May 19th, 2021
CMCSS has communicated with families since last year that schools cannot eliminate the spread of COVID-19 during in-person learning, but our collective actions can help mitigate the spread. The District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy has always been about using multiple layers to improve success, sometimes referred to as the Swiss Cheese model. For the 2021-2022 school year, CMCSS has been using the following primary mitigation layers:
- Using MERV 13 instead of MERV 9 filters in all buildings
- Increasing outdoor air ventilation
- Employing enhanced two-step cleaning throughout buildings
- Encouraging self-screening, masks, handwashing, covering sneezes, and staying home when sick for all students, employees, and visitors
- Identifying opportunities to promote physical distancing when possible in schools
- Replenishing hand sanitizing stations
- Promoting the use of personal water bottles and filling stations while water fountains are shut down
- Establishing School Health Screening Rooms
- Providing vaccination opportunities and COVID-19 testing for employees and their families at Onsite Employee Health and Wellness Clinics
- Updating and implementing the Return to School/Work Flowchart
To add more layers to CMCSS’ mitigation strategy, effective Monday, August 23, the following protocols will take effect until Montgomery County goes back down to moderate/low transmission levels:
- Modifying custodial procedures to further increase the focus on two-step cleaning throughout the day and decrease focus on other areas (window cleaning, floor buffing, etc.)
- Operating mechanical systems (HVAC) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as possible for each building’s situation to further increase filtration
- Limiting nonessential visitors from the school environment at the discretion of building administrators, to include temporarily not allowing lunchtime visitors
- Limiting indoor mass gatherings during the school day at the discretion of building administrators
- Providing masks in school buildings and on transportation for those who request one
- Increasing hand sanitizing stations in schools and on transportation
COVID-19 Exposure Response Plan
When a CMCSS student or CMCSS employee tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to notify either the school nurse (if they are a student) or their supervisor (if they are an employee). The medical office that performed the test will notify the Montgomery County Health Department for contact tracing.
Click here for the current CMCSS Return to Work/School Flowchart developed by the CMCSS Safety and Health Department in collaboration with the Montgomery County Health Department. For the Spanish version, click here.
CMCSS will return to normal capacity for after-school events, meetings, and athletics for the 2021-2022 school year. CMCSS will continue following TSSAA’s guidelines for athletics. The district will keep families informed as guidelines are updated throughout the year.
Face masks are strongly encouraged for students, employees, and visitors inside buildings and on transportation. Families are encouraged to use their judgment on sending their student(s) to school with a mask and make whatever decision will be best for the health of their child(ren) or other members of their household. For more information from the CDC on the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19, click here.
Employees will be expected to self-screen before entering school premises.
Self-screening protocols for students and visitors will continue. Families are strongly encouraged to engage in self-screening at home prior to each school day. Click here for updated guidance from the CDC regarding screening K-12 students for symptoms of COVID-19.
Have you had any of the below symptoms as a new-onset in the past 72 hours? (This does not include chronic conditions)
- fever of 100 degrees or greater
- new onset of a cough
- new onset of shortness of breath
- new onset of sore throat
- new onset of body aches
- new onset of headache
- new onset of loss of taste or smell
- nausea or vomiting
- congestion or runny nose
If “yes”, please consult your personal health care provider before returning to any CMCSS locations. Students, employees, and visitors who are sick must follow the CMCSS Flowchart.
Water fountains will be closed during the 2021-2022 school year. Water filling stations will be open where available. Students should bring their own water bottles.
Effective June 1, 2021; Updated Aug. 20, 2021. Subject to change based on updated guidance and local, state, or national recommendations or mandates.
May 11th, 2021
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April 8th, 2021
6th Grade Kendall Holmes 1st Starlit Tavarez 2nd Zach Carpenter, Gunner Markum, Mitchell Creech, and Taraj Myree 2nd
7th Grade Nhara Gueco, Camren Gant and Hayden Jackson 1st Tavasia Buckley 2nd
8th Grade Chyenne Widen 1st Iyanah Irvine and Ethan Fendley 2nd Kaitlyn Williamson, Tatianna Duggins 3rd
April 7th, 2021
Students at Kenwood Middle School are preparing for the future as they engage in hands-on STEM learning opportunities. Inside Chad Ward’s Computer Literacy classroom, students explore the world of computer coding, drones, and robotics.
“We’re shifting our Computer Literacy class to include coding,” said Mr. Ward. “We’re using drones to introduce block coding and rhythmic coding.”
Armed with a drone, a yardstick, and their laptop, students mapped out their drones’ expected flight pattern inside the classroom. Colored squares on the floor provide indicators for the students to predict and program the drone’s movement.
“It takes a lot of work. You have to try,” said Cam’ron Dowell, a student in Mr. Ward’s class. “It’s aggravating at first, but once you figure it out, it feels good.”
Each student was assigned a specific space within the room and would input code to tell their drone to fly from one square to another. When they’re even a few inches away, they go back and revise the code to try again. “Problem-solving is one of the biggest things they learn,” said Mr. Ward.
“I want other students to know the class is really fun,” said Joshua Robinson. “It’s really fun to figure things out.”
Mr. Ward was awarded a TVA Grant through the Clarksville Department of Electricity. Additional funding allows the class to grow and expand, introducing additional opportunities for students. “The grant will offer us the ability to purchase more equipment,” said Mr. Ward. He plans to purchase everything from replacement parts to additional drones so more students can participate. “It will allow us the ability to expand the program. It’s a really great opportunity for students. There are a lot of jobs available with coding, and this gives them an introduction to what is available for college and career.”
April 5th, 2021
Did you miss the deadline to apply for AVID? If you received information about AVID at KMS and missed the March 31st deadline, you still have time to apply! Follow the link mentioned in the information packet and apply online by the end of next week. Students must use their CMCSS information to log in.
March 31st, 2021
The power of influence is at the core of Kenwood Middle School’s newest initiative, Power Mondays. With a focus on student motivation, the program brings in guest speakers who share their testimony each week. Power Mondays provide a real-world conversation about setting goals, staying inspired, and making choices.
“Our plan is to invite guest speakers who have a testimony that will empower and inspire our young male and female students,” said Dr. Timothy Grant, At-Risk Coordinator at Kenwood Middle. While the program is open to all students, the primary focus is reaching those students at-risk. Dr. Marlon Heaston, Principal at Kenwood Middle, and Dr. Grant worked together to develop a vision focusing on “entrepreneurship, leadership, parenting, relationships, community development, and more.”
Since the program began on March 15, an average of 40 students have attended each week, hearing from leadership within the school, Austin Peay football players and staff, and members of the Clarksville Police Department and Clarksville Fire Rescue. Upcoming speakers include local government officials and administrators from post-secondary institutions. Community leaders can volunteer to speak with students by contacting Dr. Grant.
For a middle school student, influence presents itself in all forms. For at-risk young men of color, daily life pressures are a continuous threat to their educational journey. These conversations with men of influence allow students to see opportunities where they previously did not exist.
During the March 29 event, Clarksville Fire and Clarksville Police officers shared their personal journeys, relating to students through life experiences. They shared stories about hanging out with the ‘wrong crowd,’ growing up as a military child, gun violence, and having family members in prison. The more the speakers shared, the more the students began to engage.
“The purpose of telling my story is two reasons,” said Kevin Finch, District Chief with Clarksville Fire. “One, there were people in my life who cared about me. Sometimes I didn’t even recognize it. You have those people, too. Two, I may not know what you’re going through, but I know you have the ability to make choices. Only you can decide the right path or the wrong path.”
Clarksville Police officers spoke candidly about the power of relationships. As they explored the impact of education, the students were asked about their career plans. While most students aspired to be professional athletes, the officers encouraged them to think deeper. “Everyone wants to live the fast life,” said one officer. “Live a life that means something.” The group then engaged in a candid discussion exploring students’ relationships and perceptions with law enforcement.
Kenwood Middle School leaders are determined to empower students to invest in their future.
Ultimately, each speaker emphasized this mission and the power of choice. Michael Rios, Assistant Fire Chief, said, “It’s hard to make the right choice, but there’s always something inside you telling you what’s right.”
March 22nd, 2021
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March 16th, 2021
March 1st, 2021
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