In the upcoming months, teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff will work diligently to prepare all Grainger County students for their future success - whether that is in the next grade/course, college, career, or the community at large. By the end of this semester, students will have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and understanding of various subjects on an array of mandated state tests. As the testing window draws closer, you’ll be getting more specific information from your student’s teachers. I encourage you to work closely with us as we prepare students for academic success.
As is so often the case in East Tennessee, we can certainly expect to see some winter weather. Although we only have a few months to continue preparing students for the TNReady Exams, and every second spent in class is of paramount importance, administrators and staff members recognize the far greater value of the safety of our most precious commodity - the students of Grainger County. As the cold winter days continue and the threat of bad weather looms, I ask that parents, students, and community members remember that decisions regarding school closings are never made lightly. After consulting numerous sources, I make the best decision I can with what information I can gather. When in doubt, I will always err on the side of caution - choosing to protect the safety of staff and students over the minor inconvenience of adjusting the academic calendar. Just as we have in years past, the school system has purchased the SchoolReach Call Home Program which will notify you of changes to the school schedule. I ask that you remember that this call home program is merely a piece of technology, and as we know, technology is not always dependable. When there seems to be potential for school delay or closing, please do not rely solely on a phone call as your only means of information. Local TV and radio stations are also notified of changes to our routine, and they keep this information up-to-date and accurate. Pay close attention to local stations to get school closing information.
As always, I am honored to be working in a community surrounded by individuals - parents, students, teachers, administrators, school board members, etc. - who realize the value of a solid investment in our children. Our decisions today will affect our community tomorrow, and I look forward to working together to make the best decisions possible. Together, we will work to allow educators to TEACH with rigor and relevance so that students will LEARN the skills and knowledge needed to SUCCEED in becoming community, college, and career ready.
Director of Schools