Can ‘early warning systems’ keep children from dropping out of school?

A half-dozen sixth-grade teachers sat in a circle inside an empty classroom, poring over sheets of data showing their students’ attendance, grades and discipline. They were looking for children who were sliding, whose records indicated they were in danger of falling off the track to high school graduation.
Marissa Johnson urged them to highlight those students’ names in yellow. “Our goal is to identify students who need to finish strong,” said Johnson, an employee of Diplomas Now, a Johns Hopkins University program that helps teachers here, at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, identify students in need of extra support.
The research is clear: If you want to know whether a child is on a path toward graduating or dropping out, standardized test scores are not very useful. Far more telling is whether that child comes to school regularly, behaves in class and earns passing grades.

CEO Spotlight – Kaitlyn Thornton

Kaitlyn Thornton, 2011 graduate of Coffee County Central High School, 2015 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and current graduate student at UTK and employee of the UT Athletic Department recently provided the Coffee County Schools Teen Expo program with a much needed and appreciated donation.  This donation of UT athletic wear will be included in the second annual Coffee County Teen Expo.  “What a blessing it is to have Coffee County natives return to the community with an interest in giving back,” says Taylor Rayfield, coordinator of Teen Expo.  This event, scheduled for July 30th, is intended to provide Coffee County Schools’ students in need with clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items. Open to all Coffee County Schools’ students in upcoming grades 7-12, applications for this year’s event may be obtained from school counselors at your child’s respective school. If you would like to donate or be a part of this program, please contact Taylor Rayfield (723-3309) or LeAnne Evans (723-5150) for more information.


New Union kicked off the summer with our Camp-Read-A lot event.  We want our students to be excited about and to keep reading during the summer.  The students made trail mix, wrote letters to other students, made arts and crafts, did skits, and played games outside.  Also, the students had the opportunity to pledge how many books and/or minutes they will read over the summer.    Sally Singles, Fran Gray, some of the high school football players, and parent volunteers helped with the festivities.

MACC Provides Interview Skills to Local Students During Career Week

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce had a a unique opportunity to “Create Educational Opportunities” this past week as we worked directly with Coffee County students during Raider Academy’s career week.
Over 425 Raider Academy students earnest in preparing for the their future assembled for a presentation all about interview skills and how to show their best selves to prospective employers.
MACC Executive Director, Terri Hudson, led the session where students learned about giving a great handshake, answering tough questions, and remaining confident in a high-pressure situation.
This is a great example of one of the many ways that our business community and education community work hand-in-hand as we produce our next generation of business leaders right here in Manchester!


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