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Elaine Harper selected to lead the North River Learning Community in Hamilton County Schools
01/17/2020
Elaine Harper, principal of Red Bank High School, is the new executive director of the North River Learning Community in Hamilton County Schools. Harper moves into the position formerly held by Dr. Neelie Parker, who took over as chief schools officer for Hamilton County Schools in December. The North River Learning Community includes Hixson High, Sale Creek Middle/High, Sequoyah High, Soddy Daisy High, Hixson Middle, Loftis Middle, Soddy Daisy Middle, Soddy Elementary, Daisy Elementary, Hixson Elementary, Allen Elementary, Big Ridge Elementary, DuPont Elementary, McConnell Elementary, Middle Valley Elementary, and North Hamilton County Elementary.
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East Hamilton Middle/High is a Tennessee Reward School
01/15/2020
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Principal Brent Eller and students from East Hamilton in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community display the new banner from the state recognizing their accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee.
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Soddy Elementary is a Tennessee Reward School
01/14/2020
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Assistant Principal Meghan Moss and students from Soddy Elementary in the North River Learning Community display the new banner from the state recognizing their accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee.
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Photo: (L to R) Chris Tillett, principal, Allen Elementary; and Kelley Perrin, Chloey Green’s teacher at Allen, present Chloey with her I Am Hamilton shirt
I Am Hamilton - Chloey Green, a student at Allen Elementary
01/13/2020
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Chloey Green, a fifth-grader at Allen Elementary. Chloey presented an idea to her school leaders to help encourage a young child she knew who had been affected by bullying in another state. She wanted children at Allen to write letters of encouragement to the child to show there is kindness in the world. The fifth-grade students at Allen responded by sending more than 60 letters to the young man to help him through a difficult time.
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Adam Scales, Future Ready Institute of Aviation
12/30/2019
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Adam Scales, a retired engineer from TVA and a pilot who filled in as the instructor for the Future Ready Institute of Aviation at Brainerd High School at the beginning of this school year. Scales is a retired engineer but he also runs two businesses and holds a pilot’s license as part of his work with the businesses. Still, he found time to work with the teens at Brainerd in the aviation program. Scales had served on the program’s advisory board and knew of the school’s need when the program lost its instructor at the beginning of the year. Scales was able to step away from the instructor position recently as the program found a new instructor.
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Kelly Subaru donates science books to Calvin Donaldson
12/27/2019
Before the holiday break, representatives from Kelly Subaru visited Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy to deliver science books donated through the Subaru Loves Learning initiative. Kelly Subaru has selected Calvin Donaldson as its partner in their local efforts for Subaru. The automaker partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to broaden the world of children through the study of science, engineering, and innovation.
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Hamilton County Schools selected to improve state science instruction as part of Tennessee District Science Network
12/26/2019
Hamilton County Schools is one of six districts in the state selected to participate in the Tennessee District Science Network (TDSciN). The network, which launched in April 2019, is a collection of six Tennessee school districts helping to improve science teaching and learning of the new Tennessee Academic Standards for Science. The five districts selected along with Hamilton County Schools include Anderson County Schools, Kingsport City Schools, Knox County Schools, Oak Ridge Schools, and Rutherford County Schools. According to a release from TDSciN, the districts selected represent a variety of district sizes and perspectives and have made science standards implementation a priority. Achieve, a nonprofit education organization supporting states and districts to develop solutions to policy and implementation challenges, launched TDSciN.
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I Am Hamilton - Bill Laubscher
12/13/2019
Today, the “I am Hamilton” video feature spotlights Bill Laubscher, a grandparent and volunteer at Wolftever Creek Elementary School. Laubscher loves volunteering at Wolftever Creek to spend time with his grandchild and make a difference in the school.
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Big Ridge Elementary School is a Tennessee Reward School for 2019
12/13/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Big Ridge Elementary in the North River Learning Community displays its new banner from the state recognizing the accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee.
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Ooltewah High Spanish class receives $1,000 grant from McKee Baking
12/12/2019
Little Debbie is not just the name of a road in the community or the well-known brand of snack treats found in lunch boxes. Little Debbie is also helping students at Ooltewah High learn new languages. McKee Baking Company, distributors of Little Debbie, provides grants for local schools and awarded a $1,000 grant to Ooltewah High.
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Nikki Russell is presented the award for Outstanding Technology Teacher of the Year at the Tennessee Educational Technology Conference held the first week in December.
Local teacher is Tennessee’s Outstanding Technology Teacher of the Year
12/11/2019
Nikki Russell, STEM teacher at Orchard Knob Elementary School, was awarded the Outstanding Technology Teacher of the Year award from the statewide Tennessee Educational Technology Association. The recognition is awarded to only one person in Tennessee each year. With over 15 years as an educator in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas, Russell’s work as an educator has touched children in numerous elementary schools. Last year as a STEM teacher and science leader at Orchard Knob Elementary School, She orchestrated over 60 learning exploration field trips for students to give them hands-on experiences in STEM. Not only is Russell certified as a Google Educator, Apple Teacher, Ozobot Certified Educator, and Microsoft Educator, she is also a graduate of the Public Education Foundation’s Leadership and STEM Fellows programs.
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Christmas at the Courthouse showcasing performers from Hamilton County Schools continues next week
12/09/2019
Over the first two weeks of December, the annual Christmas at the Courthouse concert series showcases student ensembles from twenty Hamilton County Schools. The performances continue next week.
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Students from East Side Elementary present an I Am Hamilton shirt to Cathy Jennings, coordinator of school health for Hamilton County Schools.  Students left to right: Meghan, Robert, Jany and Victor
I Am Hamilton- Cathy Jennings
12/09/2019
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Cathy Jennings, the coordinator of school health for Hamilton County Schools. The Jennings nomination lauded her work, helping schools get walking tracks as well as her work to secure pajamas for children to wear to school on PJ Polar Express Day. On this special day, children wear their pajamas to school to celebrate the winter holidays. She helped Wallace A. Smith and North Hamilton Elementary get a walking track earlier this year, and one is in the works for East Side Elementary.
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Two proven leaders in Hamilton County Schools take on new challenges
12/09/2019
Two proven leaders with many years of experience in Hamilton County Schools are taking on new challenges in the district for the children of the community. Dr. Justin Robertson, chief schools officer for the system for the past two years, will move to chief of operations, and Neelie Parker, the executive director of the North River Learning Community, will become the new chief of schools. The two will begin their new roles immediately. Both Robertson and Parker have deep family roots in the community, and they have experience at the school and district level for Hamilton County Schools.
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East Hamilton teen wins Chopped Jr TV show
12/05/2019
Kyla Curry, an eighth-grader at East Hamilton Middle/High, knows how to chop, measure, and prepare some great dishes, and her cooking ability helped her rise to the top to win the Chopped Jr. cooking reality show last night. The show aired on the Food Network series at 8 p.m. The show Kayla appeared on was recorded over the summer in New York.
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A veteran police officer, national school safety trainer, and educator selected as the first student security coordinator for Hamilton County Schools
12/03/2019
School safety is a top priority for Hamilton County Schools, and a veteran police officer who has worked at the national level to improve safety in schools has been selected to coordinate safety efforts for the school district. James Corbin, PH.D., a director in the area of school safety with Corbin and Associates, is the new student security coordinator for Hamilton County Schools. Corbin has also spent more than ten years teaching in the classroom during his career.
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Veteran principal Wendy Jung selected to lead the new Harrison Elementary School
12/03/2019
Wendy Jung will be the principal at the new Harrison Elementary School when it opens next fall. Jung is currently the principal of Harrison Elementary and has served as the school’s leader for the last four years. The new Harrison Elementary is under construction and will be completed for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
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GivingTuesday matches your gift 50% when you support a local classroom tomorrow
12/02/2019
The Thanksgiving feast is finished, and the holiday shopping frenzy is underway, so Tuesday will be an excellent day to pause and help a local classroom in Hamilton County Schools with a donation. Tuesday, December 3, 2019, is GivingTuesday with an opportunity for you to bring the classroom dreams of teachers and students to life. On Tuesday, every donation to teacher requests on DonorsChoose will be matched 50% to take a classroom dream closer to the goal. Visit the Hamilton County Schools section of the DonorsChoose site to browse projects of teachers in Hamilton County Schools to find the perfect project for you to back with a donation, and your donation will be matched. The match begins at 7 a.m. tomorrow on the DonorsChoose website.
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Christmas at the Courthouse to showcase performers from twenty Hamilton County Schools
11/27/2019
Over the first two weeks of December, the annual Christmas at the Courthouse concert series will showcase student ensembles from twenty Hamilton County Schools. “This decades-old tradition for Hamilton County Government recognizes public servants and elected officials with sounds of the season provided by students from elementary, middle, and high schools in Hamilton County Schools,” said Claire Stockman, arts director for the school district.
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New State Report Card Shows Hamilton County Schools Exceeding the State in Achievement Gains
11/25/2019
You remember what it was like when you received a great report card in school. You ran home with that report and thrust it into a parent’s hand and waited with a big grin on your face for the gushing accolades that were sure to come. That is the feeling in Hamilton County Schools with the release of the state report card today by the Tennessee Department of Education. It has been a great year for Hamilton County Schools with individual reports of progress and successes. Those little victories added up to an excellent report card. Hamilton County Schools showed record results in student growth and also outpaced the state in academic achievement!
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Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Lower is a Tennessee Reward School for 2019
11/22/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Lower in the Rock Point Learning Community held an event at the Signal downtown and unveiled their new banner from the state recognizing the accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee.
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Former East Hamilton student/athlete now a rising NFL star for the Jacksonville Jaguars plays in Nashville this Sunday
11/22/2019
Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars arrive in Nashville to play the Titans in an important game in the AFC South division. The visit to Nashville will also be a trip home for defensive back Tre Herndon, a former star for the East Hamilton Hurricanes. The Jaguars’ second-year defensive back is quickly becoming recognized as a rising star in the National Football League. Herndon’s climb to success is in spite of not being selected in the NFL draft. He is one of only four undrafted rookies to make the Jaguars’ opening day roster since 2015.
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Ooltewah Elementary School is a Tennessee Reward School for 2019
11/22/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Ooltewah Elementary in the Harrison Bay Learning Community displays their new banner from the state recognizing the accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. County Commissioner Randy Fairbanks visited to present the banner to the students and staff at Ooltewah Elementary School.
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Applications open for school choice options in Hamilton County Schools
11/22/2019
Hamilton County Schools has choices and options for parents and children to fit the interests and career aspirations of any child in the Tennessee Valley. The school choice application window is now open for parents to apply for their children to attend a choice option school in Hamilton County Schools for the fall of 2020. Parents can choose from 15 magnet schools, eight open enrollment schools, five early college option programs, or more than 28 Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County high schools.
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Bill Gates signs the banner to support Howard becoming one of the fastest improving schools in the state as Principal Dr. LeAndrea Ware smiles in appreciation of his support.
Bill Gates’ blog features successes at The Howard School and Gestamp
11/22/2019
Bill Gates’ blog called GatesNotes for November 21, 2019, posted yesterday with a story about The Howard School and the Gestamp internship program in Hamilton County Schools. The blog features the Howard turnaround to prepare teens in the community for success after graduation. The title of the blog “I love this school’s energy!” sets the tone for Gates’ impressions of The Howard School and Gestamp from his recent visit to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Upper is a Tennessee Reward School for 2019
11/21/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Upper in the Rock Point Learning Community held an event at The Signal downtown and unveiled their new banner from the state recognizing the accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee.
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Hamilton County Schools and National nonprofit DonorsChoose Announce New Partnership
11/21/2019
Hamilton County Schools announced today a new partnership with the national nonprofit DonorsChoose to help teachers tap into a network of 4 million donors to support classroom projects and connect with the district’s five-year strategic plan Future Ready 2023. Hamilton County Schools is now one of 30 DonorsChoose District Partners.
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I Am Hamilton Video Feature Aliza Smith, a junior, and Jordyn Griffith, a senior at East Hamilton Middle/High
11/21/2019
Today, the “I am Hamilton” video feature spotlights Aliza Smith, a junior; and Jordyn Griffith, a senior at East Hamilton Middle/High. The two represented Tennessee as the only two students in the state to attend the Inclusive Youth Leadership Summit in Chicago in September.
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Hamilton County Schools has Seven U.S. Civics All-Star Schools for 2019
11/20/2019
Seven schools in Hamilton County Schools have earned the designation of United States Civics All-Star Schools for 2019. The schools are Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences – Upper, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, Ivey Academy, Sale Creek Middle /High, and STEM School Chattanooga. Civics All-Star Schools are schools in which all seniors earned a 70 percent or higher on the U.S. Civics Test. Seven schools earning the state honor is an increase from three schools last year in Hamilton County Schools. Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, and STEM School Chattanooga are all repeat Civics All-Star Schools earning the honor last year and this year.
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Westview Elementary is a 2019 Tennessee Reward School
11/20/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Westview Elementary School in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community held an assembly to unveil their new banner from the state recognizing the accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. State Senator Todd Gardenhire; and County Commissioners Sabrena Smedley and Randy Fairbanks presented the banner to the staff and students at Westview Elementary.
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Community survey is now open for MGT facilities study for Hamilton County Schools
11/19/2019
MGT, a nationally recognized company specializing in school facilities, has released the survey link to allow the community to provide thoughts on the facility study group’s plans for school buildings in Hamilton County Schools. MGT presented the company’s preliminary findings earlier this year. The findings of the company are preliminary at this stage and have not been presented to the board as a final recommendation, and the board has not approved a final report. The survey is the next step to allow MGT to complete a final recommendation to the board by helping MGT get the community perspective and better understand the role schools the school facilities play in the social fabric of our community before making final recommendations.
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Thrasher Elementary is a 2019 Tennessee Reward School
11/18/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Thrasher Elementary School in the Rock Point Learning Community held an assembly to unveil their new banner from the state recognizing the accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community; David Carroll, WRCB Channel 3; and County Commissioner Randy Fairbanks presented the banner to the staff and students at Thrasher Elementary.
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Demo Day kicks-off work on the world’s first Global Center for Digital Innovation
11/15/2019
Hamilton County Schools already features the world’s largest number of Digital Fab Labs but will soon add another first in providing learning environments to prepare graduates for the future. Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga State Community College, and local dignitaries joined in demolishing a wall to mark the beginning of work on the world’s first Global Center for Innovation on Wednesday, November 14. Students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade in Hamilton County Schools, as well as first and second-year college students at Chattanooga State, will use the digital fabrication lab. The college campus will be the home for the new Global Center for Innovation that will be located near the STEM School Chattanooga campus.
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The second class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools is getting an inside look at public schools in the community
11/15/2019
The second class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools is underway with an opportunity for 28 community leaders to get involved in the community’s public schools. Leadership Hamilton County Schools is a six-session program running through April that will allow participants to experience the people and programs in our area schools preparing children for success after graduation. The next session is scheduled to meet at Hixson High School on Tuesday, November 19. The November meeting is the third session for the 2020 Class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools.
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Harvard Ed Magazine features success plans for children in Hamilton County Schools
11/14/2019
The fall edition of Harvard Ed Magazine explores work in school districts seeking to develop Success Plans for all children and features work in Hamilton County Schools to prepare students for success after graduation. We know that every child is different and requires varied approaches to learning. Much like IEPs are needed for students with disabilities to ensure each child receives instruction that will fit the needs of each child, Success Plans extend that concept to all students to provide the optimum opportunity for each child to be successful. Success Plans are part of the school district’s work with the Harvard Education Redesign Lab’s By All Means initiative.
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East Hamilton basketball player Madison Hayes signs with Mississippi State
East Hamilton basketball player Madison Hayes signs with Mississippi State
11/14/2019
East Hamilton Lady Hurricanes player, Madison Hayes, signed to play basketball with the Mississippi State Bulldogs women’s basketball program on the opening of the college signing period. Hayes’ family, friends, and supporters joined her as she signed in the East Hamilton Middle/High gym. Hayes selected Mississippi State over more than 20 other Division I offers she received.
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Apison Elementary is a Tennessee Reward School for 2019
11/14/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Apison Elementary School in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community held an assembly to unveil their new banner from the state recognizing the accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the staff at Apison Elementary.
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Hixson Elementary is a Tennessee Reward School for 2019
11/13/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Hixson Elementary School in the North River Learning Community held an assembly to unveil their new banner from the state recognizing the accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. Hixson High cheerleaders and the school mascot help the Hixson Elementary students celebrate the accomplishment.
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East Brainerd Elementary is a TN Reward School for 2019
11/11/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. East Brainerd Elementary in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community held a special assembly program recently to unveil their new banner from the state. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. East Hamilton cheerleaders present the Reward School banner to students and staff at East Brainerd Elementary.
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Dr. LeAndrea Ware is the Tennessee Principal of the Year
11/11/2019
Dr. LeAndrea Ware, principal of The Howard School, was named the 2019-2020 Tennessee Principal of the Year at the Tennessee Department of Education’s LEAD conference in Nashville last night. The announcement came during the annual honorary banquet at the conference.
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Better Together Teacher Feature: Rai Laird-East Lake Academy
11/11/2019
Exceptional education teachers are special educators teaching children with unique gifts. These exceptional learning leaders not only teach children but are advocates, protectors, and special guides the children rely on each day in Hamilton County Schools. Rai Laird, known as Ms. Rai by her students at East Lake Academy, is one of these exceptional teachers, and she works each day helping children find their voice.
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Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts is a 2019 TN Reward School
11/11/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community recently unveiled their new banner from the state recognizing their accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee.
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Three from Hamilton County Schools are presented A.F. Bridges Awards by TSSAA
11/11/2019
Angela Cass, principal of Ooltewah High, Mandi Munn, athletic director at Red Bank High, and Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, are winners from District 3 in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s (TSSAA) A.F. Bridges Awards for 2019. The awards presentation was the 20th year that TSSAA has recognized what is best in high school athletics by presenting the Bridges Awards. Dr. Bryan Johnson won the School System Administrator award, Angela Cass took the Principal of the Year award, and Mandi Munn, the Athletic Director of the Year award for District 3.
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Red Bank Middle is a 2019 Tennessee Reward School
11/11/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Red Bank Middle School in the Rock Point Learning Community held an assembly to unveil their new banner from the state recognizing their accomplishment. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. Dr. David Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community; Randy Fairbanks, Hamilton County Commissioner for District 1; and Chip Baker, Hamilton County Commissioner for District 2, presented the banner to the students and staff at Red Bank Middle.
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I Am Hamilton: Paul Baker, a student at Thrasher Elementary School
11/11/2019
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Paul Baker, a fifth-grade student at Thrasher Elementary. Paul has been on a mission to buy books for other elementary children. He earned over $500 to buy books and delivered them to children at Calvin Donaldson Elementary, Hardy Elementary, Orchard Knob Elementary, Woodmore Elementary, and Alpine Crest Elementary.
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STEM School is a Tennessee Reward School
STEM School Chattanooga, Reward School
11/05/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. STEM School Chattanooga in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community held a special assembly program recently to unveil their new banner from the state. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. State Senator Todd Gardenhire and Representative Yusuf Hakeem presented the banner to students and Dr. Tony Donen, principal at STEM School Chattanooga.
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Max Burke, a 2019 graduate of Signal Mountain High and achiever of a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.
ACT Participation Increases for HCS
11/04/2019
ACT results released today by the Tennessee Department of Education show the participation rate increased to 99 percent for all students in the 2019 graduating class for Hamilton County Schools. The rate is the highest participation the district has seen since the information began to be posted by the state. In 2016, 93 percent of graduates took the ACT compared to 99 percent last year, a 6 percent increase. The district had an increase of ACT participation in all students and all subgroups, with the English language learner participation rate increasing 9 percent and students with disabilities participation rate increasing 6 percent.
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Lakeside Academy Receives TN Reward School Banner
11/01/2019
Accomplishment Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The district had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Lakeside Academy in the Harrison Bay Learning Community is one of those schools, and they held a special assembly program recently to unveil their new banner from the state. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. John Tharpe, executive director of the Harrison Bay Learning Community, presented the banner at Lakeside.
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Fall Recruitment Fair Scheduled at Ooltewah High
11/01/2019
Are you looking for a place to make a difference for children or the community? A rewarding career may be awaiting you in a Hamilton County classroom. Hamilton County Schools kicks off the hiring season with the Fall Teacher Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, November 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ooltewah High School, 6123 Mountain View Road, Ooltewah, TN. Principals at the event will look for potential new teachers for their interim positions in the schools for the second half of this school year, and teaching positions to begin next school year in the fall of 2020.
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Rivermont Elementary Receives TN Reward Banner
11/01/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The school system had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Rivermont Elementary in the Rock Point Learning Community is one of those schools, and they held a special assembly program recently to unveil their new banner from the state. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community, presented the banner at Rivermont.
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Nolan Elementary receives a Tennessee Reward School banner
10/25/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The district had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Nolan Elementary in the Rock Point Learning Community is one of those schools, and they held a special assembly program recently to unveil their new banner from the state. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community and Board Member Kathy Lennon, representing District 2, presented the banner at Nolan.
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Alpine Crest Elementary receives a Tennessee Reward School banner
10/22/2019
Hamilton County Schools has enjoyed historic success in the past year for academic growth and academic performance. The district had a district record 32 schools earn Reward status from the Tennessee Department of Education. Alpine Crest Elementary in the Rock Point Learning Community is one of those schools, and they held a special assembly program today to unveil their new banner from the state. Reward schools are those improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups. Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievement in Tennessee. Alpine Crest Elementary Principal Kelley Weiss announces the honor as students hold the new Reward School banner.
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Westview Elementary Gets A Level 5 Banner
10/21/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Westview Elementary in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community presented the banner to the students and staff at Westview Elementary.
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HCS Recognized in 2019 Best of the Best
10/21/2019
The Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, and Christy Varnell, a teacher at Hixson High School, were honored as part of the 12th Annual Best of the Best Awards for 2019 announced by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The publication recognized the two at the annual awards banquet where Best of the Best finalists gathered. The Times Free Press also recognized the finalists and winners in a special section in the October 4 issue of the paper.
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Soddy Elementary Receives Level 5 Banner
10/21/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Soddy Elementary in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community presented the banner to the students and staff at Soddy Elementary.
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I Am Hamilton - Colleen Ryan, Rivermont Elementary
10/18/2019
Today, the “I am Hamilton” video feature spotlights Colleen Ryan, a Rivermont Elementary kindergarten teacher and the 2019 Toyota Teacher of the Year. Ryan not only works with her children in the classroom, but she takes learning on the road in her bus called “The Passage.”
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Hamilton County Schools and UTC team up to help students improve ACT scores
10/16/2019
Hamilton County Schools and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) have teamed to bring ACT prep to students in the district’s high schools. The two started the partnership to address the goal of attaining a district average ACT composite score of 21 in the Future Ready 2023 Action Plan. The program is held at five high schools in the district, but slots are open in the ACT prep program for high school students across the county. The sessions are held after school hours on Saturdays. The programs started at Tyner Academy in the fall of 2018 but have expanded to Brainerd High, The Howard School, Red Bank High, and Central High this year. Hamilton County Schools funds the sessions at Red Bank High and Central High with slots open to students from other high schools in the district.
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Lydia Heddleston and Calvin James, students at The Howard School, with a reminder of The Tiger Way in a school hallway
Clifton Hills Elementary and The Howard School are named Model of Demonstration Schools in Tennessee
10/15/2019
Clifton Hills Elementary and The Howard School are 2019-2020 Bronze-level RTI2-B (Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior) Model of Demonstration Schools selected by the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Tennessee Department of Education funds the TBSP program. There are over 1,800 schools across the state, and each year a small percentage of schools meet criteria to be selected as an RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School.
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New principal selected for Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy
10/14/2019
Hamilton County Schools has selected Lorie Collier to be the new principal at Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy. Collier joins Hamilton County Schools from Knox County Schools and brings six years of administrative experience to Calvin Donaldson.
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Middle Valley Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
10/14/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Middle Valley Elementary in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Joe Smith, District 3 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education presented the banner to the students and staff at Middle Valley Elementary.
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McConnell students and staff receive their Level 5 banner
McConnell Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
10/14/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on McConnell Elementary in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Joe Smith, District 3 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, presented the banner to the students and staff at McConnell Elementary.
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Sasha Hitachi, a junior at Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State
Collegiate High junior performs with National Youth Orchestra
10/11/2019
Sasha Hitachi, a junior at Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, spent the summer traveling and performing with the National Youth Orchestra at some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including Carnegie Hall in New York and the New World Symphony Center in Miami.
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Rivermont Elementary Receives a Level 5 Banner
Rivermont Elementary Receives a Level 5 Banner
10/11/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Rivermont Elementary in the Rock Point Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner.
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Thrasher Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
10/11/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Thrasher Elementary in the Rock Point Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community, and Kathy Lennon, District 2 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, presented the banner to the students and staff at Thrasher Elementary.
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Ooltewah High JROTC wins titles in Raider team championships
Ooltewah High JROTC wins titles in Raider team championships
10/09/2019
The Ooltewah High School JROTC Raider Team competed in the Raider Team State Championship held at Soddy Daisy High School on Saturday, September 21st. The Ooltewah High male team took home the State Raider Champion title for the second year in a row.
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Hixson Middle Receives A Level 5 Banner
10/08/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Hixson Middle in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Hixson Middle.
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Red Bank High Receives A Level 5 Banner
10/07/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Red Bank High in the Rock Point Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community, and Kathy Lennon, District 2 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, presented the banner to the students and staff at Red Bank High.
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Red Bank Middle Receives A Level 5 Banner
10/06/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Red Bank Middle in the Rock Point Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community, and Kathy Lennon, District 2 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, presented the banner to the students and staff at Red Bank Middle.
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Daisy Elementary staff and students receive a level 5 banner.
Daisy Elementary Receives A Level 5 Banner
10/05/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Daisy Elementary in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Daisy Elementary.
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Red Bank Elementary Staff and Students receive level 5 banner.
Red Bank Elementary Receives A Level 5 Banner
10/05/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Red Bank Elementary in the Rock Point Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community presented the banner to the students and staff at Red Bank Elementary.
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Officere John Wigley, SRO at Soddy Daisy High receives I Am Hamilton shirt.
I Am Hamilton - Officer John Wigley, SRO at Soddy Daisy High
10/05/2019
Today, the “I am Hamilton” video feature spotlights Officer John Wigley, the school resource officer (SRO) at Soddy Daisy High School. The school SRO has become an integral part of the school campus building relationships with students and helping to provide a safe school environment for children. Officer Wigley loves working at the school where he walked the halls as a student.
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Hamilton County Schools featured in National Newsletter.
Success of Hamilton County Schools Featured in National Newsletter
10/05/2019
The historic success of Hamilton County Schools in the past two years is featured in the September edition of the national newsletter for McREL International. The changing SCHOOLS newsletter highlights the district’s academic growth in moving from the #130 school district in Tennessee for student growth in 2017 to the #2 ranked school district in student growth today. The district was a Level 1 in 2017 on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, rose to Level 3 in 2018, and rocketed to straight Level 5s for academic growth as a district overall and in all individual categories for 2019. The district also had 45 schools earn Level 5, and 21 of those schools earned Level 5 across the board. Level 5 is the highest level a school district can achieve in student growth.
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DuPont Elementary Receives A Level 5 Banner
10/05/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on DuPont Elementary in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at DuPont Elementary.
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Allen Elementary Receives A Level 5 Banner
Allen Elementary Receives A Level 5 Banner
10/02/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Allen Elementary in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community presented the banner to the students and staff at Allen Elementary.
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Alembhert Lopez, fifth-grade student, Lookout Valley Elementary School, at the Operation Get Active spring end of season tournament at Finley Stadium
Chattanooga Football Club to honor teachers in Hamilton County Schools to conclude “Celebrate Excellence Month”
10/01/2019
The Chattanooga Football Club is partnering with Hamilton County Schools to celebrate the success of our students and schools by offering 555 free tickets to teachers and staff members. The tickets are for the Chattanooga FC game against Detroit City on October 5 at Finley Stadium. The offer is part of the school district’s Celebrate Excellence Month, which included teacher appreciation days offered by the Tennessee Aquarium and the Creative Discovery Museum, to honor staff for their work to make Hamilton County Schools a Level 5 district and propel the district to be the fastest improving school district in Tennessee.
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East Side faculty and students receive their banner
East Side Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
10/01/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on East Side Elementary in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, and Tiffanie Robinson, board member for District 4, presented the banner to the students and staff at East Side.
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Tyner Middle Academy receives a Level 5 Banner
09/28/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Tyner Middle Academy in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Tyner Middle Academy.
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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to partner with IB Future Ready Institutes
09/27/2019
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Education and Honors College signed on as partners today with the Future Ready Institutes of International Baccalaureate (IB) at Ooltewah High and Signal Mountain Middle/High. The IB institutes are two of 27 Future Ready Institutes available to students in Hamilton County Schools. UTC and Hamilton County Schools announced the partnership Friday, September 27, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the University Center on the campus of UTC.
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Jordyn Griffith and Aliza Smith check out the sites on their trip to Chicago.
East Hamilton students represent Tennessee at national summit in Chicago
09/27/2019
Unified Champion Schools invited East Hamilton School students, Aliza Smith and Jordan Griffith, to be the only two students from Tennessee to attend the Inclusive Youth Leadership Summit in Chicago last week. Unified Champion Schools promote those that welcome all people. Griffith and Smith were one unified team of 19 from over ten different states, and Nova Scotia, Canada, to attend the summit. East Hamilton High School was the only school from Tennessee with representatives invited to attend.
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Loftis Middle receives a Level 5 Banner
09/27/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Loftis Middle in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Loftis Middle.
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Wolftever Creek Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/27/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Wolftever Creek Elementary in the Harrison Bay Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. John Tharp, executive director of the Harrison Bay Learning Community, and Dr. Steve Highlander, board member representing District 9, presented the banner to the students and staff at Wolftever Creek Elementary.
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The Howard School’s Ware is a finalist for Tennessee Principal of the Year
09/27/2019
Dr. Le Andrea Ware, principal at The Howard School, is one of nine finalists for Tennessee Principal of the Year. Dr. Ware is a finalist from the Southeast region. She will participate with other finalists in an in-person interview at the Tennessee Department of Education in Nashville to determine the state winner.
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Jared Ward, IT Operations team leader for BlueCross, talks with students and staff about the technology used in the BlueCross Operations Center.
Future Ready Institutes add BlueCross sponsorship at Soddy Daisy High
09/26/2019
The BlueCross Technology Academy at Soddy Daisy High was announced today at the Chattanooga offices of BlueCross BlueShield. The Soddy Daisy program joins Red Bank High school as a community partner in technology education with BlueCross. The Red Bank partnership was announced in March of this year. Hamilton County Schools administrators, students, and BlueCross BlueShield representatives gathered for the announcement.
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Ooltewah Elementary Staff and Students Receiving Level 5 Banner
Ooltewah Elementary Receives A Level 5 Banner
09/25/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Ooltewah Elementary in the Harrison Bay Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. John Tharp, executive director of the Harrison Bay Learning Community, and Dr. Steve Highlander, board member representing District 9, presented the banner to the students and staff at Ooltewah Elementary.
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Statement on Inaccurate Information Regarding Student at East Ridge Elementary
09/25/2019
Hamilton County Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of all students. Our school leaders work to serve our families and meet the needs of our diverse learners. This family's characterization of the incident with their child at East Ridge Elementary does not capture the full context of the concerns expressed to them by the school.
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Tyner Academy receives a Level 5 Banner
09/23/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Tyner Academy in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Tyner Academy.
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Colleen Ryan is presented with Toyota Teacher of the Year honor
Hamilton County teacher named national Toyota Family Teacher of the Year
09/20/2019
Toyota representatives visited Rivermont Elementary this morning with a special surprise at a school assembly naming Colleen Ryan their national Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Ryan, a kindergarten teacher, was surprised with a $20,000 check from Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Children at cheered their teacher as she was joined on stage by family and friends during the presentation.
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Hixson students and staff receive their banner
Hixson High receives a Level 5 Banner
09/20/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Hixson High in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Hixson High.
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Dalewood Middle student Ari Shropshire shares her work with State Senator Bo Watson
Volkswagen eLabs in Hamilton County Schools Recognized as Global Leader by the International Fab Foundation
09/19/2019
Hamilton County Schools, in partnership with Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC, the State of Tennessee, and the Public Education Foundation celebrated the Fab Foundation recognizing Hamilton County Schools as an international leader in digital fabrication education at a news conference today at Dalewood Middle School. The Fab Foundation is a Boston-based non-profit organization that emerged from MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program where students learn how to make virtually anything. Hamilton County Schools now represents the world’s largest concentration of educational Fab Labs in any community, with 17 labs joining the Foundation’s Fab Lab Network. The labs include one at STEM School Chattanooga and the 16 Volkswagen eLabs in Hamilton County Schools opened since 2017.
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East Hamilton receives their Level 5 Banner
East Hamilton Middle High receives a Level 5 Banner
09/19/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on East Hamilton Middle High in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at East Hamilton Middle High.
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Wallace A. Smith Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/17/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Wallace A. Smith Elementary in the Harrison Bay Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. John Tharp, executive director of the Harrison Bay Learning Community; and Dr. Steve Highlander, board member representing District 9; presented the banner to the students and staff at Wallace A. Smith Elementary.
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Appison Elementary receives their Level 5 Banner
Apison Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/16/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Apison Elementary in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Apison Elementary.
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Graduates from Hamilton County Schools Class of 2019
District sets another high watermark for graduation rate
09/16/2019
The Tennessee Department of Education released district and school graduation rates for 2018-2019 today showing Hamilton County Schools moving closer to the district graduation goal in the Future Ready 2023 action plan. The district graduation rate for 2018-2019 was 86.9, which was up from 86.6 last year and the highest for the district since 2012-2013. In the district action plan, the target for 2023 is a 90 percent graduation rate.
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Hixson Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
Hixson Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/13/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Hixson Elementary in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Hixson Elementary.
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East Ridge High receives a Level 5 Banner
09/13/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on East Ridge High in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at East Ridge High.
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National Merit Semifinalists announced for Hamilton County Schools
09/11/2019
The list of National Merit Semifinalists released today includes four seniors from Hamilton County Schools. Three of the four were from Signal Mountain Middle-High, giving the school the largest number of teens from any single area public school for the second year in a row. Students named semifinalists are the highest-scoring students in each state and continue in the competition for a National Merit Scholarship. Semifinalists make up fewer than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors.
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Students and staff at East Ridge Middle receive their banner
East Ridge Middle receives a Level 5 Banner
09/11/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on East Ridge Middle in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at East Ridge Middle.
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Lakeside Academy receives a Level 5 Banner
09/10/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Lakeside Academy in the Harrison Bay Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Steve Highlander, District 9 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, presents the banner to the students and staff at Lakeside Academy.
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Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community, and Jenny Hill, Hamilton County Board of Education member representing District 6, presented the banner to the students and staff at Lookout Mountain Elementary.
Lookout Mountain Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/10/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Lookout Mountain Elementary in the Rock Point Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community, and Jenny Hill, Hamilton County Board of Education member representing District 6, presented the banner to the students and staff at Lookout Mountain Elementary.
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Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at East Ridge Elementary.
East Ridge Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/10/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on East Ridge Elementary in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at East Ridge Elementary.
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Wallace A Smith Elementary cuts the ribbon on a new walking track funded by Erlanger and Kohl’s
09/05/2019
Wallace A. Smith Elementary School held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony recently in celebration of the new walking track for students and staff funded by a grant from Erlanger and Kohl’s. Guests include Children’s Hospital of Erlanger officials, Kohl’s representatives, parents, and people from the community. Erlanger received a $240,000 grant, over a two-year period, from Kohl's to fight childhood obesity through its “Let's Get Moving” campaign.
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Collegiate High at Chattanooga State receives a Level 5 Banner
09/05/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Collegiate High at Chattanooga State in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community and Tiffanie Robinson, board member representing District 4, presented the banner to the students and staff at Collegiate High.
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Sale Creek Middle/High receives a Level 5 Banner
09/05/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Sale Creek Middle/High in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, presents the banner to the students and staff at Sale Creek Middle/High.
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Hixson senior attends 2019 American Legion Boys Nation in Washington
09/04/2019
Amrit Pagar, a senior and Air Force JROTC Cadet at Hixson High School, attended the 2019 American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area during the summer break. He was selected as one of two Senators to represent Tennessee.
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Big Ridge Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/04/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Big Ridge Elementary in the North River Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Big Ridge Elementary.
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I Am Hamilton - Daphne Penn, a graduate of The Howard School
09/04/2019
Today, the “I am Hamilton” video feature spotlights Daphne Penn, a 2004 graduate of The Howard School. As a student, Penn was very involved at Howard. She was in the National Honors Society, on the Chattanooga Youth Council, participated in the Passport Scholars program, and she was valedictorian of her class. Penn is a doctoral candidate in education at Harvard University and plans a career in education. She spoke recently at the 30th-anniversary luncheon for the Public Education Foundation (PEF).
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Alpine Crest Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/03/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Alpine Crest Elementary in the Rock Point Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Robert Sharpe, executive director of the Rock Point Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Alpine Crest Elementary.
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Bess T. Shepherd Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner at a student assembly
Bess T. Shepherd Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
09/03/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Bess T. Shepherd Elementary in the Harrison Bay Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. John Tharp, executive director of the Harrison Bay Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary.
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East Brainerd Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
08/30/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on East Brainerd Elementary in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Dr. Larrie Reynolds, executive director of the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, presented the banner to the students and staff at East Brainerd Elementary.
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Master Sergeant Johnny Manis awarded Military Property Specialist of the Year
08/28/2019
Molding young high school students into future leaders is rewarding enough for those who dedicate themselves to service in the Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC), but Master Sergeant Johnny Manis earned extra recognition recently as the JROTC Military Property Specialist of the Year. The 7th Brigade announced the honor at their conference held in Atterbury, Indiana. Military property specialists from Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan were eligible for the award presented to Master Sergeant Manis.
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Hamilton County Schools dominates Niche.com listing of top public high schools in the Chattanooga area
08/27/2019
Hamilton County Schools has the top four and six out of the top ten best public high schools in the Chattanooga area according to the latest ranking by the NICHE website. The Chattanooga area included surrounding counties in Tennessee and public high schools in north Georgia. Niche ranks places to live, schools, colleges, and places to work on niche.com. Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) Upper School earned the top spot in the rankings; Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (CCA) was second; STEM School Chattanooga, third; Signal Mountain Middle/High School, fourth; Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, seventh; and East Hamilton Middle/High School rounded out the top ten in the tenth spot. According to the Niche website, academic and student life data are the basis of the rankings based on rigorous analysis of from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.
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East Lake Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
08/27/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on East Lake Elementary in the Opportunity Zone Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Tiffanie Robinson, District 4 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, presents the banner to the students and staff at East Lake.
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Clifton Hills Elementary receives a Level 5 Banner
08/26/2019
Today’s academic success spotlight shines on Clifton Hills in the Opportunity Zone Learning Community for earning Level 5 school status. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Tiffanie Robinson, District 4 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, presents the banner to the students and staff at Clifton HIlls.
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I Am Hamilton - Mallary Netterville, Wolftever Creek Elementary
08/23/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights Mallary Netterville, parent volunteer coordinator for Wolftever Creek Elementary, for her work at Wolftever Creek and assistance and support at the New Teacher Academy for 2019. The New Teacher Academy welcomes new teachers to our community and provides them with training and resources to get off to a great start in their classrooms. “I am Hamilton” spotlights the contributions of alumni, teachers, parents, students, support workers, and community members in providing opportunities for children in the classrooms of Hamilton County Schools. Better opportunities for children today mean a brighter future filled with possibilities for our graduates, their families, and the community.
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Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy receives a Level 5 Banner
08/23/2019
This academic success spotlight shines on Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy in the Opportunity Zone Learning Community. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 45 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, with a special “championship” recognition banner. Tiffanie Robinson, District 4 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, presents the banner to the students and staff at Calvin Donaldson.
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Dr. Bryan Johnson announces scholarships to honor the memory of his mother
08/22/2019
Hamilton County Schools seniors received over $95 million in scholarships last year, but the Class of 2020 will have even more opportunities to help fund their college journey with the announcement today of new scholarships available to seniors across all learning communities in Hamilton County Schools. Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, announced the scholarships to honor his late mother LaBrenda Sonnette Johnson in front of the seniors at Ooltewah High School earlier today.
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Hamilton’s Brad Jackson is the August TSSAA Distinguished Service recipient
08/19/2019
Brad Jackson, campus support specialist for Hamilton County Schools, learned the importance of commitment and setting goals from a high school athletic career and service to his country in the United States Marines. The life skills learned in athletics, and his career Jackson now uses each day in his service to children in Hamilton County Schools. His commitment to athletics and work to improve the lives of children has earned Jackson the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s (TSSAA) August 2019 TSSAA Distinguished Service award.
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Hamilton County Schools at top Level 5 status with 45 Level 5 schools and 32 Reward schools
08/15/2019
Hamilton County announced historic progress in academic achievement today with the release of local district student growth data. Hamilton County Schools recorded a record Level 5 status in student academic growth in all five categories. The district scored an overall Level 1 just two years ago, Level 3 overall last year, and jumped to Level 5 across the board for student academic growth in 2019 state testing results. The district also earned a record number of Reward schools in 2019. Thirty-two schools earned Reward School status, which is up from 17 last year.
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Hamilton County Schools surpassed the state in five of eight subject areas on TNReady
08/15/2019
Hamilton County Schools made history yesterday with the release of district growth data showing the district at an overall Level 5, Level 5 in the district for all five categories, Level 5 status for 45 schools, 21 of those schools with Level 5 in all categories, and 32 Reward schools. The statewide achievement results for TNReady released by Commissioner Penny Schwinn today provides even more good news regarding student achievement in Hamilton County Schools. The district outperformed the state in five of eight-grade band subject areas where no accountability areas were above the state last year. The district ranks first out of 142 districts in student growth index in grades 3-5 and second out of 146 districts in overall student growth.
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Dr. Bryan Johnson is named an Austin Peay Alumni Award winner for 2019
08/14/2019
Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, has been named an Austin Peay State University 2019 Alumni Award winner. During the Austin Peay Homecoming celebration this November, Dr. Johnson will be among six alumni of the school honored. Johnson will receive an Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
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Ribbon cutting for EPB Institute of Technology at Tyner
08/13/2019
Upon returning from summer break, second-year students of the EPB Institute of Technology and Networking at Tyner Academy High School discovered their old classroom had been completely refurbished and equipped as a high-tech learning laboratory. This transformation resulted from the continuing partnership between Hamilton County Schools and EPB, which also engaged several other local businesses in the effort. The project marks the beginning of the second year EPB has been working with students and educators at Tyner as part of Hamilton County School’s Future Ready Institute program.
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Exciting Progress in the fine arts brings national attention to Hamilton County Schools
08/13/2019
Hamilton County Schools is rewinding successes of the past year as we prepare for the announcement of historic progress in our school district this Wednesday with the release of state student achievement data. The exciting progress of the district in the fine arts last year earned national attention and honors. Last October, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Chattanooga-Hamilton County, Tennessee, as the 26th site in the country for Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child and later in the year the district was honored as a NAMM Foundation 2019 Best Community for Music Education.
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New App for First Student bus service to debut in October
08/08/2019
One of the anticipated services of the selection of First Student to provide bus service for Hamilton County Schools was access to the Parent App called FirstView that will allow parents to track buses on their routes. The app is available for download now, and it will be active for parent use by October.
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Photo:  Lily Akins, a student in the BlueCross Technology Academy at Red Bank, received an “I Am Hamilton” shirt for her efforts as an ambassador of Future Ready Institutes.  The shirt is presented by Blake Freeman, director of Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools and Amanda Baron, Computer Science teacher and lead teacher in the BlueCross Technology Academy.
Hamilton County Schools wins national communication awards
08/08/2019
Hamilton County Schools has won four awards for communications from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) in the organization’s 2019 Awards and Recognition program. The district won awards for the district's website, a video about Hixson High winning the Vans Custom Culture contest, Hamilton County Schools 2019 district animated budget video, and the “I Am Hamilton” recognition program.
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Celebrating successes including earned Industry Certifications
08/08/2019
We are celebrating successes of the past year as Hamilton County Schools prepares for the announcement of historic progress in our school district next Wednesday with the release of the Tennessee Value-added Assessment System (TVAAS) information. One success story is the number of certifications earned by high school students in Hamilton County Schools during the 2018-2019 school year. The number of students earning an industry certification more than tripled from last school year with 224 earned this year by high school students. Industry certifications allow graduates to leave high school with a certification for a job skill in the career field of choice for a graduating senior.
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Celebrating Successes - Signal Mountain teacher is a finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year
08/08/2019
We are celebrating successes of the past year as Hamilton County Schools prepares for the announcement of historic progress in our school district next Wednesday with the release of the student achievement data from the state. One success story is Kristen Robertson, a teacher at Signal Mountain Middle/High, selected to be in the finals for the Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Robertson is a finalist from the Southeast region and one of nine finalists.
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Students in the VWeLab at Ooltewah Middle School
#1 – Seeing friends and renewing the learning journey
08/06/2019
Summer break is over, and it is time to head back to school tomorrow to see friends and renew the learning journey to prepare children for success in life after high school. The back to school season is a time of excitement with new learning opportunities for children and possibilities for tomorrow. Just as children get excited about a new school year, administrators and teachers are enthusiastic about plans that will mean improved schools for children.
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Haley Fookes, a 2019 graduate of Signal Mtn. High
#2 – Looking to build on scholarships for seniors and early college options
08/05/2019
Last year, Hamilton County Schools saw tremendous increases in scholarships offered to seniors, early college option courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) taken by students, and more students earning an industry certification.
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#6 The Back to School Bash Saturday, August 3
08/02/2019
Saturday, we will help get everyone ready for the start of the 2019-2020 school year with the second annual Back to School Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Tennessee Pavilion and Finley Stadium. This event will help you and your children get ready for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 7.
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#5 – Opening of the expanded Snow Hill Elementary, Howard Connect Academy and new school construction
08/02/2019
Snow Hill Elementary will open with a new look on August 7 as the addition and renovation have been completed and ready for children on the first day of school. The addition includes a new multipurpose gym area, 12 new classrooms, improved pickup/drop-off area improved with improved access for vehicles, and a reconfigured office area and main entry.
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#4 – One-to-one in high schools - a laptop for every student
08/02/2019
One-to-one, which is an electronic learning device (laptop) for every student, is coming to high schools in Hamilton County for the new school year. The devices will be Chromebooks and will be available for students shortly after the beginning of the school year.
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BlueCross personnel work on the BlueCross Technology Academy at Red Bank High
#3 – New Future Ready Institutes coming to Hamilton County high schools
08/02/2019
Six new Future Ready Institutes will open in Hamilton County Schools with the start of the new school year. There will be a total of 27 Future Ready Institutes providing more options for students with varied interests, hopes, and dreams.
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#7 in Top Seven reasons to be excited about the first day of school on August 7
07/31/2019
In the next seven days, we will count down the top seven reasons to be excited about the first day of school on Wednesday, August 7. Yes, the first day of school is just one week away! Reason #7: The new school year will start with brand new buses and bus service from First Student. The new bus transportation provider will manage and operate 165 bus routes for Hamilton County Schools.
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Hamilton County Schools receives state funding to replicate the successful Gestamp apprenticeship program
07/26/2019
Hamilton County Schools has received a career and technical education program grant to develop additional apprenticeship opportunities for students based on the successful Gestamp apprenticeship program. The new state grant is called the Perkins Reserve and will provide $112,500 over three years for Hamilton County Schools to work with area businesses to develop additional advanced manufacturing apprenticeships to provide more opportunities to students in the community. The funding will provide $37,500 a year for the three years to develop the apprenticeship programs.
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Signal Mountain graduate receives a prestigious scholarship from Volkswagen
07/12/2019
Aileen Santelmann, a 2019 graduate of Signal Mountain High School who moved to Chattanooga from Germany as a teenager, has received a Duales Studium scholarship from Volkswagen in Germany. The scholarship is a dual study program that allows Santelmann to earn her degree while also working for Volkswagen. Only two people from Germany received the scholarship this year.
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Volunteers help beautify the school during Brainerd Together.
Brainerd High School Reveals Summer Renovation
07/12/2019
Brainerd High School will host the “Brainerd Together: A Community Remodel” building reveal at the school located at 1020 North Moore Road on Sunday, August 4 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A collaboration among business partners and Hamilton County Schools, the yearlong Brainerd Together project will culminate with an Open House to showcase the building’s recent renovations. The reveal is open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.
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School calendars are online to help you plan for a new school year
07/09/2019
After the Independence Day holiday, attentions begin to turn toward the start of school and a new school year. The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school calendars are now on the Hamilton County Schools website to help you plan your family or organizational schedule. The Hamilton County Board of Education approved a few minor changes to the 2019-2020 school year calendar at the May meeting.
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STEM School Chattanooga student only Tennessee student accepted into BASF Summer Science Academy
07/05/2019
Angelica Ramirez, a rising senior at STEM School Chattanooga, has earned a spot in the BASF Summer Science Academy program. Ramirez was the only student from Tennessee accepted into the BASF program. The BASF Academy includes only 20 high school students from the United States, Canada, and Mexico in this summer’s program.
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Hailey Fookes, a 2019 graduate of Signal Mountain High School
Focus on Early Post-Secondary Options Shows Early Improvement
06/26/2019
The five-year strategic plan Future Ready 2023 adopted last year focused improvement on more students taking early post-secondary options and that effort is showing early results as 916 more students enrolled in one of the advanced academic courses last school year. During the 2017-2018 school year, 1,951 students enrolled in an early college course. For the 2018-2019 school year, that number increased to 2,867 students getting an early start on college. These numbers represent the students taking advantage of the courses available to them. Many of those students are taking more than one course, so the total number of courses taken is even higher. Over 5,000 early post-secondary option classes were taken by high school students across the district during the 2018-2019 school year.
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Marie Holland welds in the Welding Program at Sequoyah High
Certifications earned by students continues trend of improvement in Hamilton County Schools
06/25/2019
Add the number of certifications earned by high school students in Hamilton County Schools to the list of improvements for the 2018-2019 school year. The number of students earning an industry certification more than tripled from last school year with 224 earned this year by high school students. Industry certifications allow graduates to leave high school with a certification for a job skill in the career field of choice for a graduating senior. The certification puts the graduate at a competitive advantage when looking for a job or entering a post-secondary training program.
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Signal Mountain teacher is a finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year
06/24/2019
Kristen Robertson, a teacher at Signal Mountain Middle/High, is one of nine finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Robertson is a finalist from the Southeast region. Finalists will participate in an in-person interview at the Tennessee Department of Education in Nashville.
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Eric McKenzie, community engagement specialist; Alison Lebovitz and Christopher James, principal of Brainerd High School
I am Hamilton - Alison Lebovitz, community volunteer
06/24/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights Alison Lebovitz, volunteer coordinator for Brainerd Together, a volunteer effort to revitalize Brainerd High School this summer. “I am Hamilton” spotlights the contributions of alumni, teachers, parents, students, support workers, and community members in providing opportunities for children in the classrooms of Hamilton County Schools.
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District opens applications for the second class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools
06/19/2019
The first group of community leaders to participate in Leadership Hamilton County Schools last year were enthusiastically supportive of the new experience the school district offered to citizens to provide a “behind the scenes” look at the rewards and challenges of preparing the community’s children for future success. The second class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools is coming this fall to foster another group of informed citizen leaders to help transform our community.
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(Left to Right) Rachel Cherry, teacher; Angela Williams, teacher; Adam Noll, Tyner High Class of ’79; Gerald Harris, principal; and Cathy Butler, teacher
Tyner High School Class of 1979 donates $2,000 to Tyner Academy
06/18/2019
Despite 40 years passing since their graduation, the Tyner High School Class of 1979 has Tyner Academy close to their hearts. The alumni recently raised $2,000 to donate to the school at a class reunion event. The group all pitched in and raised the money on a single Saturday night.
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Avery Cox, 2019 graduate of Sale Creek High School
Sale Creek High graduates receive four of five ROTC scholarships awarded in Hamilton County
06/17/2019
The 2019 graduating class of Sale Creek High School received over $1 million in scholarship offers this year. The school was very successful with graduates earning ROTC scholarships. Five ROTC scholarships were awarded to students in Hamilton County. Of the five, four of those students awarded the scholarships were graduates of Sale Creek High. To emphasize the magnitude of the accomplishment, the national board that selects the ROTC scholarship winners awards only 1,000 4-year winners, and 2,000 3-year winners from across the nation each year. Thousands of highly-qualified seniors apply for these scholarships each year.
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Dr. Bryan Johnson selected for Leadership Tennessee Class VII
06/11/2019
Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson is one of only 46 chosen for the seventh class of Leadership Tennessee announced on Monday. Dr. Johnson was selected from the more than 400 nominations for the latest group of Tennessee leaders who will spend the next year engaging in collaborative, non-partisan discussions on issues important to the people of Tennessee. He is the only superintendent or local school district K-12 representative selected for the new class.
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Graduates of Hamilton County Schools triple the amount of scholarship money for 2019
06/06/2019
Reaching graduation day is an important milestone for high school teens, but it is also a starting point for the rest of their lives. More 2019 graduates of Hamilton County Schools will have a head start on their next step in college as the class received approximately $64 million more in scholarship offers than last year. The Class of 2019 had over $95 million in scholarship offers from colleges and universities, which is up from $31 million last year.
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Tanner Moore, a student at Hixson High, and Jeremy Kaylor, instructor in the Natural Resources and Land Management program, review the operation of a piece of equipment at Chattanooga Tractor and Equipment.
Hixson High and Chattanooga Tractor partnership provides career opportunities for students
06/04/2019
Chattanooga Tractor and Equipment is a new partner with the Hixson High School Natural Resources and Land Management pathway to provide exciting opportunities for teens in the program. The partnership allows students in this career pathway to gain real-world experience with equipment that they will use in their field of study. Chattanooga Tractor and Equipment has access to agricultural, construction, and power equipment graduates would use on the job in their career field.
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Friends of CSLA to host a fundraiser featuring the new Lady Vols basketball coach
06/04/2019
The Friends of CSLA (Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts) are hosting an evening with Kellie Harper, the new Lady Vols basketball coach, on Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m. at the Iles Physical Education Center on the Southern Adventist University campus.
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I Am Hamilton Jinlin Baker, a teacher at Red Bank Elementary
05/31/2019
Today, the “I am Hamilton” video feature spotlights Jinlin Baker, a teacher in a multi-handicap classroom at Red Bank Elementary School. Baker fell in love with her classroom of special children when she first walked into the room. She has now spent 14 years in her labor of love helping children to discover their own unique way to communicate, learn, and grow.
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Marie Holland, a recent graduate of Sequoyah High School, works on perfecting her welding skills.
New partnership to provide more college credit options for high school students
05/31/2019
Hamilton County Schools and Chattanooga State Community College signed an agreement recently to increase access to Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) courses at the college that will provide more opportunities for students to earn credit toward a TCAT certificate at no cost to the student’s family while in high school. Students at Brainerd High, Howard High, Lookout Valley High, and Sequoyah High will have the opportunity to earn dual high school and college credit in their career and technical education courses as a result of the new partnership.
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(Left to Right) Aaron Young and Wesley Mason with their state championship medals
East Hamilton pair takes state title in Unified Sports
05/31/2019
Aaron Young and Wesley Mason are the latest state champions from Hamilton County Schools. The two are students at East Hamilton Middle/High School, and they won the 100-meter dash in the state championship event held last week at Dean A. Hayes Stadium in Murfreesboro.
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Howard School students in documentary.
Documentary featuring students from The Howard School to premiere on Friday
05/30/2019
Diploma Dreams, a documentary featuring local English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) high school students from The Howard School will premiere on Friday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Redemption to the Nations Church. The documentary, by executive producer Pablo Mazariegos, highlights the challenges that The Howard School immigrant students face when attempting to complete their high school education and the role the faculty plays in the students’ pursuit of their academic dreams.
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Hixson High earns first College Board AP award for female participation in computer science courses
05/30/2019
Hixson High School has earned the first College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded access for girls in AP Computer Science courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Hixson High School is one of only 685 to earn the award, and only 490 high schools earned the honor for the course AP Computer Science Principles.
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Kadijah Tinker of Lookout Valley Middle/High is in the Senior Video Spotlight
05/29/2019
Kadijah Tinker is a 2019 graduate of Lookout Valley Middle/High and today’s Hamilton County Schools Senior Video Spotlight. Tinker was “the band kid” at Lookout Valley. She was committed to doing whatever it took to get a chance to be in the band.
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Community inspired changes in school bell schedules announced for next school year
05/29/2019
Community interest in later start times at Brainerd High and Signal Mountain Middle/High was instrumental in several of the changes in school start times for next school year announced by Hamilton County Schools. Addressing changes at the two high schools resulted in minor adjustments at other schools because of connections related to bus transportation and school program schedules. The focus on providing more choice and availability of academic options for students and families also played a part in the new school bell schedules along with the announcement of the start and end times for the new Howard Connect Academy (Howard Middle).
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Hannah Rollins, Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State; and Wilmer Perez, The Howard School.  Photos provided by Chattanooga State.
Chattanooga State honors seniors for earning college credit while in high school
05/29/2019
Chattanooga State’s Early College program recently recognized seniors from the area who completed early college courses at the school while in high school. The seniors recognized include 23 graduates from ten high schools in Hamilton County Schools. The ambitious and dedicated students earned a total of 389 college credit hours as a group.
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Tyris Nelson senior photo at CSAS.
Tyris Nelson of Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences is in the Senior Spotlight Video
05/24/2019
Tyris Nelson is a 2019 graduate of Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) and today’s Hamilton County Schools Senior Spotlight. Nelson was an active student at CSAS as he led the audiovisual team in charge of the sound and lights for activities in the school auditorium. He was also instrumental in the formation of a bowling team at the school that led to a scholarship for college.
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Photo of Crystal Sorrells.
New principal selected for East Ridge High Tyner Middle and Sequoyah High administrative updates
05/24/2019
Crystal Sorrells will be the new principal of East Ridge High School in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community. Since 2015, Sorrells has served as the principal at Tyner Middle Academy. Sorrells is a twenty-year veteran in education with experience as an administrator at the high school and middle school level and as a math teacher.
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Marie Holland senior photo
Marie Holland of Sequoyah High is in the Senior Spotlight Video
05/23/2019
Marie Holland is a 2019 graduate of Sequoyah High and today’s Hamilton County Schools Senior Spotlight. Holland is a graduate of the Welding Program at Sequoyah High, and she was the only female in her class. Her work ethic and ability as a welder landed her an internship at Heatec, a local company that manufactures and markets a broad line of heaters and liquid storage tanks. The internship has now turned into the beginning of her career with a full-time job at Heatec.
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