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School Calendar

January 2014

  • Monday, January 6: Students, teachers return from Winter Break
  • Thursday, January 9: 2nd nine weeks report card
  • Monday, January 20: MLK Holiday (Schools closed)
  • Tuesday, January 28: Early Dismissal - 3 hour, 15-minute day for students
February 2014
  • Monday, February 10 – Wednesday, February 12: Progress reports
  • Monday, February 17: President’s Day (Schools closed)
March 2014
  • Thursday, March 6: Early Dismissal - 3 hour, 15-minute day for students
  • Monday, March 10: In-service Day (No school for students)
  • Friday, March 14: End of 3rd nine weeks
  • Thursday, March 20: 3rd nine weeks report cards
  • Tuesday, March 25: Parent Teacher Conferences (grades 9-12)
  • Monday, March 31 - Friday, April 4: Spring Break (Schools closed)
April 2014
  • Monday, March 31 - Friday, April 4: Spring Break (Schools closed)
  • Monday, April 14 – Wednesday, April 16: Progress reports
  • Friday, April 18: Good Friday (Schools closed)
May 2014
  • Monday, May 26: Memorial Day (Schools Closed)
  • Wednesday, May 28: Teacher work day (No school for students)
  • Thursday, May 29: End 4th nine weeks; 4th nine weeks report cards
    Last day for students: two-hour day




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Poetry Slam for Cans

On April 14th Smyrna West hosted a fundraiser in the form of a Poetry Slam titled “Poetry Slam for Cans.” Parents and members of the community attended the demonstration of SWA students’ poetry pieces. Admission to the Slam was a donation of food to the Smyrna-Lavergne Food Bank.  Smyrna West students shared influential life experiences and lessons through their poetry. Not only did the students gain the opportunity to express themselves, but they gained experience performing for an authentic audience, and maybe even a new passion.


2014 RCS Fact Book & Annual Report

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


Happy Birthday Dr. Suess

Twenty-three amazingly brave and excited students celebrated Dr. Suess' birthday by reading to students in grades Prek-5 on the morning of Tuesday, March 11. Spending ten minutes in each class, the pairs of students entertained younger students by sharing carefully chosen books. They created costumes, collaborated on speaking parts, and even danced to make the books come alive. The students responded with cheers of "Read it again!" and "Read another one!" Click on the picture to see the video!




SWA "In Action" Grant

Congratulations to Smyrna West faculty, staff, and students for being awarded a $2,500 grant. Purity Dairy partnered with the National Football League (NFL) to host a get-fit campaign and competition open to schools. The competition involved the production of a video demonstrating how each school incorporates "get fit" opportunities within their school. Click the "fuel up to play 60" link above to view the grant winning video.



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.



Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Holmes for being voted by his peers to be Smyrna West's Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to his two years of teaching at Smyrna West, Mr. Holmes taught for two years in the Memphis City School district. His philosophy for education is, "High expectations...make it possible. I never allow my students to become content with mediocrity!”


Charitable Giving

As they do every year, the Smyrna West faculty and staff participated in in the United Way campaign.  They raise the bar for contributions

each year, and each year they meet expectations.  This year’s goal was $600, and the total contributed was $625.  Great giving!


SWA to See Othello
On Wednesday, January 29 , Smyrna West faculty, staff, and students attended Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Winter Shakespeare: Othello, starring former Titan Eddie George. This opportunity was secured through The Tennessee Arts Commission two Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) Grants to the tune of $1045 each, for a total of $2090.






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