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.
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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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Pascale Haug, a teacher at Brainerd High School
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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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton John Naylor, with the Chattanooga Airport
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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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Patrick Smiley, a custodian at East Ridge Elementary
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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.
Read More About I Am Hamilton Margo Williams and Billie Jenno, interim administrators at Ooltewah Elementary
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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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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.
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John Maynard, director of CTE programs and Blake Freeman, director of Future Ready Institutes for Hamilton County Schools; present the shirt to James Howard on a recent visit to This-N-That.
I Am Hamilton shirt presented to James Howard, radio and television personality and Tyner graduate
03/06/2019
James Howard, the morning show personality at Sunny 92.3 radio and host of This-N-That on Channel 9, received an “I Am Hamilton” shirt as a graduate of Hamilton County Schools making a difference in the community. 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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Red Bank students and staff join with BlueCross representatives in front of the sign for the new BlueCross Technology Academy.
Future Ready Institutes add BlueCross as a major sponsor at Red Bank High
03/06/2019
The BlueCross Technology Academy at Red Bank High school will add another major community business to the list of participants in the community helping to prepare high school graduates for success after graduation. Hamilton County Schools and BlueCross announced the partnership on Tuesday, March 5, at the Chattanooga offices of BlueCross BlueShield. Students in the Red Bank High program, Hamilton County Schools administrators, community leaders, and BlueCross BlueShield representatives gathered for the announcement.
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Hamilton County Schools Celebrates Community Partnerships at Partners in Education Breakfast
03/05/2019
Hamilton County Schools recognized businesses, community organizations, and faith-based organizations for their commitment to public education and contributions to children at the Partners In Education breakfast on Friday, March 1 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The event was sponsored by Unum and Fund for Excellence and more than 300 gathered for the recognition.
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Hixson High JROTC wins titles in drill and color guard
03/05/2019
The Hixson High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) drill and color guard teams have captured their fourth and fifth Hamilton County JROTC Drill championship titles in drill and color guard.
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Free ACT test prep offered to seniors this spring
03/04/2019
Hamilton County Schools is providing the opportunity for seniors to get a free online ACT preparation course to help boost scores for the Class of 2019 getting ready for graduation and entering college in the fall. Seniors who register by March 8, 2019, for the April 13, 2019, ACT national test date will be offered a free online seat in the On To College Act Prep Course. The course is valued at $150 for a student signing up independently.
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R. Wayne Barron, Air Force JROTC director of Region 7, talks with the Hixson High cadets.
Hixson High Air Force JROTC scores big on unit evaluation!
02/28/2019
The Hixson High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) TN-081, earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards” recently. The rating is the highest attainable during the formal unit evaluation conducted by Headquarters Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) representative, Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) R. Wayne Barron on March 19. The purpose of the visit was to observe and provide feedback on the performance of the unit and to assess its compliance with Public Law, Department of Defense and Air Force Instructions, and the written agreement which exists between the Hamilton County Department of Education and the Air Force. The staff and group of cadets accomplished something that has never been done in the unit’s 46-year history - by earning the Unit Evaluation rating of “Exceed Standards.”
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Ashley Cox, English Department Head at The Howard School shows off her classroom library
Hamilton County classroom projects eligible for $25,000 match from community foundation
02/28/2019
In partnership with Hamilton County Schools, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is offering a district-wide $25,000 matching campaign to fund the classroom needs of Hamilton County public school teachers through DonorsChoose.org. For every donation made to Hamilton County teacher projects this year, the Community Foundation will match that donation, until the $25,000 grant is expended.
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Photo of Zavier Chavez.
I Am Hamilton Zavier Chavez, a senior at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts
02/26/2019
“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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The 2019 National Merit Finalists.
Nine are National Merit Finalists from Hamilton County Schools
02/26/2019
Nine students from Hamilton County Schools are moving on as Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Five of the Finalists are from Signal Mountain Middle High, and one each from East Hamilton High, Soddy-Daisy High, STEM School Chattanooga, and Ooltewah High. These students represent the top 1.12 percent of the nation in academics. The five students recognized as Finalists from Signal Mountain High are the most to earn the honor in the history of the school and also the largest number from any area school for 2019.
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Blake Freeman, director of Future Ready Institutes for Hamilton County Schools; and Amanda Baron, Computer Science teacher and lead teacher at the Institute of Engineering and Computer Science at Red Bank High, present the shirt to Lily Akins.
I Am Hamilton shirt presented to Lily Akins, a freshman at Red Bank High
02/22/2019
Lily Akins, a freshman in the Future Ready Institute of Engineering and Computer Science at Red Bank High School, received an “I Am Hamilton” shirt for being an ambassador for Future Ready Institutes and sharing her experience with other students and the community. 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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Bria Sibley helps students.
I Am Hamilton Bria Sibley, a teacher at Orchard Knob Elementary
02/14/2019
“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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Daniel Wilburn and Jamichael Lewis, both seniors in the Volkswagen Academy work on a Volkswagen trunk lid.
Students to demonstrate skills at Volkswagen Academy Open House
02/13/2019
Students from Hamilton County Collegiate High School at Chattanooga State will demonstrate their mechatronics skills at the Volkswagen Academy Open House on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The students will showcase what they have learned in the cooperative program with Volkswagen.
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Open enrollment underway for the New Howard Connect Academy
Open enrollment underway for the New Howard Connect Academy
02/12/2019
Open enrollment registration is now available for Howard Connect Academy. The innovative new school will open its doors this August to welcome the class of 2026, with seats available to 150 rising sixth graders.
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Administrators Kristy Dillard and Phil Iannarone from Hamilton County Schools talk with teacher candidates at a recruitment fair.
Teacher hiring event seeks top teaching talent for classrooms
02/11/2019
Hamilton County Schools is looking for top teaching talent for classrooms this fall. The district will hold the Spring Teacher Hiring Event expected to attract experienced teachers and soon-to-be college graduates with an education degree interested in teaching in Hamilton County Schools. East Brainerd Elementary School will be the location of the event scheduled for Saturday, February 23, from 9 a.m.to 12 p.m. Principals from Hamilton County Schools and district hiring managers will be at the event prepared to offer teaching and staff positions to certified teachers, support staff, speech/language pathologists, and school psychologists. The event attracted more than 200 applicants last year, and organizers expect more than 250 this year.
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Dr. Johnson speaks during the State of the System
State of the System sets a direction of promise
02/08/2019
Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, presented the State of the System address to the community on Thursday at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. An excellent crowd of parents, students, community leaders, teachers, administrators, and staff gathered to hear about successes, challenges and the promise of the future for Hamilton County Schools. “We want to talk tonight about promise. The promise that exists within our school system,” Johnson said. “We want kids to reach their highest and fullest potential.”
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2019 Listening Sessions to begin next week
02/08/2019
To reach the promise Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson outlined in the State of the System address last night, everyone in the community needs to be a part of improving our schools for the children of Hamilton County. An opportunity for parents, staff and the community to share their thoughts for the future starts next week with two listening sessions scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. The sessions will be the first of five total sessions, one in each Learning Community, across the district. Red Bank Middle School in the Rock Point Learning Community will host the Monday session at 6 p.m. The Tuesday session will be at Loftis Middle School in the North River Learning Community.
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Frank Fischel is new principal at Ooltewah Elementary
New principal for Ooltewah Elementary focused on success for children
02/05/2019
Ooltewah Elementary School welcomes their new principal this week as Dr. Frank Fischel assumes the role at the school. Fischel is focused on the success of young children and looks forward to providing an atmosphere of growth for the children of the Ooltewah community. “I have worked in a lot of different educational atmospheres, but I sincerely love to work in elementary schools,” Fischel said. “The youthful enthusiasm and excitement for learning that you see in the faces of elementary children is infectious and inspires me in my life and work.”
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Photo of Tiffanie Robinson, Hamilton County Board of Education member representing District 4 and vice chair of the board, presenting the shirt to Becky Piper at Battle Academy.
I Am Hamilton shirt presented to Becky Piper, exceptional education assistant at Battle Academy
02/04/2019
Becky Piper, an exceptional education assistant at Battle Academy, received an “I Am Hamilton” shirt for her selfless passion for service to the children and staff at Battle Academy. 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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Applications are open for Future Ready Institutes, open enrollment schools, and early college options for 2019-20
02/01/2019
Applications are now open for Future Ready Institutes, open enrollment schools, and early college options for the 2019-2020 school year for Hamilton County Schools. Applications will remain open for these options through March 15.
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Photo Bottom: Students with Governor Bill Lee, (Pictured L to R): Michael Essex, Red Bank High; Joshuah Maddox, Hamilton County High; Justin Kelley, Hamilton County High; and Sherod Mitchell, Tyner Academy
Governor Lee visits state’s first U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship program at Gestamp
02/01/2019
New Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has been in office less than a month and one of his first visits involving education is to Hamilton County Schools to see the apprenticeship partnership between Hamilton County Schools and Gestamp. The work-based learning program is the first in Tennessee to earn the U.S. Department of Labor’s registered apprenticeship designation. The program is now a registered apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing that allows high school students to get a full-day work-based learning experience while also completing their education. Students take online academic classes in a computer lab at Gestamp and get actual work experience during the school day in the Gestamp plant.
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Photo of Dr. Tony Donen, principal at STEM School Chattanooga,  presenting the shirt to Amy Robinson.
I Am Hamilton shirt presented to Amy Robinson, administrative assistant at STEM School Chattanooga
01/30/2019
Amy Robinson, administrative assistant at STEM School Chattanooga, received an “I Am Hamilton” shirt for her dedication to the service of the students and staff at STEM School Chattanooga. 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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Joe Barbeauld, a community volunteer at North Hamilton County Elementary
01/28/2019
“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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Photo of  Brainerd aviation students watching a drone demonstration in the school’s gym.
Brainerd High Institute of Aviation awarded a grant from TDOT Aviation Institute
01/28/2019
Brainerd High School has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. Brainerd High is home to the Institute of Aviation, a Future Ready Institute in Hamilton County Schools.
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Photo of Joshua Ward, with RCI, leads a group of STEM School Chattanooga students in a paper airplane exercise.
STEM School Chattanooga builds education-business relationships for student success
01/25/2019
Collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking are characteristics that local business and industry are looking for in the workforce of tomorrow. STEM School Chattanooga is committed to developing these critical skills in their graduates and involving the business community in the process. The school emphasizes skill building and business involvement in every aspect of a student’s learning experience.
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Teachers of the Year announced for Hamilton County Schools
01/25/2019
Hamilton County Schools surprised three of the best classroom teachers in the district today with the announcement of their selection as a 2019 Teacher of the Year for the school system. The Teachers of the Year are Sara Pratt, a fourth-grade teacher at Apison Elementary School, for the elementary grades division; Michele Jones, a fifth-grade teacher at Middle Valley Elementary School, for middle grades in the fifth through eighth-grade division; and Kristen Robertson, a ninth-grade teacher at Signal Mountain Middle/High in the high school division. The announcements were made in the teachers’ classrooms this morning. These three exceptional teachers will now advance to the state level in the Teacher of the Year recognition for Tennessee.
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Nikki Bailey
I Am Hamilton shirt presented to Nikki Bailey, principal at Lookout Valley Elementary
01/25/2019
Nikki Bailey, the principal at Lookout Valley Elementary School, received an “I Am Hamilton” shirt for her selfless passion for service to the children and staff at Lookout Valley. 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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Student Jamarcus Varnell presents the shirt to his music teacher Emma Mullins.
I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Emma Mullins, a music teacher at Lakeside Academy
01/22/2019
Emma Mullins, a music teacher at Lakeside Academy, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for her passion for music and her ability to pass that along to the children in her class. 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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School for the Arts and Sciences teacher awarded
01/18/2019
April Wyatt, a geography teacher at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS), will receive the 2019 Tom and Stella Mullane Geography Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance. The award is given to outstanding geographic educators in grades 7 through 12.
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Center for Creative Arts student receives major art award
01/16/2019
Maggie Wilkinson, a student at the Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts (CCA), was named a 2019 YoungArts Foundation Finalist in writing and poetry, the organization’s highest honor. Wilkinson’s recognition earned her a spot in the 38th Annual National YoungArts Week held in Miami from January 6-13.
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Hixson nursing students
Training to empower students to tell their Future Ready Institute story
01/15/2019
The best way to learn how a school program is making a difference in the lives of students is to hear from the young participants themselves. Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools will send teen representatives from their programs to be trained as student ambassadors this Friday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to help them share their experiences. The training is scheduled for Friday, January 18th from 8:30-3:30 in the Chattanooga Room at UTC’s University Center. The training will involve 100 representatives from the 20 Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools.
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Kelly Loftis making children smile at Loftis Middle
I Am Hamilton - Kelly Houston, the cafeteria manager at Loftis Middle School
01/08/2019
“I am Hamilton” spotlights Kelly Houston, the cafeteria manager at Loftis Middle School. Kelly has been at Loftis for ten years. She has experience with children as an employee of the system and also as a parent as her three children attended Hamilton County Schools.
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CCA students perform
Magnet Schools Fair to showcase school options for Hamilton County families
01/04/2019
Every child has different interests, hopes, and dreams for the future. Hamilton County Schools announced additional options to help make those dreams a reality last month with open enrollment opportunities called “My Future Schools.” Magnet schools in the district play a key role in open enrollment options and provide access to opportunities to open doors to exciting pathways to possibilities for a child’s future. You will have the opportunity to explore magnet school options available at a district Magnet School Fair on Monday, January 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the South Chattanooga Recreation Center located at 1151 W. 40th Street, Chattanooga.
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John Shackleford driving his bus
I Am Hamilton - John Shackleford, bus driver
01/04/2019
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights John Shackleford, a contract school bus driver for Hamilton County Schools. Shackleford started driving a bus in 1993 and drove until 2004. He came back to driving about two years ago because he wanted to make a difference for children at Woodmore Elementary.
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Chris Tillett, principal of Allen Elementary, presents Michelle Rigsby with the I Am Hamilton t-shirt.
I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Michelle Rigsby, a teacher at Allen Elementary
01/03/2019
Michelle Rigsby, a fourth-grade teacher at Allen Elementary, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for her work with the children in her class and pitching in to take extra duty at school for co-workers. 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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Tucker McClendon, Board Member representing District 8, presents Sherri Ford with the I Am Hamilton t-shirt before the December Board of Education meeting
I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Sherrie Ford, executive assistant to the Board of Education
12/28/2018
Sherrie Ford, the executive assistant to the Hamilton County Board of Education, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for her work assisting the board members for Hamilton County Schools. 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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Hamilton County Schools and UTC partners
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to partner with Tyner Academy on the UTC Institute for Teaching and Learning
12/26/2018
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)’s School of Education has agreed to sponsor the UTC Teaching and Learning Institute at Tyner Academy. The UTC Teaching and Learning Institute is one of 20 Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County Schools.
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Hamilton County Schools Announces New School Options and Timeline
12/18/2018
Every student has different interests, hopes, and dreams and must have access to opportunities that best open doors to exciting pathways to possibilities for their future. Hamilton County Schools provides educational opportunities in local communities and beyond neighborhood zoned schools to ignite the passion for learning in each child.
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Seven Hamilton County Schools receive more than $20,000 in STEAM grants from Krystal
Seven Hamilton County Schools receive more than $20,000 in STEAM grants from Krystal
12/14/2018
Photo: Roy Collins, band director at Tyner Academy, accepts the $5,000 check for band instruments for his program from Paul Macaluso, Krystal CEO and president of The Krystal Foundation, and Lyticha Jennings, district manager for Krystal.
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I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Mr. Joe, a volunteer at North Hamilton County Elementary
I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Mr. Joe, a volunteer at North Hamilton County Elementary
12/14/2018
Joe Barbeauld, a volunteer at North Hamilton County Elementary, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for helping children with reading and math. 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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Education Commissioner Candace McQueen works with Jaiquez Kalaukoa at the Woodmore Elementary Read to be Ready Summer Program this past summer.
Eight schools are awarded Read to be Ready summer program grants
12/07/2018
Eight schools in Hamilton County Schools will have Read to Be Ready summer programs in 2019 as the Read to be Ready Summer Grants were announced yesterday by Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. Barger Academy of Fine Arts, Bess T. Shepherd Elementary, East Lake Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Hardy Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Lakeside Academy, and Wolftever Creek Elementary School will have the month-long literacy-focused summer camps for children. The state provides $8,900,000 in funding across the state for tuition-free access to the camp for students in need.
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Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of the Hamilton County Schools presents John Echols with the I Am Hamilton t-shirt.
I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to John Echols, a teacher at Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts
12/07/2018
John Echols, a teacher at Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for pouring his energy and personal time in the school’s Destination Imagination teams. 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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Joe Wingate, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education, and Valerie Brown, principal of Bess T. Shepherd, present Tammie Vaillancourt with the I Am Hamilton t-shirt.
I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Tammie Vaillancourt, school nurse at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary
12/05/2018
Tammie Vaillancourt, RN, the school nurse at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for helping to keep children feeling good and in 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. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, and Justin Robertson, chief schools officer, help to pack the snack pack bags.
Community comes together to provide food for children
12/05/2018
Often we hear about problems in the community, but we think that someone else will take care of it and we go about our day. When Janice Robertson, a member of the East Brainerd Church of Christ, heard that children in the community were going without food on the weekend she decided to do something about the problem. As a result of her initiative and the support of her church, a program was born that provides Snack Pack bags of food for children on Fridays to help the youngest of our community make it through a weekend.
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Howard summer graduation
Three schools to receive state grants to spur school improvement
12/03/2018
Three Hamilton County Schools were among ten in the state announced today to receive grants to help spur school improvement. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Tennessee would award Priority school grants over the next three years to Calvin Donaldson Elementary, Orchard Knob Middle, and The Howard School along with another seven schools in the state. The ten grants will total $8.25 million for the selected schools and will provide funding to support specific strategies for school improvement in alignment with both district plans, and the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan.
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Photo: Mayor Jim Coppinger makes a presentation to Lachi Tate at East Lake Academy.
Hamilton County students sweep billboard art contest
12/03/2018
The Hamilton Shines Billboard Art Contest winners for this year include three Hamilton County students. Mayor Jim Coppinger recognized each at their school and presented the winners a plaque, pin, and a poster rendition of their billboard. The artwork will be displayed on a billboard in the community located near each winner’s school.
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McKenney presented his shirt at Signal Mtn. School
I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Jonathan McKenney of Signal Mountain
12/03/2018
Jonathan McKenney, a bus driver for schools on Signal Mountain, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for keeping children safe on the bus ride home from 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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Kim White, president, and CEO of River City Company and a Hamilton County Schools graduate
11/30/2018
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights Hixson High graduate Kim White, president and CEO of River City Company in Chattanooga. River City is a private non-profit that has focused on downtown redevelopment for the past 32 years.
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Veteran finance leader announces her retirement and experienced local finance professional joins Hamilton County Schools
11/30/2018
milton County Schools has a long history of balanced budgets and efficient operations to ensure children have the educational resources to be successful. Christie Jordan, chief financial officer for the district, has been a big part of that success for the past 29 years. Jordan had announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year but stayed with the district as a replacement search was conducted for her position. Jordan will now retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year as Brent Goldberg, a local finance professional, has joined Hamilton County Schools to transition into the finance leadership role.
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I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Danielle Ivens of East Side Elementary
11/28/2018
Danielle Ivens, a Kindergarten teacher at East Side Elementary, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for her work with the bright young children in her classroom. 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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Two student authors added to book signing at Barnes and Noble
11/28/2018
Two student authors have been added to the two announced earlier this week that will hold a book signing at Barnes and Noble Thursday evening. The signings will be at Barnes and Noble at Hamilton Place on Thursday, November 29 at 6 p.m.
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I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Mayor Jim Coppinger
11/23/2018
Mayor Jim Coppinger, Hixson High Class of 1973, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for his work for the children of our community in Hamilton County government. 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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I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Angela Colvin, a bus driver for Hamilton County Schools
11/20/2018
Angela Colvin, a bus driver for Hamilton County Schools, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for her work to keep children happy and taking time to communicate with parents when her bus was running late. 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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The CHI Memorial Heroes Luncheon honors two teachers
11/16/2018
Taking learning to the streets recently earned recognition for two Hamilton County teachers. Brittany Harris, an academic coach at East Brainerd Elementary, and Colleen Ryan, a teacher at Rivermont Elementary, received the Community Outreach Award at the CHI Memorial Heroes Luncheon sponsored by the American Red Cross. Harris and Ryan are the developers of “The Passage,” a mobile classroom that goes to children's neighborhoods to make learning accessible.
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I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Max Burk, a senior at Signal Mountain Middle/High
11/16/2018
Max Burk, a senior at Signal Mountain Middle/High, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for scoring the maximum composite score of 36 on the ACT, Hamilton County Schools presents the special shirts to individuals for efforts that positively impact Hamilton County Schools and the children we serve.
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Central High teacher wins $50,000 prize from Harbor Freight
11/15/2018
Jerry Webb, manufacturing, electrical and plumbing systems teacher from Central High School, has won second place in the 2018 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Webb’s work with his classes in the area of renewable energy earned him the second place finish in the national contest. He was surprised with the news and a check for $50,000 during the prize presentation at Central High this morning.
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I Am Hamilton, Tammy Baxter, a parent at Soddy Daisy High
11/15/2018
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights our first parent Tammy Baxter, an active and involved parent at Soddy Daisy High Schools in the North River Learning Community. Baxter is involved in activities involving her daughters at Soddy Daisy, active in parent volunteer groups, regularly seen at Hamilton County Board of Education meetings, and a voice for parents in parent advisory activities for her school and the district.
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Nolan Elementary second-grader wins Superintendent’s Reading Challenge
11/13/2018
Aiden Thomason, a second-grader at Nolan Elementary was the winner of the Superintendent's Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for 2018. Nolan Elementary had more students to read over 1000 minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge than any other Hamilton County School.
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I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Stacey Bradley, STEAM Lab assistant at Wolftever Creek Elementary
11/12/2018
Stacey Bradley, a STEAM Lab assistant at Wolftever Creek Elementary, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt today for her work with children in the lab focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM.) Hamilton County Schools presents the special shirts to individuals for efforts that positively impact the lives of children.
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Hixson High School AFJROTC Visits Local Veterans
11/12/2018
The Hixson High School Air Force JROTC Cadet Corps held a Veterans appreciation event on Thursday at the Morning Pointe assisted living facility in Hixson, TN. The Wildcat Cadet Corps showed up in full-force with over 90 Cadets and a Hixson High Band member participating.
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I Am Hamilton t-shirts presented to staff demonstrating service to children
11/09/2018
“I Am Hamilton” begins a new phase of recognition for people making a difference for children with the first presentation of an “I AM Hamilton” t-shirt to Andrea Dyer, an ESOL teacher at The Howard School. Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson presented the shirt this morning. The shirt has the new district logo on the front with I AM Hamilton in large print on the back.
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Hixson JROTC Instructor competes in Veteran’s National Golf Championship
11/06/2018
Master Sergeant Doug Burhans from Hixson High School is representing Tennessee at the Veteran Golfers Association’s National Championship tournament. The tournament winds up play tomorrow at Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.
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Future Ready Institutes presented Community Impact Award by The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
11/01/2018
In the first year of existence, the Future Ready Institutes in Hamilton County high schools have earned the recognition of making a significant impact on the community. The Future Ready Institutes were presented the Community Impact Award by The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga at the groups Equal Opportunity breakfast held Tuesday, October 30 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson, Board Member Tiffanie Robinson, and Director of the Future Ready Institutes Blake Freeman accepted the award.
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I Am Hamilton, Rizwaan Abdul, a student at STEM School Chattanooga
11/01/2018
Today, “I am Hamilton” spotlights our first student Rizwaan Abdul, a junior at STEM School Chattanooga, a magnet program in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community. “The staff here at STEM School are very nice and focused on the needs of individual students,“ Abdul said.
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ACT scores hold steady for all students while subgroups improved scores
10/31/2018
Hamilton County graduate’s ACT composite score held steady for all students, and economically disadvantaged students showed increases across the board for 2018. The scores were announced today by Education Department Commissioner Candice McQueen. The composite for Hamilton County Schools held at 19.9 with a participation rate of 97 percent. The state average score was 20.2. Scores in math, English, and science remained within 0.1 of last year’s scores while reading saw a 0.2 increase.
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Fall Teacher Recruitment Fair seeks top teaching talent for Hamilton County Schools
10/30/2018
Hamilton County Schools kicks off the hiring season with the fall Teacher Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, November 13 at East Ridge Elementary School. 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 2019.
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Kennedy Center announces new partnership at Hamilton Sings
10/24/2018
The joy of 170 fifth-grade children singing and performing makes for a wonderful evening but add the excitement of an announcement that will impact the arts throughout the community and it becomes an extra special night. 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 at the annual Hamilton Sings concert last night. Any Given Child is a catalyst program that improves the academic experience and performance of children and creates change by involving the arts community in the power of strategic, coordinated arts education.
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Howard School teacher is one of nine in the state selected to first Tennessee Teacher Ambassador Network
10/22/2018
Jessica Hubbuch, teacher and the science department chair at The Howard School, is one of nine educators from across the state to be selected to participate in the inaugural Tennessee Teacher Ambassador Network during the 2018-19 school year. The Teacher Ambassador Network is a unique opportunity for teachers to advise and participate in the work of the Department of Education without asking them to leave the classroom.
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Leadership Hamilton County Schools kicks-off with 18 community leaders learning more about our schools
10/19/2018
The first class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools kicked off this week with a new opportunity for the community to get involved in our public schools. The first session of Leadership Hamilton County Schools met on Tuesday, October 16 at the central office of Hamilton County Schools. Leadership Hamilton County Schools is a six-session program running through April that will allow participants to experience the people and programs in our area schools preparing our children for success after graduation.
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Fifth-graders to perform in Hamilton Sings next Tuesday
10/19/2018
This year’s Hamilton Sings will take place on Tuesday, October 23 at First Baptist Church on Gateway Avenue. Hamilton Sings is a one-day elementary honor choir event that will include 5th-grade students from every Hamilton County school. Approximately 160 students will participate in this year’s annual musical experience.
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Veteran principal leaves for a state position as high-quality leaders step up to fill new roles
10/16/2018
Robin Copp, principal at Ooltewah High School, has accepted a position with the new Partnership Network for school improvement with the Tennessee Department of Education and her departure will result in a shift of administrative positions in Hamilton County Schools.
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Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences is a Best of the best selection
10/12/2018
The Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences won the 2018 Best Public School award. East Hamilton Middle/High School and Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts were finalists in the same category voted on by Times Free Press readers in the area.
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Collegiate High sophomore performs with renowned flute player
10/11/2018
Collegiate High sophomore Sasha Hitachi is a talented musician with big dreams and plans for her future. One dream was to perform with Emmanuel Pahud, a renowned French and Swiss flute player. Hitachi applied for a masterclass with Pahud, hoping to perform, but she did not expect to have her dream come true. Hitachi was one of only six applicants from the region selected to play in a prestigious event earlier this year at the University of Georgia.
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Three Hamilton County high schools among the state’s best
10/10/2018
Three high schools in Hamilton County Schools are in the top 30 best high schools in the state in the Niche ratings of 2019 Best Schools in America.
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Teacher’s research in France brings French students and teachers to Chattanooga
10/10/2018
A group of high school students and teachers from France will visit the Chattanooga area thanks to the work of a Hamilton County teacher as part of the Global Learning Experience funded by PEF. The French group will arrive in Chattanooga on Friday, October 12 and stay through Saturday, October 20.
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Gestamp program in Hamilton County Schools is the first to earn U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship designation
10/08/2018
The Gestamp work-based learning program through Hamilton County Schools is the first program in Tennessee to earn the U.S. Department of Labor’s registered apprenticeship designation. Gestamp is now a registered apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing.
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Students to help chart the course for the future at Soddy Daisy High School Investigation completed into viral video comments
10/04/2018
The district will work with students at Soddy Daisy High so all voices are heard in seeking improvement in the school culture. The planned discussions will allow students to share their views on the school climate and chart a course so everyone feels valued at Soddy Daisy High School. The discussions will involve Soddy Daisy High student government and representation from the various student groups at the school.
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Hamilton County Schools posts highest graduation rate since the move to more rigorous requirements in 2011
10/04/2018
Hamilton County Schools has posted the highest graduation rate since the state changed the graduation rate calculation in 2011. The district increased the graduation rate almost two points at 86.5 percent up from 84.6 percent in 2017. The district also moved closer to the state graduation rate in the latest report released today by the Tennessee Department of Education.
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“I am Hamilton” launches with Hixson alum Mayor Jim Coppinger
10/02/2018
“I am Hamilton” will spotlight 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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Hamilton County Schools increases Reward Schools for 2018
09/28/2018
Hamilton County Schools had 17 schools recognized as Reward schools in an announcement on Friday by Education Commissioner Candice McQueen releasing the 2018 Reward and Priority schools in the state. The release listed the district as performing at a Satisfactory achievement level in the data announcement. The release was part of the first year of the implementation of the Tennessee school accountability model which includes multiple measures of success.
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Superintendent’s response to YouTube video
09/26/2018
As an educator, I believe that all students deserve a high-quality education. In Hamilton County Schools, we are committed to serving all students well. We have reviewed the video content. We find the comments about young women in this video inexcusable, as the sentiments expressed do not align with the values of Hamilton County Schools.
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Caroline Stamey, a ninth-grader, shares her portfolio of work with Kyle O’Connell, assistant director of admissions at the School of Art Institute in Chicago
Chicago art school visits Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts
09/21/2018
Representatives from the School of Art Institute of Chicago recently visited the Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts to talk with students about the prestigious college’s program and view work of the students at the high school in the area known for graduating exceptional artists.
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Opportunity Zone to hold a community celebration to share accomplishments and connect families with community resources
09/19/2018
You are invited to join in a celebration of accomplishments of the Opportunity Zone schools during the Community Celebration Phase II scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at The Howard School. The Opportunity Zone schools will share their accomplishments and achievements over the past year. Over 15 informational sessions will be available for teachers, parents and community members. The sessions will include information on Volkswagen eLabs, plans for events included in Parent University, and mental health resources. There will also be teacher focus groups and much more during the celebration event.
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Central High School breaks ground for a new track
09/18/2018
Chattanooga Central High School’s track was built in the 1960s with many a Purple Pounder athlete wearing out shoe leather preparing for competition. Now, almost fifty years later, the well-worn track will be broken down for the installation of a new track and a new beginning for the Central High track teams. The new eight-lane track with additional installations for field events including high jump, pole vault, long jump, discuss, and shot put will be ready for track season this spring.
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Loftis Middle receives Level 5 banner
East Ridge Middle, Loftis Middle, and McConnell Elementary among only 65 schools in the state at Level 5 in all subjects
09/17/2018
East Ridge Middle, Loftis Middle, and McConnell Elementary are three schools in our community in select company in Tennessee. All three not only scored a composite Level 5, the highest level of student growth in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) but also scored Level 5 in all individual subject areas. There were just 65 schools across 36 districts in the state to earn Level 5 across all subjects. The subjects on TVAAS are literacy, numeracy, science, social studies, and literacy and numeracy composite.
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McConnell Elementary receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/14/2018
This spotlight shines on McConnell Elementary School in the North River Learning Community. Joe Smith, District 3 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education, and Dr. Neelie Parker, executive director of the North River Learning Community, present the banner to the students and staff of McConnell Elementary.
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Tyner Middle receives their Level 5 banner
Tyner Middle Academy receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/14/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Tyner Middle Academy in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community.
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Bess T. Shepherd Elementary receives Level 5 banner
Bess T. Shepherd receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/14/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School in the Harrison Bay Learning Community.
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Students at Brainerd High check out a firetruck
Brainerd High holds a kick-off event for Future Ready Institutes
09/13/2018
Brainerd High hosted its Future Ready kick-off event on Wednesday, September 12. Brainerd High School has two Future Ready Institutes: the Institute of Aviation and the Institute of Law, First Responders, and Forensic Science. Also, Brainerd has one Career Academy of Entrepreneurship. These small learning communities are new to Brainerd High this year for both new freshmen and other students already enrolled in the Career Technical Education courses. Students took the YouScience Assessment before engaging in Future Ready Activities specific to each of three small learning communities available at the school.
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10 National Merit Semifinalists for Hamilton County Schools
Hamilton County Schools leads the area in National Merit Semifinalists
09/13/2018
The list of National Merit Semifinalists released recently includes ten seniors from Hamilton County Schools which is the largest number for a school district or private school in the Chattanooga area. Six of the ten were from Signal Mountain Middle-High giving the school the largest number of teens from one school recognized in the Chattanooga area including schools in North Georgia and Northeast Alabama. 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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Hixson Elementary receives the Level 5 banner
Hixson Elementary receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/13/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Hixson Elementary School in the North River Learning Community.
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Collegiate High students and staff receive the Level 5 banner
Hamilton County Collegiate High receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/13/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community.
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Westview students and staff receive the banner
Westview Elementary receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/13/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Westview Elementary School in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community.
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Kids First Coupon Book saves money and helps our schools
09/12/2018
Save money at local stores and help our schools buy purchasing a Kids First Coupon Book for only $10.
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Ooltewah Middle receives a Level 5 banner
Ooltewah Middle receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/12/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Ooltewah Middle School in the Harrison Bay Learning Community.
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Tyner Academy receives Level 5 banner
Tyner Academy receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/12/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Tyner Academy in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community.
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Hunter Middle staff and students receive the Level 5 banner
Hunter Middle receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/12/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Hunter Middle School in the Harrison Bay Learning Community.
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Soddy Elementary receives their banner
Soddy Elementary receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/11/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Soddy Elementary School in the North River Learning Community.
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Rizwaan Abdul-Kadir, a junior at STEM School Chattanooga
STEM School Chattanooga featured on America Achieves Educator Network website
09/11/2018
Accolades for the work at STEM School Chattanooga have been steady in recent months and coming to the school from points around the world. The latest recognition of the excellent work at the school focused on teaching science, technology, engineering, and math comes from America Achieves, an organization accelerating, launching and evaluating promising education interventions. STEM School Chattanooga is a featured school on the organization’s website America Achieves Educator Networks.
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Loftis Middle receives banner for academic growth
Loftis Middle receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/11/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Loftis Middle School in the North River Learning Community.
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Lookout Valley Middle/High is presented a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/10/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Lookout Valley Middle/High School in the Rock Point Learning Community.
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Brown students and staff presented the Level 5 banner
Brown Middle receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/10/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Brown Middle School in the Harrison Bay Learning Community.
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Level 5 banner presented to Soddy Daisy Middle
Soddy Daisy Middle School in the North River Learning Community receives a Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/10/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. This spotlight shines on Soddy Daisy Middle School in the North River Learning Community.
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Normal Park presented the Level 5 banner
Normal Park receives the Level 5 banner for academic growth
09/07/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment.
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Signal Mountain International Baccalaureate students outscore IB students worldwide
09/06/2018
Seven Signal Mountain Middle/High school sophomores turned their passions into research and outscored other schools worldwide in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP). In the process of completing their IB projects, the teens uncovered new opportunities for their future.
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Apison Elementary banner presented to staff and students
Apison Elementary receives a Level 5 academic growth banner
09/06/2018
Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district that earned Level 5, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment.
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Amazon Donates $10,000 in STEM Supplies to Hardy Elementary School
09/05/2018
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) supplies are not easy to come by in an elementary school. It became much easier for students at Hardy Elementary recently when Amazon Fulfillment volunteers surprised the school with $10,000 in STEM supplies for the school's STEAM lab. Not only did the volunteers bring the tools for the lab but they stayed to work with students at the school.
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Allen Elementary students and staff receive their Level 5 banner
Allen Elementary receives a Level 5 academic growth banner
09/05/2018
This spotlight shines on Allen Elementary in the North River Learning Community. Rhonda Thurman, District 1 member of the Hamilton County Board of Education, presents the Level 5 banner to the students and staff at Allen Elementary.
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Today's feature Level 5 school is CSAS of the Rock Point Learning Community!
Today's feature Level 5 school is CSAS of the Rock Point Learning Community!
09/04/2018
Achievement banners are presented to schools for earning the highest level of academic achievement. Today's feature Level 5 school is CSAS of the Rock Point Learning Community!
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Level 5 Banner presented to Harrison Elementary School
Level 5 Banner presented to Harrison Elementary School
09/03/2018
This spotlight shines on Harrison Elementary School in the Harrison Bay Learning Community. Dr. Steve Highlander, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education and John Tharp, executive director of the Harrison Bay Learning Community, present the banner to Harrison Elementary School. Click on the photo to see a video of the banner presentation.
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Achievement banner presented to East Lake Academy
Achievement banner presented to East Lake Academy
09/02/2018
This spotlight shines on East Lake Academy in the Opportunity Zone. Tiffanie Robinson, District 4 member of the Hamilton County Board of Education, presents the banner to the students and staff at East Lake Academy. Click on the photo to see a video of the banner presentation.
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East Ridge Middle - Level 5 Achievement Banner
East Ridge Middle - Level 5 Achievement Banner
09/01/2018
This spotlight shines on East Ridge Middle School in the Harrison Bay Learning Community. David Testerman, District 8 member of the Hamilton County Board of Education, and Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson, present the banner to Principal Angela Cass, the staff, and students at East Ridge Middle. Click on the photo to see a video of the banner presentation.
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Red Bank High receives Level 5 recognition banner
Red Bank High receives Level 5 recognition banner
08/31/2018
This spotlight shines on Red Bank High School in the Rock Point Learning Community. Kathy Lennon, Hamilton County Board of Education District 2, presents the banner to the school at a home football game. Click on the photo to see a video of the banner presentation.
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Wolftever staff and students receive the banner
Wolftever Creek Elementary receives Level 5 recognition banner
08/30/2018
This spotlight shines on Wolftever Creek Elementary School in the Harrison Bay Learning Community. Dr. Steve Highlander, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education, presents the banner to Principal Gail Huffstutler and students at Wolftever.
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Apison receives their Level 5 banner
Schools receive recognition banners for earning the top rating as a state Level 5 School
08/30/2018
Student academic growth in Hamilton County Schools showed a significant improvement according to the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) for 2018. The overall composite score for student academic growth in Hamilton County Schools improved to Level 3 from Level 1 last year. The state reports TVAAS results for districts and schools using a range from Level 1 to Level 5. Hamilton County Schools is honoring the 25 schools in the district listed at Level 5 in the state report. The schools will be recognized with an academic growth “championship” banner to celebrate the school’s accomplishment. Board members and administrators will present the banners to the Level 5 schools over the next three weeks.
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Rizwaan at work at STEM School Chattanooga
STEM School student’s curiosity helps the school schedule students and build ties with local businesses
08/29/2018
Curiosity about how a computer program works and the ability to figure it out has provided a new student online class scheduling program for STEM School Chattanooga and a new website for a young Chattanooga entrepreneur. Last year, Rizwaan Abdul-Radir, then a freshman at STEM School Chattanooga, a magnet program in the Missionary Ridge Learning Community, figured out the computer database language used in the school’s scheduling program to create a unique product just for scheduling students at STEM school.
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The community is invited to help design Howard Middle School
08/22/2018
The Howard School community has eagerly anticipated the return of Howard Middle School since the announcement that a renewed school would return in the $125 million school improvement plan for Hamilton County Schools announced last year. Now parents and community members have an opportunity to join in the planning process to design a school that will prepare the children of the community for a bright future. Community meetings are scheduled for tomorrow and Friday in the Howard High gymnasium. The meeting on Thursday, August 23 will begin at 5 p.m., and the Friday meeting on August 24 will begin at 8:30 a.m. The meeting schedule was formatted with varied times to give more residents in the community an opportunity to participate in one of the sessions.
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cutting the ribbon to open the new Hixson Middle VW eLab
Governor Haslam joins local partners to open VW eLabs
08/21/2018
Governor Bill Haslam, Mayor Jim Coppinger, and Mayor Andy Berke joined with students, parents and community leaders to cut the ribbon to open the new VW eLab at Hixson Middle School. Hixson Middle was one of eight new VW eLabs opened this school year in Hamilton County Schools. The other VW eLabs are located at Brainerd High, Brown Middle, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Hixson High, Ooltewah Middle, Orchard Knob Middle and Soddy Daisy Middle.
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Graph of last year's and this year's TVAAS results
Hamilton County Schools Posts Highest Student Academic Growth Since 2013
08/16/2018
Student academic growth in Hamilton County Schools showed significant improvement according to the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) for 2018. The overall composite score for student academic growth in Hamilton County Schools improved to Level 3 – meeting growth expectations – from Level 1 last year. The state department reports TVAAS results for districts and schools using a range from Level 1 to Level 5. The 2018 results are the first time since 2013 that the district’s overall TVAAS composite across all subjects showed students meeting growth expectations.
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Mayor Coppinger visits Red Bank High with Superintendent Johnson
08/10/2018
Mayor Jim Coppinger took time out of his busy schedule to visit with students and teachers at Red Bank High School today. The mayor joined Superintendent Bryan Johnson, Dr. Steve Highlander, board chairman and District 2 board member Kathy Lennon on the latest school visit by the superintendent on his tour of schools to open the new school year. The group’s visit to Red Bank High, part of the Rock Point Learning Community in Hamilton County Schools, included a stop in the JROTC program, a chemistry class, the VW eLab, and band practice.
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Agreement signing at East Hamilton
Bryan College to partner with East Hamilton School in the Institute for Leadership, Business, and Marketing
08/10/2018
East Hamilton School welcomed the Bryan College leadership and Business Department faculty to the school today to formally announce the partnership that will bring the Bryan College Institute of Leadership, Business, and Marketing to the school. Bryan College is the latest community partner to sign on to a Future Ready Institute in Hamilton County Schools. Future Ready Institutes opened in Hamilton County Schools this week in the districts high schools. The formal signing of the agreement took place during a special ceremony at East Hamilton today at 9 a.m.
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Administrators in Hamilton County Schools reviewing the first day of school
08/08/2018
Administrators in Hamilton County Schools got together this afternoon to debrief the events of the first day of school. School leaders want to understand what went right and what could be improved in the future. In the video clip, you will see district administrators listing on wall charts issues they feel could be improved. Every detail of the day is considered as the district seeks to be better tomorrow in all aspects of service to children and parents.
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Ray Laliberte of CCA demonstrates at for fellow theater teachers
Local companies invest in the arts in Hamilton County Schools
08/08/2018
Local teachers in the visual and performing arts were able to come together and share their craft and learn from each other this week thanks to Neuhoff Taylor Architects, P.C. and Advanced Energy Engineering & Design, Inc. The two companies sponsored the Hamilton County Visual & Performing Arts In-Service Day on Wednesday, August 6, at First Baptist Church on Gateway Avenue.
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New Action Plan for Hamilton County Schools provides a roadmap to future success
08/02/2018
Just as children get excited about a new school year, administrators and teachers are enthusiastic about a new direction that will mean improved schools for children. The new direction for Hamilton County Schools is the new five-year action plan Future Ready 2023.
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Parent University Kick-Off
Parent University Kick-Off
08/01/2018
A District-Wide CelebrationJoin as we celebrate the launch of Parent University and an exciting start to the 2018-19 school year! You're invited! Join us, Saturday, August 4th, 10am-2pm, at First Tennessee Pavilion for an afternoon of fun, food, and free school supplies! This event will be held Rain or Shine!
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Kickoff the new school year with a community celebration August 4 Parent University to provide parents with tools for student success
07/27/2018
A new school year is an exciting time for kids, parents, teachers and the community. Hamilton County Schools wants to build on that excitement by bringing everyone together for a new school year celebration. The event will launch a new school year and a new opportunity for parents to get involved in their child’s education. The kickoff celebration will be held on Saturday, August 4 at the First Tennessee Pavilion.
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Students in class working with CSO
Hamilton County Schools partnership with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will expand opportunities for children
07/26/2018
Hamilton County Schools and The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera are excited to announce an official partnership that will increase fine arts programs available in the community’s public schools.
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Jack Poss, senior at Signal Mountain High
Signal Mountain senior aces the ACT with the highest possible composite score
07/25/2018
Jack Poss, a senior at Signal Mountain High School, is on his way to locking up a spot at his choice university as he posted the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. According to the ACT, only one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earn the top score on the national standardized test used for college admissions in the United States.
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Hamilton County Schools improves faster than the state in grades 3-8 literacy. Proactive changes show promise but much more work to be done
07/19/2018
TNReady results released today by the state show gains in literacy for Hamilton County Schools. In grade 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and high school math, Hamilton County Schools improved faster than the state. Overall, students have moved closer to state results in six of 10 grade level subject areas.
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Student working in a lab in Hamilton County Schools
Reserve your place in the first class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools
07/16/2018
Hamilton County Schools has developed a new way for community leaders to experience the school district and the rewards and challenges of preparing the community’s children for future success. Leadership Hamilton County Schools is coming this fall to foster informed citizen leaders and transform communities. The series of sessions will begin in September and run through April of next year.
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Student jumping for joy for online registration
New student online registration for Hamilton County Schools begins Monday
07/13/2018
Students new to Hamilton County Schools for the 2018-2019 school year will be able to register online beginning Monday, July 16 on the district website at hcde.org. Online registration for new students will continue until Tuesday, September 7, 2018.
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Chattanooga Gas representatives present a big check to Hamilton County Schools
Chattanooga Gas funding adds First Tee golf program at 29 Hamilton County Schools
07/13/2018
Chattanooga Gas donated $35,000 in January for the training of teachers and equipment for ten schools. The company donated an additional $136,500 to purchase equipment to expand the program to the additional 29 schools.
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Online registration for returning students
07/10/2018
Hamilton County Schools has taken the registration process digital. Registration is online this year to streamline providing student and parent information. Parents can access online registration on the district’s new website. Registration is necessary for all students from first-grade to seniors in high school during the online registration.
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Parents and community invited to view plans for new East Hamilton Middle
07/06/2018
There will be a public meeting to view plans for the new East Hamilton Middle School on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 at East Hamilton School. TWH Architects representatives will be at the meeting to provide an overview of the project and plans for the new middle school for the Missionary Ridge Learning Community of Hamilton County Schools. The meeting will be in the theater at East Hamilton School.
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Hixson team Ciera Smidt, Brooke Watne, Rachael Lane, Nathan Schofield, Bhumi Patel, Amy Carranza, and Allison McCollum
Hixson High places in competitions at the International Health Professionals Leadership Conference
07/05/2018
Hixson High Health Occupations students continued the school’s legacy of success at the Future Healthcare Professionals International Leadership Conference with two students placing in the Top 10 in their respective competitions. Recent Hixson graduate Ciera Smidt won a silver medal placing second in Nursing Assisting. Hixson High has placed in the top two in the event for the fourth consecutive year! Nathan Schofield also placed in the top 10 taking eighth in Physical Therapy; another competition in which Hixson has a top 10 legacy. The conference was in Dallas, Texas.
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Dr. Ware leads cheers for summer graduates at 2018 summer graduation
Dr. Le Andrea Ware named the new leader of Howard High
06/29/2018
Dr. Le Andrea Ware returned to her alma mater Howard High earlier this year to close out the school year, and her love for the school and community has led her to make the Howard move permanent. Ware will remove the interim tag and become the executive principal of Howard High. Ware showed her love and dedication to Howard students earlier today at the school’s summer graduation as she led parents and others in attendance in cheering on the 18 Howard High 2018 summer graduates. Ware commended the summer graduates for their perseverance and grit for returning to summer school to complete their graduation requirements. “These young people did not listen when some may have said you can't finish, and today they are boldly saying yes we can,” Ware said to the crowd gathered for the graduation ceremony. “We salute these young people, and this is a day of celebration.”
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Howard Summer Graduation Celebration set for Thursday
06/26/2018
Howard High School will hold the summer graduation celebration called Power of Hope Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Howard High School. Summer graduates exuding the power of hope will include 18 graduates of Howard.
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Dr. Kelley Weiss and Dr. Ashley Aldridge Wilson
Principal selections announced for Alpine Crest and Nolan
06/22/2018
Hamilton County Schools today announced the principal selections for Nolan Elementary and Alpine Crest Elementary for next school year. The talent team for the school district searched across the country to attract the best school leaders as part of their mission to attract great teachers and leaders to Hamilton County Schools. One search landed in Maine and the other in Nashville to secure the top principal talent for the children of the Tennessee Valley. Dr. Kelley Weiss will be the new principal at Alpine Crest Elementary while Dr. Ashley Aldridge Wilson will be the new principal at Nolan Elementary.
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Kristen Nauss new director of School Nutrition
Kristen Nauss to serve students as director of School Nutrition for Hamilton County Schools
06/15/2018
Kristen Nauss, a resident of Hamilton County and Soddy-Daisy, is returning to Hamilton County Schools to lead the School Nutrition Department as the new director. Nauss will take over for Carolyn Childs who retired after 11 years with the district. Nauss was the supervisor of nutritional services in Hamilton County Schools from 2011 to 2014.
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Jaylon Harris, a graduate of Central High, with his Gail Links Scholarship
2018 Graduates of Hamilton County Schools offered over $31 million in scholarships
06/14/2018
Reaching graduation day is an important milestone for high school teens, but it is also a starting point for the rest of their lives. A larger number of 2018 graduates of Hamilton County Schools will have a head start on their next step as the class received $10 million more in scholarship offers than the previous class. The Class of 2018 had over $31 million in scholarship offers to colleges and universities.
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Teachers get into fire gear at the airport
Future Ready Institutes get a boost from a state education grant
06/13/2018
Hamilton County Schools has added $75,000 in funding from the Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant to start Future Ready Institutes in schools this fall. The grant will provide opportunities for teachers to attend conferences and training sessions focused on Career Academy best practices, national standards, project-based learning, design thinking instruction and early post-secondary learning programs.
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Hixson students and local elected officials turn the first shovels of dirt for the new school track.
Hixson breaks ground on a new track
06/12/2018
Hixson High School recently broke ground to begin work on a new track for the school and a resurfacing of the football field. Track team members, coaches, school administrators and community leaders joined to turn dirt on the beginning of the Hixson project.
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