6/21-6/23: Summer Volunteer Opportunity  


Communication & Important Dates This Summer

We made it Flagship families! Congratulations on finishing out another school year. Our half day on Friday was filled with lots of joy and celebration. It was wonderful seeing so many of you onsite for our awards ceremonies. Congrats to all of our scholars in finishing out another successful year!

As we prepare to close out the 21-22 school year and prepare for 22-23, we want to send along some helpful information about communication this summer and what you can expect from us. This will be our last principal update for the 21-22 school year. You should expect to receive two important digital communication updates this summer in which we will funnel all important communication into these. These communication dates, and other important events are listed below:

  • Tuesday, July 19th: community agreements for 22.23 are sent
  • Sunday, July 24th: first principal update of 22.23
  • Monday, August 1st – Thursday, August 4th: MS Family Kickoff Events 
  • Monday, August 8th: First day of school for all MS students 

You can find versions of our 22-23 calendars below: 

As a reminder, our summer office hours beginning on 6/6 will go into effect and these will be Monday – Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm. 

You can also contact the following Flagship staff members with questions over the summer. We will each be taking some time off but will reply to your inquiries within 48 hours (unless we have an out of office on and are on vacation)! 

Ms. Jihan Abdulla Office & Operations Coordinator (through June 30th):  jabdulla@valorcollegiate.org 

Mrs. Sarah Leach – Assistant Principal Academics: sleach@valorcollegiate.org 

Ms. Treesa Olickal – Assistant Principal Academics: tolickal@valorcollegiate.org

Mr. Jamie Gutter – Principal : jgutter@valorcollegiate.org 

Mr. Peter Schu – Assistant Principal Culture: pschu@valorcollegiate.org 

Mr. Mike Elko: Director of Operations: melko@valorcollegiate.org

Be well and take good care this summer!

Mr. Gutter

MS Schedule Adjustment for 22-23 School Year 

At the end of April, we learned from MNPS that our current schedule is out of compliance with state law due to each school day not being 6.5 hours long. This is having a pretty large impact on Valor and several other schools around Nashville that have similar schedules to ours with 4 longer days and an early release day. This has led us to needing to make schedule changes for the 22-23 school year that will affect our dismissal times.

  • Our early release date will be shifting from Fridays to Mondays and students will be released at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. This will allow us to continue to have professional development and an early release day while having the school day be 6.5 hours. 
  • On Tuesday-Friday, students will be dismissed at 3:25 p.m. every day.
  • Friday was not an option for the early release day given the high school schedule and their Friday dismissal time.

We will still be offering the same bus transportation and updated times will be sent out this summer for all routes. Boys and Girls Club will also continue to offer after care starting at these new dismissal times until 6:30 p.m. We apologize for sharing this late in the year. We did learn from MNPS in the past couple of weeks and have been working hard to adjust as quickly as possible, but also know a shift like this does have a large impact on many families. We’re sorry that is the case! 

If you have questions, please submit them in this Q+A document. Our team will get to them as quickly as we can!

Summer Office Hours

Summer Volunteer Opportunity- 6/21-6/23

Hello Valor Community & Friends,

Valor is hosting some volunteers June 21-23, 2022. We have a lot to do to get our schools ready for the 2022-23 school year. This is a great opportunity for high school students to earn some volunteer hours, and an awesome time for families to give back to the Valor community. We will do things like trash clean up, move furniture, deep cleaning, and many other projects to help make our space more organized and clean for our teachers’ and students’ return. Please take some time to sign up for a day and time slot(s) that would work best for you, so that we can better plan and coordinate the projects for the day.

Thank you in advance!

Valor Operations Team

After you sign-up, you’ll receive more details and information.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Thomas Branch tbranch@valorcollegiate.org or call 615-669-5481

Flagship Role Changes

We’re excited to announce that Ms. Jihan Abdulla will be transitioning into a Network Wide Operations Support role effective July 1st, which means she’ll be supporting all three Valor schools next year.  Ms. Abdulla will no longer be at the Flagship Front Desk next school year, but we’re excited that she will bring her positive impact to all three Valor schools.  

Our current US Compass Coach, Ms. Klug, informed us earlier this year that she was interested in returning to the classroom. Before she was a Compass Coach, Ms. Klug taught 5th Grade History for many years at Flagship. We are so excited that she was interested in returning to a teaching role to support students academically. She will be our 5th-6th Writing teacher next year!

As we began hiring for our Compass Coach roles, Ms. Chrislu, our long-time 5th-6th Writing teacher, expressed interest in the role. In addition to teaching, Ms. Chrislu has taken on a variety of leadership roles at Flagship, including managing our library, being a grade level chair, serving as the writing department lead, and already supporting in the Compass Center. She has built storng relationships with students and families over the years, and we’re so excited for her to step into this new role!

TNReady and Grades

We learned this week that we would not receive TNReady or EOC scores to include in Quarter 4 grades for scholars. Therefore, similar to MNPS, they will not be included in scholar grades. 


For all rising 7th Grade Families in the 22-23 School Year!

Each year, all incoming 7th grade scholars are required by state law to submit proof of receiving the Tetanus (Tdap) booster vaccine, a medical exemption from a medical provider, or a note from a parent/guardian stating a religious objection to it.

This is a state requirement, and if this documentation is not received 10 school days after the start of the 22-23 school year, then any scholar without documentation on file will not be allowed in school until documentation is received.

There are several different options for getting the form to us:

-email a digital copy of the documentation to health@valorcollegiate.org

-upload a digital copy of the documentation to www.valorenroll.com

-bring a physical copy of the documentation to your school’s front office. 

Please note: due to HIPAA and privacy laws, we are generally unable to contact your scholar’s physician directly to obtain this information. 

If you have questions or need assistance in locating a facility to get this vaccination, please email us at health@valorcollegiate.org. You can also call the MNPS Health Centers at 615-259-8755 to find a location that offers the Tdap vaccine. 

Thank you so much for your cooperation in keeping our community safe and healthy!

-Your Valor School Nurses


A BIG THANK YOU to these parent volunteers who have served this past year in enriching our Valor community.  Several of these steadfast volunteers have served for many years, laboring behind the scenes to create meaningful opportunities for our scholars and our families. Thank you for your leadership and generous contribution of time and talents to our community!!”

Sumaiya Aziz — Hospitality Chair

Liesl Dunlap — Flagship Hospitality Chair

Rebecca Shaw —  Voyager Hospitality Chair

Leah Alexander-Otupke — VCP Hospitality Chair

Wendy Roberts — FACE (Fine Arts Clubs Enrichment) Chair

Lori Chaffer — FACE leader and Communications lead

Jenny Karr — FACE leader, UniCycle lead, All Around Volunteer

Jennifer Sternburg — Robotics Lead

Melissa Platt — MS Theatre Production Manager

Kelley Atkins — MS and HS Theatre Production Volunteer

Johnny Wyatt — Black/African American Family Council

Luz Belleza-Binns — Hispanic Family Council

Ayda Doski — MENA (Middle Eastern North African) Family Council

Camille Hall — Welcome Breakfast Chair

Tammy Cooley — Game Night Chair

Jody Stepakoff — Game Night Co-Chair

Krista Correnti — Flagship Book Fair

Candance Walton — FAC Co-Chair

Susan Love — FAC Co-Chair


Update Regarding MNPS Middle School Athletics Announcement

Please refer to this announcement for more information regarding middle school athletics!

High School Varsity Volleyball Tryouts (Grades 9-12)

We will be hosting high school varsity volleyball tryouts on Tuesday, May 31st from 12pm-3pm in the VCP gym.

Middle School Football (Grades 6-8)

If you are interested in playing middle school football, please refer to this announcement for more information!

Middle School Track & Field  (Grades 6-8)

If you are interested in participating in Middle School track & field, please refer to this announcement for more information!

Middle School Cheerleading (Grades 6-8)

If you are interested in middle school cheerleading for next school year, please sign up here, more information will be communicated soon!

Athletics Town Hall RECORDING

If you were not able to attend the athletics town hall on 5/11 please refer to this announcement to access the recording and powerpoint!

Summer Sports Camps At Valor

We are pleased to inform you that we will begin hosting sports camps again this June. Please refer to this announcement for more information and registration. If we don’t reach the minimum number of 50 registrants we will cancel and refund purchased tickets!

High School Girls Flag- Football (Grades 9-12)

If you are interested in high school girls flag football for next school year, please refer to this announcement for more information.

High School Lacrosse Sign-Ups (Grades 8-12)

If you are interested in playing lacrosse next year please sign up here!


Vex Robotics Program Interest Meeting

Valor Vex Robotics is a thriving after-school STEM program for 5th-12th graders. If your scholar is not currently on a team but is interested in participating for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete this interest form and we will be in touch with more details.

Scouting at Valor

Scouts BSA is interested in establishing a troop at Valor and we’d like to gauge the interest of our families & scholars.  Please take a few minutes to fill out this form and let us know your thoughts.

Spring Musical Seeks Director

Would you like to direct next year’s Middle School Spring Musical?  You can apply here!

After-school Program Registration

Is there an after-school club you want at Valor? Click here to learn how to sign up today to start an after-school Fine Arts, Club, Enrichment (FACE) program at Valor! 


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