MLK News: Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2023

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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MLK Welcomes New Interim 9th and 10th Grade Assistant Principal, Mr. Glenn Paschall

We want to extend a MLK royal welcome to Mr. Glenn Paschall! Mr. Paschall has served as a teacher, athletic coach, and administrator in various schools. He is excited to be at MLK and looks forward to working with all stakeholders. More information concerning how he will work with families is forthcoming. Welcome, Mr. Paschall!

MLK Middle School Boys Basketball Team Earns the Number 1 Seed in TMSAA Tournament!

Congratulations to our middle school boys' basketball team for being the number one seed in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association tournament!

MNPS TMSAA Boys Seeds:
1. MLK
2. Rose Park
3. Head
4. West End
5. DuPont Hadley
6. Meigs

Three teams will advance to TMSAA Class AA Sectional. Come out and support our team!

Go get em’ Royals!

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MLK Senior is the only MNPS athlete in TSSAA Girls Individual State Bowling Tournament

Kendoll Hayes competed in the TSSAA Girls Individual State Bowling tournament in Smyrna. She was greeted by the Athletics Director of MNPS, Mr. North, who acknowledged and congratulated Kendoll on her accomplishments in bowling as the only Metro athlete in the tournament. Kendoll finished 23rd overall this year (up from 28th last year). Congratulations, Kendoll!

Yearbooks Guaranteed only if Purchased by Friday, January 27.

You need to purchase a yearbook by Friday (1/27/23) to be guaranteed a 2023 yearbook. This Friday is also the deadline to purchase a yearbook with personalization and/or icons. The yearbook is going to be fantastic this year, so please order now!

Order at
Feel free to let me know if you have any yearbook questions!
Caroline Spencer
Chorus Director & Yearbook Advisor

MLK's First Short Film Festival a Great Success!

In art this semester students asked Mr. Graham to learn filmmaking. They also had the idea to do a short film festival with the skills they learned. Mr. Graham's art students had two weeks to produce a short film (30 seconds to 2 minutes long) on a topic that they chose. All editing, music and cinematography was done by art students. Students and teachers were given the opportunity to view the films during their PLT or advisory this week. Next year, Mr. Graham plans to open the film festival up to the whole school.
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Homecoming Door Decoration Winners

Congratulations to the following Royal Time groups for their wonderful homecoming door decorations:

Save the Date - Virtual Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar - Feb. 7, 6-7p.m.

Topics that will be discussed (subject to change):

  • Progress Report Check In
  • Course Schedules for 2023-2024
  • End of Year Tests
  • Q3 Tips

MLK Graduates (and former French students) Visit MLK

Two of Madame Weaver’s former students, Tabitha Robinson (née Johnson, 2011 graduate) and Kaagen Robinson (2010 graduate) visited MLK on 1/19 to tour the “new” building, which they had never seen, and with which they were very impressed, especially the language lab, the music wing and the library / Internet café. They also spoke to Madame Weaver’s French 3 Honors class about their own academic pathway, which had included AP French and positions as President (Tabitha) and V-P (Kaagen) of MLK’s French Honor Society, and the opportunities they have had to use the language and make new French friends via Sister Cities of Nashville’s (SCN) adult exchanges with Caen in northern France. Both grads commented on how they had been able to test up in French when they went to university because of their studies of the language at MLK, which helped them save time and money. On a romantic note, Tabitha and Kaagen actually met in French class and were married five years ago. They live in Nashville, where Tabitha is an attorney and Kaagen a marine biologist. Madame Weaver and French 3 Honors appreciated their visit and will be staying in touch, as two students from French 3 Honors will be going on SCN’s Student Exchange to Caen in June.

Middle School Valentine's Dance - Tickets on sale Feb. 6-10

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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 (

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.

New MLK Girls' Flag Football This Spring

Girls, If you are interested please complete the survey.

The season starts in March and Coach McCullogh will be the Head Coach.

Reach out to Mr. Churchwell - Marquis.Churchwell@mnps.or or Coach McCullogh - for more information.

Interested in High School Lacrosse on a co-op team with Hillsboro?

If you are interested in HS Lacrosse, please contact Coach Tim Semisch

This is the information that was provided to the Hillsboro Students and other returning players:

  1. Lacrosse practice schedule: Mon, Wed , Fri, 5-7 pm, Hillsboro Flex Field (started Jan.11)
  2. Important Forms – MNPS Sports Physicals etc. on the Hillsboro lacrosse team website: bottom of page.

Interested in High School Baseball?

IF you are interested in HS Baseball, please contact Coach Guenther at his email below.

Head Coach:

HS Baseball Conditioning Information for the remainder of January 2023

1-30-23 3:15pm - 4:15pm Strength/Conditioning at MLK

1-31-23 3:30pm - 5:00pm Throwing at Rose Park

News from the MLK College Center

Colleges Visiting This Week

Wednesday, February 1 - 11:15 - 12:00 (Royal Time) - College Center - Alabama A & M University - Seniors ~ If you've applied or are interested in Alabama A & M, you're invited to a special meeting with an admissions representative from the university. Mr. Jacobi Gray will be providing information about the school, discussing the scholarship application process, providing details about important admissions dates and deadlines, and answering all your questions. If you haven't applied and wish to, you can complete your application "on the spot"! To receive an e-hall pass to attend, register at the link below by 3:00 on Tuesday, January 31.

Alabama A & M Visit - Wednesday, February 1 - Royal Time (11:15 - 12:00) - College Center (

Thursday, February 2 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm - JUNIOR and Parent Seminar: "Almost a Senior! Planning Ahead for Your College Application Journey"
- This virtual seminar will build on the conversation Juniors had with counselor Susan Murphy and College Counselor Connie Hensley during Royal Time last week. The session will explore a wide range of topics including how to start building your college list, what to look for in a school, important dates and deadlines, summer pre-college programs and much more! Join us with the link below.

Junior & Parent Seminar: “Almost a Senior! Planning Ahead for 2nd Semester College-Related Activities” Feb. 2, 6–7pm

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 21 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the Reading section of the ACT. Reading_passage_11_Jan_25_2023.pdf

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


Follow MLK on Social Media

MLK School Account:

Twitter: @MLKRoyals

PTSA Accounts:

Instagram: @MLKRoyals

Twitter: @MLKPTSA

Facebook: MLK PTSA

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The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is Now Recruiting 8th Grade Students - Deadline February 10

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

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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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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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.

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