July 9, 2014
2014-15 Registration Day is July 29; First Day of Classes is August 4 

The first day of classes for Shelby County Schools (SCS) is August 4, and the District wants to help make the transition into the new school year as smooth as possible for parents and students.
Parents can get all the facts they need for the 2014-15 school year at www.SCSFactsFirst.com.
This site includes information about school start times, transportation assignments, important policies and much more.

Registration day for all schools is Tuesday, July 29.  
Parents should register students at their assigned school.

Registration hours for all schools are:
•  8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
•  5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Parents must bring two approved forms of proof of residence for registration.
Parents who live with another person must also provide a notarized Shared Residency Affidavit, which can be downloaded at www.SCSFactsFirst.com.

The following items will be accepted as proof of residence:
•  TN driver’s license or state-issued ID
•  Current Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) bill
•  Lease/rental agreement
•  Public assistance/government benefits
•  Real estate tax receipt
•  Municipal water bill
•  Mortgage statement or deed
New Kindergarten students must turn 5 years old on or before August 15, 2014.
Children must turn 5 years old on or before August 15, 2014 to qualify for entrance into Kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year.

The following items are required for registration:
•  Certified copy of Birth Certificate
•  Proof of recent medical examination
•  Tennessee Department of Health Immunization Certificate with proof of a physical exam within 12 months prior to enrollment
•  Social Security Number (recommended)
Students can get their required immunizations at one of the SCS Regional Health Clinics.
A Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunizations is required for all Kindergarteners, seventh graders and new SCS students. Students can receive required immunizations, along with other healthcare services, such as physicals and health screenings, at the SCS Regional Health Clinics. The clinics are open by appointment to all SCS students. Parents can call 531-6321 to schedule an appointment. For a list of all required immunizations, visit www.SCSFactsFirst.com.
Clinic Locations & Summer Hours:
East High School
July 7 – August 12: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Northside High School
July 14 - July 25: Tuesdays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
July 28 – August 12: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sheffield Career & Technology Center
July 14 – July 25: Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
July 28 – August 12: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Westwood High School
July 14 – July 25: Fridays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
July 28 – August 12: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
ALL SCS students qualify for free breakfast and lunch in 2014-15.
New this year, every student in SCS will automatically receive one free breakfast and one free lunch every day as part of the Community Eligibility Program. As a result, families do not need to complete a meal application.
Additionally, beginning this year, SCS will no longer accept cash or checks in the cafeterias. Payments are not required for breakfast or lunch; however, students must still pay for individual items. Parents can pre-pay online by credit card, debit card or check by visiting mypaymentsplus.com. To pre-pay, parents must know the student’s ID number, which can be found on a report card, student schedule, student ID card, transcript or from the school office or cafeteria.
For more important back to school information, parents can visit www.SCSFactsFirst.com.

July 7, 2014
Keystone Elementary Teacher Named Finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Karen Vogelsang, a National Board Certified teacher at Keystone Elementary, has been announced as a finalist for the 2014-15 Tennessee Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education. Vogelsang is an 11-year educator, seven of which have been spent teaching third grade at Keystone.
Vogelsang is one of nine finalists selected from elementary, middle, and high school educators from each Grand Division of the state. Grand Division winners and the Teacher of the Year will be selected from this group and announced later this fall.
"Teachers are the biggest factor in the success of our students, and it is an honor to celebrate educators that are helping their students grow," Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said. “We celebrate these finalists, but also the thousands of dedicated educators across the state.”
Vogelsang will have the opportunity to join the commissioner’s inaugural Teacher Advisory Council. She, along with the eight other Teacher of the Year finalists, will serve as a member of this new body to offer insight, feedback, and advice on issues that impact teachers across the state.

The final winner will represent Tennessee in the National Teacher of the Year competition and is an ambassador for education throughout the year. To qualify, candidates must have been teaching full-time for at least five years, have a proven record of using creative, research-based teaching strategies resulting in measurable achievement, and be effective school and community leaders. A panel of professional educators from across the state scored applications to identify this year’s finalists.

July 7, 2014
Back-to-School Conference Offers Parents Chance to Network, Learn and Prepare for New School Year

Shelby County Schools (SCS) and the Memphis Delta region of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) are teaming up to provide the ultimate Back-to-School parent conference on Friday, July 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the University of Memphis University Center.
Parents will learn about and discuss many topics at the conference, including graduation requirements, SCS policies, techniques for addressing academic issues, such as literacy, the Common Core standards and more. Additionally, experts in parent engagement from across the state will present workshops on youth violence prevention and parent organization leadership training, among other subjects. Parents will learn how to become involved partners in their child’s education through participation in parent organizations and collaboration with school staff.
“This conference allows parents and family members to proactively kick off the school with current information directly from the District, which can help alleviate misinformation and confusion,” said Mary Earheart-Brown, Manager of the SCS Department of Family & Community Engagement. “It’s important to provide parents with the tools that can help their child succeed in school.”
Parents can register for the conference through July 18 by calling the Department of Family & Community Engagement, 416-7600. Space is limited, so parents are encouraged to register soon. There will be childcare provided for youth ages 4-12, as well as free breakfast and lunch at the conference. For more information, visit http://www.scsk12.org/BTS-Parent-Conference/.

June 23, 2014
School Board Approves Contract Extension for Superintendent Dorsey Hopson through June 30, 2018

The Shelby County Board of Education (SCBE) approved a two (2)-year contract extension for Shelby County Schools (SCS) Superintendent Dorsey Hopson during a Special Called Business Meeting on Monday, June 23.

School Board members said they believed it was vital to have stable leadership while the District is developing its 80/90/100 strategic plan.

"An undeniable trait of strong leadership that can never be discounted is stability," Board Chairman Kevin Woods said. "When we take a look at the most successful organizations, they all have strong and stable leadership. That is what we are getting with Superintendent Hopson.  It’s an opportunity to sustain the work that was started before many of us got here."

Hopson initially signed a three (3)-year contract at the start of the 2013-14 school year. This extension runs through June 30, 2018.

"I am very grateful for the Board’s trust and confidence in me to continue leading this great school district," Hopson stated. "Following a challenging, but historic year, the strategic goals and vision that we set forth with the Board’s support presents an incredible opportunity for our students, as well as our community. We have some very hard work ahead, but I am excited and committed to seeing it through."

While the contract includes no change to Hopson’s current yearly salary, the Board has the option of approving bonuses based on the results of his annual performance evaluation. However, Superintendent Hopson asked Board members only to consider the option in years when teachers also receive a performance bonus.

"I recognize that effective teaching is the core of our success, and the role of teachers is directly responsible for the success of our students more so than anything I do individually as Superintendent," Hopson said. "If I am going to be rewarded for performance, it would certainly be due in large part to the performance of teachers in our classrooms."

The contract also includes specific unilateral termination provisions, including a cap on salary payout, should the Board or Superintendent choose to terminate the contract before June 30, 2018.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Board Chairman Kevin Woods will appear on their monthly SCS Live program on Tuesday, July 1, at 7:15 a.m. The show airs live on 88.5FM and C19TV.

For more information about Superintendent Hopson, go to http://www.scsk12.org/uf/superintendent/.

June 16, 2014
Overton HS Students Selected for 2014 Young Tennessee Artists Exhibition

Nine Overton High School AP Art students have been selected as participating artists in the Frist Center’s 2014 Young Tennessee Artists exhibition. The students each submitted original artworks, which were selected by a panel of university educators, artists and curators from over 600 artwork submissions. The pieces selected for the exhibition represent some of the best artwork created by Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate students in the state.

“To be selected as part of the Frist Center’s exhibition is one of the top honors for any AP department in the state,” said William Mosby, Art Instructor at Overton High School. “Each selected work will be seen by many Frist Center visitors from around the world. For our school to have 10 of the 11 works chosen out of all AP programs in West Tennessee says a lot about the quality of work our students are producing here at Overton.”
Overton students used a diverse a range of mediums to create the pieces that will be displayed in the exhibition, including photography, watercolors, digital illustrations, drawings and paintings.  
“Each of the ten artworks representing Overton was done in a different style,” stated Mosby. “As an art instructor that is what I take the most pride in – that each student ultimately discovers their voice as an artist and works in the style that best reflects their individual expressions.”
The Frist Center for the Visual Art’s Young Tennessee Artistsexhibition will take place from November 7, 2014, through March 8, 2015. The Frist Center is a nonprofit art exhibition center located in Nashville that presents visual art from local, state, regional and international artists.
The following Overton students, under the instruction of Michael Mosby and Amy Shamblin, have been selected to participate in the 2014 Young Tennessee Artists exhibition:
Julius Berry
Summer Harp
Rachel Freeman
Morgan Winfrey
Channya Simmons
Ashley Joyce
Madison Petri
Kenneth Shields
Naim Hakeem

May 29, 2014
SCS Seniors Awarded National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarships

Seven Shelby County Schools’ seniors have been announced as 2014 National Merit College-Sponsored scholarship recipients by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). These students were selected by officials from the college or university where they will begin their undergraduate studies in the fall. Each student will receive an award valued between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years for their college educations.

This year, approximately 2,500 National Merit College-Sponsored scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic achievements, skills and potential for success in their college studies.

The following Shelby County Schools’ students have been awarded a 2014 National Merit College-Sponsored scholarship:

Arlington High School

Jenna Mosier - National Merit Mississippi State University Scholarship

Collierville High School

Emory Padgett - National Merit University Of Alabama Scholarship

Sandra Ritchie - National Merit Mississippi State University Scholarship

William Yao - National Merit University Of Minnesota Scholarship

Houston High School

Don Shin - National Merit Rhodes College Scholarship

White Station High School

Ruby Arora - National Merit Washington University In St. Louis Scholarship

Yuqi Zhang - National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship

May 20, 2014
Three SCS Teachers Advance in State’s Teacher of the Year Award Program

Three Shelby County Schools (SCS) teachers are advancing in the 2014-15 Tennessee Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program. Karen Vogelsang of Keystone Elementary,  Meghan Anderson of Schilling Farms Middle and Jeffrey Homes of Wooddale High have been recognized among the best teachers in West Tennessee, each receiving the top honor for their grade level in the Southwest-Memphis Center of Regional Excellence (CORE).
There are nine CORE level winners in each of Tennessee’s three regions (27 total), West, Middle and East. These three teachers and their 24 peers from districts across the state now have a chance to be selected among the nine finalists for Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in the fall of 2014.
Vogelsang is a National Board Certified teacher at Keystone Elementary. She’s an 11-year educator, seven of which have been spent teaching third grade at Keystone.
“I have worked with teachers who have challenged my thinking and helped me grow not only as a teacher but as a person,” she said. “I have sought out opportunities to grow in this profession and, in the process, that has provided new opportunities for collaboration, which in turn has contributed to my success.”
Anderson’s entire 14-year teaching career has been with SCS. She has taught sixth grade Science for the past four years at Schilling Farms Middle.
“I love it when my students say that they never liked Science until this year, or thank you for making it fun,” she said. “I know that teaching is exactly what I am supposed to be doing with my life. There is always something new to learn, for both the students and the teacher.”
Holmes has been teaching at Wooddale High for the past 14 years, and he has taught everything from Algebra to Aviation. Currently, Holmes teaches STEM classes. He enhances his instruction through strong partnerships with businesses and community organizations.
“I wanted to become a teacher at an early age,” he said. “I enjoy helping and sharing my knowledge.”
The Teacher of the Year program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers, to stimulate interest in teaching as a career and to encourage public involvement in education. It is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Niswonger Foundation. Each year, Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year moves on to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
For more information about the Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program, go to: http://www.state.tn.us/education/teaching/teacher_of_the_year.shtml

May 7, 2014
Four SCS Seniors Awarded National Merit Scholarships

Four Shelby County Schools’ seniors have been announced as 2014 National Merit Scholarship recipients by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Each will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.

The 2014 National Merit Scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic achievements, skills and potential for success in their college studies. This year, 2,500 scholarship winners were selected from 15,000 Finalists from across the nation. Based on their academic accomplishments and PSAT scores, these students also represent the top one percent of the nation’s high school seniors.

The following Shelby County Schools’ students have been awarded a 2014 National Merit Scholarship:

Arlington High School

Mikayla Correll

Collierville High School

Kevin Sun

Holliday Therrell

Germantown High School

Jahnavi Jagannath

May 6, 2014
Collierville HS Senior Named Presidential Scholar

Collierville High School senior Kevin Sun has been announced as a 2014 Presidential Scholar by the United States Department of Education. Sun will represent Tennessee at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 22, where he will be honored by President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. As a reward for his academic achievements, he will also receive the Presidential Scholar Medallion.

"The extraordinary young men and women being honored for the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Scholars have excelled in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits,” Duncan said. “They show all of us that when students challenge themselves and commit themselves to excellence, the results can be astounding. These scholars will help move our country forward and will have a lasting impact on their families, communities, and on our society. They represent the potential of all young citizens to lift up America."

In its 50th year of existence, the Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a student in an academic setting. This program honors students who have demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and contribution to school and community.

For more information on the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/commission.html.

May 2, 2014
Southwind Senior One of Only 23 Students in the World to Win Prestigious World Food Prize Foundation Internship

Southwind High School senior Marcus A. Johnson is one of only 23 students in the world to receive the prestigious Borlaug-Ruan Internship from the World Food Prize Foundation. He will be traveling this summer to Gurgaon, Haryana, India for a fully funded eight-week research internship with the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD).

Marcus will have the opportunity to work with renowned scientists and policy makers at IRRAD, a premier knowledge institute for rural development and poverty reduction in India. His work will be focused in the areas of natural resource management, income enhancement, education, health and sanitation to improve current conditions and future prospects for India’s rural communities.

Marcus was selected for the internship after being chosen by his Economics teacher, Biba Kavass, to attend the 2013 Global Youth Institute (GYI) held in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa in October. Southwind High School is the only high school in Tennessee that has been invited to attend the GYI for the past three years. Marcus is the second student from Southwind in three years to receive the Borlaug-Ruan Internship.

More of Kavass’ current students are already working on their research papers on global poverty, gender inequality and microfinance in hopes of being selected to attend the 2014 Global Youth Institute.

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