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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!


The McGavock Cluster Coalition helped more than 85 families during its Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Drive night yesterday.

Students and their parents received assistance filling out paper work, learning about college and university deadlines and how much federal aid students should ask for. The Donelson Hermitage Chamber volunteered for the evening as well as first –time volunteer Deloitte.

Deloitte will be hosting additional FAFSA Drives the month.

  • Antioch High School, Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m.

  • Hillsboro High School, Thursday, Jan. 17

  • Overton High School, Thursday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 P.M.

We want to give a big thanks to Deloitte, the Donelson Chamber, the McGavock Cluster Coalition and every volunteer who helped students take their first steps in reaching the next level of education!

Graduation Pledge Banner Board Rep. Anna Shepherd Helping Families
McGavock Seniors are committed to graduating! Board Representative Anna Shepherd signs families in.
Principal Robbin Wall chats with Shonta Woodbury Families Sign In for FAFSA Night
Principal Robbin Wall chats with Family Engagement Specialist Shonta Woodbury. Families sign in for FAFSA Night.


Hey, high schoolers: Want to be a teacher? If so you could win a scholarship worth up to $3,000.

The Metropolitan Nashville Education Foundation, the charitable arm of MNEA, awards three scholarships each year to outstanding high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in public education. Scholarships are awarded to graduates of MNPS in amounts of up to $3,000 ($1,500 per semester).

If you want to apply,
fill out the application, print it, date it and sign it. Applications must be returned to MNEA Headquarters by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2013.

Don't leave money on the table! Apply and win!

DOWNLOAD the Application


MNPS students are invited to the Oasis Center’s College Access Explosion, an event designed to show students and their families the opportunities they have after high school. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., students and their parents are invited to drop by the Oasis Center and visit with college representatives, enjoy good food, prizes, and hear from guest panelists.

This will be a fun, educational family event. It is free to the entire Nashville community; elementary, middle and high school students are welcome to attend.


Like a shopping mall for higher education...

200 colleges and universities will pack the LP Field club level this Thursday, September 27, for College Night 2012! You can speak with representatives from schools, learn about applications, and even find out about financial aid.

It's never too early to start thinking about college, so students and families of all ages are welcome. It's completely FREE to attend and FREE to park!

SEE the list of participating colleges & universities.

Click here to download the College Night 2012 flyer.


Brick Church Middle School students may be several years away from graduating, but they are learning it's never too soon to start exploring careers! The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participated in a career fair Aug. 20 and had a chance to speak with a variety of professionals including: a retired NFL player, Metro Nashville Police Department Bomb Squad, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Metro Nashville Fire Department, Walmart, Fifth Third Bank, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Metro Storm Water, Federal Probations Office, Metro Nashville Juvenile Courts, Ware Barbershop and Styles Barber College. Styles also offered free haircuts to the students!

Brick Church Career Day 2012


Students at Middle College High School are already earning college credits and attending school on a college campus. This year they'll be getting even more of the full college experience, starting school on August 13 and following the Nashville State Community College Academic Calendar.

"In addition to extending summer break," Principal Roderick Manuel says, "following the Nashville State Community College calendar will allow our students to have a more complete college experience and will give our students real breaks during the academic year." 

Middle College students had huge college successes last year, with many earning associate degrees and general education certificates

Read the full letter from Principal Manuel:

Dear Middle College Families:

I am writing with good news! As part of our efforts to create a college-going culture at Middle College, we will follow the Nashville State Community College calendar beginning with the 2012-13 school year. This means summer vacation is extended until Monday, August 13, 2012 for Middle College students.

In addition to extending summer break, following the Nashville State Community College calendar will allow our students to have a more complete college experience and will give our students real breaks during the academic year. Without this change, differences between the Metro Schools calendar and the Nashville State calendar would make it difficult for students to take full advantage of breaks during the semester.

Following the academic calendar of the associated college is a best practice used in many Middle Colleges and other dual enrollment programs across the nation. I have enclosed a copy of the Middle College High School instructional calendar for your reference. I am pleased about this change to our Middle College experience and regret that I was not able to let you know sooner. In any case, I look forward to seeing you back on campus Monday, August 13 for another successful academic year.

It is our goal to have everyone fully registered and ready to begin class on Monday, August 13, 2012. Monday, August 6 - 9, 2010 are teacher in-service days; students do not report. If you have not completed all the forms and immunizations required for enrollment in school, please do so immediately. A list of these requirements will be in the first day packet that students will receive on the first day of school. Our school counselor, Miss Chandler, will be available beginning Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Our office hours are 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

I ask that you remember MNPS buses will not be available to transport your child to Middle College High School. You may also access this information online at www.mnps.org under Our Schools/Buses and Transportation. Other information regarding the opening of school is also available on the district website. Please plan to arrive early on August 13, 2012 if you are transporting your child. Traffic is usually more congested the first day and parking is limited on the campus of Nashville State Community College.

Please carefully read all of the enclosed information to help you and your child have a successful year. Pay attention to the Middle College High School dress code before purchasing your child’s school clothes. The dress code policy will be enforced on the first day of school. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 615-353-3742. We look forward to seeing all of our students on August 13, 2012 for a wonderful opening of school.


Roderick Manuel, Principal


Latino high school juniors across America can apply to the Youth Awards program presented for the 15th year by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). The 2012 Youth Awards applications are available at www.hispanicheritage.org and must be postmarked no later than Friday, July 6, 2012. William Levy, who is the official spokesperson for the 2012 Youth Awards, will be part of a national public awareness campaign in both English and Spanish.

Much more information available on the Hispanic Heritage website.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards


Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients

The Kiwanis Club of Madison awarded 15 scholarships to area high schoolers, including six from MNPS. The organization awarded the scholarships during its awards luncheon last Wednesday, April 11.

“There are a lot of things I do as a member of the school board,” said School Board member Mark North, “but none matches my being able to sit on stage during our May graduation ceremonies and watch students end one chapter to begin an even more exciting academic journey. Today, I wear three hats: one as a member of this great club, a second as a member of the board, and finally, the best hat of all, as the father of a scholarship recipient. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

Following is a list of the 2012 Kiwanis Club of Madison, TN scholarship awardees from Metro Schools:

Cayce A., Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: Cayce plans to major in Environmental Science at Tennessee Tech University in the fall. His student activities have included membership in the Distribution Education Clubs of America, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Staff, and the BETA club. During his high school years, Cayce was also a member of the Rifle Team, and he served as Color Guard Commander for three grades. In his spare time, Cayce has volunteered at the Explore Post, the Metro Health Department, and the American Red Cross.

Domique Elliott, Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: Dominique will be attending Western Kentucky University, with her focus on Nursing. Dominique counts membership in the National Honors Society and the MYP Program among her many accomplishments. She has also participated in community activities including an MLD Youth Rally March, Salvation Army/Angel Tree, Oasis Center/Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, and the 3rd Annual Youth Activities and Job Readiness Fair. Dominique is already CPR certified, a real plus considering her interest in nursing.

Jianne McDonald, Martin Luther King Magnet: Jianne will be attending Lipscomb University, majoring in English in the fall. Her honors include membership in the National Beta Club and the National Honor Society, and she currently sits on the Mayor’s Youth Council. Jianne has also served as a member of the Director’s Student Advisory Council, Teens Making A Change, Top Teens of America (Inc.), and the YMC Young Black Achievers. Jianne’s community activities have positively impacted Feed the Children, Toys for Tots, the MLK Annual Canned Food Drive, Pennies for Patients, and the Samaritan House Ministries.

Lara North, Hume Fogg Academic High School: UT Knoxville is Lara’s destination this fall, where she will dig into studies for communication disorders (speech pathology/therapy). Lara’s extra-curricular activities have included Varsity Soccer, Key Club (presidency), Helping Hands, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Honor Society, the Red Cross Club, National Honor Society, and the HFA Step Club. Lara has been active throughout the community through her volunteerism efforts via Clara’s Closet, Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda Social Graces, and Neely’s Bend Church of Christ puppet ministry.

Porsha Owens, Hunter’s Lane Comprehensive High School: Porsha, will be a student at UT Knoxville in Fall 2012. Porsha’s goal is to be a nurse, and she already has a solid foundation built through her community services with Hands on Nashville/LP Pencil Box, National Science Teachers Association, Race for the Cure Cancer (Walk), and the Kiwanis Club of Madison TN (Fund-raising Pancake Breakfast). Throughout her years in high school, Porsha has claimed honors as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate and as a member of the National Honor Society.

Lamesha Wells, Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: A soon-to-be Belmont University student in Business Administration, Lamesha has been an active volunteer within her community for the past four years: Kiwanis Club of Madison TN (pancake breakfast), Adventure Science Center, Salvation Army, LP Pencil Box, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, National Science Teachers Association, and Bellshire Element Pre-K Life Skills Program. Mom Catina Wells can also be proud of Lamesha’s academic accomplishments: National Honor Society, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, International Baccalaureate MYP Program, Honor Roll, National Beta Club, Key Club, Bowling and Cheerleading Teams.

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipient and best of luck on your future endeavors!


Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North

Signing Day…Scholarship Celebration

Celebrations were held in the cafeteria, auditorium, library and gymnasium in schools all across Nashville as student-athletes signed their scholarship papers to attend college. The North Sports Report attended the signing celebration at Hillsboro. As I watched the proud parents and the student-athletes officially accept scholarship offers amid the cheers, balloons, media attention etc., it dawned on me that I was witnessing the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice by the student and the parents – not to mention, the teachers, youth league coaches, middle school coaches, extended family and friends. I know the student-athletes deserve the accolades, but those parents have traveled from field to field, sat through terrible weather, nursed bruised egos after losses, cleaned the uniforms, encouraged, insisted on the completion of homework, chauffeured to practice, and on and on and on. Parents…that signing party was for you too.

See photos from Signing Day 2012!

Student-Athletes who signed on February 1 included:

Eric Miles (Antioch) Carson Newman
Amiri Hawkins (Hillsboro) Univ. of Tennessee Martin
Ben Ross (Hillsboro) Carson Newman
Ladarius Vanlier (Maplewood) Tennessee Tech
Steven Johnson (Maplewood) Lindsey Wilson College
Caleb Azubike (McGavock) Vanderbilt
Presley Gamble (McGavock) Southern Virginia
Zabian King (Overton) Arkansas Tech
Elijah Annor (Pearl-Cohn) Austin Peay
Larry Brown (Pearl-Cohn) Bethel
Darrius Darden-Box (Pearl-Cohn) Southeast Missouri State
DeMario Darnell (Pearl-Cohn) Tennessee Tech
Ryan Deisling (Pearl-Cohn) Jackson State
Terrence Haynes (Pearl-Cohn) Highland Community College
Carl Jones Jr. (Pearl-Cohn) N.C. Central
Trevon Miles (Pearl-Cohn) Highland Community College
Jordan Payne (Pearl-Cohn) Bethel
Ronald Stayton-Williams (Pearl-Cohn) Fayetteville State
Tyler Wilson (Stratford) Carson Newman
Girls Basketball
Keira Holt (Hillsboro) Wilberforce University
Girls Soccer
Sloane Logan (Overton) Georgia Southwestern State

Congratulations to all MNPS Seniors and to everyone that helped them reach for the stars.

Middle School Hoops Tournaments

The second season starts soon. At the outset of basketball tournaments, every team has a chance to win the championship. The Eastern Division and Western Division Middle School tournaments start February 9, and the first games will be played on the home court of the higher seed team with the winners advancing to Pearl-Cohn High School for the Eastern Division and Antioch Middle School for the Western Division (seems geographically backward, but that’s the information I have) the next week. The Middle School City Championship Basketball Tournament will be played at Pearl-Cohn High School February 23 and 24. Make your plans to attend the high-flying hoopapalooza that is the Middle School Division and City Basketball Tournaments.

Spartan Pride…New Coach Named

The Stratford Spartans football team will take the field this fall under the leadership of new coach Aaron Pitts. Coach Pitts is up to the task of continuing the Stratford tradition of great players and teams and legendary coaches. From his history as a “passing game” specialist, opposing defenses better be ready for an exciting brand of Stratford football. Good luck Coach Pitts and all our MNPS coaches.

Brush with Fame

The North Sports Report ran into Pearl High football legend, TSU great, former Philadelphia Eagle, and present-day tailor to the stars Randolph Williamson this week. Randolph is another example of MNPS sports legends returning to Nashville, starting a successful business and inspiring a new generation.

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for Inspiring a New Generation



Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North

Update from the Alley…Bowling Alley that is

Aaron Ruiz, a sophomore at Cane Ridge, enters the state Bowling Championships this week with the highest average in the state – an average of 227.00. What? That’s right, a state leading average of 227!

Darius Holland of Maplewood bowled one of the all-time greatest games in TSSAA high school bowling history in the district tournament. His almost perfect 288 assures his place in the TSSAA record books.

Several MNPS bowlers will be knocking them down at this week’s state championships in Smyrna. The state qualifiers include: Aisha Lee (East Lit); Summer Earnest (Hume Fogg); Chasity Towns (Hunters Lane); Raven Gore (Maplewood); Brandi Caruso (Overton); I’eshia Davis (Stratford); Aaron Ruiz (Cane Ridge); Canaan Morse (Hillsboro); Trevor Owen (Maplewood); Colin Beason (MLK); Andre Rucker (MLK); Matt Holland (McGavock); Brent Morphis (McGavock); Anh Nguyen (Overton); and Andrew Sawyer (Overton).

Good luck to all MNPS bowlers.

College Choices … Seniors Begin the Next Chapter

When The City Paper reported this week that Maplewood’s Ladarius Vanlier chose to attend Tennessee Tech this fall and return to play on the field of his final high school game, it reminded me that we have many young adults in our schools completing college applications, receiving acceptance letters, earning scholarships of all types, and preparing to leave the nest to take what they have cultivated through their life in our schools toward greater and higher accomplishments.

We are proud of the Class of 2012!

Spelling Test

Have you ever noticed how many cheers involve spelling? It’s true – some of the greatest cheers at high school and middle school sporting events require a working knowledge of how to spell certain key words.

Quiz: Which of these “spelling” cheers is the North Sports Report’s favorite?

  1. The ever popular free throw cheer: “R-E…R-E-B… R-E-B-O-U-N-D…Rebound”

  2. The edgier and more controversial: “M-I-S-S…M-I-S-S…Miss it”

  3. The rough and tumble: “Let’s get a little bit rowdy: R-O-W-D-Y”

  4. The long word spelling: “Be aggressive: B-E…A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E”

  5. Tri-word spelling: “Go…G-O; Fight…F-I-G-H-T; Win…W-I-N: Go, Fight, Win”

  6. Or, simply: “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y”

The correct answer is: All of the above.

Sportsmanship Award

The prestigious Hancock-Nipper Football Sportsmanship Awards were presented by the Nashville Civitan Club last week and included Maplewood Panthers Football Coach Arcentae Broome; Antioch Bears star Eric Miles; and Maplewood Panthers hero Wagner Serrano. Congratulations to all MNPS student-athletes who exemplify the high standards of sportsmanship.

To read all about it and find a great picture of the recipients, check out www.sportsnashville.net.

Alumni News

University of Georgia basketball star and MLK alumnus Gerald Robinson not only leads the basketball team at Georgia, he is also pursuing his master’s in Adult Education after earning his undergraduate degree in Speech Communication last Summer. MNPS alumni are awesome!

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for V-I-C-T-O-R-Y



Nashville Big Picture High School students recently participated in a College Application Extravaganza, where with the assistance of Oasis College Connection mentors 35 seniors applied to more than 50 colleges. The extravaganza was the culminating event of College Application week sponsored by College for Tennessee.

"It was pretty good. I don't think I would have done it on my own time," said Avery, a student at Big Picture.

Eight Oasis College Connection mentors spent the morning with the senior class at Nashville Big Picture High; answering questions, providing guidance, support and encouragement as seniors tackled the arduous task of applying to college.

“Oasis College Connection was thrilled to be able to partner with Nashville Big Picture High School (NBPHS) as part of College App Week. We especially enjoyed being able to work in small groups with young people because the format allowed us to really engage in meaningful and individualized conversations about postsecondary opportunities. We look forward to future conversations about college with the community of teachers, students, and families at NBPHS,” explained Jenny Mills, Oasis College Connection Mentor.

For more information about Nashville Big Picture High School click here.

Nashville Big Picture High School opened in August 2007. It offers a rigorous, highly personalized curriculum that combines academic work with real-world experiences and project-based learning. Students are active and accountable in their own education, and are still required to take all assessments required by No Child Left Behind. Some students do well ijavascript:void(0);n a traditional high school setting; however, there are many students who would do better in a smaller, more individualized program. NBPHS is one of several programs MNPS is offering to provide students and families choices regarding which educational approach is best for them.


It's here again - find the right college fit at College Night 2011!

With more than 100 colleges and universities represented, there's sure to be a school for everyone. Students and parents can learn about college life, academic choices, scholarships, admissions and so much more.

Big thanks are due to LP Field for hosting the event, along with all of the schools taking part. As always this event is 100% free of charge.

Parking will be available for free  at LP Field in lot S and portions of lots H, M, & G.

College Night 2011
Tuesday, September 27
 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
LP Field

Full details:

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