Signal Mountain Middle High School


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Dr. Shane Harwood

Weekly Parent Communication

Week 24


  • Congratulations to Mrs. Bergren and Mrs. Pettit-Shaheen as they have been recognized by their peers as our SMMHS Middle and High School Teachers of the Year!  Congratulations to both, and we wish them all the best as they compete in the District Teacher of the Year process!
  • Congratulations to Lucy Calhoun, Camilla Mincey, and Haleigh Ward on making the HS Girls Soccer All-State Team!
  • Congratulations to our HS Wrestling Team as they won the Regional Wrestling Tournament for the third year in a row!  Congratulations to all, and keep it up!
  • Congratulations to our MS Science Bowl Team as they placed 2nd at the Volunteer State Regional Science Bowl!  Congratulations to Logan Dapp, Mark Nashi, Milo Newton, Bindi Patel, and Aoife Davis and a big thanks to Ms. Perry as their coach!
  • Congratulations to Rod Hutcherson and Terrance Russell for making the Times Free Press Best of Preps HS Football 1st and 2nd Teams!
  • Congratulations to Hannah Massey, Devin Kodsi, Will Marsden, and Keegan Perez as they qualified to participate in this weekend’s Jazz Clinic at Walker Valley HS!
  • Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this year’s Senior Scenes!  Winners for the night included Gracie Thomason and Yoonie Yang as Best Actress, Aaron Nielsen as Best Actor, Sophia Fowler in receiving the Gold Gnome award, Olivia Speek in receiving the Silver Gnome award, and Ethan Fell in receiving the Bronze Gnome award!  Congratulations to all, and a big thanks to Ms. Farrimond for supporting our theatre students!
  • Congratulations to Landyn Sanders for his performance in the State Bowling Tournament!  Landyn, as the only qualifying 8th grade student, just missed the initial cut by 6 pins and finished 25th in the state!  Great job, and congratulations!
  • Congratulations to the MS Swim and Dive Team as the combined boys’ and girls’ teams placed 3rd overall and the girls’ team also placed 3rd in this weekend’s Championship Meet!  During the meet, the girls’ team smashed 6 team individual and relay event records!  1st place finishers were Avery May (200 and 500 free while setting new records), Hannah Laramore (100 breast while setting a new record), Jake Holmes (500 free), Vincent Porter (100 breast), Laken Coppinger/Hannah Laramore/Ella Obringer/Avery May (200 medley relay while setting a new record), and Laken Coppinger/Ada Boyd/Hannah Laramore/Avery May (400 free relay while setting a new record)!  Other winners included Marley Degenhardt, Tynan Borders, Maddox May, Marley Harper, Lauren Westrate, Gavin Wachveitl, and Pierce Gonzalez!  Great job, and congratulations to all!
  • The Chattanooga Times Free Press will be accepting nominations for Teacher of the Month during the first two weeks of every month.  Winners will be announced on the second Friday of each month, so visit to nominate one of our amazing SMMHS teachers!
  • News 12 is starting up another season of Golden Apple reports. These stories honor some of the best, brightest, and most innovative teachers across the Tennessee Valley. Nominate a great teacher on staff today! Nominations can be made at the News 12 website,, under the Golden Apple Award drop down box.

Information Items

  • Student Registration Meetings – Our SMMHS School Counselors will be holding rising grade level meetings for parents during the first week of February.  Parents attending will receive information regarding registration for courses, credit information, and graduation planning.  For parents unable to attend, information will be posted on the SMMHS School Counseling website.  On February 3, Dr. Dagnan will be hosting the Rising 11th Grade Meeting at 6:00 pm in the Compass Media Center and the Rising 12th Grade Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Compass Media Center.  On February 4, Mrs. Flowers will be hosting the Rising 6th Grade Meeting at 5:30 pm in the Theatre, the Rising 7th Grade Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Theatre, and the Rising 8th Grade Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Theatre.  On February 6, Mrs. Sharpe will be hosting the Rising 9th Grade Meeting at 6:00 pm in the Theatre and the Rising 10th Grade Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Theatre.  If you have any questions, please contact the counselor hosting your student’s grade level meeting.
  • Tennessee School Climate Survey – All HCDE schools have been asked to participate in the State’s Tennessee School Climate Survey.  The information gathered will allow the state, districts, and schools to make data-driven decisions regarding school culture.  All students in grades 6-12 will complete the survey in an upcoming Directed Studies or Activity Period class.  Any parents not wanting their student(s) to participate in the survey should complete the attached Parent Passive Consent Letter and return it to the office.  There is also an option teacher and parent survey.  For parents wanting to participate in the survey, you can visit .  If you have questions regarding the survey, please contact Zachary Stone at  Tennessee School Climate Survey Passive Parent Consent Form 
  • Saturday School – In the next couple of weeks, information will be shared with students and parents regarding our new Saturday School sessions that will be assigned for students who have excessive tardies or absences during each 9-week quarter.  Currently students receive afterschool detentions for excessive tardies or absences, and although detentions will continue to be a part of our layered approach for students meeting the necessary attendance requirements, Saturday School sessions will also be implemented.  As always, thanks for you all you do to ensure that your students are in attendance and arrive to school on time each day!
  • MEF Mayfly Coffee Event – Want to support our Signal Mountain schools through MEF and get a great cup of coffee?  Stop by Mayfly Coffee on Saturday, January 31 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm as 50% of the proceeds will be donated to MEF!
  • MS Valentine’s Dance – The 6th grade is sponsoring the MS Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 in the cafeteria and is in need of parent volunteers to assist with decorations, set-up, and food.  Tickets will be sold at the door only for $5 each and the dress is casual.  If you are able to assist, please visit the Sign-Up Genius at or contact Mrs. McGann-Womack at
  • Sports Boosters Red and Black Auction – The annual Sports Boosters Red and Black Auction will be taking place on Saturday, February 8 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm at the Westin Hotel.  All proceeds will benefit our SMMHS athletics teams with tickets on sale for $150 per couple or $75 in advance for a single.  To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, please visit
  • Band Boosters Mattress Sale – The annual Band Boosters Mattress Sale will be taking place on Saturday, February 15 in the SMMHS cafeteria.  A variety of name brand mattresses will be available at great prices with financing and free home delivery available.  We look forward to seeing many of our families on this day to support our SMMHS Band!
  • Parent ManageBac Login Information – Emails providing information for parent logins for ManageBac (our online IB learning platform that allows students and parents to view class assignments and materials, messages, due dates and more) have been sent.  Please note that parents and students continue to access grades and assignment names in Power School.  If you did not receive an email, please email Mrs. Swan at or Mrs. Patton at  If you have a question about ManageBac information for a specific class, please contact the teacher.
  • World Languages Tutoring – Tutoring for French, German, and Spanish has now begun and will take place on Tuesdays in Mrs. Geerlings’ room 2118 in the lower HS hall.  Tutoring with Ms. Meznar and Mrs. Geerlings will take place every Tuesday from 2:50 to 3:50.  French and Spanish tutoring will be available each week and German tutoring will be available every other week.
  • Learning Center Information – A reminder that our MEF-funded Learning Center provides afterschool tutoring Monday through Thursday from 2:45 until 3:45.  Tutoring is provided in most 6-12 subject areas and all students must be picked up by 3:45.  For additional information, please contact our Learning Center Coordinator, Abbey Duncan, at

Calendar Items

Saturday, January 25

  • MS Science Bowl – Dobyns-Bennett HS
  • Climbing Club – Meet 5
  • Student Council HS Snow Ball Semi-Formal Dance – The Mill – 8:00 to 11:00

Sunday, January 26

Monday, January 27

  • 8th Grade Field Trip – Challenger Center
  • HS Boys and Girls Basketball – Home

Tuesday, January 28

  • 8th Grade Field Trip – Challenger Center
  • HS Boys and Girls Basketball – Away

Wednesday, January 29

  • 8th Grade Field Trip – Challenger Center
  • Senior Lunch
  • MS Volleyball – Home

Thursday, January 30

  • FBLA Regional Competition
  • HS Boys and Girls Basketball – Away
  • MS Wrestling – Home – 5:00

Friday, January 31

  • Beta Club Inductions for 10th Grade – Theatre – 9:45 am
  • HS Boys and Girls Basketball – Home – Senior Night


  • Saturday, February 1 – Climbing Club – Meet 6 – HP Riverside
  • Tuesday, February 4 – 9th Grade English Field Trip
  • Tuesday, February 4 – MS Youth in Government – Brainerd BX
  • Wednesday, February 5 – ½ Day For Students – Early Dismissal at 11:15 – ½ Day Teacher Professional Development
  • Thursday, February 5 through Saturday, February 8 – HS Band All-East Field Trip
  • Friday, February 7 – MS Valentine Dance – SMMHS Cafeteria – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 8 – Math Counts Competition – Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy
  • Saturday, February 8 – Sports Boosters Auction – Westin Hotel – 6:30 pm





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