MLK News: Feb. 20 - 24, 2023

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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Schedule for the Week

Monday - No School, President's Day,

Tuesday - 7 period day

Wednesday - Even period day

Thursday - Odd period day

Friday - 7 period day

No School for Students Monday, Parent Teacher Conference Half Day

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

Black History Month Spirit Week is This Week!

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It’s Not Too Late to Purchase a Yearbook!

We will have a few yearbooks available! Go to today to purchase yours!

Two MLK Students Will Represent the Nashville Debate League at Nationals in Dallas!

On Saturday, 11th graders, Nathaniel Halevi and Ayna Sibtain (pictured right), competed in the NUDL's qualifying tournament for nationals. Due to their outstanding results, they will be representing MLK and the entire Nashville Debate League at nationals in Dallas, Texas. Please congratulate them if you see them and wish them good luck!

Holocaust Survivor Speaks to MLK Students

On Friday, February 10th, Holocaust Survivor Kassiana Bateman visited MLK. Ms. Bateman was there with Ken Gluck from the Tennessee Holocaust Commission to share her story with students who had just finished a unit on the Holocaust. Ms. Bateman told students about her life as a child during the Holocaust and her experiences afterwards. When she was done, several students took advantage of the opportunity to ask her thoughtful questions.

Thank you MLK PTSA for the wonderful Valentine's Day treat. As always, thank you for remembering us.

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Middle School Valentine's Day a Success!

Everyone had a great time hanging out with their friends. A special thanks to the Middle School Student Council for helping to plan the dance and to the teachers for their support.

MLK High School Choirs Receive High Ratings

I wanted to say a huge congratulations to all of our high school chorus students! Everyone did a fantastic job at the Choral Performance Assessment (CPA). Both of our MLK choirs received a Superior rating (the highest) for their sight reading at CPA. They also both received an Excellent (second highest) rating for their performances. This is very impressive!
Our students behaved well and were very respectful as they went through the process as well. They represented our school and district very well. Congratulations!

MLK Honored at School Board Meeting for 12 Athletic Teams

MLK was honored at the February 14th School Board meeting for having 11 athletic teams with a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

1. HS Boys Golf
2. HS Girls Golf
3. HS Volleyball
4. HS Girls Soccer
5. HS Wrestling
6. HS Girls Bowling
7. HS Boys Bowling
8. HS Cheerleading
9. HS Girls Cross Country
10. HS Boys Cross Country
11. HS Boys Track
12. HS Football

MLK Represented in 2023-2024 AAA Girls and Boys All District Teams - Congratulations to the selected players!!!

2023-2024 AAA Girls All District Team – Camyia Campbell

2023-2024 AAA Boys All District Teams – Simeon Williams, Avery Townsend, Kquinn Donald, and Kendall Solomon

Pictured left to right: Kendall Solomon, Avery Townsend, Camyia Campbell, Kquinn Donald, and Simeon Williams

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State Championship Swim Meet

The Martin Luther King Magnet School swim team competed in the Tennessee State High School Championship meet this past weekend in Knoxville, lead by Coach Cassidy Davis. There were almost 900 swimmers from 138 schools across the state who participated, and each swimmer had to achieve qualification times. It was a very exciting way to end our season and our swimmers performed extremely well!

The following swimmers represented MLK:

Sophia Brame-Goldthwaite

Evatt Howerton

Kaiden Khan

Spencer Nicholas

Jackson Wang

We had many outstanding performances and each swimmer achieved personal best swims in every race. Our boys' relay teams placed 6th in the 200 freestyle and 8th in the 200 medley, and finished 7th in team points for boys. MLK finished 14th in combined total team points.

Our individual performances were led by Spencer Nicholas, who became the state champion in both the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. Sophia Brame-Goldthwaite swam to 15th place finishes in both the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley, and Jackson Wang got 16th in the 100 backstroke.

We are extremely grateful for everyone's support this season! A special thank you goes to all of our swimmers and parents for making this season such an overwhelming success.

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MLK Student to wins Tennessean Athlete of the Week

Eleventh grader, Spencer Nicholas, was up for his performance this past weekend at the state swim meet. Thanks to everyone in the MLK community who voted for him. Congratulations, Spencer!

Wrestling Regional 7 Tournament Results

Congratulations to our high school wrestling team! Those who placed top six at regionals qualify for sectionals next week @ Millington High School.


Mustaphe Hindiyeh 3rd place @ 106 lbs

Howard McClain 5th place @ 126 lbs

Greg Gomez 1st place @ 132 lbs

Dylan Alexander 5th place @ 145 lbs

Josh Inso 3rd place @ 182 lbs

Michael Cloud 3rd @ 220 lbs

Malik Collins 4th @ Hvyweight

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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).

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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French Honor Society Constructs Love Lock Bridge for Saint Valentin

French Honor Society members designed and constructed a paper version of the Pont des Arts (Love Lock Bridge) in Paris, where lovers would write their names on a lock, attach it to the bridge and throw the key into the River Seine as a symbol of their eternal love. We are inviting the MLK family to write their names and / or a kind message on a paper lock and attach it to the bridge, which can be found opposite the entrance to the Internet Café. Bonne fête de Saint Valentin! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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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.
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News from the MLK College Center

Wednesday, Feb. 22 - 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!

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 24 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the Math section of the ACT. Math_passage_12_Feb_15_2023.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s English passage are also included. answers_English_passage_12_Feb_8_2023.pdf

Interested in Middle School Girls' Lacrosse?

West End Girls' Lacrosse will continue in 2023! It is a club sport and open to girls from 5th grade through 8th grade in MNPS. If you are interested in participating, please contact Coach Price.


Coach Cheyenne Price, 502-836-6660

We are open for coaching support to help out, so please let us know if you have any leads.

Manager: Ally Price, 502-744-6703

Team coordination:

Mobile app - TeamSnap (please email coach for access)

Discussion - GroupMe (please email manager for access)

Cost: $125 per player (funds will be used to pay officials, field fees, uniforms, etc.)

Practice Schedule: Starting on February 2, 2023, the team will meet every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday after school in Elmington Park (West End Middle) starting at 415pm until 5pm., alternating with practices at Green Hills Park (JT Moore Middle), but will communicate this info well in advance once we nail down our possibilities. Practice will be extended times later in the season to prepare for games. We will practice in all kinds of weather so dress appropriately. If it is raining hard, we will try to find an indoor space and will go over game videos to learn the rules of the game.

Please download the MS Lacrosse Packet below:

MS Lacrosse Team 2023.docx

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

You can view the recording here:

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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.

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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