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Week of Monday, October 29, 2012

MCS to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for STEM Academy 

Memphis City Schools will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the unveiling of the district's first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy. This ceremony will take place Tuesday, October 30, 4 p.m., at East High School. Many schools throughout the district offer students an abridged STEM curriculum, but the STEM Academy will offer students across the district a complete virtual curriculum and hands-on lab environment, beginning in the ninth grade. Courses offered to students enrolled in the STEM Academy range from Biotechnology to Mandarin Chinese. School district and City of Memphis representatives will be in attendance.

Raleigh-Bartlett Meadows Elementary to Host Annual Fall Concert 

On Wednesday, October 31 at 9 a.m., the Raleigh-Bartlett Meadows Elementary Orff Music Department will present its annual Fall Concert conducted by Mr. Alvin Dotson. This concert will include student performers from each grade. During the concert, students will showcase their talents and skills that include singing, instrumentals, poetry readings and choreography.

White Station High School Math Team Competes in 2012 ‘Math Bowl'

On Thursday, October 25, the White Station High School Math Team competed in the 2012 UTK (University of Tennessee Knoxville) Pro2Serve Math Competition. Students competed against more than 650 students from 44 schools across the state in highly competitive and intense math challenges. Five students also placed in the top 50 during the competition - Daniel Zuo, Jessica Li, Gyuri Han, Saaber Pourmatabbed, and Anwesh Dash. The Math Team will now compete in challenges at Princeton University in November and the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament in February.

Week of Monday, October 22, 2012

Colonial Middle School to Host Yo-Yo Ma

On Tuesday, October 23 at 10 a.m., students from Rozelle Elementary, Colonial Middle and Overton High Schools will work with Grammy Award-winning musician Yo-Yo Ma. Students will learn about the connections between classical and urban music. T.J. Benson, New Ballet Ensemble, will also be on hand to teach students about various forms of dance.

Wooddale High School to Host Red Ribbon Week

On Tuesday, October 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., the Wooddale High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) will partner with the Memphis Police Department to teach students safe driving skills. Students will navigate through obstacle courses and simulate driving while under the influence.

Havenview Middle Staff Honored by School Adopter

On Tuesday October 23, at 2:30 p.m., Wal-Mart will recognize teachers, staff and school volunteers for their dedication and commitment to students.  Those recognized individuals will be presented gift cards valued at $50.

MCS Celebrates ‘National Food Day'

On Wednesday, October 24, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nutrition Services for Memphis City Schools will host National Food Day at the Central Nutrition Center. Activities include food sampling of USDA approved breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items, a viewing of the district's central kitchen from the observation deck, a tour with display areas in the warehouse, and a presentation on MCS "Farm-to-School" initiatives by Anthony Geraci, executive director of MCS Nutrition Services.  Additionally, farmers who work with MCS on school gardens will be on hand to describe their services, and a representative from MCS Coordinated School Health will set up a booth to discuss ways to start eating healthier foods.

Whitehaven Elementary to Host STEM Family Night

On Thursday, October 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Whitehaven Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy will host its annual STEM Family Night. Staff will share how they are incorporating daily STEM lessons and projects to enhance student learning and understanding. Families will participate in hands-on STEM activities in different classrooms and labs throughout the school. Whitehaven Elementary STEM Academy will showcase innovative and exciting projects with a goal to illustrate the importance of learning as a family while demonstrating the significance of STEM at their school.  

Peabody Ducks Visit White Station Elementary

On Thursday, October 25 at 12:45 p.m. the Duckmaster Anthony and the Peabody Ducks will visit students at White Station Elementary. Students will have an opportunity to see the ducks as they walk down the red carpet. Duckmaster Anthony will conduct a 45-minute presentation for students regarding the history of Memphis, the Peabody Hotel, the history of ducks and wildlife preservation.



Week of October 15th

WWE Superstars to Visit Fairview Middle School-Students to Participate in WWE's Be a STAR Anti-Bullying Rally

On Tuesday, October 16th at 12:30pm-WWE has teamed up with Fairview Middle School to hold a Be a STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) rally.  Be a STAR is an anti-bullying alliance co-founded by The Creative Coalition and the WWE to provide students with positive tools to prevent bullying in their schools and communities.  WWE Superstars R-Truth, Kofi Kingston and Alicia Fox will be on-hand to deliver anti-bullying messages and share their personal stories.
The mission of Be a STAR is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through education and awareness. The Be a STAR alliance provides students, teachers and parents with various tools and resources to help put an end to bullying.  It also promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect.  For more information visit

Winchester Elementary to Host Family Academic Night

On Tuesday, October 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Winchester Elementary will host Family Academic Night for parents and their children. Parents and children will participate in hands-on classroom activities demonstrating the state's new Common Core Curriculum. Activities will highlight effective problem-solving strategies, science experiments and reading comprehension strategies. Parents will also receive free books to begin a home library for students.

PACE to Host PACT-Time Event for Families

On Tuesday, October 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Office of Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) will host PACT-Time (Parent & Child Together Time) at the Pink Palace Museum. This event is free for parents and their children. Families will participate in fun activities that teach healthy eating habits. Children will also learn the importance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the foods they eat and how these nutrients impact their lives. During the event, families will also participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. For more information or to RSVP, contact PACE at (901) 416-7264.

PACE to Host Parent Meetings

On Wednesday, October 17, the Office of Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) will host its annual Regional Parent Assembly Meetings. Parents of all MCS students are invited to attend meetings for their child's regional zone. These meetings will focus on the state's new Common Core Standards, Well Child preventive healthcare screenings, nutrition and increased parental involvement.For more meeting locations and more information, contact PACE at (901) 416 – 7264.

 Keystone Elementary to Host CLUE Olympics

On Wednesday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Keystone Elementary 4th and 5th grade CLUE (Creative Learning in an Unique Environment) students will take part in the 2012 CLUE Olympics. Students have spent the semester researching Olympic sports and athletes, and will display their knowledge and skills in fun, educational competition.  For more information, contact Kathy Cooper, Clue Instructor, at (901) 416 – 3924.

Manassas Celebrates 'Teen Read Week'

 On Thursday, October 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Manassas High School will host "Reading is So Delicious!," an event celebrating Teen Read Week, October 15 -19, across Tennessee.  Manassas students will connect reading with cookie-making to celebrate the theme.  Students will design a book cover using items to make Smores - graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bars, sprinkles and icing.  The two best book covers will receive cash prizes.  Also, two students will be randomly selected to win surprise buckets that include the book Hunger Games, a recipe book, Halloween candy and school supplies.  John Marable, MCS culinary arts vocational teacher at Trezevant High, will provide cookies baked by students.

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