Accomplishments
2015-2016 Accomplishments

Church Hill Elementary has been named a National Title I Distinguished School

The Tennessee Department of Education recently notified Hawkins County Schools that Church Hill Elementary has been named a National Title I Distinguished School. This prestigious honor is awarded to the top schools in the country based on outstanding academic achievements. The National Title I Association highlights the efforts of the schools making significant improvements for their students in one of two categories:

  • Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years
  • Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between students

Church Hill Elementary is one of only two schools chosen from over 1,200 Title I schools in the state of Tennessee, and the only school chosen in the category of closing the achievement gap among its students.

Cadet Tayler Bledsoe Was Selected as Cadet Of The Quarter By American Legion Post-21 of Rogersville

Cadet Lieutenant Commander Tayler Bledsoe was honored by American Legion Post 21 on September 29th as Cadet of the Quarter.

The Cherokee High School Naval Science Instructors Chief Warrant Officer Clyde Shumate (USN Retired) and Chief Petty Officer Gary Stidham (USN Retired) nominated Cadet Bledsoe for the American Legion award. 

Cadet Lieutenant Commander Tayler Bledsoe was selected as the Cadet of the Quarter in part for performance as the Battalion Supply Officer. She was hand-picked from a pool of highly qualified cadets for position, directly responsible for all cadet uniforms and supplies valued at approximately $105,000.00. She also keeps academic records and reports, leads, guides, and directs up to 200 cadets each academic semester.

In May 2014, Cadet Bledsoe was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart JROTC Medal for her outstanding unit service and demonstrated leadership ability. To be eligible for this prestigious award the cadet must: (a) have a positive attitude toward NJROTC and a love of their country, (b) hold a current leadership position in the cadet corps, (c) be active in school and community affairs, (d) attain a letter grade of “B” or better in all subjects for the previous semester, and (e) not have been a pervious recipient of this award.
Cadet Bledsoe served as the NJROTC Area Nine East Cadet Cadre Instructor training more than 100 selected NJROTC cadets for leadership roles in their respective units, enhancing their basic attitudes, knowledge and skills required to practice the art of leadership.

Cadet Bledsoe was instrumental in building a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, and confidence in cadets. When school started back, Cadet Bledsoe fitted over 70 cadets with uniforms by the second week of classes, alleviating wasted time and proceeding on to uniform inspections for new cadets. Cadet Bledsoe’s military uniform appearance is always above reproach and she exemplifies the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. 

Clyde H. Shumate, Ed. S.,
Chief Warrant Officer USN (Ret).
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Cherokee High School NJROTC
2927 HWY 66S
Rogersville, TN 37857
(423) 921-8440
Family Photo: Left to Right: Steve Justice (Grandfather), Jennifer Hensley (Mother), Cadet Tayler Bledsoe, Michael Hensley (Step Father)
Legion Photo: Left to Right: Bill Jones, Cadet Bledsoe, Cadet Coffey, Charles Sharits (Post Commander)

Volunteer High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps earned 3rd Place in the Elite Division

Volunteer High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps earned 3rd Place in the Elite Division at the Daniel Boone Invitational Drill meet on Saturday January 16, 2016.
The team competed in Armed Squad, Unarmed Squad, Color Guard, and Personnel Inspection. The First-Year Cadets marched in Armed and Unarmed Squad for experience, but were not eligible for awards. Individual Cadets participated in Dual Exhibition, and Armed and Unarmed Knock-Out.

Military Drill teaches Cadets self-discipline, teamwork, attention to detail, and persistence. Cadets drill with and without inert dummy drill rifles, armed and unarmed. Squads are elements of 7-10 Cadets while Platoons are 13-17 Cadets. The Color Guard marches the American flag and organizational flag for ceremonial purposes. The Personnel Inspection teaches Cadets about personal appearance, poise, bearing, confidence, and interviewing skills. Exhibition is a free-style form a drill that Cadets work on alone or with a partner, this includes spins and throws as well as intricate movements. Knock-out is a fun event that tests a Cadet's individual mastery of stationary drill; Armed Knock-out had approximately 75 Cadets to start and Unarmed Knock-out started with more than 200. Cadets are "knocked-out" of the competition if they make a mistake in the eyes of the judges.

Volunteer Cadets earned the following:
Overall - 3rd Place Elite Division
Personnel Inspection - 2nd Place - Led by Billy Horne
Armed Squad - 2nd Place - Commanded by Steven Hoe
Unarmed Squad - 3rd Place - Commanded by Chris Spitzer
Color Guard - 3rd Place - Commanded by Emily Rhoton
Armed Knock-out - 3rd Place - Larry Livesay
Armed Knock-out - 10th Place - Cheyenne Miller

Although they did not place, Emily Rhoton and Billy Horne competed in the Dual Exhibition. Levi Trent commanded the First-year Unarmed Squad and Aaron Keith commanded the First-year Armed Squad, the first-year squads were ineligible for awards, but competed for experience.

The mission of Navy JROTC is to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Trips to military bases and universities around the region help accomplish this mission by showing cadets the opportunities that await upon completion of high school. Cadets receive academic credit for their enrollment in JROTC while earning community service hours, participating in extracurricular activities, and developing leadership attributes. Cadets have no military obligation for participating in JROTC, but they can receive promotion in the armed forces should they choose to enlist.

Attached Photos:

Boone 3rd Place Elite Division 2016 Unit - Emily Rhoton, Tiffany Bolden, Cheyenne Miller, Canda Olson, Caitlyn Webb, Gavin Gilliam, Samantha Bennett, Augustine Rangel, Drake Daniels, Larry Livesay, Jimmy Devine, Megan Painter, Billy Horne, (Kneeling) Steven Hoe, Levi Trent, Aaron Keith, Chris Spitzer (l-r) 
Boone Armed 1st Year Squad 2016 - Commanded by Aaron Keith
Boone Armed Knock-Out 2016 - Cheyenne Miller and Larry Livesay
Boone Armed Squad - Commanded by Steven Hoe
Boone Color Guard 2016 - Steven Hoe, Billy Horne, Emily Rhoton, and Megan Painter (l-r)
Boone Dual Exhibition 2016 - Emily Rhoton and Billy Horne (l-r)
Boone Personnel Inspection 2016 - Chris Spitzer
Boone Unarmed 1st Year Squad 2016 - Commanded by Levi Trent
Boone Unarmed Squad 2016 - Commanded by Chris Spitzer

Thanks,
Steven D. Bickford, MEd
Major USMC (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Volunteer High School

Volunteer NJROTC Travels To Great Lakes

Cadets from Volunteer NJROTC travelled to Naval Station Great Lakes over fall break.

The four-day trip from October 4 to October 7 took the students to Fort Knox then to the University of Louisville. At Louisville, the Air Force and Army ROTC unit briefed the Cadets about student life, ROTC requirements, and preparing for college. Newly commissioned Army Second Lieutenants gave the Cadets a campus tour.

Following the campus visit, the Cadets proceeded to Naval Station Great Lakes. The Cadets spent a day touring the base, visiting Boatswains Mate School (USS Whitehat), and exploring the Great Lakes Naval Museum. For many of the Cadets, this was the first time they had seen one of the Great Lakes as they walked along the shore of Lake Michigan. The USS Whitehat is an indoor simulated ship used to train young Sailors about rope and line handling, proper refuel and resupply techniques, and small boat handling. At the Great Lakes Naval Museum, the Cadets learned about recruit training and the history of the US Navy. The fourth day of the trip was the long drive home to Church Hill.

The mission of Navy JROTC is to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Trips to military bases and universities around the region help accomplish this mission by showing Cadets opportunities that await upon completion of High School. Cadets receive academic credit for their enrollment in JROTC while earning community service hours, participating in extracurricular activities, and developing leadership attributes. Cadets have no military obligation for participating in JROTC, but they can receive promotion in the armed forces should they chose to enlist.

Steven D. Bickford, MEd
Major USMC (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Volunteer High School

VHS CADET EMILY RHOTON SELECTED FOR ALL STAR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructors selected Cadets from more than 10 schools around the region as the All-Star Leadership Team. Cadets were recognized in a Joint Service JROTC Ceremony during the Johnson City Cardinals game on August 26, 2015. Since no JROTC conference exists, this regional recognition is equivalent to All-Conference recognition in high school sports.

Cadet Commander Emily Rhoton, the Cadet Commanding Officer at Volunteer High School was selected as a member of the All-Star Leadership Team.

Cadet Rhoton is a senior at Volunteer High School and in her fourth year of Navy JROTC. This summer she served as the Commanding Officer of a 13-school High Adventure Camp and Executive Officer of 24-school  Leadership Academy/Basic Leadership Training.  She is a graduate of both Leadership Academy and the prestigious CO/XO School. She is the Team Captain for Drill and Color Guard and was the Team Captain of Orienteering her Junior year. Despite her high level of activity with NJROTC and working a part-time job, Emily has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. Emily has over 160 hours of community service and is the recipient of JROTC Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, The Retired Enlisted Association, and American Veterans. Emily is pursuing a Navy ROTC (Marine Option) Scholarship to attend the Citadel upon graduation with plans to fly for the Marine Corps. She is also enlisting in the Marine Corps as a contingency plan.

Volunteer High School Principal, Mr Bobby Wines, formally presented her certificate in classroom ceremony on Wednesday Sept 2, 2015. 
The mission of Navy JROTC is to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Trips to military bases and universities around the region help accomplish this mission by showing Cadets opportunities that await upon completion of High School. Cadets receive academic credit for their enrollment in JROTC while earning community service hours, participating in extracurricular activities, and developing leadership attributes. Cadets have no military obligation for participating in JROTC, but they can receive promotion in the armed forces should they chose to enlist.

Attached photos: 

1st Photo

-- 2015 Appalachian Region All Star Leadership Team --

From left to right: Tashina Roberts (Daniel Boone HS), Dennis Smith (Greeneville HS), Caitlin Holley (Unicoi County HS), Braden Trent (Science Hill HS), Emily Rhoton (Volunteer HS), Shelby Johnson (Cherokee HS), Nina Gampe (David Crockett HS), Hali Terry (Tennessee HS), Elisabeth Lambert (Dobyns-Bennett HS) and Conor Clare (Sullivan South HS).
Not in the photo is Tristan Quillin (Sullivan North HS)

2nd Photo
Emily Rhoton and Mr Bobby Wines (Principal VHS)

Steven D. Bickford, MEd
Major USMC (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Volunteer High School
1050 Volunteer Street
Church Hill, TN 37642
-- 2015 Appalachian Region All Star Leadership Team --  From left to right: Tashina Roberts (Daniel Boone HS), Dennis Smith (Greeneville HS), Caitlin Holley (Unicoi County HS), Braden Trent (Science Hill HS), Emily Rhoton (Volunteer HS), Shelby Johnson (Cherokee HS), Nina Gampe (David Crockett HS), Hali Terry (Tennessee HS), Elisabeth Lambert (Dobyns-Bennett HS) and Conor Clare (Sullivan South HS).
Emily Rhoton and Mr Bobby Wines (Principal VHS)

Hawkins County Schools See Significant Increase in ACT Scores

2014-2015 Accomplishments

Hawkins County Schools recognized as an Exemplary District by TDOE

2015 District Accountability Tennessee adopted a new accountability system in 2012, after securing a waiver from certain portions of No Child Left Behind. Under the new system, Tennessee looks to districts to increase achievement levels for all students and reduce achievement gaps that exist between certain groups.
 Rather than expecting all districts to meet the same benchmarks year after year, the system acknowledges that districts are starting from different places and rewards those that show the most growth.

A brief description of the accountability measures and the 2014-15 designations can be found below. For more information on Tennessee’s accountability system, please see this information sheet.

Districts Designated as Exemplary

Exemplary Districts:

Meet the majority of their Achievement targets;

Meet the majority of their Gap Closure targets;

Ensure every subgroup—e.g.: Students with Disabilities, racial minorities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—moves forward in half or more of its target areas.

These three requirements show that districts are raising proficiency levels, narrowing achievement gaps and guaranteeing growth for all students.

The following districts are designated as Exemplary for 2014-15:

  • Huntingdon Special School District
  • McKenzie Special School District
  • Manchester City
  • Hawkins County
  • Knox County
  • Monroe County
  • Rhea County
  • Sequatchie County
  • Arlington City
  • Bartlett City
  • Germantown City
  • Lakeland City

2014-2015 Spelling Bee Winners

Bulls Gap                                                                              Cycilia Long
Carter's Valley Elementary                                                 J.J. Hill
Church Hill Elementary                                                      Ethan Mullins
Church Hill Intermediate                                                    Aedyn Mullins
Church Hill Middle                                                             Shaylan Sutherland
Clinch                                                                                   Hannah Lamb
Hawkins Elementary                                                           Sierra Trent
Keplar Elementary                                                              Hunter Doll
McPheeter's Bend Elementary                                          Nova Barrett
Mooresburg Elementary                                                    Isaac Williams
Mt. Carmel Elementary                                                      Andrew Locke
Rogersville Middle                                                             Brent Smith
St. Clair Elementary                                                           Megan Warren
Surgoinsville Elementary                                                   Jacob Howard
Surgoinsville Middle                                                          Meghan Lewis

Cherokee High School boys basketball coach Jeremy Parrott was Honored for earning his 200th career win in 2014-15

Cherokee High School boys basketball coach Jeremy Parrott was Honored for earning his 200th career win in 2014-15, which was his 14th season as Varsity head coach. His 200th win came on Jan. 13 and he finished the season with 204 total wins.

Parrott has coached the Chiefs to seven winning seasons.

Coach Parrott has been the Head Coach at Cherokee for 14 seasons (204 total wins)

-Back to Back 20+ win seasons in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012

-School record 26 wins in 2012, school record conference wins 12

-First time basketball team has had 4 consecutive winning seasons in school history (2009-2013)

-Coached 3 teams to Intermountain Athletic Conference regular season runner-ups, earning direct byes to the Region I Tournament

-Coached 2 teams to District II Tournament Runner-Up finishes

-6 Region I AAA Tournament Appearances

-2012 Region I AAA Tournament Finalist

-Coached the only Cherokee team to ever make a Sectional (Sub-State) Appearance in 2012

-2012 AAA Sub-State Champions

-2012 led Cherokee to only Tennessee State Tournament Appearance in School History (1 of only 6 teams in Region I AAA to qualify for the state tournament in the last 30 years and 1 of only 2 County schools in our area to do so)

-Coach of the Year in the District II AAA 2006-2007

-Coach of the Year in all classifications in Greater Lakeway Area 2012

-Other Tournament Titles while at Cherokee:
2004 Union County Patriot Invitational Champions
2006 Hardees Classic Invitational Champions
2010 New Peoples Bank Classic Invitational Champions
2014 New Peoples Bank Classic Invitational Champions

-Invited 4 times to play in the nationally recognized Arby’s Classic Tournament

-Coached 29 All-Conference Players

-Coached 3 Intermountain Athletic Conference Players of the Year

-Coached 2 Northeast Tennessee Players of the Year

-Coached 2 All-State Basketball Players

-Coached 6 players who went on to play at the College level

Volunteer NJROTC Academic Brain Brawl Team Amoung Top in Nation
2013-2014 Accomplishments

Mt. Carmel and McPheeter's Bend Elementary Named Finalists for Annual SCORE Prize

Hawkins County Schools had two out of the three schools to be named SCORE Prize Finalists in the Elementary School category for 2013. SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) reviews elementary, middle and high schools each year and compares them with other high-achieving schools. There are a total of 923 schools that were competing in the elementary category. Although neither of our schools were awarded the overall prize, we are very proud of both schools for being named finalists and for their hardwork and dedication to preparing the children of Hawkins County for the future.

Bobby Wines, principal from Mount Carmel Elementary, addressed his students, parents, staff, and faculty upon returning form the SCORE Prize event. He said, "I truly appreciate the continued support for our school." He went on to say, "The continued growth of Mount Carmel Elementary depends on high expectations, a challenging curriculum, celebrations of success, and the relationships developed betweend all who are involved in educating our children."
Renee Bernard, principal from McPheeter's Bend Elementary stated, "I am extremely proud and honored that McPheeter's Bend was one of the three elementary schools to be recognized for academic excellence by SCORE."

During the SCORE Prize event in Nashville, Dr. Bill Frist, founder of SCORE and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, said, "Our winners and finalists have shown that it is possible to prepare all our students to be successful in college and the workforce. The stories we heard from teachers, principals, district leaders, students, and other stakeholders are powerful. And they are proof points of what works."

2012-2013 Accomplishments

Volunteer High School
VHS had 162 students pass 267 Dual Enrollment classes (approx. 860 hours of college credit) (At $330 per hour, that is $283,800 worth of college credit earned at a fraction of that cost)
We had 19 students achieve passing scores on Advanced Placement tests.

JRP
Service Projects:
Hats for Cancer
Canned Food Drive for Family Resource Center
Collected Items for Signature Nursing Home
Collected donations for Hawkins County Humane Society and Abandoned Angels in honor of a student from Sandy Hook Elementary
Raised over $2,000.00 jump rope for Heart
17 teachers attended Common Core Training in Math & Reading
1 teacher attended Mathletes at ETSU
School-Wide Overall Composite Sat 10 = 5

Church Hill Middle School
**Jason Joyner was awarded 3 grants during the 2012-2013 school year. They are as follows:
$750 Putting Children First Grant
$1000 East TN State Univ. STEM Grant
$800 Holston ASME Education Initiative Grant
**Ginger Little was honored as Middle Grades Teacher of the Year

Keplar Elementary School
KES were awarded the 21st CCLC grant with an additional $5000 for increasing student participation for the 2012-13 school year. They will receive a total of $55,000 to fund our before/after school tutoring and summer program.

Clinch School
100% Graduation rate
Met attendance goal
More students than ever at Clinch took on-line and dual enrollment classes
Tori Christian—Essay winner Powell Valley Electric---Trip to Washington DC
Met AMO Goals

Hawkins Elementary School
Dwain Brewer completed the Mathletes Program.
Janet Holcomb, Matt Price, and Trey Rafalowski completed Masters degree programs.
Karen Price implemented an after-school fitness program.
Kelly Andrews, Amy Antrican, and Julia Geiger were presenters at the Title I Conference

Surgoinsville Middle School
Hawkins County winner and third place winner in the Farm Bureau annual writing contest for 7th grade
8th Grade:
Jessica McPeek – Ripley’s Writing Contest
Jodi Horton – UTrust Writing Contest
ACT EXPLORE TEST AWARDS – certificates
Alyssa Dingus – 25 –Science
Brandi Bridges – 25 Science
Jessica McPeek – 25 English
Jenny Hesoun – 25 English
Jodi Horton – 25 in Science, English, Reading
Samantha Bennett – 25 in Science, English,
Reading and Overall Composite Score of 25
7th Grade:Josephine Barrett – State recognition for ACT score at or above the high school level.
Farm Bureau Essay Contest
3rd place – Ethan Galloway
1st place – Ben Davis
5th Grade -SMS SPELLING BEE WINNER: Meghan Lewis

Mt. Carmel Elementary
Quinn Brooks 4th Grade won first place in his age division at the Upper East Tennessee Science Fair at ETSU!
Math-a-Thon raised $1075.00 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
MCES was recognized as a Reward School for performing in the top 5% in the State of Tennessee in Achievement and Growth!
MCES raised $2163.00 for Jump Rope for Hearts

McPheeter’s Bend Elementary
McPheeter’s Bend Elementary School was recognized as a Value-Added Award School from Education Consumers Foundation.

Cherokee High School
Cherokee High School’s 2012-2013 Mr & Mrs. Chs Forrest Looney & Kylie Russell
Congratulations To Kasey Fleenor For Being This Year’s Dar Representative.
Cherokee’s 2012-2013 Who’s Who
Brooke Carroll
Samantha Gatewood
Aerial Harrell
Leah Helton
Summer Jackson
Olivia Lawson
Connor Linkous
Logan Lumpkins
Tyler Ringley
Kylie Russell
Jennifer Rich Won 1st Place At State Culinary Competition
Congratulations To The Following Fbla Competitors At Regional
Pattie Ruth Taylor- 1st In Public Speaking Ii
Kasey Fleenor – 1st In Business Calculations
Brooke Jones – 3rd In Business Calculations
Samantha Marlow – 2nd In Public Speaking I
Tyler Ringley & Tanner Trent – 2nd In Business Ethics
Emma Hughes & Bethany Osborne – 5th In Business Ethics

Congratluations To The Following Ffa Members
Luke Mccracken- East Tennessee Profiency Winner In Agriculture Mechanics Design & Fabrication
Brian Dyer – East Tennessee Winner In Agriculture Mechanics Repair & Maintenance
Congratulations To The Following Fccla Members Competing For State
Madison Byington & Hannah Montgomery Received 3rd Place Silver Award In Chapter Service Project Display
Alexandria Harrell & Madison Price Received A Silver Award In Illustrated Talk
Julia Lyons Received Silver In Interior Design
Congratulations To Sophomore Michael Jones For Being Chosen To Participate In The 2013 Hites Program At The University Of Tennessee
Congratulations To The Cherokee Lady Bowling Chiefs For Becoming 2013 Region 1 Champions
Ty Ryans Was Named To The Inter Mountain Conference 2012 Football Team, As The Offensive Player Of The Year.
Tanner Trent Was Named To The 1st Team Offense As Wide Receiver.
Cole Russell Was Named To The 1st Team Defense As Linebacker
Ethan Hagood Made 2nd Team Receiver
Andrew Testerman Named 2nd Team Defensive Back
Brian Dyer Made 2nd Team Offensive Lineman
The Cherokee Girls Placed 3rd In Overall 2013 Imac Track Championship
Courtney Brooks Placed 3rd In Discus
Savannah Marlowe Placed 1st In Shot Put
Samantha Marlowe Placed 3rd In Shot Put
Casey Seals Placed 3rd In Pole Vault With A New School Record Of 7 Feet
Olivia Ewing Placed 3rd In 100 Meter Hurdles
Evan Mmccracken Won 1st Place In The Shot Put & Discus With A New School Record Of 57 Feet 4 Inches In The Shot.
Congratulations To Mr. Owens Psychology Class For Making The Highest Composite Score Ever On The Clep Test
Congratulations To The Cherokee Concert Band Who Competed In The Tennessee Secondary School Band Directors Association Concert Festival At Hiwassee College. The Band Received Division 1 Superior Ratings From Every Judge
Congratulations To Cadet Lieutenant Brittany Bowers On Her Selection To Attend The 2013 Engineering & Technology Leadership Seminar At The University Of San Diego
Congratulations To Cadet Master Chief Eric Rolen For Being Selected As The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award Winner For 2012
Congratulations To All Njrotc Cadets For Their Selection As Distinguished Unit With Academic Honors. This Marks The 7th Consecutive Year That Cherokee Njrotc Has Made This Distinguished List.