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Jackson Gets Grant To Help Students With Disabilities

The Jackson County School District received a $30,000 grant designed to help students with disabilities enter the pre-K program. Director of Schools Jason Hardy said the grant will provide instructional supplies. Hardy said the grant will also allow teachers in the district to receive professional development training so they are better equipped to work with the students in these classes. ... Read More »

As Testing Begins, Parents Can Help Students Be Ready

As school districts prepare for the start of state testing Monday, parents can help prepare students by encouraging good sleep and positivity. Putnam County Schools Data and Testing Supervisor Jason Stickler said the most important thing a parent can do is encourage their child to get a good night’s rest the night before a test. He said parents can also ... Read More »

OEA President Agrees With Survey Findings, Says Disconnect Still There

The President of the Overton County Education Association said she agrees with most of the findings in a recent state Teacher’s Survey, but there is still a disconnect between the state and teachers. President Jennifer Eilender said the findings were not surprising. Most of the survey questions regarded how adequately trained teachers felt in new reading and CTE programs. Nine ... Read More »

State Recognizes White County’s Beverly Dronebarger For Work With Families

The Tennessee Department of Education recognized White County Schools Family Resource Center Director Beverly Dronebarger for her service. Dronebarger has spent 27 years serving students and parents through the center. Dronebarger said the center helps students and families who have challenges at home. Those can prevent the student from being successful. “I have a passion for helping students and families ... Read More »

4 UC School Districts Recognized For Academic Spending Of COVID Funds

Tennessee Department of Education recognizing Putnam, DeKalb, Fentress and Jackson Counties Friday for prioritizing academic gains with COVID 3.0 money. The Best for All district means a school system spent 50 percent or more of its federal COVID funds to raise academic achievement. Putnam County Schools Communications Supervisor Hannah Davis said the district focused on intervention with its money. “It ... Read More »

Putnam School System Will Not Apply for Rapid Testing Program

Putnam County Schools will not apply to be a part of a state pilot program providing rapid COVID tests to schools. Director of Schools Corby King said there are community partners like the Putnam County Health Department and clinics filling the void on testing. King said the nursing staff already has more responsibility than usual. “We don’t have the staff ... Read More »

Putnam Officials Expect Learning Loss To Be Less Than State

Preliminary data from the State Department of Education projects COVID-19 has produced a 50 percent proficiency decrease in 3rd grade reading and 65 percent in math among students statewide. The data ties the losses to prolonged school closures and time away from the classroom. Putnam County Curriculum Supervisor Jill Ramsey said the large gaps in learning makes sense. But Ramsey ... Read More »

Tennessee Commissioner Visits Burks

Tennessee Education Commissioner Dr. Penny Schwinn took a tour of Burks Elementary Wednesday. Schwinn checked in on 6th grade kids all the way down to 1st graders, to see how things are operating. Schwinn spoke with students, teachers and staff as she moved from class to class. Schwinn said she was impressed with the work Burks Elementary Principal Kevin Maynard ... Read More »

Rickman Teachers Selected By State For ELA Videos

Three Rickman Elementary School teachers were selected by the Tennessee Department of Education to create ELA video lessons. The videos will be used by the state as a tool for teaching for situations like the coronavirus shut down. Overton County Director of Schools Mark Winningham said the district picked the teachers due to their experience and quality. “We are extremely ... Read More »