MSE February Newsletter

Sharing stories about the wonderful things happening at MSE

From the Desk of A. Pruitt

Happy winter to everyone! As we are snuggled in our homes and school, I want to share how hard our students are working and preparing for the End of Course (EOC) test.

The teachers have analyzed last year's TNReady data and this year's benchmark data to drive all of their instruction. Students are receiving personalized instruction, participating in student organized learning environments, practicing citing from the text, and much more. Everyone is working hard to ensure that all students are feeling success and that they are ready to continue their learning journey.

MSE HS has awesome teachers and academic coaches as well as a dedicated counselor and discipline coordinator who are putting in overtime to prepare for the students not only for school but also for life and how to take on daily challenges. I would personally like to give a thank you to our whole school community for doing an outstanding job!

There is not a lot on the calendar for February, so we will be diving hard into the curriculum in preparation for May. As we continue to work hard through February, remember to learn about something or someone new and share your wisdom with the world.

New MSE Campus in Cordova

MSE plans to open two new K-5 and 6-12 schools in Cordova. Please complete this form to indicate your interest in enrolling a student for the 2020-2021 school year. The school opening is contingent on the approval of the Memphis School of Excellence Cordova by the Shelby County Schools.

Submission of this form is not an application for enrollment and does not guarantee enrollment. This is an interest survey only. Click on the photo above to be taken directly to the survey.

*Please fill out one form for each interested student.

Nissan Brings Their Safe-Driving Game Show to MSE

In January, Nissan brought their ThinkFast interactive program to our high school students. The program is designed like a game show with questions ranging from pop culture to some of the consequences you may face as an impaired driver. Teams of students rang in on buzzers and competed for Amazon gift cards. ThinkFast Interactive have won multiple awards, including the 2013 Lifesaver Award from the Governors Highway Safety Office of Tennessee. We love bringing events like the ThinkFast program to our school who work to incorporate joy into their message of safe driving.
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The elementary and middle school PTO has been busy this month! The PTO is hosting a Father/Daughter Dance on February 22 from 6-8 in the MSE cafeteria. All ES/MS students are invited to attend. Tickets are $10 and cover admittance for the dad and one student. Each additional student in the family is $5.

Our spring pep rally, organized by our student council members and their advisors, celebrated our girls and boys basketball teams and included competitions between the grade levels!

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For every $2 donation to the MSE Robotics Club, students were given one vote to determine two teachers to be pied during the pep rally! We would like to shoutout to Mr.Braddock and Ms. Wheaton for being such great sports.

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We celebrated our honor roll students with a ceremony and small breakfast for family and friends

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MSE Senior Receives Highest GPA Award for Memphis Ambassador Program

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Memphis School of Excellence would like to congratulate Jordan Richardson, a senior at MSE. He was recognized by the Memphis Ambassadors Program on Saturday for having the highest average among the seniors that participate in the program from the Hickory Hill area.

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is a year-round enrichment program that engages up to 400 youth from the seven city council districts in grades 9-12 each year. The program integrates curriculum centered on the community, local businesses, and neighborhood alliances. Memphis Ambassadors participate in community service projects throughout the year as a result of a partnership with area non-profits. Click here to apply and learn more.

Way to represent MSE!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Alomari

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Mrs. Alomari is our ninth grade English teacher and lifelong fan of reading and writing.


When did you start teaching?

  • I started teaching in 2011 in 7th grade English.

Why do you love teaching your subject?

  • I am obsessed with books and what better life is there to share my love of books and stories with my students!

Why do you love teaching at MSE?

  • My kids make me happy! I love being around them and watching them become adults right before my eyes. It’s all about them.

Do you have a favorite book you teach to 9th grade?

Who is your biggest inspiration?

  • If we’re speaking in a “life” sense, it will be Rob and Dana Linn Bailey. If we’re speaking in an “education” sense it would have to be Ron Clark.

Do you have a teaching motto?

  • ”Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.”

What is something you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

  • I would tell my 13 year-old-self to put more effort into things than I did. I can’t imagine the opportunities I would have had if I had just tried harder at the things that I was doing at the time!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you!

  • I’m a dual citizen and I only have one kidney!

Congratulations to our high school girl's basketball team for making it to the playoffs!

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Student Spotlight: Aneth F.

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Aneth is a 10th grade scholar recently selected for the REACH Memphis Program

One of the newest members of REACH Memphis is our very own Aneth F! REACH Memphis is one of the most prestigious college-prep programs in Memphis. Helping students for over fifty years, REACH's mission is to offer academic support and personal growth experiences to broaden each student’s understanding of self, leadership and community. They offer services to help high-achieving Shelby County students in high school, college and beyond.

In high school, REACH works with students to improve ACT scores, write college application essays, and partners with colleges outside of Memphis to send students to differentiated summer programs to receive an immersive experience of living and studying on a college campus.

Aneth is most interested in a summer engineering program at Smith's College in Northampton, Massachusetts. The camp is a four week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Smith College is among the top-rated liberal arts colleges in the United States and one of the nation's largest colleges dedicated solely to the education of women.

When asked if there was a specific teacher at MSE who sparked her interest in science, she immediately answers, "Mr. Shirley!" Aneth says it was sitting in Mr. Shirley's seventh grade class where he, "encouraged us to ask questions in class showed us videos to spark our interest" when her own interest was sparked.

She remembered watching a particular video about prosthetics when she first heard about the field of biomedical engineering. "It was so cool to watch scientists to build something new. Especially when it was made for people who thought they had lost something forever," Aneth said.

Aneth aspires to major in biomedical engineering in college with hopes on maybe one day entering the medical field. As a sophomore who has already scored a 19 on her practice ACTs, we have no doubt Aneth has a bright future ahead of her as a leader in the STEM community.

MathCounts here at MSE!

Congratulations to Mr. Nichols at MSE Middle School and the Math Counts Team for participating in their first competition on 2.2.19 at Southwest College. The students got to compete against other schools, tested their math skills, and saw some true math superstars in action. We look forward to this yearly tradition for our middle school math superstars!

National Geographic Bee

MSE hosted its first National Geography Bee on January 1/29. Over 30 students in grades 6-8 participated to show off their knowledge of geography. Pedro W. was victorious and will have a chance to move on to the next level of competition if he scores high enough on the online entry exam for school champions. Congratulations to all students who participated and Mr. Roeder for organizing this cool event!
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Robotics Club Builds Programmable Robot

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Students learn to build and program robots for competition

At MSE High School, our students are working hard to put their programming skills to the test. Our club is lead by Mr. Dibi, our 11th grade math teacher.

Mr. Dibi started in robotics as the assistant coach for for First Lego League, a competition where students design, build and program LEGO robots. He then mentored our middle school robotics team for three years. After we moved to our new high school campus, Mr. Dibi decided to take our robotics club to the next level for high school students.

Our high school robotics club consists of six students interested in pursuing careers in the STEM fields. The team is a part of First Tech Challenge (FTC), the high school counterpart to the First Lego League. After school, the team works on building a robot that accomplishes given tasks. Once students build the main body and attachments, they will program the robot and control it by using cell phones.

The MSE Robotics Team is new to FTC and they still have a lot to learn! For the 2018-2019 school year, our students are getting the experience they need to be ready for the regional competition held every January in Memphis. They're learning engineering, programming, and metalworking and they must also learn collaboration and team work along the way! We are proud of their hard work so far and can't wait to see where they will go in the regional competition in 2020.

Upcoming Important Dates

2.22 - Father Daughter Dance at the ES/MS

2.23 - Mock ACT #4

2.28 - MS Black History Month Program

3.8 - Last Day of 3rd Quarter

3.11 - Week of Spring Break

3.19 - MSE Open House Day at 5:00 pm on both campuses

3.23 - MSE Open House Day at 10:00 am on both campuses

3.27 - MSE Open House Day at 5:00 pm on both campuses

3.30 - Mock ACT #5

4.25 - MSE Open House Day at 5:00 pm on both campuses

4.27 - MSE Open House Day at 10:00 am on both campuses

5.15 - Kindergarten Graduation at 9am at MSE Elementary

5.15 - 5th Grade Promotion at 10:15am at MSE Elementary

5.16 - 8th Grade Graduation at 9am at MSE Middle

5.17 - High School Graduation at 6pm at New Sardis Baptist Church (ticket required)

The mission of MSE is to provide a safe and collaborative environment which will cultivate the academic and social development of its students by emphasizing math, science, and technology for the purpose of students setting and meeting higher education goals.