Maplewood High School

“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

Local FFA chapters receive Environmental Grant from National FFA Organization

Nationwide grant program supports local chapter to engage in service-learning project. 

The McGavock and Overton FFA chapters have both been awarded a $2,000 grant from the National FFA Organization’s Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program. These chapters have developed a year-long service-learning project to meet a local environmental need. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

McGavock FFA Chapter

McGavock FFA is one of the longest running FFA chapters in Nashville with a history of success. Students in this program study pre-veterinary science in the Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Health Science and Law.  McGavock FFA is collecting used household items to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” into pet toys for a local animal shelter. To further reduce waste, FFA members are also conducting a DIY recycled pet toy contest with local 8th graders to educate them on why we should all reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Overton FFA Chapter

Overton High School is one of four agriculture programs in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and is focusing on urban agriculture. Many of the students in this area are recent immigrants to the United States. A reality of urban areas is that most families have limited space and for many, limited resources. Urban and community gardens are gaining in popularity, especially with families that are looking to grow more diverse produce for ethnic cooking. Whether the family has access to a small garden of their own or a church or community garden, they could benefit from soil amendments with the heavy clay soils here in middle Tennessee. Composting allows families to reduce their waste while creating a very useful soil amendment. This grant project will teach local community members about the benefits of composting and help them set-up a composting program. The grant will focus on small scale composting including small outdoor bins, tumblers, and vermicomposting (using worms) that can be conducted indoors for families with minimal or no yard space. As part of this grant, the chapter will host a minimum of three educational workshops over the life of the grant. Two will be for elementary or middle school students from their feeder schools teaching them about vermicomposting, including setting up a compost bin for their classrooms. The third workshop will be for the local community and will present different composting set ups including tumblers, small bins, and vermicomposting. Students will present different compost designs and evaluate their use with the workshop attendees. As a result of this grant, students will create a minimum of four different styles of composting bins and a vermicomposting center for the classroom. Inputs will be tracked to determine how much waste is diverted out of the trash stream. Students will use this information to create an Agriscience Fair research project and could potentially start a variety of Supervised Agricultural Experience projects as a result.

These projects illustrate the final line of the FFA motto (“Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve”) by encouraging FFA members to unite in service within their communities. The Living to Service: Environmental Grants take community serve one step further to service-learning, which provides a meaningful way to apply leadership and education skills learned in school and FFA. More information about this program can be found at www.ffa.org/envirogrants.

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?

A-M-B-A-S-S-A-D-O-R

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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Maplewood High School Virtual Tour

Take a tour of Maplewood High School. Learn more about the Academies at Maplewood and what learning looks like in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Woodard Named Executive Principal 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. 

Principal Ron Woodard’s passion for the Academies model has led to an increase in team collaboration, opportunities for students and community partnerships.  He is re-branding Maplewood as an oasis of hope where “lives will be changed every day.” His efforts have led to a dramatic increase in scholarship funding for students to an accumulated total of more than $5.1 million in a three-year period. Additionally, the college acceptance rate stands at 83 percent, an increase of more than 25 percent. Woodard encourages the use of unconventional learning spaces for each academy through the coffee shop and entrepreneurship center for business, the fitness center for sports medicine, and the high-tech lab space for energy and power. Maplewood has gained 34 community partners and 11 new academy partners over a two-year period. Partnering with Fifth-Third Bank, Woodard also worked to bring financial literacy to the Maplewood community by providing seminars on career development, credit repair and homeownership.

Murphy named Counselor 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. 

photoSusan Murphy is a counselor in the Academy of Business and Consumer Services at Maplewood High school and believes all students have the ability to achieve their future goals. Whether that goal includes going to college or into a career. Whether that goal includes going to college or into a career, she has worked with the academy partners to conduct mock interviews with her students to increase professionalism and real-world experience. The students, in turn, have used this hands-on knowledge to teach the same skills to both Maplewood freshmen and to Gra-Mar seventh graders. Murphy helped increase the number of her students applying to college from 57 percent to 82 percent. Maplewood’s scholarship awards increased from $91,000 in 2011 to $1.4 million in 2012, and then to $2.2 million in 2013. The quality collaborations between Murphy and the academy partners ensure students an opportunity to actively pursue their dreams by obtaining the required skills.

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

Business Partners and Maplewood Work Together to Understand Home Ownership

Academy partner Fifth-Third Bank, Maplewood High School’s Academy of Business and Consumer Services, and the Habitat for Humanity came together this semester to work with students and the East Nashville community to learn about home ownership and the Habitat for Humanity home ownership Program. This is project-based learning in action in the school and the greater Nashville community.

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.

A Heart for Valentine’s Day

I love my job.  As an Academy Coach at Maplewood High School, I feel I am blessed with the best job in a school.  I have the opportunity to work in a unique way with businesses, parents, teachers, administrators and most importantly…students.  The best experiences come when students’ lives are transformed due to experiences with the business partners.

One of the most rewarding days occurred right before Valentine’s Day 2014.  St. Thomas Hospital arranged for 3 of our students to come to St. Thomas Midtown for job shadowing.  Special arrangements were made for one student to shadow in the operating room during heart surgery.  He was able to stand side-by-side with the surgical staff and the surgeon explained everything during the procedure.

Another student spent the day in the ER, observing and learning about strokes, spider bites, and severe burns…just to mention a few things.  Her mentor took the time to explain warning signs, symptoms, and procedures for every condition she observed.   She left the experience amazed and impressed by the expertise and professionalism of the staff under such diverse and stressful conditions.

The third student gave the title “Life-Changing” to his experience.  He was debating between pursuing a career in nursing or physical therapy.  His opportunity allowed him to see both professions in action in the rehab department of the hospital.  After only a few short hours, he had no doubt that he will become a physical therapist.  He was fascinated by the psychological aspect of the career and motivated by the challenge of helping people return to a better quality of life.

When I pick up the students after a job shadow like this, the ride back to school is always loud.   The students are so excited to talk about their day, what they learned, and the goals they set for themselves that they are often all talking at the same time.  The joy of the students is almost uncontrollable!

After this particular shadow, the student who witnessed the heart surgery came back to tell his Sports Medicine and Wellness teacher about the experience.  Ironically, she was in the middle of another class teaching about the heart and circulatory system.  Apparently, he was so excited…he took over and taught the rest of the class himself!

It’s hard for me not to tear-up as I see and hear about these life-changing experiences for our students.  In our schools, we are so blessed to have amazing partners like St. Thomas Hospital who have a heart for our students…on Valentine’s Day…and year ‘round.

 

Panther Nation Highlights Feb. Events

It’s been a busy month at Maplewood High School. On top of classes, testing, experiential learning, and extracurricular activities, students from Maplewood High School have produced two videos highlighting some major February events. Check out their work below!

 

Maplewood High School Academy Showcase

 

Maplewood High School Academy of Business and Consumer Services- Cafe Maroon

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.