Loudon County Schools will graduate college and career-ready students through rigorous and relevant learning opportunities.
No School November 25-27
During its annual convention, the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) recognized five school board members who earned master board member status. To encourage professional growth of school board members, TSBA offers a master school board member award to members who invest their time and effort into becoming more informed and more effective school board members. The award is given for participation in activities outside of local school board obligations. There are five levels of recognition in the TSBA Boardsmanship Award Program. Level V board members must have earned 250 credits in the appropriate categories and submitted a portfolio that must have received at least a 25 out of 30 possible points from the award judges. The portfolio consists of: sample policies, references from colleagues, self-evaluation, presentations, advocacy and a written essay.
Greenback was presented the Herman Ramsey Sportsmanship Award on November 14, 2015. This is the 25th year of the award and Greenback's sixth time accepting the award. This award is named after Herman Ramsey, Mr. Ramsey, who passed away in 1991 from cancer, was an official in every capacity and every sport. Local officials that had worked with Mr. Ramsey wanted to honor his life and decided that the sportmanship award was a great way to do that. Schools are nominated by officials that have officiated at the schools. The winner is selected based on the following criteria: hospitality, respect and sportsmanship, accommodations for the officials, and overall experience of officials. GBS Coach Jessica Spafford accepts the award from Benny Blackstock.
A big congratulations goes out to Fort Loudoun Middle School 8th grader Emily Carroll, for being named the Loudon County Spelling Bee Grand Champion.
Also, congratulations to:
2nd place winner: 7th grader Melissa Willis from North Middle School
3rd place winner: 5th grader Hayley Maples from Loudon Elementary School
All participating students did a great job representing each of their schools and will also move on to the regional spelling bee.
Mr. Doug Bannister and Mr. Chuck Swensen visited Greenback School this week to work with Greenback's Library/Media Specialist, Mrs. Karen Liles, in preparing $1,000 dollars worth of new books to be placed in Greenback's Library/Media Center. The Kiwanis group raised money to help provide new books for various Loudon County schools as part of the Kiwanis organization's 100th Year Celebration. Mrs. Liles coordinated the effort by utilizing a student interest survey and then using funds to order the new books. Students are very eager to begin reading! Much thanks to the Kiwanis Club for their very generous donation.
Here are Code.org’s suggestions on teaching Hour of Code in your classroom. If you have a favorite tool, they likely will guide you in using it for this amazing week. Check out this list:
- Code Academy
- Hour of Code to feature Star Wars: The Force Awakens
More Hour of Code resources
3D Tin website review
http://www.codingame.com/cg/ -Master your craft by solving programming problems
http://www.lynda.com/ -Coding website/Subscription (payment) is required.
https://codehs.com/ - Free Coding Website (code whatever you want)
http://hourofcode.com/us -Dec. 7th-13th
www.scratch.mit.edu - Coding website that allows you to create games and projects, then share them online. ( Free, but you need an account)
The State Board of Education (SBE) launched a review website (here) to collect feedback on math, ELA, and science standards. The website provides an opportunity for every Tennessean to participate in a highly transparent and comprehensive standards review process. We encourage educators, parents, and other stakeholders to review the standards and share input. The state board is also holding roundtables across the state to seek additional input from educators to enhance the standards.
English Language Arts and Math Revised StandardsAfter the first round of public feedback, Tennessee educators revised the math and ELA standards. The revised standards for math and ELA will be available for another round of public feedback on the review website (here) until late-November. Once approved by the state board of education, these standards will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year.
Proposed science standards are also currently posted on the review website(here) for their first round of public feedback. Data collected from this website will be given to a team of Tennessee educators to review, and this data will inform the revision of the science standards. Please note that the revised standards and aligned assessments for science will be implemented in the 2018-19 school year.
Loudon County Schools showed big gains in 2015 ACT scores, with its composite score increasing to 18.8 from last year’s 17.5. The district also saw large jumps in the average scores in each of the four subject areas — 16.3 to 18.1 in English; 17.7 to 18.6 in math; 17.7 to 19.4 in reading; and 17.8 to 18.8 in science.
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