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Education

  • SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Manny Stone earns Teacher of the Year

    Teachers and faculty members rose to their feet in applause Thursday with the announcement of the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year for Shelby County Public Schools.

    As he heard his name, West Middle School social studies teacher Manny Stone dropped his face into his hands and covertly wiped tears from his eyes before his emotions overcame him and he rose to embrace his mother and friends at his table.

  • A smooth breakfast selection

    The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association recently recognized Collins High School for its increase in diary consumption, but it could barely be heard over the whirrrrrr of the school’s blenders.

    Over a one-year period, the school had a 40 percent jump in milk usage, said Evell Coomer, the district’s food service coordinator. The increase was a direct result of the recently introduced breakfast selection: smoothies.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to get firsthand look at PBL

    Simpsonville Elementary School students will introduce the Shelby County Board of Education members to Project Based Learning through a firsthand experience Tuesday evening during their board meeting at 7 p.m. at Simpsonville Elementary, at 6725 Shelbyville Road.

    Simpsonville Principal Jill Tingle said the second grade students have been working to solve a real world problem for the past week and two classes will be divided into four groups Tuesday to share with board members their progress toward solving the issue.

  • Excelling classes

    From the outside, Northside Early Childhood appears similar to any other preschool, but inside you’ll find not one but three Classrooms of Excellence– an honor bestowed to high quality state-funded preschool classrooms.

    To earn the accolade, teachers must endure a rigorous and lengthy application process that includes self-evaluations, interviews, recommendations, walkthroughs, and a 14-page rubric to ensure required standards are met.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board reviews early budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education kicked off its meeting Thursday evening at Northside Early Childhood Center following a casual reception in honor of school board recognition month and to recognize three recently announced Classrooms of Excellence in the school.

    In addition to a hearty meal, the board members also got their first taste of the district’s budget for 2016-17.

    The district’s director of finance, Susan Barkley, highlighted the significant components of the draft budget, and urged that the information was very premature.

  • Collins considers 5-period day

    The Collins High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council is edging closer to a decision to reduce the school’s schedule from a seven-period day to a five-period day, and their impending decision has left many students up in arms.

    A petition on Change.org has the generated the support of more than 250 parents and students who say they are baffled and outraged by the proposed change.

  • Owning their environment

    With a couch, colorful string lights, palm trees on the wall and even a ball pit, Erika Darin’s class seems more like a lounge than a classroom.  But her students don’t treat the class like a play place. 

    The students in Darin’s second grade class at Simpsonville Elementary are on task and concentrating on their work. 

    As you look around the room, you see focused students learning in a way that works best for each of them.

  • The learning hub

    Earlier this month Shelby County Public Schools introduced the second phase of its 1:1 digital conversion, a goal aimed at putting a digital device into the hands of every student in the Shelby County Public School system, by distributing Chromebook laptops to every student on the middle school level. This followed a distribution to high school students at the beginning of thie 2015-16 school year.

    Within the next two years the district plans to deploy devices to students on the elementary level, as well.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – New policies, schedules, legislation

    The Shelby County Board of Education addressed numerous matters Thursday evening, including the new act signed into legislation last month by President Barack Obama that replaces the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

    With the new act in place, the state needs to review their standards in order to comply.

    “A legislator is discussing a major change in public education,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “Senate Bill 1...is now obsolete.”

  • District advances toward 1:1 digital conversion

     

    With the district’s second Chromebook deployment event wrapped up, nearly early every middle and high school student in the county is now equipped with a digital device to aid in their education.

    “It was awesome.  It went really well,” said Ryan Allan, public relations coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools. “Things went smoothly. I heard a lot of positive comments.  I heard no negative comments.  It was really good.”