RESET Saturday is May 30, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Rocketown (located at 601 Fourth Ave. South – downtown on Rutledge Hill). The event is free, open to the public and very family-friendly.
There has never been a better time to have open discussions about education. In a matter of weeks, voters will elect a new Mayor and Metro Council. The school board has already started its process to select a new Director of Schools.
The idea behind Project RESET is simple – elevate the conversation around public education – get away from the mud-slinging and galvanize the community behind a set of bold priorities that would do more than incrementally improve things but, instead, seriously pick up the pace of improvement.
That starts with RESET Saturday – one day when everyone puts their mind and their muscle to having a larger conversation with a larger array of voices about what we can do to speed up improvement.
The effort was launched by the Nashville Public Education Foundation in partnership with many community organizations and individuals. The name says it all – RESET stands for “Reimagining Education Starts with Everyone at the Table.”
Experts from across the country will be present at RESET Saturday to share what has worked in their respective cities. And there will be loads of interactive stations where you can weigh in with your ideas. There will even be free books for kids, a puppet truck, free food and more.
Graduation season is almost done, and there’s one ceremony that happened two weeks ago you might not know about. But you definitely should.
On May 9, the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) held its fifth commencement exercises. Together with their families, friends and community members, 23 graduates from four Metro Schools celebrated completion of the four-year honors program – one of the top high school science and math programs in the country.
Dr. Sharon Gentry, chair of the Metro Nashville Board of Education, was a distinguished guest and speaker. Dr. Jesse Register, director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, gave the commencement address.
These students are all headed to college this fall. Just take a look at this impressive list of graduates and their intended colleges:
- Fenan D. Debesai, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Davidson College
- Kelsey G. Driscoll, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Claremont McKenna College
- Catherine Elizabeth English, Overton High School, Vanderbilt University
- Valeria A. Garcia Lopez, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Centre College
- Evan B. Gordon, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Reed College
- Varik Sevion Harris, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Reed College
- Mayra Garitzia Hernandez, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Brigham Young University-Provo
- Nhung Tuyet Thi Hoang, Overton High School, Swarthmore College
- Isaac Ige, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Andriana D’an Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Vanderbilt University
- Alex Steven Jolly, Hillsboro High School, Vanderbilt University
- Elizabeth MacPherson, Hillsboro High School, Loyola University, New Orleans
- Arturas Malinauskas, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Northwestern University
- Xena E. McDonald, Overton High School, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Maylan Daniel Mehus, Overton High School, Haverford College
- Dheeraj S. Namburu, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Brown University
- Susannah E. Price, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Washington University in St. Louis
- Samuel A. Rafter, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Northeastern University
- Efrain I. Salazar, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Brigham Young University-Idaho
- Able Shi, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Vanderbilt University
- Camron M. Shirkhodaie, Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, Vanderbilt University
- Cochran Gray Tettleton, Hume-Fogg Magnet, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Yae Eun Yang, Hume-Fogg Magnet, Johns Hopkins University
The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is a joint venture between Vanderbilt University and Metro Schools. The SSMV offers high school students a four-year, interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities, where internationally recognized faculty are leading the way in diverse fields of scientific study.
The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is supported in part by a National Institutes of Health NCRR Science Education Partnership Award, by Vanderbilt University and by Metro Schools.
by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc
Big Sports Week…and Graduations
Don the cap and gown, cue the Pomp and Circumstance march, grab the tissue… the culmination of years of hard, sometimes tedious, work receives its reward. They’ve been at this school thing since they were four or five years old, and now their grown and ready to cross that stage and flip that tassel. Graduation gets first billing: everything else is part of the journey. As important as sports can be to a student (and it might be the best dropout prevention program ever devised), the diploma dash – down the aisle and across the stage – will always be the most important run of the season. Congratulations to all the graduates!
That being said…let’s talk sports.
World Cup has Nothing on this One
The Middle School Soccer City Championship might go down in history as the most riveting match in MNPS history with McMurray edging Croft in a penalty kick shootout. The soccer world will talk about this one for years.
Spring Fling – State Track Meet, May 18-22
The state track meet is a spectacle to behold! MNPS athletes competing with the best the rest of the state has to offer. Check out the schedule at tssaa.org and head to Murfreesboro to check out the action. MNPS has several teams that will be in the hunt (some might say favored) to win the state championship. Athletes to watch:
- Hillsboro’s Janel Pate is the top sprinter in the state
- Hume-Fogg’s Ben Brunson is the defending Decathlon champion and the state’s top qualifier
In the A-AA Pentathlon, the top four qualifiers in the state are all MNPS student-athletes:
- Grenetria Shell, East Nashville (3,294 points);
- Kayla Guthrie, Whites Creek (2,723 points);
- Darreon Sawyers, MLK (2,648 points); and
- Micquana Webster, East Nashville (2,617 points)
And many more…
Track: Middle School City Championship
The North Sports Report spent the evening at Cane Ridge High School for the City Championship Track Meet. The place was packed with fans, and these athletes are truly spectacular. Last week, I compared the middle school track athletes to comic book super heroes. This week – photographic proof. The Flash (or is it East Nashville’s Jashon Watkins?) is a blur as he makes the turn in the 200m.
Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches!
Soccer: Middle School City Championship
McMurray and Croft will take to the pitch for the Soccer Middle School City Championship on Friday at Croft. The pool of great Boys Soccer teams in MNPS high school continues to grow deeper, (see the success of Stratford, Glencliff, Antioch, MLK, Overton, Hume-Fogg and others), and the same is true at the Middle School level. Check out this game Friday afternoon. You will be amazed!
Scholarships in the Community
Stratford football and basketball player Chazz Simpson and Pearl-Cohn track athlete George Johnson were awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships this week from the Madison Kiwanis Club. Chazz will attend Western Kentucky University and George will attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The scholarships are based on academics, character and service to the community. Congratulations!
MNPS: The First Choice for College and Career Ready Graduates