Rise & Shine: Grieving Nashville mayor visits schools on first day back

JOB ONE  When Nashville Mayor Megan Barry came back to work this week after losing her only child to a drug overdose, her first stop was school. Chalkbeat

COLLIERVILLE HIGH  Collierville school leaders rally the community to offer resources for students when the town’s new $90 million high school opens next year. Memphis Daily News

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING  The Tennessee Shakespeare Company partners with Germantown’s district to bring an immersive curriculum to students in three grades. Memphis Daily News

OLYMPIC DREAMS  A Memphis elementary school P.E. coach trains to make the U.S. Olympic bobsled team. Local Memphis

IMMUNIZATION WARNING  About half of Nashville’s seventh-grade students start the school year without required immunizations and risk being sent home. The Tennessean

SIKHISM  For the first time, the Tennessee State Board of Education adds Sikhism to the list of religions in the state’s social studies standards. The Tennessean

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY  Starting this school year, Tennessee students will see a change in when and how they get physical activity time at school. WJHL

NEW SUPERINTENDENT  The former superintendent of schools in Athens and Meigs County comes out of retirement to lead Dayton City Schools. The Daily Post-Athenian, The Herald-News

KIDS AND GANGS  Chattanooga police train teachers at one Hamilton County School on why kids join gangs. WRCB

SLOW DOWN  Hamilton County law enforcement officials ask drivers to be mindful that kids are back in school. Times Free Press

GOING GREEN  Five Chattanooga-area schools are selected to build solar-powered electric race cars to compete in the 2018 Green School Summit. The Chattanoogan

SOLAR ECLIPSE  Blount County joins the list of Tennessee districts canceling school for the Aug. 21 event. Knoxville News Sentinel

ECLIPSE EDUCATION  School is in session during the solar eclipse in Murfreesboro so teachers turn to MTSU’s astronomy department for lesson plans for the day. Nashville Public Radio

CHOICE FOR MOST  The nation’s largest school voucher program gave $16 million to private schools with anti-LGBT policies. Chalkbeat

CHALKBEAT EXPLAINS  Here’s your guide to understanding when, why and how private schools can say no to certain students. Chalkbeat