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• Farragut High School Parent Teacher Student Organization’s mid-year newsletter is now available at www.farraguttn.com/fhs. Some important dates and times to remember from the newsletter are: first day back to school for students is Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, and Open House will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, in the main auditorium.

• Webb School of Knoxville’s Lower School, kindergarten through fifth grade, will host an Admissions OpenHouse at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Lower School Commons on the Webb School campus. Interested parents are invited to learn about education and admissions at Webb from Webb School president Scott Hutchinson and Lower School director Angie Crabtree. To RSVP or for more information, contact Deborah Gross at 865-291-3864. Webb also invites parents and their children to “Take a Look” at Webb’s Lower School from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17. Visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour of the Lower School, visit the classrooms an meet members of Lower School faculty.

• Hardin Valley Academy has added two more people to its staff. Rachel Bruun is currently a guidance counselor at Karns High School and will take on that same position with HVA in January. Carloyn Carter is currently a teaching assistant at Hardin Valley Elementary School and will be joining HVA in January as a secretary to the guidance office. 

• Teachers can register their middle school teams in grades six through eight to compete in the 2008 Energy Bowl at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. Registration deadline for middle school teams is Friday, Feb. 8. The 2008 Energy Bowl is a single-elimination, grade level competition for all public, private and home-school teams of four members plus alternates. Tournament, similar to the College Bowl concept, is slated for sixth-grade Tuesday, March 4, seventh-grade Wednesday, March 5 and eighth-grade Thursday, March 6. Registration fee for each team is $20, payable to AMSE. Registration forms and information are available at http://www.amse.org or at AMSE.

• Young cancer survivors preparing for higher education may be eligible for scholarships from the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. The Society’s Mid-South Division will award $1,000 scholarships to eligible individuals who have fought cancer and are attending an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school. Awards for the 2008-2009 academic year will be announced in March 2008. To be eligible, applicants must be under 25 years old, have had a cancer diagnosis before age 21 and be a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Floyd or Clark counties in Indiana and a United States citizen. Candidates also must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and been accepted to an accredited school. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 1. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, leadership, academic achievement and community service. For more information on the scholarship program or to obtain an application, call 800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/midsouthnews.

• Students in good financial standing at Roane State may defer payment of up to 50 percent of their fees for spring semester. After the 50 percent minimum down payment, students may pay the balance in two monthly installments – due Saturday, March 1, and Tuesday, April 1. Students have the option of making the deferred payments with a Visa or MasterCard credit card via Roane State’s Web site. For more information, call 865-882-4515 or toll free at 866-GO2-RSCC, ext. 4515. Or go to www.roanestate.edu/tuition and choose the “Deferred Payment Plan” option at the bottom of the Web page. Registration is going on now for spring semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 14. Students can register until the start of classes. For more information, call 865-882-4526 or register online at www.roanestate.edu.

• Knox County School system has sent out letters to parents whose child has been absent more than is permitted by school policy. Knox County policy is that the student has five class days in which to turn in a note after returning to classes. Students are allowed 10 “parent” notes a year. After 10 absences, a doctor’s note is required in order to be counted as excused. All absences are entered as unexcused when a student is absent and then changed to excused (either by a parent note or a doctor note) only after a note is received. If a student receives 10 unexcused absences, both the parents and the student are requested to attend a hearing.

• Getting a teaching degree just got easier for students at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, which has received approval from its governing institution, the Tennessee Board of Regents, to offer an Associate of Science in Teaching degree for elementary education, with a K-6 emphasis. Degree will transfer to any TBR institution, and to Carson-Newman College. A.S.T. coursework includes 15 hours of field experience in elementary schools. Students also have the option of completing a bachelor’s degree without ever leaving campus. The A.S.T. degree leads directly into Tennessee Technological University’s education program. Through that program, Pellissippi State graduates can earn elementary teaching licensure (grades K through 6) and a bachelor’s degree in human learning at Pellissippi State. The A.S.T. degree involves a total of 60 credit hours. Students must achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75, successfully complete the Praxis I exam, pass a criminal background check and achieve a satisfactory rating on an index of suitability for the teaching profession. For more information, contact Meg Moss at 865-694-6673 or mvmoss@pstcc.edu, or visit www.pstcc.edu/departments/edu.

• For many students, Roane State Community College is just a few miles from friends and families, but for a handful of students, the college is hundreds or even thousands of miles from home. Eighteen international students attended Roane State in fall 2007, representing 14 countries. Countries of origin are Germany (three students), the Bahamas (two), India (two), Canada (one), Cameroon (one), Colombia (one), Dominican Republic (one), Egypt (one), Ghana (one), the Republic of Korea (one), Liberia (one), Mexico (one), Philippines (one) and Sudan (one). In addition, Roane State has 16 foreign students who are permanent residents of the U.S., making a total of 34 students of foreign origin. Roane State also has 20 students from states other than Tennessee.

• As part of Webb School of Knoxville’s Middle School student exchange program with La Escuela Americana in El Salvador, Webb Middle School hosted a delegation of 12 middle school students and two chaperones from La Escuela Americana. Students and chaperones arrived Wednesday, Oct. 24, lived with Webb host families and attended classes through Saturday, Nov. 3. Webb’s cultural exchange program with La Escuela Americana, now in its 11th year, strives to promote an understanding of each country’s culture, history, government, traditions, family and school life, and to develop new friendships along the way. Program also provides opportunities to foster the learning of the Spanish language.

• Webb School of Knoxville Class of 1970 graduate, the Rev. David A. Bowen, is the recipient of Webb’s Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award for 2007. Award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna whose business or professional accomplishments and service to others exemplify the goals of Webb School of Knoxville in the spirit of its motto, “principes non homines” – leaders not men. School presented the award, Friday, Oct. 26, during a special Upper School Chapel ceremony in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium. Prior to Chapel, Bowen spoke with Upper School students in Ms. Rowcliffe’s AP Modern European History class and Mr. Schmid’s World History class. Bowen is married to the former Lee Stewart of Memphis, and has three children: Jeff, Drew and Marie.

• The American Planning Associa-tion invites high school juniors and seniors to enter APA’s second annual high school essay contest. Theme is “Creating a Green Neighborhood Plan.” Students are challenged to create a green and environmentally friendly plan for their neighborhood. Students will need to address the following in their essay: identify potential solutions for environmental issues in their neighborhood, address how the plan will benefit the community, coordinate the new plan with existing plans and build support for the plan. Essay submissions are due Tuesday, Jan. 15. First-place winner will re-ceive a $5,000 scholarship to the college or university he or she attends after graduation and complimentary registration and a travel stipend to attend an APA National Planning Conference. Ten additional essays will receive honorable mentions and students will receive a $100 certificate to www.APA’s PlanningBooks.com. Essays will be judged by a panel of planning and education professionals on research and analysis, creativity and quality of the plan and writing quality and organization. Students will be notified of the panel’s selections by March 15. For eligibility requirements and full entry details, visit www.planning.org/institutions/hsessay.htm.

 

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