Hamilton County Schools releases tentative graduation schedule

Hamilton County Schools announced tentatively scheduled high school graduations for June 26-28 last week. The ceremonies, typically scheduled in May, were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and related business and school closures.

Graduations now are scheduled for June 26, 27 and 28 at the Tivoli Theatre, Memorial Auditorium and McKenzie Arena, but the district has also scheduled dates for late July in case June is not feasible.

"We've explored a variety of options, and these three locations were chosen because they are ideal for streaming the events live for those who can't attend," read an email from the district.

Currently, the June schedule of graduation includes:

Friday June 26, 2020

— Lookout Valley High School at 5 p.m. at the Tivoli

— Red Bank High School, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium

— East Hamilton School at 6 p.m. at McKenzie Arena

— Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli

Saturday, June 27, 2020

— Sequoyah High School at 8:30 a.m. at the Tivoli

— Hixson High School at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Auditorium

— Brainerd High School at 9 a.m. at McKenzie Arena

— STEM School Chattanooga at 11:30 a.m. at the Tivoli

— Soddy-Daisy High School at noon at McKenzie Arena

— Tyner Academy at noon at Memorial Auditorium

— Sale Creek High School at 2:30 p.m. at the Tivoli

— The Howard School at 3 p.m. at McKenzie Arena

— East Ridge High School at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium

— Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts at 5:30 p.m. at the Tivoli

— Signal Mountain High School at 7 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium

Sunday, June 28, 2020

— Central High School at 2:30 p.m. at McKenzie Arena

— Ooltewah High School at 6 p.m. at McKenzie Arena


Wolftever Elementary reopens as student meal pick-up site

Locations where student meals can be picked up in the wake of school closures have expanded this week. Wolftever Creek Elementary is back open as a pick-up site, after it was closed last week in the aftermath of Easter Sunday's tornado.

The cafeteria will provide food pick-up outside the school from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The district will continue to serve meals during the regularly scheduled school year while school buildings are closed due to the pandemic. Additional bus routes have also been added this week.

For more information and a complete listing of pick-up sites and bus routes, visit:

McCallie student advances to National History Day Competition

McCallie School student Jiayi Li is one of 69 students representing Tennessee in the 2019-2020 National History Day competition.

Li earned this honor by taking second place in the Senior Individual Paper category at this year's virtual Tennessee History Day contest with the project "Breaking the Ideological Barrier: Lafayette's Commitment, Success, and Legacy in the American Revolution."

Li is a student at McCallie School, under the guidance of educator Duke Richey.

History Day is a year-long competition in which students in grades 6-12 compete by submitting group or individual projects about people and events of historical significance, according to a news release.

"These talented students are to be commended for their success in this year's Tennessee History Day competition," said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett in a news release. "I am proud that they will be representing Tennessee on the national stage. With young scholars like these, our future is bright."

Several other local students including Ainsley Bronze, Emerson Couch, Lucie DeGaetano, Bella Durst, Kendall Rizer, Anabel Wilson, Claire Mitchell, Meghan Wilson and Reagan Ziegler from Girls Preparatory School and Daniel Jeong, also from McCallie, ranked third place in several categories in the competition.

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