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January 10, 2018
Nominations are now open for TN Teacher of The Year! Check out the nomination and application details here .
i-Ready Winter Diagnostics are open Jan 16-Feb 2. Check out these tips to ensure you and your students are well prepared!
Tanger Outlets wants to help our students succeed! Check out the Kids Grants Program to apply for school & classroom grants!
Coordinated School Health wants to improve school-based wellness services.  Tell us how we can create healthier schools!
School is back in session, and so are Winter Workshops! Remind parents to RSVP for a homework help session today!
Is your school up for the Great Kindness Challenge!
The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative proven to improve school climate and increases student engagement. It's January 22-26 -- one full week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on your campus. Is your school ready for the challenge and to show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS? Get all the details you need to sign up and step up for the cause here. Don't forget to use your social media pages to show SCS and the world your acts of kindness using the hashtag, #SCSKindnessMatters.
Are your students working on cool MLK50 projects? We want to know about them!
In partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum's year-long commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., SCS schools are hosting events and projects to educate and inform students about the importance of community involvement and spreading a message of peace. If your students are working on events, programs or service projects related to MLK50, we want to know! Your school or class could be featured in the local media and in our SCS Newsroom!
Earn cash for your school, get students college-ready!
Tennessee’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs project, GEAR UP TN, wants to help ensure your high school students are college ready! GEAR UP is currently accepting applications to provide up to $9 million in grants to  eligible high schools  and their partners to implement college access initiatives. Check out the GEAR UP TN website for more information, including application documents and Spring 2018 deadlines.
Check out the 411 on RTI winter benchmarks!
A new semester means it's time for new RTI benchmarks. A ssessment dates for Spring 2018 are January 8 - 22 ( Winter ) and May 7 - 18 ( Spring ). Check out these helpful resources for guidance in administering benchmark assessments:
How is your school celebrating Black History Month?
Black History Month is fast approaching. We want to know what your school has planned to celebrate African American history and heroes during the month of February. If your school planning a program, project or other cool activities, send us a heads up! Your Black History celebration could be featured for the whole Mid-South to see!
Send your students to Space Camp for FREE!
Teachers, do you know a student who might be this generation's Neil Armstrong? Remind him or her to apply for a scholarship valued at $3,000 to attend a week-long space camp in Huntsville, AL. The Mars Project is seeking ambitious students ages 15-17 to apply for an out of this world experience during summer break. Hurry! The deadline for applications is January 15!
Review your long-term disability options ASAP!
SCS employees have until January 19 to opt out of Long-Term Disability (LTD) coverage offered through The Standard (effective 2/1/2018). Please click  here to review your current LTD enrollment and cost and opt out of this coverage if applicable. Please see the FAQs for more info.
Leaving SCS? Get rewarded by letting us know early!
To assist with early hiring for the coming school year, we're offering an early resignation notification incentive. If you plan on resigning before the 2018-19 school year, let us know by April 27, and you could keep your medical coverage through the summer. Click here for full details.
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