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Nashville 9th Graders Chart Path to College and Careers

6th Annual My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair Helps High School Freshmen Learn Firsthand from Future Employers

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The exhibit floor of the Music City Center buzzed with excitement and nervous energy last week as more than 7,000 Davidson County 9th graders jammed the convention hall to ask questions of business and technology companies, public utilities, police and fire agencies, and dozens of potential employers about the skills necessary to make it to college or a good career. The 6th annual My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair was hosted by Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and was sponsored for the 4th consecutive year by Shoney’s and included participation by Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour.

“Shoney’s has made giving back to the community a hallmark of our company’s culture,” said Mr. Davoudpour. “We truly believe investing our time and energy in these young people will help them see a path forward in their education and allow them to make the connection between achieving in school and success in the work.”

Nearly one hundred Middle Tennessee employers participated in the Career Exploration Fair. Mr. Davoudpour was joined by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Dr. Jesse Register in awarding the Best in Show award to those companies making up the Business, Marketing, and Information Technology sector of the exhibit hall displays.

“It takes lots of planning and coordination to make the Career Exploration Fair a true learning experience for these students,” said Mayor Dean. “We’re grateful for the commitment being made by Shoney’s, Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and dozens of companies exhibiting at the fair.”

“Throughout the day, all across the exhibit hall, we see thousands of conversations between professionals and young students which may spark an interest or cause a young person to see themselves in a new career role,” said Dr. Register. “Our hope is that these interactions will help the students understand that achieving in the classroom pays off in the long run.”

“Our research shows that Middle Tennessee could be seeing shortages of works in some business sectors as early as 2016,” said Ralph Schulz, president and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “If our region is to continue along its path of strong growth, we need to reach out to young people and let them know that viable college and career paths are waiting for them.”

“Preparing Students for College, Career, and Life”

By Susan Cowley
University of Tennessee- Knoxville

 

Metro Nashville Public Schools prepares students for “college, career, and life.” It’s a part of the vision statement for Nashville’s school district, but how exactly does this happen? One method involves students receiving industry related professional certifications before high school graduation.

Students in the Academies of Nashville are meeting industry standards to receive professional certifications before walking across stage in their caps and gowns. In fact, during the 2013-2014 pilot year, more than 180 students received certifications in more than a dozen areas.

After completing a yearlong preparatory course, students have the opportunity to take the certification test. If a student passes the exam and meets other certification specific criteria, he or she will walk out of high school with a competitive edge in the workforce. The certifications range across multiple fields from healthcare to broadcasting.

Teachers in the school system have been instrumental to the success of this program. Criminal Justice instructor Jeremiah Davis has seen more students to receive certification than any other teacher in the district.

“Obtaining a certification helps demonstrate maturity at a young age and determination to accomplish goals” says Davis, from Whites Creek High School. It is evident he feels that these certifications leave longstanding positive effects as he states, “When I see my former students and even students from other schools I offered the certifications to, they let me know they are working because of their certification.” Davis knows that it is well worth the effort to see students reap the benefits of industry certification. “My students know that the way to get ahead in life is to stand out in a positive way. Certifications allow a student to graduate with a great distinction and work as they are in college or start their career immediately.”

Stratford STEM Magnet High School graduate, Reggie Mayes sees the benefits of industry certifications in his own life. Mayes says his certification aided him in becoming a more mature individual. He is now working as an unarmed security guard at a local grocery store.

Mayes believes that his certification has “helped me get my life on track to start a good life after school.” He also considers the certification process to have fostered strong, positive relationships between him and his teachers.

Not only does the industry certification program profit the students, it strengthens the teachers as well. “I’ve seen significant improvements to my own work as a result of the training and certification” says Becky Banazsak-Pendergrass, Broadcasting/Media Production Teacher and CTE Cluster Lead Teacher at Hillsboro High School. Banazsak-Pendergrass recently became certified to host a testing cite at Hillsboro; bringing the school the distinction of being one of the only testing facilities for Final Cut Pro in the state of Tennessee. She feels this has given her greater insight into the process as a whole. She strongly supports student certification, and says, “not only does it hold students to a much higher standard, but it also gives them a real-world benefit…obtaining a professional certification that is recognized by their industry of study is a very practical step they can take towards a successful career.” Banazsak-Pendergrass believes the greatest benefit that students receive is an overall boost in motivation; she sums up her experience with certifications by stating, “Students who in the past may have done just barely enough work to pass the course are now taking ownership of their learning experience, actively taking notes and asking questions throughout instructional time, and seeking out additional opportunities for learning and practice.”

This opportunity would not be possible without the support of the Nashville Career Advancement Center, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as federal CTE grants. Through the generous donations of these organizations, students were able to earn certifications worth hundreds of dollars for an individual fee of $10.

Industry certifications are an exciting new benefit for graduates of all MNPS high school programs. “Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools will provide every student with the foundation of knowledge, skills and character necessary to excel in higher education, work and life.” Certifications play a key role in instilling confidence, motivation, and success in each individual student. It is evident that the opportunities allowed to students through professional certifications strengthen the goals and values of the MNPS school system.Pe

Which School is Right for Me?

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 before and the option school application provides families with the chance to sign up for the program that best fits their needs. Visiting our schools is an important step in the decision-making process.

Showcases provide an opportunity to experience the school environment, learn more about academy offerings, talk with teachers and current students, and meet school leadership. Even if you miss a showcase that interests you, call the school and ask to schedule a visit.  All of the Academies of Nashville offer a unique selection of academies that are tailored to students’ interests and provide college-preparatory education.

 

High School Date Time Phone Number
Antioch High School Tuesday, October 21 5:30 – 7:00 615-641-5400
Cane Ridge High School Friday, October 17 4:00 – 6:00 615-687-4000
Glencliff High School Tuesday, September 30 6:00 – 7:30 615-333-5070
Hillsboro High School Friday, September 12 5:00 – 6:45 615-298-8400
Hillwood High School Thursday, October 30 5:45 – 7:00 615-353-2025
Hunters Lane High School Thursday, October 16 6:00 – 7:30 615-860-1401
Maplewood High School Wednesday, October 15 6:00 – 8:00 615-262-6770
McGavock High School Tuesday, September 23 6:30 – 8:00 615-885-8850
Overton High School Friday, October 17 5:00 – 7:00 615-333-5135
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Thursday, October 16 6:00 – 7:30 615-329-8150
Stratford STEM MagnetHigh School Tuesday, October 21 5:30 – 7:30 615-242-6730
The MNPS Virtual School Wednesday, October 22 4:30 – 6:00 615-463-0188 ext. 3900
Whites Creek High School Tuesday, October 28 6:00 – 7:30 615-876-5132

How do you spell leadership?

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The Academies of Nashville hosted its third annual Ambassador Leadership Conference last month where more than 200 high school ambassadors learned about the student leadership challenge.  Ambassadors learned to model the way, challenge the process, encourage the heart, enable others to act, and inspire a shared vision; skills that will be called upon during their year as an Academy Ambassador. But, what else do you get when you bring 200 future leaders together into one room? A ton of fun, camaraderie, and memories!

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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.

 

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2014 Academy Video Awards

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All zoned high schools and the MNPS Virtual School are invited to participate in a district-wide competition to create marketing videos that focus the unique aspects offered through the Academies of Nashville. Videos will be shared with the broader community to tell your school’s Academy story and raise awareness about the Academies of Nashville.

We need your help to determine the winner of the Community Favorite award! Watch the nominees and cast your vote to decide which Academy will win!

Videos can be seen here.

Which Academy Video is your favorite?

  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies 2014 Academy Commercial (47%, 41,303 Votes)
  • Whites Creek High School- Academy of Education and Law 2014 Academy Commercial (37%, 33,029 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School Academy of International Business and Communication 2014 Academy Commercial (6%, 5,431 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School- Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 2014 Academy Commercial (2%, 2,049 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of Design and Technology 2014 Academy Commercial (2%, 1,819 Votes)
  • Whites Creek High School- Academy of Education and Law 2014 Student Story (1%, 1,202 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School- Academy of Global Health and Science 2014 PBL (1%, 683 Votes)
  • Overton High School- Academy of Information Technology 2014 Academy Commercial (1%, 535 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- Academy of Health Science and Law 2014 PBL (0%, 421 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 277 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of International Baccalaureate 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 276 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies 2014 Student Story (0%, 245 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of Science and Engineering 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 214 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of Health and Human Services 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 208 Votes)
  • Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School- Academy of Entertainment Communication 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 154 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of Science and Engineering 2014 PBL (0%, 105 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Freshman Academy 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 104 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School- Academy of International Business and Communication 2014 Student Story (0%, 104 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of Hospitality 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 100 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Health Science 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 79 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of Science and Engineering 2014 Student Story (0%, 70 Votes)
  • Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School- Academy of Entertainment Management 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 69 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Health Science 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 64 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Freshman Academy 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 58 Votes)
  • Stratford STEM Magnet High School- Academy of Science and Engineering "I Can" Commercial (0%, 44 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Health Science "I Can" Video (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Academy of Marketing and Business 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Art, Design, and Communication "I Can" Video (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Hunters Lane High School- Freshman Academy 2014 Commercial (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Hillwood High School- Academy of Health Science 2014 Student Story (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Hillsboro High School- Freshman Academy 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 10 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- Academy of Avitation and Transportation 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 4 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Glencliff High School- Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning 2014 "I Can" Video (0%, 3 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication 2014 Experiential Learning (0%, 2 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication 2014 Student Story (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Glencliff High School- Academy of Medical Science and Research 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 2 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality/ USCCU Academy of Business and Finance 2014 Academy Commercial (0%, 1 Votes)
  • McGavock High School- Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality/ USCCU Academy of Business and Finance 2014 PBL (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 88,770

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Ten Student Led Companies Compete for Top Honors

From Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee:

High school students from area schools gathered on Thursday, March 13th at the Junior Achievement (JA) Teen Business Showcase at Belmont University to showcase the learning they achieved through the JA Company Program. Fourteen student-led companies were founded, conceptualized, operated, and liquidated this school year.

Beginning last September, all of the companies were guided through the program by their teacher and a community mentor from a local business. More than 50 students from ten companies were present at the Showcase to display their work; the students represented Antioch, Hillsboro, Pearl-Cohn, Stratford, and McGavock High Schools and the after school program Backfield in Motion in Davidson County and Summit High School in Williamson County.

Miller Roloson, JA Company Program volunteer from Deloitte and JA Associate Board member, mentored Antioch High School’s Clockwise Productions. Roloson said, “This is my first year to volunteer with the JA Company Program and it was a personally enriching experience. The students exhibited excellent leadership skills and enjoyed hearing about real-world business experiences. This helped them to look ahead to their future and what they want to do in life.”

During the JA Teen Business Showcase, students exhibited their company’s product or service at a Trade Show, made a five minute business overview presentation to a panel of judges, created an Annual Report, and presented a one minute commercial. At the conclusion of the Showcase, judges named the top three companies for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Second Place Company was The Beanie Company from Hillsboro High School and the Third Place Company was Squad Fitters from Summit High School.

Dave Young is a Hillsboro High School coach and teacher whose Business Management class created The Beanie Company. He said, “The program was a learning experience for all of us…without a doubt, students learned life skills: planning, organization, cooperation, skills that will benefit in business and in helping make personal life more successful. I saw growth in most of the students and the experience really exceeded my expectations.”

JA President Trent Klingensmith was a JA Company Program student himself in high school. He said, “Students connecting classroom concepts with real-world application is vital, especially during high school. The JA Company Program does exactly that for teenagers, demonstrating their potential and inspiring them to reach for their dreams.”

2014 Academies of Nashville Awards

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the finalists for the 2014 Academies of Nashville Awards, sponsored by Altria. Each year, the Chamber organizes a group of teachers, administrators, and community partners to select the best that the Academies of Nashville have to offer. MNPS employees and Academy Partners nominated people and programs for awards in fifteen categories. These nominations were based on the National Career Academy Coalition‘s National Standards of PracticeMNPS administrators and executive staff, school board members, teachers, and community partners will have the opportunity to vote in order to determine the winners, which will be announced on May 12, 2014 at a special event held at Rocketown. Congratulations to all of the finalists for your outstanding work during the 2013–2014 school year!

Academy Teacher of the Year (CTE of Thematic Pathway) – presented by Deloitte

  • James Anderson, Academy of Automotive Technology, Antioch High School
  • Rebecca Banaszak, Academy of International Business and Communication, Hillsboro High School
  • Lauren Beck, Academy of Information Technology, Overton High School
  • Cedric Caldwell, Academy of Entertainment Management, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
  • Jeremiah Davis, Academy of Education and Law, Whites Creek High School

Academy Teacher of the Year (General Education) – presented by Dollar General

  • Paul Beavers, Freshman Academy, Hillsboro High School
  • Nekesha Burnette, Freshman Academy, Antioch High School
  • Marci Garner, Academy of Sports Medicine and Wellness, Maplewood High School
  • Cheryl Jolley, Academy of Information Technology, Overton High School
  • Laura Vignon, CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication, McGavock High School

Academy Team Leader of the Year

  • Tobey Green, Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies, Stratford STEM Magnet High School
  • LaSheryl Jones-Hall, Academy of Entertainment Management, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
  • Tripp (John) Nicholson, Academy of Business and Hospitality, Hillwood High School
  • Marrkus Marshall, Academy of Community Health, Whites Creek High School
  • Sarah Wolf, Academy of Engineering, Overton High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Arts, Media, and Communications

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and the Academy of Arts and Communication, Cane Ridge High School
  • The Parthenon and the Academy of Art, Design, and Communication, Hillwood High School
  • Warner Music Nashville and the Academy of Entertainment Communication, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Business, Marketing, and Information Technology

  • Deloitte and the Academy of Information Technology, Overton High School
  • Fifth Third Bank and the Academy of Business and Consumer Services, Maplewood High School
  • US Community Credit Union and the US Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance, McGavock High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology

  • Earl Swensson (ESA) and the Academy of Environment and Urban Planning, Glencliff High School
  • Trevecca- Nazarene University and the Academy of Engineering, Overton High School
  • Universal Robotics and the Academy of Science and Engineering, Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Health and Public Services

  • Aegis Sciences Corporation and the Academy of Health Science and Law, McGavock High School
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Academy of Teaching and Service, Antioch High School
  • Southern Hills Medical Center and the Academy of Health Sciences, Overton High School

Academy Partnership of the Year- Hospitality and Tourism

  • Event Logistics and the Academy of Hospitality, Hunters Lane High School
  • Holiday Inn at Vanderbilt and the Academy of Business and Hospitality, Hillwood High School
  • Nashville Opera and the Academy of Hospitality, Antioch High School

Academy Coach of the Year

  • Jennifer Berry, Stratford STEM Magnet High School
  • Emily Hughes, Hillwood High School
  • Sonya Mansfield, Maplewood High School

Externship Project of the Year- presented by the Memorial Foundation

  • Nashville Shakespeare Festival/ Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art/ Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies and the Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Hillsboro High School
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Academy of Teaching and Service, Antioch High School
  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Academy of Science and Engineering, Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Academy Assistant Principal of the Year- presented by Altria

  • Shatrina Cathey, Academy of Health Science and Law, McGavock High School
  • Melissa Harkreader, Academy of Global Health and Science, Hillsboro High School
  • Darren Kennedy, Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability, and Logistics/ Academy of Education and Law, Whites Creek High School
  • Jill Pittman, Academy of Information Technology, Overton High School
  • Janet Wallace, Academy of Science and Engineering, Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Executive Principal of the Year- presented by Altria

  • Adrienne Koger, Antioch High School
  • Clint Wilson, Glencliff High School
  • Ron Woodard, Maplewood High School

Academy Counselor of the Year

  • Meri Kock, Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Hillsboro High School
  • Susan Murphy, Academy of Business and Consumer Services, Maplewood High School
  • Ashley Shaver, Academy of Art, Design, and Communication, Hillwood High School

Freshman Academy of the Year

  • Antioch High School Freshman Academy
  • Maplewood High School Freshman Academy
  • Whites Creek High School Freshman Academy

Academy of the Year

  • Academy of Architecture and Construction, Cane Ridge High School
  • Academy of Marketing and Business, Hunters Lane High School
  • Academy of Health Science and Law, McGavock High School
  • Academy of Engineering, Overton High School

TEDxNashvilleEd: Ideas Worth Spreading

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MNPS Academies of Nashville Student Success

Thursday, March 20, 2014

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Polk Theater

Admission is FREE

MNPS has partnered with TEDxNashville to showcase students in our high schools who have implemented innovative thoughts, ideas, and programs to make their schools and communities better.  And it’s being called TEDxNashvilleEd.

Throughout the semester, students have attended public speaking and student leadership workshops led by the Director of the Academies of Nashville, Dr. Chaney Mosley. Students then had the opportunity to audition for one of the twelve speaker slots. The auditions were very competitive! Each students has been paired with an adult mentor to help refine their performance.

We hope that you will come out and support those innovative and talented students. Come for the whole day or drop in for your student’s performance. We look forward to sharing MNPS Academies of Nashville student talent with all of you!

Schedule of Events

9:00 Chaney Mosley“Play Nice & Remember to Share”
9:15 Gellcye Alegre“Il Colore Marrone”McGavock High School
9:30 Kordell Young“Hope”Glencliff High School
9:45 DeShaun Clarke &
Johnathan Crutchfield“One of Us”Cane Ridge High School
10:00 Break
10:15 Pel Doski“Finding A Home”Overton High School
10:30 Hamza Chaudhery“The Tutor Antioch Program”Antioch High School
10:45 JC McCaw“An Outside Perspective on Public Education”Hillsboro High School
11:00 Break for Lunch
12:00 Simone Williams“Embracing Diversity”White Creek High School
12:15 Milton Patino“The Power of ‘Yes’”Antioch High School
12:30 Tamara Milford“My Future. My Way.”McGavock High School
12:45 Break
1:00 Stacy Crescencio“The Story of Our Lives Only Makes Us Stronger”Cane Ridge High School
1:15 Farzin Dehghan “From Isfahan to Nashville- The Bridge that Music Built”Overton High School
1:30 Tytiauna Ruffin“Single Parent Homes”McGavock High School

Hillsboro Student Receives Honorable Mention in White House Film Festival

First the President pays a visit to Nashville, and now Nashville students are getting awards from him.

Hillsboro High School student Porshia Perkins entered the White House Student Film Festival with a compelling video about technology, focusing on how it makes the world more inclusive and shapes education.

Her hard work paid off. Out of more than 2,000 entries, Porshia’s video received an Honorable Mention and will be featured when the festival runs online.

Let’s take a look:

NPT American Graduate Community Town Hall

In January 2014, Nashville Public Television brought community members to their studios to speak on education in middle Tennessee as a part of CPB’s American Graduate program. In this town hall meeting, parents, students, teachers, administrators, and business partners speak about the Academies of Nashville, school choice, standardized testing, and other topics.

It’s finally here…

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What’s finally here? The Academies of Nashville Parent Ambassador Program!

Last night, parents from throughout the Academies of Nashville came together for the first ever Parent Ambassador Orientation where they learned more about the academies, ambassador responsibilities, and how to advocate for their schools. In a study conducted by Enterprise City Schools, more than 85% of the general public believes that support from parents is the most important way to improve the schools.

The parent ambassador program encourages schools and academies to partner with parents to communication the direction, evaluation, and purpose of the Academies of Nashville as well as provide a forum for parents to have a voice in education. Parent Ambassadors will become school advocates to promote community support, increase parent participation, and communicate the message of the Academies of Nashville. Stay tuned to this blog to view their inaugural postings and introductions in the coming weeks.

Thanks to all of our 2013-2014 Parent Ambassadors!

Antioch High School

  • Tara Williams
  • Tina Walker

Cane Ridge High School

  • Linda Dean

Glencliff High School

  • Andrea Sanchez

Hillsboro High School

  • Sherry Koty

Hillwood High School

  • Sandy Murabito

Hunters Lane High School

  • Sherry Donaghey

Maplewood High School

  • Gloria Whitley

McGavock High School

  • Bernette Shaw-Wakeman

Overton High School

  • Kimberly Jackson
  • Kim Jones
  • Karen Hensley

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

  • Kia Williams

Stratford STEM Magnet High School

  • Tracy Utley

Whites Creek High School

  • Angela Blakely

To get involved in the Academies or Nashville or find out more information about the Parent Ambassador Program, please contact your school’s Academy Coach.

Presidential Visit to the Academies of Nashville

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On Thursday, Jan. 31, President Barack Obama visited McGavock High School and praised the Academies of Nashville, students, teachers, business partners, and parents. In fact, the President spent a large portion of this speech discussing the Academies of Nashville, saying:

“It’s working. Over the past nine years, the graduation rate here has gone up 22 percent- 22 percent. Last year, attendance across the district, which includes 12 academy high schools, was higher than ever. Thousands of students are getting a head start on their future years before many of their peers do. And it’s great for businesses because they’re developing a pool of workers who already have the skills that they’re looking for.

Now, every community is different, with different needs, different approaches. But if Nashville can bring schools and teachers and businesses and parents together for the sake of our kids, then other places can. That’s why my administration is already running a competition to redesign high schools through employer partnerships that combine a quality education with real-world skills and hands-on learning.

I want to encourage more high schools to do what you are doing.”

However, the highlight of the event was when the President shared the story of a recent McGavock High School and Academy graduate Sara Santiago and broadcasting teacher Barclay Randall:

“When Sara was in Mr. Randall’s class, he helped her discover this passion for film making.  And pretty soon, Sara’s grades started to improve. She won the school’s “Best Editing” award. Then she got an internship with Country Music Television- one of your business partners. And then she was accepted to the prestigious Savanna College of Art and Design. And she gives credit to Mr. Randall for this. She says, ‘Mr. Randall gave me a second change. He saw things I never saw in myself. He’s the person who helped me change’.”

 

Read the full transcript of President Obama’s speech here.

Academy Showcase Schedule

Metro zoned high schools are showing families what they have to offer (hint: something for everyone) at the Academies of Nashville Showcases.

These days, Metro’s zoned high schools offer students complete high school experiences in fields like medicine, marketing, business, alternative energy, digital design and more.

Come take a peek at what our zoned high schools can do for you and your family. Here’s the schedule:

  • Antioch High School – Thursday, Jan. 23 at 5:30pm
  • Cane Ridge High School – Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6pm
  • Glencliff High School – Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6pm
  • Hillsboro High School – Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6pm
  • Hillwood High School – Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6pm
  • Hunters Lane High School – Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6pm
  • Maplewood High School – Monday, Jan, 27 at 6:30pm
  • McGavock High School – Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6pm
  • Overton High School – Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6pm
  • Pearl-Cohn High School – Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6pm
  • Stratford High School – Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30pm
  • Whites Creek High School – Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6pm