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SEE FOR YOURSELF: Walk-Through Tuesdays Begin October 13

Our schools are inviting you to visit!

You can’t just go on what you’ve heard. It’s time to see for yourself! Mark your calendars for a special series of tours available district-wide beginning next week.

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Taking a peek at your local neighborhood school or a school you may have heard about can help you make a decision on which school is the right fit for your family.

As part of Walk-Through Tuesdays, every Metro school will host tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1. You can visit classrooms, talk to teachers, principals and staff to get a feel for what is going on.

Here are three things to do when you visit a school:

1. OBSERVE.
During your visit, take note of first impressions and how parents are received. How are the classrooms set up? What are interactions like between students and teachers? What does the library have? How is technology integrated? Looking at big questions like these is an important step.

2. ENGAGE.
Be sure to ask questions — as many as you like!

To get you started, here are 5 things to ask:

  1. What are the special academic programs and offerings at this school?
  2. What extra curricular activities are available?
  3. Are there any special parts of the physical building like open spaces or themed areas?
  4. How does this school approach student discipline or behavioral issues?
  5. What support programs are available for special learning needs?

3. RESEARCH.
Pick up brochures, newsletters, policies, sample learning materials and handouts to understand the what is happening in the classrooms and how you as a parent can get involved in the school.

As Metro Schools opens its doors on Walk-Through Tuesdays, don’t forget you can also check out some of our high school tours online:

For questions about school tours, call 615-259-INFO (4636) or contact the school directly.

YOUR CHOICE: Visit Metro high schools during the Academies of Nashville Showcases

Okay, parents. We know what you’re thinking. Your young one isn’t so young anymore, and – GULP – it’s time to start thinking about high school.

Don’t worry. We can make this easier. The Academies of Nashville High School Showcases let you see exactly what Metro schools have to offer. They run throughout the month of October:
Selecting the right high school, with the right academy, is an important step for students and families in Nashville. More options are available than ever and the Fall and Spring enrollment process provides families with the chance to sign up. Before you do, visiting our schools can be the most important step in making this decision. Showcases provide an opportunity to experience the school environment, learn more about academy offerings, talk with teachers and current students, and meet school leadership.

The Academies of Nashville enable students to learn through the lens of an academic theme in a personalized learning community. Through their Academy, students can prepare for life after graduation by getting college ready and exploring possible career fields. They are exposed to a multitude of college opportunities, industry skills and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing and internships.


Learn all about the Academies of Nashville in 5 minutes.

The Academies offer:

  • Personalized learning environments for all students
  • Engaging curriculum and instruction
  • Advanced academics
  • Preparation for college and high demand careers
  • Parent and community involvement
  • Practical work experience such as job shadowing and internships
  • Opportunities for online courses, early college credit and professional certifications during high school
  • Project-based learning across subjects

Several Academies have even been designated as National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Model Academies.

Selecting the right high school is an important step for students and families in Nashville. More options are available than ever before, and the Optional Schools Application gives every family the ability to choose.

Eighth Grade Choice Day is Thursday, November 5.
On this day, all eighth graders can make a choice of where they want to attend high school based on their individual interests. 

But before you make a decision, visit the schools that interest you. Seeing schools in person is the single best way to make sure it is the right decision for your family.

Academy Showcases provide an opportunity to experience the school environment, learn more about the academic programs and talk with teachers, principals and current students.

For more information about the showcase or the application process for eighth graders entering high school, visit MNPS.org or call 615-259-INFO (4636). Even if you miss a showcase that interests you, call the school and ask to schedule a visit.

Donelson Middle Prep wins $1,000 shopping spree

Donelson Middle Prep hit the sweepstakes!

When Direct Auto & Life Insurance held a Back to School contest, a Hermitage woman won big – a gift card worth $1,000. But her prize came with a catch – she had to name a school that would win a prize, too. Only five schools across the U.S. won, including Donelson!

Ann Davids, Chief Marketing Officer for Direct Auto & Life Insurance, presents two $1,000 gift cards to Nereida Vargas (with her son, Kevin) and Donelson Middle Prep principal, Jennifer Rheineker.

Nereida Vargas was one of five people drawn for the $1,000 shopping spree from nearly 30,000 sweepstakes entries with Direct Insurance. Executive Principal Jennifer Rheinecker accepted the award on behalf of the school.

“For the fourth consecutive year Direct has provided nearly 14,000 free backpacks and donated $10,000 to local residents and schools,” said Ann Davids, CMO of Direct Auto & Life Insurance. “Serving local customers in the communities where we do business is very important to our company culture. Our community involvement and connection to our customers sets us apart.”

Thanks, Direct!

Click here for more information about the Back the School Campaign.

Back to School: Three Metro schools will have longer school days this year

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What Time

When will that school bell ring on August 5? While the vast majority of Metro schools will start at their regular times, some have changed schedules for the new year.

Here are the altered school schedules for 2015-16:

  • Jere Baxter Middle Prep – 8:25 a.m. – 3:55 p.m. (30 minutes longer)
  • Madison Middle Prep – 8:15 a.m. – 3:55 p.m. (40 minutes longer)
  • Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School – 7:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (45 minutes longer)
  • Napier Elementary School – 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (five minutes shorter)

These four schools changed their schedules last year and will keep these altered schedules for 2015-16:

  • Goodlettsville Middle Prep – 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • McKissack Middle Prep – 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • John Early Museum Magnet Middle Prep – 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Creswell Middle Prep School of the Arts – 7:55 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

The Goodlettsville Middle building is still under construction, so the school will remain at the Dalewood campus in East Nashville (1460 McGavock Pike) for another school year..

School bus transportation will still be available for all schools as normal. Bus routes and times are available on MNPS.org.

Metro Schools receives more than $4 million in School Improvement Grants for 2015-16

Funding is renewable for 2-4 more years, could top $11 million total by 2020

Six of Metro Schools’ priority schools are starting the new year with an infusion of funding to help accelerate turnaround efforts. Combined, the schools will receive more than $3 million this year with the possibility of another $5 million over the following four years. The money comes from a School Improvement Grant (SIG) awarded by the federal government through the Tennessee Department of Education.

In addition to the school-based SIG awards, the district will receive a $1 million innovation zone grant for the upcoming school year to provide leadership, oversight and support for priority schools. This grant is renewable for two more years for a total of $3 million, meaning altogether Metro Schools could receive more than $11 million by 2020 for district and school support in turning around priority schools.

The six schools and their award amounts are:

  Year 12015-16 Year 22016-17 Year 32017-18 Year 42018-19 Year 52019-20 5 Year Total
Inglewood Elementary $399,000 $399,000 $391,000 $113,900 $90,500 $1,393,400
KIPP at Kirkpatrick Elementary $270,000 $204,910 $182,907 $657,817
Whitsitt Elementary $364,550 $243,800 $243,800 $102,500 $78,300 $1,032,950
Jere Baxter Middle $402,000 $295,315 $240,000 $150,000 $75,000 $1,162,315
Madison Middle $762,030 $198,200 $124,600 $73,600 $73,600 $1,232,030
Pearl-Cohn High $853,842 $793,800 $793,800 $150,000 $100,000 $2,691,442
TOTAL $3,051,422 $2,135,025 $1,976,107 $590,000 $417,400 $8,169,954

“We feel very fortunate to receive these grants, and the money will be put to good use right away supporting students, teachers and school leaders in this important work,” said Dr. Euna McGruder, the district’s new executive officer for priority schools. “Just as much as they need this additional funding, these schools need support from the district and the community. That’s what my office is tasked with doing. We will work closely with principals and teachers to ensure they have what they need to give students the high-achieving education they deserve. We have high expectations, but we also have high hopes for success.”

Priority schools are those listed in the bottom five percent statewide in terms of raw achievement scores. The SIG money is to be used to focus on three areas that are most critical in turning around high-need schools: strong leadership, effective instruction and time for learning. If these schools are able to demonstrate progress and growth, the awards can be renewed for up to four more years, with the final two years designed to promote sustainability of newly instituted programs.

Students at priority schools will benefit from targeted interventions focused on reading and math, developed by school leaders based on their individual schools’ needs. Inglewood and Whitsitt Elementary Schools will also use SIG funds to expand prekindergarten offerings and better align learning from pre-K through fourth grade. At three of the six schools receiving SIG funds, students will get an extended school day with 30-45 minutes added to their daily schedules:

  • Jere Baxter Middle Prep – 8:25 a.m. – 3:55 p.m. (30 minutes more)
  • Madison Middle Prep – 8:15 a.m. – 3:55 p.m. (40 minutes more)
  • Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School – 7:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (45 minutes more)

This extra learning time is a requirement of receiving SIG funds under the turnaround model used at these schools. Central office leadership will help support school efforts by implementing high-quality professional development for teachers, finding appropriate instructional strategies for extended learning time and helping develop intervention programs to meet students’ needs.

School leaders in each of these six schools began work last spring on developing school improvement plans, which became the basis for their SIG applications. By starting this work months ahead of the first day of school, they were able to conduct a full review of their schools and develop ways to address historical challenges. Of the district’s 12 priority schools, eight were eligible for SIG funding. Joelton Middle, Neely’s Bend Middle and Kirkpatrick Elementary did not receive SIG funds but will be part of the district’s innovation zone and will benefit from the district-level grant. The remaining four priority schools were previous recipients of SIG money and therefore ineligible to apply.

Teachers report to priority schools July 27, a full week ahead of their peers at other schools, to get a head start on the new year. Students return to school August 5.

Six Metro Schools get new principals for 2015-16

Six more Metro Schools will begin 2015-16 with new principals. District leaders have chosen experienced educators who will serve their new schools well.

The principals and their assignments are:

  • Glencliff Elementary School – Julie Hopkins
  • Hickman Elementary School – Dr. Kim Fowler
  • Goodlettsville Middle Prep – Katrina Frazier
  • Joelton Middle Prep – Peggy Brodien
  • Hillsboro High School – Dr. Shuler Pelham
  • Overton High School – Dr. Jill Pittman

About the Principals

Glencliff Elementary School – Julie Hopkins
Julie Hopkins has a passion for service that has fueled her 22 years serving students in Metro Schools. During that time, she has filled varied roles in schools, including classroom teacher, mentor teacher, assistant principal and principal. She comes to Glencliff from J.E. Moss Elementary, where she served as assistant principal for a very diverse student population speaking several different languages. She has earned many awards throughout her career, including Tennessee Education Association (TEA) Administrator of the Year and Teacher of the Year. She also spent two years on the TEA Board of Directors. Ms. Hopkins holds a bachelor’s in business administration, a master’s in elementary education, a specialist’s degree in administration and supervision and is working on her doctorate in education.

Hickman Elementary School – Dr. Kim Fowler
Dr. Kim Fowler has been teaching children for 34 years, reaching all grades prekindergarten to high school. She spent 22 years teaching and leading in Metro Schools, including time spent as principal at Chadwell, Kirkpatrick and Mt. View Elementary Schools. During that time, Dr. Fowler was chosen as a mentor principal by the Tennessee Department of Education. Most recently, she served as principal at Bradley Academy in Murfreesboro, a Tennessee Reward School in 2011-12. She has won numerous awards, including Middle Tennessee Principal of the Year in 2007 and Metro Schools Principal of the Year in 2010. Dr. Fowler holds a bachelor’s in elementary education, two master’s in administration and supervision and guidance and counseling, as well as a doctorate in educational leadership. 

Goodlettsville Middle Prep – Katrina Frazier
Katrina Frazier brings a wide range of experiences to Goodlettsville Middle, including 13 years in the classroom as a middle school language arts teacher where she was honored with the distinction of Teacher of the Year. Throughout her career, she has served such varied roles as dean of instruction, assistant principal, reading specialist, family school coordinator, NCLB program specialist and data/assessment coordinator. Most recently, she was responsible for the rapid improvement of student achievement for LEAD Public Schools. She is dedicated to improving the social intelligence of students while holding them to high academic standards. Ms. Frazier holds a master’s degree in administration from Jackson State University as well as a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in administration and is currently seeking a doctorate in leadership and professional practice. 

Joelton Middle Prep – Peggy Brodien
Peggy Brodien is a well-known and respected veteran educator who has been helping children in Nashville for 28 years. She began her career in Metro Schools as a teacher at Chadwell and Granbery Elementary schools. She was later an instructional designer at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School, working with museum specialists within the school in addition to museums and historians around the city. As an administrator she has served at Neely’s Bend, Cole, Harpeth Valley, Amqui and Tom Joy Elementary schools. Most recently, Brodien served as the Principal of the Health Sciences Academy at John Overton High School. During her tenure at Overton, her academy received Model Accreditation status by the National Career Academy Coalition and was honored at the Academies of Nashville Awards for the Partnership of the Year with David Lipscomb University Pharmacy School. She is well known for building leadership capacity and has collaborated with teachers, parents, students and the community wherever she has served. She plans to continue to demonstrate her love as a public educator to help students reach their full potential in both academics and social and emotional development in her new role at Joelton Middle School. Ms. Brodien holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s in educational administration and will soon finish her doctorate in administrative leadership.

Hillsboro High School – Dr. Shuler Pelham
Dr. Shuler Pelham comes to Hillsboro from John Overton High School, where he has successfully led the most diverse school in the state for the past seven years. During his time at Overton, he increased academic achievement, increased student attendance and significantly decreased discipline incidents. He also helped found the Cambridge program at Overton, an internationally recognized advanced academic program. This gives him the experience he will need to meet the challenges of an International Baccalaureate World School like Hillsboro. Dr. Pelham is a graduate of Metro Schools, after which he attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of Tennessee. Following a career in the tech industry, he taught in both elementary and middle schools before earning a doctorate in administration in order to pursue school leadership. Dr. Pelham is active in church and community organizations, where he has become an advocate for English language learners and students with disabilities. He and his wife are proud parents of four children, all of whom are Metro Schools students.

Overton High School – Dr. Jill Pittman
Dr. Jill Pittman is returning to Overton High School, where she served as an award-winning academy principal just two years ago. She has served as a school leader in Metro Schools since 2006, working in both middle and high schools in the district. Prior to her work in Nashville, she served as an administrator in Florida for eight years, working with high school students on college and career readiness. Dr. Pittman opened the district’s first Freshman Academy at Antioch High School before taking the reigns as principal of J.T. Moore Middle, an International Baccalaureate World School. Most recently, she has served as principal of another International Baccalaureate World School at Goodlettsville Middle Prep. She returns to Overton as a proven leader, previously working in both the freshman and I.T. academies, with an emphasis on improving literacy outcomes and English learner support.  Dr. Pittman was named Metro’s Academy Principal of the Year in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign language education, a master’s in educational leadership, an executive certification in community college leadership and a Ph.D. in public administration. In addition to her work in schools, Dr. Pittman is an adjunct professor in the Andrews’ Institute of Civic Leadership at Lipscomb University, serves on the Executive Board of Professional Educators of Tennessee and is an America Achieves Fellow. Her husband, Mark, is the principal of Bellevue Middle Prep.

Five more Metro schools get new principals for 2015-16

Five more Metro Schools will begin 2015-16 with new principals. District leaders have chosen experienced educators who will serve their new schools well. Also involved in these leadership changes is out-going Apollo Middle Prep principal Jon Hubble, who will move to Central Office as an executive lead principal. All will begin in their new roles July 1.

The principals and their assignments are:

  • Andrew Jackson Elementary School – Tara Loba
  • Haywood Elementary School – Xavier Barrios
  • Apollo Middle Prep – Shawn Lawrence
  • Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Prep – Charlie McReynolds
  • Isaac Litton Middle Prep – Chara Rand
  • Executive Lead Principal – Jon Hubble

 

About the Principals

Andrew Jackson Elementary School – Tara Loba
Tara Loba has been with Metro Schools for 17 years, serving mostly as a teacher but most recently spending two years as an assistant principal at Eakin Elementary School. Andrew Jackson is her first time as principal, but she has earned it through hard work in the Metro Schools leadership pipeline. She is a graduate of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville at Vanderbilt University, traveled to China as part of the Educational Leadership Learning Exchange program at Vanderbilt and serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Principals Association. Ms. Loba holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education and a master’s in administration and supervision.

Haywood Elementary School – Xavier Barrios
Mr. Barrios is a well-known and respected veteran leader in Metro Schools. He has split his 20 years in education evenly between classroom teaching and school leadership. He comes to Haywood from Andrew Jackson Elementary, which was recognized as a Reward School by the Tennessee Department of Education for being in the top five percent of all schools statewide for academic growth. He is also a lead principal in Metro Schools, which means he supervises a small network of schools and lends his expertise and leadership to their principals. He is fluent in Spanish, holds two bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees, all from DePaul University.

Apollo Middle Prep– Shawn Lawrence
Shawn Lawrence is returning to Apollo Middle Prep after a short time at another school and is ready to bring his leadership experience back to his former home. Mr. Lawrence was hand-picked by Apollo principal Jon Hubble to join the school’s turnaround team and was very quickly promoted to assistant principal. He played an integral role in the school’s improvement planning and in developing a culture of high expectations for student achievement. Last October, Mr. Lawrence and his school improvement skills were called to Neely’s Bend Middle Prep, where he honed his leadership skills in another turnaround situation. He now returns to Apollo as principal where he will continue leading academic gains and developing a culture of excellence among staff and students, as well as one of shared leadership among teachers.

Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Prep – Charlie McReynolds
Mr. McReynolds is returning to Bailey after a long absence. He first taught there in 2001 before being quickly moved into middle school leadership. He has served as a principal or assistant principal in Metro middle schools for 13 years. Most recently, he served as principal at Brick Church Middle School while it transitioned to a LEAD charter school through the Achievement School District. The experience of leading a school during that kind of transitional time strengthened his collaborative and school improvement planning skills. That is exactly the experience Bailey STEM Magnet needs this year as it plans for the move into Stratford STEM Magnet and the transition into a 5-12 STEM magnet school. Mr. McReynolds will bring a passion and concern for his school, students and community to Bailey, along with a high value on personal integrity and the belief that all students can succeed academically. He also brings extensive experience in building a positive school culture, engaging the community and helping develop teachers and improve instruction. Mr. McReynolds earned his teaching degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in physical education and a master’s in administration from Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville

Isaac Litton Middle Prep – Chara Rand
Ms. Rand brings exactly the right kind of experience to Litton Middle. For four years, she has served as the school’s assistant principal, helping lead the dramatic transformation Litton has undergone in both academic achievement and community support. She is an instructional leader skilled at mentoring and coaching classroom teachers, and under her shared leadership Litton achieved strong growth in all academic subjects. Ms. Rand is a leadership coach with the Tennessee Department of Education charged with training teachers and principals on the new Tennessee state standards and TNReady assessments to be implemented in the 2015-16 school year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish, a master’s in elementary education and an education specialist’s degree in administration and supervision. She is now earning her doctorate in educational leadership.

Executive Lead Principal – Jon Hubble
Mr. Hubble has 28 years experience in Metro middle schools, including serving as principal at Meigs Middle Magnet and Apollo Middle Prep. While at Meigs, he received statewide and national recognition for effective leadership and his students’ academic achievement. At Apollo, he oversaw significant academic growth and was recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education for inclusive practices. He has received several teaching awards, including Metro Schools Teacher of the Year.

MNPS Virtual School expanding to fifth and sixth grades

Online learning now available to all students in Metro Schools grades 5-12

MNPS Virtual SchoolTennessee’s first and highest performing virtual school is expanding and innovating once again. MNPS Virtual School will, for the first time ever, offer a full-time middle school starting in August 2015. With the addition of fifth and sixth grades, Virtual is now officially a 5-12 school.

“This is a major accomplishment for us, and one we have been working toward for a long time,” said Virtual School principal Dr. James Witty. “Our teachers have been proudly serving Nashville families for four years with high-quality instruction in engaging courses. Our students have always loved the experience, and we are thrilled to now give middle school families the same opportunity.”

Fall enrollment at MNPS Virtual School is now open, with more than 50 courses available for high school students and more than 20 for middle school students. Courses range from the core academics of math and English to other courses like art, physical education and marketing and even specialized classes like Japanese, web design and entrepreneurship. High school students can also choose from a wide variety of Advanced Placement and dual enrollment classes where they can earn college credit in subjects like U.S. history, music appreciation and HTML.

Virtual School students come from all over Nashville and from all walks of life. Some choose Virtual because it fits their personal learning styles, others have life circumstances that may exclude them from a traditional school day. More than a few Virtual School students have thriving careers at a young age, including musicians and professional athletes.

“We strive for our school to be an option for families who want or need something different from the average school experience,” said Dr. Witty. “That option now extends to middle school families who want their children to learn in ways that suit them. We also proudly accept homeschool families who want a rigorous curriculum delivered by professional educators.”

MNPS Virtual School was the first virtual school to open in Tennessee and has consistently been rated as the highest performing according to state assessment data. It is the only school in Tennessee to be accredited under the AdvancedEd digital learning standards and the only virtual school to offer a career academy.

The school is currently open for enrollment for the 2015-16 school year, accepting both full-time and part-time students. Last year, enrollment increased to 140 full-time students and 550 part-time and the school graduated its very first class of students who completed all four years of high school digitally.

Enrollment information and a full course catalogue are available on the MNPS Virtual School website.

Arabic language classes coming to Metro Schools in 2015-16

Classes to be designed for both beginning and native speakers

Metro Schools is taking full advantage of the rich diversity and multiculturalism Nashville has to offer by expanding foreign language options into brand new territory. Starting in the 2015-16 school year, six Metro schools will offer Arabic language classes in grades 7-12.

“This latest expansion strengthens our district’s dedication to foreign language instruction and diverse course offerings outside of the core academics,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “We are very excited about starting this program. It gives our schools yet another unique and attractive feature for families, and helps meet the demands of our increasingly diverse city.”

Arabic will be offered in six schools in three clusters, all located in South Nashville. There will be three Arabic teachers serving in two schools each:

  • Antioch High School and Margaret Allen Middle Prep
  • Cane Ridge High School and Antioch Middle Prep
  • Overton High School and McMurray Middle Prep

These schools were chosen based on a detailed audit of students’ home languages. Each of these schools has dozens – and in some cases hundreds – of students who identify Arabic as their primary language. That is why two different courses will be offered: beginning Arabic and heritage Arabic.

Beginning Arabic is designed for students who are unfamiliar with the language and are starting from scratch. Heritage Arabic is designed for native speakers as a way to enhance their language skills and possibly even learn to read and write in Arabic for the first time.

“Native Arabic speakers have this innate skill they can take into adulthood. We want them to develop it further and use it to also strengthen their English skills,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jay Steele. “As they progress and make more connections between Arabic and English, they will start to see benefits in other classes, as well. We believe it will help them be more engaged in school as a whole and also help them stay connected to their native culture.”

For beginning students, learning Arabic will come with all the same benefits of learning any foreign language. Research shows that, like music, learning a foreign language pays dividends in cognitive development and academic achievement – particularly in math and language arts. In addition to being an essential component of a well-rounded education, knowing an in-demand foreign language like Arabic or Chinese is a desirable skill to have after graduation.

“Students who graduate with skills in Arabic speaking have incredible international opportunities open to them,” said Dr. Steele. “In today’s environment, it’s often a necessity for students to speak two languages. We need to give our students a solid background in foreign language so they can take it even further in college, potentially to the point of full fluency. That opens up a world of possibilities after graduation.”

The next steps in building an Arabic program are to hire teachers. Recruiting is underway right now, with positions posted online. District officials are working with the Tennessee Department of Education to ensure teachers can be certified in Arabic, as currently just one university in all of Tennessee offers it for educational certification. Once teachers are hired, they will help decide which dialect of Arabic will be taught and then will design the curriculum.

Foreign languages are offered in every Metro high school and most Metro middle schools. By the 2016-17 school year, district leaders hope to expand foreign language instruction to every middle school. Current offerings include:

  • Spanish, offered K-12
  • Mandarin Chinese, offered K-12
  • French, offered 7-12
  • Latin, offered 7-12
  • German, offered 9-12
  • Arabic, to be offered 7-12

North Sports Report – Sports are great. Scholarships are better.

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.

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The Flash

Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches!

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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!

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Celebrate! with Stratford STEM soccer

 

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

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