Inspired Learning, Leading, Living

#IL3 Newsletter Friday, October 9, 2020

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Dr. Sugg's Scene: Superintendent's Report from October 8th Board Meeting

The past two weeks have been devoted to the smooth opening of our schools. I have enjoyed visiting all schools since our reopening day September 28th. From my observations I would like to highlight the following celebrations:



  • Staff and students are complying with all guidelines, including the mask mandates, and are happy to be back in the classroom.
  • Teachers are working extremely hard to lead instruction under very difficult circumstances, some with SCPS@Home and SCPS@School simultaneously.
  • Classified staff, including bus drivers, food service, custodial and maintenance staff have all been working well to manage and lead these critical operations of our school district.
  • Many students have returned to SCPS@School, indicating the confidence our families have placed in our schools.
  • Continued collaboration between our district Health Coordinator, Traci Earley and the North Central Health District is helping us to ensure that students and staff remain as safe as possible during this worldwide pandemic.


Additional activities I have engaged in during the past two weeks:


  • Student Achievement - 30 Day progress discussions with each principal and goal setting for the next 30 days.
  • Professional Growth Plans - Conversations with each principal about goals for their schools and their own professional growth.
  • Meeting with Shelby County Education Association officers to discuss any concerns from our teaching staff.
  • Administrative Team meeting - began book study Fierce Conversations.
  • Welcomed New Teachers with Personnel Team on Wednesday, October 7th.


COVID- 19 Update


Currently, we have 16 staff and students who are isolated with COVID - 19 out of 8,000 staff and students. Out of caution for all staff and students and in collaboration with and under the guidance of the local health department, we currently have 179 staff and students in quarantine. Remember that if someone is in quarantine it means their status is "questionable." If they are isolated it means they were COVID positive.

National Principals Month: SCPS Celebrates our School Leadership

Through visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student, principals guide and support their schools in ways large and small every day. And as we faced new challenges presented by COVID-19, our principals came through when it mattered most. National Principals Month is our way of honoring their dedication and thanking them for all they’ve done.

Throughout the entire month of October, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)—as well as district leaders, policymakers, parents, students, teachers, and school leaders—come together to not only celebrate these heroes of education, but also to advocate for school leaders everywhere. National Principals Month seeks to honor our principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students.
We encourage our community to join us in celebrating our Principals throughout the month of October. We hope you will take a moment to let them know how much you appreciate them!
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Emily Swindler: Northside Early Childhood Center

Stories In Pictures from October 5 - 9

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SCHS Celebrates 60 Years of Music Making

Courtney Sturgill, choir director and alum at SCHS, has been busy making some amazing bulletin boards to celebrate 60 years of music at Shelby County High School. Pictures from yearbooks past create a timeline of memories in the music hallway. In addition, she celebrated two instruments, a Steinway which is an original instrument at SCHS and a donated Baldwin, which belonged to Geoffrey and Mary McGillen. Mary grew up in the SCPS family and taught orchestra. Geoffrey accompanied many musicians and groups and taught lessons in the district. Our tradition is strong and Ms. Sturgill has helped to remind us of our musical roots.
Board Meeting October 8, 2020
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Shelby County Public Schools

Mission: Preparing wise students who master standards, lead by example, and embrace social responsibility.


Misión: Preparar estudiantes sabios que dominen los estándares, lideren con el ejemplo y adopten la responsabilidad social.


Vision: Inspired Learning, Leading, and Living

Visión: aprendizaje, liderazgo y vida inspirados