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Munford Middle 6th Grade Science Students

posted May 27, 2016, 1:10 PM by Web Master

Munford Middle School 6th grade science students taught by Ms. Denise Butigan were busy the last two weeks of class.  Ms. Butigan challenged them to design and construct a roller coaster that allowed a marble to go from point A to point B in 5 seconds by using the engineering design process and applying scientific knowledge.  The results were some pretty amazing designs.  Congratulations to the winners!

CHS Student Honored as Academic All-Star

posted May 12, 2016, 1:45 PM by Web Master

Hannah Turner, a senior at Covington High School, was one of 11 high school students from the Greater Memphis area recognized for their achievements as an Academic All-Star.  The Academic All-Stars are awarded by The Commercial Appeal.

More than 500 students from 40 high schools in the Mid-South were nominated for the Academic All-Stars Awards, but only 196 were selected by the judges from area universities such as the University of Memphis and Rhodes College. The 11 winners were named the "best" overall in 10 categories for excellence in academics, school leadership and community service.

Turner was recognized for Career-Technical/ROTC.  She holds a 3.94 GPA and has already completed 15 hours of college courses. Turner placed 1st in West Tennessee as well as the state for Sheep Production during the 2015-16 school year. She was the 2015 state winner for Equine Science and the 2014 state winner in Wildlife Management.  She is currently a member of the Livestock Judging Team in and will compete at the state level on September 14, 2016.  Congratulations to Hannah!

Congratulations to the Teachers of the Year!

posted May 11, 2016, 1:43 PM by Web Master   [ updated May 11, 2016, 1:43 PM ]

 The Tipton County Schools recognized the Teachers of the Year at the Principals meeting held Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  Ms. Christa Cross, 3rd grade teacher at Brighton Elementary, Ms. Carrie Sherfield, 8th grade math at Brighton Middle and Mr. Barry Trobaugh, Band Director at Munford High were honored. Pictured above,  Dr. John Combs, Director of Instruction, Mr. Farrel Vincent, School Board Member, Mr. Marty Burlison, School Board Chairman, Ms. Sherfield, Ms. Cross, and Dr. William Bibb (Mr. Trobaugh was unavailable due to All-State Band activities).

Understanding Your ACT Scores and What to Do Next

posted Apr 28, 2016, 6:47 PM by Web Master

ACT is conducting a free webinar aimed at students, parents, teachers, and counselors. ACT will discuss interpreting ACT scores and what to do with that information. 

Event link:

Date and time:
Saturday, April 30
1:00–2:00 p.m. CDT

Your score report provides lots of great information beyond just your ACT Composite Score. This session will help you better understand what your ACT score means and how your score report can help you plan your possible next steps.

Cost: Free

Instructor: Boris Dvorkin

Suggested attendees: Students who have recently taken the ACT test, as well as their parents, teachers, counselors, or other interested parties

Session outcomes:

  • Learn what the information on your ACT score report means and how you can use it.
  • Compare your scores to ACT College and Career Readiness Standards.
  • Know some of your possible next steps, including whether you should consider a retest, how to improve your score if you decide to retest, and how your scores position you for the schools to which you are applying.
  • Understand how to explore careers, colleges, majors, and financial assistance using free tools.

TNReady Update

posted Feb 17, 2016, 5:41 PM by Web Master   [ updated Feb 23, 2016, 12:23 PM ]

The Tipton County Schools are currently waiting for shipping information on tests before rescheduling tests that were originally scheduled for February 8-26, 2016.  We appreciate your support as we wait for further information.

TNReady Testing Update

posted Feb 8, 2016, 5:00 PM by Web Master

In the best interest of our students and to protect instructional time, the Tennessee Department of Education has determined that they can not continue with online testing.  Moving forward this school year, TNReady tests will be administered with paper and pencil.  We will notify parents and stakeholders of new test dates once those dates are determined by the Department of Education.  Thank you for your understanding and support as we move our students forward to a 21st century learning environment.

District 9 Patriot's Pen Contest Winner

posted Jan 14, 2016, 1:30 PM by Web Master

Congratulations to Munford Middle School student Ashlyn Cernigilia who took 1st Place in the District 9 Patriot's Pen Contest. The Patriot's Pen Contest is sponsored annually by the VFW and is open to students in grades 6-8. The essay contest encourages students to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by writing a 300-400 word essay expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.  Ashlyn's entry has been sent to the Department of Tennessee VFW's Patriot's Pen Contest to be judged with 10 other entries.  Good luck to Ashlyn as she moves on to state competition!

Students Rise to the Challenge Winner

posted Nov 12, 2015, 8:34 AM by Web Master

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has announced the winners of the fifth annual SCORE Prize, which honors Tennessee public schools and school districts with student achievement results that make them leaders in learning in the state.  During the celebration, Weston Downing, a senior at Covington High School, won a Students Rise to the Challenge (SRTTC) scholarship worth $1,000 by submitting a video entry that described how one of his teachers helped him overcome an academic challenge.  Weston created a video about the coaching his teacher, Melissa Barrell, provided to help him raise his math ACT score by 5 points.  The SCORE Prize event was held on Monday, October 26, 2015 with an audience of nearly 1,500 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN.  The evening was hosted by Senator Bill Frist, M.D., the founder and chairman of SCORE.

CIAA Celebrates Reward Status

posted Sep 22, 2015, 6:44 AM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 9:05 AM ]

Covington Integrated Arts Academy (CIAA) celebrated it's Reward School status Friday, September 18, 2015. Parents and other community members joined students and faculty for a parade and balloon release.  CIAA was recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education as a Reward School for progress.  This recognition was achieved by being in the top 5% of schools in the state for academic growth.

As each grade level paraded they celebrated one of the tenet's of the "Leader in Me" program.  The Leader in Me is FranklinCovey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.  CIAA began implementation of this program during the 2014-15 school year.

Brighton Theater Performs at the Ruffin

posted May 18, 2015, 9:03 AM by Web Master   [ updated May 18, 2015, 9:59 AM ]

Covington's Historic Ruffin Theater was transformed into a magical underwater world last week. From the directors of "Hairspray," "The Little Mermaid" performances ran Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17. 

Covington Aquatic Center sponsored the play. Directors Jeff Moore and Lindsay Bowman organized a group of talented cast members from both the Brighton Middle School and High School Choir to bring this underwater favorite to life.  

The timeless musical incorporated songs from the Academy Award-winning animated Disney film as well as some from the Broadway show.  L
ights and fog added to the motion of rippling waves on the stage and the set boasted a gorgeous glowing ribbon reef and beautiful costumes. 

Throughout the week classes from Tipton County elementary schools took field trips to the Ruffin to watch the play, a first for the Ruffin and theater department. Countless teachers, students and parents complemented the performance.

The complete cast is Master Chef; Arthur Abbot, Scuttle; Makenna Amundson, King Triton; Brett Armour, Flotsam; Abby Barge, Sea Creatures; Erin Bentley, Rachel Carpenter, Alyssa Clausen, Javion Lightfoot, Jaci Owens, Abigail Stimpson ,and Sydney Waits, Princesses; Crystal Brogden, Cassie Davis, Christina Evins, Emily Moschitta ,and Lauren Turner, Sebastian; Aden Campbell, Chefs; Ava Christopher, Rylee Coleman, Holly Elston, Anna Findley, Casey Harper, Allison Palmer ,and Melody Webb, Flounder; Cade Forbes, Mersisters; Mikayla Harden, Claire James, Grace Mahoney, Brittany Meyer, Mary Roe ,and Anna Weber Ariel; Alyssa Jock, Seahorse; Lily Kozlosky, Jetsam; Amelia Kozlosky, Sailors; Hollis Miller and Daniel Piedra, Prince Eric; Josh Pickett, Pilot; Nathan Thomas, Ursula; Ally Wallace, and Grimsby; Tyler High.

Production staff members are, directors; Jeff Moore and Lindsay Bowman, backstage manager; McKenzie Huffman, costume design; Donna Meili, lights and sound; Raven Bourque, Kurt Mayo, and Jarred Twisdale, choreographer; Otis Smith, set design, props, special effects and construction; David Dehoff, Terry Lea, and Jeff Moore makeup; Lyndsie Moore, set crew; Elizabeth Butler, Katie Brown, Miranda Cook, Emily Schneider, and Harley King.

All cast and crew members did a spectacular job!  

Photo credits: Bette Cigalotti

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