The ‘E’ Factor (Fitness)

Swim FitnessAs promised we are starting a new blog series this week called  The E Factor. This series is an opportunity for you to see all that sets Ensworth apart as an independent school and maybe even learn something new about some of the classes offered. One of the most impressive things at the high school is its state-of-the art fitness center. Now, I know most of us have peeked inside when cheering on our favorite football team in the fall, but did you know each student has their own personalized fitness program?

Ensworth’s fitness program is unique in that each student participates in fitness for four years as part of the curriculum. Students have individualized fitness programs and spend at least three hours per week with skilled instructors utilizing the fitness center, mat room, gyms, and the natatorium.  During their senior year students are given the opportunity to design their own fitness program!

weight lifting“Our fitness program assists all students in maximizing their full potential physically and athletically as well as increasing their nutritional awareness. This approach prepares our students to develop healthy lifestyle choices for years to come,” Jeremy Garrett, fitness department chair.

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March Round-Up

Spring Break T-shirt designed by our middle school students, goes on sale for $10 March 5. All proceeds go to charity!

Spring Break T-shirt designed by our middle school students, goes on sale for $10 March 5. All proceeds go to charity!

Daylight Saving time is this Sunday, Spring break is in two weeks and I even think I saw a 65 degree day somewhere in the week. All the signs point to spring! In anticipation of all things new, we are starting a Blog Series this Wednesday to show you some of the things we think make Ensworth special. In the meantime, mark your calendar with some of these important days and let’s all keep dreaming of warmer weather.

Coffee & Conversation with David Braemer

Wednesday, March 4,  Patton Hall Commons, 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, March 25, Patton Hall Commons, 8:15 a.m.

Thursday, March 26, Patton Hall Commons, 6:30 p.m.

Andrew Maraniss, Strong Inside ( the Story of Perry Wallace)

Wednesday, March 4, Lower School Library, 6:30 p.m.

Ring of Fire, the Music of Johnny Cash

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 5,6,7, High School Theater, 7 p.m.

Regional Chess Tournament

Saturday, March 7,  Lower/Middle School, 8:30am-4 p.m.

College Counseling Sophomore Parent Coffees

March 10 and March 12, Athletic Conf. Room, 7:30 a.m.

College Counseling Sophomore Parent Brown Bag Lunch

Wednesday, March 11, Athletic Conf. Room, 11:45 a.m.

Grade 4 Champion Play

Thursday, March 12, Frist Hall, 9:05 a.m.

Spring Break Begins

Friday, March 13-March 23

Faculty Art Gallery Exhibition

Friday, March 27 – Thursday, May 31 , Theater Lobby

Middle School Student Council Semi Formal Dance

Friday, March 27, Frist Hall, 7 p.m.

 

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Week in Pictures

Well, it’s nice to get back in the swing of things with a full week of school. It’s been quite a week for sports around here.  Our girls and boys teams had a tough loss in the TSSAA basketball tournament, but both put up a strong fight. The Ensworth Hockey Team will be playing in the Playoffs tonight at the Centennial Sports Plex at 8:30 p.m. so come out and support these hard working athletes as well. Be on the look-out for a brand new Round-Up  next week to ensure you don’t miss anything in March. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures from the week and have a wonderful weekend.

 Lower School students celebrated the year of the sheep for Chinese New Year

Lower School students celebrated the year of the sheep for Chinese New Year

Andrew Maraniss, author of Strong Inside visited the high school as part of their Black History Month Speaker Series

Andrew Maraniss, author of Strong Inside, visited the high school as part of their Black History Month Speaker Series

Mrs. Robert's fourth grade class took us back to the 70s with their class play, Scooby Doo

Mrs. Robert’s fourth grade class took us back to the 70s with their class play, Scooby Doo

Seventh Grade students partnered with their first grade buddies to work on their book project for the Martha O'Bryan Center

Seventh Grade students partnered with their first grade buddies to work on their book project for the Martha O’Bryan Center

Ensworth students showing support for their opponents Christian Brothers at their TSAA basketball tournament.

Ensworth students showing support for their opponents Christian Brothers at their TSAA basketball tournament.

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Ring of Fire (Arts at Ensworth)

Ring of Fire 2Growing up in Nashville most of us are familiar with the music of Johnny Cash and have probably even seen the movie on his life, “Walk the Line”.  Ensworth students are taking on the task of being the first ever high school production of Ring of Fire-The Music of Johnny Cash. The show guides audiences on a journey through Cash’s storied life and celebrated music from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry stage.

“Ring of Fire is a tribute to one of America’s greatest artists, and it is also a tribute to the America Johnny Cash was born into and that he chose to dignify, celebrate and write about in his songs,” said Tony-award winning creator Richard Maltby, Jr.

“We were thrilled when Donnie Bryan asked about producing a large-cast high school production of Ring of Fire-The Music of Johnny Cash. We could think of no better place than Nashville for this premiere production to take place, and we are looking forward to seeing what the students and staff at Ensworth accomplish,”  Jim Hoare, Vice President of Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Don’t miss your chance to see these students on stage March 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. in the Ensworth High School Theater. Tickets will be $10 and sold during school hours at the front desk of the lower/middle and high school campuses.

Ring of Fire

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Islamic Center Comes to Ensworth

Islam 017Wow, what a week it has been with the snow….ahem ice storm that has kept us all home- bound the last few days. Can you believe there is still more to come? The roads aren’t quite safe enough for off-campus field trips so today instead of our 7th grade students visiting the Islamic Center of Nashville they graciously came to us.

Rashed Fakhruddin, Ensworth alum 83′, spoke to our 7th grade students today about  Islam in conjunction with their history study on different religions. Students were introduced to Hajj and the Five Pillars of Islam. Some of the most interesting and eye opening information came when Rashed dispelled many of the myths and rumors associated with Islam. With all eyes of the world focused on the turmoil and unrest in the middle east the visit came as a good opportunity for students to hear what Islam really stands for and also what it doesn’t. As salaamu ‘alaikum (May God’s Peace be with you)

Rashed Fakhruddin showing a slide from his days at Ensworth alongside Mr. Wallace

Rashed Fakhruddin showing a slide from his days at Ensworth alongside Mr. Wallace

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Students Skype Paris

Paris 011This January, satirical newspaper magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked by two Islamist terrorists resulting in the death of 12 lives. It is the deadliest attack of it’s kind in post-war France. Former Nashville Scene editor, Liz Garrigan who works and lives in Paris, France was two blocks away from the attacks. Ensworth High School French and Journalism students had a wonderful opportunity to Skype interview Ms. Garrigan and get a first-hand account of the attacks. Students were able to ask Ms. Garrigan questions on how it has affected the journalism community and also the city of Paris. There were insightful discussions on how Muslims don’t speak with one voice, no religion speaks with just one voice.  Students experienced a first hand account of the aftermath of these attacks and how it has changed a city.

“I think that this is a new reality for France. People who are typically distant in the public domain are more approachable. This attack has brought together a city, and really opened the door to a myriad of  viewpoints on the converge of this event,” said Ms. Garrigan.

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February Round Up

IMG_5039This might be one of my favorite Ensworth months of the year for one simple reason…….The Pre-1st Valentine’s Day party. Check out all the other fun events not to miss as well.

February Round-Up

Ensworth Auction & Benefit

February 7, OZ, 6:15pm

David and Goliath, Parent Education Committee book discussion

February 10, 8:15am, Patton Hall Commons

Mrs. Rich Grade 2 Puppet Show

February 11, 8:30am, Robinson Hall

Mrs. Earhart Grade 4 Play

February, 12, 9:05am, Frist Hall

Pre First Grade Valentine Party

February 12, 8-10:50am, Pre First Classrooms

Late Winter Break

February 13-16

Mrs. Heard Grade 2 Puppet Show

February 19, 8:30am, Robinson Hall

Andrew Maraniss, Strong Inside, Fireside Chat

February 19, 6:30pm, lower school library

Middle School Drama Club, The Adventures of Peter Rabbit

February 21, 5pm, Frist Hall

Mrs. Roberts Grade 4 Play

February 27, 9:05, Frist Hall

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Ensworth Coffee Talk (Meet Heidi Wolter)

wolter pic headshotEnsworth GrindI always find myself trying to peek into Mrs. Wolter’s music class anytime I am in the arts building to get a glimpse of some of the students’ faces. The students in her classroom are experiencing some of their first encounters with playing a musical instrument. I caught up with Mrs. Wolter’s this week to find out more about what goes on inside her classroom walls.

I know you come from a musical background, tell us a little bit about how you made the Ensworth connection and your path that led you to becoming a music teacher.

My father, Bob Rannells, is a trombone player who was a member of the Navy Jazz Band, The Commodores, in the 1970s. He married my mother, a Kindergarten teacher and moved to Nashville to join the “music scene”. I grew up in a family that values Music and values Education. It was an obvious choice for me to mix the love of Music and educating children and begin my journey in Music Education.

While I was studying Music in college, I met my husband, Josh, also a Jazz studies Music Major. He was the drummer for a Show Choir I sang in. We now have three beautiful daughters and a very loud house!

This is my twelfth year teaching Music in Nashville. Previously, I taught at The Oak Hill School and Christ Presbyterian Academy. I was blessed to get an opportunity to interview at Ensworth for the Lower School Music position when it opened.

Wolter pic newWhat would you say is the most important thing your students can take away from music class?

I am certified and trained to teach in the Orff-Shulwerk methodology.   In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively, PLAY! Imitation, experimentation and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st century classrooms. To further explain the Orff approach, watch this link. http://aosa.org/about/what-is-orff-schulwerk

 If you could trade places with any Ensworth teacher for a day who would it be and why?

I am currently enrolled in Graduate School and am getting my Masters in Educational Leadership. As I learn the skills to be an effective school leader, I would be interested in shadowing Bruce Libonn, the Lower School Director, in order to learn the day-today encounters of an Ensworth Administrator.

What are you favorite weekend activities and unwinding rituals?

Our family loves “family time”. A typical “restful” weekend looks like a Friday Night “family movie” while we eat dinner from Pei Wei, Josh’s “Saturday pancakes”, a family hike at Radnor lake, a date night with Josh on Saturday night and going to church as a family on Sunday morning!

What faculty member at the high school would you like to see featured next.

I would like to see our new Curriculum Director, Bobby Mirzaie, featured. He has provided to be a great resource for our school as he navigates his first year at Ensworth.

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100 Days Older

100 day of school 016Happy 100 day of school! Our littlest Tigers had a day of all things 100 to celebrate their first 100 days at Ensworth. Who doesn’t like a yummy milkshake before lunch (stirred exactly 100 times)  or necklaces with 100 pieces of fruit loops? Students also decorated hats and made crafts and drawings all involving the number 100. Great job students and teachers on making it 100 days and here is to all the fun left to have in the days to come. Check out more pictures from the 100 days  at www.facebook.com/ensworthschool

 

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot

PHoto 3 016Did you know Ensworth has it’s very own dark room where students develop their own film? The upper levels of photo (Photo 2 and 3) learn darkroom/film photography in tandem with photo art history projects. Basically students are studying art history and learning about different artist  while also choosing one to emulate their work and produce photos through darkroom production.

PHoto 3 013Many students enjoy the physicality of film and creating their own prints in the darkroom.  They see how science and art work together and they become much better planners when they know they only have 36 chances to get the perfect shot!

PHoto 3 004“Shooting film has taught me about making deliberate decisions when taking photographs. Digital cameras are great but it’s easy to let the camera do the thinking for you. Shooting film forces you to slow down and think about what your are doing. It was hard at first but I appreciate it a lot more now and the things I have learn from it carry over to my digital photography, ” senior Anna Denson.

“It’s all about learning to be deliberate and breaking the habit of taking 300 photos to get 1 good one (like digital allows us to do). Not only does this help them understand where digital photography and modern techniques came from, but it also helps them better appreciate early photographic works of art, ” Mrs. Deal-McEver

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