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:
Updated January 8, 2013
As we begin the second half of our school year, the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, is still on our minds. It is difficult to comprehend what happened and we grieve the loss of the children, teachers and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
We are committed to the safety of our children and staff and we have been working to create positive, safe schools for years. We are well ahead of many area districts. Any changes we make to our procedures now will be based on thoughtful, measured decisions that produce real improvements to school security.
We know parents are troubled by this event and may want to know more about school safeguards and security measures in our district.
The safety of our students and staff is our first priority. We are reviewing every piece of our security practices and plans and expediting security upgrades that we had previously planned. We have been in ongoing communication with local law enforcement and emergency management officials to insure our emergency management procedures are current and aligned with best practices. With our large district, we need a process to address the improvements and we are underway.
Toward that end, all principals, assistant principals and central office staff who work in schools were asked to complete a FEMA crisis management training program over the holidays as a refresher for good safety procedures. We have reviewed our safety procedures with local law enforcement and are in communication with the state. Our maintenance and security staffs are reviewing access and safety measures in every school, with help from school staff. We want to make sure procedures are consistent and in place and that safety devices are up to date. We remind visitors they must sign in and out and wear visitor IDs in district facilities.
Thank you for continuing to observe and follow all of the safety procedures currently in place.
Our middle and high schools have School Resource Officers who are sworn Metro Police Officers employed by the Metro Police Department. We believe any armed staff in our schools should be fully-trained uniformed police officers.
We are in a better position to keep our schools safe when we limit detailed discussion of our security measures to those who need to know the details. Consequently, if you have concerns about the specifics in your school, please talk to your principal, who can address your concerns or share them with our security and facilities staff as appropriate.
So that we can all help our children emotionally process this disturbing news and continue to feel safe at school and home, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has put together a number of suggestions and tips for families. The NASP website has even more, including tips translated into several languages.
It is important to keep in mind that an event like this is rare. Schools are one of the safest places for children and youth during the school day, and an important place for them to receive support and return to normalcy.
Communication and collaboration among schools, parents, and communities is critical to ensure that our students continue to view schools as safe, caring, and supportive environments. How adults react to this tragedy can shape the way children and youth react and their perceptions of safety.
Educators can reinforce students’ sense of safety by making classrooms predictable and welcoming, providing access to mental health supports as needed, and connecting families with other available resources after school hours.
Families are encouraged to spend time together, validate children’s feelings, ask for help as needed, and find calm and relaxing activities to do at home.
It is very important to limit children’s exposure to media coverage, particularly for young children. If children are watching the news or accessing information online, parents and caregivers should be available to talk to their children about it.
Families and educators will serve on the frontline of helping children understand and cope with this violence and loss of life. Most children and youth are resilient and will cope well with the support and caring of their families, teachers, friends, and other caring adults. However, young children may have particular difficulty understanding and describing their feelings and emotions.
Some tips to help children include:
If 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
You may have heard about and executive order from President Obama that will stop deportations of young people under certain conditions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEFERRED ACTION PROGRAM
From 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.
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:
More information from the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
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!
We say it often: it is very important for schools to have your correct address and phone number.
How important? This important:
When report cards were mailed home after school ended a few weeks back, nearly all of them arrived on time and at the right house. But more than 2,700 were sent back because of incorrect addresses.
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!
Metro Schools will mail elementary students’ report cards to their home address this year. To ensure everyone receives a report card, it is very important for families who may have moved to check with their child’s school to make sure their home address is listed correctly.
The report cards are not available at schools today due to an unexpected problem with grade calculations by the grading software. Metro Schools’ Information Technology staff worked through the night with the Gradespeed software vendor to identify and resolve the problem. Those efforts will continue today.
Online grades available to parents do not appear to be affected.
While the district has used Gradespeed effectively for a number of years to generate report cards for middle and high school, this is the first time to use the product to generate elementary report cards.
The middle and high school report cards are not affected and will be mailed as usual.
CLICK HERE for a full graduation schedule.
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Antioch Middle School
5050 Blue Hole Road
Thursday, May 17th
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:
CLICK HERE for a full schedule of all graduation ceremonies!
This school year hasn’t closed out yet, but the first day of next school year will be here before you know it! So where will your child be going to school on August 1st?
Enrollment confirmation letters are in the mail and headed to your house. They state very clearly which school your child will attend in 2012-13. Every student in Metro Schools will receive one.
Here’s the important part: if the letter is correct, you do not need to do anything. If the letter is not correct, you must correct it and return it to the Customer Service Center by May 22. You may do this by mail or in person.
I think that’s worth repeating.
If your child’s enrollment letter is correct, do nothing and enjoy the school year!
If your child’s enrollment letter is wrong, correct it and return it to the Customer Service Center by May 22. The corrected letter must be mailed or delivered in person. Faxes, phone calls, and emails will not be accepted.
The Customer Service Center is located at 2601 Bransford Avenue, 37204. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Now that that business is out of the way, I’ll take a moment to wish everyone a happy and successful end of the year!
And don't forget school starts August 1st!
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.
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.
Don't miss a single classroom grade! GradeSpeed (aka Parent Connection) keeps you informed of what your child does in school, from attendance to assignments to individual grades.If you're unfamiliar with GradeSpeed, the good folks at the Community Career Center are holding a special class to help parents sign up, sign in, and keep track of their children's progress.Class will be held on Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m., at Glencliff High School. More details in the flier below.
The first day of school for Metro Nashville Public Schools is fast approaching! Thursday, August 11, all students report for the first half day of school. Friday, August 12 will be an in-service day for teachers, and students return for the first full day Monday, August 15.
If you missed last Thursday's big meeting on the future of East Nashville neighborhood schools, you can read a full recap, including the Q&A session with Dr. Register and Board Chair Gracie Porter.It was a packed house at Dan Mills Elementary, with Stand for Children hosting the event and giving parents the opportunity to ask questions directly to the people in charge about how their schools are changing. With three schools converting to STEM magnets, the opening of a new charter school and East Literature's continued conversion into a Paideia school, there was a lot of ground to cover. Special thanks to the folks at Stand for Children, particularly Francie Hunt, who put these notes together. Click here to read the complete notes from the East Nashville neighborhood schools meeting.