Aspire Public Schools opened its first school outside of California on Monday (Aug. 5) and for the students at Hanley Elementary School that meant star treatment.
Students filed into Hanley on a red carpet, passing under a balloon-adorned archway. Each registered student received a free uniform shirt.
"This is our inaugural school year in Memphis," said James Willcox, Aspire's chief executive officer. "Our team has been planning for this day for over a year and is excited about bringing our educational model to the students here in Memphis."
At the end of the first day of school Monday (Aug. 5) in the new Shelby County Schools system, new Supt. Dorsey E. Hopson II Esq. reached out to parents and the community with a special letter.
Here's what he conveyed:
"The first day of our school year is undoubtedly a historic day for our 145,000 Shelby County Schools students and for all of Shelby County. Words cannot express how thankful I am for everyone who has worked so hard over the past several years to ensure we were prepared for this moment.
"As you are well aware, the past several months have been particularly demanding as we have transitioned to a unified school district. Though we have all faced a number of challenges, our students continue to impress me. Despite the merger-related distractions that are ever-present across our community, our students have received numerous national awards, made impressive academic gains, received prestigious scholarships and competed at the highest levels in sports and other extra curricular activities. The families of our students deserve much credit for keeping our students focused, as do our teachers and principals for their continued dedication.
The time has come for waking up early and staying up late with homework. That’s right, school. As of Monday morning, students all over the Mid-South are back in classrooms with their pencils sharpene
Services for former wrestling promoter and sportscaster Corey Maclin will beging today, Aug. 5, with visitation from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oak Springs Baptist Church at 10250 Godwin Rd. in Arlin
On Saturday (Aug. 3), 200-plus African American men from throughout the Memphis region came together for the second time in as many weeks to address a variety of issues specifically relating to
A simple statement wedged into a short release from the family of Corey Maclin became a building block that many in the Greater Memphis area used as they worked to process his death in a car crash in Mississippi late Tuesday (July 30) night.
"Corey Maclin loved Memphis and Memphians, and he dedicated his life to bringing joy and happiness to the whole Memphis community through the venues of news, entertainment, and through public service," the statement read.
The former Memphis Wrestling host and sportscaster was apparently traveling on south I-55 near Sardis, Miss. when the one-car accident happened about 10:30 p.m. The Mississippi Highway Patrol confirmed the fatal crash.