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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.








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More options than ever before.
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The Fall Application is so much more than a name change.

Open the Doors to Your Child's FutureWhat used to be called the Lottery is now the Fall Application. It’s the time when families start looking at which school their children will attend in 2012-13. This year Metro Schools is proud to offer 31 diverse school options to families that meet students’ unique interests and needs. These schools are located all over Nashville, offering distinct schedules, programs, teaching styles, and more.


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


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.


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A 7th grade science classroom at J.T. Moore Middle School recently transformed into a miniature cancer center for the day. Thanks to Vanderbilt Scientists in the Classroom, the students actually spent a two-week period working to prevent cancer growth. To read what happened and what the students learned, check out the full blog post on Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach's site.

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McGavock Elementary students will soon be navigating a new climbing wall thanks to the support of their community. The school was nominated for the Henkel Helps Kids Get Fit program and was awarded the $1,500 Grand Prize! Congratulations.

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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

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All 4th through 12th grade students are invited to participate in the Letters About Literature Contest. The writing competition, sponsored in part by Humanities Tennessee, encourages any child who has been impacted by a book to write about their experience. See the rules and guidelines below.




 Letters About Literature Guidelines

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Nashville Teaching FellowsNashville 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:




  • Possess a bachelor's degree (conferred by June 2012).

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher.

  • Be eligible to work in the United States.

  • Not currently, or have ever been, a fully-licensed teacher or a graduate of an education program designed to lead to licensure.

  • Meet requirements for your subject area.

  • Report any criminal records on your application.

For More Information:


To learn more about NTF visit our website: www.nashvilleteachingfellows.org or email us: info@nashvilleteachingfellows.org



Applications accepted online at www.nashvilleteachingfellows.org


Early Application Deadline is November 28, 2011.


Apply Today!

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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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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.

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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.

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With less than a mile separating Antioch and Cane Ridge high schools, a strong rivalry was inevitable from the start. This Friday night, the football teams will rumble in the aptly named "37013 Bowl". Winner takes home a special trophy and will keep it until next year's rematch.

The game starts at 7 p.m., at Antioch High School.





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The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt has two finalists and two semifinalists in this year's national Siemens Competition in Math:Science:Technology. Check out the release from Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach below:

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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 linda.k.jordan@tn.gov.


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 paul@humanitiestennessee.org.

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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.










 Composer Dead Performance - Nashville Symphony  Composer Dead Performance - Nashville Symphony Spanish Flyer


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Maplewood students with General Colin PowellMaplewood 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.

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Oct. 13, Head Middle Magnet School held its annual Egg Drop!Head 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.

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McGavock Credit Union - grand opening and ribbon cutting

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.


McGavock Credit Union 2 - students working in the bankFollowing 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.

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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.

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MNPS students do not report to school Oct. 17 - 21. The Central Office will remain open throughout the week. Classes Monday, Oct. 24.



We hope you have a great Fall Break!

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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. 

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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.



Hillwood students study at Ch. 4 - students posing in studio with Ch. 4 on-air staff

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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.

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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.


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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!

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The Academy at Old Cockrill and The Academy, located at Hickory Hollow, have far exceeded expectations this school year. In less than three months, the schools have helped more than 40 students meet graduation requirements. The principals, Elaine Fahrner and Michael Flushman, recently presented about their successes at the National Dropout Prevention Network. Click here to learn more about their presentation.

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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.

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Save the date! Oct. 27, from 6 - 7:30 p.m., you can shop some of the finest art and jewelry in Nashville. I.T. Creswell Middle Magnet Arts School will host its inaugural Benefit Art Auction. Faculty and staff, as well as community members, have donated one-of-a-kind pieces of art, handmade jewelry, blankets, scarves, ornaments and more to the auction.




While there, guests will also enjoy a student art exhibit, face painting, and hot chocolate. All proceeds benefit the school's art program and will be used to purchase art supplies. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, contact Carrie Bryant at carrie.bryant@mnps.org, or 291.6515 ext. 1213.

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Maplewood High School Head Football Coach Arcentae Broom is feeling the love as he heads into this week's Friday night game. Coach Broom was named this week's Titans High School Football Coach of the Week. The full release is below.

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Council Lady Gilmore at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary


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.

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DECA students at Hunters Lane High Schools spent a good chunk of their "off" day helping others. The students volunteered at the Walk for Alzheimer's. Event organizers were particularly appreciative, saying the students were "awesome" and brought a positive vibe to the walk.



HLHS DECA students Walk for Alzheimers


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Nashville Big Picture High School senior Brayton D., will soon add national presenter to his resume. The 12th grader has spent the past two years interning with Dr. Joseph, Hamilton, Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University. Now, thanks to his hard work and commitment, Brayton will travel with the professor to Roanoke, Virg., to present at the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society. Brayton's research has also become part of his Senior Capstone project, a requirement at Big Picture. Below is an abstract of his work:








New Levels in 162Gd


DOLL Brayton M. (NBPHS, Vanderbilt University)
BREWER, N.T. (Vanderbilt University)
HAMILTON, J. H. (Vanderbilt University)
RAMAYYA, A. V. (Vanderbilt University)
HWANG, J.K. (Vanderbilt University)
LUO, Y. X. (Vanderbilt University, LBNL)
RASMUSSEN, J. O. (LBNL)
ZHU, S. J. (Vanderbilt University, Tsinghua University)
TER-AKOPIAN, G. M. (JINR)

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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It's National School Lunch Week (NSLW) and this year's theme is Let's Grow Healthy! Schools across the U.S., including those right here in Metro Nashville, are encouraged to promote School Lunch Week Logo 2011 - a full color logo promoting National School Lunch Weekhealthy eating and physical activity to students, staff and the community. The hope is that students will gain a better understanding of where their food comes from and get excited about healthy school lunch choices.

In Metro Schools, much attention has been placed on creating healthier school menu choices for students. This year, 10 schools are piloting in-line salad bars and scratch-cooking. All schools are offering students healthier, and tasty, menu options that replace unhealthy ingredients with healthier options. Schools are also experimenting with healthier ethnic foods and various other options that are creating much healthier menu options for students.

LEARN MORE ABOUT NUTRITION SERVICES


Check out an excerpt from the National School Lunch Week news release below:








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.



  • Meals are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, meaning they contain no more than 30% of calories from fat, and less than 10% from saturated fat.

  • School lunches include fruits and vegetables, grains and proteins as well as milk, and they must provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories.

  • Meals are served in age-appropriate serving sizes meaning you get the amount of food that your body needs!

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 .


 

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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.

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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.” 

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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!

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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.

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Read TennesseeTime 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:





Thank you for visiting the home of Read Tennessee, a joint project designed to allow teachers, families and community members to work together for the benefit of young children throughout the state of Tennessee. We encourage you to explore our website to take advantage of the information provided to help accelerate the learning of Tennessee's most important resource, our children.

ReadTennessee.org is meant to get us all working together for the benefit of our students, so head on over and check it out. There are ways for all of us to help!

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Nashville Public Libraries will be holding Teen Read Week from Oct. 9 - 22. Teens who spend at least two hours reading in any Nashville Public Library, or any MNPS middle school or high school library, can "read off" their library fines! Students must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and must have their own library card to participate. Visit the Library's Teen Web to learn much more about this opportunity.

It's also time for students interested to write and submit nonfiction essays to the Teen Literary Contest. This year's theme is "Books are only half the story." Essays must be 500 words and are due Nov. 12. The winner gets an iPad 2. More details for this essay contest are available on the NPL website.

This year's contest is in honor of the 2011 Nashville Public Library Literary Award Recipient, John McPhee.

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First Lady reads at Napier - for Read Me Wekk 2011


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.


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Travel Weekly, a national travel magazine, recently ran a feature column on the lack of trained professionals in the travel industry. Thanks to the engaging and rigorous lessons being taught through Antioch's Academy of Hospitality, Antioch is helping turn the tide. Returning the favor, key players in the national travel industry - including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines, are making sure students in The Academy of Tourism at Antioch get the most band for their buck as Academy partners.

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Limitless Libraries, an online book-sharing program initiated by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in 2009, keeps on growing! This year, the program has expanded to include middle schools, bringing the total number of eligible schools to 54.
Limitless Libraries currently has 23,000 users, more than a quarter of Metro School's 79,000 students. Circulation at high schools rose as much as 125% at certain locations last year. The goal for this year is to give schools:



  • at least nine good items per student

  • an AV collection including play-aways and DVD’s for students to checkout

  • access to expanded eBook and electronic resources.


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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!




CLICK HERE to listen to the radio ad

The students are very excited to be featured, but even more excited about the opportunities offered through their high school Academies. Check out what our high schools have to offer over on the Academies of Nashville page. For even more student stories - written by the students themselves - check out MyAcademyBlog.com!

These ads were put together with the help of Ford Next Generation Learning and put on the air as part of a local Ford dealer advertising buy. 

For more information on Ford Next Generation Learning, you can visit their website or Facebook page. They have been a continue to be a key partner for the Academies of Nashville.

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Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option Elementary is diving right into Read Me Week, with five days full of fun reading activities. Students will read a different book from the popular "Llama, Llama" series each day and participate in dress up days and special learning projects. Guest readers including WSMV's Jonathan Martin, MNPS Director of Schools' Dr. Jesse Register, and a team of readers from local colleges and corporations will visit the school and read to kindergarteners. Thursday, the school will join in a national effort to set a reading record by reading the hit book "Llama Llama Red Pajamas." To help them with the feat, Pearl, a real-life llama friend, will make a special guest appearance.


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Glencliff High will unveil its new outdoor classroom this week. Details below.


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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!

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