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October 25th, 2021

Voluntary Student Survey Regarding ESSER 3.0 Funding

This week, CMCSS students in grades 6 – 12 will have the opportunity to voluntarily participate in a short one-question survey regarding ESSER 3.0 funding. The question will be a multi-select ranking question. Data collected will provide the district with another avenue of stakeholder feedback.

The question was specifically designed for students and appeared as follows: 

CMCSS expects to receive a lot of money that we can spend on our schools and students. Please rank the items below from 1 to 7 that you would like to see CMCSS spend more money on with these new funds. 1 = I want CMCSS to spend the most money on this, 7 = I want CMCSS to spend the least amount of money on this

  1. Academics and Instruction
  2. Arts (Music/Band, Art Classes)
  3. Improvements to School Buildings
  4. Student Social and Emotional Learning Support
  5. More Technology or Technology Improvements
  6. Tutoring Opportunities 
  7. More Substitute Teachers and Bus Drivers

 

Stakeholders who have questions regarding ESSER 3.0 can contact [email protected]


August 18th, 2021

CMCSS Seeks Tutors to Assist with AVID Program

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System is looking for community partners to provide academic tutoring support to middle and high school students. Students in the AVID elective course benefit from mentorship as they seek to develop the skills necessary for the successful completion of their coursework. 

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) system helps schools reduce the opportunity gap so they can prepare all students for college, career, and life.  CMCSS is in its third year of partnership with AVID at five district schools — New Providence MS, Kenwood MS, West Creek MS, Northwest HS, and West Creek HS. Over 600 students are currently being served in AVID at these schools.  

A successful tutor will assist with tasks such as reviewing student work including calendars, agendas, assignment sheets, and notes. A tutor’s most important role is serving as a facilitator for collaborative studying with a small group of students. Training is provided for all tutors on facilitating the groups and supporting students to use the AVID study strategies. Tutors often serve as role models to encourage the students to stay motivated and develop strong study habits and life skills. 

AVID tutors must be currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, a college or university. Tutors must be willing to serve students in one or more of the following schools: Kenwood, New Providence, and West Creek Middle schools as well as Northwest and West Creek High schools. 

Tutoring is a paid position that varies based on your education. Tutors should be available a minimum of two days per week, one hour per day between the hours of 7:30 am – 2:30 pm. 

“AVID tutors provide our students with another example of positive adult influence,” said Dr. Schanda Doughty, Director of Curriculum and Instruction 9-12. “The program provides students the tools they need to be successful members of the community, but the tutors provide that real-life example and the encouragement to succeed.”

Those interested in learning more about the program can fill out the interest form here. An AVID organizer will be in contact to discuss expectations and the next steps.

To view the AVID tutoring description, click the image below:

avid poster


July 20th, 2021

Administrative Appointments Announced in July

The following administrative appointments were announced in July.

July 20, 2021

Kenwood Middle School

Jeremiah Davis has been selected as Principal of Kenwood Middle School, replacing Dr. Marlon Heaston who is pursuing an opportunity to lead change at Moses McKissack Middle School in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).

Davis is currently the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator for MNPS. Previously, he has served as an Academy Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, CTE Lead Teacher, and Criminal Justice teacher with MNPS. Before beginning a career in public education in 2012, he served for almost a decade in law enforcement and public safety, specializing in IT, security analysis, community policing, and communications. Among his many awards and distinctions as an educator, Davis earned the Partner Choice Academy Champion of the Year and Outstanding Academy Performer in 2020, Academy Innovator of the Year in 2019, Blue Ribbon Teacher Award in 2016, TN New Teacher of the Year in 2015.

He earned his M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., B.S. in Public Management; Criminal Justice from Austin Peay State University, and A.A.S. in Police Science Technology from Nashville State Technical Institute. Additionally, he is a 2004 graduate of the TN Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Montgomery Central Middle Assistant Principal

Dr. Andrew Knowles has been selected as an Assistant Principal at Montgomery Central Middle School.

Since 2009, he has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Northeast High School. Previously, he served for one year as an Assistant Band Director and two years as a substitute teacher. Dr. Knowles has served in several school- and district-level leadership roles, including CMCSS Lead Instrumental Music Teacher, Northeast High School Fine Arts Department Chair, and Accreditation Committee Chairperson. In addition to the many honors his ensembles have received over the years, he was named a Teacher of the Year in 2020, Green Apple Award recipient in 2011, 2013, and 2014, and was Northeast’s Soaring Eagle Award winner in 2005.

He received his Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., M.A.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., and a B.S. in Music Education from Austin Peay State University. He is a 2018 graduate of the CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy.

Glenellen Elementary School Assistant Principal

Tonilynn Mosley has been selected as an Assistant Principal at Glenellen Elementary School.

Mosley has been an Academic Coach at Glenellen since 2017 and previously served for seven years as a STEM teacher at the school. She has served in several school, district, and state-level leadership roles, including the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network Cohort, Tennessee Department of Education K-2 Science Standards Facilitator, CMCSS STEM Externship Mentor, and CMCSS STEM Lead Teacher. Mosley was named a Teacher of the Year in 2016 and 2018 and a CMCSS Difference Maker in 2016.

She earned her M.S. in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University and her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 from Austin Peay State University. She is currently in the CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy.

July 8, 2021

West Creek Middle School Principal

 

Stephanie Whelpley has been selected as principal of West Creek Middle School, replacing Dr. Damaris Luna who has been named the principal of West Creek High School.

Whelpley has been an assistant principal at Montgomery Central Middle School since 2019. Previously, she has served as an Academic Coach and Gifted/Inclusion teacher at Montgomery Central Middle and English Instructor at Northeast High School. She has additional teaching experience in ESL, English, and Exceptional Education in the Nashville area and South Korea. During her career in education, Whelpley has served in several school leadership roles, including Department Chair, Site-Based Induction Specialist, and Testing Coordinator.

She earned both her M.A. in Special Education and B.A. in English from Austin Peay State University and her administration & supervision endorsement from Cumberland University.

Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Jennifer Menees has been selected to serve as the district’s Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The purpose of this ESSER-funded position is to assist with the design, development, and implementation of a strong system of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development across all schools in the district.

Menees has been an assistant principal at Glenellen Elementary School since 2017. Before entering school leadership, she taught at Sango Elementary and Rossview Elementary schools. She joined CMCSS in 2005 as a teacher after almost a decade of experience in restaurant management. Additionally, she has served on several district- and state-level curriculum and assessment committees. Menees earned the school-based Teacher of the Year award in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016, and the Distinguished Classroom Teacher of the Year award in 2010 and 2012.

She earned her M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership, M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Austin Peay State University. Menees completed McREL Balanced Leadership Training for Administrators, CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy, and the CMCSS Leadership Development Class Series. She is a Google Certified Teacher Level 2, Nearpod Certified Educator, and holds the Microsoft Inclusive Classroom Specialization and Innovative Educator certifications.