MLK News: Feb. 20 - 24, 2023
From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray
Schedule for the Week
Tuesday - 7 period day
Wednesday - Even period day
Thursday - Odd period day
Friday - 7 period day
It’s Not Too Late to Purchase a Yearbook!
Two MLK Students Will Represent the Nashville Debate League at Nationals in Dallas!
Holocaust Survivor Speaks to MLK Students
Thank you MLK PTSA for the wonderful Valentine's Day treat. As always, thank you for remembering us.
Middle School Valentine's Day a Success!
MLK High School Choirs Receive High Ratings
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
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
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:
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.
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
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: https://nashville.beanstack.org/reader365(students 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 email@example.com or go to Mayor’s Youth Council | Oasis Center
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
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! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
All You Need to Know About Prom 2023- Enchanted Forest
Prom 2023- Enchanted Forest
April 1, 2023
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
If you have any questions, please can contact Mrs. Williams via email or in firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 502-744-6703
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:
Missed the Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 7?
ACT Prep Webinar Series (Register Today)
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,
MLK's Website Calendar
Go to our website calendar: Calendar - Martin Luther King Jr. School (mnps.org)
Follow MLK on Social Media
MLK School Account:
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: email@example.com
follow us on.......mytesttips Facebook
After School Tutoring - Monday Through Thursday - *Updated for Spring Semester
For middle school the schedule is from 3:15-4:15, Monday-Thursday.
- 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.
- High School - Contact Ms. Agee, Teresa.Agee@mnps.org
- Middle School - Contact Mrs. Taylor, Carlene.Taylor@mnps.org
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 (mnps.org)
Need Help with Homework?
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.