Ten Clarksville-Montgomery County schools, seven elementary schools and three high schools, were selected as Tennessee Reward Schools.
Schools earn Reward School status if they earn an average of 3.1 or higher out of 4, based on the most recent year of data.
Local schools in the top 5 percent of schools in the state included Glenellen Elementary School for the fourth year, East Montgomery Elementary School for the third year, Liberty Elementary School for the second year, Northeast Elementary School for the third year, Ringgold Elementary School, Sango Elementary School for the fourth year, Rossview Elementary School for the second year, Rossview High School, Clarksville High School and Middle College High School at Austin Peay State University for the sixth year.
Kenwood High School was one of two Tennessee schools to receive a MakerMinded School of Distinction Award for the previous school year. The school tallied 506 points, earning it first place in the state. The recognition included an award of a $2,000 prize through Eduporium, a science, technology, engineering and math solutions website that offers products to improve classrooms’ STEM curriculum. The faculty members involved in the submission included Keith Parker, Kelsey Mcconachie, Abraham Wolfe and Christopher Wilson.
At the Junior Classical League National Competition during the summer, Rossview High School took home its share of trophies. When competing in academics, students are placed against others only in their level of Latin. Every Rossview student who attended convention placed in the top 10 in the nation on an academic test. When competing in art, students are judged against others in their grade level.
Latin 4 student Emily Caldarelli finished second in ancient geography, third in Hellenic or Greek history, fourth in Roman life and reading comprehension prose, fifth in vocabulary and academic heptathlon, which is a seven-subject test, sixth in advanced Latin grammar and reading comprehension poetry, seventh in Roman history and eighth in Latin derivatives.
Latin 1 student Patrick Clapsaddle finished fourth in Roman life, sixth in ancient geography and 10th in academic heptathlon.
Latin 2 student Grayson Cobb finished second in Roman life, sixth in Hellenic history and 10th in ancient geography.
Latin 2 student Hannah Dodson finished seventh in art illustrated quotes and eighth in Latin literature.
Latin 2 student Lily Oliver finished sixth in art colored pencil, seventh in Latin literature and eighth in art mixed media.
Latin 1 student Sofia Tejeda finished fifth in Hellenic history.
Cobb also served as Tennessee’s 2018-19 TJCL Torch editor. The Torch is a publication published several times throughout the year that features news and updates from TJCL events and chapters, information on upcoming conventions, interviews, creative writing and more. Cobb published four editions of the Torch in 2018-19 and placed seventh in the state publications contest.
Certamen is a quiz bowl game that revolves on all things ancient. At nationals, there are two “leagues” – competitive and open. Open is more for fun, learning and meeting teammates from other states. Tejeda played on the winning Latin I open Certamen team.
Ruth Coats, a fifth-grade teacher at East Montgomery Elementary School, and Michelle Hart, a fifth-grade teacher from Montgomery Central Elementary School, were selected to participate in the Teacher Innovator Institute at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum during the summer.
Last spring, as part of the application process, both teachers teamed to secure letters of recommendation, designed instruction and an after-school club that would support their learning from the institute, and created a video sharing information about their desires to learn. Both teachers were awarded the opportunity at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
They attended the institute for two weeks in July and will continue to study in Washington, D.C. for two weeks with their cohort for another two summers. As part of the institute, the teachers were also each granted $1,000 for classroom materials, as well as a $1,000 allowance to go toward additional professional learning opportunities during the next school year. Both teachers have already shared ways their learning can be incorporated into the new fifth-grade Tennessee academic standards for science and plan to present to fifth-grade teachers across the district in September, as well as next summer’s ENGAGE sessions.