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Student of the Week: August 19-23

Sydnee Varden is the Centennial Elementary Star Student for the week of August 19-23.
Sydnee is a first grade student in Mrs. Rachel Burns's class.
What makes you happy?  when I'm around family and friends
Where would you like to travel?  to California  How would you get there?  by plane
What is your favorite class in school?  science
What makes you feel brave?  when I think I can achieve something
If you could give $100 to a charity, which one would you choose?  the Humane Society
What do you want to be when you grow up?  a chef
Mrs. Burns says, "In our short 2 weeks of school, Sydnee has stood out as a model student.  She comes to school every day with a positive attitude and a smile on her face.  She gives her best effort on every activity and tackles every task with a "can do" attitude.  She is a role model to her fellow classmates, and I consider myself lucky to get to be her teacher."

 Welcome to Centennial!

Centennial is proud to be named one of Tennessee’s 2018 Reward Schools! Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. Reward schools are identified annually as those that are improving overall student academic achievement as well as growth for all students and student groups. In 2018, 318 schools in 85 school districts (about 20 percent of schools in the state) earned “Reward” status. This is the third time Centennial has earned this high honor. 

The new accountability framework is based on principles that all schools can be successful and all Tennessee students must be served well. It is determined by a variety of measures, including chronic absenteeism, discipline, and TNReady scores. All schools are rated on both how they serve the full student population and how they are specifically serving student groups that have historically been underserved: students with disabilities, English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students. 

Tennessee’s new school accountability system was developed through a 16-month process of gathering feedback and input from students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Tennessee has designated Reward and Priority Schools since 2012, but 2018 was the first year with an updated methodology as required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. As part of federal requirements, the plan was submitted to and approved by the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to increase school performance and student learning.

To view the full list of 2018 Reward and Priority schools, visit the department’s website (here).

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