian School
               The Goad Family

We recently spread the word about Nancy and Charlie Goad and the loss of their house in a fire. The Goads are family to Nashville Christian 5th grade teacher Anissa Demonbreun. They lost everything but the clothes on their backs, even losing a beloved pet to the devastating fire. 

Once again, the Nashville Christian family showed their generous hearts and sent in gift cards to help the Goads - the final count was $5602! We wanted to let you know they cried tears of joy and were in awe of the generosity you have shown. Here is a special thank you note from Mrs. Demonbreun and the Goads.

Dear NCS Family,

Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for the love and support my family received during their time of need. As you may have heard by now, we received over $5,600 in donations along with some personal items for the Goad family. We were and continue to be speechless and thankful for the generosity, love, support, and prayers that everyone has offered during the past week. I am thankful to work at a place where Christ’s love is demonstrated in so many ways. I am honored to be a part of our NCS family, and I thank you for sharing your children with us. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness. We are NC!

Thank you,
Anissa Demonbreun and Family

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Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out Raises $4000

January 25, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

On January 24th, NCS hosted the 8th Annual Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out during our basketball game against East Robertson. The gym was full with friends and family showing support for those who have been affected by breast cancer. This year we raised $4000 to help the McNally family with medical expenses! Sara McNally is the mother of 2nd grader Joseph McNally and is currently battling breast cancer. She and her family were there to receive the check while everyone got to their feet to cheer her on. We also honored all the breast cancer survivors in attendance by having them come to center court for flowers and a gift. Many of the survivors in attendance were previous recipients of the Pink Out donations.

Some of the funds were raised through “Just Cure It” t-shirt sales, and all of the survivors in attendance were given a t-shirt. Before the game, everyone enjoyed the Soup Supper fundraiser which also brought in lots of donations.

Tickets for the Heads or Tails game were sold for the chance to win a flat screen TV. Everyone who purchased a ticket came down on the floor to participate between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games. Each contestant chose either “heads” or “tails” by placing a hand on their head or their backside. Then a coin was flipped, and all those who chose correctly were still in the game. In the end, breast cancer survivor Gayle Hoots won the TV! She is the grandmother of current senior, Ben Feldman. See the final coin flip below.

PInk Out 2017 from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

 

We want to think the sponsors of this great night for their incredible support - Enterprise Electric, Flower Mart, and Nashville Ready Mix. Thanks to all who came out to support this event and helped bless the McNally family in their battle against breast cancer with your generous giving. You are what makes Nashville Christian School such a special place!

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.

NCS Celebrates the Season

November 23, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

This November, Nashville Christian students, faculty and staff celebrated a season of Thanksgiving all month long. There were many creative lessons in the classroom. First graders designed turkeys, posters, and books and shared what they are thankful for with their classmates. Kindergarten dressed up their turkeys in disguises, and fourth graders practiced persuasive writing by imagining they were turkeys who had to convince someone not to eat them for Thanksgiving.

On the last day of school before the Thanksgiving break, the Nashville Christian School family got together for the traditional Praise and Thanksgiving Feast. Each student brought a delicious dish to share and our tables were overflowing with everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving treats.

For our special program, the middle school chorus and the high school Entertainers performed and Mrs. Overbay’s first grade class recited Psalm 100. Our special guest speaker, Charlie Neese, spoke about how God designed us to be thankful even in the moments when our lives aren’t perfect, and reminded us to voice our gratitude to the people we are thankful for.

After everyone had their fill at the feast, the leftovers were boxed up to take to the homeless. Several students and faculty helped pack up the food and take it to those in need in the community. Senior Danna Griffin helped lead the charge.

“This was the third year I have helped organize the meals for the homeless after the thanksgiving feast. After helping clean up my freshman year and seeing just how much food went to waste, I knew we could do something meaningful with all the food. It was amazing to see all of the teachers and staff step up and help complete the task. I couldn’t have been more thankful for such supportive role models and serving adults in our school. This year we were able to give away 400 meals, more than we’ve ever had before. We went through Nashville West and downtown, stopping on the way to give people food and pray with them. It felt so amazing to be able to give someone a nice thanksgiving meal when they were holding up a cardboard signing that said, “Homeless veteran, hungry, anything helps.” Just to see the gratitude in their eyes and know that you made their day is a feeling that you can’t describe. This year we were also able to give food away at the Nashville Mission where many homeless go to get help. These trips are always so memorable, and I hope the tradition continues even after I graduate.”

Thanks to everyone who served this season. We have so much to be thankful for here at Nashville Christian School!

 

Thanksgiving 2016 from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

Senior Abbie Page Helps Fight ALS

November 04, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

In late October, Lisa McPherson, wife of our high school Bible teacher and basketball coach Mike McPherson, was diagnosed with ALS. ALS is a terminal disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord causing muscle weakness and eventual failure. Currently, there is no cure for ALS.

The McPhersons learned of a treatment not yet available in the U.S. that showed some promise and planned a trip to a hospital in Bangkok. It was going to be expensive, but Nashville Christian School senior Abbie Page was so impacted by the news, she had to help.

“One day we were sitting in Bible class and Coach McPherson was in tears telling us that his wife had been diagnosed with ALS. He is such a strong person and to see him break down like that really let us know that he needed our help. He told us a little bit about the trip they were going to have to go on, and a little bit about how much it would cost. He asked all of us to keep his wife in our prayers, so for many weeks we did. I prayed almost everyday not only for Mrs. Lisa’s health, but also that God would show me a way to help them. I figured even the littlest thing could help. So I decided to put together this fundraiser for Coach Mike and his wife because if I was in their situation, I would want someone to do the same thing for me,” Abbie said.

Many are familiar with the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral in the summer of 2014, and Abbie decided to bring it to the forefront once again.

“It was a bit of short notice, but my mom helped me out a ton by getting the flyers out, getting t-shirts made, and helping me organize the whole thing,” she explained.

On November 3rd, many supporters from the NCS family gathered on the football field to take the challenge. Several students raised money for the event and got icy cold water dumped on their heads. Meanwhile, Coach McPherson got his own bucket of ice dumped on him on the other side of the world in Bangkok, Thailand.

Abbie was overwhelmed at the show of support saying, “I’m very thankful for everyone who donated and participated in this because it could not have happened without them. Everyone who contributed made a huge difference, and I am so thankful I had so much help from our NCS family with getting this together. Many people were there before to help me set up and some of the participants were some of the football players, the whole girls basketball team, some coaches and administrators, and a few others. There were so many donations and we raised over $2200.”

We are so thankful for the loving, supportive Nashville Christian community who helps carry and lift each other up in times of need. Please enjoy this video of the special event, and hear a special thank you from the McPhersons.

Ice Bucket Challenge for Lisa McPherson 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.

Honoring Marsha Forehand

September 28, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

We recently had the special opportunity to honor teacher Marsha Forehand as she moves into retirement. Mrs. Forehand was so loved by generations of students at NCS for her kind heart, gentle spirit, and love for the Lord. Mrs. Forehand taught at NCS from 1995 - 2016.  She served in several capacities including teaching PreKindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and Leadership/Bible. She impacted children with her passion for reading and the Lord. Her classroom was covered in "stuffed lambs" given to her by years of NCS students because of her commitment to teach them about the "Lamb of God." Here’s what some of our staff and students had to say about Mrs. Marsha Forehand.

"There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others. And that’s exactly what Mrs. Forehand does." – Robbie Lewis (Administrative Assistant)

"Mrs. Forehand always has a servant’s heart. She demonstrates the love of Christ in all that she does. Anytime I think of someone as being most Christ-like, I immediately think of her." - Anissa Demonbreun (5th Grade Teacher)

"Mrs. Forehand has such a caring heart. She always wanted to know about what was going on in my life." – Makenna Paszek (11th Grade)

"Ms. Forehand was extremely encouraging and welcoming when I came back to NCS to work. Her frequently written notes always reminded me to go to God first with all things. Ms. Forehand showed love and care with my Kindergartener, and we will never forget the impact she had on our family's beginning at Nashville Christian School." - Lauren Brasel (Elementary Principal)

"Our family is so grateful for the years of devotion she gave to the students and families. She has a unique ability to find in students a way of encouraging each child to feel good about themselves. I will always be grateful for her encouraging spirit." – Martha Faust (LIFE Teacher)

"Marsha Forehand was one of the first teachers I met when I started teaching at NCS. She referred to us as "the Senior Saints." I  miss stopping by her room to see her in the mornings.. She is extremely quick-witted and funny." – Fran Sexton (Elementary Art Teacher)

"Mrs. Forehand was a very kind teacher. Even though i was in 2nd grade, I still remember some of the things she taught me. She was one of the only teachers I’ve ever had to apply life lessons in school almost every day. She acted in a Christ-like manner that's for sure no matter what. Mrs. Forehand was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and I will never forget about her." – Zach Hamilton (12th Grade)

Mrs. Forehand with Connie Jo Shelton

"Mrs. Forehand was my second grade teacher, and I couldn't have been more thankful for her. While she might've been my teacher in second grade, she still makes appearances in my life today as a Senior. I randomly see her out and about, or just around NCS, and Mrs.Forehand gives me a hug, asks how I'm doing, or simply just says hi and tells me that she misses me. I'm so thankful that Mrs.Forehand has been in my life since second grade!!" – Brittan Jarrell (12th Grade)

"Marsha Forehand is one of the most thoughtful people that I have had the pleasure to know. She has spent the last twenty-one years serving our students and modeling Christ. I had the amazing opportunity to honor her in elementary chapel this past Wednesday. We celebrated Ms. Forehand for her unwavering example of seeking God first, speaking faithfully, and expressing humility in all things. I am grateful for her commitment to Nashville Christian, and I know that our children loved celebrating her! – Connie Jo Shelton

 

 

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Faculty Workroom Gets a Facelift

August 29, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

Each year in May, during Teacher Appreciation Week, NCS students and their families express their love and gratitude for their teachers in a number of creative ways. Because high school students have multiple teachers, NCS parent Ashley Cantrell and the EPA came up with an idea to bless all the upper school faculty and staff. Generous contributions were made and the high school faculty workroom got an entire redesign! The space received new flooring, was repainted, and it is now equipped with a new microwave and large refrigerator. Everyone loves the new space! 

   

Thanks to Ashley Cantrell, the EPA, and all who gave toward this effort to impact the entire faculty and staff with a wonderful daily reminder of appreciation. If you did not get the chance to contribute last May, the room is still in need of a table. Please contact Karen Whelan at 356-5600 or whelank@nashvillechristian.org to make contributions.

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NY Missions Day 4

June 09, 2016
By Austin Bishop, Brady Simpson, Andrew Sullivan

NCS Graduate Austin Bishop and rising Seniors Brady Simpson and Andrew Sullivan share about Day Four on the NY Mission Trip!

Austin Bishop - Group One

Today, we began the morning with a devotional, where we were reminded that no matter how tired we may be, we are to not grow weary from being the hands and feet of God as we serve those who need it. First we went to a food pantry in Harlem, where we had the opportunity to assist people in shopping for their food. We had an interesting challenge because of the language barriers between us Nashvillians and the people of Harlem. 98.6 percent of the people spoke Spanish and zero English. Because of this, we had to work together to understand what they wanted in order to help them shop. Next we went to an Arab-American after-school program and had the opportunity to play games with kids and assist them in their homework. All in all, we grew together as a team to accomplish the mission that was set for us.

Helping locals shop at the food pantry

 

Brady Simpson and Andrew Sullivan - Group Two

Yesterday we went on a prayer tour. We started in China Town and Little Italy. We then made our way through Grand Central Station, Upper East Side, Harlem, Madison Square Garden, and the 911 Memorial. We were told not to speak but to observe the surroundings. We stopped in parks, under bridges, in the subway station, etc. Our guide would read us facts and statistics about the area. We learned about serious issues that affect God's people...labor trafficking, sex trafficking, poverty, homelessness, conflicts in community, and took a moment to reflect on September 11, 2001. We then took hands and prayed about the issues these areas face everyday. We are grateful to CSM and their focus on prayer. New York City is prayed over every single day of the summer. 

Praying in Penn Station

 

Day 3 of the NY Mission Trip

June 08, 2016
By Michael Pope and Hendrick Shelton

NCS Graduates Michael Pope and Hendrick Shelton report on Day Three of the NY Mission Trip!

Michael

We started an early day by leaving at 7:45. We went to a church and led a worship where Brady opened the service with prayer followed by Ebby singing songs of praise. Ben, Bobby and I gave testimonies about life struggles and how the scripture has helped us through it. Coach Brothers led the sermon and Katie then prayed for the offering. To end the service, Andrew prayed for all of us.

Ebby leads the singing

 

After that we gave out cans of food to those who attended the service.

Giving food to those in need

 

Our next stop was Coney Island where we were challenged to go up to random strangers and start conversations with them and ask them questions like how the New York life is, how they were affected by hurricane Sandy, etc. We met some great people and were able to share why we were in NY.

Boardwalk bubble ministry!

 

We wrapped up the day by eating Nathan's famous hot dogs and riding Deno's wonder wheel and seeing an amazing view of the beach and city.

Riding the Wonder Wheel

 

Hendrick

Today could be summed up simply by the word: "humbling." We started out our day serving at the World Vision New York Warehouse. Now at first I that this was an optometrist office, but when we arrived I realized that wasn't the case. What's so amazing about this place is that large companies like Target, Costco, and many others donate their surplus supplies. We packed backpacks filled with school supplies that the company would donate to schools and after-school programs. It's a humbling place because at home we don't face the issue of "do I buy school supplies OR food for my kid?" I mean it's a blessing not to have to deal with this problem, and I'm glad that we were able to help 600 families.

Our team stuffed 600 backpacks!

 

The other part of our day was very interesting, in that we got to have a closer look at homelessness through their eyes. Each person was allowed $2 each, and that was all the money we had to pay for four of us and another homeless person. Thanks to the help of $1 slices of pizza we were able to accomplish it, but it was very difficult looking at places I regularly eat, and not being able to have it because all I have is $2. It was a very eye-opening and humbling experience. Stay tuned for more, this is Hendrick Shelton signing off!

Please keep this amazing team in your prayers as they continue to serve!

New York - Day 3 from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

Day Two for the NY Mission Team!

June 07, 2016
By Connie Jo Shelton, Kendall Lewis

On day two of the trip, the team divided up to conquer the city, serving in several different capacities. Group One's word of the day was "Good". Mr. Barnett lead our devotional and told everyone to think about and try to see the good in the day ahead. They began their adventurous day by boarding the subway to Queens to begin a prayer tour. They stopped at different locations to pray for the people, the city, the injustices going on throughout the city and so on. A big issue in Queens is human trafficking. At one point in the tour the team was not allowed to talk was asked to imagine what it is like to not have a voice - just like the victims of human trafficking. Next, Group One went to the New York Common Pantry to serve dinner to the homeless and those that are on welfare. This was eye opening because the people were so grateful for whatever they were served. 

Getting ready for the Queens Prayer Walk

 

Helping the church get organized

Group Two began their day of service with a quick devotion led by Coach Brothers. Their word for the day was “Yes!” After taking the subway to Manhattan, they joined Meals on Wheels at the Stanley Isaac Senior Citizen Center and took hot meals to those in need. The kids loved it, even though it included marching up 25 flights of stairs. Wow! Next they went to South Bushwick Reform Church in Brooklyn. They spent time with Reverend Martin and helped him organize the office, including working with him on his finances. The boys on the team did some handiwork throughout the church building.

Food delivery for Meals on Wheels

 

Doing some handiwork around the church

 

Everyone finished up this day of service by indulging in a Venezuelan dinner and a devotional back at their home church. What a special way for team members and recent graduate Michael Pope to spend his birthday – serving others and then celebrating with cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery.

Enjoying a Venezuelan dinner after a long day of service

 

It was a great day for our mission team!

NYC Mission Trip 2016 - Day One

June 06, 2016
By Connie Jo Shelton

Saturday's goal was to spend the day touring the Big Apple! We began the morning in Central Park to enjoy the diversity of this wonderful city. We were able to visit the following spots:  the chess and checker house, the "Friends Fountain," Bethesda Fountain, and the statue of Balto.

Mr. Barnett defeats a local in Central Park

 

We headed to the Stanton Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Our ferry was escorted by the United States Coastguard and we were all reminded of how blessed we are to live in America. What an amazing sight to see Lady Liberty!

A view of Lady Liberty

 

Another reminder of this blessing came while we visited the 911 memorial. We were humbled by this beautiful tribute to the lives lost on September 11. We had time to take an audio tour narrated by Robert DeNiro which helped to understand the overwhelming circumstances of the time.  Stories of heroism, bravery, strength, and sacrifice allowed us to connect with such a difficult time in our nation's history. God bless the USA!

The only tree to survive 9/11

 

We ended the night eating the best cheesecake that New York City has to offer! If you ever get the chance to visit, be sure to find Junior's in Times Square.

Times Square

 

On Sunday morning, we gathered to worship and share opportunities that we had experienced God on our trip. Mr. Barnett shared a passage from 1st Corinthians 12 that reminded us to celebrate our diversity and allow God to bless us through our differences.

Sunday morning worship service at the hotel

 

Reflecting on the past couple of days, He has shown is the beauty of diversity within our group and within this city. As we prepare to head to Brooklyn to begin our service, please pray for opportunities for our students to bless others by using their unique gifts.

Students Show the True Spirit of ThanskGIVING

November 30, 2015
By Nashville Christian School

Every year, the Nashville Christian family has a special Praise and Thanksgiving Feast on the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. Each family brings a dish to share, and after a special service, we enjoy a meal together. The first graders shared Psalm 100, and the Entertainers sang for everyone's enjoyment. This year’s special speaker was middle school teacher Josh Barnett. Mr. Barnett shared about his recent experience with a tumor that was affecting his vision. He had many difficulties along the way and spent several weeks in the hospital and at home recovering, but he shared how thankful he was for the Nashville Christian community. He even read from some of the handmade cards he received from students that encouraged him in the Lord as he healed. 

After the feast, about 40 students and their families took the leftover food and boxed it up into individual meals to take to the homeless in downtown Nashville. The volunteers took the meals to areas near the Nashville Library, Nissan Stadium, under the Jefferson Street Bridge, and right here in Bellevue. Our student, staff and family volunteers handed out the food and offered prayer and bible study information. Everyone they encountered was very appreciative of the food and care. 

We have so much to be grateful for here at Nashville Christian School, but we are especially thankful for the servant hearts of our students, facutly and families as they take the mission of our school "to demonstrate the love of Christ" out into the communitiy.

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