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Board members recognized with Boardsmanship Awards by TSBA
Hamilton County Board of Education members Karitsa Jones and Jenny Hill have earned Boardsmanship Awards from the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA). Local board members who invest their time and effort into becoming more informed and effective board members earn the award. The Boardsmanship Awards are given for participation in activities outside of local school board obligations. There are five levels of recognition by TSBA, which honors a board member’s commitment to training, willingness to participate in workshops, and a volunteer spirit.
Sep 15
STEM School Chattanooga Educator is TechX Unsung Tech Hero of the Year
Kristen Burrus, an educator at STEM School Chattanooga, was named winner of the First Technology Excellence Awards Unsung Tech Hero of the Year Award announced by the Chattanooga Technology Council. The inaugural TechX Awards recognized regional organizations and companies for outstanding involvement, achievement, and accomplishments in the Chattanooga technology community. Across ten categories, there were 70 nominations from 33 companies or organizations. The Chattanooga Technology Council announced the winners in a virtual awards presentation on Thursday, September 10.
Sep 15
Hamilton County Schools encourages families to be SAFE this Labor Day weekend
Keeping schools open is vital for the growth of children and the community. Hamilton County Schools encourages families to be SAFE this Labor Day weekend as you plan activities, so there is not an increase in COVID-19 transmission over the holiday. SAFE activities will help schools stay open when children return to the classroom after the short break. SAFE is the acronym the school district has used to remind families to Stay home when you are sick, Avoid getting too close to others, Face coverings are a must, and Everyone wash your hands regularly. During the long holiday weekend, the “S” could also stand for Stay away from group gatherings that could transmit COVID-19 to more people in the community.
Sep 03
Dr. Bryan Johnson selected a Superintendent to Watch by national organization NSPRA
Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, is one of 24 school leaders from across the country to be named a Superintendent to Watch by NSPRA, a national organization serving school communication. NSPRA selected the superintendents for their use of communication technology in innovative and effective ways. The school leaders engage and inform their school communities with new communication technology tools combined with tried-and-true techniques. Selection criteria required those selected to have less than five years of experience as a superintendent in a school district and possess dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.
Sep 03
Janie Frick of East Brainerd Elementary is an HCS Hero
Heroes are not always people who do spectacular deeds but instead are often simply everyday individuals who determine to take an opportunity to act and make a difference. Janie Frick, a family partnership specialist at East Brainerd Elementary, is one of those special people choosing to make a difference. She is honored with an I Am Hamilton shirt and recognized as an HCS Hero.
Sep 01
Local church helps provide Chromebooks for East Side Elementary students
Learning at home using technology has been a challenge for schools and families as everyone adapts to operating in a new learning arrangement during the pandemic. At East Side Elementary School, the situation has become much more manageable thanks to a $32,500 donation to the school from the Church of the Good Shepherd to purchase needed Chromebooks. The school was able to buy an additional 147 Chromebooks to move closer to one device for every child at East Side Elementary.
Aug 24
Hamilton County Teacher Selected to Participate in an Internationally Renowned Dance Institute
Jessica Laliberte Bowman, a Chattanooga choreographer and teacher for Hamilton County Schools, is one of 21 artists selected internationally to join Curriculum in Motion® Institute, a yearlong professional development program for choreographers at Jacob's Pillow. Motivated by a desire to make new dances with young artists, Bowman co-developed the Student Choreography Project at Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts (CCA), where she is on dance faculty. Jacob's Pillow is one of the field's most prestigious professional dance training centers and has been recognized as a 'hub and mecca of dancing' in TIME Magazine and 'the dance center of the nation' in The New York Times. Jacob's Pillow is a national historic landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival.
Aug 18
HCS Transportation ready for the new school year including new options for Future Ready Institutes
Buses are ready to roll for the new school year for Hamilton County Schools when the school year starts Wednesday. There are always questions about routes, bus stop locations, and times. The new year also brings new options for students who attend a Future Ready Institute in a high school out of the student’s district. New bus Hubs have been developed to get students to the Future Ready Institute that matches the student’s career goals and ambitions.
Aug 11
Summer REACH Program is Successful in Preparing Children for Fall Success
The REACH summer learning program in Hamilton County Schools was a resounding success according to the children and teachers who participated. The program was designed to help children in danger of falling behind academically because of schools closing for COVID-19 in the spring and students missing valuable time learning.
Aug 03
Third Annual Back-to-School Bash to be a Drive-Thru Event
Hamilton County Schools will kick-off the 2020-2021 school year with the district’s third annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the First Horizon Pavilion! This year’s event will be a safe, no-contact drive-thru for families to receive a free backpack with school supplies. The 2020 event is made possible through the generous partnership of the Nehemiah Project, BlueCare Tennessee, State Farm, and United Way.
Aug 03
Hamilton County and Chattanooga use Smart City Infrastructure
Hamilton County Schools (HCS) is joining with EPB of Chattanooga and other community partners to ensure all students can access the internet for online learning as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Made possible by support from local private and public partners and by having a community-wide fiber optic network in place, HCS EdConnect powered by EPB is a new initiative that will provide internet services to about 28,500 economically challenged students in Hamilton County Schools in the greater Chattanooga area—at no charge to the family. The formation of this partnership program is the first time a U.S community is definitively bridging the digital divide for education by providing a high-quality broadband solution to all students in need.
Jul 29
Several District Leaders Transitioning to New Challenges
Over the course of this calendar year 2020, Hamilton County Schools has faced unprecedented times with the continuing disruption from COVID-19 and the Easter Sunday tornado that struck our community in April. Our district leadership team has risen to the moment, and now several are poised to take on new challenges.
Jul 25

COVID-19 School Reopening Update

Hamilton County Schools launched the School Reopening Task Force to plan for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year on August 12. The task force, which includes parents, students, community leaders, health professionals, teachers, school administrators, and district leaders, meet regularly to help keep our schools safe.

The Task Force has worked diligently to provide the HCS Reentry and Continuous Learning Plan.

We've created an email inbox specifically for questions related to our HCS Reopening plans. If you have a question, please send it to reopening@hcde.org and someone from our team will be happy to help you!