Festival on the Hill at Gresham Middle Friday

Festival on the Hill at Gresham Middle Friday

Gresham Middle School is hosting its second annual Festival on the Hill on Friday, May 6, from 4-7 p.m. Events kick off at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium with a screening of several animated short films. During the festival, the Gresham Chorus will present selections from High School Musical, including some sing along numbers. The […]

Bearden area slated for mixed-use zoning

Community meeting to showcase concepts of proposed zoning changes On Tuesday, May 3, staff from the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) will host a public meeting to present the general concepts of a newly proposed Mixed Use District zone for the Bearden Village area, and provide an opportunity for questions and feedback from the community. The […]

The Chalk Board for May 2, 2016

By Sally Absher Cinco de Mayo Carnival at West View Elementary School West View Elementary School will host a Cinco de Mayo Carnival on Friday, May 6th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. to raise funds for the school. There will be games, a dunking booth, Safety City, and fun activities for the whole family, along with traditional […]

TN(never gonna be)Ready

By Sally Absher “Hallelujah!! The entire state of Tennessee Opts Out” reads the headline of the 4/28/2016 Momma Bears blog (mommabears.org). Oh the rich irony! Parents were told they couldn’t opt their kids out, but now if you have a student in grades 3-8, they are all opted out! After repeated glitches, delays, and failure […]

About Those More Rigorous Standards…

By Sally Absher Last week’s Focus article “Fool me twice, shame on me” about Tennessee’s new K-12 educational standards mentions Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram, leading experts in K-12 English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards, respectively. Stotsky wrote the ELA standards for Massachusetts which were #1 in the nation. Milgram rewrote the terrible […]

Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force Shares Draft Recommendations

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Thursday the Disparities in Educational Outcomes (DEO) Task Force shared its draft recommendations and gathered additional community input and feedback. The Task Force is comprised of business, community and faith-based members. The group was formed in November 2014, in response to a complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of Education […]

Josh Smith: Local Product Catches On With Vols

By Alex Norman Tennessee might be known as a power running team, but if they are going to finally get to the next level in the Southeastern Conference in 2016, the passing game must show improvement.  Wide receiver Josh Smith believes that can happen this season. “We all have to be clicking and have that […]

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