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Inclement Weather Information

The CMCSS Operations Department is closely monitoring the Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service for this evening and tomorrow morning. As a reminder, in the event of inclement weather this school year, traditional students will transition to remote learning. With 1:1 laptops, the district is prepared throughout the academic year to provide remote instruction if there are building closures due to COVID-19, inclement weather, or other emergencies. Last summer, CMCSS received a waiver from the Commissioner of Education to use inclement weather stockpile days at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year to allow for a delayed start. If school buildings are closed, the CMCSS Communications Department will use SchoolMessenger to notify families via call, text, and email. Parents and guardians can use the Parent Self-Service Portal at parents.cmcss.net to update contact information throughout the year. The district also will share inclement weather closure updates on official CMCSS social media accounts, www.cmcss.net, and local media. Please ensure that you check your sources when viewing school closure information on social media. For official CMCSS social media accounts, follow us @cmcssinfo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.



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Application Deadline EXTENDED for Teacher Residency Program

The deadline for submissions for the 2021-22 Teacher Residency Programs has been extended to February 15, 2021.



Spring 2021 Standardized Assessment Updates

This is an important update regarding the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and the ACT exam for CMCSS students.    ACT Exams (High School Only in March) On Tue., March 2, all CMCSS juniors, and any senior who is designated to take the ACT, will take the ACT exam in-person at their enrolled school. This includes both traditional and virtual students. To best meet the needs of students taking the ACT and follow health and safety protocols, March 2 will be a remote learning day for high school traditional students who are not taking the ACT. The ACT is a graduation requirement in the state of Tennessee, and is important for students to qualify for college entrance requirements, the Hope Scholarship, CMCSS Work Ethic Distinction, benchmarks for Honors and Highest Honors diplomas, numerous scholarships, and determining class rank for seniors in January. On March 2, all students taking the ACT exam will need to arrive at their enrolled school no later than 7:30 a.m. Traditional students taking the ACT exam who ride CMCSS transportation should be at their bus stop at the regularly scheduled time in the morning. Students will finish the exam by approximately 12:30 p.m. Virtual students taking the ACT may leave after the exam. Schools will share more details with their individual school communities prior to March 2.   TCAP Assessments (All CMCSS Families in April) TCAP assessments are administered to students in grades 3-12, and CMCSS is required by law to administer these tests to all students – both traditional and CMCSS K-12 Virtual. The 2020-2021 TCAP assessments are paper and pencil as determined by the state, so students must take these assessments in-person. In order to accommodate in-person testing for CMCSS K-12 Virtual students while adhering to COVID-19 precautions, there will be changes to schedules […]



Jan. 29 Update on Phased Return to In-Person Learning (Grades 7-12)

On Monday, February 8, all CMCSS seventh through twelfth-grade traditional students will return to in-person learning. Although staffing issues and the substitute shortage are expected to continue during the pandemic, COVID-19 related leave has continued to decrease as Clarksville-Montgomery County’s COVID-19 data continues to improve.



Class of 2021 Graduation Update

The district is moving forward with planning, and is committed to having, in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 in May.



Open Enrollment Information Sessions for 8th Graders

Last week, your child began working through a virtual course in SchoolsPLP called Registration Ready. Throughout this course, your child will be learning more about high school graduation requirements and the course options available to him or her in the high school setting. This includes an exploration of the traditional high school pathways and courses, as well as the specialized and non-traditional options. CMCSS will be hosting multiple parent information sessions meant to explore the specialized and non-traditional high school opportunities available to your child as he or she enters freshman year. The sessions on Monday, February 8, beginning at 6:00 p.m., and on Thursday, February 11, beginning at 5:00 p.m. will be geared toward students interested in the Academies of CMCSS. The general session will include a brief overview of each Academy and look into the application process, followed by time to visit individual information breakout rooms run by representatives from each of the CMCSS Academies. Click the following link to access the sessions on February 8 at 6:00 PM and February 11 at 5:00 PM: http://bit.ly/3qQI0ZR Please note that Academies will only be available to students who plan to attend school in-person during the 2021-2022 school year. The sessions below will focus on the updated CMCSS K-12 Virtual school. January 27 at 6:00 p.m. February 4 at 9:00 a.m. February 10 at 6:00 p.m. To access the Zoom meetings above and learn more about K-12 Virtual school visit https://www.cmcss.net/k-12virtual/.



Open Enrollment Information Sessions for 10th Graders

CMCSS will be hosting multiple parent information sessions meant to explore the non-traditional high school opportunities available to your child as he or she enters junior year. The session on Monday, February 1 beginning at 6:00 p.m., will be geared toward students interested in the non-traditional early post-secondary options of the Middle College at Austin Peay and the Early Technical College at TCAT. The general session will also include a brief overview of each program and look into the application process, followed by time to visit individual information breakout rooms run by representatives from each of the non-traditional offerings. Click the following link to access that session on February 1 at 6:00 p.m.: Virtual Session for Non-Traditional Offerings (click here) The sessions below will focus on the updated CMCSS K-12 Virtual school. January 27 at 6:00 p.m. February 4 at 9:00 a.m. February 10 at 6:00 p.m. To access the Zoom meetings and learn more about K-12 Virtual school visit https://www.cmcss.net/k-12virtual/. For more information on Open Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year, visit the 2021-2022 Open Enrollment page.



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CMCSS Opens Applications for Teacher Residency Programs

Applications are now open for the Teacher Residency Programs within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. The programs allow community members, current CMCSS employees, and high school seniors a non-traditional approach to becoming a teacher. “It’s about investing in your own community with an apprenticeship approach to developing teachers,” stated Dr. Sean Impeartrice, Chief Academic Officer for CMCSS. Residents work towards their licensure, degree, and/or certification while gaining first-hand experience as an Educational Assistant within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. This experience provides instructional and non-instructional support to students while learning best practices for a career in education from a certified CMCSS educator. Now in its third year of the program, CMCSS has partnered with several colleges and universities in the surrounding area, including Austin Peay State University, Nashville State Community College, and Lipscomb University. Residents incur no expenses for tuition or textbooks. “We are proactively addressing the national teacher shortage,” said Dr. Phyllis Casebolt, Director of Federal Projects, including the Teacher Residency Programs. “These programs provide residents an opportunity to work with high-performing teachers while completing the requirements to earn a teaching license.  Wrap-around supports are in place to ensure the academic success of the residents.  Our district recognizes the positive impact of employees committed to meeting the needs of all students.” There are three teacher residency pathways available for the 2021-2022 school year: Early-Learning Teacher Residency in partnership with Nashville State Community College and Austin Peay State University, Lipscomb Teacher Residency, and Lipscomb Middle Teacher Residency in partnership with Lipscomb University. Applications for community members are due February 10, 2021. High School seniors must submit their applications by March 5, 2021. All applications and required paperwork can be found on the district website, www.cmcss.net/trp. “I’ve always had a passion for teaching since I was little. This was an excellent […]



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Spectators at Athletic Events

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.



Ready4K – Free Learning Resources for Parents via Text Messages

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), CMCSS is excited to offer our pre-K through third-grade families free access to Ready4K, a research-based text messaging program, that will help you continue your child’s learning at home. Families are juggling a lot right now, and on top of that, you are working hard to help your children keep learning despite an unprecedented year. Here is how Ready4K can help you support your child’s learning: Delivers three texts weekly with fun facts and tips to provide you with simple, engaging tips to help your child continue to learn while at home. The messages match each child’s age, even if you have more than one child. Ready4K tips build on your daily routines, like getting dressed, bath time or preparing a meal. We want to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the home and help ensure your child is learning no matter where they are. Click here for a 1-pager from Ready4K for more information. Ready4K will begin sending texts the week of January 25, 2021. You can choose to stop receiving Ready4K texts at any time by texting STOP to 70138.