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This is your October 2010 edition of Innovative Edge Online. We invite you to flip the pages, read the articles, and let us know what you think. Check out important dates, the 1st nine weeks Honor Roll, Service Learning, and Student Spotlight section. We want you to enjoy Innovative Edge Online and to continue reading news about the good things happening at the Innovative and Charter schools.

Please take this opportunity to find out about the people, places, and things that make the Division of Innovative and Charter Schools a success. Dr. Joris M. Ray, Director Division of Innovative & Charter Schools 995 S. Lauderdale Memphis, TN 38126 (901) 416-2200 (901) 416-2212 (fax)


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News Southeast Success Academy Representative Karen Camper presents a $50.00 gift card to Southeast Success Academy to support the Emerald Park Community Service Project. This project was held on Thursday, September 23, 2010. Southeast Success had so many activities last month. Click here to view their Activities and Recognition of students.


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News Southeast Success Academy

Mr. Greer, Guest Speaker at Honors Program

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News Southeast Success Academy

Student Demarcus Smith at Town Hall Meeting Mayor AC Wharton and Councilman Bill Morrisman


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News Adolescent Parenting Program Fridays Are For Reading at APP Fridays Are For Reading at APP By Jasmine Jolly (student reporter/Junior)

Every Friday, everyone at APP, including staff, teachers, and students, stop what we’re doing for 45 minutes. Everyone uses this time in a special way. We all read. Students go to the nursery or toddler classroom and read to their babies. A wonderful time is had by all. Babies love to be read to and learn so much when interacting with their mothers in a learning environment!

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News Northeast Prep Academy “It’s Magic to Me” So says Bettie Northcross, Read 180 teacher at Northeast Prep. Since the beginning of the new school year, eighteen teachers at Northeast Prep Academy have been experimenting with “magic” in the classroom. This magic was the brainchild of principal Melita Jordan-Thomas who researched and purchased e-beam technology for the faculty at Northeast Prep. E-beam enables teachers to transform their static whiteboards into exciting interactive communication devices.

Teachers are thrilled with the new technology. According to English teacher Shenise Anderson, “E-beam allows me to be more hands-on and my students are motivated and excited about participating. In fact, students compete for the chance to write or draw on the board with the e-beam stylus.” History teacher Jeremy Martin particularly enjoys using the tablet, which gives him the freedom to move around the classroom as he teaches. All the teachers love the opportunity to incorporate various websites into their lessons and by saving their work in the e-beam scrapbook, they are able to preserve lessons for future use. There is no turning back for the teachers at Northeast Prep. The new technology has been such a success that many teachers have stated unequivocally that they would fight anyone who tried to remove this new asset from their instructional toolbox.


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News Bridge Span - MCS Prep Academies

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Save the Date Need an excuse to be absent from school? Northeast Prep student Marcedes Davis has a unique excuse for her upcoming absence in February. Marcedes will be appearing on the BET show 106 & Park with her rap group Gutta.ent. Although she is just fourteen years old, Marcedes already has a record deal and a contract. When she performs with her group on BET, Marcedes will be dancing, but she also loves to rap. Her rap name is M.Marie and she says she’s always working on new ideas for her “hooks”. As much as Marcedes is looking forward to her all-expenses paid trip to New York City, she’s very happy to have found a new home at Northeast Prep.


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Kudos Northside Innovative Academy “Celebrating 40 Days Fight Free” Northside Innovative Academy is celebrating “40 Days Fight Free”. Robert Washington, Sr. had a lunch catered for the scholars and the professors to say Thank You for an outstanding job. The principal and staff are encouraging scholars to remain academically focused by praising appropriate behavior and celebrating their success. Our scholars coming from different schools have one goal in common and that is learning within a safe environment. It is the goal of MCS and Northside Innovative Academy to increase our scholar’s achievement on a global level. It is a distinguish honor of having 40 Days Fight Free.


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The Hamilton Success Tribute The Walking School Bus By Phyllis Whitney-Ousley

The Physical Education Department of Hamilton Success sponsored a “Walking School Bus Day” for the entire school , on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. This event was designed to encourage all adults and children, especially those who are suffering with obesity and chronic obesity, to begin a lifetime dietary and physical activity program for themselves and their families. This day symbolized the combined efforts of adults and youths increasing physical activity to combat obesity, improve their environment by reducing the pollutants emitted by automobiles, and improve safer routes to schools. The staff and students of Hamilton Success came together and walked from Wilson Ave around the entire block of the Hamilton Middle School and Hamilton Elementary. We were sending a message to the neighborhood by showing our leadership in leading Memphis to better health. Thanks to Dr. James Suggs, Principal, the staff, and student body for making this day a successful event. The students’ participation and behavior was excellent. You could feel their excitement throughout the journey!


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Martin Luther King Transition Center

Kudos to Felicia Tuggle Congratulations to Felicia Tuggle who graduated from Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration of Applied Math.

MLK Academy Seniors Host Food Drive We had a Nonperishable Food Drive that was conducted by the Seniors of Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy. Students and staff at Martin Luther King, Jr. donated nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Emanuel Episcopal Center on St. Paul Street.


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News Martin Luther King Transition Center

PBIS Proves Successful at MLK Academy PBIS is up and running and fully implemented at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy. P.A.S.S., which is currently used for behavior management within Innovative Schools, was merged with the Tier's identified in PBIS. The current system in place allows the students to be held accountable for their own behavior and gives them the opportunity to seek out ways to improve their behavior so that they can advance through P.A.S.S. The levels are evaluated each progress report and report card period based on the students' conduct grades. Students at MLK Academy have what is called a Behavior Point Average (BPA). The scale is as follows: E (Excellent)= 4.0 S (Satisfactory)= 3.0 N (Needs Improvement)= 2.0 U (Unsatisfactory)= 1.0

Students are required to have a 3.0, or higher, in order to transition back to their neighborhood at the end of their assigned periods at MLK Academy


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News Martin Luther King Transition Center

MLK Female Scholars Made to Glam MLK female scholars participated in group sessions with Deidra Chism, graduate of Fisk University. Mrs. Chism’s program is four weeks long. The name of the program is “MADE TO GLAM”. The goals of the program are for young ladies to develop their self esteem and positive self image. Mrs. Chism enjoys helping young ladies realize their fullest beauty potential.


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News Martin Luther King Transition Center Transition Students Participate in T.A.L.K.S.S. Sessions MLK scholars set to transition after the conclusion of the first quarter participated in T.A.L.K.S.S. (Talking Adult-Like Keeps Students Safe) sessions. The session included dialogue between students set to transition back to their neighborhood schools and a panel which consisted of MLK staff members and community members who addressed questions the scholars asked anonymously. The topics covered included military, careers, family, parenting, criminal justice, and health/wellness. MLK Speakers Include Award-Winning Alumni Every Wednesday is Dress for Success Day at MLK Student Transition Academy. The students dress in professional business attire on this day and learn about the importance of making a professional presentation. Each Dress for Success Day is commenced by a motivational speaker at the end of the day. Recently, one such speaker was none other then Martin "Taz" Hopkins, alumni who graduated from Westwood High School and recent recipient of the 106 and Park Award. He spoke to them about the importance of making good decisions and the importance of education, stressing that despite his recent success he was returning to school in January. Of particular interest to the students, he spoke to them about details of the recording industry.

Taz , recipient of the 106 and Park Award

Ms. Thornton, Taz, and Mr. Hobson


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News Martin Luther King Transition Center A Surprise Visit Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash visited Martin Luther King Transition Center on Thursday, October 28, 2010.

Dr. Cash, Ms. Jones (teacher), Principal Clarence Daniel and MLKTC students


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Student Spotlight

Students Exemplify:

Hollywood Success Annayiah Nicks-5th

Westhaven Success Nathaniel Garza, 2nd

Southeast Success Demarcus Smith-7th

Humes Academy James E. Wright-8th

Hamilton Success Deneishia Williams-8th

Northside Academy Kimberly Brown-9th

Ida B. Wells Academy Kiera Dale-6th

Martin Luther King Christopher Longmire 9th

Northwest Prep Dessie Ellington-12th

Southeast Prep Ronzie Peeples-12th

Southwest Prep Nia Gordon-11th

Northeast Prep Antony Mbaruku-12th

Good Behavior

Positive Attitude Respectful

Responsible Leadership Qualities

Perseverance Good Grades

Good Attendance

Adolescent Parenting Program Angel Wallace 11th

Congratulations!


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Service Learning/Community Service Division of Innovative and Charter Schools Presents

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Service Learning/Community Service Serving the Memphis Community with Distinction

During the 2009-2010 School Year, a total of 13 elementary, middle and high schools within the Division of Innovative Schools had the opportunity to participate in service learning and compete for the honor of Service Learning School of the Year. The Division of Innovative Schools was also selected as an official certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award program. This is a national service organization which recognizes and honors youth and adult volunteers for their cumulative hours of earned volunteer service. Adults and youth are recognized at the bronze, silver, and gold levels. Students and staff receive a bronze, silver or gold pin, volunteer certificate, and a personal letter of recognition from President Barack Obama for the accumulation of service in the community. During the 2009-2010 year the division had two schools who received distinguished service awards at the bronze, silver and gold levels:


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Service Learning/Community Service Southeast Success Academy Southeast Success Academy staff and students received the distinguished silver level service award for their service learning project: Blankets for Mary Charlotte. Students designed and made textured fleece blankets for children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), a neurological disorder which causes stimulation deficiencies. Students delivered and presented the blankets to Lebonheur Children’s Hospital staff as their culmination activity. Mrs. Judith Hines was the Service Learning Coordinator for this program.

Judith Hines and students display blankets.


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Service Learning/Community Service Ida B. Wells Academy IBWA receives Service Learning School of the Year. Ida B. Wells Academy staff and students received distinguished service awards at the bronze and gold levels. Ida B. Wells had a school wide service learning program which included student participation in the following projects: Soaring Eagles Cross-Age Tutors, Youth Energized for Service (Y.E.S.) and Student Leadership. Students received Bronze level awards for contributing at least 50 hours of volunteer service in their community. The IBW Service Learning Teaching Team received the highest level of distinction at the gold level. This level of participants contributed at least 500 hours of service which included classroom preparation, instruction and coaching of students. Teachers participating were Kenyatta Kelley, Angelia Nance, Toria Brown, Ajay Kansal, and Magdalun Horton. Ida B. Wells Academy contributed approximately 5,200 hours of total service learning and volunteer service to receive the award for Division of Innovative Schools Service Learning School of the Year. The award, a division banner for display as Service Learning School of the Year, was presented to the students and staff of Ida B. Wells Academy during their end of school year awards program.


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Congratulations to Ida B. Wells Academy for receiving the Service Learning School of the Year Award!

L to R (Cheryl Cathey, Service Learning Coordinator; Kenyatta Kelly, Instructor; and one of many students receiving this prestigious award)


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Service Learning/Community Service Pine Hill Golf Club Healthy Families Day Saturday, Oct. 9 10-12pm Pine Hill Golf Course 1005 Alice Ave. Students and family members from Northwest Prep Academy and Humes Academy attended the Innovative Schools first community service project of the school year at the Pine Hill Golf Course. Humes Academy Education Specialist Mr. Anthony Cooper led the effort in encouraging strong participation of students, their parents and family members in the Healthy families activity. Mr. Bobby Towns, Northwest Prep Education Specialist, shared his skills and talents as a Certified Golf Instructor and provided mini golf sessions for students and families. Mr. Towns states that golf is a healthy sport which can also assist persons in behavioral areas such as mental focus and discipline. Young men from the Northwest Prep MOD club also participated in the health activity. Mr. Charles Hudson, Pine Hill Golf Club Director and Certified Golf Instructor, assisted with sponsoring mini golf sessions for our families. Mr. Hudson noted to innovative families that golf is a “gentleman’s game” which many athletes and celebrities including Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway play as a healthy form of exercise. Christ Community Clinic provided general health services for the public which included blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar screenings. This was the second year of partnership with the Pine Hill Golf Course and Christ Community Clinic to expose Innovative School families and the community to healthy choice activities and opportunities to receive free health services. It was also the first opportunity for some of our students and parents to be exposed to the popular sport of golf.

Students in attendance to Service on Saturday activities earn credit towards volunteer hours required during innovative school enrollment. Congratulations to Humes Academy and Northwest Prep Academy for their great participation with this service activity!


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Service Learning/Community Service Pine Hill Golf Club Healthy Families Day

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Pine Hill Golfer taking opportunity of Christ Community health services before hitting the golf course!

Humes Academy student Kelly Hardin practices his golf game with instructor Bobby Towns

Education Specialist Bobby Towns and members of the Northwest Prep Academy MOD Club pose before enjoying a day of Golf!

Pine Hill Director Charles Hudson shares his professional golf skills with innovative students.


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Service Learning/Community Service Pine Hill Golf Club Healthy Families Day Humes Academy student Marcus Aldridge and mother Ms. Sutton enjoy a family moment at Pine Hill Golf Course.

Pine Hill Director Charles Hudson shows his professional form to innovative families.

Northwest Prep Academy MOD students practice golf strokes under the watchful eye of instructor Charles Hudson


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Service Learning/Community Service Hollywood Success Academy The students at Hollywood Success Academy enjoyed their first Service Learning excursion with the residents of Ashton Place Rehabilitation and Care Center. What would a group of nine to eleven year olds have in common with a group of over sixty year olds? Mexico! The residents were exploring the geography, culture, and language of Mexico. Prior to our visit, the students did a quick study of the country and learned some basic words, such as greetings, colors, and numbers. The students were asked to greet the residents and recite their numbers through ten, in Spanish. Then, they played a game where they acted out common Spanish words and the residents guessed the English word. Lastly, students mingled and provided general companionship and conversation with the individual residents. Near the end of the visit, the residents named the student whose interaction impacted them the most on the visit. The students were pleased that their companionship and conversation were valued and appreciated. At the end of this service learning event, there were many hugs and promises of good behavior. The students are eager to return next month.


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NEWS A Team Collaboration Under the guidance of Dr. Joris Ray, Director of the Division of Innovative & Charter Schools has cemented a collaborative team effort with the Gang Intervention & Truancy Division. Dr. Ray states that the academic service that is provided to our students is first and foremost. According to policy, once students have been identified by the Pupil Service Center as having been involved in any gang related activity and expelled as a result, they must receive Gang Education Awareness. As a conditional requirement for a transitional recommendation the student must complete the assigned curriculum. It is the division’s responsibility to coordinate the educational awareness and ensure that students do not suffer a loss of academic time. Cooperation from both divisions has accomplished this goal and our students will benefit as a result. The Gang Education Awareness curriculum will be administered over a six week period during the 2 nd, 3rd, and 4th nine week grading period each year with the sessions beginning the second week of the grading period. Dr. Ray thanks the Gang Intervention & Truancy Division for the attention to detail given to this most important collaboration as we move forward to provide legendary service to the students and parents of Memphis City Schools.


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Kudos Northwest Prep Academy MEA "Invest In My Future" Student Art Contest The M-Pace Council of the Memphis Education Association sponsored the "Invest in My Future" student art contest. The contest encourages students to voice their ideas about the importance of the Greater Memphis community investing in them and in Memphis public education. Students create d drawings, political cartoons, collages, sculptures, or other visual arts. Winners received cash prizes. We are happy to announce the following winners from Northwest Prep Academy:

1st Place Winner Christopher Roby - $300 2nd Place Winner Quintell Gray - $200 Teacher – Mr. Stanley


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Congratulations Honor Roll Students

Hollywood Success White, Darnell McKinney, Akil

Humes Learning Center James Wright

Northside Learning Center Jones, Quartavious

Southeast Success Smith, Demarcus Bolding, Tanner Brown, Tarnisha Holmes, John

Allen, Chardaisha Applewhite, Cassandra Arnold, Alexander Baker, Akela Crowley, Cornecia Crowley, Cyranic Graham, Orman Livingston, Kennedy Towns, Loren

Mayes, Sarina Onry, Taquirah Smith, Dianesha Stewart, Jason Townsend, Reshawn Tuggle, Aleksei Vaughn, Miyah Veasley, Kentera Wright, Kashuna

Adolescent Parenting Center

Hamilton Success Owens, Taronza Payne, Kenava Williams, Deneishia Johnson, Marquez Beard, Andarius

Martin Luther King Transition Center Blair, Freddrica Christian , LaDarrius Grove, Ashley Heard , Anthony Johnson, Javunte

Ida B. Wells Academy

Nelvis, Curtis Sherrod, Isaac Speaks, Sean Young, Nicholas

Honor Roll Boyd, Marquetta Brown, Erica Buntyn, Myaisha Cotton, Fredreka Gibson, Tynesha Johnson, Sheba Jolly, Jasmine Norman, Keamra Price, TeRhia Tate, Frankiesha Wallace, Angel Wells, Carmen Wilson, Kebrina

Distinguished Honor Roll Bobo, Crystalyn Bobo, Shaniqua Fleming, Bre’Anna Morgan, Amisha Simpson, Paris Ware, Jasmine


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Projects from Innovative Schools Music and Lyrics by Michael Griffith II-Northwest Prep Academy (click black box) This video is viewed in PowerPoint only.


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Click Westhaven Success (below) and Ida B. Wells Academy (right) to view Think Show video.

Humes Academy Click below to view Power Point

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Click the calendar to view Innovative Schools Events for 2010 -2011


Innovative Schools

Charter Schools

Hollywood Success Academy

Circles of Success Learning Academy

Westhaven Success Academy

Promise Academy

Humes Learning Center

Memphis College Prep

Southeast Success Academy

Omni Prep-North Pointe Lower and Middle School

Hamilton Success Academy

Southern Avenue Charter School

Northside Learning Center

STAR Academy

MCS PREP ACADEMIES

City University School of Liberal Arts

Northeast Prep Academy

City University School Boys Preparatory

Southwest Prep Academy

Freedom Preparatory Academy

Northwest Prep Academy

KIPP DIAMOND Academy

Southeast Prep Academy

Memphis Academy for Health Sciences (Middle and High)

CHOICE SCHOOLS

Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering

Ida B. Wells Academy

Memphis Business Academy Middle/High

Adolescent Parenting Program

Memphis School of Excellence

Dr. Benjamin Hooks Job Corps Academy

New Consortium of Law and Business

TRANSITION SCHOOLS

Power Center Academy

MLK Transition Center

Southern Avenue Middle School

Hope Academy

The Soulsville Charter School Veritas College Prep


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