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Parents, Teachers More Prepared For Retention Year Two

Year two of the third-grade retention law has been a much smoother process for many parents and educators because of clearer expectations and more communication. That according to Jackson County Director of Schools Jason Hardy who said when the law was rolled out last year, it lacked clarity. He said when parents receive their students’ TCAP scores later this month, ... Read More »

Putnam Fourth Graders Look To Show Reading Growth

Local schools moving into the next phase of the state’s new third-grade reading level laws: growth targets for fourth graders. Putnam County Data and Testing Supervisor Jason Stickler said some 160 Putnam County fourth graders have been receiving extra tutoring as a result of their reading scores on last year’s third-grade standardized testing. He said the growth shown on April ... Read More »

Millard Oakley Library Invites Kids To Special Day Saturday

Overton County’s Millard Oakley Library will host Take Your Kid to the Library Day Saturday morning. Library Assistant Director Terri Jordan said this is the Overton County facility’s first time participating in the national effort to get kids back to the library. She said the event would be a great chance to show parents what a great resource the library ... Read More »

White County Schools Holding Meeting To Prepare Parents For Kindergarten

White County Schools will hold their fall Kindergarten Ready Meeting Monday to give parents the tools to give kids a smooth transition into schools. Cyndi Vickers is District K-2 Reading and Math Instructional Coach. She said the meetings urge parents to speak positively to their children about the start of school. Vickers said encouraging learning and meeting new people can ... Read More »

Van Buren BOE Pushing For Higher ACT Scores In Strategic Plan

Van Buren County Schools want to bring the district’s average ACT score to at least 21 as a part of the system’s five year strategic plan. The Board of Education approved the the school’s core focuses Wednesday night. Director of Schools Cheryl Cole said the strategic plan needed an update to create reachable goals. “2017 was the first year I ... Read More »

Overton Teachers Bring New Practices To Classroom After Literacy Conference

Twelve Overton County school faculty members returned to the community with the latest reading practices after a statewide conference. K-6 Instruction Supervisor Melissa Savage said the 50th Annual Literacy Conference in Lebanon was an opportunity for educators to network and develop professionally. “This year in our school system, we were focusing on the science of reading, and this conference this ... Read More »

Celina K-8 Celebrate Improved Math Skills and Strong Reading Skills

Celina K-8 is no longer a target school because of its success in math during the last testing cycle. Tennessee targets schools for improvement when there is poor performance in a subject. Principal David Maxfield said the school took its math score from a one to a three. “That was huge, that was a huge celebration here,” Maxfield said. “Then ... Read More »

Pickett K-8 Summer Learning Camp Combined Education And Fun

Pickett County K-8 summer learning camp ends Thursday after four weeks of education and fun. Principal Julia Barber said school staff used a combination of field trips and online and classroom learning to close the learning loss gap. “We took our reading post test yesterday, and I am very pleased when I looked over them last night when I got ... Read More »

Putnam Words On Wheels Bus Giving Out Free Books Across The County

The Putnam County Words On Wheels or WOW Bus has its next stop scheduled for Prescott Elementary and Middle School on Thursday. Academic Social Interventionist Cindy Putman said anyone in the area can stop by and pickup free books for kids, even if they have not started school yet. Putman said many kids cannot believe they are getting to pick ... Read More »

Summer Reading Programs Help Children’s Literacy

Libraries across the state are launching their summer reading program to help maintain children’s literary competency, and Clay County has an extra challenge to add to the fun. Library Director Judith Cutright said the “Read With Me 100 Days” challenge is aiming to keep kids reading consistently throughout the summer to make sure they aren’t behind when school starts up ... Read More »