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December 4, 2019
Content Cadres Course 2 is now open. Log in to complete online courses by the Jan. 17 deadline !
Music teachers, get discount tickets for you & your students by registering to sing at the Dec. 21 Memphis vs. JSU game!
Nominate the person who always saves the day at your school for December SCS Superheroes by Dec. 15 .
Alumni Hall of Fame nominations are now open. Nominate a notable SCS or MCS grad who has made an impact in their community by Dec. 18 .
The SCS School Choice Showcase is THIS Saturday at the Hickory Ridge Mall. Join us to learn about 200+ schools & programs available for students in Pre-K through 12th grade.
Gear up for winter RTI written expression & dyslexia screenings with assessment administrator training.

Screening for characteristics of dyslexia and administration of the written expression screening will take place during the winter RTI2 testing window beginning January 13 . If you or other assessment administrators in your building need training or a refresher course on the process, make plans to join us for trainings on December 17 or 18 . Click here for more details .
The Fall iReady Challenge is underway! Check out your school's standing in our latest update.

The second bi-weekly (round 2) checkpoint results for the Journey to 2025 i-Ready are in. Check out the highlights below.
  • EVERY participating school met at least one category target, even with a holiday week making minutes more challenging! Schools can move game pieces one space for each yellow highlighted category. Be sure to look closely at whether spaces were earned for Math, Reading or both.
  • A big congratulations to the schools that hit ALL SIX possible targets! Your school is highlighted in blue here. You can move your game pieces 3 spaces for each subject!
  • Take a look at the latest Traveling Zone Trophy Winners! Moving forward, we will have one trophy per subject for each zone, celebrating the schools with the highest overall category totals in their zone for each subject.

For a reminder on game rules and details,  take a look at this video  or review the Journey to 2025 i-Ready Challenge Overview for a refresher. The next checkpoint will be in mid-December.
Kindergarten teachers, please note this update to our Math curriculum!

In reference to standard K.G.A.1, please note that, although the lessons that explicitly teach this standard were omitted in the pacing calendar, you are expected to incorporate describing positions of objects through discussions in other lessons as appropriate. You will also notice that this standard has been included in your standards to review on the Flex Day Options. This standard is on the Q2 report card and in the Q2 CFA assessment. Should you have any questions, please contact Christine Bingham at
What do you think of our ELA textbooks? Share your thoughts to help guide ELA textbook adoption decisions.

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.

Need to renew your NBCT certification? There's a renewal session happening THIS weekend!

The UEA/TEA is hosting a National Board Certification Renewal Seminar for current National Board Certified teachers who need to renew their certificate. The seminar will be this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. - noon at LeMoyne Owen College . Light refreshments will be served. Take a look at the event flyer for more details.
High school teachers, share this creative opportunity to spark social change with your students by Dec. 6!

SCS high school students (grades 9-12) have the opportunity learn about the intersection of footwear and philanthropy. The SoGiv shoe design challenge allows student teams to create social change by designing their own one-of-a-kind to support a specific cause. Students will present their designs to a "Shark Tank" style panel for the chance to have their shoe produced. Student teams must sign up by Dec. 6. The three-day competition takes place in January.
Registration is now open for the Memphis in May International Teachers Conference 2020.

The Memphis in May International Teachers Conference 2020 is d esigned to provide educators with information on how to utilize international studies to enhance their curriculum. The focus of this year's cultural workshops will be centered on the Memphis in May honored country, Ghana. Workshops will be available for various subject areas, and teachers will go home with new insights and resources for their classrooms.

The conference is offered FREE for all SCS educators, and all participants will earn professional development hours. The deadline to register for the conference is Jan. 15.
ELA teachers, all of the latest ELA news & highlights are in one place, just for you!

The ELA curriculum team is excited to share the first issue of  SCS Literacy Curriculum Spotlight , a new e-newsletter that highlights valuable curriculum resources, opportunities and updates for K-12 teachers. This e-newsletter can be viewed  here , and it is also accessible from the newly updated Literacy/Language Arts webpage on the SCS Curriculum & Instruction website. Check it out now to get the 411 about some of the great things happening with literacy in our District.
December EAP Spotlight: Couples Counseling

This month's Employe Assistance Program and mental health awareness topic addresses the tough subjects that come with romantic relationships. While all couples have their ups and downs, sometimes those "downs" need to be addressed carefully. Consider couples counseling or talking about your relationship one-on-one with a licensed therapist to help provide healthy insight. As always, FREE mental health counseling - for all walks of life, from relationships to coping with mental illness and grief counseling - is available for all SCS employees through Methodist Healthcare. Click here for more information on our FREE EAP program .
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