April 14, 2021
OPEN, OUT-OF-COUNTY ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN
The Cheatham County School District is currently accepting applications for open and out-of-county enrollment for students who wish to attend our schools in the 2021-2022 school year. Open enrollment is for families who live in Cheatham County and would like for their child to attend a school other than the one they are zoned for. Out-of-county enrollment is for families who live outside of Cheatham County and would like to request that their child attend one of our schools. The Cheatham County School Board has waived the out-of-county tuition for students for the 2021-2022 school year. Additional information and the applications are available here.
SCHOOLS EARN "HEART SAFE SCHOOL" DESIGNATION
The Cheatham County School District is proud to announce that six of our schools have been designated as a “Heart Safe School.” The schools that have earned this designation are Ashland City Elementary STEM Academy, Cheatham County Central High School, Harpeth Middle School, Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, Riverside Academy and West Cheatham Elementary School. Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) aims to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens through education and life-saving programs. Becoming a “Heart Safe School” includes ensuring that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are available and accessible; having a written plan and team of CPR/AED-trained staff ready to act in an emergency; and conducting emergency response practice drills.
MUSEUM OF LITTER, PUBLIC AUCTION IS APRIL 20
The Iris Tennessee Cheatham Museum of Litter will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at the Sycamore Square Government Center on Frey Street in Ashland City. This project is sponsored by the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office, The Keenan Group and Let’s Talk Trash News. Eleven of our school are participating in this event. The iris masterpieces will be displayed in the lobby at the Sycamore Square Government Center for public voting all day Friday, April 16 and Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20 until noon. You can also vote on the “Let’s Talk Trash” Facebook page. You can vote for Best of Show, Most Beautiful, Most Creative, Best Use of Litter and Most Colorful. The Museum of Litter will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. The public auction will begin at 4:45 p.m. All auction funds raised will go directly to each school. Awards will be presented just before the auction.
VIRTUAL STUDENTS MUST TAKE TESTS IN PERSON
We want to remind our families that all students who are attending school virtually must take state assessments in person. State assessments will begin Wednesday, April 21 and schedules will vary by school. There is no option for students to take the tests remotely. Our schools are working on social distancing plans to ensure the safety and well-being of these students. Each school will contact virtual students with additional details.
STATE OFFERS TCAP FAMILY PORTAL
We want to share a valuable resource from the Tennessee Department of Education that is available to Tennessee students taking state assessments. The TCAP Family Portal is a free, online resource to help inform families of their student’s strengths and areas for growth. This resource has valuable information such as test history features allowing families to track progress over time, links to parent guides and next step recommendations, including links to practice tests. This resource is optional and printed individual student reports will still be available. Check out the above flyer for additional information.
EDUCATION JOB FAIR SET FOR APRIL 22
The Cheatham County School District is hosting an Education Job Fair on Thursday, April 22. The district is 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, and masks will be required. The job fair will be held from 2-5 p.m. at Riverside Academy (School Board Room), 104 Elizabeth St. in Ashland City. For a list of available positions, click here.
POPULAR BOOK WALK IS APRIL 24
Mark your calendars! The next Book Walk will be held Saturday, April 24. The Cheatham County Literacy Council and Cheatham County Kids are teaming up to sponsor the walk, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ashland City walking track, 100 Preacher Lane (next to Riverbluff Park). This month’s book is “Uniquely Wired," which ties into April being Autism Awareness Month. This is a free event and all families are invited to attend. Check out the flyer for more information.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK IS MAY 3-7
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7! Teachers have such a great impact on the lives of our students. We hope that our families can find a special way to say “thank you” to the wonderful and dedicated teachers in the Cheatham County School District.
SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE GRADUATION CEREMONIES
The graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 at Riverside Academy, Harpeth High School, Sycamore High School and Cheatham County Central High School have been announced. With safety guidelines due to COVID-19 still in place, the Cheatham County School District will need to limit the number of guests and make other modifications for the safety and health of graduates, guests and employees. Each school will communicate the guidelines and protocols with their students and families. In case of inclement weather, the schools that are planning outdoor ceremonies will move them inside.
April 29 – School Board Work Session, 7 p.m., Board Annex
May 3-7 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 – School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Board Annex
May 26 – Last Full Day of School for Students