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As if graduating from high school wasn't enough of an honor, some Metro students could be on their way to graduating as Presidential Scholars!

Five high school seniors in our district have been chosen by the U.S. Department of Education as Presidential Scholar Candidates, meaning they will go through a rigorous national application process. They are among 3,000 candidates in the nation, a number that will shrink to 560 semifinalists and ultimately to 141 Presidential Scholars.

Our candidates are:

  • Claire B. from Hume-Fogg

  • Aditya G. from Hume-Fogg

  • Noel W. from Hume-Fogg

  • Melissa G. from MLK

  • Jenny Z. from MLK

They were chosen for outstanding academic achievement, particularly for scoring highly on the ACT or SAT.

We are so proud of them, and you can bet we'll be tracking their progress. Check back for updates!



On behalf of Antioch High School and other high schools involved, we want to thank everyone from the Hermitage and Nashville Deloitte offices who volunteered at last week’s Antioch High School FAFSA Drive. Thanks to all of the FAFSA volunteers from Deloitte, they reached two MNPS-FAFSA milestones:

Milestone #1 - 100 plus families in one night – On Thursday night January 17, volunteers provided assistance to 106 families at Antioch. This is the result of their hard work and a three year partnership with Antioch High School. The work with Antioch has included more than 100 volunteers assisting with Job Shadow Days, the Be the First Campaign, the JA Company Program, along with many other efforts.

Families get FAFSA help at Antioch High School

Milestone #2 - More than 500 families impacted – On January 17, Deloitte provided assistance to the 500th FAFSA family! They ended the night with a three year total of 585 families served from their FAFSA Drives at McGavock High School, Antioch High School and Overton High School. This clearly puts them in a great position to reach the 600th family milestone at the Overton drive on January 24.

Families receive FAFSA help at Antioch High School

These numbers are incredible, but it is really about the individual families they have helped. Over the past three years, they have helped individual students on their pathway to college and made a meaningful and long-term impact on these students and their families. Thank you Deloitte for all you do!


Hillsboro High School is deepening its commitment to International Baccalaureate, applying for another IB certification that would give even more choices to students.

Officials at Hillsboro submitted an application to become an IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) candidate. An IB-appointed committee will visit the school this spring to assess the school’s readiness to offer this IB certificate, which launched internationally in 2010.

What is the IBCC, you ask? It's another track for students seeking an IB diploma that allows students to:

  • Develop a broad range of career-related competencies and to deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge

  • Prepare for effective participation in an ever-changing world of work

  • Foster the attributes of the learner profile allowing students to become true lifelong learners willing to consider new perspectives

  • Engage in learning that makes a positive difference to future lives

  • Become a self-confident person ready for life in the 21st century.

Congratulations to Hillsboro IB Coach Stephanie Knight, Metro Schools IB Coach Emily Munn and Dr. Sharon Chaney, who leads the district’s advanced academics programs, on this important development.

To learn more about IB, visit the
IB district webpage. For more information on IBCC, visit the IB website.


Art on display right now at Cheekwood came straight from the minds of Antioch and Hillsboro High School students. They worked closely with professional and well-respected artists over a period of months to create pieces for display in one of the South's premiere art museums.

Loop Project Artwork at Cheekwood

The Loop Project is a collaborative effort between Cheekwood, Antioch High School and Hillsboro High School. The program brought together eight art students from each school to work with Nashville-based artist Hans Schmitt Matzen and New York-based artist Gieves Anderson. Together they created collaborative pieces of work using a variety of media and methods.

When the students and artists met, they paired up to create collaborative pieces of art – sending the work back and forth to each other for several months, allowing each other to add to or build upon the work. The final pieces are on display at Cheekwood right now.

Loop Project Students Working Together

“It was a really great experience," said Antioch student Sarah W. "The Loop Project was interesting because we got to meet our project partners from Hillsboro High School. We would switch our artwork together so that they could do something to change or improve it, send it back and do that again. We would also communicate with each other to talk about our ideas. It was exciting in the end to see our final pieces hanging on the walls in the Great Hall at Cheekwood!”

A small reception was held at Cheekwood to celebrate the students who participated in The Loop Project and spotlight their work.

Here’s one from Tristan Higginbotham a student at Antioch High School “The Loop Project was an overall interesting experience," said Antioch student Tristan H. "It was kind of difficult to give my work to someone I had never met before, just because they may not understand why I made the choices I made and so on. Thankfully our styles didn't clash, and my partner and I were able to meet in the middle somewhat.

"It was really nerve-racking to try and meet the expectations that I imagined my partner had, but after awhile I just did my own thing and stopped being paranoid about it. I would definitely participate in this again, especially since I know more about it the whole process now. It was really awesome to have so much freedom and step away from the more technical work I had been working on. I feel really confident about the two pieces that came from this project.”

Thanks to Cheekwood’s Karen Kwarciak for the great information!


The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Someone in a Middle Tennessee high school is going to win $1,000. Will it be you? 

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is given to a high school student whose efforts have had a significantly positive effect on race relations in his or her school or community.

So how do you win? It's easy. Fill out part 1 of the application and have a "supporter" (teacher, mentor, religious leader, etc.) fill out part 2. You can even apply online.

The deadline to submit is January 31, 2013, so don't hesitate. Apply now and the Princeton Prize could be yours!


The McGavock Cluster Coalition helped more than 85 families during its Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Drive night yesterday.

Students and their parents received assistance filling out paper work, learning about college and university deadlines and how much federal aid students should ask for. The Donelson Hermitage Chamber volunteered for the evening as well as first –time volunteer Deloitte.

Deloitte will be hosting additional FAFSA Drives the month.

  • Antioch High School, Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m.

  • Hillsboro High School, Thursday, Jan. 17

  • Overton High School, Thursday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 P.M.

We want to give a big thanks to Deloitte, the Donelson Chamber, the McGavock Cluster Coalition and every volunteer who helped students take their first steps in reaching the next level of education!

Graduation Pledge Banner Board Rep. Anna Shepherd Helping Families
McGavock Seniors are committed to graduating! Board Representative Anna Shepherd signs families in.
Principal Robbin Wall chats with Shonta Woodbury Families Sign In for FAFSA Night
Principal Robbin Wall chats with Family Engagement Specialist Shonta Woodbury. Families sign in for FAFSA Night.


Hey, high schoolers: Want to be a teacher? If so you could win a scholarship worth up to $3,000.

The Metropolitan Nashville Education Foundation, the charitable arm of MNEA, awards three scholarships each year to outstanding high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in public education. Scholarships are awarded to graduates of MNPS in amounts of up to $3,000 ($1,500 per semester).

If you want to apply,
fill out the application, print it, date it and sign it. Applications must be returned to MNEA Headquarters by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2013.

Don't leave money on the table! Apply and win!

DOWNLOAD the Application


Bank of America is looking for students who want to make a difference in their community. Applications are now available for the bank's "Student Leaders" program, which promises to show how non-profits, government and business can work together to change communities and connect citizens.

The program offers an eight-week, paid internship at a local non-profit and admission to a week long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.!

Applications are due by January 25 2012 and can be found on the Bank of America website: http://www.bankofamerica.com/neistudentleaders. Click below for the program flyer.


Want to meet students who are a lot smarter than you and I? Then meet these semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Four students from Hume-Fogg Magnet High and three from Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High won the distinction for their work done through the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt.

Zach Anderson (Hume-Fogg) completed his project with Jason Valentine, Ph. D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His project was "Reflection and Transmission Measurements at Variable Incidence Angles of a Zero Index Metamaterial." Zach was also recognized as a Siemens Semifinalist for this research.

Abhinav Goyal (Hume-Fogg) completed his project with Qi Zhang, Ph. D. in the Department of Pharmacology. His project was “Culturing of Neurons on Graphene Transistors for High Resolution Scanning of Processes.” Abhi was also recently recognized as a Siemens Semifinalist for this research.

Aditya Gudibanda (Hume-Fogg) completed his project with Jens Meiler in the Department of Chemistry. His project was “The implementation of paired descriptor functions to improve quantitative structure activity relationship models from drug discovery.”

Busra Gungor (Martin Luther King Jr.) completed her project with Hal Moses, M.D. in the Department of Cancer Biology. Her project was “Uncovering the Role of TGFβ and BMP in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Stem Cells.” Busra was also recently recognized as a Siemens Semifinalist for this research.

Melissa Guo (Martin Luther King Jr.) completed her project with Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph. D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her project was “Interfacing of Kinect Motion sensor and NAO Humanoid Robot.”

Meera Patel (Hume-Fogg) completed her project with Richard Peek, M. D. in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. Her project was “Helicobacter pylori alters the tight junction-regulating adhesion protein BVES and promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition in a nontumorigenic murine gastric epithelial cell line (MGEC).”

Jenny Zheng (Martin Luther King Jr.) completed her project with David Wasserman, Ph. D. in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Her project was “Interaction of integrin and insulin actions in the insulin resistant liver."

Each student won a $1,000 prize with a matching prize given to their schools.

Read more about the award.

Apply for the School for Science & Math at Vanderbilt


Nashvillians of the Year Cover Photo

Cover courtesy of The Nashville Scene and photographer Michael W. Bunch

What a way to end 2012.

Two teachers in Metro Schools have been named
Nashvillians of the Year by the Nashville Scene. Adam Taylor of Overton High School and Christina McDonald of Nashville Prep Charter School represent the teachers who "give Nashville's schoolchildren, no matter what their background, a fighting chance to reach their brightest future."

 In a lengthy and detailed article, reporter Steven Hale lays out the bare - and sometimes forgotten - fact in our city's current debate over education: whether charter school or district school, great teachers are at the center of great education.

It's a great piece, and I strongly recommend you take a few moments to read the full article so you can see how teachers like Christina and Adam can bring the focus of the education discussion back where it belongs.

The Scene would like to refocus the discussion of public education not on differences and squabbles, but on the enormous asset that charter and public schools have in common: the teachers who are the most active, direct agents of hope Nashville's children will face outside the home. As our 2012 Nashvillians of the Year, the Scene honors two such instructors: one from a charter school, Christina McDonald at Nashville Prep, and one from a traditional Metro district school, Adam Taylor at Overton High.

They are hardly alone. Space does not permit us to list the many outstanding district and charter teachers who slug it out in Nashville's trenches throughout the school year, fighting the shared enemies of poverty, hunger, troubled home lives, behavioral problems, language barriers, bad outside influences and limited resources. But McDonald and Taylor are sterling examples of what can be accomplished by creative thinking, supportive administrators, and sheer determination. To look inside their classrooms is to see small miracles happen every day — and to see a brighter future for Nashville schoolchildren of all races and backgrounds than statistics sometimes let us hope.

Read the full article here.


Twitter. Some people use it for news, some for business and personal promotion, and some for social engagement. To Overton High School students, it is an engine that has given them the opportunity to connect, share ideas, and ask questions with peers around the world, particularly in the field of science. Thanks to that international connectivity, Overton student Lilly Q. is a guest blogger this week on a popular science education blog, Promega Connections. Click here to read why Lilly says social media has changed the way she and her classmates are learning and how they are tapping into some of the brightest minds on the planet.


Overton alumni keep on giving! The Class of 1975 recently donated nearly $5,000, $4,834.75 to be exact, to their alma mater. The money is earmarked for the school’s library and media center.

Pictured below are (L - R ) Connie Brown Kimbro, Amy Price Garrison, Lynn Stanfield Wilbanks, Cindy Hayden Dickens, Betty Price, JOHS Media Specialists: Gwin Hines and Misti Jenkins, Executive Principal: Dr. Shuler Pelham.

Overton Donation 2012 - class of 75 donates nearly $5000 to support media center and library


The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is now recruiting 8th graders to apply for the class of 2017!

The SSMV is a four-year high school program on the Vanderbilt campus that students attend one day per week. Students are immersed in a university culture with access to a world of discovery and exploration through cutting-edge scientific research. Students are expected to attend the entire four-year program, including summer requirements. This program is free and available only to MNPS students.

The SSMV application will be available to students on January 7, 2013. Please visit our website to learn more - http://theschool.vanderbilt.edu/prospects/.


You’re invited!


Winter Festival of the Creative Arts

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

904 26th Avenue, North, Nashville 37208

December 4, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Winter Festival of the Creative Arts will feature performances from students in band, chorus, and dance classes, as well as a gallery of artwork from the school’s Digital Design classes. Students are working every aspect of this event, including the marketing and promotion. Read the student-written press release for the Festival.

This is the culminating event of an interdisciplinary project-based learning unit focused on examining how the Pearl-Cohn community demonstrates individualism and aesthetic appreciation through the creative arts. Pearl-Cohn is currently serving as a district project-based learning demonstration school for its excellence in creating and implementing interdisciplinary units of study that revolve around a specific, hands-on learning project.


Nashville Big Picture High School student capstone helps othersCharity D., a student at Nashville Big Picture High School, is inching closer to her diploma by reaching out to the Nashville community! As part of her senior capstone project, Charity hosted a special event benefiting March of Dimes at Baptist Hospital. She spent the day passing out information about premature births, to 133 guests; raised money for the NICU Fund at Baptist; and handed out stuffed animals to raise donations for the March of Dimes.


We’re halfway into the Optional School Application period. Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High and Stratford STEM Magnet High leaders are eager for you to see the challenging and engaging programs that are happening in their schools!

Thursday, Nov. 15, both schools will open their doors to the community with student showcases, classroom tours, and more. The Stratford program runs from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; the Pearl-Cohn program runs from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Specific to Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, families will see a dynamic student performance; tour PCTV, the school television studio; watch project-based learning demonstrations; and be able to meet with image consultants!

Meanwhile, families interested in science, technology, engineering and math programs at Stratford STEM Magnet High will be able to tour the schools’ two Academies, The Academy of Science and Engineering and The Academy of National Safety and Securities Technology. Families will also get the first look the school’s state-of-the-art Biotechnology and Computer Gaming/Simulation Laboratory; the event will serve as the grand opening for this new learning laboratory.

Optional School enrollment is now available online. The deadline to apply is 5:30 p.m., Nov. 30 if you want to be included in the random selection process that will be held in early January.


Educators and city leaders from cities across the U.S., England, China, Guam and Stratford NCAC Tour 2012American Samoa are in Music City to learn about career academies and explore the Academies of Nashville during the 2012 National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Conference. During the three-day conference, guests will learn everything from what academies are to effective strategies to build and maintain strong academy business partners. The morning of Nov. 9, guests were able to tour one of nine Metro high schools that have fully implemented the academy model:  Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hillwood, McGavock, Overton, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford (pictured right). Students and staff showcased the Academies, offered interactive presentations that illustrated the academy model of teaching and learning, and answered questions of the programs.

Also during the conference:

McGavock and Hillwood high schools will be recognized with National Standards of Practice Career Academy Award of Distinction for receiving model status during their respective reviews.

Paula Barkley, academy coach at McGavock High School, will receive the Exemplary Academy Educator Award.    

CMT will be recognized for its outstanding contribution to The CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communications at McGavock. CMT will receive the Henk Koning Exemplary Partnership Award.


The Academy of Public Service students at Whites Creek High and the Law Academy students at Cane Ridge High got a lesson from the top this week! The students had the privilege of hearing from Judge Alberto Gonzales, the former highest ranking law enforcement official in the U.S.

Judge Gonzales, the 80th Attorney General of the United States and the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General, now practices law at Waller in Nashville. He also teaches and holds the position of Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law at the Belmont University College of Law. He spoke to the students about law and public service and possible careers in those fields.

Judge Gonzalez Whites Creek and Cane Ridge 2012

Dr. Jesse Register, Judge Alberto Gonzales, former Attorney General of the U.S., Dr. James Bailey III, Executive Principal of Whites Creek High School, Dr. Michelle Wilcox, Lead Principal, and Bill Warren, education consultant


Photo courtesy of Rick Malkin



Nashville youth have a new outlet to share their voices, and a chance to help the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The center invites all interested students to submit an entry - in the form of an essay, poem, spoke-word/rap lyrics, or work of art. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 10. Contestants will compete for cash prizes and the chance to showcase their work as part of the university-wide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.


A call to artists is being issued for an Antioch High School art exhibition being Academies of Antioch logodeveloped as a project of Academies initiative of the Metro Nashville Public Schools.   The exhibition, entitled Frist Antioch Community Exhibition (F.A.C.E), invites artists of all ages, in all genres, from all areas of the city, to explore the theme IDENTITY from personal visual perspectives.  The exhibition will open at Antioch High School Jan. 31, 2013.


There’s no better time than now to start planning for the future, and Hillsboro High leaders want their students to do just that! The school is hosting a college fair Thursday, Nov. 1. Representatives from the United States Army, Art Institute of Nashville, Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, Cumberland University, International Academy of Design & Technology, ITT Tech, Lipscomb University, Marine Corps, Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville State Community College, United States Navy, Nossi College of Art, Oasis College Connection, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, Tennessee Tech University, TN Technology Center at Nashville, Trevecca Nazarene, Tusculum College, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Volunteer State Community College, Watkins College of Art & Design, and Western Kentucky University will help students explore their post-secondary options and plan their next steps.


Nicholas W. represented Hillwood H.S. Culinary Arts at the annual SFT Awareness Chili Cookoff that took place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Crieve Hall Church of Christ.  Nick took 1st place in the spicy category. Congratulations Nick!

Hillwood Chili Cookoff Winner



Roughly 5,000 MNPS freshmen took a break from the books to attend the fourth annual Career Exploration Fair. The event, sponsored by Shoneys, showcased hundreds of careers in the business and non-profit sectors as well as higher education opportunities. Students were responsible for visiting multiple booth and interviewing representatives. They also had a chance to get their hands on actual projects and interactive learning displays


Four MNPS seniors who are enrolled in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt are gaining national recognition. The students are semifinalists in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.

Congratulations to:

Zachary A., of Hume-Fogg. Zachary completed the project “Reflection and Transmission Measurements at Variable Incidence Angles of a Zero” under the supervision of mentor Jason Valentine, Ph. D. (Mechanical Engineering).

Abhinav G., of Hume-Fogg. Abhinav completed the project “Culturing of Neurons on Graphene Transistors for High Resolution Scanning of Processes” under the supervision of mentor Qi Zhang, Ph. D. (Pharmacology).

Jacob S., of Hume-Fogg. Jacob completed the project “Examining sequences that stimulate telomere addition following DNA double-strand breaks in Saccharomyces cerevisiae” under the supervision of mentor Katherine Friedman, Ph. D. (Biological Sciences).

Busra G., of Martin Luther King, Jr. Busra completed the project “Uncovering the Role of TGFβ and BMP in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Stem Cells” under the supervision of mentor Hal Moses, M. D. (Cancer Biology).

Siemens named 322 semifinalists representing 32 states and an international school in South Korea. Tennessee has 10 semifinalists.


Fahrner Crystal StarWhether it’s blowing a bullhorn or helping secure internships, Elaine Fahrner sends daily reminders to her students that she will do whatever it takes to help them graduate. Since the Academy at Old Cockrill first opened in 2009, Fahrner has recruited hundreds of students to her school and given them the knowledge and skills they need to graduate and succeed. Oct. 16, in recognition of her efforts, Fahrner received the Crystal Star Award at the National Dropout Prevention Center national conference.


"Every student who walks through our doors has potential and deserves a chance,” said Fahrner. “That's what our Academies do. We give them another chance to learn, and we give them a chance to succeed."


The Crystal Star Award identifies and recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the mission of the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN). Individuals and programs are recognized for outstanding work each year.


In addition to receiving the national honor, Fahrner was also a key presenter at the conference. She, along with colleagues Carmon Brown and Billy Fellman, shared best practices and strategies with other educators from around the nation. Their presentation focused on the successes of The Academy at Hickory Hollow, Old Cockrill and Opry Mills - Fellman is principal at Hickory Hollow, Brown at Opry Mills. The three schools have collectively graduated more than 1,000 students since they opened in 2009.


Maplewood High School is hosting a Latino Festival, Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will be held on Maplewood’s football field. Guests will enjoy multi-cultural dancing, cuisine, arts, crafts, music, bouncy houses, face painting, informational booths, door prizes, and more. The festival will support the Maplewood Young Latino Leaders Program as well as offer the community a chance to learn about the Latino culture. Admission is $3.00 for adults; children are free. 


Students and staff at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School HumeFogg sign - the sign in front of the building with historical information about the schoolwill become part of history next week as they celebrate the school's 100th birthday. Friday, Oct. 19, from 6 - 8 p.m., the school community will gather for a special birthday celebration that includes cake, punch, school tours, a display of historical archives and a special presentation at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Hume-Fogg is Nashville's first public school. It originally opened as Hume School n 1855 under the direction of Alfred Hume. In its early years, the school served students grades K-12. In 1874, the upper grades were moved to Fogg School, which sat on an adjoining lot. In 1912, the schools were replaced by Hume-Fogg, as it remains today.


Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School English teacher Christopher Dowlen is at the top of his class! Dowlen was recently awarded the Don Jenkins Award for Excellence in the Teaching of English/Language Arts. Up to three teachers from Tennessee are awarded this prestigious honor each year.


Efforts to close the achievement gap at four Metro schools will soon get a financial boost from the Tennessee Department of Education. Amqui, Carter-Lawrence Magnet and Ruby Major elementary schools, as well as Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School will receive anywhere from $100,000 - $300,000 to support efforts to improve student learning across the board.


McGavock High School students in the CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communications will be making their television debut next week! The students recently produced a PSA promoting Metro Schools’ 1st Choice Festival, which will be running on Comcast Cable. If that isn’t cool enough, they will also appear in a special segment on More at Midday, Oct. 4, on Channel 4 News, who is the media sponsor of the 1st Choice Festival. Morning anchor Ian Reitz will be at the festival.

Earlier this week, WSMV sent a producer/photojournalist out to catch up with the students and see why families should make plans to attend the 1st Choice Festival. What students didn’t know was they would actually get to shadow the producer -- help run the camera, set up lights, and make sure audio checked out. Check out some behind the scenes footage from the shoot below as well as the PSA produced by McGavock. 


IB World SchoolIf you've wondered what all the fuss is about with International Baccalaureate, you'll get answers and then some next Tuesday at Hillsboro High School.

Hillsboro is hosting an IB Information Night for everyone in Nashville to learn more about this presigious, internationally recognized academic program. There will be displays of student projects, sessions about the Middle Years and Diploma IB Programmes, and an in-depth panel discussion about how colleges view an IB diploma.

Come see why Hillsboro cluster schools are the best option for your child. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

5:30 p.m. - 7:35 p.m.

Hillboro High School


Like a shopping mall for higher education...

200 colleges and universities will pack the LP Field club level this Thursday, September 27, for College Night 2012! You can speak with representatives from schools, learn about applications, and even find out about financial aid.

It's never too early to start thinking about college, so students and families of all ages are welcome. It's completely FREE to attend and FREE to park!

SEE the list of participating colleges & universities.

Click here to download the College Night 2012 flyer.


Metro Human Relations Commission Summit

What are you doing for intersession? How would you like to learn real leadership skills alongside Nashville's top leaders?

The Metro Human Relations Commission is hosting a Student Human Relations Summit Tuesday, October 9, for high school students. The summit is designed to teach skills for communication, interaction, and personal leadership by exploring issues and opportunities in human rights and human relations.

The day opens with a meet and greet with Mayor Karl Dean and several members of the Metro Council, and moves on to a great speaker, workshops, and even a youth poetry performance.

If you're interested in taking part, speak with your principal or fill out the application.


Our students' voices will be heard loud and clear... on TV, in movie theaters, in the newspaper, wrapped around city buses and more.

They'll tell the whole city how the Academies of Nashville have impacted them and share their success stories. The ads are designed to encourage students and families to explore their high school options and find the right path for them.

It's an amazing outreach effort, fully paid for and produced by the Ford Motor Company Fund and other amazing Academy partners:

  • The James Stephen Turner Family Foundation

  • The Memorial Foundation

  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

  • HCA

  • IBM

  • Bridgestone Firestone

  • Belmont University

  • CMT

  • Caterpillar Financial Services

  • Trevecca Nazarene University

  • The Southwestern Company

  • Rogers Group, Inc.

  • ESA

  • ACE Mentor Program of Greater Nashville, Inc.

  • Hiscall, Inc.

  • LP Corp.

  • Permanent General

We want to give a HUGE thanks to these partners for their generous donations of time and money. Because of them, we'll see these ads all over town!


Cane Ridge High School and PENCIL Foundation have teamed up to pilot a new College and Career Mentoring program. Freshmen students are paired with mentors who share college and career guidance. The goal is to help students stay on track to graduate and being making plans for what happens after they receive their high school diplomas. Read more here.


The Nashville Public Library Foundation invites all Davidson County High School students (ages 13-18) to submit a very short story in honor of the 2012 Nashville Public Library Literary Award recipient, Margaret Atwood.

About the contest

Students are asked to write an original and creative story of no less than 5 and no more than 10 sentences inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or this photo:

The Handmaid's Tale

Three finalists and the winner will be honored at the Literary Award Public Reading on October 27. One winner will receive the grand prize of a Kindle and $50 Amazon gift card. Finalist stories will be published on the Nashville Public Library Foundation website.

 View complete rules and entry guidelines.

Entries will be accepted

September 20 – October 4, 2012

Entries may be submitted online



Mail one printed copy of submission to:

Nashville Public Library Foundation

Essay Contest

615 Church Street

Nashville, TN 37219

Handwritten entries will not be considered. Finalists will be notified beforehand. Winners will be announced at the NPLF Literary Award Public Reading on Saturday, October 27. Contact Stephanie.Koehler@nplf.org with questions.


The Tennessee Titans and Whites Creek Air Force JROTC teamed up on Opening Day, Sunday, Sept 9, to produce a lot of fun and excitement for young Titans’ fans. Eighteen cadets from the unit participated in the Titans pre-game activity called Kids Zone that offers a number of football related physical challenges. The Titans organization relies primarily on volunteers to setup, tear down and supervise these activities.

According to Major Williamson, Senior Instructor, “It was a great service project, plus the cadets got to see the game afterwards. It was a win-win situation for us.”

JROTC is part of the School of Public Service and conducts many service projects during the school year. Cadet leaders for this activity were: Cadets Simone Williams, Dakota Fralick and Kiah Lee.

Whtes Creek JROTC Titans Game - cadets volunteered at Kids Zone before 2012 season opener


Three MNPS high school students have been named the winners of this year’s Conexion Americas Hispanic Heritage Essage contest. Congratulations to first place winner Nerieda Z. of Glencliff, as well as honorable mentions winners Jacob M. also of Glencliff and Edith A. of Overton.

The theme of the essay was My Hispanic Roots, My America Dream. To read excerpts from their winning essays, click here.


Sixteen Metro Nashville high school students have been named 2013 National Merit Semifinalists. These students are among 16,000 others nationwide who will now vie for one of roughly 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Congratulations to the following students:

Hillsboro High

Melenka R.

Hume-Fogg Magnet High

Claire B.

Daniel C.

Raktima D.

Abhinav G.

Aditya G

Cameron H.

Joseph H.

Zoe M.

Kelsey M.

Jackson M.

Joseph S.

Noel W.

Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High

Lauren B.

Melissa G.

Jenny Z.


September is shaping up to be a "big" month at Nashville Big Picture High School! Here's a snapshot of what's happening:

Friday, Sept. 7 - Southern Word Poetry Slam from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8 - Victoria G., senior, will hold a LIFE Walk at Centennial Park. This event is her Senior Capstone project and aims to raise awareness and celebrate premature birth survivors. The walk will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. It will start at the pavilion across from McDonald's.

Friday, Sept. 14 - Nashville Big Picture will host a student-organized Blood Drive with Red Cross from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sept. 24 - Oct. 3 - Students will present what they've learned during the first quarter during Student Exhibitions.


Students active in the community have a chance to be recognized nationally for their efforts in the annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards contest. Students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past 12 months are encouraged to apply. Full details below.


Mark North

Mark North, Sports Fan & President of

The Fans, Inc.

Middle School Sports – Game Time

Middle School Fall Sports start this week. The North Sports Report Middle School game of the week is Haynes Middle Design Center at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle football game. Middle school student-athletes today = MNPS high school stars of the future. I’ll see you there.

Volleyball – These Girls Got Hops…or The Sky’s the Limit

The North Sports Report was amazed at the astonishing skill and leaping ability of the volleyball student-athletes as I cheered on the Overton and Cane Ridge volleyball teams. When you go to a volleyball game, be sure you arrive early enough to see the warm-ups. Amazing! The precision and teamwork of the digs and sets along with the grace and power of the high-flying monster spikes underscore the tremendous athletic ability of MNPS student-athletes. Volleyball – Can you dig it?

Alumni Alert

The North Sports Report bumped into Madison High fullback Greg Morgan Friday night. Greg serves as a TSSAA official and was the referee for the Hillwood vs. Antioch game last Friday. Greg famously scored a touchdown in Madison High’s 1979 Tobacco Bowl victory over Cumberland County. By famously, I mean… the North Sports Report vaguely remembers hearing about it.

Football Friday Night…Last Week’s Game

The North Sports Report is on a roll when it comes to picking the game of the week. Hillwood High School’s stadium, the fans, cheerleaders and band provided a great atmosphere to watch football, and the game went right down to the wire – another barn-burner for the game of the week. Antioch Bears quarterback Raekwon Hosey had a spectacular performance with 209 yards rushing including touchdown runs of 63, 58 and 15 yards plus a touchdown pass of 33 yards. Here’s an understatement…high school football is great family entertainment.

Hillwood High School football pregame - the National Anthem at Sunset
A beautiful pre-game National Anthem at Hillwood High School.

Friday Night’s Game of the Week – September 7, 2012

This week’s Game of the Week has the North Sports Report heading to Green Hills to witness the East Nashville Eagles visit the Hillsboro Burros in this week’s only game pitting two MNPS teams. It promises to be a tough battle to the very end.

In other action:

  • Antioch Bears travel to Centennial;

  • Cane Ridge Ravens head to Ravenwood;

  • Glencliff Colts welcome Lebanon;

  • Hillwood Hilltoppers host Father Ryan;

  • Hunters Lane Warriors travel south to Brentwood;

  • Maplewood Panthers go to Riverdale;

  • McGavock Raiders are at home against Franklin;

  • Overton Bobcats take a short trek over to Lipscomb;

  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds travel to BGA;

  • Stratford Spartans play at Brentwood Academy; and

  • Whites Creek Cobras host Davidson Academy.

The MNPS home games are at Hillsboro; at Glencliff; at Hillwood; at McGavock; and at Whites Creek. Games start at 7:00pm. Enjoy a game near you!

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for High-Flying Monster Spikes


Did you know... by 2018 there will be more than a million available jobs in STEM careers, but only a fraction that many qualified college graduates to fill them?

Did you know... for the last 10 years, the number of STEM jobs has grown three times as fast as non-STEM jobs?

Did you know... Metro Schools and its partners put students on a direct path to STEM colleges and careers?

Stratford STEM Magnet High School

The Adventure Science Center and other partners from Stratford’s Academy of Science & Engineering are bringing students closer to those careers and the degrees needed to meet them at Stratford’s Engineering Day. The event, made possible with a grant from the Community Foundation, will feature STEM professionals from firms such as Universal Robotics, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon and Nissan presenting engineering-based, hands-on activities such as bridge building and water purification. The goal driving the event is to inspire students and ignite their curiosity in STEM fields.

Stratford STEM Magnet High School Engineering Day

Thursday, September 20, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Stratford

Stratford High, Hattie Cotton Elementary, and Bailey Middle make up the only K-12 STEM program in Tennessee. This continuum uses all the resources of our state’s world-renowned STEM assets and infuses them directly into the classroom. Students enjoy engaging and challenging learning experiences that will connect them to their world. Stratford students learn to investigate, explore, problem solve, create, and invent among top STEM professionals.


Constitution Day is Sept. 17 and to celebrate the Baker Center is having a Constitution Day Essay Contest!

Attention all students – 9th grade to seniors in college! In an essay of no more than 500 words, respond to the following quote:

“I’m ready to wager my life’s meaning that what America will be remembered for in the centuries to come is the staggering achievement of taking different people from all over the world and building a great civilization.”

-- Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr.

Baker, H. (1980) No Margin for Error. New York, NY: New York Times Book Co.
Your written response may take any form you choose: agree, disagree, provide an example(s), propose an alternative viewpoint, expand upon this thought, or relate this in some way to our celebration of the Constitution.

To submit an essay, email your (.doc or .docx) file to:


Deadline for submission is September 10th, 2012, by 11:59 p.m.

Winners will be chosen in two categories (high school and college) and announced September 17, 2012.

1st Prize: $250

2nd Prize: $150

For more information on Senator Baker or the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, please visit: http://bakercenter.utk.edu

Rules for Essay Contest Participants

  1. A cover page should be submitted with the essay which includes: author name, high school or college, grade/year in school, home address, daytime phone number and email address. Do not include your name within the body of the essay.

  2. Essays must be the original work of student whose name accompanies the submission.

  3. The contest is open to 9th – 12th graders in high school and freshman – seniors in college.

  4. Limit one submission per person

  5. Essays should be submitted online, preferably in doc or docx format and be 500 words or less

  6. Essays received after the stated deadline will be not be considered for an award

  7. Submission of essay constitutes author’s permission for publication on Baker Center/University of Tennessee websites or in other written materials.

  8. Essays will be judged anonymously and the judges will be chosen by Baker Center staff and advisors. The decision of those judges is final. Employees of the Baker Center are not eligible.


Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School have an incredible new Heath & Fitness facility at their disposal. Thanks to Dane Burks & Company Fitness and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the school now has a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness facility for students and staff. The center includes elliptical trainers, a full weight gym, treadmills, and more. The project began as a simple need noticed by Lifetime Wellness teacher, Dr. Tina Bozeman, NBCT, but culminated with a true community partnership.

 MLK Health & Fitness Center 2012 photos MLK Health & Fitness Center 2012 photos 


The Academies of Nashville have named, and trained, the newest class of student Ambassadors. Dozens of high school students from the districts 12 zoned high schools attended a special Customer Care and Ambassador Training program at Martin Professional Development Center. The students will now serve as a voice for their Academy and their high school at various events throughout the community, and they will give guided school tours.


 AofN Ambassadors 2012 - pictures of a training session for the new class of Academies of Nashville Ambassadors  AofN Ambassadors 2012 - pictures of a training session for the new class of Academies of Nashville Ambassadors



The composite ACT score for Metro Schools rose to 18.4 in 2012 from 18.1 in 2011, slightly outpacing statewide gains as the average composite score for Tennessee schools rose to 19.7 in 2012 from 19.5 in 2011.

“We are working toward a minimum composite ACT score of 21 for the district,” said Jay Steele associate superintendent for high schools. A composite score of at least 21 qualifies students for Tennessee’s HOPE scholarship.

“High school scores in reading, math and writing are up and now ACT is up. We have a district-wide ACT prep plan and I expect even greater gains this year,” added Steele. “We are heading in the right direction.”

The district conducted three pilot projects to assess ways to supports students taking the state-mandated ACT. Hillwood High School’s model was selected as the district’s approach for 2012. It includes professional development for teachers, increasing instructional rigor consistent with the Common Core Standards, providing counseling for students and setting high expectations, and measuring and evaluating progress.


Have weekend plans? You do now.

The Academy at Hickory Hollow is hosting a benefit concert this Sunday night at the Crossings Event Center. Come listen to the music of the Laura Vida Band and bring a donation of $10 (or more!) to give to the school. 

The Academy at Hickory Hollow is one of three of our Academy schools, along with Old Cockrill and Opry Mills, where students aged 17-21 can earn their final few credits needed for a high school diploma. In the last three years, Academy schools have graduated more than 1,000 students!

Principal Billy Fellman and a few of his faculty will be there to meet you and answer any questions you might have about the Academy.

Come out and support a great school!

The Academy at Hickory Hollow Benefit Concert


Mark North

Mark North, Sports Fan & President of

The Fans, Inc.

Well-Deserved Publicity on the Way to State Championships

Did you catch The Tennessean’s High School Sports primer this week? The North Sports Report noticed the daily’s shout out to defending Cross Country State Champion Sam Klockenkemper from MLK as a “Top Runner” who is looking to repeat. Also, Hume- Fogg’s Boys team is mentioned as a state contender, and MLK’s and Hume-Fogg’s Girls teams are state contenders. Put it on your calendar…November 3 at the Steeplechase course…MNPS bringing home the Cross Country championships!

Can you dig it? Hume-Fogg’s Volleyball team is also a state contender according to The Tennessean.

MNPS has several other teams in all fall sports that are flying under the radar toward state championships. Stay tuned as the season progresses.

North Sports Report Game of the Week August 24, 2012

The North Sports Report will head to Buster Boguskie Stadium, the home of the Stratford Spartans to witness the clash of the Spartans and the Whites Creek Cobras. This early season showdown of legendary programs will set the tone of the season for both teams. I will see you there.

Other games this week:

  • Antioch Bears head north to face Station Camp;

  • Cane Ridge Ravens look to keep the momentum as they travel to Father Ryan;

  • East Nashville Eagles soar to JPII;

  • Glencliff Colts hit the road to Westmoreland;

  • Hillsboro Burros take their undefeated record to FRA;

  • Hillwood Hilltoppers travel to Nashville Christian;

  • Hunter Lane Warriors host Oakland;

  • Maplewood Panthers travel to Brentwood Academy;

  • McGavock Raiders head east to face Mt. Juliet;

  • Overton Bobcats’ home opener includes a visit from Centennial; and

  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds go to Rutherford County to play Blackman.

The MNPS home games are at Stratford; at Hunters Lane; and at Overton. Go to a game this week. The incomparable excitement of Friday Night Football is ageless and timeless. Enjoy a family night out at your local school.

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for the Incomparable Excitement of High School Sports


Antioch High School to begin International Baccalaureate Feasibility Study

Talk no more! Antioch High School leaders are diving into the IBO World pool, hoping to become Metro Nashville PublicSchools’ third International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Led by new Principal Adrienne Battle-Koger, the school is set to begin a feasibility study this fall.

According to Dr. Battle-Koger, “The Antioch community has long shown interest in IB. Since the Academies have taken off with such success, the leadership team at Antioch is now ready to make the IB dream areality. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but well worth it in the years to come.”

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offers high school juniors and seniors an internationally recognized education that is highly regarded by the world’s top colleges and universities, with some offering college credits to students with strong scores in IB courses. Antioch High School will host an information session for families this fall.

IB authorization takes roughly three years, start to finish. Schools must first conduct a feasibility study, which generally takes six months to a year andincludes identification of resources and show of support by key stakeholders. After completion of the feasibility study, Antioch will submit an application forcandidacy. During this time they will train teachers, visit other IB schools and study the program curriculum. The final phase will include submitting an application for authorization, which will include submitting syllabi, more teacher training, and observations by IBO evaluators.

“Our goal is to provide every student with the opportunity to experience a rigorous national or international college preparatory curriculum to complement our nationally recognized academies,” said Jay Steele, associate superintendent of high schools. “When Antioch is authorized, we will have IB Diploma Programmes on the north, west and south sides of the city. We are also expanding our Advanced Placement Scholars program and will soon announce plans for our first Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Diploma program.”

MNPS currently offers the Diploma Programme at Hillsboro High School and HuntersLane High School. The IB Middle Years Programme is offered at Bellevue Middle, Goodlettsville Middle, Neely’s Bend Middle, West End Middle, J.T. Moore Middle, Hunters Lane 9th/10th, and Hillsboro 9th/10th. Julia Green and Eakin elementary schools offer the IB Primary Years Programme.

For more information about the International Baccalaureate Programme, visit www.ibo.org.


Mariachi offered at Wright Middle, Glencliff High as part of the Music Makes Us education program

Music education in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is becoming even richer this year with the launch of a mariachi program at Wright Middle and Glencliff High Schools as part of the Music Makes Us music education project. Alan Lambert, an experienced mariachi educator, is the mariachi program director.

"Mariachi music is what gives Mexico and its people its identity. It is vibrant and passionate like no other music in the world. The young and old love it just the same and feel so proud to be able to express themselves in this great country that gives them the opportunity to learn the music in the schools," said Grammy-winning mariachi artist Jose Hernandez. "I have seen it change lives and look forward to seeing this genre blossom in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools under the leadership of Alan Lambert who is well-known for developing quality mariachi programs in Texas."

Lambert brings his passion for music and education to Metro Schools from the Grand Prairie (Texas) Independent School District where he was the director of the district’s mariachi program for grades 6-12. Under his leadership, the district’s mariachi program expanded from two to 11 campuses and his students performed at venues ranging from school auditoriums and nursing homes to the Texas State Fair and Cowboy Stadium.

“I am excited about the mariachi program in Metro Schools. Our mariachi students will make wonderful music, but I expect much more than that. I have high standards for their academic success and community service,” Lambert said. “I want students to earn top honors at music competitions and to continue their educations after high school graduation.” 

Music Makes Us: The Nashville Music Education Project is a public/private partnership among Metro Schools, Mayor Karl Dean,The Recording Academy and music industry leaders in Nashville. The initiative is moving Metro Schools beyond a traditional performance-based music curriculum to an expanded curriculum that includes diverse music genres. The vision is for music instruction that is sequential, high quality and relevant to the learning interests and needs of pre-K-12 students.

“Music Makes Us is very fortunate indeed to have a music educator the caliber of Alan Lambert offering a mariachi program at Glencliff and Wright,” said Nancy Shapiro, senior vice president with The Recording Academy. “It is the first of many new classes that will make music education in Music City the best in the nation. We welcome Mr. Lambert and thank him for sharing mariachi with our students. It will be an enriching and life-changing experience for them.”

An El Paso native, Lambert started and led the first All-Region Mariachi program in North Texas sanctioned by the Texas Music Education Association. His students’ musical excellence was noted in performances at the Mexican consulate and the Latino Cultural Center.

Lambert served as a volunteer, board member and eventually a teacher for the non-profit Creative Planet School of the Arts in California before joining the faculty at Wilson High School in East Los Angeles as a special education teacher. Previously, he had a career in marketing, fundraising and operations in the United States and Germany working with AT&T and the New York and Brooklyn Philharmonics.

Lambert received a bachelor’s degree in music from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in music from New Mexico State University. He holds a music education certificate from California State University and an educational leadership and principal certificate from the University of Texas.

The Metro Schools mariachi program was introduced in May with concert performances from Jose Hernandez and from the Veterans Juvenil de America Mariachi. Mariachi is a term used to describe a group of strolling musicians performing a style of Mexican music, a member of such a band and their music.

Wright Middle School is a zoned middle school at 180 McCall Street off Nolensville Road. Nearby Glencliff High School is also a zoned school at 160 Antioch Pike.

Music Makes Us is under the overall direction of Jay Steele, associate superintendent of high schools. The staff also includes Laurie Schell, director; Dr. Nola Jones, music coordinator; and long-time Metro Schools educator Carol Crittenden.


Attention shoppers: Opry Mills will offer more than just great shopping this year; it will also help hundreds of students earn their high school diplomas. Forced to close after the devastating May 2010 flood, the Academy at Opry Mills, supported by the Simon Youth Foundation, is back in business and eager to help its new class of students get on track and graduate.

“The impact we have felt in the three short years that we have offered these non-traditional programs has been tremendous,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “Since 2009, we have watched 1,040 students graduate from our Academies -- located at Hickory Hollow, Old Cockrill and Opry Mills. These young men and women were at high-risk of dropping out but instead got back on track and earned high school diplomas.”

Led by new principal Carmon Brown, who previously served as an assistant principal at Hillsboro High School, the school will cater to each student’s unique needs and circumstances. In a statement issued earlier in the summer, Associate Superintendent of High Schools Jay Steele commended Brown’s 20 years of experience in high schools and said he will be a “strong leader for the Academy at Opry Mills who understands how the Academy can help students overcome obstacles and earn a high school diploma.”

The new, state-of-the-art facility features an open concept with identifiable learning centers that can be easily adapted to accommodate different instructional practices, projects and learning opportunities. The innovative space will promote collaborative and learning opportunities for the students. It also features a new exterior entrance that will make the school much easier to locate and access from the parking lot.

“For the students at the Academy, the traditional classroom setting did not work,” said SYF President and CEO J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D. “Our Academy will create a non-traditional environment that will ignite hope in students, giving them the confidence to be successful and earn their high school diploma.”

The Academy at Opry Mills is one of three Metro Schools supported by SYF. The second is The Academy at Hickory Hollow, which opened to serve the students displaced by the closure of the school at Opry Mills after the historic flood in May 2010. The third is The Academy at Old Cockrill, which opened in 2009 and this year will begin receiving scholarship support from SYF. Between the three academies, SYF and MNPS will annually serve hundreds of at-risk Nashville youth.

About the Academies

These academies are for students who wish to pursue a high school diploma in a non-traditional high school setting. For admission, students must be 17-21 years of age and need eight or fewer credits in the content areas. Studies are highly individualized to each student’s needs and personal circumstances.

About SYF

Simon Youth Foundation, established in 1998, operates 23 academies in 13 U.S. states that give at-risk students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom while offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require. Recipient of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention from the National Dropout Prevention Center, the foundation has helped more than 8,000 students earn their high school diploma and provided more than $10.7 million in college scholarships to 3,500 students in 42 states. The Education Commission of the United States has recognized the Foundation with its Corporate Award for sustained and substantial investment in improving public education.



Academy at Hickory Hollow Night Out


The Academy at Hickory Hollow participated in District 32 Fun Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The event was held at Victor Chatman Studios in Crossings Center, located in Antioch. Teacher Syreeta Blakely, along with former students Simone Ross and Clint Ekwuazi, greeted visitors and informed them about the great things going on at the academy.

To learn more about the Academy at Hickory Hollow, visit the school's website.


Chaney Mosley brings diverse background to academies

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools has chosen Dr. Chaney Mosley as director of the Academies of Nashville, the college and career prep program in the district’s 12 zoned high schools. Mosley will succeed Starr Herrman, who retired this year.

The Academies of Nashville provide students with small learning communities, each centered on an academic theme, while providing students all the credits required for college admission. Since the Academies launched, the district’s graduation rate, student engagement and school climate have improved. Seven Academies have earned national accreditation, including five that earned the highest designation as “model” academies. Hillwood High School is Nashville’s first high school to receive the model designation for all its academies.

Mosley has more than 10 years of education expertise under his belt. He began his educational career as an agricultural teacher for schools in Tennessee and Georgia, including Hendersonville, Cascade and Temple High Schools. He transitioned into higher education and worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Virginia Tech University. In 2011, Mosley joined the Tennessee Department of Education where he served as a career and technical education consultant for a year before assuming his current position.

During his time as a teacher and a graduate assistant, Mosley served in the United States Army Reserves 4203 USAH (United States Army Hospital) and served two tours of duty in Iraq. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Mosley has both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. He earned the specialist in education distinction from the University of West Georgia and a doctorate in education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


It almost looks like a college student center or an employee lounge at Google.

Thanks to a generous donation from John Ingram, Hillwood High School cut the ribbon on its brand new library yesterday! Look at all the city officials who came out to see it. It's easy to see why they're so excited. Just look at it!

All photos by Gary Layda, Metro Government Photographer -


Adam & Noah Simmons, Morgan HydeThree Hillsboro High School students have returned to school after the summer of a lifetime!

Adam Simmons, Noah Simmons, and Morgan Hyde just landed back in the States, having spent two weeks in China. They went over as part of the Confucius Institute Summer Bridge Program.

The Confucius Classroom at Hillsboro High gives students experience with Chinese language and culture, taught by teachers recruited from China. In fact, Hillsboro has two brand new Chinese teachers this year, including one shared with JT Moore Middle School!

These three East-West scholars met with representatives of the Confucius Institute Friday afternoon to talk about their experiences in China. 


Adam and Noah recently transferred to Hillsboro from a local private school because they were seeking a "better education" in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Morgan is in the Academy of International Business. All three of them have said they want to go back to China and spend more time learning Chinese.


The Hillwood High School faculty and Academy business partners celebrated as one big happy familiy this week, recognizing the schools’ successful Academies and the national honors they've won.

Hillwood High was recognized as a "Triple Crown" school for having three Academies awarded ‘model’ program status, the highest level, by the National Career Academy Council. Academy coach Emily Hughes received a stating ovation for her hard work and dedication to help mold and shape each academy.

The Academy of Art, Design and Communications, the Academy of Business and Hospitality and the Academy of Health Sciences were all recognized as model programs. Each model academy will received a $1000 check, listing on the national website, and a banner to display in the school.

Congratulations, Hillwood!

Hillwood Triple Crown Celebration
The Hillwood family celebrates together.
Emily Hughes receives her award
Academy Coach Emily Hughes receives her award... and a standing ovation.


Join Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Simon Youth Foundation and Opry Mills at a reception for the Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills.

The Academy is a non-traditional high school that serves at-risk students, and its return after the floods in 2010 will once again provide hope to students in need.

The Academy at Opry Mills Reception


What a day! The first day of school in 2012-13 was a whirlwind for parents, educators, and everyone in or near a Metro school.

We had new schools opening (Cane Ridge Elementary, The Cohn School, The Academy at Opry Mills), others in new locations, and thousands of students coming to our schools for the first time.

At the end of the day (or half-day, if you like), things moved pretty smoothly, with one teacher even describing it as "the smoothest, most positive I can recall."

We went all over the city taking photos at several schools. Parents also sent in pictures of their children heading to school. They're all collected below in a Flickr slideshow.

Elsewhere online, parents, teachers, and the community were all a-buzz about the first day, sharing their experiences with us as the morning went on. We've collected them all together in a Storify story that includes several more pictures. Read the story here.

Thanks to everyone who made Day One such a success. The start of school is always a big day, and thanks to our wonderful families and community for helping out!


They're a piece of every child's imagination, and several of our Metro students learned to build and control them this summer at Robocamp 2012. But no need to fear: these robots are built for peace.

Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School held RoboCamp July 9-13. Teachers from Bailey, Litton Middle School and Stratford STEM High School led rising 5th-7th graders through the process of building a robotic arm to use in a competition at the end of the week. The students also learned to solder on a circuit board for an electronic siren. A trip to the Nissan factory in Smyrna provided students the opportunity to see robots in action. The students stopped at Home Depot on the way back to school for an “Inventor’s Tour” of the Home Depot in East Nashville where they explored alternative uses for different materials in the store. The competition on Friday put the students’ robotic arms to the test as they competed as teams and individuals.

Thanks to all the educators who made this free summer camp possible and to all the campers who had an amazing time building robots!


Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North

Tennis anyone? …Or … Does love mean nothing to you?

The national story of the summer in the tennis world has been the incredible rise of Hillwood Alum Brian Baker who earned his way through qualifiers to play at The French Open and at Wimbeldon. The former Hilltopper played his way to the round of 16 at Wimbeldon. Next stop for Brian is the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Alumni Alert – It’s the Principal

The new Principal at Gower Elementary School is one of the all-time greatest athletes in MNPS history. Barbara Frazier was a member of the first 5 on 5 Girls basketball state championship team at Pearl High; a state champion in several events in track and field; the first MNPS alum to be a member of the world famous Tigerbelles track team at Tennessee State; a member of the Tennessee State University Athletic Hall of Fame; and a member of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame. Oh … and a Superstar Principal!

Fall Sports …Get the Party Started

Even before school starts, practice for the fall sports is in full swing. Last year, MNPS teams and athletes made runs at state championships, and this year is shaping up to be even better. If you have a school nearby, make sure you go to the competitions. If you aren’t affiliated with any particular school, pick a school and follow it. Fall sports include: Girls Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, Football, Cheerleading, and Cross Country. Not only will you enjoy the competition, your presence and support benefits the student-athletes in ways and to an extent that are immeasurable. Go to a game!

NIL Reunion Picnic

Like an alumni association/historical society of legendary athletes, coaches, and fans, the Nashville Interscholastic League held its annual reunion picnic this week to celebrate the governing body for high school sports in Nashville until the mid-1980’s. The North Sports Report attended and rubbed elbows with the greats: Farrell Owens of Cohn; DuPont’s Bobby Gaines; McGavock’s John Griffith; and legendary Coaches Ken Redmond, Jerry Pigue, Wes Elrod, Tommy Frensley, Tommy Griffith, and Charlie Anderson. The highlight for the North Sports Report was visiting with Hillsboro football great Donny Sherman, Stratford basketball star Mike Jackson, and the incomparable Charles Davis of McGavock. Wow… great memories of the sports heroes of bygone days. If you don’t recognize these names and want to know more about the history of high school sports in Nashville, do a little research at www.highschoolglorydays.com.

The Future of the North Sports Report

Will the North Sports Report be back for the 2012-13 school year? Answer: Ohhhh Yeeeeessss! And you can follow MNPS related Sports Reports on Twitter @TheFansInc.

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for Legendary Athletes, Coaches and Fans


    Pearl-Cohn Summer demo students, producers, and engineers

    Metro students Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Jevon and Jordan Donaldson, and Ariell Pryor had the opportunity to work with well-known Nashville musicians to cut artist demos in Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High’s studio. This comes on the heels of Music Makes Us and Warner Music Nashville providing two week summer internships for 20 Pearl-Cohn students, where they learned about the record business first-hand.

    Dave Pomeroy, bassist and president of the American Federation of Musicians, along with drummer Craig Krampf, keyboardist Jim “Moose” Brown, and guitarist Gary Burnette provided tracks for the demos. Studio production services were provided by Bob McCracken, audio production teacher at Pearl-Cohn, assisted by Warner Music interns Mario Rosales, Deon’te Jones, Luis Trejo, and Vincent Zirker. At the end of the recording session, each of the students gets a mix of their song. This is the first effort of the new student-run record label at Pearl-Cohn to introduce itself to Metro students who dream of becoming recording artists.

    A good time was had by all!


    Tougher high school courses better prepare students for college so Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is changing its high school GPA calculations to encourage and reward students who choose academic rigor.

    Nueva escala de calificaciones 5.0 para las escuelas preparatorias (high schools) promueve el rigor académico

    The district will convert to a 5-point Grade Point Average (GPA) in 2012-13. This change will phase in over a two-year period beginning with students in grades 9, 10 and 11 this school year, which begins Wednesday, August 1. In 2013-14, students in grade 12 will be included.

    “The weighted GPA will encourage students to enroll in advanced, rigorous courses of study,” said Jesse Register, director of schools. “We want all our students to graduate prepared for college and career. This change is another step in cultivating a strong college-going culture in our district.”

    Under the new policy, students will receive an additional 1 point weight for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Students will receive a 0.5 weight for dual enrollment and honors courses. This will reward students who enroll in more rigorous college-prep courses.

    Grade Scale: GPA Calculation: 
    Letter Grade Numeric Value Un-weighted Regular Weighted Honors, Dual Enrollment Weighted Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
    A 93-100 4.0 4.5 5.0
    B 85-92 3.0 3.5 4.0
    C 75-84 2.0 2.5 3.0
    D 70-74 1.0 1.5 2.0
    F 0-69 0 0 0

    “The new 5-point GPA aligns Metro Schools with surrounding districts and districts across the United States,” said Jay Steele, associate superintendent for high schools. “We discussed our plans with admissions officers at public and private universities. They told us they look for academic rigor and some said the weighted GPA would help students applying to their schools.”

    A 5-point GPA will shape future valedictorian and salutatorian selections and honor student designations. Two GPAs will be recorded on student transcripts, a weighted 5-point GPA and an unweighted 4-point GPA. Many universities request both weighted and unweighted GPAs on student transcripts and want school districts to encourage students to take more advanced courses.

    Research from the College Board, which administers the SAT, shows rigorous high school classes improve student performance on college entrance exams and college success.

    Current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will receive retroactive GPA calculations as the system is updated to reflect the new GPA. Current seniors will not be included in the new calculation.


    Seven Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Academies of Nashville programs have received national accreditation, including five that earned the highest designation as “model” academies by the National Career Academy Coalition. Hillwood High School, with a “Triple Crown “ of three model Academies, is Nashville’s first high school to receive the model designation for all academies in the school.

    “When we launched the Academies of Nashville, we had high expectations for the program and for the effect on students’ academic performance,” said Jesse Register, director of schools. “We have seen an improvement in graduation rate, student engagement and school climate and now national experts in preparing students for college and career have named several academies as models for the nation.”

    The National Career Academy Coalition will honor the five “model” academies at the National Career Academy Conference to be held in Nashville November 8-10, 2012. Each model academy will receive a $1000 check, listing on the national website, and a banner to display in the school.

    The model academies to be honored are:

    • Hillwood High School Model Academies **Triple Crown**

      Dr. Steve Chauncy, Executive Principal

      • The Academy of Art, Design and Communications

      • The Academy of Business and Hospitality

      • The Academy of Health Sciences

    • McGavock High School Model Academies

      Robbin Wall, Executive Principal

      • The Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality/The U.S. Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance

      • The CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication

    In addition, academies at two other zoned highs schools earned certification. The certified academies are:

    • Glencliff High School Certified Academy

      Clint Wilson, Executive Principal

      • The Academy of Medical Science and Research

    • Antioch High School Certified Academy

      Dr. Adrienne Battle-Koger, Executive Principal

      • The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance

    “This national recognition validates the work we are doing to make every student college- and career-ready,” said Jay Steele, associate superintendent of high schools. “We are grateful to our community partners who work with us and our students to ensure our programs are rigorous and relevant. We appreciate these accolades as we continue our work to make every Metro Nashville Public School an outstanding choice for parents.”

    The NCAC’s meticulous evaluation process includes documenting success on 10 national standards. Teachers and business partners worked together to prepare for the national reviews with countless hours of preparation for the coveted recognition.


    The Maplewood Showstoppers performed at the grand opening of a Fifth Third Bank last Saturday, July 14.

    The Maplewood Showstoppers' "Black Cat Band" performed outside the new Madison bank branch, and were even joined by a famous sabre-toothed mascot - Gnash from the Nashville Predators!

    Gnash performing with the Black Cat Band

    Despite the weather and having to reroute the sound, sound board and speakers due to the rain, the dedicated students were able to perform for a very enthusiastic crowd. The band played songs from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations.

    The Black Cat Band performing

    Fifth Third has asked for the band to come back and perform at future events. The performance was Maplewood's way of saying "thank you" to Fifth Third and giving back to an amazing Academy partner.


    Four of the district's IB experts traveled to the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Conference not just to learn, but to teach others.

    Dr. Terry Shrader, principal at Hillsboro High School; Emily Munn, IB Coach; Stephanie Knight, IB Coordinator at Hillsboro; and Dr. Sharon Chaney, the MNPS Director of Advanced Academics, gave a presentation detailing how the district was able to seamlessly integrate the International Baccalaureate program with the Academies of Nashville model that has transformed our high schools in the district.

    Hillsboro has the
    Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which has a 100% graduation rate and 97% post-secondary enrollment rate.

    We are so proud to have these four represent the district and this program at an international conference!


    Students at Middle College High School are already earning college credits and attending school on a college campus. This year they'll be getting even more of the full college experience, starting school on August 13 and following the Nashville State Community College Academic Calendar.

    "In addition to extending summer break," Principal Roderick Manuel says, "following the Nashville State Community College calendar will allow our students to have a more complete college experience and will give our students real breaks during the academic year." 

    Middle College students had huge college successes last year, with many earning associate degrees and general education certificates

    Read the full letter from Principal Manuel:

    Dear Middle College Families:

    I am writing with good news! As part of our efforts to create a college-going culture at Middle College, we will follow the Nashville State Community College calendar beginning with the 2012-13 school year. This means summer vacation is extended until Monday, August 13, 2012 for Middle College students.

    In addition to extending summer break, following the Nashville State Community College calendar will allow our students to have a more complete college experience and will give our students real breaks during the academic year. Without this change, differences between the Metro Schools calendar and the Nashville State calendar would make it difficult for students to take full advantage of breaks during the semester.

    Following the academic calendar of the associated college is a best practice used in many Middle Colleges and other dual enrollment programs across the nation. I have enclosed a copy of the Middle College High School instructional calendar for your reference. I am pleased about this change to our Middle College experience and regret that I was not able to let you know sooner. In any case, I look forward to seeing you back on campus Monday, August 13 for another successful academic year.

    It is our goal to have everyone fully registered and ready to begin class on Monday, August 13, 2012. Monday, August 6 - 9, 2010 are teacher in-service days; students do not report. If you have not completed all the forms and immunizations required for enrollment in school, please do so immediately. A list of these requirements will be in the first day packet that students will receive on the first day of school. Our school counselor, Miss Chandler, will be available beginning Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Our office hours are 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

    I ask that you remember MNPS buses will not be available to transport your child to Middle College High School. You may also access this information online at www.mnps.org under Our Schools/Buses and Transportation. Other information regarding the opening of school is also available on the district website. Please plan to arrive early on August 13, 2012 if you are transporting your child. Traffic is usually more congested the first day and parking is limited on the campus of Nashville State Community College.

    Please carefully read all of the enclosed information to help you and your child have a successful year. Pay attention to the Middle College High School dress code before purchasing your child’s school clothes. The dress code policy will be enforced on the first day of school. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 615-353-3742. We look forward to seeing all of our students on August 13, 2012 for a wonderful opening of school.


    Roderick Manuel, Principal


    Glencliff High School has named two new basketball coaches. John Filson has been named the new head girls basketball coach and Doug Kiel has been named the new head boys basketball coach.

    Filson worked as a teacher and assistant basketball coach at Glencliff High before assuming his new position. Before coming to Metro Schools, Filson worked at LaVergne Middle School, Hunters Lane and Holloway High Schools. He also serves in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Filson is a graduate of Belmont University.

    Kiel recently served as a mathematics teacher and boys assistant basketball coach at Mt. Juliet High School. He also worked for Lebanon and Warren County High Schools, where he was a teacher and head boys’ basketball coach. His coaching expertise has led 97% student-athletes to college, and he attended five region and three region semi-finals games. Kiel has a bachelor’s from Western Kentucky University and master’s from Tennessee Technological University.


    Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools taps Glencliff High School assistant principals Dr. Adrienne Battle-Koger and Sonia Stewart as the district’s two new high school principals.

    Dr. Battle-Koger has accepted the position as principal at Antioch High School. Formerly academic principal at Glencliff High School, she also served as the high school’s Academy of Medical Science and Research principal, where she led the charge toward achieving national certification for the academy. Dr. Battle-Koger also facilitated and implemented instructional programs that increased school-wide Reading/English for each grade level. Prior to coming to Glencliff High, she served as principal and assistant principal at East Academy and taught at Dalewood Middle School. Dr. Battle-Koger is an alumna of Metro Schools, graduating from John Overton High School. She has a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University, and master’s and doctorate degree, from Tennessee State University. She will replace former principal Brian Mast, who resigned to take a job in higher education.

    Stewart has been appointed principal of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. Stewart recently served as Glencliff High School’s Freshmen Academy principal with responsibility for providing instructional leadership, supporting Small Learning Community team meetings, and managing effective student intervention plans. As academy principal, Stewart increased ninth grade promotion, developed student leadership teams, improved parental involvement through academy showcases and student recognition. Prior to coming to Glencliff High, she was a teacher for Antioch High School, Brentwood Academy High School and Washington Prep High School in Los Angeles, Ca. Stewart received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Stewart will be replacing Dr. Milton Threadcraft, who retired this summer.

    See a list of all principal changes for 2012-13.


    Whites Creek High School

    Students, parents, faculty, alumni, neighbors, and more – everyone will be welcome at the Whites Creek High School community cookout!

    “We are charting a new course – one leading to excellence – and we are excited about it,” said Dr. James Bailey, the school’s new Executive Principal.

    Dr. Bailey particularly wants to see faces from the past: former teachers, administrators, coaches, and band members.

    The celebration that will introduce his new administrative team and show parents and students the “new” Whites Creek High School. There will food, drinks, door prizes, and music at the celebration, as well as plenty of back to school information, elected officials, local dignitaries, and members of the Board of Education.

    Dr. Bailey explains, “The theme for the afternoon is transforming teaching and learning while bringing back the glory days. When I was a Whites Creek High School student, we had fun! We learned! We worked hard! We excelled! Those were the glory days! The alumni have committed to work with us this year to bring back that spirit of distinction, and that is what this event is about.”

    Come out and see for yourself!


    Saturday, July 21

    2:15 – 5:00 p.m.


    Whites Creek High School


    Don't leave your school hanging! Update your contact info today!We say it often: it is very important for schools to have your correct address and phone number.

    How important? This important:

    When report cards were mailed home after school ended a few weeks back, nearly all of them arrived on time and at the right house. But more than 2,700 were sent back because of incorrect addresses.

    How to Pick Up Your Report Card

    Those families who have not yet received report cards can pick them up at their school. Parents must bring proof of residence with them so school staff can verify who you are and also correct your address in their records.

    Any report cards not picked up by July 13 will be sent to Central Office (2601 Bransford Avenue).

    Your school will soon be in contact with you about this.

    Oh, and while we have your attention, why not
    give your school a call to update your address and telephone number?


    Want to help great students earn their high school diplomas?

    A school that gives students their second chance to graduate is getting a second chance itself. The Academy at Opry Mills had to move across town after the historic flood of 2010. But it is being reborn with a lot of hard work and help from Metro Schools and our partners at the Simon Youth Foundation.

    Now you can pitch in, too.

    SYF Gift RegistrySimon Youth has set up a “gift registry” of sorts where you can make donations that will go directly to finishing The Academy’s space inside Opry Mills Mall. Have $50 to contribute? You just “bought” a lamp or other classroom support item for students to use. $100? That’s good for a set of group seating. Big spenders can sponsor high-tech items like interactive white boards, teacher workstations or even an entire media center that students will use directly.

    Furnish the Future of The Academy at Opry Mills

    “This is not about buying fixtures for classrooms; this is about furnishing the future of Nashville by keeping young people in school so that they can prosper to become active members of the community who secure well-paying jobs that positively impact the local economy,” says SYF President and CEO J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D.

    The donations all go toward a $350,000 grant from Simon Youth to Metro Schools. That grant is what will help The Academy at Opry Mills break new ground in classroom design. The school is being built using the principles set forth in The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning. It will be a collaborative and engaging environment far removed from the traditional high school classroom. Please take a moment to look at the donation page and make a contribution, no matter how small (or big!).

    Opry Mills Floor Plan

    And look for a lot more bragging about The Academies at Old Cockrill, Hickory Hollow, and Opry Mills in 2012-13!

    Full release from the Simon Youth Foundation:

    “Furnish the Future” Public Giving Campaign Launches in Support of Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After being closed for more than two years following the historic Nashville flood in May of 2010, the Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills will reopen this August and once again serve Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) students who are at risk for dropping out.

    Now, Nashville area residents can help write the story of the school’s return by making a gift to Simon Youth Foundation, the nonprofit organization supporting the school’s reconstruction.

    In the style of a gift registry, a donation page has been established at SYF.org to allow the Nashville community and other supporters to directly contribute to the construction of the new school, including the purchase of student desks and seating and learning resources like white boards and monitors.

    “Gifts supporting the Academy at Opry Mills are a sound investment in the city’s future, and we are hopeful that Nashville residents will take ownership of this new school by contributing to the cause,” said SYF President and CEO J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D. “This is not about furnishing classrooms; this is about securing the future of Nashville by keeping young people in school so that they can become active members of our community.”

    In a first for Metro Schools, the Academy at Opry Mills will utilize concepts from the book The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning. With innovative use of space and design, the Academy will promote collaborative and active learning while offering flexibility in the layout of learning spaces. The environment will engage students in new ways and benefit student-teacher interaction.

    “For the students at the Academy, the traditional classroom setting did not work,” Durnil says. “We will be creating a non-traditional environment that will ignite hope in students, giving them the confidence to be successful and earn their high school diploma.”

    Gifts made through the gift registry page at SYF.org will help fund a $350,000 grant from Simon Youth Foundation to Metro Schools for the Academy build out, and the school will operate in partnership between the two organizations with support from Opry Mills.

    To support the reopening of the Academy at Opry Mills, donors can log on to http://www.syf.org/support-syf/donate-in-support-of-the-simon-youth-academy-at-opry-mills. While suggested gift amounts are posted at the page, donations at any level are encouraged. SYF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and all gifts to the Academy construction are tax deductible.

    The Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills is one of two Metro Schools supported by SYF. The second is the Simon Youth Academy at Hickory Hollow, which opened to serve the students displaced by the flood-forced closure of the school at Opry Mills in 2010. Between the two Academies, SYF and MNPS will annually serve as many as 500 at-risk Nashville youth.

    The reopening of The Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills follows the recent return of Opry Mills as the largest outlet and value retail shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Tennessee. With more than 200 popular stores, plus an unmatched selection of family-friendly dining options and entertainment venues, Opry Mills is a top destination and a vital economic force, providing jobs, impacting tourism, and generating revenue.

    About SYF

    Simon Youth Foundation, established in 1998, operates 23 academies in 13 U.S. states that give at-risk students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom while offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require. Recipient of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention from the National Dropout Prevention Center, the foundation has helped more than 8,000 students earn their high school diploma and provided more than $10.7 million in college scholarships to 3,500 students in 42 states. The Education Commission of the United States has recognized the Foundation with its Corporate Award for sustained and substantial investment in improving public education.


    Metro Schools brought home three honors at the Parthenon Education Awards this month.

    • Parthenon Teacher of the Year - Nancy Ives, Charlotte Park Elementary School

    • Parthenon Student of the Year - Mitchell Mielnik - John Early Museum Magnet Middle School

    • Parthenon School of the Year - Hillwood High School

    School of the Year is not an annual award and Hillwood is only the second school to receive this honor. The photo below shows Parthenon Education Director DeeGee Lester presenting the Parthenon School of the Year Award to Daniel Shelton, student representative for Hillwood’s Academy of Art, Design and Communications.

    Parthenon School of the Year Award


    Latino high school juniors across America can apply to the Youth Awards program presented for the 15th year by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). The 2012 Youth Awards applications are available at www.hispanicheritage.org and must be postmarked no later than Friday, July 6, 2012. William Levy, who is the official spokesperson for the 2012 Youth Awards, will be part of a national public awareness campaign in both English and Spanish.

    Much more information available on the Hispanic Heritage website.

    Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards


    Lakeview Elementary Junior Docents at the Hermitage


    Students in the Teaching as a Profession course offered through the Academy of Teaching and Service at Antioch High School gained valuable “real world” teaching experiences during the 2011-2012 school year. In partnership with The Hermitage, these students created lesson plans related to Andrew Jackson and the Jacksonian era. The students taught various lessons to Mr. Ben Oldham’s fourth grade class at Lakeview Elementary Design Center over the course of several weeks. As a culminating event to celebrate their hard work and achievement, the fourth graders were able to use what they had learn and perform as junior docents at The Hermitage on May 14, 2012.

    Teaching as a Profession is a dual credit course (meaning it can be taken for college credit) designed to capture the interest of secondary students as potential teachers, introduce students to teaching as a profession, and foster respect for the teaching profession. Students gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to establish a foundation for a successful pathway to a teaching career. The course at Antioch High School is taught by Patricia A. Deas and is also offered at Whites Creek High School.



    Three Hume-Fogg students are organizing a great benefit concert with all proceeds being donated to UNICEF.

    There will be a wide range of performers including bands such as Peter and the Tinseys, Joey and the Indian Wonders, and HFA's Silver Jazz sax quartet; dancing, from traditional Indian dance to hip-hop dance; and covers like Celine Dion's Aun Existe Amor, Beatles songs, and Edward Sharpe's Home by extremely talented singers!

    Come support these great artists and also donate to a great cause.

    Friday, May 25th

    Baha'i Center

    1556 Bell Rd, Nashville, TN 37211

    Dinner starts at 6:30 pm.

    Performance starts at 7:30.

    Tickets are $3; dinner not included.


    Maplewood High School Unit TN-933 was one of 80 units to receive the 2011-2012 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award with Merit. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above normal expectations and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

    Cadets completed more than 500 hours of community service including “The Get Motivated” Seminar, Veteran’s Wreath Laying Ceremony, Veterans’ Day Parade, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Congressman Cooper’s Academy Day, GNASBE, United Way’s McGruder Playground Groundbreaking Ceremony, the Mayor’s Field Day, and most recently, the Department of Defense Small Business Conference.

    The objectives of the Junior ROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education.


    There are a lot of reasons why students may not follow the traditional path to graduation. For Dylan Wright those reasons are deeply personal and tragic.

    When Dylan was a sophomore in high school, his brother was murdered. The two of them were extremely close, even starting a lawn care business together. After his brother’s death, Dylan had trouble at his Williamson County high school. He couldn’t focus and would suffer from emotional breakdowns in the middle of the day. Sometimes he would just skip school entirely, putting him far behind in his classes. After three months out of school, Dylan decided to give it another try – but not in the usual fashion.

    Dylan enrolled at The Academy at Hickory Hollow, which he heard about from a friend. At The Academy he was given the individual attention he needed to keep focused in class. He says he was treated like an adult, not “a little kid.” It was actually a lot like a college environment, where the faculty never gave up on him and pushed him to success.

    Now Dylan is graduating, applying to college, and is even a featured speaker at
    The Academy’s graduation this morning.

    Congratulations, Dylan. We’re so happy you found your place and your path to success at The Academy.


    Big congratulations and a round of applause are in order for MNPS Middle College High School seniors who will not only graduate from high school this evening, but have also earned Associate Degrees or General Education Core Certificates (earned 41 or more college credit hours) from Nashville State Community College.

    Each of these students participated in the Nashville State Community College graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

    • Kevin Goolsby – Associate of Applied Science in General Technologies and a Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting

    • Paul Porter – Associate of Science in Computer Science

    • Joy Sanders – Graduated Summa Cum Laud with an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

    • Geneva Waynick – Graduated Summa Cum Laud with a General Education Core Certificate

    • Rosa Gomez – General Education Core Certificate

    The Middle College High School graduating class of seniors have earned 1,113 college credit hours while in high school. We’re all extremely proud of all of these students and their accomplishments.

    BONUS: Even though he's not graduating yet, we have to give a shout to Kahlud Shamsuddin. She's only a junior in high school at Middle College, but she's also been elected Student Government Association Vice President for all of Nashville State Community College. Talk about making an impact! Way to go, Kahlud!


    Lt Col Martha Shaffer has been selected as the 2012 Outstanding Instructor Award with Merit (OIAM) winner for AFJROTC!

    Those selected represent the top 10% of all officer and NCO instructors. She was selected for her exemplary dedication to the corps, Maplewood High School, and the community, as well as her exemplification of the Core Values (Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence) each and every day. She was also selected for her continuing dedication to developing "Better Citizens for America", exceptional classroom management, outstanding instruction, and leadership to over 100 students, completing over 500 community hours for the 2011-2012 academic term. This dedication to the corps earned her unit the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit for the 2011-2012 school year.


    Chris Cotter decided early in life he wouldn’t be another statistic. He would not be “average” or accepting of the bare minimum. He would expect a lot out of himself – only the best – even if he didn’t expect much help from others.

    He moved around a lot, often changing schools in the middle of the year. Until high school, he had never stayed at one school for longer than one year, giving him precious little growing time in his classes and with friends. After suddenly losing their rented home to an unexpected sale, Chris’ family found themselves without many options. Through all of this misfortune and despite hard times, his mother stayed strong and provided for her sons. Chris was able to stay with another family, but it would not be the only time he found himself without a home. He realized then he couldn’t depend on others to help him succeed. He’d have to do it himself.

    One day while searching on the Internet, Chris found an article claiming young men in his situation would never lead successful lives, never rise above the statistics for “average black men.” He would not accept that.

    Through hard work, Chris earned a 3.5 grade point average and is graduating with honors this weekend from Hunters Lane High School. He never accepted Bs and only worked toward As – even in honors and AP classes.

    He has been accepted to Berea College in Kentucky, where he’ll study to become a math teacher. The school has offered him full scholarships for all four years, totaling $100,000.

    The young man who always has a smile, but hasn’t always had good fortune, has found his path in life. And he will soon be making a difference in the lives of young students very much like himself.

    Congratulations, Chris. We couldn’t be more proud of you.


    We have just learned End of Course (EOC) exam scores will not be available as soon as expected. This makes it impossible for us to calculate final grades and to award diplomas to any student who took an EOC this spring.

    Students who completed their EOC exams before this spring will not be affected by this delay.

    We have all been looking forward to the excitement of graduation and we will do everything we can to allow students and families to enjoy the celebration, despite this delay.

    • Students who are on track to graduate if they receive an appropriate score on an EOC may walk the stage at graduation and participate in any other graduation events.

    • When we receive the EOC scores this summer, we will calculate final grades and call families when diplomas are available to be picked up at the school office. Please make sure we have a current phone number for you so we can reach you!

    • Students may then pick up their diplomas at their high schools.

    • If a student does not pass an EOC, the student may participate in the summer extended learning program. Upon successfully completing the work and exam, students will receive their diplomas in July as part of the class of 2012.

      • Summer extended learning will be offered Monday-Friday, June 4-June 29, 8 AM to Noon, using the A+ program.

      • Classes will take place at Glencliff, McGavock and Stratford High Schools. There will be approximately 100 students per site and first priority will be given to 12th grade students who need credits to graduate in July. For more information, contact your school counselor.

    We know this is a disappointment to our families, as it is to us. We invite all our families to join in celebrating our graduates and look forward to awarding diplomas to affected students soon.


    Send your graduation and end of year celebration photos to MNPSCommunicationsOffice@mnps.org

    We want to see how our families are celebrating another successful school year and the end of an era for graduating seniors. Caps and gowns, diplomas, parties and proud, smiling parents - we want to see it all!

    Share your proudest moment with the entire MNPS community by sending your pictures to the Communications Office. We'll post them to our
    Flickr page.

    By submitting your photos, you allow Metro Nashville Public Schools to use and display them online.

    Graduation Photo

    CLICK HERE for a full graduation schedule.


    Do you know...

    • What your child will do this summer? (Metro Parks/Others)

    • What are your school options? (Student Assignment Office)

    • How to keep your child safe in the community and in social media, including electronic resources for students and parents?

    • What new standards your child will be required to master next year? (Information on new Standards)

    • What school immunizations are required? (Metro Health/MNPS)

    • What will be the Metro Planning updates for our community? (Metro’s Planning Dept)

    • How to plan for your child’s education? (Katie Morgan, EdSouth)

    If you are looking for answers to these questions and more, specialists will be available to give you answers.

    Antioch Middle School

    5050 Blue Hole Road

    Thursday, May 17th

    6:00 p.m.


    Made weekend plans yet? Don't bother! We know what you'll be doing.

    Grammy nominated mariachi star José Hernàndez is giving a FREE performance at Glencliff High School this Friday night! He'll be joined by the Veterans Juvenil de America Mariachi Band from Rio Grande City, Texas.

    It's all a fundraiser for the Music Makes Us Mariachi program kicking off next year. This new program will bring middle and high school students into the world of mariachi, practicing and performing in school ensembles. Donations will be accepted at this free concert event.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy a free concert, but to support a budding music program that could change the lives of young students. Don't miss it!!

    La música nos hace Mariachi

    Music Makes Us Mariachi Concert






    In just a few days, the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance will be heard throughout Davidson County as more than 4,000 Metro seniors receive their high school diplomas. Thousands more families, friends, neighbors, and guests of Metro Schools will join in the celebration of that accomplishment at graduation ceremonies.

    We want everyone to enjoy graduation, which is why we’ve developed a Graduation Etiquette Pledge (GEP) made up of four easy steps to an honorable, dignified, and civil ceremony.

    Guests of graduation pledge to:

    • leave air horns, whistles, fog horns and other noise makers at home;

    • allow seatmates to see the entire ceremony by not holding balloons, signs, or banners of any kind;

    • respect school and security staff present and follow requests made by them; and

    • wear appropriate clothing and behave in a manner befitting guests of Metro Schools.

    Our guests also understand that school staff may ask disruptive a guest to leave.

    Following our simple GEP, everyone can have a grand graduation and see his or her baby walk across that stage. Air horns and ten-foot signs can wait until the after party in your own backyard.

    Thank you to all of our guests and congratulations to all of our graduates!

    CLICK HERE for a full schedule of all graduation ceremonies!


    On May 11, 2012, McGavock High biology teacher Nae'Shara Neal is hosting the Second Annual Science Symposium.

    This is a competition between high school students and includes a variety of science projects from Overton, Hume Fogg, and McGavock High Schools. The students invited to the symposium are all part of a
    National Science Foundation Grant called GK12.

    These are original science research projects completed by Nashville high school students with the help of “real” scientist mentors. There will be no vinegar/baking soda volcanos. The mentors participating in this program practice in a number of different scientific fields. The students have used the scientific method to investigate their projects and have worked with their science mentors for the last 7 months.

    The Middle Tennessee area is one of only two such National Science Foundation programs currently in place in Tennessee schools. This symposium will showcase the hard work of the students, teachers, and their science mentors.

    Students will be at the competition from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at McGavock High School. Feel free to stop by at your convenience!


    Hume-Fogg Magnet High School has been selected by the College Board and Cambridge International Examinations as one of only 20 schools in the world to pilot the new AP® | Cambridge Capstone Program and Credential program. This rigorous new program, which was designed to equip students with knowledge and skills that are increasingly valued by colleges and necessary for life in an interconnected world, combines the in-depth subject matter offered through AP courses and exams with the interdisciplinary global seminar curricula and the assessment of research projects and presentations offered by University of Cambridge International Examinations.

    The pilot program, which will determine how the AP | Cambridge Capstone Program and Credential can best be implemented across the range of schools that AP serves, will begin this fall. Hume-Fogg Magnet was selected as a pilot school based on a number of factors including Advanced Placement® participation and performance, and a commitment to providing equitable access to AP for all academically prepared and motivated students.

    The College Board and University of Cambridge International Examinations created the AP | Cambridge Capstone Program based on feedback from colleges and universities requesting that high school students develop stronger backgrounds in independent research, collaborative teamwork, and 21st-century knowledge and skills now essential for success on college campuses and in today’s global marketplace.

    “The students from Hume-Fogg who participate in the AP | Cambridge Capstone Program will be engaged in some of the most challenging issues facing our world today,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of Advanced Placement and College Readiness for the College Board. “With its concentration on research methodology, global issues and challenges, and team collaboration, this program will enable motivated high school students to take their advanced studies to the next level.”


    Three students from the Academy at Hickory Hollow have racked up big scholarship dollars from the Simon Youth Foundation, to the tune of $28,000 each!

    Lance Dowling, Clinton Ekwuazi, and Simone Ross-Thompson were awarded the scholarships during the Opry Mills Mall grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, May 5.

    SYF established the Community Scholarship to meet the financial needs of students in communities that host Simon® shopping centers. The goal of the Foundation is to apply a holistic approach to the educational experiences of our youth. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, and an outside appraisal. The Academy at Hickory Hollow relocated from Opry Mills after the May 2010 floods that submerged the Opryland area, but still receives great support from SYF. The Academy at Opry Mills, will re-open this fall.

    Lance Dowling is a May 2012 graduate, who will be attending Middle Tennessee State University to study sports medicine. Clinton Ekwuazi, also a May 2012 graduate, has been accepted to Middle Tennessee State University and waiting on a response from Austin Peay State University. Simone Ross-Thompson, a December 2011 graduate, has been accepted to Tennessee State University.


    Adam Taylor, Biology teacher at Overton High School, has been busy chatting on twitter with other Metro teachers. Taylor has created the "#scistuchat" hashtag on Twitter, where he coordinates a technology conference in the summers to raise awareness for learning technologies. He also leads professional development in his school to help more teachers become comfortable with teaching with technology.

    Taylor was recently featured in The Scientific Muse for his work with Twitter in the classroom.
    Check out his interview here.

    Great job, Mr. Taylor!


    School for Science & Math at Vanderbilt


    Twenty‐six students from thirteen area middle schools have been selected for the School for Science and Math Class of 2016. Students were selected on the basis of test scores, grades, personal essays, teacher recommendations, and in‐person interviews. These students are the sixth class to begin the program.

    SSMV allows students to spend one full day per week studying with scientists and experts at Vanderbilt all through high school. Find out more on


    the School's website.


    See the full 2016 Class.


    Our very good friends at the Simon Youth Foundation want to give Nashville students a chance at $5,000 for college just for telling their own stories of perseverance.

    Simon Youth is sponsoring the contest to mark the reopening of Opry Mills Mall after the historic flood of 2012 - and the upcoming relaunch of The Academy at Opry Mills.

    All you have to do to win is write an essay with the theme "Back in a Big Way: My Personal Story of Perseverance." It's open to all current Metro students who are juniors in high school. You must also be in good academic standing and have plans to enroll in college full-time. The deadline is June 1, 2012.

    Full details, including where to enter, are in the flyer below.

    Simon Youth Essay Contest



    One and all were invited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Hume-Fogg Academic High at its Centennial Block Party!

    There were games, food, performances galore, and two brand new flavors of Hume-Fogg ice cream developed by Jenny Piper of the Pied Piper Creamery. Music was provided by the winners of the 2012 Battle of the Bands, the HFA Jazz Combo, the HFA Gospel Choir, and the HFA Steppers. Headliners were The Co., which includes 2004 alumnus Troy Akers. There was also an historical exhibit of HFA memorabilia from the last 100 years displayed in the front hallway and recognition of Alumni outside at the stage.


    It’s not a science fair. It’s a STEM Fair, the first of its kind in our city, and it’s changing the face of Nashville.

    Metro Nashville Public School students compete against one another individually and in teams using videos, presentations, and on-site demonstrations to see which of their projects has the best potential to improve the city.

    Don’t come expecting to find science fair stand-bys like plaster volcanoes and three-panel display boards. The Metro Schools STEM Competition is a district-wide high school event. Students have worked with Nashville’s top STEM professionals to share their ideas, investigations and recommendations to “Change the Face of Nashville.” At the competition, individuals and teams will use videos, presentations, and on-site demonstrations to showcase the project with the best potential to improve the city in any of five categories: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, STEM Career.

    Stratford STEM Magnet High School will host this inaugural competition on May 16.

    More information about registering to compete and other contest details
    can be found here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

    Stratford STEM Logo


    Big congratulations are due to three Metro high schoolers who are so determined to go to college they just received a combine $60,000 in scholarships from Dell Computers!

    Brandon P. and Escarlet E., both of McGavock, and Dustin Binkley of Maplewood were all named 2012
    Dell Scholars. The Dell Scholars program honors students who have a strong determination to succeed and great academic potential.

    That's exactly why Brandon, Escarlet, and Dustin participate in the
    AVID program at their schools. AVID stands for 'Advancement via Individual Determination' and is designed for students who have a determination to graduate and attend college. AVID students work on their own and with tutors to learn study skills, leadership skills, test taking skills, organization skills, career opportunities, and time management as well as many other strategies for success in high school, college, careers, and life.

    It took a lot of hard work to get where they are, and we say congratulations to all three of them. You are all stellar students!

    P.S. - If Dustin's name looks familiar, it's because he was also the winner of this year's
    Hume Award for athletic sportsmanship and academic achievement AND he played on Maplewood's near-championship football team. What a year this guy's had!


    National Merit Scholarship

    It's one of the top national awards a high school student can receive, and Metro students earned three of them!

    The National Merit Scholarship is given to students who have "the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies." Narrowed from a starting group of 1.5 million students (!) down to 15,000 finalists, just 2,500 Merit Scholars are chosen nationwide.

    Three of our graduating seniors will receive honors and $2,500 to be used at the university of their choice.

    • Hui C. of MLK Magnet

    • Austin P. of Hume-Fogg Magnet

    • Jaron R. of Hume-Fogg Magnet

    What an honor!


    Proving that whole 'entertainment' part of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, students showcased their musical chops at Puckett's Grocery on 5th and Church Street downtown Monday.

    In a night described as a "momentous occasion," several singers and a backing band performed a diverse musical set for the restaurant's Up 'n Comer's Night. Everyone agreed that the show was a raging success, including the folks at Puckett's.

    Management at the restaurant said the show was "amazing" and called the student performers "stars in the making." They were so impressed they plan to bring students back for more live events like this one!

    Thank you to Puckett's Grocery and the hard working folks at Pearl-Cohn and in the high schools office for making this night such a success. And congratulations, students! You've earned the accolades!



    The Stratford STEM Magnet High School baseball team played ball for the first time on its new baseball field Monday. The new field was made possible by Michael Holt, a volunteer in the Inglewood community who gave a generous donation to the school’s athletic department to renovate the baseball field. Now that it's updated the field is one of the nicest in Inglewood. To thank Holt for his contributions, the team invited him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch during the team’s last home game.

    Great team effort in the Stratford High community!

    Stratford's Baseball Team




    Hunters Lane High School has won a $1,000 grant from a major restaurant chain to feed those who need it most. The grant from Darden Restaurants, Inc. allows the school to provide food on the weekends to students who do not have access to consistent food sources outside of school. The money comes from the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from Darden Foundation.

    Hunters Lane is one out of 900 schools taking part in the program. It is a $1.7 million local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities where Darden has restaurants. Those include Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources, and hunger.

    Thanks, Darden for helping our students!


    Congratulations to students at McGavock High School, Nashville School of the Arts and Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School for winning four Student Emmys! The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), best known for the internationally recognized Emmy Award, held the 10th Annual Mid-south Student Television Award for Excellence student competition on Friday, April 20.

    McGavock Academies was the winning clip in the area of Long Form - Non-Fiction for outstanding achievement in a long-form treatment of a single subject. Concept, content and execution were important elements in judging the entries. Judges also looked for well-organized material, clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

    McGavock Student Winners:

    • Gara Gaines

    • Heather Satterfield

    • Barrett Depies

    • Courtney Dwyer

    • Kathy Taylor

    Teacher & Advisor:

    • Barclay Randall

    Cooking with Pauletta was the winning script in the area of Writing for outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non-fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both counted heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.

    McGavock Student Winners:

    • Gregory

    • Britanny Piercey

    • Ryan Alexander

    Teachers & Advisors:

    • Barclay Randall

    • Rick Foster

    Mayflower was the winning clip in the area of Long Form - Fiction for outstanding achievement in a long-form treatment of a single subject. Concept, content and execution were important elements in judging the entries. Judges also looked for well-organized material, clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

    Nashville School of the Arts Student Winners:

    • Keaton Landis

    • Wil Stiller

    Teacher & Advisor:

    • John Newsom

    Pearl-Cohn Football Pre-Show and Basketball was the winning clip in the area of Sports (Broadcasting) for outstanding achievement in a regularly scheduled or special presentation of sports events, sports news or information. Judges particularly looked for well-organized material while paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

    Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High Student Winners:

    • Gerald Harris

    • Jay Smith

    • Jeremy Ward

    • Lamonteze Pannell

    • LaQuntay Reid

    • Deonte J.

    Teacher & Advisor:

    • Todd Young

    Founded in 1957, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), best known for the internationally recognized Emmy Award, is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of television at all levels. NATAS strives to raise industry standards, encourages those new to the profession, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on industry problems and concerns.


    Thirty - four Metro School students will be participating in the 2012 Governor’s School. The State of Tennessee provides twelve summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. These programs provide challenging and intensive learning experiences in these disciplines: Arts, Humanities, International Studies, Engineering, Science, Prospective Teachers, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Information Technology Leadership and Agricultural Science. Governor School is held at universities across Tennessee.

    Schools with students attending Governor's School include:

    • Hillwood (1 student attending)

    • Hume-Fogg (17)

    • Overton (3)

    • MLK (6)

    • McGavock (1)

    • Nashville School of the Arts (5)

    • Stratford (1)

    Congratulations to all the students!


    Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients

    The Kiwanis Club of Madison awarded 15 scholarships to area high schoolers, including six from MNPS. The organization awarded the scholarships during its awards luncheon last Wednesday, April 11.

    “There are a lot of things I do as a member of the school board,” said School Board member Mark North, “but none matches my being able to sit on stage during our May graduation ceremonies and watch students end one chapter to begin an even more exciting academic journey. Today, I wear three hats: one as a member of this great club, a second as a member of the board, and finally, the best hat of all, as the father of a scholarship recipient. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

    Following is a list of the 2012 Kiwanis Club of Madison, TN scholarship awardees from Metro Schools:

    Cayce A., Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: Cayce plans to major in Environmental Science at Tennessee Tech University in the fall. His student activities have included membership in the Distribution Education Clubs of America, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Staff, and the BETA club. During his high school years, Cayce was also a member of the Rifle Team, and he served as Color Guard Commander for three grades. In his spare time, Cayce has volunteered at the Explore Post, the Metro Health Department, and the American Red Cross.

    Domique Elliott, Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: Dominique will be attending Western Kentucky University, with her focus on Nursing. Dominique counts membership in the National Honors Society and the MYP Program among her many accomplishments. She has also participated in community activities including an MLD Youth Rally March, Salvation Army/Angel Tree, Oasis Center/Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, and the 3rd Annual Youth Activities and Job Readiness Fair. Dominique is already CPR certified, a real plus considering her interest in nursing.

    Jianne McDonald, Martin Luther King Magnet: Jianne will be attending Lipscomb University, majoring in English in the fall. Her honors include membership in the National Beta Club and the National Honor Society, and she currently sits on the Mayor’s Youth Council. Jianne has also served as a member of the Director’s Student Advisory Council, Teens Making A Change, Top Teens of America (Inc.), and the YMC Young Black Achievers. Jianne’s community activities have positively impacted Feed the Children, Toys for Tots, the MLK Annual Canned Food Drive, Pennies for Patients, and the Samaritan House Ministries.

    Lara North, Hume Fogg Academic High School: UT Knoxville is Lara’s destination this fall, where she will dig into studies for communication disorders (speech pathology/therapy). Lara’s extra-curricular activities have included Varsity Soccer, Key Club (presidency), Helping Hands, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Honor Society, the Red Cross Club, National Honor Society, and the HFA Step Club. Lara has been active throughout the community through her volunteerism efforts via Clara’s Closet, Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda Social Graces, and Neely’s Bend Church of Christ puppet ministry.

    Porsha Owens, Hunter’s Lane Comprehensive High School: Porsha, will be a student at UT Knoxville in Fall 2012. Porsha’s goal is to be a nurse, and she already has a solid foundation built through her community services with Hands on Nashville/LP Pencil Box, National Science Teachers Association, Race for the Cure Cancer (Walk), and the Kiwanis Club of Madison TN (Fund-raising Pancake Breakfast). Throughout her years in high school, Porsha has claimed honors as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate and as a member of the National Honor Society.

    Lamesha Wells, Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: A soon-to-be Belmont University student in Business Administration, Lamesha has been an active volunteer within her community for the past four years: Kiwanis Club of Madison TN (pancake breakfast), Adventure Science Center, Salvation Army, LP Pencil Box, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, National Science Teachers Association, and Bellshire Element Pre-K Life Skills Program. Mom Catina Wells can also be proud of Lamesha’s academic accomplishments: National Honor Society, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, International Baccalaureate MYP Program, Honor Roll, National Beta Club, Key Club, Bowling and Cheerleading Teams.

    Congratulations to all the scholarship recipient and best of luck on your future endeavors!


    From an MTSU press release:

    Alex Gibson, a junior in MTSU’s Electronic Media Communications, hopes to someday produce the halftime show at the Super Bowl.

    Last Saturday he undertook a project that some media professionals might think is just as daunting—he was in charge of an a hour-long awards program completely produced, directed, and performed by high school and college students.


    “This has been a lot of work, but it is an invaluable learning experience that closely resembles the work I hope to do when I graduate,” Gibson said. “We have assembled a great group of talented individuals and I believe it will be a fun entertaining event.”


    The event celebrated the best video projects that students from Metro Nashville Public Schools have to offer at the Academies of Nashville Video Awards show. The videos are a result of a district-wide competition created to tell the stories of the new Academies of Nashville offerings within the 12 Metro Nashville high schools.

    The awards show was graciously hosted by the Belcourt Theatre.

    Gerald Harris, a junior at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, was excited to be one of the eight student hosts for the event.

    “I am extremely excited to work with the students at MTSU on a project of this scale,” Harris said before the show. “It will be a great experience and hopefully will get me one step closer to my dream job, behind the anchor desk at WSMV-TV.”

    Harris added that taking classes in TV production at Pearl-Cohn prepared him.

    Gibson and Harris are just two of more than 40 students from Metro Schools and MTSU who worked during the hour-long production. It is also airing at various times on
    Nashville’s NECAT (Comcast Channel 10).

    “This awards show gives our students a hands-on learning experience, a platform to share how their Academy of Nashville experiences are preparing them for college and careers—and a chance to knock the socks off the audience,” said Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Schools. “Our students are talented!”

    The unique partnership between Metro Schools and MTSU began last fall when the University agreed to be the title sponsor of the show.

    “We are pleased to partner with Metro Schools because we see the great things happening in their schools and the caliber of students they are sending to college,” said Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, president of MTSU. “What makes this project so perfect, is that it unites their talented students with our exceptional students from the department of Electronic Media Communication.”

    Winning student teams received Academy “statuettes” for their video entries in 14 categories, including a Best in Show. All video productions were completely produced by district students, with several of the teams being mentored by MTSU College of Mass Communication students.

    Though the awards show was produced completely by students, two adult mentors played a major role in the production.

    Chelsea Parker, program manager Small Learning Communities for Metro Schools, and Bob Gordon, assistant professor in MTSU’s Electronic Media Communication, were both driving forces to make sure this partnership project got off the ground. William ‘Billy’ Pittard, chair of the EMC department at MTSU, was also instrumental in providing the resources for the production of the event including the use of MTSU’s $1.2 million state-of–the-art production truck.


    Last Sunday Maplewood High School students Brien H. and Sengphachane P., parent volunteer Ms. Kizer, and Maplewood High teacher Chiquithia Fells, volunteered for the March of Dimes March for Babies representing Future Business Leaders of America. The volunteers committed more than three hours of their time to the information booth during the charity event.

    Thanks for getting involved, Maplewood!


    Few groups know modern communications better than major television networks, and that's exactly who will help bring McGavock High School students into that career field.

    CMT is donating money, resources, and time to help educate students at McGavock. Today they helped cut the ribbon for the CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication.

    The ribbon cutting brought together a huge group who all helped make the moment possible: Mayor Karl Dean, School Board Representative Anna Shepherd, Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, Principal Robbin Wall, CMT Senior Vice-President Suzanne Norman, and many more - not to mention the very happy McGavock students.

    Check out the slideshow of photos below, and learn more about the McGavock's Academies on
    the school website.

    Read the full press release.



    Anthony Sewell biology teacher at Hunters Lane High SchoolAnthony Sewell, biology teacher at Hunters Lane High School, began his teaching career 12 years ago. Inspired by the wonderful teachers he had growing up, Sewell knew he wanted to help guide and serve as a positive influence for young people.

    According to Sewell, his favorite part of teaching is “witnessing the growth of our students intellectually.” He says, “It’s a good feeling knowing that we as educators are helping our students develop skills which will allow them to be successful in life.”

    Sewell earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with an emphasis in biology. He also holds a master’s from UTK.

    Of him nomination as Teacher of the Year Finalist, Sewell says he is honored to be in the running because there are so many wonderful teachers in our district who deserve this recognition. He says he appreciates the acknowledgement for the work he does as well as the hard recognition of the hard work all teachers do every day.

    When he isn’t teaching, Sewell spends the majority of his free time with family and friends. He is also a life-long learner and always searching for opportunities to grow in his endeavors as an educator and coach.



    End-of-Course exams start in just a few weeks, so it's time to study up!

    If you need an extra push in preparing for that biology exam, you have several chances to take part in an online review conducted by teachers from Overton and McGavock High Schools.

    Adam Taylor and Nae'Shara Neal will hold streaming video reviews and all students are invited to participate. Here are the dates (all sessions start at 7:00 p.m.):

    • April 10

    • April 12

    • April 17

    • April 19

    • April 23

    • April 24

    • April 25

    • April 26

    If you miss one, don't worry; archive videos of each session will be posted online.

    To learn more and to take part,
    visit their website. Embedded below is a replay of the April 10 review session.

    Watch live streaming video from taylorsci at livestream.com


    The Hillsboro Fine Arts Department will be holding its 8th Annual Festival of the Arts, Thursday, April 19, from 6 - 8 p.m., in the auxiliary gymnasium and auditorium.

    Come explore an exhibit with hundreds of works of art from Hillsboro students, courtesy of all the visual arts classes at Hillsboro! There will also be musical entertainment and refreshments.

    A full slate of band, orchestra, choral, theatre and film performances will be on display in the auditorium, courtesy of the performing arts departments of Hillsboro. Guests can come and go from the exhibit to the live performances for an evening of artistic excellence.

    Tickets are only $7 for adults and $5 for students. All admissions go towards strengthening the arts programs at Hillsboro.


    Dr. Simyka Carlton, lifetime wellness teacher at Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Dr. Simyka Carlton - HS teacher of the year finalisthas known teaching was in the cards for her since her pre-teen years.

    “When I was ten years old, I can remember my mother saying that when she finished raising her children she was going back to school to become a math teacher,” Carlton says. “When I asked her why she wanted to teach, she stated the best gift you can give a child is an education. From that point, I knew I wanted to become an educator.”

    Carlton began taking education courses in college. While she wasn’t sure what she wanted to teach in the beginning, she quickly realized that teaching was second nature to her. It wasn’t until later in her undergraduate studies that she decided health and physical education were her passions.

    Having spent 12 years in the classroom, Carlton says the best part of her job is reaching all students and seeing them excel. “I love seeing the confused looks on my students’ faces as I give an assignment. Yet, once they figure out what needs to be done and they accomplish the task given to them, that look of success and ‘aha, I got it’ gives me more that any accolade.”

    Carlton earned a bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in physical education, from Bethel College. She later earned a masters from Cumberland University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Walden University. She says she is “extremely honored and proud to be in the running for teacher of the year.”

    When she isn’t teaching, Carlton spends her time with her family and friends, traveling, reading and writing poetry, and painting.

    Friday, learn why Anthony Sewell of Hunters Lane High School credits his own teachers for his chosen career path.


    Antioch High School senior Jasmine M. was one of a handful of MNPS students with artwork selected to appear in the 2012 Mayor's Art Show at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. In a blog Jasmine recently published, she explains, "Who would have known if I set a clear glass cup with two silver spoons and a black plain background that I would have a cup with vibrant pinks, blues, and browns? There is always inner beauty in the simplest of objects that life offers us."

    The Mayor's Art Show recognizes the artistic talents of MNPS students. There are two showings, the first runs through April 12 and features artwork by students from Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hunters Lane, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford. The second showing opens April 19 and runs through May 3 featuring students from Hillwood, Maplewood, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek.

    Congratulations, Jasmine and all of the other MNPS students whose artwork is on display.

    Jasmine and Mayor Dean at Mayor's Art Show 2012


    Congratulations are in order for five MLK students who were named National Achievement Scholarship recipients! Eriny H., Troie J., Jasmine K., Carmen O., and Shanna R. were among 700 students nationwide who received $2500 scholarships for outstanding academic achievements. More than 160,000 students nationwide entered the scholarship competition when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Of those, 1,600 were named semifinalists and only 800 students in the nation were named finalists and received scholarships.

    According to a news release issued by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition. By the conclusion of the 2012 program, marking the 48th annual competition, about 31,800 participants will have received scholarships for undergraduate study worth more than $100 million. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.


    Hillwood High School is hosting the 3rd Annual Topper Football Golf Tournament. And yes, you read that right. It's a golf tournament benefiting the school's football program. Saturday, April 28, you can play with a team or solo at McCabe Golf Course. The shotgun start is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Numerous awards will be given out, including 1st and 2nd place prizes, the longest drive, and closest to the pin. The deadline to register is April 20. Check out the flyer below for more information.

    3rd Annual Topper Football Golf Tournament Flyer


    Students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High, Hillsboro High and Stratford STEM Magnet High represented the district well at the Tennessee WorldQuest Championships held earlier this month at Belmont University. The students competed with others from around the region, answering questions about international affairs. Read more and see photos here.


    The Academy at Old Cockrill is gaining national attention for it’s outstanding academic achievements! The school has been named the recipient of the 2012 “Key to Success in Educational Excellence Award” from the National Alternative Education Association. Principal Elaine Fahrner will officially receive the award during an all-expense paid trip to San Diego this May for the Excellence in Urban Education National Symposium. At the national gathering, Fahrner will share the secrets to success at The Academy at Old Cockrill with other educators from around the nation.

    This award, and the May Symposium hosted by the National Center for Urban School Transformation, recognize high-performing urban schools and help districts across the nation share best practices.  


    Congratulations to Amber M., a senior at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, for being selected to receive one of 14 scholarships from the TMSDC (Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council) Education Foundation. Scholarship recipients were selected from nine schools from across the mid-state. 

    Amber was honored during the TMSDC Education Foundation’s 20th Annual Impact Awards in early April at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. This year’s scholars received a total of $98,000, internships, e-readers, laptops, software, Senior Year Collections, and backpacks. In addition to her scholarships from A+ Education & Training Services, SMS Holdings, and Saundra & Sidney Curry, and the other items mentioned, Amber received a stock certificate. 


    Thursday, April 12, from 5 - 7 p.m., The Academy located at Hickory Hollow will host its first International Night. The event is open to the public. Guests will enjoy great food and music, as well as have the opportunity to talk to a variety of community groups and organizations.


    Muna M., a junior in the Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies at Stratford STEM Magnet High Schools, has been selected to participate in the 2012 Bank of America Student Leaders program this summer! She will spend eight weeks alongside some of the nation’s brightest young men and women, learning leadership skills and serving as a paid intern with national charity. Muna will also participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., during which she will gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. All expenses of this trip are paid for by the Student Leaders Program. Muna is one of 225 student leaders nationwide selected for this outstanding opportunity. Congratulations!


    Academies of Nashville Student Video Awards 2012 Logo RevisedMNPS is hosting the inaugural Academies of Nashville Student Video Awards show Saturday, April 21, at the Belcourt Theatre. Students in various Academies throughout the district submitted videos that explain what their academy’s focus is and what makes it special.  Now through April 18, Nashvillians can vote for their favorite video here. The videos that score highest in a variety of categories will be recognized at the event. 

    Middle Tennessee State University is helping host the Video Awards Show and four current MTSU students will assist four current Academies of Nashville students with official hosting duties.


    Congrats to Jyotishka and Shalom, and a special thanks to the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt for sharing the following news release with us!

    Students at the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt land first publication

    Two members of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt will be seeing their names in print as lead authors on their first scientific manuscript.

    Jyotishka Biswas and Shalom Rottman-Yang, seniors at the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt have just reached a milestone that most scientists don’t achieve until they are well into graduate school. . . having chief authorship on their first publication in a scientific journal.

    In most universities, this accomplishment is a fundamental requirement in order to be awarded a PhD in a scientific discipline. But, as they are finishing up their senior years in high school, Jyotishka and Shalom have their sights set on a much more humble experience of starting their undergraduate education. Jyotishka has his sights set on Georgia Tech and Shalom is looking to head off to Princeton next fall. Both have stated that they would like to continue working in a lab during their undergraduate years.

    Their work which was recently published in the Journal of Electrochemical Society http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/2.095204jes represents a substantial contribution to the electrophoretic deposition research community on par with the contributions that have been made by other professional scientists in the community. Their findings could facilitate the production of intact, but ultra-thin carbon nanotube films at an industrial scale, which could have implications in applications, such as flexible electronics, ballistic protection, and ultra-light fabrics.

    In addition to their time spent at Hume-Fogg High School, Jyotiska and Shalom have been coming to Vanderbilt University for one day a week for the last four years. The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) is a joint venture between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and offers high school students an interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience that culminates with students entering laboratories of Vanderbilt Researchers for a year-long internship.

    Students write up these projects to submit to national competitions such as the Siemens Science Competition where Jyotiska and Shalom were recently named regional finalists.

    The SSMV has received funding from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health, and other generous donors.




    Monday, April 2, 60 MNPS high school students from the YMCA Latino Achievers will take a “World of Work” tour at the MNPS Board of Education. They will come to learn about careers in the field of education.

    The panel will have a diverse group of representatives from various departments and schools within MNPS, including Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. All will share their stories – education, career path, and current role in MNPS.

    The YMCA Latino Achievers’ purpose is to illuminate the path to success, where students dream, discover their strengths, and plan for their future. The group hopes to encourage these students to consider a career in education and to leave with a better understanding of what it takes to become an educator.


    Freshman at Overton High School pledged their commitment to graduate this spring. In a special C2G (Commitment to Graduate) ceremony, the students signed a huge banner promising they will stay in school and help their peers stay in school. Throughout the year, the Class of 2015 have devoted time to writing down goals that will help them stay on track and identifying at least three people who can help support them on their journey.


    The Volunteers, the premier band of the United States Army Field Band, visited Hunters Lane this week to perform and share the Army story with the students. The group tours the world every two and a half years and hand-picked Hunters Lane for this tour's Nashville stop!

     HLHSArmFieldBand2012 - The Volunteers stop by Hunters Lane
    HLHSArmFieldBand2012 - The Volunteers stop by Hunters Lane 
    HLHSArmFieldBand2012 3


    Spring has sprung, and so have the arts! March 23-26, Hillsboro High will present Little Shop of Horrors. Tuesday, March 27, Glencliff High will follow up with Our Greatest Need is to be Needed, a special production in which students with disabilities will present leading roles in life and show the challenges they face. More details on both below.


    Overton High School’s Future Business Leaders of America organization recently Overton FBLA 2012participated in the Regional Leadership Conference at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. The conference was filled with competitions, informational sessions, and networking with other students. Mrs. Honarvar and Mr. Strauss, teachers in the Information Technology Academy at Overton accompanied eight students that participated in various contests with five students placing in their competitions. Quiana H., Brittany K., and Brittany B. took 1st place in the Business Ethics team event, while Jasmyne Q. took 3rd place in Business Law, and Lamora L. took 5th place in Technology Concepts. All these students qualified to represent the Region 3 at the State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga next month. Congratulations to all!


    Several Metro high school students have been selected to attend an all expenses paid trip to the 2nd annual USA Science and Engineering Festival, which will feature more than 3,000 fun, interactive exhibits, stage shows and author presentations.  Alex C. and Emma R., sophomores at Hillsboro High, Andrew C. and Dorwin W., students at Stratford STEM Magnet High, Susanna P., a student at MLK and the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, and Nhung H., a student at Overton High and the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, were selected to present during the Final Expo.

    The festival will be held in Washington D.C., April 28-29. Students were selected based on essays exploring the topic of banning water bottles on college campuses. The students were selected to attend the science festival based on essays, grades and behavior.

    At the festival, the team of students will work together to provide hands-on activities at one of the Vanderbilt University booths. Students will assist participants in dissecting a sea bird bolus and identifying the plastics found inside. Students will also be able to visit the other booths and the college fair. 

    And what would a trip to the Capitol be without a lesson on history! The students will have some free time to visit area attractions. Congratulations!


    Hillwood High School was the latest added to the list of stops for the Greater Nashville Association ofGNAR Hillwood 2012 - a group of realtors tour the school Realtors' (GNAR). The group has toured several high schools this year, checking out the Academies of Nashville and hearing from students what's great about their schools.

    This morning, a group of about 40 realtors visited the west Nashville high school and toured the school's three academies: Academy of Art, Design & Communication, Academy of Business & Hospitality, and Academy of Health Sciences. The realtors also got a glimpse of Hillwood's Academic Scholars program and heard directly from the students why they love their school.



    Glencliff High School is one of the most diverse in the state, and they want you to experience the wonderfully rich and varied cultures with them!

    For a Spanish flyer, click here.


    Can you spell "scholarship"? If so, this might be the perfect opportunity for you!


    Antioch High School students enrolled in the Academy of Teaching and Service participated in district-level Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitions March 6, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Collectively, the Antioch team did an amazing job and represented their school well. Many were awarded 1st and 2nd place in various competitions and will advance to the state competitions at Opryland Hotel in April. They are:

    • Jerica J. - 1st Place, Teach and Train

    • Madonna B. - 1st Place, Leadership

    • Mariama D. - 1st Place, Job Interview

    • Eboni C. and Evelyn C. - 1st Place, Environmental Ambassador

    • Natasha G. and Jazmine R. - 1st Place, Advocacy

    • Brandi Coates - 2nd Place, Nutrition and Wellness

    • Danielle Palmer - 2nd Place, Promote and Publicize FCCLA

    • Chelsea Dancy- 3rd Place, Illustrated Talk

    • Patrice M., Imani B, and Anyika H. - 3rd Place, Life Event Planning

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the co-curricular career and technical education student organization, provides students with opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and school/community involvement. Patricia Deas and Tiffiney Anderson advise the Antioch chapter.

    Antioch FCCLA 2012 - a picture of the students who placed and will advance to state


    There's a new Burro in town, and he has quite a list of credits!
    Craig Clayton has been named the new leader of Hillsboro High School’s football team. He will join the faculty for the 2012-2013 school year and assume the head coaching position of the Burros. Clayton brings 28 years of head coaching experience, with 26 winning seasons.

    Clayton joins the Hillsboro Football Program with a coaching career that started as an assistant coach in Christian County High School in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Coach Clayton rose quickly through the coaching ranks serving as an offensive coordinator at both Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky and at Madisonville High School in Madisonville, Kent. Clayton’s first head coaching job was with Todd County High School in Elkton, Kent., followed by a long and successful stay at Hopkinsville High School in Hopkinsville, Kent. Clayton’s most recent coaching assignment was as Franklin High School Head Football Coach in Franklin, Tenn., where he served from 2005-2011.

    “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to get the program back to the place it was just a few years ago,” says Coach Clayton. “I feel that everyone in the school wants to work together to make the Hillsboro football program a success.”

    Dr. Terry Shrader, principal of Hillsboro is excited to have Coach Clayton joining the Burros and hopes the new leader will help propel the Burros back to the top. Hillsboro won State Championship titles twice in the past decade, in 2005 and 2008.

    “It is great to find a coach with Coach Clayton’s level of experience and success,” says Shrader. “We had more than 70 applicants and feel sure that Craig Clayton will move our football team back to the top.”

    Clayton’s teams have an overall record of 230-114. Clayton’s teams have made the playoffs for 21 straight years. In 28 seasons as a head coach, Clayton’s teams have had 26 winning seasons. Coach Clayton’s teams finished as state runner-ups in 1996, 1997, and 2008. His teams made it to their respective state semifinals in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004. Clayton placed teams in the state quarter-finals in 1995, 2003, 2007, and 2009.

    As a player Craig Clayton was selected to the 2nd team Associated Press Kentucky All State Team. He was also Honorable Mention All Ohio Valley Conference in 1972 and the Western Kentucky University Best Blocker in 1972.


    Students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School will be able to perform in PCHS Steinway Grand Piano 2012 - Brandon Herrenbruck delivers nine-foot grand piano to the schoolconcert style. Tuesday, March 7, a beautiful Steinway nine-foot grand piano was donated and hand-delivered to Pearl-Cohn by Steinway and Sons by Brandon Herrenbruck, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Herrenbruck returned to the school March 8 to hear the piano being played at the announcement of a new student-run record label. He was so impressed, he and his father-in-law, Bill Metcalfe, President of Steinway and Sons, visited the school again on March 9, to tour the entertainment high school. The pair are now part of Pearl-Cohn’s Circle of Friends!


    Several Metro high schools have active HOSA chapters, and students have been busy this spring showing off their skills.

    Twenty-four students from Glencliff High competed in the Middle Tennessee Regional competition. Of these, 11 advanced to the state competition: Lisa B., Lina B., Kimberly B., Isatu B., Saloni P., Soly N., Daniel M., Paulina V., Nancy L., Mario V., and Jose B.

    Hillwood had a long list of students who placed at regionals: Tuyet L. - 2nd Dental Spelling; Jonathan D., - 2nd Place- Biotechnology; Musie Y., Ahbid Z., Kasey Mircea, and Jeriel J. - 2nd Place Biomedical Debate; Karla A. and Monica M. - 3rd Place Community Emergency Response Team; Stephanie A. and Joanna M. - 3rd Place Community Awareness; Shelby J. - 5th Place Concepts of Healthcare; Matthew T. and Courtney H. - 4th Place CPR and First Aid; Trinh L. - 2nd Place Dental Terminology; Bansri P. - 3rd Place Epidemiology; Christiana C. - 3rd Place Home Health Aide; Cong N. - 4th Place Human Growth and Development; David S. - 5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking; Glenda R., Katherina Z., Chau M. and Cody W. - 4th Place-= Creative Problem Solving; Jelena R. - 4th Place Job Seeking Skills; Nguyen L. - 3rd Place Healthcare Issues; James H. - 4th Place Life support skills; Hang N. - 3rd Place Medical Math; Chloe P., Lillie O., and Anna F.- 2nd place Medical Reading; Zahraa A. - 2nd Place Medical Terminology; Amber C. - 4th Place Nurse Assisting; Kristen H. - 4th Place Nutrition; Miriam H. - 1st Place Personal Care; Ariel C. - 5th Place Physical Therapy; and Luisa R., Miquel O., Brenda H., Cristie C., Maria O., and Bianca T. - 5th Place PSA

    At Hunters Lane, 11 students competed in the regional competition. Of those, three advanced to the State Competition: Brian T., Alexandria C., and Makiya M.

    McGavock High had three students participate in regionals, two of whom advanced to state. Delaney W., who won first in the regional Sports Medicine competition, and Jane S., who placed third in Medical Terminology, will now compete with others around the state.

    Overton High took 10 students to regionals, four of whom will now advance to state. And Whites Creek High took 36 students to regionals, a whopping 31 of who advanced to state! The Whites Creek students headed to the next round include: Doresha B., Kennetha B., Johnny B., Jasmine B., Melba B., Kaitlyn C., Rodkia E., Mikeisha E., Morgan E.,  T.J. F., LaMondria G., Charmika H., Harvea H., Monique H., Micheal H., Marche J., Lakasha L, Devin M., Cresa M., Willie P., Prisha P., Jada P., Marcusia R., Breayant R., Gwendolyn S, Raven S., Ashley W.,  Arriona W,  Sabria W., Hailie W., and Valesia W.

    Congrats to all and good luck at the State Competition this April.


    Glencliff High School's Academy of Medical Science & Research is working to raise awareness about diabetes. Throughout the year students have heard from a variety of guest speakers and participated in class assignments centered around diabetes. The Academy has planned a 5K for March 24 hoping to raise awareness beyond Glencliff High School. It is an official 5K with a certified race course. Learn more below.


    Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School is hosting a Transition Fair to help students with disabilities explore their options post high school. Numerous community businesses and partners will be on hand to talk with students and share the many opportunities and services that are available.


    Dozens of Metro Schools’ teachers, leaders, community partners and academies are in the running for awards at the second annual Academies of Nashville Awards ceremony.

    The ceremony seeks to recognize success in the transformation of Metro High Schools and the implementation of smaller learning communities.

    Critical to the success of the Academy model is strong support from area businesses, colleges and non-profits. To date, MNPS high schools have more than 160 entities committed to partnering with The Academies.

    The nominees were named by a leadership committee composed of MNPS administrators and leaders from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and PENCIL Foundation. Hundreds of educators and business partners will vote for their favorites over the course of the next month. Voting will being managed by Deloitte.

    The invitation-only event will be held May 14. Hosted by the Chamber, this year’s ceremony is sponsored by Altria and Deloitte.

    All nominees are listed below. Good luck to everyone!


    The Academy at Opry Mills will have a new look and a new principal when it officially Fellman Opry Mills - a photo of the newly named principal at the academy at opry millsre-opens this fall. William Fellman has been tapped to lead the school that was forced to temporarily close after the May 2010 Flood.

    Fellman, currently principal at Jere Baxter Alternative Learning Center, has been with the district for 22 years. During his time with Metro Schools, Fellman also served as assistant principal at Head Magnet Middle and resource teacher at Pearl-Cohn High, now an entertainment magnet high school.

    “I am excited and honored to serve as the new principal of the Academy at Opry Mills,” says Fellman. “This is an opportunity for me to help students reach their high school graduation and go on to higher education. I look forward to the successes and challenges ahead and working with a great staff to help the students achieve their goals.”

    Fellman is a native of Nashville where he graduated from DuPont High School. He later received his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and master’s from Trevecca Nazarene University. For more than 26 years, Fellman has worked as a TSSAA official for football and basketball state games and championships. Beside his educational obligations, Fellman serves on the Waterford Homeowners Association Board of Directors, and the Middle Tennessee Football and Middle Tennessee Basketball Officials Associations. He has been married to his wife Nancy for 26 years and they have three daughters, Kayla, Kelly and Kathy.

    When it re-opens, the Academy at Opry Mills will join the Academy at Old Cockrill and the Academy at Hickory Hollow as non-traditional schools that offer high school diplomas to people aged 17-21 with at least 14 high school credits. The schools provide a rigorous, accelerated curriculum to students who are serious about earning diplomas. The original Academy at Opry Mills was relocated to Hickory Hollow after the May 2010 flood inundated Opry Mills. The Academy at Hickory Hollow and the Academy at Opry Mills are Simon Youth Academies developed in concert with the Simon Youth Foundation.

    Apply to the Academy at Opry Mills today!


    High school students with an eye for fashion can share their skills in a district-wide contest! Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and Martin Luther King High School have teamed up to present the first annual istyled.me High School Fashion Challenge. A community-based fundraiser, istyled.me is open to all high school students in the greater Nashville area. The challenge is to purchase clothing at any local Goodwill store and style it to make a chic and hip outfit. Then students register at www.istyled.me and upload a photo of their outfit to the istyled.me photo wall. Site visitors will vote for their favorite look. Students with the most votes will walk in the Runway Show at Rocketown, Thursday, March 8, where a panel of celebrity judges will choose winners in three fashion categories.

    All proceeds from the event go to support academic and arts programs at MLK Academic Magnet, but a cash prize will also go to each of the winners’ schools. There will be other prizes for the winners of each category as well as many great door prizes and random give-aways.

    Voting concludes at midnight Saturday, Feb. 25!


    Tylar Smith to Alvin Ailey Summer Program - an NSA student has been selected to study in one of the country's most prestigious dance programsTylar Smith, a junior at Nashville School of the Arts, has been accepted to the highly acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Summer Intensive Program. She will spend six weeks in New York, training with the Professional Dance Division. While in New York, Tylar will have the opportunity to study under world-renowned choreographers and instructors.  She will be staying at Fordham University's McMahon Hall. Coincidentally, Fordham is one of Tylar’s top choices for universities, in which she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dance. According to those close to Tylar, the acceptance into the program is a dream come true. She has long been inspired by Alvin Ailey and is excited about this opportunity! Tylar is also very appreciative to the dance instructors at NSA.

    The Alvin Ailey summer program is designed for students ages 16 - 25 who have had a minimum of three years of consistent training and is structured to advance the technical skills of dancers in a wide variety of techniques. 


    Thirty Maplewood High School Air Force JROTC Cadets and FBLA students participated in the 11th Annual Education Equal Opportunity Group Save-A-Student Leadership and Training Conference. Held in Nashville at the War Auditorium and Legislative Plaza, this year’s theme was "LEAD Where You Are; Re-Think the Possibilities!"

    Students participated in a collaborative effort to nurture practical and real-life learning opportunities that will increase retention and graduation rates among Tennessee students. Maplewood students participated in innovative sessions featuring high-powered speakers, a tour of Fisk University, and a viewing of the new movie Red Tails, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

    During the conference, several of the students also enjoyed a meet-and-greet with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Those selected to attend the meeting have exhibited true leadership skills throughout their time at Maplewood. Air Force JROTC Cadet Alejandro Villacorta was selected to present an appreciation plaque to Rick Drelling, Dollar General CEO. Cadets also met the Honorable John DeBerry, Jr., and the President of Fisk University.  As if all that weren't enough, cadets Stephen Pack, Jeffrey Dartis, and Tony Keoudomxay were selected to participate in videos for future EEOG Conferences. Congrats!

    MHS JROTC at EEOG 2012 Conference - Maplewood students prove leadership skills at conference


    Students at The Academy located at Hickory Hollow were among the first to voice their opinions of changes the area is likely to see over the next 10 years. The group was invited to meet with city planners. Check out a video of the first planning meeting here. The next meeting, and first open to the public, will be held Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m., at Lakeshore Christian Church.


    Brenda Dann-Messier was in Nashville to see first hand how Hillwood High School exemplifies the important of career academies and their place in advancing American Education.

    Dann-Messier is the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. She toured Hillwood's Academy of Health Science with students, Dr. Jesse Register, and Associate Superintendent of High Schools Jay Steele.

    After the tour, she moderated a panel discussion on the importance of career academies in offering students academically rigorous curricula. She also hosted a roundtable with students and parents.

    Brenda Dann-Messier at Hillwood

    VIEW Photos from the Assistant Secretary's Visit to Hillwood


    We told you before the winter break that Hillsboro theatre teacher and fine arts department chair Brad Brown had scored a spot on the 2nd Annual Teachers Tournament on Jeopardy. And now, we know when!

    Monday, Feb. 20, Brown's first round in the trivia competition will air on MYTV 30 (Comcast Channel 14) at 6 p.m. Tune in to see him go head to head with other knowledgeable teachers from around the country.


    Ten Metro Nashville Public Schools’ students are preparing for the trip of a lifetime. The group has been invited to participate in an annual program, “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues,” that will include music greats Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Gary Clarke Jr., and Trombone Shorty. The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2:30 p.m. CST, in the East Room at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will be in attendance.

    MNPS students selected to attend include:

    Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

    • Dominique Y. Trotter

    • Chelsea D. Byrd

    • Leona L. Turner

    Overton High School

    • Kaitlyn E. Edwards Edwardo Alegria

    Nashville Schools of the Arts

    • Aaron Bell

    • Brittany Edwards

    • Austin Valentine

    McGavock High School

    • Maria C. Artavia

    • James C. Johnson

    These students, along with peers from around the country, will participate in an educational session focusing on Blues in America. The session, “At the Crossroads: A History of the Blues in America,” will be taught by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. Students will first hear about the history of the Blues and then participate in a panel discussion with the featured artists.

    During the trip, the students will interview the event production team, meet with Congressional leaders, and tour the Museum of American History, the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Michelle Wilcox, Lead Principal, MNPS District Office, Robert “Principal Bob” Wilson, from Nashville School of the Arts and Kim Johnson, Director of General Administration with NMAAM, will chaperone.

    The educational session and performances will be streamed live on the White House website for schools around the country to observe. It will also air on Nashville Public Television Monday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. CST.


    Spring Gateway Testing is almost here. For high school students who will be taking Gateway Tests, the first opportunity to take them starts on Monday, February 20.

    Students who started high school prior to the 2009-10 school year will take Gateway Tests. If you are unsure if you are supposed to take Gateway Tests, ask your school counselor.

    Not all schools will give Gateway tests during this time. There are three possible times during the spring when a school may administer the Gateway Test.

    To find out when your school will be giving Gateway Tests, ask your school counselor. A full schedule of all testing windows is available below.

    February Test Administration Window:  February 20- 24

    March Test Administration Window:  March 19-23

    April Test Administration Window:  April 23-27


    Nutritious meals are essential to student productivity. All Metro schools offer breakfast and lunch to every student every school day. We believe no student should be denied nutritious meals and offer both temporary and long-term solutions for students unable to pay for their meals.

    For students and families unable to regularly meet the cost, we offer free and reduced priced meals. For students who occasionally may forget their lunch money, we allow meals to be charged with the expectation that the debt will be paid promptly.

    This expectation is not always met, leaving uncollected debts in our cafeterias – something prohibited by Federal regulations. Because of this, we will no longer allow high school students to charge meals in school cafeterias, effective February 20, 2012.

    Free and reduced price meals are still available for all families who qualify.

    To learn more about how to apply for meal assistance, click here.

    To see the nutritious options available in our school cafeterias, click here.

    For other languages, click here.


    Tuesday, Feb 7, Rocky, a student at Hillsboro High, took the stage for the first time as a solo artist! Rocky performed at the 16-year anniversary celebration of the Billy Block Show. He was backed up by his brother Grady, on drums and keys; Jamie M., son of hit singer/songwriter Pat McLaughlin; and Anthony R.  

    Rocky was born "live on the air" 15 years ago when the Billy Block show aired on Lightening 100.

    Hillsboro student performs on Billy Block show 2012


    Hillwood High School is helping juniors get ready for the ACT! For two weeks, Feb. 25 - March 15, the school will host a free, after-school ACT Prep Class. Classes will be held Monday - Thursday, from 2:30 - 4 p.m.


    Sister Cities Ambassadors in Caen - two MNPS students were selected to serve as ambassadors during Caen, France International WeekTwo MNPS students recently spent a week in Caen, France as Nashville Ambassadors for the city's International Week! Audrey Y., a sophomore at Nashville School of the Arts, and Milly B., a senior at Hume-Fogg High School, were chosen as ambassadors after writing an essay application and interviewing in French. During their trip, they had a chance to visit Paris, were interviewed by a video crew in Caen for International Week, and got to enhance their knowledge of the French language and culture.   

    Sister Cities of Nashville is a not-for-profit whose mission is to connect the people of Nashville to people of the world, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. Caen has been an active sister city to Nashville since 1990 and invited all its sister city partners around the world to send two high school delegates for a four-day workshop and international fair. 


    Saturday, Feb. 4, the YMCA Latino Achievers Club at Antioch High School hosted its second annual ACT preparation workshop, welcoming 25 Antioch students as well as 15 students from Glencliff, Overton, Cane Ridge, and Nashville School of the Arts.  More than two dozen college students from Vanderbilt University and other local universities volunteered their time and expertise for the workshop, providing one-on-one and two-on-one tutoring in five break-out sessions for each of the ACT subject areas (mathematics, reading, science, and English) as well as a session on study skills. Students left with the practical skills and confidence they need to be successful taking the ACT. 

    Antioch YMCA Latin Achievers ACT Prep workshop


    Richard W. Oliver, CEO of American Sentinel University, recently donated $1,000 to Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. Half of the donation will be used to increase parental involvement; the other half will go toward the school’s scholarship program for the Taste of Nashville.

    In addition to the monetary donation, Oliver also offered two scholarships per year to students enrolled in The Academy at Old Cockrill. The scholarship recipients will be able to earn two-year associates degrees from American Sentinel University.


    Katerine H., a student in the Academy of Hospitality and Marketing at Glencliff High School, made quite a name for herself in the recently held Jefferson Scholarship competition. From an initial pool of more than 20 applicants, Katy is one of just seven who earned a second interview with the Middle Tennessee Selection Committee.  Her second interview took place Saturday, Jan. 28. 

    The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia awards roughly 30 full merit-based scholarships to students throughout the country and abroad. Nominees are selected because they epitomize the qualities of citizenship, scholarship, and leadership - these envisioned by Thomas Jefferson, founder of  the University, when he considered the makeup of the ideal student at Virginia.    

    According to administrators at Glencliff, this is a remarkable achievement and a rigorous process.  Through it Katy has conducted herself with grace, confidence and poise, in a manner befitting her family, her community, her classmates and her teachers. She is deserving of this honor, and her Glencliff family could not be more proud. Congratulations!


    Overton Class 75 Donation - a group of the graduating class of 1975 from Overton High presenting a donation to Overton Principal Dr. PelhamTuesday, Jan. 31, several members of the John Overton High School class of ’75 attended a faculty meeting at Overton High School to present a gift to the school. Lynn Stanfield Wilbanks, daughter of long-time Overton principal William J. Stanfield, Connie Brown Kimbro, and Cindy Haden Dickens presented Principal Dr. Andrew Shuler-Pelham and Library Media Specialist Gwen Hines with a check for $1975 in memory of deceased classmates. This money will be used to buy document readers for classroom use. The class of 1975 still appreciates the many opportunities John Overton High School offered them some 37 years ago. The group hopes that their donation will help the teachers in their day-to-day work with students. The presentation concluded with a thank you and a heartfelt reminder to the teachers that their time, energy and efforts given to their students every day is making a difference now and for many years to come.


    Hillsboro High School is hosting an open house for all rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders (and their parents) interested in learning more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The school's Academy of IBDP is an elite college preparatory program. Check out the flyer for details.

    Hillsboro Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Open House

    Monday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

    Hillsboro Library


    The Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Bus (eBus) is rolling to a stop at Sam Levy Community Center Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The entire Nashville community is invited to drop by and receive financial tips and guidance. Sam Levy is located at 302 Foster Street. Check out the flyer below for more information.


    Two dozens students in The Academy of Business and Hospitality at Hillwood High School recently participated in a field trip and job shadow experience at the Tennessee State Capitol. Students were paired with a state representative for the morning to see how various parts of the legislative system operate. Several elected officials and employees from AT&T also spoke to the students about how government and businesses interact, including Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, and Greg Morton, President of AT&T-Tennessee.  

    HIllwood High Capital Hill 2012 - students in the academy of business and hospitality job shadow at Capital HillHIllwood High Capital Hill 2012 - students in the academy of business and hospitality job shadow at Capital Hill


    NSA senior Maya A. has spent the past two weeks sharing the stage with no other than Eddie George! Maya is wrapping up her role of conspirator, citizen, soldier and Octavius' servant in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of Julius Ceasar. And this isn't her first run with the production company. This past summer, Maya served as stage manager's intern for the production of Romeo & Juliet.

    Maya and her cast mates will make their final curtain call this weekend. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays - Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. on Sundays; and a special encore performance has been added for Sunday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more details.


    Learn more about MNPS Virtual School, the Metro Schools online program offering high school-level and Advanced Placement courses to district students, home school students and other students who can work well independently.

    Davidson County residents are invited to attend an information session on MNPS Virtual School at Cohn Adult Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue, Nashville 37209, from 2 to 4p.m., on any of these dates:

    Thursday, February 9

    Thursday, March 8

    Thursday, April 12

    Thursday, May 10

    Reserve your seat by emailing sherry.hill@mnps.org

    Can’t make it, but still want to learn more? Call Barbra Thoeming, Virtual School Coordinator, for an appointment: 615-463-0188 ext 3910. Click here to learn more about virtual school..


    McGavock High School’s Academy of Digital Design and Communications will hold its Second Annual DDC Awards Show on Friday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m., in the school’s auditorium. The show is based on academy sponsor CMT’s CMT Music Awards, which are voted on by the public. Students had their talent recorded on video at Rocketown, another academy sponsor, and then it was uploaded to a private Facebook page where students in the academy voted. The results will be released at the awards show where students will host, emcee, and produce the event, which will include a red-carpet gala.


    A panel of students from Antioch High and Hunters Lane High shared with the audience the powerful impact of AVID on their college and career plans. They discussed the AVID push toward accelerated classes, such as Advanced Placement, and their improved ACT scores as a result of skill building in AVID classes. The students credited their AVID coordinators with life-changing investments of time and energy that “make students ready for the world.” Pictured below are (front) Antioch students: Chris S., Markyth S., Alexis O., from Antioch, and (back) Hunters Lane students: Gordon P., Corey K., Candy P., De’Angelo S., and Antioch Principal Brian Mast.

     AVID Panel 2012 - a panel of students at Antioch and Hunters Lane convene to share their experiences in AVID with a roomful of guests


    Maplewood High School and its Academy of Business and Consumer service have inked a deal with Fifth Third Bank. The financial company will serve as an official partner of the Academy, while continuing to provide services and assistance to all Maplewood students and the school's community members. Major goals of the partnership is to provide cutting-edge strategies and training opportunities for Academy students, as well as  job-shadowing opportunities with various bank representatives and departments. Also is the works is a college savings program for all freshmen. School administrators hope to help every freshmen open a college savings account by the end of their freshman year.


    Three MNPS students are gaining national attention for their mad science skills! Emily Alsentzer, a student at Hume-Fogg, and Jasmine Kelly and Ben Gu, students at MLK, entered the competition through their enrollment with the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt. All are now seniors in the four-year research-based program. Check out the news release below.


    If you have dreams of attending a top-rated university and live in the Edgehill area, you may be eligible for an E.S. Rose Park scholarship! Here are the guidelines:

    • Prospective freshmen must complete application by 1/31/12 deadline for merit scholarship consideration.

    • Those who meet that deadline, are admitted and meet scholarship/residency criteria will be automatically considered for the award.  Notification to scholarship recipients begins in mid-February.

    • Academic scholarships are competitive.  Rose Park Scholarship prospects will have completed a college prep curriculum with above-average grades/standardized test scores/class rank and demonstrate extracurricular activities.

    • Students meeting scholarship criteria and permanently residing in districts 17, 19 and parts of 18 will be considered.  Highest consideration will be given to those students who live in closest proximity to E.S. Rose Park. If no qualified applicants meet residency requirements, graduating seniors at any Nashville Public School enrolled in free/reduced meal program will be considered for the E.S. Rose Park Scholarship if they are admitted to Belmont and meet the scholarship criteria).

    • Two (2) full-tuition scholarships are awarded each year.  In some years, additional half-tuition scholarships will be awarded.  Recipients must maintain a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average to renew scholarships.

    • In addition to merit scholarships, Belmont University offers a variety of need-based financial assistance.  Students should submit the FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline for need-based aid consideration. Visit www.belmont.edu/sfs for more information.

    For more information, call Belmont University at 615-460-6785.


    This is exactly what we mean when we say MNPS is creating a 'College Going Culture' in our schools!

    More than 1,000 students and parents came to school on a Saturday to get a head start on preparing for the ACT. Pearl-Cohn High School started hosting these Saturday sessions last semester and brought in 400-600 students every week!

    This semester's classes started with the biggest crowd ever, and principal Milton Threadcraft is confident that many students and more will continue to come each Saturday through the end of the year.

    These classes are open to all students in Metro schools. Students who attend will get breakfast and be split up into different seminars covering different sections of the test. Even middle school students are welcome to join in if they want to get an early start on their ACT preparations.

    Classes start promptly at 7:00 a.m. each Saturday, so don't be late! Dr. Threadcraft told us that students need to come on time and ready to get serious about the ACT. He says that his students at Pearl-Cohn are already seeing results: so far this year more Pearl-Cohn students have scored a 20 or above than all of last year!

    ACT Prep Classes

    Pearl-Cohn High School

    Every Saturday

    7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    See hundreds of students in action learning how to score well on the ACT.

    WATCH a NewsChannel5 story on Saturday ACT classes!


    Students in the Academies of Nashville, smaller learning communities within Metro's 12 zoned high schools, will be showing off their skills this semester! Students, staff and business partners will host Showcase Nights, one at each high school, for interested students, parents and community members. Guests will learn what academies are offered at each high school, how to enroll, and the benefits of learning in an academy. These events come as the district prepares for Spring Application period, March 1 - 31, during which time families can apply to attend schools with open seats.


    It's time to call your Senators and Representatives!

    Key federal funding that helps thousands of students take Advanced Placement tests is in danger of being eliminated. Your calls could make the difference for students right here in Nashville.

    Last year Tennessee's low-income students received nearly a quarter-million dollars to help them pay the AP exam fee. Without this money, many students would have been unable to pay and would not have taken their exams.

    The AP Test Fee & Incentive Program has been around since 1999, but is not included in the U.S. House of Representatives proposed funding bill for fiscal year 2012. There is a Senate bill currently in the Education Committee that could save it, but that bill has no co-sponsors.

    This is where you can help.

    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander serves on both the Appropriations and the Education Committee and could help dramatically by supporting this bill and helping it pass through Committee. We need you to urge him along!

    Call, email, or fax Sen. Alexander's office and ask him to support the 'Advanced Programs Act of 2011.' Better yet: do all three! You can even reach him on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.

    Many, many students around the country depend on this program to prepare themselves for college and make it more affordable. They need your help. All it takes is a simple phone call, email, or fax.

    How long does that take? Five minutes?

    We've included Sen. Alexander's contact information below.

    Sen. Lamar Alexander

    Email | Facebook | Twitter | You Tube

    Washington D.C. Office:

    P: (202) 224-4944

    F: (202) 228-3398

    Nashville, TN Office:

    P: (615) 736-5129

    F: (615) 269-4803


    Cathy Forester, a teacher at East Literature Magnet High, was named the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English 2011 High School English Teacher of the Year. The award was presented at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Chicago, November 19. Congratulations!


    Going to college is about to get a little more accessible for students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School and Maplewood High School. These two schools have been awarded $162,720 in Seed Grant funding through the state's Race to the Top grant. It will be used to help fund college for more than 1,700 students. Check out the full release below, or click here to read more.


    The staff at Antioch and Cane Ridge high schools are on a mission to help students and parents better understand the issues and dangers of teenage drug use. The schools will host a special session for parents and future students Monday, Dec. 12. Several special guests and experts on drug addiction will be in attendance. Guests will also enjoy a chili supper and be eligible for a some great door prizes. Check out the details below.


    Maplewood Panther

    The Maplewood

    Panther (not

    Mark North)

    Hume Award

    Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Nashville for hosting the 68th annual Hume Award luncheon last week at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. Awarded since 1944 to a football player from Nashville public schools based on “scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance and value to the team,” the Hume Award is one of the most prestigious honors for student-athletes.

    The luncheon recognized this year’s Hume Award recipient, Dustin Binkley from Maplewood, as well as finalists DeMarco Moore from Antioch, Maurice Cooper from Hillsboro, Caleb Azubike from McGavock, and Ike Amadi from Overton.

    Other Hume Award nominees included Jamaris Lavay Pye (Cane Ridge), James Franklin Patterson (East Lit.), Travelle Ervin Deion Pointer (Hillwood), Scottie McCrae Peace (Hunters Lane), Ryan Andrew Deising (Pearl-Cohn/MLK), George Enrique Gutierrez (Stratford), and Michael R. Woodside Jr. (Whites Creek).

    Hume Award trivia – Overton Principal Dr. Shuler Pelham was a finalist for the Hume Award in 19….well, let’s just say many years ago.


    McGavock Raiders host the 39th annual McGavock Invitational Wrestling tournament this weekend. Wrestlers from across the state, including MNPS wrestlers from McGavock, Cane Ridge, Antioch, Hunters Lane, Hillsboro, MLK, Hillwood, Whites Creek and Glencliff will grapple Saturday beginning at 9:00am. The Junior Varsity tournament starts Friday at 4:30pm and also includes wrestlers from Hume Fogg and East Lit. Admission is $5.00 for the JV tournament on Friday evening and $8.00 for Saturday’s main event.

    If you’re not pinned down this weekend, come to McGavock and watch our wrestlers go to the mat for MNPS.

    State Championship Game

    Blue Cross Blue Shield Bowl
    Sunny weather, not-so-sunny outcome.

    It was a great Saturday afternoon for the trip to Cookeville for Maplewood’s Championship game appearance. Tennessee Tech played the gracious and hospitable host for a sunny and beautiful Championship Saturday. The team fought hard to the end and brought home the silver football trophy; the band rocked the house; the cheerleaders and Panther mascot displayed the Panther pride; the fans traveled well and included Nashville elected official Howard Gentry, at least five MNPS high school principals, several central office administrators including associate superintendents Lora Hall and Jay Steele, Director of Schools Jesse Register, and Board Chair Gracie Porter. We are proud of the Panthers.

    Travel tip: Ralph’s Do-Nut Shop. When you travel to Cookeville to tour Tennessee Tech on a campus visit, or for next year’s state championships, or any time you drive east on Interstate 40, do not miss the donuts at Ralph’s Do-Nut Shop. I recommend the “Butter Twists.” Tell the folks at Ralph’s the North Sports Report sent you.

    Ralph's Donut Shop

    Tell Ralph 'North Sports Report' sent you.

    Brush with Fame/Alumni News

    I ran into TSSAA administrator, baseball great, and Madison High School Alumnus Gene Menees in Cookeville. Gene is still one of the most popular players in Nashville Sounds’ history. Everyone from Nashville of a certain age remembers the familiar Greer Stadium call when he was introduced … “Now batting, second baseman, Geeenoooo Meneeeeeeees!” Priceless.


    An exciting slate of basketball games awaits MNPS fans this Friday night December 9.

    • Antioch Bears travel to Hillwood Hilltoppers;

    • Overton Bobcats visit Cane Ridge Ravens;

    • East Lit. Eagles travel to CPA;

    • Hunters Lane Warriors host Glencliff Colts;

    • McGavock Raiders head to Green Hills for a showdown with Hillsboro Burros;

    • MLK Royals travel to Stratford Spartans;

    • Maplewood Panthers host Whites Creek Cobras; and

    • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds host David Lipscomb.

    The MNPS home games are at Hillwood, Cane Ridge, Hunters Lane, Hillsboro, Stratford, Maplewood, and Pearl-Cohn. Pick a game and enjoy!

    -- Mark North, Board of Education Vice-Chair & District 3 Representative

    MNPS: The First Choice for Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Value to the Team


    Students, staff and community members of Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School celebrated their new Blue Ribbon status with numerous dignitaries and free ice cream courtesy of Blue Bell last Friday. The school was awarded the national honor for its overall academic excellence. It was one of just six schools statewide given the honor. Senior Em’maja Hancock is seen below addressing the crowd.

    HumeFogg Blue Ribbon Ceremony


    2011 Hume Award Winner Re

    Dustin Binkley of Maplewood High School is this year’s Hume Award recipient! In a special ceremony, Metro Schools recognized the brightest and best football players off the 2011 season. Binkley impressed both on and off the field with stellar game stats and grades. He has been accepted to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Austin Peay State University, but has not made his final decision.

    The Hume Award began in 1944 and is given to a football player who has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship athletically and academically. These student-athletes are chosen by their principals and coaches based on scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance and value to the team.


    Students at five Metro high schools recently showed their culinary skills at a professional competition featuring some of Nashville's top chefs. The students were invited to participated in the annual Hospitality Championship Series. The students went head to head in a cooking competition based on the TV show "Chopped." At the end of the day, Hunters Lane claimed first place, Antioch took second, and Hillwood rounded out the top three. Congrats!


    Congressman Jim Cooper proves that it never hurts to ask! Earlier this week, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet Senior Gerald Harris (pictured lower left with Congressman Cooper and PCHS Principal Dr. Threadcraft) invited the lawmaker to visit the school and see the changes. Not only did he say yes, but he also spent time touring the school and visiting with students.

    Cooper at PCHS 2011 - Congressman Cooper visits the school for a special interview on PCTV


    Here's a great opportunity for high school students looking to learn and earn this summer - the Bank of America student leader PAID internship program.


    Penny S., a student at Glencliff High School, was the winner of a laptop from Bridgestone through a drawing at the Career Fair. Penny says she appreciates Bridgestone for partnering with MNPS and she will use her new laptop wisely to conduct research.

    Jenny Sinard from Bridgestone presented the laptop during a Freshman Academy assembly.

    Glencliff student wins laptop - a freshman awarded a laptop by Bridgestone


    Mark North

    Board Member &
    Sports Fan Mark North

    Championship Week

    The opportunity to compete is the priceless reward for participating in interscholastic athletics, and the great benefits of athletics derive from the competing. You cannot ask for more than the opportunity to compete for a championship. I might get carried away here, but I think a great quote from American history is apropos.
    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
    If that doesn’t fire you up for championship week, you better check your pulse. The Maplewood Panthers football team takes its great enthusiasms and great devotions to Cookeville this Saturday, December 3rd at 3:30 to compete for the 4A State Championship.

    Everyone should take the short drive east to cheer for the Panthers as they bring the golden football trophy back to MNPS. Go Panthers!

    Madness at Municipal Auditorium

    I had a great time last night at the basketball games between MLK and Hume Fogg at what those schools have termed “Magnet Madness.” I witnessed some impressive individual performances – including a 30 point outburst by Jordan Majors for the MLK girls’ team and premier post play by Hume Fogg boys’ center Sam Smith; enthusiastic fan base and student sections; extraordinary teamwork; and a stunning comeback. The atmosphere was electric, topped off by the Hume Fogg Jazz Band that entertained during breaks in the action with everything from Purple Haze to Sweet Georgia Brown to the Theme from The Simpsons. High school basketball is really entertaining.


    According to www.sportsnashville.net, the Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association has named its All City team for this year. The All-City team is:

    • Antioch – Darius Williams, Christian Molina, Demarco Moore, Aaron Kabelu, Tyler Bumbalough, Tyrone Smith;

    • Cane Ridge – Jesse Williams, Malachi Tullis;

    • East Lit – Michael Leater, Antonio McKissack, Kendall Trice;

    • Glencliff – Treon Hill, Montez Brown, Justin Farr, Jason Marrow;

    • Hillsboro – Patrick Segovia, William Cooper;

    • Hillwood – Anthony Johnson, Jahmare Anthony;

    • Hunters Lane – James Maney, Howard Cliffe;

    • Maplewood – Ladarius Vanlier, Randall Smith, Navonte Parks, Steven Johnson, Christopher Lee Denzel Jones;

    • McGavock – Caleb Azubike, Tony Mason, Nolan Sexton;

    • Overton – Rick Thomas, Ike Amadi, Geremy Henderson, Brandon Scruggs, Zabian King;

    • Pearl-Cohn – Trevon Miles, Darrius Darden-Box, Dedric Wilson, Demario Donnell, Larry Sims, Andre McDonald;

    • Stratford – Tyler Wilson, Derrick Howell, Oliver Lewis;

    • Whites Creek – D’Harius Brown, Kenneth Marlowe, Michael Cain.
    Congratulations to everyone who competed.

    Alumni News

    Hume Fogg Class of 2010 alumna Claiborne Willis, a member of the Centre College Women’s Soccer team, was named Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference after she scored three goals in a game for her first collegiate hat trick. We are proud of our MNPS alumni!

    Pick a team and support it, and I hope to see you in Cookeville on Saturday.

    -- Mark North

    MNPS: The First Choice for the Triumph of High Achievement!


    December is here and you can't escape those familiar holiday tunes playing in malls, on the radio and TV.

    Shake it up this year and escape the old standards by taking in one of the many fine performances by Metro students! Below is a listing of some of the performing arts events happening in Metro Schools in December. If you're looking for the holiday spirit or something a little outside the norm, take your pick and support our young artists!

    • December 1 - Nashville School of Arts - Tastes of the Season - 6:00 PM

    • December 2-3 - Antioch High School Dance Department presents “Cats in Motion” - 7:00 PM

    • December 5 - McKissack Band Concert - 6:30 PM

    • December 8 -Jere Baxter Middle School Fall Band Concert - 5:00 PM

    • December 8 - Dodson Elementary 3rd Grade PTO Show - 6:00 PM

    • December 8 - East Literature Magnet HS Choir Concert - 7:00 PM

    • December 8 - NSA Fall Orchestra Concert - 7:00 PM

    • December 8 - Hillsboro HS Music Department Concert - 7:00 PM

    • December 9 - DuPont Tyler Middle School Band Concert - 7:00 PM

    • December 9-10 - Nashville School of Arts Fall Dance Show - 7:00 PM

    • December 11 - Creswell Dance Department presents “Nutcracker - All Jazzed Up” - 6:00 PM

    • December 12 - Goodlettsville MS Band Concert - 5:30 PM

    • December 12 - Joelton MS Holiday Concert - 5:30 PM

    • December 15 - Eakin Holiday Program - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


    MNPS Virtual School is now accepting applications! Students interested in the flexibility and independence of online learning can register for full-time or part-time classes now through Dec. 8. Part-time courses can be taken to supplement regular course loads or to recover lost credits.

    To learn more, check out a list of offerings for Spring 2012, or register, visit the MNPS Virtual School.


    Tyler W., a freshman at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, is the owner of a new laptop thanks to the generosity of Permanent General. Permanent General is a large supporter of the Academies of Nashville and attended the 2011 Career Exploration Fair. Kent Fourman, Vice President & CEO of Permanent General, made a special trip to Pearl-Cohn where he hand delivered the new laptop.

    Pearl-Cohn Laptop Winner 2011


    Juniors enrolled in the Academy of Digital Design and Communication at McGavock High School will be showing off their debut films Monday, Nov. 21, at the school’s second annual DDC Film Festival.

    Throughout the semester, students have worked with Stones River National Battlefield and CMT to produce three – five minute films depicting specific battles of the Civil War. All films are 100% student created and produced.

    At 6:30 p.m., student filmmakers will walk the red carpet. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for this event are $5 at the door.


    Brad Brown, theatre teacher and head of the fine arts department at Hillsboro High School, is headed to the West Coast to hang out with none other than Alex Trebek.  After an eight-month long testing and audition process, he was selected as one of 15 teachers from across the nation to compete in the 2nd Annual Teachers' Tournament on Jeopardy! The tournament will be filmed January 23-24, 2012. The winner will take home $100,000. Air dates have yet to be announced, so stay tuned and help us wish Mr. Brown good luck!


    Emily Cathcart, a sixth grade Science teacher at East Literature Magnet School, has her artwork on display in newly published book! Prior to joining MNPS, Cathcart worked under Dr. David Pitts as a faculty associate for the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Her illustrations are now shown around the world in his book, Studying Eastern Bluebirds:  A Biologist’s Report and Reflections.  

    Cathcart, who was trained as an artist, has previously served as a free-lance artist, illustrating everything from cartoons to graphic designs, and even some sign painting. Congratulations!


    Friday, Nov. 4, East Literature Magnet Algebra II Teacher Michelle Woods and her students present more than $1,400 to the Nashville Rescue Mission! The money was raised by four classes as part of their first quarter Paideia Project.

    Student groups were given the task of creating their own business. Over the span of five weeks, they were expected to develop a product, sell the items to the general public, and keep a detailed list of all monetary transactions. At the conclusion of the selling period, each group gave a presentation to a judge’s panel of four Nashville business owners explaining why their business was the best investment. Groups were required to determine the percent profit on each item sold, provide a graph of their selling trend, and represent their expenses and gross profit in matrix form, amongst a list of other learning objectives. In addition to a great hands-on learning experience, the students also learned a bit about giving back to their community!

    Projects are one aspect of the Paideia philosophy. A Paideia project is a unit of study, centered on ideas and values, that leads to a student production or performance.  The culminating product/performance is presented to an audience outside the classroom and requires the students to show mastery of the learning objectives. This process enhances the curricular study by deepening student understanding, as they are asked to think creatively about the information provided in class.  Other projects at East Literature have included creating a newscast based on Spanish speaking countries that celebrate Day of the Dead, writing a children’s story using geometric vocabulary, developing an epic about a hero to combat social issues in the world today, and many others. Overall, the projects make learning relevant by connecting it to both the curriculum and real world issues. This helps the students become well-rounded critical thinkers who can connect with the larger world.


    Nearly a dozen Antioch High School students have been selected for a special job shadowing day at the NissanNissan Leaf at Antioch North America facility in Franklin. The students participated in a resume writing and interview process, conducted by Nissan representatives, along with all of the other students in The Academy of Technology and Communications.

    Earlier in the semester, the students also got a sneak peak at the new Nissan Leaf All-Electric Car (pictured right). Students worked with engineers from Nissan to apply math and science lessons to transportation logistics.


    Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School has been ranked among the top in the nation for academic excellence! In US News and World Report, the Royal Knights ranked 30th out of 21,000 U.S. schools. They also claimed the 36th position in the Topp 100 Math and Science schools nationwide. Congratulations!


    November 3, Hillwood High School’s Academy of Health Sciences students had the opportunity to participateHillwood HCA Day 2011 in the 2011 Passport to Career Excellence Health Care Expedition.  This event was provided by HCA which is one of the Academy of Health Sciences’ business partners.  Other academy business partners that participated were Belmont School of Nursing and the Nashville Fire Department.  Ellen Zinkiewicz, LAPSW, Director of Youth and Community for Services and Kyndyll Lackey, MSSW, LAPSW, Youth Employment Program provider for the Nashville Career Advancement Center (NCAC) also participated by providing a career workshop for the students.  The academy students had the opportunity to hear from numerous speakers and be informed about the many careers in the health field.  The students also had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with professionals and ask questions to further their knowledge on health careers.   The keynote speaker was Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMI, who is the President, Clinical and Physician Service Group and Chief Medical Officer for HCA.  The other speakers were Dell Oliver, Assistant Vice President, Leadership and Organizational Development, Executive Development Programs for HCA, Divya Shroll, MD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and Vice President, Clinical Services Group for HCA, Richard Tayries, MD, Chief Health Information Officer for HCA, Jeff LeCates, MHSA, PTA, Director of Rehabilitation for Centennial Medical Center, Jay Servais, Captain of Special Operations for the Nashville Fire Department, Lisa Weakley, Captain of Fire Medical Operations for the Nashville Fire Department, and Sandra Rosedale, MSN, Belmont University College of Health Sciences and Nursing.


    It was a great day for the Academy of Health Sciences students.  They received goody bags filled with tumblers, chap stick, hand sanitizer, etc, along with the opportunity to win door prizes provided by HCA which included Kindles, IPODS, and various gift certificates.


    Nashville Big Picture High School students recently participated in a College Application Extravaganza, where with the assistance of Oasis College Connection mentors 35 seniors applied to more than 50 colleges. The extravaganza was the culminating event of College Application week sponsored by College for Tennessee.

    "It was pretty good. I don't think I would have done it on my own time," said Avery, a student at Big Picture.

    Eight Oasis College Connection mentors spent the morning with the senior class at Nashville Big Picture High; answering questions, providing guidance, support and encouragement as seniors tackled the arduous task of applying to college.

    “Oasis College Connection was thrilled to be able to partner with Nashville Big Picture High School (NBPHS) as part of College App Week. We especially enjoyed being able to work in small groups with young people because the format allowed us to really engage in meaningful and individualized conversations about postsecondary opportunities. We look forward to future conversations about college with the community of teachers, students, and families at NBPHS,” explained Jenny Mills, Oasis College Connection Mentor.

    For more information about Nashville Big Picture High School click here.

    Nashville Big Picture High School opened in August 2007. It offers a rigorous, highly personalized curriculum that combines academic work with real-world experiences and project-based learning. Students are active and accountable in their own education, and are still required to take all assessments required by No Child Left Behind. Some students do well ijavascript:void(0);n a traditional high school setting; however, there are many students who would do better in a smaller, more individualized program. NBPHS is one of several programs MNPS is offering to provide students and families choices regarding which educational approach is best for them.


    ACT Workshop

    Come and learn about the ACT!

    • Dates & locations

    • How to register

    • How to take the test

    • Helpful hints & tips

    • Resources


    Thursday, November 3, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

    Glencliff High School

    Room #145





    Earlier this week, 18 juniors in the Stratford High School STEM Academy earned their "white coats," an honor bestowed upon aspiring researchers. The students will begin their research projects this summer, everything from pond pollution to extraterrestrial studies, and Vanderbilt's Center for Science Outreach wanted to make sure they felt the significance of the milestone.


    While the freshman students at Glencliff attend the MNPS Career Exploration Fair with thousands of other Metro freshmen, junior and senior Academy students will travel to Paragon Mills Elementary School to participate in a career fair for the 3rd and 4th graders. Each Academy will have a booth and the high school students will answer questions in regard to their academy and how it relates to math, writing, reading, organization, college, and other post-high school opportunities. Talk about a great way to mentor, practice, and recruit!


    Metro high school girls with a keen interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are invited to the inaugural GRITS,  Girls Raised in Tennessee Science Conference and Mixer. The Mixer will be held Friday, Nov. 4, from 6 - 8 p.m., in the James Union Building at Middle Tennessee State University. The conference follows Nov. 5, beginning at 8 a.m. More details are below. Please note, high school students can register for FREE to the inaugural event.


    With less than a mile separating Antioch and Cane Ridge high schools, a strong rivalry was inevitable from the start. This Friday night, the football teams will rumble in the aptly named "37013 Bowl". Winner takes home a special trophy and will keep it until next year's rematch.

    The game starts at 7 p.m., at Antioch High School.


    The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt has two finalists and two semifinalists in this year's national Siemens Competition in Math:Science:Technology. Check out the release from Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach below:


    Maplewood students with General Colin PowellMaplewood High School students in JROTC and the Academy of Business and Consumer Services spent the Monday of their fall break volunteering at the Get Motivated Business Seminar at Bridgestone Arena.  Students were able to experience first hand the challenges involved in facilitating an arena event.

    In addition to working at the event, the students were also able to hear the success stories of inspirational speakers such as Chris Gardener, Bill Cosby, and Lou Holtz.  For most of the students, and Col. Martha Shaffer, the highlight of the day was meeting and being photographed with General Colin Powell.


    McGavock Credit Union - grand opening and ribbon cutting

    McGavock High School students have two big reasons to celebrate! Thursday, Oct. 13, students in The Freshmen Academy pledged their commitment to graduation. Following the ceremony, the Academy of Business and Finance cut the ribbon on a new student-run credit union.   

    The McGavock High Class of 2015 pledged a commitment to its academic success during its ‘I Committ to Academic Perfection’ (I CAP) graduation ceremony. I CAP recognizes students for their dedication to academics. The graduation-inspired ceremony is designed to foster an understanding of the responsibilities and self-discipline needed to attend all classes, complete work assignments, and participate fully in the learning and extra-curricular opportunities that will lead to graduation. Tennessee Technological University’s Dr. Jann Cupp, counseling and psychology professor, served as keynote speaker.

    McGavock Credit Union 2 - students working in the bankFollowing the I CAP ceremony, students in the Academy of Business and Finance at McGavock High celebrated a powerful new learning tool. In partnership with US Community Credit Union, the school unveiled a new student-run credit union. Along with the unveiling, McGavock High and district leaders officially renamed the academy to The US Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance. On hand to celebrate the new experiential learning center were Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, CEO of US Community Credit Union Paul Johnson, and several other key alumni and community members.


    The Broadcasting and Journalism students in the Hillwood Academy of Art, Design and Communications had the opportunity to visit WSMV Channel 4 Television Station on Oct. 12. The students heard from Kimberly Curth, a reporter; Ryan Hawes, the assistant news director; Lisa Spencer, the chief meteorologist; and Ian Reitz, the co-anchor of Channel 4 News Today. They also viewed first-hand a live broadcast of Channel 4 News at Noon and toured the television station.

    Hillwood students study at Ch. 4 - students posing in studio with Ch. 4 on-air staff


    Glencliff High students and staff are well aware the importance of breast cancer awareness and hoping to help fund a local organization. Currently, students and staff can purchase pink ribbons for $1. For their purchase, students names are displayed on pink ribbons in the front hallway. All proceeds will go toward the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

    Wednesday, Oct. 26, Glencliff will go pink. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear the trademark color to show their support. Information on breast cancer awareness will be distributed in advisory for students to share with “a special lady” in their life to educate and bring awareness to those outside of Glencliff.


    The Academy at Old Cockrill and The Academy, located at Hickory Hollow, have far exceeded expectations this school year. In less than three months, the schools have helped more than 40 students meet graduation requirements. The principals, Elaine Fahrner and Michael Flushman, recently presented about their successes at the National Dropout Prevention Network. Click here to learn more about their presentation.


    Nashville Big Picture High School senior Brayton D., will soon add national presenter to his resume. The 12th grader has spent the past two years interning with Dr. Joseph, Hamilton, Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University. Now, thanks to his hard work and commitment, Brayton will travel with the professor to Roanoke, Virg., to present at the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society. Brayton's research has also become part of his Senior Capstone project, a requirement at Big Picture. Below is an abstract of his work:

    New Levels in 162Gd

    DOLL Brayton M. (NBPHS, Vanderbilt University)
    BREWER, N.T. (Vanderbilt University)
    HAMILTON, J. H. (Vanderbilt University)
    RAMAYYA, A. V. (Vanderbilt University)
    HWANG, J.K. (Vanderbilt University)
    LUO, Y. X. (Vanderbilt University, LBNL)
    ZHU, S. J. (Vanderbilt University, Tsinghua University)

    We’ve measured prompt gamma rays from the fission fragments of the spontaneous fission of 252Cf in Gammasphere. The data from the experiment have high statistics with 5.7*1011 triple and higher gamma coincidences. We examined levels in 162Gd in this data set which shows very consistent I(I+1) level spacing in the yrast band. This demonstrates consistency with a rotational nucleus that has a large quadrupole deformation. this is common for nuclei in between closed spherical shells. To find new levels and gamma transitions, we looked at triple coincidence gates in the Radware software in which we see population of yrast states up to 16+. We found new evidence for proposed collective bands in this isotope. Results will be discussed.



    The Academy principal Michael Flushman is being featured by the Simon Youth Foundation! See why Principal Flushman is making news.

    To learn more about The Academy, now located at Hickory Hollow Mall, check out the school's newly redesigned website!


    Travel Weekly, a national travel magazine, recently ran a feature column on the lack of trained professionals in the travel industry. Thanks to the engaging and rigorous lessons being taught through Antioch's Academy of Hospitality, Antioch is helping turn the tide. Returning the favor, key players in the national travel industry - including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines, are making sure students in The Academy of Tourism at Antioch get the most band for their buck as Academy partners.


    Our students are on the air!

    You may have caught them on TV or heard them playing on the radio during Tennessee Titans games. A new series of commercials spotlights high school students and their experiences in The Academies of Nashville. Check them out!

    CLICK HERE to listen to the radio ad

    The students are very excited to be featured, but even more excited about the opportunities offered through their high school Academies. Check out what our high schools have to offer over on the Academies of Nashville page. For even more student stories - written by the students themselves - check out MyAcademyBlog.com!

    These ads were put together with the help of Ford Next Generation Learning and put on the air as part of a local Ford dealer advertising buy. 

    For more information on Ford Next Generation Learning, you can visit their website or Facebook page. They have been a continue to be a key partner for the Academies of Nashville.


    Glencliff High will unveil its new outdoor classroom this week. Details below.


    Next Wednesday, Oct. 5, Maplewood High School students, staff and community members will have all day access to an EBUS, a mobile empowerment system. Check out the flyer below.

      Maplewood EBUS - an empowerment bus will visit Maplewood


    1. Cómo motivar a su hijo a ser exitoso
      26 de septiembre - Cane Ridge High School
      29 de septiembre - Glencliff High School
      6:00 P.M.

      ¿Quiere motivar a sus hijos a sacar altas calificaciones pero no sabe cómo? ¿Quiere usted mejorar su relación con sus adolescentes? ¡Venga a aprender sobre la autoestima y cómo motivar a los jóvenes a ser exitosos! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

    2. Cómo comunicarse con la escuela de su hijo
      3 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
      6 de octubre - Glencliff High School
      6:00 P.M.

      ¿La maestra de su hijo ha pedido una reunión con usted y no sabe qué hacer? ¿Tiene su hijo problemas en la escuela y no sabe con quién hablar? ¡Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL.. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

    3. Prevención de drogas y pandillas (“gangas”)
      10 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
      13 de octubre - Glencliff High School
      6:00 P.M. 

      ¿Discute regularmente con su adolescente? ¿Quiere prevenir que su hijo recurra a las drogas o las pandillas/gangas? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

    4. Derechos y responsabilidades de los padres en las escuelas
      24 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
      27 de octubre - Glencliff High School
      6:00 P.M.
      Glencliff High School, 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville

      ¿Quiere saber sobre sus derechos como padre de familia en las escuelas? ¿Ha escuchado sobre nuevas escuelas en su barrio y quiere saber más detalles ? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

    5. Preparación para la universidad /Ayuda financiera
      31 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
      3 de noviembre - Glencliff High School
      6:00 P.M.
      Glencliff High School, 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville

      ¿Quiere que su hijo vaya a la universidad? ¿Quiere aprender sobre la ayuda financiera para la universidad aun para estudiantes indocumentados? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.


    1. Encouraging your Child For Success
      September 26 - Cane Ridge High School
      September 29 - Glencliff High School
      Time: 6:00 P.M.

      Do you want to motivate your children to get good grades but don’t know how? Do you want to improve your relationship with your teens? Come and learn about self-esteem and how to motivate your teens to be successful! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

    2. Communicating with your Child´s School
      October 3 - Cane Ridge High School
      October 6 - Glencliff High School
      Time: 6:00 P.M.

      Did your child’s teacher request a parent-teacher conference and you don’t know what to do? Is your child having problems at school and you’re not sure whom to speak with? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

    3. Drug and Gang Involvement Prevention
      October 10 - Cane Ridge High School
      October 13 - Glencliff High School
      Time: 6:00 P.M.

      Do you argue with your teen a lot? Do you want to prevent your teen from getting involved in drugs and gangs? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

    4. Parental Rights and Responsibilities at School
      October 24 - Cane Ridge High School
      October 27 - Glencliff High School
      Time: 6:00 P.M.

      Do you want to learn about your rights as a MNPS parent? Have you heard about new charter schools opening in your neighborhood and want to learn more? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

    5. College Preparation/Financial Aid
      October 31 - Cane Ridge High School
      November 3 - Glencliff High School
      Time: 6:00 P.M.

      Do you want your child to go to college? Do you want to learn about financial aid for college, for documented & undocumented students? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.


    Carrella T., a Lifeskills student  at Glencliff High School, was recently named a senior representative for this year’s Homecoming Court. Carrella was nominated by the Best Buddies club and further supported by her peer tutors which propelled her past three rounds of elimination voting. Congratulations, Carrella!

    Carrella T. Glencliff Homecoming


    meigs 11Wow, talk about a big response - Hands on Nashville Day has set a new record with more tha 1,600 people already signed up to help beautify Metro Schools!

    The 20th annual Hands on Nashville Day is this Saturday, September 24, at 54 different schools. Volunteers will plant, paint, repair, rake, dig, and mulch until the schools look brand new inside and out. All of this volunteer labor is estimated to make a $145,000 economic impact.

    To make it all happen, the Department of Maintenance and Operations has prepared:


    • 1,400 gallons of paint

    • 1,700 paint brushes

    • 504 rolls of tape

    • 380 plastic drop cloths

    • 400 roller covers and roller frames

    • 440-4 ft wood paint handles

    • 432-5 gallon buckets

    • 884-1 gallon pails

    • 8 bush / limb cutters

    • 450 yards of mulch

    • 65 wheelbarrows

    • 100 rakes

    • 80 shovels

    • 35 hedge trimmers

    It's not too late to sign up, either. Head over to the Hands on Nashville website to register and get ready to work on Saturday!

    Volunteers will be rewarded with the CMT One Country Celebration at 3rd & Lindsley at noon. There's really no reason to not sign up!



    We want to show off our Academies of Nashville and are throwing open the doors of Cane Ridge High School for an open house this Friday! Come see first hand how the Academies work and what students are learning inside.

    The open house is from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23. Full details in the flier below.

    More open house announcements from other high schools are coming soon!


    Overton Music Makes a Difference Grant - the check presentation at Sept. 10 concert

    Overton High School was the recipient of the first Nashville Singers Music Makes a Difference music education grant. The school was presented a $500 check at the Nashville Singers concert held Sept. 10.

    Nashville Singers is a non-profit performing arts organization supporting music education in schools and the community. The chorus offers several programs, including free singing lessons, music education grants, middle and high school master classes, and college scholarships for students pursuing a music education degree.


    The 2012-13 Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship application window is now open for Metro students! To be eligible, students must:

    • Demonstrate financial need

    • Graduate from a high school in one of 39 middle TN counties

    • Must be a current HS senior, or college freshman, sophomore or junior

    • Pursue a business degree at any 4 year, not-for-profit university in the U.S.

    The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2011. Click here for more.


    The journalism and broadcast students enrolled in Hillwood High School’s Academy of Art, Design, and Communications recently attended a two-day training session at NECAT Studios. These students went through a rigorous training session to become studio certified. This certification allows them to use the studio and produce their own television shows. On the second day of training the students produced a music video for a local Nashville band, Max and the Wild Things.

    But that’s just the beginning of the exciting projects coming out of The Academies at Hillwood.

    Next Tuesday, HCA will be hosting its community awareness day, and Hillwood is one of the sites selected for that day. Approximately 40 – 50 HCA employees will spend the day with Hillwood’s Academy of Health Science students and work on projects around the school. They will build a green house out of 2,200 plastic soda bottles in the school courtyard, clean and renovate the outdoor classroom, and several other projects.


    Students at Hillsboro HIgh School are getting a first-hand experience of the Chinese language and culture. While only a handful of lucky students were selected to visit the country this past summer, dozens are now getting the same lessons through the school's new Confucius Classroom. Taught by a teacher recruited from China, the students are learning basic language pronunciations and beginning to learn about the Chinese culture. The Confucius Classroom is a partner of the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis.


    Adam Taylor, a science teacher at Overton High, has been awarded a $2000 grant from ING's Unsung Heroes Award Program. The program awards teachers for innovation and creativity, both of which Taylor has shown time and time again.

    During the 2010-11 school year, when snow kept students and teacher out of the classroom, Taylor flew onto radars district-wide by offering numerous online opportunities for his fellow teachers to grow. He also hosted classes for his students online. He regularly uses social media as an instructional tool to engage students and is always looking for new tools to keep his classroom active and engaged.

    Congratulations, Mr. Taylor!


    Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School has been named a 2011 Blue Ribbon School. The school currently ranks among Tennessee’s Top 10% in academic achievement and was awarded in the category of High Performing School.

    In a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Education, Secretary Arne Duncan says, “America's long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow."

    The release also states that a total of 305 schools across the U.S. were named 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Schools can be awarded for academic excellence or for success in closing the achievement gap. All schools, 256 public and 49 private, will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C.


    MNPS Middle College High School and Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School have been named the 2nd and 3rd place winners (respectively) in the Best School category of the 2011 Toast of Music City . Congratulations!


    This summer, two Maplewood High School students interned with the Ciber group at Nashville Electric Service. Check out the article that was included in NES's recent newsletter.


    MNPS students showed significant growth on Advanced Placement exams during the 2010-11 school year. Based on the July report release by College Board, MNPS students took 3,925 total exams, with 1,886 scores of 3 or higher. In 2010, the district had 4,008 exams scored, with 1,630 scores of 3 or higher. This marked a nearly seven-point percentage jump in a single year, from 40.7% o 48.1%.


    New to Nashville? Enrolling in Metro Schools for the first time? We can help you register!

    New Student Registration Week runs from Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5. Student registration must be completed at your assigned school. We recommend contacting your school before you register.

    What do you need to bring with you to register?

    • Birth Certificate or acceptable proof of age;

    • Immunization (vaccination record) on a Tennessee Certificate of Immunization Form;

    • Physical examination (within one (1) year of the beginning of school)

    • Proof of residency (current utility bill, lease, etc.)

    • Social Security Card (optional)

    • Recent Report Card (optional)

    The immunization information is particularly important. Full information on immunizations and the immunization certificate is available here.

    The first day of school is Thursday, August 11. We have a lot more answers to your Back to School questions in our Back to School Guide for 2011-12.

    See you on August 11!


    Don't lose your green thumb this summer. Come help Glencliff High School manage its extensive garden project with a few hours of volunteer time. You could end up going home with an armload of fresh vegetables in return!

    The Glencliff Garden project teaches students (and adults) to cultivate fresh produce and how to keep a more healthy diet. But they need help to keep it going throughout the summer break. That's why they're asking you to join one of the "Adopt-a-Volunteer Days" offered all summer long!

    Sign up to be a volunteer leader for the day of your choice, bring together a group of your friends for an afternoon of garden volunteer work, and you can take home some of the very produce you work wtih!

    June 5th-August 28th
    Sunday Evenings
    5:00-8:00 p.m.

    June 2nd-August 4th
    Thursday Mornings
    7:00-10:00 a.m.

    Full details after the jump.


    In keeping with their continuing partnerships between the MNPD and the community, Glencliff High School is hosting a crime prevention seminar Thursday, July 21.

    The goal of the event is to work to reduce crime in the community by sharing preventive tips and solutions to make the community safer.


    Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School was recently named one of the nation's top-rated high schools by Newsweek Magazine. The school rank 33rd in the nation and was one of just six schools in the Tennessee to make the list.


    A new report released by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center shows that Tennessee must be doing something right in terms of helping students graduate from high school.


    Glencliff High School, one of the most state’s most diverse high schools, has earned a spot as a national model of excellence. The school has been named the 2011 Community Schools Awards for Excellence by the Coalition for Community Schools in Washington, D.C. Only three schools in the U.S. received this award: One from elementary grades, one from middle grades, and one at the high school level.


    The Nashville Symphony has signed on as an official partner of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Industry Magnet High School's Academy of Entertainment Management! This means students in the Academy will have even more opportunities to learn from the pros, and soon! First up, students will receive applied lessons on any instrument, free of charge, thanks to One Note One Neighborhood and W.O. Smith School of Music. The lessons will be taught by a member of the Nashville Symphony. March 24, The Nashville Symphony will hold a Career Day for select students. The group will get a behind the scenes look at the technical aspects of a production on any given night at the Symphony. In addition to these outstanding learning opportunities, the Symphony will provide new instruments to the school's marching band; send players to the school for concerts, sectionals, and teaching opportunities; and a variety of other learning opportunities!


    There's been a lot of focus lately on Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) programs both here in Nashville and nationally. In fact, three new STEM magnet schools will serve Metro students next year. For an example of how STEM programs are engaging students and building bridges between subjects, we turn to Overton High School Technology & Engineering teacher John Marshall. Mr. Marshall has a quite literal example of the "bridge building" that happens in STEM programs.


    Friday, March 11, Pearl-Cohn will be hosting its third Poetic Lounge: A Tradition at its Finest. Students will recite self-written poems that express personal thoughts and emotions. The Sound Technology department will orchestrate light jazz music to accompany the students as they recite their poems, and the Visual Technology department will film the event, making the Poetic Lounge a true example of interdisciplinary learning. The Poetic Lounge began in 2009 by Teresita Hunt's English II Honors students. The class was studying a unit on poetry. After the students penned their own poems, they asked to have a poetry breakfast. Hunt agreed to the idea. The breakfast was such a hit, they decided to turn it into a larger event and the Poetic Lounge was born. In these first three years, the Poetic Lounge has grown from 15 young poets to 30!


    Tuesday, March 1, Nashville was named the seventh Ford Next Generation Learning Hub for its forward-thinking approach to teaching and learning. This designation means Nashville will offer professional development as well as coaching and mentoring for other communities around the region who are looking to develop a reform plan that includes local education, community and business leader engagement. Click here to read the full release.


    Now through March 31, applications for the 2011-2012 Saint Thomas Science Scholars Program are being accepted! This is a great opportunity for students enrolling in Healthcare Academies through The Academies of Nashville. PENCIL Foundation works with Saint Thomas to select students through an application process. Through this program, students are exposed to several different career options in the industry and have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with hospital staff. If selected, students participate in six hands-on, interactive sessions at the hospital. These are Saturday sessions held throughout the school-year so students must have their own transportation.Student eligibility:Currently enrolled in honors science class in 9th gradeSuccessfully completed Honors BiologyInterested in learning about careers in healthcareDemonstrate a curiosity about scienceCommitted to attend 6 Saturday sessions at Saint Thomas Hospital during the school yearClick here for an application.


    Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ Associate Superintendent of High Schools Jay Steele has been named to the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Board of Directors. Steele will assist NCAC in communicating with the states, districts and schools within the region about efforts to build and sustain career academies. Steele will serve a two-year term on the board of directors in region one, which includes 22 states. He will represent the region at annual board meetings, serve as the main contact for the region and contribute to publications released by NCAC. Steele’s appointment comes after years of high school redesign both here in Nashville and in his former district, St. John’s County, Fla. In June of 2010, Steele’s team successfully unveiled The Academies of Nashville, a set of academies within MNPS’ 12 zoned high schools. Read the full release below. Open publication - Free publishing - More steele


    Hillsboro High School has been granted authorization for its Middle Years Programme (MYP), a version of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme designed for 9th and 10th grade students. This authorization will enable Hillsboro to offer a full MYP and IB Diploma Programme (DP) pathway for students entering Hillsboro from JT Moore and West End middle schools, both of which are also MYP authorized. “This authorization is significant not only for Hillsboro High School,but for our entire cluster,” said Dr. Terry Shrader, principal of Hillsboro. “We will now be able to offer the IB Middle Years program for students grades 5-10 in partnership with our authorized IB feeder middle schools. This designation will provide unlimited possibilities for the students in the Hillsboro cluster and continues our vision of creating an international high school at Hillsboro. It’s very exciting.” The full release is below. Open publication - Free publishing - More mnps


    A big shout out to Hume-Fogg Magnet Academic High School for being nominated for the presitgious 2011 Blue Ribbon Award. Hume-Fogg was nominated as a High Performing School. It currently ranks among Tennessee's Top 10% in academic achievement. Hume-Fogg is one of six schools in Tennessee nominated for the national recognition. Only one other was nominated as a High Performing School. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2011.


    Nashville School of the Arts has been granted charter membership in the National Forensic League (NFL). Charter membership is the highest level of membership in the NFL and is only granted when a school shows a sustained commitment to speech and debate education. The NSA Forensics Team, led by drama teacher John Newsom, won first place in the 2009-2010 Metro Forensics League Tournament. The team has also competed in regional tournaments such as the Smoky Mountain Invitational Forensics Tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The National Forensic League is a non-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities. As members, NSA students are now eligible to compete in speech and debate tournaments on the national level


    The United Nations of Antioch High School recently participated in a service project at the Second Harvest Food Bank. The group put on a wonderful, crowd-pleasing show and lent their hands to help Second Harvest! The list of students who participated is below. UN Members Madonna Botros, representing EgyptJasmine Metri, EgyptIris Gomez, MexicoAndrea Gomez, MexicoAmanuel Afework, Ethiopia/GermanyAnd Faduma Gelle, representing Somalia UN associate teachersLauren ArmstrongStephanie Ridley


    Twenty-sevent students in Pearl-Cohn's 9th Grade Academy were recognized during a special Honors Assembly. The students were honored for academic achievements and good behavior during the first nine week report card period. Honored students received a certificate during the morning assembly and were later treated to an ice cream social in the afternoon. Lelan Statom, weather anchor with NewsChannel5, was the guest speaker at the Honors Assembly. Statom spoke on the importance of perserverance.


    The McGavock High School’s Youth Public Health Institute (YPHI) was presented with a check for 500, courtesy of Metro Public Health Department Adolescent Health Programs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The money will be used to assist the program students’ public health service projects and encourage more healthy participation within the community. YPHI is an Association of Schools of Public Health that helps increase awareness of public health careers and post-secondary opportunities for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. With this association students have learned public health policies, programs and prevention activities. In the spring, the students will host a “Fun Run” for families within the McGavock community. Photographed (l to r) D’Yuanna Allen, Metro Health Department; Danielle Nikolaiczyk, McGavock High instructor; Sydney Lollar, Destiney Patton, Rudy Baity, and Principal Robin Wall.


    It's an honor bestowed upon the best of the best - students who excel on and off the football field. It recognizes scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance and value to the team. It is the William E. Hume Award, which was presented Dec. 6 to Andrew Montgomery, fullback for Overton High School. Congratulations!


    HOSA students at McGavock High School have been working with the Youth Public Health Institute this semeseter. For their hard work, the McGavock HOSA Chapter will be awarded 500 from the institute. The check will be presented Wed., Dec. 8, at 11:15.


    Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, Overton High School's multi-award winning marching band made its third appearance in Waikiki's Holiday Parade. The parade serves as a fundraiser for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial on the island. Students also toured Pearl-Harbor, the island of Oahu and Dole's Pineapple Plantation. Overton


    Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., students at The Academy located at Hickory Hollow will participate in a Career Fair. At the fair, students will be exposed to a variety of careers, interact with professionals, learn resume-writing tips, hear guest speakers, learn how to dress for success, and practice interviewing and presenting. The Academy is a high school that targets at-risk students. It offers a more flexible schedule for students. This is The Academy's second year in operation. During the 2009-10 school year, while housed at Opry Mills, The Academy graduated 113 students and helped students recover more than 700 course credits! Since August 2010, the school has already helped more than 20 students complete high school requirements.


    The MNPS Career Exploration Fair, held in early November, keeps on giving. Not only did nearly 4,000 freshman have access to local business men and women, post-secondary opportunities, and educational opportunities, several are now also on the receiving end of special gifts donated by some of the events' partners. The winners are: Angela C., a student at Hunters Lane, won an iPod courtesy of Shoney's. Korteisha N. of Hunters Lane, Jennifer L. of Overton, Perrishea J. of McGavock, and Adam B. of Hillwoood received 30 Shoney's gift cards. Cornerstone Financial provided a four-pack of movie tickets to Austin B. of Glencliff, Daisy D. of Hillwood, Kamran B. of Overton, and Jackson M. of McGavock. Damir B. of Overton received an iPad courtesy of Building Trades. Veronica M., a freshman at Antioch High School, was the winner of a new laptop, courtesy of Bridgetsone!


    The MNPS Virtual Program is currently accepting enrollment for spring courses. But you may want to act quickly; the deadline to register is Dec. 15.The Virtual Program provides credit recovery and full content courses in a virtual setting. The program enables students totake classes in addition to the ones offered at their regular high school. Students must have a 2.5 GPA to enroll.To view a full list of courses offered, visit the MNPS Virtual Program website.


    McGavock High School will host a college fair, Tueday, Nov. 23, at 12:30 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than more than 10 colleges and universities. Students will also get the speak persons from vocational schools and military branches. Information and material about lottery scholarships will be available as well. Colleges and universities in attendance are:Austin Peay State UniversityUniversity of Tennessee at ChattanoogaHiwassee CollegeUniversity of MemphisVol State Community CollegeTennessee State UniversityLipscomb UniversityUniversity of Tennessee at KnoxvilleCumberland UniversityMiddle Tennessee State UniversityTennessee Tech UniversityDaymore InstituteFisk UniversityPaul MitchellAquinas College


    Veronica M., a freshman at Antioch High School, was the winner of a new laptop, courtesy of Bridgetsone! Veronica was one of nearly 4,000 students who attended the MNPS Career Exploration Fair in early November. She put her name in a drawing and came out the big winner!


    Director of Metro Schools Dr. Jesse Register and Mayor Karl Dean teamed up at MLK Magnet High School Friday, Nov. 19, to help “weed” outdated materials from the school’s library as part of the Limitless Libraries program. Limitless Libraries launched earlier this year as a partnership to make the full resources of the Nashville Public Library available to students in three of Nashville’s public high schools. Dean included funds in the 2010-2011 operating budget to expand the program to all high schools. The weeding of materials at MLK High is the first step before new materials are purchased to update the schools’ collection. Through Limitless Libraries, students can also access the Public Library’s collection of 1.5 million items through delivery to their school library, including books, audio books, DVDs, CDs. The Nashville Public Library now sends an average of 44 items to MNPS through delivery every day, and over 9,000 public high school students now have library cards.


    If you missed last Thursday's big meeting on the future of East Nashville neighborhood schools, you can read a full recap, including the Q&A session with Dr. Register and Board Chair Gracie Porter.It was a packed house at Dan Mills Elementary, with Stand for Children hosting the event and giving parents the opportunity to ask questions directly to the people in charge about how their schools are changing. With three schools converting to STEM magnets, the opening of a new charter school and East Literature's continued conversion into a Paideia school, there was a lot of ground to cover. Special thanks to the folks at Stand for Children, particularly Francie Hunt, who put these notes together. Click here to read the complete notes from the East Nashville neighborhood schools meeting.


    Mookie Betts, a current 12th grader at Overton High School, signed his official letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Tennessee for 2011-2012. Congratulations!

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