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MSE Important Reopening Update

All students will begin the year learning virtually on 8/24. We did not take this decision lightly; there are so many competing factors at play, but at the end of the day, it is most important to keep students and staff healthy and safe.

We had almost 100% completion in our parent choice survey, and 75% of our families chose the virtual option for the semester. For those of you who chose the in-person option, know that as soon as it is safe to do so, we will be ready to open our doors to your students.

Since last spring, we have spent a tremendous amount of time developing our virtual model and want to reassure parents that the learning experience will be nothing like this spring. Our teacher PD this year will focus on preparing teachers to deliver effective virtual instruction and communicate effectively with parents and students in a virtual environment. Students will have access to a school-provided device, daily face to face lessons with their teachers, small group check-ins to support their social-emotional learning, and all of the services (SPED, ELL, etc.) that they would get if they attended school in person. We have developed a clear communication plan to ensure that parents and students are receiving regular feedback from their teachers and have access to all the tools they need for successful virtual learning. We're even working to provide after school clubs to students virtually.

The first day of school is on 8/24. As we draw closer to school starting, campuses will be sending specific plans for device distribution and information about parent training for technology and our virtual learning plan. Our front offices are staffed everyday, so feel free to reach out if you have additional questions.

We are determined to provide our students with quality virtual instruction until it is safe for them to return to school. We appreciate all our families for all they have done to adapt to the changing situation; we know this has not been an easy time for families. We look forward to engaging with you and your students as we embark on a new year of learning!

 

Enrollment Letters + Parent PowerSchool Accounts

Most accepted students should have received letters in the mail with instructions on how to complete registration online.

 

Registration must be completed by August 7.

If you are unable to complete registration online, each campus has a procedure for you to come in person and work on registration.

If you need to register in person, please limit the number of people you bring to the building. Only one adult needs to register the student; the student may come as well, but do not bring additional people into the building.

Cordova: Call the front office any time between 8:00-4:00 on M-F and schedule an appointment to come on campus and complete registration in person.

Mendenhall: You may come to campus to register in person on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9-11 or Wednesdays and Thursdays between 3-5 to complete registration.

Winchester: You may come to campus to register in person on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9-11 and 1-3.

 
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Devices for Next Year

Many parents have had questions about device distribution for next year. If your child is learning virtually and needs a device, one will be provided by the school. Our goal is to eventually distribute a device to every MSE student.

We have ordered additional devices and hotspots and are expecting over 800 chromebooks and 100 hotspots to arrive before school starts.

Once we receive all the shipments, each campus will communicate about their procedures for distributing devices to students. Each campus will organize parent training to help build familiarity with the devices and the online learning platforms we intend to utilize.

Please note that all devices are intended only to be used for instructional purposes. Hotspots will only work with devices that have been provided by the school; they will not work with personal devices.

 
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West TN STEM Hub NASA Event

Join West TN STEM Hub for an exciting virtual visit with interns and employees from NASA. Presentations will be targeted to K-8 students, but all interested K-12 students are welcome to attend and ask questions. The event will be on Tuesday, August 4 from 2-3 pm.

Register by Monday, 8/3, at noon to receive the link to the session on Tuesday. You can register here.

 

Mendehall Supply Lists

The Mendenhall Campus has made recommendations for supplies for Mendenhall students.

 

 

Supply lists from the other campuses are forthcoming.

 

Questions

We know that many of you have questions as we navigate this period of uncertainty. We hope you were able to attend one of our virtual parent sessions this week, but, if you still have questions, please contact your campus. The front offices are staffed daily and principals are available for your questions. You can contact each campus using the information below.

 

MSE Cordova

Building Contact: Mr. Demir, Principal (ddemir@sememphis.org)

Building Phone: 901-481-5224

 

MSE Mendenhall

Building Contact: Ms. Jones-Wallace, Principal (njones@sememphis.org)

Building Phone: 901-367-7814

 

MSE Winchester

Building Contact: Ms. Pruitt, Principal (apruitt@sememphis.org)

Building Phone: 901-425-2932

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