Archives for December 2013

Spreading some holiday cheer

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Vanderbilt Praises Student Intern

Throughout the Academies of Nashville there are students doing remarkable work. JaKala K., a student at Cane Ridge High School in the Academy of Health Management, interned this year with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Due to her hard work and effort, JaKala was afforded the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and present her research at the American Medical Informatics Association. JaKala’s supervisors were so impressed with her performance, that they wrote the following letter to the administrators at Cane Ridge High School. 

 

JKimmons Vanderbilt Letter

High School Ambassadors Train Next Generation

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Middle and high school students came together earlier this month at Stratford STEM Magnet High School for the Middle and High School Ambassador Prep Program.  Stratford ambassadors trained the next generation of ambassadors on presence, speech, tour highlights, and the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools 5 characteristics of a middle school student and high school student.

This is the first year for the Middle Prep Ambassador Program.  The ambassador program is designed to train students to be leaders of their school.  Students are trained in leadership, service, and public speaking in order to share their school information with others in the community.

Stratford students worked with students from Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School, Cora Howe Middle School, East Magnet Middle School, East Magnet High School, Litton Middle School, and Meigs Middle Magnet School

Academies of Nashville Winter Leadership Retreat

 

Educators and business partners are working together at the annual Academies of Nashville Winter leadership retreat.

Educators and business partners are working together at the annual Academies of Nashville Winter leadership retreat.

It’s that time of year again. Students are preparing for final exams, teachers are working to record grades, and everyone is eagerly awaiting Winter break. While many schools throughout country are buried in number two pencils and bubble sheets, educators in Metro Nashville Public Schools are using this time to discuss how to make their schools better for the Spring semester.

CMT presenting to educators about effective business engagement at the Winter Leadership Retreat.

CMT presenting to educators about effective business engagement at the Winter Leadership Retreat.

Principals, assistant principals, academy coaches, and business partners for each school within the Academies of Nashville have come together for the annual Winter leadership retreat today at the Martin Professional Development Center thanks, in part, to a generous donation from the Ford Motor Company Fund and Alignment Nashville. The focus of this year’s Winter Leadership retreat is for educators to :

Teams from each school are working to deconstruct the different standards of practice to better prepare their individual academies for the accreditation process through the National Career Academy Coalition. Through this process, every school is uncovering what is unique about the Academies of Nashville including experiential learning, teacher teaming, business engagement, and much more!

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Community Rallies around Stratford STEM Magnet High School

East Nashville residents have rallied around their community schools and supported the Academies of Stratford. East Nashville’s newest school supporter is the CommunityPTO.

The CommunityPTO is made up of local school PTO officers, involved parents and members of the community who desire to see the Stratford STEM Magnet High School cluster in East Nashville reach and maintain its potential. This is an entirely new way of doing PTO–where the community comes together to actively create the future reality, one in which schools have adequate support and resources and families feel connected and empowered.

The CommunityPTO has been active in the 2013-2014 school year.  Tailgating at Stratford STEM Magnet High School games became a favorite Friday afternoon tradition.  The CommunityPTO even sponsored the Stratford Chili Cook Off in which six entries vied for best chili. In addition, as the temperatures dropped the CommunityPTO rallied to support academy of Stratford students with a coat and clothing drive. In November, the CommunityPTO rallied at a School Board Meeting to show their East Side Pride and promote the Stratford Cluster. In less than a month, nearly $3,800 has been raised!

Criminal justice cadets stay busy in December

Stratford criminal justice corps students presented an executive briefing to MNPS High School Principals regarding the global war on terror, with a specific emphasis on the Boston Marathon bombing incident, investigation, and ongoing judicial process.

Stratford criminal justice corps students presented an executive briefing to MNPS High School principals regarding the global war on terror, with a specific emphasis on the Boston Marathon bombing incident, investigation, and ongoing judicial process.

 

Stratford criminal justice corps students were invited by Mr. Brian Grisham, Director of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, on a VIP Tour of this prestigious facility.  Director Grisham allowed the cadets to view ongoing training in legal, professional integrity, career  development, arrest protocol, and pursuit driving. The cadets experienced the demands of high speed pursuit driving in the academy computer driving simulator and discovered that driving a police car demands quick reflexes and immediate decision making. Thanks to Director Grisham, the cadets experienced a unique opportunity to participate in the real world of law enforcement training.

Stratford criminal justice corps students were invited by Mr. Brian Grisham, Director of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, on a VIP Tour of this prestigious facility. Director Grisham allowed the cadets to view ongoing training in legal, professional integrity, career development, arrest protocol, and pursuit driving. The cadets experienced the demands of high speed pursuit driving in the academy computer driving simulator and discovered that driving a police car demands quick reflexes and immediate decision making. Thanks to Director Grisham, the cadets experienced a unique opportunity to participate in the real world of law enforcement training.

 

Stratford criminal justice cadets were provided a situational report, AKA "SITREP, on integrity, leadership, and command presence by executive principal Michael Steele, prior to departing on their field trip to the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Stratford criminal justice cadets were provided a situational report, AKA “SITREP”, on integrity, leadership, and command presence by Executive Principal Michael Steele, prior to departing on their field trip to the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.

 

 

Tennessee Titans partner with Glencliff to teach healthy living

Glencliff High School hosted NFL Tennessee Titans Moise Fukou’s Root 53 Workshop in conjunction with Nashville Athletic Club last Thursday.  One hundred culinary arts students participated an three-hour workshop creating healthy choice menus for the Tennessee Titans, participating in quick and easy exercise workouts as well as understanding the connection between healthy food and exercise. training 2

Casa Azafran Interns- Glencliff Culinary Arts Programs

Seniors in Glencliff’s Culinary Arts program have been training alongside chefs as Mesa Komal, the commercial kitchen at Casa Azafran. And did you know… Glenclif is the only American Culinary Federation certified culinary arts program in the state of Tennessee!

Read more about the interns experience here, at the Conexion Americas blog.

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HCA Foundation Makes $100,000 Donation to Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Hillwood High School Executive Principal Dr. Steve Chauncy are proud to announce a very generous gift of $100,000 to the Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences from the HCA Foundation, made on behalf of the HCA/TriStar Family of Hospitals. The gift will provide funding for the design and construction of two state-of-the-art laboratories for the Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences.

“We’re so excited and grateful for this generous donation,” said Dr. Chauncy. “What this means for our students can’t be overstated. They will have the chance to learn skills they might not have seen until college, if at all. They are getting real, professional hands-on learning in a career field that is exploding.”

Though housed at Hillwood, these labs will serve all Health Science students in Metro high schools. They will give students the opportunity to simulate and practice a variety of real-world medical procedures and activities such as drawing blood, starting an IV, processing patients, and labor and delivery support.  Skill- based learning activities help to prepare students for future careers in medical and surgical nursing, emergency medicine, physical therapy, rehabilitation and sports medicine and many more health related professions.

“It is our privilege to strengthen our partnership with Hillwood and the Health Science Academy Business Partners and encourage students to consider healthcare careers,” said Joanne Pulles, President of The HCA Foundation and member of the Academy Advisory Board.  “Healthcare increasingly offers many dynamic career opportunities, and this is a chance for motivated students, who may be interested in pursuing healthcare in college or as a career, to get practical experience while they’re still in high school.“

As the philanthropic arm of HCA, the mission of The HCA Foundation is to promote health and well-being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. The HCA Foundation has contributed more than $20 million in grants to over 150 organizations and agencies in Middle Tennessee since 2009.  HCA has been an Academy Business Partner since 2009 providing student field trips, job shadowing, internships and teacher externships in support of the mission of the HIllwood Health Science Academy.

Students at the Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences get hands-on experience in health and medical professions, and can even graduate with professional certifications like Emergency Medical Responder and Certified Nursing Assistant. Thanks to this substantial gift from the HCA Foundation, students at Hillwood and across Metro Schools will have even greater opportunities to prepare for college and career in health-related fields.

Pearl-Cohn Holiday Concert and Album Release

What does the country’s only student-run record label have up its red and green sleeve for the holidays? How about A Firebird Christmas, a collection of holiday classics “with a twist.”

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet students have put together a brand new album for their label Relentless Entertainment Group. They are giving a special sneak preview at holiday concerts this Wednesday and Thursday, December 11 and 12.

In case you don’t already know, Relentless Entertainment is a student-run record label at Pearl-Cohn through Warner Music Nashville. Students are in charge of every aspect of the label. They modeled the company after Motown Records, right down to the “Hitsville, U.S.A.” stickers on the office door. They recruit talent from across the district and record in a state-of-the-art recording studio opened last spring.

Come support the label and hear some good music at Pearl-Cohn.

Wednesdsay & Thursday, December 11 & 12
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Auditorium
904 26th Avenue North, 37208
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for 12 and under

 

Studying Tips from Students

December marks the end of the semester here in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Along with the excitement buzzing for potential snow days and the upcoming holidays, students work during this time of year to complete their end of the semester exams. Mika C., a student at Hunters Lane High School, offers the following studying tips for students who are about to begin the last minute cram for exams. Good luck everyone!

I know exams will be coming up soon and a lot of students are worried about their grades. No worries! We can get you prepared for these exams so that you will be well on your way to scoring highly! Take a look at the following tips:

Exam tips

  • To all students taking the ACT on Saturday: I wish you all good luck! Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep before testing time and eat a nutritious dinner and breakfast! Make sure that you aim for your targeted score and to at least get a 21 in order to receive the HOPE scholarship for college.

  • To all students taking exams: study, study, study! I believe you all will do great and make sure that your grades are where they need to be before we go on Winter Break!

  • During testing time: relax and make sure that you wear comfortable clothing.

  • Always bring two pencils, an eraser, and a hand held pencil sharpener just in case!

  • After you are finished with your test, double check your answers!

  • Most importantly, read the directions and questions thoroughly.

  • Use the internet. Don’t be afraid to look up helpful videos on any topic you need help with.

  • Create your own study habits such as

-Notecards (topic on front side, answers on back side)

                             -Study sessions with your friends (quiz each other)

                            -Type your notes on a computer or handheld device to help with remembering notes.

                            -Don’t cram for your test the night before. Start studying at least one week before!

Good luck on your exams!