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Enrichment & Electives

Philosophy

ECS believes that opportunities for enrichment should be created throughout the curriculum, as well as beyond lesson time – both in school and outside it. An important feature of enrichment is that it must enhance the curriculum and the student’s general learning experience.

Purpose

The goal of our Enrichment and Electives Program is to support and enhance the ECS mission and to support a resource-based, real-world, active learning curriculum. We provide leadership in and support of collaborative partnerships between students, teachers, parents, and the community.

Learning Experiences

ECS students are exposed to a variety of activities beyond the classroom. Research has shown that it is in creative, service, and team activities that students encounter situations that challenge, excite, and inspire them. Education does not consist of academic endeavors alone; therefore, by providing extensive enrichment opportunities, ECS is able to encourage each student to extend his or her boundaries beyond the ordinary and discover his or her talents wherever they lie. It is by finding one’s place in a community that one is able to develop confidence and strength.

Lower School

2017-2018 Quarter One
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Planned Activities for Creative Enrichment (PACE)

Philosophy

In keeping with a central education philosophy that every child should have the opportunity to develop his/her potential abilities to the fullest, the PACE program was developed. The program was created to meet the special needs of academically gifted and talented fourth and fifth grade students.

Purpose

The PACE program is designed to develop higher order thinking skills, creativity, and scientific literacy across subjects. We base all lessons on a simple set of "tools" that produce "gifted" results. With hands-on investigation, we build communication, problem-solving, and concentration skills. What we hope to develop is an "interdisciplinary mind."

Learning Experiences

The focus of the program is to involve the students as a group and individually in many different types of learning experiences. Resource people and planned field trips into the community will stretch their thinking and awaken new areas of interest.

Qualities of a Gifted Student

  • Learns rapidly and easily.
  • Reasons things out, thinks clearly and precisely, and is quick to comprehend.
  • Has rich vocabulary marked by originality of thought and expression.
  • Shows much curiosity as indicated by the depth, scope, and frequency of his/her questions.
  • Enjoys reading, usually at a mature level.
  • Produces ideas which are uncommon and original and can adapt the ideas to a task or problem.
  • Prefers own judgment to that of others.

Middle School

Middle School Enrichment Opportunities

S.W.A.T – Students Working to Advance Technology

Sponsor: Manuel Burton

Meets: Fridays 2:50 – 4:00

This club introduces students to the robotics, drone and 3d printing technologies to enhance their curiosities within this field. The SWAT Club is planning on participation in local engineering events, having professional speakers on campus, and competing in a local robotics tournament.

World Peace Game

Sponsor: Logan Garrison

Meets: Thursday Afternoons, 2:50 – 4:00

The World Peace Game, created by John Hunter, is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As their teams venture further into this interactive social setting laced with highly charged philosophical issues, the skills needed to identify ambiguity and bias in the information they receive will be enhanced and more specifically they will rapidly perceive that reactive behavior not only provokes antagonism, it can leave them alone and isolated in the face of powerful enemies. Beliefs and values will evolve or completely unravel as they begin to experience the positive impact and windows of opportunity that emerge through effective collaboration and refined communication.

Christian Charm – Girls

Sponsor: Suzanne Jackson

Meets: Thursdays when the Middle School play is over

A charm class may be a bit old-fashioned, but the principles of good manners are everlasting. We are going to explore how to cultivate hearts dedicated to God, Christ like character, changed hearts, commitment, confidence, and social graces.

This class will be a series of sessions that will cover beauty within and without, exercise, graceful posture, radiant countenance, developing a classy look, and the importance of always looking your best. We will also discuss how to let your personality shine and how we can use our hands to honor the Lord and serve others. We cover gracefulness at the table, honoring Christ while communicating, and guarding yourself against gossip. We will end the series by learning how to handle conflicts biblically.

In a world of falling standards, the values in this class are needed more than ever. We hope to offer tools that these girls need to develop principles necessary to live Christian lives in today’s world. Our goal is to reveal to these girls the importance of purity, taking care of their bodies in healthy ways, and understanding how much God loves each of them.

Christian Character – Boys

Sponsor: Suzanne Jackson

Meets: Thursdays when the Middle School play is over

Teaching a child manners is a way to put others first. Exhibiting proper manners can also be a small way to love our neighbors. We live in such a “me” centered culture so teaching children to show respect towards others is definitely not easy. In the long run, it serves our boys well to learn basic etiquette and manners. Etiquette is key when it comes to developing strong social skills and can directly contribute to their success in young adulthood and beyond. In this class we will discuss greeting others, posture and appearance, communication etiquette, respect and courtesy, sportsmanship, and even setting the table and overall table manners.

It’s essential for teen boys to have a solid foundation in etiquette and manners to feel strong and confident, even in new of unfamiliar situations. When a teen boy has strong social skills and understands how to treat others respectfully and politely, he can navigate virtually anything from a college or job interview to a conversation with a teacher to meeting a new girlfriend’s parents. We hope to encourage these young men to practice Christ like character, while developing the confidence and communication skills that honors the Lord in their actions.

Debate Club

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten

Meets: Wednesday afternoons

The ultimate purpose of the debate club is to field a competitive debate team from the student body here at ECS. The secondary purpose though, is to give our student the tools to be able to work through topics in a healthy and respectful way. In debate club, we will look at how you form and respond to an argument, how to support an argument using evidence and facts, and how to divorce personal belief and emotions from a topic. We will do this by practicing and staging debates both on the pro and con side of arguments. The goal is to give our students the tools to respectfully state their opinions and discuss them with other students.

Model U.N.

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten and Logan Garrison

Meets: Monday Afternoons

At Model UN, students learn about the real world operation of the United Nations by participating in a reenactment of the organization's activities.

Most students form delegations and represent member countries' interests in the General Assembly by drafting and debating resolutions. These resolutions cover a wide variety of topics of international concern.

Book Club

Sponsor: Rachel Young

Meets: Activity/ Lunch

Book Club is a group of students who are reading the same book and who meet together to discuss what they’ve read. Book Club helps students become stronger readers by combining collaborative learning with student centered inquiry. The whole purpose is for students to read and discuss literature with their peers. Students will be encouraged to showcase their experience with the literary work for the rest of the class.

CANstruction

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten and Amanda McCarty

Meets: Tuesday afternoons

Canstruction is a unique competition that showcases the excitement of the civil engineering field while helping feed the hungry. The competition is held at the University of Memphis. Students are required to design and construct giant sculptures made entirely out of canned goods. Each team is allowed to have five students building at one time and they have three hours to complete their structure. Each team is paired with a professional civil engineer and civil engineering student to act as mentors. At the end of the competition, all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Mid-South Food Bank. To date, the "canstruction" event has donated 106,000 pounds of food to the Mid-South Food Bank.

Yearbook

Sponsor: Lisa Field

Meets: Wednesday Activity Period

Yearbook Club will meet and learn some basics of making a yearbook. Most of our focus will be on taking and collecting photos of MS activities for the yearbook. Meets Wednesdays during activity period in the art room.

Art Club

Sponsor: Lisa Field

Meets: Lunch Wednesdays

Art Club will allow students who want to do more in depth art projects the opportunity to get instruction and guidance as they work on pieces to enter in contests. Students must commit to working on these projects outside of school to finish the work. Meets on Mondays during lunch in the art room.

Nutrition Club

Sponsor: Crockett Rodriguez

Meets: Activity Period – to be announced and Mondays after school

Nutrition Club is a fun way to develop young people’s capacity to live healthfully by educating them about fitness, nutrition and smart decisions. Activities focus on instilling positive conflict resolution techniques, engaging in positive behaviors, setting personal goals, and building resistance skills that nurture and strengthen their minds and bodies. The creation of a garden will be part of this initiative as students dig in and get their hands dirty.

Chess Club

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten

Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays after school – students will have access to online instruction and competition

At the heart of the ideals of HOT (Higher Order Thinking) is the goal to improve every child's cognitive development and critical thinking skills. No game or sport marries itself more naturally to these missions better than chess. Inherent in the game of chess is the demand that a student or player remember what he or she has learned at the board, understand and then apply the proper approach to the repeating tactical and positional patterns present, and then use that knowledge to properly analyze, evaluate, and calculate their way to a victory.

Eagle’s Eye Reporter

Sponsor: Amanda McCarty

Meets: Any day in the ARC during Activity Period

If you are interested in following school activities, sports or would like to interview fellow classmates or teachers – become an Eagle’s Eye reporter! Write articles, interviews or take pictures and submit your drafts to Mrs. McCarty to edit.

Youth in Government

Sponsor: Jenny shorten and Logan Garrison

Meets: In the Spring

The Tennessee YMCA Youth in Government Program is an annual conference designed to offer students a hands-on experience with state government. Students are required to write bills that pertain to the State of Tennessee. At the conference, they present their bills in a formal setting and debate whether or not they should be passed. This is an awesome way to learn about the workings of government and how a bill is passed.

Knowledge Bowl

Sponsor: Laurie Johnson and Gay Edge

Meets: Monday and Wednesday mornings before school (7:00am)

Knowledge Bowl is a great opportunity for good students, who have a broad range of knowledge to compete against the top students from other schools. Knowledge Bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of the middle school curriculum and also include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Knowledge Bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well.

Best Buddies

Sponsor: Sam Boysen and Ellie Kate Forrester

Meets: Activity Period – announcements will be made

Best Buddies is an Upper School initiative, but the Presidents, Sam Boysen and Ellie Kate Forrester, would like to invite Middle School students to assist in activities involving the buddies. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with IDD. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society. The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.

The aim of the Best Buddies Chapter at ECS is to spark new friendships and generate genuine happiness among students with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout our community. The chapter presidents (CPs) organize, lead, and maintains our Best Buddies chapter and ensure that the members fulfill the mission of Best Buddies for one academic year.

Boys’ Bible Study

Sponsor: Upper School boys

Meets: Friday mornings before school (7:00am)

Upper School boys lead Bible study groups every Friday morning before school. This is a great opportunity for Middle School boys to connect with Upper School mentors, hear the gospel and talk about issues that they are dealing with.

Girls’ Bible Study

Sponsor: Upper School girls

Meets: Friday mornings before school (7:00am)

Upper School girls look forward to building relationships with their Middle School peers. This is a fun time of learning and fellowship and a great opportunity to get advice from older girls who have struggled with the same issues.

Upper School

ECS Enrichment Opportunities

The goal of our Enrichment and Electives Program is to support and enhance the ECS mission and to support a resource-based, real-world, active learning curriculum. We provide leadership in and support of collaborative partnerships between students, teachers, parents, and the community. ECS students are exposed to a variety of activities beyond the classroom. Research has shown that it is in creative, service, and team activities that students encounter situations that challenge, excite, and inspire them. Education does not consist of academic endeavors alone; therefore, by providing extensive enrichment opportunities, ECS is able to encourage each student to extend his or her boundaries beyond the ordinary and discover his or her talents wherever they lie. It is by finding one’s place in a community that one is able to develop confidence and strength.

Model United Nations

Sponsors: Jenny Shorten and Chris Luketic

President: Emma Johnson

Vice-President: Ali Romines

Date: November 3 -5, 2018

Each fall, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee sponsors a Model United Nations conference. At the conference, Tennessee high school students learn about the real world operation of the United Nations by participating in a reenactment of the organization's activities.

Most students form delegations and represent member countries' interests in the General Assembly by drafting and debating resolutions. These resolutions cover a wide variety of topics of international concern. Other students have the opportunity to represent their countries on the Security Council, and to participate in a model International Court of Justice.

Youth in Government

Sponsors: Jenny Shorten and Chris Luketic

President: Emma Johnson

Vice-President: Ali Romines

Date: April 12-15, 2018

The Tennessee YMCA Youth in Government Program is an annual conference designed to offer high school students a hands-on experience with state government. Each year, over 2500 students from across the state converge on the State Capitol, taking the places of our real government officials. Program participants can serve as senators or representatives, as justices and lawyers, as department commissioners and lobbyists, or even as press corps members.

Government Club

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten

President: Emma Johnson

Government Club is part of the Model UN and Youth in Government program. Students work specifically with the Middle School Model UN and YIG students to create proposals and write position papers. Members of the club also recruit members to the program and lead training sessions for all our middle school members. The president of the club will chair the Upper School training sessions for both conferences and instruct participants on correct debating procedure.

S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology)

Sponsor: Manuel Burton

Meets: Fridays 2:45 – 4:00

This club introduces students to the robotics, drone and 3d printing technologies to enhance their curiosities within this field. The SWAT Club is planning on participation in local engineering events, having professional speakers on campus, and competing in a local robotics tournament.

CANstruction

Sponsor: David Butler

Date: March 2018

Canstruction is a unique competition that showcases the excitement of the civil engineering field to high schoolers while helping feed the hungry. The competition is held at the University of Memphis. Students are required to design and construct giant sculptures made entirely out of canned goods. Each team is allowed to have five students building at one time and they have three hours to complete their structure. Each team is paired with a professional civil engineer and civil engineering student to act as mentors. At the end of the competition, all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Mid-South Food Bank. To date, the "canstruction" event has donated 106,000 pounds of food to the Mid-South Food Bank.

Debating Club

Sponsor: Andy Sisk

President: Max Pleban

The ultimate purpose of the debate club is to field a competitive debate team from the student body here at ECS. The secondary purpose though, is to give our student the tools to be able to work through topics in a healthy and respectful way. In debate club, we will look at how you form and respond to an argument, how to support an argument using evidence and facts, and how to divorce personal belief and emotions from a topic. We will do this by practicing and staging debates both on the pro and con side of arguments. My goal is to give our students the tools to respectfully state their opinions and discuss them with other students.

Servant Leadership Institute (SLI)

"SLI seeks to equip students to further ECS's mission by thoughtfully engaging our community and the surrounding culture with gospel-driven, self-sacrificing leadership."

Sponsor: Andy Sisk

President: Emma Johnson

The Servant Leadership Institute is a tool designed to help us walk alongside students at ECS who demonstrate a desire for leadership and service among their peers. Over the past eight years, SLI has grown from an organization whose primary function was to partner around twenty students with Student Leadership University (SLU) to today's group of around 60 servant-leaders from grades 9-12 who are engaged in a weekly program which fosters leadership building, service initiatives, and critical thinking skills. Students meet each Tuesday from 7:00-7:30 in the SLI Room for regular conversations which are designed to target the goals of SLI. Topics such as Capitalism vs. Communism, Christianity and "Going Green," and Pop Culture and the Arts are discussed. Each group meets for two weeks to discuss in-depth questions which force student groups to work together to thoughtfully consider how the Gospel interacts with current issues. Then, the small groups give formal presentations to the entire SLI, and answer questions provided by their peers. Critical thinking has become a major part of what goes on within SLI, because of the conviction that servants and leaders must have an awareness of the culture around them.

Students also consider the Gospel in relation to outreach. Each small group plans and carries out a service project during the quarter as a way of putting flesh to their service and leadership conversations.

Key Club

Sponsor: Cassie Ring

President: Mary Katherine Miller

Key Club is a service organization that encourages and tracks student service hours both on and off the campus of ECS. Some of the service opportunities include assisting teachers during in-service, serving in a Special Olympics bowling league, showing teachers appreciation through treats and encouraging notes, and more. Key Club is led this year by president Mary Katherine Miller and meets on a monthly basis during activity period to be encouraged by the chaplain’s devotional and to discuss upcoming service opportunities on and off campus.

Streets Ministries

Sponsor: Dawn Shute

President: Lauren Kim

Street Smart is a one on one literacy training program for 2nd and 3rd graders from Kingsbury Elementary that have been identified by their teachers and reading below grade level. Each Friday we take a caravan of carpools to Streets Ministries at 1302 N. Graham at 3PM and pair up with our students to work on their skills for the week. The students at Kingsbury are being equipped for success in school and life as a result of the work ECS students and other do each week. We usually stop by the Michoacana on the way back to ECS and arrive at school at about 5:30PM See Mrs. Shute to sign up!

Wilson Society

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten/Chris Luketic

President: Haddy Betapudi

Vice-President: Ellie Kate Forrester

The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation honors the legacy of its founders, Kemmons and Dorothy Wilson and builds on their commitment to transform the Greater Memphis community through grant making and programs driven by faith and family leadership. They manage a program they created called The Wilson Society to inspire students to servant leadership and service in their sphere of influence. The ECS Chapter of the Wilson Society was started by senior, Haddy Betapudi, who found out about it at a Memphis leadership conference. There are twenty students, who, under the leadership of Haddy, will serve the community.

Best Buddies

Sponsors: Jenny Shorten

Presidents: Samuel Boysen and Ellie Kate Forrester

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with IDD. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society. The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.

The aim of the Best Buddies Chapter at ECS is to spark new friendships and generate genuine happiness among students with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout our community. The chapter presidents (CPs) organize, lead, and maintains our Best Buddies chapter and ensure that the members fulfill the mission of Best Buddies for one academic year.

The Matthew 9 Project

Bringing Hope to students and teachers at Caldwell- Guthrie Elementary School

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten

President:

The Matthew 9 Project is a new initiative with Hope Presbyterian Church. Juniors and seniors will benefit from serving as Reading Mentors or Lunchroom Manners Mentors to a group of precious students in one of our city's turn around schools, Caldwell Guthrie. This is an opportunity to serve our community and to gain some exposure to and experience in what 'going to school' is like in under resourced areas, and to help children genuinely in need. Mentors are asked to give one hour per week to this effort. Each reading mentor will have easy access to books and corresponding guide cards that provide the volunteer questions to ask and points to emphasize. The lunchroom mentors will be asked to model unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control so that the scholars can learn about friendship, courteous conversation, good manners, self-respect, and leadership in a safe environment.

Links of Love

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten

President:

Links of Love is a "competition" between two "rival" schools to raise funds and awareness for a nonprofit. This year, it will be Memphis Family Connection Center. Groups of students from each school partner together to create plans and goals, assisted and coached by the MFCC fundraising staff. There is a social media and website element to the project. Students will be trained on those elements which is helpful for managing social media and the web in a Christ-like manner within ANY job or setting in the future. The partner school this season will be Northpoint, and the two schools will do a presentation at halftime One will be awarded the "winner" which is done in great fun. No hard feelings!

The International Thespian Society

Sponsor: Lori Beckham

President: Amelia Beckham

The International Thespian Society is open to 9-12 graders involved in theatre. The members may attend conferences twice a year. There are 4 meetings a year and an induction of new members in April.

Faces & Our Cultures Program

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten

Presidents: Ali Romines and Joshua Crowell

The Faces & Our Cultures Program is a Cultural Exchange Program between Guatemala and the USA. Young Guatemalan Cultural Ambassadors, between the ages of 11 and 17, travel to the USA to share and learn from the American Culture. They bring Cultural Projects to share with their community in order to promote Bilateral Cultural Enrichment.

Faces & Our Cultures offers an enriching experience through the exchange of cultures within an educational and family environment. It provides tools for learning and achieving human and cultural development. The Guatemalan participants must create a profile and be selected and screened, in order to represent their country as Young Cultural Ambassadors.

Dates of the Program:

Begins: October 18 2017

Ends: December 11, 2017

Professional Speaker Series

Sponsors: Jenny Shorten and Michelle Brown

During the first week of January, we invite select professionals to present their career to the junior and senior classes. The purpose is to expose students to different careers and enable them to appreciate the vast amount of choices they will have once they leave school and head to college. Our belief is that God has provided each student with a variety of gifts and abilities. Through the opportunities provided by ECS, students can now discover their gifts and pursue courses and careers to develop those gifts.

Shadowing Program

Sponsor: Michelle Brown

The Shadowing Program is there to assist ECS students in finding certain occupational field(s) of interest they may want to pursue. Shadow Partners are ECS parents, alumni and board members that can give a half, or full day, at their work location to host one to two ECS students who have done due diligence by researching and determining an interest in a particular profession. The goal is to involve as many parents as possible to participate as Shadow Partners so that they have a glimpse of the teachers, doctors, mechanics, lawyers, pilots, veterinarians, and architects, etc. that they will become in the not-so-distant future.

In preparation for the student’s Shadowing Visit, we want to make sure they are completely prepared and equipped to make the most of both the Shadow Partner’s and the student’s time and efforts of the visit. The student will determine what area of interest he/she wants to pursue and then attend one of our business etiquette classes at school so they are well prepared for the Shadowing Visit. Afterwards, the student contacts Michelle Brown and she will coordinate the Shadowing Visit with an appropriate Shadow Partner on a mutually agreed upon time. The student will arrive at the Shadow Partner’s work location with a few questions/goals he/she wants to achieve during the Shadowing Visit. A certificate will be given once all follow-up tasks have been completed.

Capitol Hill Challenge – The Stock Market Game

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten

The Capitol Hill Challenge (CHC) is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing, and personal finance. CHC also connects high school students with their member of Congress. The top 10 teams win a trip to Washington, DC!

More than 600,000 students take part every school year across all 50 states. An independent study by Learning Point Associates found students who participated in the SMG program scored significantly higher on mathematics and financial literacy tests.

Knowledge Bowl

Sponsors: Dee Baker and Kim Arnwine

This Year’s Captains: Emma Johnson and Margaret Stevens

Knowledge Bowl is the upper school’s academic team which competes in tournaments with other schools in the Mid-South, both in weekend tournaments and the Channel 3 Knowledge Bowl TV Tournament.

The team consists of up to 10 members, with the top 5 (as chosen from tryouts and practice sessions) competing in the TV tournament. All 10 can compete in the weekend tournaments, of which there are usually 2 or 3 per semester.

Knowledge Bowl is a great opportunity for good students, who have a broad range of knowledge in current events as well, to compete against the top students from other schools, private and public.

International Study Tours

Sponsor: Jenny Shorten

Date: Late June/Early July

International Study Tours are a great opportunity for students to combine an overseas travel and cultural experience with studies focusing on the curriculum and worldview. Study tours emphasize experiential learning and allow students to explore new territories, cultures and people. They combine theory with real-life experience and cultural perspective.

By studying abroad students will:

  • Meet new friends from around the world.
  • Gain new perspectives on things they normally wouldn't have.
  • Improve a foreign language and learn a few things they didn't already know.
  • Learn to be more independent.
  • Immerse themselves in a completely different culture.

ECS offers three Study Tours:

  • Italy
  • Western Europe
  • United Kingdom

World Peace Game

Sponsor: Logan Garrison/Social Studies Department

The World Peace Game, created by John Hunter, is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As their teams venture further into this interactive social setting laced with highly charged philosophical issues, the skills needed to identify ambiguity and bias in the information they receive will be enhanced and more specifically they will rapidly perceive that reactive behavior not only provokes antagonism, it can leave them alone and isolated in the face of powerful enemies. Beliefs and values will evolve or completely unravel as they begin to experience the positive impact and windows of opportunity that emerge through effective collaboration and refined communication.

Strategic Games Club

Sponsor: Logan Garrison/Jenny Shorten

President:

The Strategic Games Club offers students an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with each other while playing strategic board games. To challenge students' intellectual and diplomatic skills, games such as Civilization, Diplomacy, Risk, Settlers of Catan and other strategic games are played each week. The club welcomes any students who would like to come and spend time in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.

Trap Shooting Club

Sponsor: Tony Rowland

President: Wilkes Rowland

We will host 2 informational meetings concerning 2018 ECS Trap in September (12th and 26th).

Both meetings will be held at the Shelby Farms Trap Fields (this is also where we practice).

The meetings are open to any male or female ECS student in grades 7 – 12 along with their parents.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Describe the sport of Trap Shooting with Athletes and Parents
  • Have last year’s Trap Athletes demonstrate the sport by shooting a round of Trap
  • Offer any interested student the opportunity to shoot at 5-10 targets with their parent’s permission (this activity will be monitored by a NRA Licensed Shotgun Coach)

You do not need to bring anything to the meeting(s) as we will provide ear protection

Pre-requisites, Practice Schedule and Other Notes:

  • The ONLY pre-requisite is that an athlete MUST COMPLETE a state administered Hunters Education Course (TN is preferred but TNSCTP will accept other states such as MS, AR and AL) – this must be done before shooting with the team.
  • Officially, practice will begin the first week of February, 2018 (depending on interest we might have a practice or 2 in January).
  • From February to June, we will practice twice a week (the 7-8th grade might only practice once a week, depending on the parent’s and athlete’s input).
  • We anticipate practicing at 3:30 on Tuesday’s at Shelby Farms and at 1:00 on Saturday’s from February 1 through March 6. Beginning March 13, we will practice on Tuesday’s and Friday’s at 4:00. As daylight gets more plentiful, we will move practice times back.
  • In Trap, male and female athletes compete together – other Shelby County Teams that we shoot against include Arlington, Bartlett, Bolton, Briarcrest, CBHS, Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Harding, Houston, Hutchison, MUS, St. Benedict, St. Mary’s, St. Agnes, St. Georges, etc.
  • We hope to have enough athletes to field a 7-8th grade squad, a 9-11th grade squad and a 12th grade squad.
  • There is no bench – every athlete’s score can count towards the team score in tournaments.
  • The sport is fully funded by the athlete/parents – costs will be discussed at the meeting

Important Dates:

  • Introduction Meeting - September 12 and September 26 at 6:30 at Shelby Farms
  • Complete Hunters Education ASAP
  • I would like to have team roster and athlete paperwork completed by 12/15/17
  • February 2018 – practice begins

Shelby Farms Trap Fields – Turn South on Farm Rd off of Walnut Grove Road, veer left and then right towards the paintball park. The trap fields are at the end of the road, through the gates.

If you have any questions, please contact the Head Coach, Tony Rowland at 901-596-7608 or through email at ecstrapteam@gmail.com

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