Cheatham Achieves

March 1, 2022

Best for All District Spotlight: Cheatham Schools

CCSD NAMED BEST FOR ALL DISTRICT

We were recently named a Best for All district by the Tennessee Department of Education. Sixty-eight districts in the state received this designation. To qualify for the Best for All program, a school district must spend at least 50 percent of its federal pandemic relief funds — known as Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief 3.0 — on proven, research-based strategies to raise student academic achievement. To learn more about this designation and how we celebrated, please click here. You can also watch the above video of our Best for All announcement, which featured Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Penny Schwinn.

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DISTRICT SEEKS INPUT ON FIVE-YEAR PLAN

We are seeking input from all stakeholders – students, parents, employees and community members – to help shape our scope of work from 2023-2028. Our current five-year plan — which outlines our vision, mission, values and goals — was adopted in February 2018. It is now time to update the plan for the next five years. To take the survey, please click here. The deadline to complete the survey is at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. To review the current five-year plan, click here.

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WE'RE CELEBRATING READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK!

It’s Read Across America Week! Many of our schools are celebrating the week with special dress-up days. Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association, Read Across America helps motivate students to read and celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel – otherwise known by the pen name by which he authored children's books: Dr. Seuss. Pictured are students at Ashland City Elementary STEM Academy as they celebrated "Reading Makes You Bright" on Monday.

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HONOR BAND WILL PERFORM MARCH 5

The Cheatham County Honor Band will perform in concert on Saturday, March 5 at the Harpeth High School auditorium. The Honor Band is comprised of select students from the district’s three middle school and three high schools. The students will spend all day Friday, March 4 and the morning of Saturday, March 5 rehearsing for the concert with guest conductors. The middle school Honor Band will perform at 2 p.m. and the high school Honor Band will perform at 2:45 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public.

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NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK

We will celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 7-11. This year’s theme is “Take Off With School Breakfast.” To celebrate the week, we are inviting moms, grandparents and dads to eat breakfast at our schools on designated days. Breakfast will be served during regular breakfast hours at each school, and masks are encouraged. The cost for adults to eat will be $2.75. Check out the graphic for the schedule and menu.

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ANNUAL JOB FAIR IS MARCH 10

We are hosting our annual Job Fair on Thursday, March 10. We are hiring certified teachers in all subject areas and grade levels and classified positions in the School Nutrition, Daycare and Transportation departments. Principals and supervisors will be on site to conduct interviews and discuss job opportunities. Those who attend are asked to bring an updated resume. The Job Fair will be held from 2-5 p.m. at our new Transportation Facility, 4021 Sweethome Road in Ashland City. For more information, email Human Resource Supervisor Wendy Cox at wendy.cox@ccstn.org.

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DISTRICT REVVING UP FOR SPEED DERBY

The second Cheatham County STEAM Camp will be held on Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. until noon at Ashland City Elementary STEM Academy, 108 Elizabeth St. in Ashland City. We are calling all engineers, drivers, pilots and captains in grades K-8 to attend. To register for the camp, click here. The registration will end on March 4. Once you compete the online registration, an event permission slip will be emailed to you. Please bring the permission slip with you on March 12.

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LITERACY COUNCIL IS HOSTING BOOK WALK

The Cheatham County Literacy Council will host a Book Walk on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Burns Park, 501 Park St., in Kingston Springs. The book, “What If You Had Animal Teeth?” will be featured. Students and families will walk through the story in a series of book pages set up along the park's walking track. This is a free event, and all families are invited to attend.

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MEMORIES MADE AT UNIFIED PROM

The annual Unified Prom was a special event for our students. The prom was held Feb. 20 at Buddy Manor in Burns, and this year’s theme was “Magic Under The Stars.” The prom offered students with and without disabilities a chance to dress to the nines, walk the red carpet, break out their best dance moves and create memories with their friends to last a lifetime. We appreciate everyone who made the prom a huge success and thanks to Bill Clark for the photo.

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OUR NEW TRANSPORTATION FACILITY IS OPEN

We hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new Transportation Facility on Feb. 11. The facility is located at 4021 Sweethome Road in Ashland City just off Highway 49 near Sycamore High School. The 16,000 square-foot facility replaces the current building on Thompson Road in Ashland City, which is in a floodplain. Our new facility features three bays, a bus wash bay, offices and a professional development room. The School Board voted to name the professional development room in honor of the late Bill Sapp, who passed away in October 2021. He was a principal and bus driver in our district for 41 years. We hosted an open house on Feb. 28 to allow our bus drivers to tour the facility. They were also treated to dinner as part of Love the Bus Month, which is celebrated in February by the American School Bus Council.

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DISTRICT EXPANDING CTE COURSE OFFERINGS

Officials from the Tennessee Department of Education and Tennessee Board of Regents visited Cheatham County Central High School on March 1 to see the work our students are doing as part of the Innovative High School Models Grant, which we received this school year. With this grant, we are offering an Auto Mechanics program of study this year and plan to launch Welding and Auto Collision programs of study in the 2022-2023 school year. The programs are being offered at the CCCHS Career & Technical Education (CTE) building with access available to Sycamore High School and Harpeth High School students through daily transportation.
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SPRING BREAK NEARS

We will be closed March 28-April 1 for spring break. Classes will resume April 4. Additionally, we have an early dismissal day on Thursday, April 14 (11:45 a.m. dismissal time) and there will be no school on Friday, April 15 in observance of Good Friday.

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KINDERGARTEN, PRE-K REGISTRATION ANNOUNCED

We will host Kindergarten Round-Up Nights the week of April 4. If you need to enroll a student in kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year, you can fill out/pick up the required paperwork from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the following schools and nights.


• Monday, April 4: East Cheatham Elementary School and Pleasant View Elementary School

• Tuesday, April 5: Ashland City Elementary STEM Academy

• Thursday, April 7: West Cheatham Elementary School

• Friday, April 8: Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School and Kingston Springs Elementary School


We will also host a Pre-K Application Night during the week of April 4. Applications for the Pre-K program for the 2022-2023 school year will be available from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the following schools and nights:


• Monday, April 4: East Cheatham Elementary School

• Tuesday, April 5: Ashland City Elementary STEM Academy

• Thursday, April 7: West Cheatham Elementary School

• Friday, April 8: Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School


Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and our website (www.cheathamcountyschools.net).

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CCCHS STEAK DINNER RETURNS ON APRIL 30

The spring fundraiser at Cheatham County Central High School is back. After a two-year hiatus, the school will host the event – which features a steak dinner, silent auction and live entertainment – on Saturday, April 30. The dinner and auction will begin at 5 p.m. with the entertainment starting at 7 p.m. The funds raised will directly benefit CCCHS students. Tickets for the event will be available in a few weeks so please stay tuned to our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for more information.

Find All-New Adventures at Camp Invention in 2022

CAMP INVENTION PLANNED FOR JUNE 6-10

Camp Invention will return this summer. The camp will be held June 6-10 at Sycamore High School and is open to students entering grades K-6. For more information, click here and take a few minutes to watch the above video. Additional questions can be emailed to Pleasant View Elementary School teacher and camp organizer Abby Hager at abby.hager@ccstn.org.