Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Briefs: Antioch students vie in leaders competition

Tennessean March 18, 2009 Several students from Antioch High School participated in the District Level 4 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Competition. A group of students who placed will go on to represent Antioch and MNPS in the state competition, which will be held in April at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Hotel. Representatives will be: Porsha Johnson, Job Interview, first place; Marleen Abdelenour, Illustrated Talk, first place; Mame Kebe & Brittney Mackie, Interpersonal Communications, first place; Robert Wallace, FCCLA Creed, second place. Glencliff and Overton On Feb. 21, there were 17 students and teachers from Glencliff and Overton High schools who plunged into 41-degree water as part of the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Through donations from family, friends and community members, the group raised $4,200 for the Special Olympics Nashville program. The majority of the students who participated are also peer tutors in the Life Skills classes and have the opportunity to work one on one with their peers who have special needs and participate in Special Olympics. Glencliff High On Saturday, March 14, Glencliff High's culinary arts program chef Mary Campbell will do a free cooking demonstration at 2 p.m. at Coleman Park Community Center, a project called "Teaching Kitchens.'' Nashville Collaborative, South Nashville Family Resource Center and the Flatrock Heritage Foundation are sponsoring the project. The first 25 families to sign up will also receive a free box of food with all the ingredients used to make the dish that is being prepared at that day's event. Parents can sign up at Coleman Community Center (615-862-8445). Here is the remaining line-up: March 21 — Robert Collins, professional chef; March 28 — Jerry Mayberry, personal chef. Percy Priest Elementary Percy Priest hosted a math night on Friday, Feb. 27 with the focus on how math is used in daily life. In the sports zone, students were able to study statistics, create their own trading cards, and take a fitness challenge. The Mindbenders Room featured puzzles, games, and activities such as origami. In Plato's Academy, participants had the opportunity to learn about the history of math in ancient Greece and Egypt. The free event was sponsored by the Percy Priest PTO and staffed by parent and community volunteers, including student volunteers from J.T. Moore Middle School, Christ Presbyterian Academy and David Lipscomb High School. The Green Hills Kroger donated refreshments and supplies. MLK Magnet The French Honor Society at Martin Luther King Jr., Magnet School sponsored a "Mardi Gras mini-float contest.'' Classes and clubs were invited to design and enter a mini-float depicting their club, language, or culture. Seven contestants entered the contest, which was held during lunch Feb. 24, this year's Mardi Gras. The clubs entering were: French Club/French Honor Society, Biology Club, Middle School Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Science Olympiad, Latin (7th grade), Chinese (7th grade), and Spanish II. The mini-floats were exhibited in the auditorium, and school and faculty were invited to view the exhibits and vote for their favorite. While votes were being cast, the French Honor Society/French Club hosted a Mardi Gras party in the French room, with King Cake and the traditional crowning of the festival's King and Queen. Votes for the mini-float contest were tallied and the winner was the Latin club. The Biology club was the runner-up, and the Middle School FCA came in third. Bordeaux Enhanced Option Bordeaux welcomed more than 100 guests during Read Me Week, including Metro judges, Mayor Karl Dean, NewsChannel5 Meteorologist Lelan Statom, Miller & Martin Law Firm (a school PENCIL partner), and several prominent community members. Each day, Bordeaux's reading specialist, Melanie Collins, read a Dr. Seuss trivia question on the WBEO school news broadcast, and the first class to correctly answer received a prize. Each afternoon, the book of the day was read on WBEO news. During the week, students participated in several themed days, including "Stop, Drop and Read Day," "Read My Shirt Day," "Hats Off to Reading Day," "Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Day," and "Wear Your Bordeaux Shirt Day Glengarry Elementary The Glengarry student body was given a little extra incentive by their principal, who offered to dye her hair blue if the school could read 5,000 pages before the week's end. By Monday, Feb. 23, the students had read more than 15,000 pages! Getting into the spirit of Read Me Week, other faculty and staff then agreed to dye their hair blue if students could read 25,000, 50,000 or 100,000 pages by the week's end. McGavock High On Saturday, Feb. 28, McGavock High hosted Raider Pride Day. Students and staff worked on school beautification projects. On Sunday, March 1, McGavock hosted a school showcase for all 2009-2010 incoming ninth graders, as well as all current ninth–11th grade students and their parents.

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