By Rebecca Herman

On Thursday, February 9, the Johnson County School Board met for its regularly scheduled meeting; all board members were present.
Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox began the meeting by recognizing the employee of the month, Julian Crews, teacher at Johnson County Middle School.  Crews teaches seventh grade social studies and according to JCMS Principal Edna Miller Crews creates “an atmosphere where students desire to explore and inquire…he presents and teaches in such a way that all students want to be actively engaged in the lesson.” Miller also explained that Crews is able to have this impact of students due to his “tireless efforts” and “countless hours preparing lessons that include effective differentiated learning strategies based on the abilities and learning difficulties of students, ensuring that all students are successful in thinking through the task and mastering the objective.”
Miller also recognized students who received the top ten scores on the ACT Aspire test. These students worked hard and earned high scores in at least three of the four subject areas. The students recognized were Samantha Manuel, Lauryn Johnson, Veda Morefield, Lauren Patterson, Christopher Laing, Issac Brown, Nathan Trivette, Christian Woerner, Robert Coffey, and Madison Wright.
Rick Thomason and Danielle Pleasant spoke to the board about the 4-H program and additional programs that are offered to students in the school system. After giving a brief history of the 100-year-old organization, Pleasant and Thomason explained what the program offers the children. Pleasant said that in Johnson County they focus on workforce development. In order to teach students to be responsible citizens, Pleasant works with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders to complete five projects per school year. These projects help students to learn the Parliamentary Procedure, public speaking, financial education, supply and demand, decision-making, demonstration and poster making, and essay writing. By completing these projects students are able to learn life lessons and are rewarded for their efforts with placement ribbons and an award ceremony at the end of the school year.
Rick Walters from Horace Mann addressed the board next. Walters is also a representative for donorschoose.com. This is a website that allows teachers to post projects, activities, supplies, etc. that need funding.  Individual donors, as well as businesses, can then choose which projects they would like to fund. Walters told the board that Johnson County Schools has had over $200,000 donated to complete these projects, with Roan Creek Elementary (RCE) receiving the most donations with over $50,000; RCE has also had more projects funded than any other school in the state of Tennessee.
Marly Eggers, student school board member, reported to the board that the seniors would have local Scholarship Day on February 10. She also reported that there are now four televisions in the commons area that show an ACT practice question, the lunch menu, weather, and announcements. According to Eggers, the Health Occupation Student Association team went to the regional competition and several students will be moving on to state. Abby Smith, junior at JCHS, was chosen to attend the 2017 Tennessee Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis.
Eggers also updated the board about the upcoming schedule for boys and girls basketball tournaments and announced that the boys junior varsity team “won their conference championship game for the second year in a row.” Next up for JCHS sports will be softball and baseball, with practices beginning the week of February 14, followed by tennis and track and field.
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