MLK News: September 19 - 23, 2022
From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray
MLK is a Reward School! Congratulations Students, Teachers, and Staff!
What does it mean to be a Reward school?
A Reward School is a school with outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years.
In Tennessee, there are five tiers in which districts can be categorized for accountability purposes. The accountability system takes scores from a variety of different metrics to show how the overall district has performed for its students.
MNPS has been named an Advancing District, which is the second highest rating a district can achieve in the state’s accountability model.
MNPS had 48 Reward Schools this year, more than ever before! That includes 34 district-run schools that are managed by the Support Hub and 14 charter schools from across Nashville and Davidson County.
Reward Schools are those that have scored in the top tier of the state’s accountability matrix, which factors in TCAP achievement scores, growth scores, chronic absence, English Learner proficiency, graduation rates, and Ready Graduate metrics, depending on the grade tier of the school.
Click here for a list of all reward schools named this year and more information about the state’s release for MNPS.
District Support Hub Celebrates MLK's Reward School Accomplishment!
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.
Announcing MLK's National Merit Semifinalists for 2022-2023
Hands on MLK Day!
Please drop off water, granola bars, and fruit for the Hands on MLK Day volunteers.
Thank you for your help in advance.
MLK 2022-2023 College Fair an Outstanding Success!
MLK Graduates Return as Recruits for College Fair
Also, Soteria Francis (2022) (not pictured) returned to represent Fisk University.
Welcome back, Royals!
District Parent Advisory Council Representative Needed
We Go Passes Have Been Given to Students
Auditions for the MLK Royal Thespian’s Fall production of West Side Story - September 21-23
Anyone is welcome to audition, and we encourage all.
- Wednesday, Sept 21 - acting auditions, vocal auditions AND orchestra auditions for pit players
- Thursday, Sept. 22 - dancing auditions
- Friday, Sept. 23 - callbacks
*All auditions take place immediately after school.
Please come prepared with a one minute monologue for acting and 16 bars of a song of your choice.
Tech Crew information will follow shortly.
Please fill out this form if you plan to audition. https://forms.gle/J35bJhBnKTvo9pNy8
Mrs. Felder-Fentress, theatre teacher, and Royal Thespians, attended a play at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival on September 9, 2022.
Impressive Racing by MLK Mountain Bike Racers
Meg Tennent won the Freshman girls race, Gabby Havron was second place varsity girls, and Sam Ewing (5th), Charlie Tennent (7th), and Seamus Havron (10th), rocked the 60 deep Freshman Boys field, all three of them posting times that were competitive against strong sophomore and JV fields.
MLK riders, all five of them (which is the bare minimum to score points for their school) were 9th place out of 28 teams. Congratulations to these students!!
Pictured left to right: Sam Ewing, Gabby Havron, Meg Tennent, Charlie Tennent.
High School Students - Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.
INVEST - Only $2,648 to Raise!!
Thanks to your generous support we have raised $57,352.00 in pledges and donations toward our $60,000 INVEST goal!🎉 We are so close and need YOUR help to raise the remaining $2,648 to reach our goal before Fall Break!
The INVEST campaign provides funding to enhance resources for students and equips our teachers with tools to be more effective in the classroom. Your tax-deductible donation to the MLK INVEST campaign will help create a strong foundation for future success. Every donation, regardless of the amount, matters and makes a difference.
Please consider maximizing your ability to give by pledging an amount that will be divided in 5 payments. All donors will receive an MLK sticker or magnet, and $200+ donors will receive an MLK WHITE OUT T-SHIRT while supplies last. We are coordinating a day to distribute the remaining merch on 9/23. Standby for more details.
AND as an added incentive two lucky INVEST Donors will receive a $25 gift card to the MLK Spirit Store each week until Fall Break! This week's lucky winners are: Angel Eshetu and Eco Patrick
If you haven’t made your INVEST donation or pledge yet, please do so today at https://investmlk.evrits.com
Be a LOYAL ROYAL and DONATE TODAY!
PSAT Testing Information
Dear 8th – 11th Grade Students/Families,
On Tuesday, October 25th, the PSAT will be administered at MLK to every 8th-11th grade student. The PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT and gives students access to college and career planning tools. Taking the PSAT as a junior allows students a chance to become National Merit Scholars, which often translates to scholarships at highly selective universities. MLK had 8 National Merit semi-finalists in the class of 2021, 5 semi-finalists in the class of 2022, and 7 semi-finalists in the class of 2023!
MNPS is using a new payment platform this school year (School Cash Online) and payment for the PSAT can be made online by clicking the grade-level specific links below. Please be sure to enter your child’s name in the box that asks “who are you purchasing this for?” If you haven’t already created an account, the system will direct you to register for an account or check-out as a guest. You will also be able to “select more items” and add additional payments for multiple children (if applicable).
For additional information on the PSAT, please visit the College Board’s Website:
MLK requires each 8th-11th grade student to take the PSAT. All payments must be made by Friday, October 21st. If online payment is not an option for your family or you need financial assistance to pay for the PSAT, please reply to this email.
We want to ensure our students have every advantage available to them. Thanks for your immediate attention and support!
After School Tutoring - Monday Through Thursday
For middle school the schedule is from 3:15-4:15, Monday-Thursday.
- 8th Grade - Monday (Poston)and Tuesday (Boleyjack),
- 7th Grade - Wednesday (Taylor) and Thursday (Ellis).
News from the MLK College Center
- Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Senior Retreat to Tennessee Tech University
- Wednesday, Sept. 21 – College Center Extended Hours 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Stop by for help with anything “college-related”!
- Thursday, Sept. 22 - A representative from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will be in the College Center during lunch to meet with interested Seniors and Juniors. Watch for an email from Mrs. Hensley for registration instructions.
This Week's College Visitors During Lunch:
Monday: Babson College (small, private business school in Babson Park, MA)
Tuesday: Stevens Institute of Technology (small, private research university in Hoboken, NJ)
Wednesday: Wake Forest
Friday: University of Miami
MLK 2022-2023 Yearbook Update
Please remember to support MLK when you shop online or in person!
Link your Kroger Plus Card.
Go to http://www.kroger.com/communityrewards or in the Kroger App, go to "rewards" and click on "community rewards" and link to "MLK PTSA”.
Publix also has rewards.
Just sign up for an account here: https://www.publix.com/myaccount/register, then choose "Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School - Nashville, TN" in account settings. Enrollment in Publix Partners expires each July and you need to sign up annually.
Choose MLK for Amazon Smile
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchase to MLK when you select “Martin Luther King Mag PTA.” Go to http://www.smile.amazon.com to choose "Martin Luther King Mag PTA " as your chosen charity when you shop on Amazon.
Link your Kroger Plus Card.
Publix also has rewards.
Choose MLK for Amazon Smile
MLK Spirit Store Information
MLK Spirit Store
Our MLK Spirit Store will OPEN Monday, August 15
The details for shopping MLK apparel online, payment options, and
picking up your order are below. Click on the link below to order.
• New apparel will be added to the website on a regular basis. We will also
be restocking popular items; however, not all items will be restocked so
please do not delay in purchasing your items. If you do not see your size or
the color you want, please continue to check the website for updates.
• You will NOT have the opportunity to try on apparel prior to purchasing.
• NO RETURNS will be allowed on any purchased items. Most of our spirit
wear is printed on Gildan apparel (100% cotton) and fits true to size. Please
pay careful attention to the size that you choose prior to placing your
Online Payment Options:
• All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) are accepted. You will also
be charged a nominal credit card processing fee (based on your subtotal)
for all online purchases.
Picking Up Your Order:
• Parents/students will be able to pick up online orders in the front office.
MLK parent volunteers will be processing orders for pick up on Wednesdays
and Fridays of every week. You will be required to sign for your paid online
order upon pick up. There are no alternative payment options at pick up.
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.
The Lifeline’s network of over 200 crisis centers has been in operation since 2005, and has been proven to be effective. It’s the counselors at these local crisis centers who answer the contacts the Lifeline receives every day. Numerous studies have shown that callers feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful after speaking with a Lifeline counselor.
Answer the call! These centers are looking to bring on new volunteers and paid employees. You will receive training, so if you are a caring person who wants to help those in crisis, apply today. Find your opportunity: samhsa.gov/988-jobs
- For ways to support your local Lifeline network crisis center, visit our Crisis Centers page here.
- To learn about the impact of the Lifeline, visit our new By the Numbers page.
- To learn about what happens when you call, text, or chat with the Lifeline, click here.
- To learn more about the history of 988, visit here.
- To learn how Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the Lifeline, has been supporting states’ implementation planning for 988 through grants, check here.
If you’re a Veteran, Service Member or loved one and want to know more about how 988 will affect the Veterans Crisis Line, click here.