Northwest High AP Chemistry students did not need to travel far to receive the field trip of a lifetime. In December, the students, who are members of the Health Science Academy, had the chance to speak with Dr. Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC. Dr. Alex Jahangir is the chief of Nashville’s Coronavirus Task Force, Director of Orthopedic Trauma at Vanderbilt Medical Center, a professor at Vanderbilt University, and chairman of Nashville Metro’s Board of Health. Ms. Winstead and Dr. Jahangir are alumni of the same high school, and she seized the opportunity to request 15-20 minutes of his time for her students. Dr. Jahangir spent nearly 45 minutes listening to students and answering their questions. Ms. Ginna Winstead, the Chemistry teacher at NWHS, said, “When I announced this opportunity to my class, they were in disbelief that they would be able to speak to someone they see in the news on a daily basis. As one student put it, ‘He’s a local medical celebrity.’” During the call, they learned about the vaccine roll out to the public and misconceptions about COVID-19. Dr. Jahangir spoke candidly to the students about how to handle a high-stress career in the public eye and how to use your career to give back to the community. Many of these students are considering careers in Health Science. Dr. Jahangir’s first-hand knowledge was invaluable. As members of the Health Science Academy, they appreciated the opportunity to inquire about the always-changing and advancing field of medicine from a physician who has become pivotal in our region during the pandemic. Since the conversation, other health science classes have shared the Zoom recording with more students. Dr. Jahangir later tweeted out that he hopes “to call them colleagues in the future”.
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.
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.
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.