A Metro Schools alumna educator is spending her summer in the deep end of a huge pool of knowledge in our nation's capital, all to help other teachers in the classroom.
Deloris Burke, formerly principal of McMurray Middle School, is honored to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. Burke was selected from more than 300 candidates to participate in this week-long program in Washington, D.C.
During the program, Burke is working with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website. This session will also include instruction on using primary sources from the World Digital Library website, established by the Library of Congress, endorsed by UNESCO and launched online. in 2009. The site contains cultural materials from all 193 countries in UNESCO with expert commentary in seven languages.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website.
Dr. Antoinette Williams, principal of Gra-Mar Middle School, has been named Tennessee Association of Middle Schools Middle Tennessee Administrator of the Year. Dr. Williams was awarded this honor during the Tennessee Association Middle School Conference this summer. She was given the honor for her accomplishments in providing Sustainable and Relevant Teacher Professional Development, Success in Transforming Low Achieving Schools, and Improving Student Achievement.
Congratulations, Dr. Williams!
Chadwell Elementary School hosted its first Academic Vocabulary Bee for the second, third and fourth grade students. Students prepared by studying the State Academic Vocabulary word list for Reading and Math. Chadwell teachers and literacy coaches planned rigorous activities to help students learn definitions and the origins of words. The Bee included a written test followed by two rounds of oral testing.
Congratulations to the winners and participators. All winners received an Apple iPod!
Saturday, July 21
2:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Whites Creek High School
We say it often: it is very important for schools to have your correct address and phone number.
How important? This important:
When report cards were mailed home after school ended a few weeks back, nearly all of them arrived on time and at the right house. But more than 2,700 were sent back because of incorrect addresses.
Want to help great students earn their high school diplomas?
A school that gives students their second chance to graduate is getting a second chance itself. The Academy at Opry Mills had to move across town after the historic flood of 2010. But it is being reborn with a lot of hard work and help from Metro Schools and our partners at the Simon Youth Foundation.
Now you can pitch in, too.
Simon Youth has set up a “gift registry” of sorts where you can make donations that will go directly to finishing The Academy’s space inside Opry Mills Mall. Have $50 to contribute? You just “bought” a lamp or other classroom support item for students to use. $100? That’s good for a set of group seating. Big spenders can sponsor high-tech items like interactive white boards, teacher workstations or even an entire media center that students will use directly.
Furnish the Future of The Academy at Opry Mills
“Furnish the Future” Public Giving Campaign Launches in Support of Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills
It's important for students to have a physical before coming back to school. It can help prevent the health problems that may impact learning. That's why United Neighborhood Health Services is offering Back to School check-ups to get ready for that first day!
Students will also be given all of the shots they need to come back to school. Incoming kindergarteners, pre-kindergarteners and 7th graders are required to have updated immunizations certificates and will not be allowed to attend without them.
UNHC is offering immunizations and physicals at its three clinics now through the first day. TennCare and private insurance plans are accepted. Uninsured patients are also welcome, with fees based on a sliding scale. Call ahead to make appointments for physicals.
United Neighborhood Health Services Clinics
Dickerson Road Clinic, 1223 Dickerson Road, Nashville 37207
Main Street Clinic, 905 Main Street, Nashville 37206
Southside Family Clinic, 1101 Charles Davis Boulevard, Nashville 37210
Back-to-School Immunizations and Physicals Are Available at Three Clinics of United Neighborhood Health Services
Free immunizations offered to students; shots are required for 7th graders and kindergarten & pre-K students by start of school on August 1
The first day of school, Aug. 1, is fast approaching and Metro Schools’ Nutrition Services Department is hard at work preparing for next year. One of its tasks this summer is spreading the word about important changes in USDA rules that will affect all Metro Schools’ students who participate in the Meal Benefits (free/reduced lunch and breakfast) program.
Starting this year, students who are on the Meal Benefits program must take certain items for the meal to qualify as a free or reduced meal. A lunch meal consist of one meat/meat alternate, one serving of vegetables, one serving of fruit, one serving of grain and milk. A breakfast meal consists of one fruit, one grain and milk. If a student does not take all required items, the student will be charged at the à la carte rate for the meal. Café employees will encourage students to take all the required items; however, families should also make sure their children are aware of this change to prevent from incurring charges.
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families! Children need healthy meals to learn. Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools offers healthy meals at every school every day. Breakfast costs $1.25 for elementary, middle and high schools and lunch costs $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 for middle and high schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals which cost $ .30 for breakfast and $ .40 for lunch. A lunch meal consist of 1 meat/meat alternate, 1 serving of vegetables, 1 serving of fruit, 1 serving of grain and milk. A breakfast meal consists of 1 fruit, 1 grain, and milk.
More information for the new year is available in our Back to School Guide.
Experienced educators to assume new posts at Shwab, McGavock and Bellshire
There will be new principals at Shwab Elementary, Julia Green Elementary and Bellshire Elementary schools when the 2012 -13 school year starts Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Dr. Natalyn Gibbs has accepted the position as principal for Shwab Elementary. Currently the assistant principal of Cole Elementary, Dr. Gibbs has also served as assistant principal of Hull-Jackson Montessori Magnet Elementary. She has background experience in teaching third, fourth and fifth graders at the elementary school level. Dr. Gibbs is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she received her master’s degree in administration and supervision and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. She replaces Catherine Prentis, who is retiring.
Lance Forman has been appointed as principal of McGavock Elementary. Forman most recently served as assistant principal at Julia Green Elementary. Prior to coming to Julia Green, he was a fourth grade teacher at Andrew Jackson Elementary and worked the summer of 2008 as a STEM coach. Foreman is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communications and human resources and his master’s degree in educational leadership.
Dr. Chris Marczak, formerly at McGavock Elementary, will take over as principal at Bellshire Elementary. Dr. Marczak has led McGavock Elementary as principal for three years and, prior to that post, served as assistant principal for both Una and Charlotte Park Elementary schools. Dr. Marczak is a graduate of Austin Peay State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and elementary education. He later received his master’s degree in educational leadership and doctorate in professional practice/leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. In addition to being a principal, Dr. Marczak teaches in both the master’s and doctoral programs at Trevecca and David Lipscomb universities. He replaces Donna Wilburn, who has been named principal of the new Cane Ridge Elementary, opening this year.
See a list of all principal changes for 2012-13.
The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Nutrition Services was awarded the 2012 Best Practices Award. The award presented by the USDA at the State Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn. The department addressed the concern of being able to reach every student’s nutritional needs by introducing the “Translating the Menu to Achieve Healthier Food Choices” program. This program assists students who speak English as a second language by helping them gain a better understanding of food options available during breakfast and lunch.The program is one of many tools the students will use to adopt long term lifestyle choices.
The program features names and images of foods in four languages including Spanish, Somali, Kurdish-Bahdini and Arabic languages. They are displayed for students to see in the serving line and on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.
Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory
1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027
Invites you to join us
Thursday, June 21, 2012
for a special
NASA Summer of Innovation Event
Gates Open and Summer of Innovation activities provided by
the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
You are welcome to bring a picnic and relax on the
Dyer Observatory lawn for this special program
NASA Summer of Innovation Program and Concert
Featuring a performance of The Mighty Sky by
Beth Nielsen Chapman and the Long Players
Summer of Innovation Presentation by
NASA Associate Administrator for Education and
former two-time Space Shuttle astronaut
If inclement weather causes the concert and program to be moved to a different location, please visit www.dyer.vanderbilt.edu for rain site.
RSVP Required: Due to limited parking, each car which comes through the gate requires a ticket. Only 100 free tickets are available, although you can put as many as 8 people in your car. To obtain a free ticket for your car, PLEASE RSVP online at http://nasadyerconcert.eventbrite.com. Questions? email@example.com.
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is now a three-time winner of the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) presented by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation. This award is conferred only to school districts that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria. In 2010, Metro Nashville Public Schools made history when it became the first Tennessee school district to earn the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association.
To earn this award, Metro Schools submitted its 2011-2012 budget for a rigorous review based on demanding criteria. Developed by ASBO for school districts, the MBA criteria guide school business officials toward a quality school budget presentation by enhancing the school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget.
The award recognizes excellence in school system budget presentation and is given to districts with budgets that
• use sound fiscal management practices,
• promote effective use of educational resources,
• provide clear budget presentations,
• use up-to-date budget practices and
• meet several other criteria.
Congratulations to Chief Financial Officer Chris Henson, Director of Business Services Glenda Gregory, Communications Specialist Noelle Mashburn, and the Metro Office of Management and Budget for their award-winning work on the district’s budget.
Featured in photograph (l to r) is Chris Henson, Chief Financial Officer; Gracie Porter, Metro School Board Chair; Glenda Gregory, Director of Business Services and Dr. Jesse Register, Superintendent of Metro Schools.
Students in Overton's Academy of Information Technology participated in the Emerging Communication Technologies externship. This externship was in collaboration with the school’s academy partner Deloitte. As part of the externship, students researched the environmental impact of emerging technologies to show the effects of disposing old electronic devices on the environment. After completing the research, students used creative presentations to share their findings. In fact, one presentation included a song and a video written and produced by students within the academy. Check out the students’ presentation below.
Metro Schools has appointed Dr. Cecilia Arbuckle the Lead iTeacher in the district’s Innovation Cluster to turnaround struggling schools. In this role, she will assure iTeachers receive the support, training and professional development needed to educate students in the Innovation Cluster. iTeachers are expected to meet rigorous student achievement goals.
Dr. Arbuckle earned a Ph. D. and M. A. from George Peabody College for Teachers, now part of Vanderbilt University, and a B. A. from Brescia College in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has worked with Metro Nashville Public Schools for more than 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Previously, she served as a division chair of the Teacher Education Program at Brescia College; held adjunct professorships at Murray State University and Western Kentucky University; worked in the extended learning master's degree program at Cumberland University and served as executive director of KARC, Kentucky’s organization for intellectual and developmental disabilities.
On June 7, 2012, the 500th student earned a high school diploma from the Academy of Hickory Hollow. Congratulations to Langley Bogle and The Academy of Hickory Hollow!
Working together, parents can do anything!
That's why we're bringing parents and experts together for another big Parent University Conference. We're offering free workshops and seminars meant to help all of our parents raise self-confident, disciplined, and motivated children. Parents will learn tips for helping their children learn in modern classrooms. There will also be plenty of information on healthy lifestyles and families.
It's happening Saturday, July 21, at McGavock High School. It's free and open to everyone, but you do have to register.
So don't delay. Sign up today!