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OUR MISSION
OUR VISION

is to educate and empower students to reach their potential

is for all students to graduate college and career ready

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OUR MISSION
OUR VISION

is to educate and empower students to reach their potential

is for all students to graduate college and career ready

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OUR MISSION
OUR VISION

is to educate and empower students to reach their potential

is for all students to graduate college and career ready

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Three Rossview High students make perfect ACT scores

Only one-tenth of one percent of the 2.1 million test takers achieve a perfect score on the American College Testing, better known as the ACT. Clarksville-Montgomery County School System rising seniors Emily Mayes and Charlotte Lange and newly graduated Joseph Bierman are among that miniscule number earning a 36 when they took the test this school year. ACT officials say the test, which more than 1.9 million students took last year, hasn’t changed in any meaningful way since 1989, the Cincinnati “Enquirer” recently reported. In taking a comprehensive look at ACT scores, the “Enquirer” noted that students armed with No. 2 pencils still get three anxious hours to answer multiple choice questions about math, English, science and reading that could help determine whether they get into their college of choice. The average test scores haven’t changed much, either. Those have hovered around 21 for at least the past five years. ACT has seen a slight rise in those scoring a 36 in recent years. They are attributing the increase to better test preparation. In Tennessee, curriculum standards now are better aligned to what is tested on the ACT. All CMCSS high schools offer an ACT test preparation course before eleventh graders take the exam. The Tennessee Legislature requires all high school juniors take the test, regardless of the students’ plans to attend college. CMCSS sees about one student every few years scoring a 36 Composite (36 on all sections). On average, five to 10 CMCSS students achieve a 35 composite each year. On individual content subjects, CMCSS students have seen scores of 36. For example in 2017-18, CMCSS showed the following data: In English, 14 students scored 36, and 22 had 35 In Reading, 19 students scored 36, and 22 scored 35 In Science, 10 students scored 36, and 9 scored […]



Mr. House addressing audience at ELTR signing

Early Learning Teacher Residency Signing Day

On Friday, May 24, CMCSS and APSU hosted a signing day event for the first cohort of the Early Learning Teacher Residency, an innovative three-year residency and degree program developed in partnership between APSU and CMCSS. In 1975, 22 percent of all college students dreamed of becoming teachers. Forty-four years later, that number has plummeted to about 4 percent, prompting the CBS Evening News to recently label the national teacher shortage “an education crisis.” Officials with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and the Austin Peay State University Eriksson College of Education have kept a close eye on the growing crisis, and the two organizations recently formed an innovative partnership to train and keep teachers in this community. “We have been looking at different teacher pipelines to get teachers in the school system, and growing our own was a natural place to go,” Millard House II, CMCSS Director of Schools, said. Earlier this spring, the school system and APSU launched the Early Learning Teacher Residence program, which will provide 20 recent high school graduates and 20 CMCSS teacher’s aides with an accelerated, free path to become full-time school system teachers in just three years. The program specifically targets minority and first-generation college students, increasing diversity both within the school system and at Austin Peay. “The idea is to put them into five of our lower socioeconomic elementary schools, in a lower grade, where they will be mentored by some of the most exemplary teachers we have,” Dr. Sean Impeartrice, CMCSS chief academic officer, said. “The whole idea of the residency is not providing them one year of student teaching but three years of learning their craft from the very best.” These students, known as residents, primarily will be placed in kindergarten through second-grade classrooms with a smaller number going to third […]



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Administrative Appointments Announced for CMCSS

Multiple administrative appointments have been announced for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Melissa Izatt has been selected to serve as the Director of Educator Quality. Izatt will lead the district’s efforts in attracting and retaining the highest quality teacher candidates. She is a Clarksville native, product of CMCSS schools, and has been employed with the district since 2001. Over the past 18 years with the district, Izatt has served as a classroom teacher, after-school program director, assistant principal, Substitute Program Manager, and most recently as a Human Resources Coordinator. In 2009, she earned the Distinguished Classroom Teacher and Teacher of the Year honors as an educator at Northeast Elementary School. Izatt received both her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University. In 2008, she was named Graduate Student of the Year at APSU. Dr. Phyllis Casebolt, who has served as Director of Educator Quality for nearly seven years and is a 30-years plus CMCSS veteran, will take on the mantle of leading the system’s federal programs. In her new role, Dr. Casebolt will provide leadership for the facilitation and coordination of programs associated with the Every Student Succeeds Act. She earned her doctorate of leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University, her M.A. in education from Austin Peay State University where she also completed undergraduate work. She received her B.S. from Minot State University in North Dakota. Other experience within CMCSS was as principal at both Clarksville High and West Creek Middle schools. She was an assistant principal at Rossview High; and, has teaching experience at Ringgold Elementary, Richview Middle and Moore Elementary. She has four years’ experience at Thackston Elementary School in Knoxville. She continues to advise and read for doctoral students at Trevecca; and, to serve on the Austin Peay […]



CMCSS Enrollment Center

Beginning June 10, 2019, the CMCSS Enrollment Center, located at 430 Greenwood Ave., will be open M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., throughout the calendar year when district offices are open.



2019 Graduations – Live Streaming Available

Graduations are approaching, and we are so proud of the class of 2019! All graduations will take place at the APSU Dunn Center. If you cannot attend a graduation ceremony, we will be live streaming each graduation on graduation.cmcss.net and from our Focus CMCSS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FocusCMCSS/videos?view=2&flow=grid&live_view=502  



School Board Position Opening

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Board Member to represent School District #3 (County Commission Districts 8, 9, and 12) until the next general election to be held in August 2020. Applicants must: be a Tennessee citizen; be at least 18 years of age; reside in School District #3; have a high school diploma or G.E.D.; and be a registered voter in Montgomery County. Board members may not be employees of the School System.



CMCSS Kindergarten Kickoffs Set for April-May

Kindergarten Kickoffs for the 2019-20 school year will be held April through May at each of the 23 CMCSS elementary schools offering kindergarten.



Pre-K for the 2019-2020 School Year

                      Thank you for your interest in CMCSS Pre-K programs. CMCSS will host multiple pre-kindergarten application opportunities for families. Students must be 4 years old on or before August 15, 2019 to be enrolled in Pre-K for the 2019-20 school year. Families will be asked to provide documentation to determine if they meet the income requirements set by the state. Pre-K classes will be filled using the guidelines set forth by the State of Tennessee for Voluntary Pre-K.


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Melissa Izatt has been selected to serve as the Director of Educator Quality. Izatt will lead the district’s efforts in attracting and retaining the highest quality teacher candidates. She is a Clarksville native, product of CMCSS schools, and has been employed with the district since 2001.

Over the past 18 years with the district, Izatt has served as a classroom teacher, after-school program director, assistant principal, Substitute Program Manager, and most recently as a Human Resources Coordinator. In 2009, she earned the Distinguished Classroom Teacher and Teacher of the Year honors as an educator at Northeast Elementary School.

Izatt received both her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University. In 2008, she was named Graduate Student of the Year at APSU.
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Melissa Izatt has been selected to serve as the Director of Educator Quality. Izatt will lead the district’s efforts in attracting and retaining the highest quality teacher candidates. She is a Clarksville native, product of CMCSS schools, and has been employed with the district since 2001.
 
Over the past 18 years with the district, Izatt has served as a classroom teacher, after-school program director, assistant principal, Substitute Program Manager, and most recently as a Human Resources Coordinator. In 2009, she earned the Distinguished Classroom Teacher and Teacher of the Year honors as an educator at Northeast Elementary School.
 
Izatt received both her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University. In 2008, she was named Graduate Student of the Year at APSU.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Recently, Carmel Elementary School was awarded the Tennessee STEM School Designation. This honor was developed with the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Education and the STEM Leadership Council to identify and recognize schools in their commitment to teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and integrating strategies that ultimately prepare for success in the 21st century. Learning from the state’s early investments in STEM platform schools, such schools focus on employing inquiry, project and problem- based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, and STEM enrichment activities.

The CMA Foundation, the national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, hosted its fourth annual Music Teachers of Excellence Awards in April, and CMCSS had two music teachers recognized and honored. Denise Rives, music specialist at Barksdale Elementary, and Robbin Johnston, the band director at Clarksville High School, were among the honorees.

A total of 30 music educators from across the country were honored for their dedication and commitment to music education in their classroom and throughout their school community.

The CMA Foundation created the Music Teachers of Excellence program in 2016 in an effort to recognize the best and brightest music teachers from Nashville and beyond. Award recipients are selected because of their dedication to bringing a quality music program to their students and the impact they’ve had on their school community through music.

In addition to the night of celebration, each teacher received $2,500 to invest in their music classrooms to help drive their program forward and an additional $2,500 each as personal stipends.

Congratulations to Clarksville High graduate Nick James for being named the 2019 Class AAA Mr. Baseball in Tennessee. The left-handed pitcher has committed to play college baseball at the University of North Carolina and has already garnered attention from Major League Baseball. The coveted Mr. Baseball designation is awarded by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association.
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Recently, Carmel Elementary School was awarded the Tennessee STEM School Designation. This honor was developed with the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Education and the STEM Leadership Council to identify and recognize schools in their commitment to teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and integrating strategies that ultimately prepare for success in the 21st century. Learning from the state’s early investments in STEM platform schools, such schools focus on employing inquiry, project and problem- based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, and STEM enrichment activities. 

The CMA Foundation, the national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, hosted its fourth annual Music Teachers of Excellence Awards in April, and CMCSS had two music teachers recognized and honored. Denise Rives, music specialist at Barksdale Elementary, and Robbin Johnston, the band director at Clarksville High School, were among the honorees.

A total of 30 music educators from across the country  were honored for their dedication and commitment to music education in their classroom and throughout their school community.

The CMA Foundation created the Music Teachers of Excellence program in 2016 in an effort to recognize the best and brightest music teachers from Nashville and beyond. Award recipients are selected because of their dedication to bringing a quality music program to their students and the impact they’ve had on their school community through music.

In addition to the night of celebration, each teacher received $2,500 to invest in their music classrooms to help drive their program forward and an additional $2,500 each as personal stipends.

Congratulations to Clarksville High graduate Nick James for being named the 2019 Class AAA Mr. Baseball in Tennessee. The left-handed pitcher has committed to play college baseball at the University of North Carolina and has already garnered attention from Major League Baseball. The coveted Mr. Baseball designation is awarded by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Two high school assistant principals and one elementary assistant principal have been named for the 2019-20 school year.

Amelia Owen, who has served as an assistant principal at Vanleer Elementary School in Dickson County, has been selected as assistant principal at Barkers Mill Elementary. Her prior experience was in CMCSS for nine years as a teacher, middle school counselor, intervention specialist, behavior consultant and high school counselor. She began her career in Cheatham County in August 2003 as a middle school counselor. She earned her Ed.S. from the University of Central Florida, her M.S. in school counseling from Austin Peay State University and a B.A. in elementary education and psychology from State University of New York at Potsdam. She is pursuing her doctorate of education from Lipscomb University.

Shona McLaurin, who has been student support coordinator at Kenwood Middle School, will be an assistant principal at Kenwood High. She has worked in CMCSS since 2006, when she began as a teacher at Kenwood Middle. She earned her M.A. in education from Bethel University; her educational certification from Austin Peay; and her B.S. from William Carey College in Hattiestburg, Miss. She is pursuing a doctorate of education from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Timothy D. George, who has served in several roles at Northeast High since 2011, has been chosen as an assistant principal at Northeast. He has experience as student support coordinator, special education department chair, special education biology teacher, and wrestling coach. He served in the U.S. Army from 2001-2006. He earned his master’s in administrative leadership, as well as his Ed.S from Trevecca Nazarene. He has a B.S. in biology education from Illinois State University.
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Two high school assistant principals and one elementary assistant principal have been named for the 2019-20 school year.
 
Amelia Owen, who has served as an assistant principal at Vanleer Elementary School in Dickson County, has been selected as assistant principal at Barkers Mill Elementary. Her prior experience was in CMCSS for nine years as a teacher, middle school counselor, intervention specialist, behavior consultant and high school counselor. She began her career in Cheatham County in August 2003 as a middle school counselor. She earned her Ed.S. from the University of Central Florida, her M.S. in school counseling from Austin Peay State University and a B.A. in elementary education and psychology from State University of New York at Potsdam. She is pursuing her doctorate of education from Lipscomb University.
 
Shona McLaurin, who has been student support coordinator at Kenwood Middle School, will be an assistant principal at Kenwood High. She has worked in CMCSS since 2006, when she began as a teacher at Kenwood Middle. She earned her M.A. in education from Bethel University; her educational certification from Austin Peay; and her B.S. from William Carey College in Hattiestburg, Miss. She is pursuing a doctorate of education from Trevecca Nazarene University.
 
Timothy D. George, who has served in several roles at Northeast High since 2011, has been chosen as an assistant principal at Northeast. He has experience as student support coordinator, special education department chair, special education biology teacher, and wrestling coach. He served in the U.S. Army from 2001-2006. He earned his master’s in administrative leadership, as well as his Ed.S from Trevecca Nazarene. He has a B.S. in biology education from Illinois State University.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Students enrolled for the 2018 - 2019 school year
5 th
Year voted Best Community for Music Education
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Graduation rate for the 2017 - 2018 school year
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Total $ in scholarships earned by 2019 grads
Awards granted to the Class of 2018 graduates