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December 16, 2020
Thanks for reading the Weekly all semester! We wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season.
Our first issue of 2021 will come out Wednesday, January 6. Until then, Happy New Year!
The entire SCS family is invited to the Virtual Holiday Mix & Mingle Jam THIS FRIDAY, 6-8 p.m. Enjoy music, special
recognitions, District greetings & LOTS of giveaways!
TOMORROW is CCTE/MPLOY Application Day. Please encourage all students 14yo+ to apply for an MPLOY summer internship 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. get more info in the rundown.
Let your students & families know i-Ready will be available for extra support throughout the Winter Break. Access the "i-Ready for the Holidays" flyers here: ENGLISH | SPANISH
The SCS Aspiring Teachers Program is here to support you! Get info on online Praxis support here. For SPED Praxis support, watch this info session & take this survey by Dec. 21. 
Check out the updated library of demo lessons from the Professional Learning & Support team to see examples of quality core content instruction in Microsoft Teams.
Dec. 17: CCTE/MPLOY Application Day (NEW)
Dec. 18: Holiday Mingle Jingle Jam (NEW)
Dec. 18: Student Perception Survey Ends
Dec. 21: Winter Break Begins
Jan. 4: Winter Break Ends - Virtual Classes Resume
Jan. 11-29: i-Ready Winter Diagnostic (NEW)
Jan. 15: Portfolio Point A Submissions Due (NEW)
TOMORROW is CCTE/MPLOY Application Day! (NEW)

December 17 is designated as “CCTE/MPLOY Application Day.” Teachers are asked to encourage all students age 14 and up to apply for an MPLOY summer internship between 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Teachers are also encouraged to offer creative incentives for applying, such as bonus points or an assignment/homework pass. The city's MPLOY program gives students an opportunity to earn up to $900 for three weeks of participation. Students in grades 11-12 will earn a Work-Based Learning credit. Middle and high school students in the specialized CCTE track are eligible to earn an industry certification, and Barbering/Cosmetology students can earn hours toward state licensure. To be placed in the CCTE applicant pool, students must select CCTE for question 19, "How did you hear about us?" The final deadline to apply is December 31.
Wonders Updates for ELA Teachers & Support Staff (NEW)

The login information for the Wonders District demo account is changing starting January 2021. Please use the username and password information below:

Username: TNELA2019
Password: TNReview2019

*Note: If you are a teacher with your own single sign-on access through Clever and Canvas, please continue to use your login information. The new credentials above are for those who do not have single sign-on access (i.e. ESL, SPED, Coaches, etc.).
Support for Administering the i-Ready Winter
Diagnostic Remotely (NEW)

After all the hard work this Fall, a mid-year Diagnostic helps you understand where your students are in their learning and where they may need more support. Use these three key practices below to ensure you get the reliable data you need to do this work:
  • Partner with Families: Creating a strong partnership with families is the most important step when assessing from home. This is particularly important with families of younger students, who may be more tempted to help. Use the tips and tools in this kit to support.

  • Prepare and Motivate Students: Students need to understand how to take the Diagnostic and why they’re taking it. Encourage teachers to use the appropriate grade-level slides in this deck to facilitate a lesson with their students.

  • Actively Proctor Remotely: During the Diagnostic, it’s essential to monitor student progress and provide support as needed. Learn from the promising practices of a teacher who did this successfully in the fall.

You may be saying to yourself, “But I already did this for the first Diagnostic. Why do I have to do this again?” Reminding students and families of the processes and your expectations for the Diagnostic is essential to a strong administration. Just like every other practice, students need to be reminded of what they’re doing and how it will help them. Visit i-ReadyCentral.com/AssessAtHome for all tips and tools when assessing at home.
It’s time for the annual ACT-SO competition! (NEW)

ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. It is sponsored by the NAACP to encourage African-American and minority youth to aspire toward excellence. ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, Humanities, Business and Performing, Visual and Culinary Arts. For over 40 years, the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of color who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence. Encourage your students to apply here by January 15.
SCS student health clinics are now offering flu shots. (NEW)

In addition to a wide range of minor medical services, our student health clinics now offer flu shots. SCS operates three school-based health clinics with trained medical staff from Christ Community Health Services. Our clinics provide services mostly during school hour, but also offer after-hours service and weekend options. The clinics work with students' personal insurance providers for billing of services; however, fees may apply if a student is not insured. No student are denied treatment due to lack of insurance or inability to pay. Visits are available by appointment only. Parents and students can call (901) 842-2379 or Text: "SCS901" to 91999 for an appointment. 
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