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Greetings TSB Families,

It is with great pleasure I welcome you to another school year. It was fantastic seeing most of you at our annual registration day and family cookout. We made significant progress across our campus last year, and we are planning on keeping that going this year. During the opening few weeks of school, you can sense a renewed collaboration among the staff, and the students have arrived ready to learn

and take on the challenges that come. 
Over the summer, I received some more detailed information from our AdvancED accreditation visit, which took place last spring. I am very happy to report that TSB did very well, achieving very high marks in the classroom observations and our overall school quality index score was 340.36. This is out of a possible 400 points. This is truly an incredible score and a reason to be very proud of TSB. The team noted as one of our powerful practices that our staff really understands the unique needs. They also noted in a second powerful practice the renewed stewardship by the administration of our school’s resources. Two areas were identified as improvement priorities. First, we must work harder to provide opportunities for our teachers to grow professionally.  Secondly, and this is where we need the help of all our stakeholders, we must develop a comprehensive, systematic approach to the school improvement process. You will be hearing more about this in the months to come, and I urge you to participate in the process if you are able. 
As most of you probably saw in the news, the growth scores for Tennessee schools were released in mid-August. The scores range from one (1) to five (5). For the 2016-2017 school year, our school scored a three (3) which shows growth within our students. Well I am happy to report that for the 2017-2018 school year, our growth score was a four (4).  This score shows our students are exceeding their expected academic growth. I am so proud of our students and the hard work they put in each day. This also shows that our teachers and staff are working hard to ensure your children get exactly what they need to be successful.
Finally, I would like to discuss student attendance. Due to the nature of our school and the unique challenges of the students we serve, attendance seems to be an area in which we struggle. I can’t stress enough how important it is for students to be at school. Missing time from class can have a negative impact on your child’s achievement and success.  We will be working more diligently on our end to improve this, but we need your help. School attendance is a priority throughout the state and it is a priority at TSB.  
Please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the school’s administration if you need assistance. We are here to ensure your child has every opportunity available to be successful. Let’s have a great school year, and GO TIGERS!

David Martin

Dr. David Martin, Ed.D.

Superintendent, TSB