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THE SCEPTRE Volume 26, Number 2

Winter/Spring 2017

• 2017 Distinguished Graduate Sister Mary Lauren Cole • CKS Happenings • Catholic Schools Week & Student News A Publication of Christ the King School, Nashville, TN • A Primary Education Ministry of Christ the King Parish

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. WOODMAN Dear Families and Friends,

Our recent celebration of Catholic Schools Week provided an opportunity to highlight the reasons for choosing a Catholic school. What makes Christ the King stand out in a stellar crowd? The telling of our school story is best done by the students themselves. Below are some excerpts from student reflective writing this year. One girl wrote that the counselor showed her to “always be kind and you should never stay mad at little things.” An eighth grader related her new understanding of the Old Testament through audiovisuals that illustrated what the Israelites, Moses, and Abraham went through. “It has opened my eyes to not just reading the Bible, but seeing it.” She also praised the personal prayer time in religion class when they have structured prayer while listening to calming music. Staying true to our mission of educating students in the Catholic tradition is foremost in our school day. A middle school student wrote of her math teacher who showed her how to draw and label a diagram to solve a challenging problem. An algebra student said class time “goes by very, very quickly” and he learns math better because his teacher uses multiple different ways to teach one lesson. A sixth grade student related his experience as a participant in Catholic Math League, during which he learns something new at every session. Sharpening academic skills, learning to think outside the box, and using various technological tools responsibly to do research, create products, or indicate understanding prepares our students for higher learning and for life. One of our eighth grade boys expressed his appreciation of “real art” and the chance to create religious visual art such as printmaking of crosses. Visual and performing arts are taught by instructors who are specialists in their fields, offering our students a glimpse of what opportunities lie ahead for them in high school and beyond. Students can develop their skills and have opportunities to perform on stage in musical and dramatic productions. One of the finest aspects of CKS is the collaboration of teachers, learning specialists, and the counselor to meet students where they are developmentally and academically, supporting the learning needs of individuals, whether a child is advanced, on grade level, or struggling to succeed. An older student with a support plan praised the learning specialist who helped her with her dyslexia, saying, “...ever since I started going to her I can read better. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had.” Christ the King has cause to rejoice in our accomplishments, our students, and the supportive environment of our school and parish community. It is truly a special place where students learn to succeed. Sincerely, Mrs. Sherry Woodman Principal Thank you to those in our community who have supported the Christ the King School Annual Fund! We are blessed by the generosity demonstrated by our faculty, parents, alumni, parishioners, and friends. We are working our way towards our goal of $120,000, and we invite you to join in support of the Annual Fund today. The Annual Fund benefits the operating budget of the school and helps us keep a Catholic education available to all of our families. There are many ways to give, and no gift is too small. For more information please visit www.cksraiders.org/giving or contact Anna Beth Godfrey, Director of Development, at annabeth.godfrey@cks-nashville.org.


Letter from Mrs. Woodman/Annual Fund...............................................2 Memories from Sister Lauren Cole........................................................3 CKS Happenings...................................................................................4 2017 Distinguished Graduate/Sisters of Mercy.....................................5 Catholic Schools Week..........................................................................6 CKS Talent Show...................................................................................7 Dates to Remember ...............................................................................8

On the Cover: Sister Lauren spoke to the student body about her memories of CKS, after accepting the Distinguished Graduate Award.




Sister Mary Lauren Cole, RSM was honored as our 2017 Distinguished Graduate after the Mass on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 of Catholic Schools Week. Sister Lauren shared some treasured memorabilia with CKS, both from when she was a student and as teacher (1978-1983). Photos from her classes have handwritten names under their photos, and she had stories to tell about each student. If you were ever a student or a classmate of Sister Lauren’s, she remembers you!

(above) The Class Photo from 1982-1983, with handwritten names of students by Sister Lauren.

(above) The cover of the 1956-1957 Yearbook with some of the inside pages.

(above and left) Sister Lauren’s Third Grade Class and her First Communion Pictures. She reports that the 3rd grade classroom pictured is now the 1st grade classroom.


(above) The 7th grade page from Sister Lauren’s 1956-1957 Yearbook, with signatures of classmates.


National Junior Honor Society: New members inducted 2/27/17 - Jaxon Anton, Ellie Bryan, Marina Chiames, Susanna Donnelly, Nora Doyle, Emily Garrison, Alex Hamm, Conner Heinemann, Brock Himmelberg, Ryan Kerrigan, Benjamin Lisle, Sydney Long, Bailey Meacham, Gussie Miller, Zoe Niesen, Michael O’Connell, Alex Otto, John Rohling, Kendall St. Charles, Steven Vanden Noven, Patrick Warner. Current members - Brooke Cullison, Charles Deckbar, Sam Deckbar, James Hill, Marilee Hulse, Ian Jones, Stephanie Meyer, Emily Phan, Madison Schletzer, Mac Skinner, Ben Strobel, Benjamin Sutton, Dylan Timmons, Jill Tinsey, Maggie Wehby, Grey Wilder, Lilly Wilder, Hayden Zenor, along with alumni members Eamonn Donnelly ‘12, Malachy Doyle ‘13, Samantha Grover ‘16, Audrey Heinemann ‘15, Seamus O’Connell ‘15, Anna Warner ‘15.

Lisa Spencer, WSMV Weather, came to talk to 3rd and 4th grade and demonstrated a homemade tornado with assistance from Mya Emmanuel.

(above L & R) New Beginnings - 8th grade teacher, Miss Margaret Holland, became Mrs. Margaret (Taylor) Weis over Christmas break; Sember Jane Gordon was born 1/17/17 to Spanish teacher, Mrs. Michelle (Cameron) Gordon, and new brothers, Rocco and Anthony Zolezzi.

Seventh grade had their Cultural Fair and enjoyed teaching all of the classes what they learned about their select countries. (above) Patrick Warner, Ellie Bryan, Nora Doyle and Kendall St. Charles.

(above) Sophie Vanden Noven, Seth Robertson, Steven Vanden Noven and Gussie Miller. Several of our students competed in the National History Bee. Seth and Steven also both qualified for nationals in Atlanta.

(above L & R) Audrey Burdge, CKS Class of ‘13, is the 7th player in Father Ryan History to score 1000 points in her basketball career at FRHS; Our 7th/8th Varsity Girls Basketball team, placed 1st in the Parochial League, 1st in the League Championship, and won 1st in the TNT State Tournament! Go, Raiders! www.cksraiders.org

DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE 2017 SISTER MARY LAUREN COLE: Mass during Catholic Schools Week was ended with recognition of Sister Mary Lauren Cole, CKS Class of 1958. Sister Lauren shared some memories from her days at CKS as a student, and also as a teacher. We also honored the Sisters of Mercy with a gift in honor of their 150th Anniversary. We are blessed to have a strong connection with the Sisters of Mercy, who helped establish Christ the King School in 1937. (Below from left to right, top to bottom) Sister Lauren greets Phil Wehby, her former student, current CKS parent; with Jennifer Reeves (former student, CKS parent); Midge Shuff (former classmate, current CKS grandparent); pictures of 1st grade (1960 or 1961) from Sister Janice when she taught 1st grade at CKS; guests of Sister Lauren; accepting the gift on behalf of the sisters; the Sisters with Mrs. Woodman and Fr. Dexter.


(above right) Front row - Sr. Janice Brink, Sr. Suzanne Stalm, Sr. Lauren Cole, Sr. Eileen Pistor, Sr. Nena DeMatteo. (back row ) Sr. Kathleen Noonan, Sr. Margaret Turk, Sr. Judith Coode, Mrs. Woodman, Fr. Dexter, and Sr. Jeannine Curley.


CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: It was a fun-filled week. We are BLESSED by our Parish whom we celebrated on Sunday; Monday - We celebrated our Community with collections for Book ‘Em, our 7th & 8th grade volunteered one day at Second Harvest last week; Tuesday - We recognized our 2017 Distinguished Graduate, Sister Lauren Cole, with a beautiful school Mass, and made cards for Bishop Choby and the Sisters of Mercy; Wednesday - Teacher Appreciation; Thursday Parent Appreciation - No homework and kids in PJs; the 8th grade vs FacultyRivalry Basketball Game (officiated by special refs/students: (Alex Otto with referee Chuck Curran); Friday - Student Appreciation - teachers in uniform, a magic show (PK-4) and Hungry Hippo (5-8), ending the week with Benediction and Throat Blessings.





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DATES TO REMEMBER March 20-24 27 29 30

Spring Break - No School Summer Uniforms Begin H&S Spring Meeting Collector’s Fair

April 3-7

Iowa Assessments

10-12 10-13 13 14 16 17 21 27

Science Fair 3rd/6th CogATs 2:15p 8th Grade Living Stations Good Friday- NO SCHOOL Easter Sunday Easter Monday-NO SCHOOL 7:00p Drama Spring Play - A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8:15a Spring Concert

May 1-4 5 7 9 12 14 16-18

8th Grade Trip 8th Grade Rest Day 4th Grade-Mammoth Cave 11:00a First Communion 7:00p Confirmation PreK/Kdg Field Day Mother’s Day 6th-8th Final Exams

19 26

1st-8th Field Day Last Day of School 8:15a EOY Awards 12:00p Dismissal 7:00p Graduation

The fourth grade girls are feeling good about the start of Lent after Ash Wednesday Mass.

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