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Education

  • Shelby County School Board: High schools delayed by testing problem

    End-of-the-year testing at Shelby County Public Schools’ two high schools has been interrupted slightly because of issues with ACT’s issuing of the state’s end-of-course assessments.

  • Shelby County School Board: Students tabbed for TIP at Duke to be celebrated

    The Shelby County Board of Education will recognize students who have qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) during Thursday’s regular meeting, which will be at Heritage Elementary School, 8300 Frankfort Road.

  • Vendor issues take K-PREP off line statewide

    On top of Monday’s safety issues at Collins High School, Shelby County Public Schools already had made a quick change to its K-PREP testing, which also began Monday.

    The district was forced to alter its testing situation because of an issue with ACT, which is the vendor for the end-of-course testing.

    Shelby County was one of several districts statewide that were scheduled to begin testing online this year. However, ACT began having issues with its online test and by Friday temporarily had suspended online testing because of technical issues.

  • Shelby County School Board: District’s after-school care continues to grow

    After-school care in Shelby County has reached an all-time high at 319 students, program director Joy Royalty told the Shelby County School Board during her presentation at Thursday’s regular meeting at the district’s offices on Main Street.

    “We’re a self-sufficient program that runs from after school until six o’clock, and we’re available at each elementary school,” she said.

    The program is available for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

  • Want a GED? Get it now

    If you are lacking a high school diploma and thinking of going the alternative route, officials are urging you to get started –  now.

    Starting in 2014 the cost of earning a high school equivalency through the General Education Development (GED) exam will double to $120, and the test will be changed to align better with the new common core standards and college and career ready standards being adopted nationwide.

  • Shelby County School Board: Diplomas, goals highlight agenda

    This Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will award diplomas to students who previously had given up their chances at a graduation.

    Started in the 2011-12 school year, the diploma recovery project allows students that were one-time dropouts the opportunity to receive a diploma from their former school by attending evening courses and using online resources and testing through COMPASS to earn credits toward graduation.

  • SCHS’ Terry named top teacher

    Maggie Terry, an educator of 20 years, has been named Teacher of the Year for Shelby County.

    Terry, an algebra teacher at Shelby County High School, received an engraved trophy and flowers at a ceremony Tuesday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House from her principal, Eddie Oakley, and Superintendent James Neihof.

    Terry, who also was named Shelby County High School Teacher of the Year, was selected by a team of administrators from Shelby County School’s Central Office, led by Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith.

  • Updated: Parent questions principal’s actions, files formal complaint

    The parent of a Shelby County student has now filed a formal complaint with the school district after going public with her outrage about treatment she said her son received at Heritage Elementary.

    In a copy of the complaint forwarded to The Sentinel-News, Whitis reiterated her claims that Black berated her son in the hallway after pulling him from music class and “proceeded to scream at him [that] her school needed his test scores.”

  • Shelby County School Board: Cropper student finishes 2 grades in 1 year

    A student at the Education Center at Cropper has accomplished something unique to earn his high school diploma.

    Marco Osorio Sapon used a new online learning tool called COMPASS to complete his final two years of high school in one.

    That was the highlight Thursday, when the Shelby County Board of Education met at Cropper and heard a report from Principal Steve Coleman about progress at the school, which accommodates students who are having difficulties in the classroom.

    “We have some really good things going on out here,” Coleman said.

  • Shelby County School Board: District to honor Teacher of the Year

    Shelby County Public Schools will announce its 2013 Teacher of the Year during a reception Tuesday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    The ceremony will also honor the nominated teachers from each school in the district. They are:

    Jennifer Gilbert, Clear Creek Elementary

    Katrina Stapleton, Heritage Elementary

    Kim Crick, Painted Stone Elementary

    Katie Strange, Simpsonville Elementary

    Jamie Mezin, Southside Elementary

    Rachel Metzger, Wright Elementary

    Tracy Miller, East Middle