Online Courses Coming 
to WCS in 2018-19

Online courses will be offered in four subject areas for Williamson County high school students next year.

As part of the school board’s strategic plan to explore a variety of learning opportunities, the district will offer 17 online courses during the 2018-19 school year: English I, II, III and IV, algebra I, geometry, algebra II, AP computer science A, physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, U.S. history, economics, government, world history/geography and personal finance. The courses will be taught by Williamson County Schools educators.

High school students will have the choice of online courses available as they register for next year’s classes. Each high school will share additional information with families.

Chopt Creative Salad Co. Now Open in Hill Center Brentwood

Chopt Creative Salad Co. opened its doors to customers in February. The restaurant is located at 211 Franklin Road, Suite 160, in the Hill Center Brentwood development.

Chopt combines seasonal ingredients and authentic flavors from around the world to invent its unique salads. In addition to its classic and build-your-own salad options, Chopt travels to a new destination every 60 days, creating limited-time only salads inspired by locations near and far.

The Brentwood location opened with Destination Vietnam, featuring such Vietnamese-inspired dishes as the Saigon Chicken Bánh Mì Salad, the Vietnamese Meatball Noodle Bowl and the Shrimp Summer Roll Salad. The restaurant’s salads can be complemented with one of 18 dressings that are made from scratch on a daily basis. Lemonades and teas are also freshly-brewed.

Chopt adds a local freshness to its menu by building partnerships with regional artisans and purveyors like Booch Kombucha and Switters Coffee.

The restaurant features more than 55 seats, including communal dining areas, booth seating, a large outdoor patio area and playful wallpaper created in partnership with Batabasta, a Spanish design duo.

Founded in New York City in 2001 by best friends Tony Shure and Colin McCabe, Chopt has expanded to a family of more than 50 restaurants in New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, with more to come soon.

Chopt’s hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. For more information on Chopt, visit

Five WCS Educators Receive National Board Certification

Five Williamson County Schools educators have earned the honor of being nationally board-certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Allendale Elementary guidance counselor Suzanne Edwards. Independence High fine arts department head Jennifer Helm, Independence High science teacher Andrea Reeder, Centennial High AP English teacher Susanna Singleton and Brentwood High fine arts and wellness teacher Lindsey Quitmeier join 5,470 other newly certified educators around the country.

Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher is considered one of the top honors an educator can earn. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers in schools across the nation. The board was created by teachers, for teachers, and has certified more than 118,000 teachers nationwide.

Hill Center Brentwood Open During Renovations

Renovations began in late January on Hill Center Brentwood’s circa-1986 building. All retailers 
in the center will remain open during construction, which is expected to be completed by mid-October 2018.

The exterior renovations will occur on a rolling construction schedule starting at the north end of the building that includes a vacant end-cap space and Puffy Muffin. Completion of this first section is expected by mid-October. The next section of construction begins mid-March on the storefronts of Hot Pink, The Fresh Market and Pear Tree Avenue, and will conclude around early July. The last section will include storefronts for Katy’s Hallmark, Hair Expressions, FedEx and REI. This work will begin mid-May and conclude mid-October.

The facade improvements include removing the limestone canopy on the front of the center and adding new vertical design elements that complement the building’s brick color and coordinate with the new center. Existing storefront canopies will be replaced with metal awnings, and new lighting and planters will be installed. Additionally, the walkway along the front of the center will be reworked to meet paving and the landscape standards and to connect with the new center.