TOUR: Rose Park Middle Prep’s amazing transformation fifty years in the making

Rose Park Middle Prep was built in 1965, but other than minor security and handicap accessibility upgrades, the building has remained much the same since the day it first opened. Fifty years later, this building has been completely remodeled and is BEYOND today’s current standards for safety, accessibility and green certification. Now the hallways are as bright as the students and staff after winning SO MANY AWARDS.


One of the first things you notice when you walk into Rose Park is the massive 45 foot mural over the entranceway. This has been here since 2003 when it was commissioned from a local artist. They are of actual Rose Park students interacting with Ben Franklin, George Washington Carver, Jane Goodall, Albert Einstein and other notable scientists. During the renovation, Principal Robert Blankenship said one section started to fall down and they feared it would be lost. So they called in the original artist who showed how to reattach the work. Luckily, the work was painted on canvas and not the wall, so it could easily be reattached and saved from destruction.


Thanks to a generous donation from local community supporters, the auditorium has new seating and a new sound system. New stage lighting will also be installed, just in time for the school’s first stage production in the refreshed auditorium this holiday season.


The gym received new bleachers, paint and a refinished floor. I think the Rose Park Titans will be PROUD to call this home! WOW!

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The library is now beautiful and functional with a new digital learning center and cafe where students can eat in the library.


The library is open to students any time during the day, and we’re told many of them “live” there. It’s easy to see why: it’s an attractive place to hang out with a few comforts that students may not even have at home – like these very popular bungee cord chairs.


One thing you might not notice with the lights on, is that you can’t turn some of them off! That’s because they are solar powered. Even at night they glow from getting charged in the daytime. It’s no wonder this building is BEYONDGREEN” and has received LEED “SILVER” certification!


And if you’re in the Rose Park library, don’t forget to stop by and say hi to their mascot “Pippin” the bearded dragon.


The only building addition to Rose Park Middle is the new freezer, allowing for better service at breakfast and lunch.


This school did not only NEED these upgrades, the students & faculty here have earned it, having won so many state & national awards for excellence. It truly is well deserved!



Maplewood High School to open entrepreneur center on campus

Dallas Robinson

Dallas Robinson

Maplewood High School is ready to offer its students something they can’t get anywhere else in Nashville: an entrepreneur center right on campus. Modeled after the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Maplewood’s “I-spot” is a state of the art, 1,600 square foot space to facilitate the development of creativity and innovation for students who want to enhance their skills in marketing and entrepreneurship.

The grand opening celebration this Wednesday, October 22, will include a keynote address from Dallas Robinson, CEO of Kisstixx Lipbalm. Robinson was featured on the ABC television show Shark Tank and has been called an “all-star student entrepreneur” by Forbes. He will inspire Maplewood students to take control of their future by sharing his journey to entrepreneurship and the challenges of being a young CEO. Following Robinson’s address, Maplewood student ambassadors will give a guided tour of the I-Spot.

You are invited! Come help celebrate one of the coolest things to ever happen at Maplewood.

Entrepreneur Center Grand Opening Celebration
Wednesday, October 22 at 8:30 a.m.
Maplewood High School



Breaking ground at Waverly-Belmont Elementary

This time next year Waverly-Belmont Elementary will be open and serving hundreds of students.

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On Saturday, Mayor Karl Dean, members of Metro Council, Board of Education representatives, Metro Schools officials and future Waverly-Belmont families  broke ground on Waverly-Belmont Elementary. The plans are set to welcome students next school year.

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This historic school will get big addition and full facelift.

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School principal Kimber Halliburton is already hard at work designing the academic programming, recruiting parents, building a PTO and starting the process of hiring staff. WATCH:

You can learn more about the Waverly-Belmont PTO here.

TWO Overton High seniors chosen to play for prestigious national marching band



Overton High seniors Chandler Franco (left) and Jonathon Tyree (right) have been chosen to join the US Army’s All American Marching Band for a nationally televised “All American” game.

Two John Overton High School students have been invited to join the U.S. Army’s prestigious All American Marching Band. Seniors Chandler Franco and Jonathon Tyree will perform on January 3, 2015 at the Alamodome during halftime for the US Army All American high school football bowl game in San Antonio Texas, which is televised nationally on NBC.

During bowl week, the band members receive instruction from top collegiate, high school and drum and bugle corps instructors from across the country as well as educational sessions with members of the U.S. Army Field Band.

Read more in the Bobcat Beat, one of the best student news organizations around! 

North Sports Report – October 16, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Vanderbilt Stadium to Host Big Game

Friday night, October 17, the Pearl-Cohn Firebirds will visit the East Nashville Eagles in a showdown of epic proportion. The most anticipated football game of the year is so huge that it has been moved to Vanderbilt. The undefeated Eagles have given up only seven points all season, and the Firebirds are loaded with top college prospects, including Ke’Shawn Vaughn – scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Purdue, Wisconsin, Louisville and Ohio State – Jimmy Farrell, Rontavius Groves, A.J. Morris, and more. East Nashville is led by MTSU commitment Isiah Upton, Wofford commitment Lennox McAfee, DeVarius Cortner, and more. College ready? Oh yeah!

Vanderbilt Stadium is the place to be Friday Night for the East Nashville vs. Pearl-Cohn football showcase

Vanderbilt Stadium is the place to be Friday Night for the East Nashville vs. Pearl-Cohn football showcase

Have you ever heard stories from old timers about the time they saw so-and-so play in high school or they were at the game when yada yada? Well, this is the game you will want to tell your grandkids about. Be there! Kickoff is at 7:00pm at Vanderbilt Stadium. Tickets are $8. Get there early and enjoy the excitement.

Tournament Time

Volleyball: Congratulations to the Overton Lady Bobcats for winning the District 12AAA Championship and to the Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights on their District 10AA Championship. Hume-Fogg plays tonight at Page for a return trip to next week’s state tournament.

Girls’ Soccer: The weather has wreaked havoc on the schedule, and district tournaments continue as teams inch toward the state tournament. Stay tuned for updates.

After a timeout for Fall Break, middle school soccer is heading toward the City Championship

After a timeout for Fall Break, middle school soccer is heading toward the City Championship

Cross-Country: The Steeplechase course will again host the state championship on November 1. MNPS has several individuals and teams vying for a state championship, including defending champion and course record holder Bailee Dean of Cane Ridge.

Football Friday October 17, 2014

Last week…

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In addition to the Pearl-Cohn vs. East Nashville game, MNPS has a slate of great games.

  • Overton Bobcats will honor the school’s first football coach, Solon Apple, prior to and at halftime of their game with the Hillwood Hilltoppers;
  • Maplewood Panthers welcome Stratford Spartans;
  • Cane Ridge Ravens host Riverdale from nearby Rutherford County;
  • Whites Creek Cobras host Lipscomb; and
  • Undefeated Hillsboro Burros travel to Franklin County.
  • Antioch Bears, Hunters Lane Warriors, McGavock Raiders, and Glencliff Colts are idle this week.

The MNPS home games are at Maplewood; at Overton; at Cane Ridge; at Whites Creek; and at Vanderbilt. Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for College Readiness


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