Archived News 2020-21

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Weakley Playhouse Closes Successful Summer Run
07/26/2021
Weakley Playhouse, the drama opportunity open to all Weakley County middle and high school students, concluded a three-day run of Anne of Green Gables.
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Dresden FFA Members Claim Top Spot at FFA Agriscience Fair
07/20/2021
Cora Ogg and Spencer Davis of the Dresden Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter were named the state winners in the Environmental and Natural Resource System competition at the 93rd Tennessee FFA State Convention in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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Weakley County Ag Teachers Recognized at TAAE Conference
07/20/2021
The Tennessee Association of Agricultural Education (TAAE) recognized two Weakley County educators at their recent conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Inaugural Class Announced
07/12/2021
The inaugural class of the newly formed Weakley County Sports Hall of Fame includes one team and ten individuals. All will be recognized at the October 23rd banquet.
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Community Input Needed for Use of Emergency Relief Funding
07/12/2021
Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds totaling nearly $9 million are the latest allocation of monies set aside by Congress to address the impact of the pandemic on education in Weakley County. To fashion the most comprehensive plan for use of the funds, Weakley County Schools has added an ESSER 3.0 Director and is seeking community input.
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Martin Elementary Offers Real World Learning to Summer Scholars
06/26/2021
Martin Elementary Summer Scholars enjoyed a camp-like atmosphere as they discovered the benefits of Earn While You Learn.
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MPS Summer Scholars Close Out Summer Program with Community Service
06/25/2021
Martin Summer Scholars who are rising first, second and third graders studied goods and services for the last four weeks. On the day before the program concluded, they learned that service can also be a way of doing good.
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Hands on Learning Motivates Gleason Summer Scholars
06/23/2021
As Gleason Summer Scholars' four weeks of six hours of daily reading, math, RTI² services, and physical activity came to a close, students who are about to enter first through seventh grades had experienced hands-on introductions to where food comes from, how money is made and saved, and career options.
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Special Called Board Meeting Sees Approval of Countywide School Raises
06/22/2021
An increase in local sales tax revenue translates into raises for all certified and non-certified Weakley County Schools employees in a nearly $42 million budget approved by the School Board Monday night.
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Little General Connection Prompts Donation to Greenfield FFA
06/21/2021
Greenfield FFA Advisor Matt Humphrey received a check for $500 from Greenfield Little General Store Manager Krystal Baker. Little General is a brand convenience store of Cox Oil Company, Inc.
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Weakley County Schools Prove the Show Must Go On
06/14/2021
As one theater season closes, Weakley County can now look forward to a summer production by the countywide 7th-12th grade theater company.
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Sharon Teacher Selected as TN Teacher of the Year Finalist
06/03/2021
Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced the nine statewide finalists for the 2021-22 Tennessee Teacher of the Year award. Danielle VanCleave Johnson, 2nd grade teacher at Sharon School, was named as one of three West Tennessee finalists.
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Donation Brings Calling Full Circle
06/03/2021
Four-year-old Emma Grace Chambers grew up with the nine cows that, due to the generosity of her parents, now have a new home at the Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm.
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Parents Encouraged to Help Students Continue Reading Growth
06/02/2021
This time last year, school systems were consumed with the unknown. But it wasn't just a pandemic that elicited anxiety. Elementary teachers were also aware that an additional challenge lay ahead. Across the state, districts were adopting new curriculum for reading and writing – and not just new, as in new topics, but new as in a novel approach.
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Dresden Graduation Highlights
05/19/2021
Dresden's Class of 2021 graduated on May 14. Click here to find out more about scholarships received, the top ten and to read the valedictorian and salutatorian speeches.
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Gleason Graduation Highlights
05/19/2021
On May 14, the Gleason Class of 2021 graduated. Read more about their scholarships and the Top Ten as well as read the speeches from the valedictorian and salutatorian. (Photo by Joel Washburn)
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Greenfield Graduation Highlights
05/19/2021
Greenfield held their academic night a few days prior to the graduation of the Class of 2021 on May 14. Here you will find details on scholarships, top ten, and the speech shared by the twin valedictorian and salutatorian.
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Westview Graduation Highlights
05/19/2021
Westview's Class of 2021 graduated at the University of Tennessee at Martin and here we share information on scholarships, top ten and the valedictorian and salutatorian speeches.
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Closing out 2020-21 with Look Back
05/18/2021
Weakley County Schools is one of the few districts in the state ending a full year of five-day-a-week in-person learning. We celebrate perfect attendance and other achievements here.
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Teacher Appreciation Week Prompts Reflections
05/18/2021
Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 took on new meaning as administrators, colleagues, students, students’ families, businesses, and organizations sought ways to express gratitude for a year like no other.
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Martin 2nd Graders End an Earth-Friendly Year
05/16/2021
Systems thinkers underscore that “every change changes everything.” Students in Weakley County Schools certainly saw that premise in action as they met the challenge of one COVID precaution only to be faced with what to do about another resulting action.
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Summer School Starts Soon
05/16/2021
Weakley County Schools has now set both a summer learning camp for grades 1-5 and a bridge camp for students entering grades 6-8 for four weeks, May 28 – June 25, with Memorial Day off.
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Weakley Schools Speech/Language Pathologists See Increase in Communication Difficulties
05/16/2021
As the national Better Speech and Hearing Month comes to a close, Weakley County Schools’ speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are set to launch an awareness campaign to help families know speech and language disorders are among the most common disorders in school-aged children and are treatable.
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Bios and Bottles Turn Greenfield Lockers into Museum
05/16/2021
Before Greenfield School’s academic year ended, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Sammy Sosa, Peyton Manning and Stephen Curry were all seen “hanging out” at the middle school lockers.
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Jamie Rickman Selected for State Beta Role
05/11/2021
Dresden Middle School Counselor Jamie Rickman has been named the State Sponsor Elect for Tennessee Junior Beta Club.
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County Theater Students Play On
05/11/2021
The growth and confidence of the Weakley Playhouse countywide drama program was evident throughout the spring show which included smoothly delivered laugh lines, slapstick shenanigans, and having to intentionally be bad at what they were so obviously good at – acting.
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Dresden High and Bus and Maintenance Garage Sustain Damage
05/04/2021
The early morning storms which felled trees and power lines causing power outages across the county forced Weakley County Schools Director Randy Frazier to close schools on Tuesday.
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Molly Maddox Receives $5000, Will Attend Berry College
05/03/2021
Dresden senior Molly Maddox received the $5000 Barbara Anderson Scholarship from Tennessee Beta from Mitchell Parham, Chairman of the TN State Beta Club Council
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Westview Seniors Celebrate, Sign and Show Spirit
05/03/2021
Westview seniors celebrated closing out their senior year today with an event prompted by last year’s COVID cancellations and a first for those who excelled on their ACTs.
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WANTED: 2021-21 Harvest of the Month Calendar Artists
05/03/2021
Organizers are encouraging student artists to submit entries for the 2021-22 school calendar by May 14.
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Online Option for Current MDE and Home School Students Begins in 2021-22
04/27/2021
Weakley County will have a new school in 2021-22. However, the only walls are firewalls and screen time is required. After learning valuable lessons from the Monitored Distance Education (MDE) option offered as a COVID precaution and with new technology gained from federal funding, Weakley County Virtual School is now accepting applications for the upcoming academic year.
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Area Students to Attend Governor’s Schools
04/23/2021
Annika Jolley from Dresden High School and Westview’s Joseph Roupe will have little more than a week from the last day of school to the first day of an opportunity that could shape their future academic careers.
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Dresden FFA Claims Hunger Challenge State Trophy
04/23/2021
Dresden High School’s FFA was awarded the state trophy for raising the most funds and securing the most venison donations to help feed hungry families at a presentation this week.
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Former Student Offers MMS Science Club Evidence for Potential Career Path
04/22/2021
Erin Bell returned to Martin Middle School to share information on her role as one of only four forensic geologists in the U.S.
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$20,000 Grant Will Go to DES iPads
04/20/2021
Dresden Elementary is a 2021 Casey’s Cash for Classrooms grant recipient. The school received $20,000 which will go toward the purchase of new iPads for students.
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Greenfield Greenhouse Launches with Growth Spurt
04/20/2021
Five workers from Scenic Acres in Elkton, KY, drove down the alley on the east side of the Greenfield High School gymnasium early on a Tuesday morning. Less than eight hours later, Greenfield School had a new greenhouse, and students there were anticipating new ag opportunities in the 2021-22 school year.
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Terry J. Oliver FFA Foundation Presents First Gifts to Greenfield
04/20/2021
When former Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture and Gleason native Terry J. Oliver passed away in July, his family knew that rather than floral memorials the farmer, businessman and public servant would prefer gifts go to help others.
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Weakley County Marks 50th Year of the Week of the Young Child
04/20/2021
With plans for Musical Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday, area preschoolers are certainly heeding County Mayor Jake Bynum’s proclamation of April 10-16 as the Week of the Young Child® in Weakley County.
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Northwest TN Workforce Pilot with Weakley County Schools To Serve as Model
04/20/2021
Ensuring that Weakley County students have the skills they need to become future employees of area businesses was the focus of a January discussion and a four-month investment which will now be duplicated in other school systems throughout Northwest Tennessee.
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Weakley County Schools Celebrate Arts at Inaugural Regional Festival
04/14/2021
Clouds, light rain, and strong winds couldn’t keep artists, performers and arts advocates from celebrating Saturday. The array of talent evident at the first Northwest Tennessee Arts Festival which included the Weakley County Schools Art Show meant the three-hour event concluded with both the sun and smiles beaming.
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DMS Beta Club Members Capture Wins in Virtual Convention
04/05/2021
Dresden Middle School Beta Club, known for their work on the annual Christmas Lions' Den, saw two of its members place in state competitions.
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Martin Elementary Brings Beta Convention Home
Martin Elementary Brings Beta Convention Home
03/25/2021
Beta Club promotes the four pillars of Service, Character, Leadership and Achievement. Thanks to the commitment of advisors Cindy Watkins and Tina Brown, Martin Elementary fifth graders experienced every aspect of the organization in a single day.
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Weakley County FCCLA Overcomes Obstacles for Local Leadership Event
03/24/2021
Neither snow nor COVID cancellations could keep the local schools’ Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) from collaborating and completing an afternoon of leadership development and community service.
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Second Graders Across Weakley Celebrate Chicks
03/22/2021
A grant from the Tennessee Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom afforded Terri Brundige and the Weakley County Farm Bureau Women's Committee with president Linda Fowler, the chance to organize a Chick Hatching project for all second graders in the county. The experience has been deemed a success by teachers and a "mind-blowing" one by students.
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School Based Enterprises Among the Dreams for Westview's Wenz
03/12/2021
Traditionally, the school art options for creating were pen, pencils, and paint. These days, imaginations are also fueled by technology. And Westview's Jennifer Wenz is looking ahead.
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Weakley Schools Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Scheduled for March 18
03/08/2021
Dresden Elementary, Gleason, Greenfield, Martin Primary and Sharon serve as the sites for the program focused on the needs of 4- and 5-year-olds.
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Calendars and Grading Adjustments Approved in March Board Meeting
03/05/2021
The regularly scheduled March meeting of the Weakley County Board of Education included adjustments to the current calendar, approval of the 2021-22 calendar, and expanded opportunities for academic scholars.
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MES 5th Grader Advances to Top 10 Spellers in State
03/01/2021
Martin Elementary School Spelling Bee Champion Ellie Freeman competed in the statewide spelling bee this weekend in Nashville. By successfully completing online tests, she advanced to the top 50 and ultimately to the top 10 who were then invited to Nissan Stadium for the weekend’s final in-person contest.
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Local Farmers Hoping to Hatch Love of Ag with County 2nd Graders
03/01/2021
No gender reveals or showers are planned but before March is over, Weakley County will be experiencing a baby boom of sorts.
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Dresden High Claims Regional Ethics Bowl Title for Second Year
02/25/2021
Another trophy graces the halls of Dresden High School thanks to students who “train” by researching and discussing what they find.
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Weakley Students - Taking Care of Business
02/25/2021
As Career and Technical Education month comes to a close, we turn the spotlight on business.
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Dresden & Westview Take Home Regional FBLA Wins, Advance to State
02/25/2021
Business students in Weakley County once again made their marks at the annual Future Business Leaders of America competitions. And several are on their way (virtually at least) to more state level events.
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Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm Adds Acreage & Options
02/22/2021
Thanks to the patient and persistent pursuit of a dream, community support, and a local university committed to the advancement of agriculture, the Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm is growing.
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April Set for Installation of Greenfield School's New Greenhouse
02/22/2021
Greenfield School will soon be guaranteeing that no matter the weather, students will have the opportunity to plant some seeds and watch them grow with the installation of a new greenhouse.
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Board Accepts Land Gift and Hears Report on COVID-19 Relief Funding
02/05/2021
Weakley County School Board members heard an update on the second round of COVID-19 relief federal funding, calendared graduation and received a donation of land in their February meeting.
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VanCleave Adds Heart and Experiences to Sharon Classroom
02/04/2021
Danielle VanCleave was recently named the Pre-K – 4th grade Teacher of the Year for Weakley County Schools. A stop by her classroom soon reveals the classroom management, attention to goals, and outside-the-box (actually school in her case) thinking that earned her the recognition.
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Dresden's Cassie King Encourages Students to Find and Use Their Voices
02/04/2021
Every teacher in a rural school knows that his or her contribution will not solely be in the classroom, standing before students, passing along knowledge. Cassie King, Weakley County’s Teacher of the Year for grades 9-12 seems to thrive on it.
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VanCleave, Vaughn and King Named Weakley County's Teachers of the Year
02/04/2021
Helping students find their voice, close learning gaps and meet goals, and ensuring they feel safe enough to risk failure in order to ultimately excel are among the motivating factors that led to this year’s District Teachers of the Year -- Cassie King, Paige Vaughn and Danielle VanCleave -- claiming the honor.
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Westview Seniors Expand Perspectives with Civil Rights Timeline
02/04/2021
Westview seniors completed the “Breaking the Chains: Civil Rights Movement" timeline in November and it continues to hang in the hallway as February marks Black History month. The topic was chosen as part of Debbie Kerley's Contemporary Issues class.
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Weakley County School Board Chair Named to TSBA 2021 Board of Directors
01/31/2021
Weakley County Schools Board Chair Steve Vantrease was recently named to the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Board of Directors for 2021. The 18-member board carries out the mandates of the Delegate Assembly and act as a liaison between the Association and local school boards.
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Lisa Whitworth Named to IXL Elite 100
01/29/2021
When IXL Learning announced its seventh annual Elite 100 list, Dresden Elementary’s Lisa Whitworth was among a select group of teachers recognized for creatively utilizing the personalized learning program during the 2019-20 academic year. IXL selected the list of 100 from 700,000 teachers and ISL users worldwide. The Elite 100 list this year includes teachers from 36 U.S. states, as well as in Canada and Venezuela.
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Weakley County Celebrates National School Counseling Week
01/29/2021
School counselors are not mandated positions in Tennessee but in Weakley County they are a priority. During a week set aside for celebrating the role across the nation, locally, the ten schools benefiting from more than 200 combined years of educational experience are grateful the much needed roles are so expertly covered.
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Local Students Take On the Great Kindness Challenge
01/25/2021
The Great Kindness Challenge is once again spreading its way across Weakley County as students are reminded “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” Students will join 15 million youth in 115 countries for the 10th annual focus on kindness the week of January 25 – 29.
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Toolkits Provide Preschool Families with Continued Learning at Home
01/20/2021
To some, it may look like a magical box filled with wonders and the keys to explore lands previously unknown. To others, it may simply be a clear plastic tub stocked with scissors, glue stick, markers, crayons, pencils, pompoms, cubes, dice, dry erase boards, magnetic letters and more. To all the parents of preschools enrolled in Weakley County Schools, it’s become a means for learning to continue outside the classroom.
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Behavioral Health Safety Net for Children Now Available for Weakley County Students
01/13/2021
Aggression, self-harm, depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, acting out in class, alcohol and/or drug abuse – the array of behavioral health issues which can be found on almost any school campus in the country is also the reason Weakley County Schools offers an extensive menu of mental health services. And now another safety net has been added to the mix.
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School Board Begins Year with COVID Updates and Planning
01/08/2021
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Weakley County School Board took place on Thursday, January 7, at the Board of Education and online.
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Reading Is Still Fundamental
01/06/2021
“We know now, and improved reading scores back this up, there is a science to reading,” said Terri Stephenson, Elementary Supervisor of Instruction. “We need to provide our students with the keys to unlocking the code of written language and offer them experiences that will expand their vocabularies. That’s a job for the classroom and at home. Together, we can achieve reading mastery.”
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Schools Name Teachers of the Year
01/05/2021
Peer recognition has made its way to the halls of Weakley County Schools as teachers once again identify Teachers of the Year.
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Beta Club Staffs Lions’ Den Christmas Store
12/17/2020
Summer Di Pietro says she feels like the Christmas season begins when she and her fellow Beta Club members open up the Dresden Middle School Lions’ Den Christmas Store. Though this year’s chance for students to spend the “bucks” they earn for good grades and good behavior included lots of adjustments for COVID-19 precautions, she and fellow 8th grader Allie Spaulding agree, the tradition is both fun and rewarding.
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WCS Transportation Department Delivers Santa Land on Wheels
12/17/2020
Everyone knows about Santa’s Christmas Eve journey with reindeer but Weakley County Schools’ students learned this week that the bearded jolly man also gets around by school bus.
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Reward Program Proves Rewarding for Others
12/17/2020
Scrooge could have skipped those ghostly visits and had his cold heart melted in minutes had he only stopped by Sharon School this Christmas season.
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UTM's Young Writers Contest Reveals WCS Talent
12/17/2020
When the pandemic shut down the possibility of a University of Tennessee at Martin Young Writers Conference, organizers offered area students the chance to compete in a first-ever Young Writers Contest instead. Weakley County students from Westview and Martin Middle took top honors in several categories.
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Dresden Middle School Names Court in Honor of Leigh Avery Hart
12/14/2020
Following a recounting of the variety and depth of investments Leigh Avery Hart has made in family, school and community, school officials presented the retired teacher and coach with a plaque designating that the basketball court in the DMS gymnasium would soon bear her name.
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School Nurses Form Front Line Every Day
12/11/2020
School nurses are being called the "glue holding us together" during the pandemic. Here's a look at what our Dresden nurses face daily.
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Canned Food Drive Offers Chance to "Canstruct"
12/11/2020
Define, ideate, prototype and test, say design thinkers. Westview’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Club applied the principles and turned a simple canned food drive into a learning opportunity.
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Nearly 12,500 Items Collected for Local Food Ministries
12/11/2020
Weakley County Schools spent the days after Thanksgiving thinking of their neighbors as they collected canned goods for those in need during the holiday season.
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Weakley County Schools Production Farm Takes One Step Closer to Gate to Plate
12/08/2020
“Gate to plate” or “farm to table,” whatever the terminology, Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm is one step closer.
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Changes to Child Abuse Reporting Now Underway
12/08/2020
As the 2020-21 academic year began, schools statewide were mandated to make adjustments to the established protocols related to reporting abuse or neglect. Each school is now required to identify a staff member who will take on the additional role of Child Abuse Coordinator (CAC).
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December School Board Meeting Focuses on Health
12/04/2020
The last Weakley County Schools Board meeting for 2020 included a presentation on school health, consideration of two board policies, and discussion of upcoming travel.
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Schools To Reduce Quarantine Days
12/03/2020
Based on the discussion and direction from the Tennessee Department of Health, Weakley County Schools’ nurses and administrators were notified December 2 of the reduction from the previously required 14 days to 10 days of quarantine.
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Board Chair Steve Vantrease Asks County to Stay Safe
11/30/2020
In an open letter to the County, Board Chair Steve Vantrease asks for community support.
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Schools Haven't Lost Christmas Spirit
11/24/2020
Weakley County Schools are hoping to spread good cheer (and not germs) as they enter into a COVID-cautious Christmas season.
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Frazier Stresses Continued Vigilance
11/16/2020
Principals gathered in Dresden for their monthly meeting agreed that due to the protocols established, “Schools are the safest place our kids can be.” And Director Randy Frazier wants to keep it that way.
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MES Enrichment Readers Explore the 1793 Fever and Connect to Today
11/13/2020
Martin Elementary’s Jessica Fortner has turned studying a bestselling historical fiction novel for teens into experiential learning activities that have students connecting the page-turner to today’s COVID-19 crisis.
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Flag Presentation Launches Greenfield’s Veterans Day
11/13/2020
Greenfield's Veterans Day observances included a flag presentation by native son Col. Trent Scates.
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Board Approves Bonuses
11/06/2020
The November meeting of the Weakley County School Board included an update from Technology Coordinator Mark Maddox and approval of bonuses as well as the go ahead to move forward with a produce harvesting and marketing program at the Weakley County Schools Production Farm.
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Weakley County to Celebrate Veterans with COVID-Precaution Twists
11/05/2020
Weakley County Schools celebrates the 14 employees who are also veterans along with hundreds of others in the area as they make adjustments in their annual Veterans Day observance.
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Gleason Students Learn More About Environment Thanks to Community Support
11/04/2020
Sherri Brawner's pre-kindergarten class in Gleason took learning about the environment outside on Election Day and got hands-on learning courtesy of a local business.
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Dresden Middle Plans on Recognizing Veterans with Drive-By Care Packages
11/04/2020
All area Veterans are invited to take part in Dresden Middle School’s Veterans Day program on Wednesday, November 11, at 8:30 a.m. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the program will be in the form of a parade around the school grounds.
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Weakley County School Librarians Offer Array of Services
10/29/2020
Ten school librarians open their library doors (and young minds) to hundreds of books on shelves, unlimited knowledge online, and resources like color and 3D printers that enhance the learning experience of students and teachers alike.
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Skyhawks Star in Important Messages to MES Students
10/28/2020
Though the Skyhawks aren’t visible on the gridiron this fall, the University of Tennessee at Martin football team is certainly scoring points with Martin Elementary School (MES).
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More than 1300 Laptops Now Ready for Weakley County Schools
10/28/2020
More than 1,300 laptop computers are now loaded with appropriate software and ready to be distributed to Weakley County Schools and students in need.
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Staff Challenge Nets Self-Care Winners
10/09/2020
Inspired by blogs from principals and teachers using the hashtag #selfcarechallenge, Sharon School’s Michelle Clements and Beth Davidson crafted a means to transform a usually tense time to one of inspiration.
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Engagement to Enrichment Resource Reflects Community Collaboration
10/08/2020
What was originally conceived to be a sheet of suggestions for elementary students to remain engaged during closure has evolved into a 20-page tabloid of enrichment, all the result of a community collaboration.
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Friends Call Carlie Hugueley Class' “Laughter and Light”
10/08/2020
The recently placed memorial stone for Carlie Hugueley beside the October Glory Maple tree planted in her memory on the front lawn of Gleason School served as the site for a socially-distanced brief ceremony planned by her classmates.
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Ag in the Classroom Teaches Many Lessons
10/08/2020
Four weeks ago, Weakley County Schools CTE Director Lindsey Parham gifted Danielle VanCleave’s second graders at Sharon with a dozen guinea eggs. The children’s curiosity and an incubator on loan from the self-professed “crazed chicken lady” Parham, have hatched an enthusiasm for agriculture and some potential future farmers.
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October Board Meeting Returns to (Somewhat) Business as Usual
10/02/2020
After six weeks of in-person classes at schools, the October meeting of the Weakley County School Board returned to a degree of normalcy not enjoyed since the March closure.
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School Bus Drivers Offer More than Rides
10/01/2020
Ron Byington leads the group of 40 drivers and a slate of mechanics who keep the Weakley County Schools fleet of yellow safely on the road. Here's a look at what it means to be #WeakleyStrong Behind the Wheel.
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United Way Prompts Smiles for the Cameras
09/29/2020
United Way of West Tennessee prompted smiles across Weakley County with their most recent donation of 16 cameras, tripods, memory cards and camera bags.
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Farm to School Initiative Delivers Local Apples
09/24/2020
When a pandemic keeps young learners off the farm, local advocates are finding ways to bring the farm to them.
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Leadership Offers Assessment of First Six Weeks
09/23/2020
The first six weeks of Weakley County Schools 2020-21 academic year is coming to a close. With that date comes the reality of report cards and assessing progress. Turning the tables on administration, the following is a look at where they identified the district has seen success and a few areas in need of improvement.
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EAs Serve in Classrooms, Offices, Cafeterias and More
09/22/2020
A majority of the nearly 90 men and women who are called Educational Assistants in Weakley County Schools are assigned to the special needs student population. Others serve in the cafeteria or the office. Some do the role on a part-time basis and others are full-time employees. Meet some of them here.
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Virtual Title 1 Meeting to Precede October Board Meeting
09/21/2020
On October 1, 2020, at 4:00 p.m., the Federal Programs plan for Weakley County Schools will be available for public review and comment prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting. See story for Zoom link.
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New Westview Piano Class Provides Another Fine Arts Option
09/16/2020
15 new keyboards greeted students at Westview when they returned in August and a new fine arts option began.
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Art in the Days of COVID Continues to Encourage Expression
09/16/2020
During National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 13-19), Weakley County Schools celebrates the creativity within the lesson plan as well as planning for learning during the pandemic.
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Local Organizations Add Village Tutoring to Volunteer Opportunities
09/15/2020
Weakley County Schools, in conjunction with the Charger Foundation, the Weakley County Reconciliation Project, and the Weakley County Young Professionals has added a tutoring option to the recently launched Weakley CARES volunteer program.
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September Board Meeting Sees Approval for Changes in COVID Response
09/08/2020
After dealing with annual and monthly activities, the Weakley County School Board addressed several COVID-19 related issues in their September 3 meeting.
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COVID Response Feeding Program to Continue
09/03/2020
On Thursday free lunches were added to the already free breakfasts served at Weakley County Schools.
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COVID Adds to Substitute Shortage
09/01/2020
No one suggests it’s an easy gig. Responding to an early morning, abrupt change to the day can feel unpredictable. Entering a classroom of unfamiliar faces (half of which you possibly can’t see because of masks) is daunting. But for each reason to keep a substitute teacher from stepping up and filling in, Weakley County Schools has nearly 4,000 reasons to do so.
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Special Ed Staff Continue to Customize Learning
08/31/2020
Responding to the needs of special education students does not stop even during a pandemic. More than 600 students are served by the Weakley County Schools special education staff. Last spring during closure and, as some families chose to start the academic year at home, these students continue to receive the individualized attention that helps their learning progress.
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Nutrition Department Continues Focus on Safety and Health
08/28/2020
Though classrooms closed due to COVID-19 on March 16, the entrances to Weakley County Schools’ kitchens were consistently in use throughout the spring and summer. For 21 weeks, the Nutrition Department -- aided by teachers, education assistants, principals, bus drivers, School Resource Officers and volunteers -- served 420, 256 breakfasts and lunches at locations throughout the county.
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Volunteer Program Seeks Caring Adults Ready to help Educators & Students
08/28/2020
Safety precautions are necessary to help avoid the spread of COVID-19 in Weakley County Schools. But those precautions demand additional steps and procedures from faculty, staff and bus drivers. To help lighten the load, Weakley County Schools has launched a new volunteer program.
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Frazier Asks Parents to Refer to TDOH Guidelines
08/24/2020
Randy Frazier, director of Weakley County Schools, is asking parents and guardians to follow guidance from the TN Department of Health and local authorities regarding timing for isolation and quarantine.
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Student Art Featured in Latest Harvest of the Month Calendar
08/24/2020
The newest edition of the Harvest of the Month Calendar featuring winning illustrations from students across the county is now available. Cost is $10. A list of featured artists and the link for ordering are provided here.
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Almost 3,400 Set to Return to Weakley County Classrooms Monday
08/14/2020
When doors at all ten Weakley County campuses open on Monday, 3,381 students are expected to enter -- masked, temperature checked and socially distanced. Another 414 students have opted for Monitored Distance Education (MDE), an online curriculum offered by the county.
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August School Board Meeting Addresses Calendar, Sick Leave, and MDE
08/07/2020
The Board approved an adjusted calendar, asked for sick leave policy reflecting COVID-19 concerns to be presented at September meeting, and said MDE students were not eligible for extracurricular activities.
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