The 1st Annual Wenning’s Wild and Wonderful Chili Cook Off is Tuesday, October 7 at 6:00 PM at Cheatham County Central High School (CCCHS). CCCHS faculty/staff will present their special chili recipes to be judged by Mayor David McCullough, Dr. Tara Watson, Dr. Stan Curtis, and Officer Adam Proffitt. Students and families are invited to participate in a corn hole tournament.
Prior to the event, CCCHS will host a parent-teacher conference from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Parents should contact their child’s teacher to schedule a 15-minute meeting for that afternoon.
In partnership with the Town of Ashland City, Ashland City Elementary School is pleased to receive $20,000 in grant funding through the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.
According to Robin Wollaeger, assistant to the city mayor, the proposed budget includes educational materials for bicycle and pedestrian safety for grades K – 4. Chip Roney, principal at Ashland City Elementary, said the benefits of this program will have ongoing positive results throughout the year. “We are very grateful to partner with the city in this initiative. This grant funding will provide the resources we need to educate our students in traffic safety,” Roney added.
Nicole Klingmann, kindergarten teacher at Ashland City Elementary, will serve as the program director and will work with a SRTS coordinator to facilitate the program.
Ashland City mayor, Rick Johnson, said this program is part of the city’s goals to bring safer pathways to the community.
According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, SRTS is a federally funded program focusing on the benefits of children walking and biking to school. Its primary purpose is to encourage elementary and middle school children to walk and bike to school through infrastructure improvements, educational initiatives, and promotional activities.
For more information, please visit: www.tdot.state.tn.us/bikeped/saferoutes.htm
Pleasant View’s 24-Church hosted “Serve Sunday” this past weekend at Sycamore Middle School. According to Principal Lisa Young, several volunteers were on hand to freshen up the school campus. “It makes me really proud to live in a community where so many are willing to step up and help make our campus look nicer,” said Young.
Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (CEMC) selected the artwork of three Cheatham County students for its 2015 Calendar Art Contest.
According to officials, students throughout CEMC’s service area submitted hundreds of art entries, but only eight were selected.
The artwork of Julia Fay, senior at Sycamore High School, will be displayed on the 2015 wall calendar representing the CEMC West Region. The artworks of Cheatham County Central High School students, Kaycee Hurd (May 2014 graduate) and Sarah Pulley (sophomore) will be displayed on two of six pocket calendars.
The 2015 calendars will be available in November at local CEMC business offices.
For additional information on CEMC youth programs, visit: www.cemc.org/youthprograms.asp
The Cheatham County School District is pleased to be the recipient of the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant in the amount of $2,000.
District grant writer, Jeff Bennett said, “We are grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for awarding our district this grant, which will provide computer-based reading software for each elementary school. The project, entitled Loving Literacy, is part of our educational focus on bringing academic resources to our student population.”
Bennett said the main objective for the Loving Literacy project is to build a strong literacy foundation for students in grades 1 through 4, which will increase reading speed and comprehension. “We also hope to institute family reading sessions at each elementary school with an emphasis on family reading time.”
District officials said grant funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation would impact approximately 2,600 students. “We are focused on raising the reading level for all of our students and Dollar General is playing a large role in helping us accomplish this goal,” said Mary Miller, response to intervention coordinator.
For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy.
Mrs. Chassie Combs’ class at Sycamore Middle School was awarded a $500 grant from the A.O. Smith Foundation to enhance its curriculum by providing hands-on learning experiences and life skill opportunities. The class will learn how to create recipes and cook for a healthy lifestyle. Mrs. Combs and her class thanks A.O. Smith for their support to the community and school district.
According to Cheatham County school district officials, the bar has been raised in regards to mathematics. “After much study of the nature and structure of the
common core state standards, it was decided to make the move to integrated mathematics,” stated Joseph Jones, district math coordinator.
Jones explained that traditional math concepts taught in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will continue to be taught. “Integrated math is a reorganization of the same standards, which will create a smooth progression of development and level of difficulty through the freshman, sophomore, and junior years,” he added.
Tara Watson, chief academic officer said, “Traditionally, algebra, geometry, and statistics were taught separately, but integrated mathematics incorporates components of each unit throughout each progression. This will help students understand the connection and see the larger picture of how it fits together.”
Jones said this approach is what universities are looking for in mathematical understanding. “The Cheatham County school district spoke directly with private and public universities including Lipscomb, Belmont, Vanderbilt, Tennessee Tech, and University of Tennessee. All recognize the benefits of integrated math and have stated that no problems will result on student transcripts as a result of implementing this curriculum,” said Jones.
Integrated math brochures will be available at all middle and high schools in the district. For further clarification, contact Dr. Tara Watson or Dr. Joseph Jones at the school district’s central office.
The Cheatham County School District is pleased to announce it was awarded grant funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program.
District grant writer Jeff Bennett said, “The 21st CCLC program is an after school program that will challenge our middle school students to achieve greater heights in math, science, and reading.” Bennett also noted that all program materials would be academic, fun, and full of adventure.
The district will receive $200,000 each year for the next three years to implement this program. “We are striving to bring additional resources to our students and funding from grants like the 21st CCLC program make that possible,” Bennett added.
Chief academic officer, Tara Watson said, “Community partnerships are key in making this venture operative. We are thankful for our educational partners who are committed to the success of our students.”
District officials said the program will begin October 1 and transportation will be provided.
Additional information will be given to middle school parents/guardians in the near future.
Check out this video produced by new assistant principal, Ryan Phillipp, at Cheatham Middle School: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gzgeaiht5ktro6y/cmswelcomeback-FINAL.wmv