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Winter Festival of the Creative Arts

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

904 26th Avenue, North, Nashville 37208

December 4, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Winter Festival of the Creative Arts will feature performances from students in band, chorus, and dance classes, as well as a gallery of artwork from the school’s Digital Design classes. Students are working every aspect of this event, including the marketing and promotion. Read the student-written press release for the Festival.

This is the culminating event of an interdisciplinary project-based learning unit focused on examining how the Pearl-Cohn community demonstrates individualism and aesthetic appreciation through the creative arts. Pearl-Cohn is currently serving as a district project-based learning demonstration school for its excellence in creating and implementing interdisciplinary units of study that revolve around a specific, hands-on learning project.


It’s great for learning and even relaxing! Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood High School just finished installing a waterfall with the help of the Nashville Zoo and MNPS Maintenance. Their plans are to use the waterfall for reference and research as they work through related topics in their chemistry, physics, math and engineering classes, in addition to the beautification is gives the campus!

The project began in September when the class sat down with Terry Wakefield, designer of the water features at the Nashville Zoo, and started drawing plans for the water feature. Once the design was complete, the MNPS Maintenance Department trained the students in the installation of the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter System to insure the electrical safety of the waterfall.

The water starts flowing Friday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m., in a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

 the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood High School Waterfall 2012 the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood High School Waterfall 2012 2 


They were dressed to the nines in the Academy of Nashville blazers, eagerly waiting at the door to greet their distinguished guests, and unbelievably well versed in sharing what it is they do at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. “They” were the dozen or so of student ambassadors for Pearl-Cohn who served as tour guides during a special VIP tour organized by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the Academy tours, guests heard a detailed message from Associate Superintendent of High Schools Jay Steele about the goals for Nashville High Schools. They also heard some exciting new programs from Principal Sonia Stewart including a Grammy grant, a partnership with a nationally syndicated television station and a new student-run record label affiliated with Warner Music Nashville. Tons of great photos below. Check them out!


The Academies of Nashville are all about connecting students to college and career, and Antioch TTCU Career Conference 2012that’s just what the Tennessee Credit Union of Academy of Business and Finance at Antioch High did earlier this week!

Seniors in The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance were invited to a college and career conference, hosted by The Tennessee Credit Union, Deloitte, Junior Achievement and Trevecca Nazarene University. These four organizations have lent tremendous support to the academy since its inception in 2010. They regularly offer support via teacher externships, student internships, job shadowing, speakers in the classroom, and assistance with class projects that mirror real-life working situations.  

The conference, held at Trevecca, gave students an opportunity to attend four sessions on business-related topics. They also toured Trevecca’s campus and heard from keynote speaker Dr. Jonathan Burch, associate professor of management at Trevecca. 


Educators and city leaders from cities across the U.S., England, China, Guam and Stratford NCAC Tour 2012American Samoa are in Music City to learn about career academies and explore the Academies of Nashville during the 2012 National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Conference. During the three-day conference, guests will learn everything from what academies are to effective strategies to build and maintain strong academy business partners. The morning of Nov. 9, guests were able to tour one of nine Metro high schools that have fully implemented the academy model:  Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hillwood, McGavock, Overton, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford (pictured right). Students and staff showcased the Academies, offered interactive presentations that illustrated the academy model of teaching and learning, and answered questions of the programs.

Also during the conference:

McGavock and Hillwood high schools will be recognized with National Standards of Practice Career Academy Award of Distinction for receiving model status during their respective reviews.

Paula Barkley, academy coach at McGavock High School, will receive the Exemplary Academy Educator Award.    

CMT will be recognized for its outstanding contribution to The CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communications at McGavock. CMT will receive the Henk Koning Exemplary Partnership Award.


The Academy of Public Service students at Whites Creek High and the Law Academy students at Cane Ridge High got a lesson from the top this week! The students had the privilege of hearing from Judge Alberto Gonzales, the former highest ranking law enforcement official in the U.S.

Judge Gonzales, the 80th Attorney General of the United States and the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General, now practices law at Waller in Nashville. He also teaches and holds the position of Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law at the Belmont University College of Law. He spoke to the students about law and public service and possible careers in those fields.

Judge Gonzalez Whites Creek and Cane Ridge 2012

Dr. Jesse Register, Judge Alberto Gonzales, former Attorney General of the U.S., Dr. James Bailey III, Executive Principal of Whites Creek High School, Dr. Michelle Wilcox, Lead Principal, and Bill Warren, education consultant


Photo courtesy of Rick Malkin



A call to artists is being issued for an Antioch High School art exhibition being Academies of Antioch logodeveloped as a project of Academies initiative of the Metro Nashville Public Schools.   The exhibition, entitled Frist Antioch Community Exhibition (F.A.C.E), invites artists of all ages, in all genres, from all areas of the city, to explore the theme IDENTITY from personal visual perspectives.  The exhibition will open at Antioch High School Jan. 31, 2013.


Engineering students in Stratford STEM Magnet High School’s Academy of Science and Engineering participated in the Engineers Day competitions on Thursday, Oct. 25.  The group of 10 teams took a special field trip to Knoxville and held their own in the state competition that consisted of more than 100 teams. Of the 10 Stratford teams, two placed in the top 10!

Congratulations to:
8th Place – Joshua H., Micah H.

10th Place – Austin F., Benton M., Blake S., Ohaige W.

21st Place – Christian M., Andre J., Casey S.

25th Place – Tristen F., Jonathan S., Karalyn C., Hallie C.

45th Place – Melanie H., Michael I., Quang N., Joseph U.

Also during the Engineers Day competions, Stratford aspiring engineers Logan A. and Dustin P. received honorable mentions for their performance in the Balsa Wood Bridge Competition. The contestants were asked to construct two bridges that could hold the greatest amount of sand.  Logan’s bridge was able to hold a mass of 11.2 kilograms before failing while Dustin’s bridge held 25 kilograms before failure.


Nicholas W. represented Hillwood H.S. Culinary Arts at the annual SFT Awareness Chili Cookoff that took place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Crieve Hall Church of Christ.  Nick took 1st place in the spicy category. Congratulations Nick!

Hillwood Chili Cookoff Winner



Roughly 5,000 MNPS freshmen took a break from the books to attend the fourth annual Career Exploration Fair. The event, sponsored by Shoneys, showcased hundreds of careers in the business and non-profit sectors as well as higher education opportunities. Students were responsible for visiting multiple booth and interviewing representatives. They also had a chance to get their hands on actual projects and interactive learning displays


Cane Ridge High School is earning national recognition for its excellence in construction education and research. The school's Academy of Architecture and Engineering was just recognized as an accredited institution by NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research). This accreditation is good for three years.

Cane Ridge teacher Harold Cunningham and Thomas Reed, Associated General Contractors (ACE) of TN, Middle TN Branch, led the charge on making this accreditation possible. ACE is an Academy partner and has devoted a tremendous amount of time and resources to Cane Ridge.

NCCER offers numerous certifications for construction related trades that are sought and recognized nationally.  These are almost always achieved by people entering these fields following high school and/or college. Cane Ridge uses the NCCER curriculum in its construction related classes. With this accreditation, the school can now offer certifications to its Academy students while they are still in high school.


Our students' voices will be heard loud and clear... on TV, in movie theaters, in the newspaper, wrapped around city buses and more.

They'll tell the whole city how the Academies of Nashville have impacted them and share their success stories. The ads are designed to encourage students and families to explore their high school options and find the right path for them.

It's an amazing outreach effort, fully paid for and produced by the Ford Motor Company Fund and other amazing Academy partners:

  • The James Stephen Turner Family Foundation

  • The Memorial Foundation

  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

  • HCA

  • IBM

  • Bridgestone Firestone

  • Belmont University

  • CMT

  • Caterpillar Financial Services

  • Trevecca Nazarene University

  • The Southwestern Company

  • Rogers Group, Inc.

  • ESA

  • ACE Mentor Program of Greater Nashville, Inc.

  • Hiscall, Inc.

  • LP Corp.

  • Permanent General

We want to give a HUGE thanks to these partners for their generous donations of time and money. Because of them, we'll see these ads all over town!


Cane Ridge High School and PENCIL Foundation have teamed up to pilot a new College and Career Mentoring program. Freshmen students are paired with mentors who share college and career guidance. The goal is to help students stay on track to graduate and being making plans for what happens after they receive their high school diplomas. Read more here.


The Academies of Nashville have named, and trained, the newest class of student Ambassadors. Dozens of high school students from the districts 12 zoned high schools attended a special Customer Care and Ambassador Training program at Martin Professional Development Center. The students will now serve as a voice for their Academy and their high school at various events throughout the community, and they will give guided school tours.


 AofN Ambassadors 2012 - pictures of a training session for the new class of Academies of Nashville Ambassadors  AofN Ambassadors 2012 - pictures of a training session for the new class of Academies of Nashville Ambassadors



Explore your school options for the 2013-14 school year at the inaugural First Choice Festival. Families will be able to visit with representatives from the districts 153 schools, explore programs offered in our district, and learn how to apply.

The First Choice Festival will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., at McGavock High School. The event is sponsored by WSMV-Channel 4 News, NES, The Memorial Foundation, Vanderbilt University, Comcast, Metro Water Services, Ingram, Tractor Supply Company, Gaylord Entertainment, Kroger, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, AT&T, and RGAnderson.

Click here for more.

1stChoicePicture - a graphic promoting the 2012 First Choice Festival


Chaney Mosley brings diverse background to academies

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools has chosen Dr. Chaney Mosley as director of the Academies of Nashville, the college and career prep program in the district’s 12 zoned high schools. Mosley will succeed Starr Herrman, who retired this year.

The Academies of Nashville provide students with small learning communities, each centered on an academic theme, while providing students all the credits required for college admission. Since the Academies launched, the district’s graduation rate, student engagement and school climate have improved. Seven Academies have earned national accreditation, including five that earned the highest designation as “model” academies. Hillwood High School is Nashville’s first high school to receive the model designation for all its academies.

Mosley has more than 10 years of education expertise under his belt. He began his educational career as an agricultural teacher for schools in Tennessee and Georgia, including Hendersonville, Cascade and Temple High Schools. He transitioned into higher education and worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Virginia Tech University. In 2011, Mosley joined the Tennessee Department of Education where he served as a career and technical education consultant for a year before assuming his current position.

During his time as a teacher and a graduate assistant, Mosley served in the United States Army Reserves 4203 USAH (United States Army Hospital) and served two tours of duty in Iraq. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Mosley has both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. He earned the specialist in education distinction from the University of West Georgia and a doctorate in education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Four of the district's IB experts traveled to the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Conference not just to learn, but to teach others.

Dr. Terry Shrader, principal at Hillsboro High School; Emily Munn, IB Coach; Stephanie Knight, IB Coordinator at Hillsboro; and Dr. Sharon Chaney, the MNPS Director of Advanced Academics, gave a presentation detailing how the district was able to seamlessly integrate the International Baccalaureate program with the Academies of Nashville model that has transformed our high schools in the district.

Hillsboro has the
Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which has a 100% graduation rate and 97% post-secondary enrollment rate.

We are so proud to have these four represent the district and this program at an international conference!


Lakeview Elementary Junior Docents at the Hermitage


Students in the Teaching as a Profession course offered through the Academy of Teaching and Service at Antioch High School gained valuable “real world” teaching experiences during the 2011-2012 school year. In partnership with The Hermitage, these students created lesson plans related to Andrew Jackson and the Jacksonian era. The students taught various lessons to Mr. Ben Oldham’s fourth grade class at Lakeview Elementary Design Center over the course of several weeks. As a culminating event to celebrate their hard work and achievement, the fourth graders were able to use what they had learn and perform as junior docents at The Hermitage on May 14, 2012.

Teaching as a Profession is a dual credit course (meaning it can be taken for college credit) designed to capture the interest of secondary students as potential teachers, introduce students to teaching as a profession, and foster respect for the teaching profession. Students gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to establish a foundation for a successful pathway to a teaching career. The course at Antioch High School is taught by Patricia A. Deas and is also offered at Whites Creek High School.



Congratulations to students at McGavock High School, Nashville School of the Arts and Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School for winning four Student Emmys! The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), best known for the internationally recognized Emmy Award, held the 10th Annual Mid-south Student Television Award for Excellence student competition on Friday, April 20.

McGavock Academies was the winning clip in the area of Long Form - Non-Fiction for outstanding achievement in a long-form treatment of a single subject. Concept, content and execution were important elements in judging the entries. Judges also looked for well-organized material, clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

McGavock Student Winners:

  • Gara Gaines

  • Heather Satterfield

  • Barrett Depies

  • Courtney Dwyer

  • Kathy Taylor

Teacher & Advisor:

  • Barclay Randall

Cooking with Pauletta was the winning script in the area of Writing for outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non-fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both counted heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.

McGavock Student Winners:

  • Gregory

  • Britanny Piercey

  • Ryan Alexander

Teachers & Advisors:

  • Barclay Randall

  • Rick Foster

Mayflower was the winning clip in the area of Long Form - Fiction for outstanding achievement in a long-form treatment of a single subject. Concept, content and execution were important elements in judging the entries. Judges also looked for well-organized material, clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

Nashville School of the Arts Student Winners:

  • Keaton Landis

  • Wil Stiller

Teacher & Advisor:

  • John Newsom

Pearl-Cohn Football Pre-Show and Basketball was the winning clip in the area of Sports (Broadcasting) for outstanding achievement in a regularly scheduled or special presentation of sports events, sports news or information. Judges particularly looked for well-organized material while paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High Student Winners:

  • Gerald Harris

  • Jay Smith

  • Jeremy Ward

  • Lamonteze Pannell

  • LaQuntay Reid

  • Deonte J.

Teacher & Advisor:

  • Todd Young

Founded in 1957, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), best known for the internationally recognized Emmy Award, is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of television at all levels. NATAS strives to raise industry standards, encourages those new to the profession, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on industry problems and concerns.


From an MTSU press release:

Alex Gibson, a junior in MTSU’s Electronic Media Communications, hopes to someday produce the halftime show at the Super Bowl.

Last Saturday he undertook a project that some media professionals might think is just as daunting—he was in charge of an a hour-long awards program completely produced, directed, and performed by high school and college students.


“This has been a lot of work, but it is an invaluable learning experience that closely resembles the work I hope to do when I graduate,” Gibson said. “We have assembled a great group of talented individuals and I believe it will be a fun entertaining event.”


The event celebrated the best video projects that students from Metro Nashville Public Schools have to offer at the Academies of Nashville Video Awards show. The videos are a result of a district-wide competition created to tell the stories of the new Academies of Nashville offerings within the 12 Metro Nashville high schools.

The awards show was graciously hosted by the Belcourt Theatre.

Gerald Harris, a junior at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, was excited to be one of the eight student hosts for the event.

“I am extremely excited to work with the students at MTSU on a project of this scale,” Harris said before the show. “It will be a great experience and hopefully will get me one step closer to my dream job, behind the anchor desk at WSMV-TV.”

Harris added that taking classes in TV production at Pearl-Cohn prepared him.

Gibson and Harris are just two of more than 40 students from Metro Schools and MTSU who worked during the hour-long production. It is also airing at various times on
Nashville’s NECAT (Comcast Channel 10).

“This awards show gives our students a hands-on learning experience, a platform to share how their Academy of Nashville experiences are preparing them for college and careers—and a chance to knock the socks off the audience,” said Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Schools. “Our students are talented!”

The unique partnership between Metro Schools and MTSU began last fall when the University agreed to be the title sponsor of the show.

“We are pleased to partner with Metro Schools because we see the great things happening in their schools and the caliber of students they are sending to college,” said Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, president of MTSU. “What makes this project so perfect, is that it unites their talented students with our exceptional students from the department of Electronic Media Communication.”

Winning student teams received Academy “statuettes” for their video entries in 14 categories, including a Best in Show. All video productions were completely produced by district students, with several of the teams being mentored by MTSU College of Mass Communication students.

Though the awards show was produced completely by students, two adult mentors played a major role in the production.

Chelsea Parker, program manager Small Learning Communities for Metro Schools, and Bob Gordon, assistant professor in MTSU’s Electronic Media Communication, were both driving forces to make sure this partnership project got off the ground. William ‘Billy’ Pittard, chair of the EMC department at MTSU, was also instrumental in providing the resources for the production of the event including the use of MTSU’s $1.2 million state-of–the-art production truck.


Few groups know modern communications better than major television networks, and that's exactly who will help bring McGavock High School students into that career field.

CMT is donating money, resources, and time to help educate students at McGavock. Today they helped cut the ribbon for the CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication.

The ribbon cutting brought together a huge group who all helped make the moment possible: Mayor Karl Dean, School Board Representative Anna Shepherd, Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, Principal Robbin Wall, CMT Senior Vice-President Suzanne Norman, and many more - not to mention the very happy McGavock students.

Check out the slideshow of photos below, and learn more about the McGavock's Academies on
the school website.

Read the full press release.



Muna M., a junior in the Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies at Stratford STEM Magnet High Schools, has been selected to participate in the 2012 Bank of America Student Leaders program this summer! She will spend eight weeks alongside some of the nation’s brightest young men and women, learning leadership skills and serving as a paid intern with national charity. Muna will also participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., during which she will gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. All expenses of this trip are paid for by the Student Leaders Program. Muna is one of 225 student leaders nationwide selected for this outstanding opportunity. Congratulations!


Academies of Nashville Student Video Awards 2012 Logo RevisedMNPS is hosting the inaugural Academies of Nashville Student Video Awards show Saturday, April 21, at the Belcourt Theatre. Students in various Academies throughout the district submitted videos that explain what their academy’s focus is and what makes it special.  Now through April 18, Nashvillians can vote for their favorite video here. The videos that score highest in a variety of categories will be recognized at the event. 

Middle Tennessee State University is helping host the Video Awards Show and four current MTSU students will assist four current Academies of Nashville students with official hosting duties.


Freshman at Overton High School pledged their commitment to graduate this spring. In a special C2G (Commitment to Graduate) ceremony, the students signed a huge banner promising they will stay in school and help their peers stay in school. Throughout the year, the Class of 2015 have devoted time to writing down goals that will help them stay on track and identifying at least three people who can help support them on their journey.


Hillwood High School was the latest added to the list of stops for the Greater Nashville Association ofGNAR Hillwood 2012 - a group of realtors tour the school Realtors' (GNAR). The group has toured several high schools this year, checking out the Academies of Nashville and hearing from students what's great about their schools.

This morning, a group of about 40 realtors visited the west Nashville high school and toured the school's three academies: Academy of Art, Design & Communication, Academy of Business & Hospitality, and Academy of Health Sciences. The realtors also got a glimpse of Hillwood's Academic Scholars program and heard directly from the students why they love their school.


Stratford STEM Hub Announcement 2012 - Governor Haslam talking with Stratford studentsMetro Nashville Public Schools has been named a leader in the state-wide effort to prepare our young people for STEM-related careers, one of the fastest growing business sectors in the world. Demonstrating the new leadership role, Stratford STEM Magnet High School hosted Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman as they announced three new Tennessee schools focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in Hamilton, Putnam and Sullivan counties.

The district was previously awarded $850,000 by the Tennessee Department of Education to develop and implement a Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. The Hub will support student learning through engaging and rigorous STEM instruction, engage adults in a professional learning community; and create a network of community partners who will help develop or accelerate innovative strategies for regional STEM initiatives.

Check out the full release below.



Antioch High School students enrolled in the Academy of Teaching and Service participated in district-level Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitions March 6, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Collectively, the Antioch team did an amazing job and represented their school well. Many were awarded 1st and 2nd place in various competitions and will advance to the state competitions at Opryland Hotel in April. They are:

  • Jerica J. - 1st Place, Teach and Train

  • Madonna B. - 1st Place, Leadership

  • Mariama D. - 1st Place, Job Interview

  • Eboni C. and Evelyn C. - 1st Place, Environmental Ambassador

  • Natasha G. and Jazmine R. - 1st Place, Advocacy

  • Brandi Coates - 2nd Place, Nutrition and Wellness

  • Danielle Palmer - 2nd Place, Promote and Publicize FCCLA

  • Chelsea Dancy- 3rd Place, Illustrated Talk

  • Patrice M., Imani B, and Anyika H. - 3rd Place, Life Event Planning

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the co-curricular career and technical education student organization, provides students with opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and school/community involvement. Patricia Deas and Tiffiney Anderson advise the Antioch chapter.

Antioch FCCLA 2012 - a picture of the students who placed and will advance to state


Students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School will be able to perform in PCHS Steinway Grand Piano 2012 - Brandon Herrenbruck delivers nine-foot grand piano to the schoolconcert style. Tuesday, March 7, a beautiful Steinway nine-foot grand piano was donated and hand-delivered to Pearl-Cohn by Steinway and Sons by Brandon Herrenbruck, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Herrenbruck returned to the school March 8 to hear the piano being played at the announcement of a new student-run record label. He was so impressed, he and his father-in-law, Bill Metcalfe, President of Steinway and Sons, visited the school again on March 9, to tour the entertainment high school. The pair are now part of Pearl-Cohn’s Circle of Friends!


Several Metro high schools have active HOSA chapters, and students have been busy this spring showing off their skills.

Twenty-four students from Glencliff High competed in the Middle Tennessee Regional competition. Of these, 11 advanced to the state competition: Lisa B., Lina B., Kimberly B., Isatu B., Saloni P., Soly N., Daniel M., Paulina V., Nancy L., Mario V., and Jose B.

Hillwood had a long list of students who placed at regionals: Tuyet L. - 2nd Dental Spelling; Jonathan D., - 2nd Place- Biotechnology; Musie Y., Ahbid Z., Kasey Mircea, and Jeriel J. - 2nd Place Biomedical Debate; Karla A. and Monica M. - 3rd Place Community Emergency Response Team; Stephanie A. and Joanna M. - 3rd Place Community Awareness; Shelby J. - 5th Place Concepts of Healthcare; Matthew T. and Courtney H. - 4th Place CPR and First Aid; Trinh L. - 2nd Place Dental Terminology; Bansri P. - 3rd Place Epidemiology; Christiana C. - 3rd Place Home Health Aide; Cong N. - 4th Place Human Growth and Development; David S. - 5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking; Glenda R., Katherina Z., Chau M. and Cody W. - 4th Place-= Creative Problem Solving; Jelena R. - 4th Place Job Seeking Skills; Nguyen L. - 3rd Place Healthcare Issues; James H. - 4th Place Life support skills; Hang N. - 3rd Place Medical Math; Chloe P., Lillie O., and Anna F.- 2nd place Medical Reading; Zahraa A. - 2nd Place Medical Terminology; Amber C. - 4th Place Nurse Assisting; Kristen H. - 4th Place Nutrition; Miriam H. - 1st Place Personal Care; Ariel C. - 5th Place Physical Therapy; and Luisa R., Miquel O., Brenda H., Cristie C., Maria O., and Bianca T. - 5th Place PSA

At Hunters Lane, 11 students competed in the regional competition. Of those, three advanced to the State Competition: Brian T., Alexandria C., and Makiya M.

McGavock High had three students participate in regionals, two of whom advanced to state. Delaney W., who won first in the regional Sports Medicine competition, and Jane S., who placed third in Medical Terminology, will now compete with others around the state.

Overton High took 10 students to regionals, four of whom will now advance to state. And Whites Creek High took 36 students to regionals, a whopping 31 of who advanced to state! The Whites Creek students headed to the next round include: Doresha B., Kennetha B., Johnny B., Jasmine B., Melba B., Kaitlyn C., Rodkia E., Mikeisha E., Morgan E.,  T.J. F., LaMondria G., Charmika H., Harvea H., Monique H., Micheal H., Marche J., Lakasha L, Devin M., Cresa M., Willie P., Prisha P., Jada P., Marcusia R., Breayant R., Gwendolyn S, Raven S., Ashley W.,  Arriona W,  Sabria W., Hailie W., and Valesia W.

Congrats to all and good luck at the State Competition this April.


Mayor Karl DeanStudents at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School will make history next fall! The school will open a first-of-its-kind student-run record label in partnership with Warner Music Nashville.

The record label will operate identically to a real music label by signing, recording and promoting student artists from across the district. MNPS students will have to audition to get on the record label. A variety of music genres will be included. The label will be managed through a strategic alliance with Warner Music Nashville. A Pearl-Cohn student will be named to head the record label each year.

The announcement was first major announcement out of the new Music Makes Us initiative, a city-wide effort to revamp music education in Nashville public schools. New classes in composition, rock band, and hip-hop performance will be added to schools throughout the district, while traditional curriculum in band, orchestra, and choir will be enhanced.

Pearl-Cohn was transformed into an entertainment magnet high school prior to the current school year. Students get real-life experience and training in the behind-the-scenes aspects of the music and entertainment industry.


Dozens of Metro Schools’ teachers, leaders, community partners and academies are in the running for awards at the second annual Academies of Nashville Awards ceremony.

The ceremony seeks to recognize success in the transformation of Metro High Schools and the implementation of smaller learning communities.

Critical to the success of the Academy model is strong support from area businesses, colleges and non-profits. To date, MNPS high schools have more than 160 entities committed to partnering with The Academies.

The nominees were named by a leadership committee composed of MNPS administrators and leaders from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and PENCIL Foundation. Hundreds of educators and business partners will vote for their favorites over the course of the next month. Voting will being managed by Deloitte.

The invitation-only event will be held May 14. Hosted by the Chamber, this year’s ceremony is sponsored by Altria and Deloitte.

All nominees are listed below. Good luck to everyone!


Brenda Dann-Messier was in Nashville to see first hand how Hillwood High School exemplifies the important of career academies and their place in advancing American Education.

Dann-Messier is the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. She toured Hillwood's Academy of Health Science with students, Dr. Jesse Register, and Associate Superintendent of High Schools Jay Steele.

After the tour, she moderated a panel discussion on the importance of career academies in offering students academically rigorous curricula. She also hosted a roundtable with students and parents.

Brenda Dann-Messier at Hillwood

VIEW Photos from the Assistant Secretary's Visit to Hillwood


Stratford STEM Magnet High School has had quite a few "firsts" this year, and its adding yet another! This spring, the new STEM Magnet high school is hosting the inaugural STEM competition for high schools throughout the district. Check out the details below.


Antioch’s Academy of Technology and Communication students recently had the chance to see what they’ve been studying in action. A group of select students recently traveled to Smyrna to meet with Nissan representatives and to see their respective class curriculum actually being performed in the real world.  Their opportunities included meeting Nissan employees on and off the assembly line, a question and answer period with employees, and an informative tour of the plant.

Here’s what the students had to say:

"I think the Nissan Plant experience was awesome!  I wish we could do it all over again.  I really liked how Antioch students tour Nissan 2012Nissan uses robots and seeing the robots work was cool.  Watching the cars being made from scratch was a neat experience.  I believe that is something I would want to do in the future".  Ralph S., junior

"My experience to the Nissan Plant in Smyrna can be summed up in one word: exhilarating.  It was cool seeing all the cars coming from the raw material stage to being a complete car.  Seeing all the robots was awesome, too, especially the larger than life robots working.  I would like to thank Mr. Muhlstadt, Nissan, and Antioch High School for giving me a truly learning experience."  Trey H., senior

"Touring the Nissan plant was an awesome experience, even though we couldn’t see the test track which I know everyone wanted to see.  We literally saw the assembly line, the workers actually working on the cars, instead of just putting on a little play for us.  Since being in this class I’ve wanted to have my career in the automotive business.  I don’t want to work on the assembly line, but I want to work with the car itself and all the parts of it.  Going to the Nissan plant made me want an automotive job even more."  Christian M., senior

"I enjoyed the Nissan tour very much.  One of my favorite parts was watching the robots piece together the cars and weld the pieces together.  Sparks were flying right over our heads while we were on the tram.  Another cool part was being able to see the giant metal press in action.  I only wish I could work there someday.  It would be amazing."  Joseph W., senior


Katerine H., a student in the Academy of Hospitality and Marketing at Glencliff High School, made quite a name for herself in the recently held Jefferson Scholarship competition. From an initial pool of more than 20 applicants, Katy is one of just seven who earned a second interview with the Middle Tennessee Selection Committee.  Her second interview took place Saturday, Jan. 28. 

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia awards roughly 30 full merit-based scholarships to students throughout the country and abroad. Nominees are selected because they epitomize the qualities of citizenship, scholarship, and leadership - these envisioned by Thomas Jefferson, founder of  the University, when he considered the makeup of the ideal student at Virginia.    

According to administrators at Glencliff, this is a remarkable achievement and a rigorous process.  Through it Katy has conducted herself with grace, confidence and poise, in a manner befitting her family, her community, her classmates and her teachers. She is deserving of this honor, and her Glencliff family could not be more proud. Congratulations!


A Whites Creek High School Public Service Academy student is working to make the community cleaner and healthier. Now his work has landed him a spotlight in Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies newsletter. To read more about the senior's efforts to recruit students to his cause and start a Sierra Club, click here.


Hillsboro High School is hosting an open house for all rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders (and their parents) interested in learning more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The school's Academy of IBDP is an elite college preparatory program. Check out the flyer for details.

Hillsboro Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Open House

Monday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

Hillsboro Library


Two dozens students in The Academy of Business and Hospitality at Hillwood High School recently participated in a field trip and job shadow experience at the Tennessee State Capitol. Students were paired with a state representative for the morning to see how various parts of the legislative system operate. Several elected officials and employees from AT&T also spoke to the students about how government and businesses interact, including Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, and Greg Morton, President of AT&T-Tennessee.  

HIllwood High Capital Hill 2012 - students in the academy of business and hospitality job shadow at Capital HillHIllwood High Capital Hill 2012 - students in the academy of business and hospitality job shadow at Capital Hill


McGavock High School’s Academy of Digital Design and Communications will hold its Second Annual DDC Awards Show on Friday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m., in the school’s auditorium. The show is based on academy sponsor CMT’s CMT Music Awards, which are voted on by the public. Students had their talent recorded on video at Rocketown, another academy sponsor, and then it was uploaded to a private Facebook page where students in the academy voted. The results will be released at the awards show where students will host, emcee, and produce the event, which will include a red-carpet gala.


The Metro Beautification and Environment Commission (MBEC) recently honored student members of the Whites Creek High School Academy of Public Service Program for their efforts to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship.

MBEC and Whites Creek High School planted an American Baldcypress tree in honor of Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who initiated a nationwide program to plant trees in her native Kenya. Last month, Whites Creek students and other members of Sierra SCENE (Student Coalition Empowering Nashville Environmentalists) participated in a sustainability fair that also featured the Nashville screening of a documentary film honoring Maathai’s legacy. MBEC gave away Baldcypress tree seedlings at the screening and announced plans to plant a tree in Nashville to honor Maathai.

The students have also been awarded numerous honors from the Sierra Club of Middle Tennessee for their science and environmental research.


Maplewood High School and its Academy of Business and Consumer service have inked a deal with Fifth Third Bank. The financial company will serve as an official partner of the Academy, while continuing to provide services and assistance to all Maplewood students and the school's community members. Major goals of the partnership is to provide cutting-edge strategies and training opportunities for Academy students, as well as  job-shadowing opportunities with various bank representatives and departments. Also is the works is a college savings program for all freshmen. School administrators hope to help every freshmen open a college savings account by the end of their freshman year.


McGavock Photo Winner 2012

Lacie Pendley, a Digital Design student at McGavock High School, won an award for a photo she submitted to SkillsUSA. It was a competition showing what students are doing in local CTE programs. She received a cash prize and her photo is featured in the Winter Issue of “SkillsUSA  Champions”.


Students in the Academies of Nashville, smaller learning communities within Metro's 12 zoned high schools, will be showing off their skills this semester! Students, staff and business partners will host Showcase Nights, one at each high school, for interested students, parents and community members. Guests will learn what academies are offered at each high school, how to enroll, and the benefits of learning in an academy. These events come as the district prepares for Spring Application period, March 1 - 31, during which time families can apply to attend schools with open seats.


Essay contest winners with Shoney's executives
Hannibal Myers, chief development officer of Shoney's; Oskar Groitzsch; Magdalene Kennedy; Angel Puryear; and Catherine Hite, general counsel of Shoney's.
Students from Hume-Fogg, McGavock and Stratford High Schools took home free iPads after winning big in the "My Future, My Way" essay contest from MNPS, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Shoney's.

The three's essays were among thousands turned in after the Career Exploration Fair in October. Of those thousands, one winner was chosen from each school, with three grand prize winners chosen by a panel of judges. Magdalene Kennedy, Angel Puryear, and Oskar Groitzsch wrote the three winning essays and each received an iPad as reward.

A full release from the Chamber of Commerce, including the list of all seventeen school-level winners, is below.

Nashville's business recognize leaders
Metro Nashville Public Schools freshmen
ssay contest winners receive prizes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2011) – Seventeen ninth-grade Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) students were recognized by leaders in Nashville’s business community today as winners of the inaugural "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair essay contest.

More than 4,500 freshmen from 17 different MNPS schools attended the career exploration fair at the Nashville Convention Center on Oct. 27. As part of Shoney’s five-year sponsorship of the "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair, students later wrote an essay about how the experience impacted their thoughts about school, college and an eventual career. Each of the 17 schools selected an essay winner, and a panel composed of judges from MNPS, Shoney’s and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce selected three grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners read their essays at today’s CEO Champions meeting, and each received a new iPad. The remaining 14 winners will each receive a $100 Shoney’s gift card.

“These students are already ahead, because they are exploring their interests and thinking about college and what they might want to do in life,” said David Davoudpour, chairman & CEO of Shoney’s. “Shoney’s Restaurants is investing in Nashville’s young people, because we feel it’s important to help develop America’s future leaders.”

“This year’s fair was not only bigger than in the past, it was even more engaging and inspiring for our students,” said Dr. Jesse Register, director of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. “It is important for young people to broaden their horizons about the many careers that could be in their futures. The career fair not only introduces students to new career possibilities, it also helps them understand how they can prepare for those careers during high school and through higher education. We appreciate Shoney’s for making this experience possible.”

"My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair essay contest winners

  • Magdalene Kennedy, Hume Fogg Academic Magnet School (grand prize)

  • Angel Puryear, McGavock High School (grand prize)

  • Oskar Groitzsch, Stratford High School (grand prize)

  • Kelcie Walden, Antioch High School

  • Austin Hayes, Big Picture School

  • Sandra Watson, Cane Ridge High School

  • Stephanie Webb, East Literature Magnet School

  • Aaron Davis, Glencliff High School

  • Efrain Salazar, Hillsboro High School

  • Matcie Sitze, Hillwood High School

  • Cory Nelson, Hunters Lane High School

  • Destiny Anderson, Maplewood High School

  • Dheeraj Namburu, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School

  • Iris Engel, Nashville School for the Arts

  • Niesha Everson, Pearl-Cohn High School

  • Lilly Quach, Overton High School

  • Tovia Williams, Whites Creek High School
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 member companies. Belong, engage, lead, prosper embodies what the Chamber focuses on for its members. Together with its affiliates, the Nashville Chamber works to strengthen the region’s business climate and to enhance Nashville’s position as a desirable place to live, work and visit. For more information, visit www.nashvillechamber.com.


Students at five Metro high schools recently showed their culinary skills at a professional competition featuring some of Nashville's top chefs. The students were invited to participated in the annual Hospitality Championship Series. The students went head to head in a cooking competition based on the TV show "Chopped." At the end of the day, Hunters Lane claimed first place, Antioch took second, and Hillwood rounded out the top three. Congrats!


Penny S., a student at Glencliff High School, was the winner of a laptop from Bridgestone through a drawing at the Career Fair. Penny says she appreciates Bridgestone for partnering with MNPS and she will use her new laptop wisely to conduct research.

Jenny Sinard from Bridgestone presented the laptop during a Freshman Academy assembly.

Glencliff student wins laptop - a freshman awarded a laptop by Bridgestone


Tyler W., a freshman at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, is the owner of a new laptop thanks to the generosity of Permanent General. Permanent General is a large supporter of the Academies of Nashville and attended the 2011 Career Exploration Fair. Kent Fourman, Vice President & CEO of Permanent General, made a special trip to Pearl-Cohn where he hand delivered the new laptop.

Pearl-Cohn Laptop Winner 2011


Juniors enrolled in the Academy of Digital Design and Communication at McGavock High School will be showing off their debut films Monday, Nov. 21, at the school’s second annual DDC Film Festival.

Throughout the semester, students have worked with Stones River National Battlefield and CMT to produce three – five minute films depicting specific battles of the Civil War. All films are 100% student created and produced.

At 6:30 p.m., student filmmakers will walk the red carpet. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for this event are $5 at the door.


Overton Planetarium Project - students in The Academy of Information Technology explore space and mythologyStudents in The Academy of Information Technology at Overton High School spent much of the fall studying alongside Fisk and Vanderbilt professors with a NASA Roadshow Planetarium. The project connected what the students were learning in English and science, giving them a greater understanding of the topics. To learn how scientific research, mythology and astronomy were combined to give students a real-life learning experiences, and to see what students thought of the project, check out the full project recap below.

     Overton Planetarium Project - students in The Academy of Information Technology explore space and mythology


Hillsboro High School participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, Oct. 29. The race benefits breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. The Burros team had 46 participants and raised more than $2,500.  Students Kelly G. and Kathleen E. started the team as an International Baccalaureate service project, and many students and teachers joined them and the 25,000 other race participants!


Nearly a dozen Antioch High School students have been selected for a special job shadowing day at the NissanNissan Leaf at Antioch North America facility in Franklin. The students participated in a resume writing and interview process, conducted by Nissan representatives, along with all of the other students in The Academy of Technology and Communications.

Earlier in the semester, the students also got a sneak peak at the new Nissan Leaf All-Electric Car (pictured right). Students worked with engineers from Nissan to apply math and science lessons to transportation logistics.


November 3, Hillwood High School’s Academy of Health Sciences students had the opportunity to participateHillwood HCA Day 2011 in the 2011 Passport to Career Excellence Health Care Expedition.  This event was provided by HCA which is one of the Academy of Health Sciences’ business partners.  Other academy business partners that participated were Belmont School of Nursing and the Nashville Fire Department.  Ellen Zinkiewicz, LAPSW, Director of Youth and Community for Services and Kyndyll Lackey, MSSW, LAPSW, Youth Employment Program provider for the Nashville Career Advancement Center (NCAC) also participated by providing a career workshop for the students.  The academy students had the opportunity to hear from numerous speakers and be informed about the many careers in the health field.  The students also had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with professionals and ask questions to further their knowledge on health careers.   The keynote speaker was Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMI, who is the President, Clinical and Physician Service Group and Chief Medical Officer for HCA.  The other speakers were Dell Oliver, Assistant Vice President, Leadership and Organizational Development, Executive Development Programs for HCA, Divya Shroll, MD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and Vice President, Clinical Services Group for HCA, Richard Tayries, MD, Chief Health Information Officer for HCA, Jeff LeCates, MHSA, PTA, Director of Rehabilitation for Centennial Medical Center, Jay Servais, Captain of Special Operations for the Nashville Fire Department, Lisa Weakley, Captain of Fire Medical Operations for the Nashville Fire Department, and Sandra Rosedale, MSN, Belmont University College of Health Sciences and Nursing.


It was a great day for the Academy of Health Sciences students.  They received goody bags filled with tumblers, chap stick, hand sanitizer, etc, along with the opportunity to win door prizes provided by HCA which included Kindles, IPODS, and various gift certificates.


Paragon Mills Elementary third and fourth grade classes recently invited students from the Glencliff High School Academies to visit Paragon Mills and discuss the various Academies and the importance of setting academic goals and working hard. The students had the opportunity to visit four of the six Academy stations including Business, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Marketing, Engineering, and Medical Sciences, asking questions about the Academies as well as the importance of reading and math skills, future job plans, and post secondary aspirations. The Glencliff High School students served as outstanding role models for the third and fourth graders by inspiring them to dream big and work hard.

Glencliff students promote academies at Paragon Mills

Glencliff students promote academies at Paragon Mills Culinary Arts


Earlier this week, 18 juniors in the Stratford High School STEM Academy earned their "white coats," an honor bestowed upon aspiring researchers. The students will begin their research projects this summer, everything from pond pollution to extraterrestrial studies, and Vanderbilt's Center for Science Outreach wanted to make sure they felt the significance of the milestone.


McGavock Credit Union - grand opening and ribbon cutting

McGavock High School students have two big reasons to celebrate! Thursday, Oct. 13, students in The Freshmen Academy pledged their commitment to graduation. Following the ceremony, the Academy of Business and Finance cut the ribbon on a new student-run credit union.   

The McGavock High Class of 2015 pledged a commitment to its academic success during its ‘I Committ to Academic Perfection’ (I CAP) graduation ceremony. I CAP recognizes students for their dedication to academics. The graduation-inspired ceremony is designed to foster an understanding of the responsibilities and self-discipline needed to attend all classes, complete work assignments, and participate fully in the learning and extra-curricular opportunities that will lead to graduation. Tennessee Technological University’s Dr. Jann Cupp, counseling and psychology professor, served as keynote speaker.

McGavock Credit Union 2 - students working in the bankFollowing the I CAP ceremony, students in the Academy of Business and Finance at McGavock High celebrated a powerful new learning tool. In partnership with US Community Credit Union, the school unveiled a new student-run credit union. Along with the unveiling, McGavock High and district leaders officially renamed the academy to The US Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance. On hand to celebrate the new experiential learning center were Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, CEO of US Community Credit Union Paul Johnson, and several other key alumni and community members.


The 3rd Annual Career Exploration Fair will host a new audience this year ... parents! Friday, Oct. 27, as hundreds of freshmen in Metro High Schools visit business and industry booths, their parents will also be able to tour the fair and see firsthand what all the fuss is about! The fair will be held at the Nashville Convention Center and is sponsored by Shoney's. Parents can schedule a tour at 8:30 a.m. or noon. More details below.


Travel Weekly, a national travel magazine, recently ran a feature column on the lack of trained professionals in the travel industry. Thanks to the engaging and rigorous lessons being taught through Antioch's Academy of Hospitality, Antioch is helping turn the tide. Returning the favor, key players in the national travel industry - including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines, are making sure students in The Academy of Tourism at Antioch get the most band for their buck as Academy partners.


Students in Metro High Schools' Academies of Nashville are lending their voices to a new outlet, an online blog. The students, from all 12 zoned high schools, are writing and posting blogs about their experiences in their Academy. Topics range from community service to preparedness, what they're learning to how they are "impacting" their communities. Check the blog out here.


Recently, 39 Hillsboro Developing Community Leaders students participated in Belmont University’s 10th Annual Humanities Symposium featuring Dr. Maya Angelou. Centered on the theme “Liberating Voices,” the 2011 Humanities Symposium began Sept. 14 and paralleled the 2011-12 University theme of “Belmont Questions: Wealth and Poverty.” Other featured speakers included Tennessee State University English professor and Women’s Studies Program coordinator Dr. Rebecca Dixon, poet and essayist Nancy Mairs, University of Texas Languages and Linguistics Chair Dr. Kirsten Nigro and Rafia Zakaria, the first Pakistani American woman to serve as a director for Amnesty International USA.


We want to show off our Academies of Nashville and are throwing open the doors of Cane Ridge High School for an open house this Friday! Come see first hand how the Academies work and what students are learning inside.

The open house is from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23. Full details in the flier below.

More open house announcements from other high schools are coming soon!


The journalism and broadcast students enrolled in Hillwood High School’s Academy of Art, Design, and Communications recently attended a two-day training session at NECAT Studios. These students went through a rigorous training session to become studio certified. This certification allows them to use the studio and produce their own television shows. On the second day of training the students produced a music video for a local Nashville band, Max and the Wild Things.

But that’s just the beginning of the exciting projects coming out of The Academies at Hillwood.

Next Tuesday, HCA will be hosting its community awareness day, and Hillwood is one of the sites selected for that day. Approximately 40 – 50 HCA employees will spend the day with Hillwood’s Academy of Health Science students and work on projects around the school. They will build a green house out of 2,200 plastic soda bottles in the school courtyard, clean and renovate the outdoor classroom, and several other projects.


Students at Hillsboro HIgh School are getting a first-hand experience of the Chinese language and culture. While only a handful of lucky students were selected to visit the country this past summer, dozens are now getting the same lessons through the school's new Confucius Classroom. Taught by a teacher recruited from China, the students are learning basic language pronunciations and beginning to learn about the Chinese culture. The Confucius Classroom is a partner of the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis.


Brian McLaughlin-Williams, a Student Ambassador for Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s Academy of Entertainment Communication, has earned a spot in the Guitar Center’s 2011 Drum-Off. This exciting event will take place in 100 Oaks Mall, Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The winner of the Drum-Off will travel to California to compete in the finals. That winner will receive a $40,000 Grand Prize and sponsorship in drum magazines.  Good luck, Brian!


As part of a class project, the students in the Academy of Global Communications at Hillsboro High School are releasing their first office news release. Check out their work:

Hillsboro hosts Community Health Fair

Join us on September 10, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for the 1st Annual “Health Fair”, located at Hillsboro High School. This event is FREE! There will be many informative booths, such as: Red Cross, Walgreens, who will be offering Flu-Shots, Whole Foods and healthy eating, water-quality testing, smoking cessation, height, weight, body mass index,  and a First-Aid Kit table. There will also be a bake sale with lots of goodies to eat.

So, join us for a fun filled healthy event that can make a healthier you! This event is sponsored by The Academy of Global Health at Hillsboro High School.


The Hillwood HOSA Club and Band had the opportunity to participate in HCA’s Annual Agency Fair at Centennial Park on September 1, 2011. This event gives agencies the opportunity to meet the HCA employees and share their mission. This was a great opportunity for the Hillwood HOSA club to share their mission and become aware of agencies in their community. The Hillwood Band entertained the HCA employees as they visited the numerous booths.

Hillwood Community Day Students - HOSA students


Students at Glencliff, Hillsboro and Stratford are learning the ins and outs of geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial technologies in their math and science courses. The students, and their teachers, are learning alongside Janey Camp, research assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University. To read more about the pilot project, check out Vanderbilt School of Engineering's news page .


Three McGavock students recently spent a week in Washington D.C., at the Constitutional Academy. During their trip, the students viewed the original Constitution and visited a number of national landmarks. Even more exciting, the students also earned three college credits from Ashland University.


From Academy Teacher of the Year to Academy Partnership of the Year, several MNPS teachers administrators and business partners associated with The Academies of Nashville have been nominated for awards in the inaugural Academies of Nashville Award Ceremony! The ceremony will be held in May and hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here to read the Chamber's blog with a full list of nominees.


In November 2010, thousands of first-time freshmen enrolled in Freshman Academies at the district's 12 zoned high schools spent the morning exploring career booths, interviewing professionals, and gaining hands-on experience in some of our region's most promising careers. The annual career fair is part of Freshman Seminar, a course that helps students examine post-secondary opportunities and plot out the next chapter of their lives. Now, Davidson County residents can see for themselves what the Career Fair entails! Nashville Education Community and Art Television's IQTV, Comcast Ch. 10 in Davidson County, has begun airing a 30-minute television program every Wednesday at 2;30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. The show was shot by students in Hillwood High School's Academy of Art, Design & Communication. NECAT, an academy partner, helped with filming and production.

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