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 […]
Multiple administrative appointments have been announced for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Melissa Izatt has been selected to serve as the Director of Educator Quality. Izatt will lead the district’s efforts in attracting and retaining the highest quality teacher candidates. She is a Clarksville native, product of CMCSS schools, and has been employed with the district since 2001. Over the past 18 years with the district, Izatt has served as a classroom teacher, after-school program director, assistant principal, Substitute Program Manager, and most recently as a Human Resources Coordinator. In 2009, she earned the Distinguished Classroom Teacher and Teacher of the Year honors as an educator at Northeast Elementary School. Izatt received both her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University. In 2008, she was named Graduate Student of the Year at APSU. Dr. Phyllis Casebolt, who has served as Director of Educator Quality for nearly seven years and is a 30-years plus CMCSS veteran, will take on the mantle of leading the system’s federal programs. In her new role, Dr. Casebolt will provide leadership for the facilitation and coordination of programs associated with the Every Student Succeeds Act. She earned her doctorate of leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University, her M.A. in education from Austin Peay State University where she also completed undergraduate work. She received her B.S. from Minot State University in North Dakota. Other experience within CMCSS was as principal at both Clarksville High and West Creek Middle schools. She was an assistant principal at Rossview High; and, has teaching experience at Ringgold Elementary, Richview Middle and Moore Elementary. She has four years’ experience at Thackston Elementary School in Knoxville. She continues to advise and read for doctoral students at Trevecca; and, to serve on the Austin Peay […]
Beginning June 10, 2019, the CMCSS Enrollment Center, located at 430 Greenwood Ave., will be open M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., throughout the calendar year when district offices are open.
Graduations are approaching, and we are so proud of the class of 2019! All graduations will take place at the APSU Dunn Center. If you cannot attend a graduation ceremony, we will be live streaming each graduation on graduation.cmcss.net and from our Focus CMCSS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FocusCMCSS/videos?view=2&flow=grid&live_view=502
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Board Member to represent School District #3 (County Commission Districts 8, 9, and 12) until the next general election to be held in August 2020. Applicants must: be a Tennessee citizen; be at least 18 years of age; reside in School District #3; have a high school diploma or G.E.D.; and be a registered voter in Montgomery County. Board members may not be employees of the School System.
Kindergarten Kickoffs for the 2019-20 school year will be held April through May at each of the 23 CMCSS elementary schools offering kindergarten.
Spring is a beautiful time of year, but it also comes with many stressors like changes in routines, state testing, and grades. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, please seek help immediately.
The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System will be offering six different Academies of CMCSS camps for students this summer. Registration details and deadlines vary by camp.