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Thousands of students, teachers, principals, family members and community members will walk to school this Wednesday, Oct. 5, as part of the annual Walk to School Day. The event falls in the middle of Walk Nashville Week, a week designated by Mayor Dean to help get Nashvillians moving. Pictured below is the 2010 kick-off event held at Tulip Grove Elementary. This year's kick-off event will be held at DuPont Hadley Middle School. The walk begins at 8:15 a.m., with an assembly following at 9:25 a.m.

 Tulip Grove students hold the Walk to School Day banner.


Next week, schools throughout Metro, schools will help Jumpstart reading! Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will be among several guests reading to students.


Students in Metro High Schools' Academies of Nashville are lending their voices to a new outlet, an online blog. The students, from all 12 zoned high schools, are writing and posting blogs about their experiences in their Academy. Topics range from community service to preparedness, what they're learning to how they are "impacting" their communities. Check the blog out here.


Next Wednesday, Oct. 5, Maplewood High School students, staff and community members will have all day access to an EBUS, a mobile empowerment system. Check out the flyer below.

  Maplewood EBUS - an empowerment bus will visit Maplewood


Five MNPS educators were selected to attend the Sally Ride Science Academy this past summer! This group is now training others in the district. Check out the news release issued by the Academy:

The Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil announced that five educators from Nashville were selected to learn new, innovative strategies to raise students’ awareness of and interest in science and science careersSally Ride Science Academy - Five MNPS educators selected to attend.

Teachers from Metro Nashville Public Schools attending the Academy include:

  • Sarah Baker, Science Coordinator for MNPS

  • Theresa DuLaney, teacher at Bellevue Middle School

  • ReGina Etter, STEM Instructional Designer

  • Marti Moore, teacher at Ross Elementary School

  • Robby Yates, teacher at Lakeview Elementary School

The Academy is a partnership between Sally Ride Science, founded by the first American woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride, and ExxonMobil.  The program educates teachers and counselors about the importance of introducing young students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, showcases diverse role models in those careers, and provides pathways to incorporate STEM career awareness in the classroom. The Academy was held in San Diego.

Educators were selected by district administrators based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age, and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. The participants are among 275 educators from around the country attending additional Academy sessions this summer.

“I’m thrilled to announce the selection of these fine educators,” Ride said. “Research shows that introducing young students to the wide variety of science careers available, the many paths to becoming a scientist, and the vibrant women and men working in science today makes girls and boys more likely to stay interested in science and to consider a science career. By partnering with ExxonMobil, we’re equipping educators with the necessary tools to encourage students to pursue math and science in higher education and beyond.”

The Sally Ride Science Academy utilizes a train-the-trainer model that prepares Academy graduates to train other teachers in their district during the 2011-2012 school year.  Graduates and their trainees will receive sets of the Sally Ride Science Cool Career book series for use in their classrooms.  Since the inaugural Academy in 2009, the Academy has trained more than 395 educators in 41 districts spanning 14 states and the District of Columbia. Those educators have since returned to their districts and trained more than 2,700 additional educators using Academy materials.

“Programs like the Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil will help transform the perception of scientists and science-based careers and inspire young people to take up careers in these areas,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity, ExxonMobil. “It’s our responsibility to ensure that every child feels inspired and competent in these subject areas to face the challenges of the future.”

The Sally Ride Science Academy is part of ExxonMobil’s investment in math and science education in the United States. The company supports numerous other initiatives that encourage students to take an active interest in careers in the math and science fields; support the professional development of highly qualified teachers and promote involvement of women and minorities students.



Croft students perform during Harvest Day at the Nashville Zoo

For the 8th year in a row, Croft Middle School students performed at the annual HARVEST DAYS at the Nashville ZOO. Despite the dreary weather, the students put on the best performances for the visitors. Students performed excerpts and songs from Clara Barton, Tea Party Girls, Sojourner Truth, Rebel Yell Boy, Fredrick Douglas, a Union and Confederate soldiers on the way to Bull Run,19th Amendment speakers, the Croft Sisters and many more. It was a great experience for the students to have this opportunity as well as a treat for the Zoo visitors!


Congratulations to Amy Leslie of McMurray Middle and Tripp Nicholson of Hillwood High for being named this year's Junior Achievement Teachers of the Year! The full release is below:

Two MNPS teachers honored by Junior Achievement 

Two Metro Nashville Public School educators have been named Teachers of the Year by Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit that provides volunteer-led, classroom-based learning programs to students in Kindergarten through high school.

Amy Leslie of McMurray Middle School and Trip Nicholson of Hillwood High School have been named the middle school and high school teachers of the year. Both received recognition at their schools recently for their support of JA during the 2010-2011 school year.

“Amy and Trip were selected for their length of service to JA, the number of students impacted through the JA program, and their overall commitment to the organization’s mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy,” said JA Director of Programs Andy Schenck.

Junior Achievement teachers like Leslie and Nicholson host volunteers in their classrooms who deliver JA’s age-appropriate curriculum on financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. These lessons enhance those that teachers are already using in the classroom and connect textbook concepts to real-world applications.

Teachers interested in hosting JA volunteers and curriculum in their classrooms can visit www.janash.com or call 615-627-1195 for more information.

 JA Teacher of Year - Amy Leslie     JA Teacher of Year - Tripp Nicholson


J.E. Moss students are about to feel some hi-tech support! TTL, Inc., an engineering firm
based out of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has adopted J.E. Moss Elementary school as a PENCIL
Partner. The firm is initiating an Accelerated Reader Program – Soaring Toward
Amazing Reading Success (S.T.A.R.S.) at the elementary school. The firm has also
provided $3,000 to purchase prizes for students that earn points through reading.

TTL’s Accelerated Readers Program was initiated to increase literacy and encourage the
reading skills of at risk elementary school students.

JE Moss TTL Partnership


LP Pencil Box

Here's a great way for you to make a difference through the LP Pencil Box this week.

Bring your school supply donations to the Nashville Predators pre-season game against the Carolina Hurricanes. There will be areas set up inside of Bridgestone Arena to collect your donations for the Pencil Box.

The LP Pencil Box is a free school supply store that provides learning materials for students in Metro Schools. Teachers are allowed to "shop" at the Pencil Box one a semester. More more information on the LP Pencil Box is available on the Pencil Foundation website.


  1. Cómo motivar a su hijo a ser exitoso
    26 de septiembre - Cane Ridge High School
    29 de septiembre - Glencliff High School
    6:00 P.M.

    ¿Quiere motivar a sus hijos a sacar altas calificaciones pero no sabe cómo? ¿Quiere usted mejorar su relación con sus adolescentes? ¡Venga a aprender sobre la autoestima y cómo motivar a los jóvenes a ser exitosos! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

  2. Cómo comunicarse con la escuela de su hijo
    3 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
    6 de octubre - Glencliff High School
    6:00 P.M.

    ¿La maestra de su hijo ha pedido una reunión con usted y no sabe qué hacer? ¿Tiene su hijo problemas en la escuela y no sabe con quién hablar? ¡Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL.. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

  3. Prevención de drogas y pandillas (“gangas”)
    10 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
    13 de octubre - Glencliff High School
    6:00 P.M. 

    ¿Discute regularmente con su adolescente? ¿Quiere prevenir que su hijo recurra a las drogas o las pandillas/gangas? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

  4. Derechos y responsabilidades de los padres en las escuelas
    24 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
    27 de octubre - Glencliff High School
    6:00 P.M.
    Glencliff High School, 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville

    ¿Quiere saber sobre sus derechos como padre de familia en las escuelas? ¿Ha escuchado sobre nuevas escuelas en su barrio y quiere saber más detalles ? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.

  5. Preparación para la universidad /Ayuda financiera
    31 de octubre - Cane Ridge High School
    3 de noviembre - Glencliff High School
    6:00 P.M.
    Glencliff High School, 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville

    ¿Quiere que su hijo vaya a la universidad? ¿Quiere aprender sobre la ayuda financiera para la universidad aun para estudiantes indocumentados? Venga e infórmese con nosotros! Todos los padres latinos que tienen hijos en la escuela media/secundaria y la preparatoria (middle /high school) son bienvenidos a este taller en ESPAÑOL. Habrá cuidado de niños mayores de 3 años, refrigerios y una rifa.


  1. Encouraging your Child For Success
    September 26 - Cane Ridge High School
    September 29 - Glencliff High School
    Time: 6:00 P.M.

    Do you want to motivate your children to get good grades but don’t know how? Do you want to improve your relationship with your teens? Come and learn about self-esteem and how to motivate your teens to be successful! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

  2. Communicating with your Child´s School
    October 3 - Cane Ridge High School
    October 6 - Glencliff High School
    Time: 6:00 P.M.

    Did your child’s teacher request a parent-teacher conference and you don’t know what to do? Is your child having problems at school and you’re not sure whom to speak with? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

  3. Drug and Gang Involvement Prevention
    October 10 - Cane Ridge High School
    October 13 - Glencliff High School
    Time: 6:00 P.M.

    Do you argue with your teen a lot? Do you want to prevent your teen from getting involved in drugs and gangs? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

  4. Parental Rights and Responsibilities at School
    October 24 - Cane Ridge High School
    October 27 - Glencliff High School
    Time: 6:00 P.M.

    Do you want to learn about your rights as a MNPS parent? Have you heard about new charter schools opening in your neighborhood and want to learn more? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.

  5. College Preparation/Financial Aid
    October 31 - Cane Ridge High School
    November 3 - Glencliff High School
    Time: 6:00 P.M.

    Do you want your child to go to college? Do you want to learn about financial aid for college, for documented & undocumented students? Come and learn with us! All Latino parents with children in middle and high school are welcome to this workshop in Spanish. Childcare for children 3 years old and up will be offered, as well as refreshments and a raffle.


Join your neighbors in the Antioch and Cane Ridge clusters for a discussion on school improvement and community involvement. All from these two clusters are invited to the Dream Centers of Tennessee (located in Hickory Hollow Mall) for town hall meeting about aligning resources and people for the betterment of our schools and community.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Dream Centers of Tennessee
5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway
Inside the mall, on the 2nd level
(above Electronics Express)


Carrella T., a Lifeskills student  at Glencliff High School, was recently named a senior representative for this year’s Homecoming Court. Carrella was nominated by the Best Buddies club and further supported by her peer tutors which propelled her past three rounds of elimination voting. Congratulations, Carrella!

Carrella T. Glencliff Homecoming


Recently, 39 Hillsboro Developing Community Leaders students participated in Belmont University’s 10th Annual Humanities Symposium featuring Dr. Maya Angelou. Centered on the theme “Liberating Voices,” the 2011 Humanities Symposium began Sept. 14 and paralleled the 2011-12 University theme of “Belmont Questions: Wealth and Poverty.” Other featured speakers included Tennessee State University English professor and Women’s Studies Program coordinator Dr. Rebecca Dixon, poet and essayist Nancy Mairs, University of Texas Languages and Linguistics Chair Dr. Kirsten Nigro and Rafia Zakaria, the first Pakistani American woman to serve as a director for Amnesty International USA.


If you're not hard at work with Hands on Nashville Day, take the kids down to the Parthenon for Celebrity Storytelling!

Each Saturday morning a different local celeb will read a 20 minute story of Greek Mythology at the feet of the golden statue of Athena in the main room of the Parthenon. Following the reading, a Parthenon intern will offer an activity to enhance the reading, as recommended by the National Reading Panel.

Here's the best part: It's 100% free and families who attend can stay and enjoy the Parthenon afterward!

This week's celebs are Woody & Jim from 107.5 The River. Upcoming stars include news anchor Demetria Kalodimos, the Nashville Symphony's Giancarlo Guerrero and country singer Ketch Secor.

The program will continue every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. from now until November 12. Full details in the flier below.


John F. Kennedy Middle School will be hosting the annual Tennessee Association of Middle Schools annual conference on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Kennedy is located at 2087 Hobson Pike in Antioch.
TAMS is an educational service organization. Part of that service is to provide regional or "drive-in" conferences during the school year for middle level educatiors. These conferences promote trend, concepts, and methods that deal with pre-adolescents through the exchange of ideas, materials, and expertise.
For registration information contact:
Kenya Teague 501-7900 ext. 1111
The cost of registraion is as follows:
TAMS Membership (new or renewal)    $20.00 per person
TAMS Member conference registration  $10.00 per person
Non- member conference registration    $25.00 per person


Glendale Spanish Immersion will host it's annual "Grandparent Tea"  on Sept. 23. Grandparents will come from all over the United States to share this day.  Grandparents will have tea, punch, and tea sandwiches on the front lawn while the children perform. The grandparents will visit the classrooms and receive small gifts from their grandchild as a memory of the day. Many grandparents will have a chance to donate money for library books and other materials for the school.


meigs 11Wow, talk about a big response - Hands on Nashville Day has set a new record with more tha 1,600 people already signed up to help beautify Metro Schools!

The 20th annual Hands on Nashville Day is this Saturday, September 24, at 54 different schools. Volunteers will plant, paint, repair, rake, dig, and mulch until the schools look brand new inside and out. All of this volunteer labor is estimated to make a $145,000 economic impact.

To make it all happen, the Department of Maintenance and Operations has prepared:


  • 1,400 gallons of paint

  • 1,700 paint brushes

  • 504 rolls of tape

  • 380 plastic drop cloths

  • 400 roller covers and roller frames

  • 440-4 ft wood paint handles

  • 432-5 gallon buckets

  • 884-1 gallon pails

  • 8 bush / limb cutters

  • 450 yards of mulch

  • 65 wheelbarrows

  • 100 rakes

  • 80 shovels

  • 35 hedge trimmers

It's not too late to sign up, either. Head over to the Hands on Nashville website to register and get ready to work on Saturday!

Volunteers will be rewarded with the CMT One Country Celebration at 3rd & Lindsley at noon. There's really no reason to not sign up!



Conexión AméricasSlaps on the back and hearty handshakes are due to three Metro high school students who won the "Young Latino Essay Contest" from Conexión Américas!

  • Monserrat Lagunes, Hunters Lane High School

  • Dayana García, McGavock High School

  • Karen Ramírez, McGavock High School
These three students wrote essays on "My Hispanic Roots, My American Dream" that will soon be featured on the Conexión Américas website. They accepted their awards at the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Friday, September 16.

Also recognized at the Celebration was Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, who was given an Orgullo Hispano Award (Hispanic Pride Award) for unsung heros. Dr. Register was honored as an "Amigo We Love" for "his steadfast leadership on behalf of immigrant children and his vital role in protecting the right to public education of every child in our community during recent state legislative session." Dr. Register is just the second non-Latino to win this award.

Congratulations to all honored and thank you Conexión Américas for recognizing them!


We want to show off our Academies of Nashville and are throwing open the doors of Cane Ridge High School for an open house this Friday! Come see first hand how the Academies work and what students are learning inside.

The open house is from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23. Full details in the flier below.

More open house announcements from other high schools are coming soon!


Don't miss a single classroom grade! GradeSpeed (aka Parent Connection) keeps you informed of what your child does in school, from attendance to assignments to individual grades.

If you're unfamiliar with GradeSpeed, the good folks at the Community Career Center are holding a special class to help parents sign up, sign in, and keep track of their children's progress.

Class will be held on Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m., at Glencliff High School. More details in the flier below.


NFL Grassroots ProgramWe're deep into the football season, and several Metro schools will enjoy it even more thanks to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of field and stadium improvements. The money comes from the people who know fields and stadiums best - the Tennessee Titans and the National Football League. 

Some $200,000 were spent on upgrading the bleachers, fences, scoreboards, goal posts and more at Bailey, Neely's Bend, Joelton and Apollo Middle Schools. Cane Ridge High School received enough money for new sod on the field and new lighting.

The money is part of a grant from the NGL Grassroots Program, which brings together the league's Youth Football Fund with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. More information is available on the Youth Football Fund website.


Lady Liberty at Jones Paideia - the Nashville performer greeted students

Liberty Learning Foundation kicked off its “Super Citizen” tour at Jones Paideia Elementary earlier this week. During the visit, the foundation donated teaching tools and taught students about the nation’s history with an in-school performance. Closing the show, Lady Liberty gave a special performance about the life of the Statue of Liberty. 


Students at Caldwell Enhanced Option Elementary are feeling the love of the community! The school is working to enhance its community garden thanks to a grant received from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture last year. Now, they students are also getting access to free swim lessons, courtesy of Vanderbilt. The students will be provided free transportation to and from the weekend swim classes. The hope is this will help prevent youth drownings in the Nashville area.


Music Makes UsMusic permeates Nashville at all levels, and soon it will permeate Nashville public education at all levels, too.

From the stage at the Ryman Auditorium, Mayor Karl Dean, Director of Schools Jesse Register and many community and business leaders in Nashville announced 'Music Makes Us,' a new approach to music education that will reach students in all grades.

Young students will be exposed to all kinds of music from an early age, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, world music. Middle and high school students will be able to take courses in songwriting, DJ & remixing, hip-hop performance and more.

Numerous studies show that music education can boost student performance in many academic areas, as well as increasing motivation for classroom performance and attendance. It encourages students to form close peer groups and foster close adult relationships with teachers. The city will conduct its own study to see the effectiveness of Music Makes Us once its in place.

This program is the product of years of work by a number of partners, including Mayor Dean, Metro Schools, the Music City Music Council and the Nashville Public Education Foundation. Support will continue to come from all sides, including financial support from Nashville's business and musical communities.

There is so much more to share about this project. Check out the page we've created for Music Makes Us to learn all about it.


Overton Music Makes a Difference Grant - the check presentation at Sept. 10 concert

Overton High School was the recipient of the first Nashville Singers Music Makes a Difference music education grant. The school was presented a $500 check at the Nashville Singers concert held Sept. 10.

Nashville Singers is a non-profit performing arts organization supporting music education in schools and the community. The chorus offers several programs, including free singing lessons, music education grants, middle and high school master classes, and college scholarships for students pursuing a music education degree.


The 2012-13 Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship application window is now open for Metro students! To be eligible, students must:

  • Demonstrate financial need

  • Graduate from a high school in one of 39 middle TN counties

  • Must be a current HS senior, or college freshman, sophomore or junior

  • Pursue a business degree at any 4 year, not-for-profit university in the U.S.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2011. Click here for more.


The journalism and broadcast students enrolled in Hillwood High School’s Academy of Art, Design, and Communications recently attended a two-day training session at NECAT Studios. These students went through a rigorous training session to become studio certified. This certification allows them to use the studio and produce their own television shows. On the second day of training the students produced a music video for a local Nashville band, Max and the Wild Things.

But that’s just the beginning of the exciting projects coming out of The Academies at Hillwood.

Next Tuesday, HCA will be hosting its community awareness day, and Hillwood is one of the sites selected for that day. Approximately 40 – 50 HCA employees will spend the day with Hillwood’s Academy of Health Science students and work on projects around the school. They will build a green house out of 2,200 plastic soda bottles in the school courtyard, clean and renovate the outdoor classroom, and several other projects.


Students at Hillsboro HIgh School are getting a first-hand experience of the Chinese language and culture. While only a handful of lucky students were selected to visit the country this past summer, dozens are now getting the same lessons through the school's new Confucius Classroom. Taught by a teacher recruited from China, the students are learning basic language pronunciations and beginning to learn about the Chinese culture. The Confucius Classroom is a partner of the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis.


Adam Taylor, a science teacher at Overton High, has been awarded a $2000 grant from ING's Unsung Heroes Award Program. The program awards teachers for innovation and creativity, both of which Taylor has shown time and time again.

During the 2010-11 school year, when snow kept students and teacher out of the classroom, Taylor flew onto radars district-wide by offering numerous online opportunities for his fellow teachers to grow. He also hosted classes for his students online. He regularly uses social media as an instructional tool to engage students and is always looking for new tools to keep his classroom active and engaged.

Congratulations, Mr. Taylor!


Bailey STEM Magnet Middle, West End IB World School, and Whites Creek High School will be vying for the title of Music City's "BEST" this weekend. The schools have teams selected to participate in an annual robotics competition that kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 17, at David Lipscomb University.

The six-week competition is designed to encourage students to think about careers in science, technology and engineering. Teams will spend the next month and half working on their robots. They will reconvene later this fall for a final showdown. The program is sponsored by the local non-profit BEST and David Lipscomb University. Good luck!


Brian McLaughlin-Williams, a Student Ambassador for Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s Academy of Entertainment Communication, has earned a spot in the Guitar Center’s 2011 Drum-Off. This exciting event will take place in 100 Oaks Mall, Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The winner of the Drum-Off will travel to California to compete in the finals. That winner will receive a $40,000 Grand Prize and sponsorship in drum magazines.  Good luck, Brian!


The Cambridge University American Studio Tour (CAST) is preparing to make its third visit to Nashville School of the Arts. The troupe will visit Friday, Sept. 23, with a special performance that evening at 7:30 p.m. While visiting, CAST will conduct workshops for students in Acting and Advanced Acting classes.

CAST’s version of the bard's tragedy about the Scottish king is inspired by modern dystopian fiction and is set in a barren futuristic landscape, complete with broken dreams and bloody ambitions.  

Tickets for the evening performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students.


MES College Night - McGavock Elementary students and their parents learn about collegeMcGavock Elementary School students and parents were invited to spend an evening at Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) on Monday, September 12, 2011. The visit included complimentary transportation by Gaylord Entertainment on a Gaylord Coach Bus, dinner at the TNU Campus, free backpacks for all students, and free books and prizes for all participants.

McGavock Elementary School formed a partnership with Trevecca Nazarene University and the College of Education to make this event possible. McGavock Elementary felt that the experience of visiting a college campus and informing parents about how to begin to prepare for their child’s college education was a vital role in student goal setting and their ability to achieve future goals.

Trevecca Nazarene University hosted the event that involved more than eighty guests. The TNU Faculty and Staff presented MES College Night 2 - students and parents listening to advisorinformation to the parents about financial aid, college admission procedures, and adult degree programs. While parents were receiving this information, students were lead by TNU undergraduates and the TNU Mascot, Troy Trevecca, on a Campus Tour. Students were able to see a college dorm, recreational facilities, classrooms, cafeteria, and the campus library.

McGavock Elementary School families and faculty enjoyed the time for fellowship, the valuable information, and the TNU hospitality. Future College Nights at TNU are planned for the spring semester.


Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School has been named a 2011 Blue Ribbon School. The school currently ranks among Tennessee’s Top 10% in academic achievement and was awarded in the category of High Performing School.

In a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Education, Secretary Arne Duncan says, “America's long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow."

The release also states that a total of 305 schools across the U.S. were named 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Schools can be awarded for academic excellence or for success in closing the achievement gap. All schools, 256 public and 49 private, will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C.


Music Makes Us

Join us on Friday, September 16, as we make a big announcement. We'll introduce you to Music Makes Us, a new collaborative effort from Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Schools, the Music City Music Council and the Nashville Public Education Foundation. Music Makes Us is an innovative approach to music education developed over the last two years.

We'll be joined by a special guest for the announcement at 9:00 a.m.
You can follow along on the live-blog starting at 8:45 a.m. and get all of the details on this exciting new project.


LP Pencil Box

There are two ways for you to make a difference through the LP Pencil Box this week:

  1. Shop at Whole Foods Market in Green Hills on Thursday, September 15

    • A portion of all sales will do to the LP Pencil Box

  2. Bring a bag of school supplies the Titans game at LP Field on Sunday, September 18

    • This effort brings in more school supplies every year than any other donation event

In case you've forgotten, the LP Pencil Box is a free school supply store that provides learning materials for students in Metro Schools. Teachers are allowed to "shop" at the Pencil Box one a semester. More more information on the LP Pencil Box is available on the Pencil Foundation website.




The Davidson County Clerk's Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, will be celebrating "Passport Day in the USA", this Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the County Clerk's Main Office, 700 Second Avenue South in the Howard Office Building. The office will be open to issue passports and answer any questions that residents may have (regardless of what state they live in). Most U.S. Passports are processed as routine for $143.00, but may be more or less depending on age and turnaround time.

The office will also be renewing Tennessee Driver Licenses for class D and M, name changes for first marriages, and address changes.


Officially Grandparents’ Day was Sunday, Sept.11; however, Rosebank Elementary students and staff celebrated early with a special luncheon Friday, Sept. 9. More than 100 Rosebank grandparents accepted the invitations and ate lunch with their grandchildren. Grandparents were also presented with special badges welcoming them to Rosebank, place mats made by the students in art class, and bookmarks that read, "Grandparents:  A Love That Lasts A Lifetime."


Friday, Sept. 9, Head Middle Magnet School held its second annual Science Carnival for the students. The Science Carnival was sponsored by Vanderbilt Students Who Volunteer for Science (VSVS). There were 11 science stations that housed different experiments for students to see. For instance:

  • students learned the Science behind making Dippin Dots and sampled the Dippin Dots they made;

  • they learned about blood types and what blood can or cannot be accepted by a person due to their blood type; and

  • they learned the difference between acids and bases and the chemical reactions that can take place with both.

The Science Carnival served as a remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy.


As part of a class project, the students in the Academy of Global Communications at Hillsboro High School are releasing their first office news release. Check out their work:

Hillsboro hosts Community Health Fair

Join us on September 10, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for the 1st Annual “Health Fair”, located at Hillsboro High School. This event is FREE! There will be many informative booths, such as: Red Cross, Walgreens, who will be offering Flu-Shots, Whole Foods and healthy eating, water-quality testing, smoking cessation, height, weight, body mass index,  and a First-Aid Kit table. There will also be a bake sale with lots of goodies to eat.

So, join us for a fun filled healthy event that can make a healthier you! This event is sponsored by The Academy of Global Health at Hillsboro High School.


The Hillwood HOSA Club and Band had the opportunity to participate in HCA’s Annual Agency Fair at Centennial Park on September 1, 2011. This event gives agencies the opportunity to meet the HCA employees and share their mission. This was a great opportunity for the Hillwood HOSA club to share their mission and become aware of agencies in their community. The Hillwood Band entertained the HCA employees as they visited the numerous booths.

Hillwood Community Day Students - HOSA students


Students and staff at H.G. Hill Middle are learning through exploration this school year. Every Wednesday, for one hour, students get to choose from a variety of unique classes taught by their own teachers. Some classes practice chess strategies, others focus on career exploration, and one classroom recently learned how to drum beats on overturned trash cans. The time is also used for intramural sports, which encompass the entire grade level.

While these are not your typical classes, the benefits are immeasurable. Students get to dive into exploration mode and discover new interests while their teachers have the opportunity to share their own passions and talents with their students.

According to Principal Connie Guinn the biggest benefit is building relationships with their teachers.
Guinn says, “The students get to spend time with their teachers in a completely different setting and learning to do things that are not academic but have an impact on making them good citizens. Our teachers love getting to share their talents with the students. It really just gives such a different feel to the classroom for that one hour.”


Friday, September 2, 2011, more than 400 students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School were treated to a pre-Labor Day concert by Oyama & Nitta. Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta are Japanese shamisen players who were in Nashville as one of the featured acts for the National Folk Festival. The students enjoyed this musical performance comprised of numbers which showcased the versatility of the musicians in playing classical and original scores that showcased syncopated and poly rhythms. From native folk songs to melodies that were familiar to some, all were entertained, awed, and delighted with the performance. Oyama & Nitta have performed throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States, sharing their talent with not only the music world, but with schools and community music programs.

But this was more than just a fun event. It was a learning opportunity for students in the Academy of Entertainment Communication as they worked with their teachers and other professionals in setting up the sound, technology, and video for the performance.  Students in the audio-engineering classes assisted in preparing the auditorium for optimal sound. The TV Broadcasting students video-taped the performance and interviewed Oyama & Nitta. 


Inglewood Elementary school received a grant from INA (Inglewood Neighborhood Association) to offer afterschool piano lessons for our students. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the school will now be able to purchase 10 keyboards, headphones, music manuals, and cover the cost for the instructor. Thank you, INA!


Simon Youth Foundation, an organization instrumental in the establishment of The Academy at Opry Mills in 2009, has been named the newest beneficiary of Coca-Cola Company's My Coke Rewards program. Check out the news release below: 

The Coca-Cola Company has named Simon Youth Foundation, or SYF, one of the featured charities at its My Coke Rewards program website from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011. 

SYF is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) sponsor of 23 alternative high schools in 13 states called Simon Youth Academies that are primarily located in Simon Malls® and operated in partnership with local public school districts and corporate collaborators, like Simon Property Group. SYF also maintains a robust Simon Youth Scholarships program that most recently paid out $1.15 million in 2011 collegiate scholarships. 

“Coca-cola is a household name, and we are hopeful that Simon Youth Foundation’s collaboration with Coke products will help us ramp up national awareness of our programs that keep at-risk students, who may be homeless, severely ill, or forced to work full time to support an impoverished family, from dropping out of high school,” says Simon Youth Foundation President and CEO J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D. 

Under the partnership, customers can redeem the points under their Coke-product bottle caps and donate the equivalent monetary value to SYF. A 50 cent donation will be made to SYF for every 35 My Coke Rewards points redeemed on the Foundation’s behalf. 

“SYF is a national leader in alternative education programming, and recognition from a leading global brand like Coca-Cola is evidence of the impact our programs are having in school districts throughout the country,” says SYF Board of Directors Chairperson Deborah J. Simon. 

Those interested in supporting SYF through My Coke Rewards should visit http://www.mycokerewards.com and use the keyword SYF2011. 

About SYF 

Simon Youth Foundation, established in 1998, supports 23 academies in 13 U.S. states that give at-risk students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom while offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require. Recipient of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention from the National Dropout Prevention Center, the foundation has helped more than 8,000 students earn their high school diploma and provided more than $9.7 million in college scholarships to 3,200 students in 42 states. The Education Commission of the United States has recognized the foundation with its Corporate Award for sustained and substantial investment in improving public education.



Thursday, Sept. 15, Whole Foods Market in Green Hills will dedicate 5% of its revenue to PENCIL Foundation, a key support organization of MNPS. Learn more below.


Impact NashvilleTo honor and remember 9/11, Mayor Karl Dean's Impact Nashville is organizing volunteer projects and special events for Nashville's Fire Fighters Appreciation Day, celebrated on Saturday, September 10.

One of these is the "Cards of Bravery" project, which encourages youth to write cards for police officers and fire fighters in Nashville. In these cards, young people can outline what bravery means to them and thank the brave men and women who serve our community.

Teachers & Parents: We ask you to encourage your children and your students to write their own "Cards of Bravery." This is a terrific opportunity for them to be involved in the Nashville's and the nation's efforts to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Our police officers and fire fighters will surely appreciate their kind words and support.

If you would like to participate, please bring your "Cards of Bravery" to any of the following locations by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9.

Mayor's Office
100 Metro Courthouse, 37201

Parks Department
511 Oman Street, 37203

Metro Schools Central Office
2601 Bransford Avenue, 37204

For more information on how you can be involved in Firefighters Appreciation Day and the 9/11 National Day of Service, click the links below.

Firefighters Appreciation Day

9/11 National Day of Service

Impact Nashville


It's here again - find the right college fit at College Night 2011!

With more than 100 colleges and universities represented, there's sure to be a school for everyone. Students and parents can learn about college life, academic choices, scholarships, admissions and so much more.

Big thanks are due to LP Field for hosting the event, along with all of the schools taking part. As always this event is 100% free of charge.

Parking will be available for free  at LP Field in lot S and portions of lots H, M, & G.

College Night 2011
Tuesday, September 27
 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
LP Field

Full details:


You joined him in walking 100 miles over the spring and summer. Now Mayor Karl Dean has a new Challenge for Nashvillians: join him in running or walking a 5K in November!

And because every distance run requires training, the Challenge will host a nine-week series of training sessions at Metro parks all over town - starting this Saturday (September 10) at McCabe Park Commnity Center.

Full details on the Challenge are in the flier and links below.


Mayor Karl Dean is encouraging all Metro employees to go out and volunteer in Metro Schools, even giving them paid time off work to go do it!

In a recent letter to Metro employees, the Mayor urged everyone to take time for volunteering in schools, particularly as tutors and mentors.

Read the full text of his letter:

To: All Metro Employees:

As we begin the new school year and are on the cusp of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, I encourage you to give your time and passion to our young people by volunteering in our public schools.

Last year, I signed an Executive Order allowing Metro employees to volunteer in Metro Nashville Public Schools once a week during the school year. The Executive Order specifies that Metro employees can receive up to 2 hours of paid administrative leave every week for their participation in this program. (1 hour to volunteer and additional time up to 1 hour for travel to and from the school).

Research has shown consistently that when students are paired up with volunteer tutors or mentors, they are more likely to improve their grades, be more engaged in school, and most importantly to graduate on time from high school.

This year, I am pleased to share that all Metro Schools are available as volunteer sites. I encourage you to strongly consider volunteering in our schools. Your presence will truly make a difference in the lives of our children. More information can be found at http://www.nashville.gov/mayor/volunteer/publicschools.asp

In addition to tutoring, there are several other opportunities to get involved in our Metro Schools, such as the Impact Nashville literacy initiative and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Know that your hands-on involvement will make a difference in the lives of our young people.


Karl F. Dean


A Glencliff High School student recently helped save a neighbor's life thanks to the CPR training she received in the school's Health Science Academy. See her story here.


Cameron Middle School will host two English courses for adults this fall. One course is for basic learners, another for intermediate.

Seating is limited and priority will be given to Cameron families. Full information is available in the fliers below. Register today!



Parents, don't forget all Metro Schools and offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Classes will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6. Have a great, and safe, holiday weekend!


Students at Glencliff, Hillsboro and Stratford are learning the ins and outs of geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial technologies in their math and science courses. The students, and their teachers, are learning alongside Janey Camp, research assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University. To read more about the pilot project, check out Vanderbilt School of Engineering's news page .


Three McGavock students recently spent a week in Washington D.C., at the Constitutional Academy. During their trip, the students viewed the original Constitution and visited a number of national landmarks. Even more exciting, the students also earned three college credits from Ashland University.


MNPS Middle College High School and Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School have been named the 2nd and 3rd place winners (respectively) in the Best School category of the 2011 Toast of Music City . Congratulations!

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