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CMCSS’ steps to mitigate communicable diseases, CDC releases new guidance

CMCSS has proactive measures in place to reduce the spread of illness in our schools such as our two-step cleaning process, which allows custodians to focus their attention on high-touch surfaces to kill germs. District leadership is continuing to meet with local health officials to review best practices and receive updates which may impact this community. CMCSS is focused on keeping our more than 36,500 students and 5,000 employees safe. The following resources from the CDC provide actionable things you and your children can do to prevent the spread of flu, strep, and COVID-19.



Pre-K Application Opportunities for the 2020-21 School Year

CMCSS Pre-K Application Events have been canceled. Parents and guardians may complete the online application linked below. After completing the application, a member of the Pre-K team will contact you via email to set up a Zoom meeting to verify income and the child’s birth certificate. If you did not provide your email when you submitted your online application previously, please email Melinda Smith at Melinda.smith2@cmcss.net. To apply online, use one of the following application links: (English) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceAaqGOjolWn8USzIyEfRiY2-tMb8rWlOQUX9Nj2ENqbsWmw/viewform?usp=sf_link (Spanish) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGtfyGyChgrFJkpgaFp6FQhgUo_QKcaO0SR5P9LcSnyJ9GxQ/viewform?usp=sf_link Students must be 4 years old on or before August 15, 2020 to be enrolled in Pre-K for the 2020-21 school year. Families will be asked to provide documentation to determine if they meet the income requirements set by the state. Pre-K classes will be filled using the guidelines set forth by the State of Tennessee for Voluntary Pre-K. You will be required to bring the child’s birth certificate and any of the documents listed below that are required to verify student eligibility.  Documents to verify program status: Current Food Stamp eligibility letter Migrant status letter Foster Care Documentation Families First Documentation Documents to verify income: (only if you do not qualify for any programs listed above) 2019 W2 or 1040 2 recent Military LES 2 recent pay stubs Unemployment Benefits Veteran’s Benefits Any other documentation to verify source of income used to determine eligibility For more information, please contact Melinda Smith, Pre-K Director at 931-648-5653 or Melinda.Smith2@cmcss.net.  



Spring 2020 Administrative Announcements

Several administrative announcements have been made.



Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System offers several non-traditional schools and programs of choice for students. Additionally, specific grade levels in seven elementary schools are available for open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.



2020-2021 Student/Parent Calendar

The first half day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is August 12, 2020.



2020-2021 Zoning Feedback

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board on first reading at the Dec. 3, 2019 School Board Study Session heard the recommendation that no changes be made to the elementary, middle, or high school zone lines for the 2020-2021 school year. The recommendation was made by the CMCSS Zoning Project Team, which ensures equitable distribution of resources according to the learning needs of all students per the following guidelines:



School Board Considers Five Proposals to Expand Facilities

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.



School Board Recognized by State Organization

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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Administrative Announcements

Brandy N. Walker has been selected as the new assistant principal at Northwest High School. She previously has served Northwest High as student support coordinator; testing and Advanced Placement coordinator; assistant athletic director; and, Associated Student Government sponsor. She earned her M.A. in educational leadership from Austin Peay State University, where she also earned a B.S. in English. She has eight years of educational experience and has completed the CMCSS Leadership Series, as well as the Aspiring Administrators Academy and the Advanced Leadership Academy. Lisa Dominiak has been selected as assistant principal at Oakland Elementary School. She has been a classroom teacher for six years and an academic coach for two years at Minglewood and Norman Smith Elementary Schools. She also has experience as a reading interventionist for four years, and most recently has served as a kindergarten multi-classroom leader at Norman Smith Elementary School. She earned her master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Austin Peay State University, and a B.S. in elementary education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Brandi B. Blackley has been selected as the new High School Curriculum Director for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. She currently serves as an assistant principal at Northwest High School and is the administrator of the Heath Science Academy. Blackley has previous administrative experience at Covington High School and Brighton Middle School, as well as in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. She has a strong background in curriculum and learning standards leadership, as well as in leading professional development. She also has taught middle and high school English. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, a B.A. in English from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. Lauren Richmond, who has served as the CMCSS Coordinated School Health Supervisor for the last four years, […]



CMCSS Continues Forward Momentum with State Data Release

(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.