Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator Shalonda Meeks hosted the first CLASS luncheon at the Altamont Community Center on Friday, September 25. CLASS (Community Leaders Acknowledging School Success) is a new program, sponsored by the Parent and Community Involvement Department.
CLASS offers an opportunity for Grundy County principals to share positive, academic-based insight about their schools. The respective principal will choose one or two nominees who have made a positive impact at their school each six weeks. During the CLASS luncheon, the principals tell why they chose their nominees to a group of community leaders. The community leaders collaborate, and choose the two winners of the CLASS award.
Friday’s luncheon proved to be a success with community leaders including Grundy County Court Clerk, Tammy Sholey, a Fannie Moffit Stomp representative, DeEtta Rather, and supervisors of the Grundy County School System in attendance.
Nominees from each school were Dana Harris, (CES, first grade teacher); Kayla Rymer (NES, sixth grade teacher); cafeteria staff (Palmer Elementary School); Derek Moon (Pelham Elementary, fifth and sixth RLA teacher); Angela Fults (SMES, first grade teacher); Tyler Bell (TCES, eighth grade student); and the TCES faculty and staff; Sierra Sanders (GCHS junior) and Deidre Helton (GCHS Assistant Principal).
Tyler Bell and the cafeteria staff at Palmer Elementary School received CLASS awards at the first luncheon. Glenda Dykes, principal at TCES, explained how Tyler created the motto, “Everybody should share and love each other.” This motto is now part of the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program at TCES and was put on the walls outside the classrooms at the school. It became the Quote of the Week at TCES.
John Ross Jones, Palmer Elementary Principal, honored the Palmer Elementary cafeteria staff, explaining how “Breakfast in the Classroom” has been a huge success in his school. He said the staff works diligently together to make sure all students have breakfast every morning, and tardiness is almost zero among students. Daily breakfast ensures the students are not hungry during instructional time. “Students cannot learn if they are hungry,” Jones said. For this achievement, Jones credits Kim Rollins, Pam Meeks, Dana Scissom, and Lisa Land, members of the cafeteria staff.
Community leaders who have committed to future CLASS luncheons include members of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, Grundy County Clerk’s Office, Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Deeds Office, Trustee’s Office, the cities of Palmer and Altamont, Sequatchie Valley Electric, members of the Fannie Moffit Stomp, the Rock Fitness Center, and supervisors of the Grundy County School System.