MLK News: Feb. 13-17, 2023

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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Parent Teacher Conference Half Day on February 20

The conferences will take place from 8-11a.m. on Monday, February 20. Teachers will be reaching out concerning students who are failing or in danger of failing their classes.

MNPS Medication Procedures - A reminder from Nurse Powell

Good morning, MLK Community! I have had many students come in lately requesting over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Benadryl, so I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the MNPS medication policies and procedures, especially with allergy season coming up.

According to MNPS policy, medication-trained school staff and school nurses can only administer medications of any type if a parent or guardian has provided the medication AND they have signed this MNPS medication form: 38-Request for Assisted Self-Admin of Medication Form Revised 2010.pdf. A doctor/provider signature is not required for over-the-counter medications. For prescription medications, both scheduled and as needed, the prescriber must also sign the medication form. Prescription medications must also be in the original container labeled with the student's name. There are some particular emergency medications that students are allowed to keep with them at all times, such as inhalers and emergency epinephrine.

Neither I nor the office staff keep OTC medications on hand. We are not even allowed to put Neosporin on cuts!

Here is the MNPS procedure for administration of medications during school hours: MNPS Medication Procedures.pdf. If you have any questions about this or about your student's medication needs, please feel free to reach out to me.

Have a great week!

Amy Powell, BSN, RN

Cheerleaders and Basketball Players Honored on Senior Night

Missed the Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 7?

You can view the recording here:

Fine Free February

Please see the information below from Limitless Libraries regarding “Fine Free February.” Students and staff may read off fines effective February 11 – 20. If you lost school or public library books the fee will be waived. Complete the Fine Free February Recording Form 2023.pdf. Additional forms are available in the library. More details are below.

Information from Limitless Libraries

Fine Free February starts Saturday, February 11.

Students and teachers may get all of their school and public library fines waived by reading and turning in the Limitless Libraries form.

Some important information:

The event will run from Saturday, February 11th – Monday, February 20th.

The last day students and teachers may turn in forms to the school librarian is Tuesday, February 21st.

Students and teachers may complete the program using Beanstack! That will be accessible starting this Saturday, Feb 11th on the NPL Beanstack site: can connect their MNPS account to their NPL account like during the Summer Reading program).

HOSA Bake Sale - Feb. 13-14

MLK HOSA students are hosting a Valentine's Bake Sale during lunch and after school on Monday and Tuesday.

HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience.

MLK Prom - Save the Date

Our MLK 2022-2023 high school prom will take place on April 1 from 6-10p.m.

More information is forthcoming.

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News from the MLK College Center

Tuesday, February 14 – Physics classes (each period): “Understanding Your Practice ACT Scores” for Juniors

MLK Testing Coordinator, Sarah Laos, and College Counselor Connie Hensley will take a few minutes in Physics class to return practice ACT scores and discuss ways students can use them to strengthen preparation for the upcoming ACT. Juniors who do not have a Physics class in their schedule will be contacted directly regarding alternate sessions.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 - College Center Extended Hours (3:00 - 5:00 pm) - Seniors ~ Join Mrs. Hensley Wednesday afternoon for assistance with scholarship information, financial aid questions, help with "last minute" applications for admission, or anything college-related! Stay the entire time or just as long as you wish!

Thursday, Feb. 16 - "Coffee with Your College Counselor" virtual session for Senior parents (6:00 - 7:00 pm) - Topic: "Got Accepted!! Now What????!" - The college preparation journey isn't over after those long-awaited acceptances arrive! Join Mrs. Hensley for a discussion of all the important things that should be addressed next!

Meeting Link: Coffee With Your College Counselor - Feb. 16 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Call-in: 615-866-4623 (conference ID: 604 835 04#)

College Visitors This Week

Wednesday, Feb. 15 - University of Alabama

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 23 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the English section of the ACT. English_12_Feb_8_2023.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s Science passage are also included.


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.
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The link for the first-ever Tennessee Youth Poet Laureate is below.

Southern Word is partnering with Urban Word to launch the Tennessee Youth Poet Laureate program. Over the past fifteen years, Southern Word has worked with youth across the state to develop the spaces and skills for them to share their story. As part of that journey, Southern Word has lead the effort to identify Nashville youth voices as part of the Nashville Youth Poet Laureate program for the past nine years. We have seen Nashville Yout Poet Laureates represent young people in front of thousands of Nashvillians, council members, mayors, and other policymakers as well as national civil rights leaders and award-winning authors. They've published books, posted spoken word videos, appeared at the Library of Congress, and released spoken word albums. We want to ensure that all Tennessee teens are given the same opportunity to have their voice heard.

Today, we are excited to announce the application for youth across the state to serve as the first-ever Tennessee Youth Poet Laureate. The Youth Poet Laureate program celebrates our nation’s top youth poets who are committed to artistic excellence, civic engagement, and social impact. Teen writers (ages 13-19) interested must submit a portfolio of their original poetry and a CV that showcases their artistic excellence and community impact. The Tennessee Youth Poet Laureate will represent youth voice across the state.

In Peace and Poetry,
Southern Word

Submissions (
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MLK's Website Calendar

Do you want to stay up to date with what is going on at MLK?

Go to our website calendar: Calendar - Martin Luther King Jr. School (

Follow MLK on Social Media

MLK School Account:

Twitter: @MLKRoyals

PTSA Accounts:

Instagram: @MLKRoyals

Twitter: @MLKPTSA

Facebook: MLK PTSA

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.

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/Spring 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

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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