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December 11, 2019
Second semester DLD is Jan. 17. Register in PLZ by Jan. 8 to ensure you earn your DLD professional learning hours.
Studying for a Praxis exam during the break? We're offering up to 3 months of FREE Praxis/NES 240 tutoring for aspiring teachers.
Teacher of the Year nominations are open! Nominate your standout teacher peers for the nation's top teacher recognition.
Teachers, this celebration is just for you! RSVP for the exclusive teachers only SCS Jingle & Mingle Jam happening Dec. 19 !
Keep your students connected during winter break. Share instructions for families to access iReady from home ! ( Spanish )
In case you missed it: Check out Superintendent Ray's latest update on performance-based bonuses for teachers .
Earn PD credit & learn some best practices for K-5 Math at the 2020 Eureka Math Share-a-Thon!

Looking for opportunities to collaborate with your peers and score professional development hours at the same time? We have the perfect opportunity for you! Join us at the 2019 Eureka Math Share-a-Thon THIS Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the University of Memphis in Ball Hall. This year's Share-a-Thon will focus on equipping K-5 teachers with best practices for increasing capacity to solve word problems using tape diagrams. Click here to reserve your spot to earn 2.5 PD credit hours for this session.
Start planning your school science fairs & get excited for the 2020 SCS Science & Engineering Fair in March!

Science teachers, its time to begin preparing for the 2020 SCS Science & Engineering Fair! This year's fair will be at the Pink Palace Museum March 23-27 . New this year, the fair will be open to ALL students, including high schools! Before we can host the district-wide fair, schools will need to host their own school-based fairs to determine which students will participate in the main event! All school-based first place winners in each category will advance to the District's SCS Science & Engineering fair at the Pink Palace. Contact Terilyn McChriston for more information about the process.
Content Cadres Course 2 is open through January 17!

Teachers, don't forget to mark your calendar for the Content Cadres Course 2 due date: January 17. Course 2 is currently open in Canvas, our District's Content Cadres platform. Please login to complete your specially tailored professional learning courses before the deadline to qualify for flex days in February.
New K-12 Math resources are available from the TDOE!

Have you heard about the new Instructional Focus Documents provided TN Department of Education just for K-12 math? They're here, and we're happy to share these helpful resources with you! Take a look at this Math Moment provided by the Curriculum & Instruction Math team to learn more.
Help us make the best decisions for future ELA textbooks!

The 2019-20 school year is an ELA textbook adoption year in the state of Tennessee, and our process at SCS is underway. Before we make final decisions on ELA texts, we want to hear from the people who use them. Set aside a few minutes to view the list of approved curriculum adoption options from the State, then complete your grade band questionnaire to share details about what you value in ELA curriculum resources. The zone with the highest completion rate will receive special recognition. To let your voice be heard, please complete the appropriate grade band survey below.
Nominate your outstanding former students for the 2020 SCS Alumni Hall of Fame!

Nobody knows SCS' best and brightest better than the people who lead our classrooms every day! We're counting on you to help us identify honorees for the 2020 Alumni  Hall  of  Fame Gala. Do you recall a former grad who went on to achieve major successes and make a big community impact?  Send in a nomination to shout out your favorite  alumni for a chance to honor them on the big stage  March 7. We'll be accepting nominations through December 18, and chosen honorees will be announced in January. More details are also coming soon about how to purchase discount employee tickets to the highly anticipated 2020 HOF Gala!
Discount alert: Save big on tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters in February!

Still trying to figure out the perfect holiday gift for that person who's hard to shop for? Here's a win-win! Get them tickets to see The Harlem Globetrotters on Feb. 1 at the FedEx Forum AND save big with a special discount! That's right! A limited number of discounted tickets are available JUST for SCS employees as the Globetrotters' way of saying "thank you" to the educators and school support staff in our community.
Williams Sonoma is offering Part-time seasonal jobs.

Looking for a way to earn extra cash or spend your spare time during the holiday season? Our partners at Williams Sonoma are offering seasonal weekend positions for SCS teachers and high school students. Check out the flyer for more information on this opportunity. All teachers interested in this special job opportunity should contact Cherith Mennis after completing the steps on the flyer.
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