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The Academies enable students to learn through the lens of a career or academic theme in a personalized learning community. Through their academy, students are exposed to a multitude of career and college opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing and internships.

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  • Cane Ridge, Overton, and McGavock High School's recognized for having 'Model Academies' through the National Career Academy Coalition.

    Cane Ridge, Overton, and McGavock High School's recognized for having 'Model Academies' through the National Career Academy Coalition.

  • 2013 My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair allows 6,000 freshman to experience nearly 400 jobs.

    2013 My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair allows 6,000 freshman to experience nearly 400 jobs.

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Internships

Internships allow student to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world.
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Job Shadowing

Job shadowing connects students with the real working world and gives them an insider's view of a profession and the everyday duties and responsibilities.
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Externships

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Externships give teachers an opportunity to have a real world professional experience at a host organization to develop a project-based curriculum.
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Partnerships

Partnerships

Business and community partners are essential factors in preparing students for life after high school and are integral to the educational experiences students receive.
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McGavock High School Names Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Health Science and Law

Ribbon cutting brings together education, real-world science and business.

Officials from Aegis Sciences Corporation, McGavock High School and the Academies of Nashville gathered last week to celebrate the official naming of the Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Health Science and Law.

The Aegis leadership team has been involved with the Academies of Nashville since the program’s early development. Out of a desire to be good corporate citizens and support youth education in science and technology, they formed a partnership with their neighbors at McGavock High School. Throughout this partnership, Aegis has hosted numerous job shadowing days, speakers at the school, hosted Laboratory Boot Camp, and helped develop curriculum for the Academy of Health Science and Law.

Aegis
Aegis  Sciences Corporation, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a  forensic toxicology and healthcare sciences laboratory, providing science – driven testing and consulting services for clients, such as professional and amateur sports organizations, leading college and university athletic programs, medical examiners, Fortune 500 corporations, healthcare providers and government agencies throughout the United States.

Metro Nashville Public Schools
Metropolitan  Nashville Public Schools is the nation’s 42nd largest district, preparing more than 83,000 students to  excel in higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville’s families, Metro Schools is committed to providing a high quality education to every student. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, its commitment to social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement, and currently ranks in the top 27 percent of districts in the state for academic performance. Its new strategic plan, Education2018: Excellence for Every Student, sets the goal of becoming the nation’s top performing urban school system by 2018. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine – member elected body. For more information, visit www.mnps.org.

Hillsboro Establishes the Red Cross Club

Hillsboro High School’s Academy of Global Health and Science has become the first high school  to establish a Red Cross Club chapter in partnership with the American Red Cross. Janel, P. a senior at Hillsboro High School explains what this means and the purpose of the club.

redcross-logo As part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, the Red Cross Club gives students a way to put their talent, skills and passion to work for a greater purpose.

In a Red Cross Club, we will work closely with the local Red Cross chapter, engaging in projects that address some of our country’s and world’s greatest needs including preparing our community for disasters and hosting life saving blood drives. We will create, plan and participate in service projects that will help our school, our community and make an impact around the globe.

Red Cross Clubs also offer many opportunities for self-development, and empower us to build critical leadership skills. And of course, Red Cross Clubs can be a fun, energetic experience that expand our social network. We may find ourselves building life-long friendships as we connect with other young volunteers who have the same passion for helping people as we do!

Hillsboro High School has nothing but leaders that will work to ensure the best for American Red Cross. We plan to be the first Davidson County club to spread the word and inform our community that this is a great purpose to support. There’s nothing wrong with starting early as a leader in the community for such a widely known organization. What better place than Hillsboro to start off?  Hillsboro has a supportive community that will work for the success of this program. We reach all the criteria of being a leader and having the skills and talents in order to function for our local Red Cross.  Hillsboro can benefit from the partnership with the Red Cross, just as the Red Cross can benefit from all of the opportunities provided by administrators, teachers, and students. We know the Red Cross is known globally, which makes them a perfect partner for Hillsboro’s Academy of Global Health and Science.

Personally, I am planning to leave a legacy at Hillsboro with the Red Cross Club.  I also plan to use this network and experience for my senior capstone project.  I think starting this program will be that legacy and I’m honored to be a part of it before I go to college. The recognition and volunteer work to save three people by one person donating blood is so impactful to me and will change our community.

 

Maplewood High School Virtual Tour

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Glencliff High School Virtual Tour

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Pearl-Cohn Students Respond to Escalating Situation in Ferguson

Queen. M. and Destinee A. are both students in the Academy of Entertainment Management at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. As the news reports and social media conversations fill our media channels with information regarding Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson, Mo. these two young ladies decided to respond. 

I [Queen] was up at 2:30 in the morning on a Friday watching CNN and seeing the conversations that people were having about the situation in Ferguson. I was really upset about what was happening and I felt that their community was going about their protests the wrong way. I felt like writing a song was the perfect message to get these feelings out to multiple generations.

I wrote the song that night. I finished close to 4 o’clock in the morning and I couldn’t sleep because I knew it was something that would make an impact. I worked on it all weekend and presented it to my teacher, Mr. Caldwell, on Monday.

From there, it spiraled into the song production and music video. We [Queen and Destinee] hope that this message will show that teens can positively contribute to a volatile situation. We just wanted to recognize what was going on; somewhere in this world there is a community that is hurting and if we work together, we can help heal this situation.

 

The MNPS Virtual School Virtual Tour

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Stratford STEM Magnet High Virtual Tour

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Overton High School Virtual Tour

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Hunter Lane High School Virtual Tour

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Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Virtual Tour

Take a tour of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. Learn more about the Academies at Pearl-Cohn and what learning looks like in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Hillwood High School Virtual Tour

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Hunters Lane Announces Griffin Academy of Design and Technology

Today, Hunters Lane High School and Griffin Technology are proud to announce the rebranding of the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology within Metro Nashville Public Schools. Nashville-based Griffin Technology partnered with The Academies of Nashville as part of their commitment to fostering technology in education. Over the past year, Griffin has committed nearly 1,000 man-hours to mentoring teachers and students along with outfitting the Hunters Lane High School programming lab with new Mac minis and Griffin product.

Dr. Jay Steele, Chief Academic Officer at Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Hunters Lane Academy Coach, Brad Meyers, joined Dr. Susan Kessler, Executive Principal at Hunters Lane, in recognizing Griffin Technology’s commitment to Hunters Lane High School at a ceremony held in the school’s auditorium today.

“The students in the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology are the future leaders of the tech industry,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “Griffin is proud to stand with the students, teachers and principals of Hunters Lane and The Academies of Nashville to provide the essential tools, education and inspiration needed to ensure students’ success in an increasingly technological world.”

The Academy’s new name honors Griffin Technology’s generous donation to the Hunters Lane High School programming lab along with job-shadow days for students and a summer externship for teachers from the Academy. Griffin also spent the past year working closely with teachers to develop their first iOS programming curriculum and other technology-focused coursework for the Academy. The iOS curriculum teaches students the processes involved in developing apps for iPhones and iPads from start to finish.

“We’re thrilled to announce the naming of the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology,” Steele said. “We are so appreciative of Griffin and other Nashville-area businesses for their contributions to our Academies program. With their help, we’re setting ourselves apart as a national example of exemplary, high-quality education.”

The Academies of Nashville is a program developed through a partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Alignment Nashville, Ford Next Generation Learning, the PENCIL Foundation, and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to bridge the gap between education and the real world by pairing businesses and nonprofit organizations with schools to enhance students’ education.

For more information about The Academies of Nashville visit www.academiesofnashville.org.
For more information about Griffin Technology’s work in education visit http://griffintechnology.com/education.

About Griffin Technology
Griffin Technology Inc. is one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, education and personal technology. Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Collaborating with educators to create tomorrow’s digital-native workforce, Griffin offers advanced technology solutions for the classroom, including Survivor, MultiDock, PowerDock 5, AirStrap, Wired Keyboard and much more. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs for the connected classroom at www.griffintechnology.com/education. Keep up with the latest Griffin products for education on Twitter @GriffinTechEd and Facebook.com/griffintech.

Metro Nashville Public Schools
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is the nation’s 42nd largest district, preparing more than 83,000 students to excel in higher education, work and life with the goal of being the first choice for Nashville’s families. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body.

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Hillsboro High School Virtual Tour

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Cane Ridge High School Virtual Tour

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Glencliff High School Student Qualifies for the National Agriscience Fair

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Glencliff Sophomore, Brett Hatch, with Glencliff FFA advisor, Lucy Prestwood

Brett Hatch, of the Glencliff FFA Chapter, has been named a finalist for the National Agriscience Fair through the National FFA Organization. Hatch will compete against 15 other finalists from across the country in the category of Food Product and Processing Systems Division I at the National FFA Convention in October in Louisville, Kentucky.

The National Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. Students are required to conduct a scientific research project and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report.

On top of the prestige of being a national finalist, the qualification is even more impressive in the fact that Hatch is only in the 10th grade. Hatch developed his concept, conducted his project, and won the State FFA Agriscience Fair as a freshman this past April. One national winner will be announced in each category at the National FFA Convention in October.