The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board reviewed five proposals to partially address an ever-growing student population during its Nov. 5 Study Session. Chief Operations Officer Jim Sumrell presented the Board members with a report on the school system’s current state of building capacity and recommendations for them to consider during their voting session on Nov. 12.
The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board was recognized by the Tennessee School Boards Association as a “Board of Distinction,” one of 32 in the state.
To qualify as a Board of Distinction, a school board must meet specified requirements in four key areas: planning, policy, promotion and board development. The Board was recognized at the TSBA Fall District meeting in Springfield last week.
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(Aug. 15, 2019) The Tennessee Department of Education released the state’s report card data for Tennessee school districts today. As the state works to transition through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, TNReady legislations, standards and proficiency shifts, CMCSS continues to experience forward momentum in meeting the vision that all students graduate college and career ready.
CMCSS continues to outperform the state across multiple measures, experience a graduation rate above the state and national levels, and is home to multiple reward schools.
“From this partial data release the State is providing, we can cull some information and trends. We will have to wait on the full release of data to form a complete picture of the School System’s performance,” said Director of Schools Millard House.
An information briefing has been scheduled for students interested in going to college; interested in an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp scholarship; and/or for those students interested in attending a prestigious military college. Please plan to attend either Aug. 19 or Aug. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the CMCSS Central Services South location on 1312 Highway 48/13. The meeting will be held in Hickory Room A Conference Room. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Free/Reduced Meal Applications must be submitted each school year. Beginning July 24, 2019, if you feel that your child(ren) may be eligible for free or reduced meal benefits, you may create an account and apply for meal benefits at www.schoolcafe.com.
When does school start? Wednesday, Aug. 7 is the first half day, and Friday, Aug. 9 is the first full day. How do I register my child? If your K through 12th-grade student is new to Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools or is transferring between schools, enroll online by visiting https://enroll.cmcss.net. New this year, the CMCSS Enrollment Center, located at 430 Greenwood Ave., is open M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., throughout the calendar year when district offices are open. The Enrollment Center serves as a centralized location for parents and guardians to register their children and obtain documentation, resources, and support for the enrollment process. Parents and guardians are able to complete the registration process at the Enrollment Center, including the ability to submit important registration documents such as birth certificates, health forms, statement of residence, etc., which will be scanned and sent electronically to the school at which the child is zoned. Parents and guardians still have the option to complete the enrollment process at their child’s zoned school when buildings are open and staff is available during the school year. High School offices open on July 16. Elementary and Middle School offices open July 18.
A 20-year U.S. Army veteran with seven years working elite Special Operations and counter-terrorism missions has been selected to fill the unexpired term of the District 3 Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board seat. Herbert A. Nelson, Jr. will be sworn in to the office on July 1 and will serve until the next County General Election in August 2020. He retired from the Army with honorable service as an intelligence analyst. He spoke to the School Board Tuesday night, after which the Board voted to accept him as the replacement for Danny Kittrell, who relocated to South Carolina. “I have lived in Clarksville over 20 years and understand the tremendous challenges that the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System faces in making it a top-notched system and ensuring that all students receive a quality education,” Nelson noted. “I have witnessed the changes that have been made and would like to be a part of the system’s continued success.” Nelson earned an M.B.A. from Lipscomb University with a human resources concentration. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in liberal arts from Excelsior University in Albany, New York. His education background also includes certification from the Joint Military College. Nelson currently is an electronic security specialist for the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
Only one-tenth of one percent of the 2.1 million test takers achieve a perfect score on the American College Testing, better known as the ACT. Clarksville-Montgomery County School System rising seniors Emily Mayes and Charlotte Lange and newly graduated Joseph Bierman are among that miniscule number earning a 36 when they took the test this school year. ACT officials say the test, which more than 1.9 million students took last year, hasn’t changed in any meaningful way since 1989, the Cincinnati “Enquirer” recently reported. In taking a comprehensive look at ACT scores, the “Enquirer” noted that students armed with No. 2 pencils still get three anxious hours to answer multiple choice questions about math, English, science and reading that could help determine whether they get into their college of choice. The average test scores haven’t changed much, either. Those have hovered around 21 for at least the past five years. ACT has seen a slight rise in those scoring a 36 in recent years. They are attributing the increase to better test preparation. In Tennessee, curriculum standards now are better aligned to what is tested on the ACT. All CMCSS high schools offer an ACT test preparation course before eleventh graders take the exam. The Tennessee Legislature requires all high school juniors take the test, regardless of the students’ plans to attend college. CMCSS sees about one student every few years scoring a 36 Composite (36 on all sections). On average, five to 10 CMCSS students achieve a 35 composite each year. On individual content subjects, CMCSS students have seen scores of 36. For example in 2017-18, CMCSS showed the following data: In English, 14 students scored 36, and 22 had 35 In Reading, 19 students scored 36, and 22 scored 35 In Science, 10 students scored 36, and 9 scored […]
On Friday, May 24, CMCSS and APSU hosted a signing day event for the first cohort of the Early Learning Teacher Residency, an innovative three-year residency and degree program developed in partnership between APSU and CMCSS. In 1975, 22 percent of all college students dreamed of becoming teachers. Forty-four years later, that number has plummeted to about 4 percent, prompting the CBS Evening News to recently label the national teacher shortage “an education crisis.” Officials with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and the Austin Peay State University Eriksson College of Education have kept a close eye on the growing crisis, and the two organizations recently formed an innovative partnership to train and keep teachers in this community. “We have been looking at different teacher pipelines to get teachers in the school system, and growing our own was a natural place to go,” Millard House II, CMCSS Director of Schools, said. Earlier this spring, the school system and APSU launched the Early Learning Teacher Residence program, which will provide 20 recent high school graduates and 20 CMCSS teacher’s aides with an accelerated, free path to become full-time school system teachers in just three years. The program specifically targets minority and first-generation college students, increasing diversity both within the school system and at Austin Peay. “The idea is to put them into five of our lower socioeconomic elementary schools, in a lower grade, where they will be mentored by some of the most exemplary teachers we have,” Dr. Sean Impeartrice, CMCSS chief academic officer, said. “The whole idea of the residency is not providing them one year of student teaching but three years of learning their craft from the very best.” These students, known as residents, primarily will be placed in kindergarten through second-grade classrooms with a smaller number going to third […]