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MCS Week of Monday, April 1, 2013

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Shelby County Board of Education to Host Community Input Session

The Shelby County Board of Education is continuing its process to search for a new Superintendent.  It is our belief that the most important responsibility of a Board is to select as Superintendent, a highly qualified professional who can work productively with the Board, staff, parents, students and the community to provide a quality education for all students.

Recognizing that the entire community has a stake in the selection, we would like to extend an invitation to you and representatives of your organization to meet with members of the PROACT Search Firm on Thursday, April 4th, in the MCS Auditorium, 2597 Avery Avenue.  Please feel free to choose any of the times below that are convenient to you.  Each session will last approximately one hour.

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. 

If you are unable to attend and would like to provide input relative to the selection of the next Superintendent, we have developed a survey that you can access and complete online (please follow one of the links below).  If you are unable to participate online, you may pick up a paper copy from the Administration Buildings located at 2597 Avery Avenue and 160 S. Hollywood.



MCS to Host Third Annual ‘Assuring Safe Futures for Our Children Conference'

On Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5, Memphis City Schools will join the Memphis/Shelby County Children and Youth Council to host a one-of-a-kind public forum on a serious concern for teachers, parents, children and all citizens – youth safety.  From 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. each day at the Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave., the third annual "Assuring Safe Futures for Our Children Conference" will present innovations in youth violence prevention and intervention.

 Conference workshops will cover current and new programs in youth safety such as the Memphis "Gun Down" Comprehensive Violence Reduction Strategy; the MCS G.R.A.S.S.Y Initiative (Gang Reduction Assistance for Saving Society's Youth) and the new "901 BLOC Squad" Program (Better Lives, Opportunities and Communities).  Additional sessions focus on anti-bullying, instilling positive self-esteem in girls, coaching boys to become men, teen dating violence prevention, and the impact of mainstream and social media violence on youth.

MCS to Host ‘A Very Special Arts Festival'

On Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, the Division of Exceptional Children & Health Services will host its annual "A Very Special Arts Festival" at Hope Presbyterian Church from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This program is a part of a national project that allows students with disabilities an opportunity to experience the Arts through participation in activities designed to develop an appreciation of performing and visual arts. This event also gives students with disabilities the opportunity to showcase their skills in art, dance, drama and music.

For more information, contact the Division of Exceptional Children and Health Services at 416-5600.

MCS to Host U.S. Department of Education Ambassador Fellowship Program

On Friday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memphis City Schools and Overton High School will host representatives from the U.S. Department of Education Ambassador Fellowship Program. This visit corresponds with ArtsFest and will be highlighted by a roundtable discussion on teacher evaluation reform, specifically how it relates to the use of student growth measures and the MCS portfolio model for peer review.  Representatives will tour Overton High School and meet with students in the schools Creative and Performing Arts program. Following the roundtable discussion and tour of Overton, members of the Ambassador Fellowship Program will visit the MCS Board of Education to view student artwork on display for the fourth annual ArtsFest.

MCS to Host the Fourth Annual ‘ArtsFest'

Memphis City Schools is preparing for its 4th Annual ArtsFest. The public is invited to bring their families to ArtsFest 2013 on Saturday, April 6th from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the MCS Board of Education.

ArtsFest is designed to celebrate student achievement in the arts, engage the community in supporting students and teachers, and highlight the power of arts in education. ArtsFest 2013 features exemplary student works of visual art and live performance in theatre, dance, band, choir, and orchestra. It is here that the whole community can participate with and see what arts students are creating in school.

There will be art projects for kids as well as local professional art agencies on site. This event is FREE to the public!

 For more information about ArtsFest 2013 visit

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