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Hurdles remain as school year nears end

By Jill Penley

Freelance Writer

With only one snow day remaining teachers, students and staff are finally looking toward all the festivities and ceremonies heralding the end of the 2017-18 school year. While 2017 was mild and didn’t cause many problems with school schedules, the second semester was met with harsh winter conditions causing the cancellation of school 17 days and making the last half day with students in attendance on Wednesday, May 23.
“These dates are dependent on us missing no more days for snow,” said Dr. Mischelle Simcox, Johnson County Director of Schools. “If we do miss, we would move the last instructional day by one day for each day missed.”
One hurdle to cross before summer recess is state testing which began this week. “I want to wish all of our students ‘good luck’ with the second through 11th-grade TNReady testing assessment,” said Simcox. “Our teachers and assistants have worked hard all year to ensure that our students will be successful with these assessments. I know they will do a great job and make Johnson County Schools very
proud.”
The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, most commonly known as TCAP, has been the state’s testing program since 1988, and it includes TNReady, the state’s assessments in math, English language arts, social studies, and science.
“TNReady provides teachers and parents a unique feedback loop and big-picture perspective to better understand how students are progressing and how they can support their academic development,” explained Dr. Candice McQueen Tennessee Commissioner of Education, “but it is important to remember that results from annual assessments are just one snapshot.
The following is a list of some of the end-of-school-year events coming up – some school specific and some system-wide:
Friday, April 20 – “Teachers Got Talent” production at Heritage Hall at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 – JCHS Prom at The Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, TN
Tuesday, April 24 – National Technical Honor Society Induction at 5:30 p.m. at JCHS
Tuesday, May 1 – Good Neighbor Award at JCMS
Friday, May 4 – 6th grade Field day at JCMS
Friday, May 4 – FFA Banquet at 6 p.m.
Monday, May 7 – Presidential Academic Excellence Awards at JCHS at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8– Senior Awards Night at JCHS at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8– Mountain City Elementary School Testing Celebration
Thursday, May 10– Shady Valley Elementary School Field Day
Thursday, May 10– May School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
Friday, May 11– Mountain City Elementary School Olympic Day
Friday, May 11– Roan Creek Elementary School Field Day and Career Day
Monday, May 14– Doe Elementary School Kindergarten Awards at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15– Doe Elementary School Awards Day
Tuesday, May 15– Band Concert at Heritage Hall at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16– Friday, May 18 – eighth- grade trip to Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, May 16t– Doe Elementary School Field Day
Thursday, May 17– Laurel Elementary School at Field Day
Friday, May 18– Roan Creek Elementary School Kindergarten Celebration at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 19– JCHS Graduation at 10 a.m.
Monday, May 21– Roan Creek Elementary School 6th grade awards at 1:30
Monday, May 21– Mountain City Elementary School Kindergarten Celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22– Mountain City Elementary School Awards Day
Tuesday, May 22– Laurel Elementary School Awards at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22– Roan Creek Elementary School 1st – fifth-grade awards at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23– Last ½ day for students (if no more days missed due to inclement weather)