Dr. Gregory Hutchings, principal at West End IB World School, is leaving Nashville and headed home. The popular leader has accepted a position as Director of Middle Schools with Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Virgina. Assistant Principal Jeff Keith will serve as Interim Principal for the remainder of the year.
Maplewood High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Unit TN-933 recently participated in the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at Nashville VA Cemetery. The ceremony takes place each year to lay Christmas wreaths on the graves of military men and women who served their country. Each cadet was given a wreath to place on the headstone of a veteran in syncronization, and they proudly saluted each veteran's grave with honor and dignity for their sacrifices. Cadet Christie Cook was presented a coin from the presiding general for her leadership and dedication to the AFJROTC Corps. Lt Col Martha Shaffer and MSgt Christia Thornton were present as sponsors for the cadets. Lt Col Shaffer represented the United States Air Force at the ceremony and placed a wreath in honor of deceased AF veterans.
Nashville School of the Arts has been granted charter membership in the National Forensic League (NFL). Charter membership is the highest level of membership in the NFL and is only granted when a school shows a sustained commitment to speech and debate education. The NSA Forensics Team, led by drama teacher John Newsom, won first place in the 2009-2010 Metro Forensics League Tournament. The team has also competed in regional tournaments such as the Smoky Mountain Invitational Forensics Tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The National Forensic League is a non-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities. As members, NSA students are now eligible to compete in speech and debate tournaments on the national level
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, one of Hillwood High School’s Academy of Business and Hospitality’s business partners, recently provided training to the students and staff in the Academy. Trainings provided include Customer Service, All Access Disability Sensitivity Training and Nashville Backstage, a training that shares valuable insight into Nashville's history and tourist attractions. This is the same training provided to employees in the hospitality arena in Nashville.
The nationally-renowned Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) has signed on as a partner with Metro Nashville Public Schools to study the district’s system-wide reform effort known as MNPS Achieves. “Annenberg is a leader in school reform,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “This partnership will give us a strong, external look at the work we are doing. It will help us enhance our strengths and identify areas of weakness. It will help us continue and advance our efforts to make Metro Schools among the best in the nation.” The Annenberg Institute has recruited a renowned National Advisory Panel to aid in evaluation conceptualization, provide feedback on MNPS Achieves, and suggest improvements to the reform model’s design and implementation. The Panel consists of five distinguished leaders in the world of public education reform, including. Norm Fruchter, Andy Hargreaves, Carrie Leana, Joseph Johnson, and Thomas Payzant. “This is a rare opportunity to study a comprehensive approach to system-wide reform, and one that is evolving in a dynamic city and in the midst of state-wide education reform,” said Warren Simmons, Executive Director of Annenberg Institute for School Reform.This panel is supported by Race to the Top funding.To read the full release, click here.
More than 60 people helped celebrate the grand opening of the new GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Lab in the Pearl-Cohn 9th Grade Academy. The GIS Lab is an outgrowth of a partnership between the Pearl-Cohn 9th Grade Academy and Tennessee State University’s Geographic Information Sciences Lab, as well as the university’s Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Dr. David A. Padgett, associate professor of geography at TSU, is the coordinator of this project. Ms Charlie Hall and Ms Gwendolyn Adams, geography teachers at the academy, are the classroom teachers who are involved in the project. During the celebration, several academy students presented PowerPoint presentations pertaining to natural disasters and regional demographics. In addition, students from TSU did presentations on natural resources and GIS maps.
A Nashville Encore student, Keshandria, is big winner this holiday season; she's going on a 60-second shopping spree courtesy of Dollar General! The shopping spree comes months after Keshandria's mom entered an essay for a contest from Dollar General. The topic of her essay was her daughter's plan to collect supplies for homeless people. Out of more than 3,000 entries, the mother-daughter duo were selcted to the Top 25. After a week of public voting, Keshandria and her mother won! Their shopping spree is set for Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 11 am, at the Dollar General in Inglewood.
Buena Vista Enhanced Option School’s student council recently held a fundraising fall dance. The school raised 200 that will be donated to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital!
The United Nations of Antioch High School recently participated in a service project at the Second Harvest Food Bank. The group put on a wonderful, crowd-pleasing show and lent their hands to help Second Harvest! The list of students who participated is below. UN Members Madonna Botros, representing EgyptJasmine Metri, EgyptIris Gomez, MexicoAndrea Gomez, MexicoAmanuel Afework, Ethiopia/GermanyAnd Faduma Gelle, representing Somalia UN associate teachersLauren ArmstrongStephanie Ridley
Twenty-sevent students in Pearl-Cohn's 9th Grade Academy were recognized during a special Honors Assembly. The students were honored for academic achievements and good behavior during the first nine week report card period. Honored students received a certificate during the morning assembly and were later treated to an ice cream social in the afternoon. Lelan Statom, weather anchor with NewsChannel5, was the guest speaker at the Honors Assembly. Statom spoke on the importance of perserverance.
This Holiday Season, the Pennington PTO is sponsoring the “Pennington Panthers Giving Tree Project”. Between Monday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Dec. 10, Pennington students are asked to bring in gift donations for children in our community. These gifts will be administered and distributed to families in need. Gifts the school will be collecting include educational toys (Leap Frog toys, Magna-doodles, puzzles, flash cards, etc.), board games (all kinds), building toys (such as Legos, Lincoln Logs, etc.), as well as books (easy readers, books on tape, etc.). After all items are collected, the PTO will take the gifts and a roll of wrapping paper to the families. And in true "Giving Tree" spirit, the students who donate are having a special commemorative picture made with the stump of a 50-year-old tree that was recently cut down in front of the school.
The McGavock High School’s Youth Public Health Institute (YPHI) was presented with a check for 500, courtesy of Metro Public Health Department Adolescent Health Programs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The money will be used to assist the program students’ public health service projects and encourage more healthy participation within the community. YPHI is an Association of Schools of Public Health that helps increase awareness of public health careers and post-secondary opportunities for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. With this association students have learned public health policies, programs and prevention activities. In the spring, the students will host a “Fun Run” for families within the McGavock community. Photographed (l to r) D’Yuanna Allen, Metro Health Department; Danielle Nikolaiczyk, McGavock High instructor; Sydney Lollar, Destiney Patton, Rudy Baity, and Principal Robin Wall.
Students at the International Newcomer's Academy may not share the same nationality or language, but today they all shared a smile. Students of all ages warmed hearts and spread some holiday cheer with a very special holiday concert.
It's an honor bestowed upon the best of the best - students who excel on and off the football field. It recognizes scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance and value to the team. It is the William E. Hume Award, which was presented Dec. 6 to Andrew Montgomery, fullback for Overton High School. Congratulations!
Leaders in nine communities across the U.S. have signed on to a District-Charter Collaboration Compact, an initiative to highlight new ways that public charter schools and traditional public schools are working to provide high quality education for all students. Cities committed to the Compact include Baltimore, Md., Denver, Colo., Hartford, Conn., Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Minn., Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, La., New York City and Rochester, N.Y. In response to requests by school districts and charter school leaders for such a collaboration, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has supported the development of public agreements in cities where the traditional district schools and public charter schools are eager to work together to share best practices and provide all children in their communities with a public school education that prepares them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and the workforce.The full release is below.
HOSA students at McGavock High School have been working with the Youth Public Health Institute this semeseter. For their hard work, the McGavock HOSA Chapter will be awarded 500 from the institute. The check will be presented Wed., Dec. 8, at 11:15.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, Overton High School's multi-award winning marching band made its third appearance in Waikiki's Holiday Parade. The parade serves as a fundraiser for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial on the island. Students also toured Pearl-Harbor, the island of Oahu and Dole's Pineapple Plantation. Overton
In 2009, Rose Park Math and Science Magnet Middle School was named a National Blue Ribbon School for continued growth and success in student achievement. But what did the school do to earn such a prestigious honor? And what are they doing to ensure excellence this year, and for all years to come? Check out the video for a sneak peak inside Rose Park.
Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., students at The Academy located at Hickory Hollow will participate in a Career Fair. At the fair, students will be exposed to a variety of careers, interact with professionals, learn resume-writing tips, hear guest speakers, learn how to dress for success, and practice interviewing and presenting. The Academy is a high school that targets at-risk students. It offers a more flexible schedule for students. This is The Academy's second year in operation. During the 2009-10 school year, while housed at Opry Mills, The Academy graduated 113 students and helped students recover more than 700 course credits! Since August 2010, the school has already helped more than 20 students complete high school requirements.
NSA Sophomore Emily Allison won the Nashville Public Library Foundation's Teen Poetry contest for the 13-15 age group. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was presented with the Foundation's Literary Award and chose the poetry contest winners.
The MNPS Career Exploration Fair, held in early November, keeps on giving. Not only did nearly 4,000 freshman have access to local business men and women, post-secondary opportunities, and educational opportunities, several are now also on the receiving end of special gifts donated by some of the events' partners. The winners are: Angela C., a student at Hunters Lane, won an iPod courtesy of Shoney's. Korteisha N. of Hunters Lane, Jennifer L. of Overton, Perrishea J. of McGavock, and Adam B. of Hillwoood received 30 Shoney's gift cards. Cornerstone Financial provided a four-pack of movie tickets to Austin B. of Glencliff, Daisy D. of Hillwood, Kamran B. of Overton, and Jackson M. of McGavock. Damir B. of Overton received an iPad courtesy of Building Trades. Veronica M., a freshman at Antioch High School, was the winner of a new laptop, courtesy of Bridgetsone!
Nine students, one parent, and one teacher at East Literature Magnet High School chopped off their ponytails before the Thanksgiving break. The hair was donated to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that weaves "real" wigs for cancer patients.
The Whites Creek Cluster families are invited to celebrate at Whites Creek Winterfest, Monday, Dec. 6. From 5:45 - 7:30 p.m., families will have an opportunity to meet with teachers, support staff and other families in the cluster. Open publication - Free publishing - More mnps
The MNPS Virtual Program is currently accepting enrollment for spring courses. But you may want to act quickly; the deadline to register is Dec. 15.The Virtual Program provides credit recovery and full content courses in a virtual setting. The program enables students totake classes in addition to the ones offered at their regular high school. Students must have a 2.5 GPA to enroll.To view a full list of courses offered, visit the MNPS Virtual Program website.
Friday, Dec. 3, hundreds of MNPS middle and high school students will take part in the 58th Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Christmas Parade. Marching bands, JROTC units, cheerleaders and dance teams will help spread some holiday cheer. And our very own Hillsboro High School Marching Band will help lead in good ole Saint Nick. The parade starts at 7 p.m. The official start will be at the Public Square.