MLK News: Feb. 6 - 10, 2023

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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MLK Middle School Boys Basketball Team Wins the Second Round of the State Tournament!

The boys played Jo Burns on Monday, January 30, and won!

They will travel to Upperman Middle School in Baxter, TN, on Thursday, February 2. Go get 'em Royals! We know you will bring home the win!

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Virtual Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar - Tuesday, 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

Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar Q3, Feb. 7, 6-7p.m.

MLK Kungfu Fan Dance Team Performs at Centennial Park

Congratulations to the MLK Kungfu Fan Dance Team who presented a fantastic performance at the Lunar New Year celebration event in Centennial Park on Saturday, 1/28/2023. They received great compliments from the audience. We thank them for their efforts and service to the community.

Go Royals and Kungfu Fan Dance Team! You can see their performance in the link below:

20230128 Fan Dance.MOV

Center front: Carmelina (Millie) Peterson; from Left: Sophia Tran, Colin O'Neill; Calista Pointer, Maria C Puac-Liberato; Blessing Kosia.

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The Royal Banner (2nd issue)

The digital edition of the second issue of The Royal Banner can be found here.

8th Grade - Deadline to Apply for The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is Friday, 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

MLK HS/MS Swim Team Regional Championship Results

The Martin Luther King Magnet School swim team competed in the Regions High School championship meet and the Middle School championship meet this past weekend, led by Coach Cassidy Davis. Each swimmer had to have qualification times in order to participate. This season there were 38 swimmers who swam for our team, and we had several more swimmers qualify for these championship meets compared to last year. Everyone on our team has worked extremely hard and have represented the MLK community extraordinarily well!

The following swimmers from MLK competed between both championship meets:

Aurora Brame-Goldthwaite

Sophia Brame-Goldthwaite

Brady Douglas

Marianny Duronslet

Sam Ewing

Zahid Garba

Evatt Howerton

Gabby Havron

Lucy Hernandez

Emma Claire Jones

Kaiden Khan

Spencer Nicholas

Leif Noes

Isabel Romero

Josephine Seiters

Leah Shepherd

Meg Tennent

Charlie Tennent

Jackson Wang

Liam Whitis

Lilly Zhang

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Wrestling Team is Victorious on Senior Night

Our wrestling team had their senior night last week during a home meet against Hume Fogg, Pearl Cohn and Glencliff High Schools. Our team was victorious in all their matches and 4 seniors - Gregory Gomez, Michael Cloud, Ar-Raniry Ar-Rasyid, and Josh Inso were honored.

Way to go, Royal wrestlers!

8th Grade Students Chosen as Finalist and Honorable Mention for Belmont Middle School Poetry Contest

Congratulations to 8th grade student Maggie Warren! Her poem was selected as a finalist for this year’s Middle School Poetry Contest sponsored by Belmont University. As a finalist, Maggie will work with professional songwriters to set her poem to music. Once the songs are completed, they’ll be made available on the Belmont Poetry Contest website. The link to vote will be shared at a later time.

Congratulations are also in order to Audrey Stielow for receiving an Honorable Mention for her poem.

For two MLK English students to be in the top 10 out of over 130 entries is quite an accomplishment! Congratulations to Maggie and Audrey!

Pictured: L to R: Maggie Warren, Audrey Stielow

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

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Special Thanks to Cheerleaders!

Special thanks to all cheerleaders who stayed after practice last Thursday to support the middle school cheer squad and the middle school boys' basketball team as they competed in the TMSSA State Tournament hosted by MLK.
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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 (

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.

News from the MLK College Center

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 - 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!

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 - "Think Outside the (Tennessee) Box" Workshop for Students and Parents (5:00 - 6:00 pm - virtual) - Families from all grades are invited to this presentation sponsored by both Hume-Fogg and MLK. The session's focus will be on schools outside the State of Tennessee that offer "non-traditional" admission and tuition opportunities. Admissions reps from schools including Southern Illinois University Carbondale (public school with no out-of-state tuition), Florida State (offering first-semester and first-year study abroad programs), Texas A & M (out-of-state tuition waiver for those awarded scholarships of $4k or more), and Mississippi State (Academic Common Market participant) Juniors ~ This will be an especially helpful session for you - hope you'll join us!

Meeting Link: "Think Outside the Box" Workshop - Thursday, 2/9 - 5:00 pm

Phone In: 615-866-4623 (Conference ID: 444 217 359#)

  • Saturday, Feb. 11 - Scholarship Saturday (9:00 am - 12:00 noon) - Seniors ~ Join us for scholarship assistance or if you just need a dedicated time and space to work!

There are no college visits this week.

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 22 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the Science section of the ACT. Science_passage_11_Feb_2_2023.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s Reading passage are also included. answers_Reading_passage_11_Jan_25_2023.pdf

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.

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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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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering