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Celebrating Arts in Our Schools Month at MNPS

Celebrating Arts in Our Schools Month at MNPS

On any given day, in any of our more than 160 schools, you can hear music playing, see students dancing, acting or creating art – all brilliant examples of vibrant arts education programs providing students an opportunity to tap into their creative power and find their voice.

Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) joins school districts across the country in recognizing the month of March as Music in Our Schools Month, Youth Art Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month and Dance in Our Schools Month! We know participation in the arts can transform the lives of students and positively impact their academic, social and emotional growth. This year, MNPS schools will host more than 200 arts events.

Parents and partners are encouraged to attend a MNPS arts event, take photos and share them online using the hashtag #ArtsMoveMNPS!

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This week’s #MNPSMVP is Steven Watkins – Pearl-Cohn High School

This week’s #MNPSMVP is Steven Watkins – Pearl-Cohn High School

Pearl-Cohn High School was one of two Metro high school basketball teams making an appearance at the 2019 Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state championship playoffs. Senior Steven Watkins, who towers over his opponents at 6’2, was a huge part of taking his team to the next level.

“We were excited about playing in the state tournament,” Watkins said. “It has been a challenging season for the team but we made it. I am proud to be a Firebird.”

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#MNPSVoices- Stephen Goheen, Office Secretary at H.G. Hill Middle School

#MNPSVoices- Stephen Goheen, Office Secretary at H.G. Hill Middle School

Stephen Goheen’s commitment to children began long before he started working at H.G. Hill Middle School as the front office secretary two years ago. As a foster parent for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service, he decided to seek a career within the school district because it was more conducive to a “kid-friendly” schedule.

“I needed a schedule that worked with my family so I could be an engaged parent,” Goheen said, adding he loves spending time with his kids. “By working here I get to spend time with my kids and impact a lot of other kids. Interacting with kids is my happy place.”

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This week’s #MNPSMVP is Aalysa Cameron – Margaret Allen Middle School

This week’s #MNPSMVP is Aalysa Cameron – Margaret Allen Middle School

Aalysa Cameron, a seventh grader at Margaret Allen Middle School, is a member of the Sports Club at her middle school. While participating in Sports Club, students have the opportunity to try-out and learn about various extra-curricular activities the school offers. After much consideration and some positive persuading from her coach, Cameron was drawn to track and field.  

“This is my first time participating in any sport at my school and I wanted to try something out of the norm for me. Track and field was it,” Cameron said.


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#MNPSVoices – Nancy (Diane) Bain – Eakin Elementary, Administrator of School Financial Payroll Records

#MNPSVoices – Nancy (Diane) Bain – Eakin Elementary, Administrator of School Financial Payroll Records

Whether a student, parent, or faculty member, walking into the Eakin Elementary School front office guarantees one thing – being greeted with a smile and maybe a big hug. from the Administrator of School Financial Payroll Records, Diane Bain.

That burst of friendliness comes from Nancy “Diane” Bain, a product of Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has been employed with the district for the past 31 years and currently serves as administrator of school financial payroll records at Eakin. After graduating from Cohn High School, she married her high school sweetheart and soon pursued a career as a certified nursing technician. But it wasn’t long before Bain had a change of heart relative to her career choice.

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#MNPSVoices: Charity McCracken, Haywood Elementary Kindergarten Teacher

#MNPSVoices: Charity McCracken, Haywood Elementary Kindergarten Teacher

Have you ever wondered what a kindergarten classroom in MNPS looks like? Ahead of this year’s kindergarten registration, we’re opening the doors into these bright, creative spaces of teaching and learning so you can see what our youngest learners see.

Charity McCracken is a kindergarten teacher at Haywood Elementary, where she has welcomed our youngest learners for three years.  She has an elementary education degree from Vanderbilt University, an English as a second language (ESL) certification and is currently getting a masters in curriculum and instruction. Her room is colorful, creative and inclusive — inviting her students to be the same in their learning.

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Students found 131 pounds of food waste. Here's what they're doing about it.

Students found 131 pounds of food waste. Here's what they're doing about it.

Have you ever studied what you’re throwing in the trash? You may not have, but kids around Metro Schools’ middle schools are doing just that – and for good reason.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost 95 percent of the food we throw away every day – from unwanted leftovers to spoiled produce – ends up in a landfill, where it isn’t exposed to oxygen and instead releases harmful methane gasses into the atmosphere. This wasted food, an estimated 63 million tons of food per year in the US, depletes precious resources like water and energy and harms wildlife habitat.

Through an initiative with Urban Green Lab and World Wildlife Fund’s Food Waste Warriors program, some resourceful middle school students are seeking to change that burden on our landfills and find a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to prevent and reduce that food waste. Considering one middle school counted just over 100 pounds of food waste after one single lunch day, our schools certainly have the opportunity to make a real impact. 

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This week’s #MNPSMVP: Kayla Dick , Hillsboro High School

This week’s #MNPSMVP: Kayla Dick , Hillsboro High School

Cheerleading is part of Kayla Dick’s DNA. Each kick, each move and every form, she learned from her mother who was a National Football League Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

“It is pretty awesome that my mother was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader,” Dick said. “I hope that I have made her proud by following in her cheerleading footsteps.”

Dick, now in her senior year, has participated in cheerleading since the age of four years old and even participated as a member of Tennessee State University’s Little Tigers cheer squad. She took what she learned and began cheering in middle school and now serves as captain for the Hillsboro High School Burros cheerleading team during football and basketball season. In this role, she ensures each member of the team is ready for the season conducting two- to three-hour practices and workouts. The team also attends Universal Cheer Association camps to enhance their techniques and competition performances.

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