January 13th, 2022
All CMCSS high schools will host a Stop, Drop, FAFSA event from January 18-21, 2022. School leaders will help students understand the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, answer questions regarding the application, and assist with the next steps.
Confusion surrounding the FAFSA application process is one of the most common reasons students do not fill out the forms. School leaders encourage all CMCSS Seniors to complete the application to know of any aide available to them. Many colleges, universities, and technical schools require completion of the FAFSA as part of the admission process, whether students qualify or not. The TN Promise requires completion of the application by February 1.
Several common myths surround the FAFSA, according to collegefortn.org. Read more about the Five Common Financial Aid Myths.
For families who may have questions or need additional assistance understanding the application process, CMCSS has several helpful resources.
Help for Families
Phone Helpline: Students can call and speak with a live person who can provide assistance regarding the application process. Live support is available by calling 931-553-1189 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on the following days: Tuesday, January 18 and January 25 and Thursday, January 20 and January 27.
Text Helpline: Students and parents can text FAFSA to 335577 to receive mobile support from “Get Schooled.” The mobile program assists students with a variety of services.
Video Tutorials: Assistance is available from StudentAid.gov with a video instructional series.
Parent Webinars: Parent webinars are offered every Thursday in January. Access the webinar link here.
January 13th, 2022
WHEN: January 18, 2022 to January 20, 2022
TIME: 3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. each day (have rides here by 4:30 P.M. each day)
WHO: All those Boys and Girls interested in trying out for track who are not in a winter sport (we will have a separate tryout after the completion of Winter Sports)
GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODE: aacjpmd
WHERE: Meet in room J104 (Coach Stoeckl)
WHAT WILL YOU NEED: A physical, indoor and outdoor clothes, a positive attitude and a bottle of water
January 12th, 2022
CMCSS student report cards for the second nine weeks of the 2021-22 school year will be available on Wednesday, January 12. Parents/guardians will access report cards online using the CMCSS Parent Self-Service webpage at parents.cmcss.net.
If parents/guardians have issues accessing their child’s report card using CMCSS Parent Self-Service, they can contact their child’s enrolled school.
The report card available through Parent Self-Service is considered the official report card with comments for the grading period.
Parents/guardians can check their student’s academic progress on PowerSchool at any time. PowerSchool is the official grade book and attendance tracker for CMCSS. While some digital learning platforms have a grade book, please note that official grades will only be recorded in PowerSchool.
CREATING A POWERSCHOOL ACCOUNT
If you need to create a PowerSchool account, visit powerschool.cmcss.net, click the Create Account tab, and complete the form.
Families will need an Access Code for each child. Access codes can be obtained through the parents.cmcss.net portal by clicking on “Get Student Security Info” and following the steps listed in the video below.
PowerSchool Access Codes: https://ior.ad/7PBU
If you are using the PowerSchool app, the CMCSS’ District Code is P Z Q N.
UNDERSTANDING POWERSCHOOL AND REPORT CARD ABBREVIATIONS
Families may see several abbreviations in PowerSchool, including:
- N(#) ex. N1, N2, etc. This is the student’s current grade in the nine weeks.
- S(#) ex. S1, S2, etc. This is the student’s semester grade, which includes the nine weeks combined. For high school students, this grade will reflect the semester credits earned for that period. This grade will also include mid-term exams when applicable.
- Y(#) ex. Y1. This refers to the student’s cumulative grade for the year.
- OT On-Track. Students in grades K – 5 may see this designation on their report cards.
- AE Approaching Expectations. Students in grades K – 5 may see this designation on their report cards.
- BE Below Expectations. Students in grades K – 5 may see this designation on their report cards.
Note: Students in grades 3 – 5 may be assigned a letter grade and have letter grades available through PowerSchool. Report cards may also display the OT, AE, or BE information under College and Career Readiness.
January 7th, 2022
Local first responder agencies are partnering with CMCSS to implement the national Handle with Care program in Clarksville-Montgomery County. Handle with Care is a program in which first responders work together with schools to provide proactive support for potentially trauma-affected students within the community.
First responders will identify children at a scene who have been potentially exposed to trauma. The child’s pertinent information, including name, birthday, school, and grade, will be sent by first responders in a confidential notice to the child’s school before the next school day. There is no information being given regarding the incident. School officials will receive the child’s identifying information and the three words “handle with care.” CMCSS will not be sharing any information with any person or entity as a partner in Handle with Care. Click here to watch a brief overview video.
The Clarksville City Council and Montgomery County Commission have approved the interlocal agreement. Training will take place in January 2022, and the program will be implemented next semester.
January 4th, 2022
The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. Rezoning is taken very seriously, and the district makes every effort to ensure stakeholders are involved in the process. In May 2020, CMCSS began communicating the need for rezoning to families with the construction of the Kirkwood complex.
The population of Montgomery County has increased 27.7% in the last 10 years. Projections indicate the population could see a 40% growth rate in the next 20 years. The effect of this tremendous change can be seen in our local schools.
Growth in CMCSS
- CMCSS has a 30-year average growth of 677 new students every year.
- Current enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is 37,769 students.
- Oakland, Rossview, and West Creek Elementary schools have recently undergone expansion projects to address capacity. See the current capacity of each school here (pdf).
- School capacity has an impact on the flexibility of programming and extracurricular activities.
- Maintaining a capacity of approximately 85% is the goal of CMCSS.
- The goal of CMCSS is to not rely on portables as a permanent solution.
At the Jan. 4, 2022, School Board Study Session, the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board heard on first reading the recommendation that changes be made to the middle and high school zone lines for the 2022-2023 school year.
In 2021, the district initiated the process of working with a third-party consulting firm, RSP and Associates, with expertise in school system rezoning. In collaboration with the consulting firm and community stakeholders, the CMCSS Zoning Project Team has studied and evaluated existing school zones and building capacities to identify opportunities to better serve students, per the district’s Zoning Procedure (OPS-P017). The following criteria guide the team’s work:
- Rezone as few students as possible
- The proximity of students to existing schools
- Transport students the least distance possible
- Equitable distribution of resources according to the learning needs of all students
- Enrollment capacity of existing schools
- Consideration of free and reduced lunch status (socioeconomic)
- Allow for future growth where possible (based upon Regional Planning Commission lot and permit data)
Taking these guidelines into consideration, the Zoning Project Team made the following recommendation to the School Board. (Click here to see the presentation)
CMCSS and RSP & Associates will host three public forums to gain feedback from the community regarding the rezoning recommendations. The community is invited to attend the following forums:
- Monday, January 17, 2022, 5:30 pm (Virtual Meeting – access the meeting link here)
- Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 5:30 pm (Virtual Meeting – access the meeting link here)
- Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 5:30 pm (In-Person Meeting – Rossview High School)
A final zoning recommendation will be presented to the School Board on Feb. 8 for voting. District rezoning information can be found at cmcss.net/zoning.
January 4th, 2022