After 23 years as an educator, Crystal McCoin, a third grade STEM teacher at Oakland Elementary, is trying something new – virtual teaching. Hundreds of CMCSS teachers are navigating the new world of CMCSS K-12 Virtual. For Ms. McCoin, she finds joy in teaching and watching her students’ excitement about learning. “I have been teaching a long time and thought I had seen everything, but have definitely had to step out of my comfort zone,” she explains. “I am always willing to try new things to see if something works better and to help the students learn.” This sentiment rings true for many virtual educators today. Educators are experts at creative thinking and our virtual teachers continue to rise to the challenge of engaging their students. From puppets to playing games, teachers at all levels aren’t afraid to try new things. Everyone understands that trying something different is crucial to maintaining a relationship with students. McCoin says the biggest difference with virtual learning is you have to work harder to build relationships with students. During her Zoom instruction time, her eyes are continuously scanning the faces for anyone who may be distracted. Phrases that would be typical to any classroom setting such as, ‘are you okay’, ‘show me your pencils’, ‘let’s sit up tall’ are now mixed in with the newest repetitive phrase for teachers ‘make sure you’re on mute.’ Ms. McCoin does not miss any opportunity to share a smile or encouraging word, because she knows the importance of building a relationship. “You get to see a little of their personalities but not as you do in the classroom setting,” she said. She admits that there are times virtual may be a struggle but teachers should look to the opportunities as well, “I feel like we get so much […]
It is extremely important that all students, employees, and the community self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to visiting any CMCSS facility. Additionally, it is extremely important that parents/guardians do not send their child to school if they are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test or are exhibiting a new on-set of symptoms related to COVID-19.
The USDA approved for CMCSS to continue serving free breakfast and lunch meals to all children 18 and under, as the district has since March. The USDA stated that these free meals will be available through December 2020, or until funds run out. No information has been made available beyond December 2020.
CMCSS district leaders continue to address the intermittent outages and technology concerns of our CMCSS K-12 Virtual students. The Technology and Instruction departments are actively seeking solutions that are within our control.
The following information has been provided by the Technology Department concerning recent connectivity issues. CONNECTIVITY CMCSS is working diligently to address the issues with network connectivity that is preventing some of our students from accessing online resources. The district uses a number of software resources to follow Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance regarding student access to the internet. The issue appears to be tied to the remote agent that allows students to connect to the CMCSS network, which filters network traffic through the district firewall and internet filter. The service initially had a number of software and hardware issues. They have resolved a number of these, which has corrected the issue for a number of students. Our staff continues to work with vendor’s engineers to identify the specific issues with their software and hardware related to CMCSS students and resolve them as quickly as possible. AUDIO ISSUES (sound card) Some of the student laptops are experiencing audio issues on their student-issued laptops. This is caused by a software issue with the audio device that is installed on the laptops. The CMCSS Technology Department is testing a fix for this issue; once this is available it can be pushed out remotely for all laptops that are on the network, either in a school building or from home. Desktop Support technicians continue to address these on an individual basis when reported through the Tech Work Order System. Families should continue to follow our troubleshooting guidance: https://bit.ly/34A2vSv, utilize Live Assist available at https://bit.ly/2EINenL, call the Help Hotline at 931-920-7779, and put in work orders for issues surrounding Google applications, sound/microphones, WiFi connections, and ClassLink.
CMCSS K-12 Virtual Families: If you have not yet completed Learning Mentor training, please be sure to complete that no later than September 1, 2020. Traditional Families: If you would like to understand how the online learning platforms work, some of this information may be useful to understand. Not all requirements will be applicable to traditional students. Learning Mentor training and a Learning Mentor website is available for mentors and parents! It is important for all Learning Mentors and parents/guardians of CMCSS K-12 Virtual students to complete the training by clicking the link below. At the end of the training, you will be asked to complete an acknowledgment form. This will include verification that you have completed the training as well as a request to read, review, and provide a signature for the CMCSS Privacy Release, Consent, and Agreement for Virtual Classes/Groups. REMINDER: As soon as possible, please have your student turn on his or her computer and make sure it is working and they are able to login with the username and password. This will help you make sure you are ready for Monday! If you have experienced technical problems, read through the troubleshooting guide here. CMCSS K-12 VIRTUAL FAMILY REQUIREMENTS: One form is to be completed for each student. Learning Mentor training is to be completed by September 1, 2020. LINKS: CMCSS K-12 Learning Mentor Training CMCSS K-12 Learning Mentor Website If you need assistance, you can visit one of our Live Assistance Zoom Rooms by clicking one of the links below. If you do not have access to the internet, you may call our helpline at 931-920-7779. Our help hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00-11:30, and 12:30-4:00. LIVE ASSISTANCE: K-2 Assistance 3-5 Assistance 6-8 Assistance 9-12 Assistance
All CMCSS K-12 students will have a laptop assigned for the 2020-2021 school year. The following information will assist with login information and general troubleshooting.
A Family Guide to Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) – 2020-2021 School Year What is RTI²? Response to instruction and intervention is the way CMCSS intervenes with students who are struggling academically by focusing on quality core instruction and intervention of specific skill deficits. The purpose of RTI² is to intervene with students quickly in the area of need so skill deficit gaps do not develop as they progress through school. What does the RTI² Framework look like? The RTI² Framework has three tiers; each tier provides intensifying levels of support. In Tier l, all students receive evidence-based, high quality, general education standards-based instruction that incorporates ongoing universal screening and assessments to inform instruction. Tier I is another name for the regular core instruction all students get every year. In Tier ll, students identified as having significant skill deficits receive intervention targeted to the specific area of need. Student progress is consistently monitored during intervention and decisions about tier movement are based on progress monitoring data. In Tier III, more intensive interventions are provided to students who have not made significant progress in Tier II, or who demonstrate a deficit significant enough to warrant immediate Tier III intervention. Students are monitored closely to determine if the intervention is effective. Movement from Tier III is dependent upon intervention success. Tier II and III intervention occur in addition to regular classroom instruction. Schools will communicate with parents in writing when students go into and out of intervention, as well as update progress during intervention. What are the key components of RTI²? RTI² has been around for many years and is proven to improve instruction for all students by identifying areas for improvement in core instruction. Schools assess all students in the fall, winter and spring using what is called a Universal […]
Please see below for several reopening updates for all students with sections below for CMCSS K-12 Virtual and traditional-specific updates. Updates for ALL students: IMPORTANT UPDATE: Laptops for K-12 The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System will provide all K-12 students, both traditional and virtual, with a laptop for the 2020-21 academic year. CMCSS district leaders are committed to providing all students access to instruction no matter the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CMCSS Technology Department reallocated resources making it possible for kindergarten and first-grade students who chose the traditional model to now be assigned a device. In the event that a school may move to the remote learning model under the Continuum of Learning, traditional kindergarten and first-grade students will now be able to access online learning platforms from their school assigned laptops. Technology Distribution Days Families can pick up devices during specified Technology Distribution Days, beginning on August 20. CMCSS parents and guardians will receive electronic communication, to include the Technology Usage Agreement and Protection Plan, in the coming days. These documents must be reviewed, signed, and returned electronically prior to the student receiving his/her laptop. Technology distribution will occur at your student’s enrolled school. All traditional and CMCSS K-12 Virtual students can pick up their device on the following days: August 20, 21, 24 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. August 25 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Parents should have a photo ID and their child(ren)’s name(s) and grade level(s). Students who still have textbooks, library books, or a technology device that CMCSS has indicated must be returned should bring all items to the Technology Distribution Day. Laptops will not be distributed to students who have not returned necessary items. Students who already have a district-issued laptop and have not been instructed to return the device do […]
Dr. Rosalyn Evans has been selected as the Director of High Schools, replacing Dr. Mason Bellamy who was named Chief of Academics and Schools for Metro Nashville Public schools. Dr. Evans has over 35 years of experience in education, previously serving 22 of those years in CMCSS. Since 2018, Evans has served as the Director on Special Assignment of AVID in San Diego, CA after spending four years leading strategic school improvement initiatives for the Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin, TX. Evans served as the CMCSS Director of Secondary Schools from 2004-2014, supervising middle and high school principals and leading instruction and curriculum improvements across the district. She also has served in CMCSS as the principal of Kenwood Middle School, an assistant principal at Clarksville High School, and a middle school science teacher. Before joining CMCSS in 1992, Evans had 12 years of teaching experience in Texas and Germany. Evans received her Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee State University, M.S. in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, and B.S. in Education from Texas College. “Dr. Evan’s leadership has had a dynamic impact on the schools she has lead, the leaders she has helped grow, and the communities that has served over her career,” stated Dr. Sean Impeartrice Chief Academic Officer. “I am thrilled to have Dr. Evans back in CMCSS, making a positive impact on our schools and community.” Melissa Johnson has been selected as the principal of Liberty Elementary School, replacing Sherry Baker who was named the principal of Sango Elementary School. Johnson has served as the assistant principal of Liberty Elementary School since 2014. She has been an educational leader at CMCSS since 1997 serving as a teacher at Northeast Elementary and Sango Elementary schools. Johnson also served as assistant principal at Barkers Mill […]