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News from Craigmont Middle School

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, four 8th graders who are enrolled in Honors Russian at Craigmont Middle School competed in the ‘Olympiada of Spoken Russian’ held annually at Rhodes College.  The students were competing for gold, silver or bronze recognition medals and were in competition against high school students from the Memphis area.  All four Craigmont Middle School Russian students represented our school with excellence and all four earned silver medals.  Their teacher, Ms. Ludmila Mitchell, is in her second year at Craigmont Middle School.

Those award-winning students are pictured here (from left to right): Elantraiona Bernard, Jaylin McCaster, Cory Manning, and Gabrielle Walker. 



Craigmont Middle School

International Festival

Since Craigmont Middle School first opened its doors in 2001, the school has hosted an International Festival.  This exciting Festival is held in the spring and is the culminating activity for the international studies focus that students have experienced throughout the entire school year. 

Each academic team chooses a country or area of the world to study throughout the year.  For the International Festival, the students highlight that year-long study through numerous displays, research papers, artwork, food, and other representative exhibits of their studies.

Since the implementation of the Exhibition of Student Work by Memphis City Schools, Craigmont has chosen to combine its International Festival with the Spring Exhibition each year..

The photos on this page are from the Spring Exhibition and International Festival held in April of 2009.  The Spring Exhibition this year is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, 2010.  Craigmont’s International Festival will be held the next day, Friday, April 30, 2010.





We the People

For the second year in a row students from Craigmont Middle School attended the state-level showcase for “We the People.”  This organization concentrates on the study of the United States Constitution.  While most students were enjoying the first “snow day” of the school year, fifteen CMS Chiefs boarded a bus to Murfreesboro, Tennessee on January 8, 2010, on their way to display their own knowledge at Middle Tennessee State University.   They were accompanied by their sponsors, Ms. Tonya Hicks, Ms. Elizabeth Rower, and Ms. Michelle Gilbert.

These students proved that their knowledge of the United States Constitution was awesome!  Eighth graders, Kiera Jackson and Cory Manning, scored an average of 57.3 out of a possible 60 on their presentation about John Locke and our natural rights.  Seventh graders, Joseph White and DeMario Green, made 45 out of 60 (a grade that is considered above average) on their presentation on judicial review.  The seventh grade brother and sister team of Victor and Victoria Harris gained respect with a 45 average on their presentation of the Equal Rights Act.  Other seventh graders, Betty Hopkins, Marcuria Perry, Rakayla Terry, Denisha Wells and Makayla Williams scored a 46 on their presentation about the Articles of Confederation.

In spite of these outstanding scores by the 7th and 8th grade students, the real “stars” for the CMS Chiefs were the fired-up sixth grade team: Joshua Gilbert, Mary Goodell, Larrineka Nunnally, and Aydrian Shores.  They astonished all three judges with their knowledge of individual’s rights earning perfect scores from all three judges! 

Craigmont is proud of all fifteen students who represented their teachers and their school in such an outstanding way.

Pictured here are the 6th graders as they await their turn to give their presentation.


National Geographic Geography Bee

Although Craigmont Middle School is an optional school for international studies, all of the students at Craigmont, both optional and traditional students, focus on international and global studies.  CMS recently held its annual National Geographic Geography Bee and was proud that over fifty students (both traditional and optional) qualified to participate in the school-level Bee.  After two more qualifying tests, the school Bee was held, and the following students emerged as the winners:

Tied for third place were Timothy Depoe and William Braswell, both 7th graders on the Eagles Team.

Second place and runner-up was Erika Rico, 6th grader on the Comanche Team.

The first place winner and the Craigmont Middle School Geography Bee Champion was John Beloria, 6th grade member of the Cherokee Team.

John took a written test on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, in order to qualify for the state Geography Bee that will be held in the spring.  Good luck to John!

Pictured here are (left to right) John Beloria, William Braswell, Timothy Depoe, and Erika Rico.




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