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Education

  • MCCTC culinary team places third in state contest

    A group of five high school students from the Morgan County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC) recently placed third in the 2018 Farm to School Junior Chef Competition in Nashville.

    By placing third, the Wartburg team will receive a $6,000 scholarship to Sullivan University. The school is based in Kentucky, but they have smaller satellite schools in Nashville.

    Doing so well in the competition is remarkable considering MCCTC’s program just started in August.

  • Record number takes AP tests in Tennessee

    Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen recently announced that more than 32,000 Tennessee public school students took Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2018 – breaking the previous year’s record high of 29,285 for Tennessee. In addition, the number of these students who scored a 3, 4, or 5, which makes students eligible for college credit at many institutions, increased from 16,242 last year to 17,049 this year.

  • Oakdale receives Farm Bureau grant

    A key goal for Morgan County Farm Bureau is ensuring farming and agricultural based activities are in good hands for years to come.

    One way Morgan County Farm Bureau achieves this goal is through its Outdoor Classroom Garden Grant Program, Morgan County Farm Bureau President David Goodman recently presented Oakdale School teacher Erin Miller with a $500 check to help with outdoor agricultural classroom activities at the school.

  • FCCLA students cater Chamber luncheon

    Five students from Wartburg’s FCCLA club recently took time out of their fall break to give back to local business leaders.
    The club prepared lunch for the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting that was held at River Ridge Barn in Lancing.

    “FCCLA wants to be more involved with the community and give back to the people who give to us,” Club sponsor Tammy Howard said. “We have local businesses who have supported us for years and I thought this was a way we could give back to those people.”

  • State kicks off student essay contest

    The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is kicking off its third annual student essay contest.  The project is part of a larger civics engagement initiative to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. The 2018 theme for the essays is leadership with length requirements varying by grade level.

    Schools may submit two essays for kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade. All submissions can be submitted online beginning through Friday, Nov. 16.

  • Oakdale School unveils outdoor classroom

    Kids often daydream of being outside while sitting in a classroom on a beautiful fall day.

    Now students at Oakdale School can enjoy being outside while learning at the same time, as the school’s PTO recently built an outdoor classroom thanks to a $3,100 grant from Lowe’s.

    “They have a place where they can go relax and have class regardless if it’s nature oriented or not, they can have class outdoors versus being cooped up indoors all the time,” Oakdale PTO President Aaron Nance said.

  • Bunch named to Tennessee Rural Principals Network

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently announced the 52 principals who will serve in the inaugural class of the Tennessee Rural Principals Network, one part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Transforming School Leadership Initiative, which is a comprehensive approach to improve the preparation, retention, and development of Tennessee’s principals. The department is also providing funding for scholarships to support professional development for up to 200 additional rural principals.

    Petros-Joyner Elementary School Principal Laura Bunch is among the 52 selected.

  • Wartburg Central FCCLA team up with WVFD

        Wartburg Central High FCCLA teamed up with the Wartburg Volunteer Fire Department for a Fire Safety Program at Wartburg Central Elementary School.
        On Oct. 19, Assistant Chief Lynn Redmon along with volunteer firemen Jason Bunch, Richard Bunch, Jordan Melhorn and Jordan Gambrell brought several fire trucks for grades Pre-K through third grade to view. One Kindergarten student stated “I have never seen anything so big.” There is always excitement when the fire department comes to visit.

  • WCES Kindergarten/First grade Perfect Attendance 1st nine weeks
  • WCES Kindergarten/First grade Most Improved 1st nine weeks