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September 2013 News


September 25th, 2013

Tractor Show Offers Educational Fun

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/25/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

Friday is an early release day, so why not take the kids to the free 13th Annual Montgomery County Antique Tractor and Engine Show?

Where and When:
Friday morning through 6 p.m.
Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.
4-H Club Grounds, 1921 Rossview Road (more…)


September 23rd, 2013

Event Focuses on Freshmen, Parents for Graduation Motivation

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/23/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation, 100% Graduation Committee and business sponsors announce the 2nd Annual Get Motivated…2017 assembly for Clarksville-Montgomery County School System’s 2,334 freshmen. This assembly will be held on the campus of Austin Peay State University on Thursday.

Motivational speaker, Kantis Simmons, a former research scientist and current student academic success expert will engage, enlighten, and empower students through his personal story of achievement and adversity. He will give real-life examples through an interactive educational seminar combined with entertainment and featuring excerpts from his book, “Playing Your A Game.”

In addition, this assembly will highlight the following:

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September 17th, 2013

College and Career Night Set for Sept. 23

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/17/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

The annual Montgomery County College and Career Night for students and their parents will be Sept. 23, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m at Austin Peay State University’s Foy Fitness Center.  This event gives students exposure to a wide array of post high school options, allowing them to informally visit booths to pick up information about colleges, post secondary institutions and career opportunities and speak with representatives of those institutions.

Students currently attending Clarksville High, Kenwood High, Montgomery Central High, Northeast High, Northwest High, Rossview High, West Creek High, and CMCSS Middle College are invited to attend, as well as students from local private schools and neighboring school systems.  Last year, over 100 colleges and post secondary career/technical schools as well military representatives provided information to more than 1,500 students and parents.  All students and parents are welcome, but 11th and 12th grade students and their parents are especially urged to attend.


September 16th, 2013

CMCSS, Christian County, Ky. Schools Awarded Grant to Focus on Parent Engagement

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/16/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded a $4.5 million consortium grant to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools through the 2013 Fiscal Year (FY13) Grant Program. The announcement came as part of a joint media briefing with CMCSS and Christian County Public Schools.

There are more than a million school age children from military families, with the majority attending public schools throughout our nation. DoDEA is committed to supporting educational outcomes for ALL children of military families. As the largest geographically dispersed school system in the nation, serving approximately 86,000 students worldwide, DoDEA shares its experience and resources with military-connected public school districts.

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September 10th, 2013

Smith Elementary Wins SCORE Prize

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/10/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) announced that Norman Smith Elementary was the recipient of the third annual SCORE Prize. The prize recognizes the Tennessee elementary, middle, and high schools and school district that have most dramatically improved student achievement.

The other 2013 SCORE Prize elementary finalists were:

  • McPheeter’s Bend Elementary, Hawkins County Schools.
  • Mt. Carmel Elementary, Hawkins County Schools.

“This recognition is huge and certainly confirms that hard work and dedication pays off,” said Smith principal Beth Unfried. “But greater than the recognition is that we are doing what is right for our children.  They deserve the best education possible because we can truly shape their futures and the future of our community.”

 

 

“I am inspired by our teachers and administrators for their commitment and dedication to helping every child be successful.  The passion they bring to that school every day is infectious and it’s evidenced by their students and entire school community. Both the growth and achievement results at Norman Smith Elementary are outstanding,” said Director of Schools Dr. B.J. Worthington

 

Seventy-seven percent of Norman Smith Elementary students participate in the free and reduced meals program, which is an indicator of poverty.

 

Chief Academic Officer Sean Impeartrice noted: “Norman Smith represents the CMCSS focus that high expectations with a well defined plan can dramatically impact student achievement.  The school has been dedicated to continuous improvement around educational best practices where everyone is held accountable to teaching and learning on a daily basis.  We are very proud of the dedicated leadership, faculty, staff, and parents and their accomplishments.”

 

“The SCORE Prize recognizes public schools and school systems that exemplify how to improve academic performance even as we raise academic expectations in our state,” said SCORE President and CEO Jamie Woodson. “Each of the 2013 SCORE Prize finalists is demonstrating remarkable success in preparing students for college and careers. We applaud them, their educators, their students, their parents, and their communities for leading the way in helping Tennessee toward its goal of demonstrating the fastest improvement in academic achievement in the nation.”

The SCORE Prize is the hallmark data-based effort in Tennessee to recognize schools and districts that are doing outstanding work to improve student achievement. The SCORE Prize will award $10,000 to each elementary, middle, and high school winner and $25,000 to the district winner. Winners and finalists are also highlighted throughout the year as part of SCORE’s work to identify and share practices that improve student academic performance.

The SCORE Prize uses a two-step process to identify finalists and winners. In the first stage, finalists were identified through a weighted criteria selection process that took into account growth from the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) and performance on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). College-readiness data, such as ACT and graduation rates, were considered for high schools and districts.

More details on the performance of the finalists:

  • McPheeter’s Bend Elementary has noteworthy three-year growth in reading, math, and science. The school also has strong TCAP performance in reading, math, and science. The school has achieved these results while serving a student population that is 64% low-income.
  • Mt. Carmel Elementary has strong three-year growth in reading, math, and science. In addition, Mt. Carmel has narrowed the TCAP achievement gap between low-income and higher-income students in science by 13.3 points from 2011 to 2013.
  • Norman Smith Elementary has strong three-year growth in reading, math, and science as it served a large school population (over 500 students) with a high proportion of low-income students (77 percent).
  • Frank P. Brown Elementary, a K-8 school, has high achievement and high growth with strong three-year growth in reading, math, and science.
  • Freedom Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Memphis, was selected because of exceptional growth in math, reading, and science. Freedom Prep’s three-year growth in math was particularly strong and the school narrowed the achievement gap between low-income and higher income students by 7.8 points in science from 2011 to 2013.
  • Rose Park Math and Science Middle Magnet, a non-selective magnet, has strong growth and performance in all subjects and notable achievement gap closures. The gap between white and African-American students closed by 8.9 points in math and 18.1 points in science from 2011 to 2013. The gap between white and Hispanic students narrowed by 28.7 points in math and 6.7 points in science from 2011 to 2013. Rose Park was the middle school winner of last year’s SCORE Prize.
  • Covington High School has exceptional growth across subjects with math improvement among the highest in the state. Covington also had strong performance on the college readiness index, which includes ACT growth, ACT performance, and graduation rates, while serving a student population is 69 percent low-income. Covington High School was the 2012 SCORE Prize winner in the high school category.
  • Maryville High School has strong performance and growth across all subjects, including notable growth in science. Maryville’s high ACT growth and its average ACT composite of 24 make it a standout on the college readiness index. Maryville High School was a 2011 SCORE Prize finalist in the high school category.
  • Oak Ridge High School shows strong performance and growth across all subjects, particularly improvement in math and science. Oak Ridge also did well on the college readiness index with high ACT growth and an average ACT composite of 23.
  • Greeneville City Schools has strong growth across many subjects at all levels, with particularly notable performance in math. Greeneville, where 47 percent of students are low-income, also has strong college readiness results, including an average ACT composite of 22.
  • Kingsport City Schools has strong growth across many subjects at all levels and particularly notable performance in college readiness with a district-wide ACT composite of 22. Gaps between white and African American students, white and Hispanic students, and low-income and higher-income students have narrowed in both math and science from 2011 to 2013.
  • Trousdale County Schools has strong growth across all subjects at all levels and particularly notable growth in Algebra I and Biology. The district also has above-average performance on the college readiness index, including strong ACT growth over the last two years. Achievement gaps between white and African American students, white and Hispanic students, and low-income and higher-income students have narrowed in math and science from 2011 to 2013.

The second stage of SCORE Prize selection will consist of site visits to the finalists to document the policies and practices that have enabled them to make significant gains in student achievement. The Prize selection process is guided by a committee of educators and community partners.

The winners of the SCORE Prize were announced at 6 p.m., Monday, October 28, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The event was hosted by SCORE Chairman and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and will highlight the outstanding work of the finalists. Country music artist Jo Dee Messina will provide a special musical performance.

The SCORE Prize event is held in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education’s annual Education LEADership Conference (LEAD). Tickets for the SCORE Prize event are $5. To reserve a seat and learn more about the SCORE Prize visit www.tnscore.org/scoreprize.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) collaboratively supports Tennessee’s work to prepare students for college and the workforce. We are an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan advocacy and research institution, founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.


September 10th, 2013

DOE Offers Info at Open Meeting

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/10/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

This information is for ALL student households in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will provide a free informational session about the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act, Section 504 and Title II. The two-hour presentation will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 beginning at 6 p.m. The presentation will be in the School Board Room at Central Office, which islocated at 621 Gracey Avenue. You may call the CMCSS at-risk coordinator for more information at 931-920-7953.


September 6th, 2013

In cases of inclement weather, how will I know if schools are closed?

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/6/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

A: We notify students and parents of schedule changes due to weather in a variety of ways. If schools are closed, delayed, or closing early, we will send a notification through SchoolMessenger. This alert will be sent to the number on the student’s emergency card so be sure to keep this information up to date.  In the event of an emergency situation, the notification can be sent to all numbers provided (up to six).

 

Information about changes due to weather can also be found on the homepage of cmcss.net. This includes when buses are running rain or inclement weather routes as well as school closures. We also report closures and delays to the Clarksville and Nashville media.

 

For more frequently asked questions and answers, go to http://www.cmcss.net/students/faqs.aspx


September 6th, 2013

Vision to Reality Gala Supports Students, Teachers

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/6/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

Join us on Saturday, November 2 for the 9th Annual Vision to Reality Gala and Auction. Proceeds will fund programs supporting students and teachers in Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools.https://www.cmcss.net/educationfoundation/visiontoreality.aspx


September 6th, 2013

Partners in Education Now Total 181

Please note: This article was originally published on 9/6/2013. Information and/or dates from past events may be not be relevant for the current school year.

Friday was a day to celebrate and thank the 181 business and community organizations which partner with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.  This year’s recipient of the Sarah Ditmore Cooper Partner in Education Award was First Advantage Bank, partner to Barksdale Elementary.

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