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We'd like to give a big, BIG thanks to Papa John's and Michael Griffin of the Tennessee Titans for a sizable donation given to Hunters Lane High School this week.

Michael came by Hunters Lane with a check for more than $8,500 to be used for healthy snacks and fresh food for students.

The money was raised through a pizza promotion done at Papa John's restaurants. Both Michael Griffin and executives from Papa John's were proud to particiapte, saying how important it is to be involved in the community and to give help young people who need it.

Thank you for the donation!

Michael Griffin with Principal Susasn Kessler and Assistant Principal Andrew Davis

Tennessee Titan Michael Griffin with Hunters Lane principal Susan Kessler & assistant principal Andrew Davis.


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!


ONE Nashville LogoIs it still volunteering if you can win cash? You bet it is!

OneNashville.org is enticing you to volunteer in our schools by putting cash and prizes on the line. You can enter as yourself, enter your whole school or enter your business.

It's easy.

Log on to OneNashville.org and choose volunteer opportunities in our schools. Be sure to log your hours on the website. And that's it. Really, that's it!

When you hit the minimum number of hours you will be entered into a drawing. There are three separate prizes for individual, school and business:

  • $1,000 for you

  • $1,000 for your school

  • a full page ad in The Tennessean for your business

Here's the fine print:

Criteria to win:

Individual: Anyone who logs 12 hours or more will be entered into the drawing.

Business: Employee volunteers must log an average of 2.5 hours each. For example, if a company has 10 employees who volunteer in Metro Nashville Public Schools, they would need to log at least 25 combined hours for the business to be entered into the drawing.

School: In order to keep the playing field equal for large and small schools, each school will need an average of one volunteer hour logged per student per year to be eligible for the prize. Since the time frame leading up to the drawing is three months, schools must divide the number of students by four to find out how many volunteer hours are needed to be entered into the drawing. For example, if a school has 200 students, they would need to log 50 hours to be eligible.

Get started!


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!


Mark North

Mark North, Sports Fan & President of

The Fans, Inc.

Back to the Future…The FANS Retro Classic Rocks

The North Sports Report attended the most exciting, innovative, heartwarming basketball extravaganza last weekend at the old Historic Isaac Litton Gymnasium. I hope you saw the media coverage. Four local television stations, The Tennessean, and even ESPN.com covered The FANS Retro Classic. The teams wore throwback uniforms of bygone high schools, fans wore memorabilia and legendary MNPS coaches were recognized at mid-court. Decked out in retro uniforms of old DuPont High, Litton High, Cameron High and the eye popping iconic Madison High polka dots, the teams took to the court in what I believe is the first varsity high school basketball games at the old Litton gym in over forty years. Nashville Sporting Goods helped with the throwback uniforms, and Maplewood, Hume-Fogg, Hunters Lane, Stratford, Glencliff, and McGavock hooped it old school.

Talk about history, recognizing great old-school coaches was a highlight of the event: McGavock’s first basketball coach Joe Allen; Stratford’s first football coach Ronald Webb; Stratford’s first basketball coach Charlie Anderson; Hunters Lane’s first basketball coach Carlton Collier; and Madison High’s first football coach Bill Brimm. What’s that, Coach? No sir, I didn’t say “old school.” I said “wise and experienced.”

Coaches at The FANS Retro Classic The FANS Retro Classic Hunters Lane & Glencliff
Coaching legends: McGavock's Joe Allen; Madison's Bill Brimm; Stratford and Litton's Ronald Webb (also a long time Principal at McMurray); Stratford's Charlie Anderson; and Madison and Hunters Lane's Carlton Collier. Hunters Lane in old school Madison High uniforms and Glencliff in old school Cameron High uniforms.
The FANS Retro Classic Hume-Fogg & Maplewood The FANS Retro Classic Stratford
Game action: Hume-Fogg, dressed as old Madison, vs. Maplewood, dressed as old Litton. Stratford Coach Barry Mangrum introduces legends, principal Ronald Webb and coach Charlie Anderson, for pre-game words of wisdom to the attentive Spartans.

The North Sports Report can’t wait until next year’s FANS Retro Classic!

News from the Alley… Best in Tennessee History

Check out this morning’s Tennessean and sportswriter Chip Cirillo’s piece on Cane Ridge superstar bowler Aaron Ruiz who won the state championship his freshman year, led the state with the highest per game average last year as a sophomore, and broke the state record this year with an average of 244. By the time Aaron concludes his high school career, he will be recognized as the best bowler in the history of Tennessee interscholastic bowling. The state tournament is January 24-26 in Smyrna. Good luck to all our bowlers!

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for Historic Performances


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.


The chorus program at Oliver Middle School is in the running for a $15,000 music grant courtesy of Rack Room Shoes! From Dec. 28 - Jan. 13, 2013, vote for Oliver’s video here at Rack Room Shoes website and click on the Gift of Music icon. The top four vote recipients will win $15,000 to support the music program. So log on and vote for Oliver!


From Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee:

Oliver Middle School students spent all day Monday learning about capital resources, imports and exports, the importance of budgeting, and the characteristics of entrepreneurs. They studied foreign currency, created business plans, set personal budgets and crafted résumés. Students learned all of this not from their teachers, but from businesspeople.

More than 60 employees from 23 area companies took over the school on December 17th, leading interactive programming on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through a JA in a Day event hosted by Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee.

“JA in a day at Oliver Middle School is a wonderful day for our students. Students get to play math games and make advertisements for products, which helps develop critical thinking skills and stimulates their creativity. Students also get to know a variety of community professionals who are interested in furthering students’ educations in unique and thoughtful ways. Thank you, Junior Achievement,” said Linda Latter, Counselor at Oliver Middle.

Sue Kessler teachers students for JA in a Day

Dr. Susan Kessler (center), JA Associate Board Member and Executive Principal at Hunter’s Lane High School, and Andrew Davis (right), Assistant Principal at Hunter’s Lane High School, volunteer at Oliver Middle School.

Junior Achievement provides hands-on programming that connects what students are learning in the classroom to the real-world. Offered to students in Kindergarten through high school, JA programs combine discussions and group activities into lessons that help students understand the important role education plays in a successful future.

JA in a Day combines all six lessons of JA’s middle school programming into one day, instead of spreading the lessons out over several weeks. Having dedicated volunteers take over the entire school ensured all 860 students in the Metro Nashville school received the lessons at the same time on the same day.

JA of Middle Tennessee President Trent Klingensmith said, “Being able to reach every student in four grades with JA’s message of financial responsibility and workplace skills is incredible. As an organization, Junior Achievement is grateful to the volunteers who helped inspire hundreds of students at Oliver Middle to take the steps today that will lead to success in life and the workplace down the road.”

Several volunteers participating in Oliver’s JA in a Day were JA Board Members. Associate Board Member Jaclyn Carney of Radsource had a great experience. She said, “my teaching partner and I spent the day with a great group of 23 eighth graders...this day was so rewarding as it allowed me the opportunity to engage with the next generation and challenge them to start thinking about what it means to own their own economic success. The lessons and activities provided to us by JA were visibly impactful as they empowered these students to open their minds, think about their future, and begin the important journey of self-discovery. From evaluating their own skills, values, and interests in thinking about future career options, to balancing a budget, to understanding the difference between credit and cash, the value of education, and many things in between, I feel as though each student walked away from this JA in a Day experience with an increased level of self knowledge and the important foundation from which to build upon their own economic success. I am confident that because of JA in a Day, each of these 23 students were exposed to priceless lessons that challenged them to think outside the walls of their eighth grade classroom and dream big!”

The teachers and students at Oliver Middle School are no strangers to JA volunteer experiences. This marked the fourth year in a row the school has opened its doors to host a whole-school JA in a Day event for its middle schoolers.

Junior Achievement hosts other JA in a Day programs throughout Middle Tennessee. Companies and schools interested in participating should contact JA Director of Programs Andy Schenck at 615.627.1186 or andys@janash.com.


UPDATE! Marcus and Joey will finally make their national debut! Thursday, Dec. 20, a special segment highlighting their time working with Brad Paisley will air during the CMA Country Christmas Special on ABC.

Live television, folks! CMA Week (a.k.a “Country Music’s Biggest Night™”) cast a national spotlight on two Metro high school students – even if they didn’t end up playing with Brad Paisley during the broadcast.

Marcus Wanner, a student at Nashville School of the Arts, and Joey Santoro, a student at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School, were hand-selected to perform with Brad during the The 46th Annual CMA Awards on Thursday. The performance was meant to draw attention to Keep the Music Playing, a program that has donated more than $6.1 million to support music education on behalf of the hundreds of Country Music artists that perform at CMA Music Festival for free.

But the hectic world of live television forced the performance to be cut from the show, though they still had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rehearse with Brad and appear with him on Good Morning America.

Isaac Litton Middle School, home of the Marching 100, was also to be featured, though that video segment was cut from the broadcast, as well. Teachers Allison Winstein and William McMillan - along with more than twenty students - participated in a video shoot promoting the Keep the Music Playing partnership with MNPS.

Litton was selected to participate for its long and rich history of excellence in music. Litton is now redeveloping its music program as part of its overall school improvement program and in partnership with Music Makes Us, a city-school partnership that aims to reinvigorate music education in Nashville.

“The support and generosity of our Nashville community is remarkable,” said Laurie Schell, director of Music Makes Us. “We are so grateful to the Country Music Association's Keep the Music Playing program for ensuring our students have access to quality musical instruments. Having a good instrument is the first step toward becoming a music-lover for life."

About Keep the Music Playing

Keep the Music Playing is an initiative of the CMA Foundation, which exists to provide financial support to worthwhile causes that are important to the Country Music Association and the Country Music community. The CMA Foundation places special emphasis on serving the needs of CMA's core constituents and nonprofit organizations with initiatives that preserve the legacy of the format, music education, and respond to such other needs that may be identified in the future by the CMA.

Since 2006, KTMP has contributed more than $6.1 million to Metro Nashville Public Schools. The funds have been used to build music labs, provide sound and lighting equipment for school auditoriums, and purchase more than 4,000 instruments for the schools.

About Music Makes Us

Music Makes Us promotes, supports and advances student engagement and achievement through robust, high quality music education with both a traditional music curriculum as well as a contemporary curriculum track that uses new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape. A public/private partnership among Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders in Nashville, Music Makes Us is committed to becoming a worldwide leader in music education, bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together to enable participation and foster student success for all of its 81,000 students.

Building on a model partnership and the generosity of the Country Music Association’s Keep The Music Playing program, Music Makes Us seeks to establish groundbreaking new contemporary curriculum pathways as well as create a strong alignment with the instructional goals of MNPS, enhance existing chorus, band and orchestra programs, facilitate strong partnerships among the business and nonprofit music communities, develop a facilities master plan, and improve the support infrastructure for teachers, students and community partners.


Overton alumni keep on giving! The Class of 1975 recently donated nearly $5,000, $4,834.75 to be exact, to their alma mater. The money is earmarked for the school’s library and media center.

Pictured below are (L - R ) Connie Brown Kimbro, Amy Price Garrison, Lynn Stanfield Wilbanks, Cindy Hayden Dickens, Betty Price, JOHS Media Specialists: Gwin Hines and Misti Jenkins, Executive Principal: Dr. Shuler Pelham.

Overton Donation 2012 - class of 75 donates nearly $5000 to support media center and library


iLeaders are charged with dramatically improving the performance of and changing the culture at the district's iZone schools.

They met as a group last Friday (December 14) with Executive Director of Innovation Alan Coverstone to share ideas, best practices, and lessons learned at their schools.

They focused on the three big goals:

  • Moving students (figuratively, not physically)

  • Moving teachers (again, figuratively)

  • Sustainable school redesign

Discussions included smarter time management and allocation; clear team priorities and roles; expanding capacity to meet the big three goals; and prioritizing highly effective actions and abandoning ineffective ones.

After the iLeaders discussed in small groups, they shared their discoveries with each other.

With a relentless focus on moving students and teachers forward, these teams shared honestly about how to help everyone participate more effectively in the big goal of dramatically improving student achievement and the opportunities for college and career readiness built on that foundation. Autonomy and innovation are allowing a sharp leadership focused on proving what is possible when all the people, programs, money, and time are focused on success for all students, and this session offered a great opportunity to adapt and improve at this crucial mid-year break.

But despite spending half a work day away from their schools, Alan and his team promised: "We want you to leave with the ways to recover the time you spend here today. You will stop doing things that take time away from high productivity outcomes and start including more people in activities that will enable them to contribute more to the bottom line with less time commitment by the people in this room."


Cheryl D. MayesCheryl Mayes, chair of Metro Nashville Board of Education, will take her passion for education and service statewide. Mayes was recently named an At-Large member of the Tennessee School Board Association. She will serve throughout 2013. Congrats!


Mark North

Mark North, Sports Fan & President of

The Fans, Inc.

I Saw the Light

Friday was one of those days…the horrific tragedy in Connecticut …unspeakable terror…dominated the news, monopolized our thought, exponentially multiplied our fears, and left each of us searching for elusive answers. Social media constantly reiterated the questions – Where did we go so wrong? Why would someone inflict such horror? What in his background would make him act in such a way? How can such evil exist? Why?


With that backdrop, I planned to attend a high school basketball game as I do every Friday evening. This week, I was heading to Green Hills for the Hillsboro Burros’ showdown with the Hunters Lane Warriors. It would be my first chance to see Burros star Jamonte Davis, a 6-7 (or 6-8 depending on which recruiting service you subscribe to) forward whose complete game, including mastery of the lost art of the mid-range jump shot, has catapulted him to national recognition as a college prospect. I knew he would be tested by Hunters Lane’s scrappy, tenacious zone defense.

My daughter, home from college, accompanied me to the game, an unexpected and particularly heartwarming treat considering the events of the day. She warned that she might not pay too much attention to the game because she concentrates on and enjoys the spectacle that surrounds the actual game. True enough…and I responded that I try to notice things other people overlook and provide a different perspective through the North Sports Report. Sitting together, we watched the game in our own ways, occasionally sharing our unique commentary.

During a break in the action, late in the game, the Hillsboro cheerleaders tossed souvenirs into the crowd. You know the routine…cheerleaders throwing little basketballs and rubber bracelets all along the sideline, and every fan standing, hoping to catch a keepsake. Just like every fan at a baseball game wants to catch a foul ball, everyone in the gym wants to catch some cheerleader-thrown gift. Did I stand and wave, encouraging a toss toward me? Of course I did. Did any souvenirs land within my reach? Of course not. So, we sat back down as action resumed on the court.

Then it happened.

A Hillsboro student, sitting three people down from me, leaned over and tapped my arm. As I turned, she handed me a rubber Hillsboro souvenir bracelet the cheerleaders had thrown into the crowd. What? I had never met the young lady, and she didn’t know me from the man in the moon. What makes a high school student give a gift to a stranger? Why so nice to me? How can such grace and beauty exist? Who gets the credit…her parents? …a teacher? Where did we go so right?

I have no answers, but the cynical veil of despair was lifted. A bright light… I swear I saw a bright light…shone down on that child like a spotlight. Or, was it shining up, emanating from her kind heart? Looking around the gym, I saw light shining on everyone. I could actually see the beauty and grace in every spectator, shining through like a beacon of hope to the world. Was her light of kindness contagious, or were my eyes simply opened to the light of kindness that shines from all those around me?

I still have no answers, and that light doesn’t change the past or hide the horrors of tragedy. It does, however, expose the hope for healing and for the future.

As the New Year approaches, may we open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us; and more importantly, shine our own light of grace, beauty and kindness in whatever small way we can.

Oh, and Go to a Game!

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for Hope for the Future


Linda Edwards, kindergarten teacher at Julia Green Elementary, is this week’s News 2 Educator of the Week! Edwards has been teaching within MNPS for nearly 40 years. Aside from regular classroom duties, she mentors kindergarten teachers and works daily to make sure they feel like they are part of the teaching team. Edwards also takes it upon herself to make sure the kindergartners feel welcome and secure as they begin their educational journeys!

Help us congratulate Mrs. Edwards, and watch her tonight on News 2 at 10! The segment will re-air Friday, Dec. 14 during the 6am newscast.


With his first semester in Nashville almost under his belt, Wright Middle and Glencliff High Mariachi instructor Alan Lambert is leading the students in their inaugural holiday concert and fundraiser. From 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, the Nashville community is invited to join the young Mariachi performers and special guests Sheyla Paz Hicks and Los Delgados! Check out the flyer for more details.  

Mariachi Concert Flyer 2012


Marla McKenna, author of popular baseball-themed children’s book “Mom’s Big Catch,” made a few quick stops at several Metro Schools this week, including Crieve Hall Elementary, which is pictured. McKenna, an advocate for youth literacy, wants children to reach for their dreams.

But the famous author wasn’t the only surprise guest of the day. Helping bring her book to life, Nashville Sounds mascot Ozzie also got in on the fun! Ozzie, who has spent the past decade cheering on the minor league baseball team, is a big fan of reading. He and the sounds regularly serve more than 75,000 children in the middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky region through the Nashville Sounds Reading Club.

Marla McKenna author of Mom’s Big Catch


Haywood Elementary is focused on families! Check out the article and photos sent in by Carolyn Price, 1st grade teacher at Haywood:

Haywood Elementary students and their families enjoyed a school wide potluck dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The initiative was to bring families together with school faculty to embrace diversity, and fellowship together. Students and parents were encouraged to wear ethnic clothing and bring a dish from their country. Nearly 250 students and families attended the event which was divided into two separate dinners for different grade levels.

Principal Melanie Schiff thanked students and their families for attending over the morning announcements Wednesday morning. Haywood is planning to have another potluck after the first of the year to encourage fellowship within the school community.

Haywood Potluck 2012

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Metro Board Representative Elissa Kim at Head 2012Metro Board Representative Elissa Kim is proving her support for students and staff in the district. Kim recently spoke at Head Middle Magnet School's Pastries With Parents. A staunch advocate for quality public education, Kim shared her history with parents as well as her excitement of helping take Teach for America nationwide.

Kim is also conducting a “listening tour” through which she will assess the needs of parents, students, and educators in District 5. After her presentation, parents had the opportunity to ask questions and share insight. 


P.U.R.P.L.E. Girls Goodlettsville MiddleThey call themselves the P.U.R.P.L.E. Girl’s, but their community may be more inclined to call them good citizens and servants. 

Fifteen Goodlettsville Middle ladies, grades six through eight, are part of a special mentoring group (P.U.R.P.L.E.: Pursuing Uniqueness, Responsibility, Purpose, Leadership, & Education) that aims to serve the community. Thanksgiving weekend, the girls volunteered at The Women’s and Children’s Shelter and served dinner to more than 200 homeless women and children. The project proved to be a powerful, and fun, experience!


The holidays came a little early for the students and staff at Old Center Elementary this year when Zagg, a mobile device accessories company, zealously handed over 56 brand new iPads, covers for all, three digital cameras, and new earbuds for every child and teacher!

Principal Dr. Betsy Potts has big plans for the iPads. She says the teachers will use them for professional development and to enhance classroom learning. The students will get to test educational software and programs, as well as get a little practice working with technology.

ZAGG, which stands for Zealous About Great Gadgets, is based in Utah. Earlier this year, the company decided they wanted to do a bit to give back, particularly to schools. They launched an online promotion in which consumers could enter to win a free home computer and $25,000 in technology for their favorite school. Marveya Gooch, proud parent of two Old Center students, logged on and entered…38 times! And it’s a good thing she did. Gooch was selected out of nearly a million entries!

Old Center ES wins tech grant


Metro Nashville Public Schools is making progress, but it’s not enough. Our student performance outcomes are still too low. That was the underlying theme of a press conference held Dec. 4 to showcase the first year’s work of U.K.-based Tribal Group, an educational review and consulting company. To push the district’s transformation to the next level, MNPS will implement significant changes in 2013, all with student achievement as the focal point.

What we’ve learned during year one of our partnership with Tribal:

  • Our students are not performing as they should be; one out of three elementary and middle school students perform math at grade level while two out of five read at grade level.

  • Lessons are not engaging; only 22% of lessons observed were deemed effective.

  • School leaders want more autonomy; four of five principals desire greater autonomy.

With that knowledge, Dr. Register says we must work aggressively to instigate change and to inspire greater success in our students.  Under his direction and in partnership with Tribal Group, the district will expand its use of network lead principals, create a strong network of sharing of best practices among 39 schools, and develop personalized learning plans for 27,000 students in under-performing schools. The district will also see a restructuring at the Central Office with decentralization of personnel, elimination of jobs, and the reconfiguration of reporting relationships.

To learn more about Tribal’s findings and what’s in store for 2013, check out the video below.


Cameron Middle School leaders are making great strides in building parental involvement. Earlier this month, school leaders hosted a math and literacy night in conjunction with Lipscomb University that drew more than 100 people. Families were able to visit 24 interactive booths created by Lipscomb University College of Education graduate students. All of the activities were inspired by the book Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix which Cameron students are currently reading as part of the school-wide genre study of dystopian-themed science fiction. The activities allowed the book to come to life for students and their families and demonstrated activities that can be done at home to make reading and math more fun. 


You’re invited!


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.


We want to give a big shout out to Lakeview Elementary Design Center and W.H. Oliver Middle School, both of which were awarded Music Makes Us education grants from the Nashville Singers. Check out the news release below.

Lakeview Design Center & Oliver Middle School Receive Music Education Grants from The Nashville Singers, Inc.

Nashville, TN - Lakeview Design Center and W.H. Oliver Middle School were each announced as recipients of a $500.00 Music Makes a Difference music education grant from Nashville Singers in May of this year. The formal presentation took place at the Nashville Singers annual Season of Harmony concert on November 17 at Hillsboro High School. 

Since being founded in November of 2008, the philanthropic mission of Nashville Singers has been to enrich lives through support of music education in our schools and the community. To support this mission, the chorus funds several programs, including a free singing lessons program entitled Acappella Academy, music education grants, middle and high school master classes, and the Educator of the Future college scholarship created for students pursuing a music education degree.

Upon hearing the announcement, Carol Crittenden, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) remarked, "The Nashville Singers have not only been an incredible financial support for grant recipients in Metro Schools, but the members have also given of their time and talents to support our music students. This is the type of commitment and partnership we greatly value."

Jay Steele, Associate Superintendent for MNPS High Schools added, "A rich curriculum that includes the arts is very important for all students in Nashville and MNPS is very fortunate to have such supportive partners like the Nashville Singers."

Kim Marie Folsom of Lakeview Design Center stated, "I am so thankful for the Nashville Singers, who provide help for students in need, through music education. They realize that music teaches math, language, history, reading and science in a fun environment. I am so grateful for their support."

Franklin J. Willis of Oliver Middle School added, "The Oliver Middle School community advocates in the importance of music education in students' lives. Receiving this award not only serves as monetary gain to fund the new chorus program, but motivation to meet the challenge of engaging students in finding their own voice through music. It is truly an honor to be a recipient of the Nashville Singer's Music Makes a Difference Grant. I look forward to future collaborations with Nashville Singers and the Oliver Middle School Chorus."  

Other dignitaries on hand for the presentation and concert included Laurie Schell, Director of the Music Makes Us education project, Margaret Campbelle-Holman, Executive Director of Choral Arts Link, and Peter Bird, President and CEO of the Frist Foundation.

About Nashville Singers

In their first four years, this volunteer group has grown from four to 15 singers, learned 42 songs, released their first CD, racked up 50 performances for 32 organizations in seven counties across Tennessee, and produced a successful concert series which attracted attendees from 36 cities in eight states across the USA. Their concert audiences have ranged in size from a few hundred to 4000 people. Their diverse repertoire spans many genres. Their philanthropic mission is to enrich lives through support of music education in our schools and the community. This support comes in the form of music education grants, college scholarships, master classes in area schools, and an annual free singing lessons program called Acappella Academy. Nashville Singers has awarded $2500 in music education grants and scholarships in the last two years. The Nashville Singers, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information about Nashville Singers, visit them online at www.nashvillesingers.org.


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!


Thinking about a career change? Nashville Teaching Fellows may be just what you need. The program recruits professionals of various backgrounds and industries who are looking for a second career, as well as recent college graduates. Nashville Teaching Fellows trains accepted individuals and places them in classrooms throughout Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Visit www.nashvilleteachingfellows.org for more to details.


Head Runners for Mayor's 5K

Head Middle Magnet School participated in the Mayor’s 5K on Sunday, Nov. 19. Andrea Hawkins, 8th grade science and physical science teacher, organized the event. School faculty and several families ran or walked. Congrats to Joshua Rice, 6th grade math teacher, and Sarah Diehl, 7th grade math teacher, for finishing with the fastest times at 29 minutes and 32 minutes respectively.


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Math is easy, math is fun! This was the central focus at Haywood Elementary’s Annual Haywood Elementary Annual Family Math NightFamily Math Night. The school-wide initiative was held on Thursday, Nov. 15. Teachers and administrators worked together to develop family friendly math activities for the school’s pre-kindergarten through 4th grade students.

“We have math night to get parents into our buildings to show them different strategies and games that they can use at home to help their children build math skills that they are using in their grade level this year,” said Assistant Principal Carl Febles.

Haywood teachers have been working hard to raise math test scores and help promote high student achievement. This was a central focus for Family Math Night. “Math night can help parents learn what we are doing at school so they can help their children at home. A lot of times parents don’t know what to do to help their children, this (math night) gives them the resources and knowledge they can use at home,” said Febles. Nearly 175 students attended the Haywood event.


Nashville Big Picture High School student capstone helps othersCharity D., a student at Nashville Big Picture High School, is inching closer to her diploma by reaching out to the Nashville community! As part of her senior capstone project, Charity hosted a special event benefiting March of Dimes at Baptist Hospital. She spent the day passing out information about premature births, to 133 guests; raised money for the NICU Fund at Baptist; and handed out stuffed animals to raise donations for the March of Dimes.


This morning, more than 80 area business professionals, guests from nonprofits and the Principal for a Day program 2012faith community, government officials, and higher education professionals took the reigns at a Metro Public School. The guests were part of the annual Principal for a Day program sponsored by PENCIL Foundation. 

“Being a school principal is one of the toughest jobs,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “After a morning at school, I hope our community members have a new appreciation for the complexities of the job--and also for the joy that comes from helping bright young people achieve.”


The National Alliance for Black School Educators (NASBE) annual conference is in Nashville this weekend (the conference kicked off Nov. 14 and wraps up the 18th), and NABSE tour of PearlCohnseveral Metro Schools are getting involved! 

Wednesday, Nov. 14, conference guests toured several schools including the construction site of the new Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet studio (pictured left). The studio is a collaboration of the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing, Steven Durr Designs, Music Makes Us and MNPS. The state-of-the-art studio is expected to open in February/March 2013.

Thursday, Nov. 15, Chandler J., an 8th grader at Head Middle Magnet, had the privilege of introducing Roland S. Martin, CNN news Chandler J Head student at NABSE 2012analyst, who served as the Keynote Speaker. Pictured right.

Later that day, hundreds of high school students from across the district participated in a Youth Symposium where they came together with educators and civic leaders to discuss ways to create a stronger emphasis on good writing.

The following day, Maplewood High School’s Junior ROTC Unit TN-933 performed Color Guard detail for the Opening Plenary again featuring Martin, the keynote speaker of the conference. This performance came the same week the students helped celebrate Veteran’s Day with a performance at The River Church and participation in the Downtown Nashville Veteran’s Day parade.

Maplewood High School’s Junior ROTC at NABSE 2012


Metro Schools and the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Parent Leadership Conferencewant parents to get involved with their child’s school. Parents, teachers, administrators and others in the community are invited to attend a Parent Leadership Conference, which will be held Friday, Nov. 30. Guests speakers from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Metro Schools, and PTA will host workshops and panel discussions that focus on teacher training, family engagement, community involvement and more!

The conference will be held Friday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Martin Professional Development Center, 2400 Fairfax Ave. To register, contact Robin Trollinger at 615.259.8569.


Technology is in our homes, at the grocery stores, doctor’s offices, athletic events, and - most importantly - waiting for our children in college and their future careers. For that reason, it's crucial that educational institutions teach students in a way that is relevant and trains them to use the tools that are ever-present in our daily lives.

When the 
National Alliance for Black School Educators (NABSE) and Promethean, a global education company, offered to donate more than $150,000 worth of classroom technology and professional development services our employees were ecstatic, and rightfully so. Those tools and that training will help our teachers work with students and begin to close the digital divide that exists between families with technology in their homes and those without.

At Napier Enhanced Option Elementary on Wednesday, the two organizations announced the donation that will help the 15 schools receiving technology and support.  Schools will receive touch-screen interactive whiteboards, hand held student response devices, and educational software. Teachers will be trained on how to best use these new tools to increase student engagement and better lead interactive lessons.

But this donation is much more than a one-time act of generosity. It is part of an annual program by NABSE and Promethean to close the achievement gap by modernizing classrooms and boosting parental engagement. Our schools were selected to receive this donation since Nashville is serving as the host city for the 40th NABSE Annual Conference (Nov. 14 - 18). Thousands of educators are spending the weekend in Music City tackling issues surrounding urban education, higher education, and exploring the role of diversity in public schools.

At the same time, but across town, Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, Mayor Karl Dean, State Representative Brenda Gilmore, John Gauder from
Comcast, and Patricia Stokes from the Urban League spent the morning at a Digital Literacy Rally encouraging families to explore Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. The program provides affordable Internet services for low-income families and is meant to aid students and parents in academics, job searches, much more.

Bring the Internet home for just $9.95 a month.

While slightly more than half of our students have access to the Internet at home (56% at last count) and 14,500 families are eligible for this discounted service, only 800 families enrolled in the program during its first year. Hoping to boost participation, Comcast is promoting the program to the community and is funding the Urban League’s Project Ready Digital Academy with a $15,000 grant. The Academy will teach skills in digital literacy, computer programming and college readiness to under-served youth.

To say the support and commitment of these businesses and community partners is worthy of a big pat on the back is an understatement. These donations, programs and partnerships are setting the stage for us to close the digital divide in Nashville and to give every family access to technology and training. They are helping us give our students and families the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. Now we need your help in
spreading the word and making sure every family knows about the opportunities and takes advantage of them.


He’s arguably one of Tennessee’s most famous artists, and now the students at Old Red Grooms Exhibit at Old CenterCenter Elementary are paying homage to the legendary Red Grooms. A new exhibit features the young artists’ interpretations of Grooms’ work and life. The students also created a life-size installation where visitors can have their photograph taken with Elvis and Grooms. The display is a tribute to pictoramas, which catapulted Grooms to international status. Other displays showcase Grooms’ techniques of printmaking, relief and paper sculptures of Nashville and historical landmarks, such as Groom’s Alma Mater, Hillsboro High School! To wrap up the project, students took a field trip to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens to see an exhibit of Grooms’ work.


Nashville parents are invited to the 2012 Parent Multicultural Leadership Conference, sponsored by MNPS and STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) TN.

Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., parents and caregivers will

  • learn strategies to increase involvement and leadership in the child's education,

  • explore ways to strengthen the child's educational plan,

  • understand ways address the child's communication and behavior needs, and

  • discover what community connections and resources are available.

There will be free childcare and activities for children, free breakfast and lunch, information in multiple languages, and an information far. Register at www.tnstep.org or call 1(800)280-7838.


Thursday, Nov. 15 is National Parent Involvement Day. Consider this our invite to get involved in your child’s school day! Here are a few ideas:

  • Make special arrangements to drop off and pick your child up from school;

  • Have lunch with your child;

  • Volunteer to help in your child’s class for an hour during the day; or

  • Email your child’s teacher and ask how your child is doing.

Whether or not you are able to visit your child’s school this Thursday, you can commit to taking an active role in his or her education -- help with homework, ask what he or she did each day, communicate with the teacher. One thing is for sure:  Being an actively involved parent will have a huge impact on your child’s education.


How far should technology reach in the classroom? What tech do students need to be using to prepare them for the 21st century? Can you have too much in every day lessons?

We've come a long way from Apple IIe computers and word processing. But we can't continue to plan for the future without hearing from the ones who matter most: students, parents, and teachers.

We want you to help us plan for how technology moves forward in education. What tools should we be using? In what ways? How often? These are the questions you can help us answer. Your input will help shape long term technology goals in Nashville and the rest of the country.

Please take a few moments to complete the Speak Up survey from Project Tomorrow.


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.


Paragon Mills Options Event 2012Paragon Mills opened its doors to 4th grade families in the schools first My Child, My Choice event. Parents learned about school choices, the application process and online registration. Representatives from the area’s zoned school Wright Middle, as well as MNPS’ charter and magnet schools were on hand to talk with families.

The goal of the evening was to overcome barriers such as the lack of understanding of the process, language, and illiteracy that can limit a child’s educational opportunities. According to Paragon Mills ESEA Family Coordinator, not only did they achieve their goal, but they also experienced a genuine collaboration from the community with more than 45 volunteers consisting of teachers, Lipscomb University students, Glencliff High School students, MNPS employees, and volunteers from faith-based organizations! 

To learn more about MNPS optional schools and the Optional School Application process, click here.



First Lady Crissy Haslam recently hosted a large group of Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary 3rd graders at the Tennessee Residence. Approximately 70 boys and girls participated in a Read20 Family Book Club event.

Click here to check out the photos First Lady Haslam shared!


Two Gra-Mar Middle School students recently saw their first bylines. The students wrote editorials that were printed in a special election issue of the Tennessean Sunday, Nov. 4. The students had been studying the Electoral College vs. Popular Vote. They participated in mock elections with real voting machines and heard from several locally elected officials.

Meahwhile, Murrell School held a Mock Election Monday, Nov. 5. The students had been discussing the democratic process, what it means to vote, why voting is important, looking at a voting machine, and encouraging their parents to vote. Each student had the opportunity to vote by paper ballot.


Lady Liberty has landed ... at McMurray Middle School! The statue came to life to teach students a brief lesson in history and help them find their place in our country's future. The 30-minute theatrical lesson was part of the Next Great Americans Tour sponsored by the Liberty Learning Foundation.

Lady Liberty McMurray 2012


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



Nashville youth have a new outlet to share their voices, and a chance to help the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The center invites all interested students to submit an entry - in the form of an essay, poem, spoke-word/rap lyrics, or work of art. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 10. Contestants will compete for cash prizes and the chance to showcase their work as part of the university-wide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.


Mayor Karl Dean made a pit stop at Old Center Elementary Nov. 1 to read to kindergarten students in recognition of National Family Literacy Day. The Mayor read the book “What To Do If An Elephant Stands On Your Foot.” All kindergarten students also received a copy of the book.

While there, the Mayor also shared some exciting news about Limitless Libraries. So far this year, the online program has circulated nearly 25,000 items! According to the Mayor’s Office, this is a nearly 4,000 percent increase since 2010-11, when Limitless Libraries first launched. The program has grown from offering services to 54 schools during the 2011-12 school year to 128 schools this year.


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.


Gateway Donation from Schneider Electric

Gateway Elementary School students and staff are feeling the love from Schneider Electric Company. Chad Lloyd, a representative of the company, made a special trip to the school Oct. 30 to hand deliver a check for $2,750! Students gave Lloyd a set of personally drawn "thank you" owls. Check out the photos.



The Tennessee Department of Education wants to know what you think about the climate of schools in Tennessee. Parents and students are invited to participate here; the survey will close Dec. 21.



The 32nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair at McGavock High School will be on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sponsored by the McGavock Orchestra Parents Association, the fair features hand-made and quality goods from more than 80 crafters, musical performances by McGavock Area Strings students, a Silent Auction, and free admission. The fair is all indoors and handicapped-accessible. There will be a food booth sponsored by the McGavock HS Cheerleaders!  For more information, see www.mcgavockorchestra.com  or  www.mcgavockcraftfair.org .


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.


There’s no better time than now to start planning for the future, and Hillsboro High leaders want their students to do just that! The school is hosting a college fair Thursday, Nov. 1. Representatives from the United States Army, Art Institute of Nashville, Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, Cumberland University, International Academy of Design & Technology, ITT Tech, Lipscomb University, Marine Corps, Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville State Community College, United States Navy, Nossi College of Art, Oasis College Connection, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, Tennessee Tech University, TN Technology Center at Nashville, Trevecca Nazarene, Tusculum College, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Volunteer State Community College, Watkins College of Art & Design, and Western Kentucky University will help students explore their post-secondary options and plan their next steps.


For two weeks in late October and early November, several Metro Schools opened their doors to about 20 Chinese principals and education leaders from the Guangdong Province in South China. The delegation was the eighth cohort of participants for the Education Leadership Learning Exchange (ELLE), a collaborative partnership between Vanderbilt University, South China Normal University, and Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

Click 'Read More' to see photos from their visit.


McKissack Middle School and Paragon Mills Elementary are this year’s big winners in the Healthy Classroom Challenge sponsored by the Office of Coordinated School Health and United Way during Child Health Week. The goal of the challenge was to demonstrate in a two-minute video how teachers and students incorporate physical activity into their daily classroom routine. Angela Lyles and Barbara Laifer and their classes got creative with a Family Fued-style competition at McKissack and a Feelin’ Good Dance Party at Paragon Mills. 

For their winning projects, each teacher was awarded an iPod Nano and $100 gift certificate.  The students were awarded a healthy snack celebration along with a United Way t-shirt, lunch bag, water bottle and football. Congratulations to all of the participants!


A group of 25 principals from China observed classes and toured the John Early campus Wednesday morning. They were part of an exchange that had hosted several Nashville administrators. John Early served as one of four schools that the group visited over the course of the day. After sitting in on lessons on creative writing, the Underground Railroad, and algebra the administrators met with a panel of parents and museum partners for a Q & A session. The museum theme and process were of particular interest to the delegation who observed examples of learning and student-created exhibits.

Chinese Principals pose with John Early Faculty


The Exceptional Education Family Advisory Council in conjunction with the MNPS Department of Exceptional Education will be holding meetings to inform the community of the move towards inclusive education in MNPS. Families are invited to attend any of the following meetings:

  • October 29 – Antioch Community Center, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

  • November 1 – West Precinct Police Station, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

  • November 5 – MNEA building, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

  • November 13 – Carter Lawrence Elementary School, 6:30 - 8 p.m.


Oliver Middle School’s chorus recently performed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the Regions Free Day of Music, an event created to showcase talent in the Nashville community. Oliver was the only middle school group selected to perform!

According to choral teacher Franklin Willis, “our students have risen to a new level of artistry. I am extremely proud of the quality performances the students had yesterday. Each concert we continue to display great vocal technique, expressive singing, stage presence, and focused energy on the stage. With each performance, the students are taking ownership/pride in their accomplishments, thus making them true musicians in their own right.”

Oliver Middle School at Regions Free Day of Music 2012


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


Gra-Mar Middle School is opening its doors to all for a special Pancake Breakfast! Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 - 10 a.m., you are invited to join students and staff in the school cafeteria for a stack of pancakes paired with sausage or bacon. Cost is $5. Proceeds will benefit the Gra-mar cheerleaders.


The inaugural 1st Choice Festival was a big hit, and the proof is in the pictures! Metro Police Officers onsite estimated between 5,000 and 6,000 guests were in attendance!

Learn more about your school options and how to apply.

A big thank you to all of the schools, district leaders, and community members who made the night possible. We also appreciate the support of our event sponsors who made the night possible: Anchor Trailways & Tours, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Comcast, Coca-Cola Consolidated Bottling Company, Gaylord Entertainment, Ingram Industries, Kroger, Metro Water Services, Nashville Electric Service, RG Anderson, The Memorial Foundation, The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Tractor Supply Company, Vanderbilt University and WSMV-TV.


The students and staff at Chadwell Elementary School are back home! After spending the past year and a half in a different location while the building was renovated, the school officially cut the ribbon on the new and improved facility. Mayor Karl Dean, Congressman Jim Cooper, Chancellor Perkins, Dr. Register, Councilwoman Karen Bennett, Board Representative Jill Speering and a number of other key community leaders were present to celebrate the reopening.

Also on hand to help with the celebration were the Showstoppers out of Maplewood High School. The young jazz band played several hits during a post-ceremony reception.

Faculty, staff and students will enjoy a new entrance and lobby area, additions to the library and art room, and a cafeteria expansion. The school also received four additional kindergarten classrooms, new cabinets, white boards and task boards. The entire building now has an energy efficient heating and cooling system along with energy efficient lighting. Chadwell Elementary is currently seeking LEED certification for its school. If the school receives certification, Chadwell Elementary will be the fourth elementary LEED certified school in MNPS.

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West End Middle School’s Giant Yard Sale Is October 27th! 

Proceeds from this huge sale will support West End International Baccalaureate World School and its wonderful arts, science, music and athletics programs.

Anyone can donate items to the sale - new or gently used furniture, household items, clothing, Halloween costumes, shoes, books, toys, bikes, athletic equipment, electronics.  All items must be clean and in good working order.  Drop off dates will be Sat. and Sun. October 20 and 21 from 9:00 to noon each day; Thurs., Oct. 24 from 8-10 am; 4-6 pm and Friday, Oct. 25 from 8 am to 7 pm.

Sale hours on Saturday, October 27 will be 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at Brick Church Middle School students showed their support by wearing pink and white and forming a human ribbon. Many of the students and faculty have friends or family members who have been affected by cancer, and the school wanted to show the community that they have not forgotten their struggle.  

More than 150 students and faculty members participated in the human ribbon. According to Principal Chirelle Jefferson, “this is a wonderful testament to teamwork, cooperation, and working towards a single goal.”

Brick Church Middle School Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Glencliff High School is hosting a Fall Festival for the entire community. The festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Families will be able to participate in a Ford driving challenge, as well as enjoy food trucks, an art sale, basketball, free books, and more. The event is free!

Glencliff Community Fall Festival 


Stratford High School is hosting a Community Health Fair for all in the East Nashville community. Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. - noon, families will have access to free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and much more. The event is free!

Stratford Health Fair 2012


Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Maplewood High School football team are leading the Maplewood community in a neighborhood walk, Monday, Oct. 22, at 2:30 p.m., immediately after school dismisses. The walk will begin at the flagpole in front of the school. This event is in celebration of the Mayor's WALK 100 miles challenge. Nashvillians who walk 100 miles by the end of 2012 will receive a free congratulatory t-shirt.


First Choice Festival - October 18 at 4:30pm at McGavock High School

 The inaugural 1st Choice Festival is this Thursday, Oct. 18, at McGavock High School! Join us to explore our school options, meet representatives from more than 120 schools, and learn about the new optional school application process. Presentations will be held throughout the evening in the CTE Room, Auditorium, and Classroom 160.

Download the event flyer in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Kurdish Bandini.

See a list of all participating schools

Here is the list of presentations:

4:30     Application Process, auditorium

4:30     Pre-Kindergarten, Room 160

5:00     A word from the top (Dr. Register, Mayor Dean), auditorium

5:30     Proceso de applicar (espanol), CTE Room

5:30     Advanced Academics: AP, IB, AICE, Room 160

5:30     Building a Strong Foundation for Learning, auditorium

6:00     Paideia Schools: Rigorous Liberal Arts, Room 160

6:00     Success in Middle School: our approach and priorities, auditorium

6:00     Finding Your Fit: Thematic Magnet Schools, CTE Room

6:30     The Academies of Nashville, Room 160

6:30     Everything you need to know about IEPS in 30 minutes, CTE Room

6:30     The Key to Academic Success: Involved parents!, auditorium

6:50     Application Process, auditorium

Parking is available at McGavock. Additional parking will be available at The Donelson Fellowship, Two Rivers Middle School, and Opry Mills near Bass Pro Shops. An AnchorTrailways shuttle will run a loop to each site.


Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option Elementary School is ending fall break on a very high note - the school won the NFL Play 60 DonorsChoose.org Showdown! Pre-K teacher Katie Elam applied for the showdown. She will now receive $1,000 with which she will purchase books, puzzles, posters and stickers that can be used to teach lessons about citizenship and character. Check out the release issued by the Tennessee Titans.


From rockets blasts at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle to hands-on learning at the Farmer's Market for Buena Vista Enhanced Option students, Metro School's first intersession was a success! Students throughout the county volunteered throughout the community, took ACT prep courses, participated in poetry sessions and even learned how to shoot and edit videos with the help of NPT!

Enjoy the pictures -- we'll see you back in school Monday morning!


Robert Churchwell Literacy Night 2012

Families at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet joined together for a fun night of reading.
Literacy Night at Robert Churchwell gives parents an opportunity to share their love of reading with their children, as well as explore new ways to include daily reading activities with children.

Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet caters to the budding storyteller. The museum theme allows students to uncover interesting and unique stories and find creative, meaningful ways to share them. The school benefits from strong community partnerships with Adventure Science Center, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and the Tennessee State Museum.


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.


Maplewood High School is hosting a Latino Festival, Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will be held on Maplewood’s football field. Guests will enjoy multi-cultural dancing, cuisine, arts, crafts, music, bouncy houses, face painting, informational booths, door prizes, and more. The festival will support the Maplewood Young Latino Leaders Program as well as offer the community a chance to learn about the Latino culture. Admission is $3.00 for adults; children are free. 


Eakin elementary students had a real life visit from their online music hero! Known to his audiences as Quaver, Graham Hepburn dropped in to music teacher Rita Black's class to demonstrate in real life what the students are learning through his online music program. The best part? Channel 4's Terry Bulger caught it all on camera! Check out Quaver with Mrs. Black's class in Bulger's Beat.


Students and staff at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School HumeFogg sign - the sign in front of the building with historical information about the schoolwill become part of history next week as they celebrate the school's 100th birthday. Friday, Oct. 19, from 6 - 8 p.m., the school community will gather for a special birthday celebration that includes cake, punch, school tours, a display of historical archives and a special presentation at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Hume-Fogg is Nashville's first public school. It originally opened as Hume School n 1855 under the direction of Alfred Hume. In its early years, the school served students grades K-12. In 1874, the upper grades were moved to Fogg School, which sat on an adjoining lot. In 1912, the schools were replaced by Hume-Fogg, as it remains today.


Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option Elementary needs your help! Katie Elam's blended preschool class is in the running for the NFL PLAY 60 DonorsChoose.org Showdown. The class will be matched up against a school around Pittsburg, the Titans Week Six Thursday Night Football opponent.

Click here for a video of Elam and her adorable class.


Rosebank Elementary School teacher Melanie Childs received a big surprise this week, all in effort to "make her day better". Reps from AdoptAClassroom.org and OfficeMax surprised the second grade teacher with $1,000 as a part of the “A Day Made Better” initiative.

This is a one-day event that awards more than 1,000 teachers across the country with more than $1,000 in school supplies, and brings attention to the issue of teacher-funded classrooms.


Have on old bicycle that runs great but is taking up coveted space in your garage? Or maybe one your kids have outgrown? Hands on Nashville and the Oasis Center have teamed up and want to take them off your hands with ReCYCLE for Kids, a new project that aims to redistribute pre-loved kids’ bikes (20” wheels and smaller). Bikes will be collected, refurbished, and given to economically disadvantaged youth who benefit from the services of the Oasis Center. See flyer for more details.


Rose Park Magnet Middle School is up for quite an honor; the school is one of three middle schools in Tennessee in the running for the second annual SCORE Prize. Winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 8, at the Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

The award recognizes one school at each tier, as well as one school district that have shown dramatic improvements in student achievement. If selected, Rose Park will receive $10,000.


From Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam to News 2 Meteorologist Justin Bruce, Metro elementary school students had some very special guest readers to help celebrate Jump Start’s Read for the Record Day! Thursday, Oct. 4, students throughout Metro joined millions across the nation in reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis.

At Neely’s Bend Elementary, the school’s literacy coach Patti Taylor dressed in full character to read to her students. Inglewood students enjoyed a special reading by First Lady Haslam. Justin Bruce read at Napier Enhanced Option, and MNPS Chief Operating Officer Fred Carr shared the story with students at Eakin.


Haynes Donation 2012 - the Alliance for Women and Media and Ford Motor Company presented a donation to Haynes MiddleYoung ladies at Haynes Middle Health/Medical Design Center have a little added incentive to investigate media-related jobs! At an assembly featuring News Channel 5 Anchor Vicki Yates, the school was presented with a special monetary donation from the Alliance for Women and Media and the Ford Motor Company. The Alliance and Ford have partnered to encourage young women to explore careers in media.


Alice Sanford, Latin teacher at Hume-Fogg Magnet, is next week’s News 2 Teacher of the Week! She will be featured during News 2 at 10, Thursday, Oct. 11, and again during the 6am news Friday, Oct. 12.

, Domina Sanford!

(We hope we got that right!)


Students at Croft Middle School stepped back in time to celebrate Harvest Days at the Croft Ladies at Harvest DaysNashville Zoo. This marked the 10th year the school has participated in the celebration that takes visitors back in time.

The actors and singers who entertained the large crowd of visitors at the Croft House included Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Tea Party Girls, The Boys from Bull Run, The Croft Sisters, and many more. Student Anne D. celebrated women’s right to vote with a special song about the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.


Much to the delight of hundreds of 7th and 8th graders, Tennessee Titans tight end #89 Jared Cook made a surprise appearance at Madison Middle School today! The pro athlete made the trip on behalf of the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign, sponsored by SUDIA and the American Heart Association. Cook talked about the importance of studying hard, persevering, eating healthy, and getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

The special visit came right in time to celebrate Child Health Week. This year marks the 84th anniversary of Child Health Day, originally started by President Calvin Coolidge. Check out the video. 


Wednesday, Oct. 3, thousands of students, their parents, teachers and school staffs will hit the pavement and walk to school! It's Walk to School Day, an event designed to raise awareness of healthy living, particularly the importance of physical activity for kids, improved air quality, and safer routes for walking and biking. Fifty six Metro Schools will join thousands of educators, students and community members from across the country in this national movement. Cole Elementary will serve as the lead Metro school and will host a special event including MNPS administrators and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.


McGavock High School students in the CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communications will be making their television debut next week! The students recently produced a PSA promoting Metro Schools’ 1st Choice Festival, which will be running on Comcast Cable. If that isn’t cool enough, they will also appear in a special segment on More at Midday, Oct. 4, on Channel 4 News, who is the media sponsor of the 1st Choice Festival. Morning anchor Ian Reitz will be at the festival.

Earlier this week, WSMV sent a producer/photojournalist out to catch up with the students and see why families should make plans to attend the 1st Choice Festival. What students didn’t know was they would actually get to shadow the producer -- help run the camera, set up lights, and make sure audio checked out. Check out some behind the scenes footage from the shoot below as well as the PSA produced by McGavock. 


In a countdown to the 2012 Presidential Race, Gra-Mar Middle School students are learning by doing! The students will participate in a special voting assembly Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. State Representative Brenda Gilmore and State Senator Joe Haynes will serve as guest speakers. Students will participate in debates and mock electoral voting and winners will be selected for President and Mock Electoral Vote.


Earlier this month, a group of male singers from Overton High School participated in Lipscomb University's Men's Choir Festival. The festival featured Cantus, a famous group of male singers from Minneapolis, along with 250 High School students from 18 different high schools across the state of Tennessee.

Dr. Gary P. Wilson from Lipscomb University led the festival and rehearsed the combined student festival choir with the young men during the day. In the afternoon, the professional men's choir Cantus provided a master class  clinic for local high school men's choirs. In the evening, the festival choir presented a concert prior to the performance by Cantus then joined with the men of Cantus for a grand finale number.

Lipscomb University's Men's Choir Festival


Tuesday, Sept. 25, the chorus departments of W.H. Oliver Middle School, I.T. Creswell Magnet Middle School, and K.I.P.P. Academy took learning outside of the classroom! The student vocal groups participated in Middle School Mass Choir Festival, held at Christ Church. The young vocalists spent the day working with guest conductors and put on a public performance that evening. More than 900 students from public and private schools across middle Tennessee attended.

Creswell Oliver Choir Festival


Bryson A., a student at Rose Park Math and Science Magnet, is one of five semifinalists in the SCORE Students Rise to the Challenge competition. Bryson wrote an essay on innovation in the classroom (view it here). Find SCORE on Facebook and vote for Bryson before Tuesday, Oct. 2, and he could be the one of three finalists. If selected, Bryson will go into the final interview round. The three finalists will attend the SCORE Prize event Monday, Oct. 8, at the Ryman Auditorium. Let's make sure Bryson gets a front row seat .... go vote! 


Country Music Hall of Fame LogoThere are so many opportunities for students and families during the fall intersession - both in schools and out in the community. But not all of them offer a FREE glimpse at country music's greatest treasures! 

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is offering free tickets to all MNPS students from October 8 until October 13, with discounted chaperone admission of $12 for the adults (up to two) bringing them in!

More from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum:

See all that the museum has to offer, including the limited-run exhibitions: The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country and Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You. Take this opportunity to see the summer blockbuster exhibit Taylor Swift: Speak Now, Treasures from the World Tour, before it comes down November 4!

  • Special Intersession admission for a self-guided tour!

    • MNPS students FREE with accompanying adults $12 (up to 2 per student)


    • Pick up a free INTERSESSION ADVENTURE Activity Pack created especially for MNPS students! Activities include:

      • Museum “Artifact Safari” scavenger hunt

      • Taylor Swift: Speak Now, Treasures from the World Tour interactive guide

      • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum souvenirs

      • Take-home puzzles, games, wall poster, and more!

Tickets and Activity Pack are available at the museum box office throughout the week.

Taylor Swift Speak Now Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame



IB World SchoolIf you've wondered what all the fuss is about with International Baccalaureate, you'll get answers and then some next Tuesday at Hillsboro High School.

Hillsboro is hosting an IB Information Night for everyone in Nashville to learn more about this presigious, internationally recognized academic program. There will be displays of student projects, sessions about the Middle Years and Diploma IB Programmes, and an in-depth panel discussion about how colleges view an IB diploma.

Come see why Hillsboro cluster schools are the best option for your child. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

5:30 p.m. - 7:35 p.m.

Hillboro High School


Mayor HON 2012More than 2,000 volunteers got their hands dirty this past Saturday as part of the city's single largest day of service. For the 21st annual Hands On Nashville Day, 58 schools benefited from more than 8,000 hours of free labor in the form of landscaping, painting, and cleaning projects. New this year, HON added rain gardens to the list of services. By the end of the day, in partnership with Cumberland River Compact, rain gardens were built at 20 schools to help manage storm water and create a learning opportunity for the students.  


Haywood HON 2012At Haywood Elementary (pictured to the right, photograph by Caroline Price), nearly 100 volunteers spent the day pulling weeds, planting vegetables in the school's garden, painting walls, and more. According to Principal Melanie Schiff, "We are fortunate to have so many staff members who were willing give their time and guide the volunteers as they accomplished so many tasks in such a short period of time."

In a press release issued by HON, CEO Brian Williams said, "Whether volunteers spent their morning building rain gardens, painting cafeterias or beautifying school grounds, their efforts help build a strong community. We continue to be inspired by our neighbors’ willingness to lend time, talents and treasure to serve with Hands On Nashville during this annual event and throughout the year.”


According to Independent Sector research, the time volunteers donated made an estimated $174,320 economic impact, saving Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools significant resources. This is the 11th year Hands On Nashville has partnered with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.


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!


You may have heard about and executive order from President Obama that will stop deportations of young people under certain conditions.


This executive order means many people will need to access school documents demonstrating they have graduated from high school or are currently enrolled.

  • If you plan to apply for President Obama’s immigration Deferred Action program, please remember that as of now there is no established deadline to apply.

  • We are working hard and have brought in additional staff (3 full-time employees, plus 5 temps and others cycling in from other departments) to handle student record requests.

  • We have also brought in additional equipment to help review the micro film and print transcripts.

  • Even with these additional resources, please understand each request takes 30 to 90 minutes to process. Therefore, please allow 10 business days before each request is completed. With the unprecedented volume we are not able to respond to requests any faster.

  • Records from students who were in school within 3 years should go to their most recent school of record.

  • Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we are working very hard to fill all record requests within 10 business days.


Statement on Tennessee Department of Education’s Decision to Cut Funding to

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Funding supports district’s 81,000 children


September 18, 2012


This morning, the district first heard from the State Department of Education about its decision to cut the Metro Schools Basic Education Program allocation by almost $3.4 million in October. We are very disappointed.


BEP is a funding formula and not a spending plan, so there are no funds earmarked for "administrative costs."  The BEP formula for non-classroom expenses includes utilities, student transportation, maintenance and other things that directly affect our 81,000 students and 5,000 classrooms. None of these items are in any way linked to charter school approval processes.


We do not yet have a plan on how we will respond to this disruptive mid-year cut. Our priority will always be to give the best education to our students with the resources we have. Budget amendments require action by the Metro Nashville Board of Education.


Metro Nashville has earned national recognition for its rigorous process to review charter school applications and its process is considered a national model. The Board of Education had genuine concerns about the Great Hearts application and how the district manages diversity. The Board approved four other applications this cycle and the number of charter schools in the district has increased from four in 2009, when the process was adopted, to 14 this year.  Six more are approved to open by 2013, for a total of 20.


We believe children will benefit when the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the local Board of Education and school district work together. In Metro Nashville, we are committed to improving student achievement and to collaborating with the State, quality charter school operators and the people of Nashville for our children.



SCORE is looking for inspirational school stories and wants to hear from Tennessee students! Students in grades 4 - 12 are invited to participate in a one-to-two page essay contest and share their inspirational experience from the classroom. Check out the details below.


The Tennessee Titans and Whites Creek Air Force JROTC teamed up on Opening Day, Sunday, Sept 9, to produce a lot of fun and excitement for young Titans’ fans. Eighteen cadets from the unit participated in the Titans pre-game activity called Kids Zone that offers a number of football related physical challenges. The Titans organization relies primarily on volunteers to setup, tear down and supervise these activities.

According to Major Williamson, Senior Instructor, “It was a great service project, plus the cadets got to see the game afterwards. It was a win-win situation for us.”

JROTC is part of the School of Public Service and conducts many service projects during the school year. Cadet leaders for this activity were: Cadets Simone Williams, Dakota Fralick and Kiah Lee.

Whtes Creek JROTC Titans Game - cadets volunteered at Kids Zone before 2012 season opener


If you have a child in the McGavock Cluster, mark you calendars for Tuesday, Sept. 18! You are invited to a special community day. Details below! 


Science Carnival at Head MS

Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science held a science carnival after school at Head Middle Magnet Friday, Sept. 7. Students enjoyed making their own ice cream, exploring optical illusions, and discovering the identity of “mystery” substances to name a few activities. A special thank you to Vanderbilt for sponsoring this interactive event!


PU logoFrom middle school expectations to youth safety, parents can learn ways to help their children succeed in school this Saturday at the first Parent University of 2012-13! While parents are is sessions, students will be offered tutoring services. Doors open at 9 a.m., with the first session starting at 9:30. A continental breakfast will be served. Click here for more.


Tennessee Titan Sen'Derrick Marks made a surprise appearance at DuPont Tyler Middle School this week for the team's first official Titans Tuesday! The defensive tackle talked to the students about the importance of getting an education and setting goals.

 Marks at DuPont Tyler - Tennessee Titan defensive tackle surprises students at DuPont Tyler Marks at DuPont Tyler - Tennessee Titan defensive tackle surprises students at DuPont Tyler 


They are the first to grace the halls of Cane Ridge Elementary School, and today students were on hand to help dedicate the beautiful new facility. The school, which currently serves about 750 students, is the district's 3rd LEED certified elementary school. In addition to it's environmentally friendly construction, the atmosphere will encourage creative thinking and help the school live up to its theme of outstanding, wonderful learners and staff!


School lunches are getting healthier, and the National PTA, Kids’ Safe, and Healthful Foods Project are teaming up to share this year’s improvements with families through Virtual Back to School Night. The best part, you can listen live from your own home! Check out the release below:

Join National PTA and the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project for

Virtual Back to School Night: The School Day Just Got Healthier!

School lunches will have a whole new look this year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) updated nutrition standards for school meals.  As parents, it can be difficult to navigate what these changes mean. Join National PTA President Betsy Landers, White House Chef Sam Kass, the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, and USDA for a live discussion about the exciting new meals coming to school cafeterias!

When:  Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7PM EST

Where: Tune in live right here from wherever you are!


  • Sam Kass, White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives

  • Betsy Landers, National PTA President

  • Jessica Donze Black, Director, Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Audrey Rowe, Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service, USDA


Congratulations to Cheryl D. Mayes, the Metro Nashville Board of Education representative for District 6, on her election as 2012-13 Board Chair. Anna Shepherd, District 4 representative, was elected Vice Chair.  Both were unanimous.

 Cheryl D. Mayes

 Anna Shepherd

 Cheryl D. Mayes, Chair, District 6

 Anna Shepherd, Vice Chair, District 4



September is shaping up to be a "big" month at Nashville Big Picture High School! Here's a snapshot of what's happening:

Friday, Sept. 7 - Southern Word Poetry Slam from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8 - Victoria G., senior, will hold a LIFE Walk at Centennial Park. This event is her Senior Capstone project and aims to raise awareness and celebrate premature birth survivors. The walk will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. It will start at the pavilion across from McDonald's.

Friday, Sept. 14 - Nashville Big Picture will host a student-organized Blood Drive with Red Cross from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sept. 24 - Oct. 3 - Students will present what they've learned during the first quarter during Student Exhibitions.


Need to wiggle? Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option Elementary is opening its doors to faculty, families and East Nashville community members who love to move! To help build healthy bodies and minds, the school recently started the Cougar Fitness Crew. Every Thursday, now through Nov. 1, the Cougar Fitness Club will host a variety of classes - everything from Zumba to West African Dance, Line Dancing and Yoga.


Students active in the community have a chance to be recognized nationally for their efforts in the annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards contest. Students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past 12 months are encouraged to apply. Full details below.


Hats off to MNPS Director of Maintenance and Facilities Thomas Hatfield and his team of dedicated employees. The team has earned a bit of love from Hands on Nashville for their endless efforts to maintain the 180 buildings and 14 million square feet found within Metro Schools!

Click here to read why Hands on Nashville selected the MNPS Maintenance & Facilities team for partner spotlight.

And if you haven't done so yet, mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 22. It's the annual Hands on Nashville Day and dozens of Metro schools are in need of volunteers. Click here to learn how you can help.


"I do solemnly affirm that I will support the Constitution of this State, and of the United States, and that I will perform with fidelity the duties of the office to which I have been elected and which I am about to assume."

That's the oath of office to be taken by newly elected and re-elected members of the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 is the swearing in for four new Board members and one returning member. The official oath administered by Judge Betty Adams Green at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room.

To be sworn in are: 

  • Sharon Gentry – District 1

  • Jill Speering – District 3

  • Elissa Kim – District 5

  • Will Pinkston – District 7

  • Amy Frogge – District 9


YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Want to join your child in the classroom? No, we don't mean sitting next to him in math class, we mean sitting in a classroom of your own, working for your GED! 

The YWCA offers free GED prep classes at five campuses all around Nashville, six days a week, at times that can meet anyone's schedule.

The YWCA's teachers offer specialized assistance in math, writing, and test taking skills. They meet in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays.

Start your brighter future today! Call 269-9922 to register for free classes.


John Early Museum Magnet Middle School

It's more than just a name. John Early Museum Magnet Middle School is actually transforming into a museum - and you can come gawk at the exhibits!

The first exhibit, called It’s All Greek to Me, looks at the legacies and influences of the Ancient Greek culture in America and in Nashville.

Sections of the exhibit include:

  • a voter registration booth

  • 1/18 scale model of The Parthenon

  • an interactive politcal cartoon exhibit

  • examples of Greek architecture in Nashville

  • Kids Korner with fun activities

  • Community Corner with information and resources.

Students, their families, and members of the Nashville community are invited to go through the exhibit on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm. Please call 291-6369 ext. 104 to schedule a tour.


Lorenzo Butler Allstar - a photo of Lorenzo Butler playing in 2012 Little League World Series

His name made it’s way from Goodlettsville clear through Davidson County and even became a trending topic in the Twittersphere. If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s McKissack Middle School student Lorenzo Butler who played in the Little League World Series this past weekend. The 12-year-old standout had a great weekend hitting a total of four homeruns with 10 RBIs.

"It feels really good and it was really great," Butler said simply about his hitting exploits. He said his three homers Saturday were the longest he had hit all season.

Mark North, former Board member and writer of the North Sports Report, with the full story:

Lorenzo Butler, defensive standout in Wednesday's game against Texas when he ended the game with a thrilling double play, turned slugger Saturday in a record breaking performance. His three 3-run home runs and 9 RBI's are Little League World Series records and helped lead his team to the U.S. World Series Championship. They play Japan on Sunday afternoon.

Young Mr. Butler is a seventh grader at McKissack Middle School, and his mother attended Stratford. He is trending on twitter and is named in a headline in the Sports Illustrated online article.

It is probably the greatest hitting performance in the history of the Little League World Series.

Lorenzo will be at Hartman Park on Wednesday, August 29, at 6 p.m., to sign autographs.



Did you know... by 2018 there will be more than a million available jobs in STEM careers, but only a fraction that many qualified college graduates to fill them?

Did you know... for the last 10 years, the number of STEM jobs has grown three times as fast as non-STEM jobs?

Did you know... Metro Schools and its partners put students on a direct path to STEM colleges and careers?

Stratford STEM Magnet High School

The Adventure Science Center and other partners from Stratford’s Academy of Science & Engineering are bringing students closer to those careers and the degrees needed to meet them at Stratford’s Engineering Day. The event, made possible with a grant from the Community Foundation, will feature STEM professionals from firms such as Universal Robotics, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon and Nissan presenting engineering-based, hands-on activities such as bridge building and water purification. The goal driving the event is to inspire students and ignite their curiosity in STEM fields.

Stratford STEM Magnet High School Engineering Day

Thursday, September 20, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Stratford

Stratford High, Hattie Cotton Elementary, and Bailey Middle make up the only K-12 STEM program in Tennessee. This continuum uses all the resources of our state’s world-renowned STEM assets and infuses them directly into the classroom. Students enjoy engaging and challenging learning experiences that will connect them to their world. Stratford students learn to investigate, explore, problem solve, create, and invent among top STEM professionals.


Madison Kiwanis Clothing donation 2012 - a photo

The old saying "a little goes a long way" is ringing true for students at Gateway Elementary. Earlier this week, the Madison Kiwanis Club dropped off a load of brand new clothes for students at the school. Their generous donation just happened to come the day after a student's home was destroyed by fire.

Thanks, Madison Kiwanis!


Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School have an incredible new Heath & Fitness facility at their disposal. Thanks to Dane Burks & Company Fitness and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the school now has a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness facility for students and staff. The center includes elliptical trainers, a full weight gym, treadmills, and more. The project began as a simple need noticed by Lifetime Wellness teacher, Dr. Tina Bozeman, NBCT, but culminated with a true community partnership.

 MLK Health & Fitness Center 2012 photos MLK Health & Fitness Center 2012 photos 


Love exploring new cuisines? You have two chances to do just that and show your support for two beloved Nashville middle schools!


Have weekend plans? You do now.

The Academy at Hickory Hollow is hosting a benefit concert this Sunday night at the Crossings Event Center. Come listen to the music of the Laura Vida Band and bring a donation of $10 (or more!) to give to the school. 

The Academy at Hickory Hollow is one of three of our Academy schools, along with Old Cockrill and Opry Mills, where students aged 17-21 can earn their final few credits needed for a high school diploma. In the last three years, Academy schools have graduated more than 1,000 students!

Principal Billy Fellman and a few of his faculty will be there to meet you and answer any questions you might have about the Academy.

Come out and support a great school!

The Academy at Hickory Hollow Benefit Concert


The 2012-13 Nashville Prevention Partnership series is looking for on-air talent, and MNPS high school students are invited to audition. Production is set to begin in late August.

According to Nashville Prevention Partnership, those interested should be able to spend at least four hours in production every week, including some weekends. Experience with video concepts and editing is preferred but not required.

Nashville Prevention Partnership is a coalition that brings individuals and organizations together to reduce substance abuse in Nashville. The organization hopes to create awareness of the issues related to youth addiction and use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. They have created several public service announcements, video projects and developed the Rep Your Voice website (www.repyourvoice.com).

In this audition, Nashville Prevention Partnership is looking to find:

1) Teens who are not afraid to be in front of the camera and conduct interviews (with peers and adults)

2) Teens who would like to learn how to work on a production set

3) Teens who can read from a script or teleprompter

4) Teens who are not using alcohol or drugs

***You will be responsible for transportation to and from the Youth Opportunity Center located on 1704 Charlotte Ave.

If you are interested, auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition or receive more information, contact Angela Gonzales, at aallen@npponline.org or 615-983-6823.
The deadline for auditions is August 31st


Looking for something fun, and free, to do tonight? It's Nashville School of the Arts Night at Shakespeare in the Park. Load up the family, picnic baskets, blankets, and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the high school theatre department's performances. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., at the Centennial Park Bandshell. 


To find out exactly what you need to do to request deferred action, visit the Conexión Américas website.

You may have heard about and executive order from President Obama that will stop deportations of young people under certain conditions.

This executive order means many people will need to access school documents demonstrating they have graduated from high school or are currently enrolled.

How to Request Student & Graduate Records

If the student is currently enrolled or graduated within the last three years (in 2010, 2011 and 2012), the records are at the Metro Nashville high school from which the student graduated.

If the student graduated prior to 2010, the records must be retrieved. The student must complete a Records Request Form found at this link:
http://www.mnps.org/Page58540.aspx. The fee for this request is $3.

Who is eligible for deferred action under this new directive?

Pursuant to the Secretary’s June 15, 2012, memorandum, in order to be eligible for deferred action, individuals must:

  1. Have come to the United States under the age of sixteen;

  2. Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;

  3. Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;

  4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;

  5. Not be above the age of 30.

Individuals must also complete a background check and, for those individuals who make a request to USCIS and are not subject to a final order of removal, must be 15 years old or older.

More information from the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition



Academy at Hickory Hollow Night Out


The Academy at Hickory Hollow participated in District 32 Fun Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The event was held at Victor Chatman Studios in Crossings Center, located in Antioch. Teacher Syreeta Blakely, along with former students Simone Ross and Clint Ekwuazi, greeted visitors and informed them about the great things going on at the academy.

To learn more about the Academy at Hickory Hollow, visit the school's website.


It almost looks like a college student center or an employee lounge at Google.

Thanks to a generous donation from John Ingram, Hillwood High School cut the ribbon on its brand new library yesterday! Look at all the city officials who came out to see it. It's easy to see why they're so excited. Just look at it!

All photos by Gary Layda, Metro Government Photographer -


Apollo Middle School received a helping hand from more than 40 volunteers from Nashville Tools For Schools. Nashville Tools for Schools and community members were on hand to build and install desks for the school’s auditorium.

Nashville Tools For Schools (“NTFS”), in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools and members of our community, exists to provide the best possible learning environment for our young people and to demonstrate the community’s dedication to our educational system. We want to give each and every student in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools the best education possible. Nashville Tools For Schools is committed to small maintenance and construction projects within our public schools, projects such as building desks or installing shelving, projects which empower our schools children and protect our schools resources.

Much more information is available on the
Nashville Tools for Schools website.


Join Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Simon Youth Foundation and Opry Mills at a reception for the Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills.

The Academy is a non-traditional high school that serves at-risk students, and its return after the floods in 2010 will once again provide hope to students in need.

The Academy at Opry Mills Reception


What a day! The first day of school in 2012-13 was a whirlwind for parents, educators, and everyone in or near a Metro school.

We had new schools opening (Cane Ridge Elementary, The Cohn School, The Academy at Opry Mills), others in new locations, and thousands of students coming to our schools for the first time.

At the end of the day (or half-day, if you like), things moved pretty smoothly, with one teacher even describing it as "the smoothest, most positive I can recall."

We went all over the city taking photos at several schools. Parents also sent in pictures of their children heading to school. They're all collected below in a Flickr slideshow.

Elsewhere online, parents, teachers, and the community were all a-buzz about the first day, sharing their experiences with us as the morning went on. We've collected them all together in a Storify story that includes several more pictures. Read the story here.

Thanks to everyone who made Day One such a success. The start of school is always a big day, and thanks to our wonderful families and community for helping out!


School starts Wednesday, August 1, and several of our schools are helping families prepare by holding open houses, orientations, meet & greets, and other events.

Below is a listing of some of these events in no particular order. If we're missing some,
send us an email to let us know. We'll add it!

  • JFK Middle Ice Cream Social - Sunday, July 29, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

  • Hume-Fogg Freshman Orientation - Monday July 23 through Wednesday, July 25, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with a half-day on Thursday, July 26

  • Hillsboro "Burro Beginnings" Freshman Orientation - Thursday, July 26 at 8:00 a.m.

  • Overton Freshman Orientation - Monday, July 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Meet & Greet for Cane Ridge Elementary Principal Donna Wilburn - Monday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m., Cane Ridge High School

  • Meet & Greet for Antioch High School Principal Adrienne Battle-Koger - Tuesday, July 24 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet Freshman Firebird Orientation - Monday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m.

    • Pearl-Cohn Academies of Entertainment Management and Communication orientation - Tuesday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m.

  • West End IB World Middle School Parent & Student Orientation Nights

    • 5th & 6th Grades - Wednesday, July 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    • 7th & 8th Grades - Thursday, July 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    • School-wide Open House - Wednesday, August 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • Bellevue Middle School Orientation - Tuesday, July 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Jackson Street

    • 5th Grade Orientation - Sunday, July 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Bellevue Middle School

    • Schedule Pick-up - Wednesday, July 25 & Thursday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00p.m. at Bellevue Middle School

      • Mt. View Elementary Preview Night - July 31, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Teacher assignments may be announced this night.)

      • Eakin Elementary School Kindergarten Popsicle Party - Monday, July 30, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

      • John Early Museum Magnet Middle New Student Orientation - Tuesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

        • Buses to run 2012-13 times and stops for transportation to John Early orientation

      • Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary Family Orientation

        • K-2 - Monday, July 30, 9:00 a.m. OR 5:30 p.m.

        • 3-4 - Tuesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. OR 5:30 p.m.

        • Call 419-0509 by July 27 if you need transportation

      • Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Parent & Scholar Welcome Night - Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m.

      • Granbery Elementary

        • Kindergarten Parent Meeting - Monday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m.

        • Open House for Grades 1 & 2 - Thursday, August 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Parents Only

        • Open House for Grades 3 & 4 - Thursday, August 2, 6:45-7:45 p.m. - Parents Only

      • Hillwood High School Freshman Orientation - July 30, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

      • Jere Baxter Middle School Open House - Tuesday, July 31, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

      • Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School Parent Orientation - Thursday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m.

      • Croft Middle Design Center Orientation and Open House - Tuesday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

      • Gra-Mar Middle School Student Orientation & Relationship Building - Thursday, August 2, 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

      • Sylvan Park Elementary Welcome to Kindergarten Party - Tuesday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m.

      • The Cohn School Open House - Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m.


      Julia Green Elementary school parents, neighbors and faculty filled the school’s auditorium Thursday, July 26 for a community discussion about the school’s future. Leaders from Metro Schools, Metro Codes, Metro Planning, and Metro Public Works answered questions for nearly three hours.

      Metro Council Members convened the meeting, which was prompted by a planned purchase of two parcels of land adjacent to Julia Green. The proposed purchase contract requires Metro Council approval.

      School buses, traffic flow, student enrollment, land use, portable classrooms, classroom additions, the school zone and school size were among the issues discussed. The district shared drawings that showed how the additional land could be used with or without additional classrooms. There is no funding for additional classrooms.

      VIEW Drawings of Possible Uses for Additional Land

      Julia Green is projected to have 635 students for the 2012-13 school year.


      From 1933 until 1986, Nashville area high schools went head-to-head in major sports as part of the Nashville Interscholastic Sports League. To remember those glory days, alumni of Nashville high school sports will gather for a reunion this Wednesday.

      Come take part - bring sports memorabilia from your school, reconnect with old team mates, and relive the past glories of Nashville scholastic sports.

      Sports radio superstar George Plaster will even broadcast his show live from the reunion!

      Wednesday, July 25

      2:00 p.m. until "as long as folks keep coming"

      Freeland Work Truck Superstore

      504 Collins Park Drive in the Antioch/Hickory Hollow area


      The Maplewood Showstoppers performed at the grand opening of a Fifth Third Bank last Saturday, July 14.

      The Maplewood Showstoppers' "Black Cat Band" performed outside the new Madison bank branch, and were even joined by a famous sabre-toothed mascot - Gnash from the Nashville Predators!

      Gnash performing with the Black Cat Band

      Despite the weather and having to reroute the sound, sound board and speakers due to the rain, the dedicated students were able to perform for a very enthusiastic crowd. The band played songs from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations.

      The Black Cat Band performing

      Fifth Third has asked for the band to come back and perform at future events. The performance was Maplewood's way of saying "thank you" to Fifth Third and giving back to an amazing Academy partner.


      The PENCIL Foundation is gearing up for the August 1 start of school! LP PENCIL Box will open for teacher shopping starting July 31st, and everyone is busy collecting supplies to make sure every Metro teacher can stock their classrooms for FREE this school year!

      Want to help out?

      There are several ways to it. Hold a supply drive at your business. Donate gently used office supplies. Or you can even donate at several supply drives taking place this month!

      Here are some BIG supply drives taking place now:

      • Metro Government Supply Drive: Mayor Karl Dean launched a Metro-wide supply drive, which started July 9 and ends July 20. Metro departments that raise the most supplies will be recognized by Mayor Dean at a ceremony on July 30. Members of the public are encouraged to participate by donating school supplies at drop-off sites at any Nashville library, fire hall, police station and community center or at the MTA Music City Central transit station and the Nashville Farmers’ Market. We are looking forward to seeing all the Metro departments on Friday as they bring their donations! Read the press release.

      • Kroger: Visit any Davidson County Kroger through August 5th and drop off supplies in their donation bins. You can visit their school supply section OR purchase a $6.00 supply kit to make it easy! Our friends at Kroger are even sending 30 volunteers to help sort and count supplies. Thanks again to Kroger for many years of support!

      • McDonald's: Throughout the month of July, Davidson County McDonald's locations will also have supply drive bins. Your donation will also get you a free small McCafe drink! Many thanks to McDonald's for helping out again this year!

      • Make a Cash Donation Online: The LP Pencil Box website has a simple donation form for you to use.

      All supplies will be given to the LP Pencil Box, a non-profit "store" where Metro teachers can shop for free supplies for their students.

      Thank you for supporting our students!


      When I arrived at the newly renovated Isaac Litton Middle School, principal Tracy Bruno was fleeing the spray of a lawn sprinkler deployed to help the parched and newly planted landscaping. The grass may not have been prepared for the drought, but the school is prepared for more students and a higher profile in its East Nashville neighborhood.

      “We are the epitome of a neighborhood school, right here in the middle of all these houses,” Bruno told me. And it’s true. Litton sits nestled between small, residential streets like Winding Way and Littonwood Drive right off Gallatin Pike.

      The renovations that have taken place over the last year and a half have transformed the school into a building that looks practically new – and that’s because a lot of it is. The main office has been expanded. The library has a massive bank of new windows opening to the front lawn. The cafeteria is brand new and full of natural light. And the gym – once completely disconnected from the main building – has now been built out with new entrances, a new concession stand, and a host of new classrooms underneath it for fifth grade and related arts classes.

      Click "Read more" for photos and the full story of Litton's neighborhood transformation.


      Whites Creek High School

      Students, parents, faculty, alumni, neighbors, and more – everyone will be welcome at the Whites Creek High School community cookout!

      “We are charting a new course – one leading to excellence – and we are excited about it,” said Dr. James Bailey, the school’s new Executive Principal.

      Dr. Bailey particularly wants to see faces from the past: former teachers, administrators, coaches, and band members.

      The celebration that will introduce his new administrative team and show parents and students the “new” Whites Creek High School. There will food, drinks, door prizes, and music at the celebration, as well as plenty of back to school information, elected officials, local dignitaries, and members of the Board of Education.

      Dr. Bailey explains, “The theme for the afternoon is transforming teaching and learning while bringing back the glory days. When I was a Whites Creek High School student, we had fun! We learned! We worked hard! We excelled! Those were the glory days! The alumni have committed to work with us this year to bring back that spirit of distinction, and that is what this event is about.”

      Come out and see for yourself!


      Saturday, July 21

      2:15 – 5:00 p.m.


      Whites Creek High School


      Want to help great students earn their high school diplomas?

      A school that gives students their second chance to graduate is getting a second chance itself. The Academy at Opry Mills had to move across town after the historic flood of 2010. But it is being reborn with a lot of hard work and help from Metro Schools and our partners at the Simon Youth Foundation.

      Now you can pitch in, too.

      SYF Gift RegistrySimon Youth has set up a “gift registry” of sorts where you can make donations that will go directly to finishing The Academy’s space inside Opry Mills Mall. Have $50 to contribute? You just “bought” a lamp or other classroom support item for students to use. $100? That’s good for a set of group seating. Big spenders can sponsor high-tech items like interactive white boards, teacher workstations or even an entire media center that students will use directly.

      Furnish the Future of The Academy at Opry Mills

      “This is not about buying fixtures for classrooms; this is about furnishing the future of Nashville by keeping young people in school so that they can prosper to become active members of the community who secure well-paying jobs that positively impact the local economy,” says SYF President and CEO J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D.

      The donations all go toward a $350,000 grant from Simon Youth to Metro Schools. That grant is what will help The Academy at Opry Mills break new ground in classroom design. The school is being built using the principles set forth in The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning. It will be a collaborative and engaging environment far removed from the traditional high school classroom. Please take a moment to look at the donation page and make a contribution, no matter how small (or big!).

      Opry Mills Floor Plan

      And look for a lot more bragging about The Academies at Old Cockrill, Hickory Hollow, and Opry Mills in 2012-13!

      Full release from the Simon Youth Foundation:

      “Furnish the Future” Public Giving Campaign Launches in Support of Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After being closed for more than two years following the historic Nashville flood in May of 2010, the Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills will reopen this August and once again serve Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) students who are at risk for dropping out.

      Now, Nashville area residents can help write the story of the school’s return by making a gift to Simon Youth Foundation, the nonprofit organization supporting the school’s reconstruction.

      In the style of a gift registry, a donation page has been established at SYF.org to allow the Nashville community and other supporters to directly contribute to the construction of the new school, including the purchase of student desks and seating and learning resources like white boards and monitors.

      “Gifts supporting the Academy at Opry Mills are a sound investment in the city’s future, and we are hopeful that Nashville residents will take ownership of this new school by contributing to the cause,” said SYF President and CEO J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D. “This is not about furnishing classrooms; this is about securing the future of Nashville by keeping young people in school so that they can become active members of our community.”

      In a first for Metro Schools, the Academy at Opry Mills will utilize concepts from the book The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning. With innovative use of space and design, the Academy will promote collaborative and active learning while offering flexibility in the layout of learning spaces. The environment will engage students in new ways and benefit student-teacher interaction.

      “For the students at the Academy, the traditional classroom setting did not work,” Durnil says. “We will be creating a non-traditional environment that will ignite hope in students, giving them the confidence to be successful and earn their high school diploma.”

      Gifts made through the gift registry page at SYF.org will help fund a $350,000 grant from Simon Youth Foundation to Metro Schools for the Academy build out, and the school will operate in partnership between the two organizations with support from Opry Mills.

      To support the reopening of the Academy at Opry Mills, donors can log on to http://www.syf.org/support-syf/donate-in-support-of-the-simon-youth-academy-at-opry-mills. While suggested gift amounts are posted at the page, donations at any level are encouraged. SYF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and all gifts to the Academy construction are tax deductible.

      The Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills is one of two Metro Schools supported by SYF. The second is the Simon Youth Academy at Hickory Hollow, which opened to serve the students displaced by the flood-forced closure of the school at Opry Mills in 2010. Between the two Academies, SYF and MNPS will annually serve as many as 500 at-risk Nashville youth.

      The reopening of The Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills follows the recent return of Opry Mills as the largest outlet and value retail shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Tennessee. With more than 200 popular stores, plus an unmatched selection of family-friendly dining options and entertainment venues, Opry Mills is a top destination and a vital economic force, providing jobs, impacting tourism, and generating revenue.

      About SYF

      Simon Youth Foundation, established in 1998, operates 23 academies in 13 U.S. states that give at-risk students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom while offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require. Recipient of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention from the National Dropout Prevention Center, the foundation has helped more than 8,000 students earn their high school diploma and provided more than $10.7 million in college scholarships to 3,500 students in 42 states. The Education Commission of the United States has recognized the Foundation with its Corporate Award for sustained and substantial investment in improving public education.


      It's important for students to have a physical before coming back to school. It can help prevent the health problems that may impact learning. That's why United Neighborhood Health Services is offering Back to School check-ups to get ready for that first day!

      Students will also be given all of the shots they need to come back to school. Incoming kindergarteners, pre-kindergarteners and 7th graders are required to have updated immunizations certificates and will not be allowed to attend without them.

      UNHC is offering immunizations and physicals at its three clinics now through the first day. TennCare and private insurance plans are accepted. Uninsured patients are also welcome, with fees based on a sliding scale. Call ahead to make appointments for physicals.

      United Neighborhood Health Services Clinics

      615-620-UNHS (8647)


      Dickerson Road Clinic, 1223 Dickerson Road, Nashville 37207

      Main Street Clinic, 905 Main Street, Nashville 37206

      Southside Family Clinic, 1101 Charles Davis Boulevard, Nashville 37210

      Full press release:

      Back-to-School Immunizations and Physicals Are Available at Three Clinics of United Neighborhood Health Services

      Free immunizations offered to students; shots are required for 7th graders and kindergarten & pre-K students by start of school on August 1

      Nashville, TN -- United Neighborhood Health Services is offering back-to-school immunizations and physicals for children at three of its Nashville clinics so that children will be prepared for the first day of school on August 1. Metro Nashville students entering 7th grade, kindergarten and pre-K are not allowed to attend school unless they have proof of immunizations.

      Free immunizations are available to students age 18 and under, who do not have insurance coverage or who have TennCare, at these United Neighborhood Health Services Clinics: Dickerson Road Clinic, 1223 Dickerson Road, Nashville 37207; Main Street Clinic, 905 Main Street, Nashville 37206; and Southside Family Clinic, 1101 Charles Davis Boulevard, Nashville 37210. Physicals are available on a sliding fee scale at the clinics. Appointments for immunizations and physicals at the three clinics can be made by calling 615.620-UNHS (8647). Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

      “Parents should schedule appointments now so that their children can get the required shots and be allowed to attend school this year,” said Mary Bufwack, CEO of United Neighborhood Health Services. “Metro schools require proof of immunizations on the first day of school for 7th grade, kindergarten and pre-K students.”

      She added, “Also, it is important that all students have a physical exam before going to school. Health problems can have a big impact on a student’s ability to learn.”

      United Neighborhood Health Services (UNHS) welcomes uninsured patients. Back-to-school immunizations are free. Patients are charged for other services on a sliding fee scale based on their ability to pay. UNHS also accepts TennCare and private insurance.

      United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (UNHS) is a private non-profit network of neighborhood health centers that have served Nashville for more than 30 years. Through its nine Nashville neighborhood clinics, five school-based clinics, the Downtown Homeless Clinic, two mobile health units, and a clinic in Hartsville, Tennessee, United Neighborhood Health Services annually serves approximately 32,000 medically underserved people of all ages; 17,000 have no health insurance. Visit www.unitedneighborhood.org or call 615-620-UNHS (8647) for information about UNHS’ other clinics and programs.


      FirstBank Owl at Shwab Elementary

      Students at Shwab Elementary got an early lesson in dollars and cents back in April with an activity put on by FirstBank called "Teach Children to Save."

      They learned a lot about money, bank accounts, and budgeting. They also got a visit from the soft and fuzzy side of money - FirstBank's owl mascot!

      For more, read the full FirstBank press release below.



      On Tuesday, April 24th FirstBank associates Melinda Pulliam, Pam Theis, Heather Steele, Karen Risner and Lee Pitt participated in "Teach Children to Save Day" at Shwab Elementary in Nashville. The team worked with the students to teach them how to make good decisions with their money and the difference between needs and wants. They also explained how to identify expenses, demonstrate ways to cut spending and show how to maintain bank accounts. FirstBank is proud to partner each year with the American Bankers Association and help educate our youth.

      Teach Children to Save Day is a component of the national Teach Children to Save campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the important role that banks and bankers play in helping young people develop lifelong savings habits. So far it's reached more than 5 million young people with the help of some 100,000 plus banker volunteers. This year Teach Children to Save Day was celebrated on April 24, while bankers will give lessons throughout the year.

      About FirstBank

      FirstBank is Tennessee’s 3rd largest bank with 44 locations across the state. The bank, headquartered in Lexington, Tenn., serves every major metropolitan market in the state and, with more than $2 billion in total assets, has the resources to provide a comprehensive variety of financial services and products.

      FirstBank follows a community-banking model adopted by its charter, Farmers State Bank, more than 100 years ago in Scotts Hill, Tenn. As Tennessee’s premier community bank, FirstBank is committed to its role as a leader in the communities it serves. That commitment is reflected by the Ayers Foundation Scholars program, a scholarship fund established by FirstBank Chairman and sole shareholder Jim Ayers to advance higher education for young people in Tennessee.

      To learn more about FirstBank, a wholly owned subsidiary of First South Bancorp, Inc., visit www.firstbankonline.com.


      Working together, parents can do anything!

      That's why we're bringing parents and experts together for another big Parent University Conference. We're offering free workshops and seminars meant to help all of our parents raise self-confident, disciplined, and motivated children. Parents will learn tips for helping their children learn in modern classrooms. There will also be plenty of information on healthy lifestyles and families.

      It's happening Saturday, July 21, at McGavock High School. It's free and open to everyone, but you do have to register.

      So don't delay. Sign up today!

      Parent University - English Parent University - Spanish
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      On May 21, 2012 when Metro Nashville Fire Department decided to evacuate the Parthenon Towers located at 301 28th Avenue North Nashville, Tennessee 37203, the Metro Schools Transportation Department was called upon to assist. The following Transportation employees went to the aid of the residents.

      • Ms. Carol Bayless, Exceptional Education Driver

      • Ms. Jackie Bazzell, Exceptional Education Driver

      • Ms. Sandra Burton, Exceptional Education Transportation Manager

      • Mr. Dennis Cantrell, Senior Mechanic

      • Ms. Arlinda Clark, General Education Driver

      • Ms. Tracey DeMoss, Special Services Coordinator

      • Mr. Dewayne Ferrell, Shop Foreman

      • Mr. Bill Fryer, Exceptional Education Driver

      • Ms. Barbara Hudson, Field Supervisor for Hillwood Cluster

      • Ms. Donna Jones, Exceptional Education Driver

      • Ms. Anita Lewis, General Education Driver

      • Ms. Tamara Mitchell, Field Supervisor for Hillsboro Cluster

      • Ms. Angela Renz, Field Supervisor for Pearl Cohn Cluster

      • Ms. Irene Richardson, General Education Driver

      • Mr. Ronnie Wilson, Mechanic

      These dedicated employees worked into the early hours of the morning and into the following day providing transportation services to the displaced residents.

      We love our transportation employees! This is not the first time they've assisted in needed evacuations. They were also on cal during the 2010 flood bringing people all over the city to safety.

      It's just one of the countless ways they impact Nashville every day on the job (and even way, way after hours). Great job!


      After more than 15 weeks of rehearsals and performances at their own schools, Metro students took the stage at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall to showcase their adaptations of three classic Disney musicals.

      Before an audience of parents, teachers, administrators, and folks from the community, students performed excerpts from The Jungle Book, Aladdin, and 101 Dalmations.

      Glengarry, Hattie Cotton, Hull-Jackson, Kirkpatrick, and Percy Priest Elementary Schools took part in the Disney Musicals in Schools program carried out with strong cooperation from the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. This is the first time this program has been available outside of New York City. The expansion to MNPS is a pilot program leading up to a rollout in school systems nationwide.

      And you can expect to see more of this in Nashville next year. Disney has awarded the city of $75,000 after-school "creativity grant" which will allow more students to perform more Disney musicals next year.

      Great job, students! And thank you, Disney!


      Lt Col Martha Shaffer has been selected as the 2012 Outstanding Instructor Award with Merit (OIAM) winner for AFJROTC!

      Those selected represent the top 10% of all officer and NCO instructors. She was selected for her exemplary dedication to the corps, Maplewood High School, and the community, as well as her exemplification of the Core Values (Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence) each and every day. She was also selected for her continuing dedication to developing "Better Citizens for America", exceptional classroom management, outstanding instruction, and leadership to over 100 students, completing over 500 community hours for the 2011-2012 academic term. This dedication to the corps earned her unit the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit for the 2011-2012 school year.


      Mayor Dean at Harris-Hillman

      Mayor Karl Dean joined Harris Hillman families, friends and staff for the dedication of the new Wiggle Room Therapy Facility at Harris Hillman School.

      The Wiggle Room is an environmental support that supplies an opportunity for students with performance exceptionalities to address academic goals. It uses movement and body input to help prepare students for learning readiness while also challenging the student in appropriate IEP goals. It is implemented using a integrated team approach and plans are individualized for each student to help promote successful engagement.

      Funded by the
      Shelby Foundation, an organization that has been extremely dedicated to the students and growth of Harris-Hillman School since 2006. Since its inception, the Shelby foundation has raised more than $318,000 for much needed projects at the 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.


      Made weekend plans yet? Don't bother! We know what you'll be doing.

      Grammy nominated mariachi star José Hernàndez is giving a FREE performance at Glencliff High School this Friday night! He'll be joined by the Veterans Juvenil de America Mariachi Band from Rio Grande City, Texas.

      It's all a fundraiser for the Music Makes Us Mariachi program kicking off next year. This new program will bring middle and high school students into the world of mariachi, practicing and performing in school ensembles. Donations will be accepted at this free concert event.

      This is a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy a free concert, but to support a budding music program that could change the lives of young students. Don't miss it!!

      La música nos hace Mariachi

      Music Makes Us Mariachi Concert






      In just a few days, the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance will be heard throughout Davidson County as more than 4,000 Metro seniors receive their high school diplomas. Thousands more families, friends, neighbors, and guests of Metro Schools will join in the celebration of that accomplishment at graduation ceremonies.

      We want everyone to enjoy graduation, which is why we’ve developed a Graduation Etiquette Pledge (GEP) made up of four easy steps to an honorable, dignified, and civil ceremony.

      Guests of graduation pledge to:

      • leave air horns, whistles, fog horns and other noise makers at home;

      • allow seatmates to see the entire ceremony by not holding balloons, signs, or banners of any kind;

      • respect school and security staff present and follow requests made by them; and

      • wear appropriate clothing and behave in a manner befitting guests of Metro Schools.

      Our guests also understand that school staff may ask disruptive a guest to leave.

      Following our simple GEP, everyone can have a grand graduation and see his or her baby walk across that stage. Air horns and ten-foot signs can wait until the after party in your own backyard.

      Thank you to all of our guests and congratulations to all of our graduates!

      CLICK HERE for a full schedule of all graduation ceremonies!


      On May 11, 2012, McGavock High biology teacher Nae'Shara Neal is hosting the Second Annual Science Symposium.

      This is a competition between high school students and includes a variety of science projects from Overton, Hume Fogg, and McGavock High Schools. The students invited to the symposium are all part of a
      National Science Foundation Grant called GK12.

      These are original science research projects completed by Nashville high school students with the help of “real” scientist mentors. There will be no vinegar/baking soda volcanos. The mentors participating in this program practice in a number of different scientific fields. The students have used the scientific method to investigate their projects and have worked with their science mentors for the last 7 months.

      The Middle Tennessee area is one of only two such National Science Foundation programs currently in place in Tennessee schools. This symposium will showcase the hard work of the students, teachers, and their science mentors.

      Students will be at the competition from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at McGavock High School. Feel free to stop by at your convenience!


      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!


      Glendale Elementary is like a brand new school on the outside. Its community is anxious to show off its newest outdoor features and say a hearty 'Thanks!' to the folks who made it possible at an open house next week.

      Glendale has recently finished renovations on a large playground, planted 30 shade trees, built new birdhouses and planters, and even installed a raised garden and outdoor learning structure! And none of it would have been possible without the private donations given to the school.

      The school is hosting an outdoor 'open house' on Friday, May 4, at 8:30 a.m. at the raised bed garden. Please join them in celebrating their newest additions!


      Glendale Open House



      Fifth and eighth grade students are getting their hands dirty and drawing from all of their subjects in a service project that ties academics to gardening and to their community.

      With the help of teacher Dr. Boone and the East Nashville Community Garden group, the fifth graders are planting different herbs and crops to understand how multiple factors influence the growth rate of each particular species of plant. The eighth graders are learning about pH levels through acid and base testing to see what conditions will work best for their plants so Bailey can have the best garden possible. The older students will then share what they have learned with their peers, giving both groups a deeper understanding of the concepts involved with growing a successful garden.

      The happy conclusion to this experiment is that the families and community of Bailey get to enjoy in the fruits of the students’ labor. The fifth grades will open their very own restaurant using recipes they’ve researched and herbs, fruits, and vegetables from the garden. Their math skills will work overtime as they set up the menu for opening day, which is Bailey’s Student Celebration Day on May 15th. Not only will participants enjoy fresh, healthy foods, but visitors can see “STEM-ulating” demonstrations, investigations, and projects done throughout the year by students from Bailey.

      Bailey Garden Project   Bailey Garden Project

      Bailey Garden Project

      Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School Student Celebration Day

      Tuesday, May 15, 2012

      9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

      2000 Greenwood Ave, 37206


      Last Sunday Maplewood High School students Brien H. and Sengphachane P., parent volunteer Ms. Kizer, and Maplewood High teacher Chiquithia Fells, volunteered for the March of Dimes March for Babies representing Future Business Leaders of America. The volunteers committed more than three hours of their time to the information booth during the charity event.

      Thanks for getting involved, Maplewood!


      The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered free tax help to people who make $50,000 or less and needed assistance in preparing their own tax returns. This year the program assisted an outstanding number of Metro Schools’ families to ensure that their taxes were completed before the April 17 deadline. MNPS Roving stations was used for several Family Resource Centers throughout tax season including:

      • Glencliff

      • Tusculum

      • LEAD

      • Madison

      • Park Avenue

      Here is how many families VITA helped this year.

      Vita Tax Help Stats


      The students and faculty at Murrell School are celebrating Earth Day with Walden’s Puddle today. Walden’s Puddle is the only wildlife refuge in Middle Tennessee devoted to caring for hurt and injured wildlife. During their visit the Walden’s Puddle staff will demonstrate to students how they care for the wildlife that it rescues. To show their gratitude Murrell has collected 100 rolls of paper towels to donate to the wildlife refuge.

      Have fun!


      UPDATED 4/23/12: Edits made to reflect new information. Classes are not free, but will be offered for a small fee. However, we have been told no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.

      Progreso Community Center is offering English classes for the Nashville community starting at the end of April.

      For more information, call or visit Progreso:



      2675 Murfreesboro Pike, 37217

      Full information in the flyers below.

      Free English Classes

      Clases de inglés GRATIS


      Hands on Nashville is celebrating this year's Global Youth Service Day (Saturday, April 21) at its brand new Urban Farm - and invites you to be a volunteer farmer for a day!

      The Urban Farm is run by Hands on Nashville staff and donates fresh produce to local non-profits serving low-income areas of Nashville. But it promises to be a lot of fun, too. Volunteers this Saturday can expect to:

      • make rain gardens

      • paint signs for vegetable beds

      • create garden paths

      • prepare beds for planting

      ALL volunteers are welcome, ages 11 and up. Come on down and enjoy a day on the farm!

      Who: Families, individuals, and groups are welcome. (All volunteers must be 11+.)

      When: Saturday, April 21 – Two shifts available:

      Morning: 8 a.m. to noon – REGISTER HERE

      Afternoon: Noon to 4 p.m. – REGISTER HERE

      How: Individuals – Sign up via the links above.

      Groups – Contact caroline@hon.org; (615) 298-1108 Ext. 404

      Questions? (615) 298-1108 Ext. 404; caroline@hon.org  

      HON Urban Farm for Youth Service Day



      The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is making application with the State of Tennessee to develop an after-school program in ten (10) elementary and middle schools through the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program.

      1. Napier Elementary

      2. Robert Churchwell Elementary

      3. Buena Vista Elementary

      4. Cole Elementary

      5. Glenview Elementary

      6. Park Avenue Elementary

      7. Gra-Mar Middle

      8. Bailey Middle

      9. John Early Middle

      10. Margaret Allen Middle

      The purpose of this after-school program is to provide safe, out-of-school options for students attending schools in Corrective Action, in School Improvement, or on Target as measured by the State of Tennessee No Child Left Behind benchmarks. This 15-hour per week program will provide students with homework assistance, tutoring services, enrichment activities, a nutritious snack, and health and wellness activities. Staffed by highly-qualified individuals, the personnel in each school will receive continual professional development opportunities to address the specific or individual needs of each student; monitor and ensure the integrity of the program and schedule within each school; clearly communicate the goals and objective of the program to students, parents, staff, and the community; work in tandem with many various civic, governmental, community, and non-profit organizations to provide tutoring, homework assistance, and enrichment activities; and ensure reporting and compliance requirements with the State of Tennessee Department of Education.

      Project Goals:

      1. To improve the participating students’ academic performance and proficiency in the core academic areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, and science.

      2. To increase the number of safe, out-of-school options for students in the MNPS Innovation Zone Elementary and Middle Schools.

      3. To improve school attendance in the most at-risk student populations in the MNPS Innovation Zone Schools

      4. To improve school climate in the ten (10) participating MNPS Innovation Zone Schools

      The overarching goal of the 21st CCLC is to provide students, particularly students who attend schools in need of improvement, with academic enrichment opportunities and support services to help them meet state and local standards in the core content areas.

      If you would like to share any comments or concerns regarding the previous plan or project, please forward these comments or concerns to
      denise.pridemore@mnps.org no later than Thursday, April 26, 2012.


      Nashville has been selected as one of just 10 cities nationwide to join The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Food Research Action Center (FRAC) this May in Washington, D.C., for the Cities Combating Hunger Through Afterschool Meals Programs (CHAMP) Leadership Academy. The focus of the event will be how to implement or expand the Afterschool Meals Program; i.e., practical strategies to help children receive federally funded meals after school and on weekends. Braina Corke, assistant director of school nutrition at MNPS, will represent the district alongside representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Second Harvest Food Bank. A second event, with 11 different cities, will be held later in May in Chicago.

      Following the leadership academies, cities and anti-hunger groups will be eligible to receive regranted funding (up to $60,000 per selected city) from the Walmart Foundation to help implement the ideas generated at the academy. To learn more about the program, click here.



      Mckissack Middle School’s Oasis Program has been awarded the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award in the category of "Civic Volunteer Group Award". The school has approximately 65 students who participate in the program that aims to teach life skills, increase healthy behaviors, and create a sense of purpose in each teen through its issue-based, skill-building curriculum. The program, which also includes a significant volunteer component, is now in its 15th year.

      This year, Mckissack students have contributed more than 1,000 hours of service to a variety of Nashville nonprofits, civic organizations, and schools. The students addressed many issues in the community through service such as feeding the homeless, boxing food and care packages for the needy, making cards for law enforcement officers, and much more. Congratulations Mckissack Oasis Program Students!

      McKissack Oasis Strobel Award 2012


      The Hillsboro Fine Arts Department will be holding its 8th Annual Festival of the Arts, Thursday, April 19, from 6 - 8 p.m., in the auxiliary gymnasium and auditorium.

      Come explore an exhibit with hundreds of works of art from Hillsboro students, courtesy of all the visual arts classes at Hillsboro! There will also be musical entertainment and refreshments.

      A full slate of band, orchestra, choral, theatre and film performances will be on display in the auditorium, courtesy of the performing arts departments of Hillsboro. Guests can come and go from the exhibit to the live performances for an evening of artistic excellence.

      Tickets are only $7 for adults and $5 for students. All admissions go towards strengthening the arts programs at Hillsboro.


      Churchwell Math Night 2012 - students solving hands-on math problems

      Families at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School and the Nashville community came together to see just how fun math can be!  Nashville Public Television, TSU Women’s Basketball Players, WSMV's Snowbird, Vanderbilt University's Mr. Commodore, and representatives from 92Q celebrated the evening and focused on fine-tuning math skills with the students and families of Robert Churchwell.

      Roughly 180 students and their parents attended the special family night. They enjoyed a dance-off with area mascots and tested their math skills with a variety of hands-on problems that needed solving.

      Churchwell Math Night 2012 - community partners


      Julia Green Elementary Student Display 2012 - part of the school's inaugural PYP ExhibitEarlier this spring, Julia Green Elementary hosted its first annual PYP Exhibition. The PYP Exhibition is a culminating showcase of the Primary Years Programme International Baccalaureate experience. It gives the fourth-grade students an opportunity to present what they have learned through student-driven collaborative inquiry into a topic they have chosen. In addition to the inquiry, the students develop an action plan based on the knowledge they have gained through the inquiry process. This year, the central idea behind the exhibition was “People’s Contributions Make a Difference.” Students investigated topics such as animal rights, childhood obesity, the need for clean water, hunger, homelessness, and the importance of education. They researched the lives of people who have made a contribution in that field, and drew inspiration from the differences that were being made by those people. As a result of that inspiration, they developed a plan to raise awareness and support for their cause. Students created displays, brochures, bookmarks, donation information for local non-profits, or activities to raise awareness.

      The group that researched the need for clean water created a “water walk.” During the walk, participants carried large containers of water around an area to simulate the experience of walking to a water source and carrying water back to your home. (pictured below)

      Julia Green Elementary Water Walk 2012 - part of the school's inaugural PYP Exhibit


      Antioch High School senior Jasmine M. was one of a handful of MNPS students with artwork selected to appear in the 2012 Mayor's Art Show at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. In a blog Jasmine recently published, she explains, "Who would have known if I set a clear glass cup with two silver spoons and a black plain background that I would have a cup with vibrant pinks, blues, and browns? There is always inner beauty in the simplest of objects that life offers us."

      The Mayor's Art Show recognizes the artistic talents of MNPS students. There are two showings, the first runs through April 12 and features artwork by students from Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hunters Lane, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford. The second showing opens April 19 and runs through May 3 featuring students from Hillwood, Maplewood, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek.

      Congratulations, Jasmine and all of the other MNPS students whose artwork is on display.

      Jasmine and Mayor Dean at Mayor's Art Show 2012


      Hillwood High School is hosting the 3rd Annual Topper Football Golf Tournament. And yes, you read that right. It's a golf tournament benefiting the school's football program. Saturday, April 28, you can play with a team or solo at McCabe Golf Course. The shotgun start is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Numerous awards will be given out, including 1st and 2nd place prizes, the longest drive, and closest to the pin. The deadline to register is April 20. Check out the flyer below for more information.

      3rd Annual Topper Football Golf Tournament Flyer


      The band program at McKissack Middle School will host its inaugural Jazz Festival this Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m., in the school auditorium.


      Congratulations to Amber M., a senior at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, for being selected to receive one of 14 scholarships from the TMSDC (Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council) Education Foundation. Scholarship recipients were selected from nine schools from across the mid-state. 

      Amber was honored during the TMSDC Education Foundation’s 20th Annual Impact Awards in early April at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. This year’s scholars received a total of $98,000, internships, e-readers, laptops, software, Senior Year Collections, and backpacks. In addition to her scholarships from A+ Education & Training Services, SMS Holdings, and Saundra & Sidney Curry, and the other items mentioned, Amber received a stock certificate. 


      Thursday, April 12, from 5 - 7 p.m., The Academy located at Hickory Hollow will host its first International Night. The event is open to the public. Guests will enjoy great food and music, as well as have the opportunity to talk to a variety of community groups and organizations.


      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.


      As an International Baccalaureate Candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP), Eakin Elementary presented its first IB Exhibition this spring. Leading up to the event, Eakin fourth graders conducted extensive small group research that encompassed the theme: “Opportunities Depend on Available Resources”. For an IB school, the Exhibition is a culminating experience that gives students the opportunity to share with teachers, parents and fellow students what they learned. The most important and distinguishing features of the Exhibition are the processes of inquiry and the action the students then take because of their learning.

      Some examples of this inquiry and action in practice are:

      • Students researched the role of St. Jude’s Hospital in the battle of cancer in children. They held a lemonade stand one Sunday and raised more than $500 to donate to the hospital.

      • Another group of students visited the local non-profit group, Room in the Inn and interviewed a homeless person as a result of their inquiry into the issue of Homelessness.

      • Their research on oil spills, led another group of fourth graders to locate businesses in Nashville who recycle oil. They created a brochure to distribute to visitors at the Exhibition.

      • Students researching the lack of education realized that the problem is global. Investigating charities, they selected a charity with a high rating of integrity. The students’ goal is to raise enough money to sponsor a year of education for a student in South Africa.

       Eakin IB Exhibition 2012 - a student who worked on a project for St. Judes  Eakin IB Exhibition 2012 - a student who worked on a project about water



      The Maplewood Cluster will soon host a special forum Bringing Justice to YOU. This district-wide event will be held Saturday, April 21 at Maplewood High School.

      Guest speakers will be Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry and Public Defender Dawn Deaner. This is a FREE and open to the public event.

      Trayendo justicia a USTED

      نأتي إليك بالعدالة

      دادپه روه ریێ بو هه وه دێنین



      The Nashville Tree Foundation is looking for “big, old” trees and needs your help!

      The Nashville Tree Foundation needs you to enter Davidson County's big trees in their annual Big Old Tree contest. The organization has extended the deadline to enter to April 3.  Grab your friends, service club, neighbors, classmates or family and help NTF make sure Nashville's largest and oldest trees are recognized and protected. Trees of any species in Davidson County can be nominated by any person. The trees can be on the property of the nominator, a neighbor, friend, or stranger, or on public property. The owner's permission is suggested but not required.

      How to enter

      Click here to download an entry form or register online. You can also see all past winners by species and year to make sure the tree you are entering hasn't already won. The High Tree Party, where winners will be announced, will be held at 4 p.m., April 27, at Sevier Park. The High Tree Party is free and open to the public.  


      Monday, April 2, 60 MNPS high school students from the YMCA Latino Achievers will take a “World of Work” tour at the MNPS Board of Education. They will come to learn about careers in the field of education.

      The panel will have a diverse group of representatives from various departments and schools within MNPS, including Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. All will share their stories – education, career path, and current role in MNPS.

      The YMCA Latino Achievers’ purpose is to illuminate the path to success, where students dream, discover their strengths, and plan for their future. The group hopes to encourage these students to consider a career in education and to leave with a better understanding of what it takes to become an educator.


      YouthSafetySummit2012AmbassadorsBeing outdoors in Tennessee in the spring is unbeatable, but current and future middle school students and their families stepped inside Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School on Saturday, March 24, for the second annual Youth Safety Summit.

      Rodger Dinwiddie, Nashville’s nationally known expert on preventing bullying, set the tone for the day with an informative, interactive keynote address that earned high marks from families in attendance.

      Breakout sessions built on this year’s theme, “Setting the Foundation for Success: Middle School Transition, Myths and Realities.”  Data Coach Marla Smith led a discussion to help parents understand their children’s performance data; Sam Davidson with Cool People Care and Jo An Scalf of Nashville Public Television advised students on smart use of the Internet;  Principal Ron Woodard of Maplewood High School and Drs. Jahangir and Sethi with Vanderbilt University Medical Center discussed preventing youth violence through positive relationships; and Gini Pupo-Walker with Metro Schools moderated a discussion on family and community involvement in schools.

      The district’s 12 zoned high schools sent student Ambassadors to the event to share information about their schools and the district’s Academies of Nashville program that prepares students for college and career.

      In the final session, a panel of high school juniors and seniors advised middle school students to get involved in school activities and to work hard because “high school begins in middle school and college begins in high school.” The Board of Education event ended with remarks from Board Vice Chair Mark North.


      The Volunteers, the premier band of the United States Army Field Band, visited Hunters Lane this week to perform and share the Army story with the students. The group tours the world every two and a half years and hand-picked Hunters Lane for this tour's Nashville stop!

       HLHSArmFieldBand2012 - The Volunteers stop by Hunters Lane
      HLHSArmFieldBand2012 - The Volunteers stop by Hunters Lane 
      HLHSArmFieldBand2012 3


      Don't worry if you haven't filed your taxes yet. The United Way is offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) until April 14!

      So far this year VITA teams at Family Resource Centers have processed nearly 1,400 federal returns and $3,000,000 of refunds!

      Don't miss your chance to get free tax help. Check out the flier below for sites and times.


      Overton High School’s Future Business Leaders of America organization recently Overton FBLA 2012participated in the Regional Leadership Conference at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. The conference was filled with competitions, informational sessions, and networking with other students. Mrs. Honarvar and Mr. Strauss, teachers in the Information Technology Academy at Overton accompanied eight students that participated in various contests with five students placing in their competitions. Quiana H., Brittany K., and Brittany B. took 1st place in the Business Ethics team event, while Jasmyne Q. took 3rd place in Business Law, and Lamora L. took 5th place in Technology Concepts. All these students qualified to represent the Region 3 at the State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga next month. Congratulations to all!


      Several Metro high school students have been selected to attend an all expenses paid trip to the 2nd annual USA Science and Engineering Festival, which will feature more than 3,000 fun, interactive exhibits, stage shows and author presentations.  Alex C. and Emma R., sophomores at Hillsboro High, Andrew C. and Dorwin W., students at Stratford STEM Magnet High, Susanna P., a student at MLK and the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, and Nhung H., a student at Overton High and the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, were selected to present during the Final Expo.

      The festival will be held in Washington D.C., April 28-29. Students were selected based on essays exploring the topic of banning water bottles on college campuses. The students were selected to attend the science festival based on essays, grades and behavior.

      At the festival, the team of students will work together to provide hands-on activities at one of the Vanderbilt University booths. Students will assist participants in dissecting a sea bird bolus and identifying the plastics found inside. Students will also be able to visit the other booths and the college fair. 

      And what would a trip to the Capitol be without a lesson on history! The students will have some free time to visit area attractions. Congratulations!


      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.


      Metro Schools Nutrition Services Department recently teamed up with the Tennessean and MTSU in a tweetup regarding childhood obesity. The goal was to raise awareness of the growing problem and find ways to help our young people live healthier. Check out these fun facts we shared.

      Nutrition by Numbers:

      • 19 of our schools participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program that brings fruit and vegetable snacks directly to the classroom.

      • Students exposed to many different types of fruits and vegetables. This year, we added 14 new salad bars in our schools. 

      • FACT: Our school lunches average 541 calories

      • 19 of our schools have won the Healthier US Challenge Award which recognizes schools who promote healthy eating and physical activity. How do you stay fit?

      • 48 of our school have school gardens. MNPS and the Metro Health Dept are teaming up to increase this number http://www.mnps.org/Page85165.aspx

      • Pizza can be healthy. Pizza served in our schools are made of 51% whole wheat flour and low-sodium cheese. We also serve turkey hotdog.

      • Here’s a fun fact. 10 of our schools started a pilot program to do more cooking from scratch and use less processed foods.

      And don't miss these great links:

      School Gardens

      Menu and Meal Prices

      Nutrition Information


      Dr. Register Apollo Award 2012Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, is the newest recipient of the esteemed PRSA Apollo Award. The Apollo Award recognizes outstanding communications’ skills for mid-state executives who “demonstrate and exemplify the public relations and communications functions within his or her organization.” Previous recipients include Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, former Mayor Bill Purcell, Belmont University President Bob Fisher, and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt John Seigenthaler.

      Pictured is Dr. Register alongside PRSA Nashville President Todd Smith. Smith is president of Dean, Smith & Partners a local public relations consulting firm.


      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.


      Metro Schools is hosting its second annual Youth Safety Summit, and this year, it's all about loving middle school! Students will also get a glimpse of what's in store when the transition to high school. Students representing The Academies of Nashville, located in all 12 zoned high schools, will be on hand to share their experiences with the younger peers. Parents will learn how to understand test scores, be more involved, and stay safe online.

      CLICK HERE to See What's on the Agenda



      McKissack Mentoring Program 2012 - a group of 8th grade girls who participated in a new mentoring programA new mentoring program at McKissack Middle aims to help 8th grade females focus on self-esteem, culture and pride, and fulfilling their legacies.  The first three sessions were was conducted by school social workers, Jessica Bell and Cate Westfall, a representative from Conexion Americas, Cecilia Gomez, and a Nashville professional singer, Myshel Wilkins.  The students were inspired by the message given by each guest speaker. The mentoring program will continue through the end of the year, focusing on: Relationship Building, Finances & Budgeting, Sisterhood/Teambuilding Exercises, and Mock Interviews.

      Miss Fisk and her royal court recently visited McKissack Middle School. They began the Miss Fisk McKissack 2012 - Miss Fisk and her royal court visit McKissack 8th gradersday sharing why they chose to attend Fisk via the schools morning newscast. Next, the group stopped by each 8th grade classroom to share valuable lessons on college, career, and respect for oneself and others. Miss Fisk and her court were escorted to each classroom by McKissackStudent Council President Tatiyana Coleman. 


      Glencliff High School is one of the most diverse in the state, and they want you to experience the wonderfully rich and varied cultures with them!

      For a Spanish flyer, click here.


      Can you spell "scholarship"? If so, this might be the perfect opportunity for you!


      Metro Nashville Board of Education Member Dr. Sharon Dixon Gentry will be honored for Sharon Gentryher leadership at tonight’s Women of Legend and Merit Awards dinner hosted by Tennessee State University. Dixon Gentry currently serves as the representative for District 1.

      The annual celebration salutes dynamic women leaders, as well as expose TSU’s female students to positive role models, networking opportunities and resources to assist in their academic, personal and professional growth.

      The ceremony will be held tonight, March 15, at 7 p.m., at the Millenium Maxwell House Hotel. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will serve as the keynote speaker.


      If you missed Dr. Register's State of Schools Address, click here to read the address in its entirety, hear a student's inspiring story, and see what's in store for Metro Schools.


      I Heart Metro SchoolsThere’s a growing momentum around public education throughout Tennessee and right here in Davidson County. Metro Schools has been feeling the support increase steadily for the past couple of years. Now, with parents growing increasingly involved in our schools, nearly 170 business partners signed on to support The Academies of Nashville, and Mayor Dean and the Metro Council who have financially supported schools despite the recession, the energy is inspiring.

      See why Mayor Dean, First Lady Haslam, the Nashville Sounds, and so many more continue to support our schools and hear what they love most about MNPS. And tell us why you love and support Metro Schools by sending us an email!


      Inglewood Elementary School has quite a bit going on this March. Parent workshops in computers, cool websites for kids, helping students at home, and drafting resumes will be held Saturdays, March 10, 17 and 24, from 8 a.m. - noon. Inglewood parents can register for classes here or by calling 262.6697.

      The school is also participating in the Great American Clean-up, Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Volunteers can register here.


      Glencliff High School's Academy of Medical Science & Research is working to raise awareness about diabetes. Throughout the year students have heard from a variety of guest speakers and participated in class assignments centered around diabetes. The Academy has planned a 5K for March 24 hoping to raise awareness beyond Glencliff High School. It is an official 5K with a certified race course. Learn more below.


      Saturday, March 24, Nashville School of Arts will be hosting its annual Celebration of the Arts event.

      This event introduces the community to everything that takes place at Nashville School of the Arts and is the biggest fundraiser for Friends of Nashville School of Arts (FNSA), the school’s parent/teacher organization.

      Celebration of the Arts will feature art exhibits, demonstrations in dance, theater, broadcast, musical performance, and an adult/student blues jam. Guests can also shop at a special consignment store and auction. FNSA will also release the "first-ever" NSA. The CD will showcase the depth and variety of talent of the students at NSA. Including sounds from Renaissance to Rock n' Roll, the disc will feature the amazing Jazz Band, Madrigals, Swing Band, Orchestra, Early Music Consort, Pop Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Theater (Xanadu), Guitar Quartet, solo guitar, and solo piano. All components celebrate NSA student work. 

      The Celebration will take place at the Nashville School of Arts campus, 1250 Foster Ave., Nashville, TN 37210. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., for ticket sales. Tickets are $5. For more information, contact the school office at (615) 291-6600.


      Need a passport? Davidson County Clerk John Arriola's Office will be open Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., in recognition of Passport Day in the USA.

      Passport Day 2012 - Davidson County Clerk's Office participates in Passport Day in the USA


      Donelson Middle School student Devyn H., won an essay contest sponsored by the Metro Airport Authority, a school PENCIL Partner. For his outstanding work, Devyn and his family are headed to Florida and a visit to the Space Museum. Payton S. and Seth P. tied for second and received gift cards.



      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.


      Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School is hosting a Transition Fair to help students with disabilities explore their options post high school. Numerous community businesses and partners will be on hand to talk with students and share the many opportunities and services that are available.


      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!


      More than three dozen volunteers will head to Dan Mills Elementary this afternoon to teach the students about businesses, jobs, paychecks, taxes, and resources that contribute to the local economy. Through JA in a Day, the team of 41 adult volunteers who represent 16 different companies and organizations in Middle Tennessee will be in front of the classroom leading discussions and activities on these topics.

      The JA in a Day program is operated by Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee with lessons taught by volunteers, JA board members, and future educators. Every Dan Mills classroom will receive a JA program that will focus on five lessons that teach students the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace.

      Organizations represented include: Allstate, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Bridgestone Americas, Caterpillar Financial Services, Dan Mills Elementary School PTO, Deloitte, First Tennessee Bank, Ford Motor Credit, HCA, Ingram Industries, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Trevecca Nazarene University, TVA, and US Bank. 


      The MNPS Middle School Science and Engineering Fair will be held on Saturday, March 3, at Rose Park Middle Math and Science Magnet School.

      The 16 participating middle schools have selected the top projects from their school fairs to compete at the district fair. MNPS anticipates roughly 500 projects from students in 5th through 8th grades.

      The schedule is as follows:

      11:30 - 1 p.m.:   Projects open for public viewing, Rose Park Gymnasium

      1 p.m.:               5th/6th Grade Awards Ceremony, Rose Park Auditorium

      1:30 p.m.:          7th/8th Grade Awards Ceremony, Rose Park Auditorium


      In honor of Read Me Week (Napier event pictured right) and Read Across America, Metro Schools will be privy to a Napier Lorax Read Me Day 2012 - a picture of students watching a presentation on Loraxslew of guest readers and special events! Here’s a peak at what’s going on this week to recognize the importance of reading and to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday:

      Kindergarteners at A.Z. Kelley Elementary will celebrate the week with dress up days. Friday, in honor of Dr. Seuss's big day, the cafeteria staff will serve green eggs and ham for breakfast!

      Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will visit Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary Wednesday, Feb. 29 and enjoy lunch with the third grade.

      Mayor Dean will visit Charlotte Park Elementary Friday, March 2 and read to students.

      Cole Elementary will open its doors to dozens of guest readers who will share their favorite stories with the students.

      Mayor Dean will visit Glenn Enhanced Option Elementary Wednesday, Feb. 29 and read to students.

      Glengarry Elementary will celebrate the week with theme days and several guest readers. Homeroom teachers are encouraged to spend the last 15 minutes of the day in “Drop Everything and Read” (DEAR) sessions. Pencil partners from University of Phoenix, Principal Laurie Smith, and other school leaders will share their love of reading with the children at Glengarry.

      At Harris-Hillman School, students and staff will celebrate with three special events. March 2, the school will welcome and enjoy the reading of special guest and singer Ginny Owens in the school library at 9:30 am.Bringing Books to Life will perform a puppet show March 5, at 12:30, and again March 6, at 1 p.m.

      Friday, March 2, First Lady of Tennessee Crissy Haslam will visit Joelton Elementary and read a story to the students.

      Murrell School will be celebrating Read Across America on Friday, March 2. Students will be allowed to dress out of their standard attire, donning pj’s or sweats.  All students and staff will read silently in their classroom their favorite story or book from 9 – 9:30 a.m., while sipping hot cocoa.

      Paragon Mills Elementary will celebrate Read Across America Week in style.  The school will have a special spirit activity each day. Wednesday, Feb. 29, roughly 20 guests, and former Paragon Mills’ teachers, will visit and read to the students! They will team up with guest readers from Regions Bank and Ford Motor, the latter of whom will also give each child a bookmark. Friday, March 2, 210 students from David Lipscomb Middle School will visit. They will read to every class, present some books for each classroom library, and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by delivering a cookie to each student in honor of his birthday.  And did we mention the teachers will all be dressed as the Cat in the Hat?

      Rosebank Elementary will celebrate with Read-A-Palooza. Each day students and staff will participate in a “fun” days that will celebrate reading. Thursday evening, March 1, students and families are invited to Read-A-Palooza that will feature a variety of celebrity readers including Mayor Karl Dean, Tooth Fairy Mary, and the MOMS group of East Nashville! A light dinner will be served, followed by reading, games and the distribution of free books.

      Mayor Dean will visit Whitsitt Elementary Thursday, March 1 and read to students.

      Napier Lorax Read Me Day 2012 - a picture of the Lorax posterThe Academy, located at Hickory Hollow, Spanish 1 and 2 combined classes will read “Huevos verdes con jamón” in honor of Dr Seuss.

      Last week, to help kick off the weeklong celebration, Book’em hosted Read Me Day at Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option Elementary. In a special assembly, students heard the benefits of reading from several area dignitaries, including Mayor Dean, MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, Janet Ivey of Janet’s Planet, Miss Black Tennessee Natalie Newbill, Judge Mike Jameson, Nashville Ballet representatives, and even some Tennessee Titans’ cheerleaders.

      Special guests including MNPS Chief Operating Officer Fred Carr and MNEA President Stephen Henry visited Napier Elementary where students got to see a special sneak peak at the new Lorax movie.


      John Early Museum Magnet Middle School students and their families attended a special workshop at the school in which they learned how to preserve, restore, and care for their family treasures. The event was hosted by Belmont Mansion and Tennessee State Museum and brought local experts to the school to teach the students and their families.

      Terrianna H. and her mother Geannette were paired with Candace Adelson, Ph.D., Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles, from the Tennessee State Museum. The mother-daughter duo learned how to preserve a quilt made by Terrianna’s grandmother. They also learned the history of quilting, how her great-grandmother sewed the quilt, what the quilt represented and the life and times of people, such as her great-grandmother, who made and used quilts. 


      High school students with an eye for fashion can share their skills in a district-wide contest! Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and Martin Luther King High School have teamed up to present the first annual istyled.me High School Fashion Challenge. A community-based fundraiser, istyled.me is open to all high school students in the greater Nashville area. The challenge is to purchase clothing at any local Goodwill store and style it to make a chic and hip outfit. Then students register at www.istyled.me and upload a photo of their outfit to the istyled.me photo wall. Site visitors will vote for their favorite look. Students with the most votes will walk in the Runway Show at Rocketown, Thursday, March 8, where a panel of celebrity judges will choose winners in three fashion categories.

      All proceeds from the event go to support academic and arts programs at MLK Academic Magnet, but a cash prize will also go to each of the winners’ schools. There will be other prizes for the winners of each category as well as many great door prizes and random give-aways.

      Voting concludes at midnight Saturday, Feb. 25!


      ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are now available to 2012 graduating high school seniors in school districts represented by the Council of the Great City Schools. And yes, that includes Nashville!

      Four scholarships, two for males and two for females worth $5,000 each, will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris.  The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2012

      Students can apply at the Council of Great City Schools website.


      Wednesday, Feb. 15, Miss Tennessee, Erin Hatley made a special appearance at McKissack Middle School! Ms. Hatley, a native of West Tennessee and student at the University of Memphis, placed 10th in the 2012 Miss America pageant this past January and travels around the state as the Governor’s Ambassador for the Character Education trait of Citizenship. McKissack Student Council sponsor Ms. Jacklene Robinson invited the reigning Miss Tennessee to speak with students on topics such as making and reaching goals, bullying, and volunteering to build self-esteem. McKissack’s student council officers sat on the panel with Miss Tennessee and escorted her on a tour around the school. The highlight of the show was Miss Tennessee singing a portion of the song she sang in the Miss America pageant, and a short rendition of the late Whitney Houston’s, “I Will Always Love You.” The students left the assembly with great ideas for how they can help their communities, and also received signed autographs from Miss Tennessee.

      Miss Tennessee visits McKissack 2012 - the current Miss Tennessee visited with students


      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.


      Friday, March 9, MTA will offer free and unlimited rides all day! “Fareless Friday,” as it’s been dubbed by transportation officials is the brainchild of Mayor Dean. The goal is to encourage people who do not currently ride the bus to give it a try. MTA also hopes to use the day to show appreciation to current riders.To check out the full list of routes available, click here.


      MNPS security officers Tina Petrig, Mariette Arroyo and Bady the K9 went the extra mile to help students at Lakeview Design Center. The trio participated in the school’s Animal Safety Day and presented valuable information about animal safety and real-life emergencies to the kindergarten and Lifeskills classes.

      Animal Safety Day at Lakeview - MNPS security officers and canine visit elementary students


      Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School is hosting a community blood drive. Check out the flyer below for details.


      Madison Middle School is opening its doors for parents and community members to share their thoughts in an anti-bullying community forum. The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6 - 7 p.m., in the gymnasium at Madison. Guest speakers include Taylor Stratton School Counselor Dr. Nancy Lara and Madison Middle School Counselors Lindsay Mosayebi and Cedric Dewayne Webber. Representatives from the Madison Police Precinct, MNPD Youth Services, the District Attorney's Office, Juvenile Referee Department, and Tennessee Safe Schools will also be on hand to answer questions and join in the discussion.


      Donald Davis, master storyteller, will be visiting J. T. Moore Middle School Tuesday, Feb. 28. There will be a community event at 7 p.m., in the Moore library. The event is sponsored by the PTO and is free for everyone to enjoy.  


      Think you have what it takes to teach for Metro Schools? If so, Nashville Teaching Fellows (NTF) is now accepting applications for the next cohort of professionals looking to make a career change. The deadline to apply is Feb. 21.

      What is Nashville Teaching Fellows?

      NTF is a highly-selective, innovative path for talented mid-career professionals and recent college graduates to become teachers and make a measurable difference in our most critical subject areas: math, science, ELL, and special education. There are Fellows working in more than half of the district’s schools already. The NTF program’s goal is to recruit, select, and train only the most outstanding candidates who have the potential to effectively increase student achievement in their classrooms. 

      Nashville Teaching Fellows:

             Participate in a rigorous summer pre-service training to develop their ability to increase student achievement as a new teacher in a high-need school;

             Achieve significant academic growth with all of their students and hold themselves accountable by measuring student outcomes in their classrooms; and

             Complete requirements during their first year teaching to earn their permanent Tennessee certification.


      Third and fourth grade students attending Cole Elementary in Antioch, Tn., and Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option in Nashville, recently proved that elementary students have what it takes to debate! Saturday, Jan. 28, both schools met to debate five topics on the campus of Vanderbilt University.  Under the guidance of their teachers, who served as debate team coaches, these newly inspired debaters argued the following issues:

      • elementary children should not be allowed to watch tv,

      • elementary children should not be allowed to carry cell phones on campus, 

      • public schools should not mandate school uniforms,

      • schools should implement year-round schools, and

      • states should not set age 12 as the legal age restriction for latch-key kids.

      These young debaters have worked on learning the rules, researching their topics, and practicing speaking in public since late September and early October.  Each school set its own practice schedule.  Kirkpatrick students meet once a week after school, while Cole students meet twice a month on a Saturday.  The commitment shown by the children has been an inspiration to the coaches and volunteers that are guiding them.

      A crowd of about 50 families, friends and teachers from each school gathered to watch the first debate.  Kirkpatrick won three of the five arguments of this inaugural event.  The next meeting between these two elementary schools will be on April 28 on the campus of Vanderbilt University.


      Moozie at Fall-Hamilton 2012

      "It's all up to me" was the theme of a recent visit from Moozie, the ambassador of kindness for the Children's Kindness Network, at Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option Elementary. Students heard a story from the beloved character, and those who shared how they have been kind received a free copy of "Moozie's Kind Adventure"! Also included with the book was a CD of the book being read by Larry Gatlin who was backed up by he 90-piece orchestra fro Arizona State University.

      This was the third year Moozie visited Fall-Hamilton.


      Ten Metro Nashville Public Schools’ students are preparing for the trip of a lifetime. The group has been invited to participate in an annual program, “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues,” that will include music greats Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Gary Clarke Jr., and Trombone Shorty. The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2:30 p.m. CST, in the East Room at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will be in attendance.

      MNPS students selected to attend include:

      Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

      • Dominique Y. Trotter

      • Chelsea D. Byrd

      • Leona L. Turner

      Overton High School

      • Kaitlyn E. Edwards Edwardo Alegria

      Nashville Schools of the Arts

      • Aaron Bell

      • Brittany Edwards

      • Austin Valentine

      McGavock High School

      • Maria C. Artavia

      • James C. Johnson

      These students, along with peers from around the country, will participate in an educational session focusing on Blues in America. The session, “At the Crossroads: A History of the Blues in America,” will be taught by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. Students will first hear about the history of the Blues and then participate in a panel discussion with the featured artists.

      During the trip, the students will interview the event production team, meet with Congressional leaders, and tour the Museum of American History, the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Michelle Wilcox, Lead Principal, MNPS District Office, Robert “Principal Bob” Wilson, from Nashville School of the Arts and Kim Johnson, Director of General Administration with NMAAM, will chaperone.

      The educational session and performances will be streamed live on the White House website for schools around the country to observe. It will also air on Nashville Public Television Monday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. CST.


      Approximately 190 pieces of art created by children in 24 after school programs, including many in Metro Schools, is currently on exhibit at the Tennessee Art League, located at 808 Broadway. The student artwork was created through various programs including YMCA Fun Company, Martha O’Bryan Center and NAZA.

      artEMBRACE is a unique art enrichment program that serves children in 140+ after school sites throughout five counties in Middle Tennessee.  The organization hires local, professional artists who have prior teaching experience to go to assigned schools and teach a wide variety of art forms in both the visual and performing arts.  The majority of the sessions are 4-8 weeks in the spring and fall with a few sites receiving special workshops known as “Art Bytes.” All sessions are offered free of charge.

      The artEMBRACE exhibit can be viewed through Feb. 29.

      artEMBRACE diplay 2012 - student artwork on display at The Tennessee Art League


      Tuesday, Feb 7, Rocky, a student at Hillsboro High, took the stage for the first time as a solo artist! Rocky performed at the 16-year anniversary celebration of the Billy Block Show. He was backed up by his brother Grady, on drums and keys; Jamie M., son of hit singer/songwriter Pat McLaughlin; and Anthony R.  

      Rocky was born "live on the air" 15 years ago when the Billy Block show aired on Lightening 100.

      Hillsboro student performs on Billy Block show 2012


      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


      The Glencliff Cluster will soon host a special forum Bringing Justice to YOU. This district-wide event will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 at Glencliff High School.

      Guest speakers will be Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry and Public Defender Dawn Deaner. This is a FREE and open to the public event.


      Sister Cities Ambassadors in Caen - two MNPS students were selected to serve as ambassadors during Caen, France International WeekTwo MNPS students recently spent a week in Caen, France as Nashville Ambassadors for the city's International Week! Audrey Y., a sophomore at Nashville School of the Arts, and Milly B., a senior at Hume-Fogg High School, were chosen as ambassadors after writing an essay application and interviewing in French. During their trip, they had a chance to visit Paris, were interviewed by a video crew in Caen for International Week, and got to enhance their knowledge of the French language and culture.   

      Sister Cities of Nashville is a not-for-profit whose mission is to connect the people of Nashville to people of the world, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. Caen has been an active sister city to Nashville since 1990 and invited all its sister city partners around the world to send two high school delegates for a four-day workshop and international fair. 


      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!


      Overton Class 75 Donation - a group of the graduating class of 1975 from Overton High presenting a donation to Overton Principal Dr. PelhamTuesday, Jan. 31, several members of the John Overton High School class of ’75 attended a faculty meeting at Overton High School to present a gift to the school. Lynn Stanfield Wilbanks, daughter of long-time Overton principal William J. Stanfield, Connie Brown Kimbro, and Cindy Haden Dickens presented Principal Dr. Andrew Shuler-Pelham and Library Media Specialist Gwen Hines with a check for $1975 in memory of deceased classmates. This money will be used to buy document readers for classroom use. The class of 1975 still appreciates the many opportunities John Overton High School offered them some 37 years ago. The group hopes that their donation will help the teachers in their day-to-day work with students. The presentation concluded with a thank you and a heartfelt reminder to the teachers that their time, energy and efforts given to their students every day is making a difference now and for many years to come.


      Talk about a staunch supporter of Metro Schools and music education! At the 2012 Keep the Music Playing Concert held Jan. 31, CMA executives presented a check for $1.4 million to Metro Schools to help support music education. Since 2006, the association has donation $6.1 million in funds and music equipment to our schools.

      To read the full release, click here.

       CMA 2012 Donation Check Presentation - a check presentation at the 2012 Keep the Music Playing Concert CMA 2012 Glengarry students with Suzy Bogguss - students performing at the 2012 Keep the Music Playing All-Star Concert 
      Check Presentation

      Courtesy Donn Jones, CMA

      Glengarry students performing with Suzy Bogguss

      Courtesy Donn Jones, CMA


      The Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Bus (eBus) is rolling to a stop at Sam Levy Community Center Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The entire Nashville community is invited to drop by and receive financial tips and guidance. Sam Levy is located at 302 Foster Street. Check out the flyer below for more information.


      The Nashville After Zone Alliance, known by most as NAZA, is getting a big boost! The program started in 2009 by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has been awarded a grant from the Wallace Foundation for $765,000. This will allow NAZA to nearly triple in size, serving an additional 750 students. Check out the full news release below.


      Oliver Middle School has "smashed" its competition and earned one of 20 spots nationwide in the NBC and iTheatrics Smash: Making a Musical program. The network and theatre education company teamed up to create sustainable music theatre programs in public schools. Participating schools will receive training from Broadway master professionals and materials for the schools.


      Book Donation 2012 - a donation of 2,800 book and $14,000 case was given to Tusclum Elementary and Warner EOS as a result of the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

      This winter, Tusculum Elementary and Warner Enhanced Option Elementary split a donation of 2,800 books and $14,000 in money thanks to Barnes & Noble and City National Bank. The donations were the result of the Holiday Book Drive at Barnes & Noble. Read the full release below.


      Lessons are coming to life at Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option School. After weeks of studying the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the fourth grade students will experience the civil rights movement through the eyes of five legends. Monday, Jan. 30, the classes will host five of the Freedom Riders, who were featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show earlier this year. From 8:45 - 9:40 a.m., the Freedom Riders will share their stories and experiences with the young students. At the end of the presentation, the fourth graders will board the “Freedom” bus  and take a ride to TSU and Fisk University where many of the Civil Rights protests originated and where the riders also attended college.


      It's that time again! And Metro Schools' families may be eligible to receive free help filing their taxes. Check out the flyer below.


      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.


      The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Tennessee’s annual School Board Appreciation Week January 22-28, 2012.

      The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Tennessee’s school board members, including the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

      Tennessee school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion dollar budges which fund education programs for more than 934,000 students in approximately 1,736 schools. Their personnel decisions affect more than 69,500 teachers, administrators and support workers.

      These volunteer leaders also are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

      Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute our school board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible:

      Gracie Porter, Chair, Mark North, Vice Chair, Dr. JoAnn Brannon, Anna Shepherd, Sharon Gentry, Ed.D., Cheryl D. Mayes, Ed Kindall, Kay Simmons, and Michael W. Hayes.

      Please join us by saying thank you to our school board members during Tennessee’s School Board Appreciation Week!


      Tuesday, Jan. 18, the MNPS Office of Coordinated School Health received the first annual Pioneer Award at the NashVitality HEAL Summit. The award was given to honor the work that Coordinated School Health does to assist MNPS schools in establishing Healthy School Teams and health-related goals for students and staff.

      Pictured (R-L) Nicole Proffitt, Susan Lyle, Johnsie Brewington

      CSH Award 2012 - MNPS Office of Coordinated School Health was awarded the Pioneer Award at the NashVitality HEAL Summit



      Schools will be closed on January 16, 2012, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. But just because you're not in school doesn't mean there won't be plenty of chances to learn something and make a difference.

      Whichever event you choose to take part in, have a safe and enjoyable long weekend as we honor an American hero in Martin Luther King, Jr.


      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.


      Edwin Santiago, music teacher at McKissack Middle School, has been named the 2012 Edwina Hefner Community Leadership Award winner. The award is given each year by the Nashville Symphony in conjunction with the Regions "Let Freedom Sing" concert that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Santiago is the fifth recipient of the annual award. His passion for music education was the root of his nomination and selection. To read more about Santiago and his new title, click here.

      Edwin Santiago
      Edwin Santiago - Picture courtesy of



      Metro Schools are officially closed for Winter Break! The Central Office will be open throughout the break, with the exception of Dec. 22, 23, 26, and Jan. 2. All classes will resume Wednesday, Jan. 4.

      Have a great break, and we'll see you in the new year!


      Pre-K students at Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary have experienced a week full of sharing and surprises! Wednesday, Dec.14, the students took a special trip to Bordeaux Nursing Home to surprise the residents with holiday songs and special hand-made gifts. Today, the students got a surprise of their own when UPS representatives showed up with dozens of presents! This is the second year UPS has "adopted" the Pre-K classrooms for the holiday season.

       Buena Vista Holiday Trip 2011 - students on a field trip to sing at a nearby nursing home Buena Vista Holiday Gifts 2011 - students surprised by UPS with dozens of gifts 


      Hundreds of Metro students and their families will have extra reason to cheer this holiday season. The district’s Family Resource Centers, family involvement specialists, and social workers have been working overtime the past few weeks to make sure food and toys are plentiful for families. Students at Park Avenue were first surprised with the gifts in a special presentation Thursday, Dec. 15.

      A special thank you to Metro Schools’ transportation and central services departments have provided unmatched assistance in storing and transferring the items – from area donors to schools and centers in need.

       FRC Toys 2011 - toys donated to metro schools students

       FRC Toys 2011 - toys donated to metro schools students


      The staff at Antioch and Cane Ridge high schools are on a mission to help students and parents better understand the issues and dangers of teenage drug use. The schools will host a special session for parents and future students Monday, Dec. 12. Several special guests and experts on drug addiction will be in attendance. Guests will also enjoy a chili supper and be eligible for a some great door prizes. Check out the details below.


      Have your say in how your children are taught by giving us feedback on the new textbooks up for adoption.

      MNPS is looking to adopt new textbooks for literature, fine arts, and career & technical education. Once adopted, they will be purchased and used for six years. They will all be on display throughout December and January for your review. Details are below:


      Parents, teachers and the community are invited to view textbooks Metro Nashville Public Schools is considering adopting for literature, fine arts and Career & Technical Education courses. Books may be viewed daily; a feedback form will be available. The books selected will be used for six years.


      Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Friday, Dec. 9 through January 20, 2012. Limited hours December 19 through 21, 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Closed December 22, 2011 through January 2, 2012.


      Cohn Adult Learning Center, Room 100, 4805 Park Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209

      Parking is suggested on the street closest to the corner of Elkins Avenue and 49th Street. Enter through the door facing Elkins closest to 49th or the door on 49th closest to Elkins. Room 100 is just inside.


      Belmont University has extended a gracious offer to MNPS students and staff. The university is offering discounted pricing at several December games, and free admission to see the Lady Bruins take on Texas State, Wednesday, Dec. 21. Just show your ID card and gain free admission.

      You can also get discounted tickets for the Men's Dec. 15 game against Troy State, the Lady's Dec. 18 game against Austin Peay, and the Men's Dec. 29 game against Marshall. Tickets for these games are $5 for adults, $1 youth for the men's games; $3 for adult, $1 youth for the women's games. For more information, call the Curb Event Center Box Office at 460-BALL.


      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.


      West End IB World School is competing for a $5,000 grant to help solve hunger in the school community. Through the Brookside Foods Giving Back Challenge: Call for Community-Based Organizations, the students have submitted an “IDEA” that revolves around the expansion of the school’s community garden. If selected, West End will add raised beds and a greenhouse to the existing community garden, which will allow the students to grow more vegetables and herbs. The produce will be packed into students’ backpacks and sent home for health weekend meals.

      Click here to see West End’s video and cast your vote.Voting is open until December 9, 2011, 2:00 p.m.


      Sylvan Park Elementary School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly decorated cafeteria and auditorium. The cafeteria wall paintings are designed to promote healthy eating among students as well give them a visual of how the school grows its food. These two areas of the school were recently updated through the hard work of the Sylvan Park parents.

      Sylvan Park Cafeteria Remodel  Sylvan Park Cafeteria Remodel 2 


      The TSU Aristocrat of Bands made a quick stop at Head Magnet Middle School to help kick off the Fall Festival. The band played several of its hit tunes and had the students on their feet.

      TSU Band at Head - the band helps kick off the fall festival   TSU Band at Head - the band helps kick off the fall festival


      Congressman Jim Cooper proves that it never hurts to ask! Earlier this week, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet Senior Gerald Harris (pictured lower left with Congressman Cooper and PCHS Principal Dr. Threadcraft) invited the lawmaker to visit the school and see the changes. Not only did he say yes, but he also spent time touring the school and visiting with students.

      Cooper at PCHS 2011 - Congressman Cooper visits the school for a special interview on PCTV


      Here's a great opportunity for high school students looking to learn and earn this summer - the Bank of America student leader PAID internship program.


      Inglewood Elementary recently hosted a writing contest during which two bikes from Happening From Kids were donated and given students as prizes.  All fourth grade students submitted a graphic organizer, first draft, and a final paper on "Why I Should Win the Bike."  We want to send a big shout out to all of our fourth grade participants for their hard word.  A congratulations to 2nd place winner Deyomi H., for the Best Persuasion paper; and to 1st Place winner Carlton B., for Best Mechanics paper.  Also, a big thanks to Eastside Cycles, Happening for Kids, Asphalt Beach, and the Inglewood PTO for supporting the contest.

      Inglewood Writing Competition - students entered a writing competition for a chance to win a new bike


      December is here and you can't escape those familiar holiday tunes playing in malls, on the radio and TV.

      Shake it up this year and escape the old standards by taking in one of the many fine performances by Metro students! Below is a listing of some of the performing arts events happening in Metro Schools in December. If you're looking for the holiday spirit or something a little outside the norm, take your pick and support our young artists!

      • December 1 - Nashville School of Arts - Tastes of the Season - 6:00 PM

      • December 2-3 - Antioch High School Dance Department presents “Cats in Motion” - 7:00 PM

      • December 5 - McKissack Band Concert - 6:30 PM

      • December 8 -Jere Baxter Middle School Fall Band Concert - 5:00 PM

      • December 8 - Dodson Elementary 3rd Grade PTO Show - 6:00 PM

      • December 8 - East Literature Magnet HS Choir Concert - 7:00 PM

      • December 8 - NSA Fall Orchestra Concert - 7:00 PM

      • December 8 - Hillsboro HS Music Department Concert - 7:00 PM

      • December 9 - DuPont Tyler Middle School Band Concert - 7:00 PM

      • December 9-10 - Nashville School of Arts Fall Dance Show - 7:00 PM

      • December 11 - Creswell Dance Department presents “Nutcracker - All Jazzed Up” - 6:00 PM

      • December 12 - Goodlettsville MS Band Concert - 5:30 PM

      • December 12 - Joelton MS Holiday Concert - 5:30 PM

      • December 15 - Eakin Holiday Program - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


      Out of more than 900 applications, four MNPS 5th graders were the big winners of the RESPECT contest sponsored by Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, a Nashville-based law firm.

      Sam F. of East Literature Magnet Middle and Alexa M. of Apollo Middle tied for third. Both were Marshall Respect Winner - a student at Thurgood Marshall was the 3rd place winner in Nashville lawfirm RESPECT contestawarded $300, and their teachers were awarded $400. The students were able to select a charity of choice that would also receive funding. Sam chose St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital while Alexa chose Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Both organizations were awarded $300.

      Placing 2nd was Elijah B., a student at Thurgood Marshall Middle School (pictured right with teacher Stephanie Cafferky). Elijah was awarded $600; his teacher received $800, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was awarded $600.

      Susannah L., a student at Meigs Magnet Middle, claimed 1st place and was awarded $1,000. Her teacher also received $1,000, as did her charity, St. Jude’s Children Hospital.



      To recognize longtime Library Director Donna Nicely, Metro Nashville Board of Education saluted her outstanding service. MNPS Lead Librarian Kathy Bennett offered the following: 

      Librarian Donna Nicely recently retired after 16 years as library director of the Nashville Public Library.  This evening we get to say thank you – in a formal way – for all that she has done for the students and teachers of our public schools. 

      Donna Nicely is an adventurer, a visionary you might say, with the ability to see what might be and the courage to put it into action. Partnering with Mayor Dean and Dr. Register, she guided the creation of Limitless Libraries. Starting with five pilot high school libraries, the program now includes all middle and high school libraries. With special funds provided by the city’s budget, thousands of new items have been added to our middle and high school libraries, including DVDs, books on CD and play-aways. Thanks to the new materials, and a Limitless Libraries goal of 12 good items per student in each school, book circulation in high school libraries soared, in some cases with an increase of over 100%. 

      Limitless Libraries, under Donna Nicely’s leadership, is a model of resource sharing on many levels, including skills and materials. More than 23,000 MNPS students are registered as LL users. These students can request a book from the public library online – and have it delivered to their schools, opening up the public library to those who might lack transportation or time.  In fact, the circulation of public library materials delivered to metro school students exceeded several of the public library branches in the month of October. School librarians now repeat the mantra – no more excuses! to the students who say they cannot complete an assignment. Numbers don’t say it all, however. Our metro students are truly becoming lifelong library users with their ability to access resources from all over the city. The practice of discovering what they want (or need) leads all students on the road to becoming independent researchers.  

      Donna Nicely has fielded calls from city leaders and librarians from all over the country asking about how Limitless Libraries can work in their hometowns. City governments are intrigued with the potential for sharing resources; public libraries see the benefits of serving students where they are, and school libraries clearly see the benefit of easily accessing public library resources.  This list of contributions brings to mind a quote from Robert F. Kennedy, who said, “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? 


      One in four children in Tennessee struggle with hunger every year. Nashville leaders want to put an end to that trend, at least for the holiday season.

      Next Thursday, the Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Kroger will be hosting the annual "Fill the Boat" food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank. The goal of the day is to fill the OEM boat with non-perishable food items that will be donated to Second Harvest.

      The food drive will take place this Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., outside the Nipper’s Corner Kroger off Edmondson Pike in South Nashville. The most needed food items include canned chicken/tuna, peanut butter, canned vegetables/fruits, soups and stews, pasta and cereal.


      Tuesday, Nov. 15, Rose Park Math & Science Magnet School held its first Family Math Night and Rose Park Family Night 2011 - more than 200 students and parents attended the open houseOpen House for prospective parents, which more than 200 students and parents attended. Rose Park’s Numeracy Coach, Carol Lampkin explains, “The objective of Family Math Night is to engage parents and students in active, purposeful learning, and see that math is FUN! It also gives our students the opportunity to confirm their knowledge and demonstrate mastery of math standards while allowing them to enhance their leadership skills.”

      Participants rotated through various stations that were all created, set up and facilitated by Rose Park students. These stations included problem-solving and real-life application math games that can also be done at home.

      Rose Park Magnet Principal, Risè W. Pope was extremely pleased with the turn out, saying, “At Rose Park Math & Science Magnet Middle School, we are serious and committed to providing opportunities to explore Math and Science. Events like this further demonstrate that our students are passionate and dedicated to the rigorous math and science curriculum that we have in place."


      Parents, you are integral to your child’s success in school. Whether it’s reading to your child at home, helping him or her with homework, joining a parent/teacher group, emailing or calling the teacher to share information, or volunteering at the school, your involvement can have a direct and lasting impact on your child’s academic success.  For many children, just knowing you care about education and support them will help them reach a higher level of success. 

      This year, as we recognize National Parental Involvement Day, many of our schools are also celebrating the Thanksgiving season. We want to take advantage of the timing by recognizing and showing our appreciation for parents who are active and involved in their child’s education. We also hope this time will encourage others to get involved.

      I hope you will find time this week, particularly as we recognize National Parental Involvement Day on the 17th, to consider ways you can support your child’s education that work for your own family.

      We appreciate the thousands of dedicated and caring parents and grandparents who already volunteer in and support our schools. You are making a difference for your children and all the students you help.


      Jesse B. Register, Ed.D.

      Click here to learn how to take part in our Harvest Festival Lunch

      There are several ways you can get involved at your child’s school.  In 2003, Tennessee adopted six parental involvement standards. They include:

      Welcoming all families into the school community. Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class and school.

      Communicating effectively. Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.

      Supporting student success. Families and school staff continuously work together to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

      Speaking up for every child. Families are informed and enabled to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.

      Sharing power. Families and school staff are equal partners with equal representation in decisions that affect students and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.

      Collaborating with community. Families and school staff work together with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.


      Students at H.G. Hill Middle School were recently recognized for outstanding achievement during the first nine weeks of school. Twenty-seven students were inducted into the Pride of the Panthers program. 


      Thursday, Nov. 17 is National Parent Involvement Day, and Metro Schools wants you to get involved! There are a number of ways to get involved. A great way to get connected is by contacting your cluster Parent Involvement Specialist.


      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


      Update: Recap and pictures of the event! More.

      Join Target and The Mission Continues at Whitsitt Elementary School on November 11, 2011 for a day of community service and appreciation! Veterans and members of the military community will work in partnership with Target employees to improve Whitsitt Elementary. The five areas of focus will be

      • constructing and planting educational community raised gardens;

      • free mulching and planting;

      • area beautification;

      • painting outdoor equipment, railings, asphalt playground designs; and

      • reading to students and interior classroom improvements.

      Date: 11/11/2011 (Friday)

      Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

      Location: 110 Whitsett Road; Nashville, TN 37210

      (Close to intersection of Nolensville Road & Thompson Lane)                     


      The J.T. Moore Middle School Counseling Department, with the help of the Hillsboro Cluster JT Moore Parent Night - parents eating and visiting at Parent NightFamily Involvement specialists, planned and hosted a Parent-Teacher ‘Meet and Eat,’ at the Easley Community Center on Nov. 1.  All J.T. Moore faculty and staff were present as were several local community organizations including Salama Urban Ministries, the Mental Health Co-op, Brighter Days Tutoring, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.  Families and teachers had the opportunity to get to know one another and sit down to a wonderful meal catered by From Scratch Catering and Darlene’s Cakes

      The event was a great success, increasing the school’s presence in the community while helping parents and teachers form collaborative relationships. The school hopes to make this an annual event. It was sponsored by the school’s generous PTO.


      HG Hill Recycling Winners - staff recognized during UT-South Carolina football game

      H. G. Hill Middle School has been awarded $500 and was recognized during the UT – South Carolina football game!  They were one of the schools chosen in the Good Sports Always Recycle Contest thanks to the hard work of students, teachers and staff in the school’s Life Skills program. The school also received a commemorative plaque and two tickets for a faculty member or parent and student representative to attend the football game.


      Friday, Nov. 4, East Literature Magnet Algebra II Teacher Michelle Woods and her students present more than $1,400 to the Nashville Rescue Mission! The money was raised by four classes as part of their first quarter Paideia Project.

      Student groups were given the task of creating their own business. Over the span of five weeks, they were expected to develop a product, sell the items to the general public, and keep a detailed list of all monetary transactions. At the conclusion of the selling period, each group gave a presentation to a judge’s panel of four Nashville business owners explaining why their business was the best investment. Groups were required to determine the percent profit on each item sold, provide a graph of their selling trend, and represent their expenses and gross profit in matrix form, amongst a list of other learning objectives. In addition to a great hands-on learning experience, the students also learned a bit about giving back to their community!

      Projects are one aspect of the Paideia philosophy. A Paideia project is a unit of study, centered on ideas and values, that leads to a student production or performance.  The culminating product/performance is presented to an audience outside the classroom and requires the students to show mastery of the learning objectives. This process enhances the curricular study by deepening student understanding, as they are asked to think creatively about the information provided in class.  Other projects at East Literature have included creating a newscast based on Spanish speaking countries that celebrate Day of the Dead, writing a children’s story using geometric vocabulary, developing an epic about a hero to combat social issues in the world today, and many others. Overall, the projects make learning relevant by connecting it to both the curriculum and real world issues. This helps the students become well-rounded critical thinkers who can connect with the larger world.


      Are you interested in starting a school garden? Join the newly-formed Nashville School Garden Coalition to learn more about:

      • School garden success stories

      • Local fundraising efforts

      • Garden-to-snack programs

      • School Garden curriculum

      • How to get involved with the Coalition

      • and more!

      When: November 10th, 6:00-8:00pm

      Where: Coleman Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane

      Hosted by: The Nashville School Garden Coalition

      This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Please RSVP by November 3rd to info@communityfoodadvocates.org or call 615-385-2286 ext. 226


      Live Well Woodbine is a community health event open to the students, families, and community members of the schools and community in the Glencliff cluster.  This event will feature nutrition workshops by the Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship program, physical activity workshops by the YMCA, healthy cooking classes by the Glencliff High School Family Consumer Science program, free health screenings by various community health clinics, and much more!  Bring family and friends to Live Well Woodbine to learn more about healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, and active living.  Healthy snacks, free health screenings, and raffle prizes will be available! 


      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.


      Oct. 27, Apollo hosted a hugely successful Family Math Night. More than 300 people attended the event where they not only learned to make fraction bar kits at our Fraction Fiasco and measure the dry ingredients to a chocolate chip cookie recipe at our Cookie Kitchen, but they also were treated to a production put on by the school’s fifth grade band, before heading to the gymnasium to exercise their bodies and minds at our Math Olympics. At the end of the night, everyone settled down to a nice pizza party and multiplication rap! The teachers, students, and families had a great time, and the staff was extremely pleased and excited with the level of support and participation from our families, the community, and the school. Go Astros; that’s the Astro spirit!


      From new community gardens to incorporating physical fitness into everyday classrooms and activities, the November issue of the Coordinated School Health newsletter is packed with good news and tips to keep our students healthy.


      This Saturday, Nov. 5, Glencliff High School will host a Free Family Day for Latino Families. Details below.


      A 7th grade science classroom at J.T. Moore Middle School recently transformed into a miniature cancer center for the day. Thanks to Vanderbilt Scientists in the Classroom, the students actually spent a two-week period working to prevent cancer growth. To read what happened and what the students learned, check out the full blog post on Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach's site.


      McGavock Elementary students will soon be navigating a new climbing wall thanks to the support of their community. The school was nominated for the Henkel Helps Kids Get Fit program and was awarded the $1,500 Grand Prize! Congratulations.


      If you've been looking for an opportunity to dispose of old electronics - computers, TVs, DVD players, VCRs, vacuums, etc. - Metro Beautification & Environment wants to help. They are hosting a free electronic waste event this Saturday, from 9 a.m. - noon, at LP Field, Lot D. You can also bring illegal signs from public rights of way and street poles to the event for disposal. more


      Nashville Big Picture High School’s Student Government Association is sponsoring a Breast Cancer Awareness walk Friday, Oct. 28, at 12:00 p.m.  Students will walk a mile around the building and pass out pamphlets regarding breast cancer.  Students and staff are also encouraged to wear pink in support. Mentors, community partners and parents are invited to join the Big Picture Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.


      The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt has two finalists and two semifinalists in this year's national Siemens Competition in Math:Science:Technology. Check out the release from Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach below:


      The Nashville Symphony is inviting all Davidson County families to enjoy a special family concert event! The afternoon show will feature a performance of the Composer is Dead, in English and in Spanish. Check out the flyers for more details.

       Composer Dead Performance - Nashville Symphony  Composer Dead Performance - Nashville Symphony Spanish Flyer


      The Broadcasting and Journalism students in the Hillwood Academy of Art, Design and Communications had the opportunity to visit WSMV Channel 4 Television Station on Oct. 12. The students heard from Kimberly Curth, a reporter; Ryan Hawes, the assistant news director; Lisa Spencer, the chief meteorologist; and Ian Reitz, the co-anchor of Channel 4 News Today. They also viewed first-hand a live broadcast of Channel 4 News at Noon and toured the television station.

      Hillwood students study at Ch. 4 - students posing in studio with Ch. 4 on-air staff


      Glencliff High students and staff are well aware the importance of breast cancer awareness and hoping to help fund a local organization. Currently, students and staff can purchase pink ribbons for $1. For their purchase, students names are displayed on pink ribbons in the front hallway. All proceeds will go toward the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

      Wednesday, Oct. 26, Glencliff will go pink. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear the trademark color to show their support. Information on breast cancer awareness will be distributed in advisory for students to share with “a special lady” in their life to educate and bring awareness to those outside of Glencliff.


      West End IB World Middle School is gearing up for a Gigantic Yard Sale! Oct. 29, the community is invited to come out and shop. The goal is to raise money to purchase new technology for the classrooms and other educational materials to help West End students achieve academic success. More details are below.


      Guess whose turning 80? Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School! Friday, Oct. 28, the school will be celebrating its 80th anniversary with a host of events. From 2 – 5 p.m., guests are invited to a special reception. Following, from 6 – 8 p.m., all are invited to an Alumni Mixer. Former students, faculty, staff and principals are invited to attend the 80th Anniversary Celebration.

      For more information contact 615-291-6762 or email BVEOS80thanniversary@gmail.com. You can also visit the Facebook Page, Buena Vista 80th Anniversary.


      Save the date! Oct. 27, from 6 - 7:30 p.m., you can shop some of the finest art and jewelry in Nashville. I.T. Creswell Middle Magnet Arts School will host its inaugural Benefit Art Auction. Faculty and staff, as well as community members, have donated one-of-a-kind pieces of art, handmade jewelry, blankets, scarves, ornaments and more to the auction.

      While there, guests will also enjoy a student art exhibit, face painting, and hot chocolate. All proceeds benefit the school's art program and will be used to purchase art supplies. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, contact Carrie Bryant at carrie.bryant@mnps.org, or 291.6515 ext. 1213.


      Council Lady Gilmore at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary

      The first grade classes at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet learned how to be leaders in their community with the help of Council Lady of District 19 Erica Gilmore. Council Lady Gilmore was a part of “Wow, America,” a program through which she speaks to students about voting, citizenship, and how to make their community better.


      DECA students at Hunters Lane High Schools spent a good chunk of their "off" day helping others. The students volunteered at the Walk for Alzheimer's. Event organizers were particularly appreciative, saying the students were "awesome" and brought a positive vibe to the walk.

      HLHS DECA students Walk for Alzheimers


      Wednesday, Oct. 5, thousands of students, staff and community members participated in Walk to School Day and helped shine a light on the importance of healthy living. See photos of the crowds, Mayor Dean, Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools Dr. Lora Hall, Dr. Bill Paul of Metro Health Department, the McGavock High Show Choir and AFJROTC, and much more!
      View photos for Walk to School.

      The next day, Oct. 6, students in many of our elementary schools set out toRead for the Record. Some enjoyed the likes of Curious George, while others visited with a real life llama. See it all here.


      The Academy principal Michael Flushman is being featured by the Simon Youth Foundation! See why Principal Flushman is making news.

      To learn more about The Academy, now located at Hickory Hollow Mall, check out the school's newly redesigned website!


      Nashville Public Libraries will be holding Teen Read Week from Oct. 9 - 22. Teens who spend at least two hours reading in any Nashville Public Library, or any MNPS middle school or high school library, can "read off" their library fines! Students must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and must have their own library card to participate. Visit the Library's Teen Web to learn much more about this opportunity.

      It's also time for students interested to write and submit nonfiction essays to the Teen Literary Contest. This year's theme is "Books are only half the story." Essays must be 500 words and are due Nov. 12. The winner gets an iPad 2. More details for this essay contest are available on the NPL website.

      This year's contest is in honor of the 2011 Nashville Public Library Literary Award Recipient, John McPhee.


      First Lady reads at Napier - for Read Me Wekk 2011

      First Lady Crissy Haslam read “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama” to a Pre-K class at Napier Elementary School today in advance of tomorrow’s Read for the Record Day.

      Read for the Record Day is a national event aimed at encouraging students to read. Students throughout MNPS elementary schools will enjoy guests readings and special visitors throughout the day.


      Limitless Libraries, an online book-sharing program initiated by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in 2009, keeps on growing! This year, the program has expanded to include middle schools, bringing the total number of eligible schools to 54.
      Limitless Libraries currently has 23,000 users, more than a quarter of Metro School's 79,000 students. Circulation at high schools rose as much as 125% at certain locations last year. The goal for this year is to give schools:

      • at least nine good items per student

      • an AV collection including play-aways and DVD’s for students to checkout

      • access to expanded eBook and electronic resources.


      Glencliff High will unveil its new outdoor classroom this week. Details below.


      Thousands of students, teachers, principals, family members and community members will walk to school this Wednesday, Oct. 5, as part of the annual Walk to School Day. The event falls in the middle of Walk Nashville Week, a week designated by Mayor Dean to help get Nashvillians moving. Pictured below is the 2010 kick-off event held at Tulip Grove Elementary. This year's kick-off event will be held at DuPont Hadley Middle School. The walk begins at 8:15 a.m., with an assembly following at 9:25 a.m.

       Tulip Grove students hold the Walk to School Day banner.


      Next week, schools throughout Metro, schools will help Jumpstart reading! Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will be among several guests reading to students.


      Next Wednesday, Oct. 5, Maplewood High School students, staff and community members will have all day access to an EBUS, a mobile empowerment system. Check out the flyer below.

        Maplewood EBUS - an empowerment bus will visit Maplewood


      Croft students perform during Harvest Day at the Nashville Zoo

      For the 8th year in a row, Croft Middle School students performed at the annual HARVEST DAYS at the Nashville ZOO. Despite the dreary weather, the students put on the best performances for the visitors. Students performed excerpts and songs from Clara Barton, Tea Party Girls, Sojourner Truth, Rebel Yell Boy, Fredrick Douglas, a Union and Confederate soldiers on the way to Bull Run,19th Amendment speakers, the Croft Sisters and many more. It was a great experience for the students to have this opportunity as well as a treat for the Zoo visitors!


      J.E. Moss students are about to feel some hi-tech support! TTL, Inc., an engineering firm
      based out of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has adopted J.E. Moss Elementary school as a PENCIL
      Partner. The firm is initiating an Accelerated Reader Program – Soaring Toward
      Amazing Reading Success (S.T.A.R.S.) at the elementary school. The firm has also
      provided $3,000 to purchase prizes for students that earn points through reading.

      TTL’s Accelerated Readers Program was initiated to increase literacy and encourage the
      reading skills of at risk elementary school students.

      JE Moss TTL Partnership


      1. Cómo motivar a su hijo a ser exitoso
        26 de septiembre - Cane Ridge High School
        29 de septiembre - Glencliff High School
        6:00 P.M.

        ¿Quiere motivar a sus hijos a sacar altas calificaciones pero no sabe cómo? ¿Quiere usted mejorar su relación con sus adolescentes? ¡Venga a aprender sobre la autoestima y cómo motivar a los jóvenes a ser exitosos! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

      2. Cómo comunicarse con la escuela de su hijo
        3 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
        6 de octubre - Glencliff High School
        6:00 P.M.

        ¿La maestra de su hijo ha pedido una reunión con usted y no sabe qué hacer? ¿Tiene su hijo problemas en la escuela y no sabe con quién hablar? ¡Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL.. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

      3. Prevención de drogas y pandillas (“gangas”)
        10 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
        13 de octubre - Glencliff High School
        6:00 P.M. 

        ¿Discute regularmente con su adolescente? ¿Quiere prevenir que su hijo recurra a las drogas o las pandillas/gangas? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

      4. Derechos y responsabilidades de los padres en las escuelas
        24 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
        27 de octubre - Glencliff High School
        6:00 P.M.
        Glencliff High School, 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville

        ¿Quiere saber sobre sus derechos como padre de familia en las escuelas? ¿Ha escuchado sobre nuevas escuelas en su barrio y quiere saber más detalles ? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

      5. Preparación para la universidad /Ayuda financiera
        31 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
        3 de noviembre - Glencliff High School
        6:00 P.M.
        Glencliff High School, 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville

        ¿Quiere que su hijo vaya a la universidad? ¿Quiere aprender sobre la ayuda financiera para la universidad aun para estudiantes indocumentados? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.


      1. Encouraging your Child For Success
        September 26 - Cane Ridge High School
        September 29 - Glencliff High School
        Time: 6:00 P.M.

        Do you want to motivate your children to get good grades but don’t know how? Do you want to improve your relationship with your teens? Come and learn about self-esteem and how to motivate your teens to be successful! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

      2. Communicating with your Child´s School
        October 3 - Cane Ridge High School
        October 6 - Glencliff High School
        Time: 6:00 P.M.

        Did your child’s teacher request a parent-teacher conference and you don’t know what to do? Is your child having problems at school and you’re not sure whom to speak with? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

      3. Drug and Gang Involvement Prevention
        October 10 - Cane Ridge High School
        October 13 - Glencliff High School
        Time: 6:00 P.M.

        Do you argue with your teen a lot? Do you want to prevent your teen from getting involved in drugs and gangs? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

      4. Parental Rights and Responsibilities at School
        October 24 - Cane Ridge High School
        October 27 - Glencliff High School
        Time: 6:00 P.M.

        Do you want to learn about your rights as a MNPS parent? Have you heard about new charter schools opening in your neighborhood and want to learn more? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

      5. College Preparation/Financial Aid
        October 31 - Cane Ridge High School
        November 3 - Glencliff High School
        Time: 6:00 P.M.

        Do you want your child to go to college? Do you want to learn about financial aid for college, for documented & undocumented students? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.


      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)


      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.


      Glendale Spanish Immersion will host it's annual "Grandparent Tea"  on Sept. 23. Grandparents will come from all over the United States to share this day.  Grandparents will have tea, punch, and tea sandwiches on the front lawn while the children perform. The grandparents will visit the classrooms and receive small gifts from their grandchild as a memory of the day. Many grandparents will have a chance to donate money for library books and other materials for the school.


      meigs 11Wow, talk about a big response - Hands on Nashville Day has set a new record with more tha 1,600 people already signed up to help beautify Metro Schools!

      The 20th annual Hands on Nashville Day is this Saturday, September 24, at 54 different schools. Volunteers will plant, paint, repair, rake, dig, and mulch until the schools look brand new inside and out. All of this volunteer labor is estimated to make a $145,000 economic impact.

      To make it all happen, the Department of Maintenance and Operations has prepared:


      • 1,400 gallons of paint

      • 1,700 paint brushes

      • 504 rolls of tape

      • 380 plastic drop cloths

      • 400 roller covers and roller frames

      • 440-4 ft wood paint handles

      • 432-5 gallon buckets

      • 884-1 gallon pails

      • 8 bush / limb cutters

      • 450 yards of mulch

      • 65 wheelbarrows

      • 100 rakes

      • 80 shovels

      • 35 hedge trimmers

      It's not too late to sign up, either. Head over to the Hands on Nashville website to register and get ready to work on Saturday!

      Volunteers will be rewarded with the CMT One Country Celebration at 3rd & Lindsley at noon. There's really no reason to not sign up!



      Lady Liberty at Jones Paideia - the Nashville performer greeted students

      Liberty Learning Foundation kicked off its “Super Citizen” tour at Jones Paideia Elementary earlier this week. During the visit, the foundation donated teaching tools and taught students about the nation’s history with an in-school performance. Closing the show, Lady Liberty gave a special performance about the life of the Statue of Liberty. 


      Overton Music Makes a Difference Grant - the check presentation at Sept. 10 concert

      Overton High School was the recipient of the first Nashville Singers Music Makes a Difference music education grant. The school was presented a $500 check at the Nashville Singers concert held Sept. 10.

      Nashville Singers is a non-profit performing arts organization supporting music education in schools and the community. The chorus offers several programs, including free singing lessons, music education grants, middle and high school master classes, and college scholarships for students pursuing a music education degree.


      The 2012-13 Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship application window is now open for Metro students! To be eligible, students must:

      • Demonstrate financial need

      • Graduate from a high school in one of 39 middle TN counties

      • Must be a current HS senior, or college freshman, sophomore or junior

      • Pursue a business degree at any 4 year, not-for-profit university in the U.S.

      The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2011. Click here for more.


      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.


      MES College Night - McGavock Elementary students and their parents learn about collegeMcGavock Elementary School students and parents were invited to spend an evening at Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) on Monday, September 12, 2011. The visit included complimentary transportation by Gaylord Entertainment on a Gaylord Coach Bus, dinner at the TNU Campus, free backpacks for all students, and free books and prizes for all participants.

      McGavock Elementary School formed a partnership with Trevecca Nazarene University and the College of Education to make this event possible. McGavock Elementary felt that the experience of visiting a college campus and informing parents about how to begin to prepare for their child’s college education was a vital role in student goal setting and their ability to achieve future goals.

      Trevecca Nazarene University hosted the event that involved more than eighty guests. The TNU Faculty and Staff presented MES College Night 2 - students and parents listening to advisorinformation to the parents about financial aid, college admission procedures, and adult degree programs. While parents were receiving this information, students were lead by TNU undergraduates and the TNU Mascot, Troy Trevecca, on a Campus Tour. Students were able to see a college dorm, recreational facilities, classrooms, cafeteria, and the campus library.

      McGavock Elementary School families and faculty enjoyed the time for fellowship, the valuable information, and the TNU hospitality. Future College Nights at TNU are planned for the spring semester.




      The Davidson County Clerk's Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, will be celebrating "Passport Day in the USA", this Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the County Clerk's Main Office, 700 Second Avenue South in the Howard Office Building. The office will be open to issue passports and answer any questions that residents may have (regardless of what state they live in). Most U.S. Passports are processed as routine for $143.00, but may be more or less depending on age and turnaround time.

      The office will also be renewing Tennessee Driver Licenses for class D and M, name changes for first marriages, and address changes.


      Officially Grandparents’ Day was Sunday, Sept.11; however, Rosebank Elementary students and staff celebrated early with a special luncheon Friday, Sept. 9. More than 100 Rosebank grandparents accepted the invitations and ate lunch with their grandchildren. Grandparents were also presented with special badges welcoming them to Rosebank, place mats made by the students in art class, and bookmarks that read, "Grandparents:  A Love That Lasts A Lifetime."


      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


      Inglewood Elementary school received a grant from INA (Inglewood Neighborhood Association) to offer afterschool piano lessons for our students. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the school will now be able to purchase 10 keyboards, headphones, music manuals, and cover the cost for the instructor. Thank you, INA!


      Thursday, Sept. 15, Whole Foods Market in Green Hills will dedicate 5% of its revenue to PENCIL Foundation, a key support organization of MNPS. Learn more below.


      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 .


      The Hillsboro Cluster will have a community health fair Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hillsboro in the main gymnasium. Representatives from the Red Cross and Whole Foods will be present. Additionally, visitors can get eye exams by an optician and $25 flu shots from Walgreens. Other special health services will also be available.


      Madison Middle School Media Center was awarded a $5,000 Back to School grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Robin Coutras, the Media Specialist, plans to use the money to create a virtual book club by purchasing e-Readers and e-Books. The rest of the money will be used for iPad2s loaded with educational apps to support learning in the classrooms.


      Hundreds of students at Cole Elementary School were hand delivered books this afternoon. Tennessee's First Lady Crissy Haslam and dozens of faithful bicyclists and literacy enthusiasts made a five-mile trek to the school with the books loaded on their bikes. The special event was made possible by Ride for Reading, a local non-profit started by Cole teacher Matthew Portell. Because of the organization's care for physical and mental education, every student at the school will take home a new book this afternoon and a few lessons about bicycle safety.


      The National Folk Festival is coming to Nashville and several artists will be visiting Metro Schools! Friday, Sept. 2, Ozden Oztopak, Eddie Pennington, Dale Ann Bradley, and Oyama and Nitta will visit students at I.T. Creswell, Pearl-Cohn, Dan Mills, and Buena Vista, respectively.

      That weekend, students and their families are invited to attend the National Folk Festival and hear dozens of great folk artists. This year's Honorary Festival chairs are Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Country legend Emmylou Harris.


      Innovative Strategies. Focus on Improving Teaching & Learning. Data-driven Decisions. Leadership Pipeline. Improved Communication. More Support to Schools. An Investment in Employees. Sustainable Reform. What do these topics have in common? They are the foundation of our district reform.

      They are MNPS Achieves: First to the Top.


      The LP Pencil Box has another great chance for you to help bring school supplies to the students and classrooms who need them. This time it comes with the chance to buy beautiful artisan jewelry, gifts, and home decor from around the world.

      Ten Thousand Villages will be donating a portion of its sales to the LP Pencil Box this Sunday, August 21 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

      Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair trade store in Green Hills that supports artisans across the globe. Their products help these artisans attain a fair wage to pay for for food, education, healthcare and housing.

      The LP Pencil Box is a free school supply store for educators in Nashville. Teachers can shop at the Pencil Box and bring supplies back to their classrooms. They rely on donations of supplies and cash to keep their operations going.

      Head over to Green Hills this Sunday to support our teachers and students!


      Book emWho doesn't like pizza?? Book 'em has partnered up with California Pizza Kitchen for this year's "Dine Out for Book 'em," where a slice of your pizza money goes to help kids learn to read. What better deal is there??

      You MUST present the Book 'em voucher when buying your pizza. The voucher is available for download here. The voucher is good for dine in or carry out orders. More information on the Book 'em website.

      Dine Out for Book 'em
      Wednesday, August 17, 2011
      California Pizza Kitchen
      Hill Center, 4031 Hillsboro Pike


      The Nashville Predators donated $10,000 in Physical Education equipment to several MNPS high schools. Each high school physical education department received exercise tubes and bands, dumbbells, stability balls, medicine balls, activity mats and four- and six-inch fitness steps. This generous donation will continue to keep Metro School students healthy and physically fit.

      But keeping the students in good physical shape wasn’t the Predators’ only priority. Teachers also had the opportunity to shop at the LP PENCIL Box for school supplies worth more than $280. 

      Thank you to Nashville Predators and LP PENCIL Box!


      The first day of the 2011-12 school year is one that Martin Luther King, Jr. Principal Dr. Schunn Turner will never forget. That morning, as she was helping students, teachers and staff get settled for the school year, Joseph DeHarde dropped in with a big surprise. The Class of 2011 graduate wanted to "give back to a great school." DeHarde donated $5,000 to the school's track program and $2,000 to the biology program.


      Save the Date!

      Dupont Hadley Middle School and the Old Hickory Chamber will host their 2nd annual Taste of the Town on Sept. 8th from 6-8 p.m. This event will take place at Dupont Hadley Middle school and will feature up to 23 food venders and 22 business vendors, as well as local entertainment! The school is located in Old Hickory at 1901Old Hickory Blvd.

      Tickets are:

      Adults - $10.00 in advance; $12.00 at the door

      Kids under 14 - $5.00

      Advance tickets are available at Sonic in Old Hickory, DHMS, Old Hickory Credit Union, and through the Chamber. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Sheryl Wright at Dupont Hadley Middle 847-7300.


      LP PENCIL Box is officially back in business! The center reopened August 3. Teachers can shop twice each year, picking up educational and art supplies donated by area businesses, organizations and individuals. To schedule an appointment, visit www.pencilfd.org.


      Here's some exciting news for the new school year! United Neighborhood Health Services is opening health clinics in four Metro Schools this fall. The organization was recently awarded a $500,000 grant  from the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration. The school-based clinics will open at Hunters Lane High School, McGavock High School, Haynes Middle School and Rose Park Middle School. The centers will provide health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities, and care for acute or chronic illnesses, all at no cost to students.


      The LP Pencil Box opens up for business on August 3, but they need fresh donations of school supplies first.

      You can drop of school supplies at any Davidson County Kroger or McDonald's. And if you take them to McDonald's, you could get a free McCafe drink! Donations will be accepted at McDonald's until July 29 and at Kroger until August 7.

      The Pencil Box is available to all MNPS teachers. They receive two shopping trips per year and leave with around $250 worth of supplies. It would not be possible without the generosity of this community - donors and volunteers!


      Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor

      Have you walked your 100 miles? Even if you haven't, you can join Mayor Karl Dean and hundreds of others on the final walk of the Mayor's fitness series - an 8-mile trek starting at Wave Country.

      That same evening, walkers will gather for a celebration and free concert by JoDee Messina and Melinda Doolittle. There will be a kids' zone, face painting, sports, and healthy food. And it's completely free!

      MTA will even offer free bus transportation to the celebration for all MNPS families. Just mention "Walk 100 Miles" to your bus driver!

      "Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor" Finale Walk
      8 miles
      8:00 a.m., Wave Country

      "Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor" Finale Celebration & Concert
      5:00 p.m., Public Square Park

      Full release after the jump.


      Tonight, you’re invited to a Public Hearing regarding public access television and Comcast’s service in Nashville. Public Access TV leadership wants to hear your thoughts regarding public access television – how it currently benefits the community and opportunities for the future.  General comments about Comcast service in Nashville will also be heard.


      Bring your neighbors together for the National Night Out Against Crime. An informational session on Tuesday, June 28, will get you ready to host a successful event in your neighborhood. Details in the flyer below. The National Night Out Against Crime is August 2, 2011.


      They've spent the year helping establish new community/school partnerships, securing grants to help students get and stay healthy, providing teachers with free school supplies through LP Pencil Box, and so much more!


      Talk about a show of support! According to a news release from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Shoney's CEO David Davoudpour has donated $125,000 to support MNPS's annual Career Exploration Fair for Freshman Academy students. Click through to see the full release and a video of the 2010 Career Exploration Fair.


      Glencliff High School, one of the most state’s most diverse high schools, has earned a spot as a national model of excellence. The school has been named the 2011 Community Schools Awards for Excellence by the Coalition for Community Schools in Washington, D.C. Only three schools in the U.S. received this award: One from elementary grades, one from middle grades, and one at the high school level.


      Several schools in East Nashville are banding together for a career fair to benefit both students and parents. The hope is to strengthen partnerships between the East Nashville community and schools in the Stratford cluster so that everyone can support student and family growth together.

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