Hillwood High School

Arts, Media, and Communication Partnership of the Year goes to the Parthenon

On May 12, 2014, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Academy Awards. Teachers, principals, business partners, and community interest groups came together to celebrate the achievements of the 2013-2014 school year and recognize those schools that have made outstanding gains. 

Arts PartnershipThe Parthenon’s artist-in-residence program offers an inspiring learning experience for select advanced academy art students. Based on the centuries-old tradition of museums serving as vibrant schools of art, students enjoy regular and repeated access to the classical Elgin Marble casts, as well as other Parthenon architectural elements. Students have an opportunity to broaden their own aesthetic conceptual repertoire and strengthen their ability to translate three-dimentional forms with two-dimensional drawings. In addition to interacting with local artists and the Parthenon curator, students receive an in-depth studio session with Athena sculptor Alan LeQuire and communication via Skype with Robert Bodem, director of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. The experience concludes with an exhibition of selected student pieces in the Parthenon’s gallery lobby exhibit space. Plaza Artist Materials and Picture Framing generously donates student supplies for the project.

Emily Hughes Named Academy Coach of the Year

On May 12, 2014, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Academy Awards. Teachers, principals, business partners, and community interest groups came together to celebrate the achievements of the 2013-2014 school year and recognize those schools that have made outstanding gains. 

Academy CoachEmily Hughes has enjoyed the honor and privilege of leading all three of the career academies at Hillwood High School to model accreditation through the National Career Academy Coalition. As Hillwood’s first academy coach, Hughes has a history of leadership and involvement with the transformation in MNPS high schools through the system-wide implementation of the academy model. With her assistance, vision, and leadership in implementing the academy model, Hillwood’s graduation rates have increased, discipline rates have decreased, and test scores have improved. Equally important, academy students now have the opportunity to participate in numerous experiential learning experiences and interact with a number of highly engaged business partner. Hughes is in the process of facilitating the renovation of Hillwood’s health science labs, a project made possible by a $100,000 grant from one of her partners, the HCA Foundation.

Nicholson wins Academy Team Leader of the Year

On May 12, 2014, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Academy Awards. Teachers, principals, business partners, and community interest groups came together to celebrate the achievements of the 2013-2014 school year and recognize those schools that have made outstanding gains. 

Team LeadIn his capacity as team leader of the Academy of Business and Hospitality for the past four years Tripp Nicholson helped his academy become one of the first in the district to achieve NCACA model accreditation. In addition to his leadership during the certification process, he helps plan multiple job shadows, field trips, academy career fairs, and other experiential learning events. He is valued by both fellow academy teachers and his academy principal for adjusting courses with the pathway in order to provide students a more comprehensive education in the field of business. Using the knowledge gained by being part of the Academy of Business and Hospitality community, many of his students have gone on to universities, technical programs, and industry-related careers.

Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt wins Partnership of the Year for Hospitality and Tourism

On May 12, 2014, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Academy Awards. Teachers, principals, business partners, and community interest groups came together to celebrate the achievements of the 2013-2014 school year and recognize those schools that have made outstanding gains. 

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The Holiday Inn at Vanderbilt has been an active business partner for Hillwood High School in the Academy of Business and Hospitality throughout the year. In the summer, Holiday Inn at Vanderbilt hosts summer advisory board planning meetings for the school, supports teacher externships, and hosts other academy business partners as they work with faculty to begin yearly planning. They also have been an active partner by hosting job shadowing activities and heeling engage parents as they work with their children to make an academy selection. This hotel has also led two developmental days specifically focused on student learning growth. Holiday Inn at Vanderbilt has supported Hillwood students and teachers by participating in mock interviews, resume-building sessions, and session discussions with out-of-town teachers regarding the wonderful things the academy and school accomplish.

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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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

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

dsc_5673What a week it has been in Nashville and Metro Nashville Public Schools?!

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

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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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.

2013 My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair

When it comes to experiential learning, the Freshman Class of 2013-2014 took part in a day they will never forget!

On October 30, nearly 6,000 students from 20 different MNPS High Schools packed into the Music City Center for the 4th Annual Career Exploration Fair. More than 130 businesses from throughout Middle Tennessee spent the day answering students questions about their careers, educational requirements, work styles, and technical skills needed to work in a specific industry. Students will take this information back to the classroom to make plans for their future education and career paths, as well as their Academy selection for their sophomore through senior year.

What might this look like you ask? Well, a picture is worth 1,000 words! Check out the fantastic photos below from the event. Thank you to all of the business partners and volunteers that made this event possible and a special thanks to Shoney’s for sponsoring the My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair again this year.

Every industry competes to be the "Best in Show." Congratulations to the Health and Public Services Partnership Council for being this year's winner!

Every industry competes to be the “Best in Show.” Congratulations to the Health and Public Services Partnership Council for being this year’s winner!

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Students interview professionals to learn more about a specific career or industry.

Many businesses allow students to experience the job by providing real world scenarios such as a live television interview while at the Career Exploration Fair.

Many businesses allow students to experience the job by providing real world scenarios such as a live television interview while at the Career Exploration Fair.

A bird's eye view of the Music City Center shows the vast number of careers and interactive exhibits available for students at the Career Exploration Fair.

A bird’s eye view of the Music City Center shows the vast number of careers and interactive exhibits available for students at the Career Exploration Fair.

For more photos of the event, check out photos from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hillwood Students wins SCORE Scholarship

Congratulations to Sarah Martin of Hillwood High School for besting statewide competition for the SCORE Prize “Students Rise to the Challenge” scholarship!

The contest from the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) asked students to produce a video to “tell their stories about innovative things happening in their classrooms and schools that make them excited about learning and better prepared for their futures.”

Here is Sarah’s entry:

There were four Metro students in the semifinals, but Sarah won the prize – a $500 scholarship – at last night’s SCORE Prize ceremony.

Way to go, Sarah! Thank you for representing Hillwood and the Academies of Nashville so well.

Academies of Nashville see success and growth at NCAC Conference

Metro high schools really wowed the crowds and impressed educators from across America at the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) national conference on Nov. 7 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Metro Schools held court in 24 sessions, with students, teachers, counselors, assistant principals, principals, central office staff and community partners at PENCIL and the Chamber of Commerce all taking part.

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jay Steele and four McGavock High School Ambassadors were the conference’s keynote speakers.

Then came the honors…

McGavock High School was one of two national high schools featured as a model school with special break out sessions and a virtua tour, and four academies were awarded model status: The Academy of Aviation and Transportation and the Academy of Health Science and Law from McGavock, the Academy of Architecture and Construction from Cane Ridge and the Academy of Engineering from Overton. Principls were each given a $500 check and a banner to hang in their schools.

Academy business partner Deloitte won the Exemplar National Business Partner Award – the second year in a row for a Nashville business.

Then, in a surprise announcement, Dr. Steele also won the Sisyphus Award for perseverance in the support of academies.

From NCAC:

“We felt Jay deserved this award because of the leadership he exhibited in both Jacksonville and especially in Nashville to create a national career academy model for a city to emulate. This model highlights the critical role of collaborative work among a school district, the Chamber and business community, the college community and the Mayor’s Office to forge a relationship with career academies as the foundation towards high school graduation, academic attainment, economic and workforce development. It took a vision, hard work and persistence for this model to develop and be sustainable. The fact that people are coming from all over to learn how to do it, speaks volumes.

The Sisyphus Award is given every few years by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) to professionals who have contributed on behalf of career academies, often in challenging or difficult circumstances. Generally, we have given this award to people in the national arena who have spearheaded the career academy movement. One award winner authored a major national assessment of career academies after a ten-year study; another has been seen as a national leader and the prime author of the National Standards of Practice.”

What a great conference for our schools! Thank you to all the students who took part and shared their incredible Academy stories with the rest of the country.