HSL Insider

August-October 2014 (1st Quarter)

Our Mission

We will cultivate the whole person by promoting an interest in health science and law careers through a rigorous curriculum that provides students with relevant skills needed for college, employment, and life.

Big News from this Quarter

Academy is Branded - Ribbon cutting brings together education, real world science and business.

Officials from Aegis Sciences Corporation, McGavock High School and the Academies of Nashville gathered on August 22 to celebrate the official naming of the Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Health Science and Law.

The Aegis leadership team has been involved with the Academies of Nashville since the program’s early development. Out of a desire to be good corporate citizens and support youth education in science and technology, they formed a partnership with their neighbors at McGavock High School. Throughout this partnership, Aegis has hosted numerous job shadowing days, speakers at the school, hosted Laboratory Boot Camp, and helped develop curriculum for the Academy of Health Science and Law.

About Aegis
Aegis Sciences Corporation, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a forensic toxicology and healthcare sciences laboratory, providing science – driven testing and consulting services for clients, such as professional and amateur sports organizations, leading college and university athletic programs, medical examiners, Fortune 500 corporations, healthcare providers and government agencies throughout the United States.

Academy Showcase Highlights the Best of HSL

Check out photos below of our showcase this fall. We hope many 8th and 9th grade students were inspired to join our academy!

Grading for Learning - New assessment and grading methods on the horizon for next year.

You may have been hearing the terms standards based grading or grading for learning. This method of assessment is designed to measure your student's growth over time and grade their ability to perform a skill, rather than simply giving a grade for participation or completed work. Grading for learning will be implemented across the board at McGavock High School in the fall of 2015. Check out the video below for a head start on this change.
Rick Wormeli: Standards-Based Grading

A Peak Into Our Classrooms

Perception Lab in Psychology

Students in Mrs. Warpinski's Psychology class enjoyed learned if perception really is reality when they conducted a unique perception lab. Students had three fun stations. The first was for Taste/Smell with Fruit Loops. Fruit Loops are actually all the same flavor, but people perceive different flavors because they associate purple with grape, etc. Students had to record what they smell and taste for each color of fruit loop. Next came a depth perception activity where students played catch like normal, then did it again wearing an eye patch. They recorded their catches and their misses (they could only use one hand to catch). Lastly they also tested each other for colorblindness using cards. There were follow up questions for all of these that tied back into their notes on the brain, the five sense and sensation/perception.

Castration Lab in Large Animal Science

Students in Mrs. Lumpkin's Large Animal Science class turned into production agriculturists and learned how to castrate their "livestock". Using balloons, pom pom balls and cherry Jell-o, students first constructed, then castrated, a true-to-life representation of a calf scrotum to simulate the real thing.

Perfecting the Imperfect Tense in Spanish

Students in Mrs. Baughman's Spanish class will never forget the imperfect tense after their "Death Cow" poster.

Check Out Club Fridays

Guitar Club

Guitar Club meets Fridays during Raider Nation with Mr. Sierra in Room 272. All grade levels and all skill levels welcome. It’s about kids sharing their skills, teaching one another what they know, and just jammin’ for the fun of it. -Mr. Sierra, Club Sponsor


The Mythbusters Club discovered this quarter that Mentos in Diet Coke caused a larger reaction/explosion than Dr. Pepper! Also, Sprite Zero and Coke Zero had little effect when mentos were put in them. -Kate Violette, Club Sponsor

Counselor's Corner

HSL Welcomes a New Counselor

Hello Health Science and Law Academy Families!

My name is Teri Deel, and I’m the new school counselor for our academy. This is a year of firsts for me—it’s my first year at McGavock, my first year in MNPS, and my first year as a school counselor! I am thrilled to be here at McGavock and to be a part of this academy.

The past nine weeks were busy for your students! In September, many of the seniors attended the Metro-Nashville Public Schools College Fair at the state fairgrounds. Schools from across the nation had representatives ready and willing to answer questions, promote their universities, and give away some freebies. I was impressed with how professional our McGavock students were and with the questions that they asked. Many of the students took advantage of the application fee waivers that several schools offered and filled out their applications on the spot.

Over the past month or so, I have been able to go into all of the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English classes and talk to the students about graduation requirements, the ACT/PSAT, college visits, and even some scholarship information. I know that the thought of college can be somewhat overwhelming whether this is your first child or fifth. I am always happy to answer any questions that you might have. It’s never too early to start planning for college or career! If there is anything that I can help you with, please contact me by email (teri.deel@mnps.org) or by phone (885-8850 ext. 812317). I would be happy to help.

CTE Excitement

Health Science & HOSA

Students in the Health Science and Law Pathway visited Vol State and utilized ultrasound machines and experienced eye exams.
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Pre-Vet & FFA

Check out photos of what the Pre-Vet students and FFA members have been up to this quarter.

Criminal Justice & SkillsUSA

Under the direction of Mr. Tracy, Criminal Justice teacher and SkillsUSA sponsor, SkillsUSA students competed in various competitions and as always represented McGavock with pride.

In class, students conducted the annual entemology experiment that requires them to place pieces of meat in special containers in selected places around school that simulate a deceased body. Although it may be graphic and full of bugs, this true-to-life experiement most certainly prepares Criminal Justice students for a career in the industry.

Students of the Quarter

10th Grade - McKenzie Norman

  • Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Pathway
  • member of the Leading Ladies club
  • in her second year of dance
  • plans to attend college at Belmont University and become a family lawyer

11th Grade - Imani Lane

  • Health Science Diagnostic Medicine Pathway
  • member of student council for the past 3 years
  • active member of YELL (Youth Excelling In Leadership and Learning)
  • member of HOSA (Health Occupations for Students of America)
  • wants to attend a Vanderbilt University or Belmont University to study to become a pediatrician

12th Grade - Amy Carpio

  • Health Science Therapeutic Services Pathway
  • member of the McGavock Marching Band where she plays the flute and serves as one of the field commanders
  • serves as the Vice President of HOSA (Health Occupations for Students of America)
  • member of the National Honor Society
  • plans to attend University of Tennessee in Knoxville to study dentistry

Spotlight on Sports


Many standout players on the football team this year come from our academy, including quarterback Demontez Carlton and kicker Ethan Evors, both in the Pre-Vet Pathway.

Congratulations to these and the rest of the young men on the team for an excellent season!

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Suggestions for the Next HSL Insider

If you are a parent or teacher who would like to see something included in the next edition of the HSL Insider, please contact Jessie Lumpkins, Pre-Vet teacher, to have it added. I welcome your suggestions!