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August 14, 2019
Welcome back to an exciting year of learning and achievement in SCS! The Teacher Weekly team looks forward to keeping you informed this school year! This educator-focused newsletter is your weekly update on things happening in our District, educational and fun personal offers from community partners, upcoming dates and deadlines, PD updates, leadership opportunities and more! Be sure to remind your peers to read the Weekly each week to stay current on all things SCS!
Start your school year off right -- with new classroom grants! Check out the latest school & classroom grant programs here .
Memphis River Parks is teaming up with SCS for a Day on the River ! Come learn about all the things our River Parks have to offer for lessons & leisure!
Teachers, what do you really think about PD? RSVP for a focus group to tell us what's going right & where we can improve.
Here's your first teacher leadership opportunity of the year: Apply to be a Science Fellow to help guide Science instruction & curriculum in our District.
The Pink Palace has brand new suitcase exhibits for the 2019-20 school year! Reserve your hands-on lesson kits .
THIS JUST IN: New foundational skills resources for the new year!

While you were getting some much needed R&R during summer break, the Early Literacy team and our Literacy Laureates were busy working on new resources to better support teachers. They developed and designed instructional PowerPoints for foundational skills lessons in the Journeys curriculum.These presentations will help get you ready to deliver high quality foundational skills to all K-2 students this year. Stay tuned -- new presentations will be released throughout the year and will be posted on the Early Literacy website .
Cool new literacy lessons let second graders crack the code!

Throughout the 2019-20 school year, the Early Literacy team will guide and support a team of Laureates to create decodable reader lessons for Journeys texts. The lessons will be formatted much like the decodable readers lessons created by Student Achievement Partners for grades KK-1. These lessons will be released incrementally and can be accessed on the Early Literacy website .
Speaking of resources, this lesson plan toolkit was designed just for History teachers!

Our ready-made classroom resources don't just end with early literacy. US History teachers, check out this toolkit from Facing History designed to shape and support your first weeks of classroom instruction. This one-week unit will prepare teachers and students for success by building classroom communities and fostering inclusive environments for students to share their perspectives and learn from their peers. Check out the Facing History & Ourselves website for more details.
STEM educators, we didn't forget you. Check out ( literally ) these hands-on lesson kits for your class!

Admit it, nobody is ever too old to play with K'NEX! Now you and your students can have some fun while learning valuable STEM lessons, thanks to the West TN Lending Library. They're offering hands-on STEM lesson kits for all grade levels. These aren't your average lesson kits, either- you and your students can build a K'NEX roller coaster as you study physics or incorporate an engineering lesson while building K'NEX bridges. Take a look at the flyer to see what's available and how to reserve yours!
Lookout! New K-5 Social Studies textbooks are coming your way.

New Social Studies textbooks are en-route to classrooms for all K-5 students based on the tentative rollout schedule below. If you have questions about your school's Social Studies textbooks, contact Chunmeka Wayne.

Textbook Rollout:
  • K-2: Studies Weekly (In Schools)
  • Grade 3: Gallopade (In Schools)
  • Grade 4-5: Gibbs Smith (Set to Arrive Late August)
Book a FREE HS field trip to see the Gandhi movie!

High school teachers and club sponsors, honor the 150th celebration of Gandhi with a FREE screening of the Gandhi movie! The Gandhi King Conference, Jain Center of Memphis, and Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis are offering FREE field trips, including transportation, for high school students to view the movie and learn about Gandhi's legacy of non-violent activism. School groups, such as Facing History or world-language clubs, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Contact Dr. Manoj Jain's team f or more info or to reserve a FREE October screening for your students.
Now that you've made it to the end of the newsletter, its contest time!

If you're new here, this is the part where we say "thanks for reading" and give away cool stuff! Participate in the first Teacher Weekly giveaway contest of the 19-20 school year! Tell us about your funniest classroom moment to be entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to see Comedian Eddie B live at the Cannon Center next Saturday, August 24, courtesy of our friends at at the Cannon Center.

One winner will be selected from a random drawing. The deadline for submissions is 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 14 . The winning participant will be contacted directly by the Teacher Weekly team.
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