This year, The Cheatham County School District was given an unprecedented opportunity to facilitate a massive multi-day professional development undertaking. This opportunity was unique in that it afforded the district an opportunity to utilize previously scheduled instructional days of May 23rd to May 25th. Unlike previous years, employees from all across the district were able to get together, collaborate, and learn from one another. In addition, the district was able to draw upon the strengths, skills, and expertise of our own staff members. The video below is an exhibition of how the in-service transpired over the course of three days.
On Friday, May 13, 2016, graduating seniors from Sycamore High School (SHS) arrived at Sycamore Middle School and walked the halls of SMS. There was plenty of enthusiasm and excitement to go around as current middle school students lined the hallways in acknowledgement of the class of 2016. The experience serves as a motivational beacon to middle school students that they can go onto achieve great things, and most importantly, that great things are not too far off in distant future. Congratulations to the class of 2016!
How inspirational would it be for middle school students to observe high school seniors in all their regalia walking the halls of their school? Well, today Harpeth Middle School (HMS) students had just that experience. Graduating seniors from Harpeth High School (HHS) visited Harpeth Middle School and walked the halls of HMS. It was a motivational experience for many HMS students, and there was plenty of enthusiasm and excitement to go around. This Friday, Sycamore Middle and Cheatham Middle students will have the same experience, and we will be posting more videos later this week.
Cheatham County Schools celebrated their exceptional educators at the 2015-16 District Wide Teacher of the Year banquet. Each school selected a Teacher of the Year that was awarded at the banquet. In addition, three district-wide Teachers of the Year were selected. According to school officials, nominations are accepted from all schools then one teacher is selected from each academic level.
The 2015-2016 District-Wide Teachers of the Year are shown below (left from right): Chassie Combs, Laura Franck, Shea Phillips, and Dr. Stan Curtis.
The 2015-2016 School-Level Teachers of the Year are shown below:
CMS "rocks" the test was one of several different themes of test preparation at Cheatham Middle School. Every year, Cheatham Middle School celebrates academics and test preparation much in the same way that they do for sporting events. On Friday, April 22nd, Cheatham Middle School held an academic pep rally, and a hallway decorative contest. The events were designed to raise enthusiasm and student awareness regarding the significance of the state assessments. "It's a great way to build excitement for learning, and more importantly showcasing what you've learned," said Dean of Students David Hooper. Cheatham Middle School students from all grade levels took to the hallways to demonstrate their excitement. It was apparent for any student walking around CMS that the entire atmosphere of the building was geared towards the test. The pictures below are an exhibition of how CMS students built up enthusiasm around this year's assessment.
“It is the goal of the Cheatham County School District to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities,” said Interim Director of Communications David Hooper. The Cheatham County School District transported 1,000 freshman and sophomore students from all three high schools to 12 different colleges on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
The event afforded 9th and 10th grade students a chance to experience post-secondary educational opportunities in a meaningful way. The post-secondary institutions ranged from specialized schools such as The Art Institute of Tennessee and Daymar College in Clarksville to more traditional schools such as Cumberland University and American Baptist College.
Chief academic officer, Dr. Tara Watson said, “Two years ago the Cheatham County School District decided to provide all freshman and sophomores with the opportunity to visit a post-secondary institution, so they would be aware of the possibilities awaiting them after high school. With the inception of Tennessee Promise, all students can continue their education after graduating, and we feel strongly that it is our responsibility to expose them to all available avenues. Over the past two years, this would not have been possible without Pam Day, Executive Assistant, Cal Blacker and our transportation department, as well as our High School administrators and faculty.”
In addition, students were able to visit Lincoln College, Argosy, TCAT-Clarksville, David Lipscomb, Welch College, TCAT-Dickson, and even Nashville School of Law.
On April 9, 2016, The Cheatham County School District hosted their annual Kindergarten Round-Up. The Kindergarten round-up affords parents and kids an opportunity to tour the school in which they're zoned, meet the principal, and the Kindergarten teachers. In addition, upcoming Kindergarten students are able to obtain information that will help prepare them for the start of school in August. The Kindergarten round up was hosted by all six elementary schools, and boasted a wide array of fun activities in addition to informational booths. "Looks like we had a great turn out and everyone had fun," said Pre-K Supervisor Emily Staggs. You can check out some of the fun from last Saturday in the pictures below. Students must be 5 years old on or before August 15, 2016 in order to enroll in Kindergarten.
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