Tennessee, Hamilton County ACT scores down slightly from last year
Tennessee, Hamilton County ACT scores down slightly from last year

Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced that 63,829 students from Tennessee’s 2019 graduating class took the ACT, earning an average composite score of 20, down from 20.2 last year.

Cleveland-Bradley Youth Leaders donate to Habitat for Humanity
Cleveland-Bradley Youth Leaders donate to Habitat for Humanity

The 2019-20 Youth Leadership class of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce raised $ 1,687.78 in funding support for Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland’s home construction fund.

"I thought lottery money was going to the schools"
"I thought lottery money was going to the schools"

I answer this question every day. So occasionally, I post it here. “Why are the schools asking for money? What about the Tennessee Lottery money? They say it goes to education!”

Sequatchie sixth graders set example with beautiful friendship
Sequatchie sixth graders set example with beautiful friendship

Gracie and Matthew are rock stars at their school. Other students spontaneously applaud when they enter the cafeteria.

Rivermont teacher wins $20K Toyota Family Teacher of the Year
Rivermont teacher wins $20K Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

Colleen Ryan said she didn't see it coming when Toyota representatives visited her school with a big surprise for her.

Rhea County Imagination Library kicks off Book Bus campaign
Rhea County Imagination Library kicks off Book Bus campaign

The Imagination Library of Rhea County is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. They are also kicking-off a campaign to "Build the Bus" - a mobile book bus that will travel the county year-round for all ages, giving free books to everyone. There are

Hamilton County graduation rates increase slightly
Hamilton County graduation rates increase slightly

Three Hamilton County schools achieved 100% graduation rates in the 2018-19 school year, while two others dropped sharply, below the 70% mark.

Hamilton School Board gives superintendent high marks
Hamilton School Board gives superintendent high marks

As Hamilton County schools superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson begins his third year on the job, most of the nine school board members give him high ratings for his performance. With the exception of some pointed criticism from District 1 board member Rhonda

Marion County 4-H seafood chefs win national competition
Marion County 4-H seafood chefs win national competition

The Great American Seafood Cook-Off national champions are Evan England, Griffin Adkins, Bryson Kilgore, Carson Keeler, and Payne Bumpus.

Marty's Center opens new building for hearing-impaired pre-schoolers
Marty's Center opens new building for hearing-impaired pre-schoolers

Marty's Center is described as a comprehensive inclusive program with regular education children who help influence the speech patterns of the hearing-impaired children.

Most Tennessee schools improved in TNReady testing
Most Tennessee schools improved in TNReady testing

According to the Tennessee Department of Education, TNReady assessment results indicate that students across the state are performing better in almost all math subjects.

Superintendent Johnson creates scholarships to honor late mother
Superintendent Johnson creates scholarships to honor late mother

The LaBrenda Johnson Memorial Scholarship will soon be shared with Hamilton County high school seniors..

Supt. Johnson responds to criticism of "white privilege" controversy
Supt. Johnson responds to criticism of "white privilege" controversy

Almost three weeks after a controversial presentation by a visiting speaker, Hamilton County schools superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson has issued a public response. 

Stone Creek Elementary teachers create flexible student seating
Stone Creek Elementary teachers create flexible student seating

Stone Creek Elementary School in Walker County, Georgia seems quiet, but there's a revolution underway.

New teachers welcome challenges of the first day of school
New teachers welcome challenges of the first day of school

Students in Hamilton County headed back to school Wednesday morning, and Channel 3 caught up with some second graders East Ridge Elementary to get an inside look at their day.

Snow Hill Elementary renovated for new school year
Snow Hill Elementary renovated for new school year

Snow Hill Elementary will open the 2019 school year with a new look as the addition and renovation have been completed and ready for children on the first day of school.

Bell times for the first day of school in the Tennessee Valley
Bell times for the first day of school in the Tennessee Valley

Bells will be ringing for students as they head back to school.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spends months preparing for the first day of school
Tennessee Highway Patrol spends months preparing for the first day of school

THP troopers have inspected school buses and trained drivers. Now, they want to make sure the school year goes smooth for every family. 

Local teachers prep classrooms for new school year
Local teachers prep classrooms for new school year

Thousands of students are heading back to class this week.

Motivational seminar for Hamilton County teachers stirs debate
Motivational seminar for Hamilton County teachers stirs debate

An in-service motivational presentation to teachers today has stirred up a debate. Some are saying the message was racist and inappropriate.

Where to find the best back to school deals
Where to find the best back to school deals

As students head back to class, parents are rushing to get those last-minute school supplies.

Connect Academy for middle schoolers set to open at Howard
Connect Academy for middle schoolers set to open at Howard

Lost amid the shuffle of tax talk, facilities reports, and teacher pay is a major move for Hamilton County schools. A new middle school is opening in the Howard High School building, utilizing long abandoned space. And their goal is to reinvent the middle

Teachers prepare to spend hundreds on supplies for new school year
Teachers prepare to spend hundreds on supplies for new school year

Erin Kirby with Hamilton County Schools says that’s why the district is promoting a school supply drive this year. 

Cleveland's new Candy's Creek Cherokee school opens in August
Cleveland's new Candy's Creek Cherokee school opens in August

For the first time in 27 years, Cleveland City Schools is establishing a brand new school, from the ground up.

Snow Hill Elementary honors 2nd grader Hanna Barrott
Snow Hill Elementary honors 2nd grader Hanna Barrott

Family and classmates are rolling up their sleeves to raise awareness about a genetic condition that has affected Hannah. It's called Ichthyosis.

Blue Cross Healthy Place at Highland Park to help schools, community
Blue Cross Healthy Place at Highland Park to help schools, community

BlueCross Healthy Place projects are underway in Memphis, Kingsport and Huntland, Tenn., but the Highland Park space will be the first in the Chattanooga area since the program began last year.

Big Ridge 3rd graders win David Carroll's Presidential Pizza Challenge
Big Ridge 3rd graders win David Carroll's Presidential Pizza Challenge

Prepare yourself to be blown away by these brilliant 3rd graders!

Center for Creative Arts valedictorian is headed to Harvard as US Scholar
Center for Creative Arts valedictorian is headed to Harvard as US Scholar

The valedictorian of the senior class at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (CCA) is also the class president and the drummer in the school’s jazz band.

SCHOOL PATROL: Hamilton County schools struggle with 'discipline gap'
SCHOOL PATROL: Hamilton County schools struggle with 'discipline gap'

In February 2019, the Tennessee Department of Education flagged 25 school districts across the state for disproportionately disciplining children with disabilities, including Cleveland City and Hamilton County schools.

SCHOOL PATROL: Hamilton County Schools considering 7% budget increase request
SCHOOL PATROL: Hamilton County Schools considering 7% budget increase request

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson says, 'It's not okay' that the school system lags behind other Tennessee school systems in teacher pay.

Central High principal Finley King 'takes off' on new career
Central High principal Finley King 'takes off' on new career

Finley King is leaving Central High after twelve years as principal for a new career with Delta Airlines.

SCHOOL PATROL: Southeast Whitfield students earn rare engineering certification
SCHOOL PATROL: Southeast Whitfield students earn rare engineering certification

Now 18, and two months away from graduation, Rafa Avila and Noel Lopez are headed for college as certified SolidWorks professionals, the equivalent of four years of college course work.

SCHOOL PATROL: CSAS students create automatic voting bill for TN Legislature
SCHOOL PATROL: CSAS students create automatic voting bill for TN Legislature

CSAS students have won a competition sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, challenging them to draft a bill to present to the state legislature.

Chattanooga Moms for Social Justice make over Barger classroom
Chattanooga Moms for Social Justice make over Barger classroom

The Barger Academy project is one of several classroom makeovers planned by the group for this year.

Brainerd Baptist School goes the extra (350) miles for Hayden
Brainerd Baptist School goes the extra (350) miles for Hayden

Brainerd Baptist School is going the extra 350 miles to help a student dealing with health issues.

Mom speaks out: 'Ooltewah High did not protect my son'
Mom speaks out: 'Ooltewah High did not protect my son'

'What happened to my son in a classroom, and what has taken place since that day should not happen to any child.'

SCHOOL PATROL: Details are limited on recent Ooltewah High incidents
SCHOOL PATROL: Details are limited on recent Ooltewah High incidents

In recent days, reports have circulated about two separate assaults at Ooltewah High School, but school and law enforcement officials haven't released much information.

School bus driver 'un-retires' to take troubled Woodmore route
School bus driver 'un-retires' to take troubled Woodmore route

The kids and their parents call him Mr. Shack.

UPDATE: Tommy Layne is reinstated as Sequatchie High principal
UPDATE: Tommy Layne is reinstated as Sequatchie High principal

Superintendent Michael (Pete) Swafford says he made the decision after speaking with Layne last month. 

SCHOOL PATROL: Parkridge Medical Center trains teachers for medical emergencies
SCHOOL PATROL: Parkridge Medical Center trains teachers for medical emergencies

Parkridge is providing Code Blue classes for some Hamilton County schools that is led by emergency medicine providers.

SCHOOL PATROL: Boynton students create website to sell ornaments for Haiti relief
SCHOOL PATROL: Boynton students create website to sell ornaments for Haiti relief

The campaign is called the Friends of Momance, to raise funds for the children of Momance, Haiti.

Silverdale students bring holiday spirit to Orchard Knob Elementary
Silverdale students bring holiday spirit to Orchard Knob Elementary

Orchard Knob Elementary became a scene of holiday excitement Wednesday afternoon as more than six hundred students opened their Christmas surprises.

Former School Board chair Everett Fairchild dies at 89
Former School Board chair Everett Fairchild dies at 89

A man who devoted his life to education in Hamilton County has died. Everett Fairchild was 89.

SCHOOL PATROL: Ivy Academy's environmental curriculum continues to grow
SCHOOL PATROL: Ivy Academy's environmental curriculum continues to grow

Described as a school with an environmental theme, Ivy Academy’s first decade has seen growth from a handful of students, to more than 300, with more on the way.

UPDATE: Benton Elementary School roof repairs to be finished this week
UPDATE: Benton Elementary School roof repairs to be finished this week

Tuesday, crews worked to put the roof back together. Air quality and asbestos experts examined the cafeteria as a precaution.

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