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New birth date requirement for kindergarten and Pre-K signup

UnifiedSchools2Logos-400OK parents, take note. Tennessee has a new birth date requirement for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year, and subsequent years.

Check out the new guidelines.

Public kindergarten programs:

Children entering kindergarten must be five years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2013 for the 2013-14 school year. For the years that follow, children must be age five on or before August 15.

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Hands held high reflect a teacher to count on

raised hands-600Chauncey Lane – seventh grade math teacher at Hickory Hill Middle School – stands before a class of eager students with their hands raised skyward. He has a big question about fraction multiplication and the hands are linked to minds eager to answer.

The classroom walls are stripped bare to lower distractions during end-of-year standardized testing. The exception is Lane's TCAP Hall of Fame. It's his way of recognizing students who have excelled in the mathematics portion of the state's comprehensive test, while motivating others.

This week (May 18-25) Lane is being recognized by the district and the Memphis community for his achievement in the classroom. He is part of the I Teach. I Am...an Irreplaceable exhibit. Six hundred teachers in Memphis City Schools will be honored daily through the multi-media exhibit at 75 S. Main from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Manassas on a roll with 100 percent graduation

manassas-600Manassas High School principal James Griffin, who was challenged as a youth by the same type of economic trials his students now face, developed an idea to help dreams come true, not for some, but all of his graduating class.

On Saturday, May 25, at 5 p.m., 100 percent of Manassas' 12th graders and eligible 11th graders will graduate at the Cannon Center – not a small triumph since the principal inherited a 55 percent graduation rate in 2010 prior to his arrival.

Not only will his 119 graduates receive diplomas, each has already received at least two acceptance letters from post-secondary educational institutions that will lead to a career path.

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Kroger keeps its word with $5 million Whitehaven upgrade

Kroger-600A $5 million remodeling of Kroger's Whitehaven store at 1212 E. Shelby Drive already was being greeted as a welcome addition a full 24 hours before the official announcement on Thursday (May 23).

The store will remain open during the six-month renovation, which started this week.

"It's perfect timing. It needs modernizing, and they need to be aware of the younger people in the area," said Sabrina Simmons, who was getting gas at the recently opened Fuel Center on the Kroger lot Wednesday morning.

"For instance, you have Whitehaven High School less than five minutes away. They need to come up with displays, specials and products that they would like. Less of the sugars, candies and sweets; more healthier foods."

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Video: ‘Memphis – It’s the Place to Be’

21videomemphis-500"Memphis It's The Place To Be" won first place in the Individual Category of the International Film and Music Festival: On Location.

Check it out!

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Weekend circus turns Landers Center into a land of adventure

Circus-1-600I've been a photographer for many, many years and nothing brings me greater reward than capturing the encounters between children and the world around them.

Last Friday (May 17), I got yet another chance to record the wonderment that takes place when young people encounter the new and unknown in a safe and secure environment.

The venue was the Landers Center in Southaven and the setting was the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, which ran May 17-19. The circus' theme was "Fully Charged," which easily could have described the children's reaction before, during and after.

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Teach for America Week in Memphis

Teacher-Lady-400Elected officials, local celebrities, and business executives from across the city returned to the classroom April 29–May 3 to celebrate Teach For America Week. Each year, Teach For America Week invites community leaders to serve as guest teachers in public school classrooms, engaging and inspiring students. Athena Turner - Executive Director of Teach for America - Memphis spoke with TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith, II, regarding Teach for America and its purpose.

BES: So tell me about Teach For America (TFA), for somebody not familiar with it. What is TFA? What are your goals, and what are you trying to accomplish?

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Growing black business: Back to the drawing board – again

logoCityofMemphis-600Gone are the days where an invisible "Blacks Need Not Apply" sign branded the City of Memphis' business sector. Still, what is the difference between stating access and creating access for African-American and women-owned business enterprises, or "MWBEs" as they're called in the marketplace?

That was the dimes-to-dollar question as The New Tri State Defender returned (May 8 in City Hall) to the starting point for this series, the monthly meeting of the Minority Business Development Opportunity Commission (MBDOC).

Established by resolution, MBDOC – a seven-member volunteer group – cannot recommend the hiring or firing of any firm seeking business with the city. Its job is to review how the city's divisions are complying with the stated intent to legally and ethically spur MWBE growth and to, hopefully, recommend solutions to make the process easier.

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‘Embrace Life’ at Sisterhood Outreach Summit & Showcase

Sisterhood-1-250The Memphis Cook Convention Center will come alive with vendors, exciting entertainment and more during the 18th Annual Sisterhood Outreach Summit & Showcase on June 1-2.

Sisterhood Showcase Founder and Grace Magazine Publisher, Tina Birchett, said Showcase attendees should expect a quality event that has something for the entire family.

"This year's theme Embrace Life is a powerful message which inspires us to take time out to enjoy our remarkable life," said Birchett.

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‘Fat City’ distinction aids Obesity Summit birth

The city of Memphis is comprised of 650,000 residents, one third of which are obese, which puts them at risk for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, according to the Gallop Well-Being Index.

These statistics helped birth the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition, which will culminate in an Obesity Summit on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Breath of Life Christian Center, 3795 Frayser Raleigh Rd. The summit is free and open to the public.

The Obesity Summit is designed to educate participants, disseminate health information and encourage participants to eat better, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle.

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Sit-in vets plan return visit

Walgreens-600The Walgreens at Madison and Main downtown will have some unusual visitors at noon on Friday (May 17) – 53 years after a sit-in there at the lunch counter.

Five students – Grace Austin, Parolee Holt, John Hooks, Willie Tom Miles and Stewart Truly – were arrested there that day in 1960. Only two – Austin (now Grace Austin Meacham) and John Hooks are still alive.

Meacham and some others involved in the sit-ins that pulsed through Memphis that year – beginning with the first on March 18, 1960 at McLellan's 5 and 10 cents store on Main Street – plan to revisit the Walgreens site.

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Landmark court decision gives NAACP Youth reason to run

YouthCouncil5kRun-600Members of the NAACP Youth Council held their 22th 5K Fund Run/Walk May 4 in Audubon Park amid 40-degree temperature. The 5K Fund Run/Walk was open to participants of all ages.

The theme of the 5K Fund Run/Walk was "Run for Freedom," which commemorated the Brown V. Topeka, Kansas Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in public education.

The annual event encourages healthy eating habits and exercising to prevent the onset of major health problems such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Participants tested their skills and endurance to gain a competitive edge.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker issues ‘greatness’ challenge

Cory Booker-1-600Who is Cory Booker?

A graduate of Stanford University, Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Booker – the mayor of Newark, N.J. – is obviously a brilliant guy.

He is also committed and passionate on the issues and to the betterment of people, living on the equivalent of a food stamp budget to raise awareness for the insecurities that low income families face, shoveling snow from the driveways of constituents, and allowing Hurricane Sandy victims into his home following the devasting impact of the floods in New Jersey.

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