Middle School Academic Teams Complete Fourth Regular Season and County Tournament Play
Sumner County Academic League for Middle Schools held their fourth annual tournament at Gallatin High School Saturday, February 2nd. The 18 team league was made up of teams from T.W. Hunter, Westmoreland, Hawkins, Shafer, Rucker-Stewart, Merrol Hyde, Station Camp, Portland East and Portland West Middle Schools. These schools played in a 15 game regular season that had the A team from Merrol Hyde Magnet School completing a perfect 15-0 regular season.
The county championship was also won by Merrol Hyde’s A team, who completed the tournament with a 7-0 record for the day. Second place honors was awarded to the A team from Station Camp Middle School. Third place went to Westmoreland’s A team.
Congratulations to the following students for making the All-County Team:
- From Rucker-Stewart: Hunter Jones, Esteban Aguilar and Gareth Turner
- From Merrol Hyde: Ben Huff and James Han
- From Shafer: Brooke Swallows and Jarley Granados
- From Hunter: Lizzy Alvis and Renee Zhuang
- From Westmoreland: Jacob Smith and Tayleigha Graham
- From Portland West: Deacon Moore, Kyle Groves and Hannah Cecil
- From Hawkins: Lorelei Stadler
- From Station Camp: Victoria York and Grace Longmire
- From Portland East: Owen Hankemeier
Most Improved Players during the tournament:
- Rucker-Stewart: Camden Chenoweth
- Merrol Hyde: Colin Francel
- Shafer: Jasper Burt
- Hunter: Graham Huffine
- Westmoreland: Corban Hurst
- Portland West: Logan Barger
- Hawkins: Kara Antonine
- Station Camp: Stephen Linton Beck
- Portland East: Claire Cole
You can read the full press release here.
Graduation Dates 2019
Thursday, May 16th
White House High School – 7:00 pm at Long Hollow
Friday, May 17th
Hendersonville High School – 6:00 pm at Hendersonville High School
Station Camp High School – 6:30 pm at Long Hollow
EB Wilson Virtual High School – 6:30 pm at Central Office Gym
Gallatin High School – 7:00 pm at Gallatin High School
Saturday, May 18th
Westmoreland High School – 9:00 am at Westmoreland High School
Middle Technical College High School at Portland -10:00 am at Portland High School
Portland High School – 10:00 am at Long Hollow
Middle College High School at Vol State – 1:00 pm at Vol State’s Caudill Hall
Beech High School – 6:00 pm at Long Hollow
Merrol Hyde Magnet School – 7:00 pm at Merrol Hyde Magnet School
Sumner County Enhanced Options Schools are hosting informational meetings about their specific programs. Each meeting will be held on the school’s campus and all meetings will begin at 6:00 PM.
- Sumner County Middle College at Vol State ( Ramer Great Hall) March 12 6:00 PM
- E.B. Wilson Virtual High School March 14 6:00 PM
- Sumner County Middle TECHNICAL College at Portland March 21 6:00 PM
For more information, check out each school’s website:
Sumner County Middle College at Vol State
E.B. Wilson Virtual High School
Sumner County Middle TECHNICAL College at Portland
Retirement is Next on the Menu for School Nutrition Supervisor Linda Becker
Linda Becker has spent the last half-century working in the education sector, but as of January 3rd she officially said good-bye with 48 and half years of service. For the last 26 years Becker has served as School Nutrition Supervisor for Sumner County Schools, a federally-aided program. In her job, Becker has created menus, purchased food and filed paperwork-all while adhering to the rigorous federal, state and local laws. She was also responsible for more than 260 full-time and part-time employees at 47 kitchen sites and was tasked with feeding potentially 29,000 students.
During her tenure with Sumner County Schools, Becker has celebrated several accomplishments. She has started and created multiple new kitchens, implemented new federal programs and worked diligently on purchase bids to buy the best quality of food for our students. “If I would’t eat it, I wouldn’t serve it to anyone else,” she said.
One of her biggest achievements she says is providing the nutritional information online along with school menus, so nurses can have vital information for students and teachers that require a special needs diet, making it easily accessible.
She has promoted professional growth and development among her staff, believing the more training an employee received, the better the program could be. She has helped numerous students progress in and out of the classroom, something she says she’ll miss greatly.
“Everything was for the students. I’ll miss them and my staff. They are all so wonderful and bright. I can’t say enough about how great they were.”
Becker began her career as a teacher in Knox County after graduating from UT-Martin where she met her husband, Ken Becker. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this June. They have two sons, Gallatin High School Principal, Dr. Ron Becker, and Bridgestone/Firestone engineer and Sumner County Commissioner Jerry Becker. Becker has taught Child Development, Family Relations and Foods and Nutrition at Hendersonville High School, Gallatin High School and Beech High School and worked in the Tennessee Department of Education School Nutrition program.
Even though Becker has officially retired, she has agreed to stay on part-time to help transition the new Supervisor of School Nutrition, Jennefer Smart.
“I’m a firm believer that you’re only bored, if you allow yourself to be bored and I’m certainly not one to sit.”
Becker also plans to spend her retirement volunteering at local charities and hopefully travel to Ireland and Hawaii. A family cruise is also in the works.
“I would like to thank all of the Directors of Schools and the principals for their support for school nutrition throughout the years. The program is only as strong as the support you receive. It has meant so much.”
TNReady Score Report Resource for Families
The department has a website to provide additional information about TNReady score reports in order to help families better understand their students' individual score reports, as well as next steps for supporting their students' academic progress. The website includes detailed explanations of each section of the individual score report and links to additional resources. Click here to view the website.