MLK News: May 15 - 19, 2023
From Executive Principal, Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
To help us plan for food, students who purchase tickets should also RSVP with this link: https://forms.office.com/r/j63epDB1d3
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Boleyjack at email@example.com.
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.
Finally, Finals Study Session, Thursday, May 18 at 3:15p.m.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
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.)
Save the Date for a Very Special and Rare Opportunity to Hear from Highly Selective Universities!
Register and learn more in the College Center News (further down in the newsletter).
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.
National Youth Orchestra of the USA with Hilary Hahn - Congratulations trombonist Orlandis Maise and French hornist Derek “Miles” Woods
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.
Boys' Baseball Team Celebrates Seniors
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.
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 pm.in the MLK auditorium! Pre-registration is required - here's the link. Click "RSVP for Local Events", then select the "Nashville" option.
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.
COMMUNITY EVENTS, REMINDERS AND ARCHIVES
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:
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.
Follow MLK on Social Media
MLK School Account:
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 (mnps.org)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
follow us on.......mytesttips Facebook
After School Tutoring - Monday Through Thursday - Last Day for Tutoring - May 18
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.
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.
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.