Archives for September 2012

First Choice Festival Coming Up Oct. 18

The Metro Nashville Public Schools First Choice Festival is coming up on Oct. 18 from 4:30-7:30 pm at McGavock High School. Stop in and check out all of the educational opportunities avilable in Nashville. Be sure to watch the PSA and behind the scenes video of McGavock High School students from the CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communications.

PSA 30 (produced by McGavock students, promoting 1st Choice Festival, Oct. 18):




Glencliff Senior Selected to Intern for MNPS

Internships give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Kimberly G., a student from Glencliff High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Mareting,  participated in an internship this summer though the Nashville Career Advacement Center. In this post, Kimberly write about her experience.


Kimberly worked at the reception desk of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Central Office.

Hi, my name is Kimberly. I am a senior at Glencliff High School. Whoo! Class of 2013! I have been attending Glencliff my entire high school career. I am part of the Academy of Hospitality and Marketing. I have been and still am affiliated with a couple of in and out of school activities  including United Nations, YMCA Latino Achievers, which I am President for the 2012-2013 school year, DECA, Garden Club,  GHS soccer, JUMP (Youth United for a Better Present), Study Foundation, church choir, and many more. I am a very determined, cheerful, respectful, and passionate with the desire to become successful in life. My goals are to graduate high school and continue my education. I aspire to become a pediatrician, or an obstetrician. I know I will accomplish my goals as long as I put my all into it.

In the summer of 2012, I was presented the opportunity to become one of the fifty students to be selected out of two-hundred and fifty applicants for the NCAC (Nashville Career Advancement Center) Intern program.  As I was selected, I was placed as an intern for MNPS (Metro Nashville Public Schools) in the department of Customer Service. I gained lots of new experiences. I was able to answer a few phone calls and be the receptionist, which happened to be what I enjoyed the most. I was able to become more familiar to people’s reactions, whether they were good or bad. I learned how to manage certain situations in a certain manner.  One of the most beneficial parts of this internship was being able to meet very important and amazing people that do their best for students, parents and faculty. Also, gaining knowledge of all the different jobs that are available and what they consist of.

Working with Customer Service representatives and both the manager and the supervisor, has been and continues to be a wonderful learning experience that I know I won’t forget. I was honored to be asked to continue working with them throughout my last year of high school. When I was asked to continue working with Customer Service, I was shocked, because I was certain I had to have done something great for them to want me to stay. I was pleased and joyful; this internship has opened doors that I never knew could have been opened. I greatly appreciate everyone who’s helped me. I know this experience will help me after graduation and in college.

Students Becoming Professionals: Academy Ambassadors

More than 125 students gathered on September 14th to participate in the 2012-2013 Academy Ambassador Training Day II. Ambassadors are student leaders in their schools who represent their individual academies and pathways. Not only was the Training Day a great opportunity to network with students from all across Nashville, the students gained professional development skills from trained workshop facilitators. These skills will help the ambassadors make meaningful first impressions with academy partners, provide relevant and educational tours of their schools and academies, prepare impromptu speeches and much more. Be sure to follow the Academies of Nashville Facebook page to view photos from the event as well as stay up-to-date on events and news.

2012-2013 Academies of Nashville Ambassadors

College and Career Mentoring

The freshman year is a critical transition that sets the tone for whether or not a student will go to on graduate from high school.  The PENCIL Foundation and Cane Ridge High School are piloting Nashville’s first Academy-wide College-Career Mentors program.  They are matching mentors with all freshmen to positively impact the dropout rate and raise students’ post-secondary aspirations.  In a district where 75 percent of students are on free and reduced lunch, this program enables students to look beyond their circumstances to the possibilities beyond through the engagement of dedicated community members.

The program began in September and uses a compilation of in-person and e-Mentoring techniques to reinforce technology skills while teaching students what professionalism means, to think ahead about what college and careers might compliment their skills and interests, and help them see the importance of their education. College-Career Mentors work through the Freshman Seminar class and are matched throughout the year and can even Skype into the classroom on occasion.  

This school year, the program has already matched 34 volunteers with 205 freshmen at Cane Ridge and continues to grow daily. 

“We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students and will continue to grow until all freshmen are placed with a mentor,” says Freshman Principal Nick Wilson.

 By concentrating efforts, Cane Ridge will provide a model for how mentoring can be scaled in the district and demonstrate the difference a culture of mentoring can have on a school and on students’ lives. 

If you are interested in working with this program, please contact Chelsea Parker, Program Director at the PENCIL Foundation at 615.242.3167 x228 or  Schedules and more details can be found at

Giving “Credit” to our Business Partners

The Academies of Nashville could not be successful without the hard work and efforts of our business partners and community supporters. In a recent interview with the City Paper, Paul Johnson, CEO of the US Community Credit Union, spoke about the importance of being involved in the schools. We would like to thank the US Community Credit Union for their continued support and congratulate them on their successes through the McGavock High School USCCU Academy of Business and Finance.


“The student-run branch at McGavock High School represents an important partnership between US Community Credit Union and Metro Public Schools. One of the major goals of our volunteer board of directors is to give back to the communities we serve by educating young adults on financial literacy. In 2011, the USCCU volunteer board of directors decided to become a partner by sponsoring the McGavock High School Academy of Business and Finance. Since April of 2011, our credit union has contributed over 1,900 hours of in-kind service to McGavock High School. Our monetary contributions since April of 2011 total $91,184. However, the most important contribution is the real-live work and banking experience we are able to provide the students at McGavock. Plus, we’re expanding our financial literacy program to the four McGavock High feeder middle schools.”

Innovation for All, Real-World Experience for High School Students

Internships give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Isaiah and Royal, students from Antioch High School’s Academy of Automotive Technology participated in an internship this summer with Nissan. In this post, Isaiah and Royal write about their experiences.


My name is Isaiah and I am a part of the Academy of Automotive Technology at Antioch High School. My summer experience at the Nissan Plant was really fun and educational.  We were split into groups and our objectives were to solve different problems with cars.  My group was assigned the Maxima.  It had an issue with the muffler hanging too low.  I liked that we got a hands-on experience rather than just talking about the problems.  I never really had any experience in the automotive field so this was a great chance for me to explore something new.  I wanted to become an anesthesiologist but after the Nissan internship, I am rethinking my future career.


My name is Royal and I am a part of the Academy of Automotive Technology at Antioch High School. During the Nissan summer enrichment program I can say I learned how engineers handle their problems with cars.  My group worked on the Altima which was having an issue with the washer fluid tank.  There was a leak.  We developed a temporary fix first, then continued to develop a more permanent solution.  Even though I had to get up early on Saturdays in the summer, I feel like the program was really beneficial toward my future and the things I plan on doing.  I come from a family of engineers so I feel that the program really helped me confirm my future plans.  The internship was a great experience and they also helped us build our resumes.


Not only did the students grow from their time spent with Nissan, Ms. Carmen Washington, a teacher in the math department for the Academy of Automotive Engineering at Antioch High School, discovered innovation under the hood of her experiences as well.


“My experience this summer with the Nissan externship was very enlightening.  My findings about how mathematics is applied in the development process of a new product took me to a new level of differentiated instruction. I found it very fascinating that all of the subject areas are vital in this interdisciplinary project. The Nissan business partners were highly supportive in showing me how math is used in the corporate industry and I’m grateful for the experience.”
— Ms. Carmen Washington