Good evening, CMCSS families, As a reminder, next Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25 are pre-planned, district-wide remote learning days for traditional students. With remote learning, students will not report to the school building as they will access learning via the laptops provided by the district. This week, teachers will communicate with students on how to access lessons. Families who need access to no-cost meals can find information here. Thanksgiving Break will be Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, and classes will resume on Monday, November 30. CMCSS students, faculty, staff, and administrators have worked hard to implement the district’s reopening plan and to keep our school buildings open for those families that chose the traditional option. It is going to take the community working together to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep our buildings open. Please remember, everyone is expected to self-screen prior to entering school property. In addition, students, faculty, and staff should not enter a school building if they are awaiting a COVID-19 test result or if a household member is awaiting a COVID-19 test result unless the household member is being tested routinely for work or surgeries. If you have questions, please review the Back to School/Work Flowchart. Regarding fan attendance at athletic events, CMCSS is following guidance from TSSAA. All CMCSS facilities have limited seating capacities for all sporting events. Masks are required for all spectators. Families are allowed to sit together, but spectators must remain physically distant whenever possible from all other spectators. 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. The percent of COVID-19 in the […]
The CMCSS Child Nutrition department will alter its curbside food distribution days at the end of December to align with Winter Break. Please see the alternate schedule below. All curbside food distribution will take place at the elementary schools. Mondays are typically a distribution day for virtual students only. Fridays are typically a distribution day for virtual and traditional students. Mon., Nov. 20 – Fri., Dec. 4: The week will operate as normal with Monday and Friday distribution. Mon., Dec. 7 – Fri., Dec. 11: The week will operate as normal with Monday and Friday distribution. Mon., Dec. 14 – Fri., Dec. 18: The week will operate as normal with Monday and Friday distribution. Mon., Dec. 21: LAST CURBSIDE DISTRIBUTION DAY IN DECEMBER Distribution is from 11 am – 2 pm and will include food for the remote learning days as well as Winter Break. Families should be prepared for a larger than the normal distribution of food. Mon., Jan. 4 – Fri., Jan. 8: The week will operate as normal with Monday and Friday distribution.
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board (IDB) voted to move forward with the purchase of 116 acres of farmland near Rossview Road at the September meeting. The tract of land purchased is located along 1-24 near exit 8 near Hayes Lane and Rossview Road; and is the site of a new Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) Campus, with plans for an elementary, middle, high school, transportation facility, and athletic fields. The IDB will serve as the buyer and financial conduit for the site; after the pad site for the middle school is completed IDB will transfer the deed for the land to CMCSS who in collaboration with Montgomery County will oversee the design and construction of the Campus. The first building on the campus, the middle school, is slated to be complete by the fall of 2022. “The IDB is pleased to assist Montgomery County and CMCSS in building new learning facilities for our youth to support the future growth of our steadily expanding community,” said Frank Tate, Executive Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board, “We are happy to help facilitate the swift turnaround on this investment; supporting the community at this level enhances the quality of life in Clarksville-Montgomery County, which is a key role of the IDB. “This was a collaborative effort to get the best offer for our school system and our community. I appreciate the work that all parties have contributed and will continue to contribute towards this crucial project for the students and families of Montgomery County” stated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. “CMCSS is excited about this opportunity to partner with local leadership to accomplish a much-needed project to address school capacities as our community continues to grow,” said Millard House, Director of Schools, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. This release was provided […]
Remote learning is part of the CMCSS Continuum of Learning. CMCSS has a plan for individual classrooms, a school, or the entire district to have students learning remotely if needed at any time. As the conditions surrounding the pandemic change, the district will be prepared to continue to provide high quality education to all students, no matter the circumstances.
How School Psychologists Expand the Horizon for CMCSS Students School psychologists play a role that most people cannot clearly define. Yet, their work is crucial to creating strategies for intervention and supportive environments for students in need. On a typical day, they provide direct support to students, consult with teachers and families, and collaborate with school mental health professionals. Recently a group of CMCSS school psychologists reflected on the common misconceptions regarding their profession. Whether it be parents or fellow staff, their role within the school is sometimes confused. “How many times have you been mistaken for a school counselor?” District Lead School Psychologist Dr. Ariane Narain asks her peers, to which they all smile and nod. Another shares a story to which everyone quickly relates as they’re often asked a variation of, “Where’s your couch?” Aside from the assumptions surrounding school psychologists’ role, the true nature of their position is significant. “The day can look very different if you’re in elementary, middle, or high school,” said Dr. Jasmine Scott, who works at Montgomery Central. “People think we just assess students all day,” said Narain. Much of their day is consulting, whether with students, parents, teachers, counselors, or administrators. These consultations are critical to the success of the students. “What we do carries such a heavy weight for special education.” School psychologists determine eligibility for a range of students, including special education and gifted students. Each student’s journey through eligibility and intervention for special services is unique, as is the relationship developed with the family. The psychologists understand that just the mention of their presence creates a range of emotions for families from the beginning. “If the parents are new to special education, we’re the first friendly face,” said Lauren Keultjes, a school psychologist at Norman Smith Elementary. Explaining the […]
Col. (retired) Vernon F. Lightner has been named CMCSS’ Director of Army Instruction, replacing Col. (retired) Michael J. Taliento, Jr. who is retiring. Previously, he served as the Senior Army Instructor at Montgomery Central High School. Before teaching JROTC, he served in the U.S. Army for 27 years, retiring as a Colonel. Col. (retired) Lightner has served in a variety of leadership positions from Platoon Leader to Battalion Commander. He has participated in several operational deployments including Operation Intrinsic Action, Kuwait; Operation Restore Hope, Somalia; and two tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Joint Staff and Army Staff Badge, and various other campaign medals. He earned his M.S. in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., an M.S. in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. Additionally, he completed the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College. Colonel (retired) Lightner is married to Colonel (retired) Cynthia Lightner, and they have three adult children.
In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion, Rossview Middle School has altered the afternoon pick up location for families. Families picking up at the middle school will enter the complex on Cardinal Lane and turn right to drive past the front of the school. Drivers should be aware there will be two lanes of traffic for the pickup process. Drivers can turn left into the circular lot and pick up their middle school students. Vehicles are encouraged to leave the Rossview complex the same way in which they entered. Those picking up middle and high school students should complete their middle school pickup and turn right on Cardinal Lane to proceed to the back of the middle school. Drivers can then turn left, go past the athletic fields, and proceed to the high school activities entrance. These changes will only impact the afternoon schedule at this time. Morning drop-off will remain the same. To see the map regarding afternoon pick-up please visit our website.
Three Clarksville-Montgomery County High Schools have recently received special designation from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, granting specific scholarship opportunities to students to access one of Tennessee’s premier public universities. The Flagship Scholarship is offered to admitted freshmen who graduate from a designated Flagship high school. Northeast, West Creek, and Kenwood high schools have all been named as UT-Knoxville Flagship schools. The Flagship Scholarship is a scholarship program provided by Flagship Universities across the 50 states. There are only 38 high schools in Tennessee that qualify for this designation. According to the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, “when combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, this scholarship covers a student’s tuition and mandatory fees for up to eight (8) semesters.” The scholarship is automatically granted to students who meet all of the criteria, with no additional application required. Students must be a Tennessee resident and U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Students must also be first-time freshmen who enter UT in the fall semester immediately following graduation. The scholarship does specify that an admission application must be submitted by the December 15 deadline and a FAFSA application must be sent by February 1 prior to enrollment. Students who are interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact their school counselor or visit https://onestop.utk.edu/scholarships/tri-star-scholarship-program/for information.
Norm Brumblay has been selected as Chief Operations Officer (COO) for CMCSS, beginning Dec. 1. He replaces Jim Sumrell who retires at the end of the semester. Brumblay has been with CMCSS since 2002, serving as the Operations Director and Facilities Manager. In this role, he has acted as the COO designee, supervised the Facilities Department staff and the operation of all school and district facilities, and been responsible for the planning, design, and construction of facilities during his tenure. Previously, he was a Project Manager and Designer for DBS & Associates Engineering. Additionally, Brumblay serves as a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army assigned to Tennessee Army National Guard 129th AB. Over his 33 years of military service, he has provided first-line leadership for various missions, including overseas combat operations in the Persian Gulf War with the 101st Airborne Division. Brumblay earned his M.S. in business management from Austin Peay State University and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. He has earned his FEMA Incident Command ICS Certificate, was a member of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, and completed the U.S. Army Advanced Leadership School. He received the National Medal of the Arts, as a military musician, U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, and was named the U.S. Army Bands NCO of the Year in 2003. Locally, he was a graduate of the Leadership Clarksville Class of 2008 and served on the Montgomery County Growth Plan Development Committee and the City of Clarksville Access Management Board. Brumblay is a past president of the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region Board of Directors and a past regional director of the Tennessee School Plant Management Association. He is a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Scout Master and earned the BSA Trailblazer Award. […]
After 23 years as an educator, Crystal McCoin, a third grade STEM teacher at Oakland Elementary, is trying something new – virtual teaching. Hundreds of CMCSS teachers are navigating the new world of CMCSS K-12 Virtual. For Ms. McCoin, she finds joy in teaching and watching her students’ excitement about learning. “I have been teaching a long time and thought I had seen everything, but have definitely had to step out of my comfort zone,” she explains. “I am always willing to try new things to see if something works better and to help the students learn.” This sentiment rings true for many virtual educators today. Educators are experts at creative thinking and our virtual teachers continue to rise to the challenge of engaging their students. From puppets to playing games, teachers at all levels aren’t afraid to try new things. Everyone understands that trying something different is crucial to maintaining a relationship with students. McCoin says the biggest difference with virtual learning is you have to work harder to build relationships with students. During her Zoom instruction time, her eyes are continuously scanning the faces for anyone who may be distracted. Phrases that would be typical to any classroom setting such as, ‘are you okay’, ‘show me your pencils’, ‘let’s sit up tall’ are now mixed in with the newest repetitive phrase for teachers ‘make sure you’re on mute.’ Ms. McCoin does not miss any opportunity to share a smile or encouraging word, because she knows the importance of building a relationship. “You get to see a little of their personalities but not as you do in the classroom setting,” she said. She admits that there are times virtual may be a struggle but teachers should look to the opportunities as well, “I feel like we get so much […]