MLK News: Nov. 14-18, 2022

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

Big picture

MLK's West Side Story is This Weekend!

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

Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $5 for students. We are moving to digital tickets. They can be purchased in advance online or at the door.

Show Dates

November 17, 7 p.m.

November 18, 7 p.m.

November 19, 7 p.m.

November 20, 2 p.m.

Purchase tickets here:

Steps to get online tickets:

1. Register for an account.

2. Select Metro Nashville Public Schools.

3. Select MLK.

4. You can add a student or not.

5. Search for MLK.

6. Look for MLK West Side Story tickets.

We will begin Homecoming nominations on Tuesday, November 15th, during lunch. Students will be able to get paper nominations forms from the SGA representatives at the table during A and C lunches from November 15th through 18th. All Homecoming nominations will be due by November 30th.

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

We hope you will join us for our 2nd quarter virtual Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar. The topics that will be discussed are:

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

The link to join is below:

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

November 16th - Beta Club Debate

Total Allotted Time 11:41 am - 1:12 pm

11:41 am – 12 noon – Lunch

12 noon – 12:10 pm - 9th – 12th grade report to the auditorium

12:10 pm – 1:12 pm – Beta Club Debate (auditorium)

MLK Graduation Date Announced

The graduation for the Class of 2023 will be at Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday, May 17th, at 6 p.m.

Every graduate will receive 10 tickets for guests.

Big picture

Basketball Media Day Kicks off Basketball Season

Basketball Media Day was held at Martin Center on Thursday, November 3rd to kick off the 2022-2023 basketball season. Coaches and players from across the district and even the MLK Mascot were on hand to mark the occasion.

Rap Battle

The Rap Battle, sponsored by the MLK Royal Tea Podcast, took place on Friday, November 4th.

Salem Mohamed won the Rap Battle after advancing to the top two to compete.

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.

Big picture

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

Tuesday, Nov. 15 - FAFSA Drop-In Help Sessions (3:00 - 6:00 pm) - 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 using the link below - remember to bring a laptop and all federal income tax information (tax return, W-2s, etc.) for both the student and parent for calendar year 2021.

​FAFSA Help Sessions - Nov. 15

Wednesday, Nov. 16 - College Center Extended Hours for Seniors (3:00 - 5:00 pm)

College Visitors This Week

Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Southern Illinois University Carbondale - all lunches; outside Internet Cafe

SIU is a medium-size, public research university offering over 100 majors. It's a fairly unique school, in that its in-state and out-of-state tuitions are the same.

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 13 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the Reading section of the ACT. Reading_Passage_9_nov_9_2022.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s Math passage are also included. answers_Math_9_Nov_2_2022.pdf

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.

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