Congratulations to seventeen of our school for winning the USDA's Healthier U.S. School Challenge Award! The HUSSC Award is given to schools across the country for exemplary steps, leadership and team work used to make changes to the schools’ nutrition environment. This includes the quality of the foods served; the offering of more nutritious, healthier choices; and, enhancing their physical activity program.
Awards are given broze, silver, and gold. Winning schools receive a HUSSC award plaque, a banner to display, and a small monetary incentive award of $500 to $2000. The names of these schools are also added to the HUSSC awardees list on the Team Nutrition HUSSC website.
Here are the winners:
Metro Schools are officially closed for Winter Break! The Central Office will be open throughout the break, with the exception of Dec. 22, 23, 26, and Jan. 2. All classes will resume Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Have a great break, and we'll see you in the new year!
Congratulations to John Early Museum Magnet Middle School for being the top winners in the SUMDOG district Math competition with an overall score of 4,755 points! JEMMMS students won every round, and eight students placed in the top 10 for the entire district. These students will be presented with a certificate for their respective ranking, and every student who participated will be rewarded with a pizza party.
The school will receive an engraved trophy and a site license for Yenka Mathematics software, worth $750. Again, congratulations to JEMMMS students for their outstanding performance!
Pre-K students at Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary have experienced a week full of sharing and surprises! Wednesday, Dec.14, the students took a special trip to Bordeaux Nursing Home to surprise the residents with holiday songs and special hand-made gifts. Today, the students got a surprise of their own when UPS representatives showed up with dozens of presents! This is the second year UPS has "adopted" the Pre-K classrooms for the holiday season.
Sen. Lamar Alexander
Email | Facebook | Twitter | You Tube
Washington D.C. Office:
P: (202) 224-4944
F: (202) 228-3398
Nashville, TN Office:
P: (615) 736-5129
F: (615) 269-4803
Wednesday, Dec. 15, McKissack Middle School’s PTO hosted its inaugural Winter Shopping Extravaganza. The event was hosted by the PTO to raise money for the school’s athletic programs. There were numerous Nashville vendors that set up booths to showcase their products and services. A big thank you to YMCA Nashville, Tennessee State University, Nuttin’ But Wings, Mommy’s Jewelry Box, and all other vendors for making this night a huge success! The parents loved being able to support local businesses, shop for gifts at affordable prices, and know that the money was going to a great cause!
Hundreds of Metro students and their families will have extra reason to cheer this holiday season. The district’s Family Resource Centers, family involvement specialists, and social workers have been working overtime the past few weeks to make sure food and toys are plentiful for families. Students at Park Avenue were first surprised with the gifts in a special presentation Thursday, Dec. 15.
A special thank you to Metro Schools’ transportation and central services departments have provided unmatched assistance in storing and transferring the items – from area donors to schools and centers in need.
The Isaac Litton Lions will be back in their home den this January. The school moved to the Dalewood campus more than a year ago while the Litton building underwent a series of renovations. But the time has come to move back home!
The newly renovated Litton Middle School building will officially open on January 17, 2012. The school was originally scheduled to move over the winter holidays, but an extra-rainy fall delayed construction just a little bit. The move will now happen over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend, with students reporting to the Litton Middle building on January 17.
We're so happy to have the Lions back where they belong, and hope the new renovations just add to their successful school year!
Here is a map of the Isaac Litton Middle School building, opening on January 17, 2012:
View Larger Map
Board Member &
Sports Fan Mark North
Cathy Forester, a teacher at East Literature Magnet High, was named the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English 2011 High School English Teacher of the Year. The award was presented at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Chicago, November 19. Congratulations!
The Hume-Fogg Silver Jazz band has been selected to perform and compete in the Savannah Music Festival’s Swing Central Jazz Competition and Workshop at the end of March. This is an elite competition for which only the top 12 high school jazz bands in the USA are selected! Congrats HFA!
Going to college is about to get a little more accessible for students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School and Maplewood High School. These two schools have been awarded $162,720 in Seed Grant funding through the state's Race to the Top grant. It will be used to help fund college for more than 1,700 students. Check out the full release below, or click here to read more.
You don’t have to take our word for it. One of the most well-respected educational research outfits in the country says MNPS Achieves is working and making our district better.
Back in April of 2010, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University started a two-year evaluation of the district’s massive reform effort. In the Institute’s ‘Year 2’ report, which is now available online, evaluators say that MNPS Achieves is moving the district “in the right direction.”
The report includes a lot of praise for collaboration both within the district and with the community as a whole. It also notes the visible culture change taking root in Central Office and a more focused and shared understanding of what effective teaching should look like.
For the full report, head over to the MNPS Achieves page. While you’re there you can learn more about the massive reform effort that’s been underway since 2009. Below you’ll find our official press release, which points out some highlights from the report.
METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL REFORM “MOVING IN RIGHT DIRECTION” REPORTS EVALUATION TEAM
Brown University’s Annenberg Institute Issues Year 2 Assessment; National Advisory Panel Offers Recommendations
The staff at Antioch and Cane Ridge high schools are on a mission to help students and parents better understand the issues and dangers of teenage drug use. The schools will host a special session for parents and future students Monday, Dec. 12. Several special guests and experts on drug addiction will be in attendance. Guests will also enjoy a chili supper and be eligible for a some great door prizes. Check out the details below.
Have your say in how your children are taught by giving us feedback on the new textbooks up for adoption.
MNPS is looking to adopt new textbooks for literature, fine arts, and career & technical education. Once adopted, they will be purchased and used for six years. They will all be on display throughout December and January for your review. Details are below:
Parents, teachers and the community are invited to view textbooks Metro Nashville Public Schools is considering adopting for literature, fine arts and Career & Technical Education courses. Books may be viewed daily; a feedback form will be available. The books selected will be used for six years.
Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Friday, Dec. 9 through January 20, 2012. Limited hours December 19 through 21, 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Closed December 22, 2011 through January 2, 2012.
Cohn Adult Learning Center, Room 100, 4805 Park Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209
Parking is suggested on the street closest to the corner of Elkins Avenue and 49th Street. Enter through the door facing Elkins closest to 49th or the door on 49th closest to Elkins. Room 100 is just inside.
Caldwell Enhanced Option Elementary School is earning national recognition for its efforts to promote healthier lifestyles. The school recently received a kit packed with roughly $2,000 worth of easy to use cookware from the Partnership for a Healthier America. The organization is a nonprofit, nonpartisan convener across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to accelerate existing efforts addressing childhood obesity and to facilitate commitments toward First Lady Michelle Obama’s national target.
Earlier this school year, the students also received a special visit from Dr. Bernard Lafayette. Dr. Lafayette, an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, Tenn., and Selma Ala., in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
Belmont University has extended a gracious offer to MNPS students and staff. The university is offering discounted pricing at several December games, and free admission to see the Lady Bruins take on Texas State, Wednesday, Dec. 21. Just show your ID card and gain free admission.
You can also get discounted tickets for the Men's Dec. 15 game against Troy State, the Lady's Dec. 18 game against Austin Peay, and the Men's Dec. 29 game against Marshall. Tickets for these games are $5 for adults, $1 youth for the men's games; $3 for adult, $1 youth for the women's games. For more information, call the Curb Event Center Box Office at 460-BALL.
Tell Ralph 'North Sports Report' sent you.
Nashville's business recognize leadersMetro Nashville Public Schools freshmen ssay contest winners receive prizes
Students, staff and community members of Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School celebrated their new Blue Ribbon status with numerous dignitaries and free ice cream courtesy of Blue Bell last Friday. The school was awarded the national honor for its overall academic excellence. It was one of just six schools statewide given the honor. Senior Em’maja Hancock is seen below addressing the crowd.
West End IB World School is competing for a $5,000 grant to help solve hunger in the school community. Through the Brookside Foods Giving Back Challenge: Call for Community-Based Organizations, the students have submitted an “IDEA” that revolves around the expansion of the school’s community garden. If selected, West End will add raised beds and a greenhouse to the existing community garden, which will allow the students to grow more vegetables and herbs. The produce will be packed into students’ backpacks and sent home for health weekend meals.
Click here to see West End’s video and cast your vote.Voting is open until December 9, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Dustin Binkley of Maplewood High School is this year’s Hume Award recipient! In a special ceremony, Metro Schools recognized the brightest and best football players off the 2011 season. Binkley impressed both on and off the field with stellar game stats and grades. He has been accepted to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Austin Peay State University, but has not made his final decision.
The Hume Award began in 1944 and is given to a football player who has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship athletically and academically. These student-athletes are chosen by their principals and coaches based on scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance and value to the team.
NASHVILLE, TN (December 2, 2011) – In what could be the last Tennessee Report Card tied to No Child Left Behind, Metro Nashville Public Schools shows overall growth despite tougher standards and new calculation methods.
“We are seeing a great deal of progress across the board and fully support the state’s pursuit of an accountability process that accurately reflects the progress of our schools and students,” said MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “We have just received the final Report Card information and are currently reviewing the information it contains.”
This past July, the state released Adequate Yearly Progress results for 2011, which provided clear evidence of the flaws in the current assessment structure with NCLB. Tennessee is in its second year of implementation of new standards that are among the most rigorous in the country, which is a positive change for students. These more difficult standards and increasing benchmarks make it harder for districts and schools to make AYP.
This year’s data show:
The district has rebounded from the significant increase in state standards in 2009-10 and showed marked increase in achievement in 2010-11.
To see results from the 2011 Tennessee Report Card, click here.
Also worthy of note, educators locally and nationally have pushed for new evaluation tools that more accurately reflect the academic progress of students, schools and school districts. Tennessee has submitted a request that would provide a waiver from some parts of the NCLB law and allow more flexibility for accountability. The request can be found online here.
Students at five Metro high schools recently showed their culinary skills at a professional competition featuring some of Nashville's top chefs. The students were invited to participated in the annual Hospitality Championship Series. The students went head to head in a cooking competition based on the TV show "Chopped." At the end of the day, Hunters Lane claimed first place, Antioch took second, and Hillwood rounded out the top three. Congrats!
Sylvan Park Elementary School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly decorated cafeteria and auditorium. The cafeteria wall paintings are designed to promote healthy eating among students as well give them a visual of how the school grows its food. These two areas of the school were recently updated through the hard work of the Sylvan Park parents.
The TSU Aristocrat of Bands made a quick stop at Head Magnet Middle School to help kick off the Fall Festival. The band played several of its hit tunes and had the students on their feet.
Congressman Jim Cooper proves that it never hurts to ask! Earlier this week, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet Senior Gerald Harris (pictured lower left with Congressman Cooper and PCHS Principal Dr. Threadcraft) invited the lawmaker to visit the school and see the changes. Not only did he say yes, but he also spent time touring the school and visiting with students.
Here's a great opportunity for high school students looking to learn and earn this summer - the Bank of America student leader PAID internship program.
Inglewood Elementary recently hosted a writing contest during which two bikes from Happening From Kids were donated and given students as prizes. All fourth grade students submitted a graphic organizer, first draft, and a final paper on "Why I Should Win the Bike." We want to send a big shout out to all of our fourth grade participants for their hard word. A congratulations to 2nd place winner Deyomi H., for the Best Persuasion paper; and to 1st Place winner Carlton B., for Best Mechanics paper. Also, a big thanks to Eastside Cycles, Happening for Kids, Asphalt Beach, and the Inglewood PTO for supporting the contest.
Penny S., a student at Glencliff High School, was the winner of a laptop from Bridgestone through a drawing at the Career Fair. Penny says she appreciates Bridgestone for partnering with MNPS and she will use her new laptop wisely to conduct research.
Jenny Sinard from Bridgestone presented the laptop during a Freshman Academy assembly.
It's no secret Metro Schools is in the midst of district-wide transformational change, and our middle schools are no exception! The district is placing a heavier focus on educating the whole child, not just one aspect of adolescent life. And the difference is palpable.
In a series of short videos (found here), hear why students and staff say the new philosophy is making a real difference. You can also catch the full 22-minute piece Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., or Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on NECAT's IQTV10, cable channel 10.
To see more videos produced by Metro Schools, visit us on YouTube.