The information below is provided by each school. Schools are listed in alphabetical order according to grade level.
The interviews are complete, candidates have accepted employment opportunities and the fifth graders at Allendale have gleefully undertaken the task of running Biz-Town. Each student learned the importance of making money as well as the fun in spending money. It was the job of the students to maintain a debt to income ratio, shop for needed supplies, but not to forget about the significance of recycling for a better community while also donating to the less fortunate. Though the students would tell you it was a lot of hard work, their willingness to succeed persevered with 10 out 14 business making a profit. Watch out world, the fifth graders at Allendale have a bright future ahead of them!
Bethesda Elementary collected 1,771 canned goods, totaling 1,500 pounds of food to The Well of Spring Hill. Fifth grade teacher Ms. Susan Snowdon is the student council representative for Bethesda and led this mighty mission. It was a fabulous food drive.
Clovercroft Elementary will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from November 5-13. The book fair will open at 7:30 a.m. each morning and parents are welcome to come enjoy the book fair with their child. Clovercroft’s fifth graders will be attending Blue and Gray Days at Carnton Plantation. The students will see re-enactors and living historians set up camp sites and perform demonstrations. They may see a blacksmith busy at work, play a Civil War era game of cricket and meet some very interesting historical figure.
PE teachers at College Grove and the SRO officer surprised children in the car line Friday morning by greeting them on Character Day. Each dressed up as their favorite character.
This week at Crockett Elementary, students who pre-ordered a copy of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10, Old School were invited to attend a first-ever book premier party. Students arrived at 7:45 a.m. to get their copy of the book and then walked own a red carpet into the library and enjoyed cake, photo props and reading time. In addition, the kindergarten class enjoyed a field trip to Gentry’s Farm. As for academic news, fifth grade has been studying ecosystems during science. Students in Leslie Ford’d class were fascinated by a time lapsed photo Mrs. Ford took of some seeds the students had planted.
Edmondson Elementary hosted the 2015 Fall Book Fair this week. The theme is “A Monster of a Book Fair.” Students especially enjoyed the Donuts with Dad or Special Person events which occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday morning of the fair week. The wonderful EES PTO volunteers put on this event twice a year. It has been another successful event.
The learning continues at Fairview Elementary. Last week, fourth graders had a visit from the Energy Detective. He was a guest sponsored by the Middle TN Electric Company and he performed a skit and held mini workshops all day. Fourth graders learned about the different types of energy that produce electricity and how that energy can be conserved. By the end of the day, all fourth graders were energy detectives! We are also excited for Friday, November 6 because FES Principal Mr. Oakley will be shaving his head! FES raised our goal amount of $17,000 during our fall Hawk Walk fundraiser and it’s time for Mr. Oakley has to uphold his end of the bargain.
Musical artist Roger Day visited fourth graders at Grassland Elementary. Roger’s sessions were titled “The First Idea to Finished Song” as the students go through the creative song writing process. Each class will write a song, perform and record during their session. Roger’s program is part of our Cultural Arts Series funded by the GSCA. In fifth grade, four JA Biztown mayoral candidates gave their speeches this week. In other news, the Veteran’s Day Celebration is scheduled on Tuesday, November 10 at 8:50 a.m. All are invited to honor our Veterans with special guest speakers and featuring a musical performance by the Grassland Third Grade as directed by Christy Summey.
Heritage Elementary just finished up their 2015 Boosterthon Fun Run. Kids had a wonderful time and worked hard to help HES. This Saturday, November 7, the HES PTO will be hosting the third annual Mother/Son Punt Pass Kick event. In addition, the HES Library is gearing up for the Book Fair. The fair will run November 12-19 in the library.
Thursday, October 29 was Disney Dress Up Day at Kenrose Elementary. KES celebrated Red Ribbon Week with a daily dress up. The first grade team dressed up at the cast of Toy Story. KES library would like to remind the community that the book fair starts November 10.
Long Elementary was the proud overall winner of the Treats for Troops Spring Hill fundraiser program. Competing against other area schools, Longview students and families donated over 240 pounds of candy to Snodgrass and King Dental Office. The candy will be sent overseas to our troops. As a result, Longview administrators Kathy Ball and Bronwyn Rector, along with PTO President paige Follis and VP of Marketing Jen Welller received a generous $1,000 check for Longview Elementary.
Students in kindergarten through second grades gathered for the Cardinal Pride Assembly on Thursday morning. The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the celebration. The Cardinal Cheer and the Cardinal Pledge are recited by students and faculty. Cardinal Pride winners are selected by their teachers and receive a special tag to attach to their backpacks. Several parents and grandparents were also in assembly.
Second grader Charlotte Whitt was the P.E. teacher for the day at Scales Elementary!
We had a great writing week at Trinity Elementary. Students read two articles on invasive species and then formulated an opinion on why they need to be stopped. Students were actively engaged and ready to write amazing opinion essays. Using their detective eyes, students read several great essays and weak essays for examples of great hooks, opinions, text evidence and conclusions. Students were able to help make the weak essays better and then apply their knowledge to their own writing. We ended the week with students writing their own opinion essay. We used a checklist to make sure that each student had all the parts needed to make it great! Everyone enjoyed reading and writing all about invasive species.
Walnut Grove Elementary
Make a Difference Club members at Walnut Grove honored U.S. Veterans and Active Military Personnel this week. They sent home stars upon which all students who wanted to participate wrote the names of veterans and active military personnel from their own families as well as friends. These stars were put up around the school. The reception and stars are our way of personally honoring these heroes. They were invited to our Make a Difference Club meeting for cookies and lemonade, and the opportunity to speak to and meet youngsters that admire them for their service to our country.
Students were working hard learning how to identify context clues and meanings in their text. They read in pairs and wrote context clue words and notes on post-it notes as they read. Students discovered at the end of the text that their understanding of context clues helped support the deeper meaning of the text.
It’s Dad’s week at Winstead Elementary. Coach Whipple and Coach McTee put our dads through a workout of locomotive exercises. The fun begins when student’s challenge the dads to a game of PE Pinball. The Winstead library is looking forward to the upcoming Scholastic’s Monster Book Fair. This year’s theme is Reading is So Much Fun, You’ll Get Goosebumps! The fair dates are November 13-19 from 8:40 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. On November 14, Winstead’s Book Fair will be open from 9 a.m. until noon. New this year will be the Parents and Pastries mornings November 17 and November 18. The fair will be open early each of these mornings at 7:45 a.m. The students will visit the Book Fair during heir class’ regularly scheduled library time.
Fairview Middle Falcon Fellows quiz bowl team attended the bi-annual quiz bowl at Gallatin High School on October 24. They placed in the top 15. The Falcon Fellows club sponsor is Assistant Principal Glenda Sullivan.
Heritage Middle eighth graders have been working hard in science class to create molecules as part of a lab to compare elements, compounds and mixtures.
Barnaroo is this Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at www.barnaroo.org. Barnaroo has several new activities this year. Hillsboro Has Talent will give your student three minutes to sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a joke or anything else they want to show off. Sign ups for this are in the cafeteria. There will also be a Dance-A-Thon — please remember, pledge envelopes are due today. The football field will host a ninja warrior course for everyone and Bubble Balls for the middle school students. Bubble Balls is the only item that will cost an additional $5 per turn. There will also be a book sale, silent auction games, face painting, sugar shack, selfie booth and much more.
This week at Page Middle School was a busy one. The sixth grade band under the direction of Mr. Evan Burton and Mrs. Carol Strayer performed a demonstration concert for their families and community. There are 145 sixth grade students performing in band this year! GO PANTHERS! The eighth grade science classes were given a project about elements. The students selected an element, researched some fun facts about their element, what the element is used for and its periodic table information. The Page Middle School wrestling team is having another outstanding season. Their record is now 10-1 with a win earlier in the week against Grassland. Yesterday they lost a close one 42-38 to Spring Station and a big win against Harding Academy with a score of 66-18. Great job, guys!
The sixth grade navy students in Ellen Midden’s social studies class are busy this month studying Judaism. Recently, they have been practicing speaking and writing their names in Hebrew. The unit will wrap up on Friday with a food tasting of traditional Jewish foods and participating in activities related to Jewish holidays and holy days.
Mr. Raney’s sixth grade class had an after Halloween treat by measuring the density and mass difference between Snickers, Milky Way and Three Muskateers.
Brentwood High chorus students recently won several honors at the Middle Tennessee Voice Association competition. Students were required to prepare two pieces of music. They were tested on their music proficiency skills.
Congrats to four CHS students who attended the Power of the Pen Conference last week: Cailin Moore, Hannah Leathers, Amelia Maxwell and Ishaa Dharnari. The Power of the Pen Conference brings published authors, middle school writers and high school scholars together for a day of collaboration. The middle school students submit a written response to a pre-selected topic. These written responses are shared in small groups with the authors and high school scholars. The work is reviewed for fluency, imagery and writer’s voice. Positive constructive appreciation as well as genuine praise is given by all the members of the group. The young writers move through three writing groups. The high school scholars participate in the small groups and with the help of the authors, select the recipients for writing awards given at the end of the day. This conference provides the students with the opportunity to learn from professional writers who can inspire, encourage and support them in their writing.
Fairview High officially repeated as the District Food Drive Champions! In other news, girls soccer player Erika Suhrbier was selected to play in the senior East/West All-Star game.
The girls cross country team is heading to the State Meet. Participants include Mikayla Prince, Heidi Prince, Carolina Vilomar, Rachel Logan, Mary Hannah Dooley, Genessee Semon and Alexa Henderson. Congratulations to the Franklin Marching Band who captured their fifth State Championship at the annual Contest of Champions, receiving first place in Class AAA, Grand Champion and the Tennessee Governor’s Cup for 2015. Good luck at Grand Nationals. The Football Rebels will be hosting Houston High on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs. The following students have been named Rebel Rewards winners, who have Been Respectful, Responsible and Their Best: Haylee Harvey, Holly Vasuta, Will Stone, Brenna Foreman, David Gleeson, Austin Sparks, Larson Woodall and Francesca Gerbic.
Congratulations to the boys’ varsity cross country team. Last Thursday they finished second at the regional meet. They now advance for the ninth consecutive year to the State Championship meet this Saturday at Percy Warner Park. Congratulations are also extended to junior Addie Coggins will race this Saturday in the Girls’ State Championship race. The JROTC Program had some success this past Saturday at the Williamson County Drill Meet. The Color Guard team of Taylor Walker (commander), Cole Walraven, Best Swangnop and Tristan Yarbrough took first place. The Color Guard team of Grace Walraven (commander), Anna Mezera, Airen Nieman and Reagan Markham took second place. The platoon commanded by Taylor Walker took first place. Ryan Schultz had a first place finish in the individual drill while Anna Mezera finished sixth in the same event. The Duel Exhibition Drill team of Cole Walraven and Best Swangnop finished first in that category. On an individual basis in the Exhibition Drill category, Clayton Markham finished first, Reagan Markham finished second and Quintyn McDavid finished third. In the four person fitness competition two boys’ teams placed first (Eric Vaughn, Tristan Yarbrough, Ryan Schultz and Adam Eckard) and second (Derek Dismukes, Dante Thomas, Josh Steinberg and Quityn McDavid). The girls team of Anna Mezera, Grace Walraven, Airen Nieman and Reagan Markham also came in first. Their score was high enough to beat the third place male team. Great job cadets!
Page High students from JROTC and the Page Patriot Band will be marching in the Franklin Veteran’s Day Parade held on Tuesday, November 10. On November 11, there will not be school in observance of Veteran’s Day. We would like to thank all of those who have served or who have had family serve as it takes a community to help out when loves ones are away. Truly, thank you. In other news, the mandatory meeting for students participating in TN Promise will be held at 2 p.m. in the Page High library. On Friday, November 13, all seniors need to see their senior project advisors during fourth period Prime-time.
This week Ravenwood focused on giving. First, RHS participated in the Gracework’s Food Drive and as a school, will be contributing more than 2,000 non-perishable food items and nearly $1,500 in cash donations. Congratulations to science teacher Avrill Buerstetta’s sixth period class for bringing in the most items/cash for the drive. On Monday, HOSA sponsored a blood drive in which 66 students and staff volunteered to donate. This was the most particiption ever for an RHS blood drive.
In honor of National HOSA week, Summit High HOSA-Future Health Professionals welcomed guest speakers for the Health Science classes. The speakers volunteer their time to speak to our students about their medical careers. Speakers this week have included Ms. Samantha Castro-STARS counselor, Ms. Stacey Yates-Social Worker, Ms. Kristen Kight-Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Neurology, Mr. Jay Sears-Physical Therapy, Results Physiotherapy, Respiratory Therapy students from Columbia State Community College, Ms. Janet Argo, Psychologist, Mr. Guy Bates-Specialty Care Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, Mr. James Salmons-VP Philips Service, Ms. Tracy Wrye- Sonographer OBSTETRIX Medical and Ms. Sheri Eason-RN, NICU. Summit HOSA would like to thank these individuals for sharing their experience and time with our students.