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By: Jerra Leek

Chester County Middle School proudly announces our Teachers of the Year – Mrs. Crystal Wilson (fourth grade) and Mrs. Amy Wood (fifth grade).
On Friday, Jan. 13, students enjoyed watching the very talented students from Jackson Christian perform “The Sound of Music” at Freed-Hardeman University. We would like to thank the director, Mr. Braden Miller, for the invitation. 
National Rubber Ducky Day was also on Jan. 13. We appreciate Lucky Duck Deals for providing items for prize drawings for the faculty and staff. 
The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, a public/private partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education, chose Mrs. Jerra Leek and Mrs. Marilyn Stout for the 2022-23 cohort of the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative (TRSC) – a yearlong professional development opportunity for rural educators designed to share promising practices in STEM education, seek solutions to local education challenges, and encourage the development of a targeted STEM solution for each community or school represented. This year, 45 educators representing 28 counties across Tennessee were competitively selected for the Collaborative. Mrs. Leek and Mrs. Stout have been working to create ways to provide more STEM opportunities for their students. They are conducting two three-week STEM sessions that coincide with the after-school cohort this semester. Students in the first session will showcase what they have been researching at the school board meeting this week.
CCMS will be hosting the Chester County School Board meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in the auditorium. Please make plans to attend as we will spotlight the Science STEM Camp and the Spelling Bee Winners. 
IN THE CLASSROOM–Texts and skills this week…
Fifth grade ELA: with “The Phantom Tollbooth,” we continued to explore the plot of a narrative. We worked on how characters challenge our thinking; Math: fractions; Science: mixtures and solutions; Social Studies: causes of World War II
Fourth grade ELA: main idea and supporting details using the book, “Mountains”; Math: fractions; Science: physical weathering; Social Studies: Andrew Jackson, Indian Removal Act, Trail of Tears
Students attend activity classes once a week (PE, twice) and acquire new skills. 
Academic Lab – STEM Challenges
Computer– Creating slide presentations
Library – Virtually travel to India this week to read for information about the newest Newbery Award Winner. 
Music – Students will be learning about rhythm.
SECOND ANNUAL SPELLING BEE: A list of words to practice were distributed last week. Classroom rounds will be Jan. 17-19. Winners from those rounds will compete in the school-wide Spelling Bee at the end of the month. The classroom winners will also be spotlighted at the Chester County School Board meeting 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at in the auditorium.
Yearbook order forms were sent home last week. The cost is $27. Cash or check (made payable to CCMS). Due date is Friday, Feb. 2.

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