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Spelling Bee Winners

posted Jan 10, 2014, 11:39 AM by Angela Christopher   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 11:51 AM ]

Congratulations to the Tipton County Spelling Bee winner and runner up! 

Winner: Elijah Guevarra, MMS 
Runner up: Hailey Russell,BES 

These two students have advanced to the regional competition in Memphis on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

We are proud of all the students who participated in the 2013-2014 Tipton County Spelling Bee!  

We thank all those who contributed their time. 

Dr. Barton: Pronouncer 

Anne Adams, Jill Johnston, and Peggy Cousar: Judges 

Amy Powell Daugherty: Organizer 

CMS Student Wins Billboard Contest!

posted Dec 11, 2013, 9:41 AM by Angela Christopher   [ updated Dec 11, 2013, 9:41 AM ]

Crestview Middle School student, Alyssa Ray, won a billboard contest that was sponsored by the Anti-drug Coalition of Tipton County.  The billboard is close to the Munford water tower, on the same side of the highway. If you're on Highway 51 traveling to Covington, take a look!  Congratulations Alyssa, we are proud of you!
Crestview Middle School student, Alyssa Ray, won a billboard contest that was sponsored by the Anti-drug Coalition of Tipton County.  The billboard is close to the Munford water tower, on the same side of the highway.
If you're on Highway 51 traveling to Covington, take a look!

Congratulations Alyssa!

CHS 2013 Score Prize Winner!

posted Nov 11, 2013, 9:39 AM by Angela Christopher   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 9:40 AM ]

Congratulations Covington High School, 2013 Score Prize Winner!
Congratulations to Covington High School, the 2013 Score Prize winner two years running.  

"Covington has an enrollment of nearly 750 students and an outstanding graduation rate of 97 percent. On the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System, Covington High has achieved one of the highest Algebra I scores in the state, with growth at 49.3. - The Score Sheet 

Click here to learn more about the Score Prize. 

Note: the video above is a located on YouTube and may not be viewable on the Tipton County network.  If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can access the video from a home computer or smart phone by clicking

Principals visit Shanghai

posted Sep 17, 2013, 6:45 AM by Angela Christopher   [ updated Sep 17, 2013, 6:49 AM ]

Three Tipton County School principals are participating in a leadership development project with Vanderbilt University, five other Tennessee school districts (Memphis, Metro Nashville, Murfreesboro, Loudon, and Knoxville), school principals in Shanghai, China and the institute of Schooling Reform and Development at East China Normal University.  Participation in the collaborative will develop greater understanding and expertise about how school principals can nurture teacher leadership and instructional capacity for improved student performance.

Participating TCS principals include Leisa Bennett (Austin Peay Elementary), Patricia Mills (Drummonds Elementary), and Vicki Shipley (Munford Middle School). 

We wish them safe travels as they learn and share in Shanghai this week!

CHS is finalist for 3rd Annual SCORE Prize!

posted Sep 12, 2013, 8:46 AM by Angela Christopher   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 8:47 AM ]

CHS faculty
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) today announced the 12 finalists for the third annual SCORE Prize. The prize recognizes the Tennessee elementary, middle, and high schools and school district that have most dramatically improved student achievement.  We are proud to announce that Covington High School is a finalist for one of the top three high schools in the state of Tennessee.   Covington High School won this prize last year in 2012-2013. Congratulations to the faculty and students of CHS for all of your hard work and a job well done!

Click here to read more!

MHS Choir will sing with rock band 'Foreigner'!

posted Sep 5, 2013, 8:47 PM by Angela Christopher   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 8:33 AM ]

The Munford High School Advanced Choir will be singing with multiplatinum rock band Foreigner 
September 20th at the Live at the Garden Concert Series! The choir was selected through a contest sponsored by Foreigner and 94.1KQK radio. MHS received over 3,000 votes and was determined the winner by a panel of judges. Tickets are available at

Congratulations to choir director Mr. Peter Colin, Jr. and the MHS Advanced Choir!

Common Core Coaches

posted May 16, 2013, 12:23 PM by Angela Christopher

This year the state of Tennessee chose 704 teachers to serve as coaches. These individuals were chosen through a rigorous application process. They will now receive training throughout the spring to lead sessions this summer for more than 35,000 teachers across the state.  
Click here to read more

Tipton County is the home to several teachers who have trained as West Tennessee Common Core coaches.  We are proud to have them teaching with us and leading the way to full implementation!

Heather Crowson, MES
Julia Shaffer, CIAA
Cory Concus, CHS
Kim Greer, BHS 

Robin Russell, BMS
Sherry Washington, BMS
Kim Joyner, AES
Swayne Huffman BHS - CTE Literacy
Brandi Blackley, CHS
Jill Johnston, MES

BES Receives Value-Added Achievement Award!

posted Apr 26, 2013, 1:11 PM by Angela Christopher

BES wins Value Added Award!
Every year, the Education Consumers Foundation (ECF) selects 18 elementary and middle school principals for this award based on the most important school measurement available: Learning gains across the entire student body, as measured by Tennessee’s Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). TVAAS measures achievement gain in a way that permits schools to be compared regardless of the makeup of the student body. Schools whose students make the greatest annual gains in achievement earn the highest value-added scores.

Brighton Elementary is one of the state’s top performers on TVAAS, ranking 33rd in the state among 761 elementary schools, and is the third place winner of the Value-Added Achievement Awards among elementary schools in West Tennessee.

“Schools like Brighton Elementary show what a dedicated principal and teaching force can achieve in Tennessee schools,” noted ECF President Dr. J. E. Stone. “If every school performed at the level of our 18 winners, Tennessee would lead the nation in educational improvement.”

“Michael Hughes leads a quality team of teachers, administrators, and other staff members,” said Tipton County Director of Schools Dr. William E. Bibb. “We are very proud of the students at Brighton Elementary School and their growth in achievement. This is made possible by the dedicated teachers, administrators and other staff members who work with our students on a daily basis. For student progress to be made, parental and community support is vital. Brighton Elementary School certainly has both.”

According to Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, “I am pleased to join with the Education Consumers Foundation in recognizing the principals and schools that are really moving the needle on student achievement. These education leaders are shining examples of what’s possible in Tennessee.”

How the winners were selected

Each year, the Education Consumers Foundation ranks Tennessee elementary and middle schools according to their value-added performance. Rankings are made using schools’ letter grades for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies; reading/language arts and math scores are double-weighted to reflect the importance of these areas. A “grade point average” is calculated, with a complementary measure – the raw TVAAS value of schools’ reading/language arts and math scores – used as a secondary factor.

In all, 18 winners were selected from among Tennessee’s nearly 1,300 public elementary and middle schools. First, second and third place awards are given in two categories, Elementary and Middle schools, in each of Tennessee’s three regions: East, Middle, and West.

Because the awards recognize high quality leadership, only schools where the principal has served for at least five years were considered.

“School leaders like Michael Hughes are the kinds of principals we want to see in every Tennessee school: dedicated leaders willing to do whatever it takes to create the conditions for student success,” said Dr. Stone.

The winning principals each receive a certificate, a banner and a cash award: $3,000 for 1st place, $2,000 for 2nd place, and $1,000 for 3rd place. Additional information about the winners, including school performance charts, is available at .

Mrs. Ann Goes to Jail for March of Dimes

posted Apr 26, 2013, 12:45 PM by Angela Christopher   [ updated Apr 26, 2013, 2:40 PM ]

Mrs. Ann Burlison, Special Education Supervisor (PreK-5) represented the Tipton County Board of Education and raised $500 for March of Dimes today.  She went to jail at Patriot Bank in Atoka, TN and was released after securing $500 in donations from supervisors, staff, and faculty in Tipton County Schools.  Mrs. Ann is forever grateful for everyone to helped 'get her out of jail' and for their generous donations to March of Dimes.  Way to go Mrs. Ann!  

Dr. Fisher - Woman of the Year!

posted Apr 25, 2013, 11:49 AM by Angela Christopher

Congratulations Dr. Charlotte Fisher, Director of Operations for Tipton County Schools.  

Dr. Fisher was recognized as "Woman of the Year" at the 2013 Annual Women in Business Luncheon - a celebration of the outstanding women in Tipton County. 

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