By Jean Clark
At the March Pleasant Hill Town Council meeting, the teachers of the year and students of the month were presented with certificates recognizing their outstanding achievement. Kim Nelson was not only the Pleasant Hill School teacher of the year, but also was recognized as Cumberland County’s teacher of the year. She has been teaching fifth grade for eight years. She is married to Gary Nelson and has a daughter, Sara, and a son, Dylan.
The PHS Pre-K through fourth grades honoree is Laura DeLorenzo who has been teaching kindergarten for 30 years. Her husband, Louis DeLorenzo, and two sons Joseph and Drew are proud of her.
The students of the month are Josiah Bryant for Pre-K through fourth and Max Street for fifth through eighth grades. Max is a student in Mrs. Nelson’s class. Josiah’s parents are Joel and Michaela Bryant. Max’s parents are Kacey and Noble Street. There was a full house at the council meeting of friends and relatives. Fletcher House from Uplands Village contributed towards the certificates as they are so proud of our local school.
The mayor reminded everyone of the Pleasant Hill Festival to be held on Saturday, May 18. The committee is still seeking help, especially a volunteer coordinator to organize those working on Festival Day. Call Town Hall, 277-3813, or Mayor Dwenger, 277-5253, to volunteer. Councilwoman Diane Savage noted that there is a strong presence from the county Sheriff's Department in the school. Officers are walking the halls and visiting classrooms so that children become comfortable and familiar with them. In other business, the ordinance to provide for a new computer system was approved on its second reading. The condition of some of the streets in the town was discussed and plans will be made to repair or resurface them soon.
The Pleasant Hill Historical Society of the Cumberlands received a grant from Humanities TN to explore school/museum connections. They brought Lisa Oakley from the East TN History Center in Knoxville to talk to the faculty of the PH Elementary School at their in-service day on Feb. 15. The object of her meeting with PHS faculty was to facilitate a discussion about what the teachers need from Pioneer Museum in order to make use of museum resources. The society is considering developing a preliminary plan for school/museum connections based on teacher responses. Other enriching programs for the staff were presentations by Judy Eldridge and Michele Campbell on “New Generation Science Standards,” “Poetry Across the Curriculum,” and “Common Core,” “PARCC” and “Reading Eggs” by Dr. Ina Maxwell.
The Relay for Life Breakfast this month in the new all-purpose room of the school was a great success. Members of the Jr. Beta Club were the serving crew. The Beta Club was first formed as a National Club in 1934. To be a Beta (Grades 5-12) a student must work above average grade level and have good character. There are over six million young people in this group. There are 8500 clubs nationally and internationally. PHS currently has 23 students in its branch.
Report cards went home on March 18 for the third nine-weeks period followed by Academic Rallies on March 25. The Spring Break will begin on Good Friday, March 29. PHS has a target goal of 93% attendance to achieve good standing in the state. Parents are encouraged to take family vacations during school breaks and schedule routine dental and doctor appointments for after school hours.