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Happy New Year! This is your January 2014 edition of the Alternative Edge Online. We invite you to flip the pages, read the articles, and let us know what you think. We want you to enjoy the Alternative Edge Online and to continue reading news about the good things happening at our schools. Please take this opportunity to find out about the people, places, and things that make the Department of Alternative Schools a success.

Ebony Suggs, Editor Renee Stewart, Ed.D. Web Designer ~~~~~~ Dr. Joris M. Ray, Director Department of Alternative Schools

CELEBRATING


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Read the good news happening at Northeast Prep Academy: January 13, 2014 October 21st September 16th August 12th


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Congratulations Prep Academy Graduates

~132 Graduates~ The Shelby County Schools Prep Academies Winter 2013 Graduation Ceremony was held on December 20, 2013, 6 p.m., at the Cannon Center, 255 North Main Street. The guest speaker was Michael Robinson from LeMoyne Owen College. One Hundred Thirty Two students received their high school diplomas during the graduation. The MCS Prep Academies are specialized schools that offer an accelerated innovative, rich and engaging program of study specific to the academic and social needs of individual students. These schools are unique in the fact that they offer students: *Individual Learning Plans *No Sequential Grade Structure *Extended Day/Extended Year *Accelerated Credit Accumulation *Integration of Careers and Technology *Service Learning *Internships/Externship

Many SCS Prep graduates have post-secondary options, and have been offered full scholarships to four year colleges and universities.


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Congratulations Prep Academy Graduates Graduates getting ready to walk in!

HOORAY!!!


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After teaching outside of the country for seven years, Casie Jones just completed four years of teaching English at MLK Student Transition Academy. She is also a Common Core Coach for the Tennessee Department of Education and a Teach Plus alumn. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education from John Brown University and a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language. As an Instructional Coach for Alternative Schools, Ms. Jones is excited to work with teachers and administrators to increase student achievement and ease the transition to Common Core Standards. Her other passion and greater privilege is being a mother to two beautiful children, a son (7) and a daughter (5).


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Kendra Hargrove is an experienced educator with a strong background in curriculum, instruction and instructional coaching. She has taught elementary, middle, and secondary students as well as university and district professional development classes. Kendra also served as a district-level administrator supporting team member, professional, and organization development by offering tools and resources to help educators work toward improving student learning. She has worked as an education consultant and is the published Author of a teacher’s writing journal, A Day In The Life Of A Teacher. Kendra holds a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and an Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership. Her focus is motivating students through an enjoyment and appreciation of learning while building a sense of positive self-worth essential to academic and social success.


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The Adolescent Parenting Program Celebrates the Season! What a time The Adolescent Parenting Program had during our holiday season celebration! The festivities started on December 18th with a holiday program hosted by our English and Foreign Language teachers. The program included a skit, poetry, a reading, holiday songs sung by our student choir, Spanish song and dance collaboration by students, and it ended with a fun duet sang by two of our very own teachers. Fun was had by all who attended! The following day, our festivities continued with a day of pictures with Santa. The students and their children were able to take pictures with Santa. You can imagine how heart-warming this was for the staff, students and babies. Later that day, Mrs. Thomas, hosted a holiday luncheon for the staff and students. The food was delicious and the fellowship was enjoyable. Adolescent Parenting’s former principal, Ms. Dorothy Hopson, stopped by to enjoy lunch with us. Everyone was delighted to see her! During the luncheon, the students were showered with gifts by our school adopters. As you can see, our first semester ended on a joyous note!


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Allstate Adopts The Adolescent Parenting Program In November, Ms. Suggs, our school counselor, attended the district’s Adopt-A-School Volunteer Coordinators’ Training. The training was hosted by the Department of Parent and Community Engagement (PACE). It exposed us to effective strategies for recruiting, retaining, and recognizing community partners and school volunteers. One component of the workshop was a panel discussion led by community businesses. The panel shared what they are looking for in school-community partnerships. It was beneficial to learn how the school and community partnerships depend on one another. The Adolescent Parenting Program received a new school adopter, Allstate Insurance. Allstate got to work immediately with helping meet the needs of our school and students. They hosted a “needs-drive” with some of their clients in which they collected diapers, snacks, toys, formula, toiletries, and clothes for the students and their babies. They delivered these items, along with stuffed stockings, to the students during our holiday luncheon. We are indeed grateful for Allstate!


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Life After Birth Curriculum Integration Workshops with Summer Owens Once a month, Summer Owens, the author of Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, comes to The Adolescent Parenting Program to facilitate a group session with select students. During this group time, Ms. Summer Owens, Ms. Suggs (school counselor) and other school mentors from the district’s CONNECT program join together to tackle pertinent issues teen mothers face. These issues are addressed in connection with Summer’s curriculum, which she created for the book. The group sessions allow the students the freedom to ask questions and dialogue with adults, many of whom have walked the same path they are walking. Both the students and mentors gain insight from these group sessions; this is Summer’s third year hosting these sessions at The Adolescent Parenting Program.


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Life After Birth Curriculum Integration Workshops with Summer Owens


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It’s FAFSA Time! Every January college-bound seniors everywhere anticipate completing the FAFSA. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Anyone who wants financial aid for college will need to fill out the FAFSA. The application is used to determine the dollar amount a student or a student’s family will be expected to contribute towards college. FAFSA is the first step towards receiving monies for college. On Thursday, January 23rd, the seniors (along with their parents) at The Adolescent Parenting Program completed this application. Katiah Brown from Student Outreach Services by EdSouth facilitated this process with our students and parents. Now, our seniors are in line to receive financial aid for college and begin their post-secondary journey in higher education!


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Adolescent Parenting Receives the Ujamaa Award Memphis Cares Mentoring Movement is an organization that connects mentors with local youth-serving and mentoring organizations. Every year, they host an awards ceremony in which they honor both individuals and companies that have latched on to this mentoring movement. This year, the Adolescent Parenting Program received a nomination for the Ujamaa (Collective Work and Responsibility) Award. The Ujamaa Award is presented to a company/employer that has demonstrated strong commitment and made outstanding contributions through mentoring children for at least one year. We were nominated by Nellie Powell who works in the Department of Parent and Community Engagement for SCS. The Memphis Cares Awards Program was hosted by Janeen Gordon and Andrew Douglas from Action News 5. The dynamic speaker for the occasion was United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III. It was indeed a humbling honor for our school.


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Eagle Scout Project Recently, local scouts completed an Eagle Scout Project at Renaissance Academy North. The scouts, under the direction or Masson Proffer, wearing blue in the photo, stripped and repainted doors in the lobby, office, and conference room to give staff, students, and visitors a cleaner and more welcoming appearance to the school. The scouts gave up two weekends to complete the project.

"I am thankful for these young men and what they have done. Mason has come to several of our Jesus Loves Millington Projects with his family and in doing so he recognized the importance of the mission of our school. What we are trying to do for our students made such an impression on him that on his own he came up with a way to make a difference for our students.,� said Dave Matykiewicz, principal.

Mason and his fellow scouts are standing next to the office doors they painted.


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Healthy Choices Week Students at Renaissance Academy North recently participated in Healthy Choices Week. Sonja Harris and Alyson Barbee coordinated the week with a focus on education and awareness. Healthy Choices Week’s purpose is to encourage students to better understand their own health and help students to make healthy choices. Over the six day event, students participated in anti-bullying activities, learned about healthy habits (like eating healthy and getting sleep), presented a lesson on peer pressure, committed to avoid drugs, dropped everything and moved (exercise), and became more aware of the risks and problems associated with AIDS and HIV.


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T In December, students at Renaissance Academy North participated in a Teen Summit. Organized by Alyson Barbee, guidance counselor this event allowed students to gain new perspectives on many issues they face daily. Students participated in break out sessions with groups organized by age and gender. Each group was led by speakers and experts who spoke with students about self-respect, self-esteem, and self-pride. Speakers also helped students develop an understanding and awareness of the problems and issues associated with many of the challenges they face today from technology, to drugs, and personal choices. One student shared his appreciation for the speakers “They talked with us and not at us. I understand now why this is a problem and how it could effect the rest of my life.�


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Principal Assist Club Here at Southeast Prep Academy, the principal, Mr. Roger Jones, has teamed with the Memphis Grizzlies Organization to provide incentives to scholars who have either made perfect attendance, has great behavior and character in and out of the classroom or has shown improvement in all academic, social and behavioral areas. For the 2nd Quarter, 20 scholars were selected by teachers to attend a Memphis Grizzlies Game. During the game, the scholars were able to experience pre game shoot around, high five players and enjoy the overall experience.


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Hope Academy Career Day Hope Academy held a Career Day that was a spectacular success. The speakers were engaging, knowledgeable, and most important, they enlightened the students regarding careers and life choices. The speakers included: Linda Carter, Director of Diversity- ServiceMaster Lt. Major McNeal - Memphis Fire Fighter Department Ann Dowdy, BNSF Railroad Vondra Myers, engineer- Federal Express Moses Mendez, Executive Chef - Regional Medical Center James Jackson, Chef in training – Regional Medical Center


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Hope East’s Career Day by Pamela Odie Fear seems to grip many individuals who walk in an incarcerated facility, whether it’s the clinking sounds of the door closing or temporarily loss of one’s freedom. There were seven talented professionals who answered the call of duty and put their fears to rest by agreeing to speak to Hope East’s students on December 4, 2013. There were no judgments, condemnations, or fear; only a willingness to encourage and remind the students that they have the opportunity to change their lives around. These are the following speakers and their messages: Mr. Powell Odie (Ms. Odie’s Twin Brother)-is a registered nurse with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He encouraged the young men to look beyond their situation and become productive members of their community. Odie explained to our students that family is the foundation for our society and that it is through education, actions, and love that this foundation will last forever.


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Sam Garrett-is CEO of Madison Line Records which is a music and entertainment business. Mr. Garrett asked, “Who is the greatest basketball player in the history of the NBA?” One can imagine the various answers from Johnson, Byrd, Kobe, Randolph, Gasol, and Allen just to name a few. His answer was Michael Jordan. The reason Michael Jordan is the greatest in Garrett’s mind is because he never gave up on his dreams. “I can accept failure. But I can’t accept not trying,” Michael Jordan.

Abdul Wahid Moustafs- is a Memphis musician. Moustafs explained that being a man means taking responsibility for your actions. Moustafs said that as a society we must stop making excuses about the lack of parental involvement that many of us faced growing up. It is time to take back our society by emulating positive role models such as Nobel Peace Prize Martin Luther King, Jr., Officer William Matthews, President Obama, and Officer Vincent Lottie are a few of many positive role models.


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Donna Bowers is owner of Painted Planet Airspace. Music is the window to the soul and Art is the key to visual and mental expression. It is because of music and art that the people globally are able to communicate. Bowers encouraged the students to use musical and artistically methods to express their frustration instead of violence.

Mary F. Cooper is a traveling nurse that has worked in various hospitals in America. She wooed the students talking about the “money� she has made being a traveling nurse. Being a nurse was her calling in life because she wanted to help people. The reason she became a traveling nurse was because of the shortage of nurses and many states advertise for nurses to come to their city and work. She again answered the call of leaving her family, but this was a great way to financially support her only daughter.


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Ann Dowdy (Dr. Kimberly Dillihunt’s aunt) is a railroad engineer. She had the students speechless when she reviewed the basic qualifications. Ms. Odie considered a career change but the fear of climbing on top of a train to work is unacceptable. Dowdy explained that their felony charges will not be held against our students giving them a second chance at redemption.

Dr. Tarol Clements (Special Education Advisor) is a supervisor and advocate for children within the Exceptional Education Program. She is a staunch supporter of following the federal guidelines when it comes to protecting our children. “No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure,” Emma Goldman.


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Reading At Cummings Elementary


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Reading At Cummings Elementary


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Students Collect TOYS FOR TOTS


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Youth Congress


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Youth Congress


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Leadership Christmas Party


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Our Field Trip! On December 19, 2013, the principal of Westhaven Success Academy, Ms. Valerie Matthews and her staff escorted about 30 of their students to Theatre Memphis to watch A Christmas Carol. The students were selected on the criteria of good behavior for the second nine week grading period. The performance was awesome along with students’ behavior. After the performance, the entire group dined at Piccadilly for a delicious and nutritious lunch.


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Gift Baskets for the Holidays! Every year, Westhaven Success Academy collects nonperishable goods to donate to less fortunate families in the school community. The goods are used to make gift baskets with complete and balanced meals. The families of Alexas S. and Martaveon B. were the recipients of this year’s gift baskets. We would like to thank all students and staff for their contributions.

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Sponsored Senior for the Holidays! The Westhaven Success Academy adopted a senior for the holidays. Ms. Valerie Matthews and her staff of Westhaven Success Academy showered Ms. Queen Reid with love, a little joy, and lots of holiday goodies. Ms. Queen is an eighty-five year old senior from the Whitehaven community who was chosen to receive a basket filled with much needed household items such as hand soap, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. Ms. Queen was extremely grateful for the love and gratitude displayed by Westhaven Success Academy.


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Teacher Goes to Haiti Ms. Veronica Gordon, middle school teacher at Renaissance Academy, had the pleasure and honor of going to Por-u-Prince, Haiti. Ms. Gordon calls this trip “life changing”. Ms. Gordon learned about the different sacrifices men, women, and children make everyday. This was a church mission done by Pastor, Apostle A.R. Williams of World Overcomers Outreach Ministry and other members of the church. During Ms. Gordon’s retreat she was able to participate in the Haitian culture. Ms. Gordon helped educate the students at the school, plant fresh fruits and vegetables, and participated in various outdoor activities with the children of Haiti. Ms. Gordon stated that food is not easy to come by in Haiti. “Food is extremely too high for the people to afford permission”, said Ms. Gordon. Also, Americans are not allowed to take pictures of the people or buildings without asking for permission. Ms. Gordon had to get special permission to take the following pictures. Ms. Gordon said that the overall experience was a true humble experience and gave her an informative outlook on how blessed we are as Americans.


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The Missing Link is a program designed by Mrs. Seals (the Electives Teacher). Mrs. Seals designed this program to assess what the “missing” link is within youth of today. Students will participate in round table discussions and activities and dissect issues that face youth of today. Mrs. Seals states, “The focus is the whole child”. In addition, Mrs. Seals will assist students in creating reachable and realistic life and educational goals… thus creating hope for youth of today. It is Mrs. Seals goal to find the “missing” link.


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Getting Empowered Renaissance Academy’s Staff will be participating in an 8-Week Challenge of “Battling the Bulge”. Each person will pay $10.00 to enter the challenge. This challenge is to motivate staff into living a more healthier and productive lifestyle. The program is for 8 weeks with Week 2 being a double point challenge. Staff will weigh his/her each Sunday and tally up all points by 9 p.m. Sunday. Also, staff can buddy up with another staff member for encouragement. Finally, the cash reward will be given to the staff member who has lost the most weight. Renaissance, Get ready to lose “THE FAT” and be more productive. Remember, “A lighter you is a better you”.


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Ms. Speight’s Biology Class Students in Ms. Kimberly Speight’s Biology classes conducted an cumulative exploratory investigative lab on dissecting bullfrogs and grass frogs. Students used their skills of inquiry to hypothesize the sex of the frogs, compare and contrast the bullfrog and grass frog anatomy, and compare the frogs’ internal anatomy to the anatomy of a human. Students identified anatomical adaptations of the specimen for safety, environment, diet, and reproduction. Students conducted observations, described and recorded the data, analyzed data, and diagramed and labeled their findings.


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Day of the Dead Mrs. Castillo's third block Spanish class celebrated Day of the Dead with traditional Mexican decorations, dancing and food.


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Mrs. Winters, Social Studies teacher at NWPA shows her school spirit and encourages students not to use drugs by participating in camouflage day.


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Honor's Program November 5, 2013

Rev. Jason Pearson provided words of encouragement and advice for success.

Student receives award from Rev. Jason Pearson and Chemella Branch, Principal.


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Honor's Program November 5, 2013

Mr. Paul McKinney provided the entertainment.


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Men’s Conference December 12, 2013


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Graduating Seniors In November the graduating seniors of Northwest Prep spent a day rollin’ down the river on the Memphis Queen. The students enjoyed viewing Memphis from the river. After working up an appetite on the river boat the students enjoyed lunch at Texas de Brazil. NWPA media specialist, Quanta Wyatt and world history teacher, Kerwin Thomas were awarded the Air Force Association 2014 Educator Grand. Mrs. Wyatt and Mr. Thomas are excited to use the grant for students to assemble World War I model airplanes to learn how the airplane changed warfare and the world. Students from Northwest Prep were rewarded for their good behavior with a trip to St. Louis. The students viewed the Arch and the area downtown. On the way home the students enjoyed throwing rolls at Lambert’s in Sikeston.


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Outside Learning Experiences Every year Mr. White, teacher at MLK Academy, takes a group of students to Gordon’s Garage, where students observe body work being completed for cars. Mr. Gordon is a former high school dropout who did not perform well in school. However, he has been able to turn his life around by establishing his own auto body shop. Stories like this inspire students and let students know it’s not too late to turn a bad situation into a good situation. It is just a matter of making the right decisions as soon as possible.

MLK student looks on as a damaged tail gate of a truck is repaired at Gordon’s Garage.


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Boyz II Men‌Back Again!

December 11, 2013, saw the return of a long missed friend of MLK Academy: Boyz II Men! Orchestrated by Mr. Damon Friends, who was assisted by the men and women of MLK Academy, the event featured guest speaker Dr. Johnnie B. Watson, President of LeMoyne Owen College and former Superintendent of Legacy Memphis City Schools. Dr. Watson’s speech was short but to the point. His accomplishments are a testament and an example to all of how racism, poverty, and disabilities cannot make you a victim if you are determined to succeed. Dr. Watson shared his personal testimony about growing up in the segregated south in poverty while suffering from a debilitating disease. Entertainment was provided by the Bloomfield Dancers of Bloomfield M. B. Church. The Trezevant High School Color Guard marched and a small meal was served to guests of honor and dignitaries.


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Boyz II Men‌Back Again! (continued) Tuxedos were provided to all young inductees at a discount thanks to Guy’s Tuxedo Shop. A big thanks goes out to them and all who came out and supported our program. Whether you took time from your busy schedule to let your presence be seen by our young people, cooked a dish for the small meal, performed, or spoke at this event, the staff and scholars of MLK Academy truly thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.

Boyz II Men inductee Darius Maxwell shows off his tuxedo.


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Bloomfield Dancers perform.

December 2013 inductees say their pledge.

Students light a candle as a sign of their transition from “boys” to “men”.


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Mr. Daniel hands Boyz II Men candidate Corey Brakefield his certificate.

Dr. Joris M. Ray gives closing remarks.


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Bullying Violence Poster

MLK Scholar Dearius Kneeland poses with his anti-violence poster. Students at MLK went all out to increase bulling awareness. Each home room team participated in a poster making contest. Some of the completed projects are featured on the next page.


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Bullying Tree Team C created a Bullying Tree. A Bullying Tree produces fruit that causes others to be bullies, such as low self esteem, fear of being bullied, and anger. The roots of the tree are what cause the reasons other bully, such as being abused at home, being bullied in the past, or neglect.

This poster was drawn and colored free hand by MLK scholar Lavonny Wright.


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Here are some more posters:

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Besides incidences of bullying decreasing at MLK Academy, it seemed students also became more helpful toward one another. Recently, a student sprang his ankle and was unable to walk independently to get to the office. Without even having to ask, another student stepped up and offered to assist his classmate to the office. The two didn’t know each other prior to coming to MLK Academy.


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More from MLK:

Students also conducted skits in which they acted out various scenarios where students are bullied. Since the bullying poster competition and the skit competition, bullying drastically decreased at MLK. It not only decreased at MLK, but it also decreased in other areas our scholars frequent. For example, it was brought to our attention that a student from another SCS school was being bullied on at the bus terminal and on the MATA bus by other students. It was Markece Jerry, an MLK scholar, who defended him and protected him from the bullies. It was by chance the staff at MLK Academy found out about their hero. Markece has since been named the “anit-bully” and the “bus hero.” Recently an MLK scholar lost their second MATA bus cards. Usually when those bus cards are lost, they are not returned. Students are usually permitted to get one replacement bus card. Consequently, this particular student was looking at having to pay to ride to and from school for the rest of his enrollment at MLK. Not surprising Markece Jerry, aka “bus hero”, found the bus card and returned it to the staff at MLK.


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Guest Speakers MLK Academy brings in many people from the community at large, some local and some not so local, to speak with the students and share their experiences. These individuals usually come from a background similar to the student body at MLK Academy, who have left the old ways behind and become successful.


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Dominique Raspberry-Battles Guest Speaker Dominique Raspberry-Battles, former gang member from Gary, Indiana, speaks to students at MLK about her turning points. Mrs. Battles now is married with two kids, works for the coroner’s office in Indianapolis, Indiana as a CSI investigator, and runs a funeral home in her home town of Gary, Indiana. She and Dr. Jeffrey Taylor were classmates at Vincennes University Junior College 25+ years ago and continue to be friends today. Mrs. Battles was told her entire life that she was a rape baby. Believing she was unloved, she joined a gang in search of belonging to something meaningful and barely graduated from high school with a 1.8 GPA. MLK scholar holds a toe tag given by Mrs. Battles. Students were instructed to write the things that will stop their dreams on the toe tag to symbolize death to everything that will stand between the students and their dreams.


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Dr. Jeffery Futrell Guest Speaker MLK is friends to many locals who love and respect our school, its’ staff, and its’ student body. Dr. Jeffery Futrell, an exgang member from Los Angeles, California, speaks to students about his experiences and how he got out of a gang. He now holds multiple college degrees, including a Ph.D. He recently received the Jacqueline Kennedy-Onasis for his great public service.

Dr. Futrell tells students every decision, good or bad, has consequences. Dr. Futrell visits MLK Academy multiple times throughout the year. Dr. Futrell is the founder and director of Young Man University, which has offices in Memphis and Atlanta. Young Man University is about academic intervention and cultural readjustment. Dr. Futrell’s turning point was the tragic death of his daughter. He has recently published a book called Polished by Mercy, Saved by Grace: One Man’s Journey from Darkness to Light, which will be released in February 2014.


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Officer Jimmie Chambers Officer Jimmie Chambers, from the Memphis District Attorney General’s office, is another frequent guest at MLK Academy. Officer Chambers uses humor mixed with harsh reality of gang life to warn students who are involved in illegal gang affiliated activities to change their course.

Officer Chambers shares the harsh realities of gang life with MLK scholars.


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Raising Flu Prevention Awareness Ms. Johnson’s Biology I and Anatomy & Physiology classes recently created posters to raise awareness about ways to prevent the flu. It might sound like a simple project based learning activity, but one might be surprised how many people aren’t aware of simple ways to prevent spreading the flu virus. Simple techniques such as proper hand washing can do wonders.


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Dress for Success Wednesday True to our focus and vision, the staff at MLK tries to teach lessons that will last a life time. With that in mind, we developed Dress for Success Wednesday. On Wednesday, all young men are required to wear black dress pants, black belt, white button down dress shirt, and a black tie. Young ladies are required to wear black dress slacks or skirt of appropriate length, white blouse, and black cross tie. It is always our hope that our young people will learn how to dress professionally, and utilize that skill in the future. Needless to say, many young men have learned how to tie a tie at MLK Academy. Very often we educators instill these values and skills in our students, but we never get to find out if the lessons remained intact after they are no longer under our watch. However, last year we did see the fruit of our efforts. Each year a group of students are taken to the Freedom Awards held at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. Young people from various high schools and colleges throughout the city attend this event. Included in this particular group were students from Tennessee Technology Center’s Barber School. Two students out of the entire class were dressed in a white button down dress shirt and black tie. Where do you think these young men attended high school? You guessed it- MLK Academy, and get this: the two students were not here at the same time and did not even know each other prior to attending TTC Barber School.


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Freedom Awards

Pictured above are students from MLK Academy at Temple of Deliverance COGIC for the annual Freedom Awards with Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and teachers Mr. Smith and Mr. White.


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Helping Those in Need Every year the staff at MLK Academy pulls together to find resources to help needy families who have children that attend MLK. This occurs throughout the year, not just at Christmas time. The staff at MLK Academy understands that better families, make better students. Better students improve the future for Memphis. From food baskets, to job placement assistance for students, to assistance with rent and utilities, MLK connects needy families with the resources that can help them.

Principal C. R. Daniel posses with representatives from PCA with Thanksgiving baskets donated for needy families.


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Increase the Peace Week/Stop the Violence As part of Healthy Choices Week, MLK paired with BTW and had a friendly game of basketball. This was an opportunity for the two groups of students to get to know each other and participate in a group project they would all enjoy, in the name of peace and unity. The game also gave the two groups an opportunity to practice good sportsmanship, which is health for all.


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What They Say about Us… The staff at MLK Academy recently took a survey of both former and present students, parents, guardians, and other stake holders to find out what they thought of our school. This is what they said? I want my child to remain at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy I really feel the spirit of the staff who work here…how well connected everyone is and how they all care about the students Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy is the only school that can handle my son There should be an MLK Academy in every neighborhood in Memphis The staff is very caring I feel safe here, and that is a feeling I don’t have in other schools MLK Academy is a school that produces scholars who… My impression of this school is its truly needed in our community. You all have the toughest jobs as you are mainly dealing with young, black male boys whom been let down by family, friends and society.


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What They Say about Us‌continued Having a school with a large majority of male presences is needed regardless of where it is. They need the strict structure and follow-up to ensure they are being monitored and watched so their behavior will change some. I like the school and the structure. John cannot survive without it until he matures a little more. It takes a school like MLK to be in the gap for our children. If the current staff left that school, many boys would be in trouble. The staff at MLK Academy tell the children the truth when they mess up. They need to hear the truth. It will stick with them when they get in trouble, and may be the deciding factor to help them turn their life around. I appreciate the staff and see you as powerful influences over at-risk youth's lives. I think you are a vital and necessary cornerstone in Memphis! You are changing our future, one child at a time.


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We are including the video in this issue because we did not have the photos when the last issue was published. Thanks to Faye Tolbert, Project Specialist at Southeast Prep Academy, for serving as Team Captain and emailing the pictures. Thanks to all staff, students, parents who supported the department in this community service cause. Remember, although Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, we know there is a continuous fight for a cure. For those of you who asked about the song, it is entitled I’ll Give Your Weak My Strength by Rob Marin & Kelley Lennon. You will be taken to another webpage when you click the image below to view the video.


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Adolescent Parenting Program Principal’s List Jarrica Norvell Shantavia Strickland Distinguished Honor Roll

Shanice Davis Janesha George Dushana Williams Honor Roll

Jasmine Bates Shareeka Bates Victoria Booker Bobbi Casey Sharmaine Davis Cynthia Flores Montillica Jeffries Keonna Johnson Michaela Johnson Omunique Jones Niesha Lowe Pearlean Parker Falesia Toomer April Williams


January, 2014

Volume 10, Issue 2

Northwest Prep Academy

Honor Roll Akheem Sparkman Alexis Brooks Antonio Marshall Danterrio Pirtle Darryl Nash Desirae Horton Donnie Upchurch Dynesha Hammond Jaliyah Jefferson Jason Kigore Karion Smith Kenisha Brown Knight Jackson LaDonia Wilson Maleah Flucas Natouruis Pryor Robin Newsom Rosi G. Barreto Hernandez Tatyana Houseon Tylur Harris William Brunson Quantavia Woodard


January, 2014

Volume 10, Issue 2

Southwest Prep Academy

Honor Roll Tazeran Grant Shaun Murphy Jamie Merritt Erica Milon Ashley Randolph Kazia Mobley Kierra Hall Marnece Catron


January, 2014

Volume 10, Issue 2

Hollywood Success Academy

Honor Roll Rhaquel Franklin Brianna Hull Aliciah Young Nicholas McMillion Branard Odom Terry Austin Ariel Walker Jaylen Wilson Taniya Payne


January, 2014

Volume 10, Issue 2

Ida B. Wells Academy Principal's List James, Christopher Distinguished Honor Roll Brown, Donaleya Cowan, Antoniesha Davis, Alura Edgeston, Belle Gandy, Kaylan Jones, Keranie Logan, Arian Parson, Kataya Roberts, Cornetrice Williams, Keishuna Honor Roll Brim, Lorenzo Carter, Jemeyshia Clifton, Shemary Cole, Kalandes Cornelious, Monterrio Edwards, Skylar Edwards, Wilfred Hale, DeAndra Logan, Eboni Marshall, Sydney Montgomery, Zomina Mujahid, Richea-uana

Nunn, Byron Odom, Ambra Reese, Eriel Ruffin, Allison Shipp, Lashonda Tate, Deja Taylor, Felicia White, Jayla Williams, Madison Williams, Mardisty Willis, Antwoneisha


January, 2014

Volume 10, Issue 2

Ida B. Wells Academy Ashford, Lawrence Bates, Derrick Benniefield, Alisicia Bridges, Jaquan Brittmon, Roydarius Brown, Jeremy Brown, Malik Clifton, Shemary Cole, Kalandes Crowley, Chelsea Davis, Kayla Dewey, Jahlin Edwards, Skylar Gandy, Kaylan

Hill, Aaliyah Hill, Anthony Jones, Keranie Karim, Jasmine Livingston, Tredeangelo Logan, Arian Logan, Eboni Marshall, Sydney McCalister, Jarvis McCalister, LaQuesha McQueen, Trakeesia Montgomery, Zomina

Odom, Ambra Parson, Kataya Reese, Erinique Smith, Aaron Tate, Deja Taylor, Felicia Veasley, Diamond Webster, Sierra Williams, Madison Williams, Mardisty Williams, Markyla


January, 2014

Volume 10, Issue 2

Hollywood Success Academy Charles fitzpatrick III Terry Austin Jaylen Wilson

Northwest Prep Academy Ashavion Gibbs Benjamin Mitchell Keith Warren


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Volume 10, Issue 1

Next Issue: March, 2014

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