|Shared traditions are part of what makes Ensworth a special place. Traditions include fun events that are anticipated by current students and recollections of those experiences that forge strong bonds with Ensworth alumni. Ensworth traditions reflect the past, present, and future - some traditions are always evolving as exciting new events and occasions are created by students and faculty. Here are some of the traditions that you'll find on the Red Gables campus and the Devon Farm campus.|
Red Gables Campus - Lower and Middle School
|Black and Orange|
Black and Orange competition is a tradition dating from Ensworth School's founding.
Each student in the Lower & Middle school, after first grade, is assigned to either the Black or the Orange team. Teams compete for points awarded for a number of different phases of school life: honor roll achievement, Field Day successes, etc., and the winning team is announced at a final Assembly in the spring. Captains are elected for each team, and while the rivalry is spirited, students are often reminded that it takes "both black and orange to make a Tiger - the school's mascot."
Field trips offer off-campus experiences that complement the curriculum.
Teachers prepare students in advance for such trips, ensuring that the learning experience continues in the off-campus setting. Examples include: third graders studying Tennessee History travel to the Hermitage for insights into Andrew Jackson's life and times and take a walking tour of downtown Nashville to learn about history and architecture of the city; sixth graders exploring world civilizations visit the Renaissance Festival.
Beginning in 5th grade, students participate in class trips designed with a particular focus for that age group, as well as opportunities for developing friendships and class unity.
Fifth graders have a rural, nature-based outing, while sixth graders go white-water rafting and study river ecology. Seventh graders experience a week of Outdoor Education, challenging themselves and learning to depend on their classmates as they negotiate ropelines, climbing, and other tests. The Eighth Grade trip to Washington, D.C. is a long-remembered week that highlights the class study of American history.
On a brisk morning, all school families are invited to gather for pancakes, sausage, eggs, and loads of other treats at the annual Pancake Breakfast.
Eighth grade students, their parents, and their teachers all work together to organize and host this event that is fun for the whole family. Ensworth High School students, faculty, and parents are invited, as well as those from the Lower and Middle Schools. Proceeds go toward the class gift to the school.
Each spring Ensworth's Lower and Middle School students welcome their grandparents to the campus for a lively musical program and visits to the classrooms.
Several hundred grandparents and special guests enjoy sharing the day with their special students. Grandparents of Ensworth High School students are invited to visit the campus for a winter holiday program.
Super Saturday is a day of games, food, and fun on the Red Gables fields organized by the Ensworth Parent Association.
It's a great time for the whole family to enjoy all sorts of activities including the Tiger Trot, a 1-mile fun run that gets the festivities started. Watch for this much-anticipated May event.
|Devon Farm Campus - Ensworth High School|
|Charter Book Signing|
Students entering the first classes at EHS sign the big leather book that will record the Charter Classes throughout Ensworth's history.
This ceremony begins the new year for incoming EHS students as they sign the book and are greeted by the entire High School faculty.
Early in the school year, students take part in a class retreat with classmates and advisors to get better acquainted and set the tone for the year.
Juniors participate in the College Summit, a two-day event that brings admission representatives from a wide variety of colleges to campus. These admission experts lead workshops on writing college essays, financing a college education, getting the most out of college visits, and other helpful areas of the college search process.
A fun opportunity to create costumes and socialize with fellow students in the fall.
Students in all four grades (9-12) are assigned to one of four Houses. Houses compete for the Devon Trophy
awarded for school spirit and achievement in Homecoming float design and construction, Spirit Week contests, and other activities. Houses elect a male and female leader to lead their efforts.
A school wide social event just before Winter Break.
Getting dressed up and enjoying an evening with classmates and friends is the theme of this winter dance.
Tigers have talent! All kinds of talents are showcased in the Talent Show produced by students and open to the school community.
A week of really fun activities in the spring: powder puff football, tug of war, costume days, and more!
Time to get in the Tiger spirit before football and basketball games - music, contests and lots of cheering!
Seniors and dates enjoy a dinner together, then parents can watch the formal presentation. Juniors join the seniors for the dance.
Each senior creates a ceramic tile that will become a part of the campus, leaving a permanent reminder of his or her days at EHS.