Douglass & Overton
High Schools to Host Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
Douglass and Overton High Schools
have been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Thelonious
Monk Institute of Jazz to participate in the Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education
Initiative program on Tuesday, April 9 at Overton and Thursday,
April 11 at Douglass. Students will benefit from "informances," educational
and informational sessions, led by GRAMMY Award-winning musicians Herbie
Hancock and Ingrid Jensen, vocalist Lisa Henry and renowned music educator Dr.
J.B. Dyas. Each performance will be followed by jazz and blues workshops with
the visiting student performers from the Los Angeles County High School for the
Arts playing alongside and sharing ideas with students from Douglass and
Oaks Elementary to Host Art Exhibition
April 10 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Willow Oaks Elementary School will host
a student art gallery exhibit. Twenty-five
students in grades four and five were selected by Willow Oaks' Art Specialist,
Ms. Jami Hooper, to participate in a Spring Arts Academy, a
collaboration between Willow Oaks Optional School and the University of Memphis
Department of Art Education. These students have created projects using a
variety of media including colored pencil, oil pastel, watercolor,
print-making, and weaving.
For more information, contact
Willow Oaks Elementary at (901) 416-2196.
Years of Class Piano
On Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m., Memphis City Schools will celebrate 83-years of the MCS Class Piano Program. A concert featuring student performers will be held at White Station Middle School. This concert will feature selections that celebrate the joy of playing piano such as "Chop Sticks," Yankee Doodle Variations," and "Twenty Finger Blues." Students also perform an original piece written and arranged by Lemondra Hamilton, a MCS Orff music teacher. This year's All-City Concert is dedicated to Peggy Purdue, recently retired Class Piano teacher of 50 years.
to Host Annual Exceptional Children Parent Summit
On Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Colonial Middle School, the Division of Exceptional Children & Health
Services will host its annual Parent Summit, which is designed to provide
educational opportunities to parents of students with disabilities. Workshops
tailored to the needs of each student's disability will be held throughout the
day. Assistant Commissioner Joey Hassell, TN Department of Education, Division of Special Education, will serve as the
keynote speaker for the summit.
Other guest speakers include:
Mark Loftis, Financial Advisor,
"MetLife" Topic: Conservatorship
Dr. Altha Stewart, Executive
Director, "Just Care Family Network" Topic: Student
Self-Determination Trainer "UT Center for Literacy, Education &
Employment" Topic: Student Transition
For more information, contact the
Division of Exceptional Children & Health Services, at (901) 416-5600.
High School Students Receive Offers of Appointment to Coast Guard Academy
Whitehaven High School seniors Taylor Wright and Kierra Luster have received offers of appointment to the Coast Guard Academy. Wright and Luster have been recieved financial awards packages valued at $400,000 for their college educations. This year, there were approximately 190 appointments available this year across the entire United States.