'Christmas at the Courthouse' returns
Hamilton County Schools announced the 34th annual "Christmas at the Courthouse" series schedule last week.
Each December, the county invites school ensembles to perform during the first two weeks in December at the Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Ave. Two ensembles are scheduled to perform each day at 11:30 a.m.
The schedule for the performances is as follows:
-Dec. 3: Brown Academy (11:30 a.m.), Battle Academy (noon)
-Dec. 4: Apison Elementary, CSLA
-Dec. 5: Rivermont Elementary, Red Bank Middle
-Dec. 6: Central High School jazz band, Central High School voices
-Dec. 7: Normal Park. Lower School, CCA
-Dec. 10: Wallace A. Smith Elementary, Hunter Middle
-Dec. 11: Soddy Elementary, CSAS
-Dec. 12: Middle Valley Elementary, Loftis Middle
-Dec. 13: Clifton Hills Elementary, Brainerd High
-Dec. 14: Spring Creek Elementary, Tyner Middle Academy
Dancers from Japan visit local school
The Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences hosted the Kagura Dance Company from Tono, Japan, on Monday, marking the one-year anniversary of Tono and Chattanooga becoming sister cities.
The dance group dates back 500 years and performed a traditional dance for the school.
Over 29 years, a special relationship developed between the people of Tono and the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts in Hamilton County through a student exchange program.
The relationship formed from the exchange of students led to the City of Chattanooga and Tono becoming sister cities last fall. The dance company also hosted a community performance at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center Monday.
"CSAS and CSLA are proud to continue our exchange programs with the people of Tono, Japan," said Jim Boles, principal of CSAS Upper School, in a statement. "We are incredibly excited about this wonderful opportunity!"
STEM summit aimed at educating girls
Chattanooga State Community College recently hosted 143 girls from 11 area schools for a leadership summit focused on science and technology during Nuclear Science Week.
The event was held to educate young women about becoming leaders in STEM-related careers. Sponsors included Girl Powered and TVA's Women in Nuclear Chapter.
Students engaged in hands-on activities such as printing 3-D miniature pumpkins, coding robots and exploring other areas such as nuclear power operations, radiation protection, cyber defense, coding, and general engineering.
Attendees also heard from a panel featuring TVA employees including Kendra Ware, TVA Women in Nuclear chairwoman; Brenda Simril, senior manager of mechanical and civil design engineering; Judith O'Dell, mechanical maintenance trainer; Heather Pickard, real-time systems analyst, nuclear cyber security; and Jennifer Ledbetter, senior specialist, cybersecurity governance, who spoke on topics such as women in leadership and the lessons they've learned in their careers.
Teachers receive funds from Sonic program
Seven teachers in Hamilton County, at East Ridge and Spring Creek elementaries, were among hundreds nationally who received funding from Sonic Drive-In's "Limeades for Learning" program.
The teachers received more than $7,400 for a variety of projects to help provide enrichment learning materials in their classrooms.
During the 10th annual campaign, which took place Oct. 1-28, Sonic fans voted daily for inspiring teacher projects at LimeadesForLearning.com. Teacher projects ranged from materials such as books, flexible seating, and art supplies to robotics kits and Chromebooks, reflecting the innovative learning solutions teachers provide to their students.
Teacher to receive grant funds include Heidi Gaines, Charlene Cook, Heather Modrow, Angela Campo, Kali Oneal, Amber Ezell at East Ridge and Tammy Fisher at Spring Creek.