Year in Pictures

It’s hard to believe 9 months ago we were gearing up for fall leaves and cool nights. Now we are slathering on the sunscreen for a few months of family vacations, summer camps, lazy evenings spent outside and plenty of relaxation. This school year has been full of many firsts for our kindergarten students: the first time through the lunch line, the first walk into school with their eighth grade buddies and the first time to be called Ensworth Tigers. For our seniors many competed in their last sporting event, performed in their final Ensworth musical or took their last AP exam. It’s hard to pick just one moment to define the school year, so instead we have rounded up some of the best pictures from throughout the year. Have a wonderful summer and make sure you follow Ensworth on social media for some exciting summer posts!

Seniors Visit Red Gables for some fun with our littlest tigers

Seniors visit the lower school for some fun with our littlest tigers

Special Olympics Bocce Ball training

Special Olympics Bocce Ball training

Ms. Smith's second graders getting out their green thumbs to help weed the school garden

Ms. Smith’s second graders getting out their green thumbs to help weed the school garden

Ensworth battles Trinity Christian in their season opener at Ensworth

Ensworth battles Trinity Christian in their season opener at Ensworth

The sixth grade white water rafting trip

The sixth grade white water rafting trip

Building and painting gardens for Harpeth Valley Elementary

Building and painting gardens for Harpeth Valley Elementary

Mrs. Schuld's class getting ready to make their big stage debut in Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook

Mrs. Schuld’s class getting ready to make their big stage debut in Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook

Seventh grade students getting to the heart of the matter

Seventh grade students getting to the heart of the matter

Seeing what develops in photography class

Seeing what develops in photography class

First time ever performed on a high school stage, Ring of Fire.

First time ever performed on a high school stage, Ring of Fire.

High school students giving some kindergarten students a lesson in science on the river campus nature walk

High school students giving some kindergarten students a lesson in science on the river campus nature walk

 

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Authors’ Reception

IMG_8608The second grade students celebrated a very special day today that has been an Ensworth tradition for the past 20 years: the annual authors’ reception. Every year second grade students create their very own hard bound book. Students start the writing process by choosing a special place and then create their story around that place.  They write the story, draw the illustrations and even include an “about the author page” in the back.  This is a marvelous tradition where parents and other faculty in the school come to a viewing and reading of each student’s book. The second grade classrooms do a wonderful job putting a cap on a stellar school year. For more photos visit the Ensworth facebook page: Authors’ Reception Photos

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High School Musical Awards

high school musical awardsThis year the Ensworth Performing Arts program had a standout season of shows. The Ensworth School of Dance brought the house down with their Remixed concert, middle school drama club introduced us to all sorts of talking animals in Charlotte’s Web,  the Ensworth players brought us The Fantasticks and alum Sally Seitz’s original play The Wildhorse and the Racehorse. And who can forget the first ever high school production of Ring of Fire performed at the Ensworth Theater this March.

Recently Ensworth was invited to perform the opening number of “Ring” for the Nashville High School Musical Awards program at Lipscomb University. The group performed Daddy Sang Bass / Circle Be Unbroken. Briana Middleton was invited to perform “I Still Miss Someone” and Matt Lale accompanied on piano and sang backup. Drew Harris was invited to perform “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and Carter Pankow accompanied on guitar.

Later in the program the Ensworth Musicians were awarded Best Orchestra. More than sixty Ensworth parents, faculty and students attended. Here is a complete list of the awards won by this talented group of performers. Job well done!

Best Dancing

Best Orchestra

Best Dramatic Actress (Brian Middleton)

Best Ensemble Actress (Sophie Scott)

All Star Cast (Drew Harris & Briana Middleton)

All Star Technical Crew (Emma Hood & Jack Runyon-Hass)

Best Choreography

Best Music Direction

Technical Theatre Scholarship – Jack Runyon-Hass

 

 

 

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Roar Like a Tiger

Super Sat. PicDon’t miss Super Saturday on May 16th (tomorrow), the annual school carnival held on the Lower/Middle School campus. The day begins with the Tiger Trot 1 mile run/walk, and the fun unfolds from there with game booths, inflatables and scrumptious food.

In conjunction with the Tiger Trot, Coach Keeble and the Tiger Running Club have been meeting before school and working towards their 1 mile Tiger Trot tomorrow.  The goal of the club is to give students a fun and easy way to stay physically active while catching up with friends. For every lap a students does they grab a popsicle stick out of the bag on the track. At the end of the morning, Coach Keeble records laps by how many popsicle sticks each student has. The goal for each student is to complete a half or full marathon. The final mile will be the Tiger Trot on Super Saturday.

Everybody in the family is welcome to join in for this 1 mile fun run/walk or pushing strollers. Tiger Trot starts promptly at 9:30 a.m., but stay and enjoy this community event that includes the whole family. Late registration is available in the front of the school.

 

 

 

 

 

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Capstone Projects

Anna_Denson_CapstoneAt Ensworth students are always encouraged to pursue their academic passions and  become life-long learners. Capstone projects  give students in grades 11 and 12 and opportunity to dive further into a specific area of interest. Students perform extensive exploration of a topic that is above and beyond courses offered at the high school. To participate, students investigate a specific project and then propose and gain approval for their Capstone during their junior year of high school. Throughout their senior year, they pursue that project with the support of a faculty sponsor.  Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to hear these students present their capstone projects tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the high school theater. Below is a list of all the participants and their projects:

 

Jack Alcott
The Elevator: A study of Playwriting, Directing, and Physical Theatre
Kayce Boehm
Interactive Narrative: Analyzing Video Games as Literature
Ginny Boehm
The Rusted Sword: Writing Fiction
Reagan Caldwell
Pediatric Neurosurgery Research at Vanderbilt: Demographic Predictors and Shunt Failure
Lilly Chadwick
Spanish and Immigration: the Pursuit of the American Dream
Anna Denson
Research in Neurobiology: Schizophrenia and Altered Gene Expression
Ben Frumkin
3D Printing in Biochemistry and DNA Origami
Caroline Hunt
Unconventional Beauty: Printmaking and Original Fabric Design
Jamie Kirshner
It’s a Matter of Style: Changes in Fashion 1920-1945
Mathieu Loing
Survol de la littérature Française
Aislinn Murphy
Sacrilege and Other Short Stories
Laura Catherine Wallace
Dollar Store Science Kits
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Egg Drop

IMG_7735One of the best things about Ensworth is that the faculty are always looking for ways to give students hands-on experience inside, and on these beautiful spring days, outside the classroom. Mr. Picklesimer’s fifth grade students started their unit in science on force, motion, and Newton’s Laws of Motion. In correlation with the unit, students designed a container – no larger than 6x6x6inches – that would protect an egg when dropped from the roof of the science wing. As an application, the kids watched animations of the process NASA used to safely land the rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Mars: parachutes, retro rockets and air bags. They also kept a journal that described their steps and changes
they made to create a safe landing for the egg. Let’s see if the eggs survived the 30ft drop off the Science building:Egg Drop

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“May the 4th be with you”

IMG_7582Happy Star Wars Day everyone! No, it’s not just a pun. “May the 4th be with you” is a full-fledged unofficial holiday according to many Star Wars fans and apparently what is currently trending on Twitter.  In honor of the holiday, Ensworth fourth grade teachers Mr. Champion and Mr. Sherland decided to get students in on the action.

In connection with their current robotics curriculum,  Mr. Champion and Mr. Sherland created a “mission” to find and “attack” Darth Vader’s tie fighter. Students used their knowledge of various programming blocks (i.e. move tank, move steering, medium motor) to then find and destroy the Death Star (a balloon). The EV3 robots had been slightly modified to have a sharp pin on the arm so that they could “destroy” or pop the Death Star. Check out the video below to see if they completed the mission: Star Wars Link

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May Round-Up

IMG_1763May is one of the busiest months around Ensworth and one of the best! It is chock full of events to not only close out the year, but also to usher in new beginnings for many.  So as we welcome our new families to our community and say farewell to a few, let’s make sure we don’t miss any of the festivities surrounding the conclusion of a fantastic 2014-2015 school year.

High School Spring Play, The Fantasticks

Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, High School Theater, 7 p.m.

Women’s Tennis Tournament

Monday, May 4, High School Tennis Center, 8 a.m.

Middle School Choral Concert

Wednesday, May 5, Frist Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Middle School Talent Show

Thursday, May 7, Frist Hall, 9:05 a.m.

Field Day for Lower/Middle School

Friday, May 8

Faculty Arts Reception

Friday, May 8, High School Theater, 6 p.m.

High School Choral Concert

Friday, May 8, High School Theater, 7 p.m.

Capstone Presentations

Monday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Kindergarten Parents Dinner

Tuesday, May 12, Head of School Home, 6 p.m.

Welcome 9th grade students/parents dinner

Wednesday, May 13, High School Campus, 6 p.m.

Band Concert, Grade 5-8

Thursday, May 14, Frist Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Super Saturday

Saturday, May 16, Lower/middle school, 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Faculty Retirement Reception

Monday, May 18, lower/middle school, 5-7 p.m.

Author’s Reception

Thursday, May 21, grade 2 classrooms, 9 a.m.

Middle School Closing Exercises

Wednesday, May 27, Brown Athletic Center, 9 a.m.

Story and Song Festival

Wednesday, May 27, grade 2 classrooms, 6 p.m.

Ensworth Graduation

Saturday, May 30, high School quad, 9 a.m.

 

 

 

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Ensworth Coffee Talk (Sally Seitz)

Ensworth GrindAs a part of their spring play production this weekend, high school students will be performing a play, The Wild Horse and the Race Horse, written by Ensworth alumna, Sally Seitz ’13. We caught up with Sally to see what she has been doing since graduating from Ensworth.

Lucy's Play CastSally you are a 2013 Ensworth Alum, how do you think Ensworth prepared you for the college experience?

Ensworth prepared me for my college experience in that it taught me to take my work seriously. Mr. Berry and Ms. McLarey taught me to trust my own voice, particularly within my creative writing, and to never shy away from a creative risk. I think the most important lesson I took from Ensworth was that I learned how to be part of a community.

Tell us a little bit about what you are studying at Middlebury?

At Middlebury I am a Theater-English joint major with an emphasis in creative writing, and more specifically, playwriting. It’s kind of like a double major, but I only have to write one thesis, which for me, will be a full-length play that is required to be produced on campus. Most of my semesters include three theater classes and one English class.
This semester I am taking African American Literature, Beginning Directing, Advanced Playwriting, and a class called The Creative Process in which we create all types of art—theater, dance, music, visual, literature— and focus on the process in which we come to that art rather than the actual product. Overall, I would say that I am getting a liberal arts view of theater. I am learning to playwright, act, direct, stage-manage, produce, and even design. I am never without a creative project. Furthermore, my theater education at Middlebury is pushing me to think as an intellectual artist, and to not be afraid to challenge conventional ideas.

We are so excited to see your one-act, “The Wild Horse and The Race Horse”, performed on May 1 and 2 at the Ensworth Theater. Tell me how you and Mr. Berry decided this would be a great choice for these actors.

Mr. Berry knew that he wanted to put on the Fantasticks this year, which is an awesome choice for high school theater, but the only problem is there aren’t a ton of female roles in the musical. Mr. Berry, Mr. Miller and I were trying to come up with a one act that could be a partner piece to the musical, but frankly, there are very few one acts with multiple female parts that are appropriate for High School Theater. As a result, Mr. Berry put me up to the challenge to create a short piece that featured many female roles and would discuss a theme that was challenging, but appropriate for the Ensworth community. Mr. Berry gave me the freedom to write about anything within those limitations. The Wild Horse and the Race Horse is a play about women who grew up together, but now live very different lives, very far away from one another. Without giving too much away, I wanted the play to express that no matter how far away, or how different your life is than how it was when you started, the people you grew up with were there for you as you grew from a child to an adult. Time is not a constant, but home is. Perhaps not a physical home, but the people that are home to youThe Ensworth theater program is a place of community that values tradition, growth, humor, and more importantly, friendship. I wanted to write a piece that expressed the importance of these values.

Sally and Justice GraduationIf you could relive any Ensworth memory or moment which would it be and why?

Wow. That is a very hard question, and it’s hard to just pick one. But I think I would have to say the moment I would want to relive is during senior year awards day in which my best friend Justice Swett received her admission recognition into the Naval Academy. I have never before felt so proud of anyone, and at the same time so utterly terrified of the inevitability of growing up.

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Week in Pictures

How many of you are braving the rain tomorrow to run the Music City Marathon? Sorry runners, but it looks like it might be the second year in a row for a soggy run.  The good news is that our eighth graders and their pre-first buddies had perfect weather today for their 1st Annual St. Jude Mini Marathon. The pre-first and eighth graders met together recently to learn more about the work that St. Jude does for the community in preparation for the mini-race. Pre-first students are currently collecting toys and other items to give to the children at St. Jude. Check out some pictures from the race and other happenings this week. We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families, and let’s send nice dry thoughts out there for everyone running or cheering on the sidelines tomorrow.

Pre-first graders and their eighth grade buddies running in the St. Jude Mini Marathon

Pre-first graders and their eighth grade buddies running in the St. Jude Mini Marathon

Fifth grade students performing for laughs in the Fifth Grade Variety Show

Fifth grade students performing for laughs in the Fifth Grade Variety Show

The Dance for Athletes class giving us a teaser of what they will be performing this Friday and Saturday night at the Remixed Dance Concert.

The Dance for Athletes class giving us a teaser of what they will be performing this Friday and Saturday night at the Remixed Dance Concert.

The second grade class got a visit from the Vanderbilt Children's hospital Neo-Natal Unit this week. The second grade class knits hats and collects toiletries for the hospital as part of their service learning project.

The second grade class got a visit from the Vanderbilt Children’s hospital neonatal ambulance this week. Students knit hats and collect  toiletries for the hospital as part of their service learning project.

Senior students enjoy a special lunch  with their alumni parents.

Senior students enjoy a special lunch with their alumni parents.

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