Apison School Updates

 Back to School Bash

Hamilton County Schools to Host Annual Back to School Bash

August 7 

Chattanooga, Tenn. (Jul. 22, 2021) -- In preparation for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, Hamilton County Schools (HCS) will host its fourth annual Back to School Bash Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Horizon Pavilion. Participating families will receive a free backpack and school supplies. Attendees will also enjoy performances and activities from area school and community groups. This event is made possible through the generous partnership of BlueCare Tennessee, Staples, Food City, and other community partners. Radio station Power 94 with Brewer Media will broadcast live from the pavilion, providing updates throughout the event.

Families can visit www.hcde.org/firstdayready for more information about the event and other First Day Ready resources.

Back to School Services

July 14, 2021

Health Department to Offer Back-to-School Childhood Vaccination and Birth Certificate Events;

No Appointment Necessary

HAMILTON COUNTY, TN - The Hamilton County Health Department invites families of school-age children to participate in back-to-school vaccination and birth certificate events at the Health Department beginning Monday, July 19th through Monday, August 13th. No appointment is necessary.

“Routine childhood vaccinations are an important way to ensure that your child and community remain healthy and protected against serious diseases, like measles and whooping cough,” says Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes. “We encourage parents to make sure children are up to date on routinely recommended vaccines and take advantage of our back-to-school events.”

What: Back-to-School Childhood Vaccination and Birth Certificate Events

Where: Hamilton County Health Department, 921 East 3rd St., Chattanooga, TN

When: Weekdays: July 19th through August 13th from 8:00AM – 4:00PM

*Special Saturday Events: July 31st and August 7th from 8:00AM-12:00PM

Who: School-age children and their parents/custodians are invited to participate.

Services Offered

  • Tennessee Immunization Forms
  • Birth Certificates
  • Required school vaccinations
    • For a full list of vaccinations required by age group, visit the TN Department of Health’s website.
    • Kindergartners, seventh graders, and students new to Hamilton County Schools are due for a new vaccine series; however, Health Department nurses are available to bring each child up to date on their vaccine requirements.
  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for all guests 12 and up.


  • No appointment is necessary.
  • Free parking is available in the garage across the street from Erlanger’s Emergency Department. Please bring your parking ticket into the Health Department and ask staff to validate it.
  • For the safety of Health Department staff and clients, masks and social distancing measures are required inside the building.
  • Bilingual staff are available.
  • Usual Health Department charges apply, including sliding fee schedule based on income.
  • Call the Health Department’s hotline at 423-209-8383 if you have any questions.

Parents/legal guardians are asked to bring the following documentation:

  • Current valid ID. If ID is expired, provide two pieces of mail with current name and address.
  • Custody papers (If applicable)
  • Health insurance card (If applicable)
  • Proof of child wellness physical (if applicable and/or required by the school).
  • If child is new to Hamilton County Schools, parents/legal guardians are asked to bring their child’s immunization record.

Current Services

Parents/guardians who wish to start the childhood immunization process prior to the walk-in events are invited to make an appointment over the phone. Please call 423-209-8050. No appointment is necessary for the birth certificate/vital records department. For more information, call the COVID-19 hotline at 423-209-8383.

This press release is available in Spanish on the Health Department’s Spanish Facebook page.


Student Meals During Summer

Student meals will continue to be available this summer thanks to funding from the FDA! Families can pickup free meals for children ages 0-18 at the following locations on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm and Thursdays from 4-7pm. 
Pick-up Locations
Harrison Bay: Central HS
MidTown: Hardy ES
Missionary Ridge: East Side ES
North River: Hixson HS
Rock Point: Red Bank ES

Download the PowerSchool App

This year many of our students are attending school through remote learning, so it is essential that our families know how to access and use the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This platform houses all of the information families need to track their child's progress in school including grades, attendance, and teacher communications. The PowerSchool Parent Portal is especially helpful for HCS at Home parents because they can monitor if their child is attending virtual classes.

PowerSchool can be accessed through a computer or via mobile app. We strongly encourage families to download the PowerSchool app on their phones for quick and easy access to their child's school information. The app is available for download on Apple and Google Play.

For more information about how to sign into PowerSchool Parent Portal, visit our website.



Dear Bentwood Cove Parents, Due to the construction of East Hamilton Middle School (East Brainerd Elementary School), a relief lane was created to ease the traffic on Bentwood Cove Drive. Parents are no longer allowed to park along Bentwood Cove Drive to wait for their student(s) to cross the crosswalk. NO PARKING signs will be posted along the drive. As a result, all Bentwood Cove students will become car riders. We will no longer walk the students to the crosswalk. Lane #1 in the front of the building is designated for Bentwood Cove parents allowing you to turn right to return to your neighborhood. Others who may choose to join Bentwood Cove parents in lane #1 are choosing to turn right to either go to your neighborhood or to East Hamilton Middle School/East Brainerd Elementary School.

On Friday, August 7th during registration, you will have an opportunity to pick up your new red car tag. Beginning on Wednesday, August 12th , all previous Bentwood Cove walkers will walk the car rider line and will meet you in lane #1.

We realize this is new to all of you but please understand that changes with new construction create challenges. This is a prime example and we are adjusting our traffic flow/pattern to accommodate the new build. We thank you, in advance, for your understanding and grace as we all become accustomed to this new change.

Mrs. Callie Stewart


New principal selected for the fall

 Callie Stewart

Callie Stewart, assistant principal at Apison Elementary, will move into the principal's chair next year, replacing Ron Hughes, who is retiring at the end of this school year.  Hughes was an excellent mentor as he was selected 2014-15 Tennessee Principal of the Year.  Stewart is an accomplished, experienced administrator having served at Hillcrest, Woodmore, Hixson, and Apison elementary schools in Hamilton County as an assistant principal.

During her time as an assistant principal, she was instrumental in creating a parental involvement program as a culminating project for the Principal Leadership Academyserved on a local university education advisory board, and revised the institute's education curriculum and training process.  She also collaborated with faculty to develop an after-school tutorial program.  She taught math and science for six years at East Lake Academy of Fine Arts and Ooltewah Middle School.

In April 1999, she was selected as one of the first participants in the inaugural cohort of the Alternative Certification Program for Hamilton County Schools. She successfully completed the PEF Principal Leadership Academy Cohort 3, was a participant in Columbia University's Teacher College Writers' Program, and completed McRel Balanced Leadership training.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a specialist degree from Tennessee Tech University.



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