Orchard Knob Middle School Gears Up For TCAP Boot Camp

Monday, March 31, 2014

Orchard Knob Middle School will hold its 2nd Annual TCAP Boot Camp Tuesday through Thursday at The Chattanoogan Hotel.

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program is a statewide assessment designed to measure academic skill level and progress. OKMS’ boot camp style program offers students an opportunity to engage with TCAP style problems, critical thinking skills, and test-taking strategies in a unique and innovative way.

“Rather than the monotonous review of practice problems or “drill and kill” strategies, TCAP Boot Camp is packed with rigorous, engaging and powerful learning,” says Principal Crystal Sorrells.

The boot camp experience consists of four key academic rotation areas such as math, language arts, science and social studies. Teachers and academic coaches will facilitate each rotation. Volunteers will rotate with students to support learning and further motivate students.

The Chattanoogan Hotel has allowed OKMS use of its ballrooms at no cost to the school or the district for the second year in a row. As well, FSG Bank is continuing its support of OKMS with a financial contribution for student materials and volunteer services throughout the experience. “Our partnership with OKMS is about so much more than just underwriting this important program,” says FSG Bank Advertising Director Gina Crumbliss. “We have 29 FSG Bank team members volunteering their time and talent to assist the teachers and students during the boot camp.  These are smart kids and I don’t know who is going to learn more – them or us.” Ms. Crumbliss adds.

Each morning, a special guest will motivate and encourage the students prior to each academic rotation. Speakers include Public Education Foundation VP of College and Career Success Stacy Lightfoot; Power 94’s own Eric “The Voice” Foster; and Dr. Paul Smith, public safety coordinator for the City of Chattanooga. TCAP Boot Camp starts each day promptly at 8:30 a.m. and runs until approximately1:30 p.m..


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