Dozens of Williamson County Schools students are enjoying summer enrichment activities at Lipscomb Elementary's annual Encore Camp. The first week of camp was held June 25-29 and featured classes for everyone. "The children get excited about doing fun activities geared around their own interests or even learning about something new they haven’t tried before," said LES Encore Camp Director Cynthia Gatlin. "Every class is very hands-on and less structured than most classes during the school year." The classes involving food were big hits as usual, but students were [...]
Eighth graders at Mill Creek Middle are learning from each other at the school's annual academic fair. Modeled after Sunset Middle's, the academic fair came to Mill Creek along with English Teacher Jennifer Wilson when the school opened. Students set up poster and electronic presentations in each classroom. "It's such a well-oiled machine," said Wilson. "Every year I'm just surprised at the ideas they're able to come up with for their research. The ideas change every year, but the system stays the same." The projects started as a research paper about two months ago. Since then, the students were divided [...]
Making the decision to enter any one of the military branches is a decision that deserves recognition and respect, something Williamson County Schools was happy to do May 1 at the annual Military Signing Ceremony. More than 40 WCS students are choosing to serve the country after graduating high school. The district invited those students and their friends and family to see them walk across the stage at Centennial High School and receive a certificate and a thank you from WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney. "This is a very important day to us," Looney said. "I'm looking forward to your [...]
Mill Creek Middle School hosted its second BE NICE Day of the year on May 3, this time including the elementary school in the festivities. Throughout the day, the classes rotated throughout the school to participate in different activities. Some classes played team-building games, some wrote thank-you notes and some went around Nolensville to help spread the BE NICE message. https://youtu.be/1Nr0Fr1mpMM "The entire day is centered around the idea that we want kids to do nice things around the campus as well as the community," said social studies teacher Ellen Ives. "We want to spread the Mill Creek positive vibe." [...]
The top volunteers of Williamson County Schools were honored April 24 at the 22nd annual Shining Apple Awards ceremony. Honorees in each of the district's 44 schools were recognized for their service to the students of Williamson County. The event was sponsored by the Williamson County Board of Education. “There's no substitute for people," said Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden. "The work these volunteers are doing in our schools makes a difference in the lives of students, and we wouldn't be the school district we are today without them." [iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_WlqUKwRfvI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe] [clear] WCS would like to congratulate [...]
Where can you listen to podcasts, watch a makeup video and learn about self-defense all in the same room? The answer is Renaissance High's Innovation Fair. Each semester, the students get the opportunity to showcase projects about topics that interest them and make a presentation to share what they learned. Renaissance High's Alex Rodriguez and her partner's project involved making a mural out of a science classroom. The group used inspiration from the women in the movie Hidden Figures to create their final masterpiece. "We're able to just be us and choose something that we like," said Alex. "This is a project that [...]
During the spring semester, the students in Centennial High's Transition II program are learning to express themselves through photography. Their semester-long project, Able Voices: Sharing Who We Are Through Our Photographs, was led by teaching artist Jen Vogus through the Artist in Residence grant from the Arts Council of Williamson County. The project focuses on what the students consider important parts of their lives, and the goal is to capture them in a picture. "We started out the semester engaging in several getting-to-know-you activities so the students were able to create a shot list of the people, places and things that are [...]
More than 100 students at Summit High School participated in the Raise Your Hand tutoring program for United Way. That's triple the number of students who volunteered last school year. To celebrate their efforts, the volunteers were invited to a pizza party in the Summit High library. "The great thing is that the two teachers who are over the National Honor Society promoted it," said United Way Strategic Program Manager Sonya Johnson. "The students jumped on it. I had four schools open up this year. It was perfect. We were able to give at least five or six volunteers to each [...]
First Lady Crissy Haslam made a stop at Lipscomb Elementary School in honor of Read Across America Week. On Thursday, Haslam read to a third-grade class in Lipscomb Elementary's library. Haslam reads to elementary schools all over the state of Tennessee in an effort to encourage students to read. "Reading is a predictor of their success in life," Haslam said. "I love going around the state and encouraging kids to learn to love reading and to work hard at it." Haslam read What Pet Should I Get? in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2.
More than 400 works from Williamson County Schools students are on display at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. The exhibit's opening day was February 24. Students and their families toured the Education Hall of the Frist, finding their own work and looking at art done by students across the district. The exhibit will be open until March 11.