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The Hillsboro Cluster will have a community health fair Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hillsboro in the main gymnasium. Representatives from the Red Cross and Whole Foods will be present. Additionally, visitors can get eye exams by an optician and $25 flu shots from Walgreens. Other special health services will also be available.


Madison Middle School Media Center was awarded a $5,000 Back to School grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Robin Coutras, the Media Specialist, plans to use the money to create a virtual book club by purchasing e-Readers and e-Books. The rest of the money will be used for iPad2s loaded with educational apps to support learning in the classrooms.


Thursday, Sept. 8, Norman Binkley Elementary teacher Betsy Cate will be featured as the News2 Educator of the Week. See what makes Cate standout in a special segment Thursday night at 10pm or Friday morning between 6 - 7 am.


Hurry! The deadline is Friday, September 2!

Our good friends at Conexión Américas are ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) by celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of Latino families in our community.

They're kicking things off by celebrating the writing accomplishments of some young Latino writers with an essay contest called "My Latino Roots, My American Dream."

Writers must be Latino students in Middle Tennessee, grades 9-12. Essays can be up to three pages, typed and double-spaced. They can be written in either English or Spanish. The winning writer wins a personal computer! Two runners-up will received gift certificates.

All essays must be in by Friday, September 2, at 5:00 p.m.

Full details

More on Hispanic Heritage Month & Conexión Américas


Hundreds of students at Cole Elementary School were hand delivered books this afternoon. Tennessee's First Lady Crissy Haslam and dozens of faithful bicyclists and literacy enthusiasts made a five-mile trek to the school with the books loaded on their bikes. The special event was made possible by Ride for Reading, a local non-profit started by Cole teacher Matthew Portell. Because of the organization's care for physical and mental education, every student at the school will take home a new book this afternoon and a few lessons about bicycle safety.


The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is offering a non-stop express bus service every weekday from Cane Ridge High School to downtown Nashville. Here is the full news release.


The National Folk Festival is coming to Nashville and several artists will be visiting Metro Schools! Friday, Sept. 2, Ozden Oztopak, Eddie Pennington, Dale Ann Bradley, and Oyama and Nitta will visit students at I.T. Creswell, Pearl-Cohn, Dan Mills, and Buena Vista, respectively.

That weekend, students and their families are invited to attend the National Folk Festival and hear dozens of great folk artists. This year's Honorary Festival chairs are Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Country legend Emmylou Harris.


Stella White, Tom Joy Elementary’s library/media specialist, has received a $5000 Dollar General Literacy Grant. This grant will be used to develop a literacy “hub” to promote literacy in school. The money will be divided to provide the Tom Joy students with playaways, ebook, netbooks, flip cameras and software.


Virtual School

The Virtual School is open and looking for students! Metro Schools’ newest and most high-tech learning experience has 135 open spots for full-time students and several more left for part-timers, as well.

At Virtual School students can take courses online in to receive a quality education in a virtual environment. Students will be taught online by highly qualified, certified teachers.

Full-time students can earn their diplomas by earning up to six credits per year. They must apply and meet the qualifying criteria.

Part-time students can choose from dozens of courses offered at Virtual School. These courses may not be offered at every school, but are available to every student online. These include courses in all core subjects, Health & Wellness, and AP courses like English, English Lit, Biology, Marcoeconomics, Psychology, US History & Statistics.

Students interested in part-time work through Virtual School should contact their School Counselors. Much more information is available on the Virtual School website, www.vlearn.mnps.org.

Time is of the essence. If you want to take advantage of this great opportunity, don’t delay! A whole world of classes is available to every high school student online. Sign up! Take part!


Innovative Strategies. Focus on Improving Teaching & Learning. Data-driven Decisions. Leadership Pipeline. Improved Communication. More Support to Schools. An Investment in Employees. Sustainable Reform. What do these topics have in common? They are the foundation of our district reform.

They are MNPS Achieves: First to the Top.


Maplewood High School is off to a great start, with students, staff and parents pumped about the new school year. Under Principal Ron Woodard's leadership the key focus is to raise expectations, raise achievement and show students the opportunities that await after they graduate.


A/BIf you are the parent of a middle school student this year, you've probably already heard about the changes made to your child's school day.

Middle schools have adopted a form of block scheduling, which allows for extended instructional time in the core subjects of reading and mathematics. Students will receive instruction in those two subjects every day, with science and social studies offered on alternating days.

This new schedule also builds in an hour of additional instructional time - in the form of remediation or enrichment - for students who could benefit.

Full details of this schedule at the link.


The LP Pencil Box has another great chance for you to help bring school supplies to the students and classrooms who need them. This time it comes with the chance to buy beautiful artisan jewelry, gifts, and home decor from around the world.

Ten Thousand Villages will be donating a portion of its sales to the LP Pencil Box this Sunday, August 21 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair trade store in Green Hills that supports artisans across the globe. Their products help these artisans attain a fair wage to pay for for food, education, healthcare and housing.

The LP Pencil Box is a free school supply store for educators in Nashville. Teachers can shop at the Pencil Box and bring supplies back to their classrooms. They rely on donations of supplies and cash to keep their operations going.

Head over to Green Hills this Sunday to support our teachers and students!


Parents, remember there are new immunization requirements required by the state. Click here to review the requirements.

For most students, a lack of updated vaccination records by Monday, Aug. 22 will mean they cannot return to school until they turn in updated records.

To help families meet these requirements, Metro Health Department is adding nurses and opening a special Fast Lane Immunization Clinic. Here is the information from the Health Department:

Metro Public Health officials announced plans today to increase the number of nurses in the Lentz Health Center's clinic on Friday, August 19 from 8 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m.  The Health Department will have as many as five nurses dedicated to offering children's immunizations that are required for school enrollment.

Health Department officials will open a special Fast Lane Immunization Clinic on August 29th for children who need required immunizations for school. The Fast Lane clinic speeds students through the process to get their immunizations.

Fast Lane Clinic
Lentz Public Health Center Auditorium
311 23rd Avenue North
Monday, August 29
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Immunizations Available Daily
Lentz, East & Woodbine Health Centers
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

More from the Health Department


From delicious fruit kabobs to how to make the most of your child's health habits at school, check out the Office of Coordinated School Health's August Newsletter.


Monday night, 2011 graduate of Overton HIgh School Mookie Betts signed with the Boston Red Sox!

“Mookie has worked very hard to get to this position in his baseball career,” said Head Baseball Coach Mike Morrison. “He is very deserving of this incredible opportunity and we are very happy for him.


Book emWho doesn't like pizza?? Book 'em has partnered up with California Pizza Kitchen for this year's "Dine Out for Book 'em," where a slice of your pizza money goes to help kids learn to read. What better deal is there??

You MUST present the Book 'em voucher when buying your pizza. The voucher is available for download here. The voucher is good for dine in or carry out orders. More information on the Book 'em website.

Dine Out for Book 'em
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
California Pizza Kitchen
Hill Center, 4031 Hillsboro Pike


She is a true "pioneer" when it comes to helping students overcome obstacles and achieve success, and Saturday, August 13, 2011, Dr. Susan Kessler was honored for her efforts. At the 8th annual Educational Equal Opportunity Group (EEOG) Fundraising Gala, the Hunters Lane High School Principal received the Pioneer Award for her service in education and her visionary leadership. Congratulations, Dr. Kessler!


Janis IanWorld-renowned musician Janis Ian has a passion for reading, libraries and education. So her inspiring address at a recent inservice for Metro Schools Librarian comes straight from the heart.

Ms. Ian joined the librarians for lunch at JT Moore Middle School on August 9th. She then closed their full-day session with a speech on the power of books in her life and an uplifting message for librarians everywhere as the new school year begins. As thanks, the crowd gave her a standing ovation.

Please take a few moments to read the transcript of her speech. It carries a powerful message about how reading - and the people who help facilitate it - can change lives. Truly worth reading.

When prehistoric man made his first symbols, and connected those symbols with true language, he began a chain of events that would enlighten and ennoble the world. The written word informs us. It challenges us. It drags us to the depths and lifts us to the heavens, in one graceful arc that can only be appreciated by those who can read.

Libraries are a hallmark of a civilized culture, and librarians represent that culture to all facets of society. We artists have a great affinity with you librarians, for many reasons, not the least of which is that we exist in large part to educate, and to protect. To make order out of chaos, and to teach others to do the same. To keep the dreams of a nation, of a people, safe for future generations. To make those dreams available to everyone – not just the wealthy or beautiful, not just the people of one race or one color or one religion – but available to everyone who dares to dream of something bigger than themselves.



Don't leave your school hanging! Update your contact info today!

Don't be left out of important messages and information - make sure your contact information is up to date!

Whether you're a parent, employee or both, it is vitally important that your school knows how to reach you. There are school, cluster and district-wide callouts; important letters home; newsletters; books; grades; score sheets - an endless number of pieces of information that need to find their way home to you!

Please take the time to call your school, review that their information for you is correct and make any needed changes. You can find complete contact information for your school on our School Lists.

If you are an employee, you can find official Human Resources forms for changing your personal information on the HR website.

Thank you for taking a few moment to get this done - and for everything you do to support Metro Schools!


This summer, two Maplewood High School students interned with the Ciber group at Nashville Electric Service. Check out the article that was included in NES's recent newsletter.


The Nashville Predators donated $10,000 in Physical Education equipment to several MNPS high schools. Each high school physical education department received exercise tubes and bands, dumbbells, stability balls, medicine balls, activity mats and four- and six-inch fitness steps. This generous donation will continue to keep Metro School students healthy and physically fit.

But keeping the students in good physical shape wasn’t the Predators’ only priority. Teachers also had the opportunity to shop at the LP PENCIL Box for school supplies worth more than $280. 

Thank you to Nashville Predators and LP PENCIL Box!


The fall window for NCLB Public School Choice is here! Wednesday, Aug. 10, letters were mailed to families who are eligible for NCLB Public School Choice. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Aug. 25.  The full timeline for the NCLB Public School Choice window is below. Here is a list of eligible schools and the choice schools open for families.


Governor Bill Haslam announced plans earlier this week to boost the presence of CoverKids, a state program that provides low-cost, comprehensive health insurance for children. Click through to read the full news release.


The first day of the 2011-12 school year is one that Martin Luther King, Jr. Principal Dr. Schunn Turner will never forget. That morning, as she was helping students, teachers and staff get settled for the school year, Joseph DeHarde dropped in with a big surprise. The Class of 2011 graduate wanted to "give back to a great school." DeHarde donated $5,000 to the school's track program and $2,000 to the biology program.


A projected 80,000 students headed back to class today! We had a team of photographers out snapping pictures , catching everything from first day jitters to sheer enthusiasm. Here's a peak at what went on the first day in Metro Schools.


Save the Date!

Dupont Hadley Middle School and the Old Hickory Chamber will host their 2nd annual Taste of the Town on Sept. 8th from 6-8 p.m. This event will take place at Dupont Hadley Middle school and will feature up to 23 food venders and 22 business vendors, as well as local entertainment! The school is located in Old Hickory at 1901Old Hickory Blvd.

Tickets are:

Adults - $10.00 in advance; $12.00 at the door

Kids under 14 - $5.00

Advance tickets are available at Sonic in Old Hickory, DHMS, Old Hickory Credit Union, and through the Chamber. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Sheryl Wright at Dupont Hadley Middle 847-7300.


Tuesday, Aug. 9, six Metro Schools were awarded a total of $15,500 by local dairy farmers to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 Initiatives. Gower Elementary, East Literature Magnet, John Early Magnet, Litton Middle, Meigs Magnet, and Two Rivers Middle were selected out of hundreds of schools across the country that applied. They will use the funds to jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity programs. According to a news release issued by Fuel Up to Play 60, schools will:


Dr. Julie McCargar, executive director of federal programs for MNPS, is being heard around the nation. She was asked to write a blog, which happened to be her very first!, about No Child Left Behind and its impact on schools, in Nashville and across the U.S. Her experience, expertise, and honesty about the controversial topic landed her blog in This Week in Education's "Top Five Blogs." Curious to see what she wrote? Check out Dr. McCargar's debut blog.


The Board meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. The live-blog opens at 4:45 p.m.

Full Meeting Agenda


Antioch High School has something to cheer about! The school's Academy of Technology and Communications is now officially partnered with Nissan Americas. Check out the news release issued earlier this week by Pencil Foundation, who helped organize the partnership.


Monday Aug. 1  and Tuesday Aug. 2, Coach Angie Venable, volleyball coach at Head Middle Magnet School, held a volleyball skills camp for the fifth through eighth grade girls. Twenty-eight new, current and past HMMS students participated in the inaugural summer volleyball camp. Camp was open to young ladies of all skill levels from never having played to current players on middle school teams. Coach Venable’s instruction covered the fundamentals of passing, setting, serving and hitting, as well as fine tuning technique with the more advanced player. But the best part was, they had a blast!


LP PENCIL Box is officially back in business! The center reopened August 3. Teachers can shop twice each year, picking up educational and art supplies donated by area businesses, organizations and individuals. To schedule an appointment, visit www.pencilfd.org.


Caitlyn P., a rising senior at Hillwood, joined roughly 20 students from several district high schools in an internship that opened their eyes to the medical profession in a way they never imagined. The student worked alongside medical professionals, learned how to accurately record patient information and performed a number of other key clinic tasks. And while these experiences were great, it was the feeling of belonging to a team of people that were really making a difference.


Monday, July 18, Miguel Cooper, Spanish instructor at Nashville School of the Arts, helped kick off  the 2011 AVID Summer Institute in Chicago. Cooper was invited to serve as the inspiring and energetic keynote speaker for the week-long event. Along with hundreds of other educators, representatives from MNPS's 14 AVID sites applauded Miguel's pedagogical insights and his commitment to serving young people.



Students at Stratford STEM Magnet High School had some fun adding a few splashes of color to their high school walls this summer. A special thanks to local artist Nathan Brown who led the project and shared this great video.

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