Farragut ‘codes’ to world record

FIS students ‘had the inspiration’ to contribute

Farragut Intermediate students, from left, Jaycee Hatton, Ella Fowler and Channing Hurley work on the coding exercise that helped Knox County and Oak Ridge schools combine to secure a world record Wednesday, Nov. 8.
How many people can say they broke a world’s record?

Turns out, as of last week, more than 1,000 students in the Knoxville area can do just that.

Select Knox County Schools’ students, including pupils at Farragut Intermediate, Northshore Elementary and Farragut Primary, along with students from Oak Ridge City Schools and several private schools, helped break the world record for simultaneous coding last Wednesday, Nov. 8.

About 1,050 students from the various campuses were confirmed to have participated in the 30-minute exercise using an MIT program known as “Scratch.”

That number broke the previous record of 1,000 students learning code, according to Theresa Nixon, director of Educational Technology & Library Services for Knox County Schools.

The event had been in the planning stages since at least April, Nixon said in an e-mail, as she explained how Knoxvillians Brandon Bruce, COO of Cirrus Insight and Caleb Fristoe, manager of CodeTN, brought the idea to the school system.

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FPS learns, helps earn world record

Layla Compton, an FPS coding student, does her part in helping set the world record.
Two Farragut Primary School second-grade classes joined students from more than 50 local schools in trying to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most students simultaneously coding at the same time.

From 9:30 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, the classes of second-grade teachers Cara Gregg and Danielle Richardson gathered in FPS’s computer lab to code an animated picture.

“The kids are excited,” added Dee Goacher-Litrakis, FPS second-grade educational assistant in the school’s computer lab.

Second-grader John Williams, 8, said he feels “kind of good” about trying to break the world record for coding.

“I kind of know [what coding is],” he added.

“It’s where you try to make something, like a game, on the computer,” second-grade classmate Layla Compton said.

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Local top finishers awarded for fall school coupon sales

Farragut schools joined other Knox County Schools in celebrating the success of the 2017 Knox County Schools Original Coupon Book Sales.

Students, teachers, parents and school officials gathered for the awards luncheon, which took place in Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center, South Knoxville, Friday, Nov. 10.

“Our theme this year was safari adventure, and wow, what an adventure our students who are here today took, selling 100 or more books,” said Bob Thomas, Knox County Schools superintendent. “I just appreciate your efforts. It’s so important to us, mainly because it raises over $1 million for our schools and it is one of the most successful programs in our country in terms of fundraising.

When the coupon book sales program was established in 1984, schools sold 102,205 books, raising $766, 537.

This year, Thomas said schools sold 149,901 books, raising $1,323,625 for KCS.

Farragut Primary School and Farragut Intermediate School were among the top performing schools, with FPS having 5.70 percent per capita sales and FIS having 5.62 percent per capita sales.

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Farragut Primary School PTA Fall Festival

From, left, Mackaye Moore, 5, Lucy Luckadoo, 7, and Ashlyn Clancy, 7
Parents, their children and other relatives added up to a few thousand who, despite a soaking rain, enjoyed annual Farragut Primary School PTA Fall Festival at the school Saturday morning and early afternoon, Oct. 28.

Anticipating a steady rain, school officials and volunteers moved things inside — successfully transitioning the fest.

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