The Optional School programs of the Memphis City Schools (MCS) offer a range of educational alternatives for your student.
There are 44 different optional schools offerings, some that function as a school-within-a-school, others that are independendent entities. But all provide a specific educational focus, whether it's college prepatory, the fine arts, or one of four theme-based programs.
Starting in January, each optional school will host an open house, showcasing student work and allowing parents to ask questions about what their program offers.
In addition, the University of Memphis' Campus School will host an informational meeting for new parents on January 4th, from 9 a.m. to noon.
To learn more about each school and to view the open house schedule, go...
Babies are sweetest between six months and a year, when they're just beginning to discover the world around them. I recently met this winsome explorer on a jaunt at the zoo.
Ten-month-old Aubrey loves to crawl and is just starting to pull up, says her mother, Jennifer.
She also gets a kick out of feeding their Yorkie dog, Saban, Cheerios from her high chair.
"She thinks it's hilarious," says Jennifer.
This stylish fashionista always looks sweet. Here, she sports a ruffled, handmade dress Jennifer found on Etsy, and paired it with a sky blue top that shows off Aubrey's bright blue eyes.
We also like her little leopard Mary Janes, from Germantown's More Than Words. Here, her feet are dwarfed by daddie's boots....
If you’ve got a teenager and want to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) degree program, now’s your chance to ask questions and discover this dynamic program.
The IB program is designed to give students a challenging, liberal arts education from a global perspective in preparation for college study.
Paula Desmond-Mistretta, the IB coordinator at Ridgeway High School, says most of the parents whose teens attend "like to be challenged. It's for highly motivated students who love learning, reading, and writing."
For students to be eligible, they must be in the 70 percentile of reading/math TCAP scores and have all As and Bs (one C is allowed) on semester report cards. A good school...
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday focused on consuming, it's important to have a day that challenges us to give to those less fortunate during this season of giving.
#GivingTuesday is part of a nationwide movement that aims to benefit local charities. Locally, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee is taking the lead by encouraging donations to their Gifts for God's Children outreach campaign. Clothing, toys, and non-perishable foods collected on Tuesday, November 27th, will be dispersed to help more than 1,300 children and elderly in Memphis.
From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. three Homewood Suites locations will be drop-off points for people interested in donating the following items:
warm clothes (all sizes)
The holiday season's most anticipated event, the annual Blues Ball, brings together people from across the city to celebrate Memphis' musical heritage while raising money for local charities.
Afterwards, children ring in the holiday, too, with the Jingle Bell Ball.
The two galas take place at the Gibson Guitar Factory (across from the FedEx Forum); the Blues Ball on Friday, November 30th, and the Jingle Bell Ball on Sunday, December 2nd. Tickets for the children's ball are $25 and available at Cotton Tails and Sachi, 389 N. Perkins at the Laurelwood Shopping Center. Visit memphischaritable.org for more details.
Each children's age group has its own party that take place throughout the afternoon: Children's Cookie Party for toddlers to 2nd graders...
Support the arts community by purchasing holiday gifts made by Memphis artists and craftsmen.
Here’s a round-up of local holiday shows and artist markets. — Good art. Great prices. Keeping it local.
WEEKEND ART SHOWS
Friday, November 16-17 • MCA Holiday Bazaar. Memphis College of Art. A favorite holiday tradition includes original works by MCA students, faculty, and alumni. Friday, 6–9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. 272-5100.
Friday, November 16–18 • Memphis Potters' Guild Holiday Show. Memphis Botanic Garden. The best clay artists from across the Mid-South showcase a diverse collection of ceramic works. Friday, 5–8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. 576-4699,...
Bring the kids and light up this holiday season with these festive events.
NOVEMBER 16 • Friday
Flip-the-Switch Party. AutoZone Park. 5 p.m. Enter Rockeyfeller Plaza this holiday season, decorated with a 35-foot tree. Entertainment includes caroling by Downtown Elementary School and the River City Concert Band Brass Ensemble. Free hot chocolate and hot cider for attendees plus special guest appearances. downtownmemphis.com
Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Memphis Zoo. 5:30 p.m. Live entertainment and WMC-TV’s Ron Childers joins Marvel’s Avengers characters on live TV as countdown begins for tree lighting. Free with SunTrust Zoo Lights admission. 333-6500.
ZOOPER Hero Weekend featuring the Avengers. Memphis Zoo. Also on Saturday. Join Marvel’s...