Staff photo by Tim Barber. A painting of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Cedrik Daniel, "Thinking of a Dream," is on display as Chatoris Jones, Dean of Students at Chattanooga Preparatory School, speaks in front of a group of students at a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Staff photo by Tim Barber. A painting of... Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press. CHATTANOOGA PREP PERFORMERS All original poems, photograph, paintings and speeches on display at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center as part of Monday’s “Speak Like A King” event were created by Chattanooga Preparatory School students, including:Akeem BirtAshton JordanBrandon KelleyCamper CoulterCedrik DanielDenis LopezEugene DavisIsaiah DorseyJonaki HoodLeslie McClureRoberth VenturaSean Besley A dozen sixth-grade boys — black, Hispanic, white — stood behind classmate Roberth Ventura onstage Monday at the Bessie Smith Cultural … [Read more...] about Chattanooga Prep boys pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
CSAS teacher named Geography Teacher of the Year April Wyatt, a geography teacher at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2019 Tom and Stella Mullane Geography Teacher of the Year Award by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance. The award recognizes outstanding geographic educators in grades 7 through 12, according to a news release. "As a former student of CSAS herself, Wyatt now uses that experience as a tool to better understand the way her students learn," said Jim Boles, principal of CSAS, in a statement. "She makes World Geography come alive for students in a way that is real and pertinent to their lives." Wyatt will be honored at the annual Tennessee Council for Social Studies conference and receive $500 from the Alliance. Kurt Butefish, director of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, said in a news release that the nomination speaks volumes about Wyatt's excellence as an educator. "The nomination shared how she makes global subject matter relevant by relating … [Read more...] about Class Notes: Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences teacher named Geography Teacher of the Year
Gallery: CHATT PREP: How Chattanooga's new all-boys charter school plans to help students succeed +12 more photos "Nothing can stop him, he's all the way up!" Boys clad in khakis and ties, sweatshirts with "PREP" written in bold letters and dress shoes shout from their seats in a cafeteria in Chattanooga's Highland Park neighborhood. "Nothing can stop him, HE'S ALL THE WAY UP!" The 65 sixth-grade boys shout these song lyrics as their math teacher waves a wrestling championship-style belt in his arms and pumps the boys to scream louder. "D.J., D.J., D.J., D.J., D.J.!" The cafeteria erupts as one of their peers, shorter than many of them with a tight haircut, climbs atop a chair to receive the "Grit Belt" that Chattanooga Preparatory School faculty members award to a different student each week. They don't choose the boy with the highest grades or the most basketball hoops made in gym, they pick the boy who has worked the hardest, participated in class the most and acted as a role … [Read more...] about How Chattanooga’s new all-boys charter school plans to help students succeed
Gallery: Chattanooga prep opening Despite the Election Day traffic, despite the steady downpour of rain, despite first-day jitters, there was joy in the air Thursday as the 66 new students of Chattanooga Preparatory School were greeted by more than 300 men to start the school day for the first time. Chattanooga Prep, the city's first all-boys public charter school, founded by Ted and Kelly Alling and partnered with Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, officially opened its doors. Elaine Swafford, executive director of both CGLA and the new boys school, said Thursday was historic. "This is the most important thing going on in Chattanooga today," Swafford said. "What we are about to see is changing the lives of this class of 2029. We are affording this group of boys an advantaged education that they wouldn't have otherwise." Yet, the first day of school is both the end and the beginning of a journey. It is the end of the process … [Read more...] about Chattanooga Prep opens its doors to first class of boys [photos]
Gallery: Athletic trainers prep for a new season Hamilton County Schools' new team of athletic trainers is gearing up for the start of school in two weeks, rehearsing spine injury protocol and other medical emergencies. In April, the school board approved a contract with Erlanger Health System to place full-time, certified athletic trainers in every high school in the district. East Ridge High was one of the schools left to fend for itself without an athletic trainer before the new contract. "I now have a trained professional that understands sports-related injuries," said Tim James, head football coach at East Ridge High. "We can focus more on the Xs, Os, the kids and the coaching, as opposed to trying to be a pseudo athletic trainer." On Friday, Kevin Gebicke, a paramedic for Erlanger Lifeforce Event Medicine, provided a refresher course on how to safely transfer players with suspected neck or spinal cord injuries from the ground to a board and ready them for transport by emergency … [Read more...] about Athletic trainers prep for a new season at Hamilton County schools