Tiger Times, February 2021

Burt Elementary School

A letter from Ms. Mathis and Ms. Karch

Love is in the air, as we are so in love with the fact that our traditional students have returned to the building for in-person learning. As we move into this season of our school year we do have much to do in preparation of the TN Ready assessment. We encourage students to be at school (or on zoom) every day in order to get the instruction they need to be successful. As always if your student is not feeling well or is exhibiting symptoms, please keep them home and communicate with the teacher so that plans can be made for potential remote learning while your student is at home. As always, we look forward to continuing to serve you and your family!

Thursday, February 4th

This is the last day to turn in any picture orders for students who participated in re-takes.
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City Saver Fundraiser

Burt Virtual Families,

As you may have seen or heard, we kicked off our annual Clarksville City Saver district-wide fundraiser this week. We have done this fundraiser for over 10 years and it has become a tradition in our community. We feel like this year more than ever, the City Saver coupon book will help many of our families save money in 2021. Also, the dozens of local restaurants and businesses that are part of the new book need our help and patronage this year as well.

Since your student is currently learning virtually, they will not be bringing a copy of the book home this week for you to look through, so we wanted to provide the below link so you can look through the new 2021 book to see all of the great discounts inside.


Two Ways to purchase the book and credit your school/student:

#1 - Click the below link and order a book from the City Saver website and have it shipped directly to your home. Please note there is a shipping/processing charge that will be added to your order. Make sure and put the name of your school and student in the BLUE BOX at checkout so they can get credit for prizes.


#2 - If you want to avoid the shipping charge of ordering the book online, you can contact your school office and arrange to stop by and pick up a copy of the new book and pay for it with cash/check. Checks should be made out to City Saver.

To view the Elementary Kickoff Video with details about the prizes your student can win, click the below link:


Burt Traditional Families,

Information was sent home with your student on Friday, January 29th. Please reference that material on how to participate.

Thank you for your support!!

Valentine's Day

While we will be hosting a Valentine's celebration at school this year on Friday, February 12th, it will look much different due to COVID-19 guidelines. Here are some things you should know:

  • No visitors will be allowed during the celebration.
  • Students should not bring in Valentines for their class.
  • If parents would like to send food, they must send in store-bought and individually wrapped items 72 hours prior to the celebration--Tuesday, February 9th.

Black History Month

We are excited to highlight and celebrate our African American community this month and always. We wanted to share with you a brief history of Burt School. Burt opened in 1952 as an all-black high school. Mr. G. W. Brooks was the first principal. Coach Clinton C. Gray instilled in his young basketball and track student, Wilma Rudolph, a competitive drive. In 1956, Wilma, a sixteen-year-old Burt student, won a Bronze Medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. She was honored in the Burt School Gymnasium with an awards ceremony and eventually went on to receive a scholarship to Tennessee State University. As a member of the Tiger Belles track team, she competed at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, and took home three gold medals! Burt remained a high school until 1970 when it began to serve as a 7th-grade facility. Since 1980, Burt has served the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System as an overflow school for the county. It has adapted to the needs of the county on numerous occasions as re-zonings have taken place. The history of Burt reflects a strong thread of perseverance. From its beginning as a black high school to its status as a rezoned overflow school to a school that survived a tornado, the faculty and staff have provided a caring, committed learning environment to its stakeholders. The same spirit and involvement have shadowed Burt through each new rezoning and this has prompted a strong sense of community and determination to meet the needs of an ever-changing and diverse population.

Burt High graduates have a strong presence in the community and continue to serve their Alma Mater in many capacities. Below is a link to their Facebook page.


We would love to continue to celebrate our history as a school. If you or someone you know is a Burt Alumni and would like to share stories, information or photos please email Ashley.karch@cmcss.net. We want to ensure that the next generation of Burt Tigers have a firm knowledge of their school and the important role it has played in the history books of Clarksville.

In addition, we are seeking adults who would like to share insight on the importance of Black History Month and what it means to them. We would love to share these with our students and faculty throughout the month and remainder of the school year and beyond. Videos can be shared with ashley.karch@cmcss.net.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Teacher of the Year

We are blessed and excited to share that our very own 3rd grade teacher and MCL, Victoria McAlman, was selected as the Pre-K-4th grade District Level Teacher of the Year!!!
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K-12 Virtual Enrollment

The deadline to apply for K-12 Virtual Learning for the 2021-2022 school year is February 15th.

Here is the link for the handbook.


Here is the website link for further info on how to apply. https://www.cmcss.net/k-12virtual/

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Students of the Month

Burt Elementary (5-8) Teacher of the Year: Cherie Bourne

Ms. Bourne was selected as the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for Burt for grades 5-8. Her passion for students is evident. She is focused on student achievement and she creates a classroom environment where she can zone in on the needs of each of her students. We are definitely proud of Ms. Bourne!
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Jimmy John's Teacher of the Month-Mrs. Becker

Mrs. Becker was selected by her peers as teacher of the month for January. Ms. Becker is a first-year teacher with an amazing work ethic and positive outlook. She is a team player and has established herself as a highly capable teacher and teammate.
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Spring Break Reminder

Mark your calendars for March 8-12!
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