MLK News: September 6 - 9, 2022

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

This Week's Short Week Schedule

Monday - Labor Day - no school for students

Tuesday - 7 period day

Wednesday - even day

Thursday - odd day

Friday - 7 period day

INVEST: For those who didn't get your t-shirts and stickers at open house, we will have them available for students to pick-up during lunch on Friday, September 9. So please give today, and we will have your merch ready for pick up next Friday!

Thanks to your generous support we have raised $47,103 toward our $60,000 INVEST goal! We need YOUR help to reach this year's goal!
The INVEST campaign provides funding to enhance resources for students and equips our teachers with tools to be more effective in the classroom. Your tax-deductible donation to the MLK INVEST campaign will help create a strong foundation for future success. We all have varying financial circumstances, however, if we all give as we are able – some more, some less - we can meet this goal together. Every donation, regardless of the amount, matters and makes a difference. Can we count on your support?

Please consider maximizing your ability to give by pledging an amount that will be divided in 5 payments. As an added incentive, all donors will receive an MLK sticker or magnet, and $200+ donors will receive an MLK WHITE OUT T-SHIRT while supplies last.

AND as an added incentive two lucky INVEST Donors will receive a $25 gift card to the MLK Spirit Store each week until Fall Break!

If you haven’t made your INVEST donation or pledge yet, please do so today at

Tutoring Starts Next Week - Monday Through Thursday

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

For middle school see the information in the flyer below:

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Reminder: Accessing Your Child's Grades


You received your Schoology Parent Code this week from your child's 1st period teacher.

What is your Schoology Parent Code? It is a code that will allow you to create a parent account for Schoology so you can access your child’s grades via Schoology.

If needed, email your child’s 1st period teacher. Thank you.

Picture Day is Coming!

Friday, September 9 – School Picture Day (7-11th graders only)

Fifteen MLK Students Earn College Board's National Recognition!

Congratulations to 15 of our own MLK students who are a part of 62,000 students from across the country earning academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! Stay tuned for more information to come in next week's Smore.

Congratulations goes out to these teachers who have renewed their National Board Certification!

Last Chance to Vote for MLK in the Nashville Scene's Best of Nashville! Voting Ends September 6th.

Please vote for MLK as the best middle school (public or private) AND the best high school (public or private). Make sure you are under the category of "Kids and Pets" to find the two places to vote. Let's let the community know about our amazing school! Voting ends on September 6. Thank you!

You can vote here: Best Daycare | Kids & Pets | Ballot |

Spirit Week a Success!

Here are a few pictures of Tacky Tourist day and Adam Sandler Day (baggy clothes). More will be featured next week!

The Second Floor Teachers in the Annex have Spirit!

The pictures below show their spirit.

Invitation to Join MLK Magnet Beta Club - Interest Meeting Sept. 8

Are you someone who is driven to succeed both academically and in community service? Are you a person of strong character? Do you have the potential to be a leader?

If so, we would like to invite you to apply to join the MLK Beta Club and join us for the interest meeting on Thursday, September 8th in the Cafeteria at 3:10PM.

What We Are: MLK Beta Club is an Honor Society that serves our school and the broader community. Every year, we complete hundreds of volunteer hours and raise thousands of dollars for local charities - and put on a lot of fun school events along the way. Our past efforts have included the Pennies for Patients Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma, MLK Holiday Karaoke, and the MLK Flag Football game.

National Beta Club: Beta Club is a national organization with over 700,000 members. Prominent alumni include President Bill Clinton, Diane Sawyer, Trisha

Yearwood, Kevin Durant, and Justin Timberlake.

Why You Should Join: You will grow as a leader, meet cool people, gain relevant real-world experience managing projects, and have a ton of fun at our events as you serve your community.

Benefits of Membership: All Beta Club members who maintain their membership receive special Honor Cords to wear at graduation and have access to thousands of dollars in special scholarships. Past MLK magnet Beta Club members who completed independent service projects have won awards and talked about their service on panels at Vanderbilt University.

Eligibility Requirements: Anyone in grades 9-11 with a 3.5 GPA or higher (cumulative, weighted) and a clean disciplinary record (no suspensions) is eligible to apply. As part of your application, you will write a short statement about why you would like to join the club.

Dues: Dues are optional and you can join the local club without paying dues. However, if you’d like to be inducted into the National Club and receive a certificate and an official pin, one-time new member dues are $32 (more information will be forthcoming).

Requirements of Members: Please read the following document to learn more about what you must do once you are in the club: Requirements of a Beta Club Member

Apply Here: Beta Club Application

Deadline: The deadline to apply is September 15th.

We look forward to reviewing your applications!


Mr. Keaney and your Beta Club Officers:

Grace Olson

Anke Stein

Eben Negasi

Lilly Zhang

Virtual Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar - Sept. 13 from 6-7p.m.

Parents of Freshmen and Sophomores are invited to attend this informative seminar in which Freshman English Teacher, Mrs. Syes goes over important things you need to know for your 9th or 10th grader to be successful this quarter. The link to join is below.

First Quarter Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar, Sept. 13 6-7p.m.

Support MLK Varsity Cheerleaders!

Please support the MLK Varsity Cheer program by purchasing a customized MLK keychain lanyard.

They are available for sale in Royal blue or gray on the new payment system portal SCO” School Cash Online:

The cost is $11 which includes a $1.00 processing fee.

News from the MLK College Center

This Week's Events

Wednesday (9/7) - Extended Hours - 3:00 - 5:00 pm - No appointment needed for Seniors who would like to get help with their applications for admission, the Common App, essay writing, or anything "college-related"

Thursday (9/8) - Freshman Parent Workshop - 6:00 - 7:00 pm (virtual) - “Stand Out From The Crowd! What 9th Graders Should Be Doing THIS YEAR to Increase College Options" - Join our College Counselor, Mrs. Hensley, for an informative session designed to help 9th grade families explore academic and co-curricular options that increase college readiness and admissions opportunities.​ The link is below.

Freshman Parent Workshop - 6:00 - 7:00 pm (virtual) ​- “Stand Out From The Crowd! What 9th Graders Should Be Doing THIS YEAR to Increase College Options"

Friday (9/9) - "Using the Common App" Workshop for Seniors - PLT, each period, optional

This Week's Rep Visits

Each week, college admissions representatives and others will visit our school during all lunches. We invite students in all grades to stop by their display tables outside the Internet Cafe to chat and gather helpful information!

Thursday - Mississippi State University (large, public university - Starkville, MS)

Friday - Christian Brothers University (small, private, Roman Catholic university - Memphis, TN)

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MLK 2022-2023 Yearbook

This year is going to be INCREDIBLE! Make sure you have something to commemorate the school year. 2022-2023 Yearbooks are already on sale, and they are currently the LOWEST price! Purchase your yearbook now to get the CHEAPEST price all year! Go to to purchase today, or use the QR code below! You can also go ahead and create senior ads as well using the same link! Any questions about yearbooks? Email Mrs. Spencer our yearbook teacher! (

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 4 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the Math section of the ACT. Math_passage_7_Aug_31_2022.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s English passage are also included. answer_to_English_passage_7_Aug_24_2022.pdf

Please remember to support MLK when you shop online or in person!

Box Tops is now an app! Just download the “Box Tops for Education” app to your phone, choose "Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School" in “Manage Schools” in “Account Settings.” After you shop, scan your grocery receipt to earn free money for MLK.

FREE STEM Event for Girls

Good morning STEM friends!

I am writing to let you know about a FREE STEM Event that will be held at Harpeth Hall on Saturday, September 10th. In collaboration with the U.S. Naval Academy, midshipmen have developed a program on natural disasters to complement our 2022 STEM Summer Institute focus on flooding in Middle Tennessee. Please see below for details.

STEM Day with the U.S. Naval Academy

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022

Time: 9:00 - 1:30 (Check in begins at 8:30)

Location: The Harpeth Hall School - Bullard Bright IDEA Lab

Cost: FREE (lunch and snacks are provided)

This event is designed for girls in grades 7-12. If you have any young women that you work with who might be interested in participating in this STEM day, please send them the information. I first opened this event to participants in the STEM Summer Institute from 2022. Many of them will be coming but we have several more open spots. To register students will need to fill out this form.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks and have a great day!

~Jennifer Webster

Director of the Center for STEM Education for Girls

Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher

The Harpeth Hall School

U.S. Service Academy Day for High School Students

U.S. Service Academy Day will occur on Saturday, September 17 at Nashville Public Library.

You can register here: Military Academy Nominations | Congressman Jim Cooper (

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MLK Spirt Store Information

MLK Spirt 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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