• MCS Week of Monday, April 8, 2013


    Douglass & Overton High Schools to Host Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

    Douglass and Overton High Schools have been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to participate in the Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Initiative program on Tuesday, April 9 at Overton and Thursday, April 11 at Douglass. Students will benefit from "informances," educational and informational sessions, led by GRAMMY Award-winning musicians Herbie Hancock and Ingrid Jensen, vocalist Lisa Henry and renowned music educator Dr. J.B. Dyas. Each performance will be followed by jazz and blues workshops with the visiting student performers from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts playing alongside and sharing ideas with students from Douglass and Overton.

    Willow Oaks Elementary to Host Art Exhibition

    On Wednesday, April 10 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Willow Oaks Elementary School will host a student art gallery exhibit. Twenty-five students in grades four and five were selected by Willow Oaks' Art Specialist, Ms. Jami Hooper, to participate in a Spring Arts Academy, a collaboration between Willow Oaks Optional School and the University of Memphis Department of Art Education. These students have created projects using a variety of media including colored pencil, oil pastel, watercolor, print-making, and weaving.

    For more information, contact Willow Oaks Elementary at (901) 416-2196.

    MCS Celebrates Eighty-Three Years of Class Piano

    On Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m., Memphis City Schools will celebrate 83-years of the MCS Class Piano Program. A concert featuring student performers will be held at White Station Middle School. This concert will feature selections that celebrate the joy of playing piano such as "Chop Sticks," Yankee Doodle Variations," and "Twenty Finger Blues." Students also perform an original piece written and arranged by Lemondra Hamilton, a MCS Orff music teacher. This year's All-City Concert is dedicated to Peggy Purdue, recently retired Class Piano teacher of 50 years.                                                       

    MCS to Host Annual Exceptional Children Parent Summit

    On Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colonial Middle School, the Division of Exceptional Children & Health Services will host its annual Parent Summit, which is designed to provide educational opportunities to parents of students with disabilities. Workshops tailored to the needs of each student's disability will be held throughout the day. Assistant Commissioner Joey Hassell, TN Department of Education, Division of Special Education, will serve as the keynote speaker for the summit.

    Other guest speakers include:

    Mark Loftis, Financial Advisor, "MetLife" Topic: Conservatorship

    Dr. Altha Stewart, Executive Director, "Just Care Family Network" Topic: Student Behavior

    Melvin Jackson, Self-Determination Trainer "UT Center for Literacy, Education & Employment" Topic: Student Transition 

    For more information, contact the Division of Exceptional Children & Health Services, at (901) 416-5600.

    Whitehaven High School Students Receive Offers of Appointment to Coast Guard Academy

    Whitehaven High School seniors Taylor Wright and Kierra Luster have received offers of appointment to the Coast Guard Academy. Wright and Luster have been recieved financial awards packages valued at $400,000 for their college educations. This year, there were approximately 190 appointments available this year across the entire United States.  


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