Three Hillsboro High School students have returned to school after the summer of a lifetime!
Adam Simmons, Noah Simmons, and Morgan Hyde just landed back in the States, having spent two weeks in China. They went over as part of the Confucius Institute Summer Bridge Program.
The Confucius Classroom at Hillsboro High gives students experience with Chinese language and culture, taught by teachers recruited from China. In fact, Hillsboro has two brand new Chinese teachers this year, including one shared with JT Moore Middle School!
These three East-West scholars met with representatives of the Confucius Institute Friday afternoon to talk about their experiences in China.
Adam and Noah recently transferred to Hillsboro from a local private school because they were seeking a "better education" in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Morgan is in the Academy of International Business. All three of them have said they want to go back to China and spend more time learning Chinese.
The Hillwood High School faculty and Academy business partners celebrated as one big happy familiy this week, recognizing the schools’ successful Academies and the national honors they've won.
Hillwood High was recognized as a "Triple Crown" school for having three Academies awarded ‘model’ program status, the highest level, by the National Career Academy Council. Academy coach Emily Hughes received a stating ovation for her hard work and dedication to help mold and shape each academy.
The Academy of Art, Design and Communications, the Academy of Business and Hospitality and the Academy of Health Sciences were all recognized as model programs. Each model academy will received a $1000 check, listing on the national website, and a banner to display in the school.
Seven Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Academies of Nashville programs have received national accreditation, including five that earned the highest designation as “model” academies by the National Career Academy Coalition. Hillwood High School, with a “Triple Crown “ of three model Academies, is Nashville’s first high school to receive the model designation for all academies in the school.
“When we launched the Academies of Nashville, we had high expectations for the program and for the effect on students’ academic performance,” said Jesse Register, director of schools. “We have seen an improvement in graduation rate, student engagement and school climate and now national experts in preparing students for college and career have named several academies as models for the nation.”
The National Career Academy Coalition will honor the five “model” academies at the National Career Academy Conference to be held in Nashville November 8-10, 2012. Each model academy will receive a $1000 check, listing on the national website, and a banner to display in the school.
The model academies to be honored are:
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!
While the freshman students at Glencliff attend the MNPS Career Exploration Fair with thousands of other Metro freshmen, junior and senior Academy students will travel to Paragon Mills Elementary School to participate in a career fair for the 3rd and 4th graders. Each Academy will have a booth and the high school students will answer questions in regard to their academy and how it relates to math, writing, reading, organization, college, and other post-high school opportunities. Talk about a great way to mentor, practice, and recruit!