MLK News: Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2022

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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Two MLK Teachers Receive Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards

Mr. Tyler Selbrade and Mr. John Womack are two of 50 MNPS teachers chosen to receive the Blue Ribbon Teacher Award. Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee, and the Nashville Public Education Foundation created the Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards to recognize top teaching talent in our public schools. Congratulations to Mr. Selbrade and Mr. Womack!

Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards - Nashville Public Education Foundation (

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Did you know you can find MLK club information on our website?

First Issue of The Royal Banner

The link to access the first issue of The Royal Banner is here => link.

PTSA Meeting with Principal Q & A Session Follow Up

You can view the recording of last week's meeting below.

Recording of PTSA Meeting with Principal Q & A Oct. 20, 2022

Also, questions we ran out of time to answer have been answered below:

PTSA Meeting with Principal Q & A Oct. 20, 2022.pdf

Virtual Parent Empowerment Seminar, Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Our 2nd quarter Parent Empowerment Series seminar is on Tuesday (Nov. 1) at 6 p.m. The topic is "Supporting your Student's Mental Health, a look at depression and anxiety" Our School Psychologist, Mrs. Dees will be our speaker. We hope to see you there virtually.

The link to join is below:

Parent Empowerment Series Q2, Nov. 1, 6-7p.m.

Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar, November 15 at 6p.m.

Save the date for our 2nd quarter Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar.

The link to join is below:

Freshman Forum/Sophomore Seminar, Q2, Nov. 15, 6-7p.m.

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Thank You for Making Fall Festival a Tremendous Success!

I want to thank everyone who helped to make the Fall Festival a tremendous success. Thank you parents for all of the donations. Thank you, Mr. Churchwell. Thank you to all of the coaches and athletes for your work. Thank you to the students who worked to produce the best haunted house ever! I also want to thank everyone who attended Fall Festival. Fall Festival serves as a fund raiser for our athletics programs.

Cheerleaders Perform Thriller dance during Fall Festival

The cheerleaders dressed up as Zombie Dolls for their Thriller dance performance. They did an amazing job! A BIG thank you to Captain Kiri for her choreography skills, cheerleader Kirah for helping to buy the Tulle for the skirts, and Spanish teacher Ms. Moctezuma for decorating the cheerleaders' faces.

Check out their dance here:

Additional recognition: Congratulations to Dymme Waters for being selected as JV Capt. Dymme along with JV cheerleaders: Saniya Miller, Ryann Jones, and Makayla Braden assisted with the middle school cheer try-out clinic last week. We appreciate their leadership!

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Congratulations to Students Placing in our 2nd Debate Tournament

The Nashville Urban Debate League Tournament occurred on Saturday, October 22 at Overton High School.

Varsity placements:

1st place - Ayna Sibtain & Nathaniel Halevi

Best speaker placements:

5th place - Tesem Jamal

3rd place - Nathaniel Halevi

2nd place - Ayna Sibtain

MLK Girls' Soccer Team Gets District Recognition

Aaliyah Varnado - All District
Amelia Reeves - District Defender of the Year
Garren Simmons (NSA student) - all district, District Keeper of the Year, and District MVP


Senior Trip to the Zoo a Success!

The rain held off on Tuesday for a perfect day at the zoo for seniors. Thank you to Mrs. Holley for organizing this fun opportunity for our students!

Southern Word Working with Students in 7th Grade English

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High School Students - Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.

Ms. Agee would like to invite you to sign up for the American Mathematics Competition. It is a 75 minute math test that tests problem solving skills especially. It will be given on November 16th during the school day. It costs $5 to take and is due by November 1st. You can either pay Ms. Agee in Room 2108, or there is a school cash online group set up to take payments that you may use. I hope many of you take advantage of the opportunity to test yourself and your growing skills. Here is a link for you that includes some practice problems so you can see what the test is like.

Congressional App Challenge - Deadline Nov. 1

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2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on Oct. 1 for current seniors who will begin college in the Fall of 2023. Some states and schools have limited funds, so we do not want students to delay; the sooner it is completed, the better!

Additionally, for TN Promise eligibility, the application MUST be completed and submitted by March 1. Please add this information to your weekly newsletters, callouts, and daily announcements to students and parents. The application and more information can be found here.

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.

INVEST - We have EXCEEDED our Goal!!

Thanks to your generous support we have EXCEEDED 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 haven't given yet, you can still donate to help fund additional projects and unexpected needs

We are so grateful for every dollar that we have raised to support this amazing school. 🍎


With gratitude,

Michele Harrell & Rachel Layburn

Invest Co-Chairs

News from the MLK College Center

This Week's Events

Wednesday, Nov. 3 & Thursday, Nov. 4 - FAFSA Drop-In Help Sessions - Seniors and parents are invited to make an appointment for individual help with completing the FAFSA, the on-line federal document required for any type of college financial aid. Please select a time that occurs during the student's PLT (study hall) time. If these days or times don't fit your schedule, don't stress! Additional opportunities will be announced soon! To maximize financial aid opportunities, it is in the student's best interest to complete the FAFSA before the end of this semester. FAFSA "Help Session" Registration

Wednesday, Nov. 3 - College Center Extended Hours - 3:00 - 5:00 pm

This Week's College Visitors

Monday, Oct. 31 - University of Missouri, Columbia (large, public research university)

Wednesday, Nov. 3 - Lafayette College (small, private liberal arts college in Easton, Pennsylvania)

Friday, Nov. 4 - Savannah College of Art & Design - SCAD (private nonprofit art school with locations in Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; and Lacoste, France)

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 11 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the English section of the ACT. English_9_Oct_26_2022.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s Science passage are also included.


After School Tutoring - Monday Through Thursday

For high school students it occurs Monday-Thursday from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. in room 2206.

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).

More information

MLK Spirit Store Information

MLK Spirit Store


Our MLK Spirit Store will OPEN Monday, August 15

Operating Guidelines

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 order.

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?

Use the Homework Hotline! Call 615.298.6636.
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:

  • 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.

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