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N. Hamilton Elem. 5th grade flag team takes pride in their work Video included

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 Each morning at North Hamilton Elementary School, four fifth grade boys have an important job to do. A job they take very seriously.  They consider it a responsibility, a duty, and an honor.
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School Board gives Supt. Smith above-average report card

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For the third straight year, Hamilton County School Board members have given their Superintendent an "above average" report card. According to scores released by Board Chairman Mike Evatt, Smith ranks highly for his choice of attire, his personal ethics, and communicating with his staff and the public. At the lower end of the scale, Board members said Smith needs to improve on keeping them informed of personnel moves, clarifying his goals, and negotiating contract details with teachers. On a ... More>>

STEM School expansion creates excitement Video included

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Two years ago, Hamilton County opened the new STEM high school, focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. At first, school officials hoped that students would want to get in the school.  More>>

Tennessee trails Georgia, Alabama in ACT scores

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Despite a year-to-year gain in ACT scores, Tennessee students are scoring below the national average, and also trail students in neighboring states Alabama and Georgia.The 2014 test results show Tennessee improved from a 2013 score of 19.5 to a 19.8 this year. The state ranks 43rd in the nation. Tennessee is one of twelve states that tests all students. Georgia, which tests 53 percent of its students, has a composite ACT score of 20.8. Alabama, which tests 80 percent of its students, has a 20... More>>

Tennessee announces "priority" and "focus" schools

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The Tennessee Department of Education today announced the newest round of Priority and Focus Schools, as well as school-level TCAP results.
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UPDATE: Rock Spring principal "doing great" after cancer surgery Video included

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There's a lot of love at Rock Spring Elementary, in Walker County. It all centers around principal Kandy Gilstrap. During a self-exam in March, she discovered a lump on her breast.  More>>

East Lake, Shepherd Elem. Schools receive $50,000 tech grants Video included

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What better way to end the first full week of school, than by handing over dozens of new technology devices to a cheering student body?

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Charleston Elem. teachers get school year surprise Video included

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Summer is a good time for a makeover, and teachers at Charleston Elementary in Bradley County got a good one. Thanks to some local businesses and volunteers, teachers now have a clean, comfortable space to catch a quick break.
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ONLY ON 3: "No cost" land site for new Harrison Elementary Video included

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Summertime has been anything but quiet outside Central High School, as land is being cleared, dirt is being moved, and roads are being built. In the years to come, once unused land will be buzzing with activity.  More>>

UPDATE: Tennessee to release statewide 2013 - 2014 TCAP data

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Tennessee to release statewide 2013 - 2014 TCAP data Tuesday More>>

Young inventors spend summer days learning at Ganns Middle Valley Video included

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For the 8th straight year, Ganns Middle Valley Elementary is hosting Camp Invention, a STEM-based week-long learning activity. Hands-on activities and teamwork are taught throughout the week, according to teacher Jennifer Rodgers.  More>>

Ringgold's Julian Ramos graduates with 13 years of perfect attendance

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Ringgold High School senior Julian Ramos completed a lifelong goal, graduating from high school with 13 years of perfect attendance. Julian is now going to pursue a degree in Rehab Science at Armstrong University in Savannah, GA. From there he would like to go to graduate school to become a physical therapist. During his school career, he was a longtime volunteer at the Creative Discovery Museum, and played baseball for ten years. Julian is often asked, "Didn't you ever get sick?" The answer ... More>>

Big Ridge 5th Graders leave life-saving gift behind

Nurse Tammy Zinkann and principal Neelie Parker, with teacher Ron Boston seated in back Nurse Tammy Zinkann and principal Neelie Parker, with teacher Ron Boston seated in back
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Big Ridge Elementary 5th graders and parents wanted to give their school something to remember them by, and they made a great, potentially life saving choice. They raised enough money to buy an AED, an automated external defibrillator. The device can automatically diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and can treat them through defibrillation using electrode pads. This allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. Big Ridge parents were inspired to make the purchase after the d... More>>

Allen Elem. 5th graders earn statewide honor

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Allen Elementary's 5th Grade 4-H Clover bowl team participated in the Tennessee Eastern Region Clover Bowl contest on May 14th. More>>

Military salute for retiring SE Whitfield teacher Video included

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A retiring teacher got a send-off fit for a hero, and deservedly so.  Thursday, many of Southeast Whitfield engineering teacher and Marin Corps Major, Jeff McDonald's current and past students surprised him with a farewell salute, military style. More>>

Copper Basin Auto Skills students win state, go national Video included

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One of the most valuable skills you can learn is auto repair.   In Polk County, Copper Basin High School is fortunate to have a great car repair teacher, and two of his students are statewide winners, headed for a national competition in Michigan.

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Rock Spring Elementary students graduate from CHAMPS

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Rock Spring Elementary School fifth graders have completed the 20-week CHAMPS program, under Walker County Deputy Brad Battles. They've learned about making good choices, as well as safety while hunting, swimming, boating or riding ATV's, and the importance of being a good role model. Sheriff Steve Wilson presented awards to students who had written the best essays and created the best posters, and Ashlyn Jenkins was named student of the year. Several parents and grandparents were on hand... More>>

Diploma Completion Program's non-traditional format helps local teens Video included

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The Diploma Completion Program (DCP) is the joint effort of Chattanooga State and Hamilton County Schools. The program, located on the campus of Chattanooga State, provides students at-risk of not completing high school with an opportunity to earn their diploma.  More>>

Award-winning drafting teacher retires from East Ridge High Video included

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Dr. William Wiencke teaches drafting at East Ridge High school, and heads up the school's Career Tech department.
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School districts combat teacher absenteeism

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As school districts scramble for money, new research shows the United States spends four billion dollars each year for substitute teachers. The U.S. Department of Education says one in three teachers miss more than ten days a year.  More>>

"Rock Skool" in Fort Oglethorpe attracts aspiring rock stars

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Mark Ferguson's Rock Skool in Fort Oglethorpe is teaching the next generation of rock 'n roll stars to sing and play, focusing on the hits of the classic rock era.  They will be performing Sunday at the Kids Expo.  The Kids Expo begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Rock Skool will be performing at 1:00 p.m.
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Hamilton schools attempt to close technology gap

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At a time when technology advances are measured in months, not years, it's harder than ever for schools to keep up.
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Principal Sharon Vaughn leaving Ringgold High after 10 years

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Some familiar faces will be in new places when Catoosa County students return to school this fall.
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Whitwell High, Jasper Elementary principals to be re-assigned

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Superintendent Dr. Mark Griffith said, "The moves are what I feel we needed to do to move the school district forward."  More>>

Tyner principal to retire, other changes for Hamilton schools

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Several Hamilton County schools will have new faces in the principal's office this fall, as the annual shuffle begins.
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Normal Park principal Levine to spend year in Washington

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Normal Park Museum Magnet School principal Jill Levine has announced she will take a sabbatical during the next school year to take a position in the U. S. Department of Education. Here is the text of her letter to parents:Dear Normal Park Parents, I am writing to share some exciting news with you. I will be taking a one-year sabbatical during the 2014-2015 school year in order to serve as the first full time Resident Principal at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. As you ... More>>

Rhea County High senior to graduate with 85 college credits

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Rhea County High senior Rebecca Hilleary is going where few students have gone before: to her high school graduation, with almost 3 years worth of college credits. More>>

3D printer big attraction at Dayton City School

Valarie Nevans, Alyssa McGinnis & Nathan Toliver with Dayton City School's 3D printer Valarie Nevans, Alyssa McGinnis & Nathan Toliver with Dayton City School's 3D printer
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A new 3D printer is expanding educational opportunities at Dayton City School. More>>

North LaFayette Elem. teacher honored for life-saving deed

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2nd grade teacher Audra Shepherd of North Lafayette Elementary was honored by WRCB, Red Robin and O'Charley's for her role in saving a student's life during a recent choking incident.
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Sign Language class benefits all students at Heritage High

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Heritage High School in Catoosa County is one of only six schools in the state to offer an American Sign Language class.  Teachers say it's a great benefit to both hearing students and their deaf classmates. More>>

Athens' Ingleside Elem. wins $5K, School of Promise Award

Dr. Gary Stark and Ingleside Elem. Principal Debbie Harrison Dr. Gary Stark and Ingleside Elem. Principal Debbie Harrison
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Ingleside Elementary School, an Athens City School, has won a national award, including a check for $5,000.
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Common Core controversy continues

Sue, Autumn and Aaron Jerd are now home schoolers. Sue, Autumn and Aaron Jerd are now home schoolers.
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The Common Core standards, gradually being implemented in Tennessee and most other states, are said to encourage critical thinking to solve math problems.  They also focus on advanced thinking More>>

Well-known educator Alicyn Wilkey dies at 42

Alicyn and Greg Wilkey at a book signing in 2013. Alicyn died Friday. Alicyn and Greg Wilkey at a book signing in 2013. Alicyn died Friday.
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Alicyn Wilkey, a well-known educator in Hamilton County died suddenly Friday while preparing for her workday at Brown Academy. She was 42 years old. More>>

Dual enrollment paying off for Chattooga Co. High students

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Chattooga County GA High School students are taking advantage of dual enrollment classes, offered by Georgia Northwestern Technical College. More>>

Central High cheers cancer-stricken student with head shaving party

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Central High students are getting their heads shaved in support of junior Chris DeRogatis, who learned last week he has cancer. More>>

Walker County adding 20 minutes to school day

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Walker County schools will add 20 minutes to the end of each school day to make up for lost time due to snow days. More>>

Athens Middle teacher Kevin Winters wins $25,000 Milken Award

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Kevin Winters of Athens Middle School, was awarded $25,000 in a surprise assembly today from the Milken Foundation.  More>>

School Board Chair Mike Evatt will not run for re-election

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School Board Chair Mike Evatt will not run for a second term this year. More>>

Bradley Central's "Cave" store gives students business, design experience

"The Cave" store at Bradley Central High is open for business "The Cave" store at Bradley Central High is open for business
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A newly remodeled school store at Bradley Central High School is paying off for students in various career and technical classes. More>>

Woodmore teacher says iPad pilot program is effective

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Woodmore Elementary's fourth graders are enjoying the benefits of a pilot program, enabling every student to use an iPad to do their daily assignments. More>>

Dade Schools Superintendent Shawn Tobin to retire in May

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Shawn Tobin will step down as Dade County Schools Superintendent on April 30. More>>

GPS students try out drone, Google Glass

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Chattanooga's Girls Preparatory School is introducing a new drone and Google Glass to its technology department. More>>

Unum grants provide boost for Hamilton school teachers

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Unum awarded more than $50,000 in grants to 52 Hamilton County teachers for innovative teaching programs. More>>

Judge sides with Hamilton schools in special education case

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An administrative law judge has sided with Hamilton County schools in the recent special education hearing regarding a parent who disagreed with the transfer of her child from Normal Park to Red Bank Elementary. More>>

"Dickens Christmas" at Hickory Valley Christian School

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Fezziwig Feast celebrated at Hickory Valley Christian School. More>>

Lookout Valley students support Forgotten Child Fund

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Lookout Valley's Freshmen Academy raised money to help Chattanooga's Forgotten Child Fund. More>>

BiLo donates $6,000 to Walker County schools

Roger Kirby-Mission Ridge BI-LO, Damon Raines-Superintendent, Walker County Schools, Greg Defour-LaFayette BI-LO and Cory Bartusek-Rossville BI-LO Roger Kirby-Mission Ridge BI-LO, Damon Raines-Superintendent, Walker County Schools, Greg Defour-LaFayette BI-LO and Cory Bartusek-Rossville BI-LO
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Walker County Schools say thank you to a sizable donation from area BiLo stores. More>>

Dalewood students share their Christmas

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Students at Dalewood Middle School help out at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. More>>

Middle College High School likely to get new name

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"Middle College High School at Chattanooga State" is a mouthful to say, but it's proving to be a big asset for Hamilton County Schools and Chattanooga State. More>>

Blue Ridge School Running Club keeps kids moving

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Blue Ridge Elementary School in Dalton keeps kids in shape with an early morning running club. More>>

East Side, Brainerd among teacher incentive grant recipients

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East Side Elementary, Brainerd High, and 11 other Hamilton County Schools are among winners of the states Teacher Incentive Fund grants. More>>

Jill Levine selected for Principal Ambassador Fellowship

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Normal Park principal Jill Levine has been selected by US Education Secretary Arne Duncan as a Principal Ambassador Fellow. More>>

McMinn County's Jill Pierce wins international education honor

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McMinn county educator Jill Pierce has been chosen to take part in Microsoft's Expert Educator program. More>>

Marion Co. High agrees to cancel 2014 spring football practice

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Marion County's high school football program will continue with a regular schedule in 2014, but will cancel spring practice after recent violations reported to the TSSAA. More>>

College Board honors McMinn County Schools

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McMinn County Schools are honored by the College Board. More>>

GPS Turkey Train helps Food Bank

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GPS conducted its annual Turkey Train to help the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. More>>

Little change in proposed 2014-15 Hamilton schools calendar

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73 percent of Hamilton County school district employees prefer the current school start dates and vacation periods.  School Board members are expected to approve the calendar for 2014-15 on Thursday. More>>

Tennessee releases re-designed State Report Card

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The newly designed State Report Card for Tennessee schools is now online. More>>

Georgia names "Reward" and "Alert" schools

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Trion Elementary, Brookwood Elementary in Dalton, Chickamauga Elementary and Chattanooga Valley Middle are named Georgia Rewards Schools for high performance. More>>

Soddy-Daisy students get the real story on crime scene investigations

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The UTK Forensic Anthropology Center visited Soddy-Daisy High School to educate students and dispel myths about crime scene investigation. More>>

Single-gender classes boost scores at 2 schools

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Single-gender classrooms are scoring highly in two Hamilton County schools. More>>

Hillcrest celebrates "library in every classroom"

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Thanks to a gift of $100,000, Hillcrest Elementary School now has 16 book nooks, or mini-libraries, in each classroom. More>>

Ider High's Homecoming Queen is special-needs student

Taylor Mitchell, with her father Charles, crowned by last year's queen Lace McMahon Taylor Mitchell, with her father Charles, crowned by last year's queen Lace McMahon
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Taylor Mitchell, a senior special-needs student at Ider High School, has been crowned Homecoming Queen.  Taylor has cerebral palsy, and was not expected to survive her first year of life. More>>

Murray County works to boost school safety

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Schools in Murray County, Georgia now have resource officers in an effort to boost safety and security in each of the county's 13 school buildings. More>>

Bagley Middle School wall honors former students

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Bagley Middle School adorns its walls with photos and success stories of former students who have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields. More>>

Smith tells PTA leaders about upcoming school challenges

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Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith was quick to point out recent successes in the school district, but told PTA leaders that some challenging times are ahead. More>>

Cleveland Middle has state's first medical science class

Teacher Ginger Crouch at Cleveland Middle School. Teacher Ginger Crouch at Cleveland Middle School.
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Tennessee middle schools could benefit from a medical science class being piloted at Cleveland Middle School. More>>

McMinn County High student charged with cyber-bullying

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A McMinn County High School student has been charged with cyber-bullying. More>>

School Patrol: Jim Jarvis named Ooltewah High principal

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Ooltewah High principal Mark Bean has been suspended, along with an assistant principal.  Jim Jarvis, another assistant principal at the school is running the school until further notice. More>>

Hamilton Co. teachers and Supt. Rick Smith get raise, bonus

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Hamilton County School Board members have approved an across-the-board 3 percent raise, and one time, 1 percent bonus for all full time school district employees. More>>

Hamilton schools plan student iPad purchases

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First on 3: Hamilton County schools will soon see an influx of new technology, including more personal devices for student classroom use. More>>

Cleveland teacher uses cell phones as classroom learning tools

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Cleveland High's Erin Hattabaugh is among a growing number of teachers who are encouraging the use of cellphones as learning tools in the classroom. More>>

Hamilton schools 20-day enrollment down slightly from 2012

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Hamilton County schools 20th day enrollment decreased by 32 students from the same period last year.
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Central High: "Case of the Missing Auditorium"

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Central High students say their school was promised an auditorium when it was built in 1968, and it's time for Hamilton County to deliver on that promise. More>>

New Red Bank Middle School celebrates opening

Principal John Pierce, Supt. Rick Smith and County Mayor Jim Coppinger accepted $1,000 checks from Architect Vance Travis Principal John Pierce, Supt. Rick Smith and County Mayor Jim Coppinger accepted $1,000 checks from Architect Vance Travis
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The new Red Bank Middle School was dedicated Wednesday. More>>

CSAS observes 50th anniversary of MLK speech

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CSAS students and teachers observed the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech on Wednesday on the school's front lawn. More>>

New Saddle Ridge school a showcase for Walker County

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Saddle Ridge Elementary/Middle School in Walker County, GA is providing iPads for it students, along with a much-needed improvement in school bathrooms: privacy. More>>

Red Bank High senior chosen for Boys Nation

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Josey Janow of Red Bank High is Hamilton County's first student chosen to attend Boys Nation in Washington. More>>

Silverdale Baptist Academy opens new High School building

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Silverdale Baptist Academy celebrates the opening of a new high school building, featuring classrooms with modern technology. More>>

New Ooltewah Elementary opens with "room to grow"

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The new Ooltewah Elementary School provides more space, modern learning tools and a scenic setting for students in a growing community. More>>

UTC's Camp GEAR UP prepares urban students for college life

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UTC Camp GEAR UP is winning rave reviews from middle school students who are being challenged to develop teamwork and classroom skills during the summer. More>>

Top Bradley Co. educator joins Lee University faculty

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Dr. Jason Robinson, an award-winning Bradley County teacher, is joining the faculty of Lee University. More>>

Supt. Rick Smith: Paycheck delay due to "miscommunication"

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Hamilton County teachers paychecks were missing from their bank accounts this morning.  School officials say they're working to resolve the problem. More>>

Tyler Long's family responds to Murray Schools request for funds

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The family featured in the documentary "Bully" has responded to a request for costs filed against them by Murray County Schools. More>>

UPDATE: Red Bank High grads work to save the "brick students"

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Red Bank High alumni are working to save the iconic "brick people" sculpture that has welcomed students at the school's entrance since 1955.
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Tennessee educators pleased with T-CAP results

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Tennessee students showed progress on statewide TCAP results announced Thursday. More>>

Hamilton County Schools celebrate ESOL students

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Hamilton County School's English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students will star in the multicultural stage production, Coming to America, on Thursday June 27 at the Choo Choo.
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Soddy-Daisy High principal Gilbert hits the ground running

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Danny Gilbert is ready for the challenge of being principal at Soddy-Daisy High School. More>>

Rivermont Elementary to get new fitness trail

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-  Rivermont Elementary held a groundbreaking for their fitness trail project.  Rivermont was awarded $14,000 through a Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga grant. More>>

Tennessee teachers in Common Core training

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Tennessee teachers complete their first week of summer training in the new Common Core standards program. More>>

New Whitfield principals include Stan Stewart at Coahulla Creek

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Dr. Stan Stewart will be new principal of Whitfield County's Coahulla Creek High School, succeeding Philip Brown, who resigned.  Several other principals were also announced Wednesday. More>>

Several principal changes for Hamilton Co. Schools

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Sources tell Channel 3 that Zac Brown will be the next principal of Howard High School, succeeding Paul Smith.  Brown has been principal of East Ridge High since 2010. More>>

Principal Paul Smith bids farewell to Howard High

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Howard High principal Paul Smith spoke to Channel 3 School Patrol as he prepared to pack up his belongings and begin his new job as Chattanooga's Public Safety Coordinator. More>>

SCHOOL PATROL: Soddy-Daisy High, Howard, CSAS will have new principals

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Soddy-Daisy High, Howard High and Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences will have new principals this fall. More>>

Danny Gilbert gets principal's post at Soddy-Daisy High

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Danny Gilbert has been named as the new principal of Soddy-Daisy High School, replacing John Maynard. More>>

Orchard Knob Elementary wins Gold Medal nutrition award

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Orchard Knob Elementary wins statewide school fitness and nutrition award. More>>

School Board gives Supt. Rick Smith good report card

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Hamilton County School Supt. Rick Smith is in line for a new four-year contract after a positive evaluation from School Board members. More>>

Silverdale Baptist Academy earns food drive 1st place trophy

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WRCB and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank honored Silverdale Baptist Academy for donating 23,959 pounds of food in the 2013 Share Your Christmas Food Drive. More>>

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