Kay Martin has officially worked at Pennington Elementary for 13 years but most would say it has been much longer. Over the years, her children and grandchildren attended Pennington and, although unpaid, she was always willing to volunteer. And then opportunity came knocking.
“Finally, the previous principal of Pennington encouraged me to apply for a job,” Martin said. “She said- ‘since you’re here so much you might as well get paid!’”
Everyone strives to have their voice acknowledged and heard. That hardly happens even for adults; not to mention students. Melissa Gordon, a Restorative Practice Specialist with Metro Nashville Public Schools, is hoping to change that by heading to the “big screen” with a new documentary - “Words Caught in My Throat.”
Gordons’s film documentary centers on seventh and eighth grade African-American girls and the way society addresses student voice.
Metro Nashville Public Schools’ annual School Choice Festival once again proved successful with hundreds of students and families visiting with schools across the district Nov. 15 at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The event provided families an opportunity to explore every MNPS school option for the 2019-2020 school year as well as how to navigate the school choice process.
Every school from traditional to charter to specialty school hosted a booth and exhibited their school culture and pride with festive and creative decorations, vibrant school colors, student art and other work, unique performances and friendly mascots. Families were able to learn more about each schools’ offerings, sign-up for school tours and meet teachers and staff.
At Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), we believe our diversity makes us stronger – it tells a unique story, enriches the conversations in our classrooms and the connections in our schools and neighborhoods. Nashville is a diverse and vibrant community, and so are our public schools. The district proudly serves more than 14,000 active English learners who represent 130 different countries around the globe.
This year’s School Choice Festival on Thursday, Nov. 15, is a great time for EL students and their families to learn more about the world-class services offered in all of MNPS’ schools. Our Office of English Learners (EL) is a leading EL program in the United States. For the last two school years, our EL students narrowed the achievement gap in every tested subject.
Since coming to the United States at the age of six, Steve Alvarez has made a number of moves which have allowed him to interact with people from all walks of life broadening his perspective and experiences. A native of Guatemala, Alvarez was raised in Boston. He credits public education with helping him and his family acclimate into American culture, and setting him on the path to college.
It is the year of literacy across Metro Nashville Public Schools and Stephanie Ham, director of library services, is a key player in the efforts. This charge, however, is not a new one for Ham who has successfully advocated for literacy in the district for years.
The best way to get to know a neighborhood school – and see the good work happening in classrooms – is to take a tour and see first-hand the rigorous academic and hands-on experiences students have access to every day.
Beginning with the November administration of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), schools should administer the MAP with all appropriate test accommodations identified in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan, and ILP (Individual Learning Plan).