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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 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 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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Staff and students at Clifton Hills get their banner
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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Level 5 Banner presentation at Calvin Donaldson
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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Gabe Armstrong addressing classmates at Soddy Daisy High
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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new UTK coach Kellie Harper
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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Jinlin Baker reads with a student.
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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Hamilton County Schools logo.
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 senior photo.
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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Hamilton County Schools logo.
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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Susan Harris, SRC president and COO, announces See Rock City’s involvement in the institute at The Howard School at the scenic overlook at Rock City.
See Rock City Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Howard High announced today
05/21/2019
Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools added Rock City to the list of institute partners for the district today as the local tourist attraction announced its association with The Howard School this morning. At Rock City on Tuesday, May 21, officials announced the See Rock City Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management would open this fall at The Howard School. The commitment by SRC Inc. to continue through 2022 includes a significant financial contribution, as well as field trips, job shadowing, faculty touring, advisory roles, and preferential part-time job availability for the students.
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Soddy Daisy JROTC students.
Soddy Daisy JROTC earns 35th consecutive Honor Unit of Distinction
05/20/2019
This year the Soddy Daisy High School JROTC Trojan Battalion earned “Honor Unit with Distinction” for the 35th year in a row. Honor Unit with Distinction is the highest unit rating a JROTC program can earn during the JROTC program for Accreditation and is reserved for the top 5 percent of Army JROTC programs across the country.
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Signal Mountain staff and students present the check from the silent auction to Tish Gailmard of the Chattanooga Nature Center.
Signal Mountain students raised awareness and money for the endangered red wolf at a recent silent auction
05/20/2019
Signal Mountain Middle/High School seventh-graders raised $3,700 at their Red Wolf Silent Auction on April 25, 2019, benefitting the Chattanooga Nature Center’s Red Wolf breeding program. The money raised will help fund the program aimed at preventing the extinction of the species.
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(L to R): Jill Evans, principal of Rivermont Elementary; Mayor Jim Coppinger; Tracey Elliot, a parent volunteer at Rivermont; Kathy Lennon, School Board Member representing District 2; and Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, Read 20
Rivermont and Middle Valley win Probasco Readers Program
05/20/2019
Probasco Readers program winners for 2018-2019 are Middle Valley Elementary and Rivermont Elementary. Middle Valley won the large school award, and Rivermont took the small school honor. The latest win is the sixth time Middle Valley Elementary has won their division.
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New principal selected for Central High School
05/20/2019
Phil Iannarone is returning to the place where he started in Hamilton County Schools to become the new principal at Central High School. He began his career in Hamilton County Schools as a teacher at Central High in 2004. He will replace Finley King who retired in April. Iannarone is currently the principal at Snow Hill Elementary. As principal at Snow Hill this year, Iannarone helped guide the school during its construction period to expand the school. Construction has been underway most of the school year at Snow Hill.
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The Red Bank High car cruises to victory in the Chattanooga Green Prix.
Students learn while building and racing electric cars in the Chattanooga Green Prix
05/17/2019
The atmosphere was electric for the second annual Chattanooga Green Prix held last Saturday at Chattanooga State Community College. Ask the students, and they will say it was fun, but the racers were also learning how to problem solve and engineer a faster, more efficient car. Rivermont Elementary and Red Bank High placed first overall in their respective division. Teams from 28 Hamilton County Schools built cars during the year and participated in the race event.
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Students participate in the Amazon STEM Jubilee event.
STEM School Chattanooga event becomes the largest held in Tennessee
05/17/2019
The STEM School Chattanooga hosted the school’s fifth annual Amazon STEM Jubilee event, presented by First Tennessee, at Chattanooga State Community College, May 15 and 16. This annual event introduces elementary school students to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math-related concepts through hands-on activities with a mission to inspire STEM curiosity and interest.
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Gladys Winston works with a student at Lakeside Academy.
I Am Hamilton Video Gladys Winston, a volunteer at Lakeside Academy
05/16/2019
“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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Video Gladys Winston, a volunteer at Lakeside Academy
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The Hixson High School JROTC marching in the Armed Forces Day Parade.
Hixson High’s Air Force JROTC earns historic awards
05/14/2019
The Hixson High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) accomplished a first in the Unit’s 46-year history! Headquarters Air Force JROTC recently announced the unit as a recipient of both the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award and the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award for the academic year 2018-2019.
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(L to R) Assistant Principal Matt Thurman presents an “I am Hamilton” shirt to Tim Goode at East Hamilton Middle/High School
I Am Hamilton Tim Goode, a teacher at East Hamilton Middle/High School
05/10/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Today’s teacher spotlight shines on Tim Goode, a teacher at East Hamilton Middle/High School. 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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Tim Goode, a teacher at East Hamilton Middle/High School
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School Nurse Appreciation Week
05/10/2019
Since 1972, National School Nurse Week has been celebrated to show our school nurses how much they mean to the success of our schools and our children. May 6-12, 2019 is National School Nurse Week. The week is celebrated annually in May in honor of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
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Children turn the dirt for their new school
Groundbreaking begins work on new Harrison Elementary
05/10/2019
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Harrison Elementary School was held on Friday, May 10 at 1 p.m. on the new school property on Highway 58 across from the existing school. The school entrance will be on Ferdinand Piech Way.
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(L to R) Principal Christopher James presents an “I am Hamilton” shirt to Pascale Haug at Brainerd High School
I Am Hamilton Pascale Haug, a teacher at Brainerd High School
05/09/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Today’s teacher spotlight shines on Pascale Haug, an Algebra and Calculus teacher at Brainerd High School. 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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Chase Decker and the fifth-grade at Alpine Crest Elementary presented an ‘I am Hamilton’ shirt to Leora Coleman, a fifth-grade teacher.
I Am Hamilton Leora Coleman, a teacher at Alpine Crest Elementary School
05/08/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.Today’s teacher spotlight shines on Leora Coleman, a fifth-grade teacher at Alpine Crest Elementary School. 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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Leora Coleman, a teacher at Alpine Crest Elementary School
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Photo of Caroline Souza.
McConnell Elementary teacher selected for Tennessee Educator Fellowship
05/08/2019
Caroline Souza, a third-grade teacher at McConnell Elementary School, is one of thirty-one fellows selected for the 2019-20 Tennessee Educator Fellowship class. She has been teaching for six years.
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Ooltewah High School Band, courtesy of their website.
Ooltewah High band also participating in Manilow Project online contest
05/08/2019
The Ooltewah High’s band has joined Lookout Valley Middle High band on the leaderboard for the Manilow Music Project (MMP) contest for 2019. If one of the bands can win the contest, the winner will get $100,000 to spend on new instruments and uniforms. The bands need your vote for their video entry to top the current leaders and win the competition.
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(Left to right) Dr. Aleisha McCallie, a math and science teacher at East Brainerd Elementary, is presented an ‘I am Hamilton’ shirt by Dr. Marthel Young, principal at East Brainerd Elementary.
I Am Hamilton Dr. Aleisha McCallie, a teacher at East Brainerd Elementary School
05/07/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Today’s teacher spotlight shines on Dr. Aleisha McCallie, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at East Brainerd Elementary School. 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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Dr. Aleisha McCallie, a teacher at East Brainerd Elementary School
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The Lookout Valley Middle/High band.
Lookout Valley needs your online vote to win Manilow Project contest
05/07/2019
The Lookout Valley Middle High band is on the leaderboard for the Manilow Music Project (MMP) contest for 2019. If the band can win the contest, the group stands to win $100,000 worth of instruments and uniforms. The band needs your vote for their video entry to top the current leaders and win the competition.
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Zavier Chavez, a senior at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts.
Center for Creative Arts senior a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar
05/07/2019
Zavier Chavez, a senior at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (CCA), was announced today as one of 161 high school seniors in the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made the announcement. The seniors earned the recognition for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career, and technical education. Chavez was one of only two selected from Tennessee.
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Online registration open now for returning students
05/07/2019
Online registration is available now to update student record information for current students in Hamilton County Schools returning for the 2019-2020 school year. The registration window will be open until June 7, 2019. If your child attended a school in Hamilton County Schools in 2018-2019 and will be attending a Hamilton County school next school year, your child will need to be enrolled as a returning student. Parents are asked to log into the system to check each child’s information and make sure it is correct to begin the new school year. No code for registering returning students is required this year.
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(Left to right) Tina Cotreau, a science teacher at Central High School, is presented an ‘I am Hamilton’ shirt by Steve Lewis, assistant principal at Central High School; and Elvis the skeleton, a long-time institution in science classes at Central.
I Am Hamilton Tina Cotreau, a teacher at Central High School
05/06/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Today’s teacher spotlight shines on Tina Cotreau, a science teacher at Central High School. 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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Tina Cotreau, a teacher at Central High School
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Photo of The Central Digest homepage.
Central High online student publication named a “National Website of Distinction”
05/03/2019
Central High School’s student-run online publication, The Central Digest, was recognized as a “National Website of Distinction” for the third year in a row. The publication has garnered national accolades from the School Newspapers Online (SNO) organization, a site that provides formats for school publications.
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(Left to right) Blake Freeman, director of Future Ready Institutes for Hamilton County Schools presents the shirt to John Naylor at Brainerd High School
I Am Hamilton John Naylor, with the Chattanooga Airport
05/03/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights John Naylor, with the Chattanooga Airport for his support of the Future Ready Institute of Aviation at Brainerd High. “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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Concept drawing of the new Harrison Elementary School
Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Harrison Elementary School
05/03/2019
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Harrison Elementary School will be held on Friday, May 10 at 1 p.m. on the new school property on Highway 58 across from the existing school. The school entrance and the ceremony can be accessed from Ferdinand Piech Way. The community is invited to the ceremony.
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Students performing a song and dance routine during the CCA winter gala
Seven high schools in Hamilton County Schools listed in U.S. News and World Report best rankings
05/02/2019
The Top 100 high schools in Tennessee includes seven from Hamilton County Schools in the latest rankings from the U.S. News and World Report. Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (8) was ranked in the top ten high schools in Tennessee, Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State (31) and Signal Mountain Middle/High (33) were in the top 35. Soddy Daisy High (61), Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (66), STEM School Chattanooga (73) and East Hamilton Middle/High (89) were also included in the top 100 schools in the state.
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Tom Moss, wrestling coach at Sale Creek High, presents an “I Am Hamilton” shirt to Katie McNabb.
I Am Hamilton Katie McNabb, a sophomore at Sale Creek Middle/High
04/30/2019
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Katie McNabb, a sophomore at Sale Creek Middle/High. McNabb is one of only two female wrestlers at the school. This wrestling season was McNabb’s first year on the wrestling team at Sale Creek.
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Zavier Chavez
Center for Creative Arts senior is a U.S. Presidential Scholars semi-finalist
04/29/2019
Zavier Chavez, a senior at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (CCA), has advanced to the final round of the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. Chavez is one of 621 semi-finalists from across the country and among the 14 from Tennessee moving on in the competition.
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Photo of Jill Levine.
Innovation, school choice and continued success in the Opportunity Zone are the focus in school district changes
04/25/2019
The more than 40 choices available to parents in the community and the innovation those choices inspire will continue to expand and grow in Hamilton County Schools with a renewed focus on possibilities for children announced today by the district. Two experienced leaders will step up to lead the efforts in innovation and school choice and the continued progress in the Opportunity Zone in Hamilton County Schools. Jill Levine will lead innovation and school choice while Stephanie Hinton will continue the efforts making a difference for children in the Opportunity Zone.
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Students and community leaders turn the first shovels of dirt
Ceremony breaks ground for new middle school in East Hamilton
04/18/2019
The East Hamilton community held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new East Hamilton Middle School on Wednesday to signal the start of the exciting project for families in the community. The program included current middle school students from East Hamilton Middle/High, local political leaders, school district leaders, and parents. MBI Companies, Inc., the architectural firm for the project, brought a display that allowed participants to experience a high-tech virtual reality tour of the school before construction crews put the first brick into place.
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Caroline Cornett photo
A third student from Signal Mountain aces the ACT
04/18/2019
Caroline Cornett, a junior at Signal Mountain Middle/High is the third student from Signal Mountain to achieve the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam in the past year. She is the sixth student in the history of the school to achieve the score putting her in the Top 1 percent of all students who take the ACT. Cornett joins seniors Jack Poss, and Max Burk, as current students enrolled at the school in the ACT perfect 36 club.
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School district explores transportation options for Future Ready Institutes
04/16/2019
Future Ready Institutes had an exceptional first year with strong student enrollment, increased business community participation, and student engagement in the new programs at 13 area high schools. The program was honored with the Community Impact Award by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and Blake Freeman, the director of Future Ready Institutes, won the School Leadership Award from the Public Education Foundation (PEF). One challenge the Future Ready Institutes encountered in the first year was transporting students to provide access to the innovative new high school programs. The school district is exploring transportation options to make the popular programs even more accessible to students.
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(Left to right) Rachel Mullins, a student at Hixson High presents the shirt to Isabella Ford at Longhorn Steakhouse in Hixson
I Am Hamilton Isabella Ford, Longhorn Steakhouse in Hixson
04/16/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights Isabella Ford, with Longhorn Steakhouse in Hixson for Longhorns support of Special Olympics and Hixson High School. “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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Isabella Ford, Longhorn Steakhouse in Hixson
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First Row – Rachel DeVore, Amber Hoyle, Gina Stafford, Kristen Pavlik McCallie, and Christine Bespalec-Davis Second Row – Miles Huff, Chad Jaynes, Sabrena Smedley, Jeanette Omarkhail, Troy Brand, Molly Blankenship, Strat Parrott, Joshua Sneideman, Geoff Ramsey and Demetrus Coonrod
First class graduates from Leadership Hamilton County Schools
04/16/2019
The first class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools completed their year of work and graduated today with a better understanding of the schools in our community and the challenges faced as the district prepares graduates for success after high school. Leadership Hamilton County Schools was a new opportunity for the community to get involved in our public schools this year. The first class included 16 community leaders representing businesses, non-profits, government, and faith-based organizations. The program involved six-sessions during the school year that allowed participants to experience the people and programs in our area schools preparing our children for success.
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Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, chief reading officer, Read 20, makes a point during today’s meeting of the Children’s Cabinet.  (Left to right at table) Lurone Jennings, Youth and Family Development, City of Chattanooga; Chief David Roddy, Chattanooga Police Department; Kurrelmeier-Lee, Read 20; Becky Barnes, administrator, Hamilton County Health Department; and Chief Deputy Austin Garrett, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.
Hamilton County Schools and Hamilton County Launch Children’s Cabinet
04/15/2019
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson announced the creation of the community’s first-ever Children’s Cabinet Monday morning. The Children’s Cabinet brings together government agencies and child-serving community organizations with the goal of connecting every student in Hamilton County with what he or she needs to thrive.
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Janice Robertson, a community volunteer who supports 1,870 children in 14 schools.
I Am Hamilton Janice Robertson, community volunteer coordinating the Snack Pack program in 14 schools
04/12/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights community volunteer Janice Robertson, a local real estate agent who coordinates the Snack Pack program at East Brainerd Church of Christ. The Snack Pack program provides bags of food for over 1,870 children in 14 schools across the community. National volunteer week is a perfect time to honor Robertson. “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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Janice Robertson, community volunteer coordinating the Snack Pack program in 14 schools
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Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for East Hamilton Middle
04/11/2019
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new East Hamilton Middle School will give participants a high-tech experience of touring the school before the first brick is in place. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 1 p.m. on the property on Bentwood Cove Drive behind Apison Elementary. The community is invited to the ceremony where the contractor MBI Companies, Inc. will have a tent set up with virtual reality goggles that will allow participants to take a virtual reality tour of the new East Hamilton Middle School.
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Four educators honored at PEF 30th anniversary luncheon
04/11/2019
Four educators from Hamilton County Schools were honored Wednesday at the Public Education Foundation (PEF) luncheon to celebrate their 30th-anniversary luncheon on Wednesday at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The four were finalists among a dozen community leaders making a difference in the lives of students in the community.
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I Am Hamilton Patrick Smiley, a custodian at East Ridge Elementary
04/10/2019
“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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(Left to right) Dr. Bryan Johnson, Margo Williams, Dr. John Tharp, and Billie Jenno
I Am Hamilton Margo Williams and Billie Jenno, interim administrators at Ooltewah Elementary
04/03/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights Margo Williams, a retired principal who returned to be the interim principal at Ooltewah Elementary for part of this school year, and Billie Jenno, also a retired administrator, who served as interim assistant principal at the school. “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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Photo of Emerging Artists flier credit Chattanooga WorkSpace.
Friday art exhibit at Chattanooga WorkSpace to showcase Ooltewah High senior artwork
04/02/2019
Ooltewah High School International Baccalaureate students are presenting their senior art exhibit on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chattanooga WorkSpace. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the community. The event is located at Chattanooga WorkSpace at 302 W 6th St., Chattanooga.
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Lane College awards scholarships to 30 seniors
04/02/2019
Lane College has awarded the “Power of Potential” scholarship to 30 seniors from seven high schools in Hamilton County Schools. Lane College is a private, Christian, historically black college in Jackson, TN. The Power of Potential Scholarship is available to any Hamilton County high school senior who has a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who is excited about attending a historically black college or university, and who demonstrates perseverance and leadership. The interested seniors must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, principal, community or business leader, and complete the Lane College application for admission.
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Photo of Grayson Ledbetter
Gloves Up for Grayson to benefit Ooltewah child
03/29/2019
A special event at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday, April 6 featuring the U.S. Army boxing team will benefit a courageous young man from Ooltewah. The event is called “Gloves Up for Grayson” and the event benefits Grayson’s Ladder.
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Kindergarten in music class
Online registration for kindergarten set for the first week of April
03/28/2019
Registration for kindergarten in Hamilton County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year is scheduled for the first week in April and will be online again this year. Kindergarten online registration opens Monday, April 1 and will continue thru Sunday, April 7. Parents can access registration on the district’s website at www.hcde.org.
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Pre-K in computer lab
Time to apply for Pre-Kindergarten in Hamilton County Schools
03/28/2019
Applications for a slot in the Pre-Kindergarten program in Hamilton County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted at local schools with Pre-K classes on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Application documents are available online now for you to download and complete. The applications will need to be turned in at the local schools on Wednesday, April 3. Application times for schools in the system with Pre-K classes will vary and are available on the system website at www.hcde.org. The slots for Pre-K are filled based on income and space. Parents will need to provide proof of income and residence when submitting a Pre-K application. A child must be four on or before August 15, 2019, to attend Pre-K for the 2019-2020 school year.
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Finley King beside the Purple Pounder at Central High
Central High principal to retire in April
03/28/2019
Finley King, long-time principal at Central High School, has announced his retirement in April. King has been principal of Central High since 2008 and was also an assistant principal at the school where he graduated high school. “I am blessed to have been here at CHS for such a long time as principal of my alma mater,” said King. “I am now blessed to have been given a new career opportunity.”
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(Left-to-Right) Ricardo Cansino, Tyner student; Todd Edward, EPB IT manager; and Brandon Sanford, Tyner student.  Todd Edwards goes over the internal workings of a computer with the students from Tyner.
EPB Institute of Technology and Networking students learn from professionals at EPB
03/28/2019
Partnerships in Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools are designed to promote collaboration between the business professionals and the students in the school programs to expose teens to real-world learning experiences. Future Ready programs connect teens with professionals working in the field to see how what the students are learning today can be used in a career. Students from the Tyner Academy EPB Institute of Technology and Networking experienced technology used at EPB during a visit to the EPB building on West Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. on Wednesday, March 27. During the visit, EPB employees shared with students interested in technology and networking how technology is a part of their daily life at work.
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Fifth-grade students sing during the Hamilton Sings evening concert last November
Hamilton County Schools named a 2019 Best Community for Music Education
03/27/2019
The NAMM Foundation has honored Hamilton County Schools on its list of Best Communities for Music Education in 2019 for the districts outstanding commitment to music education. Hamilton County Schools was one of ten school districts in Tennessee and only 623 districts nationally to receive the honor.
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(from L to R) Logan Henson, Ian Tran, Sam White, Dr. Timothy Ellison
Three Ooltewah High band students awarded positions in prestigious summer arts programs
03/26/2019
Three band students from Ooltewah High School have been chosen to attend prestigious summer programs. All three students underwent a thorough application process as well as a competitive audition process to be chosen for these programs.
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Charles Dammann, chairman of the TNSSAR’s Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest, presents the winning medal and check to Zenna R. Whayeb, a senior at Central High.
Central High senior wins oration contest
03/26/2019
Zenna R. Whayeb, a senior at Central High School, was selected as the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution (TNSSAR) winner of the Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest at the 129th TNSSAR Annual Conference in Murfreesboro, TN on Saturday, March 23. Whayeb represented the John Sevier Chapter in the contest and plans to attend the University of Michigan this fall.
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) Michelle Powell, health innovation coordinator, Erlanger Institute of Health Care and Innovation; and Dr. Charles Mitchell, assistant principal at Howard High present the shirt to JaMaal Macon.
I Am Hamilton JaMaal Macon, a student leader in the Erlanger Institute of Healthcare and Innovation at Howard High
03/25/2019
“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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton JaMaal Macon, a student leader in the Erlanger Institute of Healthcare and Innovation at Howard High
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(L to R) Sara Pratt and Kristin Robertson.
Two Hamilton County teachers chosen as regional finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year
03/22/2019
Two teachers from Hamilton County Schools have advanced to the next round in the selection of the Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Sara Pratt from Apison Elementary and Kristin Robertson from Signal Mountain Middle High are Southeast Region-level finalists in the selection process. Pratt and Robertson earned Hamilton County Schools Teacher of the Year honors in January.
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Tyner Academy EPB Institute of Technology and Networking to visit EPB
03/22/2019
Partnerships in Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools are designed to promote collaboration between the business sponsor and the school programs to expose teens to real-world learning experiences by connecting with professionals working in the field. Students from the Tyner Academy EPB Institute of Technology and Networking will experience technology used at EPB during a visit to the partner facility next week. During the visit, EPB employees will have the opportunity to mentor students interested in technology and networking and students will get contacts successful in the field. The EPB staff will also assist students with problem-based learning (PBL) exercises.
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James Howard at Channel 9 studio
I Am Hamilton - James Howard, graduate of Tyner
03/15/2019
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights James Howard, the morning show personality at Sunny 92.3 radio and host of This-N-That on Channel 9. Howard has worked in local radio for the past 25 years as an on-air personality for WDEF Sunny 92.3. For the past 18 years, he has hosted the morning show and become a fixture in the morning routine for many citizens of the Tennessee Valley. He also hosts News Channel 9’s This-N-That at 12:30 p.m. each weekday.
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Hamilton County Schools Teachers of the Year
Teachers of the Year for Hamilton County Schools honored at special luncheon
03/15/2019
Hamilton County Schools honored its three teachers of the year today at a special luncheon at STIR restaurant in Chattanooga. The three teachers of the year announced earlier in January are Sara Pratt, Apison Elementary; Michele Jones, Middle Valley Elementary; and Kristen Robertson, Signal Mountain Middle/High. The teachers were honored by their school administration and presented with special certificates. The luncheon was sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Schools Federal Credit Union. The three teachers will be honored at the Hamilton County Board of Education meeting scheduled for April 18, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
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Haley West of Ooltewah and her teacher Carrie Cook
Nine young artists take honors in the Hamilton Place art contest
03/14/2019
Nine art students and their art teachers from Hamilton County Schools were honored today for their creativity and artistic excellence as Hamilton Place Mall held its awards presentation in the mall’s annual art contest. Haley West, a senior at Ooltewah High School, and Jessica Arp, a seventh-grader at Loftis Middle School, were the first place winners in the group. The theme for this year’s contest was “Heroes do not always wear capes.” The student artists produced artwork featuring their heroes as the subject.
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Dr. Ware
The Howard School’s Ware is Principal of the Year for Hamilton County Schools
03/13/2019
Dr. Le Andrea Ware returned to her alma mater at the end of the 2017-2018 school year as interim principal to lead The Howard School through the remainder of the year and her love for the school and community led her to make the move permanent. Her love for The Howard School and innovation as an educational leader has resulted in her selection as the 2019-2020 principal of the year for Hamilton County Schools as she closes out her first year as the school’s leader.
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Bumper Reese, assistant principal at Signal Mountain, and students from Dustin Carpenter’s class present him with the shirt.
I Am Hamilton shirt presented to Dustin Carpenter, a teacher and coach at Signal Mountain Middle/High
03/12/2019
Dustin Carpenter, a teacher and cross country coach at Signal Mountain Middle/High, received an “I Am Hamilton” shirt for his work in the classroom and his selection as a 2018 Tennessee coach of the year for girls’ cross country. The district presents the special shirts to individuals for efforts that positively impact Hamilton County Schools and the children we serve.
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Signal Mountain Black team
Signal Mountain High students finish first and third in the District Mock Trial Competition
03/08/2019
For the third year in a row, Signal Mountain High School is the champion in the Chattanooga District for the Tennessee High School Mock Trial competition. This year, 20 teams competed which is the most to compete in the Chattanooga District event. A second Signal Mountain team finished third in the competition, making this the first year the school had two teams in the finals.
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Jennie Starr, assistant principal of Normal Park Museum Magnet Upper and students in Mrs. Blake’s class present her with the shirt.
I Am Hamilton shirt presented to Katherine Blake, an eighth-grade teacher at Normal Park Museum Magnet
03/08/2019
Katherine Blake, an eighth-grade teacher at Normal Park Museum Magnet School, received an “I Am Hamilton” shirt for her work in the classroom and building a mentor program at the school. The district presents the special shirts to individuals for efforts that positively impact Hamilton County Schools and the children we serve.
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Dr. Schwinn at CSAS
New Education Commissioner visits Hamilton County Schools
03/08/2019
New Tennessee Education Commissioner Dr. Penny Schwinn visited Hamilton County Schools over the last two days and talked with teachers and students about their hopes and dreams for the future and how we can all work together to prepare graduates for the future. She also attended her first meeting of the State Partnership Network where the state and school district are working together with the community to improve the performance of schools in the Opportunity Zone.
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NASA
The Sky will be the limit in a collaboration between Howard Connect Academy and NASA
03/07/2019
The sky is the limit for middle school students at the new Howard Connect Academy as the result of a new collaboration between the school and NASA. The innovative new school for middle-grade students will open its doors this August with NASA resources, competitions, interactions with NASA scientists and engineers as well as a full NASA curriculum available for children. NASA personnel will provide students with both in-person and virtual interactions. NASA will also provide the Learning Designers and Discovery Teachers with professional development and training.