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Rutherford County Schools

RCS ready for students and staff T

he 2013-14 school year is just around the corner, and leaders in Rutherford County Schools eagerly await the return of students and staff members. “We are excited to welcome our students to a new school year, and we can’t wait to get started,” said Dr. Janet Mason, Superintendent of Rutherford County Schools. School leaders have been busy making final preparations for new programs and opportunities at schools across the county. The county’s three traditional high schools will introduce a 25-minute, flexible class period into their daily schedules, providing students access to SAT and ACT preparation activities, subject area tutoring, club activities, and credit recovery options. Meanwhile, robotics are on the horizon for middle school students. These competitive events will challenge students to think like scientists and engineers as they solve real world problems by building, testing, and programming robots and by writing computer programs to accomplish robotics missions. Robotics activities will debut first at East Rutherford Middle School, with expansion likely at R-S Middle School and Chase Middle


School later in the year. Elementary schools will be expanding opportunities for parent involvement, engaging students in personal goal-setting activities, and cultivating student leadership within the school and community. Students will also see several new faces when they return to school.

Dr. Martha Robinson, Director of Human Resources, noted that 17 new educators and support personnel have been hired to fill vacancies during the summer months. Thirteen of those will be classroom teachers. “We are impressed by the quality of our new colleagues and by the strengths they bring to our team,” she said. “We are fortunate

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to attract talented educators to our school system, and we look forward to working alongside them throughout the school year.” Several changes among school and district leaders have also occurred during the summer months. Dr. David Sutton replaced Dr. Barbara Parker as the school district’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr. Charlie Freeman replaced Kevin Bradley as Director of Career-Technical Education. Bradley became Assistant Principal at Chase High School on July 1. New assistant principals also include Karen Pruett at Harris Elementary School, Robert Brown at Chase Middle School, and Jennifer McBrayer at R-S Central High School. Two new principals will also lead schools in the district. Tim Torvinen is Rutherford Opportunity Center’s new principal, and Jeremiah McCluney is the new principal at Rutherford Early College High School. Rutherford County Schools’ use of technology to enhance teaching and learning will be the focus of regional and state activities for other school leaders early in the coming school year. On Aug. 23, the regional meeting of school district technology

directors across western North Carolina will be held at the Cool Springs Administrative Offices. On Sept. 18, superintendents and chief academic officers from across the state will visit Rutherford County Schools to study how the school district uses technology to increase student engagement and improve student achievement. Their visit that day will include school tours during the morning and a work session focused on technology-enabled teaching and learning during the afternoon. Looking ahead toward the upcoming school year, Dr. Mason added, “The future is bright in Rutherford County Schools. Despite significant state budget challenges, everyone here is committed to supporting our students, creating exciting opportunities for them, and ensuring that they develop the knowledge and skills they need to achieve great things in their lives.” Additional information about the school district, including the 2013-14 school calendar, resources for students and parents, and upcoming events, is available on its website at http:// Parents are also encouraged to contact individual schools throughout the county to learn more.

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Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy

TJCA-CFA readies the 2013-14 school year T

homas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy (TJCA-CFA), Rutherford County’s first public charter school, is entering its 15th year of “developing thoughtful, articulate young adults.” TJCA-CFA offers the strength of the Core Knowledge Curriculum developed at the University of Virginia for grades K-8, and a classical curriculum high school model that includes two years of Latin and Logic study and a year of rhetoric in addition to core courses in each year of high school. Visual arts and music are required core classes in grades K-8, and elective courses through high school to enable students to pursue theater, orchestra or dance. Student success in a challenging academic environment continues to be the signature of TJCA-CFA. For the third consecutive year, the Washington Post and Newsweek Magazine both recognized TJCA-CFA in the top 1 percent of high schools nation-wide when


measuring college readiness through state exams and Advanced Placement course criteria. Our 69 graduating seniors were awarded over $3.6 million from the colleges they applied to attend. Graduates will be heading to Davidson College,

University of Georgia, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, and a host of other four year programs.In athletics, TJCA-CFA finished its final year in the 1A/2A Western Highlands Conference by placing 12th in the state out of 100 1A schools in the prestigious Wells Fargo Cup

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are enthusiastic about our team prospects in the all 1A conference this year. TJCA-CFA will maintain a 180 day school calendar. Student orientations are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. for 6th grade as they return to the upper school campus, Monday, Aug. 19 for grades K-2 at 5 p.m. and grades 7-8 at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. for grades 3-5 and at 6:30 p.m. for grades 9-11 There will be a special senior orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Leitner Auditorium. Our first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 22.The staff at TJCA-CFA is enthusiastic about the bright future of charter schools in North Carolina. The lifting of the charter school cap in our state is recognition that successful charter schools like TJCA-CFA are an important piece of the educational opportunities for our students in the 21st centur y. For more information about our program, please visit our website at http://


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Trinity Christian

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hen Trinity Christian School students arrive on Aug. 26 they will be opening the door on the school’s 40th year of educating children. What began with a small group of families has grown into a thriving school that now serves over 140 students in Preschool-8th grade. As a private Christian school, Trinity charges tuition but offers a needs-based assistance program to help as many families as possible make Christian education a viable option. There will be many activities and events in the coming months surrounding the anniversary celebration. “We will have a very exciting

announcement during the first of week of school,” said Trinity Head of School, Tiffany Walker. “We are thrilled to share with the community and our alumni how

God has continued to bless this school over the past 40 years.” Test scores are one of the areas that have continued to improve at Trinity with more

than 90 percent of students passing their end of grade examinations on their first attempt. One thing that does not go up at Trinity is the class size. Trinity continues to maintain an average class size of 12 students with a maximum of 16 per class. The 2013-2014 school year will be the second year that Trinity has participated in a new sports conference that offers flag football, soccer, and basketball. Also on tap for this school year is the school’s third annual day of service, “Operation Shine.” On this day, students throughout the entire school from preschool through eighth grade participate in various

mission projects on and off campus. “It is a wonderful day that allows our students to give back to the community. From collecting food for the backpack program to working at Hospice, every student is involved in some aspect of ministry,” added Walker. The mission of Trinity Christian School is to educate and develop the whole person for the glory of God by providing an atmosphere of academic excellence within a Christian, interdenominational, family-centered framework. For more information visit www. or email

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Lake Lure Classical Academy

LLCA once again continues to expand ake Lure Classical Academy is ready for the 2013-14 school year. The school has continued to grow, it currently has a total of 325 students and 42 staff, and has added to its facilities to accommodate more students and teachers. This year, LLCA added a 10th grade class and a new building with four additional classrooms and office space to house the high school students. There are currently 70 students enrolled in the 9th and 10th grades. The school has also gone through some personnel changes. Jessica Boland was named director of the school

at its July board meeting. She is replacing former director Caroline Upchurch, who recently submitted her resignation. “I personally am excited to get the school year underway. We have a whole new high school faculty joining us this year and I look forward to introducing them to our students,” Boland said. “With all of the hard work that has been going on over the summer, I anticipate getting to share many great accomplishments as the school year unfolds.” Cynthia Gadol, a TeamCFA fellow, will also be joining the staff for this school year. She is going to be working with

instructional staff on Core Knowledge as the curriculum director. Along with new staff, technology is on the rise at LLCA. TeamCFA has awarded the school $42,000 in grant funds to support the acquisition of needed technology. The funds will purchase three classroom sets of Google Chromebooks and carts which will support classroom teaching, the Compass learning self-paced tutoring software and online testing.  The funds will also purchase nine staff computers and five mimio boards.  The first day of school for LLCA is Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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Rutherford County Schools Calendar 2013-14 Monday, August 26- First Day of School Monday, September 2- Labor Day (No School) Monday, September 23- Professional Development Day/Required Work Day Friday, October 11- Optional Teacher Work Day (No School) Tuesday, October 13- Report Cards Monday, November 11- Veteran’s Day (No School) Wednesday, November 27- Annual Leave Day Thursday, November 28 through Friday, November 29 - Thanksgiving Break Tuesday, December 3- Report Cards Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1 - Christmas Break Tuesday, January 2 through Friday, January 3- Professional Development Day/Required Teacher Work Day Monday, January 20- Martin Luther King Day (No School) Friday, January 24- Required Work Day (No School) Wednesday, January 29- Report Cards Friday, February 14- Required Work Day (No School) Monday, March 10- Required Work Day (No School) Thursday, March 13- Report Cards Friday, April 18 through Friday, April 25- Spring Break Tuesday, May 6- Report Cards Monday, May 26- Memorial Day (No School) Wednesday, June 11- Report Cards Thursday, June 12- Required Work Day Friday, June 13- Optional Teacher Work Day

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Monday, September 2- Labor Day (No School) Friday, September 27- Noon dismissal for staff development Friday, October 25- Noon dismissal for staff development Monday, October 28- Report Cards Monday, November 11- Veteran’s Day (No School) Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday (No School) Friday, December 20- Noon Dismissal Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3 - Christmas Break (No School) Monday, January 20- Report Cards Friday, February 21- Noon dismissal for staff development Monday, February 24- Teacher Workday (No School) Monday, March 24- Teacher Workday (No School)

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Get kids excited about the new school year


n a perfect world, all children would be enthusiastic about starting a new school year. But in the real world, some children will be reluctant, ner vous, or annoyed about exchanging their summer fun for the classroom. How do you get kids motivated about going back to school? While you can’t dole out pep talks during the school day, you can take steps at home to get kids excited about school all year long:

Set an Example

Off to work? If you act grumpy about the day ahead of you, your kids will take your cue. Over breakfast, be positive and upbeat. If your kids have apprehensions about school, their friends or

after school activities, talk to them in a constructive way about what’s bothering them. At dinner, remember to check in with them again. Tell them about what you did that day and ask them about what they learned.  

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Cool school supplies can inspire your kids to stay organized and motivated. Think colorful and cheerful designs and personalized back to school supplies, which can give kids a sense of ownership and pride over their school work. For example, MyChronicleBooks, creates folders, journals, spiral notebooks and even stickers that can be customized with names and school subjects.

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Go the Extra Mile

Encourage your kids to do more than just go to school and come home. It’s in their art classes, on the basketball court and playing in the concert band where they will discover their talents and interests they didn’t know they have. Extracurricular and after school activities provide a great social outlet for kids and are where some of the best memories of school days are made.  If the school doesn’t have programs that interest your child, investigate other classes,

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A relationship with your child’s teacher matters FROM STAFF REPORTS


hildren are mom and dad’s top priority, and parents want to give them every advantage in the world to succeed. But with all the time kids spend at school, parents cannot do it alone. That’s why it’s important for the most influential adults in a child’s life to team up on a common goal. Parents should cultivate relationships with their child’s teacher early, so they can work together toward the child’s success. There are several ways for parents to build a relationship with their kid’s teacher.  

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Don’t wait until there is a problem before meeting the teacher. Introduce yourself as soon as possible -- ideally before the stresses of the school year are in full swing. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation -- just one to let the teacher know who you are and that you are interested in your child’s education.

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All kids and their parents have a teacher they admire and want to thank. Taking a few minutes to share these sentiments is important and

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