Testing season is just around corner for Williamson County Schools students.
The state testing window for the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), which includes the TNReady exams for grades three through eight and the TNReady End of Course assessments for high school students, begins April 16 and runs through May 4.
Schools do have some additional flexibility with scheduling, so parents should check with their child’s school for exact dates and times.
TNReady for grades three through eight is required for English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. A TNReady End of Course exam is required for any student enrolled in Algebra I/II, Biology I, Chemistry I, English I/II/III, geometry or U.S. history.
“This year, all TCAP testing in grades five through eight and high school will be online while testing in grades three through four will be paper-pencil,” said WCS Assessment Analyst Kevin Deck. “Students have already had an opportunity to experience TNReady-like practice test items in April.”
The state requires that TCAP tests count for 15 percent of the student’s grade in high school courses. Because scores in grades three through eight will return after report cards are issued, TCAP will not be used for these students’ grades this year. Complete score reporting, including parent reports, will be available later summer or early fall.
Two TV/Film students from Brentwood High School are using their talents to warn others about the dangers of distracted driving.
Last summer, BHS senior Barrett Hall and junior Casey Crowe began work on several Public Service Announcements (PSAs). It began as part of an effort by the WCS Communications Department to educate teen drivers about the issue.
“I was made aware of the project by my broadcasting teacher Ronnie Adcock,” said Barrett. “As someone who has watched countless PSAs, I wanted to do something different to make ours stand out.”
Under the tutelage of WCS Video Producer Stephen Chessor, the students wrote, produced, directed, recorded and edited three spots.
“We really appreciate the assistance from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Williamson Medical Center,” Chessor said. “They really helped the students give these videos a strong message.”
The students’ first video deals specifically with Snapchat.
“Through my research I learned that Snapchat has been the cause of many teen crashes,” said Barrett. “I know that everyone my age uses Snapchat religiously, so being able to have a platform to share this made me very excited.”
Barrett and Casey worked together on the second PSA which they titled It’s Not Just a Part of High School. In this video, a group of students are traveling home late at night. Things go wrong when the driver becomes distracted while behind the wheel.
The third PSA was created by Casey, and it depicts the aftermath of a crash at school crosswalk. Casey says he wanted to drive home the message that a person’s life can change in an instant when he or she is behind the wheel of a car and that no matter how important something might seem, it can wait.
“As a result of new technology entering our lives everyday, it becomes easier and easier to become distracted while driving,” said Casey. “There is nothing sadder than a life cut short, which is why I think these PSAs are especially important for high school students.”
Both students say working on these projects opened their eyes to some of the challenges facing teen drivers.
“We knew we had a special insight into what would resonate with most students,” said Casey. “When pre-producing and producing these videos, we made it our goal to make them as realistic as possible to dispel any questions of authenticity.”
And although they’re aimed at teens, Barrett says he hopes all drivers will take away something from the message.
“These PSAs really go out to everyone,” said Barrett. “I see adults who drive just as bad as kids. Our hope is that these videos will play a small role in making the roads safer for people who drive.”
Williamson County Schools wants you to join the team!
Another chance to meet WCS employees and department heads is right around the corner.
On April 14, a district-wide career fair will be held at Centennial High School from 9 a.m. until noon. This is a chance for interested applicants to meet representatives from every department in the district.
“After a successful career fair in February in which candidates from all over the United States visited Williamson County in hopes of joining WCS, we are excited to host one more career fair this year for our schools that have vacancies to fill for the 2018-19 school year,” said WCS Human Resources Recruiter David Harries. “This allows candidates one last opportunity to visit with principals, assistant principals and district staff on a less formal stage to learn firsthand what WCS has to offer.”
Some of the positions WCS is looking to fill include:
Those planning to attend should wear professional attire and bring their resumes.
Williamson County Schools, in conjunction with the Franklin Special School District, is the third largest school district in the nation to be recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady Supporter.
The announcement was made April 11 during a joint press conference with the National Weather Service, the Williamson County Mayor’s Office, Emergency Management Services, Public Safety and the FSSD.
This special recognition is given to districts that have worked to improve each school’s emergency action plans and faculty, staff and student preparedness in the event of a natural disaster.
“The National Weather Service works with Williamson County Schools when hazardous weather is forecast and we want to make sure those children are safe,” said NSW Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Krissy Hurley. “We do this by working with them through numerous drills and by making sure they have a hazardous weather operations plan in place.”
WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden says the district communicates with the National Weather Service on a weekly basis to stay aware of potential weather events.
“When it comes to student safety we are all on the same team,” said WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden.”We’re very excited that we’ve achieved this recognition at the federal level, and we appreciate the state and local efforts to support us.”
The StormReady Supporter program began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1999. The district’s certification will remain valid through April 11, 2023.
This handgun class is designed for people who are new to shooting or just want to learn more.
The class is three weeks long, meeting Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. and the two middle Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. Saturday classes are held at the WCSO gun range where you will practice what you learn in the classroom.
The class is held four times each year.
The classroom and range are located at the John I. Easley Criminal Justice Center, 408 Century Court, in Franklin.
For more information or to register for the class, call Teresa Turner at the WCSO at 615-790-5558.
Class instructors also offer the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class. This class is offered once a month on Saturdays.
Handgun Safety Course 2018
A suspect who was out of jail on bond, after pulling a gun on a bank employee on December 5, was re-arrested yesterday — charged with Stalking.
Dennis Caudill, 62, of Franklin, had been previously banned from another downtown business after making employees uncomfortable. Yesterday, he was seen peeking into that business’ window. When Caudill began to enter the business, he was intercepted by an officer patrolling the area.
Charged with Stalking, Caudill was released from the Williamson County Jail on the $15,000 bond set by the Magistrate. Caudill is due in court on his new charge 12/21/2017 at 1:00 pm.