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Hamilton County School Adds to World's Largest Collection of Fab Labs
Hamilton County Schools has opened eLabs in five new schools to add to the number already recognized by the Fab Foundation as the world's largest concentration of educational Fab Labs. The foundation is a Boston-based non-profit organization that emerged from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms Fab Lab Program.
Oct 22
Exceptional Education Director Returning to his Alma Mater
Dr. Garfield Adams, director of Exceptional Education for Hamilton County Schools, is returning home to his alma mater as executive principal of Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Adams was the executive principal of Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge before moving to Hamilton County Schools. Dr. Adams, his wife Aimee, and son Jaxon continue to reside in his hometown of Oak Ridge. His daughter, Micalah, currently resides in Knoxville.
Oct 15
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences is a Times Free Press Best of the Best for 2020
The Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) is a Times Free Press “Best of the Best” for the third consecutive year. CSAS was honored as part of the 13th Annual Best of the Best Awards for 2020 announced recently by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The publication recognized the finalists and winners in a special section in the newspaper.
Oct 02
East Ridge Elementary receives a Music and Arts Grant
Students at East Ridge Elementary will soon be playing ukuleles in music class thanks to a $250 Music and Arts Grant the school received from California Casualty. The grant was applied for by Charlene Cook, the music teacher at East Ridge Elementary, and will allow the school to purchase a classroom set of soprano ukuleles.
Oct 02
Technology leader in Hamilton County Schools named to EdTech Magazine’s Top 30 Tech Leaders to Follow
EdTech Magazine selected Greg Bagby, coordinator of instructional technology for Hamilton County Schools, as one of the Top 30 K-12 Technology Leaders to Follow for 2020. Bagby is a former principal who has been busy for the school district with the necessity of online learning due to the pandemic. Bagby was selected among other educational professionals, including the savviest K–12 IT leaders, bloggers, podcasters, and social media personalities. EdTech also recognized him for discussing educational technology on social media accounts and co-moderating #EdTechChat and #TnEdChat on Twitter.
Oct 01
State of Tennessee helps bridge Digital Divide for Students in Chattanooga and Hamilton County
A network of community partners working to completely bridge the digital divide for Hamilton County students came together to thank state leaders for dedicating more than $3 million in Tennessee Community CARES funding toward the effort to help students during the pandemic.
Oct 01
Calvin Donaldson Elementary nurse is an HCS Hero
Heroes are not always people who do spectacular deeds but are often merely everyday individuals who determine to take an opportunity to act and make a difference. Blossom Fugh, the school nurse at Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, is a special person choosing to make a difference. Hamilton County Schools honored Fugh with an I Am Hamilton shirt and recognized her as an HCS Hero for her outstanding work, keeping children and staff healthy during the worldwide pandemic.
Sep 25
Amazon Fulfillment Center staff donate $30,000 in school supplies and funds to Hamilton County Schools
The partnership between Amazon and Hamilton County Schools is in full display in September. Amazon announced funding computer science education in the district earlier in the month, and the local Amazon Fulfillment Center chipped in to assist children by donating school supplies this week. The Chattanooga Amazon Fulfillment Center staff collected $15,000 worth of school supplies to donate to the school district, matched by a $15,000 monetary donation by Amazon. Amazon delivered more than eleven pallets of supplies to Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School this week. The school is located in the neighborhood of the Amazon Fulfillment Center. The supplies will be shared with schools across the district.
Sep 25
Amazon Funding Computer Science Education For 42 Elementary Schools in Hamilton County Schools
Amazon is funding computer science education and teacher professional development for 42 elementary schools in Hamilton County Schools, impacting more than 21,700 students from underserved communities and groups currently underrepresented in tech as part of its Amazon Future Engineer program. Hamilton County Schools is part of Amazon Future Engineer’s expansion to more than 5,000 schools, 1,000 of which will be elementary schools.
Sep 24
Collegiate High is a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School
Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State in Hamilton County Schools has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020 by U. S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Collegiate High was selected as one of the nation’s Exemplary High Performing Schools. Collegiate was one of seven schools in Tennessee to earn 2020 National Blue Ribbon status.
Sep 24
East Ridge Elementary teacher wins $700 from University of Tennessee to fund DonorsChoose projects
Kali O'Neal, an exceptional education teacher at East Ridge Elementary, was presented with a $700 check recently from the University of Tennessee and the College Football Playoff Foundation as part of their Extra Yard for Teachers project. The donation is enough to completely fund two of O'Neal's DonorsChoose projects that will support new additions to her sensory area in her special education classroom. The announcement was made at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville and recorded to share with O'Neal and the students and staff at East Ridge Elementary. The recording showed a congratulatory message to Mrs. O'Neal and her class on the large message board at the stadium.
Sep 23
Nine from Hamilton County Schools are National Merit Semifinalists
The list of National Merit Semifinalists released recently includes nine seniors from Hamilton County Schools. Four of the nine were from Signal Mountain Middle-High, giving the school the largest number of teens recognized from any single area public school for the third consecutive year.
Sep 21

COVID-19 School Reopening Update

Hamilton County Schools launched the School Reopening Task Force to plan for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year on August 12. The task force, which includes parents, students, community leaders, health professionals, teachers, school administrators, and district leaders, meet regularly to help keep our schools safe.

The Task Force has worked diligently to provide the HCS Reentry and Continuous Learning Plan.

We've created an email inbox specifically for questions related to our HCS Reopening plans. If you have a question, please send it to reopening@hcde.org and someone from our team will be happy to help you!