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Five Benefits of the Early College High School Program

Five Benefits of the Early College High School Program

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.

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MNPS Celebrates Wellness Week with 78 schools

MNPS Celebrates Wellness Week with 78 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!

 

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MNPS Celebrates Teachers of the Year

MNPS Celebrates Teachers of the Year

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.

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#MNPSVoices: Nathanael James, Exceptional Education Teacher at Stratton Elementary

#MNPSVoices: Nathanael James, Exceptional Education Teacher at Stratton Elementary

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.”

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Cora Howe Celebrates Graduating Seniors at First ‘Signing Day’ event

Cora Howe Celebrates Graduating Seniors at First ‘Signing Day’ event

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.”

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#MNPSVoices, Debbie Seagroves, Library Materials Clerk, Una Elementary School

#MNPSVoices, Debbie Seagroves, Library Materials Clerk, Una Elementary School

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.

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Dyer Observatory Inspires Bellevue Middle School 8th Graders to Reach for the Stars

Dyer Observatory Inspires Bellevue Middle School 8th Graders to Reach for the Stars

Many students are told that the sky is the limit and to reach for the stars, and recently, that is exactly what 8th-grade science students at Bellevue Middle did.

Through a partnership with the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, Dr. William Teets visited two of Mrs. Fitzgerald’s science classes had been studying the formation of the universe, focusing on our solar system. Dr. Teets has been with Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory as a staff astronomer since 2012. Prior to that, he worked at Dyer part-time during his graduate studies from 2006 to 2012.

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Whites Creek Unveils New Solar Farm

Whites Creek Unveils New Solar Farm

Whites Creek High School’s Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability and Logistics opened its new solar farm April 11, a student-led solar panel project which started in 2015. The project was made possible through grant awards from Ford Motor Company ($20,000) and Piedmont Gas ($10,000), and a donation of 40 solar panels by The Solar Foundation.

Through the support of business partner, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the implementation of the solar farm will power machinery in the school’s boiler room saving the district approximately $1,900 per year, according to James Carney, president of Southern Alliance.

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