May Newsletter

Our last month together in the 2018-2019 school year!

From the Desk of A. Pruitt

Students, parents and staff, I want to thank you for what has been an incredibly successful 2018-2019 school year. It has been an honor to work along the staff at MSE and watch our teachers and students strive for excellence this academic year.


As we move into May, I would like to congratulate our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who worked tirelessly during the month of April to complete TCAP testing in Math, Science, English and History. The online testing system worked with few glitches and we are almost done with make-up testing for students who missed any tests.


And while TCAP testing is complete, I strongly encourage our students to continue to show up and show out while we work to close out the school year. Parents, please make sure your students arrive to school on time and ready to continue learning new material until the last day of school. Some teachers will be preparing students for next year while others have prepared exciting units of brand new topics to make sure we are all growing through May 20th.


Beyond learning in the classroom during the fourth quarter, we have prepared many opportunities for our students to learn outside of the classroom. Students will be visiting community gardens, city hall, and much more in the month of May! Check the important dates at the bottom of this email for dates of our upcoming field trips. Even with field trips scheduled, please make sure you visit the website for important dates and login to the database to keep up with your child’s grades.


I finally want to reiterate my thanks to everyone who has made this year possible. To the parents of the students at MSE, without your long-standing support, our students would not have the tools necessary to come to school every day and work hard with academic rigor. To the students, thank you for persevering and showing up each day to try your best. To the staff, thank you for volunteering your time to not only make MSE one of the strongest academic schools in the Hickory Hill community, but also a fun place to work.


Looking forward to an even stronger 2019-2020 school year.

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MSE High Competes in State Science Olympiad

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The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. The students competed in various science events including life, earth, physical, engineering, and inquiry topics. Overall MSE team was ranked the 2nd out of 10 teams and advanced to the State competition.

MSE High Volleyball Team Attends Training in Nashville

Four of our students students attend a conditioning and training camp in Nashville, TN at the end of April. Our athletes were asked to train and with new drills, new ways to set and spike, and compete against other high school volleyball players in the state of Tennessee. Our students said they learned new ways to hustle and new ways to approach blocking and spiking! MSE would like to shout out Coach Henderson for continuing to provide our student athletes to learn how to grow in their sports!
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From Our Executive Director Muhammet Turkay....

Parents and students, I am writing today to let you all know that we are going to make one more change in the 2019-2020 school year to maximize outcomes for our students and our community.


After carefully considering the idea for months, we have decided to move the 8th graders to the Winchester location for the 2019-2020 school year. Currently, the Mendenhall building is at its full capacity. For the past several years, our wait list has been over 500 students, and this move will allow us the opportunity to serve more students and families.


Most importantly, we believe this will be a strong academic option for students. Our 8th graders will learn about college and start preparing for college even earlier in their academic career. Gifted 8th graders will have the opportunity to take classes for high school credit.


We understand that this will be a time of transition, but, after considering all our options, we believe it is the best move for students.

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Elementary Students Compete in School Science Fair

All 2nd through 5th grade students are in the process of completing science experiments that will be showcased and displayed at an event called Science with Stakeholders in May 9th, 2019. A panel of judges will decide winners, who will be recognized both on this day and at our academic awards ceremony later in the month!

Commissioner Whaley Visits MSE Middle

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On Thursday, March, 28, MSE welcomed Commissioner Michael Whaley at our Mendenhall campus. Commissioner Whaley was able to tour the school and learn more about all of the great things happening at MSE. We appreciate the time he took to see our students in action, and we look forward to continuing to build our relationship.

MSE Baseball on the Road to the District Championship

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MSE High's baseball team played their last regular season game on April 29th vs. MAHS at Tobey Legion Field. We won our district tournament game last night against Fairley 25-7! We will will be playing Oakhaven for the championship. The date and time is TBD. We will also be advancing to the next round of the post season.

Mykala L. Hits a Grandslam to Send Eagles Home With a Win!

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MSE Softball has had a competitive season. Last week, we beat Freedom Prep 15-3. Cassandra B. hit a homerun and Mykala L. (pictured above) hit a grand slam sending loaded bases home!


Softball had their final game against PCA on 4.29 before getting ready to start the district tournament.

MSE Track Places at the City Championship

MSE track has concluded the regular 2018-2019 season. Many of the athletes dropped time over the course of the season. Jermichal M. qualified for the City Championship on Saturday, April 27 at Whitehaven HS and came in 7th in the city for the 200. Makela T. came in 7th for the girls' shot put at the City Championship.

Advanced Web-filtering and Screening

In our efforts to keep every student safe online, MSE began implementing a new and improved internet filtering program called Sophos after the Spring Break. While we are working with the premiere web monitoring software, new sites and network bypasses are developed and introduced daily. If you happen to encounter anything questionable that your child can somehow access, we would respectfully ask that you contact the front office at your school, so we can immediately work to correct the issue.


Thank you for working closely with school administrators to make sure our teachers can successfully integrate more technology into the classroom.

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Important Dates

4.29-5.3 - Kindergarten Week

5.2 - High School Athletics Field Day

5.3 - TCAP ends

5.3 - Middle School Talent Show

5.6 - Middle School Shelby Farms Field Trip

5.8 - City Council Field Trip for 11th grade

5.13 - 5.17 - 5th Grade Week

5.15 - 10th Grade Girls Field Trip to Girls Inc.

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)

5.17 - 8th Grade Prom at 6pm at MSE Middle

5.20 - Last day of school!

Free Summer Sports Camp for Shelby County Students

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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.

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.