All Metro Schools will be open for a regular school day tomorrow, March 6, 2014.
This school year included six built-in inclement weather days, and so far Metro Nashville Public Schools has used seven. Tomorrow (Thursday, March 6), we expect to announce a plan for making up the seventh day.
Eight high schools WILL give the ACT to all 11th graders tomorrow:
- East Nashville Magnet
- MNPS Virtual School
- Nashville Big Picture
- Nashville School of the Arts
- Whites Creek
District officials are developing a make-up plan for 11th graders at other schools who still need to take the ACT. Details of that will come soon.
The MNPS Project Expo, originally scheduled for tomorrow, March 6, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 13. The times and location have not changed.
Program brings together Tennessee Bar Assoc., Juvenile Court, Student Attendance Center & Metro Schools
Following a successful launch at Cane Ridge High School’s Academy of Law, three more Metro high schools are launching student-run youth court programs.
Students from McGavock High School’s Academy of Health Science and Law, Whites Creek High School’s Academy of Education and Law and Antioch High School’s Academy of Teaching and Service will take the first steps in starting new courts with a joint training conference.
“Youth court offers a tremendous teaching environment for adolescents,” said Juvenile Court Judge Sophia Brown Crawford. “It also demonstrates that there is accountability for those who are facing minor offenses.”
In youth court, students assume roles as court officials. They hear and decide cases involving other young people who are first time offenders and have been cited for low-level offenses like vandalism, shoplifting and truancy. The program is a perfect fit for Metro’s Academies of Nashville, where students are encouraged to get real-world experience in career fields they might pursue after graduation.
“I can’t think of anything more ‘real-world’ than having the opportunity to work in an authentic courtroom setting while working on actual cases that are being tried in a court of law,” said McGavock Principal Robbin Wall. “These students are getting a once in a lifetime chance to be involved with our criminal justice system and not only see the inner workings of a courtroom but to be an active participant. These experiences will allow our students to make better decisions regarding career choices as well as areas of study in college. The big advantage here is they get this experience while they are still in high school.”
The training and expansion of the youth court program in Metro Schools is a continuation of the collaboration with the Tennessee Bar Association, Metropolitan Nashville Juvenile Courts, Metro-Student Attendance Center (M-SAC), and the MNPS Student Services Division.
The Metro-Student Attendance Center (M-SAC) is a program operated by the Metro Nashville Juvenile Court in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Metro Nashville Police Department with the goal of decreasing truancy rates in Nashville schools by addressing the root causes of truancy.
The Tennessee Youth Court Program is a youth-driven delinquency prevention/intervention program that has spread to 16 communities throughout Tennessee. Ninety-three percent of the youth participating in the program do not re-offend. The Tennessee Youth Court Program is an initiative of the Tennessee Bar Association with funding from the State of Tennessee.
UPDATE: Due to this week’s snow days and rescheduling the ACT (now taking place on Thursday, March 6), we have to cancel this year’s Transition Fair. If it is rescheduled, we will post the new details right here on Children First. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Taking the leap into real adulthood isn’t easy for anyone. It’s nice to know there’s help out there for students and families who might really need guidance in making the transition.
This week, Exceptional Education students and families have a chance to get information on services and agencies that can help in the move to independent and adult living. They can learn more about how to manage finances, find a job, live on their own and go to school independently. They can also connect with community groups and non-profits that can help along the way.
It’s really beautiful when you think about it: everyone comes together to help these exceptional students leave high school ready to live, work and participate fully in their communities.
This event is open to the public.
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
Thursday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
From the Office of Emergency Management at 10:30am:
Metro’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains partially activated and continues to monitor the wintry weather and icy road conditions.
The National Weather Service has extended the winter storm warning for Davidson County until 4:00 p.m.
Davidson County is experiencing icy road conditions and 1-1.5 inches of snow accumulation in some areas. Roads and especially overpasses are extremely hazardous, resulting in multiple motor vehicle accidents.
Metro Public Works Winter Operations Crews continue to salt primary routes, secondary routes, bridges and overpasses and will continue throughout the day. However, the low temperatures, combined with continued moisture, have caused refreezing conditions on the roadways. Icy conditions will likely remain until temperatures rise.
Motorists are strongly urged to stay off the roads, if possible, for your safety and the safety of emergency personnel. If driving is necessary, always check road conditions before getting out and allow extra space between vehicles so there is adequate distance for braking in icy conditions.
Metro Nashville Public Schools and Metro Parks facilities are closed. Several other Metro offices are closed or operating with limited staff. Citizens with meetings or business with Metro are recommended to confirm with the appropriate agency.
Nashville MTA buses are operating on snow route detours. AccessRide buses will operate with operator discretion.
To find out how a specific route may be affected, passengers can pick up brochures detailing the snow route detours on the buses, at Music City Central, in display racks in the downtown area, or view it online at nashvillemta.org under the bus services tab. Customers also may call MTA Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.
In addition to the risk of hazardous road conditions, the primary concern during an ice storm is loss of power. Nashville Electric Service had more than 10,000 customers without power overnight and has worked tirelessly to reduce that number to approximately 5,000 as of 9:30 am. Customers can call 736-6900 to report power outages.
The Office of Emergency Management asks residents to please stay indoors and be safe. If non-emergency assistance is needed, please call (615) 862-8600. The emergency call center is receiving an increased number of calls and 911 should only be used for emergencies.
Officials will provide updates as necessary. However, residents are encouraged to monitor local media and a NOAA weather radio for additional updates.
Give it up! These 16 Metro students are finalists for the National Merit Scholarship – one of the most prestigious awards you can win in high school.
- Nathan Daniel – Hume-Fogg
- Qiaozhi Guo - Hume-Fogg
- Coleridge Hausen - Hume-Fogg
- Chandler Hawkins - Hume-Fogg
- Owen LeGrone - Hume-Fogg
- Sarah Orkin - Hume-Fogg
- Elizabeth Smith - Hume-Fogg
- Ivan Velkovsky - Hume-Fogg
- Tiannan Zhou - Hume-Fogg
- Zheer Ahmed – MLK
- Jerrod Attias - MLK
- Samihah Islam - MLK
- Janie Liu - MLK
- Shu Zhang - MLK
- Benjamin Demonbreun – Overton
- Alexandra Cox – McGavock
Competing against 1.5 million students in the country, there are just 15,000 National Merit Finalists. They have scored among the highest in the state on the PreSAT. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors make it, and 16 of them come from Metro Schools.
The National Merit Scholarship is given only to students who take the Preliminary SAT in high school, which is not required of Metro students. Scores on the PSAT are the determining factor in who is selected and who is not.