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On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Blythe-Bower Elementary held our annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony to honor past, present, and future individuals serving our country in the Armed Services. Our Ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and The National Anthem led by our Boy, Girl and Cub Scouts dressed in uniform. Then certificates and a token of our appreciation were presented to students and/or their family members that served in the military. (These presentations were based on forms that were submitted by students prior to the ceremony). Following the presentations, The Celebration Singers led the assembly with songs from a patriotic medley – the group was conducted by our very own Mrs. Jean Brandon! The finale was a rendering of each branch of the Armed Services’ anthems – 25 Kindergarten representatives displayed the movements as 1st – 5th Grade students sang with great enthusiasm! During the Coast Guard anthem, the school was presented with a Coast Guard flag by Alan Taylor along with a picture of a former Blythe-Bower student, Marina Taylor Bolin, who has served in the United States Army.
Guests invited to our program by students from Mrs. Franklin and Mrs. Phillips’ Homerooms included Dr. Ringstaff; Cleveland Police Department representative, Officer April Ratcliff; Veterans; current members of our nation’s military. Other special guests in attendance included Mr. Jeff Elliott (Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction),and the Celebration Singers from the Westwood Baptist Church.
Special thanks to Ms. Cobb, Mrs. Amber, Mrs. Brandon and Nurse Sue for invaluable assistance in program preparation; Mrs. Castleberry -- technology assistance; Mrs. Laura Murray – video and picture coordinator; Blythe-Bower Safety Patrol -- program décor assistance and serving as program ushers; Miss Rodriguez -- musical preparation; Mrs. Davison -- award certificate assistance; Breona and Victor from Lee University’s Evangelistic Singers -- certificate design; Mrs. Runyons – pictures for the Military Wall, certificates, and tokens of appreciation; K-5 students for outstanding effort and tremendous hard work!! Great team work to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom!! Mission accomplished – well done!!
Hello! My name is Cyndi Summers. I am blessed to be teaching my fourteenth year in 1st grade at Blythe-Bower Elementary School. I began teaching 2nd grade at Blythe-Bower with CCS in 2001 after homeschooling for two years and teaching in a private school for three. I received my B. S. degree from UTC, M. Ed. in Classroom Teaching from Lee, and my Ed. S. in Curriculum from LMU. I am the president of the Red Clay Reading Council, which is the local chapter for the TN Reading Association. This summer, I received my ELL certification from UTC. My husband and I have two Raider scholar graduates, Stephanie and Tiffany. Stephanie is a teacher at Calhoun Elementary School, and Tiffany is a pre-med major at Lee. One of the most interesting things about me would probably be that I volunteered at the Tennessee Aquarium as a scuba diver for four years. I fed the fish, sharks, rays, and other amazing sea creatures. Once I even took my class on a field trip to watch me. I felt like Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus! My favorite thing about teaching first grade is fostering literacy through all genres of children’s literature. Check out the website I created for students to practice their skills: www.bblearners.weebly.com.
Seth Gallaher is a third grade student at Blythe-Bower. He just started coming to Blythe-Bower this school year. His mother works at the school as a Speech-Language Paraprofessional. Seth has two brothers, a half-sister, and since his mother’s recent engagement, he is excited about getting a step-brother and step-sister. Seth was born in Cleveland but has also lived in Warner Robbins, Georgia and in Florida before making his way back to Cleveland to live. Seth likes running and loves to go to PE class so he can do just that. He is also on the Bobcats Basketball Team; however, his favorite sport to watch is football. Seth likes to be active and spends his free time outside. His favorite food is hamburgers from Steak-N-Shake, and his favorite color is Green. Seth also wanted to share that he loves puppies, and he has a Miniature Schnauzer named George. When Seth grows up he wants to be a teacher and an astronomer.