The CLUE Bulletin

July 16, 2020


The CLUE Bulletin is the official newsletter for CLUE parents and community partners. Once a month, newsletter recipients will receive important news and updates and learn more about the departmental activities and events.

Parents and partners may view current CLUE information any time on our website at:

Have questions about CLUE Services for the fall term?

We have answers! All of our plans and updates are posted on our parent page ( with a special section just for Fall of 2020.

If you have specific questions about your child's situation, we are providing several options for assistance.

  • Parents and partners may call us at 901-606-2415 during normal business hours.
  • Parents and partners may also text questions to this number and receive timely responses during normal business hours.
  • Everyone is welcome to email us any time at:

Check out our fall planning information shared below, and visit our webpage for more details.

CLUE901 Has a YouTube Channel!

As a way to share important updates and good news, CLUE has created a YouTube Channel. Here is a link to our channel: CLUE901 YouTube Channel

Parents and partners can also follow us on social media.

CLUE901 Facebook page:

CLUE901 Twitter page:

Join our Facebook event to learn more!

The CLUE Confabulation (or Chat) is going on now! We are answering questions, sharing information, and giving away CLUE prizes! You won't want to miss this opportunity to network with other CLUE parents and staff.

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Shout-Out to Our AMAZING CLUE Camp Teachers!

All of our camps were a huge success. We appreciate everyone's willingness to try something new.

Below is some of our data collected through the parent survey. We are excited to receive positive feedback on our Google classrooms as we build on our success from the spring and learn from our practice round in the summer. We will be ready for a fabulous fall term.

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Assigned Summer Reading for CLUE Students Entering Grades 6-9

Academic achievement is paramount for students in the CLUE Program. Students work diligently to make gains during the school year, and our goal is to minimize the loss of learning during the summer months. According to a study by professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students who read books for summer reading at home demonstrated a significantly higher level of reading achievement. Furthermore, the study concluded that students who do not read in the summer can [over time] fall a year behind students who do (Allington, McGill-Frazen, 2010). To keep learning in a forward motion, we are continuing our summer reading program for all of our CLUE students who are entering grades six through nine.

All students will read the required book listed below, and this reading should be finished before students return to school on August 31, 2020. CLUE English teachers will use information from the book in class during the first couple of weeks of school and may give comprehension assessments on the materials. Students should be prepared to bring a copy of the book with them to class during this time.

The CLUE Summer Reading Portal has been created to provide instructional support to students who are reading independently over the summer months. The portal includes background information, videos, and graphics organizers to help students comprehend the text at a deeper level. Most of our books are also provided in a FREE digital format on our CLUE901 webapage at:

CLUE901 Parent Blog

Stay up-to-date with important announcements posted on our CLUE901 Parent Blog!

Teacher Spotlight: Keisha Flowers-Haley

This month we recognize Mrs. Keisha Flowers-Haley for her contributions to the CLUE Program. A native Memphian, Keisha is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a Masters of Education from Union University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who serves Hickory Ridge Elementary and Germanshire Elementary Schools.

Mrs. Keisha Flowers-Haley loves being a teacher. She spent 19 years in the regular education classroom before joining CLUE about 4 years ago. She has been a teacher mentor, learning coach, Memphis Teaching Fellows selector, and a teacher evaluation observer. She is currently a mentor teacher for CLUE and shares her expertise in a multitude of ways. When she is not teaching, Keisha enjoys shopping, traveling, and going out to eat with her family and friends.

The CLUE Team is proud of Mrs. Keisha Flowers-Haley and thankful for all that she does for CLUE and for her CLUE students.

About Us

The mission of our gifted and academically talented program is to provide a nurturing, accepting environment where the unique intellectual, creative, social, and emotional needs of gifted and talented students are fulfilled.