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Literacy Grant & Local Donation Fund New Kindergarten Resource

Last January, kindergarten teacher Holly McMurray was laid up in bed with strep throat, and spent her sick days applying for a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant. Today, Sugarloaf Elementary has one of the first sets of a brand new K-1 Guided Reading Collection by the company that set the standard for leveled reading. McMurray […]

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Miami Hurricanes ‘Turnover Chain’ Inspires Positive Behavior Recognition at BDS

Fans of the Miami Hurricanes football team are accustomed to spotting a player on the sidelines sporting some major bling – the gold “turnover chain” bestowed upon each player who forces a turnover. The turnover chain has been called “the greatest innovation in the history of this amazing sport,” in a September 2017 tweet by David […]

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Teacher, Students Launch Student-Led Writing Center

After school on Wednesday, sophomore Madison K. was working on revising a writing assignment with senior and Student Editor Chloe P. in Hendersonville High’s media center. “I had to revise my body paragraph to match my thesis statement,” Madison explained. Madison is one of about 30 Hendersonville High students to take advantage of the school’s […]

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HES Competes in Winter STEAM Olympics

There’s no running allowed in the hallways at Hendersonville Elementary, but on Wednesday, “skating” on stocking feet was encouraged. Tara Anderson’s 2nd grade students took turns peeling off their shoes and “speed skating” in their socks halfway down the hall, while Instructional Assistant Alyce Wellman timed them and their classmates recorded their results. The math […]

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East Elves Grant Wishes of Hillandale 1st-Graders

First-graders in Trini Fares’ class at Hillandale Elementary gasped Friday morning, as a band of Santa’s merry elves entered their classroom with gifts and hot cocoa. They’d had no idea their letters to Santa had already been received, and that their wishes would be granted by a group of local elves. Earlier in December, Fares’ […]

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East Collaborates with Hendersonville Ballet

East Henderson High’s Eagles Performing Arts Company and Hendersonville Ballet students are no strangers to the stage, but Tuesday night was the first time both groups shared the spotlight, during a dress rehearsal for a special Christmas collaboration. Tuesday, Dec. 12 was the first dress rehearsal for “A Home for Christmas,” a collaborative performance about […]

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Upward Hosts Thanksgiving Lunch ‘n Learn

On the Thursday before Thanksgiving break, Upward Elementary students and staff counted 400 reasons to be thankful. Four hundred parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members joined their Upward Eagles for a Thanksgiving meal and the school’s first “Lunch ‘n Learn.” A popular parent engagement activity, Lunch ‘n Learns invite family members into their children’s […]

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HMS Raises $900 for Hurricane Relief Efforts

As part of homecoming Spirit Week festivities, students at Hendersonville Middle School annually sell “spirit links” for $1 each, and donate the raised funds to a nonprofit of their choice. This year, Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria made a strong case for the American Red Cross. News of the hurricanes pummeling the United States and […]

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Etowah Lions Club Donates $660 to Backpack Program

The Etowah Lions Club shares with Etowah Elementary more than just an address on Etowah School Road; the organization enjoys a sense of community with the school’s students and staff. That’s what spurred the Lions Club to dedicate its most recent pancake breakfast fundraiser to the school’s backpack program, which provides food to last the […]