Give Your Kid an Extra Hug Today

Unless you were cut off from all online, televised, and print media yesterday and today, you’ve heard about the shocking, sad, upsetting, disheartening story of one of our LHS students thoughts to hire someone to kill is parents.  Here are some links if you missed it.

DNJ – Alleged murder plot shakes La Vergne

WSMV – La Vergne Teens Arrested in Plot to Kill Parents

This one hit really close to home.  My daughter has been friends with this kid since elementary school.  She said everyone at school yesterday was upset – as expected.  We talked for hours last night about all the kids involved (yes all the students know all the kids arrested even though the names have not been released).

Today, this weekend … take some extra time with your kids to talk about what’s on their minds.  I don’t care if they’re elementary school aged or all he way into their early adult years, give them an extra hug.  Make sure they know you care.  Even if they don’t like being grounded or your boring lectures, make sure they understand it’s because you love them and you always will.

And pray for these students and their families.

Another Round of Weather

This winter certainly is gonna wind up in my book as the most active winter in the 12 years I’ve lived here. It’s definitley been busy.  Are the schools prepared, is the state prepared, most importantly, are you prepared?

According to the National Weather Service in Nashville, we are in for at least two more rounds of snow this week! Here is a Hazardous Weather Statement from this morning.

…TWO SNOWFALLS ARE EXPECTED IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE THIS WEEK…
…THE MID WEEK SNOW STORM COULD BE A BIG ONE…

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL SURGE INTO THE MID STATE ON MONDAY…
BRINGING A TURN TO SHARPLY COLDER WEATHER.

AS COLDER AIR POURS INTO NORTHWESTERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE MONDAY
AFTERNOON…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AND CONTINUE INTO THE
EVENING. THE SNOW WILL THEN SPREAD EASTWARD ACROSS OTHER PARTS OF
OUR AREA MONDAY NIGHT…BEFORE TAPERING TO FLURRIES ALONG THE
CUMBERLAND PLATEAU TUESDAY. MOST OF THE MID STATE IS EXPECTED TO
RECEIVE BETWEEN ONE HALF AND ONE INCH OF SNOW BY SUNRISE
TUESDAY…WITH LOW TEMPERATURES TUESDAY MORNING FORECAST TO BE IN
THE MIDDLE 20S. SOME ROADS MAY BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS.

A COLD CANADIAN AIR MASS WILL SETTLE IN ACROSS THE REGION TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY…AS A LOW PRESSURE AREA DEVELOPS OVER TEXAS…AND
HEADS INTO THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
SNOW IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP OVER THE MID STATE BY SUNSET
WEDNESDAY…AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE WAY
THINGS LOOK NOW…THE MID STATE HAS THE POSSIBILITY OF RECEIVING
SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW BY SUNRISE THURSDAY. THE SNOW IS FORECAST
TO DIMINISH FROM THE WEST ON THURSDAY…BUT ADDITIONAL LIGHT AMOUNTS
ARE STILL POSSIBLE. HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY OCCUR
WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY.

ANYONE PLANNING TRAVEL IN THE MID STATE THIS WEEK SHOULD STAY
TUNED TO A RELIABLE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION…AND LISTEN FOR
ANY FORECAST UPDATES…OR WINTER WEATHER STATEMENTS…THAT MIGHT
BE ISSUED.

How’s that for ole Jack Frost huh? He aint finished with us yet.  At least Rutherford County planned ahead and implemented 11 inclement weather days in there calendar.  So far They’ve missed 6 days this year and have 5 more remaining.

Better get out and enjoy todays weather. I hear the high today is gonna be about 50 degrees!

Ch. 4 Cool Schools Comes to LHS

At 8:30 tonight, my 15-year old had already gone to bed … she and her friend are getting their beauty sleep for tomorrow!

From Tonya on Facebook,

Tune into Channel 4 News tomorrow from 5-7am…. Cool Schools will be at LaVergne High School!! Choraliers will be singing 1st thing!! Dont miss it!!

After the crazy hours I’ve kept this week, I expect to be in a deep sleep at 5:00 a.m.  Y’all tell me what I miss!

LHS Teacher Files Complaint

LaVergne High School teachers have now filed a complaint against the Rutherford County Schools Director Harry Gill Jr.   REA representative Pam Jones had recently filed multiple complaints on behalf of the educators at LHS in regards to Principal Dirk Ash.  The complaints had been investigated by the staff attorney Angel McCloud whose findings stated they were unfounded.   Jones now fights for the right for procedures in the complaint process be fair, unbiased and properly investigated, according to the DNJ.

“The REA believes what is of greatest importance in any complaint is the ability for the complainant to have sufficient steps to attain a proper investigation and ultimately a truthful and unbiased decision. The REA believes that good teachers do not need protecting by the adoption of an unfair complaint procedure. … Due to Mr. Gill’s eradication of the (school board) hearing step, the REA complainant (Jones) has no recourse. The REA believes that the current complaint procedure has been so severely altered by the Director that no complainant can have the reasonable expectation of fair, honest and unbiased treatment. “

This will remain an interesting chapter in the tenure of Mr. Gill because being informed of current policies is vital to teachers and staff, along with parents and students.

La Vergne Lake Elementary Teacher is Educator of Week

Congratulations out to La Vergne Lake Elementary teacher Elizabeth Farmer, News 2 recently announced her as “The Educator of the Week”

“News 2 has named Elizabeth Farmer “Educator of the Week” for the week of November 11, 2010. She teaches second grade at LaVergne Lake Elementary School in Rutherford County. Parents say she’s a blessing and works to get the best out of students, no matter their skill level. Tutoring former students is also a priority which parents appreciate.”

Thank you for the dedication to the students at La Vergne Lake Elementary, La Vergne is proud to have Elizabeth Farmer recognized as “The Educator of the Week”.

If You’re Going, Take Some Pictures!

If you plan to attend tonight’s Swearing-In Ceremony where our newly elected Mayor and Aldermen take the oath of office, please bring your camera.  I suspect the meeting room at City Hall will be filled to capacity overflowing.   As a result, it may be hard to take photos to share later… if a lot of people bring cameras, then hopefully we’ll get enough reader pictures to share a photo essay.

The LHS Choraliers will be there and a student from LaVergne Middle will lead the pledge.  Also participating is a student each from LaVergne Primary, LaVergne Lake, Roy Waldron, Rock Springs, and Cedar Grove elementary schools.  A little birdie told me we’ll see our men in blue really shine tonight, as well.

While it’s not a gimme until the vote, I’m also excited for Mr. Tom Broeker.  It is expected that he will be elected by the Board to fill the unexpired term of Mayor-to-be Mosley since he was the third highest vote getter on November 2nd.

More photos to come later… I hope!

Chili Dinner Tonight

Want to hear just how extraordinary the high school choir is?  Tonight is your chance!  From 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., the LHS Choir is hosting A Chili Night in November.  The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family (up to 6).

Following the meal, the Choir and Ensemble will be performing at the high school.

To whomever came up with the name A Chili Night in November … I say awesome!

Photo by Tony Alter via flickr creative commons.