JCS Staff Newsletter
November 9, 2022
Message from Superintendent
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful semester and gearing up for the cold weather and holidays. I wanted to remind you of our United Way of East Tennessee Highlands. This is one of my favorite times of the year as each school takes on community service projects to help our community. As a district, we have our annual United Way Campaign. Last year, Johnson City Schools came together to raise just under $24,000 and be one of the top contributors to our United Way campaign. This year our campaign will run from Wednesday, November 2 to Wednesday, November 16. Because of the success through the years of our “5 for 5” incentive, we will offer this opportunity again to all employees. If you commit $5 per paycheck (payroll deduction) to the United Way, you will receive five jeans coupons for 2023. This 24-payment payroll donation of $120.00 runs from January 2023 to December 2023. I encourage you to give serious consideration to this opportunity to contribute to vital services that help so many in our community. Please see your school’s United Way representative to receive the payroll deduction form or contact Collin Brooks (BrooksB@jcschools.org) if you have any questions.
Thank you for all you do and I hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays with your family and loved ones.
Johnson City School Superintendent
The following list contains school appreciation days and national recognition celebrations that your school may wish to recognize for the month of September. This is merely a suggestion list to the community plan accordingly. Participation, unless otherwise promoted district-wide (i.e. Maroon and Gold Day, etc.), is not required. Email Collin Brooks if a celebration day should be added to the list.
- Native American Heritage Month - All Month
- National STEM/STEAM Day - November 8, 2022
- National School Psychology Week - November 7 - 11, 2022
- Veteran's Day - November 11, 2022
- America Recycles Day - November 15, 2022
SCIENCE HILL FOOTBALL GAME (2nd Round of Playoffs)
Friday, November 11 vs. Farragut
7 p.m. kickoff at Kermit Tipton Stadium
PLEASE NOTE FOR PLAYOFF FOOTBALL GAMES
Science Hill cannot accept employee ID’s at post season athletic events, as these events are hosted by TSSAA. Purchasing links for postseason games will be posted on the school website. Tickets can also be purchased at the gates.
This week’s 2nd round playoff football game SHHS vs. Farragut are $8 online and $10 cash at our gates. Thank you for your support! Go Toppers!
The link to this week’s 2nd round football game:
Click here to view Printable Calendars for 2022-2023 & 2023-2024
"The Curious Savage" performance by the Showstoppers
Science Hill Showstoppers
The Science Hill Showstoppers will host a heartfelt comedy "The Curious Savage".Performances will be on November 11 & 12 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. For more information, please click here.
JCS ESSER Funds
Johnson City Schools' Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund documents are available for review through this link. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to a Google form where we ask for feedback from all of our stakeholders. Every six months we will use this feedback for our ESSER 3.0 Public Plan-Federal Relief Spending Addendum. Please feel free to review these documents and provide us with feedback.
NEW FIELD TRIP FORM & HANDBOOK!
The Johnson City Board of Education reworked the Field Trip Form along with the Field Trip Handbook. These updated documents can be found below. Please make sure you are using this form when you submit a field trip request. They can also be found on the website at
Make Everyday Count!
Information from Human Resources
Accepting New Fall Workshops
We are recruiting new and returning TLC instructors to open district-wide presentations to staff. All content areas, classroom management strategies and book studies are needed to provide staff with learning opportunities and PDP credit. Schedule your future session with us now, and we will begin advertising in the Learning Stream registration system. Contact me to book TLC, or hold your session at your school. We also offer $20 per presentation hour! View our newly added sessions below, and join in on the fun!
Social Media: Friend or Foe
The challenges are a reality, but it's still feasible to maximize benefits for your school district. In school district administration, is social media a friend or foe? While the answer to that question might depend on the day, the reality remains that social media is here to stay, and its influence is growing rapidly.
If you have any questions or concerns about Bloomz, feel free to reach out to at BrooksB@jcschools.org with any questions.
Bloomz On-Demand Training for TeachersBeginning Parents on Bloomz | More Information
November 7 | Johnson City BOE Meeting
Thank you, Michelle Treece
During our November Board of Education Meeting, we honored outgoing Board Member Michelle Treece. Ms. Treece served the students of Johnson City schools for over 25 years as a teacher, mentor, and advocate, retiring from the teaching profession in 2016. As a teacher, Ms. Treece’s enthusiasm for teaching and ability to positively impact her students enabled many of them to complete their high school education and pursue their career goals. Following her teaching career, Ms. Treece continued her service to Johnson City Schools beginning in 2018, where she has been an integral member of the Board of Education. We want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Treece for her many contributions to the staff and students of Johnson City Schools. Congratulations to Ms. Michelle Treece!!
Next BOE Meeting
The next Johnson City Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, December 5 starting at 6 p.m. inside the Board Room at Central Office (100 E. Maple Street). Board meetings can be viewed on the Johnson City Schools' YouTube channel.
In the News
Science Hill senior Julia Gilmore named School Winner for Heisman High School Scholarship
Science Hill Senior Julia Gilmore has been named the School Winner of the Heisman High School Scholarship. Gilmore has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship and will move on to the next round, with the announcement of State Winners on Friday, November 4. From an applicant pool of thousands of high school scholar-athletes graduating with the class of 2023, more than 5,700 across the country were named School Winners.
Read more - www.jcschools.org/sciencehill/News/477
Science Hill Class of 2022 bests state average with 96 percent graduation rate
The Science Hill Class of 2022 had a graduation rate of 96.3 percent which bested the state average of 89.9 percent. Johnson City Schools joined 78 other districts across Tennessee in raising their graduation average from the previous year. The Science Hill Class of 2021 finished with a 90.1 graduation rate.
Read more - www.jcschools.org/sciencehill/News/473
ETSU basketball taking time for “Real Talk” with Towne Acres students
Sometimes it’s the message, but more times than not it’s the messenger who helps students find themselves and discover new paths. Those are the hopes with a new community service activity from the East Tennessee State Men’s Basketball team as they meet with Towne Acres students on Friday mornings for a session they call Real Talk.
Read more - www.jcschools.org/News/476
Johnson City Schools launches STOPit App to empower and protect students
Johnson City Schools has enrolled with STOPit, the leading technology platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct. STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our schools the insight we need to keep students safe. Students can download the App from the Apple Store or Google play store on their mobile device and then search for their Johnson City School. While the reports are anonymous, there will be severe consequences for anyone who is found to have made a false report.
Read more - www.jcschools.org/News/463
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JC Schools Staff Newsletter
We will distribute this newsletter on the Wednesday following the monthly Board of Education meeting. This newsletter will have information from District Departments and other helpful tips. If you have suggestions for content in this newsletter, please send them to Collin Brooks at BrooksB@jcschools.org.