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Celebrating Positive Behavior at WTSD!

As part of WTSD’s ongoing Positive Behavior program, students with “Upper Crust” behavior were invited to participate in a pizza party. Each nine weeks, good behavior resulting in no office discipline referrals is celebrated. The most recent celebration included creating and enjoying their own pizzas. A huge shout out to those with Upper Crust behaviors as well as to our fabulous cafeteria crew for taking time out of their busy day to make this happen.
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Congratulations to Sara Miller for Earning a MS in Education!

On Saturday, December 14th, Sara Miller walked the stage at the University of Tennessee at Martin's commencement ceremony. Sara was officially recognized for earning a Master's of Science in Education with a major in Educational Leadership. While she completed her grad school program in the middle of August (during the late summer semester), there is no summer commencement held at UTM. So, summer graduate students must wait to walk during the Fall commencement ceremony which was held this past Saturday.

Sara completed her degree in three years (taking classes every Fall/Winter/Summer semester) while teaching full time at the West Tennessee School for the Deaf. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, last April. To receive an invitation to be inducted into Phi Kappa Phi as a graduate student, one must be in the top 10 percent of the class. It is an honor to be recognized.

Currently in her 12th year of teaching, Sara enjoys working with her fabulous group of 5th and 6th grade students, every day. While Sara loves being in the classroom and has no plans to leave any time soon, this new degree allows her to have the option to apply for administrative positions in the future should the opportunity arise.

Sara is incredibly grateful to all family, friends, and coworkers who have supported and encouraged her over the last three years. None of it would have been possible without all of the support!
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TSD Knoxville - Parent / Family Night - December 9th, 2019

Join us at TSD Knoxville on December 9th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM as we engage in an interactive discussion related to Bilingual Education and how it is used the classroom. We will also have holiday-themed ASL storytelling as part of the activity! This event is free of charge & interpreters will be provided.
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WTSD Takes a Stand Against Bullying

As many know, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. With help from the book, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, students and staff of WTSD took a stand against bullying. Through a variety of activities, students and staff were encouraged to “pledge kindness”. Activities included a field trip to Donnell Century Farm’s pumpkin patch as well as school-wide support by wearing orange on Unity Day, October 23rd. The anti-bullying campaign was topped off on October 31st, with dancing to “Spookley” music, face-painting, ASL art, and enjoying popcorn while watching the Spookley movie.

The goal of the fun-filled activities was to have the students and staff focus on “Being a Friend, NOT a Bully”. Students learned what a bully is and is not, how to deal with being bullied, and what to do if they see others being bullied. Spookley the Square Pumpkin is featured on the National Bullying Prevention website and most of WTSD’s teachers used Spookley to discuss the importance of being kind.
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Bilingual Parent/Family Information Meeting

Please join us for Bilingual Parent/Family Information Meetings at TSD Knoxville Tuesday, November 12th 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET, or, at TSD Nashville Friday, November 15th 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CT. All parents/family are encouraged to come learn about TSD's approach to bilingual education!

*The TSD Knoxville Bilingual Parent Information Meeting will be streamed live on TSD's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/tennesseeschoolsforthedeaf/
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