The Nashville Symphony has signed on as an official partner of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Industry Magnet High School's Academy of Entertainment Management! This means students in the Academy will have even more opportunities to learn from the pros, and soon! First up, students will receive applied lessons on any instrument, free of charge, thanks to One Note One Neighborhood and W.O. Smith School of Music. The lessons will be taught by a member of the Nashville Symphony. March 24, The Nashville Symphony will hold a Career Day for select students. The group will get a behind the scenes look at the technical aspects of a production on any given night at the Symphony. In addition to these outstanding learning opportunities, the Symphony will provide new instruments to the school's marching band; send players to the school for concerts, sectionals, and teaching opportunities; and a variety of other learning opportunities!
The 2011 Forensics Camp, which will be held July 18 - 25, is officially accepting applicants! Throughout the week-long camp, students will enjoy guest presenters, artists and demonstrations. They will learn the fundamentals of debate, oral interpretation, speech arts, and radio/television/film communication arts. Held at Nashville School of the Arts, the camp will run each day from 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Students interested can download the application below and submit it, along with the camp fee of 125 and a medical release form, to:Metro Summer Forensics Camp at Nashville School of the Arts 1250 Foster AvenueNashville, Tenn., 37201 Open publication - Free publishing - More forensics camp
There's been a lot of focus lately on Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) programs both here in Nashville and nationally. In fact, three new STEM magnet schools will serve Metro students next year. For an example of how STEM programs are engaging students and building bridges between subjects, we turn to Overton High School Technology & Engineering teacher John Marshall. Mr. Marshall has a quite literal example of the "bridge building" that happens in STEM programs.
Friday, March 11, Pearl-Cohn will be hosting its third Poetic Lounge: A Tradition at its Finest. Students will recite self-written poems that express personal thoughts and emotions. The Sound Technology department will orchestrate light jazz music to accompany the students as they recite their poems, and the Visual Technology department will film the event, making the Poetic Lounge a true example of interdisciplinary learning. The Poetic Lounge began in 2009 by Teresita Hunt's English II Honors students. The class was studying a unit on poetry. After the students penned their own poems, they asked to have a poetry breakfast. Hunt agreed to the idea. The breakfast was such a hit, they decided to turn it into a larger event and the Poetic Lounge was born. In these first three years, the Poetic Lounge has grown from 15 young poets to 30!
Kenton Wesby, Madison Middle School, and Tanisha Wesby, Goodlettsville Elementary, have been invited to serve on the SECME National Advisory Council and as SECME Master Teacher Mentors throughout 2011-12. SECME has served as a key source of professional development for teachers, grades K-12, who focus on science, technology, engineering, and math - also known as STEM courses. According to a news release issued by SECME, as Master Teacher Mentors, the Wesbys will expand the role of SECME Master Teacher beyond the Summer Institute as Professional Learning Community Mentors. They will assist other teachers
Julia Green Elementary School is the first school within Metro Nashville Public Schools to be authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme developed for students in elementary grades.
Four Metro students have qualified to compete in the 2011 Tennessee Geogrphic Bee! Students in grades four through eight competed at the school level in order to qualify. These four winners had to not only best their fellow students in a school geography bee, they also had to take a written geography test from the National Geographic Society and score highly enough to qualify for the state competition.
Several schools in East Nashville are banding together for a career fair to benefit both students and parents. The hope is to strengthen partnerships between the East Nashville community and schools in the Stratford cluster so that everyone can support student and family growth together.
LP Pencil Box and some Metro teachers are benefiting from the talents and generosity of a local artist. Franklin watercolorist Gail McDaniel presented nearly 6,500 in grants to more than a dozen teachers from Davidson and Williamson counties, as well as to the LP Pencil Box, which provides free educational supplies to area schools and teachers. More than 1,400 was given to teachers in Nashville and will be used to buy art supplies for students at Nashville School of Arts, East Literature Magnet, and Sylvan Park Paideia. Another 2,400 was given to LP Pencil Box. The money is raised through the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel" program, which has hosted an arts fundraiser for eleven years running. A big thank you is due to Gail McDaniel and all of the donors that have made this possible! Gail McDaniel (center) surrounded by the recipients of her award grants.
Here in the MNPS Communications Office we don't play favorites. But we're quite fond of Overton High School teacher-innovator Adam Taylor.
Adam is a Teacher of the Year Finalist who never stops looking for ways to engage his students. Lucky for them, he's a self-professed technology nerd who has been using social media and mobile devices to increase class participation and even hold classes and lectures after school hours and on snow days!
Tonight the Board will discuss the 2011-12 operating budget. They will also consider the Director's Evaluation and talk about the upcoming Youth Safety Summit. Click here for a full agenda. <a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=0d0f172c39">Board of Education Meeting - March 8, 2011</a>Don't forget about the public hearing on the budget being held on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The public is invited to speak, but must register in advance. Click here for details.
If you didn't get to watch Dr. Register's State of Schools Address last night, or if you would just like to hear it again, you can now either read it online or watch it on Metro's Government Access Channel, Metro 3. The speech is printed in its entirety, along with the PowerPoint presentation, on the Director's page. You can also catch it on Metro Government Access Channel 3. The next scheduled air times are:Friday, March 4, 5 p.m.Saturday, March 5, 11:45 a.m.Sunday, March 6, 5 p.m.
On the evening of March 1, 2011, four new members were inducted into Nashville Public Schools Hall of Fame for their contributions to our schools and the community. The annual event is hosted by Nashville Alliance for Public Education, a key supporter of MNPS. Since its inception, Nashville Alliance has raised 25 million to advance student achievement in key academic areas such as math, science and music. Congratulations to the following, and thank you for your continued support of Nashville and MNPS.Charles E. Davis, 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Inductee Former NBA star and founder/CEO of the Charles Davis Foundation McGavock High School, 1976 James H. Fyke, 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award InducteeFormer Commissioner of TNDepartment of Environment and Conservation andformer Director of Metro ParksDuPont High School, 1957 Shirley A. Zeitlin, 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award InducteeNationally established realtor and CEO of Zeitlin & Company, Realtors®West End High School, 1952 Orrin H. Ingram, Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award InducteePresident & CEO of Ingram Industries, Inc.Chairman, Ingram Barge Company and public education advocate
Shonta Woodbury, a Spanish teacher at West End IB World School, has been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). From June 21 – July 5, Woodbury will join some of the nation's brightest educators in learning how to implement 1st through 12th grade curricula while integrating international perspectives and methodologies. The week-long program will focus specifically on the area of ESD in classrooms and communities.The Fulbright Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is administered by Fulbright Japan and jointly funded by the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Bordeaux Enhanced Option School is celebrating “Read Me Week” and “National Nutrition Month” March 7-11, with several special guests! First, Chef David Owens, author of “The Adventures of Brocklee and The Little Chef, will host an assembly Monday, March 7, at 9 a.m. He will read, discuss and demonstrate tasty nutritional recipes and facts to the student body. Chef David will return Tuesday, March 8, for a follow-up presentation at 5 p.m., for a demonstration and discussion with the parents in regards to community health. The Bordeaux EOS library will be open Tuesday night from 5 - 7 p.m., for parents and students to purchase books. A special section will be open for students to create their own books!
The students and staff of Caldwell Enhanced Option School are the recipients of the 2011 Youth Garden Grant from The National Gardening Association and Home Depot. Only 100 gardens were selected throughout the country from more than 1,200 "inspiring" submissions. Caldwell's garden vision was deemed as one that "exemplifies a well planned program that is likely to be well maintained and sustainable." The school has received educational materials from the National Gardening Association and a 500 gift card from The Home Depot.
Tuesday, March 8, all students and families interested in applying for one of the three new STEM Magnet schools - Hattie Cotton for elementary grades, Bailey for middle grades, and Stratford for high school grades - are invited to attend a STEM Magnet Showcase Night. The evening will consist of an overview of MNPS's six new thematic magnet schools, unique features of the STEM Magnets including a partnership with Vanderbilt University, hands-on demonstrations, and special displays be each of the three schools. Guests will be able to speak with students, staff and Vanderbilt representatives about the unique programs and partnerships. The presentation begins at 5:30 p.m., at Stratford High School.
The NCLB Public School Choice spring window is now open. This means students attending a high priority school are eligible to enroll at another school that is not high priority. This enrollment will be for the 2011-12 school year. Letters were mailed March 1 to families of all eligible students. These letters will explain the choices available and how to accept a school of choice. The deadline to accept Public School Choice is Thursday, March 31, 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to see a list of schools now offering Public School Choice, click here.
Ms. Weaver, French teacher at Martin Luther King Jr., Academic Magnet School, has been accepted into the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Future Leaders Fellowship Program in Montreal, Canada, which will be held in July and takes place immediately prior to the AATF’s annual convention. Weaver, who was nominated to the program by the Tennessee Chapter of the AATF, will work with future leaders from other chapters throughout the United States on ways in which to provide effective leadership on both a regional and national level. Weaver has been a member of the AATF since 2004 and is currently President Elect of the Tennessee Chapter.
Tuesday, March 1, Nashville was named the seventh Ford Next Generation Learning Hub for its forward-thinking approach to teaching and learning. This designation means Nashville will offer professional development as well as coaching and mentoring for other communities around the region who are looking to develop a reform plan that includes local education, community and business leader engagement. Click here to read the full release.
From Academy Teacher of the Year to Academy Partnership of the Year, several MNPS teachers administrators and business partners associated with The Academies of Nashville have been nominated for awards in the inaugural Academies of Nashville Award Ceremony! The ceremony will be held in May and hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here to read the Chamber's blog with a full list of nominees.
Metro Nashville Public Schools annual State of Schools Address by Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register will be held Thursday, March 3, from 5 – 6 p.m., at Martin Professional Development Center. Topics to be discussed include: · MNPS Achieves, the district’s transformational plan, progress and ongoing plans · A one-year summary of Race to the Top funding/expenditures · Student achievement and Increased Expectations · Professional Development and Instructional Leadership · Future Plans Individuals who cannot attend will be able to view the full address on the district’s website after the event.
Check out the latest issue of MNPS Report Home. The publication offers helpful test-taking tips, information about highly qualified teachers, district and school AYP status, two upcoming Parent University conferences, and much more!
In November 2010, thousands of first-time freshmen enrolled in Freshman Academies at the district's 12 zoned high schools spent the morning exploring career booths, interviewing professionals, and gaining hands-on experience in some of our region's most promising careers. The annual career fair is part of Freshman Seminar, a course that helps students examine post-secondary opportunities and plot out the next chapter of their lives. Now, Davidson County residents can see for themselves what the Career Fair entails! Nashville Education Community and Art Television's IQTV, Comcast Ch. 10 in Davidson County, has begun airing a 30-minute television program every Wednesday at 2;30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. The show was shot by students in Hillwood High School's Academy of Art, Design & Communication. NECAT, an academy partner, helped with filming and production.
Now through March 31, applications for the 2011-2012 Saint Thomas Science Scholars Program are being accepted! This is a great opportunity for students enrolling in Healthcare Academies through The Academies of Nashville. PENCIL Foundation works with Saint Thomas to select students through an application process. Through this program, students are exposed to several different career options in the industry and have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with hospital staff. If selected, students participate in six hands-on, interactive sessions at the hospital. These are Saturday sessions held throughout the school-year so students must have their own transportation.Student eligibility:Currently enrolled in honors science class in 9th gradeSuccessfully completed Honors BiologyInterested in learning about careers in healthcareDemonstrate a curiosity about scienceCommitted to attend 6 Saturday sessions at Saint Thomas Hospital during the school yearClick here for an application.
Parents, help your child be successful in school, at home, and in the community by attending the Parent University Spring Conference. The conference will be held on March 25 at Tennessee State University's Walter Davis Humanities Building. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. This conference is FREE and open to all MNPS families. Register Online NOWor PRINT a copy of the registration form.Inscríbase ahora En línea AHORA o IMPRIMA una copia del formulario de inscripción.
For the full meeting agenda, click here. <a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=c627a95c2d">Board of Education Meeting - February 22, 2011</a>
Come learn more about your golden opportunity with MNPS’s new Thematic Magnet schools!Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the school’s theme, curriculum, design, application process, student work and successes and challenges. Parents and community members who are interested in thematic magnet schools are encouraged to attend each theme-based showcase according to interest. Museum Magnet Showcase Night Tuesday March 1, 5:30-7pmBrief Program Overview Begins at 6:00 At Robert Churchwell Elementary, 1625 D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard Nashville TN Featuring: Robert Churchwell Elementary & John Early Middle Museum Magnet SchoolsScience, Technology, Engineering & Math Magnet Showcase NightTuesday March 8, 5:30-7pmBrief Program Overview Begins at 6:00at Stratford High, Nashville TN Featuring: Hattie Cotton Elementary, Bailey Middle and Stratford High STEM Magnet SchoolsEntertainment Magnet Showcase NightTuesday March 22, 5:30-7pmBrief Program Overview Begins at 6:00at Pearl-Cohn High, 904 26th Avenue North Nashville TN Featuring: Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High SchoolFor questions and more information please contact: Amy Crownover at 615-259-3282 ext: 858040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metro School's Department of Exceptional Education will be hosting a School to Community Transition Fair for exceptional education students. The fair will be held Monday, March 28, from 4 - 7 p.m., at Martin Professional Development Center. Students and their families will have access to more than 50 vendors, including representatives from state and local agencies and community service agencies. Guests will learn about post-high school options including employment, adult living, community service, post-secondary education and recreational activities. Open publication - Free publishing - More metro schools
For the 2010-11 school year, we have missed ten days due to winter weather. It is important that we makeup instructional time before the critical TCAP testing that occurs April 13-20.Friday, March 11 will be a regular school day. This day was originally planned for teacher planning and needed teacher approval before it was converted into a school day.Monday, March 14 will also be a regular school day. After conducting a thorough survey of parents, staff and teachers, it was decided to convert the first day of spring break (March 14) into an instructional day.While we realize that this decision will not please everyone, it is extremely important to fit in more instructional before state testing. We thank you for your understanding and are looking forward to strong attendance on our added days. Normal attendance rules will apply to these added days.The results of all surveys are posted below.
Approximately 70% of adults with disabilities are unemployed in the U.S. These individuals are highly dedicated, talented, and genuinely want to work. And now, many of them are thanks to the strong partnerships formed through the MNPS Exceptional Education Department's Community Based Transition Program. This program has opened the door to internship opportunities, work-based training, and even gainful employment. But the students aren't the only ones who benefit. Check out the video below for an in-depth look at the power of community-based transition programs. A special thank you to the students and teachers who allowed us to tag along (with cameras) on their busy days, as well as the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt, Airport Marriott, the United Methodist Publishing House, Skyline Medical Center, Martin Professional Development Center, and the MNPS Customer Service Center for not only opening their doors to our students and staff, but for participating in this video.
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ Associate Superintendent of High Schools Jay Steele has been named to the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Board of Directors. Steele will assist NCAC in communicating with the states, districts and schools within the region about efforts to build and sustain career academies. Steele will serve a two-year term on the board of directors in region one, which includes 22 states. He will represent the region at annual board meetings, serve as the main contact for the region and contribute to publications released by NCAC. Steele’s appointment comes after years of high school redesign both here in Nashville and in his former district, St. John’s County, Fla. In June of 2010, Steele’s team successfully unveiled The Academies of Nashville, a set of academies within MNPS’ 12 zoned high schools. Read the full release below. Open publication - Free publishing - More steele
Student filmmakers! Here is your chance to flex your creative muscle and to help make your schools safer. MNPS is changing its approach to bullying. We've more clearly defined what is considered bullying and beefed up out reporting and investigation practices. The next step to any good change in policy is to spread the word. That's where we need your help.We want your ideas for videos to build awareness and encourage students to report bullying incidents. Following the guidelines posted at the bottom of this page, submit your video to the Anti-Bullying Taskforce. We'll sift through and pick a standout to serve as our primary PSA on the website!Your video should accomplish three things: Show what bullying is. Pushing and shoving? That's bullying. Harassing text messages at school? That's bullying. Name calling and threats on Facebook? That's bullying. Show as many forms as you please. Feel free to include the phrase "This is Bullying." Encourage students to report bullying in whatever way is safe and comfortable. Particular importance should be placed on the new text message reporting system that is under heavy consideration. Don't worry about including the phone number. We'll take care of that later. Feel free to include the phrase "Here is Help." Have fun and be creative! We want to see what you can do! Be as inventive and as fun as possible. Use whatever format and style you want. Just remember your audience: fellow students. Of course, no contest is complete without rules and a deadline, so here they are: Five minutes or shorter, with preference given to videos under three minutes. No obscenities, threatening language, or otherwise inappropriate material should be included. Use common sense. Inappropriate material will not be considered or tolerated. If you have students in your video, include a list of first and last names for every student. Any student featured in a video must have their parents sign a media permission form. Unsure if you have one? Check with your main office. Your video will be used by the MNPS Communications Department in many potential forms: online, television, presentations, group meetings and any other form that we see fit. Deadline: March 15, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. You may post your video to YouTube or another video sharing site. Send links to these videos to MNPSCommunicationsOffice@mnps.org You may also submit your video on DVD or CD and send it to the following address: MNPS Communications2601 Bransford AvenueNashville, TN 37204 Questions? Ask MNPSCommunicationsOffice@mnps.org We hope that you take advantage of this great opportunity!
If you have a child who speaks a language other than English and has a date of birth between October 1st 2005 and September 30th of 2006, you need to register your child for Kindergarten at the Office of English Learners. Registration will began February 28, 2011 and will be by appointment only. It is best to register your child before the first day of school. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact the EL Office at (615) 259-8608 Si ustedes tienen niños que hablan un idioma diferente al inglés y con fecha de nacimiento entre el 1º de octubre de 2005 y el 30 de septiembre de 2006 necesitan matricularlos para Kindergarten en la Oficina de Inglés como Idioma Adicional. Nosotros empezaremos a inscribir con cita previa a partir del 28 de Febrero de 2011. No esperen hasta el primer día de escuela, matriculen a sus niños con tiempo. Para más información y para hacer una CITA comuníquense con la Oficina de Inglés como Idioma Adicional (615) 259.8608
To help students and teachers have ample time to prepare for spring testing, MNPS is moving the TCAP testing window back. Originally scheduled for April 11-15, TCAP testing for students grades 3-8 will now be held Wednesday, April 13 - Wednesday, April 20. Parents, please also remember that Monday, Feb. 21, will now be a regular school day. Originally planned for professional development, the district calendar committee voted to use this day to make up lost instructional time.
Junior Achievement's BizTown Summer Camp applications are now available! At the camp, students will run their own businesses in JA's life-like mini-city, exposing each to a slew of desirable job and life skills including leadership, responsibility, team work, and work ethic. Camp sessions will be held June 20-24 and July 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. For more information, including costs and contact information, click on the full release below. Open publication - Free publishing - More mnps
Meri Kock, a school counselor from Hillsboro High School, has been named one of the top ten school counselors in America. Kock is one of more than 230 elementary, middle, and secondary school counselors nationwide who were nominated for the School Counselor of the Year award. The award, which is presented by the American School Counselor Association, honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates and often lifesavers for the nation’s students. Open publication - Free publishing - More mnps
The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room at Bransford Avenue. Click here for a meeting agenda. &lt;a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=29a541425f"&gt;Board of Education Meeting - Tuesday, February 8, 2011&lt;/a&gt;
During the 2008-09 school year, Smithson-Craighead Academy was placed on probation by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for failing math. Now, thanks to new practices placed in the curriculum to increase TCAP scores and working diligently, Smithson-Craighead now is in “Good Standing” with the Office of Charter and Private Schools for making AYP for the 2009 -10 school year! Today, students, staff, parents and community members gathered for a big celebration and a kick off for the new year of Math in Motion and Read to Race. At the end of the celebration, top-achievers from each class hopped in their race cars and hit the gas! To meet AYP, every classroom included weekly data analysis to assess student progress and provide remediation and acceleration. Teachers held weekly team meetings to brainstorm, implement and evaluate daily practices. Literacy, numeracy and technology coaches assisted teachers with innovative methods to promote skill mastery. Students met in study groups and even used TCAP practice tests for review. Weekly math and reading challenges were held in class to motivate the students for the upcoming test. Teachers and assistants relied on each other to ensure that every student was learning and engaging in classroom instruction for making AYP.
The Director's PAC will meet as a full body on Thursday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin Professional Development Center. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can follow along with it live right here on Children First! The live-blog opens at 6:15. Click here to learn more about the Director's PAC. &lt;a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=51024c06fd"&gt;Director's Parents Advisory Council Full Meeting&lt;/a&gt;
Several MNPS performance groups performed during the 2011 Keep the Music Playing All-Stars Concert, which was held Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. This concert was in appreciation to the CMA for providing Metro Schools with instruments and music through its Keep the Music Playing Program that has donated more than 3 million in musical equipment to Metro Schools. The schools invited to perform include: Croft Design Center Full Orchestra Jones Paideia Choir – “Super Stars” DuPont Tyler Middle School Advanced Band Duet – Luke Bryant (country artist and emcee) and Sam Hunter (guitarist from Nashville School of the Arts) Nashville School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble Pearl-Cohn High School Choir Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School Full Orchestra Special guests who will be in attendance at the concert are: Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Schools Mayor Karl Dean Luke Bryan, Country Music Star Pam Garrett, Executive Director of Nashville Alliance for Public Education Steve Moore, CEO of CMA Alan Valentine, President/CEO of the Nashville Symphony
On June 20, 2011, Brian Strahine, Counselor at West End IB World Middle School, will depart on a 48-day, 3,300-mile bike ride with 39 other avid cyclists participating in the Big Ride Across America. The team's trek will begin in Seattle, Washington, and take them across 12 states. Even more impressive than the physical challenge of Strahine's adventure is the reason behind his ride -- his friend and colleague Andrea Morrison Baker, former counselor at Eakin Elementary, who passed away suddenly at the age of 37. Strahine will be donating his ride to her memory and raising money for The Andrea Baker Memorial Fund along the way. The ride will also raise funds for the American Lung Association. Open publication - Free publishing - More mnps
Roughly 13,000 of the MNPS's 78,000 students will change schools this school year. This high level of mobility, due in large part to family relocation, can have a significant impact on student achievement levels as it forces students to get accustomed to a new school, new teachers, and new classmates. It also can create difficulties for students if the new school is on a different learning pace than the first school attended. The district has adopted tier-level pacing guides to minimize the fluctuation in instruction, but each class must go at a pace that benefits the students.But guess what? Even if the family moves outside of the zone, the student does not have to switch schools mid-year. MNPS is proud to offer families a Continuity Option; i.e., the opportunity to stay at the current school even if you move out of zone. The continuity option can be used for the remainder of the school year, or even as long as it takes for a child to finish that tier.For example, if a 5th grader at JT Moore moves to Antioch, he or she can choose to finish the school year at JT Moore. The student can even choose to stay at JT Moore all the way through the 8th grade. In 9th grade, he or she would enroll at the school of zone, or utilize Open Enrollment or the annual magnet and optional school lottery. The issue of mobility is one that is often foreign to small rural school districts, but one that is very real to MNPS. Of the 13,000 students who will change schools this year, less than 1,800 will utilize the Continuity Option. To read more about mobility rates, the impact on student achievement, and ways MNPS is addressing the issue, check out today's article in the Tennessean, Nashville Schools Tackle Student Mobility.
Starting in January and continuing throughout the spring, the MNPS Community Career Center will offer a variety of free computer classes for MNPS parents. The classes range from basic Internet training and safety to advanced lessons in Microsoft Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.). The classes are taught at six locations: John Henry Hale Community Center, 1433 Jo Johnston Avenue (on the corner of 16th Ave North); Sam Levy Community Center, 302 Foster Street; Preston Taylor Community Center, 3900 Clifton Ave.; Vine Hill Community Center, 601 Benton Avenue; Antioch Middle School and Park Ave Elementary School. For a complete schedule of classes, click here. Also, the United Way offers volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) program that is free to any family that earns less than 49,000 annually. This service is offered at the John Henry Hale Community Center and Sam Levy Community Center. The entire staff is IRS certified. To make an appointment and learn what documents to bring, call 298-6752.
Hillsboro High School has been granted authorization for its Middle Years Programme (MYP), a version of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme designed for 9th and 10th grade students. This authorization will enable Hillsboro to offer a full MYP and IB Diploma Programme (DP) pathway for students entering Hillsboro from JT Moore and West End middle schools, both of which are also MYP authorized. “This authorization is significant not only for Hillsboro High School,but for our entire cluster,” said Dr. Terry Shrader, principal of Hillsboro. “We will now be able to offer the IB Middle Years program for students grades 5-10 in partnership with our authorized IB feeder middle schools. This designation will provide unlimited possibilities for the students in the Hillsboro cluster and continues our vision of creating an international high school at Hillsboro. It’s very exciting.” The full release is below. Open publication - Free publishing - More mnps
Click here for a meeting agenda. &lt;a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=284d7ac2f5"&gt;Board of Education Meeting - Tuesday, January 25, 2011&lt;/a&gt;
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools will hold a press conference to discuss the release of the 2010 Report Card by the State Department of Education. Information regarding the district’s status, the impact of higher state standards, and the impact of the May 2010 flood on testing will be discussed. The press conference will begin at 2:45 p.m.Live-blog opens at 2:30 p.m. &lt;a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=f9a5aeb82f"&gt;Report Card Press Conference&lt;/a&gt;
Each year thousands of students come to Nashville from all over the world – Myanmar, Congo, Sudan, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, and the list goes on. Many have never stepped foot inside a classroom or seen running water. Some have received formal education in their native country, but arrive with no knowledge of the English language. These challenges don’t discourage the employees in Metro Schools English Learners Office. They embrace every individual -- accommodating languages, helping families get up-to-date immunizations, and simply finding ways to overcome language and cultural barriers. But that’s not all they do. Inside the center operates an International Newcomers Academy, a small school that accommodates 30 – 40 students who need additional support as they transition into their new lives. Students learn the foundations of each subject, take field trips, and participate in activities designed to acclimate them to the American culture. The EL Office and International Newcomers Academy are unique gems hidden inside one of the state’s largest public education systems. The work they do is remarkable, as are the families they serve. We invite you to step inside the colorful world and see for yourself how special this center is.
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.View full release below.
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.
A big shout out to Hume-Fogg Magnet Academic High School for being nominated for the presitgious 2011 Blue Ribbon Award. Hume-Fogg was nominated as a High Performing School. It currently ranks among Tennessee's Top 10% in academic achievement. Hume-Fogg is one of six schools in Tennessee nominated for the national recognition. Only one other was nominated as a High Performing School. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2011.
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.
Don't be left out of important messages and information - make sure your contact information is up to date!Whether you're a parent, employee or both, it is vitally important that your school knows how to reach you. There are school, cluster and district-wide callouts; important letters home; newsletters; books; grades; score sheets - an endless number of pieces of information that need to find their way home to you!Please take the time to call your school, review that their information for you is correct and make any needed changes. You can find complete contact information for your school on our School Lists. If you are an employee, you can find official Human Resources forms for changing your personal information on the HR website.Thank you for taking a few moment to get this done - and for everything you do to support Metro Schools!
With Tennessee’s new standards among the toughest in the nation, the district set the academic magnet qualification standard for 2011-2012 at “Proficient” in both Reading and Math on TCAP. The district did not change its process this year, it simply used the new state standards to determine its qualifying scores. The “Proficient” TCAP standard is understandable, available to parents, and allows a diverse group of academically qualified students to enter the magnet school lottery. The district considered using other qualifying criteria, like scoring Advanced in both Reading and Math, or scoring Advanced in one subject and Proficient in the other. With the tough new TCAP standards, these approaches would not fill the seats available at the academic magnet schools. District staff will monitor these numbers in the future to determine when to make adjustments as student achievement increases. Academic Magnet School Qualifying CriteriaStudents may qualify for academic magnet schools for the 2011-2012 school year as follows: Students must have an academic average of 85 or above for the spring semester of last year and the first grading period of the current year with no failing grades, and Students must score Proficient or Advanced in both Reading and Math on either the 2010 TCAP Achievement Test or the 2010 TCAP English Linguistically Simplified Assessment (ELSA). Students who did not take TCAP can qualify with a combined stanine of 14 or higher for Reading and Math on a nationally normed achievement test. Click here to read more about magnet schools.
Click here for more information on the new standards. <a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=3b49617bc5">Live Chat with Dr. Paul Changas to Understand Tennessee's New Academic Standards</a>
Metro Nashville Public Schools is excited to announce its 2009-10 online annual report, www.annualreport.mnps.org. The purpose of this report is to give employees, students, staff, and community members a comprehensive look inside the school district. It is our hope that the 2009-10 MNPS Online Annual Reportwill give the entire Nashville community an in-depth look at where the district has been and where we are headed. The goal was to create a site with a wealth of information that individuals can browse at their own pace and in a format that utilizes visual, auditory and interactive elements. We also wanted to offer this report to a much larger audience. In years past, the district has been limited by printing costs. This site was created in-house and at no additional cost to the district. Individuals can view it at home, work, in any of Metro Nashville’s public libraries, and in our schools.
The Tennessee Department of Education recently announced that Tennessee has been awarded nearly 35 million in a Teacher Incentive Fund Grant. The 34.9 million will be used to support student academic achievement by providing highly effective teachers and administrators. Specifically, the grant will help fund new teacher- and principal-evaluation based pay programs. To read the full release, click here.
www.ONENashville.org Scroll down for a full release. &lt;a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=0421432e99"&gt;ONE Nashville&lt;/a&gt; The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office, PENCIL Foundation, the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Stand for Children and Alignment Nashville, has launched ONE NASHVILLE, a new initiative to bolster support for Nashville’s public schools. “The Nashville Chamber initiated this effort because we understand that the success of our public schools affects us all,” said Ralph Schulz, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “For Nashville to continue to be a great city for families and businesses, we all must take responsibility for making sure we have great public schools.” ONE NASHVILLE encourages all Nashvillians to get involved in Metro Schools by donating, advocating or volunteering. The initiative’s website, www.onenashville.org, allows visitors to explore the different options and decide which is best for them. Once decided, the website directs visitors to the corresponding organizations. To volunteer, visitors to the ONE NASHVILLE website are directed to the PENCIL Foundation’s volunteer portal, www.schoolvolunteers.org, or the Nashville Alignment or Academies of Nashville websites. Visitors interested in making a donation are directed to the Nashville Alliance for Public Education for monetary donations and to the LP PENCIL Box for donations of school supplies. To advocate, visitors are directed to Friends of Metro Schools. The ONE NASHVILLE website also has a page with parent resources that connects parents to MNPS parent programs. “The launch of ONE NASHVILLE is a big step toward making our public schools even better,” said Mayor Karl Dean. “Nashvillians now have one resource to learn about the many great education-based nonprofits in town and can figure out what kind of involvement is right for them. It has never been easier to support our public schools.” The ONE NASHVILLE website also includes a Spanish page and a “Community Spotlight” page showcasing the variety of ways people can get involved through success stories from volunteers, donors and advocates. The spotlights illustrate how every contribution, both large and small, can impact a child’s life. “There are a lot of great things happening in Metro Schools, and community support makes all the difference in maintaining that positive momentum,” said Dr. Jesse Register, MNPS director of schools. “ONE NASHVILLE is about inspiring all Nashvillians to take action and be a part of improving our city and our schools.”
Did You Know? The MNPS Food Services Department will serve more than 6.5 million lunches and 2.3 million breakfasts during the 2010-11 school year. MNPS cafeterias incorporate healthy alternatives – like high-fiber, wheat crust pizza; low-fat turkey-meat corndogs; and low-sugar flavored milks - into the lunch line. Most students gobble these healthier versions up as quickly as they would gobble the unhealthy alternatives. All MNPS meals are planned by a registered dietician, and many of the healthier items are even taste-tested by students prior to serving. Funded under the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act, the Food and Nutrition Services program at Metro Nashville Public Schools is an extension of the educational programs of the school system. The MNPS food services team takes great pride in offering tasty and nutritious meals to our students, as well as educating students and parents on the importance of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. One way the department will do this is by offering monthly food tips, the first of which focuses on protein. Remember Popeye’s love for spinach? And the bulging biceps he immediately grew after downing the leafy, nutrient-rich greens? While slightly exaggerated, this is a great example of a primary benefit of healthy eating; it's good for the body. Spinach, you see, is an excellent source of iron and protein, among numerous other vitamins and nutrients. Protein specifically is necessary in building and maintaining all body tissues and muscles. It is also an important ingredient for enzymes, hormones and fluids of the body. Food sources of protein are lean meat, poultry, fish, seafood’s, eggs, milk, dry beans, peas, nuts, and yes, spinach! Cereals, breads, vegetables and fruits also provide some protein.Next month, the mineral your body can't do without.
With three months still left in the school year, Homework Hotline has already helped thousands of students work through their assignments and return to school confident in their ability to excel. So far for 2010-2011, Homework Hotline teacher-volunteers have fielded 8,619 calls! Despite the huge volume of calls, each student receives an average of 24 minutes of one-on-one homework help and tutoring in each phone call. That time pays off, too, as volunteers report that 92% of students who call hang up with the correct answer and a better understanding of the concept behind it.More than one-third of the calls received have been from children who speak another language than English. Thankfully, Homework Hotline offers immediate help in seven different languages, including English, Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, Swahili, Creole, and Turkmani. This year, bilingual volunteers have helped: 1,422 children speaking Arabic 519 children speaking Kurdish or Turkmani 480 children speaking Spanish 8 children speaking Creole 535 children speaking a variety of other languages The amazing people behind Homework Hotline work four days a week, four hours each night. And thanks to a generous assembly of sponsors and a dedicated Board of Directors, it's offered free of charge to all Nashville families.If your child needs help with his or her homework or needs a little extra push after school to master a classroom concept, remember that Homework Hotline and its teacher-volunteers are there and eager to help. Homework Hotline298-6636Monday - Thursday4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.August - May
Great news, Nashville! Metro Schools has created a new tool for students, parents, and prospective families in deciding which school best fits the family and child's needs. The Parents' Guide to Public Schools is full of information to help guide you through your child's education. Individual school profiles, district maps, helpful enrollment tips, facts and figures regarding the school system, opportunities for advanced academics and extracurricular activities, and many more topics will be covered in the guide.
Tennessee has made it to the top in the unprecedented federal push for education reform. The first round winners of the Race to the Top program were announced Monday, March 29, by the U.S. Department of Education. Over the course of the next four years, Tennessee will receive 500 million to implement a comprehensive school reform plan. Delaware was also named a grant winner, receiving 100 million. Click here for more.