This Week at MHS

Here's what is happening the week of January 4th - 8th!

Dear MHS Parents and Students,

Happy New Year! We are thankful to welcome in 2021.


We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school this week! We are on a staggered schedule, where students are expected to be in school - either digitally or in person - depending on where their last name falls in the alphabet. Please see the daily schedule below to determine which days your student needs to attend in person.


Student schedules for the January - May semester are currently visible in PowerSchool. Students will need to look in PowerSchool to determine which classes and teachers they will be attending starting on January 5th. We will not have homeroom on the first days of school, so students will need to refer to PowerSchool for teacher names and room numbers for their schedule.


When classes start on January 5th, we will be on a stagger attendance, and some students will first meet their teachers digitally. All information for starting classes will be posted on each teacher's Canvas page for students.


On Monday, January 4th from 4:00-6:00pm digital and hybrid students should stop by the gym to receive the books and materials needed for this semester's classes.


Friday, January 8, 2021 will be the last day to request a schedule change.


For any student who was unable to take the State EOC for their assigned course, or complete all sections prior to Winter Break, the teacher final exam will count for the entire 25% of the student grade. We will not be holding make-up testing sessions for the State EOC exams. We believe it is better to start the year with a focus on only this semester's courses.


As we join back together after this break, we remind everyone that all students are expected to wear a face covering when social distancing cannot occur. We appreciate your support in caring for the health and well being of our school community.

January 14th - Digital Open House for MHS

On Thursday, January 14th, all teachers will have an Open House Video posted on their Canvas Page for the courses taught this semester.

Rising Sophomore Parent Meeting - January 14th - 6:30pm at MHS

MHS will be hosting a parent meeting for all rising 10th grade students on January 14th starting at 6:30pm. For this presentation, we request that only one parent per household attend to ensure appropriate distancing. A digital presentation will be available on January 14th as well for any families who may be unable to attend in person. We will be dividing into three groups by last name - A-G, H-N, and O-Z. During this presentation our school counselors will provide information to support student registration later in January.


Parents should report to a location based on the first letter of the last name of their student:


Student Last names A-G : Report to the GYM

Student Last names H-N : Report to the Cafeteria

Student Last names L-Z : Report to the Auditorium

Clarifying Required Quarantine Times

As you know, the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health have recently made changes to quarantine time frames. Our Health Department has clarified the policies and procedures we are expected to follow. Here are the details you need to know for next semester:



  1. Close contact quarantine is now only 10 days, not 14.
  2. The 10 day quarantine requirement can be shortened with the following stipulations:
  • A student must receive a negative result from a PCR test, not a rapid test.
  • The test must be taken on Day 6 of the quarantine time frame or later.
  • The negative test allows a student to return to school on Day 8 of the quarantine time. Basically, a negative test will allow a student back two days sooner, depending on the length of time it takes to receive the test results.
  • Documentation of the negative test results will be required to re-enter school early and should be provided to the school nurse before a student attends classes.



We know that asking a student to quarantine impacts extracurricular obligations, work obligations, and family plans. Thank you for your continued support as we follow the TDOH guidelines this upcoming semester.

Athletic Events Attendance Update

TSSAA has issued new guidelines for attendance at indoor sports based on the Governor's Executive Order #70, which remains in effect through January 19, 2021. Because of the significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Tennessee, additional restrictions on who may attend interscholastic athletic practices and contests will be in place.


Unfortunately, large scale attendance by spectators and students must be curtailed. Doing so means that bands, pep bands, cheerleaders, and dance teams may not attend athletic contests while these restrictions remain in place.


In accordance with the new Executive Order, the only attendees permitted at practices or games, in addition to the student-athletes on the team, are:

1. Players’ parents or guardians and immediate household members;
2. First Responders;
3. Coaching and team personnel;
4. School, game, and facility administrators;
5. Athletics officials; and
6. Media and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity.


Social distancing between persons from different households is required.


While the Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks, the Governor has encouraged masks, and the TSSAA COVID-19 Sports Regulations provision regarding the use of masks remains.

Monday, January 4th - Teacher Workday - No Students

Teacher Work day


4:00-6:00pm Digital/Hybrid Students pick up materials for the new semester outside the gym

Tuesday, January 5th - A DAY - FIRST DAY FOR STUDENTS

  • traditional students with last names A-K are in school
  • traditional students with last names L-Z are engaged in digital lessons at home
  • all digital students engaged in digital lessons at home
  • hybrid students report for their class or engage digitally


6:30pm Wrestling at William Blount

Wednesday, January 6th - A DAY

  • traditional students with last names L-Z are in school
  • traditional students with last names A-K are engaged in digital lessons at home
  • all digital students engaged in digital lessons at home
  • hybrid students report for their class or engage digitally

Thursday, January 7th - B DAY

  • traditional students with last names A-K are in school
  • traditional students with last names L-Z are engaged in digital lessons at home
  • all digital students engaged in digital lessons at home
  • hybrid students report for their class or engage digitally


6:30pm Wrestling vs. Alcoa at MHS

Friday, January 8th - B DAY

  • traditional students with last names L-Z are in school
  • traditional students with last names A-K are engaged in digital lessons at home
  • all digital students engaged in digital lessons at home
  • hybrid students report for their class or engage digitally


Last day to request a schedule change with school counselor.


4:30-7pm BBall at Hardin Valley

Senior Parents!

All Senior Parents will receive an invoice for senior fees in January, 2021 that will include the price for caps and gowns, Fire and Ice, and the senior banquet. This fee will be $80.

BELL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:

8:25-9:50 First Period


9:50-10:05 Break


10:05-11:30 Second Period


11:35-1:45 Third Period and Lunch


A LUNCH

Lunch 11:30-12:00

Class 12:05-1:45

B LUNCH

Class 11:35-12:05

Lunch 12:05-12:35

Class 12:35-1:45

C LUNCH

Class 11:35-12:40

Lunch 12:40-1:10

Class 1:10-1:45

D LUNCH

Class 11:35-1:15

Lunch 1:15-1:45



1:50-3:20 Fourth Period


MHS will host FAFSA completion events on January 13 and 14. Due to COVID-19, the event will be virtual ONLY. Seniors who want to remain TN Promise eligible for the February 1 FAFSA deadline will be assigned a time to meet with a TSAC representative for FAFSA completion assistance. If students participate in this event, please understand that it will be up to families to complete the parent portion of the FAFSA after February 1.



MHS will administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test January 19, 2021. ASVAB results offer access to excellent career exploration information that can assist students in finding a career that matches their strengths. Participation in the ASVAB does not obligate a student to talk with a military recruiter or consider a military career. If your child would like the take the ASVAB, the registration link is housed on the Daily Announcements webpage and in Canvas. The deadline to register is January 15.


Attention parents of current sophomores and juniors. Course registration for the 2021-22 school year will take place in February and early March. Stay tuned! More details to follow!