Loudon County Schools will graduate college and career ready students through rigorous and relevant learning opportunities.
Loudon County Schools will be closed Thursday Jan. 29
and Friday Jan. 30 due to illness.
The Graphic Arts Department is pleased to announce that Hannah Reese has been chosen as a finalist in the Photographers Forum Magazine, National High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon. Her photo seen here was chosen out of 17,000 entries nationwide. As a finalist she will be considered for one of the top prizes in the competition as well as being published in the Forum's Annual Best of Photography Hardcover Book. The winners will be announced mid-February so stay tuned. Congratulations Hannah!
County Social Studies Fair
4th – 8th Grades
Tuesday, February 10th
Eaton Elementary School
How will you celebrate DLDay?
DLDay Live! will highlight examples of how great teaching, combined with effective technology, can positively impact America’s schools—particularly those that serve high-risk and high-poverty populations. Each year, more than 40,000 viewers watch our live webcast and thousands of educators participate in the live chat to share resources and best practices.
Two Loudon County special education teachers received Exemplary Educator Awards from the Little Tennessee Valley Educational Cooperative. Sharri Cannon, Loudon Elementary, and Kevin DeMaria, North Middle School, were recognized for their extraordinary work with students with disabilities. Pictured above is Loudon County Director of Schools, Jason Vance; Sharri Cannon, LES; and Melanie Amburn, Special Education Supervisor.
Mrs. Robert's math class designed EES hats using geometrical figures and measuring angles for "National Hat day".
Students across Loudon County participated in this year's Hour of Code with activities ranging from Angry Birds programming to controlling Christmas lights on White House outdoor trees.
On Wednesday, December 10, Loudon Elementary Girls on the Run went to River Oaks Assisted Living and helped residents play bingo. This was followed by Christmas caroling. The girls represented LES well by spreading Christmas cheer and exhibiting outstanding character. We appreciate their hard work and enthusiasm this season!
First grade Eaton Elementary student, Audrey Rust, was featured as the Guest Anchor on WBIR Live at Five December 9.
Teacher of the Year for outstanding and effective use of technology in the classroom. We are very proud of you.
Patrick will be recognized at the January School Board Meeting. This award provides an all-expense paid trip to FETC, (Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando) January 20-23.
The Hour of Code is a global movement Dec. 8-14 reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed.Ages 4 to 104. To access materials and register, click below.
by Kris Peterson
Photograph by Kris Peterson
Despite the lose on Friday to Fulton (56-7) in the TSSAA semi-finals, the Redskins of 2014 have left their mark in the record books of Loudon Football. With a lot of heart and great team spirit the Senior crew of 11 lead the team to a 13-0 season. In addition the following records where set:
Josh Jackson is the team’s single season rushing leader, has the most rushing touchdowns in a season and also has the most touchdowns in a season in school history.
Travis Brewer has surpassed the single season and single game passing records this season, while also throwing for the highest completion percentage and least interceptions.
Tyler Ferguson also holds the single season record for receiving yards and receptions and has set the single game receiving record twice this season, most recently piling up 187 yards at the Livingston Academy playoff game.
As a team, Loudon’s 486 points in a season is a school record as well.
We are so proud of our Redskin team and all they have accomplished. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the Greenback winners at the National Gingerbread Competition.
The Loudon County Spelling Bee will take place Tuesday, November 18 at Fort Loudoun Middle School at 6:00 PM. School winners will participate in this competition in preparation for the Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee.
Seven Loudon County students participated in the Spelling Bee on November 18 at Fort Loudoun Middle School. Rachel Scheffer of North Middle School edged out Elijah Butler (4th grade) from Highland Park. Rachel now puts herself in the rare class of "repeat champion." That is an extremely difficult feat as these students must win their school competition prior to getting to the county level. Congratulations to these students for being school champions and representing their school with class at the Loudon County Spelling Bee:
Tyson Porcella - Eaton
Brayden Kiser - Fort Loudoun
Elijah Butler - Highland Park
Alexia Venearo - Loudon Elem.
Rachel Scheffer - North (CHAMPION)
Joshua McCulley - Philadelphia
Elizabeth Newman - Steekee
Loudon County Courthouse Annex.
The below committees will also meet on Thursday, November 13th at 5:30 pm and 6:00 PM before the board meeting at the Loudon County Courthouse Annex. The agendas for these meetings are also below. Facilities Committee is at 5:30 PM; Maintenance Committee at 6 PM.
From November 1-8, 2014, a group of school principals, assistant principals, instructional leaders from Knox and Loudon school and researchers from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College went to Shanghai to study and observe the TPEG practices in China. Among the 15 participants, three principals had been to Shanghai with the first cohort of principals, 12 other members were new to the project.
During their one-week visit to Shanghai, Tennessee educators visited six schools (two secondary and four elementary) from the Minhang District. Among the schools, half of them have significant number of students from low SES and rural migrant workers’ families, one with 100% migrant children and only receives partial government funding. At each school, the Tennessee educators observed how teachers in Shanghai conduct joint lesson planning, classroom observations, and giving peer feedback. They also learned about the multifaceted and multilevel professional development structure and instructional support for teacher collaboration within and across schools and at the district level. Their visit culminated in a half-day workshop at East China Normal University, where Tennessee and Shanghai principals discussed the key strategies and challenges of constructing and sustaining productive communities of practice .
from Loudon County Schools
Be safe trick or treating!
TN Promise Deadline Approaching
The deadline for high school seniors to apply for two years of free tuition at a Tennessee community college or technical school is quickly approaching. Please encourage seniors in your district to apply (here) by the Nov. 1 deadline. You can find additional resources for parents and school counselors on the TN Promise website (here).
Loudon County students scored straight A's in achievement for the 2013-2014 year.
Click here for complete District and School Report Cards
Seven members of the Loudon Elementary Girls on the Run club participated in the Farragut 5K Saturday, November 1. These girls were tough and persevered through the unusually cold temperatures and sleet to finish strong. Ms. Ashley Williams and Mrs. Rebecca Mackey are sponsors of the club.
Highland Park may not have won the SCORE Prize, but they are still winners in our community. We are proud of their accomplishments.
For complete information, see article on SCORE web site.
On Thursday, October 24, 2014, our young Special Olympians from Loudon County had a great time at the Area 22 Special Olympics Bowling tournament. Robin Bowen, the Ft. Loudoun Region Area Director for Special Olympics, did a super job organizing the event. Loudon County Special Education teachers from Greenback, Steekee, Ft. Loudoun Middle, Loudon High, Loudon Elementary, North Middle and Philadelphia School readied their students to participate in the games and a fun day was had by all. Please take a look at our pictures of the fun.
Middle School Winner Guidelines for County Fair
The Loudon County Board of Education will meet Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Loudon County Courthouse Annex.
Click here for Board Agenda
Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. Teachers can sign up to take the challenge Dec. 8-14 at http://code.org/.
Attention Tennessee students!
It’s time to enter the next Students Rise to the Challenge Competition, a chance for you to speak out about the great learning that is happening every day in your classes, schools, and districts – and to win a $250 scholarship.
Students know first-hand that their teachers are working hard to prepare them for success after high school with learning they will use in the real world, whether going to college or career. To help others understand how this work is changing lives, SCORE is inviting Tennessee public school students in grades 3-12 to submit an original essay, song, poem, or video that addresses one of the following:
· Grades 3-5: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your classes.
· Grades 6-8: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your science or social studies classes.
· Grades 9-12: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your math or English classes.
To get you started, here are a few examples. Write a song to explain how learning about the different types of clouds can help you predict the weather. Create a video showing how your algebra skills help you split a bill in a restaurant. Please don’t feel that you are limited to these ideas! SCORE values creativity and originality, so we encourage you to think outside the box when crafting your entries.
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Central on Monday, September 15, 2014. Please note, students must work singly on their entries and we cannot accept team submissions. Read more about how to prepare and submit your entry.
After semifinalists are selected, a poll on SCORE’s Facebook page will determine the finalists in each category. Finalists will be interviewed before the winners are selected. Follow the hashtags #SCOREprize and #TNrttc on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the excitement.
Winners will be awarded a $250 college scholarship and will share their work at the SCORE Prize event on Monday, October 27, in Nashville. Fellow students, educators from across Tennessee, and special guest performer Dustin Lynch will all be present at the event.
88 Years of Rivalry - WBIR to Broadcast Battle of the Bridge Football Game on Friday, August 29.
Support the Loudon County Food Bank with your donations
of canned goods and money as part of Battle of the Bridge!
No School for Students or Teachers
on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014!
Loudon County Career and Technical Education students had a successful showing at this year's TVA&I Fair Contests:
1st place HVAC wiring – Isaiah Lowe, Rhett Williams, Kurtus Sliger, Joshua Jonhson, Noah Hughes
1st place, SkillsUSA Machining – Macklyn Russell
2nd place, Photography, Animal category – Tyler Brown
3rd place, Photography, Animal category – Carissa Hatcher
2nd place, Photography, Plant category – Gabriella Chavarria
3rd place, Photography, candid person – Christina Westfall
The LHS Band is hosting an engraved brick sale, now until Oct 1. Fill out the form and return it to the HS care of Jennifer Conway by Oct 1 to order your brick. Bricks will be installed in front of the concession stand.
Congratulations to Fort Loudon Middle School and Greenback School for being recognized as TN Reward Schools in progress and growth. This designation puts the two schools in the top 5% in the state for growth. FLMS has received this honor for the second year in a row.
4th of July is all about patriotism and fireworks. Share these fun historical facts about the history of 4th of July with your kids, then try some of the suggested activities to celebrate.
4th of July Fun Facts
- Independence Day is celebrated every year in the United States on the Fourth of July.
- The liberty bell weighs 2080 pounds and its circumference is 12 feet.
- The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson.
- On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence that gave freedom to all who lived in the United States.
- The Declaration of Independence was first read to the public in Philadelphia, where it was celebrated with bells that rang all night long.
- Twelve of the thirteen original colonies approved the final draft of the Declaration of the Independence.
- The first Independence Day celebration took place on July 4, 1777.
- On the 4th of July, we celebrate the birthday of the United States.
- People celebrate the 4th of July by going to picnics, parades and firework shows.
- In 1941, Congress declared the 4th of July a federal holiday.
4th of July Fun Activity Suggestions
- Create and color your own U.S.A. flag and 4th of July pictures. Use them as decorations for a 4th of July party.
- Create a mural of a 4th of July parade using paint and a roll of paper across the wall.
- Discuss the Declaration of Independence and have the students write about the importance of freedom.
- Compose an acrostic poem with the word “independence”.
- Do patriotic brain teasers, word scrambles, and crafts.
As passed in the 2014 General Assembly, Public Chapter 892 requires the state and districts to post a calendar of all state and district mandated tests each school year beginning July 31. You can also find this information under the DISTRICT tab on top navigation links.
Summer Reading Logs:
Other helpful resources:
Ink Think Tank (Great free non-fiction!)
Collaborative Summer Library Program (Libraries nationwide)
More Than a Hunch: Kids Lose Learning Skills Over the Summer Months
Form Edutopia Web Site:
- Summer Learning Resources for Parents from Colorin Colorado (2): This reading resource roundup for parents is awesome! The page features guides, tips and reading lesson ideas in Spanish and English. Another great resource from sister site Reading Rockets is "Get Ready for Summer! Ideas for Teachers to Share with Families (3)."
- A Beach Bag Full of Summer Learning Resources (4): Just like the title says, this roundup from AdLit.org is the perfect one-stop-shop for summer reading. There are links to valuable web resources, ideas for learning in all subjects, and much, much more.
- Keeping Up on Math Skills Over Break (5): Here's one from the National Council on Teachers of Mathematics. In addition to problems databases and paper games, there are also links to interactive online resources, like the Calculation Nation (6) and other online games. The Funbrain Math Arcade (7) from Pearson and Cool Math (8) are two other great sources for entertaining math games.
- Digital Fun For Creative Kids (9): Common Sense Media's produced this resource with some really cool activities for students of all ages. You'll find links to apps for coding, building media projects, and creating art. Also check out "Camp Virtual: Your Guide to Making Summer Learning Fun (10)" from Common Sense.
- Simple Tips for Summer Math Learning from PBS Parents (11): These easy-to-implement ideas are perfect for summer learning. A few of my favorites: Turn chores into math learning opportunities, or find math lessons in your child’s collection (sea shells, baseball cards, etc.) PBS Parents’ reading tips guide (12) is also extremely useful.
- 11 Everyday Math for Summertime Fun (13): FamilyEducation.com highlights few ways to teach math during the summer -- a lemonade stand is always a fun one -- but this post is just one of many in their trove of summer learning blogs for parents (14).
Research shows that students can lose 2-3 months of grade level math equivalency over the summer. We are delighted to inform you about a free program offered by TenMarks that will provide your child with free access to a personalized summer math program.
To sign your child up for the program, go to:
Access Code: 32636
Before summer break, you will receive an email with access details for your child. At the start of the program, your child will receive a short diagnostic assessment based on the grade level he/she will be entering in the fall. TenMarks will create a personalized program for your child to complete over the summer months. An hour a week is all it takes to strengthen math skills and prepare for the year ahead.
For more information, you can print this flyer: TenMarks Summer Math
The roundup registration date for Prek and K in Loudon County will be Friday, May 16 at each elementary school. It begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. For PreK, the child must be four years of age by August 15, 2014. For Kindergarten, the child must be five years of age by August 15, 2014.
The student's legal guardian/ parent must complete the forms for registration at the school they wish to attend. Here is a list of what parents will need to bring to the registration.
For the PreK registration, parents will need to provide proof of income. Income verification documents include pay stubs, W-2 forms, Income Tax 2013, unemployment compensation, workman compensation documentation, pension stubs, retirement documentation, social security, veteran's benefits letter, child support, alimony documentation, SSI documentation, TANF documentation, foster care reimbursement, Public Assistance payment, TN Care verification.
The Voluntary PreK program is specifically funded for children in economically disadvantaged situations. However, we encourage everyone to apply even if they may not qualify as economically disadvantaged because occasionally there are student openings after the economically disadvantaged children are placed in the classes. We want to serve as many children in Loudon County as possible.
For PreK and K registration, parents will need to bring:
state certified birth certificate (a common problem is that parents have the hospital birth certificate but not the state issued one), proof of residence in Loudon County (utility bill, renter's agreement or property tax notice with a matching guardian' s driver's license), proof of Social Security number and if the child is already 4 for PreK or 5 for K they will need to bring their immunization record and medical examination/physical papers. The medical exam/ physical papers can be obtained at their pediatrician's office. If the child was born in the state of TN, the birth certificate can be obtained from the Health Dept. or from the state website.There is usually some difficulty obtaining doctor appointment and birth certificates at the last minute, so we encourage parents to plan ahead for these needs.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the PreK instructional supervisor, Melanie Amburn, at 458-5411 ext 1005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher Appreciation Week May 5th - 9th
No School May 6 - Election Day
Teachers have In-Service Training
If you need to resolve cafeteria debt for your child's school lunches, you may pay at the
school until June 13.
After June 13, parents should:
-pay on-line at www.mypaymentsplus.com
-mail to attention of Alison May at 100 River Rd., Loudon, TN 37774
-drop off at Central Office - 100 River Road, Loudon, Room #115
TCAP Achievement Tests
April 28 - May 2
SAT10 Testing for Grades K-2
Easter Break April 18-21
Loudon County BOE Budget Committee Meeting
April 17, 4:00 PM
Central Office Building, 100 River Road
I wanted to update you about a situation that developed this week. All school systems were emailed on Tuesday with a notification by the Tennessee Department of Education that there would be a delay of at least 10 or more days in the release of TCAP scores for students in grades 3-8. As you know, TCAP scores are required by law to count as a percentage of the students’ final grade, and in our system the scores count as 15% of the second semester average.
We were given two choices of which a decision had to be made quickly. We could postpone students’ end-of-year report cards or request a waiver allowing them to calculate students’ final grades without TCAP scores. I requested a waiver for our students, which means that the students’ grades in class will be the final grade for the semester. Report cards will be finalized, printed, and sent home with students on the final day of school without the TCAP scores being included.
After school resumes in the fall, we will adjust any student’s grade whose final grade would increase by the addition of the TCAP score being calculated into the grade and make that correction on the permanent record. We will not adjust any grade that would result in a student’s final grade decreasing. Hopefully, these decisions will allow you and your child to end this school year on a positive note without having anxiety or concern about undetermined grades.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal.
Rachel Moffett of Greenback was one of two winners in the Loudon County 2014 Distinguished Young Women Competition. She won in the categories of fitness and self-expression. She will receive a $3,500 scholarship and go on to compete at the state level.
The after school Launch Class at Philadelphia Elementary is participating in the Made by Milk Contest. Students use milk cartons to create a scene or item from a book. The students chose to build a Hobbit house and used 389 milk carton to create the project. The contest is now open for voting, and the class could win up to $5000 for PES. Students are asking everyone to go online and vote for their project.
To vote for PES, click this link.
Who can participate: All Tennessee public school students in grades kindergarten through twelve (the complexity of the essay will vary by age; K-3 students are welcome to record their thoughts on video).
What to write: Students should write an essay sharing how a teacher has impacted their life and why the student is thankful for them (please make sure you are celebrating a current Tennessee teacher). Submissions should be no longer than 500 words. Both typed and hand-written submissions will be accepted. Videos by K-3 students should be under 90 seconds.
Contest categories: One winner will be selected from each of the following grade bands: K-3, 4-8, and 9-12.
Student Prize: The students who author the winning essays will receive an award (the prize is dependent upon donations). The winning items will also be posted on the Tennessee Department of Education’s blog, Classroom Chronicles.
Teacher Prize: The teacher who is the subject of the winning student essay will be celebrated publicly.
How to submit: Entries may either be submitted online at https://tnedu.wufoo.com/forms/why-im-thankful-for-my-teacher/ using our submission form, or you may email the application form and essay to Educator.Communications@tn.gov.
Submissions may also be mailed to:
Ashley M. Ball, Tennessee Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Deadline: All submissions must be submitted online, emailed or, if mailed in, be present in the Tennessee Department of Education office by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 9.
If you have any questions about the contest, please email Educator.Communications@tn.gov
On Monday, May, 5, 2014 Mr. Bird and Mr. Power's 5th grade classes took a field trip to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The students toured the Space and Rocket Center, learned about the Apollo and Gemini missions, and learned about life on the space station. Students also participated in a Science lab where they created parachutes and were able to go outside and test their designs.
Congratulations to Jose Calderon, LHS student, who has received a Music Scholarship to the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
The following Loudon High School Ensemble members, under the direction of Mrs. Alisa Inman, participated on March 27th in the 2014 Roane State Academic Festival and earned first place in the small choir division.
Twenty five North Middle School seventh grade students presented their poetry at Lakewood Assisted Living in Loudon Thursday, March 27. Poetry ranged from original free verse, Haiku, Diamanté and favorite famous poems.
Keri Randolph, the director of learning at the STEM Innovation Hub in Chattanooga, came to Philadelphia School to train teachers and students in the use of STEM equipment and materials. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an innovative way to combine subjects in order for students to gain better knowledge of a topic that is being taught.
On this day, third graders learned more about motion and speed by investigating how adding weight to a truck’s load will affect the time it takes to roll down a ramp. Fourth graders learned about adaptations by studying “Batty about Science”. Fifth graders designed their own thermos, using their knowledge of conduction and heat transfer. Sixth graders investigated how to map the ocean floor using motion detectors. Seventh graders applied Newton’s 1st Law of motion by measuring velocity and distance with a “crash dummy”. Eighth graders learned more about falling objects by measuring the velocity of two falling objects.
Welcome Back to School Students - March 17.
Division I-6th-8th Grade
1st Place-Tianna Tarpley NMS
2nd Place-Ashton Rogers-NMS
3rd Place- Zoe Haun-NMS
Division II- 9th -12th Grade
1st Place- Bethany Poff-GBS
2nd Place-Cimber Sliger-LHS
3rd Place-Cimber Sliger-LHS
Division III-9th -12th Grade
1st Place- Sydney Talnagi-LHS
2nd Place- Sydney Talnagi-LHS
3rd Place- Raina Nief-LHS
Report Cards go home Thursday, March 20.
We now have an App for your smartphones and tablet devices to keep you in touch with everything going on in the schools and district. Just click the links below to download.
For iPhone Users: LCBOE app is now live in iTunes!
For Android Users: LCBOE Android app is now live in Google Play:
Students return to school Monday, March 17.
Get ready to grab your hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014 for the 17th annual Read Across America Day. The Seussical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation as we gather students, parents, and community members together to share their love of reading.
Many Loudon County Schools will have guest readers and a few surprises!
Skyward Webinar Announcement
New Family Access Webinars Available
Have you heard about the New Family Access module?
It has been out and available in Beta form for a few months now, and we are ready for everyone to take a look.
The old version of Family Access will be discontinued with the June Release, so this is a good opportunity to see what the new version is all about.
The webinars are offered on the following dates/times:
- Wednesday March 26th - 9:00 am - 10:00 am CT
- Tuesday, April 22nd - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CT
- Friday, May 9th - 9:00 am - 10:00 am CT
To sign up for one of these free webinars, please go to skyward.com
- Click Support Center and log in.
- Under Customer Support, select Training, and then Classroom/Webinar Training.
- For the filter, select: Training Type -Classroom Training Session, Product Type - Student Management Suite, Product - All. Check the box for On-line only.
- Click the Register link for the class you want to attend.
Please Note: WebEx Event audio will now be broadcast through the use of your computer speakers or headsets. Please ensure that your computer audio is functional in preparation for attending the webinar. You will be able to log into the WebEx event 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. All attendees should enter the WebEx event muted; use the chat feature to communicate with the presenter.
Registration will close one business day prior to the start of the webinar. Email invitations along with additional instructions about how to join the webinar will be emailed to registrants one day prior to the scheduled start date/time.
The Students Rise to the Challenge scholarship competition has picked 14 semifinalists to compete for three $250 scholarships. Now, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is asking for your help determining the finalists.
Loudon High School students submitted a video and are one of the finalists. Please take a minute to vote at the link below. Help LHS "Rise to the Challenge."
NMS and FLMS teachers experienced real life math and science in action today on our STEM teacher field trip to Tate & Lyle and Sweetwater Valley Farm. They are excited to bring back some awesome lessons to their classes.
Plan on watching the 2014 Sochi Olympics with your children this winter? Common Sense Media has put out a nice guide on life lessons and teachable moments. Click the link below for the guide.
Energy Quest Day Camp is the place for you! Join us June 2-6, 2014 for a week full of excitement and new friendships!
Camp applications will be available in the front office of your school or online at www.PLAYLoudon.com starting the week of March 17th.
We will offer Energy Quest at two sites:
1. Lenoir City Elementary School
2. Lion’s Club Pavilion on Hwy 72 in Loudon
This camp is FREE to any resident of Loudon County or student in the Loudon County or Lenoir City School Systems. A $50.00 refundable deposit is required to hold your child’s spot. Non-residents/students of Loudon County/Lenoir City will only be accepted to attend camp if there are openings after the application deadline. Visit www.PLAYLoudon.com for more information. Each camp is limited to the first 50 applicants - be sure to get your application in soon!!!
Energy Quest Camp Registration Form
Energy Quest Flyer
STEM Day Camp
Grades 6 - 8
June 2 - 6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lenoir City High School
First annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Day Camp offered by
Loudon County Education Foundation, Loudon County Health Improvement Council,
Loudon and Lenoir City Schools. This camp is FREE to any resident of Loudon County or
student in the Loudon County or Lenoir City School Systems. A $50 refundable deposit is
required to hold your child’s spot. Non-residents/students of LoudonCounty/Lenoir City
will only be accepted to attend camp if there are openings after the application deadline.
Camp cost for non-residents is $100. Visit www.PLAYLoudon.com for more information.
This camp is limited to 30 students, so get your application in as soon as possible.
Applications will be available starting on Tuesday, March 18th in the front offices of North
Middle School and Lenoir City Middle School. Electronic applications will be available at
Deadline for applications is Thursday, April 17th.
For more information, please check www.PLAYLoudon.com or Mary Harding at 988-7257.
STEM Camp Flyer
STEM Camp Registration
The State of TN has released the news that HPES scored in the TOP 10% in achievement for the 2012-1013 year! Last year, HPES was a Reward School scoring in the top 5% for 2011-2012.
We are so proud of our HPE teachers, students and staff for their excellence!
Jose Calderon auditioned for the ETSBOA All State East Senior Clinic for Band and made the top band for 11th and 12 graders. He went to the Park Vista hotel in Gatlinburg Feb 6-8 for intensive rehearsals ending with a performance for over 1000 people on Saturday Feb 8. He is an extremely accomplished clarinet player and he represented Redskin Country proudly!
Congratulations to the 2014 Loudon County
Teachers of the Year!
PK-4, Margaret Bright, Philadelphia Elem.
5-8, Jennifer Stewart, North Middle
9-12, Gina Fink, Loudon High
New Teacher of the Year
Jennifer Roberts, Eaton Elem.
Preston Sangster, Loudon Elem.
Rachel Johns, North Middle
This week SCORE released its report 2013-14 State of Education in Tennessee. This annual report provides an update on the efforts that have helped our students make this progress, as well as the opportunities for improvement in five key areas that are crucial to Tennessee’s work to improve student achievement in the year ahead. Now we want to hear from one of the most influential voices in these areas of improvement: students! And so, SCORE is proud to announce its third Students Rise to the Challenge Competition! We are inviting students in grades 3-12 to write a brief essay (500 words maximum) or create a video (3 minutes maximum) on one of the following topics:
- • How is technology being used in your classroom to help you learn?
- • What innovative things is your school doing to prepare you for college or your career?
- • What do higher standards mean to you?
The submission deadline is Monday, February 10, at 5 p.m. Central. The video entries should be uploaded to YouTube, and students should send SCORE the submission via email to email@example.com. Essays should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- • Students must be in grades 3-12 in Tennessee public schools.
- • Students must work individually—no group entries are permitted.
- • Essays should not be more than 500 words.
- • Videos should not be more than 3 minutes.
- • Videos should not be professionally produced.
Selection of Winner
SCORE will select 10 semifinalists whose videos or essays will be posted on SCORE’s Facebook page for voting on February 13, 2014.
- • Facebook voting will occur between February 13 and February 20, 2014.
- • The three semifinalists with the most votes will be named finalists.
- • SCORE will conduct interviews with the three semifinalists in order to select the winner.
- • The winner will be announced Friday, February 28, 2014.
- • One winner will be selected from each prompt.
- • The three winners will be featured on SCORE’s website and win a $250 college scholarship.
Loudon County students and teachers celebrated Digital Learning Day on Feb. 5 with a variety of interactive learning projects. Last year, Loudon County Schools was named the SCORE Rise to the Challenge winner for our Digital Learning Day efforts. Keep an eye on the web site and social media over the next several days to see many of the projects taking place.
Due to inclement weather, Loudon County Schools will be closed on Friday, January 31. Enjoy the day off and stay warm.
Due to dangerously low temperatures, Loudon County Schools will run on a one hour delay Friday, Jan. 24. Bundle up and stay warm.
No School for Students on January 20. Teachers report for in-service.
The beautiful new Greenback School is almost ready for move-in day. Students are expected to start attending classes in the new building January 21 followed by a community wide Open House after school. Click the link to see the story on WBIR.
Vans Custom Culture is a national high school shoe customization contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs. Registered schools will receive four pairs of blank Vans sneakers to be customized in four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor. (Only the first 2,000 schools to register will be eligible.) The Top Five finalists will be flown to New York City for an exclusive final event where the winner will be selected. The grand-prize–winning school will receive a $50,000 prize for their art program and the chance for their shoes to be produced and sold in Vans’ retail stores. The four runner-up schools will also receive money for their art programs.
Deadlines: February 14, 2014, for registration; February 28–April 7, 2014, for submission of images
Bill Thompson told staff and students at Loudon High School that he is stepping down after 39 seasons as the baseball coach.
Coach Thompson started coaching the baseball program in 1975. He finished his career with more than 700 wins and helped the program reach the 2005 state semifinals and the 1986 and 1996 state quarterfinals.
He was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.
Click this link to the WBIR News Story.
Some key questions to consider include the following:
- What is the problem that needs a legislative solution?
- What is your solution? Be as detailed as possible.
- Background information: the rationale, research, personal experience and evidence relating to your proposal.
- Are you aware of similar legislation previously introduced in Tennessee or in other states? If so, you may want to mention it and include outcome of the legislation.
- Please describe any costs or benefits that may be associated with your proposal. (Consider financial (expenses, savings or revenue), health, social, environmental or other impacts.)
- Who do you think would support the bill? Who do you think would oppose the bill? (Consider legislators, the governor and his administration, state and local government agencies, and interest groups.)
Students will compete for cash prizes and an opportunity to show their video to leaders of the state’s legal community.
Report Cards go home January 9.
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America are cosponsoring an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial and government careers. The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical sciences career. This contest is open to students in the following categories: Grades 6–8, Grades 9–12 and College Undergraduate. At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category. Winners will receive a prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM website. Additionally, a grand-prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
This year we’re asking students to create their doodles based on the theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place...” To enter the competition simply download the application form, print it, doodle your version of the Google logo based off this year's theme and submit online or by mail.
Closing date for entries is Thursday, March 20th.
Google 4 Doodle Competition
Teacher In-Service, January 6 - Cancelled due to inclement weather.
Students Return to school on Tuesday, January 7
Here is a collection of fun holiday web sites to keep students entertained on the two weeks of winter break. Enjoy!
- 12 Days Gift Hunt
- 12 Days of Christmas
- Christmas—history—fun video
- Holiday collection
- Holiday Elf Games
- Holiday hangman
- Holiday Hangman II
- Holiday music
- Holiday—Design Gingerbread House
- Holiday—find the word
- Holiday—match game
- Holiday—Math Facts
- Holiday—North Pole Academy
- Holidays around the world
- NORAD Santa
- Penguin Show
- Reindeer Orchestra
- Santa Tracker
Honor Air Knoxville flight coordinator, Jim Cundall, came to Philadelphia Elementary School Dec. 17 to accept a donation that honors veterans. The money was raised through a monthly "Caps for a Cause" where students donate $1 to wear a hat to school. Thank you, Honor Air, for all you do for the Veterans of East Tennessee!
Mrs. Tiffany Martin's advanced art class had a special art project that came to completion today. Over the last 4 weeks students have been designing and carving images into 4x8 ft. sheets of plywood. These giant wood block print plates where then prepped with polyurethan, the paper and material for the prints cut to size waiting for their date with the steamroller. Thanks to a generous donation of time and resources by the City of Loudon a steamroller was hauled to campus to make the prints. Three teams worked hard all morning in the freezing cold to make 10 prints of each wood plate. WBIR came for a visit and you can CLICK HERE for the story.
Anybody can learn.
Even if you aren't a student, you can take the Hour of Code yourself during Dec. 9-15. And you can help us recruit others to join the movement - at school, in your workplace, in the community.
If you are an educator, host the Hour of Code as an activity in your classroom.
If you're an organizer or employer, host an Hour of Code event as a team-building exercise, after-school activity in a club, or elsewhere in your community. Click the appropriate tab, and start planning your Hour of Code!
The Tennessee Department of Education released the School Report Cards on November 13. You can go to the site to see how Loudon County fared - Straight A's in Achievement and Value Added, as well as how other districts across the state compare. We are proud of the hard work of our students, teachers, and administrators as our district strives to move from "good to great."