Mayson Harris sums up all four years of his high school experience with the wise words of “Don’t cry because it’s gone – smile because it happened.” The soon-to-be graduate of Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School said he is a bit nervous about his big day, but excited to begin the next chapter of his education.
“When I began applying for colleges and universities to attend, I always knew that a Historically Black College or University would be at the top of my list,” Harris said. “I am thrilled that I will be close to home continuing my family legacy at Tennessee State University.”
Harris will be the 50th member of his family to attend the university and he will be a member of the football team just like his grandfather.
It’s not too late for current eighth and ninth grade students to apply for the Early College High School Program!
By taking advantage of this opportunity, students may graduate with a high school diploma and college associate degree and be ready to fast track their college plans and/or begin building a career. The Early College High School Program is a relatively new program for Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Wellness Week is a district-wide initiative created by the School Health Department at Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) that challenges all schools, students, staff and families to remember that their health is important. 256 teachers, 78 schools and 17 community partners participated!
Metro Nashville Public Schools hosted its annual Teacher of the Year Ceremony, a special event that signifies the close of another successful school year and honors those teachers who went above and beyond to make a successful year possible. The event was held April 30 at Lipscomb University.
Dr. Adrienne Battle, interim director of schools, and Dr. Sharon Gentry, chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education, opened the event with a message of gratitude to teachers, families and administrators. Vicki Yates, anchor at NewsChannel 5, hosted the event for the 13th year.
Music moves people and Nathanael James taps into the power of lyrics to make a difference in the education of his student. His secret weapon: mentorship through rap music.
“Becoming a teacher almost felt like an accident, but it was definitely meant to be,” James said, who holds a bachelor’s degree in theology. “Although my mom and sister are teachers, I never wanted to be one. I intentionally moved to Nashville to do gospel music and rap.”
Cora Howe School hosted its first-ever Signing Day event for high school seniors. This special event was much like those at traditional high schools, however, with the exceptional needs focus of Cora Howe students, the emphasis was placed on students ‘signing’ with business and community partners offering seniors employment, college or training opportunities after graduation.
“The idea of this event is still very much a work in progress but what our students do when they leave our school is very important,” said K.C Winfrey, principal of Cora Howe, adding that 100 percent of the seniors have postsecondary plans. “We strive to ensure students will achieve lifelong success and we have been working hard to create opportunities for our kids when they leave Cora Howe.”
Debbie Seagroves is the library materials clerk at Una Elementary School and has served Metro Nashville Public Schools for 11 years. Much like many other MNPS employees, Seagroves started her career in the district as a substitute.
“I had been a substitute for about three years in a lot of different schools and while substituting at Una, I heard about this job opening and I knew that it was for me,” she said.