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Fifth graders were recognized for academic and athletic achievement and participation in activities. Seventeen fifth graders received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, which means they achieved a 90 or higher grade average and high scores on national standardized testing.
The Bright School, founded in 1913 by progressive educator Mary G. Bright, enrolls more than 300 students in preschool through fifth grade. Bright School seeks motivated students, offers a child-centered curriculum and develops in children a lifelong love of learning and a sense of responsibility that provides a critical foundation for their future endeavors. Schedule a tour and see us in action!
The Bright School had 17 winners in the Young Southern Student Writers Contest, which is coordinated by the Southern Lit Alliance and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of English. Students submitted works of poetry and prose, and the awards ceremony was held last week at the Tivoli Theatre. Two students were honored in both poetry and prose. The area contest has been held since 1999, and this year, there were more than 4,600 submitted works. Awards were given to 500 students in grades kindergarten through 12th.
The Bright School celebrated the cultural heritage of all its families with a special week of activities. Bright families represent more than 20 countries, and the flag of each country is on display at our Guerry International Plaza flag court.
A.J. Johnson is an inquisitive leader and stellar athlete, and what she really loves and hopes to pursue as a career is math and science. Johnson ’10, now a senior at Baylor, credits Bright School’s morning math program with fueling her interest in that particular subject.
Vance ’10 is now a senior at GPS and president of Partnerships in the Community (PIC), a community service council in which the entire school votes on the leader. She is one of three Bright alumnae in senior leadership at GPS, including Tia Kemp as senior class president and Phoebe Warren as Honor Council president. Vance, Kemp and Elisabeth Hale, another Bright alumna, are members of the GPS May Court as well.
Steven Bernstein’s life since age 5 sounds like one continuous and exciting travelogue. He has been to 26 countries. Make that 28 following this spring break, and the number will reach 30 by the end of this summer.
Before the faculty and the fifth grade tipped off their basketball game in January, Chattanooga Area Food Bank President and CEO Gina Crumbliss addressed the crowd and thanked all the students and their families for donating more than 2,000 canned goods. It was a special day for the contribution to the food bank but also for Crumbliss, who had not been back to Bright since her graduation.
Third graders learned about fractions in a new way and from new and somewhat younger teachers than usual. Four 10th graders from the STEM School of Chattanooga visited this morning as part of a project-based learning partnership with the Creative Discovery Museum that puts students into schools to teach lessons they have developed.

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