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Technology upgrades begin with infrastructure Since my arrival two years ago, one of the main focuses of our district has been to update and upgrade technology within our school district. It is a need that our Board of Education and I have identified as essential to providing the best educational opportunities to our students. Technology is a tool that we all use daily. We interact with it in our workplaces, when we go to the store, and in our homes. Gone are the days when “computer class” is a separate component of a student’s instruction. Technology is something that needs to be integrated into our classrooms as much as it is in our day-

» DEL PHILLIPS to-day lives. In this way, we can teach students how to use technology responsibly. As a district we are moving toward a time when every teacher will be a “computer teacher” and every classroom will have the same access to technology that our students will have and need in the real world.

The majority of our technology upgrades this year will be made to strengthen our existing infrastructure to allow us to expand the use of technology in our schools. We will expand our Internet bandwidth at all high schools from 10/100 to 1GB. This will allow a faster data connection and provide the ability to stream high definition content into the classroom. Within the next 18 months, we will have wireless access in all 46 schools as well as in our support locations. These improvements will give us a platform for expansion of technology use in the classroom, including increased mo-


bile device access and the pursuit of Bring Your Own Technology programs. In this year’s budget, we allocated $500,000 for new computer replacement that will allow us to begin a seven-year replacement cycle for all computers in the district. This will allow us to replace outdated older computers with updated equipment. It will also provide principals with the opportunity to tailor these upgrades to each school’s specific needs. This will provide our students and teachers access to updated software as well as improve our security. We are also making

district-level infrastructure improvements such as updating our firewall to allow for better monitoring of student Internet traffic. We are moving toward centralized management that will provide one student registration that gives student access throughout their school career. All of these improvements are building blocks that will put our district on a path to continue to increase and expand access to technology within our classrooms in the coming years. It also positions our district for successful implementation of the state-mandated online testing.

To better prepare our students for the use of technology in the workforce and on the college level, we are also incorporating blended learning opportunities into our classrooms. Blended learning involves a combination of an online learning format with a traditional format. Given that most universities and colleges now require students to take virtual courses, the blended learning format gives our students a competitive advantage. Del R. Phillips III, Ph.D., has been the director of Sumner County Schools since June 2011 and is beginning his third year at the helm of the county’s public school system.

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Virtual school expands learning opportunities FIND OUT MORE By Jennifer Easton Sumner County Publications

Sumner County high school students will this year have the option to take one or more classes online through the district’s new virtual program offered through E.B. Wilson High School. The virtual program reestablishes E.B. Wilson High School, opened as a full-time, non-traditional high school in 1994 offering afternoon and night school classes for students 16 years or older seeking regular diplomas. Dwindling demand closed the Hendersonville school in May 2012, though some services

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continued to be offered last year. Like the old school, E.B. Wilson offers opportunities and flexibility to students who either might have outside interests, family hardships or obligations. But now with virtual learning, the school will also cater to students who want to take courses not offered in a traditional classroom setting at their home school, said Jenni-

fer Holdren, principal of E.B. Wilson High School. “If you have a student who wants to take advanced trigonometry and if you only have that one student at a school who wants to take it, you can’t offer it (and) the odds of getting a teacher certified to teach those kinds of classes is difficult,” Holdren said. “Now that will be available through virtual.” A 2010 change in state law allowed local school districts to develop virtual programs to operate as full-time standalone schools. The same year, Metro Nashville Public


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More than 130 virtual classes offered through E.B. Wilson » VIRTUAL FROM 3X Schools launched the first virtual program in the state, and since then more districts are beginning to launch similar programs. In its first year, more than 130 virtual classes will be offered through E.B. Wilson, including all courses required for graduation, according to Jennifer Brown, director for instruction for Sum-


ner County Schools. There will be a cost: $125 per semester for full-time students and $50 per class for part-time students. Brown expects up to about 35 full- and parttime students to take advantage of the program this fall, and more in the spring as word spreads, she said. “Sumner County has lost several students to Metro Nashville Public

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Schools (who enrolled in) their virtual program,” Brown said. “We are hoping these students will return to Sumner County.” Educators encourage virtual courses because online learning has been integrated into the curricula of most community colleges and universities. But a common misconception with virtual programs is that they allow students to easily cheat,

Holdren said. While virtual learning is not like a traditional classroom, subject-specific teachers are available when students need assistance, and students are tested onsite, in front of a teacher, Holdren said. Virtual programs offer students a lot of flexibility and freedom time-wise; it also takes self-discipline, Holdren said. “We want to make sure

we don’t set them up for disaster,” Holdren said. Students in the program will receive guidance and will have access to teachers at any time, but it’s important to make sure students understand the technology and they’re motivated and structured enough to progress, Holdren said. Based on attendance and success rate, the program offers students the

option to eventually work more independently. “It may not be for everybody; but sitting in a classroom with 25 to 30 other students in front of a teacher all day isn’t for everybody either,” Holdren said. Reporter Jennifer Easton can be reached at 575-7143 or

Nutrition standards in schools remain a priority Sumner County School Nutrition workers prepare about 17,000 meals a day. School lunch prices will not change for the 2013-14 school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture updated the National School Lunch Program’s meal pattern and nutrition standards with the Healthy HungerFree Kids Act of 2010. The new meal pattern, which increases the availability of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in school menus, began being implemented at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. New dietary specifications set specific calorie limits to ensure ageappropriate meals for

grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Some families qualify for free or reduced lunch. To apply for meal benefits, call the Sumner County Board of Education at 451-5200 or visit the school system's Central Office, 695 E. Main Street in Gallatin. Beginning Aug. 1, families will be able to apply for meal benefits online by visiting Sumner County Schools offers the parental monitoring option of an electronic payment system through MealPayPlus ( The system allows parents to prepay for student meals electronically for a 4.5-percent fee. Students


type in their ID number before the cafeteria cashier rings up each day’s meal, and the bill is deducted from the student’s account. There is no fee to monitor your student’s charges, even if parents choose not to prepay.

COST Breakfast (all grades): $1.65, reduced breakfast 30 cents. Lunch: Elementary school – $2.55, reduced lunch 40 cents; middle and high schools – $2.80, reduced lunch 40 cents.

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What’s your favorite thing about school?







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Sumner students answer: What is your favorite thing about school? Theron Lee, 7, Gallatin “Going outside and having recess. I love doing math cause I like learning how to do subtraction and addition and multiplication and stuff like that.” Amarius Dunn, 8, Gallatin “I like hanging around in (physical education) class. I like playing with my friends and doing jokes with them ….. playing on the playground, playing tag, playing basketball, playing freeze tag, swinging with my friends.”

Jayla Ousley, 8, Hendersonville “My favorite thing in school is the teachers because they help you learn what you never knew before, and whenever you need help, they’ll help you.” Jaycee Carver, 8, Gallatin “I like to learn a lot in school and I love my teachers that I’ve had so far. I hope to get a certain teacher for third grade because my brother had that teacher in third grade, and she’s really nice.”

Dawson Robinson, 8, Gallatin “Going outside and playing and (physical education) and art and music, and that’s pretty much it.” Sierra Coley, 9, Portland “I like (physical education) and going outside and playing, and I like math and science, spelling and reading, and I like the library. I like that I can choose any book and read it. I love reading.”

Casey Piercey, 11, Gallatin “My favorite subject at school is math because I’m good at it, and I’m good at adding and multiplying and dividing and all of that. And I love it and it’s most fun because you get to do projects with it, and I love it.” Clark Langley, 8, Gallatin “I like to write and do my work cause it’s fun and I like writing and drawing. I usually write stories or something or draw.” — Compiled by Dessislava Yankova/ Sumner County Publications

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Academic success influenced by school’s culture In my first few months as Safe Schools, Healthy Students Coordinator for Sumner County Schools, I have realized the power that school climate, or the atmosphere of the school, has on student academic success. If a student or faculty member does not feel confident in the safety and support within the school, then their performance will suffer simply due to the distraction of worry. If students and faculty feel empowered and encouraged to develop in healthy ways, their performance can be positively impacted. Let me reassure you, our schools are very safe and the school system takes every opportunity to maintain and improve that

Âť KATIE BROWN safety. However, maintaining a positive school climate takes ongoing support. Two big components of school climate are the physical safety of the building and the attitudes students have toward each other. School safety is being improved with building modifications, new sign-in procedures, additional Student Resource Officers (SROs) and other strategies that

you may or may not notice in the school day. This part of school climate is easier to improve than student attitudes. Student attitudes toward each other are influenced by many factors that cannot be controlled in a classroom alone. As students grow up, many differences in physical appearance, athletic ability, academic skill, personality and other factors cause them to feel more like individuals, and they have to figure out how to relate to each other. When these relationships develop in unhealthy ways, we begin to see name calling, teasing, cliques, and, over time, bullying. A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to

not perfect at it yet, but I can see improvement. This year in all middle schools and several elementary schools, we will use a program that will help the students and faculty address when a student is bullying at school. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. The goals of the program are to reduce existing bullying problems among students, prevent the development of new bullying problems and achieve better peer relations at school. Part of the Olweus Program is to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support.

negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending him- or herself. A student on the receiving end is not experiencing a positive school climate. To develop positive student relationships, we need to help students understand, express and accept differences in each other. Students must also be taught positive and constructive ways to communicate when they are faced with a negative interaction. As parents, we can demonstrate these skills at home. When my two elementary-aged children argue, and they do, I try my best to help them speak with kind words and disagree without being hurtful. They’re

When your student returns to school this August, you can support positive school climate by encouraging positive interactions and solutions when your child expresses a concern about another student. If that doesn’t work, you can also contact your child’s principal for support in resolving the situation. When your student sees you working with the school toward a positive solution, they will feel supported and empowered in their school. With parental support we can make big strides in school climate and a positive impact on student success. Katie Brown is the Safe Schools, Healthy Students coordinator for Sumner County Schools.

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Scholarship funds don’t have to be so elusive By Tena Lee Sumner County Publications

It’s an expense some start saving for when their child is still in diapers. For others, life’s unexpected turns prevent them from ever building up a sizable college fund. In her new book, Con-

fessions of a Scholarship Winner, Vanderbilt University graduate Kristina Ellis offers valuable advice for parents and students hoping to claim a share of the more than 1.5 million scholarship awards available to students. Ellis began research-

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ing scholarship options as a high school freshman when her mother, a widow who lost Ellis’s dad to cancer, told her she wouldn’t be able to afford to put her daughter through college. “My mom lit a fire within me, inspiring me to work hard and figure out how I could pay for my

own education,” she said. “I became determined to get involved in activities that would stand out to scholarship committees.” She wasn’t a straight-A student or a star athlete, Ellis says, but she did spend countless hours researching what it would take to win over scholar-

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ship judges. In the end, she was able to win $500,000 in scholarships for college, obtaining both a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt and a master’s degree from Belmont University – debt-free. The first-time author hopes her book will save students time, and teach them how to stand out from the competition. But first, she cautions against a few misconceptions about scholarship offers. For one, they’re not just for “smart” people. “While academics do matter, most scholarship judges look at far more than just grades and SAT scores,” Ellis said. “They’re looking for students with the potential to make a positive difference in the world. I worked really hard to demonstrate my potential to judges in other ways, such as through work, sports, and volunteering.” Also, don’t think you just have to get one big award, she says. Many students fully fund their education with multiple

smaller scholarships “It’s great to focus extra efforts on a few big scholarships you really want, but also realize that several small scholarships can add up quickly, Ellis and there is often less competition for smaller scholarships,” she said. In her own words, Ellis gives several tips for obtaining scholarship money: Follow a Road map. There are books available that serve as road maps, developed by people like me who have successfully traveled the scholarship road and have laid out tips to guide you through the process. Follow our directions and create a strategy for applying what you learn to your own life. Do What You Love. Scholarship committees

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Volunteer work is vital » MONEY FROM 8X look for commitment and achievement, and those things come naturally when you’re doing activities you love. Find extracurricular activities you can become passionate about, and then really dive in and get involved. Be a Leader. Seize the opportunity to stand up and take the lead within your activities. Leadership roles don’t have to be traditional, like class president or star athlete. You can demonstrate leadership potential by being an equipment manager, starting a service project, heading up a club—by taking initiative in anything you love. Give Back. Several scholarships target students who have focused their time in service and volunteer work. Think about it—scholarships

are provided by people with a heart to give back by helping students. It makes sense, then, that scholarship committees would value students who also give back and want to make a difference in the world. Find volunteer projects and causes you really enjoy, and start pouring into them. By also keeping a record of your volunteer hours, you’ll have something important to show on your scholarship application. Create Your Own Opportunities. I like to encourage students to think like an entrepreneur and create projects and activities themselves. Doing this not only helps you display leadership and initiative; it gives you something unique and truly you on your application. As a sophomore, I started a gym-

nastics club for younger girls, and that was one of the highlights of high school for me. It was also a great addition to my scholarship application. Make It Known. Most scholarship applications ask students to list their honors and awards. Many students will naturally earn these throughout their high school experience, but it’s smart to be on the lookout for opportunities to gain recognition for your efforts. Some awards and competitions require students to step out of their comfort zone, sign up, be nominated, or even participate in a competition. Be willing to put yourself out there to be positively recognized for your efforts. Reporter Tena Lee can be reached at 575-7116 or

Educational apps help students master skills By Jennifer Easton Sumner County Publications

In just a few short days, Sumner County kids will be heading back to school. Whether they’re off to college or starting kindergarten, they’ll need school supplies. For today’s tech-savvy students, those supplies are no longer restricted to pencils and paper. Educational apps for mobile devices can provide valuable tools that help students of all ages not only master skills, but also create content. The Sumner County Board of Education in 2010 lifted the district’s ban on cell phones in schools and last year relaxed the rules to allow for a “Bring Your Own

Technology” policy that lets students use mobile devices such as Smartphones and tablets for educational purposes with permission. The district is in line to receive a one-time $1.6 million allocation from the state for technology that will be used to improve infrastructure by bringing high-speed and wireless Internet access to each of the district’s 46 schools. Since the launch of Apple’s App Store five years ago, more and more educators are integrating interactive digital technology into lessons to enrich learning. Thousands of educational apps are now available for free or minimal cost but quality varies greatly. When considering pur-

chasing an app, parents and students should always read customer reviews, said Rhonda Bruce, media specialist and STEM coordinator for Gallatin High School. “Always look to see how old the app is and if it’s been updated recently. Apps change frequently, and if it hasn’t been updated recently it may not be compatible with newer devices,” said Kathy Pryor, Title I technology specialist for Sumner County Schools. We asked Bruce and Pryor, along with local experts Linda Oliver, education technology specialist for Sumner County Schools, and Craig Clayton, director of informa-

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Dozens of learning tools for students are free or inexpensive » APPS FROM 10X

edge with an interactive quiz. BrainPOP Jr. is a similar app geared for younger students in kindergarten through third grade. Khan Academy (free) Offers a massive library of more than 4,200 videos covering K-12 math, science, history, humanities, test preparation and more.

tion technology for Sumner County Schools, what educational apps they recommend as Sumner students head back to school. While there are too many to list, here are a few useful tools to get parents and students started:

FOR PARENTS: Kindertown (free) An app guide for parents that helps find the best educational apps for children 3-8 in math, science, language, art and social studies. MamaBear Child Tracking (free) Allows parents to set up alerts tracking their child’s current location and driving speed, and it monitors activity on Facebook and Instagram.


An inexpensive app alternative for graphing calculators by Texas Instruments, which on average can cost about $100$200 retail. EMD PTE (free) A highly interactive periodic table of elements. 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool (free) Learn about the cell and its structures in a 3D tool.


MATH & SCIENCE HELP FOR STUDENTS iHomework ($1.99) Helps students keep track of daily assignments and projects and sync across devices BrainPOP (free) BrainPOP offers a short, free movie of the week on topic related to science, health, math, art and music, social studies and language arts. Students can test their knowl-

Math Bingo ($0.99) The object of Math Bingo is to get a pattern of five Bingo bugs in a row by correctly answering math problems. The game helps students practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Algebra Touch ($2.99) Helps students in Algebra I or Algebra II refresh their skills. Middle School Math

HD ($2.99) Several middle school math skills are practiced in this app, which claims to be “teacher-created and studentapproved.” Buckaroo ($0.99) If your student earns an allowance, this app helps them keep track of what they earn while learning about personal finance. TI-Nspire™ CAS ($29.99)

LANGUAGE ARTS Parts of Speech (free) Grammar Express Parts of Speech is the complete course in mastering usage of different parts of speech. It contains more than 130 pages of lessons explaining each part of speech with examples. iWriteWords ($2.99) Teaches children handwriting while playing

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games. Puppet Pals HD (free) Students create their own characters and digital stories. Vocab Junkie (free) Helps students improve their vocabulary and allows them to monitor their progress. Free Books (free) This app boasts a collection of more than

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Many classic books available » APPS FROM 11X 23,400 classic books that can be downloaded for free in an e-reader format that allows users to make notes, highlight and bookmark, and it offers dictionary support. Literary Analysis Guide ($3.99) A useful app for high school and college students. By arranging the elements of literature graphically around three wheels (poetry, prose and rhetoric), students are able to visualize how the elements of literature develop style and meaning.

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School physicals and immunizations due now The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an annual check-up for children from age two to 18. These routine physicals allow pediatricians to assess a child’s growth and development, as well as check his or her weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, hearing and other physical, emotional or social health concerns. “An annual physical exam is an important time to discuss vaccine-preventable disease, and to make sure your child is up-to-date on vaccinations so he or she remains healthy,” said Lori MacDonald, MD, health officer for the Tennessee Department of Health MidCumberland Region. Parents are encouraged to complete these requirements as soon as possible and

not wait until just before the start of school. “Parents procrastinate and wait until late into July to call for an appointment to see their child’s pediatrician. By then it’s too late, and all the appointments are taken until after the start of the school year,” said Sumner County Health Director Hal Hendricks. Those who have waited until late July are still encouraged to still contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible. All students enrolling in Sumner County Schools or licensed daycare centers must present an updated Tennessee Certificate of Immunization form. The certificate may be obtained through your healthcare provider or through the Sumner

County Health Department. However, if your child is not due for any immunizations, the form can be updated at the child’s next visit. All vaccines required for school attendance in Tennessee are recommended for children by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. For a list of required immunizations, visit http:// To schedule your child’s appointment, contact your child’s health care provider or a nearby health department clinic: Hendersonville: 824-0552; Gallatin: 206-1100; or Portland: 325-5237. — For Sumner County Publications

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Financial literacy counts for high schoolers Alongside English and math, high school students need more classes in financial literacy and managing their money. It’s never too early to start learning how to manage finances. Otherwise, teens embark on the college journey without knowing how to avoid debt, opt out of high interest rates or dodge exorbitant fees. Some students actually expect to face these types of financial hurdles because they don’t know any other way. “We need to ensure students entering college are given the right financial literacy education, tools and support to make sound financial decisions while in college and beyond,” said Mary Johnson, director, Financial Literacy and Student Aid Policy at Higher One. Higher One is a finan-

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current financial literacy education,” Johnson added. According to the survey of 40,000 first-year college students, 28.2 percent have a credit card, and 23.7 percent have more than $1,000 in debt. While it’s not surprising that more than 79 percent of students surveyed worry about debt, some other spending behaviors are alarming. Such as, 60 percent find it okay to incur an overdraft fee if they can pay it off later. To correct these bad money habits, Higher One has partnered with educational technology company Ever Fi - which also sponsored the survey - to assess financial literacy in high school students. In 50 select schools across several states, the Higher One Financial Academy offers a web-based learning platform that will

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Sales tax holiday set for Aug. 2-4 By Sherry Mitchell Sumner County Publications

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Just in time for the start of a new school year, families can get a good deal on back-to-school items with a temporary tax break from Uncle Sam. This year’s sales tax holiday weekend starts Friday, August 2 at 12:01 a. m. and runs through Sunday, August 4 at 11:59 p. m. Items that can be purchased tax-free during the tax-free weekend include school and school art supplies, with a purchase price of $100 or less per item; clothing, also with a purchase price of $100 or less per item, and computers (desktop, lap-

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tops and tablets) retailing for $1,500 or less. For some residents, saving money, especially on larger purchases, is worth the wait. “We tend to wait until that weekend to purchase clothing and any electronics,” Hendersonville resident Jason Elkins said. “I’m most likely waiting that weekend to snag a deal on a laptop for my

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When Sumner County School Systems starts the 2013-2014 school year this August, students at 20 of the system’s 46 total schools will attended classes in a building named in honor of a specific person. The following list, compiled from information from the Sumner County Board of Education Archives, contains the history behind those 20 schools and the people for whom they are named.

Elementary Schools Benny Bills Elementary – Opened in the fall of 2002, Benny Bills Elementary is named in honor of Benny C. Bills (1938- ). Bills has been a teacher, principal, superintendent and director of schools.

Clyde Riggs Elementary – Originally known as Fountain Head Grade School in 1952, the school’s name was changed to South Portland Elementary in 1967 before it became Clyde Riggs Elementary during the 1978-1979 school year. The school is named in honor of Clyde O. Riggs (1902-1993), who was a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. Gene Brown Elementary – Originally Hendersonville Elementary, which opened during the 19561957 school year, the school’s name was changed in 1989 to Bills Gene Brown Elementary in honor of

Gene W. Brown (1928- ). Brown is a former teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. George Whitten Elementary – Originally opened as Wessington Place Elementary in the fall of 1974, the school’s name later was changed to George Whitten Elementary in 2006 in honor of George A. Whitten (1943-2006), who was a teacher and principal. Guild Elementary – Opened in August 1956, Guild Elementary is named in honor of Judge Lewis C. Guild (18871951), who was a judge and property owner. H.B. Williams Elementary – Opened in August 2002, H.B. Williams Elementary is named in honor of Harold B. Williams (1934-2010). Williams was a member and chairman of the Sumner County Board of Education.

Gene Brown Elementary in Hendersonville is named after Gene W. Brown, a former teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. FILE

J.W. Wiseman Elementary – Opened in August 1998 in the Williams former Portland Middle School building, J.W. Wiseman Elemen-

tary is named in honor of James William Wiseman, Jr. (1883-1970). Wiseman was a member and chairman of the Sumner County Board of Education. Jack Anderson Elementary – Opened in August 1999, Jack Anderson Elementary is named in honor of teacher and principal Jack C. Anderson

(1903-1971). Nannie Berry Elementary – Opened during school year 1963-1964, Nannie Berry Elementary is named in honor of property owner Nannie Smith Berry (1862-1961). Vena Stuart Elementary – Opened on October

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Hawkins Middle School originally Hendersonville Jr. High » NAMES FROM 16X 18, 1948, Vena Stuart Elementary is named in honor of Vena H. Stuart (18681956). Stuart was a teacher for 59 years. Watt Hardison Elementary – Originally called Portland Elementary, which opened in the school year 1955-1956, the school later became

North Portland Elementary before becoming Watt Hardison Elementary in the 1978-1979 school year. The school is named in honor of Watson Taylor Hardison (18891981), who was a teacher, assistant principal, athletic director and superintendent of schools.

Middle Schools Ellis Middle School – Opened in 1994 in the building that was Hendersonville High School from 1966-1992, Ellis Middle School is named in honor of Robert E. Ellis (19271987). Ellis was a member and chairman of the Sumner County Board of Education.

Hawkins Middle School – Originally Hendersonville Jr. High in the 1950’s on Campus Drive, the school was renamed Hawkins Middle School during the 1968-1969 school year, and its current building was built in 1989. The school is named in honor of Vernie Gilliam Hawkins (1898-1993), who was a teacher, principal

and superintendent of schools. Knox Doss at Drakes Creek Middle School – Opened in 1971 as Knox Doss Jr. High, where Merrol Hyde Magnet School is today, the school became a middle school in 1989. In 2003 the school relocated to the Station Camp campus, and in 2009 a new middle school opened at

Drakes Creek. The school is named in honor of Knox Cado Doss (1895-1991), who was teacher, principal, superintendent, school board member and World War I veteran. Rucker-Stewart Middle School – Originally Union Seventh and then Union Sixth, the school

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Hyde one of 3 people still alive with schools named for them » NAMES FROM 17X was renamed to RuckerSteward Middle School in 1978 and relocated to its current building in August 1995. The school is named in honor of Dr. Jonathan N. Rucker (18921970) and Reverend Roy Augusta Stewart (19121966), who were both teachers and principals. Joseph E. Shafer Middle School – Opened in January 1999 at its current location, replacing Gallatin Middle School, which was formerly Gallatin Jr. High, which opened in October 1963. The school is named after Joseph E. Shafer (19181996), who was a teacher and principal. T.W. Hunter Middle School – Opened in 1977 in what is now the Beech High School annex, T.W. Hunter Middle School

was relocated to its present building in the 20052006 school year. The school is named in honor of Thomas William Hunter, Sr. (1875-1951), who was a teacher, principal, superintendent and member of the Tennessee Department of Education.

Magnet School Merrol Hyde Magnet School – Opened on August 18, 2003 in the origiHyde nal Knox Doss building, the school is named after Merrol N. Hyde (1945- ). Hyde is a former teacher, principal, superintendent and director of schools and current

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Other Schools E.B. Wilson High School – Originally founded in 1987 as a credit recovery program, a fulltime school serving nontraditional students 16 years and older was later established in 1994 and named in honor of Edwin Blackburn Wilson (18611936). Wilson was a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. R.T. Fisher Alternative School – Originally began as a program in 1977 and was named in 1990 in honor of Robert Taylor Fisher (1886-1964). Fisher was a teacher and superintendent of schools. Information from the Sumner County Board of Education Archives

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health benefits, such as a positive impact on immune systems. The juicy fruit is loaded with vitamins that enhance the infection-fighting capacity of white blood cells and help immune systems produce more antibodies. Basically, watermelon is Mother Nature’s perfectly engineered snack. By incorporating it into breakfasts before a long day of school, extracurricular activities or athletics, you can feel good about what your children eat, and not worry that they will complain. Consider all of the finger-licking possibilities by trying the following simple watermelon push pop recipe - it’s healthy and quick, making it ideal for back-toschool breakfasts. To find more watermelon

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