What does the country’s only student-run record label have up its red and green sleeve for the holidays? How about A Firebird Christmas, a collection of holiday classics “with a twist.”
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet students have put together a brand new album for their label Relentless Entertainment Group. They are giving a special sneak preview at holiday concerts this Wednesday and Thursday, December 11 and 12.
In case you don’t already know, Relentless Entertainment is a student-run record label at Pearl-Cohn through Warner Music Nashville. Students are in charge of every aspect of the label. They modeled the company after Motown Records, right down to the “Hitsville, U.S.A.” stickers on the office door. They recruit talent from across the district and record in a state-of-the-art recording studio opened last spring.
Come support the label and hear some good music at Pearl-Cohn.
Wednesdsay & Thursday, December 11 & 12 Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Auditorium 904 26th Avenue North, 37208 Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for 12 and under
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Ambassador Training 2013 is in the books – a surreal statement that has yet to really sink in with us here at the Academies of Nashville. It seems like only yesterday when we began making plans for what this year’s training would look like, and all of a sudden, it is complete!
More than 160 high school juniors and seniors from throughout Metro Nashville Public High Schools came together last week for two jam packed days of leadership training at Tennessee State University’s College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Sciences. Students learned skills ranging from elevator speeches to improving school climate. We owe a special thanks to Tennessee State University, Deloitte, and the Federal Reserve for sponsoring this year’s training.
We are still blown away by the talents and passion these ambassadors have for their schools. It’s rather amazing in our book that these students are able to attend high school full time, be involved in extra curricular activities, work or intern during the week, and still find time to advocate for the great things going on in their schools.
That’s pretty impressive if you ask us.
Now, it is time to focus on the next goal – middle school ambassador training. In just three weeks, nearly 200 middle school 7th and 8th grade students will come together to begin training for the brand new ambassador program in the Middle Preps of Nashville.
We are looking forward to working with this group as they develop as a team, establish their goals, exceed expectations, and have a whole lot of fun while doing it. This group sure has an exciting task ahead of them and it will be action packed!
Internships give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Student from Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School participated in an internship this summer with Warner Music. In this post, the students created a short video depicting their experience. Congratulations Raynesha A., Courtney B., De’Maira D., Jasmine F., Quantarius H., Jasmine J., Cavelle J., Deanna K., Antionial K., Caitelyn K., Tanner L., Jarvisha M., Fred O., Dominique P., Vincent P., Adrian P., Brittany R., Spencer R., Devanta D., and Justin W. on a successful summer!
While high school may seem to last forever, time certainly has flown for the Class of 2013. This month, thousands of high school students throughout the district will complete their high school journey and receive their diploma as they walk across stage.
Whether the next step is college, the workforce, or a military career, one thing is for certain. The education the Class of 2013 has received through the Academies of Nashville has helped to prepare them for whatever the future may bring.
Congratulations Seniors! We can’t wait to see the positive impact you will have on Nashville!
Students from throughout Nashville spent the past few weeks tirelessly preparing and creating videos, recruiting community voters, and shining their shoes to walk the red carpet for the 2nd Annual Academy Video Awards, sponsored by MTSU.
Academies of Nashville Director, Chaney Mosley, and MTSU’s Billy Pittard present the Best in Show check for $1,000, to the Academy of Health Science and Law at McGavock. Left to right are Mosley; Elise Taylor; Barclay Randall; Robert Bagwell; DeLaney Williams; and Pittard.
The awards show was held April 22 as a part of the Nashville Film Festival and more than 250 students, teachers, administrators, and community members attended to support the students in their hard work and efforts during the district-wide competition.
This is the second year MTSU has agreed to be the title sponsor of the show. MTSU students produced the awards show using the university’s state-of-the-art mobile production truck and allowed more than a dozen MNPS students the opportunity to shadow the 40-person crew during the event.
Co-producer Kelsey Lebechuck, shown in the back row, and Director Colby Graham, shown in the foreground, were two of 40 undergraduates in MTSU’s Department of Electronic Media Communication who worked on the Academies of Nashville Video Awards Show.
Congratulations to all of our student winners! Watch these student produced videos here and learn why MNPS students believe the Academies of Nashville are a great place to learn.
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, supported by the Music Makes Us initiative, is the nation’s only high school to have a student-run record label with distribution in conjunction with Warner Music Nashville. Its recording studio rivals commercial studios on Music Row.
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School will hold a grand opening celebration of its state-of-the-art recording studio and student-run record label at a red carpet event on Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm.
A special appearance by a Nashville performer will include a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation of music makers to the next. The studio and record label launch is an achievement highlighted by generous donors and vital partnerships. John Espisito, president & CEO of Warner Music, The Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, and award-winning recording studio designer, Steve Durr, a Nashville resident and owner of Steve Durr Designs, have guided the project.
“The students at Pearl-Cohn are engaged in a highly creative endeavor that will bring tremendous value to their post-secondary choices,” Lauria Schell, director of Music Makes Us, states. “They are the fortunate beneficiaries of the expertise and generosity of our professional music community in Nashville.”
The recording studio features a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room. It has two editing suites and audio equipment from industry leaders, including Harman Professional, which includes JBL/KKG/ and Lexicon brands; API; Audio-Technica: Fredenstein Professional Audio; Shure, Inc.; and Solid State Logic. What’s more, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School students will run a record label modeled after a corporate music label. Every year, one students will be named head of the record label. Students will sign, record, and promote student artists from the school district. Revenue generated from the school’s record label through the sale of songs will go to advancing music education through Music Makes Us.
Be sure to watch a video of the students work in the recording student and record label as well as take a virtual tour of the recording studio.
As another Career and Technical Education month comes to an end, it is amazing to look back on all of the phenomenal work going on in our district. After bombarding, surprising, and downright startling Career and Technical Education teachers across Nashville this month, we can say the Tour de’CTE was a success. Thanks to all of the schools for hosting us. Thanks to the business partners who donated goodies for the Teacher Appreciation Gift Bags. And finally, thank you to the more than 125 CTE teachers in Nashville we were able to visit this month. The work you do to help students achieve their greatest potential is changing the lives of these students and their families and the Nashville community. To see some of the teachers who impact thousands of students across Nashville, be sure to check out the photo slideshow below.
While we are sad to see Career and Technical Education month come to a close, there is one thought that brings us comfort. Only 11 more months till CTE Month 2014!
My name is Je’Nae A. I am basically very shy and I generally keep to myself, but if I am in a situation where I have to speak in front of a large crowd, I won’t make a fool of myself. I am the kind of girl who acts herself only around the people she knows and trusts. But I am slowly learning everyday to express myself to people more and to not be so shy. Sometimes when I think of my life and what I really want to do, I always put myself down by saying things like, “I don’t think I can do this” and “Am I going to be good at it?” But the reality is that I’m the only one stopping me from my dreams. What do I want to do after high school? I want… let me rephrase that- I am going to get into Le Cordon Blue Culinary School in NYC. This school is the perfect school for my bakery career. This school has a world renowned network of educational and hands-on instructors which is why I love this school. After college, I am going to own my very own bakery because it has always been a dream of mine to have my own bakery and create my very own desserts. The first step towards this goals is to attend the Educational Equal Opportunity Group Student Leadership Conference.
I believe the EEOG program can really influence kids not to drop out of high school. I think this program needs to show teens the bad things that come with dropping out of high school. One bad result of dropping out of high school is that if you want to do something big in life it will be hard for you to get a job because you will not have your high school diploma. I also think that the EEOG program should really get teens to want to try harder in school and earn all of their high school credits. Because there are some kids that don’t drop out of high school, but still don’t enough credits to graduate and that one thing is holding them back from their dreams. So, I think it is really important to help teens with credits too. My name is JaNae’ A. and this is my story.
It’s February 1st and that can mean only one thing. It’s time to kick off Career and Technical Education month! Thousands of school districts across the country recognize February as Career and Technical Education month, and here at MNPS we are celebrating in a big way.
Tune in this month to read blog posts from our CTE students as well as CTE facts and stats through Facebook and Twitter. Also, be sure to stay connected and be a part of our Tour de’CTE. Chaney Mosley, director of CTE, as well as Donna Gilley and Gaye Martin, CTE coordinators, will be traveling to every CTE program in MNPS to show their appreciation to our teachers and everything they do! Be sure to let us know if you have a great CTE story and you may even see it published on this blog.
Think CTE doesn’t effect your or your student? Think again. Check out the infographic below for information on career and technical education in Nashville and how it impacts every single one of our lives.
A new era of community involvement has begun in Metro Nashville Public Schools. More than 200 business and community partnerships exist in the Academies of Nashville- including 80 brand new partnerships!
On Wednesday, Jan. 31, MNPS Chief Academy Office Jay Steel. Mayor Karl Dean, and PENCIL Executive Director Connie Williams will recognize the incredible growth in school partnerships and celebrate this milestone. HealthSpring will be honored as the 200th Academy Partner for their partnership with Cane Ridge High School’s Academy of Health Management. HealthSpring, a CIGNA company, is one of the country’s leading health plans focused on delivering care to the senior population, predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid products. Along with its companies Bravo Health and Leon Medical centers Health Plans, HealthSpring serves more than one million customers in locations across the country.
Academy partnerships connect core curriculum in the schools with real world career experiences that prepare students for success in a 21st Century global environment. Likewise, Academy partnerships provide students with authentic career exposure and teachers with the industry knowledge that best prepares their students for college and career choices.
Authentic educational experiences
Mentoring and training from an established business
Exposure to products, programs, and practices within the business
Teachers working with professionals from the industry to develop interdisciplinary and content relevant instruction opportunities
Touring and shadowing experiences
Externships, internships and job placement opportunities
Promotion within the school and community
Access to and training of the future workforce
Partnership with an academy that integrates business and technology practices
Advisory council participation
Highly skilled and well educated people provide any organization with a strategic, competitive advantage. However, investing in training cannot wait until employees join a company. It begin in our schools with a strong academic foundation reinforced with real-world business experiences. With more then 200 business and community partnerships, our students have unlimited opportunities available to them and our community has the ability to make a difference in everyone’s future.
Thousands of Nashville Freshmen students filled the halls of the Nashville Convention Center on Oct. 24 for the 4th annual My Future My Way Career Exploration Fair. Freshmen high school students from 18 high schools across Nashville attended the career exploration fair to learn about the various careers from the Academies of Nashville business partners. Throughout the day, there was a myriad of activities for students to participate in– from interviewing through mock, virtual job interviews to simulating blood drawing on manikins to seeing the inside of a stretch limo.
Whiles each students’ experience was unique check out some of the numbers from the event:
18 participating schools
5,358 students in attendance
114 participating businesses
224 careers showcased
36,750 square feet packed with students and exhibitors
1 amazing sponsor
A huge thank you is also due to Shoney’s for being this year’s naming sponsor of the event as well as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for helping make everything come together. Finally, a round of applause is due to the 5 partnership councils for the extraordinary participation by our business partners. Events and opportunities like the Career Exploration Fair would not be possible without the support of the community!
More than 125 students gathered on August 23rd to participate in the 2012-2013 Academy Ambassador Training Day. Ambassadors are student leaders in their schools who represent their individual academies and pathways. Not only was the Training Day a great opportunity to network with students from all across Nashville, the students gained professional development skills from trained workshop facilitators. These skills will help the ambassadors make meaningful first impressions with academy partners, provide relevant and educational tours of their schools and academies, prepare impromptu speeches and much more.
Members of the Television Broadcasting pathway at Pearl-Cohn won in the Sports category for their Pearl-Cohn football pre-game show and coverage of basketball games. Gerald Harris, Jay Smith, Jeremy Ward, Lamonteze Pannell, LaQuntay Reid, and Deonte J. all worked on the winning clip. Their teacher and advisor is Todd Young. Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School was nominated in four categories in the competition: Newscast, News Story–Serious News, Arts and Entertainment, and Sports (Broadcasting). This was the first year that Pearl-Cohn students have competed in the Mid-south Regional Student Television Awards for Excellence.
Jack Gregory, Brittany Piercey, and Ryan Alexander were the McGavock High School students honored in the Writing category. Their submission was titled “Pauletta Hard Tack.” Gara Gaines, Heather Satterfield, Barrett Depies, Courtney Dwyer, and Kathy Taylor were the students who won in the category of Long Form–Non-fiction. Barclay Randall is the teacher and advisor to all of these students. Videos by students from McGavock also were nominated in News Story–Serious News, Long Form–Fiction, Public Service Announcement, and Audio/Sound.