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May 27, 2021
Time's running out to take advantage of the 2021-22 transfer period!

The 2021-22 transfer period is open for all school staff interested in transferring to a new school site next school year. The transfer period will remain open through Monday, May 31. Please read this memo from HR for the full details on the 2021-22 transfer process.
Evaluation Closings: Don't miss these important dates!

PLZ will close access to evaluation plans on the following dates:

  • June 4 - TEM/TEM Non-Classroom Plans
  • June 11 - TEAM Plans
  • June 18 - ILD Plans

Due to strict TDOE deadlines, the PLZ system will not reopen after these dates for evaluation completion. 
NIE Upward & Peer Feedback Reminders!

  • The Canvas self-paced course will close on May 31. To receive PLZ credit for taking this course, ALL requirements and coursework must be completed by May 31. You have 3 attempts per quiz to achieve a passing score of 80%.

  • The deadline to complete the Upward & Peer Feedback forms in PLZ is May 31.

Please contact with any questions.
UPDATE: New District branding resources & communication guidance
During the State of the District Address last month, Superintendent Ray announced the potential renaming of our District to "Memphis-Shelby County Schools." Though a definitive timeframe has not been set, we understand the excitement surrounding the announcement and want to provide some clear guidance on how to identify our District appropriately in the interim while a plan is being developed.
Guidance for Identifying the District
Until further notice, we are still "Shelby County Schools (SCS)," as recognized by the TDOE. Employees may refer to the potential name, "Memphis-Shelby County Schools," verbally only, but not in any form of logo, signage or digital/printed marketing materials.  

Visual Branding
While a plan and timeline are being developed for the potential renaming of the District, standard letterhead, business cards, formal documents and other web/digital content that represents the District in an official capacity should continue to use the current SCS name and logo. However, employees should use caution when considering the mass production of promotional items (shirts, cups, bags, signs, etc.), particularly those intended for long-term use. *As a reminder, all designs for mass-produced internal and external promotional items should be approved by the Communications Department.
Acceptable Branding Alternatives
"Reimaging 901" is the District's vision and plan for truly transforming the educational experience for students by reimagining education, schools and communities in the 901. To continually spread awareness, encourage support and keep energy high for this inspiring vision, we encourage all employees to utilize the following branding resources regularly. The Reimagining 901 logo is a recommended substitution for the standard SCS logo for any longer-term promotional items.

  • Logo: For promotional materials, documents, presentations, email signatures, etc. (Find logos here.)
  • PPT Template: For District presentations (Find PPT templates here.)
  • Hashtag - #Reimagining901: For any social media content related to reimagining education, schools or communities
  • Tagline - "Reimagining Education. Reimagining Schools. Reimagining Communities.": For promotional materials, documents, presentations, email signatures, etc.
Sign up TODAY for the SCS Games for a shot at ultimate bragging rights for your school or department!

Get your school or department team together NOW because the SCS Games are coming up June 1-4! SCS employees can form teams and go head-to-head with colleagues across the District and businesses and organizations from around the city in Kickball (outdoors), Volleyball (outdoors), Track (outdoors), Family Feud (indoors), and Field Day Games. Health and safety protocols will be in place for all activities. It's FREE for SCS employees to participate, and spouses are welcome to play, too (no children). Sign up here!

If you have specific requests or questions, please email
According to Medical News Today, emotional distress is defined as “a state of emotional suffering.” The causes of distress can vary greatly, but some type of trauma often causes distress. The final installment of our mental health series focuses on distress and trauma and how to deal with both.
Distress is Real!

Anyone can experience distress, and distress does not always develop into a mental health disorder. However, not properly identifying the causes, signs, and symptoms of distress can lead to larger mental health issues. To understand distress and identify warning signs, read this article from Medical News Today. 
Trauma and Mental Health!

When people think of trauma, they often think of severe emotional events. The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.” However, trauma is relative - many less obvious events can be considered traumatic. Mental Health America gives some helpful facts on trauma and how to deal with its effects. Also, if you or a loved one is experiencing a more severe traumatic event, this article from Healthline and this information from the Dept. of Health & Human Services can help.
Don't Quit!

Taking care of our mental health is essential to a happy and healthy life. Yet, many of us don’t take the time to make sure that we are okay. Self-care is important! Also, remember that life comes with difficulties, but the key to success is not to quit. Check out these 10 Powerful Ted Talks about Mental Health and this important message on what to do when you feel like quitting.
Men, take charge of your health with SCS by attending the annual Men's Health Event on June 4.

The men of SCS are invited for a fun afternoon Friday, June 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., with free food and giveaways. Join us at the Messick Adult Center to get valuable information to help you lead a healthy lifestyle!

  • Protect the Heart: Heart Disease is the #1 killer of men.
  • Getting Exercise: Lift, run or choose any way you like to be active.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Get regular check-ups.
  • Quitting Time: Avoid bad habits.
  • Get Tough with Yourself: Keep your mind sharp.

APPLY TODAY! Positions for Promotional Summer School & the Summer Learning Academy are open!

If you're interested in earning some extra money for the summer and helping support students' academic needs, some great opportunities are available!

The deadline has been extended to apply for positions in Promotional Summer School. Positions are open for teachers, site administrators, school counselors, educational assistants, and school clerks. Visit to learn more.

Click here to apply for Summer Learning Academy positions by May 30. Positions are open for elementary and middle school regular education, special education, ESL teachers, clerks, guidance counselors, teacher assistants, bilingual mentors, and site administrators.

Summer School and Summer Learning Academy employees will receive a $3.00 hourly bonus paid at the end of the program.