MLK News: October 3-7, 2022
From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray
MLK Makes Top Five of Best Public High Schools in Tennessee List
Niche, a site that combines ratings from students, parents, and alumni with quantitative data, just released its high school rankings for 2023. MLK came in at number 4! You can read more in the link below.
Counselors, Teachers, and Administrators will be off during Fall Break. Please get the assistance you need this week.
Remember that counselors (like teachers and administrators) will not be available during Fall Break, This means that we won’t be scheduling appointments or responding to phone calls/emails. We’ll look forward to seeing you when we all return on Monday, October 17.
Announcing MLK's 2022-2023 National Merit Commended Students
L to R: Emmanuel Adetunji, Walter Ostrowski, Ella Daugherty, Zachary Barnet, and Antony George
Elected Officials Visit MLK to Help Students Understand Importance of Voting - Seniors and Juniors Were Also Given the Opportunity to Register to Vote!
A HUGE Thank You to the PTSA!!
Congratulations to MLK's Debate Team!
MLK's debate team attended their first debate tournament of the year this weekend at Hillsboro High School. The following novice debaters placed in the novice best speaker division:
7th place - Tigran Polborn
5th place - Alice DeHart
1st place - Ayna Sibtain
1st place overall novice division - Ayna Sibtain
AP Environmental Science Goes On a Field Trip for Hands-On Experience
Pre-Season Cheer Camp with TSU
MLK Girls' Soccer Team Hits the Road to Support Vanderbilt Women's Soccer
Youth Poet Laureate Application Now Available
The 2023 Nashville Youth Poet Laureate applications are now available. The Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify young student writers who are committed to civic and community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and youth voice across Nashville. Students ages 13-19 who attend or attended high school in Nashville are eligible for consideration.
Applications are due Friday, October 21 11:59 PM CT. Applicants who advance will be invited to perform at a semifinal round on Thursday, November 17 at 4:00pm. The top three finalists will perform at the State of the Word in December, where one youth will be honored with the title of Nashville Youth Poet Laureate.
The Nashville Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of the Office of the Mayor, Metro Human Relations Commission, Nashville Public Library, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Southern Word in partnership with Urban Word, and supported by the PEN Center USA, the Academy of American Poets, and the Nashville Public Library Foundation.
Schoology and Infinite Campus Grading Information
A Note about grades: Parents are encouraged to monitor their students' grades using Schoology or Infinite Campus. Schoology is the best place to look for grades because it is updated more often, and it is the only place where you can see materials and assignments. Teachers will transfer grades from Schoology to Campus at least twice a week. Grades for each quarter are finalized officially in Infinite Campus at the end of the nine weeks. Infinite Campus rounds grades using a different number of decimal places, so you might notice a discrepancy of 0.01% between Campus and Schoology. The final grade in Infinite Campus is the OFFICIAL grade.
Make-up Picture Day - Friday, October 21
High School Students - Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.
INVEST - We have REACHED our Goal!!
Thanks to your generous support we have reached our $60,000 INVEST goal in donations & pledges!
Because of you, MLK students and teachers will have the resources and tools to be the best school in MNPS! 🎓
If you've been putting off giving, we still need your support to help fund additional projects and unexpected needs. Please make your gift TODAY at https://investmlk.evrits.com As encouragement, one lucky NEW donor (donations received after 9/20) will receive a $25 gift card to the MLK Spirit Store each week until Fall Break!
As a reminder, ALL donors to the INVEST campaign will receive an MLK sticker or magnet, and $200+ donors will receive an MLK WHITE OUT T-SHIRT while supplies last.👕 Merch will be available for pickup this Friday 9/23 at lunch! 👕
AND two lucky winners from all donations will continue to receive a $25 gift card to the MLK Spirit Store each week until Fall Break!
Please help us keep the momentum going! If you have already made your pledge or donation, THANK YOU! I am so grateful for every dollar we raise that supports this amazing school. 🍎
*Note: if you get a "Whoops! We could not find that Student" message, try entering the first and last name in all lowercase letters.
Be a LOYAL ROYAL and DONATE TODAY!
PSAT Testing Information
Dear 8th – 11th Grade Students/Families,
On Tuesday, October 25th, the PSAT will be administered at MLK to every 8th-11th grade student. The PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT and gives students access to college and career planning tools. Taking the PSAT as a junior allows students a chance to become National Merit Scholars, which often translates to scholarships at highly selective universities. MLK had 8 National Merit semi-finalists in the class of 2021, 5 semi-finalists in the class of 2022, and 7 semi-finalists in the class of 2023!
MNPS is using a new payment platform this school year (School Cash Online) and payment for the PSAT can be made online by clicking the grade-level specific links below. Please be sure to enter your child’s name in the box that asks “who are you purchasing this for?” If you haven’t already created an account, the system will direct you to register for an account or check-out as a guest. You will also be able to “select more items” and add additional payments for multiple children (if applicable).
For additional information on the PSAT, please visit the College Board’s Website:
MLK requires each 8th-11th grade student to take the PSAT. All payments must be made by Friday, October 21st. If online payment is not an option for your family or you need financial assistance to pay for the PSAT, please reply to this email.
We want to ensure our students have every advantage available to them. Thanks for your immediate attention and support!
MLK 2022-2023 Yearbook Update
News from the MLK College Center
College Center Extended Hours
- Monday, Oct. 3 - Self-paced ACT Practice Using On-Line Platform (3:00 - 5:00 pm; College Center) - Join us for a quiet time and place to practice for taking the electronic version of the ACT. Choose which subtest(s) you want to work on and stay until 5:00 or just as long as you wish.
- Wednesday, Oct. 5 - College Center Extended Hours (3:00 - 5:00 pm) - Stay the entire time to work on anything college-related or stay only as long as you wish.
College Visitors This Week
Monday, Oct. 3
- University of Southern California (USC) - small-group interest sessions held during "A" or "C" lunch in the College Center
- University of Memphis - interest table during all lunches outside the Internet Cafe
Wednesday, Oct. 5
- Columbia University (New York City) - small-group interest sessions held during "A" or "C" lunch in the College Center
Thursday, Oct. 6
- Amherst College (selective, small, private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts) - small-group interest sessions held during "A" or "C" lunch in the College Center
Welcome to week 8 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!
This week’s practice passage comes from the Math section of the ACT. Math_passage_8_Sept_28_2022.pdf
Correct answers to last week’s English passage are also included. answers_English_8_Sept_22_2022.pdf
Last week’s ACT Corner included a duplicate of the Science passage 7 instead of the answers – those answers can be found here: answers_Science_passage_7_Sept_15_2022.pdf
After School Tutoring - Monday Through Thursday
For middle school the schedule is from 3:15-4:15, Monday-Thursday.
- 8th Grade - Monday (Poston)and Tuesday (Boleyjack),
- 7th Grade - Wednesday (Taylor) and Thursday (Ellis).
MLK Spirit Store Information
MLK Spirit Store
Our MLK Spirit Store will OPEN Monday, August 15
The details for shopping MLK apparel online, payment options, and
picking up your order are below. Click on the link below to order.
• New apparel will be added to the website on a regular basis. We will also
be restocking popular items; however, not all items will be restocked so
please do not delay in purchasing your items. If you do not see your size or
the color you want, please continue to check the website for updates.
• You will NOT have the opportunity to try on apparel prior to purchasing.
• NO RETURNS will be allowed on any purchased items. Most of our spirit
wear is printed on Gildan apparel (100% cotton) and fits true to size. Please
pay careful attention to the size that you choose prior to placing your
Online Payment Options:
• All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) are accepted. You will also
be charged a nominal credit card processing fee (based on your subtotal)
for all online purchases.
Picking Up Your Order:
• Parents/students will be able to pick up online orders in the front office.
MLK parent volunteers will be processing orders for pick up on Wednesdays
and Fridays of every week. You will be required to sign for your paid online
order upon pick up. There are no alternative payment options at pick up.
Need Help with Homework?
Teachers are available to answer questions Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a free service to students in TN.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.
When you call, text, or chat 988, you will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting you, provide support, and connect you to resources if necessary.
The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.
The Lifeline’s network of over 200 crisis centers has been in operation since 2005, and has been proven to be effective. It’s the counselors at these local crisis centers who answer the contacts the Lifeline receives every day. Numerous studies have shown that callers feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful after speaking with a Lifeline counselor.
Answer the call! These centers are looking to bring on new volunteers and paid employees. You will receive training, so if you are a caring person who wants to help those in crisis, apply today. Find your opportunity: samhsa.gov/988-jobs
- For ways to support your local Lifeline network crisis center, visit our Crisis Centers page here.
- To learn about the impact of the Lifeline, visit our new By the Numbers page.
- To learn about what happens when you call, text, or chat with the Lifeline, click here.
- To learn more about the history of 988, visit here.
- To learn how Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the Lifeline, has been supporting states’ implementation planning for 988 through grants, check here.
If you’re a Veteran, Service Member or loved one and want to know more about how 988 will affect the Veterans Crisis Line, click here.