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Williamson County students organize town hall to talk gun reform with Democratic candidates

Williamson County students organize town hall to talk gun reform with Democratic candidates
Democratic candidates talk about guns at a town hall in Crockett Park organized by Williamson County students. / Photo by Matt Blois By MATT BLOIS Students from several Williamson County High Schools organized a town hall meeting on Friday to talk about gun violence with several Democratic candidates running for local, state and national offices. ...
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BGA senior bests 100 competitors to win National Quiz Championship

BGA senior bests 100 competitors to win National Quiz Championship
ABOVE: Jack Lewis celebrates the successful conversion of a science tossup question during the quarterfinal round. // SUBMITTED Battle Ground Academy senior Jack Lewis won the inaugural National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) Individual Player National Championship Tournament this past weekend. Jack competed against a field consisting of 100 of the best high school quiz...
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Cyber attack on testing company affected several other states

Cyber attack on testing company affected several other states
By MATT BLOIS The cyber attack that stopped some students from taking standardized tests in Tennessee this week also affected several other states. At a hearing about the testing problems in the Tennessee legislature on Wednesday, the Chief Operating Officer for the company that administers the tests, Brad Bumgartner, said the same attack affected four ...
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State extends testing timeline after cyber attack

State extends testing timeline after cyber attack
By MATT BLOIS Tennessee’s Department of Education has extended the deadline for completing standardized testing after a cyber attack prevented many students from logging onto the state’s online system. School districts normally have about three weeks to conduct standardized tests, but have to meet deadlines for some parts of the tests before the end of ...
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Williamson County Schools hopes to resume online testing on Thursday after cyberattack

Williamson County Schools hopes to resume online testing on Thursday after cyberattack
By MATT BLOIS Williamson County Schools hopes to resume standardized testing on Thursday after a cyberattack caused the online testing platform to crash on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, many students couldn’t log into the online platform the state uses to administer standardized tests. In Williamson County, students started taking the tests, but most couldn’t ...
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OPINION: The trouble with testing

OPINION: The trouble with testing
By JC Bowman Testing has taken a wrong turn in public education. I have always tried to keep it simple: testing is like your school picture; it is what you look like on that particular day. Kids go in to take a test. Teachers show up to make sure kids are taking their own test. ...
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Online testing suspended for second day; vendor suspects cyber attack

Online testing suspended for second day; vendor suspects cyber attack
By APRIL BAILEY After expressing confidence in a meeting of the School Board on Monday night that online testing problems had been resolved, Williamson County schools has discontinued the online tests for a second day after what the testing vendor said appears to be a deliberate attack. “Evidence continues to suggest strongly that the Questar ...
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State Treasurer visits Williamson touting financial literacy education

State Treasurer visits Williamson touting financial literacy education
ABOVE: TNFLC Director Bill Parker, State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., Mr. Cody Hawks, Principal Alicia Justice. // SUBMITTED State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. and the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission joined Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School in Leiper’s Fork on Monday to celebrate Financial Literacy Month. Math teacher Cody Hawk’s 5th grade students at...
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Lipscomb’s Boots and Bears showcase is Thursday in Franklin

Lipscomb’s Boots and Bears showcase is Thursday in Franklin
The annual Boots & Bears Songwriters’ Night for Lipscomb Elementary School is Thursday at the Franklin Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the event, and the songwriters take the stage at 8 p.m. Your ticket purchase directly supports student education at Lipscomb Elementary. The funds supply teachers with essential tools and resources to make their classrooms rich,...
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State TCAP "testing window" open for next three weeks

State TCAP "testing window" open for next three weeks
By WCS InFocus Testing season is just around the corner for Williamson County Schools students. The state window for the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), which includes the TNReady exams for grades three through eight and the TNReady End of Course assessments for high school students, begins April 16 and runs through May 4. Schools ...
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Cast of 65-plus will stage Bye Bye Birdie at Brentwood Academy

Cast of 65-plus will stage Bye Bye Birdie at Brentwood Academy
ABOVE: Bye Bye Birdie hero Conrad Birdie, portrayed by Paxton Perry, is surrounded by his teenage fans. The show takes the stage at Brentwood Academy on April 19 -22. // SUBMITTED   The hit Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie” featuring a talented cast of more than 65 upper school students comes to the Brentwood Academy theatre stage ...
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Williamson County School Board considers resolution asking for portion of internet sales tax to go back to schools

Williamson County School Board considers resolution asking for portion of internet sales tax to go back to schools
By MATT BLOIS The Williamson County School Board discussed a resolution that would have asked state legislators to give a portion of the sales tax on internet purchases back to schools. At a work meeting on Thursday night, many board members expressed support for the idea. But without unanimous backing the board decided not to ...
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10 local students will advance to National History Day competition

Sixty-two students, including 10 from Williamson County, will represent Tennessee at the National History Day competition this summer at the University of Maryland. The students are advancing after placing first or second in various categories at Tennessee History Day Saturday, April 7. In addition to the student achievements, Scott Johnson, of Battle Ground Academy in Fra...
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Williamson County school districts recognized for disaster preparedness

Williamson County school districts recognized for disaster preparedness
Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Williamson County Schools Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden accepted a certificate from the National Weather Service recognizing the county’s school districts for preparing their campuses for extreme weather. // Photo by Matt Blois By MATT BLOIS The county’s two school districts received recognition on Wednesday from the N...
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For this multimedia art show at Columbia State, you’ll need 3D glasses

For this multimedia art show at Columbia State, you’ll need 3D glasses
Columbia State Community College’s Pryor Art Gallery will host the “Sacred Geometry” exhibit April 26 – May 30 showcasing the work of world-class artist songwriter, Ray Stephenson. Artist receptions will include an active light and musical performance April 26 and 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. Stephenson, a South Georgia native, is a world-class songwriter, recording artist, singer,...
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