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IN FOCUS - Issue 12 - January 24, 2013

In this issue of IN FOCUS, a special message from Superintendent Looney about digital citizenship; information about next month's Let's Talk School community meetings; and an update on plans to build a new auditorium at Centennial High.

LATEST NEWS

WCS STUDENTS TO TAKE TCAP WRITING ASSESSMENT
Find out what's different about this year's TCAP Writing Assessment for grades 5, 8 and 11. 

STORM DAMAGE REPAIRS UNDERWAY AT RAVENWOOD HIGH
Crews are in the process of cleaning-up the overnight storm damage at Ravenwood High School.

WCS BEGINS EXTERNAL SAFETY AUDIT
Safe Havens International Executive Director Michael Dorn explains the process behind the organization's safety audit of WCS.

SUPERINTENDENT LOONEY RECEIVES CONTRACT EXTENSION
The School Board votes in favor of extending Superintendent Looney's contract. Details inside!

WCS KICKS OFF AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Learn how a new program is getting business and community leaders involved in education.

DISTRICT'S NEW INVEST NOW INITIATIVE A HIT
Learn how the district's new INVEST NOW program is already making a difference in our schools.

MESSAGE FROM THE FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
FPD Lieutenant Charles Warner has a message for students regarding the power of social media.

NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF HR NAMED
Find out which three schools are getting new assistant principals.

LET'S TALK SCHOOL DATES ANNOUNCED
Mark your calendar!  The final two Let's Talk School community meetings will take place next month.

CHS AUDITORIUM PLANS UNVEILED
Centennial High School is one step closer to a new auditorium.  Details inside!

NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER SWORN-IN
Williamson County recently welcomed a new member to its school board.

OUT OF ZONE APPLICATION PROCESS
Find out when parents can begin the out of zone application process.

FAIRVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA GETS A MAKEOVER
Lunch at Fairview Middle School just got a lot more colorful.  Check out the cafeteria's new look!

SCHOOLS RECEIVE MINI-GRANTS FOR HEALTH PLANS
More than a dozen schools were recently granted funds to improve their health goals.  Find out who they are!

IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM PRESENTATIONS SCHEDULED
Interested in the International Baccalaureate program?  Then check out one of several upcoming presentations.

WCS STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN INAUGURAL PARADE
It's been a whirlwind month for Sunset Middle School student Jared Stevens.  Find out how he and his family got to attend the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C.

NEW TEXTBOOKS UNDER CONSIDERATION
Learn how you can review the next round of student textbooks before they're adopted by the School Board.

WHAT'S NEW ON WCSTUBE?
Baseball, stop motion and a special PSA.  See what videos the county's high school media students have been working on lately.

LIBRARY HOSTS PEARRE CREEK ART SHOW
A local library is hosting an art show for the talented students at Pearre Creek Elementary School.  Details inside!

SUNSET MIDDLE STUDENTS PUT OTHERS FIRST DURING HOLIDAY SEASON
Learn how the Sunset Middle School community came together to help others over the holidays. 

VIDEOS

SUPERINTENDENT LOONEY DISCUSSES DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney discusses the district's efforts to teach students about the importance of digital citizenship.

IHS FILM & TELEVISION BROADCASTING PROGRAM
Go behind the scenes of Independence High School's highly successful Film and Television Broadcasting program and find out how it's preparing students for the future.

WHAT IS IT? WITH COREY HOPWOOD
Check out the latest installment to our What is IT? video series.  This video features Corey Hopwood, Head of Product Development for Whole IT Solutions, as he discusses how he gained interest in IT as a high school student.

STUDENT & STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS

ACADEMIC ALL-STARS
This week's Academic All-Stars include two amazing students from Hillsboro School in Leiper's Fork.

WCS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT SCHOLASTIC ART AWARDS
Dozens of Williamson County students are being recognized at this year's Scholastic Art Awards.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT WINS DISTRICT APP CONTEST
He's only 13, but a local student is already winning awards for his ability to design smartphone apps.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT AWARD WINNERS
Students who've won state or national competitions are honored by the Williamson County School Board.

WCS STUDENTS SHOW OFF ACTING CHOPS AT STATE CONFERENCE
Theater students from around the county performed strongly at this year's state thespian conference.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Williamson County students are recognized for their performance in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts.

UPCOMING EVENTS

BATTLE OF THE BANDS FUNDRAISER
Don't miss out on what is sure to be an epic night of music as Centennial High hosts a Battle of the Bands this weekend.

RHS TO HOST ANNUAL MUSIC 4 MUSIC FUNDRAISER
Great music for a great cause! Find out how you can get tickets for this year's Music 4 Music fundraiser at Ravenwood High.

MUSTANG 5K REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Don't wait another minute! Sign up today to be part of this year's Spring Station Middle School 5K in Spring Hill.

HYPNOTIST TO VISIT RAVENWOOD HIGH
Laugh until you cry as hypnotist/comedian Jeff Jay brings his hilarious act to Ravenwood High School.

SUNSET MIDDLE HOSTS SPAGHETTI SUPPER & SILENT AUCTION
Come support Sunset Middle School's athletic programs with a night of basketball and pasta!

FINE ARTS EVENTS
You've read the book, now check out Ravenwood High School's production of Charlotte's Web! It all starts tonight. Details inside!

WCSLINK EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
Several important meetings will take place in the coming weeks for parents of students with special needs and gifted students.

SPORTS

JANUARY SPORTING EVENTS
We've got the schedule for upcoming basketball games and wrestling matches across the county.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

PHOTO GALLERY
Have you checked out the IN FOCUS Photo Gallery lately?

CONTACT US
Send us your questions, comments or suggestions.  We want to hear from you!

 

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