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December 2, 2020
An UPDATED library of demonstration lessons is available NOW! Check out examples for all grade levels to strengthen virtual instruction for your students.
Have you taken all six required Teams courses? If not, take this opportunity to register in PLZ now!
Episode 4 of "The Whitelaw Edition" Talk Show is here. ILD Rita White explains more about Practice 1 & 4. Be on the lookout soon for the Talk Show's new name, "Education Today."
Want to radically improve K-12 reading ability? Sign up for the next Building Bridges session (#25715) to gain insight behind the nine elements. The last session is TOMORROW, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
The Student Perception Survey window is open through Dec. 18. This year's survey is 100% virtual with random teacher selection. Have questions? Contact
Dec 3: Building Bridges Session 2 (LAST CHANCE)
Dec. 7: Apply for Saturday Learning Academy (New)
Dec. 8: Mastery Connect Assessment #1 Ends
Dec. 15: #SCSSuperhero Submissions (New)
Dec.18: Student Perception Survey Ends
Nominate your #SCSSuperhero by December 15. (New)

It's time again to nominate a #SCSSuperhero employee! If you know someone in your school, or around the District, who you can always count on to save the day, nominate him/her for the next round of SCS Superheroes! We're looking to honor the best and brightest school heroes with a $100 gift card and special SCS swag bag! Click here to share details about our most awesome cafeteria workers, teachers, ed. assistants and other school staff who go above and beyond to serve our schools.
We appreciate your "Heart Work" and dedication to RTI2! Here's how we're celebrating you! (New)

As we continue to bridge instructional gaps and progress towards 2025, we want to ensure students are prepared for post-secondary education, employment and promotion. Let’s continue to be champions for our students because we want SCS to be on target for success with RTI2! This is how we - the RTI2 and Curriculum & Instruction teams - want to celebrate you! Get more information here.
NOW HIRING: Apply for positions in the next Saturday Learning Academy by Monday, December 7. (New)

SCS is offering Saturday Learning Academies throughout the year for K-12 SCS students to provide extra enrichment and help address learning loss caused by school closures in the spring due to COVID-19. We are hiring K-12 regular education and special education teachers, as well as site administrator positions, for each monthly academy. Positions for the December 12th academy will be open until Monday, December 7. More details on positions for semester 2 academies will be coming soon.
Don't miss these important updates on Portfolio submissions and evidence. (New)

Please note, the timeline for Portfolio submissions in Portfolium has been updated:

  • Point A Submissions - January 15
  • Point B Submissions - May 1
  • All Portfolio submissions should be uploaded in the Portfolium platform by 11:59 p.m. on May 1.
Portfolio Evidence Collections: Per Policy 4041, teachers are permitted to record (Microsoft Teams) lessons for evaluative purposes. However, teachers should be sure to obtain the necessary media release consent when recording students. Recordings should be securely stored with restricted access. Upon completion, recordings should be destroyed. Have questions? Contact the Employee Performance and Support team at
Make sure you're prepared for Common District Assessment #2! (New)

  • Assessment #2 will assess standards from Quarter 2 and Quarter 3: (ELA | Math | Science)

  • The testing window for Assessment #2 will be March 8 - 19

  • Assessment #2 will be the last Common District Assessment for the school year.  
Sign up for your FREE flu shot! (LAST CHANCE)

The Cigna Health Improvement tour bus will be at Southwind High School TOMORROW, December 3, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. to provide FREE flu shots to SCS employees and their families. To make an appointment online or receive more information, click here. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing during your visit.
Universal Language Literacy Words are now available in new languages! (New)

Language translations of the 36 Universal Language of Literacy Words are now available in Spanish, Arabic, French and Vietnamese. Each version contains the English definition, a visual and a place for students to draw or write their own connection to each word! This new, valuable resource can be found in the ESL folder inside of the Curriculum Maps folder on the Curriculum & Instruction homepage.
SAVE THE DATE: Virtual Meeting on quarter 2 standards for K-12 Science teachers Tuesday, December 8 (New)

Join the Curriculum & Instruction Science Department for a meeting on how to navigate through quarter 2 standards with the lens of 3D learning. Register in PLZ (course #24671) by Friday, December 4. The meeting link will be sent once the registration window closes.
Complete a Q1 Science curriculum survey for a chance to win a prize! (New)

Take a moment to complete a survey about your thoughts on quarter 1 Science curriculum maps. You must submit your survey by Wednesday, December 9, to be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate.

Want some new SCS swag? Take this Q1 ELA curriculum survey for your chance to win! (New)

We want to know what ELA curriculum resources you use or need to further support your instructional planning. Complete a short survey to be entered into a drawing to win SCS swag! Three winners per group will be selected. To participate in Quarter 1’s virtual ELA curriculum reviews, click here.

Share this awesome opportunity from Nike and the Memphis Grizzlies with your 7th and 8th-grade girls!

By the time girls reach the 8th grade, they are 50 percent more likely to drop out of sports than boys, creating physical and social barriers that can last a lifetime. So, Nike is teaming up with WNBA and NBA teams to identify 7th and 8th-grade girls who want to help grow sports for other girls in their community. The Memphis Grizzlies will select two girls as “Game Growers” and empower them to use their voices and share their bold ideas. The pair selected will participate in virtual events and engagement with Nike and the Grizzlies throughout the year to see their vision of increasing sports participation come to a reality. The application deadline is Friday, December 4Get more info here.
MPLOY applications for Summer 2021 are now open. Tell your students to apply by December 31!

The City of Memphis' MPLOY Youth Summer Experience provides youth, ages 14 - 22, with meaningful and rewarding summer experiences. Registration is open through December 31. MPLOY offers various career path options according to the participants’ strengths and interests, including soft skills training, entry-level positions and internships. Please remind all CCTE students to select CCTE for question 19, "How did you hear about us?"
Lite Memphis can host a workshop for your class! (New)
LITE Memphis is a non-profit that focuses on creating wealth for African-American, Latinx and other teens of color. LITE Memphis is available for workshops on Pitching Your Brand, Networking and Entrepreneurship 101. If you are interested in having a LITE Memphis staff member lead a workshop for your class, please contact 
The Orpheum wants to help enhance your classroom. Join a 10-minute info session December 10! (New)
The Orpheum is hosting a series of 10-minute informational sessions on Thursday, December 10. Learn tips to enhance classroom learning and explore options for professional development. View session times here.
 Connect with SCS on social media! #SCSis901