Smyrna West teaches Common Core


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School Calendar
January 2015
  • Monday, January 5: Students, teachers return from Winter Break
  • Thursday, January 8: 2nd nine weeks report card
  • Monday, January 19: MLK Holiday (Schools closed)
February 2015
  • Monday, February 2 – Wednesday, February 4: Progress reports
  • Monday, February 16: President’s Day (Schools closed)
March 2015
  • Friday, March 6: End of 3rd nine weeks
  • Monday, March 9: In-service Day 3 (No school for students)
  • Thursday, March 12: 3rd nine weeks report cards
  • Tuesday, March 17: Parent / Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, March 19: Early Dismissal (3 hour, 15-minute day for students)
April 2015
  • Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3: Spring Break (Schools closed)
  • Monday, April 13 – Wednesday, April 15: Progress reports
May 2015
  • Monday, May 25: Memorial Day (Schools Closed)
  • Tuesday, May 26: Teacher work day (No school for students)
  • Wednesday, May 27: End 4th nine weeks; 4th nine weeks report cards




Welcome to Smyrna West

Smyrna West Mission Statement: The mission of Smyrna West is to provide opportunities for academic learning and behavioral improvement by equipping students with the necessary skills to return to their home school.


Important Dates

March 6: End of 3rd nine weeks

March 9: In-service Day 3 (No school for students)

March 12: 3rd nine weeks report cards

March 17: Parent- Teacher Conferences

March 19: Early Dismissal (3 hour, 15-minute day for students

March 30 - April 3: Spring Break (Schools closed)

April 13 – April 15: Progress reports

May 25: Memorial Day (Schools Closed)


May 26: Teacher work day (No school for students)

May 27: End 4th nine weeks; 4th nine weeks report cards

SWA and RC Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Ms. Schlesinger for not only being voted by her peers to be Smyrna West's Teacher of theYear for the 2014-2015 school year, but also by Rutherford County to be the district's middle-school teacher of the year. Ms. Schlesinger is worth her weight in versitility, for she teaches both middle school and high school classes, and English as well as math classes. A real renaissance woman! This qualifies Ms. Schlesinger for being voted Teacher of the Year for the Region.
"...teachers must make their students feel welcome and wanted and bring them to the same level of performance as any director who handpicks his/her cast."


Smyrna West Helping to Establish New Norms in Alternative Education

On February 27 a focus group meeting convened at the TN Department of Education in Nashville to explore issues related to policies and procedures in all alternative schools in Tennessee. The focus group consisted of principals and teachers working in alternative school settings, Tennessee Department of Education personnel, and the Governor's Advisory Board on Alternative Education which includes Mrs. Davenport, current vice-president and president-elect for the National Alternative Education Association and Chair of the Governor's Advisory Board on Alternative Education. Other attendees included Mr. Farris, president of the TAEA and middle school/high school teacher, and Mrs. Pack, high school science teacher.  
Job Corps Presents Another Option and Opportunities
On January 13th Smyrna West welcomed representatives from the Job Corps to present to our students. SWA realizes that students differ in needs, and Job Corps presents another option and avenue of success. SWA presents this opportunity every year for all students. From that assembly, 13 students expressed interest, so a parent night for students and parents was scheduled for those interested in applying. Also attending the meeting was Mr. Wayne Blair, chairman of the Rutherford County School Board. SWA looks forward to potentially assisting five students in getting accepted and taking the next step toward their future. Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn career skills, earn a high school diploma or GED, and launch a career for life. For more information about Job Corps, click the Job Corps logo to the left.  

Find out how Rutherford County Schools performed on 2014 Tennessee Report Card

MURFREESBORO — Director of Schools Don Odom detailed Rutherford's gains and improvement areas on the 2014 Tennessee Report Card during a recent presentation to the Rutherford County Board of Eduction.

The presentation was televised on RCTV (Comcast channel 19) and the presentation is available on YouTube for parents and community members HERE.



Spoken Word Promotes Poetry, Voices

2015-2016 School Calendar now available online.
Spoken Word is a group that works with students across the nation to promote creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim oral and written traditions, and become leaders in their communities. They worked with SWA students during the week of November 16-20, and a conducted a student-led poetry slam is on Friday November 21.
The 2015-2016 Rutherford county school calendar is now available for your planning convenience. To access the calendar, click on the picture-link above.


2014 RCS Fact Book & Annual Report  
A Message from the Director of Schools

We [Rutherford County Schools] experienced significant gains last year in mathematics, especially for the most capable quintile 4 and 5 students in grades 4-8.  I believe that the higher standards associated with more rigorous Common Core standards and the increase in instructional strategies in the classrooms.  Last year’s math scores represent 1 or 2 years of Common Core instruction in those lower grades.

Click on the image above to view or download the RCS 2014 factbook.    





A Note from the Principal:

Thank you for visiting Smyrna West Alternative School's website. We hope that you gain valuable resource information and that it serves as a good communication tool between you and school personnel.

A dedicated group of teachers and support staff work with me to help every student realize his or her talents and experience success in school. The Smyrna West Faculty and Staff treats every student as an individual and embraces the philosophy that all students do not learn in the same way. The combination of an innovative program and a great team makes coming to work each day a pleasure. The active support of parents and staff helps accomplish our mission of providing opportunities for academic learning and behavioral improvement by equipping students with the necessary skills to return to their zoned school.

Smyrna West conveys to students that our goal is to help them discover their talents and set goals for their future. We are continuously improving our program by increasing instructional technology, increasing intervention opportunities, extending service-learning throughout the curriculum, providing leadership and character-building opportunities, and monitoring student learning. In addition, we hope to improve attendance by implementing an intensive dropout prevention program. It is our hope to meet the changing needs of each of our students.

Please feel free to contact me or any staff member at (615) 904-3856 if you have questions, need assistance, or want to make an appointment for a conference. We encourage you to be involved in your child's education.

~Kay Davenport

12619 Old Nashville Highway | Smyrna, Tennessee 37167
Phone 615-904-3856 | Fax 615-904-3857