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MNPS begins shorter summer break before new calendar

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Summer has finally arrived for students in Metro Nashville Public Schools, but students and parents can expect to see some changes coming soon.

"It was a long year. I'm just ready to be out," said Hillwood High student Keanna Tate.

"I'm really happy because it was a pretty stressful 270 days," said Eakin Elementary student Grant Gao.

Keisha Caldwell said her children will be spending some time this summer at a Vanderbilt University reading program.

"They are going to be doing academics from 9 till 1, and after 1 they get to play," Caldwell said. "So, they'll like that. They probably won't enjoy the beginning, but they'll like the end."

And many other students have already made their summer plans.

"Going swimming, my summer job, hanging with my friends - a lot of stuff," Tate said.

But there is something important to remember this summer break. Next school year starts earlier than before, and classes begin on Aug. 1.

That means this year's summer break is going to be a bit shorter.

Metro Schools will begin its new balanced calendar next year, so with the shorter summer break comes longer fall and spring breaks. During those breaks, the district will offer voluntary programs, including internships and additional help for students who need it.

"Some of our students will go out and do internships with organizations in an area that they are studying. They might do some college visits or some ACT prep or college essay prep," said MNPS spokeswoman Meredith Libbey.

The last day of school also means Thursday was report card day. But a software glitch means elementary schools will be mailing home students' grades for the first time.

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