Students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School reached a special milestone May 20 when the senior class officially became graduates of the historic school.
Among the hundreds of graduates included two Pearl-Cohn students who not only completed their requirements to earn a diploma as high school graduates but also gained the title of ‘first’ in their families.
Deondre Woodruff will be the first to ever graduate from high school in his family. And Tayonna Ewin, the first to go to college.
With the school year wrapping up, it is time for Nashville families to make their summer plans and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) wants to help. This year, MNPS is offering more than 60 summer camps and programs that aim to pique your student’s interest, enrich their learning and prepare them for the next school year. Families can go to www.mnps.org/summer-programs to find a camp by selecting your child’s grade.
Why do summer programs matter?
It is proven that students who stay engaged during the summer perform better than students who do not when they return to school. On average, students lose approximately one to two months of grade-level reading and math skills during summer vacation. MNPS is staying ahead of learning losses by creating summer environments that promote active student engagement and consistent improvement in academic achievement.
“My parents came to the United States to find a hopeful opportunity. They told me about the societies they grew up in and I always think about how fortunate [I am to live in] the country I live in. Ever since I was in seventh grade, I had an incentive to work hard to fulfill myself. I never thought I would be Salutatorian, because I am [a] first-generation American graduating from high school and going into college.” - Julie Martinez, a Metro Nashville Public Schools salutatorian from Nashville School of the Arts
This story rings true not just for Julie, but for many of the 14,000 active English learners (EL) in Metro Nashville Public Schools. On average, MNPS welcomes more than 1,000 EL students into our schools and classrooms every year. Our students come to us from more than 130 different countries. 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.
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.
Daniel Craig thought he had his career all figured out, but an encounter with an Metro Nashville Public Schools employee would redirect his plans and land him in a job devoted to serving special needs students for nearly 20 years.
Craig, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, never imagined that his career would include teaching special needs students.
Makeup credits this summer with our free summer credit recovery program.
Are you a few credits short of earning your high school diploma on time? Do you need to make up a credit for a class you failed? You can catch up this summer – FOR FREE – with credit recovery at 12 MNPS high schools and earn the academic credit you need for graduation. Only students enrolled in an MNPS high school or charter high school in Spring 2019 are eligible to apply.
In just a few days, our schools will host graduation ceremonies for hundreds of new alumni. This is a momentous, life-changing achievement for students and their families. To ensure graduation day is the joyous celebration all students and their families deserve, we want to share some general tips for those who will be attending. Schools will provide school-specific rules and instructions to their families.
Cortlyn Garner promised herself that eighth grade would be the one she participated in more extracurricular activities at Antioch Middle School. As soon as Garner committed to her decision, a friend invited her to tryout for cheerleading. It was one of the best decisions she made.
“I am so glad that I made the cheerleading squad,” Garner said. “I have made new friends. I have become more outgoing and enhanced my leadership skills as a person and a student. I look forward to possibly joining the cheerleading team in high school.”