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May 26th, 2023

CMCSS Announces New Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Schanda Doughty has been named the Chief Academic Officer.

May 26th, 2023

End of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has ended. CMCSS’ COVID-19 Return to School/Work Guidelines and COVID-19 Related Leave Policy expired on Friday, May 26, 2023. With in-person learning, our collective actions can help mitigate the spread of communicable diseases. The District’s communicable disease mitigation strategy has always been about using multiple layers to improve success. CMCSS uses the following mitigation layers: Using MERV 13 instead of MERV 9 filters in all buildings Increasing outdoor air ventilation Encouraging self-screening, handwashing, covering sneezes, and staying home when sick for all students, employees, and visitors Replenishing hand sanitizing stations For CMCSS’ Communicable Disease and/or Illness Management Policy, click here. Effective May 30, 2023. Subject to change based on updated guidance and local, state, or national recommendations or mandates. If you have any questions or feedback on the plan, please email [email protected].

May 24th, 2023

May 16, 2023 Points of Pride

On May 16, 2023, the CMCSS School Board honored the following students, faculty, and staff with Point of Pride awards. Vals/Sals The following names are the valedictorians and salutatorians from each of our seven traditional high schools. Clarksville High School Valedictorian Madelyn Holt Salutatorian Parker Wilkinson Kenwood High School Valedictorian Isaiah Mimms Salutatorian Joshua Tworoger Montgomery Central High School Valedictorian Olivia Davis Salutatorian Madelyn Coleson Northeast High School Valedictorian Thomas Mann Salutatorian Carter Sierawski Northwest High School Valedictorian Joanna Jernigan Salutatorian Kylie Yun Rossview High School Valedictorian Vivian Ma Salutatorian Logan Graff West Creek High School Valedictorian Lorraine Cutting Salutatorian Julianne Hook Perfect Score on the ACT Justin Zheng is a Rossview High School student who made perfect score on his ACT exam. The perfect composite score is 36. This score is an average of the four section scores for English, Math, Reading, and Science. Getting a perfect score on the ACT is very rare. Out of the nearly 2 million students who take the ACT across America, only around 0.3% of students earn a perfect ACT score. Congratulations, Justin! Mock Trial State Competition Ava Heuston and Sara Haake are from Clarksville High School. The recently competed in the Mock Trial State Competition. Mock trial is a competitive opportunity for high school students where they prepare and present all parts of a fictional case – opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, closing statements, objections, and witness testimony. As you can imagine, the participants put in a significant amount of time preparing for the competition. We are proud to announce that Sara won 1st Place Best Defense Witness and Ava won 2nd Place Best Defense Attorney. Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference Several CMCSS students participated in the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership conference. From Clarksville High […]

May 23rd, 2023

TCAP/EOC Scores Not Included in Final Grades 2022-2023

CMCSS will not include the TCAP/EOC state standardized test results as part of students’ final grades this school year. In accordance with T.C.A. § 49-1-617 and District policy, students’ TCAP scores will not be included in their final spring semester grades if the scores are not received by the District at least five instructional days before the end of the academic year. CMCSS did not receive scores in time. Although scores will not be included in semester grades, in accordance with state law, the third-grade ELA TCAP score, or retest score, is still being used to determine the pathways to fourth-grade promotion unless a student is exempt from third-grade retention. CMCSS received scores from the state last Friday afternoon and processed through the weekend. Families of students at-risk for retention began receiving communications last Sunday regarding the retest and next steps. As a reminder, the last half day of school is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 24. We look forward to a great last day of the school year and celebrating the Class of 2023 at graduations over the next few days!

May 5th, 2023

LIVE STREAM: Watch the 2023 CMCSS High School Graduations Here

All CMCSS graduations will be live-streamed via the links below. Streams will not be active until the scheduled graduation time indicated. A recorded version of the graduation will be available following the ceremonies on the CMCSS YouTube page. Adult Education May 24, 2023 12:00 p.m. Live stream Adult High School May 24, 2023 4:00 p.m. Live Stream Clarksville High School May 25, 2023 4:00 p.m. Live Stream CMCSS K-12 Virtual School May 24, 2023 2:00 p.m. Live Stream Kenwood High School May 27, 2023 9:00 a.m. Live Stream Middle College at APSU May 24, 2023 10:00 a.m. Live Stream Montgomery Central High School May 26, 2023 7:00 p.m. Live Stream Northeast High School May 26, 2023 4:00 p.m. Live Stream Northwest High School May 25, 2023 7:00 p.m. Live Stream Rossview High School May 27, 2023 3:00 p.m. Live Stream West Creek High School May 27, 2023 12:00 p.m. Live Stream

April 5th, 2023

April 5 Weather Ready

Good morning, CMCSS families, We have been closely monitoring the weather. At this time, Clarksville-Montgomery County is not under any watches, advisories, warnings, or other significant weather statements. With our previous closures or early dismissals due to weather, we had urgent guidance from the National Weather Service that we have not yet received today. Based on the timing of the predicted thunderstorms, we could experience delays or disruptions with the afternoon commute. CMCSS is a StormReady district, and all CMCSS schools have severe weather plans, designated safe areas, and required drills throughout the school year. Additionally, the CMCSS Transportation Department has protocols for severe weather, including rerouting buses to the nearest school in the event of a tornado warning. Our bus drivers and school personnel are focused on student safety and are prepared to make accommodations during dismissal, if needed. Although we are not dismissing early today, all after-school activities are cancelled. Additionally, we understand some families may wish to check out their students early today, including those who are typically walkers or bus riders. If families check out students as early as three hours before normal dismissal time, students will still be counted as present for the full day based on our 7-hour school day. As always, we ask everyone to please stay weather alert and ready! If you are new to Tennessee or our region, severe weather season is typically March through May and mid-October through November.

March 29th, 2023

April 2023 Updates and Reminders

Good afternoon, CMCSS families, Please see below for updates and reminders for April. Calendar Reminders Tuesday, April 4 (5-7 p.m.) – Kindergarten Kick-Off for 2023-2024 School Year Friday, April 7 – Holiday | No School Monday, April 17 – State Standardized Assessments (TCAP) Begin Wednesday, April 19 – “Purple Up! For Military Kids” Day Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 12 – Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Wednesday, May 24 – Last Half Day of School April – Month of the Military Child April is designated as the Month of the Military Child. “Purple Up! For Military Kids” will be celebrated in CMCSS and DoDEA schools on Wednesday, April 19. We encourage the entire community to wear purple to show your support for military-connected children. In CMCSS, around 30% of our nearly 39,000 students are military-connected. Almost half of CMCSS’ schools have earned the TN Purple Star School Award for their commitment to serving military-connected students, with additional schools earning the distinction each year. Military members and military-connected families make many sacrifices for the security and safety of our nation, and we honor and recognize the unique challenges children and family members make to support their loved ones in uniform. Assessments/Testing – TCAP The Tennessee TCAP assessments (state standardized tests) will be administered in CMCSS beginning April 17, 2023. Please click here for the communication that was sent last week with more information about TCAP. For families of third-grade students, during the 2021 Special Session, the Tennessee legislature updated the student promotion and retention law effective this school year. CMCSS has been sharing letters with families and hosting informational meetings. The third parent letter will be sent home next week. The Instruction and Curriculum Department will host additional informational meetings the week of April 10, and the letter next week will […]

March 22nd, 2023

Information for Families on TCAP Assessments in April

The Tennessee TCAP assessments (state standardized tests) will be administered in CMCSS beginning April 17, 2023. Students in grades 3-5 will be completing the paper-pencil version of TCAP Achievement for English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Students in grades 6-8 will be completing the computer-based version of the TCAP Achievement for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students in high school who are currently enrolled in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, US History, and/or Biology will be completing the computer-based version of the TCAP EOC. State law (T.C.A. § 49-1-617) establishes that the state assessments shall comprise a percentage, between 15% and 25%, of a student’s final grade for the spring semester. In CMCSS (policy INS-A023), it is 15%. Students absent on the day of testing receive a zero, following the attendance policy for excused and unexcused absences. Makeup opportunities are provided within the testing window. NEW this year: Tennessee state law provides all students the opportunity to request additional time for completing TCAP assessments if needed. Teachers will provide students a reminder during each subtest of the TCAP to simply raise their hand if they feel they need a few extra moments to finish. The additional time available is equal to 20% of the time allotted for the test section being completed, which is approximately 5 to 17 minutes depending on the content area and subtest. Parents may also make the request for the additional time for their student by submitting a letter of request to the principal at their child’s school by Thursday, April 6. Students who are finished with the assessment or have submitted the computer-based assessment have acknowledged they do not need the additional time. All students have the right to meaningful access and opportunities for participation in instruction. The strategies, accessibility, […]

March 20th, 2023

Charter School Application Feedback

According to state law, nonprofit organizations with the intent to open a charter school in a Tennessee school district must apply through the local School Board for that district for authorization. Click to learn more about the process, read application materials, and provide feedback on the application.

February 28th, 2023

CMCSS Administrative Announcements in February 2023

CMCSS has three administrative announcements. Director of Certified Employment Patti Koloski has been selected as the Director of Certified Employment, replacing Melissa Izatt who has been selected as the Chief Human Resources Officer effective April 1. The title was previously named the Director of Educator Quality. With an ongoing effort to streamline and improve services and support from the District, the position has been renamed and Dr. Erica Christmas’ title has changed to Director of Classified Employment. Koloski has served as the Employee Relations Specialist since February 2022. Previously, she served for 7 years as principal and 5 years as assistant principal at Glenellen Elementary School. She has 31 years of experience in education as a teacher, academic coach, and administrator, working in public, private, and military school communities. Under her leadership, Glenellen was named a Reward School four times for performing in the top 5% of schools in the state. She earned her M.A. in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University and B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She received her Administrative Endorsement from Trevecca Nazarene University. Northwest High School Assistant Principal Michael Johnson has been selected as an assistant principal at Northwest High School, beginning the 2023-2024 school year. He currently serves as the Student Support Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Director at Northwest High, in addition to other school-based leadership roles. Johnson began his career with CMCSS in 2014 and has served as a music educator at Pisgah Elementary and Northwest High schools. Additionally, he has over 15 years of experience as a teacher, music minister, and accompanist for local churches and at Austin Peay State University. Johnson is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Austin Peay State University where he earned his Ed.S. in Secondary Education and Educational Technology, M.S. […]