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Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

Starting young: Stronger focus on early education (04/20/14)
Local and state educators are making a special effort to promote the development of young children. The state has asked school districts to beef up their pre-K and kindergarten outreach efforts, and Bedford County is responding, said Betty Farrar, the county's pre-K coordinator...
Pizza party (04/20/14)
Pizza Hut sponsored a pizza party for Boys & Girls Club members who made the A/B Honor Roll on their most recent report cards. Each child received a personal pan pizza for his or her achievement. Seen here are Laila Redman, Makia Woodard, Janeth Hernandez, Brianna LaBo, Tyler Moss, Logan Gunn, Camron Powell, Brandon Overstreet, Jayden Cooper, Caleb Marsh, Mikyla Lyons, Samora Brown and Mia Velasquez. Not pictured: Makaylee Ferrell, Dylan Marchi, Shane Nowlin, Mikalah Sims, Stephen Sims, Eve Speirs and James Turrentine. (Submitted photo)
Leaders in training at the TCAT (04/20/14)
Leadership Bedford Class of 2014 completed the second session of its Workforce Readiness Class that it taught at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. Receiving certificates of completion were Jamie Carpenter, James Thomas, Adrian Harvey, Janet Smith, Courtney Dixon, Joyce James and Sara Basern...
BREAKING: Community Elementary principal reassigned (04/18/14)
The principal of Community Elementary School has been reassigned to the school system's central office, officials say. Tim Miller will handle "other duties" for the rest of the school year due to "a personnel issue," School Superintendent Don Embry said Friday...
Book fair profits students, school (04/18/14)
"I feel like the lady at Walmart!" Instead of teaching a class of eager kindergartners, Kay Segroves has been busy this week collecting money and accepting orders from students of every age group, as Liberty School held their second book fair of the year...
Mobile devices allowed at schools 'within reason' (04/17/14)
Students soon will have permission to tweet and text from school in certain circumstances. The Bedford County Board of Education on Tuesday approved certain student uses of mobile devices during school hours. The board's monthly meeting was held at Thomas Magnet School's library instead of the central office; the board occasionally meets at various schools...
Music to one's ears: Symphony tickets on sale (04/17/14)
Tickets for the May 6 performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena are now on sale. The symphony will be led by assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran in his Shelbyville debut. The symphony's casual, family-friendly Shelbyville concert, a tradition since 1989, will also include the Cascade High School Band, directed by David Lucich, playing on its own and joining the symphony for the grand finale. ...
'Pride and Prejudice' play comes to Webb School (04/16/14)
"Pride and Prejudice" will be performed by The Webb Players on April 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2:30 p.m. on The Webb School chapel stage. Faculty and students will be admitted free of charge. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per person...
Blue Ribbon honors (04/16/14)
Thomas Magnet School Principal Janice Womble attended a Tennessee School board meeting April 11. Kevin Huffman, Tennessee education commissioner, presented her with a plaque marking the school's status as a National Blue Ribbon School as well as a proclamation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam. (Submitted photo)
'Master teacher' lessons documented (04/15/14)
Learning Way Elementary teacher Regan Aymett had a video crew documenting her lessons on Monday as part of the National Education Association's Master Teacher Project. The videos of her teaching techniques will be available to teachers across the nation to use as a reference, as well as Aymett's own remarks and reactions (sometimes, for example, it can be instructive to note what doesn't work). Aymett is one of 96 master teachers joining the project nationwide. As a looping teacher, Aymett teaches first graders one year and then teaches second grade, including many of the same children, the next year. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Cascade FFA takes home honors (04/13/14)
Cascade FFA recently had 19 members attend the 86th State FFA Convention. The chapter received several awards, including 10 percent increase in membership, Platinum PLOW, Superior Chapter and Gold National Chapter. Allison Massey won the Regional Dairy Proficiency. Hannah Grace Luna performed during the precession line up. Katie Haddock and Emily Vincent both received their State FFA degrees...
Students experience sweet success (04/11/14)
Southside Elementary School held a candy bar sale to help raise money for the school. The students reached their goal of $10,000 and sold over 300 boxes. Students who sold four boxes went to a movie after school one day. Those who sold three boxes got to participate in a money scramble. Students who were top sellers won cash prizes or gift cards...
Southside food drive (04/10/14)
The Southside Student Council recently had a canned food drive for the needy. Front: Sophie Miller, Diana Campos, Ashley Tapia, Kailey Clark, Jacob Cooper, Logan McCormick and Cole Banks. Middle: Valynn Corley, Leslye LovVorn, Gracie Deas, Ashleigh Pridmore, Axel Grajales, Ryan Dye, Rylan Green and Lexi Bailey. Back: Back- Sponsors Brian Waggoner and Kyle Prince, Lakentra Norton, Daniela Alcala, Haley Newman, Makenna Lamb, Bayleigh Stovall, Hunter Morgan, Taylor Sexton, Mason Smith, Lukus White, Andon Warren and sponsers Angela Pridmore and Jan Hix. (Submitted photo)
Hunter Davidson is...In the Spotlight (04/09/14)
Do you have a nickname? I do not have one. Where do you go to school? Community Elementary. Favorite subject in school? Reading. Least liked subject in school? Math. Favorite food? Noodles...
Bedford FFA wins state championship (04/08/14)
The days of March 23, 24, 25, and 26 will go down in history for the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School. Twelve members from the chapter attended the annual state convention in Gatlinburg. The chapter was awarded the Gold Passing Literacy Onward award, received a 10 percent chapter membership increase award, and was named a Tennessee Superior chapter. ...
Thomas inducts Honor Society (04/08/14)
Thomas Magnet School held the first annual induction ceremony for the newly formed National Elementary Honor Society. Sponsors Lindy Holland and Robyn Newson, organized the induction ceremony. Principal Janice Womble welcomed parents and guests. Newly inducted NEHS members and guests were fortunate to hear Harris Middles School's current National Junior Honor Society president, Jay Blackburn, and secretary, Abi Canter speak about the importance of such a society. ...
BackPack meals feed students on break (04/04/14)
Spring Break -- That wonderful start of spring that every school child starts begins looking forward to as soon as school starts back after the holiday break. Sunshine, warm air, no homework, and so much more! But, if you are one of the 130 children in local schools who rely on school breakfast and lunch to possibly be your only meals, the 10 days of spring break may be anything but gleeful. Blessedly, the volunteer spirit is alive and well in the form of the BackPack Program...
Birthday parties net books for school (04/04/14)
Community Elementary School students have found out that supporting their school's library can be a lot of fun. The elementary school's Birthday Book Club is a library fundraiser patterned after that of Cason Lane Academy in Murfreesboro, according to librarian Shanna Simmons...
Fallout falls back in again Saturday (04/03/14)
The Fallout Teen Center is reopening its doors. The center will hold its grand re-opening at its new location, El Bethel Baptist Church, at 7 p.m. The center, which originally opened its doors four years ago, was started by the non-profit Bridge of Hope...
Truly a 'cool' summer (04/01/14)
Because of 2014's stubbornly cold temperatures, Bedford County Schools have come up with a program to announce and account for "snow days" during summer vacation. According to scheduling coordinator Loof Lirpa, in the event that temperatures are too cool for traditional vacation activities, a snow day will be announced. Eight snow days have been built into the vacation calendar, and if more than that are needed school will have to start later to accomodate the change in schedule...
Eakin Students of the Month (04/01/14)
Eakin Elementary School students of the month for March are seen here, not in order listed. Kindergarten: Alyana Smith, Emilio Juarez Vazquez, Keyrhiana Hill, Kenzie Howard, Ada Juarez, Kaden Walker. First Grade: Rosalia Viveros, Leslie Revelo, Eulalia Juan Gaspar, Katie Maldonado, Elena Domingo. Second Grade: Micah Spence, Andrew Hillis, Sunshine Lee, Chelsea Potts. Third Grade: Jacob Newman, Tony Huerta, Alexis Ray, Sidney Matthews, Jahlin Osborne. Fourth Grade: Rayne Bromely, Anthony Ramirez, Cody Bissell, Paola Gonzalez. Fifth Grade: Luciano Felipe, Casidy Sanders, Eduardo Cordova. (Submitted photo)
Parents get 'Ready, Set, Go!' for school (04/01/14)
Approximately 270 families took advantage of the school system's "Ready, Set, Go!" kindergarten preview program last week at Harris Middle School. Planners deemed the night a success and hope to make it an annual event. "For a first time, I don't think it could have gone better," said Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins...
Cascade Middle hosts science fair (04/01/14)
Cascade Middle School recently hosted its eighth annual Research Fair, an event highlighting research, writing, and communication standards and a preliminary event to the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair held at Austin Peay State University...
True Love Waits, students learn (03/30/14)
With spirituality seemingly taking a back door to earthly pleasures, many Christians have taken it upon themselves to educate the younger generations on the benefits of abstinence. Pastor Tim Posch was invited by Community's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students to do just that...
Julie visits Cascade (03/30/14)
Shelbyville Police Officer Jody Shelton and canine Julie visited Cascade Elementary School's third grade on Wednesday. Prior to the visit, the students had been reading "Arrow With Officer Mike" with their teachers, Deborah Bates, Patti Clinton, Jeanie Houle and Michelle Henke. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Pre-K student activities

Eakin Elementary School pre-kindergarten teachers Cari Doss and Susan Hall conducted special learning activities recently for their students for Week of the Young Child.

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