Graduate Of First Integrated Class In The South Talks Desegregation With Tennessee Teachers – Professional Development sponsored by PTO

As a PTO, one of our favorite things to pay for is professional development for our amazing teachers.   We believe learning is a lifelong process, so we are happy to send our teachers out to learn new things to bring home to our students.

Last year, we approved a small amount of money ($40 per teacher) to send Mrs. Turner, Mrs. Patterson, Mrs. Carey and Mr. Brandon to the Tennessee History for Kids Tent Revival Professional Development program.  This program provided classes that directly related to the fourth and fifth grade Social Studies Standards.

This event took place last week, and who knew what an amazing experience our teachers would be able to have.  Please take a moment to read the article below about the truly inspiring man who spoke to our teachers at the event.

Mrs. Turner was kind enough to send us some pictures that she had taken with Bobby Cain and Abe Lincoln!  To everyone who supports our PTO, thank you for allowing us to send our teachers to amazing opportunities like this!


Sixty years ago, Bobby Cain became the first African-American man to graduate from an integrated high school in the South. Just one year prior, he and 11 other black students had enrolled at Clinton High School in East Tennessee. They became known as the Clinton 12.

This week, Cain gave a rare presentation to social studies teachers from all over the state in hopes that his personal story might help them better engage their students to learn about the history of civil rights in Tennessee. (Click link below to read more!)

Source: Graduate Of First Integrated Class In The South Talks Desegregation With Tennessee Teachers | Nashville Public Radio


More info on new Car Rider Procedure

The school will open at 8:25.  Students should not be dropped off prior to this time as they will not be supervised.


Arrival/Car Riders:

1.   All cars will enter and exit through Ferguson Road.

2.  Cars will enter the circle drive in the back of the building using one lane.

3.    An adult will stand at the entrance of the circle drive and direct traffic into ONE lane.

4.  All vehicles will pull forward to the end of the sidewalk.

5.  Vehicles may not switch lanes while in the car rider line.


6.  Students will remain in their cars until an adult or student from Safety Patrol opens

    the car door or motions for them to exit.

5.   Cars must NOT move ahead until directed. This is for the safety of students walking 

    to the sidewalk.

6.  Once all students are on the sidewalk cars may exit.


Dismissal begins at 3:45pm


Car Riders:

Parents will be given one car tag.  You may purchase additional tags for $1 each in the front office if needed.

  1. All cars will enter and exit through Ferguson Road.
  2. The staff will direct cars to form two lanes with cars pulling up to the designated area.
  3. Staff will pick up tags from cars.
  4. When your car is positioned for pick up, please turn off your car engine for safety.
  5. The staff will escort students to cars.
  6.  An adult will direct cars to exit once all students are in their cars..


Your patience and consideration for the safety of our students is appreciated.  


Cheetah Spirit Day at Sweet CeCes!

Celebrate the end of summer with a treat from Sweet CeCe’s!!

One easy and fun way to support our school is to attend one of our monthly spirit nights at local restaurants and other venues.  A portion of your food or entertainment purchase is donated by the restaurant or business to our PTO, directly benefiting our school!  For each event, be sure to tell them you are there to support Chapman’s Retreat Elementary to be sure that we get credit for your purchase.  This is a great way to hang out with the Cheetah community while enjoying a meal or activity and supporting your school all at the same time!

Tuesday, July 25 we will be at  Sweet CeCe’s Spring Hill.   From 11:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m.  20% of your purchases will be donated to the PTO. Be sure to tell them you are there for Chapman’s Retreat.

Be sure to invite your friends by sharing this blog post or by inviting them to our Facebook Event.  You can view all our upcoming Spirit Night Events on our website under “Programs & Events – Cheetah’s Night Out.

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