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John Early Museum Magnet Middle was transformed into a museum to showcase work done in the past nine weeks.

This was an opportunity for students to share and show off work to parents, teachers and their fellow students. It was also is a wonderful chance to experience what the museum theme has to offer.

Grade Level Themes:

  • 5th Grade: The Way It Was.

  • 6th Grade: The Power Of...

  • 7th Grade: The Perspective Of...

  • 8th Grade: The Way It Was, The Way It Is, and the Way It Shall Be


Two days before the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s a pretty fair assumption that turkeys are on JEMMMS Mummy 2012
the minds of many. But at John Early Museum Magnet Middle School, a different type of fowl has students preoccupied.

As part of a unit on Egyptian culture, the students are studying mummies. Nothing really new there, but what IS new is that students are actually mummifying chickens. Check out the photos below of the project-based lesson in action!

John Early Museum Magnet Middle School gives students a chance to learn rigorous academics in the setting of a museum. The school teaches and implements museum methods including inquiry, critical thinking, projects, interpretation and hands-on analysis of objects. It relies on the integration of the arts across the curriculum to further engage students, and it enlists the help of curators and educators from more than 30 museums, historic sites and organizations in the midstate.


Parents, students, teachers, school partners, and the Metro Nashville Election Commission jumped into a whirlwind of excitement at the John Early Museum Magnet Middle School Open House. It served as a celebration of the start of a new school year and a formal introduction of the school’s new administration - Mrs. Rise’ Pope, JEMMS Open House 2012principal, and Mrs. Tanya Whittaker-Coleman, assistant principal. The night also served as the grand opening of the JEMMMS  Museum Room which currently embodies the theme “It’s All Greek To Me.” If that’s not enough, school leaders also used the night to kick off the school’s voter registration drive! School staff is working closely with Janet King and the Cumberland View Homes to register new voters.

Open House was highlighted with several school partners including PNA, Castles, ASET, TennCare and Girls Inc. All were strategically positioned to share information, answer questions and meet parents. Cumberland View also provided transportation for parents to the Open House. 

John Early’s Open House was a united effort to bring teachers, parents, partners, and the community together to build an atmosphere of excellence at John Early Museum Magnet Middle School. And from the sounds of things, it did just that!


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.


Metro Schools brought home three honors at the Parthenon Education Awards this month.

  • Parthenon Teacher of the Year - Nancy Ives, Charlotte Park Elementary School

  • Parthenon Student of the Year - Mitchell Mielnik - John Early Museum Magnet Middle School

  • Parthenon School of the Year - Hillwood High School

School of the Year is not an annual award and Hillwood is only the second school to receive this honor. The photo below shows Parthenon Education Director DeeGee Lester presenting the Parthenon School of the Year Award to Daniel Shelton, student representative for Hillwood’s Academy of Art, Design and Communications.

Parthenon School of the Year Award


Three students from John Early Museum Magnet Middle represented their school at the State Tennessee History Day last Saturday.

La’Charsha W., Mitchell M. and Noah R. competed with six other districts in the state competition. La’Charsha won first place in individual performance category and will compete at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. in June. This is a huge honor as she not only had to write and perform her script about a topic in history, but she also had to create a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, complete a process paper, and complete an extensive interview with the judges. Mitchell M. won third place for his website and will be an alternate at the National History Day competition.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants!

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