2016-2017 Accomplishments for Oak Ridge Schools
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OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Four ORHS students earned a perfect score on the ACT national college admissions examination.
ORHS had 3 semi-finalists for the National Merit competition who scored in the top 1% in the state and 10 Commended Scholars through National Merit who were in the top 2% in the state. All three of the semi-finalists were named as finalists.
An ORHS senior won the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and advanced to the national competition.
At the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, Senior Division competition, one student from Oak Ridge High School took 2nd place and went on to compete at the International level.
ORHS Philosophy Club won 3rd place (in a field of 16) at the University of Tennessee’s Annual Ethics Bowl hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Philosophy. These students were all first-time participants and plan to return next year.
CTE students earned 143 industry certifications. These included Microsoft (all products), Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, AutoDESK Fusion 360, Certified Nursing Assistant, and American Welding Society.
ORHS senior placed first in Pathophysiology at the Tennessee HOSA ( Health Occupations Students of America) State Conference and competed at the International HOSA Conference in July.
ORHS had a great year competing in various science competitions. Science Bowl finished first out of over sixty teams across the state and competed at the National Science Bowl Competition. Math Thesis and ESR students also competed and won several awards at SASEF.
ORHS Physics ‘Cats competed in the UT Engineering Day. The four-student quiz bowl team won the grand prize defeating both Farragut and Hardin Valley. The “Robo-Rage” team won the robotics competition at the event.
ORHS AP Physics students placed 4th in the region (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee) on the AAPT Physics Bowl exam. The Physics Bowl is a competition for high school students and schools.
Members of ORHS Mu Alpha Theta Math Honorary Society attended the State Mu Alpha Theta Convention in Brentwood, TN. Attending members won prizes in individual tests such as Mental Math, Ciphering and Chalk Talk. The team won 2nd place in Math Bowl and placed in the Interschool Test and Hustle. The team took the 1st place sweepstakes award for overall points. Additionally, 2 of ORHS’s members are 2017-18 State President and Treasurer and will be hosting the 2017-18 Mu Alpha Theta Convention in November, 2017. Eight students travelled to Buffalo, New York for the National Mu Alpha Theta Convention. Two students won individual awards in Chalk Talk and Mental Math. The team finished 12th in the Interschool Test.
Two ORHS seniors were named Semi-Finalists for the Siemens competition. Their project on creating nano-robots to model flocking motion was selected as one of 300 from approximately 1700 projects for this honor.
One ORHS student was the national winner of the National French Contest (Le Grand Concours) for Level 2. She had a perfect score.
An ORHS Senior earned the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Academic All-America award.
The ORHS Freshmen Football team had an undefeated season for 2016.
Two ORHS cheerleaders were selected to the TN All-State Cheer team and four senior cheerleaders named All-American Cheerleader.
The Oak Ridge HS Softball team had 3 players that made the TSCA All-State Academic Team with GPA’s over 4.0
Both Boys and Girls Soccer teams were District Champions.
ORHS Boys and Girls Basketball teams were District, Regional and Sectional Tournament Champions. Both teams advanced to the Elite 8 State Tournament with the Boys team advancing to the Final Four, which was only the 4th time in the schools’ history. The Boys team was also ranked # 2 in AP poll with a record of 31-3.
ORHS Art students had several pieces displayed at the Knoxville Museum of Art, some of which won 1st and 2nd places with their exhibits. One student received the Congressional Medal of Honor for a piece submitted to the TVA Student Art Awards. Other awards recognized at this competition were for Best Sculpture and Best Drawing. Several students received recognition for their entries at both the Roane State College Student Art Show and Academic Festival.
The ORHS Band placed 18 students via audition into the ETSBOA All East Honors Bands. One student in the group earned a seat in All State on trumpet. These outstanding students, along with the entire Symphonic and Concert Bands, also earned an Excellent rating at the State Concert Festival under the direction of Spence Milligan and Mike Spirko. Another trumpet player earned a spot in the top Jazz Clinic Band.
ORHS Orchestra placed 17 students in All-East TN Orchestra, 7 students in All-State TN Orchestra, 1 student in All-National Orchestra. ORHS Orchestra earned Superior Ratings in the Tennessee State Concert Festival and were one of 8 orchestras in the state that were invited to perform in 2018. ORHS Orchestra won a national orchestra competition for the 2nd year in a row, Grand Champions in Orlando Florida. 9th grade orchestra earned 2nd place in their class. Fusion Orchestra was selected to perform live on the legendary Blueplate Special Radio Show. ORHS Orchestra performed jointly with International Superstar Violinist, Rachel Barton Pine.
ORHS Choirs placed 5 students in the ETVA All East Choirs and 5 students in the TN All State Choirs. The Ensemble and Select SSAA choirs both received superior ratings at the ETVA JB Lyle festival qualifying them to go the TN State Choral festival sponsored by the American Choral Director’s Association. Both choirs received superior rating at the State festival as well. The Ensemble sang for the opening session of the State Legislature in January of 2017.
OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL STAFF
Mrs. Tammy Carneim and Dr. Jessica Williams won an award for their Science Teaching Excellence from the 52nd TN Junior Science Humanities Symposium.
Benjamin Fowler was named as one of six Outstanding Educators by Humanities Tennessee for work with Theater and English.
ORHS Orchestra Conductor, Dr. J.D. Phillips, research is currently being published in peer reviewed music education journals. Dr. Phillips was also reappointed as a member of the editorial board for the Tennessee Musician Magazine and was appointed to the Board of Directors for Oak Ridge Civic Music Association.
Dr. Deanna Pickel was chosen as an Ultimaker Education Pioneer, which is a community of educators who are committed to bringing digital fabrication to the classroom, fostering student engagement, and sharing their ideas with others.
Julie Golden was one of six recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award from Humanities Tennessee. She also served at the president of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association.
Dr. Elaine Vaughan received the Theory in Practice and Teaching Award from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This award is given to alumni who made outstanding contributions to the fields of education as indicated by the following: dedicated and distinguished teaching, distinguished record of scholarship, and distinguished record of outreach and service in education.
ROBERTSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
RMS had 3 students compete in the regional Mathcounts competition in February. The team placed 4th overall and one student placed 4th in individual. The Pellissippi Math Competition was held in May with about 1000 students from surrounding areas competing. RMS had one student who placed 6th in the competition and received a $75 gift card.
Robertsville Middle School (RMS) Technology Student Association (TSA) competed in the 2017 East Tennessee Regional Conference on Friday, January 27, 2017. RMS students began preparing for this competition in early fall. The RMS regional team consisted of 22 6th – 8th graders. RMS students brought home trophies for 4 first-place finishes, 6 second-place finishes, and 3 third-place finishes.
The RMS Interact Club attended the District 6780 Annual Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN on March 3-5. RMS Interact was awarded 2nd place in the Middle School Club of the Year and 2nd place for the Interact/Rotary Community Activity. The Rotary/Interact mission is “To serve humanity by serving others before self.” RMS Interact partnered with Rotary to distribute children’s books at the Oak Ridge Christmas parade in December and distributed over 3,000 books.
The RMS Art Department had an 8th grade student whose painting was accepted to be a part of the Dogwood Arts Synergy Student Art Exhibit in February. The Oak Ridge Rotary sponsored the DaVinci Arts and Science Fair and RMS had a 5th grader who placed 2nd in the exhibit.
One student represented Robertsville at the state level of the 29th National Geographic Bee in Nashville on Friday, March 31 and competed against 104 other students from across the state of Tennessee.
The RMS music department continues to be recognized as a distinguished program winning top awards at festivals and competitions.
The RMS Orchestra had 7 students selected for ETSBOA Junior Clinic Honors Orchestra in the fall. In the spring at the ETSBOA Concert Festival at Farragut High School, the 8th grade orchestra received Superior ratings and were among the top participating middle school orchestra.
The RMS Band had eleven students selected for ETSBOA Junior Clinic for 2016, placing among the top middle school band students in east Tennessee.
The RMS 7th and 8th Grade Chorus participated in the Music in the Parks Festival at King’s Island and was awarded 2nd place and a rating of “Superior” among all middle school mixed choirs competing nationally.
The RMS 7th and 8th Grade Ensemble was again invited to the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge Holiday Banquet to perform a cappella selections and have their photo taken with Santa.
ROBERTSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF
Robertsville Middle School became STEM-certified by AdvancED in April 2017.
The 2017 Oak Ridge School District Teacher of the Year is Julie Kinder-McMillan who teaches 8th grade reading/language arts as well as journalism and yearbook at Robertsville Middle School. One of her passions is to educate students about the Holocaust using the Diary of Anne Frank as a learning platform, as Anne is close in age to her students. It provides an entry point and puts a face on the nameless numbers of victims. Julie has participated in numerous trainings to enhance her teaching, and had the pleasure of bringing in Holocaust survivor Mira Kimmelman to meet her students. Julie’s principal and colleagues agree that her commitment to teaching inside and outside the classroom benefits all students academically and socially. She has a welcoming presence that fosters confidence in her students and elicits camaraderie among staff members. In the minds of students and staff alike, they say that Julie has “always been their Teacher of the Year.”
Librarian media specialist Scot Smith was recognized as an Outstanding Educator by Humanities Tennessee and received $3,500 grant as part of the award.
JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Jefferson Middle School became STEM-certified by AdvancED in April 2017.
2017 Jefferson Middle School Fitness Star Awards: Twenty-seven 5th-8th grade JMS students scored at or above the 85th percentile on all physical fitness tests and were awarded a GOLD Fitness Star. An additional 92 JMS students were awarded a SILVER Fitness Star, for scoring at or above the 50th percentile on all physical fitness tests.
Jefferson Middle School FIRST Lego League teams. The Atomic Eagles, JMS Master Builders, and RadioActive Brix participated in the Knoxville Regional Qualifier on Saturday, December 3, 2016 and performed well. The JMS Master Builders got the first place robot performance trophy and the first place champion’s trophy. The Atomic Eagles received the third place champion’s award. All three teams have been invited to participate in the East Tennessee State Championship in February.
On February 11, 2017 three teams from Jefferson Middle school competed in the FIRST Lego League East Tennessee regional championship at Tennessee Technological University in Cookville, TN. The Radioactiv Brix, team # 3131, finished the table game with a score of 90 and was awarded 2nd place trophy in mechanical design. The Atomic Eagles, team #336, finished the table game with a score of 110 and was awarded the 3rd place Champion’s award. The Master Builders, team #3132, finished the table game with a score of 204 and was awarded the 1st place champion’s award. The Master Builders were also selected for the Global Innovation Award from the East Tennessee FIRST LEGO League Championship. The Master Builders were chosen to represent Jefferson Middle school as well as the state of Tennessee at the FIRST LEGO World Festival in Houston, Texas.
The Jefferson Middle School Master Builders FIRST Lego League team competed in the World Championship in Houston, Texas on April 20th-22nd and won the 1st Place Robot Performance Trophy and the 2nd Place Programming Trophy. Their robot scored 372 points and was the best performing robot out of 108 state and country championship winning robots from around the world.
Jefferson Middle School FIRST Lego League teams hosted the Atomic City Invitational robotics competition on January 14, 2017. Nineteen area FIRST Lego League teams attended and competed in both the FLL Animal Allies Robot Challenge and Lego Sumo Bot competitions. In total, there were 37 Lego Robots present competing in at the event.
LINDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A student won 2nd place in the Tennessee Association of School Librarians annual bookmark contest in the primary division.
Spring, 2017 Baltimore — A Linden student was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). She was a participant in the CTY Talent Search, and was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test. As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions. These students may also take advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB). Younger students take the SCAT, STB, or PSAT 8/9. Katia, a student at Linden Elementary School, was one of more than 27,000 students from more than 65 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search between March 2016 and February 2017.
Three Linden students had artwork displayed at the School Administration Building K-12 art exhibit. 23 Linden students published in the TORCH book Carley’s Project. 39 Linden (K-4) students displayed art at the Knoxville Museum of Art. One 4th grade student was selected for the Dogwood Art Exhibit. Linden celebrated the 8th annual Family Art Night with over 35 art booths, 85+ artists/volunteers, and over 600 students/parents/community members attending.
3 students won art camp scholarships. 41 participants in the DaVinci Arts and Science Exhibition; 1 first place winner in the STEAM category; 1 third place in ART category.
Linden Chess Club had a successful run in the 2016-2017 school year. Linden’s chess club grew to the largest of all the elementary schools in Oak Ridge at over 30 members. We had one student qualify near the top in the East TN region and advance to the Individual State Scholastic tournament and had not one but two teams qualify in the East TN region to move on to the Team State Scholastic Tournament.
WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Woodland Elementary School had 8 students participate in the science portion of the 2017 Da Vinci Science and Arts Fair. Two of our students placed 1st and 2nd place for their grade level.
Last March both the Primary and Elementary Chess teams placed in the Regional Tournament, bringing home team trophies to Woodland. Both teams were also invited and played in the State Tournament in Cookeville.
WOODLAND ELEMENTARY STAFF
Congratulations to Amy Brewer, Woodland’s Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Brewer has been a teacher at Woodland since 2000. She has served as a teacher team leader, district literacy mentor, STEM Innovator, and District Writing Professional Development leader in addition to her role of classroom teacher.
GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Third and Fourth grades won the pizza party from Oak Ridge Fire Department for having the highest percentage of Home Escape Plans of all the elementary schools during Fire Safety Month.
A Glenwood second grader won second place in the Ijams Waterfest Poetry and Art contest for her artwork, “Teamwork.”
WILLOW BROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Willow Brook Elementary School became STEM-certified by AdvancED in April 2017.
Two students had their artwork accepted into the Dogwood Arts Festival Student Art Exhibition at the Thompson Center for the Arts on Maryville College campus.
Ten students had their artwork displayed at TORCH and included as illustrations for a book on homeless awareness.
Fifteen students had their art displayed at the Children’s Museums exhibit entitled, “Through the Visions of Children” which featured art from every Oak Ridge School. Six of these students had their artwork submitted for the DaVinci Art and Science Fair. One student won an award for their submission.
A 4th grade student won 3rd place for her science fair project at the DaVinci Art and Science Fair.