MLK News: Jan. 23- 27, 2023

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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High school tutoring will not take place on Monday, January 23rd.

2022-2023 Homecoming

Crowned Royalty Winners, Natalia Del Pino and Zachary Barnet

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A Pep Rally Kicked off Homecoming Weekend

2022-2023 Homecoming Dance a Big Success!

Homecoming Door Voting (for students)

Please vote for your favorite Homecoming door from each grade!

Homecoming Door Voting Link

Voting is open until 1/24.

Advanced Placement Information Night Held on January 24th (in-person) at MLK

On January 24th at 6:00 pm, we will host an in-person Advanced Placement Information night. AP teachers will present the content of the course(s) they teach. These sessions are very informative and helpful for planning a balanced schedule for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

I highly recommend you attend. You will be able to select three sessions to attend from the courses listed below. You will be glad you attended.

Thank you MLK students for showing sportsmanship on and off the court at basketball game against Hume Fogg

If there has never been, you’re just going to have to be the first - Dr. Kent Wallace

Dr. Kent Wallace, Dean of Graduate Studies, Director of Physics Laboratories, and Primary Investigator for Fisk's Rocket Science Program, came to MLK on January 18th to address the Class of 2023. Dr. Wallace wanted to change the mindset of seniors as they complete their senior year of high school and transition to the college/university they will enroll in.

Dr. Wallace reinforced the sky is not the limit. He reinforced with the seniors, "If there has never been, you’re just going to have to be the first."

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MLK Orchestra Students Perform at Mid-State

Ten orchestra students went through a rigorous audition process to be admitted into the Mid-State Orchestra. They spent over 12 hours in rehearsal between Thursday night and Saturday morning to put on spectacular concerts last Saturday! We are so proud of their dedication to their craft and their wonderful performances! Congratulations!

Missed the Parent Empowerment Workshop on Registration?

If you missed the workshop this week on registration, you missed important information on registering for classes for the 2022-2023 school year. You can view the recording here.

Our next parent workshop is on March 21.

Thank you to the PTSA for Staff Treats!

Teachers and staff were pleasantly surprised to find a bag of chocolate in their mailbox this week. Thank you for the "Royal" treatment!

Middle School Valentine's Dance - Tickets on sale Feb. 6-10

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Save the Date - Virtual Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar - Feb. 7, 6-7p.m.

Topics that will be discussed (subject to change):

  • Progress Report Check In
  • Course Schedules for 2023-2024
  • End of Year Tests
  • Q3 Tips

Follow MLK on Social Media

MLK School Account:

Twitter: @MLKRoyals

PTSA Accounts:

Instagram: @MLKRoyals

Twitter: @MLKPTSA

Facebook: MLK PTSA

ACT Prep Webinar Series (Register Today)

Beginning on Monday, Feb. 6, MNPS will host a series of four webinars that will help prepare students for the ACT. Each week's session will provide strategies that align with a specific subject subtest. The target audience is juniors preparing for the March state-funded ACT test, but all students are welcome. Dates, times, and registration links are available on the ACT page of the MNPS website. Real-time Spanish translation is available as well.

MLK Boys Place in Wrestling Tournament!

Congratulations to the MLK Wrestling team on a job well done over the weekend at the Sycamore Wrestling Tournament! The tournament hosted tough competition and these young men exemplified great leadership and confidence! Below are the results for the Sycamore Invitational:

  • Gregory Gomez, 1st place
  • Michael Cloud, 2nd place
  • Joshua Inso, 4th place (couldn't compete for 3rd due to 5 match rule)

Let's Go Royals!!!!!

MLK Bowling Teams Finish Strong!

Congratulations to the MLK HS Girls/Boys Bowling teams on a having a great season and finishing out the year strong. Congratulations to senior, Kendoll Hayes, who has qualified for the TSSAA State Bowling Championship. Let's Go Royals!

New MLK Girls' Flag Football This Spring

Girls, If you are interested please complete the survey.

The season starts in March and Coach McCullogh will be the Head Coach.

Reach out to Mr. Churchwell - Marquis.Churchwell@mnps.or or Coach McCullogh - for more information.

Interested in High School Lacrosse on a co-op team with Hillsboro?

If you are interested in HS Lacrosse, please contact Coach Tim Semisch

This is the information that was provided to the Hillsboro Students and other returning players:

  1. Lacrosse practice schedule: Mon, Wed , Fri, 5-7 pm, Hillsboro Flex Field (started Jan.11)
  2. Important Forms – MNPS Sports Physicals etc. on the Hillsboro lacrosse team website: bottom of page.

Interested in High School Baseball?

IF you are interested in HS Baseball, please contact Coach Guenther at his email below.

HS Baseball Conditioning Information for January 2023

Head Coach:

1-17-23 3:15pm - 4:15pm Throwing at MLK

1-19-23 3:15pm - 4:15pm Lifting at MLK

1-23-23 3:15pm - 4:15pm Strength/Conditioning at MLK

1-24-23 3:30pm - 5:00pm Hitting at Rose Park

1-26-23 3:30pm - 5:00pm Hitting at Rose Park

1-30-23 3:15pm - 4:15pm Strength/Conditioning at MLK

1-31-23 3:30pm - 5:00pm Throwing at Rose Park

News from the MLK College Center

Wed., Jan. 26 - Royal Time Virtual Visit for Juniors - All Junior advisories will join two of our school counselors, Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Hensley, to discuss "Using Your 2nd Semester For College Readiness".

Save the Date!

Juniors and Parents ~ NEXT Thursday evening (Feb. 2), Mrs. Hensley will conduct a virtual seminar for the Class of 2024 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Topic: "Almost a Senior! Planning Ahead for Your College Application Journey". Watch for an email from Mrs. Hensley with the meeting link.

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 20 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the Math section of the ACT. Math_passage_11_Jan_18_2023.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s English passage are also included. answers_English_passage_11_Jan_111_2023.pdf

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is Now Recruiting 8th Grade Students - Deadline February 10

We are looking for 8th-grade students who wonder how things work, who like science experiments, coding and robotics, medicine or psychology, who look up at the sky and wonder about the stars and planets, or who like to tinker around with things and build. Mathematicians, science Olympiad enthusiasts and any other STEAM-curious students would also be great candidates.

If your students have these qualities, please encourage them to think about applying to the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt. It’s a high school program for motivated students who are interested in STEM ideas and research.

Our website has all the information applicants need to learn all about the program and decide if they want to apply.

You can sign up to receive more information and reminders about the application deadline – February 10, 2023.

Please help us spread the word about this opportunity to the students in your school who are qualified candidates.

School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt

Instructional Rounds Filming for Internal Use

Hello MLK families,

As a part of our continuous growth as a staff and faculty at MLK, our teachers have been engaging in instructional rounds to observe and reflect on the teaching of their peers over the past two years. However, this semester we are going to conduct "Instructional Rounds via Film" so that teachers can watch film of their own class and reflect on their teaching, much the same way a professional athlete or musician might watch their own film to grow in their respective fields. This filming will be conducted by our Literacy Coach, Mrs. Ramos and will be for the purposes of the teacher's reflection only.

We wanted to inform families that their children may be in a classroom where filming is taking place this semester, so that it would not come as a surprise. However, with the exception of a few teachers who may use this film to apply for National Board Certification, the film will be viewed by MLK staff only, and as such, students will not need a waiver to be a part of this process. Students who are in classrooms where the teacher is applying to become board certified will receive a waiver to sign since that video would be sent outside of our building to the application committee. See the website on National Board Certification if you would like to learn more about that process.

Thank you for your continued support as the entire MLK community endeavors to work towards excellence.

Who will cover 9th and 10th grade since Mr. Waddell has left?

Mr. Churchwell ( will serve 9th grade families.

Mrs. Strickland ( will serve the 10th grade families.

Tardies to 1st Period (Information)

We strive to provide an exceptional education where all students can be successful. We know there is a strong correlation between student attendance and academic success. We must do our part to ensure students receive the instruction they need. Please know that when students are late to the building specifically 1st period, it disrupts their education.

Previously, students arriving late to school without a note were not penalized if they did not drive themselves. Moving forward, all students who arrive late to school without a note more than 3 times/quarter will receive a lunch detention. This means that a student's 4th tardy to their 1st period class will result in a lunch detention.

Please know the doors of MLK open at 7:30 am each morning. Students then go to the cafeteria for breakfast and to be supervised. Students are allowed to go to their lockers at 7:44 am. This gives students 16 minutes to go to their locker if needed and arrive to class at 8:00 am on time.

Your attention to this matter is appreciated.


We are excited to announce we will pilot a new program for our students called E-Hallpass, beginning January 12, 2023. E-Hallpass is a program designed to replace physical hallpasses with electronic passes created on a teacher or student’s technology device.

*Please be aware the E-Hallpass does not track your student's location in any way.

Here is what you need to be aware of:

a. Students will receive training in using the E-Hallpass system on Wednesday, January 11th, during Royal Time. We will begin using E-Hallpass on Thursday, January 12th.

b. Students will be given 3 passes each day (appointment passes do not count against a student's 3 passes)

c. If a student is late to school, 1 of their 3 passes will be removed automatically due to serving as a pass to 1st period.

Our hope is that we see benefits other MNPS schools are seeing while utilizing this system such as:

a. Increased accountability for students in the hallway

b. Increased safety for our students

c. Prevention of activities that break school policy

To view more information regarding E-Hallpass, please use the links below

  1. e-hallpass Introduction - YouTube (overview video).
  2. EHallPass (website to read more)

Tour Tuesdays Continue at MLK

MLK Tour Tuesdays run through March 21st. If you know someone who is interested in applying to MLK for the 2023-2024 school year, please direct them to our website Visit MLK - Martin Luther King Jr. School ( or send them this link to sign up for a tour.

MLK Tour Sign-Ups

ACT and SAT Test Prep

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

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

follow us on.......mytesttips Facebook.

2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Deadline March 1

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. The application and more information can be found here.

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Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt documents can be found in the links below.

All performing and visual art talent is welcome. All performances must be done solo.

Reach out to Juan Culp,, with any questions.

Deadline: Jan. 28

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After School Tutoring - Monday Through Thursday - *Updated for Spring Semester

For high school students, Ms. Agee holds tutoring 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.

  • Monday-Math---Dr. Poston

  • Tuesday -Science --Mrs. Abernathy
  • Wednesday-Science --Mrs. Taylor
  • Thursday -ELA-Mrs. Ellis
  • Also Ms. Agee, a high school teacher, has Math tutoring Mon-Thursday. Middle schoolers can attend.

More information

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.

Campus Portal Login (

Log in to Schoology

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering