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NEWS:

March 16, March 17, April 7, April 27, April 28 and May 8 will be used as instructional makeup days.  

April 30th:  STArt Art Show @Davis Firehall 

2 hour delay for professional development:

·         Monday April 3rd



2016-2017 BUS ROUTES 




Check out the new Superintendent's Advisory Council page for information



 
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http://www.tuckercountyhighschool.com
 
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**Transfer Information:  Any student wishing to transfer into/out of Tucker County Schools for each school year must have board approval from both counties.  Please fill out the transfer application found on the parent tab and return it to the BOE office. This must be done annually.

2016-2017 SCHOOL CALENDAR

May 26- Graduation 6pm

May 29—HOLIDAY, NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

May 30—Tentative Last Day for Students

June 2—Prep for Closing School-Last Day for Teachers

June 5—30—Can be used as make up days

Note: March 16, 17, April 7, 18, 19,20, 27, 28 and May 8 may be used as make up days.

Visit www.tuckercountyschools.com for current calendar or visit your school site for school events. 






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Superintendent's Message:

“I REMEMBER THAT WORKSHEET PACKET,” SAID NO STUDENT EVER.

 

We are ending another school year and summer is upon us.

I fondly recall my childhood towards the end of the school year with anticipation of summer and all of the great things that came with it, mostly the fact that I didn’t have to go to school.  I was free to play outside, get dirty, explore the creek next to my grandparents’ house, go fishing, play ball, ride my bike, and pass out from exhaustion later that evening only to wake up in the morning and do it all over again.

Summer is a wonderful time for recharging batteries and learning new things.  I don’t think for a second that learning stops in the summer.  I learned that when your bike chain is loose, it usually comes off when you are miles from home.  I learned to carry a wrench with me in order to tighten that bike chain.  I learned that it was important to make sure everyone knew the rules of “ghost men” when playing whiffle ball (ghost men were invisible base runners when you were short players).  I learned that hot dogs caught more fish than worms, much to the chagrin of my mother.  I learned that I really could jump over three friends on my bike like Evil Knievel, again, to the chagrin of my mother.  I also learned that humans were not meant to fly (I broke my tooth while jumping out of a swing at its highest point).

I can only recall a few fond memories of my time in school.  Sad, isn’t it?

Many schools will enter the 2017-2018 school year doing the same things we did when I was in elementary school in the 1970s.  We will require children to sit in rows and memorize useless information to regurgitate on a test.  We will ask students to blindly follow directions or face disciplinary action.  Many of our schools today resemble schools that were built at the turn of the 20th century.  In those early years, students would graduate and transition into the workforce where ten-hour days with short breaks in controlled settings were the norm-where you were forced to obey commands and not think.  The term “creativity” was foreign.  Students had to go to school in order to gain knowledge and content.  The teacher held all of the knowledge because they had the textbook.

Students today have access to information.  Why do we insist they memorize who the 16th President of the United States was?  After all, if they need to know, they can access that information on their iPhones or laptops.  They should, however, know what Abraham Lincoln stood for and should be able to debate what situations led to the Civil War.  What was the economic difference between the North and the South?  There is so much information available today; we need to teach students what resources are valuable and which are erroneous.

Education needs to be meaningful and students must be invested in what they are learning.  Our curriculum should be relevant to the lives of our students.  The earlier models of teaching, which were authoritarian and involved rote memorization, are why many students today yearn for summer.  Throw in a few packets of worksheets and you can see why students count the minutes until the bell rings.

Let’s hope educators spend this summer learning new ways to engage all students, not just those that can sit still.  Take it from a former elementary school boy who had “ants in his pants.”  Have a good summer, get dirty, and learn!

See you around campus!

Eddie

Dr. Eddie R. Campbell, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools

 

OUR VISION

-We believe all individuals can learn and achieve success.

-We believe all individuals have the right to be provided with a safe, caring and welcoming environment.

-We believe all individuals have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.

-We believe it is the responsibility of all stake holders including the community, school personnel, parents, and the students themselves to increase student achievement levels.


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