In less than a month, they've performed live with Brad Paisley on Good Morning America, walked the red carpet at the CMA Awards, and performed again during the CMA's with Paisley. As if that isn't enough to make Charley Woods and Mignon Grabois' senior years spectacular, the pair are now featured inside this week's issue of Country Weekly! Way to go, girls!
Board Member & Sports Fan Mark North
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
December is here and you can't escape those familiar holiday tunes playing in malls, on the radio and TV.Shake it up this year and escape the old standards by taking in one of the many fine performances by Metro students! Below is a listing of some of the performing arts events happening in Metro Schools in December. If you're looking for the holiday spirit or something a little outside the norm, take your pick and support our young artists!
MNPS Virtual School is now accepting applications! Students interested in the flexibility and independence of online learning can register for full-time or part-time classes now through Dec. 8. Part-time courses can be taken to supplement regular course loads or to recover lost credits.
To learn more, check out a list of offerings for Spring 2012, or register, visit the MNPS Virtual School.
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Have you met our Family Involvement Specialists? Their mission in Metro Schools is to remove barriers to learning by working within clusters and directly with families. They are trained, talented, multi-lingual, and dedicated to helping all Metro Schools families.Together our Family Involvement Team has compiled these seven habits for successful students. These habits are a great first step to establishing a foundation of involvement in your child's education and growth.Read them over and think about how you can implement each of them. Then head over to our Family Involvement & Community Services page to see which of our Specialists serves your cluster.
Out of more than 900 applications, four MNPS 5th graders were the big winners of the RESPECT contest sponsored by Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, a Nashville-based law firm.
Sam F. of East Literature Magnet Middle and Alexa M. of Apollo Middle tied for third. Both were awarded $300, and their teachers were awarded $400. The students were able to select a charity of choice that would also receive funding. Sam chose St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital while Alexa chose Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Both organizations were awarded $300.
Placing 2nd was Elijah B., a student at Thurgood Marshall Middle School (pictured right with teacher Stephanie Cafferky). Elijah was awarded $600; his teacher received $800, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was awarded $600.
Susannah L., a student at Meigs Magnet Middle, claimed 1st place and was awarded $1,000. Her teacher also received $1,000, as did her charity, St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
They’ve done it again. Facebook has changed the way you see what your friends are talking about – and even which friends you see and don’t see. You might have noticed a change to your News Feed on the Facebook homepage. You now see ‘highlighted’ stories first in your feed instead of the most recent stories. You can tell which stories are highlighted by the light blue triangle across the top-left corner of the update. Stories are highlighted by the computers at Facebook, based on what they think you’ll be interested in most. This means Facebook decides which updates are most important to you, and not everyone makes the cut. But you can fix it. Here’s how.
The 2011 Parents' Guide to Public Schools is now available! To learn about district services, individual schools, and how to enroll, check it out here.
Tyler W., a freshman at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, is the owner of a new laptop thanks to the generosity of Permanent General. Permanent General is a large supporter of the Academies of Nashville and attended the 2011 Career Exploration Fair. Kent Fourman, Vice President & CEO of Permanent General, made a special trip to Pearl-Cohn where he hand delivered the new laptop.
To recognize longtime Library Director Donna Nicely, Metro Nashville Board of Education saluted her outstanding service. MNPS Lead Librarian Kathy Bennett offered the following:
Librarian Donna Nicely recently retired after 16 years as library director of the Nashville Public Library. This evening we get to say thank you – in a formal way – for all that she has done for the students and teachers of our public schools.
Donna Nicely is an adventurer, a visionary you might say, with the ability to see what might be and the courage to put it into action. Partnering with Mayor Dean and Dr. Register, she guided the creation of Limitless Libraries. Starting with five pilot high school libraries, the program now includes all middle and high school libraries. With special funds provided by the city’s budget, thousands of new items have been added to our middle and high school libraries, including DVDs, books on CD and play-aways. Thanks to the new materials, and a Limitless Libraries goal of 12 good items per student in each school, book circulation in high school libraries soared, in some cases with an increase of over 100%.
Limitless Libraries, under Donna Nicely’s leadership, is a model of resource sharing on many levels, including skills and materials. More than 23,000 MNPS students are registered as LL users. These students can request a book from the public library online – and have it delivered to their schools, opening up the public library to those who might lack transportation or time. In fact, the circulation of public library materials delivered to metro school students exceeded several of the public library branches in the month of October. School librarians now repeat the mantra – no more excuses! to the students who say they cannot complete an assignment. Numbers don’t say it all, however. Our metro students are truly becoming lifelong library users with their ability to access resources from all over the city. The practice of discovering what they want (or need) leads all students on the road to becoming independent researchers.
Donna Nicely has fielded calls from city leaders and librarians from all over the country asking about how Limitless Libraries can work in their hometowns. City governments are intrigued with the potential for sharing resources; public libraries see the benefits of serving students where they are, and school libraries clearly see the benefit of easily accessing public library resources. This list of contributions brings to mind a quote from Robert F. Kennedy, who said, “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
Juniors enrolled in the Academy of Digital Design and Communication at McGavock High School will be showing off their debut films Monday, Nov. 21, at the school’s second annual DDC Film Festival.
Throughout the semester, students have worked with Stones River National Battlefield and CMT to produce three – five minute films depicting specific battles of the Civil War. All films are 100% student created and produced.
At 6:30 p.m., student filmmakers will walk the red carpet. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for this event are $5 at the door.
Brad Brown, theatre teacher and head of the fine arts department at Hillsboro High School, is headed to the West Coast to hang out with none other than Alex Trebek. After an eight-month long testing and audition process, he was selected as one of 15 teachers from across the nation to compete in the 2nd Annual Teachers' Tournament on Jeopardy! The tournament will be filmed January 23-24, 2012. The winner will take home $100,000. Air dates have yet to be announced, so stay tuned and help us wish Mr. Brown good luck!
Emily Cathcart, a sixth grade Science teacher at East Literature Magnet School, has her artwork on display in newly published book! Prior to joining MNPS, Cathcart worked under Dr. David Pitts as a faculty associate for the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Her illustrations are now shown around the world in his book, Studying Eastern Bluebirds: A Biologist’s Report and Reflections.
Cathcart, who was trained as an artist, has previously served as a free-lance artist, illustrating everything from cartoons to graphic designs, and even some sign painting. Congratulations!
One in four children in Tennessee struggle with hunger every year. Nashville leaders want to put an end to that trend, at least for the holiday season.
Next Thursday, the Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Kroger will be hosting the annual "Fill the Boat" food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank. The goal of the day is to fill the OEM boat with non-perishable food items that will be donated to Second Harvest.
The food drive will take place this Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., outside the Nipper’s Corner Kroger off Edmondson Pike in South Nashville. The most needed food items include canned chicken/tuna, peanut butter, canned vegetables/fruits, soups and stews, pasta and cereal.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, Rose Park Math & Science Magnet School held its first Family Math Night and Open House for prospective parents, which more than 200 students and parents attended. Rose Park’s Numeracy Coach, Carol Lampkin explains, “The objective of Family Math Night is to engage parents and students in active, purposeful learning, and see that math is FUN! It also gives our students the opportunity to confirm their knowledge and demonstrate mastery of math standards while allowing them to enhance their leadership skills.”
Participants rotated through various stations that were all created, set up and facilitated by Rose Park students. These stations included problem-solving and real-life application math games that can also be done at home.
Rose Park Magnet Principal, Risè W. Pope was extremely pleased with the turn out, saying, “At Rose Park Math & Science Magnet Middle School, we are serious and committed to providing opportunities to explore Math and Science. Events like this further demonstrate that our students are passionate and dedicated to the rigorous math and science curriculum that we have in place."
A pair of seniors at Overton High School will join the nation’s best marching band students in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game. In a special ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 15, Rachel Clark and Mary Morrow were invited to participate in the nationally televised bowl game alongside 123 other marching band students from across the country. Clark will represent the school in the Color Guard while Morrow will represent on the trumpet.
On hand to celebrate and present the girls with their All-American hats and jackets were Staff Sgt Steve Toler, 1st Sgt Juan Canalda, Maj Elaine Johnson, Ltc Adolphus Weems, Cpt. Earl Roloff and SSG Robert Tunnell. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game will be held in San Antonio, Texas. It will be broadcast live Saturday, Jan. 7, on NBC.
Both girls hope to continue their marching band participation after graduation. Clark is planning to attend the University of Alabama where she will participate in the university’s Color Guard. Morrow hopes to attend either Florida State University or Middle Tennessee State University and continue playing the trumpet.
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Parents, you are integral to your child’s success in school. Whether it’s reading to your child at home, helping him or her with homework, joining a parent/teacher group, emailing or calling the teacher to share information, or volunteering at the school, your involvement can have a direct and lasting impact on your child’s academic success. For many children, just knowing you care about education and support them will help them reach a higher level of success.
This year, as we recognize National Parental Involvement Day, many of our schools are also celebrating the Thanksgiving season. We want to take advantage of the timing by recognizing and showing our appreciation for parents who are active and involved in their child’s education. We also hope this time will encourage others to get involved.
I hope you will find time this week, particularly as we recognize National Parental Involvement Day on the 17th, to consider ways you can support your child’s education that work for your own family.
We appreciate the thousands of dedicated and caring parents and grandparents who already volunteer in and support our schools. You are making a difference for your children and all the students you help.
Jesse B. Register, Ed.D.
Click here to learn how to take part in our Harvest Festival Lunch
There are several ways you can get involved at your child’s school. In 2003, Tennessee adopted six parental involvement standards. They include:
Welcoming all families into the school community. Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class and school.
Communicating effectively. Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.
Supporting student success. Families and school staff continuously work together to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Speaking up for every child. Families are informed and enabled to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
Sharing power. Families and school staff are equal partners with equal representation in decisions that affect students and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
Collaborating with community. Families and school staff work together with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.
Metro Schools do very well with fire safety, despite what you may hear about a story promoted by a local media outlet. Our staff and employees of the Metro Fire Marshal’s office work closely to ensure the safety of our students and employees and we value the partnership and respect that has developed between our two agencies. In fact, Fire Marshal Danny Hunt has publicly stated that Metro Schools’ staff is responsive when any question about fire safety or a fire alarm system is raised, and we share this opinion regarding our work with his staff. All buildings have fire alarm systems and the district has two full-time, certified personnel dedicated to inspecting and responding to maintenance on those systems. In addition, our schools conduct monthly fire drills as required by law. These drills not only provide students and staff the opportunity to practice how to evacuate safely in the event of a fire, they are also a monthly system test to ensure equipment and procedures are working properly. Here are the facts:
The safety of our students and staff is not something we take lightly. Metro Schools takes great care to ensure our facilities are safe for all.
Metro families have a brand new digital advantage in the Fall Application process this year. The new GeoZone mapping tool helps families find just the right fit by showing them exactly where they stand among the dozens of options available.
The Office of Student Assignment has been hard at work for months developing this new tool, which guides families not only through their own school zones, but also maps out:
GeoZone comes along just in time with the Fall Application period in full swing. By mapping out school options GeoZone complements the ZoneFinder tool, which helps families find their school of zone.
Try it out for yourself. It's easy to use and packed with information. Use the icons listed below to navigate and find the school you're looking for. Once you've found a school on the map, you can roll your cursor over or click on it to find more information about the school, such as its School Profile and website.
Click here to try out GeoZone.
Jessica Oliver of I.T. Creswell Middle Arts Magnet School has been named the News2 Educator of the Week! Jessica was featured on the evening and morning news. To see what makes her stand out in the classroom, check out the News2 Educator of the Week site.
Glengarry Elementary School celebrated being “portable free” during its building dedication. The school has undergone remodeling projects that added three new wings and 22 new classrooms to its original structure. Glengarry Elementary has been educating students for more than 49 years. Within its diverse student body, more than 19 countries and 14 different languages are represented.
Thursday, Nov. 17 is National Parent Involvement Day, and Metro Schools wants you to get involved! There are a number of ways to get involved. A great way to get connected is by contacting your cluster Parent Involvement Specialist.
Update: Recap and pictures of the event! More.
Join Target and The Mission Continues at Whitsitt Elementary School on November 11, 2011 for a day of community service and appreciation! Veterans and members of the military community will work in partnership with Target employees to improve Whitsitt Elementary. The five areas of focus will be
Date: 11/11/2011 (Friday)
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: 110 Whitsett Road; Nashville, TN 37210
Last week’s North Sports Report Game of the Week – Maplewood Principal Ron Woodard played the gracious host for the first round playoff game. The Maplewood Panthers football team was not as hospitable to the visitors as MNPS leading rusher and Mr. Football finalist Ladarius Vanlier carried the ball for 316 yards and four touchdowns … he had two more touchdowns called back because of penalties. Awesome! Different perspectives appreciate different things: Several television photojournalists at the game noticed and commented about the improved lighting from the new stadium lights. That brightened everyone’s night. Brush with fame – two Campbells: I enjoyed visiting and watching the game with math teacher extraordinaire and former Hunters Lane football coach Richard Campbell and Stratford Spartan legend running back Joe Campbell – two great men who have had great careers following their playing days at Stratford. Maplewood hosts Liberty this Friday night at 7:00pm. Everyone come out and cheer for the Panthers. In other action, Pearl-Cohn Firebirds defeated top seeded Smith County and will continue on the road toward the championship next week at Harpeth. It looks like Pearl-Cohn will play away games all the way to Cookeville for the Championship game. Go Firebirds! Congratulations to Antioch Bears, Glencliff Colts and Overton Bobcats on great seasons, and good luck to all the seniors who played their last high school game Friday night.
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The J.T. Moore Middle School Counseling Department, with the help of the Hillsboro Cluster Family Involvement specialists, planned and hosted a Parent-Teacher ‘Meet and Eat,’ at the Easley Community Center on Nov. 1. All J.T. Moore faculty and staff were present as were several local community organizations including Salama Urban Ministries, the Mental Health Co-op, Brighter Days Tutoring, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Families and teachers had the opportunity to get to know one another and sit down to a wonderful meal catered by From Scratch Catering and Darlene’s Cakes.
The event was a great success, increasing the school’s presence in the community while helping parents and teachers form collaborative relationships. The school hopes to make this an annual event. It was sponsored by the school’s generous PTO.
H. G. Hill Middle School has been awarded $500 and was recognized during the UT – South Carolina football game! They were one of the schools chosen in the Good Sports Always Recycle Contest thanks to the hard work of students, teachers and staff in the school’s Life Skills program. The school also received a commemorative plaque and two tickets for a faculty member or parent and student representative to attend the football game.
Ping Whittaker, Chinese teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet, has been named Tennessee's Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. According to Dr. Schunn Turner, principal at MLK, “Whittaker has brought much honor to the school and students who receive her high quality instruction every day.”
Congratulations, Mrs. Whittaker!
Friday, Nov. 4, East Literature Magnet Algebra II Teacher Michelle Woods and her students present more than $1,400 to the Nashville Rescue Mission! The money was raised by four classes as part of their first quarter Paideia Project.
Student groups were given the task of creating their own business. Over the span of five weeks, they were expected to develop a product, sell the items to the general public, and keep a detailed list of all monetary transactions. At the conclusion of the selling period, each group gave a presentation to a judge’s panel of four Nashville business owners explaining why their business was the best investment. Groups were required to determine the percent profit on each item sold, provide a graph of their selling trend, and represent their expenses and gross profit in matrix form, amongst a list of other learning objectives. In addition to a great hands-on learning experience, the students also learned a bit about giving back to their community!
Projects are one aspect of the Paideia philosophy. A Paideia project is a unit of study, centered on ideas and values, that leads to a student production or performance. The culminating product/performance is presented to an audience outside the classroom and requires the students to show mastery of the learning objectives. This process enhances the curricular study by deepening student understanding, as they are asked to think creatively about the information provided in class. Other projects at East Literature have included creating a newscast based on Spanish speaking countries that celebrate Day of the Dead, writing a children’s story using geometric vocabulary, developing an epic about a hero to combat social issues in the world today, and many others. Overall, the projects make learning relevant by connecting it to both the curriculum and real world issues. This helps the students become well-rounded critical thinkers who can connect with the larger world.
Are you interested in starting a school garden? Join the newly-formed Nashville School Garden Coalition to learn more about:
When: November 10th, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Coleman Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane
Hosted by: The Nashville School Garden Coalition
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Please RSVP by November 3rd to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-385-2286 ext. 226
Live Well Woodbine is a community health event open to the students, families, and community members of the schools and community in the Glencliff cluster. This event will feature nutrition workshops by the Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship program, physical activity workshops by the YMCA, healthy cooking classes by the Glencliff High School Family Consumer Science program, free health screenings by various community health clinics, and much more! Bring family and friends to Live Well Woodbine to learn more about healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, and active living. Healthy snacks, free health screenings, and raffle prizes will be available!
Hillsboro High School participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, Oct. 29. The race benefits breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. The Burros team had 46 participants and raised more than $2,500. Students Kelly G. and Kathleen E. started the team as an International Baccalaureate service project, and many students and teachers joined them and the 25,000 other race participants!
It was a great day for the Academy of Health Sciences students. They received goody bags filled with tumblers, chap stick, hand sanitizer, etc, along with the opportunity to win door prizes provided by HCA which included Kindles, IPODS, and various gift certificates.
From new community gardens to incorporating physical fitness into everyday classrooms and activities, the November issue of the Coordinated School Health newsletter is packed with good news and tips to keep our students healthy.
Board Member &
Sports Fan Mark North
The Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights completed a thrilling ride to the state quarterfinals in Chattanooga this week with a hard fought 3-1 loss to nationally ranked CAK. With 11 seniors, Hume-Fogg allowed only 2 goals in regular season district play, won the district tournament championship and out scored perennial power Page in a pressure packed shootout to advance to the state. Congratulations to Coach McClain, Coach Edwards and all the girls on a great season.
Paragon Mills Elementary third and fourth grade classes recently invited students from the Glencliff High School Academies to visit Paragon Mills and discuss the various Academies and the importance of setting academic goals and working hard. The students had the opportunity to visit four of the six Academy stations including Business, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Marketing, Engineering, and Medical Sciences, asking questions about the Academies as well as the importance of reading and math skills, future job plans, and post secondary aspirations. The Glencliff High School students served as outstanding role models for the third and fourth graders by inspiring them to dream big and work hard.
This Saturday, Nov. 5, Glencliff High School will host a Free Family Day for Latino Families. Details below.
Congratulations to Ted Edinger, art educator at Tulip Grove Elementary, who was named the Tennessee Art Education Association’s Elementary Art Educator for 2012. He received the award on Oct. 29 at the TAEA Fall Conference in Memphis.
Ted has been part of the state committee to develop the new art standards, the MNPS committee for developing the new art curriculum and recently served at the state level on the textbook adoption committee.
Come and learn about the ACT!
Thursday, November 3, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Glencliff High School