April showers bring... TN Ready and the 4th Quarter!
From the Desk of A. Pruitt...
Welcome to Spring 2019! Finally, it’s just a bit warmer and daylight is staying around just a bit longer. The Spring Semester at Memphis School of Excellence is underway and brings about new beginnings and familiar events.
Once again, standardized testing will take place April 2nd and EOC’s beginning April 9th- May 3rd. Ninth and tenth graders will be taking the Pre-ACT, this will allow us to dive into the date to see the individuals students strengths and weaknesses. This will also assist us in planning the students schedule for next year. The End of Course exams will begin and the students will be given the testing schedule at the beginning of April.
Standardized testing will give parents a good idea of how their student is performing compared to students across the nation. Standardized testing also gives students much needed practice for college entrance exams and testing for admittance to college programs later in life. Not only do students benefit from the practice of taking standardized tests, but the results help us make important educational decisions concerning our students and how to better serve them.
Please make sure students are on time for school and have eaten breakfast to ensure they get a great start to the testing day.
As always, your student and their success is our main goal. Please make sure you visit the website for important dates and login to the database to keep up with your child’s grades.
All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be testing on April 2nd
Please make sure your students get to school on time, testing for all grades will begin promptly at 8am.
High School Counselors Corner
Wow! It is already 4th quarter and this school year will be ending soon. We are currently planning for the upcoming 19-20 school year. I will be meeting with classes and sending home information about course selection in the coming weeks.
We are also entering the testing season. All 9th and 10th grade students will participate in the Pre-ACT test on April 2nd. This test is designed to prepare students for the actual ACT test, which all 11th grade students will participate in on April 2nd as well. On this date, please make sure students arrive to school on time and are well rested.
Seniors are working diligently to complete their last nine weeks of high school as they anxiously await graduation day. Parents please remember that all senior fees must be paid by Friday, April 12th.
As always, if there is anything I can do to assist you, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is my pleasure to serve the students, parents, and MSE community.
MSE Middle's Father-Daughter Dance
(Photos by Christopher Williams)
Read Across America
Read Across America week was celebrated during the last week of February at MSE Elementary to promote reading and its importance in all things! Each day of the week was a different theme. We had themes like: Mismatched Monday, Top Hat Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Wax Museum Dress Up Thursday, and Funny Food Friday.
On Friday, we had the chance to celebrate by inviting family volunteers to read with our students! Fun activities like these remind us how much fun we can have in the classroom while setting up our students up for a life-long love of reading.
Wax Museum Day
Our own Deserai J. was selected as one of seventy students in Shelby County for special day at St. Jude
This program offers local high school students (ages 16+) an immersive day of science and technology and challenges students to see how their interests could be applied to a scientific field they may not have considered.
At the event, Deserai attended lectures on immunotherapy, participated in a round table by St. Jude professionals who explained their career paths, toured labs, and worked on a case study. The program offered an in-depth look at the future of the STEM field and encouraged participants get excited for the future of science at St. Jude.
Check the Database for your child's Quarter 3 final grade
Osmosis at Work in Ms. Canerday's 10th Grade Biology Class
First, we dissolved the shell of an egg with vinegar.
Then, we placed the egg in corn syrup and watched all the liquids leave the egg.
Finally, we dyed the eggs with colored water and watched osmosis at work!
Looking ahead in April...
Upperclassmen visit 2019 Resource Fair on April 5th
Building Bridges with Elementary CLUE!
TNReady Scores Update
For grades 3-5: Tests will not impact a student's grades.
For grades 6-8: Tests will count for 10% of Semester 2.
For grades 9-12: Tests will count for 15% of students' final grades.
This is the state's minimum requirement. In order for scores to count, we will need to receive the data five days before the end of the grading period. If we do not receive the results in time, they will not factor into student grades.
MSE Softball Kicks Off Their Spring Season with a Win!
MSE Baseball Wins Big This Week
MSE Track Competes in First Meet of the Season
Lights, Camera, Action!
MSE High Drama Qualifies for Tennessee State Drama Competition
During the Shelby County District Finals, three of our high school students competed against fellow theater students from schools all over Memphis. All students who participated in districts had previously placed in regional competition and advanced to this next level.
We would like to shout out Kenneth R. who qualified as an alternate for the State Drama and Theatre Competition, Alex M. who won 3rd place and also qualified for state, and Sarah P. who participated in prose interpretation at the regional and district level of competition.
Our students worked very hard alongside Ms. Johnson and Ms. MP to prepare for Districts and now cannot wait to cheer on our thespians at the Tennessee State Drama Competition!
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)