Ensworth’s Capstone Program is exemplary of experiential learning; students are given the opportunity to engage in an extensive exploration of a passion or interest that is above and beyond academic courses and extracurricular involvements—though it is often the product of weaving multiple inspirations into one. To participate, a student investigates, proposes, and gains approval for a specific research project in Grade 11, and will conduct the research and presentation of their findings over the course of their senior year.
One of the challenges that we face as a department is keeping alive in our high school students the joy of reading instilled by the lower/middle school faculty. High school students are increasingly focused on the grade (or the “points”) offered by an assignment, and it’s difficult to get them to slow down and focus on reading as exploration, as a puzzle to be unlocked, or as play.
The “My First Book” project began after I attended my first Social Issues Conference where the Restore LaVi session piqued my interest. Former parent Diana Day-Cartee and her daughter, Ali Cartee ’18, had been volunteering in Haiti for a while with restavecs, or child slaves.
All Grade 6 History classes, taught by Ruby Cortner, Maurice Hopkins, and J.K. Scott, brought wonders of the ancient world to life by creating a pop-up museum event in Patton Hall for the entire Lower/Middle School community this fall.
Children are more comfortable and confident in engaging in active learning when they are in an environment that fosters social and emotional understanding and competence. Responsive Classroom (RC) is an approach to teaching that employs thoughtful and proactive practices to create a safe and joyful classroom culture that is developmentally responsive to students’ strengths and needs.
In ways both big and small, our Lower School teachers are bringing curricular content to life through immersive activities that offer students the opportunity to go far beyond retention of facts and figures and to fully absorb the knowledge that they set out to discover. The following examples illustrate this approach and represent only the tip of the iceberg that is experiential learning at Ensworth.
Zoe Upkins, Ensworth junior and talented singer, auditioned for and will appear on NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice.” The show, which includes judges Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend, will premiere on Monday, September 23.
Renowned ceramics artist Susan Beiner was on campus for a week in March working with high school students as a visiting artist. The Teaching Artist Endowment at Ensworth enriches the study of the arts on the High School Campus by bringing in celebrated artists in the fields of music, theater, and the visual arts.
Tiffany Townsend, Director of Marketing & Communications
The Class of 2019 is the first class to go through the High School under the four-year college counseling model. Students are matched with their college counselor at the beginning of freshman year and stay with the same counselor throughout their high school career. Four seniors share their experience with the program and how it helped them find the right college fit.
Hope Moeller, Middle School Drama Director & Grade 2 Faculty
In February, the Middle School Drama Club put on a production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the classic tale by C.S. Lewis. All of us were excited to tell our version of this story. Our parents had read the story to us, or we had read it ourselves, and most of the students had seen the 2005 movie.
China Daily, a global publication with nearly 1 million in circulation, featured a photo of a group of nine Ensworth AP Chinese students with four students from Yuying High School in Nashville’s sister city, Taiyuan.
Looking to make your Friday afternoons a little less hectic? Parents of students in Grades 1–5 can let Ensworth ease your stress with camaraderie, school spirit, and food with Friday Night Lights! It all kicks off this Friday before the game vs. Trezevant.
Jacqueline Frist ‘21 received a Gold Medal at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her composite photograph “Forest of Dreams.” She was on hand to receive the medal at the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York in early June.
You may hear the name of Jordan Bone '16 come up in the NBA Draft, which starts tonight at 7:30. He is the first Ensworth Tiger to participate in the draft. Most projections have him as a top round pick.
Ensworth GIrls' Lacrosse defeated Harpeth Hall 11-8 to win the 2019 Private School State Championship. The Tigers had four players selected to the All State team: Carrie Elcan, Annabel Frist, Caroline Frist, and McLean Whitson. Congratulations to Head Coach Corey Donohoe, Assistant Coaches Mia Hurrin and Kaitlyn D'Alessandro, and all the Tigers on an outstanding season!
Marianna Staff’s poetry Capstone on the theme of “Growing” proved to be a fitting topic for her as a young woman and artist. She presented a few selections from her project’s poetry anthology, including some older material from earlier in her Ensworth career, on Thursday, April 25.
Colin Murray ’20 was again named the MathCON National Champion for his grade level. He competed against 3,757 Grade 11 students, 62 of whom were invited to the final round at McCormick Place in Chicago. Grade 6 student Lily Bowen earned an Honorable Mention medal at the MathCON finals.
Caroline Frist grew up in a family where education reform was standard dinner table conversation. Her mentor in high school, David Whitfield, introduced her to the idea that the history of Nashville and education are intertwined and gave birth to her Capstone project. She presented it on March 30.
Ensworth is hosting the 2019 Social Issues Conference on Friday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on the High School Campus at 7401 Highway 100. The event offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about various local nonprofits and how to get involved, volunteer, and make a difference in the Nashville community.
Ensworth has announced Roc Batten as the new Head Varsity Football Coach. The appointment marks a homecoming for Batten, as he was a member of Ensworth’s faculty and staff in the high school’s early years.
Congratulations to our 2019 Tennessean All-Midstate Boys and Girls Swimming Team Selections! Kallie Chelsvig '20, state champion in the 100m freestyle and verbal commit to Notre Dame, made the All-Midstate team in the 100-yard freestyle. And in the boys' category, behind Coach of the Year Christian Bahr, Evan Petty was named 200 yard IM and 100 backstroke. The Ensworth boys filled the entire All-Midstate relays teams, the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle, and the 400-yard freestyle.
Students in the Lower School are preparing for the upcoming World Language Week by participating in activities related to the week’s theme: “Lovely: Finding the Lovely in Ourselves and Others as We Travel the World.” World Language Week is April 15-19.
J.C. Johnson, High School Visual Arts Teacher, has been leading trips to Turnip Green Creative Reuse on quarterly high school Service Learning Days. Their work has led to the creation of a unique art exhibition.
The Tigers defeated Brentwood Academy 48-42 to win the 2019 TSSAA Division II AA State Championship. Ensworth finished the season with a school record 29 wins. Congratulations to Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles, Assistant coaches Chris Brian and Krystle Horton, and all the Tigers on an outstanding season.
Renowned ceramics artist Susan Beiner will work with high school students as a teaching artist for a week in March. The week will culminate with a reception on Friday, March 8 for her show, which is currently on display in the Ingram Arts Center.