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Congratulations to the outstanding Croft Orchestra and director Anna Maria Miller on being selected to perform at the 2013 Tennessee Music Educators Association State Conference in Chattanooga. Many superior ensembles applied, and Croft was chosen to perform at the April 2013 conference.

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Middle School Sports – Fantastic


The North Sports Report attended a middle school football game last week.  The discipline, team structure, positive peer and adult relationships, school spirit, and parental support make middle school athletics a top-notch after-school program.  The crowd of students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members all join together to cheer for their school and boost their student-athletes.  Priceless!


Alumni Alert – Center of Attention


Maplewood graduate James Stone will be the national center of attention when ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from Knoxville this Saturday.  James is the starting center for the Tennessee Vols and will anchor the offensive line in the national game of the week.  Don’t forget Hillsboro graduate and Tennessee defensive back Eric Gordon and Pearl-Cohn alumnus Antonio Richardson.  Look for MNPS graduates in the spotlight on Saturday.


Football Friday


Wow! Last week’s game at Hillsboro was tremendous!  First of all, MNPS football games provide the most entertaining public address announcers in America.  Every first down was announced as a “Smoothie King First Down.  Smoooooth!” and every hard tackle was followed by an exclamatory “Dang Dude!”  Entertaining… to say the least.


The large, enthusiastic crowd witnessed another great game of the week.  Hillsboro’s Robert Kelley scored four touchdowns, and Hillsboro kicker Joseph Occhipinti is as advertised.  The North Sports Report could not believe its eyes when Occhipinti, kicking off from the 40 yard line, put the ball over the cross bar and through the uprights.  He kicked the ball over 70 yards – an almost unimaginable super-human feat.  Unbelievable?…yes. But I saw it with my own eyes.  Dang Dude!


Game of the Week: September 14, 2012


The North Sports Report is heading to Homecoming at Hunters Lane as the Hunters Lane Warriors welcome the Hillwood Hilltoppers.  The lights will shine bright on Jerry Pigue Stadium as the Warriors hope to stem the momentum of the surging Hilltoppers. 


Other action this week includes big district games and intraMNPS rivalries:



  • McGavock Raiders travel to Antioch Bears;

  • Cane Ridge Ravens host Overton Bobcats;

  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds head to the TPS campus (also the site for Nashville School of the Arts) to face the home-standing East Nashville Eagles;

  • Whites Creek Cobras welcome Glencliff Colts;

  • Hillsboro Burros travel to Franklin;

  • Maplewood Panthers play at Lipscomb; and

  • Stratford Spartans host CPA;


The MNPS home games are at Hunter Lane; at Antioch; at Cane Ridge; at East Nashville (TPS campus); at Whites Creek; and at Stratford.


This is the perfect week to go to a game near you!  Enjoy the beauty of MNPS athletics.


MNPS: The First Choice for Discipline, School Spirit, and Parental Support



















Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Bulldogs…Ready to take the field Haynes Middle Design Center’s sideline during its game with Bailey STEM Magnet Middle
Middle School Football action…Fantastic!

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Brick Church Middle School students may be several years away from graduating, but they are learning it's never too soon to start exploring careers! The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participated in a career fair Aug. 20 and had a chance to speak with a variety of professionals including: a retired NFL player, Metro Nashville Police Department Bomb Squad, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Metro Nashville Fire Department, Walmart, Fifth Third Bank, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Metro Storm Water, Federal Probations Office, Metro Nashville Juvenile Courts, Ware Barbershop and Styles Barber College. Styles also offered free haircuts to the students!




Brick Church Career Day 2012

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Lorenzo Butler Allstar - a photo of Lorenzo Butler playing in 2012 Little League World Series

His name made it’s way from Goodlettsville clear through Davidson County and even became a trending topic in the Twittersphere. If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s McKissack Middle School student Lorenzo Butler who played in the Little League World Series this past weekend. The 12-year-old standout had a great weekend hitting a total of four homeruns with 10 RBIs.


"It feels really good and it was really great," Butler said simply about his hitting exploits. He said his three homers Saturday were the longest he had hit all season.



Mark North, former Board member and writer of the North Sports Report, with the full story:

Lorenzo Butler, defensive standout in Wednesday's game against Texas when he ended the game with a thrilling double play, turned slugger Saturday in a record breaking performance. His three 3-run home runs and 9 RBI's are Little League World Series records and helped lead his team to the U.S. World Series Championship. They play Japan on Sunday afternoon.



Young Mr. Butler is a seventh grader at McKissack Middle School, and his mother attended Stratford. He is trending on twitter and is named in a headline in the Sports Illustrated online article.



It is probably the greatest hitting performance in the history of the Little League World Series.


Lorenzo will be at Hartman Park on Wednesday, August 29, at 6 p.m., to sign autographs.

 

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Deloris BurkeA Metro Schools alumna educator is spending her summer in the deep end of a huge pool of knowledge in our nation's capital, all to help other teachers in the classroom.



Deloris Burke, formerly principal of McMurray Middle School, is honored to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. Burke was selected from more than 300 candidates to participate in this week-long program in Washington, D.C.



During the program, Burke is working with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website. This session will also include instruction on using primary sources from the World Digital Library website, established by the Library of Congress, endorsed by 
UNESCO and launched online. in 2009. The site contains cultural materials from all 193 countries in UNESCO with expert commentary in seven languages.



The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the
Library’s website.

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Grace P., an 8th grader at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet, won the Middle Tennessee Regionals Spelling Bee on Friday, March 2.  By taking 1st place, Grace became the Regionals champion and will be competing in the National Spelling Bee later this year. Grace beat out the top 52 spellers from all the other Middle Tennessee counties and will be representing Tennessee at Nationals. Grace clinched her victory by spelling the word “j-i-m-b-e-r-j-a-w-e-d” correctly. Some of her other challenging words were “Hemerocallis”, “solder”, and “Qatari”. 

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The MNPS Middle School Science and Engineering Fair will be held on Saturday, March 3, at Rose Park Middle Math and Science Magnet School.


The 16 participating middle schools have selected the top projects from their school fairs to compete at the district fair. MNPS anticipates roughly 500 projects from students in 5th through 8th grades.


The schedule is as follows:


11:30 - 1 p.m.:   Projects open for public viewing, Rose Park Gymnasium


1 p.m.:               5th/6th Grade Awards Ceremony, Rose Park Auditorium


1:30 p.m.:          7th/8th Grade Awards Ceremony, Rose Park Auditorium

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The Nashville After Zone Alliance, known by most as NAZA, is getting a big boost! The program started in 2009 by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has been awarded a grant from the Wallace Foundation for $765,000. This will allow NAZA to nearly triple in size, serving an additional 750 students. Check out the full news release below.



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Congratulations to John Early Museum Magnet Middle School for being the top winners in the SUMDOG district Math competition with an overall score of 4,755 points!  JEMMMS students won every round, and eight students placed in the top 10 for the entire district. These students will be presented with a certificate for their respective ranking, and every student who participated will be rewarded with a pizza party.


The school will receive an engraved trophy and a site license for Yenka Mathematics software, worth $750.  Again, congratulations to JEMMMS students for their outstanding performance!

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Friday, Sept. 9, Head Middle Magnet School held its second annual Science Carnival for the students. The Science Carnival was sponsored by Vanderbilt Students Who Volunteer for Science (VSVS). There were 11 science stations that housed different experiments for students to see. For instance:




  • students learned the Science behind making Dippin Dots and sampled the Dippin Dots they made;

  • they learned about blood types and what blood can or cannot be accepted by a person due to their blood type; and

  • they learned the difference between acids and bases and the chemical reactions that can take place with both.



The Science Carnival served as a remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy.


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Students and staff at H.G. Hill Middle are learning through exploration this school year. Every Wednesday, for one hour, students get to choose from a variety of unique classes taught by their own teachers. Some classes practice chess strategies, others focus on career exploration, and one classroom recently learned how to drum beats on overturned trash cans. The time is also used for intramural sports, which encompass the entire grade level.


While these are not your typical classes, the benefits are immeasurable. Students get to dive into exploration mode and discover new interests while their teachers have the opportunity to share their own passions and talents with their students.


According to Principal Connie Guinn the biggest benefit is building relationships with their teachers.
Guinn says, “The students get to spend time with their teachers in a completely different setting and learning to do things that are not academic but have an impact on making them good citizens. Our teachers love getting to share their talents with the students. It really just gives such a different feel to the classroom for that one hour.”

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Save the Date!


Dupont Hadley Middle School and the Old Hickory Chamber will host their 2nd annual Taste of the Town on Sept. 8th from 6-8 p.m. This event will take place at Dupont Hadley Middle school and will feature up to 23 food venders and 22 business vendors, as well as local entertainment! The school is located in Old Hickory at 1901Old Hickory Blvd.


Tickets are:


Adults - $10.00 in advance; $12.00 at the door


Kids under 14 - $5.00


Advance tickets are available at Sonic in Old Hickory, DHMS, Old Hickory Credit Union, and through the Chamber. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Sheryl Wright at Dupont Hadley Middle 847-7300.


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Monday Aug. 1  and Tuesday Aug. 2, Coach Angie Venable, volleyball coach at Head Middle Magnet School, held a volleyball skills camp for the fifth through eighth grade girls. Twenty-eight new, current and past HMMS students participated in the inaugural summer volleyball camp. Camp was open to young ladies of all skill levels from never having played to current players on middle school teams. Coach Venable’s instruction covered the fundamentals of passing, setting, serving and hitting, as well as fine tuning technique with the more advanced player. But the best part was, they had a blast!

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It has been a hot summer but the West End IB World School garden is thriving thanks to the dedicated volunteers who have watered and cared for the garden over the summer! Students and staff have harvested more than two gallons of green beans, lots of cucumbers, fragrant herbs, zucchini and 2 watermelons. They are now anxiously awaiting the day they can harvest the eggplant, squash, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Click through to see the proof.

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Four Metro students have qualified to compete in the 2011 Tennessee Geogrphic Bee! Students in grades four through eight competed at the school level in order to qualify. These four winners had to not only best their fellow students in a school geography bee, they also had to take a written geography test from the National Geographic Society and score highly enough to qualify for the state competition.

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Shonta Woodbury, a Spanish teacher at West End IB World School, has been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). From June 21 – July 5, Woodbury will join some of the nation's brightest educators in learning how to implement 1st through 12th grade curricula while integrating international perspectives and methodologies. The week-long program will focus specifically on the area of ESD in classrooms and communities.The Fulbright Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is administered by Fulbright Japan and jointly funded by the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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On June 20, 2011, Brian Strahine, Counselor at West End IB World Middle School, will depart on a 48-day, 3,300-mile bike ride with 39 other avid cyclists participating in the Big Ride Across America. The team's trek will begin in Seattle, Washington, and take them across 12 states. Even more impressive than the physical challenge of Strahine's adventure is the reason behind his ride -- his friend and colleague Andrea Morrison Baker, former counselor at Eakin Elementary, who passed away suddenly at the age of 37. Strahine will be donating his ride to her memory and raising money for The Andrea Baker Memorial Fund along the way. The ride will also raise funds for the American Lung Association. Open publication - Free publishing - More mnps

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Dr. Gregory Hutchings, principal at West End IB World School, is leaving Nashville and headed home. The popular leader has accepted a position as Director of Middle Schools with Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Virgina. Assistant Principal Jeff Keith will serve as Interim Principal for the remainder of the year.

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