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November 2011

WHAT'S HERE

TEAM is major factor in influencing student success.



Teacher Feedback Opportunity
November 15th Teacher Town Hall at Bearden High



TIP411 - Anonymous tip line for middle, high schools
Students can now send text alerts or concerns anonymously to authorities.



L&N Students Adopt Mascot
Gryphon unites historic building, school culture


School Merchandise
Logos, mascots must meet new licensing requirements if used on merchandise for sell


Energy Savings Paying off
Training, central controls, updates, student and staff buy-in add up to huge savings


Behind the Scenes:
The Knox County Schools Cabinet Shop not only builds high quality shelves, furniture, and one-of-a-kind student needs, it's crew of five also builds relationships for life.

ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover:
Win $25,000 from ORAU for technology updates in your classroom. Read here to learn how. The deadline is Nov. 18




TEAM - A professional growth model

Teachers are the most important school-related factor influencing student success, and the goal of TEAM is to provide educators with a model to help them continuously improve their practice. More information about TEAM  may be found through the Human Resources Department’s HR Insider e-newsletter.
Teacher Town Hall Set for November 15
Please join us for our upcoming Teacher Town Hall on Tuesday, November 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. to provide additional feedback on the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) evaluation framework. The meeting will be hosted by Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. Please note that two or more Board of Education members may be present.

WHAT: TEAM Teacher Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, November 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bearden High School (8352 Kingston Pike, 37919)
Thank you for your support in our mission to provide Excellence for All Children. We look forward to seeing you there!



Knox County Schools Launches Anonymous Text Tip Program
Knox County Schools recently rolled out its “Tip411” program throughout its 29 middle and high schools. The initiative is a partnership between the Knox County Schools and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. (More Information)



L&N STEM Academy Unveils Mascot
The L&N STEM Academy recently unveiled its school mascot at its inaugural school dance. Students of the academy voted and selected a Gryphon, a mythical creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion (king of the air and the beasts). The creature is said to have guarded priceless treasures of the ancient and medieval worlds.

Students voted to select the school mascot. A conductor, lynx and phoenix were also included for consideration. The gryphon was an appropriate mascot because, in addition to being part of the stained glass at the school, it is protecting the treasure of the culture, knowledge and relationships the school creates for its students.



School Merchandise must meet new licensing standard

Knox County Schools Establishes Licensing Seal
Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, all high school merchandise emblazoned with school logos or mascots must meet licensing guidelines established by the Knox County Schools and Strategic Marketing Affiliates, a national licensing agency. (Read More)




Administrator, Teacher, Student buy-in = energy savings
Utility rates have gone up, square footage has gone up, but total energy costs for the district have gone down in the last four years thanks to the Energy Departments programs and your cooperation - but not everyone has 'bought in' to the simple, but effective practices. Where does your school rate?  (Read More)



Cabinet shop crew builds more than furniture while saving thousands
The Knox County Schools maintenance department's cabinet shop crew has over 100 years of total experience building cost-saving furniture for the system, but there's another 'product' that is just as pleasing to the men who work there. (Read More)



Oak Ridge Associated Universities Extreme Classroom Makeover:

Knox County teachers have won the last three Extreme Makeovers . . . (More)
The Extreme Classroom Makeover award provides $25,000 worth of the latest educational technologies, training and support. The contest is open to public school math and science teachers who teach grades 5-8, and are located within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge.

Teachers interested in competing must file their intent to apply no later than Nov. 18. Entrants will also be required to submit a full application and a 3-4 minute video that illustrates potential uses of technology and the need for technology in their classrooms. For more info, visit www.orau.org. See Green Magnet's 2011 Extreme Makeover winner.

 

KCS in the News:

First Lady Promotes Book of Knox County School Children Essays  

Second Grade Teacher Goes Full Circle

Knox students get close look at Civil War in new history class


Knox County Schools Roll Out Text Tip Program 


Previous Editions of Benchmarks: October 2011  D


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