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Registration Rocks....

posted Jul 8, 2014, 11:12 AM by Prescott South   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 11:14 AM ]

Join us Thursday, July 17 from 6-7pm.  Find out what Prescott South Middle School has to offer. Tour the school, meet teachers and staff and browse the club, activity and sports tables.

Helping Your Children Learn to Read: An Overview of Lexile Measures

posted Aug 12, 2013, 3:52 AM by Prescott South   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 11:49 AM ]

Lexiles represent a measure of students' reading ability and can be used to help parents choose books and materials that are at an appropriate difficulty level for students. For the first time, TCAP Individual Profile Reports (IPRs)  for English/Language arts in grades 3-8 and 10 include Lexile measures for both 2012-13 and 2011-12 (if available). The document linked here along with the Lexile Maps here and here are being provided to you as resources to help both parents and students use student reading levels to choose appropriate texts. 

2014 Football Schedule

posted Jul 11, 2013, 2:35 PM by Prescott South   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 11:32 AM ]


Football season will soon be here. See Details

Extended Learning Program

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:39 AM by Prescott South   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:58 AM ]

Extended Learning –“Full STEAM Ahead”


Putnam County Schools       Dr. Tammy Knipp, Extended Learning Coordinator

1400 East Spring Street        Sharon Dyer, Secretary     (sdyer@k12tn.net)   

Cookeville,  TN  38506                                       

Phone:  526-9777                                                 

Fax:  528-6254                                                                                                                                                   


Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome back!  We hope everyone has had a great summer and that the new school year is off to a great start.  Putnam County’s 21st CCLC Grant and LEAPs Grants will once again be in place to provide extended learning time for students in all of Putnam County’s elementary and middle schools.  Monterey High and Upperman High students who commit to the 21st CCLC program will be served at Burks Elementary and Cornerstone.  Parents are asked to carefully review all information provided on this sheet prior to seeking placement for their child/children in the program. 



How can the EXTENDED LEARNING PROGRAM help your child?


The Extended Learning Program can help you and your child/children in the following ways: 

Provides a safe place for your child after school

Provides homework help 

Provides tutoring/instruction to improve math and reading skills or other academic subjects

Provides the opportunity for participation in fine arts activities like music, drama, or art 

Provides the opportunity for participation in a variety of recreational/sports opportunities

Provides the opportunity for learning of life-long skills for

enjoyment (scrapbooking, knitting, sculpture, gardening, etc.)



Who is Eligible?


Any student 5 to 18 years of age enrolled in one of the listed schools may register for the program.  Based on the grant design, first priority will be given to students at risk of educational disadvantage who need academic support beyond the school day.  Major emphasis will be given to math and reading intervention.  Classes will be filled on a first come, need basis; a waiting list will be created as classes are filled.



What is the PURPOSE of the Extended Learning Grants?


The overall mission of Extended Learning Grants is to provide Tennessee students with ACADEMIC enrichment opportunities that reinforce and complement the regular academic program, promote youth development, and provide family support during non-school hours. Academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet state and local standards and must be based on rigorous scientific research.  The academic standards Tennessee students must meet have become more rigorous through the state’s commitment to the Tennessee Diploma Project and the First to the Top initiatives.  Extended Learning Grants assist students in attaining the goals set for them. The programs classes will be strategically aligned to science, technology, engineering, and math standards.



What ACTIVITIES are approved?


ü     Academic achievement 

ü    Art and music activities

ü    Assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled and need to catch up

ü    Counseling programs-Character education

ü    Credit Recovery-Virtual Learning

ü    Drug and violence prevention

ü    Expanded library hours

ü    Homework help

ü    Limited English proficient classes

ü    Math and science activities

ü    Parent involvement and family literacy activities

ü    Recreational activities

ü    Remedial education

ü    Service learning  

ü    Technology programs and telecommunication

ü    Tutoring and mentoring programs



Participants will be provided a snack according to the guidelines of the Federal Child Nutrition Program


Bus transportation will be provided in the Baxter and Monterey communities.


The safety of your children is our #1 priority.  Children are expected to exhibit acceptable behavior and follow the student conduct/discipline plan listed in the school’s student handbook given to parents and students at the beginning of the school year.  Students must follow all directions given by the adult in charge and must be respectful of all class leaders, fellow students, and school property.  Parents will be called and notified in writing of unacceptable behavior.  The 3rd referral to the site coordinator may result in the student being dismissed from the program.  His/her name would then be placed at the bottom of the waiting list for possible re-admission to the program.


What SCHEDULE will be followed?

Monday through Friday 6:45 AM to 7:45 AM

 Monday through Friday 3:00 PM to 5:15 PM

***The morning schedule above is tentative.  Some sites may begin at 7:00 instead of 6:45.  A specific schedule will be provided with notification of acceptance into the program.  Some sites may choose to do a Saturday morning program instead of the weekly morning schedule.



Students registered for the program are encouraged to attend three (3) days per week.  Participants are expected to be present for the entire 2-hours of the program.  Students who are consistently picked up early, students who do not maintain regular attendance, or students who are repeatedly not picked up at 5:15 PM will be dismissed from the program.   






Online Student Insurance Enrollment

posted Aug 18, 2012, 9:55 AM by Prescott South   [ updated Aug 18, 2012, 9:56 AM ]

On this website, parents will be able to:

· View all of the coverage and premium options

· Review a Frequently Asked Questions section

· Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased


Common Core

posted Jul 23, 2012, 3:26 AM by Prescott South

Read Mrs. Taylor's comments about the new standards.

7 Things Not To Say To Parents Of Kids With Special Needs

posted Jul 16, 2012, 4:58 AM by Prescott South

Mrs. T Finds Bulldogs Across America

posted Jul 15, 2012, 6:33 PM by Prescott South   [ updated Jul 15, 2012, 6:34 PM ]

On a recent trip to North Carolina, Mrs. Taylor came across the UNC Asheville mascot - it's a Bulldog! Never one to pass up a chance, Mrs. T gave a howdy from Wallace and shared some Prescott love with the silver pup.

Common Core Standards in place this fall

posted Jun 19, 2012, 6:58 AM by Prescott South

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Learn more on the PSMS parent Resource page.

STEM grant to make Putnam regional hub

posted Mar 20, 2012, 4:33 PM by Prescott South   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 10:41 AM ]

STEM grant to make Putnam regional hub
by Bailey Darrow

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Putnam County is set to lead the Upper Cumberland in a rural science, technology, engineering and math initiative, with Prescott South schools and Tennessee Tech at its center.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced Monday that Putnam County was awarded a $1 million competitive grant through Tennessee's Race To the Top with an additional $850,000 to go to Tennessee Tech as the region's STEM hub.

"We would like to position ourselves to attract high skill, high pay jobs," interim Director of Putnam County Schools Jerry Boyd said. "We want our students, not only in Putnam County but across our region, to move through our schools ready for those high skill, high pay jobs."

STEM grants were also announced for Hamilton and Sullivan Counties yesterday.

Prescott South Middle and Elementary Schools are poised to become STEM platform schools under the grant, with intensive teacher training, materials and equipment and an on-site STEM coordinator to facilitate the STEM initiative, which Boyd said would begin in the 2012-13 school year.

"It is about taking on a new approach and causing our students to learn in a different way," Boyd said. "We are not here to create a bunch of scientists but kids who think like scientists. We want to create learners who think like scientists but appreciate all aspects of their community."

Read more: Herald Citizen - STEM grant to make Putnam regional hub

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