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IN FOCUS - Issue 18 - April 18, 2013

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COMMISSIONER APPROVES CHANGES TO SCHOOL CALENDAR
The 2012-13 school year will end two days earlier than originally scheduled. We'll explain the reasons behind the changes.

 

COMMON CORE: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION
There's been a lot of talk lately regarding Common Core State Standards.  What is it and how will it affect students? We'll separate fact from fiction.

 

WORLD LANGUAGE SURVEY FOR PARENTS OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Let your voice be heard!  If you're the parent of an elementary school student, be sure to participate in the district's world language survey.

 

TCAP TESTING TIPS
TCAP time is almost here! We have some helpful tips for both parents and students as they prepare for this year's test.

 

WCS STUDENTS ACHIEVE PERFECT ACT SCORE
Perfection!  Four Williamson County students aced this year's ACT exam.  Find out who they are.

 

SCAM ALERT
We have an important warning for Williamson County parents regarding a possible scam.  Details inside!

 

RUMOR MILL
Will middle schools observe Power Monday's in May?  Will new high school football fields be built with artificial turf?  We'll take a look in this week's Rumor Mill.

 

NASCAR LEGEND DELIVERS TROPHY TO HIGH SCHOOL
Find out why NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip made a recent visit to a local high school.

 

TEENS TO GATHER FOR LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Applications are still being accepted for an upcoming conference that's designed to teach teenagers how to become better leaders.

 

FRANKLIN HIGH EVENT AIMED AT KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE
Find out why law enforcement officers are planning to make a special announcement at Franklin High April 19.

 

WCS BUDGET UPDATE
The budget process is rolling right along.  Find out what comes next as we present the remaining timeline.

 

SUMMER CAMPS
Check out our list of exciting summer camp opportunities for students, including a wrestling camp and a science camp!

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Are you or someone you know in need of a job?  WCS has numerous job opportunities available.

 

Videos

WCS BUDGET, STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT & PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney addressed numerous topics during a recent speech to the Franklin Noon Rotary Club.

 

SUPERINTENDENT LOONEY TEACHES AT LONGVIEW
Find out why WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney wound up teaching fifth graders at Longview Elementary School.

 

AUTISM AWARENESS DAY AT FAIRVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL
In this video produced by Fairview High School students Josh Flake and James Grayson, students at Fairview Middle "light it up blue" in recognition of Autism Awareness Day.

 

Awards

DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS ADVANCE
Find out which WCS teams performed well enough at the state tournament to advance to next month's Global Finals.

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Science olympiads, chess teams and math contests!  Check out some of the latest student accomplishments in the areas of academics, the arts and athletics!

 

ACADEMIC ALL-STARS
Congratulations to our newest Academic All-Stars!  This week's honorees come to us from Spring Station Middle, Sunset Elementary and Sunset Middle schools.

 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT AWARDS
This month, the School Board recognized nearly 30 students and organizations with Student Spotlight Awards for winning first place in state or national competitions!

 

WCS STUDENTS TURN DISCARDED ITEMS INTO ART
From empty soda bottles to award winning artwork, check out the winning pieces in this year's Recycled Sculpture Art Contest.

 

Events

SEXTING, TEXTING AND ALL THINGS CYBER
Williamson County parents are invited to attend an important meeting to discuss teen cell phone and computer use.

 

2013 RAVENWOOD RUNWAY
Students designers show off their incredible creations at Ravenwood High School's annual Ravenwood Runway.

 

FINE ARTS CALENDAR
Concerts, art exhibits and spring plays!  Check out our Fine Arts Calendar for a list of events happening across the district.

 

WCS Sports

APRIL SPORTING EVENTS
Baseball, softball, soccer and more!  We've got the schedule for high school sporting events across the district.

 

SPORTS PHYSICALS
Important information for both parents and students regarding sports physicals for the 2013-14 school year.

 

Photos & More

PHOTO GALLERY
Have you checked out our Photo Gallery lately?  We have dozens of snapshots from schools all across the district.

 

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