Archived News 2021-22

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Community Businesses and Individuals are Still Working to Gather Supplies in Support Students
07/25/2022
As the August 8th back-to-school date approaches, area organizations are assisting with school supply needs for Weakley County Schools’ students. With collections taking place in every community, local businesses and individuals are still working to gather supplies to support students.
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Students and Maintenance Fill Summer Months
07/11/2022
The public may have assumed when the Summer Scholars program concluded that schools and teachers had the next few weeks to put their feet up and enjoy some well-earned rest. But Weakley County Schools rarely sit completely still. One good example is the ongoing work of the district’s ag teachers.
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Weakley County Schools Fill Administrative Positions
07/08/2022
Retirements and life changes have resulted in familiar faces filling new roles with Weakley County Schools.
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Weakley County Students Test Above State Average
07/06/2022
Dire predictions of Covid-related learning loss fueled tutoring, after school, and summer programs across the state and had educators anxiously awaiting the results of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) testing program. Results released today show Weakley County students testing at above the state average.
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Governor’s School Suggests Next Steps for Westview Seniors
07/05/2022
Tennessee Governor’s School lived up to its reputation for friend-building and course-clarifying for two Westview seniors this summer.
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Representatives Enjoy Week of Learning and Friendship Building
06/27/2022
“Life-changing” gets tossed around as a descriptor for numerous student-focused programs. While organizers may wish it to be so, fulfilling that promise is not always realized. However, a few conversations with recent participants in Tennessee Boys and Girls State suggests that either due to lessons learned or friendships formed, the American Legion-sponsored weeks on government continue to live up to the commitment.
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MES Summer Scholars Add Economic Development and Compassion to Curriculum
06/24/2022
An ice cream and lemonade “food truck” festival made for a cool conclusion to four weeks of heated learning at Martin Elementary as the state-mandated and Weakley County Schools-customized-and-crafted Summer Scholars program ended.
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Schools and Law Enforcement Agree to Handle with Care
06/08/2022
Teachers and law enforcement officers in Weakley County have a rebooted a means of working together for the betterment of a potentially traumatized child’s time in the classroom.
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Bus Drivers’ Commitment Recognized and Campaign Drive Kicked Off
06/07/2022
On June 7, County Mayor Jake Bynum welcomed city mayors, school administration, and family and friends of the honored guests to a steps-of-the-Courthouse celebration of Weakley County Schools bus drivers with perfect attendance.
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June Board Meeting Recognizes Retiring Teachers
06/06/2022
After Weakley County School Board Chair Steve Vantrease adjourned the Board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the 2022 retirees were recognized and celebrated.
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Choice Boards Reward Reading
06/06/2022
Summer break can result in a summer slump when school opens again in the fall. In an effort to keep students engaged this summer, reading coach April Fishel created Reading Choice Boards.
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Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm Is First Stop on Ag in the Classroom Tour
05/26/2022
To increase the number of teachers incorporating Ag IN the Classroom, the Tennessee Farm Bureau has launched a project to take teachers OUT of the classroom. And the Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm was one of the first stops.
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MES 5th Grade Enrichment Produce Parody
05/26/2022
After Jessica Fortner’s fifth grade enrichment class at Martin Elementary School discovered the meaning of parody, they soon were calling for “Lights. Camera. Action” as video producers
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Weakley County Class of 2022 Taking Next Steps
05/24/2022
On Friday evening, May 20, twelve years of education (and for pre-K and kindergarteners, even more) ended for Weakley County’s Class of 2022.
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School Meals No Longer Free for All in Upcoming Year
05/24/2022
Weakley County Schools Nutrition Director Trista Snider has received word that the 2022-23 academic year will mark a return to priced meals in schools.
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Learn More About Weakley County Schools Top Ten
05/20/2022
The grades have been tallied and we have a top ten for each school.
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Prevention Coalition Honors School Nurses and Students at Annual Member Event
05/18/2022
The Weakley County Prevention Coalition hosted a night of celebrating 35 years of prevention in Weakley County as the 4th annual member appreciation event included a catered meal at the Martin Event Center and recognitions, highlights from history, and addresses from Youth Coalition members.
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DARE Programs Conclude the Year with Experiences and Graduations
05/16/2022
“DARE to resist drugs and violence” remains the motto of the school, parents, and police partnership Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at Weakley County middle schools.
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Martin Middle Brings WCKY to Stage
05/16/2022
The Middle School Drama Club is performing WCKY, a comedy murder mystery Thursday, May 19 and Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. in the MMS Theater.
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Effective Communication Is Goal
05/16/2022
Eleven Dresden High School students earned the Southwest Airlines Professional Communication Certification last week. The certification process assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by Southwest Airlines.
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After School Scholars Garners High Marks from Teachers and Parents
05/12/2022
More than 500 students took part in the Weakley County Schools After School Scholars program that concluded on May 4. While formal data is not yet in, a first glance at recent screening and anecdotal evidence has organizers and teachers at each location giving the program high marks.
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Martin Elementary Turns to Community Support to Address Cyberbullying and More
05/12/2022
In response to what Martin Elementary School Principal Patresa Rogers describes as one of the most concerning trends in her 31-year career, the school hosted a Cyber Safety for Kids and Parents awareness event on May 4.
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STEM Club Builds for Bees
05/11/2022
Thanks to the efforts of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club bees have a new home at the middle school and are hard at work at what students and organizers hope will become Charger Pride Honey next year.
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Martin Middle Takes Top Spots in First County Academic Quiz Bowl
05/05/2022
With questions ranging from Who is the yellow sponge that lives under the sea? to Name the four newest chemical elements and what device is used to synthesize them, academic prowess was on display at the county’s first Academic Quiz Bowl on May 3.
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Inaugural Weakley County Schools Arts Festival Celebrates All Things Art
05/03/2022
Sunshine made for a great backdrop to a day of celebrating Weakley County Schools’ talent. From the outdoor stage offering music and theater to indoors at the Martin Event Center where the space was transformed into a pop up art gallery, the Weakley County Schools Arts Festival on Saturday focused on spotlighting students who are a part of a growing arts community.
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Dresden’s Eddings Claims One of First Jim Cawley HERO Scholarships
05/01/2022
The Jim Cawley High School HERO Reception & Award Ceremony took place in the Duncan Ballroom at the University of Tennessee at Martin the last week of April. Twelve Weakley County students were nominated, and Trey Eddings of Dresden High School was one of two recipients of $500 scholarships.
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Dresden FFA Claims Regional Title in State Hunger Challenge
05/01/2022
Matt Simcox, manager of Hunters for the Hungry, a program of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, recently traveled from his headquarters in Nashville to recognize the Dresden High School FFA as the Region 1 champion in the annual Hunger Challenge.
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MES Students Delight in UTM Opera Production
04/25/2022
Nearly 300 Martin Elementary fourth and fifth graders got the first peek at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Music Lyric Opera Theatre production of Hansel and Gretel.
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Weakley Schools’ Snider to Represent Nationally
04/25/2022
The Tennessee School Nutrition Association recently named Weakley County Schools Nutrition Director Trista Snider to represent West Tennessee within the professional organization.
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Weakley County Schools Launch Countywide Arts Festival
04/21/2022
The Weakley County Schools Arts Festival is coming to the Martin Event Center on April 30 and the countywide celebration of music, visual art, and theater is shaping up to be bigger than ever.
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Ag and Arts Mix Well in Weakley
04/20/2022
Evidence of #WeakleyStrong spirit is seen this spring in the ag mechanic shops across the county. Students at Westview, Dresden and Greenfield are busy building the physical supports needed for two different countywide arts programs.
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Dresden FFA Honored, Youth Leadership Graduate at Chamber Awards Banquet
04/20/2022
At the first in-person Weakley County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet since 2019, officers representing the Dresden FFA were surprised with the 2022 Youth Achievement Award, the First Community Bank Youth Leadership Class and Leadership Weakley County graduated, and community leaders were recognized.
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Sharon Alumnus Builds Birdhouse and Student Expectations
04/19/2022
When students in Kayla Dyer’s and preschoolers in Michaela Frederick’s classrooms in Sharon seem to know much more about birds this spring, families can thank Brodie Estes. The Westview 9th grader returned to the site of his pre-K through 5th grade education to gift the school with a handmade birdhouse.
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Dresden and Westview FFAs Bring Home Awards
04/18/2022
Dresden and Westview FFA members and advisors were celebrated last weekend as 21 area chapters gathered for the regional West Tennessee FFA Awards Banquet in Jackson.
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Weakley Boasts Largest Group in NW TN Earning Child Care Certificates
04/11/2022
The 43 students from Dresden, Gleason, and Westview completing a 30-hour course through the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) are one step closer to credentialing as Child Development Associates (CDA).
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Springtime Engagement Activities for Young Learners
04/07/2022
Since spring is the perfect time of the year to put the devices down and get outdoors, we asked Karen Fowler, PreK Family School Consultant for Weakley County Schools, to provide some suggestions for activities.
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First Community Bank Youth Leadership of Weakley County Add Ag to Daylong Experiences
04/07/2022
For the First Community Bank Youth Leadership of Weakley County, a day focused on local agriculture included surprises of all kinds and concluded with some rain-soaked but better-informed teens.
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Westview’s HOSA Reaps Recognitions at State Convention
04/06/2022
The Westview HOSA Future Health Professionals attended the 2022 Tennessee HOSA State Leadership Conference March 28-30 and returned to Weakley with lots of recognitions.
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Greenfield Fifth Graders Pull Upset in March Showdown
04/06/2022
Greenfield Principal Jeff Cupples calculated that while basketball fans’ eyes were focused on March Madness, elementary and high school students could be persuaded to try some March Mathness as the month closed out and before TNReady testing begins.
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Dresden FCCLA Shines Bright at State, Earn Spots at National
04/05/2022
Dresden High School’s FCCLA overcame health setbacks, rallied as a team, and brought home two first place recognitions that earned them spots in the national competition in California later this summer.
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DHS Travelers Receive and Give Service Here and Abroad
03/31/2022
When Stacie Freeman saw the destruction the December tornado caused in her hometown of Dresden, one of her first thoughts was to cancel the March trip to Costa Rica she’d planned for students at Dresden High.
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Sociology Class Offers International Connections
03/31/2022
Twelve Greenfield seniors recently “traveled” 2,394 miles without leaving the city limits. Thanks to the Global Studies and dual enrollment programs at Bethel University, Sociology Professor Stacie Freeman provided an opportunity for cultural exchange in real time.
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Weakley County Schools Launch PAUSE Campaign During Week of the Young Child
03/31/2022
Four years ago, 11 students in Weakley County were considered nonverbal. Today, 30 students are working with school-based Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs) to address the problem. Digging deeper into the data reveals currently 12 out of 20 preschoolers who qualify for speech services are nonverbal.
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Weakley County Chapters Attend FFA State Convention
03/31/2022
FFA chapters from across the state once again gathered in person for the annual state convention in Gatlinburg.
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Gleason School Introduces Career Options to 6th-12th Grades
03/18/2022
On the last day before spring break, Gleason School hosted its inaugural College and Career Fair for sixth through twelfth graders. Organizers hope the students will have lots to think and dream about as the result of their efforts.
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Dresden Middle Hosts Career Day for County
03/17/2022
Middle schoolers from Dresden, 8th graders from Greenfield, Martin and Sharon and Westview's students from The View got a peek into their potential futures this week as Dresden Middle School hosted a Career Day.
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Sharon EA Earns CDA
03/17/2022
Olivia Hensley at Sharon School recently earned the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and says she is one step closer to her goal of becoming a teacher.
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Dresden Rotary Hosts “Shark Tank” Experience for DHS
03/16/2022
Local leaders encouraged young entrepreneurs this week as the Dresden Rotary Club transformed into a “Shark Tank.”
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What’s Best for Weakley Drives Educators’ Decision-Making
03/14/2022
Public education is appearing in headlines across the state as the Tennessee General Assembly gathers to discuss everything from funding to learning loss and student achievement. And, as in much of life, local educators are noting that what may be “best for all” is not best for Weakley.
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Sharon SRO Fulcher Celebrated as Weakley County Neighbors Person of the Year
03/09/2022
Sharon School students, staff and faculty pulled off a surprise reveal of Weakley County Neighbors Person of the Year this week. School Resource Officer Steve Fulcher earned 54% of the votes to claim his spot on the cover of the magazine which sponsors the annual event.
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MPS Heart Challenge Touches Heart of Organizer
03/09/2022
Physical Education teacher Lisa Beam has a heart for raising money and awareness to fight heart disease and strokes. For the 24 years she’s been at Martin Primary, she’s been the driving force behind the Kids Heart Challenge.
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Dresden Ag Program Receives State Recognition
03/08/2022
At the TAAE mid-winter conference in Murfreesboro, Dresden was named the Outstanding Middle and Secondary Agriculture program of the year.
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Greenfield School’s Art Entries Paint Picture of What’s to Come
03/08/2022
In her first year as Greenfield School’s first fulltime art teacher, Jaquelynn Dortch could not help but beam as she pointed out the works of her Visual Art 1 students hanging in the University of Tennessee at Martin Fine Arts Building Gallery. Her excitement was even more evident when two of her art students received recognition as part of the High School Juried Exhibit.
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Weakley County Students Focus on Kindness
03/02/2022
For more than a month, Weakley County students have focused on making the world a kinder place.
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Weakley Spelling Champions Secure Spots in Regional Bee
03/01/2022
School Spelling Bee Champions in middle and west Tennessee recently had the opportunity to take the Scripps Online Spelling Test that determines who represents the area nationally. Notification arrived last week stating that out of hundreds of participants, four Weakley County spelling champions scored among the top 50 spellers.
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New Program Connects Students to TCAT Options
02/24/2022
Nearly 50 students from Weakley County Schools now have a better understanding of career options after high school thanks to the Weakley County Transition School to Work Program’s recent tours of Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in McKenzie.
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Weakley County Appreciates & Seeks to Retain Bus Drivers
02/21/2022
February 22 marks School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, something that the pandemic and a growing set of regulations has made even more critical as administrators grapple with not just how to recruit new drivers but how to retain valued employees.
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FFA Week Set for February 19-26
02/17/2022
National FFA Week is scheduled for Feb. 19-26. Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week and the organization’s emphasis on leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
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DHS Alumnus Returns for Disaster Relief
02/15/2022
When Randy Taylor heard about the tornado that devastated his hometown of Dresden in December, he wanted to immediately do something to help.
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Bulldogs Trade Valentines with Local Businesses
02/15/2022
Crediting local business collaboration and schoolwide enthusiasm and efficiency, Gleason School Principal Lee Lawrence successfully restored a one-time tradition on February 14.
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Weakley County Students Excel at FBLA Regional Competitions
02/11/2022
Weakley County students recently competed in the online Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional Competitions.
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Youth Leadership Spend Day with Educators
02/09/2022
The First Community Bank Youth Leadership of Weakley County (FCBYLWC) is a smaller group this year due to COVID-19 precautions, but the twelve sophomores from each of the high schools are on track to complete the eight-month learning experience.
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DHS Earns Status as Certified Pathway for Veterinary and Animal Science
02/09/2022
This week Tennessee Pathways notified district administration that Dresden High School has earned the status as a Certified Pathway for Veterinary and Animal Science.
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Weakley County School Counselors Fill Critical Role
02/07/2022
February 7-11 is a nationwide opportunity to learn more about the work of the school counselor.
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COVID Emergency Funding Allows for Addition of Student Support Professionals
02/07/2022
Thanks to the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER 3.0) federal grant of $8.6 million, three Student Support Professionals (SSPs) have joined the Weakley County Schools’ (WCS) district team for addressing the social and emotional needs of students.
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Greenfield Artists Bring Home Most Wins from State Fire Prevention Poster Contest
02/07/2022
For the first time in the more than three decades that Greenfield School has participated in the state Fire Prevention Week Poster statewide contest, three student artists claimed those top spots -- Andi Porter for third grade, Audrey Cooper for seventh grade and senior Garrett Garner.
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County Mayor Proclaims Career and Technical Education Month
02/04/2022
In recognition of February’s nationwide designation as Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum crafted a proclamation underscoring such programs “ensure that employers have access to a qualified and thriving workforce.”
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Regional Ethics Bowl Allows Students to Grapple with Big Questions
02/02/2022
Westview students heard case studies and then responded to tough questions as part of the West Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl held Saturday, January 29, on the University of Tennessee at Martin’s campus.
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DHS’ Abbott Pilots Potential New County Biology Option
01/31/2022
Thanks to the inquisitive mind of Dresden High School science teacher Rachel Abbott, her students – and possibly students across the county – will have a means of gaining college credit for their high school science work.
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Checking In with School Board Members for School Board Appreciation Week
01/21/2022
The annual celebration of the elected/appointed officials who dedicate time throughout the year to help make decisions for the betterment of Weakley County Schools has arrived. January 23-29 is School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee.
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Weakley County Celebrates Teachers of the Year
01/20/2022
Weakley County Schools’ Teachers of the Year range from those working with three-year-old preschoolers to 12th graders and those already in dual enrollment for college.
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Young Students Set to Grow Their Own Greens
01/19/2022
According to Weakley County Schools’ student-illustrated Harvest of the Month calendar, greens are the highlighted vegetable for January. To make the jump from page to plate, the local Farm to School Team has arranged for Martin Primary and all the county elementary classrooms to get a taste of greens and discover how to regrow this source of numerous health benefits.
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Weakley Students Take First Step toward Possible Childcare Career
01/13/2022
Students at Dresden, Gleason and Westview could easily be on the path to a potential career in childcare thanks to a collaborative effort between high schools and universities and the ever-growing access to online learning.
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Tutors Ready to Address Gaps
01/10/2022
Ninety local educators will join a bank of thousands of online tutors to address the learning gaps of Weakley County students as two initiatives are launched this week.
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Area Welding Students Join in Countywide Exploration of Career Opportunities
01/03/2022
Welders join materials and know about fusion. Recently, welding students from across the county were able to join together to learn more about a career path that workshop organizers say could fuse knowledge and experience into profitable career paths.
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Election Results Are in for MPS Second Grade
12/14/2021
A study on government resulted in campaign signs, speeches, and a slate of new second grade officials at Martin Primary School.
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Dresden Students Get on the Job Skills Development
12/09/2021
Some business leaders might call it “leaning in” or “hands-on.” Others might go with “earn while you learn.” But no matter how it is described, the growing numbers of students engaged in work-based learning are experiencing, -- rather than simply reading about it on the page -- what it means to provide customer service, manage time, and communicate effectively.
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Maddox Receives International Recognition
12/06/2021
Mark Maddox, Weakley County Schools Director of Student Services, was honored at the Tennessee Educational Technology Conference last week in Murfreesboro with the Making IT Happen Award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
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Martin Elementary Is Buzzing about Bees, Business and Bots
12/03/2021
Martin Elementary fourth graders took a study of bees to the board room. They developed business concepts based on the insects' byproducts and then pitched them to school board members at their recent meeting.
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Martin Middle Speller Takes Bee Top Spot
12/02/2021
“Hull” began the 2021 Weakley County Spelling Bee on Thursday morning in Westview’s theater and “obsolete” secured Martin Middle 8th grader Alina Vo’s championship spot.
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Plan for ESSER Relief Fund Spending Now Approved
12/02/2021
This week, Angie Rushing, the director of ESSER 3.0 hired to oversee the process, received word that final approval from the Tennessee Department of Education was received. With final approval by the Weakley County Board of Education in its December meeting, purchases can now begin.
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Westview’s Future Business Leaders Recognized
12/01/2021
The goal of Career and Technical Education courses across the state is to prepare students for success at the postsecondary level and in their chosen careers. Students at Westview last spring took steps to certify their due diligence and were recognized for those efforts this week.
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Gleason Senior Repeats First Place Performance at Beta Convention
11/30/2021
Placing first in one of the competitions at the Tennessee Beta Club Convention is quite an achievement. Doing it twice in one’s high school career is a rare feat. But Gracie Long, a Gleason senior, did exactly that when she took first place in the Division II Speech event held in Nashville November 18-20.
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Weakley Beta Clubs Make Strong Showing at State Conventions
11/29/2021
Beta Club members from across Weakley County returned from the three State Conventions last week with stories of their first field trip in years and plaque-produced pride as several excelled in the academic, STEM, and arts-based competitions.
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Teachers-Turned-Coaches Focus on Reading and Math in Weakley Schools
11/23/2021
Elementary Instructional Supervisor Terri Stephenson says during a season focused on gratitude she is especially thankful for the addition of math and reading veterans assuming coaching roles in Weakley County.
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Kindness, Gratitude, Mindfulness Help Hanson Help Others
11/19/2021
At Greenfield School, Hailey Hanson, the School-Based Behavioral Health Liaison (SBBHL), has fashioned a space to instill a sense of calm and well-being for those who enter.
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Westview Sends Christmas Boxes Worldwide
11/18/2021
When Key Club Advisor Seth Frields first brought the idea of students filling Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child boxes to club membership, he anticipated a response of around 15.
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Educational Assistants Play Key Role on Special Needs Buses
11/17/2021
Weakley County Schools employs nearly 140 educational assistants (EAs) in its ten schools, and one set is really going places.
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State Representative Returns to Greenfield for Class on Government
11/16/2021
Representative Tandy Darby returned to his alma mater on Tuesday to explain his role to second through fifth graders at Greenfield School.
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Westview FBLA Takes Steps to Combat Premature Births
11/15/2021
The Westview Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) are focused not simply on their professional growth but on the health of others. In keeping with the club’s National Community Service Project, they are focusing on the March of Dimes, raising money and awareness of premature births.
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Weakley County Administrators Remember Chuck West
11/10/2021
Chuck West taught in East Tennessee before arriving in Dresden. His career in education spanned 43 years including a stint as teacher, assistant football coach and head basketball coach at Dresden High School before becoming principal in 1989. Coach West died this week. Administrators remember him here.
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Westview Honors Veterans with Early Recognition
11/09/2021
Veterans from the Air Force, Army, Army and Tennessee National Guard, Navy, and Navy Reserve joined Westview students around breakfast tables and then for a music-filled, student-led observance of Veterans Day two days prior to the national observance.
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MPS STREAM Motors Past the Finish Line
11/08/2021
The STREAM Program at Martin Primary School finished up in a “wheely” fun way.
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Veteran and Nurse Kempton Served Country, Now County
11/08/2021
Caring for “my kids” at Westview and ensuring that school nurses in the county have what they need when they need it is Beth Kempton, a Vietnam-era veteran who has devoted over two decades of nursing care to the students of Weakley County Schools.
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County Schools' Theater Group Flies Audiences to Neverland
11/07/2021
The story of Peter Pan has always asked readers to engage their imaginations and the Weakley Playhouse production of Jeremy Bloom’s update on the familiar tale takes that request to new heights.
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Westview HOSA Week Promotes Bone Marrow Donations
11/07/2021
HOSA Future Health Professionals at Westview added impact to national HOSA Week by kicking off a push for bone marrow donations. The HOSA national service project is Be the Match, a drive to get people to get on the registry of possible bone marrow donors.
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Sharon STREAM After School Culminates with Candy Shoppe
11/04/2021
As Sharon School’s STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Math) after school program comes to a close, the stories first through fifth graders read about in books are becoming real life hands-on experiences. Students became entrepreneurs, opening their Mega Egga Candy Shoppe on Friday, November 5.
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Weakley Students Excel at CANstruction
11/04/2021
Dresden High and Westview’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Clubs’ entries in Discovery Park of America’s CANstruction event last week received recognition and will result in additional food for the hungry in Weakley County.
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Weakley Educators Share Benefits of Ag in the Classroom with Farm Bureau Women
11/04/2021
District 1 Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership fall meeting heard from two Weakley County educators last weekend as board members from Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Fayette, and Henry County joined hosts from Weakley at the Farm Bureau Insurance offices in Dresden.
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Weakley FCCLA Leadership Hone Skills at State Camp
11/02/2021
Dresden and Westview leaders of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) joined forces to experience Tennessee’s FCCLA and HOSA State Fall Leadership Camp at Widjiwagan in Nashville.
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Anchor Club Promotes Safety and Raises Funds
11/01/2021
Scooby Doo, Supergirl, Minnie Mouse, Snow White, cowgirls, and even an Angel and a Devil offered important safety messages to Martin Primary and Elementary students before the schools let out for Halloween.
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Westview's Future Business Leaders of America Promote Cybersecurity
11/01/2021
One of the fundamental standards of Web Design is to operate safely on the Internet through proper adherence to cyber laws and security measures. Westview’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and students taking the web design course heard from experts in the field during October, Cybersecurity Month.
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Weakley FFA Attend National Convention
11/01/2021
Dresden FFFA reporter Amanda Perry shares about Weakley County FFA members' recent experience at the National FFA Convention.
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Weakley County Schools Observe Red Ribbon Week
10/29/2021
As Weakley County Schools closed out October, much of the county was seeing red. Students launched the annual observance of Red Ribbon Week underscoring “Drug Free Looks Like Me” and dressed in daily themed attire, supporting drug prevention messages.
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Community Caregivers Continue Halloween Treats for County Students
10/29/2021
Last year, the caring nature of the staff of Weakley and Obion County Carl Perkins Center and the supportive community leaders at Wendell Alexander Reality/Skyhawk Rental and Top Tier Auctions combined to make a COVID-cautious Halloween a little sweeter for Weakley County students. This year, they decided the provision of treats should become an annual affair.
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Dresden Students Experience Mobile Energy Presentation
10/28/2021
Midway through their fall STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math) after-school activities, students at Dresden Middle enjoyed an up-close look at where energy comes from, what they can do to conserve it, and how renewable energy works.
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Westview Completes First OSHA Certifications
10/26/2021
After four weeks and more than ten hours of training, Agriculture Science students at Westview have earned their OSHA 10 Certifications which offers a general overview of job-related health and safety hazards.
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DHS' Jacob Abbott to Represent Weakley in State Arts Ed Network
10/22/2021
Jacob Abbott, music and theater teacher at Dresden High School, will represent Weakley County on the newly formed State of the Arts: Arts Education Network and State of the Arts Study.
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Sharon Teacher to Serve on TDOE Subcommittee on Funding Strategy
10/21/2021
Weakley County will have a voice in discussions of a new public education funding strategy thanks to Sharon School’s Danielle Johnson.
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Weakley Families May Be Eligible for Internet Discounts
10/19/2021
The Federal Communication Commission has established the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). The EBB is a temporary federal program to help eligible families pay for internet service during the pandemic.
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WCS Continues Focus on All Graduates Transitioning Toward Success
10/08/2021
Meet the VIEW Crew and read of their latest student enterprise. Then discover what Transition School to Work is all about and how it is on track to make a difference in the lives of our students.
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Westview Ag Students Get Hands-On Learning at UTM Labs
10/07/2021
Neighbors helping neighbors is a rural tradition that has forged communities. Agricultural students in Weakley County are benefiting from such a mindset as ties to the University of Tennessee at Martin are providing hands-on learning and, in dual enrollment cases, college credit.
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Westview's Livestock Judging Team Among Top Three
10/05/2021
As September closed and in their first year to compete with sponsor Kyle Rogers, the Westview FFA placed 3rd in West Tennessee for Livestock Judging at the Career and Leadership Development Event. The accomplishment sends the team to Knoxville in June for the state competition.
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Ag Community Support Continues at Weakley County Schools Farm
10/05/2021
Thanks to members of the local agriculture community and hard-working students and farm staff working together, harvesting and annual prep are a little less costly on both backs and billfolds this year.
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After School Scholars Program Needs Tutors
09/27/2021
In January, students who need additional helps in reading and math can take advantage of the twice weekly After School Scholars program.
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School Nutrition Scurries to Fill Supply Chain Gaps
09/27/2021
Families that download the monthly menus found on their school websites may have noticed a trend lately. Student favorites like ham and cheese sliders, chicken and biscuits, and steamed cheesy broccoli are listed on the page but may not appear on the plates.
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Librarian’s Curiosity Results in Large Reward
09/22/2021
“A good name is rather to be chosen than riches,” reads the plaque beneath the portraits of Thomas B. and Ethel Clark in the Greenfield School Library. Recent events suggest that sometimes one could lead to the other.
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Donation to Farm Makes for a Different Kind of Love Story
09/21/2021
Bobby Johnson is known as a hard worker and a man generous with his time and skills. But if you ask him, he wants to be remembered as Patty’s husband. ​
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Featured Artists Receive Calendars
09/17/2021
The 2021-22 Harvest of the Month Calendars are now in the hands of the featured artists.
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David Johnson Chorus’ Final Bow Is Philanthropic
09/16/2021
Though the David Johnson Chorus may no longer be singing together, they are still making musical history as they invest in the future of the Dresden High School arts program.
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MMS Students Become Multimedia Reporters
09/13/2021
Each morning the Martin Middle School library takes on the look and feel of a newsroom as Stephanie Virgin’s enrichment class gather, write, produce, and publish “news for you, by you” for their fellow students.
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Greenfield Earns Reward School Designation
09/10/2021
For the second time since the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) created the designation in 2015, Greenfield School has earned Reward School status for its proficiency in core subjects like reading and math and student growth in academic achievement.
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September 9 Letter from Randy Frazier
09/09/2021
At the September meeting of the Weakley County Schools Board, Director Randy Frazier was asked to provide additional information on masks and quarantines. A letter was sent home with students on September 9 offering details of the district's current situation.
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DHS Gets Hands-On Helps to Arrive Alive
09/08/2021
Traveling the country to warn students of the dangers of driving impaired is somewhat of a personal crusade for Gracie Cochran.
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Gleason School Garners Generous Community Support
09/08/2021
Individuals, churches, national corporations, and local businesses have recently helped ensure Gleason School students have resources for current and future needs.
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Dresden Middle Restarts Regularly Scheduled Leadership Recognition
09/03/2021
Dresden Middle School students who have proven to be particularly responsible were recognized at a school assembly that included their family members and a brief reception afterwards.
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School Board Encourages Mask Messaging
09/03/2021
Vice Chairman Joshua Moore led the September School Board meeting which included state recognitions, praise for farm to school efforts, and a call for increased messaging regarding the importance of masks during the pandemic.
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Backpack Program Is Back and Pantry Is Open
09/02/2021
Two nutrition-based initiatives are ready to ensure that food is on the table for Weakley County families in need.
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Open Spots Remain in After School Programs
09/01/2021
Two new After School Programs have been added to the existing options at Dresden Elementary, Martin Primary, and Martin Elementary. After surveying local families, both Greenfield and Gleason are launching daily supervised activities for students in 2021.
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Open Spots Remain in Weakley County Schools Free Pre-K
08/26/2021
Families in Weakley County can pay between $400 and nearly $550 a month for care for their pre-kindergarteners. But when that figure is beyond the families’ means, they still have a place to turn. Weakley County Schools include five locations for four-year-old pre-K. The five-day-a-week program is free for income-eli
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Pre-K Classes Are NOT Watered Down Kindergarten
08/26/2021
“Pre-K should not be a water-downed kindergarten classroom,” explains Karen Fowler, the Weakley County Pre-K Families School Consultant. “We don’t approach pre-K by providing ‘easier’ activities that are offered in kindergarten...."
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Westview’s Garrett Dinning Earns Spot on Team TN in Next June’s Special Olympics USA Games
08/19/2021
“Garrett! Garrett! Garrett!” became the rallying cry when sophomore Garrett Dinning learned of his spot on Team Tennessee for the Special Olympics USA Games scheduled for next June in Orlando, Florida.
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Dresden Band to Bring Rock and Pop to the Stands
08/18/2021
On August 27 at Dresden High School’s first home football game, “a sweeter song than the birds in the trees” will echo through Rotary Field as the first band in almost 20 years makes its debut. T
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Test Results Reveal Pandemic Impact for Weakley Students
08/16/2021
To see the impact of the pandemic on education, one need only do the math. The data is now in and overall, Weakley County students continue to exceed state averages.
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Tackling Additional PE for Younger Students Requires Teamwork
08/12/2021
A legislated mandate requires elementary schools across the state to provide twice weekly classes totaling at least 60 minutes and all taught by certified teachers. To comply with the law meant administrators had to find those teachers and ensure they had the space required. ​
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Dresden, Greenfield, and Westview Chapters Attend FFA Convention
08/06/2021
The Dresden, Greenfield, and Westview Chapters of Weakley County, Tennessee travelled to Gatlinburg this spring to attend the 93rd Annual Tennessee FFA State Convention.
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School Board Addresses Reopening of Schools
08/05/2021
At their August 5 meeting, Weakley County School Board members took care of the usual start-of-school business and heard details on the plans to reopen with pandemic safety protocols in place.
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Retirements Result in Administrative Shifts
06/28/2021
The June 30 retirements of two longtime Weakley County educators have produced a domino effect of administration changes. When the Board of Education recognized the 2020 and 2021 retirees at their June board meeting, among the celebrated were Jeff Kelley and Chuck West.
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Westview Students Earn Industry Certifications
05/21/2021
Thirty Westview High School students earned industry certifications this academic year.
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Paige Vaughn Reads the Room to Promote Reading at Gleason
02/03/2021
A stop by Gleason School and the attributes that secured Paige Vaughn’s being named Weakley County’s Teacher of the Year for grades 5-8 are clearly evident. She manages the classroom from the moment students cross the threshold. Student comments are heard and affirmed and, if needed, quickly rerouted to stay on topic. Her broad smile welcomes feedback and her eyes lock into the questioner to assure them that she is not just hearing their comments but listening to what they are not saying as well.
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