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Smoike Signals 8.14.17
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Parents and Guardians, 


What a fantastic week its been at Harpeth High School! Our freshmen have gotten comfortable with the school and their classes and all other students have gotten back into the swing of things. This is going to be a great school year!


This issue of Smoke Signals is going to be a little lengthy because there is a lot to share with you all.  So much has taken place since the end of last year I'm going to take some time to try and fill you in.


First, HHS is going through an amazing transformation that began over the summer. PPG donated gallons upon gallons of paint so we could slap a fresh coat on our walls and boy did we change the walls! Nearly 10 painting days and close to 100 volunteers during that time and we managed to paint the three main halls in the building and the office. Painting concrete masonry block is NOT an easy task, especially for novice painters. But we had so much help getting our building painted. HHS faculty and staff, several parents, numerous students (past, present and future), a volunteer team from the Bellevue Home Depot, Mr. David Risner (Board Member) and family, so many that made me very proud to be a part of such a supportive community. 


The second transformation took place in the main gym. The gym looks SO good right now with a freshly waxed floor and the new painting scheme applied by several parents of students on our basketball team. A HUGE thank you goes out to Sanford Patterson who was the driving force behind the gym painting!


Between the halls and gym painting experiences, two people sacrificed their time and showed up to help each and every time something we scheduled a "painting party". Without these two around, South Cheatham wouldn't be the same. I want to thank Larry and Candy Turner for their continued support, sacrifice, and

dedication to the students they serve and work hard for every day. It is evident how much you truly care about this community.


Our third phase of the HHS facelift took place in the cafeteria. After years of the same bland tables we were fortunate to get new cafeteria furniture. We now have booths, high-top tables, tables with school colors and tables with our Power H logo. The cafeteria walls also have a new painting design to improve the overall positive appearance. 


Ben Howell, our new Ag teacher, helped to facilitate the fourth HHS improvement. Recruiting students' help toward the end of the summer our landscaping across the front of the building was spruced up considerably. After some trimming and a generous donation of mulch from Mr. John LouAllen (Board Member), HHS increased its CURB APPEAL. This is the first of some great landscape projects Mr. Howell and our students have in store for our school.  


Welcome New Teachers

- Amanda Casteel (English)

- Noah Taggart (Music and Band Director)

- Zachary Douglas (Wellness)

- Will Bryant (Health Science)actually began in April, 2017


Some important procedures at HHS

1. If you need your child for an early dismissal reason (doctor, dentist, other necessary appointment) you MUST provide written documentation to the school by 8:00 am the day of the dismissal. We will NOT permit students to leave campus if we don’t have this documentation after 8:00am unless a parent is present to sign the student out. If you need your student signed out please provide documentation (note or email to before 8:00 am OR come to the school to sign your student out. Thank you for your cooperation.

2. Students may share comments, ideas or concerns (including perceived bullying) by taking a picture of this using a QR scanner. 

All information remains confidential until necessary, IF necessary.

3. If you are parked in the senior parking lot, please be sure to have your car moved by 3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays as that is the band's practice field


Important dates-Mark your calendars

Friday, August 18 – Deadline to sign up for ACT Retake for Seniors - If you are interested in taking the ACT, you need to let Mrs. Holley know so she can order enough materials for all testers. Email her or see her in the guidance office. Retake is October 3 

Monday, August 21 – NO SCHOOL – Total Solar Eclipse

Tuesday, August 22 – Red Cross Blood Drive - Harpeth HOSA will be hosting a blood drive from 8AM-1PM Anyone and everyone is welcome to come donate blood in the Harpeth High School Library! The Red Cross is currently experiencing a severe blood shortage and is need of blood so please come donate! Every donation also helps us get closer to a scholarship for our HHS students! 

Sunday, August 27, 4-7pm – Paint Your Spot – This will be the time students will be permitted to come to school to paint their parking spots. We will be accepting "Paint Your Spot" applications beginning August 14-25. Students will need to turn in the application with their money. Seniors-$20, Juniors-$35, Sophomores-$50 If you are interested, see someone in the office for an application. 

Wednesday, August 30 – HHS Open House (6:00-7:30pm) 




Monday-Friday – Teachers and students will spend time throughout the week discussing the solar eclipse coming up. Teachers across the disciplines will likely share how the solar eclipse will, or could, relate to the area of study. We will also be sharing information on our announcements and televisions.

Friday, August 18 – BLACK OUT Pep Rally “Total Eclipse of the GYM” – Recognizing our Fall Athletes AND the Once-in-a-lifetime Solar Eclipse experience. All students will receive Eclipse Glasses on Friday to assist with their safety when viewing the eclipse.

Athletic - Home Events Only


The Cheerleaders are having a "Mini Cheer Camp" this Saturday (the 12th) and the next Saturday (the 19th) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  It's for pre-kindergarten through 6th grade age. The cost is $45.00 for both Saturdays and a T Shirt.  It is $25.00 if they can only make one Saturday and $10.00 if they want a shirt.

Cross Country

Enjoy Running? Want to get in shape for a winter sport? The Harpeth HS Cross-Country Team needs you!! 

Interested students can join us after school Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 3:15.  Meet us at the HMS field house.  Our first conference meet is in September. Questions can be addressed to Coach Havron (


August 24: vs. Grace Christian Academy


August 15: vs. Cheatham


I know this was a lot of information, we've had A LOT going on around the building over the summer. We are looking forward to an exciting week.


~Dr. R.

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