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January 2021 News


January 29th, 2021

Jan. 29 Update on Phased Return to In-Person Learning (Grades 7-12)

On Monday, February 8, all CMCSS seventh through twelfth-grade traditional students will return to in-person learning. Although staffing issues and the substitute shortage are expected to continue during the pandemic, COVID-19 related leave has continued to decrease as Clarksville-Montgomery County’s COVID-19 data continues to improve.


January 26th, 2021

Class of 2021 Graduation Update

The district is moving forward with planning, and is committed to having, in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 in May.


January 26th, 2021

Open Enrollment Information Sessions for 8th Graders

Last week, your child began working through a virtual course in SchoolsPLP called Registration Ready. Throughout this course, your child will be learning more about high school graduation requirements and the course options available to him or her in the high school setting. This includes an exploration of the traditional high school pathways and courses, as well as the specialized and non-traditional options. CMCSS will be hosting multiple parent information sessions meant to explore the specialized and non-traditional high school opportunities available to your child as he or she enters freshman year. The sessions on Monday, February 8, beginning at 6:00 p.m., and on Thursday, February 11, beginning at 5:00 p.m. will be geared toward students interested in the Academies of CMCSS. The general session will include a brief overview of each Academy and look into the application process, followed by time to visit individual information breakout rooms run by representatives from each of the CMCSS Academies. Click the following link to access the sessions on February 8 at 6:00 PM and February 11 at 5:00 PM: http://bit.ly/3qQI0ZR Please note that Academies will only be available to students who plan to attend school in-person during the 2021-2022 school year. The sessions below will focus on the updated CMCSS K-12 Virtual school. January 27 at 6:00 p.m. February 4 at 9:00 a.m. February 10 at 6:00 p.m. To access the Zoom meetings above and learn more about K-12 Virtual school visit https://www.cmcss.net/k-12virtual/.


January 26th, 2021

Open Enrollment Information Sessions for 10th Graders

CMCSS will be hosting multiple parent information sessions meant to explore the non-traditional high school opportunities available to your child as he or she enters junior year. The session on Monday, February 1 beginning at 6:00 p.m., will be geared toward students interested in the non-traditional early post-secondary options of the Middle College at Austin Peay and the Early Technical College at TCAT. The general session will also include a brief overview of each program and look into the application process, followed by time to visit individual information breakout rooms run by representatives from each of the non-traditional offerings. Click the following link to access that session on February 1 at 6:00 p.m.: Virtual Session for Non-Traditional Offerings (click here) The sessions below will focus on the updated CMCSS K-12 Virtual school. January 27 at 6:00 p.m. February 4 at 9:00 a.m. February 10 at 6:00 p.m. To access the Zoom meetings and learn more about K-12 Virtual school visit https://www.cmcss.net/k-12virtual/. For more information on Open Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year, visit the 2021-2022 Open Enrollment page.


Substitute Positions January 25th, 2021

CMCSS Opens Applications for Teacher Residency Programs

Applications are now open for the Teacher Residency Programs within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. The programs allow community members, current CMCSS employees, and high school seniors a non-traditional approach to becoming a teacher. “It’s about investing in your own community with an apprenticeship approach to developing teachers,” stated Dr. Sean Impeartrice, Chief Academic Officer for CMCSS. Residents work towards their licensure, degree, and/or certification while gaining first-hand experience as an Educational Assistant within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. This experience provides instructional and non-instructional support to students while learning best practices for a career in education from a certified CMCSS educator. Now in its third year of the program, CMCSS has partnered with several colleges and universities in the surrounding area, including Austin Peay State University, Nashville State Community College, and Lipscomb University. Residents incur no expenses for tuition or textbooks. “We are proactively addressing the national teacher shortage,” said Dr. Phyllis Casebolt, Director of Federal Projects, including the Teacher Residency Programs. “These programs provide residents an opportunity to work with high-performing teachers while completing the requirements to earn a teaching license.  Wrap-around supports are in place to ensure the academic success of the residents.  Our district recognizes the positive impact of employees committed to meeting the needs of all students.” There are three teacher residency pathways available for the 2021-2022 school year: Early-Learning Teacher Residency in partnership with Nashville State Community College and Austin Peay State University, Lipscomb Teacher Residency, and Lipscomb Middle Teacher Residency in partnership with Lipscomb University. Applications for community members are due February 10, 2021. High School seniors must submit their applications by March 5, 2021. All applications and required paperwork can be found on the district website, www.cmcss.net/trp. “I’ve always had a passion for teaching since I was little. This was an excellent […]


athletics January 22nd, 2021

Spectators at Athletic Events

As CMCSS implements its phased return to in-person learning the week of Jan. 25, the district’s Communicable Disease Team has approved a plan to allow a limited number of household spectators at athletic events. The following protocols will be in place at all CMCSS-hosted athletic events effective Mon., Jan. 25: Two (2) household members per student-athlete from both the home team and visiting team are allowed to be in attendance. TSSAA defines “household member” as the student’s parents/guardians or other immediate household members. TSSAA has recently extended this to include grandparents. Each school will communicate protocols for students and visiting teams to turn in the names of spectators for each contest. All spectators are expected to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to the game and not attend if any such symptoms exist. All spectators are required to wear a mask the entire game. All spectators are required to be physically distanced the entire game. All spectators will be screened before entry into the facility, including temperature checks. Facilities will be cleaned by custodial staff after each game. As TSSAA stated, those who fail to follow protocols are hurting all of our student-athletes and their possibility of completing the season. CMCSS has the authority to enforce health and safety guidelines for spectators and the right to remove spectators who do not adhere to the guidelines. Additionally, school and district leaders have the authority to prohibit spectators if there are concerns. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support. For more information on the Safety & Health protocols for Traditional Students, please click here.


January 20th, 2021

Ready4K – Free Learning Resources for Parents via Text Messages

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), CMCSS is excited to offer our pre-K through third-grade families free access to Ready4K, a research-based text messaging program, that will help you continue your child’s learning at home. Families are juggling a lot right now, and on top of that, you are working hard to help your children keep learning despite an unprecedented year. Here is how Ready4K can help you support your child’s learning: Delivers three texts weekly with fun facts and tips to provide you with simple, engaging tips to help your child continue to learn while at home. The messages match each child’s age, even if you have more than one child. Ready4K tips build on your daily routines, like getting dressed, bath time or preparing a meal. We want to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the home and help ensure your child is learning no matter where they are. Click here for a 1-pager from Ready4K for more information. Ready4K will begin sending texts the week of January 25, 2021. You can choose to stop receiving Ready4K texts at any time by texting STOP to 70138.


January 16th, 2021

Jan. 16 Update on Phased Return to In-Person Learning

On Monday, January 25, CMCSS Pre-K through sixth-grade traditional students will return to in-person learning. Seventh through twelfth-grade traditional students will continue learning remotely until further notice.


students on laptops January 14th, 2021

2021 FAFSA Deadline Extended to March 1

Information provided by the TN Board of Regents (https://bit.ly/38Gqst5) High school seniors and college students applying for the Tennessee Promise scholarship and Tennessee Student Assistance Award programs have an extra month to file their FAFSA application this year. Due to conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission/Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation extended the Tennessee Promise FAFSA deadline and the priority FAFSA deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award from Feb. 1 to March 1 of this year. The extension is in effect for high school seniors applying for the first time and for students already receiving the assistance. Students participating in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), or renewal FAFSA, each year to remain eligible. For more information, see the Tennessee Promise website. The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.


January 13th, 2021

Open Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System offers several non-traditional schools and programs of choice for students. Read below for more information on these innovative programs designed to provide families the opportunity to choose schools and programs that will help their children reach their potential.