The safety of our students and staff is always our first priority. Lately, some questions have been raised about carbon monoxide in schools. The vast majority of our classrooms, including portables, are heated with units using electricity and do not have a source for carbon monoxide, greatly reducing this risk for students and staff.
Our heating units are inspected by our maintenance department annually, and our staff routinely conducts random carbon monoxide monitoring. We have had no recent reports of elevated carbon monoxide in any of our buildings. The Metro Code does not require carbon monoxide detectors for schools and Metro school buildings do not have them. Our maintenance and construction offices meet regularly and do plan to discuss whether or not the installation of carbon monoxide detectors is warranted.
Being 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.
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.
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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.