Earlier this week, 18 juniors in the Stratford High School STEM Academy earned their "white coats," an honor bestowed upon aspiring researchers. The students will begin their research projects this summer, everything from pond pollution to extraterrestrial studies, and Vanderbilt's Center for Science Outreach wanted to make sure they felt the significance of the milestone.
More options than ever before.More opportunities to see those options first hand.More schools and programs that are as unique as your child.
The Fall Application is so much more than a name change.
You and your child choose the right fit.
Is your son interested in science and technology? There are schools for him. Does your daughter have a flair for the arts? There are schools for her, too. There are schools for students who ask a lot of questions and for students who enjoy hands-on or project-based learning; schools for high school students who want to graduate early or students who want to work outside of the classroom. We have options for everyone.
We’ll guide you through the options.
The Fall Application period opens on November 7, but you can get started right now. Our Fall Application website can guide you through all of the options and help you find the best ones for your child. Our Customer Service Center can also help you through the process.
But the best way to learn about our schools is the old fashioned way: visiting schools and talking to educators. There are plenty of opportunities to do just that, starting on November 7 at the Fall Application Kick-off Event at IT Creswell Arts Magnet (3500 John Mallette Drive, 37218). There you can meet representatives from nearly three dozen schools, learn about their programs and offerings, and even apply on the spot. Schools will also hold walk-throughs and tours to give you a firsthand look at your child’s options. Contact the school to see when they will be offering tours.
Selection Day (formerly known as Lottery Day) is January 7 at the Martin Professional Development Center (2400 Fairfax Avenue, 37212). The selection process has been streamlined using the display technology available at the Martin Center, making it an easier and more enjoyable event for parents. Representatives from various schools will also be on hand to offer information during the selection process.
It’s a lot to take in, but that’s only because we have a lot to offer. We are proud of the options available to Metro Schools’ families and we will help you find just the right one.
Click Here to Visit the Fall Application Website
If you've been looking for an opportunity to dispose of old electronics - computers, TVs, DVD players, VCRs, vacuums, etc. - Metro Beautification & Environment wants to help. They are hosting a free electronic waste event this Saturday, from 9 a.m. - noon, at LP Field, Lot D. You can also bring illegal signs from public rights of way and street poles to the event for disposal. more
Nashville Teaching Fellows is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. This project recruits recent college graduates and outstanding professionals to bring their knowledge into the classroom. Those selected will train in a intensive summer training program, and then pursue a teaching license during their first years in the classroom.
What is Nashville Teaching Fellows?The Nashville Teaching Fellows program is an initiative of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) which recruits, selects, and trains high-achieving individuals from all backgrounds to teach in critical shortage subject areas and schools. It seeks to close the achievement gap in Nashville’s schools and ensure that every child, regardless of background, has excellent teachers.
Nashville Teaching Fellows (NTF) is unique because it seeks candidates who want to make a long-term career change to teaching. We help Fellows achieve that goal by providing intense pre-service training, and by working with them to find full-time teaching positions in MNPS. NTF is different from other alternative route licensure programs because Fellows teach full time in their own classroom and earn salary and benefits as full time MNPS employees while they are also taking evening classes offered by NTF to pursue their Tennessee teaching license.
Who is Nashville Teaching Fellows looking for?
We are looking for applicants who realize that one teacher's influence can change the possibilities for numerous students. We want people who are leaders in their community and who possess the commitment, flexibility, and drive necessary to achieve success in the classroom. We want professionals, recent college graduates, parents, and individuals who want to be the difference in Nashville’s schools. There is no specific type of applicant that NTF is looking for, but we want candidates who will use their experience and energy to ensure that all of our students excel academically.
Previous coursework in education is not required, but candidates must:
For More Information:
To learn more about NTF visit our website: www.nashvilleteachingfellows.org or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications accepted online at www.nashvilleteachingfellows.org
Early Application Deadline is November 28, 2011.
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!
Nashville Big Picture High School’s Student Government Association is sponsoring a Breast Cancer Awareness walk Friday, Oct. 28, at 12:00 p.m. Students will walk a mile around the building and pass out pamphlets regarding breast cancer. Students and staff are also encouraged to wear pink in support. Mentors, community partners and parents are invited to join the Big Picture Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.
Metro high school girls with a keen interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are invited to the inaugural GRITS, Girls Raised in Tennessee Science Conference and Mixer. The Mixer will be held Friday, Nov. 4, from 6 - 8 p.m., in the James Union Building at Middle Tennessee State University. The conference follows Nov. 5, beginning at 8 a.m. More details are below. Please note, high school students can register for FREE to the inaugural event.
The game starts at 7 p.m., at Antioch High School.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. These awards are open to teachers of Math and Science in grades K-6, and anyone may nominate a teacher for these awards. Nominated teachers can begin accessing their award application in Nov. For more information on eligibility and to nominate a teacher, please visit www.paemst.org.
For questions about this program, please contact Linda Jordan at 615-532-6285 or email@example.com.
Humanities Tennessee is also accepting nominations for the 2012 Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities. Any 3rd – 12th grade school teacher in Tennessee is eligible, and any Tennessean may nominate a teacher. This award recognizes those teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the humanities. Up to six teachers will receive a $2,000 fellowship and their schools will also receive a $1,500 grant for humanities programs or materials.
For more information and to obtain nomination materials, please visit http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/grants-and-awards/about-teacher-awards
If you have any questions, please contact Paul McCoy at 615-770-0006, ext. 17 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nashville Symphony is inviting all Davidson County families to enjoy a special family concert event! The afternoon show will feature a performance of the Composer is Dead, in English and in Spanish. Check out the flyers for more details.
Maplewood High School students in JROTC and the Academy of Business and Consumer Services spent the Monday of their fall break volunteering at the Get Motivated Business Seminar at Bridgestone Arena. Students were able to experience first hand the challenges involved in facilitating an arena event.
In addition to working at the event, the students were also able to hear the success stories of inspirational speakers such as Chris Gardener, Bill Cosby, and Lou Holtz. For most of the students, and Col. Martha Shaffer, the highlight of the day was meeting and being photographed with General Colin Powell.
Oct. 13, Head Middle Magnet School held its annual Egg Drop!
Every Head Magnet student made a container that would not only survive a fall from the top of the gym, but would also hold an egg that would survive the drop as well. Many parents came to watch the vessel their child created be dropped from the top of Head’s gym. The parents wanted to see if the container that carried and hopefully protected the egg survived the fall without breaking or cracking.
McGavock High School students have two big reasons to celebrate! Thursday, Oct. 13, students in The Freshmen Academy pledged their commitment to graduation. Following the ceremony, the Academy of Business and Finance cut the ribbon on a new student-run credit union.
The McGavock High Class of 2015 pledged a commitment to its academic success during its ‘I Committ to Academic Perfection’ (I CAP) graduation ceremony. I CAP recognizes students for their dedication to academics. The graduation-inspired ceremony is designed to foster an understanding of the responsibilities and self-discipline needed to attend all classes, complete work assignments, and participate fully in the learning and extra-curricular opportunities that will lead to graduation. Tennessee Technological University’s Dr. Jann Cupp, counseling and psychology professor, served as keynote speaker.
Following the I CAP ceremony, students in the Academy of Business and Finance at McGavock High celebrated a powerful new learning tool. In partnership with US Community Credit Union, the school unveiled a new student-run credit union. Along with the unveiling, McGavock High and district leaders officially renamed the academy to The US Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance. On hand to celebrate the new experiential learning center were Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, CEO of US Community Credit Union Paul Johnson, and several other key alumni and community members.
The 3rd Annual Career Exploration Fair will host a new audience this year ... parents! Friday, Oct. 27, as hundreds of freshmen in Metro High Schools visit business and industry booths, their parents will also be able to tour the fair and see firsthand what all the fuss is about! The fair will be held at the Nashville Convention Center and is sponsored by Shoney's. Parents can schedule a tour at 8:30 a.m. or noon. More details below.
Pennington Elementary students have just finished a history lesson they won’t soon forget. After studying about the Constitution, Susan Beasley, Pennington’s librarian, challenged students to memorize the Preamble. She did this by reciting it herself on the morning announcements and asked who would join her the following week to share this special document. Students were given movements and a song to help them remember the parts.
This was a voluntary project, but 22 students, grades 2 – 4, participated! The students were awarded certificates and recorded saying the Preamble. The next day they showed off for the entire school, reciting it on the morning announcements.
The Broadcasting and Journalism students in the Hillwood Academy of Art, Design and Communications had the opportunity to visit WSMV Channel 4 Television Station on Oct. 12. The students heard from Kimberly Curth, a reporter; Ryan Hawes, the assistant news director; Lisa Spencer, the chief meteorologist; and Ian Reitz, the co-anchor of Channel 4 News Today. They also viewed first-hand a live broadcast of Channel 4 News at Noon and toured the television station.
Glencliff High students and staff are well aware the importance of breast cancer awareness and hoping to help fund a local organization. Currently, students and staff can purchase pink ribbons for $1. For their purchase, students names are displayed on pink ribbons in the front hallway. All proceeds will go toward the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, Glencliff will go pink. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear the trademark color to show their support. Information on breast cancer awareness will be distributed in advisory for students to share with “a special lady” in their life to educate and bring awareness to those outside of Glencliff.
West End IB World Middle School is gearing up for a Gigantic Yard Sale! Oct. 29, the community is invited to come out and shop. The goal is to raise money to purchase new technology for the classrooms and other educational materials to help West End students achieve academic success. More details are below.
Michael Murray, a 2009 graduate of Pearl-Cohn High School and son of an MNPS teacher, recently competed in Track and Field at the Global Games in Liguria, Italy. Next up, he competes in November at the Pan Am games in Guadalajara and hopes to represent the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games! Good luck!
Guess whose turning 80? Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School! Friday, Oct. 28, the school will be celebrating its 80th anniversary with a host of events. From 2 – 5 p.m., guests are invited to a special reception. Following, from 6 – 8 p.m., all are invited to an Alumni Mixer. Former students, faculty, staff and principals are invited to attend the 80th Anniversary Celebration.
For more information contact 615-291-6762 or email BVEOS80thanniversary@gmail.com. You can also visit the Facebook Page, Buena Vista 80th Anniversary.
The first grade classes at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet learned how to be leaders in their community with the help of Council Lady of District 19 Erica Gilmore. Council Lady Gilmore was a part of “Wow, America,” a program through which she speaks to students about voting, citizenship, and how to make their community better.
New Levels in 162Gd
We’ve measured prompt gamma rays from the fission fragments of the spontaneous fission of 252Cf in Gammasphere. The data from the experiment have high statistics with 5.7*1011 triple and higher gamma coincidences. We examined levels in 162Gd in this data set which shows very consistent I(I+1) level spacing in the yrast band. This demonstrates consistency with a rotational nucleus that has a large quadrupole deformation. this is common for nuclei in between closed spherical shells. To find new levels and gamma transitions, we looked at triple coincidence gates in the Radware software in which we see population of yrast states up to 16+. We found new evidence for proposed collective bands in this isotope. Results will be discussed.
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Serving more than 31 million children every school day, the federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals. The program, which has been serving the nation's children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards.
The “School Lunch – Let’s Grow Healthy” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and the Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP) to highlight all the components of well balanced school meals. The campaign features fun activity sheets and parent handouts.
For more information about healthy school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org .
Wednesday, Oct. 5, thousands of students, staff and community members participated in Walk to School Day and helped shine a light on the importance of healthy living. See photos of the crowds, Mayor Dean, Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools Dr. Lora Hall, Dr. Bill Paul of Metro Health Department, the McGavock High Show Choir and AFJROTC, and much more! View photos for Walk to School.The next day, Oct. 6, students in many of our elementary schools set out toRead for the Record. Some enjoyed the likes of Curious George, while others visited with a real life llama. See it all here.
When it comes to innovation and reform in public education, Metro Nashville Public Schools is leading the charge through its new Office of Innovation.
Led by Executive Director Alan Coverstone, the mission of the Office of Innovation is to transform the lives of students through dynamic instruction in collaboration with communities to maximize future opportunity for all. The overall goal of the Office of Innovation is to increase the number of college ready graduates by preparing students for college, career and life.
Coverstone reports directly to the Director of Schools, Dr. Jesse Register, and is responsible for dramatic restructuring and rapid turnaround through a variety of tools. He was the prime architect of the Transformation Partnership School model establishing the first conversion charter school in Tennessee (Cameron College Prep), demonstrated a strong commitment to hold schools accountable even to the point of closure, and was referred to by the previous chair of the MNPS School Board as a “relentless champion of excellence in education.”
The Office of Innovation is comprised of three divisions: Charter Schools, MSAP (Magnet Schools Assistance Program) Magnet Schools and Turn-Around Schools.
The MSAP Magnet Schools division is led by Amy P. Crownover, Anna Kucaj and Alison Vai. The schools included in this office are Hattie Cotton STEM Elementary, Bailey STEM Magnet Middle, Stratford STEM Magnet High, Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary, John Early Museum Magnet Middle and Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High. These schools illustrate the power of thematic focus to engage families, students and teachers through collaboration with community and by enhancing real-world experiences
The Charter Schools division is led by Carol Swann. The charter schools for the 2011-2012 school year are Cameron College Prep, Drexel Prep, East End Prep, KIPP Academy, LEAD Prep Middle, LEAD Prep High, Liberty Collegiate Academy, Nashville Prep, New Vision Academy, Smithson Craighead Academy, Smithson Craighead Middle and STEM Preparatory. Nashville Charter Schools capitalize on flexibility and school-level decision-making to help students gain access to college and career opportunities.
The Turn-Around School division is led by Dr. Lesley A. Isabel. The schools included in this division are Antioch Middle, Bailey Middle, Apollo Middle, Cameron Middle, Glencliff High, Jere Baxter Middle, Margret Allen Middle, Napier Elementary, Whites Creek High and Wright Middle. These schools are being transformed through strong teaching teams and active student leadership in building school communities of excellence and pride. They are also working closely with TribalGroup, a consulting firm helping the district build Inspirational Schools Partnerships that capitalize on the strengths of individual schools.
Coverstone says, “Each division will learn from what the others do best and we will develop a portfolio of schools that change lives.”
The Academy principal Michael Flushman is being featured by the Simon Youth Foundation! See why Principal Flushman is making news.
To learn more about The Academy, now located at Hickory Hollow Mall, check out the school's newly redesigned website!
Nashville School of the Arts’ alum William Wingfield will be teaching dance master classes Tuesday, Oct. 11, at NSA. William was a finalist and fan favorite on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. He has also performed on Broadway, he danced with Celine Dion for three years, taught Alvin Ailey classes, danced on the Academy Awards, and, literally, danced around the world.
Time and time again, research shows children who struggle with reading in third grade will continue to struggle in school and have a greatly reduced chance of graduating from high school. But we can all help turn this around - teachers, parents and everyone else - thanks to a wealth of new resources from the Tennessee Department of Education. ReadTennessee.org helps us all understand the new standards for reading in elementary school and gives ideas for helping to meet them.You don't have to be a professional educator or understand the jargon of pedagogy to help out. Cruising through the website, I see reading toolkits for both teachers and families. The reading standards are easily available from the homepage and written in language we can all understand. There is even an area set aside for those who want to volunteer as reading tutors. Tennessee's First Lady Crissy Haslam says in her welcome message:
First Lady Crissy Haslam read “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama” to a Pre-K class at Napier Elementary School today in advance of tomorrow’s Read for the Record Day.
Read for the Record Day is a national event aimed at encouraging students to read. Students throughout MNPS elementary schools will enjoy guests readings and special visitors throughout the day.
Our students are on the air! You may have caught them on TV or heard them playing on the radio during Tennessee Titans games. A new series of commercials spotlights high school students and their experiences in The Academies of Nashville. Check them out!
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Hillsboro High School Marching Band recently competed in the Trousdale County Yellow Jacket Invitational. There, the band won Best in Class for Field Commander and Percussion, 2nd in Class for Color Guard, and 3rd in Class, Overall.
This past weekend, the band traveled to the Lebanon Blue Devil Marching Invitational, where they claimed Best in Class, Overall! They also placed for Field Commander and Percussion.
Way to go!