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February 3rd, 2023

Clarksville High School Selected for the National Blue Collar Tour


It only takes a spark to light an interest in a student’s future. Inside the Mechatronics classroom at Clarksville High School, sparks were flying as students had the opportunity to experience TIG welding first-hand through participation in the Blue Collar Tour hosted by Western Welding Academy.

“Not everybody is going to college,” said John Froboese, the advanced manufacturing and mechatronics teacher at Clarksville High. “It’s opening their eyes and sparking an interest in something they may not have considered before.”

The Blue Collar Tour was designed to introduce students to welding and the high-demand, high-wage career fields in the trades.

“The trades don’t have to be something you fall back on,” said Devan Granger, an instructor with Western Welding Academy. “You can be proud of that choice. You can be one of the men and women who keep the lights on in this country.”

The professional welding academy selected 30 schools across the United States to visit. Mr. Froboese said a student first brought the opportunity to his attention, and he was happy to apply. “[It was] something to give them a goal for a career and learn how to move forward,” he said.

The Western Welding Academy brings in all the tools and equipment needed to try welding. Students watched a demonstration and then could test the tools on their own. In between, they spoke with professional welders and learned more about the career path. Networking opportunities such as these are what teachers hope to introduce to their students.

“We invite different companies and academies in [to the class] to show the relevance of what we’re teaching to the real world,” said Melissa Nolan, the agriculture science teacher at Clarksville High. Her courses include environmental and natural sciences, which include agricultural mechanics.

Mr. Froboese leads Advanced Manufacturing courses at the high school. This pathway is just one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) options at Clarksville High. There are over 34 different pathways offered across the district. Students in Mr. Froboese’s classes are introduced to advanced manufacturing, robotics, automated systems, and mechatronics.

The goal is for students to graduate with their OSHA-10 certification and the foundational tech skills needed to be competitive in the job market. “Technology is always advancing. Manufacturers and businesses need those techs who know how to perform the maintenance,” said Mr. Froboese.

“My goal is to be the guy I didn’t have in high school,” said Granger. “I was told if I didn’t go to college, I wouldn’t amount to much. It couldn’t be further from the truth.”

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February 2nd, 2023

Clubs and Programs offered at CHS

Click on the link to see the full list of clubs/programs and the dates and times offered at CHS.  If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Ing in the library (931) 648-5690 ext. 3

January 30th, 2023

Dodgeball Assembly and Pep Rally for Girls’ Wrestling State Sendoff

We will be on a special bell schedule for Friday, February 3.  Late arrival seniors:  1st period will end @ 8:00 and 2nd period will end @ 8:40.  Click the link to see the full schedule.

January 6th, 2023

Daily Announcements (pdf form)

January 4th, 2023

Important information for Seniors

Please see the Senior Website for information about Tennessee Promise, FAFSA and ASVAB.

November 1st, 2022

Drawn to the Arts

Drawn to the Arts

Finding Purpose Through Creative Expression

“I don’t want to seem,” Jacob Whittinghill hesitates, not wanting to appear overly confident or boastful. It’s a well-worn battle for many young adults who are growing confident in their abilities while still harboring a tinge of teenage self-doubt. For Jacob, it is the struggle between the fear of not being ‘enough’ and the acknowledgment that he is an outstanding young artist. While he may not fully embrace his talent, Jacob was recently announced as one of the top student artists in the nation. After a moment of reflection where you can sense the internal pep talk, he sighs and responds with a simple, “I know I am a good artist.”

Good is an understatement.

jacob drawing CHS

Jacob, a senior at Clarksville High School, received a perfect score on the Advanced Placement (AP) 2-D Art and Design Exam. His perfect score was, in fact, so perfect he was one of only 197 students in the world to earn every point possible on the exam. Now entering senior year, he will submit a second portfolio for the AP 2-D Art and Design Exam. Even with his achievement last year, there remains apprehension around another submission.

“I know I can do better. I need to try my hardest. [Last year] I was second-guessing everything.” This year, Jacob plans to focus on his audience. “I want other people to look at [my art] and feel what it’s about.” This year, he hopes to express the importance of relationships with other people. With his previous submission, the work looked inward and explored his feelings. The introspective look into his life was heavily influenced by media consumption and his feelings surrounding life events. Now he says, “I want to use my art to help others express feelings.”
He likens it to the same experience people have when they listen to music. “I get so much of my inspiration from music. Music creates a mood.” His hope is people will experience the same response while viewing his artwork.

jacob and maxwell collaborating

Inside Clarksville High, in Ms. Mary Maxwell’s AP art class, Jacob feels he has the space and freedom to express himself creatively. His relationship with Ms. Maxwell began during his Sophomore year. “I’ve always liked her,” he said. “But recently, we have really connected again. I was not feeling creatively inspired and not putting in as much effort [last year]. She’s been helping me get back on track.”

Jacob admits that his creativity comes in waves and, like many artists, the creative slumps are sometimes hard to overcome. But he says that Ms. Maxwell continues to challenge and support him throughout the process, which has made an enormous difference in his work. As part of the AP submission process, Ms. Maxwell sets deadlines throughout the year as students set up their portfolios. By the end of the year, they’re left with a completed work ready to submit. Her consistency provides structure and allows students like Jacob a chance to focus on one goal at a time.

artwork by jacob

With the AP submission, students must include a sustained investigation and selected works. The sustained investigation is under a theme with approximately 15 images. The goal is 8 – 10 finished pieces and supporting sketches. Jacob explains it’s not as simple as finishing 15 works of art. Students have to show the creative process and have a throughline of theme and focus. “AP has been making me plan and conceptualize,” he explains. It helps because he admits, “It comes in phases when I’m feeling creative.”

Although his creativity may ebb and flow, his interest in art has remained constant. At East Montgomery Elementary School, Jacob developed a deep sense of belonging and appreciation for creative expression, which he attributes to his beloved art teacher, Miss Jackson. “She cared a lot about the kids,” he remembers. “She wanted to help us build on our skills,” Jacob remembers fondly his time spent at art club and even matching his teacher on spirit days. Her enthusiasm and encouragement sowed the seed for his future passion. “She helped me realize this was something I could be really good at.”

The support from his teachers through the years has subtly shaped Jacob’s path toward his future.

When Ms. Maxwell received news of Jacob’s achievement on the AP exam, she did not let the opportunity to celebrate slip by. With a massive smile, Jacob remembers how she had everyone in class stand and applaud him. “It felt really good,” he admits. “It has given me a new desire to put in even more effort.”

jacob whittinghill

In the future, Jacob wants to use his art and creative expression in a profession. One idea he is exploring is art therapy. Mental health professionals use the creative process to produce artwork as a therapeutic and healing process. Jacob hopes to use his talent to support children and young adults. “It would be a way for me to be creative and share it with other people,” he explains. “I could help younger kids… give them an opportunity to express themselves.”

For now, Jacob continues to explore and push his artistic mastery. He is building a sustainable future in creative arts. Success looks different for every student, and CMCSS will continue to encourage exploration and talent as individuals explore multiple pathways.

October 27th, 2022

FAFSA Support for Families

All CMCSS high schools host a Stop, Drop, FAFSA event for 12th-grade students.  School leaders help students understand the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, answer questions regarding the application, and assist with the next steps.

Confusion surrounding the FAFSA application process is one of the most common reasons students do not fill out the forms. School leaders encourage all CMCSS Seniors to complete the application to know of any aide available to them. Many colleges, universities, and technical schools require completion of the FAFSA as part of the admission process, whether students qualify or not. The TN Promise requires completion of the application by March 1.

The application period for the 2023-2024 school year opened on October 1, 2022. The earlier families apply, the better their chance of receiving financial resources.

Several common myths surround the FAFSA, according to Read more about the Five Common Financial Aid Myths.

For families who may have questions or need additional assistance understanding the application process, CMCSS has several helpful resources.

Help for Families

Email Helpline: Parents and students can email [email protected] where they will be connected to a CMCSS representative for help and guidance.

Text Helpline: Students and parents can text FAFSA to 335577 to receive mobile support from “Get Schooled.” The mobile program assists students with a variety of services.

Video Tutorials: Assistance is available from with a video instructional series.

Part 1-How to Complete the FAFSA

Part 2-School Selection & Dependency Status

Part 3-Parent Demographics

Part 4-Parent Financials

Part 5-Student Financial & Signature Status

October 19th, 2022

School Board Recognizes Point of Pride Students in October

During the October 18, 2022, school board formal meeting, two CMCSS students were recognized with Point of Pride distinctions.

male student award

Jacob Whittinghill, Clarksville High School

The College Board recognized Jacob Whittinghill from Clarksville High School for receiving a perfect score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam. Jacob’s AP 2-D Art and Design exam was so superior that it fell into a select category. Jacob received the top score and was only one of 197 students in the world to earn every point possible on the exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion. We applaud Jacob’s hard work and his teacher for helping him excel. Congratulations, Jacob!

student point of pride

Olivia Davis, Montgomery Central High School

Olivia Davis from Montgomery Central High School 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. Congratulations, Olivia!

October 6th, 2022

CMCSS Seeks Community Members for Focus Groups to Discuss Strategic Work Feedback

Each year, CMCSS sets strategic goals for what the district will focus on that academic year. In order to be successful, we need to hear your feedback on these goals. The district will host a series of focus groups with parents and community members to collect input on our progress toward strategic goals.

What: Strategic Work Focus Groups

When: End of October (Times and dates will vary; participants can select a date and time in the form linked below.)

Why: The District holds focus groups with key partners to collect feedback on specific areas and make adjustments to ensure we meet student, employee, and parent expectations.

How: If you are interested in being part of a focus group, click here to complete a short form and express your interest. We will randomly select 10-12 participants per focus group.

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.

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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!