Archives for December 2014

RaiderVision Brings Real-World Experience to Students

Experiential learning is a cornerstone to the educational experience in Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Academies of Nashville. Cheyenne S., a student at McGavock High School in the CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication, writes about her real-world experience of producing a news show. 

The best learning experience I had this year was with my role as the executive producer of RaiderVision. If you don’t know, RaiderVision is McGavock’s tri-weekly news program that airs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It informs students of what is going on at school, and has over thirty episodes (as of December 12th). Finished videos are posted onto YouTube; to find and watch any of them, search “raidervision mcgavock” into the search bar and you should find some of our shows.

As executive producer, I help groups with their videos and what they can continue or improve, and am the overseer of the entire class. Anything that has to do with RaiderVision, from organizing the monthly calendar to contacting teachers for new ideas, I am the head of it. My desired career is as a director and producer in both film and television. Being executive producer of McGavock’s news program has not only giving me more experience in what I want to do in life, but also helped as a leadership role. I have always considered myself a leader, but with my roles as an ambassador and executive producer, I am learning how to be a better leader, and I could never be more thankful for those who are helping me with this challenge. The 2015 school year will hold much more success as I continue learning and participating.

Antioch named as one of the Top 50 Hospitality Schools in US

Earlier this month, Antioch High School’s hospitality program in the Academy of Hospitality and Marketing was named to the 2014-2015 Elite 50, an exclusive group of high schools and career and technical schools from across the country, by Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies.

The Elite 50 is comprised of high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/ or hospitality management. Some are state and national competition winners from ProStarts, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Sullivan University also factors in schools with strong hospitality enrollment and influence in the community.

Additional criteria for receiving this recognition include: an original recipe with photos or a restaurant management design; two essays from students on the topic, “Why I want to pursue a career in hospitality?”; and additional information about the school’s program. Further considerations where given to schools that operate a restaurant or offer catering services.

Congratulations Antioch High School and the Academy of Hospitality and Marketing!



Happy Holidays from Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

The Relentless Entertainment Group is at a loss for words of gratitude to it’s school district, MNPS. They chose to go against the grain and send the entire staff at MNPS a musical Christmas Card entitled “Have Yourself a ‘MNPS’ Christmas.” Students from all the area high school gathered together to express their holiday greetings in song. Enjoy!

The United Project: A Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action


The Academies of Nashville, in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and the PENCIL Foundation, is announcing plans for a new initiative focused on creating pathways to success for youth in foster care called the United Project. This program is a Commitment to Action for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America annual meeting, which these organizations attended this summer.


The United Project will expand education, training and employment pathways for Davidson County foster youth. MNPS, DCS, and PENCIL will work collaboratively to identify, recruit, and serve foster youth in order to develop meaningful relationships between these students and local business. Business partners will have the opportunity to:

  • provide students with work-based and service-learning opportunities,
  • model and coach youth on appropriate work-place behaviors, and
  • offer mentorship experiences that support student’s personal and professional growth.


“The Nashville community has consistently demonstrated its willingness to make a difference in the lives of our students,” says Dr. Chaney Mosley, the Academies of Nashville and Career and Technical Education Director for MNPS. “This initiative will be the first of its kind in Davidson County that specifically targets youth in foster care. For these students, successfully transitioning to adulthood is challenging without the support network of family. We recognized the potential for combating this through a partnership with DCS.”


“We are thrilled that our youth are going to get these opportunities,” says Michael Leach, director of Independent Living at DCS. “As our young people prepare to leave foster care, they need to make connections with adults that will help them succeed in the working world.”


While the Tennessee Department of Children Services will work to identify and recruit students into the program, the PENCIL Foundation will act as a liaison between Nashville businesses and organizations that wish to participate in the program.


“The United Project is an innovative and forward thinking program that allows PENCIL, MNPS, and the Department of Children’s Services to help students succeed academically and prepare for life,” says Matt Seaton, Vice President of Partnerships and Programs for the PENCIL Foundation. “For nearly five years, the PENCIL Foundation’s College and Career Mentors program has helped hundreds of students reach their college aspirations and begin planning for a productive career. The United Project will allow us to expand that reach and serve a population of students in need of additional support.”


There are currently more than 8,000 youth across the state of Tennessee that are served by DCS. Those youth who are also students of Metro Nashville Public Schools will have the unique opportunity to develop life and social skills as well as become college and career ready.


CGI commitments are new, specific, and measureable plans to address a significant challenge- in the case of CGI America, economic recovery and growth in the United States. Commitments range broadly in scale, value, approach, and in the types of partnerships they employ. The CGI commitment signaled the intent of the United Project to mobilize with its partners a multi-year change effort, providing a way to leverage the enormous scale and reach of the Nashville community to help solve social problems.


About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)- an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation- convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prizes laureates, and hundreds of learning CEOs, heads of foundations and NGSs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $103 billion. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community of around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at


About CGI America

Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative American (CGI America)- an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation- addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 300 commitments valued at more than $15.3 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit



My Life as a McGavock Student

Life as a student behind the doors of McGavock, on the surface, is like any other. I come to school complaining about how I may have a test or about having to wake up early. However, the thing that makes it different is the opportunity for student involvement in academies.

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I am an ambassador for the Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Health Science and Law. As an ambassador, I have met people from many different ethnic groups and lifestyles. As the Pre-Vet Ambassador, I get to work with living, breathing animals on a daily basis, and share my experiences with guests of our academy.

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I am also an FFA officer, which is the Career and Technical Student Organization, or CTSO, for my pathway. At the FFA National Convention this semester, I got to meet people from places like Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands. In my Agricultural classes, we had Agricultural Education students from Ohio State come down and teach our classes. It’s great to think that McGavock gives opportunities not just for students, but also for people outside our doors.

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Everything I do, and others do, in McGavock involve getting to make friends and getting to know other people. Even with the expectations in my pathway and CTSO activities, I am still able to participate in the McGavock Band as a member of the Color Guard and other global activities. Because of the opportunities in my pathway, academy, and school, I don’t mind having to wake up at five o’clock in the morning!

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