Black Fox volunteers served more than 9,000 meals to relief workers and residents after the April tornadoes. Teachers and families donated food and cafeteria volunteers prepared meals. Volunteers also worked with clean up in the community.
BLUE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Blue Springs Elementary would like to express sincere appreciation for the many friends of the school who provided school supplies, monetary donations for students in need, and many other acts of kindness. Blue Springs is most appreciative to Waterville Community Elementary School for opening their classrooms to students from Blue Springs.
BEST Partners Cleveland Tubing and Southern Heritage Bank provided breakfast prior to the Blue Springs Parent Meeting on Saturday.
Blue Springs second-grader Jasia Brooks is a finalist in the WTCI/PBS Writing Contest.
Third- and fourth-grade students from Blue Springs participated in a two-day workshop entitled Music and Literacy. Mrs. Johnson, music teacher, wrote and received a grant to fund this educational opportunity.
BRADLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
Bradley student Tyler Fowler placed first in the Skills USA state competition in cabinetry. He will participate in national competition.
FCCLA students Halle Blair, Reagan Palmer, Kirsten Johnson, Katherine Hawkins, and Cassandra Bishop received a bronze award in state competition with “Teaching a Child About Diabetes – We Don’t Want You to be Too Sweet!”
Bradley Central High School hosted 300-plus students from Lake Forest Middle School for middle to high school transition. Students were treated to a hospitality room provided by Culinary Arts. Tours of the school were provided by members of the Student Council. Of the eighth-graders surveyed, 73 percent said “getting lost” was their main concern about going to high school.
The Bradley Central Show Choir competed in the Heritage Festivals National choral competition and earned first place in the show choir division and grand champions for the choral division. As a result of scores from the competition, the show choir was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall next spring.
Bradley JROTC participated in a weekend Jamboree at Skymont. Students learned navigational skills and participated in leadership and military training activities.
Rachel Boltniew and Tanner Gwaltney, seniors at Bradley Central, are Bronze Rymer Scholars presented by Lee University. Bradley Central has a record number of 106 Bear Scholars and 80 Tennessee Scholars.
CHARLESTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Charleston Elementary joined with Olin Corporation as a team for Relay for Life. Students designed the T-shirt for the team with Olin purchasing shirts for all the students. The school collected more than $600 through teacher jean days and student hat days.
Coordinated School Health has set up an Action-Based Learning Lab at Charleston. Students will be able to learn basic skills while increasing coordination and activity. Corey Limburg, PE teacher from Valley View, assisted with the set-up.
HOPEWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
In honor of Mother’s Day, Hopewell celebrated with Munchies for Moms. Dads will be honored with Delights for Dads.
MICHIGAN AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Michigan Avenue has been blessed by the support of Bradley County and surrounding areas. School supplies, monetary donations, food and clothing items have been provided for the students. Larry Holcomb and the maintenance department have spent endless hours assisting with the cleanup.
Michigan Avenue is very excited to be completing the school year at First Baptist Church on Stuart Road. The school would like to extend a very special thank you to First Baptist Church of Cleveland for this partnership.
The Michigan Avenue chorus and drum group will be performing at Dollywood on May 19.
NORTH LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
North Lee third, fourth and fifth grade students answered 215,936 multiplication and division problems with 90 percent accuracy within an 8 day period. Alex Kyle was the top competitor by completing 19,077 problems.
Members of the North Lee faculty and staff have been assisting the community with clean up from the storms.
OAK GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Oak Grove is very appreciative to all who assisted during the storms. Volunteers from the Bradley Baptist Association worked to clear the playground prior to the school reopening. Also, the maintenance department responded very quickly to needs at the school.
OCOEE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Ocoee Middle School family assisted employees and students in need from the storm. The school provided cleanup assistance as well as gift cards for families in need. Ocoee Middle is very appreciative to the community for support given to OMS families.
The Ocoee Middle Boys’ Soccer Team won its first SETAC Tournament. The team is coached by Kevin and Stephanie England. The Ocoee Middle Girls’ Track Team, Girls’ Golf Team, and Boys’ Golf Team also won the SETAC District Tournaments.
Ocoee Middle held its second fundraiser for the Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The fundraiser was in honor of Nancy Ratcliff, mother of Heather Turner. Turner set a goal of $500. Through the efforts and generosity of the students and staff, $850 was collected.
PARK VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
It was an honor and privilege for the faculty and staff of Park View Elementary to serve the community after the storms.
TAYLOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Taylor held a fifth grade DARE graduation. SRO Travis Mull organized the event. Katie Krupinski won the Spirit Award and received a new bicycle. Amber Rue and Dakota Hipp won the essay contest describing what DARE means.
Taylor teachers Caryn Bledsoe and Deanna Goins were recognized as model classrooms through Reading Renaissance
Students who met their fifth six weeks Accelerated Reading goal were able to attend Fairy Tale Fun which included the Ugly Duckling Make-Over. Cosmetology students from Bradley Central High School provided manicures and make-overs.
Many teachers, staff, students and community members from Taylor have participated in cleanup and storm relief efforts.
VALLEY VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church provided snack packs to Valley View for delivery to students while school was out. Over 75 percent of Valley View students eat breakfast and lunch at school each day.
Valley View students celebrated Loyalty Day by honoring Everyday Heroes. Veterans were recognized with a special song. The Valley View Ruritan awarded more than $200 in cash prizes for students with winning essays and posters.
WALKER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Walker Valley had 17 applicants for the Rymer Scholarships awarded by Lee University. Four of the nine winners were Walker Valley students. Jake Willcutt and Drew Strike were named Gold Scholars and Josiah Augustine and Dillon Rader were named Silver Scholars.
Seniors Sarah Mitchell and Tiffany Bright painted a ceiling tile that represents Walker Valley High School. The tile will be placed in the local Army Recruiter’s Office.
Walker Valley art students recreated furniture for the Chair-ees Jubilee for Allied Arts. Tiffany Bright, Caitlyn Monroe, Alanna Wilkinson, Rachael Wilson, Jessica Evans, Bailey Moore, Ashley Sederquist, Taylor Lambert and Taylor Hensley painted old furniture items for the auction.
Stacey Wielfaert, Walker Valley language arts teacher, was named one of six Tennessee Holocaust Teachers of the Year. Two teachers are named from each of three grand divisions in Tennessee.
Walker Valley FBLA competed in state competition with the following winners:
Taylor Morris, first in accounting; Noah Stallings, second in e-Business Web; Nick True, third in Public Speaking II; Andrew Atkinson, fifth in e-Business Web; Ashlie Davis , fifth in Web development; Alex Womac, fifth in Web development; Michael McTaggart, second in community service;
Noah Dockery, second in community service; Noah Stallings, fourth in advertising and Andrew Atkinson, second in Google Apps.
The Walker Valley FBLA will not attend the national competition in June in Orlando, Fla. Instead, the club will use the funds raised to help FBLA members whose homes were destroyed in the recent tornadoes.
Walker Valley math students competed in the regional TMTA math contest hosted at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
Lacie Faulkner, first in Algebra I; Baylee Boen, fourth in Algebra I; Megan Bryson, sixth in Algebra II; Jordan Glover, seventh in Algebra II; Chanda Hughes, eighth in geometry; Jessica Case, first in statistics; Jordan Willcutt, second in statistics; William Roebuck, third in statistics; Noah Stallings, third in pre-calculus; Taylor Morris, seventh in pre-calculus; Josh Coleman, eighth in pre-calculus; Seth Rollins, 10th in pre-calculus; Jonathan Clark, first in calculus and advanced topics; Nick True, second in calculus and advanced topics; Seth Goudzward, third in calculus and advanced topics; Sarah Beaty, fourth in calculus and advanced topics; Ashley Sederquist, fifth in calculus and advanced topics and Brett Buckner, ninth in calculus and advanced topics.
Taylor Morris has been selected to attend the Summer Bridge Program in Math and Science at Sewanee, the University of the South. Summer Bridge is a three-week residential program for 20 rising high school seniors.
The Walker Valley Mu Alpha Theta Math Club hosted an annual food drive and collected 26 Easter dinners for needy families. Food was distributed through the Charleston/Calhoun Food Pantry.
Luajean Bryan, math teacher at Walker Valley, presented a session on pre-calculus project-based learning at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference. While at the conference she registered and won a classroom set of TI-Nspire CX graphing calculators. The prize is valued in excess of $8,000. The calculators will not be out of production until July.
Walker Valley hosted the local TRIG STARS competition with the following winners: Grant Yost, first; Taylor Morris, second; Allie Morrow, third.
Mrs. Manning’s sophomore geometry class recently completed a unit on triangles which culminated in a project to make a pop-up card similar to a children’s pop-up book to send to troops currently serving in the Middle East. Students included thank you notes and various supplies with the card. The card was sent to Lt. Clark Tucker and his men. Lt. Tucker is the son of Walker Valley teacher Jr. Tucker. The project was assigned to show students the relevance of mathematics in everyday life.
WATERVILLE COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Waterville celebrated Teacher Appreciation with a special lunch for the entire faculty and staff.
SRO Rusty Bryant conducted DARE graduation for Waterville fifth-graders. Students were reminded of the choices they make and how the choices affect their lives.
The Waterville Elementary family showed their care and concern for the community affected by the April storm by hosting a cookout on Saturday. The school staff served 650 hamburgers and 100 hotdogs along with hugs and concern for those in need.
REACH Adult Education Center
The REACH ESOL class held a Cultural Fair. Students created presentations to highlight their native cultures, including food that was enjoyed by all. Students practiced their English skills by giving oral reports.