Welcome from Director of Schools Don Odom

I would like to welcome back our teachers, support personnel, school board members, parents and students for the 2012-2013 school year.   Our system adopted the mission statement to “Empower Today’s Students to Grasp Tomorrow’s Opportunities,” and many of the initiatives planned for this year focus on that mission.  Rutherford County is a Professional Learning Communities system where collaborative teams address academic challenges by creating and sharing instructional strategies to meet the needs of students.

Rutherford County Schools (RCS) solicits the support of our parents and guardians as we continue the process of transitioning to the National Common Core State Standards which have been adopted by at least forty-five states.  The new standards are more rigorous requiring students to exercise higher order thinking skills in writing, speaking, and problem solving.  RCS teachers in grades 3-8 have attended Common Core Mathematics training this summer and will be bringing new instructional strategies into the classroom. Along with mathematics, RCS has also accepted the challenge of being a pilot district for Tennessee’s transition to Common Core reading and language arts standards for the 2012-2013 school year.  We want our students and teachers to be ready when the Common Core Standards and associated assessments are fully implemented in the 2014-2015 year.  Rutherford County students are competing with students across the United States for scholarships and twenty-first century jobs.  The learning curve will be challenging but the rigor of Common Core is the right thing to do for our students.  

RCS is continuing our enhancement of communication with students, parents, and the community. School Messenger now has the capability of additional electronic communications in addition to telephone messages and parents can follow student progress more closely over the Internet with Parent Portal.  School Board meetings can now be viewed live over the Internet along with taped sessions repeated over Rutherford County’s cable channel.  

Rutherford County Schools is known as a progressive and high performing school district.  We commit to continuing that performance within a collaborative team spirit.  May God bless as we join hands in this endeavor.

Don Odom,
Director of Schools