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Dear Parents and Guardians,


The Haywood County School System is participating in the Tennessee School Climate Survey. The survey is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education as part of a larger initiative to enhance school support for students, increase school safety, and provide a positive learning environment. Monitoring perceptions of school environments and documenting needs and improvements in these environments are an important part of ensuring that school climate is improving. The hope is that this survey will become a valuable tool for improving the climate in Tennessee schools.

We want our school system to be the best it can be.  Please fill out this survey and tell us what you think about what we are doing well and what you think we could do better.  If you have more than one child in this school system, you may pick which one you want to think about when answering the questions in that school survey.  You may take a survey for each school your child attends. This survey is anonymous.  No one will know which answers came from you, and it will not be possible to connect your answers to your child in any way.  Thank you very much for your participation. 

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HHS tennis courts renovated by community effort

February 13th, 2012


HHS Tennis Coach Col. Stark Davis (from left) joined Greg Vanstory, Principal Dorothy Bond, Vice Principal Michelle Tillman and Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Drayton Hawkins to accept a check from Cub Cadet for the tennis program.

Project managers Greg Vanstory and Betsy Reid, along with Cub Cadet, the city, county and others in the community, have brought new life to the Haywood High School tennis courts. Through donations of time, materials, labor and funds, the courts have been refurbished, lights will be added and the landscape has been made more “viewer friendly,” according to Vanstory and his team. Vanstory has long been a Tomcat supporter and serves as announcer for both Tomcat football and basketball.

This project is part of a “Community Partnership” with the school system. It began seven months ago with Dr. Marlon King’s permission. The goal is to support students and student athletes.

 “Education is the most important goal at our schools, but sports is a big part of the fabric of our city and county, along with our school system,” project leader Greg Vanstory said. “Just as our students need good classroom tools to reach their goals, we feel that they also need and deserve good facilities on which to play sports and compete. We wanted to improve the HHS tennis courts and the grounds surrounding them. We have a good baseball complex and a good football practice field at HHS. The tennis courts are in the middle of them. So we decided to clean them up, do court repairs and add lights, but we did not have a lot of money. So our team stepped up big time. We want our people and the out-of-town guests to see what good high school sports facilities we have here at HHS.”

According to Vanstory, through free labor and people donating their time and material, the schools/city/county saved $40,000 that it would have cost if it (the renovation) had been contracted. Those who have participated with the project managers in the community effort were Jim McAdams, Mary Ann Sharpe, County Mayor Franklin Smith, City Mayor Jo Matherne, Sheriff Melvin Bond, Public Works Director Bobby Mayer and his team, Nancy Cates and Tommy Waddell and their Parks and Recreation team, BoBo Vanstory, Ricky Walker, Allen Currie, Russ Stoots and his Brownsville Utility Department team, and Clinton Neal and his County Farm Team, along with HHS Principal Dorothy Bond, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Drayton Hawkins, and Vice Principal Michelle Tillman.

“This project has been such fun,” Betsy Reid said. “Several months ago, I asked Greg Vanstory if he thought it would be possible for us to get a little work done on the high school tennis courts. His answer was ‘Yes!’ A group of us met with Dr. King and got his enthusiastic blessing. After that, the answer to every question has been ‘Yes!’ From the Mayors to the Sheriff to Public Works, Parks and Rec, the Utility Department, the County Farm, the high school and a long list of volunteers, the response has been totally positive. This has been a perfect example of what can happen when different groups and individuals in the community pull together … and the work will be finished in time for our first home tennis match, March 15!”

Drayton Hawkins said, “I am most appreciative to Cub Cadet for its contribution to the tennis program. Greg Vanstory and Cub Cadet go above and beyond for our student athletes. We can always depend on them and their support of Tomcat athletics.”