November 2021 News

November 5th, 2021

“Big Library Read” November 1st – November 15th

Big Library Read, taking place November 1st-November 15th, is essentially a worldwide book club. It will give students the opportunity to read (or listen) to the same digital title at the same time without any wait lists or holds through SORA. SORA is available through Classlinks or the NWHS library website Books & Magazine tab. If you need any assistance, please contact the library.


This year’s title is the young adult novel, Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards


100% Graduation November 3rd, 2021

Be a tnAchieves Mentor – Applications Now Open

Class of 2022 tnAchieves mentor recruitment is underway!

Begin the process of becoming a tnAchieves mentor by visiting the tnAchieves website. Applications are available for new and returning mentors.

After completing a mentor application/renewal, you will receive a confirmation email with the next steps. After applying, all tnAchieves mentors must complete mentor training to be paired with Class of 2022 TN Promise students. tnAchieves will communicate training details as soon as they are available.

tnAchieves mentors play a critical role in the success of students across the state of Tennessee as they pursue a post-secondary credential. Many students need just a little extra help in navigating the college-going process. tnAchieves mentors provide that support by offering encouragement and personal guidance to students in their community.

What are the responsibilities of a mentor?

tnAchieves Mentors are asked to serve three essential roles for their students from mid-February 2022 through their first semester of college. Mentoring only takes one hour per month, but that one hour can make a significant difference in a student’s life!

Mentors invest 12 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school seniors. tnAchieves has designed the mentor role so that even the busiest executive, parent, or young professional can make a meaningful impact. If you do not have experience working in education, do not worry! All mentors receive online training, a handbook, and support from the tnAchieves staff.

Questions? Email: [email protected]

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November 1st, 2021

Northwest High Senior Receives Prestigious JROTC Legion of Valor

For Kaylee Coon, a senior at Northwest High School, above and beyond is just a typical day. Recently, Kaylee achieved one of the highest honors bestowed on a JROTC cadet, earning the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement.

In a typical year, only one of every 4,000 cadets is awarded this designation. Cadet Major Coon was one of the 65 Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine JROTC Cadets out of over 500,000 nationwide to be nominated and receive the award in 2021.

As a student, her intrinsic motivation led her to a cumulative 4.0 GPA, all while taking Advanced Placement and Honors courses. During the atypical 2020-2021 school year, Kaylee’s work ethic and positive attitude brought her through the unexpected seasons of virtual remote learning. Her academic prowess enabled her to lead the NWHS JLAB Academic Team to the National Championship in Washington, D.C. The team successfully battled teams from around the country and ranked among the top 5% in the nation.

Kaylee is highly regarded by her peers, both through JROTC and as a leader in the school. At the beginning of high school, she admitted she was shy and often timid. But her experience in JROTC allowed her to build the confidence she continues to exude today.

“No one is as selfless as Kaylee,” said Col. Mark Faria, JROTC instructor at Northwest High. “She is the first to help other Cadets, whether it is to fix their uniform or help them with homework.” Kaylee’s participation in community events and her volunteer spirit has earned her recognition across Montgomery County.

“Kaylee is a magnificent young lady with a ton of potential,” said Jessica Peppard, Northwest High Principal.

Kaylee Coon embodies the vision of CMCSS that all students will reach their potential.