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Cherokee Middle School9

Kingston, TN | Roane County

August 29, 2013


My daughter is a seventh grader at CMS . Last year i was conerned when we attended orientation. We were pleasantly surprised. Mr. Tillman (band) and Mrs. Banker(social studies) are the best. As for not knowing how your child is doing. ..They have a grade portal and email. I have found Mrs Rose and Mrs Brackett to be responsive . Sometimes parents want to complain instead of putting in the investment.

Submitted by a parent

June 25, 2013


I am the parent of a rising 8th grader. Overall we have had great experiences with this school. All of the teachers we have had were good with some of them being exceptional. I will agree that the communication is sometimes lacking however keep in mind this is middle school not elementary school and the students are held to a higher level of responsibility. My daughter blossomed at this school. She did have a sub last year for geography because her main teacher was on maternity leave that assigned a lot of busy work. But, it was only for 6 or 8 weeks. The teachers assigned little homework that was busy work . I love that most of the assignments allowed for learning along with creativity .

Submitted by a parent

April 15, 2012


This is my child's first year at CMS and I haven't received any update on how he is doing in his classes except progress reports. I have sent numerous letters for meetings and i never get a response. I have requested my son bring his books home but some they don't have enough books for all the students and others he has to ask permission to bring home. Then on top of that he has homework on the internet. I had removed it from my home due to the trash on it but i had to reconnect it just so my son could do his homework. They say public school is free? He also received a letter saying that he was obese and i asked him about gym at school and he said that he does exercises at school and he told me everything he did. I started exercises at home to reinforce these exercises at school and i realized he didn't even know how to do a PUSHUP! He said the PE teacher said as long as he could go up and down that was good enough? NO WONDER OUR KIDS ARE GETTING NOTES HOME THEY ARE OBESE! These exercises they are doing aren't helping because they aren't doing them correctly. I was very upset so now i have taken it upon myself to teach him regular exercises.

Submitted by a parent

August 3, 2009


My child is going into 8th grade. Our experience has been dull really. I do want to say that Mr. Shell really had an impact on my child in 6th grade and has to be one of the best teachers my child has had. The food is not so bad. The teachers, of which they have added many new and gotten rid of some old, are good teachers, even though communication from them is often lacking. I would like to say my child is a strait A student going to 8th grade and has NEVER been assigned a book report to do. I find this very odd. The sports program complained about,what about education? Put your child in a private competative sport if the school lacks, worry about your childs education. Our PE dept. does need a lot of help! They also need better sex ed for the 7th & 8th.

Submitted by a parent

March 14, 2009


i am an 8th grader here at CMS i think it is awesome!!!! Mr. McCrum is still here I had him last year in 7th grade. I also go fly RC planes with him so to me he is a friend. The rest of the teachers are pretty nice too. Like some of the parents posted the food is bad sometimes but mostly it's good. Oh and to the parents that rated bad this is a good school. The new princible Mrs. Rose treats us like 3rd graders though. last year we got to walk to lunch by ourselves now the teachers have to walk us there like little kids I think its stupid. I know some kids are immature but still.

Submitted by a student

February 26, 2009


I am an 8th grader here at CMS i think it is awesome!!!! Mr. McCrum is still here I had him last year in 7th grade. I also go fly RC planes with him so to me he is a friend. The rest of the teachers are pretty nice too. Like some of the parents posted the food is bad sometimes but mostly it's good. Oh and to the parents that rated bad this is a good school. The new princible Mrs. Rose treats us like 3rd graders though. last year we got to walk to lunch by ourselves now the teachers have to walk us there like little kids I think its stupid. I know some kids are immature but still.

Submitted by a student

August 3, 2008


I have had two children attend school at CMS. The academics are ok but the athletic dept. is pitiful. The school has not got the same focus and preperation for high school sports that other institutions have.I will send my third child else where.I also think school uniforms would do this school a great deal of good.

Submitted by a parent

April 2, 2008


I have two children at CMS. When their grades have been low, we have requested additional homework for extra credit. Almost all of the teachers REFUSE to give it. There is next to no communication from the Principal's office regarding school events or policies, other than at the begining of the school year. As a parent, I would appreciate at least monthly updates.

Submitted by a parent

January 11, 2008


I am a sutdent at cms. I am in a large class of about 28. I love how the teachers interact with us. The teach hands on. The teacher i found to be most delighting is mrs.Stevenson. She always explains and is always ready to help a student in need.

Submitted by a student

September 29, 2007


My daughter was in 7th grade last year after moving from another state, we found this school to be very good, she gained high grades and the teachers were always happy to meet with us to inform us of her progress, she was also in band and the band program was great. I would recommend this school.

Submitted by a parent

June 14, 2007


Teachers are great! The only reason the school is in bad shape is because it is 100 years old.

Submitted by a student

May 25, 2007


Well, actually, I am a student at this school. And its true that some teachers assign extra homework, but its usually because of bad behavior and as a student, ill admit that it is an effective way for students to calm down. The teachers I've noticed especially, because of their unique teaching styles, are Mr.McCrum, and Ms.Kelsey. They are interactive with their teaching and I appreciate that change of pace.

Submitted by a student

April 17, 2007


My son is in his last year at CMS, thank God. It seems that they have forgotten why they became teachers to start with. Maybe they need training to recognize burnout on the job. I have not received any kind of information from teachers this year to know how my son is really doing. I get the mid term report and the grade card and to me that is not enough involvement.

Submitted by a parent

July 31, 2006


My daughter's a student. Two teachers cared about her success, the rest were terrible. Complaints about how my child was treated in class resulted in excuses. No effort to engage her mind, only concern with busywork. Vice principle's excellent. Sixth grade science teacher McCrum is the best teacher. They need MANY more like him. Cafeteria food is awful, most times my child found it inedible and she usually eats good. Get better cooks, better ingredients and feed healthy food - not lumps of crisco! I'm glad legislation is forcing menu change. Peer groups tend to be volatile and cruel, namecalling, physical attacks, school violence risk, buses out of control. Sports program limited, PE teachers lousy - kids get hurt for lack of proper warmup and technique. My child sustained a serious torn muscle/tendon doing what teacher said - required medical attention for weeks. What happend to physical EDUCATION?

Submitted by a parent

April 18, 2006


Both of my children are students at CMS and both of my children have had some type of issue to deal with. My biggest concern is that parents are kept in the dark about what happens at CMS until there is a problem. Secondly, the homework is an issue, children need to have a life outside of school and with single parents and situations where both parents work getting the homework completed is sometimes a task. My daughter often misses church on Wednesday night to complete homework for the next day. To end this session I would also like to say, all children need to get an education, not just do well on the TCAPS.

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