Thank You, Red Bank High School

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I sit here tonight, thankful everyday that my husband and I took a chance on sending our one and only child to Red Bank High School.  I was brought up in private schools, and was of the mindset private was the only way to go... if you can afford it.   And I have nothing against private schooling. 

But, life dictated that we couldn't afford private school, and we were zoned for Red Bank High School.  We had had a very successful run at Alpine Crest Elementary School, and Red Bank Middle School (oh how we miss Red Bank Middle.)  Still, this is high school we're talking about, and I was apprehensive about what I would find at Red Bank High School.   

We wanted the best for our only kiddo, who, I still have a hard time accepting is in high school.  And that's exactly what we found at Red Bank High School.

Between my daughter's outstanding JROTC instructors, to her volleyball coaches, and all of the other teachers in between, I couldn't ask for a better school.  She is having what I would consider an amazing first year of high school.  She is thriving and happy, and while I know a lot of that has to do with her and who she is, it also has to do with her teachers and coaches at Red Bank.   They go the extra mile.  They go way beyond what is expected of them, and I'm so thankful that my daughter is lucky enough to have teachers and coaches that will remain a strong influence in her life long after she graduates and flies the nest. 

So to all of my child's teachers and coaches,  thank you.  Thank you for putting my fears to rest about what may or may not await my child at Red Bank.  What awaits her is a very bright future... a bright future that you all are helping her move towards.

Mariah Smith

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

The Committee For Plain English On Hamilton County Ballots

First, there is no “committee.”  But there ought to be. Now I am not the brightest guy in the county. I only have a Bachelor of Science degree (five years), Graduate work in English, Philosophy and Economics (two years) and several years experience teaching at Chattanooga State and substitute teaching in Hamilton County public schools.  I recently voted in the November ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

Cold, Wet Front To Make For Chilly And Damp Trick Or Treating; Snow Showers Possible Saturday

A surge of cold, moist air will make for less-than-ideal trick or treat conditions on Halloween night. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing this weekend. There is a possibility of snow showers in Chattanooga on Saturday. Here is the latest forecast: Today Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming northwest ... (click for more)

Owls Beat McMinn, 30-12, To Complete Unbeaten Regular Season

Undefeated. Sounds nice, huh. After a sluggish first half that produced only three points on a Laszlo Toser field goa., third-ranked Ooltewah came to life in the third quarter, riddled McMinn County’s defense with three Kelvin Leon touchdown passes in the third quarter and went on to beat the Cherokees, 30-12, at James N. Monroe Stadium to secure the school’s third unbeaten ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Clobbers Grundy Co. For 7-AA Title

Notre Dame coach Charles Fant is always hoping that his Fighting Irish football team can get off to a fast start. He never thought it would be as quick as what he saw Thursday night at Jim Eberle Field. With a District 7-AA championship on the line on an evening when they honored all of the fall senior athletes, a football game turned into a track meet and eventually a victory ... (click for more)