Ooltewah High Spanish Class Receives $1,000 Grant From McKee Baking

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Haven Caylor-Brown, Ed.D., and his class show off their readers purchased with grant funds.  Joining the class to share in the books and some Little Debbie snacks are Brittany McKee and Claudia Thompson from McKee Baking.
Haven Caylor-Brown, Ed.D., and his class show off their readers purchased with grant funds. Joining the class to share in the books and some Little Debbie snacks are Brittany McKee and Claudia Thompson from McKee Baking.

McKee Baking Company, distributors of Little Debbie, provides grants for local schools and awarded a $1,000 grant to Ooltewah High.   

"Little Debbie is not just the name of a road in the community or the well-known brand of snack treats found in lunch boxes.  Little Debbie is also helping students at Ooltewah High learn new languages," officials said.
 
Haven Caylor-Brown, Ed. D, a Spanish teacher at Ooltewah High School, applied for one of the grants from McKee Baking.

After receiving the grant, Dr. Caylor-Brown used the funds to purchase comprehension-based second language acquisition readers in the Spanish language for his Spanish class. The readers are perfect for second language learning. The readers allow the Spanish language students to read popular novels in Spanish so they can make the language more relevant and meaningful.  
 
“With our grant money, we have purchased four classroom sets of Spanish readers and their supplemental instructional materials,” said Dr. Caylor-Brown. “The readers and their supplemental materials are awesome tools that help our World Language teachers maintain a classroom environment where 90 percent of the instruction and learning is in the target language.”
 
Comprehension based learning is the ability to learn languages through understandable messages in the language through the repetition of what is heard and read, officials said.  

“If the information is also compelling and in context, the acquisition will occur more quickly and will be more enjoyable for students.  Being forced to speak or repeat words and phrases does not lead to acquisition or learning; it only leads to short term internalization of the words themselves,” Dr. Caylor–Brown added. “Learners need to hear and read words many, many times in an engaging and coherent way to internalize them to a point where they can use them.” 
 
"After reading these innovative novels, the students are more culturally aware of Hispanic geography, special events, customs and, of course, the Spanish language," officials said. "They also take the target language knowledge they have acquired in the novels and use the Spanish language across other reading and writing, art, music, interpersonal skills, intrapersonal skills, nature and sports. 
 
"Interaction within the language where students use listening and answering can greatly improve a student’s ability to use a new language." 


Dr. Squires Co-Authors Three Part Equity Series

Chattanooga State’s Johnson And Hammond Earn CMBE Status

Chanceton Lindsey Takes A Little ‘Time Off’


Dr. John Squires, executive director of Advancement and Planning, has co-authored a three part series focused on how states can improve their efforts surrounding equity by creating an equity ... (click for more)

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Massage Therapy faculty members Renee Johnson and Tiffany Hammond have earned Certified Massage and Body Educator status from the Alliance for Massage ... (click for more)

What did you do to pass the time when the pandemic first hit two years ago, when the entire world seemed to shut down and people were forced to quarantine? Maybe you brought a puppy or kitten ... (click for more)



Student Scene

Dr. Squires Co-Authors Three Part Equity Series

Dr. John Squires, executive director of Advancement and Planning, has co-authored a three part series focused on how states can improve their efforts surrounding equity by creating an equity framework and using data. Along with Dr. Squires, Maxine Roberts and Claus von Zastrow also co-authored the Education Commission of the States, which is a national education policy organization ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State’s Johnson And Hammond Earn CMBE Status

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Massage Therapy faculty members Renee Johnson and Tiffany Hammond have earned Certified Massage and Body Educator status from the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. Ms. Johnson is the senior instructor and program director for Chattanooga State’s Massage Therapy program and Ms. Hammond serves as an associate instructor. “We are very ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Firefighters Battle 2 Sunday Morning Restaurant Fires

Several LongHorn Steakhouse employees acted fast Sunday morning when a fire in the kitchen got out of control, safely exiting the restaurant and calling 911 for help. Multiple CFD Red Shift companies responded to the business at 5771 Brainerd Road. The kitchen hood was on fire and flames were coming through the hood vent on the roof. A second alarm was called to bring additional ... (click for more)

Developer Eyes Save-A-Lot Shopping Center For Multi-Level Townhouse Project

“Close Out Sale,” the large portable sign posted alongside announced. Smaller signs, inside Save-A-Lot – the grocery store that anchors the commercial property – were even more explicit. “STORE CLOSING,” one declared. “Everything is on sale, up to 50 percent off. Shelving and all.” Employees, asked what’s going on, were reassuring. The store is closing so that it can be ... (click for more)

Opinion

Earl Freudenberg: Johnny Haynes Overcome His Disability To Become A Police Department Fixture

Johnny Haynes was a special person. Under almost clear skies and 45 degree temperatures, he was buried Saturday afternoon when a small group of his friends gathered at Greenwood Cemetery off Wilcox Boulevard for the committal service. The retired Chattanooga Police Department employee has been my friend since 1962. The Central High School graduate was born with polio but was ... (click for more)

Employers Broke The Social Contract - And Response

Along with our trust, most employers are going to need to give those who participated in the great resignation something to hold onto. The cliché during the pandemic is that we’re all in the same storm, not the same boat. Some of you are in yachts while the rest of us are drowning, grasping at driftwood. For some it’s being deep in medical debt, for others they suffer from burnout ... (click for more)