Metro Schools to host transition fairs for students with disabilities

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Metro Schools’ Exceptional Education Department will be sponsoring two transition fairs in April for parents of children with disabilities. The events will offer information about post-secondary options for children with disabilities.

The transition fairs, which are being hosted in partnership with Support and Training for Exceptional Parents, Inc. (STEP), will be held in two locations to provide accessibility to all Metro Schools parents.

The first event will be held on April 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Maplewood High School. The second transition fair will be held on April 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hillsboro High School. There will be a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. for parents following each event.

If you are interested in attending one of the events, please RSVP to Charlene Comer at Charlene.Comer@mnps.org or call (615) 259-8698.

Here’s what you need to apply for Metro Pre-K starting March 27

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It’s almost time to apply for pre-K! Beginning on Monday, March 27, 2017 applications for prekindergarten will be available.

In preparation, here is a step-by-step guide to make the enrollment process easier for your family.

1. Find the program that is the right fit for your child using the pre-K program guide.

Metro Schools offers a diverse range of options in every neighborhood, so make sure to review the pre-K program guide and map of pre-K locations to find the right program for your child.

2. Gather all the documentation you need.

  • Birth certificate or record of birth — Children must turn four years old on or before August 15, 2017 (with some exceptions).
  • Proof of Davidson County residency — Current utility bill, telephone, lease or homeowner policy
  • Parent / Guardian photo ID — Driver’s license, state-issued ID passport or military ID

To apply for pre-K, you will also need to obtain a student identification number. Download the form to request an ID number here.

3. Visit one of the many application locations across Nashville. 

Families will need to visit one of the Enrollment Centers with the above documents to receive a student identification number. The student identification number will be needed to apply for pre-K. After receiving your student identification number, you will still need to complete a pre-K application at the Enrollment Center or online.

After filling out and submitting an online application available online or at an Enrollment Center, families will receive next steps containing important dates for the selection process.

You can view the list of Enrollment Centers here.

The deadline for pre-K applications is Friday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m.

Hume-Fogg’s gymnasium receives architecture award

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Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School’s new gym was recently named to the Nashville Scene‘s Orchids and Onions in Architecture list.

The list identifies the best and worst construction projects in Nashville – architectural “Orchids” and “Onions.” Hume-Fogg’s gym, which was built in 2015, was recognized as one of the best architecture projects in Nashville.

The gym, which puts a contemporary spin on the Tudor Gothic style of the school, is one of only three buildings in the world to have programmable windows.

See the full list here: http://www.nashvillescene.com/news/cover-story/article/20852202/orchids-and-onions-architecture-awards

Metro Schools students spend spring break learning about different religions

While some students are spending spring break at the beach or on a road trip, one group of Metro Schools students decided to spend their time off in a different way: taking a journey through Nashville’s places of worship.

Forty-five high school students spent a day visiting faith centers in Nashville and learning about different religions. The trip included stops at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill; Sri Ganesha Temple; Congregation Micah and the Islamic Center of Nashville where the students learned about the Baha’i faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Here’s a peek at part of the tour:

“Events like this is an opportunity to create multicultural awareness so that we can help foster a better understanding toward the diversity that exists in our city and in this case our school system, which is one of the most diverse districts in the nation,” Rashed Fakhruddin, the president of the Islamic Center of Nashville and organizer of the tour, told the Tennessean.

The learning tour complements what Metro Schools students learn in the classroom as part of Tennessee State Standards. “Comparing and contrasting religions are part of the state standards for social studies,” said Todd Wigginton, director of instruction for Metro Schools.

“Cultural influences are also included in the standards,” added Jill Petty, director of secondary literacy for Metro Schools. “The standards set an expectation for knowledge and understanding of various types of global influences and having a basic understanding of the religions practiced in our area contribute to our students’ awareness of their own community.”

Read the full story here: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2017/03/16/metro-students-explore-church-mosque-synagogue-and-temple/99257560

Congrats to Maplewood High School Boys Basketball – Class AA State Champions!

Maplewood High School made history on Saturday, March 18 with the boys basketball team securing the Class AA State Championship, defeating Knoxville Catholic 60-57.

“This was the first boys basketball title for a Nashville Metro boys team since MLK won in 1996,” said Roosevelt Sanders, director of athletics for Metro Schools.

Interesting fact: Current Maplewood coach Ty Wilson was an assistant coach under James “Doc” Shelton for four of the seven years that Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School went to the state tournament.

Maplewood was led by two-time Mr. Basketball Bo Hodges, who scored 18 points and seven rebounds in the championship game. He was also named the Class AA Tournament Most Valuable Player. Three Maplewood players, Hassan Littlepage, Robert Wilcox III, and Bobo Hodges, were named to the All-Tournament team.

See a video of the celebration below:

This is a great win, not only just for Maplewood but for all of Metro Schools!

Go Panthers!

Find the right summer camp for your child

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Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to sign up for summer camp! Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning stops. It is important to keep your child actively engaged during the summer break to continue their growth.

Metro Schools, along with municipal and community organizations, is hosting several summer programs and activities for families. Whether your child wants to learn about animals at the Nashville Zoo or do science projects at the Adventure Science Center, our list of camps has a variety of programs that will suit your child’s interests.

Click here for a list of the different programs being offered this summer.

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Even if you don’t find a summer program to participate in, the best thing your child can do during the summer is read so they don’t lose momentum in their reading progress.

Research shows that children and teens read more when they pick the books they want to read and see the adults in their lives reading. Reading just four to six books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading levels once a child returns to school.

To learn more about the reading resources available for your child this summer, click here.

 

Metro Schools students showcase creativity and critical thinking at PBL Expo

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After reading The Great Kapok Tree, a group of students at Glenn Elementary wanted to know more about the animals from the story. They went to the computer lab to research the animals and made a food chain using paper links to show the animals’ relationships.

Students from across the district created projects like these for this year’s Project-Based Learning Expo on March 13-15 at Trevecca University. The expo gave elementary, middle and high school students the opportunity to take the skills they are learning in the classroom and apply them to a project to present to a public audience.

Students collaborated with their classmates to select a topic, complete research and create a presentation to showcase to a series of judges. The projects covered a variety of topics including art, business, engineering, health and tourism.

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In addition to uncovering new content knowledge through these projects, students also developed their skills in creativity, communication and critical thinking.

“Sometimes when we’re doing work in class, it feels like there’s not really an end goal,” said Olivia Zavitson, a senior at Hillsboro High School whose project was about body image. “You feel like, ‘How am I going to connect this to when I’m an adult?’ Doing projects like this that you’re interested in and gain independence from are important because you learn self-motivating skills.”

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Some students even have plans to continue working on their projects after the expo is over.

“I want to do this every year, said Alexa Honigsblum, a 9th grader at Hillwood High School who created a fundraiser for animal shelters. “My final goal is by my senior year to make this a school-wide thing so all grades can contribute to it.”

For PBL Expo results, click here.

CMA Foundation honors Metro Schools music educators

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Congratulations to 25 Metro Schools educators who were named 2017 CMA Music Teachers of Excellence by the CMA Foundation.

This award recognizes music educators who are making an impact through music in their classrooms and school communities. The honorees will receive $2,500 from the CMA Foundation in recognition of their work for their students and school’s music programs. The Foundation will also provide a matching grant of an additional $2,500 for each school music program.

“The CMA Foundation is committed to proactively addressing the challenges music education programs face, and there is no more meaningful or efficient way to do that than to honor these top music educators who are on the front lines, consistently making a difference in their students’ lives,” said Joe Galante, CMA Foundation Chairman.

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The 2017 CMA Music Teachers of Excellence honorees are:

Jennifer Barnes (Lockeland Design Center)
Emily Biederstadt (Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center)
Rita Black (Eakin Elementary School)
Christopher Blackmon (Thomas Edison Elementary School)
M. Jennifer Burton (Cane Ridge Elementary School)
Mark Hale (Mt. View Elementary School)
Kathy Hart (Harpeth Valley Elementary School)
Daniel Hayes (Granbery Elementary School)
John Hazlett (McGavock High School)
Kathy Hull (Hull-Jackson Montessori Magnet School)
Ira Jacobs (Head Middle Magnet Prep)
Kevin Jankowski (Oliver Middle School)
Julie Jolly (West End Middle School)
Lisa Kemp (Haywood Elementary School)
Melissa McClaran (Cane Ridge Elementary School)
Anna Maria Miller (Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School/Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School)
Franklin Norris (Meigs Academic Magnet School)
Rebecca Pearson (Norman Binkley Elementary School)
Roberta Rodgers (Glendale Elementary School)
Alaina Schwartz (Crieve Hall Elementary School)
Matthew Taylor (Meigs Academic Magnet School)
Elizabeth Voltz, Ed. D. (Creswell Middle Prep School of the Arts)
Paul Waters (Bellevue Middle School)
Susan Waters (Oliver Middle School)
John Womack (McGavock High School)

These educators will be honored during a celebratory dinner on Wednesday, April 26 at Nissan Stadium. The event will be hosted by five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town.

Metro Schools principal honored with award for music education

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Head Magnet Middle Prep principal Dr. Tonja Williams will receive the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) for her excellent contributions to music education in the state of Tennessee.

The award will be presented to Dr. Williams on April 6 at the TMEA Professional Development Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Last October Head Magnet Middle Prep’s choir was invited to perform with GRAMMY Award-winning country singer Vince Gill at the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s annual Public Schools Hall of Fame luncheon.

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Click here to see the video.

The choir also performed at last year’s MNPS Holiday Luncheon.

Congratulations to Dr. Williams for receiving this honor!

Metro Schools’ STEM program receives national recognition

Metro Schools’ STEM program was recently profiled on i3community.ed.gov, a site that features educational initiatives funded by the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) – a U.S. Department of Education grant program.

The Metro Schools i3 grant-funded program, G2ROW STEM, consists of afterschool sessions, Saturday sessions and a two-week STEM summer camp. G2ROW STEM also offers mentors, hosts guest speakers and field trips for its student participants.

“The early successes of the i3 STEM grant is attributed to the great team we have working together in the central office, the administration and teachers in our seven i3 schools, and the tremendous support of our business and community leaders,” said Dr. Kristopher Elliott, Metro Schools’ director of STEM. “We are excited to see where the program will take our students over the next several years and hope to inspire more of them to pursue careers in STEM. As a federally funded innovation program, our ongoing findings and results will serve as an example for other schools and districts across the nation.”

Here are highlights from the Q & A:

What is your i3 project trying to achieve, and what are the major pieces of the project?

G2ROW STEM is geared to grow student achievement particularly in science and math, heighten STEM aspirations, and close opportunity gaps in STEM education by implementing mentorships and STEM extended learning strategies for underrepresented middle school students.

What are some of the best practices or most successful strategies that have led to success in your program to date?

The successful utilization and implementation of the curriculum Engineering Everywhere, as well as Project Based Learning (PBL), have led to the success of the program by empowering students to be more self-directed in their learning.  Students are continuously engaged in sustained inquiry through the process of questioning, evaluating evidence, and solving problems.

Read the rest of the profile here.

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