• MCS Week of of Nov. 5, 2012


    Week of Monday, November 5, 2012

     Douglass School to Host ‘Election Week 2012'

    In honor of the 2012 Presidential Election, students at Douglass K-8 Optional School will host "Election Week 2012" on Thursday, November 8 at 9 a.m.  Douglass K-8 Optional School is home to the district's first and only Micro-Society Initiative – Douglassville.  Students and staff will hold a swearing in ceremony for the school's new "Douglassville Government" student officers. Complete with a student-drafted constitution, Douglassville will install a new Mayor, Deputy Mayor, City Attorney, District Court Judges and five City Council Members. These student leaders will be sworn-in by representatives from the City of Memphis.


    The Douglasville Micro-Society program is a fully functioning city inside of the traditional school setting. Students enrolled in the program participate in one of 22 functioning "businesses" during the week and receive bi-weekly salaries in the form of "Douglass Dollars." Douglassville students currently operate a police department, newspaper, television station and banks; by the end of November, Douglasville will have a zero percent unemployment rate.


    For more information, contact Brandi Love, Optional Program Coordinator, at (901) 416-7071.





    Pace to Host District-wide Parent Assembly Meeting


    Who:    Division of Parent & Community Engagement (PACE)

    What:   District-Wide Parent Assembly Meeting

    When:  Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Memphis Teaching & Learning Academy

                  2485 Union Avenue

                  Memphis, TN 38112


    Why: PACE will host its annual Parent Assembly Meeting for all parents of MCS students. Parents will receive information regarding Tennessee's new Common Core State Standards and Parent Roadmaps for supporting their children in this academic transition.


    For more information, contact the Division of Parent & Community Engagement at (901) 416-7264.





    Overton Ovation Commercial Music Ensemble Performances


    There is no other ensemble in the tri-state area like Overton Ovation.  Overton Ovation is a contemporary commercial music ensemble at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Memphis.  Overton Ovation will be "LIVE" on stage at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Friday evening at 9 p.m. The ensemble is opening for the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission - Memphis Rocks.



    Nov. 10th

    Brother Can You Spare A Dime- P.A.C.E.

    Oak Court Mall



    Nov. 20th

    Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission

    Channel 17

    5:30 p.m.


    December 29

    Memphis Grizzlies Game

    Kid's Night

    Fed Ex Forum





    Ridgeway High School Student Selected as Semifinalist in 2012 Siemens Competition


    Ridgeway High School junior Aaron Canales was selected as a Semifinalist in the Siemens Foundation 2012 Competition in Math, Science and Technology.  Canales' research project, which focused on electrical activity in the brain during cognitive tasks, was selected from over 1900 submissions.


    All Siemens Competition finalists were recognized with a full page advertisement in the October 25 edition of USA Today.  Ridgeway High School will receive a banner to display, announcing the honor and Canales will receive a special gift package from Siemens.


    The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology fosters individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation.




    Colonial Middle School 2012 Duke TIP Scholars


    Fifteen Colonial Middle School 6th graders have qualified to enroll in Duke TIP's 4th-6th Grade Talent Search.

    Enrollment in Duke TIP's 4th-6th Grade Talent Search is for students who have scored at the 95th percentile or higher on a grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, approved state criterion-referenced test, or 125 or above on an IQ test.  The students from Colonial Middle School each scored in the 95th percentile or above in one or more subtests on the 6th grade TCAP.  They are now eligible to sit for ACT's standardized test for eighth graders. The above-level EXPLORE test—which measures the aptitude of students in the subjects of English, math, reading and science—is part of their enrollment in the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) 4th-6th Grade Talent Search.


    The talent search provides students with challenging opportunities through online lessons, publications, contests, the Duke TIP Book Club in addition to the above-level EXPLORE test.


    Congratulations to: Zephyr Barber, Dastiny Brooks, Teresa Dinh, Anniken Farmer, Eddy Gonzalez, Liam Hamrick, Amy Huynh, Leah Jackson, Taylor Jones, Jaren Mitchell, Deja Reed, Tiana Ross, Wilson Wang, Mikiel Ward, and Kaylyn Webster




    Colonial Middle CAPA Art Students Showcase Talent


    Congratulations to the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Art Department for their success at various local and regional art competitions. Sixth grader Ajalon Bailey and 8th grader Daniel Brown won 1st place in the Memphis Fire Safety Poster Contest. Seventh grader Kaylyn Webster won 2nd place. Students received a cash prize and were honored with their parents and teacher, Jennifer Shiberou, at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn.


    Kaylyn Webster won 1st place in the Cooper-Young Art Contest. Arianna Kartaltepe won 2nd place and Lyrikal Jenkins won 3rd place. Colonial Middle took all of the places at the middle school level for this city-wide competition, which included students from Shelby County, private schools, home schools, and Memphis City School students. These students will receive savings bonds and will be honored at a reception at Peabody Elementary School.


    At the Mid-South Art Fair competition sponsored by Briarcrest Christian school, Isaiah Woods won 3rd place, and Safharee Scruggs and Kendrick Moore won 4th place.



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