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‘Play to Win’

After completing his career as an educator, School Board member Jim Estes continues to advocate for teachers and a hands-on approach to learning

Jim EstesUntil the spring of 1997, no girls’ softball team from Region 4 had advanced to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state championship tournament.

That year, Jim Estes taught the Oakland High School team an essential life-lesson. He taught them the importance of playing to win. It wasn’t necessarily always about winning, so much as it was a lesson about always playing their best.

“Everybody says winning is not everything,” Estes explained. “Well, in a way that’s true, but playing to win is everything.”

Estes grew up playing to win.

He and his wife Sandra raised their own kids to do the same.

And as a coach – Estes has coached both softball and soccer – he wanted to instill the same virtues in his players, and as an auto mechanics teacher, he wanted his students to know the importance of doing their best.

“You hear, ‘that’s good enough,’” said Estes, who is the vice chairman of the Rutherford County Board of Education. “Well, good enough is not always your best.

“When I was in business you always had to do your best. If I fixed a car and it wasn’t right, then I had to fix it again and it didn’t cost you anything, so it’s better to do it right the first time and save time. It’s hard to make kids understand that.”

In ’97, the Oakland girls didn’t fare well at the state tournament, but by the end of that season they were certainly playing to win.

Much like his team, Estes hasn’t always been on the winning end, but he’s been playing to win his whole life. CONTINUE READING

October 2016

Rutherford County Schools graduation rate soars above 95%
The Warrior Way: Combination of spirit, legacy and student-focused programs define Riverdale High School 
Retiring Riverdale Principal Tom Nolan reflects on 36-year Warrior history
PHOTOS: Roy Waldron Elementary School celebrates 40th anniversary
Bridgestone hosts Rutherford County students for manufacturing camp
Hugs and high-fives: In Rutherford County elementary schools, School Resource Officers invest in relationships to ensure safe environments for students, employees and families
Hands-on science event open to all middle schoolers, register by Oct. 29
RCS Parent Insider: October 14, 2016
Murfreesboro-based Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival to reveal authors at Oct. 27 event
Stewartsboro hosts Camp Read S'More
Rutherford students tour manufacturing facilities as part of Chamber initiative
Play to win: Jim Estes continues to advocate for teachers and hands-on approach to learning
School Board approves updated building plan, several new schools in pipeline
Middle school stem programs propelling students' futures through four vital $20,000 grants
RCS students dominate All-State, Mid-State, Freshman Honors choir auditions
Downhome Devotion: School Board member Terry Hodge combines business background with love for hometown to provide opportunities for local students
MTSU-Blackman High partnership highlighted at LEAD conference: Collegiate Academy offers college-level courses at Blackman campus
Three RCS marching bands competing in Contest of Champions Saturday: Last chance for seniors to experience prestigious competition with fellow bandmates

September 2016

Middle school golf all-stars earn spot in this weekend's finals
RCS Parent Insider - Sept. 1, 2016
Back to the future: Family, pride, tradition remains synonymous with Smyrna High School's legacy
RCS teacher Dana Lester named fellow of Collaborative for Student Success
‘The value of education’: School Board member Wayne Blair to be sworn in as president of TSBA, Blair family champions of education for more than a century in Rutherford County
Junior golfers from Rutherford County win state championship
Walmart awards multiple $1,000 grants to schools in La Vergne during store's grand opening
Walter Hill Principal Helen Campbell to receive MTSU alumni distinction award
Unboxing the Past: Public invited to celebrate David Youree Elementary's 40th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 17 with ceremony and carnival
Meetings, public hearings set to decide Rocky Fork Middle School zone lines
Rutherford seniors from 5 high schools named National Merit semifinalists
Rutherford Works coordinates field trips for Skilled Trades Day: Students see first-hand what careers in construction look like
Blackman Club honors Blackman, Stewart's Creek graduates with scholarship
Statement concerning gun at Siegel High School
School Board spotlight: For School Board Chairman and retired educator Jeff Jordan, education has been a staple of his past and remains the focus of his future
Representatives from Hawaii, TN Department of Education tour career education programs in Rutherford County
LaVergne High to get college counselor through new state program
PHOTO GALLERY: Reading in Schools Day - Sept. 2016
Siegel Band hosting Stones River Championship Saturday, Oct. 1
PHOTOS: Oakland Middle School Beautification Day
PHOTOS: David Youree Elementary School celebrates 40th anniversary
RCS Parent Insider: September 15, 2016
RCS Parent Insider: September 30, 2016

August 2016

$4.7 million addition greets Roy Waldron students on first day of school
2016 Back to School photos
Oakland standout JaCoby Stevens commits to LSU
PLUGGING IN, PUSHING AHEAD: RCS Online classes challenge students, help them to earn extra credits
Lindsay Halford named first RCS coordinator of fine arts
We Are Eagleville: Pride, sense of community sets Rutherford County's only K-12 school apart from others
RCS seeking donations for Clothing Fund benefitting children in need
Three Rutherford FFA chapters earn 'Outstanding' awards during camps
Eagleville FFA officer Emily Lewis selected to perform with National FFA Band
RCS Parent Insider - August 18, 2016
Pioneering Greatness: Oakland's diverse student body, International Baccalaureate program, Mechatronics and other educational initiatives represent 'microcosm of society'
Rutherford County ACT scores reach seven-year high
RCS seeks donations for Clothing Fund benefiting at-risk students
Future of education, history of LaVergne on display as Roy Waldron Elementary dedicates new addition, renovation to 40-year-old school
Rutherford County teachers earn Mechatronics certification thanks to Bridgestone class in La Vergne
Students at Rockvale, Siegel study politics using mock election

July 2016

Stewarts Creek fine arts instructor Donald Fann wins teacher award
Mark Gullion named new coordinator for Special Education
Students choosing Holloway to graduate early, catch up
Rutherford County Schools continues filling positions for new school year
30 students celebrating graduation after completing summer school
PHOTOS: United Way, companies, volunteers assemble 2,500 supply backpacks for Rutherford, Cannon students
Riverdale students compete in national SkillsUSA competition
Rutherford students represent at National Beta Conventions in New Orleans
Paige Jorge named principal of Cedar Grove Elementary School
A HEROES’ WELCOME: John Colemon principal, teachers deliver care packages to student homes
Susan Loveless named first elementary math specialist for RCS
Educators learn how to use evidence to create innovation in the classroom

June 2016

Roy Waldron, Thurman Francis, Oakland Middle principals announce retirements
Five Rutherford County seniors earn National Merit scholars
Multiple Rutherford County students to compete at National Beta Club Convention
Director of Schools names next Roy Waldron Elem. principal
Director of Schools names Jeff McCann next Thurman Francis principal
New principals chosen for Christiana Middle, LaVergne Lake Elementary, Oakland Middle, Rock Springs Middle
Director of Schools names next Smyrna West principal

May 2016

Child Advocacy Center names RCS' Kim Snell a 'Hometown Hero'
Stones River Car Club establishes scholarship for Holloway automotive program
Eagleville earns best overall FFA chapter in Middle Tennessee
Rutherford teachers earn classroom mini-grants through BEP program
Central Magnet wins $10,000 prize for safe driving campaign
Rutherford County Schools offering 9 School Nutrition Summer Program sites; Annual program runs May 31-July 29, 2016
Rutherford students earn scholarships from Sheriff's Office
RCS' Jenna Stitzel named School Health Coordinator of the Year for region
44 RCS employees honored during annual Retirement Reception
Siegel Middle School eighth-grader wins state essay contest about special teacher
Siegel Middle School eighth-grader wins state essay contest abou
t special teacher
Nashville Predators donates $3,000 to RCS Coordinated School Health
Rutherford FFA chapters earn multiple awards and honors
Valedictorians and Salutatorians 2016
School and Student Accomplishments - May 2016
RCS Parent Newsletter - May 25, 2016

April 2016
RCS statement on Comptroller’s findings concerning Blackman High Football Booster operations
During Career Day, McFadden first-graders answer, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" (VIDEO)
Oakland High mechatronics students to benefit from exclusive apprenticeship program with Schwan Cosmetics

Hundreds of athletes compete in 2016 Special Olympics competition
U.S. News & World Report names Central Magnet School third best high school in Tennessee, 133rd nationally
Elementary students chart career paths through Chamber program
State suspends TNReady testing for grades 3-8, high schools will continue
Rutherford teams sweep state archery tournament
School and Student Accomplishments - April 2016

RCS Parent Newsletter - April 29, 2016

March 2016
Young adult book festival brings 37 authors to 'Boro beginning Friday
Riverdale students, teachers shaving heads Friday for benefit event
Rutherford students serve as Student Congress representatives
PHOTOS: Riverdale raises $20,000+ for St. Baldrick's cancer foundation; 74 students, employees shave heads for benefit
Student Awards and Recognitions - March 2016
14 Rutherford students selected National Merit finalists
RCS announces 2016-2017 Pre-K, Kingergarten early registration dates
Phase-in calendar for 2016-2017 Pre-K students, kindergarteners now available
Special needs prom provides fun experience for RCS students
Middle schools hosting new student orientations in May
RCS Parent Newsletter - March 24, 2016 

February 2016

RCS announces TNReady assessment schedule update for parents
Stewarts Creek Middle students meet with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rutherford County Schools announces 2015-2016 Teachers of the Year
RCS Teacher Recruitment Fair set for Feb. 20 at Siegel High School
More than 300 candidates attend RCS 2016 Teacher Recruitment Fair
School Board takes County Commission on tour of proposed building projects
Tickets on sale now for SRO rodeo benefit event, March 4-5
RCS Parent Newsletter - February 24, 2016

January 2016

LaVergne High students earn nearly 4,000 college hours in Dual Enrollment Academy
Roy Waldron students performing at Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta
12 Rutherford County high school students complete nursing certification course during winter break
Central's Cuneo named Gatorade runner of the year for second time
PHOTOS: Blackman Middle eighth-graders learn about career paths to help make decisions about high school courses
Grant provides teacher training for gifted education
RCS Parent newsletter - Jan. 29, 2016

December 2015

November 2015

Central Magnet wins TN robotics competition, heads to regional competition
Riverdale FFA teams places ninth in nationals for forticulture
Rutherford County Schools well represented at LEAD Conference
RCS' Chip Fair named chair of Gov's advisory board for students with disabilities
Several schools, non-profits hosting benefit runs on Nov. 14
Parent info sessions approaching for magnet schools, Oakland IB program
Riverdale band student first to be named All-American; selected to perform in U.S. Army Bowl in January
Blackman student nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars program
The RCS 'Did You Know' — November 11, 2015
Riverdale students get hands-on experience with Bridgestone tire changing
Community celebrates groundbreaking of new John Colemon school (Photo Gallery)
Oakland, Blackman coaches named Coaches of Year by TSSAA; Central, Eagleville receive awards for good sportsmanship
Richard Siegel Foundation honored for support of education programs
Chairman Wayne Blair elected TSBA president-elect; Board member Aaron Holladay earns Level V award
Students from every Rutherford high school selected for Mid-State Choirs
LaVergne Middle free community Thanksgiving meal set for Tuesday evening 
RCS Parent Newsletter - November 2015

October 2015

Parent Newsletter 10-1-15
State Board launches science standards review website for input
Rutherford County Schools’ graduation rate nears 94%; Tennessee releases annual Report Card with performance indicators
Oakland students heading to nationals after winning state soil judging title

September 2015

Parent Newsletter 9-4-15
16 Rutherford students selected as National Merit semifinalists
PHOTOS: Community turns out for Reading in Schools Day
Blackman Elementary combines student fitness with fund-raiser
Brown's Chapel students to sign book at Barnes & Nobles Sept. 28
Smyrna High celebrates opening of new state-of-the-art media center
Buchanan Elem. named 2015 National Blue Ribbon School; Third Rutherford school to earn award in past decade
Brown's Chapel student-authors sign book at Barnes & Noble
Prince wins teaching award; wants to improve education in Tennessee
United Way's Hometown Huddle brings out volunteers for playground work
Blackman students hosting golf tournament Oct. 17 to benefit veterans
Students explore career options while touring manufacturing facilities

August 2015
Rutherford County Schools begins year with record enrollment
Rutherford's Amy Gullion only teacher picked for governor's standards review
Oakland teacher Jonathan Griffith selected as an artist for TN arts anniversary
Five Rutherford schools recognized for performing in top 5% of state
Rutherford County celebrates Eagleville School addition

July 2015

Four Rutherford students complete Agriculture Governor's School program
Rockvale sign language interpreter wins prestigious award
PHOTOs: Volunteers assist at Blackman Elementary School
Stewarts Creek students publish first song on iTunes
Registration open now until July 24 for ACT prep course

June 2015

Schools in Murfreesboro ranked 23rd best in country
McFadden teacher Cindy Cliche selected as TN Educator Fellow
Teachers attend writing workshop held at Siegel Middle School
School district receives Predators grant for walking track at Rockvale Elem.
Oakland High's April Gunter named TPAC Teacher of the Year

Smyrna West student honored with Teen Trendsetters mentoring award
Smyrna principal elected president of national alternative education group
Oakland FFA wins outstanding chapter award at state FFA camp
Stewarts Creek Middle STEM project featured on Town of Smyrna TV
Stewartsboro Elementary community holds memorial for former student
Country star, Oakland alumnus Chris Young surprises his former teacher (who is now at Siegel) with grant
RCS announces new principals for David Youree, Lascassas Elementary
Kyle Prince named one of 9 finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year, selected for Gov. Haslam's inaugural Teacher Cabinet
Eagleville FFA wins outstanding chapter award at state camp

May 2015

RCS Parent Newsletter, May 27, 2015 now available online
RCSOnline summer classes begin on June 1; Onsite registration May 28-29

Final opportunity to register for 2015 Summer School is May 28-29
Free summer feeding program begins June 1 at select schools
Rutherford County Schools: 2014-2015 Year in Review
Steve Luker named principal of Smyrna Middle School
Central Magnet named 4th best in state; wins multiple honors for effectiveness
Brown’s Chapel students publish professional quality book about school safety for young readers
David Youree Elementary celebrates new awning for special education wing
PHOTOS: School district honors 2014-2015 RCS retirees at reception
RCS parent newsletter, May 8, 2015

April 2015
Rutherford County Schools employee recruitment fair set for Saturday, April 25
Rutherford County NCAA Information Night April 8 at Siegel High
'Countdown to Kindergarten' events for parents April 9, 14
Siegel's Nivia Serrano named Assistant Principal of the Year
Schools to kickoff JazzFest in Murfreesboro May 1
Oakland FFA chapter wins historic award; OHS, Eagleville students elected as Middle Tennessee officers
Farm animals captivate students at MTSU Agricultural Education Spring Fling
PHOTOS: Record number participate in Special Olympics Track and Field competition
Central students show off skills at Senior Thesis Expo

March 2015
Illegal dumping impacting trash pickup at Rutherford schools
Annual ‘Child Find’ early screening March 21 at Barfield, Stewartsboro
Tennessee's new education commissioner tours Rutherford County schools
Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills to speak to Oakland students April 28
Central Magnet teacher named Teacher of the Year for Midcumberland Region
RCS' Tyra Pilgrim appointed to advisory council for career, technical education
Global education quality group gives Rutherford County Schools high marks, recommends continued accreditation
Rock Springs Middle School hosts college day for eighth-graders
Daniel-McKee Alternative School featured in article for Service Learning
Christiana Elementary named National Weather Service weather ambassador
Nissan taking applications for summer engineering program for students
Blackman, Central, LaVergne and Oakland students earn big scholarships
Stewartsboro's first dance team places first in competition
Siegel Middle raises funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation
Smyrna Elementary adults dress as 'Ninja Pigs' after students break goal for book fund-raiser
Siegel High event helps parents with college aid application
Rockvale Elementary recognized for raising more than $154,000 for St. Jude
Rutherford seniors gain hands-on experience through job shadowing event
Bridgestone executive guest lectures at Oakland High School
RCS Parent Newsletter: March 27, 2015

February 2015
Stewarts Creek band selected to perform at 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Central Magnet makes record donation of food, funds to MTSU Food Pantry
For Parents: Freshman orientation Tuesday, March 3 at zoned high schools
Rutherford County Schools names top teachers for 2014-2015
Blackman High principal accepts football coach’s resignation
Siegel's new manufacturing lab to help students land high paying careers
Smyrna, Riverdale coaches suspended through 2015-2016 year
Two Rutherford students candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars program
Six Rutherford students earn perfect writing scores out of only 100 in state
Siegel, Blackman unite to support literacy program named for former student
Nine Rutherford students selected for Tennessee student congress
ACT prep course available, deadline to register is March 6
Rodeo benefitting School Resource Officer program is March 6-7; tickets on sale now
RCS Parent Newsletter, Feb. 27, 2015 now available online

January 2015

Inclement Weather Policy information
Statement concerning Tuberculosis case at Smyrna High School

Blackman, MTSU agreement provides free university classes for students
Free flu shot clinics available Jan. 19, 20 and 26, including one at Riverdale
Chip Fair receives award for exemplary dedication to special ed. students
MT Athletics coat drive nets more than 1,200 coats for area students

Gatorade names Central Magnet School standout, Taylor Cuneo, Tennessee girls cross country runner of the year

For Parents: Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) explained

December 2014

Blackman, Riverdale win $50,000 as part of safe teen driving initiative
PHOTOS: Nashville Predators teach hockey to Walter Hill students
Oakland FFA team earns Silver emblem, individual awards

Lascassas students gain adult life experience through 'Reality Fair'
Campus teacher plans to use NASA Orion launch experience in classroom
Business Education Partnership awards 43 mini-grants to Rutherford teachers
Siegel Foundation accepting 2015 scholarship applications; open to all seniors
MTSU Athletics hosting coat drive at games on Dec. 19-20 to benefit Rutherford, Murfreesboro students
Central Magnet School robotics team wins BEST competition

Teachers, adminstrators and students work on Habitat House
Smyrna student nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars program
School Board honors Mr. Football award winners
RCS officially launches 'Bring Your Own Device' program
Oakland hosting info meeting for International Baccalaureate Jan. 15
New OHS facility enables students to complete certification in high school; First on-site Mechatronics program of its kind in country
School Board adopts 5-year building plan, includes John Colemon addition
RCS Parent Newsletter, December 2014

Barfield students collect nearly 3,000 pairs of shoes for charity

November 2014
PHOTO: Veterans Day 2014
Central's Claudia Smith national finalist for High School Heisman
Transition Academy students practice social skills while providing Thanksgiving meal

LaVergne Middle School hosting annual 'Project Feed' on Nov. 25
Oakland holding open house for Mechatronics program on Dec. 12
Blackman High School launching ‘Collegiate Academy;’ Parent information meeting scheduled for Dec. 8

Rutherford County schools hosting various Veteran’s Day events

McFadden one of only 10 Tennessee schools to earn recycling award

Rutherford Co. hosting info meeting for HOME grant program Nov. 17

Gov. Haslam seeking public input on Tennessee's K-12 academic standards

2015-2016 RCS academic calendar now available online

Thurman Francis team earns excellence award in robotics competition
Smyrna band wins Grand Champion award at Mid-South Marching Invitational
Boy Scouts Exploring interest meeting for parents set for Dec. 4
Roy Waldron dance team brings home two first place trophies
Oakland criminal justice club wins Middle Tennessee competition
Middle school teachers receive valuable training during national conference

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