Signal Mountain Middle High School


Principals corner

Dr. Shane Harwood

Weekly Parent Communication

Week 42


  • Congratulations to our HS Girls and Boys Tennis Teams as they both won Sectional Championships and will now advance to the State Tournament!  #IBBalanced
  • Congratulations to our HS Boys Soccer Team as they won the 3A Region Championship and will now advance to the Sectionals!  #IBBalanced
  • Congratulations to our MS Baseball Team as they won the SCAC Championship!  #IBBalanced
  • Congratulations to Tara Jessen, Briley Lowry, and Jolie McGann as they finished 3rd, 6th, and 12th, respectively, in the State Pentathlon while earning 9 points toward the overall State championship!  #IBBalanced
  • Congratulations to Garrett Trombley, as SMMHS’s first decathlete, competed in the Decathlon State Championship and placed 9th overall setting the school record with a score of 4535 points!  #IBBalanced
  • Congratulations to all of our Student Council Class Officers elected to serve for the 19-20 school year!  Student Body Offices include Maggie Meller – President, Ethan Fell – Vice President, Gabe Williams – Secretary, Brinson Sheets – Community Service, Siena Rodrigues – Public Relations, Ruby Maddox – Treasurer, Ellie Meyer – Cheer Rep, and Mabry Maddox – Faculty Rep.  Senior Offices include Nadia Weaver, Griffin Mickel, Sophia Fowler, and Makenna Brown.  Junior Class Offices include Daniel Uhorchuk, Sophia Gibby, Laine Jenkins, and Yoonie Yang.  Sophomore Class Offices include Luke Chamberlain, Grace Williams, Emma Wu, and Kelsey Hewitt.  Freshman Class Offices include Caroline Burns, Juliana Medeiros, and Sidney Taylor.  Congratulations to all, and thank you for serving!  #IBPrincipled
  • 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

  • 8th Grade Information – Just a few reminders regarding 8th grade end-of-year activities.  Promotion practice will take place on Monday, May 20 with attendance being required to participate in the promotion on Tuesday, May 21.  Following practice, the 8th grade students and teachers will walk to the Signal Mountain Camp for their Celebration activities taking place until the end of the school day.  Finally, promotion will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 8:00 in the HS gym.  Students will report to the cafeteria at 7:30 am and parents will be able to sign their students out afterward in the cafeteria.

  • Last Day of School – Please note that the official last day of school will take place on Thursday, May 23 and will be a half-day of school.  The buses will run as usual in the morning and will run again following our 10:55 dismissal.

  • Weekly Parent Communications – We hope that everyone has benefited from our Weekly Parent Communications for the year.  This will be our last communication of the year, so be on the lookout for the communications to resume in late-July and August for the 19-20 school year.

  • Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy Update – With HCDE extending the 1:1 Chromebook initiative into high school next year, there will be a new student cell phone and electronic device policy in place for the upcoming 19-20 school year.  Please be on the lookout for information regarding this policy so you can review the expectations with your students.

  • HS Cross Country Summer Training – Anyone interested in running HS Cross Country next year needs to see Coach Carpenter for their summer training schedule.  Team practices will begin June 11 and all TSSAA forms and an updated sports physical must be uploaded to Dragonfly before coming to practice.  A digital version of the training schedule can also be found on  Please email Coach Carpenter at if you have any questions.

  • Sports Physicals – Please note that all MS and HS students must have a physical completed and it must remain active throughout the season in order to participate in any sport.  All physicals completed before April 15, 2019 will expire on June 30, 2019 per TSSAA and TMSAA rules.  Physicals can be administered by primary physicians or through the Erlanger Sports and Health Institute on April 27 from 8:00 to 12:00 or on May 14 from 4:00 to 7:00.  All physicals for students in grades 9-12 are free and physicals for students in grades 6-8 are $15.

  • Dragonfly Replacing PRIVIT – A reminder that our former electronic health record management system, PRIVIT, will now be changing to Dragonfly.  Like formerly done through PRIVIT, parents will need to upload all health forms electronically before the start of your child’s sports season.  Health forms, or physicals, for next year can be uploaded starting on April 15, 2019.  For information about creating your Dragonfly profile and accessing the SMMHS school code, please visit the SMMHS athletics website page.

Calendar Items

Saturday, May 18

  • Senior Graduation – 7:00 pm – Memorial Auditorium
  • HS Soccer – State Sectionals – Home
  • HS Baseball – State Sectionals – Away

Sunday, May 19

Monday, May 20

  • IB DP Testing – Signal Mountain Bible Church
  • 8th Grade Promotion Practice – 7:30 to 10:30
  • 8th Grade Celebration Activities
  • District 2 Budget Presentations Hosted by Kathy Lennon and Chip Baker – 6:00 – SMMHS Theatre
  • MS and HS Exams – See School Website for Schedule
  • Boys State
  • HS Boys and Girls Tennis – State Team Tournament

Tuesday, May 21

  • IB DP Testing – Signal Mountain Bible Church
  • MS and HS Exams – See School Website for Schedule
  • 8th Grade Promotion – 8:00 am – HS Gym
  • HS Boys and Girls Tennis – State Team Tournament

Wednesday, May 22

  • MS and HS Exams – See School Website for Schedule
  •  6th and 7th Grade Awards Ceremony – 8:00 am – HS Gym
  • HS Boys and Girls Tennis – State Individual Tournament

Thursday, May 23

  • Last Day of School – ½ Day Students Report to Advisory Period and Directed Studies –

Early Dismissal at 10:55 – Buses Will Run

  • HS Boys and Girls Tennis – State Individual Tournament

Friday, May 24

  • Teacher Records Day


  • Saturday, May 25 through Wednesday, June 19 – GAPP Exchange Trip to Germany
  • Friday, August 2 – Registration Day
  • Wednesday, August 7 – First Day of School


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