School Annual Reports



Our students are deeply immersed in the visual and performing arts and enjoy many opportunities for creative expression, including marching band, choir, art shows and theatre productions. n Pegram Elementary School started the transition to become the district’s first fine arts magnet school. The school added new disciplines and content to its arts curriculum and integrated arts into the four core subject areas to help students build skills in communication, collaboration and creativity. n The Sycamore High School band competed at the USBands Southern States Championships in Chattanooga, winning the Class IV Open State Champions, Best Percussion, Best Visual, Best Music, Best Guard and High General Effect to earn a spot in the finals. It was the third consecutive year the band won state champions in its class. n The district hosted its first Countywide Art Show at the Cheatham County Public Library. Art from every school was on display during the successful two- week show. n The artwork of seven Cheatham County Central High School students, two Sycamore High School students and one Harpeth High School student was featured in the “Teens Take the Frist” exhibition at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville.

The Cheatham County School District has more than 1,200 high school student-athletes who are involved in a sport. Students at Cheatham County Central High School, Harpeth High School and Sycamore High School can participate in football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, cross country, cheerleading, track, volleyball and wrestling. 2018-2019 Athletic Achievements n The Cheatham County Central High School girls basketball team won the Class AA state championship. The Lady Cubs beat Martin Westview 43-40 to capture the school’s first-ever state team title . n Harpeth High School’s Ty Holland and Dylan Becker won individual state titles at the Class A-AA state wrestling tournament. Ty won first in the 106-pound weight division and Dylan won first in the 132-pound weight division. It was Dylan’s second straight state title, winning the 120-pound title in 2018. n Eight wrestlers were state medalists at the Class A-AA state tournament: Caitlyn Gilmore, Tyr’ee Bass, Bonnie Hudgins and Lilly Pendleton of Sycamore High School; Rolando (Jr.) Lucio, Jackson Whitlow and Matthew Pack of Harpeth High School; and Michael Cothran of Cheatham County Central High School. n Seventeen wrestlers from Cheatham County Central High School, Harpeth High School and Sycamore High School qualified for the Class A-AA state wrestling tournament. n The Cheatham County Central High School girls golf team, composed of Mallory Anderson and Breanna Cook, finished eighth in the Small Class State Golf Tournament. n Nicole Meadows of Harpeth High School qualified for the Small Class State Golf Individual Tournament.

n Walker Bunce of Cheatham County Central High School qualified for the 200-meter dash at the Class A-AA track and field tournament. n The Cheatham County Central High School dance team won The U.S. Finals Division Grand Champions in Varsity Hip Hop for a third time.


n The New York Mets selected Sycamore High School graduate Blaine McIntosh with the 388th pick in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. n Sycamore High School girls soccer coach Sheila Anliot received the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s A.F. Bridges Sportsmanship Award for Female Coach of the Year in District 6. n Cheatham County Central High School was recognized by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association as one of three Class AA schools in Middle Tennessee to receive the A.F. Bridges Divisional Award. The award is given to schools that have had no reported unsportsmanlike conduct incidents during the previous school year and have displayed an overall positive effort to teach, expect and demand a positive atmosphere of sportsmanship at their particular contests.

Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs at our three high schools give students real-world experience in technical fields. The district offers 14 programs of study within 10 career clusters, which encompass 52 different courses beyond general education offerings. More than 1,700 students are enrolled in our CTE classes and many of them participate in our CTE clubs, which routinely earn honors in district, region and state competitions. n The district received a $50,000 Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant through the Tennessee Department of Education. The district used $35,000 to purchase equipment for a new STEM-Engineering program at Harpeth High School. The remaining $15,000 assisted with exam fees related to industry- recognized certifications in the Emergency Medical Responder and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant programs. n The district was awarded a $25,000 Work-Based Learning grant by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to allow eighth-graders at Cheatham Middle School to explore college and career options.



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The Cheatham County School District has a long and rich history of providing an outstanding academic experience for our students. In 2018, the district created a five-year plan. Five priority areas were identified: Academic Excellence, Technology, Facilities, Partnerships/Community Engagement and Human Capital. The plan is used to guide the district in decision-making at both the school and district level. Additionally, it will help drive budget development and resource allocation, help evaluate current programs for effectiveness, and select and implement new programs and initiatives that align with our goals and desired outcomes.

EDUCATORS The Cheatham County School District is dedicated to ign iting the passion and promise of every student. Our 600 teachers are taking on the responsibility of igniting this passion and promise, which is no small feat. As the numbers show, our district requires significant resources to serve our diverse community and to create the sparks needed to launch the dreams of our

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS n Sycamore High School’s Daniel Saylor was selected as a semifinalist in the 2019-20 National Merit Scholarship Program . n Cheatham County Central High School’s Kiah Fisher was elected to the Tennessee HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) Executive Council as the Reporter/Historian. n Sycamore High School students Conner Vick, Josh Edwards, Lilly Davis, Mary Davis, Alexi Taylor, Makayla Curtis, Keegan Bilodeau, Justin Fields, Conner Bunch, Cameron Johnson, Hunter Shelton and Jacob Goble won first-place awards at the Technology Student Association state competition. Other students finished second and third place. n Nine Cheatham County Central High School students, two Harpeth High School students and four Sycamore High School students advanced to the Tennessee HOSA competition. n Nine Cheatham County Central High School students qualified for the Tennessee Future Business Leaders of America competition.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE The Cheatham County School District continues to demonstrate high academic achievement, according to the Tennessee Department of Education’s 2018-19 Report Card. The report provides a profile of each school district in the state, using performance on various standardized assessments and statistics. ADVANCING DISTRICT The district was designated as an “Advancing” district by the Tennessee Department of Education. This status is based on a number of metrics, including various assessment data as well as absenteeism, graduation and ACT participation rates. REWARD SCHOOLS Two Cheatham County schools were named Reward Schools by the Tennessee Department of Education. Kingston Springs Elementary School and Pleasant View Elementary School were among the 427 schools in the state to earn this recognition. Reward Schools are those which are improving in terms of achievement and growth for both all students and student groups. This marked the third consecutive year that KSES has been named a Reward School. LEVEL 5 GROWTH SCHOOLS Two Cheatham County schools achieved the highest composite growth score on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System. Both Harpeth High School and Sycamore Middle School achieved a Level 5 score. SMS jumped from a Level 1 to a Level 5.

SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS n East Cheatham Elementary School was designated as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School – the organization’s highest and most coveted honor.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS It is with great pride that the Cheatham County School District presents the 2019 Annual Report. This report highlights many of the

n East Cheatham Elementary School received the 2018-19 Exemplary Reading Program Award by the International Literacy Association.

accomplishments our district made over the past academic year, from dramatic gains in our students’ academic performance to numerous awards and recognitions earned by our talented staff and students. Moving forward, we will continue our mission in becoming a premier district in both the region and state. We are also committed to providing

The school received the prestigious national award through the support of the Cheatham County Literacy Council. n Cheatham County Central High School won first place in a statewide video contest, sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Tennessee Highway Safety Office and Ford Driving Skills for Life. CCCHS produced a 3-minute educational video about Tennessee’s Graduated Driver License regulations as part of the contest.

students. There are various professional development opportunities for our teachers. The district, for example, functions as a Professional Learning Community in which educators regularly collaborate


all students with a rigorous and relevant learning experience as we focus on the following principle: “Five-Star Quality, Five-Star Education, Achieving Excellence Together.” Thank you for your support in making this past year such a success. Working together, we are preparing today’s students to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Schools: 13 Students: 6,050 Employees: 900

n T he Sycamore High School HOSA chapter won first place in its division in the “Be in the Zone” campaign. SHS partnered with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in a year-long anti-texting while driving campaign called “Be in the Zone-Turn Off Your Phone.”

Number of Teachers: 600 Grades Served: Pre-K-12

TEACHERS OF THE YEAR The Cheatham County School District’s Teacher of the Year program honors educators who exceed expectations to provide meaningful and rewarding learning experiences for the students of Cheatham County. Selected from among their peers, the Teachers of the Year are among the best and most celebrated educators in the district. Induction program. The mission of the program is to prepare and support new teachers through a robust and comprehensive mentoring program. Our mentoring program matches novice teachers with skilled and effective teachers who coach and model how to create a safe and welcoming environment in which all students can learn and succeed. at each school to ensure that all students learn essential knowledge and skills. Additionally, district curriculum coordinators and building-level academic specialists provide support to our teachers. In 2018, the district launched a New Teacher

Dr. Cathy Beck, Director of Schools

n Sycamore High School’s Joy Gillingham was accepted to the Air Force Academy.


STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS n Academic Coordinator Dr. Joseph Jones was named a finalist for the 2019-20 Tennessee Department of Education’s Supervisor of the Year. n Cheatham County Central High School’s Jim Gibbs was named the 2018-19 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Gibbs guided the Lady Cubs to the 2019 Class AA state championship. n Ashland City Elementary School principal Dr. Melinda Broyles and teacher Kristin McQueen are members of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network’s 2019-20 cohort for the Innovative Leaders Institute –a year-long professional learning opportunity designed to train school leaders to infuse a STEM culture in their school.

BOARD OF EDUCATION The Cheatham County Board of Education is composed of six elected members, who serve staggered four-year terms. The board meets monthly to review policy and district operations. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. (except January) and are broadcast live on the Cheatham County School District’s Facebook page. Each month, the board recognizes outstanding achievements of staff members and students. Board members are Chairman John Louallen, Vice Chairman David Risner, Christina Gilliam, Kimberly Messer, Jennifer Hamblin and James Gupton. Two students from each high school – Cheatham County Central High School, Harpeth High School and Sycamore High School – serve as Student Board representatives. The 2019 representatives are Adan Canizalez and Alexis Howell of CCCHS, Easton Watts and Imani Sewell of HHS and Lilly Davis and Myah Hawkins of SHS.

WE ARE A PROGRESSIVE DISTRICT THAT PROVIDES: n Graduation Rate: 91.1% n Average ACT composite score: 19.6 n All high schools have Dual Enrollment classes n 30 students made a 30 or above on the ACT n $1.8 million in scholarships was awarded to the 2019 graduating class n 54% of teachers hold at least a master’s degree n Our teachers have 12 years average teaching experience

n Sycamore High School’s Alexis Stewart and Harpeth High School’s Jordan Hogan were named Special Olympics Girls Athlete of the Year and Special Olympics Boys Athlete of the Year, respectively, through The Tennessean’s Sports Awards program.

n Ashland City Elementary School won an Excellence in Design Thinking Award at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit. The school designed a solution to clean energy and developed a solar water heater.

n Harpeth High School celebrated its first graduating class from the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program offered in partnership with NHC Place at the Trace. Eight students earned the certification by completing over 90 hours in the CNA program in addition to their normal class load.

Scott Padgett Cheatham County Central High School High School Teacher of the Year

Billie Ann McBride Sycamore Middle School Middle School Teacher of the Year

Keri Coffman East Cheatham Elementary School Elementary School Teacher of the Year

n Technology Supervisor Will Lockert was named the 2018-19 Member of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Educational Technology Association.

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