The four National Merit Finalists
Four Hamilton County seniors are National Merit Finalists
02/17/2020
The list of National Merit Finalists released this week includes four seniors from Hamilton County Schools. Three of the four are from Signal Mountain Middle/High and one is from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Students named finalists are the highest-scoring students in each state and continue in the competition for a National Merit Scholarship. These students represent the top 1.12 percent of seniors in the nation in academics.
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Sale Creek Middle/High is a Tennessee Reward School
02/13/2020
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. Sale Creek Middle/High in the North River Learning Community displays 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) Dr. LeAngela Rogers, principal, Hixson Middle, and Sgt. Aaron E. Berry present Chris Green with an I Am Hamilton shirt.
I Am Hamilton-Chris Green, a bus driver in the Hixson area
02/13/2020
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Chris Green, a bus driver in the Hixson attendance area in the North River Learning Community. Mr. Green was nominated by a parent at Hixson Middle School for the excellent job he does making the morning a great start for children riding his bus.
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East Ridge Elementary is one of only five Tennessee schools named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School
02/12/2020
Franklin Covey Education has certified East Ridge Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. The school is one of only five with this designation in the state, and there are only 300 in the world. The Covey recognition is evidence that the school has produced outstanding school and student results implementing the Leader in Me process. The East Ridge Elementary experience with the Leader in Me program has had an extraordinary impact on staff, students, parents, and the East Ridge community.
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Photo: Middle Valley Staff and Students receive Tennessee Reward School banner.
Middle Valley Elementary is a Tennessee Reward School
02/10/2020
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. Middle Valley Elementary in the North River Learning Community displays 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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Loftis Middle School is a Tennessee Reward School
02/04/2020
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. Loftis Middle School in the North River Learning Community displays 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: Teacher and coach Ron Nance and his rock climbing team.
I Am Hamilton Video Feature - Ron Nance, English teacher and coach at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences
02/03/2020
Today, the “I am Hamilton” video feature spotlights Ron Nance, a high school English teacher and rock climbing coach at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Nance is in his eighteenth year of teaching English and he is energized by his recent role as coach of students in the rock climbing club at the school. The club started in just the high school grades but has now expanded to the middle school grades at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.
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Photo: Collegiate High students and educators receive Tennessee Reward School Banner.
Collegiate High at Chattanooga State is a Tennessee Reward School
02/03/2020
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. Collegiate High at Chattanooga State in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community displays 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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Teachers of the Year are selected for Hamilton County Schools
01/31/2020
Hamilton County Schools surprised three of the best classroom teachers in the district today with the announcement of their selection as a Teacher of the Year for the school system. The Teachers of the Year are Michelle Bailey, a multiage teacher at Thrasher Elementary School, for the elementary grades division; David Jackson, a seventh-grade teacher at Brown Middle School, for middle grades in the fifth through eighth-grade division; and Emily McDonald, a math teacher at Red Bank High School in the high school division. Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson made the announcements this morning by surprising the teachers in their classrooms. These three exceptional teachers will now advance to the state level in the Teacher of the Year recognition for Tennessee.
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Photo: Chattanooga High Center for Create Arts students and staff receive 2018-2019 Tennessee Reward School Banner
Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts is a Tennessee Reward School
01/29/2020
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. Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts magnet school in the Rock Point Learning Community displays the new banner from the state recognizing their accomplishment at the school’s 11th Annual Dinner and the Arts event held on Friday. The talent showcase celebrated CCA’s 20th anniversary. 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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(Top left) Addison Hamilton,  (Top Right) Kim Delgadillo, (Second row left) Lily Michel, (Second row right) Amilcar Vargas Lucas (Bottom) The artwork of Yisel Garcia
Student artwork selected to decorate EPB utility boxes in the community
01/28/2020
EPB has selected five winners from Hamilton County Schools for their second annual “ArtSpark Goes to School” challenge. Five students from Hamilton County Schools were honored by EPB recently at the UTC Challenger Center when EPB announced the selection of their artwork. The winners were Kim Delgadillo and Lily Michel from Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Yisel Garcia and Addison Hamilton from Hixson High and Amilcar Vargas Lucas from The Howard School. The winning artwork will be showcased on EPB utility boxes this spring in Downtown Chattanooga and on the North Shore.
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(L to R) Olivia Bagby, district lead for Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County, presents Kaylea Moore with her I Am Hamilton shirt.
I Am Hamilton - Kaylea Moore, a student at Tyner Academy
01/24/2020
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Kaylea Moore, a sophomore in the UTC Institute of Teaching and Learning at Tyner Academy. Kaylea is a student ambassador for the UTC Institute and represents the program and school at special functions and meetings. She helps to recruit prospective students into the program and hosts visitors and guests interested in the program. Kaylea recently helped when the school hosted Frank Brogan from the U.S. Department of Education. Along with her institute activities, she is also ranked number one in her class.
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A student in the CHI Memorial Institute of Healthcare and Medical Careers at Hixson High works with the robot surgical unit.
CHI Memorial partners with Hixson High Future Ready Institute healthcare program
01/23/2020
CHI Memorial formally announced a partnership with the successful Hixson High Future Ready Institute healthcare program on Tuesday. The announcement involved administration and students from Hixson High, CHI Memorial representatives, district administrators, and leaders in the Future Ready Institute program.
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Julia Murphy, a ninth-grader at East Hamilton School, using the Audible app.
Middle and high school students read more with access to free audiobooks from Audible
01/23/2020
Audible has selected Hamilton County Schools for participation in their Student Technology Program that provides free audiobooks for students in grades 8 through 12. Audible, the world’s largest producer and distributor of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, provides the students and their English language arts teachers, with an Audible account providing free access to a collection of 80 titles commonly used in grades 8-12. The Audible program provides Hamilton County Schools with 18,000 free subscriptions during the 2019-2020 school year and is available to students in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community. Students and staff have activated over 6,000 Audible accounts at the half-way point in the school year.
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Daisy Elementary Staff and Students receiving Tennessee Reward School banner.
Daisy Elementary School is a Tennessee Reward School
01/23/2020
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. Daisy Elementary in the North River Learning Community displays 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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Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School is a Tennessee Reward School
01/22/2020
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. Bess T. Shepherd Elementary students and staff in the Harrison Bay 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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DuPont Elementary Staff and Students receive Tennessee Reward School Banner.
DuPont Elementary School is a Tennessee Reward School
01/21/2020
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. DuPont Elementary in the North River Learning Community displays 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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Allen Elementary School is a Tennessee Reward School
01/21/2020
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. Allen Elementary students 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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McConnell Elementary School is a Tennessee Reward School
01/21/2020
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. McConnell Elementary in the North River Learning Community displays 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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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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Photo of staff and students of East Hamilton Middle/High receiving Tennessee Reward School Banner
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 receives his shirt
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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Children from Big Ridge display the school banner
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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Dr. Haven and his class with their books
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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Photo: Loftis Middle School performs during Christmas at the Courthouse.
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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Photo of James Corbin veteran police officer, national school safety trainer, and educator selected as the first student security coordinator for Hamilton County Schools
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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Students sing at the old County Courthouse
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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Image of Tre Herndon, former East Hamilton athlete playing for Jacksonville Jaguars.
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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Photo of Ashley Cox, English Department Head at The Howard School with her classroom library funded by DonorsChoose.
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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Photo of Tim Goode, a teacher at East Hamilton Middle/High, presents an I Am Hamilton shirt to Jordyn Griffith and Aliza Smith
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 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 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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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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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 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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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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Banner presented to staff and students at Lakeside
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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Principal Dodds cuts the ribbon to open the new track
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.