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ISSUE 20
May 24, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE...

School is out and summer break has officially begun, but here at IN FOCUS we'll continue working through the summer to keep you caught up on all the things happening in the district.  Congratulations to all of the high school graduates!  Ceremonies will be held this weekend.  Check out our GRADUATION INFO page for dates, times and locations.

This issue of IN FOCUS features two important announcements regarding the district's Bring Your Own Technology initiative.  In the first one, we'll explain how the City of Fairview is chipping in to help schools PREPARE FOR BYOT.  Plus, we've included a LETTER TO PARENTS from Superintendent Looney in which he discusses a few things to consider for parents who choose to purchase technology for their child.

We have seven video stories to share with you in this issue.  First, we'll take you to Brentwood for Sunset Middle School's annual ACADEMIC FAIR.  Then it's off to Bethesda, where fourth graders recently dug up Principal Steve Fisher's backyard as part of an ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG.  From there, we'll travel to Spring Hill and show you how students at Chapman's Retreat Elementary School are growing their own plants in the school's new COMMUNITY GARDEN

First graders from Walnut Grove Elementary School recently spent the day at GENTRY'S FARM in Franklin.  We were there to capture all of the excitement as students learned about everything from architecture to archaeology.  Plus, May is National Bike Month.  We'll show you how students at Nolensville Elementary School celebrated with their very first BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY.  Some of the other video stories you'll find in this issue of IN FOCUS include Clovercroft Elementary School's visit to the AG FUN FAIR and Grassland Middle School's special TRIBUTE to the leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Also in this issue, Newsweek magazine recently published its list of the nation's TOP HIGH SCHOOLS.  We'll tell you which Williamson County schools were ranked.  Plus, the district wants to help students and staff find SUMMER JOBS.  We'll tell you how a new program is doing just that.  Other stories include information about a recent award given to FAIRVIEW MIDDLE school, an update from the TSSAA Blue Cross SPRING FLING state championships and the winner of this year's BATTLE OF THE BOOKS competition.

Find out what parents are talking about in this week's RUMOR MILL as we address questions regarding TCAP and school construction.  Also in this issue, we recognize the final ACADEMIC ALL-STAR of the 2011-12 school year and the Williamson County School Board honors a new crop of STUDENT SPOTLIGHT award winners.

We hope you enjoy all this issue of IN FOCUS has to offer.  Please encourage others to SIGN UP for IN FOCUS so they can keep on top of what's going on inside Williamson County Schools.  All they need to do is send us an EMAIL letting us know they'd like to begin receiving IN FOCUS.  The next issue will be released June 7.

 



Important Dates

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27, Graduation window

Wednesday-Thursday,
August 1-2,
New Teacher Orientation

Thursday,
August 9, Administrative Day (All teachers work in classrooms)

Friday, August 10, First half day for students

Monday, August 13, First full day for students

Monday, September 3,
No school due to Labor Day

Wednesday, October 10,
End of first quarter grading period

Thursday,
October 11,
No students due to parent teacher conferences

Wednesday, October 17, PLAN/PSAT

Friday, October 19, Half day for students due to teacher professional development

Monday-Tuesday, October 22-23,
No school due to Fall Break

Tuesday, November 6,
No school for students due to Election Day/district-wide professional development

Monday-Friday, November 19-23, No school due to Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday-Thursday, December 4-6, TCAP constructed response

Tuesday-Friday, December 18-21, First semester exams

Friday, December 21, Half day for students due to end of first semester

Monday-Friday, December 24-January 4, No school due to Winter Break

For other dates, check with each individual school

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