Receiving a high school diploma is not merely a culminating event; it opens the door to a lifetime of opportunity. For CMCSS, student success is a core foundation. “Earning a high school diploma can translate into success after graduation for our students,” said Christy Houston, principal of Montgomery Central High School. Each year, the high schools remain laser-focused on student achievement, and graduation is always a priority. The COVID-19 pandemic did not deter the mission, and CMCSS schools maintained some of the state’s highest graduation rates. “We like to tell them that graduation is one of a very short list of things in life that you never get a second chance to complete,” added Dr. Schanda Doughty, principal of Rossview High School. Ultimately, the COVID-19 pandemic altered the events of 2020 in devastating ways. Seniors lost many end-of-year events and activities. However, the students and educators refused to let the pandemic slow academic progress. Working together in new and creative ways, CMCSS maintained a 94.3-percent graduation rate. This was down only one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous year. Comparatively, the state average dropped to 89.6% after a steady climb in the last decade. “[The pandemic] didn’t change the focus, but it just simply changed the methods. Students were not in our buildings, so we had to rely on technology and parent and student contacts to ensure progress was being made, and follow up when it wasn’t,” said Houston. There is a defining difference at CMCSS, a mentality rooted in the culture of the district. For over a decade, district leaders have focused on the relationship between student and school, understanding that achievement begins with relationships. This idea extends beyond the classroom to counselors, administrators, and community leaders. Student success is engrained in the psyche and now a way […]
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (October 7, 2020) – tnAchieves, the local partnering organization for TN Promise, which provides two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee, is looking for both high school applicants and mentors to assist seniors in pursuing higher education. In Clarksville-Montgomery County, both the number of students who have applied for the scholarship and the adult mentors has seen a significant drop in 2020. TNPromise Applicants The deadline for high school seniors submitting a TN Promise application is November 2, 2020. Due to disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, most Tennessee high schools are significantly behind last year’s TN Promise application rate. High school seniors who are interested should complete the TN Promise application, submit a FAFSA, and apply to a college. Tennessee high school seniors can submit a TN Promise application by visiting www.TNPromise.gov and applying online. As indicated, the scholarship will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not met by Pell, Hope, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization, provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process and complete the community service requirement. Mentor a High School Senior tnAchieves, the local partnering organization for TN Promise, needs volunteers to serve as mentors for the Class of 2021. tnAchieves mentors will serve their community virtually, working with local students to offer support throughout the college-going process. TN Promise allows any graduating high school senior the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition and mandatory fee-free. Many of the students will be the first in their family to attend college […]
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 […]