Whites Creek 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

Metro Students Dig In

Students from Glencliff, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek High Schools travelled to the Nashville Research and Education Farm at Tennessee State University on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to get hands-on experience in land judging. Davidson County Soil and Water Conservation, the Natural Resources Conservation Services, and TSU Agriculture and Environmental Science professors worked with students to learn about the physical characteristics of soil, how to interpret the best land uses, recommend management practices, and even examine the suitability for homesites.

This experiential learning opportunity marks the first annual event at Tennessee State University and reflects the continued growth of the agriculture programs within the Academies of Nashville. A team of four students will represent each school next week at the Middle Tennessee Regional FFA Contest at the Highland Rim Experiment Station in Springfield.

 

 

FFA members from Glencliff, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek pose as a group before making their way into the soil judging pits.

FFA members from Glencliff, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek pose as a group before making their way into the soil judging pits.

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Students work with TSU Scientist and Research Professor Dr. Jason DeKoff to evaluate the soil at the Research Farm.

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Students wet down the soil in order to determine a variety of properties that can be found in a single handful of soil.

Whites Creek High School Virtual Tour

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

 

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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Whites Creek FFA Chapter a Finalist for Top National Honor

During the 2013-2014 school year, the Whites Creek FFA Chapter traveled across the state educating the public about alternative energy and the impact it has on the agricultural industry. Today, the chapter has once again been recognized for this inventive advocacy parade.

Today, the National FFA Organization named the Whites Creek FFA Chapter a national finalist in the Model of Innovation Award for chapter development. This award is only presented to 30 chapters in the United States and only ten chapters in three different categories: student, chapter, or community development.

A chapter must be a three-star chapter to be considered for the Model of Innovation award, in addition to doing something unique to influence the community. This award is sponsored nationally by John Deere and showcases innovative ideas and activities that a chapter participated in throughout the year. As a national finalist, the Whites Creek FFA Chapter members and their Program of Activities will be featured in a National FFA publication highlighting the top FFA chapters and what they provide to their members.

At the National FFA convention in October, the nation’s top chapter will be chosen after two students from each chapter present their chapter’s activities in front of a board of five judges.

Antioch and Whites Creek Continue to set the National Standard

Five more Metro Academies rank among the nation’s best

It’s becoming an annual tradition in Metro Schools. For the third year in a row, we are proud to announce another group of high school Academies earning “model status” from the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). This is the highest designation for a high school academy, and another signal that Metro Schools continues to rise as a district for others to emulate.

Five more Academies have been named national models, bringing the district’s total to 14. This status is only given after a rigorous application and review process that measures Academy structure and performance against national standards of practice. It means these schools and their Academies are among the best in the country and will be held up as models for other schools to follow.

The new Model Academies are:

  • The Academy of Community Health, Whites Creek High School
  • The Academy of Automotive Technology and Design, Antioch High School
  • The Academy of Hospitality and Marketing, Antioch High School
  • The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance, Antioch High School
  • The Academy of Teaching and Service, Antioch High School

“After such a banner year for the Academies of Nashville, this is a great way to end the school year,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “The Academies office has led these schools with a strong vision for what students need to be college and career ready. Thanks to the hard work of school faculty and our incredible business partners, more and more of our schools are offering world-class program for students.”

With this designation, Antioch is now the third Metro high school with wall-to-wall model Academies, meaning every Academy in the school has model status. The other two are Hillwood and McGavock High Schools. It also means that with a total of 14, a third of the Academies of Nashville have model status.

“We are so pleased to offer only model Academies to our students,” said Antioch principal Dr. Adrienne Battle-Koger. “Whatever pathway students choose to follow, they will be getting the very best in college and career prep. Our goal at Antioch High School is to offer rigorous and nationally recognized programs to support our students, which is becoming the norm in MNPS high schools.

These are the first model Academies at both schools, though the Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance at Antioch received accreditation from NCAC in 2012. All five Academies will be honored at the NCAC national conference in Washington, D.C. this October.

“This is fantastic news for our students, schools and communities,” said Board of Education Chair Cheryl Mayes. “As a parent, school board member and business partner in the Academies of Nashville, I have seen firsthand the short and long term benefits of how these programs will better prepare our students for college and career through job shadowing, internships and resume writing opportunities – not to mention the hands on classroom interactions with business partners. The Academies are a great opportunity for our students to gain real world experiences before leaving high school.”

Board of Education Vice Chair Anna Shepherd added, “Having a front row seat at McGavock High School during their accreditation process for their Academies, I know that this is quite a feat for Antioch and Whites Creek. Congratulations are due to these teams and high schools.”

At Whites Creek, the Academy of Community Health gives students hands on experience in the medical field, including diagnostic and therapeutic services, as well as healthcare business management. In a city that has become one of the healthcare capitals of the country, those skills will prove invaluable.

Whites Creek also boasts the Academy of Energy, Sustainability and Logistics, where students can work on alternative energy projects like producing biodiesel, ethanol and solar energy, and the Academy of Education and Law, with pathways in law enforcement and teaching. On top of providing students with national model Academies, Whites Creek is also a Cambridge School, offering one of the best advanced academics programs in the world.

“As we like to say, the Creek is rising, and our teachers’ dedication to students is the reason why,” said Dr. James Bailey, principal of Whites Creek. “Because of them, Whites Creek students will succeed no matter where they go after graduation.”

Antioch High School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school with hopes to offer IB starting next year. At last week’s Academies of Nashville Awards, the school won:

  • Academy Teacher of the Year (CTE or Thematic Pathway) – James Anderson, Academy of Automotive Technology and Design
  • Academy Partnership of the Year (Health and Public Services) – Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Academy of Teaching and Service
  • Freshman Academy of the Year

Whites Creek wins Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environmental and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards today. Among the list of 11 winners who were recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources, was our own Whites Creek high School.

“Today’s announcement celebrates Tennesseans who are committed to our environment,” Haslam said. “Recognizing these innovative efforts that help conserve and protect out natural resources is important in keeping our communities strong and economically viable. I am proud to work alongside each and every one of the winners announced today.”

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.  In its 28th year, this year’s awards program covers nine categories: Building Green; Clean Air, Energy and Renewable Resources; Environmental Education and Outreach; Environmental Education and Outreach (school category); Land Use; Materials Management; Natural Heritage; and Sustainable Performance.

A panel of 21 professionals representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental and academic professionals judged more than 75 nominations and selected this year’s award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground achievement, innovation and public education.

“It’s important that we recognize the people and organizations that work so hard to protect our environment, while also teaching others about sustainability,” added TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “The better we take care of our environment, the better our quality of life, which directly impacts how Tennesseans live, work and play.”

Whites Creek is being recognized for the excellence in energy and renewable resources.

Category:  Excellence in Energy and Renewable Resources

Whites Creek High School (Davidson County) – Students from Whites Creek High School recently drove across Tennessee on fuel that they made from agriculture product, soybeans. They were able to achieve this by using 15 bushels of donated soybeans and converting them into biodiesel in their energy laboratory at the high school. They were able to extract 12 gallons of biodiesel from their process which allowed them to drive across Tennessee from Kentucky to Alabama in a Ford F250 farm truck. Along the route, they traveled to other high schools and the students taught other FFA members the mechanics of biodiesel production with their mobile lab. Whites Creek High School has a three-year program called Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability and Logistics. During the three year program, they study wind energy, solar energy, biodiesel, ethanol, the hydrogen car, nuclear energy, greenhouse gas, and have hands on experience on the adjacent farm to the high school.

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

TEDxNashvilleEd: Ideas Worth Spreading

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TEDxNashvilleEd

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

College Visits Impact Future Plans

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Kelesha Drew, Whites Creek High School
Academy of Community Health

What did you want your career to be when you were a child? A singer? A dancer? Superman? Well, while those are all great things to find passion in, I found mine in dentistry. It’s something about being a dentist that I just love. Ever since I was in 7th grade I looked into dentistry and I knew I wanted to go to college, but I never knew how or when to apply. A question that also constantly flowed through my mind was if I even wanted to go to college Tennessee?

My freshman year at Whites Creek High School we took a trip to Meharry Medical College. It taught me a lot about the pathway I wanted to go into and also a lot about the history of the school and the school itself. I learned that the Medical College, which was founded in 1876, is one of the oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to teaching future physicians, dentists, health experts, and more. This interested me because I was really looking into a lot of HBCU schools and could never just decide on one and I never knew if they offered what I needed to become a dentist. I learned and saw a lot of things that I had never known or seen before. Meharry Medical College opened my eyes to something new. I’d never visited a college before. I’d never talked to any college students about anything and at Meharry they made me feel like one of them. Meharry made me feel like I could go to any college and feel comfortable with touring and asking questions about their educational system and what they have to offer.

Just recently, as a sophomore in the Academy of Community Health, I was lucky enough to visit Meharry twice in one school year. On these two trips we learned different things, they never repeated anything, and once again we got to talk with real college students. They were really easy to get along with and they were really nice people. We took tours and visited the Gross Anatomy lab where they perform autopsies. As weird as it may sound, it wasn’t that bad. Meharry has opened my eyes to new careers and I’m very thankful that I got to participate in this experience. I hope to one day go back to Meharry and learn more about the dentistry path that they offer. Thank you Meharry Medical College!

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.

School Patrol: Students Developing Alternative Energy Options

School Patrol: Students Developing Alternative Energy Options.

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.