Harpeth High School HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) students attended the 2015 State Leadership Conference held at Gaylord Opryland Hotel on March 19-21.
The annual Cheatham County Math Contest took place in the multi-purpose room at Cheatham Middle School on Friday, March 13. The event heralded the top math students from each school in grades 3, 4, and 5.
Event organizer, Emily Staggs said, “This event showcases our top math students from across the district. We are very impressed with the knowledge of our Cheatham County students, but also encouraged by the support we received from our teachers and administrators.” Staggs also mentioned that Dr. Joseph Jones, the district’s math coordinator, and Gena Batts, daycare and pre-k assistant, were both instrumental in making this event successful.
Staggs said this event would not have been possible without the continued support of Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (CEMC). “It’s always a joy to meet with Ms. Stephanie Lobdell from CEMC who presents the awards to our contest winners.”
According to district officials, 57 students participated in the contest this year. Each elementary school sent their top six math students (three students from third grade and three students from fourth grade). Each middle school sent their top seven math students from fifth grade.
Math Contest Winners:
Sixth grade students at Harpeth Middle School were challenged to raise $314 for The Ark, a community resource and assistance center serving the residents of South Cheatham. The students exceeded the goal by raising $480 and also participated in Pi Day activities in their math classes on Friday, March 13.
The Cheatham County Coordinated School Health Department recently awarded $36,700 in school health grants to several schools in the district. Coordinated school health supervisor, Shelley Mayo said, “The district places a strong emphasis on healthy living by promoting physical fitness and personal wellness. Our schools compete for these grants, which provide funding to develop programs that foster healthier lifestyles for students and staff.”
Ashland City Elementary: $3,000
Enhance staff wellness with the purchase of kettlebells, heavy exercise ropes, and jump ropes.
East Cheatham Elementary: $650
Musical instruments that are played with feet to promote movement and activity.
East Cheatham Elementary: $2,050
Exercise equipment, nutrition information to promote healthier diets, and planners to enhance staff wellness.
Kingston Springs Elementary: $3,000
Installation of a bocce court.
Pegram Elementary: $5,000
Continuous playground improvements such as moving swing sets and installation of climbing equipment.
Pleasant View Elementary: $4,500
Yoga equipment and playground upgrades.
Harpeth Middle School: $1,750
Heart rate monitors for P.E. and health classes.
Sycamore Middle School: $3,000
Development of an Environment Science Garden to be maintained by students in special education with assistance from students in general education.
Sycamore Middle School: $3,750
Exercise equipment for student and staff use, consisting of three (3) elliptical machines and five (5) exercise bikes.
Harpeth High School: $5,000
The purchase of twelve (12) student FitDesks for wellness classrooms.
Sycamore High School: $5,000
The purchase of five (5) rowing machines for student/staff weight rooms.
Pleasant View Elementary School hosted its annual Panther Prowl 5K and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, March 14. Event organizers said the superhero-themed event was originally scheduled for March 7, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
According to school principal, Keith Miller, the event was welcomed by the community with a host of sponsors and over 240 registered participants. "At this time, our dollar amounts are unofficial, but we are expecting to raise between $7,000 and $8,000," said Miller.
Miller said event proceeds will support the school's safety and wellness programs.
On Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12, Cheatham Middle School conducted the "On My Own" simulation through the Cheatham County UT Extension Office. School officials said this event would not have been possible without support from local businesses and the participation of various governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.
According to program documentation, "On My Own" is a youth financial education program provided by the Family and Consumer Sciences department of the University of Tennessee Extension Service and delivered by University of Tennessee Extension agents and classroom teachers trained to deliver the program.
The On My Own program is an interactive financial simulation designed for youth ages 13-18. During the simulation, students become the major income provider for their household which may include a spouse and/or children. Using a hypothetical occupation and income, students work through a month of expenses including housing, utilities, transportation, insurance, food, child care, clothing, entertainment and other expenses resulting from unexpected events.
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