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October 4th, 2021

Volunteer as an Educational Surrogate Parent for a Student with Disabilities

Caring individuals always make a difference in the lives of CMCSS students. The district is actively seeking community members who are able to represent the educational interests of students with disabilities.

All children with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) under state and federal special education laws. Included in these laws is a mandate for the parents of children with disabilities to have the opportunity to actively participate in the educational decision-making process. Some children with disabilities may not have parents who can fulfill this very important role, leaving their educational planning solely to representatives from their local school system or other agencies. Federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and state rules, regulations and minimum standards require that an individual must be appointed to make decisions regarding the education students with disabilities must receive.

What is a surrogate parent?

A surrogate parent is a volunteer who is appointed by a local education agency to assist children who do not have parents or family members. The surrogate parent has all of the rights and can make all of the special education or early intervention decisions that are usually made by the child’s parents. Surrogate parents can review educational records; request and consent to evaluations and reevaluations; and challenge the recommendations of the education or early intervention agency by requesting informal and formal dispute resolution procedures. A surrogate parent does not have any rights and responsibilities for the child outside of the special education process.

When does a child require a surrogate parent?

A child with a disability requires a surrogate when:

  1. the parent (as defined in § 300.519) or guardian cannot be identified;
  2. the LEA, after reasonable efforts, cannot discover the whereabouts of a parent;
  3. the child is a ward of the State; or
  4. the child is an unaccompanied homeless youth as defined in section 725 (6) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(6).

What are the responsibilities of a surrogate parent?

The surrogate parent acts as a substitute parent and is given the responsibility of determining the child’s educational experiences. A surrogate parent is not responsible for any financial costs or direct care of the child with disabilities. The surrogate parent represents the child in every step of the education process including identification, evaluation, and educational placement. The Surrogate Parent fulfills the parent role at all Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team meetings and works to ensure that the child receives FAPE. A surrogate parent is also responsible for keeping confidential all information from the child’s educational, medical, or social services records.

Who can be a surrogate?

Any citizen of the United States of permanent resident who is at least 18 years old and has no conflict of interest concerning the child’s education may serve as an educational surrogate and must be of good moral character. The educational surrogate must act in the best interest of the student he/she represents. Furthermore, an educational surrogate may not be an employee of a public agency providing care, custody, or educational services to the specific child in need of educational surrogate representation.

How much time and money will this commitment take?

Surrogate parents are required to devote approximately three hours to the training provided by Clarksville Montgomery County Schools at least annually. After a student with disabilities is assigned, the educational surrogate reviews the student’s record well enough to understand the student’s needs, strengths, interests as well as their school history. Training is provided free of charge.

If you are interested in attending a training to become a surrogate parent, please email [email protected].


September 21st, 2021

Nationwide Food and Supply Shortages Impact Cafeteria Menus

The CMCSS Child Nutrition Department is being impacted by nationwide food and supply shortages. These shortages are creating unavoidable, last-minute menu changes and modifications to the serving trays and utensils. Menu selections may be further limited or altered. However, please know that students will continue to receive a free breakfast and a free lunch this school year. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these shortages.

Contact your student’s cafeteria manager with any questions regarding the school menu. For more information about Food Services, visit the Child Nutrition employee page.

 

Update September 29, 2021

During the September 28 CMCSS School Board meeting, Dr. Angela Huff, Interim Director of Schools addressed the board with information concerning the current supply shortage situation. In her remarks, Dr. Huff mentioned the following:

  • Nationwide, high-volume shortages and supply chain disruptions are creating unavoidable, last-minute menu changes and modifications to serving trays and utensils. However, please note that complete, USDA-approved meals are still being served every day at no charge to students.
  • With the shortages, non-conventional meal tray replacements are being implemented such as bagging all items without a tray. Menu selections may be unconventional, such as sides not matching traditionally with entrees or hamburger/hotdog buns being replaced with flatbreads, wraps, or crackers.
  • Although the Child Nutrition Department has contracts with vendors, they are continuously exploring alternative suppliers and options. A major issue is that many vendors are not taking on new high-volume customers as they work to supply their current customers. For some, sourcing can be as simple as going to Kroger if Publix is out something they need. The District serves over 150,000 meals a week, so sourcing locally is generally not a viable option.
  • The Child Nutrition Department will continue navigating the supply chain disruptions and shortages that have been making national headlines to ensure our students continue to be served USDA-approved meals each school day.
  • As a reminder, CMCSS is not the agency which supplies P-EBT cards. The Tennessee Department of Human Services oversees the pandemic food benefits program.

July 7th, 2021

Pre-Practical Nursing Program for HS Seniors

Pre-Practical Nursing Opportunity for Rising Seniors 2021-2022

Will you be a CMCSS senior during the 2021-2022 school year? Are you interested in becoming a nurse after high school graduation? The Pre-Practical Nursing Program may be for you!

Virtual Information Sessions

Thursday, July 8 at 11:00 am: https://cmcss-net.zoom.us/j/89929463750

Thursday, July 8 at 5:30 pm: https://cmcss-net.zoom.us/j/83946079460

Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00 pm: https://cmcss-net.zoom.us/j/86205295049

Overview

Three trimester (1 year) certification program through TCAT.

Students study basic nursing skills and related subjects such as body structure and function, nutrition, pharmacology, obstetrics, and psychology. Clinical experience provides supervised nursing care of medical, surgical, obstetric, and pediatric patients. Both classroom work and clinical experiences are such that upon completion of the course, the graduate is eligible for the State Board of Nursing’s written examination. Licensed practical nurses who have passed their examination usually work under the supervision of the registered nurse or physician.

Pre-Practical Nursing 
High school students will have the opportunity to complete the first trimester of the TCAT’s Practical Nursing Program free of charge while still in high school.

  • Half of the day (up to four class periods) will consist of core HS graduation requirements. Students may complete these courses traditionally at their zoned school or through an online platform as an enrolled student in the Early Technical College at TCAT.
  • Students will complete three hours of pre-practical nursing classes at TCAT from 2:30 – 5:30 pm each day, Monday – Friday.

CMCSS can only provide transportation to and from the TCAT if a student participates in the program through enrollment in the Early Technical College. All books, uniforms, and tuition costs for the Pre-Practical Nursing Program will be covered by CMCSS and a TCAT grant.

Successful pre-practical nursing students will be guaranteed a seat at either TCAT Clarksville or TCAT Dickson as an adult student in the Practical Nursing program after high school graduation. Students will complete clinical hours in the summer between their HS graduation and adult TCAT enrollment in order to be able to sit for the CNA certification assessment and ensure a seamless transition into the adult program.

Entrance Requirements

  • GPA: 2.5 or above
  • A grade of 80 or better per course in Biology, Algebra I, and English
  • ACT: 19 or higher score in Reading and Math OR successful passage of the state-wide HSEI examination (70-Reading and 70-Math)

Apply

Complete the Google Form (here). In-person interviews or virtual interviews will be scheduled for students who meet the entrance requirements.

Questions

Contact Dr. Karen Beard, Early Technical College Administrator, at [email protected].


June 17th, 2021

CMCSS Awarded Nearly $50,000 for Educator Prep Program, CTE Initiatives

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System was recently awarded nearly $50,000 by the Tennessee Department of Education. Through the Perkins Reserve Grant (PRG), the district will receive $49,997 for FY22. The Tennessee Department of Education awarded 38 school districts from across the state, which collectively received over $2 million in awards.

These funds will support career and technical education (CTE) initiatives for students throughout Tennessee.

In a statement from the Tennessee Department of Education, Commissioner Penny Schwinn said, “Tennessee is continuing to focus on career and technical education to boost student readiness and postsecondary success, and the Perkins Reserve Grant awards help support this work, especially in our rural districts. These grant awards will ensure districts, schools and partners can continue coming together to help expand CTE opportunities for all students.”

CMCSS plans to fund an Educator Prep Program, through which qualified candidates who are coming directly from jobs in aligned business and industry sectors can become certified teachers. Historically, CMCSS has averaged 4-5 new CTE teachers per year entering the profession through this pathway. During the past two years, that number has risen to nine new teachers each year. As the district continues to grow and demand for career-ready pathways increases, the district will continue to actively prepare and support current educators and recruit new experts in their respective fields.

Not only will the district continue to recruit and train qualified teachers for CTE programs, but the PRG funding also will be used to continue educating students on the career opportunities and technical training available after graduation. CMCSS plans to increase engagement with middle school students in order to continue to generate interest and excitement for over 32 different CTE pathways, including those within the eight CMCSS Academies.

Introducing sixth through eighth-grade students to future careers allows them to better understand the multitude of options available after graduation. Likewise, it allows students to develop a more strategic path in their academic journey, providing the chance to explore future career paths while still in school.

“We are thrilled with the chance to expand our CTE educator training and recruitment,” said Dr. Dayna Paine, director of career and technical education. “Investing in students benefits not just the individual, but the community as a whole.”

For more information on the CMCSS Career and Technical Education programs, click here.


June 16th, 2021

Montgomery Central High – Summer Learning Programs

A recent communication was sent to some middle school families:

You are receiving this message because your eighth-grade student (name specified in email) has been promoted to high school even though they failed two or more classes in middle school. We are reaching out to you today to ask for your assistance in ensuring that your student comes to high school in August prepared for the academic course load. Montgomery Central High School will be offering a unique opportunity for your student to attend a High School Summer Session. The session will take place for two weeks, July 6-9 and July 12-16 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. Completion of this program will bridge the academic gap. Additionally, this program will ensure that incoming high-school student-athletes are eligible to play sports at the high-school level. All athletes must be academically eligible to participate in the fall in accordance with TSSAA rules.

 If you are interested in allowing your child to attend, please complete the following form by Friday, June 18: https://forms.gle/TjdC8aPQwvh9KS8g7 

 If you have questions, please email [email protected] or [email protected] 


May 19th, 2021

CMCSS 2021-2022 In-Person Learning Health and Safety Overview

CMCSS has communicated with families since last year that schools cannot eliminate the spread of COVID-19 during in-person learning, but our collective actions can help mitigate the spread. The District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy has always been about using multiple layers to improve success, sometimes referred to as the Swiss Cheese model. For the 2021-2022 school year, CMCSS has been using the following primary mitigation layers:

  • Using MERV 13 instead of MERV 9 filters in all buildings
  • Increasing outdoor air ventilation
  • Employing enhanced two-step cleaning throughout buildings
  • Encouraging self-screening, masks, handwashing, covering sneezes, and staying home when sick for all students, employees, and visitors
  • Identifying opportunities to promote physical distancing when possible in schools
  • Replenishing hand sanitizing stations
  • Promoting the use of personal water bottles and filling stations while water fountains are shut down
  • Establishing School Health Screening Rooms
  • Providing vaccination opportunities and COVID-19 testing for employees and their families at Onsite Employee Health and Wellness Clinics
  • Updating and implementing the Return to School/Work Flowchart

To add more layers to CMCSS’ mitigation strategy, effective Monday, August 23, the following protocols will take effect until Montgomery County goes back down to moderate/low transmission levels:

  • Modifying custodial procedures to further increase the focus on two-step cleaning throughout the day and decrease focus on other areas (window cleaning, floor buffing, etc.)
  • Operating mechanical systems (HVAC) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as possible for each building’s situation to further increase filtration
  • Limiting nonessential visitors from the school environment at the discretion of building administrators, to include temporarily not allowing lunchtime visitors
  • Limiting indoor mass gatherings during the school day at the discretion of building administrators
  • Providing masks in school buildings and on transportation for those who request one
  • Increasing hand sanitizing stations in schools and on transportation

COVID-19 Exposure Response Plan

When a CMCSS student or CMCSS employee tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to notify either the school nurse (if they are a student) or their supervisor (if they are an employee). The medical office that performed the test will notify the Montgomery County Health Department for contact tracing. 

Click here for the current CMCSS Return to Work/School Flowchart developed by the CMCSS Safety and Health Department in collaboration with the Montgomery County Health Department. For the Spanish version, click here.

Events/Athletics Capacity

CMCSS will return to normal capacity for after-school events, meetings, and athletics for the 2021-2022 school year. CMCSS will continue following TSSAA’s guidelines for athletics. The district will keep families informed as guidelines are updated throughout the year.

Face Masks

Face masks are strongly encouraged for students, employees, and visitors inside buildings and on transportation. Families are encouraged to use their judgment on sending their student(s) to school with a mask and make whatever decision will be best for the health of their child(ren) or other members of their household. For more information from the CDC on the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19, click here

Self-Screening

Employees will be expected to self-screen before entering school premises.

Self-screening protocols for students and visitors will continue. Families are strongly encouraged to engage in self-screening at home prior to each school day. Click here for updated guidance from the CDC regarding screening K-12 students for symptoms of COVID-19.

Self-Screening Protocol

Have you had any of the below symptoms as a new-onset in the past 72 hours? (This does not include chronic conditions)

  • fever of 100 degrees or greater
  • new onset of a cough
  • new onset of shortness of breath
  • new onset of sore throat
  • new onset of body aches
  • diarrhea
  • new onset of headache
  • new onset of loss of taste or smell
  • nausea or vomiting
  • congestion or runny nose
  • chills
  • fatigue

If “yes”, please consult your personal health care provider before returning to any CMCSS locations. Students, employees, and visitors who are sick must follow the CMCSS Flowchart.

Water Fountains

Water fountains will be closed during the 2021-2022 school year. Water filling stations will be open where available. Students should bring their own water bottles. 

Effective June 1, 2021; Updated Aug. 20, 2021. Subject to change based on updated guidance and local, state, or national recommendations or mandates.

May 18th, 2021

LIVE STREAM: Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremonies

Below is the information regarding live streams of CMCSS graduations. Each high school administration is communicating with students and families about specific graduation times since there will be multiple ceremonies per school. Contact your child’s enrolled school for specific questions regarding ticketing, seating, or ceremony information.

Adult Education

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Ceremony A (11:30 am): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

Clarksville High School

Saturday, May 29, 2021
Ceremony A (9:00 am): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony B (11:30 am): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony C (2:00 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

Kenwood High School

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Ceremony A (4:30 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony B (7:00 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

Middle College at Austin Peay State University

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Ceremony A (9:00 am): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

Montgomery Central High School

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Ceremony A (4:30 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony B (7:00 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

Northeast High School

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Ceremony A (2:00 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony B (4:30 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony C (7:00 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

Northwest High School

Friday, May 28, 2021
Ceremony A (4:30 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony B (7:00 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

Rossview High School

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Ceremony A (9:00 am): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony B (11:30 am): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony C (2:00 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

West Creek High School

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Ceremony A (9:00 am): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony B (11:30 am): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony C (2:00 pm): Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

 

Additional Information

Cheatham County Central High School

Friday, May 28, 2021, at 1o:00 am: Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

Sycamore High School

Friday, May 28, 2021, at 1:00 pm: Watch the graduation here (YouTube)

 


May 18th, 2021

Montgomery Central High School

The following awards, accolades, and recognitions are for the Montgomery Central High School Class of 2021.

Academics

Academic Awards

The annual Academic Awards Ceremony honors high school seniors who have achieved academic excellence during the entirety of their high school careers. To be eligible for an academic honor, students must have an average of 93 for their entire high school career, not dropping below an 85 in any one subject. 

The Academic Awards are sponsored by the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Trinity Shaye Pulley, Valedictorian

Makayla Marie Eller, Salutatorian

Athletic Signings

Softball

Katie Brooks  |  Trevecca Nazarene University

Alyssa Hudson  |  Bryan College 

Career & Technical Education

Automotive

Logan Suggs

Cosmetology

Kaylee Williams

HVAC

Dallon Ogs

Pharmacy Technician

Audrey Stone

Practical Nursing

Percilla Williams

Veterinary and Animal Science

The following students have received industry certification.

Matthew Taylor, Gracie Hughes, Audrie Primm, Trinity Pulley, Christopher Steffen, Caleb Carvan, Morgan Jackson, Chloe Dial

Welding

Camden Williams
Cierra Gibson

Industry Certifications

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Savana Gibbons, Raegan Gleckler, Leann Dearth, Madison Roby, Abigail South, Kirstin Nicole Jean Hatcher, Hannah Richardson, Jacob Gallo, Emily Ann Carlan

OSHA 10 Agriculture

Lauran Britt, Trinity Pulley, Destiney Wawrzyniak

OSHA 10 Construction

Tyler Sheppard, Robert Dozier, Justin Witt, Tucker Mixon, Logan Suggs, Robert Johnson, Jackson Pfeiff, Adam Allen, Serena Pang 

Microsoft Office Specialist

Garrett Webb, Autumn Johnson

 

Additional Highlights

Business Student of the Year

Autumn Johnson is the only student in the county to earn the MOS-Specialist Associate certification

Graduation Information

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Ceremony A (4:30 pm):
Watch the graduation here (YouTube)
Ceremony B (7:00 pm):
Watch the graduation here (YouTube)


david mchs April 21st, 2021

Career Ready: MCHS student finds a full-time career through specialized internship program

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A mission to have all students college or career ready seems daunting in a district of over 36,000 students. It requires planning and commitment to provide resources, opportunities, and programs designed for all students. For educators, they know every student will not travel the same path, and in CMCSS, teams of professionals work together to create valuable experiences for students.

For the past five years, the CMCSS Operations Department has partnered with Special Populations to create a specially designed internship program. The internship allows students in the CDC program, who are able and willing to work, an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be marketable in employment areas. 

During the school year, students take an assessment to determine their strengths and find a suitable placement. In previous years, this included participation in both the internal internship and through Project Search, a nationwide program that provides transition-to-work opportunities. CMCSS did not want COVID-19 restrictions to limit the potential for students, so the Operations Department continued their program this year even though Project Search was limited. 

“The program gives our students a fighting chance in the real world. They are often ahead of their typically developing peers as they have experience and skills to be gainfully employed,” said Ms. Tuberville, CDC Instructor and SPED Lead at Montgomery Central High. “I love this program and fully support the community efforts it takes to engage, encourage, and instruct students to be the absolute best they can be in life.”

This is what allowed David Stockman, a senior at Montgomery Central, the opportunity to find full-time employment before graduation. He began his internship at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year and was offered a full-time position in March. 

“He is an amazing young man,” said Ms. Tuberville. “He’s a dedicated, hard-worker who loves taking care of others.”

According to his teacher, David’s outlook has always been positive, but she can see the internship has given him a new perspective. “He does see and more fully understands the importance of having a job with benefits and earning a paycheck.”

David echos this sentiment. When asked how employment will impact his life, he said, “It feels pretty good. I can help pay bills. Buy my own stuff.” His goal right now is saving money for a truck.

The balance between education and the world of work is not lost on him either. From both experiences, he has learned valuable skills that will help further his career. The custodian position requires mixing of chemicals and understanding measurements. “There’s a lot of math in this job,” he admitted and was proud to say his time in school gave him confidence in his math abilities.


March 30th, 2021

MCHS Eagle Scout cares for FIT families

Isaiah Shane Brown is a senior at Montgomery Central High School who has a heart for his community. He took the initiative to collect resources and prepare 313 hygiene bags for the Family in Transition office’s local families.
Through the pandemic, Isaiah spent time fundraising and purchasing items to be included in the bags. He asked the community for donations and partnered with local organizations to spread the word.
These bags will be used for FIT students in need across the district, from elementary to high school. The bags have been prepared in sections, with specific items included for elementary children, teen girls, and teen boys.
At times it became difficult to receive donations, but Isaiah never gave up on his mission. Isaiah is a true example of a student who is positively contributing to CMCSS and the community.