The CLUE Bulletin

April 22, 2021


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.

How fitting is it to send a virtual newsletter on Earth Day?

We are excited to have this paperless option to communicate with you.

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

CLUE Universal Screening Process Update

The term "universal screening" involves a data-driven approach to screen all students in the district in grades K-8 for the potential need for gifted services. To provide more information about our current plan, we are sharing the booklet below.

Students may also be screened on an individual needs basis.

There are multiple ways to refer students to determine identification of talented and gifted eligibility and appropriate services. According to Tennessee Department of Education, a parent or a school district employee may refer a child for an evaluation to determine if the child has a disability. If a student is suspected of having an educational disability at any time, they may be referred by:

  • Student’s general education teacher, primary CLUE teacher, or another assigned teacher
  • Parent, other family member, or the student themselves
  • School or District Staff
  • Outside source requesting an initial comprehensive evaluation

*Regardless of the source of the nomination, the parent must agree and sign consent for the required testing. Testing will be completed and parents will be invited to an eligibility meeting within 60 days of the date the signed consent was received by the CLUE Teacher or the CLUE Office.

Below is an infographic explaining how students are screened for eligibility in the CLUE program. For more information, visit our website at:

IMPORTANT: The application window will be open May 3 beginning at 10AM and remain open until May 14 at 3PM. Available space in each camp will be granted by lottery, and all applicants will receive a response with their status by May 20. Each student, including siblings, wishing to attend camp must have his or her own application. If you need access to a computer to complete the registration, please see your CLUE teacher. If you need assistance at any time, please email us at or call 901-416-0155.

To view our flyer, click the picture below to view the full-page PDF.

Primary Camp (Current CLUE Incoming 3rd/4th Grade)

Location: White Station Elementary / Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. each day / Theme: The Great Outdoors

Intermediate Camp (Current CLUE Incoming 5th/6th Grade)

Location: Cordova Elementary / Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day / Theme: Kingdom of Rodentia

Secondary Camp (Current CLUE Incoming 7th/8th Grade)

Location: Germantown Middle / Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. each day / Theme: Feats or Flops

Have questions about CLUE Services?

We have answers! Our services page has been updated to include information for the 2021-22 school year (

Currently, we are using Microsoft Teams to provide services to students. Services will be provided by SCS CLUE teachers using a hybrid model of synchronous/asynchronous learning anchored in our CLUE curriculum and topics of study.

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

  • Parents and partners may call us at 901-416-0155 during normal business hours.
  • Parents and partners may also call or text questions to Supervisor Jennifer Chandler at 901-606-2415 and receive timely responses during normal business hours.
  • Everyone is welcome to email us any time at:
Click here for answers to more FAQs!

Answers provided in the current FAQ pertain to the 2020-21 school year only. CLUE FAQs will be updated each school year to address any changes that are anticipated during our district's expansion of the program.

Teacher Spotlight: Christina Cunningham

This month we recognize Christina Cunningham for her contributions to the CLUE Program. Christina Cunningham received a B.S.Ed. from The University of Memphis and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Strayer University. She has been an educator for 7 years and has taught various subject areas such as English, Science, and Mathematics for both elementary and middle school students.

Mrs. Cunningham believes in building positive relationships with ALL students while creating a safe, respectful learning environment in which students can reach and exceed their full potentials. As a CLUE teacher, she loves to create meaningful opportunities of engagement that drive students to think far beyond the constructs of the traditional classroom setting.

The CLUE Team is proud of Mrs. Cunningham, as she is a first-year CLUE teacher doing an OUTSTANDING job at T-STEM East High School. We are so lucky and thankful to have her on our team.

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.