Celebrating Maxwell Elementary

Henry C. Maxwell Elementary: Building Student Collaboration and Reflection  
Posted on 01/26/2022
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Named for a local farmer, pastor and Nashville civil rights leader, Henry C. Maxwell Elementary School has served families in the Cane Ridge community since 2001.  two students at computer in class

Maxwell teachers and staff are learning to use strategies to connect with students and implement curriculum that increases student collaboration and reflection. Maxwell’s teachers build effective relationships with their little Explorers and are there for them, especially those who need additional Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) support both at school and at home.

Maxwell is practicing Every Student Known by offering after-school tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday for students who need academic assistance. Students serve as student ambassadors and participate in daily morning announcements. Also, third- and fourth-graders partner with younger learners weekly to help with technology through their Sown to Grow SEL sessions.  Librarian reading to students at Maxwell in the library


Facts about Maxwell

  • Maxwell Moments - a schoolwide newspaper that is written and published by fourth-grade students. It is sent twice a month and is filled with interviews and school happenings.   
  • Traveling Attendance Trophy – classes compete for highest weekly attendance rate, and the winning class gets to keep the Attendance Trophy. The coveted trophy moves around from week to week to the class with the highest weekly attendance.
  • Friday Family Feedback - during the pandemic, Maxwell has hosted a virtual 30-minute interactive feedback Q&A session with parents on Fridays.    
  • Every student soon will be able to open a savings account with US Community Credit Union to learn more about finances and saving money.   
  • Triple A Achievers - students who receive perfect attendance and have positive attitudes and excellent academics throughout the school year. Triple A Achievers are rewarded with a prize from the school’s Prize Cart.
  • Maxwell encourages community partnerships, especially with students with good report cards. Students with superb grades receive a certificate from a local barbershop that goes towards grooming, shampoo washes, and haircuts. 


“Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay classy, Maxwell,” says Executive Principal Bernice Russell. “That is the motto we recite every day.”  

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