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Final school bell to ring Sept. 30 for long-time superintendent By James A. Webb General Manager

For the last 15 years, John Pipkin has congratulated every student upon graduation from Chester County High School. As they walk across the stage at Loyd Auditorium, Pipkin shakes their hand and smiles, hoping the graduates realize the depth of their accomplishments, as well as the pride the school system and community feel for the student. With his retirement scheduled for Sept. 30, Pipkin concludes a 40-year career as an educator, most of it in the same school system from which he himself graduated. He leaves confident that the local schools are accomplishing their goals of preparing students for whatever they face. Soon Pipkin will be more concerned with shooting par or better at the golf course, but for now he’s still racing to the finish line. “We’re always looking for ways to improve,” Pipkin emphasized. “(But) things change as to what makes students ready.” He pointed to staff development as crucial to giving educators what they need to give students what they need to be prepared. “Most of the learning that took place in the classroom of old was lecture type, teaching and interaction with students and teachers. Not a lot of visual learning. “Now we have the visual aspect which is prevalent in the classroom,” he said, “video streaming and downloading information and short clips of information from the Internet. Visual learning, in addition to auditory learning, captures all the senses in learning.” Pipkin said that students today are “wired” differently than in the past, having grown up with multiple stimuli. However, he noted, “Even with all the aids we have, there is no figure in the classroom that affects learning more than the teacher.”

And standards and expectations for students are getting higher and higher. As an example, courses that were taught in sixth grade a few years ago are now covered in fourth grade. More and more is being required of students for graduation, something Pipkin agrees with, but cautions about moving too swiftly. “But I’m confident our students and teachers can achieve those goals if given the tools.” Pipkin graduated from Chester County High School in 1966, and attended FreedHardeman College and Union University. He was hired as a teacher at CCHS in 1970, coaching both girls’ and boys’ basketball at various times, in addition to girls’ softball and track. His 1978 Eaglette team won the state basketball championship, and in 1981 he coached the Eaglette softball team to a second place finish in the state. He left the Chester County school system in 1984 to go to Old Hickory Academy, later renamed University School of Jackson, where he again led the girls’ basketball team to the state tournament on several occasions. In 1989, Pipkin returned to the Chester County system as a teacher and coach. He was elected superintendent in 1996, serving a four-year term before the state legislature made the office an appointed position. The county school board selected him to continue as the leader of the school system since that time. Becoming superintendent necessitated Pipkin leaving the athletic coaching ranks, something he missed for just a while. “I do a different kind of coaching now. My team has a lot more players, but I have a lot less control now.” On the athletic fields he borrowed the philosophy advocated by former Indiana University and Texas Tech University head basketball coach Bobby Knight. “Do the right things; do those things the right See PIPKIN, Page 4

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Pipkin way; and do them right on time.” Pipkin then added one of his own: “Do them right every time. It’s not good enough to do them one out of 10 times right.” He continued, “As a coach, I was more hands on, do it this way, no compromise. As a superintendent, … I select good people and delegate them to do it, and trust them to do it. I’ve learned there is more than one right way to do everything.” Over the years, the Chester County school system has developed a reputation for excellence, drawing families and students in from neighboring systems. Pipkin spreads

around the credit to the county commission and the school board for each aiming in the same direction. “All wanted the best for the county. I did not run in to anyone that had an axe to grind,” he said. “The board members have never placed one school over another. They always wanted what is best for the system. I’m proud of them for that.” The most important decisions Pipkin believes he’s had to make were who to hire, and the hardest decisions were who to let go. As for his successor, Pipkin said the challenge will be more of the same, “to maximize the output in learning and achievement of students in order to meet the expectations John Pipkin, standing in back, received an award at the Chester County High School athletic banquet his senior year, which are becoming high- 1966. Forty-four years later, he is now retiring from the school system following many years as a teacher and coach, er and higher.” and the final 15 years as the superintendent.

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Chester County School Calendar 2010-2011 School Year July 27 July 29 July 30

New Student Registration (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Administrative Day (Staff Only) Countywide In-service (Required)

First Semester *August 2 August 3

Staff Development (Staff Only) Half Day for Students (8-11 a.m.) (All K-6 students attend. Only 9th grade at CCHS and 7th grade at CCJHS ) August 4 First Regular Day (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) * September 6 Labor Day October 7 Regular Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences, 5-8 pm. *October 8 Parent/Teacher Conferences (continued) 8-11 a.m. * October 11 – 15 Fall Break * November 24, 25, & 26 Thanksgiving Holidays December 15, 16, & 17 Mid-Term Examinations December 17 School Dismissed at 10 a.m. for Holidays * December 20 – December 31 Christmas Holidays (10 days)

Second Semester * January 3 January 4 * January 17 * February 21 * March 14 – 18 * April 22 * April 29 May 16 May 13, 16, & 17 * May 18 May 19 * School Dismissal

Staff Development (Teachers Only) First Day of 2nd Semester for Students Martin Luther King Holiday President’s Day Spring Break Good Friday Staff Development (Teachers Only) Graduation Final Examinations Teachers Work on Records Student Report Cards Issued (10-10:30 a.m.)

Grading Periods First nine weeks ends October 4 Second nine weeks ends December 17 Third nine weeks ends March 8 Fourth nine weeks ends May 19

Report Cards to be Sent Out October 7 January 13 March 24 May 19

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County schools move to nine-week grading periods Chester County schools will make the move to a nine-week grading period for the 2010-2011 school year. The change from the more traditional six-week reporting schedule comes as a result of teacher requests and increasing state requirements, according to Chester County High School Principal Troy Kilzer. Kilzer explained that the state is moving toward grade reporting being more academically descriptive, and while it is not yet required, the change to nine-weeks is necessary. Chester County parents may also look for more than A’s and B’s on their child’s report card in the future, such as a report on mastery of skills. For instance, an insert in the elementary school report cards shows certain skills the child has worked on during that grading period, and

whether they have mastered the skill or need more practice. These skill reports may soon make their way into the upper level reports as well, reflecting students’ mastery of algebra, calculus or English. Parents can expect to see progress reports at 4 ½ weeks, Kilzer said, with the grading periods ending Oct. 4, Dec. 17, March 8, and May 19. In addition to moving toward nineweek grading periods, many schools across the state have also turned to block scheduling. Kilzer said he does not foresee Chester County High School going to an all block-schedule, but expects to continue with the current mix of six to seven daily class periods along with some block classes.

Child Find The Chester County School System is conducting a “Child Find” to identify children from ages 3 through 21 who have special education needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA) and the State of Tennessee require that “Child Find” be conducted. Students identified through the “Child Find” will receive an evaluation of their needs, and those who are eligible will receive special services based on those needs. Special services may include speech/language therapy, help for vision, hearing impaired or deaf children, or help for children with learning disabilities or children who are gifted. Anyone who knows of a child who may need special services is asked to call the Special Education Department at 989-5134 or contact the principal of a school in the area.

Encuentro De Niños El sistema de escuelas de Chester County conduce un «Encuentro de Niños» para identificar a niños de las edades 3 hasta 21 años quienes tienen necesidades de educación especial. La Ley de Educación para Personas Discapacitadas de 2004 y el estado de Tennessee requieren que se conduce un «Encuentro de Niños.» Los estudiantes identificados por el «Encuentro de Niños» recibirán una evaluación de estas necesidades y servicios especiales fundados en estas necesidades. Servicios especiales pueden incluir terapía para oración y lenguaje, ayuda por los niños con empeoramientos de vista o oído, y ayuda por los niños con discapacitades de aprender o niños quienes son talentosos. Cualquiera persona que conoce a un niño quién puede necesitar servicios especiales debe llamar el Departamiento de Educación (989-5134) o ponerse en contacto con el director de alguna escuela de Chester County.

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New leadership at West to continue legacy By James A. Webb General Manager

New leadership at West Chester Elementary School includes Principal Amy Eaton at the school “Where Everyone Stands Tall.”

A mix of faculty, staff, and families has made West Chester Elementary School one of Chester County’s outstanding schools. West’s motto is “Where Everyone Stands Tall.” It’s a close knit group, and the leadership knows each student by their first name, just like family. When classes begin Aug. 3, that leadership will include a new principal long-time teacher and former West Chester student Amy Eaton. Eaton knows every inch of the place, having attended the school from kindergarten through fifth grade. Then as a member of the faculty, she taught kindergarten and fifth grade for five years each, and the last eight years in the title I computer lab. She notes her

longevity at the school when seeing students now enrolled at West who are the children of her former students. Eaton succeeds Jimmy Dyer who retired in May. Eaton is married to John Eaton, and she has two children, Scarlet Tull, 12, and Houston Tull, 14. A 1989 graduate of Chester County High School, she attended Jackson State Community College, earning bachelors and master’s degrees from Freed-Hardeman University. She began her teaching career at West Chester in 1992, and has been at that school since then. In the near future, she plans to pursue a PhD., possibly after her children are grown. Eaton explains that her motivation to teach is her love for the kids. “I always See EATON, Page 9

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Eaton liked to pretend I was a teacher, and always liked to help others,” she said. “It just came natural.” As principal, Eaton’s vision for West Chester is for it to continue to be a good school. “It’s always been a good school, a team effort, and we’ve always worked together as a group,” she said. Challenges await faculty and students in the school system as the curriculum changes and adapts to new requirements. Plus, with the digital age, students have different expectations. “I’ve been (at West) 18 years, and I can see a change in the kids,” Eaton notes. “They are now used to being entertained. We have to put a little entertainment in the teaching to keep their interest.” Freshly-painted walls will be noticed quickly by those students, an improvement that has brightened up the place.

LCD screens have been mounted in the ceilings, and new magnetic dry erase boards have been added. And there are new teaching faces in the school too. New faculty includes Megan Hunt who will teach kindergarten. Susan Brown and Tangie Sweatman, who formerly taught kindergarten, now move up to first grade. Janice Whitman moves up to third grade along with Cathy Whitehead. Renee Thomas takes over Eaton’s former job in the computer lab. In the office, the void left by Joyce Clayton’s retirement is filled by Amy Frye. The first days of the school year are always hectic, but every two years the calendar throws another curve at West – the election. West Chester is used as a polling place for the Aug. 5 general election, and with it the constant coming and going voters.With the smaller electronic voting machines, the election will be held in the library, and Eaton asks voters to please enter on the east end of the building, between the gymnasium and library.

Chester County Schools Policy Harassment/Sexual Harassment/Hazing Harassment of any type will not be tolerated. Students should report any incident of harassment to the teacher, principal, or Director of Student and Employee Relations, Section 504 Coordinator, and Title IV/IX Coordinator: Ken West, Chester County Board of Education, P.O. Box 327, Henderson, TN 38340, 731-989-5134.

Persecución/Persecución Sexual/Culebrazo No se permite persecución de ningún tipo. Por qualquier incidente de persecución, informe Ud. al professor/a la profesora, al director/a la directora, o al director de relaciones de estudiantes y empleados y coordinador de Título VI/Título IX: Ken West, P.O. Box 327, Henderson, TN 38340, 731-989-5134.

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WBBJ television Educators of the Week for 2009-2010 Oct. 2, 2009, Sharon Miller, West Chester Elementary, kindergarten Dec. 11, 2009, Diane Holdren, Chester County Middle School, fourth grade Jan. 15, 2010, Olivia Bradford, Chester County Junior High, seventh grade March 12, 2010, Wendy Siler, East Chester Elementary, first grade SHARON MILLER

Chester County Non-Discrimination Policy It is the policy of the Chester County Board of Education that no public school student shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on account of the student’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, English language proficiency, or handicapping condition. If you feel you have been discriminated against in one of the department’s educational programs or activities, you are encouraged to bring the matter to the attention of your local principal for discussion and resolution. If the matter cannot be resolved at this level, you are encouraged to file a written complaint with: Ken West, P.O. Box 327, Henderson, TN 38340, or call him at 731-989-5134.

Política de Indiscriminación Es la política de la junta de educación de Chester County que ningún estudiante de las escuelas púbicas se excluye de participación en, se denega los beneficios de, o se sujeta a discriminación en ningún programa o ninguna actividad a causa de la raza, el color, la origen nacional, el sexo, la religión, el aprovechamiento en el uso del idioma inglés, o la condición de inhabilidad. Si Ud. piense que ha sido victim de discriminación en alguno de los programas o alguna de las activadades del sistema de escuelas, contacte el director/la directora de la escuela por discusión y resolución. Si no se resuelva el asunto en este nivel, envíe una queja escrita a: Ken West, P.O. Box 327, Henderson, TN 38340, 731-9895134.

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Independent seeks kindergarteners for “Growing up” series The life of a child is an ever-changing one, unpredictable in most cases: the possibilities of life are unlimited when you are 5. The Chester County Independent is seeking several Chester County kindergarteners for a long-term series entitled “Growing up in Chester County”. We will introduce these children and follow them over the next 13 years or so, throughout their Chester County school career within the pages of the Independent. We are excited to introduce this new series to our readers, and excited about the opportunity. Featured children will be chosen by a random drawing in the next few weeks. There are no requirements other than that the child must be beginning kindergarten and live in Chester County. If you would like your child to be included in this series, send entries to Growing up in Chester County at The Chester County Independent, P.O. Box 306, Henderson, TN, 38340. Entries should include your child’s name, age, parent or guardian, phone number, address, and what your child wants to be when he/she grows up. The deadline for entry is Wednesday, Aug.18.

Freed-Hardeman University 2010-2011 calendar Aug. 22-28 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Sept. 6 Sept. 17-19 Oct. 4 Oct. 11-15 Nov. 8-13 Nov. 11-13 Nov. 20-28 Dec. 3 Dec. 13-17 Dec. 17

Interface (Freshman Orientation) Advising and registration for new students Tolling of the Bell, 10 a.m. Undergraduate Classes begin Labor Day Holiday (no classes) R.U.S.H. 2010 Maroon and Gold Day Mid-term Week Homecoming Week The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes) 46th Annual Advisory Board Benefit Dinner Final Exam Week Commencement, 6 p.m., Loyd Auditorium

Jan. 3-14 Jan. 17 Jan. 18 Jan. 19 Feb. 1 Feb. 6-11 Feb. 25 March 3-5 Mar. 7-11 Mar. 12-20 Apr. 1-2 Apr. 21-23 May 9-13 May 14

January Short Courses Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) Advising and registration for new, returning and continuing students Undergraduate classes begin Chili Bowl Numero Cuatro Annual Bible Lectureship A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline Playing for Pizza Mid-term Week Spring Vacation (no classes) Spring Weekend/Makin’Music The Taming of The Shrew and The Woman’s Prize Undergraduate Final Exam Week Commencement, 10 a.m., Loyd Auditorium

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Jacks Creek Supply List East Chester Supply List KINDERGARTEN 2 boxes of 24 crayons 1 pair blunt Fiskars scissors 4 skinny pencils 10 glue sticks 1 8 oz bottle Elmer’s white glue 1 small plastic school box 1 mat for rest time 1 backpack 1 change of clothes to be kept at school (labeled with name)

FIRST GRADE 2 boxes of 24 crayons 1 pair of scissors (Fiskar’s) 1 package skinny pencils 8 glue sticks 1 supply box (6” x 9”) 2 handwriting tablets (8 lines) Can be purchased in school bookstore 1 large eraser * No personal pencil sharpeners * No Trapper Keepers * No markers or colored pencils * No backpacks with rollers Optional supplies: baby wipes, tissues, Ziploc bags

SECOND GRADE 2 boxes of 24 crayons 1 pair blunt Fiskars scissors Pencils 8 glue sticks (the kind with the twist bottom) 2 eight-line tablets Backpack 1 large eraser 1 supply box (6x9)

THIRD GRADE (Ms. Amy’s Class) 1 box of 24 crayons or smaller 1 pair small Fiskars scissors (pointed) 1 bottle white glue 1 yellow highlighter 3 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper 1 pack of No. 2 pencils 1 red pen Small plastic pencil box Clipboard Pencil bag with zipper No rolling backpacks or Trapper Keepers

THIRD GRADE (Ms. Melinda’s Class) 1 pack No. 2 pencils (wood only, no plastic-covered) 1 glue stick and/or 4 oz. white school glue Crayons (24 per box or smaller) 1 pair of sharp scissors 1 inch binder Supply box (cigar box size) Pencil case Notebook paper is not needed. No rolling backpacks or Trapper Keepers

KINDERGARTEN 6 boxes of 24 crayons 1 pair blunt Fiskars scissors 1 package of yellow No. 2 skinny pencils 20 glue sticks (the kind with the twist bottom) 1 package washable markers 1 small plastic school box 1 zipper pouch (please send the kind with the metal zipper, not the plastic zipper) 1 thin size mat for rest time 1 backpack 1 change of clothes to be kept at school (please put in a Ziploc bag labeled with name) 1 pack of pink rubber erasers 1 first grade tablet Optional but helpful supplies- baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and all sizes of Ziploc bags

FIRST GRADE 1 box of 24 crayons 1 pair of blunt scissors (Fiskar brand preferred) 12 pencils (skinny) 2 glue sticks (the kind with the twist bottom) 1 four-oz. bottle white glue 2 eight-line tablets 1 spiral notebook (wide-ruled) Colored pencils 2 dry-erase markers

SECOND GRADE 2 boxes of 24 crayons 1 box colored pencils 1 pair blunt Fiskars scissors 1 box wood pencils 4 glue sticks (the kind with the twist bottom) 1 bottle liquid glue 4 eight-line tablets 1 spiral notebook 3 dry-erase markers 2 to 3 highlighters No rolling backpacks, trapper keepers, pencil boxes, or spiral notebooks.

THIRD GRADE 1 box of 24 crayons 1 pair sharp scissors 2 glue sticks 1 package of dry-erase markers 2 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper (about 200 sheets per pack) 2 spiral notebooks (wide-ruled) 2 packs of No. 2 pencils (yellow pencils) 1 highlighter Small plastic pencil box—to be determined by teacher Notebook to be purchased from classroom teacher No rolling backpacks or Trapper Keepers

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Middle School Supply Lists West Chester Supply Lists Fourth-Grade School Supplies 1” three-ring binder 2 packages of wide ruled loose-leaf notebook paper 1 wide ruled spiral notebook, 70 pages Pencils (no mechanical pencils) 1 box crayons (24 or less) or Crayola markers Scissors 1 bottle of glue (4 oz or less) 1 box tissue 1 package of multi-colored construction paper Dry erase marker

Fifth-Grade School Supplies Pencils (wooden or mechanical) with plenty of lead Extra erasers Pens (black or blue only) for lessons Red pens for grading White loose-leaf paper Three-ring binder (1½-inch) or Trapper-Keeper Colored pencils Thin markers Crayons (24 pack or smaller) Scissors (Fiscars recommended) Glue sticks Dry-erase markers (bold colors) Multi-colored highlighters One pack of multi-colored construction paper No rolling packpacks Also, the students will receive a more detailed supply list with additional materials from their homeroom teachers on the first day of school.

Sixth-Grade School Supplies 11/2 or 2” 3-ring binder (no Trapper Keepers) Subject dividers Loose-leaf notebook paper 24 pack crayons Highlighters Wood pencils that can be trimmed Pencil sharpener with cover Erasers Zipper pencil pouch Red pens Black or blue pens (optional) Clear basic protractors for math Dry erase marker/Eraser Scissors Loose 3x5 index cards

(May vary by teacher) Special Note: Do not purchase rolling backpacks or trapper keepers. They do not fit in the lockers or desks and space is limited in the classroom. Thank you for your cooperation.

Kindergarten Supply List 4 boxes of 24 Crayola crayons 1 pair of blunt Fiskars scissors 1 package of SKINNY pencils 40 glue sticks 2 four oz. bottles of Elmer’s white glue 1 package of WASHABLE markers 1 small plastic school box 1 backpack 1 thin size nap mat 1 package of low odor dry erase markers

First Grade Supply List 1 box of 24 Crayola crayons 1 package of Papermate skinny No. 2 pencils 1 pair of Fiskar scissors 1 four oz. bottle of Elmer’s glue 1 spiral notebook – wide ruled, 70 sheets 2 dry erase markers 2 8-lined handwriting tablets (Our school bookstore has these for $1 each.) 1 backpack (no wheels) *Please write your child’s name on supplies! *Optional supplies that we use in our classroom: hand sanitizer, tissues, baby wipes, and Lysol wipes

Second Grade Supply List 1 box of 24 crayons 1 pair blunt Fiskars scissors Pencils (No. 2 lead, no fat pencils needed) 2 glue sticks (the kind with the twist bottom) 1 bottle liquid school glue 2 packages loose-leaf notebook paper (wide-ruled) 2 dry-erase markers 2 highlighters NO rolling backpacks, trapper keepers, pencil boxes, or spiral notebooks. Optional but helpful supplies: tissues, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, construction paper, Ziploc plastic bags

Third Grade Supply List 2 to 3 packages wide-ruled notebook paper 1 package skinny wooden pencils (No mechanical pencils please) 1 small bottle of glue or 2 glue sticks 1 pair of sharp scissors 1 yellow highlighter 1 dry erase marker is optional 1 box of crayons-24 count or smaller 1 small plastic pencil box Colored pencils/markers are optional Notebook: Check with teacher No trapper keepers. No rolling backpacks (school policy) Rulers will be provided.

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Chester County Junior High Basic Supply List Pencils Pens (black, blue, red) Dry erase marker Loose leaf paper (college or wide) 1or 2 one-inch binders with divider Recommended for Math TI-30XIIS Calculator (Radio Shack or other suppliers sell these for $11-15)

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Chester County Schools 2010 Faculty and Staff Jacks Creek Elementary School Principal – Amy Wooley (title); teachers – Kristen Moorehead, Joy McKinnon, Michelle Reddin, Susan Willis, Nancy Davidson, Vickie Brower, Amber Murley, Mitcher Irwin, Bo Bates (PE), Dave Kyles (music), Ally Rogers (guidance), Melinda Carroll (librarian). Staff – Karen Shumate, Norma McPeake (secretaries); Carol Gary (cook); Willie Trotter (janitor).

West Chester Elementary School Principal – Amy Eaton; teachers – Misty Hall, Beth Haskins, Megan Hunt, Sharon Miller, Heather Bates, Emily Brown, Susan Brown, Tangie Sweatman, Kelly Crowe, Lisa Hardy, Jean Smith, Janice Whitman, Denise Davidson, Marti McDaniel (CSR), Heather Melton, Cathy Whitehead, Dave Kyles (music), Brandi

Welch (guidance), Becky Rowsey (librarian), Renee Thomas (title), Bo Bates (PE), Todd Lewis (PE), Mike Goff (PE), A Fitzgerald (SPED). Staff – Janice Guinn, Kaye Middleton (secretaries); Amy Frye, Starla Bogard (teacher assistants); Cheryl Fillingim, Lisa Plunk, Marta Andruski (cooks); Darlene Hester, Deven Hearn (janitors).

East Chester Elementary School Principal – Kim Scott, Spring McCutchen (assistant principal); teachers – Melissa Allen, Michelle Hopkins, Brandy Johnson, Erica Parten, Jennifer Smith, Nancy Burns, Leslie Hunt, Malorie Pusser, Beverly Rogers, Wendy Siler, Sherri Henson, Kim Poston, Carrie Sells, Pam Wood, Amy Tims, Dee Arnold, Jill Egros, Rosemary McKnight (CSR), Kim Murphy, Susan Patterson, Stacey Pruett, Dave Kyles (music), Janice Brown (PE), Brandi Welch (guidance), Melinda Carroll (librarian), Carolyn Showers

(SPED), Belinda Anderson (SPED), Sandra Lewis (SPED), Norma Morrison (title), Gloria Savage (title), Leanne Black (preschool), Sarah Nichols (pre-K). Staff – Shelia Frank, Allison Barnes (secretaries); Carol Oliver, Doris Pickett, Myrna Stanfill, Denise Stringfellow, Vanessa Taylor, Belinda Tole, René Webb, Mary Hesselrode, Emily Donaldson, Sandra Cravens, Janice White, Missy Geary, Carol Hooper, Loretta Howell, Ruby Jones, Angel Kelley, Sharon Kennedy, Tina Graves (teacher assistants), Nancy Morris (pre-K); Tonya Morris, Lovie Ross Diane Burkeen, Tammy Jones, Tina Gilbert, Krystal Ross (cooks); Brenda Pickett, Dana Meeks, Terry Moody (janitors).

Chester County Middle School Principal – Randal Fenimore, Tony Ivery (assistant principal); teachers – Beverly Bailey, Karen Callis, Joyce

Fenimore, Diane Holdren, Debbie Kirk, Lacie Naylor, Melanie Rhodes, Lesa Snider, Joan Smith, Melissa Alexander, Cassie Cupples, Keisha Cherry Christy Foster, Melissa Kinard, Teisha Nichols, Amy Peterson, Misty Thomas, Crystal Wilson, Gloria Anderson, Whitney Bennett, Collete Carrabba, Delona Cole, Tony Drieling, Kendra Frix, Tanya Harwell, Kim Mitchell, Christina Varvel, Dave Kyles (music), Clay Canada (music), Danny Jones (PE), Debbie Hames (PE), Kelley Hickman (guidance), Nancy Connor (librarian), Leisha Johnson (SPED), Mary Jo Peterson (SPED), Brooke Welch (SPED), Christine Carroll (comp.), Tom Hay (band), Mike Goff (PE). Staff – Geneva Hill, Joy Oliver, Shirley Hooper (secretaries); Kendyl Bingham, Charlotte Seeley, Melody Young, Deneé Brown, Amy Eads, Chrystal Croom, Rhonda Matthews, Tanya Morris, Elaine Platt, Shannon Reed, Tanya Oliver, Ann Anderson, Lisa Browder, Jodi Carson, See FACULTY, Page 17

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Faculty Terri Edgin, Cherise Gaydon, Leah Lemons, Roxie Leatherwood, Crystal Matthews, Debbie Whitfield (teacher assistants); Dawn Clayton, Stephanie Lollar, Gladys Griggs, Wilma Kitchen, Shelia Williams, Karen Purvis, Bernice Mosley (cooks); James Smith, Kim Robins, Laura Gauger, Terry Moody (janitors).

Chester County Junior School Principal – Britt Eads, Cristy Swope (assistant principal); teachers – Frank Bell, Olivia Bradford, James Bright, Janice Cooper, Renee Croom, Marilyn Davis, Julie Frérot, Sandra Goodwin, Stephanie Hatch, Diane Ivery, April Johnson, Tommie Kirk, Chris Melton, Kim Moore, Wes Murphy, Stephen Sells, Jennifer Showers, Cynthia Vogt, Shelia Watkins, Lisa Whaley, Clay Canada

(music and chorus), Debbie Jones (SPED), Becky Rowsey (librarian), Ally Rogers (guidance), Heather Griffn (CSH). Staff – Jan Knolton, Heather Jenkins (secretaries); Lisa Warren, Leslie Weaver, Vickie Garland, Vickie Isaacs, Jamie Donaldson, Karol Jones, Mike Doyle, Erin Warren, Steve Simmons, Donna Lussier (teacher assistants); Tammy Bailey, Christy Carnell, Ester Newton, Valerie Griggs, Midge Peddy, Lisa Hopper (cooks); Marilyn Amos, Teresa Willis, Brad West, Teresa Connor (janitors).

Chester County High School Principal – Troy Kilzer II (principal), Jill Faulkner (assistant principal), Clay Murley (assistant principal); teachers – Wendy Bennett, Hunter Callis, Joan Chamberlain, Ryan Coleraine, Hannah Colley, Kathleen Cooper, Harvette Croom, Teresa Crouse, Jeff Cupples, Philipe Frérot, Darlene Goff, Angelia Haltom, Jeff Haltom, Amy Howell, Celia Hunt, Jill Irwin, Chasity Jones, Richard Karnes, Darian Leath, Jeffrey Lewis,

Brianne Matheney, Wes McPeake, Ginger McPherson, Candace Mieryteran, Christy Miskelly, Ricky Mitchell, Doyle Murphy, Brandon Pipkin, Lee Pipkin, Molly Plyler, Christie Pugh, Clint Rider, Harvey Rimmer, Nina Roberts, Steve Robinson, Judy Rogers, Mike Showers, Leigh A. Skaggs, Diane Stewart, Randall Todd, Andrea Tyson, Norma Tulley, Beth Whitman, Claire Wilder, David Willis. Staff – Kathy Emerson, Sharon Rowland, Farris Stout, Nancy Thomas (secretaries); Jessica Muse, Michelle Moore, Jennifer Cathey, Angela Burton, Heather Simmons, Corlis Spivey, Linda Coady, Elaine Platt, Cindy Hamilton, Lisa Hames, Shirley Reddinger, Lisa Hays, Mitzi Kanizar, Susan Humphry, Janet Robinson, Frank Holiday, Susan Lowrance (teacher assistants); Susan McClain, Trish Austin, Leslie Holland, Sherry Hutcherson, Linda Thompson, Shanna Hess, Imogene Naylor, Linda Granger, Cindy Hughes (cooks); Yvonne Cross, Demetrius Lockett, Todd Davis, Teresa Conner (janitors).

Countywide Faculty

Linda Patterson (title), Cherrie Pipkin (supervisor), Ken West (supervisor), Mike Tignor (attendance/bus), Bobby Helton (alternative school), Jason Judd (alternative school), Tom Hay (band), Dave Kyles (music), Clay Canada (music), Sarah Hibbett (math), Mary Allison Katras (reading), Rachel Morris (pre-K). Mary Beshires, Sarah McEarl, Marilyn Murphy, Patsy Doyle, Ann Lowe, Sherry Connor, Jennifer Meek (PKHS), Shirley Wilson, Katrina Cook, Marlene Fuller (CSH), Ethel Wade (Family Resource Director), Connie Beecham (nurse), Kari Perry (nurse), Ellen West (PT nurse), Janice Plunk (food service), Melissa Murley, Fred Brown (tech), Don Bryant (PT tech), Dustin Carroll (tech).

Maintenance Ray Azevedo, Clarence Pusser, Merle Johnson, James Carson, Stephen Bortnick Tommy Moffitt (PT), Perry Frye, Mike Tignor and Randy Climer (security).

Bus Maintenance See FACULTY, Page 19

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Sales Tax Holiday set for Aug. 6-8 The fifth annual Sales Tax Holiday in Tennessee is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 8. The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennessee shoppers that during these three days of savings, you can save almost 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases. “The annual Sales Tax Holiday was designed with Tennessee families in mind,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “The holiday provides much needed savings for all Tennessee shoppers and prepares children for success by making sure they start the first day of school properly equipped with items they need.” The holiday begins 12:01 a.m. Friday Aug. 8 and ends at11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. During the designated three-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on select clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less. “Last year’s tax-free weekend was extremely successful in giving back to Tennesseans, providing nearly $8 million in tax savings to Tennessee families,” said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “We are hopeful that all Tennessee shoppers will enjoy the immediate relief of the 2010 Sales Tax Holiday.” Visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at to learn more about the items exempt from sales tax. The Tennessee Department of Revenue

also assists consumers via e-mail,, and through its toll-free statewide telephone hot line, (800) 342-1003. Staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. (Out-ofstate and Nashville-area callers, please dial (615) 253-0600.) In a continued effort to promote Tennessee’s sales tax holiday, the Department of Revenue has launched a new dedicated facebook page at Examples of exempt items include: • Clothing: Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves • School Supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors • Art Supplies: Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors • Computers: Central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software (Note: While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.) iPad’s are eligible for tax exemption, video games and consoles are not.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws established by the legislature and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department of Revenue collects approximately 92 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the department collected $10.2 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, $1.9 billion of local

sales tax was collected by the department for local governments during the 20092010 fiscal year. Besides collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to

Annual public notice of career and technical education opportunities, Chester County School Nutrition Program The Chester County School System offers a wide range of Career and Technical Education programs, which consist of Agricultural Sciences, Business Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Criminal Justice, and Auto Technology. Special Populations are also available for Disadvantaged and Handicapped Students. The Chester County School System

and its Career and Technical Education Programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its activities and programs, including employment policies and practices. The Chester County School and Nutrition Program offers healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or reduced price meals. Information is provided on the school

meal application given by each school at the beginning of the school year. The Chester County School and Nutrition Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its activities and programs, including employment policies and practices. The following person(s) has/have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Title VI/ IX and Section 504 Coordinator Ken West, Chester County Board of Education, P.O. Box 327, Henderson, TN 38340, 731-989-5134, or: Marty Willis, MOA Coordinator, Career and Technical Education, Tennessee Department of Education, Andrew Johnson Tower, 4th Floor, 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243, email:, Office: 615-532-2805.

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Jacks Creek Elementary School

One-hundred-eighty days to make an impact By James A. Webb General Manager

From August to May, a school system has 180 days to make an impact on its students. That’s the philosophy of new Jacks Creek Elementary School principal Amy Wooley. “I always have a goal to make them love school, to love reading,” said Wooley. “I always like to see the ‘light bulb’ come on and enjoy school.” No longer just a teacher, but now teacher and principal, Wooley now has 180 days to make an impact on the entire school. She succeeds Latasha Phillips as principal, following Phillips’ retirement at the end of the last school year. Leaving the classroom full-time is a bittersweet moment for Wooley, who said she is amazed she’s gotten to this point in her life. Wooley graduated from Dyer County High School in 1989 and received her undergraduate degree from Union University in 1993. That same year she began her teaching career at Jacks Creek, adding a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin last year. She is married to Mark Wooley, who she met during her college years, and they have two children – Gregory 10, and Katelyn 15. Wooley looks upon everyone at Jacks Creek as her friends, and sees a challenge to suddenly being their supervisor. “Everyone here is close. We mean a lot to each other. Now to have authority over them will take some practice in mutual respect,” she stated. However, she has the support of that school family who each voiced their support as Wooley began the move to the principal’s office. “I want to thank Latasha for helping me, and showing me the ropes,” emphasized Wooley. Wooley’s advancement is not the only adjustment at Jacks Creek. New teachers include Kristen Moorehead in kindergarten, and Mitch Irwin and Amber

Amy Wooley begins her first year as principal at Jacks Creek Elementary, having 180 days to make an impact on her students. Murley in third grade. Also the school system is changing from six-week to nine-week grading periods. However, Wooley sees that as no challenge. “I think we will actually benefit from it,” she said. What is a challenge, however, are new standards. “The level expected is disheartening,” she stated. “Everyone has to step up their game, from kindergarten all the way up.” Finally she stated, “My hope is for a successful year for the teachers, to feel good about what they’ve accomplished, and that students have made significant gains in their grade level.”

From Page 17

Faculty Bus Drivers Bricie Hornbeak (No. 1), Laura Gauger (2), Jeff Reinman (3), Audria Reeves (4), Marilyn Webb (5), Robert Mathis (6), Ricky Johnson (7), Kenneth Davis (8), Jimmy Howard (9), Stella Garland (10),

Todd Davis (11), Elaine Platt (12), Angie Knipper (13), Mike Doyle (15), Billy Trice (16), Jessica Muse (17), Elbert Brooks (18), Paulette Whitman (19), Rose Buchanan (20), Mary Rimmer (21), Henry Brown (22), Angela Burton (23), Lane Mosely (24), Jeffrey Keith Davis (25), Wilma Williams (500), Paulette Inman (550).

Bus Monitors Shirley Wilson, Renee Croom.

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Independent Back To School Section 2010  

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