Metro Schools makes changes to elementary school report cards

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Today elementary school students will bring home report cards that will look slightly different from what has been sent home earlier this school year. The report cards for the third and fourth nine weeks’ grading period have been revised.

The revisions are listed below.

  • Revisions to Standards: These revisions were made to ensure that the grades reported on the report card are based on the Tennessee State Standards. It is important that the grades that appear on the report card are reflective of what is being taught and assessed in class.
  • Modifications or Accommodations: If your child receives any modifications or accommodations in English Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, or science, these will be noted on the report card in each section.
  • Absences and Tardies: These are now reported in full day units. The report card will show absences and tardies as whole numbers. For example, if your child is absent for more than half of a school day, it will be reported as a full day.
  • Parent Signature: Your child’s teacher may request that you sign the report card and return it to school with your child. This is to help ensure that you received and reviewed the report card. There is a place for a parent’s signature for this purpose.

You can also view the changes here.

These revisions are intended to improve and enhance our ability to provide transparent
information related to students’ progress in school. If you have any questions about these revisions, please contact your child’s teacher or call the Family Information Center at 615-259-4636.

Nashville youth can find jobs and internships through city’s Opportunity NOW program

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  • Opportunity NOW is a coordinated initiative providing young people in Metro Davidson County access to employment.
  • Launched by Mayor Megan Barry and supported by the Metro Council, this initiative is designed to combat the growing employer concern about lack of “soft” skills among their youngest employees – skills most learned through actual work experience.

Facts About Opportunity NOW:

  • Any young person 14-24 can search and apply for jobs on Opportunity NOW
  • Metro jobs for 14-15 year olds are called “Experience Work” and pay $8/hr
    • Application period closes April 17th
  • Metro jobs for 16-17 year olds are called “High School Internships” and pay $9/hr
    • Application period closes April 7th
  • Metro jobs for May 2017 high school graduates are called “Summer Plus” and pay is market rate
    • Application period closes May 8th

Check out these upcoming onboarding events for more information:

  • April 3, 2:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Thompson Lane Library, 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37211
  • April 4, 3-7 p.m.
    • Watkins Park Library, 612 17th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37203
  • April 5, 3-7 p.m.
    • Madison Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Madison, TN 37115
  • April 6, 2:30-8 p.m.
    • Southeast Community Center, 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Suite 202, Antioch, TN 37013

Click here to access the Opportunity NOW portal.

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Overton High School students experience future careers in ACE Mentor Program

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“I want to be an engineer,” said Natjha Johnson, a senior at John Overton High School. “I heard so many good things about this program through my teacher and I wanted to give it a try. Being in this program reassures me that I can do it.”

Johnson is one of a group of students from John Overton High School participating in the ACE Mentor Program, a national program that pairs high school students interested in careers in architecture, construction and engineering with professionals in each field. The program exposes students to all three professions with the goal of helping them determine their future career path.

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During their most recent meeting, the students visited Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. (ESa), a Nashville-based architecture firm that has designed numerous buildings in Nashville and across the country  – including the iconic AT&T Building in downtown Nashville.

The students were given a tour of ESa, where they learned about the structure and job responsibilities within the company and experienced the different work spaces in an architecture office.

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“I’ve learned that there are different pathways in engineering,” said Johnson about the ACE Mentor Program. “I’ve broadened my horizons too. Going on that tour makes me even consider being an architect. I’ve learned that I have more options.”

Since the beginning of the school year, the students have met with their group of mentors twice a month, learning about each mentor’s profession and and using the knowledge they’ve gained to work on a year-long project.

The group selected resilience as the topic for their project. With the guidance of their mentors, the students are designing an apartment building with features that would help it withstand a natural disaster.

At the end of the year, the students will present their project at a banquet where they will compete against other local ACE Mentor groups for college scholarships.

THIS SATURDAY: Metro Schools to host kindergarten readiness fair

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Is your child starting kindergarten next year? Get an early start on the first day of school with the Kindergarten Readiness Fair!

This Saturday, April 1, Metro Schools is hosting an event to help incoming kindergarten families with the enrollment process. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lentz Public Health Center.

The event will include kindergarten enrollment and assessments, EL services, student immunizations provided by the Lentz Public Health Center, MNPS and community partner information booths, a kindergarten transition workshop, a car seat safety check, a school bus experience and door prizes.

If you’re planning to enroll your child on site, please bring the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate or record of birth
  • Updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate or Immunization Record (You can also receive a copy at the fair)
  • Proof of Physical
  • Proof of Davidson County residency
  • Parent/Guardian photo ID

For questions, please call the Family Information Center at 615-259-4636, email familyinfo@mnps.org or chat on MNPS.org

 

Stratford STEM Magnet student creates documentary about the Parthenon

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While doing an internship with the Parthenon, Dev Bhavsar, a senior at Stratford STEM Magnet, used the opportunity as inspiration for another one of his passions: filmmaking.

Belmont-bound Bhavsar produced a 31-minute documentary-style video, The Lost History of the Parthenon, that explores the history of the Parthenon from ancient times to the present. The film includes in-person and Skype interviews with top scholars, in Greece and the United States.

The music featured in the first half of the film was composed by Nikos Xanthulous, a musician and composer who appeared as a Parthenon Symposium speaker in 2012.

At the annual meeting of the Tennessee Association of Museums on March 15, Bhavsar received a TAM Award of Excellence as well as the prestigious Past Presidents Award, which is selected from all of the Award of Excellence winners in the current year.

Check out the video below.

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!

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