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Adam & Noah Simmons, Morgan HydeThree 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.

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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.



Congratulations, Hillwood!





















Hillwood Triple Crown Celebration
The Hillwood family celebrates together.
Emily Hughes receives her award
Academy Coach Emily Hughes receives her award... and a standing ovation.


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Pearl-Cohn Summer demo students, producers, and engineers


Metro students Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Jevon and Jordan Donaldson, and Ariell Pryor had the opportunity to work with well-known Nashville musicians to cut artist demos in Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High’s studio. This comes on the heels of Music Makes Us and Warner Music Nashville providing two week summer internships for 20 Pearl-Cohn students, where they learned about the record business first-hand.



Dave Pomeroy, bassist and president of the American Federation of Musicians, along with drummer Craig Krampf, keyboardist Jim “Moose” Brown, and guitarist Gary Burnette provided tracks for the demos. Studio production services were provided by Bob McCracken, audio production teacher at Pearl-Cohn, assisted by Warner Music interns Mario Rosales, Deon’te Jones, Luis Trejo, and Vincent Zirker. At the end of the recording session, each of the students gets a mix of their song. This is the first effort of the new student-run record label at Pearl-Cohn to introduce itself to Metro students who dream of becoming recording artists.



A good time was had by all!

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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:


  • Hillwood High School Model Academies **Triple Crown**

    Dr. Steve Chauncy, Executive Principal

    • The Academy of Art, Design and Communications

    • The Academy of Business and Hospitality

    • The Academy of Health Sciences



  • McGavock High School Model Academies

    Robbin Wall, Executive Principal

    • The Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality/The U.S. Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance

    • The CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication




In addition, academies at two other zoned highs schools earned certification. The certified academies are:

  • Glencliff High School Certified Academy

    Clint Wilson, Executive Principal

    • The Academy of Medical Science and Research



  • Antioch High School Certified Academy

    Dr. Adrienne Battle-Koger, Executive Principal

    • The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance




“This national recognition validates the work we are doing to make every student college- and career-ready,” said Jay Steele, associate superintendent of high schools. “We are grateful to our community partners who work with us and our students to ensure our programs are rigorous and relevant. We appreciate these accolades as we continue our work to make every Metro Nashville Public School an outstanding choice for parents.”



The NCAC’s meticulous evaluation process includes documenting success on 10 national standards. Teachers and business partners worked together to prepare for the national reviews with countless hours of preparation for the coveted recognition.

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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!


Gnash performing with the Black Cat Band


Despite the weather and having to reroute the sound, sound board and speakers due to the rain, the dedicated students were able to perform for a very enthusiastic crowd. The band played songs from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations.


The Black Cat Band performing


Fifth Third has asked for the band to come back and perform at future events. The performance was Maplewood's way of saying "thank you" to Fifth Third and giving back to an amazing Academy partner.

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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!

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