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June 24, 2020
ICYMI: Supt. Ray shared an important update last night regarding teacher PD requirements. He presented a recommendation to the Board to reduce the
total number of PD hours required in 2020-21 from 64 to 40. Learn more.
We're exploring options for the 2020-21 instructional calendar as a way to effectively address student learning loss due to COVID-19. Share your input here.
Are you an exemplar teacher who cares about actionable feedback? You could become a New Teacher Mentor in 2020-21! Review the guidelines , then apply & n otify your principal.
Haven't had a chance to learn about our newly approved ELA curriculum? Training opportunities are still available. Email for help or more info:
SCS students are leading an important discussion on social justice issues & the social emotional impacts on our youth. Tune into the live " WE MATTER " event TODAY at 4 p.m.
UPDATE: The District's partnership with Discovery Education is ending June 30.

SCS has enjoyed the interactive online resources provided by Discovery Education over the last couple of months. We hope that you and our students benefited from the educational content provided. As an update, we want to announce that as of June 30, our partnership with Discovery Education will come to an end. We will continue moving ahead with providing high-quality educational content to students through our approved curriculum and resources, and we look forward to your instructional leadership and support for students as we prepare for the new school year.
Take advantage of Praxis testing opportunities this summer. You could win $100 for completing your exam by July 15!

Despite COVID-19 closures, Praxis testing is still available this summer. You can participate in Praxis at-home testing and find the  latest updates here . Additional details about at-home testing are also available in this Praxis article . Looking for in-person options? Praxis testing is now available at Prometric sites across Tennessee and in surrounding states.

CASH ALERT! You could score $100 courtesy of the SCS Aspiring Teachers Program for completing a Praxis/NES exam this summer. Enter by July 15. Three teachers will win!
Spread the word! The SCS Summer Virtual Parent Institute is Saturday, June 27.

If you know any SCS parents - or if you are an SCS parent - help us spread the word about the upcoming Summer Virtual Parent Institute taking place Saturday, June 27. We've got over 20 awesome sessions planned to help families support their students and prepare for the new school year. Award-winning principal and best-selling author Eric Sheninger is the featured guest, and we have some great giveaways, including an iPad! Register now at .

Download the English/Spanish flyers here to share with families in your school community!
You’re not alone! The Cigna Total Behavioral Health Program can help you move forward.

Cigna is offering SCS employees new services to help manage life events through the Total Behavioral Health Program . At no additional charge to you, you can receive face-to-face sessions with a licensed mental health professional in Cigna’s EAP network, plus online seminars, community resources and referrals on a range of topics, including:

  • Child care
  • Adoption
  • Senior care
  • Pet care
  • Legal and financial consultation services
  • Education
  • Summer camps
  • Parenting
  • Convenience services
Looking for help with your student loans? Assistance is coming soon from!

Are you looking for advice on how to manage your student loans but simply don’t know where to begin? Let SCS help you identify the best strategies for managing and paying off your college debt through our partnership with Employees will be receiving an email in the next few weeks with info on how to take advantage of this excellent District benefit, including tools and calculators, options to speak with a student loan coach and advice for financing future educational goals for yourself or your children. Don’t want to wait? Sign up today by going to For more info, view these FAQs or check out this flyer .
Check out the latest edition of the Coordinated School Health newsletter!

The June edition of the Coordinated School Health newsletter is packed with tips and resources to help you live a healthier lifestyle, including:

  • Free B-12 shots & blood pressure checks for SCS men during Men's Health Month
  • Important dates & health observances in June
  • Healthy eating tips
  • Resources on PTSD
Get FREE digital instruction support from TDOE and Trevecca Nazarene University.

The Tennessee Department of Education is partnering with Trevecca Nazarene University to provide FREE training on digital learning and teaching to all Tennessee teachers. The self-paced, online training is available for free  through August 1 and will help teachers develop skills for digital learning, including how to design classes for remote instruction, using technology to enhance learning outcomes for all students, applying blended or hybrid content deliveries, ADA compliance and accessibility for universal design, implementing a specialized IEP plan for content creation and more. Learn more and register here.
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