Nolan Song
Sword & Stone
Monthly Character Assembly Programs
Field Day
Drama - Annual Performance
Hoe Down - Fifth Grade
Talent Show - Fourth and Fifth Grades
Junior Achievement - JA in a Day
Parent Nights
Veterans Day
Every child performs at a PTA meeting
First Grade Thanksgiving Feast

4435 Shackleford Ridge Road, Signal Mountain, TN 37377
Phone 423-885-0898 | Fax 423-886-0897

Nolan Elementary is a public school serving Kindergarten through Fifth Grades on Signal Mountain, in Hamilton County.

Our Principal is Dr. Ashley Aldridge Wilson (

Nolan Elementary is part of the HCDE Rock Point Learning Community.
Our contact is Dr. Robert Sharpe (423-498-7094).

Nolan Elementary Mission Statement
We will work together to provide a caring, nurturing environment which will enable all children to become successful, independent, lifelong learners who will make positive contributions to our community.

Nolan Elementary Vision Statement
To become the most highly respected and outstanding elementary school in the state of Tennessee due to our academic and technological excellence and nurturing atmosphere which promotes a child's maximum learning potential.

Nolan Elementary Belief Statement
We believe that:
1. Every child has worth, is able and has the right to learn.
2. Every child is a unique individual.
3. Children should be taught according to their strongest learning style but should be exposed to all learning styles.
4. Community/Parental involvement and support are crucial for success.
5. Education should implement skills for living as well as character education on a daily basis.
6. Student learning is maximized when a school-wide discipline program is consistently implemented.
7. Learning best takes place in a clean, hazard free, and safe environment.

About The School

front view of school


Dr. and Mrs. Nolan

Because of years of faithful service Paul and Anne Nolan have given our community, Signal Mountain will never be the same. Hours of recognition could never convey our deep respect, admiration, and appreciation for a couple who has helped establish such high standards in education.

There is a determination in this community to continue the progress which had its beginning during their years of service. In 1966 Dr. Nolan began his tenure in the Hamilton County Quarterly Court where he served until 1978. He served the State of Tennessee in the House of Representatives from 1968-1970. In 1982 he joined the Hamilton County Commission where he served in several capacities until 1998. A very important part of his public service has been education and children's services. Dr. Nolan wanted to ensure that all children receive a quality education.

Mrs. Anne Nolan served the Town of Signal Mountain as both commissioner and Mayor from 1979-1987. While being a mother to their three children, she was active in the community and Signal Mountain Baptist Church. She was honored by being selected as "Woman of the Year" on Signal Mountain.


The New to Nolan group provides programs and services for families who are new to our school. There is an annual meeting for all school newcomers each August. All parents new to Nolan will be invited to meet Nolan's principal, and receive pertinent information regarding school policies and procedures. Parents take a tour of the school and ask any questions they may have.

Registration information: Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years of age on or before August 31 to register. Per Hamilton County Department of Education policy, all families will need to provide a copy of the birth certificate, proof of immunizations, and a physical reflected on the Tennessee form, and 2 proofs of residency (utility bills, mortgage or lease bills, etc.) with the parents' or guardians' names listed for an address within the Nolan zone.

For more information, call 423-886-0898.

Please refer to your child's Agenda Mate for additional information.

SACC (School Age Child Care Program)


The SACC childcare program operates out of our multi-purpose room in the addition portion of the school.

When dropping your children off for morning childcare, please pull around to the back of the building where you will find several parking spots. Park and enter the multi-purpose room to sign your children in.

Please also note that after school childcare will also take place each day in the multi-purpose room as well with parents again pulling around back and utilizing the parking spots and rear entry to sign your children out.

Signs will be posted, but if you have any questions please contact Mrs. Wofford (see below).


Lisa Wofford, Nolan Site Director:
(Cell) 423.443.0139

The purpose of the School Age Child Care Program is to provide adult supervision before and after school hours for students whose parents work outside the home. The School Age Child Care Program is not an educational program and does not provide educational services, including special education and/or related services necessary to implement a child's IEP. The information below highlights a few important items from the Parent and Information Manual. Please make sure you receive a manual when your child is registered to answer any other questions you may have.

SACC at Nolan begins at 6:00 a.m. before school, and ends at 6:00 p.m., after the school day has ended. Children may be enrolled in morning or afternoon sessions, or both.


All children enrolled in the program must attend Hamilton County Public Schools. Children must have completed Kindergarten prior to enrolling in the summer program. During the school year, children must be enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Tax Reporting

Parents are responsible for keeping all receipts and checks from the child care to total and report payments on income tax forms.

What happens if I am late picking up my child?

The School Age Child Care Program closes promptly at 6:00 p.m. If you arrive later, you will be charged an additional fee of $5.00 for each 15 minutes per child, or a portion thereof, after the 6:00 p.m. sign-out time. (Don't be late!)

Holidays & Snow Days

The program will operate: 1) On the days that the public school is in session. 2) Full day schedules on snow days in zone schools, if not in each center. 3) On conference days and professional development days for parents choosing this service at $12.00 per day.


If it is necessary that a medication be given during school hours or the hours that the child care is in operation, parents much check with the Site Director as school rules and Board policy will dictate the administration of all medication.

Parents' Responsibilities

Among others....(see handbook upon sign up) Parents have the Responsibility to: 1) Notify the Child Care staff if your child will be attending on special days, (early dismissal, full day sessions, in-service days, holidays, etc.) 2) Sign their child in each morning and sign their child out at the end of the day; to notify a staff member when another authorized person is picking up the child. A full signature is required when signing in/out a child.


During school holidays, in-service days, and during summer child care, interesting field trips will be taken. The cost of the field trip will be in addition to regular child care fees. The cost of field trip transportation, if you sign your child up for a field trip and your child fails to attend. A worker will remain at the school site if there are three or more children whose parents choose for them not to go on a particular field trip. Check with the Child Care site for additional information. We will attempt to publish the daily field trip schedule on the web site when announced.

CHILDREN WILL ATTEND THE ZONE SCHOOL (location rotates yearly between Nolan and Thrasher summer schedule) FOR SOME FULL DAYS AND DURING SUMMER CARE.

Please contact the Nolan SACC staff and they will direct you where and when the child care sessions will be.

SACC is closed on the following days:

Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve Day
New Year's Day
M.L. King Day
Memorial Day

A booklet providing more detailed information and rates is available from the director of SACC or the school office.


Morning Drop-Off:

  • Student drop-off may begin at 8:20 am as teachers are on-duty for student safety and supervision.


  • Cars will pull all the way down past the front entrance to the cone where staff and/or safety patrol are directing. Several cars will unload at once and students will proceed into the building through the front doors. Please have students ready to exit with their belongings by themselves each morning to keep the flow of our morning traffic. If you need to enter the building, or help carry things in, please park in the designated parking areas and accompany your child into the building. To ensure the safety of our children, DO NOT pull out of line while children are still unloading. Follow the car in front of you through the line and out the exit.

Afternoon Pick-Up:

  • All students must exit the building from their designated wing (K-2 front, or 3-5 side). 
  • Car riders must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after school dismisses. Remaining students will be checked into the aftercare program, and SACC registration and daily rates will apply.
  • Please have your Nolan car tags visible to assist our teachers with loading. This is especially helpful on rainy days!

  • Absolutely no parking in the main front entrance of the school after 3:00 p.m., as we must keep this area clear for buses. If you need to dismiss your child early from school, please park in the back of the side lot, so as to not block the 3-5 pickup lines. Walk into the main entrance and sign your child out in the office.

K through 2 ONLY: Please turn onto Sam Powell Drive using the right outside lane. Proceed to the last Nolan entrance on the left, before the Middle-High School Campus. Please pull all the way up to the orange cones in either the left or right lane. This ensures we can fit as many cars as possible in the lines. Do not pull ahead or out of the line until the teacher has motioned for you to do so.

3 through 5 ONLY: Please turn onto Sam Powell Drive using the left inside turn lane. Immediately turn left off of Sam Powell Drive, to the side parking lot, in the left or right pickup lane beside the school. Once recess has been dismissed, the lines may move up slightly. Please do not park and leave your car unattended during this time. Please do not block the designated pedestrian walkways. Once pickup has begun, proceed ahead when directed, and exit the back of the school back onto Shackleford Ridge in your appropriate lane. Do not pull ahead or out of the line until the teacher has motioned for you to do so.

K-2 and 3-5 BOTH: Please follow the K through 2 instructions above, picking up your K-2 student first. You will then progress out of the school lot, onto Sam Powell, and turn right into the side parking lot pickup lane, to pick up your 3-5 student. Proceed ahead when directed, and exit the back of the school back onto Shackleford Ridge. Do not pull ahead or out of the line until the teacher has motioned for you to do so.

Carline Procedures Video:

All students must be picked up according to school procedures. If you have a question, please contact school administration at 423-886-0898.



For bus rules, bus stop locations, numbers, etc., visit HCDE.

To keep our families informed, Nolan Elementary offers a text messaging service to the parents/guardians of bus riders.

When HCDE Transportation notifies Nolan that a bus is running late, a text will be sent to those who are registered informing you of the delay.

To register, text the following information to 81010.
Please note, the numbers can change from year to year. Please ensure you are signed up to receive texts regarding the correct bus number, at the beginning of each school year. Thank you!

You must reply to the text you receive with your name to receive the text notifications.

Bus 12 -- Text @bus012 to 81010

Bus 423 -- Text @bus0423 to 81010

Bus 422 -- Text @bus0422 to 81010

Bus 412 -- Text @bus0412 to 81010

Bus 338 -- Text @bus0338 to 81010

Bus 323 -- Text @bus0323 to 81010

Bus 321 -- Text @bus0321 to 81010

Bus 56 -- Text @bus056 to 81010


For details regarding menus, pricing, etc., please visit this website.

For lunchroom schedule and information regarding lunchroom fees, etc., please visit our Cafeteria page.


For information regarding Promethean Boards, please visit this website.



About this PTA Committee: The Nolan/SMMHS Liaison strives to make the transition from 5th grade at Nolan Elementary to 6th grade at Signal Mountain Middle/High School a smooth process for the parents and a fun and exciting time for the students.

For more information about SMMHS and the school's upcoming events, please visit their website.


IXL is a comprehensive, standards-aligned math and language arts practice program offering unlimited problems in thousands of skills. One of the best things about IXL is that students can access it from school and from home!

To get unlimited practice, tracking, and awards, be sure to sign in to your IXL account. Enter your username and password on this page and click "Sign in." If you do not know your username or password, please ask your teacher.


Nolan Elementary Song

-written by Ms. Taylor's and Ms. Willingham's classes in 2000

Growing up today takes courage all the way
This world that we're in needs all of you and me!
Standing here united with care for one another
The road that's ahead can be conquered with pride.

Let 'em say we're crazy, we don't care about that!
Put you hand in our hands, my friend,
Don't ever look back!
Let responsibility guide the way,
Add a little honesty and watch it pay.

Well, we are Nolan Elementary,
Students of the century,
Nothing's gonna stop us now.
And if this world begins to crumble
Reach out, help each other
Feel the spirits movin'
Nothing's gonna stop us now!

I'm so glad we're learning, character that's yearning
To gain your respect is important to me
We'll take you through the good times
Hang in with the bad times
Be firm in beliefs is what we're gonna do!

Let 'em say we're crazy, we don't care about that!
Put you hand in our hands, my friend,
Don't ever look back!
A little kindness from me to you
Makes you feel like dancin' in whatever you do!


sword in stone

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