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Last year we spent $674 million educating more than 79,000 students. Every year that number goes up – and not necessarily because we want it to. Inflation hits individuals and organizations alike. We have to pay more for many of the same services we receive year to year.

For 2012-13, the Board of Education has approved a budget increase of more than $48 million over the 2011-12 budget. But you may be surprised to learn a huge majority of that increase comes from unavoidable increases. The rest would be dedicated to programs aimed at increasing achievement, bettering our schools, and graduating more students.

So where would it all go? Let’s take a look.


The most expensive part of almost any organization is people. A school district is no exception. Some 80% of our budget goes to people – salaries, insurance, and pensions. Every year the amount of money required to keep those people goes up just a little bit. Insurance costs rise and many employees are eligible for “step” salary increases.

SEE the approved budget proposal in its entirety.

On top of that, the State of Tennessee has passed a 2.5% raise for teachers, and the district pays most of that. This year, we’re also proposing a 2% raise for support employees. These are the bus drivers, school secretaries, cafeteria staff, and many more who have not had a raise since 2008. They deserve one.

This year we’re also opening a new elementary school in Cane Ridge, because of big growth in that area. That requires hiring 13 new employees and boosting maintenance and custodial budgets. Across the district, we expect about 1,700 new students next year, meaning we have to hire new teachers to keep up our teacher-to-student ratios within state law. That’s 100 new teachers. Add to that three more school days next year (which are also more paid days for support staff) and two new charter schools opening. They’re all necessary additions and they all cost money.

So when you add all of that together, where do we stand? Just these needed – and in some cases unavoidable – costs come to an additional $39.4 million for 2012-13. That’s more than 80% of our requested budget increase.


Tomorrow and Wednesday we’ll talk about some of the specific proposals to make our schools even better, including how to turn Nashville into a destination for the very best new teachers in the country.


Congratulations to students at McGavock High School, Nashville School of the Arts and Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School for winning four Student Emmys! The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), best known for the internationally recognized Emmy Award, held the 10th Annual Mid-south Student Television Award for Excellence student competition on Friday, April 20.

McGavock Academies was the winning clip in the area of Long Form - Non-Fiction for outstanding achievement in a long-form treatment of a single subject. Concept, content and execution were important elements in judging the entries. Judges also looked for well-organized material, clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

McGavock Student Winners:

  • Gara Gaines

  • Heather Satterfield

  • Barrett Depies

  • Courtney Dwyer

  • Kathy Taylor

Teacher & Advisor:

  • Barclay Randall

Cooking with Pauletta was the winning script in the area of Writing for outstanding achievement in writing in all forms, including both fiction and non-fiction. This award is designed to encourage clarity of thought as well as creativity. Style and substance both counted heavily in determining the winner. Scripts must be fair and accurate and must demonstrate logical organization of editorial content so that a viewer will easily understand the story that is being told.

McGavock Student Winners:

  • Gregory

  • Britanny Piercey

  • Ryan Alexander

Teachers & Advisors:

  • Barclay Randall

  • Rick Foster

Mayflower was the winning clip in the area of Long Form - Fiction for outstanding achievement in a long-form treatment of a single subject. Concept, content and execution were important elements in judging the entries. Judges also looked for well-organized material, clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

Nashville School of the Arts Student Winners:

  • Keaton Landis

  • Wil Stiller

Teacher & Advisor:

  • John Newsom

Pearl-Cohn Football Pre-Show and Basketball was the winning clip in the area of Sports (Broadcasting) for outstanding achievement in a regularly scheduled or special presentation of sports events, sports news or information. Judges particularly looked for well-organized material while paying close attention to clearly written narration and appropriate sound bites.

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High Student Winners:

  • Gerald Harris

  • Jay Smith

  • Jeremy Ward

  • Lamonteze Pannell

  • LaQuntay Reid

  • Deonte J.

Teacher & Advisor:

  • Todd Young

Founded in 1957, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), best known for the internationally recognized Emmy Award, is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of television at all levels. NATAS strives to raise industry standards, encourages those new to the profession, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on industry problems and concerns.


A school of fish swam its way into Mt. View Elementary’ s cafeteria! The school is using Pepperidge Farms fish bread to promote healthy choices and eating at school during TCAP testing. Check out the pictures of the healthy lunches MNPS students are enjoying.

Mt View Fish Lunches

Mt View Fish Lunches

Mt View Fish Lunches

Mt View Fish Lunches


Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North

Tee Time in Elementary School –K through Fore

The North Sports Report peeked in on the PE class at Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center last week to witness the First Tee golf curriculum in action. MNPS youngsters are starting early and receiving lessons in a sport to enjoy for a lifetime. For interscholastic high school golf … I saw the future, and it looked a lot like total golf world domination for MNPS! Easy as 1…2…3…Fore!

Moss-Oliver Award

Hume Fogg hoops star Sam Smith took home the coveted Moss-Oliver Award for excellence on and off the court. Other MNPS finalists included Nick Drake from East Literature and Kovona Harris from Hunters Lane.

Sam will be taking his talents to the blustery shores of Lake Michigan in the fall to attend Northwestern University. According to Principal Dr. Paul Fleming, Sam is the first Hume Fogg student to receive the Moss Oliver Award since before the turn of the century.

Congratulations to all MNPS student-athletes who excel in the classroom!

Soccer Superstar

Did you catch the article in Wednesday’s Tennessean about Overton Bobcat soccer sensation Shpend Rexpehi? His all-around game has earned the respect of coaches around Middle Tennessee and the attention of sports writer Chip Cirillo. Shpend’s quiet leadership skills motivate the Bobcats toward another trip to the state tournament.

In one week, the pressure packed soccer district tournaments begin. They’ll be kickin’ it!

Senior Nights – Spring Season

Senior Nights have an extra sense of finality in Spring. It’s not just the end of a sport season and high school career…it’s THE end. The North Sports Report attended a Senior Night this week, and came away with an even deeper appreciation for the camaraderie that develops among the parents through a season. I’ll stop there … the North Sports Report refuses to get teary-eyed before graduation.

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for Excellence On and Off the Court


Grecia EsparzaAcademy at Hickory Hollow student Grecia Esparza knows her languages! She won two national awards by taking two very difficult foreign language exams.

Grecia won first prize in the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese level 5 bilingual exam and 3rd place in the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese level 4 bilingual exam contest. She even earned a bit of prize money for the 1st place honors.

Grecia entered the exam at her previous school (Hume-Fogg Magnet High School), but is current a student at the Academy. The exams are a national competition assessing knowledge of vocabulary & grammar.

Way to go, Grecia!


Thirty - four Metro School students will be participating in the 2012 Governor’s School. The State of Tennessee provides twelve summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. These programs provide challenging and intensive learning experiences in these disciplines: Arts, Humanities, International Studies, Engineering, Science, Prospective Teachers, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Information Technology Leadership and Agricultural Science. Governor School is held at universities across Tennessee.

Schools with students attending Governor's School include:

  • Hillwood (1 student attending)

  • Hume-Fogg (17)

  • Overton (3)

  • MLK (6)

  • McGavock (1)

  • Nashville School of the Arts (5)

  • Stratford (1)

Congratulations to all the students!


Cole Elementary School fourth grade debate team will participate in a debate on Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m. in Vanderbilt University’s Calhoun Building. Cole’s debate team has had a successful year, competing in various debates with Kirkpatrick Elementary School. Cole's three teams will debate against three teams from Kirkpatrick Elementary School. The top three teams will go on to compete in the finals on Thursday, May 10. The topic of the debate will be “Parents should not be held legally responsible for their children’s poor choices.”

Good luck to all teams from both schools!


Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients

The Kiwanis Club of Madison awarded 15 scholarships to area high schoolers, including six from MNPS. The organization awarded the scholarships during its awards luncheon last Wednesday, April 11.

“There are a lot of things I do as a member of the school board,” said School Board member Mark North, “but none matches my being able to sit on stage during our May graduation ceremonies and watch students end one chapter to begin an even more exciting academic journey. Today, I wear three hats: one as a member of this great club, a second as a member of the board, and finally, the best hat of all, as the father of a scholarship recipient. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

Following is a list of the 2012 Kiwanis Club of Madison, TN scholarship awardees from Metro Schools:

Cayce A., Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: Cayce plans to major in Environmental Science at Tennessee Tech University in the fall. His student activities have included membership in the Distribution Education Clubs of America, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Staff, and the BETA club. During his high school years, Cayce was also a member of the Rifle Team, and he served as Color Guard Commander for three grades. In his spare time, Cayce has volunteered at the Explore Post, the Metro Health Department, and the American Red Cross.

Domique Elliott, Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: Dominique will be attending Western Kentucky University, with her focus on Nursing. Dominique counts membership in the National Honors Society and the MYP Program among her many accomplishments. She has also participated in community activities including an MLD Youth Rally March, Salvation Army/Angel Tree, Oasis Center/Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, and the 3rd Annual Youth Activities and Job Readiness Fair. Dominique is already CPR certified, a real plus considering her interest in nursing.

Jianne McDonald, Martin Luther King Magnet: Jianne will be attending Lipscomb University, majoring in English in the fall. Her honors include membership in the National Beta Club and the National Honor Society, and she currently sits on the Mayor’s Youth Council. Jianne has also served as a member of the Director’s Student Advisory Council, Teens Making A Change, Top Teens of America (Inc.), and the YMC Young Black Achievers. Jianne’s community activities have positively impacted Feed the Children, Toys for Tots, the MLK Annual Canned Food Drive, Pennies for Patients, and the Samaritan House Ministries.

Lara North, Hume Fogg Academic High School: UT Knoxville is Lara’s destination this fall, where she will dig into studies for communication disorders (speech pathology/therapy). Lara’s extra-curricular activities have included Varsity Soccer, Key Club (presidency), Helping Hands, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Honor Society, the Red Cross Club, National Honor Society, and the HFA Step Club. Lara has been active throughout the community through her volunteerism efforts via Clara’s Closet, Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda Social Graces, and Neely’s Bend Church of Christ puppet ministry.

Porsha Owens, Hunter’s Lane Comprehensive High School: Porsha, will be a student at UT Knoxville in Fall 2012. Porsha’s goal is to be a nurse, and she already has a solid foundation built through her community services with Hands on Nashville/LP Pencil Box, National Science Teachers Association, Race for the Cure Cancer (Walk), and the Kiwanis Club of Madison TN (Fund-raising Pancake Breakfast). Throughout her years in high school, Porsha has claimed honors as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate and as a member of the National Honor Society.

Lamesha Wells, Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School: A soon-to-be Belmont University student in Business Administration, Lamesha has been an active volunteer within her community for the past four years: Kiwanis Club of Madison TN (pancake breakfast), Adventure Science Center, Salvation Army, LP Pencil Box, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, National Science Teachers Association, and Bellshire Element Pre-K Life Skills Program. Mom Catina Wells can also be proud of Lamesha’s academic accomplishments: National Honor Society, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, International Baccalaureate MYP Program, Honor Roll, National Beta Club, Key Club, Bowling and Cheerleading Teams.

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipient and best of luck on your future endeavors!


Harris-Hillman School Celebrated Earth Day on last Thursday, April 19. Students were able to go outside and learn in ways designed just for them. They learned about many Earth Day topics at accessible interactive stations, bubble machines, and adaptive kite flying. This annual event provides Harris-Hillman students with an amazing opportunity to get out and explore the world around us.

Harris Hillman on Earth Day Harris Hillman on Earth Day

Learn More About Harris-Hillman School


Glendale Elementary is like a brand new school on the outside. Its community is anxious to show off its newest outdoor features and say a hearty 'Thanks!' to the folks who made it possible at an open house next week.

Glendale has recently finished renovations on a large playground, planted 30 shade trees, built new birdhouses and planters, and even installed a raised garden and outdoor learning structure! And none of it would have been possible without the private donations given to the school.

The school is hosting an outdoor 'open house' on Friday, May 4, at 8:30 a.m. at the raised bed garden. Please join them in celebrating their newest additions!


Glendale Open House



Fifth and eighth grade students are getting their hands dirty and drawing from all of their subjects in a service project that ties academics to gardening and to their community.

With the help of teacher Dr. Boone and the East Nashville Community Garden group, the fifth graders are planting different herbs and crops to understand how multiple factors influence the growth rate of each particular species of plant. The eighth graders are learning about pH levels through acid and base testing to see what conditions will work best for their plants so Bailey can have the best garden possible. The older students will then share what they have learned with their peers, giving both groups a deeper understanding of the concepts involved with growing a successful garden.

The happy conclusion to this experiment is that the families and community of Bailey get to enjoy in the fruits of the students’ labor. The fifth grades will open their very own restaurant using recipes they’ve researched and herbs, fruits, and vegetables from the garden. Their math skills will work overtime as they set up the menu for opening day, which is Bailey’s Student Celebration Day on May 15th. Not only will participants enjoy fresh, healthy foods, but visitors can see “STEM-ulating” demonstrations, investigations, and projects done throughout the year by students from Bailey.

Bailey Garden Project   Bailey Garden Project

Bailey Garden Project

Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School Student Celebration Day

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2000 Greenwood Ave, 37206


From an MTSU press release:

Alex Gibson, a junior in MTSU’s Electronic Media Communications, hopes to someday produce the halftime show at the Super Bowl.

Last Saturday he undertook a project that some media professionals might think is just as daunting—he was in charge of an a hour-long awards program completely produced, directed, and performed by high school and college students.


“This has been a lot of work, but it is an invaluable learning experience that closely resembles the work I hope to do when I graduate,” Gibson said. “We have assembled a great group of talented individuals and I believe it will be a fun entertaining event.”


The event celebrated the best video projects that students from Metro Nashville Public Schools have to offer at the Academies of Nashville Video Awards show. The videos are a result of a district-wide competition created to tell the stories of the new Academies of Nashville offerings within the 12 Metro Nashville high schools.

The awards show was graciously hosted by the Belcourt Theatre.

Gerald Harris, a junior at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, was excited to be one of the eight student hosts for the event.

“I am extremely excited to work with the students at MTSU on a project of this scale,” Harris said before the show. “It will be a great experience and hopefully will get me one step closer to my dream job, behind the anchor desk at WSMV-TV.”

Harris added that taking classes in TV production at Pearl-Cohn prepared him.

Gibson and Harris are just two of more than 40 students from Metro Schools and MTSU who worked during the hour-long production. It is also airing at various times on
Nashville’s NECAT (Comcast Channel 10).

“This awards show gives our students a hands-on learning experience, a platform to share how their Academy of Nashville experiences are preparing them for college and careers—and a chance to knock the socks off the audience,” said Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Schools. “Our students are talented!”

The unique partnership between Metro Schools and MTSU began last fall when the University agreed to be the title sponsor of the show.

“We are pleased to partner with Metro Schools because we see the great things happening in their schools and the caliber of students they are sending to college,” said Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, president of MTSU. “What makes this project so perfect, is that it unites their talented students with our exceptional students from the department of Electronic Media Communication.”

Winning student teams received Academy “statuettes” for their video entries in 14 categories, including a Best in Show. All video productions were completely produced by district students, with several of the teams being mentored by MTSU College of Mass Communication students.

Though the awards show was produced completely by students, two adult mentors played a major role in the production.

Chelsea Parker, program manager Small Learning Communities for Metro Schools, and Bob Gordon, assistant professor in MTSU’s Electronic Media Communication, were both driving forces to make sure this partnership project got off the ground. William ‘Billy’ Pittard, chair of the EMC department at MTSU, was also instrumental in providing the resources for the production of the event including the use of MTSU’s $1.2 million state-of–the-art production truck.


Last Sunday Maplewood High School students Brien H. and Sengphachane P., parent volunteer Ms. Kizer, and Maplewood High teacher Chiquithia Fells, volunteered for the March of Dimes March for Babies representing Future Business Leaders of America. The volunteers committed more than three hours of their time to the information booth during the charity event.

Thanks for getting involved, Maplewood!


Congratulations to two Croft Middle School eighth grade language arts students for winning the Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers Associations Essay contest!

Zoe M. and Naba A. both received one hundred dollars for their essays on Tennessee Law Enforcement, with both students writing in the subject on “Why I will say No to Alcohol and Drugs.” Zoe and Naba were two among six Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County student winners. Croft Middle Principal Juana Grandberry surprised to the students with their checks during the morning announcements live on WCMS television broadcast.


Three students from John Early Museum Magnet Middle represented their school at the State Tennessee History Day last Saturday.

La’Charsha W., Mitchell M. and Noah R. competed with six other districts in the state competition. La’Charsha won first place in individual performance category and will compete at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. in June. This is a huge honor as she not only had to write and perform her script about a topic in history, but she also had to create a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, complete a process paper, and complete an extensive interview with the judges. Mitchell M. won third place for his website and will be an alternate at the National History Day competition.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants!


The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered free tax help to people who make $50,000 or less and needed assistance in preparing their own tax returns. This year the program assisted an outstanding number of Metro Schools’ families to ensure that their taxes were completed before the April 17 deadline. MNPS Roving stations was used for several Family Resource Centers throughout tax season including:

  • Glencliff

  • Tusculum

  • LEAD

  • Madison

  • Park Avenue

Here is how many families VITA helped this year.

Vita Tax Help Stats


Eakin Elementary School Sign

On Wednesday, April 18, Eakin Elementary School was officially named an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School!

Eakin is the second elementary school in the district to house the IB Primary Years Programme, joining Julia Green. The school received a letter from Director Jeff Beard in Geneva, Switzerland, announcing the status of the school. Eakin is now included as one of 3,372 schools in 141 countries offering IB programmes to more than a million students.

“This authorization to offer the IB/PYP at Eakin Elementary affirms that we are on the right path, encouraging our students and community “to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand, that other people with their differences, can also be right,” says Principal Ann-Maria Gleason.


Hundreds of Comcast volunteers and their families rolled up their sleeves and showed their support for Metro Nashville Public Schools Saturday, April 21 in the annual Comcast Cares Day. This year, some 500 volunteers built rolling carts and bookshelves for each Metro Schools Teacher of the Year while about 500 others donated stuffed shoeboxes for resource centers.


The Oasis Center College Connections is offering a “Yes you can afford college!” workshop for students and parents on Saturday, April 28, at 3pm in the Glencliff High School library, 160 Antioch Pike Nashville. We are targeting 8th, 9th and 10th grade in particular, with the idea that the earlier families know that college is within their reach financially, the more students will stay focused on their academics. While the emphasis is on families within the Glencliff, Overton, Antioch and Cane Ridge cluster schools, the event is open to EVERYONE.

For more details, click the flyers below.

College Finances Flyer Spanish College Finances Flyer
Arabic College Finances Flyer Vietnamese College Finances Flyer


With nearly 80,000 students from hundreds of different backgrounds in 140 schools, nothing in Metro Schools is simple. Education is of course the primary focus of the district. It's what we do and it's the only reason we're here. But along with teaching, there are so many ancillary services that go along with it. Feeding students, getting them to and from school, assigning them to the right school or classroom, answering parents' questions: these are the other services of Metro Schools that really aren't so little at all.

It's the little things... is a series of articles highlighting examples of these efforts, changes in them, and ways to make them even better. Today: School websites.

MLK Website

MLK Magnet: just one of more than 140 websites in Metro Schools.

It’s an exciting time for Metro’s 140+ school websites. We have just begun implementation on a long-in-the-works program to compensate faculty and staff members who take on the time-consuming task of updating school websites. We know parent involvement in schools leads to increased student achievement and that school websites are a good way to communicate with parents.

With so many websites covering diverse schools, diverse programs and serving an even more diverse population, keeping these tens of thousands of pages up to date and accurate is a herculean task. Teachers, secretaries and principals have dedicated countless hours of their own time to the task in addition to their other full-time duties. Now, with a little help from Race to the Top, we will be able to pay a small stipend for their time and efforts.

Starting next school year, each school will have a Website Manager, responsible for maintaining the site and updating content. In return, Managers will be paid semi-annual stipends made up of funds from Race to the Top and funds from the school’s own budgets. The stipends not only show the district’s commitment to accurate communication, but also present opportunities for motivation and accountability in website maintenance. We plan to pilot the program this year, with an assessment and study for future feasibility to follow. If it proves successful in improving our schools’ communications efforts, we expect to continue the program in the years to come.

This is just one of many programs to address the “little things” in Metro Schools that seem so easy, but are made difficult by the scope of our district. Thanks to the leadership and support of Dr. Jesse Register, this project is now underway.


Few groups know modern communications better than major television networks, and that's exactly who will help bring McGavock High School students into that career field.

CMT is donating money, resources, and time to help educate students at McGavock. Today they helped cut the ribbon for the CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication.

The ribbon cutting brought together a huge group who all helped make the moment possible: Mayor Karl Dean, School Board Representative Anna Shepherd, Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, Principal Robbin Wall, CMT Senior Vice-President Suzanne Norman, and many more - not to mention the very happy McGavock students.

Check out the slideshow of photos below, and learn more about the McGavock's Academies on
the school website.

Read the full press release.



Mayor's Field DayMayor Karl Dean has been working to make Nashville a more healthy city all year - walking 100 miles and hosting a 5K. Now he's truly taking it to another place entirely by taking over LP Field for a city-wide Field Day!

It's on Saturday, May 5, and you can expect the usual round-up of field day events, along with plenty of games, fun, and friends. It's geared toward Nashville's kids (or the kids in all of us), teaching young people great ways to stay active in a more creative and fun way.

From the Mayor's Field Day Website:

Tennessee has the nation’s fourth-highest childhood obesity rate. The numbers are equally distressing in Nashville where 38.1 percent of our youth are either obese or overweight. On May 5, 2012, the journey to a healthier Nashville will continue with the first-ever “Mayor’s Field Day with the Tennessee Titans” at LP Field.

This event will engage families of diverse fitness levels in a relaxed, tournament-type field day designed around learning new, fun, kid-friendly ways to be active. Attendees will enjoy creative games, a fitness fair, a Celebration Awards Ceremony highlighting the day’s events and live entertainment.

In an effort to get our youngest Nashvillians and their families excited about moving and being active, the Mayor’s Field Day experience is open to the public free of charge.

You read that right. It's 100% free for everyone!

There will be plenty of special guests, giving you and your children the chance to compete against Tennessee Titans and some of Metro Schools' own champion athletes.

There's much more information in the flyer below, as well as on the Mayor's Field Day website. A lot of us will be there and we expect to see a lot of you there, too!

Mayor's Field Day



The students and faculty at Murrell School are celebrating Earth Day with Walden’s Puddle today. Walden’s Puddle is the only wildlife refuge in Middle Tennessee devoted to caring for hurt and injured wildlife. During their visit the Walden’s Puddle staff will demonstrate to students how they care for the wildlife that it rescues. To show their gratitude Murrell has collected 100 rolls of paper towels to donate to the wildlife refuge.

Have fun!


Frank L., 11th grader at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to attend the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journal Conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. this summer!

The scholarship is given to rising seniors interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of a “free spirit.” Frank and other students will take an all-expense paid trip the conference where they will learn the vital role of the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy and how to inspire students to pursue journalism careers.

Frank earned the honor for strong writing in both his essays and collected works from the school newspaper, The Knightly News.

Congratulations, Frank!


UPDATED 4/23/12: Edits made to reflect new information. Classes are not free, but will be offered for a small fee. However, we have been told no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.

Progreso Community Center is offering English classes for the Nashville community starting at the end of April.

For more information, call or visit Progreso:



2675 Murfreesboro Pike, 37217

Full information in the flyers below.

Free English Classes

Clases de inglés GRATIS


Congratulations, Teachers of the Year!

Metro Nashville Public Schools honored our Teachers of the Year Monday evening at a banquet held at the Millenium Maxwell House Hotel. News Channel 5 anchor Vicki Yates served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Teachers of the Year 2012
L to R: Vanessa Lutton, Dr. Simyka Carlton, Julie Hasfjord

Julie Hasfjord of Julia Green Elementary, Vanessa Lutton of Bellevue Middle and Simyka Carlton of Stratford STEM Magnet High School were named overall Teacher of the Year for their tiers.
Robbin Wall of McGavock High School, Dr. Barbara Ide of Thurgood Marshall Middle School and Claudia Russell of Glenview Elementary School were named Principals of the Year.

See more photos from the event!

View the Teacher of the Year for each school

Principals of the Year 2012
L to R: Robbin Wall, Dr. Barbara Ide, Claudia Russell

In addition to their recognition, Comcast volunteers are building one bookcase and one rolling cart for each Teacher of the Year. Deliveries will be made to school offices this week.

Learn more about each of our three Teachers of the Year by clicking the links below.


Hands on Nashville is celebrating this year's Global Youth Service Day (Saturday, April 21) at its brand new Urban Farm - and invites you to be a volunteer farmer for a day!

The Urban Farm is run by Hands on Nashville staff and donates fresh produce to local non-profits serving low-income areas of Nashville. But it promises to be a lot of fun, too. Volunteers this Saturday can expect to:

  • make rain gardens

  • paint signs for vegetable beds

  • create garden paths

  • prepare beds for planting

ALL volunteers are welcome, ages 11 and up. Come on down and enjoy a day on the farm!

Who: Families, individuals, and groups are welcome. (All volunteers must be 11+.)

When: Saturday, April 21 – Two shifts available:

Morning: 8 a.m. to noon – REGISTER HERE

Afternoon: Noon to 4 p.m. – REGISTER HERE

How: Individuals – Sign up via the links above.

Groups – Contact caroline@hon.org; (615) 298-1108 Ext. 404

Questions? (615) 298-1108 Ext. 404; caroline@hon.org  

HON Urban Farm for Youth Service Day



The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is making application with the State of Tennessee to develop an after-school program in ten (10) elementary and middle schools through the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program.

  1. Napier Elementary

  2. Robert Churchwell Elementary

  3. Buena Vista Elementary

  4. Cole Elementary

  5. Glenview Elementary

  6. Park Avenue Elementary

  7. Gra-Mar Middle

  8. Bailey Middle

  9. John Early Middle

  10. Margaret Allen Middle

The purpose of this after-school program is to provide safe, out-of-school options for students attending schools in Corrective Action, in School Improvement, or on Target as measured by the State of Tennessee No Child Left Behind benchmarks. This 15-hour per week program will provide students with homework assistance, tutoring services, enrichment activities, a nutritious snack, and health and wellness activities. Staffed by highly-qualified individuals, the personnel in each school will receive continual professional development opportunities to address the specific or individual needs of each student; monitor and ensure the integrity of the program and schedule within each school; clearly communicate the goals and objective of the program to students, parents, staff, and the community; work in tandem with many various civic, governmental, community, and non-profit organizations to provide tutoring, homework assistance, and enrichment activities; and ensure reporting and compliance requirements with the State of Tennessee Department of Education.

Project Goals:

  1. To improve the participating students’ academic performance and proficiency in the core academic areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, and science.

  2. To increase the number of safe, out-of-school options for students in the MNPS Innovation Zone Elementary and Middle Schools.

  3. To improve school attendance in the most at-risk student populations in the MNPS Innovation Zone Schools

  4. To improve school climate in the ten (10) participating MNPS Innovation Zone Schools

The overarching goal of the 21st CCLC is to provide students, particularly students who attend schools in need of improvement, with academic enrichment opportunities and support services to help them meet state and local standards in the core content areas.

If you would like to share any comments or concerns regarding the previous plan or project, please forward these comments or concerns to
denise.pridemore@mnps.org no later than Thursday, April 26, 2012.


Anthony Sewell biology teacher at Hunters Lane High SchoolAnthony Sewell, biology teacher at Hunters Lane High School, began his teaching career 12 years ago. Inspired by the wonderful teachers he had growing up, Sewell knew he wanted to help guide and serve as a positive influence for young people.

According to Sewell, his favorite part of teaching is “witnessing the growth of our students intellectually.” He says, “It’s a good feeling knowing that we as educators are helping our students develop skills which will allow them to be successful in life.”

Sewell earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with an emphasis in biology. He also holds a master’s from UTK.

Of him nomination as Teacher of the Year Finalist, Sewell says he is honored to be in the running because there are so many wonderful teachers in our district who deserve this recognition. He says he appreciates the acknowledgement for the work he does as well as the hard recognition of the hard work all teachers do every day.

When he isn’t teaching, Sewell spends the majority of his free time with family and friends. He is also a life-long learner and always searching for opportunities to grow in his endeavors as an educator and coach.


Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North

All Mid-State Teams Announced – Basketball and Wrestling

McGavock senior Wrestler Carlos Garcia was named First Team All-Midstate by The Tennessean after posting an astonishing 48-4 record. Garang Madut, a Glencliff junior, pinned down second team honors.

Hunters Lane basketball star DeAndrea Sawyers scored 18.5 points per game on her way to being named to the All-Midstate Girls Basketball second team, and Maplewood junior Jason Stone garnered second team All-Midstate Basketball honors for his efforts this season.

Congratulations to all the MNPS Winter sports student-athletes!

Sports Celebrity Shout-out – Tribute to MNPS

Early this week, sportscaster Grant Boone appeared on talk radio describing his experience in the broadcast of this year’s Final Four (he teamed with Shaq to call a legend’s game) and The Masters golf tournament (a tradition like no other). He pointed out that the stage was set for success by his MNPS days at “Neely’s Bend Junior High [now middle school], Madison High School and as a member of the first class of Hunters Lane.” Heard the shout-out…Woop Woop!

MNPS Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon

Congratulations again to Maplewood’s Avion Black and Donna Vaughn Howell, Madison’s Chuck Boyd, Pearl’s James Douglas and Fred Sumrall, Cohn’s Tom Wells and Coach Charlie Anderson, and McGavock’s Reggie Whittemore who were all inducted into the Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame during a lovely luncheon April 10 at LP Field. Several media outlets ran excellent articles on the event and inductees, including The Tennessean (headlining Avion Black), The Nashville City Paper (featuring James Douglas) and www.sportsnashville.net (featuring outstanding photographs of the event). Honoring sports legends makes me smile…I can’t help it.

Scholar-Athletes – The FANS Award

Also in attendance at the Hall of Fame luncheon were the inaugural recipients of The Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools (FANS) Award given to a female senior scholar-athlete who best exemplifies scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership, individual performance and value to the team. The recipients were:

  • Eboni Curtis – Antioch;

  • Jasmine Rucker – Cane Ridge;

  • Vivian Aluoch – East Lit.;

  • Carol Tran – Glencliff;

  • LaSabre Reynolds – Hillsboro;

  • Jackie James – Hillwood;

  • Kolby Forbes – Hume Fogg;

  • Rontavia Hayes – Hunters Lane;

  • Roneisha Crawford – Maplewood;

  • Jasmine Owens – MLK;

  • Eva Burelos – McGavock;

  • Rashida Ademosu – Overton;

  • June Jackson – Pearl-Cohn;

  • Antonia Harris – Stratford; and

  • DeShawn Woodruff – Whites Creek.

If you are looking for greatness, just read that list again. Greatness!

Oops…I Seemed to Have Dropped Some Names

It has been a great week for celebrity sightings for the North Sports Report. In the past few days, I had lunch or dinner – or just ran into – the following sports celebrities: former Titan Neil O’Donnell; the original owner of the Nashville Sounds, Larry Schmittou; one of the greatest all-time women’s basketball players Pam Chambers; Lipscomb University Athletic Director Phillip Hutcheson; Howard School football alumni (and Metro Trustee) Charlie Cardwell; Pearl High great (and Criminal Court Clerk) Howard Gentry; the very first Hunters Lane basketball star (class of 1987) Ivy Dobson; the ESPN brain trust –Vin Cannamela and Jeremy Shaap; Glencliff great (presently directing MNPS Athletics Department) Roosevelt Sanders; Hume Fogg basketball great from the class of 2006 Kirtiss Brown; Maplewood/Alabama Crimson Tide/NFL legend E.J. Junior; Litton/Austin Peay/NFL great Bonnie Sloan; and others.

Although the North Sports Report calls that “hanging out with sports legends,” others might call it stalking. It was a good week!

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for Setting the Stage for Success


Nashville has been selected as one of just 10 cities nationwide to join The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Food Research Action Center (FRAC) this May in Washington, D.C., for the Cities Combating Hunger Through Afterschool Meals Programs (CHAMP) Leadership Academy. The focus of the event will be how to implement or expand the Afterschool Meals Program; i.e., practical strategies to help children receive federally funded meals after school and on weekends. Braina Corke, assistant director of school nutrition at MNPS, will represent the district alongside representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Second Harvest Food Bank. A second event, with 11 different cities, will be held later in May in Chicago.

Following the leadership academies, cities and anti-hunger groups will be eligible to receive regranted funding (up to $60,000 per selected city) from the Walmart Foundation to help implement the ideas generated at the academy. To learn more about the program, click here.



Mckissack Middle School’s Oasis Program has been awarded the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award in the category of "Civic Volunteer Group Award". The school has approximately 65 students who participate in the program that aims to teach life skills, increase healthy behaviors, and create a sense of purpose in each teen through its issue-based, skill-building curriculum. The program, which also includes a significant volunteer component, is now in its 15th year.

This year, Mckissack students have contributed more than 1,000 hours of service to a variety of Nashville nonprofits, civic organizations, and schools. The students addressed many issues in the community through service such as feeding the homeless, boxing food and care packages for the needy, making cards for law enforcement officers, and much more. Congratulations Mckissack Oasis Program Students!

McKissack Oasis Strobel Award 2012


End-of-Course exams start in just a few weeks, so it's time to study up!

If you need an extra push in preparing for that biology exam, you have several chances to take part in an online review conducted by teachers from Overton and McGavock High Schools.

Adam Taylor and Nae'Shara Neal will hold streaming video reviews and all students are invited to participate. Here are the dates (all sessions start at 7:00 p.m.):

  • April 10

  • April 12

  • April 17

  • April 19

  • April 23

  • April 24

  • April 25

  • April 26

If you miss one, don't worry; archive videos of each session will be posted online.

To learn more and to take part,
visit their website. Embedded below is a replay of the April 10 review session.

Watch live streaming video from taylorsci at livestream.com


The Hillsboro Fine Arts Department will be holding its 8th Annual Festival of the Arts, Thursday, April 19, from 6 - 8 p.m., in the auxiliary gymnasium and auditorium.

Come explore an exhibit with hundreds of works of art from Hillsboro students, courtesy of all the visual arts classes at Hillsboro! There will also be musical entertainment and refreshments.

A full slate of band, orchestra, choral, theatre and film performances will be on display in the auditorium, courtesy of the performing arts departments of Hillsboro. Guests can come and go from the exhibit to the live performances for an evening of artistic excellence.

Tickets are only $7 for adults and $5 for students. All admissions go towards strengthening the arts programs at Hillsboro.


Churchwell Math Night 2012 - students solving hands-on math problems

Families at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School and the Nashville community came together to see just how fun math can be!  Nashville Public Television, TSU Women’s Basketball Players, WSMV's Snowbird, Vanderbilt University's Mr. Commodore, and representatives from 92Q celebrated the evening and focused on fine-tuning math skills with the students and families of Robert Churchwell.

Roughly 180 students and their parents attended the special family night. They enjoyed a dance-off with area mascots and tested their math skills with a variety of hands-on problems that needed solving.

Churchwell Math Night 2012 - community partners


Julia Green Elementary Student Display 2012 - part of the school's inaugural PYP ExhibitEarlier this spring, Julia Green Elementary hosted its first annual PYP Exhibition. The PYP Exhibition is a culminating showcase of the Primary Years Programme International Baccalaureate experience. It gives the fourth-grade students an opportunity to present what they have learned through student-driven collaborative inquiry into a topic they have chosen. In addition to the inquiry, the students develop an action plan based on the knowledge they have gained through the inquiry process. This year, the central idea behind the exhibition was “People’s Contributions Make a Difference.” Students investigated topics such as animal rights, childhood obesity, the need for clean water, hunger, homelessness, and the importance of education. They researched the lives of people who have made a contribution in that field, and drew inspiration from the differences that were being made by those people. As a result of that inspiration, they developed a plan to raise awareness and support for their cause. Students created displays, brochures, bookmarks, donation information for local non-profits, or activities to raise awareness.

The group that researched the need for clean water created a “water walk.” During the walk, participants carried large containers of water around an area to simulate the experience of walking to a water source and carrying water back to your home. (pictured below)

Julia Green Elementary Water Walk 2012 - part of the school's inaugural PYP Exhibit


Dr. Simyka Carlton, lifetime wellness teacher at Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Dr. Simyka Carlton - HS teacher of the year finalisthas known teaching was in the cards for her since her pre-teen years.

“When I was ten years old, I can remember my mother saying that when she finished raising her children she was going back to school to become a math teacher,” Carlton says. “When I asked her why she wanted to teach, she stated the best gift you can give a child is an education. From that point, I knew I wanted to become an educator.”

Carlton began taking education courses in college. While she wasn’t sure what she wanted to teach in the beginning, she quickly realized that teaching was second nature to her. It wasn’t until later in her undergraduate studies that she decided health and physical education were her passions.

Having spent 12 years in the classroom, Carlton says the best part of her job is reaching all students and seeing them excel. “I love seeing the confused looks on my students’ faces as I give an assignment. Yet, once they figure out what needs to be done and they accomplish the task given to them, that look of success and ‘aha, I got it’ gives me more that any accolade.”

Carlton earned a bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in physical education, from Bethel College. She later earned a masters from Cumberland University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Walden University. She says she is “extremely honored and proud to be in the running for teacher of the year.”

When she isn’t teaching, Carlton spends her time with her family and friends, traveling, reading and writing poetry, and painting.

Friday, learn why Anthony Sewell of Hunters Lane High School credits his own teachers for his chosen career path.


Antioch High School senior Jasmine M. was one of a handful of MNPS students with artwork selected to appear in the 2012 Mayor's Art Show at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. In a blog Jasmine recently published, she explains, "Who would have known if I set a clear glass cup with two silver spoons and a black plain background that I would have a cup with vibrant pinks, blues, and browns? There is always inner beauty in the simplest of objects that life offers us."

The Mayor's Art Show recognizes the artistic talents of MNPS students. There are two showings, the first runs through April 12 and features artwork by students from Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hunters Lane, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford. The second showing opens April 19 and runs through May 3 featuring students from Hillwood, Maplewood, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek.

Congratulations, Jasmine and all of the other MNPS students whose artwork is on display.

Jasmine and Mayor Dean at Mayor's Art Show 2012


Congratulations are in order for five MLK students who were named National Achievement Scholarship recipients! Eriny H., Troie J., Jasmine K., Carmen O., and Shanna R. were among 700 students nationwide who received $2500 scholarships for outstanding academic achievements. More than 160,000 students nationwide entered the scholarship competition when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Of those, 1,600 were named semifinalists and only 800 students in the nation were named finalists and received scholarships.

According to a news release issued by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition. By the conclusion of the 2012 program, marking the 48th annual competition, about 31,800 participants will have received scholarships for undergraduate study worth more than $100 million. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.


Hillwood High School is hosting the 3rd Annual Topper Football Golf Tournament. And yes, you read that right. It's a golf tournament benefiting the school's football program. Saturday, April 28, you can play with a team or solo at McCabe Golf Course. The shotgun start is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Numerous awards will be given out, including 1st and 2nd place prizes, the longest drive, and closest to the pin. The deadline to register is April 20. Check out the flyer below for more information.

3rd Annual Topper Football Golf Tournament Flyer


Ray Whittaker WhittsittThe faculty and staff at Whitsitt Elementary will soon dedicate the school’s gymnasium to Ray Whittaker, a 35-year member of the Whitsitt family.  Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m., the Whittsitt community will gather to celebrate at a special dedication ceremony.

Whittaker dedicated more than three decades to the students, staff and families of Whitsitt Elementary. During his tenure, he served as physical education teacher and principal designee. He also served as a mentor, friend, and father figure to many. He encouraged and inspired countless young people including their family. Even after retirement, Whittaker remained active in the profession serving as a substitute teacher.  Whittaker passed on August 28, 2011.


Students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High, Hillsboro High and Stratford STEM Magnet High represented the district well at the Tennessee WorldQuest Championships held earlier this month at Belmont University. The students competed with others from around the region, answering questions about international affairs. Read more and see photos here.


Deborah Shull of Antioch Middle School is this week’s News 2 Teacher of the Week! See why she is such an asset to Antioch during News 2’s 10pm newscast Thursday, April 12. You can also catch a replay Friday morning, April 13, during the 6am newscast.  


The Academy at Old Cockrill is gaining national attention for it’s outstanding academic achievements! The school has been named the recipient of the 2012 “Key to Success in Educational Excellence Award” from the National Alternative Education Association. Principal Elaine Fahrner will officially receive the award during an all-expense paid trip to San Diego this May for the Excellence in Urban Education National Symposium. At the national gathering, Fahrner will share the secrets to success at The Academy at Old Cockrill with other educators from around the nation.

This award, and the May Symposium hosted by the National Center for Urban School Transformation, recognize high-performing urban schools and help districts across the nation share best practices.  


The band program at McKissack Middle School will host its inaugural Jazz Festival this Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m., in the school auditorium.


Congratulations to Amber M., a senior at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, for being selected to receive one of 14 scholarships from the TMSDC (Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council) Education Foundation. Scholarship recipients were selected from nine schools from across the mid-state. 

Amber was honored during the TMSDC Education Foundation’s 20th Annual Impact Awards in early April at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. This year’s scholars received a total of $98,000, internships, e-readers, laptops, software, Senior Year Collections, and backpacks. In addition to her scholarships from A+ Education & Training Services, SMS Holdings, and Saundra & Sidney Curry, and the other items mentioned, Amber received a stock certificate. 


School Library MonthApril is School Library Month!

Nashville's Limitless Libraries program wants you to know that "You Belong @ Your School Library" by hosting contests this month. The grand prize? A new iPad!

It's kind of like a scavenger hunt in your library. You'll have a set of challenges you must complete in your library, like checking out a non-fiction book or paying off all of your fines. Check off each challenge on the form and you could win.

There are separate contests for high school students and middle school students, and only students at schools participating in Limitless Libraries are eligible. If you have any questions, just ask your school librarian.

High School Challenge

  • DOWNLOAD the challenge form.

  • Complete all ten challenges (including signatures for each one) by April 27.

  • Turn in your form to your school librarian by April 30.

Middle School Challenge

  • DOWNLOAD the challenge form.

  • Complete all fifteen challenges (including signatures for each one) by April 27.

  • Turn in your form to your school librarian by April 30.

  • BONUS: Design a Limitless Libraries Bookmark! Your school librarian will choose a schoolwide winner. The folk at Limitless Libraries will choose an overall winner. That lucky artist will get to help design next year's Limitless Libraries Bookmark!

There's much more information on these contests and the Limitless Libraries program on their website. Check it out! (Pun intended.)


Thursday, April 12, from 5 - 7 p.m., The Academy located at Hickory Hollow will host its first International Night. The event is open to the public. Guests will enjoy great food and music, as well as have the opportunity to talk to a variety of community groups and organizations.


Congratulations to the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools students that participated and placed in Belmont University’s annual Poetry Contest:

  • 1st Place – Kate B., “Oh the Places You’ll Go”, Percy Priest Elementary 

  • 2nd Place – Edie M., “Where the Wild Things Are”, Dan Mills Elementary

  • 3rd Place – Ellie P., “The Hundred Acre Woods”, Julia Green Elementary

  • 4th Place – Jackson D., “Up in Space”, Sylvan Park Elementary

  • 5th Place – Clara M., “The Woods”, Percy Priest Elementary


Muna M., a junior in the Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies at Stratford STEM Magnet High Schools, has been selected to participate in the 2012 Bank of America Student Leaders program this summer! She will spend eight weeks alongside some of the nation’s brightest young men and women, learning leadership skills and serving as a paid intern with national charity. Muna will also participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., during which she will gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. All expenses of this trip are paid for by the Student Leaders Program. Muna is one of 225 student leaders nationwide selected for this outstanding opportunity. Congratulations!


Mark North

Board Member &

Sports Fan Mark North

Cane Ridge Bowler on a Roll

The Tennessean named Aaron Ruiz to the All-Midstate Bowling team for the second year in a row. The Cane Ridge sophomore followed his 2011 Bowler of the Year award with his awe inspiring 2012 season. Aaron averaged a state best 227 this season. Be sure you understand… Cane Ridge Ravens sophomore Aaron Ruiz is the best bowler in the state of Tennessee. Any questions?... That’s what I thought.

Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame

Some of the greatest athletes in Nashville’s history will be on hand April 10 when eight legends are inducted into the Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame. The 2012 induction class includes legendary basketball coach Charlie Anderson; Maplewood football hero Avion Black who ranks as one of the best punt-returners in the history of the Ohio Valley Conference while at TSU before a stellar NFL career; Madison High School all-around athlete Chuck Boyd who some say was the fastest football player in the SEC while at Vanderbilt; James Douglas, a key member of the great Pearl High School basketball teams of the sixties before an outstanding career at Memphis State; Pearl High football legend Fred Sumrall who starred at TSU before his talents and hard work took him to the NFL’s Washington Redskins; Donna Vaughn Howell a member of the All-Decade team for her basketball prowess at Maplewood; Cohn High School football star Tommy Wells who went on to play at Georgia Tech and even with the Dallas Texans of the old AFL; and McGavock baseball great Reggie Whittemore who led Lipscomb University’s baseball team to two NAIA National Championships and now shares his passion for the game as Executive Director of RBI-Nashville.

Honoring the past, supporting the present and building for the future…MNPS athletic greatness!

Another Referee Story

The North Sports Report is continually having run-ins with referees. Uh…I mean meeting referees in a sportsmanlike manner at places other than at the games. Recently, I met TSSAA basketball referee Anthony Hall as he made a presentation at a Youth Summit. Mr. Hall is a Family Involvement Specialist for Metro Nashville Public Schools, and seemed to be a fan favorite among some students who vividly remembered games he officiated.

-- Mark North

MNPS: The First Choice for Awe Inspiring Seasons


Academies of Nashville Student Video Awards 2012 Logo RevisedMNPS is hosting the inaugural Academies of Nashville Student Video Awards show Saturday, April 21, at the Belcourt Theatre. Students in various Academies throughout the district submitted videos that explain what their academy’s focus is and what makes it special.  Now through April 18, Nashvillians can vote for their favorite video here. The videos that score highest in a variety of categories will be recognized at the event. 

Middle Tennessee State University is helping host the Video Awards Show and four current MTSU students will assist four current Academies of Nashville students with official hosting duties.


The Blue Knights baseball team at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High won the city's top title this week! The team is currently featured in the Tennessean for winning the Best of Metro title.

Check them out here!


As an International Baccalaureate Candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP), Eakin Elementary presented its first IB Exhibition this spring. Leading up to the event, Eakin fourth graders conducted extensive small group research that encompassed the theme: “Opportunities Depend on Available Resources”. For an IB school, the Exhibition is a culminating experience that gives students the opportunity to share with teachers, parents and fellow students what they learned. The most important and distinguishing features of the Exhibition are the processes of inquiry and the action the students then take because of their learning.

Some examples of this inquiry and action in practice are:

  • Students researched the role of St. Jude’s Hospital in the battle of cancer in children. They held a lemonade stand one Sunday and raised more than $500 to donate to the hospital.

  • Another group of students visited the local non-profit group, Room in the Inn and interviewed a homeless person as a result of their inquiry into the issue of Homelessness.

  • Their research on oil spills, led another group of fourth graders to locate businesses in Nashville who recycle oil. They created a brochure to distribute to visitors at the Exhibition.

  • Students researching the lack of education realized that the problem is global. Investigating charities, they selected a charity with a high rating of integrity. The students’ goal is to raise enough money to sponsor a year of education for a student in South Africa.

 Eakin IB Exhibition 2012 - a student who worked on a project for St. Judes  Eakin IB Exhibition 2012 - a student who worked on a project about water



The Maplewood Cluster will soon host a special forum Bringing Justice to YOU. This district-wide event will be held Saturday, April 21 at Maplewood High School.

Guest speakers will be Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry and Public Defender Dawn Deaner. This is a FREE and open to the public event.

Trayendo justicia a USTED

نأتي إليك بالعدالة

دادپه روه ریێ بو هه وه دێنین



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We've taken more than 100 photos of our schools and made them available on Facebook for you to use as a cover photo on your Timeline. Just head over to our Facebook page to see which schools are available and learn how to use one of our pictures.

Don't see your school? We sifted through hundreds of photos to find ones suitable for use as a cover photo, but we didn't have one for every building.

If you have a great picture of your school you'd like to show off, send it to us and we'll use it as one of our cover photos!

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