Memphis City Schools

Our Reasons For Pride


  • Optional School:  All students K - 5 are included in our Science and Technology Optional Program.
  • Science Lab:  Every student attends class in the Science Lab each week and receives instruction from our science specialist.
  • Computer Lab:  Every student attends class in the Computer Lab each week. Students use the latest Apple computers under the guidance of our technology specialist.
  • Gym:  Students take P.E. in our full sized gym and play during recess on our on-site playground equipment.
  • Diversity:  We represent and celebrate many cultures.
  • Extended Learning:  We have a before and after school program.
  • Awards:  Our students consistently win poetry, art and spelling awards.
  • Teachers:  National Board certified and Rotary Award recipients are on our faculty.
  • Parents:  We have an active Parent/Teacher Organization.
  • Setting:  Idlewild is a historic schoolhouse in the heart of Central Gardens.  We also have a tranquil fishpond, flower gardens, a Community Kitchen Garden, and a butterfly garden.
  • Fine arts: We have a full time fine arts teacher. Students recieve training each week in the fully equipped Art Room.


             Idlewild Good News

We have a star in our midst!  Idlewild 2nd grader, Aliyah Jones, is featured in a premiere of Kirk Whalum and John Kilzer's music video entitled "Until We're all Free (Ain't Nobody Free)".  We are proud of you, Aliyah!!!

Congratulations to Yazid Al Khaafidh!

Yazid won 1st place in the 5th grade division of the Memphis Zoo's Zambezi River Hippo Camp Poster Contest.  His work will be displayed on MATA bus terminals throughout Memphis as well as on banners throughout the zoo.  Idlewild will also receive a banner to proudly display!  Way to go, Yazid!!!





to Micah Anderson, 2-04!

Micah placed 10th in a statewide

chess tournament.

Way to go, Micah!

Memphis - Shelby County Spelling Bee

February 6, 2016

Congratulations to Chitkala Alli!

Chitkala finished in 4th Place out of 133 4th-8th students!!




Idlewild Elementary's Spelling Bee


Thanks go to our 30 spellers, 3 judges, and pronouncer for making it a terrific Bee!

Congratulations go to our

1st Place Winner Chitkala Alli


2nd Place Winner Amyah Wright



Channel 3 Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to Mrs. Trisha Bone.  Mrs. Bone was nominated

for and named Tennessee Lottery/Channel 3

Educator of the Week.



Mrs. Rodda gained National Board Certification during the 2008-2009 schoool year.

Mrs. Nathan gained National Board Certification during the 2006-2007 schoool year.


Science Fair 2015

Teachers and students produced varied

projects in our school's science fair.

The 2015 Science Fair winners are:

Class Projects:

1st Place - Mrs. Kolheim's class

2nd Place - Mrs. Gillespie's class, Mrs. Taylor's class & Ms. Lidz's class

3rd Place - Ms. Phillip's class

4th Grade Individual Student Projects:

1st Place - Kassisi Jordan 4-01

2nd Place - Quinton Smith 4-01 & Alana Jordan 4-01

3rd Place - Daijah Beasley 4-02 & Michael Johnson 4-03

5th Grade Individual Student Projects:

1st Place - Margo Perugini-Cripps 5-02

2nd Place - Michael Conner 5-02

3rd Place Alindsey Long 5-03



Channel 3 Teacher Of The Week

Congratulations to Ms. Becky Taylor. Ms. Taylor was nominated

for and named Tennessee Lottery/Channel 3 Educator of the Week.


Junior Achievement Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Graves, fifth grade teacher. She

was named the Junior Achievement Teacher of The Year.


ORFF Music Performance

Music teacher Allen Moody and the ORFF music recorder ensemble

proudly performed at the SCS Board meeting on Oct 28, 2014.


PTO Donation

Through a generous donation from our PTO, Idlewild School was able to purchase

10 iPads and external keyboards for our 5th grade teachers.


Raising Money For ALS

Our brave principal Mr. Thompson, expreienced the

Ice Bucket Challenge just as he promised, if students, teachers and parents

raised money for the ALS foundation. Idlewild School raised $1,300.

Beautify Your School Contest

Idlewild School won second place

in the 2014 Beautify Your School Contest

Chess Team

Two teams represented Idlewild School in the National Chess

Tournament in Dallas, Texas this year. The K-3 unrated team

finished in 10th place out of 250. The K-3 under 800

rated team finished in 13th place out of 250.

Junior League Book Project

Mr. Mah and Mrs. Rodda received a grant from the Junior League of Memphis for a book project about nocturnal animals. Every third grade student researched an animal, wrote a poem about it, and created a transfer print in the art class. Their teachers compiled the poems and prints into e-Books, using the Storyjumper site.

Congratulations Teaching Fellow

Becky Cremer has been named a Teaching Policy Fellow with Teach Plus.

Becky will be on a team with other teachers to conduct and review research regarding educational practices participate in discussions about the future of education, and serve as an advocate for education in Memphis.


ArtFest Winner

Maurice, a fifth grader, was the first place winner of the

Artfest competition for elementary students.


Mrs. Gillespie's Third Grade Class Project "Love You Forever"

Mrs. Gillespie and her third grade class entered their "Love You Forever" book project into the

"Made By Milk" contest. They used 230 milk cartons to recreate the cover of the story book.

They need your votes to help them win the contest. Click on the web site below and vote for their project.


Idlewild Students Recognized At Tigers Game

Two of our fifth grade students were recognized for their achievements at a University of Memphis Basketball game.


Community Volunteers

We send a big THANK YOU to Central High School students who volunteered their time to assist us during our Fall Carnival!


We are grateful that over 50 Briarcrest Christian School students completed their Day of Service at Idlewild Elementary.  The high schoolers helped to winterize our flower beds and planted over 200 tulip bulbs.  They also read to our Kindergarteners and First Graders!!






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