by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc
Opening night of football season surprises me every year. It’s so much fun! I adjust my expectations accordingly, but each year it is more fun than I anticipate. The marching bands, cheerleaders, fans, mascots, face painting, concession stand vittles, and great football – all combine to create an atmosphere of joy and excitement beyond description. The double dipping of football fun (Friday at Antioch and Saturday for the game at Vanderbilt) left the North Sports Report ready for more. Looking for some fun? Go to a game!
Middle School Jamborees
Saturday, August 29 is the unofficial start to Middle School sports with the football jamboree at Pearl-Cohn and the Volleyball Play Day at Overton. Good luck to all our players, cheerleaders, and coaches!
Spotlight: Royal Runners
Cross-Country season is getting revved up, and the MLK Boys team is ready to make some noise. Team Captain Jared Clark is a Two-Time All State runner; Team Captain Nolan Gross is a Top 50 Finisher in the State last year; and Will Carson returns as a Top 60 finisher in the State.
Their season includes five big meets at the Steeplechase Course:
- September 12: AF Bridges Invitational
- September 19: TN Classic Invitational
- October 22: Metro Championship
- October 29: Region Championship
- November 7: State Championship
Good luck to the runnin’ Royals
Alumni Alert: Whites Creek Alum Honored
Whites Creek’s Frank Omiyale will be inducted into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame in November. Omiyale started all four years for the Tech football team, was named All-OVC and All America his Senior year, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, and played eight years in the NFL for the Falcons, Panthers, Bears and Seahawks.
Football Friday: August 28
Week 2 is loaded with great games. The North Sports Report is headed to Stratford for a battle of undefeated teams as the 1-0 Spartans host the 1-0 Glencliff Colts.
In other action:
- East Nashville Eagles host Maplewood Panthers at TPS;
- Hunters Lane Warriors visit Hillwood Hilltoppers;
- Whites Creek Cobras host Sycamore;
- Overton Bobcats host Marshall County
- McGavock Raiders play at home against Spring Hill;
- Cane Ridge Ravens look to go 2-0 as they welcome Mt. Juliet;
- Antioch Bears look to bounce back at home against LaVergne; and
- Hillsboro Burros (#1 in the State in 5A according to the Associated Press) open their home schedule by hosting Oakland; and
- Pearl-Cohn Firebirds travel to MBA.
The MNPS home games are at Stratford; at Hillwood; at Whites Creek; at Overton; at McGavock; at Cane Ridge; at Antioch; at Hillsboro; and at East Nashville (at TPS). Go to a game!
MNPS: The First Choice for Friday Fun
by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc
Don’t Miss It
How do you follow a banner year for MNPS sports? In 2014-15, every sports season featured a team state champion from MNPS: Fall – Hume-Fogg Boys Cross-Country; Winter – MLK Girls Basketball; and Spring – Pearl-Cohn Boys Track. Not to mention long playoff runs in football, soccer and volleyball for several teams including Hillsboro’s trip to the football state championship game in Cookeville.
Last year’s top college recruits are now MNPS alumni and Freshmen at UT, Oregon, Illinois, UT Martin, TSU, MTSU, Belmont, and other schools across the country. Don’t you love saying “I saw him/her play in high school” when talking about a local talent playing in college or in the pros. Well, MNPS is loaded with talent again this year. Don’t miss your chance to go to the games, support the schools and students, and see tremendous athletic performances.
The Fall season has started for Cross-Country, Volleyball, Golf, Girls Soccer, and Football. Go to the games. Seriously, go to the games and not just football. You will love it!
Titan Up Bobcat
Overton graduate Dezmond Johnson earned his degree from prestigious Duke University and was named to the Academic All-ACC team for his success in the classroom and on the field for the Blue Devils football team. Now, he has come home as a member of the Tennessee Titans.
Wait. Go back and read that again. Overton High School…Duke graduate…academic All-Conference…NFL player. Wow! Congratulations Dezmond Johnson!
Football: Can’t Miss Showdowns Highlight Week 1
Week 1 features two nights of high school football this week for MNPS. Go to a game each night.
Saturday, August 22:
The place to be Saturday night is Vanderbilt University for the showdown between the Hillsboro Burros and the Pearl-Cohn Firebirds. Both teams have reloaded with talent and expect great seasons. The Associated Press ranks Hillsboro 3rd in the state for Division 5A and ranks Pearl-Cohn 4th in the state in 4A. They will be talking about this one for a long time – two of the best teams in the state playing on a Saturday night at the comfortable confines of Vanderbilt Stadium. Be there! I bet the place will be crawling with college coaches and recruiters.
Friday, August 21, games include great season openers and rivalries:
- The Antioch Bears host nearby rival Cane Ridge Ravens in the battle for southeast supremacy.
- You can throw out the records when rivals Stratford Spartans and Maplewood Panthers meet. Since it’s the first game of the season, I guess it’s safe to disregard the records in all the games. Nevertheless, this is a hot rivalry hosted by Maplewood this year.
In other action:
- Glencliff Colts travel to Whites Creek Cobras
- Hunters Lane Warriors open at home against Clarksville Northwest
- East Nashville Eagles travel to Rossview
- McGavock Raiders head to Hendersonville
- Overton Bobcats play at Stewarts Creek
- Hillwood Hilltoppers visit Father Ryan
The MNPS home games are at Antioch; at Hunters Lane; at Maplewood; and at Whites Creek on Friday; and at Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Go to a game each night!
MNPS: The First Choice for Year after Year Success
Last year we asked you to fill out two forms and send them back to school so we could know more about your family. It was a big success! We learned a lot and got the information we needed.
Well… now it’s a new year, and we need to do it again.
On August 25, your child will bring home two forms.
They must be filled out and returned by August 26.
What are these forms?
One form tells us who your child is, where you live and how to get in touch with you. The other helps us know how many of our families are economically disadvantaged.
Why do you need to know that?
There are two big reasons:
- Money – Without this information, your school could lose money. Certain kinds of federal and state money – including money used to buy technology – are partially dependent on the number of students who are economically disadvantaged. We need to know how many there are so our schools can get all of the resources they need.
- Accountability – We are required by the state to track the academic performance of economically disadvantaged students. Failure to complete this form could have an effect on your school’s accountability status.
What will the survey ask?
The survey will ask some very simple questions:
- Phone number
- Number of people in your household
- A range of income for your household
That’s private. What if I don’t want to share it with you?
We completely understand the concern. But there are two really important things to know about your personal information:
- We will never share it with anyone. It will always stay private. We promise. Your answers are put together with everyone else’s and reported as a percentage, with no names or identifying information attached.
- We don’t want to know how much money you make. The form only asks for your range of income. We don’t want to know an exact number.
Is there another way for you to get this information?
We used to collect this information with the Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals. If you’ve never filled out that application, then you have probably never seen this form. Because we now offer free meals to every student without an application, we need a new method to keep track of our economically disadvantaged families. This is it.
What if I’m not economically disadvantaged or don’t want your free lunch? Do I still have to fill this out?
Yes. We need this form from everyone. It’s not a requirement to get free breakfast and lunch. Everyone gets that already. But we need you to fill out the form so we can get the funding we need to serve all students. If you don’t fill it out, we won’t know if you’re economically disadvantaged or not, and we do not want to miss even a single family.
What is the student information form, and why do I have to fill it out?
There are thousands of Metro families with out of date contact information in our system. This summer, we mailed home nearly 44,000 report cards. Thousands were sent back to us with incorrect addresses. We clearly need a better way to keep this information up to date, and this is it. We need to be able to reach you if there is urgent news from your school, there is some sort of emergency, if school is closed due to weather or any number of good reasons.
How do I fill it out?
The form shows your child’s information as it is in our system right now, including address and phone number. Please hand write corrections directly on this form and return it to school by the next day (Wednesday, August 26). We will take your corrections and note them in our system. If there are no corrections needed, please write “NO CORRECTIONS” and send it back to school by the next day.
Again, these forms will be sent home when August 25 and needs to be returned August 26. They will also be available at our Enrollment Centers.
Thank you in advance for helping us capture this vital information about our families!
Maplewood High School Opens New Automotive Training Center in cooperation with Bridgestone Americas and Firestone Complete Auto Care
Center is both a classroom workspace and operational automotive service center
Today Metro Schools leadership joined Mayor Karl Dean and Bridgestone Americas CEO and President Gary Garfield to cut the ribbon on the new Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center, the latest public-private collaboration to benefit Nashville education. Maplewood High School’s Automotive Training Center will give students hands-on experience working with top-of-the-line automotive technology and help them learn the business practices necessary to run a retail store.
“This is a significant moment in the history of Maplewood High School, and we are grateful for the investment in our students,” said Interim Director of Schools Chris Henson. “Maplewood and the Academies of Nashville are taking another major step in giving students multiple paths to success after graduation.”
“Maplewood High School’s Automotive Training Center is another example of how Maplewood continues to generate positive effects on Nashville and its educational system,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “As a leader in innovation, this training center reflects our commitment to educating the next generation of automotive and retail professionals, using the latest technology, operational procedures and business practices offered in our Firestone Complete Auto Care tire and automotive service centers.”
The training center is the heart of the Automotive Technology pathway in the Maplewood Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. It represents a contribution from Bridgestone Americas, which includes volunteer hours, assistance with making the curriculum Automotive Service Excellence- (ASE) certified, retrofitting the customer waiting area and equipment and materials worth more than $300,000. Metro Schools’ construction crews spent the summer building a new customer care center to handle the retail transactions and customer waiting area. The training center, staffed by Maplewood High School students under the guidance of their automotive teacher Twjuana “TJ” Williams, will be open to the public for repair services and tire installation. All revenue generated from service and sales will be reinvested into the program.
While working in the center during class time and after school, students learn specialized knowledge and skills in automotive technology and hear from guest speakers from time to time. The classroom coursework will be directly tied to the repair work they do in the center.
Through dual enrollment at Nashville State Community College or Volunteer State Community College, students will have the opportunity to earn up to three college credits in maintenance and light repair. They can also take the exam for the ASE professional certification, a key step in starting a career or post-secondary education in automotive technology.
“We are focused on long-term positive outcomes for our students, not just short-term gains,” said Henson. “That means looking beyond our school walls and empowering them with the skills and drive to succeed after graduation. We don’t have to choose between preparing students for college or career – we can do both and give all students a choice in where to take their lives next.”
Maplewood executive principal Dr. Ron Woodard has taken that focus to heart, giving students the chance to find their interests and passions while in high school along with the opportunities to pursue them. The graduation rate at Maplewood climbed to more than 82% in 2013-14, the highest it’s ever been, while scholarships topped $3.3 million. The Bridgestone Americas collaboration is just the latest for the school’s Academies, which have 46 local businesses and nonprofit organizations signed on as official Academy partners.
“Exciting times are on the horizon for our students and our community,” said Dr. Woodard. “As a result of our work with Bridgestone, students will obtain the knowledge and skills that they need in order to compete for higher wage earning positions. This is truly a life-changing opportunity that will foster hope and inspire future generations to succeed.”
Bridgestone’s support of Maplewood was made possible by the PENCIL Foundation, which is the organization charged with connecting business and organizations with schools. With PENCIL’s help, the Academies of Nashville have found more than 300 business partners to support academic pathways with materials, volunteers, job shadowing and more.
“Thank you to Bridgestone and the PENCIL Foundation for making this possible, and thank you to the teachers and leaders at Maplewood,” said Henson. “They have created a culture where this kind of cooperative project is not only possible, it is attractive to global corporations like Bridgestone. This is yet another sign that they are putting students first and are focused on their success.”
For eight years, the Parent University Conference has helped parents start the school year right with workshops, health screenings and community services. Families work with educators and district employees to learn how to be more involved in their child’s education and how best to support them in their academics.
There are also chances to win door prizes and get free school clothes and supplies. Plus, there will be free breakfast and lunch, as well as free childcare of parents who pre-register!
This year, we are honored to welcome Tennessee Commissioner of Education Dr. Candice McQueen to speak with parents about what they can expect from their kids’ education now and in the coming years.
It’s always a terrific event, one that brings together parents, teachers and city leaders to talk about how we can all work together to help kids. Here’s what parents have to say about it:
“I’ve learned so much information and gotten lots of help. I really like how I am able to get information that I might not have gotten at other places and am able to actually speak with service providers.” – MNPS Parent
“I feel better about sending my children to a public high school. I am happy I came and will spread the word to other middle school parents.” – MNPS Parent
Registration is free, and you can get a free ride on an MTA bus if you tell the driver you are going to Parent University. How easy is that?!