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 Loudon County Schools will graduate college and career ready students through rigorous and relevant learning opportunities.
Announcement Archive

 
Loudon County District Announcements
Good Luck Highland Park Elementary
September 2, 2014




Best wishes to Highland Park Elementary as they find out Monday, Oct. 27 who will win the SCORE Prize.  The selected elementary school receives a cash award of $10,000!

For complete information, see article on SCORE web site.  
 
Special Olympics Bowling
October 24, 2014
 

 

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. 
Pink Out at LHS for Breast Cancer Awareness
October 24, 2014

Hour of Code Dec. 8-14
October 24, 2014

 

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/​.  
Science Fair Oct. 7
August 26, 2014
The Middle School Science Fair is at Greenback School on Tuesday, October 7.  Judging begins at 5:30 with awards to follow.


Middle School Winner Guidelines for County Fair
 

 
School Board Meeting
October 6, 2014


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

Report Cards
September 26, 2014
Report Cards - October 9
 
TN Promise Deadline Approaching for Seniors
October 20, 2014


 

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).
Score Challenge
August 28, 2014

 



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.
Battle of Bridge
August 11, 2014
 


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!
 
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Labor Day - No School
August 19, 2014
 


No School for Students or Teachers
on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014!






 

 
GBS Football Helmets Featured on Today Show
September 18, 2014
CTE Students Shine at TVA&I Fair
September 15, 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


 
LHS Band Legacy Bricks
August 27, 2014
 


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.
Apply for TN Promise
August 19, 2014

Apply for Tennessee Promise Today

 

Promise-logo1-300x231High school seniors, you have until Nov. 1 to apply for Tennessee Promise. Don't wait! Start your application online today. Here is a breakdown of some simple steps that will help you get started.

Step 1

Step 2

  • Read through more detailed information on the Resources for Parents page. The bottom of the page includes a list of helpful links to eligible schools and required paperwork.

Step 3

  • To start your application, create an account on the online student portal.

If you have questions about the program or application process, you can contact the Tennessee Promise team.
 


FLMS and GBS 2014 Reward Schools
August 22, 2014
 


 


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.

 
First Day of K and Pre-K
August 18, 2014




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Back to School 2014
August 7, 2014


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Happy 4th of July
June 19, 2014




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. 


2014-2015 Assessment Schedule
July 14, 2014



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.  




 
 
 
 

3 Super Simple Summer Science Activities
June 17, 2014
Summer Learning for Students
May 27, 2014




Reading Lists:

Scholastic Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long: Book List By Age

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading List for Kids

Teacher Vision Summer Reading List

Summer Reading Logs:

http://www.reading-rewards.com
https://www.biblionasium.com
https://readingglue.com

Other helpful resources:

Ink Think Tank (Great free non-fiction!)

Collaborative Summer Library Program (Libraries nationwide)

What Can Families Do to Keep Children Reading Over the Summer?

Summer Reading Tips From Librarians

 How to Make Summer Reading Effective

More Than a Hunch: Kids Lose Learning Skills Over the Summer Months 

F
orm Edutopia Web Site:

 


Free EBooks During July
June 12, 2014

We hope that you and your students will be able to take advantage of our Summer PopUp Library” promotion. We have 500 high quality eBooks in our collection, and they can be used by all children, free of charge, for the month of July. 
Free Summer Math Program
April 16, 2014

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:

http://summer.tenmarks.com

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


PreK and K Registration - May 16
January 13, 2014




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 amburnm@loudoncounty.org.


Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2, 2014




 Teacher Appreciation Week May 5th - 9th

No School May 6 - Election Day
April 24, 2014


No School May 6 - Election Day
Teachers have In-Service Training


Outstanding Cafeteria Balances
May 22, 2014



Parents,

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 Testing Grades 3-8
March 31, 2014



TCAP Achievement Tests
Grades 3-8
April 28 - May 2

K-2nd Grade SAT 10 Testing
April 24, 2014


SAT10 Testing for Grades K-2
May 5-9


Happy Earth Day 2014
April 22, 2014


Earth Day 2014 - Education is at the heart of Earth Day. Learn more about how your school can get involved. And be sure to register your class’s Earth Day events! Click here for more resources.

Easter Break
March 31, 2014



Easter Break April 18-21




LCBOE Budget Committee Meeting
April 14, 2014


Loudon County BOE Budget Committee Meeting
April 17, 4:00 PM
Central Office Building, 100 River Road


Letter from Director Vance About Report Cards
May 22, 2014


Dear Parents:

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.

Sincerely,

 

Jason Vance



Moffett Moves on in Distinguished Young Women Competition
May 16, 2014

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.  



Vote for PES Entry in Made by Milk Contest
April 22, 2014


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.  

 Website- madebymilkcontest.com

To vote for PES, click this link.

http://madebymilkcontest.com/see-entries/entries-details/?id=523&cid=


Spring 2014
April 21, 2014




Why I'm Thankful for My Teacher Essay Contest
April 7, 2014


Tennessee Department of Education
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.



GBS Trip to Huntsville Space and Rocket Center
May 8, 2014



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.

LHS Student Receives UTK Music Scholarship
April 8, 2014


Congratulations to Jose Calderon, LHS student, who has received a Music Scholarship to the University of Tennessee Knoxville.


LHS Ensemble Members Take First Place
April 3, 2014



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.


North Middle Poetry Slam
March 31, 2014





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. 


STEM at Philadelphia Elementary
March 26, 2014


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.


Fine Arts Festival 2014
March 24, 2014










Happy Saint Patrick's Day
March 17, 2014




Welcome Back to School Students - March 17. 



Loudon Women's Club Art Contest Winners
March 26, 2014


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 - March 20
March 17, 2014



Report Cards go home Thursday, March 20.

Fine Arts Festival
February 25, 2014
Mobile Apps Now Available
March 17, 2014



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!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loudon-co./id829782330?ls=1&mt=8

   

For Android Users:  LCBOE Android app is now live in Google Play:

 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboardmobile.mosaic.loudoncountyorg


Spring Break
February 21, 2014


March 10-14

Students return to school Monday, March 17.



Read Across America - March 3
February 26, 2014



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 Family Access Webinars Address Changes
March 17, 2014

Return to the Skyward home page

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

  1. Click Support Center and log in.
  2. Under Customer Support, select Training, and then Classroom/Webinar Training.
  3. For the filter, select: Training Type -Classroom Training Session, Product Type - Student Management Suite, Product - All. Check the box for On-line only.
  4. 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.


Fun February at Eaton Elementary
February 21, 2014









Vote for Loudon High School in SCORE Challenge
February 14, 2014

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." 

STEM Teacher Field Trip at NMS and FLMS
February 21, 2014
Photo: NMS and FLMS teachers learning real life STEM application at Tate and Lyle.

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.


Golden Lessons from the Olympics
January 13, 2014


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.

Summer Day Camps Announced
March 17, 2014

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
Middle School
Grades 6 - 8
June 2 - 6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lenoir City High School
STEM Academy

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
www.PLAYLoudon.com.
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




HPES Top 10% in Achievement in 2012-2013
February 14, 2014


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!



LHS Student Makes Top Band
February 11, 2014


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!


Teachers of the Year
February 11, 2014



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


SCORE Rise to the Challenge Competition
January 31, 2014

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 submissions@tnscore.org. Essays should be submitted via email to submissions@tnscore.org.

Submission Requirements

  • • 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.

 

Record Purging
February 7, 2014
The Loudon County Board of Education is in the process of purging Special Education records. If you turned 25 years of age between January 1, 1988 and December 31, 1988 and would like to have your Special Education records before they are purged, please call Sissy Foster, Special Education Supervisor at 458-5411 Ext. 1008. After March 7, 2014 the records will no longer be available.
Digital Learning Day - Feb. 5
February 4, 2014
Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in America’s schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential. Digital Learning Day materials and resources support educators at all levels as they navigate the shift to more robust digital learning environments to achieve higher standards for students.

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. 

No School Fri.. January 31
January 28, 2014



Due to inclement weather, Loudon County Schools will be closed on Friday, January 31.  Enjoy the day off and stay warm. 



1 Hour Delay - Jan. 24
January 23, 2014



Due to dangerously low temperatures, Loudon County Schools will run on a one hour delay Friday, Jan. 24.  Bundle up and stay warm.



2014 Loudon County Social Studies Fair
January 7, 2014







Martin Luther King Day - No School
January 7, 2014


No School for Students on January 20.  Teachers report for in-service.


Greenback School Slated to Open January 21
January 9, 2014


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.



A New Day at Greenback - New School Opens
January 22, 2014






Champion the Arts in Education
January 14, 2014



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

Click Here for More Information


Thompson Steps Down from LHS Baseball
January 13, 2014


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.


TN Bar Association Video Contest
January 15, 2014


How often have you said or heard it said, "There ought to be a law..." If you could put a law into place or take an existing law off the books, what would it be? Don't just complain about the state of things, learn about the process of implementing a law and propose a change. Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the Tennessee Bar Association's Fourth Annual YouTube Video Contest and create a three-minute video that explores this issue.

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.

2014 TBA Video Contest Rules

2014 TBA Video Contest Entry Form

2014 TBA Video Contest Flyer


Report Cards
January 7, 2014



Report Cards go home January 9. 


Essay Contest - Women in Math
January 14, 2014



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

Click Here for More Information


Doodle 4 Google
February 10, 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

Social Media
February 7, 2014

Winter Break
November 22, 2013







December 23 - January 6

Teacher In-Service, January 6 - Cancelled due to inclement weather.

Students Return to school on Tuesday, January 7


Video of Holiday Events for Loudon County Schools
December 23, 2013




PES Donates to Honor Air Knoxville
December 17, 2013




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!



Steamroller Printmaking at Loudon High School
December 13, 2013

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.



Computer Science Education Week is December 9-13
December 2, 2013

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!

Try the tutorials

Sign up your School or Class

Objectives of "Hour of Code"





Straight A Report Card for Loudon County
November 13, 2013




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." 



Greenback Students Featured on WBIR
November 26, 2013

(WBIR, Greenback) - Some second grade students in Greenback had the opportunity to learn about other cultures Monday morning from some international students studying English as a Second Language at Maryville College.

Click here for all the details.

White House Student Film Festival
November 25, 2013

Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?  For the first ever Whitle House Student Film festival, organizers are looking for videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.

Your film should address at least one of the following themes:
  1. How you currently use technology in your classroom or school.
  2. The role technology will play in education in the future.
Submissions for the White House film festival will be accepted from November 25 through January 29, 2014. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo to be submitted.


Loudon High FFA Members Winners
November 25, 2013



Ten Loudon FFA members competed in the Knox District Career Development Events on November 19. The Knox District consists of FFA Chapters in Knox, Loudon, and Blount counties. The chapter placed first in Creed Speaking, Prepared Public Speaking,  and FFA Ceremonies. Chapter members placed second in Exteamporaneous Public Speaking and Job Interview.  All teams and individual competitors advanced to the regional career development events held in December and February at Walters State. 


Loudon County Spelling Bee
November 7, 2013


Loudon County Spelling Bee
November 19 at 6:00
Eaton Elementary

Loudon County Spelling Bee
November 20, 2013




Congratulations to all the participants of the 2013 Loudon County Spelling Bee!  School Winners who participated were:  Madison Vines, Eaton; Krissy Reagan, Ft. Loudoun Middle; Jordan Hornick, Highland Park; Takoda Gibson, Loudon Elementary; Rachel Scheffer, North Middle; Benjaman Pomerance, Philadelphia; and Cheyanne Johnson, Steekee.  Not present but still a school winner is Darby Honea from Greenback.  All these students will go on to compete at the Scripps Howard Regional Competition in March.  Rachel Scheffer, NMS, took home top honors for Loudon County by winning the Spelling Bee. 


Greenback Takes Top Honors at Grove Park Inn
November 20, 2013




Greenback students were successful at the Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, NC Monday night.  Placing in the Top Ten in the Teen Division were Kassy Buller and Megan Floyd for their Christmas by the Sea and Emily Spafford for her Nuts About Christmas.  Placing 1st in the Youth Division was Amanda Spafford for Christmas Naturally and placing 1st in the Children's Division was Briley Ervin for Owl Be Home for Christmas.  Congratulations to all for your hard work and commitment.


Mathtasktic Friday for EES Kindergarten Class
November 18, 2013


Mrs. Beth Moore's Kindergarten class at Eaton Elementary just finished the topic shapes in Math.  The final task:  Students will build something using large and small marshmallows, toothpicks, and coffee stir sticks.  The students were ready to begin the task when Mrs. Moore added another part to the assignment, a mask!  The students became Super Hero Builders.  Everyone knows Super Hero Builders always try their best and NEVER give up!  Students had to plan their project and build it wearing their masks.  No discussions were allowed once the students became Super Hero Builders.  These 5 and 6 year olds used problem solving to successfully construct their design while enjoying learning!



Free Car Seat Inspection - Nov. 13
November 11, 2013


On Wednesday November 13, 2013 from 1pm-3pm there will be a Child Car Seat Inspection event

City of Loudon Fire Department

100 Cedar St.

Loudon, TN. 37774

(865)408-0409- Office

This event is free of charge to parents and/or care givers and they will have the opportunity to have their child seat inspected by nationally certified child passenger safety seat technicians. Instruction will be offered to any parent/care giver who needs assistance in how to properly and safely position a child safety seat. This event will be conducted indoors (in the drive thru fire apparatus bays) at our department. This event is strictly for educational purposes only.


CTE and English II Collaboration at LHS
November 15, 2013


Ms. Degnan's Computer Applications and Dr. Watson's CP English II classes collaborated to share technology skills and a Common Core learning strategy. Dr. Watson's class came into Ms. Degnan's lab to learn how to use Microsoft Word to format MLA style research papers. Students were grouped and each was assigned a role. The English II students typed a short research paper while the Computer Applications students guided them through the formatting process. Students learned how to format headers with page numbers; type the report identification, title, and paragraphs; add sources and insert in-text citations; and insert and format a Works Cited page. The next class period, Ms. Degnan's students visited Dr. Watson's class and learned the close reading strategy. The Computer Applications students were given one of the weekly articles the English class uses to practice close reading and writing. Each of Dr. Watson's students explained to his/her assigned student how to do a close read. They then monitored as the visiting students practiced marking unfamiliar words, writing questions about the text, and identifying new information. Next, the Computer Applications students were instructed by the English students how to answer the questions that accompanied the article. The benefits of the collaboration for each class could be seen in the confidence with which each student was able to teach the visiting students, as well as the great work that was produced by each class.



Johnson & LCBOE Honored at TSBA Conference
November 12, 2013




Bobby Johnson, Jr. was recognized as an All TN School Board Member and the Loudon County Board of Education was recognized as a Board of Distinction at this year's annual Tennessee School Board Association Conference in Nashville.  Johnson and the Board had to complete several hours of training and submit documentation of best practices to be granted these honors. 



Veterans Day 2013
November 12, 2013




TN Fastest Improving State in NAEP Results
November 7, 2013


Letter from Governor Haslam to TN Educators:

Dear Tennessee Teachers,

Earlier this morning, I was joined by former Governor Phil Bredesen, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, and Cicely Woodard, an 8th grade math teacher to announce that Tennessee’s 2013 NAEP results make us the fastest growing state in the country in educational outcomes.

As you may know, NAEP (the National Assessment of Educational Progress) is the only assessment given consistently to all states. NAEP is given to a sample of fourth and eighth graders in each state, is considered the best-administered assessment in the country, and is often called “the nation’s report card.”

Not only did Tennessee’s growth surpass all other states this year, it is the largest recorded growth by any state in a single testing cycle since NAEP began testing all states a decade ago.

This is an extraordinary achievement, driven by hard work from you, your students, and the focus of your school and district leaders. Thank you for the part you have played in achieving these historic gains.

Tennessee students made significant growth on all four of the tests (fourth and eighth grade reading and math). Attached is more detailed data but here are a few key points worth highlighting:

  • Tennessee’s scores grew an average of 5.5 scale score points on each of the tests – roughly the equivalent of improving half a grade level compared to just two years ago.
  • Tennessee moved from scoring in the bottom 10 in the country on all four tests in 2011, to scoring within one point of the national average on 3 of the 4 tests in 2013. Essentially, we are now in the 30s instead of the 40s on state rankings, and within sight of the national average.
  • Tennessee showed extremely strong progress for African American students. We also accomplished this growth while significantly increasing the participation rates for students with disabilities.

While we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we know there is still work to do, but what a strong position to build on. Tennessee is improving faster than any state in the country.

I am grateful to you for your commitment and hard work on behalf of Tennessee students. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Bill Haslam


Day of STEM Learning for Teachers
November 4, 2013

Eaton and Highland Park teachers joined together on November 1 for a day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) training from STEM Innovation Hub.






TN School Readiness Model and Kid Central Web Site
November 5, 2013



This summer the TN School Readiness Model was approved by the Governor's Children's Cabinet and was introduced to an audience of 1,000 early childhood educators at the Early Childhood Summit. The TN School Readiness Model is intended to raise awareness about the role of families, communities, and schools collectively to create a nurturing environment to support children's health, development, and education starting from birth.

At this summit a new website www.KidCentralTN.org was introduced as well. The website was designed to connect families with information about children's education, development, and health accessed by their zip code.

Kid Central Information Flyer

School Readiness Model

For additional questions contact Connie.Casha@tn.gov.


Halloween 2013
November 1, 2013





LHS Band Featured on WBIR
October 29, 2013