By Bonnie Guy
The January session of the Johnson County School Board came to order with all board members in attendance. Shady Valley Elementary School was on the agenda to honor their most improved students. In addition, on behalf of the staff, students, and Shady Valley Elementary School Principal, Dana Smith, Kitty Peters was honored for her hard work and dedication.
“Kitty Peters is vital to the success of Shady Valley Elementary. She takes care of everything from taking a student’s temperature to breaking in a rookie principal,” said Principal Smith.
Smith added that Peters works tirelessly for the school and goes beyond her standard job duties with activities such as preparing for their auction, constructing Christmas program sets, as well as running the Santa’s Workshop.
“Without Kitty, we would be lost,” said Smith.
Students from several grades were also honored for showing the most improvement in their work. The honorees are Alley Ford in fifth grade from Heather Savery’s class, second grader Jaylen Main from Sandra McCloud’s class, fourth grader Kaitlyn James from Amy Lashlee’s class, and Josh Wallace from Gina Hodge’s pre-kindergarten class. The board expressed their congratulations to the students as well as a presenting them with a certificate.
Student board representative, Marley Eggers, gave her report to the board but not before she was wished a very happy 18th birthday by everyone. Eggers said the students started their second semester classes on January 3rd and report cards for the first semester were sent home on Friday, January 6th. Although the school year is well into January, only two snow days had been used. Health Occupation Student Association, also known as HOSA, and Marsh Blood hosted a blood drive on Friday the 13th at the high school. Other events include a group of thespians from the drama department that are traveling to Thescon, the Tennessee thespian conference held at Middle Tennessee State University over the weekend. This past Friday was also ACT night for all juniors and their parents. The goal is to help students prepare, register, and study for the ACT Test.
Dr. Steven Long presented the Johnson County Schools report card to the board. Testing in grades three through eight was suspended last year after an overall improvement in scores and attendance had been seen. Scores from testing from grades nine through 12 over the past five years were compared and Johnson County has shown steady and substantial overall improvement. An example is the state average in Algebra I is 20.8, but Johnson County came in at 29.2, well above not only the state but all the surrounding counties as well. Improvement is still needed, especially in history and chemistry. However, with plans in place, scores in these areas should continue to improve.
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