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On behalf of Antioch High School and other high schools involved, we want to thank everyone from the Hermitage and Nashville Deloitte offices who volunteered at last week’s Antioch High School FAFSA Drive. Thanks to all of the FAFSA volunteers from Deloitte, they reached two MNPS-FAFSA milestones:

Milestone #1 - 100 plus families in one night – On Thursday night January 17, volunteers provided assistance to 106 families at Antioch. This is the result of their hard work and a three year partnership with Antioch High School. The work with Antioch has included more than 100 volunteers assisting with Job Shadow Days, the Be the First Campaign, the JA Company Program, along with many other efforts.

Families get FAFSA help at Antioch High School

Milestone #2 - More than 500 families impacted – On January 17, Deloitte provided assistance to the 500th FAFSA family! They ended the night with a three year total of 585 families served from their FAFSA Drives at McGavock High School, Antioch High School and Overton High School. This clearly puts them in a great position to reach the 600th family milestone at the Overton drive on January 24.

Families receive FAFSA help at Antioch High School

These numbers are incredible, but it is really about the individual families they have helped. Over the past three years, they have helped individual students on their pathway to college and made a meaningful and long-term impact on these students and their families. Thank you Deloitte for all you do!


Art on display right now at Cheekwood came straight from the minds of Antioch and Hillsboro High School students. They worked closely with professional and well-respected artists over a period of months to create pieces for display in one of the South's premiere art museums.

Loop Project Artwork at Cheekwood

The Loop Project is a collaborative effort between Cheekwood, Antioch High School and Hillsboro High School. The program brought together eight art students from each school to work with Nashville-based artist Hans Schmitt Matzen and New York-based artist Gieves Anderson. Together they created collaborative pieces of work using a variety of media and methods.

When the students and artists met, they paired up to create collaborative pieces of art – sending the work back and forth to each other for several months, allowing each other to add to or build upon the work. The final pieces are on display at Cheekwood right now.

Loop Project Students Working Together

“It was a really great experience," said Antioch student Sarah W. "The Loop Project was interesting because we got to meet our project partners from Hillsboro High School. We would switch our artwork together so that they could do something to change or improve it, send it back and do that again. We would also communicate with each other to talk about our ideas. It was exciting in the end to see our final pieces hanging on the walls in the Great Hall at Cheekwood!”

A small reception was held at Cheekwood to celebrate the students who participated in The Loop Project and spotlight their work.

Here’s one from Tristan Higginbotham a student at Antioch High School “The Loop Project was an overall interesting experience," said Antioch student Tristan H. "It was kind of difficult to give my work to someone I had never met before, just because they may not understand why I made the choices I made and so on. Thankfully our styles didn't clash, and my partner and I were able to meet in the middle somewhat.

"It was really nerve-racking to try and meet the expectations that I imagined my partner had, but after awhile I just did my own thing and stopped being paranoid about it. I would definitely participate in this again, especially since I know more about it the whole process now. It was really awesome to have so much freedom and step away from the more technical work I had been working on. I feel really confident about the two pieces that came from this project.”

Thanks to Cheekwood’s Karen Kwarciak for the great information!


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.


Antioch High School to begin International Baccalaureate Feasibility Study

Talk no more! Antioch High School leaders are diving into the IBO World pool, hoping to become Metro Nashville PublicSchools’ third International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Led by new Principal Adrienne Battle-Koger, the school is set to begin a feasibility study this fall.

According to Dr. Battle-Koger, “The Antioch community has long shown interest in IB. Since the Academies have taken off with such success, the leadership team at Antioch is now ready to make the IB dream areality. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but well worth it in the years to come.”

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offers high school juniors and seniors an internationally recognized education that is highly regarded by the world’s top colleges and universities, with some offering college credits to students with strong scores in IB courses. Antioch High School will host an information session for families this fall.

IB authorization takes roughly three years, start to finish. Schools must first conduct a feasibility study, which generally takes six months to a year andincludes identification of resources and show of support by key stakeholders. After completion of the feasibility study, Antioch will submit an application forcandidacy. During this time they will train teachers, visit other IB schools and study the program curriculum. The final phase will include submitting an application for authorization, which will include submitting syllabi, more teacher training, and observations by IBO evaluators.

“Our goal is to provide every student with the opportunity to experience a rigorous national or international college preparatory curriculum to complement our nationally recognized academies,” said Jay Steele, associate superintendent of high schools. “When Antioch is authorized, we will have IB Diploma Programmes on the north, west and south sides of the city. We are also expanding our Advanced Placement Scholars program and will soon announce plans for our first Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Diploma program.”

MNPS currently offers the Diploma Programme at Hillsboro High School and HuntersLane High School. The IB Middle Years Programme is offered at Bellevue Middle, Goodlettsville Middle, Neely’s Bend Middle, West End Middle, J.T. Moore Middle, Hunters Lane 9th/10th, and Hillsboro 9th/10th. Julia Green and Eakin elementary schools offer the IB Primary Years Programme.

For more information about the International Baccalaureate Programme, visit www.ibo.org.


Seven Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Academies of Nashville programs have received national accreditation, including five that earned the highest designation as “model” academies by the National Career Academy Coalition. Hillwood High School, with a “Triple Crown “ of three model Academies, is Nashville’s first high school to receive the model designation for all academies in the school.

“When we launched the Academies of Nashville, we had high expectations for the program and for the effect on students’ academic performance,” said Jesse Register, director of schools. “We have seen an improvement in graduation rate, student engagement and school climate and now national experts in preparing students for college and career have named several academies as models for the nation.”

The National Career Academy Coalition will honor the five “model” academies at the National Career Academy Conference to be held in Nashville November 8-10, 2012. Each model academy will receive a $1000 check, listing on the national website, and a banner to display in the school.

The model academies to be honored are:

  • Hillwood High School Model Academies **Triple Crown**

    Dr. Steve Chauncy, Executive Principal

    • The Academy of Art, Design and Communications

    • The Academy of Business and Hospitality

    • The Academy of Health Sciences

  • McGavock High School Model Academies

    Robbin Wall, Executive Principal

    • The Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality/The U.S. Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance

    • The CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication

In addition, academies at two other zoned highs schools earned certification. The certified academies are:

  • Glencliff High School Certified Academy

    Clint Wilson, Executive Principal

    • The Academy of Medical Science and Research

  • Antioch High School Certified Academy

    Dr. Adrienne Battle-Koger, Executive Principal

    • The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance

“This national recognition validates the work we are doing to make every student college- and career-ready,” said Jay Steele, associate superintendent of high schools. “We are grateful to our community partners who work with us and our students to ensure our programs are rigorous and relevant. We appreciate these accolades as we continue our work to make every Metro Nashville Public School an outstanding choice for parents.”

The NCAC’s meticulous evaluation process includes documenting success on 10 national standards. Teachers and business partners worked together to prepare for the national reviews with countless hours of preparation for the coveted recognition.


Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools taps Glencliff High School assistant principals Dr. Adrienne Battle-Koger and Sonia Stewart as the district’s two new high school principals.

Dr. Battle-Koger has accepted the position as principal at Antioch High School. Formerly academic principal at Glencliff High School, she also served as the high school’s Academy of Medical Science and Research principal, where she led the charge toward achieving national certification for the academy. Dr. Battle-Koger also facilitated and implemented instructional programs that increased school-wide Reading/English for each grade level. Prior to coming to Glencliff High, she served as principal and assistant principal at East Academy and taught at Dalewood Middle School. Dr. Battle-Koger is an alumna of Metro Schools, graduating from John Overton High School. She has a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University, and master’s and doctorate degree, from Tennessee State University. She will replace former principal Brian Mast, who resigned to take a job in higher education.

Stewart has been appointed principal of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. Stewart recently served as Glencliff High School’s Freshmen Academy principal with responsibility for providing instructional leadership, supporting Small Learning Community team meetings, and managing effective student intervention plans. As academy principal, Stewart increased ninth grade promotion, developed student leadership teams, improved parental involvement through academy showcases and student recognition. Prior to coming to Glencliff High, she was a teacher for Antioch High School, Brentwood Academy High School and Washington Prep High School in Los Angeles, Ca. Stewart received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Stewart will be replacing Dr. Milton Threadcraft, who retired this summer.

See a list of all principal changes for 2012-13.


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.



Do you know...

  • What your child will do this summer? (Metro Parks/Others)

  • What are your school options? (Student Assignment Office)

  • How to keep your child safe in the community and in social media, including electronic resources for students and parents?

  • What new standards your child will be required to master next year? (Information on new Standards)

  • What school immunizations are required? (Metro Health/MNPS)

  • What will be the Metro Planning updates for our community? (Metro’s Planning Dept)

  • How to plan for your child’s education? (Katie Morgan, EdSouth)

If you are looking for answers to these questions and more, specialists will be available to give you answers.

Antioch Middle School

5050 Blue Hole Road

Thursday, May 17th

6:00 p.m.


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


Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North

It’s Official…Referees Deserve Kudos

The North Sports Report recently ran into TSSAA referee and Baxter ALC Principal Billy Fellman and was reminded that referees, umpires, and officials of all monikers deserve our gratitude for handling the difficult, pressure-packed, and often thankless job to officiate games. How important are the officials? Remember the old saying: “Without the referees, it would just be recess.” Wear the stripes proudly!

Award Season – A View from the Red Carpet

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame held its annual banquet at the Airport Marriott. With the honorees all donning black tie tuxedos, it is the most regal, celebrity-laden event of all sports related award galas. From media celebrities like George Plaster to college coaching legends Johnny Majors and Watson Brown to MNPS coaching royalty Wes Elrod and Jerry Pigue, to MNPS Sports Hall of Fame members Walter Overton (Pearl) and Bonnie Sloan (Litton), to over sixty mid-state football player honorees and their families, this is a can’t miss event. Even the NFL Hall of Famer Raymond Berry, fresh off his appearance at the Super Bowl delivering the Lombardi trophy to the stage, was in attendance. I am not kidding…the North Sports Report shook the hand that caught passes from Unitas.

The real stars, of course, were the student-athletes honored that night with the Charles W. Hawkins III Scholar Athlete Award. Those awards went to DeMarco Moore (Antioch); Jamaris Pye (Cane Ridge); Calvin Canada (East Lit); Justin Farr (Glencliff); Ben Ross (Hillsboro); Andrew Chomic (Hillwood); Victor Fletcher (Hunters Lane); Dustin Binkley (Maplewood); Caleb Azubike (McGavock); Ike Amadi (Overton); Demario Donnell (Pearl-Cohn); George Gutierrez (Stratford); and Ashuntae Bass (Whites Creek).

DeMarco Moore of Antioch also won the Jim Barrom Spirit Award for exemplifying the “highest qualities of sportsmanship.”

Oh, I almost forgot…the Hunters Lane Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the colors and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. As always, the MNPS ROTC students were outstanding.

Madison High School legend Houston Ragan was honored with the Bonnie Sloan Courage Award presented annually to a person who “overcame obstacles and fought back to succeed.” The award is named for Litton great Bonnie Sloan, the first deaf player in the NFL. If you don’t know the story of Houston Ragan, go visit him at Maplewood High School where he serves as one of the best school counselors in the state.

The North Sports Report had the unparalleled privilege to present the Bonnie Sloan Courage Award, and shared the stage with Bonnie Sloan, Houston Ragan and NFL great Raymond Berry. “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong”…It was me.

Stop and Make the Call

Houston Ragan coached me at Madison High many (I dare say many, many) years ago. I cannot express how gratifying it is to have the opportunity to thank him for the influence he had on me. If you have a coach, teacher, family member or anyone else who inspired you by their example, call them and say thank you. Great people like Houston Ragan don’t always appreciate the positive impact they have on people’s lives, so call and tell them … and I mean today!

Alumni Alert

Among the stars of the hardwood at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena were McGavock star Ndidi Madu of the Florida Gators and Hillsboro star Isabelle Harrison of the SEC Tournament Champion Tennessee Lady Vols.

MNPS: The First Choice for Exemplifying the Highest Qualities of Sportsmanship


Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North

Antioch Lady Bears – Region 6-AAA Champs

The Lady Bears from Antioch High School took home the championship trophy in Region 6-AAA with an impressive run through the bracket. I like to say they “Bear-ly” won the tournament. The North Sports Report dictionary of sports terms defines Bear-ly in this context as: “in a bear-like manner; totally dominating; awesome. See Antioch Lady Bears’ performance in the 2012 Region 6-AAA championship game.” Congratulations to Coach White and the Antioch Lady Bears!

Antioch Principal Brian Mast has called a Code Blue for the Lady Bears’ Sub-state game Saturday night March 3 at 7:00pm at the Antioch High School gymnasium. Be there dressed in blue.

Hunters Lane Warriors – Advance to the Sub-State Round

The Hunters Lane Warriors are primed and ready for a sub-state match-up with Clarksville High School on Monday night March 5 in Clarksville. The highly ranked Warriors –led by Coach Anthony Sewell and point guard Billy Hughes – put together one of the best seasons in school history and are one win away from a trip to the state tournament. Everybody’s a Warrior fan Monday night!

Regional Tournament Hosts – Stratford and Hillwood Representin’

Photo Credit: Mike Straginger

Hosting a Regional Tournament requires the coordinated efforts of coaches, administrators, teachers, staff and students. Hillwood welcomed the 16 participating teams in Region 6-AAA, and Stratford hosted Region 5-AA. Fans of high school basketball from across the mid-state enjoyed the hospitality and great environment provided by their MNPS hosts. Congratulations to the Principals – Dr. Chauncy of Hillwood and Mr. Steele of Stratford – and everyone who worked on the tournaments for a job well done. The photo shows the Hilltopper ambassadors who helped me find my seat.

Middle School Basketball Champions

MNPS crowned the Middle School boys and girls basketball champions last week at Pearl-Cohn High Schools’ gym. Congratulations for a great season to Smithson-Craighead boys basketball team (Eastern Division Champions and City Champions), McKissack Middle School boys basketball team (Western Division Champions), Kennedy Middle School girls basketball team (Western Division Champions and City Champions) and Haynes Middle Design Center girls basketball team (Eastern Division Champions).

Brush with Fame

The North Sports Report rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest athletes and coaches in MNPS history this week at basketball tournaments. Stratford basketball great Ray Maddox was back in his old stomping grounds at the Region 5-AA tournament at Stratford. In the Hillwood gym on the same night were: Pearl High great and MNPS Sports Hall of Fame member Walter Overton (he was officiating the game); Glencliff High hoopster and leader of Metro Schools’ athletic department Roosevelt Sanders; Donelson High star Mike Tribue; Madison High baseball legend (also the most popular player in Nashville Sounds’ history) Gene Menees; MNPS Sports Hall of Famer Joanne Arnold Tribue (Antioch High school legend and presently the Coach of the Cane Ridge Lady Ravens); and last but not least Coach Carlton Collier, longtime Madison High and Hunters Lane basketball and softball coach. Wow… that is a lot of fame in one gym.

Vanderbilt Sports Medicine – Athletic Trainers…keeping it healthy

I witnessed an extraordinary burst of quickness from Hunters Lane Athletic Trainer Emily Carter when a Warrior hoopster took a tremendous fall last week. Emily was on the court, providing care almost instantly and showed exemplary skill and compassion in her treatment of the injured player and his family. MNPS student-athletes have the best athletic trainers in the country on the sideline for every game. A big healthy thank you to Vanderbilt Sports Medicine for providing the athletic trainers and for the care each provides our students.


MNPS: The First Choice for Extraordinary Bursts of Quickness


Students at The Academy located at Hickory Hollow were among the first to voice their opinions of changes the area is likely to see over the next 10 years. The group was invited to meet with city planners. Check out a video of the first planning meeting here. The next meeting, and first open to the public, will be held Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m., at Lakeshore Christian Church.


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


Saturday, Feb. 4, the YMCA Latino Achievers Club at Antioch High School hosted its second annual ACT preparation workshop, welcoming 25 Antioch students as well as 15 students from Glencliff, Overton, Cane Ridge, and Nashville School of the Arts.  More than two dozen college students from Vanderbilt University and other local universities volunteered their time and expertise for the workshop, providing one-on-one and two-on-one tutoring in five break-out sessions for each of the ACT subject areas (mathematics, reading, science, and English) as well as a session on study skills. Students left with the practical skills and confidence they need to be successful taking the ACT. 

Antioch YMCA Latin Achievers ACT Prep workshop


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.


Join your neighbors in the Antioch and Cane Ridge clusters for a discussion on school improvement and community involvement. All from these two clusters are invited to the Dream Centers of Tennessee (located in Hickory Hollow Mall) for town hall meeting about aligning resources and people for the betterment of our schools and community.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Dream Centers of Tennessee
5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway
Inside the mall, on the 2nd level
(above Electronics Express)

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