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Tonight, you’re invited to a Public Hearing regarding public access television and Comcast’s service in Nashville. Public Access TV leadership wants to hear your thoughts regarding public access television – how it currently benefits the community and opportunities for the future.  General comments about Comcast service in Nashville will also be heard.

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Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools has tapped Emily Munn as the district’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme coach. Munn will provide professional development classes and workshops to teachers and coordinators in the district’s IB Diploma Programme, Middle Years Programme and Primary Years Programme. She will also work with schools that are going through the IB authorization or reauthorization process as well as marketing IB programs throughout the district and community. She begins her new role Friday, July 8. 



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Wanted: Independent workers who enjoy working with children and don't mind the color yellow.






We're looking to hire some new bus drivers for the 2011 - 12 school year. If you are up to the task for safely shuttling our children to and from school, apply today!



All drivers must have a Commercial Drivers License with Passenger and School Bus endorsements, and paid CDL training is available.



More information and a link to the application after the jump.

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Talk about generous! The Golf Channel is getting all new equipment for their studio, and giving their "old" set to Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School! The donation is worth about $3 million and includes 50-inch plasma monitors, broadcast-quality cameras, network servers, switchers, a full remote production kit, a shading system, a satellite transmitter and receiver, and the list goes on.

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Stephanie Knight will lead Hillsboro High School International Baccalaureate program to new heights, starting immediately. Knight teaches IB and Advanced Placement Spanish at Hillsboro.


“I am honored to have been entrusted with the position of Diploma Programme Coordinator for Hillsboro Comprehensive High School,” Knight said. “This sense of honor is compounded when I consider the high level of talent within the school’s faculty. I am excited as I think about the upcoming school year and the responsibility of helping to perpetuate Hillsboro's legacy of student-centered academic achievement. Though challenges await, I am inspired by the potential that lies in all HHS students, and I am motivated to continue the work that the faculty and administration has already begun to grow participation in the Diploma Programme and to integrate Diploma Programme classes across all academies.”

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Bring your neighbors together for the National Night Out Against Crime. An informational session on Tuesday, June 28, will get you ready to host a successful event in your neighborhood. Details in the flyer below. The National Night Out Against Crime is August 2, 2011.








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Stand for Children's School Choice Survey will end today. It's a quick 10-minute survey that will provide valuable information regarding school choices in Nashville. Fill it out and you will be entered to win a Target gift card!



Stand for Children School Choice Survey

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The Board meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2011. The live-blog will open at 4:45 p.m.
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Update:  The proposed calendars have generated lots of discussion over the past few weeks. To help answer your questions, Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools Dr. Lora Hall and Larry Collier in student assignment services participated in a live chat. The questions, answers and comments from that chat, as well as what was discussed at the June meeting of the Director’s PAC have been compiled into a special section of our website. To read FAQs, descriptions of balanced calendars, and ask your own questions, click here.

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To help with the immunization requirements for incoming 7th graders, kindergarteners and pre-K students, Metro Schools has teamed up with the Metro Public Health Department for a special clinic where your child can get all of the immunizations that he or she needs. They will also be able to get the immunization certificate required for entry into school this fall. For a full list of the new requirements, click here.


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Students on sound board - Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Camp


The July 1 deadline to enroll in the inaugural Lights, Camera, Action! Entertainment Production Camp at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High is fast approaching! If you or someone you know has a rising 7th or 8th grader with an interest in the entertainment industry, this weeklong camp is a great way to introduce him or her to life behind the scenes of showbiz. Campers will learn about television production and broadcasting, audio recording, and personal image management.


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Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School was recently named one of the nation's top-rated high schools by Newsweek Magazine. The school rank 33rd in the nation and was one of just six schools in the Tennessee to make the list.

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Metro Public Works wants you to recycle, whether you have curbside service or not. In a news release issued earlier this week, the department explains its Recycle & Win Program and how citizens who get "caught" can win a Kroger gift card!

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Students enrolled at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Industry Magnet High School will be greeted with some new artwork when they return in the fall. Brianna Lockett and Mario Rosalas, rising juniors, and their teacher Warren Riker spent a week of their summer break drawing and painting a mural that spans the entire length of one hallway.


 PC Mural 3 - Pearl-Cohn student painting the school's new magnet mural

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According to sources at Antioch, Jeremy Buchannan, an Antioch graduate in 2007, has been picked up by the Houston Texans! And like any pro would do, he has been spotted working out at Antioch High during the lock out. Congratulations and good luck Jeremy!

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Friday, June 17, incoming 5th graders at John F. Kennedy Middle School will "graduuate" from the inaugural “Rising Star” Summer Camp.



The program is designed to make their transition from elementary to middle school as smooth as possible and a rewarding experience.  The camp focused on skills such as: Math, Language Arts, Reading, Science, Computer, Social Development, Time Management, and Goal Setting.  The camp was be led by school administrators several fifth grade teachers.  One of the school counselors also led a session on character education skills.

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Congratulations to Mt. View Elementary School for their recently announced Bronze Award in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge. Mt. View joins Brick Church Middle, Cockrill Elementary, DuPont Hadley Middle, Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option, and Hull-Jackson Montessori, all of which were awarded Silver earlier this spring. The program recognizes schools that work to promote healthier lifestyles through nutrition and physical education.

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Glencliff High community school award



Glencliff High School representatives were recognized at the U.S. Capitol today for their outstanding efforts in creating a community school. The school was awarded the 2011 Community Schools Award for Excellence. Only two other schools, an elementary and middle, received this award. It was presented by the Coalition for Community Schools in Washington, D.C. 

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Metro Nashville Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Ralph M. Thompson has announced plans to retire at the end of June. Thompson has been with MNPS since 1976.

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The next Parent University Conference is July 30! Click through for a quick video and full details of the conference.

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A new report released by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center shows that Tennessee must be doing something right in terms of helping students graduate from high school.

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Metro Schools’ student-athletes are setting records and taking top places in Track & Field competition.

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They've spent the year helping establish new community/school partnerships, securing grants to help students get and stay healthy, providing teachers with free school supplies through LP Pencil Box, and so much more!

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Overton High School Class of 2011 graduate Markus "Mookie" Betts has big plans in his near future. The short stop was the 5th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox!

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LIVE-BLOG: Director's PAC Meeting & Leadership Elections

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MNPS Transportation displayed its appreciation to this year’s bus drivers. As the buses were turned in, drivers were given a celebration cook-out for all their hard-work and dedication during this academic school year. They enjoyed a small cook-out and entertaining music! Thank you to all the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools bus drivers for safe driving and getting students to school!

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The Community Career Center is offering free computer trainings and workshops this summer at their John Henry Hale and Park Avenue locations. All trainings and workshops are offered free to MNPS parents, grandparents and students over the age of 12. In addition, the Community Career Center is offering resume assistance, career assessments and open lab times for internet research, typing and self paced training. Workshops include financial management, budgeting, credit reports, GradeSpeed and social networking. View schedule and registration information ...

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Talk about a show of support! According to a news release from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Shoney's CEO David Davoudpour has donated $125,000 to support MNPS's annual Career Exploration Fair for Freshman Academy students. Click through to see the full release and a video of the 2010 Career Exploration Fair.

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Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, has been named the 2011

Register PHoto - a color photograph of Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register

Tennessee School Plant Management Association (TSPMA) Superintendent of the Year. Register will be recognized at the TSPMA annual conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which will be held June 16.

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Hillsboro HIgh School is opening a Confucius Classroom this fall! The school is one of just seven in Tennessee awarded a grant from the Confucius Institute at the Unviersity of Memphis to implement the international program. Click through to read an excerpt from the Confucius Institute's release.

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Glencliff High School, one of the most state’s most diverse high schools, has earned a spot as a national model of excellence. The school has been named the 2011 Community Schools Awards for Excellence by the Coalition for Community Schools in Washington, D.C. Only three schools in the U.S. received this award: One from elementary grades, one from middle grades, and one at the high school level.

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Unit TN-933 at Maplewood High School has been selected as one of 80 units to receive the 2010-2011 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

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LIVE-BLOG: Board of Education - May 24, 2011

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Attention rising 7th and 8th graders! You're invited to attend the first ever Lights, Camera, Action! Entertainment Production Camp at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. Applications are being accepted now, but space is limited so interested families are encouraged to apply promptly. This weeklong day camp will take place from July 25 – July 29, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and has a cost of $150.

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A handful of Hillsboro High School French students have been selected to participate in the Sister Cities exchange to Caen, France this summer. For two weeks, the students will stay in a French home, attend a French school, assist in teaching English classes in the schools, explore the sites of Normandy, and commemorate D-Day on the Normandy beaches.

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The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt has graduated its first official class, everyone of whom is an MNPS student! Check out SSMV's news release:

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More than 100 MNPS students were honored at this year's Social Studies Projects Fair for their outstanding work. The fair was the culmination of individual fairs at each school. Winning projects from the school level were submitted to the district competition.

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Four MNPS middle schools -- Goodlettsville, Cameron, John Early Magnet, and Meigs Magnet – piloted a new Battle of the Books competition this year. Each school convened teams of four to five students each, who voluntarily read 20 books. Each school then held individual competitions to find a school-level winning team. These teams met Tuesday, May 17, at the Downtown Public Library for the first ever MNPS Battle of the Books! Check out the video.

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Glencliff High School is ending the year on a particularly high note. The school won one of just 27 Grammy Enterprise Signature School Awards for excellence in music education. Making the award even more special, Glencliff was one of just three award-recipients to also receive a special Grammy Career Day featuring a panel of music industry experts.

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MNPS teachers have a new opportunity to learn and lead! Monday, May 3, Metro Nashville Public Schools Administrators and the Mayor's Office of Youth and Development hosted a special induction ceremony for the inaugural class of the Teacher Leadership Institute.

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LIVE-BLOG: Board of Education Meeting - May 10, 2011

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Friday, April 29, at 10 a.m., the MNPS Customer Service Center proudly greeted its 1,000,000th customer! The celebration came was helped by the McGavock High School Cheerleaders, students in the International Newcomer's Academy, and district personnel.

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Governor Bill Haslam recently stopped by the state's largest high school, McGavock, to see what a typical day might behold. Little did he know he'd end up exploring a fully-operational hovercraft, visiting the student "newsdesk," and watch aviation students maneuver simulated aircraft! Click here to see a slideshow from the visit.

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LIVE-BLOG: Board of Education Meeting - April 26, 2011

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MNPS Virtual Program graduates first class! Check them out.

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Fourth graders from Andrew Jackson Elementary School recently had the chance to spend a day as working, spending, business-running adults at JA BizTown. Check out the video below to see how it went!

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For the past year, the education world has been abuzz with talk of Race To The Top funding. Tennessee, the recipient of 501 million, was one of just two states awarded money in the highly competitive national grant. Of that, MNPS has been awarded 30.3 million to be used on educational reform. We are excited to share a new section of our website that explains how the money is being spent and how the district plans to sustain changes after the grant expires. Check out the videos, graphs, charts and explanations of the different programs and initiatives now happening through MNPS Achieves: First To The Top.

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MNPS is proud to announce Teachers of the Year. This annual program seeks to recognize outstanding educators and administrators. Winners in each division were announced Monday, April 11th at Annual MNPS Teacher of the Year Celebration. The 2012 Teachers of the Year winners will go on to represent the district in the state competition for their division.

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DISCLAIMER: The text linked below is meant to be a summation and rundown of the Board meeting. It should be used for reference purposes only. In no way should it be considered a verbatim transcript or the official minutes of the events. For official Board meeting minutes, click here. <a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=c2ed4bd2e0">Board of Education Meeting - April 12, 2011</a>

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Tuesday, March 29, the State Department of Education held a special round-table discussion to commemorate the one-year anniversary of winning more than $500 million in federal Race to the Top funds. The event was held at Stratford STEM Magnet High School, which just this year began offering students hands-on learning opportunities through The Academies of Nashville.

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The Director's Parents Advisory Council meets as a full body every other month. The April meeting will focus on the 2011-12 budget, with presentations on both the operating and Federal programs budgets. There will also be a time for Q&A. If you are unable to attend in person, you can follow along with our live-blog.&amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=8e62b113c8"&amp;amp;amp;gt;Director's PAC Full Meeting&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt;To learn more about the Director's PAC, click here.

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