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Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 11 is the first pay day with all employees included.

Once again, we're taking some proactive steps to help ensure accuracy of all paychecks. All of our teachers and teacher-types who started July 31 will receive a full check on August 11. That's 6,000+ more employees on the payroll next week, so we are making sure there is ample time for reporting issues... just in case we have to correct any unintended discrepancies.

All employees can review their pay in the Employee Portal beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9. If you notice any discrepancies, be sure to report them by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, by calling 416-5304 or using this online form.

Note: The August 11 paycheck includes days worked July 20 - August 2, so non-12-month employees who started on or after August 3 will not receive a check on August 11.   

Walk tall... we're a contender for the top employers of Memphis!

That's right! SCS has been tapped as one of Memphis' Best Places to Work -we have until August 25 to prove it! In the coming weeks, the Memphis Business Journal will be conducting a Best Places to Work Employee Engagement survey. Be on the lookout for the survey in your SCS email. Your feedback will help us land our spot on the Best Places to Work list and also give us some tips on what makes SCS a great place to work or how we can work to make it better.

Come hang out Saturday! Volunteers are needed for the #Back2School Block Party.

How do you kick off a new school year? With a party! Come out this Saturday, August 5 and volunteer at the SCS Back2School Block Party. We'll need volunteers for set-up, registration, help during the event and clean up. Volunteers are needed for shifts anytime between 8:30 and 3:30. If you can lend a hand, we'd sure appreciate it! Contact Roderick Payne or Rosalind Davis to volunteer! 
We're open... so go see what all the fuss is about.

The big upgrade is finally completed, and PowerSchool is now officially the student information system of Shelby County Schools. There are some great features that offer a much smoother experience for all users. Teachers will especially love the fact that grades and attendance can all be managed in one place. Check out these flyers for upcoming trainings, login steps and more:  ADMIN USERS  |  TEACHERS

The Teacher Weekly is back August 9... but a whole lot earlier (and shorter, too)! 

We weren't lying when we told you we actually use the results of our communication survey to make improvements. Almost 2,000 employees took our survey in May, and the overwhelming majority voted in favor of early morning emails. If an earlier delivery makes it easier to read, we're all for it! So when the first Teacher Weekly of the new school year goes out Wednesday, August 9, it'll arrive in your inbox by 7 a.m. Same goes for the  Thursday District Updates. BONUS: The Teacher Weekly is going to be a whole lot shorter this year, so you can get what you need and get on your way! Hope you like it!

We're sticking to a schedule again this year for District emails.

Monday – Central Office Updates 
(As needed; sent only to central office staff)

Wednesday – Teacher Weekly Newsletter 
(Sent every week; content for teachers and school-based staff, sent to all staff)

Thursday – District Updates 
(Sent every week; content for all staff)

Friday – Leader Board 
(Sent only to principals)

*High-priority emails from the Superintendent sent as needed

Dr.G is making a special appearance to support early literacy.

On August 17, Dr. Griffin will participate in a panel discussion, sharing her expertise on the importance of early literacy in Tennessee. Dr. G will be part of the Tennesseans for Quality Early Education's conversation: "Early Education Policy Solutions for Strong Third Grade Academic Outcomes."

Other panelists include some of state's leading education experts including Commissioner Candice McQueen, Porter-Leath Vice President of Teacher Excellence, Rafel Hart and First Lady Chrissy Haslam. The event will be at the University of Memphis Fogleman Executive Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Check out the TQEE website for more info or to RSVP.