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.
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.
One and all were invited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Hume-Fogg Academic High at its Centennial Block Party!
There were games, food, performances galore, and two brand new flavors of Hume-Fogg ice cream developed by Jenny Piper of the Pied Piper Creamery. Music was provided by the winners of the 2012 Battle of the Bands, the HFA Jazz Combo, the HFA Gospel Choir, and the HFA Steppers. Headliners were The Co., which includes 2004 alumnus Troy Akers. There was also an historical exhibit of HFA memorabilia from the last 100 years displayed in the front hallway and recognition of Alumni outside at the stage.
Students at John Early Museum Magnet Middle School and Meigs Magnet School took more than a dozen medals home from the regional History Day Competition held at Middle Tennessee State University. The students competed in five categories including research paper, exhibit, documentary, website, and performance. Those who placed are now eligible to compete at Tennessee History Day in April. The state competition will be held at War Memorial Auditorium and Legislative Plaza.
Brad Brown, theatre teacher and head of the fine arts department at Hillsboro High School, is headed to the West Coast to hang out with none other than Alex Trebek. After an eight-month long testing and audition process, he was selected as one of 15 teachers from across the nation to compete in the 2nd Annual Teachers' Tournament on Jeopardy! The tournament will be filmed January 23-24, 2012. The winner will take home $100,000. Air dates have yet to be announced, so stay tuned and help us wish Mr. Brown good luck!
Pennington Elementary students have just finished a history lesson they won’t soon forget. After studying about the Constitution, Susan Beasley, Pennington’s librarian, challenged students to memorize the Preamble. She did this by reciting it herself on the morning announcements and asked who would join her the following week to share this special document. Students were given movements and a song to help them remember the parts.
This was a voluntary project, but 22 students, grades 2 – 4, participated! The students were awarded certificates and recorded saying the Preamble. The next day they showed off for the entire school, reciting it on the morning announcements.