School board awards students

By | October 11, 2018 9:41 am

Sixth grade, Will Stockton and Quinn Allen; seventh grade, Peyton Simpson and Reagan Goodwin; eighth grade, Hunter Rogers and Abbi Guy; special programs, Matthew Campanelli. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

White County School Board awards students for excellence

The White County Board of Education met recently to discuss current events and to award certain students for their excellence in citizenship.

Steve Wilson, White County Middle School assistant principal, addressed the crowd to explain the reason for the awards.

“We have been charged by the school board to find students that exude or embody the term optimism,” said Wilson. “Talking to our teachers, it was a challenge for them to narrow it down to a couple of individuals.”

Two students from grades six through eight were selected to be honored with an Optimism Award. Following are the award winners:

-Sixth grade: Will Stockton and Quinn Allen

-Seventh grade: Peyton Simpson and Reagan Goodwin

-Eighth grade: Hunter Rogers and Abbi Guy

-Special Programs: Matthew Campanelli

A presentation via video from the Farrah Griffith, White County Middle School principal, who could not attend the meeting personally, was also an important topic of the night. She expressed the need for emphasis to be placed on the importance of having a homeroom at the school. Griffith expressed that some children have a hard time coping with the transition from elementary school to the middle school and that she and her staff have found that homerooms for these students are important.

“Homeroom has been an important thing for our school this year,” said Griffith. “Having homeroom each morning has given us the opportunity to have a small group in order for teachers to keep track of attendance, discipline, and any problems a student may have.”

Other items of business included:

-Presentation of ARMOR Pledge created by the students

-Weekend Back Pack program implementation – Life Church of Sparta has adopted the White County Middle School to send enough food home with students to have over school breaks

-WCMS chosen to be a trauma informed school (In a trauma-informed school, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and law enforcement. In addition, students are provided with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal is to not only provide tools to cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support.)

-Presentation about English as a second language program

-Approval of LEA compliance report

-Approval of textbook compliance report

-Approval of fundraiser swap by Project Graduation from a yard sale to a rod and knife sale

-Approval of budget amendment

-Committee reports including policy of electronically attending a school board meeting, maintenance report, school improvement report, and budget report

-Approval of new WCMS baseball team coach

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