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District Announcements
Status of TN Ready Testing

Trenton Special School District
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced on April 27 that the State Department of Education will terminate its statewide testing contract with Measurement Inc., effective immediately.   This is due to Measurement Inc.’s failure to deliver all testing materials for Part II of the TN Ready Assessment.  The major impact of this decision is for students in grades 3-8.
As a result, Trenton Special School District students in grades 3-8 will not be assessed on Part II.   The district received only partial materials for the administration; and therefore, would not be able to administer any portion of the test.  This applies to math, English language arts, science and social studies.  
TN Ready was designed to be administered in two parts.  Part I was administered in February.  The Department of Education will provide families and educators as much feedback about a student’s raw data from Part I as can be obtained. 
High school and all End of Course testing has not been suspended and will move forward as planned.  These tests will be administered May 2-5.  These tests will be scored and students will receive results.   Full score reports will be available in the fall of this year as previously expected. 
Administrators and teachers in TSSD have positively embraced the Tennessee Standards and the TN Ready Assessment.  It is disappointing to not receive test results for grades 3-8 to assist in future planning for our students.  It is our belief that students embraced the challenging content and gains have been made.    The district will continue to strive to bring high quality instruction for our students.
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Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors
The UT Martin Education Preparation Program has been notified of a unique opportunity to offer education scholarships via a program called Call Me MISTER. Call Me MISTER is an initiative started 15 years ago at Clemson University to recruit males from under-represented groups to enter K-8 education. Cohorts are limited to 5 members who participate in Living, Learning, Communities during their four years in a teacher education program.
UT Martin is the first and only Call Me MISTER national partner school in Tennessee.
To become a MISTER, all applicants must meet the following criteria:
  1. Have an ACT composite score of at least 21, or SAT combined score of 980.
  2. Be eligible for the Tennessee Hope Scholarship program.
  3. Be a Tennessee resident.
  4. Agree to teach one year in a Tennessee public school for each year of assistance provided by the Call Me MISTER program. Call Me MISTER provides 25% tuition assistance for the first year, 35% for the second year, 50% for the third year, and 75% for the fourth year. MISTERs are provided housing in a Living, Learning, Community.
Teapot Trot, 2016
Peabody students Alexis Patterson, Jacob Greene, and Austin Weaver competed in the Teapot Trot (5K) held Monday, April 25, in downtown Trenton. Alexis and Jacob won their age groups and Austin finished 2nd in his.



FFA Awards Banquet
Wednesday, May 4
6:00 PM
Peabody Commons
Prom Royalty, 2016
12 extracurricular organizations from Peabody entered contestants in the Prom King/Queen competition. The winners were named during the Prom held Friday, April 22::
King and Queen

Bryan Banks and Morgan Hopkins
representing the Art Club
2nd Place

Crunchy Barrientos and Karen Allen
representing FFA
3rd Place

Reco Buchanan and Keyana Keys
representing Football and Cheerleaders
Yearbook Staff and Library
  • Any student interested in being on the Yearbook staff next year should see Mrs. Hines in the library by Monday, May 2, in order to pick up an application. This is a class during the school day; therefore, no after school work is required.
  • All library books are due back by Monday, May 2. No fines will be administered if this deadline is met.
Band of Gold: Color Guard
Guard Tryouts
Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13
See Mr. Westbrook or a current Guard member, if interested.
Creative Writing
On Wednesday, April 20, Jane Grote from The Art Institutes, in Nashville, spoke to Mrs. Minton's Creative Writing class about creative careers in our country. Students were exposed to the  possible careers relating to the creative arts field.
Band: All-State Honors
Congratulations to Peabody Band of Gold members Carl Nowell and Emily Campbell, who traveled to Nashville for the Tennessee All-State Honor Band on Wednesday, April 13th, and performed on Saturday, April 16th, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. 
The Band of Gold received the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Sweepstakes Award at the Tennessee Music Education Association Professional Development Conference on Friday, April 15th. The band earned superior ratings in marching and concert festivals during the 2014-2015 school year to be eligible. 
Peabody Scholars: Class of 2016
1. Students ACT score X 27.777 for a possible 1,000 points.
2. Students GPA X 250 for a possible 1,000 points.
3. Any total equaling or exceeding 1,694 points earns Scholar status.

Karen Allen

Katelin Bobbitt

Emily Campbell

Cole Coomer

Dylan Grooms

Scott Michael Malone

Lauren Smith

Alex Vandyke
Message from the Principal

The Trenton Special School District is attempting to meet or surpass some excellent work done by our faculty and students over the last two years:

Spring, 2014 and 2015 Peabody: EOC Results
P/A = % of students who were Proficient and Advanced
Growth = TVAAS, or Tennessee Value Added Assessment System--- (Basically, a positive number means we took a student at the beginning of the year and gained more than a years worth of knowledge with them in that subject. The larger the number, the more we "grew" them).

  • Algebra 1:
    • 2014- #11 of 368 schools in TN in P/A; Top 3%. Growth; 43.7
    • 2015-  #8 of 376 schools in TN in P/A; Top 2%. Growth; 36.3
  • Algebra 2:
    • 2014- #7 of 136 districts in TN in growth (19.6, for a 25% increase); Top 5%
    • 2015- #20 of 359 schools in TN in proficiency; Top 6%. Growth; 39.4
  • English 1:
    • 2014- #4 of 136 districts in TN in growth (4.5, for a 15.6% increase); Top 3%.
    • 2015- #43 of 367 schools in TN in P/A; Top 12%. Growth; 3.5
  • English 2:
    • 2015- #41 of 370 schools in TN in P/A; Top 11%. Growth; 6.9
  • English 3:
    • 2014- #4 of 136 districts in TN in growth (2.5, for a 12.9% increase); Top 3%.
    • 2015- #91 of 371 schools in TN in P/A; Top 25%. Growth; 4.2
  • Biology:
    • 2015- #80 of 373 schools in TN in P/A; Top 22%. Growth; 16.6
  • Chemistry:
    • 2015- #58 of 366 schools in TN in P/A; Top 16%.

Source: 2014- Tracy Allen, Educational Consultant
Source: 2015- Tennessee Department of Education

Peabody High School was founded in 1877 with money donated by George Peabody.
Mr. Peabody was an international merchant and financier. At the conclusion of the Civil War, he donated $3.4 million to establish the 'Peabody Education Fund' in order to rebuild schools in the south. The $3.4 million would be the equivalent of $75 million today.

From the George Peabody Museum website:
The Southern states suffered greatly both during and after the American Civil War. Moved by their situation, George Peabody wanted to help. He believed that education would help the Southern people rebuild and so donated funds to "promote and encourage the intellectual, moral and industrial education of the destitute children of the Southern States." The Fund also attempted to establish a permanent education system run by qualified teachers.

In recognition of this act of philanthropy, Congress unanimously approved a resolution of gratitude and presented Peabody with a gold medal. Also, President Andrew Johnson personally visited Peabody and thanked him for his efforts.
He was a remarkable man who gave millions to those in need yet never actually bought any property for himself. Click on his picture to learn more.
Peabody High School is proud to carry the name of such a fine person and we will throughout the school year post more information about his life. In the meantime please visit the website listed above to  learn more about our namesake.
More from the website:
"Although George Peabody was first and foremost an American
businessman, his philosophic ideals transcended the war.  As such, he
was more concerned with helping people than with politics.  This was
evident in the effort he put forth in the Peabody Education Fund."

                                                                -Mayor Michael Bonfanti
                                                                Peabody, MA
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