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FSSD students, teachers achievements showcased at recent board meeting

Johnson Elementary first grade student, Simeon Petrounov was named the Student Artist of the Month for November with his multi-media three-dimensional piece of a hot air balloon drifting above the Eiffel Tower. The artwork, which is the front of December district birthday cards, included a snapshot of 6-year-old Simeon in the basket of the balloon.

This year, Johnson Elementary art teacher Cassie Stephens is taking her classes on a virtual tour of Europe. Simeon’s inspiration for his piece came from their stop in Annonay, France, where the first hot air balloon was launched in 1783.

Eighth graders, David Price, a student at Freedom Middle and Daniel Seifferth, a student at Poplar Grove Middle recently received a perfect score on the ACT’s Explore test, which is given to all Tennessee eighth graders. The test is designed to help students prepare for high school coursework and their post-high school choices. David and Daniel answered every question correctly in each of the four subgroups – English, Math, Reading and Science.

Freedom Middle seventh grader, Justin Kievit inspired the nation with his act of kindness and sportsmanship when he chose to wrestle 13-year old Sunset Middle student Jared Stevens during a match in Nolensville. It was Jared’s first competitive match – a major accomplishment for a boy with cerebral palsy. During the match, which was caught on video and quickly went viral on YouTube, Justin sparred with Jared for several minutes before handing the match to Jared by pulling his opponent’s arm over his own body and pinning himself to the mat. It was a winning moment for both and “a true sign of Justin’s character,” said Sherry Badger, FSSD board chair.

After an undefeated regular season where the Poplar Grove girls soccer team didn’t allow a single goal scored against them, under the leadership of Coach Lisa Casey, the team captured the Harpeth Valley conference Division A championship, allowing only one goal scored against them during the entire tournament.

Freedom Middle students McKenzie Garey and Emma Messer were among students across the nation selected from 3,600 applicants to be a part of the ACDA National Honor Choir, which will perform in March, 2013 at the American Choir Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The choir will be directed by Anthony Trecek-King, artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus.

In addition, FMS students Dimitri Thomas and McKenzie Garey have been accepted to the Middle Tennessee Vocal Associations’ Middle School Honors Choir, which will perform on Jan. 29 at Brentwood United Methodist Church.

Moore Elementary fourth-grade teacher, Klaire Davis joins 14 other teachers from designated Reward Schools chosen by the Tennessee Department of Education for the Reward Schools Ambassador program. As a highly effective teacher in a Reward School, the top 10 percent schools in performance and progress, Davis will share her skills and best practices in an effort to improve student achievement and reduce gaps in achievement across the state. During her work with the state, her salary will be paid by the state and Moore Elementary will receive a $20,000 grant for programming.

Michelle Pieczura, a fourth-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary, recently had an article published in the national publication, “Educational Leadership.” In the article Pieczura shared her positive perspective on Tennessee’s new evaluation system.

Posted on: 12/12/2012


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