As we wrap up the 2022-2023 school year, please see below for a few updates and reminders: Calendar Reminders May 19, 22-23 – High School Exams Wednesday, May 24 – Last Half Day of School May 24-27 – High School Graduations (Click here for info on livestreaming) Monday, August 7 – First Half Day of the 2023-2024 School Year Visit cmcss.net/calendars to view calendars for upcoming school years. Jostens is generously sponsoring the CMCSS printed calendar for next school year! We hope to have calendars delivered to homes by the end of July. Communication/Technology Updates CMCSS is announcing three exciting updates that will begin next school year: ParentSquare: CMCSS will be transitioning its mass notification service from SchoolMessenger to ParentSquare. ParentSquare provides families with improved options to receive communications from schools and the District when and how families want to receive them, with translations in 100+ languages. Phone calls will still be available for emergencies or other urgent communications, but families will primarily receive communications via text, email, and the ParentSquare app and/or desktop version. Additionally, ParentSquare will provide a platform for translatable, two-way communications between educators and parents/guardians and open mass notification access for teachers to families of students in their classes. All families will receive invitations via text and email to join ParentSquare over the summer. StopFinder: If your child does not ride CMCSS transportation, please disregard. During the 2022-2023 school year, CMCSS piloted StopFinder on a few campuses. The StopFinder app uses GPS tracking information to determine the location of a school bus along its route. StopFinder provides real-time information on where your child’s bus is as they travel to and from school. In 2023-2024, CMCSS will be expanding StopFinder access to all families across the District. For details on StopFinder, click here. Families will receive an […]
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End-of-Year Updates and Reminders for Families
Academies of CMCSS Provide a Variety of Summer Camps
Students in 3rd – 9th grade can explore several summer cams.
CMCSS Administrative Appointments Announced in April 2023
Administrative Announcements in April 2023
CMCSS Will Host Its Largest Teacher Job Fair of the Year on March 30
CMCSS is hiring over 100 teachers.
The Process of Rebuilding. How school social workers are part of the solution. (Part Two)
In response to the increased need for student social-emotional support, CMCSS hired nine district social workers in 2022. This small team has made great strides and continues to focus on building connections as a way to combat the struggles students experience. “Sometimes there can be trauma behind all of that anger that we don’t know about,” said Tomecia Slade, a Lead District Social Worker for the district. “There can be some deep-rooted issues going on.” In 2021-2022, CMCSS saw a rise in negative student behavior. After reviewing the data, CMCSS found that a small percentage of students were contributing to recurring negative behavior patterns. It was not widespread, but it had a systemic effect on the schools. What was contributing to this spike in behavior? There is not a single cause. After meeting with students, social workers often find some type of dysfunction, including fighting in the family, sickness, loss of employment, rise in social media use, financial strain, or similar circumstances play a role. “We have students that will seek attention,” said Slade. “That’s going to cause them to act out or run out of the classroom. Those negative things sometimes are going to show up as a way of getting what they want or need. If there is a void somewhere, it is going to show up.” The district social workers are a new resource to CMCSS, and schools are growing accustomed to their presence. The team typically receives referrals through school counselors, teachers, or school-level staff. They work closely with the Families in Transition (FIT) Team and the Student Success Coaches. Alicia Willis, one of the district social workers assigned to Greenwood Alternative School, explains how they approach a new situation. “It’s nice for people to have a healthy understanding that social workers come in to assess […]
CMCSS hired nine District Social Workers in 2022. Have they made an impact? (Part One)
In 2022, CMCSS added nine district social workers to its roster…
CMCSS Will Host Invitation-Only Hiring Event on December 1
This invitation-only event will allow applicants to interview and potentially receive same-day offers. Candidates can begin onboarding immediately.
CMCSS Seeks Community Members for Focus Groups to Discuss Strategic Work Feedback
Share your opinion on the district’s strategic work goals during a focus group.
September 2022 Point of Pride
Students, faculty, and staff were recognized by the CMCSS School Board during the September Formal Meeting.
September 2022 School Accountability Designations and Calendar Reminders
In accordance with Tennessee’s accountability system, the Tennessee Department of Education names schools that are excelling, as well as those that need additional support.