MLK News: Nov. 7-11, 2022

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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If you are a veteran, thank you for your service!

Students are out of school on November 8 and November 11. This week's schedule is below.

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Principal for a Day

Mrs. Rachel Parker, our PTSA president, served as Principal for A Day on October 27th. Principal for a Day is an annual event that offers community members the opportunity to spend a morning with a Metro principal. Mrs. Parker participated in an Instructional Round where she observed in a classroom and debriefed about the lesson. Then she attended a luncheon sponsored by The Pencil Foundation.

Blue Ribbon Award Recipients, Mr. Selbrade and Mr. Womack, Honored by Dr. Battle

Mr. Tyler Selbrade and Mr. John Womack are two of 50 MNPS teachers chosen to receive the Blue Ribbon Teacher Award. They were honored at a ceremony last week. Congratulations again to Mr. Selbrade and Mr. Womack!

In Case You Missed It...

Below is a link to the recording of our second quarter Parent Empowerment Series Workshop. This quarter's topic was on identifying depression and anxiety in teens and how the school can help. It was presented by our school Psychologist, Erin Dees. Thank you to Mrs. Dees and the Student Support Servies Team for this informative workshop.

MLK's West Side Story - Save the Dates!

We hope to see you at our production of West Side Story!

Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $5 for students.

November 17, 7 p.m.

November 18, 7 p.m.

November 19, 7 p.m.

November 20, 2 p.m.

High school tutoring will not take place on Monday, November 7th

High school tutoring will resume on Tuesday, November 8th.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebrated at Cheekwood

Annually Mrs. Moctezuma, Ms. Rodriguez, and Mrs. Kroeger help to guide the Spanish Honor Society students with building the alter for the Day of the Dead Celebration at Cheekwood.

Arnav Mujumdar, the president of the Spanish Honor Society, was present to educate and answer all questions pertaining to the alter and its symbolism. Thank you, Arnav.

A special thank you goes out to the students, Mrs. Moctezuma, Ms. Rodriguez, and Mrs. Kroeger for the work you put into building the alter and attending to all of the visitors that came by to view the alter.

French Honor Society Bake Sale a Tremendous Success

As an early kick-off to National French Week (Oct. 31-Nov.4), French Honor Society held a bake sale for the Benefit of Doctors without Borders on Thursday Oct. 27 after school in the main lobby. The bake sale was a tremendous success, with nearly $300 being raised. Madame Weaver (Sponsor) and French Honor Society would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way, whether through donations of baked goods, set-up, decoration, selling, purchasing or clean-up. Un grand merci!

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

Save the date for our 2nd quarter Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar. The topics that will be discussed are:

  • Final Exam Information
  • What Colleges Look For
  • GPA Breakdown
  • Parent Action Plan

The link to join is below:

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

Bully-Free Month a success!

In recognition of Bully-Free Month, MS Student Council sponsored several events last week including personalizing t-shirts with positive affirmations, signing the Bully-Free pledge, and teaching their peers a lesson about bullying during PLT class.

Special thanks to the 7th & 8th grade teachers and Royal Time advisors for their support throughout Bully-Free Week.

Remember, kindness is something you can share with anyone every day.

Spanish Classes Visit Plaza Mariachi

Advanced Level Spanish classes went on a field trip last week to Plaza Mariachi. Students were able practice their Spanish listening and speaking skills.

MLK Cheerleaders Featured on News Channel 5!

The MLK cheerleaders were featured on News Channel 5 over the weekend for their participation in the Light the Night Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Walk on Friday, Oct. 28th. Just in case you missed it, here is the link: Light the Night event raises $1 million for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( They also had a chance to meet Netflix series Outer Banks actor, Charles Esten, whose daughter survived blood cancer at a young age.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in this community service event, along with the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, Oct. 29th. We appreciate the following cheerleaders for serving as Field Leads: Mikayla Prude, Jaisha Ricks, Kirah Corley, Ja'Niyah Pipkin, and Dymme Waters.

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2022 MLK December Exam Schedule

MLK gives exams to all students enrolled (7th – 12th grade). We follow the high school schedule in which we dismiss at 11:20 am when exams are given. This means middle school students will be dismissed at 11:20 am along with high school students.

Semester Examinations

Final semester examinations are to be given in all 9-12 courses during the regular school year. The Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee must approve exceptions to this rule. Exams may not be given more than one time. Students may not type, grade, or handle other students’ exams. Students may not be dismissed from class during exams. Cheating on an exam will result in the lowest possible grade, according to the grading policy, being given for the final exam grade (see IM 4.144). Students may not take exams early. If a student must miss an exam, the principal may give permission for the student to make up the exam at a later time.

The 2022 December Exam schedule is below. All students 7th – 12th grade will follow this exam schedule. We will dismiss at 11:20 am each day. Please make the needed provisions for transportation.

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ACT and SAT Test Prep

My Test Tips, a Nashville based test prep program, is offering Fall Session private one on one virtual coaching for ACT and SAT test prep.

For more information on cost and registering for our Fall Session, email us:

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. 9 - College Center Extended Hours for Seniors (3:00 - 5:00 pm)

  • College Rep Visits

Monday, November 7 - MTSU (all lunches; outside the Internet Cafe)

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 12 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the Math section of the ACT. Math_passage_9_Nov_2_2022.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s English 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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