• Petros-Joyner, Coalfield receive Read to be Ready grants

    Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently announced the 218 public school recipients of the 2019 Read to be Ready Summer Grants, which will provide a total of $8,900,000 in funding for tuition-free, month-long literacy-focused summer camps for 8,910 students in need across the state. For summer 2019, the fourth year of the grant program, the department expanded students’ access to the program by changing the student-to-teacher ratio from 1:5 to 1:6. This allows more students to participate without sacrificing the quality and close-knit nature of camps.

  • Petros-Joyner hosts Christmas dinner theater

    Petros-Joyner School is a STEM-focus school. Each nine weeks grades 6-8 have a daily 45-minute allotted class time to work on their PBL (project based learning). This project starts out with a driving question.

    During the first nine weeks the project surrounded the idea of a playground renovation. Since Petros-Joyner is the smallest school in Morgan County, students do not have access to the “arts” as other schools do. They are hungry for humanities such as drama and music.

  • Schools promote water consumption

    Morgan County Schools Coordinated School Health Director Patricia Pace is turning to students to come up with a way to promote drinking more water in schools.

    “We received a $10,000 grant from ETHRA to put in new water filtration systems in each of the schools,” Pace said. “We then asked the business marketing classes at each of the schools to create a slogan and logo for next semester to promote drinking water. This is part of a coordinated school health goal to increase water intake for students and staff.”

  • Coalfield wins My Big Idea! Project

    Students in business classes across Morgan County met last week to compete in the My Big Idea! Project.
    Each school met in October to go over the rules for the competition.

    “They met in October and had a planning day,” Coalfield business teacher Jessica Hastings said. “They had to come up with a problem and come up with a business to solve the problem. It had to be something that didn’t already exist. They worked in class to prepare a pitch presentation and then each school presented their idea here today.”

  • 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.