MLK News: March 6 - 10, 2023

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

One week is left before Spring Break. You can do this!

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ACT Tuesday, March 7

On Tuesday, March 7th, all 11th, 10th, & 9th graders will be taking the ACT at MLK. The 12th, 8th, & 7th graders will attend classes according to their typical schedule; however, the bells will be turned off to allow for an uninterrupted testing environment. Students who are taking the ACT should plan to report to the following ACT Testing Locations on Tuesday morning according to their last name/grade level.

Friday, March 10th, is a half-day for students.

Please ensure your child has the needed transportation to be picked up at 11:20 am.

Half-Day Schedule:

All classes will meet on an abbreviated schedule (7 period day).

Spring Break - March 13 - 17

Have a safe and restful Spring Break!

A Reminder for Students and Parents

Students cannot have outside food in the building. This does not apply to bringing a home-packed lunch to school.

Middle School Boys' Basketball Team - City Champions!

Congratulations goes out to the middle school boys' basketball team and Coach Barr for their hard work and winning the City Championship in middle school boys' basketball! Congratulations to Coach Jim Barr for being selected for the MNPS Middle School City Basketball Tournament Coach's Award.

High School Boys' Basketball Team Plays in Regional Finals Tonight!

Come out and support your Royals! They play at 7p.m. (3/2) against Central Magnet at Liberty Creek High School (100 Wolfpack Way, Gallatin). Let's go Royals!

Announcing our National Merit Finalists!

Congratulations to these students on this high honor!

Pictured Left to Right: Gregory Gomez, Kush Patel, Vincent Wang, Arnav Mujumdar, Olivia Boyer, and Lilly Zhang.
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Last Day to Purchase Prom Tickets - March 3rd. The price has now increased to $65.00 per ticket.

Hello Royal Families,

Just a reminder that this is the last week to buy prom tickets. Ticket sales end on Friday, March 3, 2023.

Tickets must be purchased through GoFan; tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. No cash/check sales. You can use the link below to purchase tickets. Ticket prices are as follows.

Jan 1- Feb 26 $55.00 (plus service fee)

Feb 27-Mar 3 $65.00 (plus service fee)

If a student wishes to bring a freshman or sophomore, they must buy their ticket. Freshmen and sophomores are not allowed to purchase a ticket to prom.

GoFan Ticket Link

Prom Information Video

Prom 2023- Enchanted Forest

April 1, 2023

6-10 pm

Musicians Hall of Fame

401 Gay Street, Nashville


All MLK students must fill out a Prom Expectations Form. This year the form is digital. By clicking "I agree" on the form, parents, students, and non-MLK guests agree to adhere to the prom behavior expectations. This form must be completed by March 20, 2023. If you do not complete the form, you will not be able to attend prom.

Student Expectations Form

Heritage Day 2023 - Sign up!

Hello Royals! In celebration of our student body’s diversity, MLK is hosting Heritage Day 2023. We would love for student and/or faculty groups to sign up to participate in a Cultural Showcase on Heritage Day afternoon. We encourage students to consider sharing an ethnic or cultural performance with our community! Songs, dances, poems, art, history, language – any idea or presentation that can be performed and shared with the student body will be considered. Sign yourself up, or your group up, on the sign-up poster outside of Tidyman’s classroom on the 2nd floor of the 1936 building.

Beta Club Hosting Bingo Night - Next Thursday, March 9

The MLK Beta Club will be hosting a bingo night full of fun and prizes on March 9th from 3:15-4:30 in the Internet cafe. This event is open to all grades 7-12. There is no cash admission fee, instead we ask that all attendees donate a can or other non-perishable food item to the box inside Mr. Keaney’s room (2213).

All donations will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

We look forward to seeing everyone and giving out some prizes!


Grace Olsen, Eben Negasi, Anke Stein, Lilly Zhang (Your Beta Club Officers)

Mr. Keaney (Beta Club Sponsor)

Attendance Matters

We are working to increase our efforts surrounding student attendance and tardiness. Part of this effort includes holding attendance review board (ARB) meetings for students who have missed 7 or more days in the school year, and/or have 10 or more tardies for the quarter. ARBs are designed to support families in communicating with school staff regarding a student's attendance. Our next meeting will be held on April 3rd, 2023, any time from 8:00a-3:00p. This means parents will attend at a time that works for them (appointments will take 15 minutes).

Parents/students who have excessive absences and tardies will receive individualized letters.

Thank you.

PTSA Survey

MLK Families,

It is hard to believe that we are 2 weeks away from the last quarter of the 2022-2023 school year! As we look to a strong fourth quarter for our students, the PTSA is beginning to plan for the next school year. It is wonderful to be a Loyal Royal, and MLK would not be the place it is without the support of parents and caregivers. Please take the following survey and let the PTSA know where you might use your talents to support MLK.

Rachel Parker

PTSA President

MLK PTSA 2023-2024 Interest Form

Limited Number of Yearbooks Left!

We only have 47 yearbooks left for sale. If your student would like a 22-23 yearbook, go to today to purchase yours! It’s been an amazing year so far, and we know you won’t want to miss this year’s yearbook.

Vote for our MLK Finalist in the Belmont University Middle School Poetry Contest!

Eighth grade student, Maggie Warren, is one of five finalists in the Belmont University Middle School Poetry Contest. The five finalists recently met with local songwriters and their poems have been turned into songs. They are now posted online for people to hear and to vote for their favorite one.

Please vote for Maggie's song: No Where Else.

Voting link:

Voting will continue online through March 31st.

Thank you for your support!

Five (5) time state medalist! Gregory Gomez placed 5th in the state wrestling meet. Congratulations!

Senior, Spencer Nicholas Honored at School Board Meeting

On February 28th, Spencer Nicholas was honored at the School Board meeting for achieving a State Championship Swimming title.

Congratulations Spencer!

Senior Football Player, JaVaughn Perry, Honored

Senior JaVaughn Perry, a member of the State Championship Runner Up Firebird Football Team, was recently honored for his athletic and academic accomplishments by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame. JaVaughn, a talented linebacker, was nominated by Firebirds Head Coach Tony Brunetti for his leadership both on-and-off the field. Congratulations, JaVaughn! We're all so proud of you!

Pictured are JaVaughn with his parents and Coach Brunetti.

MLK Orchestra Receives Superior Ratings

Here are the results from the Concert Performance Assessment held at MLK.

The Middle School Orchestra played as the kickoff for CPA. They played SO beautifully! Please join me in congratulating them for their SUPERIOR ratings (highest achievable) in performance and sight reading.

After lunch, the High School Orchestra took the stage and absolutely rocked it as well! They pulled off their music with grace and intensity. They also were awarded SUPERIOR ratings in performance and sight reading.

High School Science Olympiad Results

Congratulations to the MLK High School Science Olympiad Teams! Both teams took on the 2023 Regional Competition at TSU last weekend- with Team A taking home 1st place overall.

Special accolades go out to the following students that placed 1st overall in their events: Declan Jones, Mya Zuo-Yu, and Zofia Hunter in Codebusters; Vincent Wang and Zofia Hunter in Environmental Chemistry; Emmanuel Adetunji and Neena Praveen in Cell Biology, and Ayna Sibtain and Mya Zuo-Yu in Remote Sensing.

Team A will be advancing on to the State Competition in Knoxville on April 1st. Way to go!

Youth in Government Conference

Thirty-two MLK students joined nearly 600 other students from around the state at the Youth in Government conference this past weekend, where they acted as state representatives and senators, presenting and debating legislation. All of our delegates did an excellent job representing themselves and our school. Students enjoyed using the Capitol and state office facilities and getting a taste of what it takes to be an elected official.

Seven MLK students won Outstanding delegate awards: Bethel Derege, Nathaniel Halevi, Lena Hilk, William Wyckoff, Rebekah Kee, Abigail Tilahun, and Meron Bekele.

Rebekah, Abigail, and Meron also won an award for their outstanding resolution!

Trey Madison and Rebekah Kee won their officer elections for the 2024 conference, and Bethel Derege was selected to attend the CONA conference this summer, with Nathaniel Halevi as an alternate.

We are so proud of our YIG delegates!

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Mid-State Latin Tournament Results

Twenty-one MLK Latin students competed in the 2023 Mid-State Latin Tournament on Thursday, February 23rd at HFA. Nine schools and approximately 160 students participated. MLK students placed in the top five in nine academic contests. They also placed in the top five in creative and graphic arts. MLK finished 1st in their division for the first time with Miss Marable as the sponsor. Individual awards are as follows:


Latin 1

2nd—Grey Mosser

Latin 2

4th—Leif Southworth

Latin 3

1st—Jazmine Croom


Latin 3

3rd—Jazmine Croom


Latin 4

4th—Kaiden Khan, Elise Pelham

5th—Maya Zuo-Yu

Latin 5

4th—Sadye Prebus


Latin 4

4th—Maya Zuo-Yu


Latin 1

1st—Grey Mosser

2nd--Ani Sivakumar

4th—Olivia Hooper

Latin 2

2nd—Leif Southworth

Latin 3

4th—Jazmine Croom

Latin 4

2nd—Ayna Sibtain

5th—Lottie Cardwell

Latin 5

2nd—Sadye Prebus


Latin 4

4th—Elise Pelham


Latin 2

5th—Leif Southworth

Latin 4

2nd—Kaiden Khan

5th—Maya Carpenter, Maya Zuo-Yu


Latin 1

3rd—Grey Mosser

4th—Daniela Gamboa

5th—Olivia Hooper

Latin 2

5th—Korbyn Cannon, Leif Southworth

Latin 3

3rd—David Vargas

5th—Jazmine Croom

Latin 4

2nd—Lottie Cardwell

Latin 5

5th—Sadye Prebus


Latin 1

5th—Grey Mosser

Latin 4

3rd—Lottie Cardwell


Acrylics and Oil

2nd—Annika Dichtl

3rd—Maya Carpenter


1st—Annika Dichtl

2nd—Elise Pelham

3rd—Megan Schelling

4th—Lottie Cardwell


1st—Maya Carpenter

2nd—Brini DeGuira

3rd—Annika Dichtl

4th—Elise Pelham

Mixed Media

5th—Annika Dichtl


2nd—Annika Dichtl

4th—Elise Pelham

5th—Maya Carpenter


1st—Annika Dichtl

2nd—Maya Zuo-Yu

3rd—Elise Pelham


1st—Maya Carpenter

2nd—Annika Dichtl

3rd—Elise Pelham

5th—Shae Camardo

Pen and Ink

1st—Maya Zuo-Yu

2nd—Annika Dichtl

3rd—Elise Pelham


2nd—Abigail Hayes

3rd—Annika Dichtl

4th—Elise Pelham


2nd—Daniela Gamboa

4th—Wilson Lauren Watts

5th—Jazmine Croom


2nd—Megan Schelling


1st—Elise Pelham


1st-Annika Dichtl (crochet)

4th—Lottie Cardwell


1st—Maya Carpenter

5th—Elise Pelham



Latin 3

3rd—Megan Schelling

Latin 4

1st—Lottie Cardwell

Our novice certamen team consisting of Daniela Gamboa, Grey Mosser, Ani Sivakumar, and Jack Yarbro placed first!

Congratulations to our students on their outstanding performance!!

ACT Boot Camp Offered to Juniors

Eighty-seven juniors continued their preparation for the March 7 ACT by participating in an all-day "Boot Camp", funded by MNPS. This strategy-based session, led by a trained facilitator from MasteryPrep, taught students tips for success on each of the four ACT subtests, then allowed for timed practice and feedback. We know all our Juniors are ready to do their best on the March 7 assessment!

Pictured are MasteryPrep facilitator, Brittany, and workshop participants.

Parent Speaks to French 2 Honors Class

Mr. Zouhair Elmaliki, who has two children at MLK, spoke to his daughter’s French 2 Honors class last week about his place of birth, Morocco, as French 2 Honors is currently studying French in the context of arts from the Maghreb region. The presentation was very interactive, with students asking questions in both French and English about a variety of topics. Of note is that Morocco is the home to the first university in the world, founded in the middle of the 9th century, originally as a mosque. Also, because of their history and heritage, most Moroccans are multilingual, speaking Arabic, Berber, French, Spanish and Portuguese, depending on the region in which they live. There was much discussion about traditional foods from the region, including the mint tea ceremony, which illustrates the hospitality of the Moroccan people, and students enjoyed a song by a young Moroccan artist that Mr. Elmaliki particularly likes. Madame Weaver and French 2 Honors are grateful to Mr. Elmaliki for this most interesting presentation!

All You Need to Know About Prom 2023- Enchanted Forest

Prom 2023- Enchanted Forest

April 1, 2023

6-10 pm

Musicians Hall of Fame

401 Gay Street, Nashville

Please see the video guide for appropriate dress guidelines as well as other important details of the night. Failure to follow dress code outlined in the video will result in not being allowed into Prom.

Prom Information Video


Tickets must be purchased through GoFan; tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. No cash/check sales. Ticket sales end on March 3, 2023. You can use the link or the QR code below to purchase tickets. Ticket prices are as follows.

Jan 1- Feb 26 $55.00 (plus service fee)

Feb 27-Mar 3 $65.00 (plus service fee)

If a student wishes to bring a freshman or sophomore, they must buy their ticket. Freshmen and sophomores are not allowed to purchase a ticket to prom.

GoFan Ticket Link


All MLK students must fill out a Prom Expectations Form. This year the form is digital. By clicking "I agree" on the form, parents, students, and non-MLK guests agree to adhere to the prom behavior expectations. This form must be completed by March 20, 2023. If you do not complete the form, you will not be able to attend prom. Use the QR code or the link below to access the form.

Student Expectations Form

All non-MLK guests must complete a guest form and return it to Mrs. Williams by March 20, 2023. All non-MLK guests must be high school students. The link to this form is below. Hard copies of the form can be found outside Mrs. Williams's door (room 2324).

Non MLK Guest Form

Senior Slide Show

Seniors -- if you would like to submit pictures for the senior slide show, please add them to the Google Drive folder below. Pictures must be school appropriate and in the folder by March 20, 23.

Google Folder for Senior Pics

Thank you,

If you have any questions, please can contact Mrs. Williams via email or in person.

News from the MLK College Center

  • Wednesday, March 8 - College Center Extended Hours - 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Seniors ~ join us for support with anything related to your college journey! Stay the entire time or just as long as you wish!

  • Friday, March 10 - Senior Pizza Party & Yard Sign Distribution - 11:30(ish) - Soccer field concession area - Class of 2023 ~ start your Spring Break off right with a celebration! At the conclusion of our ½ day of school, join us outside for pizza, fun, and collection of your "MLK Graduate" yard sign. It's time to let the world know you're graduating - let's get those signs on display throughout our community!

  • SAVE THE DATES! The 4th quarter always brings many informative and exciting events. Here are just a few - hope you'll mark your calendar!


Thursday, March 23 & Friday, March 24 - Diploma Name Spelling and Diploma Type Check - Both Lunches - Outside Internet Cafe - When you graduate, you'll want your diploma to be exactly correct, so you don't want to miss this chance to verify the spelling of your name and the type of diploma you've earned. Stop by and check with the counselors during lunch.


Tuesday, March 21 - Career Assessment Results Review and Interpretation - PLT, each period - You won't want to miss this important session designed to help you connect your interests and skills to college majors and future careers!

Tuesday, March 28 - Parent Seminar: Financial Aid 101 - 11:30 am - 12:15 pm - virtual - Join us as we partner with Hume Fogg for a virtual session led by Jason Seay, Senior Director of Outreach for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission/Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. Jason, our State financial aid "expert", will discuss sources of financial aid (including federal, state and university-based awards), timeline for completing the FAFSA, finding outside scholarship resources, and much more! The meeting link will be sent after Spring Break. Can't make the virtual presentation during the day? No worries! We'll be recording it and sending information about how to access it.

Thursday, March 30 - College Planning Night for Rising Seniors: Do What You Love! - 5:30-8 pm - MLK campus

This jointly hosted evening program, offered by MLK and Hume Fogg, allows Juniors and parents the opportunity to choose four sessions from multiple offerings led by college admissions reps and other college access

professionals. Explore topics including finding your college fit, applying to selective universities, the HBCU

experience, applying to artistic programs (how to prepare for auditions and portfolios), military service options

(and how they can help pay for college), International/DACAmented student admissions, college-bound

athletes, and more!

College Rep Visits

Thursday, March 9 - Transylvania University - small, private liberal arts university in Lexington, Kentucky; 48 majors with the opportunity to design-your-own; average class size: 15; 99% of students receive financial aid

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 26 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the Science section of the ACT. Science_passage_12_March_2_2023.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s Reading passage are also included. answers_Reading_passage_12_Feb_23_2023.pdf

Power Youth Summer Employment Initiative Summer Positions

The POWER Youth Summer Employment Initiative has posted their positions for the summer! Any teens (ages 14-24) who are interested should check out this site:
POWER Youth Summer Employment Initiative |

Lipscomb Educator Scholars Program - Scholarship Opportunity

If you are interested in studying education in college, please use this sign up link for the Lipscomb Educator Scholars Program Scholarship If you have any questions, please email Lauren Delgado at or call Karen de Leon at 615-689-9369.
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YMCA in East Nashville Seeks MLK Student Lifeguards

Hello, my name is Jim Davis. I am the Aquatics Director at the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA in East Nashville. In past years we have experienced great success recruiting lifeguard staff from Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

Our goal is to work with students to balance work, school, and life. Our operating hours allow us to offer a wide variety of work schedules for those who wish to work after school or on the weekends, or both. Students can nearly always find time between stints on the lifeguard stand and normal operational tasks to study or complete class work.

We offer free hands on Leadership Training. Some of our free trainings with employment include: Lifeguard Training, Swim Instructor Training, Certified Pool Operator, and Living Our Cause. Over my 10+ years working for the YMCA I’ve found the skills learned/used as a lifeguard often apply to real life situations outside of work.

We offer competitive pay and take into consideration Leadership Experience gained at school when applying for Leadership positions.

Below you can find a link to our job posting. à Part Time Openings à Lifeguard - East Nashville

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Mayor's Youth Council & WeGo Youth Action Team Applications Open (High School) - Students are allowed to apply to both.

Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor Youth Council (MYC) will be hosting an open house on March 6 from 4:45-6:00 p.m. at the Oasis Center (1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite, 200), which is a wonderful chance to meet with the current MYC, learn more about what it’s like to be on the council, and gain some insight into the process of joining the MYC.

Apply for the MYC by March 31.

Contact Alyssa Vega for more information at or go to Mayor’s Youth Council | Oasis Center

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WeGo Youth Action Team

The WeGo Youth Action Team is composed of high school students from various schools around Nashville. They partner with city leaders to improve the Nashville public transportation system while promoting youth ridership.

The application for the next cohort of WeGo Youth Action Team is open and the deadline is March 17. This is a paid opportunity and will increase students’ leadership and communication skills.

Find out more at WeGo Public Transit Youth Action Team | Oasis Center

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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 (

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

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- no tutoring
  • 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.

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