The Tennessee Department of Education has not yet released the Pre-K application for the 2021-2022 school year. After CMCSS receives information from the state, the district will release application information, including dates, times, and locations for application events. Based on previous timeframes for receiving information from TDOE, CMCSS is typically able to begin accepting applications in April. For more information on Voluntary Pre-K in Tennessee, please visit the State of Tennessee’s website (link).
Monday, January 4 will be a remote learning day for all CMCSS traditional students. District leadership has reviewed Gov. Lee’s Executive Order #70 and is seeking guidance from local and state agencies on its implications for in-person learning through mid-January. Over Winter Break, district leaders will continue meeting to review the latest data and guidance to make decisions in the best interest of the physical, social, and emotional health and well-being of students and employees. If remote learning needs to be extended, the district will make every effort to communicate this extension to families no later than Monday, December 28. District leaders understand changes like these present challenges for families and strive not to disrupt in-person learning unless deemed necessary as CMCSS responds to the conditions of the pandemic. The district cannot reiterate enough that families choosing traditional, in-person learning for their child(ren) should make preparations throughout the year in the event that school buildings are closed and remote learning must take place. The CMCSS Communicable Disease Team and the Montgomery County Health Department review the local spread of COVID-19 and other data on a daily basis to make school-based and district-wide decisions. As of yesterday, Montgomery County’s community spread reached an all-time high of 0.859% and has continued to increase 12 out of the last 14 days. Please follow the guidance of our local, state, and national public health officials and medical experts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Due to staffing issues and in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all CMCSS traditional students will transition to remote learning tomorrow, Wed., Dec. 16 through Fri., Dec. 18. As a reminder, Mon., Dec. 21 is a pre-planned, district-wide remote learning day before Winter Break, so traditional students will not return to buildings until Mon., Jan. 4. With remote learning, students will not report to the school building as they will access learning via the laptops provided by the district. Athletics and extracurricular events will be cancelled or postponed. Teachers will communicate with students on how to access lessons. For more information on remote learning, visit cmcss.net/remote. Families who need access to no-cost meals during this remote learning time may pick up meals at any CMCSS elementary school on the following days. Weekend meals will be available on Fri., Dec. 18 from 1 – 2 p.m. Meals for remote learning and Winter Break will be available on Mon., Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. While the CMCSS Communicable Disease Team (CDT) and the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) do not have specific thresholds for transitioning to remote learning, other than community spread, recent community and statewide data have heightened concerns. Last week, the White House Task Force classified Montgomery County as a red zone and the state’s new cases per 100,000 residents have exceeded national averages. Yesterday, the district reached a new record of 40 new cases in 20 unique schools, and the community reached a new record for community spread at 0.667%, which is almost double the percentage from last week. In total, there are currently 150 active COVID-19 student and employee school-level cases. MCHD is concerned that Clarksville-Montgomery County will reach high spread, or 1% or more, in the next week or two. In […]
Bryan Lopp has been selected as the Facilities Manager for CMCSS, replacing Norm Brumblay who was named CMCSS’ Chief Operations Officer effective Dec. 1. Lopp has been with CMCSS since 2012, serving as the Assistant Facilities Manager – Capital Projects & Third-Party Projects Manager. In this role, he has been the primary backup to the Facilities Manager, supervised all capital projects, and provided technical and managerial assistance to the Building Maintenance Department, in addition to other areas of responsibility. Prior to CMCSS, he served as an Engineering Project Manager for six years and a General Manager in the restaurant industry for four years. Lopp earned his B.S. in Construction Engineering and Management from the Purdue University College of Engineering, one of the top three engineering schools in the nation. He has completed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security FEMA Incident Command System for Schools and National Incident Management System (NIMS) training courses. He completed CMCSS Leadership Development training and will complete the CMCSS Advanced Leadership Academy in spring 2021. In the community, Lopp, his wife, and four children are active members at Hilldale Baptist Church. Additionally, he coaches Clarksville National Little League, Hilldale Hoops & Flag Football leagues, and most recently the Richview Middle School Cross Country team.
Good afternoon, CMCSS families, This is David Holman, Chief Technology Officer for CMCSS. I want to thank our students, parents, guardians, teachers, and staff for your patience today as the Technology Department worked to resolve the connectivity issues. I want to share what happened today and what we are doing to resolve the situation. This morning, the district experienced latency on the internal network. When an upgrade was implemented to resolve the initial latency issue, it resulted in another unforeseen issue with our VPN service. We have been in contact with the vendor and will be implementing a solution tonight that will alleviate both the latency and the VPN service issues. As the district communicated in October, today was the second of five pre-planned remote learning days to allow our team an opportunity to evaluate and repair any issues that could arise in the event that multiple schools or the entire district needed to transition to remote learning due to the circumstances of the pandemic. While I know how frustrating disruptions to remote learning can be for all those involved, I appreciate you giving us this opportunity to improve. Students who were unable to access assignments and coursework due to connectivity issues should communicate with their teachers. We will give students the same grace we have asked of you as we navigate this unprecedented time. As a reminder, tomorrow, Tue., Nov. 24 and Wed., Nov. 25 also are pre-planned remote learning days before Thanksgiving break. Students should follow the learning plans provided by their teachers. Please note that elementary and middle school students will not have live instruction the next two days. High school students need to refer to the schedules and/or plans provided by teachers. We will continue to monitor the network closely and work diligently to make any necessary repairs […]
Good evening, CMCSS families, As a reminder, next Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25 are pre-planned, district-wide remote learning days for traditional students. With remote learning, students will not report to the school building as they will access learning via the laptops provided by the district. This week, teachers will communicate with students on how to access lessons. Families who need access to no-cost meals can find information here. Thanksgiving Break will be Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, and classes will resume on Monday, November 30. CMCSS students, faculty, staff, and administrators have worked hard to implement the district’s reopening plan and to keep our school buildings open for those families that chose the traditional option. It is going to take the community working together to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep our buildings open. Please remember, everyone is expected to self-screen prior to entering school property. In addition, students, faculty, and staff should not enter a school building if they are awaiting a COVID-19 test result or if a household member is awaiting a COVID-19 test result unless the household member is being tested routinely for work or surgeries. If you have questions, please review the Back to School/Work Flowchart. Regarding fan attendance at athletic events, CMCSS is following guidance from TSSAA. All CMCSS facilities have limited seating capacities for all sporting events. Masks are required for all spectators. Families are allowed to sit together, but spectators must remain physically distant whenever possible from all other spectators. 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. The percent of COVID-19 in the […]
The CMCSS Child Nutrition department will alter its curbside food distribution days at the end of December to align with Winter Break. Please see the alternate schedule below. All curbside food distribution will take place at the elementary schools. Mondays are typically a distribution day for virtual students only. Fridays are typically a distribution day for virtual and traditional students. Mon., Nov. 20 – Fri., Dec. 4: The week will operate as normal with Monday and Friday distribution. Mon., Dec. 7 – Fri., Dec. 11: The week will operate as normal with Monday and Friday distribution. Mon., Dec. 14 – Fri., Dec. 18: The week will operate as normal with Monday and Friday distribution. Mon., Dec. 21: LAST CURBSIDE DISTRIBUTION DAY IN DECEMBER Distribution is from 11 am – 2 pm and will include food for the remote learning days as well as Winter Break. Families should be prepared for a larger than the normal distribution of food. Mon., Jan. 4 – Fri., Jan. 8: The week will operate as normal with Monday and Friday distribution.
Remote learning is part of the CMCSS Continuum of Learning. CMCSS has a plan for individual classrooms, a school, or the entire district to have students learning remotely if needed at any time. As the conditions surrounding the pandemic change, the district will be prepared to continue to provide high quality education to all students, no matter the circumstances.
How School Psychologists Expand the Horizon for CMCSS Students School psychologists play a role that most people cannot clearly define. Yet, their work is crucial to creating strategies for intervention and supportive environments for students in need. On a typical day, they provide direct support to students, consult with teachers and families, and collaborate with school mental health professionals. Recently a group of CMCSS school psychologists reflected on the common misconceptions regarding their profession. Whether it be parents or fellow staff, their role within the school is sometimes confused. “How many times have you been mistaken for a school counselor?” District Lead School Psychologist Dr. Ariane Narain asks her peers, to which they all smile and nod. Another shares a story to which everyone quickly relates as they’re often asked a variation of, “Where’s your couch?” Aside from the assumptions surrounding school psychologists’ role, the true nature of their position is significant. “The day can look very different if you’re in elementary, middle, or high school,” said Dr. Jasmine Scott, who works at Montgomery Central. “People think we just assess students all day,” said Narain. Much of their day is consulting, whether with students, parents, teachers, counselors, or administrators. These consultations are critical to the success of the students. “What we do carries such a heavy weight for special education.” School psychologists determine eligibility for a range of students, including special education and gifted students. Each student’s journey through eligibility and intervention for special services is unique, as is the relationship developed with the family. The psychologists understand that just the mention of their presence creates a range of emotions for families from the beginning. “If the parents are new to special education, we’re the first friendly face,” said Lauren Keultjes, a school psychologist at Norman Smith Elementary. Explaining the […]
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 […]