Admiral’s Cup Invitational set for Saturday, Oct. 18

An expected crowd of 2,500 spectators plus 15 high school bands from East and Middle Tennessee will fill Farragut High School stadium and Bill Clabo Field for the 2014 Admiral’s Cup Invitational Marching Band Competition Saturday, Oct. 18. An expected crowd of 2,500 spectators plus 15 high school bands from East and Middle Tennessee will fill Farragut High School stadium and Bill Clabo Field for the 2014 Admiral’s Cup Invitational Marching Band Competition Saturday, Oct. 18.

Hosted by Farragut High School Band Boosters, this event showcases musical talent from the region and is one of the band boosters’ largest fundraisers. The first band takes the field at 12:10 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

“The Admiral’s Cup Invitational has been designed to provide an educational and rewarding performance experience for students, staff, parents and spectators. The purpose of this event is to celebrate achievement in the performing arts, acknowledge the hard work and dedication necessary to develop and sustain fine band programs and promote growth in the activity through ed-ucation and a positive competitive environment” Claudia Stallings, FHS Band Booster spokesperson, said.
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McIntyre visits FIS, FPS

A Farragut Primary School student gets a surprise visit from Dr. Jim McIntyre Jr., Knox County Schools superintendent, during classroom work Thursday morning, Aug. 28. Based on feedback from his teachers, Reggie Mosley’s first school year as principal at Farragut Intermediate School is starting on a positive note in terms of “organization.”

However, test scores in two major areas of study from last school year hit a sour note.

“What we noticed was that we didn’t do well in [math], we didn’t do well in literacy,” Mosley said to Dr. Jim McIntyre Jr., Knox County Schools superintendent, during his visit to FIS Thursday morning, Aug. 28. “Literacy was, really, the biggest deficit.

“The staff was very surprised; disappointed to say the least,” Mosley added. “… The teachers though they did a great job in preparation [for the students] to do a great job, but it just didn’t pan out that way.”

Later that morning, McIntyre discovered that Farragut Primary School is getting a $7,500 “resource” boost. “We’re starting a resource library that we’ve never had. PTA has given our curriculum coach $7,500 this year and another $7,500 next year,” FPS principal Gina Byrd told McIntyre. “We were finding that second-grade, the teachers, they needed more informational text, books, to help with that.”
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McIntyre learns of ‘TwoBlues’

Though her husband, Michael Reynolds, isn’t the principal at Farragut High School anymore, Hardin Valley Academy principal Sallee Reynolds still is forging new cooperative learning and fundraising efforts between the schools.

As part Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model to aid teachers, “Farragut and Hardin Valley have collaborated and we each have nine lead teachers,” Reynolds said of what is called TwoBlues Team Training. “So we’ve paired one Hardin Valley lead teacher with one Farragut lead teacher” to lead a joint teacher meeting. “… We had 20 teachers from both schools combined turnout” during a Tuesday, Aug. 19 meeting.

Dr. Jim McIntyre Jr., Knox County Schools superintendent, learned about this cooperative effort among various inquiries during his annual visit to HVA, which came Friday morning, Aug. 23.

“We’ve still got to close the gaps,” Reynolds said about HVA testing results. “… Figure out what we can do to increase achievement across the board.

“Our top quintile isn’t growing as much. They’re achieving well, but the growth is not there,” she added.

“The gap that we had with students with disabilities two years ago, particularly in math, to where it is now has [been] more than cut in half. In English, the gap widened. …We’ve got to work on that. … Our algebra I we still have to continue to work on.”

Adding an instructional coach, “Having her as a math teacher, it makes a big difference,” Rey-nolds said about Deni Migun. “We’re going to have our algebra I teachers meet with her once a week to plan.”
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