September 2022 News


September 21st, 2022

HOMECOMING WEEK (SEPT. 26-30)

WE GOT THE BEAT!!  Homecoming Game kickoff time will be 7:00 with Queens and escorts to be presented at halftime. Click on the link to prepare for all the daily events and how to get tickets to the big game.


September 21st, 2022

September 2022 Point of Pride

The following Points of Pride were awarded at the September Formal Board Meeting.

CMCSS Reward Schools

Schools are recognized as a Reward school when they demonstrate high levels of performance and/or improvement in performance by meeting their annual measurable objectives across performance indicators and student groups. The Reward school distinction places significant emphasis on improvement from the prior school year. With 38 CMCSS schools having TCAP scores from last year, this means around 30% of CMCSS schools performed in the top of the state.

Barksdale Elementary
Byrns Darden Elementary
Cumberland Heights Elementary
East Montgomery Elementary
Glenellen Elementary
Northeast Elementary – Not Pictured
Rossview Elementary
Sango Elementary
West Creek Elementary
Woodlawn Elementary
Montgomery Central High

College Board National Recognition

Two students earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. The National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students from all 50 states with academic honors. To be eligible to apply, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the college entrance exams, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Both of CMCSS’ honorees are from West Creek High School.

Congratulations, Brianna Adams and Janyamol Paine.

No picture is available.

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Two students have been named 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. They are two of approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who have earned this recognition. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Congratulations to Seth Robles, Clarksville High School, and Vivian Ma, Rossview High School, who is not pictured.

Student and Admin pose for picture

Seth Robles, Clarksville High School

At a banquet with Governor Lee, Ms. Shelly Lott was awarded the Financial Literacy Leadership Award for the Middle Tennessee Grand Division. For almost five years, Ms. Lott has taught students how to make smart decisions with money, understanding everything from investing to taxes, and helping them plan for their futures. The program she started at Northeast Middle has continued to grow. The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission honored Ms. Lott for her tremendous efforts. Congratulations, Ms. Lott!


September 13th, 2022

September 2022 School Accountability Designations and Calendar Reminders

2021-2022 School Accountability Designations

In accordance with Tennessee’s accountability system, the Tennessee Department of Education names schools that are excelling, as well as those that need additional support. Late yesterday afternoon, TDOE released the 2021-2022 designations. As Dr. Luna-Vedder emphasized in July when the initial TCAP District scores were released:

“There are many bright spots in the data to celebrate as a result of the hard work of our educators and students! We will not rest on our laurels and will be having critical conversations over the coming days and weeks to develop strategic plans to address gaps and areas of concern. I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure CMCSS is one of the best school districts in the state of Tennessee.”

CMCSS is proud to have almost 30% of our schools recognized by the state as Reward schools! Schools receiving this designation typically demonstrate high levels of performance and/or growth across all indicators. Congratulations to the students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the following CMCSS Reward Schools:

Barksdale Elementary

Byrns Darden Elementary

Cumberland Heights Elementary

East Montgomery Elementary

Glenellen Elementary

Northeast Elementary

Rossview Elementary

Sango Elementary

West Creek Elementary

Woodlawn Elementary

Montgomery Central High

CMCSS has one Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school. Schools with overall accountability scores in the bottom five percent statewide for the performance of a given student group are identified as Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools. Schools can be identified as TSI schools for any of the following given student groups when meeting the identification criteria: Black/Hispanic/Native American, Economically Disadvantaged, English Learners, Students with Disabilities, Hispanic/Latino, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian, and White. These schools are supported by the department and are eligible for additional funding. Kenwood High School has received the TSI designation for the Economically Disadvantaged and White subgroups. CMCSS is providing additional resources and supports to close the achievement gap at this school.

CMCSS has three Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) schools. Only schools identified as TSI based on the most recent TSI list will be eligible for ATSI identification. TSI schools whose student group success rates are less than or equal to the maximum success rate of any Priority school in their school pool will be identified as ATSI if they do not also have a score of 4 or 3 for each indicator for which that student group is eligible. Schools identified in 2021-22 will receive the designation for one year and can exit the designation in 2022-23 by meeting exit criteria. Kenwood Middle School, Montgomery Central Middle School, and West Creek Middle School have received the ATSI designation for the Students with Disabilities subgroup. CMCSS is providing additional resources and supports to close the achievement gaps at these schools.

As a District, CMCSS received the second highest designation – Advancing. Districts designated as advancing received an overall score equal to or greater than 2.1 but less than 3.1. Only 1% of Tennessee’s districts received the highest designation of Exemplary. CMCSS is focused on improving student achievement, especially in literacy and math, and Dr. Luna-Vedder has continued to emphasize that CMCSS can and will be one of the best districts in the state as we work together to be better than ever.

Calendar Reminders

Please note the upcoming items for September:

  • Wednesday, September 14, 5-7 p.m. – Annual College Fair (click here for more info)
  • Thursday, September 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m. – Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, September 19 – Staff Development | Students Do Not Report
  • Thursday, September 22, 4:30-7:30 p.m. – High School Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, September 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m. – Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences

To view calendars, visit cmcss.net/calendars.