In this Issue:
County Commission passes $7 million addition to Schools budgetSCORE release
Full Day Kindergaren begins this Fall
Substitute Training Classes FREE for limited time
This summer: Read 20 minutes per day with your student
Reminder - TCAP 'Quick Scores' are available online
County Commission approves $7 million school budget increase
In a 7-4 vote, Knox County Commission approved a $404,710,000 school system budget at its special called meeting on Monday, June 4, 2012. The funds concentrate on classroom instruction, teacher support, reading, and enrichment. (Details).
SCORE releases report following teacher evaluation feedback
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) recently released a report, Supporting Effective Instruction in Tennessee, regarding Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. The report follows a five-month listening and feedback process SCORE led on the evaluation system to identify what is working well, gather input on challenges and concerns, and report back with a range of recommendations to the Tennessee Department of Education and State Board of Education. (Visit the SCORE site)
Kindergarten is FULL DAY this year
Kindergarten students throughout Knox County Schools will benefit from a full day of instruction beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. This means that Kindergarten will follow the traditional elementary school hours by beginning at 7:45 a.m. and dismissing at 2:45 p.m.
Age requirements do not change this year. (More Information)
KCS offering FREE Substitute Teacher training classes
· Handle classroom behavior situations
· Be prepared and professional
· Teach students with special needs
· Assemble a Substitute Pack
For more information or to register, please call Human Resources at (865) 594-1929 or visit http://www.hr.knoxschools.org/.
Read 20 minutes each day with your student
Research shows that reading 20 minutes a day will help students excel academically. It is an important skill that when exercised on a regular basis, it leads to successful student outcomes. Reading both at home and in the classroom is a proven way to help students thrive.
As a reminder, Tennessee state law and State Board of Education policy now requires that TCAP Achievement Scores be calculated into students’ final semester two course grades(s). Per Knox County Schools Policy, these scores constitute 15% of a student’s second semester grade for each tested subject area.
REMINDER: TCAP “quick scores” available online
If parents have not yet had an opportunity to view their child’s TCAP scores, that information can be found by logging into Parent Portal. Scores will be listed in the Student Information Center area under the Standardized Testing Tab.
Parents who encounter difficulties logging into Parent Portal may contact the Knox County Schools Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-594-1852.