MLK News: May 15 - 19, 2023

From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray

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Thank you MLK PTSA for the Subway Boxed Lunches for Teacher Appreciation Week. We appreciate you!

GSA - Pride Week (May 15 - 19)

Wear the colors below on each indicated day to help to support and celebrate Pride Week.

Monday – Wear red/orange colors

Tuesday – Wear yellow/green colors

Wednesday – Wear blue/purple colors

Thursday – Wear all colors of the rainbow

Friday – Wear colors of a LGBT flag you want to represent.

Family Feedback Needed

Parents, please take this 30 second, yes/no survey on callout translations. Thank you!

9th and 10th Grade Parents - We Need Your Feedback!

Please help us ensure that our Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminars are relevant to you and offered at the best times for you to attend. Take the short survey below:

Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar Parent Meeting Survey (

Thank you!

Girls' High School Soccer Interest Meeting, Monday, May 15 at 3p.m.

The MLK Women's High School Soccer interest meeting will be held on Monday 5/15/23 immediately following dismissal in the internet cafe. All interested players, new and returning should attend for information on summer program and tryouts. If you have any questions, contact Coach Farrow at

Varsity Cheerleader Mandatory Tryout Clinic and Tryouts

The mandatory tryout clinic takes place on May 15, 16, and 18 in the Internet Cafe from 3:15-5:30 p.m.

Official tryouts are on Friday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Internet Cafe.

RSVP and Buy Tickets for Middle School Spring Dance - Deadline Tuesday, May 16

The deadline to purchase tickets online for the Middle School Spring Dance happening on Friday, May 19 from 6-8 p.m. has been changed to Tuesday, May 16th at 3:00 p.m. After May 16th, students may purchase tickets for $10.00 cash from Ms. Boleyjack in Rm 5310 during 7th period/PLT class.

Online Ticket Payment Link:

RSVP Link:

To help us plan for food, students who purchase tickets should also RSVP with this link:

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Boleyjack at

Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet’s Graduation, Wednesday, May 17, Livestream Link

Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet’s graduation livestream link for Wednesday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm is below.

(13) Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet Graduation Livestream | Facebook

Finally, Finals Study Session, Thursday, May 18 at 3:15p.m.

Join us on Thursday, May 18 at 3:15pm in the cafeteria for Finally Finals! Like our Merry Midterm event, this will be an opportunity for students to prepare for exams by studying with their friends and asking questions of their teachers. Refreshments (hot dogs, chips, cookies, and lemonade) will also be provided so you can fuel up for studying!

Last Day for Tutoring, Thursday, May 18

As school comes to a close, so will tutoring. The last day for tutoring is Thursday, May 18.


During exam week, we will dismiss at 11:20 am. Please ensure your child has transportation to be picked up ontime.

Only two We Go buses will pick up students.

All student laptops will be collected before school ends.

The laptop turn-in schedule is forthcoming.

If a student will attend Promising Scholars or any other MNPS summer program, students will receive laptops from those programs.

MLK English Department - Summer Reading Titles 2023

English Department Summer Reading Policy Statement: Summer reading serves a number of purposes. First, summer reading is diagnostic. It provides teachers a means of assessing students’ critical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Next, summer reading is academic. It keeps students academically engaged over the summer, and it sets a tone for the level of rigor students should expect in any English class in the coming year. Last, and perhaps most important, summer reading is communal. It provides students a vehicle for cultural literacy, choice, and personal growth and independence of thought.

Students enrolled in each English course will read a book-length text, a novel or a play. Students will also read two shorter texts, usually poems, essays, or short stories, that pair with the lengthier text thematically. Together, the three texts will be used to guide English instruction within the first several weeks of class as both students and teachers work to answer the first unit’s essential question. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses may be asked to read additional works or lengthier works.

English Department Alternate Selection Policy: Should a parent wish for his or her child not to read a chosen literary selection, he or she should contact the child’s English teacher prior to the beginning of the unit of study for an appropriate alternative text designated by the English department.

Obtaining Texts and More Information: Some of these texts can be located online, and all of the accompanying works will be available as a PDF through the MLK website (see note below). However, by in large, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a copy of the longer work. Students should check the MLK website throughout the summer for updates and more information from their teachers as well. (Note: The website will be updated with the Summer 2023 information closer to the end of this school year.)

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Save the Date for a Very Special and Rare Opportunity to Hear from Highly Selective Universities!

You won't want to miss this event if you're thinking about applying to highly selective universities. On Monday, May 22, Brown University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, and Vanderbilt University will come together to share information about each of their schools, the holistic application review process, finding your perfect college "fit", and much, much, more. The most exciting news is that they've chosen to offer this free session right here on our MLK campus at 7:00 pm!!

Register and learn more in the College Center News (further down in the newsletter).

eNewspaper Link for Senior Issue of The Royal Banner

Spirit Store Sale (30%) off - The sale runs from May 10- May 24.

The Spirit Store is having an end of the year clearance sale. The Spirit Store will be open on Thursday, May 11 and May 18th, from 9:30 am until 9:45 am. This is a time students have a break during the Thursday schedule. Come to the Spirit Store to see what discounts you can find on merchandise.

Please use the Discount Code: ROYALSALE when purchasing items at our online store to receive 30% off. The link for the online store is below.


Thank you.

National Youth Orchestra of the USA with Hilary Hahn - Congratulations trombonist Orlandis Maise and French hornist Derek “Miles” Woods

For the past ten years, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute has assembled the finest young musicians ages 16–19 from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Following a competitive audition process and training in New York with musicians from top professional US orchestras, these remarkable teenagers perform at Carnegie Hall and then serve as musical ambassadors, performing in the great music capitals of the world. We’re proud that two of our Nashville Symphony Accelerando students, trombonist Orlandis Maise and French hornist Derek “Miles” Woods – both graduating seniors at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School – will go on the road with the orchestra this summer for the NYO’s 10th anniversary tour, and we’ll get to root them on at the Schermerhorn for this one-night-only concert. Violinist Hilary Hahn joins the orchestra as soloist performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in a program that also includes a new Carnegie Hall commission from composer Valerie Coleman and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.

Hillsboro/MLK Boys Lacrosse Team Plays for spot in State Championship Saturday, May 13

The Hillsboro/MLK Boys Lacrosse team won their playoff game on the road this past Saturday, defeating Soddy-Daisy 13-6.

It was a great overall performance by the team. The next game is Saturday, May 13 against Nolensville for a spot in the State Championship game at 1p.m. at Nolensville High School.

High School Boys' Soccer Team Holds Senior Night on March 5th

District defensive player of the year- Philip Shannon

District MVP- Bennett Spencer

All district team- Caleb Donaldson, Ben El Maliki, Ollie Gibbs

Boys' Baseball Team Celebrates Seniors

MLK Attendance Matters Campaign

Be sure to arrive to school on time every day to help your class be eligible for rewards. Show up to represent yourself, your grade level, and to be the best you can be for the final two weeks!

Spring Exam Information, May 22-25

Below you will find an excerpt from the Examinations and Exemption policy.

MLK gives exams to all students enrolled (7th – 12th grade). We follow the high school schedule in which we dismiss at 11:20 am when exams are given. This means middle school students will be dismissed at 11:20 am along with high school students.



Final semester examinations are to be given in all 9-12 courses during the regular school year. The Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee must approve exceptions to this rule. Exams may not be given more than one time. Students may not type, grade, or handle other students’ exams. Students may not be dismissed from class during exams. Cheating on an exam will result in the lowest possible grade, according to the grading policy, being given for the final exam grade (see IM 4.144). Students may not take exams early. If a student must miss an exam, the principal may give permission for the student to make up the exam at a later time.

The 2023 May Exam schedule is below. All students 7th – 11th grade will follow this exam schedule. We will dismiss at 11:20 am each day. Please make the needed provisions for transportation.

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News from the MLK College Center

Selective Universities Visiting MLK! On Monday, May 22, Brown University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, and Vanderbilt University will come together to share information about each of their schools, the holistic application review process, finding your perfect college "fit", and much, much, more. The most exciting news is that they've chosen to offer this free session right here on our MLK campus!!

No matter where students are in their college planning journey, the session will provide meaningful information. Since it's somewhat unusual to have the chance to interact with these four prestigious universities in one setting (and the opportunity doesn't present itself every year), we hope you'll mark your calendars NOW for Monday, May 22 at 7:00 the MLK auditorium! Pre-registration is required - here's the link. Click "RSVP for Local Events", then select the "Nashville" option.

College Travel Group

Please note that this event is open to the community and we're expecting quite a large turn-out. For ease of parking, your family may want to consider arriving no later than 6:30, if possible.

ACT Corner

Welcome to week 35 of the 2022-2023 ACT Corner!

This week’s practice passage comes from the English section of the ACT. English_passage_15_May_10_2023.pdf

Correct answers to last week’s Science passage are also included. answers_Science_Passage_14_May_3_2023.pdf


In case you missed it... Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar

Our final 2022-2023 virtual Freshman Forum / Sophomore Seminar for this year took place virtually last week.

The topics discussed were:

  • EOC Information
  • Finishing Q4 Strong
  • Exam Schedule Spring 2023
  • Summer Reading
  • MLK's Summer Enrichment Camp
  • AP Information
  • Summer Opportunities
  • Credit Recovery / Summer School
  • Live Q&A

The PDF PowerPoint slide show can be found in the link below:

Q4 FF SS Parent Meeting PowerPoint REVISED.pdf

You can view the recording here:

Sign up Available now for Coding Camp through Nashville Public Library

The Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee has partnered with Nashville Public Library to provide a five-day coding camp for kids in grades 5 and up. Topics include coding concepts, app design, and programming with robotics. Limited spots are available. Register today.

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Follow MLK on Social Media

MLK School Account:

Twitter: @MLKRoyals

PTSA Accounts:

Instagram: @MLKRoyals

Twitter: @MLKPTSA

Facebook: MLK PTSA

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 and SAT Test Prep

My Test Tips, a Nashville based test prep program, is offering 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

After School Tutoring - Monday Through Thursday - Last Day for Tutoring - May 18

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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