MLK News: Jan. 16- 20, 2023

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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MLK Day Activities (January 16, 2023)

To learn about activities, you can participate in on MLK Day. Click on the link below.

Schedule This Week

Monday - No School - MLK Day

Tuesday - 7 period day

Wednesday - Even day

Thursday - Odd day

Friday - 7 period day

Career Assessment for Juniors - I apologize for the delayed communication

On Tuesday, January 17, all Juniors will participate in a career assessment as part of their postsecondary planning journey. The instrument we'll use, called the ASVAB, is a paper-and-pencil assessment that captures students' skills and interests, then relates them to potential careers and college majors to explore. This experience - plus the post-test score interpretation sessions to be scheduled in a few weeks - will provide valuable information as our Juniors begin the college planning journey.

Though the ASVAB is an instrument used by the U.S. Military to assess their recruits' skills, it's important to note that MLK has opted to NOT share score results with anyone other than students, parents, and appropriate school staff. A few "civilian dressed" military personnel will be helping MLK staff administer the assessment - students are welcome to chat with them about ASVAB's use related to military enlistment, if they wish. These civilian dressed military personnel are not present to recruit.

Thank you for your support of this new - and important - initiative. In addition to the value of the score report to students and parents, providing experiences that help students think about their future career options is a key component of preparing a "Ready Graduate", as identified by indicators established by the State of Tennessee.

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.

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Amarle Siekpe is the student artist that created our annual holiday card

Amarle is a proud member of the Class of 2023. She will major in art or Mechanical Engineering when she goes to college.
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Seniors Attend TN Promise Info Meeting

All Seniors attended a mandatory TN Promise information meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10. This important session reminded students of required activities and deadlines related to the two-year tuition free guarantee at any community college or technical school (and a few Associates Degree programs at four-year schools) in the State of Tennessee. Most Seniors also had the opportunity to meet a mentor who will serve as their guide if they decide to use TN Promise dollars next year. We're excited that virtually all our Seniors registered for TN Promise, even though many of them are considering it a solid "back-up" plan!

Virtual Parent Empowerment Quarter 3 Workshop This Tuesday, 6 - 7 p.m.

On January 17 at 6p.m. counselors will host our quarterly Parent Empowerment night.

This quarter we will cover:

  • the 23-24 registration forms for each grade
  • graduation requirements
  • other information needed to help your student be set for success in the upcoming school year.

This will be an important meeting to attend. It will be recorded if you are not available at that time. You will be able to find the recording the next day on Schoology and in the Smore newsletter the following week.

The link to join is below:

Parent Empowerment Series Q3, Jan. 17, 6-7p.m.

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.

Scholastic Art and Writing Competition - Winners and Honorable Mentions

We had several winners and Honorable mentions this year in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, they were:


Jonas Cross

Rowan McCoy

Amelia Wang

Lily Barrie


Sheeva Azad

Laura Barnes

Ben Connors

Jonas Cross x2

Sekinat Ekunsumi

Ripley Harrell

Lily Reneau

Victoria Rusley

Amelia Wang x2

Congratulations to these students!

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

On January 24th at 6:00 pm, MLK 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.

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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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The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is Now Recruiting 8th Grade Students

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

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

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

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News from the MLK College Center

Wednesday, January 18 - "Finishing Strong" Assembly for Seniors (Royal Time; Auditorium)

Wednesday, January 18 - College Center Extended Hours (3:00 - 5:00 pm)

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 19 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the English section of the ACT. English_passage_11_Jan_11_2023.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s Science passage are also included. answers_Science_passage_10_Jan_5_2023.pdf

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.

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. The application and more information can be found here.

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

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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