|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 members of the Ensworth community enjoying.|
Red Gables Campus - Ensworth's Lower and Middle Schools
|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, Tiger Trivia contests, 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; fourth graders visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in conjunction with their song-writing activities; second graders tour the Nashville Public Library, and several groups attend productions at Nashville Children's Theater and TPAC.
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.
|Pancake Breakfast - November 8, 2013|
On a brisk fall 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's High School students, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents and parents are invited to join Lower and MIddle School families for this special event. Proceeds go toward the class gift to the school.
Each year Ensworth's students welcome their grandparents to the campus for special programs and to share in the school experience.
The Grandparents Day for Grades P1-8 is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at the Red Gables campus and for Grades 9-12, Grandparents Day is Friday, December 20, 2013, at the Devon Farm campus.
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's High School|
|Charter Book Signing|
Students joining the High School community sign the big leather book that has recorded the names of entering students beginning their high school careers since 2004.
This ceremony begins the new year for incoming students as they sign the book and are greeted by the entire High School faculty and their student mentors.
Early in the school year, students take part in a class retreat with classmates and advisors to encourage class spirit and let classmates get to know each other.
Freshmen and sophomores usually take part in an off-campus trip with faculty advisors, while juniors and seniors engage in some specially-tailored workshops to help them in the college search process.
Students in all four grades (9-12) are assigned to one of four Tiger Spirit Houses. Houses compete for the Devon Trophy
awarded for school spirit and achievement in Spirit Week contests, and other activities. Houses elect a male and female leader to coordinate their efforts.
|Student Government-Sponsored Activities|
The student government organizes a variety of activities including several dances during the year.
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, Mr. Morgan Says, 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 Ensworth's High School.